Patents Examined by Robert K Nichols, II
  • Patent number: 11208260
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a bag for transporting and handling powdery bulk materials, especially inorganic or organic pigments. Further, the present invention relates to a method for opening the tubular drain of such a bag, as well as to the use of the bag for transporting and handling powdery bulk materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Kronos International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ulf Schweitzer, Christian Wolff, Harald Wohlfeld, Thomas Vels
  • Patent number: 11192126
    Abstract: A dispenser container having a retractable nozzle is proposed. The container is configured such that an air pumping part (30) is coupled and secured to an upper portion of a container body (10) by a locking cap (20), a guide cap (20) configured to be movable up and down is coupled to the outer surface of the locking cap (20) at a location outside the locking cap, and a nozzle cap (50) configured to pressurize and operate the air pumping part while being rotated and being moved up and down in conjunction with the guide cap is coupled to an upper portion of the guide cap (40) at a location outside the guide cap so that the nozzle (60) coupled to the nozzle coupling hole formed at the side of the nozzle cap is extended and retracted in response to the rotation of the nozzle cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: NEST-FILLER PKG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoon Seog Shim, Sung Hwan Kang
  • Patent number: 11167912
    Abstract: A preform suitable for blow molding into for an outer container usable for a pressurized aerosol dispenser. The preform has a longitudinal axis and a closed end bottom, an open neck. The neck has threads for accepting a valve having complementary threads. At least one pawl or ratchet is operatively juxtaposed with the periphery of the preform. The at least one pawl or ratchet allows onward rotation of the complementary valve in an onward direction, and prevents detachment of the valve in a reverse rotation direction. Any such preform can be blow molded into a corresponding outer container, and any such outer container can be blow molded from a corresponding preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kerry Lloyd Weaver, Robert Earl Magness, Andrew William Franckhauser, Scott Edward Smith, Nathan Daniel Grubbs
  • Patent number: 11161730
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system provides a product metering system, a dispenser and a control system for operatively controlling dispensing, metering, delivering and reporting of dispensed product. Authentication, authorization and control operation are distributed in a cloud based control through a wide area network. The dispenser includes sensor to identifying objects and filter out movements that are not interpreted as requests for dispensing. A local controller operates the metering and dispensing, combining inputs from the hardware level sensors and applying logic and rules from the remote cloud level. The instant abstract neither defines the invention disclosed in this specification nor limits the invention scope in any way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SESTRA SYSTEMS, INC
    Inventors: Lev Volftsun, Alex Kushnir
  • Patent number: 11161661
    Abstract: An aerosol container for an aerosol dispenser. The aerosol container has an outer container. The outer container has a closed end bottom and a longitudinally opposed threaded open neck. The open neck has one or more pawls or ratchets disposed near the neck. The pawls or ratchets allow a complementary valve to be threaded onto the neck. The valve has complementary ratchets or pawls. The ratchet and pawl combination co-acts to impede or even prevent reverse rotation and subsequent removal of the valve. The outer container may be made from a preform having the ratchets and/or pawls integrally molded as part of the injection molding process. A valve having a housing may have ratchets and or pawls integrally molded as part of the injection molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Scott Edward Smith, Kerry Lloyd Weaver, Robert Earl Magness, Andrew William Franckhauser, Nathan Daniel Grubbs
  • Patent number: 11147289
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may provide a frozen beverage dispenser capable of dispensing multiple frozen beverage flavors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Rafael I. San Miguel, Arthur G. Rudick
  • Patent number: 11141818
    Abstract: A direct metal laser melting (DMLM) system includes a rotatable base, and a build plate mounted on and supported by the rotatable base, where the build plate includes a build surface. The DMLM system also includes a first actuator assembly, a first powder dispenser disposed proximate the build plate and configured to deposit a weldable powder on the build surface of the build plate. In addition, the DMLM system includes a first powder spreader disposed proximate the build plate and configured to spread the weldable powder deposited on the build surface of the build plate, and a first laser scanner supported by the first actuator assembly in a position relative to the build plate, such that at least a portion of the build surface is within a field of view of the first laser scanner. The first laser scanner is configured to selectively weld the weldable powder. The first laser scanner is further configured to translate axially relative to the build surface on the first actuator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Thomas Carter, Todd Jay Rockstroh, Brian Scott McCarthy, Subhrajit Roychowdhury, Younkoo Jeong, David Charles Bogdan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11122956
    Abstract: A hard surface cleaning and conditioning assembly is provided that includes a pole having a lower section and an upper section; an adjusting device securing the upper and lower sections to one another in a telescoping manner; a tool depending from the lower section; a conditioning agent dispensing device depending from the lower section; a trigger depending from the upper section; and a telescoping trigger assembly operatively connecting the dispensing device to the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, John A. Triunfo, Jr., Paul H. Adams, Robert F. Smith, Joseph K. Patterson
  • Patent number: 11123836
    Abstract: Driver support assemblies to work in concert with a setup assembly are provided. Setup assemblies to work in concert with a driver support assembly and a cutting assembly are provided. Cutting assemblies configured to work in concert with a driver support assembly are provided. Driver tip cutting assemblies are provided. Methods for cutting the tip of a driver shaft are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Marc Eberlein
  • Patent number: 11122881
    Abstract: A chemical solution supply apparatus (1) includes a container (10) and a chemical solution supply implement (20) that, in a state of being connected to a mouth portion (14), can switch over a state where the container (10) is sealed and a state where a chemical solution in a storage portion (12) is allowed to be supplied to the outside of the container (10). The chemical solution supply implement (20) has a base (30) and a supply body (50). The base (30) has a retaining portion (40), a pressing portion (42), and a restricting portion (34) that restricts displacement of the supply body (50) with coming into contact with the supply body (50) when the supply body (50) is pressed against pressing force of the pressing portion (42). The supply body (50) moves away from the retaining portion (40) to thereby form a supply flow passage, and comes into contact with the retaining portion (40) to thereby block the supply flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: KOBAYASHI PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoru Komiyama
  • Patent number: 11107708
    Abstract: A heating platform for heating a wafer is provided. The heating platform includes a support carrier, a detection module and a first heating module. The wafer is supported by the support carrier. The detection module is configured to monitor a surface condition of the wafer supported by the support carrier. The first heating module is disposed at a side of the support carrier. The first heating module includes a plurality of heating units electrically connected to the detection module, and the heating units is arranged in an array. A thermal treatment and a manufacturing method are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsiao-Hua Peng, Hann-Ru Chen
  • Patent number: 11104504
    Abstract: A remotely controlled attractant or repellent dispersing apparatus housing a remotely controlled actuator system where an aerosol spray can is mountable for engagement with the actuator system. A receiver in communication with a transmitter is configured to receive one or more commands from the transmitter and relay the command to the actuator system for opening and/or closing a valve on the spray can for dispersing the contents of the aerosol can at selected times and for selected durations. The dispersing system is mountable in an outdoor environment and the transmitter is a hand-held remote control. A removable base support is provided to retain aerosol spray cans of different sizes in alignment with the actuator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Kory Solberg
  • Patent number: 11089913
    Abstract: An dispenser includes a housing, a container disposed in the housing for holding a liquid, a nozzle, and a pump. The pump is disposed between the container and the nozzle. The pump includes a pump inlet, a pump outlet, a pump chamber, a first check valve, and a second check valve. The pump inlet is in fluid communication with the container and the pump chamber, and the pump outlet is in fluid communication with the pump chamber and the nozzle. The pump chamber is movable between an expanded position and a compressed position. The first check valve is disposed between the container and the pump, and the first check valve has a first cracking pressure. The second check valve is disposed between the first check valve and the pump, and the second check valve has a second cracking pressure. The first cracking pressure of the first check valve is greater than the second cracking pressure of the second check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. McNulty, Donald R. Harris, Aaron D. Marshall, Daniel M. Willis, Nick E. Ciavarella
  • Patent number: 11090679
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing a viscous fluid using an apparatus that may include: a housing; an applicator coupling on the housing that can releasably couple an applicator that contains a viscous fluid; a gas supply coupling that receives a pressurized gas from a gas supply; a valve having a first open position in which the valve can be gradually and controllably opened to adjustably control the delivery of pressurized gas to the applicator coupling, and a second closed position where the pressurized gas delivered to the applicator coupling is vented; and a valve actuator configured to permit a user to gradually and controllably open the valve to controllably dispense the viscous fluid from the applicator, where ceasing to depress the valve actuator vents the applicator coupling and immediately discontinues the dispensing of viscous fluid from the applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert James Schumann, Jonathan Christopher Heath
  • Patent number: 11090669
    Abstract: A dispensing system, a flexible bag or pouch for use therewith, and methods for filling a dispensing bottle with a flowable product and dispensing the same are disclosed. The system includes a flexible bag and a dispensing bottle. The flowable product is located in the bag. The bag includes a first end and a second end. The bottle includes an interior chamber, a squeezable sidewall surrounding the chamber and a bottom cap including a dispensing valve. The bag is disposed in the chamber with the second end opened to form an open mouth, whereupon the flowable product is in communication with the dispensing valve. Squeezing of the bottle's sidewall applies pressure to the flowable product to cause it to be dispensed out of the bottle through dispensing valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: 11085435
    Abstract: An embodiment system and method for dispensing multiple dairy products includes a dispenser which houses two or more dairy product bases with different formulations, which may be combined with or without water to create a multitude of homogenous dairy beverages. The two or more dairy product bases may be mixed together first and then separately mixed with water, mixed together simultaneously with water, or mixed together without adding water. They may be mixed together with or without additional flavoring, ingredients, mineral or nutritional additives. The dispenser comprises a pump with a quick-release mechanism to allow for quick and clean maintenance of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: fairlife, LLC
    Inventors: Gerald Dobbins, Timothy Peter Doelman, John Hengesbach, Brett Malsom
  • Patent number: 11087983
    Abstract: A thermal treatment apparatus including a hot plate which heats a substrate mounted thereon, in a treatment chamber including a lid body covering a surface to be treated of the substrate mounted on the hot plate, the thermal treatment apparatus includes: a control unit which controls at least a temperature of the hot plate, and a temperature measuring unit which measures a temperature of the lid body, wherein the control unit is configured to perform, when a set temperature of the hot plate is changed, correction of a heating amount by the hot plate for obtaining the set temperature after change, based on the temperature of the lid body measured by the temperature measuring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Eiichi Sekimoto, Takeshi Saikusa, Hiroshi Seko
  • Patent number: 11079022
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a housing, an inverted container disposed in the housing, a outlet nozzle, a pump, a first check valve, and a second check valve. The container holds a fluid. The pump is disposed between the container and the outlet nozzle. The pump includes a pump inlet in fluid communication with the container, a pump outlet in fluid communication with the outlet nozzle, and a pump chamber in fluid communication with the pump inlet and the pump outlet. The pump chamber is movable between an expanded position and a compressed position. The first check valve is disposed between the pump and the outlet nozzle, and the first check valve has a first cracking pressure. The second check valve is disposed between the first check valve and the outlet nozzle, and the second check valve has a second cracking pressure. The second cracking pressure of the second check valve is greater than the first cracking pressure of the first check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. McNulty, Donald R. Harris, Nick E. Ciavarella, Daniel M. Willis, Aaron D. Marshall
  • Patent number: 11064846
    Abstract: A soap dispenser can be configured to dispense an amount of liquid soap, for example, upon detecting the presence of an object. Certain embodiments of the dispenser include a housing, reservoir, pump, motor, sensor, electronic processor, and nozzle. In certain embodiments, the sensor can be configured to generate a signal based on a distance between an object and the sensor. In certain embodiments, the electronic processor can be configured to receive the signal from the sensor and to determine a dispensation volume of the liquid. The dispensation volume can vary as a function of the distance between the object and the sensor. The processor can be configured to control the motor to dispense approximately the dispensation volume of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas, Guy Cohen
  • Patent number: 11066285
    Abstract: A system is provided for dispensing and storing liquid, such as wine. The system may include a dip tube coupled to a flexible bladder in an airtight manner. The dip tube may include a dip tube head and a perforated dip tube extension extending from the dip tube head into the contents of the flexible bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Vijay Singh