Patents Examined by Sean E. Conley
  • Patent number: 10729798
    Abstract: This present invention generally relates to a process for manipulating the chemistry of a product using high voltage atmospheric cold plasma (HVACP) in the presence of a working gas, and in particular to a process for inactivating pathogenic microorganisms in a liquid product by adding an acidic component to or adjusting an acidic component of a product in combination with HVACP treatment. A product of this process is also in the scope of this disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Keener, Nikhil K Mahnot
  • Patent number: 10716311
    Abstract: A conveyor system and related methods of operation for using two or more conveyors to treat at least two separate sides of food items with a chemical intervention solution. The conveyor system can include two or more conveyors arranged in an angled relationship relative to a horizontal plane such that a first side of a food material is presented on a first conveyor and a second side of the food material is presented on a second conveyor. A chemical intervention system including two or more spray assemblies can apply a suitable chemical intervention solution to the first and second sides of food. The two or more conveyors can be arranged at an angle from 20-45 degrees relative to a common horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ZEE COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Robert C. Bullard, Jonathon R. Bullard, Battle Glascock, James A. Faller, William J. Guinn
  • Patent number: 10716871
    Abstract: A multi-function product disinfection cabinet preferably includes a sealed test cabinet, a high level disinfection system, a dehumidifier and an electrical function tester. The sealed test cabinet preferably includes a sealed test chamber, a rear dehumidifier chamber and a rear droplet chamber. The high level disinfection system includes an aerosol blower, an aerosol generator and an aerosol control module. The aerosol blower blows a disinfectant from the aerosol generator into the disinfection chamber. A pivoting cable holder for a multi-function disinfection cabinet preferably includes a pivoting cable tube, a mounting bracket, a motor with gear reduction, a motor controller and two snap switches. The mounting bracket is attached to an outside sidewall of a disinfection chamber. The pivoting cable tube rotates in the disinfection chamber. The motor rotates the pivoting cable tube. The motor controller and two snap switches are used to control directional rotation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Carl L. Ricciardi, Jonathan J. Ricciardi, Jonathan D. Yoder, Jim Gerend, Dean Kreider
  • Patent number: 10710124
    Abstract: A method of delivering insecticide, comprises the steps of providing an insecticide in a container; allowing the insecticide to flow out of the container; and allowing the insecticide to flow into a drain beginning downstream of an opening in said drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: John M. Aneson
  • Patent number: 10710016
    Abstract: A pollution control system for removing particle and gas phase pollutants in a waste airstream exhausted from commercial cooking operations may include a plurality of filters arranged within a housing for filtering particle and gas phase pollutants in the waste airstream. Various ones of the filters may be composed of a variety of different materials, and ozone may be provided within the housing to assist with removal of the pollutants. In some examples, a wash mechanism may be included to wash surfaces of a filter to remove grease therefrom. In some examples, the system may further include means to spray droplets (such as in a fog or mist form) into the waste airstream to condense a portion of gas phase pollutants into condensed particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Robert C. Ajemian
  • Patent number: 10701948
    Abstract: A control system for monitoring an antimicrobial application system may include a controller having a monitoring program including an operations unit and an interface unit. The operations unit may include a sensor module operatively coupled to a plurality of sensors positioned to detect operation data associated with the application system in real-time. An adjustment module may adjust the operation of the application system. An analysis module may analyze real-time operation data and initiate a specified response when the analysis indicates that a trigger event has occurred. The response may include issuing a notification to a notification device or initiating the adjustment module to perform a control operation to modify the operation of the antimicrobial application system. A remote monitoring center may control multiple and remote application systems. Mobile devices and a control panel may be operable to interface with operations of the antimicrobial application system via the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAFE FOODS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Justin Massey, Tim Yeaman
  • Patent number: 10697164
    Abstract: A sanitizing device for a handheld bidet sprayer includes a housing for holding a handheld bidet sprayer on a spray head mount, an optical sensor used to detect the presence or absence of the sprayer in the housing, an odoriferous substance sensor used to sense odoriferous conditions or indications of a significant presence of microbes, a chemical discharge module, an ultraviolet light source, and a control module. The chemical discharge module includes a chemical supply holder and a plurality of conduits extending from the chemical supply holder. The chemical supply holder includes at least one container of fragrance and at least one container of sanitizer. Upon sensing odoriferous conditions or indications of a significant presence of microbes, the control module causes the discharge of the sanitizer and/or fragrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Sabah Thamer Abdullah S. Al-Sabah, Mohammad Salman Mohammad Salman Al-Sabah, Fahad S. F. S. A. Al-Sahli
  • Patent number: 10694887
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a dispensing system and a sanitizing system. The apparatus has a dispensing mode and sanitizing mode. The dispensing system may comprise a first valve and at least one component, the at least one component having an inner surface. The first valve is opened to send a free-flowing material to the at least one component when the apparatus is in the dispensing mode. The first valve is closed when the apparatus is in the sanitizing mode. The sanitizing system comprises a processing unit having a discharge cell configured to initiate a cold plasma discharge in an air flow. A tank may be configured to receive the air flow from the discharge cell of the processing unit and expose water in the tank to the air flow for a time sufficient to provide dissolution of ozone from the air flow into the water and form ozone-containing water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Georgy Martsinovskiy, Mikhail Verbitsky, Dmitry Falkov
  • Patent number: 10696465
    Abstract: A method for treating open cut edges of a packaging sleeve, blank or web material of a packaging material rolled up into a roll, in particular a composite cardboard/plastics material, by applying or introducing a disinfectant-containing treatment agent to or into the outer region of the cut edges. To provide a particularly resource-efficient composite packaging and a production method required for this purpose, it is proposed that at least some of the treatment agent is not applied directly to the cut edges, but that a load carrier is loaded, which load carrier absorbs the treatment agent so that an actively sterilising atmosphere which is created then acts on the open cut edges of the packaging sleeve, blank or web material and performs the desired sterilisation. The invention also relates to a packaging material, to a combipack produced therefrom and to a container for receiving the packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventor: Hans-Willi Mainz
  • Patent number: 10688207
    Abstract: A disinfection system for use in cleansing one or more medical devices or components that are placed on, in, or in proximity to a patient during a medical procedure is disclosed. Non-limiting examples of a medical component that may be cleansed by the disinfection system include an ultrasound probe or a chest sensor of a catheter placement system. In one embodiment, therefore, a disinfection system for a medical device is disclosed, comprising a container configured for proximate placement with respect to the medical device and an array of light sources included with the container. Each light source is configured to produce disinfecting light in a high energy visible light wavelength range. Further, the light sources are arranged to impinge the disinfecting light upon a portion of the medical device so as to disinfect the impinged surfaces of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Shayne Messerly
  • Patent number: 10688212
    Abstract: Sterilization packaging systems with features for sealing a volume against an ingress of contaminants are provided. Such features include a sealing assembly including a gasket and a sheet of filter material. The sealing assembly seals a lid to a seal rim of a base. The gasket has an upper surface, outer edge, and inner edge. The upper surface of the gasket comprises a first row of alternating protrusions and indentations and a second row of alternating protrusions and indentations that define a channel therebetween. The sheet of filter material extends from an inner edge of the gasket. The gasket completely surrounds the sheet of filter material, wherein the indentations and channel facilitate delivery of a sterilization agent through the filter material. A sterilization assembly including a lid having a plurality of protrusions in its upper surface in conjunction with a gasket having a smooth upper surface is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: O&M Halyard, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony S. Spencer, Prasad S. Potnis, Christena K. Nash, Kun-Chi Wu, Brian E. Lin, Sharon S. Chang
  • Patent number: 10675369
    Abstract: A multi-function product disinfection cabinet preferably includes a sealed test cabinet, a high level disinfection system, a dehumidifier and an electrical function tester. The sealed test cabinet preferably includes a sealed test chamber, a rear dehumidifier chamber and a rear droplet chamber. The high level disinfection system includes an aerosol blower, an aerosol generator and an aerosol control module. The aerosol blower blows a disinfectant from the aerosol generator into the disinfection chamber. A pivoting cable holder for a multi-function disinfection cabinet preferably includes a pivoting cable tube, a mounting bracket, a motor with gear reduction, a motor controller and two snap switches. The mounting bracket is attached to an outside sidewall of a disinfection chamber. The pivoting cable tube rotates in the disinfection chamber. The motor rotates the pivoting cable tube. The motor controller and two snap switches are used to control directional rotation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Carl L. Ricciardi, Jonathan J. Ricciardi, Jonathan D. Yoder, Jim Gerend, Dean Kreider
  • Patent number: 10675372
    Abstract: Vapor generation and distribution devices, systems, and methods. An exemplary system of the present disclosure comprises a vapor generation system configured to volatilize or vaporize liquid chemical within a tank as volatilized or vaporized chemical, and a vapor distribution system configured to receive the volatilized or vaporized chemical from the vapor generation system and distribute the volatilized or vaporized chemical through a distribution conduit coupled to the second air flow generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KGM Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc L. Byers
  • Patent number: 10668401
    Abstract: An extractor may have a housing that maintains a solvent pool in which solids material being processed is immersed during operation. One or more bed decks can be positioned inside of the housing to provide multiple extraction stages. In some examples, the bed decks are arranged to provide one bed deck positioned at a vertically elevated position relative to another bed deck, thereby providing a drop zone where the solids material passing through the machine drops from the vertically elevated bed deck to a lower bed deck. To reduce the amount of solids material passing through the drop zone that becomes entrained in the solvent, the exactor can be configured with a settling zone. In some examples, the settling zone is formed by truncating the length of the vertically elevated bed deck, providing increased space and residence time for the solids material to fall out of suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Iron Works Company
    Inventors: James Benson, George E. Anderson, Philip Fisher, Richard Ozer
  • Patent number: 10660980
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to an ozone sanitizing system and method. In one embodiment, a system for sanitizing various objects using ozone gas is disclosed. The system comprises an ozone generating device configured to generate ozone gas for sanitizing one or more objects, and a vessel configured to couple with the ozone generating device for receiving the ozone gas to sanitize the one or more objects stored inside the vessel during an ozone sanitizing cycle. The system is configured to recirculate at least a gas mixture generated during the ozone sanitizing cycle to increase an ozone concentration inside the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SLEEP 8, INC.
    Inventors: David Paul Bohman, Richardson Marshall Roberts, Robert Emmet Seibels, IV, Jordan Chase Soblick, Eugene Frederick Durham
  • Patent number: 10661198
    Abstract: The invention relates to a processing device in the form of a crystallizer or reactor comprising a tube, at the opposite end regions of which an inlet and an outlet are provided for a crystallization or reaction medium. A helixical web is provided which runs about a longitudinal axis of the tube and which rests against the inner face of the tube casing, and the web is mounted so as to be rotatable about the aforementioned longitudinal axis of the tube. The device also has a drive for rotating the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Torsten Heitmann, Andreas Wilk
  • Patent number: 10654081
    Abstract: A sterilizing apparatus, in particular for sterilizing post-consumer absorbent sanitary products, comprising: a container rotatable about a horizontal axis and having a hollow wall including an inner wall, an outer wall, and a gap defined between the inner wall and the outer wall, a rotary joint coaxial to said horizontal axis and having a steam inlet chamber and a condensate discharge chamber, wherein the steam inlet chamber and the condensate discharge chamber of said rotary joint are in communication with respective zones of said gap via a steam supply tube and a condensate collection tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FATER S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marcello Somma, Giorgio Vaccaro, Amedeo Pagotto
  • Patent number: 10639391
    Abstract: A convenient way to sanitize a toilet plunger after it has been used to prevent the spreading of germs and bacteria around the bathroom. This device will be used to immerse the used plunger in a sanitizing solution, before it is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Allanna Shakira Johnson
  • Patent number: 10640628
    Abstract: A crystalline pigment or colorant composition having high color intensity and/or low sugar content, and methods and processes of preparation. The composition may comprise purified fruit and/or vegetable color juices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: E. & J. Gallo Winery
    Inventors: Joseph Rossi, Sundeep Kattamuri
  • Patent number: 10639969
    Abstract: An air conditioner for a vehicle includes: an air-conditioning case having therein an air flow passage through which air toward the vehicle interior flows, and an outlet opening formed at an upper part of the air-conditioning case and through which the air toward the vehicle interior passes; a heat exchanger disposed on a lower side of the outlet opening inside the air-conditioning case to exchange heat between air toward the vehicle interior and a heat-exchange medium; and an ion generator that includes electrodes to generate ions. The ion generator is mounted on the air-conditioning case such that the electrodes are exposed in air flowing through the air flow passage. The air-conditioning case has a collision-side wall surface with which the airflow having passed through the heat exchanger collides to be directed upward, and a lateral-side wall surface connected to and laterally adjacent to the collision-side wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouji Matsunaga, Takuya Nagao, Eiichi Ogata