Patents Examined by Steven J. Ganey
  • Patent number: 11185727
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a system, method, and apparatus for arresting flames in an air return line. The apparatus includes a flame barrier containing one or more metal mesh layers and configured to permit airflow there through while preventing flame break-through. The flame barrier can also have or be connected to one or more temperature or pressure sensors configured to detect blockage of airflow through the flame barrier and to detect damage to the flame barrier. The apparatus can also include additional temperature or pressure sensors for detecting the propagation of deflagration in the air return line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: CV TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Licht, Jason R. Krbec, Robert V. Cudnik, Martin J. Cvetas
  • Patent number: 11187153
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a fuel delivery component, including a substantially rigid, unitary structure formed as a single piece of material, and at least a first seamless lumen defined by the unitary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Allen Broome, Seth E. Rutan, Mark G. Goeddeke
  • Patent number: 11185724
    Abstract: Firefighting gas releasing apparatuses may include a trigger housing. A containment shell may have a plurality of shell sections pivotally carried by the trigger housing. The plurality of shell sections may be positional in a closed shell configuration and an open shell configuration. A shell interior may be formed by the containment shell in the closed shell configuration. The shell interior may be configured to contain a supply of at least one fire-suppressing gas. A selectively-actuatable shell releasing assembly may be carried by the trigger housing. The shell releasing assembly may be configured to engage the plurality of shell sections and maintain the containment shell in the closed shell configuration and disengage the plurality of shell sections for deployment of the containment shell to the open shell configuration. Firefighting gas releasing methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Philip Beard
  • Patent number: 11187154
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a fuel delivery component, a substantially rigid, unitary structure formed as a single piece of material, and at least a first seamless lumen defined by the unitary structure as a first loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Allen Broome, Seth E. Rutan, Mark G. Goeddeke
  • Patent number: 11178809
    Abstract: A treatment system for spraying treatment fluid onto plants in a field is described. The treatment system includes a highly configurable treatment mechanism including an array of nozzles and valve assemblies coupled into manifolds, and manifold assemblies. The manifolds of the manifold assemblies can be oriented in an open state or a nested state, the open state with no overlap between nozzles of adjacent manifolds and the nested state with overlap between nozzles of adjacent manifolds. The manifolds can have multiple configurations, examples of which include a tube manifold and an offset manifold. The nozzles of the system can have multiple configurations, examples of which include a tri-spray nozzle, a bar nozzle, a fan nozzle, and a deflected fan nozzle. The system can be controlled by a system controller which detects plant material and instructs a nozzle or combination of nozzles to spray treatment fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: BLUE RIVER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Brown, Eric M. Gawehn, Kent Anderson
  • Patent number: 11173258
    Abstract: Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) mesh-membrane nebulizers are described. The MEMS mesh-membrane nebulizers may include a piezoelectric MEMS mesh membrane. The piezoelectric MEMS mesh membrane may include a piezoelectric active layer patterned with openings for making droplets. One electrode of the piezoelectric MEMS mesh membrane may serve as an electrode for electroplating. Activation of the piezoelectric MEMS mesh membrane may generate droplets suitable for delivery of medicines or other uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriele Vigevani, Xin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11166576
    Abstract: In aspects of a multi-use recyclable drinking straw, the drinking straw has an elongated housing with a continuous sidewall that encloses a void space conducive for conducting a liquid, and the continuous sidewall is formed with recyclable material that is both rigid to sustain use as a beverage straw and collapsible for recycling. The drinking straw also has a contact area of the elongated housing that provides a temperature indication of the liquid, where the temperature indication serves as a hot beverage safety warning to a user of the drinking straw. The multi-use recyclable drinking straw can include a first configuration as a beverage straw with the continuous sidewall of the elongated housing having an oval cross section, and can include a second configuration as a beverage stir stick, where the elongated housing is collapsible such that the continuous sidewall has a flattened cross section conducive for stirring the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Bret Howell
  • Patent number: 11167302
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coating installation for coating components with a coating agent, in particular for painting motor vehicle body components, with a nozzle applicator, in particular a print head, with at least one nozzle for delivering a coating agent jet of the coating agent onto the component to be coated. The disclosure provides a device for preventing and/or detecting clogging of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Dürr Systems AG
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Patent number: 11154894
    Abstract: A liquid spray gun nozzle assembly is disclosed comprising a coating liquid inlet portion comprising a liquid connector for connection to an external liquid source; a coating liquid outlet portion comprising a liquid nozzle for spraying a coating liquid fed into the nozzle assembly through the coating liquid inlet portion, the liquid nozzle being disposed along a spray axis; a coating liquid flow path fluidly connecting the coating liquid inlet portion to the liquid nozzle; and a spray gun connection portion opposite the coating liquid outlet portion adapted to connect the liquid spray gun nozzle assembly to a compatible liquid spray gun body. The spray gun connection portion comprises a nozzle assembly sealing surface adapted to seal the liquid spray gun nozzle assembly to the compatible liquid spray gun body, the nozzle assembly sealing surface comprising first and second sealing members that are each circular and concentric with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Bryan J. Hayward, Brady P. Haislet, Brian E. Duncan, Alexander T. Ebertowski, Scott D. Gullicks, Anna M. Hegdahl, Stephen C. P. Joseph
  • Patent number: 11154884
    Abstract: A liquid spray gun nozzle assembly is disclosed comprising a coating liquid inlet portion comprising a liquid connector for connection to an external liquid source; a coating liquid outlet portion comprising a liquid nozzle for spraying a coating liquid fed into the nozzle assembly through the coating liquid inlet portion, the liquid nozzle being disposed along a spray axis; a coating liquid flow path fluidly connecting the coating liquid inlet portion to the liquid nozzle; and a spray gun connection portion opposite the coating liquid outlet portion adapted to connect the liquid spray gun nozzle assembly to a compatible liquid spray gun body. The spray gun connection portion comprises a nozzle assembly sealing surface adapted to seal the liquid spray gun nozzle assembly to the compatible liquid spray gun body, the nozzle assembly sealing surface comprising first and second sealing members that are each circular and concentric with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Bryan J. Hayward, Brady P. Haislet, Alexander T. Ebertowski, Scott D. Gullicks, Anna M. Hegdahl, Stephen C. P. Joseph
  • Patent number: 11154895
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shower head with a holder device, comprising a shower head and a water inlet; wherein the shower head comprises a housing, a water outlet disc, and a water diversion mechanism; a handle extends horizontally on one side of the housing, a water outlet is provided on the side of the handle, and a socket for holding a handheld shower is fixedly connected to the end of the handle; The present invention makes the stress center of gravity of the overall shower component closer to the extension line of the water inlet end, which can avoid the deflection of the shower head of the handheld shower and it is more convenient to take and place the handheld shower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Xiamen Rainshower Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Binghuo Zhu, Hewei Liu, Kunjing Fan
  • Patent number: 11147259
    Abstract: An agricultural product application implement includes a system and method for indicating an amount of fluid stored. A pressure transducer installed at the sump of a fluid tank electronically measures and displays a fluid depth. Instrumentation, such as an instrument cluster unit for the implement, is programmed via software to convert the voltage output of the pressure transducer to a volume measurement displayed in the operator's line of sight. Software within the instrument cluster unit for self-calibrating accounts for varying densities of different chemical solutions. The pressure transducer is used in conjunction with a transfer medium to prevent corrosive chemical solutions from contacting the pressure transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Tollefsrud, Bruce Bastin
  • Patent number: 11148162
    Abstract: A flow channel assembly (200) of a fluid micro-injection device have a fluid seat (210), a nozzle (220) and a fluid supply joint (230), the fluid seat (210) defines a fluid chamber (211) and a flow channel (212), which communicates with each other, the nozzle (220) is in communication with the fluid chamber (211), the movable member of the fluid micro-injection device movably passes through the fluid chamber (211) to open and close the nozzle (220), the fluid supply joint (230) communicates with the flow channel (212) to provide fluid to the nozzle (220) through the flow channel (212) and the fluid chamber (211).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: CHANGZHOU MINGSEAL ROBOT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dongsheng Qu, Jijiang Min, Pei Sun, Yangyang Mao, Fuliang Gao
  • Patent number: 11148160
    Abstract: A sprayer post hose attachment apparatus for aquatic enjoyment and irrigation includes a support post having a post bottom end and a post top end. The support post is configured to be partially inserted into the ground. A T-joint is coupled to the support post. The T-joint has a bottom aperture coupled to the support post, an input aperture, and an output aperture. A hose attachment arm is coupled to the T-joint. The hose attachment arm has an arm proximal end coupled to the input aperture of the T-joint and an arm distal end to selectively receive a hose. A riser tube is coupled to the T-joint. The riser tube has a riser bottom end coupled to the output aperture of the T-joint and a riser top end. A spray nozzle is coupled to the riser tube. The spray nozzle is coupled to the riser top end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Clanton Pitchford
  • Patent number: 11140891
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the application of a concentrate in diluted form. Subject matters of the present invention are a device and a method for application of a concentrate in diluted form. A further subject matter of the present invention is use of the device according to the invention in the area of agriculture, in particular for treating cultivated plants with plant protection agents and/or nutrients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: BASF Agro Trademarks GmbH
    Inventors: Mirwaes Wahabzada, Ole Peters, Walter Mayer, Bernhard Grimmig
  • Patent number: 11140838
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method which combines sensor inputs, control systems, field mapping, motor controls, and high speed and variable speed motor designs within an irrigation machine. According to a preferred embodiment, the present invention provides systems which are capable of full torque operation, even at speeds less than the rated speed of the motor. According to further preferred embodiments, the present invention utilizes a combination of motor types including Switch Reluctance, DC Permanent Magnet and AC Permanent Magnet motors in combination with Variable Frequency Drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John Kastl
  • Patent number: 11130010
    Abstract: An injection head is configured to discharge a liquefied fire-extinguishing agent. The injection head includes an injection head body configured to be connected to piping for supplying the liquefied fire-extinguishing agent; an orifice plate positioned in the injection head body, the orifice plate including orifices defined therein; a block-shaped porous member positioned at an outlet of the orifice plate; and a deflector positioned across from the block-shaped porous member such that a discharging clearance for the liquefied fire-extinguishing agent is defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: KOATSU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasufumi Inoue, Masahiro Yabushita, Mitsunori Kamo
  • Patent number: 11122732
    Abstract: A metering system and method of operating fertilizer distribution equipment, such as a spreader-sprayer, is described that includes monitoring revolution data for opposing left and right wheels with left and right sensors. A controller controls an actuator's operation to operably regulate the output of a liquid and/or solid fertilizer product. The fertilizer output is based at least in part on the revolution data and a fertilizer unit-per-area input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: THE TORO COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas M. Rich
  • Patent number: 11116150
    Abstract: The system uses a specifically modified spray assembly to spray electrically charged fluid below selected clouds so that an updraft carries the charged fluid into the cloud and induces precipitation. The size, charge, and design of the sprayers are specifically designed to elicit precipitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignees: The United States of America, as represented by The Secretary of Agriculture, Active Influence and Scientific Management, SP
    Inventors: Daniel E. Martin, Arquimedes Ruiz-Columbie
  • Patent number: 11116342
    Abstract: The pocket straw is a straw. The straw is a tube used to consume a liquid. The pocket straw comprises a tubular transport structure and a plurality of caps. The tubular transport structure has a composite prism structure. The tubular transport structure has a tube structure. The tubular transport structure forms the tube of the pocket straw. A vacuum is created at an end of the tubular transport structure such that the liquid is drawn through the tubular transport structure for consumption. The tubular transport structure is a telescopic structure such that the span of the length of the center axis of the tubular transport structure is adjustable. The plurality of caps enclose the open ends of the tube structure of the tubular transport structure when the pocket straw is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: William Braziel