Patents Examined by Timothy Kelly
  • Patent number: 8485235
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for transferring a liquid, such as an anesthetic, from the outlet port of a reservoir to a machine while effectively and conveniently minimizing the release of anesthetic. In one embodiment, the apparatus and system can include a first valve movable between a first position and a second position; a first housing surrounding the first valve; a second valve slidably connected to the first valve and movable between a third position and a fourth position; and a second housing which surrounds the second valve; wherein the apparatus defines a first opening, a second opening, and a receiver passage between the first and second openings. In another embodiment, a movable plunger can be slidably connected to the second valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Piramal Critical Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Cuzydlo
  • Patent number: 8485231
    Abstract: Disclosed in this specification is a medicine container with a flexible flap covering the opening of the container. The opening is closed by the flexible flap when the flexible flap is in a resting position and the opening is opened when the flexible flap is in a flexed position. A hand-operated plunger is equipped with an end configured to mate with the opening such that a seal is established between the plunger and the opening. The plunger is shaped to apply a force to the flexible flap, thereby operating the flexible flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Tessy Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: David Young
  • Patent number: 8474495
    Abstract: An open ended cylindrical connector device includes a) an internally smooth-bored first docking port at one end; b) an internally screw threaded second docking port at the other end; and c) a unidirectional hole-cutter/membrane-piercing arrangement deployed across the diameter of the cylindrical device with its cutting/piercing edges occupying the first docking port. The product is transferred from a sealed donating container to a receiving container by screwing the receiving container into the second docking port and subsequently pressing a sealed donating container into the first docking port. The seal on the donating container is punctured by the hole-cutter and releases the product for transfer through the cylindrical connector to the receiving container. The donating container docking port may be closed with a removable cap and the cylindrical connector used as a donating container screw cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventors: Ian Singleton, David Taylor
  • Patent number: 8464765
    Abstract: A machine for filling bottles with solid forms of pharmaceutical products is provided with a conveying device for continuously moving forward a sequence of bottles along a given path, and a vibrating distribution plate, which is mounted along the path itself so as to continuously rotate around its own longitudinal axis, and has a plurality of feeding channels, each of which is wound in a helix around and along said longitudinal axis, and is moved forward in phase with a corresponding bottle to feed a given number of solid forms in the bottle itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: MG 2-S.R.L.
    Inventors: Angelo Ansaloni, Ernesto Gamberini
  • Patent number: 8448673
    Abstract: A method and system for transporting fluid is described. The method includes coupling a transit vessel to a terminal vessel associated with at least one terminal. The transit vessel and the terminal vessel are coupled at an open sea or lightering location, which may be selected based upon operational conditions. Then, cryogenic fluid is transferred between the transit vessel and the terminal vessel, while the transit vessel and terminal vessel are moving in substantially the same direction. Once the transfer is complete, the terminal vessel decouples from the transit vessel and moves a terminal to provide the cryogenic fluid to the terminal. The cryogenic fluid may include liquefied natural gas (LNG) and/or liquefied carbon dioxide (CO2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Mark A. Danaczko, Mark C. Gentry, Robert E. Sandstrom
  • Patent number: 8443852
    Abstract: A device (1) for effecting automatic nitrogen filling, or nitrogen-for-air substitution, for the simultaneous inflation/deflation of a plurality of vehicle tires, comprising multiple controllers (17) corresponding to the number of tires to be inflated/deflated, each having an individual display (8), a pressure sensor (9), an inflation valve (4) and a deflation valve (11), whereby multiple vehicle tires may be inflated/deflated simultaneously, with user input interfaces (10) for pressure setting adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Pneumatic Components Limited
    Inventor: Mark Christopher McCaughey
  • Patent number: 8434531
    Abstract: A fuel dispensing nozzle includes a main body that receives fuel from a fuel source for dispensing the fuel into a fuel tank, an operating lever associated with the main body, a locking device, and a locking device release mechanism. The operating lever is adapted to be actuated by an operator to dispense fuel from the nozzle. The locking device is associated with the operating lever for maintaining the operating lever in a hold open position such that the nozzle continues to dispense fuel without continued actuation of the operating lever by the operator. The locking device release mechanism is associated with the locking device and is adapted to release the operating lever from the hold open position upon the nozzle being stowed in an associated fuel pump cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Vapor Systems Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodger P. Grantham
  • Patent number: 8430137
    Abstract: Provided is a refill cap cartridge engageable with a bottle during usage thereof. The refill cartridge includes an upper body and a lower body defining a cartridge reservoir. The upper body is configured to be engageable with the body, while the lower body is configured to be insertable within the bottle opening. The refill cartridge additionally includes a plug having an upper plug portion defining an upper plug head and a lower plug portion defining a flared end portion. The plug is engageable with the cap and is moveable relative to the cap between a sealing position and a dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Jae K. Sim
  • Patent number: 8424574
    Abstract: A compressed gas transfer system comprising at least one first pressure vessel able to hold a volume of gas; and a first gas line to allow gas to pass out of the at least one first pressure vessel wherein the volume of the first pressure vessel is able to be varied to maintain the gas within the pressure vessel at a constant pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Mosaic Technology Development Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Whiteman
  • Patent number: 8418733
    Abstract: A pod opener is an apparatus for purging the inside of a reticle pod having a pod cover and an openable bottom lid by supplying and discharging a clean gas to and from the inside of the reticle pod. The pod opener includes a stage, an elevator driving mechanism, a latch mechanism, and a supplying-discharging section. The stage can attach and remove the bottom lid to and from the pod cover. The elevator driving mechanism can move the stage. The latch mechanism serves to move a latch member that locks the bottom lid to the pod cover such that it cannot be detached and to release the locked state of the bottom lid. The supplying-discharging section starts purging before the latch member has completed an operation of locking the bottom lid to the pod cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhide Shikata, Takanori Izumi
  • Patent number: 8397769
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for transferring incoherent or liquid material from a discharge station (S1) to a collection station (S2) is provided with a tubular conduit (6) located between said stations (S1, S2), and a tubular bag (9) for transferring the material from the discharge station (S1) to the collection station (S2); the tubular bag (9) develops longitudinally inside the conduit (6) between the discharge station (S1) and the collection station (S2), and is kept adherent to the conduit (6) likewise an interior coating of same conduit (6) by a pneumatic device (24, 31) which exhibits a suction region distributed along the conduit (6) between two longitudinal ends (7) of same conduit (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: ABC Pharmatech S.r.l.
    Inventor: Luca Catelli
  • Patent number: 8393362
    Abstract: A multi axis robot is mounted in a fuel transfer housing. A programmable controller is connected to the robot. A control console receives instructions, from a vehicle operator who remains in an operator's station, and transmits instructions to the controller. Cameras locate the vehicle fueling port. A tube is extended from the transfer housing toward the fueling port. The port is opened by robot arm and tools extending through the tube. The cap is stored. A fuel discharge is connected to the port. A fuel pump is activated and then deactivated. The fuel discharge is removed from the port. The robot retrieves the fuel cap, closes the port and closes other port covers. The tube is retracted into the transfer housing. During fueling air and fuel vapors are sucked into the housing. Filters separate air. Captured fuel is returned to storage. The operator and vehicle separate from the fuel housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: James A. Hollerback
  • Patent number: 8371345
    Abstract: A structure for a fuel lid section has a fuel lid supported on a vehicle body via a hinge, a vehicle body recess openably covered by the fuel lid, a fuel filling opening placed in the vehicle body recess, and a cap-less mechanism provided at the fuel filling opening and enabling fuel filling operation without requiring attachment/detachment of a fuel cap. The structure also has an electricity conduction path extending from the fuel lid to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Sato, Shoichi Hokazono, Shinya Murabayashi
  • Patent number: 8336587
    Abstract: This document provides connectors such as a connector for enabling fluid transfer between a first fluid container and a second fluid container, which connector comprises a first component that is arranged to be connected to a first fluid container and a second component that is arranged to be connected to a second fluid container. The first component can be non-rotatably connected to the second component before a second fluid container is connected to the second component and/or before a first fluid container is connected to the first component. The connector can comprise a locking and rotation-enabling element that is arranged to be activated once a second fluid container has been connected to the second component, and/or once a first fluid container has been connected to the first component, which locking and rotation-enabling element enables the first component and the second component to rotate freely with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Carmel Pharma AB
    Inventors: Tobias Rosenquist, Johanna Lindstrom, Alexander Cederschiöld, Jonas Leffler
  • Patent number: 8312902
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filling head with low Reynolds number, consisting of an inner body (2) and an outer body (3), in which one moves axially with respect to the other, there being a space (4) delimited between them that configures the dynamic characteristics that the flow will have, comprising a damping zone A with inlet (5) located on a different axis from that of the outlet (6), a pressure-loss zone B with seated valve (7), a zone C, with low Reynolds number, composed of n channels (10), with n fins (9) greater than 3 and LRHC less than 4, an ogival acceleration zone D and a nozzle (8) or closure zone E with a seal (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Antonio Mengibar, S.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Mengibar Rivas
  • Patent number: 8307612
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling a balloon with a fluid and tying a knot in the neck of the balloon, having a filling device body engaging a source of fluid under pressure. A balloon barb extends outwards from the body, and a fluid passageway in the body communicates with a control to allow the passage of fluid from the source to the balloon barb. A tying device extends from the body substantially parallel to the balloon barb, the tying device being detachable from and reattachable to a receptacle in the body of the filling device. A keyway is located either the tying device or an inner surface of the receptacle, and a key is located in the other of the tying device or the receptacle. The key corresponds in dimensions to fit in the keyway, where the key removably fits into the keyway when the tying device is inserted in the receptacle of the body of the filling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne Sikorcin
  • Patent number: 8302767
    Abstract: A rotary container handling machine which has a stationary frame and a turntable supported thereby, which turntable has container handling devices for handling containers. The turntable is rotated by a drive. The drive comprises an encircling collar with a plurality of magnets, and at least one stator which overlaps one subsector of the collar to permit rotation of the turntable by an electromagnetic field generated by the at least one stator. The collar is disposed on either the stationary frame or the turntable, while the at least one stator is disposed on the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Lothar Wilhelm, Uwe Wolf, Christian Albrecht, Günter Schmid
  • Patent number: 8291946
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for sensing a fuel level in a fuel tank for sensing an amount of fuel remaining in the fuel tank mounted in a vehicle. The apparatus for sensing a fuel level according to the present invention senses a residual amount of fuel in a fuel tank by contacting a resistance substrate with a wiper, the apparatus including: a case that forms a sealable filling solution filling space and has a filling solution inlet formed on a top thereof; a stopper that blocks the filling solution inlet formed in the case to seal the filling solution filling space; and a filling solution that is filled in the filling solution filling space to perform an anti-rusting and lubricating function, wherein the resistance substrate and the wiper are disposed in the filling solution filling space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Coavis
    Inventors: JongKeun Lim, Youngchang Kim, Inseok Sohn, Kyuseob Shin, Joonseup Kim, Munsik Jeon
  • Patent number: 8286678
    Abstract: A process and apparatus are provided for transferring fluids such as, for example, liquefied natural gas between a source structure such as a floating storage vessel and a receiving structure such as a floating transport vessel utilizing a controllable deployment system to deploy a fluid conduit. The fluid conduit end is supported by a mooring device which is positioned by the controllable deployment system. A transfer vessel is also provided which utilizes the controllable deployment system to position and support a fluid conduit for connection with a manifold on a receiving vessel. The deployment system operates in active mode during positioning and in passive mode during fluid transfer. The fluid transfer system disclosed allows safe, controlled operation and fluid transfer in open sea conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmie Dean Adkins, Donald Gregory Danmeier, John S. Hartono
  • Patent number: 8286677
    Abstract: A fuel dispensing nozzle includes a main body that receives fuel from a fuel source for dispensing the fuel into a fuel tank, an operating lever associated with the main body, a locking device, and a locking device release mechanism. The operating lever is adapted to be actuated by an operator to dispense fuel from the nozzle. The locking device is associated with the operating lever for maintaining the operating lever in a hold open position such that the nozzle continues to dispense fuel without continued actuation of the operating lever by the operator. The locking device release mechanism is associated with the locking device and is adapted to release the operating lever from the hold open position upon the nozzle being stowed in an associated fuel pump cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Vapor Systems Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodger P. Grantham