Patents Examined by Timothy L. Maust
  • Patent number: 11912555
    Abstract: A container and system therefor is provided herein, wherein the containers are configured to store and transport user chosen contents therein, such as supplements or powders for mixing with liquids in a secondary container. A removable upper lid of the container is configured to form a stand when frictionally engaged to a lower lid engaged to the body. In use, the containers having a funnel shape that are positionable to a funneled engagement with the secondary container for depositing of the contents thereof into a fluid or other container. The containers are configured for a nesting engagement of a kit having multiple container bodies to nest in a compact stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Tommy Raymus
  • Patent number: 11912447
    Abstract: An automated syringe handling system that will safely, securely, and quickly assemble syringes or other medical devices under controlled/sterile conditions while maintaining the syringes in a stable orientation and eliminating unnecessary operator contact with the syringes and working area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignees: University of South Carolina, Nephron Pha
    Inventors: John Michael Cutler, John Perry Diamond, Ramy Harik, William Sickinger, Jr., Jon Alan Burgess, Luther Joey Vann, Jr., Charles Gainey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11916267
    Abstract: An installation for supplying a fuel cell with hydrogen comprising a fuel cell, a liquefied hydrogen storage facility and a supply circuit that includes at least one upstream end connected to the storage facility and one downstream end connected to a fuel inlet of the fuel cell, the supply circuit including at least one system for heating hydrogen by heat exchange with a heat source and a set of control valves, the liquefied hydrogen storage facility being configured to keep the liquefied hydrogen in equilibrium with a gaseous phase at a determined nominal storage pressure of between 1.5 and 4.5 bar, the supply circuit including a buffer tank for pressurized gaseous hydrogen which is configured to store the hydrogen withdrawn from the storage facility and heated by the heating system, the set of valves being configured to accumulate pressurized gas in the buffer tank at a determined storage pressure of between 4 and 100 bar, for example between 6 and 8 bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Laurent Allidieres
  • Patent number: 11905159
    Abstract: A system for recovering fuel vapor during delivery of fuel by a mobile fueler includes a storage tank covered with a layer of insulation, a supply pump connected to the storage tank for delivering fuel therefrom, and a fuel dispensing assembly, preferably a coaxial hose and nozzle, including a supply outlet for delivering fuel to a vehicle being fueled, and a vapor recovery inlet proximate the supply outlet. A diverter valve diverts a portion of the fuel in the supply line, and a vacuum jet pump is connected to the storage tank and, by a vapor line, to the vapor recovery inlet, which is driven by the diverted fuel to create a vacuum in the vapor line to draw vapor into the vapor recovery inlet, through the vapor line, and into the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Bob J. Hill
  • Patent number: 11905157
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a water purifying device and a method for controlling the same. The water purifying device is characterized in that a water discharge module capable of moving vertically is provided with a sensor. Specifically, in the water purifying device of one embodiment, the sensor may measure a height of a container, by transmitting and receiving a signal for measuring a distance at a first point of the water discharge module, and may detect both a height of the inlet of the container and a water level, by transmitting and receiving the signal and measuring a water level at a second point of the water discharge module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Junsang Yun, Kyungsoo Oh, Heesang Yoon
  • Patent number: 11903409
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for automatic infusion of concentrate and distillate material into cigarettes or other containers. In one embodiment, a thermally-controlled infusion system is provided. The system can maintain a selected temperature of the concentrate material throughout the infusion process, using a two-stage approach. In a first stage, the concentrate material is pressure-fed to a dosing chamber. In the second stage, the concentrate material is pumped into an insertion cannula and into a cigarette or container. A revolver houses the cigarettes or containers and vertically transitions them to an insertion position, where the insertion cannula can infuse the cigarettes or containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Sorting Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nohtal Partansky, Paul Skaar
  • Patent number: 11905106
    Abstract: A product tank for receiving a liquid product, and a device for filling containers with a filling product, for example in a beverage filling plant, wherein the product tank includes: an outlet for discharge of the product from the product tank along a discharge direction; and a flow guide device which is arranged in the interior of the product tank and is configured to create a cross-flow oriented towards the discharge direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Tobias Ehrismann, Christina Laumer, Michael Grauham, Volker Richter
  • Patent number: 11898697
    Abstract: An oil gun for an automatic fluid pump conveniently supplies fluid stored inside a tank to the inside of a container. The oil gun includes a case and a handle part, which has a switch to control a battery-operated suction pumping part coupled to a suction hose to which a supply hose is coupled. A gun nozzle coupling part curvedly extends downward from the handle part. The case is divided into an upper case and a lower case that can be assembled and disassembled. A first seating groove is formed on one end of each of the upper case and the lower case to receive a connector of a flow path member. A second seating groove is formed on the other end of each of the upper case and the lower case to receive an upper portion of the gun nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: DUKSHIN CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Chanil Park
  • Patent number: 11890448
    Abstract: A method for controlling a device using a shape-memory alloy wire is disclosed. The method includes determining an ontime for the shape-memory alloy wire based on a target volume to be pumped by a pump plunger, determining the temperature of the shape-memory alloy wire and adjusting the ontime based on the temperature of the shape-memory alloy wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Colin H. Murphy, Dean Kamen, John M. Kerwin, Larry B. Gray
  • Patent number: 11883815
    Abstract: An apparatus for a sterile transfer of a material incudes a second safety device which locks an actuation mechanism in a closed position and unlocks the actuation mechanism when a container flange is correctly connected to a port flange, a third safety device which locks the container flange connected to the port flange when the actuation mechanism leaves the closed position, and a fourth safety device which blocks a return of the actuation mechanism from the open position to the closed position when the port door is open. The second, third and/or fourth safety device comprises two magnetic elements with at least one closed wall being arranged between the two magnetic elements. The two magnetic elements are configured to mutually attract or to mutually repel through the at least one closed wall either in a lock position or in an unlock position of the second, third and/or fourth safety device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: ATEC PHARMATECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Hans-Werner Mumm
  • Patent number: 11883361
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the transfer of medical fluid are provided. A medical fluid transfer system may comprise a pump configured to transfer fluid through a tube assembly having a first connector configured to couple to a source container and a second connector configured to couple to a target container. The medical fluid transfer system may also comprise a destination sensor configured to output information about the target container. The medical fluid transfer system may further comprise a control system configured to operate the pump based on an operational setting associated with fluid volume; receive measurement data representing a measurement of the target container by the destination sensor, and adjust the operational setting based on an observed volume of fluid transferred to the target container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthias Janssen
  • Patent number: 11884435
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus for automatically boxing products on stick including: a closed transport line, a plurality of units, each movable independently, along the transport line in a feed direction, each including a retaining system for retaining a product on stick, an unloading unit configured for picking up a predetermined number of products on stick from the units and boxing said predetermined number of products on stick, a control and return unit, positioned upstream relative to the unloading unit relative to the feed direction along the transport line, configured for controlling the presence of products on stick in the units moving along the forward guide, for selectively interrupting the movement of the units in the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: CT PACK S.R.L.
    Inventors: David Rosignoli, Alberto Bonazza, Elia Zaghi
  • Patent number: 11879766
    Abstract: A droplet dispensing apparatus includes a crystal sensor, a resonance frequency measuring unit, and a controller. The controller is configured to obtain the resonance frequency of the crystal sensor before droplets are discharged from a liquid dropping device, control the liquid dropping device to discharge droplets on to the crystal sensor, and obtain the resonance frequency of the crystal sensor after droplets are discharged from the liquid dropping device. The controller estimates a volatilization amount for the droplets on the crystal sensor based on a temporal change trend in the resonance frequency of the crystal sensor and calculates the total weight of the droplets discharged from the liquid dropping device based on the difference in resonance frequency of the crystal sensor before and after the droplets are discharged and the estimated volatilization amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuhei Yokoyama, Atsushi Kubota, Ryutaro Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 11878666
    Abstract: A brake de-icing agent insertion apparatus for an air line of a vehicle is provided. Preferably, the de-icing is the emergency brake line of a truck or other vehicle. The brake de-icing agent insertion apparatus has a release valve plug located on the underside of a main storage reservoir. An extended rim on the underside of the main storage reservoir surrounds the release valve plug and provides a stabilizing surface for resting the reservoir. Further the extended rim provides a protective shield should there be a release of the de-icing agent which might be pressurized and might otherwise spray on, contact and harm a person adding the de-icing agent to the air line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: MILTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Karolina Stus
  • Patent number: 11878826
    Abstract: A tube filling machine (1) adapted to fill different types of empty tubes (18) simultaneously, where the filling machine (1) comprises a grouping device (11), a transfer device (9), a conveyor (7) and a filling device (2) comprising a plurality of filling nozzles (3, 4, 5, 6), where the grouping device (11) comprises a first supply tray (13) with a first type of tubes, a second supply tray (14) with a second type of tubes, a receiving tray (17) and a pick-up head (12), where the transfer device (9) is adapted to transfer a grouped row of empty tubes (18) from the receiving tray (17) to the conveyor (7), where the grouping device (11) is adapted to place a plurality of groups (21) of empty tubes adjacent each other in the receiving tray (17), where a group (21) comprises a row of the first type of tubes and a row of the second type of tubes, that the transfer device (9) is adapted to transfer a row of grouped empty tubes from the receiving tray (17) to the conveyor (9), and where the filling nozzles (3, 4, 5,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Norden Machinery AB
    Inventor: Jan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 11873205
    Abstract: A drink dispensing device including one or more processors, a drink dispensing item located above a drink container positioning area, and a first sensor to determine when a drink container is located in the drink container positioning area, where the one or more processors initiate a drink container filling operation based on a first signal from the first sensor that the drink container is located in the drink container positioning area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: GATE CFV Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Newton, Peter Brooke, Jacob Lockwood, Dustin Hartsfield, Michael Cheney, Gillian Callaghan, Rory Pawl
  • Patent number: 11873210
    Abstract: A breakaway assembly including a first connector and a second connector releasably coupleable to the first connector, wherein the assembly is movable between a first configuration in which the first and second connectors are releasably coupled and together define a fluid path through which fluid is flowable, wherein the fluid path includes an at least partially radially extending portion, and a second configuration in which the first and second connectors are not coupled together. The assembly is configured to move from the first configuration to the second configuration when a predetermined separation force is applied to the assembly. One of the first or second connectors has a shaft which defines or includes at least part of the fluid path therein, and the at least partially radially extending portion includes or is defined by an opening in the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: OPW FUELING COMPONENTS, LLC
    Inventor: Bryan William Clever
  • Patent number: 11873203
    Abstract: A cleaning method of a heat sterilization system includes: a step of causing a fluid formed of a cleaning liquid or a rinse liquid to flow through the heat sterilization system; a step of supplying hot water to a second-stage heating unit to heat the second-stage heating unit; and a step of measuring fluid temperatures of the fluid at the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet of the second-stage heating unit, and medium temperatures of the hot water at a medium inlet of the second-stage heating unit and a medium outlet of the second-stage heating unit. An overall heat transfer coefficient (U value) of a heating pipe of the second-stage heating unit is calculated based on the fluid temperatures at the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet of the second-stage heating unit and the medium temperatures at the medium inlet and the medium outlet of the second-stage heating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiji Kuwano
  • Patent number: 11866320
    Abstract: Exemplary sanitary soap refilling systems and methods are disclosed herein. An exemplary refill refilling system includes a housing, a pump located within the housing, and a bulk storage tank connector. The bulk storage tank connector having a liquid outlet and an air inlet. A liquid inlet conduit is in fluid communication with the pump the liquid outlet. A refill connector is included. The refill connector has a liquid inlet and an air outlet. The refill connector air outlet and the bulk storage tank connector air inlet are in fluid communication with one another. The refill liquid inlet is in fluid communication with the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Marshall, Nick E. Ciavarella, John J. McNulty, Matthew J. Archer, Emily Barbara Kennedy, Bradley L. Lightner, Richard E. Corney, Jason Fokens, Chet J. Bonner
  • Patent number: 11865074
    Abstract: A robotic system and method are provided for transfer of fluid between a container accessible via a container-septum and a fluid transfer assembly accessible via a fluid transfer connector septum. The robotic system includes a controller and a manipulator controllable by the controller to manipulate at least one of the container and the fluid transfer assembly. The controller is configured to operate the manipulator to secure contact between the container-septum and the fluid transfer connector septum during at least a portion of the transfer of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: EQUASHIELD MEDICAL LTD
    Inventors: Eric Shem-Tov, Marino Kriheli, Boaz Slav, Raanan Tavor, Gonen Daskal