Patents Examined by Timothy L. Maust
  • Patent number: 11519770
    Abstract: A fuel truck is used to deliver fuel to vehicles parked at one or more locations. While the fuel truck is servicing vehicles, a user of the fuel truck uses a mobile device to assist in the management of fuel delivery. Specifically, each vehicle being serviced has a tag that is a capable of being read by the mobile device. The tag communicates information that identifies the vehicle, and the mobile device communicates with a meter on the fuel truck to track how much fuel is delivered to the identified vehicle. The mobile device also controls the meter such that fuel is allowed to flow only when the mobile device is aware of which vehicle is receiving the fuel. Thus, over time, the mobile device is able to track accurately which vehicle is receiving fuel so that the amount of fuel delivered to each vehicle can be precisely determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: GMS Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Larry Benjamin Morris
  • Patent number: 11518670
    Abstract: Provided is a water purifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minho Kim, Youngseok Kim, Jongwon Yun, Hoon Jang, Jewook Jeon, Soonki Jung, Jingyu Ji
  • Patent number: 11518666
    Abstract: A water ejecting apparatus includes a case and a water ejection unit connected to the case. The water ejection unit includes a fixed cover connected to the case, having atop dead point and a bottom dead point, and including a lifting gear provided between the top dead point and the bottom dead point, a lifting cover movably coupled to the fixed cover, a lifting motor coupled to the lifting cover and a gear module interworking with the lifting motor and the lifting gear, a water ejection nozzle for ejecting water, a signal detecting unit that detects a frequency generation (FG) signal generated by the lifting motor during an operation of the lifting motor, and a controller configured to control the operation of the lifting motor upon determining that the lifting cover reaches the top dead point or the bottom dead point based on the FG signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jongho Park, Minho Kim, Heesang Yoon, Hoon Jang, Dongkoo Han, Hyeonggeun Kim, Keunho Roh, Younggwan Song
  • Patent number: 11515177
    Abstract: A circulating EFEM includes an introduction port for introducing a gas, a housing for circulating the introduced gas, and a discharge port for discharging the gas from the housing into a discharge pipe. The discharge port includes a box and a damper. The box is disposed to surround a discharge opening formed on the housing and connected to the discharge pipe. The damper is disposed inside the box to close and open the discharge port and adjusts a discharge amount of the gas via the discharge opening by at least partially moving in response to a differential pressure between the housing and the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Igarashi, Tsutomu Okabe, Mutsuo Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11505444
    Abstract: An appliance, such as a refrigerator appliance, and controller configured to perform operations of a method for measuring contents in a container are provided. The operations include receiving, from a sensor, one or more signals indicative of a height of contents in a container, and determining a contents volume in the container based at least on the height of contents in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Keith Root, Steven Phang
  • Patent number: 11506339
    Abstract: A device and process for refuelling containers comprising a pressurized gas source, a transfer circuit intended to be removably connected to a container, the device comprising a refrigeration system comprising a refrigerant cooling loop circuit comprising, arranged in series, a compressor, a condenser section, an expansion valve and an evaporator section, the refrigeration system comprising a cold source in heat exchange with the condenser section and a heat exchanger located in the transfer circuit, the refrigerant cooling loop circuit comprising a bypass conduit comprising an upstream end connected to the outlet of the compressor and a downstream end connected to the refrigerant cooling loop circuit upstream the compressor inlet, the device further comprising a bypass regulating valve for controlling the flow of refrigerant flowing into the by-pass conduit, the device comprising a pressure sensor for sensing the refrigerant pressure in the cooling loop circuit between the compressor inlet and the heat excha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Etienne Werlen, Marcus Buck
  • Patent number: 11506341
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tank for storing a cryogenic mixture of liquid and gas, comprising a first casing, a draw-off pipe for drawing off fluid, which has an upstream end connected to said first casing, a filling circuit comprising a first filling pipe with an upstream end to be connected to a fluid source and a downstream end connected to the lower portion of the first casing, said filling circuit comprising a second filling pipe connected to the fluid source and a downstream end connected to the upper portion of the first casing, wherein the upstream ends of said first and second filling pipes are designed to be connected to the same fluid source simultaneously, and a distribution valve assembly which is configured to allow distribution of the fluid in said filling pipes, wherein the tank comprises a sensor assembly which measures the pressure in the first casing, said distribution valve assembly being configured to automatically adjust the pressure in the first casing, during filling, to a predetermine
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Olivier Beuneken, Didier Geneste, Regis Pointeau
  • Patent number: 11498708
    Abstract: Systems and methods for distributing a filling fluid are discussed. More particularly an exemplary filling system may include a reservoir holding a filling fluid for distribution. The filling system may also include a pump and filling nozzle fluidly coupled to the reservoir. A processor executes a filling module that when executed receives at least one input fluid property of the filling fluid and generates at least one set of operating parameters for controlling operation of the pump during a filling operation based at least in part on the fluid property. The generated set of operating parameters enable control of the pump to distribute the filling fluid through the filling nozzle, such that a fluid interface with a stable resting profile forms in the filling fluid in the filling nozzle adjacent to the nozzle opening after the filling fluid is distributed from the filling nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard John Galas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11498827
    Abstract: A system for delivering fuel to an equipment fuel tank. The system includes a remote fuel storage tank and a valve assembly coupleable to the equipment fuel tank. The system includes a fuel supply line extending between the remote fuel storage tank and the valve assembly and a pneumatic valve disposed in the fuel supply line. The pneumatic valve can prevent flow of fuel into the fuel supply line or can enable flow of fuel into the fuel supply line. The valve assembly includes pressure tubes to detect changes in fuel level inside the equipment fuel tank. A switch actuates the pneumatic valve to prevent the flow of fluid in response to an overfilled position; and actuates the pneumatic valve to enable the flow of fluid in response to an underfilled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Maxum Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Bush, David Froehle
  • Patent number: 11499765
    Abstract: A device for refuelling containers with pressurized gas, comprising a pressurized gas source, a transfer circuit intended to be removably connected to a container, the device comprising a refrigeration system for cooling the gas flowing from the gas source prior to its entering into the container, the refrigeration system comprising a refrigerant cooling loop circuit comprising, arranged in series, a compressor, a condenser section, an expansion valve and an evaporator section, the refrigeration system comprising a cold source in heat exchange with the condenser section and a heat exchanger located in the transfer circuit, the device comprising an electronic controller connected to the expansion valve and configured for controlling cooling power produced by the refrigeration system via the control of the opening of the expansion valve, the device comprising a differential temperature sensor system measuring the difference between the temperature of the refrigerant in the refrigerant cooling loop circuit at th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Etienne Werlen, Marcus Buck
  • Patent number: 11498823
    Abstract: A carbonated beverage aseptic filling system (10) comprises: a filling nozzle (72) for filling a carbonated beverage; a carbonated beverage filling tank (75) connected to the filling nozzle (72) via a carbonated beverage supplying pipe (73) and a counter pressure pipe (74); a snift pipe (78) connected to the filling nozzle; and an aseptic chamber (13) enclosing the filling nozzle (72), at least part of the carbonated beverage supplying pipe (73), and at least part of the counter pressure pipe (74). The carbonated beverage supplying pipe (73) and the counter pressure pipe (74) are attached to the aseptic chamber (13) by a rotary joint (77). A discharging valve (79) is provided in the snift pipe (78) inside the aseptic chamber (13), and gas from the snift pipe (78) is discharged into the aseptic chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 11493175
    Abstract: A hydrogen refilling station for filling tanks of fuel cell electric vehicles includes a liquid hydrogen tank that feeds liquid hydrogen to an upstream end of a filling circuit that also includes a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger exchanges heat between the liquid hydrogen and heat transfer fluid flows to thereby cool the heat transfer fluid and vaporize the liquid hydrogen to provide a supply of high pressure hydrogen gas for filling hydrogen-fueled vehicle tanks at a downstream end of the circuit. Because the liquid hydrogen is surrounded by the heat transfer fluid inside the heat exchanger, little if any fogging occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Vincent Fairy
  • Patent number: 11485524
    Abstract: Filling device for filling an aerosol container with a liquid, such as paint, which device comprises a cup for the liquid for the aerosol container, which cup is provided with an injection opening at its bottom surface; a pusher element for pushing the liquid from the cup via the injection opening to the aerosol container; and a piston head that is adapted to be detachably fixed on the end of the pusher element to be in contact with the liquid in the cup when the liquid is transferred from the cup to the aerosol container, which piston head is in the form of a scrap-er in continuous contact with the side wall of the cup during the liquid transferring operation, wherein the detachable fixing of the piston head allows the piston head to be withdrawn together with the pusher element from the cup after the liquid transferring operation is done.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Wisespray International Oy
    Inventors: Ilkka Parviainen, Marcus Weckman
  • Patent number: 11481745
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises a housing enclosing fluid handling components including a fluid flow meter. The housing has a user interface including a panel display. A control system is in electrical communication with the user interface and is operative to display money and volume information on the panel display during a fueling transaction. A secondary display having digit structure that registers fuel dispensing information is in electrical communication with the control system. The secondary display is configured to not be viewable by a customer during a fueling transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Slabbekoorn, Felix La Pietra, Anny Liao, Edward Asbell Payne
  • Patent number: 11471875
    Abstract: A processing method for a volatile liquid using a pipette includes a low-volatility liquid suction step of sucking a low-volatility liquid that is less volatile than the volatile liquid through the suction/ejection port, an air suction step of sucking air through the suction/ejection port after the low-volatility liquid suction step, and a volatile liquid suction step of sucking the volatile liquid through the suction/ejection port after the air suction step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11472687
    Abstract: The refillable drinking vessel comprises a bottle, a bottle fitting structure, a base plate, and a fluid control structure. The base plate forms a fluidic connection between the bottle fitting structure and a pressurized fluid source. The bottle fitting structure forms a fluidic connection between the bottle and the base plate. The fluid control structure automatically controls the flow of fluid from the pressurized fluid source through the base plate and the bottle fitting structure into the bottle. The fluid control structure senses when the bottle is near the base plate. The fluid control structure measures and controls the amount of fluid contained in the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas Mullenaux
  • Patent number: 11472693
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing a beverage includes the detection of a presence of a cup underneath a nozzle, and in response to the detected presence of the cup, a target fill height is calculated. The controller operates to begin a dispense of a beverage into the cup. A beverage fill height determined and compared to a target fill height. When the beverage fill height exceeds the target fill height, the controller operates to stop dispensing the beverage into the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Marmon Foodservice Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Bendig
  • Patent number: 11471005
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser includes a dispensation conduit and a refill conduit. A refill system includes a refill reservoir and a refill distribution conduit. The refill distribution conduit is configured for selective fluid coupling with the refill conduit to facilitate refilling of the fluid dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, Scott T. Proper, Chin P. Richards, Eric M. Chalko, Aaron D. Marshall, Scott E. Urban, Christopher S. Welsh, Paul R. Metcalfe
  • Patent number: 11465897
    Abstract: Provided is a device for automatic refueling of a vehicle that includes a nozzle having a flexible filler pipe with an open end. The filler pipe is inserted, with the open end first, into the tank pipe to deliver fuel through the open end into the tank pipe. An axial pressure is applied to the filler pipe to insert the filler pipe into the tank pipe. The filler pipe includes an inner fuel pipe of flexible hard plastic material, and an outer metal coil or a series of metal rings. The metal coil or metal rings are arranged to run in parallel to and outside of the inner fuel pipe. The metal coil is arranged to run in and along a recess in the surface of the inner fuel pipe and the metal rings are disposed in a series of annular recesses in the surface of the fuel pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Sten Corfitsen
  • Patent number: 11465899
    Abstract: The invention broadly comprises a portable device (fuel caddy) for transferring fluids, particular for transferring gasoline from a storage container to gasoline using vehicles, boats or equipment. The device includes an external housing with an inlet and a discharge through a nozzle with a pump located on the external housing, with the pump operated by a hand crank located on the nozzle. The external housing includes all-terrain wheels, a tow loop for use on ATVs' and trucks, and an extended hose to the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Shay Aaron Wells