Patents Examined by Timothy L. Maust
  • Patent number: 11142443
    Abstract: Using a filling point to fill a container with liquid filling-material fed by a supply line through which filling material at a supply-line pressure is made available for filling the containers includes using a control circuit to regulate flow velocity at which filling material flows into the container by opening a liquid valve, opening a regulating valve upstream of the liquid valve, sensing flow velocity of the filling material, comparing the flow velocity with a target flow velocity, and using the regulating valve to regulate the flow velocity such that the flow velocity is independent of a pressure difference between the supply-line pressure and a filling pressure set in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 11142063
    Abstract: A filler neck (1) for filling an operating substance, such as fuel or AdBlue® or urea, or an additive, such as water, into a vehicle tank by way of a fuel pump nozzle. The filler neck (1) has a filler neck body (2), which can be accommodated in a filler pipe leading to the vehicle tank. The filler neck (1) furthermore has a fuel pump nozzle guide with an insertion section (4) for guiding a fuel pump nozzle, which is accommodated or is to be accommodated in the filler neck body (2), in the direction of the vehicle tank. The filler neck body (2) and the insertion section (4) of the fuel pump nozzle guide are formed together as an integral casting, in particular plastics injection moulding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Julian Klug
  • Patent number: 11136972
    Abstract: A repeater system may control a pump by using a repeater and a user interface. An adhesive patch system may be used for affixing a pump or other object to a human body. Such an adhesive patch system may include two sets of adhesive members, each member including an adhesive material on at least one side so as to attach to the body. The members of the first set are spaced to allow the members of the second set to attach to the body in spaces provided between the members of the first set, and the members of the second set are spaced to allow members of the first set to detach from the body without detaching the members of the second set. Also, fill stations and base stations are provided for personal pump systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Larry B. Gray, Russell H. Beavis
  • Patent number: 11136951
    Abstract: In order to provide a gas fueling method capable of suppressing overheating of a tank immediately after a start of fueling, in the gas fueling method, an accumulator and a hydrogen tank are coupled to each other with a gas flow passage. In a main fueling control at and after the timing t2, a sensor-based value MAT of a temperature parameter of a measurement position Q1 is calculated on the basis of a detection value of a first station temperature sensor, and the fueling control is performed on the basis of the sensor-based value MAT. In an initial fueling control at the timing t0 to t2, a prediction value MAT_pred of the temperature parameter is calculated at the timing t2 on the basis of an ambient temperature value, a mass flow rate value, and a heat capacity. The fueling control is performed on the basis of the prediction value MAT_pred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Handa
  • Patent number: 11130669
    Abstract: Fuel dispenser (100) comprising: a fluid inlet (105IN) for receiving fuel from a fuel source, a fluid outlet (105OUT) and a conduit (110) disposed therebetween; inspection means (152) for inspecting the fuel within the conduit (110), the inspection means (152) being configured to provide an output indicative of a type of fuel in the conduit (110); valve means (120) operable selectively to prevent or allow flow of fluid through the conduit (110) from the fluid inlet (105IN) to the fluid outlet (105OUT); and control means (150) configured automatically to cause the valve means (120) to prevent or allow flow of fuel through the conduit (110) in dependence on the output of the fuel inspection means (152) and permitted fluid information, the permitted fluid information being information indicative of a type of fuel that is to be permitted to flow through the conduit (110), the apparatus (100) comprising an electrical generator (140) configured to generate electrical power to charge a charge storage device in respo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Berrys (Holdings) Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Jacque Williams, Martin Gerard Berry
  • Patent number: 11130476
    Abstract: A system includes a fill station, a vehicle, and a controller. The fill station has a first conduit. The vehicle has a subsystem that includes a second conduit configured to couple with the first conduit to establish a fluid connection between the subsystem and the fill station. The controller is programmed to, in response to a predetermined condition of the subsystem while the first and second conduits are coupled, automatically pump fluid from the fill station into the subsystem via the fluid connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Vargas Linan, Sebastian Pesado Fabrega, Victor Manuel Gutierrez Lopez
  • Patent number: 11122939
    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: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    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: 11124409
    Abstract: An automatic shut-off fluid nozzle having a primary fluid path, a vacuum-actuated fluid shut-off assembly in the fluid path, said shut-off shutting off flow through the fluid path when the pressure chamber is subjected to a predetermined vacuum. The nozzle having a venturi port in said fluid path and connected to a vacuum channel, and a vacuum vent extending away from the vacuum channel, said vacuum vent communicating with a low vacuum environment. The nozzle further having a segregated fluid channel in the primary fluid path, the venturi port communicating with said segregated fluid channel, such that the flow of fluid past the venturi port creates a venturi vacuum in the vacuum channel. The vacuum exhausts the vacuum through the vent port when the vent port is in an open condition, and creates a vacuum in the vacuum-actuated fluid shut-off assembly when said vent port is in a closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Randall A. Carder
  • Patent number: 11105468
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a tank system (10) comprising a number of at least two tanks (21, 22, 23, 24, 25), which are connected in parallel and which contain a gaseous substance, and in which an interior pressure (PX) prevails, for supplying a consumer unit (12), which requires a full load volume of the gaseous substance, wherein each tank (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) has a safety valve (31, 32, 33, 34, 35), which shuts down the tank if a flow volume of the gaseous material through the safety valve (31, 32, 33, 34, 35) exceeds a shut-off volume. If the interior pressure (PX) in at least one tank (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) falls below a first threshold, at least one other tank (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) that was previously shut down is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Helerson Kemmer
  • Patent number: 11104470
    Abstract: A fuel additive bottle has a neck and thread pattern that allows insertion into a capless diesel fuel system so the bottle's contents can be poured by gravity into a fuel tank. The neck of the bottle is elongated and has a diameter of approximately 0.932 inches, and the novel thread pattern includes thread interruptions that form two or four threadless paths. In use, the spring loaded tabs of a capless fuel system are depressed by the threadless path portion of bottle, thereby triggering the self-sealing mechanism to open, so the fluid receiving aperture is exposed. The use of the threadless paths facilitates the safe and easy entry and removal of the bottle from the capless fuel system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: William Edward Baker
  • Patent number: 11104565
    Abstract: A cartridge and a base unit for use in an oral care appliance are disclosed. The cartridge includes a connection interface configured to form a detachable connection. The base unit is also configured to engage operatively with the cartridge to facilitate flow of an oral care composition from the cartridge into the oral care appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Willo 32 SAS
    Inventors: Pierre Jules Hercule Cazeneuve, Jean-Raphaël Ouin
  • Patent number: 11090228
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure describe systems and methods for testing samples (e.g., biological samples, environmental samples, food samples etc.) for microbial contamination. For example, some embodiments describe an adapter assembly with a means to penetrate a septum of a collection vessel and permit gaseous communication between a headspace of the collection vessel and a sensor. In some embodiments, the gases in the headspace of the collection vessel can exit the collection vessel without contaminating the environment outside the system or allowing sample contamination. In some embodiments, the adapter assembly includes a membrane configured to prevent liquid in the collection vessel from contacting the sensor. In some embodiments, the adapter assembly can be used to access media inside the collection vessel for subculturing or aliquotting for another diagnostic process such as molecular diagnostics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Ammon David Lentz, Brent D. Ludwig, Adam Steel, Ming-Hsiung Yeh
  • Patent number: 11091359
    Abstract: A unitary dispensing nozzle for co-injecting two or more liquids of different viscosity, solubility and/or miscibility at high filling speed to improve homogeneous mixing of such liquids, while said nozzle is an integral piece free of any movable parts and substantially free of dead space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Justin Thomas Cacciatore, Chong Gu, Scott William Capeci, Ilse Maria Cyrilla D'Haeseleer, Vincenzo Guida, Boon Ho Ng, Qi Zhang
  • Patent number: 11091363
    Abstract: A hands-free device for use in filling tanks for storing liquids, particularly water tanks on recreational or commercial vehicles having either threaded or flange style collars. The device's spring clamp can be operatively moved between the open and closed positions to secure the clamp to the collar of the storage tank during use. The filler hose is then snapped into position within the body of the device which prevents inadvertent displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Camco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Martin, Austin Hugh McGugan
  • Patent number: 11090677
    Abstract: A method of delivering a glutinous substance from a cartridge to an applicator comprises receiving the cartridge inside a sleeve through an inlet of the sleeve when a pressure cap, coupled to the sleeve proximate the inlet, is in an open position. The method additionally comprises moving the pressure cap into a closed position to sealingly couple the pressure cap with a trailing end of the cartridge. The method also comprises selectively causing an automated coupler to automatically sealingly couple the applicator with a leading end of the cartridge when the cartridge is inside the sleeve and the pressure cap is in the closed position. The method further comprises applying pressure to the glutinous substance in the cartridge through a first pressure input of the pressure cap to urge the glutinous substance from the cartridge into the applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John W. Pringle, IV, John J. Brown, Angelica Davancens, Frederick B. Frontiera, Martin Guirguis, Raul Tomuta, Richard P. Topf, Don D. Trend, Jake B. Weinmann, Thomas C. Hanson
  • Patent number: 11092290
    Abstract: An amount Y of liquid hydrogen that has passed through a first valve and has been volatilized during a predetermined time after first and second valves are opened is calculated by using a pressure P0 in an internal space of a liquid hydrogen tank measured before the two valves are opened, a pressure P1 in the internal space measured after the lapse of the predetermined time since the two valves are opened, and an amount X of the gaseous hydrogen that has passed through the second valve during the predetermined time. A fluid level H of the liquid hydrogen in the liquid hydrogen tank after the lapse of the predetermined time since the two valves are opened is calculated by using a expression showing a relationship between the H and an amount Y1 of the liquid hydrogen that passes through the first valve and drops therefrom, and the Y.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Takaaki Takahashi, Osamu Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11084613
    Abstract: The meat grind bag filling funnel attachment is configured for use with a meat grinder. The meat grinder further comprises a discharge tube. The meat grind bag filling funnel attachment attaches to the discharge tube. The meat grind bag filling funnel attachment receives meat ground by the meat grinder and transports the received meat to a collection container designated to receive the ground meet. The meat grind bag filling funnel attachment comprises a funnel structure and a suspension structure. The funnel structure transports the meat ground by the meat grinder to the collection container. The suspension structure suspends the funnel structure from the discharge tube of the meat grinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Brian Dove, Christie Dove
  • Patent number: 11085585
    Abstract: A fill station permits transferring a gas, such as a compressed gas from a second device to a first device. The fill station includes a body having an inlet, an inlet/outlet port and an outlet. The body has a passage extending between the inlet, the inlet/outlet port and the outlet. The passage includes a central passage portion. The body includes a bore therein in communication with the central passage portion. A valve assembly includes a seal, a seat, a ball and a biasing member mounted in the body at a first side of the central passage in communication with the inlet/outlet port and a seal, a seal support, and an actuator shaft positioned in the body on an opposite side of the central passage portion. Engagement of the actuator shaft with the ball moves the ball off of the seat to open flow communication from the inlet/outlet port to the outlet and disengagement of the actuator shaft from the ball moves the ball onto the seat to close flow communication from the inlet to the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Pressure Specialist, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Trimble, Scot W. Tillman, Aaron A. Stephens
  • Patent number: 11077924
    Abstract: A depth selector or current depth provider for use by a variable speed air system. As a depth selector it is preferably in the form of a rotary switch on the user interface for the air system. The rotary switch can have 3 positions for maximum depth selections, such as, without limitation 15, 25, and 65 feet. Other depth values and number of depth selections provided can be used and all are considered within the scope of the disclosure. A microcontroller of the system reads the voltage from the voltage divider created by the rotary switch selection to determine which position the rotary switch is in. The microcontroller uses this information to set the upper and lower pressure limits for the dive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Blake Carmichael
  • Patent number: 11065954
    Abstract: A fuel fill opening structure for a fuel tank includes a fuel filler pipe, a fuel fill opening, and a flow guide. The flow guide includes a main guide wall which partitions a fuel introduction region inside the fuel filler pipe into an upper space communicating with a tank main body side and a lower space communicating with the fuel fill opening side, and a partition wall provided to be continuous with the main guide wall and configured to close a space between an upper surface side of the main guide wall and an inner surface of the fuel filler pipe. The main guide wall includes a bent inclined part that is bent and inclined downward from a middle portion in running from the fuel fill opening side toward the tank main body side. The bent inclined part has a shape in which a width thereof becomes smaller when viewed from above as it inclines downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Koga, Kazunari Nakaya, Masaki Komada