Patents Examined by Timothy L. Maust
  • Patent number: 10807112
    Abstract: A filling device is provided, including a pump and a liquid transferring handle. The liquid transferring handle includes a grip portion, an inlet portion, an outlet portion which is in communication with the inlet portion, a channel which is in communication between the inlet portion and the outlet portion, and a window through which an interior of the channel is viewable. The inlet portion is detachably connected and in communication with the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Po-Lin Liao
  • Patent number: 10800567
    Abstract: A method for transferring process material between a first container and a second container has, as its essential constituent parts, at least one first tensioning unit, which has a first tensioner and a second tensioner, which can be actuated independently of one another, and also a tubular liner piece, which extends indirectly between the containers in order to seal off the transition between the containers from the exterior. The tensioning unit has fixed in it, temporarily, the near end portion of the liner piece and the near end portion of a tubular liner remainder left over from a previous transfer operation. In specific applications, a transfer means is installed between the containers. The process material is usually of a sensitive nature—e.g. a pharmaceutical component—and must be neither contaminated by the exterior surroundings nor pass into the surroundings. The containers are typically constituent parts of a production installation, such as big bags, steel containers or drums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: RUBITEC AG
    Inventor: Christoph Rubitschung
  • Patent number: 10800102
    Abstract: A build material container outlet structure comprises: a first connector portion to connect to a build material container; a second connector portion comprising an adaptor to receive a nozzle structure of an external aspiration system; and an aspiration channel to aspire build material from the build material container to the nozzle structure of the external aspiration system; wherein the first connector portion is rotatably connected to the second connector portion to align the adaptor in a predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ismael Chanclon, Ernesto Alejandro Jones Poppescou, Xavier Alonso
  • Patent number: 10800281
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fueling (or charging) communication, for example between a hydrogen fueling station and a hydrogen powered vehicle (or an electric vehicle and charging station) may utilize near field communication as well as vehicle to infrastructure communication. Safety information, fueling or charging information, payment information, and other information may be transmitted, and the redundant nature of the communication permits fault recovery and improved process monitoring. In this manner, fueling and/or recharging is made safer, faster, and more efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: Nikola Corporation, Nel Hydrogen A/S
    Inventors: Jesper Nissen Boisen, Livio Richard Gambone, Grigorij J. Grabovskij, Jesse Michael Schneider, Jacob Appelt Vibe Svendsen, Bjarne Vig
  • Patent number: 10793416
    Abstract: A fuel vent connector includes a longitudinal axis and a flow path a long the longitudinal axis. The connector further includes a first portion pivotally supporting a plurality of fingers, each finger amongst the plurality of fingers having a latching head biased radially outwardly and configured to latch within a fuel vent opening. The connector further includes a second portion biased longitudinally away from the first portion with respect to the longitudinal axis. The flow path extends through the first and second portions, and longitudinal movement of the second portion towards the first portion moves the fingers radially inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Conrad J. Dahm
  • Patent number: 10787359
    Abstract: A fuel nozzle retaining apparatus for securing a fuel nozzle in place on a freight truck with side fairings includes a retainer body having a bottom edge with a notch extending towards a top edge and configured to receive a fuel nozzle of a gas pump. The retainer body is configured to engage a fairing of a freight truck within a fuel cutout of the fairing. A body width of the retainer body from the left edge to the right edge is configured to be greater than a cutout width of the fuel cutout, and a thickness of the retainer body to conform to an orthogonal distance between an inner face of the fairing and a nozzle head of the fuel nozzle when engaged within a fuel tank aperture of the truck. The apparatus thus retains the fuel nozzle within the fuel tank aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Lori Gaskill
  • Patent number: 10784131
    Abstract: Disclosed is an equipment front end module (EFEM) in which wafer transfer is conducted between a wafer storage device where a wafer is stored and a process chamber. In addition, the EFEM generates gas flow in a wafer transfer chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Bum Je Woo
  • Patent number: 10774991
    Abstract: A gas filling apparatus having a filling nozzle with high operability. A gas filling apparatus 1, comprising; a filling mechanism for transporting a gas from a gas supply source via a gas transporting pipe while measuring flow rate of the gas; a filling hose 3 connected to the gas transporting pipe, the filling hose having a filling nozzle 4 at an end; a nozzle hook 5 on which the filling nozzle is hung; and a guide mechanism 7 for guiding the filling nozzle from the nozzle hook to a predetermined position when the filling nozzle is detached from the nozzle hook. The guide mechanism can guide the filling nozzle to a filling port of a fuel tank mounted on a vehicle, which allows the filling nozzle to move to the filling port of the fuel tank with ease even though the filling nozzle is heavy or a high pressure gas such as hydrogen gas is handled. The nozzle hook can include an injection port 5d for injecting a dry gas to the filling nozzle hung on the nozzle hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Tsumura, Atsushi Takase, Kiyoshi Kimura, Takayuki Fuse
  • Patent number: 10774993
    Abstract: A system for storing fuel includes a support structure supporting at least one fuel tank a predetermined distance above ground. The fuel tank includes an inner tank configured to contain a gaseous fuel, an intermediate tank encompassing the inner tank and defining a first annular space therebetween, and an outer tank encompassing the intermediate tank an defining a second annular space therebetween. The first annular space is filled with a shock-absorbing resin for absorbing structural stresses, while the second annular space is filled with an insulating material providing for fire and ballistic resistance. The intermediate tank is connected to the support structure and to at least one adjacent fuel tank, and prevents the transfer of load to the inner tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CAPAT, LLC
    Inventors: Jose A Cajiga, Arturo Cajiga, Vicente Cajiga, Alexandra Cajiga
  • Patent number: 10773822
    Abstract: A system and method for the transfer of cryogenic fluid fuel includes a nozzle positionable with respect to fuel tank inlet, e.g., of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a seal to seal the area where the nozzle and inlet are connected, a collapsible and expandable bellows providing an isolation volume where the fluid is transferred from the nozzle into the inlet; a vacuum is provided in the volume to avoid accumulation of fuel or other species in the volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Neoex Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Steven Haberbusch, Philip Travis Putman
  • Patent number: 10765252
    Abstract: Provided is a portable, self-contained beverage apparatus. The beverage apparatus includes a container assembly having a known storage capacity for storing a consumable liquid, and a dispensing assembly disposed within the container assembly that dispenses variable, non-zero quantities of additives into the consumable liquid. The dispensing assembly includes multiple apertures structured and arranged to retain vessels containing the additives to be dispensed into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus also includes a level sensor disposed within the container assembly that determines a consumable liquid level of the consumable liquid stored in the container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon E. Perrelli, David J. Wheatley, Maxim D. Wheatley, Todd Metlen, Connor J. Bacon
  • Patent number: 10766648
    Abstract: A propellant filling apparatus (10) comprising a filling booth (11) for receiving within it one or more containers for filling with a propellant; a propellant inlet (12) to the filling booth (11) that is capable of supplying propellant into one or more containers within the filling booth (11) from a propellant supply; an inert gas inlet (13) supplying inert gas from an inert gas supply (14) into the filling booth (11), a discharge outlet (16) from the filling booth (11); an extraction fan (17) that is capable of adjusting its fan speed to maintain the pressure of gas in the filling booth (11) to be lower than atmospheric pressure; and an oxygen detector (27) that is capable of detecting levels of oxygen in the filling booth (11) and triggering circulation of inert gas in the filling booth (11) when the level of oxygen in the filling booth (11) falls below an oxygen threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MEXICHEM FLUOR S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventors: Paul Alan Dowdle, Stuart Corr, Paul Watkinson
  • Patent number: 10759650
    Abstract: The present invention encompasses a system and method for automatically replacing vehicle fluid, such as engine oil, with a robotic serving unit or robotic machine. The robotic machine comprises a motorized, autonomously maneuverable unit that has on its top a drainage arm to connect with an oil drain plug of a vehicle. In a preferred embodiment, the oil drain plug comprises a hollow interior for the drainage arm to connect with and drain the oil, and can also comprise a sealable element to retain the oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph F. Lawler, III, Grant T. Lawler, Joseph F. Lawler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10759583
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a universal fitment, method of assembling the universal fitment, and method of dispensing liquids using such universal fitment. The universal fitment of the present invention has features to engage a quick-connect-disconnect dispensing connector or a screw-on connector dispensing connector for the dispensing of liquids and semi-liquids from a collapsible bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10759649
    Abstract: A system and method for fueling multiple saddle tanks of hydraulic fracturing equipment from a single cart. The cart having multiple retractable fuel lines for providing and obtaining fuel. Each retractable fuel supply line uses a flowmeter, a ball valve, and an electrically actuated valve to provide remote control to a controller based upon a user's selected fueling requirements. An electronic reporting system provides fuel data to operators and users. Fuel data such as fuel tank status, amount of fuel usage over a stage level, a daily level, or job level along with a fill level of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: American Energy Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Haile, Daniel Thomas Haile
  • Patent number: 10759651
    Abstract: A removable fuel handle retainer is provided, comprising: a circular bungee strap, of a size to fit snugly around the neck of the fuel tank opening on a semi truck; a “U” shaped bungee strap or stirrup of the same material, molded of a piece with the circular bungee strap; and a circular bungee finger hole, molded of a piece with the “U” shaped bungee strap or stirrup, of the same material, at the apex of the “U” shaped bungee strap or stirrup to be used for leverage when activating the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel Patrick Woods
  • Patent number: 10752323
    Abstract: A marine distribution vessel includes a barge that fuel tanks and lubricant tanks, and a distribution station disposed on the barge and connected with the fuel tanks and the lubricant tanks. The distribution station includes a fuel pump and a fuel line that connects the fuel tanks with the fuel pump, a lubricant pump and lubricant lines that connect the lubricant tanks with the lubricant pump, a fuel flow meter disposed in the fuel line, an automated fuel valve disposed in the fuel line, a lubricant flow meter disposed in the lubricant lines, automated lubricant valves disposed in the lubricant lines, and a computerized controller electrically connected with the fuel flow meter, the lubricant flow meter, the automated fuel valve, the automated lubricant valves, the fuel pump, and the lubricant pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Fuel Automation Station, LLC
    Inventors: Ricky Dean Shock, Brayden Gregory Berson, Jonathan H. Brown, Frederick McKenzie Dyson
  • Patent number: 10753539
    Abstract: The invention relates to a station and method for filling a tank with a fuel gas. Said station includes at least one fuel gas source store and a gas transfer system having a first upstream end connected to the source store(s) and a second downstream end that is in fluid communication with the tank. The gas transfer system includes at least one control valve, characterized in that the at least one source store includes a rigid outer wall and a flexible sealing wall that is arranged inside the space defined by the rigid outer wall. The flexible wall defines a storage space for the fuel gas. The first upstream end of the system is connected to the storage space defined by the flexible wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Laurent Allidieres, Julie Flynn, Clemence Devilliers, Thibaut Francois
  • Patent number: 10746054
    Abstract: A turbine shroud for positioning radially outside of blades of a turbine rotor includes a carrier, a blade track, and a track attachment system. The blade track is moved radially outwardly into a cavity of the carrier, and the track attachment system is adjusted to block radially inward movement of the blade track out of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rolls-Royce High Temperature High Composites Inc., Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Sippel, Ted J. Freeman, David J. Thomas, Robert J. Shinavski, Zacheriah A. Cole
  • Patent number: 10737928
    Abstract: An auxiliary or additive fluid for associated use with the primary diesel or related fuel, for application for reduction of exhaust pollution, and for motor or truck vehicle, or the like, includes the nozzle, the nozzle having its spout extending from its forward end, the spout having an outer sleeve, an inner sleeve through which the fluid flows during dispensing, a lower sleeve capable of shifting within the outer sleeve, and integrated with a safety valve sleeve, and biased axially inwardly of the spout when it is inserted into the fluid intake pipe of a vehicle intake for a fluid tank. A primary safety valve extends through the lower spout sleeve, and the integral safety valve sleeve is maintained in a fixed position, and normally is sealed into closure within the lower end of the lower spout sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Husky Corporation
    Inventor: Roger Wiersma