Patents Examined by Timothy L. Maust
  • Patent number: 10354477
    Abstract: A beverage vending machine (1) comprising a cup storage (3), a cup support device (9) in a cup filling station (7), and a stirrer dispenser (6) to feed a stirrer (6a) to a cup (4) in the cup support device (9). The cup support device (9) is defined by a body in the form of an open ring (11) with a vertical axis (12), a cup supporting surface (15), and a lateral opening (13) to allow the cup to be transversally extracted from the open ring body (11). The supporting surface (15) has at least one projecting area (19) configured to cause the planarity of the cup supporting surface (15) imperfect so as to cause the cup (4) to tilt, with respect to the cup support device (9), in response to the supply of a stirrer (6a) to the cup (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: N&W GLOBAL VENDING S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Magno, Alberto Crippa, Mauro Scotti
  • Patent number: 10351407
    Abstract: An enhanced bottle filler assembly for filling bottles with a liquid from a pressurized vessel into an unpressurized vessel. In a preferred embodiment a molded body has a fitting housing and a grip formed perpendicular to one another. A grip passage interposing the grip, a valve actuator interposing the grip passage, a housing passage interposing the fitting housing, wherein said housing passage is fluidly connected to the grip passage. Two tubes are placed inside each other forming an annulus where a compressed gas can be forced to the bottom of a vessel to purge the vessel of oxygen. A sealing mechanism allows a liquid to flow into the bottle when trigger is pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: John Blichmann
  • Patent number: 10350141
    Abstract: A syringe holding assembly for filling a syringe with medication includes a block that has a first well therein to insertably receive a medication bottle. The block has a second well therein to insertably receive a syringe. The first well is aligned with the second well to align the syringe with the medication bottle. In this way a user with limited hand dexterity is assisted to fill the syringe with medication. An adapter is provided to receive a vial. The adapter is removably positioned in the first well thereby facilitating the vial to be aligned with the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: William Metz
  • Patent number: 10351272
    Abstract: A system for filling a blow-fill-seal (BFS) container is provided. The system includes a first fluid circuit constructed to selectively deliver a purge fluid to an open BFS container. A second fluid circuit selectively delivers a product to the open BFS container. A third fluid circuit, having a vent line in fluid communication with the open BFS container and to the ambient, directs a bulk fluid comprising at least the purge fluid from the container when the purge fluid is introduced into the BFS container. The second circuit selectively delivers product when the first fluid circuit selectively does not deliver the purge fluid, and the second circuit selectively does not deliver product when the first circuit selectively delivers the purge fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: R.P. SCHERER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Colin Colangelo
  • Patent number: 10343515
    Abstract: A fuel filling apparatus and method for a bi-fuel vehicle using both gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel are provided to an LPG fuel tank. The fuel filling apparatus and method are capable of temporarily burning a portion of LPG fuel after collecting a fuel portion, using a gasoline fuel tank and a canister, when the internal pressure of the LPG fuel tank in the bi-fuel vehicle is equal to or greater than an LPG filling pressure of a filling gun. Additionally, the internal pressure of the LPG fuel tank is decreased to a level below the LPG filling pressure of the filling gun, thereby achieving smoother LPG fuel filling of the LPG fuel tank by the filling gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Chang Han Kim, Jong Ki Kim, Jae Hwa Park, Jae Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10336477
    Abstract: A semi-automated system (100) suitable for use in a hospital setting for filling patient-specific liquid medication prescriptions from balk medicine containers (104) into oral syringes (S) for administration on a just-in-time basis. The system enables hospital pharmacists to simplify and streamline their task, increasing the number of prescriptions mat can be filled in a day, improving patient safety and care by minimizing medication errors and the consequences that ensue. The present invention also includes a novel adapter cap for use in interfacing between bulk medicine containers (104) and syringes (S) having a Luer-lock fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Perazzo, Robert A. Rosen, John G. Grosskopf, Jr., Mark Bennett, John M. Chopper
  • Patent number: 10336600
    Abstract: Present invention relates to a locking and emptying system of a refill cartridge containing nutrients or chemicals, said system comprising at least one replaceable refill cartridge, at least one receiving socket for the refill cartridge, in every receiving socket a locking mechanism of the refill cartridge, discharge means of the refill cartridge and control means of the locking system and for each refill cartridge a emptying container. The control means of the locking system are set to release the empty refill cartridge from the receiving socket only when the emptying container has enough free volume to receive the content of the next refill cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: NATUFIA LABS OÜ
    Inventors: Lauri Kapp, Gregory Francis Chakwan Lu
  • Patent number: 10336601
    Abstract: A remote fueling station for an above ground fuel storage tank has a fuel pump for dispensing a pressurize flow of fuel from the fuel tank to a dispenser nozzle. A lockable enclosure is supported on the fuel tank in fixed relation thereto by a threaded connection at an intermediate location along a rigid supply pipe connected between the fuel pump and the fuel tank. The enclosure includes a fuel pump compartment receiving the fuel pump therein and a battery compartment for receiving a battery of the fuel pump therein which is separate from the fuel pump compartment so that the battery is isolated from the fuel pump. A dispenser nozzle and an activation switch of the fuel pump can also be received within the enclosure so as to restrict access thereto by unauthorized persons. A solar panel is supported above the enclosure for recharging the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Kyle Kevin Oliver Wiebe
  • Patent number: 10330260
    Abstract: A method, as well as a system, are disclosed for filling a container with an amount of liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) which is partially converted into an amount of solid CO2 in the container, for maintaining one or more products, loaded into the container, at a defined temperature, below a defined temperature, or within a defined temperature range, the defined temperature or the defined temperature range being below an environmental temperature. Also disclosed are a method and a system for providing identification and traceability data determining the container and the one or more products that have been loaded into the container, and for enabling identification of the container during transport to a particular destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Jérôme Kermaidic, Nathalie Brixy
  • Patent number: 10329954
    Abstract: A bearing housing for a turbocharger is disclosed. The bearing housing includes a first end proximate to a turbine wheel of the turbocharger and a second end proximate to a compressor wheel of the turbocharger. The bearing housing further includes a central chamber disposed between the first end and the second end and configured to house, at least, the shaft. The bearing housing further includes an oil drain disposed radially outward of the shaft and configured for directing oil out of the bearing housing and an oil core disposed radially outward of the shaft and radially inward of the oil drain, the oil core configured for communicating oil towards the oil drain and having an inner wall. The bearing housing includes one or more strakes protruding radially inward from the inner wall, the one or more strakes configured to direct oil within the oil core towards the oil drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Thomas Race, Erwin Perry Ellwood, III, Jonathan Williams
  • Patent number: 10327988
    Abstract: An automated medication preparation system for preparing a prescribed dosage of medication in a drug delivery device includes a plurality of stations for receiving, handling and processing the drug delivery device so that the prescribed dosage of medication is delivered to the drug delivery device and a transporting device that receives and holds more than one drug delivery device and moves the drug delivery devices in a controlled manner from one station to another station. The system is configured so that two or more separate drug delivery devices can be acted upon at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Baxter Corporation Englewood
    Inventors: Dennis Tribble, Joel A. Osborne, Abdul Wahid Khan, Edward J. Lefebre
  • Patent number: 10322663
    Abstract: Systems may include a storage location and a bladder. The storage location may have a volume. The bladder may be selectively inflatable and deflatable to change an amount of the volume of the storage location that is occupied by the bladder. Fluid communication between the bladder and an inflation network may change an amount of pressurized fluid present in the bladder so as to change the amount of the volume of the storage location occupied by the bladder. For example, this may cause the bladder to press against an item in the storage location, such as to secure the item or to facilitate a determination of an amount of space that is occupied in the storage location and/or an amount of space that is available for receipt of additional items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dushyant Goyal, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 10322865
    Abstract: A vacuum food storage system includes a vacuum container having an air valve, and a cordless vacuum unit capable of being supported on top of the container for extracting air from the container through the air valve. To provide a more substantive visual indication of the presence of a vacuum in the container, a resilient seal between the vacuum unit and the container resiliently suspends the vacuum unit so that, as the vacuum increases, the entire vacuum unit is drawn down onto the container. A hands-free operation and more evocative audible indication of the presence of a vacuum is provided by employing a pressure-equalizing valve that abruptly opens to provide a channel between an interface chamber and ambient air when a vacuum sensor indicates a predefined vacuum level within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hop Shing Metal & Plastic Manufactory Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin Pang Kwok
  • Patent number: 10323794
    Abstract: A hydrogen fueling system and method comprises a container, a first tank, second tank, and third tank disposed within the container, and a nozzle coupled to the second tank and the third tank. One or more computer-readable storage media storing instructions executable by one or more processors may control flow of liquid hydrogen and hydrogen gas in the system, adjust temperature of the tanks, control pressure in the tanks, and transfer hydrogen gas from the second tank, the third tank, or a combination thereof to one or more target vessels. The system may also comprise flow control assemblies and flow control valves to manage the transfer of liquid hydrogen and hydrogen gas in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Washington State University
    Inventors: Jacob William Leachman, Jacob Thomas Fisher, Ian Andrew Richardson
  • Patent number: 10314765
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein related to a device for transferring precise amounts of fluid from at least one source container to at least one target container. In some embodiments, the fluid is first transferred from the source container (e.g., a vial) through a connector to an intermediate measuring container (e.g., a syringe). In some embodiments air can pass through an air inlet and enter the vial to compensate for the volume of fluid withdrawn from the vial. An air check valve or a bag or a filter can prevent the fluid from escaping through the air inlet. The precisely measured amount of fluid can then be transferred from the intermediate measuring container to the target container (e.g., an IV bag). In some embodiments the connector can include a source check valve and a target check valve to direct fluid first from the source container to the intermediate measuring container and then from the intermediate measuring container to the target container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Thomas F. Fangrow, Peter Leissling, Matthias Janssen
  • Patent number: 10315472
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides tire repair assemblies, methods for repairing tires, standalone currency operated tire repair assemblies, tire sealant vending assemblies configured to provide tire sealant via the valve stem of a tire, tire valve coupling assemblies that are configured to provide gas and/or sealant to a tire, tire valve coupling assemblies, and/or methods for providing one or both of gas and/or tire sealant to a tire are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Consumer Products International LLC.
    Inventors: Robert W. Paasch, Ray Gross
  • Patent number: 10315907
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a beverage dispenser with a dispensing system housing, a valve housing positioned exterior to the dispensing system housing and extending from the dispensing system housing. The valve housing may be configured to dispense a beverage and include self-contained electronics disposed within an interior area of the valve housing. In some embodiments, the beverage dispenser has one or more additional valve housings positioned exterior to the dispensing system housing. The valve housing may be configured to dispense a beverage and include self-contained electronics disposed within an interior area of the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Segiet, Alex L. Gray, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10315512
    Abstract: A fuel gas storage tank is disclosed that can store fuel gas, such as natural gas or hydrogen, in a solid state. The fuel gas storage tank includes a shell having a tank interior, a fuel gas storage material housed within the tank interior, one or more fuel gas injecting tubes, and one or more fuel gas collecting tubes. Each of the fuel gas injecting tube(s) and the fuel gas collecting tube(s) is permeable to fuel gas and is disposed in the tank interior and surrounded by the fuel gas storage material. And, within the tank interior, the one or more fuel gas injecting tubes and the one or more fuel gas collecting tubes are not directly connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Alternative Fuel Containers, LLC
    Inventor: Joong-Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 10317011
    Abstract: [Object] To enable a gas supply system to be easily transported and to increase a degree of freedom when the gas supply system is installed. [Solution] A hydrogen station includes: a filling facility for filling a tank-mounted device with a gas; and a gas supply system for supplying the gas to the filling facility. The gas supply system includes: a compressor for compressing the gas; a compressor accommodating body for accommodating the compressor; a refrigerator for cooling the gas flowed into the filling facility or the gas just before being flowed into the filling facility, the refrigerator including an evaporation part, an expansion part, and a compression part; and a cooler accommodating body for accommodating the evaporation part, the expansion part, and the compression part. The compressor accommodating body and the cooler accommodating body are detachable from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Okuno, Hitoshi Takagi, Kenji Nagura, Daisuke Wada, Takuro Uba, Akitoshi Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 10308420
    Abstract: A filling head gun assembly has a housing; a handle assembly connected to the housing; a filling head attached to the housing; and a plunger. The plunger extends through an opening of the housing and an activator reservoir attached to the plunger. The reservoir is moved into position to contact the filling head via the plunger to feed pressurized activator through the filling head to an aerosol can. A cover is releasably attached to an end of the filling head which provides a seal around the filling head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Pro Form Products Ltd.
    Inventor: James H. Speck