Patents Examined by Timothy P Kelly
  • Patent number: 10781008
    Abstract: A rotary cup filler has a cup holder plate that permits cup holders to be retained in place by inserting them into open-ended receptacles from the side of the cup holder plate rather than being inserted into openings in the bottom cup holder plate from beneath. In one configuration, the cup holder plate has a central hub and plurality of arms that extend arcuately from the central hub to form the receptacles therebetween. The arms may engage opposed sides of a circumferential groove in the associated cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua A. Schwartz, Ron J. Kuemper
  • Patent number: 10767534
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for emptying a reducing agent delivery system belonging to an SCR catalytic converter, which comprises a delivery line and a return line, each line connecting a reducing agent tank to a delivery module, and which comprises a pressure line that connects the delivery module to a metering valve. The method comprises the following steps: closing (50) the metering valve, and switching the delivery module from a delivering function to a returning function, by switching (51) a switching valve from a first position to a second position. This enables a reducing agent solution to be returned (52) from the return line, the delivery line and the delivery module by means of the delivery module and the delivery line into the reducing agent tank. Subsequently, the metering valve is opened (53) and a reducing agent solution is returned (54) from the metering valve and the pressure line, and also from the return line, via the delivery line into the reducing agent tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Annabel Hackert, Manuel Simon Reiter, Marc Ringeisen
  • Patent number: 10752491
    Abstract: A gravity-fed fuel delivery system is provided. A central storage tank holds fuel to re-supply a number of pump trucks or other mechanized equipment, such as on a hydraulic fracturing location, and can be selectively raised or lowered. Hoses or other conduits extend from the central storage tank to individual fuel tanks of the equipment to be refueled. Adapters allow connection of the distal end of each hose or conduit to an inlet opening of a fuel tank. A float valve assembly senses when fuel inside an individual fuel tank is below a predetermined level, thereby mechanically opening a valve assembly to permit fluid to flow from the central storage tank, through a conduit, through the float valve assembly and into the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Brennan Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10737234
    Abstract: A method of loading material within a microchannel device, the method comprising: (a) loading particulates into a plurality of microchannels; and, (b) ultrasonically packing the particulates into the plurality of microchannels using a portable, compact ultrasonic densification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: VELOCYS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Luzenski, Jeffery D. Slane, Thomas D. Yuschak, Paul W. Neagle, Michael Marchiando
  • Patent number: 10730737
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tap system comprising a container (3), in which at least one filler line (14) for introducing a carbonated beverage leads to at least one drinking vessel (7) arranged inside the container, wherein a regulated positive pressure is generated inside the container (3) during the filling of the at least one drinking vessel (7). The pressure filling of the container (3) allows the atmospheric surroundings of the drinking vessel (7) to be placed under pressure instead of placing the drinking vessel (7) itself under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Peter A. Heindl
  • Patent number: 10731768
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser system is disclosed that can have a plurality of dispensers, each having a valve. Each valve can be connectable in series with another valve. The dispenser system can include a manifold permitting passage of a common fluid therethrough. Any of the valves connected to two adjacent valves can be removable without removing either of the valves to which it is connected. The common fluid can have a fluid pressure associated therewith. The fluid pressure can generate a tension force for pushing two adjacent valves apart and thereby lock the valves into a series connection. A method of removing a valve from a series of valves comprises stopping flow of the common fluid through the manifold, thereby releasing the tension force. The valve intended to be removed can be rotated, and thus removed with respect to the valve intended to be left in the series connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Schwartz, Ryan J. Drake
  • Patent number: 10710864
    Abstract: A drink vending apparatus comprises a housing, one or more ingredient cartridges removably coupled to the housing, a mixing container, a dispensing nozzle, and a control unit. A user provides user commands from a smart device to the control unit that comprises drink requests from the user. In response thereto, ingredients are dispensed from one or more of the ingredient cartridges into the mixing container, and the mixed ingredients are dispensed from the mixing container into a receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Somabar Inc.
    Inventors: Ammar Jangbarwala, Dylan Purcell-Lowe
  • Patent number: 10710753
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling a thin-body flexible package provided with a spout. The spout is provided with a normally closed membrane valve. The filling system provides a filling nozzle which dispenses the product intended to fill the bag upstream of the valve, outside the spout or inside it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GUALA PACK S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Tamarindo
  • Patent number: 10703197
    Abstract: A fuel filler tube housing assembly constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a fuel filler neck and a filler extension tube. The fuel filler neck housing includes a first mounting structure operable to support a check valve. The fuel filler extension tube is fixed to the fuel filler neck housing and has a second mounting structure substantially similar to the first mounting structure and thereby also operable to support the check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Paul D. Walkowski, Robert A. Dayton
  • Patent number: 10704737
    Abstract: A method for filling or withdrawing from a pressurized gas tank. The tank having a wall having a cylindrical overall shape with dimensions and thermophysical properties that are given and known. The method including the regulation of the flow rate of the introduced or withdrawn gas, and/or of the temperature of the introduced gas, to avoid a situation in which the tank reaches a given high temperature threshold or a given low temperature threshold. The method including a step of estimating, by calculating in real time, at least one tank temperature from: the average temperature of the tank wall, the maximum temperature reached by the tank wall, the minimum temperature reached by the tank wall, and in that the flowrate of gas or the temperature of the gas is regulated depending on the calculated tank temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Thomas Bourgeois, Fouad Ammouri, Mathilde Weber, Elena Vyazmina
  • Patent number: 10703622
    Abstract: A fuel analyzer for a fuel dispensing environment is provided including an ultrasonic transmitter configured to transmit an ultrasonic signal through a volume of fuel, an ultrasonic receiver configured to receive the ultrasonic signal, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to receive an indication of transmission of the ultrasonic signal from the ultrasonic transmitter, receive an indication of receipt of the ultrasonic signal from the ultrasonic receiver, determine a time of flight of the ultrasonic signal, and determine a fuel purity based on the time of flight of the ultrasonic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Gillbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Wayne McNinch, Changzhong Jiang
  • Patent number: 10703623
    Abstract: A fuel dispensing nozzle of a fuel dispensing system comprising a lockout mechanism that prevents the delivery of fuel when the fuel nozzle is not inserted into a fuel reservoir. The fuel dispensing nozzle includes a lookout plunger selectively restrained from movement by a rocker arm. The rocker arm maintains a freely moveable condition or a constrained turn movement condition based on the status of the fuel nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Franklin Fueling Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Main, Jim Novak
  • Patent number: 10689241
    Abstract: Food product dispensing machines and methods for dispensing food product into a cup. The food product dispensing machine includes a cup holder having a target element, a sensor that senses the target element, and a controller. The cup holder is configured to hold a cup such that the cup prevents the sensor from sensing at least a portion of the target element. The controller determines whether a cup is present in the cup holder and/or a size of the cup based on a remaining portion of the target element that is sensed by the sensor when the cup is held by the cup holder. Drive mechanisms are configured to move the first and second cup holders along first and second radial paths, respectively, with respect to the common dispensing position. An indicator is configured to indicate a remaining number of cup dispenses to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Dresser, Slawomir Kielian, Anthony Caringella
  • Patent number: 10690025
    Abstract: A replaceable fluid container for an engine or a vehicle, comprising: a fluid reservoir, at least one fluid port adapted to couple with a fluid circulation system; and an actuator, configured to be operated between a first condition and a second condition, wherein the actuator is configured, in the first condition, to enable the fluid container to be inserted into and/or held in a dock, in a seated but undocked condition, and inhibit docking of the fluid container to the dock; and wherein the actuator is further configured, when operated from the first condition to the second condition with the fluid container being in the seated but undocked condition, to enable the fluid container to dock in an engaged condition with the dock, associated docks and associated methods of supplying a fluid to a vehicle or an engine and of decoupling a fluid container from a fluid circulation system of a vehicle or an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Castrol Limited
    Inventors: Steven Paul Goodier, Oliver Paul Taylor, Peter Stuart Brett, Mike Fairs, Piers Sebastian Harding, Christopher Dawson
  • Patent number: 10688022
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a vial adaptor comprises a housing configured to couple the adaptor with a vial, an access channel, a regulator channel, and a regulator assembly. The access channel is configured to facilitate withdrawal of fluid from the vial when the adaptor is coupled to the vial. The regulator channel is configured to facilitate a flow of a regulating fluid from the regulator assembly to compensate for changes in volume of a medical fluid in the vial. In some embodiments, the regulator assembly includes a flexible member configured to expand and contract in accordance with changes in the volume of the medical fluid in the vial. In some embodiments, the flexible member is substantially free to expand and contract. In some embodiments, the flexible member is not partly or completely located in a rigid enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Patent number: 10690026
    Abstract: A replaceable fluid container for an engine or a vehicle, comprising: a fluid reservoir, at least one fluid port adapted to couple with a fluid circulation system; and an actuator, configured to be operated between a first condition and a second condition, wherein the actuator is configured, in the first condition, to enable the fluid container to be inserted into and/or held in a dock, in a seated but undocked condition, and inhibit docking of the fluid container to the dock; and wherein the actuator is further configured, when operated from the first condition to the second condition with the fluid container being in the seated but undocked condition, to enable the fluid container to dock in an engaged condition with the dock, associated docks and associated methods of supplying a fluid to a vehicle or an engine and of decoupling a fluid container from a fluid circulation system of a vehicle or an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Castrol Limited
    Inventors: Steven Paul Goodier, Oliver Paul Taylor, Peter Stuart Brett, Mike Fairs, Piers Sebastian Harding, Christopher Dawson
  • Patent number: 10683155
    Abstract: A container cover for storage container includes a rotary device, an outer cover member, an inner cover member, a first guide block, second guide block, a pumping piston and a piston seat so arranged that when the rotary device is driven by a user to rotate the first guide block, guide rods of the first guide block are moved along a first continuous wave-shaped track of the second guide block, causing the second guide block and the pumping piston to move alternatively up and to further pump air out of the storage container through an air-pimping hole of the piston seat to create a negative pressure. Further, a first spring member an upper rail seat can be provided to balance the movement of the pumping piston and to stabilize the rotation of the first and second guide blocks. A relief valve rod can be selectively used for giving a visual indication indicative of the presence of a negative pressure in the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SHIN HUNG YIH TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi-Hung Ho
  • Patent number: 10676335
    Abstract: A fluid funnel includes an open-topped mouth for receiving DEF or other liquids from a jug or other source; an elongated hollow stem depending from the mouth for directing the fluids from the mouth into a DEF tank or other fluid receptacle; and a tapered throat that joins the mouth and stem. The funnel more effectively direct fluids into a tank, even when the funnel is tilted; inhibits fluids from backing-up into the mouth and/or spilling out of the funnel; prevents displaced air from bubbling up through fluids in the mouth; and more firmly engages and seats within a tank port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Vicki Sickler, David D. McCormick
  • Patent number: 10676340
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser filling hose for use in filling a liquid dispenser with liquid from a liquid reservoir via a pump, comprising: a distal coupler for coupling the filling hose to the liquid dispenser; and a controller arranged to control the pump. The liquid dispenser may be filled using a method comprising: providing a liquid reservoir, a pump and a controller arranged to control the pump, and a filling hose having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the filling hose being coupled to the liquid reservoir; coupling the distal end of the filling hose via a distal coupler to the liquid dispenser; and transferring liquid from the liquid reservoir via the filling hose to an airless liquid container forming part of the liquid dispenser. A system for filling a liquid dispenser, comprising: the liquid filling hose; and a liquid reservoir and/or liquid supply station is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DEB IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Dean Limbert, Jack Kidd, Chris Lang, David Creaghan, John Hines
  • Patent number: 10675219
    Abstract: A transfer system for containers comprises at least a first container (1) and at least a second container (5) that can be interconnected in a media-transferring way by a connection system (7). An encryption system (13, 21, 25, 31) is provided to allow or prevent a media-transferring connection between the respective assignable containers (1, 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KOCHER-PLASTIK MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Spallek, Johannes Geser, Karl Koeppel, Alexander Hammer