Patents Examined by Tony G. Soohoo
  • Patent number: 10383482
    Abstract: A portable and rechargeable blender is disclosed. Exemplary implementations may include a base assembly, a container assembly, and control circuitry. The base assembly may include a rechargeable battery configured to power an electrical motor such that, during blending by the blender, no power is supplied to the electrical motor from an external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Miramore Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Michael Pamplin
  • Patent number: 10384177
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rotor that comprises a series of shaped rotor blades whose circumferential section forms a standard NACA four-digit airfoil. Said rotor can be inserted in a stirring device that also comprises a stator, on whose inner surface shaped stator blades are positioned, whose circumferential section forms a standard NACA four-digit airfoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Versalis S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Regattieri, Gianni Marchetti, Alessandro Brandolin
  • Patent number: 10375979
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a flowable food product includes a container constructed from a first plastic material; an injection chamber arranged within the container, and including an inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with the injection chamber; at least one nozzle constructed from a second plastic material, the at least one nozzle including a first end in fluid communication with a source of cryogen and a second end in fluid communication with the chamber for providing the cryogen to the chamber. A related system and method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Louis Lilakos, Scott Thomas Madsen, Monica Ortiz-Cordova
  • Patent number: 10376854
    Abstract: A solution making system and apparatus are described. The solution maker mixes a chemical or slurry with a solvent to a desired concentration. The concentration of the solution is monitored by one or more methods. Based upon this measurement, the concentration of the solution may be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Cargill, Incorporated
    Inventors: Clay Hildreth, Michael Hoerle, Scott Aksamit
  • Patent number: 10376102
    Abstract: A blender comprises a housing and a shield. The housing has a first portion enclosing a motor and a second portion for selectively receiving a blender jar assembly. The second portion defines an opening through which the blender jar assembly is selectively received. The shield is selectively coupled to the second portion via a substantially vertical pivot point that enables the shield to be selectively pivoted between a closed position closing off the opening in the second portion and an open position enabling the blender jar assembly to be inserted into or removed from the second portion. The pivot point comprises an overcenter cam that urges the shield toward the closed position when the shield is positioned between the closed position and a maximum displacement point of the overcenter cam and that urges the shield toward the open position when the shield is positioned between the open position and the maximum displacement point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Bock, David Matthew Schandel, Paul Diaz, Benjamin H Branson, III
  • Patent number: 10363527
    Abstract: A mixing container is disclosed having a moving grip positioned outside of its lid such that the grip is rotatable to allow contents inside the container to pour out or to prevent the pouring of contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Douglas Johnson, Matthew Saxton, Katlyn Morris
  • Patent number: 10363526
    Abstract: An entry mixing element is provided for mixing an incoming fluid flow having first and second unmixed components arranged so as to define a transverse flow cross-section perpendicular to a flow direction. The entry mixing element includes a central axis configured to be aligned with the flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, and an entry dividing wall extending parallel to the central axis and positioned to divide the incoming fluid flow into first and second fluid flow portions, each portion containing an amount of the first component and an amount of the second component. The entry dividing wall is configured to divide the incoming fluid flow into the first and second fluid flow portions in any rotational orientation of the entry mixing element about its central axis relative to the transverse flow cross-section of the incoming fluid flow. Related static mixers and methods of mixing are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew E. Pappalardo, Robert W. Springhorn
  • Patent number: 10363528
    Abstract: A mixing and thawing device (1) has a rocker drive (2) and a bag holder (3) for holding a bag (7). The bag holder (3) has a base part (8) and a lid part (9) that enclose a holding space (10) for the bag (7). A heating element (11) is arranged in the base part (8). Thus, the holding space (10) is designed as a heat-insulating closed chamber. Interconnected intermediate spaces (14, 15) are arranged between the bag (7) and the base part (8) and between the bag (7) and the lid part (9). One or more flow generators (16) are provided to generate a circulating fluid flow (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Lars Boettcher, Marcel Roell, Martin Dahlberg, Swen Weitemeier
  • Patent number: 10357748
    Abstract: Magnetically coupled mixer having an impeller magnetically coupled to a drive shaft and thrust bearings that support the impeller. The drive shaft can be moved along its axis, and an upwardly directed axial force is applied to the drive shaft to partially offset downward forces exerted by the impeller and thereby reduce friction between the thrust bearing surfaces while maintaining contact between them. In one disclosed embodiment, the force is applied to the drive shaft by a pair of magnets arranged so that the magnetic fields interact to produce the force, and the magnitude of the force is controlled by adjusting the distance between the magnets. The forces exerted by the impeller can be monitored and utilized in controlling the magnitude of the force applied to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ASEPCO
    Inventors: Yoram Rozy, Mark R. Embury, Joseph Benjamin Morgan
  • Patent number: 10350555
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for diluting an adhesive, the system includes a dilution tank of known capacity, the dilution tank located upon a scale, the scale being capable of generating a series of signals related to the weight of the dilution tank when empty and at various levels of fill; a spray nozzle configured to feed water into the dilution tank from a source of water; a mixing assembly, the mixing assembly including a manifold arrangement having a first inlet configured to receive an adhesive from a source of adhesive and a second inlet configured to receive a mixture of the water and the adhesive received from a lower portion of the dilution tank; a static mixer; and an eductor; and a system controller for generating a target concentration of a diluted adhesive; and controlling the input of water and adhesive into the mixing assembly and dilution tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: FORCE FLOW
    Inventors: Mark Nelson, Michael Donn, Randall Mann
  • Patent number: 10350513
    Abstract: A facility (50) for mixing/separating two immiscible liquids (22, 24) having different densities, said facility including a mixer (52) combined with a settler (14), the mixer including a tank (16) provided with two liquid inlets (18, 20); an agitator (28) located in the tank, the agitator being mounted on a shaft (30) rotating around a vertical axis (32); and a lift pump (54) located above the agitator. The pump includes a moving body (56) rotatable along the vertical axis (32), the moving body defining a first frustoconical inner surface (60) positioned along the vertical axis and upwardly flared, and a body (66) that is stationary relative to the tank, the stationary body defining a second frustoconical inner surface (68) positioned along the vertical axis and upwardly flared, the second frustoconical inner surface being situated substantially in an extension of, and above, the first frustoconical inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventors: Guillaume Fenol, Olivier Hennequin
  • Patent number: 10350557
    Abstract: A mixing device includes a base, shaft, impeller sleeve, and impeller blades. The base can be constructed for releasable attachment to an opening of a container, such as a 55-gallon drum. The shaft extends from the base and is coupled thereto such that rotation can be transmitted to the shaft by way of or through the base. The impeller sleeve is mounted on the shaft and supports the impeller blades. Each impeller blade includes an attachment leg and a stirring leg extending from the attachment leg. The impeller blades are supported so as to transition from a collapsed position with the stirring leg proximal to a central axis of the shaft to an extended position with the stirring leg distal from the central axis when the shaft is rotated. Each impeller blade can be formed of a plastic, such as a glass-filled polypropylene or glass-filled nylon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas J. Mattson, John F. Gee, Jeffrey R. Susalla, Ryan K. Bergman, Ronald R. Renkel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10350562
    Abstract: A mixing system includes a tank assembly and a container positioned within the tank assembly, the container bounding a compartment. A mixer is disposed within the compartment of the container. A shaft has a first end secured to the mixer and an opposing second end disposed outside of the container. An actuation mechanism is coupled with the second end of the shaft outside of the container and reciprocally moves the shaft and the mixer a stroke length, the stroke length being adjusted based on a pre-programmed protocol or signals from a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Scientifics, Inc.
    Inventor: Rudolf Pavlik
  • Patent number: 10343322
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices for extruding plastics, notably mixtures of elastomers which are intended to be used in the manufacture of tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale Des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche Et Technique, S.A.
    Inventors: Arnaud Letocart, Christophe Ougier, Gerard Crosnier
  • Patent number: 10335752
    Abstract: A pouring shield for a stand mixer includes an upper collar for mounting to a mixer head of the stand mixer in a friction-fit manner without the need for clamps or other mounting accessories. The stand mixer is configured to receive a mixing bowl with an open top, and the pouring shield is configured to cover the open top of the mixing bowl at an upper rim of the mixing bowl using a seal member which is disposed around an outer perimeter of the pouring shield. The seal member is a flexibly resilient member configured to close the open top of the mixing bowl when the stand mixer is in a closed position, and includes a wide surface for accommodating mixing bowls of various sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Eric A. Lutz, Joel G. Van Faasen, Arren J. McCormick
  • Patent number: 10335746
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for obtaining a product chemistry from a product and a fluid is provided. A product is housed within a dispenser. A fluid is introduced through a manifold diffuse member having a plurality of ports. A cover is positioned adjacent the manifold diffuse member and includes a plurality of ports. The cover is able to be adjusted, for example, by rotating the cover, to align and un-align the manifold diffuse ports and the cover ports. This adjustment controls the flow characteristics of the fluid through the manifold diffuse member and cover to control the characteristics of the fluid in contact with the product. The adjustment of the cover to control the flow will provide a generally consistent concentration and erosion rate based upon known relationships between a characteristic of the fluid and the flow of the fluid in relation to the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Max Schultz, Jared R. Freudenberg, Ryan Joseph Drake, Brian Philip Carlson, Ryan Jacob Urban, Brian Doffing
  • Patent number: 10327594
    Abstract: The invention relates to a blender (10) for blending ingredients. The blender (10) comprises a base part (11) comprising a heating plate (22), and a container (13) for receiving said ingredients. The container (13) is detachable from the base part (11) and comprising a bottom part for contacting the heating plate (22). The base part (11) comprises a temperature sensor (23) for sensing the temperature of the bottom part. The temperature sensor (23) extends tends through the heating plate (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Bengt Ivar Anders Ivarsson, Maarten Cornelis Jacob De Hoog
  • Patent number: 10327573
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein includes apparatus's and methods for storing and mixing materials such as powders and liquids. The mixing apparatus can comprise an impeller portion configured to rotate downward or upward within the main cup, wherein a movement of the impeller portion downward or upward is capable of mixing the contained set of substances, wherein the impeller portion comprises a set of propeller blades, and wherein the impeller portion is connected to a helical shaft portion comprising a first helical strand and a second helical strand wound uniformly in a parallel spiral configuration. The impeller portion facilitates a distributed mixing of the substances and the propeller blades are capable of removing deposits of the substance around the base of a main cup of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Titan Mixer Bottle, LLC
    Inventors: Adan Ali, Lonie Smith, Fred Bowman, Gered Bowman, Mohamed Rage
  • Patent number: 10328400
    Abstract: A mixer is provided for mixing a substance in a container. The mixer includes a motor; a frame configured to be controlled by the motor to rotate on an axis; a carrier disposed at a first end of the frame and configured to hold the container; a counterweight disposed at a second end of the frame opposite to the carrier, wherein the counterweight position relative to the axis is adjustable. The mixer may be a stand-alone unit, or it may be disposed in an apparatus for dispensing a cosmetic composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: David John Rinaldis, Guive Balooch, Florent Valceschini, Rishabh Bhandari, Catherine Chiou, Sonia Lorente Gonzalez, Pinida Jan Moolsintong, Jonathan Scott Tang, Brent Edward Timberlake, Andre Yousefi
  • Patent number: 10322387
    Abstract: A system for driving a reel mixing tool, including a unit structure, a bottom output shaft, an output gearbox, a reel mixer driveshaft, a reel mixer gearbox, a flexible coupling, and a reel mixing tool, is provided. The unit structure supports the bottom output shaft which is connected to the output gearbox, the output gearbox is connected to the reel mixer driveshaft, the reel mixer driveshaft is connected to the reel mixer gearbox, the reel mixer gearbox is directly coupled to the reel mixing tool by the flexible coupling, allowing the bottom output shaft to transfer power through to the reel mixing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Jacob Veeder, Jeremiah Kleiber, Pierre Courtin, Rod Zimmerman, Dana Redman, Claude McFarlane