Patents Examined by Tony G. Soohoo
  • Patent number: 11337365
    Abstract: A particulate material sensing and agitation control system of an agricultural system includes a drive system configured to operate an agitating system, a plurality of sensors, in which each sensor of the plurality of sensors may detect presence of particulate material at the sensor, and a controller. The controller is configured to determine a functional status of each sensor of the plurality of sensors, and, in response to determining the functional status of a respective sensor of the plurality of sensor is functioning, determine a detection status of the respective sensor. The controller is further configured to output a control signal to instruct the drive system to operate the agitating system in a selected operating mode of a plurality of operating modes based on a position within the agricultural system, the functional status, and the detection status of each sensor of the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Graham Douglas Stuart, Gregory Jacob Erker
  • Patent number: 11331634
    Abstract: With a mixing and kneading machine (100), wherein a worm shaft (12) moves in a housing (10) in a rotating manner and moves back and forth in a translatory movement, receptacles for kneading elements (12) are distributed non-uniformly. It is thereby possible to equip the receptacles with varying numbers of kneading elements. Quick adaptation is also thereby possible. In one embodiment, the number of kneading elements even varies over the extension direction of the mixing and kneading machine (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Martin Schötzau, Wolfgang Walter
  • Patent number: 11330938
    Abstract: A food processing appliance includes a container having a rotational processing assembly that includes an inner portion of a magnetic coupler. A base has a drive system for providing a rotational drive force. A drive rotor selectively transfers the rotational drive force to the magnetic coupler. The drive rotor includes a plurality of drive-magnetic members that form an outer portion of the magnetic coupler. The inner portion and outer portions of the magnetic coupler selectively and magnetically engage to form an engaged position. The engaged position is further defined by the inner portion being completely separated from the outer portion to define a gap therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Fang Deng, Cheng Gong
  • Patent number: 11325082
    Abstract: A blower unit for pneumatic mixers, comprising: a hollow element internally defining a duct, extending between an input section and an output section, for the passage of an air flow between said sections, wherein said input section can be connected to a source of pressurised air and said output section can be connected to a manifold of a pneumatic mixer; a shutter suitable to shut off said airflow through said output section in a controlled manner; an actuator connected to the shutter and configured to regulate the position of the shutter; the hollow element has a first end portion, at said output section, that can be reversibly coupled to a corresponding end portion of the manifold and wherein the blower unit further comprises first reversible connecting means to establish a reciprocal connection between the end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: NOL-TEC EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Massimo Congedi, Emanuele Fratto, Fabio Novelli
  • Patent number: 11318429
    Abstract: Provided are an enclosed stirrer using intermittent resonance and a method. The enclosed stirrer comprises: two pairs of parallel tension springs (1), a fixing bracket (2), an elastic cantilever beam (3), a cantilever beam pressure clamping device (6), an eccentric motor (4), an arc-shaped cushion block (5), and an enclosed container (8). The enclosed container (8) is mounted on the fixing bracket (2) by the tension spring (1). The elastic cantilever beam (3) is installed below the enclosed container (8) and is axially parallel to the enclosed container (8). One end of the elastic cantilever beam (3) is mounted on the fixing bracket (2) as a clamping end, the other end of the elastic cantilever beam (3) is connected to the eccentric motor (4) as a movable end. The arc-shaped cushion block (5) is connected above the eccentric motor (4). The arc-shaped cushion block (5) reciprocally strikes the bottom of the enclosed container (8) during operation of the eccentric motor (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Zhaohui Ren, Hongcheng Qiu, Hui Li, Shangqing Li, Huihui Wang, Huaishuai Wu
  • Patent number: 11311844
    Abstract: Continuous compounding systems include a feeding section and a compounding section. Method for compounding or mixing solid matter and liquid matter include providing a continuous compounding system, adding matter to the continuous compounding system, and mixing or compounding the matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Berry Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald W. Scates
  • Patent number: 11306035
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a process and equipment for use in a process to bacterially decompose organic waste to a dry composted end material wherein organic waste is composted in a composting tank in the presence of oxygen and aerobic bacteria to obtain a wet composted material. The wet composted material is partly removed from the composting tank and dried such to lower the water content of the composted material to obtain dry composted end material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Servan Kreher, Peter Teunis
  • Patent number: 11297763
    Abstract: A particulate material agitation and leveling system includes a controller having a memory and a processor. The processor is configured to receive a sensor signal indicative of a measured weight distribution of a particulate material within a storage tank of an agricultural system, determine whether a determined variation between the measured weight distribution and a target weight distribution is greater than a threshold variation, and control an agitator to decrease the determined variation in response to determining that the determined variation is greater than the threshold variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryan D. Collins, Jared S. Wright
  • Patent number: 11291961
    Abstract: A stirring apparatus includes a case that houses fiber pieces containing fibers, and a rotary body that is disposed inside the case and that stirs the fiber pieces, in which the rotary body includes a rotary portion that forms a portion of a bottom surface of the case and that rotates, and blades that stand upright on the rotary portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Motohashi, Makoto Sato, Takashi Abe
  • Patent number: 11291964
    Abstract: A mixer machine assembly having a drive unit with an electric motor, a drive shaft assembly connected to the electric motor, and a propeller. The propeller has a hub, a plurality of blades, and a propeller shaft from the drive shaft assembly. The control unit is operatively connected to the electric motor, and is configured for monitoring and controlling the operation of the mixer machine. The control unit monitors a drive shaft torque about a drive shaft of the drive shaft assembly. The control unit determines an average torque range based on at least one torque range, wherein each torque range is the difference between the highest and the lowest torque value detected during a predetermined angle of rotation of the propeller during operation of the mixer machine assembly. The control unit compares the determined average torque range with a predetermined torque range limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Xylem Europe GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Wessman
  • Patent number: 11291960
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a kneading member (107) for a device for kneading a dough, comprising: —a mounting disc (109); —a kneading tool (111) for mixing the ingredients which constitute a dough, comprising: —an upper portion (121), extending from said mounting disc, —a mid-portion (123), in the extension of said upper portion, and —a lower portion (125), in the extension of said mid-portion. The kneading member (107) according to the invention is noteworthy in that the kneading tool (111) consists of a circular helix, the angle of winding of which is non-constant between said upper, mid- and lower portions of the tool (111) and in that the angle of winding of the lower portion (125) is less than that of the mid-portion (123). The invention also relates to a kneading device fitted with such a kneading member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: VMI
    Inventors: José Cheio De Oliveira, Emmanuel Chaillou, Jessica Mille, Nicolas Paugam
  • Patent number: 11292153
    Abstract: A production device for manufacturing a product in the form of a sheet or a block, including: an initial agitator (1), a primary conveyor belt (2) and a mixing agitator (3); each of initial agitators (1) is configured with the primary conveyor belt (2), one or more stones or a stone-like granular material having a selected particle size and a binder are initially mixed in the initial agitator (1) and then an initial mixture is obtained; the mixing agitator (3) includes a rotating container for undertaking a material; the initial mixture is conveyed to the mixing agitator (3) through the primary conveyor belt (2); more than one initial agitator and matched primary conveyor belts thereof are disposed around the mixing agitator (3) at intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: VEEGOO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jianping Qiu, Zhongyuan Li, Shiyang Zhu
  • Patent number: 11284736
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and process for a nutraceutical beverage compounding system and methods for the same. Provided is a customizable supplement beverage system and method for personalizing and operating the same to a particular user and optionally for operative tracking. Proposed additionally is an operative system for receiving and individually identifying a concentrate or supplement combinations, for mixing the same prior to a use, and for dispensing the same for use, and for tracking control factors relating to the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: GUDPOD CORP.
    Inventors: Gian-Carlo Ochoa, Brendan Duffy, Jon B. Taylor, Gary Van Deursen
  • Patent number: 11285449
    Abstract: A method for producing a sealant includes a weighing and mixing step, a kneading step, a stirring and defoaming step, and a filling step. In the weighing and mixing step, a main component and a curing agent are weighed and mixed together. In the kneading step, the mixture mixed in the weighing and mixing step is kneaded. In the stirring and defoaming step, the kneaded product kneaded in the kneading step is stirred and defoamed. In the filling step, the kneaded product defoamed in the stirring and defoaming step is filled into a container. In the stirring and defoaming step, the kneaded product is stirred under a condition wherein a stirring rotational speed at which the kneaded product is stirred and a stirring time for which the kneaded product is stirred are within a range from an arithmetic product lower limit value to an arithmetic product upper limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., KAGA SANGYO CO., LTD., KAGA WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigemi Yamane, Osamu Mizoguchi, Hitoshi Tsujikawa
  • Patent number: 11285448
    Abstract: A static mixer for liquids or gases includes a housing having a continuous inner surface defining a fluid flow path for liquids or gases, an inlet to the fluid flow path, and an outlet from the fluid flow path, and an insert extending longitudinally through the fluid flow path between the inlet and the outlet. The insert is elastically expansive to exert outwardly directed pressure against the continuous inner surface of the housing. In one embodiment, the insert is hollow and has deflectors dispersed therethroughout and each projecting inwardly into the fluid flow path. In another embodiment, the insert includes a helical deflector extending inwardly into the fluid flow path from the continuous inner surface, and helically about a longitudinal axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: William J. Lund
  • Patent number: 11278852
    Abstract: Provided according to an aspect of the invention may be an apparatus for manufacturing cosmetic, which includes a housing which forms an outer appearance; an internal phase container which is provided in the housing, and which stores internal phase fluid excluding surfactant; an external phase container which is provided in the housing, and which stores external phase fluid excluding surfactant; a channel unit which generates emulsion by mixing the internal phase fluid provided from the internal phase container and the external fluid provided from the external phase container; and an operative unit which provides external force required to form and discharge emulsion at the channel unit by manipulation of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Amorepacific Corporation
    Inventors: Kyung Sup Han, Jin Nam, Won Seok Park
  • Patent number: 11273419
    Abstract: The invention relates to mixing elements with a reduced structural depth for static mixers, to static mixers comprising at least two mixing elements with a reduced structural depth, and to a method for mixing fluids using a mixing element with a reduced structural depth or a static mixer comprising at least two mixing elements with a reduced structural depth. In the mixing elements, the thickness of the transverse strut at its thickest point is maximally 0.9 to 1.1 times the thickness of the webs multiplied by the cosine of half the opening angle O divided by the sine of the whole opening angle O.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG
    Inventors: Udo Dünger, Thomas König
  • Patent number: 11273421
    Abstract: An example fluid management system for generating a fluid for a treatment operation may include a mixer and a first portable container disposed proximate to and elevated above the mixer. The first portable container may hold dry chemical additives. A feeder may be positioned below the first portable container to direct dry chemical additives from the first portable container to the mixer. The system may also include a first pump to provide fluid to the mixer from a fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Bryan Chapman Lucas, Chad Adam Fisher, Austin Carl Schaffner, Wesley John Warren
  • Patent number: 11273420
    Abstract: An extruder screw for plasticizing at least one plastic or plastic mixture, including a melting zone, a shaft zone and a mixing zone arranged between the melting zone and the shaft zone, wherein a conveying flight is formed in the melting zone and in the shaft zone, which extends helically along a longitudinal axis of the screw, wherein a conveying flight of the melting zone ends at an end of the melting zone towards the mixing zone and a conveying flight of the shaft zone begins at an end towards the mixing zone. A flight depth of the melting zone continuously decreases along the longitudinal axis of the screw to the mixing zone. Further, an extrusion device having the extruder screw and to a method for plasticizing at least one plastic or plastic mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: KRAUSSMAFFEI EXTRUSION GMBH
    Inventors: Otto Skrabala, Stephan Roider
  • Patent number: 11267163
    Abstract: In the field of tire production, systems and methods utilize a feed belt (150) for directing a rubber mixture from an initial mixing installation (20) toward at least one of two mixing and cooling installations (100, 100?). It is possible to selectively carry out monopassage and multipassage rubber production sequences in a common rubber production facility. A tire is formed according to the methods described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Lionel Le-Bars, Stephane Bornes, Stephan Otto, Claude Thiallier