Patents Examined by Tony G. Soohoo
  • Patent number: 10807053
    Abstract: Apparatus for mixing a powdered material with a liquid that includes a housing in which a working space having an inner wall is arranged and a rotatably-driven rotor being arranged in the working space. The rotatably-driven rotor includes a blade ring and bars, which are pointing toward the inner wall and are arranged at different positions in a circumferential direction of the rotor. The apparatus also includes a feed opening for the powdered material being arranged above the blade ring and an annular gap connectable to a liquid supply arrangement being arranged below the blade ring. In a direction parallel to an axial direction of the rotor, the bars one of connect to one another or overlap one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Ulrich Jakob, Andreas Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10799071
    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: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: BlendJet Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Michael Pamplin
  • Patent number: 10799870
    Abstract: An insert for a liquid-holding container may include a body comprising a wall, open first and second ends, and a lumen extending from the open first end to the open second end. The insert also may include a plurality of first openings formed in the wall, the first openings being situated between the first and second ends, and each of the first openings defining an area, and one or more second openings formed in the wall, the one or more second openings being situated between the first and second ends, each of the one or more second openings defining an area that is greater than the area defined by any of the first openings, where at least one of the one or more second openings is situated closer to the first end than any of the first openings, and wherein each of the first and second openings is sized to permit the passage of a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Byron J. Knight, Vincent Chabot
  • Patent number: 10786795
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser for dispensing an effluent mixture comprises a manifold inlet connectable to a pressurized liquid source, at least one individual diluent outlet in fluid communication with the manifold inlet, and at least one backflow preventer and eductor system in fluid communication with the at least one individual diluent outlet. A flow regulator is in fluid communication with the at least one individual diluent outlet and the at least one backflow preventer and eductor system, located upstream of the at least one backflow preventer and eductor system and downstream of the at least one individual diluent outlet. The flow regulator is preferably individualized for the at least one backflow preventer and eductor system and interchangeable within the dispenser to facilitate a plurality of volumetric flow rates to the at least one respective backflow preventer and eductor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: John Boticki, Jim Bournoville, Paul Larson
  • Patent number: 10780407
    Abstract: To sum up, by using the shaker for mixing liquids (1-7) (e.g. shampoo, soap, etc) with water right before use, an optimal dose of the liquid is used and appropriate solution is used. A dissolved mixture is applied to the hair/body to most significant part immediately—the hair roots and the scalp. It works beneficial for the hair, especially the hair ends, preventing dry and split ends as the e.g. shampoo is not applied directly. The mixture is distributed more evenly throughout the hair, without adding additional water and washing out the unused shampoo. The foam evolves quicker and is greater, which makes the washing easier. The shaker enables the user to use multiple liquids at once if needed. The amount of the liquid used is decreased to an optimal dose for the user and is therefore also eco-friendly, as no excessive amount of liquid is used. The invention enables the user to close tap water/shower during use and therefore uses less water and is eco-friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Carlota Supan
  • Patent number: 10773223
    Abstract: A device for dispersing a water-soluble polymer includes a primary water inlet circuit that feeds an overflow, at the bottom end of the cone, an assembly including a chamber for grinding and draining the dispersed polymer, having a rotor driven by a motor provided with knives, a stator, over all or part of the periphery of the chamber, a ring fed by a secondary water circuit, the ring communicating with the chamber by way of slots for spraying pressurized water onto the stator The slots of the stator and/or the knives of the rotor are tilted at an angle of between 20° and 80° relative to the horizontal plane of the stator and the lateral face of the blade next to the stator is curved in such a way as to make the distance separating the two components substantially constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: S.P.C.M. SA
    Inventors: Julien Bonnier, Emmanuel Pich
  • Patent number: 10765256
    Abstract: A food processing system presents a recipient configured for receiving food ingredients and a lid presenting upwards and downwards sides configured to engage with the perimeter of the recipient thereby at least partially closing the recipient, and a driving arrangement confined within a casing and adapted to drive a tool support arranged inside of the recipient, whereby the lid presents a single lid opening advantageously presenting a generally circular form and disposed, e.g., centrally relative to the lid, whereby the upwards side of the lid presents a first surface extending on a generally outer region of the lid and further presents a second surface extending around the opening and developing at a lower level in respect of the first surface, and whereby the lid further presents a flow guiding unit arranged next to the lid opening and adapted to provide a streamlined flow of a fluid poured into the second surface into the recipient when the lid is placed thereupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Luis Alves
  • Patent number: 10752530
    Abstract: A submersible aerator apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus uses injected air to create both aeration and mixing of a liquid. The apparatus is submersible and may be lowered into a container holding a liquid with suspended and coagulated solids, such as fats, oil, and grease (FOG). Air supplied to the apparatus is injected into the liquid through a hose, which results in an upward flow of large air bubbles and entrained liquid. The upwardly moving large air bubbles are cleaved (i.e., broken apart) by a series of baffle plates that are generally perpendicular to the direction of flow of the air bubbles. This action mixes and aerates the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: James Dartez
  • Patent number: 10739328
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for metering the total water added to a concrete load contained in a concrete truck mixing drum. The apparatus includes a coupling for connecting an external water supply, at least two check valves to enable water to be added from either the external water supply or a water tank onboard the truck, and a meter for recording water added to the concrete drum. Separate hoses may be provided for adding water to the drum and for supplying water for use outside the concrete drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Baird, Eric Koehler, Cesar Constantino, Gary Nininger, Robert Phelabaum, Oscar Bucknor
  • Patent number: 10737664
    Abstract: A cleaning system is disclosed for cleaning concrete residue from a concrete mixer truck. The cleaning system may include a water delivery system having one or more conduits configured to deliver pressurized water to one or more spray headers positioned at various back-end portions of the truck. The cleaning system further includes one or more valves configured to control the flow of pressurized water through the one or more conduits to the one or more spray headers. In various embodiments, the one or more valves are manually operable to control the release of water to the spray headers. In other embodiments, the one or more valves are controlled by a computing device through an electrical coupling such as a communication bus. The cleaning system may be configured to clean different portions of the truck using different sets of spray headers at different times as part of a washing protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Beck Manufacturing International, Inc.
    Inventors: James Frank Beck, III, James Frank Beck, II, Thomas Christopher Beck
  • Patent number: 10737226
    Abstract: An improved system and method for fluidizing dry powder-based additives into downhole well operations utilizes a dried, low-volume air stream and an ejector nozzle in order to disperse the powders into a liquid stream. In an embodiment, the system can be placed on a powder blending trailer in order to convey additives directly from bulk transport bins into a liquid stream, through the use of an atmospheric pressure hydration tank fitted with a cyclone separator to ensure an even dispersal into the liquid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: David O. Trahan, Richard E. Trahan
  • Patent number: 10739795
    Abstract: Methods and systems for high precision, continuous blending of mixtures, and particularly mixtures having at least two distinct chemical components, are disclosed. More particularly, the disclosed methods and systems provide high precision, continuous blending of buffered oxide etch mixtures containing water, ammonium fluoride, and hydrofluoric acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Air Liquide Electronics U.S. LP
    Inventor: Kevin T. O'Dougherty
  • Patent number: 10730025
    Abstract: Involved is the technical field of a stirring device, specifically a stirring device for treatment of photoresist settlement and a photoresist tank. The stirring device includes a sleeve shaft, an inner telescopic shaft, a stirring component, and a rotary rod, wherein, the rotary rod is mounted on an upper end of the sleeve shaft for driving the sleeve shaft to rotate; the stirring component is arranged on a lower end of the sleeve shaft and rotates with the sleeve shaft; and the inner telescopic shaft is arranged inside of the sleeve shaft and connected to the stirring component for controlling opening and closing of the stirring component. Stirring plates approach a bottom portion of the photoresist tank, at which moment manual control is adopted to control stirring of the stirring device upward from the bottom gradually, so as to achieve the objective of homogeneous component of the photoresist. The photoresist is stirred to be more homogeneous. A lot of manpower and material resources are saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Ninglin Tang
  • Patent number: 10722384
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and kits for preparing a medical mixture are disclosed. A method of preparing the medical mixture includes introducing a material into a tray, transferring the material from the tray to a scooper, releasably securing the scooper to the tray, and introducing a tubular member defining a lumen into the scooper such that the material within the scooper enters the lumen. A mixing apparatus includes a tray comprising a body defining a mixing receptacle configured to receive a material, a scooper having a proximal end with a proximal opening and a distal end with a distal opening, and a connector configured to releasably secure the scooper to the tray. A kit includes a tubular member, a stylet, a tray, and a scooper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Stevenson, Jon E. Hoogenakker, Alexander Cromett, Zachary Rzeszutek
  • Patent number: 10717057
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a fluid mixing system. In an embodiment, the fluid mixing system includes a first vessel; a second vessel disposed within the first vessel; a mixer disposed outside of the first vessel in fluid communication with the second vessel; and a media introduction port disposed outside of the first vessel in fluid communication with the mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Mark McElligott, Eric T Wyatt, Craig R. Maki
  • Patent number: 10711176
    Abstract: The present invention is a device and a method that combines a carbon disulfide-releasing chemical with a low pH organic or inorganic acid to produce a carbon disulfide-containing fluid at or near the point of injection that minimizes or eliminates the possible exposure of carbon disulfide to workers and the environment. In one particular embodiment a positive displacement injection pump injects the carbon disulfide-containing fluid into a crude oil system for treating crude oil transmission lines and in downhole tubulars to remove paraffin deposits. The device uses a unique in-line motion mixer to mix two fluids. The device is electronically controlled locally and remotely with the system operating data displayed locally and transmitted remotely. The paraffin treating carbon disulfide-containing fluid and supplemental chemicals dissolve, disperse and remove paraffin deposits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: David O. Trahan
  • Patent number: 10687669
    Abstract: A programmable blender having record and playback features includes a record mode and a playback mode. When the blender is placed into the record mode, a processor stores a user created blending sequence to a memory unit. Alternatively, when the blender is placed into a playback mode, the processor automatically controls the operation of the blender in accordance with the stored blending sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventor: David J. Kolar
  • Patent number: 10688456
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are fluidic mixers having bifurcated fluidic flow through toroidal mixing elements. The mixers operate, at least partially, by Dean vortexing. Accordingly, the mixers are referred to as Dean Vortex Bifurcating Mixers (“DVBM”). The DVBM utilize Dean vortexing and asymmetric bifurcation of the fluidic channels that form the mixers to achieve the goal of optimized microfluidic mixing. The disclosed DVBM mixers can be incorporated into any fluidic (e.g., microfluidic) device known to those of skill in the art where mixing two or more fluids is desired. The disclosed mixers can be combined with any fluidic elements known to those of skill in the art, including syringes, pumps, inlets, outlets, non-DVBM mixers, heaters, assays, detectors, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The University of British Columbia
    Inventors: Andre Wild, Timothy Leaver, Robert James Taylor
  • Patent number: 10689302
    Abstract: A method of preparing a concrete composition for downhole injection includes utilizing a controller to control a process including circulating process water in a process water supply loop for a predetermined period while monitoring and controlling the temperature and flow rate of the process water, circulating aqueous-based air entrainment solution in an aqueous-based air entrainment solution supply loop for the predetermined period and controlling the flow rate of the aqueous-based air entrainment solution and after the predetermined period of time in which the flow of process water and aqueous-based air entrainment solution have stabilized, simultaneously actuating valves to divert and mix the process water, the aqueous-based air entrainment solution and compressed air to produce an air-entrained foam and mixing the foam with a concrete composition to be deployed downhole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MACH IV, LLC
    Inventors: Charles D. Welker, Norman Scott Smith
  • Patent number: 10682617
    Abstract: A stirrer (2) for a stirrer vessel (20), which stirrer (2) comprises a stirrer head (1), a drive unit (4) and a magnetic coupling (3), wherein the magnetic coupling (3) has drive magnets (5) connected to the drive unit (4) and stirrer head magnets (6) connected to the stirrer head (1), wherein the stirrer head (1) has stirrer blades (7) and a bearing assembly (8) and wherein the stirrer blades (7) are connected to the stirrer head magnets (6) and the bearing assembly (8), wherein the bearing assembly (8) rotatably supports the stirrer head (1) and the bearing assembly (8) comprises a first rotational bearing (9), wherein the bearing assembly (8) comprises a second rotational bearing (10), which is arranged spaced apart from the first rotational bearing (9) in the stirrer head (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Zeta Biopharma GmbH
    Inventors: Nicole Zangl, Erwin Trummer, Karl Münzer