Patents by Inventor James R. Munson

James R. Munson has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200324227
    Abstract: A medium for filtering a fluid, such as cooking oil, unrefined edible oil, biodiesel fuel, and fruit-based and vegetable-based beverages, which comprises a top filter panel and a bottom filter panel. Each of the top filter panel and the bottom filter panel has a planar surface, and the top filter panel is in contact with the bottom filter panel. The top panel has at least one opening in communication with the bottom panel such that the filter medium provides for controlled flow of the fluid through the top filter panel and the bottom filter panel. The top filter panel is designed to provide longer filter life before plugging or fouling of the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: James R. Munson, James Stryker, George E. Hicks, Dennis N. Malaba
  • Publication number: 20200188824
    Abstract: A medium for filtering a fluid, such as cooking oil, biodiesel fuel, and fruit-based and vegetable-based beverages, which comprises a filter having a planar surface and at least one projection which projects upwardly from the planar surface. The filter may be impregnated with at least one adsorbent material for removing impurities from the fluid. The at least one projection projects upwardly from the planar surface such that the filter provides for a three-dimensional surface providing additional contact area for the filter. The three-dimensional surface pattern is designed to provide longer filter life before plugging or fouling and allow for controlled flow of the fluid through the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: James R. Munson, James Stryker, George E. Hicks, Dennis N. Malaba
  • Patent number: 8232419
    Abstract: The process utilizes the adsorbent column system as a treatment after chemical refining or before physical refining rather than water or filtration, respectively, to remove soaps and other impurities entrained in a crude triacylglycerol. The CDTAG or ORTAG is contacted with an adsorbent packed into a column, or multiple columns in series, for a sufficient amount of time to remove impurities such as, but not limited to, soaps, metals, chlorophyll, and many of the other compounds that reduce the stability of the TAG. The resulting TAG exiting the column(s) is ready for the deodorization process. Once the adsorbent no longer removes the desired amount of impurities, it is regenerated for reuse. Such a continuous regenerable adsorbent refining process substantially reduces the amount of fresh water required and the amount of waste water generated to purify TAG and reduces the amount of solid waste produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: The Dallas Group of America
    Inventors: James R. Munson, Brian S. Cooke, Bryan L. Bertram
  • Publication number: 20120123139
    Abstract: A process for the continuous purification of biodiesel (fatty acid alkyl esters (FAAE)) is described using a powdered, granulated or extruded adsorbent. The adsorbent is contained in a column system and is regenerated for reuse multiple times. The crude biodiesel is contacted with an adsorbent packed into a column, or multiple columns in series, for a sufficient amount of time to remove impurities such as, but not limited to, soaps, metals, free glycerin, sterol glucosides and many of the other impurities that reduce the stability of biodiesel. The resulting finished biodiesel exiting the column(s) is ready for the methanol recovery process. Once the adsorbent no longer removes the desired amount of impurities, it is regenerated for reuse. The solvent used for the regeneration process is reclaimed and reused by recycling it back to the transesterification reaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: James R. MUNSON, Brian S. Cooke, Bryan L. Bertram
  • Patent number: 8097049
    Abstract: A quick, economical and environmentally friendly, “green”, process for the continuous purification of biodiesel (fatty acid alkyl esters (FAAE)) is described using a powdered, granulated or extruded adsorbent. The adsorbent is contained in a column system and is regenerated for reuse multiple times. The process employs an adsorbent such as, but not limited to, carbon, silica, clay, zeolite or a metal silicate contained in a column to remove the impurities from fatty acid alkyl esters (FAAE) or crude biodiesel in a continuous process. The process utilizes the adsorbent column system for the purification of biodiesel, rather than water or filtration, to remove soaps and other impurities entrained in a crude biodiesel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: The Dallas Group of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Munson, Brian S. Cooke, Bryan L. Bertram
  • Publication number: 20100087666
    Abstract: An economical and environmentally friendly, “green”, process for the continuous purification of triacylglycerol (TAG) is described using a powdered, granulated or extruded adsorbent, which can be used in either the chemical or physical refining of edible oils and fats, both of which are traditionally used to refine TAG. The adsorbent is contained in a column system and is regenerated for reuse multiple times. The process utilizes the adsorbent column system as a treatment after chemical refining or before physical refining rather than water or filtration, respectively, to remove soaps and other impurities entrained in a crude triacylglycerol. In the chemical refining process, the crude degummed triacylglycerol (CDTAG) is first refined to remove FFA, forming a once refined triacylglycerol (ORTAG), and then contacted with an adsorbent packed into column(s) prior to deodorization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: James R. Munson, Brian S. Cooke, Bryan L. Bertram
  • Publication number: 20090199460
    Abstract: A quick, economical and environmentally friendly, “green”, process for the continuous purification of biodiesel (fatty acid alkyl esters (FAAE)) is described using a powdered, granulated or extruded adsorbent. The adsorbent is contained in a column system and is regenerated for reuse multiple times. The process employs an adsorbent such as, but not limited to, carbon, silica, clay, zeolite or a metal silicate contained in a column to remove the impurities from fatty acid alkyl esters (FAAE) or crude biodiesel in a continuous process. The process utilizes the adsorbent column system for the purification of biodiesel, rather than water or filtration, to remove soaps and other impurities entrained in a crude biodiesel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: James R. Munson, Brian S. Cooke, Bryan L. Bertram
  • Patent number: 6517716
    Abstract: A sealing means for sealing a filter envelope of a filter apparatus which includes at least one clip for sealing the filter envelope, and at least one connecting means extending from the filter apparatus to the at least one clip. Such a sealing means prevents the accidental discarding of clips for sealing filter envelopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: The Dallas Group of America, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Munson
  • Patent number: 6482326
    Abstract: A filter for removing undesired materials from a fluid, such as used cooking oil, for example, includes a filter envelope including first and second panels. The first panel has a permeability which is greater than that of the second panel. The first panel of the filter envelope may be formed from a filter pad and the second panel from a filter paper, and may enclose a metal spacer grid. When the filter is connected to a pump for drawing the oil through the filter, the flow of the oil is directed selectively through the filter pad, whereby undesired materials are removed from the oil. The filter provides for efficient flow of the oil to be filtered while removing undesired materials therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: The Dallas Group of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Munson, Paul Roberts
  • Publication number: 20020050474
    Abstract: A filter for removing undesired materials from a fluid, such as used cooking oil, for example, includes a filter envelope including first and second panels. The first panel has a permeability which is greater than that of the second panel. The first panel of the filter envelope may be formed from a filter pad and the second panel from a filter paper, and may enclose a metal spacer grid. When the filter is connected to a pump for drawing the oil through the filter, the flow of the oil is directed selectively through the filter pad, whereby undesired materials are removed from the oil. The filter provides for efficient flow of the oil to be filtered while removing undesired materials therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2001
    Publication date: May 2, 2002
    Applicant: The Dallas Group of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Munson, Paul Roberts
  • Publication number: 20010050251
    Abstract: A sealing means for sealing a filter envelope of a filter apparatus which includes at least one clip for sealing the filter envelope, and at least one connecting means extending from the filter apparatus to the at least one clip. Such a sealing means prevents the accidental discarding of clips for sealing filter envelopes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Publication date: December 13, 2001
    Applicant: James R. Munson
    Inventor: James R. Munson
  • Patent number: 6312598
    Abstract: A filter for removing undesired materials from a fluid, such as used cooking oil, for example, includes a filter envelope including first and second panels. The first panel has a permeability which is greater than that of the second panel. The first panel of the filter envelope may be formed from a filter pad and the second panel from a filter paper, and may enclose a metal spacer grid. When the filter is connected to a pump for drawing the oil through the filter, the flow of the oil is directed selectively through the filter pad, whereby undesired materials are removed from the oil. The filter provides for efficient flow of the oil to be filtered while removing undesired materials therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventors: James R. Munson, Paul Roberts
  • Patent number: 5597600
    Abstract: A process for treating cooking oil or fat which comprises contacting cooking oil or fat with magnesium silicate and at least one alkali material, such as, for example, calcium hydroxide. The magnesium silicate and at least one alkali material are present in amounts effective to reduce the content of free fatty acids in the oil or fat and permit reuse of the oil or fat for cooking. Such method provides for improved extension of the life of the cooking oil employed in restaurant-type and industrial frying operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: The Dallas Group of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Munson, Bryan L. Bertram, Joseph D. Caldwell
  • Patent number: 5006356
    Abstract: A method of treating a fruit-based or vegetable-based beverage to remove chill haze components therefrom which comprises contacting the beverage with an effective amount of an amorphous hydrous precipitated synthetic magnesium silicate which has been treated to reduce the pH thereof to less than about 9.0. Such a method is particularly applicable to the treatment of beer and related beverages and provides for improved removal of chill haze components from such beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Assignee: The Dallas Group of America, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Munson
  • Patent number: 4681768
    Abstract: Cooking oil is treated with synthetic amorphous magnesium silicate having a surface area of at least 300 square meters per gram to permit reuse of the oil for cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Reagent Chemical & Research Company
    Inventors: W. Joseph Mulflur, James R. Munson