Patents by Inventor Keith E. Olson

Keith E. Olson 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).

  • Patent number: 10392242
    Abstract: A fluid product dispenser is sized to removably receive a product package containing a supply of the fluid product. The product package includes an internally integrated fluid pump, and the dispenser includes a drive unit powered by flow of a fluid. Flow of the fluid powers the drive unit, which in turn drives the pump internal to the product package, resulting in dispensation of the fluid product in a product/fluid ratio that is independent of the fluid flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Keith E. Olson, Sherri L. Tischler
  • Publication number: 20190194583
    Abstract: A method of creating a protective coating on an alkali metal hydroxide-containing solid is provided. The method includes providing carbon dioxide to an alkali metal hydroxide-containing solid and allowing the alkali metal hydroxide and carbon dioxide to react thereby forming a carbonate or bicarbonate-containing layer on the exterior of the solid wherein the carbonate or bicarbonate-containing layer is non-hygroscopic and water soluble, and wherein greater than 80% of the hydroxide in the hydroxide-containing solid does not react with the carbon dioxide, and further wherein the alkali metal hydroxide-containing solid is substantially free of lithium hydroxide. A method of testing for the presence of carbonate-containing coating on an alkali metal hydroxide containing solid is also provided. The method includes exposing the coated solid to 95 weight percent ethanol, collecting the ethanol effluent and testing the effluent for alkali metal hydroxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Mark P. Peterson, Keith E. Olson
  • Publication number: 20190169540
    Abstract: In situ cleaning systems and methods of use are disclosed and provide cleaning use solutions with minimal chemical additives providing environmentally-friendly cleaning compositions. The in situ cleaning system provides one or more in situ cleaning components, including water treatment components, oxidizing agent generating component and/or alkalinity generating component, providing a cleaning use solution to a washing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Kim R. Solomon, Keith E. Olson, Erik C. Olson, Michael S. Rischmiller
  • Patent number: 10246666
    Abstract: Methods for using in situ cleaning systems which reduce water hardness and minimize chemical additives are provided. According to the methods and systems, the methods of using may comprise providing feed water to an in situ cleaning system including water treatment components, oxidizing agent generating components and/or alkalinity generating components, contacting one or more articles with a use solution generated by the in situ cleaning system, and washing the one or more articles in a washing system. In addition to the methods of using, the systems for in situ cleaning are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kim R. Solomon, Keith E. Olson, Erik C. Olson, Michael S. Rischmiller
  • Patent number: 10184097
    Abstract: A method of creating a protective coating on an alkali metal hydroxide-containing solid is provided. The method includes providing carbon dioxide to an alkali metal hydroxide-containing solid and allowing the alkali metal hydroxide and carbon dioxide to react thereby forming a carbonate or bicarbonate-containing layer on the exterior of the solid wherein the carbonate or bicarbonate-containing layer is non-hygroscopic and water soluble, and wherein greater than 80% of the hydroxide in the hydroxide-containing solid does not react with the carbon dioxide, and further wherein the alkali metal hydroxide-containing solid is substantially free of lithium hydroxide. A method of testing for the presence of carbonate-containing coating on an alkali metal hydroxide containing solid is also provided. The method includes exposing the coated solid to 95 weight percent ethanol, collecting the ethanol effluent and testing the effluent for alkali metal hydroxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Mark P. Peterson, Keith E. Olson
  • Patent number: 9920281
    Abstract: A soil resistant laminate composition and a soil resistant treatment use composition are provided. In particular, a laminate composition comprising a multilayer composition of a clean surface and a dried layer of a soil resistant agent are disclosed. Soil resistant agents according to the invention include copolymers of a maleic/olefin, an olefin/acrylate and combinations thereof and are suitable for delivery with a water or other organic solvent carrier. A kit and methods for treating a clean surface using a soil resistant laminate composition and a soil resistant treatment use composition are provided by the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Erik C. Olson, Keith E. Olson, Steven E. Lentsch, Minyu Li, Catherine Hanson, Andrew Wold
  • Patent number: 9896364
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods, apparatuses, and systems for treating water. The methods, apparatuses and systems reduce scaling associated with solubilized water hardness using a sequence of water treatment agents, including an inlet, one or more treatment reservoirs containing a first treatment agent that is an exhausted ionic resin that is incapable of performing ion exchange and a second treatment agent consisting of a metal oxide and/or hydroxide compound, an outlet, and a treated water delivery line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Lee J. Monsrud, Keith E. Olson, Kristen Mills, Erik C. Olson, Erin Jane Dahlquist Howlett
  • Publication number: 20170334706
    Abstract: A fluid product dispenser is sized to removably receive a product package containing a supply of the fluid product. The product package includes an internally integrated fluid pump, and the dispenser includes a drive unit powered by flow of a fluid. Flow of the fluid powers the drive unit, which in turn drives the pump internal to the product package, resulting in dispensation of the fluid product in a product/fluid ratio that is independent of the fluid flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Keith E. Olson, Sherri L. Tischler
  • Patent number: 9725297
    Abstract: A fluid product dispenser is sized to removably receive a product package containing a supply of the fluid product. The product package includes an internally integrated fluid pump, and the dispenser includes a drive unit powered by flow of a fluid. Flow of the fluid powers the drive unit, which in turn drives the pump internal to the product package, resulting in dispensation of the fluid product in a product/fluid ratio that is independent of the fluid flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Keith E. Olson, Sherri L. Tischler
  • Patent number: 9700854
    Abstract: A dilute chemical solution may be prepared in response to a dispense request by combining multiple concentrated chemicals with a diluent. In one example, a target amount of diluent is dispensed into a container until a measured weight of the diluent reaches a target weight. A first concentrated chemical is also dispensed into the container until a measured weight of the first concentrated chemical reaches a target weight. The liquid solution containing the diluent and the first concentrated chemical is withdrawn from the container and applied on a second concentrated chemical that is a solid state product so as to cause the second concentrated chemical to at least partially dissolve and enter the container. In some applications, the first and second concentrated chemicals react with one another to generate an active molecule in the chemical solution that is not present in either of the two concentrated chemicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Keith E. Olson, Paul R. Kraus, Sherri Tischler, Brandon J. Schirmer
  • Publication number: 20160326460
    Abstract: In situ cleaning systems and methods of use are disclosed and provide cleaning use solutions with minimal chemical additives providing environmentally-friendly cleaning compositions. The in situ cleaning system provides one or more in situ cleaning components, including water treatment components, oxidizing agent generating component and/or alkalinity generating component, providing a cleaning use solution to a washing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Kim R. Solomon, Keith E. Olson, Erik C. Olson, Michael S. Rischmiller
  • Patent number: 9421586
    Abstract: In situ cleaning systems and methods of use are disclosed and provide cleaning use solutions with minimal chemical additives providing environmentally-friendly cleaning compositions. The in situ cleaning system provides one or more in situ cleaning components, including water treatment components, oxidizing agent generating component and/or alkalinity generating component, providing a cleaning use solution to a washing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Keith E. Olson, Erik C. Olson, Michael S. Rischmiller
  • Publication number: 20160137538
    Abstract: The present invention is related to methods, apparatuses, and compositions for controlling water hardness. The methods, apparatuses and compositions also reduce scale formation. The present invention includes substantially water insoluble resin materials. The resin materials may be loaded with a plurality of cations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Lee J. Monsrud, Xin Sun, Kristen Mills, Douglas J. Prideaux, Beth E. Benson, Kim R. Smith, Keith E. Olson
  • Publication number: 20160060095
    Abstract: A fluid product dispenser is sized to removably receive a product package containing a supply of the fluid product. The product package includes an internally integrated fluid pump, and the dispenser includes a drive unit powered by flow of a fluid. Flow of the fluid powers the drive unit, which in turn drives the pump internal to the product package, resulting in dispensation of the fluid product in a product/fluid ratio that is independent of the fluid flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Keith E. Olson, Sherri L. Tischler
  • Publication number: 20160031735
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods, apparatuses, and systems for treating water. The methods, apparatuses and systems reduce scaling associated with solubilized water hardness using a sequence of water treatment agents, including a first threshold agent shedding weak cation exchange resin and a second magnesium compound conversion agent water treatment. The system or apparatus and methods according to the invention provide synergistic reduction of hard water scaling and elimination of cementing on the insoluble magnesium compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: KIM R. SMITH, LEE J. MONSRUD, KEITH E. OLSON, KRISTEN MILLS, ERIK C. OLSON, ERIN JANE DAHLQUIST-HOWLETT
  • Patent number: 9193610
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods, apparatuses, and systems for treating water. The methods, apparatuses and systems reduce scaling associated with solubilized water hardness using a sequence of water treatment agents, including a first threshold agent shedding weak cation exchange resin and a second magnesium compound conversion agent water treatment. The system or apparatus and methods according to the invention provide synergistic reduction of hard water scaling and elimination of cementing on the insoluble magnesium compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA, INC.
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Lee Monsrud, Keith E. Olson, Kristen Mills, Erik C. Olson, Erin J. Dahlquist
  • Publication number: 20150099688
    Abstract: The invention discloses compositions and methods for generating alkalinity in situ. The compositions and methods relate to the use of a fabric source containing a decomposition agent to catalyze the decomposition of a dilute peroxygen source. The methods provide a highly alkaline cleaning composition produced at a desired time and place of use. Methods of cleaning are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Sherri L. Tischler, Thomas R. Mohs, Erik C. Olson, Keith E. Olson
  • Patent number: 8946141
    Abstract: The invention discloses compositions, methods and systems for generating alkalinity in situ. The compositions, methods and systems relate to the use of a manganese decomposition agent to catalyze the decomposition of a dilute peroxygen source providing highly alkaline cleaning compositions in situ. Methods of cleaning are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Thomas R. Mohs, Erik C. Olson, Anthony W. Erickson, Gregory G. Griese, Eric R. Balz, Joy G. Herdt, Keith E. Olson
  • Patent number: 8946140
    Abstract: The invention discloses compositions, methods and systems for generating alkalinity in situ. The compositions, methods and systems relate to the use of a silver decomposition agent to catalyze the decomposition of a dilute peroxygen source providing highly alkaline cleaning compositions in situ. Methods of cleaning are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Thomas R. Mohs, Erik C. Olson, Gregory G. Griese, Eric R. Balz, Joy G. Herdt, Keith E. Olson, Anthony W. Erickson
  • Patent number: 8940682
    Abstract: The invention discloses compositions and methods for generating alkalinity in situ. The compositions and methods relate to the use of a fabric source containing a decomposition agent to catalyze the decomposition of a dilute peroxygen source. The methods provide a highly alkaline cleaning composition produced at a desired time and place of use. Methods of cleaning are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Sherri L. Tischler, Thomas R. Mohs, Erik C. Olson, Keith E. Olson