Patents by Inventor Thomas L. Small

Thomas L. Small 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: 20200086248
    Abstract: An authentication system for authenticating a water filter cartridge at an appliance is provided. The water filter cartridge comprises a connection assembly having one or more connection devices that are structured for engaging an electrical connector of an appliance water filter manifold assembly of an appliance, to establish an electrical connection between the connection assembly and a controller of the appliance. A method of use of the water filter cartridge at the appliance comprises inserting the water filter cartridge into a receptacle of an appliance water filter manifold assembly. A method of authentication of the water filter cartridge comprises establishing an electrical communication link between a memory device of a water filter cartridge and an appliance water filter manifold assembly of the appliance, and retrieving, via the electrical communication link, a unique identifier associated with the water filter cartridge from the memory device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas W. McCollough, William Thomas Anniss, III, Willard Grant, Raony Barrios, William L. Small, Marcello Correa Machado, Christopher Stephan Rousey, Ken Brandt, Marcelo C. Candeo, Ramesh Subramanian, Robert Astle, George Nicholas Lauri, III, Chong Hun Yi, Brian Keith Weaver, William James Moyer, II, Ronald Skovira, Gary Altemose, Richard Benjamin Emenheiser
  • Patent number: 7757638
    Abstract: Disclosed is an animal litter that includes a palm oil residue, possibly in combination with another absorbent material such as whole ground grain, virgin germ, seed meal, spent germ or clay. The palm oil residue may be palm kernel cake, palm oil sludge, or palm pressed fiber. Also disclosed are a method for removing animal waste and a process for preparing an animal litter. The method for removal of animal waste includes allowing an animal to excrete waste into a container that includes a litter, the litter comprising a palm oil residue. The process for preparing an animal litter comprises combining the materials that make up the litter to form the litter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Lin Wang, Sarjit Johal, Thomas A. Wiesner, Thomas L. Small
  • Publication number: 20070277739
    Abstract: Disclosed is an animal litter that includes a palm oil residue, possibly in combination with another absorbent material such as whole ground grain, virgin germ, seed meal, spent germ or clay. The palm oil residue may be palm kernel cake, palm oil sludge, or palm pressed fiber. Also disclosed are a method for removing animal waste and a process for preparing an animal litter. The method for removal of animal waste includes allowing an animal to excrete waste into a container that includes a litter, the litter comprising a palm oil residue. The process for preparing an animal litter comprises combining the materials that make up the litter to form the litter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Applicant: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Lin Wang, Sarjit Johal, Thomas A. Wiesner, Thomas L. Small
  • Patent number: 4957563
    Abstract: A process for continuously converting starch to paste by heating an aqueous starch slurry with an enzyme to an elevated temperature and holding the mixture at an elevated temperature for a time to gelatinize the starch granules and produce a starch paste of desired viscosity. Then, the starch-enzyme stream is further heated and held at an elevated temperature and for a time sufficient to inactivate the enzyme and after which a starch paste having a desired and substantially stable viscosity is recovered.Preferred apparatus of the invention includes a single, compact, continuous processing unit which minimizes the required equipment and includes a starch conversion conduit adapted for conveying an admixed stream of an aqueous starch slurry and a liquid stream containing an enzyme. Inlet lines for introducing an aqueous starch slurry and a liquid stream containing an enzyme capable of depolymerizing starch into said starch conversion conduit are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1990
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: T. L. Gallaher, Thomas L. Small
  • Patent number: 4279658
    Abstract: Gelatinization and dispersion of starch with a starch solvent such as sodium hydroxide and using mechanical shear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Harvey, Thomas L. Gallaher, Raymond L. Mullikin, Thomas L. Small