Coating Moving Mass Of Solid Particulate Work Patents (Class 118/303)
  • Patent number: 10813839
    Abstract: The drum coater comprises a substantially cylindrical drum (11) with a peripheral wall and a substantially horizontal axis of rotation. The method comprises providing a coating zone within the drum, feeding tablets into the drum, spinning the drum containing the tablets at a rotational speed such that a substantially annular bed of tablets is created, providing means for creating a cascade (19) of tablets at least in a part of the coating zone and spraying the tablets in the coating zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GEA Pharma Systems Limited
    Inventor: Michel Simon Waldron
  • Patent number: 10729061
    Abstract: A rotary atomizer is disclosed for the even distribution of a treatment fluid within a treatment chamber. The treatment fluid is delivered onto a rotating disk atomizer through multiple outlet ports. Fluid passages provide each outlet port with an even flow of treatment fluid at generally the same time and rate. This even and simultaneous flow of treatment fluid results in a more even distribution of treatment fluid on the seed that flows through the treatment chamber throughout the treatment cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KSi Conveyor, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Arthur Kaeb, Bradley S Strahm, Jason Paul Kaeb
  • Patent number: 10529465
    Abstract: A signal cable structure includes a set of strands, an outer insulation tube and a water swellable powder. The set of strands includes a plurality of twisted pairs. The twisted pairs are enclosed to form a center portion, and each of the twisted pairs includes two wires intertwined with each other. The outer insulation tube sheaths the set of strands; an outer ring portion is surrounded outside the set of strands and formed between the outer insulation tube and the set of strands. The water swellable powder is distributed in the outer ring portion, and the center portion of the set of strands is not distributed with the water swellable powder. Thereby, a signal cable with waterproof performance is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: YFC-BONEAGLE ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ying-Ming Ku, Mei-Yao Wang
  • Patent number: 10516169
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described to coat small and large quantities of solid particles using atomic layer deposition, with increased material utilization and decreased cycle times. The resulting higher coating efficiency ALD process is achieved by a controlled pressure differential acting across a rotating porous vessel that contains a plurality of solid particles. The apparatus is comprised of two coaxial cylindrical porous vessels with a means for one to rotate, and a two stage rotary feedthrough with a specialized hollowed out shaft, which enables both rotation of the vessel and reactant, purge, and product gas transport across a particle bed that undergoes mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Sonata Scientific LLC
    Inventors: Anthony F. Zeberoff, Jeffrey F. Roeder, Peter C. Van Buskirk
  • Patent number: 10493654
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the gluing of particles, in particular wood particles, including a dryer and a line transporting the stream of particles, wherein the stream of particles is being introduced in a main flow direction into the dryer via the outlet. A binder is supplied to the stream of particles, said binder being introduced via a nozzle device with a speed component directed against the main flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Brav-O-Tech GmbH
    Inventors: Udo Gehrer, Johannes Hicker, Roland Hicker
  • Patent number: 10472767
    Abstract: A method to treat fibrous materials for use in the formation of a biocomposite material that significantly reduces or eliminates the odors emitted from the fibrous materials is provided. In the method, the fibers or fibrous materials are initially treated to extract the raw fiber from the source plant material and the remove unwanted fractions of the fiber, such as the hemicellulose, lignin, and pectin, among others, leaving only the intact cellulose fibers. These cellulose fibers are then further processed in a second step to remove the odor from the cellulose fibers. The second step includes a combination of a second chemical treatment, dehumidification, and/or a cold plasma modification to render the cellulosic fibers odorless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: James Henry, Satyanarayan Panigrahi, Radhey Lal Kushwaha
  • Patent number: 10434538
    Abstract: A dispenser system for applying multi-component adhesives or like substances to work surfaces in carpeting, roofing and like applications as well as a method of dispensing and applying multi-component adhesives to work surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: 4 C's Spray Equipment Rental, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jay Calaman, Timothy E. Curtis
  • Patent number: 10413873
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus for mixing powder and liquid, includes: an apparatus main body having an internal space; a cylindrical member arranged in the internal space with one end facing upward and the other end facing downward, the one end and the other end being opened; a powder dispersing portion arranged above the apparatus main body, the powder dispersing portion dispersing the powder into a space of the cylindrical member; a liquid spraying portion arranged in a vicinity of the powder dispersing portion, the liquid spraying portion spraying the liquid into a space of the cylindrical member; a collection portion arranged below the apparatus main body, the collection portion collecting a mixed powder consisting of the powder dispersed by the powder dispersing portion and the liquid sprayed by the liquid spraying portion; a filter arranged around the cylindrical member in the internal space; and a discharge port discharging air in the internal space through the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NISSHIN ENGINEERING INC.
    Inventors: Akihiko Ema, Yusuke Igawa, Kosuke Ando
  • Patent number: 10384175
    Abstract: A mixing chamber for mixing a variety of dry ingredients with a liquid is disclosed. The mixing chamber has an accumulation chamber that evenly distributes ingredients as they pass a liquid spray nozzle, resulting in uniform hydration. The liquid may be sprayed at a variety of pressures to achieve varying levels of granule hydration to permit the manufacture of dough, batter, or other compositions. Even dry ingredients which are generally slow to absorb moisture may be rapidly and evenly hydrated without an excess of liquid. Process parameters, such as volume flow rate of the dry ingredients, can also be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: BAKERY CONCEPTS INTERNATIONAL, LLC, STRATTON SALES AND SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Brigham Hatch, Bryan Stratton
  • Patent number: 10364152
    Abstract: Particle production apparatus 1 including processing section 3 in which a processing liquid is adhered to a surface of each of inorganic particles contained in a powder material, chamber 4 connected to processing section 3 at a downstream side thereof in which the powder material is separated from gas carrying the material, powder material supply device 50 with supply portion 5 and supply unit 6 for supplying the powder material into processing section 3, and processing liquid spraying device 70 having a nozzle 7, a pump 8, a supply unit 9 for supplying the processing liquid, and a high-pressure gas (air) generating unit 11. Processing liquid spraying device 70 is configured to spray processing liquid as droplets onto the powder material just after the powder material being supplied into the processing section 3. Preferably, a volume of the processing section 3 is smaller than a volume of the chamber 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO BAKELITE COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Takafumi Sumiyoshi, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10364153
    Abstract: Particle production apparatus 1 including processing section 3 in which a processing liquid is adhered to a surface of each of inorganic particles contained in a powder material, chamber 4 connected to processing section 3 at a downstream side thereof in which the powder material is separated from gas carrying the material, powder material supply device 50 with supply portion 5 and supply unit 6 for supplying the powder material into processing section 3, and processing liquid spraying device 70 having a nozzle 7, a pump 8, a supply unit 9 for supplying the processing liquid, and a high-pressure gas (air) generating unit 11. Processing liquid spraying device 70 is configured to spray processing liquid as droplets onto the powder material just after the powder material being supplied into the processing section 3. Preferably, a volume of the processing section 3 is smaller than a volume of the chamber 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO BAKELITE COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Takafumi Sumiyoshi, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10279322
    Abstract: An apparatus for distributing oil into fluid food product includes a batch tank, a transfer line, a pressure tank, a funnel, an oil dispenser, an inline shear mixer, and a flow line. The batch tank holds a volume of fluid food product. The transfer line is in fluid connection with the batch tank. The pressure tank holds a volume of oil. The funnel is disposed through a top opening in the pressure tank and dispenses oil into the pressure tank. A stem portion of the funnel extends at least halfway into an interior of the pressure tank. The funnel includes at least one vent. The oil dispenser dispenses oil from the pressure tank into a flow of fluid food product from the batch tank. The inline shear mixer mixes the fluid food product and the oil. The flow line flows the fluid food product-and-oil mixture to the batch tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: WhiteWave Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Elle Ann Clarke, Dennis Keith Chapman, Gary Thomas Jerger
  • Patent number: 10225974
    Abstract: A batch coater assembly (20) includes an upright coater container (24) with a container-supporting lift frame assembly (26). In use, particulate materials such as seed are introduced into the container (24) and coated therein. After coating, the assembly (26) is employed to lift the container (24) to a position permitting placement of a bin (22) beneath the container (24), so that coated particulates can be directly transferred from the container (24) to the bin (22). This permits rapid batch coating of particulates from the bin (22), with refilling of the bin (22) after the coating operation. An optional dust hood assembly (28) can be employed during delivery of coated particulates to the bin (22), in order to capture dust incident to the particulate delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: USC, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory A. Renyer
  • Patent number: 10195572
    Abstract: A mixing chamber for mixing a variety of dry ingredients with a liquid is disclosed. The mixing chamber has an accumulation chamber that evenly distributes ingredients as they pass a liquid spray nozzle, resulting in uniform hydration. The liquid may be sprayed at a variety of pressures to achieve varying levels of granule hydration to permit the manufacture of dough, batter, or other compositions. Even dry ingredients which are generally slow to absorb moisture may be rapidly and evenly hydrated without an excess of liquid. Process parameters, such as volume flow rate of the dry ingredients, can also be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: BAKERY CONCEPTS INTERNATIONAL, LLC, STRATTON SALES AND SERVICE, INC.
    Inventors: Brigham Hatch, Bryan Stratton
  • Patent number: 10188996
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are powder mixing apparatuses and methods that utilize the deagglomerizing and mixing effects of an air flow that impacts a flowing powder. The resulting powder can have smaller particle sizes and/or exhibit a more homogenous mixture than the premixed powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Stein, Michael W. Mueting, Herbert C. Chiou, James S. Stefely
  • Patent number: 10099186
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for coating and mixing granular products, in particular food products, more in particular peanuts, the device comprising a compartment defined by a rotary bottom part and a stationary circumferential side wall, the device further comprising: a product supply for supplying the products into the compartment, a substance supply for supplying a substance into the compartment, a drive for rotating the rotary bottom part about its substantially vertical axis, wherein the rotary bottom part and the stationary circumferential side wall comprise non-stick parts which define a substantial part of an inner surface of the compartment and which are manufactured from a non-stick material, wherein said non-stick parts are mechanically connected to the device via detachable connectors, allowing fast replacement of worn-out non-stick parts by new, same non-stick parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: INTERSNACK GROUP GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Michel Dunnebier, Hermanus Theodorus Wilhelmus Zweers
  • Patent number: 10071390
    Abstract: A fluidized bed coating apparatus for coating liquid onto the surfaces of particles directed into a coating chamber. A liquid spray nozzle assembly disposed below a hollow separator within the coating chamber includes an ultrasonic atomizer for atomizing coating liquid into a fine liquid particle cloud and a pressurized air directing air cap for forming the ultrasonically atomized fine liquid particle cloud into a cone shaped spray pattern and propelling the liquid particles through the separator into an upbed region of the coating chamber for recirculation in an outbed region, and through the separator. A cooling air passageway system is provided within the spray nozzle assembly for cooing the ultrasonic atomizer during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Filicicchia, David C. Huffman, Brian K. Smith, Joseph P. Szczap
  • Patent number: 10011900
    Abstract: A method of coating metallic powder particles includes disposing an amount of metallic powder particles in a fluidizing reactor and removing moisture adhered to the powder particles within the reactor with a working gas at an elevated temperature for a predetermined time. The method further includes coating the powder particles in the reactor with silicon present within the precursor gas at an elevated temperature for a predetermined time and purging the precursor gas from the reactor using the working gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ying She, James T. Beals
  • Patent number: 9930825
    Abstract: A device for coating items is provided. The device includes a hopper configured to hold particles of coating. The device also includes a spout including a first end and a second end. The spout is coupled to the hopper at the first end and is configured to receive the particles of coating from the hopper. The device also includes a distribution device coupled between the hopper and the spout and configured to distribute the particles of coating from the hopper into the spout at the first end of the spout. The device also includes a size adjuster device coupled to the second end of the spout. The size adjuster device is configured to resize the particles of coating and to discharge the particles of coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Hilvers, David R. Smith
  • Patent number: 9920419
    Abstract: A drum sputtering device that can uniformly deposit target atoms on all over particles is provided. The drum sputtering device includes a vacuum container 2 that contains particles, a tubular drum 10 that is arranged inside the vacuum container 2 and at least one end face 10c of which is open, and a sputtering target 16 that is arranged inside the drum 10. With a supporting arm 11, a drive motor 12 for rotation, a drive motor 13 for swing, a first gear member 14, and a second gear member 15, the drum can be rotated around the axis of the drum 10 and the drum 10 can be swung so that one end portion 10e and the other end portion 10f in the axial direction of the drum 10 are relatively vertically switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Ueda, Eisuke Haba
  • Patent number: 9896763
    Abstract: A powder coating apparatus reactor includes a loading port for a powder material, an inlet for one or more coating precursors, and a reaction chamber having an inner surface and a plurality of axial baffles. Each axial baffle extends inwardly from the inner surface of the reaction chamber of the rotary vessel. The plurality of axial baffles is configured to keep the powder material flowing within the reaction chamber during rotation of the rotary vessel to facilitate contact between the powder material and the one or more coating precursors. The powder coating apparatus further includes a rotary vacuum seal located at the loading port. The powder coating apparatus also includes a motor capable of actuating the rotary vessel about a center axis for rotation during reaction of the powder material with the coating precursors in the reaction chamber. Methods for coating powder materials with such a reactor are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gayatri V. Dadheech, Mei Cai, Prasad Gadgil
  • Patent number: 9884766
    Abstract: A method of treating particles by disaggregating, deagglomerating, exfoliating, cleaning, functionalizing, doping, decorating and/or repairing said particles, in which the particles are subjected to plasma treatment in a treatment chamber containing a plurality of electrodes which project therein and wherein plasma is generated by said electrodes which are moved during the plasma treatment to agitate the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: PERPETUUS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, LTD.
    Inventors: John Buckland, Dylan Walters
  • Patent number: 9868098
    Abstract: A fluidized bed granulator comprising one or more compartments with a floor with openings for the supply of a fluidization medium and a plurality of sprayers. The sprayers are connected to a supply of a granulating liquid and are configured to spray the liquid in one or more spraying zones next to one or more unsprayed zones of the fluidized bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GREEN GRANULATION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Mengguang Wang
  • Patent number: 9808424
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to the field of pharmaceutical sciences. More specifically, the present invention includes apparatus and devices for the preparation of pharmaceutical formulations containing large diameter synthetic membrane vesicles, such as multivesicular liposomes, methods for preparing such formulations, and the use of specific formulations for therapeutic treatment of subjects in need thereof. Formation and use of the pharmaceutical formulations containing large diameter synthetic membrane vesicles produced by using the apparatus and devices for therapeutic treatment of subjects in need thereof is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest George Schutt, Ronald Warren McGuire, Peter Andrew Walters, Kathleen D. A. Los
  • Patent number: 9731304
    Abstract: An injector head for delivering particulate material from a feeder source to a receiver is fitted with a plurality of splitter bars extending generally laterally from the sidewalls thereof into the space through which particulate material is fed as it flows into a receiver. Spray nozzles mounted to said sidewalls below said splitter bars spray coating material generally laterally relative to said sidewalls and generally laterally relative to the length of said splitter bars so as to coat particulate material as it passes over and to the sides and ends of said splitter bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: James L. Paris
  • Patent number: 9718713
    Abstract: A system is provided for removing arsenic from water to safe levels at or below the EPA standards. The system is a hybrid spouted vessel/fixed bed filter system that significantly enhances/improves arsenic removal for drinking water using zero-valent iron (ZVI) particles. Movement of the circulating, iron-containing particles in a dense moving bed that forms on the spouted vessel bottom creates an abrasive “self-polishing” action among them that continuously generates colloidal iron corrosion products. This material then circulates with the water in the vessel and is removed and concentrated in a fixed bed filter. The colloidal material captured and immobilized in the filter has been shown to remove arsenic from contaminated water at very rapid rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Brown University
    Inventors: Joseph Calo, Madhavan Lakshmi, Johannes Kirchner, Euan Bain
  • Patent number: 9707696
    Abstract: A device for injecting a fluid internally of a flow of loose material, comprising: a feeder (2) of loose material (100), provided with a lower discharge mouth (24) through which the loose material (100) flows along a descending direction (Y); an injector (3), predisposed to inject a fluid onto the loose material (100), which injector (3) is located below the discharge mouth (24) such as to be positioned internally of the flow of loose material (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: IMAL S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paolo Benedetti
  • Patent number: 9694995
    Abstract: A spout assembly and related method of regulating the flow of particulate material. The spout assembly includes a chute, at least first and second plates, and a counterbalance mechanism. The first and second plates are positioned downstream from the chute, the lower ends of the first and second plates defining an opening with an area that is smaller than a cross-sectional area of the chute so that the material may accumulate prior to passing through the opening. The counterbalance mechanism produces a biasing force on the first and second plates toward the centerline to adjust the area of the opening, and permits the first and second plates to move outwardly away from the centerline in response to the weight of the accumulated material. The counterbalance mechanism includes at least a first separately adjustable counterbalance coupled to the first plate and a second separately adjustable counterbalance coupled to a second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Coy N. Haraway
  • Patent number: 9670401
    Abstract: Methods for producing solid, substantially round, spherical and sintered particles from a slurry of a raw material having an alumina content of greater than about 40 weight percent. The slurry is processed to prepare green pellets which are sintered in a furnace with microwave energy at a temperature of 1480 to 1520° C. to produce solid, substantially round, spherical and sintered particles having an average particle size greater than about 200 microns, a bulk density of greater than about 1.35 g/cm3, and an apparent specific gravity of greater than about 2.60.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: CARBO CERAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Chad Cannan, Brett A. Wilson, Benjamin T. Eldred
  • Patent number: 9616442
    Abstract: A rotary atomizer is disclosed for the even distribution of a treatment fluid within a treatment chamber. The treatment fluid is delivered onto a rotating disk atomizer through multiple outlet ports. Fluid passages provide each outlet port with an even flow of treatment fluid at generally the same time and rate. This even and simultaneous flow of treatment fluid results in a more even distribution of treatment fluid on the seed that flows through the treatment chamber throughout the treatment cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: KSi Conveyor, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Arthur Kaeb, Bradley S Strahm, Jason Paul Kaeb
  • Patent number: 9561988
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for making a controlled release fertilizer with water-based coating using a closed large numerically controlled fluidized bed and a device therefor: collecting a granular fertilizer with a suitable granule size into a barrel; sucking the same into a coating cavity by negative pressure and making the same fluid; directing a water-based coating liquid into a spray gun, then spraying the liquid onto the surface of the fertilizer granules after nebulization; collecting the impurities in the air discharged from the coating cavity by means of a cyclone separator; dehumidifying the air discharged from the cyclone separator by means of a fluidized drying tower; and then the coating is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: NANJING INSTITUTE OF SOIL CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Changwen Du, Yazhen Shen, Jianmin Zhou
  • Patent number: 9504977
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rotary disc device (1) in a rotary fluidized bed, the outer edge of said disc rotating inside, and faster than, the fluidized bed, thereby allowing: the rotation speed of the fluidized bed to be accelerated, solid particles and/or micro-droplets to be supplied to the fluidized bed or to the free central area, and different annular areas of the fluidized bed to be separated. The invention also relates to methods for transforming solid particles or micro-droplets on contact with the fluids flowing through the rotary fluidized bed or for transforming fluids on contact with solids in suspension in the rotary fluidized bed, using said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Axel De Broqueville
  • Patent number: 9453294
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for monitoring and controlling the amount of moisture introduced into the forming hood area in the manufacture of mineral fiber insulation products. Moisture from coolant liquids, binder dispersions and binder diluents are all introduced deliberately into a forming hood; ambient moisture and water from combustion are additional sources. A series of global variable control valves, one for each fluid system; as well as individual variable control valves for each fiberizing unit are provided with associated meters. Sensors monitor fibrous pack conditions and ambient conditions and provide inputs to the valve control system. A specific 3-ring liquid dispensing system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Johnson, David R. Mirth, Michael Timothy Pellegrin, Frank Bruce Inglis, Terry Burn
  • Patent number: 9428830
    Abstract: A reverse fluidized bed reactor (FBR) is separated by a thermally insulating vertical divider into a pre-reaction heating zone, a reaction zone, and a dehydrogenation zone. The dehydrogenation zone can be distinct, or the heating zone can serve as the dehydrogenation zone. Particles of polysilicon circulate upward through the heating zone and into the top of the reaction zone, where deposition of silicon occurs, and the grown particles slowly settle until they reenter the bottom of the pre-reaction heating zone. Dust formation, wall deposition, and hydrogen content in the product silicon particles are thereby minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: GTAT Corporation
    Inventors: Wenjun L Chinn, F. Scott Fahrenbruck, Shawn D Skinner, Laura E Moran, Jeffrey C. Gum
  • Patent number: 9392739
    Abstract: A batch-type particulate treating apparatus (10) includes an upright bin or hopper (20) equipped with a central, rotatable lifting augur (68) having a bored shaft (70) and helical flighting (80, 82). Coating liquid passes through the bore (72) of shaft (70), and is delivered through ejectors (86, 88) mounted on the augur flighting (80, 82). A pneumatic assembly (16) serves to direct pressurized air upwardly through a clearance (96) between the augur base and the adjacent inner surfaces of hopper (20). In operation, liquid coating material is ejected into the particulates during rotation of the augur (68) and operation of the pneumatic assembly (16), in order to uniformly and efficiently coat the particulates. The apparatus (10) is particularly designed for treating of seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: USC, LLC
    Inventors: Greg Renyer, Jim Renyer
  • Patent number: 9266637
    Abstract: A treatment machine for containers includes a drive unit and a manipulation unit connected to the drive unit. The drive unit comprises a hollow bore, the hollow bore being configured to accommodate an accommodated structure, which is either a machine-specific subassembly or a line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clusserath, Thomas Stolte, Udo Grunewald
  • Patent number: 8887659
    Abstract: A continuous dosage form coating apparatus uses vibrational impulses to maintain a dosage forms in a fluid state to expose them to a coating material atomized by spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GlaxoSmithKline LLC
    Inventor: Frederick H. Fiesser
  • Patent number: 8863686
    Abstract: A fluid bed apparatus for coating solid particles. The apparatus includes a housing having upwardly extending walls surrounding a perforated base plate, a nozzle for atomizing a coating liquid, the nozzle being provided in the upwardly extending walls, and a device for providing fluidisation gas through the perforations of the base plate for the maintenance of a fluidised layer. The coating liquid nozzle is provided in a channel for co-current introduction of a dispersion gas, the channel debouching into the fluid bed through an orifice having a radius of 5 mm or more. The apparatus provides for the production of particles having smooth surfaces, high yield and a low tendency to form agglomerates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: GEA Pharma Systems AG
    Inventor: Jürg Paul Ris
  • Publication number: 20140283739
    Abstract: A fluid bed granulation process of a predetermined substance comprises the steps of: forming, through a fluidification. air flow of predetermined flow rate, a fluid bed of granules of said substance to be granulated fed to it in the form of seeds,—feeding said fluid bed with a continuous flow of a growth substance (or liquid).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Urea Casale SA
    Inventor: Gianfranco Bedetti
  • Publication number: 20140251215
    Abstract: An exchangeable cartridge system for use with a production coater for coating a material with a solution or a suspension. The exchangeable cartridge system includes an integrated drum and exhaust plenum, the drum is connectable with a motor of the production coater and the exhaust plenum is connectable with an exhaust duct of the production coater. The exchangeable cartridge system provides for simple exchange of drums having a wide range of production capacities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy C. PILIPAUSKAS, Michael Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8826848
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of generating a ‘multicomponent particle comprising: and a multicomponent particle generating system comprising: a first nozzle constructed to generate at least one isolated particle; a second nozzle arranged to generate a generally uninterrupted fluid jet without breaking up, —said first and second nozzles arranged to have said isolated particle collide with the fluid jet so as to combine said particle with fluid of the second fluid jet, for providing a multicomponent particle; and a collector by which said isolated particles can be captured after collision with the fluid jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: René Jos Houben, Andries Rijfers, Leonardus Antonius Maria Brouwers, Jacobus Eversdijk, Kjeld Jacobus Cornelis Van Bommel
  • Patent number: 8807065
    Abstract: In a pan coating apparatus including a rotary drum which rotates about a horizontal rotation axis, an air supply chamber having a larger sectional area than that of an opening portion is arranged on a front stage with respect to the front-surface opening portion of the rotary drum. The air supply chamber is formed in a chamber door attached to a front of a casing, and has one end side communicating to the opening portion and another end side connected to an air supply duct via an air supply hole. The air flowing into the air supply chamber from the air supply duct is reduced in flow rate in the air supply chamber and supplied from the opening portion into the rotary drum with the air flow thereof in a stable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Freund Corporation
    Inventors: Yasutoyo Fusejima, Takuya Nakamura, Takashi Terada, Shigemi Isobe
  • Patent number: 8807070
    Abstract: The improved rotor processor of the present invention includes a stator with a rotatable rotor defining a rotor chamber in which particles are circulated for coating or layering. A spray gun mounted to the stator adjacent the rotor directs liquid into the rotor chamber, while a powder feed system mounted in the stator adjacent the rotor directs dry powder into the rotor chamber. The spray gun and powder feed system are spaced apart circumferentially so as to define a spray zone and a separate powder zone through which the circulating particles repeatedly and sequentially pass. The powder feed system includes a feed screw conveyor, an eductor, and a flexible conduit for delivering micronized powders, such as polymers or glidants, to the rotor chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Vector Corporation
    Inventor: Brian K. Jensen
  • Patent number: 8783208
    Abstract: A powder hopper is provided with a low turbulence zone for supplying powder to a spray gun. The low turbulence zone is defined by a baffle inside the hopper with the low turbulence zone being within a volume of the baffle, and an annular zone between the baffle and the hopper is used to bulk feed powder into the hopper. The low turbulence zone may alternatively be in the annular zone with powder added to the volume of the baffle. One preferred application for this hopper is in connection with the use of fine powder coating materials to coat the interior of small diameter cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph G. Schroeder, Terrence M. Fulkerson, Angelo Bellini, Ralf Scheuffgen, Claus Ruschitzka
  • Patent number: 8776716
    Abstract: A device for spraying a biological substance onto a biocompatible implant. The device includes a housing that defines a sterile chamber. A spray head is within the chamber and proximate to a first end. A first conduit is configured to direct the biological substance into the chamber through a first spray tip of the spray head. A second conduit is configured to direct an activator into the chamber through a second spray tip of the spray head. A third conduit is configured to direct compressed air to the chamber through a third spray tip of the spay head. The spray head is configured to direct a coating of the biological substance as activated by the activator to the implant seated within the chamber at a second end that is opposite to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Biomet Biologics, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Swift
  • Publication number: 20140106069
    Abstract: A device for gluing fibers or similar particles, in particular for the production of wood material panels, for example fiber panels, having a blowline (3) through which the fibers to be glued are transported, wherein there are connected to the blowline a plurality of nozzles (4) which issue into the blowline and by means of which the fibers transported through the blowline can be sprayed with glue, wherein the nozzles (4) are formed as multiple-substance nozzles, for example two-substance nozzles for the purpose of steam atomization, to which nozzles in each case at least one glue feed line (5) and one steam feed line (6) are connected, characterized in that in each case one glue valve (7) and one throughflow measurement device (8) are integrated into the glue feed lines (5), and in that the glue valves (7) and the throughflow measurement devices (8) are connected to at least one control and/or regulating device, such that the throughflow rate for each glue feed line (5) can be separately controlled or regula
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Rudolf Christopher Ohlendorf, Guenter Staub, Rolf Trummel
  • Patent number: 8691121
    Abstract: Sulfur (or sulphur) spray nozzles disposed with a tank spray liquid molten sulfur into the cooling liquid in the tank. Solid sulfur seeds are formed in the cooling liquid and settle in the tank. The tank may be a spiral dewaterer tank that has a screw conveyor at the bottom of the tank that moves the seeds to a granulating drum for enlargement into sulfur granules. The tank may also be used to capture and remove sulfur dust from a slurry of sulfur dust and water recycled from the granulating drum. The sulfur dust in the cooling tank may be captured by contact with molten sulfur droplets streaming down the cooling liquid column such that the dust particles become incorporated into the droplet, thereby being converted to seed. The granulating drum may be equipped with two or more sets of segmented lifting flights. The sets of flights may not be in alignment. The flights may be spaced apart from the inside surface of the drum with segmented rib members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Brimrock International Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie L. Lang, Jamsheed P. Irani, Sergio A. De Paoli, Casey J. Metheral
  • Patent number: 8689725
    Abstract: A process device for coating particles in which, on the inside wall (1), there are one or more units installed. Each unit includes a swirl flow generator (4) around which a straight or curved perforated plate (3) and draft tube (5) are located in cross-section. A single or multi-phase spraying nozzle (6) is installed centrally through the swirl flow generator (4) with a conduit (7) for dispersion for coating and a conduit (8) of compressed air. The swirl flow generator (4) has at an angle from the vertical adjacent grooves (18) that open outwards, with the angle of grooves (18) to the vertical line are between 10 and 45°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Matjaz Perpar, Slavislav Savic, Matija Gregorka, Rok Dreu, Stanko Srcic, Rok Sibanc, Matevz Lustrik, Iztok Zun
  • Patent number: 8677932
    Abstract: A metering mechanism is configured for transferring measured doses of a granular material from a first location to a second location, and is particularly suited for metering source material in a vapor deposition apparatus. A receiver is disposed to receive the granular material from the first location. A discharge port is axially offset from an outlet of the receiver. A reciprocating delivery member having a passage defined therethrough is moved in a reciprocating path by a controllable drive device between a load position wherein the passage is aligned with the receiver outlet and a discharge position wherein the passage is aligned with the discharge port. The amount of granular material transferred from the first location to the second location is a function of the volume of the passage and the reciprocating rate of the delivery member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin Jackson Little
  • Patent number: 8671872
    Abstract: A coater for coating a material with a solution or a suspension includes an access door and a process port separately openable within a housing. A rotating coating drum is removably connected with respect to the coater and the coater is configured for exchange of drums having a wide range of production capacities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Thomas Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Pilipauskas, Shawn Garcia, Jean Y. Le Floc'h