Work Of Container-form Constituting Sole Liquid Holder Patents (Class 134/150)
  • Patent number: 11351511
    Abstract: A rotary bucket mixing device is disclosed. The rotary bucket mixing device includes a main body, a rotating disk assembly, a power gear assembly and a first idler assembly. The power gear assembly receives a power to drive the rotating disk assembly to rotate and thereby rotating a mixing bucket disposed on a supporting assembly of the rotating disk assembly and mixing the contents in the mixing bucket. The first idler assembly controls a rotational speed. The rotary bucket mixing device of the present disclosure provides a better support to the mixing bucket and therefore the safety during the mixing process is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Hung-Hsin Hsu, Yan-Lan Chiou
  • Patent number: 10267818
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods related to automated diagnostic analyzers having rear accessible track systems. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes an analyzer to perform a diagnostic test, the analyzer having a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The example apparatus includes a loading bay disposed on the first side of the analyzer to receive a first carrier and a pipetting mechanism coupled to the analyzer adjacent the second side. The example apparatus also includes a first carrier shuttle to transport the first carrier from a first location adjacent the loading bay to a second location adjacent the pipetting mechanism and a track disposed adjacent the second side of the analyzer to transfer a second carrier to a third location adjacent the pipetting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Abbott Laboratories, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Brian L. Ochranek, David C. Arnquist, Takehiko Oonuma, Hirotoshi Tahara, Naoto Sato, Bradley P. Smith
  • Patent number: 10252860
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a sample storage system having: a transport module; a storage module coupled with the transport module on at least one side of the transport module, the storage module for storing a plurality of specimen tubes or microtiter plates; a tube selector module coupled to an end of the transport module for selecting at least one of the plurality of specimen tubes or microtiter plates; and an input/output (I/O) module coupled with the transport module on a side of the transport module, wherein the transport module is configured to modularly couple with at least one additional storage module for storing a plurality of specimen tubes or microtiter plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: HighRes Biosolutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Nichols, Louis J. Guarracina
  • Patent number: 9532844
    Abstract: A cleaning device for a medical instrument including a flushing chamber, the flushing chamber having a lumen sized and configured to accept a distal end portion of the medical instrument during a cleaning process. The flushing chamber has an inlet port and an outlet port. Proximal and distal sealing members of the flushing chamber seal about the medical instrument when the instrument is inserted into the lumen of the flushing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Zachary Thomas Garvey, John Robert Moberg, Lance Nevala, Lucas Schneider
  • Patent number: 9382021
    Abstract: An automated medication preparation system for preparing a prescribed dosage of medication in a drug delivery device includes a plurality of stations for receiving, handling and processing the drug delivery device so that the prescribed dosage of medication is delivered to the drug delivery device and a transporting device that receives and holds more than one drug delivery device and moves the drug delivery devices in a controlled manner from one station to another station. The system is configured so that two or more separate drug delivery devices can be acted upon at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Baxter Corporation Englewood
    Inventors: Dennis Tribble, Joel A. Osborne, Abdul Wahid Khan, Edward J. Lefebre
  • Patent number: 9321020
    Abstract: A centrifugal processing device has structures in which a storage container housing a material is supported such as to rotate freely by a revolving body with a rotating shaft therebetween, and that applies revolution force and rotation force of the storage container to the material by rotating the storage container while revolving the storage container. Rotating shafts and are supported by the revolving body such as to intersect a revolving body center line of the revolving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Hiroshige Ishii
  • Publication number: 20100243008
    Abstract: A cleaning system for an electric shaver having a shaving head generally includes a housing having an interior space configured to retain cleaning fluid within the housing. The housing is further configured for supporting the shaver in a generally upright orientation with the shaving head disposed at least in part within the interior space of the housing. A displacement apparatus is disposed within the interior space of the housing and is selectively positionable within the housing between a first position in which the cleaning fluid within the housing defines a lower fluid level relative to the shaving head to be cleaned, and a second position in which the cleaning fluid defines a higher fluid level relative to the shaving head such that at the higher fluid level at least a portion of the shaving head of the shaver is submerged in the cleaning fluid within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Paul Schmitt
  • Publication number: 20090217941
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a shower head. The apparatus comprises a substantially hollow container member having a predetermined shape and formed of a predetermined material for holding a cleaning solution. Such substantially hollow container member having a bottom portion and a sidewall portion extending upwardly from such bottom portion. The sidewall portion enclosing an entire perimeter of the bottom portion. A hanging member is disposed on a predetermined portion of the sidewall portion of such container member for hanging the substantially hollow container member from a water line having a shower head on an end thereof so that an end of such shower head is enclosed in the container member holding such cleaning solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
  • Publication number: 20090217942
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a drinking fountain head. The apparatus comprises a substantially hollow bottomless container member for holding a cleaning solution and having each of a predetermined height, a predetermined shape and formed of a predetermined material. There is a sealing member disposed on an inside bottom periphery of the substantially hollow bottomless container member for sealing against an upper portion of such drinking fountain for retaining such cleaning solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
  • Patent number: 7578889
    Abstract: Systematic and effective methodology to clean capacitively coupled plasma reactor electrodes and reduce surface roughness so that the cleaned electrodes meet surface contamination specifications and manufacturing yields are enhanced. Pre-cleaning of tools used in the cleaning process helps prevent contamination of the electrode being cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Shih, Yaobo Yin, Shun Jackson Wu, Armen Avoyan, John E. Daugherty, Linda Jiang
  • Patent number: 7467634
    Abstract: The invention is an automatic no contact machine for cleaning and drying tips, air caps, retainers and cups on spray apparatus when changing liquid or when the apparatus will be idle, or to remove build up of paint on applicators that cause spits and drips on surfaces and electrostatic arcing to spray apparatus while containing and recovering cleaning effluents to an environmental standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Inventors: Philip Jessup, James Doyle
  • Patent number: 6814092
    Abstract: A process and system for conditioning a bulk container for ultra-high purity liquefied gas. Vapor is generated in the container from a conditioning quantity of the ultra-high purity liquefied gas by imposing a temperature difference on the container so that the vapor condenses when a temperature difference is achieved. The resulting liquid reflux, e.g., the condensed liquid drips or flows back to the conditioning quantity of the liquified gas, washes or removes contaminants, e.g., particles, metal and moisture, from the interior surface of the container. A portion of the vapor is vented from the container for reclamation. The used conditioning liquid may also be reclaimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Lachawiec, Jr., Vladimir Yliy Gershtein, Ronald Martin Pearlstein, Robert William Ford
  • Patent number: 5885529
    Abstract: An improved automated immunoassay analyzer including a high throughput automated immunoassay system which can perform high volume testing on a broad range of analytes while selecting from among a diverse set of immunoassays for any given sample. The immunoanalyzer has the capacity to perform a wide range of different types of immunoassays by facile storage and automated combination aboard the instrument among a wide variety of different types of reagents and heterogenous immunoassay beads stored on-board the instrument. The automated design allows reduced user interface (e.g., tests are performed automatically from computer input) including the ability to order, perform and reassay tests reflexively based on test results without operator intervention. Further, the inventive analyzer is not sample tube specific; that is, an instrument that can accept sample tube sizes within a broad size range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: DPC Cirrus, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur L. Babson, Thomas Palmieri, Anthony P. Montalbano, Chris P. Montalbano, Greg A. Montalbano, Eric C. Fleischer
  • Patent number: 5721141
    Abstract: A tube washing system including a tube spinning station having a rotatable chuck and a waste chamber surrounding the chuck for capturing and draining tube fluids expelled from a spun tube driven in rotation by the chuck. The chuck has a body portion and a plurality of spaced apart teeth defining intervening grooves extending through the body portion with at least one of the grooves permitting passage of fluid through the body portion and at least one other of the grooves receives and mechanically connects a projection on an open end of a tube. A pipette for dispensing wash water into a tube is located centrally within the chuck. There is also a tube elevating device located beneath the tube spinning station, the tube elevating device comprising a freely rotatable tube holder, and lift drive motor provided to vertically move the tube holder towards and way from the chuck. The tube used in the washing system has at least one projection provided on its open end which can interlock with a chuck groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: DPC Cirrus Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur L. Babson, Thomas Palmieri
  • Patent number: 5637103
    Abstract: A fluid collection and disposal system which includes a reusable collection unit designed to operate in conjunction with a disposable manifold for collecting fluids aspirated from a patient during a surgical procedure, and to be cleaned by a servicing unit after use. The servicing unit removes the collected fluid from the collection unit and prepares it for reuse. The disposable manifold is removed from the collection unit prior to its attachment to the servicing unit, and a new disposable manifold is replaced on the collection unit after servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventors: Michael J. Kerwin, Jacky S. Yam, Keith G. Korte, Theodore J. Klefisch, Jr., Alan B. Ranford, Jerry W. Olive
  • Patent number: 5597530
    Abstract: A method of prefilling and terminally sterilizing a syringe including providing a syringe barrel having first and second opposite ends where the first end includes a port therethrough with a connector member formed about an exterior of the port and the second end being open. Particulate matter is removed from the interior of the syringe barrel and a cap and stopper are sterilized, the stopper including first and second opposite longitudinal ends. The first end of the stopper is inserted into the second open end of the syringe barrel until the first end of the stopper reaches the first end of the syringe barrel. The syringe barrel then is filled with a desired liquid, such as a medicament or imaging agent, through the port of the first end of the syringe barrel so that substantially no air enters the syringe barrel and where the stopper moves within the syringe barrel from the first to the second ends thereof upon filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Gary N. Smith, John C. Tanner, II
  • Patent number: 5156813
    Abstract: A fluid cup is provided for use with a cup support having a cup-receiving receptacle and a drain. The cup is adapted for use with a pipette probe which may introduce contaminants into the fluid, for example a dilutant fluid, in the cup. The cup has a lower cup portion and a cap, with a notch or other overflow element being provided near the top of the lower cup portion. Diluent fluid is introduced near the bottom of the lower cup portion after each probe entry, creating a fluid flow pattern which flushes any contaminant from the cup through the notch without requiring the use of a large fluid volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Medical Laboratory Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Calhoun
  • Patent number: 5111834
    Abstract: A paint roller flushing stand for supporting a generally cylindrical paint roller having an open upper end under a faucet to facilitate flushing accumulated paint from the paint roller. The paint roller stand includes a base and a disk-shaped mounting pedestal for mounting the paint roller on the base such that the paint roller extends generally upwardly from the base with the open upper end of the paint roller facing generally upwardly. In this way, the paint roller is positioned for receiving water from the faucet into the interior of the paint roller. A leveling mechanism associated with the base can be used to selectively adjust the orientation of the paint roller to maintain portions of the paint roller surrounding the open upper end in a generally horizontal plane such that water received into the paint roller, upon filling the interior volume of the paint roller, spills over the upper end of the plant roller and down all sides thereof in generally equal volume rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Inventor: Gene E. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 5093079
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for cleaning and disinfecting medical instruments such as laryngoscope blades are provided. The apparatus includes a container body having exterior walls and interior partitions defining a plurality of chambers defining a soaking area, a scrubbing area, and a pair of rinsing chambers. The container, preferably constructed of plastic, is also formed with integrally hinged covers for the respective chambers. Flexible brush means are provided within the scrubbing chamber. A pair of injection ports are provided in the soaking area of one chamber for receiving a pair of syringes for injecting buffer and activating components of a cleaning and disinfecting solution into the soaking area. A partition extending between the soaking area and the scrubbing area of the one chamber permits the solution to pass freely therebetween. An additional cover is provided to shield the syringes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Inventors: Teresa L. Bakaitis, Brian S. Bakaitis
  • Patent number: 4779634
    Abstract: An apparatus for rinsing extruded pasta product in a container to remove surface starch from the pasta. The apparatus includes a conveyor on which containers holding a portioned amount of extruded pasta product are conveyed upright in single file, a manifold for introducing hot rinse water into the containers, and a rotary draining unit in which the water-filled containers are first inverted to drain off the rinse water and are then returned to an upright position for transfer to additional processing operations such as sauce filling, container sealing, retorting and cooling. A stationary slide plate is provided between the conveyor and the rotary draining unit, and reciprocating arms are mounted adjacent the slide plate to move the water-filled containers from the conveyor across the slide plate and into the rotary draining unit. The rotary draining unit includes a pair of horizontally extending support surface mounted equidistant from and parallel to a central shaft around which the support surfaces rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1988
    Assignee: Nestec, S.A.
    Inventors: Daphne Gutierrez, Roger D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4424082
    Abstract: The contents of an open-top tote box are cleaned by flooding the tote box while the tote box is horizontal at a first position with a volume of cleaning solution at least twice that of the tote box so that the solution flows over the open top of the tote box; indexing the tote box to a second position where the flooding operation is repeated; indexing the tote box to a third position where an apertured cover is placed over its open top and then rotating the tote box less than to remove cleaning solution from the tote box through the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1984
    Assignee: Economics Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry A. Rowan