Conduit Cleaner Patents (Class 134/169C)
  • Patent number: 6161558
    Abstract: A portable clean-in-place apparatus for a batch processing system. The present invention provides a clean-in-place system on a movable frame adapted to move about a batch processing facility such as a dairy, brewery, pharmaceutical plant, or the like, and clean any or all portions of the batch processing system. Since the CIP system is provided on a movable frame, it can be moved without requiring fixed piping to and from the batch processing line, and since it is relatively small in dimension, it can fit through a standard size doorway to facilitate storage. Moreover, through appropriately sizing and orienting the equipment the apparatus is not only kept relatively small, but can be manufactured at a relatively low cost as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Electrol Specialties Company
    Inventors: John W. Franks, Dale A. Seiberling
  • Patent number: 6142164
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention provides an apparatus which permits the efficient purging of leaked process gas at the component-panel interface in an integrated gas panel system. The apparatus provides conduit structure for directing a flow of purging gas through a surface interface whereat a gas-manifold panel meets gas-manifold components. A further aspect of the invention provides a method for efficiently purging process gas which might leak out at the component-panel interface in an integrated gas panel system. The method includes the step of simultaneously directing a stream of purging gas along a pathway extending over the surface interface and along a pathway which intersects and passes through the surface interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Ultra Clean Technology Systems & Service, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce C. Wier, Akira Muraoka, Charles K. Lokey
  • Patent number: 6142170
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided an asepsis dispenser apparatus for dispensing disinfectant solutions for cleansing and decontaminating the contaminated surfaces of dental, food and medical equipment, which equipment is connected to a water source by a water inlet line. The asepsis dispenser apparatus includes a housing having an interior compartment for holding in place first and second storage canisters, containing a first disinfectant composition and a second disinfectant composition. The asepsis dispenser apparatus further includes a two-way solenoid valve connected to both of the first and second storage canisters, and a three-way solenoid valve connected to the three-way solenoid valve, wherein the three-way solenoid valve is for controlling the water source supplied to the water inlet line which is connected to the dental, food or medical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventors: William A. Belfer, Phillip J. Petillo
  • Patent number: 6095166
    Abstract: An outboard motor is provided with a cleaning apparatus for cleaning a cooling water passage, in which the cooling water passage is formed and an engine is covered by an engine cover, the cleaning apparatus including a connection device to which one end of a cleaning water tube, which is connected at another end thereof to the cooling water passage of the engine, is connected and a cleaning water hose is connectable to the connection device from an external side thereof. The connection device comprises a grommet mounted to the engine cover and a connector assembly mounted to the grommet. The connector assembly has a double-tube structure having an inside connecting portion and an outside connecting portion, the inside connecting portion having a union structure to which a city hose or garden hose is connected and the outside connecting portion having an outer peripheral portion to which a screw portion is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Suzuki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naohisa Yoshimura, Kenichi Fujii, Fumio Matsui
  • Patent number: 6089242
    Abstract: A dairy pipeline wash system for monitoring and controlling the wash cycle of a dairy harvesting facility including a user interactive data processor for receiving and storing wash parameters, monitoring wash conditions, comparing monitored wash conditions to wash parameters, and controlling wash conditions to comply with wash parameters. The dairy pipeline wash system may include a closed loop or fuzzy logic system to vary wash conditions as dairy pipeline conditions change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Babson Bros. Co.
    Inventor: Robert L. Buck
  • Patent number: 6089243
    Abstract: A hydrodynamic tool for the cleaning of pipes and channels exhibits a pressurized water-entry inlet opening (2) connected to pressurized water-discharge outlet openings (4) through water guide channels (3). The water guide channels (3) are continuously connected to the pressurized water-entry inlet opening (2) with a hose connection (2a). The water guide channels (3) exhibit a largest possible deflection radius (r) and partially converge into one another. At least two water guide channels (3) rest with the innermost point of the diameter (d.sub.W1) at the center point (M) and with their outermost point of the diameter (d.sub.W1) at the outer diameter (d.sub.E) of the pressurized water-entry inlet opening (2). The water guide channels (3), corresponding to the arrangement of the pressurized water-discharge outlet openings (4), are either merging into the end of the deflection radius (r) or into the straight line region (3.G) and in an angle (.alpha.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventors: Kurt Horger, Hans Lutze
  • Patent number: 6086658
    Abstract: A method and device for using the density control water to continuously flush the oxidation air header and the sparge pipes in a flue gas wet scrubber agitation tank. The density control line is routed to the elevation where the control valve is located. A U-shaped trap is located between the control valve and air sparge header such that the density control water joins the humidified oxidation air. A liquid layer forms on the floor of the header and is moved toward the distant side of the header by the motion of the air passing on top of the liquid layer and by the continuous flow of water. The bottom section of the main header is perforated to allow the flowing water to exit the header into the tank and flush any accumulated solids that might penetrate the header through the air holes. The air holes are located in a section at a minimum of five degrees off the floor and maximum of one hundred eighty degrees off the header bottom and preferably at forty-five degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: McDermott Technology, Incorporated
    Inventors: Wadie Fawzy Gohara, Thomas Wayne Strock, John Ronald Cline
  • Patent number: 6056829
    Abstract: Cleaning a milk tank includes rinsing the tank with cold water and washing the tank with a warm liquid. During rinsing, the tank is finally rinsed with substantially warmer water than the cold water with which the tank is initially rinsed, the cold water being cold enough to remove milk residues such as proteins, from the milk tank. A dairy farm milk storage facility specifically adapted for carrying out this method is also described. Milk residues such as proteins are effectively rinsed away by the initially used cold water and no energy is consumed for heating this rinsing water. Subsequently the storage tank is gradually, evenly and very effectively pre-warmed by the final rinsing water prior to the washing stage, so less washing water is required to achieve the required washing temperature while thermal stresses occurring in the tank are kept low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Agri AB
    Inventor: Carolus Marinus Bernard Versteijnen
  • Patent number: 6053187
    Abstract: A self cleaning pipe system, comprising a main pipe having a pipe wall which defines a pipe interior, and has a pipe circumference. The main pipe normally carries liquid or semi-liquid substances in a flow direction. A plurality of nozzle arrays are located along the main pipe. Each nozzle array comprises at least one, and preferably three or more nozzle assemblies. Each nozzle assembly includes a nozzle point which is directed through the pipe wall toward the pipe interior. A high pressure water supply is connected to the nozzle points to selectively create high pressure water jets in the flow direction, the jets all aimed at a convergence point. The nozzle arrays are selectively activated and deactivated to create a high pressure wave which clear the pipe of debris, and cleans the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Fred Altomonte
  • Patent number: 6047716
    Abstract: A cleaning tool includes a support substrate, a cleaning member, a shaft member where the cleaning member is connected to one end of the shaft member detachably, and support member mounted to the a support substrate for supporting the one end of the shaft member with the cleaning member so that the shaft member and cleaning member are oscillated freely in a direction which intersects perpendicularly to an axial direction of the shaft member. The cleaning tool may be used to clean an end surface of a ferrule of the optical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignees: The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Naoko Shimoji, Masaaki Takaya, Shinji Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 6041794
    Abstract: A connector for use with a lumen device during the cleaning and sterilization of devices is provided. The connector provides fluid communication between a fluid source and the device. In particular, during the cleaning and sterilization cycle, the connection between the connector and the device does not produce occluded areas at the point of connection where the connector is sealably attached to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Szu-Min Lin, Paul T. Jacobs, Paul Leonard, Rodrigo Berho, Douglas W. Fett, Keith Schubert
  • Patent number: 6035870
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rinsing device for trocar sleeves. A rinsing and accommodating tube for a trocar sleeve integrated into a basket system may be pivoted from a horizontal rinsing position into a vertical equipping and removal position by way of a pivoting part which is pivotably mounted on a base. All disassemblable individual parts of the trocar sleeve are mounted in a basket system with point contact free of areas shaded to rinsing and may after assembly of the individual parts remain in the basket for sterilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Richard Wolf GmbH
    Inventor: Harry Monch
  • Patent number: 6033487
    Abstract: A process and device for disloding hard food particles from perforations of a food separation chamber utilizes a closed pressure vessel in which the separation chamber is mounted, the particles lodged in the perforations being subjected while the separation chamber is in the vessel to a predetermined pressure and temperature until the particles are gelatinized. The vessel is then rapidly depressurized for suctioning out the gelatinized material from the perforations and for cleaning and sterilizing the separation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Beehive, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Goldston, Dean E. Baughman
  • Patent number: 6019117
    Abstract: A water line decontamination unit has inlets for connection to a supply of irrigant liquid, a supply of disinfectant, and a pressurized gas supply, and an outlet for connection to a water line inlet. A valve assembly in the unit controls the supply of irrigant liquid, disinfectant and gas to the water line so that only one of the fluids is supplied to the water line at any one time. A manual selector allows an operator to select a run condition in which irrigant liquid is supplied to the water line, a flush condition in which disinfectant is supplied to the water line, and a purge condition in which gas is supplied to purge liquid from the water line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventors: Steven G. Detsch, Scott L. Preston
  • Patent number: 6013120
    Abstract: A device for using the density control water to continuously flush the oxidation air header and the sparge pipes in a flue gas wet scrubber agitation tank. The density control line is routed to the elevation where the control valve is located. A U-shaped trap is located between the control valve and air sparge header such that the density control water joins the humidified oxidation air. A liquid layer forms on the floor of the header and is moved toward the distant side of the header by the motion of the air passing on top of the liquid layer and by the continuous flow of water. The bottom section of the main header is perforated to allow the flowing water to exit the header into the tank and flush any accumulated solids that might penetrate the header through the air holes. The air holes are located in a section at a minimum of five degrees off the floor and maximum of one hundred eighty degrees off the header bottom and preferably at forty-five degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: McDermott Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Wadie Fawzy Gohara, Thomas Wayne Strock, John Ronald Cline
  • Patent number: 6003530
    Abstract: A washing apparatus for spray guns and their components wherein a washing operation is provided which is realized by feeding clean liquid and air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Rosauto S.R.L.
    Inventor: Rosa Giuseppe
  • Patent number: 5996597
    Abstract: A readily transportable, compact and self-contained drain cleaning apparatus includes a hand-held control housing provided with an internal passage into which a release valve member extends for regulating fluid flow through the passage. The control housing includes a cartridge housing portion for attaching a miniature cartridge, containing a pressurized gaseous medium and preferably either a drain cleaning or algaecide fluid, thereto with an interior of the cartridge opening into the internal passage. The cartridge housing is provided with a safety aperture for pressure relief purposes. The control housing has an elongated tubular member attached thereto through a rotatable coupling and the tubular member has an end, remote from the control housing, provided with a terminal discharge member that is adapted to be sealing engaged with an open portion of a clogged drain conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: CDC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles V. Gallo
  • Patent number: 5992432
    Abstract: A hydrodynamic nozzle for the cleaning of pipes and channels exhibits a distribution chamber (7), joining to the pressurized water-entrance opening (4), wherein the pressurized water-discharge opening (5a, 5b) join into the distribution chamber (7) through channels (6a and 6b). The distribution chamber (7) exhibits a cone-shaped water subdivider (8), to which a defined radius (r1) follows, wherein the curvature of the radius (r1) is opposite to that of the pressurized water-entrance opening (4). The channels (6a and 6b) are merging tangentially at this radius (r1). Furthermore, the nozzle body (1) can be subdivided into an upper part (2) and a lower part (3), and can exhibit a separate form element (14), which forms the water subdivider (8) and the radius (r1), in the lower part (3). The degree of effectiveness is substantially increased with the nozzle according to the invention and thus the axial pressure of the exiting beam of liquid and the cleaning effect is substantially increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventors: Kurt Horger, Hans Lutze
  • Patent number: 5964238
    Abstract: Condensate discharge line treatment to keep the line open, or to clear it if clogged. A valve is inserted into the discharge line and provided with an alternative inlet to receive flushing liquid. The valve inlet from the upstream part of the condensate discharge line is blocked by a valve member from time to time in favor of flow of the flushing liquid via the alternative inlet into the valve and out through the outlet into the downstream part of the condensate discharge line. The flushing liquid may contain a cleaning composition or even an algicide, which may be injected by manually or mechanically squeezing a flexible container of it to inject it into the flow of flushing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Beth Good Junkin
    Inventor: Ronald C. Junkin
  • Patent number: 5964230
    Abstract: Apparatus and process for solvent purging a process line of process chemical in a process chemical delivery system typically used to dispense toxic chemicals from replaceable process chemical containers in the electronic fabrication industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: George Oleg Voloshin, Robert Sam Zorich
  • Patent number: 5961734
    Abstract: Methods are provided whereby additive for thermoplastic materials may be recovered in a primary additive supply system simultaneously with the supply of an additive from a secondary additive supply system to a molten thermoplastic stream. Each of the primary and secondary additive supply systems is provided with respective recirculation lines so as to prevent sedimentation of the additive. According to the present invention, therefore, a protocol is employed whereby substantially all of the additive in the additive supply system, including that quantity of additive in the recirculation lines, may be recovered so that a fresh supply of additive (which oftentimes is different from the previous additive) may be connected for injection into the molten thermoplastic stream at the appropriate time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel H. Kight, Carl R. Holzer, Jr., Dan R. Yon
  • Patent number: 5948171
    Abstract: An electrohydraulic transducer (10) for generating pulsed acoustic waves within a fluid-filled pipeline and a method of cleaning a fluid-filled pipeline with acoustic waves. A housing (11) contains a ground electrode (13) and a high voltage electrode (15), which are spaced to create a spark gap. The ground electrode (13) is connected to one conductor of a coaxial cable (14). The high voltage electrode (15) is connected to another conductor of the coaxial cable (14). Electrical pulses applied to the high voltage electrode (15) result in pulsed acoustic waves. The housing has slots (11a), which permit the acoustic waves to emanate radially from the transducer (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventor: Michael G. Grothaus
  • Patent number: 5944045
    Abstract: A circuit is provided for the circulation of solvent to and from a valve having a movable component and a housing for movably housing the movable component. The movable component has a first orientation with respect to the housing in which it permits the flow of a valved fluid from the valve through a first port provided on the valve and a second orientation with respect to the housing in which it permits the flow of the valved fluid from the valve through a second port provided on the valve. The circuit includes a first passageway provided between the movable component and the housing. A third port is provided on the housing for the introduction of the solvent into the housing and a fourth port is provided on the housing for removal of the solvent from the housing. The first passageway couples the fourth port to the third port. The solvent is a solvent for the valved fluid. A reservoir is provided for the solvent, along with conduits for coupling the third and fourth ports to the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Ransburg Corporation
    Inventors: Harold T. Allen, Edward T. Feldman, Varce E. Howe, Ghaffar Kazkaz, Ghazi M. A. Khattab, Jerry L. McPherson, Jr., James A. Scharfenberger
  • Patent number: 5937875
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a sprayer, the sprayer having a material inlet, comprising a housing, a rack within the housing for supporting the sprayer, an adapter having one end adapted to connect to the material inlet of the sprayer, a tube within the housing having one end connected to the other end of the adapter, a solvent supply, and means for circulating solvent connecting the solvent supply to the tube, for circulating solvent from said solvent supply, through the tube and the adapter, and into the sprayer. The apparatus includes a sprayer trigger holder, comprising a unitary, resilient, spring wire clip, having at one end a C-shaped portion for holding the trigger in a retracted position, and the other end of the wire clip having a hook-shaped portion for hanging the sprayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Richard Nygren
  • Patent number: 5927301
    Abstract: During the cleaning of a beverage dispense line from a beverage container to a beverage dispenser, beverage is conserved by transferring beverage from the beverage dispense line to a beverage holding vessel, other than the beverage container, prior to cleaning of the dispense line. The beverage dispense line is then cleaned and the beverage from the beverage holding vessel is subsequently returned to the beverage dispense line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Cellar Myzer Trading Limited
    Inventor: William Elliott Richardson
  • Patent number: 5927307
    Abstract: Contaminants are removed from oil well components by high pressure jets of hot water. The water and removed contaminants are retained and moved by suction to a holding tank for environmentally acceptable disposal. Rod strings move through a housing assembly which is attached to the pumping tee of the well. Nozzles in the housing assembly apply the water. The water and contaminants are sucked from an outlet in the lower bell cap of the housing assembly. The nipple in the bell cap extends upward at least to the upper edge of the bell cap to prevent water and contaminants from entering the well. Suction is provided by a suction pump which draws air from the holding tank. To decontaminate a tube one end of the tube is sealed off and a tee fitting assembly is attached to the other end. A nozzle fitting on a hose (termed a snake) propels itself through the tube as it removes contaminants. The contaminants and water from the nozzles exit through the tee fitting into a hose to the holding tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Glenn Frederick King
  • Patent number: 5921256
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus and method for simultaneously cleaning a plurality of elongated hollow instruments, preferably surgical instruments, each of which has a first opening and a second opening. The apparatus includes a fixture for receiving the plurality of hollow instruments. The fixture includes a clamp for removably securing the instruments to the fixture. The fixture includes a hollow upright cylinder which is attached to a source of fluids. The upright cylinder is attached to a hollow manifold located below the clamp. The manifold includes a plurality of tubes extending therefrom which are adapted to be connected to the first openings in the instruments. Washing, rinsing and drying fluids pass through the fixture and through the instruments on a timed cycle so that the instruments may be cleaned simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Charles J. DePaolo
    Inventor: Michael Norris Barin
  • Patent number: 5882589
    Abstract: A device for cleaning, disinfecting, and/or drying an endoscope consists of a basin supported on a base. The basin forms a channel that defines a teardrop shape. The device includes a lid that sealingly engages the basin. During operation, the endoscope to be cleaned is completely immersed in cleaning solution in the basin. The basin includes injectors arranged so as to create a rotating flow of cleaning liquid and sterile rinsing water or recycled drying air within the channel. The vessel also includes injection nozzles that attach to various inlets of the endoscope to inject products at specified pressures and to continuously test the tightness of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Leon Shipper
    Inventor: Bernard Mariotti
  • Patent number: 5881751
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for removing residues from an inner wall surface of a liquid-filled vessel includes a submergible carrier unit drivable in liquid; a coaxial, multi-pole electrode system mounted on the carrier unit; an arrangement for steering the carrier unit to a desired location at the wall surface; and a high-power pulse generator connected with the electrode system for generating a shock wave to be applied to the wall surface at the desired location, whereby the push-pull effect of the forces derived from the shock wave causes the residues to loosen and drop off the wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignees: TZN Forschungs- und Entwicklungs-zentrum Unterluss, Telerob Ges. fur Fernhantierungs-technik GmbH
    Inventors: Jurgen Hofmann, Bernd Birkicht
  • Patent number: 5873944
    Abstract: A method of and system for removing blockage from pipes in vacuum waste systems in which fouled pipes in the existing vacuum waste system are configured into a closed loop. A cleaning solution is added to the loop. The cleaning solution is recirculated through the loop by pumping it to the ends of the fouled pipes and drawing it through the fouled pipes using the existing system vacuum equipment. The vacuum waste system may remain operational during cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: H.E.R.C. Products Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick Eugene Lien, Jerome H. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 5871022
    Abstract: Apparatus for grinding tapers and points on elongated needle workpieces having frame means and needle workpiece transport means associated with the frame means for transporting a plurality of the workpieces. The workpiece transport means has a predetermined curvature and workpiece feeder means is mounted adjacent the frame means for feeding workpieces to the workpiece transport means. The grinding means is preferably a grinding wheel disposed adjacent the workpiece transport means to engage workpieces while supported by workpiece supporting means and has a major diameter at a first end and a minor diameter at a second end, the major diameter being greater than the minor diameter. The diameters are connected by a curved grinding surface the diameter of which increases progressively therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Marcelino P. Munoz, W. Scott Samsel, Eugene P. Cybart, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5858114
    Abstract: A beer supply line is cleaned by forming a closed loop that includes the beer supply line, introducing a cleaning or flushing fluid into the closed loop, and operating valves in the loop to cause the cleaning or flushing fluid to flow through the loop in alternating directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Inventors: Alan Edwin Board, Clay McKenzie Kentwell
  • Patent number: 5855218
    Abstract: A spray gun cleaning device for capturing and condensing cleaning solvent and a method for using. The spray gun cleaning device comprises:(a) a passage way comprising an inlet and an outlet, wherein said inlet defines a receptacle for receiving a spray gun nozzle,(b) a vertically descending member having a proximal opening and first and second distal openings, wherein the first distal opening is located downstream from the proximal opening and at a 90.degree. angle to the second distal opening, and wherein the descending member is connected to the passage way at its proximal opening,(c) a waste collection container located downstream of the vertically descending member, and connected to the first distal opening of the descending member, and(d) a vertically ascending passive condenser attached to the vertically descending member at its second distal opening, wherein the condenser comprises a multiplicity of tubular members located adjacent to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventor: Patrick J. Giannetti
  • Patent number: 5837204
    Abstract: A system for disinfecting the water lines of a dental unit is provided with first and second unidirectional check valves. Water at a first pressure is normally supplied to the water lines of the dental unit through the first check valve. A reservoir of liquid disinfectant can be pressurized at a second pressure higher than the first pressure by the air compressor already equipping the dental unit to supply disinfectant to the water lines of the dental unit through the second check valve. Liquid disinfectant is prevented from reaching the water supply line by the first check valve. In the same manner, when the reservoir is not pressurized, the second check valve prevents water from the water supply line from reaching the disinfectant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignees: Universite de Montreal, Theratechnologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Prevost, Jean Barbeau, Ludger Cote, Robert Charland, Gary Savage, Michel Swift
  • Patent number: 5814162
    Abstract: A nozzle system comprising a nozzle connected to a first supply conduit having an enclosed second supply conduit. The first supply conduit at the proximal end is connected to a first source of medium while the second supply conduit at the proximal end is connected to a second source of medium. The first supply conduit at the distal end is connected to nozzle openings that discharges first medium which propels said nozzle system through a pipe line and removes debris from said pipe line. The second supply conduit at the distal end is connected to a nozzle sprayer that discharges a second medium directed forward from the first supply conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Collom International, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Barrett, Thomas P. Moore
  • Patent number: 5799679
    Abstract: A device for washing the teat cups in a milking head, comprising an axially displaceable milking-head holder and a fitting therefor having rinsing nipples over which teat cups fit, wherein the milking-head holder has an axis which is eccentric to an axis of the fitting, and wherein the milking-head holder has an alignment rod mounted for sliding movement back and forth axially in a guide sleeve and whereas the device operates in a specific position wherein the axes of the milking-head holder and the milking-head fitting deviate from the vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator AG
    Inventor: Heinrich Bucker
  • Patent number: 5795403
    Abstract: For cleaning endoscopes which have at least two channels with one inlet and one outlet that each open into a chamber of the endoscope, wherein the inlets are connectable to a source of cleaning fluid, the invention provides for an insertion element insertable into the chamber of the endoscope head, said insertion element features controllable seals that in the activated state rest against the wall of the chamber and thus form mutually separated annular spaces that communicate with each channel and connect one associated inlet in the sense of the flow with an associated outlet, whereas in the deactivated state they feature a distance between the insertion element and the wall. This ensures that each channel is individually cleaned, and that the cleaning can also be monitored. In order to clean the surface of the chamber covered by the activated seal, the seal is deactivated so that this location can then also be rinsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Inventor: Hans Biermaier
  • Patent number: 5762096
    Abstract: A portable cleaning and flushing device for beverage conduits such as draft beer distribution coils includes a manifold, couplings and a number of valves which are controllable so as to sequence the supply of detergent from a reservoir, mixing with water from an external water source and flushing and rinsing of the distribution conduits. The device is wheeled about like a handcart and is coupleable to one or more beverage distribution lines by lead lines in place of normally attached kegs. The device is coupled to a water supply and to an electric power outlet. Detergent and pressurized water are mixed and flushed through the beverage conduit to an open spigot at the dispensing end. A preferably programmable computerized controller sequences the operation of valves for detergent addition to a manifold, venting of the manifold, water supply for obtaining a mixing solution, application of the mixing solution to the conduit, rinsing and finally draining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: PNM, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul J. Mirabile
  • Patent number: 5755894
    Abstract: An endoscopic instrument cleaning apparatus includes a syringe coupled to a flushing chamber by a form-fitting stopper. A distal, or instrument receiving end of the flushing chamber is inserted into a supply of cleaning fluid and the plunger of the syringe is drawn out to its fully retracted length, thereby filling the syringe and the flushing chamber with cleaning fluid. Then the distal end of an endoscopic instrument is inserted about through an aperture in a stopper having the shape of a conical frustum and is inserted into the flushing chamber to a depth of about 4 inches (10 cm) and the plunger of the syringe is thrust forward to inject pressurized cleaning solution through the endoscopic instrument. In another embodiment, the syringe receiving stopper is recessed within a proximal end of the flush chamber by about 3/8 inches (0.95-1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Michael D. Bowman, Michael J. Armentrout, Drake L. Koch
  • Patent number: 5749389
    Abstract: A method and system for purging an ultra-high purity gas supply manifold comprising: a process connection through which ultra-high purity gas is communicated to a process; a first pigtail conduit in selective flow communication with a high purity gas source; a second pigtail conduit in selective flow communication with said process connection; means for creating a vacuum and means for selectively placing said vacuum means in communication with said first pigtail; an ultra-high purity process gas source; a block valve assembly comprising an inlet port in flow communication with said process gas source, a first outlet port in selective communication with said purge gas supply through connection with said first pigtail and second outlet port in selective communication with said process connection through connection with said second pigtail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Liquid Air Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Ritrosi, Gary Schmitt, Carl Quintino, Gerhard Kasper
  • Patent number: 5735955
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for producing and dispersing herbicidal foam within a sewer line in such a manner as to apply the foam to either the entire interior surface or a specific or a plurality of specific areas within a generally cylindrical line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: General Chemical Company
    Inventors: James D. Monaghan, Kenneth Line
  • Patent number: 5720309
    Abstract: A sewer cleaning nozzle is provided for attachment to a hose for supplying cleaning fluid through the hose to a number of nozzle tips carried on the nozzle body for providing a sweeping action for material collected in the sewer pipe as the nozzle is pulled forwardly by pulling on the supply hose. The nozzle body includes a central pipe portion and a rearwardly mounted chamber portion attached to the pipe portion. The chamber portion defines a radial front face carrying a plurality of nozzle tips at angularly spaced positions. A conical deflector within the chamber deflects cleaning water along the pipe portion outwardly of the chamber to a curved wall portion of the chamber causing the water to move smoothly around the chamber forwardly to the nozzle tips. Further nozzle tips are provided on the pipe portion having a reduced outward angle relative to the nozzle tips on the front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: Flushquip Inc.
    Inventor: Morris Baziuk
  • Patent number: 5706841
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrangement for automatically cleaning heat-exchanging passageways, particularly the coolant passageways of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Lars Werre
    Inventors: Lars Werre, Johan Adler
  • Patent number: 5704381
    Abstract: An apparatus for the cleaning of spray guns and components thereof, and more particularly, a preferably portable and compact apparatus including an enclosed cabinet structure for the contained cleaning of paint spray guns and various accessories thereof in order to minimize the emission of volatile organic compounds from cleaning solvents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: Jorge A. Millan, Arnold J. Comproni, Glen Silva Abad, Duke N. Lee
  • Patent number: 5699817
    Abstract: A system for cleaning of piping system using turbulent flow is provided by providing an input of a fixed flow rate of compressed air and a fixed flow rate of cleaning fluid. The fixed fluid flow is provided by either using an electric pump which may be controlled to do so or by restricting the air outlet of an air operated pump such that only a given amount of fluid will be delivered regardless of the pressure of the system into which the fluid is being delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Graco Inc
    Inventors: Peter J. Bankert, Mark Perry, Richard Grady
  • Patent number: 5694957
    Abstract: A cleaning system for cleaning the interior pump and piping system of a whirlpool spa is disclosed. The device comprises a compartmentalized tank having an intake chamber and an outlet chamber. The outlet chamber is placed into fluid communication with the spa's suction intake fitting. The intake chamber is placed into fluid communication with the spa's jet openings. Cleaning fluid is introduced into the outlet chamber and cycles from the outlet chamber, through the spa's pumps and pipes, through the spa's jet openings, into the intake chamber, and back into the outlet chamber, which is in fluid communication with the intake chamber. From there, the fluid begins the cycle again. A pair of cooperating valve assemblies block fluid communication between the intake chamber and the outlet chamber and force the cleaning fluid out of the device upon the completion of the cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: Fred D. Lee, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5680877
    Abstract: A method of and system for cleaning and maintaining water distribution pipes which have reduced flow due to an increase of water scale deposits, sediment and the like along the inside surface of the pipe includes a mobile cleaning unit which can be conveniently and easily connected to a pipe section to be cleaned. An aqueous cleaning solution is introduced and circulated in a first direction through the pipe section for sufficient time to dissolve and loosen scale and sediment. The flow direction of the treating solution is then reversed to break off or remove sediment or other tuberculated growth that has developed directionally with the direction of water flow in the pipe section. The turbulent flow in the opposite direction increases the effectiveness of the cleaning process in particularly troublesome and hard-to-clean pipe sections. The spent treating solution and other deposits are flushed from the pipe and the mobile cleaning unit to an appropriate waste stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: H.E.R.C. Products Incorporated
    Inventors: Craig Edstrand, Myron Shenkiryk
  • Patent number: 5674323
    Abstract: A method of cleaning in a pipe which has fouling material on the interior so that the bond with the fouling material is broken by first filling the pipe with liquid, applying pressure pulsations to the liquid to the extent that a standing wave is formed in the pipe and the incompressible liquid therein, and cavitation is initiated within the standing wave in the pipe so that the pipe is cleaned on the formation of induced shock waves occurring upon collapse of microscopic bubbles resulting from cavitation and subsequent collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: American International, Inc.
    Inventor: Patricia M. Garcia
  • Patent number: 5660201
    Abstract: A fluid transfer apparatus includes: a) a plurality of orifices for connection with fluid sources; b) a plurality of orifices for connection with fluid targets; c) a set of fluid source conduits and fluid target conduits associated with the orifices; d) a pump fluidically interposed between the source and target conduits to transfer fluid therebetween; e) a purge gas conduit in fluid communication with the fluid source conduits, fluid target conduits and pump to receive and pass a purge gas under pressure; f) a solvent conduit in fluid communication with the fluid source conduits, fluid target conduits and pump to receive and pass solvent, the solvent conduit including a solvent valve; g) pump control means for controlling operation of the pump; h) purge gas valve control means for controlling operation of the purge gas valve to selectively impart flow of purge gas to the fluid source conduits, fluid target conduits and pump; i) solvent valve control means for controlling operation of the solvent valve to sel
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company
    Inventor: Terry D. Turner
  • Patent number: 5626170
    Abstract: An automatic transmission fluid exchanging device includes drain and supply tubes to conduct used transmission fluid from and unused transmission fluid to a vehicle transmission. The device further includes a supply pump in the supply tube to flow unused transmission fluid into the transmission. A pair of flow control valves are disposed in the respective drain and supply tubes to allow the operator to match the flow rates of fluid through the respective tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Flo-Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary T. Parker