Pipe, Tubing, Hose, Or Conduit Patents (Class 134/22.11)
  • Patent number: 10555665
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes a first connector receptacle configured to connect a first connector connected to a cylinder in an endoscope, a first switching device configured to switch the first connector to one of a sealed state and an unsealed state, a first gas feeding device connected to an air introduction port to introduce gas, and a processor configured to perform control such that first driving for driving the first gas feeding device by bringing the first connector into the unsealed state is performed and second driving for driving the first gas feeding device by bringing the first connector into the sealed state is then performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shohei Shinoki
  • Patent number: 10358616
    Abstract: A driveline device is lubricated with a composition of an oil of lubricating viscosity and an oil-soluble quaternary ammonium compound, such as a succinimide or succinamide material or dispersant further containing a quaternary nitrogen atom, and a thiadiazole compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: THE LUBRIZOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael P. Gahagan, Peter Miatt
  • Patent number: 10301921
    Abstract: A system and a method are described for control of flow of oil and gas in pipelines on an installation in connection with testing of the oil and gas from a well, comprising: at least, a first test manifold (12,16) to which a number of wells are connected, a first pipeline (20) for flow of oil and gas from said first test manifold to sand separator equipment (30), at least, a second test manifold (14;18) to which a number of wells are connected and a second pipeline (22) for flow of the oil and gas from said second test manifold to the sand separator equipment (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Anders Mathias Arefjord
  • Patent number: 10167987
    Abstract: An in-line pig launching device includes a pair of guide rails on which a pig is stored before launching, a drive system for moving the pig along the guide rails and a drop tube at an end of the guide rails for accommodating the pig just before launching. The drop tube includes a guide rail extension that holds the pig in a proper orientation, against tipping, within the drop tube. The guide rail extension is linked to the drive system, such that only when the drive system moves to move a next pig will the guide rail extension release the pig from the drop tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ROTO-LAUNCH INC.
    Inventor: Malcolm Murhl Disher
  • Patent number: 10022014
    Abstract: A gas cooking appliance having a gas burner, at least one control device comprising a gas regulating valve regulating the flow of gas to the gas burner, a knob controlling the opening ON and closing OFF of the valve, and a position sensor detecting the ON-OFF position of the knob, and at least one signaling device comprising a light signal source that emits an alarm signal in the form of light. The light signal source emits the alarm signal during a time period T1 when the position sensor detects that the knob is in the OFF position, after the knob having been in the ON position, and the gas burner has been switched on at least during a time period T2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: COPRECI, S. COOP.
    Inventors: Ruben Mateos Martin, Joseba Jokin Antxia Uribeetxebarria, Aitor Zabalo Bayon
  • Patent number: 9981054
    Abstract: Discussed herein are systems, apparatuses, and methods for reversing a flow through a conduit loop. A system may include a flow reversing loop having an inlet, an outlet in communication with a drain, a first port on a first side of the flow reversing loop, and a second port on a second side of the flow reversing loop, the first and second sides separated by the inlet and outlet, a conduit loop including one or more flow paths, wherein the flow reversing loop includes a first flow path from the inlet to the first port so that the treatment fluid can flow through the conduit loop in a first direction to the outlet of the flow reversing loop, and a second flow path from the inlet to the second port so that the treatment fluid can flow to the drain in a second direction, opposite of the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: QLEAN TECH IP, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Johnson
  • Patent number: 9976090
    Abstract: Methods for preventing or reducing fouling of equipment having a metal surface that contacts a reaction byproduct in a fuel production system are provided. The method may include treating the metal surface in the fuel production system by contacting a fouling inhibitor with the metal surface. The fouling inhibitor includes a bicyclic organic compound with an aromatic ring and a heterocyclic ring, and is delivered to the metal surface of the system in sufficient amount and for sufficient time to reduce a fouling deposit on at least a portion of the metal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CHEMTREAT, INC
    Inventor: Vince Spaeth
  • Patent number: 9976214
    Abstract: A technique for improving cleaning efficiency after a film forming process is performed is provided. Provided is a method of cleaning a processing chamber after a formation of a film on a substrate, the method including: (a) supplying a gas containing hydrogen and fluorine into the processing chamber heated to a first temperature; (b) elevating an inner temperature of the processing chamber to a second temperature higher than the first temperature; and (c) supplying a gas containing fluorine into the processing chamber heated to the second temperature, wherein the first temperature is a temperature whereat the gas containing fluorine is not activated, and the second temperature is a temperature whereat the gas containing fluorine is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC INC.
    Inventors: Masaya Nagato, Koei Kuribayashi, Kenji Kameda
  • Patent number: 9968247
    Abstract: A cleaning device for use with an endoscope. The device includes an elongated and flexible base and a set of discs axially spaced along the base. Each disc is positioned along the base at a center point of the disc. The size and spacing of the discs may vary within the set of discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED STATES ENDOSCOPY, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Kaye, Gary E. Mann, Michael Charles Hauser, Joseph Mrva, Kelsey G. Eikens
  • Patent number: 9956308
    Abstract: The present application relates to a method for disinfection of a temperature control device for human body temperature control during extracorporeal circulation which temperature control is conducted by use of a heat exchanger and a temperature control liquid circulating through the heat exchanger and the temperature control device. According to the present application, the temperature control device is connected to a temperature control liquid supply and, during operation of the temperature control device for human body temperature control, a disinfectant is selectively added to the temperature control liquid supply upstream of the temperature control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Johann Schreyer, Erwin Knott
  • Patent number: 9664329
    Abstract: A clean-in-place launching station with cleaning chamber (2) for cleaning a pipeline pig (16) is disclosed. The cleaning chamber (2) is equipped and configured to enable the pig to be completely surrounded by turbulently flowing cleaning fluid during the cleaning process. A plunger (3) capable of axially moving the pig (16) is completely encased within the cleaning chamber. The plunger (3) has at least one internal fluid channel (10) which connects the space in front of the front end (6) of the plunger facing the pig (16) with the space behind the back end (8) of the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: URESH AG
    Inventors: Urs Hofer, Andres Huber
  • Patent number: 9555453
    Abstract: Methods for abrasive cleaning, existing pipes before coating interior surfaces which extends the life of piping systems such as copper, steel, lead, brass, cast iron piping and composite materials. The method can include the steps of generating pressurized gas into pipes to generate a moving air stream, intermittently injecting separate spaced apart bursts of abrasive particles into the moving air stream with different cumulative amounts of the intermittent bursts of the abrasive particles that vary based on different piping diameters, cleaning interior wall surfaces of the pipes with the intermittent bursts of the particles, reducing at least one of burrs or interior lips in the interior wall surfaces of the pipes, with the intermittent bursts of the particles and removing abrasive particles and debris caused by each one of the separate burst shots of the abrasive particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Gillanders, Steve Williams, John Laborde
  • Patent number: 9557123
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the internal treatment of pipes, in particular for coolant tubes of steam condensers and heat exchangers, comprising a supply unit (V) for feeding and conveying treatment media, an application unit (A) to apply the treatment media fed in by the supply unit, as well as a control unit to monitor and control the supplied treatment media and the application of treatment media to the inner wall of the pipes, wherein the application unit (A) is provided with a guiding hose (21) through which an application hose (18) extends designed so as to be inserted into the pipe to be treated, said application hose (18) terminating in a nozzle, wherein the application hose (18) can be wound up in a single layer on a driven reel (17) and secured on the reel (17) by means of tensioning belts, the application hose (18) is capable of moving forward and back via guide rollers (27) arranged on a traversing carriage (55), the guide rollers (27) are powered by a drive operating synchronously with
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Techno-Coat SA
    Inventor: Richard Kreiselmaier
  • Patent number: 9458413
    Abstract: A drain cleaner may be used on a periodic basis to clean soil residues from residential and commercial waste drains. The drain cleaner may chemically self-foam to fill a waste drain with the foam. For example, the drain cleaner may be provided in two or more parts that are physically intermixed during use of the drain cleaner. One part may include hydrogen peroxide and water while another part may include a catalase, an amylase, a protease, and an enzyme stabilizer. The drain cleaner may also include a surfactant present in at least one of the first part and the second part. Additionally, in some examples, the drain cleaner includes a sanitizing agent present in either of the two parts or in yet a third physically separate part. During use, the different drain cleaner parts can be dispensed simultaneously into a drain to generate a cleaning and/or sanitizing foam in-situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Nathan R. Ortmann, Anthony Erickson, Thomas R. Mohs
  • Patent number: 9416445
    Abstract: Provided is a method for treating the inner surface of a chlorine trifluoride supply passage that enables reliable prevention of the reduction in the concentration of ClF3 in a reaction chamber during process operation. The method includes: integrally connecting a gas supply passage (2) and a gas discharge passage (3) to a processing chamber (1) of a processing apparatus in which chlorine trifluoride is used as an etching gas; and applying chlorine trifluoride gas having a concentration equal to or higher than the concentration of chlorine trifluoride gas supplied during etching process operation on inner surfaces of at least the processing chamber (1) and the gas supply passage (2) among the processing chamber (1), the gas supply passage (2), and the gas discharge passage (3), which are integrally formed, to coat the inner surfaces of at least the processing chamber (1) and the gas supply passage (2) with a fluoride film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: IWATANI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu Yoshino, Kunihiko Koike, Manabu Saeda, Toshiki Manabe
  • Patent number: 9314794
    Abstract: A liquid leakage between a needle and a needle port is prevented. To this end, a guide section, a passage section, and a tapered section are provided in an in-port path of a needle port. The guide section has an inside diameter larger than the outside diameter of a body of a needle. The passage section has an inside diameter smaller than the outside diameter of the body of the needle and larger than the tip diameter of a tapered portion of the needle. The tapered section connects the guide section and the passage section. The taper angle ?2 of the tapered section is set to be larger than the taper angle ?1 of the tapered portion of the needle, and the width w of the tapered section is set to be smaller than half the difference between the outside diameter of the body and the tip diameter of the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yamazaki, Przemyslaw Stasica, Bob Boughtflower
  • Patent number: 9249377
    Abstract: A cleaning system is provided to reduce, minimize, or eliminate deposits located within gaseous intake, processing, and emissions portions of a vehicle engine. The cleaning system includes use of a cleaning composition for removing such deposits. The cleaning composition can include water; a nitrogen-based dispersant or cleaner; a surfactant; a C6-C18 alcohol; a glycol ether; and an organic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: BG INTELLECTUAL, INC.
    Inventor: Ken Shriner
  • Patent number: 9216444
    Abstract: In a reactor cleaning apparatus 1 which cleans an inner wall surface 72 of a reactor 70 which generates polycrystalline silicon, a bell jar of the reactor 70 has a dual structure, a through hole 11 is formed along a vertical direction at a central portion of a substantially disc-like tray 10 placed in a horizontal state, a flange portion 13 in which an opening edge of the reactor 70 is placed is formed at an outer peripheral portion of the tray 10, a shaft 20 is provided through the through hole 11 of the tray 10 so as to be rotatable and movable in the vertical direction, a nozzle device 50 which sprays a cleaning water at high pressure in three-dimensional directions is provided at an upper end of the shaft 20, a drive mechanism 30 which rotates the shaft 20 and moves the shaft in the vertical direction is provided at a base end of the shaft 20, and steam piping 62 capable of supplying the steam within the bell jar of the reactor 70 is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihide Endoh, Masayuki Tebakari, Toshiyuki Ishii, Masaaki Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9138787
    Abstract: A system and method for de-gassing, neutralizing, and decontaminating various equipment with a clean hydrocarbon-free chemical solution such that maintenance of various equipment may begin sooner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth Haffner, Richard Luper
  • Patent number: 9034110
    Abstract: A method for grit blasting tubes and for blowing swabs through tubes, automatically sensing that the swab has passed through the tube, and logging the event. Also, various methods are used for inserting the swabs into the tubes efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Extundo Incorporated
    Inventors: Clifford L. Johns, August M Dattilo, III, Munaf Najmuddin Chasmawala, Manfred Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9011608
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for measuring the thickness of any deposit of material on the inner wall of a structure conducting a fluid stream of hydrocarbons, the method comprising the steps of: applying a first heat pulse or continuous heating to at least one first section of the structure removing deposits on the inner wall of the first section of the structure; applying a second heat pulse to both the first section of the structure and at least one second section of the structure, the first and second sections being spaced apart, which heat pulse does not loosen any deposit of material in the second section; measuring the temperature of the wall of the structure or the fluid during the second heat pulse at both the first and second sections; and determining the thickness of any deposit of material on the inner wall of the structure at the second section based on the measured temperatures. The present invention also relates to a corresponding device and arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Statoil Petroleum AS
    Inventors: Lene Amundsen, Rainer Hoffmann, Reidar Schüller
  • Publication number: 20150101641
    Abstract: An engine wash manifold assembly for delivering wash liquid to an engine with a radial air passage includes a feeder body, an inlet on the feeder body to receive wash fluid, a first nozzle in fluid communication with the feeder body and configured to direct wash fluid into the radial passage, and a securing device configured to support the feeder body relative to a mounting location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Robert M. Rice, Wayne J. Zadrick, Sebastian Nordlund, Kurt D. Dorshimer
  • Patent number: 8999072
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for cleaning heat exchangers and similar vessels by introducing chemical cleaning solutions and/or solvents while maintaining a target temperature range by direct steam injection into the cleaning solution. The steam may be injected directly into the heat exchanger or into a temporary side stream loop for recirculating the cleaning solution or admixed with fluids being injected to the heat exchanger. The disclosed methods are suitable for removing metallic oxides from a heat exchanger under chemically reducing conditions or metallic species such as copper under chemically oxidizing conditions. In order to further enhance the heat transfer efficiency of heating cleaning solvents by direct steam injection, mixing on the secondary side of the heat exchanger can be enhanced by gas sparging or by transferring liquid between heat exchangers when more than one heat exchanger is being cleaned at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Robert D. Varrin, Jr., Michael J. Little
  • Publication number: 20150093200
    Abstract: To clean the inside of a pipe length a swabbing machine is provided at a first end of the pipe length, the swabbing machine includes a pneumatic motor and is propelled along the inside of the pipe length in a first direction away from the first end of the pipe length by the pneumatic motor. A swabbing machine and a swabbing machine system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Andelko Marusic, Fabrizio Martini
  • Publication number: 20150083164
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a hose handling system having a hose guide plumbed via a wash line to a fluid delivery device. The hose guide includes a pulley installed on a frame member, and a spray nozzle adapted to dispense a wash mixture. The hose guide is adapted to guide a hose as the hose is inserted into or withdrawn from a manhole, with the hose traversing the pulley. The wash mixture can be delivered through a wash line to the hose guide, which sprays the wash mixture on the hose in order to reduce or eliminate gross contamination or microbial contamination on the hose. The wash mixture typically, but not necessarily, has a freezing point below 32° F. and includes: a quaternary ammonium compound, an alcohol or glycol, an alcohol ethoxylate, and a fragrance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas P. Suiter
  • Publication number: 20150083165
    Abstract: Methods for on-line cleaning hot parts of a gas turbine during its operation are provided. A cleaning agent composition is injected into a hot gas path of the gas turbine, and includes a liquid carrier and a descaling material suspending in the liquid carrier. The descaling material includes at least one oxide, in an anhydrous or a hydrated form, that is derived from calcium, magnesium, titanium, iron, aluminium, silicon in the form of silicates having non-fibrous structures, or phosphorus in the form of alkaline-earth phosphates. Cleaning agents are also provided for use in a gas turbine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Michel Moliere
  • Patent number: 8986462
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a water purifier comprising: a filtering unit; a water tank unit for storing purified water having passed through the filtering unit; and a discharging unit for discharging out the purified water stored in the water tank unit, the method comprises: a cleaning water supplying step of supplying cleaning water in which a cleaning agent is dissolved to the water tank unit; a cleaning water discharging step of discharging the cleaning water when a predetermined time has lapsed; a rinsing water supplying step of supplying rinsing water to the water tank unit when the cleaning water discharging step has been completed; and a rinsing water discharging step of discharging the rinsing water when a predetermined time has lapsed. In the method, cleaning and rinsing processes for a water purifier are automatically executed by a series of consecutive processes. Accordingly, a user can directly clean the water purifier if necessary without requiring a Codi's visit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Deul-Re Min, Kwang-Ha Suh, Min-Je Cho, Young-Jin Kim, Byung-Tak Park
  • Patent number: 8986461
    Abstract: A cleaning composition and process to remove carbon deposits from combustion equipment components is provided. The de-carbonizing composition is packaged in certain embodiments in an aerosol propellant. The inventive composition is also readily used as a liquid or an atomized mist that is readily introduced into the intake manifold through a tube tolerant of engine inlet operational temperatures and conditions. The invention introduces the composition by a process that precludes the need for engine disassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Hischier, Gregory Hewgill
  • Publication number: 20150059809
    Abstract: A washing appliance has a hydraulic circuit including a tank for storing a predetermined amount of liquid, and a heating element inside the tank. The heating element heats the liquid to a predetermined temperature. A water inlet receives water from a water supply network. A descaling apparatus includes a descaler chamber having a housing portion housing a descaler product container containing a descaling agent and a mixing portion containing a mix of water and a predetermined amount of the descaling agent. The housing portion is fluidly connected to the mixing portion and an inlet pipe fluidly connecting a water inlet to the descaler chamber. The descaling apparatus also includes an outlet pipe that drains the mix of water and descaling agent from the mixing portion and provides it to the tank and a spraying element in the mixing portion that sprays water from the inlet pipe towards the housing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Biagio Petri, Franco Tassan Mangina, Antonio Asquini
  • Patent number: 8968481
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving a pig (12) comprising: a receiver housing (2) arranged to enable connection to a pipeline; a pig retention mechanism (4) mounted within said receiver housing (2), said pig retention mechanism (4) arranged such that it is operable to retain the pig (12) within the housing (2); a first sealing member (6) operable to seal the portion of the receiver housing (2) through which the pig (12) can be removed from the apparatus; a second sealing member (5) operable to seal the portion of the housing (2) that connects said receiver (1) to the pipeline; a fluid inlet (7); and a fluidization and transportation device (8) arranged to receive the fluidized debris, wherein the apparatus is arranged such that, in use, pressurized fluid is introduced into the enclosed interior of the housing (2) via the fluid inlet in order to fluidize debris which is then removed from the receiver housing (2) via the fluidization and transportation device (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott Henderson
  • Patent number: 8961698
    Abstract: A system for cleaning an implanted blood pump, comprising: an inflow catheter having an expandable inflow member positioned about the periphery thereof; an inflow tube coupled with the inflow catheter; a valve assembly coupled to the inflow tube; an outflow tube coupled to the valve assembly; and an outflow catheter having an expandable outflow member positioned about the periphery thereof, the outflow catheter being coupled to the outflow tube. In use, the inflow tube and outflow tube extend through the skin of a human body, the inflow catheter and outflow catheter are positioned within the human body, and the valve assembly is positioned outside the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Reliant Heart, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan E. Lynch
  • Publication number: 20150040949
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement are disclosed for providing an implant for implantation in a body lumen, that include at least one processing unit (1) for processing the implant (7; 103), a sheathing (2) with a front opening (3) and a rear opening (4), which is at least partially disposed at or in the processing unit (1), and at least one power unit (5). The implant (7; 103) can be stored inside the sheathing (2) between the openings (3, 4). The power unit (5) serves for generation of a current (P) of a defined medium through the sheathing (2), which is connected at least to one opening (3; 4) of the sheathing (2), whereby the current (P) flows inside the sheathing (2) with the stent (7; 103).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Arik Zucker, Stefano Buzzi, Armin W. Mäder, Roman Schneeberger, Vincent Milleret
  • Patent number: 8950235
    Abstract: A self-flushing small volume prover apparatus, method and system for removing foreign materials. A piston can be configured with a valve arrangement located within a cylindrical object in order to permit fluid to pass through an annular passage when the piston travels from a downstream position to an upstream position. An inlet port and an outlet port can be located at the bottom of the cylindrical object. The outlet port can be welded at the bottom of the bore cylinder so that foreign material can flow directly out of the prover bore cylinder via the outlet port. The velocity of the piston can remove the collected foreign material from the bore cylinder via the outlet port, thus creating a self-flushing prover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Darren Paul Heath
  • Patent number: 8951355
    Abstract: A device for clearing obstructions from a medical tube, such as a chest tube, is disclosed in various embodiments. The device features a clearance member in the form of a loop. The loop desirably has a diameter that substantially corresponds to the inner diameter of the medical tube. Also desirably, the loop presents a substantially unobstructed pathway therethrough for the flow of material from a location in the medical tube distal to the loop to a location in the medical tube proximal to the loop regardless whether the clearance member is being translated or is at rest in the medical tube. Methods of utilizing such a device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: ClearFlow, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward M. Boyle, Jr., Nathan J. Dale, Paul C. Leonard, Alan Marc Gillinov, Sam Kiderman, William E. Cohn
  • Publication number: 20150034128
    Abstract: A tool for cleaning a heat exchanger that includes a lance, and an articulated arm fixedly attached to the heat exchanger at a first end, and associated with the lance at a second end. The articulated arm has at least two joints so that the articulated arm can move the lance along two axes in a plane substantially parallel to the tube face of the heat exchanger. The tool further includes a lance transport mechanism attached to the second end of the articulated arm that moves toward and away from the tube face of the heat exchanger in a direction substantially perpendicular to the tube face, the lance transport mechanism attached to the lance so that the lance moves toward and away from the tube face along with the lance transport mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Veolia ES Industrial Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Kenneth Brumfield
  • Patent number: 8940679
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions for deodorizing and cleaning, in particular solid compositions in the form of effervescent tablets which can be reconstituted in water to obtain solutions for cleaning and deodorizing. The compositions comprise one or more Bacillus subtilis strain(s), one or more surfactant(s), one or more fragrance(s), one or more descaling agent(s), and one or more effervescent agent(s). The invention further relates to a kit comprising such tablets, as well as methods for obtaining cleaning and deodorizing tablets and solutions and their use for cleaning and deodorizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Pollets S.A.
    Inventor: Abdelhamid Jabrane
  • Publication number: 20150013725
    Abstract: A pair of parallel metal lances is driven by a transversal drive into and out of heat exchanger tubes. The lances are supported by a plurality of spaced apart, retractable door supports so that the transversal drive mechanism can approach the tube sheet of the heat exchanger tubes as closely as possible. A pair of rotational drive motors rotates the lances at a user controllable speed. As the lances are moved into the tubes, the interlocked support doors retract one at a time, sequentially. Similarly, as the lances are withdrawn from the tubes, the support doors close one at a time in an interlocked fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: AQUAJET LTD.
    Inventors: Christian Geppert, Stefan Scroth
  • Patent number: 8920575
    Abstract: Foreign matter is removed from a digital hydraulic pressure controller having two portions connectable to each other and each including two valve arrays with a plurality of individually switchable valve means having different flow cross-sections and connected in parallel within a valve array. One valve array of each pressure controller portion can connect a supply line to a controller output line and the other valve array can connect the output line to a drain line. The two pressure controller portions are connected, the valve means having the largest flow cross-section of the valve array of the one portion on the supply line side is opened, the valve means having the largest flow cross-section of the valve array of the other portion on the drain line side is opened and the opened flow path is flushed through the pressure controller with pressurized working fluid, while the other valve means are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Valmet Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ville Hopponen, Arto Ikonen
  • Patent number: 8920570
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to the cleaning of rods made of metal, particularly to the method of reclamation of used standard length rods, such as pump rods already used in the mechanical deep-pumping extraction of oil, as well as to the product made with the help of the mentioned method. The method of remanufacturing of standard length rods includes cleaning the rod with non-toxic particles which are able to undergo sublimation to eliminate environmental contamination and to assist in workplace safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: TRC Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Lonnie Dale White
  • Patent number: 8920568
    Abstract: A method for the dissolution of amorphous dithiazine buildup on a surface is presented. The method consists of treating the dithiazine buildup with a solution of hydrogen peroxide, which reacts and breaks apart the buildup for easy removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Grahame N. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140360532
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to a composition, system, and method of unclogging and maintaining a drain or conduits that deliver fluids such as water. The system includes delivering a predetermined amount of drain cleaning composition to an obstruction wherein the predetermined amount may be delivered by a single-use packet. The composition for clearing a clogged drain may include sodium bisulfate, moisture, sodium sulfate, potassium, calcium, or iron.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Eric Sternberg, Randy Kaplan, Mathew Sternberg
  • Publication number: 20140352730
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus according to the present disclosure includes first and second nozzles that eject a processing liquid to a substrate; a moving mechanism that moves the first and second nozzles; and a nozzle cleaning device that cleans at least the second nozzle. The nozzle cleaning device includes a cleaning bath and an overflow bath. The cleaning bath includes a liquid storage portion that stores a cleaning liquid for cleaning the second nozzle, and an overflow portion that discharges the cleaning liquid exceeding a predetermined level from the liquid storage portion. The overflow bath is disposed adjacent to the cleaning bath and receives the cleaning liquid discharged from the overflow portion and discharge the received cleaning liquid to the outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kai, Yoshinori Ikeda, Kazuyoshi Shinohara, Tetsuya Oda, Satoru Tanaka, Yuki Yoshida, Meitoku Aibara
  • Patent number: 8900372
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to the cleaning of rods made of metal, particularly to the method of reclamation of used standard length rods, such as pump rods already used in the mechanical deep-pumping extraction of oil, as well as to the product made with the help of the mentioned method. The method of remanufacturing of standard length rods includes cleaning the rod with cryogenic liquids to eliminate environmental contamination and to assist in workplace safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: TRC Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Lonnie Dale White
  • Publication number: 20140345651
    Abstract: A water deluge system cleaning apparatus and method of cleaning a water deluge system which does not require the water deluge system to be offline while it is being cleaned. This is achieved by a packing device that provides an annular seal within the water deluge system, and a cleaning device for cleaning the water deluge system that extends through the packing device. Arrangements of inlets and/or outlets comprising safety valves also provide for additional functionality such as debris extraction or fluid flushing while still allowing the water deluge system to remain online.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: PARADIGM FLOW SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventor: Hugh MacKenzie
  • Publication number: 20140348700
    Abstract: A process and system for sterilization of a product pathway of a blow-fill-seal machine. The process comprises steps of: (1) isolating a holding tank from the product pathway; (2) supplying a sterilizing agent to the product pathway of the BFS machine when the holding tank is isolated; (3) stopping the supply of sterilizing agent to the product pathway when a threshold is reached; and (4) supplying filtered compressed air to the product pathway when the supply of sterilizing agent is stopped. The process is preferably executed automatically without human intervention once initiated. Also described is a system for carrying out the process including a processor, valves and temperature and/or pressure sensors which provide information to the processor to determine when to open and close the valves to supply sterilizing agent and/or compressed air to the product pathway or holding tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: James Michael Foreman, Arthur Baran
  • Patent number: 8894772
    Abstract: An intelligent pig for pipeline monitoring comprises a single body containing signal transmitters and receivers provided with replaceable rings for centering the body within the pipeline, the rings may be provided with brushes which help center the pig within the pipeline and also aid its passage through pipelines which may contain bends and/or be of variable diameter, the pig may be used in combination with a cleaning pig to provide combined activities using a common driving force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cokebuster Ltd.
    Inventors: John Phipps, Hugh Lewis
  • Patent number: 8888922
    Abstract: A drain cleaner may be used on a periodic basis to clean soil residues from residential and commercial waste drains. The drain cleaner may chemically self-foam to fill a waste drain with the foam. For example, the drain cleaner may be provided in two or more parts that are physically intermixed during use of the drain cleaner. One part may include hydrogen peroxide and water while another part may include a catalase, an amylase, a protease, and an enzyme stabilizer. The drain cleaner may also include a surfactant present in at least one of the first part and the second part. Additionally, in some examples, the drain cleaner includes a sanitizing agent present in either of the two parts or in yet a third physically separate part. During use, the different drain cleaner parts can be dispensed simultaneously into a drain to generate a cleaning and/or sanitizing foam in-situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan R. Ortmann, Anthony Erickson, Thomas R. Mohs
  • Publication number: 20140318582
    Abstract: An endoscope lens cleaning apparatus used for removing surgical debris from an objective lens of an endoscope. The endoscope lens cleaning apparatus includes an elongated sheath and a connection assembly. The elongated sheath includes an endoscope lumen and an irrigation channel, configured in parallel and adjoining, each extending between an inlet end and an outlet end. At least one stand-off is formed within the elongated sheath along the outlet end. The endoscope lumen and the irrigation channel are fluidly open to one another when the endoscope lumen is in an empty state and the irrigation channel is fluidly sealed from the endoscope lumen between the at least one stand-off and the inlet end when the endoscope lumen is in an occupied state. A fluid passageway extends from a fluid port of the connection assembly and is configured to align and fluidly connected with the irrigation channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Ali Mowlai-Ashtiani
  • Patent number: 8858721
    Abstract: A drain cleaner may be used on a periodic basis to clean soil residues from residential and commercial waste drains. The drain cleaner may chemically self-foam to fill a waste drain with the foam. For example, the drain cleaner may be provided in two or more parts that are physically intermixed during use of the drain cleaner. One part may include hydrogen peroxide and water while another part may include a catalase, an amylase, a protease, and an enzyme stabilizer. The drain cleaner may also include a surfactant present in at least one of the first part and the second part. Additionally, in some examples, the drain cleaner includes a sanitizing agent present in either of the two parts or in yet a third physically separate part. During use, the different drain cleaner parts can be dispensed simultaneously into a drain to generate a cleaning and/or sanitizing foam in-situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan R. Ortmann, Anthony Erickson, Thomas R. Mohs
  • Publication number: 20140261547
    Abstract: A multi-lance reel assembly comprising a plurality of reel assemblies received onto and disposed to rotate about an axle. Each reel assembly rotates independently of the others. Each reel assembly further comprises a plurality of spokes separating a rim from a hub. Each hub provides a hub groove on each internal hub surface, and a hub aperture connecting each external hub surface with the hub groove. When the reel assemblies are received onto the axle, axle grooves on the axle align with the hub grooves to form a continuous ring aperture for each reel assembly. Separate axle apertures connect either one of the end faces of the axle with each axle groove, providing a separate passageway from each external hub surface to an axle end face. Hoses, electrical conduits, conductors or other similar carrier hardware deployed within hollow lances spooled on each reel assembly may connect to the hub apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: EXTREME HYDRO SOLUTIONS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William C. Thomas, William J. Thomas, III, Perry J. DeCuir, JR., Kevin Jude Gerard Bollich