Miscellaneous Patents (Class 134/42)
  • Patent number: 10323349
    Abstract: A system for washing clothing includes an alkaline ionized water-generating unit, an alkaline ionized water-generating medium-supplying unit, an alkaline ionized water storage unit, and a washing tub. The alkaline ionized water-generating unit is configured to generate alkaline ionized water. The alkaline ionized water-generating medium-supplying unit is configured to supply the alkaline ionized water-generating medium to the alkaline ionized water-generating unit, and the alkaline ionized water-generating medium generates the alkaline ionized water. The alkaline ionized water storage unit is configured to store the alkaline ionized water generated by the alkaline ionized water-generating unit. The washing tub is configured to wash an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Kyoudojyutaku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kentaro Takanashi
  • Patent number: 10264788
    Abstract: A nonwoven wipe comprises an antiseptic solution comprising a bis-(dihydropyridinyl)-decane derivative, a first fiber having a denier of about 1.5 to about 2.0, and a second fiber having a denier of about 3.0 to 3.5. About 30 wt % to 70 wt % of the total weight of the nonwoven wipe is the first fiber and about 30 wt % to 70 wt % of the total weight of the nonwoven wipe is the second fiber. The bis-(dihydropyridinyl)-decane may be octenidine dihydrochloride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 2200, INC.
    Inventors: Ramarao V. Gundlapalli, Hong Shen, Kenneth Bruce Thurmond, II, Christoper Varga
  • Patent number: 10220094
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of producing an aqueous solution containing an N—C8-22 acyl acidic amino acid and/or a salt thereof and having pH 8.4-9.5, including the first step for reacting an acidic amino acid and/or a salt thereof with a C8-22 fatty acid chloride in a water solvent at pH 10-13 to form an N—C8-22 acyl acidic amino acid salt, and the second step for adjusting the pH of the aqueous solution after the first step to 8.4-9.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AJINOMOTO CO., INC.
    Inventors: Gaku Hattori, Hiroji Ishii, Masahiro Ino
  • Patent number: 10183087
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a two-part liquid composition for cleaning and disinfecting a substrate, comprising: (A) a disinfectant medium comprising peracetic acid; and (B) a supplemental medium comprising a non-enzymatic cleaner, a corrosion inhibitor, and a chelator. The supplemental medium (B) may further comprise an enzymatic cleaner, a surfactant, a buffer, a pH modifier, or a mixture of two or more thereof. The substrate may be a medical device, for example, an endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Phillip P. Franciskovich, Donald G. Rosenhamer, Kathleen A. Fix
  • Patent number: 10143351
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a cleaning ball or cleaning cloth, comprising a fluffy main body, wherein the main body is made from fiber yarn and the fiber yarn is made from polyester fibers with a low melting point of which the melting point is below 180° C. The present application can ensure that the cleaning ball or cleaning cloth does not deform or reduce the dirt removing power no matter how long it is used and has the characteristic that plastic fibers are not easy to scratch the object surface. The present invention also discloses a manufacturing method and manufacturing device for the cleaning ball or cleaning cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Yunyou Xu
  • Patent number: 10138569
    Abstract: The invention relates to a weld cleaning fluid, and method of cleaning weld or discoloration especially on stainless steel. Stainless steel welds, such as those done by TIG welding, require cleaning to remove the resulting surface discoloration and also to passivate the steel. This is often done using an electro-cleaning apparatus with the assistance of electrolyte cleaning fluids. A new cleaning fluid has been developed that has a generally neutral pH, instead of the highly acidic nature of previously used fluids, which avoids environmental and safety issues. The cleaning fluid composition preferably has potassium or sodium orthophosphate salts as the main active ingredient, or similar such salts, and has a pH of around 7. It may also include a sequestering or chelating agent such as a sodium and/or potassium salt of EDTA, and coloring and fragrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ensitech IP PTY LLP
    Inventor: Simon Lewer
  • Patent number: 10100268
    Abstract: Acidic viscoelastic cleaning compositions are disclosed which use non polymer thickening agents. According to the invention, cleaning compositions have been developed using viscoelastic surfactants in acidic cleaning formulations. These provide the dual benefit of thickening as well as an additional cleaning, thereby improving performance. Applicants have also identified several pseudo linking agents which when, used with viscoelastic surfactants provide enhanced viscoelasticity and cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Fuk-Pong Man, Michael Charles Denoma, Yvonne Marie Killeen, Susan Maloney Viall
  • Patent number: 10039367
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to a back-mounted power tool system. The power tool system includes a battery package that can be used on other power tool systems, a backpack apparatus, a power tool, and a connecting member. The backpack apparatus includes a backpack harness to mount the backpack apparatus onto a user's body and a first connector to removably couple the battery package to the backpack apparatus. The power tool includes a motor driven by a power supply from the battery package. The connecting member transfers a weight of the power tool and/or a force received from the power tool to the backpack apparatus by rotatably coupling the power tool to the backpack apparatus. The connecting member further enables the power tool to rotate about a first rotation axis or a second rotation axis, the first rotation axis being perpendicular to the second rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Chevron (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Toshinari Yamaoka, Fangjie Nie, Jianpeng Guo
  • Patent number: 10017714
    Abstract: Surfactant systems and compositions incorporating the same are disclosed for use as rinse aids on plastics and other wares. The surfactant systems and compositions include both liquid and solid formulations, along with methods of use for treating plastics and other wares. The surfactant systems and compositions provide synergistic combinations allowing lower actives in composition formulations of the plastic-compatible surfactant systems providing good sheeting, wetting and drying properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: Ecolab USA Inc., BASF SE
    Inventors: Janel Marie Kieffer, Terrence P. Everson, James S. Dailey, Thomas Gessner, Juergen Tropsch
  • Patent number: 10000784
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to creatinine biosensors and the uses thereof. More specifically, this disclosure describes potentiometric creatinine sensors which utilizes one or both of a type of enzyme capable of directly producing ammonium ions (NH4+) as a consequence of coming into contact with a liquid sample and an internal fill solution with a low free ammonium ion concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Zhang, Jingzhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9982220
    Abstract: Surfactant systems and compositions incorporating the same are disclosed for use as rinse aids on plastics and other wares. The surfactant systems and compositions include both liquid and solid formulations, along with methods of use for treating plastics and other wares. The surfactant systems and compositions provide synergistic combinations allowing lower actives in composition formulations of the plastic-compatible surfactant systems providing good sheeting, wetting and drying properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: Ecolab USA Inc., BASF SE
    Inventors: Janel Marie Kieffer, Terrence P. Everson, James S. Dailey, Thomas Gessner, Juergen Tropsch
  • Patent number: 9969959
    Abstract: Industrial 2-in-1 cleaning compositions providing both detergency and rinseability in a single cleaning composition are disclosed. Alkali metal carbonate-based cleaning compositions and methods of both making and using the same provide user-friendly, solid, detergent compositions without the need for using a separate rinse aid composition. The compositions and methods are particularly well suited for use in industrial cleaning using alkali metal carbonate compositions that beneficially provide cleaning and rinseability in the rinse cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Monique Roerdink Lander, Carter M. Silvernail, Erin Jane Dahlquist Howlett, Kerrie E. Walters
  • Patent number: 9966575
    Abstract: A film-forming composition according to the present invention includes: a fluororesin having a repeating unit of the formula (1) and a repeating unit of the general formula (2); and a fluorine-containing solvent. In the general formula (2), R1 represents a C1-C15 straight, C3-C15 branched or C3-C15 cyclic hydrocarbon group in which at least one hydrogen atom may be replaced by a fluorine atom or chlorine atom and which may have a hydroxy group. This film-forming composition is suitably usable for the manufacturing of an organic semiconductor element as the composition can form a fluororesin film on an organic semiconductor film; and the formed film has resistance to an etching solvent during the fine pattern processing of the organic semiconductor film by photolithography etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Central Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Haruhiko Komoriya, Yoshiharu Terui, Fumito Kobayashi, Yukari Hara, Ikunari Hara
  • Patent number: 9907460
    Abstract: A device (100) for cleaning and method of cleaning an endoscope distal end (128) is disclosed. The device (100) may include a sealed longitudinal chamber (110) that may contain a porous structure (132) with fluid, and a brush and a spring (121) loaded brush. A removable substantially airtight closure (146) may be removed to allow an endoscope distal end (128) to be placed into the longitudinal chamber (110) and contact the porous structure (132) and the brush prior to a full cleaning, thereby preventing contaminates from drying and hardening on the endoscope distal end (128) prior to a cleaning and sanitization process. The spring (121) loaded brush may be moved to clean portions of the endoscope distal end (128) including cavities such and tools including an elevator or lifter. A cap may be removed from a airtight connector (120) and a fluid source may be connected to the airtight connector (120) to assist in the endoscope (127) cleaning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Michael J. Patzek, IV
  • Patent number: 9870395
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systems and methods for electronically conditioning transmission of communications based on results of a connection assessment. An electronic file is executed at an electronic device, which causes a first query and a second query to be presented. A first query response and a second query response are identified. The first query response is stored in a locked configuration that inhibits the ability to modify the first query response to the first query. The second query response is stored but is not stored in the locked configuration. Query response data is generated that includes an identifier of the second query, an identifier of the second query response and an identifier of the electronic device. A connection variable is determined by assessing one or more network connections available to the electronic device. When a transmission condition is satisfied, the query response data is transmitted to another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: PEARSON EDUCATION, INC.
    Inventors: Brendan Kealey, Paul Arens, Adam Krapfl, Paul Grudnitski, Rob Nielsen, James Setaro, Jason Sobanski
  • Patent number: 9867508
    Abstract: A loofah includes an inner core and an outer portion. The inner core includes a natural material. The outer portion includes a natural material. A water absorbency of the inner core is less than a water absorbency of the outer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: XAMAX INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Martin Weinberg
  • Patent number: 9795131
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a surfactant composition, consisting of 70 wt %-99.9 wt % sophorolactone, 0-1 wt % sophorolipid acid, less than 0.1% residual substrate, and remainder water. The invention further relates to products comprising this composition or hydrolysates thereof. The invention also relates to uses of these products and hydrolysates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ECOVER CO-ORDINATION CENTER N.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Develter, Mark Renkin
  • Patent number: 9765285
    Abstract: Acidic viscoelastic cleaning compositions are disclosed which use non polymer thickening agents. According to the invention, cleaning compositions have been developed using viscoelastic surfactants in acidic cleaning formulations. These provide the dual benefit of thickening as well as an additional cleaning, thereby improving performance. Applicants have also identified several pseudo linking agents which when, used with viscoelastic surfactants provide enhanced viscoelasticity and cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Fuk-Pong Man, Michael Charles DeNoma, Yvonne Marie Killeen, Susan Maloney Viall
  • Patent number: 9752237
    Abstract: Methods of cleaning sugar evaporators with a cleaning composition comprising a sugar or sugar-moiety containing compound are disclosed. The methods are capable of improved scale and fouling removal from treated surfaces, including scale containing calcium oxalate, calcium dihydrogen phosphate, silica and/or other components from sugar evaporators. The methods reduce time required for scale removal without the need for highly alkaline cleaning compositions, elevated temperatures and/or mechanical force applied to the scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Kim R. Smith, Peter J. Fernholz
  • Patent number: 9731331
    Abstract: The demulsifying cleaning of metallic surfaces which may be contaminated with oil(s) with at least one further nonpolar organic compound, with fat(s), with soap(s), with particulate dirt or with at least one anionic organic compound using an aqueous, alkaline, surfactant-containing bath solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CHEMETALL GMBH
    Inventors: Stella Bauerochse, Carola Komp, Ralph Van Den Berg, Peter Claude, Franz Dressler, Joachim Geldner, Zafer Yuksel, Eckart Schonfelder
  • Patent number: 9707355
    Abstract: A method of coating an exterior surface of the elongate object with the coating material includes holding the elongate object lengthwise in the elongate chamber, mixing the pressurized air and the coating material to form a mist, and coating the exterior surface while directing the mist around the exterior surface and toward the outlet of the elongate chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andreas Döker, Thomas Wanka, Michael Wilczek
  • Patent number: 9695046
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for cleaning carbon nanotubes comprising the following steps: provision of a carbon nanotube substrate, first washing of the carbon nanotube substrate by means of an acid and second washing of the carbon nanotube substrate by means of a solution, wherein the solution has replacement anions of at least one of the acid radical anions of the acid of different type, and the substance amount fraction of the replacement anions in the solution is greater than the substance amount fraction of the anions in the solution corresponding to the acid radical anions of the acid. The invention further relates to a carbon nanotube substrate which can be obtained by such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Covestro Deutschland AG
    Inventor: Heiko Hocke
  • Patent number: 9693675
    Abstract: Provided herein is a composition that includes: (i) chelator (e.g., ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)), (ii) buffer system (e.g., potassium phosphate dibasic and sodium hydroxide), (iii) cleaner (e.g., diethyl glycol monoethyl ether), (iv) solubilizer (e.g., propylene glycol), and (v) diluent (e.g., water), wherein the composition has a pH of at least about 9.5. Also provided is a method of cleaning a medical device that includes contacting the medical device with the composition described herein, for a period of time effective to clean the medical device. Subsequent to the cleaning, the medical device can optionally be disinfected, dried, and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Medivators Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Matta, Tuan Nguyen, Huyen Phuong Bui
  • Patent number: 9637806
    Abstract: Described herein are methods of recovering silver from solution to produce metallic (i.e., elemental) silver. These methods generally include a step of providing a silver-containing aqueous solution that includes cationic silver species, followed by a step of forming a reaction solution that includes an organic acid, a buffering agent, and the cationic silver species, and a step of generating a reaction product that includes metallic silver by reducing the concentration of the cationic silver species in the reaction solution. Also described herein are metallic or elemental silver produced by these methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Benedict Yorke Johnson, Samuel Odei Owusu
  • Patent number: 9586889
    Abstract: A condensation product of at least one (hydroxymethyl)phenol and at least one polyoxyalkylene diamine and a process for the preparation thereof and the use thereof in the curing of epoxy resin systems are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Juergen Finter, Ulrich Gerber, Edis Kasemi, Andreas Kramer
  • Patent number: 9526397
    Abstract: Dishwasher doors with multiple silverware baskets are disclosed. A disclosed example dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber having an opening, a door movably mounted to the tub to selectively open and close the opening, and two or more silverware baskets mounted one above the other on an interior of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Dinesh Kulkarni, Kevin T. Kutto
  • Patent number: 9492581
    Abstract: A contact lens solution comprising 0.001 to 10 weight percent or a preservative enhancer chosen from the group consisting of: inositol; mannitol; sorbitol; sucrose; dextrose; glycerin and propylene glycol; and at least 0.0001 weight percent of a cationic polymeric preservative, and where the concentration of chloride in said solution is less than 0.2 percent by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: FXS VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Francis X. Smith
  • Patent number: 9492582
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ophthalmic solution comprising 0.00001 to 10.0 weight percent of a simple saccharide, at least 0.00001 weight percent of a preservative, and not more than about 0.2 percent by weight chloride. The simple saccharide is chosen from the group consisting of: inositol; mannitol; sorbitol; sucrose; dextrose; glycerin; propylene glycol; ribose; triose; tetrose; erythrose; threose; pentose; arabinose; ribulose; xylose; xylulose; lyxose; hexose; allose; altrose; fructose; galactose; glucose; gulose; idose; mannose; sorbose; talose; tagatose; adlose; ketose; heptose; sedoheptulose; monosaccharides; disaccharides; sugar alcohols; xylitol; and polyol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: FXS VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Francis X. Smith
  • Patent number: 9447007
    Abstract: A process for fluorinating hydrocarbon compounds, which comprises: A. providing a compound selected from the group consisting of straight-chain, branched-chain and cyclic alkanes, straight-chain, branched-chain and cyclic ethers, said compound comprising at least one carbon-hydrogen bond and being free from —C(O)— functional groups; B. reacting said compound with fluorine in the presence of at least one (per)haloolefin comprising at least one carbon-carbon double bond and having at least one fluorine or chlorine atom on either one of the carbon atoms of said double bond, to obtain a compound wherein at least one carbon-hydrogen bond has been replaced by a carbon-fluorine bond. Compositions of partially fluorinated compounds obtained with the process are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY S.P.A.
    Inventors: Vito Tortelli, Marco Galimberti, Cristiano Monzani, Piero Gavezotti
  • Patent number: 9410111
    Abstract: A composition for use on a hard surface. The composition has: (i) at least 7.5 wt. % of at least one surfactant selected; (ii) a blend of linear primary alcohols, or a blend of ethoxylated linear primary alcohols, wherein each alcohol of the non-ethoxylated blend or ethoxylated blend includes a carbon chain containing 9-17 carbons; (iii) a transport rate factor of less than about 55 seconds; and (iv) an adhesion time of greater than about 8 hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell B. Wortley, Michael E. Klinkhammer, John R. Wietfeldt, Francis J. Randall
  • Patent number: 9358592
    Abstract: A mobile sanitary wash apparatus and system including a housing including vertical and horizontal protective enclosing walls, with at least one vertical side further including an opening for inserting equipment to be cleaned and/or sanitized, and a drainage system coupled to the flooring for receiving and collecting waste effluent for controlled transport and/or disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Equipsystems, LLC
    Inventors: Carl Runge, Chris Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 9334373
    Abstract: This document provides fire retardant materials, including polymers that include pyridinium salt moieties, or a combination thereof, and phosphine oxide moieties. In some cases, fire retardant polymers provided herein have the following structure: where R1 and R6 are each selected consisting of N, wherein R2 and R7 are each negatively charged counterions, where R3, R4, R8, R9, R11, R13, R14, R15, and R16 are each H or a group including one or more carbon molecules, and where R5, R10, and R12 are each groups including one or more carbon molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignees: THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE NEVADA SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS, INNOSENSE LLC
    Inventors: Pradip K. Bhowmik, Kisholoy Goswami, Maksudul M. Alam, Haesook Han
  • Patent number: 9332776
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for spray drying a liquid product into a dried powder without applying heat, including: forming a slurry including a liquid solvent, a carrier, and an active ingredient; applying an electrostatic charge to the slurry; atomizing the charged slurry to produce a plurality of electrostatically charged, wet particles; suspending the electrostatically charged, wet particles for a sufficient time to permit repulsive forces induced by the electrostatic charge on at least some wet particles to cause at least some of such particles to divide into wet sub-particles; and continuing the suspending step, without the presence of any heated drying fluids, for a sufficient time to drive off a sufficient amount of the liquid solvent within most of the wet particles to leave a plurality of dried particles (the powder), each dried particle containing the active ingredient encapsulated within the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: ZOOMESSENCE, INC.
    Inventors: Charles P. Beetz, Robert Corbett, David Salem
  • Patent number: 9155809
    Abstract: A pen sterilization device includes a main body having a first end, a second end and a plurality of opposing sides defining a watertight reservoir for containing a sterilization agent. A pair of watertight valves are positioned along each end of the main body and function to allow ingress and egress of a pen to be cleaned. A central partition may be provided within the watertight reservoir having one or more brushes that are suspended in the sterilization agent for scrubbing a pen that is passing through the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Roberts, John Michael Roberts, Lucas Todd Roberts
  • Patent number: 9125405
    Abstract: An aqueous contact lens solution comprising less than 100 ppm of a tertiary amine oxide of general formula wherein R1 is a C8-C18alkyl, and R2 and R3 are independently selected from a C1-C4alkyl or C1-C4hydroxyalkyl, and an antimicrobial component selected from the group consisting of biguanides, polymeric biguanides, quaternium ammonium compounds, hydrogen peroxide or a stabilized form of peroxide and any one mixture thereof. The solution has no anionic surfactant or less than 30 ppm of anionic surfactant. The invention is also directed to the use of the solution to clean and disinfect contact lenses, and in particular, soft, silicone, hydrogel contact lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
    Inventors: Zora Marlowe, Hongna Wang, Susan E. Burke
  • Patent number: 9096819
    Abstract: Ophthalmic compositions that comprise 0.1 ppm to 50 ppm of a cationic antimicrobial component selected from the group consisting of biguanides, polymeric biguanides, quaternium ammonium compounds and any one mixture thereof; 0.005 wt. % to 2 wt. % of an anionic biopolymer; and 0.01 wt. % to 2 wt. % of an amphoteric surfactant of general formula I wherein R1 is R or —(CH2)n—NHC(O)R, wherein R is a C8-C30alkyl optionally substituted with hydroxyl and n is 2, 3 or 4; R2 and R3 are each independently selected from C1-C4alkyl; R4 is a C2-C8alkylene optionally substituted with hydroxyl; and Y is CO2? or SO3. The invention is also direct to the use of the ophthalmic compositions to clean and disinfect contact lenses, and in particular, soft, silicone hydrogel contact lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
    Inventors: Erning Xia, Susan E. Burke, Srini Venkatesh, Vicki Barniak, Praveen Tyle
  • Patent number: 9045677
    Abstract: A composition including HCl, urea, complex substituted keto-amine-hydrochloride, an alcohol, an ethoxylate, and a ketone is provided in a method for solubilizing calcium carbonate in an aqueous suspension or dispersion of calcium carbonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Green Products & Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John T. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 9034813
    Abstract: The invention meets the needs above by providing a surfactant system, mixture or blend that can be used as a part of a soaking composition. The surfactant system is capable of forming emulsions with, and thus removing, oily and greasy stains. In a preferred embodiment the surfactant compositions of the invention can remove non-trans fat and fatty acid stains. The invention involves foaming soaking compositions that have some or part of the anionic surfactant present in the same replaced with an extended chain anionic surfactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Victor Fuk-Pong Man, Yvonne Marie Killeen, Derrick Richard Anderson
  • Patent number: 9028615
    Abstract: A domestic appliance includes at least one component having a surface that can become laden with organic dirt. The surface includes a photocatalyst and is made from a primary-formed first material in which the photocatalyst is dispersed. A photoradiation source is provided for irradiating the photocatalyst with an activating electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Eglmeier, Andreas Hanau, Hartmut Schaub, Ingo Schulze
  • Patent number: 9029314
    Abstract: A warewashing detergent composition is provided for use for in cleaning of alkaline sensitive metals such as aluminum or aluminum containing alloys. The compositions include alternatives to sodium tripolyphosphate and/or other phosphorous containing raw materials, while retaining cleaning performance and corrosion prevention. According to the invention, high molecular weight polyacrylates (polyacrylic acid homopolymers) with a molecular weight of at least about 5000 are used as corrosion inhibitors and can be included for aluminum protection in a number of different detergent compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Erik C. Olson, Devon Beau Hammel
  • Publication number: 20150122291
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a wafer cleaning module for post CMP processes that reduces defects (e.g., watermarks, deposited particles) on a substrate, and an associated method. In some embodiments, the wafer cleaning module has a cleaning tank that may receive a semiconductor substrate within a cleaning medium. A pusher is may vertically move the semiconductor substrate from a starting position within the cleaning tank to an ending position. A position sensor may determine a position of the semiconductor substrate relative to a meniscus of the cleaning medium. Based upon the determined position, a control unit is may adjust a location of the starting position to a predetermined distance below the meniscus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Ting Yen, Kao-Feng Liao, Ying-Ho Chen
  • Patent number: 9023779
    Abstract: A dishwashing detergent composition is provided for consumer use for in cleaning of alkaline sensitive metals such as aluminum or aluminum containing alloys. The compositions include alternatives to sodium tripolyphosphate and/or other phosphorus containing raw materials, while retaining cleaning performance and corrosion prevention. According to the invention, a phosphinosuccinic acid oligomer or mixture thereof is used as a corrosion inhibitor and can be included for aluminum protection in a number of different detergent compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventor: Altony J. Miralles
  • Patent number: 9022048
    Abstract: Device for cleaning solar modules, of both the photovoltaic and solar thermal type, by projection of a cleaning liquid onto the surface of said modules in the form of spray, is described. The device is of the towed type, for mounting on a tractor vehicle or similar, and is implemented based on an articulated unit which comprises a coupled parallelogram structure, having the possibility of pivoting around a support structure solidarily joined to the carrier vehicle, joined by the opposite end to a telescopic arm which articulately includes a projection bar on its distal end, with variable positioning, integrating a multiplicity of nozzles for projecting cleaning liquid. The projection bar includes mechanical sensors for positioning thereof on the surface. The different movements are carried out in a controlled manner by actuation of hydraulic cylinders and the articulated joint between the projection bar and the telescopic bar includes a means for adjusting the maximum inclination angle of the projection bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Rafael Ma Mendez De La Cuesta
  • Publication number: 20150114437
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermal barrier coating removal method. A metal component (32) having a thermal barrier coating is located in a vessel (12) for containing an inert liquid reservoir. The vessel (12) has a releasably sealable closure (14) so as to allow the vessel interior to be maintained at an elevated pressure in use. The vessel is heated and the liquid therein is maintained at a temperature greater than 100° C. for an extended period of time such that thermal barrier coating breaks up as a result of internal stress caused by a crystal structure change in the thermal barrier coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: David Andrew STEWART
  • Publication number: 20150114436
    Abstract: Described herein are systems for removing selected components, e.g., stabilizing agents or preservatives, from a liquid composition just prior to use, using activated charcoal or an affinity matrix filter, together with variant and alternative designs, methods of making and using the product, and components thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Guofeng Xu, Steven Miller, Jennifer Gronlund
  • Patent number: 9017485
    Abstract: An ice dispensing system includes an ice hopper structure including a plurality of walls having inner surfaces that define an inner volume storing ice therein. The ice hopper may include a drain. A cleaning structure is coupled to the ice hopper structure. The cleaning structure includes a pump linked to a spray mechanism positioned within the inner volume of the ice hopper structure. The spray mechanism disperses a liquid on an inner surface of the ice hopper structure during a cleaning cycle of the ice dispensing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittal Murthy, Jayateertha Malagi, Servesh Adderi Raganath, Matthew Kampert, Chris Zemko
  • Patent number: 9011607
    Abstract: An automated process for monitoring and controlling cleaning in a production area comprises tracking or identifying an object the production area, monitoring the movement of fluid in the production area, analyzing the interaction between the object and the fluid to determine a level of cleanliness achieved, and triggering an event based on at least one member selected from the group consisting of: (i) the interaction between the object or body part and the fluid or fluid-like medium and (ii) the level of cleanliness achieved. The event comprises at least one member selected from generating a report, activating an alarm, report, activating an alarm, inactivating equipment in the production area, and blocking access to at least a portion of the production area. The system employing a combination of computer(s), computer vision system(s), RFID tag(s), mechanical and electromechanical, chemical, electrical, or photonic device(s) to conduct the tracking, identifying, monitoring, and triggering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Nicholas De Luca, Koichi Sato
  • Patent number: 9006167
    Abstract: Provided is an aqueous cleaning composition comprising at least one surfactant, xanthan gum, and a carbonate salt, wherein the composition has a turbidity of less than 16 NTU. Also provided is a method of cleaning a substrate by applying the cleaning composition to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Georges Yianakopoulos, Jacques Noiret
  • Patent number: 8999071
    Abstract: Provided is a surfactant composition comprising an oligoglycerol compound of formula I, wherein R and m are as defined above. The compounds exhibit favorable surfactancy properties. Advantageously, the compounds may be prepared from renewable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Tulchinsky, Wanglin Yu, Sze S. Ng, Cynthia L. Rand
  • Publication number: 20150093543
    Abstract: The disclosure features blood compatible articles and methods of making the articles. The methods include providing a substrate and forming a rough surface on the substrate. The rough surface includes a plurality of three-dimensionally curved features each having a radius of curvature of less than about 50 nm. The surface includes a sufficient concentration of features per unit area to limit blood coagulation activity on the substrate and to limit the number of platelets that adhere to the surface when the substrate is exposed to blood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Takashi Kushida, Vincent M. Rotello