Processes Patents (Class 137/1)
  • Patent number: 11453347
    Abstract: A suction device including a casing having a central post extending through the casing. A flexible member is provided across a free end of the central post. One or more artificial muscles are housed within the casing and encircle the central post, each artificial muscle including a housing having a first wall and a second wall opposite the first wall. The housing having an electrode region adjacent an expandable fluid region, a dielectric fluid housed within the housing, and an electrode pair housed within the electrode region of the housing. The electrode pair includes a first electrode coupled to the first wall and a second electrode coupled to the second wall. The electrode pair is actuatable between a non-actuated state and an actuated state such that actuation from the non-actuated state to the actuated state directs the dielectric fluid into the expandable fluid region and deforms the flexible member to form a suction area at the free end of the central post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Michael P. Rowe, Jillian M. Jakubiec
  • Patent number: 11435257
    Abstract: A system and method for cleaning and inspecting ring frames is disclosed here. In one embodiment, a vacuum valve comprising at least one sealing O-ring; and a pressure monitoring tape on a mating surface on a vacuum processing chamber, wherein the pressure monitoring tape is configured to perform a pressure profile mapping between the mating surface on the vacuum processing chamber and a surface of the at least one sealing O-ring on the vacuum valve to determine a closing condition of the vacuum valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pei Cheng Chiu
  • Patent number: 11408639
    Abstract: A tankless water heater for RV includes a heat exchanger disposed in a housing with an inlet cold water line and an outlet hot water line extending outside a front side of the housing. A burner, disposed in an operative relationship with the heat exchanger, is provided for heating water flowing through the heat exchanger and an exhaust system induces is provided to move exhaust fumes out a vent duct. The tankless water heater for RV can be partially automated using a microprocessor, which can receive signals from various sensors mounted with the water heater and can send control signals to control one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: LIPPERT COMPONENTS MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Francesco Consadori, Jerry Rennert, Adrian Fernandez, Oscar Solis Marquez
  • Patent number: 11406811
    Abstract: A needleless injection port assembly includes first and second body parts and a resilient barrier received within the body. A cannula attached to the first body part is received within an internal cavity of the resilient barrier. The resilient barrier is moveable between a less axially compressed first position in which fluid flow through the injection port assembly is prevented and a more axially compressed second position in which fluid flow through the assembly is allowed. An interference fit is provided between the resilient barrier and the cannula to seal against fluid flow through the cannula when the resilient barrier is in the first position. The cannula has an internal fluid passageway with a non-circular cross section providing increased fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Dana Wm. Ryan, Anthony E. Ryherd, James M. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 11404976
    Abstract: An electrostatic machine employs a high dielectric fluid comprised of a dielectric liquid with suspended dielectric particles. Electrorheological effects are minimized through small particle sizes and steric coatings on those particles limiting the minimum particle-to-particle distance. Low particle volume densities provide greater torque density with managed reduced viscosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Daniel Colin Ludois, Daniel Klingenberg, Kevin Frankforter
  • Patent number: 11389841
    Abstract: A method and system for measuring, controlling, and recording flushing of a water distribution system (WDS) comprising each portion or subject WDS piping, by measuring, controlling and recording the selected flow rate ranges of water into and out of. The selected volume of water utilized into and out of the WDS piping can then be measured, controlled and recorded. The flow rate and volume of water into and out of the WDS piping can then be selected for each maintenance event protocol and used to determine the condition of the WDS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Don Morrison
  • Patent number: 11383032
    Abstract: A method for performing a continuous infusion process includes delivering a first fluid through a first delivery line at a first flow rate using a first infusion device in a first phase, and delivering a second fluid through a second delivery line at a second flow rate using a second infusion device in a second phase following the first phase. A relay device connected to said first and second delivery lines configured to discharge first or second fluid to an outlet delivery line connected to the relay device, the outlet delivery line having a predefined delivery volume. Subsequent to the delivery of the first fluid in the first phase, the second infusion device in an intermediate phase is operated for a predetermined delivery time to deliver the second fluid at the first flow rate, the predetermined delivery time determined taking the predefined delivery volume into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Fresenius Vial SAS
    Inventors: Maxime Buriat, Alexandre Guerrini
  • Patent number: 11384432
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for processing a substrate are provided herein. In some embodiments, a substrate processing chamber includes: a chamber body; a chamber lid assembly having a housing enclosing a central channel that extends along a central axis and has an upper portion and a lower portion; a lid plate coupled to the housing and having a contoured bottom surface that extends downwardly and outwardly from a central opening coupled to the lower portion of the central channel to a peripheral portion of the lid plate; and a gas distribution plate disposed below the lid plate and having a plurality of apertures disposed through the gas distribution plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Muhammad M. Rasheed, Srinivas Gandikota, Mario Dan Sanchez, Guoqiang Jian, Yixiong Yang, Deepak Jadhav, Ashutosh Agarwal
  • Patent number: 11378109
    Abstract: A method of controlling an electro-hydraulic actuator (101). An electric voltage applied to the actuator (101) is established by superimposing a control variable with an oscillatory signal. A hydraulic pressure, influenced by the actuator (101), is measured. The oscillatory signal is adapted as a function of the measured hydraulic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Sebastian Steidle
  • Patent number: 11371027
    Abstract: Provided is a method for replicating a mirror nucleic acid, comprising: reacting a mirror nucleic acid template, a mirror nucleic acid primer and mirror dNTPs/rNTPs in the presence of a mirror nucleic acid polymerase, so as to obtain the mirror nucleic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Tsinghua University
    Inventors: Ting Zhu, Lei Liu, Weiliang Xu, Zimou Wang, Wenjun Jiang, Jiaxing Wang, Linping Yu
  • Patent number: 11348769
    Abstract: Implementations described herein provide for thermal substrate processing apparatus including two thermal process chambers, each defining a process volume, and a substrate support disposed within each process volume. One or more remote plasma sources may be in fluid communication with the process volumes and the remote plasma sources may be configured to deliver a plasma to the process volumes. Various arrangements of remote plasma sources and chambers are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Lara Hawrylchak, Matthew D. Scotney-Castle, Norman L. Tam, Matthew Spuller, Kong Lung Samuel Chan, Dongming Iu, Stephen Moffatt
  • Patent number: 11318262
    Abstract: Described is a medical adapter assembly comprising an end including a neuraxial fitting that is not directly connectable to a standard luer fitting, an opposing end including a fitting connectable to an intravenous medical device, and a check valve that allows fluid flow from the end with the standard luer fitting to the end with the neuraxial fitting, but prevents fluid flow from the end with the neuraxial fitting to the end with the standard luer fitting. Methods of using the medical adapter assembly and kits containing the medical adapter assembly are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Matthew Biggers, John Di Ubaldi, Paul P. Marici
  • Patent number: 11299871
    Abstract: A method for testing for a possible water leak in at least a part of a water system, comprising: closing all known water usage taps (42) within the part of the water system to be tested; closing at least one stop cock (14) or valve of the water system to isolate the part of the water system from its replacement water source (12) (or sources), and any external replacement pressure source (or sources); and then a) detecting a first pressure P0 within the isolated part of the water system at a sensor (62, 48) connected to the part of the water system, waiting a period of time t and then detecting a second pressure within the isolated part of the water system at that sensor (62, 48); and b) releasing a volume of water VR from the water system out of the isolated part of the water system via a vent (42) in the isolated part of the water system, before then closing the vent (42), step b) further comprising detecting the pressures either side of that release at that sensor (62, 48); using the pressure drop caused by
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: HOMESERVE PLC
    Inventors: Samuel Bailey, Philip Yorke, Richard Lawrence
  • Patent number: 11299878
    Abstract: A vacuum sewage system includes a sump pit for receiving sewage, a valve pit, a valve, a sensor-controller, a first sensor pipe, a sump breather and a second sensor pipe. The sensor-controller activates the valve so as to discharge sewage from the sump pit. The first sensor pipe communicates pressure to the sensor-controller as the level of sewage rises within the sump pit. The second sensor pipe communicates pressure to the sump breather to move the sump breather from a first state to a second state to prevent sewage from entering the sensor-controller and valve. Alternatively, the system may be provided with a single sensor pipe that communicates pressure to both the sensor-controller and to the sump breather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Aqseptence Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Grooms, Troy E. Blocher
  • Patent number: 11292710
    Abstract: A fluid management system includes a fluid management controller and a fluid dispenser. The controller authorizes control of the one or more fluid management components over a wireless interface. A dispensing meter can be activated by an authentication device. The fluid meter includes a cartridge valve with a valve cartridge and a valve stem. The cartridge valve guides the valve stem and provides the only sealing surface for the dynamic seals and control seal disposed on the valve stem. The handheld meter dispenses through a nozzle, which includes an overmolded stem tip that generates a laminar fluid flow as the fluid exits the nozzle. The handheld fluid meter includes circuitry configured to invert the orientation of a visual output provided by a display of the handheld fluid meter to facilitate installation of the handheld fluid meter for use in an oil bar application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Paar, Bradley G. Kahler, Chad G. Igo, Gregory D. Sieckert, Mark L. Bauck, James R. Ebben, David J. Lorden, Michael E. Bloom, Shane A. Norman, Anthony J. Kuschel, Glenn E. Highland
  • Patent number: 11294366
    Abstract: A monitoring system that monitors a steam-using facility includes a temperature sensor that is a trap temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of a steam trap provided in a steam discharge unit and/or a steam temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of steam flowing into the steam trap and a pressure sensor configured to detect a pressure of steam flowing into the steam trap. The monitoring system determines that there is an occurrence of an abnormality or a sign of the abnormality in the steam trap when (i) a temperature detection value obtained by the temperature sensor and/or statistical temperature data obtained by performing statistical processing on the temperature detection value deviates from a predetermined criterion thereof and (ii) a pressure detection value obtained by the pressure sensor and/or statistical pressure data obtained by performing statistical processing on the pressure detection value deviates from a predetermined criterion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: TLV Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuki Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 11278891
    Abstract: Example fluidic channels for microfluidic devices are disclosed. In examples disclosed herein, an example microfluidic device includes a body having a microfluidic network. The microfluidic network includes a main fluid channel to transport a biological fluid from a first cavity of the microfluidic network to a second cavity of the microfluidic network. An auxiliary fluid channel is in fluid communication with to the main fluid channel. The auxiliary fluid channel has a first end and a second end. The first end is in fluid communication with the main fluid channel and the second end is spaced from the main fluid channel. A fluid actuator is positioned in the auxiliary fluid channel to induce fluid flow in the main fluid channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexander Govyadinov, Erik D. Torniainen, Pavel Kornilovich, David P. Markel
  • Patent number: 11267021
    Abstract: There is provided a gas cluster processing device for performing a predetermined process on a workpiece by irradiating the workpiece with a gas cluster, including: a processing container in which the workpiece is disposed; a gas supply part configured to supply a gas for generating the gas cluster; a flow rate controller configured to control a flow rate of the gas supplied from the gas supply part; a cluster nozzle configured to receive the gas for generating the gas cluster at a predetermined supply pressure, spray the gas into the processing container maintained in a vacuum state, and convert the gas into the gas cluster through an adiabatic expansion; and a pressure control part provided in a pipe between the flow rate controller and the cluster nozzle and including a back pressure controller configured to control a supply pressure of the gas for generating the gas cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignees: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, IWATANI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Dobashi, Takehiko Orii, Yukimasa Saito, Kunihiko Koike, Takehiko Senoo, Koichi Izumi, Yu Yoshino, Tadashi Shojo, Keita Kanehira
  • Patent number: 11266931
    Abstract: An in-tank filter bowl with a de-aeration shroud for a hydraulic or oil reservoir includes an outlet shroud surrounding the filter bowl outlet at a proximal end thereof and having a shroud fluid outlet at a distal end thereof with a larger opening than an opening of the filter bowl outlet. The outlet shroud may be formed as or include a diverging member surrounding the filter bowl outlet at a proximal end thereof and having a diverging member fluid outlet at a distal end thereof, wherein the member diverges from the proximal end to the distal end thereof. The outlet shroud may further include a central deflector positioned within the diverging member and combining with the diverging member to form an annular passage to the diverging member fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SCHROEDER INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher B. Bortnik, Jan L. R. Clatty, Preston L. Gealy, Kaleab Habtemariam, Alex J Lippai
  • Patent number: 11261887
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of fluid process systems and discloses a manifold system for fluid delivery. The system comprises a first set of Solenoid Operated Valves (SOVs), a second set of SOVs, a plurality of isolating valves, at least one first shuttle valve, and at least one redundant shuttle valve. Each set of SOVs includes at least two SOVs arranged in parallel. The SOVs together form a series-parallel redundancy. Each isolating valve is coupled to an SOV and facilitates hot swapping of that SOV. The redundant shuttle valves provide redundancy to the first shuttle valve and facilitate the flow of a fluid from each of the first set of SOVs to each of the second set of SOVs, thereby promoting system safety and availability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: ASCO Numatics (India) Private Limited
    Inventors: Lakshmikantha Rudrapatna Janardana, Senthil Ashokkumar, Soundharrajan Sachidanandam, Nilesh Puntambekar
  • Patent number: 11255455
    Abstract: A bistable solenoid valve device for a fluid system is provided. The bistable solenoid valve device comprises a bistable solenoid valve. The bistable solenoid valve comprises a permanent magnet. The bistable solenoid valve further comprises an armature displaceable between a first armature position and a second armature position. The bistable solenoid valve further comprises a first switching coil for energization for a displacement of the armature into the first armature position. The bistable solenoid valve further comprises a second switching coil for energization for a displacement of the armature into the second armature position. The bistable solenoid valve further comprises an evaluation device adapted to measure an induced coil voltage, an induced coil current, or both the induced coil voltage and the induced coil current, at one or more of the non-energized switching coils. The evaluation device is further adapted to assess a switching behavior of the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZF CV SYSTEMS EUROPE BV
    Inventors: Andreas Goers, Andreas Teichmann
  • Patent number: 11230829
    Abstract: A mixing valve that includes a housing having a first outlet, a second outlet, and a mixing chamber; a first flow control valve for controlling flow through the first outlet to the mixing chamber; and a second flow control valve for controlling flow through the second outlet to the mixing chamber; wherein the housing has a length dimension, a width dimension, and a thickness dimension, and the largest of these dimensions is no more than approximately 65 millimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Patent number: 11220702
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a reaction and a reaction system are provided. The reaction system includes at least one vessel for the reaction medium, which is in fluid communication with an injection tube; at least one vessel for a carrier fluid that is immiscible with the reaction medium, which is in fluid communication with a reaction tube; the injection tube being mounted so as to lead into the reaction tube such that individual drops of the reaction medium can be injected into the reaction tube and into the immiscible carrier fluid, so as to form a train of reaction chambers; at least one detector for monitoring a reaction; a means for classifying the reaction chambers; and at least one means for recirculating reaction chambers in front of at least one detector for monitoring a reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignees: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Sorbonne Université
    Inventors: Jérôme Bibette, Pascal Panizza, Nicolas Bremond, Fabien Bertholle, Jean Marie Baudry, Larysa Baraban, Laurent Boitard
  • Patent number: 11220706
    Abstract: The disclosure provides methods and systems for analyzing fluid samples comprising obtaining fluid samples in at least one cavity of a substrate and introducing also buffers and/or reagents in the cavity, performing nucleic acid extraction and/or purification in the cavity, and performing nucleic acid amplification in the same cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: IMEC vzw
    Inventors: Tim Stakenborg, Paolo Fiorini
  • Patent number: 11221082
    Abstract: An air valve assembly for use with inflatable articles is provided. The air valve assembly includes a valve base (10), a valve body (20), an inflation adapter (30), a plug (40) and a fixing ring (50). The air valve assembly provides for inflation of the inflatable article through two different sized air passages, allowing inflation by multiple sizes of air inflation hoses or nozzles. The air valve assembly also provides for quick deflation of the inflatable article through a third and larger sized air passage. The configuration of the air valve assembly may be easily changed by hand without the need for tools, allowing for easy and efficient inflation or deflation of the inflatable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: BESTWAY INFLATABLES & MATERIAL CORP.
    Inventors: Shuiyong Huang, Wanbin Qiu, Qiao Zhao
  • Patent number: 11221098
    Abstract: A conduit locking device includes a housing having a first end, a second end, and a sidewall disposed between the first end and the second end. The conduit locking device may further include a slide engaged with the sidewall of the housing, the slide including an extension arm and an end portion structurally configured to engage with an inner wall of a conduit. The slide may be extendable via the extension arm from a first position substantially adjacent to the sidewall of the housing to a second position disposed away from the sidewall of the housing, where, when in the second position, the slide is configured to retain the conduit locking device at a fixed position within the conduit through the engagement of the end portion with the inner wall of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Scott Lock Company
    Inventor: Barry M. Scott
  • Patent number: 11214018
    Abstract: The invention relates to micro-channeled and/or nano-channeled polymer compositions for structural and thermal insulation composites and methods of preparing the same. The composites can be tailored to achieve desired mechanical and thermal insulation properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: South Dakota Board of Regents
    Inventors: Eric D. Schmid, David R. Salem
  • Patent number: 11209377
    Abstract: A technique to characterize moisture in a dielectric layer of a printed circuit board is provided. A method comprises applying a test signal to test circuitry comprising a test capacitor that is formed with the dielectric layer of the printed circuit board; measuring at least one characteristic of a least one of signal transmission and signal reflection from the test circuitry; and determining, from the at least one measured characteristic, at least one parameter value indicative of moisture content in the dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Andrew Wireless Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Rauwolf, Patrick Braun
  • Patent number: 11209396
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide a method and system for removing water build-up in a hydrocarbon storage tank. An oil-water interface sensor is located in the hydrocarbon storage tank and includes a first probe and a second probe. The first probe is located at a bottom portion of the hydrocarbon storage tank. The first probe generates a first input data stream. The second probe is located above the first probe. The second probe generates a second input data stream. The first and second input data streams are processed to determine a vertical displacement of an oil-water interface, which is compared against a predetermined value. An output data stream responsive to the comparison is generated including instructions to maintain a controllable valve either in an open position or in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Fawaz Alhadlaq, Fawaz A. Alsahan, Omar Z. Alzayed
  • Patent number: 11188689
    Abstract: A method includes placing a downhole acquisition tool in a wellbore in a geological formation containing a reservoir fluid. The method includes performing downhole fluid analysis using the downhole acquisition tool to determine at least one measurement of the reservoir fluid. The method includes using a processor to estimate at least one fluid component property by using an equation of state based at least in part on the at least one measurement of the reservoir fluid and to simulate a diffusion process using a diffusion model that takes into account the at least one estimated fluid property to generate a composition path. The method includes using a processor to estimate one or more phase envelopes based in part on the at least one fluid property and compare the one or more phase envelopes with the composition path. The method includes outputting a visualization identify potential areas of asphaltene instability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Youxiang Zuo, Shu Pan, Yi Chen, Kang Wang, Oliver C. Mullins
  • Patent number: 11180979
    Abstract: A jumper manifold for use in a fracing system including a first outlet interface for coupling to a first outlet line, a second outlet interface for coupling to a second outlet line, and an inlet interface for coupling to an inlet line carrying a slurry under pressure. A jumper, in a first configuration, couples the inlet interface with the first outlet interface for transporting slurry from the inlet line to the first outlet line while isolating the second outlet line. The jumper, in a second configuration, couples the inlet interface with the second outlet interface for transporting slurry from the inlet line to the second outlet line while isolating the first outlet line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: QUARTER TURN PRESSURE CONTROL, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Leuchtenberg, Travis Harrel, Glen H. Cuiper, J. Chambers Hall
  • Patent number: 11167255
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes methods of making a brine solution that include recirculating brine solution to a salt and water hopper from a holding tank. The present disclosure also includes an apparatus for making a solution that includes at least one nozzle assembly positioned inside the lower half of a hopper. The at least one nozzle assembly includes a manifold having at least two nozzles spaced apart. Each nozzle has one or more nozzle outlets that are directed away from the bottom of the hopper (e.g., toward the top of the hopper).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cargill, Incorporated
    Inventors: Anthony Quinn Hensley, Bill Miller, Chet Womack
  • Patent number: 11143320
    Abstract: A water path control valve structure for flushing the toilet lid, which is divided into upper and lower valve parts, including a valve body, a linkage valve core and a sealing component. The sealing component is installed on the linkage valve core, and the linkage valve core is arranged in the hollow valve body and one end of the linkage valve core extends out of the valve body. The linkage valve core includes an upper valve core and a lower valve core arranged coaxially, and one end of the upper valve core extends out of the valve body. The upper and lower valve cores are respectively installed with the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Xi Long
  • Patent number: 11142635
    Abstract: Silane-crosslinkable polymeric compositions comprising a polyolefin having hydrolyzable silane groups, an acidic silanol condensation catalyst, and a phenolic antioxidant. The phenolic antioxidant has a phenol-based moiety fused with a cyclic ether where the oxygen atom of the cyclic ether is located in the para position relative to the hydroxyl group of the phenol-based moiety. Such crosslinkable polymeric compositions can be employed in various articles of manufacture, such as in the wire and cable industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Dachao Li, Jessica D. Drazba, Manish Talreja, Jeffrey M. Cogen, Timothy J. Person, Paul J. Caronia
  • Patent number: 11118997
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting water leaks using a security and/or automation system includes receiving total water usage data for a home, receiving water usage data for known sources in the home, receiving occupancy data for at least one occupant in the home, and determining a water leak based at least in part on the total water usage data, water usage data for known sources, and occupancy data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Bunker, Thomas Colby Winegar, Rongbin Lanny Lin
  • Patent number: 11105779
    Abstract: A pressure system for liquid chromatography allows multiple fluid lines to be driven in parallel by a single pump. A fluid pressure medium supply provides fluid pressure to the system. The fluid pressure medium supply is connected to a plurality of fluid transfer pipes, each with a flow limiter. The fluid pressure medium supply is configured to provided more flow than the flow limiters combined, and excess flow is either diverted with a pressure limiter or reduced with a pressure adjuster, or both. Further layers of pressure and flow control may be added with additional pressure limiters and/or pressure adjusters and flow limiters connected together. In some cases, multiple lines containing different fluids may be driven by the same pressure source through the use of flexible fluid delivery inner containers, each within a rigid container that is pressurized by the pressure source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Longyuan Mei, Longzhi Mei, Longyu Mei
  • Patent number: 11099587
    Abstract: A waste oil transfer system includes a system controller configured to determine the authorization status of a waste oil transfer request. The system controller requests a current fluid level in a storage tank from a tank level monitor mounted on the storage tank. The tank level monitor is configured to generate current fluid level information and provide that information to the system controller. The system controller determines the available space in the storage tank and compares the available space to the transfer volume to determine if the storage tank can receive the transfer volume. The system controller then activates a pump to initiate the transfer if the system controller determines that the transfer is authorized or denies the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Bauck
  • Patent number: 11092290
    Abstract: An amount Y of liquid hydrogen that has passed through a first valve and has been volatilized during a predetermined time after first and second valves are opened is calculated by using a pressure P0 in an internal space of a liquid hydrogen tank measured before the two valves are opened, a pressure P1 in the internal space measured after the lapse of the predetermined time since the two valves are opened, and an amount X of the gaseous hydrogen that has passed through the second valve during the predetermined time. A fluid level H of the liquid hydrogen in the liquid hydrogen tank after the lapse of the predetermined time since the two valves are opened is calculated by using a expression showing a relationship between the H and an amount Y1 of the liquid hydrogen that passes through the first valve and drops therefrom, and the Y.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takaaki Takahashi, Osamu Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11084586
    Abstract: An intermittent fluid delivery system includes a fill tank and a batch tank which is connected to the fill tank via a first pump and a first hose. The fill tank holds a first quantity of fluid. The batch tank holds a second quantity of fluid, which is lesser than the first quantity. The first pump delivers fluid from the fill tank to the batch tank. A second pump delivers fluid from the batch tank to a receiving tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: AERO SPECIALTIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Sheehan, Derek Rose, Paul Streufert, Robert Byars
  • Patent number: 11084594
    Abstract: A system includes a turbo pump that converts a compressed gas into power, and a storage tank configured to store the compressed gas. The system also includes a fire suppression control valve configured to be coupled between the storage tank and a cargo compartment of the aircraft and having a closed position in which the compressed gas is prevented from flowing to the cargo compartment and an open position in which the compressed gas flows to the cargo compartment to suppress a fire. The system also includes a pump control valve configured to be coupled between the turbo pump and the storage tank and having a closed position in which the compressed gas is prevented from flowing to the turbo pump and an open position in which the compressed gas flows to the turbo pump to cause the turbo pump to convert the compressed gas into the power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KIDDE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Richard A. Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 11079038
    Abstract: An actuator for use in a control valve assembly that has a structure amenable to manufacture. The actuator may comprise a housing comprising a plurality of walls secured to one another with fasteners to form an interior cavity, a torque hub disposed in the interior cavity, the torque hub comprising a torque body and a torque arm that are releasably engaged with one another via fasteners, each of the torque body and the torque arm having interfacing geometry that defines surfaces that engage with opposing surfaces on the other; and a load generator coupled with the torque hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Dresser, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Louis Johanning, Mark David Kaczmarek, Abdul Raoof Mohamed, Jayesh K Shah, Casey Michael Stockbridge, Orie Woodman Van Doran
  • Patent number: 11073147
    Abstract: A measurement of the pressure of hydraulic fluid in a fluid working machine can be determined from the timing of the movement of valves which selectively seal a working chamber of cyclically varying volume from a fluid gallery. The timing of opening of a low pressure valve, to connect a working chamber to a low pressure fluid gallery, following the closure of a high pressure valve to seal a working chamber can be used to estimate the pressure in the high pressure fluid gallery at the moment of closure of the high pressure valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Brett, Peter McCurry
  • Patent number: 11066813
    Abstract: A water management system effective for managing and metering water usage and detecting and reducing water leaks is described herein. The water management system can detect a leak when a volume of water flow or change in water pressure detected by a water meter of the system is uncharacteristic for a given day and time of day at the node. Upon detecting the leak, the system alerts the user, and in some situations, remotely shuts off a water supply to preemptively address a water leakage issue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SAYA LIFE, INC.
    Inventors: Sanjay Poojary, Yadvender Singh Kalsi, Noorali Lakhani
  • Patent number: 11065588
    Abstract: A fluid processing method with which processing properties of fluids to be processed can be effectively controlled. Processing surfaces which are capable of being brought closer to each other and being separated from each other, and which rotate relatively are provided. A fluid to be processed is made to pass from inside to outside in a processing area between the processing surfaces to obtain a fluid thin film, and the resultant fluid thin film of the fluid to be processed is subjected to processing. Processing properties are controlled by changing the ratio of the distance to an outer peripheral end from a centre of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: M. TECHNIQUE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Enomura
  • Patent number: 11058813
    Abstract: An intravenous (IV) set system comprising a primary IV set having a plurality of access points facilitating access to one or more fluid pathways of the primary IV set, and an IV extension set removably coupled to the primary IV set to form an extended primary IV set, the IV extension set comprising an extension flow line defining an extension flow path, and a plurality of access ports on the extension flow line, at least two of the access ports comprising access ports located between first and second ends of the IV extension set. The IV set system further comprises a bypass manifold externally and removably coupled to the extension flow line of the IV extension set via the intermediate access ports on the extension flow line, the bypass manifold comprising a bypass flow line adjacent the extension flow line, and one or more access points that facilitate access to the bypass flow line, wherein the bypass manifold and the bypass flow line are operable to provide a bypass flow path through the IV extension so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Somnus Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Lucas Reichert, Edwin T. Bulloch, Anthony Clark Harward
  • Patent number: 11045805
    Abstract: Microfluidic systems and methods for arranging a set of objects. In an exemplary method, the set of objects may be transported in carrier fluid along a microfluidic channel structure having a reformatting zone including an object-accessible region and at least one object-excluding region. A portion of the carrier fluid may be moved from the object-accessible region to the at least one object-excluding region in an upstream section of the reformatting zone, to reduce a spacing of objects of the set. The portion of the carrier fluid may be directed into the object-accessible region from the at least one object-excluding region in a downstream section of the reformatting zone, to increase a spacing of objects of the set. The steps of moving and directing in combination may increase the spacing between objects disproportionately for a subset of the objects that are closest to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Lung-Hsin Hung, Robert Meltzer, Lucas Frenz
  • Patent number: 11042027
    Abstract: Described herein are plasma generation devices and methods of use of the devices. The devices can be used for the cleaning of various surfaces and/or for inhibiting or preventing the accumulation of particulates, such as dust, or moisture on various surfaces. The devices can be used to remove dust and other particulate contaminants from solar panels and windows, or to avoid or minimize condensation on various surfaces. In an embodiment a plasma generation device is provided. The plasma generation device can comprise: a pair of electrodes positioned in association with a surface of a dielectric substrate. The pair of electrodes can comprise a first electrode and a second electrode. The first electrode and second electrode can be of different sizes, one of the electrodes being smaller than the other of the electrodes. The first electrode and second electrode can be separated by a distance and electrically connected to a voltage source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Marios Neophytou, Deanna A. Lacoste, Mindaugas Kirkus
  • Patent number: 11041299
    Abstract: A method of installing a trough or trench for containing a cryogenic spill, includes the step of constructing multiple precast concrete sections at a first location, each section having a bottom wall and spaced apart side walls connected to and extending up from the bottom wall. Each section has end portions that enable connection to another concrete section. The method includes (at the first location), preparing multiple panels of polymeric concrete material by filling one or more molds with a slurry or liquid polymeric concrete material and after time allowing the material to cure and harden. At the first location, one or more of the panels is adhered to the bottom wall and side walls of each concrete section using an adhesive. After adhering of the panels to the concrete sections, the concrete sections are transported from the first location to a second location that is remote from the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: WASKEY BRIDGES, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen G. Benton, Jr., Benjamin Owens, Charlie Belsom, Kevin Babin, Jon Gary
  • Patent number: 11032964
    Abstract: An agricultural implement including a toolbar, a plurality of row units connected to the toolbar, and a pneumatic seeding system. The pneumatic seeding system includes at least one storage tank configured for storing the particulate matter, a plurality of fluid lines fluidly interconnecting the at least one storage tank with each row unit of the plurality of row units, a fan fluidly connected to the at least one storage tank and to the plurality of fluid lines, and at least one pinch valve fluidly coupled to at least one fluid line of the plurality of fluid lines for adjustably balancing a respective airstream within the at least one fluid line of the plurality of fluid lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: James W. Henry, Scott D. Noble
  • Patent number: 11022222
    Abstract: A control valve is provided for a fluid treatment apparatus, including a housing with at least one cylinder defining a fluid flow path in the apparatus, each cylinder having an associated reciprocating piston valve. The valve includes a first piston valve half; a second piston valve half complementary to the first piston valve half; and a resilient seal constructed and arranged for being sandwiched between the first and second piston valve halves. The first piston valve half is constructed and arranged for engaging the cylinder before the second piston valve half, and having an exterior peripheral edge defined by a plurality of peripherally spaced teeth creating flow spaces between the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: CULLIGAN INTERNATIONAL COMPANY
    Inventors: Eugene Boglio, Doug Anderson, Adam Sloma, Lonnie Webb, Harkirat Sahni, Bill Lathouris