Fluid Cleaning Or Flushing Patents (Class 137/15.04)
  • Patent number: 10337351
    Abstract: A piping system of a steam turbine plant includes: a piping member including a first pipe section including a first passage, a second pipe section including a second passage, a connection section arranged between the first pipe section and the second pipe section and including a connection passage that connects the first passage and the second passage, and a third pipe section including a third passage connected with the connection passage through an opening, the first pipe section being supplied with steam; a steam stop valve connected with the third pipe section; and a turbine bypass valve connected with the second pipe section. An angle made by a first central axis and a second central axis is larger than an angle made by the first central axis and a third central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Daiki Fujimura, Ayumu Kuroshima
  • Patent number: 9556713
    Abstract: Generally, the present disclosure is directed to systems that may be used to facilitate the retrieval and/or replacement of production and/or processing equipment that may be used for subsea oil and gas operations. In one illustrative embodiment, a method is disclosed that includes, among other things, removing at least a portion of trapped production fluid (101a, 101b) from subsea equipment (100) while the subsea equipment (100) is connected to a subsea equipment installation (185) in a subsea environment (180), and storing at least the removed portion of the trapped production fluid (101a, 101b) in a subsea containment structure (120, 120a, 120b, 132) that is positioned in the subsea environment (180). Additionally, the disclosed method also includes disconnecting the subsea equipment (100) from the subsea equipment installation (185) and retrieving the subsea equipment (100) from the subsea environment (180).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Williams, Thomas L. Hergarden, Howard J. Hartley, Andrei Strikovski, Eric Randall Smedstad, Harold Brian Skeels, John D. Dafler, Jr., Jimmy D. Andrews
  • Patent number: 9370802
    Abstract: In a method of cleaning and sterilizing an ultrapure water manufacturing system including an ultrapure water manufacturing apparatus, a point of use of ultrapure water, and an ultrapure water channel connecting the ultrapure water manufacturing apparatus and the point of use, a cleaning and sterilizing process including an alkali cleaning step for cleaning at least part of the inside of the system with alkaline solution and a sterilizing step for sterilizing the system with sterile water after the alkali cleaning is treated twice or more. By treating the cleaning and sterilizing process twice or more, metals, organic substances, particles, and bacteria inside the ultrapure water manufacturing system can be highly efficiently removed, and thereby ultrapure water satisfying required water quality can be produced within a short period of time after the cleaning and sterilizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: KURITA WATER INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventor: Ikunori Yokoi
  • Patent number: 9289953
    Abstract: A tire repair device, which has a container for containing the tire repair fluid and a securing jig therefor, is characterized in that the securing jig is configured by coupling a securing portion, which holds the container in a predetermined direction, to a step plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Takahara
  • Publication number: 20150136240
    Abstract: Method for cleaning the conveying pipe of a pneumatic material conveying system, such as of a waste conveying system, and/or for conveying material that is in the piping, in which method at least one cleaning member is fed into a conveying pipe, and a pressure difference is achieved in the pipe and under the influence of the pressure difference the cleaning member is brought to move for cleaning the pipe, and/or for conveying material, in the conveying pipe section intended to be cleaned. In the method a cleaning member or a combination of a number of cleaning members is moved in the conveying piping, and that the cleaning member or combination of a number of cleaning members is connected to a transmission member, with which the movement of the cleaning member or combination of a number of cleaning members in the conveying piping is limited or guided. The object of the invention is also a cleaning apparatus and a system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: MARICAP OY
    Inventor: Göran Sundholm
  • Publication number: 20150136238
    Abstract: An apparatus connects first and second conduits that convey a flow of gas. The apparatus includes a first flange element fixed to the first conduit, and a second flange element fixed to the second conduit. The flange elements are coupled together to permit fluid communication in an internal environment between the first and second conduits. At least one port is intermediate the flange elements to deliver a flow of purge gas therebetween. The at least one port may be located within a purge gas channel arranged in one of the flange elements. A pressure gradient of the flow of purge gas may substantially prevent at least one of fluid egress from the internal environment and fluid ingress from an external environment. Purge gas distribution systems and related methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Hatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Trovant, Mirza Ridwanul Haque, Maher Al-Dojayli, Predrag Jokovic, Hamidreza Ghorbani, Sandeep Suryakant Bhavsar, Bosko Madic
  • Publication number: 20150136239
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic device manufacturing system is provided that includes introducing an inert gas into a process tool vacuum pump at a first flow rate while the process tool is operating in a process mode; and introducing the inert gas into the process tool vacuum pump at a second flow rate while the process tool is operating in a clean mode. Numerous other embodiments are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel O. Clark, Phil Chandler, Jay J. Jung
  • Publication number: 20150129047
    Abstract: Powder and deposition control in a throttle valve includes nozzle inserts in the valve body that form annular plenums and annular nozzles for injecting annular flows of cleaning gas adjacent to the inside wall surface of the valve body for cleaning powders and depositions off surfaces in the valve body and off the closure member of the throttle valve. The annular flows of cleaning gas can be in intermittent, periodic, or in pulsed bursts or at a steady-state flow rates to dislodge powder particles stuck to the inside surface of the throttle valve, to etch or reactively clean solid deposits, or to prevent or minimize build-up of powder particles or solid deposits in the throttle valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: MKS INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Youfan Gu, Matthew C. Grout
  • Patent number: 9027582
    Abstract: A flush adaptor for use with a valve fitment assembly for dispensing liquids from a container; wherein the flush adaptor comprises an outer ring-collar; a flange with an edge molded to the bottom of the outer ring-collar; an interior ring-collar adjacent to the outer ring-collar; a ridge molded in the interior ring-collar; a seat molded onto the interior ring-collar and a pin molded into the interior ring-collar which keeps the valve in an open position; and a hollow tube molded into the adaptor to allow the flow of liquid through the adaptor and into the fitment assembly; whereby the flush adaptor allows for cleaning of the assembly and any tubes connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James Johnson
  • Patent number: 8991414
    Abstract: A method for removing blood from an extracorporeal blood circuit of a treatment apparatus for the extracorporeal blood treatment of a patient following termination of a blood treatment session, wherein the treatment apparatus includes at least one extracorporeal blood circuithaving a conduit interior; at least one blood pump for conveying blood inside the conduit interior of the extracorporeal blood circuit; and at least one substitute pumpfor introducing or conveying at least one substituate fluid inside the conduit interior of the extracorporeal blood circuit. The method comprises feeding of air into the conduit interior of the extracorporeal blood circuit by operating the blood pump, and introducing substituate fluid into the conduit interior of the extracorporeal blood circuitby operating the substitute pump. In addition, a suitable apparatus is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Soeren Gronau, Goetz Guenther, Juergen Haecker
  • Publication number: 20150034170
    Abstract: A fire protection sprinkler system and method of inerting a fire protection sprinkler system includes connecting an inerting system to the piping network of a fire protection sprinkler system having a piping network and at least one sprinkler head connected with the piping network. The inerting system includes an inert gas source that is adapted to supply inert gas to the piping network and an inerting gas vent assembly. The gas vent assembly has a gas vent adapted to discharge gas, a solenoid and a control. The solenoid is adapted to selectively open the gas vent and to close the gas vent. The gas vent discharges gas when the solenoid opens the gas vent and does not discharge gas when the solenoid closes the gas vent. The control is adapted to operate the solenoid in a manner that allows the gas vent to discharge gas for a limited amount of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicants: HOLTEC GAS SYSTEMS, LLC, ENGINEERED CORROSION SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Kochelek, Kenneth Nmi Jones, Adam H. Hilton
  • Publication number: 20150000759
    Abstract: A storage facility includes a controller for monitoring a supply state of the inactive gas for the plurality of storage sections and for controlling the plurality of supply amount adjusting devices. The controller is configured to monitor the supply state of the inactive gas for the plurality of storage sections by dividing the plurality of storage sections into a plurality of monitoring areas, and to control a plurality of supply amount adjusting devices such that the supply state of the inactive gas supplied to the storage sections belonging to each of the plurality of monitoring areas satisfies a set restricting condition defined in advance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Masahiro Takahara, Toshihito Ueda
  • Publication number: 20150000760
    Abstract: An apparatus for insertion in an enclosed space, including: a tube with: first and second substantially straight portions including first and second ends of the tube, respectively; and a curved portion connecting the first and second portions. The apparatus includes: a plurality of nested segments at least partially disposed within the first substantially straight portion of the tube and connected to the first substantially straight portion; and a first actuator engageable with the tube to displace the first and second substantially straight portions of the tube into and out of the enclosed space through an opening into the enclosed space. The tube is arranged to accept a hose passing through the tube, and a distal segment from the plurality of nested segments is connectable to the hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Gerald P. Zink
  • Patent number: 8919366
    Abstract: An improved electromechanical apparatus for injecting or purging fluids on demand is disclosed. Also disclosed are systems and methods for using the apparatus, including automatic fertilizer injection/injecting and water line purging systems for use in lawn maintenance. The apparatus can be located in a main water line before the distribution valves of an irrigation system, for example, where it can be activated or deactivated without interfering with the normal usage of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Dunn
  • Publication number: 20140373929
    Abstract: A wiping device has a wiping section that relatively moves along the nozzle surface, and the wiping section has: a curved surface in which a bulge is continuously formed along the identification line; a guiding section disposed such that the bulge faces the nozzle surface; a gas jetting port that applies gas to the curved surface; and a gas suction port that sucks the gas ejected from the gas jetting port and guided along the curved surface, wherein, as viewed from the direction perpendicular to the nozzle surface, the identification line which is the set of upper end points on the bulge on the curved surface intersects with the edges of the nozzle surface at an oblique angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Kazuki Fukada, Teiichi Kimura
  • Publication number: 20140366953
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for particle reduction in throttle gate valves used in substrate process chambers are provided herein. In some embodiments, a gate valve for use in a process chamber includes a body having an opening disposed therethrough from a first surface to an opposing second surface of the body; a pocket extending into the body from a sidewall of the opening; a gate movably disposed within the pocket between a closed position that seals the opening and an open position that reveals the opening and disposes the gate completely within the pocket; and a plurality of gas ports disposed in the gate valve configured to direct a gas flow into a portion of the gate valve fluidly coupled to the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: JARED AHMAD LEE, DMITRY LUBOMIRSKY, MARTIN JEFF SALINAS, ANDREW NGUYEN, TOM K. CHO, ERIC A. ENGLHARDT, FERNANDO SILVEIRA
  • Publication number: 20140360586
    Abstract: A fluid ionization and vaporization inlet provides for the ionization and vaporization of samples to be delivered to analytical instrumentation of the scientist's choice. A sample may be injected through a septum onto a sample plate whereby heat, direct current, or both can be applied to ionize and/or vaporize the sample into a carrier gas, which is then provided to the analytical instrumentation. A continuous fluid sample may also be provided to the fluid ionization and vaporization inlet wherein it is heated to vaporize the sample, and then excited volatile molecules pass through a gas permeable membrane and combined with a carrier gas, which in turn is provided to the analytical instrumentation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Randall E. Mielke
  • Publication number: 20140261733
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methods for supplying a constant flow of precursor gas to a processing chamber. The apparatus described, and methods of use, allow a precursor ampoule to be removed from the gas delivery system without interrupting the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Dien-Yeh Wu, Mark S. Johnson, David M. Santi, Hyman Lam
  • Publication number: 20140216563
    Abstract: Methods and systems for cleaning a capless refueling system in a vehicle are disclosed. In one example approach, a method comprises, in response to a leak detected following a refueling event, cleaning the capless refueling system using engine vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Robert Roy Jentz, Scott A. Bohr, Russell Randall Pearce
  • Publication number: 20140209181
    Abstract: A valve assembly comprises: a valve body including a passageway through which a first gas can be transmitted through the valve assembly; a valve flow control element movable relative to the valve body between an opened position wherein flow through the passageway is at a maximum flow, and a closed position wherein flow through the passageway is at a minimum flow, the valve flow control element is shaped so that a control gap is provided between the valve body and valve flow control element through which the first gas can flow, and the dimensions of the control gap vary depending on the position of the valve flow control element relative to the valve body; and a gas injector arrangement for selectively injecting a second gas into the control gap when the valve assembly is used to control the flow of the first gas through the passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Paul D. Lucas, Gordon Hill, Jaroslaw Wojciech Pisera
  • Publication number: 20140202554
    Abstract: Enhanced tools and techniques are provided for performing fluid processes in connection with the fluid system of a machine. In one embodiment, a fluid process may include fluidically connecting to a fluid system of a machine through a common location; purging at least a portion of the fluid system by applying fluid pressure to a filter through the common location; evacuating at least one fluid reservoir of the fluid system by applying negative pressure at the common location; and, refilling at least one fluid reservoir of the fluid system through the filter portion by applying positive pressure at the common location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: RPM Industries, LLC
    Inventor: John K. Apostolides
  • Publication number: 20140202555
    Abstract: An installation for draining thermal oil in a thermosolar plant, and includes an oil tank (7), a pump assembly (6), a depressor or suction assembly (8), lines for communication with valves (11, 21), and a valve assembly for opening/closing the passage between the separate elements, with the lines for communication with the valves (11, 21) including pairs of pipes of the closed loop or branches (3, 4) that do not have valves on the free end thereof, with the installation operated by sweeping the separate circuits that form the installation by driving or suction according to the corresponding operation phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: GD ENERGY SERVICES S.A.U.
    Inventor: Jesús Lacalle Bayo
  • Patent number: 8684089
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fluid circulation system for circulating fluid in a subsea cavity, the cavity being filled with a first fluid and having first and second end ports. The system comprises a container (26) containing a second fluid, fluid lines (21, 27) extending from the container to the first and second end ports of the cavity, respectively, and a pump (22) for exchanging the second fluid provided in the container (26) and the first fluid provided in the subsea cavity (10). The invention also relates to a method for circulating fluid in a subsea cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS
    Inventors: Kristian Borhaug, Gunnar Herø
  • Publication number: 20140076412
    Abstract: A method of draining heat-transfer oil in a solar power plant, and equipment for draining, storing and repositioning heat-transfer oil in order to implement the method, includes filling auxiliary ducts, flushing the oil from the solar power plant loop, cooling the outgoing oil and extracting the oil by suction; replenishing includes filling the loop by impulsion and emptying the auxiliary ducts by aspiration, with the installation including an oil tank (7); a pumping assembly (6); an oil cooler (5); communication ducts between same; a depressor or aspiration assembly (8); an assembly of ducts for emptying (3) the loop of the installation, forming a closed loop; and an assembly of filling ducts (4), forming a closed loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: LOGISTICA Y ACONDICIONAMIENTOS INDUSTRIALES, S.A.U
    Inventor: Jesùs Lacalle Bayo
  • Publication number: 20140048290
    Abstract: To prevent corrosion, the pipes of a wet fire protection system (FPS) are purged of atmospheric oxygen by displacing in the pipes with an inert gas, such as nitrogen, prior to filling the pipes with water. After oxygen is purged from the pipes, they are filled with deoxygenated water which contains an O2 concentration of 500 ppb or less. The lack of dissolved oxygen in the deoxygenated water prevents O2 molecules from outgassing from the water into spaces within the pipe containing N2 gas. The dearth of oxygen in the system provides long-term corrosion inhibition. Oxygen may be purged from water by exposing the water to an inert gas (such as N2) having a sufficiently low O2 concentration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: South-Tek Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy S. Bodemann
  • Patent number: 8646474
    Abstract: Automated condensate drain line cleaning apparatus are disclosed. In one aspect, an apparatus may include a controller, a fluid supply line, and at least one fluid flow regulation device. The at least one fluid flow regulation device may be electrically coupled with the controller to receive at least one control signal from the controller. The at least one fluid flow regulation device may cause a fluid to flow into a condensate drain line through the fluid supply line responsive to the at least one control signal. Other apparatus as well as methods and kits are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Visionex Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Steven L. Pearson
  • Patent number: 8622068
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the supply of special gas that can be mounted on a gas cylinder. The device comprises a multi-function unit housing a fluid circuit comprising a single high-pressure regulator; a purge system consisting of three low-pressure valves; a fluidic connection with the inner space of a cylinder; and an outlet enabling equipment to be supplied with gas. The invention is characterized in that the high-pressure regulator is arranged upstream of the purge system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Cyril Bourasseau, Guillaume Rameau
  • Patent number: 8602045
    Abstract: A valve assembly for a clean-in-place operation includes a valve body with a valve seat and inner cavity. A shaft extends through the valve body and a stopper is connected to the shaft for movement between a normally closed position and an open position to permit cleaning fluid to enter and exit the inner cavity only through the valve. An actuator contacts the shaft for moving the stopper toward the open position. An air inlet extends into the inner cavity. A stop valve associated with the inlet prevents fluid from exiting through the inlet such that cleaning fluid only enters and exits the inner cavity through the valve seat A source of pressurized air opens the stop valve and causes drying air to enter the cavity and move the stopper toward the open position and supply the air to the processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Central States Industrial, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Downer, Paul Marcink
  • Publication number: 20130233940
    Abstract: A spraying assembly is provided. The spraying assembly includes at least one nozzle for liquid that is to be sprayed, and at least one active substance injector which is situated directly upstream from the at least one nozzle and to which liquid to be sprayed is supplied by a pump or a pressurized reservoir, with interposition of an obturator on a conduit connecting the pump or the pressurized reservoir to the injector. The spraying assembly also includes an outlet valve for each injector designed to close each outlet orifice. The present invention avoids overdosing or underdosing of the product that is to be sprayed as active substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: EXEL INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: Patrick Ballu
  • Patent number: 8522807
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for unloading raw material in connection with a cable manufacturing apparatus. The arrangement includes a feed inlet connected to the cable manufacturing apparatus for feeding raw material into the cable manufacturing apparatus, the feed inlet being adapted to be connected to an unloading spout of the raw material. The arrangement further includes a seal for opening and closing the feed inlet when the unloading spout is connected to the feed inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Maillefer S.A.
    Inventors: Petri Vetterstrand, Jorma Leppänen, Juha Hiltunen
  • Publication number: 20130220437
    Abstract: An automated irrigation purge system utilizes a pressure purge method of discharging compressed air from a reservoir through selected irrigation zones with feedback from pressure switches to determine when to open and close each zone valve. No programming or user interaction is required beyond starting the system. The system can operate with a wide variety of irrigation systems, with varying number of zones, pipe lengths, pipe diameters, number and variety of sprinkler heads or outlets, and terrain slope. The system tracks the pressure transition time from high pressure to low pressure for each zone as it is blown out. When the current transition time is within a specified range from the previous transition time, the system knows the water has been sufficiently purged from that zone. The purge system can protect the irrigation system from high-pressure conditions, handle multiple error conditions, and maintain water valve settings during power loss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: PELLAERO, LLP
    Inventors: Robert E. Dean, JR., Todd R. Hall
  • Publication number: 20130192541
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding device for controlling the temperature of steam in a boiler of a steam generator are provided. The gradual accumulation of dirt on heat exchanger surfaces inside the boiler is incrementally regulated by soot blowers. The targeted influencing of the heat transfer on the heat exchanger surfaces enables the steam temperatures to be controlled and regulated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Karlheinz Hertweck
  • Patent number: 8483884
    Abstract: A method and system is described for controlling an electrically driven fuel pump used in the filling of a hobbyist model craft's fuel tank, (airplane, car, boat etc). The system includes a microcontroller to control the direction and run time of a brushed electric motor-driven fuel pump. A calibration feature allows operating parameters for different sized pumps and tanks to be measured and recorded in memory, then later recalled and used in the filling of pre-selected models' tank to a predetermined level simply by pressing a button to initiate the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Junior Lloyd Williams
  • Patent number: 8445286
    Abstract: The flow cytometer system of the preferred embodiment includes a flow cell body that functions to contain, protect, and align the components of the flow cytometer system; a flow channel, coupled to the flow cell body, that functions to conduct and focus sample fluid through an interrogation zone; and a sample injection probe, removably coupled to the flow cell body, that functions to provide a uniform flow of sample fluid to the flow channel. The flow cytometer system is preferably designed for the flow cytometer field. The flow cytometer system, however, may be alternatively used in any suitable environment and for any suitable reason.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Accuri Cytometers, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel C. Bair, Collin A. Rich, Mark Robert Eadie, Rebecca Ann Lehrmann
  • Patent number: 8430111
    Abstract: A fluid processing system has a plurality of segments configured to receive flow of a fluid product. Each of the plurality of segments has a line input, a line output, a cleaning input valve, and a cleaning discharge valve. The cleaning input valve connects to the line input and the cleaning discharge valve connects to the line output. A cleaning medium is provided wherein the cleaning medium is injected into a respective cleaning input valve and drained through a respective cleaning discharge valve, such that each segment can be cleaned independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Stokely-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Rei-Young Amos Wu, Ashok Shashikant Dhruv, Paul Konopacki, Michael J. Mastio, Richard Schutzenhofer
  • Patent number: 8430110
    Abstract: A double-seat valve having a seat-cleaning function, wherein the double-seat valve opens downward, and the two closing elements can be moved independently of each other by a partial lift in each case gap-wide into a seat cleaning position for the purpose of cleaning their seat such that the dependently driven second closing element is pushed into its respective seat cleaning position by a second partial lift in the same direction of the opening movement, and the independently driven first closing element is pushed into its respective seat cleaning position by a first partial lift in the direction counter to the opening lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: GEA Tuchenhagen GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Tolle, Gundar Scholz, Jens Burmester
  • Patent number: 8413672
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a valve flushing kit used in temporarily flushing a globe valve can include a flushing bonnet assembly that includes a circular disk adapted to be received in the upper opening of an internal valve cavity of a valve when a closure bonnet and a closure member of the valve are removed and a plurality of bonnet clamps each having at least one opening therethrough, wherein the opening can be adapted to be received on one of the threaded studs protruding from the upper exterior surface of a body of the valve and the bonnet clamps can be held in place by the threaded nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Dresser, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Talmage Tirrell
  • Publication number: 20130068317
    Abstract: One possible embodiment of the invention could be a fire hose adapter comprising of a body and a vacuum generator, the body having a cap and a hose connector, the cap being penetrated by a generator channel that connects an intake port with an exhaust port, the two ports being located on an exterior of the cap; the hose connector defining a vacuum channel that continuously connects the generator channel to a vacuum aperture located on an exterior of the hose connector; the vacuum generator being located within the generator channel, wherein a stream of pressurized air passes through the vacuum generator causing a reduction in air pressure in the generator channel that subsequently induces air in an interior of a fire hose section connected to the hose connector to flow into the vacuum aperture and be directed out the exhaust port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Zachary Cogle, Thomas Andrew Brenzovich
  • Publication number: 20130032220
    Abstract: A service station, for the filling, emptying and flushing of an air conditioning system in a vehicle, is coupled to the air conditioning system and includes: a cabinet in which a pipeline for transporting the coolant connects a first port with a compressor, cooling unit, an internal cylinder for storing the coolant, as well as a second port. A heated flushing accumulator is arranged inside the service station between the first port and the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Louis Cording
  • Publication number: 20130025697
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for removing fluid from a blood filter which is used for the blood treatment of a patient and/or for removing blood from an extracorporeal blood circuit at the end of a blood treatment session. It further relates to a medical treatment apparatus with a control and/or regulating device which executes the method according to the present invention. It further relates to a digital storage medium, a computer program product as well as a computer program for executing the method according to the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Marco Blasek, Joachim Noack
  • Publication number: 20130000743
    Abstract: A selective catalytic reduction system includes a fluid distribution system for supplying an exhaust gas reducing agent. The system includes a liquid storage tank and a fluid distribution module with a fluid pump that draws liquid reducing agent from the tank volume and provides the liquid at a module outlet port, while simultaneously discharging excess liquid from a circulation line outlet within the tank volume. The circulation line outlet can be located at a bottom portion of the tank volume near other distribution module components to promote liquid circulation around the module components during a fluid distribution period, to promote thawing of frozen reducing agent at and around the module components, and to ensure a continuous supply of liquid to the fluid pump. The distribution module is also capable of purging liquid from fluid lines located outside the storage tank and returning the purged liquid to the tank volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: TI GROUP AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Lynwood F. Crary
  • Patent number: 8342199
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing liquid fuel comprises a plurality of inlet valves, each connected in-line with a respective inlet pipe in fluid communication with a respective source of a specific liquid fuel. A plurality of outlet valves are also provided, each connected in-line with a respective outlet pipe. A respective fuel hose is in fluid communication with each of the outlet pipes. The apparatus further comprises a coriolis flow meter located between the inlet valves and outlet valves, the coriolis flow meter providing a flow signal indicative of flow therethrough. A controller is operative to receive the flow signal and control the valves such that selected inputs of specific liquid fuels are dispensed to at least one of the fuel hoses. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, the selected inputs of specific liquid fuels may include individual liquid fuels and blended combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Gilbarco, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Deline, Ryan C. Garrett, Michael C. Liebal, Edward Payne, Brent K. Price, Rodger K. Williams, Zhou Yang
  • Publication number: 20120312387
    Abstract: A device for recovering puncture repair liquid includes a tube to be inserted from a tire valve mounted to a wheel up to an inner surface of a tire, a container having a pair of connecting ports for receiving and containing puncture repair liquid recovered from inside the tire, and a connecting hose for connecting between the tire valve and one of the connecting ports. The other connecting port is removably attachable to a pressurized air source. A valve core is detached from a tire valve of a wheel with a tire mounted thereon into which puncture repair liquid has been injected. The tube is inserted into the tire which is filled with air from the pressurized air source that is then detached from the container. Thus, recovery of the puncture repair liquid is efficiently performed using pressure escaping from the tire without cutting out the tire valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: THE YOKOHAMA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takumi Sekiguchi
  • Publication number: 20120298210
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system is provided with an oilfield material reservoir, a fluid nozzle, and a fluid supplier. The oilfield material reservoir is provided with an opening for receiving an oilfield material and an orifice for discharging the oilfield material. The fluid nozzle is positioned adjacent to the orifice to direct a fluid flow through the orifice, and the fluid supplier is connected to the fluid nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Hau Nguyen-Phuc Pham, Miguel Lopez, Laurent Coquilleau
  • Patent number: 8261762
    Abstract: A gas supplying system includes a processing gas supply pipe for supplying a processing gas from a gas cylinder 210 into a processing apparatus and a nonreactive gas supply source 230 for supplying a nonreactive gas into the gas supply pipe. While the system is in operation, the gas supply pipe is charged with the nonreactive gas and a control unit is in a standby state. If a processing gas use start signal is received from the processing apparatus, the system exhausts the nonreactive gas from the gas supply pipe to create a vacuum therein; charges the gas supply pipe with the processing gas; and starts a supply of the processing gas from the processing gas supply source. If a processing gas use finish signal is received from the processing apparatus, the system stops the supply of the processing gas from the processing gas supply source; exhausts the processing gas from the gas supply pipe to create a vacuum therein; and charges the gas supply pipe with the nonreactive gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Komiyama, Akitoshi Tsuji, Takuya Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20120222752
    Abstract: Methods for reducing the contamination of a gas distribution plate are provided. In one embodiment, a method for processing a substrate includes transferring the substrate into a chamber, performing a treating process on the substrate, and providing a purge gas into the chamber before or after the treating process to pump out a residue gas relative to the treating process from the chamber. The treating process includes distributing a reactant gas into the chamber through a gas distribution plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Adauto Diaz, Andrew Nguyen, Benjamin Schwarz, Eu Jin Lim, Jared Ahmad Lee, James P. Cruse, Li Zhang, Scott M. Williams, Xiaoliang Zhuang, Zhuang Li
  • Publication number: 20120211091
    Abstract: An in-line flush valve, comprising a t-shaped hollow body having a central flow passageway, at least three spaced-apart hollow ends in flow communication with the central flow passageway, wherein a first hollow end and a second hollow end share a common radial axis, are disposed in opposing relation, and define a pass-through conduit, wherein a radial axis of a third hollow end is substantially perpendicular with respect to the common axis of the first hollow end and the second hollow end, wherein the pass-through conduit is disposed between and in flow communication with an inlet of a pump and a fluid source, and wherein the third hollow end is adapted to receive fluid to flush said pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Alex Carter, Keith Carter
  • Patent number: 8230691
    Abstract: A method of cleaning an air conditioner utilizing carbon dioxide as a working refrigerant includes three steps. In a charging step, a refrigeration cycle is charged with carbon dioxide. In a venting step, a charging target with which the refrigeration cycle is charged is vented after the charging step. In a repeating step a unit operation is performed at least one time or more. The unit operation includes the charging step and the venting step. An air conditioner includes a refrigeration cycle configured to perform the unit operation at least one time, and a counter configured to count and output the number of times that the unit operation has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Kurihara, Hiromune Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20120174987
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a pipeline that may include the steps of pumping a process fluid through a flameless heating unit, preheating the process fluid before it enters a dynamic heat generator, controlling the flameless heating unit to heat the process fluid to a temperature in a range sufficient to melt deposits disposed in the pipeline, and transferring the process fluid from the flameless heating unit into the pipeline. Other steps may include using the heated process fluid to operate a tool operatively disposed in the pipeline, whereby the heated process fluid and the tool work collectively to melt and clear the deposits. The flameless heating unit may include an internal combustion engine, a dynamic heat generator operatively connected to the internal combustion engine, and a pump configured to provide a discharged fluid to the dynamic heat generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: James B. Crawford, Rusty Lamb, John Bibaeff
  • Publication number: 20120097262
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a hose evacuation attachment comprising a conical body, an accepting end at a first end of the conical body, and a narrowed opening at an opposing end from the accepting end, where the narrowed opening includes a smaller diameter than the accepting end. The hose evacuation attachment further includes a threaded neck extending from the narrowed opening, wherein the threaded neck fastens to a fitting at an end of a hose, and wherein the accepting end attaches to an end of an elongated tube of an air blower. Once attached the hose evacuation attachment serves as an intermediary to enable the air blower to evacuate an amount of water remaining within the hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Gary Piecuch