With Holder For Solid, Flaky Or Pulverized Material To Be Dissolved Or Entrained Patents (Class 137/268)
  • Patent number: 9739411
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for traversing inside one or more pipes. In an embodiment, a fluid is injected into the one or more pipes thereby promoting a fluid flow. An inspection device is deployed into the one or more pipes at least partially filled with a flowing fluid. The inspection device comprises a housing wherein the housing is designed to exploit the hydrokinetic effects associated with a fluid flow in one or more pipes as well as maneuver past a variety of pipe configurations. The inspection device may contain one or more sensors capable of performing a variety of inspection tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of Americas as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Shaun Azimi, Darby Magruder, Justin Ridley, Anthony Lapp, Jodi Graf, Ross Pettinger
  • Patent number: 9725920
    Abstract: A system for limiting the flow from a dispensing valve when a dispensing cartridge is replaced with the system including a dispenser cartridge with a cam and a water socket with a flow limiter therein that is activeable in response to the position of the dispenser cartridge in the dispensing valve and operable in response to an upstream fluid pressure in the dispensing valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: KING TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Joseph King, Jeffrey Johnson, Paul Freeberg, Kenneth V Schomburg, David Guy, Terry Goeman
  • Patent number: 9708826
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pool cleaning apparatus and a method for controlling such an apparatus comprising a body, a liquid inlet, a liquid outlet, a drive device, a pumping device, a hydraulic circuit between a liquid inlet and a pumping outlet and via a cleaning device, a monitoring device providing electronic signals which are representative of a state of the apparatus, an electronic signal processing unit receiving and analyzing the signals of the monitoring device and controlling the pumping device, wherein, on detection of a removal event of the body from the liquid, the processing unit stops the pumping device after a predetermined emptying time in order to allow active emptying of the hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Thierry Michelon, Louis Favie
  • Patent number: 9689848
    Abstract: Provided is a chromatography column stored in a storage container. The storage container for the column includes: a container body for storing the chromatography column; and a cover threadedly engaging with the container body. A groove for threaded engagement with the cover is formed in an inner wall of the container body. Sealing members are arranged on an inner bottom surface of the container body and a lower surface of the cover, respectively. When the container body and the cover are threadedly engaged with each other, the cover enters the container body to cause the sealing members on the inner bottom surface of the container body and the lower surface of the cover to press both a lower surface and an upper surface of the column, to thereby fix the column inside the container body and seal a fluid passage hole of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SEKISUI MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Yotani, Yuriko Nemoto, Hideki Muraki
  • Patent number: 9681612
    Abstract: A watering system includes a bottle unit or a water level control unit which has a float member to control the water level of the tank in a planting hole. The float member controls the operation of the water inlet valve and the water level in the bottle unit so as to control the amount of water that the planting hole provides to the soil outside the planting hole without using electricity. The plants are properly watered automatically all day long. The water permeates into the soil outside the planting hole to water the plants that are planted in a larger area. The watering system is suitable for watering the plants in a large area or in pots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Yi-Hsi Li
  • Patent number: 9664024
    Abstract: A method for fracking and completing a well (10) having a well bore (12) through a formation (14) includes the steps of: packer jack fracking the formation using a packer (22) to form a packer fractured formation (28), moving the packer (22) to seal the packer fractured formation (28), and hydraulically fracturing the packer fractured formation (28) by injecting a fracking fluid (30) through the packer (22). These steps can then be repeated through successive intervals (I1, I2) of the formation (14). To complete a new well, a perforated liner (16) can be placed in the well bore (12) to direct the fracking fluid (30) into the packer fractured formation (28). To complete an existing or a new well having a cemented liner (58), the packer jack fracking step can also be used to break apart the liner (58) and form at least one opening (64) to provide a flow path for the fracking fluid (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Henry A. Baski
  • Patent number: 9643143
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for obtaining a product chemistry from a product and a fluid is provided. A product is housed within a dispenser. A fluid is introduced through a manifold diffuse member having a plurality of ports. A cover is positioned adjacent the manifold diffuse member and includes a plurality of ports. The cover is able to be adjusted, for example, by rotating the cover, to align and un-align the manifold diffuse ports and the cover ports. This adjustment controls the flow characteristics of the fluid through the manifold diffuse member and cover to control the characteristics of the fluid in contact with the product. The adjustment of the cover to control the flow will provide a generally consistent concentration and erosion rate based upon known relationships between a characteristic of the fluid and the flow of the fluid in relation to the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Max Schultz, Jared R. Freudenberg, Ryan Joseph Drake, Brian Philip Carlson, Ryan Jacob Urban, Brian Doffing
  • Patent number: 9631485
    Abstract: A system for downhole telemetry employs a series of communications nodes spaced along a tubular body such as a pipe in a wellbore. The nodes allow hybrid wired-and-wireless communication between one or more sensors residing at the level of a subsurface formation and a receiver at the surface. The nodes employ electro-acoustic transducers providing node-to-node communication up a wellbore at high data transmission rates. A method of transmitting data in a wellbore uses a plurality of data transmission nodes situated along a tubular body to deliver an alternating electrical and acoustic transmission of data along the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Stuart R. Keller, Timothy I. Morrow, Max Deffenbaugh, Mark M. Disko, David A. Stiles
  • Patent number: 9623385
    Abstract: A chemical metering system for providing efficient access and replacement of chemical metering devices. The chemical metering system generally includes a chemical injector, a first tube fluidly connected to the chemical injector, a second tube adapted to be fluidly connected to a chemical supply, a releasable tube coupling removably and fluidly connected to the first tube and the second tube, and a metering device is adapted for controlling a flowrate of liquid chemical into the chemical injector from the chemical supply. The metering device is accessible for repair or replacement by removing the releasable tube coupling from either the first tube or the second tube for efficient access and replacement of the metering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Cleaning Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Krause, Kenneth R. Smith, Vladimir Chernin
  • Patent number: 9612025
    Abstract: An air conditioning system includes a multiple effect evaporative condenser, at least one compressor, at least one heat exchanger, an expansion valve, and at least one multiple-effect evaporative condensers. The multiple effect evaporative condenser and the heat exchanger utilize a highly efficient heat exchanging pipe for performing heat exchange between water and refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Lee Wa Wong
  • Patent number: 9539531
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispersing an additive from an additive cartridge disposed in a housing of an oil filter is provided. The method including the steps of: using stagnation pressure to disperse the additive from the additive cartridge; and regulating a flow rate of the additive from the additive cartridge by restricting an inlet opening of an outlet path of the additive cartridge, wherein a portion of the outlet path is formed in a surface of a first piece of a two piece connector providing fluid communication between and an interior and an exterior of the additive cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Fram Group IP, LLC
    Inventors: Gerard W. Bilski, Ronald P. Rohrbach, Zafar Hussain
  • Patent number: 9487938
    Abstract: An automatic protection device for an inlet valve or drain valve includes an inlet, an outlet, an on-off component, a control circuit, a control component, a water level inductor of the water tank and a water level inductor of the toilet. The water level inductor of the water tank and the water level inductor of the toilet are respectively connected to the control circuit, the control circuit drives the control component, the control component is connected to the on-off component to control the on-off component to open or close, thus connecting or disconnecting the inlet and the outlet. The automatic protection device will sound an alarm and automatically cut off the water supply when the drain valve fails to discharge, or when the toilet is plugged up and is unable to drain water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: WDI (XIAMEN) TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Feiyu Li
  • Patent number: 9422855
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for removing condensate from an intercooler of a turbocharged internal combustion engine. Using valves to drain condensate may create a direct fluidic connection between the compressed air of the intercooler and ambient exterior air, allowing both condensate and compressed air to escape due to valve design or failure of valve actuation devices. To provide a simple and reliable method for removing condensate without removing compressed air, a hollow valve is used to shuttle condensate from the intercooler to the exterior environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James M. Basile, Joseph Skrobowski, Scott Willis
  • Patent number: 9403131
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispensing a solution of a solid product in a fluid. A freestanding apparatus comprises an inlet portion through which fluid enters, a reaction portion in which the fluid encounters and dissolves the product to form a solution, and an outlet portion from which the solution exits the apparatus. Fluid may encounter product from a single direction or multiple directions. The apparatus may be configured to receive a particularly shaped solid product, and may comprise a lid or gate to prevent fluid from contacting the product undesirably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Hedlund, John E. Thomas, Richard Ryan Carroll, Louis Holzman, Edward J. Snodgrass, Bernardo Parlange
  • Patent number: 9388330
    Abstract: The blasting material includes abrasives, and water in the range of 5 to 30 mass % both inclusive relative to a mass of the abrasives, the abrasives being prepared in advance such that all of the abrasives are uniformly wet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignees: FUJI ENGINEERING CO., LTD., FUJIGIKEN CO., LTD., WEST NIPPON EXPRESSWAT COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Masanobu Sugimoto, Kenichi Yamada, Toshihiro Hara, Masanobu Irie
  • Patent number: 9328487
    Abstract: A valve actuator assembly efficiently dispenses liquid soap to create bubbles. A faucet has a spout body including a valve port and seat. A valve gate door on an inlet side of the valve port is movable vertically relatively to the valve port between open and closed positions. The valve actuator assembly includes a hollow valve stem extending vertically from an exterior of the spout body into an interior thereof at the outlet side of the valve port. The hollow valve stem contains at least one orifice communicating with a hollow interior of the valve stem. The at least one orifice is exposed to a path of liquid flow from the valve port in the lower open position. A knob of the valve actuator assembly has an upwardly open funnel opening that communicates with the hollow interior of the valve stem to receive a liquid soap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas A. Wernke
  • Patent number: 9261302
    Abstract: A new and useful in-line internal plumbing line sanitizers for appliances apparatus that sanitizes the internal plumbing lines of appliances such as refrigerators with integrated ice makers and drinking water dispensers, is easily adaptable, can be made in different sizes for use with various appliances, and can house a variety of sanitizing agents. The apparatus can also be used by an ordinary consumer, increases the safety and efficiency of internal plumbing line sanitation procedures, and eliminates the need for expensive replacement of internal appliance plumbing lines. This device is believed to be useful in the domestic and commercial settings. A device according to the invention is also believed to be favorable for use by appliance service technicians, as well as lay people who want to sanitize an appliance periodically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Westmount, LLC
    Inventor: Serina Solanda Jung
  • Patent number: 9168492
    Abstract: The invention relates to elements for separating substances by distributing between a stationary and a mobile phase. Said separating elements comprise any stationary phase and a support element. The separating elements are part of a set that is provided with at least two separating elements Ti (i=2) encompassing different stationary phases Si (i=2). The set comprises at least three pieces of each type of separating element Ti with a specific stationary phase Si. The separating elements can be coupled to each other or interconnected in another manner so as to form a separating device. The invention further relates to a method for producing an optimized device for separating substance mixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: BISCHOFF ANALYSENTECHNIK UND-GERAETE GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Bischoff, Sz Nyiredy, Klara Nyiredy-Mikita, Zoltan Szuecs
  • Patent number: 9103183
    Abstract: A ball launcher for dispatching balls into a wellbore that includes a manifold for selective attachment to a wellhead assembly and a magazine mounted on the manifold in which the balls are stored for distribution to the manifold. Chambers are provided in a cylinder in the magazine, so that by rotating the cylinder the chambers register with a bore in the manifold, through which the balls are delivered to the wellbore. Flowing a flushing fluid into the bore in the manifold urges the balls downward. An auxiliary line through the manifold provides a conduit for the flushing fluid into the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Henry X. He, Kwong-Onn Chan, Gene Ambrose
  • Patent number: 9039988
    Abstract: A set of vertically stackable interacting cartridges for improving the delivery of biocide of a bulk feeder by positioning the stackable cartridges in a stacked condition within a chamber in the bulk feeder wherein the stackable cartridges are maintained in vertical interacting flow alignment with each other to provide enhanced control of the delivery of the biocide carried within each of the stackable cartridges without replacing the control valves of the bulk feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: King Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Jeffrey D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150114475
    Abstract: A drainage component in fluid communication with the fluid supply line includes a drain channel leading to a drain, the drain channel having an inner wall and an outer wall. The inner wall has a sealing surface approximate a three-way elastomeric valve. The elastomeric valve includes a moveable first wall having a first position when the fluid supply is on and a second position when fluid supply is off and a second wall connected to the moveable first wall, the second wall engaging a drain sealing surface when the first wall is in the first position. The elastomeric valve includes an orifice through which fluid may flow. When the pressure of the fluid on the elastomeric element increases, the second wall of the elastomeric valve engages the drain sealing surface. The elastomeric valve is preferably a fluoroelastomer to ensure both flexibility and resistance to a variety of chemical products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Ronald Schwartz, Andrew Max Schultz
  • Patent number: 9004094
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a valve (1), a valve closing body (14) and use of a valve (1) and a valve closing body (14) of the type used for injecting dry powder which is mixed with liquid, and where the dry powder is supplied under the liquid surface in a mixing vessel (11) in which a vacuum is typically maintained. The novel feature of a powder valve (1) according to the invention is that a closing body (14) of the valve in the closed position extends through the valve seat (13) of the valve and into the wet environment. It is hereby achieved that when the valve (1) is opened, powder or dust from powder is not deposited on the valve closing body (14). This is in spite of the valve closing body (14) being wet, due to contact with the liquid to which the powder is added. Due to its elongated shape, the valve closing body (14), which in the withdrawn position opens for inflow of powder, has the property that the inflowing powder dries the valve closing body (14) at first and keeps it dry subsequently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Holger Colding-Kristensen, Hans Henrik Mortensen
  • Patent number: 8985135
    Abstract: A system for dosing a stream of fluid with at least one active substance is provided. The system includes a housing which defines a chamber having an inlet and an outlet to enable the flow of fluid through the chamber. The system also includes a block containing the active substance, the block including a body having an outer surface and a passage therethrough defining an inner surface. The block is positioned within the housing chamber in an operative position between the inlet and the outlet so that in use fluid flows over the inner and outer surfaces of the block to dissolve and/or erode the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Quik Corp Fire Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Grant Sidney Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20150047718
    Abstract: An antimicrobial supply system employs a process water supply and incorporates a metallic ion supply connected to the process water supply to provide a high ion concentrate to an output. A dilution reservoir is connected to the metallic ion supply output and has an input from the process water supply. A pump is connected to an output of the reservoir. A manifold connected to the pump provides a dilute concentrate to at least one washing system and a recirculation loop to the dilution reservoir for enhanced mixing of the dilute concentrate. An electronics control module is connected to a first flow controller between the process water supply and the metallic ion supply and a second flow controller between the metallic ion supply and the reservoir for dilution control establishing a desired metallic ion concentration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Applied Silver, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Brown, Sean Morham
  • Patent number: 8955536
    Abstract: A faucet mountable water conditioning devices include a relatively simple configuration that allows for reduced cost, easy installation, and a pleasing aesthetic. In one or more implementations, a faucet mountable water conditioning device includes a universal faucet mounting mechanism. The universal faucet mounting mechanism allows the faucet mountable water conditioning device to connect and seal to a wide variety of faucet designs and sizes simply by pressing the mounting mechanism over the faucet. The faucet mountable water conditioning device can also include a base configured to hold a water conditioning source. In one or more implementations a connector can couple the base to the mounting mechanism; thereby, allowing the base to move between active and inactive positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Russell Bell, Patrick O'Loughlin, William Ouellette, Rachel Robinette, Evan Rumberger, William L. Smith
  • Patent number: 8920743
    Abstract: A faucet mountable water conditioning devices include a relatively simple configuration that allows for reduced cost, easy installation, and a pleasing aesthetic. In one or more implementations, a faucet mountable water conditioning device includes a universal faucet mounting mechanism. The universal faucet mounting mechanism allows the faucet mountable water conditioning device to connect and seal to a wide variety of faucet designs and sizes simply by pressing the mounting mechanism over the faucet. The faucet mountable water conditioning device can also include a base configured to hold a water conditioning source. In one or more implementations a connector can couple the base to the mounting mechanism; thereby, allowing the base to move between active and inactive positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Russell Bell, Patrick O'Loughlin, William Ouellette, Rachel Robinette, Evan Rumberger
  • Patent number: 8869882
    Abstract: An injector spool supports a plurality of ball injector assemblies having respective ball cartridges adapted to load one frac ball at a time into a ball chamber of a ball launcher of the respective ball injector assemblies to provide a low profile, high capacity ball injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Oil States Energy Services, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bob McGuire, Danny Lee Artherholt
  • Patent number: 8869883
    Abstract: An injector spool supports a plurality of ball injector assemblies having respective ball cartridges adapted to load one frac ball at a time into a ball chamber of a ball launcher of the respective ball injector assemblies to provide a horizontal frac ball injector adapted to be connected to a frac head by frac iron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Oil States Energy Services, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bob McGuire, Danny Lee Artherholt
  • Patent number: 8864998
    Abstract: Reactive beads interact with a fluid to be treated in a treatment chamber that retains the beads in the chamber and provides a geometry which promotes the fluid flow agitation of the beads to enhance the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Al Siamon
  • Publication number: 20140261757
    Abstract: A flow channel device includes an inflow unit into which a transfer fluid that transfers particles is caused to flow, a first outflow unit including an inflow port into which a part of the transfer fluid caused to flow from the inflow unit is caused to flow, a holding unit that is connected to the inflow port and holds particles, and a particle outflow port from which the particles held in the holding unit are caused to flow out to a predetermined flow channel area by the transfer fluid caused to flow from the inflow port, and a second outflow unit including a peripheral outflow channel through which another part of the transfer fluid caused to flow from the inflow unit is caused to flow out to a peripheral flow channel area that surrounds the predetermined flow channel area, the peripheral outflow channel surrounding at least the particle outflow port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoichi Katsumoto
  • Patent number: 8820584
    Abstract: A bottle for the creation, storage, administration and dispensing of elemental iodine is disclosed. An amount of crystal iodine is safely housed at the bottom of the bottle. Water is poured into the bottle and contacts with the crystal iodine to form elemental iodine. With the crystal iodine safely secured at the bottom of the housing, the formed elemental iodine maintains contact with the crystal iodine to maintain its stability and extends is shelf life. Several dispensing device are also disclosed for dispensing or administering the elemental iodine, as needed, in order to treat internal and external areas of a human's or animal's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Spyros J. Papageorge
  • Patent number: 8813769
    Abstract: A device for putting in solution a powdery concentrate includes a liquid supply pipe (10), an extraction pipe (30) with a valve (31), and a transfer pipe (40) connected to a junction point, the transfer pipe being for connecting to a receptacle (50) containing the concentrate. The junction point is in the constriction of a venturi tube (20), the supply pipe (10) being connected to the convergent chamber (21) and the extraction pipe (30) to the divergent chamber (22). If the valve (31) is closed, the liquid leaves the venturi tube through the vacuum tapping to enter the receptacle. When the valve (31) is opened, the liquid leaves the venturi tube through the divergence chamber, causing a pressure drop in the vacuum tapping. The saturated liquid contained in the receptacle is then sucked and entrained by the liquid passing through the venturi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Gastauer, Philippe Laffay, Benoit Luaire
  • Patent number: 8813770
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pig assembly for maintaining a functional line for conveying fluid. In one aspect, the pig assembly includes a larger diameter pig having an internal compartment and at least one smaller diameter pig adapted to fit therein. The larger diameter pig is capable of passing through a larger diameter functional line and the smaller diameter pig is capable of passing through a smaller diameter functional line. In another aspect, a method for maintaining a functional line for conveying fluid is provided which includes pigging a subsea line having at least a larger diameter functional line and a smaller diameter functional line in fluid communication with one another using a pig assembly as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Farzan Parsinejad, Antonio Carlos Falcao Critsinelis, Sid A. Mebarkia, Christopher Allen Kassner
  • Patent number: 8800584
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an automatic barrel pig launcher with an actuated ball valve and a rotating magazine that contains one or more pigs. The automatic barrel pig launcher comprises a plate bore, bottom plate bore, upper case bore, and throughbore of a ball that, when aligned, provide loading of the pig into the throughbore of the ball. The pig is launched by opening the ball valve. Also disclosed herein are systems and methods of use of the automatic barrel pig launcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Array Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason McNabney, Brandon Marbach
  • Patent number: 8757188
    Abstract: An inline dispersal valve that can be used with or without a base. One embodiment includes a rotatable member that is rotatable from a fluid stream obstructing condition to an out-of-the-way condition to prevent fluid diversion into the dispersal valve. Another embodiment includes a lever handle for quickly setting the amount of fluid being diverted into the inline dispersal valve. Another embodiment includes an indicator that can be viewed from a position above the inline dispersal valve. Another embodiment includes a cap that can be secured or removed without the aid of tools. Another embodiment includes a clip that allows one to disassemble the inline dispersal valve for servicing. Another embodiment includes a dispensing valve that can be reversed and still properly divert fluid into a dispersant chamber. Another embodiment includes an inline dispersal valve with a bleed valve positioned to allow one to bring the air volume in the dispersant chamber to the proper level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: King Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Kenneth V. Schomburg, Jeffrey Johnson, Mark Snetting
  • Patent number: 8752229
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for launching one or more pigs (5) for cleaning of production flow lines, or tubing, on the sea bed is shown. The apparatus includes a lifting frame (1) retaining a charging pipe (3) which is able to carry a train of pigs (51-510) resting stand-by in the charging pipe (3), a plurality of valves (V1-V4) which on the one side is in fluid communication with the charging pipe (3), and on the other side is in fluid communication with a high pressure drive fluid different from the production flow, a connecting means (2) for connecting of the apparatus (10) to a closable pipe sub leading to the production flow line to be pigged, and an actuatable piston (4) which is able to displace the train of pigs within the charging pipe (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Kongsberg Oil and Gas Technologies AS
    Inventors: Eirik Archer, Per Ragnar Dahl, Ulf Lønnemo
  • Publication number: 20140158207
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to systems and equipment for the handling and dispersal of bulk materials. Specifically, the invention relates to a pneumatic device for the handling of bulk materials which integrates the pneumatic power generating component and the material feeding component into a single device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: PRECITECH LLC
    Inventors: Laurent A. Rosec, Yves Romanet
  • Patent number: 8728406
    Abstract: Dispensers, principally of water-treatment chemicals, are detailed. The floating dispensers may be inherently unstable in use, rotating approximately ninety degrees (from a generally vertical position to a generally horizontal one) over the useful lifespan of the chemicals initially contained within. Movement of the dispensers to horizontal positions signals users to replace the depleted chemicals. The dispensers also may be stacked into smaller volumes for transit and storage and need not include a separate component for flow adjustment. Rotation of its components additionally may create a “dial-a-dosage” feature of the dispenser, effectively varying depletion rate of the chemicals contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Hendrikus Johannes Van Der Meijden, Alexis Adrian Felipe Wadman, Robin Owen Ellis
  • Patent number: 8728405
    Abstract: A chemical dispensing assembly having a base member, a flow chamber, a chemical chamber and a dispensing control conduit, wherein water or other liquid flows through the base member, into the flow chamber, through the dispensing control conduit and out the base member, wherein a small amount of saturated solution retained within the chemical chamber is drawn into the water flow, the chemical chamber being connected below the flow chamber and the volume of the chemical chamber being greater than the volume of the flow chamber. Preferably, the flow chamber is connected to the base member with a bayonet-type connection mechanism, and keys and key slots are provided such that only dedicated flow chambers can be connected to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: John B. Brandreth, III
  • Patent number: 8702995
    Abstract: A container for releasing a microbiocide component into a liquid composition susceptible to unwanted microbial growth (LCMG) includes a LCMG impermeable casing separate and apart from an internal combustion engine filter housing, and having a hollow interior and at least one opening. A microbiocide component, for example, at least one LCMG-soluble microbiocide, as the only active material located in the hollow interior. At least one liquid permeable element, for example, a membrane member, is provided at or near an opening in the casing and is effective to provide for release of microbiocide component into the LCMG. Methods of releasing microbiocide component into LCMGs are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Dober Chemical Corp.
    Inventors: Dennis R. Kelly, David Alan Little, Magesh Sundaram
  • Patent number: 8689384
    Abstract: A pig receiver and method retrieve pigs in pipeline pigging operations. In one embodiment, a pig receiver includes a pig receiver unit. The pig receiver also includes a pig gate valve assembly disposed on the pig receiving unit. The pig gate valve assembly includes a gate valve. The pig gate valve assembly also includes a first actuator and a second actuator. The pig gate valve assembly further includes a cylinder guide. In addition, the pig gate valve assembly includes a tie bar. Actuation of the tie bar actuates the gate valve. An end of the tie bar is attached to the first actuator, and an opposing end of the tie bar is attached to the second actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Power Associates International, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Hodde
  • Patent number: 8685335
    Abstract: A chemical release system. Implementations may utilize implementations of a first cartridge that include a body coupled with a cartridge head at a first end and coupled with an end plug at a second end where the cartridge head includes a through hole configured to engage with an annular flange in a main head. The body may have an internal cross section. The first cartridge may also include a flow restrictor plate disposed within the body between the first end and the second end where the flow restrictor plate is oriented substantially parallel to the cartridge head within the body, includes only one opening therethrough, and substantially conforms with the internal cross section of the body. The body may include one or more through holes in a side of the body located between the flow restrictor plate and the cartridge head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Nuvo Residential, LLC
    Inventors: David Terry, Sean Terry, Byron Laird Washburn
  • Publication number: 20140084077
    Abstract: A device for use in drinking a beverage is a drinking straw having a tubular wall defining a passage bordered by an interior surface of the tubular wall. The straw has two ends that are both open. At least a portion of a surface of the tubular wall has a coating of only water soluble vitamins B-12 and C and any residue from water employed in the disposition of water soluble vitamins B-12 and C onto the surface of the tubular wall of the drinking straw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Tommy Jubei KNIGHT
  • Patent number: 8668826
    Abstract: A container (14) with a content (8) has at least one hypochlorite compound, in particular a calcium hypochlorite compound, for generating an aqueous solution, and at least one inlet attachment (46) for attachment to a water supply line (48) and at least one outlet attachment (50) for attachment to an outlet line (52, 92) for a liquid composed of the incoming water and of the content (8), wherein the content (8) is located in accordance with the flow between the inlet attachment (46) and the outlet attachment (50), and the container (14) is designed as a transportable exchange unit that is sealed off from the outside in the unattached state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Simon Schnitzler
  • Publication number: 20140060338
    Abstract: A supply container forming part of a descaling system of a flowline system includes a housing having a water inlet supplied by a water source. The water inlet opens into a reservoir chamber containing a water-soluble descaling agent. A bottom chamber is in fluid communication with the reservoir chamber. The bottom chamber is configured to collect the descaling agent dissolved by the water. A capillary line discharges a solution of the descaling agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Jutta Tembaak, Mario Last, Juergen Johann
  • Patent number: 8658105
    Abstract: An apparatus for securely processing biological sample is used to wash, separate, or purify biological molecules, such as DNAs, RNAs, and proteins. The apparatus comprises at least one semi-permeable membrane column, a vacuum manifold, and at least one optional adaptor column. The semi-permeable membrane column is loosely received in the slot of the vacuum manifold. When the adaptor column is used, the semi-permeable membrane column is loosely received in the adaptor column, and the adaptor column is loosely received in the slot of the vacuum manifold. The apparatus also comprises sealing elements which are inserted between the column and the slot. When the semi-permeable membrane column contains liquid sample and vacuum is applied to the vacuum manifold, the liquid in the semi-permeable membrane column can be drawn out of the column through the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Taigen Bioscience Corporation
    Inventor: David Daf
  • Patent number: 8640727
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dopant gas generating device for supplying the dopant gas to the ion mobility spectrometry instrument, comprising: a doping container; an air inlet having an inlet end connecting with an upstream side of a carrier gas passage and an outlet end connecting with the doping container; an air outlet having an entrance end connecting with the doping container and an exit end connecting with an downstream side of the carrier gas passage; a dopant gas generating unit for releasing the dopant gas, wherein the dopant gas generating unit is disposed within the doping container. Through disposing the dopant gas generating unit, which is used for releasing the dopant gas, within the doping container, the dopant gas in the present invention is applicable with not only a solid state dopant, but also a liquid state dopant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nuctech Company Limited
    Inventors: Zhongxia Zhang, Hui Li, Yangtian Zhang, Jin Lin, Jianhua Liu
  • Publication number: 20140020765
    Abstract: A proppant discharge system includes a container having an outlet formed at a bottom thereof, a gate affixed at the outlet and positioned on the floor of the container so as to be movable between a first position covering the outlet to a second position opening the outlet, a support structure having the container positioned on the top surface thereof. The support structure has at least one actuator affixed thereto. The actuator is positioned so as to move the gate between the first position and the second position. The container has a cage affixed on the floor thereof in a position over the outlet. The gate is positioned within the cage and is movable by the actuator so as to open the gate so as to allow proppant to be discharged therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: John OREN
  • Publication number: 20130334146
    Abstract: A granular chemical feeder installed off-line, to a pool or large aquarium circulation system. The feeder may be attached via tubing or by using hard plumbing. The feeder body inlet tubing includes a manual ball valve, inlet strainer, and a solenoid that will connect to a level switch within the feeder body. The outlet tubing includes a minimum of an outlet ball valve. Within the feeder body the chemical may be added from above. Over the water flow is a sifter assembly with blades on the upper and lower portions of the mesh or grating. When the feeder is in operation, a motor will turn a shaft connected to the blades of the sifter. The upper blades will sift the granular chemical into the moving water below and through the outlet tubing as it is transported into circulation by the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Hillary Jean Raffin
  • Patent number: 8607393
    Abstract: A portable cleaning apparatus may include a handle and a wheel rotatably mounted to the handle. Pressurized fluid may enter the apparatus, and a fluid flow director directs the fluid to scrubbing elements to rotate the wheel. The scrubbing elements may be secured to the wheel, and different types of treatment material dispensing systems are operable to apply treatment material to the scrubbing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Larry C. Wilkins