With Holder For Solid, Flaky Or Pulverized Material To Be Dissolved Or Entrained Patents (Class 137/268)
  • Patent number: 10766010
    Abstract: A brine generation system includes a tank having an upper opening configured for receiving salt crystals to fill the tank. A divider separates a tank volume into an upper portion adapted for holding salt crystals a lower portion adapted for holding a brine solution. The divider is adapted to resist movement of salt crystals into the lower portion but is permeable to allow the brine solution to fall into the lower portion. A fluid conduit disposed within the upper portion includes at least one water jet for injecting water in a direction towards the salt crystals. The tank further includes an outlet positioned in the lower portion of the tank for withdrawing brine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Gary Nesheim, Clay Hildreth, Grant Nesheim, Peter Nelles
  • Patent number: 10760255
    Abstract: Toilet assemblies having various embodiments of a cleaning system are described herein which include a toilet assembly and a cleaning system. The toilet assembly has a toilet bowl, a toilet tank, a flush valve, a rim inlet port and a rim flow path (which may be an isolated rim path) extending from an outlet of the flush valve to the rim inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: AS AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Christophe Bucher, David Grover, Ronald Barndt, Frank Seggio, James McHale, Chris Cicenas, Matthew O'Kelly, Scott J. Rote, Cameron Harder, Christopher Helmstetter, Nathan J. Wicker, Matthew C. Morris
  • Patent number: 10744431
    Abstract: A filter cartridge includes a threaded sleeve having a seal holder recess and seal member. The filter cartridge is for removably threading onto a filter head that includes threads for connection to the filter cartridge by way of the threaded sleeve. The filter head includes a ramp that engages the seal member to form a seal. The force needed to make the seal is a torque of less than 10 N-m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Gustafson, Kurt Joscher, David B. Harder, Brian Tucker
  • Patent number: 10736484
    Abstract: A detergent dispensing device for a dishwasher that may include a container for accommodating detergent, at least two inlets to the container, which inlets are arranged such that pressurized fluid entering the inlets are applied onto the detergent from different directions, and an outlet via which the detergent dissolved by the pressurized fluid exits the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Bernd Krische, Stefan Jonsson, Magnus Wahlberg
  • Patent number: 10731436
    Abstract: A ball injector for connecting below the frac head of a frac tree to accommodate and sequentially drop a ball into the axial passageway of the frac tree. The ball injector has an axial passage of an injector housing aligned with the axial passageway of the frac tree. A ball cartridge assembly stores one or more balls and sequentially delivers one ball to a port in the ball cartridge assembly. A ball launch side arm extends from the injector housing and forms a ball launch passageway communicating between the ball cartridge port and the axial passage. A first valve member in the ball launch passageway is opened to pass the ball into the axial passage, and is closed to isolate the ball cartridge assembly from a pressure in the axial passage. A second valve member between the first valve member and the ball cartridge assembly may be included to form a pressure isolation chamber between the valve members. Embodiments of ball cartridge assemblies to horizontally store a plurality of balls is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Stream-Flo Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory Wayne Allen, Keith David Farquharson, Dean Ashley Beblow, Glen Murray Eleniak, Jerry Wakeford
  • Patent number: 10646647
    Abstract: An adjusting device for adjusting the flow rate of a medicinal fluid-conveying system, said device having a selection wheel for selecting one of a number of possible flow rates, having an adjusting disc connected to said selection wheel for adjusting the selected flow rate, and having a catching nose that cooperates with the outer edge of the adjusting disc, is improved in that the adjusting disc has a star shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: B. Braun Melsungen AG
    Inventor: Karsten Haslbeck
  • Patent number: 10612143
    Abstract: A raw material gas supply apparatus includes a raw material container, a carrier gas inlet line and a raw material gas line. The raw material container is configured to accommodate the solid raw material. The carrier gas inlet line is configured to discharge the carrier gas to the raw material gas originated from the solid raw material. The raw material gas is transferred to the consumption area together with the carrier gas through the raw material gas line. A flow rate of the carrier gas is set such that a variation rate of a gas flow rate of the raw material gas flowing in the raw material gas line obtained by subtracting a gas flow rate in the carrier gas inlet line from a gas flow rate in the raw material gas line becomes 10% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Eiichi Komori, Hironori Yagi
  • Patent number: 10612714
    Abstract: A collar for a cleaning or inspection pig which is movable in a pipeline and through the latter. The collar may include an inner fastening region, with respect to a longitudinal center axis of the collar, for fixing the collar to the cleaning or inspection pig. The collar may also include a contact region which is provided for contact against a pipe wall and which is part of an outer segment which is connected to the inner fastening region. The inner fastening region is preferably in advance of the contact region with respect to a direction of movement (F) of the pig. The collar comprises an anchoring segment, the first end of which is arranged on the outer segment and the other, second end of which is arranged, with respect to the longitudinal center axis, further toward the latter and trailing the first end with respect to a direction of movement of the pig. A pig for cleaning or inspecting pipeline pipes may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ROSEN Swiss AG
    Inventors: Frank Fielers, Nico Kühbach
  • Patent number: 10590709
    Abstract: A downhole oscillation tool includes a Moineau-type positive displacement pulse motor and a valve assembly for use in a drill string. The pulse motor includes a rotor configured to nutate within the bore of a stator. The rotor has at least two helical lobes that extend the length of the rotor, and the stator bore defines at least three helical lobes that extend the length of the stator. The valve assembly includes a first valve plate connected to the bottom end of the rotor and abuts the second valve plate to form a sliding seal. The second valve plate is fixedly coupled to the stator and remains stationary. First valve ports extend axially through the first valve plate, and second valve ports extend axially through the second valve plate. The first valve ports and second valve ports intermittently overlap as the first valve plate slides across the second valve plate to create pulses in the drilling fluid which is pumped through the tool to power the motor and valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Reme Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Alan Sicilian, Faraz Ali, Avinash Cuddapah
  • Patent number: 10577783
    Abstract: The element comprises: a hollow body; a receptacle (40) for receiving a cosmetic product, housed in the hollow body; a conduit (42) for supplying water into the receptacle (40); a nozzle (50) for dispensing the mixture of water and cosmetic product from the dispensing element. The element comprises an inner water dispensing nozzle (44), connected to the water supply conduit (42), the inner nozzle (44) protruding into the receptacle (40) to define a chamber (46) for mixing water and the cosmetic product contained in the receptacle (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Céline Farcet, Laurent Gilbert, Ronan Delisle
  • Patent number: 10550017
    Abstract: The water treatment system, particularly pre-filtration unit of the water treatment system, comprising at least one chlorine sensor device, includes a salt-water treatment device which is connected to the chlorine sensor device, an electrolysis cell being disposed in the associated line, and thereafter a pump and a release valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Vivonic GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Volker
  • Patent number: 10549245
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for creating and dispensing a solution formed of a solid product which is eroded or dissolved in a liquid, which may include methods for creating turbulent flow of the liquid. The apparatus includes an inlet portion for introducing the liquid into the dispenser system, a solution forming assembly, and an outlet portion for dispensing the solution. The solution forming assembly may include a support structure configured to support the solid product, and a reservoir coupled to the support structure, the reservoir configured to hold the liquid and allow flow of the liquid into and out of the reservoir, the reservoir including a base and one or more sidewall portions. The reservoir further including one or more liquid inlets located in the one or more sidewall portions configured to introduce liquid into the reservoir to contact the solid product and create the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jared R. Freudenberg, Ryan Jacob Urban, John David Morey
  • Patent number: 10526958
    Abstract: A turbocharger assembly may include a turbine wheel. A turbine housing may surround at least part of the turbine wheel. A wastegate port may be defined by the turbine housing and may provide a bypass around the turbine wheel. A valve plate may be movable between a first position closing the wastegate port and a number of additional positions opening the wastegate port. The valve plate may have a face that faces the wastegate port. A shaft may be connected to the valve plate and may rotate about an axis at a pivot point. The pivot point may be located on an opposite side of a line from the valve plate, wherein the line may extend from the face and in a plane within which the face exists when the wastegate port is closed by the valve plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew B. Cooley
  • Patent number: 10502333
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a ball valve with components integrated into a ball member of the ball valve. The ball member includes an integrated regulating element, which may be a check valve, a pressure or flow regulating valve, or a filter. The components integrated into the ball member are positioned entirely within ends of the ball member such that the ball member can rotate to assume open and closed positions of the ball valve. The components integrated into the ball member can be configured to be removable from the ball member, for example by hand and without the use of tools, or can be configured to prohibit removal once coupled to the ball member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Giovanni Rizzio
  • Patent number: 10472264
    Abstract: A floating chemical dispenser is disclosed that is configured to dispense a chemical into a body of water, such as pool water. The chemical dispenser includes a float attached to a container. The container contains a chemical composition, such as a chlorine source. The container also defines an aperture that allows water to enter the container at a controlled rate. When the dispenser is placed in a body of water, water enters the container and gradually dissolves and releases the chemical. An end cap is position on the container and rotates between a closed position and at least one chemical dispensing position. The end cap further includes a locking device that locks the end cap into a closed position to prevent inadvertent release of the chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Frederick Simonsen
  • Patent number: 10462985
    Abstract: A nozzle body apparatus having a conduit mounting member with a conduit input adapted to be connected such that liquid passing through a liquid conduit flows into the conduit input and out through a conduit output. A component mounting member has a component input releasably connected to the conduit output, a component attachment element, and a component output. Liquid passing out the conduit output flows into the component input then through a sprayer component connected to the component attachment element to the component output and then to a nozzle. The component mounting member is connectable to the conduit output in a first orientation where the component attachment element extends from the conduit output in a first direction, and is connectable to the conduit output in a second orientation where the component attachment element extends from the conduit output in a second different direction that is different from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wilger Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Wilfred H. Wilger
  • Patent number: 10441129
    Abstract: A cleaning device has a cleaning roller that is rotatable about an axis of rotation and serves for treating a surface to be cleaned. The cleaning roller is in the form of a hollow body with an internal liquid chamber, and at least one hollow body opening for releasing liquid from the liquid chamber. In order to develop a cleaning device, in which liquid is only released from the liquid chamber to the surface of the hollow body under certain conditions, a mechanically actuated valve element is assigned to the hollow body opening, wherein the valve element can be displaced into a closing position, in which the hollow body opening is closed, and/or into an opening position, in which the hollow body opening is released, depending on the magnitude of a centrifugal force that acts upon the valve element as a result of a rotation of the cleaning roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Pfeiffer, Niklas Van Teeffelen
  • Patent number: 10435834
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance includes an additive reservoir positioned below a top panel of the washing machine appliance for receiving large quantities of a first fluid additive, such as detergent. In addition, the additive reservoir defines an additive passageway that extends through the additive reservoir and is configured for receiving a second fluid additive, such as bleach, and directing that additive directly into a tub of the washing machine appliance. In this manner, bulk detergent and an additional additive may be added into the washing machine appliance without requiring the manufacturing and assembly of two separate parts which must be installed within the limited space under the top panel of the washing machine appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Marshall Wright, Alexander B. Leibman, Christopher Gene Vowels
  • Patent number: 10330238
    Abstract: A pipeline pig launching system for a gas pipeline, including a pressure bottle, a two-chambered drip leg, and a pig launcher barrel. Condensate from the gas in the pipeline collects in the upper chamber of the drip leg and flows through an equalizer line to the lower chamber. The pressure bottle receives gas from the pipeline, and has an adjustable pressure relief valve at its outlet. When the pressure bottle reaches a preset level the relief valve opens and pressurized gas enters the lower chamber of the drip leg and forces the condensate out of the drip leg to an inlet of the pig launcher barrel. The pig in the launcher barrel is then pushed into the pipeline at a point downstream from the drip leg. A booster line may also be included in the system to provide a direct connection between the outlet of the pressure bottle and the inlet of the pig launcher barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Ronald E. Theener
  • Patent number: 10323459
    Abstract: The beach umbrella tool comprises a T-shaped armature with an auger blade surrounding the bottom portion of a vertical main armature. A bearing at the top of the main armature may be held with one hand while the other hand is used to move a handle located at the end of a horizontal armature in circular motion. The resulting rotation of the T-shaped armature causes the auger blade to rotate and thereby remove sand from the beach beneath the beach umbrella tool. The bottom of a beach umbrella may be placed into the resulting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Eddie Mauldin
  • Patent number: 10309083
    Abstract: A water discharge dechlorinator unit includes a body having a first end adapted to be removably coupled to a water hydrant, such as a fire hydrant. The body defines a water passageway between an inlet and an outlet thereof. A chamber is in fluid communication with the water passageway and configured for reception of dechlorinating material therein, such as chlorine neutralizing tablets, whereby water from the fire hydrant passes from the water passageway and over the dechlorinating material in the chamber so as to neutralize chlorine in the water before it is discharged from the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Zachary Bradford Barrett
  • Patent number: 10295105
    Abstract: A pig launcher/receiver includes a fluid distribution grid arranged above a floor of the pig launcher/receiver's barrel to define a fluid chamber between the floor and the fluid distribution grid. The distribution grid has a plurality of ports arranged to form jets that discharge at least a portion of the fluid which enters the fluid chamber. A predetermined number of the ports are inclined relative to vertical and in a direction opposite a closure door of the barrel. The fluid distribution grid, which is preferably semi-circular shaped, can be a permanent weldment, bolted on, or removable. When used in launching a pig, the ports provide a differential pressure that lifts the pig and overcomes friction as the pig moves forward. Because a number of the ports are blocked by the sealing elements (cup or disc) of the pipeline pig, the number of pigs residing in the launcher/receiver can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TDW Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Poe, Woody Ray Smith, Joshua D. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10286365
    Abstract: A dispensing system for delivery of a dispersant from a canister containing an erodible but cakeable water dispersant wherein the cakeable water dispersant in a one piece caked condition falls to a bottom of a divergent walled canister so the water flowing through a bottom portion of the canister continues to maintain erodible contact with the dispersant as the water disperant is consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: David Guy, Jeffrey D. Johnson, Paul Freeberg, Terry Goeman, Lyle Enderson
  • Patent number: 10279339
    Abstract: An integrated system comprising: a. an additive delivery system comprising a transfer drum that feeds an immiscible liquid stream towards one or more injection quills; b. a solvent flushing system, comprising one or more additive addition lines that transfer the immiscible liquid stream from the additive delivery system; and c. an additive injection and mixing system comprising the one or more injection quills, wherein the immiscible liquid stream is injected into a larger liquid stream. Also, a process comprising: a. feeding the immiscible liquid stream to a transfer drum; b. transferring the immiscible liquid stream from the transfer drum to injection quills in a solvent flushing system, wherein the solvent flushing system injects a solvent into one or more additive addition lines in the solvent flushing system; and c. injecting the immiscible liquid stream into the larger liquid stream in an additive injection and mixing system comprising injection quills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Huping Luo, Gordon R. Deppe, Albert Eugene Butterfield, Allison Amy Evans, Jacob Fritz
  • Patent number: 10222252
    Abstract: Embodiments of a portable verification system can move from one in-field gas flow meter location to another and temporarily connect downstream of a main pipeline's meter run or station. A control valve of the portable verification system allows volume measurement at different flow velocities to be verified. In some embodiments, the portable verification system is connected to the meter run and the main pipeline by a corresponding slip or linearly adjustable pipeline section. This section can extend horizontally and vertically, as well as swivel to provide versatility when connecting in the field. Adaptor fittings having one flange sized for and fitted to the inlet and outlet ends of the portable verification system and another flange sized for the meter run or main pipeline connection provide additional versatility. Downtime is limited to the time required to complete a circuit between the meter run, portable verification system, and main pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Big Elk Energy Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis McClintock
  • Patent number: 10197205
    Abstract: A pig receiver and method to retrieve pigs in pipeline pigging operations. In one embodiment, a pig receiver includes a pressure equalization system including a gate valve, wherein a first side of the gate valve is coupled to a downstream pressure connection, and wherein a second side of the gate valve is coupled to an upstream pressure connection. The pressure equalization system also includes a pressure equalization valve disposed between the downstream pressure connection and the upstream pressure connection. The pressure equalization system also includes a pig receiver unit, wherein a first side of the pig receiver unit is coupled to the downstream pressure connection downstream of the gate valve, and wherein a second side of the pig receiver unit is coupled to the upstream pressure connection upstream of the gate valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cross Country Infrastructure Services, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Hodde
  • Patent number: 10190390
    Abstract: A shifting sleeve has differential piston areas so that applied pressure displaces the sleeve against spring bias, which preferably is a series of Belleville washer stacks associated with modular mandrel components, to obtain the desired opposing force to the movement initiated with pressure applied to differential piston areas. An indexing feature is located between the sleeve and the mandrel passage wall and on a predetermined number of cycles disables the Belleville washer stacks from biasing the sleeve in an opposed direction as when pressure is applied. At this time the pressure in the mandrel acting on the differential piston area simply shifts the sleeve to open a lateral port so that fracturing through the cement that was earlier placed with the port closed can take place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Jason C. Mailand, Justin C. Kellner, James S. Sanchez, Paul Madero, Charles C. Johnson, Robert W. Putch
  • Patent number: 10182679
    Abstract: In order to specify, in the case of an apparatus for dispensing liquid foodstuffs, in particular milk products, an integrated cleaning system which is straightforward and reliable to handle, provision is made for a foodstuff-supply line to be provided with a connection, on which can be fitted an intake line which leads to a storage tank containing the liquid foodstuff, and for a connecting element to be provided, it being possible for this connecting element, when the intake line has been removed, to be fitted onto the connection in order for the foodstuff-supply line to be connected fluidically to the integrated cleaning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FRANKE Kaffeemaschinen AG
    Inventors: Heinz Vetterli, Mariano Turi
  • Patent number: 10183877
    Abstract: A sewage treatment chlorinator for use at a site not connected to a municipal sewer system and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the sewage treatment chlorinator, a housing includes an external conduit coupled in a t-connection to a flow tube. An inner canister is sized to be selectively inserted and removed from the external conduit and includes a perforated end cap having a flow deck sized to suspend a chlorine tablet within a contact chamber of the flow tube. The flow tube receives effluent form an aerobic tank and discharge treated effluent to a post-treatment tank. At least a portion of the discharge from the flow tube is gravity-based discharge into the post-treatment tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: J. C. White
  • Patent number: 10173828
    Abstract: An indexable cartridge and method that is useable in either a stagnant fluid environment or in a moving fluid environment with the indexable cartridge floatable in a stagnant fluid environment and securable in a moving fluid environment with the indexable cartridge having a housing having one or more diffusion ports and a sleeve having one or more diffusion ports indexable to a diffusion port alignment through resilient yielding of the sleeve while a set of ribs inhibit lateral flow therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Snetting, Jeffrey D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10119355
    Abstract: A well drop releasing device has a housing attachable to a well tubing. The device has a well drop carrier to carry a well drop. The well drop carrier is linearly movable to move the well drop from an exterior the well tubing into an interior the well tubing and release the well drop in the interior of the well tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Rogozinski, Henry Rogers, Michael Malave
  • Patent number: 10118137
    Abstract: A solid product dispenser can be used to form a dilute liquid solution from a block of solid concentrate. In cases where only a small amount of liquid solution is needed, the solid product dispenser may dissolve the block of solid concentrate quickly and substantially uniformly to provide a solution of controlled concentration. This can be contrast with larger dispensing applications where a dispenser may dissolve a block of concentrate slowly at the start and more rapidly as the dispensing progresses, producing a solution with an average concentration higher than if only a small amount of solution were produced using the dispenser. In one example, the solid product dispenser includes a fluid distribution reservoir and a solid product reservoir positioned inside of the fluid distribution reservoir and over a platform on which the solid product sits. High pressure fluid flows between the two reservoirs, turbulently contacting the solid product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Ronald Schwartz, Ryan Joseph Drake, Hope Emily Weilage, Troy Andreas Anderson, Sarah Elise Gilbertson
  • Patent number: 10119287
    Abstract: A two-part dispensing device for a pool having a dispensing saddle with a static port therein for continual delivery of a first dispersant and a hold for floatingly supporting itself and an exchangeable dispensing pod therein with the dispensing pod having a dynamic port and a static port for a continual delivery of a dispersant wherein the static port delivery of a dispersant maintains the pool at a safe level when there is no human bather load on the pool and the condition of the disperant in the dispensing pod can be determined by the orientation of the dispensing saddle and the dispensing pod in the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Jeffrey Johnson, Paul Freeberg, David Guy, Terry Goemen
  • Patent number: 10092934
    Abstract: A cleaning system for cleaning a pneumatic conveyance system used to transport particulate material. The pneumatic conveyance system includes a material-introduction device for introducing particulate material into a convey line, and a motive air source for generating an air flow to propel the particulate material through the convey line. The cleaning system comprises a projectile comprising a cleaning surface for cleaning an interior of the convey line as the projectile travels through the convey line, a launcher for injecting the projectile into the convey line, with the launcher being coupled with the convey line at a position upstream from the material-introduction device, and a catcher vessel for receiving the projectile upon said projectile exiting the convey line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Schenck Process LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan O. Thorn, Russell A. Heinen
  • Patent number: 10088255
    Abstract: Heat transfer equipment often loses heat transfer capacity due to fouling and scaling which results in lost economic value in the form of lost heat, production, and the labor required for cleaning the equipment. A heat exchanger is provided, including: a first means of fluid communication to a shell (5); a second means of fluid communication to the shell; a flow diverter (2) for reversing the flow of fluid from the shell and the first and second means of communication; a tube (6) within the shell in fluid communication with both the first and second means of fluid communication; and a brush positionable within first and second brush housings (3), the brush housings positioned respectively on the first and second means of fluid communication, the brush moveable with the flow of fluid through the tube; wherein the tube is expandable independent of the shell. The tube is fixed to only one end of the shell without using tubesheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Back Porch Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Keith R Minnich
  • Patent number: 10072871
    Abstract: A corrosion inhibitor module for a packaged terminal air conditioner unit (PTAC) is provided. Condensate is pumped from a drain pan of the PTAC into a housing of the corrosion inhibitor module. The housing contains a corrosion inhibitor concentrate that is mixes with the condensate to form an inhibitor solution that is returned to the drain pan to prevent the corrosion of components that come in contact with the condensate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Scott Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10065156
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a dispenser, a logic device, a nozzle, a diluent source, and a solid product. The logic device controls spray on and spray off cycles to pulse diluent supplied to the nozzle. The diluent contacts the solid product to dissolve a portion of the solid product and create a use solution. Pulsing the spray of diluent controls the concentration of the dispensed product in the use solution by limiting the amount of excess dilutant added to the dispensed product. The product is more consistently dispensed and the concentration of the dispensed product in the use solution is more consistent. Additionally, the concentration of the dispensed product in the use solution can be controlled by changing at least one of a volume of diluent dispensed through the nozzle, a pressure of diluent, a pulsed diluent spray frequency, and a pulsed diluent spray duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: R. Ryan S. Carroll, Henry L. Carbone, II, Charles E. Wensman, Bruce W. White, John D. Morey
  • Patent number: 10060148
    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: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph King, Jeffrey Johnson, Paul Freeberg, David Guy, Terry Goeman, Kenneth V. Schomburg
  • Patent number: 10045658
    Abstract: A hot beverage maker is provided that has a water tank, a boiler, a dispensing device, a water outlet pipe and a control device. The control device of the hot beverage maker has a mechanical configuration that includes a rotatable cam provided inside the case of the hot beverage maker. The cam has bumps arranged in, for example, three circles about a periphery of the cam. Spring leaves are arranged to interact with the cam bumps. The spring leaves are electrically connected to control aspects of the hot beverage maker while the rotational position of the cam also controls other aspects of the hot beverage maker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Tony Wang, Yan Xiong
  • Patent number: 10029931
    Abstract: A multi-stage floatation dispenser for carrying a ballast, which may be a non-water consumable dispersant and at least one water consumable dispersant wherein the weight of the water consumable dispersant decreases as the water consumable dispersant is consumed with the weight of water consumable dispersant and the non-water consumable coordinated with the flotation capacity of a flotation dispenser to provide for either a two stage or a three stage dispensing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph A King
  • Patent number: 10030401
    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 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph King, Jeffrey Johnson, Paul Freeberg, David Guy, Terry Goeman, Kenneth V. Schomburg
  • Patent number: 10022297
    Abstract: A container includes a dry concentrate designed such that the dry concentrate forms an acid liquid concentrate, or a part of an acid liquid concentrate, which is suitable for manufacturing a dialysis solution, on the dissolution of the dry concentrate in a liquid, preferably in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Peter Kloeffel, Gerhard Wiesen, Francois Dumont d'Ayot, Philippe Laffay, Benoit Luaire
  • Patent number: 10001240
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a pig ramp for receiving and supporting a pig in a pig receiver includes a frame portion having an inner diameter, the inner diameter of the ring being larger than an outer diameter of a pig. The pig ramp also includes one or more ramp segments extending longitudinally away from the frame portion, the one or more ramp segments being coupled to a back side of the frame portion at a lower portion and positioned to receive and support the pig when positioned thereon to elevate the pig above a bottom of a tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Danny Lee Dray, Bryan Anthony Crowe, David Abraham Fitch, William Lee Sprowls, John Charles Mollenkopf, Dustin Michael Howell
  • Patent number: 9980626
    Abstract: Dispensing techniques utilize existing fluid to dispense a solid block of chemical product concentrate. The solid chemical product concentrate may include, for example, detergents, disinfectants, sanitizers, rinse agents, or other cleaning agents. The dispenser monitors and controls the concentration of the chemical product in a use solution. When the concentration of the use solution falls outside of a target range, the dispenser routes existing fluid from within the system to the dispenser, where it interacts with and dispense a solid chemical product concentrate, thus raising the concentration of the chemical product in the use solution. In a dishmachine application, the existing fluid may include post wash or rinse fluid from the dishmachine, or may include use solution from a sump, tank, or other use solution storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jared R. Freudenberg, Ryan Jacob Urban, Thomas C. Rustad
  • Patent number: 9943781
    Abstract: A parallel assembly (2; 11; 51) of chromatography column modules (3a,b,c; 13a,b,c; 53a,b,c, 90a, b) connected in a rigid housing (21; 61), the assembly having one common assembly inlet (15; 55) and one common assembly outlet (17; 57), each column module comprising a bed space (29) filled with chromatography medium and each column module comprises integrated fluid conduits which when the column module is connected with other column modules in the rigid housing are adapted to connect the bed space (29) of the column module with the assembly inlet (15; 55) and the assembly outlet (17; 57), wherein the total length and/or volume of the fluid conduit from the assembly inlet to one bed space together with the length and/or volume of the fluid conduit from the same bed space to the assembly outlet is substantially the same for all bed spaces and modules installed in the parallel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Klaus Gebauer, Manoj Kumar Ramakrishna, Daniel Salomonsson, Per Uselius
  • Patent number: 9937514
    Abstract: A valve module with floating member for use in a fluid applicator and a fluid applicator comprising said valve module are disclosed. The fluid applicator further includes a valve module that is configured to control a flow of fluid from the chamber to the cavity. The valve module includes an upper valve seat and a valve stem operatively coupled to the drive pin and extending from the chamber to the cavity. The valve module further includes a retaining tip attached to the valve stem and a floating member disposed in the cavity between the opening and the retaining tip such that the valve stem passes through the floating member and the floating member is movable along a longitudinal axis of the valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Aaron Gould, Laurence B. Saidman
  • Patent number: 9839861
    Abstract: A swirl confetti blower is designed to create a conical swirl motion that would cause the confetti to blow down around and up/out the spouts. This blower consists of top that has the confetti loading doors, fan housing and fan blade guard, hanging bracket, the main housing body with the confetti snouts and the octagon vent bottom which is the confetti trough and the bottom air relief portion with the conical diffuser. Diversion of air flow is what helps the confetti to flow not only up and out but also out the bottom relief channel. This Vortex or Swirl is created by using a high velocity blower fan. The blower loads from the snouts or the doors on the top of the unit. This unit can be hung from a truss or positioned on a flat surface. This would be for either manual control or an external DMX unit that would be able to be controlled from a lighting console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Roneé Holmes
  • Patent number: 9821279
    Abstract: Diffusion device intended to accept a flanged capsule containing a product that is to be diffused comprising a body, a bearing surface borne by the body directly or indirectly, an outlet passage for letting product out of the capsule, a knob mounted with the ability to rotate on the body, the knob comprising an upper part projecting axially beyond the bearing surface, the knob and the bearing surface being mounted with the capacity for helicoidal rotation relative to one another, a closure movement of the knob being able to bring the lower face of a rim of the device to face the bearing surface, the closure movement of the knob comprising a rotational movement of the knob with respect to the body causing a helicoidal movement between the knob and the bearing surface that is able to bring a lower face of the rim and the bearing surface closer together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SKINJAY
    Inventors: Nicolas Pasquier, Loic Dubos
  • Patent number: 9815052
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing device includes a dispensing cylinder, a first inlet and a second inlet. The first inlet is disposed within a first container on which the fluid dispensing device is mounted. The first inlet and the second inlet are configured to facilitate intake of only one fluid into the dispensing cylinder at a given point in time. The fluid dispensing device also includes a first outlet and a second outlet. The first outlet and the second outlet are configured to dispense only one fluid out of the dispensing cylinder at a given point in time. The fluid dispensing device further includes a valve assembly fluidically coupled to the first inlet and the second inlet, and to the first outlet and the second outlet. The valve assembly is configured to control flow of the fluids within and/or out of the dispensing cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Ajay Jain, Atul Jain, Aviral Jain
  • Patent number: 9795245
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a first reservoir for receiving a liquid to be used for preparing a beverage and a hot water generator (‘HWG’) which has an inlet end, an outlet end and a passageway therebetween. The inlet end of the HWG is connected to the first reservoir. Liquid from the first reservoir flows into the HWG through the inlet end. A second reservoir is connected to the outlet end of the HWG. The second reservoir includes a discharge port. A fluid path connects the first and second reservoirs and bypasses the HWG. The kitchen appliance is operable for both pressurized brew/heat cycles and un-pressurized brew/heat cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick T Mulvaney, Adam Hanes, Willilam D Starr