With Holder For Solid, Flaky Or Pulverized Material To Be Dissolved Or Entrained Patents (Class 137/268)
  • Patent number: 12031306
    Abstract: A capsule includes an upper body portion and a lower body portion that is coupled to the upper body portion. The lower body portion includes a lower wall that defines a lower opening. The lower body portion and the upper body portion together define an internal cavity. At least one of the upper body portion or the lower body portion includes a plurality of grooves spaced at intervals along a circumferential direction with respect to a central axis of the capsule. The plurality of grooves extends at an angle in a partially axial direction and a partially circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Robert J. Guthrie, Brian C. Wick, Evan Yee, Andrew Klinger
  • Patent number: 11988341
    Abstract: A fluid injection system for dispensing a solution into a fluid flow in a flow line, the fluid injection system including a storage tank having a product to be dispensed therein. The system includes a connector for connection to a fluid flow line. The connector has an outlet port for diverting fluid from the flow line into the tank, an inlet port for returning a mixture of fluid and/or product back into the fluid flow line, and a restrictor provided between the inlet and outlet ports. The system includes an inlet dip tube and an outlet dip tube provided inside the tank and a mixing chamber connected between the inlet dip tube and the outlet dip tube. The mixing chamber is configure to mix the fluid with the product to create a fluid/product mixture, wherein the fluid/product mixture is injected back into the fluid flow line via the inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: EZ-FLO INJECTION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Danny Craig Gilmore, Jeffery Michael Gilmore
  • Patent number: 11974713
    Abstract: The dispenser (1) is configured to couple with a container (100) containing at least one chemical agent (101) and to dispense the chemical agent (101) when the dispenser (1) has been coupled with the container (100). The container (100) may be introduced into a receiving space (5) of the dispenser (1) into a coupling position. The dispenser (1) has a sensor (7) for the contact-free detection of container information or container content information and an occupancy sensor (8), which detects whether a container (100) that has been inserted into the receiving space (5) is in the coupling position. Only when the container (100) is in the coupling position, then the occupancy sensor (8) will activate the sensor (7) for the contact-free detection of container information or container content information, which detects in the activated state the container information or container content information and examines the correctness thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Hans Georg Hagleitner
  • Patent number: 11825780
    Abstract: An irrigation management system is disclosed and positionable in-line with an irrigation pipe for monitoring and controlling a flow of fluid therethrough. In at least one embodiment, the system provides an inlet pipe and an opposing outlet pipe in serial fluid communication with the irrigation pipe. At least one fluid control valve is in serial fluid communication between the inlet pipe and outlet pipe for selectively controlling the flow of fluid therebetween. The fluid control valve provides a main valve and a hydraulic actuator for selectively moving the main valve between open and closed positions. The hydraulic actuator is also in serial fluid communication between a pair of actuator valves for moving the hydraulic actuator between open and closed positions. The system also provides at least one sample collection tank configured for temporarily storing a volume of fluid diverted from the irrigation pipe in order to be tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: M8 Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Max Safai, Herbert Lawson Fisher
  • Patent number: 11740228
    Abstract: A particle separating and measuring device of the present disclosure includes: a first flow path device including a post-separation flow outlet through which a first fluid containing specific particles to be separated flows out; and a second flow path device on which the first flow path device is placed and including a first flow inlet through which the first fluid flows in, the first flow path device in which the post-separation flow outlet is arranged in a lower surface is placed on the second flow path device in which the first flow inlet is arranged in an upper surface of a first region, the post-separation flow outlet and the first flow inlet are connected so as to face each other, and a size of an opening of the first flow inlet is larger than a size of an opening of the post-separation flow outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Yoneta
  • Patent number: 11492276
    Abstract: A non-dissolvable immersible dispensing puck in the shape of a dissolvable halogen puck when the dissolvable halogen puck is in an undissolved state with the non-dissolvable immersible dispensing puck physically interchangeable with a dissolvable halogen puck when placed in a dispenser for normally holding only a set of halogen pucks to enable a single dispersant dispenser to be converted to a dual dispersant dispenser without changing the structure of the single dispersant dispenser by placing a dispenser within a dispenser wherein only one of the dispensers may be provided with adjustable water ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Jeffrey D. Johnson, Donald Dalland
  • Patent number: 11414243
    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: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: KING TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Randy Williams, Kenneth V. Schomburg, Jeffrey Johnson, Mark Snetting
  • Patent number: 11369903
    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: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Gustafson, Kurt Joscher, David B. Harder, Brian Tucker
  • Patent number: 11370279
    Abstract: An Al-steel assembly is provided. The assembly includes an aluminum-based element and a steel element on at least one surface of the aluminum-based element. The steel element has a metal coating made of a zinc-aluminum-magnesium alloy and includes from 2.3% to 3.3% by weight of magnesium and from 3.6% to 3.9% by weight of aluminum. A coated surface of the steel element is in contact with the aluminum-based element in an assembly zone and a protective coating coats the assembly around and adjacent the assembly zone. A body-in-white, further assembly and method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: ARCELORMITTAL
    Inventors: Christian Allely, Astrid Coffigny-Gregoire, Laurence Dosdat, Stéphane Morel
  • Patent number: 11339981
    Abstract: A dehumidifier includes a water tank including an accommodating space, a connector male end assembly disposed at the water tank, a middle partition, and a connector female end disposed at the middle partition. The connector male end assembly includes a connector male end including a first end part in communication with the accommodating space and a second end part opposite to and in communication with the first end part. The connector female end includes a first connection end part connected with the second end part and a second connection end part opposite to and in communication with the first connection end part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Zhiming Zhang, Xiaoyu Wang
  • Patent number: 11332991
    Abstract: A system and method for targeted delivery of treatment material to a specified depth in a wellbore, including placing a container to the specified depth and allowing the container to fail at the depth due to wellbore pressure to release the treatment material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Huseyin Rahmi Seren, Thomas Hillman
  • Patent number: 11247921
    Abstract: A method of treating water includes directing a stream of water towards a lateral side of a water treatment substance body contained within a holder. The water stream serves to abrade the water treatment substance body, thereby to dose the water with the water treatment substance. Dosed water is thus formed. The dosed water is allowed to pass through at least one opening in the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: CONTROL CHEMICALS (PTY) LTD
    Inventor: Peter James Buchan
  • Patent number: 11154021
    Abstract: A floating pond fertilizer device is provided. The device includes a tray for holding fertilizer at the surface of a body of water to be fertilized. The tray has small holes in the bottom of the tray through which fertilizer is released and is secured to a float to support the tray on the surface of the water. The device has opposing mixing arms positioned inside the tray for mixing the fertilizer. The mixing arms are attached to a support arm that can freely rotate within an opening in the center of the bottom of the tray. Rotation of the support arm is facilitated by natural wind and wave action, and thus the device does not require the use of motorized or automated components for mixing or dispensing the fertilizer. The device has a lid that can be retained in an open position during use to facilitate wind-assisted mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventor: Jerry Robinson
  • Patent number: 11137103
    Abstract: A multiple pig launcher includes a tubular structure along which a series of pipeline pigs may be advanced in stepwise fashion to be launched into a pipeline in succession. A launching station holds a first pig at a downstream end of the series in readiness for launch. A pig stopper mechanism is operable selectively to hold a second pig at a holding station upstream of the launching station when launching the first pig and to release the second pig from the holding station to be advanced into the launching station after the first pig has been launched. The pig stopper mechanism comprises at least one radially movable gripper element that can apply radially inward gripping force to a pig held at the holding station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Subsea 7 Norway AS
    Inventors: Torstein Meling, Oivind Stangeland, William Tobias Bird
  • Patent number: 11091959
    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: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: REME TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Alan Sicilian, Faraz Ali, Avinash Cuddapah
  • Patent number: 11053463
    Abstract: A method of delivering a laundry serum composition into the wash or rinse cycle, comprising the steps of: a. pouring a laundry liquid into a washing machine drawer, drum or a dosing shuttle; b. pouring a laundry serum composition on top of the laundry liquid; wherein the laundry serum composition comprises: a. 2-60 w.t. % benefit agent; b. less than 4 w.t. % surfactant; and c. water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Charles Crossman, Geraint Paul Roberts
  • Patent number: 11053767
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for launching objects into a wellbore. The apparatus generally includes a first object container and a container actuator. The first object container includes first compartments. The container actuator is adapted to displace the first object container so that respective ones of the first compartments are sequentially aligned with an opening. When the respective ones of the first compartments are sequentially aligned with the opening, objects loaded into the respective ones of the first compartments are sequentially launchable through the opening and into the wellbore. In some embodiments, the apparatus further includes a second object container including second compartments and being positionable above the first object container so that the respective second compartments are aligned with the respective first compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: DOWNING WELLHEAD EQUIPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Cannon, Joel H. Young, Ronnie B. Beason
  • Patent number: 11035069
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus includes a tub, a drum, a cover defining a detergent inlet, a storage body configured to store the detergent, a barrier partitioning an interior of the storage body into first and second detergent spaces, a storage unit water supply nozzle configured to supply water to the first detergent space, a first body through hole defined at a bottom surface of the storage body, a first discharge pipe, a second discharge pipe, a siphon formation pipe surrounding the first discharge pipe and being configured to flow liquid from the first detergent space to the first body through hole based on a liquid level inside the first detergent space, and a space communication unit configured to flow liquid from the first detergent space to the second detergent space based on liquid not being discharged to an outside of the first detergent space through the first body through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jihong Lee, Kyungjin Kim
  • Patent number: 10973176
    Abstract: A rainwater distribution system for storing and distributing rainwater includes a first container configured to store rainwater and having a bottom wall and a side wall; a planting container being elevated off of the bottom wall and within the first container, and having a planting container bottom wall and a side wall; a planting container support configured to elevate the planting container off of the bottom wall and within the first container; a cascade aperture having a cascade filter, the cascade aperture positioned on the side wall of the planting container, and allows the rainwater that enters the planting container to exit the planting container into the first container; and an outlet aperture positioned on the side wall of the first container and configured to allow the rainwater to exit the first container at a controlled rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Carrie Bristoll-Groll
  • Patent number: 10961130
    Abstract: A system includes at least one reusable nutrient cartridge including an outer housing having an inlet and an outlet, and nutrient-adsorbing material contained within the housing, the material being configured to adsorb nutrients, wherein the cartridge is configured to be charged with nutrients by flowing a nutrient stream through the inlet, through the nutrient-adsorbing material, and through the outlet to enable the nutrient-adsorbing material to adsorb the nutrients, wherein the cartridge is also configured to be later discharged of the nutrients by flowing water through the inlet, through the nutrient-adsorbing material, and through the outlet so as to transfer the nutrients to the water to generate a dilute nutrient solution suitable for use as a fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
    Inventors: Daniel H. Yeh, Jorge Luis Calabria, Onur Y. Ozcan, Robert A. Bair
  • Patent number: 10932407
    Abstract: A floating pond fertilizer device is provided. The device includes a tray for holding fertilizer at the surface of a body of water to be fertilized. The tray has small holes in the bottom of the tray through which fertilizer is released and is secured to a float to support the tray on the surface of the water. The device has opposing mixing arms positioned inside the tray for mixing the fertilizer. The mixing arms are attached to a support arm that can freely rotate within an opening in the center of the bottom of the tray. Rotation of the support arm is facilitated by natural wind and wave action, and thus the device does not require the use of motorized or automated components for mixing or dispensing the fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Jerry Robinson
  • Patent number: 10925222
    Abstract: In a flow system and method, a fluid delivery pipe is connected in series between a fluid distributor and a fluid valve that is connected in series between a fluid source and the fluid distributor. A controller, disposed remote from the fluid delivery pipe, can be programmed or configured to control the fluid value via a communication channel or communication network. A hydrogenerator, powered by fluid running from the fluid source to the fluid distributor, can charge a battery that can power a radio to wirelessly transmit flow data to the controller. The controller can control the open and close states of the fluid valve based on the wirelessly transmitted flow data received by the controller to control an amount of fluid delivered by the fluid delivery pipe, for example, for controlled irrigation of an area to a desired extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Larry C. Sarver
  • Patent number: 10871049
    Abstract: A method can include deploying a diverter plug into a well, the diverter plug comprising a group of particles that are prevented from dispersing, flowing fluid, thereby conveying the diverter plug into engagement with a fluid passageway, the particles conforming to a shape of the fluid passageway as the diverter plug blocks fluid flow through the fluid passageway, and the particles being prevented from dispersing while the diverter plug blocks the fluid flow through the fluid passageway. The diverter plug can include a group of particles disposed within an outer enclosure. The particles in the enclosure can conform to a shape of the fluid passageway as the diverter plug blocks fluid flow through the fluid passageway. In another method, the enclosure can sealingly engage the fluid passageway while the particles remain disposed within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: THRU TUBING SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Brock W. Watson, Gary P. Funkhouser, Roger L. Schultz
  • Patent number: 10822824
    Abstract: A method of adding pH balancing solution to a body of water includes the steps of coupling a pH balancing solution system to a circulation system in communication with the body of water. The pH balancing solution system includes a pH balancing solution dispenser having an upper dispenser body portion, a lower dispenser body portion, an interior support portion with a dispensing grid and a piercing mechanism thereon, and a dispenser lid. The lid of the dispenser is opened and the pH of the balancing solution is inserted inside the upper body portion. The pH balancing solution container is situated on the piercing mechanism and the pH balancing solution container is pierced on the piercing mechanism to open the pH balancing solution container. The open pH balancing solution container is allowed to drain over the dispensing grid. A metered dose of pH solution is dispensed to the body of water through the pH balancing solution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: PENTAIR WATER POOL & SPA, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Doyle, Bruce Johnson, Keith Schulte
  • Patent number: 10822257
    Abstract: According to principles of the present inventive concepts, an HVAC fluid conditioning system comprises an inlet port configured to receive HVAC fluid from an HVAC condensation line. A conditioning system treats the HVAC fluid with a chemical or other treatment process to prevent the growth of harmful pollutants within the HVAC condensation line. The treated HVAC fluid is then released from the conditioning system through an outlet port thereof and back into the HVAC condensation line. A trap system can be provided to trap harmful gases created during the HVAC fluid treatment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: AC Freeflow
    Inventors: Richmond Italia, Louis Spicer
  • Patent number: 10815604
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a washing machine capable of improving an external shape by locating a detergent supply apparatus on a bottom inside a body. The washing machine includes a body with an opening portion formed in a front surface thereof, a door provided to open and close the opening portion of the body, a door guide provided on the opening portion, and a detergent supply apparatus which includes a detergent box provided on a bottom of the door guide to be withdrawable toward a center of the opening portion and a detergent supply pump provided to discharge a detergent in the detergent box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Kwon Kim, Kyung Mok Yoo, Seon Ju Lee, Chul Yong Cho, Jong Su Jeon
  • Patent number: 10781016
    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: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: KING TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Randy Williams, Kenneth V. Schomburg, Jeffrey Johnson, Mark Snetting
  • 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
    Assignee: HENDERSON PRODUCTS, INC.
    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
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKTIEBOLAG
    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: 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: 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: 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
    Assignee: RED-WHITE VALVE CORP.
    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
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE WATER CARE, LLC
    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