Processes Patents (Class 141/1)
  • Patent number: 11305977
    Abstract: A container-filling system includes a product-dispenser system and a control system. The product-dispenser system includes a conveyor defining a predetermined path, a container loader, and a container filler. The predetermined path has a sensing station, a loading station, and a filling station. The control system determines if a container is present at the sensing station. The cup loader provides a container at the loading station. The cup filler dispenses a product into the container at the filling station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Berry Global, Inc.
    Inventors: David Y. O'Nan, David C. Arnold
  • Patent number: 11274028
    Abstract: A contactless interface for a beverage dispenser including a sensor and circuitry. The sensor has a field of view and is configured to sense an object located in a detection zone of the sensor. The detection zone is an area within the field of view and at a distance less than a maximum detection distance from the sensor. The circuitry is configured to output a detection signal while the object is sensed within the detection zone. The detection signal is an electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: International H2O Inc.
    Inventors: Juhani Defazio, Ryan Pinagel
  • Patent number: 11266760
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cartridge used for a sterilization device. The cartridge comprises a sterilant container configured to contain a sterilant used for sterilization and an injector receiving the sterilant contained in the sterilant container through the sterilization device and delivering the sterilant to an article to be sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: PLASMAPP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youbong Lim, Seunghun Lee, Junyoung Kim, Miseon Hwang
  • Patent number: 11272643
    Abstract: A method of thermally managing an information handling system includes executing a security scan to simulate a maximum workload consuming an electrical power, and receiving sensory signals representing temperatures associated with the information handling system. A system ambient capability above an ambient temperature when operating the information handling system at the maximum workload is then determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Robert B. Curtis, Mukund P. Khatri
  • Patent number: 11253830
    Abstract: A device for centering a temperature measurement device inside a tube reactor that will be filled with catalyst, including a single inflatable bladder mechanically and fluidically attached to a centering ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP
    Inventor: Gary D. Miller
  • Patent number: 11248943
    Abstract: A mobile fuel monitoring system (MMU) is disclosed. The fuel monitoring system may be skid mounted and is configured to monitor fuel transfers between a fuel source and a vessel, such as a ship. The disclosed MMU is a stand-alone, self-contained unit that can be easily moved from place to place. The MMU is configured to monitor and remotely report custody transfers of fuel performed at any location. Parameters of the fuel transfer operation, such as the amount of fuel transferred, the flow rate, the fuel density, and fuel temperature can be monitored and alarms may be issued if any of the parameters are out of specification. The parameter values may be transmitted to a remote location, for example, via a satellite link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Nautical Control Solutions, LP
    Inventors: Anthony George, Thomas Smith, Brian Doyle, Emerson Ornstein
  • Patent number: 11231340
    Abstract: An on-line sealing detecting device, which is set on a butting surface of two parts, and includes: a seal ring installed in the butting surface of two parts, and a circumferential chamber set in this seal ring ; an inlet and outlet unit connected with the inner of the chamber, and one detection unit set on this inlet and outlet unit. This detection unit is connected with a processor through electric connection and is used for detecting the gas pressure value and/or gas concentration value in the inlet and outlet unit, and for sending the gas pressure value and/or gas concentration value to the processor. An on-line sealing detecting method realizing an on-line detection of part sealing, and detecting each operation position of multi-section-type seal chamber processing equipment at the same time effectively improves the sealing detection efficiency of multi-section-type seal chamber processing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Chunfeng Li
  • Patent number: 11204932
    Abstract: A method may include receiving, from a client, an indication to include, in an application, a data processing pipeline implementing a data processing procedure that requires interaction with a data engine to retrieve and/or manipulate data in a data store coupled with the data engine. The application may be executed by exporting, to the data engine, a script corresponding to the data processing pipeline. Exporting the script may enable the data engine to execute the script to retrieve and/or manipulate data in the data store. The transfer of data resulting from the data engine executing the script may be monitored, for example, based on messages from the data engine. The messages may be exchanged via a message broker. Related systems and articles of manufacture, including computer program products, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Masoud Aghadavoodi Jolfaei
  • Patent number: 11204358
    Abstract: A specimen treating and measuring system according to the present invention comprises: a treatment part having a plurality of lanes for carrying out parallel processing of a plurality of specimens, and mounting cartridges in each of the plurality of lanes; a cartridge storing unit storing a plurality of types of cartridge to be used for different processes corresponding to the plurality of specimens; a sample storing unit storing and conveying sample tubes containing the plurality of specimens; a pickup unit transferring each of the plurality of types of cartridge to each lane, and transferring each of the plurality of specimens from the sample tubes to each of the plurality of lanes; and a control unit controlling the transfer of the plurality of types of cartridge and the transfer of the plurality of specimens, performed by the pickup unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventor: Hideji Tajima
  • Patent number: 11193864
    Abstract: A system for preparing a test sample includes a vial holder, a needle trap connected to the vial holder, and a sample preparation station. The vial holder includes a vial chamber configured to hold a vial, a purge gas needle, and a needle trap heater. The needle trap includes a needle with the needle trap heater surrounding a distal end portion of the needle. A packing bed is disposed in the needle at the distal end portion. The sample preparation station includes a housing and a vial heater assembly including a vial heater and defining a cavity. The vial holder is configured to be received in the cavity in an installed position with the vial heater surrounding at least a portion of the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventors: Nathan L. Porter, Anthony David Rands
  • Patent number: 11185470
    Abstract: Provided are systems and method for dosing a pharmaceutical formulation. These methods and systems can displace the pharmaceutical formulation through a density flow meter, wherein the density flow meter is configured to measure a density of the pharmaceutical formulation. Next, the pharmaceutical formulation can be dosed into preformed molds and the dosing process can be stopped when the density of the pharmaceutical formulation measured by the density flow meter is below a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Catalent U.K. Swindon Zydis Limited
    Inventors: David Waddington, Matthew Wort, Katherine Arneil
  • Patent number: 11185832
    Abstract: A method for mixing a heat-dissipating material, is provided. The method for mixing a heat-dissipating material includes determining a capacity (V) of the static mixer based on an injection amount (Q) per process unit time, a process unit time (td) and a time (t2) during which the viscosity of the heat-dissipating material flowing out of the static mixer becomes twice of the initial mixing viscosity, where when the heat-dissipating material is sequentially injected into first and second external devices using the static mixer, the process unit time is the difference between a first time point on which the heat-dissipating material starts to be injected into the second external device and a second time point on which the heat-dissipating material starts to be injected into the first external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Yoon Gyung Cho, Se Woo Yang, Yang Gu Kang, Eun Suk Park, Hyun Suk Kim, Hyoung Sook Park, Sang Min Park, Young Jo Yang
  • Patent number: 11142447
    Abstract: A system and a method for mobilized autonomous hydrogen refueling of vertical lift aircraft using a framed landing pad with sensors, an onboard hydrogen storage tank, an onboard refueling arm configured to couple the hydrogen storage tank to the aircraft and an onboard controller configured to control a flow of fuel from the hydrogen storage tank to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Dean Rainville
  • Patent number: 11142448
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering fuel to a plurality of vehicles comprising a distribution manifold having a plurality of outlets, said distribution manifold in fluidic communication with a fuel source, each of said plurality of outlets having an associated control valve for controlling fluid flow therethrough and a plurality of tank valve assemblies in fluidic communication with one of said plurality of fuel lines each located at an inlet to a tank of one of said plurality of vehicles, each of said tank valve assembly being operable to shut off flow of fuel therethrough when said tank is filled to a predetermined level. The system further comprises a plurality of fuel lines, each of said plurality of fuel lines extending between an outlet of said distribution manifold and a tank valve assembly and a controller operably coupled to said plurality of control valves wherein said adapted to sequentially open at least one of said plurality of control valves at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen William McKay, Neil Joseph Ladd
  • Patent number: 11135623
    Abstract: A wafer transport container interior atmosphere measurement device is arranged in wafer transport container. The device detects an atmosphere in the wafer transport container and communicates the atmosphere. The device includes a detector, a transmitter, and a power source. The detector detects the atmosphere in the wafer transport container. The transmitter wirelessly transmits a first information including a detection result by the detector to an external receiver. The power source supplies electric power to the detector and the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Mutsuo Sasaki, Tatsuhiro Kotsugai
  • Patent number: 11130667
    Abstract: A device for filling a container with a filling product includes a filling valve for influencing the supply of the filling product into the container to be filled, generally during the transport, by means of a container transporting device, of the containers to be filled, a dosing valve for dosing a dosing product from a dosing product reservoir into the filling valve, and a main component reservoir for providing a main component at the filling valve. A dosing product changing device is provided for changing the dosing product in the dosing product reservoir during the filling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Valentin Becher, Josef Knott, Florian Angerer, Ute Winter, Stefan Poeschl, Josef Doblinger
  • Patent number: 11130669
    Abstract: Fuel dispenser (100) comprising: a fluid inlet (105IN) for receiving fuel from a fuel source, a fluid outlet (105OUT) and a conduit (110) disposed therebetween; inspection means (152) for inspecting the fuel within the conduit (110), the inspection means (152) being configured to provide an output indicative of a type of fuel in the conduit (110); valve means (120) operable selectively to prevent or allow flow of fluid through the conduit (110) from the fluid inlet (105IN) to the fluid outlet (105OUT); and control means (150) configured automatically to cause the valve means (120) to prevent or allow flow of fuel through the conduit (110) in dependence on the output of the fuel inspection means (152) and permitted fluid information, the permitted fluid information being information indicative of a type of fuel that is to be permitted to flow through the conduit (110), the apparatus (100) comprising an electrical generator (140) configured to generate electrical power to charge a charge storage device in respo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Berrys (Holdings) Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Jacque Williams, Martin Gerard Berry
  • Patent number: 11121015
    Abstract: A substrate transport system includes a carrier having a housing forming an interior environment having an opening for holding at least one substrate and a door for sealing the opening from an outside atmosphere where when sealed the interior environment is configured to maintain an interior atmosphere therein, the housing including a fluid reservoir exterior to the interior environment and configured to contain a fluid, forming a different atmosphere in the fluid reservoir than the interior atmosphere, to form a fluidic barrier seal that seals the interior environment from an environment exterior to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Babbs, Robert T. Caveney, Robert C. May, Krzysztof A. Majczak
  • Patent number: 11090652
    Abstract: Instruments and methods for amplifying nucleic acids in a sample provided in a flexible, self-contained, substantially closed sample container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignees: BioFire Defense, LLC, BioFire Diagnostics, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle K. Johnson, Owen D. Brimhall, Jonathan J. Politis
  • Patent number: 11065954
    Abstract: A fuel fill opening structure for a fuel tank includes a fuel filler pipe, a fuel fill opening, and a flow guide. The flow guide includes a main guide wall which partitions a fuel introduction region inside the fuel filler pipe into an upper space communicating with a tank main body side and a lower space communicating with the fuel fill opening side, and a partition wall provided to be continuous with the main guide wall and configured to close a space between an upper surface side of the main guide wall and an inner surface of the fuel filler pipe. The main guide wall includes a bent inclined part that is bent and inclined downward from a middle portion in running from the fuel fill opening side toward the tank main body side. The bent inclined part has a shape in which a width thereof becomes smaller when viewed from above as it inclines downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Koga, Kazunari Nakaya, Masaki Komada
  • Patent number: 11065560
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a liquid container monitoring and maintenance system. In an aspect, the liquid container monitoring and maintenance system (LCMMS) is a self-contained system that is compatible to monitor and maintain various liquids stored in various types and sizes of containers. In such aspects, the LCMMS is an all in one solution for monitoring and maintaining the liquid within the container. The LCMMS is configured to be an external system that can couple to various storage containers via various access ports. The LCMMS is configured to automatically monitor and maintain the liquid contained within the container. In an aspect, the LCMMS can be remotely controlled, as well as provide reporting to various users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Chan Wilkes, Alex Lopez
  • Patent number: 11059618
    Abstract: An apparatus for emptying a container including a body unit, a container platform, a cutting blade, and a hold-down assembly. The body unit at least partially defines a chamber, and the container platform is configured to support a container. The cutting blade is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. The cutting blade is located within the chamber when in the extended position. The cutting blade is configured to puncture a container positioned on the container platform as the cutting blade goes from the retracted position to the extended position. The hold-down assembly is configured to secure a container positioned on the container platform. The hold-down assembly is oriented such that a bracket and a shaft of the hold-down assembly are fixed relative to the body unit when an adjustable strut of the hold-down assembly is in a locked strut configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Ethan Eck
  • Patent number: 11034572
    Abstract: A vehicle or machine may include a consumable that requires refilling, such as fuel. Refilling the consumable may occur at a regular interval and the amounts may be recorded. Based on the past intervals and amounts, there may be modifications to future amounts. The weight of the consumable on a vehicle may decrease efficiency. Accordingly, the amount of consumable should be kept to a minimum to avoid carrying excess weight. Reducing an amount of the consumable upon replenishment can improve efficiency of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Komatsu America Corp.
    Inventor: David J. Scott
  • Patent number: 11022437
    Abstract: A leveling sensor, a load port including a leveling sensor, and a method of leveling a load port using a load port are disclosed. In an embodiment, a sensor includes an accelerometer configured to detect leveling and vibration of a load port and produce a plurality of data; a plurality of indicator lights configured to display a level measurement and a level direction based on the leveling of the load port; a processor configured to process the data produced by the accelerometer; and a wired connection configured to connect the processor to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Lin Wang, Jung-Tang Wu, Chin-Szu Lee, Hua-Sheng Chiu
  • Patent number: 11014797
    Abstract: In an aseptic filling apparatus, a CIP of the content filling station is performed after rotation of a wheel in the content filling station is stopped, a COP or SOP of the content filling station is performed while the wheel in the content filling station is rotating immediately after the CIP is completed, an SIP of the content filling station is performed with rotation of the wheel in the content filling station being stopped immediately after the COP or SOP is completed, and one or both of the COP and SOP of the other stations is performed in a predetermined order while wheels in the other stations are rotating in a period from the start of the CIP to the end of the SIP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Hayakawa, Ryuichi Tamagawa
  • Patent number: 10961108
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for filling tanks from a canister with a first adapter device which is suitable for at least intermittent fastening to the canister and which has a delivery device by which a flowable medium can be conveyed out of the canister into the tank, wherein the device has a flushing agent connection in order to deliver a cleaning liquid to at least one component of the device. The device has a further receiving container to temporarily receive the flowable medium to be introduced into the tank, and the device has a measuring device which is suitable and intended to determine the amount of liquid to be introduced into the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Steffen Graef
  • Patent number: 10940963
    Abstract: A device for filling a container, such as a dispensing tip, with a powdered or liquid material, and methods of use of the device are disclosed. The device generally includes a vacuum manifold having at least one port, and a vacuum source for creating a negative pressure in the vacuum manifold. The device may further include at least one container having an axial bore therethrough, a proximal end, and a distal end which includes a stop positioned therein. The negative pressure created in the vacuum manifold by the vacuum pump is sufficient to pull the powdered or liquid material through the distal end into the axial bore of the at least one container. A clearance between an outer surface of the stop and an inner wall of the container is configured to prevent passage of the powdered or liquid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Profounda Health and Beauty Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Ewen MacLaughlan
  • Patent number: 10936993
    Abstract: Automated item replenishment for a plurality of items is accomplished by associating each item with one or more tags, which may in turn be associated with a particular consumption level of the item. One or more tag detection units are positioned to monitor an entry and/or an exit point of a monitored location. An inventory database maintains an inventory of the items currently present at the location and tracks consumption levels and exhaustion dates associated with each item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Essenmacher, Anthony M. Cocuzza, Nancy S. Tilley, Janice M. Young, Yuk L. Chan
  • Patent number: 10900910
    Abstract: A reagent analyzer and method is described. In the method, a reagent card having a reagent pad is passed through an optical signal path between an optical signal source and an optical signal detector. A transition between a first electrical signal and a second electrical signal is detected to determine a substantially exact position of a leading end or a trailing end of the reagent pad. The first electrical signal is indicative of the substrate interfering with the optical signal. The second electrical signal is indicative of the substrate and reagent pad of the reagent card interfering with the optical signal. The reagent pad is moved to a known second location upon determining the substantially exact position of at least one of the leading end and the trailing end of the reagent pad. At the second location a sample is dispensed onto the reagent pad by a sample dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Milesky, George N. Zantos
  • Patent number: 10893682
    Abstract: Process for continuous inoculation of a food product, in particular a dairy product, with ferments, comprising the following steps: —solid concentrated ferments are transformed into liquid concentrated ferments, —the transformed concentrated ferments are continuously injected into a flow of liquid to be inoculated, characterized in that the liquid concentrated ferments are transformed—by thawing frozen concentrated ferments in a temperature controlled chamber or—by rehydrating freeze-dried concentrated ferments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: CHR. HANSEN A/S
    Inventors: Sylvain Brocheret, Marc Faiveley, Anne-Claire Bauquis
  • Patent number: 10888261
    Abstract: A specimen transfer device adapted to receive a blood sample is disclosed. The specimen transfer device includes a housing and an actuation member. A deformable material is disposed within the housing and is deformable from an initial position in which the material is adapted to hold the sample to a deformed position in which at least a portion of the sample is released from the material. A viscoelastic member is disposed within the housing between the material and the housing and between the material and the actuation member. The viscoelastic member is engaged with the actuation member and the material such that movement of the actuation member from a first position to a second position deforms the material from the initial position to the deformed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Milan Ivosevic, Bradley M. Wilkinson, C. Mark Newby, Kishore K. Bokka Srinivasa Rao
  • Patent number: 10889486
    Abstract: A dispensing and/or dosing system for use with an inverted liquid container such as a bottle or the like for dispensing and/or dosing liquid from the bottle. The system includes an improved valve which replaces the throat plug assembly of Applicant's earlier patents. The system is entirely recyclable and is durable in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 10832928
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, apparatus, and methods for an improved load port that includes a frame supporting a dock and a carrier opener; an elevator operable to raise and lower the carrier opener; an isolation compartment within which the elevator is operable to move, the isolation compartment including a volume isolated from a volume of an equipment front end module (EFEM); and a purge supply within the isolation compartment operable to purge the isolation compartment of reactive gas trapped within the isolation compartment. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke W. Bonecutter, David T. Blahnik, Paul B. Reuter
  • Patent number: 10794541
    Abstract: A pumping system, method and device for pumping from and to any two or more vessels in a multiple vessel process where all permutations of the source and destination vessels are possible, but only specific combinations are required as part of the regular, repeat, controlled process system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: CleanWorld
    Inventors: Joshua L. Rapport, Stephen P. Tourigny
  • Patent number: 10774298
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods and kits for culturing and applying fresh microbial inoculants in the field. The system, methods and kits are easy to use, reliable, sealed to prevent contamination, and can be stored on location, for use on demand by those unskilled in the microbiological arts. Particular embodiments described herein may be used to increase agricultural crop yields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Bruce H. Caldwell, Brian B. McSpadden Gardener
  • Patent number: 10755828
    Abstract: A device for preparing radioactive solutions, in particular radiopharmaceutical solutions, including: a movable support block with at least two cells capable of accommodating a vial; and a shielded covering, including a side wall surrounding the periphery of the support block and an upper wall covering the upper face of the support block, an opening being provided in the upper wall of the covering. A means for driving the support block is configured to selectively displace the support block into positions, referred to as working positions, in which a given cell is aligned with the opening to allow access to the cell from the outside of the covering. The support block is configured such that it can be further brought to a position, referred to as closing position, in which the opening is sealed by a shielded element carried by the support block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Guénolé Mathias-Laot, Quentin Thomas
  • Patent number: 10723609
    Abstract: Containers of the same or different size are filled with a non-viscous fluid at discrete stations, each container being filled independently of each other container. Multiple containers of the same or different size are positioned at multiple discrete stations, each container being at a different station. A non-viscous fluid is flowed into a container to a desired level. The level is sensed with a level sensor and the fluid flow stopped at the desired level. The fluid flow is reversed to prevent fluid dripping when a filled bottle is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Designetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Williams, R. David Grieder, Mark F. Moll, II, Corey M. Fuson, Jeffrey M. Schnapp
  • Patent number: 10726508
    Abstract: In general, intelligent fuel dispensers are provided. In at least some implementations, an intelligent fuel dispenser can determine customer identities and/or other characteristics and provide customized fueling sessions based on the determined customer identities and/or other characteristics. In at least some implementations, the fuel dispenser includes a touchless interface allowing customers to complete fueling sessions with minimal physical contact with the fuel dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: John Joseph Morris, Scott R. Negley, III, Annika Birkler, Richard Carlsson, Patrick Jeitler, Randal S. Kretzler
  • Patent number: 10720601
    Abstract: A display device is disclosed, which includes: a substrate having a first edge, wherein the first edge is parallel to a first direction, and the substrate has a display region and a border region adjacent to the display region; a first insulating layer disposed on the substrate; a first electrode layer disposed on the first insulating layer; and a second insulting layer disposed on the first electrode layer, wherein the second insulating layer comprises plural protrusions, the protrusions are disposed in the border region, and the protrusions are arranged along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Yun-Sheng Chen, Kuang-Pin Chao, Hsia-Ching Chu, Ming-Chien Sun
  • Patent number: 10702839
    Abstract: A device, method, and system for precision measurement, dispensing, and mixing of ingredients. The device includes an ingredient container and a base unit. The ingredient container includes a dispensing mechanism selectively driven to dispense the ingredients from a lower aperture thereof. The base unit includes at least one drive motor, a mixing mechanism, and a dispensing aperture extending through the base unit and configured to allow the quantity of ingredients dispensed from the ingredient container to pass through the base unit to a removable mixing bowl. The base unit may selectively operate in a dispensing mode that drives the dispensing mechanism and in a mixing mode that drives the mixing mechanism to rotate a mixing component removably coupled to the base unit and configured to extend into the removable mixing bowl for mixing the quantity of the ingredients dispensed from the ingredient container into the removable mixing bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nik of Time, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicole Sollazzo Lee, William Patrick Conley
  • Patent number: 10697107
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clothing processing apparatus comprising: a drum which provides a space for storing clothing therein; a driving part which rotates the drum; a storage part, which is fixed on at least one surface of the front surface of the drum and the rear surface of the drum and provides a space for storing liquid therein; a plurality of balancers which are fixed on the circumferential surface of the drum and provide a space for storing liquid therein; a plurality of flow paths which connect the storage part and each of the balancers; and a plurality of valves which open and close each of the flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Keunjoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10669059
    Abstract: A delaminatable container having excellent restorability of the outer shell shape, transparency, and heat resistance is provided. According to an exemplary aspect, a delaminatable container is provided that includes an outer layer and an inner layer, the inner layer delaminating from the outer layer and being shrunk with a decrease in contents, wherein the outer layer includes a propylene copolymer layer containing a random copolymer of propylene and another monomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuaki Eguchi, Shinsuke Taruno
  • Patent number: 10633628
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an algae cultivation system includes a photobioreactor adapted for immersion in growth media contained within the growth media reactor, the photobioreactor including a closed container including multiple panels that together define an interior space in which algae can be cultivated, at least one of the panels being transparent, a porous membrane filter incorporated into one of the panels that enables water, carbon dioxide, and nutrients contained within the growth media to pass into the interior space but prevents contaminants contained within the growth media from passing into the interior space, and a gas control valve incorporated into one of the panels that when open enables photosynthetic gas produced by algae growth within the container to escape but when closed prevents the photosynthetic gas from escaping so as to build pressure within the container that forces water out from the container and dewaters the algae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Daniel H. Yeh, Ivy Lea Cormier Drexler, Melanie Pickett, David Fulcher
  • Patent number: 10604404
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a liquid injection system for a vehicle, including: at least one or more consoles adapted to check a leakage on a vehicle moved along a production line and to supply liquids to the vehicle; and a circulation rail having a working section disposed in parallel with the production line and a pit section in which the consoles are repaired and the liquids are refilled to the consoles, so as to allow the consoles to be circulated along the working section and the pit section thereof. accordingly, the liquid injection system can circulate the consoles using the track type circulation rail, thereby minimizing the time loss generated in liquid injection processes to improve the productivity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: JIN SUNG ENG CO., LTD
    Inventor: Kyung Bok Jang
  • Patent number: 10562702
    Abstract: Bulk material storage units that can be placed on flatbeds that can be hauled in various manners, including rail cars or trucks, to the destination and removed from the flatbed for temporary storage at the destination, freeing the transportation mode, e.g., rail cars or trucks, to be used elsewhere. Embodiments of the bulk material storage unit of the present invention replace rail hopper cars or truck trailers to hold the bulk material during transportation as well as provide temporary storage at the desired location, e.g., the origin or destination, without tying up transportation resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Robert A. Harris
  • Patent number: 10549247
    Abstract: A nail polish creator is provided. The nail polish creator may include a processor that can receive a selection of the nail polish color from a device communicatively linked with the nail polish creator, such as via a wireless communication. Once the selection is received, the processor may determine an amount of one or more nail polish colors that are needed to create a nail polish corresponding to the selection. The nail polish creator may further include an assembly that may receive a nail polish bottle so that the nail polish bottle is in a position to receive the nail polish that is created based on the amount of the nail polish colors needed to create the nail polish. Moreover, the nail polish creator may include a mixer assembly for mixing the nail polish in the nail polish bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Eric D. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10546167
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a manufacturing cell is provided. The system includes an articulated arm having a plurality of arm segments, each of the arm segments having a transducer. An end effector is coupled to an end of the articulated arm. An electronic circuit is configured in operation to determine a position and orientation of the end effector. A sensor measures in operation a position of an operator. A tool is removably coupled to the end effector. A three-dimensional (3D) scanner is configured in operation to determine three-dimensional coordinates of a surface of an object, the 3D scanner being removably coupled to the end effector. A controller determines when the operator is within a predetermined distance of the articulated arm and altering a speed or a movement of the articulated arm to avoid contact or reduce the impact of contact between the operator and the articulated arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Gary L. Telling
  • Patent number: 10531603
    Abstract: An agricultural system is disclosed comprising one or more radar sensors configured to acquire radar data representative of crop rows in an agricultural field. The system also comprises a controller configured to determine crop-property-data based on the radar data. The crop property data is representative of one or more properties of crop rows that are in a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Luca Ferrari, Trevor Stanhope, Kevin Smith
  • Patent number: 10532129
    Abstract: A delivery system comprising a covering having at least two compartments is provided. A first compartment contains a first therapeutic agent and the second compartment can be unfilled and is configured to receive a second therapeutic agent. The first compartment and the second compartment are separated by at least one removable separation member, for example a drawstring, that can be pulled to allow the first and second therapeutic agents to mix prior to delivery at a selected surgical site. Either the first or second compartment of the covering define an opening further comprising a pre-attached sealing member, which can be a flap sealable by heat, sutures, pressing or interference fittings. The opening of the empty compartment can be configured to receive a filling member, such as a funnel fitted with a spring loaded clip for temporary attachment to the covering. A method of treating a bone defect in a patient utilizing the delivery system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. McKay
  • Patent number: 10525495
    Abstract: Methods and systems for filling a muffler body with a fibrous material prior to completing assembly of the muffler body are disclosed. The muffler body is composed of two half shells and the fibrous material is injected between the shells by a filling nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Luc J. L. Brandt