Selectively Utilized Sources Patents (Class 141/104)
  • Patent number: 10232330
    Abstract: An apparatus for dye dispensing is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a controller and a tray. The tray communicates with the controller and is configured with at least one opening. At least one canister is configured with an identifier and a dye. The dye is associated with the identifier. A reader communicates with the controller. A dispenser comprises an actuator communicating with the controller and a lever arm. The lever arm is coupled to the actuator and configured with a projection. The reader, based on the identifier, identifies a selected dye in a selected canister associated with a dye formulation. When the selected canister is aligned with a dispensing area, the dispenser applies a downward force on the selected canister and dispenses the selected dye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CLiCS, LLC
    Inventors: Leilani M. Macedo, Charles D. Brown, Jeffrey F. Macedo, Stuart D'Alessandro, Christopher Munz
  • Patent number: 10221839
    Abstract: A control valve includes a valve body and a valve element disposed in the valve body. The valve body is provided with a large pump inlet-outlet opening, a small pump inlet-outlet opening, a colorant bucket inlet-outlet opening and a colorant dispensing outlet. The valve core, which is provided with a passage, is rotated to allow connection of the large pump inlet-outlet opening and the small pump inlet-outlet opening with a colorant bucket or dispensing thereof, with at least three connecting structures being involved. The control valve is compact in structure and ingenious in design, and may fully achieve the objective of dispensing of large amount colorant or a small amount colorant by rotating the valve core; moreover, the objectives of cleaning the pump and preventing colorant drying and hardening in a colorant circulating pipe and a colorant outlet may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ZHENGZHOU SANHUA TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Song Huang, Weihong Niu
  • Patent number: 10172996
    Abstract: A system of authenticating a medical solution used in a blood processing procedure, comprising a blood processing system having a user interface and access to a database of medical solutions identifiable by identifiers, wherein the blood processing system guides a user through steps of the procedure and the user interface prompts the user to execute an action as part of a step; a fluid circuit having an inlet for a medical solution, wherein the fluid circuit is coupled to the fluid processing system; wherein a step of the blood processing procedure comprises drawing a solution into the circuit, wherein the interface receives a user input of an identifier of the solution prior to the fluid processing system executing the step; wherein the fluid processing system is configured to compare the received identifier to medical solution identifiers within the database and, based on a result of the comparison, executing the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Brian C. Case, Steven R. Katz
  • Patent number: 10174882
    Abstract: A gas filling apparatus for filling a plurality of gas storage vessels with a gas, the apparatus comprising a plurality of gas filling ports, each port configured to introduce gas into one of the gas storage vessels, and a controller configured to supply gas to the gas filling ports for filling the vessels and to control the supply of gas to all of the gas filling ports based on a property of any one of the vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT ENERGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Colin Cort, Colin Bennett, Christopher Conlon, Simon Payne, Monjur Choudhury, Hiten Mistry
  • Patent number: 10160631
    Abstract: A method and dispensing apparatus for dispensing one or more liquids from a liquid storage container operably connected to the dispensing apparatus. The one or more liquids may include cold water, cold carbonated water, hot water and/or ambient temperature water. The dispensing apparatus preferably is a self-contained dispensing apparatus, i.e., a dispensing apparatus having its own source of liquid. The dispensing apparatus further preferably includes a housing storing a first cooled liquid reservoir and a second cooled liquid reservoir. The first cooled liquid reservoir preferably stores cold water and the second cooled liquid reservoir preferably stores cold carbonated water. A thermal link preferably connects the first cooled liquid reservoir and the second cooled liquid reservoir to cause thermal energy to be transferred between the first cooled liquid reservoir and the second cooled liquid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Cardomon International Limited
    Inventor: Philip A. Walton
  • Patent number: 10155647
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for dispensing a flavored, optionally alcoholic, beverage, is housed in a cabinet (16) and comprises a dispensing outlet (12) connectable to a beverage supply and a plurality of different liquid beverage flavorings, the dispensing outlet being configured to dispense the beverage and one or more of said flavorings into a drinking container. An actuating member (44) is operable to initiate dispensing of the beverage and one or more of said flavorings from the dispensing outlet. The apparatus includes a selector (42) configured to receive a user input selection of one or more of the beverage flavorings to be dispensed and a control unit (40). Upon user operation of the actuating member (44), the control unit (40) operates a pump (24a-f) to supply a selected one or more of the flavorings to the dispensing outlet based on the user input selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Hodges & Drake Design Limited
    Inventors: Jody Foster, Bhavesh Ranjit, Tim Whateley, Kevin Hodges
  • Patent number: 10145511
    Abstract: A gas filling apparatus for filling a plurality of gas storage vessels with a gas, the apparatus comprising a plurality of gas filling ports, each port configured to introduce gas into one of the gas storage vessels, and a controller configured to supply gas to the gas filling ports for filling the vessels and to control the supply of gas to all of the gas filling ports based on a property of any one of the vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT ENERGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Colin Cort, Colin Bennett, Christopher Conlon, Simon Payne, Monjur Choudhury, Hiten Mistry
  • Patent number: 9980599
    Abstract: A coffee bean packaging cartridge for holding and supplying multiple servings of coffee beans can be connected to a coffee beverage system. The cartridge includes a container having an outer wall defining an interior volume and an opening at one end thereof. A permanent, preferably non-removable closure member is fitted to the one end of the container and substantially covers the opening. An exit passage in the closure member, defines a coffee bean outlet, for transferring coffee beans from the interior volume. The closure member further has relatively movable closing means for selectively closing the exit passage to reduce exposure of the coffee bean contents to surrounding air. The cartridge further includes connecting means for connecting the cartridge to a coffee beverage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ivo Van Os, Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Job Leonardus Kneppers, Richard Patrick Versluijs, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman
  • Patent number: 9957150
    Abstract: The liquid material ejector has a liquid material supply port through which the liquid material is supplied, a nozzle for ejecting the liquid material, a valve block having a metering bore to be filled with the ejected liquid material and a liquid material supply channel communicating with the liquid material supply port, a selector valve having a first channel for allowing communication between the metering bore and the liquid material supply channel and a second channel for allowing communication between the metering bore and the nozzle, a plunger advancing and retracting in the metering bore, a plunger driving section for driving the plunger, a valve driving section for driving the selector valve, and a transmission section for transmitting driving power from the valve driving section to the selector valve. The plunger driving section, the valve driving section, and the valve block are arranged successively in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MUSASHI ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Patent number: 9920884
    Abstract: A device for filling a small portable pressure vessel from a larger pressure vessel with a compressed fluid such as carbon dioxide. The device comprises an inlet adapted to receive fluid from a pressurized source, and an outlet adapted to connect to a pressure vessel. Between the inlet and the outlet there is a fill valve and a vent valve and at least one cam shaft configured to rotate and operate the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: GlobalForce IP Limited
    Inventors: Ian Douglas Makinson, Peter David Lucas
  • Patent number: 9894913
    Abstract: A filling unit and a method for filling a confectionery mass into a container or a mold includes a fill housing with a filling nozzle (2) and at least two dosing pistons in a cylinder which is connected to the fill housing. In the fill housing, a valve is arranged for each cylinder. A mixing block with internal ducts connects each of the outlets with a respective internal duct in the filling nozzle. The confectionery mass is conducted from a filling nozzle into at least one of the cylinders after which the confectionery mass is dosed down into the mold or container by actuating the dosing pistons. The speeds of the pistons are controlled independently of each other, providing varying patterns in longitudinal direction of the ice-cream/confectionery product. The movement of the filling unit relative to the container or mold can be varied providing additional options for variation in patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Karsten Beuchert, Poul Erik Petersen, Peter Mathiasen
  • Patent number: 9834492
    Abstract: Distillate cracks to propylene more readily than VGO. Additionally, less branched hydrocarbons crack to propylene more readily than more branched hydrocarbons. Oligomerization to diesel range oligomers followed by catalytic cracking with less branched oligomers can provide more propylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Nicholas, Christian D. Freet, Kurt M. Vanden Bussche, Todd M. Kruse
  • Patent number: 9801785
    Abstract: A liquid medication dispensing machine capable of stirring a liquid medication contained in a liquid medication bottle in the machine with a simple structure is provided. The liquid medication dispensing machine supplying a liquid medication from a liquid medication bottle (23) containing the liquid medication to a prescription bottle includes a holder (78) holding a bottom (23B) of the liquid medication bottle (23), and a rotationally driving unit (61) generating rotary force and rotating the holder (78) and the liquid medication bottle (23) held by the holder (78) around a rotation axis (L3) extending along a center line (L2) of the liquid medication bottle (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: TAKAZONO TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Yusuke Fukuda
  • Patent number: 9756977
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a beverage dispensing system for providing a multi-layered beverage is disclosed. The beverage dispensing system is adapted to prepare a plurality of beverages of different densities within a plurality of ingredients container. The beverage dispensing system separately and sequentially dispenses a lower density beverage prior to dispensing a higher density beverage. The beverages are dispensed via a delivery tube which is disposed proximally to an internal base of a drinks receptacle. Furthermore an ingredients container is disclosed. Furthermore a method for the manufacture of the multi-layered beverage is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexa Perrin, Flavien Dubief
  • Patent number: 9758320
    Abstract: Method for treating outlet air in a pneumatic waste conveying system, in which the outlet air is at least partly the conveying air to be used in waste conveying. In the method in a first phase additional air is brought into the body of conveying air in the partial-vacuum generator of the pneumatic waste conveying system before the output aperture of the partial-vacuum generator, and that in the method in a second phase additional air is brought into the body of outlet air as a consequence of the suction effect brought about by the outlet air in such a way that the outlet air and the additional air mix with each other at least partly. The invention also relates to an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MARICAP OY
    Inventor: Göran Sundholm
  • Patent number: 9666045
    Abstract: Techniques are described for processing sensor data associated with product dispensers at an establishment. The system is configured to monitor the location of product dispensers at an establishment and the system detects an alarm event related to the monitoring system based on the monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 9655985
    Abstract: Disinfecting devices and related methods are provided that apply germicidal ultraviolet light to disinfect dispensing components of food and beverage dispensers. A disinfecting holster for a bar gun includes a support surface configured to interface with a bar gun to support the bar gun when stowed in the holster, a housing coupled with the support surface and surrounding a dispensing nozzle of the bar gun when the bar gun is stowed in the holster, and an ultraviolet light source configured to emit germicidal ultraviolet light onto the nozzle. The housing substantially contains the ultraviolet light within the housing during the application of the ultraviolet light to the dispensing nozzle. The ultraviolet light can be periodically applied to maintain the nozzle in a disinfected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AUTOMATIC BAR CONTROLS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 9598191
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for counting a plurality of objects and parsing the objects into groups of varying quantities. In various embodiments, the system includes a singulating and counting module operable to singulate and count a plurality of objects from a large volume of the objects. Additionally, the system includes a diverter and accumulator module operable to receive the singulated objects, parse the objects into groups of varying quantities, and direct each group into a selected one of a plurality of discharge funnels. Furthermore, the system includes an object collection module operable to sequentially position each one of a plurality of object collection receptacles adjacent the discharge funnels such that each group of objects is deposited into a respective corresponding one of the object collection receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Deppermann, Elias J. Yannakakis, Allen N. Ondes, Brian J. Forinash
  • Patent number: 9574922
    Abstract: A volumetric metering device includes a hopper adapted to hold a supply of granular material, the hopper having an outlet; a rotating wheel located in communication with the outlet, the rotating wheel having an outer periphery and a plurality of metering cavities distributed around the outer periphery, each metering cavity having an open bottom portion; and a plurality of metering valves located around the outer periphery of the rotating wheel with each metering valve located in registry with one of the metering cavities. Each metering valve is movable between a loading position wherein the metering valve blocks the open bottom portion of the metering cavity, and an unloading position wherein the granular material dispenses from the metering cavity through the metering valve. Other features and related methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hauni Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Amiss
  • Patent number: 9569748
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can include systems and methods for dispensing consumable products. One embodiment of the invention can provide a product dispenser. The product dispenser can include a controller configured to communicate with a data processing resource, determine that a recipe database update for a recipe of at least one beverage is available at the data processing resource, receive the recipe database update from the data processing resource, and update the recipe of the at least one beverage in a recipe database associated with the product dispenser, wherein an updated recipe comprises an ingredient identifier and an ingredient ratio for an ingredient associated with the ingredient identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Dan Peters, Jr., Son V. Tran, David R. Newman, Leonard F. Antao, David O. Slagley, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 9555431
    Abstract: A discharge system includes: a head unit including discharge heads that discharge a liquid material from nozzle openings that are communication with cavities onto a target by changing the internal pressure of the cavities using piezo elements; a viscosity estimating unit that estimates the viscosity of the liquid material by sucking the liquid material from first vessels that hold the liquid material into the cavities; and a waveform control unit that controls the voltage applied to the piezo elements according to the estimated viscosity of the liquid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: MICROJET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuichi Yamaguchi, Hisashi Takeuchi, Tomoya Kurashina
  • Patent number: 9550662
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vending a containerized fluid includes placing a machine-readable indicia on the container identifying the base fluid. The container may be filled and then distributed or distributed prior to filling through various distribution channels to consumers. When a consumer wishes to fill or re-fill the container, the consumer places the container adjacent a reader that interprets the indicia to identify the base fluid to be dispensed. A dispenser then fills the container through a movable fill probe that elevates as the liquid within the container rises. In some embodiments, and prior to filling, the dispenser apparatus may also query the consumer about options are provided at the time of dispensing for further dispensing various optional ingredients, including scents, flavors, colors, nutritional supplements or other additives together with the base product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Laurie J. Brown
  • Patent number: 9440842
    Abstract: A cleaning product dispensing machine having compartments where users can refill their used cleaning product containers at convenient locations. The cleaning product dispensing system includes a plurality of cleaning products stored inside the machine. The quantity levels for each product is monitored by float sensors connection to wireless communication equipment capable of notifying the administration of the machines when the amount of a given product is running low or in the case of malfunction. The cleaning dispensing machine is compatible with product cleaner containers of different dimensions and of different types of cleaners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Henry Pino
  • Patent number: 9403613
    Abstract: A beverage container that resembles the well-known gasoline can shape includes a spout, an integrally formed top handle, and a rear handle assembly that includes an interior handle space dimensioned to store 3-6 shot glasses in a vertically nested stack. An access door in a side wall enables use of replaceable sealed cartridge that contains the liquid being transported and served, the spout including a punch to tap the cartridge. A condiments tray is slidably disposed in a drawer space below the cartridge for separately storing mixological condiments, and includes a push button activated latch that keeps the tray closed and secure in the drawer space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Junis Adams
  • Patent number: 9399204
    Abstract: A paint creation and dispensing system includes a variety of components for creating paint of a selected color and paint type and for processing payment for the paint. The system may be configured to receive a color selection in a variety of ways including through customer selection and via an electronic color reader (portable or stationary). The paint system may allow a customer to obtain an amount (e.g., a sample or a full gallon) of paint without help from a store employee or other personnel. In one or more arrangements, the paint system may be networked so that a customer may pre-order paint, upload color selections, make a payment, and or order additional supplies of paint or other products based on the color chosen for final painting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Kirsten E. Milhorn
  • Patent number: 9380907
    Abstract: The invention concerns a beverage dispenser (1) comprising a base (2) and a holding system that comprises a holding part (3) positionable beneath a beverage outlet (4) in order to accept a first, relatively small receptacle, and being configured and dimensioned to be moveable between a deployed holding position suitable for accepting the small receptacle and a second position in which the holding part is moved at least partly out of the way of the beverage outlet to create an unoccupied space in which a second, larger receptacle can be positioned, in place of the first receptacle, beneath the beverage outlet, wherein the holding system comprises a sensor (8) configured for detecting the position of the holding part between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Angelo Calderone, Cedric Rey, Guillaume Langloy
  • Patent number: 9367981
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for filling a prescription order with plurality of products each containing a pharmaceutical. The apparatus and method verifying a barcode on each of the products and printing and applying a patient label with a verified barcode to each of the products. After the patient label is applied, the barcodes are independently verified before the products are released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Omnicare, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Szesko, Bradley Carson, Kevin R. Fearon, Robert A. Smith, Thomas P. Bonkenburg, Jonathan M. Herring
  • Patent number: 9324053
    Abstract: A method of RFID inventory control for vending containers is provided, including providing a modular vending unit including a rotatable RFID-tagged container storage and dispensing unit, capable of incrementally rotating and locking in predetermined positions, comprising multiple discrete storage volumes each configured to contain a single RFID-tagged container, an access device for accessing the interior of the rotatable RFID-tagged container storage and dispensing unit, capable of switching between a locked and an unlocked state, and configured to cooperate with the rotatable storage and dispensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Lavra, Giuseppe Liberati
  • Patent number: 9311736
    Abstract: Body art, such as tattoos, are integrated or extended onto clothing. Clothing patterns may be integrated or extended onto body art, such as temporary tattoos. In one embodiment, a computer analyzes an image of a body with a tattoo and generates an image suitable for application to clothing. When applied to clothing, the image displays the portion of the tattoo that is covered by the clothing, or may extend the appearance of the tattoo from the skin to the adjacent clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Gary Shuster
  • Patent number: 9254955
    Abstract: A container for powder, a method for marking of the containers for the powder and an apparatus for use of a powder. At least one radio-frequency identification chip provided in the container, wherein the radio-frequency identification chip stores at least one set of parameters for material characterization of the powder in the container. A unique key is assigned to every type of powder by means of which the data in the radio-frequency identification chip located in the container are readable, writeable and updateable via an antenna arranged outside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Nettesheim, Arif Demirci
  • Publication number: 20150129083
    Abstract: A filling unit for contact or contactless filling an article is disclosed. The filling unit includes a tank comprising: a first valve, which may allow or prevent the fluidic connection between a first region of the tank and the article; a first fluidic line which extends from the tank to the article in case of contact filling; a second valve, which may allow or prevent the flow along the first fluidic line; and a control unit configured to set the first valve in a first closed configuration and the second valve in a second open configuration in case of contact filling. The filling unit further includes a second fluidic line distinct from the first fluidic line and extends from the inner volume of the article to a discharge area distinct from the tank; and a third valve, which may allow or prevent the flow along the second fluidic line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Filippo BANDINI, Mattia CENCI, Alessandro MAMELI
  • Patent number: 9022081
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing infant formula to be supplied to a bottle, and methods and circuits for operating the same, are disclosed. The apparatus includes a housing having a shape for integrating together components of the apparatus. A fluid reservoir for holding fluid and configured to be coupling to the housing is provided. Further provided is a formula disc disposed at a first location of the housing. The first location defined above a dispense location of the bottle, and the formula disc having a top end and a dispense end, the formula disc further includes a plurality of slots for holding the infant formula in a powder state. The apparatus has an end plate that is coupled to the dispense end of the formula disc, and the end plate has a dispense hole, such that the end plate is rotatable relative to the formula disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Baby Barista, Inc.
    Inventors: Cara A. Armstrong, Robin D. Richards
  • Patent number: 9010386
    Abstract: White-pigmented and unpigmented base paints and stains are custom-tinted using an automated colorant dispenser having a minimum fluid dispensing quantity less than 0.01 fluid ounce (<0.3 cm3) and an array of colorants including a green-hued colorant having a color strength greater than that of a comparison colorant containing 12 wt. % PG7 pigment, a blue-hued colorant having a color strength greater than that of a comparison colorant containing 7 wt. % PB15:2 pigment, and a red-hued colorant having a color strength greater than that of a comparison colorant containing 17 wt. % PR209 pigment. The green-hued or blue-hued colorants are dispensed into the base paint or stain whenever a green-hued or blue-hued tint is required. Light pastel tints in small containers and strong colors in large containers may be prepared without requiring the use of additional colorants having the same general hue and lower color strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Valspar Sourcing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Korenkiewicz, Mark R. Coward, David Y. Lee
  • Patent number: 9010382
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for filling multi-chamber containers with different loose bulk materials. The apparatus and method may be particularly well-suited to packaging at least one bulk material, which is susceptible to water, chemicals, or other contaminants, with at least one other bulk material. The apparatus is a machine that includes separate hoppers for handling the separate bulk materials, and directs the separate bulk materials into different chambers of a multi-chamber container, which is then transported away from the machine for storage or use. The machine may include one or more movable hoppers supported on tracks, for moving the bulk materials to the hoppers that direct the bulk materials into different chambers of the multi-chamber container. A controller and data logger may be provided to control the apparatus and record the quantity and/or weight of the contents of each multi-chamber container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Reinhard Matye
  • Patent number: 8978715
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling a tank with pressurized gas, particularly hydrogen in the tank of a vehicle, using a filling station that comprises: a plurality of buffer containers for containing the pressurized gas and filling the tank through successive pressure balancing phases; a device for generating a pressurized gas and for filling said buffer containers from a fluid source; wherein the method comprises a tank filling step by gas transfer from a buffer container and simultaneously by gas transfer directly from the source via the gas generation device, characterized in that the pressurized-gas generation device includes a compressor connected to the buffer containers and in that the compressor supplies gas to the tank from a gas source including a first buffer container for at least part of a pressure balancing phase between at least one second buffer container and a tank, the buffer containers being successively used as sources by the compressor after being used for pressure balancing wi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Laurent Allidieres
  • Patent number: 8931525
    Abstract: An injecting device for filling a holder with separated liquid layers is provided herein. The device includes at least two containers for holding different liquids, an injector for filling a holder with separated liquid layers and moving means for setting the distance between the holder and the injector. A method for filling a holder with separated liquid layers is also provided. The method includes the steps of placing a holder with bottom, disposing inside the holder, and at a predetermined distance from the bottom of the holder, a feed conduit with an outflow opening for dispensing liquid, and allowing different liquids to flow sequentially out of the feed conduit, wherein the distance between the outflow opening and the bottom is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Layernation Beverage Solutions B.V.
    Inventors: Diederik Jasper Kinds, Fedde Martijn Poppenk, Philip Markus Van Meer
  • Publication number: 20140366982
    Abstract: A filling element includes a housing that forms a first dispensing opening. The first dispensing opening and a second dispensing opening provide corresponding filling jets. These jets combine to create a new jet for entry into a container to be filled. The first dispensing opening is offset outward radially opposite the second dispensing opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ludwig Clusserath
  • Patent number: 8905087
    Abstract: The invention relates to a paint mixing machine comprising a body (1), a plurality of containers (3) fixed with respect to the body and containing a pigment paste to be dosed into a paint pot (2), for each container, dosing equipment fixed with respect to the body for dosing paste contained in each container into the paint pot via nozzles (4) of the dosing equipment, and means for using the dosing equipment, wherein a robot (6) is arranged beneath the dosing nozzles (4) for moving the paint pot (2) along the robot's freely selected paths in a space coordinates system at least in relation to a currently selected dosing nozzle (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Xemec Oy
    Inventor: Pentii Airaksinen
  • Patent number: 8905088
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of manufacturing and distributing a cleaning solution for use in a vehicle washing facility. The method includes receiving pre-measured raw chemical material at a distributor's facility, diluting the pre-measured raw chemical material using a mixing apparatus at the distributor's facility to form a cleaning solution, packaging at least a portion of the cleaning solution into containers at the distributor's facility, and delivering at least one of the containers from the distributor's facility directly to the vehicle washing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: R. Lewis Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Lewis, John G. Lenhart
  • Publication number: 20140352843
    Abstract: Apparatus for the delivery of fluid products comprising a base, a base support associated thereof, a plurality of dispensing units to dispense the fluid products contained in containing receptacles. The dispensing units are disposed on a platform rotatable with respect to the base support so as to assume at least a first position in which the fluid products can be delivered from the receptacles toward a container. The apparatus also comprises sliding means which allow the rotation of the platform. Rapid connection means are provided so as to achieve the connection of the base support with the base and/or with the sliding means in order to achieve a selective stable coupling and to prevent a reciprocal vertical movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: CPS Color Equipment Spa Con Unico Socio
    Inventors: Giuliano Solera, Daniele Dall'Olio
  • Patent number: 8899278
    Abstract: A method for dispensing compressed gas from two or more compressed gas storage volumes to receiving vessel such as vehicle fuel tanks. Control instructions are provided to cycle the compressed gas storage volumes through pressure cycles in a rolling rotating cascading manner such that each of the compressed gas storage volumes cycle from an upper pressure limit to a lower pressure limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Perry Cohen, David John Farese, Ravi Subramanian
  • Publication number: 20140326360
    Abstract: A device for simultaneously filling at least two foods of different compositions, predominantly in a thick fluid and/or pasty form, into a container, particularly a transparent plastic cup, having a valve head with a nozzle inlet opening and nozzle outlet openings for the food and fed by dosing devices, wherein the controller has a control disc (23) rotatable about a longitudinal axis (22) in the valve head (1) having control openings (25a, 25b, 25c) distributed about said longitudinal axis (22) on a first control circuit path (24), said control openings being alignable during an incremental rotation of the control disc (23) alternating in succession with auxiliary nozzle inlet openings (26a, 26b, 26c) of a stationary control surface (27) of the valve head (1) lying below in a planar manner, wherein auxiliary nozzle inlet openings (26a, 26b, 26c) are arranged on a second control circuit path (24?) congruent with the first control circuit path about the longitudinal axis (22) in the control surface (27) such t
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Rainer Ammann
  • Patent number: 8875751
    Abstract: A storage and dispensing container includes: a housing having a bottom plate with a feed opening defined therein, and a generally cylindrical outer wall extending around an outer periphery of the bottom plate; a funnel disposed at a lower end of the housing, in flow communication with the feed opening; a drum having an outer wall defining an interior that is partitioned into at least two chambers which are open at upper and lower ends thereof, the wall including a cylindrical portion which is coupled to the outer wall of the housing, such that the drum is rotatable relative to the housing; and a removable cap which closes off the upper end of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Moses Nueman, Jr., Wayne Grubaugh, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8863788
    Abstract: A medical liquid filling system and associated methods are provided, the system comprising a disposable and a drive system. The disposable includes a tubular member and a piston slidably disposed within the tubular member for retraction and advancement within at least a first portion of the tubular member. The disposable may include a seal member for sealing the first portion of the tubular member and may be interconnected to the piston for co-movement therewith. The drive system may include a piston drive member selectively interconnectable to the piston for driven advancement and retraction of the piston within the tubular member. The drive system may be interconnected to a controller, which may be operable to automate or semi-automate various filling operations. A user interface may be interconnected to the controller for providing input of various system operation parameters, which may be communicated to the controller to facilitate automated or semi-automated operation of the filling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Baxter Corporation Englewood
    Inventors: Joseph Vincent Ranalletta, Loren Havener Hutchins, Joshua Nathan Aumiller
  • Patent number: 8839827
    Abstract: A system for charging pressurized aerosol cans with liquid is provided combining a disposable syringe and filling machine. The syringe is loaded with a liquid, then placed in the filling machine and connected to the inlet of the pressurized container. The filling machine is activated and an electric motor or a hydraulic piston exerts force on the syringe to inject the liquid into the aerosol container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Seymour of Sycamore, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Heatley
  • Patent number: 8826948
    Abstract: A filling machine with at least one volumetric metering system which comprises a cylinder provided with a piston driven by electric or pneumatic actuation device connected to a parametrisable control unit of the machine, and provided within the lower portion with a first suction opening connected by a first suction duct to a first storage tank, with a second inlet opening connected by a second suction duct to a second tank, and with a discharge opening connected by a discharge duct to a filling nozzle. Valve systems formed of clack valves are mounted in the suction ducts and on the filling nozzle, each valve system being driven individually for opening and for closing by individual electric and/or pneumatic actuation device connected to the control unit of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Philippe Macquet, Thierry Loaec
  • Publication number: 20140238541
    Abstract: A custom color paint or stain tinting system employs at least one light-colored non-infrared-absorptive base paint or stain packaged in a point-of-sale container and an array of colorants including an infrared-absorptive black liquid colorant, a non-infrared-absorptive black liquid colorant, and one or more additional liquid colorants made with non-infrared-absorptive pigments. The infrared-absorptive black liquid colorant or non-infrared-absorptive black liquid colorant may respectively be used to make custom-tinted interior or exterior paints and stains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Valspar Sourcing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Gebhard, Sanford Lee Hertz
  • Patent number: 8813793
    Abstract: A paint formulation and dispensing apparatus for mixing paint from a can having an open top and to a receiving can. The apparatus includes a dispensing lid attached to the paint can so that the lid overlies the open top of the paint can. The lid includes a spout and a reservoir having a plunger slidably disposed in it such that the position of the plunger determines the volume of the reservoir. A valve is disposed in a passageway in the lid and is movable between a first position in which the valve fluidly connects the passageway to the reservoir, and a second position in which the valve fluidly connects the reservoir to the spout. A weight scale is positioned below the spout and the receiving can is positioned on the weight scale. The weight scale generates an electronic signal to a programmed processor which generates output signals to control both the position of the valve as well as the position of an actuator which engages the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Dedoes Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Boboltz
  • Publication number: 20140230377
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a customizable personal skincare liquid product in a portable dispenser are disclosed herein. The system includes a processor, a memory, a supply of portable dispensers, a supply of a base liquid material, and a supply of additional substances. A user provides selections and instructions to the system. The system mixes the base liquid material with one or more of the additional substances in the portable dispenser to create a customizable personal skincare liquid product according to the user specifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Cartner, Nick E. Ciavarella, Amanda J. Copeland, David J. Shumaker, Matthew Archer
  • Patent number: 8807177
    Abstract: An automated syringe filler is disclosed comprising a housing and motor with a rotatable syringe holder plate that can be raised and lowered onto exposed syringe needles. The housing also has components for one or more syringes to be attached with the needles pointing upward and the syringe plungers moveably positioned at the bottom. The syringe plunger tool controls the movement of the syringe plunger and can be horizontally and vertically positionable. The syringe plunger tool is motorized and can be controlled by a CPU or similar device containing programmable media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Saverio Roberto Strangis