Filling Or Refilling Of Dispensers Patents (Class 141/18)
  • Patent number: 10881583
    Abstract: Described are improvements to components of fluid transfer apparatuses comprising a first component, e.g. a syringe, a connector component configured to connect between the first component and an adapter component that is configured to allow connection of the connector component to a second component of the drug transfer apparatus, e.g. to a drug vial. The improvements include inter alia changes to the sealing elements that seal the proximal end of the syringe, redesign of a septum holder inside the connector component and corresponding redesign of the housing of the connector component; changes to the structure of the end of the connector component that connects to the first component to allow the first component to swivel relative to the connector component; and changes to the design of the adapter component to a second component of the drug transfer apparatus to allow it to mate with the redesigned housing of the connector component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Equashield Medical Ltd.
    Inventor: Marino Kriheli
  • Patent number: 10874262
    Abstract: A soap dispensing nozzle structure is mounted to a soap dispenser. The soap dispenser includes a soap bottle. The soap bottle is connected with a conveying member. The conveying member is connected with a dispensing member. The dispensing member has a dispensing opening. The dispensing opening is provided with a joint. The joint is connected with a soap dispensing nozzle. The soap dispensing nozzle includes a nozzle body. The nozzle body has a mounting portion, a body portion, and a reduced portion. The nozzle body has a passage therein. The passage has a pressuring hole. Thereby, through the reduced portion and the pressurizing hole, the force of discharging the liquid soap is strong, and it is not easy to remain excessive residual foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HYDROTEK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Su Huang
  • Patent number: 10843476
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a liquid cartridge for recycling includes a preparing step and a first step. The preparing step prepares the liquid cartridge for recycling. The liquid cartridge for recycling includes a liquid accommodating portion, a flowing path, a stopper, and a valve. The first step includes a first insertion step, a firs valve open step, a first injection step, a first valve close step, a first removal step, and a first mounting step. The first insertion step inserts an injection member into the stopper. The first injection step injects the liquid into the liquid accommodating portion through the injection member, after the first insertion step and the first valve open step. The first removal step removes the stopper from the opening while the valve is maintained in the closed position after the first valve close step. The first mounting step mounts a new stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taichi Shirono, Noritsugu Ito
  • Patent number: 10828854
    Abstract: A puncture repair liquid holding container includes a container main body provided with a holding portion that holds a puncture repair liquid and an opening, a cap mounted on the opening, and a reinforcing member made from a material having a tensile elastic modulus per unit cross-sectional area greater than that of a material constituting the holding portion. The reinforcing member is disposed around an entire circumference of the holding portion over at least a portion of the holding portion in a height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Takumi Sekiguchi, Daisuke Kanenari
  • Patent number: 10744777
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a modular inkjet configuration modification system and method for use in modifying electronics, such as a PLC, on a remanufactured or refilled inkjet cartridge. The modular system can include a receiver and one or more interchangeable adapters. The interchangeable adapters can include structures and geometry which allow each of the interchangeable adapters to be used with the receiver and swapped by an operator on an as-needed basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Retail Inkjet Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Kraig David White, Chris Alan Stratford, Juan Manuel Jimenez
  • Patent number: 10737927
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid supply apparatus eliminating the need for a power supply, having relatively light weight and small footprint, and ensuring a stable liquid supply. The liquid supply apparatus includes a first support member, a second support member, a balloon having one end supported by the first support member and the other end supported by the second support member, and a casing having a constant longitudinal length. The balloon is disposed in the casing and is configured so as to be able to hold a liquid therein and discharge the liquid therefrom. When the balloon holds the liquid, the one end and the other end of the balloon are positioned in the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: TSUKADA MEDICAL RESEARCH CO., LTD., JAPAN AEROSPACE EXPLORATION AGENCY, MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Tsukada, Akihiko Nakasa, Kengo Kanai, Masato Shimizu, Haruna Koike, Nami Hatakeyama, Naoki Takizawa, Masaki Shirakawa, Hiroyasu Mizuno, Atsuko Homma, Dai Shiba, Akane Yumoto, Hirochika Murase, Makoto Ohira
  • Patent number: 10712663
    Abstract: Techniques herein include a bladder-based dispense system using an elongate bladder configured to selectively expand and contract to assist with dispense actions. This dispense system compensates for filter-lag, which often accompanies fluid filtering for microfabrication. This dispense system also provides a high-purity and high precision dispense unit. A modular hydraulic unit houses the elongate bladder and hydraulic fluid in contact with an exterior surface of the bladder. When pressurized process fluid is in the elongate bladder, hydraulic controls can selectively reduce pressure on the bladder to cause expansion, and then selectively increase hydraulic pressure to assist with a dispense action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Anton J. deVilliers, Ronald Nasman, David Travis, James Grootegoed, Norman A. Jacobson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10703106
    Abstract: A continuous inkjet printer has an ink circuit comprising an ink tank, an ink pump and a Venture suction device. The Venturi is used to suck an extra solvent or ink as required. However, if the ink tank is empty, no ink can be pumped through the Venture and so it will not develop suction and thus, cannot be used to suck in an initial supply of ink to an empty tank. A removable ink container may be connected to the ink tank or elsewhere in the ink circuit, for example, between the Venturi outlet and the pump inlet. Compressing the ink container manually will force ink into the ink circuit. When enough ink has been added, the pump will drive ink through the Venturi and suction will be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Linx Printing Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Craig Briggs
  • Patent number: 10689756
    Abstract: A gas container having coating on the inner side that is applied directly onto a base material (110) of the gas container. The coating has a plurality of layers of at least one coating material that may be produced by an ALD method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Peter Adam, Wilhelm Bayerl
  • Patent number: 10682034
    Abstract: A mop or like cleaning implement with a fluid reservoir and dispensing handle and with an integral refill/add-on reservoir receiver which embraces the handle. A refill/add on reservoir fluid container is inserted into the receiver to supplement and/or replenish the volume of liquid contained in the fluid reservoir handle. The refill fluid container can be removed and replaced when empty. The reservoir and dispensing handle can be filled and refilled independently of the refill fluid container, or can be refilled using the refill container. Either way, a refill container can be inserted into the refill receiver to supplement the volume of fluid in the reservoir handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Geerpres, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Ribbe, Erin L. Olesen
  • Patent number: 10550831
    Abstract: Gaseous fuel downstream of a heat exchanger can be too cold for fuel system components when the temperature of engine coolant employed as a working fluid in the heat exchanger is too low to elevate gaseous fuel temperature, and it is possible for the engine coolant to freeze. A method of operating a cryogenic pump for controlling discharge temperature of a heat exchanger that vaporizes a process fluid received from the cryogenic pump with heat from a working fluid, where the cryogenic pump includes a piston reciprocatable in a cylinder between a proximate cylinder head and a distal cylinder head, includes monitoring at least one of process fluid temperature and working fluid temperature; retracting the piston during an intake stroke from the proximate cylinder head to the distal cylinder head; and extending the piston in a plurality of incremental discharge strokes until the piston travels from the distal cylinder head back to the proximate cylinder head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: WESTPORT POWER INC.
    Inventors: Gavin G. Hartnett, Brendan Jason Elder
  • Patent number: 10534374
    Abstract: A crossover protection system including a product transport vehicle having a tank compartment for containing a liquid product, a fluid property sensor positioned to contact liquid product stored in the tank compartment, a system controller, and a valve coupled to the tank compartment. The valve regulates a flow of liquid product from the tank compartment and has a normally locked state. The system controller may compare a received transported liquid type signal from the fuel property sensor indicative of the type of liquid product in the tank compartment and compare the type of liquid product to a stored liquid product type. If the two types match, the crossover protection controller transitions the valve to an unlocked state to allow the liquid product to unload from the tank compartment. If the two types do not match, the crossover protection controller will disable the valve from transitioning to the unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: KNAPPCO, LLC
    Inventors: Scott A. Finnell, Steven D. Gramling, Mark William Dudley, Claude W. Mixon, Francis V. Stemporzewski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10532158
    Abstract: An injection device for use with a cartridge containing an injectate includes a housing. The housing includes an end wall at its distal end and an inner wall. The inner wall extends in a direction from the proximal end of the housing to the distal end of the housing and separates a first chamber from a second chamber in the housing. The housing includes a first opening disposed in the end wall and is in fluid communication with the first chamber. The housing includes a second opening is in fluid communication with the second chamber. A coupler is disposed in the first chamber for coupling to the cartridge. The first opening and the second opening are in fluid communication via a channel for transfer of fluid between the first chamber and the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Portal Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Dyer, Andrew Coats
  • Patent number: 10501308
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage feeder and, particularly, to a beverage feeder in which a sealing member is disposed at a part lower than a discharge part of a nozzle, and the sealing member is disposed at the lower part of a beverage container so as to easily fit or separate the beverage container to/from the nozzle and, simultaneously, enable effective sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: NPC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: In Hwan Song
  • Patent number: 10479095
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge includes: a liquid chamber; a liquid supply portion having a front end part of a liquid supply hole; a front wall and a rear wall away from the front wall in a rearward direction; a bottom wall extending between the front and the rear walls; a sub front wall; and a sub bottom wall extending between the front wall and the sub front wall. The sub front wall faces frontward and is positioned closer to the front wall than to the rear wall. The sub bottom wall is positioned upward relative to the liquid supply portion. The front wall is positioned frontward relative to the front end part of the liquid supply hole. The front wall has a length in an upward direction longer than a length of the sub front wall in the upward direction in an upright posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuro Kobayashi, Fumio Nakazawa, Hiroaki Takahashi, Akihito Ono, Takahiro Miyao, Suguru Tomoguchi, Kosuke Nukui, Naoya Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10480401
    Abstract: The present subject matter discloses the concept of multiple engine heads for one cylinder operating as Serially Operating Internal Combustion (SOIC) engine using Safe Pipe System (SPS) and other integrated systems, viz., Interim Storage of Gas (ISG) and Pre-Disposal Exhaust Treatment (PDET). SPS is in the form of a chamber having a main pipeline segregated into different interconnected SGC segments allowing and disrupting the flow of substantially pure H2 and substantially pure O2 gas in cold condition through the main pipeline; on receipt of command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jitendra Kumar Barthakur
  • Patent number: 10466722
    Abstract: The invention relates to a HRS for filling a vessel of a vehicle with hydrogen, the HRS 1 comprising: a basic process control system comprising a process controller, a plurality of process measuring devices, a plurality of final process elements and a plurality of associated basic process control functions facilitating monitoring and controlling the operation of the HRS, wherein the HRS further comprises a safety instrumented system comprising a safety controller, a plurality of safety measuring devices, a plurality of final safety elements a plurality of associated safety instrumented functions, wherein at least one of the final process elements and the final safety elements facilitates tripping the operation of the HRS under the control of the associated process controller or the associated safety controller respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nel Hydrogen A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Hilleke Mortensen, Claus Due Sinding, Jesper Nissen Boisen
  • Patent number: 10406748
    Abstract: A three-dimensional shaped object using a plurality of materials can be shaped, and replenishment of the materials is implemented during shaping without stopping an apparatus. A three-dimensional laminating and shaping apparatus includes a shaping chamber in which a three-dimensional laminated and shaped object is shaped, at least two material spreaders that are provided in the shaping chamber and spread materials of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object, at least two material suppliers that supply the materials to the material spreaders, a controller that controls movements of the material spreaders and the material suppliers, and a beam irradiator that irradiates the materials with a beam. The material spreaders and the material suppliers are respectively paired, and the controller controls the movements of the material spreaders and the material suppliers so that each of the material spreaders is supplied, at a predetermined timing, with the material from a paired one of the material suppliers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOCIATION FOR FUTURE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Honda
  • Patent number: 10381963
    Abstract: A motor drive controlling apparatus includes a controller that generates a drive control signal in response to input of a speed command signal and a motor driver that generates a drive signal in response to input of the drive control signal and outputs the drive signal to a motor, and the controller repeatedly generates the drive control signal in a period during which the speed command signal is inputted and stops generating the drive control signal in a period during which the speed command signal is not inputted to repeat an operation period in which the motor performs rotational operation and a stop period in which the motor stops operating in a non-excited state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI INC.
    Inventors: Takamichi Kitano, Masaaki Nagai, Akira Muto
  • Patent number: 10372091
    Abstract: An energy dissipating article of manufacture is disclosed that is a high pressure enhanced structure technology comprising a structure having at least one wall forming a sealed inner chamber, and either (i) the sealed inner chamber is filled with a gas under pressure, or (ii) an inflated bladder filled with gas is located within the sealed inner chamber, or (iii) a deflated bladder that is located within the sealed inner chamber, and an inflation system that produces a gas to inflate the deflated bladder, or (iv) the sealed inner chamber at one atmosphere standard normal pressure, and an inflation system that produces a gas, to pressurize the inner chamber. A method of making the articles of manufacture and uses thereof are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Robert A. Miller, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10351321
    Abstract: A scoop holder is described. Embodiments of the scoop holder can be implemented to secure to either a handle or a bowl of a scoop. The scoop holder can typically be coupled to an interior of a lid of a container and secure a scoop thereto. The scoop holder can be defined by a first curved surface, a second curved surface opposing the first curved surface, and a hollow cylinder including a slot bisecting a wall of the hollow cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Dean W. Wallwey, Marjorie A. Wallwey, Blake St. Clair
  • Patent number: 10343410
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge includes: a cartridge casing; and a liquid supply portion. The cartridge casing has a liquid storage chamber configured to store a liquid therein. The cartridge casing has an inner surface defining the liquid storage chamber. The liquid supply portion has a liquid supply hole extending in a frontward direction from the liquid storage chamber to an outside in an operational posture of the liquid cartridge. The frontward direction is perpendicular to a gravitational direction. The inner surface includes a side surface and a bottom surface in the operational posture of the liquid cartridge. The bottom surface has a curved region connected to the side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Miyao, Hiroaki Takahashi, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Fumio Nakazawa, Akihito Ono, Kosuke Nukui
  • Patent number: 10300506
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus includes a body, two inlets for flowable masses and two outlets through which the flowable masses can be dispensed, with one inlet being connected to one outlet and the other inlet being connected to the other outlet through the body. The two inlets are spaced apart from one another by a first spacing and the two outlets are spaced apart from one another by a second spacing, and with the second spacing being larger than the first spacing. A connection ring engages the body and is pre-mounted to the body. The dispensing apparatus is configured to be non-releasably connected to a two-component cartridge via the connection ring for the supply of the flowable masses to the inlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SULZER MIXPAC AG
    Inventors: Andreas Hiemer, Marco Zünd
  • Patent number: 10236522
    Abstract: According to at least one aspect, a hydrogen gas dispensing system is provided. The hydrogen gas dispensing system includes a source configured to provide a hydrogen gas, a storage device configured to store the hydrogen gas up to a first pressure level, a dispenser configured to dispense the hydrogen gas up to a second pressure level that is higher than the first pressure level, and a compressor configured to compress the hydrogen gas from the source up to the first pressure level for storage in the storage device and configured to compress the hydrogen gas from the storage device up to the second pressure level for dispensing via the dispenser. According to at least one aspect, the dispensing system comprises an input power port configured to receive input power and an output power port configured to deliver output power derived from the input power to charge an electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ivys Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John O'Brien, Darryl Edward Pollica
  • Patent number: 10189268
    Abstract: A solvent or ink container plug includes a cylindrical base having an upper side and a lower side, the lower side being configured to face an inside of a container when the container is closed by the plug. The plug further includes a connection portion, connected to the upper side of the cylindrical base, the connection portion comprising at least two connection tips. The cylindrical base includes a first aperture and a second aperture provided at the lower side of the cylindrical base. Moreover, the first aperture and second aperture are each in communication with a corresponding one of the two connection tips. Further, the connecting portion has a side dimension, measured in a plane perpendicular to an axis of introducing the plug onto or into the container, that is smaller than the cylindrical base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: DOVER EUROPE SARL
    Inventors: Mathieu Berbiguier, Vincent Audouard
  • Patent number: 10125004
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a liquid injecting container for an atomizer. The atomizer includes a liquid injecting opening. The liquid injecting container includes a housing, a movable piece, and an elastic piece. The housing defines a reservoir for storing tobacco liquid. The housing has an open end. The open end defines at least one liquid outlet. The movable piece is capable of moving along an axial direction of the open end. The elastic piece abuts against the movable piece. When the open end is coupled to the liquid injecting opening, the movable piece is capable of moving axially to a first position where the at least one liquid outlet is opened. When the open end is detached from the atomizer, the elastic piece is capable of driving the movable piece to move axially to a second position where the at least one liquid outlet is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN FIRST UNION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu, Changzheng Dai, Xingbing Zou
  • Patent number: 10118735
    Abstract: A protective bottle enclosure for enclosing and sealing a bottle with an open mouth carried within the enclosure. The enclosure includes a container having an upper portion and a base removably coupled to the upper portion, and an external cap applicable to the container in a seated position of the cap. In the seated position of the cap, the cap seals the open mouth of the bottle carried in the enclosure and forms an impermeable inner seal between the cap and the bottle. A stopper carried by the cap forms the impermeable inner seal between the cap and the bottle, and in the seated position of the cap, the cap is fully seated against the upper portion of the container and forms an impermeable outer seal between the cap and the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CAMCAL ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew T. Campbell
  • Patent number: 10081242
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle includes a first tank, a second tank, first and second valves for releasing gas, a gas passage for supplying gas to a fuel cell via the first and second valves, a pressure-reducing valve for decompressing the gas, side members disposed on the respective sides of the vehicle, and a motor disposed rearward of the second tank and configured to drive wheels. The first tank is not disposed downstream of the second tank, on the gas passage. The pressure-reducing valve is disposed in a region located rearward of a rear end of the second tank in a vehicle front-rear direction, forward of a rear end of the motor in the vehicle front-rear direction, and between one of the side members and an extended line extended in the vehicle front-rear direction from a side wall of the motor. The pressure-reducing valve is disposed on the second valve side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Okawachi
  • Patent number: 10065002
    Abstract: The present application relates to a dispense interface comprising at least a first flat part tightly connected with a second flat part, wherein at least one of the at least two flat parts comprises at least one deepening configured for forming at least one part of a channel profile, wherein the at least one deepening is formed by embossing, wherein the channel profile comprises at least a first inlet channel and a second inlet channel and at least one outlet channel, wherein each of the at least two inlet channels is configured for fluid communication with a respective reservoir of at least two reservoirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Frederic Laugere, Cristian Popa, Ben Impey, Andrew Macleod
  • Patent number: 10069155
    Abstract: A process control system includes a storage chamber, a fuel cell in fluid communication with the storage chamber via a feed line, a suction dampening drum in fluid communication with the fuel cell via a product line, a compressor in fluid communication with the suction dampening drum and the storage chamber, a recycle line disposed between the feed line and the product line, and a pressure controller disposed in the recycle line. When the fuel cell is in an electrolysis mode, the pressure controller may be operated to maintain a minimum pressure level inside the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Joshua M. Mermelstein
  • Patent number: 10060421
    Abstract: A cryogenic fluid pump includes a plurality of pumping elements, each of the plurality of pumping elements having an actuator portion that is associated with and configured to selectively activate one end of a pushrod in response to a command by an electronic controller, an activation portion associated with an opposite end of the pushrod, and a pumping portion associated with the activation portion. For each of the plurality of pumping elements, the pumping portion is activated for pumping a fluid by the activation portion, which activation portion is activated by the actuator portion. The electronic controller is configured to selectively activate each of the plurality of pumping elements such that a flow of fluid from the cryogenic fluid pump results from continuous activations of the plurality of pumping elements at selected dwell times between activations of successive pumping elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Cory A. Brown, Adrienne M. Brasche, Sunil J. Bean, Shivangini S. Hazari, Sana Mahmood, Nikhil M. Arya, Joshua W. Steffen, Daniel R. Baldwin, Dana R. Coldren, Robert M. Campion, Alan R. Stockner
  • Patent number: 10017318
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for preparing a hair coloring includes as graduated syringe and a container filled with a pigmented hair dye. The container includes an air-tight chamber and an opening, and also includes an engagement mechanism for installing the container on a rack for support. An air-tight reclosing seal at the opening allows the syringe to engage the air-tight reclosing seal, and extract the hair dye from the air-tight chamber. When the syringe is disengaged from the container, the air-tight reclosing seal closes off the air-tight chamber and permitting a known quantity of the hair dye to be withdrawn from the container into the syringe, allowing an accurate and repeatable quantity of hair dye to be dispensed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen D'Amico
  • Patent number: 9980517
    Abstract: Certain aspects of present invention relate to a top refillable e-cigarette, having movable cylindrical e-cigarette assembly, stationary top connecting assembly, and air adjustment assembly. Stationary top connecting assembly is positioned on top of air adjustment assembly. Movable cylindrical e-cigarette assembly may be slid upwards to open an e-liquid refill port against stationary top connecting assembly so e-liquid is refilled at top. Movable cylindrical electronic cigarette assembly has an e-liquid storage tank inside, and a vaporizer body support threadedly connect to a mouthpiece assembly and a sliding base. Stationary top connecting assembly defining a vapor passage in the center of the stationary top connecting assembly configured to allow vaporized e-liquid from the vaporizer to pass through to the mouthpiece assembly. A vaporizer is positioned inside the stationary top connecting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Xiaochun Zhu
  • Patent number: 9950337
    Abstract: The purpose is to provide a discharge system that adopts an optimal structure for connecting a discharging device to a refilling device in a substantially aligned fashion by moving the discharging device. A discharge system includes a discharging device, a refilling device, a discharge-side coupler, a refill-side coupler, and a manipulator. The discharge-side coupler is connectable to the refill-side coupler by relatively moving the discharge-side coupler in an axial line N direction of the refill-side coupler and fluid can be refilled from the refilling device side to the discharging device side. A coupling position between the manipulator and the discharging device reaches on the axial line N when connecting the refill-side coupler and the discharge-side coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HEISHIN LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9951905
    Abstract: A compressed natural gas storage and dispensing system having descending pressure bulk storage banks in fluid communication with a supply source for CNG and high pressure storage banks in fluid communication with the descending pressure bulk storage bank, both banks being in fluid communication with fuel dispensers, wherein the delivery pressure of the CNG during simultaneous refueling of CNG powered vehicles is equalized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HOLYSTONE USA, LLC
    Inventor: R. Keith Barker
  • Patent number: 9919278
    Abstract: A blending system is described for preparing a blended mixture. The blending system includes a control system having at least a processor, a computer-readable memory, and a display, wherein the memory contains software configured to receive a formula defining instructions for preparing a blended mixture using one or more blending materials and amounts for the blended mixture using a scale. The blending system further includes management software stored in the computer-readable memory and executed by the control system, the software in communication with the control system to exchange information on customers and formulas for blended mixtures associated with the customers. Additionally, the control system includes software configured to calculate information associated with the one or more blending materials and the blended mixture when input is received by the control system and displays the calculated information associated with the one or more blending materials and the blended mixture on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SureTint Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell H. Saranow, Charles C. Mayberry
  • Patent number: 9895900
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge includes a resin frame, a valve and a wall member. The frame defines a portion of a liquid chamber configured to store liquid and a portion of a valve chamber in communication with the liquid chamber, the valve chamber extending in a first direction away from the liquid chamber and having one end in the first direction at which a liquid outlet is provided to provide communication between the valve chamber and an outside of the liquid cartridge, the frame having a wall portion defining a portion of the valve chamber. The valve is disposed within the valve chamber and movable in a second direction opposite the first direction, the valve having a closing part configured to open and close the liquid outlet in accordance with movement of the valve. The wall member defines the valve chamber together with the wall portion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuro Kobayashi, Akihito Ono, Naoya Okazaki
  • Patent number: 9878481
    Abstract: An extrusion head of an extruder is configured to move along a feedpath independently from a heating element so that the extrusion head can yield to extrusion-related forces. Specifically, the extruder may include an extrusion head movably coupled to a thermal core to permit axial displacement of the extrusion head relative to the thermal core. In use, the extrusion head may be displaced within the thermal core when the extruder is subject to extrusion-related forces (e.g., an upward force created by a refraction of build material or a downward force created by an advance of build material). This motion can facilitate better transitions by the extruder between different layers or z-axis positions in a model during fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: MakerBot Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Pappas, Isaac S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9877618
    Abstract: A holder for body scrubbers or synthetic loofas, which consumers everywhere love to use while bathing and showering. Liquid soap can be added to the dispenser in the holder, and it will be distributed through the sponge, making it easier to enjoy the fragrance and feel of one's favorite liquid soap while bathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Jonathan David Kemp
  • Patent number: 9863282
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally provide a heat engine system, a mass management system (MMS), and a method for regulating pressure in the heat engine system while generating electricity. In one embodiment, the MMS contains a tank fluidly coupled to a pump, a turbine, a heat exchanger, an offload terminal, and a working fluid contained in the tank at a storage pressure. The working fluid may be at a system pressure proximal an outlet of the heat exchanger, at a low-side pressure proximal a pump inlet, and at a high-side pressure proximal a pump outlet. The MMS contains a controller communicably coupled to a valve between the tank and the heat exchanger outlet, a valve between the tank and the pump inlet, a valve between the tank and the pump outlet, and a valve between the tank and the offload terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Echogen Power System, LLC
    Inventors: Katherine Hart, Timothy James Held
  • Patent number: 9839278
    Abstract: A method is provided for preparing a hair dye color mixture. The method includes: providing a control system having at least a memory, input controls, and a display; storing in the memory at least one formula, the formula including one or more colorants and/or dye blending materials, and wherein each colorant and/or blending material is separately assigned to an initial product brand; receiving input from the input controls to change a colorant and/or blending material from the initial product brand to one or more subsequent product brands, and wherein the control system recalculates components of the formula using the one or more subsequent product brands in response to receiving input from the input controls; and matching the color of the hair dye color mixture made from colorants and/or dye blending materials of the initial product brand using colorants and/or dye blending materials of the one or more subsequent product brands, in response to the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SureTint Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell H. Saranow, Michael Wright
  • Patent number: 9827776
    Abstract: A cartridge manufacturing method is a method for manufacturing a cartridge having a case, a chamber adapted to be filled with printing material, a supply port that leads the printing material inside the chamber to outside the case, a flexible sheet member that constitutes at least a portion of the chamber, and a biasing member that biases the sheet member in the direction that expands the capacity of the chamber. a filling port that communicates with the inside of the chamber is formed in the case, and the filling port is closed after the printing material is filled from the filling port to inside the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nakamura, Tadahiro Mizutani, Izumi Nozawa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Hidetoshi Kodama
  • Patent number: 9821564
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a liquid cartridge for recycling includes a preparing step and a first step. The preparing step prepares the liquid cartridge for recycling. The liquid cartridge for recycling includes a liquid accommodating portion, a flowing path, a stopper, and a valve. The first step includes a first insertion step, a first valve open step, a first injection step, a first valve close step, a first removal step, and a first mounting step. The first insertion step inserts an injection member into the stopper. The first injection step injects the liquid into the liquid accommodating portion through the injection member, after the first insertion step and the first valve open step. The first removal step removes the stopper from the opening while the valve is maintained in the closed position after the first valve close step. The first mounting step mounts a new stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taichi Shirono, Noritsugu Ito
  • Patent number: 9790080
    Abstract: A distribution station includes a mobile trailer, a pump on the mobile trailer, a manifold on the mobile trailer and connected with the pump, a plurality of hoses in communication with the manifold, and a plurality of valves on the mobile trailer. Each of the valves is situated between the manifold and a respective different one of the hoses. Each of a plurality of fluid level sensors is associated with a respective different one of the hoses. The fluid level sensors are operable to detect respective different fluid levels. A controller is configured to operate the valves responsive to signals from the fluid level sensors, activate and deactivate the pump, identify whether there is a risk condition based upon at least one variable operating parameter, and deactivate the pump responsive to the risk condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Fuel Automation Station, LLC
    Inventor: Ricky Dean Shock
  • Patent number: 9790869
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for a multi-fuel capable engine. In one example, a system comprises an engine having at least one cylinder controlled via an intake valve, a first fuel system to deliver liquid fuel and a second fuel system to deliver gaseous fuel to the at least one cylinder, a variable valve timing actuation system to adjust one or more of an opening or a closing timing of the intake valve, and a controller. The controller is configured to, during a liquid fuel only mode, adjust the variable valve timing actuation system to close the intake valve at a first timing based at least on engine load, and during a multi-fuel mode, adjust the variable valve timing actuation system to close the intake valve at a second timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Lloyd Flynn, Ganesha Koggu Naik, Thomas Michael Lavertu, Victor Manuel Salazar, Jeffrey David Willis
  • Patent number: 9776418
    Abstract: A cartridge manufacturing method is a method for manufacturing a cartridge having a case, a chamber adapted to filled with printing material, a supply port for leading the printing material inside the chamber to outside the case, a flexible sheet member constituting at least a portion of the chamber, and a biasing member that biases the sheet member in the direction that expands the capacity of the chamber. Pressure is made to act on the printing material, and the printing material is filled from the supply port to inside the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nakamura, Tadahiro Mizutani, Izumi Nozawa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Hidetoshi Kodama
  • Patent number: 9772068
    Abstract: A compressed gas delivery system includes a control system and at least one compressor fluidly connected to the control system for providing a compressed gas to the control system. The system also has a backpressure apparatus that is fluidly connected between the at least one compressor and the control system. The backpressure apparatus conveys a portion of the compressed gas to the control system. The compressed gas delivery system also includes a bypass conduit that is fluidly connected between the at least one compressor and the backpressure apparatus. The bypass conduit conveys a portion of the compressed gas through the flow limiting distributor directly to one or more vehicles during a dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: CNG Services, LLC
    Inventor: David Joseph Mrowzinski
  • Patent number: 9770732
    Abstract: A portable, self-pressurizing sprayer or shower system includes a pressure container within a tank. Pressurized fluid, such as water from a residential water tap, is fluidly connected to the pressure container to fill and pressurize the system with the fluid. The sprayer system is then disconnected from the pressurized fluid source and transported to a remote location. A tube is then fluidly connected to the pressure container and the pressurized fluid is released through the tube to provide a portable sprayer system. A heating probe is provided that is removably secured to a second port in the pressure container. A fill kit is provided to fill the pressure container with a fluid, and then a pump is used to pressurize the system when a pressurized fluid source is unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher Jackson Crawford
  • Patent number: 9765931
    Abstract: A method for filling a tank (1) with liquefied gas, in particular a tank with cryogenic liquid, from a liquefied gas container (2), in particular a cryogenic liquid container (2), wherein, following a predetermined time after filling has started, the method comprises the step of comparing the first instantaneous pressure (PT3) in the filling pipe (3) or an average of said first instantaneous pressure (PT3) with a predetermined maximum threshold (Pmax), and, when said first instantaneous pressure (PT3) in the filling pipe (3) or the average of said first instantaneous pressure (PT3), respectively, exceeds the maximum threshold (Pmax), the step of interrupting (AR) the filling (R).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Olivier Beuneken, Fouad Ammouri, Sitra Colom, Marie Delclaud, Arthur Thomas, Olga Wojdas
  • Patent number: 9759381
    Abstract: A method for filling a tank (1) with liquefied gas, in particular a tank with cryogenic liquid, from a liquefied gas container (2), in particular a cryogenic liquid container (2), which container (2) is in fluid communication with the tank (1) via a filling pipe (3), wherein the method uses a pressure differential generation member (4) for transferring liquid from the container (2) to the tank (1) at a predetermined pressure, characterized in that, at or following the switching on time (M) of the pressure differential generation member (4), the method comprises a step of determining the pressure (PT4) in the tank (1) via a measurement of a first pressure in the filling pipe (3), and, following the determination of the pressure (PT4) in the tank, a step of limiting the first instantaneous pressure (PT3) to a level below a maximum pressure threshold (PT3sup), said maximum pressure threshold being defined on the basis of the determined value of the pressure (PT4) in the tank (1) and exceeding said determined val
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Olivier Beuneken, Fouad Ammouri, Sitra Colom, Marie Delclaud, Arthur Thomas, Olga Wojdas