Filling Dispensers Patents (Class 141/2)
  • Patent number: 10285909
    Abstract: A syringe includes a plunger having a plunger tube with proximal and distal ends, a center tube with a center passage that extends within the plunger tube, and a balloon disposed over the center tube and sealingly fixed to at least one of the center tube and the plunger tube. The syringe also includes a barrel having a barrel tube having proximal and distal ends and an interior configured to accept a portion of the plunger, a tip fixedly coupled to the proximal end of the barrel tube, a post fixedly attached to the tip and extending within the barrel tube toward the distal end, the tip configured to partially extend into the center passage of the plunger, and a gas passage extending from a proximal end of the tip to the distal end of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: George Michel Mansour, Tyler Devin Panian
  • Patent number: 10228303
    Abstract: An automation cell for performing a plurality of secondary operations on manufactured parts is for use with a manufacturing machine operable to perform primary manufacturing of the parts. The automation cell includes a cell housing, a robot with a gripper mechanism capable of loading and unloading a part between the manufacturing machine and the automation cell, a gauging station being a secondary operation device and operable to gauge a parameter of a manufactured part, a marking device for marking the manufactured part, and a vision system for verifying the marking of the manufactured part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Automation Controls & Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Predrag Lazic, Chris Mackey, Steve Moore
  • Patent number: 10207912
    Abstract: Crossover protection system graphical user interfaces, crossover protection systems that display graphical user interfaces, and methods for pairing tank delivery connectors with product delivery vehicle systems are provided. A tank delivery connector reads a tank tag with a tank tag reader, and transmits a tank tag indicator associated with the tank tag with network interface hardware. An electronic control unit receives the tank tag indicator with network interface hardware, determines a distribution tank fuel type associated with a distribution tank based on the tank tag indicator, determines that the tank delivery connector is associated with a tank compartment of a product delivery vehicle based on the tank tag indicator, and displays a graphical user interface on the display. The graphical user interface includes a tank delivery connector graphic displayed proximate a tank compartment graphic to indicate that the tank delivery connector is associated with the first tank compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KNAPPCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mikael A. Nelson, Kapil Pandey, Scott A. Finnell, Jeffrey J. Blair
  • Patent number: 10099234
    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: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher Jackson Crawford
  • Patent number: 10077872
    Abstract: Systems and methods for completely filling a storage vessel with a fuel gas. One method includes flowing the fuel gas along a fluid conduit in fluid communication with the storage vessel and actuating a valve disposed along the fluid conduit to provide a predetermined difference between the pressure of the fuel gas upstream of the valve and the pressure of the fuel gas downstream of the control valve. The predetermined difference is selected such that the temperature of the fuel gas is reduced to a predetermined temperature after passing through the valve. The method further includes dispensing the fuel gas into the storage vessel at a first mass flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Grimmer, Ronald Cloyd, Ryan Salberg, Steve Zepp
  • Patent number: 10040619
    Abstract: A dispenser has a body with a variable-volume storage chamber for storing substance, and a dispensing portion defining a dosage chamber in fluid communication with the storage chamber. A first valve includes a valve seat and a flexible valve cover seated thereon defining a normally-closed fluid-tight seam therebetween. The valve cover relative to moves from the valve seat to allow substance through the seam and out of the dispenser. A second valve allows substance from the storage chamber into the dosage chamber and substantially prevents flow from the dosage chamber into the storage chamber. An actuator is manually movable between (i) a first non-actuated position, and (ii) a second actuated position extending into the dosage chamber for compressing a dose of substance therein, dispensing substance through the first valve. The elasticity of the actuator causes it to return to the first non-actuated position upon manually releasing the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: MEDINSTILL DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Benoit Adamo
  • Patent number: 10041963
    Abstract: Various mechanisms of an automatic analysis device are adjusted to suppress the occurrence of a difference in adjustment quality between an experienced person and an inexperienced person. An adjustment system includes a current position information acquiring unit for acquiring information indicating a current position of an adjustment object, a predetermined position information storage unit preliminarily storing information indicating a predetermined position where the adjustment object should be located and an adjustment value calculation unit which, by comparing the information indicating the current position of the adjustment object acquired by the current position information acquiring unites with information indicating the predetermined position of the adjustment object that has been stored in the predetermined position information storage unit, calculates an adjustment value that is required for adjusting the position of the adjustment object from the current position to the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Chikook Ha
  • Patent number: 10022502
    Abstract: Devices that guide the accurate loading and dispensing of predetermined doses of fluid from injection syringes are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ICON BIOSCIENCE, INC.
    Inventors: Vernon G. Wong, Tan Pham, William S. White, Glenn T. Huang, Mae W. Hu
  • Patent number: 9963288
    Abstract: A dispenser for holding multiple doses of fluids or other substances, and for dispensing the substances, has a vial, a flexible bladder received within the vial, and a variable volume storage chamber formed between the bladder and vial. A filling valve is coupled in fluid communication with the storage chamber and defines (1) a normally closed, fluid-tight position hermetically sealing the storage chamber from the ambient atmosphere, and (2) an open position allowing the passage of fluid through the valve both to evacuate the storage chamber and to introduce fluid through the valve to fill the storage chamber. A pump is coupled in fluid communication with the storage chamber for pumping fluids out of the storage chamber. A dispensing valve is coupled in fluid communication with the pump and defines (1) a normally closed, fluid-tight position preventing the passage of fluid out of the dispenser, and (2) an open position for dispensing pumped fluid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: MAEJ LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian V. Chan
  • Patent number: 9913493
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices. The aerosol delivery devices may include a housing and a cartridge including an atomizer and a reservoir configured to contain an aerosol precursor composition. The cartridge may be configured to move relative to at least a portion of the housing between a retracted configuration and an extended configuration. Related assembly methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Worm, David Glen Christopherson, Robert Adam Parchman, Raymond Charles Henry, Jr., Bruce Alan Bengtsson, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, James William Rogers
  • Patent number: 9885646
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calculating gas densities within a fluid enclosure are disclosed. In an example embodiment, a system includes a temperature probe for measuring an enclosure temperature in a fluid enclosure filled at least in part with a fill gas, an atmospheric pressure sensor for measuring the atmospheric pressure outside the fluid enclosure, a gas sensor for measuring an enclosure pressure within the fluid enclosure, and a controller for calculating a fill gas density within the fluid enclosure based at least in part on the enclosure temperature, the atmospheric pressure, the enclosure pressure, and a gas coefficient of the fill gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Solon Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Karl F. Scheucher, Perry Blossom, George Davet
  • Patent number: 9868127
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a liquid refilling system (10) having a parent device (201) and a child or portable travel device sized device (101) that can be releasably coupled to the parent device (201) to transfer liquid from the parent to the child device. The parent device has a pump (207), an actuator (217) and an actuator stroke limitation means (218) whereby the amount of liquid dispensed by the parent device (201) can be selected as a single use predetermined amount or as a child refill amount. The parent pump is in liquid communication with the parent liquid reservoir and the pump has a volume which is substantially equal to the volume of the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Noxell Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Scott, Andrew Graham Masters, Georgina Lyndsey Claire Milich
  • Patent number: 9808402
    Abstract: A liquid medicine preparation system that prepares a liquid medicine includes: a preparing zone in which preparation work of the liquid medicine is performed by a robot; and a storing zone which has a plurality of first spaces each of which is capable of storing a container housing the liquid medicine prepared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Hiroaki Murakami, Makoto Umeno, Shigeji Tasaka
  • Patent number: 9764088
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for filling syringes, e.g., for use during pneumatic retinopexy or other medical procedures. In one embodiment, the system includes a housing carrying a gas canister including an outlet communicating with a fluid path extending from the outlet to a syringe cavity. A syringe includes a barrel receivable in the syringe cavity such that a port of the barrel communicates with the fluid path. An actuator is provided on the housing for selectively opening the outlet of the gas canister to deliver gas therein along the fluid path into the interior of the barrel, thereby causing the plunger to move from a distal position to a proximal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ALTAVIZ, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Huculak, Jack R. Auld, Christopher L. McCollam, James Lescoulie
  • Patent number: 9758264
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filling and closing device (20) for an applicator for active substances (1) and to a method for filling and closing such an applicator for active substances (1) by means of such a filling and closing device (20). The applicator for active substances (1) comprises an applicator tube (7) that overlaps the sealing edge (5), at least in part. The filling and closing device (20) comprises a receiving element (21) for the lower part (2) of the applicator for active substances (1), having a circumferential pressure surface (22) and a receiving channel (23) for the applicator tube (7), said receiving channel extending below the pressure surface (22). The receiving element (21) is constructed of at least two parts, having a base element (24) and a cover element (25) that is movable with respect to the base element (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Harro Höfliger Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Joos, Achim Götz, Markus Bohn, Udo Mattern, Claudia Mattern
  • Patent number: 9724713
    Abstract: A dispenser device, including an outlet, air expeller including a piston that slides in an air chamber between rest position and dispensing positions, and a reservoir containing a dose composition. The reservoir includes an air inlet connected to the air expeller, and a composition outlet connected to the outlet, the air inlet including a composition retainer member, and the composition outlet being closed by a closure element force fitted in the composition outlet of the reservoir. A mechanical opening system co-operates with the closure element to expel it from its closed position while the device is actuated. The piston, when in its rest position, co-operates in non-airtight manner with the air chamber so that the air chamber communicates with the atmosphere. The piston includes an inner lip co-operating with a cylindrical surface, the cylindrical surface including fluting co-operating in non-airtight manner with the inner lip in the rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventors: Matthieu Baillet, Francois Le Maner, Franck Poullain, Holger Kehrer
  • Patent number: 9718072
    Abstract: A dispenser system including a storage container a medium, having an outlet valve, a dispenser module having a medium chamber, a pumping device that is actuated to discharge medium from the medium chamber and having an inlet valve, and an actuating device. The medium chamber is a sealed chamber having a variable volume, and the dispenser module is coupled to the storage container to fill the medium chamber. During filling, the inlet valve and the outlet valve are opened such that the medium chamber communicates with the storage container. The actuating device has a magnet and a magnetic or magnetizable element interacting therewith for a volume change of the medium chamber. The actuating device causes a volume of the medium chamber to be enlarged to produce a differential pressure between the medium chamber and the storage container to convey medium out of the storage container into the medium chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: APTAR RADOLFZELL GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Bruder
  • Patent number: 9618158
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for compressing gases and supplying fuel to a gaseous fuel consuming device, such as a gaseous fueled vehicle or the like. One embodiment includes a gas compressor for compressing the gaseous fuel to an array of tanks having predetermined initial set points which are increasing for tanks in the array. One embodiment provides a selecting valve having first and second families of ports wherein the valve can be operated to select a plurality of ports from the first family to be fluidly connected with a plurality of ports with the second family, and such fluid connections can be changed by operation of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NEW GAS INDUSTRIES, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Walter H. Killeen, Bryan Killeen, Carl Guichard
  • Patent number: 9610740
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a tire puncture sealing agent, the liquid amount of which can be reduced while maintaining excellent sealability and injectability. A tire puncture sealing agent of the present invention has a ratio of the increase in volume of 15 to 120% measured by Blender Test defined in ASTM Specification D3519-88.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Takahara
  • Patent number: 9579008
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to an environmentally sensitive mobile cleaning system; and more specifically relates to a holding tank that includes at least one internal bladder for high or ultra-high pressure mobile cleaning apparatus. The holding tank with internal bladder works in combination with a mobile pressure cleaning apparatus for cleaning surfaces while minimizing water usage and containing contaminants before they enter a storm water drain system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Waterblasting, LLC
    Inventor: James Crocker
  • Patent number: 9579253
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to arrangements for attaching an RFID tag to a liquid container, and particularly to a blood components container. The RFID tag may be inserted in an enclosure, such as peel tab, or in a sealed cup attached to a container port. The tag could alternately be embedded in a molded plug or component attached to a port. The RFID antenna could be painted or stamped on the surface of the container. Or the tag could be inserted into the container to float freely in the liquid components. The RFID source may be secured around the neck of a rigid or semi-rigid container, attached with a tether or attached to a connector assembled in association with a blood component or other fluid flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: GRIFOLS WORLDWIDE OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Christine Larson, Bryan Blickhan, Carlos Calderon, Daniel Lynn, Senan Ozbag, W. Timothy Watts, Daryl R. Calhoun
  • Patent number: 9522368
    Abstract: The invention relates to a double cartridge (1), a mixer (3) and a combination consisting of a double cartridge having a mixer. The cartridge has a guiding channel (14b) that is formed between protrusions (14, 14a; 1a). The mixer (3) has at least one guiding rib (13) to guide the mixer (3) in the double cartridge (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Kettenbach GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Alexander Bublewitz, Jens-Peter Reber
  • Patent number: 9464759
    Abstract: Method and filling installation for filling a hydrogen gas into a vessel (1) having a first port (2) for passing the hydrogen gas and a second port (3) for passing a fluid, wherein the second port (3) is separate from the first port (2). In a first phase a hydraulic fluid is introduced into the vessel (1) through the second port (3) by applying pressure to the hydraulic fluid, such that the hydraulic fluid in the vessel (1) causes a hydrostatic pressure having a pre-determined value. In a second phase the hydrogen gas is introduced into the vessel (1) through the first port (2) by controlling a difference of pressure relative to a current pressure in the vessel (1) for controlling expansion of the hydrogen gas and thereby temperature inside the vessel (1), such that the vessel (1) is filled with the hydrogen gas. To that end the hydraulic fluid is removed from the vessel (1) through the second port (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Teesing B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrikus De Jongste
  • Patent number: 9439831
    Abstract: A pedicure bowl has a bottom discharge drain opening communicating with a discharge duct and is arranged to receive a liner to ensure hygienic operation in the form of a thin flexible material applied over the inner surface to contain the liquid within the liner and to cover the drain opening. The drain opening is closed by the liner so that liquid within the container applies downward pressure on the liner at the drain opening and a sealing member is mounted in the duct downstream of the drain opening to prevent air flow so as to form a back pressure underneath the liner to prevent the downward pressure from rupturing the liner. The sealing member is operable to release the back pressure to cause the liner at the discharge opening to rupture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Lan Van Ta
  • Patent number: 9427715
    Abstract: Bone cement mixing and delivery device and methods are disclosed. The device includes a first tube/barrel (e.g., a syringe barrel) containing a bone cement powder and a second tube/barrel that can be filled with or that contains a liquid; the first and second tubes/barrels can be fluidly connected end-to-end such that there is fluid communication between the tubes/barrels. Also disclosed are methods of preparing the device for use, methods for forming a bone cement using the device, and methods and device design to extend the shelf life of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ETEX Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Palazzolo, Manish Sutaria, Aliassghar N. Tofighi, Tak L. Chang, Aron D. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 9371831
    Abstract: A refueling method for supplying fuel to hydraulic fracturing equipment by installing a main fuel source at a fractionation operation, connecting the main fuel source to hydraulic fracturing equipment to provide downhole fluids to the well, and connecting at least one pressurization unit to the main fuel source. The method includes using a valve element to stop fuel flow from the motor fuel tank when the main fuel source supplies the fuel to the supply coupling device and automatically starts fuel flow from the motor fuel tank to the pump when a system failure prevents the main fuel source from supplying the fuel to the supply coupling device and using the return fuel line with the return coupling device for the transfer of the fuel to the motor fuel tank when a system failure prevents the main fuel source from supplying the fuel to the supply coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Roy Malcolm Moffitt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9351906
    Abstract: A closed fluid transfer system for fluidly interconnecting a syringe to any one of a patient I.V. set, a vial and an I.V. bag, is provided and includes a housing defining an open distal end and an open proximal end, a base supported in the open proximal end of the housing and including a syringe adapter luer connector, a collar slidably and rotatably supported in the housing, the collar defining a longitudinal opening therethrough, a shuttle slidably extending through longitudinal opening of the collar, the shuttle defining a shuttle lumen extending longitudinally therethrough, a barrel supported on and extending over a distal end of the shuttle, a biasing member interposed between the collar and the shuttle for urging the collar away from the shuttle, and a seal interposed between the shuttle and the barrel, wherein the seal extends across the shuttle lumen and the central opening of the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: J & J SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Jared Michael Garfield
  • Patent number: 9347612
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved analytical method that can be utilized by hydrogen filling stations for directly and accurately calculating the end-of-fill temperature in a hydrogen tank that, in turn, allows for improvements in the fill quantity while tending to reduce refueling time. The calculations involve calculation of a composite heat capacity value, MC, from a set of thermodynamic parameters drawn from both the tank system receiving the gas and the station supplying the gas. These thermodynamic parameters are utilized in a series of simple analytical equations to define a multi-step process by which target fill times, final temperatures and final pressures can be determined. The parameters can be communicated to the station directly from the vehicle or retrieved from a database accessible by the station. Because the method is based on direct measurements of actual thermodynamic conditions and quantified thermodynamic behavior, significantly improved tank filling results can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steve Mathison
  • Patent number: 9347614
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved analytical method that can be utilized by hydrogen filling stations for directly and accurately calculating the end-of-fill temperature in a hydrogen tank that, in turn, allows for improvements in the fill quantity while tending to reduce refueling time. The calculations involve calculation of a composite heat capacity value, MC, from a set of thermodynamic parameters drawn from both the tank system receiving the gas and the station supplying the gas. These thermodynamic parameters are utilized in a series of simple analytical equations to define a multi-step process by which target fill times, final temperatures and final pressures can be determined. The parameters can be communicated to the station directly from the vehicle or retrieved from a database accessible by the station. Because the method is based on direct measurements of actual thermodynamic conditions and quantified thermodynamic behavior, significantly improved tank filling results can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steve Mathison
  • Patent number: 9340306
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling a syringe by transferring a viscous material from a container into the syringe includes a container having an interior that holds the viscous material and a plunger that expels the viscous material from the container. A syringe is connected to the container for receiving the viscous material at an entrance opening. The syringe includes a plug that separates the syringe into first and second sub-chambers and a rod contacting the plug and applying a force in the direction of the entrance opening. An assisting device assists in moving the rod away from the entrance opening as the first subchamber fills with the viscous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: KAGA WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Mizoguchi, Hitoshi Tsujikawa
  • Patent number: 9296526
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an opening and closing device for an automatic cap for a liquid container, which includes a container (10), a cap (20) which is screwed onto the inlet portion of the container (10), and an opening and closing member (30) which is disposed in the container (10) through the cap (20) and the inlet portion of the container (10) such that, when the container (10) is pressed from the outside, the container (10) can remain closed while contents are discharged. According to the present invention, the contents in the container can be automatically discharged and the container can be closed without removing the cap which is the lid of the container; the cap can be conveniently sealed so that the contents do not leak out even when the container is pressed during shipping or during transport for travel; and during use, the contents can be automatically discharged and the container remain closed just by pressing the container after releasing the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Young Joo Lee, Jae Kwang Hwang
  • Patent number: 9284346
    Abstract: A chromatography column that captures components in a process liquid in a free flow state and allows elution in steps is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Therapeutic Proteins International, LLC
    Inventor: Sarfaraz K. Niazi
  • Patent number: 9279541
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing a compressed gas into a receiving vessel wherein a target temperature profile for the receiving vessel during dispensing is provided, and the flow rate of compressed gas into the receiving vessel is controlled to conform the temperature profile for the receiving vessel during dispensing to the target temperature profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Perry Cohen
  • Patent number: 9272801
    Abstract: A machine for filling a flexible pouch having a fitment assembly, a gripper and a filler. The fitment assembly having a tap and a fitment mounted to the pouch body. The gripper operable to remove the tap from the fitment, retain the tap during filling operations, and mount the tap back onto the fitment after filling operations. The fitment assembly having a tap operable to be mounted on the fitment in a transport position and a fixed position, wherein in the transport position a first predetermined amount of force is required to remove the tap. In the fixed position, a second predetermined amount of force is required to remove the tap. The second predetermined amount of force is substantially larger than the first predetermined amount of force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Pouch Pac Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • Patent number: 9248772
    Abstract: A method of delivering proppant to a well site has the steps of transporting a load of proppant in a vessel to a desired location, moving the load of proppant from the vessel into a container so as to create a proppant-loaded container, unloading the proppant-loaded container into a pneumatic bulk trailer, and transporting the unloaded proppant in the pneumatic bulk trailer to well site. The container is placed onto a bed of a truck and moved in proximity to the vessel. The proppant-loaded container is placed onto a tilting mechanism and then tilted so that the proppant is discharged through a flow gate of a container into a hopper. The proppant in the hopper can then be conveyed to the pneumatic bulk trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: OREN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: John Oren
  • Patent number: 9212783
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved analytical method that can be utilized by hydrogen filling stations for directly and accurately calculating the end-of-fill temperature in a hydrogen tank that, in turn, allows for improvements in the fill quantity while tending to reduce refueling time. The calculations involve calculation of a composite heat capacity value, MC, from a set of thermodynamic parameters drawn from both the tank system receiving the gas and the station supplying the gas. These thermodynamic parameters are utilized in a series of simple analytical equations to define a multi-step process by which target fill times, final temperatures and final pressures can be determined. The parameters can be communicated to the station directly from the vehicle or retrieved from a database accessible by the station. Because the method is based on direct measurements of actual thermodynamic conditions and quantified thermodynamic behavior, significantly improved tank filling results can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven Mathison
  • Patent number: 9187353
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of treating a treatment object containing a harmful compound. The method includes: a step A of bringing a treatment object containing a harmful compound containing an element X that is As, Sb or Se into contact with titanium oxide so as to adsorb the harmful compound on the surface of the titanium oxide; a step B of separating, from the treatment object, the titanium oxide on which the harmful compound is adsorbed; and a step C of irradiating the titanium oxide separated from the treatment object with light in a treatment phase containing a radical source so as to cause a reaction between the harmful compound adsorbed on the titanium oxide and a radical generated from the radical source and detoxify the harmful compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nippon Sheet Glass Company, Limited
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9174834
    Abstract: Fixed-volumes of liquid are measured and dispensed from a container by empirically determining the liquid surface height and opening a dispensing valve for a time period that is calculated using a volume of liquid specified to be dispensed and the empirically-determined liquid surface height. The liquid surface height in the container is determined empirically for initial and subsequent volumes of liquid that are dispensed. Dispensing accuracy is maintained whether the container is full or nearly empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Loren Veltrop, Christoper Lyons
  • Patent number: 9156569
    Abstract: A package that is configured to store and dispense fluids. The package includes a container and a dosing dispenser for closing an opening to the container. The dosing dispenser includes a body portion having a syringe receiver and a valve assembly that is configured to permit the flow of fluid from the container to the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: John A Vassallo, Steven Gift, W Gordon Beecroft
  • Patent number: 9113981
    Abstract: [Problems] To fill a container with a material without applying a high pressure to the material that is to be filled. [Means for Solution] An ejection device 1 comprises a filling chamber 24 formed in a cylindrical member for containing a material to be filled, a discharge portion 7 having a discharge nozzle 12 for pouring out the filled material to the exterior, and a piston 4 that pushes the filled material toward the front end side of the filling chamber 24 to discharge the filled material through the discharge nozzle 12. In the ejection device 1, the discharge portion 7 is formed separately from the filling chamber 24 and in a manner to be fitted to an opening on one end side of the cylindrical member 24, the opening serving as a filling port for filling the material to be filled, and after the material to be filled is poured into the filling chamber 24 through the filling port, the discharge portion 7 is coupled to the filling chamber 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Tokuyama Dental Corporation
    Inventors: Nobutoshi Yamaguchi, Hironobu Akizumi, Yusaku Andoh
  • Publication number: 20150122370
    Abstract: A needle-less vial assembly that includes an assembly body arranged at least partially within a neck of a vial, the body having a first portion within the vial for receiving a substance, a second portion that includes a means for matingly engaging with a syringe, and a channel defined therein, thereby enabling fluid communication of the substance between the vial and the syringe. The assembly further including a first inlet arranged longitudinally along a length of the first portion and proximate to the second portion, wherein the first inlet enables fluid communication between an interior of the vial and the channel, thereby enabling withdrawal of substantially all of the substance within the vial, and an outlet arranged at an end of the second portion of the body, thereby enabling a needle-less transfer of substances between the channel and the syringe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Stephanie Davidson
  • Patent number: 9016329
    Abstract: A gas filling system (1) includes a gas tank (30); a gas filling device (2) that fills gas into the gas tank (30); and a controller (24) that calculates a temperature increase ?T and a pressure increase ?P in the gas tank (30) during a predetermined period of time (t seconds) that elapses from a start of gas filling. The controller (24) selects a filling rate map (Ma, Mb) from a prepared filling rate map group on the basis of the calculated temperature increase ?T and the calculated pressure increase ?P. The gas filling device (2) carries out gas filling using the filling rate map selected by the controller (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Mori
  • Patent number: 9010387
    Abstract: Method for filling containers with liquids, wherein the containers are filled using a plurality of controllable filling elements and the liquid is fed to these filling elements starting from a reservoir, common to the filling elements, for storing the liquid, wherein during the filling the containers are transported at least in sections along a circular track and wherein the filling of the containers by at least one filling element is controlled as a function of at least one first parameter characteristic of the liquid in the reservoir and this parameter is determined repeatedly at given intervals of time during the filling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Rupert Meinzinger, Stefan Poeschl, Sebastian Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 9004115
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a detection device and a dispenser configured to dispense at least one of ice and a liquid. The detection device is configured to detect a container positioned with respect to the dispenser and generate a first signal representative of the container position. The dispensing system also includes a controller coupled to the detection device and the dispenser. The controller is configured to determine a stability of the container and activate the dispenser to dispense at least one of an amount of the ice and an amount of the liquid into the container based on the first signal and the determined stability of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Reinhard Krause, Lorina June White
  • Publication number: 20150096646
    Abstract: A needle-less vial assembly that includes an assembly body arranged at least partially within a neck of a vial, the body having a first portion within the vial for receiving a substance, a second portion that includes a means for matingly engaging with a syringe, and a channel defined therein, thereby enabling fluid communication of the substance between the vial and the syringe. The assembly further including a first inlet arranged longitudinally along a length of the first portion and proximate to the second portion, wherein the first inlet enables fluid communication between an interior of the vial and the channel, thereby enabling withdrawal of substantially all of the substance within the vial, and an outlet arranged at an end of the second portion of the body, thereby enabling a needle-less transfer of substances between the channel and the syringe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Stephanie Davidson
  • Patent number: 8991442
    Abstract: A rotary filling machine includes a magnetic funnel attachment that can be easily installed, removed, and reinstalled into the machine for cleaning, changing the size of the funnel, inspecting, or replacing a damaged funnel. The magnetic funnel attachment includes a fill plate segment for receiving one or more funnels, and a funnel for attachment to the fill plate. The fill plate and funnel have mating alignment mechanisms to assist in the correct positioning of the funnel on the fill plate segment, and magnets to assist in the coupling of the funnel to the fill plate segment. This is especially helpful in creating a quick and easy method for funnel installation and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: David Navin, Mark D. Green
  • Patent number: 8991441
    Abstract: A plastic, hot-fillable container which has one or more moveable portions each comprised of intersecting perpendicular recesses. Each of the one or more moveable portions is constructed to move outwardly temporarily without permanently deforming responsive to hot-filling the container with a product. The one or more moveable portions also can be constructed to move inwardly to reduce a portion of an internal vacuum within the filled and capped container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Matthew T. Gill
  • Patent number: 8991445
    Abstract: A hydrogen filling system to fill a hydrogen fuel tank with hydrogen includes a high-pressure water electrolysis device capable of electrolyzing water to produce oxygen and the hydrogen. A hydrogen pipe connects the high-pressure water electrolysis device and a filling mechanism to fill the hydrogen fuel tank with the hydrogen. At least one hydrogen storage tank is provided to the hydrogen pipe to store the hydrogen produced by the high-pressure water electrolysis device at substantially a same pressure as a maximum filling pressure of the hydrogen fuel tank. A first valve mechanism is arranged downstream of the at least one hydrogen storage tank. A bypass pipe is provided to the hydrogen pipe and connects the high-pressure water electrolysis device and the filling mechanism to bypass the at least one hydrogen storage tank and the first valve mechanism. A second valve mechanism is arranged on the bypass pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Nakazawa, Masanori Okabe, Jun Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20150083272
    Abstract: A method of loading a composition into a structural element of a stent, where the structural element is defined by a lumen and at least one opening to access the lumen. The composition may comprise a therapeutic agent, and wherein at a temperature of 30° C. and at one atmosphere, the composition may be in a solid state or semi-solid state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: STEPHEN D. PACETTI
  • Publication number: 20150068640
    Abstract: A medicament transport system includes a syringe adapter assembly; and a vial adapter assembly including a base defining an opening having a seal member disposed therewithin, a stem extending from the base and defining a lumen therethrough and an opening through a wall thereof, a needle shuttle valve slidably disposed within the lumen of the stem and supporting a transfer needle and a vacuum needle; and a vacuum cup slidably supported on the stem, wherein a vacuum chamber is defined in the space between the base, the stem and the vacuum cup. The medicament transport system includes a condition where the transfer needle and the vacuum needles penetrate the seal member of the vial adapter assembly, and the vacuum cup is moved to draw a vacuum through the vacuum needle. An automation system is provided that utilizes a medicament transport system for forming a medicament solution from a liquid/non-liquid solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jared Garfield, John Slump, Gregory Lyon