Filling Dispensers Patents (Class 141/2)
  • Patent number: 11376110
    Abstract: Storage devices, loading devices, delivery systems, kits, and associated methods for implantable medical devices are described. An example embodiment of a storage device includes a storage member, a first cap, and a second cap. The storage member has a first end, a second end, and a main body that defines a first opening, a second opening, a passageway, a separating wall, and a plurality of holes. The passageway has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion extends from the first end of the storage member to the separating wall and the second portion extends from the second end of the storage member to the separating wall. Each hole of the plurality of holes extends through the separating wall and provides access between the first portion and the second portion. Each of the first and second caps is releasably attached to the storage member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: Muffin Incorporated, Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Neal Fearnot, Sarah Robbins, Marc C. Buhrmester, Joshua Krieger
  • Patent number: 11365004
    Abstract: An expandable probe for filling a water tank in an aircraft from a body of water includes an inflatable hose having a proximal end fixed with a housing in the aircraft, a distal end fixed with a scooping head, an elastomeric internal conduit, and an inflatable bladder substantially surrounding the conduit. The conduit has a proximal end in communication with the water tank of the aircraft and a distal end fixed with a water scoop of the scooping head. An air supply is adapted to inflate and extend the inflatable hose to an extended configuration extending outside an open rear end of the housing below the lower side of the aircraft. Lowering the aircraft allows the scooping head to contact the body of water such that water enters the scoop and travels up the conduit to the water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Fred Celest
  • Patent number: 11344476
    Abstract: An adapter system for facilitating collection of colostrum from a breast may include an adapter, a removable reservoir and a hand-expression funnel. The adapter may include a first open end for connecting to a breast shield of a breast pump system, a second open end for connecting to a breast pump connector of the breast pump system, and a third open end, disposed between the first and second open ends. The removable reservoir may include a wide end for removably attaching to the third open end and a narrow end for attaching to a colostrum delivery device. The hand-expression funnel may include a wide end for receiving colostrum and a narrow end for attaching to the colostrum delivery device. In some embodiments, the colostrum delivery device is a syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jules P. Sherman, Rush Lloyd Bartlett, II, Frank T. Wang, Ryan J. F. Van Wert
  • Patent number: 11337464
    Abstract: Discloses is a aerosol generating system including: an aerosol generation device configured to generate an aerosol by heating an aerosol generating material; and an external power supply device including a case, a charger receiving unit which is rotatably coupled to the case and configured to receive the aerosol generation device in a detachable manner such that the aerosol generation device is driven in one of a charging mode, a cleaning mode, a preheating mode, and a smoking mode while being received in the charger receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: KT&G CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jong Sub Lee, In Seong Chun
  • Patent number: 11308491
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods, and apparatuses for personalizing transactions. The systems, methods, and apparatuses may include an acceptance device receiving an account credential, generating a transaction request message, transmitting the transaction request message, and receiving an authorization response message comprising a multimedia object associated with the account credential. The acceptance device may output the multimedia object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventor: Vincent Travis Cluxton
  • Patent number: 11278058
    Abstract: A vaporization device includes a wick with improved aerosol production properties relative to a traditional wick, for example one formed of silica fiberglass cord. According to some aspects, the wick is formed of discontinuous fibers that are not packed together and that have varying orientations, creating a plurality of voids, or spaces, between the various fibers and along the length of the wick. This design of voids along the length of the wick allows for rapid wick saturation and air exchange. Because of this, a user can take successive long puffs without noticing much difference in vapor production, as the liquid quickly (e.g., within seconds) replenishes in the wick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: JUUL LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Ariel Atkins, Adam Bowen, Esteban Leon Duque
  • Patent number: 11241363
    Abstract: A carousel configured to house a plurality of pump cartridges for a compounder system is provided. The carousel may include a plurality of cartridge pockets each having an extended portion that covers a portion of a cartridge and a bottom surface Shaving an extension with a recess. The bottom surface recess of each cartridge pocket may be shaped and sized to receive a needle housing of a pump cartridge in the cartridge pocket. A recess may be provided in the extended portion of each pocket that receives a protrusion that extends from a top surface of a backpack coupled to the pump cartridge to secure the pump cartridge in the cartridge pocket. The bottom surface recess may have an additional bottom surface that prevents actuation of the needle housing of the pump cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 303, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Zollinger, George Michel Mansour, Kraig Kruger
  • Patent number: 11166876
    Abstract: A fluid transfer connector or adapter for coupling to a container or pharmacy bottle for facilitating the transfer of fluid or medicine from the bottle to a syringe, or from the syringe to the bottle. Optionally, an additional connector can be provided for coupling the fluid transfer connector to the syringe. Optionally, the connector can be provided with a sloped base for preventing residual amounts of fluids from remaining within the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Neomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Davis, David A. Doornbos, Mariann Cary, Mark M. Costello, Brian Ledwith
  • Patent number: 11071782
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods for filling a container wherein the filled container has no headspace. The present invention is further directed to methods for stabilizing an aqueous drug substance solution by filling a container with the aqueous drug substance solution wherein the filled container has no headspace. The present invention is further directed to methods for detecting headspace in a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Coherus Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: John Ogez, Jun Liu, Wenchang Ji, Patrick Daniel Begley, Isaias Prado, Mark Manning
  • Patent number: 11046565
    Abstract: A filling machine for pressure-filling containers includes a container receptacle arranged beneath the filling element, a first lift that vertically adjusts the filling element to accommodate different container sizes, a shield that adjusts relative to the filling element and comprises a single-piece partition and that, in a protection position, at least partially surrounds the container during filling thereof. An adjuster adjusts the shield and the receptacle relative to one another between a protection position and a release position by changing the receptacle's position relative to the shield in a region of a feeding-and-discharge device. The adjuster comprises at least one of a second lift and a rotation mechanism that rotates a container about a container axis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch, Ludwig Clüsserath, Bernd Bruch
  • Patent number: 11013864
    Abstract: Plunger rod stops attach to existing syringes to limit the range of motion of the plunger, thereby to precisely control the amount of liquid that can be expelled from the syringe when the plunger rod stop is in place. In some embodiments, plunger rod stop devices generally include a body configured to attach to the plunger, and a stand-off extending from the body, configured to contact the finger flange when the plunger is depressed. In other embodiments, the plunger rod stop attaches to the finger flange or other fixed component of the syringe and the stand-off is configured to contact the plunger or plunger rod. Methods of the invention involve using the devices to interfere with the range of motion of the plunger, then reconfiguring or removing the device to allow the plunger to be moved a predetermined length, which corresponds to a precise dosage amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Shire Human Genetic Therapies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Bowman, Chase Fetzer, Richard Braga, Evi Shiakolas
  • Patent number: 10959458
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices. The aerosol delivery devices may include an atomizer, a reservoir configured to contain an aerosol precursor composition and an electrical circuit coupled to the atomizer. The electrical circuit may include an electrical generator assembly including a moveable input member and an electrical generator configured to produce an electrical current from movement of the moveable input member. The electrical circuit may be configured to direct the electrical current to the atomizer to produce an aerosol from the aerosol precursor composition. A related aerosol production method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred C. Bless, Rajesh Sur, Stephen B. Sears
  • Patent number: 10926894
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for filling a product, comprising—at least one metering device (18) for metering a specific amount of the product that is to be filled in the packaging material tube, —a sensor device (20) for detecting characteristic properties, in particular a mass and/or density and/or volume of the product, wherein the sensor device (20) is arranged such that it determines the characteristic properties of the product located in the metering device (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SYNTEGON TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Berend Oberdorfer, Bernd Wilke, Christoph Hammer, Felix Kruppa, Juergen Haak
  • Patent number: 10842716
    Abstract: A carousel configured to house a plurality of pump cartridges for a compounder system is provided. The carousel may include a plurality of cartridge pockets each having an extended portion that covers a portion of a cartridge and a bottom surface having an extension with a recess. The bottom surface recess of each cartridge pocket may be shaped and sized to receive a needle housing of a pump cartridge in the cartridge pocket. A recess may be provided in the extended portion of each pocket that receives a protrusion that extends from a top surface of a backpack coupled to the pump cartridge to secure the pump cartridge in the cartridge pocket. The bottom surface recess may have an additional bottom surface that prevents actuation of the needle housing of the pump cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 303, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Zollinger, George Michel Mansour, Kraig Kruger
  • Patent number: 10820743
    Abstract: A device for filling a receptacle with a beverage and a user interface for allowing a user to select a desired level of fill of beverage in the receptacle. The interface includes a mechanism for detecting an object below the outlet, such that the receptacle can be filled with the beverage up to the user selected level of fill, wherein the detection mechanism is arranged to detect a position of a human finger or a hand-held freely movable pointing instrument, which human finger or pointing instrument is adjacent to and pointing towards a side of the receptacle, so that the level of fill of the receptacle is determined from the detected position of the finger or pointing instrument the user-selected level of fill and the beverage is dispensed to fill the receptacle up to that level. The device is useful in coffee or other beverage dispensing machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Frank Schnyder
  • Patent number: 10778871
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, for use with an image forming apparatus including one or more mounting portions to which containers filled with color materials of different types respectively are mountable, includes a receiving unit that receives designation of pieces of color material information respectively indicating plural color materials selected by a user from the color materials with which the containers are to be filled respectively; an acquisition unit that acquires first image data indicating a first image; and a display unit that displays a second image using the color material information and the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10773864
    Abstract: Vessel having sterile contents containing in predetermined proportions (i) a foamable liquid and (ii) a gas or gas mixture other than air. The contents are at a pressure above atmospheric pressure. The vessel has an outlet which is adapted to cooperate with a syringe nozzle and which has associated with it a breakable seal or a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: EKOS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony David Harman, Jan Willem Marinus Mijers, Nikki Robinson
  • Patent number: 10751168
    Abstract: An intraocular lens insertion apparatus includes an apparatus body configured to include a housing member for housing an intraocular lens and an insertion tube member for ejecting the intraocular lens into an eyeball of a patient, a plunger configured to move in the apparatus body, and a hook member formed on the apparatus body for a user of the intraocular lens insertion apparatus to hook a finger when the user moves the plunger. The plunger is moved to a side of the insertion tube member, the intraocular lens housed in the housing member is pushed by a distal end of the plunger, and the intraocular lens is ejected from the insertion tube member, and a connecting member configured to connect an operability enhancing member for enhancing an operability of the plunger when the plunger is moved with the apparatus body is provided for the apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: KOWA COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Genyo Midorikawa
  • Patent number: 10751252
    Abstract: An adaptor for coupling with a vial having a collar closed by a septum, the septum having an outer surface directed towards the outside of the vial, the adaptor comprising: a gripping member for securing the adaptor to the vial, the gripping member being capable of being laterally mounted on the collar of the vial and a pierceable elastomeric piece having at least a part intended to be in contact with the outer surface of the septum when the adaptor is secured on the vial. Also, an assembly including such an adaptor and a vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BECTON DICKINSON HOLDINGS PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Franck Carrel, Frédéric Perot
  • Patent number: 10710753
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling a thin-body flexible package provided with a spout. The spout is provided with a normally closed membrane valve. The filling system provides a filling nozzle which dispenses the product intended to fill the bag upstream of the valve, outside the spout or inside it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GUALA PACK S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Tamarindo
  • Patent number: 10689183
    Abstract: Container, including a body having a neck delimiting an opening for the access to a body cavity, and a containment element having at least one deformable side wall located inside the cavity to contain fluid substance, the interior of the containment element sealedly coupled to a collar having a surface resting on the body and a tubular member, extending from the bottom thereof, defining a first passage for the fluid substance in use, an insert housed within the collar, the insert formed of first and second parts, connected by first breakable portion, a shutter sealedly housed, inside the insert, formed of first and second sections, connected by second breakable portion, the second section including a surface, to cooperate, in a sealed manner, with the tubular member when second section is fitted thereon, and a breakable wall which, when broken, permits access to the containment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: LUMSON S.P.A.
    Inventor: Matteo Moretti
  • Patent number: 10611572
    Abstract: A recharge tube stocker for storing and managing a recharge tube used for a single crystal pulling apparatus, including an inlet-outlet section for taking the recharge tube in the recharge tube stocker and taking the recharge tube out of the recharge tube stocker, a storage for storing the recharge tube, a raw-material charging device for charging the recharge tube with a raw material, a weighing device for weighing a weight of the raw material charged into the recharge tube, a transferring device for enabling a transfer of the recharge tube, being taken in through the inlet-outlet section, among the inlet-outlet section, the raw-material charging device, and the storage, and a managing device for collectively managing storage information on the recharge tube stored in the storage. This recharge tube stocker stores and manages tubes in a space saving manner without taking time for searching and without causing mix-up of recharge tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wataru Yajima
  • Patent number: 10537907
    Abstract: A container of a fluid including a collar having a passage and a pair of laminated film sheets heat-welded along perimetral welding lines so as to form a bag, the pair of sheets also being heat-welded to the collar so that the passage in the collar provides access to interior of the bag; the outer surface of the collar, in a zone in which the collar is welded to the pair of sheets has, seen in section, an oblong shape with two tapered ends aligned along at least one axis along which the pair of sheets are welded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: LUMSON S.P.A.
    Inventor: Matteo Moretti
  • Patent number: 10449701
    Abstract: A molded product production system includes at least two measuring feeders configured to simultaneously adjust an amount of a discharged powdery material to a target value and feed the powdery material, a mixer configured to mix at least two powdery materials fed from the measuring feeders to obtain mixed powdery materials, a filler configured to fill, with the mixed powdery materials obtained by the mixer, a die bore of a compression-molding machine configured to compress a powdery material to mold a molded product, a sensor configured to measure a mixing degree of the mixed powdery materials obtained by the mixer, and a controller configured to adjust an amount of at least one of the powdery materials fed by the measuring feeders, or motion speed of a mixing member configured to agitate powdery materials in the mixer in accordance with the mixing degree of the mixed powdery materials measured by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: KIKUSUI SEISAKUSHO LTD.
    Inventors: Naoshige Kitamura, Jun Oyama
  • Patent number: 10421658
    Abstract: The apparatus and methods of the current invention utilize a container having an interlock that prevents filling the container, dispensing from the container, or both, as well as a detecting mechanism that senses a unique identifier associated with a particular product allowing its use in conjunction with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Thompson
  • Patent number: 10370166
    Abstract: A fluid substance container including a collar featuring a passage and a pair of laminated film sheets heat-welded along perimetral welding lines so as to form a bag, the pair of sheets also being heat-welded to the collar so that the passage in the collar provides access to interior of the bag; the collar features a cup-shaped part in which the passage is formed, there being a sealing lip extending from a bottom of the cup-shaped part, the sealing lip being formed integrally with the collar and intended to cooperate in an air-tight manner with an outer surface of the body of a hermetic pump which may be housed, at least partially, in the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LUMSON S.P.A.
    Inventor: Matteo Moretti
  • Patent number: 10328705
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a tank, a recording head, a cover, a monitor, a cover sensor, an operation panel, and a controller. The cover is movable to cover a plurality of injection inlets associated with a plurality of ink chambers and to expose the plurality of injection inlets. The cover sensor outputs signal depending on position of the cover. The controller controls the monitor to display one of inquiry information and notification on the monitor depending on receipt of the signal from the cover sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Horade, Mana Honoki
  • 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