Plural Filling Means Patents (Class 141/234)
  • Patent number: 10710862
    Abstract: A method comprising controlling a beverage-filling system that comprises a filling machine with a ring bowl that feeds beverage to filling elements, each having a valve and a flow meter includes deriving a flow signal and using it to derive a regulating signal for regulating an inflow of beverage into the ring bowl, thereby maintaining a target level of beverage in the ring bowl. The flow signal comes from either summing signals from all flow meters to obtain aggregate quantity of beverage being filled into all containers or a calculation that relies on a measured speed of the filling machine, the number of filling elements in the filling machine, and the volumes of the bottles to be filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Bernd Bruch
  • Patent number: 10625890
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for filling bulk goods into empty open bags (3) comprising at least one weighing unit (7) and at least one filling station (11-18) and a bag receiving unit (10) disposed thereat, wherein a bag (3) received by the bag receiving unit (10) is filled. The bag receiving unit (10) is configured as a receiving box (30) having a receiving space (31) to receive a bag (3). The receiving box (30) is provided with a suction aperture (34) to temporarily receive in the receiving box (30) the empty bag (3) intended for receiving in a form-fit at least in sections. The receiving box (30) comprises suction apertures (34) in a lower region (31a) and in at least one region (31b, 31c) above that which are controlled differently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: HAVER & BOECKER OHG
    Inventors: Willi Vollenkemper, Volker Schutte, Martin Schwakenberg
  • Patent number: 9010382
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for filling multi-chamber containers with different loose bulk materials. The apparatus and method may be particularly well-suited to packaging at least one bulk material, which is susceptible to water, chemicals, or other contaminants, with at least one other bulk material. The apparatus is a machine that includes separate hoppers for handling the separate bulk materials, and directs the separate bulk materials into different chambers of a multi-chamber container, which is then transported away from the machine for storage or use. The machine may include one or more movable hoppers supported on tracks, for moving the bulk materials to the hoppers that direct the bulk materials into different chambers of the multi-chamber container. A controller and data logger may be provided to control the apparatus and record the quantity and/or weight of the contents of each multi-chamber container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Reinhard Matye
  • Patent number: 8899283
    Abstract: A device for dividing up a volume of liquid contained in an original container by filling bottles that are smaller than the original container, including a source of pressurized gas, a first line running from the source of pressurized gas and opening into the original container so as to place it under pressure, and a line for withdrawing the contents of the original container, connecting the latter to one of the smaller bottles. A second line runs from the pressure source and ends in the smaller bottle to be filled. Means are provided for closing and opening the first and second lines and a member is provided for activating the means for closing/opening so as to open the second line then the pressurization line in sequence, and close these same lines in sequence in the reverse order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Wine In Tube—Wit France
    Inventor: Laurent De Crasto
  • Patent number: 8887770
    Abstract: Methods and systems for filling a container with material to a desired level are provided. In particular, a container to be filled is associated with a funnel. The funnel occupies a selected or reserved amount of the container volume. Moreover, the volume of the funnel is less than the reserved volume of the container. Accordingly, by filling the container and the attached funnel to the top of the funnel, and then removing the funnel, the container is filled to less than a maximum level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald D. Shippert
  • Patent number: 8857480
    Abstract: A vehicle having multiple isolated fluid circuits configured to be filled through a common fill port includes a first fluid circuit disposed within the vehicle, the first fluid circuit having a first fill port, a second fluid circuit disposed within the vehicle, and a conduit defining a fluid passageway between the first fluid circuit and second fluid circuit, the conduit including a valve. The valve is configured such that the first and second fluid circuits are fluidly coupled via the passageway when the valve is open, and are fluidly isolated when the valve is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Sullivan, Douglas Fansler
  • Patent number: 8826948
    Abstract: A filling machine with at least one volumetric metering system which comprises a cylinder provided with a piston driven by electric or pneumatic actuation device connected to a parametrisable control unit of the machine, and provided within the lower portion with a first suction opening connected by a first suction duct to a first storage tank, with a second inlet opening connected by a second suction duct to a second tank, and with a discharge opening connected by a discharge duct to a filling nozzle. Valve systems formed of clack valves are mounted in the suction ducts and on the filling nozzle, each valve system being driven individually for opening and for closing by individual electric and/or pneumatic actuation device connected to the control unit of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Philippe Macquet, Thierry Loaec
  • Patent number: 8783305
    Abstract: The invention provides methods, systems and apparatus for the metered transport of fine powders into receptacles. According to one exemplary embodiment, an apparatus is provided which comprises a hopper having an opening. The hopper is adapted to receive a bed of fine powder. At least one chamber, which is moveable to allow the chamber to be placed in close proximity to the opening, is also provided. An element having a proximal end and a distal end is positioned within the hopper such that the distal end is near the opening. A vibrator motor is provided to vibrate the element when within the fine powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Kyle A Naydo, Derrick J Parks, Patrick Reich, Gordon Stout, Xuyen Pham, Michael J Rocchio
  • Publication number: 20140103077
    Abstract: Fluid transfer interfaces for transferring fluid into or out of vessels, namely flexible polymeric bags. The fluid transfer interfaces have a body for use in connection with a vessel, or combined therewith, one or more apertures extending through the body, and one or more fluid transfer conduits secured to the body by way of a cast seal and extending continuously and axially through the one or more apertures. Also disclosed is a vessel closure having one or more fluid transfer conduits extending through the closure, the fluid transfer conduits affixed to the closure by a cast seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: ALLPURE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael A. Zumbrum
  • Patent number: 8647568
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating containers, including a transport device which transports the containers along a specified transport path, the transport device including a plurality of holding elements for holding the containers, with the holding elements being transported along the specified transport path. The apparatus includes a cleaning device for sterilizing the holding elements at least in sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Frank Winzinger, Philipp Albers
  • Patent number: 8640748
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multiple liquid dispenser having an upper section for receiving ice to form a cooling chamber. The cooling chamber has a spiral passageway extending through the ice having a plurality of layers of passageways. The spiral passageway has an upper end for receiving the liquid to be chilled by the surrounding ice and a lower end connected to multiple tubes for distributing the chilled liquid. The lower section has multiple liquid dispensers connected to the multiple tubes for receiving and dispensing the chilled liquid from the multiple liquid dispensers. The multiple liquid dispensers are spaced around the periphery of the lower section and has valves for opening and closing the liquid dispensers for dispensing the chilled liquid. A vertical stand is provided for supporting the upper and lower sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan Chera
  • Publication number: 20130333801
    Abstract: A metering disk of a capsule filling device for filling capsules with powder products as has a plurality of metering openings. The metering disk has a disk base member and at least one thickness adaptation sheet connectable detachably with the disk base member. The metering opening penetrates the disk base member and the at least one thickness adaptation sheet. In a corresponding capsule filling device, the metering disk and in particular a tamping ring arranged below the metering disk are mounted in a fixed vertical position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Steffen Gall, Timo Graf, Frank Naseband, Reiner Wurst
  • Publication number: 20130299042
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fuel station and a method of refueling a vehicle using the fuel station. The fuel station comprises at least two adjacent base structures with each base structure being provided with a fuel dispensing device, to define a refueling position. The fuel station also includes at least one queuing position in front of one of the base structures. Guide means link each queuing position to the refueling positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Jan Hendrik Nieuwstraten
  • Publication number: 20130118638
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and method for capsule filling machines that employ a vertically rotating drum containing a plurality of cavities wherein each cavity is designed to receive a single minitab for transport to a capsule shell body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Kremer's Urban LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20130112311
    Abstract: A filling element for free jet filling of containers with a liquid charge includes a housing having a liquid channel formed therein, a liquid valve provided upstream of a dispensing opening, and an actuator device for actuating the liquid valve for controlled discharge of the liquid charge via the dispensing opening into a container arranged with a container opening thereof spaced below the dispensing opening. In an open state thereof, the liquid valve forms an opening gap through which the liquid charge flows. This opening gap has a gap width of at least four millimeters. The actuating device for the liquid valve is configured to cause the liquid valve to be in the open state for at least one hundred milliseconds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch, Jonathan Lorenz, Manfred Härtel, Andreas Fahldieck, Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Publication number: 20130105043
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant having a filling machine with multiple beverage filling elements, a filling machine with multiple beverage filling elements, a filling element and related method. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Dieter-Rudolf KRULITSCH
  • Patent number: 8349270
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating containers, including a transport device which transports the containers along a specified transport path, the transport device including a plurality of holding elements for holding the containers, with the holding elements being transported along the specified transport path. The apparatus includes a cleaning device for sterilizing the holding elements at least in sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Frank Winzinger, Philipp Albers
  • Publication number: 20120298257
    Abstract: A paint filling apparatus has a plurality of header portions, and one common manifold portion that is capable of supplying a cleaning liquid to each header portion. One side of each header portion is attachable to and detachable from a paint cartridge, and another side of each header portion is attachable to and detachable from the common manifold portion. Each header portion has a paint supply channel for filling a paint into the paint cartridge. The paint supply channel of each header portion is constructed of a piping member and a paint channel. An end portion of each header portion is linkable in communication with the inside of the paint cartridge, and another end portion thereof is linked in communication with a corresponding one of paint tanks that are provided separately for each of the paint colors. An intermediate portion of each paint supply channel is provided with a paint valve that controls the open-closed state of the upstream side of the paint supply channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicants: TRINITY INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsuo Nabeshima, Shinji Tani, Takanobu Mori, Isamu Yamasaki, Shinichi Nakane, Koji Fukuzawa, Tomohiro Hasuike
  • Patent number: 8230887
    Abstract: Powder dispensing and sensing apparatus and methods are provided. The powder dispensing and sensing apparatus includes a tray support structure to receive a cartridge tray holding cartridges, a powder dispenser assembly including powder dispenser modules to dispense powder into respective cartridges of a batch of cartridges in the cartridge tray, a powder transport system to deliver powder to the powder dispenser modules, a sensor module including sensor cells to sense respective fill states, such as the weights, of each of the cartridges in the batch of cartridges, and a control system to control the powder dispenser modules in response to the respective sensed fill states of each of the cartridges of the batch of cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: MannKind Corporation
    Inventors: Trent A. Poole, David F. Bonneau, Per B. Fog
  • Publication number: 20120180902
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an associated device for filling containers (2) with a filling material composed of at least one first and one second liquid component (3, 4) at a predetermined ratio, wherein in order to fill the container (2), the first liquid component (3) is fed from a first tank (5) to the container (2) by means of at least one filling material line (7), which can be closed by means of at least one first filling valve unit (8), wherein in order to determine the amount (M1) of the first liquid component (3) conducted through the at least one filling material line (7), at least one flow rate measuring unit (9) is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Andre Neuhäuser, Norman Gras
  • Patent number: 8167005
    Abstract: A machine for filling cups with foodstuff has metering stations having metering modules provided with filling nozzles, respectively, for introducing product flows into horizontally supplied cups. A programmable control unit cooperates with the metering modules in such a way that in a filling process, by means of controlled tilting and/or lifting actions of the filling nozzles, variable filling structures are generated from the product flows in the cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Finnah Packtec GmbH
    Inventor: Berthold Lingenhoff
  • Publication number: 20120055580
    Abstract: A filling device (300) for breaking at least one ampoule (700) and for filling a syringe (600) from the ampoule is disclosed. The filling device has a base body (310), which delimits at least one hollow space (315). At the distal end, each hollow space has a removal opening, which is connected to a port (313) for the multi-use syringe. A breaking unit is designed to break the ampoule located in the hollow space. In some embodiments, the breaking unit comprises an actuating element, which is used to slide at least two ampoules onto a wedge-shaped structure, respectively, by way of a single actuating movement in the longitudinal direction, in order to apply a lateral force on the tips of the ampoules. In other embodiments, the breaking unit comprises an actuating element (320) that can be inserted in the transverse direction and acts directly on the tips of the ampoules in order to shatter or shear them off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: MEDMIX SYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Andy Greter
  • Publication number: 20120024418
    Abstract: The invention provides a refuel valve assembly 240 for refuelling a first and a second fuel tank on an aircraft, wherein the refuel valve assembly 240 comprises an inlet for receiving fuel from an orifice 215 in a structure 213 of the aircraft, a first 251a and a second outlet 251b for delivering fuel from behind the structure to the first 211a and second 211b fuel tanks, and a refuel control apparatus for controlling fuel flow to the first and second outlets; wherein the refuel control apparatus comprises a controllable valve assembly, so that delivery of fuel through the first outlet to a first fuel tank can be controlled independently of delivery through the second outlet of fuel to a second fuel tank. The invention also provides a method of refuelling a first and a second fuel tank on an aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Clive French
  • Patent number: 8096333
    Abstract: An assembly includes a support and drive assembly, a first structure and a second structure. The first structure is in operable communication with and supported by the support and drive assembly. The first structure includes at least one needle assembly and is adjustable to receive a plurality of needle assemblies. The second structure is supported by the support and drive assembly. The second structure includes at least one seal assembly and is adjustable to receive a plurality of seal assemblies. A method includes determining a number of vials that are to be filled concurrently and adjusting an assembly to include at least one needle assembly and at least one seal assembly. A number of the needle assemblies and the seal assemblies equals the number of vials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Benoit Adamo, John Guthy
  • Patent number: 8087596
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for metering media (2) and comprises at least one storage vessel (3), a measuring vessel (14) and a target vessel (14) that are interconnected to give one unit. By the exertion of force on the media (2) to be metered they can communicate between the storage vessel (3) and the measuring vessel (4) and can then be transferred to the target vessel (14). The metering volume is determined by the geometry of the measuring vessel (4). The target vessel (14) can be separated from the measuring vessel (4) by severing (welding, gluing, cutting) the connection between (14) and (4). The invention also relates to a method for metering media using the device (1) according to the invention. The device is suitable as a disposable unit and for the sterile metering of media in a non-sterile environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventor: Heyo Mennenga
  • Publication number: 20110315270
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for filling insulating glass units with one or more insulating gases (e.g., Argon and Krypton gas). The insulating gases are supplied to gas filling tubes that are inserted into one or more interpane spaces of the insulating glass units. Each interpane space may be filled with more than one insulating gas. A control unit controls the injection of the insulating gases in accordance with gas filling data received by the control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Patrick McHugh
  • Publication number: 20110272057
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the pressurised filling of bottles or like containers with a liquid filling material, using a return gas tube protruding into the respective container during a filling phase in order to control the filling level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 8020589
    Abstract: A hydrogen dispensing station and method of operating a hydrogen dispensing station for dispensing to multiple receiving vessels. The station and method limit receiving vessel gas temperature during dispensing. Various components used to limit receiving vessel gas temperature during dispensing are mutual to multiple hydrogen service ports. Receiving vessel gas temperature during dispensing may be affected by pressure ramp rate control, cooling of hydrogen in a heat exchanger, and/or use of a lower temperature hydrogen source stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Perry Cohen, Tama Maya Copeman
  • Patent number: 8011395
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tablet feeding device for supplying tablets accommodated in a tablet feeder to vials by supplying a power source from a surface side of the tablet feeder to a rotor of the tablet feeder and further allowing many tablet feeders to be mounted with high density. The tablet feeder 21 has a stationary guide member 119 having a stationary tilt plate 119c and a movable guide member 121 having a movable tilt plate 121c. The stationary tilt plate 119c is disposed adjacent to a tablet outlet 112 of the tablet feeder 21 and guides the tablets discharged from the tablet outlet 112 to the vials 4. The movable tilt plate 121c is movable between a receiving position and an operating position in association with an attachment and detachment of a driving means 202 with the tablet feeder 21. The movable tilt plate 121c overlaps with the stationary tilt plate 119c at the receiving position and continues to the stationary tilt plate 119c at the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoji Yuyama
  • Patent number: 7958916
    Abstract: Powder dispensing and sensing apparatus and methods are provided. The powder dispensing and sensing apparatus includes a tray support structure to receive a cartridge tray holding cartridges, a powder dispenser assembly including powder dispenser modules to dispense powder into respective cartridges of a batch of cartridges in the cartridge tray, a powder transport system to deliver powder to the powder dispenser modules, a sensor module including sensor cells to sense respective fill states, such as the weights, of each of the cartridges in the batch of cartridges, and a control system to control the powder dispenser modules in response to the respective sensed fill states of each of the cartridges of the batch of cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: MannKind Corporation
    Inventors: Trent A. Poole, David F. Bonneau, Per B. Fog
  • Patent number: 7942172
    Abstract: A bottle refilling device that allows an individual to fill a number of bottles at the same time, with the number of bottles preferably being between 12 to 24 bottles. The device has the shape of a flat panel and has an inlet on the top surface of the flat panel to which a funnel can be attached. A series of disbursement nipples are attached to the bottom surface of the flat panel, to which a number of containers can be attached. Each of the containers can be attached to a particular nipple through engagement with a two-part clamp associated with each nipple. A locking slide system is attached to each of the clamps, allowing the clamps to remain in either a closed position or an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Saul E. Cuellar
  • Patent number: 7942171
    Abstract: An implement for mechanically filling multiple sandbags at a time is used on a loader bucket of loader-type equipment. The implement has a planar surface in which a plurality of filler apertures are formed in a plurality of rows evenly spaced over its surface area. Each filler aperture has a tensioner ring around the aperture for holding a drawstring held in a sleeve around an open end of the sandbag. A trigger mechanism is movable to a locked position in which the drawstring of the sandbag is pulled tight so that the open end of the sandbag is held in place on the tensioner ring, to an unlocked position in which the trigger mechanism lifts the drawstring off the tensioner ring to allow the sandbag filled with filler material to pull on and cinch the open end of the sandbag closed, and to a release position in which the cinched sandbag is released to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Barrier Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph W. Hartley, III
  • Patent number: 7874324
    Abstract: A rack for preparing samples for analysis is provided. The rack includes a frame, a sliding assembly, a first and a second receptacle mounted in the frame underneath the sliding assembly; and means for selectively connecting each receptacle with a vacuum source. The sliding assembly is mounted for sliding in the frame and is provided with a plate having a plurality of columns for receiving samples through an upper opening of the columns. The sliding assembly is movable between a first position above the first receptacle and a second position above the second receptacle. The sliding assembly is provided with engagement means for a needle, wherein the engagement means are located outside the columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Gilson, Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Kubacki
  • Patent number: 7866123
    Abstract: A filling machine for containers such as bottles, cans, or similar containers. The filling machine comprises at least one rotor, which is driven in rotation around a vertical machine axis, and filling stations on the rotor. Each filling station is designed to receive a container and for the filling of this container during the rotational movement of the rotor between a container inlet point and a container outlet point. The filling stations are provided in at least two filling planes, which are offset from one another in the direction of the machine axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: KHS AG
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Publication number: 20100288395
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus are provided for automated isolation of selected analytes, to which magnetically-responsive solid supports are bound, from other components of a sample. An apparatus for performing an automated magnetic separation procedure includes a mechanism for effecting linear movement of a magnet between operative and non-operative positions with respect to a receptacle device. A receptacle holding station within which a receptacle device may be temporarily stored prior to moving the receptacle to the apparatus for performing magnetic separation includes magnets for applying a magnetic field to the receptacle device held therein, thereby drawing at least a proton of the magnetically-responsive solid supports out of suspension before the receptacle device is moved to the magnetic separation station. An automated receptacle transport mechanism moves the receptacle devices between the apparatus for performing magnetic separation and the receptacle holding station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: GEN-PROBE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Norbert D. Hagen, Byron J. Knight, David Opalsky
  • Publication number: 20100126621
    Abstract: A liquid distribution device including a liquid distributor having an inlet pipe connected to a piping manifold that further includes a plurality of liquid distribution pipes each liquid distribution pipe including an inlet connected to the piping manifold and an outlet, and a liquid impact portion having a plurality of pans located in close proximity to the outlet of one or more of the liquid distribution pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventors: Mark Van Wees, Joseph M. Slaughter, Brian W. Hedrick, Brian H. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20100126623
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to systems, methods and devices for containing a substance within a region. In some embodiments, one or more hollow structures are positioned around the region and the structures are at least partly filled (e.g., through fill openings) with a weighting material. Some embodiments relate to a curved device comprising steps, such that a first cross-section of the device comprises a round shape and a second cross-section comprises a plurality of substantially linear segments. Some embodiments relate to a tank connection device comprising a sleeve extending through a curved device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Alan Denning
  • Patent number: 7647952
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for automatic delivering of paste food products, particularly ice cream and/or yoghurt, comprising a housing (4), within which a plurality of containers (3) of said paste food products are provided, each one of said containers providing means (11, 21, 22, 23) for distributing said paste food products, and refrigeration means (9) for said plurality of containers, and apparatus programming means, said apparatus being characterized in that said housing provides a rotating base (6), having at least one seat (7) supporting a tray (8) for receiving said paste food products from said plurality of containers (3), said rotating base (6) moving in such a way to place said tray (8) under one of said containers (3) according to the sequence programmed by said programming means, said distribution means (11, 21, 22, 23) delivering said paste food products within said tray (8) when it is in correspondence of the specific paste food product container (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Centro Design S.A.S. di Aldo Ciabatti
    Inventor: Piero Ciabatti
  • Publication number: 20090301603
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tablet feeding device for supplying tablets accommodated in a tablet feeder to vials by supplying a power source from a surface side of the tablet feeder to a rotor of the tablet feeder and further allowing many tablet feeders to be mounted with high density. The tablet feeder 21 has a stationary guide member 119 having a stationary tilt plate 119c and a movable guide member 121 having a movable tilt plate 121c. The stationary tilt plate 119c is disposed adjacent to a tablet outlet 112 of the tablet feeder 21 and guides the tablets discharged from the tablet outlet 112 to the vials 4. The movable tilt plate 121c is movable between a receiving position and an operating position in association with an attachment and detachment of a driving means 202 with the tablet feeder 21. The movable tilt plate 121c overlaps with the stationary tilt plate 119c at the receiving position and continues to the stationary tilt plate 119c at the operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoji Yuyama
  • Patent number: 7628181
    Abstract: An integrated inkjet-cartridge refilling system that is comprised of an arrangement of mechanical, electrical, electronic, pneumatic, and software elements, which is used by an operator in a retail environment to automatically connect one of many types of inkjet cartridges that are used in printing devices and refill the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventors: Harry Nicodem, Timothy Knecht
  • Publication number: 20090084462
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling an upright container having a base and an open top with a number of similar articles from an elevated source includes an inlet and an auger assembly. The inlet is adapted to be proximate the elevated source of the similar articles such that the articles enter the apparatus therethrough. The auger includes a substantially helical ramp disposed about a shaft. The auger is rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the shaft and is translatable along the longitudinal axis. An end of the auger is disposed proximate the container and includes a discharge through which the articles are discharged into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: Han-Tek, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon S. Tobin, Timothy Lemley, Duane L. Hawkins, David A. D'Orazio, Scott C. Trescott, Mark W. VandeSande, Todd W. VandeSande
  • Publication number: 20090071833
    Abstract: The present invention relates to microfluidic systems having components with specially designed and fabricated areas of enhanced and/or reduced capillarity (flow guides). The methods and devices of the present invention permit the bubble-less dispensing and mixing of small volumes of different liquids for subsequent incubation and/or detection of products of various biological reactions. Thus present invention is well-suited to applications such as polymerase chain reaction and capillary electrophoresis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Vera Gorfinkel, Evgeni A. Kabotyanski
  • Publication number: 20080308178
    Abstract: An apparatus for pumping fluids comprises a suction pump and an inlet tube extendible into a container containing the fluid. A sealing plate is provided over the liquid surface to form a circumferential seal with the inner wall of the container and the outer wall of the inlet tube. The sealing plate prevents air from entering the lower part of the container and thereby prevents the pump from cavitating once the container is emptied. A pumping system is also provided wherein a plurality of pumping apparatuses is provided on a frame. A dispensing system is also provided wherein a plurality of computer controlled nozzles are each connected to a respective pumping apparatus whereby specific volumes of desired fluids can be dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Gordon Brian Foster, Nyanza Alberta Van Vonno
  • Publication number: 20080283146
    Abstract: A bypass for a tube set for directing the flow of a fluid component includes an inlet passage for fluid connection with a source of said fluid component, an outlet passage for fluid connection with a first bag compartment, and a bypass passage for fluid connection with a second bag compartment. A flow control device in the bypass passage is operable in a first position in which the flow control device seals the bypass passage, and a second position in which the flow control device unseals the bypass passage to receive a tubing line connected with said second bag compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: B.Braun Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Bartholomew
  • Publication number: 20070181213
    Abstract: The distributor serves for a pairwise delivery of two liquids to a plurality of infeed sites in a reactor or in a column with a density of at least 50 sites per m2. The distributor has a pair of main passages that supply pairs of secondary passages with different liquid. Each pair of secondary passages is formed by a pair of upstanding side parts and an upstanding partition wall. Each side part has a base extending from a lower edge to the partition wall to define a secondary passage therewith for receiving liquid from a respective one of the main passages, and each base has a plurality of outlet apertures for the outflow of liquid from the respective secondary passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventors: Christian Gottlieb Bachmann, Emil Fehr
  • Patent number: 7234494
    Abstract: A device for filling soluble containers such as capsules comprises an assembly for orienting and separating capsules including double blind capsules which have a longer cap length and shorter body length wherein such assembly has a top sheet for loading the capsules and a bottom sheet for orienting the capsules loaded therein and such said sheets capable of being relatively displaced with respect to each other. Slots are provided in the top sheet for limiting such displacement by setting free configuration for orientation of the capsules. An open closable gate is mounted to the top sheet for enabling easier loading and containment of the capsules within the top sheet, for orienting the capsules. The filler assembly has at least a pair of sheets having profile cut portions and profile-cut strip for gripping the body of the capsules especially capsules having a longer cap length and shorter body length such as double blind capsules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventors: Raj Vikram Tahil, Santosh Puransingh Bhagat, Poovakkala John Oommen
  • Patent number: 7168462
    Abstract: The pneumatic greasing system is a grease delivery system specially designed to accommodate the standard commercial grease cartridges already on the market. In order to accomplish this the present invention comprises a cylindrical barrel comprising a cylindrical chute shaped to receive common cartridges. Either end of said barrel is attached to funnel shaped members that in turn have outlets. Inserted within said barrel is a circular disc comprising a rubber O-ring attached to its circumference. In one embodiment the grease is driven from the barrel by pressurized air impacting said disc. In a second embodiment the grease is driven from the barrel by suction applied by a pump against the surface of said disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventors: Efi Marine, Richard J. LaLond
  • Patent number: 7117901
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises a casing which envelopes a set of drive and control members and is provided with supports for containers holding the medicinal starting solutions and containers for the medicinal output solutions, and is characterized in that it comprises means for supporting and locating a unit for the suction and expulsion of the solutions, combined with a distributor for defining the liquid inlets and outlets, the apparatus having means for the closure of the flexible inlet and outlet tubes of the distributor by pinching and means for actuating the device for the suction and expulsion of solutions, as well as means for the programmed control of the operating cycles of the means for the closure of the flexible tubes by pinching, with means for the input of operational instructions by a keyboard or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Probitas Pharma, S.A.
    Inventors: Enric Martinell Gisper-Sauch, Jordi Menendez Cortina
  • Patent number: 7044177
    Abstract: A condiment dispenser (such as a unique condiment packet, or automated device) that is configured for dispensing one or more types of condiment (e.g., ketchup, mustard mayonnaise, barbeque sauce, or Ranch dressing) relative to a food item, such as a French fry. In one embodiment of the invention, the condiment dispenser includes an injection nozzle that is configured for injecting condiment into the interior of the food item. In a particular embodiment, the injection nozzle is configured for piercing the food item's exterior surface before injecting condiment into the interior of the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Scott E. Brient
  • Patent number: RE42942
    Abstract: The invention provides methods, systems and apparatus for the metered transport of fine powders into receptacles. According to one exemplary embodiment, an apparatus is provided which comprises a hopper having an opening. The hopper is adapted to receive a bed of fine powder. At least one chamber, which is moveable to allow the chamber to be placed in close proximity to the opening, is also provided. An element having a proximal end and a distal end is positioned within the hopper such that the distal end is near the opening. A vibrator motor is provided to vibrate the element when within the fine powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Gordon Stout, Xuyen Pham, Michael J. Rocchio, Kyle A. Naydo, Derrick J. Parks, Patrick Reich