With Filling With Fluent Non-gaseous Materials Patents (Class 141/5)
  • Patent number: 11352244
    Abstract: A filler head apparatus 20 for hygienically filling and emptying containers 22 through a fitment 24 incorporated with the container 22 includes a cylindrical outer housing 30 for receiving a hollow bore inner cylinder 32 which is actuated to simultaneously reciprocate and rotate about a central axis 33 within the outer housing. A transfer tube assembly 34 is mounted to the inner cylinder 32 to travel with the inner cylinder between an extended position engaged with the fitment 24 and a retracted position disengage from the fitment. When the transfer tube assembly is engaged with the fitment, flowable content or product may be transferred to or from the container 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jose Daniel Milla, Philip Gregory Hebbler, Brandon Coles
  • Patent number: 11344475
    Abstract: Connection equipment includes an equipment connector comprising a first connecting section, a first liquid flow path that communicates with a equipment, and a first valve that is to open and close the first liquid flow path, a container connector comprising a second connecting section, a second liquid flow path that communicates with the container, and a second valve that is to open and close the second liquid flow path, and a lock mechanism that locks the equipment connector and the container connector in a state where the first liquid flow path is in communication with the second liquid flow path, and that unlocks the connectors in a state where the first valve and the second valve are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Toshihiro Asano, Toshio Iino, Mio Hattori, Naoyuki Takahashi, Kousuke Kuwahara, Naoki Sunaga, Masanori Okabayashi
  • Patent number: 11192768
    Abstract: A device for filling a container with a filling product (e.g., in a beverage filling system), includes: a product tank for providing the filling product, wherein a head space with a gas atmosphere is located above the filling product in the product tank; at least one filling member with a filling valve which is fluidically connected to the product tank for introducing the filling product from the product tank into the container to be filled and a gas channel for treating the container to be filled with a gas and/or for discharging gas from the container; a measuring apparatus for analyzing the gas atmosphere in the head space; and a control apparatus which is communicatively coupled to the measuring apparatus and which is designed to determine a process performance, (e.g., a quality of the filled filling product), from the analysis of the gas atmosphere in the head space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Florian Poeschl, Florian Herrmann
  • Patent number: 11079071
    Abstract: A hydrogen station operation method capable of adjusting pressure in a reservoir to the pressure suitable for liquid hydrogen replenishment while cutting hydrogen waste is for replenishing liquid hydrogen into the reservoir in a hydrogen station including: a gasification path partially gasifying liquid hydrogen out of the reservoir and returning it; and a gas delivery path delivering gasified hydrogen in the reservoir into a path between a vaporizer and a compressor or the vaporizer, when the remainder of liquid hydrogen in the reservoir becomes a first threshold or less, by reducing the liquid hydrogen amount flowing through the gasification path by a valve therein, reducing the gasification amount of liquid hydrogen in the reservoir, and increasing the hydrogen gas amount delivered through the gas delivery path from the reservoir by a valve therein, pressure in the reservoir is reduced, thereby performing operation where suction pressure of the compressor is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nagura, Tomohiro Ootsuka
  • Patent number: 11026864
    Abstract: A locking element for a connector configured to connect two components of a fluid transfer system and a connector that comprises the locking element are described. The connector comprising the locking element is configured to provide continuous fluid channels between a first component and a second component of a fluid transfer system, the fluid is a hazardous drug and the connector is designated for safe and contamination-free transfer of said hazardous drug from first to second container while isolating the needle tips and causing no dangerous and harmful leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: EQUASHIELD MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Marino Kriheli, Eric Shem-Tov
  • Patent number: 11027959
    Abstract: A device is provided for the controlled and precise delivery of powders, including cohesive powders, based on a fluidization technique to directly reduce inter-particle friction and using a fluidizing gas as an air-bearing. The device preferably includes no moving parts, no sealing gaskets or sealing surfaces. Unlike mechanically actuated valves, the powders dispensed by the current device do not experience mechanical shearing, thereby reducing wear and thus increasing the service life of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MATSYS INC.
    Inventors: Roderick Rowland, Steven Lawver, Tony F. Zahrah
  • Patent number: 10967994
    Abstract: Systems and methods for aseptically filling pharmaceutical containers with pharmaceutical fluid are disclosed. In one general aspect, these are based on an aseptically sealable chamber that includes a transfer wall to which pre-sealed pharmaceutical source and receiving containers are mounted aseptically. A robotic arm and a syringe store are disposed within the chamber along with a sterilizing facility for establishing in the chamber an aseptic condition. The robotic arm can grip and operate syringes to inject and/or extract pharmaceutical products from the containers by piercing their closures with the needles of the syringes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: VANRX PHARMASYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Procyshyn, Juvenal Naing, John Senger, Marcin Czeslaw Cichy
  • Patent number: 10906798
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for increase a rate at which a saddle fuel tank is depressurized responsive to a request for refueling. In one example, a method may include, responsive to the request for refueling, depressurizing a primary side of the saddle fuel tank to a secondary side of the saddle fuel tank, and commanding open a refueling lock coupled to the primary side to allow fuel to be delivered to the primary side when pressure in the primary side drops below a threshold pressure. In this way, the secondary fuel tank may be maintained at atmospheric pressure prior to the request for refueling, which may increase the rate of depressurization of the saddle fuel tank responsive to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10850873
    Abstract: Systems and methods for aseptically filling pharmaceutical containers with pharmaceutical fluid are disclosed. In one general aspect, these are based on an aseptically sealable chamber that includes a transfer wall to which pre-sealed pharmaceutical source and receiving containers are mounted aseptically. A robotic arm and a syringe store are disposed within the chamber along with a sterilizing facility for establishing in the chamber an aseptic condition. The robotic arm can grip and operate syringes to inject and/or extract pharmaceutical products from the containers by piercing their closures with the needles of the syringes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: VANRX PHARMASYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Procyshyn, Juvenal Naing, John Senger, Marcin Cichy
  • Patent number: 10741077
    Abstract: A vehicle warning device for outputting a vehicle warning signal to a first vehicle. The vehicle warning signal displays, prior to the entry of the first vehicle into a danger area, whether a second vehicle located ahead of the first vehicle is located directly behind this danger area, including a first communication interface configured to receive first data. The first data relate to a movement condition of the first vehicle. A second communication interface receives second data from the second vehicle. The second data relate to a movement condition of the second vehicle. A processing device determines, based on the first and second data, a future position of the second vehicle at a predicted time at which the first vehicle is located within the danger area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Harald Feifel, Attila Jaeger
  • Patent number: 10737432
    Abstract: A method for simultaneously forming and filling a container by injecting a pressurized liquid in a preform. The method includes placing the preform in a mold and injecting the pressurized liquid into the preform such that the liquid expands the preform and urges the wall of the preform against the wall of the molding cavity forming the preform into a container and the container is filled with liquid. A swirl imparting element extends in the injection flow and imparts a swirl flow on the pressurized liquid such that the pressurized liquid applies a centrifugal force on the wall of the preform during forming and filling of the preform, thereby promoting a radial expansion of the preform in radial planes substantially perpendicular to the preform axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Discma AG
    Inventor: Massimo Nascimbeni
  • Patent number: 10633125
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling a product into a container is provided. The apparatus can include a filling unit that can deliver the product into the container. The filling unit can include a pump and a filling nozzle at its one end. The apparatus can also include a drive unit for moving the container in relation to the filling unit between a first position, in which a bottom end of the container is arranged at a maximum distance from the filling nozzle, and a second position, in which the bottom end of the container is arranged at a minimum distance from the filling nozzle. A controller can control delivery of the product through the filling nozzle and control the drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Peter Lindberg, Gert Ekberg
  • Patent number: 10597293
    Abstract: A hydrogen production apparatus including a desulfurizer, a reformer, a CO transformer a gas flow path, and a purge gas supply path which is provided where a purge gas is supplied to an upstream side of a pressure feeding apparatus in the gas flow path, prior to a stopping operation, a purging step of replacing gas within the gas flow path with the purge gas and filling the purge gas into the gas flow path is performed, and in a start-up operation in which a heating means is operated to increase the temperature of the gas within the gas flow path, which is performed prior to a hydrogen purification operation, a pressure increasing step of supplying the purge gas from the purge gas supply path to the closed circulation circuit and increasing the pressure within the closed circulation circuit is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Murata, Tsubasa Shimizu, Satoshi Takagi
  • Patent number: 10463573
    Abstract: A sealed fluid transfer device and a sealed fluid transfer method includes a first container puncture apparatus, a second container puncture apparatus and a fluid transfer apparatus, wherein the fluid transfer apparatus includes a first container puncture adapter, a second container puncture adapter and a pressure supply unit; the first container puncture adapter includes a sealing element fixed seat, a guided outer casing, a pipeline fixed seat, a first fluid pipeline and a second fluid pipeline; when the sealing element fixed seat is connected with the first container puncture apparatus, a first sealing element is firstly tightly connected with a second sealing element, the first fluid pipeline and the second fluid pipeline respectively pass through the two sealing elements and then communicate with the first container; after being firstly used, the first fluid pipeline and the second fluid pipeline are always in no contact with the exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Shinva Ande Healthcare Apparatus Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jilong Zhao, Qiang Wang, Shouyu Sun
  • Patent number: 10155661
    Abstract: An improved hydrogen generation system and method for using the same are provided. The system includes an HDS unit configured to desulfurize hydrocarbons, a pre-reformer configured to convert heavy hydrocarbons within the process gas stream to methane, a reformer configured to produce a syngas stream and a flue gas, a PSA unit configured to produce a product hydrogen stream and a PSA off-gas stream, and means for cooling the flue gas against a combustion air and the PSA off-gas stream to a temperature below the dew point of sulfuric acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Taekyu Kang, Swatantra Kumar Shrivastava, Maik Lehmann
  • Patent number: 9946199
    Abstract: A system for filling a toner container with toner. The system includes a base, a receiving portion, and a vacuum source. The receiving portion is supported by the base and defines a chamber. The receiving portion includes an opened end that is configured to receive a toner container. The vacuum source is in fluid communication with the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CLOVER TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Jun Li, Eric Tuvesson
  • Patent number: 9920663
    Abstract: A hollow poppet valve (10) having an improved heat transfer capability is provided. The valve has an internal cavity (S), extending from within a valve head (14) into a stem (12) of the valve, is loaded with a coolant (19) together with an inert gas. The coolant in the valve head (14) is stirred by swirl flows of the coolant generated during reciprocal motions of the valve. A multiplicity of swirl-forming protrusions are formed on at least on one of the bottom and the ceiling of the valve head cavity (S1) in such a way that swirl flows (F20, F30) of coolant are generated by the protrusions in the valve head cavity (S1) during reciprocal motions of the valve to thereby stir the coolant in the circumferential direction of the cavity (S1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NITTAN VALVE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Tsuneishi, Atsuyuki Ichimiya
  • Patent number: 9856913
    Abstract: A pressure inside a chamber in which a bearing is arranged is reduced. Thus, a pressure inside an oil tank and the pressure inside the chamber are made lower than atmospheric pressure, and are placed in a minimal or no pressure difference condition. Next, a lubricating oil is supplied from the oil tank into the chamber through power of a liquid transfer pump. The lubricating oil is thus injected into the bearing inside the chamber. Thus, the lubricating oil can be supplied from the oil tank into the chamber while maintaining the pressure at substantially the same level lower than that of the atmospheric pressure. Accordingly, gas can be prevented from dissolving into the lubricating oil which has once been deaerated by a pressure reduction inside the oil tank. In addition, because a driving force of the liquid transfer pump is used for supply of the lubricating oil, it is easy to control the amount of the lubricating oil to be supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Kojima, Yuya Tamura, Keita Hasegawa, Kazuya Sato, Yuki Konishi
  • Patent number: 9844485
    Abstract: A reduced pressure treatment system is provided that includes a canister that is fluidly connected to a tissue site and is configured to receive fluid drawn from the tissue site under the influence of a reduced pressure. A reduced pressure source provides the reduced pressure and is fluidly connected to the tissue site by a fluid communication path, which may include a source conduit, the canister, and a target conduit. A sensing device communicates with the source conduit and is configured to sense a pressure in the source conduit. A valve communicates with the source conduit and is configured to vent the reduced pressure. A processing unit communicates with the sensing device and the valve and is configured to open the valve for a selected amount of time, determine a decay of reduced pressure, and determine a fill status of the canister based on the decay of reduced pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Timothy Mark Robinson, David Robson Blandford
  • Patent number: 9669372
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for loading ceramic spheres into a vertical reactor. The process comprises introducing into the reactor along a substantial height thereof a feeding pipe that is opened at its bottom part. According to the invention, no physical device or air-supplying conduit is present inside the inner section of the feeding pipe. The process allows for rapid, safe and efficient loading, without breakage of the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Petroval
    Inventors: Adriaan Stander, Giuseppe Galassini, Olivier Girard, Nicolas Aubin
  • Patent number: 9545763
    Abstract: An emergency repair kit for tire punctures is disclosed, which generally includes a sealant dispenser and a box having a large bottom surface and accommodating therein compressor unit that can supply compressed air into a bottle of the sealant dispenser via an air input connection tube of the sealant dispenser to force the chemical sealant contained in the bottle to flow out of a sealant output connection tube of the sealant dispenser for inflating and repairing a punctured tire. A basket is used to detachably couple the sealant dispenser to the box, so that the sealant dispenser can stand on a surface more firmly. Therefore, the sealant dispenser can be prevent from displacement or overturn due to vibrations, so that the emergency repair kit can be operated more safely and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Wen-San Chou
  • Patent number: 9482276
    Abstract: Provided herein is an apparatus, comprising a stationary component comprising a cup having a volume reserved for receiving a predetermined amount of lubricating fluid; a rotatable component comprising a sleeve, wherein the rotatable component is fitted within the stationary component in a position substantially above the volume; and an annular member configured for forming a thrust bearing with the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Seagate Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Chris M. Woldemar, Hans L. Leuthold
  • Patent number: 9310239
    Abstract: A powder metering apparatus (1) having a metering chamber (2) which defines a powder metering volume (3) and can be emptied through an outlet opening (11), wherein, in order to draw in powder (9) from a powder supply line (10) through a diaphragm (5) which bounds the metering chamber (2), a negative pressure (8) can be applied to the metering chamber (2). The diaphragm (5) is arranged such that the latter can be adjusted relative to the outlet opening (11) in order to set the powder metering volume (3) and/or to empty the metering chamber (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: FYDEC HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Frederic Dietrich, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9250110
    Abstract: Methods of volume measurement of a liquid are described. During extraction or feed of the liquid, at least two time points of the altered volume of the liquid is measured. Respective hydrostatic pressures are measured at these time points. The pressure difference is determined and the current volume of the liquid present in the container is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: DIONEX SOFTRON GMBH
    Inventors: Bernhard Christ, Richard Schloderer
  • Patent number: 9233491
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention features a machine for the production of a solid dosage form wherein the machine is adapted to form a dosage form between a first forming tool and a second forming tool within a forming cavity and wherein the first RF electrode and the second RF electrode are arranged within the machine such that when RF energy is applied between the first RF electrode and the second RF electrode, the RF energy passes through the portion of the forming cavity adapted to form the dosage form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Stuhl, Harry S. Sowden, Gerard P. McNally, Oliver Anderson
  • Patent number: 9199832
    Abstract: A funnel kit used to transfer liquids such as ketchup, shampoo, oil, etc., from one bottle to another bottle. It functions like a funnel but its structure and material composition (plastic/rubber) allows it to hold both bottles so that they would stay in place. Usually, the top bottle has very little liquid and the bottom bottle is almost full. The weight of the fuller bottom bottle would insure that the system would not topple over. This saves the unused liquid instead of throwing it out. Combining several similar devices allows for the transfer of viscous liquid from a smaller bottle to a bigger bottle and vice-versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Antonio Fracasso
  • Patent number: 9168497
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus including a kinetic energy source, a mixing tank, a pivot guide, and transfer shaft is used to drive a mixing paddle through a circular path within a tank without substantial shaft rotation. Sleeved and sleeveless mixing paddles are provided in combination with sealable mixing tanks. A volumetric compensation system responsive to tank wall deflection is used to maintain the internal volume of a mixing tank within predetermined limits. One mixing apparatus includes multiple mixing shafts and paddles coupled to at least one kinetic energy source. Methods for fabricating sleeved paddle-containing mixing apparatuses are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Pall Life Sciences Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Steven Vanhamel, Jean-Pascal Zambaux, Tom Claes
  • Publication number: 20150122372
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a process for loading particulate material (7) into at least one narrow vertical container (1,1?) having an opening to the outside in its bottom part, which comprises inducing an upflow of air through said container, and loading said particulate material into the container from the upper part thereof in such a way that said particulate material falls downwardly counter currently to said upflow of air. According to the invention, no physical device or air-supplying conduit is present inside the inner section of the container (1,1?) to be filled when the particulate material is loaded, and said upflowing air is sourced from the bottom opening of the container and is induced by sucking air from the upper part of the container using a vacuum system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: PETROVAL
    Inventors: Adriaan STANDER, Giuseppe GALASSINI, Olivier GIRARD, Nicolas AUBIN
  • Publication number: 20150119610
    Abstract: A carbon adsorbent adapted for adsorptive storage and subsequent desorptive release of a decomposition-susceptible gas is described. Such carbon adsorbent comprises porosity in which mesopore volume is less than 0.25 cm3/gm of carbon adsorbent, in which the porosity comprises at least 80% by volume micropores, and at least 65% by volume of the micropores have pore diameter in a range of from 0.3 to 0.72 nm. The carbon adsorbent has a nitrogen adsorption BET surface area greater than 800 m2/g of carbon adsorbent, measured at 77° K, and a bulk density that is greater than 0.55 g/cc of carbon adsorbent. The carbon adsorbent can be utilized in gas storage and dispensing packages of varying type, to provide a safe and reliable source of decomposition-susceptible gas, e.g., acetylene for applications such as gas welding/cutting applications, atomic absorption spectroscopy applications, chemical synthesis and microelectronic products manufacturing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Edward A. Sturm, Thomas H. Baum, J. Donald Carruthers
  • Publication number: 20150101704
    Abstract: A fuel tank system, comprising: a fuel tank configured to store a liquid fuel and a pressurized gaseous fuel capable of partially dissolving in the liquid fuel; a refueling conduit coupled to the fuel tank via a tank access valve; a first high pressure refueling port coupled to the refueling conduit; a low pressure refueling port coupled to the refueling conduit via a check valve. In this way, pressurized gaseous fuel or a pre-pressurized mix of fuels may be added to the fuel tank without active control any time the fuel pressure in the fuel tank is below a maximum allowable pressure, and liquid fuel may be added to the fuel tank with active control whenever the fuel pressure and liquid fuel level in the fuel tank are below threshold levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Mark Allen Dearth
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8985164
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for controlling flow of a flowable material. The flowable material passes from a product supply through one or more valves which are coupled to a controller. The controller is also coupled to one or more sensors operable to generate a signal indicating whether flowable product is present or not present at a specific level within a container. The controller is programmed to operate the valves based on signals received from the sensors. The sensors may be associated with the feed container and used to control metering of flowable product out of the feed container, or they may be associated with a container and used to control filling of the container with flowable product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Caneel Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Jonathan Seeman, Dewey Privette, Donna Elizabeth Seeman
  • Publication number: 20150059920
    Abstract: A tire repair device, which has a container for containing the tire repair fluid and a securing jig therefor, is characterized in that the securing jig is configured by coupling a securing portion, which holds the container in a predetermined direction, to a step plate portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Hideyuki Takahara
  • Patent number: 8950442
    Abstract: A system (10) and method for accurately delivering controlled amounts of viscous fluid to one or more fluid delivery devices (31). There is a fluid reservoir (12), a variable-volume fill chamber (18), and structure (171, 173) that fluidly interconnects the reservoir (12) to the fill chamber (18). Valving (22) is used to channel fluid flow from the reservoir (12) to the fill chamber (18). There is a device (20) that dispenses fluid from the fill chamber (18). Valving (24) is used to channel fluid flow from the fill chamber (18) to a fluid delivery device (31). A controller (28) automatically controls operation of the device (20) that dispenses fluid from the fill chamber (18), and may also control operation of the valving (22, 24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Fishman Corporation
    Inventor: W. Scott Beebe
  • Patent number: 8948910
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for loading solid particles into a vessel comprising: particle feed means (24); means (26) for dispersing the particles from the top to the bottom of the vessel; at least one means (17) for measuring the height of the filling bed; and at least one automated system for controlling the feed means (24) and/or the dispersion means (26), and also to a process and uses implementing the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Total Raffinage Marketing
    Inventors: Bernard Cottard, Pascal Leroy
  • Publication number: 20150013832
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a filling device for food product packaging plants in special containers. Particularly, the invention relates to a filling device of the electronic type, in which a contact between the valve and the container to be filled does not occur. Specifically, the invention relates to the beverage bottling field. Particularly, the present invention relates to a filling device (1) comprising a valve body (2) in which a dispensing duct (3) for a filling fluid is obtained, the dispensing duct (3) ending inferiorly with a dispensing nozzle (4), in which the lower portion (2?) of the valve body (2) comprises a sleeve (13) surrounding the dispensing nozzle (4), so as to create an annular chamber (14) between the outer surface of the dispensing nozzle (4) and the inner surface of the sleeve (13), characterized in that said sleeve (13) is connected to a sanitization duct (15) which is arranged in flow communication with a source (19) of a gaseous sanitization fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: SMI S.p.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Riggio
  • Publication number: 20150013834
    Abstract: A fluid supply system adapted for vacuum and pressure cycling of fluid, including a transfer vessel adapted to supply a process canister with fluid drawn from a bulk canister under a vacuum, wherein delivery of fluid from the transfer vessel to the process canister is accomplished with positive pressure. A method is also disclosed of delivering fluid, including drawing fluid under vacuum from a bulk canister and pressurizing the transfer vessel to effect dispensing of the fluid into a process canister for delivery to a location of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Jordan Hodges, Richard D. Chism, Mitchell W. McFeron, Donald D. Ware, Glenn M. Tom
  • Publication number: 20150013833
    Abstract: A filler element includes a housing, a channel formed therein, a valve in the channel, an opening downstream from the valve that dispenses content into a container when the valve is open, a tube for fill-level adjustment, a controlled gas channel, and a collection space. The tube, which adjusts a fill level of content in the container, projects past the dispensing opening and extends into an interior of the container during filling thereof. This tube connects to a collection space separated from a content vat from which the content comes through the channel. To adjust the desired fill level, a gas pressure is applied to the interior through the tube, thereby displacing excess content from the container. The controlled gas channel permits the gas to enter the container interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Ludwig Clusserath, Dieter-Rudoff Krulitsch, Manfred Hartel
  • Patent number: 8915268
    Abstract: A liquefied gas storage/delivery system and method that includes a liquefied gas storage system. The liquefied gas storage system includes a housing containing a storage vessel suited to contain a supply of liquefied gas, such as liquid oxygen (LOX). A rotatable turntable is provided on an exterior surface of the housing. An interface shaped to match the shape of at least a portion of a portable liquid storage/delivery device is provide in or on the turntable. A connector is disposed in the interface that couples to a corresponding connector on the portable liquid storage/delivery device. The two connectors are coupled by placing the portable liquid storage/delivery device in the interface and rotating the turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Rickey Dean Burns, Tory Deane Werne, Michele Rose Marut, Paul Denis McGroary, Mark Hoeveler, Aashi Vel
  • Publication number: 20140356494
    Abstract: A method for making liquid and/or semi-liquid food products from liquid and/or semi-liquid base products comprising the steps of: preparing a container for supplying the base products, a container for processing the base products and a duct connecting the supplying container to the processing container and having at least one deformable portion; transferring the liquid base products through the connecting duct from the supplying container to the processing container; measuring a deformation value of said deformable portion of said connecting duct; controlling said supplying of the liquid base products through said connecting duct, from the supplying container to the processing container as a function of the measured value of deformation of the portion of the connecting duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: ALI S.p.a. - CARPIGIANI GROUP
    Inventors: Andrea COCCHI, Roberto LAZZARINI
  • Patent number: 8899279
    Abstract: This present invention relates to a preparation of gaseous fuel (natural gas for example) for its further transfer under pressure to fuel tank of a vehicle 22. This object is achieved by a method for compressing gas by alternate transfer of gas into two vertically arranged compressing vessels 1 and 2, its compression and forcing into high-pressure vessels by filling the compressing vessels 1 and 2 with working fluid 30 under pressure by means of a hydraulic drive 5. A novelty of this method lies in that, each cycle of gas 29 compressing and its forcing out of the compressing vessels 1 and 2 is performed until these vessels are fully filled with the working fluid 30 contained in the compressing vessels 1 and 2 and alternately forced out of one compressing vessel into the other in response to a signal sent by fluid-level sensor 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hygen Sia
    Inventor: Aleksejs Safronovs
  • Publication number: 20140338785
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a golf club having a hollow golf club head which is filled with a gas under pressure. The interior surface of the golf club head is coated with a solidified layer of a sealant material. The pressurized gas permits the use of thinner face plates by compensating for forces generated when the face plate strikes a golf ball. The sealant is preferably applied by rotating the golf club head to coat the interior surface of the golf club head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: DONALD A. ANDERSON, BABEK KHAMENIAN, ALDEN J. BLOWERS
  • Patent number: 8844583
    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 includes 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: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Clive French
  • Publication number: 20140261869
    Abstract: A puncture repair liquid injection method injects puncture repair liquid into a tire by using a puncture repair liquid injection device provided with a container having a liquid containing portion containing a puncture repair liquid, along with an outlet for discharging the puncture repair liquid, and an inlet for introducing compressed air; an injection hose connected between a tire valve of a wheel mounted on a tire and the outlet of the container; and a compressor having a pressure adjuster for selecting an air pressure. The method further comprises connecting the injection hose between the tire valve and the outlet of the container, connecting the compressor to the inlet of the container, selecting a reduced air pressure as a pressurizing force by the compressor by an operation of the pressure adjuster, and injecting the puncture repair liquid into the tire by pressurizing the container interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Takumi Sekiguchi
  • Publication number: 20140150422
    Abstract: A clean fill port system for a compressed gas tank having a fill port includes a sealable enclosure surrounding the fill port. The sealable enclosure includes a closeable lid that defines a sealed cavity within the sealable enclosure when the lid is in a closed position. A pressurized fluid supply port is directly fluidly connected with the sealed cavity. The sealable enclosure completely encloses the fill port and is configured to maintain a pressurized fluid within the sealed cavity such that ingress of water or debris into the sealed cavity is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Cory A. Brown, Dana R. Coldren
  • Publication number: 20140151202
    Abstract: An encapsulated switchgear that includes a housing defining, an insulating space, and an electrical active part arranged in the insulating space, the insulating space with an insulation medium. The switchgear is characterized in that the insulation medium with a dielectric compound having a boiling point of above ?5° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Maik Hyrenbach, Ole Granhaug, Max-Steffen Claessens, Per Skarby
  • Patent number: 8714208
    Abstract: A container is provided comprising a receiving vessel (12) and an outlet part (14), wherein the outlet part (14) comprises a one-way valve (24) and at least one bypass passage (32) bypassing the one-way valve (24), wherein the outlet part (14) is at least partly movable with respect to the receiving vessel (12) between a closed position and an opened position, wherein in the closed position the receiving vessel (12) seals the bypass passage (32) and in the opened position the receiving vessels (12) unseals the bypass passage (32). Due to the one-way valve (24) of the alternative container (10) the filling is facilitated without complicating emptying, since it is prevented that the content (42) of the container (10) flows back accidently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Kao Germany
    Inventor: Günther Niepoth
  • Patent number: 8708004
    Abstract: A fueling control system for providing fuel from a vehicle to an aircraft, and a method of providing fuel from a fuel vehicle to an aircraft are disclosed herein. The fueling control system includes a pressure transducer for sensing back pressure in a fluid path to a fuel tank of an aircraft, and a digital controller coupled to the pressure transducer for receiving the back pressure in the fluid path and controlling fuel flow in the fluid path to the aircraft. The method includes the steps of sensing back pressure in a fluid path from the aircraft; receiving the sensed back pressure by a digital controller; and controlling fuel flow to the aircraft in the fluid path based on the sensed back pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Owen Watkins
  • Patent number: 8701721
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for controlling flow of a flowable material. The flowable material passes from a product supply through one or more valves which are coupled to a controller. The controller is also coupled to one or more sensors operable to generate a signal indicating whether flowable product is present or not present at a specific level within a container. The controller is programmed to operate the valves based on signals received from the sensors. The sensors may be associated with the feed container and used to control metering of flowable product out of the feed container, or they may be associated with a container and used to control filling of the container with flowable product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Caneel Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Jonathan Seeman, Dewey Privette, Donna Elizabeth Seeman
  • Publication number: 20140076458
    Abstract: A process and machine for refilling and reusing or recycling spent “bag on valve”-type aerosol cans. The process includes drawing a premeasured amount of liquid product into a refilling module, followed by pushing the product into the product bag (that surrounds the bag on valve), acting against the pressure of the gas already in the can. Opposite-acting, one-way valves in the inlet and outlet of the refilling module enable the drawing and pushing action. One size or type of refilling module is easy to swap with another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Darin Brown