With Plural Diverse Passages For Gas To Receiver Or Head Patents (Class 141/54)
  • Patent number: 9067698
    Abstract: A method for the filling of beverage cans in a beverage can filling plant, a method for the filling of cans in a can filling plant, and an apparatus therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Stolte, Timo Jakob
  • Publication number: 20150096647
    Abstract: A fill control system includes a fuel storage vessel, a fuel inlet in fluid communication with the fuel storage vessel to provide fluid communication between a fuel source and the fuel storage vessel, and a fill control valve disposed between and in fluid communication with the fuel inlet and the fuel storage vessel, an actuation of the fill control valve causing a pressure level upstream thereof which emulates a full condition of the fuel storage vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Jörg Schulze
  • Patent number: 8870551
    Abstract: A pump which is adapted to be operably moved or to use a high-pressure air cartridge to inflate an object includes a cylinder assembly, a first nozzle head assembly, and a second nozzle head assembly. The pump that is operably moved will induce external air in a chamber defined in the cylinder assembly. The first nozzle head assembly is engagable with the air cartridge and the object and allows high-pressure air in the air cartridge to flow into the object. The first nozzle head assembly is not in fluidal communication with the chamber. The second nozzle head assembly is engagable with the object and allows the air in the chamber to flow into the object by operably moving the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Patent number: 8701722
    Abstract: The invention relates to a production installation for filling bottles or similar containers with products in the form of a liquid filling material. The installation includes a device for providing a product, a filling machine connected to the device by at least one product line for filling the container with the product, and at least one buffer store connected to the product line and forming a storage space for the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 8636040
    Abstract: An installation for packaging a gaseous NO/N2 mixture into at least one container from a source (1) of gaseous NO and a source (2) of gaseous nitrogen is disclosed. The installation uses at least one filling system (3) comprising one or more filling stations (24) for gas containers (25). A first gas line (11) is fluidically connected to the source (1) of gaseous NO and to the filling system (3), and a second gas line (12) is fluidically connected to the source (2) of gaseous nitrogen and to the filling system (3). The first gas line (11) and the second gas line (12) each has a mass flow meter (4, 5), each mass flow meter (4, 5) being connected (14, 15) to a control device (6) collaborating with each mass flow meter (4, 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Philippe Deck, Luca Valsasina, Wilfried Legeron
  • Patent number: 8578977
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gas filling and dispensing device that includes a body to be provided in the opening of a pressurized gas storage tank, a gas tapping circuit extending between a first upstream end to be connected to the inside of the tank and a second downstream end to be connected to a gas user, a filling duct having a first upstream end to be connected to the inside of the tank and a second downstream end to be connected to a filling member, said filling duct including at least one portion distinct from the tapping circuit, and the filling duct including a first valve, characterized in that the filling duct includes a second isolation valve arranged in series with the first valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Alessandro Moretti, Philippe Pisot, Maxime Dupont
  • Publication number: 20130221000
    Abstract: When a driver manipulates a fuel filler lid switch, a tank shutoff valve is opened. Then, time t is calculated, and then, remaining time, obtained by subtracting elapsed time from the time t, is presented on a display device. If the fuel filler lid switch is manipulated again, the tank shutoff valve is closed to seal a fuel tank, and a message to the effect that opening action of the fuel filler lid is cancelled is presented on the display device. If the time t has elapsed without the fuel filler lid switch being manipulated again, the fuel filler lid is opened, determining that internal pressure in the fuel tank has decreased to a level predetermined to ensure that the fuel tank can be filled safely without fuel or fuel evaporative gas spouting from the fuel tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Patent number: 8408253
    Abstract: A nozzle that can introduce gas into containers placed at a predetermined interval. The nozzle introduces gas into the container without contacting the container, and includes a main opening where the gas at a first flow rate is discharged and a sub-opening where the gas at a second flow rate is discharged in a same direction as the direction of the gas discharged from the main opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naruto Adachi, Kaname Takai
  • Patent number: 8356577
    Abstract: A combination of a teat cup and a flexible milk tube is shown. The flexible milk tube has a main duct and a plurality of secondary ducts for discharging milk from the teat cup and for applying vacuum in the teat cup. The main duct is confined by a duct wall extending around the main duct. The secondary ducts are included in the duct wall of the main duct. By including the plurality of secondary ducts in the duct wall of the main duct the flexible milk tube as a whole has a smaller cross-section than that of the known milk tube. The plurality of secondary ducts no longer need separate duct walls forming separate tubes either connected or not with the flexible milk tube comprising the main duct. This results in space saving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Maasland N.V.
    Inventor: Karel Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 7975729
    Abstract: An in-structure air delivery system comprises a control panel and a plurality of air delivery lines. The control panel is located at a first location in the structure and has an air supply inlet. Each air delivery line extends from the control panel to a different location in the structure. Valves are configured to selectively control the flow of air through each of the air delivery lines. In a method of use, a high pressure air supply such as a portable compressor is connected to the inlet of the system. Air is selectively delivered to one or more of the delivery lines. A control unit is connected to the outlet of the delivery line. Air is supplied to the control unit. The control unit is used to regulate the flow of air to a component of breathing equipment, such as to a firefighter's breathing equipment air cylinder to be re-filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Richard W. Lisle
  • Patent number: 7811532
    Abstract: Fluid flow valve assembly comprising a valve body having an external port and an inlet end having at least a first port, a second port, and a third port; a first valve disposed within the valve body and adapted to control fluid flow between the first and second ports; and a second valve disposed within the valve body and adapted to control fluid flow between the third port and the external port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Alexander Kerr, Benjamin James Arthur, Athanasios Georgios Tsirukis, James Robert Leenhouts, Jeffrey Ronald Phillips
  • Patent number: 7770610
    Abstract: An in-structure air delivery system comprises a control panel and a plurality of air delivery lines. The control panel is located at a first location in the structure and has an air supply inlet. Each air delivery line extends from the control panel to a different location in the structure. Valves are configured to selectively control the flow of air through each of the air delivery lines. In a method of use, a high pressure air supply such as a portable compressor is connected to the inlet of the system. Air is selectively delivered to one or more of the delivery lines. A control unit is connected to the outlet of the delivery line. Air is supplied to the control unit. The control unit is used to regulate the flow of air to a component of breathing equipment, such as to a firefighter's breathing equipment air cylinder to be re-filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Mechanical Contractors Association, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Lisle
  • Patent number: 7647950
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant with a beverage bottle filling machine for filling beverage bottles, as well as the filling elements for the beverage bottle filling machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 7644739
    Abstract: A pressurized actuator system for independent deployment of at least two inflatable structures having a first primary section adapted for deployment of a primary inflatable structure and second section for deployment of a secondary inflatable structure and an auxiliary source of pressurized fluid for operating said device. A control assembly for controlling a flow of pressurized fluid from the auxiliary source of pressurized into the second system is provided. Thus, the system assures independent deployment of the primary and secondary inflatable structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Air Cruisers Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Vezzosi, Thomas W. Swierkocki
  • Patent number: 7600541
    Abstract: A fluid supply system is provided which includes a filling station operable to provide a fluid to a fuel storage vessel. The fluid supply system is operable in a first mode to provide a fluid in a liquid phase from the filling station to the storage vessel and is operable in a second mode to prevent the supply of the fluid to the storage vessel. The storage vessel is in fluid communication with the fluid supply system and is operable to receive the fluid in the liquid phase when the fluid supply system is in the first mode and discharge the fluid in a gaseous phase to the filling station. At least one sensor is in communication with the discharge passage and the fluid supply, and operates to cause the fluid supply to operate in the second mode in response to a detected pressure drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Rainer Pechtold
  • Patent number: 7533701
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for transferring a liquid from a source container to a destination container including a liquid transfer mechanism; at least one unidirectional valve preventing backflow into the source container; a source needle, inserted into a sealed closure of the source container, withdrawing the liquid from the source container; a destination needle, inserted into a sealed closure of the destination container, depositing the liquid into the destination container; an inert gas container supplying an inert gas to the source container; and at least one vent check valve releasing pressure from at least one of the containers when the pressure in the container exceeds a predetermined pressure limit. The present invention transfers liquids such as wine from an original sealed container into various new containers under controlled conditions without compromising the original composition of the liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Inventors: Andrew Gadzic, Samuel P. Laufer, William S. Laufer, Jack Laufer
  • Publication number: 20090100799
    Abstract: Filling valve (12) including: a hollow housing (21); a moving valve assembly (24) slidingly mounted in the housing (21), the moving valve assembly (24) and the hollow housing (21) together defining a liquid chamber (30) and a gas chamber (32); a liquid inlet (46) for putting the liquid chamber (30) into communication with a liquid supply pipe (14); a gas inlet (47) for putting the gas chamber (32) into communication with a gas supply pipe (17); wherein the hollow housing (21) and the moving valve assembly (24) together define a medium chamber the (33) located between the liquid chamber (30) and the gas chamber (32), and wherein the filling valve (12) further comprises: a first diaphragm (35) linking the valve assembly (24) to the housing (21) between the liquid chamber (30) and the medium chamber (33), and a second diaphragm (36) linking the valve assembly (24) to the housing (21) between the gas chamber (32) and the medium chamber (33).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: SIDEL
    Inventors: Andrea Lupi, Roberto Cuoghi
  • Patent number: 7434600
    Abstract: A pressurized actuator system for simultaneously deploying a plurality of inflatable floatation devices or other structures for a rotorcraft or other mobile or stationary devices includes a plurality of primary sources of pressurized fluid adapted for deploying a corresponding number of inflatable structures, a plurality of primary valves that are each operatively associated with one of the primary sources, a plurality of pressure-responsive primary transducers operative to open a different one of the primary valves, and a secondary source of pressurized fluid adapted for simultaneously operating the primary transducers to thereby open the primary valves and simultaneously deploy the plurality of inflatable structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Air Cruisers Company
    Inventors: Thomas W. Swierkocki, Brian Henry
  • Patent number: 7159622
    Abstract: A pressurized container includes a vessel defining a chamber therein. A housing that is connected to the vessel defines an outlet that is fluidly separated from the chamber by a closure member. A moveable member may be seated within and form a seal with the housing and abut the closure member. Activation of an initiator propels the moveable member through the closure member, thereby fluidly connecting the chamber and the outlet. The pressurized container might include an obstruction partially blocking an outlet path and another initiator that breaks the obstruction when activated, thereby further opening the outlet path. The pressurized container might include a main path fluidly connected to the outlet, a first secondary path that connects the main path to the chamber, and a second secondary path that also connects the main path to the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Fink
  • Patent number: 7104288
    Abstract: A pressurized container includes a vessel defining a chamber therein. A housing that is connected to the vessel defines an outlet that is fluidly separated from the chamber by a closure member. A moveable member may be seated within and form a seal with the housing and abut the closure member. Activation of an initiator propels the moveable member through the closure member, thereby fluidly connecting the chamber and the outlet. Also, the chamber might include a first portion and a second portion, wherein an isolator member substantially fluidly separates the first portion and the second portion. Gas released from the first portion initially inflates an air bag associated with the pressurized container and gas released from the second portion maintains the inflation of the air bag for a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Fink
  • Patent number: 6883565
    Abstract: An air pump for bicycles comprises: an air storage tank 5 for storing compressed air which is charged thereinto from a manual pump 30 through tank-charging passages 43b and 43a; an air-charge valve 44 or 49 for preventing air stored in the air storage tank 5 from reversely flowing toward the manual pump 30 through the tank-charging passages 43b and 43a; air passages 43a and 43c which extends from the air storage tank 5 and which is formed at its tip end with an air discharge port which charges air into a bicycle tire; and an opened and closed valve for opening and closing the air passages 43a and 43c. With this structure, it is possible to provide an air pump for bicycles capable of swiftly charging a large volume of high-pressure air into a bicycle tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Marui Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Marui
  • Patent number: 6817386
    Abstract: A liquid passage 4 for filling which communicates with a liquid supply piping 6 for filling is formed within a valve housing 2 and carries a filling nozzle 31 at its lower end. The liquid passage 4 is opened or closed by a liquid valve. A packing 38 which seals the mouth of a vessel B, a cylinder 42 which elevates the packing 38, a flow meter 33 which detects a filled content of the liquid which is filled into the vessel B, and an exhaust passage 44 formed in the valve housing 2 are provided. The exhaust passage 44 has an opening disposed toward the vessel which is disposed outside an opening of the filling nozzle 31, and the opening of the filling nozzle 31 is maintained above the elevation of the liquid level which is filled into the vessel B during the filling operation. The filling valve assures a sanitary excellence and is usable with vessels B of differing sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Tsukano, Katsunori Tanikawa, Taro Kitayama
  • Patent number: 6805172
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for compensating gas loss in an incubator. A transducer can be used to monitor the gas pressure of various gases that flow into the incubator. By knowing the correct pressure that flows into the chamber, a faster and more accurate compensation can be done during enhancement or depletion of the gases in the incubator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Kendro Laboratory Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Elwood, Richard H. Bair, III
  • Patent number: 6799614
    Abstract: Fuel is dispensed into a fuel tank fill tube by a hand-held tool assembly having a body with an outlet tube connected to a fuel supply passage through an air actuated control valve. Spring biased arcuate jaws surround the outlet tube and expand outwardly into engagement with an inner surface of the fill tube by an air actuated annular clamping piston surrounding the outlet tube. An air actuated annular sealing piston surrounds the clamping piston and is effective to seal the outer end of the fill tube after the fill tube is clamped. The position of the fill tube is sensed by a pin which actuates a proximity switch, and a handle and fluid line connectors projecting from the body at right angles to the outlet tube. Thumb operated control switches are located adjacent the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Production Control Units, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Smith, Randy S. Robinson
  • Patent number: 6786245
    Abstract: A mobile self-contained self-powered station having a plurality of vessels delivers a pressurized fluid to a receiving tank (e.g., a fuel tank of a hydrogen-powered vehicle) without using mechanical compression, external electric power, or other external utilities. The station includes first and second vessels, a conduit in fluid communication with the receiving tank and each of the first and second vessels, means for transferring at least a portion of a quantity of the pressurized fluid from the first vessel to the receiving tank, means for measuring continuously a pressure differential between the increasing pressure in the receiving tank and the decreasing pressure in the first vessel, means for discontinuing the transfer from the first vessel when a predetermined limit value is reached, and means for transferring at least a portion of a quantity of the pressurized fluid from the second vessel to the receiving tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Paul Eichelberger, David John Farese, Joseph Perry Cohen, Richard Layton Colwell
  • Patent number: 6722396
    Abstract: A method in which large-volume gas containers, for example, airships having a gas holding capacity of, for example, 400,000 m3, can be filled with a process gas, includes first completely filling the container with an auxiliary gas, the density of which differs from that of the process gas. The process gas is then quiescently introduced into an upper area of the gas container in such a way that no significant mixing with the air occurs and, at the same time, the auxiliary gas is removed by suction from the lower area of the gas container. To purify the contents of the gas container, purified or fresh process gas is quiescently introduced into the upper area of the gas container in such a way that no significant mixing with the contaminated process gas present in the gas container. At the same time, the contaminated process gas is removed by suction from the lower area of the gas container. To empty the gas container, the above-described process is reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventors: Diethard Sillat, Thomas Sauer
  • Patent number: 6719019
    Abstract: A gas cylinder charging system includes (1) at least two gas inlet ports and (2) at least two gas outlet ports, (3) a gas compressor having an input port and an output port, where the input port selectively receives gas from a gas inlet port and selectively transfers the gas to a gas outlet port, and (4) a controller, receiving status signals and transmitting control signals, and connected to and controlling the gas compressor. A method aspect of filling a gas cylinder using the described cylinder charging system further including an input/output selector valve for selecting one of the gasses to transfer to the gas cylinder, includes the following steps. A gas cylinder is connected to one of the cylinder connectors. A user manipulates the selector valve selecting the gas to be transferred to the gas cylinder and activates the cylinder charging system filling the gas cylinder with the selected gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tuan Q. Cao, Steven D. Jinks
  • Patent number: 6719016
    Abstract: A pressurized container includes a vessel defining a chamber therein. A housing that is connected to the vessel defines an outlet that is fluidly separated from the chamber by a closure member. A moveable member may be seated within and form a seal with the housing and abut the closure member. Activation of an initiator propels the moveable member through the closure member, thereby fluidly connecting the chamber and the outlet. The pressurized container might include an obstruction partially blocking an outlet path and another initiator that breaks the obstruction when activated, thereby further opening the outlet path. The pressurized container might include a main path fluidly connected to the outlet, a first secondary path that connects the main path to the chamber, and a second secondary path that also connects the main path to the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Michael F. Fink
  • Patent number: 6698473
    Abstract: A filling tube for dispensing a liquid into a container, wherein the tube (10) includes an orifice (36, 40) for dispensing the liquid which conditions a cone-shaped jet, and wherein the tube includes an axial cannula provided with a gas discharge conduit (24) emerging inside the space defined by the cone-shaped jet. The cannula includes a gas intake pipe (28) which emerges inside the space defined by the cone-shaped jet and which sprays a gas stream which flows substantially parallel to the liquid cone-shaped jet, on the inner side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Sidel
    Inventor: Patrick Decarne
  • Patent number: 6691747
    Abstract: An apparatus for exposing a container traveling along a conveyor to a controlled environment is provided. The apparatus includes an elongated rail and a first elongated gas deflecting member. The elongated rail includes a longitudinally oriented manifold. The longitudinally oriented manifold is adapted to align with a path of the container. The elongated rail also includes at least one inlet opening to receive a controlled environment gas. The first elongated gas deflecting member is positioned adjacent to the manifold. The first elongated gas deflecting member is contoured to deflect a flow of the controlled environment gas exiting the manifold in a direction transverse to the path of the container and into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: MAP Systems International division of Jescorp, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank F. Marcus, James J. Sanfilippo, John E. Sanfilippo
  • Patent number: 6684917
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fluidized bed for dispensing small quantities of powders. The fluidized bed is made using a porous housing to permit injection and removal of fluid through the surrounding walls to improve the operation of the bed particularly for small particles of the group C size, including significantly reducing powder adhesion to the walls. In one aspect of the invention the fluidized bed housing is rotated about its longitudinal axis, which may be oriented at any suitable angle. A system for changing the volume of the bed is described as is a system for incorporating injection nozzles within the bed for constant agitation and prevention of powder adhering to the walls of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: The University of Western Ontario
    Inventors: Jesse Zhu, Jianzhang Wen, Ying Liang Ma, Hui Zhang
  • Patent number: 6668877
    Abstract: A filling system having a discharge unit to fill still beverages under an open ambience into containers. The filling system has an annular nozzle from which blows a sterile gas in the direction of filling. The nozzle is mounted on the filling system concentrically with the discharge unit such that sterile gas encircles beverages being discharged from the discharge unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Alfill Engineering GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Jorn Richard Fehland, Jens H. Popplau
  • Patent number: 6648028
    Abstract: A liquid aerating apparatus—in combination with a cylinder containing gas under pressure (53); a cylinder holder (30) for retaining a pressure gas cylinder; an aerating (61) head for retaining a bottle (63) which contains a liquid to be aerated; an intermediate chamber (38), for receiving gas discharged from the cylinder (531); a cylinder valve (32) for normally preventing discharge from the cylinder into the chamber and permitting it when desired; valve actuating means (17′) which have an inactive position, in which they do not act on the cylinder valve, and an active position, in which they cause the cylinder valve to be opened and gas to be discharged from the cylinder to the intermediate chamber; gas conduit mans (20 connecting the intermediate chamber with the aerating head; and auxiliary valve means (39) for sealing off the intermediate chamber from the conduit means when the cylinder valve is not fully closed and the valve actuating means are in the inactive position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Soda-Club (CO2) Atlantic GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Hulley, Peter Gordon Wiseburgh
  • Patent number: 6601618
    Abstract: A filling apparatus 1 is made up of a gas passage 14 connected to a storage tank 31 via a connection passage 14a, a first gas valve 35 that opens and closes the gas passage, a pressure gas passage 41 connected to a pressure gas supply source, a pressure gas valve 42 that opens and closes the pressure gas passage, an exhaust passage 43 that allows an interior of a container 4 to communicate with the exterior thereof, and an exhaust valve 44 that opens and closes the exhaust passage. With this filling apparatus, before a pressurized filling operation, both the gas passage and the pressure gas passage are opened to pressurize the interior of the container with a carbonated gas supplied through both passages. Further, also before a unpressurized filling operation, both the gas passage and the pressure gas passage are opened to perform a flushing operation in which droplets are discharged from the gas passage with air exhausted from the container into the storage tank via the gas passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Tsukano, Masaaki Eda, Shinya Kamori, Katsunori Tanikawa
  • Patent number: 6491070
    Abstract: The device comprises a container (1) with a mouth (4′) to which the end of the conduit through which cement falls into the drum (3) of a concrete mixer truck is coupled, said container being fixed and having a trap door (6) for adapting the back part of said drum (3) so that the dust originating from the fall of the cement remains inside sad container (1). Part of the dust goes out through the conduit (9) to a common collector (10) while the other part is suctioned in through a suctioning head (2) formed by a truncated cone-shaped body, the biggest base thereof being coupled to the mouth (3′) for loading the drum (3) and the smallest base leading to a conduit (13) that ends in the common collector (10). The dust is suctioned in from said collector and passed through a container or hopper (22) with filters with the purpose of cleaning and final reception in a tank or common collector (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Juan José Espina Frutos
  • Patent number: 6213169
    Abstract: In a mechanical single-chamber filling system for filling bottles or similar containers with a liquid product, each filling element has a return gas tube that forms a gas or return gas duct that emerges in a gas space of a toroidal bowl. In this gas or return gas duct there is a mechanically actuated pressurization gas valve. The pressurization gas valve is simultaneously realized in the form of a Trinox valve, namely to regulate a Trinox pressure in the respective container, largely independently of the pressure in a Trinox duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 6135166
    Abstract: A filling valve assembly for filling a container (11) with a fluid material and comprising a valve body (16) having an outer wall (18) defining an inner chamber (20). A vent tube (30) extends upwardly through the chamber (20) for ventilating the container (11) when the container (11) is filled with the fluid material and defining at least one fluid passageway (38) disposed between the outer wall (18) and the vent tube (30) for allowing the fluid material to discharge from the chamber (20) and into the container (11). A first screen (62) is disposed across said fluid passageway (38) and the assembly is characterized by a second screen (64) disposed across the passageway (38) in spaced relationship to and below the first screen (62) whereby the capillary action of both screens (62) and (64) accumulate to more precisely fill successive containers (11) to equal volumes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Crown Simplimatic Incorporated
    Inventors: Gilbert E. Paradies, William H. Mitterholzer
  • Patent number: 6112780
    Abstract: A four-tube bottling system that greatly reduces the oxygen or other air-borne contaminants in bottled beverages. The apparatus allows for the injecting of inert gas into the bottom of the container while the atmosphere escapes through the forth tube near the top of the container. With this method the air in the container is eliminated before the liquid is poured. This apparatus virtually eliminates contaminants from contact with the beverage during the filling process by purging existing atmosphere form the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: David M. Meheen
  • Patent number: 6079460
    Abstract: A rotary liquid container-filling machine has valve assemblies (3), mounted on a rotating platform (2), each of provided with a duct (4) intercepted by an obturator (5) for regulating the supply of liquid from a storage tank (6) to the container (7) and having an air return pipe (8). A centering cone (10) receives in abutment the mouth of the container (7) to cause opening of the obturator (5) mounted at the bottom of each valve assembly (3). A flushing station (14) associated with the rotating platform (2), but fixed with respect thereto, is provided with at least one collecting tray (15) which is moved by a linear actuator (16) so as to be positioned underneath the valve assemblies (3) passing above it. For this purpose first a actuator means (17) opens each obturator (5) when valve assemblies (3) pass above the collecting tray (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: MBF S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mauro Ballan, Martino Biscardo, Pierluigi Allegro
  • Patent number: 6029716
    Abstract: A tire inflating method and apparatus, allowing inflation of different sized tires without changing over a tire inflation device. The tire inflation device has two chambers, an inner chamber and an outer chamber. The inner chamber is within the outer chamber and extends downwardly when a smaller sized rim is being used. The tire inflation device has a linear transducer, with a magnetic ring, that determines the height of the tire inflation head and knows when to shut off inflation. A method of inflating tires without changing over an inflation device is also provided. The method includes the steps of photo switches detecting the size of the rim being used, an inflation head adjusting to a corresponding size of the tire rim, and the inflation head inflating the tire and rim to a specified pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: MTD Products Inc
    Inventor: Homer J. Hawk
  • Patent number: 5732751
    Abstract: An ink supply container for an ink-jet printer is provided with a main reservoir, which is typically maintained at ambient pressure. The main reservoir is coupled to a variable volume chamber via a one-way valve which allows the flow of ink from the reservoir to the chamber and prevents the flow of ink from the chamber to the reservoir. The chamber is coupled to a fluid outlet which is normally closed to prevent the flow of ink. A fill port is provided for directing ink into the reservoir to fill the reservoir. The apparatus and method for filling the ink container includes a nozzle that seals around the fill port and that has valved fluid lines connected thereto for evacuating the container prior to filling and for directing ink into the evacuated reservoir. The nozzle surrounds a plug that is moved to seal the port while the nozzle is still sealed around the port immediately after the container is filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Glen E. Schmidt, Mark J. Green, Ronald W. Hall, Truman Kenneth Jones
  • Patent number: 5673735
    Abstract: A process for storing and delivering gas. In the first step of this process, a multiplicity of at least four gas banks is filled with compressed gas to a specified pressure, the gas pressure in each of the gas banks is sequentially measured, a control system sequentially selects one of the gas banks and withdraws gas from it to the device to be filled until the rate of gas flow is less than optimum, the control system then withdraws gas from the next sequential of the gas banks while replenishing the gas in the first depleted of said gas banks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Aurora Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M. Crvelin, Douglas B. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 5586588
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for pressurizing liquid contained within a single, food-grade container or a series of such containers from an external source of gas, and for drafting liquid from the container (s). CO.sub.2 may be used to carbonate liquids such as beer or soft drinks, or alternatively air or inert gases may be used in conjunction with non-carbonated liquids such as wine.According to a preferred embodiment the disclosed apparatus, which may be used with a single container or each one of a series of containers, comprises a cap screwed onto the container neck and a nipple assembly attached to the neck via the cap. The nipple assembly includes a body section and a plurality of nipples attached thereto. Each nipple has an outer portion protruding externally of the container, an inner portion disposed within the container and an interior flow passage extending through both portions. An annular seal is disposed so as to prevent fluid leakage between the body section and the container neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: Lee B. Knox
  • Patent number: 5458167
    Abstract: An automatic filling system for a compressed gas tank includes a controller that measures the rate of fill of a tank being filled in order to provide an accurate estimate of the fill time for the tank, given available source pressure. The controller maintains a high set level and a low set level for banks or compressed gas reservoirs, and the controller automatically cycles a compressor to fill the banks when one of the banks falls below the respective low set pressure. Additionally, when the compressor is running to fill one of the banks, all of the banks are topped off to the high set pressure in order to minimize compressor cycling. The controller automatically directs compressed air to a booster pump when available bank pressure is insufficient to complete a filling operation. In this way filling operations are completed when a compressor is not available, or when it would be undesirable to cycle a compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: R. M. Schultz & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Schultz, Arthur M. Koch, Donald F. Kick, Andrew K. Miraldi
  • Patent number: 5406988
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispensing compressed gas from n storage vessels containing compressed gas. Gas is sequentially dispensed from each of the storage vessels until predetermined delivery conditions are reached for each storage vessel. After the predetermined delivery conditions are reached in storage vessel n, storage vessel n is backfilled using the remaining compressed gas from the other storage vessels. The backfilling provides greater extraction of stored gas in the storage vessels and consistently fast fill times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Pacific Cryogenics, Inc.
    Inventor: Pat F. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 5040575
    Abstract: A fuel tank having a trapping device arranged in its filler pipe for trapping fuel vapors during refuelling which has an internal closure flap which not only closes off an end of the filler pipe but also closes off connection to an activated carbon filter. Insertion of a fuel nozzle opens the flap valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Heiner Oeffling, Harald Bohringer, Dieter Scheurenbrand
  • Patent number: 4976295
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling containers, under counterpressure, with carbonated liquids. The return gas that is to be withdrawn from a container that is being filled is conveyed, accompanied by a pressure differential, into a return gas chamber via a connection that is provided with a flow control mechanism. In this return gas chamber a pressure is regulated that is adjustable within a range that is between the filling pressure and the critical pressure of the flow control mechanism. In this way, the flow velocity with which the dispensed liquid flows into a container that is being filled can be smoothly adapted in an infinitely variable manner to the filling characteristics of a respectively dispensed liquid, and/or to the respective output requirements of the filling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Assignee: Seitz Enzinger Noll Maschinenbau Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ludwig Clusserath
  • Patent number: 4964445
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling a liquid friction pump with a liquid comprises a metering pump and plug connector means for connection to the liquid friction coupling. During a testing of the filling ratio of the liquid friction pump it may be necessary not only to supply viscous liquid to said coupling but also to withdraw viscous liquid from such coupling. For that purpose the plug connector means are preceded by a manifold, which communicates with two nonreturn valves, which normally prevent a flow of liquid from said manifold through said valves. A discharge line from the metering pump communicates with a first of said nonreturn valves. The second nonreturn valve is incorporated in a return line leading from said manifold to a reservoir, from which the metering pump is adapted to suck liquid. Said second nonreturn valve is adapted to be opened preferably by the application of pneumatic pressure for a flow in said return line from said manifold through said second valve to said reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG
    Inventor: Gottfried Weinberger
  • Patent number: 4930550
    Abstract: The disclosed gaseous fuel torch apparatus is adapted for use in cutting, welding, heating or other such operations involving the heating, cutting, or fusing of either metallic or non-metallic materials. The apparatus includes a fueling module for supplying gaseous fuel to a torch at an elevated pressure from a relatively low pressure gaseous fuel source, such as a natural gas supply system for example. The fueling module also preferably includes a selectively-operable alternate system for supplying such compressed gaseous fuel for other applications, including the recharging of one or more storage vessels for example. The fueling module includes features by which its gaseous fuel discharge pressure can be infinitely varied and preselectively adjusted within the capabilities of the fueling module's compressor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Fuel Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Czerwinski, Eugene Gabany, Shanti S. Sharma, John W. Turko
  • Patent number: 4776366
    Abstract: The disclosed gaseous fuel torch apparatus is adapted for use in cutting, welding, heating or other such operations involving the heating, cutting, or fusing of either metallic or non-metallic materials. The apparatus includes a fueling module for supplying gaseous fuel to a torch at an elevated pressure from a relatively low pressure gaseous fuel source, such as a natural gas supply system for example. The fueling module also preferably includes a selectively-operable alternate system for supplying such compressed gaseous fuel for other applications, including the recharging of one or more storage vessels for example. The fuelilng module includes features by which its gaseous fuel discharge pressure can be infinitely varied and preselectively adjusted within the capabilities of the fueling modules's compressor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Michigan Consolidated Gas Company
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Czerwinski, Eugene Gabany, Shanti S. Sharma, John W. Turko