Filling With Exhausting The Receiver Patents (Class 141/59)
  • Patent number: 11320295
    Abstract: Dosing unit for dosing liquids, having a fluid unit for selectively providing an overpressure and a negative pressure on a working gas, which is accommodated in a fluid channel which is connected at a first end region to the fluid unit and which includes a second end region, having a first valve unit and having a second valve unit, which are arranged spaced apart from one another along the fluid channel and are each designed for selectively blocking or releasing the fluid channel in order to form in the fluid channel a fluid reservoir which is delimited by the two valve units and is provided for storing working gas, having a control unit for controlling the valve units, the fluid reservoir being assigned a pressure sensor which is designed to provide a pressure signal as a function of a working gas pressure and is electrically connected to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: FESTO SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Martin Bochterle, Bengt Erich Wunderlich, Matthew Peterson
  • Patent number: 11203514
    Abstract: An aseptic filling system includes a heat sterilizer and a filler. The heat sterilizer has a heating unit, a holding tube, a first stage cooling unit and a second stage cooling unit. A circulation line composed of a heating-water line and a cooling-water line is connected to the heating unit and the first stage cooling unit. A connection line is connected to the cooling-water line, and aseptic cooling water in the cooling-water line is sent to the filler through the connection line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiji Kuwano
  • Patent number: 11178857
    Abstract: An automatic aquarium system that uses an automatic aquarium siphon bridge comprises a first water tank and a second water tank. The system further comprises a siphon bridge arranged between the first water tank and the second water tank. The system also comprises a pump arranged in one leg of the bridge. The aquarium system also comprises a cross over siphon arranged within the siphon bridge wherein one end of the cross over siphon is connected to an inlet of the pump and the opposite end is arranged in the second water tank. The automatic aquarium system may also comprise an air extraction siphon arranged between a top surface of the bridge and the inlet of the pump. This may allow for clean well aerated water to circulate throughout the automatic aquarium system, i.e., between the first and second tank via the bridge to allow for fish to properly enjoy two tanks and the bridge area therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas M. Greenia
  • Patent number: 11174145
    Abstract: An aseptic filling system includes a heat sterilizer and a filler. The heat sterilizer has a heating unit, a holding tube, a first stage cooling unit and a second stage cooling unit. A circulation line composed of a heating-water line and a cooling-water line is connected to the heating unit and the first stage cooling unit. A connection line is connected to the cooling-water line, and aseptic cooling water in the cooling-water line is sent to the filler through the connection line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiji Kuwano
  • Patent number: 11162640
    Abstract: A measured quantity of gas is introduced into a gas reservoir via a filling station including a flow meter. The quantity of gas transferred by the filling station to the reservoir is measured by the flow meter. The measured quantity of gas is reduced or increased by a predetermined corrective amount to yield a corrected gas quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Thibaut Francois
  • Patent number: 11148824
    Abstract: A fuel system for an aircraft includes a fuel source and a fuel oxygen reduction unit defining a liquid fuel supply path, a stripping gas supply path, a liquid fuel outlet path, and a stripping gas return path, wherein the stripping gas return path and stripping gas supply path are each in airflow communication with the fuel source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Brandon Wayne Miller
  • Patent number: 11145527
    Abstract: A method for transporting a cassette pod for containing semiconductor wafers is provided. The method includes transporting a cassette pod configured to receive a semiconductor wafer with a transporting apparatus. The method further includes supplying a gas from a cylinder into a housing of the cassette pod. The cylinder is externally positioned on the housing. The method also includes detecting a gas pressure in the cylinder with a detection element. In addition, the method includes issuing a signal to the transporting apparatus when the gas pressure in the cylinder is lower than a predetermined limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Wei-Yu Lai, Hung-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 11046567
    Abstract: A beverage aseptic filling system for both a carbonated beverage and a non-carbonated beverage includes a raw material liquid preparation unit that prepares a raw material liquid, a beverage sterilization unit that sterilizes a beverage, a beverage filling unit that fills a container with a beverage, and a switching valve provided between the beverage sterilization unit and the beverage filling unit. A first filling line is provided between the switching valve and the beverage filling unit, and the switching valve is connected to a second filling line, in which a beverage cooling unit for cooling a beverage and a carbonated beverage production unit for injecting carbon dioxide gas into a beverage are disposed. The switching valve supplies a beverage to either one of the first filling line and the second filling line selectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Hayakawa, Hideyuki Matsubara, Takayoshi Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 10988368
    Abstract: A filling system for an electronic cigarette (10) is disclosed in which a nozzle (38) of a liquid dispenser (80) contains a plunger (62) which is biased by a spring (60) into a closed position in which liquid is prevented from flowing through the nozzle (38). In use the nozzle (38) is inserted into an open end (42) of a liquid reservoir (34) for an electronic cigarette containing an air tube (32). The plunger (62) engages with the end of the air tube (32) blocking the air tube (32) and opening the liquid flow path through the nozzle (38). The arrangement of the plunger (62) and nozzle (38) is such that operation of the plunger (62) only occurs when the nozzle (38) engaged within a liquid reservoir (32). A membrane (96) can be provided to prevent leakage from the liquid reservoir (34) when the nozzle (38) is disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Fontem Holding 1 B.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Biel, Sebastian Senftleben, Thorben Rehders, Neha Daryani, Vaclav Borkovec, Kenneth Scott, Christopher Lord, David Jones, Stephen J. McDonald, Thomas S. Sudlow
  • Patent number: 10987683
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing apparatus has a frame, a plurality of tubes supported by the frame, and a roller assembly supported by the frame. The roller assembly is movable between an upper position and a lower position. The roller assembly is cooperative with the plurality of tubes so as to apply compressive force to the plurality of tubes in the upper position and to release the compressive force in the lower position. The roller assembly is movable for a desired distance along the length of the plurality of tubes. The roller assembly is adapted to urge a liquid out of a lower end of the plurality of tubes by applying the compressive force to the plurality of tubes and moving the roller assembly downwardly along the plurality of tubes while the compressive force is applied to the plurality of tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: James C. Marrs
  • Patent number: 10981771
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser and process of dispensing a beverage may include pumping a micro-ingredient from a micro-ingredient container via a fluid path toward a nozzle to dispense a beverage inclusive of the micro-ingredient. The micro-ingredient may be reverse pumped via the fluid path back to the micro-ingredient container to cause an air bubble in the fluid path to be pushed into the micro-ingredient container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Doug McDougall, Brian Johnson, Dick P. Welch
  • Patent number: 10939589
    Abstract: A cooling system is provided which includes, for instance, a coolant supply manifold, a multifunction coolant manifold structure, and multiple cooling structures. The multifunction coolant manifold structure includes a coolant-commoning manifold and an auxiliary coolant reservoir above and in fluid communication with the coolant-commoning manifold. The multiple cooling structures are coupled in parallel fluid communication between the coolant supply and coolant-commoning manifolds to receive coolant from the supply, and exhaust coolant to the coolant-commoning manifold. The coolant-commoning manifold is sized to slow therein a flow rate of coolant exhausting from the multiple cooling structures to allow gas within the exhausting coolant to escape the coolant within the coolant-commoning manifold. The escaping gas rises to the auxiliary coolant reservoir and is replaced within the coolant-commoning manifold by coolant from the auxiliary coolant reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Francis R. Krug, Jr., Randy J. Zoodsma
  • Patent number: 10847396
    Abstract: A purge measuring system for front opening unified pods (“FOUPs”) which are positioned in a FOUP nest. Along with at least one unoccupied/occupied sensor for the FOUP nest, at least one gas feed line and one gas discharge line for feeding and discharging flushing gas respectively is provided. At least one pressure sensor, a flowmeter and a regulator valve are arranged in each gas feed line. The valve is regulated based on the measuring results of pressure sensor and flowmeter. At least one moisture sensor and/or one oxygen sensor are arranged in each gas discharge line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Fabmatics GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Bachlechner, Nadja Erler-Lohse, Cornelius Günther
  • Patent number: 10758649
    Abstract: Implementations described herein include a system for guiding medical waste fluid into a medical waste collection canister. The system includes a manifold and a filter. The manifold includes a top surface and a sidewall extending from the top surface in a first direction. The top surface and the sidewall define an interior chamber of the manifold. The top surface includes an inlet port and a vacuum port disposed therein. The inlet port connects to a source of medical waste fluid and the vacuum port connects to a vacuum source. The manifold can be formed from a first polymer. A filter is positioned within the interior chamber of the manifold and immediately upstream of the vacuum port so as to filter air flowing into the vacuum port. The filter extends away from the top surface of the manifold in the first direction and the filter is formed from a second polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry C. Smith, David J Boles
  • Patent number: 10737571
    Abstract: Provided is a fuel fill opening structure which includes: a holder which forms a fuel supply passage; a main on-off valve which is arranged in the holder, and opens or closes the fuel supply passage; a drain opening which is drilled on an upstream side from the main on-off valve of the holder; a drain flap which is pivotably arranged at a position to come in contact with a fuel gun inserted into the holder; and a drain on-off valve which pivots along with pivot of the drain flap to open or close the drain opening. A first pivot amount of the drain flap, which is pivoted by being brought in contact with the fuel gun, is set to be larger than a second pivot amount of the drain on-off valve required to close the drain opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Daesung Kim
  • Patent number: 10658217
    Abstract: The transfer chamber transfers a wafer (W) as a transferred object to or from a processing device (6) by using a transfer robot (2) provided thereinside, and includes a circulation path (CL) formed inside of a transfer chamber (1) to circulate gas, a chemical filter unit (7) as a chemical filter provided in the midstream of the circulation path (CL), a humidity detector (HG2) as a humidity detection means which detects internal humidity, a gas supply means (NS) which supplies gas to the inside of the transfer chamber (1), and a moisture supply means (HS) which supplies moisture content to the inside of the transfer chamber (1). The moisture supply means (HS) is made to operate in accordance with a humidity detection value by the humidity detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Toshihiro Kawai, Takashi Shigeta, Munekazu Komiya, Yasushi Taniyama
  • Patent number: 10633242
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fuel supply structure for a filler pipe including the hollow circular cylindrical part having the fuel filler port and the connection opening, the first flap mechanism which is disposed on a side of the fuel filler port of the hollow circular cylindrical part and opens the fuel filler port in response to press by a nozzle, the drain through hole for communication between the inside and the outside of the hollow circular cylindrical part, and the drain hole shutting valve for open and shutting the drain through hole. The drain hole shutting valve is provided with the opening/shutter mechanism including the valve member for shutting the drain through hole in response to an opening operation of the first shutter member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaki Wakao
  • Patent number: 10518635
    Abstract: To prevent fuel from leaking to outside even when the fuel flows back at the time of an automatic stop operation during refueling. A fuel supply portion structure of a fuel supply pipe, including a tubular portion having a filler port and a connection port, a first flap mechanism which is provided on the filler port side of the tubular portion, a drain hole, and a drain hole on-off valve, wherein the drain hole on-off valve is disposed on a placement surface located at the lowermost side of a vehicle on an inner wall of a first inner diameter member, the placement surface is made of an inclined surface falling from the filler port side toward the connection port with respect to a horizontal plane of the vehicle, and a wall portion rising toward the filler port is provided on the filler port side of the inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaki Wakao
  • Patent number: 10442289
    Abstract: An opening/closing apparatus for a fuel tank of a vehicle includes: a fuel passage forming portion forming a fuel passage guiding a liquid fuel to the fuel tank; an insertion-side opening/closing valve mechanism opening and closing a filler port of the fuel passage; a liquid discharge path allowing an internal region of the fuel passage forming portion to communicate with the outside through a liquid discharge port formed in a portion of the fuel passage forming portion, the portion closer to the fuel tank than the insertion-side opening/closing valve mechanism; an opening/closing valve mechanism opening and closing the liquid discharge port by a valve body; and a valve body regulating mechanism regulating the valve body to close the liquid discharge port when the insertion-side opening/closing valve mechanism opens the filler port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 10399436
    Abstract: An opening/closing apparatus for a fuel tank of a vehicle includes: a fuel passage forming portion; an insertion-side opening/closing valve mechanism; a fuel tank-side opening/closing valve mechanism; a liquid discharge path; and an opening/closing valve mechanism that opens and closes the liquid discharge port by a valve body disposed in the fuel passage forming portion, and that includes a moving body movable from a first position where a closing force exerts on the valve body to close the liquid discharge port to a second position where the closing force decreases, the moving body positioned at the first position in a state where the vehicle is stopped, and moving from the first position to the second position when receiving an inertial force due to traveling of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 10361109
    Abstract: A storage facility includes a storage rack including a plurality of storage sections and a gas supply portion that supplies an inactive gas to containers stored in the storage sections. Struts are installed at left and right ends of the storage rack and between adjacent ones of the storage sections, and placement portions are fixed to mutually adjacent ones of the struts. Each vertical pipe included in the gas supply portion is fixed to one of the struts to which the placement portion to which the inactive gas is supplied by the vertical pipe is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Omori, Shinsuke Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10328767
    Abstract: A device for filling air conditioning systems with a refrigerant during final vehicle assembly, wherein the air conditioning system comprises a connection valve on its low and high pressure sides, via which the air conditioning system can be pressure tested, evacuated, and filled, which facilitates maintenance operations in the life cycle of the system, wherein said connection valves have different geometrical contours between the high and low pressure side and to ensure that only the respective approved refrigerant is filled into the air conditioning system, and wherein the filling is performed using a filling system brought via adapters into an operative connection with the connection valves on the low and high pressure sides. The device is designed to allow filling with two different refrigerants using just two adapters and still ensures that a proper refrigerant is filled into the respective air conditioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SOMAC GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten Wöhner, Frank Wieland, Daniel Wappler
  • Patent number: 10177019
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for purging contaminants from a vessel such as a FOUP with vacuum-assistance. After the vessel is purged of environmental contaminants with a purging medium, the vessel is pressurized with a pressurizing medium such as nitrogen (N2) gas to yield a desired atmosphere. After the vessel has been pressurized via either negative or positive pressure, the vessel is transported to a storage location that is a non-purge storage and that is physically separate from the charging station, such as a stocker. The vessel can be left in non-purge storage for an amount of time and then the cycle can be repeated if the vessel has not been utilized in another processing step such as another processing step for manufacturing semiconductor wafers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: YongHwan Keam, Marc McClendon, Jaison Roy, Qasim Jawad, Matt Gonzales, DongYoung Ko, Sean Chang
  • Patent number: 10113780
    Abstract: Refrigerant charging systems and methods of use are described herein. A refrigerant charging system may include a conduit, a valve releasably connectable to the outlet portion and coupled to a first end of the conduit; and a disconnect coupler fitting connected to a second end of the conduit. The disconnect coupler fitting may include a control structure positioned in a hollow body that, during use, allows refrigerant flow to the refrigerant circuit. The control structure may include one or more openings that allow controlled leakage of fluid from the refrigerant charging assembly when the refrigerant charging assembly is disconnected from at least the refrigerant service unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Vincent Carrubba
  • Patent number: 10048236
    Abstract: A system for sampling a sample material includes a probe which can have an outer probe housing with an open end. A liquid supply conduit within the housing has an outlet positioned to deliver liquid to the open end of the housing. The liquid supply conduit can be connectable to a liquid supply for delivering liquid at a first volumetric flow rate to the open end of the housing. A liquid exhaust conduit within the housing is provided for removing liquid from the open end of the housing. A liquid exhaust system can be provided for removing liquid from the liquid exhaust conduit at a second volumetric flow rate. A droplet dispenser can dispense drops of a sample or a sample-containing solvent into the open end of the housing. A sensor and a processor can be provided to monitor and maintain a liquid dome present at the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventor: Gary J. Van Berkel
  • Patent number: 10004856
    Abstract: A laparoscopic filter system having a main unit having an inflow port, an outflow port, a pressure sensing port, a user interface having a power switch, a controller, a pump, and an interface for receiving a detachable filter cartridge, and a detachable filter cartridge configured and arranged to reversibly attach to the interface, the detachable filter cartridge having an inflow pass-through line, an outflow pass-through line, a pressure sensing pass-through line, and a filter media arranged in series with the inflow pass-through line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Buffalo Filter LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Palmerton, Samantha Bonano, Anthony Lizauckas, III, Kyrylo Shvetsov, Daniel R. Palmerton, Gregory J. Pepe, Joseph Lynch
  • Patent number: 9908401
    Abstract: Provided is a flap valve device and a gas liquid separation device provided with a flap valve. The flap valve device includes a main body having an opening, a flap for selectively closing the opening and a torsion coil spring provided between the main body and the flap for biasing the flap in an opening direction. The flap valve device further comprises a main body side bearing; a flap side bearing; a connecting member including a hinge shaft passed through the main body side bearing, the flap side bearing and the torsion coil spring, and an extension extending from an end of the hinge shaft along an outer part of the flap; and a spring engagement portion provided on the main body for engaging an end of the torsion coil spring; another end of the torsion coil spring being engaged by the extension, which is engaged on the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Ryota Abe
  • Patent number: 9901027
    Abstract: An anhydrous ammonia vapor charge unit for an applicator tank maintains a pressure charge on an applicator tank. A secondary anhydrous ammonia tank is disposed adjacent to the applicator tank. Ammonia vapor from the secondary tank is passed through a vapor compressor and then is injected into the applicator tank to provide a greater pressure charge within the applicator tank. In a second embodiment, a small portion of a liquid flow stream of ammonia being removed from the applicator tank is separated from the flow stream, passed through a heat vaporizer for expanding from a liquid to a gas, passed through a vapor pressure, and then is injected into the applicator tank for maintaining the pressure charge on the applicator tank. Preferably the heat vaporizer used hydraulic fluid from a tractor to heat the anhydrous ammonia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: David P Ward, Judd K Stretcher
  • Patent number: 9902259
    Abstract: There is provided a fueling device comprising a filler neck that forms a fuel path region on a filler port side in a fuel path from a filler port for a fuel to a fuel tank; and a mounting member that is mounted to the filler port side of the filler neck to receive a fuel gun. The filler neck includes an enlarged-diameter circumferential wall portion that is provided in upstream of a position where a leading end of the fuel gun inserted from the mounting member at the filler port is placed, and is enlarged outward in a radial direction relative to an opening-side path circumferential wall which is a fuel path circumferential wall on the filler port side, in order to expand a volume of the fuel path. This configuration causes the fuel to flow into a space formed by this enlarged-diameter circumferential wall portion and thereby reduces or suppresses the occurrence of the fuel overflow from the opening of the filler neck after a stop of fueling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kito, Yoshinari Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 9878353
    Abstract: A stocker includes cells including a purge function and cells not including the purge function. A cell not including the purge function is easily changed to a cell that includes the purge function. The stocker includes a frame to which multiple cell supports not including a cleaning gas supplying nozzle are configured to be attached along the vertical direction or the horizontal direction, and the base of a stocker unit is attached to the frame. The stocker unit includes a pipe configured to supply cleaning gas that is provided along the base, and multiple cell supports including the purge function that are attached to the base and are aligned along the vertical direction or the horizontal direction. Each cell support preferably is configured to support a container and includes a nozzle configured to supply cleaning gas from the pipe to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Masanao Murata, Takashi Yamaji
  • Patent number: 9862586
    Abstract: A filling element for filling a container includes a liquid channel configured in a filling element housing, a connector or inlet for feeding the liquid into the channel, a discharge opening for discharging the liquid into the container, and a liquid valve that controls liquid discharge into the container. The liquid valve is arranged in the channel and includes a valve seat and valve body movable to open and close the valve to engage the seat, and an insert configured as a swirl body or gas barrier. The insert is arranged, relative to a flow direction, upstream of the seat and is fixed in position in the channel so that it remains stationary relative to the valve body during opening and closing of the liquid valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 9821656
    Abstract: A blower drive system for a vehicle such as a vacuum truck includes a blower including a blower input shaft and a blower housing; a transfer case operably connected to transfer drive from the vehicle engine driveline to the blower input shaft; a frame bracket assembly including one or more connections to the vehicle chassis frame and one or more connections to the blower housing. The frame bracket assembly mounts the blower housing in a specified fixed angle with respect to ground and mounts the bottom of the blower housing in a specified fixed height above the vehicle chassis frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TRINITY GROUP LTD.
    Inventor: Jason Douglas Hinde
  • Patent number: 9595461
    Abstract: A storage facility includes a controller for monitoring a supply state of the inactive gas for the plurality of storage sections and for controlling the plurality of supply amount adjusting devices. The controller is configured to monitor the supply state of the inactive gas for the plurality of storage sections by dividing the plurality of storage sections into a plurality of monitoring areas, and to control a plurality of supply amount adjusting devices such that the supply state of the inactive gas supplied to the storage sections belonging to each of the plurality of monitoring areas satisfies a set restricting condition defined in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Takahara, Toshihito Ueda
  • Patent number: 9505599
    Abstract: An evacuated bottle system including a bottle defining a hollow interior, the bottle having a neck with a rim defining an opening; a cap assembly supported on the bottle, the cap assembly including a funnel having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being insertable within the interior of the bottle and the second portion engaging a portion of the bottle to support the funnel above the rim, the funnel defining a bore that fluidly communicates with the hollow interior of the bottle; a self-sealing membrane that covers the bore formed by the funnel to selectively seal the hollow interior of the bottle; a cap attachable to the bottle, the cap including a cover portion that extends at least partially over the self-sealing membrane to restrain movement thereof, the cover portion being axially spaced from the self-sealing membrane to define a gap that permits axial movement of the self-sealing membrane to selectively open the bottle to fluid communication outside of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: CORNERSTONE CM, INC.
    Inventors: Michael G. Marantis, Joshua W. Hubbard, Jonathan P. Richards, Richard A. Ponton
  • Patent number: 9454054
    Abstract: A system for filling a variable reflectance vehicular electro-optic element assembly (such as for a rearview mirror assembly) includes a front substrate, a rear substrate and a perimeter seal disposed between the front and rear substrates. The perimeter seal spaces the front and rear substrates apart and forms an interpane cavity therebetween. The perimeter seal has a gap between terminal ends of the perimeter seal to provide a fill port for the mirror reflective element assembly when the front and rear substrates are mated together. The fill port allows an electro-optic medium to flow therethrough during the filling process. During the filling process, the front and rear substrates are fixtured in a chamber with the fill port disposed at an upper portion of the front and rear substrates, with the filling process being one of (i) a gravity feed filling process and (ii) a pressurized filling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Hamid Habibi, Michael L. Gallas
  • Patent number: 9434248
    Abstract: A fuel tank opening and closing device is equipped with a tank opening forming member equipped with an injection port forming member having an insertion path and a tank side path arranged outside and inside an injection port, an injection port opening and closing mechanism for opening and closing the injection port, an insertion path forming member, and a drainage mechanism having a drainage path that connects the insertion path and the outside, and exhausts to the outside fuel that has accumulated inside the insertion path, and barrier members arranged on the drainage path. The barrier members are arranged with a labyrinth as the drainage path so that the insertion path cannot be seen from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hagano, Kentaro Enomoto, Go Oue
  • Patent number: 9428044
    Abstract: In at least some implementations, a fuel tank includes a tank body defining a chamber adapted to receive liquid fuel therein, a reinforcement for the tank body to permit the pressure within the chamber to exceed the vapor pressure of a fuel to be received within the chamber, and an inlet to the tank body through which fuel is added to the chamber. The inlet is configured to mate with a refueling nozzle through which fuel is added to the chamber to permit refueling the tank and maintaining the pressure in the chamber above atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: TI Automotive Technology Center GmbH
    Inventors: Albert J. Boecker, Alex Ehler, Patrick Gmuend, Peter Grauer, Walter B. Hersel, Gerrit A. Michaelis, Matthias B. Olbrich
  • Patent number: 9394156
    Abstract: To provide an oil filling nozzle with vapor recovery function capable of controlling opening degree of a vapor passage depending on flow rate and adjusting recovery rate. The oil filling nozzle includes a discharge pipe 3 mounted to a front end of a nozzle; a vapor control valve 21 arranged in a middle of a pipe, which connects a vapor collector 19 mounted so as to cover a circumference of the discharge pipe and a vapor passage 22, the vapor control valve 21 being opened and closed by liquid pressure in a nozzle main body 2; and a means for adjusting vapor recovery rate by adjusting opening degree of the vapor control valve 21.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Tatsuno Corporation
    Inventors: Jianyoung Xia, Kanan Sato
  • Patent number: 9376307
    Abstract: An apparatus for distributing a filling product includes a filling valve for liquids, a closure element, and an actuator. The filling valve is configured for opening and closing a distribution or flow opening by linearly displacing the closure element. The valve comprises a valve chamber in which the closure element is arranged. The actuator, which is arranged within a constant volume arranged within the valve chamber, influences movement of the closure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Fahldieck
  • Patent number: 9346662
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system and method for reducing the likelihood that a fuel tank of equipment at a well site during fracturing of a well will run out of fuel. A fuel source has plural fuel outlets, a hose on each fuel outlet of the plural fuel outlets, each hose being connected to a fuel cap on a respective one of the fuel tanks for delivery of fuel to the fuel tank. At least a manually controlled valve at each fuel outlet controls fluid flow through the hose at the respective fuel outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Frac Shack Inc.
    Inventors: J. Todd Van Vliet, Scott M. Van Vliet, Glen M. Brotzel
  • Patent number: 9347858
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes: a syringe including a nozzle; a first pump configured to generate a pressure to discharge a liquid in the syringe through the nozzle; and a control unit configured to, when discharging the liquid in the syringe, discharge a part of the liquid in the syringe with the pressure generated by the first pump and then cause the liquid in the syringe to run out under its own weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Tomoyoshi Tokumaru, Takahiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 9302662
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle brake system including a master cylinder which generates a master hydraulic pressure through an operation of a brake pedal by an operator, and a cylinder body which houses a first and second slave pistons driven by an electric motor operated in accordance with an operation amount of the brake pedal, and is formed with a first hydraulic chamber and a second hydraulic chamber for generating a slave hydraulic pressure through operations of the first and second slave pistons. Further, the cylinder body includes a first bleeder and a second bleeder which are configured to be switchable between open states in which a first hydraulic chamber and a second hydraulic chamber are in communication with an external of the cylinder body and closed states in which the first hydraulic chamber and the second hydraulic chamber are not in communication with the external of the cylinder body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Murayama, Jiro Suzuki, Hirofumi Adachi, Takaaki Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 9222711
    Abstract: A refrigerating and air-conditioning apparatus including a refrigerant circuit, which in turn includes an outdoor unit, and an indoor unit, connected by an extension pipe. The apparatus further includes a control unit having a memory, and is configured to calculate an internal volume of the extension pipe and calculate a standard refrigerant amount, serving as a criterion for determining whether the refrigerant is leaked from the refrigerant circuit, on the basis of the calculated refrigerant extension pipe internal volume. The memory is configured to store the refrigerant extension pipe internal volume and the standard refrigerant amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Yasutaka Ochiai, Fumitake Unezaki
  • Patent number: 9217402
    Abstract: Methods and systems for cleaning a capless refueling system in a vehicle are disclosed. In one example approach, a method comprises, in response to a leak detected following a refueling event, cleaning the capless refueling system using engine vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Robert Roy Jentz, Scott A. Bohr, Russell Randall Pearce
  • Patent number: 9186982
    Abstract: A fuel tank having an interior space defined by a wall, a fill tube to admit fuel into the interior space, and a vent to discharge air and vapor from the interior space as the fuel is admitted. The vent includes a vent tube extending through the wall and downward into the interior space, and having a non-circular opening. In this manner ejection of fuel from the fill tube can be prevented reliably under a wide range of refueling conditions, and without imparting excessive length to the vent tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Damien Baldwin, Michael William Soltis, Jeffrey Dumler
  • Patent number: 9145995
    Abstract: Adapter (3) for connecting a receptacle connector to a connection socket of a dialysis machine, each provided with two fluid lines, whose ends are concentric on the connector and non-concentric and distant from each other on the socket. The adapter (3) has concentric first (301) and second (302) adapter ribs, the first forming a circular chamber open towards the outside, in the bottom of which a first orifice is produced, while the second forms an annular chamber open towards the outside, in the bottom of which a second orifice is produced. The adapter also has first and second connection channels (306, 307) isolated from each other, in which the first and second orifices coming from the first and second annular chambers open out. Each channel (306, 307) includes a connecting piece (308, 309) consisting of a circular tube, for introduction into the reception elements of the coupling socket (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Gastauer, Philippe Laffay, Bruno Faye
  • Patent number: 9120431
    Abstract: An in-vehicle electronic control unit is fed via a power supply relay energized when a power supply switch is closed while the vehicle is in motion. When a filler lid open command switch is closed in a vehicle stop state in which the power supply switch is opened, the power supply relay is energized and a microprocessor starts to operate and continues to energize the power supply relay by generating a self-hold command output, and opens a filler lid as a safety door after performing decompression processing control of a fuel tank. Then, the filler cap is opened and a refuel operation is performed manually. Thereafter, the microprocessor stops the self-hold command output when the filler cap and the filler lid are closed or a predetermined time has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Michihiro Takata
  • Patent number: 9108837
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a failure in a Stage II fuel vapor recovery system are disclosed. An exemplary failure is a restriction in the vapor recovery system. In one detection system dispensing points may be flagged if it is determined that there has been a series of detected A/L ratios at the respective dispensing point below a first threshold. Further, an estimated ORVR penetration percentage may be determined for each dispensing point. In a second detection system an average A/L ratio for each dispensing point may be determined. The average A/L ratio may be an approximation of the average A/L ratio for non-ORVR transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Franklin Fueling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Mellone, Randall Boucher
  • Patent number: 9089630
    Abstract: Wound treatment systems and methods (e.g., having hydrophilic wound inserts), such as for negative-pressure and/or fluid-installation wound therapies. Some embodiments include a check-valve assembly between a wound dressing and a vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Joanna Perkins, Paul Slack, Kevin Higley, Kenneth Mitchel Knowles, Aidan Marcus Tout
  • Patent number: 9079488
    Abstract: An internal pressure control valve is provided in a branch pipe communicating a fuel tank with a canister. The internal pressure control valve maintains the internal pressure of the fuel tank at a head pressure of the fuel in a filling pipe for a predetermined time after filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Shinji Shimokawa