Heating Or Cooling Patents (Class 141/82)
  • Patent number: 10486186
    Abstract: A hot melt glue gun provides a melt chamber for supplying melted glue to a discharge nozzle. An auxiliary chamber is connected to the melt chamber, and melted glue is drawn from the melt chamber into the auxiliary chamber when discharge of glue is terminated. The glue drawn from the melt chamber reduces the possibility of glue dripping from the discharge nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Adhesive Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Belanger
  • Patent number: 10352600
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to apparatuses and methods for multi-phase vacuum-assisted recovery of refrigerant from a vehicle. One apparatus for multi-phase vacuum-assisted recovery of refrigerant from a vehicle includes a compressor that removes refrigerant from the vehicle during a first phase and a second phase of a recovery process. The apparatus also includes one or more pressure sensitive devices that are each configured to measure a first pressure and/or a second pressure in the apparatus. Upon the first pressure being less than a first threshold pressure, a vacuum pump that is fluidly connected in series with the compressor assists the compressor in the removal of refrigerant from the vehicle during a second stage of the recovery process. Also, upon the second pressure being less than a second threshold pressure, the vacuum pump ceases assisting the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Craig Govekar, Rahhali Sanhaji
  • Patent number: 9657852
    Abstract: A flow through isolation valve having a stationary member; a movable member, with a surface of the stationary member interfacing with a surface of the movable member; and at least one pin isolation valve. The pin isolation valve has a flow through internal conduit and is movable so that the internal conduit can fluidically communicate with at least one blank opening in the movable member and with a flow through internal conduit in the movable member. Movement is by rotation, linear or curvilinear translation. At least one pin isolation valve is fluidically coupled typically to a sample loop of a face seal valve, or to a pump supplying high pressure liquid to or to a column discharging liquid from a face seal valve of a high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) system or directly to the face seal valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Keene, David R. Friswell
  • Patent number: 9481483
    Abstract: A sterilization unit comprises at least one nozzle pipe for injection of a sterilization agent into a packaging container to be sterilized. The sterilization unit is driven to move in an axial direction, in a downward stroke and an upward stroke, corresponding to a longitudinal direction of the nozzle pipe such that it is inserted into an open end of the packaging container during sterilization thereof. The nozzle pipe is suspended such as to be displaceable in relation to the sterilization unit, in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Manoochehr Keikhaee, Rasmus Nyström, Jörgen Riis Mörk
  • Patent number: 9463890
    Abstract: The Stay Fresh appliance maintains food freshness by using a vacuum motor to remove the air from inside the interior of the unit or by the external vacuum opening for bags and containers. It uses the vacuum process and a UV light to kill all bacteria inside the unit to prevent bacteria from growing. The unit needs no refrigeration and can keep food fresher much longer and make more room for the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Eric Mowry
  • Patent number: 9394025
    Abstract: A heated bottle cage for a bicycle is provided. The bottle cage includes a main body having an elongated spine configured for mounting to an adjacent portion of a bicycle frame, a base tab extending from the elongated spine, and at least one band extending from the elongated spine at a position spaced from the base tab. The bottle cage further includes a heating element for applying heat to a bottle positioned within the bottle cage. The bottle cage may also include a housing configured to house a power source that is operatively connected to the heating element for providing energy to the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas I. Briney
  • Patent number: 9175807
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for filling a tank with pressurized gas, comprising transfer of a predefined amount of a gas into the tank from at least one pressurized gas source via a filling duct, the gas being selectively cooled by a cooling component before it enters into the tank in order to prevent a defined temperature limit from being reached in the tank, characterized in that the method comprises a step of defining the maximum amount of energy that can be added to the tank without exceeding the temperature limit, this maximum amount of energy being expressed in the form of the maximum enthalpy that can be added to the tank, a step of defining the effective amount of energy that will be added to the tank during the transfer of gas into the tank without cooling, expressed in the form of an added enthalpy, cooling of the gas by the cooling component being controlled in order to remove selectively an amount of heat from the gas transferred into the tank corresponding at least to the fractio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Société Anonyme Pour L'Étude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Frederic Barth
  • Patent number: 9156390
    Abstract: Systems and methods for supplying fresh cooking oil to fryers and removing used cooking oil from the fryers of facilities. The systems and methods include utilizing one or more portable vehicles to carry fresh and used oil for delivery and collection to and from fryers in remote kitchens, or kitchens where hard piped oil lines are not preferred. Also provided are methods of delivering cooking oil to, and removing cooking oil from, the facility via one or more additional vehicles that travels between the facility and one or more depots. In one embodiment, there is provided a bulk cooking oil distribution system having a bulk fresh cooking oil tank and a bulk used cooking oil tank. The system includes a fresh cooking oil tank and a used cooking oil tank, where these tanks are associated with a portable device for delivery and pickup of cooking oil in a facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Oilmatic Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Allora, Ronald B. Dana
  • Patent number: 9150398
    Abstract: A filling element includes a channel that forms a delivery opening for delivering filling into a container, a valve arranged in the channel for opening and closing the filling element, the valve being connected by a control valve device to sources for a main and additional component of the filling, and a filling-material section common to the components and forming a space. The element also includes flow meters for measuring volumetric flow of the filling and generating corresponding electrical measurement signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Hartel, Jonathan Lorenz
  • Publication number: 20150136273
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for controlling the temperature within a gas absorbent storage vessel of a vehicle may include an air conditioning system forming a continuous flow loop of heat exchange fluid that is cycled between a heated flow and a cooled flow. The system may also include at least one fluid by-pass line extending at least partially within the gas absorbent storage vessel. The fluid by-pass line(s) may be configured to receive a by-pass flow including at least a portion of the heated flow or the cooled flow of the heat exchange fluid at one or more input locations and expel the by-pass flow back into the continuous flow loop at one or more output locations, wherein the by-pass flow is directed through the gas absorbent storage vessel via the by-pass line(s) so as to adjust an internal temperature within the gas absorbent storage vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: David A. Tamburello, Donald L. Anton, Bruce J. Hardy, Claudio Corgnale
  • Publication number: 20150122670
    Abstract: A reservoir for storing and supplying a portion of a reservoir gas into a gas-filled tube is presented. The reservoir includes a first vessel having a thermally conductive surface, a meshed vessel having a lid, and placed inside the first vessel to form a cavity between the meshed vessel and the first vessel, at least one tray placed inside the meshed vessel to divide an inner space of the meshed vessel into a plurality of compartments, a sorbent material placed inside the plurality of compartments in the meshed vessel, a temperature control device positioned such that a first portion of the temperature control device is in physical contact with at least a portion of the thermally conductive surface, and a change in the temperature of the temperature control device changes the temperature of the sorbent material, wherein the reservoir gas is retained by the sorbent material at the storage temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ernst Wolfgang Stautner, Joseph Darryl Michael
  • Patent number: 9016329
    Abstract: A gas filling system (1) includes a gas tank (30); a gas filling device (2) that fills gas into the gas tank (30); and a controller (24) that calculates a temperature increase ?T and a pressure increase ?P in the gas tank (30) during a predetermined period of time (t seconds) that elapses from a start of gas filling. The controller (24) selects a filling rate map (Ma, Mb) from a prepared filling rate map group on the basis of the calculated temperature increase ?T and the calculated pressure increase ?P. The gas filling device (2) carries out gas filling using the filling rate map selected by the controller (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Mori
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150068641
    Abstract: A device for filling a tank with a pressurized gas, in particular with pressurized hydrogen, comprising a pressurized-gas source and a circuit for transferring gas from the source to the tank, the transfer circuit including a member for expanding and cooling the gas in order to lower the pressure and temperature of the gas from the source to respective values determined with a view to filling the tank, characterized in that the gas-expansion and cooling member includes a refrigerator that expands the gas by means of a Stirling or Ericsson thermodynamic cycle, the refrigerator being selectively supplied with gas from the source, and in that at least a portion of the cooled and expanded gas supplied to the tank is extracted from the refrigerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Gerald Aigouy, James Butterworth
  • Patent number: 8955562
    Abstract: A filling element for filling systems for filling bottles or similar containers (2) with a hot liquid product, comprising a liquid channel (14, 15), which is formed in the filling element (1), has a filling valve (9) and forms at least one discharge opening, via which, by controlled opening and closing of the liquid valve (9), the liquid product can be introduced into the respective container (2) that has been raised towards the filling element (1) in a lifting movement, and comprising at least one flow path (16, 17, 18), which is formed in the liquid valve (1) and, for heating the filling element (1), can be connected to a hot circulation of the liquid product, characterized in that control means (5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 8950441
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed toward a reciprocating compressor having a high pressure storage vessel let down for a CNG station for refueling motor vehicles, wherein the CNG station design utilizes inlet gas from a local gas utility. By supplementing the inlet gas with a pressure let down in order to de-pressurize the gas from a high-pressure storage vessel, the CNG station has the ability to increase and adjust its flow capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
    Inventors: Denis Ding, Mitchell Pratt
  • Publication number: 20150020918
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for offloading CNG from high-pressure storage vessels (22) are provided. The methods and apparatus are operable to warm the offloaded CNG either before or after a letdown in pressure to ensure that the delivered product is gaseous and that delivery of condensed products to downstream equipment is avoided. Particularly, a heating assembly (32) configured to warm a stream offloaded from a vessel (22) and flowing through a coil-shaped conduit (84) by infrared energy emitted by one or more heating elements (70) is provided upstream or downstream of a pressure reduction device (50).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Virgil Macaluso, Corey Lowdon
  • Patent number: 8875750
    Abstract: A reciprocating compressor comprises a gas inlet section including an inlet gas meter for metering inlet gas from a high pressure storage vessel, a compressor, a valve control panel and storage, a pressure let down that depressurizes the high pressure gas from the high pressure storage vessel to the inlet of the compressor section, a heat exchanger having thermal storage media, and a dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
    Inventors: Denis Ding, Mitchell Pratt
  • Patent number: 8868232
    Abstract: An arrangement and a method are provided for detecting and controlling piece goods (2) having a code, preferably of piece goods commissioned in a commissioning system for a complete commissioning order. The piece goods of a quantity, preferably a commissioning order, are singulated and centered on a transport route (3) and fed through a scanning device (15), and are identified as actual data in the scanning device (15) by reading the code of the piece goods (2). This is compared or captured to target data of the piece goods quantity. The piece goods are separated out if the target data do not match the actual data. A first transport route (3) has a V-shaped cross-section, the one V-arm thereof being a driven piece goods transport element (5) preferably a drive recirculating conveyor belt, and the other V-arm thereof being a stationary piece goods sliding element (6), preferably a sheet metal slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Knapp AG
    Inventor: Karl Freudelsperger
  • Patent number: 8839829
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a natural gas compression system, comprising a gas inlet component for the entrance of natural gas into the system, a booster component for increasing the pressure of the natural gas, a drying component for drying the natural gas, a compressor component including a reciprocating compressor for further increasing the pressure of the natural gas, a valve control panel and storage component, and a dispensing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
    Inventors: Denis Ding, Mitchell Pratt
  • Patent number: 8839828
    Abstract: A system having a medication reservoir for a medication dosing apparatus for administering a liquid medication, and having a medication supply container holding the liquid medication, a filling device being provided for the automatic filling of the medication reservoir with the medication coming from the medication supply container. Fluidic connections may be provided between individual components for transfer and filling of the liquid medication. This system for administering a medication has the advantage that reliable and simple filling of the medication may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dick Scholten, Michael Stumber
  • Publication number: 20140261873
    Abstract: An automatic frozen food product vending machine includes a first freezer barrel configured to produce a first frozen food product, a first spigot fluidly connected to the first freezer barrel, the first spigot for dispensing the first frozen food product, a second freezer barrel configured to produce a second frozen food product, a second spigot fluidly connected to the second freezer barrel, the second spigot for dispensing the second frozen food product, a third spigot fluidly connected to both the first freezer barrel and the second freezer barrel, the third spigot for dispensing a mixture of the first and second frozen food products, and a movable platform for supporting a container to receive frozen food product, the movable container movable among a home position, a first fill position below the first spigot, a second fill position below the second spigot, and a third fill position below the third spigot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PW STOELTING, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Aamer Mohammed, Dave Wattenford, Jeff Pagel, Ken Wetenkamp
  • Publication number: 20140261874
    Abstract: A hydrogen fuel dispenser includes a pre-cooling circuit, a hydrogen fuel storage for storing hydrogen fuel, a nozzle for dispensing hydrogen fuel to a receptacle, and a fueling line connecting the hydrogen fuel storage to the nozzle for communicating hydrogen fuel from the hydrogen fuel storage to the nozzle. The pre-cooling circuit is provided to cool hydrogen fuel in the fueling line, and includes a pre-cooling line connected to the fueling line downstream from the hydrogen fuel storage, and a flow-path selector provided at a connection between the fueling line and the pre-cooling line. The flow-path selector selectively: blocks hydrogen fuel flow between the fueling line and the pre-cooling line while opening hydrogen fuel flow between the fueling line and a nozzle line of the nozzle; and opens hydrogen fuel flow between the fueling line and the pre-cooling line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steve Mathison
  • Patent number: 8833406
    Abstract: An ice supply system delivers a product to a product engagement device having at least one product engagement jaw, and a discharge tube. An engaged product is delivered at an outlet of the tube. The ice supply system includes a sensor disposed in communication with a product stream to detect the product at a sensor elevation, and communicate the presence of product to a controller. The ice supply system further includes a product receptacle for receiving the engaged product. The product receptacle may be mobile or have an elevation adjustment, thereby providing the ability to create a product pile of a predetermined height beneath the discharge tube. In this configuration, the controller ceases the flow of product when the pile height reaches the sensor disposed in the discharge tube. Alternatively, the ice supply system includes a diverter to toggle between first and second flowpaths, thereby delivering engaged and non-engaged product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ice Link, LLC
    Inventors: J. Eric Berge, Brandon Berge, Mark McClure, Glenn Seamark
  • Publication number: 20140238534
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser has a housing in which fluid flow control components are located and at least one fluid conduit completing first and second fluid flow paths between the at least one fluid storage tank and a nozzle coupled to the housing. The fluid dispenser also has a fluid flow meter located along said fluid flow path, a control system, and a recirculation subsystem. The recirculation subsystem has a bypass valve located along one of the first and second flow paths. The bypass valve is operative to prevent fluid communication between the first and second fluid flow paths when the fluid dispenser is in use and to allow fluid communication between the first and second fluid flow paths when the fluid dispenser is not in use. Methods of measuring the flow rate of a fluid in the fluid dispenser are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Francis Bartlett, Jonathan E. Deline, John E. Ingold, Michael Lawrence Jennings
  • Patent number: 8813462
    Abstract: A device for molding plastic blanks to give plastic containers with a blow mold may include a cavity within which a plastic blank may be molded to give a plastic container. The blow mold has a base part to form a base section of the container. The base part defines the cavity. The device may include a filling device for introducing a gaseous medium into the plastic blank via the mouth thereof, in order to expand the plastic blank within the blow mold, with a rod-like body, which may be moved relative to the blow mold in order to draw the plastic blank during the molding process. The base part has a forming section defining the cavity, for forming the base section of the container which matches the shape of the base section of the container, and the forming section has a projection running in the direction of the cavity in a central region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Peter Knapp
  • Publication number: 20140230959
    Abstract: A vehicle fluid filling arrangement comprises a fluid receiving part and a fluid conveying arrangement adapted to convey a vehicle fluid supplied on the fluid receiving part into a fluid reservoir of a vehicle. The fluid receiving part comprises a fluid receiving surface which is adapted to directly receive the supplied fluid and to direct the fluid to the fluid conveying arrangement, wherein the fluid receiving part has a first retracted position where supply of fluid on the fluid receiving surface is not possible and a second extracted position where supply of fluid on the fluid receiving surface is possible. The disclosure also relates to an assembly for filling vehicle fluid comprising at least two of said fluid filling arrangements and also to a vehicle comprising said fluid filling arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gabriel UYANIK, Tommy ZIPPERT, Martin GOTTSCHALK, Jan DAVIDSSON
  • Publication number: 20140216601
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a device for refilling a stationary storage tank with a subcooled cryogenically liquefied gas from a tanker. A subcooler, comprising a cooling bath and connected between the tanker and an inlet of the storage tank, is filled with the liquefied gas from the tanker up to a filling level and cooled to a bath temperature. The storage tank is subsequently refilled with the liquefied gas from the tanker by the liquefied gas being pumped through a heat exchanger in the cooling bath of the subcooler into the storage tank by using a delivery pump, during which it is cooled to the bath temperature of the cooling bath. After the end of the filling process, the subcooler is no longer supplied with liquefied gas and therefore heats up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Eploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Helmut Henrich, Franz Lurken
  • Publication number: 20140202583
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for fueling the onboard storage tank of a vehicle with liquefied natural gas. A liquid cryogen such as liquid nitrogen is fed to a condensing unit to condense natural gas present in a fueling system. Liquefied natural gas is fed into the fueling system and natural gas vapor is recovered from the onboard storage tank of the vehicle and fed to the condensing unit. When the pressure of the onboard storage tanks is sufficient, the liquefied natural gas is fed from the fueling system to the onboard storage tanks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Ron C. Lee, Paul Jarrett, Stephen Foster
  • Publication number: 20140196815
    Abstract: Device for filling a container with a gas under pressure, especially hydrogen in a tank of a vehicle, comprising at least one source (1, 2, 3, 6) of gas pressurized to a first pressure, called high pressure, a transfer circuit (201, 36, 13, 14, 136, 146) capable of selectively connecting the source or sources (1, 2, 3, 6) of pressurized gas to the tank to be filled, the transfer circuit comprising control members (204, 132, 142) for controlling the flow of the gas from the source or sources (1, 2, 3, 6) to the tank, the transfer circuit further including at least one cooling exchanger (9), for cooling the pressurized gas, wherein the cooling exchanger (9) comprises a hot flow circuit (99) for the pressurized gas to be cooled, a cold flow circuit (98) for a cold cooling fluid, and a refrigeration hold-over medium (5), the refrigeration hold-over medium (5) being in direct heat exchange, on the one hand, with the cold fluid of the cold circuit (98) and, on the other hand, with the pressurized gas to be cooled o
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour I'Etude et I'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Laurent ALLIDIERES, Thomas Charbonneau, Thomas Vinard, Sebastian-Eloy Sequeira
  • Publication number: 20140196814
    Abstract: Provided is a hydrogen station that supplies hydrogen to an external hydrogen tank, the hydrogen station including: a reciprocating compressor that is driven by a driver of which revolution is controllable; a cooling device that is capable of cooling hydrogen supplied from the reciprocating compressor to the hydrogen tank; a temperature sensor that detects an internal temperature of the hydrogen tank or a temperature of the hydrogen supplied to the hydrogen tank; and a control unit that controls the revolution of the driver based on the temperature detected by the temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Kenji Nagura, Hitoshi Takagi
  • Patent number: 8776843
    Abstract: A suction nozzle, which is configured to be interlocked with a gas filler nozzle used to supply a gas to a gas consuming device, comprises a suction port configured to suck moisture inside the gas filler nozzle when the suction nozzle is interlocked with the gas filler nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Komiya, Toshiyuki Kondo, Hideyo Omori, Noriyasu Yamada, Kunihiro Ishii
  • Patent number: 8757221
    Abstract: A vehicle (10) comprises a hydrogen fuel ceil (12) and a hydrogen storage tank (14). The storage tank includes an intake valve for connecting with an external hydrogen source (26) to Fill the tank (14), A hydrogen supply line (16) is provided for supplying hydrogen to the fuel cell from the storage tank (14). Heat transfer means (14, 22) transfers heat from the storage tank (14) to the fuel cell (12). Heat expelled by the storage tank during filling thereof is captured and transferred to the fuel cell (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Agco SA
    Inventors: Geoffroy Husson, Gabriel Menier
  • Patent number: 8752596
    Abstract: A hydrogen filling system includes: a hydrogen tank that is filled with hydrogen; a determination unit that determines whether to fill hydrogen into the hydrogen tank; and a temperature regulating unit that regulates a temperature of the hydrogen tank, wherein, when the determination unit determines to fill hydrogen into the hydrogen tank, the temperature regulating unit starts cooling the hydrogen tank before filling of hydrogen into the hydrogen tank is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daigoro Mori, Kumiko Nishizawa, Kosei Yoshida, Keiji Toh, Shintaro Watanabe, Hidefumi Oishi, Hidehito Kubo
  • Publication number: 20140110017
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for dispensing gaseous hydrogen, comprising the steps of: a) providing a first vessel comprising a first quantity of gaseous hydrogen at a pressure in the range of from 350 to 1000 bar absolute and a temperature in the range of from ?20° C. to 50° C.; b) passing in the range of from 40 to 100 wt %, based on the weight of the first quantity, of the first quantity gaseous hydrogen from the first vessel through an isenthalpic valve to obtain a cold second quantity of gaseous hydrogen having a temperature in the range of from ?100 to ?20° C.; and c) dispensing the cold second quantity of gaseous hydrogen to a second vessel. In a further aspect the invention provides a system for dispensing gaseous hydrogen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Nikunj Gupta
  • Publication number: 20140102582
    Abstract: An ice vending machine automatically provides ice to a customer based upon a request from the consumer for the ice. In some embodiments, the ice vending machine includes an ice bagging system. In some embodiments, the bagging system operates without the use of a counterweight. In some embodiments, the ice vending machine includes a view window to view the ice being bagged. In some embodiments, the ice vending machine is an ice and liquid water vending machine that automatically provides ice or liquid water to a customer based on a request from the customer for the ice or liquid water. In some embodiments, the ice and liquid water vending machine includes an ultraviolet light flushing assembly. In some embodiments, the ice and liquid water vending machine includes a chill tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: ICE HOUSE AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: Ernest Chip Venet, III, Steven Alan Weeks, Daniel LaDon Dunn, Troy Doom
  • Publication number: 20140102583
    Abstract: An ice vending machine automatically provides ice to a customer based upon a request from the consumer for the ice. In some embodiments, the ice vending machine includes an ice bagging system. In some embodiments, the bagging system operates without the use of a counterweight. In some embodiments, the ice vending machine includes a view window to view the ice being bagged. In some embodiments, the ice vending machine is an ice and liquid water vending machine that automatically provides ice or liquid water to a customer based on a request from the customer for the ice or liquid water. In some embodiments, the ice and liquid water vending machine includes an ultraviolet light flushing assembly. In some embodiments, the ice and liquid water vending machine includes a chill tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: ICE HOUSE AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: Ernest Chip Venet, III, Steven Alan Weeks, Daniel LaDon Dunn, Troy Doom
  • Patent number: 8671997
    Abstract: Device for filling a container with a gas under pressure comprising at least one source of gas pressurized to a first pressure, a transfer circuit capable of selectively connecting the source or sources of pressurized gas to the tank to be filled, the transfer circuit comprising control members for controlling the flow of the gas from the source or sources to the tank, the transfer circuit further including at least one cooling exchanger for cooling the pressurized gas comprising a hot flow circuit for the pressurized gas to be cooled, a cold flow circuit for a cold cooling fluid, and a refrigeration hold-over medium being in direct heat exchange with the cold fluid of the cold circuit and with the pressurized gas to be cooled of the hot circuit, in order to selectively carry out indirect heat exchange between the pressurized gas and the cold fluid, wherein the refrigeration hold-over medium forms and fills a gap between the cold fluid of the cold circuit and the pressurized gas of the hot circuit, the gap ha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Laurent Allidieres, Thomas Charbonneau, Sebastian Sequeira, Thomas Vinard
  • Patent number: 8671996
    Abstract: An apparatus for the filling of a dialyzer with a dialysis liquid and/or for the draining of dialysis liquid from a dialyzer is mobile. The apparatus has at least one liquid container for the reception of a liquid, preferably of RO water, at least one concentrate receptacle for the reception of concentrate and/or a concentrate connection for the connection of a container holding concentrate as well as at least one preparation unit which is arranged and configured such that liquid from the liquid container can be mixed with concentrate from the concentrate receptacle and/or from the container holding the concentrate in the preparation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Weilhoefer, Georg Zehner
  • Publication number: 20140060697
    Abstract: A glue dispensing apparatus includes a container, a glue dispensing head and a heating unit. The container receives glue, and the glue dispensing head is connected to the container. The heating unit is mounted on the container. The heating unit includes a temperature sensor, a heating component, and a controller electrically connected to the temperature sensor and the heating component. The controller compares the temperature of the glue with a predetermined temperature range, controls the heating component to heat the glue when the temperature of the glue is equal to or less than a lower limit of the predetermined temperature range, and controls the heating component to stop heating when the temperature of the glue is equal to or greater than an upper limit of the predetermined temperature range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: MONG-TUNG LIN
  • Patent number: 8662115
    Abstract: A fuel gas station, a fuel gas filling system, and a fuel gas filling method which can check whether information on temperature of the inside of a fuel tank is correct, so that a fuel tank is properly filled. The fuel gas station calculates a difference of temperature between a temperature of the inside of the fuel tank and a temperature of fuel gas to be supplied to the fuel tank after supplying of fuel gas for a predetermined length of time. When the calculated difference of temperature exceeds a predetermined threshold value, the fuel gas station determines that the information on temperature of the inside of the fuel tank is abnormal, and reduces at least one of supply flow and supply quantity of fuel gas as compared to when such information is normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Mori
  • Publication number: 20140053948
    Abstract: A self-contained bio fuel trans load has a heating apparatus to allow different feed stock bio fuels to be trans loaded from a rail car to a vehicle or storage container. Several mechanical apparatus are incorporated into a single, self-contained unit which allows a safe and metered trans load of bio fuels from one point to another for the growing alternative energy market. The heating apparatus allows the bio fuel to be heated if necessary due to feed stock and pour point. The self-contained unit allows for distribution and metering of the bio fuel onto a vehicle for resale. The self-contained unit can be located at the most convenient site to achieve a minimum expenditure and liability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Dominic Michael Falcone
  • Patent number: 8641982
    Abstract: A vaporizer for the sterilization of containers, includes a housing, a first opening arranged in the housing for supplying a gaseous medium to the housing, an injection device for injecting into the housing a substance which contains hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). A heating device is arranged inside the housing for vaporizing the hydrogen peroxide, and a second opening is arranged in the housing for discharging a mixture of the gaseous medium and the vaporized hydrogen peroxide from the housing. The injection device extends in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to a plane of the heating device and the first opening is adjoined by a pipe section which extends at least partially in a longitudinal direction (L) of the injection device, wherein the injection device runs at least partially inside the pipe section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Berthold Burgmeier, Patrick Engelhard, Josef Knott
  • Patent number: 8640748
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multiple liquid dispenser having an upper section for receiving ice to form a cooling chamber. The cooling chamber has a spiral passageway extending through the ice having a plurality of layers of passageways. The spiral passageway has an upper end for receiving the liquid to be chilled by the surrounding ice and a lower end connected to multiple tubes for distributing the chilled liquid. The lower section has multiple liquid dispensers connected to the multiple tubes for receiving and dispensing the chilled liquid from the multiple liquid dispensers. The multiple liquid dispensers are spaced around the periphery of the lower section and has valves for opening and closing the liquid dispensers for dispensing the chilled liquid. A vertical stand is provided for supporting the upper and lower sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan Chera
  • Publication number: 20140010938
    Abstract: A device for cooling and flavoring a beverage having a tube with a closed first end and an open second end. Between the first and second end is a plurality of openings. A cap is removably attached to the open end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Brandon Adams
  • Publication number: 20130340888
    Abstract: To provide a gas filling system capable of optimizing filling of a gas tank depending on the cooling capability of a gas station. A gas filling system comprises: a vehicle having a gas tank; a gas station having a cooling device that cools a gas from a gas supply source, the gas station discharging the gas cooled by the cooling device to fill the gas tank with the gas, and a temperature sensor that detects the temperature of the gas cooled by the cooling device on the upstream side of the gas tank. The vehicle has a first controller that determines the filling flow rate of the gas to the gas tank based on the gas temperature detected by the temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroaki NISHIUMI
  • Publication number: 20130334443
    Abstract: Components and systems for a PET radiopharmacy include a transport shield for a radioisotope cartridge, a cassette for dispensing from a transport shield, a cassette synthesis platform for a cassette, and a synthesizer shield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Colin Steel, Sajinder Kaur Luthra, Robin Fortt, Farah Shah
  • Patent number: 8596314
    Abstract: A container including a body defining an outflow opening and at least one chamber adapted for storing a product, such as a fat containing liquid product, and a container closure including a primary seal for hermetically sealing the product within the chamber during storage. The container closure includes a sealing member forming a substantially fluid-tight seal between the container closure and the body, and a dispensing member in fluid communication with the chamber. The container closure and body move relative to each other between a first position where the primary seal is seated about the outflow port to hermetically seal the product in the chamber during storage, and a second position where the primary seal is displaced from the outflow port to allow product to pass from the chamber through the outflow port and into dispensing member to dispense the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian Chan, Jeffrey Willey
  • Patent number: 8573266
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling containers, in particular bottles, has at least one transport device for transporting the containers, at least one filling device for filling the containers and a tempering device for tempering a bottom area of the container. The tempering device is located at least at times at least partially in or below the bottom area of the transported containers and the filling device is arranged at least at times at least partially in or above a mouth area of the transported containers. The tempering device is mounted on the apparatus in such a way that tempering during or after filling becomes possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Peter Knapp, Alexander Schau
  • Patent number: 8567452
    Abstract: A syringe for holding fluids susceptible to void formation when frozen and thawed before use. The interior surface of the syringe sidewall may be roughened, which serves to prevent or significantly reduce the incidence of void formation in the fluid. The required level of surface roughening for counteracting void formation may be reduced by increasing the sidewall flexibility. Alternatively, the flexibility of the syringe sidewall may operate over certain thickness ranges to prevent or significantly reduce void formation in the fluid without intentionally roughening the interior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Henry Digregorio, John Higson, Jeffery White