With Testing Or Weighing Receiver Content Patents (Class 141/83)
  • Patent number: 10558961
    Abstract: This disclosure provides various embodiments of systems and methods for secure communications. In one aspect, the system includes a secure payment module (SPM) in a fuel dispenser and a point-of-sale (POS) system. The POS system stores a public key certificate uniquely identifying the SPM and is configured to dynamically generate a first session key. The POS system encrypts the first session key with a public key associated with the public key certificate, and transmits the encrypted first session key to the SPM. The SPM, which stores a private key associated with the public key certificate, is configured to receive and decrypt the first session key. The SPM is further configured to receive a set of magnetic card data from a card reader, encrypt the set of magnetic card data with the first session key, and transmit the encrypted set of magnetic card data to the POS system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: Weiming Tang, Timothy Martin Weston
  • Patent number: 10513073
    Abstract: A scraping device for a rotary press comprising at least one scraping element for scraping pellets located on a die plate of the rotary press to an outlet, wherein the at least one scraping element has at least one identification and/or position unit having identification and/or position data relating to the at least one scraping element, and wherein the scraping device further comprises a read and/or write unit which is designed to communicate with the at least one identification and/or position unit in order to read the identification and/or position data from the at least one identification and/or position unit. The invention also relates to a rotary press and a corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FETTE COMPACTING GMBH
    Inventor: Sven Kolbe
  • Patent number: 10232392
    Abstract: A sealant applying device and a working method thereof, and a sealant applying apparatus are disclosed. The sealant applying device includes a nozzle; the nozzle includes an air inlet portion and a sealant outflow portion, a switch plate is arranged below the sealant outflow portion, the switch plate includes a plate body configured to horizontally move between a first state and a second state, one end of the plate body is provided with a through hole, and a discharge portion is provided at a position corresponding to the through hole and on a side of the plate body facing away from the sealant outflow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenchao Feng, Xiaoqiang Zeng, Hongyu Zhang, Lei Xing
  • Patent number: 10082517
    Abstract: A reagent management system is disclosed comprising a reagent container section for receiving reagent containers and a reagent reconstitution device for reconstituting dry, or lyophilized, reagents or concentrated reagents in reagent containers in order to carry out in-vitro diagnostic tests with the reconstituted reagents. A controller is programmed to instruct the reagent reconstitution device to automatically reconstitute an initial volume of a selected reagent type in reagent containers. The initial volume is calculated based on an open container stability time (OCS) of the reconstituted reagent type for each reagent container and on a number of tests to be carried out within the OCS of the reconstituted reagent type. A reagent container for use by the reagent management system and methods of automatically reconstituting a dry, or lyophilized reagent, or a concentrated liquid reagent in a reagent container to carry out an in-vitro diagnostic test with the reagent are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Friedrich Ackermann, Andreas Calatzis, Rik Harbers, Roland Hutter, Jean-Pierre Bolliger, Theresa Kitcoff, Patrick Sascha Labud
  • Patent number: 10029378
    Abstract: A machine and method for reducing giveaway material on mint products. The machine may include a conveying assembly for conveying a plurality of mints products to be processed. The machine may also include a processing assembly for processing at least one given mint product at a time, so as to remove an amount of giveaway material from each one of the mint products. The machine may also include a recuperating assembly for recuperating mint products having being processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Royal Canadian Mint
    Inventors: Yanick Mathieu, David John Stanley Baldwin, Frederick Leclerc, Thomas Hrach, Mag. Hermann Schurer
  • Patent number: 10012484
    Abstract: A method of supplying a rifle with cartridges includes providing classes within a group of cartridges. The classes are classified by specific and precisely graduated increments of propellant load contained in the cartridges, or by formulation of propellant, of each class relative to the cartridges of each other class. The user can test fire a rifle with multiple classes of the group and record the accuracy of the firing. A class of the group can be then chosen for a particular rifle based on accuracy of the rifle in the test firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel David Pearlson
  • Patent number: 9970810
    Abstract: A weighing system and a weighing method are disclosed having uninterrupted weighing functions. A plurality of load cells in the weighing system are arranged so that each load cell has a local small neighborhood, the local small neighborhood being defined by four neighboring points in front, back, left, and right of the load cell and four points on diagonal directions in a matrix. A weighing control module polls the load cells to determine whether there is failed load cell(s), and performs a calculation: W.=f(W1,W2,W3,W4,W5,W6,W7), where f is a non-linear mapping; and W1 . . . W8 represents weighing outputs of load cells corresponding to the eight points in the local small neighborhood so as to calculate an estimated weighing output of the failed load cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignees: METTLER TOLEDO (CHANGZHOU) PRECISION INSTRUMENT LTD., METTLER TOLEDO (CHANGZHOU) SCALE & SYSTEM LTD.
    Inventors: Guojun Xie, Zijian Zhu, Qi Wan
  • Patent number: 9904992
    Abstract: It is determined whether the type of drug inserted into a packaging machine is correct, on the basis of the dispensing information of the drug to be packaged and the drug type information of the drug to be inserted into the packaging machine. Number-by-appearance information indicating the number of drugs for each outward appearance which are packaged in each packet is acquired. The image of each drug corresponding to each dose is captured. The number of drugs for each outward appearance which are packaged in each packet is counted on the basis of the captured image of the drugs. It is determined whether the number of drugs for each outward appearance is correct, on the basis of the number-by-appearance information and the counting result of the number-by-appearance counting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuya Takamori
  • Patent number: 9845167
    Abstract: A dispensing system comprises a main base with a hopper insertion hole. An upper base, fixed above the main base by spacers, comprises a stirrer insertion hole. A lower base, below the main base, has a hopper insertion hole with an aperture larger than a diameter of a hopper, and is coupled to the main base by a guide. A rotatable hopper, disposed in the insertion hole of the main base, comprises a bottom surface with metering holes. A stirrer, inside the hopper and fixed to the upper base, feeds material into the metering holes. A gate, on a bottom surface of the lower base, comprises a bottom surface with a dispensing hole. The gate diameter is greater than the hopper. A gate spring, between the bottom of the main base and an upper surface of the lower base, is mounted parallel to a sliding motion of the lower base. A vibration device agitates the assembly on the main base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: MULTIPLY LABS INC.
    Inventors: Federico Parietti, Kameron C. Chan, Lawrence Zachary Bright, Jeffrey Ackerman Cuhran, Alice Melocchi
  • Patent number: 9803903
    Abstract: A refrigerant recovery/loading manifold for air-conditioning equipment has a manifold body and valves for opening and closing a passage inside the manifold body, the passages including a high-pressure-side passage, a low-pressure-side passage, a recovery-side passage, a vacuum-suction-side passage, a purging passage, and a common passage via which these passages communicate, at least a high-pressure-side valve being provided to the high-pressure-side valve being provided to the high-pressure-side passage, and at least a low-pressure-side valve being provided to the low-pressure-side passage; wherein a high-pressure connection means is provided to the low-pressure-side passage, the high-pressure connection means having a valve mechanism and being able to connect with a high-pressure-side quick joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: DENGEN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Issei Higami
  • Patent number: 9796491
    Abstract: A method of filling by weight containers having respective bottoms standing on a conveyor, including the steps of: grasping each container in order to separate it from the conveyor and to bring it up to a substance dispenser spout; weighing the container while it is held separated from the conveyor under the dispenser spout and while simultaneously filling it in order to reach a desired weight; and putting the container back onto the conveyor. In addition, an installation for performing the above method is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Serac Group
    Inventor: Andre Graffin
  • Patent number: 9771212
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing dry particulate consumables includes a storage silo to store the particulate consumables. A first end of a conveyor is adjacent to a discharge opening of the silo. A second end of the conveyor is in communication with a dispensing hopper. A motor is configured to drive the conveyor in order to fill the dispensing hopper, where the dispensing hopper is filled in response to a purchase signal indicating a purchase request for dispensing the particulate consumables. A user interface is configured to initiate the purchase signal, where the user interface is configured to receive payment from a purchaser for the particulate consumables. A controller is in communication with the user interface, the motor that controls the conveyor, and the dispenser hopper in order to control an amount of particulate consumables dispensed to the purchaser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Robert L. Newsome, James Carter Parker
  • Patent number: 9671274
    Abstract: An apparatus including a computer processor, a robotic device, and a weight scale device, having a plurality of independent weight scales. The computer processor may be programmed to control the robotic device to cause a material located on the weight scale device to be evenly distributed over the plurality of independent weight scales so that each of the plurality of independent weight scales indicates the same weight within a tolerance. The robotic device may include a rake appendage having a plurality of tines, which may be controlled by the computer processor to move the material to cause the material to be evenly distributed over the plurality of independent weight scales. The robotic device may include a roller device having a roller which may be controlled by the computer processor to run over the material located on the weight scale device to thereby compress the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Alex Xie
  • Patent number: 9507344
    Abstract: A system calculates a first ratio of a prediction error variance of a model of a controller error, and the lesser of a variance of a prediction error of a naïve predictor model and a variance of a controller error. The system rates a process controller as a function of the first ratio. The system also calculates a second ratio of a variance of the controller error and a variance of the prediction error of the naïve predictor model. The system rates the process controller a function of the second ratio. The system uses the first ratio, second ratio, other ratios, and discrete indicators in determining an embedded fusion for loop performance monitoring in the process controller and for displaying a value as a measure of the loop performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Petr Endel, Karel Marik
  • Patent number: 9474693
    Abstract: Embodiments of work stations for use in medical dose preparation management system. A work station may include a camera stand. The camera stand may include a housing enclosing a camera and one or more light sources therein. As such, the camera and light sources may be directed at a medical dose preparation staging region to capture medical dose preparation images of the medical dose preparation staging region. The camera stand may include an adjustable support positionable in a plurality of positions to dispose the camera and light source relative to the medical dose preparation staging region. A base with a removable tray may be provided that include medical receptacle engagement features. The work stations may facilitate improved image quality, efficiency of work flows carried out at the work station, and administrative tasks such as cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Baxter Corporation Englewood
    Inventors: Joseph V. Ranalletta, Wesley J. Weber
  • Patent number: 9434487
    Abstract: A container filling machine comprising a container engaging device, a suction device for suctioning fine airborne particles and a container removing device for removing defective containers from continued travel along a production line. The suction device comprises a discrete article guiding passage for guiding discrete articles into a container. The discrete article guiding passage comprises a passageway having a length through which discrete articles pass prior to entering the container and at least one suction aperture into which airborne particles are sucked. The at least one suction aperture is positioned at a region along the length of the passageway. The suction device further comprises a suction pump in communication with the discrete article guiding passage for creating a suction effect for sucking airborne particles into the at least one suction aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: COUNTLAB, INC
    Inventor: Loris Bassani
  • Patent number: 9125426
    Abstract: A machine for producing and dispensing liquid or semiliquid food products, includes: a holding vat for a liquid base product; a treatment circuit for treating the liquid base product to obtain a liquid or semiliquid food product; a dispensing mechanism to dispense the food product; one or more actuators acting on the base product, food product and/or parts of the machine; and one or more sensors for detecting one or more operating parameters of the machine. The machine further includes an interfacing unit preferably provided with a control card operatively associated with at least one of the one or more sensors to receive a respective one of the one or more operating parameters and transmit it to a remote processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: CARPIGIANI GROUP—ALI S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianni Zaniboni, Gino Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 9038676
    Abstract: A conveying device for free-flowing fine-particle solids, in particular for powdery and/or granular (mixed) material, especially plastic granulate, includes a vertically arranged and flexibly mountable telescopic pipe for the conveyance of, preferably, polymer granulates, for example in a plant for the filling of polymer granulates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Bayer MaterialScience AG
    Inventors: Herbert Ungerechts, Hans-Joerg Frank, Dieter Scholten, Markus Hagedorn
  • Patent number: 9021772
    Abstract: A machine for dosing a product in capsules, includes a rotating turret which has seats suitable for receiving empty capsules and a dosing device for dosing the product in the capsules. The machine further includes a feeding unit having a first weighing device for weighing empty capsules, a transfer arrangement for transferring empty capsules, when weighed, to predetermined seats of the turret for being filled with the product, a second weighing device for weighing capsules filled with the product, and a processing device connected to the first and second weighing device for receiving data relative to weights measured by the first and second weighing devices and for calculating for each capsule a difference between the weight measured before and the weight measured after filling. In this manner, a respective quantity of dosed product is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A.
    Inventor: Maurizio Bedetti
  • Patent number: 9022080
    Abstract: A communication device or auxiliary ECU is activated when a fuel door of a fuel cell vehicle is open. Upon closing the fuel door, the communication device/ECU is shut off. The communication device/auxiliary ECU is operational regardless of whether the keys in the vehicle or not. This assures that communication of information can occur when a refueling station is most likely to request the information, i.e. when the fuel door is open. A temperature measurement device may monitor a vehicle tank temperature, communicate the tank temperature data to a filling station, and confirm that the tank temperature data is associated with the tank being filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David W. Cun, Ryan Douglas Roy Harty
  • Publication number: 20150114517
    Abstract: A container-lifting device includes a cam, and lifting elements. Each lifting elements has a container carrier on a slide element, a deformable fluid-pressure actuation element, and a guideway, separate from the actuation element, for guiding the slide element. The lifting element moves between first and second lifting positions. The control cam interacts with the slide elements to move them into the second lifting position. The actuation element, when pressurized, pretensions the slide element into the first lifting position. The actuation element has a wall that delimits an interior chamber to which the fluid pressure is applied. The actuation element is a ball-type element, a membrane-type element, or a bellows-type element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Dieter-Rudolph Krulitsch
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150108169
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser comprises a bottle holder, a motor, and a controller. The bottle holder is configured to hold a bottle of a liquid beverage. The motor is connected to the bottle holder to cause the bottle holder to tilt. The controller is configured to control the bottle holder via the motor to experience multiple tilting movements, including multiple tilting movements each causing the bottle to tilt by a predetermined angular amount to bring the bottle into a pouring position to dispense a portion of the liquid beverage from the bottle into a serving receptacle. The liquid beverage may be wine, and the serving receptacle may be a wine glass. The liquid beverage may be liquor, and the serving receptacle may be a shot glass. The portion of the liquid may be an amount of liquid to fill the receptacle to a designated level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Richard A. Bishel
  • Patent number: 9010382
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for filling multi-chamber containers with different loose bulk materials. The apparatus and method may be particularly well-suited to packaging at least one bulk material, which is susceptible to water, chemicals, or other contaminants, with at least one other bulk material. The apparatus is a machine that includes separate hoppers for handling the separate bulk materials, and directs the separate bulk materials into different chambers of a multi-chamber container, which is then transported away from the machine for storage or use. The machine may include one or more movable hoppers supported on tracks, for moving the bulk materials to the hoppers that direct the bulk materials into different chambers of the multi-chamber container. A controller and data logger may be provided to control the apparatus and record the quantity and/or weight of the contents of each multi-chamber container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Reinhard Matye
  • Publication number: 20150101701
    Abstract: A tire inflation system and a method of control. An inflation pressure of a tire may be checked when a tire pressure sampling interval has elapsed. The tire pressure sampling interval may be adjusted based on a type of pressure drop when the inflation pressure is less than a target tire pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Simon Dean, Kenneth Flory, Robert W. Trostle, Jonathan Honig, Anatoli Koulinitch
  • Patent number: 8985164
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for controlling flow of a flowable material. The flowable material passes from a product supply through one or more valves which are coupled to a controller. The controller is also coupled to one or more sensors operable to generate a signal indicating whether flowable product is present or not present at a specific level within a container. The controller is programmed to operate the valves based on signals received from the sensors. The sensors may be associated with the feed container and used to control metering of flowable product out of the feed container, or they may be associated with a container and used to control filling of the container with flowable product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Caneel Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Jonathan Seeman, Dewey Privette, Donna Elizabeth Seeman
  • Publication number: 20150075671
    Abstract: Apportioning apparatus for apportioning moist cut or ground tobacco material with moisture content of at least 35%. Apportioning apparatus includes metering unit; weighing cell; and control unit coupled via a first data link to the metering unit and via a second data link to weighing cell. Metering unit is configured to add a predetermined portion of tobacco material to a receptacle, and metering unit and weighing cell are arranged relative to each other such that, while receptacle is being filled by metering unit, a weight of the added tobacco material is detected by weighing cell, and data relative to the detected weight is communicated via first data link to the control unit. Control unit is configured to control metering unit via second data link on the basis of received data relative to weight of added tobacco material such that a predetermined portion of tobacco material is added to receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: HAUNI MASCHINENBAU AG
    Inventors: Christofer OVERBECK, Jens BARKEMEYER, Daniel BAUER, Sindy JESKE, Csaba KRESZL
  • Publication number: 20150075672
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling inflation of a tire. Tire pressure may be determined by providing pulses of pressurized gas to a tire valve. The pulses of pressurized gas may not open the tire valve when the tire pressure is greater than or equal to the target tire pressure, thereby inhibiting overinflation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Trostle, Anatoli Koulinitch, Kenneth Flory
  • Publication number: 20150059918
    Abstract: A pump system includes a pneumatic pump, a hose, a nozzle that can attach to a tire of a vehicle, and a processing device. The processing device receives a target tire pressure for the tire, receives a current tire pressure of the tire, and controls the operation of the pneumatic pump according to the target tire pressure and the current tire pressure. A method includes receiving a target tire pressure for a tire of a vehicle, receiving a current tire pressure of the tire, and controlling operation of a pneumatic pump according to the target tire pressure and the current tire pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Yellin Schondorf, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Robert Bruce Kleve, Greg Swadling, Dilip B. Patel
  • Publication number: 20150047740
    Abstract: A wheel inflation apparatus including a wheel engagement unit that suspends a tire/wheel assembly and at least one inflation unit coupled to the robotic arm, each inflation unit being configured to inflate the tire/wheel assembly. A load measuring unit is configured to sense an amount of load being applied to the wheel/tire assembly. A controller is coupled to the load measuring unit for receiving a load signal and determining an internal air pressure of the tire/wheel assembly based on the load signal. The controller controls the at least one inflation unit based on the determined internal air pressure and a target (desired) air pressure value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Lawson, Barry A. Clark
  • Publication number: 20150034207
    Abstract: A process for filling pharmaceutical product containers in a container filling machine with the stages of: filling the container with the corresponding pharmaceutical substance through filling means in a filling station of the filling machine, weighing the filled container in a filled container weighing station to confirm that the quantity of pharmaceutical substance with which the container has been filled lies within the desired range, in which when the quantity of pharmaceutical substance with which the container has been filled lies outside the desired range the filling means are moved to the filled container weighing station and the container is topped up with a quantity such that the total substance placed in the container in the two stages lies within the desired range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: JORDI BOIRA BONHORA
  • Patent number: 8944119
    Abstract: A method and system of gas refilling management for gas storage canister utilizing identification accessing control includes an identification information transmission device, a control device, and a gas refilling equipment, which are applicable for management of refilling of at least one storage canister. The storage canister is provided with an information identification label, which contains at least one record of canister information. By using the identification information transmission device to first read the information contained in the label of a storage canister, the control device may then set a refilling condition based on which the gas refilling equipment carries out a refilling operation to the storage canister, so as to suit for management of refilling various types of gas storage canisters to provide the best performance in a practical application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Jefferson Ys Yang, Feng-Hsiang Hsiao, Hong-Shi Chang, Chih-Hsueh Chen
  • Patent number: 8938936
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for dosing and packaging polysilicon chunks, wherein a product flow of polysilicon chunks is transported via a feed channel, separated by at least one screen into coarse and fine chunks, weighed and dosed to a target weight by a dosing balance, discharged via a discharge channel and transported to a packaging unit where a first plastic bag is filled with the polysilicon chunks and sealed, the plastic bag containing polysilicon chunks being packaged with a further plastic bag which is formed by a shaper and subsequently welded, wherein the at least one screen and the dosing balance at least partially include a hard metal on their surfaces and the shaper for forming the plastic bag includes a wear-resistant coating. Also disclosed are a dosing unit, a packaging unit and a device for dosing and packaging polysilicon chunks, which contains a dosing unit and a packaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventors: Matthias Vietz, Rainer Hoelzlwimmer, Bruno Lichtenegger
  • Publication number: 20140360621
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling containers with a liquid filling material includes a container treatment unit, a weighing unit, container carriers, weighing cells, a conveying element, filling positions, container receptacles, and a container-conveying section. As the conveying element, on which the filling positions are formed, rotates, it introduces filling material into the containers. The conveying element includes the container-conveying section, which moves the containers in a container-conveying direction. The weighing unit, which is made in the conveying element, weighs containers on the container-conveying section. Each container receptacle forms a weighing position with an associated container carrier and weighing cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clusserath
  • Patent number: 8905089
    Abstract: A liquid transportation system includes a loading station where a liquid is loaded into a container of a delivery vehicle, and a drop off location where the delivery vehicle transfers the liquid into a storage tank. The storage tank includes a tank marker including a first identification device that generates a first signal. The first signal identifies a type of liquid to be stored in the storage tank. The delivery vehicle includes a product marker having a control system and a second identification device. The second identification device identifies a type of liquid contained in the container. The control system receives the first signal and the second signal and determines whether the type of the liquid stored in the container is the same as the type of liquid to be stored in the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: CHS Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Evans
  • Publication number: 20140332115
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling containers with a filling material includes a transport element that rotates in a transport direction, filling positions formed on the transport element, and a common carrier common to all positions and moving with the transport element. Each filling position has a filling element, a weighing cell secured to the carrier, a container carrier, and a functional element assigned to the filling position on the common carrier. The common carrier is adjustable to move by an adjustment unit either in or opposite to the transport direction. The adjustment unit corresponds to a distance between functional elements of filler positions that are adjacent to each other in the transport direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan Lorenz, Andreas Fahldieck
  • Publication number: 20140332114
    Abstract: A gas-filling device (1) in which the design pressure of a pressure accumulator can be reduced while downsizing a compressor includes a compressor (4) and a pressure accumulator (5). In advance, a relationship between a filling pressure and a target flow rate is determined in accordance with the volume of a tank (3), the filling pressure is detected, and the target flow rate is determined. A flow rate of a gas to be supplied into the tank (3) is controlled according to the target flow rate. In a case where the target flow rate is equal to or less than a maximum discharge flow rate of the compressor (4), the gas is supplied to the tank (3) only from the compressor (4). In a case where the target flow rate is greater than the maximum discharge flow rate, the gas is supplied to the tank (3) from the compressor (4) and the pressure accumulator (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Kenji Nagura, Hitoshi Takagi
  • Patent number: 8875749
    Abstract: A method for the preparation of samples by means of a dosage-dispensing device, a weighing system with a load receiver, a processor unit, a memory unit, and an exchangeable dosage-dispensing unit. A target container is set on the load receiver. The dosage-dispensing unit and/or the target container includes electrically insulating material. The dosage-dispensing unit has the capability to change positions relative to the load receiver. While the dosage-dispensing unit is in a first position and a target container is on the load receiver, a starting weight value is determined, the dosage-dispensing unit is brought into a second position, a dosage-dispensing cycle delivers a dosage material in a predefined amount from the dosage-dispensing unit into the target container by means of the processor unit, the dosage-dispensing unit is brought into the first position, and while the dosage-dispensing unit is at rest in the first position, an ending weight value is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Bruno Nufer, Siegfried Gluvakov
  • Patent number: 8872045
    Abstract: A filling device for containers, especially for beverage bottles, having a filling valve with a discharge opening, a holder for the container in a suspended arrangement, and a weighing device. In order to obtain a robust weighing device and a more precise measurement at least one portion of the weighing device is arranged vertically above the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Bernd Sobiech
  • Patent number: 8869844
    Abstract: An apparatus includes means for providing one-way degassing valves to be installed on corresponding containers; means for placing a viscous liquid in each of the plurality of one-way degassing valves to provide a corresponding plurality of installable one-way degassing valves; means for capturing an image of at least a portion of at least some of the plurality of installable one-way degassing valves; and control means for automatically and non-destructively determining for the at least some of the plurality of installable one-way degassing valves, prior to installation on the corresponding containers, by using the image, whether the viscous liquid has been properly placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Arthur A. Sagy, Julio A. Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20140311104
    Abstract: A continuous rotary machine for filling capsules with pharmaceutical products is provided with at least one dosing wheel having a plurality of pockets each defined by a respective upper seat, which is suited to receive and hold a closing cap of a capsule and by a respective lower seat, which is suited to receive and hold a bottom of the capsule, and is provided with a measuring device to measure the weight of the bottom or of the bottom and of the pharmaceutical product contained in the lower seat itself; the upper seat being radially mobile between a forward position, in which the lower and the upper seats are vertically aligned with each other, and a retracted position, in which the lower and the upper seats are vertically staggered with respect to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: MG 2-S.r.l.
    Inventors: Ernesto Gamberini, Davide Nannetti
  • Patent number: 8866029
    Abstract: A link apparatus supplies objects discharged from a weighing machine to package bags being conveyed successively at a high speed and comprises plural hopper groups each including n hoppers; and plural arms configured to convey an associated hopper group along a revolving path including a first area where the objects are supplied to the hopper group and a second area under which package bags are conveyed successively. The arms convey the hopper groups from the first area to the second area in a predetermined order, the n hoppers sequentially conveyed to the second area are located above the n package bags conveyed to a region under the second area; the hoppers are located above the package bags in the second area, and the hopper groups are stopped in the first area. The hopper groups discharge the objects, when the hopper groups are conveyed in the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Shozo Kawanishi
  • Publication number: 20140299221
    Abstract: Fluid transfer systems are disclosed that can be configured to transfer precise amounts of fluid from a source container to a target container. The fluid transfer system can have multiple fluid transfer stations for transferring fluids into multiple target containers or for combining different types of fluids into a single target container to form a mixture. The fluid transfer system can include a pump and a destination sensor, such as a weight sensor. The fluid transfer system can be configured to flush remaining fluid out of a connector to reduce waste, using air or a flushing fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Patent number: 8851127
    Abstract: Methods and systems for pharmaceutical compounding are described. In one embodiment a system comprises a solution of a pharmaceutical in an injection vehicle, the solution being contained in a vessel. The system also includes one or more tubes, a filter, and one or more valves. The system presents a sterile environment for compounding the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Marquis, Douglas Lang
  • Patent number: 8841565
    Abstract: A filling system for containers that are supplied to a filling device via a supplying device and that are removed from the filling device via a removal device, said filling system includes a measuring device for weighing the filled containers. The measuring device is formed by circulating measuring sensors that convey containers from an inlet side to an outlet while concurrently weighing the containers, and circulating synchronously with the container flow. The measuring sensors are oriented at right angles to a direction along a horizontal belt along which the containers are conveyed. Each one has measuring fingers that collectively form a multi-fingered measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Herrmann, Jan Peter Hecktor
  • Publication number: 20140261870
    Abstract: A dilute chemical solution may be prepared in response to a dispense request by combining multiple concentrated chemicals with a diluent. In one example, a target amount of diluent is dispensed into a container until a measured weight of the diluent reaches a target weight. A first concentrated chemical is also dispensed into the container until a measured weight of the first concentrated chemical reaches a target weight. The liquid solution containing the diluent and the first concentrated chemical is withdrawn from the container and applied on a second concentrated chemical that is a solid state product so as to cause the second concentrated chemical to at least partially dissolve and enter the container. In some applications, the first and second concentrated chemicals react with one another to generate an active molecule in the chemical solution that is not present in either of the two concentrated chemicals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Keith E. OLSON, Paul R. KRAUS, Sherri TISCHLER, Brandon J. SCHIRMER
  • Publication number: 20140261857
    Abstract: An example method for analyzing data in a collaborative network in accordance with the present disclosure is receiving a configuration of a divider, the divider being placed in a container, identifying a number of compartments in the container based on the configuration of the divider, determining a size for each compartment in the container based on the configuration of the divider, and storing a portion size for each food product based on the size of each compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: David Justin Landskroner, David Ian Weissman
  • Publication number: 20140261879
    Abstract: Provided is a single infrared emitter dispenser monitor for refrigeration appliance that includes a dispenser that dispenses at least one of water and ice. A vessel detector includes an infrared emitter, a first infrared detector, and a second infrared detector. The infrared emitter emits radiation having an angle of dispersion such that both of the first and second infrared detectors receive the radiation emitted by the infrared emitter. The first infrared detector is arranged more frontward than the second infrared detector. In further examples, an elapsed time between detection signals is compared to a minimum elapsed time, and a dispensing signal is only sent if the elapsed time is greater than the minimum elapsed time. By this configuration, the number of input/output lines running into a control device is reduced, and it is possible to detect a failed emitter if both detector signals fall to zero at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Jerry Baack
  • Publication number: 20140251497
    Abstract: A Hall effect grain level switch is positioned adjacent a grain fill opening at an upper portion of a grain enclosure. A Hall-voltage generator is coupled to the housing in a fixed position. An elongate member is pivotably coupled to the housing with the magnet being mounted adjacent a proximal end of the elongate member. A grain contact member is coupled adjacent a distal end of the elongate member. The Hall-voltage generator and magnet are positioned adjacent each other to provide a first output signal state when the elongate member extends vertically in a rest position. The Hall-voltage generator and magnet are distanced from each other to provide a second output signal state when the elongate member is pivoted to a non-vertical switched position in response to grain moving the contact member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Stephen MULLEN, Brent J. Bloemendaal
  • Publication number: 20140238537
    Abstract: An object collecting and discharging device, comprises an inner collecting chute; an outer collecting chute, a first discharge path having a first upper opening and a first lower opening; a second discharge path having a second upper opening, a third upper opening and a second lower opening; a third discharge path having a fourth upper opening and a third lower opening; a fourth discharge path having a fifth upper opening and a fourth lower opening; a fifth discharge path having a sixth upper opening, a seventh upper opening and a fifth lower opening; and a sixth discharge path having an eighth upper opening and a sixth lower opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Kikuchi, Kazuo Takayanagi