Combined Patents (Class 141/98)
  • Patent number: 10323794
    Abstract: A hydrogen fueling system and method comprises a container, a first tank, second tank, and third tank disposed within the container, and a nozzle coupled to the second tank and the third tank. One or more computer-readable storage media storing instructions executable by one or more processors may control flow of liquid hydrogen and hydrogen gas in the system, adjust temperature of the tanks, control pressure in the tanks, and transfer hydrogen gas from the second tank, the third tank, or a combination thereof to one or more target vessels. The system may also comprise flow control assemblies and flow control valves to manage the transfer of liquid hydrogen and hydrogen gas in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Washington State University
    Inventors: Jacob William Leachman, Jacob Thomas Fisher, Ian Andrew Richardson
  • Patent number: 10279279
    Abstract: A system produces bubbles. The system may be used as a children's toy, a special effects machine, an art performance prop, a party entertainment item, or a similar object for entertaining users. The system is designed to produce bubbles regardless of the orientation of the system. The system includes a reservoir, a pump, a swiping mechanism, and a fan. The reservoir receives and stores fluid, and the pump provides pressure on the stored fluid such that the fluid travels through the reservoir and exits the reservoir. The swiping mechanism spreads across the exited fluid to create a fluid sheet, and the fan blows on the fluid sheet, transforming it into a bubble. The pump enables the stored fluid to be available for bubble production at any orientation of the system. The system may be moved, rotated, thrown, bounced, swung, etc. by a user and produce bubbles during its motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Sergei Baranoff
  • Patent number: 10274120
    Abstract: A coupling component (60,30) having a first end (61,71) and a second end (66,76), the component having a longitudinal axis between the first end and the second end, the first end of the component comprising a first tubular portion (62,71) having a first internal diameter adapted to form a sliding fit with a first pipe section, and a first seal adapted such that the first end can be sealed in use to the first pipe section; the second end having a second diameter or cross-sectional area which is larger than the first diameter and wherein the second end incorporates a flange (67,77), wherein at least part of the face of said flange is in a plane substantially non-perpendicular to, or offset from, the longitudinal axis of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Franklin Fueling Systems Limited
    Inventors: John Alexandre Boudry, Jan Ageheim
  • Patent number: 10247361
    Abstract: An inactive gas introducing facility for a storage rack is provided in which supply of inactive gas to a container is stopped if an open state of an inspection door is detected while in a normal stop state in which a stop nullifying command is not issued and in which the supply of the inactive gas based on the immediately preceding supply pattern is continued and any changes, through manual operation, to a parameter that defines the immediately preceding supply pattern are prohibited, if an open state of an inspection door is detected while in a stop nullifying state in which the stop nullifying command is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Takahara, Toshihito Ueda
  • Patent number: 10217656
    Abstract: A nozzle prevents obstruction of alignment of a container without using an actuator. When the nozzle contacts the container before an alignment member does, the container is guided by a guide surface of the nozzle, the nozzle is lowered by a load applied from the container so that the alignment member contacts the container to align the container, and purge gas is injected from the nozzle into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masanao Murata, Takashi Yamaji
  • Patent number: 10197049
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bicycle tool storage device mountable in a bicycle headset assembly and/or a bicycle pump. A top cap for loading a headset assembly and mounting the device is also provided. The top cap includes an annular body and a device receiving aperture extending through the body. The top cap includes a flange extending radially outwardly from a first end of the body and a ridge defined in an inner surface of the body adjacent to the flange. The ridge is concentrically aligned with the aperture for retaining the device. Further still, a bicycle pump for mounting the device is provided. The pump includes a pump body, a handle, a pump head, and a flange. The pump body houses a plunger and a piston. The plunger and handle define a cavity for receiving the device. The handle further defines a flange for retaining the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: D3 Innovation Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Staples
  • Patent number: 10173890
    Abstract: A box for a microelectronic device includes a first portion and a second portion able to be assembled in order to define, in an assembled position, a housing space for the microelectronic device. A face of the first portion is facing a face of the second portion in the assembled position. The first zones facing the faces form an interface for attaching the first portion and second portion. The second zones face faces forming a cavity for receiving the microelectronic device. At least one among the first portion and the second portion includes at least one element for electrical connection. The first portion and the second portion can apply at least one connection pad of the microelectronic device on the element for connection in the assembled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Jean-Charles Souriau
  • Patent number: 10167131
    Abstract: A content dispensing package apparatus is provided. The content dispensing package apparatus can be configured to elevate contents for immediate dispensing to the user, the user able to raise the contents from outside an outer container. For example, a container for dispensing edible contents can include a first container portion and a second container portion that is configured to move between a first position and a second position. By one approach the apparatus includes a tab coupled to the second container portion. The tab can be accessible from the outside of the container and used to move the second container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: David Abrams
  • Patent number: 10162510
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a display including a central portion and a curved side portion; a memory storing pages of content; and a display controller configured to control simultaneously the central portion of the display to display at least a portion of a first page of content and the curved side portion of the display to display additional information not forming part of the first page of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Nigel Richardson, Brian Davidson, John Cattermole
  • Patent number: 10145004
    Abstract: A Zr-based or Zr—Cu based metallic glass thin film (MGTF) coated on aluminum alloy substrate and a method of fabricating the metallic glass and MGTF coated on aluminum alloy substrate are disclosed. The Zr-based metallic glass thin film-coated aluminum alloy substrate of the present invention comprises: an aluminum alloy substrate; and a Zr-based metallic glass thin film located on the substrate, in which the Zr-based metallic glass is represented by the formula of (ZraCubNicAld)100-xSix, wherein 45=<a=<75, 25=<b=<35, 5=<c=<15, 5=<d=<15, 0.1=<x=<10. The Zr—Cu-based metallic glass thin film coated substrate of the present invention comprises: an aluminum alloy substrate; a Zr—Cu-based metallic glass thin film located on the aluminum alloy substrate, in which the Zr—Cu-based metallic glass is represented by the following formula of (ZreCufAlgAgh)100-ySiy, wherein 35=<e=<55, 35=<f=<55, 5=<g=<15, 5=<h=<15, 0.1=<y=<10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jason Shiang Ching Jang, Pei Hua Tsai, Jia Bin Li, Yi Zong Zhang, Chih Chiang Fu, Jinn P. Chu
  • Patent number: 10035619
    Abstract: A container treatment machine has treatment positions provided on a circumferential transport element rotating about a vertical machine axis. Each has a container carrier, a centering element, an aggregate, a control valve, and an actuation element. The treatment position clamps empty containers with a clamping force between the carrier and the cone. The actuation element generates the container clamping force. The control valve controls flow through the channel. Containers lying in a sealed position against the centering cone are loaded with pressure medium that travels through the channel to generate a container-stabilizing internal pressure. The control valve, which is in the centering element, causes container pre-tensioning by being opened by a container clamping force that acts between the centering cone and the container to pretension the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz Deckert
  • Patent number: 9984514
    Abstract: A computing device for a vehicle fluid replacement monitoring system is provided. The computing device includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing device, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to receive an indication of a “fluid-empty” condition in a fluid reservoir; receive an indication of a “fluid-present” condition occurring in the fluid reservoir after the “fluid-empty” condition; acquire, responsive to receiving the indication of the “fluid-present” condition, information relating to the “fluid-present” condition; and store, in a memory, the information relating to the “fluid-present” condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean L. Helm
  • Patent number: 9947563
    Abstract: A wafer container is provided. The wafer container includes a housing, a door and an air-tight device. The housing has a room with an opening formed therein, and a door frame surrounding the opening. The door fits in the door frame to close the opening. The air-tight device is disposed around the door, located between the door and the door frame, and having a protruding part extending toward the room. The protruding part has an early-stage pressure-adjusting element configured to exhaust a first gas from the room by pumping a second gas into the room when the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GUDENG PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Lin, Chen-Hao Chang, Jui-Ken Kao
  • Patent number: 9686873
    Abstract: A housing for a portable electronic device including a first transparent curved portion configured to curve from a front face of the housing to a first side face of the housing; a second transparent curved portion configured to curve from the front face of the housing to a second side face of the housing; a third transparent curved portion configured to curve from a rear face of the housing to the first side face of the housing; and a fourth transparent curved portion configured to curve from the rear face of the housing to the second side face of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Damian Mycroft, Chee Yee Wong, Robert Lihou, Mark Newman
  • Patent number: 9600850
    Abstract: A computationally implemented system and method that is designed to, but is not limited to: electronically using the electronically received directive information to electronically direct control of the at least partial preparation of the ingestible product designated to be ingested by the particular individual living being upon electronically verifying, thru electronic use of the directive information that the authority is authorized to issue the controlled substance instruction and that the controlled substance instruction has been issued by the authority. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Paul Holman, Royce A. Levien, Mark A. Malamud, Neal Stephenson, Christopher Charles Young
  • Patent number: 9579179
    Abstract: A method and system for producing, marking, and packaging ingots for use in fabricating dental prosthetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Vince Benetti, Wolfgang Ott
  • Patent number: 9551461
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a natural gas filling station comprising a dispenser; a structure covering the dispenser and having a canopy top; at least one tank disposed on the canopy top, the tank having at least one gas therein comprising CNG or LNG; and at least one line between the tank and the dispenser for communicating the gas between the tank and the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: BOYER, INC.
    Inventor: Mark L. Boyer
  • Patent number: 9518682
    Abstract: A bottom-to-surface connection installation between a common floating support and the sea bottom, having a plurality of flexible lines such as flexible pipes extending between said floating support and the sea bottom. The flexible lines are supported by respective ones of a plurality of troughs each trough lying between two pipe portions defining a first flexible line portion in a hanging double catenary configuration between the floating support and the trough, and a second flexible line portion in a single catenary configuration between the trough and the point of contact of the flexible pipe with the sea bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Saipem S.A.
    Inventor: François Régis Pionetti
  • Patent number: 9453610
    Abstract: An inactive gas introducing facility for a storage rack is provided in which supply of inactive gas to a container is stopped if an open state of an inspection door is detected while in a normal stop state in which a stop nullifying command is not issued and in which the supply of the inactive gas based on the immediately preceding supply pattern is continued and any changes, through manual operation, to a parameter that defines the immediately preceding supply pattern are prohibited, if an open state of an inspection door is detected while in a stop nullifying state in which the stop nullifying command is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Takahara, Toshihito Ueda
  • Patent number: 9447920
    Abstract: A drip pan apparatus for use in a helicopter includes a drip pan and a frame having a plurality of frame sides and a plurality of frame corners that define an inwardly-facing peripheral surface. A first frame angle is formed between a first inwardly-facing surface and a second inwardly-facing surface. The first frame angle is an acute angle. The drip pan has an outwardly-facing peripheral surface. The outwardly-facing peripheral surface defines a plurality of sides, including a first side and a second side, to cooperate with the inwardly-facing peripheral surface of the frame. A first angle is formed between the first side and the second side. The first angle is an acute angle. A method of installing a drip pan includes modifying at least a portion of a skirt on the helicopter and then securing the frame to one or both of the modified skirt and the helicopter structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Phoenix Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Gray Wilson
  • Patent number: 9386879
    Abstract: A hot drinks machine is provided that is configured to perform a cleaning program and a descaling program, both of which require the use of a service function object. The hot drinks machine is formed with a holder for the service function object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Maximilian Beutlrock, Peter Brezovnik, Jürgen Fritz, Henrik Pavlovic, Aleksander Sedovsek, Igor Zibret
  • Patent number: 9368378
    Abstract: A semiconductor wafer cleaning apparatus comprising a first supporting unit, a movable unit having a first chamber, a second supporting unit having a second chamber, and a third supporting unit is provided. A micro processing chamber in which the semiconductor wafer is being processed is formed when the first chamber is brought in contact with the second chamber. Each of the supporting units is supported by a corresponding supporting plate, and each supporting plate is positioned and strengthened by a plurality of supporting bars on its peripheral. Such design will prevent the deformation of the supporting plates, reduce the particles generated by the friction of parts resulted from the opening or closure of the micro processing chamber, and allow the easy alignment of these units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Sophia Wen
  • Patent number: 9349624
    Abstract: Metrology methods and apparatus for semiconductor wafer fabrication in which data for metrology is obtained by detecting a measurable property of a monitored entity, which is either (i) a wafer transporter (e.g. a FOUP) loaded with one or more wafers to be monitored, or (ii) a plurality of wafers. Performing metrology measurements on a loaded wafer transporter enables the step of extracting wafer (s) from the transporter for metrology measurements to be omitted. Moreover, metrology measurement may be obtained while transporting the wafer (s) between treatment locations. By considering a plurality of wafers as a unit, a single measurement representing a combination of individual wafer responses is obtained. All wafers contribute to the metrology measurement without the need to perform individual wafer measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: METRYX LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert John Wilby
  • Patent number: 9272847
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting packages from an inlet to an outlet includes a closed transport path having a package transport route and a puck return transport route, an inlet, an outlet, transport elements that are rotatable in a circulation direction and that are adjacent to each other in the transport direction of the packages, and pucks for carrying a package from the inlet to the outlet. After release of the packages at the outlet, the pucks return to the inlet via the puck return transport route. The puck return transport route and the package transport route are in transport planes offset from each other in a vertical direction. The two transports are formed by common transport elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Gyula Varhaniovsky
  • Patent number: 9238518
    Abstract: An inspection system and method that inspects at least two different medications is described. The automated filling station houses at least two different medications. The automated inspection station receives the medications associated with one of the packages. The measurement device associated with the automated inspection station is configured to examine the different medications and generate a measured medication value for the different medications. The measured medication value is received by the inspection control process module. Additionally, the expected medication value is received by the inspection control process module. The inspection result state is then selected by the inspection control process module. The inspection control module compares the expected medication value to the measured medication value. The inspection result state includes a positive inspection result state, a negative inspection result state, and an inconclusive inspection result state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: EDGE MEDICAL PROPERTIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Warren White
  • Patent number: 9174253
    Abstract: A purge nozzle unit 1 includes a nozzle main body 2 including a trunk 41 and a collar section 8 protruding outward from the trunk 41 and a holder 3 including a side wall 31 that is in slidable contact with an outward face of the collar section 8 and a bottom wall 33 having a through hole 32 with which an outward face of the trunk 41 is in slidable contact and is configured such that a vent 30 in communication with the outside is formed in the holder 3 and the nozzle main body 2 is vertically moved relative to the holder 3 by regulating a pressure in a pressure-regulated space S formed between the nozzle main body 2 and the holder 3 and in communication with the vent 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SINFONIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Natsume, Atsushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9153468
    Abstract: To prevent an inert gas from stagnating in an internal space of a mount base of a load port apparatus, the load port apparatus includes: an outside air supply device for introducing an air from an external space, in which an operator works, into the internal space of the mount base; a casing surrounding a space in which a drive mechanism for a door is arranged; and a duct through which a gas inside the internal space of the casing is dischargeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Emoto, Tadamasa Iwamoto, Toshihiko Miyajima
  • Patent number: 9119293
    Abstract: A housing for a portable electronic device including a first transparent curved portion configured to curve from a front face of the housing to a first side face of the housing; a second transparent curved portion configured to curve from the front face of the housing to a second side face of the housing; a third transparent curved portion configured to curve from a rear face of the housing to the first side face of the housing; and a fourth transparent curved portion configured to curve from the rear face of the housing to the second side face of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Damian Mycroft, Chee Yee Wong, Robert John Lihou, Mark Newman
  • Patent number: 9110580
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a display including a central portion and a curved side portion; a memory storing pages of content; and a display controller configured to control simultaneously the central portion of the display to display at least a portion of a first page of content and the curved side portion of the display to display additional information not forming part of the first page of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Nigel Richardson, Brian Davidson, John Cattermole
  • Patent number: 9075518
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a display including a central portion and a curved side portion; a memory storing pages of content; and a display controller configured to control simultaneously the central portion of the display to display at least a portion of a first page of content and the curved side portion of the display to display additional information not forming part of the first page of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Nigel Richardson, Brian Davidson, John Cattermole
  • Patent number: 9066418
    Abstract: A housing for a portable electronic device including a first transparent curved portion configured to curve from a front face of the housing to a first side face of the housing; a second transparent curved portion configured to curve from the front face of the housing to a second side face of the housing; a third transparent curved portion configured to curve from a rear face of the housing to the first side face of the housing; and a fourth transparent curved portion configured to curve from the rear face of the housing to the second side face of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Damian Mycroft, Chee Yee Wong, Robert John Lihou, Mark Newman
  • Patent number: 9051928
    Abstract: A safety device for a fuel outlet to prevent delivery of highly combustible fuel to a motor vehicle with a running engine. The safety device comprises a fuel pump for pumping the fuel from an underground tank and into a motor vehicle. The device includes a sound sensor disposed below an area to be occupied by a motor vehicle adjacent to the fuel pump and is adapted to sense the sound of a running engine in an adjacent vehicle and a temperature sensor adapted to detect the engine temperature of an adjacent vehicle. Further, the device or system includes an RF radiation detector adjacent said pump for detecting a running engine, a data analyzer and a control unit for disabling the fuel pump when a running engine is detected in the vicinity of the fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Ahmad I. S. I. Al-Jafar
  • Patent number: 9038677
    Abstract: A combination scoop and funnel apparatus provides a scoop portion defining a dry material reservoir having an open top and a downwardly tapered conical bottom portion which terminates in a discharge aperture. A handle is joined to the scoop reservoir. A movable frusto-conical funnel member defines a funnel aperture at its lower end and an open top at its upper end. The funnel member supports a valve slide which extends upwardly through the discharge aperture and further supports a valve cap on the upper end thereof. The valve member is movable between a downwardly extending valve closed configuration and an upwardly positioned valve open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Tyler Keefe
  • Publication number: 20150123462
    Abstract: An unmanned self-sustained fuel dispensing station for fuels of all sorts (gasoline, pesticides, water, fertilizers etc.) a tank, docking, and coupling system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) of the vertical takeoff types. The station can be independent of public power and communication utilities and can operate by remote control without an on-site attendant. The preferred system has a central command center with a control computer in communication with a station control computer located at one or more satellite stations through a communications link. The station control computer can be controlled remotely by the command center. The station control computer programming has control over the activities of the station through an electrical generation subsystem with a solar array, battery bank, battery charger and standby generator; a fuel dispensing subsystem; a security subsystem with video cameras; a communications link and a status sensor subsystem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Kamradt
  • Publication number: 20150101709
    Abstract: A respiratory system and method includes a filling unit for filling a portable bottle of respiratory gas and a conserver for mounting on such a bottle. A battery on the conserver may be recharged when the bottle is placed on the filing unit. The conserver may include electric timing circuitry operative to control the timing of pulsed flow of respiratory gas from the conserver, and an external electrical coupler to enable adjustment of the timing of the pulsed flow. The conserver may include at least one sensor operative to sense the reversal of flow between exhalation and inhalation, the conserver being operative to commence a respiratory gas delivery pulse in response to the sensing of the reversal of flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph B. Richey, II, Thomas Strothmann
  • Patent number: 8978718
    Abstract: To generate a gas-curtain for a load-port-apparatus and to supply a purge-gas into a pod by a single gas source, provided is a gas purge device including: purge nozzles extending along an outer side of side edges of the opening portion; a curtain nozzle arranged above an upper edge of the opening portion; a gas supply pipe arranged in parallel to each purge nozzle, for supplying an inert gas to the purge nozzle and the curtain nozzle, the gas being supplied from the gas supply pipe to the purge nozzle in a direction orthogonal to an extending direction of the gas supply pipe; and a conductance adjusting unit arranged at an end portion of the gas supply pipe, for generating a pressure loss in a gas flow in a configuration in which the gas is supplied to the curtain nozzle at the end portion of the gas supply pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Emoto, Tadamasa Iwamoto, Toshihiko Miyajima
  • Patent number: 8967208
    Abstract: A secured system for fire suppression refill and recovery and a method for using such system. Operation of the system involves the refilling of an extinguisher tank with matter from a storage tank, the recovery of matter from an extinguisher tank to a storage tank, the cleansing of matter within a tank, and the purging of matter from a tank. The system includes a secure recovery unit, secure tank units, and equipment for connecting the recovery unit to the tank units. The system is configured such that, during its operation, safety and security risks commonly associated with the transfer of matter to and from extinguisher tanks are greatly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Fire & Safety, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Bridges, Pamela Sue Bridges
  • Patent number: 8967558
    Abstract: A method and device of inserting a food stuff into a food stuff bag is disclosed, with the method involving providing a substantially flexible resilient food stuff support that is generally “U” shaped when viewed from its operative position on a countertop, inserting at least a first end of the device a short depth into an opening of a pliable bag, such first end having an edge that is curved and opposing sides that are substantially straight. A bending mechanism bends so that at least the first end deforms from a first configuration to a second configuration for insertion of the first end through the bag opening and into an interior of the bag, wherein when the forces are reduced, the first end changes shape toward the first configuration for holding a portion of the bag and for providing an open volume within the bag for transferring a food stuff to the interior of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Brad Blessman
  • Patent number: 8959774
    Abstract: A method of constructing a modular, commercial unit includes arranging components of said commercial unit in separate modules, each of the separate modules having a frame assembly. The modules are then transported to a predetermined location where certain of said separate modules are connected together, via the frame assemblies, to form an operation superstructure. The components are not removed from the separate modules prior to the separate modules being connected via their respective frame assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Jose Cajiga, Arturo Cajiga Villar, Vicente Cajiga Villar
  • Patent number: 8955559
    Abstract: Fuel vapor is prevented from leaking to the outside during refueling, and even when an air space is formed in an upper portion of a fuel filler pipe, a diagnosis of leakage of fuel vapor can be performed with good accuracy. During refueling, fuel vapor is guided from a fuel tank 1 to a canister 3, and is absorbed by the canister 3. A change in the internal pressure of a fuel vapor path including the fuel tank 1, a fuel vapor pipe 4, and the canister 3 is detected by a pressure sensor 8, thereby performing a diagnosis of leakage of fuel vapor. An upper space 16 in the fuel tank 1 and an upper space 17 in a fuel filler pipe 2 communicate with each other through an airflow resistance pipe 12, and in order to restrict flow of fuel vapor from the fuel tank 1 through the airflow resistance pipe 12 into the fuel filler pipe 2 during refueling, the airflow resistance pipe 12 includes an orifice 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Keylex Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Hatakeyama, Toshiaki Miyagawa, Osamu Fujiyama
  • Publication number: 20150041019
    Abstract: A game of accuracy and method for playing the same at a fuel pump comprising one or more players dispensing fuel or energy with the object of stopping the fuel pump's metering mechanism at a predetermined value. Exemplary embodiments of the game comprise a fuel pump, a metering mechanism for measuring the quantity of fuel or energy dispensed, a controller coupled with the fuel pump for starting and stopping the flow of fuel or energy therethrough, and a processor in communication with the metering mechanism. The method of playing comprises selecting a goal outcome, one or more players dispensing fuel or energy with the object of dispensing an amount of fuel or energy that corresponds with the goal outcome, and providing the one or more players with a prize in the event the amount of fuel or energy dispensed corresponds with the goal outcome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Roger L. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8950624
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an externally operated alpha port for a rapid transfer port (RTP) system such as those found in isolation barrier systems. Means are provided for the actuation by the operator of the alpha port door locking system externally of the isolation barrier to facilitate the locking and unlocking of the alpha port door without requiring gloved entry into the isolation barrier. Means are also provided for opening and closing of the alpha port door with the actuation by the operator of a lever external to the isolation barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Giuseppe Sacca
  • Publication number: 20150020921
    Abstract: A device includes a first body having a curved wall with a top surface that slopes away from the first body and a second body having an interior configured to receive the curved wall of the first body, the interior including a curved ramp with a sloped bottom ramp surface. The second body is mounted on the first body with the bottom surface of the curved ramp resting on the top surface of the curved wall. A compressible seal extends from the first body bottom, and a shaft projects from the second body through a passage in the first body and into the interior of the compressible seal. Rotating the bodies relative to each other causes the shaft to pull the seal against the first body and radially expand the seal against an interior wall of an opening in which the device is placed to form a seal therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Allen Sanders, David Mark Allen
  • Patent number: 8936050
    Abstract: A lid opening and closing device for a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus having a partition wall configured to divide a carrier conveying region and a substrate conveying region, the partition wall having a conveying gateway with an edge portion, includes an exhaust port configured to discharge therethrough an atmospheric gas from a closed space formed between a carrier making contact with the edge portion of the conveying gateway and an opening/closing door, and a purge gas injecting part provided in the opening/closing door. The purge gas injecting part is configured to enter the internal space of a carrier lid through an opening formed on the front surface of the carrier lid, to inject a purge gas into the internal space of the carrier lid and to discharge an atmospheric gas existing in the internal space of the carrier lid into the closed space through another opening of the carrier lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Yudo Sugawara
  • Patent number: 8919078
    Abstract: A method of controlling a bottling plant, including detecting an operating state of the bottling plant, determining whether for the detected operating state the energy consumption and/or the consumable consumption of at least one consumer of the bottling plant can be reduced, and if it is determined that the energy consumption and/or the consumable consumption of at least one consumer can be reduced, reducing the energy consumption and/or the consumable consumption of the at least one consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Stefan Raith, Johann Lehner, Michael Aufhauser
  • Patent number: 8919391
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for collection and containment of collected materials is provided. The apparatus can include a vacuum truck with at least one vacuum tank disposed thereon, the vacuum tank having a hollow interior region. A flexible bladder can be disposed within the hollow interior region of the vacuum tank. The bladder can be impermeable to and compatible with the collected material and capable of containing the material therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hydrochem LLC
    Inventors: James F. Harvey, Pete K. Alvarez, Rodney Scott Holland, Rodney Scott Holland, Jr., John Bilke, Tommy Garcia, Jon Daniel
  • Publication number: 20140360626
    Abstract: A balloon inflating device with an illuminating/sound effect, for being provided at a gas entrance mouth of a balloon, includes an illuminating lamp/sounder, a battery and a shell. The shell covers at least the illuminating lamp/sounder; the illuminating lamp/sounder is mounted in front of the battery. The illuminating lamp/sounder has two wires, wherein a first wire is directly connected to the battery and a second wire extends to a back of the battery along a periphery of the battery; the shell has a discharging hole below the battery. A rotary sleeve which is hollow and provided at a back part of the battery is provided within the shell. The rotary sleeve has a gas hole or a gas groove for discharging gas into the balloon; and the shell is sleeved with the rotary sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Shenzhen Promotion Concept Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Henrik Bo Stieler
  • Patent number: 8905085
    Abstract: A device for simultaneously edge sealing and gas filling an insulated glass unit, the insulated glass unit including a supporting structure that supports the insulated glass unit in a working position and a gas filling module including a gas fill injection structure and a displaced air extraction structure and a gas metering unit. The device also includes an edge sealing module having a sealant metering device, an edge sealing dispensing head, and an edge sealing dispensing nozzle. The device also includes a control device programmed with an algorithm to initiate gas filling substantially simultaneously with initiating edge sealing of the insulated glass unit and to complete the gas filling of the insulated glass unit prior to completion of the edge sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Erdman Automation Corporation
    Inventor: Morgan Donohue
  • Publication number: 20140352842
    Abstract: A to a temporary protective overhead covering that comprises or is configured as a water collection system. The subject invention can be used to collect water from a variety of sources including, for example, rain, water spray or dew. A filter screen in the form of a mesh barrier used to prevent debris larger than the screen size from entering an associated water collection vessel is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Greg McEvilly
  • Patent number: 8899282
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a filler device (1) for filling a tank equally well by gravity or under pressure, the device being provided with a gravity filler spout (10) comprising a hollow tube (11). Furthermore, the device includes a pressure filler spout (20) inserted in the gravity filler spout (10) and reversibly fastened thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Airbus Helicopters, Quinson
    Inventors: Elodie Carmona, Jean-Louis Gruyat, Frédéric Courtes