Plural Materials Patents (Class 141/9)
  • Publication number: 20120180902
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an associated device for filling containers (2) with a filling material composed of at least one first and one second liquid component (3, 4) at a predetermined ratio, wherein in order to fill the container (2), the first liquid component (3) is fed from a first tank (5) to the container (2) by means of at least one filling material line (7), which can be closed by means of at least one first filling valve unit (8), wherein in order to determine the amount (M1) of the first liquid component (3) conducted through the at least one filling material line (7), at least one flow rate measuring unit (9) is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Andre Neuhäuser, Norman Gras
  • Patent number: 8210215
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of manufacturing and distributing a cleaning solution for use in a vehicle washing facility. The method includes receiving pre-measured raw chemical material at a distributor's facility, diluting the pre-measured raw chemical material using a mixing apparatus at the distributor's facility to form a cleaning solution, packaging at least a portion of the cleaning solution into containers at the distributor's facility, and delivering at least one of the containers from the distributor's facility directly to the vehicle washing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: R. Lewis Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Lewis, John G. Lenhart
  • Publication number: 20120152403
    Abstract: A microplate apparatus having a bottom plate defining a plurality of very small microwells (for example, each having a volume of 0.02 or less) for containing sample material and a top plate defining a plurality of domes, each of which housing a sensors for measuring biological parameters, such as cellular oxygen consumption, pH changes, calcium uptake, and metabolic reduction of fluorescent dyes. The top and bottom plates may be composed of quartz. The microplate assembly may be fabricated using a method involving applying an etching solution to each of the top and bottom plates to create the domes and microwells. Additionally, etching solution may be applied to the bottom plate to create a raised lip region around each of the microwells. The etched-away areas surrounding the lip regions facilitate the changing of microwell solution without disrupting the samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
    Inventor: John Barrett
  • Publication number: 20120152404
    Abstract: Device to deliver fluid products, comprising a plurality of canisters, each containing a predetermined fluid, and connected to an associated delivery unit. The device comprises a rotating support, on which the plurality of canisters and the delivery units are mounted, able to position at different moments of time and according to one or more predetermined sequences, one or more desired and selected delivery units in a corresponding delivery position, in order to deliver predetermined quantities of fluid in an exit container so as to obtain a final product with a desired final composition and/or formula. The device further comprises mixing means for mixing the fluids contained in the canisters and a movement member, for moving the mixing means. The movement member comprises a mixing cam element, substantially circular, concentric to said rotating support and rotatable with respect to it, in at least a reciprocal condition of release between the rotating support and said mixing cam element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: CPS COLOR EQUIPMENT SPA CON UNICO SOCIO
    Inventors: Giuliano Solera, Daniele Dall'Olio, Leopoldo Mazzalveri
  • Patent number: 8201592
    Abstract: A method for filling a container (16) with a preparation consisting of a number of components, stored in a number of sub containers (1, 23), placed inside a housing (29). A robot, accommodated inside the housing (29), composes the preparation based upon a supplied prescription and places the sub containers (1,23) containing the components mentioned in the prescription one by one above the container (16) and makes flow out an amount of the respective component as specified by the prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Medical Dispensing Systems B.V.
    Inventors: Sander Godfried Van Vreeland, Jan Willem Dorpema
  • Patent number: 8176951
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for in-line processes of blending butane into gasoline streams, and for blending butane into a gasoline stream at any point along a petroleum pipeline. The invention additionally provides a method for measuring the vapor pressure and vapor to liquid ratio of the gasoline, both upstream and downstream of the blending operation, as well as the sulfur content of the butane entering the blending operation. The blending operation can be controlled to ensure that the blended gasoline meets EPA requirements for vapor pressure and sulfur content of gasoline. The invention further provides a method for accessing and monitoring the operation off-site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Sunoco Partners Butane Blending LLC
    Inventors: Larry D. Mattingly, Steven M. Vanderbur
  • Publication number: 20120090731
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment can be a separation system. The separation system can include an adsorption zone, a rotary valve, a transition zone, and one or more pipes. Usually, the transition zone includes one or more lines communicating the rotary valve with the adsorption zone. The rotary valve alternatively may distribute an input of a feed or a desorbent to the adsorption zone or alternatively can receive an output of a raffinate or an extract from the adsorption zone in a line, and a remnant may remain in the line from a previous input or output. One or more pipes outside the transition zone communicating with the rotary valve can form at least one pipe volume receiving an input for dislodging a remnant or for receiving a remnant from the line. The remnant may be different from the input or output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Douglas George Stewart, Grace Chao, Braden E. Smith, Stephen W. Sohn, Robert J.L. Noe
  • Patent number: 8127804
    Abstract: A device and a method for the dilution and preparation of antiballistic drugs, the device comprises a drug preparation unit connected to a controlling device; the drug preparation unit comprises a first central tank, in which there is a solvent, typically a physiological and/or glucosate solution, a first positive-displacement pump, an emptying unit connected to a positioning and locking arrangement provided with a housing suitable for receiving various dimensions and formats of dimensions and formats of bottles of drug; the first positive-displacement pump transfers in a dosed manner the solvent from the central tank to the bottle, and in succession from the bottle to a further tank of semifinished drug; the diluted drug solution in the further tank is then transferred to a container of prepared drug in a determined quantity for infusion into a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Bioduct S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Zucca, Michele Desogus, Maria Cristina Deidda
  • Publication number: 20120018034
    Abstract: A delivery device for fluid products including a plurality of containers, each able to contain a predetermined fluid and connected to an associated delivery unit. The device also includes a support on which the containers are mounted, able to rotate to position sequentially, at different moments of time according to one or more predetermined sequences, at least some of the delivery units in a predetermined delivery seating, to deliver corresponding quantities of fluid to obtain a desired fluid composition. The delivery device contains stirrers, associated with the containers to mix the fluids contained in the containers. At least some of the stirrers are able to be selectively activated, independently of each other, to maintain the corresponding fluid in optimum conditions to allow an efficient delivery by the corresponding delivery unit disposed in the delivery seating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: CPS Color Equipment Spa Con Unico Socio
    Inventors: Mirko Bertoli, Roberto Avanzi, Anna Guerra, Michele Abelli
  • Publication number: 20120012227
    Abstract: A method for packaging a beverage comprising particulates in a liquid, the method comprising dispensing a first portion of the beverage from a first source into containers, wherein the first portion of the beverage comprises at least a majority of the particulates and a first portion of the liquid, dispensing from a counterpressure filler a second portion of the beverage from a second source into the containers, wherein the second portion of the beverage comprises a second portion of the liquid, and sealing the containers to form packaged beverages. An apparatus for packaging a beverage comprising particulates in a liquid. A method for packaging, in sequence, a first beverage comprising particulates in a liquid and a second beverage comprising a carbonated beverage. A method for packaging a beverage comprising a dairy component and a liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Hubertus U. Schubert, F. Fred Sadeghi, Alain Verbeke
  • Publication number: 20120012226
    Abstract: A device and method for the mixing of a beverage where, due to the fact that an aqueous mixed phase, in which the recipe constituents needed for mixing the beverage are contained and which has a higher water content than the prepared mixed beverage, is collected in a tank, the mixed phase can be added specifically to a beverage mixture of excess concentration in order to adjust the desired final concentration. The mixed phase preferably contains returned proportions of the prepared mixed beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Torsten Runge, Dirk Leutz, Matthias Weinzierl
  • Publication number: 20120006447
    Abstract: An inflatable game ball containing a noise suppression device and a method for inflating the game ball are described. More particularly, a free standing, noise suppression disk is fit snuggly within a central area of the hollow internal cavity formed by the bladder of the game ball. The diameter of the noise suppression disk is slightly larger than the diameter of the hollow internal cavity of the ball, while the thickness of the disk is sufficient to provide necessary rigidity to the game ball noise suppressor without adding excess weight to the ball. An exact amount of SF6 is pre-filled in the balls, when combined with subsequent air, is determined to create the ultimate SF6 to air ratio range at various altitude levels. Subsequently, the balls are only partially inflated at the time of manufacture with the SF6 gas, and no air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: Tachikara USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Dann Burke
  • Publication number: 20110297274
    Abstract: A method for forming a diffuse visual pattern of two or more product components in a container. The method includes providing a filler/mixer having a mixing chamber with up to about 10 mixing elements. A container is positioned after the mixing chamber on a container support that is capable of rotating the container. The components are fed into the mixing chamber to form a mixture. The mixture is fed into the container while it is rotated and concurrently separated from the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter R. Hilliard, JR., Mahmoud Hassan, John H. Swanson
  • Patent number: 8069885
    Abstract: A service station, in particular a hydrogen service station for filling a motor vehicle with a gaseous and/or a liquid medium, in particular with gaseous or liquid hydrogen, is disclosed. The station includes a) a reservoir for storing a liquid medium, b) a liquid medium dispensing unit which is supplied with the liquid medium from the reservoir, c) a compressor, an evaporator, a heating system, and an intermediate reservoir for intermediate storage of a compressed gaseous medium, d) a gaseous medium dispensing unit mounted downstream of the intermediate reservoir, e) a fuel cell which is supplied by the gaseous medium coming from the reservoir and/or the intermediate reservoir and supplies power to the compressor, and f) a control unit which is powered by the fuel cell and used for controlling the compressor, the gaseous medium dispensing unit and/or the liquid medium dispensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Tobias Kederer, Henning Tomforde
  • Publication number: 20110290371
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plant for filling gas cylinders with pure gases and/or mixtures of pure gases or special gases, said plant including: a device for selecting gas and/or for making mixtures of gases to be fed into a gas cylinder; apparatuses for analyzing the composition of said mixtures or said pure gases; characterized in that the following measures are implemented: the plant is integrally contained in a transportable container having a ground surface lower than 45 m2, said ground surface preferably being between 34 m2 and 40 m2; the devices contained in said container are attached to the walls of the container and can be connected to gas sources outside the container; the arrangement thus obtained enables the users to access said devices and apparatuses from the inside of said container and to fill the cylinders inside said container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: L'AIR LIQUIDE SOCIETE ANONYME POUR L'ETUDE ET L'EX
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Barbier, Steffen Richter, Hervé Durand, Hans Hiller, Joachim Barbe
  • Publication number: 20110284122
    Abstract: A drink layering portion machine reliably creates undisturbed air bubble free multiple drink layers. The portion machine includes a flat bottom hollow structure, a top with a pouring cup that is shaped as a bowl having a hemispherical or semi-circular basin and having a central aperture at its bottom base. A thin rod, preferably textured, passes through the aperture with a small clearance. A second aperture displaced from the first aperture supports the thin rod providing wobble free movement. The bottom end of the thin rod carries a float, preferably textured. The drink layering portion machine is placed with a hollow structure encircling or hovering over a glass and stabilizing it from tilting. The float rests on the liquor in the interior of the glass as liquor is poured into the pouring cup. The liquor runs down at a slow volumetric rate through the small clearance, down the thin rod, over the float external surface into the glass forming layered undisturbed drink free from air bubble entrapment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher C. Haramis, Matthew N. Haramis
  • Patent number: 8056588
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a mixture of water and one of a plurality of concentrated formulas is disclosed. The dispenser comprises a housing that includes an electronic controller, a water inlet connected to a pressurized water source, and a water inlet valve that is electrically controlled and connected to the controller. A mixture reservoir is in fluid communication with the water inlet valve and a mixture outlet through which the mixture of water and one of the concentrate formulas exits the dispenser. A plurality of concentrate reservoirs each adapted to receive the concentrated formulas are each in fluid communication with the mixture reservoir. Each concentrate reservoir has a valve connected to the controller and capable of delivering a metered volume of the concentrated formula into the mixture reservoir when signaled by the controller. A selector knob is electrically connected to the controller and has at least one manually selectable position representative of each concentrate reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Kendall Bancroft Somerby
  • Patent number: 8046976
    Abstract: A method for packaging a beverage comprising particulates in a liquid, the method comprising dispensing a first portion of the beverage from a first source into containers, wherein the first portion of the beverage comprises at least a majority of the particulates and a first portion of the liquid, dispensing from a counterpressure filler a second portion of the beverage from a second source into the containers, wherein the second portion of the beverage comprises a second portion of the liquid, and sealing the containers to form packaged beverages. An apparatus for packaging a beverage comprising particulates in a liquid. A method for packaging, in sequence, a first beverage comprising particulates in a liquid and a second beverage comprising a carbonated beverage. A method for packaging a beverage comprising a dairy component and a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Hubertus U. Schubert, F. Fred Sadeghi, Alain Verbeke
  • Patent number: 8037905
    Abstract: A method is provided for filling an enclosure with an ignitable mixture of gases. The enclosure has an outer wall comprising an exterior surface, an interior surface, and a fill aperture extending therethrough. The method comprises delivering a predetermined amount of pressurized combustible gas into the enclosure through the fill aperture, delivering a first predetermined amount of pressurized inert gas into the enclosure through the fill aperture at a first pressurization rate, delivering a second predetermined amount of pressurized inert gas into the enclosure through the fill aperture at a second pressurization rate, welding a sealing member to the outer wall of the enclosure by a welding process to form a weld operable to seal the fill aperture and to permit the enclosure to store pressurized gas therein. The first pressurization rate allows the first predetermined amount of pressurized inert gas to mix with the predetermined amount of pressurized combustible gas to form an ignitable mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: John P. Sparkman, Charles M. Woods, William H. Phipps
  • Publication number: 20110235145
    Abstract: An optical component deflects light beams which pass though the optical component. The optical component comprises multiple fluid cells arranged next to each other in a regular structure, and an influencing means, where a fluid cell contains at least two immiscible fluids, where an interface will form between two fluids of a fluid cell, where the interface can be given a specifiable shape and/or orientation by the influencing means, where a fluid cell comprises at least one optical medium, where the optical medium is disposed adjacent to a fluid of the fluid cell, where the shape of the surface of the optical medium which faces the adjacently arranged fluid cannot be changed, and where the optical medium serves to deflect the light beams which pass through the fluid cell by a specifiable angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: SeeReal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Gerald Futterer, Stephan Reichelt
  • Patent number: 8020588
    Abstract: A tire repair solution can includes a body and a cap closed on the body. The cap is provided with an intake, an outlet, and a guide tube extending from the underside of an intermediate portion into the body. Then an exterior tube is connected with the intake and also with an air compressor. A one-way air valve is fitted in the intake, and the guide tube has a through hole in its wall, and a slide block is fitted on the through hole to close it up. The outlet has a back-pressure valve fitted inside, and is connected with a connect tube for connecting with a joint to be connected with an air valve of a tire. Then the tire repair solution can is possible to be used in a normal position and in an inverted position, convenient to operate and saving time and labor largely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Min-Hsieng Wang
  • Patent number: 8011394
    Abstract: The invention includes a material dispenser that further includes a container containing material, a press plate or puck for exerting pressure on the material, a sensor for detecting the material discharged from the container, and a scale for detecting the amount of material discharged from the container. The sensor and scale provide feedback to a computer which controls the amount of pressure exerted on the material. The computer controls the pulsing of additional material from the container until a targeted amount of material has been discharged from the container. The invention permits the dispensing of a specific amount of material in a controllable, metered fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: GFI Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Luehrsen, John Borkovec, Derek P. Pedraza
  • Publication number: 20110209796
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for the sterile filling of two different product flows into a container, where the first product flow is thermally treated for pasteurizing/sterilizing, is cooled down and fed to a filling valve, and the second product flow is thermally treated for pasteurizing/sterilizing, and then, in the hot state, is added to the first product flow upstream of or in the filling valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Roland Feilner
  • Patent number: 7997305
    Abstract: A drink layering potion machine reliably creates undisturbed air bubble free multiple drink layers. The potion machine includes a flat bottom hollow cylinder, a top with an integral conical pouring cup having a central aperture at its bottom tip. A thin rod passes through the aperture with a small clearance. A second aperture displaced from the first aperture supports thin rod providing wobble free movement. The bottom end of the thin rod carries a float. The drink layering potion machine is placed with a hollow cylinder encircling a glass and stabilizing it from tilting. The float rests on the liquor in the interior of the glass as liquor is poured into the conical pouring cup. The liquor runs down at a slow volumetric rate through the small clearance, down the thin rod, over the float external surface into the glass forming layered undisturbed drink free from air bubble entrapment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher C. Haramis, Matthew N. Haramis
  • Publication number: 20110168293
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling a container (16) with a preparation consisting of a number of components, stored in a number of sub containers (1, 23), placed inside a housing (29). A robot, accommodated inside the housing (29), composes the preparation based upon a supplied prescription and places the sub containers (1,23) containing the components mentioned in the prescription one by one above the container (16) and makes flow out an amount of the respective component as specified by the prescription.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: MEDICAL DISPENSING SYSTEMS V.O.E.
    Inventors: Sander Godfried Van Vreeland, Jan Willem Dorpema
  • Patent number: 7896038
    Abstract: A frozen confectionary vending machine employs robotics and other features to provide a customized frozen confectionary product, with or without toppings, in an entertaining environment. At least portions of the vending machine interior are visible to customers as the machine assembles a frozen confectionary product according to specifications selected by the customer. A robotic arm moves a product receptacle between various dispensing stations that dispense measured amounts of a frozen confectionary and one or more optional toppings into the receptacle. After assembly, the product is moved by the robotic arm to a product delivery port that provides customer access to the product in a sanitary manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Puffin Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Allan S. Jones, Jack F. Rutledge, James S. Wolf, Jeffrey L. Redington
  • Publication number: 20110039044
    Abstract: A method for filling bottles or similar containers (2) with a liquid filling material comprising at least two components, using a filling system (1) comprising at least one filling element (3) having a fluid channel (6) for the controlled dispensing of the filling material by way of at least one dispensing opening (11), said channel forming said dispensing opening, a liquid valve (13) being disposed in said channel and said channel being connected to a first component supply container or vessel (8) by way of a liquid connection (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 7882863
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transferring a chosen quantity of medication from a vial to an intravenous infuser container under sterile conditions is described. The present invention further facilitates dissolving solid medications contained in the vial or diluting concentrated medications contained in the vial, and transferring the resulting solutions to the infuser container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: CD Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Pestotnik, Christopher M Tice
  • Publication number: 20110015010
    Abstract: In an inflatable ball, a substance is conveyed within its inner chamber which sticks to the inner surface subtending a small portion of the entirety of that inner surface. A rubber based catalyst is a particularly suitable substance because, when cured, it remains soft and pliable, enhancing its ability to remain adhered to the inner surface of an inflatable ball and to conform to the shape of that surface whether or not the ball is inflated. A heavy substance such as lead shot or stainless steel balls can be embedded into the liquid material prior to curing to increase the weight. Any substance embedded into the liquid material is introduced through the valve and port of the inflatable ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Charles P. Forrest, SR.
  • Publication number: 20110000579
    Abstract: A system for custom fueling a motor vehicle including: a fuel dispenser configured and adapted to blend fuels from two or more tanks while dispensing; a processor in communication with the fuel dispenser and configured and adapted to receive a set of fuel blend information for a motor vehicle, wherein the set of fuel blend information includes in-warranty bio-diesel blend ranges and customer fuel blend preferences; a fuel blend selection module operably connected to the processor for receiving the set of fuel blend information, processing the set of fuel blend information, and returning fuel blend instructions which are then provided to the fuel dispenser for dispensing fuel per the fuel blend instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Paul Anthony Allinson, Curtis Lee Munson
  • Patent number: 7841370
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of reducing noise transmission in a pneumatic tire and wheel assembly comprising an inflation cavity, the method comprising the step of adding to the inflation cavity from about 0.1 to about 1 volume percent, based on the volume of the inflation cavity, of a repeatably foamable liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Marc Engel, Jan Leyssens, Wolfgang Gnoerich
  • Patent number: 7819144
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for optimally loading and conditioning materials for transport is provided. Specially, the invention, in a preferred embodiment, relates to loading ash-like materials which require treatment prior to loading onto a truck or vehicle to avoid slurry spillage, overload or airborne particulate during loading or transport. The system conditions the ash-like materials by liquid additions proportional to material flow rate, truck information, slump height and/or slump weight. The system further includes a slump height or weight indicator and a communication and integration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Blake R. Wotring
  • Patent number: 7798182
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispensing system and method for on-demand dispensing of spoonable or drinkable food products in a container. Single servings or larger portions of these products can be dispensed. The system and method achieve dispensing of the product with a visual differentiation of the components in the container. The container may be translucent or transparent so that the consumer can view the visually differentiated product therein. The products form yet another embodiment of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: James Peter Herrick, William Overbaugh, Richard J. Farrell
  • Patent number: 7798181
    Abstract: Volumetric enclosure(s) provide methods and/or apparatus for teaching, generating and deriving supply chain efficiency improvement. Prime Manifold Enclosure(s) methods and/or apparatus provide for deriving and generating efficiency by volumetric displacement and volumetric replacement of dissimilar material(s) and volumetric displacement and volumetric replacement of material having dissimilar origin. Prime Manifold Enclosure(s) interposed for cooperative coaptation and flow path communication/continuity between gradient matrix flow paths for volumetrically displacing and volumetrically replacing of dissimilar materials, and volumetrically displacing and volumetrically replacing materials of dissimilar origin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Medindica-Pak, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack W. Romano
  • Patent number: 7789111
    Abstract: The invention is directed to methodologies and apparatuses in which materials are dispensed in order to create a desired finished product. The invention includes a material dispenser that further includes a container containing material, a press plate or puck for exerting pressure on the material, a sensor for detecting the material discharged from the container, and a scale for detecting the amount of material discharged from the container. The sensor and scale provide feedback to a computer which controls the amount of pressure exerted on the material. The computer controls the pulsing of additional material from the container until a targeted amount of material has been discharged from the container. The invention permits the dispensing of a specific amount of material in a controllable, metered fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: GFI Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Luehrsen, John Borkovec, Derek P. Pedraza
  • Publication number: 20100212667
    Abstract: A method of filling a drug capsule (2) for a dry powder inhaler comprising introducing a dose of powdered active substance (4) into the capsule and introducing a separate quantity of filler particles (6) into the capsule (2), said filler particles being of different composition and having a larger average particle size than the active substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Simon James Smith, David Stuart Harris
  • Publication number: 20100193068
    Abstract: This involves a device (1) and a method for the semi-automatic filling with sand (2) and water (3) of containers (5) for packaging bloodworms. The device comprises a removable drawer (6) for retaining at least one row (4) of said containers (5) placed side by side, a tank (7) for storing dry sand, reservoirs (15, 16) for retaining determined doses of sand, means (11, 12) for moving the reservoirs between a position for filling a reservoir by gravity from the storage tank and a position for emptying a reservoir for the discharge of a dose of sand by gravity directly into a corresponding container, a tank (18) for retaining water, and water-supply means (25) arranged to supply each container with a determined quantity of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: NORMANDIE APPATS
    Inventor: Michel Lopuszanski
  • Publication number: 20100170592
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for filling food pots (2), for example yoghurt pots, comprising a plurality of nozzles (10) for filling the pots with a food product, said nozzles (10) each being mounted in a nozzle body (30), characterized in that the device comprises means for applying to each of the nozzles (10) a translational movement along the axis (A) of the nozzle, optionally combined with a rotational movement about this axis, independently of the nozzle body (30), in such a way that the same nozzle (10) can both carry out the filling action and stop the filling. The invention also relates to a method for filling food pots using a device of this type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Paul Le Roi
  • Publication number: 20100116375
    Abstract: A semi-automatic benchtop filling system that allows the user to switch between pump technologies while utilizing one base unit. The base unit is outfitted to accommodate peristaltic, lobe, gear, and piston pumps providing a maximum amount of flexibility and versatility in one unit. The base unit employs a computerized servo motor control system and docking hardware for driving any of the four different pump types. The system is designed to automate the filling of sample containers regardless of which pump is mounted by tare weighting, and the drive will adjust itself to dispense the correct weight. The pump drive includes appropriate reduction gearing and quick disconnect flexible couplings for each of the different pump types, a side-mounted adapter for connecting any of the peristaltic, gear and lobe pumps, and a separate piston drive assembly and dock-connector at the rear for a piston pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Eginton, John M. Chopper
  • Patent number: 7690405
    Abstract: An improved multi fluid dispenser for simultaneous dispensing of a plurality of fluids shown and described. The dispenser includes a controller that is linked to a coordinator board. The controller has a memory with a plurality of recipes stored in the memory. A coordinator board is linked to a first module. The first module may include one or two pumps, each connected to a fluid reservoir. The module is then linked in series to a plurality of other modules as well as a manifold module. Each module includes a module board for controlling the pump or pumps of that module. The controller, coordinator board and module boards are all programmed for the simultaneous or sequential pumping of multiple fluids from the reservoirs through outlet nozzles of the manifold in accordance with a recipe selected by the user and retrieved from the memory of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Fluid Management, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Miller, Tim Hogan, Christopher Khoo, Ryan Hanawalt, Marty Leider, James R. Cleveland, Anton Obrecht
  • Publication number: 20100078092
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and to a method for the filling of a dialyzer with a dialysis liquid and/or for the draining of dialysis liquid from a dialyzer, wherein the apparatus is mobile and 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. The invention furthermore relates to the use of an apparatus for the filling of a dialyzer with a dialysis liquid and/or for the draining of dialysis liquid from a dialyzer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas Weilhoefer, Georg Zehner
  • Publication number: 20100037982
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for filling bottles and other fluid holding vessels. In the system, a pressure transducer monitors fluid pressure within a conduit that communicates with fluid filled storage banks. Using a programmable logic controller, valves associated with the banks may be systematically opened to cause fluid to pass though the conduit and into a downstream bottle. As a particular bank has discharged and the downstream bottle is filled the rate of change in the pressure in the conduit will fall to zero. If the bottle has been filled before or upon equalization of the pressure, the fill operation may be discontinued. However, if the bottle is not filled, the controller may then cause the valve to close, and the either activate a compressor or open the valve of a second bank causing that bank to discharge into the conduit and continue filling the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Bangs, Otis G. Brock, Mark E. Dorsch, Michael R. Sayre
  • Publication number: 20100032052
    Abstract: A bypass used for selectively dispensing fluid components includes a fluid passage with an inlet, a first outlet for fluid communication with a first collecting container, and a second outlet for fluid communication with a second collecting container. A method for dispensing fluid components using the bypass includes the steps of providing fluid components to be dispensed, with one fluid component isolated from the other fluid components, blocking the first outlet of the bypass, and dispensing the isolated fluid component through the second outlet and into the second collecting container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: B. Braun Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Bartholomew
  • Publication number: 20100018880
    Abstract: A mixing container having an outer vessel with an open mouth and an inner vessel also with an open mouth separately stores two liquids for automatic mixing when the container is opened. Upon assembly, an interior seal between the open mouth of the inner vessel and the bottom of the outer vessel is effected through placement of a closure in the open mouth of the outer vessel. The inner vessel is received by a socket mounted in the closure which provides a resilient bias on the inner vessel to force the open mouth of the inner vessel against the bottom. A method for filling the mixing container includes a filling of the inner vessel, placement of the outer vessel over the inner vessel, immersing at least the open mouth of the outer vessel into a second liquid and evacuating the outer vessel. The mixing container may then be closed to resiliently bias the open mouth of the inner vessel against the bottom of the outer vessel to effect the interior seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Elie Helou, JR.
  • Patent number: 7647953
    Abstract: A system for reclaiming residual unspent automotive fluid having a fluid receiver which seats open containers of the automotive fluid in an inverted orientation to allow influences of gravity to self-drain the open containers. The fluid receiver accumulates the residual unspent automotive fluid into classifying compartments. Each compartment can be individually pumped or drained of the accumulated and stored residual automotive fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Gang Jin
  • Patent number: 7631671
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for in-line processes of blending butane into gasoline streams, and for blending butane into a gasoline stream at any point along a petroleum pipeline. The invention additionally provides a method for measuring the vapor pressure and vapor to liquid ratio of the gasoline, both upstream and downstream of the blending operation, as well as the sulfur content of the butane entering the blending operation. The blending operation can be controlled to ensure that the blended gasoline meets EPA requirements for vapor pressure and sulfur content of gasoline. The invention further provides a method for accessing and monitoring the operation off-site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: MCE Blending, LLC
    Inventors: Larry D. Mattingly, Steven M. Vanderbur
  • Patent number: 7628181
    Abstract: An integrated inkjet-cartridge refilling system that is comprised of an arrangement of mechanical, electrical, electronic, pneumatic, and software elements, which is used by an operator in a retail environment to automatically connect one of many types of inkjet cartridges that are used in printing devices and refill the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventors: Harry Nicodem, Timothy Knecht
  • Patent number: 7610943
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for dispensing portions of viscous material, such as the viscous materials used to form crystals of membrane proteins or soluble proteins. A liquid under pressure is used to divide the viscous materials into portions. The divided viscous material portions can optionally be deposited into are receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Emerald Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Nollert, Alexandrina Muntianu, Robert C. Haushalter, Dean Allyn Hopkins, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090260708
    Abstract: A variably proportional mixing device is provided for automatically mixing two fluids stored in separate containers in various ratios without measuring, comprising a self-venting spout that attaches to an existing gas can or other container for storing a fluid having a threaded opening therein. The spout doses gas with oil at the specific ratio required by an engine manufacturer and is easily adjusted to accommodate a plurality of other ratios. To accomplish this, a constant volume of gasoline is dosed with an amount of oil that is adjusted by the user. This adjustment mechanism comprises a wheel valve having various-sized orifices. Twisting the valve using a knob or key then provides the correct volumetric area for the oil to flow through. Markings will be visible on the valve, through a window, that correspond to a plurality of different ratios, typically ranging from 16:1 to 50:1. The dosing valve can also be shut-off completely to allow pure gasoline through the spout, such as for 4 cycle engines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: James A. Owens
  • Patent number: 7605384
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for preparing a small amount of a radioactive substance combination, including a one-part body, a mixing device integrated in the body and adapted to receive a small amount of chemical substances, and at least one receptacle integrated in the body and connected to the mixing device and adapted to hold a small amount of a chemical substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Isotopen Technologien Munchen AG
    Inventors: Julian Bernd Sonnenhol, Andreas Eursch, Mark Harfensteller, Michael Schilp, Oliver Buck, Lisa Maria Ehrenfried, Tuomo Nikula