Discharge Of Treated Material Patents (Class 210/109)
  • Patent number: 10647605
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the treatment of organic matter, in particular sewage sludge, where the organic matter is first fed to a disintegration system. The organic matter is then subjected to thermal hydrolysis in the disintegration system to form disintegrated matter. The disintegrated matter is fed to a digester in which the disintegrated matter is at least partially digested such that digested sludge is formed, where at least part of the digested sludge obtained is recirculated via a recirculation line to a point upstream of the disintegration system. The invention further relates to a device for the treatment of organic matter, in particular sewage sludge, comprising a disintegration system, a digester downstream thereof, and a recirculation line for at least partially digested disintegrated matter, said recirculation line extending from a point downstream of the digester to a point upstream of the thermal disintegration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ELIQUO STULZ GMBH
    Inventors: Ulrich Knoerle, Marianne Buchmueller
  • Patent number: 10612000
    Abstract: The disclosure provides methods of making a cell-containing product having a uniform amount of cells therein. The method comprises pooling red blood cells from a plurality of blood units, and inactivating any pathogen contained therein. A storage solution added to the cellular component results in a cell-containing product that is essentially pathogen and white blood cell free and has an extended shelf life of about 42 to about 100 days. The cell-containing product is further divided into units which comprise a uniform dose of RBCs per unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: New York Blood Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Beth H. Shaz, Christopher D. Hillyer
  • Patent number: 10471013
    Abstract: The present disclosure disclosed a microsphere-producing process involving three integrated unit operations, 1) microspheres formation; 2) microsphere quality control; 3) post formation microsphere treatment. The first unit operation, i.e. unit operation 1) is integrated with four essential functions: forcing the particle forming materials to pass through a porous membrane to form embryonic micropsheres; enforcing the embryonic microspheres to detach the porous membrane; solidifying the embryonic microspheres; collecting and outputting the solidified microspheres. The quality control unit operation consists discrimination and ejection of oversized microspheres. The post treatment unit operation is integrated with two essential functions, smoothing the microsphere surfaces and reducing organic solvents trapped inside of microsphere matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: BLODVERY PHARMATECH, LTD
    Inventor: Tuo Jin
  • Patent number: 10376842
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method and system for separating oil from water and particulate contaminants from a oil/water/solid mixture, comprising: a solid removal system for removing small, medium and large solids from a oil/water/solid mixture to form a oil and water stream and a membrane contactor system for separating the oil from the water in the oil and water stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Frank Seibert, Stacy S. Truscott, Stephen William Briggs
  • Patent number: 10308538
    Abstract: A system comprising method and apparatus for separating biologically-digestible materials from an influent sewage stream. The system may comprise a primary clarification tank to capture sixty percent or more of the total solids from an influent stream; a sludge classifying press (SCP) to isolate and concentrate biologically digestible materials from sludge formed in the primary clarification tank, releasing valuable organics, such as are found in corn kernels, by fracturing the protective casings; a grit capture mechanism in a chamber within the primary clarification tank and isolated from the bulk of the sludge containing biologically-degradable materials; a grit trap to remove grit from the sludge prior to classifying the sludge with the SCP; apparatus for adding thickener to the sludge after classification and prior to digestion; and automation of one or more elements of the process for separating and digesting the biologically digestible materials in an influent stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ClearCove Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Wright
  • Patent number: 10301194
    Abstract: A method, device, and system for treating water solutions is disclosed for the purpose of preventing the formation of deposits on the inner surface of pipelines, boilers and other equipment. The method is based on the use of radio waves which are sent in batches of four pulses, either of equal amplitude or with larger amplitude of the first pulse and smaller the last. Different hatches have different interval between pulses. The water treatment system disclosed which is based on the method; it significantly improves a water solution's properties without extensive usage of chemicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Vladimir Suvorov
  • Patent number: 10265669
    Abstract: A mixing container 1 with a top filling opening 5, with a connection flange 9, 9.1 which projects outward in the area of the top filling opening 5 in a radial direction for connecting the mixing container 1 to the mixing head of an industrial mixing machine and with a bottom discharge 13 that can be blocked and opened comprises a mixing receptacle 3, 3.1 forming the hollow chamber 4 of the mixing container 1 and with a wall 18, 19 encompassing its hollow chamber and flexible in a radial direction and comprises a container frame 2 holding the mixing receptacle 3, 3,1 and with the connection flange 9 and the discharge 13. The container frame 2 holds the mixing receptacle 3, 3.1, in such a manner that its wall 18, 19 surrounding the hollow chamber 4 is at least partially accessible in the circumferential direction for bringing about a deformation of it in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DR. HERFELD GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Rüberg, Ulrich Tölle
  • Patent number: 10238787
    Abstract: A blood reservoir (20) for storing blood includes a first storage section (21), a second storage section (22), and a third storage section (23) that is provided between the first storage section and the second storage section, and communicates with the first storage section and the second storage section. A volume of the blood reservoir (20) can be adjusted by changing the amount of expansion or contraction of a bellows structure (28) using a bellows adjustment mechanism (83, 93).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRANSELL Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takuwa, Satoshi Hirai, Yoshiki Tanaka, Shuji Nakamura, Katsuyuki Sado, Kenta Kaneda
  • Patent number: 10195320
    Abstract: An apparatus including a hollow body, an inlet fluidly coupled to the hollow body, a piston slidably engaged within the hollow body, and a filter module arranged within the hollow body between the inlet and piston. The piston and hollow body cooperatively generate a negative pressure, relative to ambient, within the hollow body during distal piston translation from a first position to a second position, thereby drawing a fluid, such as blood, through the filter module into the hollow body. The piston and hollow body cooperatively generate a positive pressure, relative to ambient, within the hollow body during piston translation from the second position to the first position to egress the filtered fluid from the hollow body. The filter module may include a filter housing, a filter medium disposed within the housing, and a body valve configured to seal an open distal face of the filter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sisu Global Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Theresa Fisher, Gene Parunak, Rick Routson, Steve Meines, Gillian Henker, Caitlin Winget, Rajen Kumar
  • Patent number: 10155174
    Abstract: A water vending apparatus is disclosed. The water vending system includes a water vapor distillation apparatus and a dispensing device. The dispensing device is in fluid communication with the fluid vapor distillation apparatus and the product water from the fluid vapor distillation apparatus is dispensed by the dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Christopher C. Langenfeld, Ryan K. LaRocque, Andrew A. Schnellinger, Prashant Bhat, Stanley B. Smith, III, Otis L. Clapp, Jeremy M. Swerdlow
  • Patent number: 10138290
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the production of a haemostasis protein by continuous perfusion culturing of a cell culture in suspension, said cell culture expressing said haemostasis protein into said culture suspension, wherein the cell culture flows across a filter module, which filter module leads to a harvest port, the filter module having a mesh size of from 0.1 to 2.9 ?m allowing passage across of the haemostasis protein and wherein the flow across the filter module is an alternating tangential flow. The invention also relates to a protein produced by the process of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk Healthcare AG
    Inventor: Jarno Robin
  • Patent number: 9982230
    Abstract: The disclosure provides methods of making a cell-containing product having a uniform amount of cells therein. The method comprises pooling red blood cells from a plurality of blood units, and inactivating any pathogen contained therein. A storage solution added to the cellular component results in a cell-containing product that is essentially pathogen and white blood cell free and has an extended shelf life of about 42 to about 100 days. The cell-containing product is further divided into units which comprise a uniform dose of RBCs per unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER, INC.
    Inventors: Beth H. Shaz, Christopher D. Hillyer
  • Patent number: 9963337
    Abstract: A tank (101) for a beverage dispensing appliance includes at least one water chamber (102), a first opening (104) for example for connecting the tank (101) to a beverage supply, at least one second opening (105) for example suitable for attaching to a tap for dispensing beverages, as well as a filter (107) attached to the second opening (105) of the tank (101). An appliance including such a removable tank (101) is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: TREFLE GROUPE
    Inventors: Thomas Liccioni, Robert Liccioni
  • Patent number: 9684042
    Abstract: A magnetic field sensor includes a circular vertical Hall (CVH) sensing element comprising a plurality of vertical Hall elements, each one of the plurality of vertical hall elements comprising respective first and second current receiving contacts. The magnetic field sensor additionally includes a sequence switches circuit coupled to the plurality of vertical Hall elements. The magnetic field sensor also includes a first current source sequentially coupled by the sequence switches circuit to the first current receiving contact of sequentially selected ones of the plurality of vertical Hall elements. The magnetic field sensor further includes a second current source sequentially coupled by the sequence switches circuit to the second current receiving contact of the sequentially selected ones of the plurality of vertical Hall elements. The first and second current sources can swap couplings in half-period intervals for each of a plurality of coupling arrangements. A corresponding method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Allegro Microsystems, LLC
    Inventor: Aurelian Diaconu
  • Patent number: 9625202
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a direct contact ice making system in conjunction with a circulating coolant. The ice making system includes a cold air loop including a plurality of fins to cool ambient air adjacent the cold air loop in the ice making system. The cooled air is passed by a fan assembly through a supply duct into an ice storage container or compartment to cool the area within the ice storage compartment, thus preventing ice cubes in the compartment from melting. The ice making system also includes a return duct for directing warm air from the ice storage compartment to the cold air loop for re-cooling and recirculation. The cold air loop may generally be a heat exchange zone for cooling the ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpoo Corporation
    Inventors: Luiz Antonio D. Lopes, Lorraine J. Westlake
  • Patent number: 9434625
    Abstract: A system and method for containing a flame originating from a flame source within a fluid containing enclosure includes de-energizing the flame source when the fluid falls below a pre-established level or when the water temperature exceeds a pre-established level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: ATG R&D LIMITED
    Inventors: Chris Orritt, Richard Joshi
  • Patent number: 9427680
    Abstract: A removal device for removing gas bubbles and/or dirt particles from a liquid in a liquid conduit system or for removing an undesired liquid from the liquid in the liquid conduit system includes: a housing having: an entry, at least one exit, an inner space defined by the housing, at least one tube placed within the housing, where the at least one tube extends substantially between the entry and the exit and defines a main flow channel, at least one branch flow passage located near the entry for allowing fluid communication between the main flow channel and an area outside the tube and within the inner space defined by the housing, at least one return flow passage located near the exit for allowing fluid communication between the area outside the tube and the main flow channel, at least one quiet zone formed within the inner space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: FLAMCO B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Henk Cnossen, Terence Arthur Devlin
  • Patent number: 9388383
    Abstract: A method and system for collecting a double volume of red blood cells using a spinning membrane separator is provided by which a first quantity of whole blood is withdrawn from a donor; a first quantity of whole blood is flowed to the spinning membrane separator; where it is separated into a first quantity of red blood cells and a first quantity of plasma. The first quantity of red blood cells and the first quantity of plasma are then flowed to respective collection containers, and at least a portion of the first quantity of plasma is returned to the donor. A second quantity of whole blood withdrawn from the donor, and then separated into a second quantity of red blood cells and a second quantity of plasma using the spinning membrane separator. The second quantity of red blood cells and the second quantity of plasma are then flowed to the respective collection containers, and at least a portion of the second quantity of plasma is returned to the donor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Kusters, Kyungyoon Min, Christopher Wegener, William H. Cork
  • Patent number: 9284529
    Abstract: A method and system for collecting leukoreduced red blood cells employing a spinning membrane separator including a housing having an upper end region and a lower end region in an operating position with a red blood cell outlet in the upper end region of the housing and a whole blood inlet in the lower end region of the housing. The method and system provide for flowing additive solution into the whole blood inlet of the housing to prime the separator; flowing whole blood into the whole blood inlet of the housing; separating red blood cells from the whole blood; flowing separated red blood cells out of the red blood cell outlet of the housing; combining the separated red blood cells with additive solution; passing the separated red blood cells and additive solution combination through a leukoreduction filter; and collecting the filtered red blood cells and additive solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Kusters, Christopher Wegener, Kyungyoon Min
  • Patent number: 9150430
    Abstract: A method for removing immiscible fluid from contaminated water includes at least one chamber; an injection line in fluid communication with an inlet of the one chamber; bubble generation means in fluid communication with the injection line for injecting gas bubbles into the injection line and allowing mixing in the injection line of the gas bubbles and the contaminated water to form an inlet fluid; an inlet weir within the chamber adjacent the inlet; an immiscible fluid weir within the chamber; a trough for collecting the immiscible fluid and allowing the immiscible fluid to flow out of the at least one chamber through an immiscible fluid outlet; and a cleaned water outlet generally at the bottom of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: EXTERRAN WATER SOLUTIONS ULC
    Inventors: Douglas W. Lee, George Muir
  • Patent number: 9005451
    Abstract: Method and device for treating a liquid effluent, in which this effluent enters a vessel. An intermediate level of liquid in the vessel is detected; an influx of a dilution liquid into the vessel is instigated; a high level of liquid in the vessel is detected; the influx of dilution liquid is stopped and a discharge of the fluid is instigated; a low level of liquid in the vessel is detected; the discharge of the liquid is stopped; and, while it is being discharged, the discharged liquid is exposed to light radiation in at least one treatment channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sud est Eau Pure
    Inventor: Alain Picard
  • Publication number: 20150083648
    Abstract: A method system for processing interface emulsion, water, and solids contained within a separator vessel that comprises the steps of continually extracting those components from the vessel and then passing them through a gas flotation cell. The cell, which is preferably a vertical induced gas flotation cell, separates the oil and water contained in the interface emulsion and discharges recovered oil from an upper portion of the cell and treated water from a bottom portion of the cell. The recovered oil and treated water may be further processed and recycled to the vessel or sent elsewhere. The treated water may also be recycled to the cell or sent to a process sewer. Fuel gas residing in an upper portion of the cell may be cooled and passed through a splitter. All the steps of the system comprise a closed system with no air emissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Gary W. Sams, Ronald D. Hypes
  • Publication number: 20150060339
    Abstract: A filter outer cylinder container is a hollow container, and a filter medium is mounted in the container. Fluid passage holes, opened in a side surface member of the filter outer cylinder container, are located at or above a fixed height from a bottom portion of the filter outer cylinder container, whereby a machining liquid is stored in the filter outer cylinder container, so that the filter medium can be always submerged in the machining liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Hirotsugu KASAI
  • Patent number: 8956530
    Abstract: A system for separating bodily fluid constituents is disclosed. The system includes a first substrate which, in a first main surface, has a first cavity for holding a bodily fluid sample, a second substrate, which, in a first main surface facing the first substrate, has a second cavity) for holding constituents separated from the bodily fluid sample, which second cavity lies opposite to the first cavity, a filter layer, which is arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate and which is designed to separate constituents of the bodily fluid sample in the first cavity and to pass the separated constituents to the second cavity, and a first thermoplastic connection layer, which is arranged between the first substrate and the filter layer, interconnects the first main surface of the first substrate and the filter layer in a fluid-tight manner and has a cutout lying opposite to the first cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Dorrer, Thomas Brettschneider
  • Publication number: 20150041416
    Abstract: A system for filtering produced fluid from a wellbore comprises a filter system, a solids collection vessel in fluid communication with a drain in the filter system, and a fluid line coupled to the solids collection vessel. The filter system comprises a housing defining a chamber, a filtration device disposed within the chamber, a fluid inlet disposed in the housing and configured to receive a fluid comprising suspended solids into an inlet portion, a fluid outlet disposed in the housing and configured to pass the fluid out of the housing from an outlet portion, and a drain in fluid communication with a lower portion of the housing and configured to pass at least a portion of the suspended solids out of the inlet portion of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Benavides
  • Patent number: 8951418
    Abstract: A method of operating hydrocyclone comprising a separation chamber which in use is arranged to generate an internal air core for affecting a material separation process, comprises measuring both a vibrational parameter of the separation chamber and a stability parameter of the internal air core during operation of the hydrocyclone. The measurements are compared against predefined corresponding parameters which are indicative of a stable operation of the hydrocyclone and an operational parameter of the hydrocyclone is adjusted dependent on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Vulco S.A.
    Inventor: Eduardo Francisco Olivares Castro
  • Publication number: 20150021244
    Abstract: A blood purification apparatus which can perform actions and operations according to the final stage of blood-return.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Tomohiro Furuhashi, Satoshi Takeuchi, Akira Sugioka, Masahiro Toyoda
  • Publication number: 20150021272
    Abstract: The present inventions relates to an apparatus for purifying wastewater and a method thereof, which comprises: a stirring part to make bubbles impregnated into floc through high speed stirring by adding floc forming materials to influent and stirring them; an air supply part to supply air to the stirring part to make more bubbles impregnated; a pumping part to conduct pressurized conveying of the floc included treatment water; a cyclone part to separate high density floc to downstream and treatment water with low density floc to upstream from the pressurized treatment water; and a flotation part to separate floc from the treatment water with floc supplied from the cyclone part. Therefore, the present invention have an effect that it is possible to improve purification speed of wastewater and obtain good quality of purified water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicants: POSCO ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD., BLUEGREENLINK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joo Hyung Ko, Kwan Yeop Kim, Yun Jung Kim, Hyun Bae Kim, Hyoung Gun Kim, Hae Wook Nam, Hee Chul Yoon, Yu Seong Won, Jae Woong Park, Young Hwa Choi
  • Patent number: 8920640
    Abstract: An oil/water separator is provided that is suitable for use aboard an oil spill recovery vessel and elsewhere. The separator comprises a tank structure divided into first and second compartments that communicate via a bottom channel. An inlet pipe supplies an oil/water mix to be separated into the first compartment. An oil suction pipe draws oil out of the first compartment on a continuous or intermittent basis. Water discharges unassisted from the second compartment once the water level in the second compartment has reached a certain level. A heating compartment is provided adjoining the first compartment thereby to enable the oil in the compartment to be heated to reduce its viscosity in cold conditions; this heating compartment is arranged to serve as a reservoir for hydraulic fluid whereby heating of the oil results from heat given up by worked hydraulic fluid returned to the heating compartment after operational use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Gobbler Oil Spill Recovery Ltd
    Inventor: Paul Frederick Jauncey
  • Patent number: 8906231
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and automated system for the purification of polypeptides including the direct filtration of solutions containing the polypeptides after purification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Lonza Biologics PLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Whickman, Sam Mansoor
  • Publication number: 20140350737
    Abstract: A system, methodology, and programming logic for active stormwater controls to optimize sizing and design of Hydromodification Management (HM) structural Best Management Practices (BMPs) to achieve optimal flow duration control. Control logic enables the controlled release of stormwater from a BMP in a manner most akin to pre-development flow duration curves. Inputs to this logic include: flow duration curves based on continuous hydrologic simulation for pre- and post-development conditions; real-time measurement of water level within the BMP; and real-time measurement of discharge entering the BMP. This control logic can interact with control logic for other stormwater management objectives, such as harvest and reuse, infiltration, and combined sewer overflow prevention, and respective inputs, such as real-time weather forecast data, precipitation gage data, downstream flow gauge data, and water quality data, to meet those design objectives as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Judd Goodman, Marcus Quigley
  • Patent number: 8883000
    Abstract: A water purification apparatus comprising at least: (a) one or more water purification components to provide a purified water stream, preferably having a conductivity of less than 1 ?S/cm; and (b) a stepper motor (35) to control the dispense of the purified water stream (28) from the water purification apparatus. Stepper motors can provide very fine and accurate control of the dispense of the purified water stream from the water purification apparatus, which control is unaffected by the flow or flow rate of the purified water stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: VWS (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Lee Underwood, Matthew Dobson
  • Patent number: 8875899
    Abstract: A pumpbox, the pumpbox being in fluid communication with one or more vessels, wherein the pumpbox comprises a classification portion and level control means adapted to control the level of fluid within the one or more vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Xstrata Technology Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Francis Young
  • Patent number: 8871084
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fluid filter (1) comprising a collecting chamber (10) for a liquid which is separated from the fluid, in addition to a filter insert (4) which comprises a filter medium which is permeable to the fluid. The collecting chamber is arranged below the filter medium (5), and a liquid sensor (19) is arranged above the deepest point of the collecting chamber (10) and the liquid sensor (19) is protected from the liquid, at least sectionally, by means of a protective wall (18, 20). Said protective wall (18, 20) extends laterally and/or below the liquid sensor (19) and a liquid permeable connection is provided from the collecting chamber (10) to the fluid sensor (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Hengst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Richard Eberle, Burkhard Kubsch
  • Patent number: 8871086
    Abstract: A valveless siphon decanter for processing fluid within a tank having a siphon tube external to the tank, the siphon tube having an output, a boom extending substantially transversely from the siphon tube, the boom providing a path for the communication of fluid from within the tank into the siphon tube, a vacuum head in association with the boom, the vacuum head having at least one orifice disposable within the tank for receiving the fluid, a vacuum source for creating a vacuum within the siphon tube and the boom to draw the fluid in through the at least one orifice of the vacuum head into the boom and into the siphon tube thereafter, a vacuum break for breaking the vacuum within the boom and the siphon tube; and wherein the siphon tube and the boom are disposed outside of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: John Charles Hardison
  • Patent number: 8865002
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a system and method for processing fluid captured from a vehicle surface to provide a desired fluid product. The system includes sensors and control circuitry to determine system fluid volume levels and/or the ambient temperature of the system to safeguard the system against non-requested activation or deactivation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Brimtech, LLC
    Inventors: James K Weigle, Ben A Hammock, II, Robert Tupper
  • Patent number: 8834727
    Abstract: Devices, processes, systems, and articles of manufacture adapted to treat contaminated fluid, such as organic wastewater, are described. These are described to include lifting contaminated fluids, treating contaminated fluids, or both, through gas application. In certain designs, gas, such as pressurized air, may be used to lift contaminated fluids, such as organic wastewater (i.e., water having contaminating organics of some kind, e.g. residential septic wastewater). In certain designs, gas, such as pressurized air, may also be used to treat fluids interfacing with the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: David A. Potts
  • Patent number: 8828223
    Abstract: A deep fat fryer with continuous oil filtering and purging of sediments therefrom during uninterrupted fryer operation is provided. The filter includes a cylindrical hollow housing with a first end and a second end and a hollow cylindrical screen with a longitudinal axis and first and second ends. The screen is disposed coaxially within the hollow housing to define an annulus therebetween. A piston mounted within the screen and reciprocatingly movable along the longitudinal axis between the first and second ends of the screen. A pump, seal, and associate motor are provided to provide continuous oil flow through the filter and the remainder of the fryer. A heat exchanger is provided downstream of the pump to transfer heat from the fryer to the oil flowing through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Pitco Frialator, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Savage, Charles E. Pierce, John P. Gardner, Mark E. McCabe, Rory A. Longe, Kurt H. Jensen
  • Publication number: 20140216996
    Abstract: A filtering unit (100) comprising:—an outer casing (1) provided with at least one inlet conduit (13) for a fluid to be filtered and one outlet conduit (14) for a filtered fluid, a filtering cartridge (2) received within said casing (1), so as to filter the fluid which flows from the inlet conduit (13) towards the outlet conduit (14), and—a pump (3,4) for priming the fluid arranged on said outlet conduit (13) adapted to create vacuum in the volume within the casing (1); the distinctive characteristic lies in the fact of comprising a bypass conduit (15) adapted to bypass the priming pump (3,4) and intercepted by at least one automatic valve (150) adapted to open and close the bypass conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: UFI Filters S.P.A
    Inventor: Giorgio Girondi
  • Patent number: 8784668
    Abstract: In a regenerative dialysis system, in a method for controlling a regenerative dialysis system, and in a controller for a regenerative dialysis system, an embodiment of the system comprises an input pump that pumps fresh dialysate fluid into a dialyzer at an input rate. An output pump pumps used dialysate fluid from the dialyzer at an output rate. An ultrafiltration rate of the system is related to the output rate relative to the input rate. A sorbent cartridge filters the used dialysate fluid to generate the fresh dialysate fluid. A controller controls the ultrafiltration rate of the system in response to a flow rate of the dialysate fluid through the sorbent cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J Beiriger
  • Publication number: 20140183111
    Abstract: The waste water/storm water treatment system includes a plurality of treatment modules, each of which includes upper and lower tank members. Each tank includes an inlet with a spray bar at the upper end thereof, and a drainage member at the lower end thereof. Treated water moves from the drainage member in the upper tank through an inlet at the top of the lower tank. The outlet member of the lower tank is connected to a pump which is controlled by a switch, to move water to the next module in the system or to the drainage system. The tanks have metal-adsorbing inorganic media or agricultural media positioned therein, such as activated rice hulls, corn cobs and the like for adsorbing metals in the storm water/waste water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Michael M. Johnson, Jessica Minger, Donald Shride
  • Patent number: 8764975
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for the separation of solids from a biowaste slurry before heat treatment, and for heat treatment of the separated solids. The device comprises a chamber with a main inlet port for feeding slurry, and outlet ports. A unit for separating solids is adapted to an outlet port so, that liquid leaving the chamber has passed through the separation unit. A second outlet port is provided directly from the chamber to allow removal, following sterilization, of solids collected in the chamber. The sterilization is secured by temperature monitoring at representative locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Steris Europe, Inc. Suomen Sivuliike
    Inventors: Mauri Salmisuo, Juha Mattila, Teppo Nurminen
  • Patent number: 8753518
    Abstract: In one aspect the invention provides a system for treating a wastestream, particularly a radwaste, for safe disposal and, in final processing converting it into one or both forms including an aqueous form for safe discharge to the environment and a solidified form for safe disposal. In another aspect the invention provides the capacity to employ a step where a specific target element strategy can be set up synchronizing sorbent substance choices and multiple recycle options to remove target substances from wastestream as a part of its Sorption or Powder Sorbent Isotopic Reduction step (II). Other steps cooperate with Sorption step (II) including Oxidation (I), Solid-Liquid separation (III), and Selective Ion Exchange (IV) to deliver the wastestream to final processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Diversified Technologies Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis A. Brunsell, Charles E. Jensen, Larry E. Beets
  • Patent number: 8747664
    Abstract: The present invention provides a water filtration and sterilization device comprising a container having an inlet conduit and an outlet conduit, a closure valve at said inlet conduit, a filter means upstream of said inlet conduit, a flow prevention means in said outlet conduit and an ultra violet radiation source within said container. The valve is adapted to be opened for a first time period to admit water into the container via the filter means. The ultra violet radiation source is operable for a second time period to sterilize water in said chamber. The first time period is shorter than said second time period. The flow prevention means is operable to deliver sterilized water on demand from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Applica Cosumer Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Dier
  • Patent number: 8746003
    Abstract: A water filter assembly, and a refrigerator and a water purifier having the same, including: a manifold having a inflow path through which raw water flows in and an outflow path through which filtered water flows out; a case supporting the manifold; and a filter cartridge coupled to a lower side of the case such that it is separable and connected with the outflow port of the manifold, wherein a fluid flow control unit is installed between the manifold and the filter cartridge and rotates according to a rotation of the filter cartridge, the center of the rotation is the same as the center of an outlet of the filter cartridge, and the fluid flow control unit includes a disk having a connection hole allowing the raw water inflow path and an inlet of the filter cartridge to communicate only at a certain position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: WINIMAX Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chul Min Yoon
  • Publication number: 20140151276
    Abstract: A wastewater geothermal heat system is supplied with processed wastewater through a drip field in proximity to a thermal array part of a geothermal heat pump system. The wastewater treatment system portion provides a periodic source of treated wastewater. Several sensors and a control system regulate a pump that discharges wastewater from the treatment system and enters a drip field where it is released into the surrounding soil. The dampened soil provides an efficient vehicle to transfer heat into or out of a thermal array which is positioned adjacent to the drip field such that it is in contact with the soil that is dampened by the discharged wastewater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: A.K. Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen A. Sabo
  • Patent number: 8709260
    Abstract: An automatic filtering system for filtering a cooking medium in a fryer, includes a frypot; a filter manifold having removable filter; a pump, that supplies cooking medium from the filter manifold to the frypot; a pressure sensor that senses a pressure of the cooking medium supplied by the pump; and a controlling mechanism that controls an operation of the pump in response to the sensed pressure data. The control mechanism halts the operation of the pump after sensing a drop in the pressure of the cooking medium pressure that is greater than or equal to a predetermined pressure drop threshold. The systems and methods of the invention provide automatic filtering that may reduce or eliminate an incorrect refilling operation after the filtering of cooking medium, so that the filtering process may be performed correctly each time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas A. Burkett, Thomas Lee Gort, Gary L. Mercer
  • Patent number: 8673139
    Abstract: A dialysis machine, in particular a peritoneal dialysis machine, to which a fluid system having a multi-chamber container with at least two chambers with individual solutions separated by a partition arrangement to be opened mechanically can be coupled includes a controller and at least one sensor for the determination of a measured variable in the fluid system. The controller has an apparatus for the automatic checking of the proper opening of the partition arrangement with reference to the measured variable determined by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Hedmann, Sven Sebesta
  • Publication number: 20140048488
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system for treatment of industrial waste water and/or marine vessel bilge water before discharge into waterways, said waste water having hydrocarbon, and synthetic oils, chemical or surfactant based hydrocarbon emulsions, and water soluble hydrocarbons, containing hydrocarbon coated organics and fine suspended particulate matter, said treatment utilizing a hydrocarbon sorbing pre-filter media together with filter structural elements to first remove hydrocarbon contaminated organics and particulate, coalesce then bifurcate and adsorb heavier hydrocarbon elements; the remaining liquid entering the second stage of filtration wherein a cryogenically pulverized recycled tire powder material removes the remaining hydrocarbons, synthetic oils, hydrocarbon emulsions, and water soluble hydrocarbons, providing a highly clarified and oil free effluent at high flow rates and with substantially reduced filter system maintenance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Craig A. Mason
  • Publication number: 20140048462
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a filtration skid configured to generate a filtrate through at least one of microfiltration and ultrafiltration. The apparatus further includes a desalination skid fluidly connected to the filtration skid. The desalination skid is configured to perform reverse osmosis desalination on the filtrate to generate a permeate, where the filtrate travels from the filtration skid to the desalination skid without traversing a storage tank. In one embodiment, the apparatus further comprises a controller, where the filtration skid and the desalination skid are integrated to provide self-adaptive operation of the filtration skid and the desalination skid in response to control by at least one of a supervisory controller and a local controller. In one embodiment, the control responds to at least one of temporal variability of feed water quality, a permeate production capacity target, and a permeate quality target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Yoram Cohen, Panagiotis D. Christofides, Anditya Rahardianto, Alex R. Bartman, Aihua Zhu, Han Gu, Larry Xingming Gao