Plural Elements Controlled Patents (Class 210/134)
  • Patent number: 10406489
    Abstract: A mixing unit for ready-to-use flushing solutions with a mixing chamber, with which conduits for ultrapure water and for concentrate communicate, in order to form a ready-to use flushing solution therein is characterized in that the concentrate is filled into a concentrate bag, which is provided with a concentrate bag connector, which is connectable to a connector on the mixing unit, that the connector on the mixing unit is covered by a pivotal concentrate valve in its closed state so that a sealed flushing space is defined around the connector and that a flushing liquid conduit communicates with the connector on the mixing unit so that flushing liquid is conveyable into the flushing space, which can completely clean the connector internally and externally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Manfred Volker
  • Patent number: 10398823
    Abstract: An extracorporeal blood purification system with at least one extracorporeal blood purification apparatus, preferably dialysis machine, which is prepared to go through a centrally controlled disinfection process for a blood purification process, as well as with an internal fluid line system which is disinfected at least during the disinfection process by a disinfectant, including an internal or external disinfecting or cleaning case which is at least during the disinfection process via at least one case connection connected to the internal fluid conduit system to receive disinfectant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: B. Braun Avitum AG
    Inventor: Thore Heinemann
  • Patent number: 10280471
    Abstract: Methods for detecting micro-organisms and/or biological substances in a fluid are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Biotrack Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Gijsbert Johan Jansen
  • Patent number: 10265658
    Abstract: An energy-saving water purifying system has a tube, two pistons, a movable component, a pump, and a filter. The two pistons are mounted in the tube. The movable component is moveably mounted between two block portions of the tube. Two magnetic elements are mounted on the movable component and repulse magnetic elements of the two pistons. The movable component selectively blocks one of two wastewater entrances of the tube. An outlet of the pump is connected to two check valves of the two inlets in parallel. An inlet of the filter is connected to two check valves of the two outlets in parallel. A wastewater exit of the filter is connected to the two wastewater entrances of the tube in parallel. The water purifying system is switched by magnetic force so that the structure is simplified, energy is saved, and cost and fault rate are decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ETEN TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventor: Hui-Tsu Chia
  • Patent number: 10214871
    Abstract: A screen intake has a central body with two screens attached on either end. Each of the screens has an interior that communicates with a hollow of the body via flow modifiers. These flow modifiers include one or more pipes disposed in the interior of the screens and through passages in ends of the body. A flow control support device disposed within the body supports the body's sidewall and divides the hollow into at least two portions—each communicating with flow from one of the flow modifiers. The device can include one or more plates disposed adjacent one another within the internal hollow with a peripheral edge attached to an inside of the body's sidewall. At least one of the one or more plates can be solid, or one or more of the plates can define openings therein allowing passage of at least some fluid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Aqseptence Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Ekholm
  • Patent number: 10155082
    Abstract: An access disconnection system includes an extracorporeal circuit; first and second contacts provided in the extracorporeal circuit; a current source communicating with the first contact and configured to generate a current within fluid flowing through the extracorporeal circuit; and an apparatus positioned to apply a signal at multiple points along a path from the extracorporeal circuit, the signals tending to prevent at least a portion of the current from traveling through a ground path in parallel to the extracorporeal circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Rodolfo G. Roger, Thomas P. Hartranft, Ramesh Wariar, Angel M. Lasso, George Lamberson
  • Patent number: 10125033
    Abstract: The present invention includes an anion exchange method that uses sulfate-containing acid mine drainage (AMD), or any sulfate containing water resource, to remove strontium, barium, and/or radium from contaminated water sources, such as but not limited to hydraulic fracturing waste water, flowback, and/or produced water, without requiring any external regenerant. The removal process may be adopted with any waste water or impaired water source containing sulfate anions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Lehigh University
    Inventors: Arup K. Sengupta, Michael German, Jinze Li
  • Patent number: 9975073
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for reducing a processing liquid consumed for removing bubbles from a new filter unit, and shortening a start-up time when the filter unit is attached in a processing liquid supply passage. The method includes: filling the processing liquid into a new filter unit, decompressing inside of the filter unit into a first pressure atmosphere in order to remove bubbles from the filter unit, boosting a pressure of the inside of the filter unit, flowing the processing liquid into the filter unit from a primary side of the filter unit, and supplying the processing liquid flowing from the filter unit to an object to be processed through a nozzle thereby performing a liquid processing and quickly removing the bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yuichi Yoshida, Ryouichirou Naitou, Toshinobu Furusho
  • Patent number: 9937468
    Abstract: A method of operating a membrane separation device in a continuous flow process includes in the membrane separation device, separating a supply liquid into a first partial stream and a second partial stream, wherein flow rate of the second partial stream and/or recovery rate of the second partial stream is influenced by at least one influencing variable that varies during operation, and varying the flow rate of the first partial stream to compensate for a change of the at least one influencing variable to control flow rate and/or recovery rate of the second partial stream to a preset value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BWT Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andrea Pavan, Jürgen Johann, Marc Fink
  • Patent number: 9913939
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a valve arrangement for use in an extracorporeal blood circuit having at least one arterial blood line and at least one venous blood line, the valve arrangement having at least one first valve arranged in the arterial blood line, a second valve arranged in the venous blood line, a fourth valve arranged in a first arteriovenous connection line between the arterial blood line of the circuit and the venous blood line of the circuit, and a fifth valve arranged in a second arteriovenous connection line between the arterial blood line and the venous blood line; and/or a third valve arranged for establishing a fluid connection in a blood line between the arterial blood line and the venous blood line of the circuit; and/or a sixth valve arranged between a blood treatment device and an air venting device of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Angelika Bachmann, Michael Herrenbauer, Wolfgang Wehmeyer
  • Patent number: 9901669
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the treatment of blood are disclosed allowing for the determination of an internal convection in a blood purification device e.g. in the form of a dialyzer. The internal convection in the purification device can be determined on the basis of pressure differences in the purification device. The blood purification may be, for instance, a hemodialysis or a hemodiafiltration. Pressure sensors serve for measuring the pressures of the blood at the input and/or output of the purification device as well as optionally for detecting the pressure of a cleaning fluid or dialysis fluid at the input and/or output of the purification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: B. BRAUN AVITUM AG
    Inventors: Henrik Wolff, Christof Strohhoefer, Roland Napierala
  • Patent number: 9885194
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to pool cleaners that remove debris from water using a plurality of cyclonic flows, or that include a removable impeller subassembly, a check valve for a debris canister, a particle separator assembly having a handle that locks to the pool cleaner, a modular roller drive gear box, or a roller latch that secures a roller to the pool cleaner. Exemplary embodiments are also directed to the check valve and the roller latch themselves. Exemplary embodiments are directed to a filter medium for pool cleaners that includes embossments providing flow channels for water, and to roller assemblies for pool cleaners. Exemplary embodiments are directed to pool cleaners including alternative pump motor engagements. Exemplary embodiments are directed to pool cleaners power supplies that include a potted and contoured power board assembly, and to kickstands therefor. Exemplary embodiments are directed to a pool cleaner caddy, and removable wheels therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham M. Hayes, Scott Teuscher
  • Patent number: 9867922
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for performing a medical procedure with respect to a subject. A data storage location of the system is pre-programmed with a plurality of subject data entries, each having subject-specific information associated with it. A user interface receives an identity input from a subject, which corresponds to the identity of the subject. A controller is associated with the database and the user interface, and is programmed to compare the identity input to the subject data entries. If the identity input corresponds to the subject-specific information of a subject data entry, the controller commands a treatment device to perform a medical procedure with respect to the subject. Otherwise, if the identity input does not correspond to the subject-specific information of any of the subject data entries, the controller generates an error signal which prevents the performance of the medical procedure with respect to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Case, Lan T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9827363
    Abstract: A dialysis service box for centralized control and plumbing arrangement of a dialysis machine is disclosed. The dialysis service box includes a plumbing arrangement having a supply inlet for supplying a fluid to the dialysis machine, a backflow preventer for preventing retrograde flow through the plumbing arrangement, a trap primer for maintaining a trap seal designed to prevent waste gases from flowing into the dialysis service box and a waste connection for allowing waste from the dialysis machine to exit. The dialysis service box can be universally installed to operate, control and adjust any dialysis machine that requires supply connection, waste connection, backflow preventer and trap primer, or any combination of the foregoing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: W.D. Manor Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Randall, Bryan DeWitt, Peter DeWitt, Rick Garcia, Don Gustafson
  • Patent number: 9810209
    Abstract: A rear housing includes a first passage extending from an accommodation chamber towards a communication hole of a valve-forming plate. A cylinder block includes a connection portion to be connected to an external device, an outlet space opening towards the connection portion, and a second passage extending from the outlet space towards the communication hole of the valve-forming plate. A discharge passage includes a discharge chamber, the accommodation chamber, the first passage, the communication hole, the second passage, and the outlet space. The flow passage area of the communication hole is larger than at least one of the flow passage area of the first passage and the flow passage area of the second passage. The discharge passage can be designed with high flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Hisaya Kondo, Ai Saeki, Yasushi Suzuki, Hiroyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9782529
    Abstract: An extracorporeal blood treatment device is disclosed. The device includes a blood treatment unit connected to an extracorporeal blood circuit, a waste liquid discharge line for evacuating waste treatment liquid from the blood treatment unit, and a collecting container for collecting waste treatment liquid evacuated via the waste liquid discharge line. The collecting container is removably connected to the waste liquid discharge line via a one way valve. A collecting container for a device is also disclosed. The container includes a waste fluid input line, wherein a one way valve is arranged in the waste fluid input line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: B. BRAUN AVITUM AG
    Inventors: Joern Ahrens, Francesco Benatti, Peter Pózna
  • Patent number: 9779212
    Abstract: An apparatus, a process and a system for monitoring a plurality of patients (P) affected by kidney failure over a time frame (T) are disclosed. The system includes blood treatment units, laboratory storage units, at least one hub module, and client units. The system collects values (VM) of a plurality of session parameters, set values (VS) of a plurality of prescription parameters, values (VL) of a plurality of laboratory parameters and the hub module stores values (KPVi) of selected parameters (KPi) which are a subclass of the collected values (VM, VS, VL) and which are transferred to the client units. Each client unit may define, for each of said patients, a number of indicators (IDk) based on the values (KPVi,k) taken by a respective subclass (KPi,k) of said selected parameters (KPi) and to operate the respective display according to various display modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventors: Bernard Bene, Achille Fouilleul, Lionel Buttin
  • Patent number: 9375716
    Abstract: A valve for regulating fluid flow includes a housing base defining a lower cavity and comprising a pinch structure within the lower cavity, a gas inlet providing external access to the lower cavity, a base fluid inlet, and a base fluid outlet. A housing cover defines an upper cavity and comprises a cover fluid inlet and a cover fluid outlet. The cover fluid inlet is in fluidic communication with the base fluid outlet between the upper cavity and the lower cavity, and the cover fluid outlet provides external access from the upper cavity. A diaphragm is disposed between the housing base and the housing cover. A pinch plate is disposed in the lower cavity and comprises a pinch point disposed opposite the pinch structure. A pinch tube is in fluidic communication between the base fluid inlet and the base fluid outlet in the lower cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan Schultz
  • Patent number: 9308475
    Abstract: A filter apparatus is described that has a torque limiting device, which may be a clutch mechanism, and which provides a protective function for a filter, so as to protect a filter from being over tightened and to thereby prevent damage to filter components. The clutch mechanism can also eliminate or reduce the need for torque measurement of certain filter components. The clutch mechanism can be located on one of the fluid filter, a filter head which engages the fluid filter, or a combination of both the fluid filter and the filter head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt M. A. Badeau, Travis E. Goodlund, Bryan J. Benz, Bryan P. Steffen, Ismail C. Bagci, Aaron M. Wells, Rahul B. Kallurwar, James L. Eickhoff, Chirag D. Parikh, Gregory W. Hoverson, Kevin C. South, Scott G. Manke
  • Patent number: 9265872
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for measuring a blood constituent in blood for an extracorporeal blood treatment device, comprising a dialyzer or a filter, and a hose line system comprising hose lines that are pervious to electromagnetic radiation. The kinetics of a liquid flowing at a measuring site in one of the hose lines of the hose line system is varied by varying the flow properties of the liquid in the hose line at the measuring site, particularly by stopping a blood pump arranged in the hose line and/or by closing a shut-off member in the hose line. The invention analyzes the intensity of the light entering the hose line at the measuring site and the light exiting the hose line at the measuring site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9199866
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process that uses reverse osmosis (RO) or nanofiltration (NF) membranes and ion exchange (IX) water softening resins to maximize the production of drinking water, purified industrial service water or recycled purified municipal or industrial effluents. The membrane and ion exchange units are configured in a manner that enables operation of the system at high permeate recoveries in the range 90% to 99%, thus producing purified drinking water with a minimum volume of wastewater to drains and a very low membrane cleaning or membrane replacement frequency. The process mitigates membrane fouling and scale formation and minimizes the use of water treatment chemicals including acidic and alkali solutions and sodium chloride salt that is normally required to regenerate the IX resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Riad A. Al-Samadi
  • Patent number: 9049989
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed to reduce tissue trauma when a physician retracts a patient's tissues for surgery. In one part, methods and devices are disclosed for controlling retraction force and pace. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for oscillating force when opening. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for detecting trauma during retraction. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for balancing forces on multiple retraction elements. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for reducing forces in multiple dimensions. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for engaging ribs. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed to compensate for deformation of a retractor under load. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed that combine these methods and devices. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for controlling pressure inside inflatable devices used for deforming biological tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: PHYSCIENT, INC.
    Inventors: Hugh Charles Crenshaw, Charles Anthony Pell
  • Publication number: 20150144542
    Abstract: A module for optionally recharging sorbent materials in-line, including zirconium phosphate, with an optional bypass and conduits for a sorbent cartridge. The sorbent cartridge can have one or more modules contained therein having connectors connecting each of the modules. One or more of the modules can be reusable and the sorbent materials therein recharged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryant J. PUDIL, Martin T. GERBER, David B. LURA, Thomas E. MEYER
  • Publication number: 20150083666
    Abstract: Described are water-on-water valves for use in reverse osmosis filtration systems. The water-on-water valves are regulated by the pressure in a product line, which contains fluid from a product line of the filter module and/or the product side of a water-on-water storage tank. Exemplary valves are shuttle valves that are regulated by the pressure downstream of the product side of a reverse osmosis filter module. The valves may comprise a piston within a housing, and an end of the piston may have an enlarged diameter relative to the maximum diameter of the remainder of the piston. The body of the piston may have sections of differing diameters, where the smaller diameter sections form flow channels, or the body may a diameter that is substantially the same along its length in conjunction with gratings and flow channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Laurence W. Bassett, Dian Zheng, David A. Carbo
  • Patent number: 8980102
    Abstract: A system for delivering a cooking medium of a cooking apparatus includes one or more cooking vessels. The system also includes a drain manifold in fluid communication with the cooking vessel, and a fill manifold having input valves, and output valves in fluid communication with a corresponding cooking vessel. A first flow path is connected to the fill manifold. A filter container selectively is in fluid communication with the fill manifold. A filter pump is positioned between the filter container and the fill manifold and conveys a recycled cooking medium. An overflow pump selectively is in fluid communication with the fill manifold via a second flow path and a portion of the first flow path. The overflow pump conveys a new cooking medium to the fill manifold. The first flow path conveys one of the recycled cooking medium and the new cooking medium to the fill manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: Edward J. Florkey, Joseph J. Tiszai
  • Patent number: 8974677
    Abstract: Fluid processing apparatuses and systems are disclosed. In some embodiments the fluid processing apparatuses include a movable enclosure, a plurality of filter housings disposed substantially within the movable enclosure, and a stand disposed within the enclosure. The filter housings are in fluid communication with one another. Each filter housing defines an elongate path and is configured to support a respective filter along the elongate flow path to filter a substantially continuous flow of fluid. The stand supports each filter housing such that the elongate flow path of each filter housing is substantially parallel to a vertical axis, wherein each filter housing is independently rotatable, relative to the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Saeed H. Mohseni, Deepak Mahulikar
  • Patent number: 8945376
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for resuspending and/or collecting blood and/or other types of cells in solution. In one embodiment, cells may be recovered from used surgical sponges and/or other types of surgical articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: All Cell Recovery LLC
    Inventor: Michael C. Cordisco
  • Patent number: 8914156
    Abstract: A method is provided for the control of valves for flow path control, in particular in a medical treatment machine, having a plurality of processes for the manufacture of flow paths by control of a group of valves, with each process claiming a group of valves suitable for its carrying out for itself so that other processes cannot change the switching state of these valves and with each process itself making a decision on the release of the valves claimed by it. In addition, a method is provided for monitoring the then current and/or scheduled state of a plurality of valves in the flow path control, determining the connections resulting from the switching state of the valves, and comparing the resulting connections with a predetermined number of non-permitted connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Frank L. Hedmann, Stephan Klatte
  • Patent number: 8906240
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to early detection of low bicarbonate level. In certain aspects, a method includes receiving a first signal from a conductivity detector connected to a line through which a solution of salt concentrate and fluid flows and determining a first conductivity of the solution based on the first signal. The method also includes receiving a second signal from the conductivity detector at a time after receiving the first signal, determining a second conductivity of the solution based on the second signal, and determining whether the second conductivity is less than the first conductivity by at least a threshold amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Joseph Crnkovich, Aiyuan Wang, Fei Wang
  • Patent number: 8906229
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device comprising: a base (2); a moveable or removable door (20), said device having a closed door position; and in the closed door position, a circuit (8) comprising a bag comprising two flexible films and conveying network connectors, and a press (9) comprising a first shell (16) disposed on said front face (5) of said base (2) and a second shell (17) disposed in said door (20); said bag being clamped between said first shell (16) and said second shell (17) in a state in which conduits of said network for conveying liquid are formed between said films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastien Cirou, Rene Reinbigler, Virginie Buisson, Jean-Louis Weissenbach
  • Publication number: 20140358061
    Abstract: An apparatus is described for extracorporeal blood treatment comprising an extracorporeal circuit (2), a first pump (13) operating at the removal line (3) of the blood, a second pump (14) operating at the return line (7) of the blood to the patient, a first blood reservoir (21) operating on the blood return line (7) upstream of the second blood pump (14) and a sensor (22) predisposed to detect at least a parameter, for example the pressure in the first reservoir; a control unit (100) connected to the first pump (13), to the second pump (14) and to the sensor (22) is configured such as to control the first pump (13) to promote removal of the blood along the removal line and the movement of the second pump (14) to promote the return of the blood to the patient along the return line, the control of the second pump being carried out on the basis of the signal emitted by the sensor acting on the first reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Rocco Cappella, Mirco Lancellotti
  • Publication number: 20140339156
    Abstract: A system and method for treatment of ammonia-containing raw water from low-temperature sources is designed to provide optimum treatment conditions, particularly temperature of the raw water in the bioreactor(s) containing nitrifying bacteria. The raw water supply is split into two streams, of which one stream is heated before remixing with the other stream. The split-stream heating is optionally supported by the provision of a retention tank on the heated-water stream. A three-way valve is provided to control compressed air supply to be mixed with the raw water in dependence on water level in the bioreactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Milan ZVERINA
  • Patent number: 8864985
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating on skimmed oil/water picked up from a body of water to separate the oil from the water and discharge the oil-free water back into the body of water, first feeds the skimmed oil/water into a gravity settling tank wherein the oil tends to settle above the water, removing relatively oil-free water from the bottom of the tank and measuring its oil content with an oil concentration sensor, and either returning the oil/water flow to the settling tank for further processing if the measured concentration of oil exceeds predetermined limits or discharging the water back into the body of water if the oil concentration is measured to be less than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: David Usher
  • Publication number: 20140305886
    Abstract: An apparatus for filtering dry film solvent includes a hollow vessel having a side wall, an open top end and a second end that includes a main outlet that allows fluid to flow out of a hollow interior of the vessel. A removable cover closes off the open top end of the vessel. The apparatus also includes at least one fluid inlet port formed along the side wall of the vessel and defining an entrance into the hollow interior of the vessel and at least one fluid outlet port formed along the side wall of the vessel and defining an exit from the hollow interior of the vessel. A removable filter member is disposed within the hollow interior and is defined by a frame and filter media that extends across the frame such fluid flowing into the hollow interior through the main inlet must flow through the filter media to reach the main outlet. The filter media is disposed at an angle other than 90 degrees relative to the frame of the filter member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Solid State Equipment LLC
    Inventors: John Taddei, Laura Mauer, John Clark, Lev Rapoport
  • Patent number: 8852140
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for automatically adjusting the operational parameters of a blood separation procedure. A blood separation device has an inlet for passing fluid thereinto and an outlet for removing fluid therefrom. A pump system is provided for moving fluid into and out of the device. In use, blood is conveyed into the device, where platelets are separated from at least a portion of the blood. A controller determines the amount of platelets in the device. Based at least in part on the amount of platelets in the device, corrective action is taken to avoid platelet aggregation in the device. The corrective action may be conveying an elevated amount of anticoagulant into the blood and/or the device and may be initiated when the determined amount of platelets approaches, meets, or exceeds a threshold predicted likelihood of platelet aggregation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Barry, Jr., Brian C. Case, Lan T. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140291248
    Abstract: Blood treatment systems and methods are provided for combining a blood separation system and an adsorption device. The blood separation system is configured to separate a blood component from blood, while the adsorption device is configured to receive at least a portion of the separated blood component and process it. The blood separation system includes a fluid flow element and a controller. The fluid flow element is configured for flowing the separated blood component into the adsorption device. The controller controls the fluid flow element based at least in part on one or more processing parameters. The processing parameters include a maximum flow rate of the separated blood component flowed into the adsorption device, a maximum pressure of the separated blood component flowed into the adsorption device, and/or the volume of fluid in a location of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Fenwal, Inc
    Inventors: John T. Foley, Jonathan Prendergast, Lan T. Nguyen, Brian C. Case
  • Publication number: 20140263085
    Abstract: A continuously-operable flow stream processing system and method has two or more fluid processing media arranged in a fluid conduit network to provide alternate flow paths for a flow stream to be processed (e.g. filtered). Valves and other flow control devices, e.g. controller module and sensors, are used to redirect the flow stream from one or more service-needed fluid processing media to service-ready fluid processing media without taking the system offline to remove, repair, replace, clean in situ, or otherwise service the service-needed fluid processing media, so that the system may operate continuously to process the flow stream without stoppage. Redirection into alternative flow paths and media may be automatically implemented based on a predetermined threshold or trigger condition, such as may be detected by sensors directly or indirectly monitoring media condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mark A. Mitchell, Brian Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140262988
    Abstract: A village water filtration system includes a vertical tube which can be filled with non-potable water, attached to a human powered or other air pressurization source, the pressurized air forcing the flow of the water out of the tube and through a series of filters, producing potable water. The air pressurization source may be a common bicycle pump. The filtration media would be attached by a pipe proximal the lower chamber of the tube, whereas water and pressurized air would enter proximal the top of the tube. A series of check valves prevents the pressurized air and water from exiting anywhere except through the series of filters. Accessory ports for placing eater treatment chemicals may be provided. A clean out port is provided near the bottom of the vertical tube to remove sediment which may accumulate there. Advanced models may employ UV light, ozonation or other water cleaning devices and techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ramana Venkata Rao Sistla
  • Patent number: 8834723
    Abstract: The system and process of the present invention will consist of specific monitors in tandem with interface probes reading in multiple locations, divert valves which are operated by the readings of the interface probes and online ppm monitors. Such monitors would function in conjunction with these leading indicators through a software program and computerized logic controller used to manipulate the controls of this system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Enviro-Tech Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Frank A. Richerand, Frank A. Richerand, II
  • Publication number: 20140251909
    Abstract: An induced symbiotic osmosis pump (ISOP) (and method of using same) comprising: a closed loop comprising a riser pipe and a downpipe having substantially the same length fluidly communicating at a base with an induced osmosis semipermeable membrane and fluidly communicating at an opposed end with a brine pump fluidly communicating with a pressure exchanger fluidly communicating with a reverse osmosis membrane, the downpipe comprising a check valve; the induced osmosis semipermeable membrane of the closed loop fluidly communicating with an initial reverse osmosis module fluidly communicating with a brine pump fluidly communicating with a source of fluid having an initial salinity; the brine pump electronically communicating with an electrical source; and, the reverse osmosis membrane fluidly communicating with a storage tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: MAHER ISAAC KELADA
  • Publication number: 20140231362
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for capturing and removing oil from a body of water with equipment using rod and film technology, which includes a streamlined oil tank that moves in the water and collects surface oil from an attached skimmer, arrays of inverted funnels lowered into the water to concentrate oil for removal, and containment tents to capture leaking fuel or cargo oil from a sunken ship or any underwater oil leak and channel it into a partially submerged rod and film storage tank at the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: William R. Becker
  • Publication number: 20140231356
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a system and method for treating wastewater in a filter media apparatus having a draft tube system. The filter media may be walnut shell media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Chad L. Felch, Michael Howdeshell, Stuart J. Munson, Eric A. Lorge, Bryan J. Kumfer, Matthew Patterson
  • Patent number: 8795517
    Abstract: A machine-readable medium with instructions for pumping blood from a patient's blood stream into an access line, introducing an anticoagulant solution into the pumped blood, filtering the pumped blood and delivering it to a return line, introducing a substitution fluid into the pumped blood, introducing a calcium and magnesium solution into the blood traveling through the return line, and returning the blood back to the patient's blood stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Nikkiso Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Lannoy
  • Patent number: 8789559
    Abstract: A flow path switching valve includes a tube body including one or more inlets opened to communicate with a fluid supplying source and supplying fluid into an inside of the tube body, outlets opened at opposite sides to the respective inlets and selectively alternately discharging fluid from the inside of the tube body, drains opened at opposite ends and discharging operating fluid introduced through the outlet, and seat units respectively protrude on an inner circumference of the tube body between the inlet(s), outlets and drains. An operating rod, coaxially mounted in the tube body, includes spaced apart projection units and is connected to an operating unit at one end so as to reciprocate axially within the tube body responsive to the operating unit. Valve bodies are movably disposed on an outer circumference of the operating rod and are arranged between the respective projection units to face respective seat units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hyosung Goodsprings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gi-Chul Jung, Sang-Gyu Jeon, Man-Gon Kang, Soon-Kwang Kwon, Hyeon-Cheol Choi
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8764987
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for the determination and regulation of the concentration of at least one dissolved substance in a fluid circuit, in which the fluid circuit includes at least two partial circuits separated by a filter in a semi-permeable manner, includes a detection unit for determining a concentration difference of at least one first dissolved substance, a determination unit for determining the influence of at least one second dissolved substance which is not identical to the at least one first dissolved substance, and a regulation unit for regulating the concentration of the at least one dissolved substance in the fluid circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Malte Gross, Andreas Maierhofer
  • 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: 8741148
    Abstract: A water treatment system including a reverse osmosis module and a control valve controlling communication between a water source and the module. A feedwater biased storage tank stores permeate and its pressurization by feedwater is controlled by a feedwater control valve. Flow of signal pressure to a signal pressure chamber of the feedwater control valve is restricted to reduce the rate at which a fluid generated force is applied. A check valve in parallel with the restriction allows relatively unrestricted flow out of the signal chamber when signal pressure is terminated. A tank pressurization control valve controls the operation of the feedwater control valve and controls the pressurization of a feedwater biasing chamber in the storage tank. Per-meate is stored in an accumulator for flushing the reverse osmosis module when the storage tank reaches a predetermined limit. Cleaning substances or additives can be introduced into the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kinetico Incorporated
    Inventors: Stuart Park, Stephen Goff, Steven Hoopes, Peter Halemba
  • Patent number: 8741131
    Abstract: A method for operating a medical fluid machine, the method comprising: (i) if alternating current (“AC”) power is available, charging a battery, if needed, and powering the medical fluid machine with the AC power; and (ii) if AC power is not available (a) if fuel cell power is available, charging the battery, if needed, and powering the medical fluid machine with the fuel cell power; and (b) if fuel cell power is not available, powering the medical fluid machine using battery power until the AC power or fuel cell power is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: John A. Bedingfield, Richard E. Kienman, Brian C. Lauman
  • Publication number: 20140144840
    Abstract: Provided are a sequencing batch type or batch type water-filtering apparatus and a method of operating the apparatus. The apparatus includes a raw water inflow pump and a membrane module including tubular type membranes arrayed in series. Accordingly, the apparatus maintains an appropriate cross-flow velocity, and is automatically controlled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: COWAY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Youn Kook Kim, Ho Chan Jung, Ja Yeon Song