With Spaced Non-particulate Separating Means Patents (Class 210/266)
  • Patent number: 10414673
    Abstract: A method for testing an underwater filtration system as well as the underwater testing device which enables the operation of filtration systems in aquatic conditions. The testing method includes introducing a flow of water into the underwater testing device via a water inlet, said underwater testing device including at least one filter, bringing said flow in the underwater testing device up to said filter, obtaining a filtrate downstream of said filter and discharging said filtrate into the environment via a discharge pipe. The underwater testing device is placed underwater at a depth of at least 500 meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: TOTAL SA, SAIPEM S.A., VEOLIA EAU—COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES EAUX, VWS WESTGARTH LTD.
    Inventors: Pierre Pedenaud, Samuel Heng, Didier Bigeonneau, Stéphane Anres, Raymond Hallot, Michel Baylot, Mourad Ben Boudinar, Graeme Skivington
  • Patent number: 10391461
    Abstract: The baby bottle with mixer is an infant feeding bottle with an integral, controllable internal mixer. The baby bottle with a mixer includes a conventional bottle having an open upper end and a closed lower end, and a conventional cap for releasably covering and sealing the open upper end of the bottle. An internal wall is mounted within the bottle such that a fluid-tight chamber is defined between a lower surface of the internal wall and the closed lower end of the bottle. An agitator is rotatably mounted on an upper surface of the internal wall, and the agitator is selectively driven by a motor, which is housed within the fluid-tight chamber. A speaker is mounted on the closed lower end of the bottle for playing music, soothing sounds or the like while the baby is being fed. A controller is in communication with the speaker and the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Abdulrazzaq A. A. E. A. Alfoudari
  • Patent number: 10370260
    Abstract: A filter for a non-plumbed appliance is provided. The filter includes a filter housing defining a filter chamber. A filter medium is positioned within the filter chamber, each end of the filter medium being enclosed by an endcap formed from a resilient material, such as molded silicone or a thermoplastic elastomer. The endcaps slide on the ends of the filter media with no need for adhesive and form a fluid seal with both the filter media and the filter housing once installed. One or more fluid bypass channels may be defined by the filter housing or in the endcaps to allow water to flow as desired within the filter chamber. The resulting filter requires fewer components and less assembly time while improving filtration performance and reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Sergeevich Chernov, Andrew Reinhard Krause
  • Patent number: 10350522
    Abstract: Filter capsules for showers and sinks used in surgical settings, clean rooms and other contaminant-sensitive settings having modified outlets for improved splash control. Flat, concave, convex, asymmetric concave and asymmetric convex outlet inserts have pluralities of fluid bores with varying orientations to permit enhanced fluid flow control out of the filter capsules including divergent, convergent and mixed divergent/convergent fluid flows. An inlet with an axis offset at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the filter capsule body permits user control over the fluid flow strike point in a sink or shower stall via rotation of the capsule about the inlet connection point. A recessed outlet improves the prevention of contaminant dispersal by recessing the outlet away from contact points and potential contaminant sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: ZhenWu Lin, Hong Shen
  • Patent number: 10330362
    Abstract: A liquid slug protector device for air conditioning and heat pump systems includes a housing having an inlet port, an outlet port, and a cavity. The device further includes a piston disposed in the cavity. The piston has an inflow channel. The device also includes a backing structure disposed in the cavity. The backing structure has an outflow channel, where a first refrigerant flow path from the inlet port to the outlet port includes the inflow channel and the outflow channel. The device further includes a peripheral channel that is at least partially bound by the piston. A second refrigerant flow path from the inlet port to the outlet port includes the peripheral channel and the outflow channel. The second refrigerant flow path is closed when the piston abuts against the backing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: RHEEM MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: Mark O. Creason
  • Patent number: 10273005
    Abstract: A retention system for use within a molecular sieve unit includes a perforated plate having a top face and bottom face. The perforated plate is configured to be positioned atop a packed sieve bed proximate an outlet end cap of the molecular sieve unit. A skirt is coupled to the bottom face of the perforated plate and a biasing member is configured to engage the outlet end cap and the top face of the perforated plate. The biasing member urges the perforated plate against the packed sieve bed. The biasing member may be one or more wave springs thereby reducing the risk of losing sufficient biasing force against the perforated plate. In the event that a sufficient biasing force is lost, the skirt may operate as a failsafe so as to minimize or prevent tilting of the perforated plate within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Carleton Life Support Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Buenting, Lane Dicken, Justin Weber
  • Patent number: 10272370
    Abstract: An anti-drip filter assembly is provided herein. The filter assembly may define a filtration path between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet. The filter assembly may include a filter medium and an end cap. The filter medium may define a filtered volume and unfiltered volume. The filter medium may extend along an axial direction between a first end and a second end. The first end may be proximal the fluid inlet and fluid outlet, and the second end may be distal the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The end cap may be disposed on the first end of the filter medium. Moreover, the filter assembly may define a capillary passage directing a fluid flow along the filtration path. The capillary passage may have a passage width equal to or less than a capillary width of water therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan John Prince
  • Patent number: 10247455
    Abstract: A receiver drier comprises a housing and a filter unit. The housing includes a moisture absorbing chamber and a longitudinally spaced filter chamber. The filter chamber includes an inlet formed adjacent a first portion of an inner circumferential surface thereof and an outlet formed adjacent a second portion of the inner circumferential surface. The filter unit is received within the filter chamber and includes a main body defining a first filter compartment therein. A first surface of the first filter compartment is defined by a first screen element fluidly coupling an interior of the first filter compartment to an exterior thereof. The flow of the refrigerant enters and exits the first filter compartment while flowing in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the receiver drier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Alex Dziubinschi, Kastriot Shaska, James L. Smitterberg, Brennan Sicks
  • Patent number: 10227244
    Abstract: A fast acting water purification system containing a source of silver ions which is suitable for use in personal or household water containers, where the non-potable water may contain halides or other materials that limit the solubility of silver in the non-potable water, with the purification agent including a source of silver ions and a compound containing a hydantoin ring increase the presence of silver ions in the non-potable water to a level sufficient to quickly kill harmful microorganisms in the non-potable water without the need to add additional biocides to the non-potable water or pretreat the non-potable water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph A King
  • Patent number: 10135030
    Abstract: An organic electroluminescent display device including a rear substrate, an organic electroluminescent portion disposed over a surface of the rear substrate, the organic electroluminescent portion including a first electrode, an organic layer, and a second electrode in sequence, a front substrate opposing the rear substrate and coupled to the rear substrate to seal an internal space therebetween in which the organic electroluminescent portion is accommodated, thereby isolating the organic electroluminescent portion from the outside, a moisture-absorbing layer disposed over an internal surface of the front substrate, and a sealant disposed between the rear substrate and the moisture-absorbing layer to couple the front substrate and the rear substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Woo Park, Jong-Hyuk Lee
  • Patent number: 10099942
    Abstract: Systems and methods of eliminate filter air locks by maintaining a constant water table at the water head layer of the filter. The constant water table eliminates air locks in the filter as the filter drains. Water flows from the water head layer through a filtration medium in a filter cartridge, and the filtered water is output from a water outlet at the top of the cartridge. For a water table retention filter, where the water (or other liquid) being filtered, is re-directed to the top of the filter to the water head layer to avoid drawing air into the filter. Unfiltered water drains down the center of the filter to the water head layer and then flows up through the filter and is directed out near or at the top of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ZERO TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Doug Kellam, Rajan Rajan, Liu Guang Wei
  • Patent number: 10080993
    Abstract: Continuous fuel flow enhancer device for internal combustion engines has two internal solid phases in the fuel circulation where the following components intervene: silica gel (SiO2 nH2O) which performs a dehydration process, and in a second phase, activated carbon for organic compounds intervene, which performs an adsorption, purification and dehydration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Ricardo Nestor Fariña
  • Patent number: 10071926
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to systems and methods for preventing mineral scale deposits in an aircraft water system, and more specifically, within devices and water transport systems, such as coffeemakers and other galley equipment, as well as the water lines themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: MAG Aerospace Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Razmik B. Boodaghians, Kevin Huang, Christoph Goeschel, Christina Ortolan, Vikram Chauhan
  • Patent number: 9993096
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a treatment for hiccups. A device for treating hiccups utilizes a replaceable filter through which liquid must be manually drawn by a vacuum force created with the user's mouth and through which liquid will not naturally flow due to the effects of gravity. The user's draws the liquid through the filter in this manner and swallows, which eliminates the user's hiccups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Bruce D. Frimerman
  • Patent number: 9993745
    Abstract: Wastesolution treatment systems and methods are provided which may remove particulates and hydrocarbons from wastesolution. Embodiments may be used to treat scrubber wastesolution from exhaust gas cleaning (“EGC”) systems. Some embodiments may be used with terrestrial EGC systems and others may be used for maritime ship EGC systems. Certain embodiments remove free phase oil and particulates from the wastesolution. Some embodiments may utilize a fixed film biogenerator cultured with hydrocarbon degrading microorganisms to reduce the concentration of oils in the water. Certain embodiments may utilize a biofilter with granulated activated carbon (“GAC”) to adsorb contaminants in the water. Other embodiments may utilize GAC cultured with hydrocarbon degrading microorganisms to reduce oil concentration in the water. The wastesolution may be recirculated through the system until the measured contaminant concentration drops below a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: EnSolve Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Penny, Jason A. Caplan, Marika Suominen-Yeh
  • Patent number: 9982926
    Abstract: A cooling system and a refrigerator including a cooling system are provided. The cooling system may include a linear compressor including a reciprocating piston and a cylinder that accommodates the piston and having an outer circumferential surface, into which a refrigerant may be introduced, a refrigerant filter device provided in the linear compressor to filter the refrigerant introduced into one or more gas inflow of the cylinder, a condenser that condenses the refrigerant compressed in the linear compressor, and a dryer that removes foreign substances or oil from the refrigerant condensed in the condenser. The dryer may include a dryer body including a refrigerant inflow, through which the refrigerant condensed in the condenser may be introduced, and a refrigerant discharge, through which the refrigerant may be discharged, and an adsorption filter accommodated in the dryer body to filter the oil in the refrigerant introduced through the refrigerant inflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyeongweon Lee, Seongho Ha, Wonhyun Jung
  • Patent number: 9969624
    Abstract: A simple to operate personal water purification device using membrane type filtration with almost constant pressure exerted to the membrane filter during the operation. The water inlet is connected to the high pressure chamber via a non-return valve. The water from the chamber is injected via the piston into the already pressurized circuit which maintenance filter working pressure. A pressurized circuit is formed in the concentrate cylinder and the filtration unit. The fluid circulation within the pressurized circuit is enabled via motion of a circulation piston. The permeate outlet produces potable water while the remaining concentrate is returned to the return chamber. The circulation piston and high pressure piston are connected via piston coupling and operated, preferably, by hand activating reciprocal motion of the piston rod. The membrane type filtration can be a ultra-filtration membrane, a nano-filtration membrane or a reverse osmosis membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignees: IZIT D.O.O.
    Inventors: Laszlo Sipos, Marko Baus, Ivor Zidaric, Igor Stanisljevic, Marinko Markic
  • Patent number: 9943787
    Abstract: An oil filter assembly is disclosed for a machine, such as an internal combustion engine, that has an oil output port and an oil input port. A mounting plate may be fixed with an outer enclosure and may be adapted for securing to the machine. The mounting plate may be further adapted to conduct oil from the machine into a peripheral portion of the outer enclosure, and then returning oil from a central portion of the outer enclosure back to the machine. Oil may pass from the peripheral portion to the central portion through a primary filter having a first porosity. A pressure-actuated valve may be fixed fluidly between the peripheral portion and central portion of the outer enclosure. Oil may pass through the pressure-actuated valve only when an oil pressure differential between the peripheral portion and the central portion of the outer enclosure exceeds a predetermined threshold pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hubb Filters, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher M. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 9907505
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and devices to detect perforation of the bowel, for example, resulting from surgical procedures, such as laparoscopy, diagnostic procedures, such as colonoscopy, medical conditions, such as diverticulitis, and trauma. The present disclosure also relates to filtration systems and electrical connector assemblies for use in the methods and devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sentire Medical Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Tony Scalici, David Leonard, David Krasne, Balakrishna Haridas, M. Robert Garfield, III
  • Patent number: 9873627
    Abstract: A lightweight, portable, on-contact and on-demand, straw-style, high flow rate water purifying apparatus, tested and proven by an accredited and certified laboratory to meet or exceed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NSF/ANSI P231 and 53 standards for a microbiological water purifier. The apparatus includes a shell and a hollow, elongated chamber that accommodates cleanable and replaceable water filtration and water purification media cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Michael M. Barlow
  • Patent number: 9839870
    Abstract: A filter is includes a housing and at least first and second adsorbent materials within the housing. The second adsorbent material has different characteristic from the first adsorbent material and is in series with the first adsorbent material. When assembled, a labyrinth arrangement is located between a first port in the housing and the first adsorbent material such that gas travels between the first port and the first adsorbent material by passing through the labyrinth arrangement. A filtration system and methods for humidity control of a liquid tank head space uses a filter, including first and second adsorbent and a diffusion channel or labyrinth arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin Zastera, Gregory L. Lavallee, Marty A. Barris
  • Patent number: 9731234
    Abstract: A liquid (water) pitcher that includes a pitcher having a liquid receiving aperture configured to allow a liquid (water) to be delivered into an interior liquid storage volume defined by at least one upwardly extending wall extending upward from a base and a liquid (water) filter positioned within the pitcher that includes a filter housing and at least one gravity-driven fluid treatment medium within the filter housing where the filter housing has a plurality of fluid intake apertures and at least one treated fluid outlet configured to deliver treated fluid into an internal volume of a vessel wherein the at least one fluid filtering medium treats the liquid at a rate of at least about one liter per minute while removing at least chlorine odor and chlorine taste components from the liquid (water).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat O. Cur, Kirk W. Goodwin, Timothy A. Kee, James W. Kendall, Steven John Kuehl, Verne H. Myers, Ginger Elayne Patera, Mark M. Senninger
  • Patent number: 9707507
    Abstract: The present invention provides ammonia purification means to remove impurities such as oil with a negative effect on vapor deposition from inexpensive commercially available industrial crude ammonia and from crude ammonia recovered from the gallium nitride compound semiconductor process and to continuously supply the purified ammonia to the gallium nitride compound semiconductor process. The oil removing device removing oil from crude ammonia containing oil as impurities includes an oil filter cylinder accommodating a filtration element cylindrically formed from a filtration membrane processed into a shape of pleat, honeycomb, or space structure; and an oil adsorption cylinder filled with activated carbon. The ammonia purification apparatus is provided with the oil removing device; a catalyst cylinder filled with a catalyst containing nickel as an active component; and an adsorption cylinder filled with synthetic zeolite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: JAPAN PIONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Arakawa, Toshio Akiyama, Koichi Yada, Atsuya Makita
  • Patent number: 9711757
    Abstract: An organic electroluminescent display device including a rear substrate, an organic electroluminescent portion disposed on a surface of the rear substrate, the organic electroluminescent portion including a first electrode, an organic layer, and a second electrode in sequence, a front substrate coupled to the rear substrate at an internal surface of the front substrate to seal an internal space in which the organic electroluminescent portion is accommodated, thereby isolating the organic electroluminescent portion from the outside, a transparent moisture-absorbing layer coated on the internal surface of the front substrate, and a sealant disposed between the rear substrate and the transparent moisture-absorbing layer to couple the front substrate and the rear substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Woo Park, Jong-Hyuk Lee
  • Patent number: 9682335
    Abstract: Disclosed is a capsule apparatus having a filter housing defining a filter chamber with a top cap having a plurality of ports extending substantially laterally from a top end of the top cap. The lateral and substantially uniform orientation of the ports facilitates connection to panel mount assemblies and improves filter maintenance processes. A transfer tube extending the length of the capsule allows the introduction of heated fluids from a top mounted inlet port to a bottom of the capsule chamber to allow or a substantially uniform heat gradient in the capsule filter chamber. A dispersion ring or dispersion plate may be secured to a distal end of the transfer tube to promote uniform dispersion of liquids and/or gases introduced into the capsule apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: ZhenWu Lin, Mark D. Lorusso
  • Patent number: 9662598
    Abstract: A filter insert (10) comprising: a body portion (12) and a closed-ended tube (14), an open end of which is sealingly affixed around the periphery of the body portion (12); an inlet aperture (16) and an outlet aperture (18) each aperture communicating via a through hole in the body portion (12) with the interior of the tube (14); a filter medium (20) located within the tube (14) and being sealingly interposed between the inlet aperture (16) and the outlet aperture (18), wherein the tube (14) is at least partially manufactured of a flexible plastics material, and wherein the body portion (12) is relatively rigid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Icon Technology Systems Limited
    Inventor: David Cupit
  • Patent number: 9656193
    Abstract: A compound water filtering jug includes a jug, a filtering container, an upper filter, and a lower filter. The filtering container is arranged in an upper portion of the jug. The upper filter is arranged in the filtering container and the upper filter receives therein a plurality of filtering materials. The lower filter is arranged outside the filtering container and is located in the jug. The lower filter receives therein a plurality of filtering materials. The upper filter is coupled to and in communication with the lower filter. As such, when a liquid (such as water) is poured into the filtering container, the liquid is subjected to a first stage of filtering by the upper filter and then flows into the lower filter so that the liquid can be subjected to a second stage of filtering by the lower filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SHEN HUNG ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsung-Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 9599414
    Abstract: A liquid reservoir used in a heat exchanger, for example an automotive air conditioner, and a manufacturing method therefor. The liquid reservoir includes an inlet hole and an outlet hole. The outlet hole is provided with a filter element covering the outlet hole. A flow area at a location of the outlet hole covered by the filter element is greater than the cross-sectional area of other locations of the outlet hole. In this way, in the case that other structures of the inlet hole are not improved, a filtering area of the filter element is increased, thereby increasing a flow area of a refrigerant, reducing a flow resistance effect exerted by the filter element on the refrigerant, and reducing a workload of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SANHUA AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Bin Yin, Lixin Wang, Zhengwei Wang
  • Patent number: 9550704
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for synthesizing a radiopharmaceutical using a cartridge, which makes it possible to carry out several steps of reaction required for synthesizing a radiopharmaceutical in the cartridge filled with a polymer. A method for synthesizing a radiopharmaceutical according to the present invention enables each step's reaction to be carried out with the solution confined in the cartridge so as not to flow out, thus being simplified compared to the conventional methods for synthesizing radiopharmaceuticals, and expediting the synthesis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: FUTURECHEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Yoon Chi, Byoung Se Lee, Jae Hak Lee, So Young Chu, Woon Jung Jung
  • Patent number: 9504956
    Abstract: A visual indicator device and method for determining the presence of oily contaminants in a gaseous stream are provided. The device includes a filtration status chamber for receiving and discharging the gaseous stream, and a transparent wall enabling viewing of the chamber interior. A fluid-pervious filtration media within the chamber is infused with an absorption composition at which the contaminant on contact with the media is immobilized. The media has a surface viewable through a transparent wall of the filtration status chamber, and the stream flow path is such as to cause the stream to impinge at the media via the said surface, whereby the contaminants collect selectively at the media surface and are therefore highly visible through the transparent wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: MYCELX TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hal Alper
  • Patent number: 9504941
    Abstract: A visual indicator device and method for determining the presence of oily contaminants in an aqueous stream are provided. The device includes a filtration status chamber for receiving and discharging the aqueous stream, and a transparent wall enabling viewing of the chamber interior. A fluid-pervious filtration media within the chamber is infused with an absorption composition at which the contaminant on contact with the media is immobilized. The media has a surface viewable through a transparent wall of the filtration status chamber, and the stream flow path causes the stream to impinge at the media via the surface, whereby the contaminants collect selectively at the media surface and are highly visible through the transparent wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: MYCELX TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hal Alper
  • Patent number: 9487339
    Abstract: The invention concerns a liquid dispenser head which is designed to be mounted on a bottle containing a liquid and comprises a filtering device (26) forming an interface between the inside and the outside of the bottle. The filtering device comprises tubular filters (30) which are extended longitudinally so they can be plunged into the bottle, particularly tubular filters whose wall consists of a membrane that is selectively permeable to a liquid to be expelled from the bottle and made of hydrophilic material for this purpose. So that the expelled liquid can be replaced by air, the membrane forming the wall of said filter tube is made of hydrophobic material so as to be selectively air-permeable. The hydrophobic membrane also filters bacteria in the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Laboratories Thea
    Inventors: Alain Defemme, Fabrice Mercier
  • Patent number: 9394185
    Abstract: A method of remediating a water-based fluid includes the steps of providing a container providing a fluid cavity and organic, inorganic and biological remediation media within the cavity. The container is tubular and provides a linear flow direction, organic, inorganic and biological remediation media arranged in the cavity and configured to permit a water-based fluid within the cavity to simultaneously flow through the media. The organic, the inorganic and the biological remediation media are respectively configured to remove organic, inorganic and microbiological constituents. The organic, inorganic and biological remediation media are arranged within the cavity along the linear flow direction. Multiple cartridges are arranged within the cavity and spaced apart from one another. A predetermined flow rate of the water-based fluid through the cavity is set and it concurrently removes organic, inorganic and iodine-based biocide contaminants from the fluid within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND SPACE SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Tony Rector, John W. Steele
  • Patent number: 9387418
    Abstract: The present document describes a media bed filter for filtering fine particles from a raw liquid flow, the media bed filter comprising: a tank having: a top portion; a bottom portion defining a bottom surface for receiving a media bed, the media bed having a supporting media to be disposed on the bottom surface and a filtering media for covering the supporting media, the top portion of the tank being above the filtering media of the media bed; a raw liquid inlet in fluid communication with a nozzle configuration located in the top portion of the tank for providing the raw liquid flow in the tank in the form of a plurality of jets at a directional velocity substantially equal or greater to a disengagement velocity of the filtering media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Neptune-Benson, LLC
    Inventors: Marco Bosisio, Alain Silverwood
  • Patent number: 9314747
    Abstract: A cartridge system for converting a bulk feeder which delivers a single water treatment material at a high rate to a bulk feeder that delivers two or more water treatment materials at a lower rate through locating a set of dispensing cartridges in the chamber of the bulk feeder with the dispensing cartridges held in position to maintain the fluid outlet port of one of the cartridges in fluid alignment with the fluid inlet port of another cartridge to provide cartridge to cartridge flow without having to circulate the fluid through the chamber of the bulk feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: KING TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A King, Jeffrey D Johnson
  • Patent number: 9263159
    Abstract: A high radioactivity filter system is disclosed. The invention utilizes within a container substructure a filter employing a combination of specially selected filtration and ion exchange media and a structural design of equipment for substantially or totally providing and/or rendering Class A waste forms and preventing the formation of Class B, C and GTCC waste forms. The invention also provides both ion exchange and filtration of liquid radioactive wastestreams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: AVANTech, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Jensen, Dennis A. Brunsell
  • Patent number: 9212067
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a fluid and/or aqueous additive delivery system is provided. According to the present invention, a modular fluid container is described for consumption of liquids. Fluid containers according to the present invention include any combination of four distinct modular components; (1) an end-point filter purification module for removal of impurities from water, (2) a UV purification module for emitting ultraviolet (UV) light in a germicidal spectrum for disinfection, (3) a tablet storage and dispensing module to emit ultraviolet (UV) light in a germicidal spectrum for disinfection of a volume of drink liquid held in the container, (4) a flow meter module for quantitatively monitoring hydration in real time. The user can personalize the bottle with any or all modules that are required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: FLOZINC, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gellibolian, John Stump
  • Patent number: 9050547
    Abstract: Improved screen filter modules, related compartmentalized filtration modules, and related filtration processes, suitable for filtering fluid to eliminate suspended particulate matter, such as living cells or microcarriers anchoring living cells, or to separate particulate matter based on size. The improvement is the presence of a barrier that channels redirected filtrate to the portion of the filter most susceptible to clogging by the particulate matter and induces flow patterns that act against clogging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Repligen Corporation
    Inventor: Jerry Shevitz
  • Patent number: 9044696
    Abstract: A module insert includes at least one water level sensor, at least one valve and at least one flow channel for the water. The module insert has at least one container having sorbent mechanism for collecting contaminants from the separated water. A pressure-resistant housing is configured to protect an interior of the module insert from the pressure of the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Braunheim, Matthias Gänswein, Jörg Hrodek, Sven Siegle, Richard Wlassa
  • Patent number: 9017553
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Craig A. Mason
  • Patent number: 9004292
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure could generally provide a relatively easily squeezable beverage bottle that allows control of the flow rate of the liquid being dispensed to the user. The bottle could provide sufficient radial rigidity—or resistance to squeezing—to return to its original shape (or “bounce back”) at a suitable rate without experiencing permanent deformation or denting and to withstand the rigors of filling, shipping, transporting, dispensing, etc. The present disclosure generally provides a beverage bottle filtering system that provides adequate filtering of water taken from the bottle at a suitable rate. In one embodiment, the present disclosure could include a support system to adequately secure the filter media within a filter housing while ensuring a sufficient compression fit and seal of filter media within filter system to eliminate “bypass flow” (i.e., water that might leak past filter system) and prevent consumption of unfiltered water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Seventh Generation Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy E. Carter, Brian D. Schumacher, Edward A. Kidston, Karim Rashid, Richard Smiedt
  • Publication number: 20150083652
    Abstract: A water treatment system including a filter, an aerator, a hydrogen absorption manifold, a first treatment container, a second treatment container, a magnetron, a boiler, a superheater, a fractional distillation separator and a condenser. The filter is adapted for removing chloride ions and transmutated chlorine ions, while the hydrogen absorptive manifold is designed for absorbing hydrogen ions and reducing the pH of the water. The magnetron alters the spin of an electron in an outer shell of an atom contained in the water so that a solution added to the water coats selective elements causing them to precipitate from the water. The boiler and superheater may be utilized to convert the water to a superheated steam, while the fractional distillation separator is adapted for condensing and separating elements, including radioactive elements, from the superheated steam. A method for treating contaminated water using the water treatment system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Wayne R. Hawks
  • Publication number: 20150083655
    Abstract: Provided is an oil deterioration prevention device with which the trapping effect with respect to oil deteriorated components can be improved and with which the oil passage resistance can be reduced, thereby suppressing a rise in pressure loss. This oil deterioration prevention device is equipped with a filter unit equipped with a filter material that filters oil; and a deterioration prevention unit equipped with a powdery deterioration suppressing agent that suppresses oil deterioration. The deterioration prevention unit contains a mesoporous inorganic material, and of the oil fed from an oil storage unit, the oil filtered by the filter unit is fed to parts which are to be lubricated, and the oil in which deterioration has been suppressed by the deterioration prevention unit is returned to the oil storage unit or is fed to the parts to be lubricated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicants: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA CHUO KENKYUSHO
    Inventors: Hideto Morishita, Yasuhiro Saito, Ippei Fukutomi, Motoichi Murakami, Katsuichi Miyasaka, Yasuhiro Ohmiya, Hiroshi Moritani, Mamoru Tohyama, Narihito Tatsuda
  • Patent number: 8945380
    Abstract: Systems for treating biomass for the production of ethanol are disclosed. The systems are configured to treat a liquid component separated from biomass to yield sugars available to be fermented into a fermentation product. The systems comprise a filter configured to remove particulate matter to provide a filtered component and an apparatus configured to remove inhibitors from the filtered liquid component provide a treated liquid component comprising sugars available for fermentation. Methods for treating for treating biomass useful in the production of a fermentation product are also disclosed. The methods include the steps of filtering a liquid component to remove particulate matter thereby yielding a filtered liquid component, and treating the filtered liquid component to remove inhibitors thereby yielding a treated liquid component comprising sugars available to be fermented into a fermentation product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Poet Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Richard Kwiatkowski, William F. McDonald, David Charles Carlson
  • Patent number: 8931650
    Abstract: Baby bottles can have a single container, or two containers to create a space for thermal isolation, as selected by the user. The baby bottle can be vented to allow air to enter the bottle through a passageway as liquid is removed. A filter and one-way valve can be provided in the passageway. The passageway can be formed by radially aligning a vent opening in a top cap with a vent opening in a nipple flange, or by providing a channel in the top cap which is always in radial alignment with both the top cap vent opening and the flange vent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce McKendry, Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 8877050
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the treatment of liquid effluents laden with hydrocarbons, which comprises: feeding the effluents into a treatment tank; supplying the treatment tank with a reversible sorbent having a defined particle size; mixing the effluents with the reversible sorbent in the treatment tank in order to load said reversible sorbent with the hydrocarbons in the effluents; removing the hydrocarbon-laden reversible sorbent from the top of the treatment tank; extracting the treated effluents from the bottom of the treatment tank; and separating the hydrocarbons from the laden reversible sorbent from the treatment tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Osead Hydrocarbon Technologies, SAS
    Inventors: Christian Martin, Rene Pascal
  • Patent number: 8858788
    Abstract: Method for the removal of organic components from a mixture of organic components and water, characterized in that it comprises the steps of guiding the mixture through at least one vessel (3) in which has been provided an amount of organoclay (17) in at least one removable casing (18) which is permeable to liquids and gasses but not to organoclay particles, or on a supporting structure (28) from where the organoclay particles cannot come off, such that the amount of organoclay particles is at any time part of a removable entity; and of producing a flow through the aforesaid mixture in this vessel (3) by guiding a flow of gas bubbles through this mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Airpower, Naamloze Vennootschap
    Inventor: Kenneth Alexander De Vocht
  • Publication number: 20140263054
    Abstract: Technology is described for a water purification system. The water purification may include a carbon block. The water purification system may include an ion-exchange resin layer to reduce a pH level in water before neutral water passes into a fiber membrane filter. The water purification system may include the fiber membrane filter to receive the water from the carbon block and into a plurality of pores to remove suspended solids from the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Water Safety Corporation
    Inventor: Water Safety Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140263022
    Abstract: An oil deterioration prevention device is provided that can prevent an increase in pressure loss by reducing oilflow resistance. The oil deterioration prevention device may include a filtering unit including a filter element that filters oil, and a deterioration prevention unit including a powdery deterioration prevention agent that prevents deterioration of oil, wherein the deterioration prevention unit includes a passage wall that retains the deterioration prevention agent and forms an oil passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Saito, Hideto Morishita, Ippei Fukutomi, Motoichi Murakami, Katsuichi Miyasaka, Masatoshi Hiyoshi, Koji Morita
  • Patent number: 8820584
    Abstract: A bottle for the creation, storage, administration and dispensing of elemental iodine is disclosed. An amount of crystal iodine is safely housed at the bottom of the bottle. Water is poured into the bottle and contacts with the crystal iodine to form elemental iodine. With the crystal iodine safely secured at the bottom of the housing, the formed elemental iodine maintains contact with the crystal iodine to maintain its stability and extends is shelf life. Several dispensing device are also disclosed for dispensing or administering the elemental iodine, as needed, in order to treat internal and external areas of a human's or animal's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Spyros J. Papageorge