Removable Cartridge Or Hand-manipulated Container Patents (Class 210/282)
  • Patent number: 10367211
    Abstract: A method for managing an ion filter of a fuel cell vehicle includes measuring a differential pressure between ends of the ion filter, calculating a change of the differential pressure according to a coolant flow at the ion filter, and determining leakage of an ion resin or a replacement time of a cartridge using the measured differential pressure or the calculated change of the differential pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Hunwoo Park, Sung Wook Na
  • Patent number: 10343108
    Abstract: An air drier includes an inlet, an outlet, and a collected liquid discharge port. Compressed air flows in the inlet. Dry compressed air is discharged through the outlet. Purge air containing oil and water is discharged through a collected liquid discharge port. The air drier further includes a drying container that is filled with desiccant, and a case that covers the drying container. The air drier is provided with, downstream of the collected liquid discharge port, a separation portion that separates clean air from oil and water in the purge air, a clean air outlet through which the clean air is discharged, and a collected liquid retaining portion in which collected liquid is retained. The collected liquid is separated oil and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NABTESCO AUTOMOTIVE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Sugio, Hiroaki Kawanami, Ichiro Minato
  • Patent number: 10276275
    Abstract: A method is presented for collecting and removing radon from a confined area, a storage box or articles of clothing. The method includes collecting radon from the confined area or around a storage box via at least one collector, connecting each of a plurality of radon adsorbers to a corresponding power supply or power source such as a battery, capacitor, fuel cell, etc. diverting, via a plurality of valves, the collected radon or radon daughters through one or more of the plurality of radon adsorbers, and receiving, via a plurality of radon storage units, radon or radon daughters held by the plurality of radon adsorbers for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Charles L. Arvin, Michael S. Gordon
  • Patent number: 10258908
    Abstract: A filter including a shell with at least one viewing region, a translucent bowl that fits and is installable within the shell, and an attachment mechanism. The bowl is positionable within the shell such that at least a portion of the bowl is visible through the viewing region. The attachment mechanism securely attaches the bowl the shell together and prevents at least one of vertical and rotational movement between the bowl and the shell. The shell and the bowl are not threaded to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Cummons Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Shubha Agrawal, Hariprasad Mohan Bhalerao, Amit Shashikant Wankhede, Ajay D. Joshi, Kevin C. South
  • Patent number: 10236089
    Abstract: A method is presented for collecting and removing radon from a confined area, a storage box or articles of clothing. The method includes collecting radon from the confined area or around a storage box via at least one collector, connecting each of a plurality of radon adsorbers to a corresponding power supply or power source such as a battery, capacitor, fuel cell, etc. diverting, via a plurality of valves, the collected radon or radon daughters through one or more of the plurality of radon adsorbers, and receiving, via a plurality of radon storage units, radon or radon daughters held by the plurality of radon adsorbers for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Charles L. Arvin, Michael S. Gordon
  • Patent number: 10125027
    Abstract: The invention relates to lid bodies configured to be used in filter-as-you-pour systems, where filtering is achieved as the user pours water from the container. Such lid bodies may be releasably attachable to the filter assembly through complementary locking structures of the lid body and the filter assembly so that the lid body may be selectively and releasably attached to the filter assembly. The lid bodies may also comprise a locking structure that is configured to releasably engage with a complementary locking structure of a container body. The lid bodies may also be configured to be directly connected to filter assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Brita LP
    Inventors: Nikhil P. Dani, Jonathan McDonald, Nicole Doan, Jonathan Taylor Wiegele
  • Patent number: 10011499
    Abstract: A filter cartridge and closure system is described comprising a filter cartridge for holding a filter pod that may be used, for example, to filter domestic water. In one embodiment, the filter cartridge and closure system enables the use of reusable filters in water pitchers, including reusable gravity-flow water filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: STERLING FILTERS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Roy Gene Mayo
  • Patent number: 10008300
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for eliminating radioactive iodine using a hydrophilic resin that adsorbs radioactive iodine, wherein the hydrophilic resin is at least one selected from the group consisting of a hydrophilic polyurethane resin, a hydrophilic polyurea resin, and a hydrophilic polyurethane-polyurea resin and has a hydrophilic segment and, in the principal chain and/or a side chain in the structure thereof, has a tertiary amino group or has a tertiary amino group and polysiloxane segment. By means of the present invention, a novel method for eliminating radioactive iodine is provided that is simple and low-cost, furthermore does not require an energy source such as electricity, moreover can take in and stably immobilize the eliminated radioactive iodine within a solid, and is capable of reducing the volume of radioactive waste as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignees: Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg. Co. Ltd., Ukima Chemicals & Color Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Hanada, Manabu Uruno, Kazuya Kimura, Kenichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9994459
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods of filtering water utilize an integrated gravity-fed, dual ion-exchange filtration bottle. Flow-through multi-stage filtration technology is applied to a personal water bottle. The system filters water from an upper unfiltered water reservoir through a multi-stage filter to a lower filtered water reservoir. A user then drinks from the lower reservoir. The bottle includes a cap with a filtered water outlet through which filtered water in the lower reservoir is accessed with a straw, spout, or other access device. The cap includes an unfiltered water inlet to allow filling and refilling of the upper reservoir without disassembling the bottle. The bottle includes a filter vent that eliminates air locks and partial vacuum that can develop when unfiltered water drains from the upper reservoir through the filter to the lower reservoir. This gravity-fed dual ion-exchange filtration system allows for more complete removal of dissolved solids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ZERO TECHNOLIGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Doug Kellam, Byron Stanger, Rajan Rajan, Ajit Dighe, Charles Lieppe
  • Patent number: 9901078
    Abstract: A filtration system and filtration unit are disclosed herein. The filtration system can include an aquarium and the filtration unit. The filtration unit can attach to the aquarium. The filtration unit can include a pump that circulates water through the filtration unit and a plurality of chambers. The plurality of chambers of the filtration unit can include a sterilization chamber, a pre-filtration chamber, and a root chamber. The sterilization chamber can include a sterilization feature that sterilizes the water circulating through the filtration unit, the pre-filtration chamber can remove large objects from the water, and the root chamber can contain a root network of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: AQUA DESIGN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Z. Liang, Dillon J. Rak, Timothy Langer
  • Patent number: 9878925
    Abstract: Described herein is a filtration medium comprising a substrate, wherein the substrate comprises a thermolysis product of (i) a carbon substrate having a surface of COxEy, wherein E is selected from at least one of S, Se, and Te; and wherein x and y are greater than 0; and (ii) a metal salt; and methods of removing chloramine from aqueous solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Meredith McMurdo Doyle, Allen R. Siedle, Mark R. Stouffer, Thomas E. Wood
  • Patent number: 9809379
    Abstract: A cartridge for preparing a beverage comprises a container, a pod for containing a substance from which a beverage is to be extracted, a separating element for protecting the pod, and one or more supporting elements for holding the separating element in a preferred position. The cartridge is of the type which is pierced by at least one piercing tool to allow the injection of a liquid and extraction of a beverage. The separating element comprises a platform upon which the pod is disposed. The platform forms a boundary within the container, thereby defining first and second portions of the container. Liquid is injected into the first portion of the container, and the beverage is removed from the second portion. The separating element is positioned an appropriate distance from the piercing tools by the supporting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: 1675119 Ontario Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Goncalves Cardoso
  • Patent number: 9737165
    Abstract: A device for preparing tea using a tea bag which dunks the bag for a selected amount of time, then removes the bag from the tea to end the infusion process. The device allows for a more convenient way to brew healthier and more precisely made tea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: David Joseph Talarico
  • Patent number: 9714457
    Abstract: Submersible media filters and submersible columns for use in removing radioactive isotopes and other contaminants from a fluid stream, such as a fluid stream from the primary coolant loop of a nuclear reactor system or a fluid stream from a spent-fuel pool. Generally, these submersible media filters and submersible columns are adapted to be submersed in the fluid stream, and additionally the filters are adapted to be vitrified after use, resulting in a stabilized, non-leaching final waste product with a substantially reduced volume compared to the original filter. In several embodiments, the submersible media filters and submersible columns include isotope-specific media (ISM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: KURION, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Denton, Joshua Mertz, Trevor Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9708204
    Abstract: A multi-function water treatment container for magnetizing water comprises a base, a connection barrel, a son bottle body, a first magnetic element, a second magnetic element, a cap, and a mother bottle body. The N, S poles of the first magnetic element and the N, S poles of the second magnetic element are corresponding to each other and a repelling magnetic field is generated. When shaking the container, the water molecules may be affected by magnetic waves with low frequencies to make the water become the magnetizing and resonating water. The water molecules may become finer. After being cut by the magnetic fields and vibrating with the frequencies, the activity of the water may be enhanced and the molecule arrangement may be more orderly. Furthermore, the oxygen content, the solubility, and the permeability of the water molecules are enhanced substantially so as to being absorbed more easily by human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Hann Huang, Wei-Hsiang Huang, Chi-En Huang
  • Patent number: 9707572
    Abstract: A fluid control valve includes a body, a first diverter, a second diverter, and a first actuator. The body includes an inlet configured to receive a supply of fluid. The first diverter is movable in a radial direction within the body between a first radial position and a second radial position. The second diverter is movable in a longitudinal direction within the body between a first longitudinal position and a second longitudinal position. The first actuator is operatively coupled to the first diverter and to the second diverter. The first actuator is configured to simultaneously move the first diverter between the first and second radial positions and the second diverter between the first and second longitudinal positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Steven Thomas Radder, Amruta Velapure
  • Patent number: 9650767
    Abstract: A sink faucet assembly that includes a sink faucet and a filter faucet combined together into a single unit. The sink faucet is of the single-handle type for mixing hot and cold water and includes a body member, base, or escutcheon mount upon which the filter faucet is attached. The filter faucet includes a faucet body and spout that may dispense filtered water from an undersink filter and it may further include a water filter fluidly disposed between the faucet body and spout. A filter replacement kit is provided in an embodiment that includes a generally inline water filter, an optional water spout, and an elongated hollow tubular stem adapter attachable to the filter faucet body in a generally push-in manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Scott Anthony Nightlinger, Grzegorz Loniewski
  • Patent number: 9550138
    Abstract: A gravity-driven fluid filtering system that includes a universal fluid (typically water) filter and a plurality of differently sized fluid dispensing adapters. The universal fluid filter includes: at least one gravity-driven fluid filter media; a housing having an interior and at least one fluid inlet aperture configured to allow a fluid to be treated to enter the interior of the housing by a force of gravity and into contact with the at least one gravity-driven water filter media spaced within the interior of the housing; and at least one treated fluid outlet aperture configured to deliver treated fluid to at least one of a plurality vessels each having a differently sized fluid receiving aperture. The plurality of differently sized fluid dispensing adapters each having a sloped and contoured fluid receiving portion, which is different for each adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Hugh Bradford, Marco Casucci, David P. Cooper, Nihat O. Cur, Beth M. Jackson, Timothy A. Kee, James W. Kendall, Italo Renzo Menegon, Verne H. Myers, Ginger Elayne Patera, Mark M. Senninger, Gordon Jay Stannis, Sara Manfredini-Taube, Torsten Rickard Mathias-Tingstrom, Joel Graham Vanfaasen
  • Patent number: 9539537
    Abstract: Radon is removed from a gas in an apparatus having: (a) a liquid-gas contacting apparatus containing a fresh working liquid in which radon is soluble; (b) a shielded reservoir containing the working liquid; and (c) a means for causing a stream of gas containing radon to pass through the liquid-gas contacting apparatus. When the radon level in the working liquid reaches a certain level, the working liquid is either taken out of service and stored until the radon level is reduced or the working liquid is diluted with additional working liquid having no radon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Radon Scrubber LLC
    Inventors: Colin G. Meyer, Allan H. Moyse
  • Patent number: 9359183
    Abstract: A bottle pouring dispenser featuring a dispenser housing having a lower end configured to be removably attached to and cover an open end of a bottle. The bottle pouring dispenser includes a valve providing one-way hydraulic communication from the bottle to a chamber defined within the dispenser housing. The dispenser housing has upper and lower chamber portions. A flavorant is disposed within the upper chamber portion in solid form and it is dissolvable in liquid so as to add flavoring to liquid flowing through the chamber. The flavorant is held spaced above a floor of the chamber, such that a lower portion of the chamber defines a drain volume beneath the flavorant for receiving liquid draining from about the flavorant. The bottle pouring dispenser further includes a pour spout extending from an upper end of the dispenser housing, for dispensing the flavored liquid from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Carlon Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Alan Henderson
  • Patent number: 9321805
    Abstract: Large-scale downstream processing of secreted recombinant proteins is provided in a single device, wherein the contents of a plurality of bioreactors are combined simultaneous to their harvesting and purification resulting in significant savings of time and the cost of manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Therapeutic Proteins International, LLC
    Inventor: Sarfaraz K. Niazi
  • Patent number: 9193606
    Abstract: A device for purification of water sink is provided to remove radioactive substances in a water sink of nuclear facilities. The device for purification of water sink of the present invention relates to a detachable structure for repeating process, changing the height of the device according to the water level, and moving the device. The device is filled with filter agent or adsorbent in each basket assemblies and put into a water sink for purification process. After purification process of water sink, the highly contaminated waste filter agent or waste adsorbent within the basket assemblies is easy to be removed from the device for drying. The number of basket assemblies is able to be reduced in accordance with the water level drop for draining fluid from the water sink at lower level water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council
    Inventors: Chun-Ping Huang, Jhih-Jhong Huang
  • Patent number: 9156052
    Abstract: A hand held shower head with filter replacing pre-display device comprises a round recess socket with hoop female threads created into the reverse side of a shower head shell to let an alerting pod screwing mesh therein. A signal circuit device is embedded in the alerting pod for measuring and displaying function. The alerting pod can be either screwing meshed into the recess socket for normal measuring and alerting function or screwing detached off the recess socket for battery recharging operation. Thereby, not only the shower head shell can be adequately powered but also the alerting pod can be separated out of the shower head shell for independently recharging operation so that shower head shell is unnecessary to discarded and replaced even the power supply in the signal circuit device is running out. Thus, it not only saves resource waste but also conserves economical expense incurred by frequent replacement of the shower head shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Ying Lin Cai, Chao Fou Hsu
  • Patent number: 9156051
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hand held shower head with filter replacing pre-alarm device, which comprises a round recess socket containing a detachable alerting pod is created in the reverse side of a shower head shell. A signal circuit device is embedded in the alerting pod for measuring and displaying function. The alerting pod can be either inserted into the recess socket for normal measuring and alerting function or detached off the recess socket for battery recharging operation. Thereby, not only the shower head shell can be adequately powered but also the alerting pod can be separated out of the shower head shell for independently recharging operation so that the entire shower head shell is unnecessary to discarded and replaced even the DC power supply in the signal circuit device is running out. Thus, it not only saves resource waste but also conserves economical expense incurred by frequent replacement of the shower head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Ying Lin Cai, Chao Fou Hsu
  • Patent number: 9136027
    Abstract: A method of drying high-level radioactive wastes and device thereof contains a suspension mechanism for hanging a manual elevating mechanism, and a shielding cover. The manual elevating mechanism couples with a basket for accommodating wastes by using a hanging rope, and the shielding cover is fixed below the suspension mechanism and in a moving path of the basket. The basket is moved to a storage tank containing water in which radioactive wastes are stored, and the radioactive wastes are pumped into the basket by means of a pump. The basket is then lifted above a water surface of the storage tank and received in the shielding cover, and then the shielding cover is moved into a water holder so as to drain waters in the basket. The basket is further moved onto a heating seat to be heated and a vacuum equipment is started to dry the radioactive wastes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH
    Inventors: Kuo-Yuan Chang, Jhong-Heng Chen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9028690
    Abstract: A manually-operated gravity-flow water treatment cartridge for use in a portable water treatment device having a filtered water reservoir includes a housing comprising a framework defining a plurality of compartments that contain solid particulate water treatment media loosely arranged therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Stephen M. Sanocki, Kannan Seshadri
  • Patent number: 9023205
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter cartridge (1), in particular a suction filter cartridge, in which the inlet region (10) and the outlet opening (20) are arranged in the base region. The outlet opening (20) is connected to the inlet region (10) via a by-pass, which is located in a lower section of the outflow chamber (2a) or below the outflow chamber (2a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Brita GmbH
    Inventor: Marc Namur
  • 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: 9017552
    Abstract: A system for treating runoff water from a plastic container includes a tray having at least one drainage hole defined in a lower surface thereof. Remediation media is positioned within the tray for absorbing at least one nutrient from the runoff water. A container support member may be connected to the tray for supporting a number of potted plants above the space within the tray that is occupied by the remediation media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: John Peters, Jr., John E. Markee
  • Publication number: 20150111849
    Abstract: The method is described as the removal of mediators that contribute to the pathogenesis of cancer from blood by contacting the blood with a solid, essentially non-micro-porous substrate which has been surface treated with heparin, heparan sulfate and, optionally, other molecules or chemical groups (the adsorbent media or media) having a binding affinity to the mediator, and wherein the size of the interstitial channels within said substrate are balanced with the amount of interstitial substrate surface area such that high flow rates of blood past said substrate creates a flow transport that is characterized by convection transport more than Brownian diffusion transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: KEITH MCCREA, ROBERT WARD, OLLE LARM
  • Publication number: 20150108069
    Abstract: A method is provided for regenerating spent zirconium phosphate for reuse in sorbent dialysis treatments or other re-uses as a sorbent material. The method includes contacting spent zirconium phosphate with an aqueous disinfectant solution having at least one antimicrobial agent, and treating the resulting disinfected zirconium phosphate with an acidic solution to provide a treated zirconium phosphate that can be re-used as a sorbent material. Sorbent cartridge products containing the regenerated spent zirconium phosphate are also provided. Methods and systems for sorbent dialysis which re-use the regenerated zirconium phosphate such as part of sorbent cartridges, additionally are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Merchant, Kerissa Adams
  • Patent number: 9005435
    Abstract: A structure for an opening section closed by a net through which fluid flows. The opening section is provided in a vertical wall so as to rise to the vertical wall side from the corner formed between the vertical wall and a horizontal wall. A downward protruding rib is provided on the lower side of the opening section. The lower edge of the net is provided so as to be affixed to at least the rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Rayon Cleansui Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hatsumi Takeda, Atsushi Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 9005437
    Abstract: The invention is directed to point of use devices and appliances for alkalizing water that is to be ingested. The devices comprise straws, carafes, countertop units, water bottle units, and any other devices that will treat the water at the point of use. The water will flow through the point of use devices or appliances longitudinally or radially. The point of use device or appliance will contain an alkalizing formulation that will increase the pH of the water to preferably above about 8. The amount of water that can be treated will depend on the amount of alkalizing formulation used and the size and capacity of the device or appliance for the alkalizing formulation. The alkalizing formulation will supply to the water being treated one or more of potassium, calcium, and magnesium ions. The water prior to contacting the treatment compound can be filtered through a purification formulation to remove particulates, heavy metals, and various organic compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Michael Pedersen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9000000
    Abstract: A system and method of collecting and conditioning rainwater and other moisture, such as dew, from a windshield of a vehicle and utilizing the collected fluid to replenish the fluids in the windshield washer reservoir. A collection funnel is positioned on a vehicle in order to collect rainwater and other moisture. Rainwater and other fluids from the collection funnel are directed to a conditioning cartridge where the water is de-ionized and windshield washer fluid is added. The cartridges are designed to be single replaceable units. The mixed fluid from the mixing cartridge is directed to the pre-existing windshield washer reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: WiperFill Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Carroll
  • Patent number: 8986544
    Abstract: A filter cartridge has a shell defining an upper portion with an upper interior volume and a lower portion with a lower interior volume. The cartridge is for use in gravity-fed water treatment systems having an upper untreated supply and a lower filtered container. A hydrophilic porous particulate carbon powder block filter in a polymeric binder is disposed in the cartridge. The filter has a central opening and is open on both ends. The top end of the block is fitted with an air vent tube. The lower end of the block is fitted into a rubber gasket to direct water flow into the lower container. As water flows through the filter cartridge, air is vented through the block filter central opening and out through the vent tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Marmon Water (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Govind Bommi, Krishna Murthy Bommi
  • Patent number: 8974662
    Abstract: An apparatus for and method of filtering hydrocarbon contaminated water, which is used in a system requiring a pump to lift low lying hydrocarbon contaminated liquids from said pump through a filtration system which lifts and completely filters all debris and hydrocarbons from said liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: William J Gannon
  • Publication number: 20150053618
    Abstract: A cartridge for treating drinking water, comprising two chambers, wherein one chamber is filled with a highly acidic ion-exchange material and another chamber is filled with a weakly acidic ion-exchange material, wherein one of the ion-exchange materials is loaded with alkali ions or alkaline earth ions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: BWT water=more GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Johann, Monique Bissen
  • Patent number: 8961788
    Abstract: A shower filter between a downwardly slanting shower arm and a shower head, including a base, and a vertical housing with filler material. The base has an input chamber for receiving water from the shower arm, and an output chamber from which water may be discharged to the shower head. The housing is secured at its bottom end to the base and has a first port communicating with the base input chamber and a second port communicating with the base output chamber. A tube carries water from the housing first port to the top end of the housing, where it is diffused before passing down through the filter material and second port to the output chamber. A fragrant block is mounted to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Enviro Water Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Stanley, Richie E. Stanley, Chad C. Galloway
  • 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: 8926840
    Abstract: A personal, portable drinking container has a bottle with a side wall, a closed bottom, a neck, a reservoir, and a top opening in the neck providing access to the reservoir. A cap is removably fitted on the neck to close the top opening. A ledge can be on an interior surface of the bottle below the top edge. A filter assembly is supported in the bottle and can be suspended on the ledge. The bottle can have an annular formation in the side wall below the neck to prevent the neck from deforming when the bottle is squeezed. The side wall can have a pair of squeezable sides and a pair of opposed stiff sides below the annular formation, whereby the stiff sides help the bottle to rebound quickly after each squeeze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Hull, Larry T. McKinney, Jacob Connelly
  • Patent number: 8906144
    Abstract: An adsorption dryer (20) for processing gases, in particular compressed air, having a control head (24) with valves (28), pipe connections (26) and means for receiving cartridges, and at least two cartridges (22) which can be connected to the control head (24) and are filled with adsorption means and to which a stream of fluid can be supplied, as required, via the control head (24). The cartridges (22) each have a cover (30), a cartridge casing (32), a base (34) and a central pipe (36) which extends through the cover (30) into an interior space (46) of the cartridge (22). The adsorption dryer (20) is characterized in that the cover (30), the cartridge casing (32) and the base (34) of the cartridges (22) can each be secured in place with respect to one another via the central pipe (36), the central pipe (36) in each case projects out of the cartridge (22) and serves as a connecting means for the control head (24), and the cartridge (22) itself is of compression-resistant design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Beko Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Schlensker, Johannes Sinstedten
  • Patent number: 8900339
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include filters, systems, and methods for reducing can velocity. According to an example embodiment, a filter is provided for filtering particles from air or fluid. The filter includes a first end and a second end, wherein the first end includes an aperture; one or more sections of pleated filter media including a plurality of pleats formed in a substantially conical shape about an axis and around an inner void region in communication with the aperture, wherein a diameter associated with the first end aperture is greater than a diameter associated with the second end; and one or more radial support regions in circumferential contact with at least one of an outer surface of the filter media, wherein spacing of at least some of the plurality of pleats are maintained at least in part by the one or more radial support regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: BHA Altair, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Alan Ray, Martin Gregory Hatfield
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8845895
    Abstract: A bottled water filtration system for use with a water bottle, the system having a bottle cap, a nozzle formed in a first side of the bottle cap, a porous filter housing formed on a second side of the bottle cap, and a filter material located inside the porous filter housing, wherein the cap, nozzle and filter housing are formed as an integrated unit, which can be attached and removed from a water bottle as a unit. The system is preferably used with a disposable plastic water bottle. Additionally, the system may include a rotatable counter for keeping track of the number of effective uses remaining in the filter system. Also, a one-way air valve may be included to prevent “backwash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Mohssen Ghiassi
  • 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: 20140251891
    Abstract: A filter cartridge (5) with a housing enclosing a filter volume filled to about 80% with a filter granulate (15) is screwed into a joint (7) of a connecting piece (1) by means of a port (12) ending in an outflow opening (13) and being connected to an outlet line formed by a second fitting (3), and surrounded with a distance by a casing (4) that is screwed to the connecting piece (1). An inlet line formed by a first fitting (2) opens into an intermediate volume (6) lying between the casing (4) and the outer side of the filter cartridge (5) in such a way that untreated water enters into the outlet line via the intermediate volume (6) and through the bottom (9) which is perforated by slots (10), the filter granulate (15), the intermediate floor (11) that is likewise slotted and the port (12). In order to reduce the flow resistance, the port (12) is provided with bypass openings (14) to allow untreated water to pass also directly out of the intermediate volume (6) into the port (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Manuel Rickenbach
  • Patent number: 8828104
    Abstract: A device and method for removing moisture from ethanol blended fuel in a fuel tank comprises a container made of a non-woven nylon fabric, a desiccant, and a gelling agent; wherein the desiccant and gelling agent are inside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: B3C Fuel Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Brian Boezi
  • 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