Removable Cartridge Or Hand-manipulated Container Patents (Class 210/282)
  • Publication number: 20110309024
    Abstract: Apparatus for treating run-off water, the apparatus including a mechanical-sorption filter for removing particulate and colloidal material; an ion exchange filter for removing positively charged ions; and, a sorption filter for removing at least other soluble contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Konstantinos Athanasiadis
  • Patent number: 8080162
    Abstract: Provided is a method that can remove fission products in a spent electrolyte produced in a dry reprocessing process by an easy operation and can vitrify the fission products easily, the fission products including not only the fission products that generate precipitate but also the fission products that generate no precipitate. A spent electrolyte produced in a dry reprocessing process is subjected to a phosphate conversion processing to obtain a processing target substance; the processing target substance is passed through a separating material 10 including an iron phosphate glass at a temperature of not more than a softening point of the iron phosphate glass in order to remove insoluble fission products included in the processing target substance by filtration with the separating material and to sorb fission products in solution to the separating material for separation; and the iron phosphate glass holding the fission products is used as a waste vitrification material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Japan Atomic Energy Agency
    Inventors: Ippei Amamoto, Hirohide Kofuji, Mineo Fukushima, Munetaka Myochin
  • Publication number: 20110303618
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides reusable water filter systems and methods by modifying the design of the plastic housing in such a way so that a disposable sachet with treatment media can be used in it without allowing any bypassing of the untreated water. The present invention provides reusable water filter systems and methods for use in water pitchers and/or faucets including reusable water filter cartridges for gravity flow, reusable water filter cartridges for water pressure systems, disposable sachets (pods) with treatment material for use in the reusable water filter cartridges, molded blocks with treatment material for use in the reusable water filter cartridges, and an associated method of use. Advantageously, the present invention solves the problem of disposing of millions of plastic pitcher filter cartridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Glenn Cueman, Arvind S. Patil, Barnwell S. Ramsey
  • Publication number: 20110303623
    Abstract: A slow/intermittent sand filter that purifies polluted water by flowing through sand in a manner that achieves greater purity and permits simpler and more effective maintenance than existing filters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: DALEN PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: E. Neal Caldwell, John Kevin Hodges
  • Patent number: 8066874
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating an aqueous solution containing arsenic. The apparatus comprises a container that includes a housing, an inlet located at a first end of the housing and an outlet located at a second end opposite the first end. An outer wall extends between the first and second ends and enclosing a fluid flow path between the inlet and the outlet and an arsenic fixing agent is disposed in the fluid flow path. The arsenic fixing agent can include an insoluble rare earth-containing compound, more specifically, a compound comprising one or more of cerium, lanthanum, or praseodymium. The inlet and the outlet are adapted to be closed during transport and storage. The container is adapted to be sealed for long term disposal after exposure to an aqueous solution containing arsenic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Molycorp Minerals, LLC
    Inventors: John L. Burba, III, Carl R. Hassler, C. Brock O'Kelley, Joseph A. Lupo, Joseph R. Pascoe
  • Patent number: 8057671
    Abstract: A means of preventing TCA taint from contaminating liquid foods and beverages is provided by incorporating molecular sieves into the manufacturing process and/or packaging materials in order to selectively adsorb the taint molecules while preserving the food's or beverage's flavor and aroma profiles. Also provided are methods and devices for remediating TCA taint present in the consumer's liquid foods and beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: G3 Enterprises
    Inventor: John Cunningham
  • Patent number: 8043502
    Abstract: A filter assembly for a household water filtration apparatus, and a method for filtering water using a household water filtration apparatus are provided. The filter assembly comprises a through-flow cartridge, which has an accessible cavity. The cartridge is removably received in the household water filtration apparatus. The filter assembly further comprises a water permeable enclosure that contains filter media, which is removably received in the accessible cavity. The method comprises opening a through-flow cartridge, depositing a filter packet in the cartridge, closing the cartridge, depositing the cartridge in the household water filtration apparatus, and passing water through the cartridge. Alternately, the filter assembly may be fabricated using polylactic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: UV Corporation
    Inventor: Phillip Nauta
  • Publication number: 20110253641
    Abstract: A filter sleeve is fabricated from a variety of media selected to preferentially remove particulates and specific contaminants from water or other liquids. The layers of the filter sleeve may be configured to remove 1-micron particulates, while another layer or layers may be configured to remove a range of petroleum hydrocarbons, fats, oils, and greases, while yet another layer may be configured to remove metals, and yet another layer could be configured to remove bacteria, algae, mold, and fungus. Filter sleeves that are configured to remove different particulate sizes and contaminants can be used simultaneously by placing the filter sleeves inside one another to accrue the capabilities of several individual filter sleeves as one unit. The filter sleeve can be used to remove particulates and hydrocarbons from waste water accumulated in underground vaults, enabling such waste water to be discharged directly into the ambient environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Herb R. Pearse, Mary M. Peacock
  • Publication number: 20110247981
    Abstract: This invention provides an adsorbent material capable of effectively trapping a target component in a sample solution and releasing the same, which has the satisfactory trapping capacity via hydrophobic interactions and via ion exchange reactions. The invention relates to an adsorbent material comprising a porous material of a polymer compound which is a copolymer obtained via copolymerization of a hydrophobic monomer (A), a hydrophilic monomer (B) capable of undergoing a second-order reaction, and a hydrophilic monomer (C) exhibiting a hydrogen-bonding capacity, and via introduction of an ion exchange group into a repeat unit derived from the hydrophilic monomer (B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Tetsuyoshi Ono, Yoshinori Inoue
  • Patent number: 8025802
    Abstract: The invention describes an apparatus for the filtration of liquids and an associated filter cartridge 100, the correct seating of which is ensured and can be established by the user. The apparatus is characterized in that the inlet funnel 10 has at least one first fixing means 30 below the receiving opening 13, and in that the filter cartridge 100 has at least one second fixing means 130 below and at a distance from the sealing rim 160, which second fixing means, when the filter cartridge 100 is being fitted into the receiving opening 13, interacts with the first fixing means 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Brita GmbH
    Inventors: Hilmar Walde, Stefan Gröss, Gunder Guckes
  • Patent number: 8021558
    Abstract: A method for dispersing an oil additive into an oil passing through a filter, the method including the steps of: filling a first cavity of an additive cartridge with an additive; locating the additive cartridge within a housing of the filter, the additive cartridge being located within a flow path through the filter, the additive cartridge having a second cavity without any additive disposed therein, the second cavity defining a first fluid path through the additive cartridge and the oil must pass through the second cavity in order to exit the filter; and metering the additive through an opening in the additive cartridge, the opening providing a second fluid path into the additive cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Derek Eilers, Daniel J. Auxter, Michael S. Lynch, Gerard W. Bilski, Gary B. Zulauf
  • Patent number: 8021548
    Abstract: A lattice structure for the passage of a first medium against a second medium with transverse webs and longitudinal webs, lattice openings with a clear width of ?300 ?m being arranged between the transverse webs and the longitudinal webs. On at least one side of the lattice structure, the transverse webs and/or the longitudinal webs have a rib arrangement of ribs projecting vertically to the lattice plane, at least one first group and a second group of ribs being arranged which differ from one another at least by their heights H1, H2 with H1>H2. A vessel with at least one water inlet window and an air outlet window, both windows being provided with the lattice structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Brita GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Gröss, Bernd Altmüller, Harald Ehrentraut, Alexandra Merz
  • Patent number: 8016125
    Abstract: A chemical filter for use within an internal combustion engine lubrication system. The chemical filter employs filtration media including particles having internal pores and interstitial pores formed between adjacent particles. The internal pores and the interstitial pores collectively define filtration media pores, and a strong base material is associated with at least some of the internal pores. The filtration media has a surface area greater than or equal to 25 m2/gm that is derived from filtration media pores that are large enough to receive a combustion acid-weak base complex contained within oil flowing through the chemical filter. This enables an ion-exchange process to occur that immobilizes the combustion acids and regenerates the weak base, so as to extend the time intervals between oil drains, among other benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Lutek, LLC
    Inventors: Scott P. Lockledge, Darrell W. Brownawell
  • Patent number: 8012346
    Abstract: A storm sewer insert for use in a storm water drainage system includes a collection basin that has an upper inlet opening, a lower outlet opening and at least one overflow bypass opening defined therein. A filter assembly is preferably positioned in the lower opening of the collection basin for filtering storm water that is held in the collection basin. Advantageously, adjustable mounting structure is provided for mounting the collection basin to an inlet opening of a storm sewer or catch basin. In addition, a mosquito barrier is preferably provided for reducing mosquito passage through the bypass opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Fabco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John Peters, Jr., John E. Markee
  • Patent number: 8012349
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for preparing and separating biological analytes. In one embodiment, one or more filtration devices or filter plate wells can be formed by clamping a filter sheet between first and second plates having at least one connecting cavity. First and second moveable core pins positioned on opposed sides of the sheet can be moved to remove portions of the sheet. A molten plastic can be injected to fill the volume between the cores and cavities and to form a liquid-impermeable sleeve wall or walls, each being separately sealed at the bottom to the perimeter of the sheet portion, each having liquid permeable regions of said removed and sealed sheet portion, and each remaining open at the top. Various exemplary configurations for filtration devices or filter plate wells are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Orbital Biosciences, LLC
    Inventor: William F. Bowers
  • Patent number: 8007948
    Abstract: An ion exchange cartridge for a coolant system of a fuel cell stack is provided. The ion exchange cartridge includes a housing with an ion exchange resin disposed therein. The housing includes an inlet and at least one fluid-permeable outlet window configured for coolant to flow therethrough. The ion exchange cartridge is adapted to be removably disposed in the coolant system. An ion exchange cartridge assembly and a coolant tank assembly having the ion exchange cartridge are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ralph T. J. Hobmeyr, Marlene Rinner, Mario Naretto Rosso
  • Publication number: 20110168620
    Abstract: A device, method and system for delivering measured amounts of diatomaceous earth into a pool filter system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Barry Askinasi
  • Publication number: 20110150714
    Abstract: Macro- and microfluidic devices and related technologies, and chemical processes using such devices. More specifically, the devices may be used for a fully automated synthesis of radioactive compounds for imaging, such as by positron emission tomography (PET), in an efficient, compact and safe to the operator manner. In particular, embodiments of the present invention relate to an automated, multi-run, microfluidic instrument for the multi-step synthesis of radiopharmaceuticals, such as PET probes, comprising a remote shielded mini-cell containing radiation-handing components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: SIEMENS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS USA, INC.
    Inventors: Arkadij M. Elizarov, Carroll Edward Ball, Jianzhong Zhang, Hartmuth C. Kolb, Reza Miraghaie, Todd L. Graves, Artem Lebedev, Keith E. Schleiffer
  • Patent number: 7964099
    Abstract: A water filtering device includes a casing having a first space defined therein and an inner part is received in the first space. The casing includes an inlet at top thereof and an outlet at a lower end thereof. The inner part includes a cover and an inner tube is located therein. A second space is defined between the inner tube and the inner periphery of the inner part. Filtering particles are received in the second space. The inner part includes apertures defined through a lower end thereof and communicating with the first and second spaces. Water enters into the first space form the inlet and enters into the second space via the apertures and is filtered by the filtering particles. The filtered water flows over the open top of the inner tube and enters into the inner tube and flows out from the outlet of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Te-Hsing Wang
  • Publication number: 20110132819
    Abstract: A delivery system for removing contaminants from lubricating and hydraulic fluids. The delivery system can include a reusable sleeve and a first end cap and a second end cap coupled to the reusable sleeve. The delivery system can also include a disposable absorbent cartridge containing absorbent material capable of removing contaminants from lubricating and hydraulic fluids. The disposable absorbent cartridge can be removeably positioned inside the reusable sleeve between the first end cap and the second end cap. The disposable absorbent cartridge can be constructed of a material permeable to the lubricating and hydraulic fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: David Scott Kolstad, John Henry Burban, Craig J. Cuta, Gregory James Livingstone, Brian T. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7955501
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for filtering liquid using a filter platform that is not rigidly affixed to a container containing the liquid to be filtered. The platform may be buoyant so that as liquid flows from one side of the platform, through a filter, and then to the other side of the platform, the platform may move, thus reducing the volume of a container or portion of a container that holds the unfiltered liquid. Alternatively, the platform may be heavier than the liquid to be filtered, may be either set in place on a support structure or else set on top of unfiltered liquid and allowed to sink downward as liquid is filtered. The system may further comprise a flexible membrane that allows two sections of liquid to be separated, even while the platform is moveable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Kelce Steven Wilson
  • Patent number: 7947171
    Abstract: A cartridge-type ion removal filter 15 to remove ions from the cooling liquid in the cooling liquid circulation passage 20 is disposed in the middle of a cooling liquid circulation passage 20 to circulate the cooling liquid between a fuel cell stack 11 and a radiator 12. The ion removal filter 15 is disposed in the cooling liquid circulation passage so that an opening 26b of a vessel main body 26 is in a higher position than the highest level “H” of the cooling liquid in the reservoir tank 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichiro Takemoto
  • Publication number: 20110100100
    Abstract: A fluid separation conduit cartridge comprising a fluid separation conduit is disclosed. In certain embodiments the fluid separation conduit is potted to provide operation at increased pressures. In other embodiments, the fluid separation conduit cartridge has one or more memory units. The memory units are operative to store data such as, for example, cartridge usage and test results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Protasis Corporation
    Inventors: David Strand, Joseph Antocci, Peter Myers
  • Patent number: 7935260
    Abstract: Disclosed are water treatment systems and methods that are characterized by reduced leaching of color-bearing material (i.e., color-bearing leachates) into effluent water. The disclosed systems and methods may include or utilize filtering systems comprising selected mixed ion-exchange resin beds of a strong acid sulfonated cation exchange resin and an anion exchange resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Pentair Filtration Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Gary L. Hatch, Rajendra K. Mody, Michael Gottlieb, Carl Galletti
  • Patent number: 7927492
    Abstract: Provided is a filter assembly for a bioremediating catch basin. The filter assembly comprises a container having at least one inlet and at least one outlet; a carrier substance, such as a foam, which carries a microorganism capable of digesting hydrocarbons; and optionally an adsorbent material. The filter assembly also optionally has structures for overflow conditions which allow the exit of water, but not floating contaminants from the catch basin. Also provided is a replaceable cartridge for the filter assembly. Also provided is a method for bioremediation of polluted water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventors: William E Baird, William I. Young
  • Patent number: 7927483
    Abstract: An aquarium filter arrangement including a filter housing and a filter cartridge having self-spacing structure. The self-spacing structure being designed to automatically space the filter cartridge in an operable filtering position. The operable filtering position being a position at which the filter cartridge is seated against a single rib formed in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Tetra Holding (US), Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Barry Huehn
  • Patent number: 7906019
    Abstract: A bacteria deactivation device that has a porous medium through which water and bacteria contained in the water, like E. coli and fecal coliform, are passed. Colloidal silver within the medium deactivates bacteria that pass therethrough. The medium has a porosity up to 80% and pores sized to provide flow rates up to 8 liters per hour while meeting Environmental Protection Agency limits for human consumption of silver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventors: David J. Elliott, Hem K. Pokharel
  • Publication number: 20110056879
    Abstract: A lubricant reclamation system having a moisture absorbent cartridge (140). The cartridge (140) is fabricated placing a Superabsorbant Polymer (SAP) (142) within a boundary of polyester mesh (143). Moisture is extracted from a lubricant or other fluid and absorbed by the SAP. The moisture latent SAP bonds to the polyester mesh (143), potentially turning into a gel. A layer of polypropylene sorbent (144) is placed about the exterior of the boundary material (143), ensuring any moisture remains exterior to the sorbent layer (144). A resin layer can optionally be placed within a fluid flow following the discharge from polypropylene sorbent extracting aerosol from within the lubricant and as a barrier of detrimental ions with an exchange of beneficial ions. The entire cartridge can be placed within an enclosure or pouch body (162). The body (162) is designed to expand, accommodating a resultant increase in SAP volume. The cartridges can be integrated into filters comprising commonly known filtration elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Puradyn Filter Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Jacobs, Brian A. Jacobs, Alan Sandler
  • Patent number: 7896168
    Abstract: A filter block may comprise activated carbon filter particles without metallic biocides. The activated carbon filter particles may have a median particle size of less than or equal to about 90 microns and having a particle span of less than or equal to about 1.7. The filter block may have a permeability of greater than about 3.0×10?9 cm2 and a Filter Viruses Log Removal of greater than about 2 logs. A portion of the activated carbon filter particles may be coated with a cationic polymer. Another filter block may comprise mesoporous activated carbon filter particles without metallic biocides, wherein the mesoporous activated carbon filter particles may have a median particle size of less than or equal to about 104 ?m and a particle span of less than or equal to about 2.05, and wherein at least a portion of the filter particles may be coated with a cationic polymer. The filter block may have a permeability of greater than about 2.0×10?9 cm2 and a Filter Viruses Log Removal of greater than about 2 logs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dimitris Ioannis Collias, Stephen Allen Goldman, Michael Donovan Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20110031186
    Abstract: Calcium carbonate (CaCO3; calcite) and CaCO3-containing materials are known to have high adsorption capacities for polar organic compounds. This invention includes the use of CaCO3 and CaC O3-containing materials (e.g., synthetic calcite, calcite coated sorbents) and their mixture with other materials (e.g., activated carbon, resins) for removing bioagents (viruses, bacteria, hormones, pharmaceutical intermediates, and other hazardous biological agents) from waters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: Alternative Energy and Environmental Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Song Jin, Paul Fallgren, Anhuai Lu
  • Patent number: 7883623
    Abstract: A dispenser system that takes high pressure fluid such as a high pressure water source and reduces the volume flow of the high pressure water as it flows into a dispenser with the dispenser having a low pressure outlet, which offers negligible fluid resistance in comparison to the inlet fluid resistance to the dispenser, thereby ensuring that if a dispenser cap is accidentally removed from the dispenser while the unit is in operation the water will not spray out into and onto the user. The dispensing system includes a removable cartridge carrier with adjustable openings and a dispenser housing that one can maintain a uniform flow pattern under different flow rates to provide for a predicable control of a dispersion rate from a dispersant located in the system and a method of predictably changing the dispersion rate of a dispersant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: King Technology
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Jeffery Johnson, Marlin Frank
  • Publication number: 20110024356
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide separation cartridges, methods for fabricating separation cartridges, and methods for using separation cartridges. One aspect of the invention provides a separation cartridge including a first end, a second end, and one or more sorbents located between the first end and the second ends, the one or more sorbents arranged from the first end to the second end in order of increasing hydrophobicity. Another aspect of the invention provides a method of creating a separation cartridge having varying hydrophobicity. The method includes loading a filtration material and a cross-linking agent into a cylinder and selectively exposing the material to an energy source to selectively initiate a cross-linking reaction within the filtration material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: BIOCIUS LIFE SCIENCES, INC.
    Inventor: Can C. Ozbal
  • Publication number: 20110017652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the dosed transfer of filtered softened water inside boilers of household appliances, comprising a tank (1), a cartridge (2) that contains a water softening agent (3), a double drain pipe (11) with vertical axis, formed of an adjacent pair of conduits (15 and 16) and situated downstream a drain hole (6) closed by a shut-off plate (7) normally closed by means of the return action of a spring (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: VÌLLELMO BARTOLINI
  • Publication number: 20110017670
    Abstract: Metal oxide particles and compositions containing silica particles are disclosed. Methods of making silica particles and methods of using metal oxide particles are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: James M. Anderson, JR., Dennis K. McCreary, Surya Kiran L. Chodavarapu, Paul B. Garms
  • Patent number: 7871528
    Abstract: The water filter including a container, which has a bottom and a cover, wherein several inlets are provided on the border of the cover and an outlet is provided in the centre of the bottom. A spiral channel is located in the container, through which the inlets are connected to the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: elfo AG
    Inventors: Beat Aregger, Ruedi Gasser
  • Publication number: 20110000841
    Abstract: The group of inventions relates to liquid purifying devices and can be used for purifying drinking water and other liquids for household, medical and other purposes. A filter cartridge is filled with a filtering material and is configured in the form of an open bowl which can be closed with a lid, having side walls and a bottom with at least one outlet opening which is closed with a water-permeable material, wherein the cartridge bottom is designed such as to make it possible to use the water-permeable material which comes to the external edge of the side walls and is made of fibers with a sufficiently small diameter to allow using the filtering material containing powder particles; furthermore, the entire area between external and internal edges of the walls along the perimeter of the bottom is made of a composite based on a polymer water-permeable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Gleb Dmitrievich Rusinov, Alexey Leonidovich Kuzmin, Alexander Ivanovich Andreev, Joseph Lvovich Shmidt, Vitaliy Stephanovich Samko, Pavel Alexandrovich Hubov
  • Publication number: 20100326898
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a water filter for water-conveying equipment, in particular domestic appliances or appliances for preparing food and/or drinks such as automatic drinks machines, in particular automatic coffee machines, drinking water dispensers, cooking and baking appliances, steam appliances, in particular steam irons, steam cleaners, high pressure cleaners, air purifiers and air conditioners or the like, with a housing filled with filter material. The water filter is distinguished according to the invention in that a combination of a softener and a residual hardness stabilizer is provided as the filter material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: AQUIS WASSER-LUFT-SYSTEME GMBH, LINDAU; Zweigniederlassung Rebstein
    Inventors: Roland Scholz, Bernd Heitele
  • Publication number: 20100324159
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to porous resins for solid phase extractions. The resins feature at least one hydrophobic component, at least one hydrophilic component and at least one ion exchange functional group. The resins exhibit superior wetting and ion exchange performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Jeng Jong LEE, John E. O'Gara
  • Patent number: 7850859
    Abstract: A method of treating low-pressure untreated drinking water includes providing a low-pressure water filter device, running low-pressure untreated drinking water from a source of low-pressure untreated drinking water through a low-pressure water filter of the low-pressure water filter device, removing bacteria and viruses from the low pressure untreated drinking water at a level of Filter Bacteria Log Removal of greater than about 2 logs and a Filter Viruses Log Removal of greater than about 1 log, and filling a storage housing with treated drinking water at greater than about 5 mL/min. The low-pressure water filter device may include a connector for connecting to an untreated drinking water source, a low-pressure water filter comprising mesoporous activated carbon particles and a storage housing. The average fluid contact time with the low-pressure water filter may be greater than about 2 seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John D. Tanner, David James Emmons, Richard P. Riedel, Michael Donovan Mitchell, Dimitris Ioannis Collias
  • Publication number: 20100300972
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to porous materials for use in solid phase extractions and chromatography. The materials feature at least one hydrophobic component, at least one hydrophilic component and at least one ion-exchange functional group. The materials exhibit superior wetting and ion-exchange performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Claude R. Mallet, John E. O'Gara, Darryl W. Brousmiche
  • Publication number: 20100294724
    Abstract: Strong acid cation resins used alone or in combination with zeolite-based ion exchange resins are encapsulated in various water permeable polymer fabric bags of various geometries and thicknesses to reduce the calcium hardness levels during swimming pool and spa water fills. The resin bags are strategically placed in the pool or spa to allow water under pressure to flow through the ion exchange media to exchange calcium or magnesium ions with sodium or other harmless cations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Michael McCague, Jerry E. Rademan
  • Patent number: 7837870
    Abstract: An ion-removing apparatus includes a housing, a first ion-removing unit and a second ion-removing unit. The housing includes an inlet port, a liquid discharge port and a gas discharge port. The first ion-removing unit is disposed within the housing, so that the fluid that has entered the housing via the inlet port flows through the first ion-removing unit. The first ion-removing unit serves to remove a first ion, such anions, contained in the fluid. The second ion-removing unit is disposed within the housing, so that the fluid that has flown though the first ion-removing unit flows through the first ion-removing unit. The second ion-removing unit serves to remove a second ion, such as cations contained in the fluid. The liquid contained in the fluid that has flown through the second ion-removing unit is discharged from the liquid discharge port. The gas contained in the fluid that has flown through the second ion-removing unit is discharged from the gas discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignees: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasunari Arai, Akishi Morita, Nobuhiko Nakagaki, Hiroyuki Sekine
  • Patent number: 7828969
    Abstract: Provided are filter elements and methods of making and using the same where the filter elements are suitable for liquid filtration and contain particle-loaded meltblown fiber webs. A filter element comprises: a porous article comprising a web of self-supporting nonwoven polymeric fibers and a plurality of sorbent particles enmeshed in the web, the article comprising a first surface and a second surface; a liquid-impermeable housing surrounding the porous article; an inlet in fluid communication with the first surface; and an outlet in fluid communication with the second surface. Spiral-wound webs, web-covered blocks, and stacked disks of webs are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Bradley W. Eaton, William J. Feil, III, Torrence B. Stahl, Thund Y. Watt, Mark W. Schimmel
  • Publication number: 20100276301
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided. The apparatus includes first and second liquid lines, a container and a dispenser. The first liquid line is configured to receive a liquid. The container is coupled to the first liquid line and is configured to retain media of at least one liquid-activating material. The media of the at least one liquid-activating material is configured to modify an oxidation reduction potential of the received liquid to provide a treated liquid. The second liquid line is coupled to the container and is configured to receive the treated liquid from the container. The dispenser is operably coupled to the second liquid line at a location downstream from the container and is configured to dispense the treated liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: TENNANT COMPANY
    Inventor: Bruce F. Field
  • Publication number: 20100258495
    Abstract: The invention substantially relates to the distillery industry. Said invention is characterized in that each portion of vodka poured from a bottle into a drinking vessel is treated and purified prior to the consumption thereof by a consumer by pushing it out from the bottle at an optimal rate through a primary filter material, a sorbing agent or a mixture thereof and a secondary filter material, which are placed inside a bottle neck or at the exit therefrom, by means of a specified positive air pressure formed inside the bottle, when necessary, with the aid of a compressed gas cylinder arranged outside the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Valeriy Evgenyevich Kisterev, Pavel Dmitrievich Zherdev
  • Patent number: 7811462
    Abstract: A method for dispersing an oil additive into an oil passing through a filter, the method comprising: filling a first cavity of an additive cartridge with an additive; locating the additive cartridge within a housing of the filter, the additive cartridge being located within a flow path through the filter, the additive cartridge having a second cavity without any additive disposed therein, the second cavity defining a first fluid path through the additive cartridge and the oil must pass through the second cavity in order to exit the filter; and metering the additive through an opening in the additive cartridge, the opening providing a second fluid path into the additive cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Eilers, Daniel J. Auxter, Michael S. Lynch, Gerard W. Bilski, Gary B. Zulauf
  • Patent number: 7810651
    Abstract: A flexible water bottle is provided that includes an approach for filtering unfiltered water within the bottle. The bottle includes a filter assembly located within the cap of the bottle such that the filter assembly need not descend into the bottle cavity when the cap is screwed on, thereby not displacing water while screwing on the cap. The filter assembly has an axial flow orientation. An illustrated filter assembly includes paper filters covering the upper and lower ends and can include an activated charcoal filter in between the paper filters. Water is filtered when pressure generated by squeezing the bottle forces water from the bottle cavity through the filter along an axial flow path and out through a spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: MEDport, LLC
    Inventor: Charles W. Miga, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100239628
    Abstract: A product for water treatment includes a plurality of bioceramic materials, in which at least one bioceramic material is chosen from among the following: Alkali Energy Ceramic Ball, Antibacterial Pellet, Far Infrared Ceramic Ball, and may also include Mineral Ceramic Ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: GREENTRADING S.R.L.
    Inventor: Bruno Bartoletti Stella
  • Patent number: 7799235
    Abstract: A system and related method for separating floating and nonfloating particulate and entrained, suspended, and/or dissolved contaminants from a fluid. The system includes a tank with a lower chamber spaced from an outlet or upper chamber by a confinement deck. The deck includes one or more sockets for receiving one or more filter units for fluid treatment. In addition, the lower chamber of the tank acts as a pretreatment sump to remove floating and nonfloating particulates, thereby reducing the load on the filter units. The filter units are configured for radial and/or upward flow of the fluid from the lower chamber. The filter units may include one or more filter media through which the fluid pass prior to exiting the tank. The filter units include a removable screening retainer for retaining the filter media and/or to screen relatively large contaminants. The filter unit may be removed for ease of tank maintenance and replacement of filter media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignees: Contech Stormwater Solutions, Inc., I.S.C. Environmental, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman L. Olson, Brian R. McLaughlin, Daniel P. Cobb, Vaikko P. Allen, II, Derek M. Berg
  • Publication number: 20100213116
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an anti-scale bag (S) for washing machines, which contains resins with ion exchange (2) and can be reused for a high number of washing cycles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Giorgio Del Frate