Pressure Sensing Patents (Class 210/741)
  • Patent number: 11684915
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fluid analyzing device that includes a sensing device for analyzing a fluid sample. The sensing device includes a microchip configured for sensing the fluid sample, and a closed micro-fluidic component for propagating the fluid sample to the microchip. The fluid sample can be provided to the micro-fluidic component via an inlet of the fluid analyzing device. And a vacuum compartment, which is air-tight connected to the sensing device, can create in the micro-fluidic component a suction force suitable for propagating the fluid sample through the micro-fluidic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: IMEC VZW
    Inventors: Peter Peumans, Liesbet Lagae, Paolo Fiorini
  • Patent number: 11649183
    Abstract: A water treatment plant includes a central monitoring device, a control device, a control device, and a computation unit, and causes a water treatment apparatus and a water treatment apparatus to execute water treatment. The central monitoring device monitors the water treatment apparatus and the water treatment apparatus. The control device performs a first control for the water treatment apparatus. The control device performs a second control for the water treatment apparatus. The computation unit is located outside the central monitoring device and performs a first computation related to the first control using a first calculation model generated by a first machine learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Natsumi Hatta, Takushi Kawada, Go Wakamatsu, Kenta Shimoda, Nozomu Yasunaga
  • Patent number: 11460231
    Abstract: A device for controlling the temperature of an external fluid. The device including a compressor for compressing an internal fluid, a first heat exchanger in a temperature control circuit for transferring thermal energy between the internal fluid and the external fluid. The device is further configured for use within a system for controlling the temperature of blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: HC United B.V.
    Inventor: Joseph Martinus Maria Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 11432559
    Abstract: A dip tank and recycling system for applying antimicrobial solution to food items, including a dip tank having a bottom and sides, and holding a liquid antimicrobial solution. A conveyor to convey food items through the tank passes through the liquid antimicrobial solution held in the tank such that food items conveyed on the conveyor are dipped in the liquid antimicrobial solution. At least two discharge nozzles spray fresh antimicrobial solution into the tank. The discharge nozzles are located in the sides of the tank, and are positioned above the level of the conveyor but below an expected top level of the liquid antimicrobial solution contained within the tank such that food items conveyed on the conveyor are agitated by the force of the spray from the discharge nozzles. The spray from the discharge nozzles causes unstacking of items on the conveyor, producing an even application of the antimicrobial solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Justin Massey, Tim Yeaman
  • Patent number: 11293566
    Abstract: A method of providing buoyancy to a subsea structure such as a pipeline bundle includes attaching to the structure a rigid elongate buoyancy tube that defines a floodable envelope. The envelope is arranged to contain a mass of buoyant macrospheres. Multiple openings penetrate a tubular wall of the buoyancy tube, in fluid communication with a void that extends between the macrospheres inside the tube. The void floods via the openings when the buoyancy tube is submerged, whereupon the macrospheres apply buoyant upthrust to the surrounding buoyancy tube and hence to the subsea structure to which the tube is rigidly attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Acergy France SAS
    Inventors: Vincent Loentgen, Blaise Seguin, Marcel M. Landwehr
  • Patent number: 11220936
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a clogged crankcase and performing a crankcase clean out. In one example, a method of operating an engine system including an engine includes measuring a crankcase pressure, and in response to the crankcase pressure increasing above a threshold pressure, determining a position of a clogged oil separator in a crankcase, and directing fluid to flow through the clogged oil separator and into the crankcase until a flow rate of the fluid through the clogged oil separator and into the crankcase increases above a threshold flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed Dudar
  • Patent number: 11192121
    Abstract: A blood component separator (1) includes a blood storage vessel (20) that includes a first storage part (21) and a second storage part (22), a slider (30) movable from the first storage part to the second storage part, and a flow path (40f) for communicating an inside and an outside of the storage vessel. When the slider is in the first storage part, the first storage part and the second storage part are in communication with each other. When the slider is inserted into the second storage part, a liquid-tight seal is formed between the slider and the inner peripheral surface of the second storage part and the communication between the first storage part and the second storage part is blocked by the slider. The slider is movable in the second storage part while maintaining the liquid-tight seal between the slider and the inner peripheral surface of the second storage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: TRANSELL Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nariyuki Hamada, Shuji Nakamura, Katsuyuki Sado, Kenta Kaneda
  • Patent number: 11143114
    Abstract: A control method for controlling an air intake system for an engine of a vehicle; the intake system has a main air intake coupled to an air filter provided with a heating device. The control method comprises the steps of: determining a pressure difference between upstream and downstream of the air filter; determining a variation speed of the pressure difference between upstream and downstream of the air filter by calculating the first derivative in time of the pressure difference between upstream and downstream of the air filter; and turning on and/or turning off the heating device based on the variation speed of the pressure difference between upstream and downstream of the air filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: BMC S.R.L.
    Inventor: Gaetano Bergami
  • Patent number: 11103816
    Abstract: A potable water filter for an aircraft galley plumbing system is disclosed. In embodiments, the filter includes a body attachable to a mount via a central threaded attachment stud. The stud is surrounded by a filter mount chamber and encloses a central flow channel allowing outflow from the filter body to an outlet port. Potable water enters the mount through an inlet port including a barrel valve that opens to allow water flow when the filter body is screwed onto the stud, and seals off the filter mount chamber when the filter body is absent. The outlet port includes a check valve to prevent backflow into the filter. The filter body houses a solid block of sintered carbon with a hollow core. Water enters the filter chamber and flows around and through the carbon filter before flowing down to the outlet port. The filter body self-vents at its top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Volkan Keskin, Peter J. L. Burd
  • Patent number: 11100747
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining and providing automatic flags for what is classified as a “significant” bet. When the user makes a significant bet, a software application automatically records the play and may also record the user's reaction. The user does not have to provide an indication to record these clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: AdrenalineIP
    Inventors: Casey Alexander Huke, John Cronin, Joseph W. Beyers, Michael D'Andrea, Harrison Grant
  • Patent number: 11090587
    Abstract: A system (10) for moving a fluid (12) includes a flow-circuit element (30) and a control system (32) that monitors an operational condition of the flow-circuit element (30). The control system (32) includes a first sensor (82) that monitors a first sensed condition, and a second sensor (84) that monitors a second sensed condition that is different from the first sensed condition. Further, the control system (32) includes a processor (76) that analyzes the first sensed condition and the second sensed condition to monitor the operational condition of the flow-circuit element (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Takashi Nagata
  • Patent number: 11016014
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of determining an optimal filter life cycle between replacements of a filter in a ventilation system. The method comprising performing the following steps in a processing device: receiving at least one filter hardware value, receiving at least one filter use value, receiving a plurality of measured data points, and determining the optimal filter life cycle by minimizing a total filter resource consumption composed of a first factor, a second factor, providing a plurality of predicted data points, grouping successive measured data points into windows, and assigning the identified maximum pressure drop as a maximum pressure drop for all measured data points of that window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Dinair AB
    Inventors: Patrik Ödling, Johannes Ullström
  • Patent number: 10961129
    Abstract: An adjusting method to adjust dispensing of at least one chemical product in a circulation hydraulic circuit having one or more branches (230, 240, 250), wherein at least one dispensing device (D1, D2, D3) is configured to dispense, when activated, at least one respective chemical product in the circulation hydraulic circuit. The method includes detecting liquid flow rates in respective branches of the circuit through respective flow rate sensor devices (F1, F2, F3). If a regular condition occurs, then an activation of the at least one dispensing device is enabled. If an error condition occurs, then an activation of the at least one dispensing device is inhibited for a restoration time (T), wherein at least one detected liquid flow rate causing the error condition is restored to a value not lower than a respective flow rate threshold value plus an additional inhibition time associated to at least one flow rate sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SEKO S.p.A.
    Inventors: Cristian Creati, Luigino Esposito, Adrio Pantaleoni
  • Patent number: 10954137
    Abstract: An IoT water purification system includes a water purification device and a cloud management device. The water purification device includes a filter element, a water tank, a water quantity sensing circuit, a filter element sensing circuit, and a water purification side wireless transmission circuit. The water quantity sensing circuit measures a current storage quantity of the drinking water to generate respective water quantity information. The filter element sensing circuit measures a water quality of the tap water to generate water quality information. The cloud management device includes a cloud wireless transmission circuit and a cloud processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: EONPLUS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Yee Ho, Chung-Cheng Chen, Yi-Chen Yu
  • Patent number: 10941062
    Abstract: A system for the plasma treatment of a liquid is described. The system includes a storage chamber containing a liquid and a head-space, a gas source connected to a sparger positioned within the liquid, a pair of electrodes positioned within the liquid and substantially above the sparger, a microbubble generator positioned within the liquid, and a conduit between the head-space and the microbubble generator, such that gas from the head space can travel through the conduit to the microbubble generator. Also described is a method of plasma treating a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Onvector LLC
    Inventor: Jun Kang
  • Patent number: 10900874
    Abstract: Devices and methods for labeling and mounting suspended cells in a controllable area are disclosed. The devices and methods utilize polycarbonate filters. The filters are employed both to capture the cells and as a substrate for labeling. This disclosure provides a device for cell capture and staining. This device utilizes a stack comprising a filter sandwiched between two o-rings (an “OFO stack”) in which the o-rings both seat the device and, based on their outer diameter and cross-section, determine the cell capture area. In one embodiment, an alignment plate is affixed to an output head of the device, the alignment plate having one or more through holes, a diameter of the one or more through holes matching an outer diameter of the OFO stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Gregory Futia, Emily A. Gibson, Kian Behbakht
  • Patent number: 10828581
    Abstract: A wastewater separation system for separating waste from water includes an inlet, a hydrocyclone, a decanter, and a recirculating means. The hydrocyclone receives a first amount of wastewater from the inlet and centrifugally processes the wastewater in order to remove at least some of the waste from the wastewater in order to expel treated water and a second amount of wastewater. The treated water exits the system. The decanter is coupled to the hydrocyclone for accepting the second amount of wastewater in order to separate the second amount of wastewater into a collection of waste and a third amount of wastewater. The recirculating means recirculates the third amount of wastewater back to the hydrocyclone for reprocessing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FHNC LTD. CO.
    Inventors: Kalan Flint Holbrook, Nicholas Ryan Cain
  • Patent number: 10625210
    Abstract: A method and a system for improving mixing of content in a container 3 provided in a filter system 1, said method comprising providing a mixing loop 13 parallel to a recirculation flow path 11 of the filter system 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Klaus Gebauer, Partha Sarathy Doddapadam Srinivasa Raghavachar, Narendra G R, Nachiket Karmarkar, Ajit S. Vernekar, Prashanth Hosabettu Mohan, Sasi Kumar Nutalapati
  • Patent number: 10583927
    Abstract: A system may include an air treatment assembly configured to deliver treated air to an enclosed space within a vehicle, at least one upstream sensor upstream from the air treatment assembly, and at least one downstream sensor downstream from the air treatment assembly. The upstream sensor(s) and the downstream sensor(s) are configured to detect at least one attribute of air, such as air pressure. An air treatment monitoring system is in communication with the sensors. The air treatment monitoring system receives one or more sensor signals from the sensors, and calculates an attribute differential (such as a pressure differential) based on the one or more signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David Allan Followell, Eric Lee Nicks, Javier Cortez
  • Patent number: 10562787
    Abstract: A filtration system can comprise a pressure pump configured to apply a pressure on fluid flowing between a first chamber and a second chamber. The filtration system can also comprise a flow sensor configured to determine at least one parameter associated with fluid flowing across a membrane deposited between the first chamber and a second chamber. The filtration system can comprise a pressure sensor configured to determine pressure readings of the fluid flowing from the first chamber to the second chamber. The filtration system can comprise a filtration management system configured to cause the pressure pump to apply a constant pressure on fluid flowing across the membrane for a first predetermined time based on the pressure reading. The filtration management system can be configured to cause the pressure pump to reverse the fluid flow across the membrane based on the at least one parameter for a second predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Water Planet, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Hoek, Subir Bhattacharjee, Gil Hurwitz
  • Patent number: 10494272
    Abstract: The present invention is a self-regenerating biofilter. The biofilter tank receives untreated water through an intake inlet, filters it through a filtration mass and expels purified water through an output outlet. The filtration mass includes gravel and activated carbon layers separated by a mesh screen. A compressed air line is located below the mesh screen. Periodically, the biofilter self-cleans by opening a flush valve that expels a flush water stream carrying debris. The biofilter self-regenerates by periodically stopping filtration for a time, allowing biological matter left on the activated carbon to degrade into biomass. Periodically, the biofilter removes and flushes out biomass by application of water or a combination of air and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Martin Page, Andrew J. Nelson, Benjamin C. Masters
  • Patent number: 10485913
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for testing at least one function of a medical functional device which is inserted in and connected and compressed with a medical treatment apparatus, and/or a function of this treatment apparatus, wherein between a hydraulic device or a pneumatic unit of the treatment apparatus and the functional device at least one fluid communication is established. It further relates to a detection device which is programmed and/or configured for executing the method according to the invention as well as a medical treatment apparatus which comprises at least one detection device and/or is in signal transmission or is connected for signal transmission with it, a digital storage medium, a computer program product as well as a computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Soeren Gronau, Joachim Manke, Ralf Mueller, Ingo Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10376816
    Abstract: A separation system for the removal of suspended solids from raw fluid. Raw fluid is placed in a non-pressurized settling tank and allowed to partially settle before injection into a pressurized clarification vessel. Following a dwell period clarified fluid is discharged at the top of the clarification vessel and settled waste is removed at the bottom thereof. Constant vessel pressure is maintained during injection of raw fluid or the discharge of clarified fluid or settled waste. The system is simpler to manufacture and more efficacious in its use than prior art methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Innovation Water Clarification, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Dunne
  • Patent number: 10359040
    Abstract: A controller for controlling a frequency inverter of a positive displacement pump motor of a positive displacement pump. The controller comprises a control unit configured to produce a control variable (Ys) for a frequency inverter of a positive displacement pump motor depending on a reference variable (W) and a first actual operating parameter (X). According to the invention, the control unit is associated with logical means having a first threshold value defining means that are designed to determine at least one first threshold value (YGrenzmax, YGrenzmin) depending on the first actual operating parameter (X) and/or at least one further actual operating parameter (XH, YH, YHH) that could lead to a failure state of the positive displacement pump when exceeded or fallen short of.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ALLWEILER GMBH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Leiber, Martin Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10286136
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for testing at least one function of a medical functional device which is inserted in and connected and compressed with a medical treatment apparatus, and/or a function of this treatment apparatus, wherein between a hydraulic device or a pneumatic unit of the treatment apparatus and the functional device at least one fluid communication is established. It further relates to a detection device which is programmed and/or configured for executing the method according to the invention as well as a medical treatment apparatus which comprises at least one detection device and/or is in signal transmission or is connected for signal transmission with it, a digital storage medium, a computer program product as well as a computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Soeren Gronau, Joachim Manke, Ralf Mueller, Ingo Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9849412
    Abstract: A method of detecting clogging of a fluid filter is disclosed. The method includes measuring, at successive sampling instants, the pressure difference ?P from upstream to downstream across the filter, calculating the first time derivative {?P}? of the pressure difference ?P at different instants, and then sending a clogging signal SC representative of the filter being clogged when the first derivative {?P}? is equal to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Baptiste Benoit Colotte, Valerio Gerez, Gilles Claude Gabriel Massot
  • Patent number: 9752950
    Abstract: A device comprising a pressure monitor and a control means that receives a signal representing measured pressure at the pressure monitor and controls the controllable elements of a fluid system is utilized to monitor a fluid system for error conditions, to optimize operations and to diagnose the fluid system. By following a testing protocol that selectively enables parts of the system, the control means narrows the list of possible failing components. Comparing the measured pressure against normal pressures allows the device to identify error conditions. Determining the volume of fluid being transported and controlling the duration of the flow optimizes operation of the fluid system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Theodore D. Ciolkosz, James E. Usowicz, Peyton C. Beals, Russell Keene
  • Patent number: 9745447
    Abstract: A peroxide-crosslinkable composition comprising: (A) A peroxide-crosslinkable polymer, e.g., a polyethylene; (B) A nitrogenous base, e.g., a low molecular weight, or low melting, or liquid nitrogenous base such as triallyl cyanurate (TAC); and (C) One or more antioxidants (AO), e.g., distearylthiodipropionate (DSTDP). The composition is useful in the manufacture of insulation sheaths for high and extra high voltage wire and cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Manish Talreja, Jeffrey M. Cogen, Gerrit Groot-en-Zernik, Timothy J. Person, Neil W. Dunchus, Gary W. Buckler, Gabriele Goethel, Saurav S. Sengupta, Antoni Adamczyk
  • Patent number: 9689385
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and an apparatus for operating a multi-phase pump which has a suction-side inlet (10) and a discharge-side outlet (20) and which pumps a multi-phase mixture charged with solids, comprising the following steps: a. pumping a multi-phase mixture into a discharge-side separation chamber (45), b. separating a gaseous phase from a liquid phase and a solid phase in the separation chamber (45), c. separating the liquid phase from the solid phase in the separation chamber (45), and d. supplying a portion of the liquid phase freed from the solid phase to the suction side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ITT Bornemann GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Rohlfing, Jens-Uwe Brandt
  • Patent number: 9670082
    Abstract: The described implementations relate to water denitrification. One method obtains nitrate levels in influent and effluent of a moving bed media filter and determines carbon levels in the effluent. The method also doses carbon feedstock into the influent based on both the nitrate levels and the carbon levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Nexom (US), Inc.
    Inventors: Remembrance Newcombe, Mark S. Lopp
  • Patent number: 9637941
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a low water volume within a water circulation system is disclosed that includes detecting an auxiliary measurement associated with an ancillary device fluidly coupled with a reservoir of water in a water circulation system and then determining whether the ancillary device is performing under a low water volume operation. The low water volume operation is based upon a comparison between at least the detected auxiliary measurement of the ancillary device and a condition associated with a performance of the ancillary device under the low water volume operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Eugene Bright
  • Patent number: 9345826
    Abstract: A fluid filtration system comprising a cross-flow filter is arranged to permit a first pump to recirculate part of the retentate of the filter to the inlet of the cross-flow filter and a second pump to return part of the permeate to the inlet of the cross-flow filter. A third pump is configured supply source fluid to the inlet of the filter. The flow path between the second pump and the cross-flow filter inlet may include an adsorption filter that may selectively remove contaminants, toxins, or pathogens in the permeate. A controller may control the first, second and third pumps to provide predetermined flow ratios among the fluid flow paths of the system in order to achieve a desired filtration level. This system may be applicable to the removal of harmful substances from blood, by first separating the plasma from the blood and then removing harmful substances from the plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Rodney S. Kenley, Ryan K. LaRocque, Andrew A. Schnellinger
  • Patent number: 9340438
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for dissolving gases into a fluid that is passing through a force-main and gravity sewer system. The system includes a dissolution tank having a pressure vessel for containing a liquid and for providing a regulated gas head space above the liquid, an inlet that permits passage of wastewater into the gas head space, and an outlet that permits passage of treated wastewater out of the pressure vessel. The system also includes a gas source in communication with the pressure vessel; a pump for supplying wastewater from a force-main or sewer system sump into the pressure vessel under conditions effective to dissolve oxygen gas in the wastewater; and a discharge device in communication with the outlet of the dissolution tank assembly for discharging treated wastewater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignees: Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, BlueInGreen, LLC
    Inventors: Larry K. Linguist, Clay R. Thompson, Christopher B. Milligan, Gregory Scott Osborn
  • Patent number: 9162025
    Abstract: Disclosed is a therapeutic fluid reservoir to be used with an ambulatory portable infusion device. The reservoir includes a pliable shell defining a varying inner volume that varies based on the volume of therapeutic fluid held inside the reservoir, the varying inner volume having a predetermined maximum volume for containing a corresponding volume of therapeutic fluid and an outlet port for communicating fluid from the reservoir to a patient, the varying inner volume decreasing upon therapeutic fluid being communicated through the outlet port. Upon the reservoir reaching the predetermined maximum volume when being filled with therapeutic fluid, any therapeutic fluid in excess of the predetermined maximum volume driven into the reservoir causes a substantially corresponding amount of therapeutic fluid to exit out of the reservoir via the outlet port and/or at least one other port provided in the pliable shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Ofer Yodfat, Avraham Neta, Doron Bushi
  • Patent number: 9089654
    Abstract: An access disconnection system includes: an arterial line; a venous line; a transmitter configured to transmit a sound wave in one of the arterial and venous lines when connected to a patient; a receiver configured to receive the sound wave from the other of the arterial and venous lines when connected to the patient; and electronic circuitry coupled to at least one of the transmitter and receiver, the circuitry configured to send a disconnection output indicative of a change in the sound waves received by the receiver from the transmitter sufficient to expect that an access disconnection of one of the arterial line and venous lines has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Rodolfo Roger, Robert Childers, Thomas D. Kelly
  • Patent number: 9061224
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and algorithms for monitoring and indicating filter life of an internal combustion engine, hydraulic systems, and other machines are useful. The systems, methods, and algorithms may be used to provide an indication alert to a user that the filter is approaching an end-of-useful-life condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventors: Barry M. Verdegan, Chad M. Thomas, Peter K. Herman
  • Publication number: 20150129509
    Abstract: Methods and systems disclosed herein may be methods for rapidly increasing pressure in a pressure fryer cooking vessel during a cooking cycle. Such methods and systems may comprise determining whether a pressure output in the cooking vessel is closed. Such methods and system may also include determining a pressure of the cooking vessel, comparing the pressure of the cooking vessel to a predetermined optimal pressure to determine whether the pressure of the cooking vessel is less than the optimal pressure, and activating a filter pump configured to supply air from a drain pan into the cooking vessel in response to determining that the pressure output is closed and the pressure of the cooking vessel is less than the optimal pressure. Such methods and systems may further include deactivating the filter pump when the pressure within the cooking vessel is equal to or greater than the optimal pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: David WINTER, Gary MERCER, Tim A. LANDWEHR, Keith LAMBERT
  • Patent number: 9028701
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for filtering liquid products. The apparatus includes a filtration bell provided with filtering device and connected to an inflow circuit and a first outlet circuit of the retentate, and to a second outlet circuit of the filtered liquid. The apparatus can include a monitoring and control unit, a first and second sensing device suitable for detecting the value of a first pressure PT1 in the first outlet circuit and of a second pressure PT2 in the second outlet circuit, a flow rate detection device that detects the value of a first flow rate FIT in the second outlet circuit, and value device arranged in the second circuit downstream of the second sensing device. The monitoring and control unit includes a device to control the closure of the valve device and to start a process of backwashing the filtering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: TMCI Padovan S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luca Bornia
  • Patent number: 9024746
    Abstract: An automatic locking system for a medical treatment device helps to ensure that an assistant is present during treatment of a patient. Among the features disclosed biometric authentication to verify that a trained assistant is present, a presence detector to ensure the assistant is continuously present during treatment, and warning and recovery processes that allow intermittent lapses in the continuous presence of the assistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nxstage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Burbank, Dennis M. Treu, James M. Brugger
  • Publication number: 20150108071
    Abstract: A ballast water treatment plant, as well as a method of operation, configured for treating water to be delivered into a ballast tank is disclosed. The system and method is configured for, during ballast offload operation and by means of a first backwashing water conduit, lead backwashing water from a ballast water filter to a suction side of a ballast water pump. This way, filter backwashing water is circulated through the ballast water pump and the ballast water filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Kalhøj, Christian Ingvorsen, Michael Claville
  • Publication number: 20150090669
    Abstract: A filter assembly includes a filter media for filtering a fluid, and a valve having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet for controlling a flow of the fluid through the filter assembly. The valve includes a thermally active element that changes shape between a first configuration and a second configuration in response to a temperature variation. When the thermally active element is in the first configuration the valve is open with the fluid inlet in fluid communication with the fluid outlet, and the thermally active element changes shape to the second configuration to close the valve. The thermally active element may move a valve poppet against a valve seat to close the valve. A pressure bypass is configured to open the valve in response to a pressure increase in the filter assembly above a threshold pressure when the thermally active element is in the second configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: John Trott, Homayoun Sanatgar
  • Patent number: 8980102
    Abstract: A system for delivering a cooking medium of a cooking apparatus includes one or more cooking vessels. The system also includes a drain manifold in fluid communication with the cooking vessel, and a fill manifold having input valves, and output valves in fluid communication with a corresponding cooking vessel. A first flow path is connected to the fill manifold. A filter container selectively is in fluid communication with the fill manifold. A filter pump is positioned between the filter container and the fill manifold and conveys a recycled cooking medium. An overflow pump selectively is in fluid communication with the fill manifold via a second flow path and a portion of the first flow path. The overflow pump conveys a new cooking medium to the fill manifold. The first flow path conveys one of the recycled cooking medium and the new cooking medium to the fill manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: Edward J. Florkey, Joseph J. Tiszai
  • Patent number: 8979788
    Abstract: A cardiopulmonary bypass system utilizing membrane-based reciprocating positive displacement blood pumps (“pod pumps”). In one aspect, the pod pumps are constructed to provide reduced shear forces on the blood being pumped. In another aspect blood flow through the pod pumps can be controlled by a controller using information from pressure sensors in the control chamber of the pod pumps. In another aspect, the pod pumps are included on a disposable unit that can be received and held by a receptacle means on a base unit, the base unit also providing pressurized control fluid to the pod pumps on the disposable unit through the receptacle means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jason A. Demers, Larry B. Gray, James D. Dale, N. Christopher Perry, David E. Altobelli
  • Patent number: 8980103
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a ballast water treatment system having a back-pressure formation unit and a control method thereof. Back pressure in a filtering unit is checked and formed during a back washing operation for a filter of a filtering unit, thus enabling efficient back washing operation. Both a method of physically filtering ballast water using the filter and a method of sterilizing ballast water using ultraviolet rays are used to treat ballast water, thus preventing secondary contamination due to byproducts, and preventing the contamination of a ballast tank. A flow rate of ballast water introduced into an ultraviolet treatment unit is controlled such that the efficiency of the ultraviolet treatment unit is not reduced, while back pressure is formed in the filtering unit, thus increasing the overall treatment efficiency of the ballast water treatment system. Further, the filtering unit or the ultraviolet treatment unit may be automatically washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Panasia Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soo-Tae Lee, Tae-Sung Pyo, Sang-Gyu Cheon
  • Patent number: 8974677
    Abstract: Fluid processing apparatuses and systems are disclosed. In some embodiments the fluid processing apparatuses include a movable enclosure, a plurality of filter housings disposed substantially within the movable enclosure, and a stand disposed within the enclosure. The filter housings are in fluid communication with one another. Each filter housing defines an elongate path and is configured to support a respective filter along the elongate flow path to filter a substantially continuous flow of fluid. The stand supports each filter housing such that the elongate flow path of each filter housing is substantially parallel to a vertical axis, wherein each filter housing is independently rotatable, relative to the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Saeed H. Mohseni, Deepak Mahulikar
  • Patent number: 8968568
    Abstract: A water or liquid substance filtration device is disclosed which removes microorganisms and organic contamination and sterilizes the containers and water lines after the unit. The unit is portable, or can be mounted stationary. The unit has a five-stage filtration and sterilization system controlled by an independent onboard computer system that can link to a central computer system to keep track of all independent units. The unit will physically filter out of the water contaminants that can be reused, destroyed, or flushed down a safe drain. It can also be modified to filter for a certain size of particulate, making recovery of certain substances possible. The unit has a self-diagnostic system that can determine if the unit is operating properly and can shut down a part thereof if one of the capillary units fails. The unit uses ozone to disinfect containers and water lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: John A. Armour
  • Publication number: 20150048033
    Abstract: There is disclosed a liquid filter system that includes a liquid filter apparatus configured to self-clean without removal of the filter apparatus from the filter system. The filter apparatus uses both a filter media for filtering solids as well as a spin motion imparted to fluid being filtered so that centrifugal force can remove solids from the liquid being filtered. The liquid filter system also includes a gas pulse nozzle in fluid communication with the liquid filter apparatus and is configured to flow gas into the filter media to expel water and debris trapped in the filter media without removing the filter media from the filter system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: David Jack Burns, Timothy L. Holmes, Jeremy Michael Stevens
  • Publication number: 20150041408
    Abstract: A method of filtering a fluid for injection into an injection well comprises opening an actuator valve, actuating a pump in fluid communication with the actuator valve, receiving a fluid comprising solids within a filter assembly, where the pump is in fluid communication with the filter assembly, separating at least a portion of the suspended solids in the fluid within the filter assembly, ceasing separation of the suspended solids from the fluid, initiating a cleaning cycle for the filter assembly after ceasing separation of the suspended solids, washing at least the portion of the suspended solids from the filter assembly into a solids collection vessel using a cleaning fluid after initiating the cleaning cycle, and resuming separation of the suspended solids from the fluid after washing at least the portion of the suspended solids from the filter assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Benavides
  • Patent number: 8951418
    Abstract: A method of operating hydrocyclone comprising a separation chamber which in use is arranged to generate an internal air core for affecting a material separation process, comprises measuring both a vibrational parameter of the separation chamber and a stability parameter of the internal air core during operation of the hydrocyclone. The measurements are compared against predefined corresponding parameters which are indicative of a stable operation of the hydrocyclone and an operational parameter of the hydrocyclone is adjusted dependent on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Vulco S.A.
    Inventor: Eduardo Francisco Olivares Castro
  • Publication number: 20150034564
    Abstract: A fluid (i.e., generally water or wastewater) treatment system and associated methods provide for effectively treating the fluid (i.e., generally water or wastewater containing at least a plurality of salts) to provide a separated pure fluid (i.e., generally water) and a separated impurity (i.e., generally a salt). Also provided are a method for detecting or determining the need for a controlled process intervention to prevent the plugging of system components in a fluid (i.e., generally water) treatment system, and a process for preventing the plugging of the system components in the fluid (i.e., generally water) treatment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jay N. Smtih, Samuel W. Gowan