Turbidity Or Optically Sensing Patents (Class 210/745)
  • Patent number: 10549831
    Abstract: A device (100) has surfaces (21, 22, 23, 24) and an anti-biofouling system (10) comprising at least one light source (11, 12) for performing an anti-biofouling action on at least a majority of the surfaces, the at least one light source (11, 12) being adapted to emit rays of anti-biofouling light. The surfaces (21, 22, 23, 24) are configured relative to each other and to the at least one light source (11, 12) such that during operation of the at least one light source, at least a majority of the surfaces (21, 22, 23, 24) is free from shadow with respect to the rays of anti-biofouling light from the at least one light source (11, 12), wherein it may be possible for the rays of anti-biofouling light to reach the surfaces (21, 22, 23, 24) by skimming along the surfaces (21, 22, 23, 24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bart Andre Salters, Roelant Boudewijn Hietbrink
  • Patent number: 10316732
    Abstract: An assembly comprises a wet compartment (100) having at least one inlet opening for allowing water to enter the wet compartment (100), a functional unit (2) located in the wet compartment (100), a dry area (200) which cannot be reached by water and which is outside of the wet compartment (100), a barrier (110) situated between the dry area (200) and the wet compartment (100), and at least one energy source (20) which is arranged and configured to emit energy for preventing biofouling of at least an exterior surface (17) of the functional unit (2), wherein the energy source (20) is arranged in the dry area (200), a path (112) being present between the dry area (200) and the wet compartment (100) for allowing energy emitted by the energy source (20) during operation thereof to reach the wet compartment (100), through the barrier (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Bart Andre Salters
  • Patent number: 10287182
    Abstract: Method for controlling a water treatment installation having a supply, an ozonization stage, a transfer stage, a biological filter and a discharge having the following steps: measuring a first parameter set in the supply, wherein, a measurement for a first concentration of micro-contaminations and/or a nitrite concentration is determined; controlling the ozonization stage in such a manner that an ozone supply is carried out in a preselected ratio to the measured first parameter set; measuring a second parameter set in the transfer stage, wherein, a measurement for a second concentration of micro-contaminations is determined; controlling the ozonization; measuring a third parameter set in the discharge, wherein, with reference to the third parameter set, a measurement of a third concentration of micro-contaminations is determined; if the measurement for the concentration of micro-contaminations exceeds a predetermined maximum value in the discharge, increasing the ozone supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Achim Ried, Arne Wieland, Ivan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10253618
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method for obtaining a three-dimensional representation of a target object within a fluid-carrying conduit, such as a hydrocarbon exploration or production well, using high energy photons is provided. The representation is essentially a three-dimensional image that achieves visualization of the shape of the target object despite the intervening opaque fluids located between the imaging tool and the object. In one specific though non-limiting embodiment, a narrow, pencil-shaped beam of radiation is scanned in coordination with a similarly narrow detector field-of-view in order to sample the radiation-scattering properties of only a small volume of material at any given time. The result is a clearer visualization with a greater viewing depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Kambiz Safinya, Adne Voll, Andrii Sofiienko, David Ponce, Melissa Spannuth, Henning Torsteinsen
  • Patent number: 10252783
    Abstract: The invention provides an object (10) that during use is at least partly submerged in water, the object (10) further comprising an anti-biofouling system (200) comprising an UV emitting element (210), wherein the UV emitting element (210) is configured to irradiate with UV radiation (221) during an irradiation stage one or more of (i) a part (111) of an external surface (11) of said object (10) and (ii) water adjacent to said part (111) of said external surface (11), wherein the light source (220) is at least controllable between a first UV radiation level and a second UV radiation level, wherein the first UV radiation level is larger than the second UV radiation level, wherein the object (10) is selected from the group consisting of a vessel (1) and an infrastructural object (15), wherein the object (10) further comprises a control system (300) configured to control said UV radiation (221) as function of input information comprising information of one or more of (i) a location of the object (10), (ii) moveme
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Bart Andre Salters, Roelant Boudewijn Hietbrink
  • Patent number: 10101318
    Abstract: A centrifugal separation unit that performs centrifugal separation on a sample that has been injected into a container by rotating the container about a center axis of the container, as a rotation axis, a measurement unit that measures a sample component in the container that has been centrifugally separated by the centrifugal separation unit, and a correction unit that performs, on a result of the measurement, correction operation processing based on a change in concentration caused by evaporation of the sample during the centrifugal separation are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuteru Nishijima, Tomonori Nishio, Toshihito Kimura, Toshiaki Kuniyasu
  • Patent number: 10040525
    Abstract: The invention provides an anti-fouling lighting system (1) configured for preventing or reducing biofouling on a fouling surface (1201) of an object (1200) that during use is at least temporarily exposed to a liquid, by providing an anti-fouling light (211) to said fouling surface (1201), the anti-fouling lighting system (1) comprising: —a lighting module (200) comprising a light source (210) configured to generate an anti-fouling light (211); and —an energy system (500) configured to locally harvest energy and configured to provide electrical power to said light lighting module (200), wherein the energy system (500) comprises (i) a sacrificial electrode (510), and (ii) a second energy system electrode (520), wherein the energy system (500) is configured to provide electrical power to the lighting module (200) when the sacrificial electrode (510) and the second energy system electrode (520) are in electrical contact with the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Bart Andre Salters, Adrianus Sempel
  • Patent number: 10036153
    Abstract: A toilet device for a rail vehicle includes flushing water-carrying installations and wastewater-carrying installations. The flushing water-carrying installations include an intermediate reservoir for storing flushing water and a supply line for supplying the intermediate reservoir with flushing water. The supply line includes a filter for filtering the flushing water supplied to the intermediate reservoir. The supply line is connected to the intermediate reservoir such that flushing water from the intermediate reservoir can be returned through the filter. A backflushing line is connected to the filter and opens into a wastewater-carrying installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Guenther Schless
  • Patent number: 9961903
    Abstract: Provided are biocidal compositions comprising: a hydroxymethyl-substituted phosphorus compound and 2-methyl-1,2-benzisothiazolin-3-one. The compositions are useful for controlling microorganisms in aqueous or water-containing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Bei Yin, Michael V. Enzien, Donald J. Love, Emerentiana Sianawati
  • Patent number: 9751782
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods of wastewater treatment that rely primarily on the use of water treatment chemicals to clean wastewater without the need to use filtration mechanisms. The present invention generally provides a system that is less complex and less expensive to operate than wastewater treatment systems in the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: DuBois Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent K. McCurdy
  • Patent number: 9579523
    Abstract: A method and a system for producing a change in a medium disposed in an artificial container. The method places in a vicinity of the medium at least one of a plasmonics agent and an energy modulation agent. The method applies an initiation energy through the artificial container to the medium. The initiation energy interacts with the plasmonics agent or the energy modulation agent to directly or indirectly produce the change in the medium. The system includes an initiation energy source configured to apply an initiation energy to the medium to activate the plasmonics agent or the energy modulation agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Frederic Avery Bourke, Jr., Tuan Vo-Dinh
  • Patent number: 9483686
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying platelets within a whole blood sample. The method includes the steps of: a) adding at least one colorant to the whole blood sample, which colorant is operable to tag platelets; b) disposing the blood sample into a chamber defined by at least one transparent panel; c) imaging at least a portion of the sample quiescently residing within the chamber to create one or more images; and d) identifying one or more platelets within the sample using an analyzer adapted to identify the platelets based on quantitatively determinable features within the image using a analyzer, which quantitatively determinable features include intensity differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Abbott Point of Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Changhua Yu, Min Xie, Yiming Wu
  • Patent number: 9255874
    Abstract: A fluid stream imaging apparatus having either optics for manipulating the aspect ratio or sensing elements configured for manipulating the aspect ratio of an image of the fluid stream. This application may also relate to a system for acquiring images of a portion of a fluid stream at high speeds for image processing to measure and predict droplet delays for individual forming particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: CYTONOME/ST, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Charles Sharpe, Donald Francis Perrault, Jr., Nemanya Sedoglavich
  • Patent number: 9040938
    Abstract: A device (1) comprises a source (20) for emitting ultraviolet light, an inlet (30) for letting in fluid to the device (1), an outlet (40) for letting out fluid from the device (1), and means (51, 52) for performing a straightening action of a flow of fluid through the device (1). The flow straightening means comprise at least one flow straightening element (51, 52) having inlet openings for letting in fluid at one side and outlet openings for letting out fluid at another side, wherein each inlet opening is in communication with a plurality of outlet openings, and wherein the element (51, 52) comprises a maze of randomly arranged, interconnected holes. In such a structure, a water element that is moving from one side of the element (51, 52) to another side may take one of various paths, as a result of which variations in inlet conditions can be dampened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Paulus Cornelis Duineveld, Eva Mondt, Harko Jan Taekema, Willem Sjouke Wijma, Marc Alexander Pastoors, Wilhelmus Hendrikus Maria Bruggink
  • Patent number: 8980100
    Abstract: We provide a system and method for reverse osmosis treatment of water, including seawater and brackish water. Methods and systems of embodiments of the invention may include, for example, ultrafiltration followed by biofoulant removal, both of which precede reverse osmosis. In preferred embodiments the system is run at a low flux. For example, a flux of 6-8 GFD may be used with seawater. Additional embodiments may provide the above process in conjunction with a reverse-osmosis membrane cleaning system. The membrane cleaning system is a “clean in place” system that includes use of the natural pressure differential in the reverse osmosis system to remove biofoulants and their precursors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Aquatech International Corporation
    Inventor: Ravi Chidambaran
  • Patent number: 8980092
    Abstract: A system and method includes an aeration subsystem that excites enzymes in the liquid waste passing through the septic system. The aeration subsystem includes a compressor section that compresses the liquid waste. The method includes mixing enzymes into the fluid waste material, compressing the fluid waste material with the compressor, injecting air into the compressed fluid waste material, and determining whether the fluid waste material is at a desired cleanliness, and if not, recirculating the fluid waste material through the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Kistner, Carolyn R. Kistner
  • Publication number: 20150068981
    Abstract: The present application provides a method of detecting an amount of a treatment agent, such as a flocculating agent, in a process stream comprising the step of measuring at least one absorption property of a sample obtained from the process stream at a wavelength of less than about 250 nm. Processes and systems for monitoring and regulating addition of treatment agents to process streams are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Banu ORMECI BECKERS
  • Publication number: 20150037463
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a process for treating water and the use of calcium carbonate in such a process. In particular, the present invention is directed to a process for remineralization of water comprising the steps of (a) providing feed water having a concentration of carbon dioxide of at least 20 mg/l, preferably in a range of 25 to 100 mg/l, and more preferably in a range of 30 to 60 mg/l, (b) providing an aqueous slurry comprising micronized calcium carbonate, and (c) combining the feed water of step (a) and the aqueous slurry of step (b) in order to obtain remineralized water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Skovby, Martine Poffet
  • Patent number: 8945371
    Abstract: Methods for monitoring scale deposition in a water-containing industrial process are disclosed. In certain embodiments, the water-containing industrial process is an aqueous cooling system. In certain embodiments, the methods incorporate fluorometric monitoring and control techniques along with a piezoelectric microbalance sensor. A particular embodiment of a piezoelectric microbalance sensor is additionally disclosed, along with at least one method for using the particular embodiment that is independent of whether fluorometric monitoring and control techniques are utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitri L Kouznetsov, John E Hoots, Arthur J Kahaian, Rodney H Banks, David Ambrose
  • Publication number: 20150021275
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of custom stabilization of the hydrogen peroxide used in the safe in-situ treatment of soil and groundwater. In one embodiment, disclosed is a method of in-situ chemical oxidation treatment of soil and/or groundwater wherein the hydrogen peroxide has been stabilized with carboxylate salt (e.g., sodium citrate, sodium malonate, or sodium phytate).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Gary Cronk
  • Patent number: 8920657
    Abstract: A grey water dividing and treatment system is provided. A drain system of the grey water dividing and treatment system receives grey water from a grey water producing source. A grey water dividing apparatus of the grey water dividing and treatment system divides the grey water received from the drain system into a number of cells, and determines a contamination level of each of the cells. Grey water treatment tanks of the grey water dividing and treatment system receive the grey water from the grey water dividing apparatus based on the determined contamination level of each of the cells and treat the grey water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Hideki Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 8899974
    Abstract: A propellant management device comprising a plurality of insert vanes with respective outwardly extending curved flanges is disposed in a propellant tank with the curved flanges having mating contact along contacting lines on the interior of the tank as the insert vanes serves to wick fuel within the tank with reduced particulate generation within the tank for improved reliability and use of the propellant tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Lau
  • Publication number: 20140346122
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for determining and controlling water clarity or water opacity especially useful in pools, spas, and contained bodies of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen P. Kasten
  • Patent number: 8852140
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for automatically adjusting the operational parameters of a blood separation procedure. A blood separation device has an inlet for passing fluid thereinto and an outlet for removing fluid therefrom. A pump system is provided for moving fluid into and out of the device. In use, blood is conveyed into the device, where platelets are separated from at least a portion of the blood. A controller determines the amount of platelets in the device. Based at least in part on the amount of platelets in the device, corrective action is taken to avoid platelet aggregation in the device. The corrective action may be conveying an elevated amount of anticoagulant into the blood and/or the device and may be initiated when the determined amount of platelets approaches, meets, or exceeds a threshold predicted likelihood of platelet aggregation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Barry, Jr., Brian C. Case, Lan T. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140263087
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to swimming pool cleaners, systems and methods that generally include a swimming pool cleaner and a docking station. Embodiments of the swimming pool cleaner can include a battery and a debris container. The docking station generally includes an opening configured and dimensioned to at least partially receive the swimming pool cleaner. Upon receipt of the swimming pool cleaner in the opening of the housing, the docking station can automatically recharge the battery of the swimming pool cleaner and/or automatically clean the debris container of the swimming pool cleaner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Benoit Joseph Renaud, David John Hardy, Jason Wayne Parcell
  • Patent number: 8834720
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the extracorporeal treatment of blood are described. The apparatus includes a dialyzer which is separated into a first and second chamber by a semipermeable membrane, wherein the first chamber is disposed in a dialysis fluid path and the second chamber can be connected to the blood circulation of a patient by way of a blood inflow conduit and a blood outflow conduit, a feed for fresh dialysis fluid, a discharge for spent dialysis fluid, a measuring device disposed within the discharge for determining the absorption of the spent dialysis fluid flowing through the discharge, wherein the measuring device has at least one radiation source for substantially monochromatic electromagnetic radiation, and a detector system for detecting the intensity of the electromagnetic radiation, wherein means are provided to compensate for changes that occur in the intensity of the electromagnetic radiation of the radiation source and/or the sensitivity of the detector system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: B. Braun Avitum AG
    Inventor: Joern Ahrens
  • Patent number: 8790512
    Abstract: An indicator for the status of the filter is provided. The indicator comprises at least one erodable member in contact with the source fluid and a visual indication arrangement that permits a viewer to gauge the appearance of the erodable member to thereby gauge the filter status. The erodable member is eroded by interaction with the fluid or with an element within the fluid. The indicator may be incorporated as an integral component of a filter or may be a stand-alone device to be incorporated into a filter or filtration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Strauss Water Ltd.
    Inventors: Haim Wilder, Abraham J. Domb
  • Patent number: 8753891
    Abstract: A method of particle separation, wherein a collimated light source operable to generate a collimated light source beam is provided. The collimated light source beam includes a beam cross-section. A body is provided, wherein the body defines a wall and a first channel in a first plane. The first channel includes a first channel cross-section, the first channel being oriented to receive the collimated light source beam such that the beam cross-section completely overlaps the channel cross-section. The collimated light source beam is transmitted through the channel. A fluid sample is transmitted through the channel, fluid sample including a plurality of particles of a same type. All of the particles of the plurality of particles are separated axially along the collimated light source beam. All of the particles of the plurality of particles are retained against the wall in the collimated light source beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Sean J. Hart, Alexander V. Terray
  • Publication number: 20140131285
    Abstract: A method for a water treatment may include adding a chlorine species to water to be treated to dissolve the chlorine species in said water to be treated, measuring a demand of said chlorine species dissolved in said water to be treated while said chlorine species partly reacts with organic water constituents within said water to be treated, and applying an advanced oxidation process (AOP) (e.g., traditional chemical AOPs, chlorine species AOPs, UV AOPs, or UV/chlorine species AOPs) to said water to be treated while controlling said AOP based on said measured demand of said chlorine species dissolved in said water to be treated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Cosima Sichel
  • Publication number: 20140083950
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating on skimmed oil/water picked up from a body of water to separate the oil from the water and discharge the oil-free water back into the body of water, first feeds the skimmed oil/water into a gravity settling tank wherein the oil tends to settle above the water, removing relatively oil-free water from the bottom of the tank and measuring its oil content with an oil concentration sensor, and either returning the oil/water flow to the settling tank for further processing if the measured concentration of oil exceeds predetermined limits or discharging the water back into the body of water if the oil concentration is measured to be less than the predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: David Usher
  • Patent number: 8679326
    Abstract: A medical apparatus (100) for extracorporeal blood treatment comprises a support structure (101) housing a hydraulic circuit (1) located above a liquid collection zone (103) such that liquid losses from the hydraulic circuit can at least partially accumulate at the liquid collection zone. A liquid sensor (108) detects presence of any liquid in the liquid collection zone and operates in a distanced position with respect to the liquid collection zone (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventors: Luca Vinci, Andrea Rossi
  • Patent number: 8679850
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of detecting cationic polymers comprising: obtaining a target water sample containing a cationic polymer; adding a polymer dispersant solution and a phosphate solution to the target water sample, the polymer dispersant solution is comprised of a polymer dispersant with calcium and magnesium hardness and the phosphate solution is comprised of a phosphate; standing the target water sample; and measuring the turbidity of the target water sample; comparing the turbidity of said target water sample with a calibration curve of the turbidity of samples containing known concentrations of cationic polymers to determine the concentration of cationic polymers in said target water sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Guixi Zhang, Sijing Wang, Hong Xu, Xiaofeng Tang
  • Publication number: 20140061027
    Abstract: A fluid treatment apparatus comprising: a reactor vessel defining a chamber and having an inlet and an outlet to allow fluid to flow through the chamber; a UV light source adapted to transmit light within the chamber; and a plurality of catalyst members comprising a catalytic outer surface, the catalyst members being freely contained within the chamber, wherein the apparatus is adapted to cause the catalyst members to move around within the chamber as fluid flows through the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Neil Polwart, Steve Barfield, Graham Tyrie
  • Patent number: 8658037
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for determining the physiological state of a microbial community, which rapidly and precisely determines the physiological state of a microbial community present in a treatment tank of a wastewater biological treatment facility; and a wastewater treatment method utilizing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko PMC Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoji Igarashi, Takuji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8617400
    Abstract: A method for treating wastewater using a ballasted flocculation technique includes continuously measuring the concentration of suspended solids, organic matter or other impurities in the water to be treated prior to directing the water to be treated to a flocculation tank. Based on this measurement, the amount of ballast necessary to obtain treated water of a predetermined quality is then calculated. In the flocculation tank, ballast and a flocculating reagent are added to the water to form a water-floc mixture. The water-floc mixture is directed to a settling tank where a sludge-ballast mixture is settled. The sludge-ballast mixture is directed to a mixing tank and then to a separator to separate the ballast from the sludge. The separated ballast is directed to the flocculation tank. The separated sludge is directed to the mixing tank when the level of sludge-ballast mixture in the mixing tank is lower than a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Support
    Inventors: Philippe Sauvignet, Claus Dahl, Valey Ursel, Celine Levecq, Jean-Francois Beaudet
  • Patent number: 8580121
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a means of monitoring and controlling a process step, or steps for a treatable fluid being processed, whereby a sampled volume of the treated fluid is delivered to a vessel, within which the sampled treated fluid emulates the expected reaction or reactions of the treatable fluid being processed within the process step. The sampled volume of the treated fluid is detained, monitored, recorded and analyzed by the present invention. The resulting data is translated into commands that are conveyed to process control devices which control the processing of the treatable fluid. Sampling and analyzing of the treatable fluid is automatically repeated on a cyclical basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Cesar Ladron de Guevara, Leonard Davidson
  • Patent number: 8568595
    Abstract: A method for determining or predicting the adequacy parameters that will be achieved at the end of a kidney substitution treatment during said kidney substitution treatment wherein the kidney substitution treatment is provided by a machine, which has an extracorporeal blood system pumping the patient blood through the blood chamber of a dialyzer, wherein the dialyzing fluid collects the waste products from the patient after flowing through the dialyzing fluid chamber of the dialyzer and wherein a device able to measure a adequacy parameter is coupled with the kidney substitution treatment machine and wherein the slope of a preferable linear guideline for the adequacy parameter is compared to the slope of the delivered adequacy parameter and if the slope of both are equal a linearization is performed to determine or predict the adequacy parameter at the end of the kidney substitution treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: B. Braun Avitum AG
    Inventor: Alex Castellarnau
  • Publication number: 20130233796
    Abstract: A method for controlling treatment of an industrial water system is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of providing an apparatus for controlling delivery of at least one treatment chemical, the apparatus comprising at least one sensor and an electronic input/output device carrying out a protocol; measuring a parameter of the industrial water system using the at least one sensor; relaying the measured parameter to the electronic device; adjusting the protocol based on the measured parameter; delivering a concentrated treatment chemical into a stream of the industrial water system according to the adjusted protocol, the concentrated treatment chemical comprising an active ingredient, the active ingredient traced as necessary, the active ingredient having a concentration; repeating the measuring, the adjusting, and the delivering; and optionally repeating the steps for n-number of parameters, n-number of active ingredients, and/or n-number of concentrated treatment chemicals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Narasimha M. Rao, Steven R. Hatch, William A. Von Drasek
  • Publication number: 20130233804
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and chemicals that can be used as fluorescent tracers in the treatment of raw water and/or industrial wastewater. The fluorescent tracers are certain chemicals discovered to have beneficial properties for such uses, particularly having little variance in fluorescence emission for conditions that are known to interfere with fluorescence emission. The fluorescent tracers comprise rhodamine dyes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Yanjiao Xie, Xuejun Wang, Mingli Wei
  • Patent number: 8518261
    Abstract: The present invention provides a water purification apparatus and method using a pressurized micro-filter preprocessed with a coagulation inclined-plate sedimentation reservoir and a pore-control fiber filter for improvement of a recovery rate, which removes the dissolved organic materials and the turbidity of raw water through a preprocess by a flash mixer, a two-stage coagulation reservoir and an inclined-plate sedimentation reservoir, thereby making it possible to reduce the use of coagulants, the generation of sludge by-products, the inflow load of membranes, and the facility size in comparison with the conventional standard water purification processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Daewoo E&C Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eui-Sin Lee, Bum-Goo Lee, Hee-Kyong Oh, Jung-Yeol Eom
  • Publication number: 20130213895
    Abstract: A system for treating a wastewater stream produces an effluent having an acceptable level of turbidity. A PID controller is operatively coupled to at least one turbidity meter for monitoring turbidity of the effluent stream. A plurality of chemical treatment additive pumps are provided for adding a plurality of treatment chemicals to the wastewater stream in real time under supervision of the controller, and responsive to monitored turbidity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Denny Allen CRISWELL
  • Patent number: 8506825
    Abstract: A method of washing blood mixed with undesirable elements not normally found in healthy whole blood to remove the undesirable elements, the method comprising: separating the blood into components according to relative densities of the components with a rotating centrifuge bowl; providing a port through which fluid exits the bowl, the exiting fluid having a concentration of undesirable elements; flowing washing solution into the centrifuge bowl at an initial flow rate; monitoring the fluid exiting the bowl with an optical sensor having an output signal indicative of the composition of the exiting fluid; and increasing and decreasing the flow rate of the wash solution as a function of the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Sorin Group Italia S.r.l.
    Inventors: Matteo Fortini, Stefano Reggiani, Ivo Panzani
  • Patent number: 8501015
    Abstract: A centrifuge for separating blood having a camera observing fluid flow, and a controller controlling the flow. The location of an interface is detected by image processing steps, which may comprise the steps of “spoiling” the image, “diffusing” the image, “edge detection”, “edge linking”, “region-based confirmation”, and “interface calculation”. “Spoiling” reduces the number of pixels to be examined preferentially on orthogonal axis oriented with respect to the expected location of the interface or phase boundary. “Diffusing” smoothes out small oscillations in the interface boundary, making the location of the interface more distinct. “Edge detection” computes the rate of change in pixel intensity. “Edge linking” connects adjacent maxima. “Region-based confirmation” creates a pseudo image of the regions that qualify as distinct. “Final edge calculation” uses the points where the shade changes in the pseudo image, averages the radial displacement of these points for the interface position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Terumo BCT, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Fletcher, William Sweat, Jeremy Kolenbrander, Aditya Dalvi, John R. Linder
  • Publication number: 20130146535
    Abstract: A method for monitoring and/or controlling the process flow of a waste water system having waste water in waste water lines, comprising the steps as follows: measuring volume flow of waste water at a location remote from a waste water cleaning plant; measuring at least one additional waste water relevant parameter at the location remote from the waste water cleaning plant; evaluating the measurement data and detecting system relevant events; and undertaking measures in the waste water cleaning plant and/or at the location remote from the waste water cleaning plant as a function of the system relevant event. Furthermore, the invention relates to a system for performing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser Conducta Gesellschaft fur Mess- und Regeltechnik mbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Endress + Hauser Conducta Gesellschaft fur Mess-und Regeltechnik mbH + Co. KG
  • Patent number: 8454895
    Abstract: This invention refers to continuous flow devices for detecting and/or removal of contaminants from a liquid stream. The device comprises a cartridge with an inlet and outlet for the liquid stream, a radiation incident and emerging wall portion and optically transparent support material packed in the cartridge such that a liquid stream can pass between voids or spaces formed within the optically transparent material, as well as a radiation source and detector. The support material comprises molecules for capturing at least one contaminant on the surface of the support material and each of the capture molecules comprises at least one reporter group which emits a signal upon binding of the contaminant. Another form of the invention refers to a rotatable support within the liquid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Nanyang Technological University
    Inventors: Karina Yew-Hoong Gin, Trevor R. Garrett
  • Publication number: 20130126440
    Abstract: A method of managing a reservoir of water having a recirculating arrangement for recirculating water at frequent time intervals is disclosed. The method includes starting a productive recirculation of water within the reservoir by means of the recirculating pump, and sensing control parameter/s relating to the quality of water that are selected from: a level of disinfectant, a pH level, a water turbidity level, or a biological count level. The productive recirculation of water by the recirculating pump is continued until each sensed control parameter has reached its target level in the water. In a power saving management mode the productive recirculation of water by the recirculating arrangement is stopped when each sensed control parameter has reached its target level. Instead in a minimum run time mode the productive recirculation is only stopped when this minimum run time has been completed and each sensed control parameter has reached its target level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Chris Prause, David Venamore, Martin Bailey
  • Publication number: 20130105405
    Abstract: A water purification device is provided in the form of a hydrogel matrix containing immobilized nanoparticles that are directly synthesized in-situ in the hydrogel matrix. A related method of decontaminating the water supply contaminated with a target pollutant is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Dibakar Bhattacharyya, Li Xiao
  • Patent number: 8398861
    Abstract: A separation method for extracting a target 1 from a separation subject (101) in which the target (1) to be extracted and a non-target (2) are mixed. The method includes the steps of distinguishing the target (1) from the non-target (2); obtaining positional information of the target (1) distinguished; attaching a liquid to the target (1) based on the positional information; and extracting the target (1) from the separation subject (101) by bringing a catch member (140) into contact with the separation subject (101) such that viscosity of the liquid causes the target (1) to adhere to the catch member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Miyasaka, Tamao Kojima, Hiroyuki Naka
  • Publication number: 20130043194
    Abstract: A method and composition is described for controlling the growth of fouling materials, such as scale, in aqueous systems using a tagged (fluorescent) polymer. The tagged polymer can be a fluorescent polymer which has at least one fluorescent monomeric unit derived from a fluorophore which has at least one terminal end comprising an olefinic group. The method of controlling the growth of at least one fouling material in an aqueous system can include the steps of adding the tagged polymer to the aqueous system to be treated, fluorometrically monitoring the concentration of the tagged polymer, and adjusting, as needed, the concentration of the tagged polymer and proportionally used water treatment compound or compounds effective to control the growth of at least one fouling material. The adjustment of pH before determination of the fluorescence signal can be employed to increase sensitivity of the fluorophore and minimize background interference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas E. McNeel, Marilyn S. Whittemore, Richard A. Clark, Jadwiga J. Grabowicz
  • Publication number: 20130015137
    Abstract: Disclosed and claimed is a method of removing contaminants from a process stream or stabilizing a system parameter in the process stream. The method includes providing a filtration system in communication with a controller, wherein the controller is operable to automatically initiate a flow from the process stream into the filtration system when the system parameter of the process stream is within above an upper threshold value and/or below a lower threshold value; and activating the filtration system, wherein the flow comprises a flow rate through the filtration system and the controller is operable to adjust the flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Ana-Mariana Urmenyi, Amit Gupta, Chris D. Davies, Bert Simons