Separating Patents (Class 210/767)
  • Patent number: 11313305
    Abstract: A method that includes coupling an external, removable fuel pressurization system to a fuel system of a vehicle while the vehicle remains in a confined space. The fuel system of the vehicle is pressurized with the fuel pressurization system while the vehicle remains in the confined space and without activating an engine of the vehicle. Decay of pressure of the fuel system is monitored following pressurization of the fuel system, and one or more of a leak, or a replaceable component, of the fuel system of the vehicle is detected based on at least in part on the decay of pressure that are monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: David Wright, David Baldwin
  • Patent number: 11299853
    Abstract: A method of producing a paper or paperboard product having at least one ply comprising high yield pulp (HYP), comprising the steps of: —providing a furnish comprising at least 50% of high yield pulp (HYP) of a total pulp content in said furnish, said high yield pulp being produced with a wood yield above 85%; —dewatering the furnish to form a moist web and pressing said moist web to a dry solids content of at least 40-70%; and —densifying the moist web to a density above 600 kg/m3 in a press nip of a paper machine at a temperature above a softening temperature of water-saturated lignin comprised in said high yield pulp to provide a paper or paperboard product, containing at least 30% high yield pulp (HYP) of a total pulp content of said product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Hans Hoglund, Gunilla Pettersson, Sven Norgren, Per Engstrand
  • Patent number: 11274055
    Abstract: The structural principals and functions found in the present invention are applicable to the sector of purification, physical-chemical adjustments and packaging of water for human consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: MVA PARTICIPAÇÕES & CONSULTORIA LTDA.
    Inventor: Marcio Augusto Ferreira Gonzales
  • Patent number: 11260140
    Abstract: A microbial indicator device for liquid disinfection comprises a first cavity, a source of biological activity fluidically coupled to the first cavity via a portion of a first fluidic path, a filter membrane positioned in a second fluidic path for a disinfectant, and a first coupling portion fluidically coupled to the source of biologically activity via the second fluidic path. The filter membrane has a first side and a second side, wherein the first side is in fluid communication with the first fluidic path. The filter membrane has a pore size sufficient to retain at least a portion of the source of biological activity on the first side. The device further comprises a frangible container contained in the first cavity, wherein a liquid in the container is in fluid communication with the first cavity when the container is fractured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: G. Marco Bommarito, Timothy J. Nies, Barry W. Robole, Assumpta A. G. Bennaars-Eiden, Jodi L. Connell, Tonya D. Bonilla, Timothy A. Kohman, Ruthann R. Duda
  • Patent number: 11179081
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a blood analysis method and a blood test kit, which are for performing quantitative analysis of components by precisely obtaining a dilution factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hikaru Urano, Haruyasu Nakatsugawa, Shinya Sugimoto, Isao Yonekubo
  • Patent number: 11124441
    Abstract: A method for producing hollow glass microspheres includes preparing an aqueous suspension of starting materials including finely ground glass and waterglass. Combustible particles are produced from the suspension and are mixed with an AlO(OH)-containing pulverulent release agent. The mixture of combustible particles and release agent is introduced into a combustion chamber of a furnace where it is expanded at a combustion temperature which exceeds the softening temperature of the finely ground glass, to form the hollow microspheres. Hollow glass microspheres produced according to the method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Dennert Poraver GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfram Neidhardt
  • Patent number: 11034721
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and devices for the optimization of virus removal from solutions. A method of filtering a process fluid comprising a product includes allowing some of the process fluid to flow from a first reservoir to a viral filter; adding a chase fluid to the process fluid in the first reservoir to form a composite fluid; and allowing the composite fluid to flow from the first reservoir to the viral filter to produce eluent. In some embodiments, flow of fluid across the viral filter is sufficient to avoid significant impairment to viral removal until a preselected event, occurs. In some embodiments, flow of fluid from the first reservoir across the viral filter is maintained in the absence of an interruption or slowing of flow of duration or magnitude sufficient to impair viral removal to a level below a log-reduction value of the viral filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: LONZA LTD
    Inventors: Paul Pease, Wilburn Miller, Jesse Cobb, Anthony Castagnaro, Andrew Harris
  • Patent number: 11014027
    Abstract: A pipeline filter assembly comprising a base assembly, an outer wall, and a lid assembly. The outer wall has a lower end portion and an upper end portion, wherein the upper end portion comprises a lower collar, and the lower collar comprises at least one lock notch spaced around an exterior surface thereof. The lid assembly is configured to couple to the lower collar of the outer wall. The lid assembly has an upper collar configured to threadedly mate with the lower collar. The upper collar has at least one housing that projects from the upper collar, the housing having an interior surface, and at least one biasing clip pivotally mounted within the housing for releasable engagement with the lock notch. A pair of pipeline filter assemblies, wherein at least one connection plate is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: AQUASTAR POOL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Olaf Mjelde
  • Patent number: 10987659
    Abstract: A method of synthesizing TiO2/Co3O4 core-shell photocatalysts is provided. The method includes preparing SiO2 hollow nanospheres via sol-gel synthesis in the presence of a triblock copolymer surfactant and a cationic surfactant; adding titanium sec-butoxide to a solution containing the SiO2 hollow nanospheres to provide a first combined sample; calcinating the first combined sample to provide hollow mesoporous TiO2 nanospheres; adding cobalt nitrate to a solution comprising the hollow mesoporous TiO2 nanospheres to provide a second combined sample; and calcinating the second combined sample to provide TiO2/Co3O4 core-shell photocatalysts. Methods of producing hydrogen by water-splitting using TiO2/Co3O4 core-shell photocatalysts are also provided. Such methods include photodepositing platinum onto the photocatalysts during the reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventors: Mohammad W. Kadi, Reda M. Mohamed Ouf
  • Patent number: 10870598
    Abstract: A method for deeply processing highly contaminated wastewater having salts and volatile organic compounds includes the steps of: performing mechanical vapor recompression on the wastewater to form a first concentrate liquid and a first condensing liquid; performing drying on the first concentrate liquid to form a waste solid and a second condensing liquid; performing reverse osmosis on the first condensing liquid and the second condensing liquid to form a filtrate and a second concentrate liquid; performing Fenton's oxidation on the second concentrate liquid to form an oxidized liquid; and performing mechanical vapor recompression, drying, reverse osmosis, and Fenton's oxidation as above on the oxidized liquid in sequence. Additionally, active carbon adsorption is optionally performed on the filtrate to form a re-filtrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: CLEANAWAY COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Lwon-Kuo Sung
  • Patent number: 10814051
    Abstract: The present invention provides a filter element for a blood processing filter, comprising a nonwoven fabric, wherein the quantity of crystallization heat of the uncrystallized portion of the nonwoven fabric is 5 J/g or smaller before steam heat treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobukazu Shimada, Takako Kai
  • Patent number: 10772284
    Abstract: A filtration apparatus includes a screen assembly with a screen having a plurality of through holes, a slidable support to support the screen, and a retainer plate to slidably engage the support for securing the screen between the support and the plate. The support and the plate each define an opening aligned with the plurality of through holes such that a flowable material, such as butter, can pass through the screen. A housing of the filtration apparatus includes a screen assembly receiving portion configured to slidably receive the screen assembly, and a throughput portion for receiving a flowable material that extends through the housing in a direction transverse to the screen assembly receiving portion. A transition couples the housing to a supply line and is for delivering the flowable material to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: LAND O'LAKES, INC.
    Inventor: Steve Rohn
  • Patent number: 10759893
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for preparing a porous material, at least compris-ing the steps of providing a mixture (I) comprising a composition (A) at least comprising at least one polyfunctional isocyanate as component (ai) and at least one mineral acid (aa), and a sol-vent (B), reacting the components in the composition (A) obtaining an organic gel, and drying of the gel obtained. The invention further relates to the porous materials which can be obtained in this way and the use of the porous materials as thermal insulation material and as catalysts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: BASF SE, THE CURATORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
    Inventors: Wibke Loelsberg, Marc Fricke, Dirk Weinrich, Nicholas Leventis, Chariklia Sotiriou-Leventis, Adnan M. Saeed
  • Patent number: 10729996
    Abstract: An adapter is provided for fluidly coupling a hose to a housing of a filter assembly having a drain body connected to the housing. The adapter has a retaining cap that is disposed about a central axis and is configured to couple with the drain body. A hose barb body is disposed rotatably about the central axis. The hose barb body has a tapered portion that is configured to receive at least a portion of the drain body therein, and a cylindrical portion that extends from the tapered portion. The cylindrical portion is configured to allow selective coupling of a hose thereon. A retaining collar is disposed about the central axis and has a shoulder that is configured to bear the hose barb body thereon. Multiple resilient tabs upstanding from the shoulder have ends laterally extending away from the central axis for engaging with the retaining cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Javier A Rodriguez, Darrell L Morehouse, III
  • Patent number: 10706133
    Abstract: Disclosed are a smart watch comprising a fingerprint sensor for user authentication, and a method for controlling the same. The present invention provides a smart watch and a method for controlling the same, the smart watch comprising: a case; a display unit which is positioned on the case and is configured to display the current time and a variety of information; a bezel which is provided on the case and is configured to surround the display unit; a fingerprint sensor which is provided on the bezel and is configured to simultaneously recognize a plurality of fingerprints which are different from each other; and a control device which is configured to control the operation on the basis of the fingerprints recognized by the fingerprint sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hongjo Shim, Gukchan Lim, Yoonwoo Lee, Seonghyok Kim, Mihyun Park, Dongeon Lee
  • Patent number: 10632245
    Abstract: Interventional catheter assemblies, operating systems and adaptive interface components allow operation of a variety of interventional catheter assemblies, including infusion catheters, aspiration catheters and interventional catheters that provide both infusion and aspiration, using a common control console housing infusion and aspiration systems. Adaptive tubing cassettes having a handle and one or more preformed tubing loops route aspiration and/or infusion tubing in a predetermined configuration to mate with aspiration and infusion systems on a control console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED
    Inventors: Shannon Eubanks, Keith Schubert, Peter Bristol, Patrick Vilbrandt
  • Patent number: 10610814
    Abstract: An air filter material has spun bond nonwoven fabric and melt blown nonwoven fabric. The spun bond nonwoven fabric includes conjugate polyester continuous filaments having a “Y4”-like cross sectional shape. The Y-4 shape of the continuous filament is composed of plural nearly V-shape portions formed from low melting point polyester, joined by a nearly + shape portion formed from high melting point polyester. The continuous filaments are heat-bonded with each other by the low melting point polyester. The spun bond nonwoven fabric is bonded with the melt blown nonwoven fabric with a powder type or spider web type hot melt adhesive agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: UNITIKA LTD.
    Inventor: Yukihiro Kihara
  • Patent number: 10596899
    Abstract: A fuel tank filter assembly and fuel system designed to be used as fuel is initially added to a vehicle. A removable, and cleanable filter sock is provided comprised of mono filament capable of straining micro particles. A pressure release locking cap is also provided. The filter sock allows fuel to flow at a normal rate while still catching and thereby removing unwanted debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Koch
  • Patent number: 10569232
    Abstract: Copolymer C comprising polyarylene ether blocks A and polyalkylene oxide blocks PAO, wherein said polyarylene ether blocks A are blocks of at least one partially sulfonated polyarylene ether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Martin Weber, Christian Maletzko, Bastiaan Bram Pieter Staal
  • Patent number: 10569210
    Abstract: A filtration media pack including a plurality of layers of filter media is disclosed. The media pack includes fluted sheets and a facing sheet, with a plurality of flutes extending between the fluted sheets and the facing sheets. In an embodiment, the fluted sheet includes a plurality of protrusions that contact the facing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott M. Brown
  • Patent number: 10564076
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a system for analytical sample preparation. In some embodiments, the system includes a container having disposed therein an analytical sample treatment composition including ?-cyclodextrin and/or an ?-cyclodextrin co-polymer. Also provided is a method of reducing matrix effects in an analytical sample. In some embodiments, the method includes: contacting a sample including a matrix-interfering agent and an analyte with a cyclodextrin composition to produce a matrix-cyclodextrin complex, wherein the cyclodextrin composition comprises an ?-cyclodextrin and/or an ?-cyclodextrin co-polymer; separating the complex from the contacted sample to produce a matrix-reduced composition; and detecting the analyte in the matrix-reduced composition. Kits and compositions for use in the subject systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Derick Lucas, Bruce Richter, David Long
  • Patent number: 10383561
    Abstract: A fluid handling system for use in bodily fluid analysis. The system comprises a first fluid handling module configured to interface with a main instrument. The first fluid handling module has a first fluid handling network and the first fluid handling network includes an infusate passage and an infusion fluid pressure member suitable for moving fluid within the infusate passage. The fluid handling system also has a second fluid handling module separate from the first module which is configured to interface with the main instrument. The second fluid handling module has a second fluid handling network and at least one sample analysis cell which is accessible via the second fluid handling network. The first and second modules are configured to interconnect and provide fluid communication between the first and second fluid handling network and the sample cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: OptiScan Biomedical Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Keenan, Jeffrey Chiou, Jennifer Gable, Kenneth I-Shen Li, Roger Tong, Mike Recknor, James R. Braig
  • Patent number: 10324011
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and methods for high throughput purification of particles. In some cases, methods and devices described herein can be used to remove erythrocytes and purify leukocytes and raise the quality of umbilical cord blood and other transplant grafts, thereby significantly improving patient outcomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: The Trustees of Princeton University, University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Inventors: Joseph D'Silva, Robert H. Austin, James C. Sturm, Curt I. Civin
  • Patent number: 10294267
    Abstract: Membranes having parallel channels in a surface of the membranes, wherein the channels have side walls having rough surfaces; filters and devices including at least one membrane, and methods of making and using the membranes, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory S. Carpenter, Munaf Tinwala, Stanley W. Kidd
  • Patent number: 10290883
    Abstract: A fuel cell system comprises a fuel cell stack, radiator, cooling water feed passage, cooling water discharge passage, bypass cooling water passage, deionizer, stack side cooling water pump, radiator side cooling water pump, and bypass cooling water control valve. The radiator side cooling water pump and bypass cooling water control valve are controlled to selectively perform one of a stack flow through mode where cooling water flows through at least the fuel cell stack and a stack bypass mode where cooling water does not substantially flow through the fuel cell stack but circulates through the radiator and the bypass cooling water passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromichi Sato, Shigeki Hasegawa, Atsuo Iio
  • Patent number: 10227580
    Abstract: Methods, devices and kits for the physical separation of plankton into its component parts utilizing phototactic behavior are described. The methods utilize positive phototactic behavior and negative contrast orientation of the zooplankton for maximal in situ separation of phytoplankton and zooplankton for use in further studies and evaluation of separation efficiency. The devices provide effective conditions for use in the separation of plankton into component parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Nancy Leland
  • Patent number: 10195560
    Abstract: An air filter cartridge has Z-media and a gasket arrangement with a perimeter gasket member against the downstream flow face and a side gasket member adjacent to at least a partial extension of a first side panel. The side gasket member includes no portion against second, third, and fourth side panels of the air filter cartridge. The air filter cartridge can be used in a dust collector having a tubesheet and a frame arrangement extending from the tubesheet. The perimeter gasket member seals against the frame arrangement and the side gasket member seals against the tubesheet. A method of servicing includes orienting the air filter cartridge against a guide ramp and moving the filter cartridge until the side gasket member is engaged against the tubesheet sealing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Donald Raether
  • Patent number: 10188974
    Abstract: Provided are an aggregate-removing filter material enabling the efficient removal of aggregates while preventing the clogging by the aggregates, an aggregate removal method, a white blood cell-removing filter, and a blood product filtering method. An aggregate-removing filter material for removing aggregates in a blood product, which is composed only of fibers having a fiber length of 100 to 1000 mm, and a fineness of 0.7 to 4.0 dtex, and has a basis weight of 20 to 100 g/m2, and a no-load bulk density of 0.03 to 0.10 g/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masafumi Asakawa
  • Patent number: 10153449
    Abstract: A novel light-emitting element or a highly reliable light-emitting element is provided. The light-emitting element includes an anode, a cathode, and an EL layer between the anode and the cathode. The EL layer includes at least a light-emitting layer. The light-emitting layer includes at least a first organic compound and a second organic compound. The energy for liberating halogen from a halogen-substituted product of the first organic compound in a radical anion state and in a triplet excited state is less than or equal to 1.00 eV. The amount of halogen-substituted product in the second organic compound is not increased with an increase in driving time of the light-emitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Seo, Takeyoshi Watabe, Rina Nakamura, Harue Osaka, Ayumi Sato, Kunihiko Suzuki, Hayato Yamawaki
  • Patent number: 10093747
    Abstract: A method of producing a sugar liquid using a cellulose-containing biomass as a raw material includes (a) hydrolyzing a cellulose-containing biomass to produce an aqueous sugar solution and (b) filtering the obtained aqueous sugar solution through a reverse osmosis membrane to collect a purified sugar liquid from a feed side, while removing fermentation-inhibiting substances from a permeate side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kurihara, Atsushi Minamino, Masateru Ito, Hideki Sawai, Masayuki Hanakawa, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Katsushige Yamada
  • Patent number: 10016487
    Abstract: The invention provides a process for purifying lactoferrin from milk, the process comprising subjecting the milk to filtration to separate it into a retentate fraction comprising lactoferrin and a permeate fraction comprising growth factors and/or RNAses, wherein prior to and/or during filtration the milk is subjected to salt treatment such that growth factors and/or RNAses flow into the permeate. The invention also provides lactoferrin obtained from the process of the invention and uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrew Brown
  • Patent number: 9950281
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for separation of hydrocarbons from hydrocarbon-containing produced water, comprising; a separator tank, at least one inlet tube (22, 27), at least one branch means (6) distributing the produced water stream, at least one outlet nozzle (7) and at least one guide vane (8.1) mounted under each outlet nozzle and leading water over the next outlet nozzle; at least one outlet (12) in the bottom of the tank for cleaned water and at least one outlet (9, 35, 36) rejecting rising gas with adherent oil droplets, at least one shroud (39) is arranged entirely or partly along the inside of at least one guide vane (8.1) in an angle of 30° to 150° related to the at least one guide vane (8.1). Further the invention relates to a process for separation of hydrocarbons from hydrocarbon-containing produced water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Jorn Folkvang
  • Patent number: 9914989
    Abstract: A process by which molten solder is purified in-situ, making the soldering process more efficient and yielding better results, particularly for lead-free soldering. Lead-free solder becomes practical for use since the temperature for reliable soldering is reduced. A layer of active additive is maintained on the surface of molten solder for scavenging metal oxide from the solder and assimilating metal oxide into a liquid layer. The active additive is an organic liquid having nucleophilic and/or electrophilic groups. As an example, a layer of dimer acid maintained on a wave soldering apparatus scavenges metal oxide from the bath, and assimilates dross that may form on the surface. Scavenging metal oxide cleanses the bath and lowers viscosity of the solder, and PC boards or the like soldered on the wave have reliable solder joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: MS2 Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence C. Kay, Erik J. Severin, Luis A. Aguirre
  • Patent number: 9883830
    Abstract: A fluid handling system for use in bodily fluid analysis. The system comprises a first fluid handling module configured to interface with a main instrument. The first fluid handling module has a first fluid handling network and the first fluid handling network includes an infusate passage and an infusion fluid pressure member suitable for moving fluid within the infusate passage. The fluid handling system also has a second fluid handling module separate from the first module which is configured to interface with the main instrument. The second fluid handling module has a second fluid handling network and at least one sample analysis cell which is accessible via the second fluid handling network. The first and second modules are configured to interconnect and provide fluid communication between the first and second fluid handling network and the sample cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: OptiScan Biomedical Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Keenan, Jeffrey Chiou, Jennifer Gable, Kenneth I-Shen Li, Roger Tong, Mike Recknor, James R. Braig
  • Patent number: 9850455
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for the cleaning of a soiled substrate, the method comprising treating the substrate with a solid particulate cleaning material and wash water, the treatment being carried out in an apparatus comprising a drum comprising perforated side walls and having a capacity of between 5 and 50 liters for each kg of fabric in the washload, wherein said solid particulate cleaning material comprises a multiplicity of polymeric particles at a particle to fabric addition level of 0.1:1-10:1 by mass, each particle being substantially cylindrical or spherical in shape and having an average density in the range of 0.5-2.5 g/cm3 and an average volume in the range of 5-275 mm3, and wherein said drum comprising perforated side walls is rotated at a speed which generates G forces in the range of from 0.05 to 900 G. The polymeric particles may comprise foamed or unfoamed polymeric materials which may comprise either linear or crosslinked polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: XEROS LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Derek Jenkins, Frazer John Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9822020
    Abstract: An apparatus for recovering nutrients or water from digestate comprises one or more solid-liquid separation units, an ammonia stripping device, and a gas scrubbing unit. In a process, digestate is separated into a solids portion and a liquid portion. Ammonia is stripped from the liquid portion and converted into an ammonium salt solution which may be sold or used as, or blended with, a fertilizer product. Optionally, at least part of the remaining liquid portion may be concentrated to produce brine. The brine is mixed with the solids portion. The mixture may be dried and used as, or blended with, a fertilizer product. Optionally, a least part of the remaining liquid portion may be re-used as dilution water in a digester. A solids portion of the digestate, and one or both of an ammonium salt solution and a brine, may be used as fertilizer without thermal drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Anaergia Inc.
    Inventors: Ashwani Kumar, Juan Carlos Josse, Michael David Theodoulou, Sasha Michael Rollings-Scattergood
  • Patent number: 9757671
    Abstract: A compressed air filter apparatus includes a main flow path as a flow path in which compressed air should circulate, formed in a body to extend from a first opening into a penetration hole, an upper inner flow path extending from the penetration hole to an upper inner space, an upper inner and outer flow path extending from the upper inner space to an upper outer space to pass through an upper filer element, a communication flow path extending from the upper outer space to a lower outer space to pass through a communication hole, a secondary flow path extending from the lower outer space to a second opening, a lower inner flow path extending from the penetration hole to a lower inner space, and a lower inner and outer flow path extending from the lower inner space to the lower outer space to pass through a lower filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FUKUHARA Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Fukuhara
  • Patent number: 9733235
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for designing a filtration systems for capturing viable tumor cells, such as circulating tumor cells at high efficiency and high viability. The methods involve development of a set of “key engineering design parameters” that are crucial to achieve high tumor cell viability. These important design parameters include the filter geometry design, fluid delivery method, transfilter pressure and total filtration time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CALIFORNIA INSTUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yu-Chong Tai, Bo Lu
  • Patent number: 9656197
    Abstract: Systems and methods condition a filter assembly. Purging liquid is passed through the filter assembly to remove contaminants from the pores and voids of the filter medium and from the upstream and downstream sides of the filter medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: PALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Mesawich, Joseph Bica, Michael Stuart Sevegney, Glenn Dado, Barry Gotlinsky, Richard E Novak
  • Patent number: 9649622
    Abstract: A bimetal oxysulfide solid-solution catalyst is provided. The bimetal oxysulfide solid-solution catalyst is represented by formula (1): M(1)xM(2)yOzS???(1), wherein in formula (1), M(1) includes Copper (Cu) and M(2) includes monovalent Silver (Ag), divalent Zinc (Zn), Manganese (Mn), Nickel (Ni), Cobalt (Co), and Tin (SnII), trivalent Indium (In), Cerium (Ce), Antimony (Sb), and Gallium (Ga), tetravalent Tin (SnIV), or pentavalent Molybdenum (Mo), 0<y<0.3, 0.7<x<1.0, 0<z<0.5, and 0.5<?<1.0. In addition, a manufacturing method of the bimetal oxysulfide solid-solution catalyst and applications of the bimetal oxysulfide solid-solution catalyst are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Dong-Hau Kuo, Xiaoyun Chen
  • Patent number: 9585997
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a leukocyte depletion filter that has both higher leukocyte removal performance and higher blood permeability than conventional filters. The leukocyte depletion filter according to the present invention includes a filter material having an average fiber diameter of 0.30 to 1.60 ?m and a coefficient of variation of fiber diameter of at least 0.40 but not more than 1.20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ikuhiro Suzuki, Hiroshi Tone, Masaru Nakatani
  • Patent number: 9550184
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a reactor plate which prevents the entry of foreign matter from the outside and the pollution of a surrounding environment. A reactor plate (1) includes a reaction well (5), a reaction well channel connected to the reaction well (5), and reaction well air vent channels (19) and (21) connected to the reaction well (5). The reaction well channel has a main channel (13), a metering channel (15) branched off the main channel (13), and an injection channel (17) of which one end is connected to the metering channel (15) and the other end is connected to the reaction well (5). The main channel (13) and the reaction well air vent channel (21) can be hermetically sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Hanafusa, Koretsugu Ogata, Takahiro Nishimoto, Masaki Kanai
  • Patent number: 9458496
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate generally to methods of diagnosing diseases and measuring homeostatic states. In particular, the methods described here are used to characterize RNA from vesicles for expression of disease related markers. Embodiments of the invention also relate generally to the characterization of RNA by using sensitive techniques such as PCR to internally sample organ health using whole blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignees: HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY, LTD., HITACHI CHEMICAL RESEARCH CENTER, INC.
    Inventor: Masato Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 9446402
    Abstract: A specimen supplying tool in which structure is simple, and a liquid specimen and air bubbles do not remain within a through-bore for introduction of a specimen, is provided. The specimen supplying tool includes a substrate 11 and a through-bore 13 provided in the substrate 11. One opening of the through-bore 13 is a specimen inflow port, and the other opening of the through-bore 13 is a specimen outflow port. The specimen supplying tool further includes a projection portion 14 projecting from a part p of a marginal part of the specimen outflow port. A liquid specimen is introduced from the specimen inflow port to the through-bore 13. When the introduced liquid specimen is discharged from the specimen outflow port, and supplied to a specimen analyzing instrument, the liquid specimen is drawn to the projection portion 14, led by the projection portion 14, and supplied to the specimen analyzing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: ARKRAY, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Ohmiya, Kaori Ishizaki
  • Patent number: 9439537
    Abstract: An apparatus and process of continuous, filtration of cooking oil during food processing to reduce and control free-fatty-acids and undesirable coloration in the cooking oil, including the movement of oil from a vessel to a flat-bed pressure chamber, where the oil is filtered through a stainless steel mesh screen under pressure. Differential pressure in the chamber causes the system to run the oil to a sister filter chamber which takes over the filter function while the first chamber cleans its filter. The filters are cleaned by inducing a high pressure inert gas into the filter chamber that dries the sediment, and then a mechanical sweep removes the sediment to a waste container. The resulting alternating process of filtering and filter cleaning between two chambers is fully automated and provides filtering that considerably extends oil life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Gary Haddock
  • Patent number: 9393503
    Abstract: The main subject of the present invention is a process for processing a paste (5) containing a solid charge (C) with a view to extracting at least one part of said solid charge (C). Said process comprises continuously: mixing, in a mixer (8), said paste (5) with a liquid solvent (3), a solvent for said at least one part of said solid charge (C), with a view to dissolving, at least partially, said at least one part of said solid charge (C) in said solvent (3); recovering, after said mixing, a biphasic system (15) comprising, on the one hand, a solution (3?) enclosing at least one fraction of said at least one part of said solid charge (C), dissolved in said solvent (3), and on the other hand, a solid residue (5?) of said paste (5); and then, separating said solution (3?) and said solid residue (5?) of said paste (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: HERAKLES
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Tauzia, Eric Giraud, Marie Gaudre
  • Patent number: 9372405
    Abstract: The pressure sensor detects a pressure in the operation chamber when the first opening/closing valve is opened at a time of starting a replenishment of the chemical liquid into the chemical liquid pump. The flow rate sensor detects an exhaust flow rate exhausted from the operation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshinobu Furusho, Takahiro Ookubo, Takashi Sasa, Tsuyoshi Nogami
  • Patent number: 9321228
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for blowing an article with at least one recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Widalys Luz Desoto-Burt, Johann Gottlieb Künz, Christian Gerhard Friedrich Gerlach, Brian David Andres, Su-Yon McConville, Alfredo Pagan
  • Patent number: 9212407
    Abstract: A process by which molten solder is purified in-situ, making the soldering process more efficient and yielding better results, particularly for lead-free soldering. Lead-free solder becomes practical for use since the temperature for reliable soldering is reduced. A layer of active additive is maintained on the surface of molten solder for scavenging metal oxide from the solder and assimilating metal oxide into a liquid layer. The active additive is an organic liquid having nucleophilic and/or electrophilic groups. As an example, a layer of dimer acid maintained on a wave soldering apparatus scavenges metal oxide from the bath, and assimilates dross that may form on the surface. Scavenging metal oxide cleanses the bath and lowers viscosity of the solder, and PC boards or the like soldered on the wave have reliable solder joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: MS2 Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence C. Kay, Erik J. Severin, Luis A. Aguirre
  • Patent number: 9162163
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for reducing a processing liquid consumed for removing bubbles from a new filter unit, and shortening a start-up time when the filter unit is attached in a processing liquid supply passage. The method includes: filling the processing liquid into a new filter unit, decompressing inside of the filter unit into a first pressure atmosphere in order to remove bubbles from the filter unit, boosting a pressure of the inside of the filter unit, flowing the processing liquid into the filter unit from a primary side of the filter unit, and supplying the processing liquid flowing from the filter unit to an object to be processed through a nozzle thereby performing a liquid processing and quickly removing the bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yuichi Yoshida, Ryouichirou Naitou, Toshinobu Furusho