Having An Outlet Or Inlet Opening (e.g., Bunghole, Etc.) Patents (Class 220/601)
  • Patent number: 10196172
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a chemical container and a method for manufacturing the same. The chemical container comprises a head portion having a top wall and a head sidewall extending from an edge of the top wall, as well as a body portion jointed with the head portion and defining a chamber together with the head portion. The top wall has a mouth structure configured for one or more pipelines to pass through and connect with the chamber. The manufacturing method is simple and of low cost, and the resulted chemical container is able to withstand a greater internal pressure and is configured to collect any leaking liquid chemicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: WUXI HUAYING MICROELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sophia Wen
  • Publication number: 20150101955
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention relates to a produce container which includes a receptacle and a lid. The receptacle has a base and a wall defining a mouth. The base includes a first engaging portion and a lid adapted to close off the mouth. The lid has a top having a second engaging portion adapted to cooperate with the first engaging portion of another identical produce container so as to facilitate interlocking of the container with the other identical container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: John Lam
  • Publication number: 20150086307
    Abstract: Described herein is an improved container for storing, shipping, and dispensing proppant materials used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The container systems incorporate stretchable hopper structures in the container. The hopper expands and contracts responsive to the amount of proppant material held in the container. When the container is filled with a sufficient amount of proppant, the hopper stretches to expand the storage volume. When the sufficient amount of proppant material is dispensed from the container, the hopper contracts to lift and dispense the container contents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Stefan
  • Publication number: 20150069052
    Abstract: A bulk material shipping container in one embodiment including a pallet, a bottom compartment mounted on the pallet, a top compartment mounted on the bottom compartment and movable from a retracted position relative to the bottom compartment to an expanded position relative to the bottom compartment, a plurality of top compartment supporting assemblies configured to support the top compartment in the expanded position relative to the bottom compartment, and configured to release the top compartment from the expanded position to enable the top compartment to move downwardly into the retracted position, a material unloading assembly, a material loading assembly, and an extension assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: C. John Allegretti, Anthony M. Raso, Lyndon Just
  • Patent number: 8973779
    Abstract: Drums of thermoplastic synthetic material include a circumferentially extending carrying and transport ring arranged on the drum wall in the vicinity of the upper bottom, and at least one bunghole connection sleeve arranged in a trough-shaped indentation of the upper head of the drum in the area of the rim thereof. An integrally formed stiffening bead is arranged on the inner side of the carrying and transport ring of a drum of the above-described type in the vicinity of a bunghole connection sleeve. A stiffening hump is formed in the upper head of the drum between the stiffening bead of the carrying and transport ring and the bunghole connection sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Schütz GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Udo Schütz
  • Publication number: 20150047299
    Abstract: Provided is a method for filling a container with a liquid in which the container is filled via an opening of the container and an internal volume of the container increases during the filling process and the internal volume of the filled volume is at least twice the volume of the unfilled container. Also provided is a device for filling containers, and a container having an opening, a base region, and a main body integrally formed with the opening and the base region, the main body being bent by a specified bending angle around a specified circumferential folding edge of the main body in such a way that the opening of the container is arranged closer to the base region than the circumferential folding edge is, wherein the position of the folding edge relative to the base region of the container can be changed during an expansion of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Krones AG
    Inventors: Ute John-Unterburger, Rupert Meinzinger, Michael Neubauer
  • Publication number: 20150041479
    Abstract: A laminated sheet construction for use in product packages has a substrate layer onto which there is laminated a transparent solid plastic film with an exposed surface having a transparent thermosetting adhesive coating. The surface beneath the coating may be printed with text and/or graphics which is visible through the film and adhesive. A container for a product may be directly affixed to the adhesive surface. Panels of the laminated substrate may be bonded together for increased strength or for capturing the flange of a container which can project through a window in one of the panels while displaying printing on the other panel through the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Snyder
  • Publication number: 20150036286
    Abstract: A cover for an electronic device includes a transparent portion and a non-transparent portion beside the transparent portion. The transparent portion defines a display area of the electronic device. The non-transparent portion defines a non-display area of the electronic device beside the display area. The non-transparent portion includes a transparent substrate integrated with the transparent portion. A plurality of through holes are defined on the transparent substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: CHIEN-CHIH LU, JUIN-MING WU, WEI-CHENG LOU
  • Publication number: 20150021226
    Abstract: A packaging box, cutouts, method and device for producing corrugated cardboard boxes comprising walls, a base (6) and a cover (7), the inner face of the base being provided with at least two recesses (33) and the cover comprising at least two tabs (38) adhered to the upper face thereof, directly above the recesses of complementary shape. The recesses and/or the tabs are situated fully inside the corresponding face or faces (31, 32).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Sebastien Jacomelli, Gerard Mathieu
  • Publication number: 20150008234
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving a fluid is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an at least partially flexible vessel. The vessel includes a top wall and a plurality of sidewalls, a first of said sidewalls having a first length in a first plane that is greater than a second length of the second, generally orthogonal sidewall in the first plane, and a bottom wall depending from the at least two sidewalls. The vessel may have a generally rectangular cross section, and may include a depending portion. The vessel may be at least partially rigid. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Patrick Menning, Anthony Paganelli, Vishwas Pethe, David M. Shofi
  • Publication number: 20150008233
    Abstract: An injection port is provided for installation on an enclosure to provide quick access for admitting a fire suppressing agent into the enclosure in the event of a fire inside the enclosure. The injection port includes a housing and an injection port cover. The housing includes a mounting plate for mounting the housing to the enclosure and a pin receptacle. The injection port cover includes a cover plate and a pin release mechanism. The pin release mechanism includes a movable pin that engages with the pin receptacle of the housing to secure the injection port cover to the housing when the injection port is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Donald R. Clinger, JR., Andrew J. Nerbun
  • Patent number: 8919598
    Abstract: A vacuum insulation panel assembly having upper, lower, and first and second side vacuum insulation panels. The upper vacuum insulation panel has an aperture formed therethrough and an edge forming an overlap joint. The lower vacuum insulation panel also has an aperture formed therethrough and an edge forming an overlap joint. The first and second side vacuum insulation panels have an arcuate, half-cylindrical shape with a top edge forming an overlap joint configured to engage the overlap joint of the upper vacuum insulation panel, a bottom edge forming an overlap joint configured to engage the overlap joint of the lower vacuum insulation panel, and first and second side edges forming overlap joints configured to engage the overlap joints of the first and second side edges of the other side vacuum insulation panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: AMTROL Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Gary Kampf, Christopher A. Van Haaren
  • Publication number: 20140367953
    Abstract: A storage tank including a frame and a tank assembly. The tank assembly including a vessel supported by the frame and having a first end, a second end, and a polygonal sidewall extending from the first end to the second end. The vessel further having a top, a bottom, at least one side, and an internal surface, and an outlet fluidly coupled with the bottom; and a chemical-resistant lining associated with the internal surface of the sidewall and being substantially flexible. The frame is configured to support the tank assembly so that the bottom of the vessel is elevated a distance above a surface to allow for visual inspection of the top, bottom, and the at least one side of the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Terry Vaughn
  • Patent number: 8905259
    Abstract: A system for storing high level radioactive waste. In one embodiment, the invention can be a system comprising an overpack body extending along a vertical axis and having a cavity for storing high level radioactive waste, the cavity having an open top end and a floor; an overpack lid positioned atop the overpack body to enclose the open top end of the cavity; an air inlet vent for introducing cool air into the cavity, the air inlet vent comprising an annular air inlet plenum and an annular air inlet passageway, the annular air inlet plenum extending radially inward from an outer surface of the overpack body to the annular air inlet passageway, the annular air inlet passageway extending upward from the annular air inlet plenum to an opening in the floor, and an air outlet vent in the overpack lid for removing warmed air from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, John D. Griffiths
  • Patent number: 8887914
    Abstract: A bulk material shipping container in one embodiment including a pallet, a bottom compartment mounted on the pallet, a top compartment mounted on the bottom compartment and movable from a retracted position relative to the bottom compartment to an expanded position relative to the bottom compartment, a plurality of top compartment supporting assemblies configured to support the top compartment in the expanded position relative to the bottom compartment, and configured to release the top compartment from the expanded position to enable the top compartment to move downwardly into the retracted position, a material unloading assembly, a material loading assembly, and an extension assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Arrows Up, Inc.
    Inventors: C. John Allegretti, Anthony M. Raso, Lyndon Just
  • Patent number: 8875933
    Abstract: A drainable container system for a vehicle includes a container having an exterior surface and defining an interior cavity configured for storing a fluid, and a drain hole configured for draining the fluid from the cavity. The hole has a central longitudinal axis that is substantially perpendicular to the surface. The system includes a drain plug, wherein the plug is insertable into the hole along the axis into a locked position so that the fluid does not drain, and removable from the hole along the axis when disposed in an unlocked position so that the fluid drains. The system includes a locking element configured for preventing rotation of the plug within the hole about the axis when the plug is disposed in the locked position, wherein the element is formed from a metal that is substantially elastic at a temperature of from about ?40° C. to about 10° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Leonard Barry Griffiths, Roxann M. Bittner, David R. Staley
  • Publication number: 20140319142
    Abstract: A membrane for sealing an open spout of a food package comprises a central circular disc member, an outer annular disc member connected to the central circular disc member along its inner periphery at a connection angle, and a resilient tubular portion extending between a first open end and a second end being connected to the outer annular disc member, the diameter of the second end being smaller than the outer diameter of the annular disc member, wherein the annular disc member is pivotable relative the central circular disc member for increasing the diameter of the second end of the tubular portion by changing the connection angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Göran Johansson, Lennart Stillerud, Bengt Håkansson, Pär Rydberg
  • Patent number: 8863971
    Abstract: A crate includes a base and a plurality of walls including a front wall. The front wall is movable between a retracted, open position and a closed position. In some embodiments, the front wall includes a frame, a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is hingeably connected to the frame and the second portion is hingeably connected to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Mauricio D. Cavalcante, John Bobel Zelek, William P. Apps, Ryan C. Meers
  • Patent number: 8863973
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a sealing structure which enables an insertion member to be removed easily from an inserted member. The sealing structure includes valve body, a mouth ring, an O-ring that is accommodated in an accommodation region formed by an inner peripheral surface of the mouth ring and an outer peripheral surface of the valve body, and prevents the fluid from leaking, and backup rings which are accommodated on both sides of the O-ring in the accommodation region, and restrict a movement of the O-ring. The valve body and the mouth ring are formed with screw parts to be fitted or screwed to each other when they are assembled, and first pressure release grooves are formed in the axial direction so as to extend at least on the inner peripheral surface of the mouth ring between the screw parts and the accommodation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Kato, Koichi Takaku, Hiroyasu Ozaki, Taneaki Miura, Hikaru Okada
  • Patent number: 8839979
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tank including an O-ring 34 between a cylindrical mouth portion 18, which is formed in a resin liner 12 forming a tank body which is to be filled with gas, and a ferrule member 20 which is mounted on an inner peripheral side of the mouth portion 18. An insert ring 36 which is insert-molded at the time of molding the resin liner 12 is provided within the mouth portion 18. The insert ring 36 includes a plurality of communication holes 38 which communicate between the inner peripheral side and an outer peripheral side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinori Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140263370
    Abstract: A semen container fitted with a specialized tip includes a substantially hollow body having a sealable first end adapted for the introduction of biological fluids such as semen and a second end having a nozzle molded thereto. The nozzle terminates in a removable tip that is anchored to the container by way of a tab such that after dispensing the biological liquid from the container the tip and the container may be disposed of simultaneously thereby reducing or eliminating the need to separately collect the removed tips from the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL PLASTICS CORP.
    Inventors: DARIN R. KUHLOW, JUDY A. MORRIS
  • Patent number: 8833594
    Abstract: A tray for transporting and displaying baked products is disclosed. The tray can be stacked in a 0° and 180° stacking configuration. The trays further include substantially non-glossy, non-smooth surfaces that allow stickers to be more easily removed, as well as drain channels in the base to facilitate removal of water following washing. The trays further include a scalloped handle on one side of the tray only to allow operators to more easily recognize which side of the tray they are facing. A tray retrieval tool can be used with several hook areas to facilitate retrieval of the trays following washing in high temperature water, or following stacking and storage. The trays further include spacers and spacer holes to place the spacers so that different types of baked products can be accommodated without damaging or destroying the baked product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Orbis Canada Limited
    Inventor: Edward L. Stahl
  • Patent number: 8820570
    Abstract: A pressure vessel for storing a fluid, the pressure vessel including an annular inner boss having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface forming a passage adapted to receive a utility device therein, wherein the inner boss includes a liner channel formed intermediate the inner surface and the outer surface, a vessel liner having a portion thereof disposed in the liner channel of the inner boss, and an outer boss secured to the outer surface of the inner boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Ludger Strack
  • Publication number: 20140224812
    Abstract: A transportable container apparatus includes an elongate container with a base. The container and base are substantially symmetrical about the central axis, typically cylindrical, and oriented substantially vertically when in a working position. The container has an upper container section and a lower container section, where the upper container section has an upper cross-sectional area that is greater than a lower cross-sectional area of the lower container section. Typically the upper section has a diameter 1.5-2.0 times the diameter of the lower section. The upper section includes a sloping hopper at a bottom thereof, configured to direct granular material into the lower container section. An outlet port is defined in a ported wall of the lower container section, and a floor of the container is sloped toward the outlet port such that granular material stored in the container slides down the floor to the outlet port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: QUICKTHREE SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Alvin Herman, Erin Herman
  • Publication number: 20140203023
    Abstract: A cartridge is provided having at least one reception chamber (2), which extends in the longitudinal direction, for a medium to be dispensed, having a head part (4), a base part (6) and a cartridge wall (3) which bound the reception chamber (2), with the head part (4) having an outlet (5) for the medium. The cartridge wall (3) is designed as a film (3), the head part (4) and the base part (6) in each case as fixed shape parts and the head part (4) is sealingly and non-releasably connected to the cartridge wall (3). A multicomponent cartridge is furthermore provided by the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Josef Ettlin
  • Patent number: 8770433
    Abstract: A tray for vibratory conveying of food articles from a hopper is provided. The tray includes a tray body, food inlet portion, and a food outlet portion. An upwardly extending dividing member divides the tray into at least two food inlet conveyor passageways, the inlet conveyor passageways merging into a single food passageway that extends to the food outlet portion. The single food passageway may have an initially wide portion and subsequently narrow to a narrow portion as it approaches a discharge end. This arrangement helps to declump food items, preferably causing food items the size of chicken nuggets to be conveyed in a single-file arrangement along the single food passageway. The single food passageway is preferably non-linear, and may, for example, have a zigzag or serpentine configuration to promote accurate dispensing of food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Sus, Glenn Schackmuth, Craig Conley, Ron Dorsten, Henry T. Ewald, Jenny M. Hong, David Bone, Brian Rudesill
  • Patent number: 8763828
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for venting and compressing a fluid. The apparatus comprising a valve having a vent and a compressible element attached to the vent. The vent and the compressible element define a flow-through channel therein. The compressible element has an internal space adapted to be elastically compressed and expanded. The valve is further adapted to regulate a pressure in a container when a predetermined pressure is applied to the compressible element of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Bryan Dunn, Kevin Douglas Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140166524
    Abstract: A fluid container and method of manufacture. The fluid container may be a drinking vessel, and may include an opening in a bottom surface thereof and a coupling device around the opening. The coupling device may include a first component in contact with the bottom surface of the fluid container around the opening and a second component in contact with the first component in a fluid-tight closed configuration. The second component may include a magnetic material. The coupling device may be biased in the fluid-tight closed configuration via magnetic attraction of the first and second components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: GRINON INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: Joshua Springer
  • Patent number: 8740012
    Abstract: A heat-sealable, plastic bottle with an internal scraper and an inner seal is described. More particularly, the present application relates to a heat-sealable, plastic bottle having an opening with an internal scraper chord that is less than or equal to the diameter of the circular opening, an inner seal, and a cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Phoenix Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: Len Ekkert
  • Patent number: 8727175
    Abstract: A wide-neck drum of thermoplastic material has a removable cover and a clamping ring closure. The drum is provided with an arrangement of a bung socket of a filling and discharge bung of the cover which is outwardly offset relative to the center point of the bung cover. The bung is provided at a flat or slightly curved bottom which has an upwardly protruding cover rim for fastening the bung cover on the drum opening rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Schütz GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Udo Schütz
  • Publication number: 20140124040
    Abstract: A bucket sump system for use with a liquid which includes a bucket having an interior comprising: sides defining an open top and coupled to a flat bottom, and a wedge insert received by the interior of the bucket, resting flush against the flat bottom of the bucket. The wedge insert has a flat bottom portion, a sloped top surface connected to the bottom portion through a first side having a first height and a second side having a second height, and an orifice defined by the first side of the wedge insert. The liquid received by the interior of the bucket flows from the second side of the sloped top portion of the wedge insert to the first side of the sloped top portion of the wedge insert and into the orifice. The second height of the wedge insert is greater than the first height of the wedge insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Jerry L. Baggett, JR.
  • Patent number: 8707558
    Abstract: A threaded weld fitting and a method of welding a threaded weld fitting to the tank wall of a water storage tank are provided. The threaded weld fitting comprises a body defining an aperture and having a facing surface configured to be positioned facing the tank wall. A female thread is formed along the aperture. A first beveled surface portion of the facing surface extends from an edge of the body. A landing surface portion of the facing surface extends from the first beveled surface portion toward a longitudinal axis of the aperture. A second beveled surface portion of the facing surface extends from the landing surface and to the female thread. The landing surface portion and the second beveled surface portion together define an open annular area positioned to receive a portion of a weld formed by welding the threaded weld fitting to the tank wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Bradford White Corporation
    Inventors: Harold Hoover, Richard Freiberg, Michael McLellen, Joe Beach
  • Publication number: 20140110416
    Abstract: A serviceable draw and return tube assembly for use in fuel tanks is disclosed. The assembly may include a draw tube and a return tube secured to a plate, wherein the plate may be removably secured to a flange, which is fixedly secured to a fuel tank. The process of removably securing the plate to the flange allows for use of different sizes and materials to be utilized in manufacture of the assembly, thereby saving installation time and manufacturing costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Ken Watson, Evan Waymire, John Loffink
  • Publication number: 20140103034
    Abstract: A liner (10) is disclosed for use with a container. The liner has a liner body (11) with a bottom wall (13), a top wall (14) and peripheral side walls (15). The liner also includes a ween plate (21). The weep plate includes a radial array of protrusions (22) extending inwardly and downwardly from a generally planar base plate (23). The base also includes a centrally located circular fitment mounting opening (25). A hose fitment (29) extends through the liner top wall and weep plate fitment mounting opening and is sealed thereto so that a vacuum hose coupled to the fitment is in fluid communication with the interior space of the liner. The weep plate has a select width and length smaller that the select width and length of the liner to define a margin or marginal space (32) therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Grayling Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt D. Ross, Randy Ray Sullinger
  • Patent number: 8695840
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container including an internally-threaded annular flange, an externally-threaded closure plug that is received by the annular flange, and an annular gasket positioned between the annular flange and the closure plug for establishing a sealed interface. The container includes a container end panel that is formed over and around a portion of the annular flange and provides an inner axial wall that is positioned between the annular flange and the annular gasket. The clearance between the closing plug and the inner axial wall relative to the size of the annular gasket determines the degree of radial compression of the annular gasket as the plug is threaded into the flange. A radial lip of the plug is designed to contact an upper surface of the container end panel that is formed over the flange as a visual indication when the required tightening torque of the plug within the flange has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventor: Gary M. Baughman
  • Patent number: 8689571
    Abstract: Provided is a dryer for minimizing moisture entrained within a refrigerant used to provide a cooling effect to a temperature-controlled environment, and a refrigeration appliance including such a dryer. The dryer includes a housing defining a drying chamber and a desiccant disposed within the drying chamber for removing at least a portion of the moisture from the refrigerant. A first outlet is formed in the housing adjacent a lower region of the drying chamber when the drying chamber is viewed in an operational orientation. A second outlet is also formed in the housing at an elevation vertically above the first outlet when the dryer is viewed in the operational orientation for discharging at least a portion of the refrigerant introduced into the drying chamber to be delivered to a second heat exchanger with a relatively-low internal pressure. The elevation of the second outlet relative to the first outlet promotes the discharge of the refrigerant through the first outlet instead of through the second outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Antonio Contreras Lafaire, David L. Hall, Marcelo Candeo, Dennis Carl Hansen
  • Patent number: 8689998
    Abstract: Liquid containers featuring multiple apertures for accessing the contents in one of a number of selected fashions. In one illustrative embodiment, the container is shaped as a bottle, having a body and neck, with a first aperture at the top of the neck. A flat bottom or base opposite the neck features at least one aperture, such as a traditional soda can opening with a scored section and a tab. In some embodiments, the bottom includes multiple apertures of different sizes, allowing for the selection of an aperture of desired size for a particular application. In some embodiments, the entire bottom may function as a removable lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Shane Gowans, Matthew S. Dufala
  • Patent number: 8693176
    Abstract: A drainage system is provided for draining liquid accidentally spilled on a casing having a plurality of pushbuttons on a surface of the casing. The drainage system for a pushbutton casing may comprise a liquid collecting receptacle, a counter-bore, and a drainage exit. The counter-bore may have a sidewall. The liquid collecting receptacle may be operatively interfacing the casing. The drainage exit may be disposed on the sidewall of the counter-bore. An end opening of the counter-bore may be in connection with a drainage exit. The end opening of the counter-bore may be disposed to allow liquid entering the drainage exit out of the end opening of the counter-bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Morino
  • Patent number: 8678224
    Abstract: An insert for a receptacle intended to contain a concentrated product in solid or liquid form includes a main part (1) formed by a base (2) extended on the edge by a wall (3) perpendicular to the base, with an opening (4) formed in the base. A receptacle with such an insert is also provided. In order to enable emptying the receptacle entirely without leaving dead spaces in which the products to be solubilized may accumulate, the face of the base (2) intended to be in the receptacle after assembly is concave at the opening, so that the opening is at the bottom of a trough (6). This avoids corners in which the liquid would not circulate sufficiently, and prevents solid product from accumulating elsewhere than in the trough, so that it is always subjected to the flow of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Francois Dumont D'Ayot, Paul Gastauer, Philippe Laffay
  • Patent number: 8662338
    Abstract: A container to be received in a processing apparatus to subject the container to heat and/or pressure. The container is adapted to receive and contain a substance that includes nuclear material. The container includes a hollow body having an interior within which the substance is to be located. The body includes an opening through which the substance can be moved with respect to the interior. A lid is removably attached to the body to close the opening. At least one filter allows fluid flow into and from the interior. The body and lid hermetically seal the interior except for the at least one filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
    Inventor: Salvatore Moricca
  • Patent number: 8657146
    Abstract: A vessel is disclosed, the vessel including a main body having a hollow interior for receiving a fluid therein, wherein at least a portion of the hollow interior includes a filling material disposed therein to minimize a rate of flow of the fluid from the main body, wherein the filling material is at least one of a porous structured material and a granulate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Valentin Schultheis, Philip Klaus, Dieter Hasenauer, Ulrich Eberle, Andre Mack-Gardner
  • Publication number: 20140048543
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a chemical tank comprising a tank body and a tank mouth. The tank body includes a tank body part, a tank top and a tank bottom. The tank mouth arranged on the tank top includes a mouth body and a joint part. A stamping fastening structure for connecting the joint part and the tank body is arranged therebetween. Further, a positioning structure is disposed at the junction of the joint part and the tank body. A pressure-proof protective structure located in the joint part and the tank top is provided on the periphery of the stamping fastening structure. Herein, the positioning structure acts to enhance the positioning effect. Besides, the pressure-proof protective structure plays a role of pressure-proof protection. The tank mouth and the tank top are produced by stamping fastening, thus achieving high production efficiency, low cost and high strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Billion Pine Trading Limited
    Inventor: Cheong Yiu Li
  • Publication number: 20140034656
    Abstract: A housing for inspecting and replacing a wear plate maintained within the interior of the delivery unit compartment, along with a lift pipe guide to enable replacement of the lift pipe without entering the confined space compartment while also directing the proppant to precisely strike the wear plate and not the interior roof of the proppant compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Cody Brunelle, Cherrett Brunelle
  • Publication number: 20140034657
    Abstract: A container for a solid product for dialysis has a connector (200) for connection to a dialysis machine, with a filling channel (202) that crosses it from one end to the other for filling the receptacle with solid product; a fluid line (211, 212, 213) for introducing a solution-making liquid, extending between a first connecting portion (211) that opens to the outside and an orifice (213) that opens to the inside; and a fluid line (221, 222, 223, 224) for extracting the obtained solution, extending between a second connecting portion (221) that opens to the outside and an orifice (224) that opens to the inside. The filling channel (202) is open at both ends and the two fluid lines (211, 212, 213; 221, 222, 223, 224) are fluid-tight between the orifice (213, 224) that opens into the receptacle and the first or second connecting portion (221, 221), respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Thierry Eyrard, Philippe Laffay
  • Patent number: 8636163
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle fuel tank (1) of thermoplastics having at least one filler neck (4) not moulded on in one piece, the latter being connected in a fluid-tight manner to the fuel tank (4), wherein the filler neck (5) is inserted into an opening (5) in the fuel tank (1) and is sealed by sealing means (11) at its outer circumference relative to the fuel tank (1) in the opening (5). The filler neck (4) is clamped axially against the tank wall (2), with the seal acting radially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Gebert, Axel Wagner
  • Patent number: 8637207
    Abstract: A fuel cartridge includes a container having an outlet port section, and a liquid fuel provided in the container. The liquid fuel contains a cationic impurity excluding H+. The concentration of the cationic impurity falls within a range of 1×10?7 to 6×10?6 equivalent/L at the outlet port section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Nakano, Kazuhiro Yasuda, Hideyuki Oozu
  • Patent number: 8631964
    Abstract: A hose holding container assembly provides a holder for a hose integrated into a container to facilitate hands free filling of the container. The assembly includes a container configured for holding a fluid. The container has a bottom and a perimeter wall extending upwardly from the bottom. The perimeter wall has an upper edge defining an open top. The container further has an aperture configured for receiving a hose therethrough. A guide member is coupled to an interior surface of the container for holding the hose when the hose is inserted through the aperture and the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Koreann H. Rael
  • Patent number: 8616370
    Abstract: A bulk material shipping container in one embodiment including a pallet, a bottom compartment mounted on the pallet, a top compartment mounted on the bottom compartment and movable from a retracted position relative to the bottom compartment to an expanded position relative to the bottom compartment, a plurality of top compartment supporting assemblies configured to support the top compartment in the expanded position relative to the bottom compartment, and configured to release the top compartment from the expanded position to enable the top compartment to move downwardly into the retracted position, a material unloading assembly supported by the bottom compartment and the pallet, a material loading assembly attached to the top compartment, and an extension assembly attached to the top compartment and configured to enable a loader to move the top compartment upwardly from the retracted position to the expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Arrows Up, Inc.
    Inventors: C. John Allegretti, Anthony M. Raso, Lyndon Just
  • Patent number: 8608021
    Abstract: A fill cover assembly for a liquid fuel storage tank of a road tanker, the assembly comprising: a seat member having a frame, the frame defining a fill aperture, the frame being configured to be fixedly coupled to a base plate of a liquid storage tank, the base plate having a plate aperture formed therein, thereby to form a fluid-tight seal between the seat member and the base plate around said plate aperture; and a fill-cover coupled to the tank and arranged to be moveable with respect to the frame between a closed condition in which a fluid-tight seal is formed between the fill-cover and the frame and an open condition in which fluid may be passed through said fill aperture to fill said storage tank, wherein the assembly is further arranged to allow venting of pressurized fluid from the liquid storage tank in the event that a pressure of the fluid exceeds a prescribed value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Mechtronic Limited
    Inventor: Trevor Poulter
  • Patent number: 8608005
    Abstract: The invention relates to a valve plug (1) for sealing a container opening, comprising a valve body (2) that can be placed on the container opening and is made of a first, rigid plastic material and a valve element (3) that is integrally connected to the valve body (2) and made of a second, elastic plastic material, which is more elastic than the first plastic material, wherein the valve element (3) has a sealing surface section (6) that can be placed in a sealing manner on a contact edge and a connecting part (8), which extends from a sealing surface section (6) radially through an opening in the valve body (2) to a retaining section (10) held on the outer circumference of the valve body, wherein the sealing surface section (6) is held by the connecting part without axial support of the sealing surface section (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Autobatterie GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Peter Streuer, Karl-Heinz Pietziekates