Processes Of Dispensing Patents (Class 222/1)
  • Patent number: 10662053
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser comprise a nozzle comprising an inlet in fluid communication with an outlet to form a flow path, a thermistor in fluid communication with the inlet, an actuator rod comprising a gasket rod tip viton, at least one centering pin to center the actuator rod in at least a portion of the flow path, a flowmeter in fluid communication with the inlet, a double acting pneumatic cylinder comprising a first pneumatic inlet and a second pneumatic inlet operatively connected to the actuator rod, and a switch lever operatively coupled to a micro switch, wherein the nozzle opens when gas enters the first pneumatic inlet when the switch lever is activated by pressing on the micro switch and closes when gas enters the second pneumatic inlet when the switch lever is deactivated. Portable and non-portable liquid dispensing systems comprising the liquid dispenser are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Integrated Dispensing Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Carlo Petermann
  • Patent number: 10639669
    Abstract: A hot melt dispensing system is described. The hot melt dispensing system includes a melter that melts solid material into hot melt, a pump that pumps the hot melt from the melter to at least one applicator, and a pressure control system that controls a pressure of pressurized air for operating the pump. The pressure control system includes a regulator assembly that controls the pressure of the pressurized air, and a drive component that actuates the regulator assembly. The hot melt dispensing system also includes a controller that determines a pressure setting for the pressurized air. The drive component receives the pressure setting from the controller and actuates the regulator assembly to a position associated with the pressure setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Woodlief, Peter W. Estelle
  • Patent number: 10632492
    Abstract: A defect may occur in which as the amount of fluid discharged by a fluid discharge device decreases, a mask is not filled with the fluid even when the fluid is discharged. In order to fill a workpiece with the fluid, it is necessary to replace air in the workpiece corresponding to a discharge part with the fluid. The air in the workpiece is removed in advance, thereby filling the workpiece with the discharged fluid. A fluid discharge device in which, at one end of a discharge head, a suction port for sucking air in the mask on the workpiece, and a fluid discharge device having a discharge nozzle formed thereon for discharging the fluid are formed is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SENJU METAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Nauchi, Hideki Nakamura, Toshihiko Mutsuji, Kazuya Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 10631560
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a composition comprising storing at least one acid in an acid storage container, storing at least one acid-degradable component in a component storage container, and mixing the at least one acid from the acid storage container and the at least one acid-degradable component from the component storage container such that the at least one acid and the at least one acid-degradable component mix together to form the composition. A method and apparatus for providing a selected beverage from a plurality of selectable beverages comprising storing a number of non-sweetener beverage component concentrates separately in a respective number of beverage component storage containers and in response the selection of the selected beverage, automatically dispensing, continuously in a predetermined ratio for any volume of the beverage dispensed, any combination of at least two or more of the number of non-sweetener beverage component concentrates and a diluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Newton R. White, Kelly H. Sepcic, Gregg Carpenter, Lawrence B. Ziesel, Robert D. Hughes, IV
  • Patent number: 10632432
    Abstract: A dispensing device, comprising a plurality of microfluidic pumps, microfluidic valves, and a microfluidic mixer chip, for receiving and mixing microfluidic amounts of a plurality of fluids having differing viscosities, is disclosed. The device includes a plurality of pathways for moving fluids from associated reservoirs to the microfluidic mixer chip. A mix controller controls the microfluidic pumps and valves so that the fluids, having different viscosities, can be accurately mixed at specified microfluidic amounts or volumes according to a specified microfluidic recipe, and the microfluidic mixture dispensed from the device. The device can be in communication with a software application implemented on a mobile compute device, such as a smartphone, and receive instructions for implementing the specified microfluidic recipe from the software application such that the operation of device components is at the direction of the software application executed on the mobile compute device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Altopa, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Wilson, Jon Whalen, Todd Wilson, Pete Crawford, Scott Eric Liddle, Keith Gausmann, Jaysun Giesler, Nathan Thomas Luck, Nicole Kaylor Wicker, Jon Collette
  • Patent number: 10625226
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a system for customizing a cosmetic product. The system includes: an interface device, in electronic communication with a single batch formulation device. The single batch formulation device is configured to formulate a customized cosmetic product, and a threaded container configured, to be imported into the single batch formulation device containing a base and exported from the single batch formulation device containing the customized cosmetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Blee, LLC
    Inventors: Charles C. Brandon, Travis Floyd, Peter Phillips, Phil Powers
  • Patent number: 10611624
    Abstract: Method and system for measured dispending of a liquid to a target reservoir. An oval gear flow meter provides two pulses from different magnets. A pipe subsystem allows liquid from an above-ground reservoir measured through the oval gear flow meter to be controllably dispensed using a controllable valve. A processor module, upon receipt of a start-signal, opens the controllable valve and, until receipt of a stop-signal, computes a volume of the liquid dispensed by the system into the target reservoir by counting the pulses as a first and second counts. An adjustable volume-per-count value is computed with the count(s) to obtain the volume of liquid dispensed. The processor generates an error when a difference between the two counts is greater than a predetermined threshold set considering a target precision setting for the dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CRISTAL INNOVATION INC.
    Inventor: Pierre Néron
  • Patent number: 10610942
    Abstract: An ejector for jetting droplets of viscous media onto a substrate is disclosed. The ejector comprises a jetting nozzle having a nozzle space and a nozzle outlet, and an impacting device for impacting a volume of the viscous medium in the nozzle space such that droplets of viscous medium is jetted from the nozzle space through the nozzle outlet towards the substrate. The ejector also comprise a sensor arrangement arranged after the jetting nozzle in the jetting direction, wherein the sensor arrangement is adapted to detect a jetted droplet of viscous medium passing thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mycronic AB
    Inventors: Andreas Bergström, Eric Eskång, Johan Bergström, Martin Dahlberg
  • Patent number: 10604400
    Abstract: A product case for receiving a fluid bag used in gravity based fluid dispensing systems. The product case has a floor and sidewalls that form a rectangular enclosure for the fluid bag, and a bag supporter in contact with the fluid bag. The bag supporter includes a notch formed in a top edge of one sidewall to facilitate receipt of material of the fluid bag, a slot in the one sidewall extending from a bottom of the triangular shaped notch and configured to receive and retain the material of the fluid bag, and a removable retaining wall held by support structures on a pair of the sidewalls opposing each other to divide the rectangular enclosure into a smaller enclosure. The sidewalls and the removable retaining wall constrain the fluid bag within the smaller enclosure, while the triangular shaped notch and the slot minimizes fluid bag material from covering the outlet nozzle as the fluid bag empties and provides for repeatable flow characteristics for portion control applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment Inc.
    Inventors: Debra Beaton, Brian Gay, Derek Cole, Kyle Williston
  • Patent number: 10595686
    Abstract: A foam dispenser includes a dispensing outlet, a pre-mixing chamber receiving liquid from a liquid source and air from an air source, a mixing chamber downstream of the pre-mixing chamber and proximate the dispenser outlet, and a first conduit coupling the pre-mixing chamber to the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: BOBRICK WASHROOM EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Dikran Babikian, Branko Bem, Epitacio Davila
  • Patent number: 10597281
    Abstract: An electronic pourer can be used with an inventory system for inventory and/or accounting purposes. In one embodiment, the electronic pourer includes an orientation determining subsystem configured to determine an orientation of the electronic pourer, a wireless communication subsystem, a processing subsystem having at least one processing core, and a power source configured to power up the electronic pourer. The processing subsystem can be coupled to the orientation determining subsystem and the wireless communication subsystem to determine whether liquid has been dispensed from the electronic pourer based on the angular displacement of the orientation determining subsystem, and transmit information to an external computing device via the wireless communication subsystem. In another embodiment, the electronic pourer is equipped with a subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Rohit Chhabra
  • Patent number: 10597205
    Abstract: Provided is a container for storing, preserving, identifying, tracking and transporting a federally controlled substance having a child resistant and senior friendly lid, and a process for identifying and tracking federally controlled substances within the re-sealable containers. The federally controlled substance containers include a two-piece child resistant and senior friendly lid and a 2-factor authentication identification tag, as well as a microchip for identifying the container controlled substance contents and tracking the container. Controlled substance contents within the containers are optimized for long term storage by removal of the oxygen therein, and the containers and controlled substance contents can be readily identified, detected, tracked and traced after being filled with a federally controlled substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: N2 PACKAGING SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: David P. Sibley, Randy S. Martin, Michael G. Standlee
  • Patent number: 10596590
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus for dispensing a viscous fluid whether in combination, disassembly or assembly. The apparatus comprising a cartridge, reservoir or tube containing the fluid and having an openable or opened outlet structure which, when opened, allows the expression of the fluid from a created outlet aperture. A nozzle is engaged or engageable to the outlet structure and/or cartridge, reservoir or tube whereby fluid expressed from the outlet aperture can subsequently move to and be expressed from the nozzle outlet. The openable or opened outlet structure is adapted to provide on opening at least one outlet aperture having a size of area A; and wherein the nozzle has or is adapted to be cut to provide a nozzle outlet of area B, area B being greater than or equal to area A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DFUND LIMITED
    Inventor: Andrew Leo Haynes
  • Patent number: 10578475
    Abstract: Examples of systems and methods are described herein including sensing devices and pairing sensing devices to containers. In some examples, sensing devices may be used to weigh liquid-containing containers. Responsive to changes in weight readings indicative of a change in a container being weighed by a sensing device, a user may be prompted on a user device to associate updated container size and contents with the sensing device. Systems and methods described herein may facilitate accurate inventory management and menu display of liquid available in containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Beverage Intel, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Flockenhaus, Jason Franklin Austin
  • Patent number: 10557254
    Abstract: The present application discloses electronic plumbing fixture fittings, such as electronic faucets, with a shaped and limited sensor detection zone. Exemplary embodiments include devices with a plurality of overlapping sensors and devices with a single time-of-flight (TOF) sensor capable of detecting the presence or absence of an object whether or not water is flowing out of a discharge outlet in the in a TOF detection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: MOEN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Inho Song
  • Patent number: 10543292
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vapor dispensing apparatus is described. The vapor dispensing apparatus includes: a housing defining a chamber having an inner contact surface, wherein the housing further comprises an aperture providing fluid communication between the chamber and an external environment; an evaporable material receptacle movably disposed within the chamber such that a dispensing portion of the receptacle is disposed in contact with at least a portion of the surface; and a motor coupled to the apparatus, configured to move the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventors: Ravi G. Lal, Amit Lal
  • Patent number: 10537867
    Abstract: A naphtha reforming reactor system comprising a first reactor comprising a first inlet and a first outlet, wherein the first reactor is configured to operate as an adiabatic reactor, and wherein the first reactor comprises a first naphtha reforming catalyst; and a second reactor comprising a second inlet and a second outlet, wherein the second inlet is in fluid communication with the first outlet of the first reactor, wherein the second reactor is configured to operate as an isothermal reactor, and wherein the second reactor comprises a plurality of tubes disposed within a reactor furnace, a heat source configured to heat the interior of the reactor furnace; and a second naphtha reforming catalyst disposed within the plurality of tubes, wherein the first naphtha reforming catalyst and the second naphtha reforming catalyst are the same or different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
    Inventors: Vincent D. McGahee, Daniel M. Hasenberg
  • Patent number: 10540697
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include methods and systems for a styling platform. In one embodiment, a method is implemented in a beauty application of a mobile device. The method includes applying a styling feature to a facial image through the beauty application, the method further includes transmitting a message from a first user to a second user through the beauty application, the message containing a hyperlink to the facial image with the styling feature applied. The method further includes establishing a communication session within the beauty application between the first and second users responsive to receiving a reply from the second user, and exchanging information regarding the styling feature within the beauty application between the first and second users using the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: PERFECT365 TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Kaixuan Mao, Chiachi Wei, Che-Hao Chang, Hui Deng, Wanjiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10532362
    Abstract: Static plant for preparing feed mixes for ruminant livestock, having a conveyor unit for conveying the feed mix ingredients, chain and/or screw feeders, feeders with weight sensors and supplementary conveyor belt, silos of solid ingredients, and silos of liquid ingredients, independently supplying via the conveyor unit, with dual flow, two or more high-capacity mixers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: GRUPO TATOMA, S.L.
    Inventors: Fernando Torres Aso, Ramon Mallada Albiol
  • Patent number: 10509351
    Abstract: A fixing device is for fixing a developing agent image to a recording sheet by electrostatically spraying a charged fixing solution toward the developing agent image on the sheet. The fixing device includes a container portion, a plurality of nozzles, and a potential difference generating portion. The container portion is configured to store therein the fixing solution. The plurality of nozzles is in communication with the container portion and configured to spray the fixing solution toward the developing agent image. The potential difference generating portion is configured to generate a potential difference between the fixing solution stored in the plurality of nozzles and the recording sheet conveyed at a position separated from the plurality of nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yutaka Kakigahara, Kengo Takeda, Jun Mihara, Satoshi Murata, Shinya Yamamoto, Tomoaki Hattori, Kumiko Sakaguchi, Takayuki Higuchi, Tatsuya Ezaka, Emi Shimizu, Kentaro Murayama
  • Patent number: 10494250
    Abstract: A liner-based pressure dispensing container includes a connector-mounted probe arranged to seat a dip tube against an inner surface of a liner fitment for sealing utility. A dip tube and probe may include increased and/or matched flow area. A reverse flow prevention element can be arranged proximate to a liquid extraction opening to inhibit reverse flow of liquid from a dip tube into a container. A liner-less container may include a reduce diameter lower portion arranged to receive a dip tube, with at least one associated sensor to sense a condition indicative of depletion of liquid from the lower portion. A shipping cap can be included for removing headspace gas from the liner. In one embodiment, the shipping cap is suitable for direct connection to a dispensing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ENTEGRIS, INC.
    Inventors: Donald D. Ware, Glenn M. Tom, Amy Koland, Dale Gene Mowrey, Bruce Musolf
  • Patent number: 10497148
    Abstract: A skin undertone determining method and an electronic device are provided. The method includes: obtaining a first image; obtaining a first parameter value and a second parameter value in a first color space according to the first image; obtaining a third parameter value in a second color space according to the first image; and determining a skin undertone of skin in the first image according to the first parameter value, the second parameter value, and the third parameter value. Accordingly, it is able to know that the skin in the first image has warm undertones or cool undertones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: CAL-COMP BIG DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Shyh-Yong Shen, Min-Chang Chi, Eric Budiman Gosno
  • Patent number: 10488241
    Abstract: An apparatus and means of repeatedly dispensing controlled doses of liquid contained in a resiliently squeezable container, wherein the dose size can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Paulus Antonius Augustinus Hoefte
  • Patent number: 10478843
    Abstract: A liquid hand wash container includes an outer casing, a rear casing, a liquid storage bottle, a liquid discharging pump module, a pressing plate, a pressing base, two thrust arc plates and a compression rod module, wherein the outer housing and the rear housing are connected with each other to form an accommodating cavity through a buckle; all of the liquid storage bottle, the liquid discharging pump module, the pressing base (6) and the compression rod module (8) are disposed within the accommodating cavity; all of the liquid storage bottle (3), the liquid discharging pump module and the compression rod module are fixedly disposed on the rear housing; an upper portion of a liquid discharging pump is connected with the liquid storage bottle through a liquid discharging tube, a lower portion of the liquid discharging pump is movably connected with the pressing base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Kam King Yau
  • Patent number: 10471697
    Abstract: A color 3D printer and its method of use are disclosed. The color 3D printer uses a number of chambers to dye a filament to a given color. This colored filament is then extruded, pursuant to an associated 3D model of an object, to produce varying colored physical objects, on demand, with the use of a single filament and a single print head. Further, the color 3D printer features a waste management apparatus which provides a number of ways to dispose of waste fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: R3 Printing, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Sieradzki, Daniel Downs
  • Patent number: 10473385
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a water tank which stores water, a carbon dioxide cylinder which stores carbon dioxide, a dispenser module which accommodates an external container and supplies the carbon dioxide and the water to the external container, and a controller which supplies the water to the external container and supplies the carbon dioxide to the external container when supplying the water is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Ho Lee, Jea Won Lee, Byung Mo Yu, Kyung Ho Hwang
  • Patent number: 10450114
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a container and a process for producing the container. In an embodiment, the process includes placing a sleeve bag on valve assembly (SBoV) in a blow mold apparatus. The blow mold apparatus has two opposing and movable molds. The SBoV has a valve seat. The process includes extending a parison of flowable polymeric material around the SBoV and between the opposing molds. The process includes moving the opposing molds to a closed position and pressing an upstream portion of the parison against the valve seat. The process includes blow molding a downstream portion of the parison into a container-shape within the closed mold. The process includes forming a container with the valve seat melt bonded to a neck portion of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Peter J. Schulz, Marc S. Black, Matthew J. Turpin, Jeffrey E. Bonekamp, Todd A. Hogan
  • Patent number: 10433820
    Abstract: A device and method for preserving organisms (e.g. causative organisms in a case of osteomyelitis) in a biopsy sample during transport or storage in a manner which obviates or mitigates deleterious effects of lengthy periods of transport or storage on the success rate of determining the identity of the organism and subsequent testing. The device includes a reservoir which contains a transport medium, an outlet for releasable connection with a biopsy sample housing (e.g. a syringe with a luer connector element) containing a biopsy sample, and a closure member to seal the outlet before use. The transport medium can be delivered from the reservoir to the syringe, when the two are connected, and the reservoir-syringe unit can be transported as a sealed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Ronan Murphy, Sabrina Mattiassi, Kieran P. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10408196
    Abstract: A piston shifting control system is provided to control a displacement pump to maximize a stroke length of a piston and prevent damages to the entire pump system. The displacement pump may include a linear variable displacement transducer (LVDT) inserted through one end of a cylinder body and used to detect a position of the piston within the cylinder. The shifting control system is configured to monitor a position of the piston assembly in the displacement pump and adjust a shifting trigger point of the piston assembly in each stroke to maximize the stroke length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventor: Xiaolun Huang
  • Patent number: 10399797
    Abstract: A tubular conveyance system includes a pressure sensor, a blower, a material feeder, and a flow control apparatus. The pressure sensor is configured to be associated with a conveyance tube. The blower is configured to accelerate a carrier fluid into the conveyance tube. The material feeder is disposed downstream of the blower and configured to add a conveyance material to the conveyance tube to be conveyed by the carrier fluid. The flow control apparatus is configured to control an amount of carrier fluid provided to the blower. The flow control apparatus includes a mobile plate having a mobile plate opening therein, and a drive mechanism configured to selectively place the mobile plate into an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Shick Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Garvin Powers, Greggory Scott Karr, Dennis Aaron Irvin
  • Patent number: 10399183
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multiple beam additive manufacturing use multiple beams of light (e.g., laser light) simultaneously to expose layers of powder material in selected regions until the powder material fuses to form voxels, which form build layers of a three-dimensional structure. The light may be generated from selected light sources and coupled into an array of optical fibers having output ends arranged in an optical head such that the multiple beams are directed by the optical head to different locations on each of the powder layers. The multiple beams may provide distributed exposures forming a distributed exposure pattern including beam spots that are spaced sufficiently to separate the fused regions formed by each exposure. The multiple beams may be moved using various techniques (e.g., by moving the optical head) and according to various scan patterns such that a plurality of multiple beam distributed exposures form each build layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph Dallarosa, William O'Neill, David Squires, Martin Sparkes, Andrew Payne
  • Patent number: 10384815
    Abstract: The bottom of a capsule is filled with at least two products contained in respective annular rotating containing tanks, which are mounted concentrically, and have a plurality of pairs of radially aligned filling holes; the filling holes of each pair of filling holes being associated with a relative closing device, which is selectively movable between a closing position of both filling holes, a first opening position of one of the two filling holes, and a second opening position of the other filling hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MG2-S.R.L.
    Inventor: Davide Nannetti
  • Patent number: 10386113
    Abstract: A refrigerator that may include a cabinet to define a storage space, a door to open and close the storage space, a dispenser provided in the door to dispense hot water, a hot water tank through which water flows so as to heat water introduced into the door, a heater provided in the door to heat the hot water tank, a water inflow passage through which water is supplied to the hot water tank, a water discharge passage guiding hot water discharged from the hot water tank to the dispenser, a flow rate sensor provided in the water inflow passage to measure a flow rate of water flowing through the water inflow passage, a water inflow valve provided in the water inflow passage to adjust a flow of water in the water inflow passage, a water discharge valve provided in the water outlet passage, an input provided in the door to input a temperature of the hot water to be dispensed and a hot water dispensing command, and a controller to control the water inflow valve and the water discharge valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC
    Inventor: Yonghyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10390192
    Abstract: An automatic goods consumption judgment system includes a container tray system, a sensor measurement system, a supporting system, a mobile terminal device, a data transmission unit, a control and data processing system, and a cloud computer. Using the Internet of Things and cloud services, the consumption tendency and consumption state of goods are automatically measured in real time through the system, data are uploaded to a cloud server, and the cloud server sends analyzed and processed data to the terminal device used by users; customers are reminded of the consumption tendency and consumption state of goods according to the analysis and judgment obtained through cloud service computation, the consumption speed of goods and the fact whether required goods need to be prepared in advance or not are determined according to the analysis and judgment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Handle Tech (SZ) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Chen Liu
  • Patent number: 10377555
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a flexible container. In an embodiment, the flexible container includes (A) four panels, each panel formed from a flexible multilayer film. The flexible multilayer film is composed of one or more polymeric materials. The four panels form (i) a body, and (ii) a neck. The flexible container includes (B) a fitment. The fitment includes a top portion and a base. The base is composed of a polymeric material. The base is sealed in the neck. The flexible container includes (C) a sleeve and bag-on-valve assembly, or SBoV. The SBoV includes a valve seat, a bladder, and an elastic sleeve. (D) The bladder and the elastic sleeve are inserted through the fitment and are located in the body. (E) The valve seat is attached to the fitment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Ryan S. Gaston, Rashi Tiwari, Cristina Serrat, Jeffrey E. Bonekamp, Matthew J. Turpin
  • Patent number: 10368686
    Abstract: A method for taking into use an exchangeable supply pack in a beverage dispensing machine is disclosed. The exchangeable supply pack comprising a dosing pump and a container with a liquid substance to be supplied by the beverage dispensing machine. The method subsequently comprises detecting placement of the exchangeable supply pack and executing an activation procedure. The activation procedure comprises repeating an activation cycle while detecting whether or not a liquid substance is present inside the dosing pump. The activation cycle comprises activating the dosing pump during a first period of time and at least partially deactivating the dosing pump during a second period of time. The activation procedure is completed when it is detected that liquid substance is present in the dosing pump. In addition a beverage dispensing system and a computer program product are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Koen Standaar, Stuart Michael Ruan Jones, Craig Harvey Nelson, Carys Eleri Lloyd, Hendrik Johan Dees, Wouter Plechelmus Bernardus Nijland, Leonardus Henricus Wilhelmus Giesen, Bram Klabbers
  • Patent number: 10373276
    Abstract: Embodiments and associated aspects of the disclosure permit regulation of dispense of a product in a self-serve environment via, at least in part, reconciliation of a product order originated in an access device, such as a point-of-sale (POS) device, and a product selection effected at a product dispenser configured to fulfill the product order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David Roy Newman, Arthur G. Rudick, Anisha Joshi, David O. Slagley, Michael Edward Hopkins
  • Patent number: 10363568
    Abstract: An adhesive dispensing system and method of dispensing liquid material are disclosed. The adhesive dispensing system includes an adhesive dispensing module receiving hot melt adhesive through the inlet at a low pressure and rapidly developing high pressure at an outlet to thereby jet the hot melt adhesive therefrom. The system also includes a pressure container containing a supply of hot melt adhesive and configured to melt or maintain a heated temperature of the hot melt adhesive. A low pressure liquid passageway communicates between the adhesive dispensing module and the pressure container. The system also includes a pressurized air source in fluid communication with the adhesive dispensing module to operate the adhesive dispensing module by moving a piston to generate high pressure at the outlet of a nozzle for jetting hot melt adhesive as a discrete volume toward a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Justin A. Clark, John M. Riney, Edward C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10357775
    Abstract: A cartridge for use with chemical or biological analysis systems is provided. The cartridge may include a floating microfluidic plate that is held in the cartridge using one or more floating support brackets that incorporate gaskets that may seal against fluidic ports on the microfluidic plate. The floating support brackets may include indexing features that may align the microfluidic plate with the seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ILLUMINA, INC.
    Inventors: David Elliott Kaplan, Anthony John de Ruyter, Richard Alan Kelley, Ashish Kumar
  • Patent number: 10359397
    Abstract: Horizontal gel electrophoresis devices and methods of extracting a gel from a gel housing are provided. The devices allow for extraction of gels without having to open the housing comprising the gel. The devices include gel cassettes that simplify the automation of gel electrophoresis and electroblotting of proteins. Also provided are devices that allow for horizontal gel electrophoresis without the need to from a liquid seal between the buffer reservoir and the gel housing. Also described are methods for extracting a gel from a housing without opening the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Yochanan Uri, Uri Issman, Igor Kochetkov, Itay Barak, Shai Aharon, Shai Nimri
  • Patent number: 10330821
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more systems and/or techniques for improving performance of a dispensing system are provided herein. The dispensing system may comprise an emitter and a detector. The emitter may be configured to transmit light (e.g., and/or one or more other signals). The detector may be configured to measure light, for example. The detector may determine a first measurement of light while the emitter is not transmitting light. The detector may determine a second measurement of light responsive to the emitter transmitting light. The detector may determine a third measurement of light based upon a comparison of the first measurement of light with the second measurement of light. The detector may be direct current (DC) coupled while determining the third measurement of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson William Wegelin, Chip Curtis
  • Patent number: 10315815
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ingredient dispensing system for dispensing an ingredient into a container. The ingredient dispensing system communicates with a computing device over a communication network. The container includes a neck and stores material. The ingredient dispensing system includes a cap, a printed circuit board, a controller, a dispenser, a battery, a battery holder and a housing unit. The controller is connected to the printed circuit board and is further programmed to release signals. The dispenser connected to the printed circuit board dispenses the ingredient on receiving the signal from the controller. The housing unit includes a compartment for storing supplements and a nozzle to release stored supplements through the neck on receiving pressure from the dispenser into the container. Further, the ingredient dispensing system includes a collector assembly for receiving ingredients from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: WATERIO LTD.
    Inventor: Yakov Bentkovski
  • Patent number: 10315907
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a beverage dispenser with a dispensing system housing, a valve housing positioned exterior to the dispensing system housing and extending from the dispensing system housing. The valve housing may be configured to dispense a beverage and include self-contained electronics disposed within an interior area of the valve housing. In some embodiments, the beverage dispenser has one or more additional valve housings positioned exterior to the dispensing system housing. The valve housing may be configured to dispense a beverage and include self-contained electronics disposed within an interior area of the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Segiet, Alex L. Gray, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10309881
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus related to the preparation of electron microscopy specimens. In one aspect, a method includes providing an electron microscopy grid. An aqueous suspension including an electron microscopy sample is deposited on the electron microscopy grid. A portion of the aqueous suspension is removed from the electron microscopy grid. A volatile surfactant is contacted to the aqueous suspension. A thickness of aqueous suspension is allowed to decrease over a period of time. The aqueous suspension is then frozen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Robert M. Glaeser, Bong-Gyoon Han
  • Patent number: 10301108
    Abstract: Granular material flows out through the discharge opening of a silo and through a sealed housing to a target location. A vent opening in a top portion of the silo has a vent cover operative to selectively open and close the vent opening. When the vent cover is closed, air movement into an upper portion of the silo is prevented. A gate is operative to control a flow of granular material through the discharge opening. A vacuum conduit has a lower input end thereof connected to an interior of the housing, and an upper output end thereof located in an upper portion of an interior of the silo. Material flowing out of the silo creates a vacuum drawing dust from the housing up the vacuum conduit into the silo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Quickthree Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Herman, Erin Herman
  • Patent number: 10295301
    Abstract: A differential pressure type inflating device, adapted for fast inflating the devices that need inflating, comprises a gas container, a relief valve, a gas nozzle, a pipe joint, a switch valve, and a relief pipe. When external high pressure gas enters the gas container and renders the gas pressures in the gas container and the relief pipe reaching a balance condition, the switch valve can be pressed to generate pressure drop in the relief pipe, which launches the relief valve and discharges the high pressure gas in the gas container from the gas nozzle. In this design, the gas container, relief valve, gas nozzle, relief pipe, and pipe joint are connected with screwing structures, so as to achieve the function of easy assembling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Tire Service Equipment Mfg, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu-Wen Lin, Wei-Jen Huang
  • Patent number: 10285449
    Abstract: An electronic vaporiser system including a vaporiser (1) and a single piezo-electric pump (6) that both withdraws e-liquid from a cartridge or chamber (3) and also pumps controlled amounts of e-liquid for atomizing in the vaporizer (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AYR LTD.
    Inventors: Ian Murison, Stephen Marsh, Dmitry Gorilovsky
  • Patent number: 10286415
    Abstract: A system for accurately dispensing small droplets from a positive displacement pumps is actuated by a linear actuator. Preferably the linear actuator is a piezo-actuator. In a method to use the device the system pressure is stabilized before dispensing a plurality of droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GINOLIS OY
    Inventors: Per Oskar Lithell, Topi Hintsala, Jarmo Paloviita
  • Patent number: 10279066
    Abstract: An aromatic agent container includes a container, a supporting bracket and a flow guiding device. The container contains an aromatic agent therein, and its top surface is formed of an opening. The supporting bracket of a ring shape is mounted onto the top of the container. The wall of the supporting bracket is formed of through holes. The flow guiding device is arranged inside the supporting bracket and at a spacing from the top of the container. The flow guiding device includes a driving motor with a fan arranged at an external of the bottom thereof. Accordingly, when the flow guiding device is activated and the fan is driven to rotate for fragrance of the aromatic agent to flow out of the opening of the container, the airflow generated by the fan allows the fragrance to exit from through holes and to spread into the surrounding air effectively and actively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU FANER AROMA PRODUCT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsu-Hui Chang
  • Patent number: 10280063
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of transferring liquids or mixtures/slurries of liquids and solids between vessels having challenging and difficult configurations and locations, and over long and short distances in a continuous or near continuous discharge for storage or transport using a combination of vacuum and pressurized fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Alexander G. Innes