Processes Of Dispensing Patents (Class 222/1)
  • Patent number: 10994979
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus, the beverage apparatus being hand-holdable by a user of the beverage apparatus to be portable, can include a beverage chamber housing that includes a chamber for storing a consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include a dispensing assembly that includes a receptacle. The receptacle can retain a vessel. The vessel can include an electronic tag and can contain an additive. The dispensing assembly can be operatively controllable by a controller to output the additive from the vessel into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include one or more sensors, devices, or assemblies that can be used to detect a volume of liquid in the chamber or a liquid level in the chamber. The beverage apparatus can include an apparatus processing portion (ACP) and an apparatus database portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Abraham Maclean
  • Patent number: 10981772
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus, the beverage apparatus being hand-holdable by a user of the beverage apparatus to be portable, can include a beverage chamber housing that includes a chamber for storing a consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include a dispensing assembly that includes a receptacle. The receptacle can retain a vessel. The vessel can include an electronic tag and can contain an additive. The dispensing assembly can be operatively controllable by a controller to output the additive from the vessel into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include one or more sensors, devices, or assemblies that can be used to detect a volume of liquid in the chamber or a liquid level in the chamber. The beverage apparatus can include an apparatus computer processor portion (ACP) and an apparatus database portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Robert Lawson-Shanks, Abraham MacLean, Justin Toelle, Filipe Aguiar, Aleksander Drozdetski
  • Patent number: 10977926
    Abstract: Method for the disinfection and the quality control of the disinfection of the hands of a user comprising the steps of: dispensing a predetermined amount of the mixture of a disinfectant substance and a light reflection modifying substance on the hands to be disinfected, allowing the user to smear and rub the mixture on his/her hands, inserting the hands one after the other into an imaging compartment (11) of an apparatus (10) for disinfection quality control; illuminating the inserted hand with light sources (14) emitting light having a predetermined spectral distribution and intensity; recording the image of the hand (9) from both sides by cameras (16); processing the recorded image to provide distinction between areas of the hand contacted and non-contacted by the mixture, wherein the light reflection modifying substance is a substance that absorbs light in at least a predetermined range a wavelength which is added to the disinfectant substance in an amount that decreases light absorption of areas treat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Tamás Péter Haidegger, Péter Szerémy, Ákos Lehotsky, Gergely Major, Bence Takács, Péter Róna
  • Patent number: 10976754
    Abstract: A method of a method of controlling a volume of material dispensed by a constant pressure adhesive and sealant dispensing system controlled by a controller during shots includes automatically adjusting a proportional valve control setting for an orifice size of a controlled pressure regulator. An orifice size control pressure corresponding to the proportional valve control setting is applied to an orifice size control inlet of the controlled pressure regulator. A volume of the material dispensed during each shot is monitored and when the volume of material dispensed during each shot of a predetermined number of successive shots is outside a target range, the proportional valve control setting is automatically adjusted by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Michael D Mitchell, Phillip M Markison, John Macdonald, Michael M Zupancic
  • Patent number: 10968031
    Abstract: A piston for a collapsible cartridge for dispensing a material, the piston includes a rigid portion and a flexible portion. The rigid portion has a first diameter, a first end and a second end. The first end is configured to be disposed in a material dispensing direction. The flexible portion has a second diameter less than the first diameter, a first end disposed in the material dispensing direction and a second end disposed in an opposite direction. The flexible portion is disposed on the first end of the rigid portion such that the second end of the flexible portion is disposed to face the first end of the rigid portion. The flexible portion is configured to radially expand and longitudinally compress upon a force applied to the first end of the flexible portion to compress the collapsible cartridge between the flexible portion and an interior surface of a support cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SULZER MIXPAC AG
    Inventors: Hayden Turner, Evan Travers
  • Patent number: 10961101
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body shell including a proximate end, a distal end, and a cylindrical passage. The apparatus also includes a piercing tube, which is slidably positioned within the cylindrical passage of the body shell. The piercing tube includes a proximate end including a piercing element with a central opening. The piercing tube also includes a distal end including a drinking spout. The piercing tube also includes a drink passage between the central opening of the piercing element and the drinking spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Chug Co, LLC
    Inventor: Kyle Alan Clark
  • Patent number: 10961111
    Abstract: The invention relates to removal equipment for removing fuel from a fuel container for fuel cells, wherein the removal equipment comprises: a sealing element for sealing an opening in the fuel container; a fuel line for establishing a first fluid connection between a fuel removal opening in the sealing element and a liquid fuel inside the fuel container; a float suitable for floating on the liquid fuel within the fuel container; and a flexible pressure equalisation line for establishing a second fluid connection between a gas region inside the fuel container, more particularly above the liquid fuel, and a pressure equalisation opening in the sealing element; wherein an end section of the pressure equalisation line is connected to the float. The removal device according to the invention is characterised in that the float is equipped with a damping device for damping impacts of the float against a wall of the fuel container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SFC ENERGY AG
    Inventors: Oliver Meixner, Matthias Wienke, Florian Taschke
  • Patent number: 10946784
    Abstract: A tank and a method of holding a load and discharging a load therefrom. The tank includes a body having a first wall that bounds and defines a first compartment for holding a load therein and a second wall spaced outwardly from at least a portion of the first wall; wherein a second compartment is defined between the first wall and the second wall. The tank assembly includes an air piping system that is selectively actuated to place the first compartment and the second compartment under substantially similar or substantially equal air pressure. In one example the air piping system pumps air into the first compartment and the second compartment. In another example the air piping system evacuates air from the first and second compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Kibler, Allen Gordon
  • Patent number: 10941030
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus, the beverage apparatus being hand-holdable by a user of the beverage apparatus to be portable, can include a beverage chamber housing that includes a chamber for storing a consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include a dispensing assembly that includes a receptacle. The receptacle can retain a vessel. The vessel can include an electronic tag and can contain an additive. The dispensing assembly can be operatively controllable by a controller to output the additive from the vessel into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include one or more sensors, devices, or assemblies that can be used to detect a volume of liquid in the chamber or a liquid level in the chamber. The beverage apparatus can include an apparatus processing portion (ACP) and an apparatus database portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Abraham Maclean
  • Patent number: 10934150
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus, the beverage apparatus being hand-holdable by a user of the beverage apparatus to be portable, can include a beverage chamber housing that includes a chamber for storing a consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include a dispensing assembly that includes a receptacle. The receptacle can retain a vessel. The vessel can include an electronic tag and can contain an additive. The dispensing assembly can be operatively controllable by a controller to output the additive from the vessel into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include one or more sensors, devices, or assemblies that can be used to detect a volume of liquid in the chamber or a liquid level in the chamber. The beverage apparatus can include an apparatus computer processor portion (ACP) and an apparatus database portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham MacLean, Mark Lyons
  • Patent number: 10928234
    Abstract: A tool, container and method for extracting a liquid; the tool for extracting a liquid comprises: a pressure-changing means, a liquid-reservoir space, a liquid-drawing channel and an outflow channel; the pressure-changing means comprises a cylinder and a piston capable of moving back and forth in the cylinder; the back-and-forth movement of the piston causes positive and negative pressure changes in the cylinder; a start end of the liquid-reservoir space is in communication with the inside of the cylinder; a temporary liquid-storage groove or an opening is provided on a wall of the cylinder at a horizontal position below a port of the start end of the liquid-reservoir space; the volume of the maximum sealing portion of the cylinder is greater than the volume of the liquid-reservoir space; the liquid-drawing channel communicates with the liquid-reservoir space; the outflow channel communicates with a tail end of the liquid-reservoir space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING RED-SEA TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zengxin Chen, Shenglu Li, Rui Li, Jiaming Wei, Jingzhe Chen, Chen Li, Chen Chen, Hao Wei
  • Patent number: 10926283
    Abstract: A clean, sterile fingertip mist of simulated saliva of appropriate droplet size and quantity is provided to allow consumers to easily moisten their fingertips to open produce bags, to count money, separate papers and for other applications where moist fingertips are useful. The simulated saliva provided substitutes for natural saliva to avoid spread of ‘germs’ such as virus, bacterium, bacillus and other microbes and microorganisms, and other undesirables found in natural human saliva. A misting apparatus is provided, being tailored for delivery of a fine range, having distributed, but limited, quantity of droplets of sterile simulated saliva. This invention avoids consumers passing germs by using their own germ laden saliva to moisten fingertips then open produce bags, county money, separate papers and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Carolyn S. Jordan
  • Patent number: 10913383
    Abstract: A dry bulk tank and a method of carrying a load and discharging a load therefrom. The dry bulk tank includes a tank assembly having a first wall that bounds and defines a first compartment for carrying a load therein and a second wall spaced outwardly from at least a portion of the first wall; wherein a second compartment is defined between the first wall and the second wall. The tank assembly includes an air piping system that is selectively actuated to place the first compartment and the second compartment under substantially similar or substantially equal air pressure. In one example the air piping system pumps air into the first compartment and the second compartment. In another example the air piping system evacuates air from the first and second compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Kibler, Allen Gordon
  • Patent number: 10913038
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bottom-up liquid filling system, comprising an upper body and a lower body. The upper body comprises a fixed member and a lifting member with a filling passage channel in the middle, wherein the fixed member is fixedly arranged on an inner bottom face of the upper body, the lifting member is arranged inside the fixed member and is movable up and down, a passage hole is arranged in a side wall of the lifting member, and the filling passage channel passes through the bottom of the upper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: GUANOVATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Yuk Hang Lau
  • Patent number: 10889425
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus, the beverage apparatus being hand-holdable by a user of the beverage apparatus to be portable, can include a beverage chamber housing that includes a chamber for storing a consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include a dispensing assembly that includes a receptacle. The receptacle can retain a vessel. The vessel can include an electronic tag and can contain an additive. The dispensing assembly can be operatively controllable by a controller to output the additive from the vessel into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include one or more sensors, devices, or assemblies that can be used to detect a volume of liquid in the chamber or a liquid level in the chamber. The beverage apparatus can include an apparatus processing portion (ACP) and an apparatus database portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Abraham MacLean
  • Patent number: 10888827
    Abstract: A component mixing jet including a jet nozzle housing with at least one component inlet and one component outlet. An axially movable jet needle is arranged in a reception in the jet nozzle housing and can rest against the jet nozzle housing with an axial end in the region of the component outlet in a sealable manner. The jet needle is connected with a membrane fixed in the jet nozzle housing. A pressure chamber is arranged in the jet nozzle housing at the side of the membrane averted from the axial end of the jet needle. The membrane is a holding element for the jet needle and guides the jet needle axially and holds it radially in the reception. The axial region between the membrane and the axial end of the jet needle is free from any bearing element for the jet needle in the region of the component outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HENNECKE GMBH
    Inventors: Marc Wendt, Jens Geuer, Lars Etschenberg
  • Patent number: 10888191
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus, the beverage apparatus being hand-holdable by a user of the beverage apparatus to be portable, can include a beverage chamber housing that includes a chamber for storing a consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include a dispensing assembly that includes a receptacle. The receptacle can retain a vessel. The vessel can include an electronic tag and can contain an additive. The dispensing assembly can be operatively controllable by a controller to output the additive from the vessel into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include one or more sensors, devices, or assemblies that can be used to detect a volume of liquid in the chamber or a liquid level in the chamber. The beverage apparatus can include an apparatus processing portion (ACP) and an apparatus database portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Abraham MacLean
  • Patent number: 10889482
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus, the beverage apparatus being hand-holdable by a user of the beverage apparatus to be portable, can include a beverage chamber housing that includes a chamber for storing a consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include a dispensing assembly that includes a receptacle. The receptacle can retain a vessel. The vessel can include an electronic tag and can contain an additive. The dispensing assembly can be operatively controllable by a controller to output the additive from the vessel into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include one or more sensors, devices, or assemblies that can be used to detect a volume of liquid in the chamber or a liquid level in the chamber. The beverage apparatus can include an apparatus computer processor portion (ACP) and an apparatus database portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham Maclean, Mark Lyons
  • Patent number: 10889424
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus, the beverage apparatus being hand-holdable by a user of the beverage apparatus to be portable, can include a beverage chamber housing that includes a chamber for storing a consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include a dispensing assembly that includes a receptacle. The receptacle can retain a vessel. The vessel can include an electronic tag and can contain an additive. The dispensing assembly can be operatively controllable by a controller to output the additive from the vessel into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include one or more sensors, devices, or assemblies that can be used to detect a volume of liquid in the chamber or a liquid level in the chamber. The beverage apparatus can include an apparatus processing portion (ACP) and an apparatus database portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Abraham Maclean
  • Patent number: 10864519
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a particle mixture and a reagent fluid cartridge are presented. The cartridge comprises a first reservoir partially filled with reagent fluid, a second reservoir partially filled with particles, a pumping chamber, a first pumping chamber conduit connecting the first reservoir and the pumping chamber, a second pumping chamber conduit connecting the second reservoir and the pumping chamber, an outlet for dispensing reagent fluid and particles from the cartridge, an outlet conduit connecting the outlet to the pumping chamber, and a valve sealing the outlet conduit. The method comprises closing the valve, applying a force to the plunger to transport a first defined volume of reagent fluid and second defined volume of particles into the pumping chamber to form a mixture of reagent fluid and particles, opening the valve, and forcing the mixture from the pumping chamber using the plunger to dispense the mixture from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thorsten Brueckner, Nadine Losleben, Norbert Oranth
  • Patent number: 10863852
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus, the beverage apparatus being hand-holdable by a user of the beverage apparatus to be portable, can include a beverage chamber housing that includes a chamber for storing a consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include a dispensing assembly that includes a receptacle. The receptacle can retain a vessel. The vessel can include an electronic tag and can contain an additive. The dispensing assembly can be operatively controllable by a controller to output the additive from the vessel into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include one or more sensors, devices, or assemblies that can be used to detect a volume of liquid in the chamber or a liquid level in the chamber. The beverage apparatus can include an apparatus processing portion (ACP) and an apparatus database portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Abraham Maclean
  • Patent number: 10858233
    Abstract: A primary beverage cooling circuit for refrigerating a fluid used in a secondary beverage cooling circuit that cools beverage in a beverage conduit by pumping the fluid through a heat exchange conduit adjacent the beverage conduit to transfer heat therebetween, the primary beverage cooling circuit comprising: a refrigerant circuit containing a refrigerant circulating through: a heat exchanger in heat transfer communication with the fluid to cool the fluid; a variable displacement compressor for circulating the refrigerant through the refrigerant circuit; a cooling device for cooling the refrigerant; and a valve for controlling the volume of fluid into the heat exchanger; the primary beverage cooling circuit further comprising a controller for controlling the operation of the compressor and/or the cooling device and/or the valve based on one or more measurements from temperature and/or pressure sensors in the refrigerant circuit to thereby operate the system on an efficient basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: CUB PTY LTD
    Inventor: Nathan Dryzun
  • Patent number: 10842090
    Abstract: A drip emitter is provided for delivering irrigation water from a supply tube to an emitter outlet at a reduced and relatively constant flow rate. Water enters the emitter through a first inlet and proceeds into a first chamber. When the water pressure is above a predetermined level, a one-directional valve opens to allow fluid flow past the first chamber, through a tortuous path flow channel, and through an emitter outlet. A second inlet is used to compensate for water pressure fluctuations in the supply tube to maintain output flow at a relatively constant rate. Water enters the second inlet and presses a flexible diaphragm toward a water metering surface to provide pressure-dependent control of the output flow. A copper member is mounted to the emitter over the emitter outlet to prevent plant root intrusion into the emitter outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Rick Mavrakis, Brian Pope, Samir Shah, Christopher Leland O'Neal, David R. Laybourn
  • Patent number: 10814296
    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: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Blee, LLC
    Inventors: Charles C. Brandon, Travis Floyd, Peter Phillips, Phil Powers
  • Patent number: 10815111
    Abstract: A side shutoff piston valve assembly for filling containers with liquids while reducing or eliminating splash-back and dripping of the liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Ritsuo Kumagai
  • Patent number: 10819719
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to systems and methods for protecting a physical asset against an attack. In one exemplary embodiment, an asset protection system is configured to use a monitoring system to obtain performance parameters of a physical asset when the physical asset is in operation. The asset protection system is further configured to retrieve from a database, one or more threat signatures and to use the one or more threat signatures to detect an attack upon the physical asset, the detection based at least in part on identifying a relationship between at least one of the threat signatures and at least a portion of the performance parameters of the physical asset. When an attack is detected, a signal can be transmitted to a control system of the physical asset and/or directly to the physical asset, to modify an operation of the physical asset in response to the attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Robert Scott Garry
  • Patent number: 10806870
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device having a body (10), a reservoir (20), a dispenser head (100) and a dispenser member (30) mounted on the reservoir (20) by a fastener ring (60). The dispenser member (30) has a dispenser-member body (31) and a movable member (35) that moves axially while the dispenser member (30) is actuated. A lateral actuator system (40) is secured to the body (10) and includes an actuator element (41) that moves between a rest position and an actuated, the reservoir moving in the body during actuation. The body includes a sleeve (15) arranged with a gap around a portion of the reservoir, and a resilient member (425) co-operating with the reservoir to urge it into contact with a side of the sleeve (15). The sleeve of the body extends around a bottom portion (25) of the reservoir, and the resilient element co-operates with the reservoir outside the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Francois Le Maner
  • Patent number: 10801674
    Abstract: A retention assembly for a valve assembly of a charged cylinder may comprise a first fitting coupled to the valve assembly and a second fitting coupled to the charged cylinder. A retaining member may be coupled between the first fitting and the second fitting. The retaining member may be disposed within an interior chamber of the charged cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Schmidt, James Baglini, Jr., Nick Ruegsegger
  • Patent number: 10799842
    Abstract: A two-component paint system (1) comprises a medium pressure canister (10) with a paint, at least one solvent and at least one propellant, and a high pressure canister (20) with a hardener, at least one solvent, at least one propellant and an inert gas or inert gas mixture. An adapter (30) is configured to transfer the content of the high pressure canister (20) into the content of the medium pressure canister (10). The internal pressure of the high pressure canister (20) is at least 2 bars higher than the internal pressure of the medium pressure canister (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: PARAGON NORDIC AB
    Inventors: Carl Tommy Wikstrand, Kristian Karjus, Malin Burstedt, Mats Silvander
  • Patent number: 10792695
    Abstract: A substance dispensing system that includes a hydraulic drive system is disclosed. The hydraulic drive system includes a hydraulic valve having a variable pressure setting, the hydraulic valve operable between a closed position in which a hydraulic pump moves hydraulic fluid to a hydraulic cylinder and an open position in which the hydraulic pump moves the hydraulic fluid to a hydraulic reservoir. The substance dispensing system of the present disclosure provides a system that recirculates hydraulic fluid in a hydraulic drive system instead of recirculating a substance back to a container via a pump. The substance dispensing system of the present disclosure allows for precise, accurate, and instantaneous control of an external force in a substance dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Rooftop Research, LLC
    Inventor: Robert S. Burns
  • Patent number: 10792195
    Abstract: A method includes distributing a powder onto a first sheet, periodically closing a distribution port by a first opening-closing portion, and periodically closing the distribution port by a second opening-closing portion in the same cycle period as that of the first opening-closing portion and at a timing later than that of the first opening-closing portion. The method also includes moving the second opening-closing portion such that it extends from an upstream-side edge of the first opening-closing portion toward an upstream side of a movement direction, during a time period during which the upstream-side edge of the first opening-closing portion overlaps the distribution port. Further, the method includes setting a difference between timings at which the first and second opening-closing portion overlap the distribution port, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ZUIKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sato, Hideyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10759610
    Abstract: A bulk material shipping conveyor including a support assembly, a housing connected to the support assembly, a conveyor belt assembly partially positioned in the housing, a motor assembly coupled to the conveyor belt assembly, a hopper assembly including a receiving assembly including a plurality of walls and at least one movable flap extending above at least one of the plurality of walls, a gate assembly including a door movable between an open position and a closed position, and a transition assembly including a plurality of spaced apart conveyor supports, wherein at least one of the spaced apart conveyor supports is rotated relative to a longitudinal axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SANDBOX LOGISTICS, LLC
    Inventors: C. John Allegretti, Kevin S. Corrigan, Angelo L. Flamingo
  • Patent number: 10750684
    Abstract: Various systems, methods and apparatus for locating emitters embedded in tubing are disclosed herein, as well as forming outlets in said tubing and confirming the placement accuracy of such outlets. In one form, an emitter locator is disclosed having: a housing defining a generally enclosed space and having an inlet located in a first side of the housing and an outlet located in a second side of the housing positioned opposite the inlet; a cutter positioned within the generally enclosed space between the inlet and outlet; a first optical instrument located proximate the inlet; a second optical instrument located proximate the outlet; and a controller connected to the cutter and first and second optical instruments, the controller configured to detect a tubing target area desired for placement of an outlet opening in tubing that passes through the inlet and cut the tubing target area to form the outlet opening therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Murphy Ensworth
  • Patent number: 10743559
    Abstract: A method for preparing no-mess fudge is provided. The process for preparing no-mess fudge may include a firming container and a stand-up container. The stand-up container retains a plurality of pre-measured fudge ingredients. The stand-up container may be sleeve providing a seal on one end and a flat base on the other. In preparation of making fudge, a user may cut vents and/or tear notches through the seal. The user may then heat the stand-up container for a sufficient time to properly prepare the plurality of ingredients. The user may then knead the stand-up container for a sufficient time to properly mix the plurality of ingredients. The user may then urge the plurality of ingredients out of the stand-up container and into the firming container so that the plurality of ingredients may set to fudge of a desired hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Kelly Marie Arnold
  • Patent number: 10722083
    Abstract: A forced-air hand dryer having means and apparatus for decontaminating air passing through the forced-air hand dryer. In general, the embodiments described comprise at least one or a plurality of airflow generators, at least one conduit for passing air through the conduits and to at least one decontamination system where the air undergoes filtration and decontamination. The air generated may be located upstream or downstream of a hand-receiving area where a user places his or her hands for drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Thunderhill Investments, LLC
    Inventor: David Louis Kirschman
  • Patent number: 10717637
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing device prepares and dispenses a beverage. The dispensing device includes a housing which has a beverage unit with a liquid inlet and a beverage outlet. The beverage unit has a receiver for at least one container containing a unit dose of concentrated beverage ingredient to be dispensed, and an ingredient discharge. The beverage unit has a liquid line. The liquid line first section extends from the base liquid inlet to a receiver liquid inlet to guide base liquid into the unit dose of beverage ingredient through the beverage discharge into the liquid line second section that extends from the ingredient discharge to the beverage outlet. A mixing chamber is defined in the liquid line. Temperature regulator is provided in the mixing chamber or the mixing chamber comprises an inlet for pressurized fluid for expanding the fluid in the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A.
    Inventors: Jerome Pellaud, Daniel Peirsman
  • Patent number: 10717594
    Abstract: Provided is a pressurizing system which includes: a pressurizing nozzle configured to supply a pressurizing gas into a hopper (3) where pulverized coal is accumulated; a filter configured to face a space in the hopper (3) where the pulverized coal is accumulated, and to allow the pressurizing gas to pass through the filter, the filter being provided at an end of the pressurizing nozzle; buffer tanks (5a), (5b) in which a pressurizing gas to be supplied to the hopper (3) is collected at a first predetermined pressure; and a pressure control means configured to start, at a time of starting pressurization of the hopper (3), supply of a pressurizing gas at a second predetermined pressure which is lower than the first predetermined pressure of the pressurizing gas collected in the buffer tanks (5a), (5b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Urakata, Koji Nishimura, Naoto Nakayama, Yoshinori Koyama, Tatsuya Kameyama
  • Patent number: 10703514
    Abstract: A metering roller is for filling a vessel with a portion of a powder product to be metered. The metering roller includes a roller jacket, a filter element, a filter strip, a seal and a clamping core. The roller jacket defines at least one metering opening completely penetrating the roller jacket from its outer side to its inner side, the metering opening being delimited on the inside via a filter element. The filter element is pressed by the clamping core via the filter strip against the inner side of the roller jacket. The seal is arranged between the filter element and the filter strip, the metering opening being exposed to a negative pressure through the filter element via at least one pressure channel in the filter strip. The seal seals a connection of the pressure channel to the metering opening. The seal is an elastomer cured onto the filter strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Harro Hoefliger Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Brecht
  • Patent number: 10688797
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ink cartridge (30) for a CIJ type printer, such a cartridge including at least one volume (14) delimited by a shell, a sealed aperture (16) of the shell, a fluid ink (17) and magnetic means (15) movable with respect to the cartridge shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DOVER EUROPE SÀRL
    Inventors: Daniel Chalamet, Loïc Frerejean
  • Patent number: 10691200
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed for delivering, in an enclosed environment, subject-directed multi-sensory stimuli output or sequence(s) to a specific subject based upon recognition and identification of a specific subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Darren Carl McIntosh
  • Patent number: 10682665
    Abstract: A method of delivering a glutinous substance from a cartridge to a brush comprises receiving the cartridge inside a sleeve through an inlet of the sleeve while a pressure cap, located proximate the inlet of the sleeve, is in an open position. The method also comprises moving the pressure cap, located proximate the inlet of the sleeve, into a closed position to sealingly couple the pressure cap with a trailing end of the cartridge and to sealingly couple a valve with a leading end of the cartridge. The method further comprises applying pressure to the glutinous substance in the cartridge through a pressure input of the pressure cap to urge the glutinous substance from the cartridge to the valve. The method additionally comprises rotating the brush and opening the valve to enable the glutinous substance to flow from the valve to the brush at least when the brush is rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John W. Pringle, IV, John J. Brown, Angelica Davancens, Frederick B. Frontiera, Martin Guirguis, Raul Tomuta, Richard P. Topf, Don D. Trend, Jake B. Weinmann
  • Patent number: 10676251
    Abstract: A container for storing a liquid for consumption. The container may comprise temperature and volume sensors, processors, energy source and a communication device to transmit the recorded temperature and volume data to a remote human interface. The container may also provide for various notifications and alerts to the user if the data falls outside predetermined variable ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Krafft Industries LLC
    Inventor: Fredrik Krafft
  • 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: 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: 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: 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