Plural Sources, Compartment, Containers And/or Spaced Jacket Patents (Class 222/129)
  • Patent number: 11192731
    Abstract: In accordance with presently disclosed embodiments, systems and methods for using one or more pre-filled, portable containers, instead of pneumatic transfer, to move bulk material from a transportation unit to a blender receptacle of a blender are provided. A transportation unit may deliver one or more containers of bulk material to the well site, where the containers may be disposed in an elevated position around the blender receptacle. A gravity feed outlet may extend from one or more containers to route bulk material from the one or more containers directly into the blender receptacle. Since the transportation unit is able to unload the portable containers of bulk material without pneumatic transfer, the stackable containers may enable a cleaner and more efficient bulk material transfer at the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Chapman Lucas, Tim H. Hunter, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Bryan John Lewis, Austin Carl Schaffner, Jim Basuki Surjaatmadja
  • Patent number: 11185637
    Abstract: A syringe assembly comprising a barrel for containing one or more medicaments, the barrel having a front outlet for allowing the expulsion of said one or more medicaments from the said barrel through said outlet, and a first stopper disposed in the barrel and axially moveable therein and defining a first volume in the barrel axially forwards of the first stopper and a second volume in the barrel axially rearwards of the first stopper. The first stopper has a two way valve that is moveable between a sealing configuration and an open configuration to selectively put the first volume in fluid communication with the second volume. The two way valve is moveable from the sealing configuration to the open configuration by an increase in fluid pressure in either of the first and second volumes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: CONSORT MEDICAL PLC
    Inventors: Ian Anderson, Matt Ekman, Robert Glover, Rachel Koppelman
  • Patent number: 11091332
    Abstract: In accordance with presently disclosed embodiments, systems and methods for using one or more pre-filled, portable containers, instead of pneumatic transfer, to move bulk material from a transportation unit to a blender receptacle of a blender are provided. A transportation unit may deliver one or more containers of bulk material to the well site, where the containers may be disposed in an elevated position around the blender receptacle. A gravity feed outlet may extend from one or more containers to route bulk material from the one or more containers directly into the blender receptacle. Since the transportation unit is able to unload the portable containers of bulk material without pneumatic transfer, the stackable containers may enable a cleaner and more efficient bulk material transfer at the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Chapman Lucas, Tim H. Hunter, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Bryan John Lewis, Austin Carl Schaffner, Jim Basuki Surjaatmadja
  • Patent number: 11071690
    Abstract: A sealed sterile device for the aseptic separation and concentration of biological components, which includes: a tube sealed at first end and which has a mouth at second end; a plunger of flexible material, without an actuation rod, installed inside the tube with the possibility of longitudinal movement, and which has a hole for charging with a fluid to be separated and concentrated and discharging the separated fractions, the hole being provide with a valved female Luer lock connection, the plunger also having a purging duct provided with a self-sealing filter for the automatic purging of the air/gas contained in the tube during the filling of the tube with the fluid to be separated and concentrated; and a cap for protecting the connection-plunger assembly, couplable to the mouth of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Guillermo Garau Espinós
  • Patent number: 11051911
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dental applicator comprising an applicator housing and a plunger body guided movably in said applicator housing, wherein the applicator housing comprises a connection for detachably mounting a cannula in a pressure-resistant manner, said cannula comprising a connection body and a cannula tube that is rigidly connected in or on said connection body, and the applicator housing (12) and/or plunger body (14) having a receiving device (22) for at least partially receiving a bendable cannula tube (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventor: Frank Müller
  • Patent number: 11014733
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an herb tray for providing provision to facilitate cone fillers. The herb tray includes a constituent holding tray, a dispensing chamber, a primary spout, and a secondary dispenser. In addition, the dispensing chamber is attached to the constituent holding tray to hold a rolling paper cartridge against underside of a first ledge. Further, the primary spout is created by bottom and cover of the dispensing chamber. Furthermore, the secondary dispenser is attached to the constituent holding tray at the second dispensing side and is configured for dispensing the at least one of the plurality of constituents from the constituent holding tray into the at least one of the plurality of cone fillers. Moreover, the at least one of the plurality of cone fillers is attached to at least one of the primary spout and the secondary spout with facilitation of a cone holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Geneva Fund Partners, LLC
    Inventor: Marshall Gause
  • Patent number: 11001487
    Abstract: A portable, self-contained beverage apparatus includes a container assembly having a known storage capacity for storing a consumable liquid, and a dispensing assembly disposed within the container assembly that dispenses variable, non-zero quantities of additives into the consumable liquid. The dispensing assembly includes multiple apertures structured and arranged to retain vessels containing the additives to be dispensed into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus also includes a level sensor disposed within the container assembly that determines a consumable liquid level of the consumable liquid stored in the container assembly. In certain embodiments, one or more positive displacement pumping mechanisms are configured to pump additive liquid from additive containers into a beverage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Jonathon Perrelli, Robert Lawson-Shanks, Abraham Maclean, Connor Bacon, James Christopher Small, Jesse John Horne, Simon Lewis Bilton, Matthew James Edwards, Andrew Gordon Wallace, Maxim D. Wheatley, David J. Wheatley, Todd Metlen
  • Patent number: 10981713
    Abstract: A package comprising a container for holding a first substance, and a product insert for holding a second substance, at least partially inserted info said container, and where the first product and the second product can be allowed to merge by external manipulation of said package. Packaged products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Aktivax, Inc.
    Inventor: Amir Genosar
  • Patent number: 10967560
    Abstract: Described herein are bioprinters comprising: one or more printer heads, wherein a printer head comprises a means for receiving and holding at least one cartridge, and wherein said cartridge comprises contents selected from one or more of: bio-ink and support material; a means for calibrating the position of at least one cartridge; and a means for dispensing the contents of at least one cartridge. Further described herein are methods for fabricating a tissue construct, comprising: a computer module receiving input of a visual representation of a desired tissue construct; a computer module generating a series of commands, wherein the commands are based on the visual representation and are readable by a bioprinter; a computer module providing the series of commands to a bioprinter; and the bioprinter depositing bio-ink and support material according to the commands to form a construct with a defined geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Organovo, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Murphy, Scott Dorfman, Nathan Smith, Larry Bauwens, Ian Sohn, Tim McDonald, Chris Leigh-Lancaster, Richard Jin Law
  • Patent number: 10913647
    Abstract: A portable, self-contained beverage apparatus includes a container assembly having a known storage capacity for storing a consumable liquid, and a dispensing assembly disposed within the container assembly that dispenses variable, non-zero quantities of additives into the consumable liquid. The dispensing assembly includes multiple apertures structured and arranged to retain vessels containing the additives to be dispensed into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus also includes a level sensor disposed within the container assembly that determines a consumable liquid level of the consumable liquid stored in the container assembly. In certain embodiments, one or more positive displacement pumping mechanisms are configured to pump additive liquid from additive containers into a beverage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Jonathon Perrelli, Robert Lawson-Shanks, Abraham Maclean, Connor Bacon, James Christopher Small, Jesse John Horne, Simon Lewis Bilton, Matthew James Edwards, Andrew Gordon Wallace, Maxim D. Wheatley, David J. Wheatley, Todd Metlen
  • Patent number: 10912713
    Abstract: A drug-filled synthetic resin ampule has an ampule body capable of standing by itself and a drug accommodated inside the ampule body. The ampule body has a tip part positioned at an upper part thereof when the ampule body stands by itself, a hollow part having a drug accommodation portion, and a breakable part provided between a lower portion of the tip part and an upper portion of the hollow part. The tip part has pressing portions, for guiding a pressing force applied thereto respectively in a predetermined direction when an operation of breaking the breakable part is performed. The hollow part has a bottom surface part for allowing the ampule body to stand by itself. The bottom surface part has extension portions extended in predetermined directions (X-direction, Y-direction) in which the pressing force applied to the pressing portions respectively is guided when the operation of pressing the pressing portion is performed to break the breakable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji Yago, Chisato Iwakiri, Naomi Harada
  • Patent number: 10877491
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software program products for dispensing chemical solutions. A controller receives a signal from a pressure sensor indicative of a pressure of a diluent. The controller determines an expected flow rate of the diluent through an eductor based at least in part on the pressure of the diluent. The controller may further determine an expected concentration of a chemical product in the solution dispensed from a discharge port of the eductor. Based on the expected flow rated and concentration of the chemical product, the controller determines a duration of a dispense stage of a dispensing operation required to dispense a predetermined dose of the chemical product. The controller then causes the diluent to flow through the eductor for the determined duration of the dispense stage. A check valve on the output of the eductor prevents dissimilar chemicals from mixing and reduces a response time of the eductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Tincher, Christopher Dyer
  • Patent number: 10857248
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser (1) includes a cold water tank (20) for storing cold water (50), a carbonation tank (30) disposed with at least a bottom portion thereof being submerged in the cold water (50) in the cold water thank (20), the carbonation tank being configured to generate carbonated water (60) by adding carbon dioxide gas to the cold water (50) supplied from the cold water tank (20), a carbonated water outlet passage (35) for taking out the carbonated water (60) from the carbonation tank (30) and a heater (41) for heating the cold water (50) in the cold water tank (20). In order to sterilize the above beverage dispenser (1), the heater (41) is caused to heat the cold water (50) in the cold water tank (20) to a temperature higher than a predetermined temperature, thereby to sterilize the cold water tank (20) and the carbonation tank (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Hirofumi Hanano
  • Patent number: 10845275
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preparing a cytological specimen from a patient sample in a sample container include or employ mechanisms for quickly and accurately adjusting the pressure in a pressure unit during the specimen preparation. The systems include a specimen transfer device configured for being positioned within the sample container, a pressure tank coupled to the specimen transfer device and configured for applying at least one of positive pressure and vacuum pressure through the specimen transfer device, and a temperature adjusting unit coupled to the pressure tank, and configured for incrementally adjusting the pressure in the pressure tank by heating or cooling the tank. The method includes steps of performing a coarse pressure adjustment using a supply valve and/or a bleed valve coupled to the pressure tank, and, after the coarse adjustment, performing a fine pressure adjustment using a temperature adjusting element coupled to the pressure tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry F. Hunt
  • Patent number: 10836539
    Abstract: A selectable volume precision liquid dispenser apparatus and method of use. The dispenser apparatus includes a graduated, segmented elastic body with an interior space having different regions corresponding to different volumes where different liquid containing chambers are separated by one-way valves. Pressure applied by a user to one of the different chambers causes the dispensing of a precise amount of liquid through an inner conducting tube having openings to receive liquid in each of the different regions, and an outlet for dispensed the liquid. Release of the pressure allows the elastic body to return towards its original (resting) shape and draw liquid from a reservoir into the previously dispensed region in preparation for the next dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Clifford G. Cousins, Mitesh Patel
  • Patent number: 10815046
    Abstract: A size-selective aerosol nozzle that includes an impactor body with an internal enclosed sidewall spanning in a directional longitudinally from a distal end of a distal spray end to a central sidewall terminal end and defining a central spray channel and a fluid segregation member. The segregation member may include an internal enclosed sidewall defining at least one liquid removal channel spanning laterally away from a central spray channel, defining a second aerosol discharge outlet in fluid communication with the central spray channel, and spans into the central spray channel to bifurcate the central spray channel into the liquid removal channel and an aerosol discharge channel. The fluid segregation member has an inner surface defining the liquid removal channel and is in an overlapping configuration with the internal enclosed sidewall to mechanically segregate emitted aerosol spray from the first aerosol discharge outlet of a portable hand-held aerosol spray assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Byoplanet International, LLC
    Inventor: James Brandon Wells
  • Patent number: 10786795
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser for dispensing an effluent mixture comprises a manifold inlet connectable to a pressurized liquid source, at least one individual diluent outlet in fluid communication with the manifold inlet, and at least one backflow preventer and eductor system in fluid communication with the at least one individual diluent outlet. A flow regulator is in fluid communication with the at least one individual diluent outlet and the at least one backflow preventer and eductor system, located upstream of the at least one backflow preventer and eductor system and downstream of the at least one individual diluent outlet. The flow regulator is preferably individualized for the at least one backflow preventer and eductor system and interchangeable within the dispenser to facilitate a plurality of volumetric flow rates to the at least one respective backflow preventer and eductor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: John Boticki, Jim Bournoville, Paul Larson
  • Patent number: 10758287
    Abstract: A device for mixing and dispensing bone material is provided. The device comprises a tubular member having an interior surface configured to receive bone material and a fluid to mix the bone material disposed within the tubular member. The tubular member is flexible and has a proximal opening configured to slidably receive a plunger, and a distal opening configured to dispense a mixed bone material from the interior surface of the tubular member. The plunger is less flexible than the tubular member. Methods of mixing and dispensing bone material are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Dewey, Daniel Shimko
  • Patent number: 10639088
    Abstract: One aspect relates to a bone cement applicator for mixing and applying a bone cement, with which the starting components of the bone cement is mixable in a closed cartridge to form a bone cement dough. The cartridge has a multi-part closure system including a discharge opening. At least two parts of the closure system are movable relative to one another, driven by a movement of the mixed bone cement dough, and the discharge opening is opened the movement of the at least two parts of the closure system relative to one another. The movement of the mixed bone cement dough is drivable by a pressure on the bone cement dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Heraeus Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Thomas Kluge
  • Patent number: 10631689
    Abstract: A mobile handwashing system includes a soap dispenser and a lid structured to fit both the soap dispenser and a water bottle. In a first embodiment, the water bottle is a rigid water bottle that screws onto the lid. The soap dispenser includes external threading on the reservoir that also screws onto the lid. In a second embodiment, the mobile hand washing system attaches to a plastic disposable water bottle and also includes a soap dispenser. In either embodiment, the system can be used to drink water and also separately to provide soap and water for hand washing or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Gabriel Joseph Trevizo
  • Patent number: 10604329
    Abstract: An apparatus for sorting, managing, and storing a plurality of pills which provides a means to get pills from pharmacy bottles into weekly containers (that are common in the market place) without needing to pick up each individual pill. The sorting/dispensing tray may come with weekly pill containers (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime) and be designed to snap into the base tray for pill management. Keeping the pill containers free from the base tray may enable them to be easily transported in a purse or pants pocket if traveling for the day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Gary Strand
  • Patent number: 10556724
    Abstract: A container having a container element, a lid element removably joined to the container element to form a sealed storage cavity, and a bowl element that removably covers the lid element to protect it during transport. The storage cavity has an interior vertical wall dividing it into multiple storage chambers. The lid element has two openings, each sealably closed by an operable flap movable from an open position to a closed position. In an open position, the flap has a convex outer surface forming a spout for the opening. In a closed position, the flap has a concave outer surface and engages all edges of the opening to seal the opening. When in use, the bowl element can be removably stowed to the bottom of the container element or used as a serving vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Louis T. Wolfson, Alia M. Wolfson
  • Patent number: 10517430
    Abstract: A mutli-radius curve rollover frying pan, including a second hemi-circular side having a multi-radius curve cross-section along a first arcuate section and a second arcuate section to terminate at a second rim, is provided. The second rim is disposed substantially parallel the pan base but overhanging the first arcuate section. The multi-radius curve cross-section quickens towards the second rim whereby foodstuffs accelarated up the second hemi-circular side are gently inverted and rolled over at the second arcuate section maintaining contact with the pan. Flight of foodstuffs is minimized. Foodstuffs are inverted to complete rotation upon the slope of the first arcuate section before coming to rest under the influence of gravity on the cooking surface of the pan base. Force of impact is therefore minimized. Thus even delicate foodstuffs (such as eggs, for example) are readily inverted with minimal dexterity required and with minimal force applied to the pan proper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Trzcinski
  • Patent number: 10485386
    Abstract: A personal hygiene water bottle assembly has a bottle, forming a reservoir for water and a soap holder concentrically located within the bottle portion. A manual pump is used to pump soap from the soap holder into the water bottle, to form soapy water in the reservoir. The soapy water can be dispensed through the top spout. The bottle can be disassembled to allow easy cleaning. The bottle can be refilled with water, which can then have soap added to form the soapy water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Cristina Melgoza
  • Patent number: 10463465
    Abstract: An applicator 102 has a fluid supply inlet (14), an outlet (4) and a barrel (1) having a barrel outlet (2) and a barrel inlet (15a). The barrel inlet (15) is in fluid communication, or selective fluid communication, with the fluid supply inlet (14). A one way outlet valve (3) is in fluid communication with the barrel outlet (2) and with the outlet (4). The applicator 100 has piston actuation means (32) for moving a piston (5) relative to the barrel (1). The applicator further comprises pressure limiting means (10) for limiting a maximum pressure of fluid entering the barrel (1) from the fluid supply inlet (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Simcro Limited
    Inventor: David Andrew Trow
  • Patent number: 10435228
    Abstract: The present invention has as its object the provision of a two-liquid mixing-type aerosol product having high formulation stability, being capable of easily forming a discharge material having a desired composition, and providing comfort during use when it is applied to the human body. A two-liquid mixing-type aerosol product of the present invention has a double-structure container including a propellant filling space and two liquid concentrate filling spaces and having a discharging mechanism for simultaneously discharging the contents filled in the two liquid concentrate filling spaces. The propellant filling space is filled with a propellant composed of a compressed gas. A first liquid concentrate filling space is filled with a first liquid concentrate composition having a viscosity of 1 to 1000 mPa·s at a temperature of 20° C. A second liquid concentrate filling space is filled with a second liquid concentrate composition having a viscosity of 1 to 1000 mPa·s at a temperature of 20° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYO AEROSOL INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasutomo Nakajima, Makoto Tsubouchi, Hokuto Kamijyo, Tomoyuki Niinomi, Remi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10340832
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and a method for hydride generation. In some embodiments, the system includes an assembly for introducing hydride generation reagents into a mixing path or mixing container, where the assembly includes first chamber configured to contain a first hydride generation reagent and a second chamber configured to contain a second hydride generation reagent. A first plunger is configured to translate within the first chamber and cause a displacement of the first hydride generation reagent, and a second plunger is configured to translate within the second chamber and cause a displacement of the second hydride generation reagent. The assembly further includes base coupling the first plunger and the second plunger together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Wiederin, Austin Schultz
  • Patent number: 10329134
    Abstract: A cartridge for selectively dispensing an additive to water that includes a housing, a bladder disposed within the housing, and a pump connected to the housing and in fluid communication with the bladder. The bladder is configured to contain a consumable additive such as a flavor, for water. The pump is operable to selectively dispense an amount of the additive into water. The cartridge may be connected to a water filtration system such that the cartridge may dispense the additive into filtered water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Judd Dylan Olson, John Paul Boros, David James Emmons, Richard Alan Arett, Michael Robert Schroeder, William Joseph Cruzen, Kenneth John Edelman
  • Patent number: 10281196
    Abstract: An appliance having an appliance cabinet has at least one food storage compartment and an accessory removably mounted within the food storage compartment. An integrated accessory interface having a horizontally extending channel defining an upwardly extending curvilinear cavity is disposed within the food storage compartment, and an upwardly extending curvilinear integral tab is disposed proximate an upper portion of the accessory. The curvilinear integral tab extending outwardly and upwardly from the accessory and adapted to engage the channel to removably mount and retain the accessory within the appliance cabinet, wherein the curvilinear integral tab of the accessory is rotationally received within the horizontally extending channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael S. Seeley
  • Patent number: 10258539
    Abstract: The present invention relates to unitary bottle for injection, more particularly, to a unitary medicine bottle having an integral structure where a medicine container is easily connected with a plastic container including a solution at a completely sterilized state so that powdered, freeze-dried or liquid medicine is mixed with the solution with one touch for a short time. The unitary medicine bottle for injection according to the present invention comprises: a plastic container equipped with a coupling member connected with a medicine container at one end and a releasing member for releasing a liquid medicine to be at the other end; a protection cap integrally formed with the coupling member to accept the medicine container; and a flue needle which moves forward in a direction of the medicine container and perforates a stopper of the medicine container and is inserted in the coupling member connecting the plastic container with the medicine container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BNCP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gi-Bum Oh
  • Patent number: 10131484
    Abstract: A container (100) for isolating first and second fluids, such as beverage concentrate components, until dispensing is provided, as well as methods of assembly and dispensing. The container can have first (111) and second (113) enclosed bodies for containing the first and second fluids to be dispensed and an insert (130) directing fluid from the enclosed bodies, such as toward one or more valves or separate discharge paths (148a, 148b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventor: Piaras Valdis De Cleir
  • Patent number: 10118759
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a silo (1) comprising one or more cells (2), each cell comprising one or more outlet openings (3), wherein said cells have an angular cross-section and wherein said outlet openings have a non-angular cross-section, wherein said outlet openings and said cells are connected to one another by means of a transition plate (4), wherein the angle a between the wall of the cell and said transition plate is constant along the radial periphery of the outlet opening. The present invention also relates to a kit and a method for constructing such silo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SCE
    Inventors: Francky Vanparys, Andy Vanparys
  • Patent number: 10085586
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a nutrient includes a dispensing device having a container, an orifice defined in the container, and a receiver that receives communications from an activity collecting device. The container dispenses the nutrient contained therein through the orifice in response to a communication from the activity collecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Smith, William T. Dalebout, Jared Willardson
  • Patent number: 10005097
    Abstract: A center-fed single cavity slot die (100) for coating particulate suspensions without creating the coating defect known as center banding. The die has a flow obstruction device (109) located in the die cavity (105) in a position such that the flow obstruction device blocks undisturbed straight-line flow of coating composition from the feed inlet to the die coating slot. Also, a coating process that employs the disclosed coating die. Types, shapes, sizes, and compositions of particles that may be used, and viscoities and particle concentrations of the coating composition which may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Chris J. Tanley, Lori T. Holmes, Michael J. Tichy
  • Patent number: 9962022
    Abstract: A collapsible hot liquid pitcher with an adjustable flow restrictor is disclosed that provides an easily controlled pour of hot water from the spout at the end of the pitcher's neck. The pitcher can be made of a rubbery material so that it can be compressed into a small shape for traveling. An insulating layer on the pitcher prevents the hot liquid from burning the user's hand during pouring. An adjustable flow restrictor gate with different sized flow sluices is provided in the pitcher's neck so that the amount of hot water admitted through the flow restrictor gate into the neck can be changed. The restrictor gate can be removed to change the desired flow. The orientation of the restrictor gate, the shape of the pitcher's neck and spout, and the shape and angle of the spout's face work to produce a controlled flow of hot water that pours downwardly in a steady, vertical stream for brewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Orphan Espresso LLC
    Inventors: Barbara Garrott, Douglas Garrott
  • Patent number: 9931001
    Abstract: The present invention provides a housingless liquid soap dispenser, comprising: a) an elongated chamber in which liquid soap is contained, wherein the length of the chamber is at least 25 cm and its width or diameter is ranging from 28-45 mm; b) a shoulder protruding laterally from the chamber at an upper end thereof; c) a neck portion extending upwardly from the shoulder; d) a manual pumping device fitted on top of the neck portion and in fluid communication with the chamber; and e) a discharge tube extending from the pumping device for dispensing a dose of liquid soap from the chamber. The shoulder has a slanted profile for enhancing the stability of the dispenser after its installation in removable abutting relation with, but not coupled to, a planar support surface of a countertop or a sink, such that the shoulder rests on top of the support surface while the chamber is inserted by a maximum extent through an aperture formed in the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Shlomo Cohen
  • Patent number: 9931656
    Abstract: The present invention relates to fluid dispensing devices for use in dispensing different liquids (e.g., bleach and bleach activator) from a bottle having first and second compartments. To minimize the presence of mixed composition residually present within the fluid dispensing device, it may be helpful to delay mixing. Separate dip tubes may be provided to pull liquid from the separate compartments, each with its own separate pump. Each pump may deliver the separate compositions to a spray nozzle of the device through separate delivery tubes (e.g., from the pumps to the nozzle). In other embodiments, a single delivery tube, and/or a single pump may be provided, e.g., where the volume of mixed composition that may be present in such pump and/or delivery tube may be sufficiently small so as to still provide overall desired efficacy characteristics. Dual delivery tube configurations may eliminate any need to prime the device by spraying out old, residual mixed composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: German R. Gonzalez, Riccardo Alluigi
  • Patent number: 9868580
    Abstract: A primary storage (2) container has a body portion (4), a neck portion (6) extending from the body portion, the neck portion providing an outlet of the primary storage container, an annular fitting (10) on the neck portion for fitting a closure (12) onto the primary storage container and at least one cutting element (14) extending outwardly of the fitting in a direction away from the outlet (8); and wherein the fitting has a first bayonet coupling (42) for releasably locking into the fitting a flange (36) forming a second bayonet coupling (44). A refill container (32) has a chamber portion (34), filled with a dose of a refill composition, the chamber portion having an annular flange defining (36) an opening (38) of the chamber portion (34), and a frangible film (40) covering the opening and attached to the annular flange (36), wherein the flange (36) has a male bayonet coupling (44). The primary storage container and the refill container (32) are combined in a packaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventor: Kiat-Cheong Toh
  • Patent number: 9848754
    Abstract: A dish rack for use in a dishwasher is provided. The dishwasher includes a tub defining a washing chamber for cleaning kitchenware and the like. The dish rack includes a wall bounding a space. A dispenser unit is mounted to the dish rack and is configured to hold an additive. A hydraulic circuit is disposed within the walls of the dish rack and is placed in fluid communication with the dispenser. Fluid pressure from the hydraulic circuit is operable to eject the additive from the dispenser unit into the washing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark W. Baldwin, Paul E. Beshears, Jr., Scott D. Slabbekoorn, Elliott V. Stowe, Barry E. Tuller, Ameresh B. Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 9788634
    Abstract: A quantitative dispensing device includes amounting seat, an elastic cap, a dispensing element, a regulating member, a rotatable seat and a press button that has a positioning unit. The regulating member includes a regulating unit that has a stepped-shaped top surface having a plurality of contacting surface portions. The press button is movable between a raised position, where the positioning unit is spaced apart from a selected one of the contacting surface portions, and a pressed position, where the positioning unit abuts against the selected one of the contacting surface portions and the press button is pressed downwardly against the elastic cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: WELL MAX BEAUTY LAB CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teng-Huei Wang
  • Patent number: 9789999
    Abstract: A container (10) for dispensing a liquid beverage concentrate is provided. The liquid beverage concentrate is formed of a first beverage component, disposed in a body (12), and a second beverage component, disposed within a cartridge (30) at least partially within the body, that are initially isolated. The first and second beverage components can be combined to form the liquid beverage concentrate by moving the cartridge, such as further into the body, to unblock a flow path (36) between the cartridge and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventor: Gary J. Albaum
  • Patent number: 9783403
    Abstract: A device for dispensing individual servings of a cold beverage with Wi-Fi connectivity, either having a refrigeration unit to chill the beverage or a removable pitcher that may be put in a refrigerator. A special disposable beverage cartridge or beverage pouch fits into the holder. This cartridge or pouch may have pressure rupturable seals or diaphragms and contain beverage concentrate. A dispensing mechanism puts pressure on the cartridge or the pouch to break the pressure rupturable seal or diaphragm to discharge the concentrate into a mixing structure. The mixing structure also receives chilled liquid from the refrigeration unit or the pitcher, and ensures that the concentrate mixes with the liquid without contacting the walls of the mixing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FOUNTAIN MASTER, LLC.
    Inventor: Francis X. Tansey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9764936
    Abstract: A chilled beverage dispenser includes a lower housing, one or more bowls for storing a beverage positioned on the lower housing, and one or more locking members. Each locking member is rotatable between a first (closed) position, in which the locking member engages and prevents a bowl from being removed, and a second (open) position, in which the bowl may be readily removed from the lower housing. The chilled beverage dispenser may also include a bracket at the rear of the lower housing which engages a rear portion of a bowl, also preventing the bowl from being removed from the lower housing. The chilled beverage dispenser may also include a handle for engaging a dispensing valve, which is slidably removable from a cradle at the front of the bowl. The chilled beverage dispenser may also include a removable impeller cover and spray tube inside of the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Grindmaster Corporation
    Inventor: Triyos Wongsa
  • Patent number: 9755221
    Abstract: A co-extrusion print head has at least one separator inlet port, at least a first, second and third series of channels arranged to receive a separator material from the separator inlet port, at least one electrode inlet port, a fourth series of channels arranged to receive an electrode material from the electrode inlet port, a first merge portion connected to the first, second, third and fourth series of channels, the merge portion positioned to receive and merge the separator material into a separator flow and the electrode material into an electrode flow, a second merge portion connected to the first merge portion, the second merge portion positioned to receive and merge the separator flows and the electrode flows, and an outlet port connected to the second merge portion, the outlet port arranged to deposit the separator and electrode materials from the merge portion as a stack on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Corie Lynn Cobb
  • Patent number: 9731307
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for accurately measuring and dispensing a predetermined amount of product from a dispensing system to a given surface area is disclosed. The dispensing system (100) includes a container (102) having a main chamber (106) to hold product and a dosing chamber (108) having an opening (110) in communication with the main chamber (106). The dosing chamber (108) is configured to hold a metered amount of product (112) received from the main chamber (106). A spray head (128) when connected to the container (102) is brought into operable and fluid communication with a dip tube (114), optionally cut to a selected length, which is positioned within the dosing chamber (108) for dispensing by activation of a trigger (136) product (112) to a given surface area or air space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan A. Chernik, Brian Philip Carlson, Richard J. Mehus
  • Patent number: 9724698
    Abstract: An improved grinding mill that utilizes mill stones that minimizing the mechanical processes required to regulating the mill stones and allow an user to gain quick and easy access to the mill stones by removing a hopper. In addition, to provide a base frame for the mill that secures both mechanical and electrical parts including the mill housing to reduce manufacture and repair time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Steven Cottam, Phillip Dietz
  • Patent number: 9707319
    Abstract: A device and method for improving hydration of a biomaterial includes a syringe having a cavity therein and a distal opening, an end cap, and a wall operatively coupled to the end cap. The end cap has a distal plate with an inlet and is removably attached to the syringe to cover the distal opening. The wall is positioned proximate to the inlet and at least partially defines a volume in fluid communication with the inlet. An orifice extends through the wall and fluidly connects the volume to the cavity. A flow of a liquid component of biomaterial diffuses through the orifice and is introduced into a particulate component of biomaterial. As such, the liquid component of biomaterial hydrates the particulate component of biomaterial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin C. Geppert, Thomas A. Kirk
  • Patent number: 9702617
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a beverage reservoir disposed within a chilled chamber of a cabinet. A conduit extends between a carbon dioxide source and the beverage reservoir. A controller is configured for activating the carbon dioxide source such that the carbon dioxide source directs carbon dioxide into the beverage reservoir via the conduit when liquid is dispensed from the beverage reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Fenko, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 9636626
    Abstract: A fluid storage and dispensing apparatus including a fluid storage and dispensing vessel having a rectangular parallelepiped shape, and an integrated gas cabinet assembly including such fluid storage and dispensing apparatus and/or a point-of-use ventilation gas scrubber in the vented gas cabinet. By the use of physical adsorbent and chemical sorbent media, the gas cabinet can be enhanced in safety of operation, e.g., where the process gas supplied from the gas cabinet is of a toxic or otherwise hazardous character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brestovansky, Michael J. Wodjenski, Jose I. Arno, J. Donald Carruthers, Philip A. Moroco
  • Patent number: 9615996
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure cap (1) for receptacles for receiving medical liquids, in particular receptacles filled with infusion solutions, transfusion solutions or liquids for enteral nutrition. The invention further relates to a receptacle (40) for receiving medical liquids, in particular a bottle, comprising such a closure cap. The closure cap (1) according to the invention is characterized by two injection parts (6 and 7) arranged separately from one another, each for injecting an additive. One injection part (6) serves to inject an additive with an injection syringe that has a needle (cannula), while the other injection part (7) serves to inject an additive with a needle-less injection syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Brandenburger, Gerhard Greier, Ismael Rahimy