With Filter (e.g., Strainer) Patents (Class 222/189.06)
  • Patent number: 11850559
    Abstract: A system and method for a multipurpose wine preparation device to facilitate pouring a wine from a wine bottle is provided. The body of the multipurpose wine preparation device has an inlet portion and an outlet portion. The inlet portion is configured to slidably engage into an opening of the wine bottle. The inlet portion has an inlet channel that extends therethrough. The outlet portion is defined by a first outlet at a first outward orientation; a second outlet at a second outward orientation, wherein the second outward orientation opposes the first outward orientation; a first outlet channel extending from a proximal end of the outlet portion to the first outlet; and a second outlet channel extending from the proximal end of the outlet portion to the second outlet, wherein the first outlet channel and the second outlet channel are in fluid communication with the inlet channel of the inlet portion of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Andrew Wilder
  • Patent number: 11433324
    Abstract: The disclosed technology includes systems and methods for water filtration. In one implementation, a system includes a water receptacle to house unfiltered water, the receptacle including an aperture located in a sidewall, a valve component located on an exterior surface of the sidewall in alignment with a filter housing located on an interior surface of the sidewall filtrate the unfiltered water. In one implementation, a method includes filling a water receptacle with unfiltered water, filtrating the unfiltered water through a filter housing in the water receptacle to obtain filtered water, and moving the filtered water from the filter housing and out of a valve component connected to a first end of a filter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: VivoBlu Inc
    Inventors: Roger Cabbage, Robert Milton Miller
  • Patent number: 11099202
    Abstract: Prepackaged reagent reservoirs with associated nozzles allow for accurate, repeatable distribution of reagents in various types of reactions, reducing the risk of human error. Series of reservoirs may be arrayed on a sheet or plane for automated manipulation providing a simply format for organizing, storing, transporting, and distributing reagents needed in complex reactions such as those in the molecular biology field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: TECAN GENOMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Amorese, Nitin Sood, Philip John Rawlins, Sebastian Georg Rammensee, Michael Ian Walker, Thomas William Broughton, Michiel Clemens Rene Twisk, Jonathan Patrick Casey, Michael Roy Fairs, Neil Pollock, Nuno Varelas, Giles Hugo William Sanders
  • Patent number: 11045390
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to nozzles for removing a preservative from a fluid comprising a therapeutic agent to an eye. More particularly, the nozzles disclosed herein may minimize patient exposure to preservative by rapidly and selectively removing a preservative from a solution comprising a therapeutic agent. An example nozzle may comprise a flow diverter which directs a flow path from a fluid inlet to a fluid outlet over a length longer than the distance from the inlet to the outlet. In some cases, the nozzle may comprise a preservative removing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Howard L. Golub, Anuj Chauhan, Michael Williams
  • Patent number: 11021833
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for controlling a plurality of washers and the mixture and deliver of laundry product solutions to the plurality of washers. Generally, a GUI allows for a user to select one or more washers and one or more laundry products. A computing device receives the user input and controls the system hardware to further execute the input. The system uses a combination of solenoids and peristaltic pumps to direct water flow to be mixed with the selected solid and/or liquid laundry products. The water and laundry product solution is further directed to the one or more appropriate washer. A third-party payment terminal allows for the user to pay before using the system. The system, method, and apparatus generally allow for a resource efficient and cost effective solution to laundry needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Greenfill LLC
    Inventors: Lorna G. Ray, David N. Ray
  • Patent number: 10961028
    Abstract: Liquid dispensers for bottles comprise a dispensing chamber having small portals at either end. Dropwise addition of flavoring or coloring liquids, such as vermouth or bitters, to alcoholic beverages using those liquid dispensers is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Allen Brothers & Rosselot Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Allen, Jon T. Allen, Lawrence J. Rosselot
  • Patent number: 10703555
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a flow path tube that prompts gas/liquid stirring of fluids flowing through a tube channel, enables adjustment of the flow rate, and furthermore suppresses passage of foreign substances. [Solution means] A flow path tube 1 is configured by inserting and disposing within a tube channel 12 of a flow path tube body 10 at least one or more porous materials 20 having a continuous void structure and a necessary length/a necessary diametrical dimension. Moreover, at least one or more ejection holes 18 are formed at given positions in the flow path tube body 10 or in the porous material 20 to form a jet nozzle tube 14 using the flow path tube 1. Furthermore, a valve body 26 is attached to the base end 10c of the flow path tube body 10 to form an aerosol valve tube 16 using the flow path tube 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Osamu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10626362
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a cell culture apparatus includes a port and a snap cap. The port has an annular sidewall defining an opening in communication with a cell culture chamber of a cell culture apparatus. The sidewall has (i) external threads for cooperating with internal threads of a twist cap and (ii) an annularly protruding snap cap engagement feature. The snap cap has a top and an annular sidewall extending from the top. The sidewall of the snap cap has an inwardly annularly projecting element configured to engage with the annularly protruding snap cap engagement feature of the port such that, when fully engaged, the snap cap is not readily removed from the port by unaided human force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Adam Joel Bear, Heidi Marie Brown, Matthew Donald Mitchell, James M Philippe, Paul Kevin Seeto
  • Patent number: 10538369
    Abstract: Liquid dispenser for discharging pharmaceutical liquids, having a housing, an outlet opening and an outlet valve assigned to the outlet opening. The outlet valve includes a pressure chamber arranged upstream of a valve opening and delimited to one side by a valve plate of a valve body. By increasing the pressure in the pressure chamber, the valve can be opened. The pressure chamber has a flat form and has a large surface area in contact with liquid in relation to the volume. At least one portion of the valve plate which is in contact with liquid in the pressure chamber is of a valve plate material produced using metallocenes as catalysts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Stefan Ritsche
  • Patent number: 10448775
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a juice extractor. The juice extractor includes: a main body; a housing; a cover; a mesh drum; and a feed screw, wherein a rotary cutting member is provided below the feed screw so that the rotary cutting member is rotated together with the rotation of the feed screw, whereby when the rotary cutting member is rotated, the lower end surface of the rotary cutting member grazes the upper end surface of the draff descending hole while intersecting the upper end surface of the draff descending hole so as to perform a cutting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Hurom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Won Kim, Young-Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 9265782
    Abstract: Embodiments provided herein relate to compositions, methods, and devices useful for treating eye stain. More particularly, compositions and devices are provided that include tylosin and a carrier suitable for ophthalmic application. Such compositions and devices can be used to treat eye stain in an animal, such as a dog or cat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ader Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Emilio Robledo
  • Patent number: 9034084
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate generally to distribution of flow into vessels containing packed beds of media. An example application of such beds is to pressure swing or temperature swing adsorption systems. Systems herein may include a vessel and a distributor for distributing flow into a lower portion of the vessel. The system may include: a vessel comprising a top head and a bottom head; and a bottom head feed/effluent nozzle. A lower distributor having at least one flow permitting surface is disposed within the vessel and encompasses an inlet of the bottom head feed/effluent nozzle. A flow gap is formed between a bottom portion of the lower distributor and the bottom head feed/effluent nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Lummus Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Franklin D. Lomax, Jonathan Levy, Chris Ebeling, Richard S. Todd
  • Publication number: 20150122845
    Abstract: A filtering discharge container employing a delaminatable bottle was provided, which reliably prevents a content liquid from leaking out before the first use, and reduces a discharging resistance during the second and subsequent use. An engagement portion (31c) is provided in an outlet passage of a mouth cap (3). A plug (34) is engaged with the engagement portion (31c) in such a manner that the plug (34) can be disengaged from the engagement portion (31c) by an internal pressure of an inner layer bag (22) increased by squeeze-deforming a body of an outer layer bottle (21). The outlet passage is closed with the plug (34) engaged with the engagement portion (31c). After the plug (34) is disengaged from the engagement portion (31c), liquid communication is established between the inside of the inner layer bag (22) and a filter (33).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Yorihisa Uetake, Hirokazu Mihashi, Seiji Yoshimura
  • Publication number: 20150060495
    Abstract: A water pitcher having a filter includes, among other things, a body having an open end and a closed end. A filter compartment having a bottom is positioned adjacent to the open end. A water filter extends upwardly from the bottom. A water reservoir is positioned in the body between the bottom and the closed end. The water reservoir is in fluid communication with the filter compartment through the water filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Steinway
  • Patent number: 8945374
    Abstract: A device and mechanism for recommending a water filter in a beverage dispenser is described. A sensor senses qualities of unfiltered water. Another sensor senses qualities of a flavorant container, such as the flavorant contained within the container. Based on the quality of the unfiltered water and the particular flavored beverage desired, the device will recommend a water filter to optimize the flavor of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin M. Chase
  • Patent number: 8931650
    Abstract: Baby bottles can have a single container, or two containers to create a space for thermal isolation, as selected by the user. The baby bottle can be vented to allow air to enter the bottle through a passageway as liquid is removed. A filter and one-way valve can be provided in the passageway. The passageway can be formed by radially aligning a vent opening in a top cap with a vent opening in a nipple flange, or by providing a channel in the top cap which is always in radial alignment with both the top cap vent opening and the flange vent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce McKendry, Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 8911041
    Abstract: A water-filter mounting structure for a refrigerator has a filter receiving section provided below a dispenser that is mounted at a door for selectively opening and closing a storage space and discharges water or ice to the outside. A water filter mounted in the filter receiving section purifies water supplied from a water supplying source. It is possible to minimize reduction in a storage capacity, loss in cold air and damage to the water filter and improve product compatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Oh-Chul Kwon, Jun-Heon Kim
  • Patent number: 8893930
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing valve comprises a module, a discharge orifice, a valve stem and a filter. The module has a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet and a fluid passage connecting the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The discharge orifice is in fluid communication with the fluid outlet. The valve stem extends into the fluid passage to close-off the discharger orifice. The filter is disposed within the fluid passage and surrounds the valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Tix, Mark T. Weinberger, Daniel P. Ross, Paul R. Quam, John S. Lihwa
  • Publication number: 20140319034
    Abstract: A tank (101) for a beverage dispensing appliance includes at least one water chamber (102), a first opening (104) for example for connecting the tank (101) to a beverage supply, at least one second opening (105) for example suitable for attaching to a tap for dispensing beverages, as well as a filter (107) attached to the second opening (105) of the tank (101). An appliance including such a removable tank (101) is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: TREFLE GROUPE
    Inventors: Thomas LlCCIONI, Robert LlCCIONI
  • Patent number: 8870024
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for gravity feeding of a dispensable product includes containing means and dispensing means. The containing means is adapted to contain the dispensable product and is operatively connected to the dispensing means whereby the dispensing means includes a chute means. Rotation of the chute means can cause the dispensable product to be able to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Durapod Systems Limited
    Inventors: Tomas Antonio Dos Santos Mendes, Kenneth Christie Hargraves
  • Patent number: 8863998
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser device including a valve with a valve member-forming portion for blocking and passing liquid out from the device, and a fastener edge for permanently fastening the valve relative to a container, the fastener edge including a tubular fastener wall sandwiched between an inner tubular wall and an outer tubular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare la Verpilliere
    Inventors: Gaetan Painchaud, Guillaume Grevin, Thierry Decock, Xavier Julia
  • Patent number: 8851332
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides apparatuses for filtering hot adhesives. In certain embodiments, the present disclosure provides a filter plate that is used in conjunction with a heater and a valve assembly. In other embodiments, the present disclosure provides a filter screen that is located in a recess of the valve assembly housing, in addition to or in lieu of the use of a separate filter plate. Both embodiments utilize one or more ribs, which aid the flow of adhesive, facilitate the transfer of heat from the heater to the valve assembly, and optionally, physically support the filter screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Jeff L. Mercer
  • Patent number: 8845895
    Abstract: A bottled water filtration system for use with a water bottle, the system having a bottle cap, a nozzle formed in a first side of the bottle cap, a porous filter housing formed on a second side of the bottle cap, and a filter material located inside the porous filter housing, wherein the cap, nozzle and filter housing are formed as an integrated unit, which can be attached and removed from a water bottle as a unit. The system is preferably used with a disposable plastic water bottle. Additionally, the system may include a rotatable counter for keeping track of the number of effective uses remaining in the filter system. Also, a one-way air valve may be included to prevent “backwash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Mohssen Ghiassi
  • Patent number: 8827124
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser device including a container for storing the liquid to be dispensed, a dispenser endpiece mounted on the container, being provided with a support and a liquid dispenser valve, the valve including an elastomer material and being capable of taking up a blocking configuration and a liquid-passing configuration by co-operating with the support, and a flowrate-reducer member including a liquid-deflector shape defining a flowrate-reducer channel, the flowrate-reducer member being a part that is separate from the support and separate from the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare la Verpilliere
    Inventors: Gaetan Painchaud, Guillaume Grevin, Thierry Decock, Xavier Julia
  • Patent number: 8790596
    Abstract: A biological processing system includes a platform assembly for holding slides and a dispenser assembly with dispensers. The dispensers are sequentially positionable over specimen-bearing slides to enable dispensing of substances onto specimens. The dispensers include a filter device for filtering a processing substance such that a substantially precipitate-free filtrate is applied to the specimens. The dispenser includes a filter device positioned at least partially in a reservoir chamber. The filter device includes anti-clogging features to maintain desired performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip G. Roper, Kevin Talucci, Shane Rowland
  • Publication number: 20140151406
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the invention provides enhanced structures, devices, and techniques that allow fluids and liquid products, such as cosmetics, to dispense in a more even, smoother, and more predictable manner from fluid containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: RLM GROUP LTD.
    Inventor: RLM Group Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8734640
    Abstract: A water purifying apparatus, comprises: a filtering unit for filtering water supplied from a wellhead into purified water; a water tank unit including a cold water tank for storing the purified water in a cold water state, and a hot water tank for storing the purified water in a hot water state; a discharging unit for selectively discharging out the purified water stored in the water tank unit; a state detecting unit for detecting an operation state of at least one of the filtering unit, the water tank unit, and the discharging unit; a controller for comparing the information detected by the state detecting unit with a preset reference, thereby judging an abnormal state of the water purifying apparatus; and a state displaying unit for displaying the abnormal state information to outside. When the water purifying apparatus has a breakdown, mal-operated components of the water purifying apparatus may be checked by being displayed on the state displaying unit, without being checked by an A/S specialist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung-Yong Shin, Deul-Re Min
  • Patent number: 8728330
    Abstract: A chemical liquid supply device has a pump provided with a pump chamber which is expanded and contracted by an elastically deformable bellows, and chemical liquid in a chemical liquid container flows into the pump chamber through a suction channel. The chemical liquid in the pump chamber is discharged through a discharge channel to a discharge nozzle. A looped circulation channel for returning the chemical liquid supplied from the pump chamber to the pump chamber is connected to the pump, and provided with an expanding and contracting portion. A filter for filtering the chemical liquid which is returned to the pump chamber is provided to the circulation channel. Since flow resistance of the filter is not applied to the pump when the chemical liquid is discharged from a discharge nozzle, it's possible to discharge a specific amount of chemical liquid from the discharge nozzle with a high degree of accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Koganei Corporation
    Inventor: Toshio Takeishi
  • Patent number: 8727183
    Abstract: A water dispenser having a water reservoir for retaining water to be dispensed, a dispensing arrangement for flow-interruptible dispensing of water from the reservoir and a filtration unit in fluid flow connection with the reservoir, the filtration unit being located externally to the water reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Filterezi Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Roger Stewart-Barnett
  • Publication number: 20140131382
    Abstract: A household appliance (2) comprising a dispensing system (20) for dispensing a beverage and a compartment (4) which in use of the household appliance (2) is kept cold. A wall portion (22) has a wall thickness extending from the compartment (4) to the ambient environment. A temperature gradient is formed over the wall thickness. The dispensing system (20) comprises an outlet (12) and a first liquid path (26) and a second liquid path (28) for conducting the beverage to the outlet (12). The first liquid path (26) comprises a first conduit section (32) and the second liquid path (28) comprises the second conduit section (34). The first conduit section (32) and the second conduit section (34) are arranged within the at least one wall portion (22) at different positions along the temperature gradient formed in the at least one wall portion (22). Beverage at different temperatures may thus be provided from the dispensing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Marco Coan, Daniel L. Johansson
  • Patent number: 8720499
    Abstract: A fuel quality monitoring system and method to automatically and/or continuously monitor quality of fuel dispensed and control the operation of the fuel dispenser. The control system monitors fuel quality to prevent unsafe refuelings when the fuel quality is unacceptable. In one embodiment, a combination of a differential pressure sensor, a water detector, and/or a particle monitor is employed inline the fuel flow path of a fuel dispenser, and in particular an aviation refueling truck, to monitor the quality of the fuel. If fuel quality is at an acceptable level although not ideal, the control system can allow fueling with the generation of reports and alarms. If the fuel quality is unacceptable, fuel flow can be stopped. If the differential pressure across the filter indicates a high degree of debris and/or water retention, the control system can automatically lower the flow rate to reduce the risk of filter breakdown without completely preventing fueling until the filter can be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Fuel Guard Systems Corporation, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Kastner, Kevin G. Jensen, Phillip A. Wetmore
  • Patent number: 8714411
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for dispensing fluid to large numbers of people are disclosed. One embodiment of a portable apparatus for treating and dispensing fluid includes a housing that is fluidly attached to a fluid source. Several fluid delivery components are disposed within the housing to dispense fluid to a user. The fluid delivery components may include a pressure regulator, a backflow preventer, filters, cooling misters and dispensing valves such that the such that the fluid source integrity is protected, the fluid purity is improved, and the air within the housing is cooled which in turn provides cooling to the fluid delivery components and the fluid itself. This embodiment also includes a mechanism for providing ballast in the lower portion of the housing in order to stabilize the device and keep it from moving when bumped into by people (accidentally or intentionally) or in windy conditions, and a mechanism to empty the ballast for removal of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Back Road Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Douglas Gallaher, Pamela McCarty Gallaher, George Arthur Gallaher, Gail Hannah Gallaher, Grant William Gallaher
  • Patent number: 8702977
    Abstract: A water distribution system configured for control by a remote control system is disclosed comprising of a water filtration unit for filtering water and a water storage unit for storing the filtered water and including a water dispenser. A control unit is provided that is configured to control the operation of the water filtration unit and includes a sensor system to measure the quality and the quantity of the water filtered, and to monitor the functioning of one or more components of the water filtration unit. A point of sale device is also provided comprising of a service management device mounted on the water dispenser and is configured to control the operation of the water dispenser and a user interface to receive user inputs and is configured to process user payments for the dispensing of water at the remote control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Piramal Enterprises Limited
    Inventors: Anand Shah, Naman Shah, Sameer Kalwani
  • Patent number: 8696893
    Abstract: There is a water enhancement system coupled to a water conduit, wherein the water enhancement system is configured to enhance a water supply. The water enhancement system includes a filtration system coupled to a water conduit, configured to filter water flowing therethrough. The water enhancement system also includes an enhancement system coupled to the filtration system, configured to treat water flowing therethrough by dispensing a fluid therein. The enhancement system includes a plurality of cartridge sockets and matching cartridges configured to selectably couple together and contain enhancing fluid. The water enhancement system further includes a treatment bracket coupled about the water conduit and to the enhancement system. The water enhancement system additionally includes a treatment device coupled about the treatment bracket and configured to alter a characteristic of the water flowing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: David Hall
  • Patent number: 8690019
    Abstract: A head for dispensing liquid as a drip, includes a nozzle onto which a channel for ejecting the liquid leads. Air sucked in from the outside is returned through the channel in the opposite direction. In the nozzle, on the ejection channel, the drip dispensing head of the invention includes a valve functioning as a non-return valve for the circulation of the liquid being ejected. A mobile disc of the valve is produced so as to selectively enable air to pass through the valve when the disc is bearing against the seat thereof in a position for closing the liquid ejection channel. The disc is returned to the position by negative pressure applied upstream, which tends to suck in outside air. The disc is advantageously made of a microporous material, which provides antibacterial filtering of the return air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Laboratoires Thea
    Inventors: Alain Defemme, Fabrice Mercier
  • Patent number: 8690028
    Abstract: A portable filter container for manually transporting large quantities of a liquid is described. The container includes an extendible handle that allows for easy transportation of the container on a set of wheels. The handle also actuates a pump to provide pressure to the inside of the container in order to force the liquid through a filter. The handle can actuate the pump either using a piston or a lever motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: SimpliPure, Inc.
    Inventor: Tareq Risheq
  • Patent number: 8641891
    Abstract: A multi-chambered container, which reduces backflow and which can include a filter to remove contaminants from a beverage, a first chamber having a first opening disposed adjacent to a top of the container through which fluid enters the first chamber and a second opening disposed adjacent to a bottom of the container through which fluid flows out of the first chamber, a second chamber having a third opening disposed adjacent to the top through which fluid enters the second chamber and a fourth opening disposed adjacent to the top through which fluid is dispensed from the second chamber, and a fluid conduit connecting the second opening of the first chamber to the third opening of the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Bryon Paul Crowder
  • Publication number: 20140027007
    Abstract: A method for fluid control including the steps of packaging a fluid product for use by an end user in a packaging container housing substantially everything required for consumption of the fluid product; enclosing in the packaging container a receptacle adapted to be employed to receive degraded fluid prior to use of the fluid product; and substantially sealing the receptacle after receiving the degraded fluid for subsequent transport of the degraded fluid and an apparatus therefor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Juan H. VARGAS
  • Patent number: 8596494
    Abstract: A gas recovery system for a beverage dispensing system is provided. The system includes a mechanism for drawing gas from an at least partially used beverage container, a compressor downstream of the at least partially used beverage container, a gas separator downstream of the compressor, and a gas storage vessel downstream of the gas separator. The gas recovery system is configured to draw gas from the at least partially used beverage container, to separate the gas into component gases by passing the gas through the gas separator, and to selectively direct at least one of the separated component gases to the gas storage vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Stanwell Technic Limited
    Inventor: Glyn Jones
  • Patent number: 8590445
    Abstract: A hot beverage maker has a stand, fresh water reservoir, a removable tank, and a spring-biased actuator means for dispensing brewed beverages. The tank includes a reservoir portion and the reservoir portion is adapted to hold a brewed liquid so that the tank comprises a fluid bucket when removed from the hot beverage maker. The tank is placed on a platform in a mating relationship so as to engage a warmer plate to keep the contents of the tank warm. The hot beverage maker produces a brewed beverage that is stored in the tank. The dispenser actuator may be engaged by a vessel for holding a hot beverage in order to commence the dispensing of the brewed beverage from the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Howard Garman
  • Publication number: 20130306679
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides apparatuses for filtering hot adhesives. In certain embodiments, the present disclosure provides a filter plate that is used in conjunction with a heater and a valve assembly. In other embodiments, the present disclosure provides a filter screen that is located in a recess of the valve assembly housing, in addition to or in lieu of the use of a separate filter plate. Both embodiments utilize one or more ribs, which aid the flow of adhesive, facilitate the transfer of heat from the heater to the valve assembly, and optionally, physically support the filter screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Jeff L. Mercer
  • Patent number: 8568585
    Abstract: A water distribution system including a water storage tank, a water treatment unit, a diverter valve, and interconnecting water conduits arranged so that the same water treatment unit can be used to treat water supplied from a fill port to the storage tank during a fill operation, as well as water leaving the storage tank for supply to one or more points of water use during a supply operation. A diverter valve is provided which is movable between a fill position wherein the water treatment unit is in fluid communication with the fill port and not the point of water use device, and a supply position wherein the water treatment unit is in fluid communication with the at least one point of water use device and not the fill port. When the diverter valve is in the fill position, water supplied to the fill port can thus flow through the diverter valve and to the water treatment unit for treatment then to the storage tank for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: International Water-Guard Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Daniel Nolan
  • Patent number: 8561849
    Abstract: A foam spray head assembly includes a push head, a mounting member, a netted member, an air valve, a main plunge, a piston unit, a rod unit, a resilient member, a cylinder unit and a valve. The netted member has a first net and a second net. The air valve has a first groove and a second groove. The main plunge has a first plunge and a second plunge. The first plunge is located in the second groove and defines a first chamber. The piston unit has a first piston and a second piston. The rod unit extends through the main plunge. The resilient member is mounted to the second plunge. The cylinder unit has a first cylinder and a second cylinder. The first piston is movable in the first cylinder and forms a second chamber. The second piston is movable in the second cylinder and forms a third chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Ya-Tsan Wang
  • Patent number: 8544674
    Abstract: A shaker has a container body, lid and sieve, with the lid and sieve detachably securable to one another, separate and apart from the lid and container body being detachably securable together. A substantially U-shaped track is situated around an internal surface of the lid to receive a mating projection of the sieve so that the sieve and lid can be snapped together in complementary fashion and detachably secured together by a snap fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Mikael Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8534507
    Abstract: A granule dispenser for dispensing granules into a receiving cup, the granule dispenser including a dispenser and a base. The dispenser includes a collector rotatably mounted to the dispenser and configured to receive a predetermined volume of granules. The collector defines a cavity defining a dispensing volume and a port providing access to the cavity. The base supports the dispenser from underneath the dispenser and includes a chute, a support, and a catch plate. The support is configured to releasably mount the receiving cup beneath the chute in a position to receive granules from the chute. The catch plate is spaced beneath the support in a position below the receiving cup when the receiving cup is mounted to the support to catch granules that are not transferred to the receiving cup. In some examples, the collector rotates between a receiving position where the port is positioned to receive granules and a dispensing position where the port is positioned above the chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Mike Gronholm
  • Publication number: 20130233890
    Abstract: Dispenser filters are provided that can be used in beverage systems to filter a beverage to be outputted from a beverage source (e.g., a vessel or a container) by a beverage dispenser. The dispenser filters can define an interior cavity that is in fluid communication with a beverage source, and can be configured to permit fluid to flow from the beverage source into the interior cavity, while inhibiting at least some objects (e.g., pieces of food) in the beverage from flowing into the interior cavity. The dispenser filter can include an outlet configured to discharge the beverage collected within the interior cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Brian MELZER
  • Patent number: 8523018
    Abstract: Diesel exhaust fluid systems are provided. The diesel exhaust fluid systems include a fluid reservoir having an inner surface and an opening therethrough, a fluid reservoir heating device positioned within the fluid reservoir, and a fluid reservoir spacer positioned within the fluid reservoir and between the inner surface of the fluid reservoir and the fluid reservoir heating device. The fluid reservoir spacer includes first and second portions on opposing sides of the opening through the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Charles O. Wilkins
  • Publication number: 20130214007
    Abstract: A container system for dispensing fluids is described. The container comprises a pump to pressurize the internal lumen where fluid is stored. A check-valve operates to close to permit further pressurization of the lumen in order to dispense fluid. Once the desired amount of fluid has been dispensed, the check-valve opens to vent the lumen to the ambient atmosphere, depressurizing the bottle and preventing fluid from continuing to dribble out. In some embodiments the check-valve is situated in the cap, the body, or in-line with the fluid dispensing conduit. The bottle further comprises a pump for pressurizing the lumen. The pump can optionally be electrically, manually, or kinetically driven. The bottle can optionally include a filtration means to filter undesirable constituents from the fluid being dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130199989
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure could generally provide a relatively easily squeezable beverage bottle that allows control of the flow rate of the liquid being dispensed to the user. The bottle could provide sufficient radial rigidity—or resistance to squeezing—to return to its original shape (or “bounce back”) at a suitable rate without experiencing permanent deformation or denting and to withstand the rigors of filling, shipping, transporting, dispensing, etc. The present disclosure generally provides a beverage bottle filtering system that provides adequate filtering of water taken from the bottle at a suitable rate. In one embodiment, the present disclosure could include a support system to adequately secure the filter media within a filter housing while ensuring a sufficient compression fit and seal of filter media within filter system to eliminate “bypass flow” (i.e., water that might leak past filter system) and prevent consumption of unfiltered water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Randy E. Carter, Edward A. Kidston, Karim Rashid, Brian D. Schumacher, Richard Smiedt
  • Patent number: 8490839
    Abstract: In a filtering dispenser container which includes a plug attached to a mouth portion of a bottle thereof and having a liquid discharge passage, and a filter and a check valve provided in the discharge passage, air lock is prevented, even if the container contains a highly percolative liquid, by preventing a very small amount of liquid percolating the check valve from reaching the filter. In the filtering dispenser container, a dam (14) is provided between the check valve (23) and the filter (25) for retaining a very small amount of the liquid percolating the check valve (23) when the check valve is closed. Thus, the filter (25) is prevented from being wetted with the liquid percolating the closed check valve (23) during storage or delivery of the container before the first use of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignees: Taisei Kako Co., Ltd., Nihon Tenganyaku Kenkyusyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Mihashi, Seiji Yoshimura, Kazuko Suzuki, Yorihisa Uetake, Norio Hoshi, Shinji Matsuda, Hidetoshi Kondo