Gas Or Vapor Dispensing Patents (Class 222/3)
  • Patent number: 11149998
    Abstract: Maintenance apparatus of an air conditioning system mounted on a motor vehicle. The maintenance apparatus comprises: two external ducts, a discharging circuit, which is connected to the ducts to receive the carbon dioxide contained in the air conditioning system at a first pressure and a first flow rate and is structured so as to discharge the carbon dioxide received into the environment, a measuring apparatus, which is configured so as to measure the amount of carbon dioxide that passes through the discharging circuit, and a pressure and flow rate reducing device, which is structured so as to reduce the first pressure and the first flow rate of the carbon dioxide to the be measured to a second predetermined pressure and to a second predetermined flow rate, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: TEXA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Bruno Vianello, Stefano Meneghel
  • Patent number: 11117740
    Abstract: A blast aerator (20) having a discharge end (23) connected internally to a rigid output tube (24) includes a removable aerator control module (15) that internally, sealingly interacts with the output tube (24). A tank discharge pipe (28) directs air blasts into an external application. The aerator control module (15) comprises an external actuator (30) with a trigger valve (85) that controls a reciprocating plunger assembly (50) that interacts with an internal plunger seat (77) to block or unblock air discharge. A plunger seat adaptor assembly (70) fitted to the aerator output tube (24) comprises a resilient plunger seat (77), that is blocked or unblocked by a plunger element (52) reciprocating within a cage (73), being controlled by a slidable piston (38) that is pneumatically displaceable between tank-filling and tank discharge positions within the actuator (30). The plunger seat adaptor assembly (70) mechanically compensates for output tube misalignment to insure proper sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Global Mfg. Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney D. Treat
  • Patent number: 10995411
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas generator and comprises an electrolytic device, a condensing filter device, and a cooling device. The electrolytic device is configured for electrolyzing electrolyzed water to generate hydrogen. The condensing filter device is coupled to the electrolytic device for receiving and filtering the hydrogen generated by the electrolytic device. The cooling device comprises a cooling sheet and a cooling fan, wherein the cooling sheet is configured on the condensing filter device, and the cooling fan is configured for driving air to flow through the cooling sheet to cool the condensing filter device. The present invention uses the condensing filter device and the cooling device for cooling the generated gas and the component that gas passes through, so that a stable operating temperature is maintaining. Therefore, the possibility of the component damage by high temperature and humidity is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Hsin-Yung Lin
  • Patent number: 10960149
    Abstract: A liquid introducing device transfers a fixed amount of liquid medicine into atomized particles. The liquid medicine is connected to the liquid introducing device which allows the users to quickly replace the bottles and avoid cross infection between different medicines. The liquid introducing device is powered by electric power to atomize the liquid quickly. The liquid introducing device includes a chamber which cooperated with an electro-magnetic valve switch which controls a fixed amount of air in the chamber such that the fixed amount of the air can be pressurized and output stably. The pressurized air passes through the tube without delay and loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Gold Nanotech, Inc.
    Inventor: James Tang
  • Patent number: 10955090
    Abstract: A cryogenic energy storage system comprises at least one cryogenic fluid storage tank having an output; a primary conduit through which a stream of cryogenic fluid may flow from the output of the fluid storage tank to an exhaust; a pump within the primary conduit downstream of the output of the tank for pressurising the cryogenic fluid stream; evaporative means within the primary conduit downstream of the pump for vaporising the pressurised cryogenic fluid stream; at least one expansion stage within the primary conduit downstream of the evaporative means for expanding the vaporised cryogenic fluid stream and for extracting work therefrom; a secondary conduit configured to divert at least a portion of the cryogenic fluid stream from the primary conduit and reintroduce it to the fluid storage tank; and pressure control means within the secondary conduit for controlling the flow of the diverted cryogenic fluid stream and thereby controlling the pressure within the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Highview Enterprises Limited
    Inventors: Richard Riley, Miriam Zubizarreta, Nicola Castellucci, Paul Currie
  • Patent number: 10941759
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention are directed to a cart that includes a structural element, a compressor assembly, and a pressure regulator. The structural element may be a tubular frame member, a handle, or a deck. The structural element defines an internal storage volume within it. The compressor assembly is able to deliver compressed air to the internal storage volume. The pressure regulator assembly is able to deliver compressed air from the internal storage volume at a regulated pressure. Advantageously, embodiments in accordance with aspects of the invention provide cart designs that are capable of both transporting heavy loads and serving as sources of compressed air. A user utilizing one of these carts therefore does not need to bother with transporting a separate air compressor to a worksite. Instead, air compressor functionality is conveniently built into the cart and the user's workload is thereby reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Joseph J. DelMaestro
  • Patent number: 10941904
    Abstract: A gas supply system for providing high pressure (HP) gas to a low pressure (LP) gas destination, having a primary HP gas unit and a reserve HP gas unit, which provide regulated lower-pressure gas to a supply manifold, and an LP destination regulator that provides an LP regulated gas supply to a consumption subsystem. A one-way flow valve in fluid communication from the primary HP gas unit to the reserve HP gas unit, ensures that the reserve HP gas unit remains substantially full, even after numerous cycles of depletion and replacement of the primary HP gas unit, during which the HP supply is provided by the reserve HP gas unit, which helps to avoid the risk that the reserve tank pressure and supply might mistakenly, unexpectedly or unintentionally be depleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: WRIGHT BROTHERS GLOBAL GAS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael F Pinson, Charles Cummings Wright
  • Patent number: 10933262
    Abstract: An oxygen-reducing installation and method include a compressed gas storage having a container for storing a compressed gas, which can be an oxygen-reduced gas mixture or an inert gas, and having a fluid connection to an enclosed area via a line system to feed at least a portion of the compressed gas to the enclosed area. A gas separation system provides an oxygen-reduced gas mixture and includes an outlet for delivery of the oxygen-reduced gas mixture produced in the gas separation system to the compressed gas storage and/or to the enclosed area as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: WAGNER FIRE SAFETY, INC.
    Inventors: Ernst-Werner Wagner, Julian Eichhoff
  • Patent number: 10906013
    Abstract: A connector for connecting a gas canister to a carbonation machine includes holding structure with a threaded socket that is configured to hold an exteriorly threaded valve head that is screwed into the socket to enable operation of a gas release mechanism of the carbonation machine to release a gas from the gas canister. A rotatable projection extends distally from the holding structure and that is configured to engage cooperating structure on the gas canister. When the valve head is fully inserted into the socket, a gasket in the socket is sufficiently compressed to prevent escape of the gas between the valve head and the socket when the gas is released from the gas canister compression while overtightening damage to the gasket is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sodastream Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Avi Cohen, Allan Ring
  • Patent number: 10816020
    Abstract: An interchangeable self-defense device has two self-defense devices and two modular housings, the two self-defense devices are respectively mounted in the two modular housings, and each one of the two modular housings has a mounting structure formed on a side surface of the housing. The two mounting structures of the two modular housings can detachably interlock with each other. With the interchangeable self-defense device, the user may conveniently hold the two self-defense devices together as one piece, and also can quickly switch functions from one self-defense device to another: therefore the user may optimize the defensive strategy to cope with different situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MOTEDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Han-Liang Chen
  • Patent number: 10798862
    Abstract: A ground treatment apparatus including a holding device held on a support device, a plurality of injection elements disposed on the holding device, a fluid providing device in fluidic connection with the plurality of injection elements, a lifting device for inserting the plurality of injection elements into the ground and to extract the plurality of injection elements from the ground, a plurality of fluid containers in fluidic connection with the fluid providing device for the supply of fluid and a valve device having a plurality of outlet valves. The apparatus further including preassembled injection units, a respective injection unit comprising a fluid container, an outlet valve and an injection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NOVOKRAFT AG
    Inventors: Eric Hardman, Benjamin Buehrer
  • Patent number: 10639662
    Abstract: A method dispenses and/or aspirates a predetermined volume of fluid from a chamber. The chamber includes a lower portion containing fluid and an upper portion containing gas. The method includes measuring an initial pressure in the upper portion and introducing or evacuating a known quantity of gas into or out of the upper portion. The volume of gas in the upper portion is determined based on the volume of gas introduced or evacuated from the upper portion and a measured change in pressure in the upper portion. An upper portion target pressure that will dispense or aspirate a predetermined volume of fluid is determined. A controllable valve is opened while the pressure in the upper portion of the chamber is monitored. Once the target pressure is reached, the predetermined volume of fluid has been dispensed or aspirated, and the controllable valve is then closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CSEM Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique SA—Recherche et Développement
    Inventors: Noa Schmid, Siegfried Graf, Helmut Knapp, Jonas Goldowsky
  • Patent number: 10544379
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for creating a fire in normal and adverse conditions using fire starting tinder housed in lightweight containers and multipurpose cords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Live Fire Gear, LLC
    Inventors: Roger J. Fandrich, Dayna Fandrich, Adam B. Francis
  • Patent number: 10288224
    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: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan Schmidt, James Baglini, Jr., Nick Ruegsegger
  • Patent number: 10215409
    Abstract: A gas lighter valve assembly that can be fitted easily and tightly into a gas lighter body or a well as a free-floating entity not fixed to the gas lighter body or well. The valve assemblies integration as a free floating entity within the lighter body or well avoids the necessity of an interference fit. To avoid the necessity of an interference fit, valve assembly positioning and stability is achieved by the use of an o-ring which is compressed by downward force exerted by a pressing cover upon a bushing or directly upon the o-ring. By eliminating the stress and friction typically caused by an interference fit, the lighter body and reservoir can be made from a variety of materials including non-crystalline resins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SOCIÉTÉ BIC
    Inventors: Guy Lefebvre, Yann Lefebvre
  • Patent number: 10184612
    Abstract: An adaptor for coupling an associated quick connect fitting on an associated tank to an associated filling gun includes a connector body selectively connectable to the associated filling gun. A hand wheel is mounted to the connector body. A washer is mounted to the connector body. A locking member is received within an aperture of the connector body and selectively received in a groove of the associated quick connect fitting. The locking member allows for engagement of the connector body with the associated filling gun when the locking member is received in the groove of the associated quick connect fitting. A biasing member is disposed between a portion of the connector body and a portion of the washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Cavagna Group SPA
    Inventor: Davide Cavagna
  • Patent number: 10155497
    Abstract: An inflator (10), especially for a vehicle safety system, includes a combustion chamber (16) in which a solid propellant (18) combustible under the generation of gas is accommodated, and a compressed gas chamber (24) containing compressed gas (26), wherein even in the non-activated state of the inflator (10) a fluid communication exists between the combustion chamber (16) and the compressed gas chamber (24). The compressed gas (26) contains at least one inert gas as well as oxygen and at least one combustible gas, wherein the combustible gas is provided at a concentration at which no self-supporting conversion of the combustible gas with oxygen takes place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TRW AIRBAG SYSTEMS GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Jung
  • Patent number: 10087924
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to adaptively control a hydraulic fluid supply to supply a driving fluid for applying a driving force on a piston in a gas compressor, the driving force being cyclically reversed between a first direction and a second direction to cause the piston to reciprocate in strokes. During a first stroke of the piston, a speed of the piston, a temperature of the driving fluid, and a load pressure applied to the piston is monitored. Reversal of the driving force after the first stroke is controlled based on the speed, load pressure, and temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: I-JACK TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Dan McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10040042
    Abstract: A container comprising a female coupling configured to receive and establish a friction seal with a male coupling of an external device for inserting or extracting a liquid to or from the container after the friction seal is established between the female and male couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Edward Showalter
  • Patent number: 10017149
    Abstract: The present invention inflator (10) has an inflator housing (12), a diffuser (30), a frangible closure (40) and an igniter assembly (20). The igniter assembly (20) has an igniter housing (22), a squib (60) electrically actuated and fitted in an end of the igniter housing (22) and a retractable piston (50) affixed to the igniter housing (22). Upon actuation of the squib (60), the retractable piston (50) propels forward breaking the frangible closure (40) releasing gases pushing the piston (50) retractably back into or over the igniter housing (22) as the pressurized gas releases out of the diffuser (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Sergio Rea, Kathleen Meeker
  • Patent number: 10002747
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for supplying gas in a plasma processing system that employs the single line drop approach wherein a regulator is shared among multiple mass flow controllers. In one or more embodiments, an accumulator is provided and coupled in gaseous communication with a shared manifold to reduce pressure spikes and dips. A filter, which may be replaceable or non-replaceable separate from the accumulator, is integrated with the accumulator in one or more embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Iqbal Shareef, Evangelos Spyropoulos, Mark Taskar
  • Patent number: 9957983
    Abstract: A linear actuator contains a housing having a first end and a second end. A hollow piston is positioned within the housing to slidably engage with an inner wall of the housing. A sealed gas chamber is formed within the hollow piston and contains stored gas for driving the piston upon activation of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy M. Henck
  • Patent number: 9789503
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a trigger-type pump dispenser A which is configured such that a trigger section 13 is depressed by a thumb with a handle gripped, which is good in grippability, which allows efficient transmission of finger pressure to the trigger section 13 during spraying, and which is excellent in operation. [Solution] The present invention is directed to a trigger-type pump dispenser including: a cylinder section; a handle section 12; a trigger section 13 located above the handle section 12; and a nozzle section 4 from which liquid is sprayed out of the cylinder section by depressing the trigger section 13 with the handle section 12 gripped, wherein the handle section 12 has a finger contact portion S located posterior to a point of force of the trigger section 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: CANYON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya Tada
  • Patent number: 9688898
    Abstract: A combustion system includes a reactant storage device configured to store lithium; a combustion device configured to receive the lithium from the reactant storage device and react the lithium with an oxidizer to generate heat energy; a product storage device configured to store reaction products resulting from the reaction of the lithium and the oxidizer; and a recovery device configured to recover lithium from the reaction products and provide the lithium to the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9371913
    Abstract: A valve apparatus is comprised of a solenoid valve, a manual valve, a pressure relief device, a check valve, an excess flow shut-off device, and a temperature sensor. The temperature sensor is arranged inside the tank in an ambient atmosphere. The sealing member is prevented from falling off from the recess by a floating seal structure. The sealing effectiveness is improved by employing a double seal configuration and also by a smooth surface roughness. A high pressure seal structure is presented. The improved pressure relief device design for 75 MPa application has been presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventors: Sue H. Lhymn, Chris Lhymn
  • Patent number: 9328830
    Abstract: A residual pressure valve configured to maintain a residual pressure within a pressure vessel to prevent contaminants or gaseous diluents from entering the vessel after it has been discharged/depressurized. In some embodiments, the residual pressure valve is situated between the pressure vessel and an upper seat of the regulator assembly and moves between an open position and a closed position to seal the pressure vessel from the upper seat of the regulator assembly when the pressure within the pressure vessel drops below a residual pressure level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Avox Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan M. Petroci, Duard C. Bennett
  • Patent number: 9051226
    Abstract: A gas generating system includes a housing, a quantity of gas generant material positioned within the housing, and a quantity of booster material positioned in the housing spaced apart from the gas generant. A movable first screen is positioned in the housing such that the booster material is on a first side of the screen and the gas generant material is on a second side of the screen opposite the first side of the screen. The screen is structured to enable fluid communication between the first and second sides of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A. Mayville, Dale E. Tauchen, Joshua D. VanHooser
  • Patent number: 9044790
    Abstract: An air cannon has a pressure vessel, a discharge valve, and a discharge tube assembly. The discharge tube assembly comprises a fluid passageway and a blast guard valve. The discharge valve is capable of opening and closing and allows pressurized gas to be discharged from the pressure vessel into the fluid passageway of the discharge tube assembly only when open. The blast guard valve is capable of opening and closing and obstructs the fluid passageway of the discharge tube assembly when closed. The blast guard valve allows gas to pass through the fluid passageway when open. The discharge valve and the blast guard valve are operatively connected to each other in a manner such that the discharge valve can open only when the blast guard valve is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Martin Engineering Company
    Inventors: Peter Klee, Oleg Meister
  • Publication number: 20150144086
    Abstract: An apparatus to auto-adding an energy-saving activator has a container and a control unit. The container has a heater electrically connected to a control circuit of the control unit. The control unit has a vibration sensor and a sound sensor. When both the vibration and sound sensors transmit signals, the control circuit will actuate the heater to heat the energy-saving activator in the container so that the heated energy-saving activator turns into vapor and leaks out of the container toward the internal combustion engine to decrease the carbon deposits. Using both the vibration and sound sensors is in order to actuate the heater correctly without erroneous judgment. The heated vapor drafts into the internal combustion engine at once to mix with the fuel so that the fuel is burned oxyfuelly and completely to efficiently decrease the carbon deposits. Therefore, the efficiency of the internal combustion engine is also enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: GATHER FORWARD TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventor: Hsin-Huang Yang
  • Publication number: 20150064585
    Abstract: A storage system for storing hydrogen and providing controlled release of hydrogen gas includes a container having an outer wall defining an interior. The interior is configured to contain liquid lithium hydride, and a portion of the outer wall includes a thermally insulating layer. The storage system also includes a temperature control system configured to maintain the interior at a temperature such that the lithium hydride decomposes to produce hydrogen gas at a substantially equilibrium state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Thomas J. Nugent,, JR., Clarence T. Tegreene, David B. Tuckerman, Lowell L. Wood,, JR.
  • Patent number: 8960222
    Abstract: A closure device for a container of compressed gas, particularly a capsule having a water capacity in the range of 5 to 100 ml, comprises a shut-off valve 122 and a pressure-reducing valve 120, particularly a pressure regulating valve. The shut-off valve 122 is on the lower pressure side of the pressure-reducing valve 120. The closure device may also comprise a fill valve 118 to enable the container to be recharged with gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Bickford Holbeche
  • Patent number: 8925756
    Abstract: A gasket for a compressed gas cylinder arranged to operate with a gas cylinder having a neck with a top surface around a gas outlet and a side surface extending downwardly from the top surface. The gasket may include an upper portion arranged for positioning on the top surface of the cylinder and for making a seal with the top surface, and a lower portion extending downwardly from the upper portion and around the side surface of the neck of the cylinder, such that the lower portion is arranged to make a seal with the side surface of the gas cylinder. Face and gland seals may be established by the gasket with an opening that receives the gasket and an associated cylinder neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Tarapata, Terrence K. Jones, Gregory Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 8904594
    Abstract: An air cannon has a pressure vessel, a discharge valve, and a discharge tube assembly. The discharge tube assembly comprises a fluid passageway and a blast guard valve. The discharge valve is capable of opening and closing and allows pressurized gas to be discharged from the pressure vessel into the fluid passageway of the discharge tube assembly only when open. The blast guard valve is capable of opening and closing and obstructs the fluid passageway of the discharge tube assembly when closed. The blast guard valve allows gas to pass through the fluid passageway when open. The discharge valve and the blast guard valve are operatively connected to each other in a manner such that the discharge valve can open only when the blast guard valve is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Martin Engineering Company
    Inventors: Peter Klee, Oleg Meister
  • Publication number: 20140312042
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pressure delivery system for delivering a gas. The pressure delivery system comprises a gas cylinder containing at least one gas, the gas cylinder comprising an outlet, and the gas in the gas cylinder having a first gas pressure. The system further comprising a pressure reduction valve positioned downstream of the outlet for reducing the first gas pressure to a second gas pressure. Furthermore, the invention relates to a dispensing system for dispensing beverages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Morten Helvig Larsen, André Thix, Morten Laugesen
  • Patent number: 8857195
    Abstract: An absorbent adapted to be used in a spray can charged with a liquefied gas, which exhibits excellent absorbing performance and excellent liquid retention. The absorbent is composed of an assembly of pulverized cellulose fibers that includes at least 45 mass % of fine cellulose fibers having a fiber length of 0.35 mm or less. The absorbent is formed into a sheet-shaped or a columnar configuration, or a surface sheet is laminated on a surface of the absorbent. The absorbent composed of 70 through 90 mass % of cellulose fibers that include 45 mass % or more of fine cellulose fibers having a fiber length of 0.35 mm or less, and 5 through 30 mass % of a fusion-bondable resin exhibits good formability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignees: NKK Co., Ltd., Toyota Tsusho Corporation
    Inventors: Toshifumi Hatanaka, Masaki Okada, Kiyotaka Miyata, Teruo Miura
  • Publication number: 20140263420
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a CNG dispenser is provided that includes a user-actuatable button for allowing selection of a pressure to which to fill a vehicle tank with CNG, and a controller for opening a high pressure fill valve to dispense high pressure CNG into the vehicle tank while monitoring the pressure of the vehicle tank until the pressure reaches the user-selected pressure. According to another embodiment, the controller is operable in a selected one of two modes of operation. The two modes of operation include a one-pressure bank operation mode in which only the input of a high pressure fill valve is coupled to a CNG supply line, and a three-pressure bank operation mode in which the inputs of each of three fill valves are coupled to respective CNG supply lines. A graphic fuel gage may be provided on the dispenser payment terminal screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BPC Acquisition Company
    Inventors: Sarah Ann Lambrix, Chad Robert Paffhausen, Adam Kenneth Simon, Jonathan M. Rathbun
  • Publication number: 20140263419
    Abstract: A hydrogen fuel dispenser includes a pre-cooling circuit, a hydrogen fuel storage for storing hydrogen fuel, a nozzle for dispensing hydrogen fuel to a receptacle, and a fueling line connecting the hydrogen fuel storage to the nozzle for communicating hydrogen fuel from the hydrogen fuel storage to the nozzle. The pre-cooling circuit is provided to cool hydrogen fuel in the fueling line, and includes a pre-cooling line connected to the fueling line downstream from the hydrogen fuel storage, and a flow-path selector provided at a connection between the fueling line and the pre-cooling line. The flow-path selector selectively: blocks hydrogen fuel flow between the fueling line and the pre-cooling line while opening hydrogen fuel flow between the fueling line and a nozzle line of the nozzle; and opens hydrogen fuel flow between the fueling line and the pre-cooling line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steve Mathison
  • Patent number: 8822552
    Abstract: A spray can product capable of preventing leakage where used or stored in a tilted or an inverted position, and keeping good safety and liquid retention even where a flammable liquefied gas is used. The spray can product is formed by filling a spray can having an ejection opening with a liquefied gas and an absorbing body for retaining liquid, and the absorbing body is composed of an assembly of cellulose fibers containing at least 45 mass % of fine cellulose fibers having a fiber length of 0.35 mm or less. The absorbing body compressed into a block-shaped configuration corresponding to that of the spray can is accommodated within the spray can while defining a space on the side of an ejection opening, and a lid-like member is provided between the space and the absorbing body to protect a surface of the absorbing body in a gas permeable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignees: NKK Co., Ltd., Showa Denko Gas Products Co., Ltd., Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshifumi Hatanaka, Masaki Okada, Kiyotaka Miyata, Teruo Miura
  • Patent number: 8783527
    Abstract: A system for storing and monitoring a pressurized fluid includes a pressurized fluid source and a plurality of fluid lines in communication with the supply line of a fluid dispensing system. The fluid lines are configured to selectively permit the passage of the pressurized fluid when the pressure of the source (e.g., a tank) reaches a predetermined threshold value. Specifically, the tank includes a high pressure line, an intermediate pressure line, and a low pressure or reserve line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Carbonation Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Alan Scott
  • Patent number: 8770216
    Abstract: A device includes a filling valve, a sleeve, an absorbing member, and a gas control unit. The filling valve can be engaged for filling liquid gas. The sleeve includes a fluid passing section that enables liquid gas outside to flow therein. The absorbing member can absorb liquid gas and is disposed in the sleeve. The gas control unit includes a main body, a gas inlet and flow rate adjusting mechanism, and a gas outlet mechanism. The gas inlet and flow rate adjusting mechanism includes an adjustably movable valve and a first air seal. The first air seal is mounted between the adjustably movable valve and the main body to prevent liquid gas from passing therebetween. The adjustably movable valve is in fluid communication with the gas outlet mechanism such that vaporized gas emitted from the absorbing member is discharged from the device from the gas outlet mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Nan Yang, Lung-Yin Lin
  • Patent number: 8746503
    Abstract: A gas storage and delivery system for restoring pressure as it is depleted from a pressurized container, includes a container holding a product under pressure to be dispensed from the container, a quantity of gaseous material under pressure, occupying a space in the container and applying to the product a predetermined pressure of from about 30 to about 180 psig, and a quantity of gas-adsorbing material, storing under pressure a quantity of the gaseous material and releasing it into the container in response to a decrease in pressure in the container, thereby restoring and maintaining a predetermined pressure in the container as product is depleted from the container, wherein the gas-adsorbing material is wetted with a release-promoting agent to promote release of the sorbed gas from the gas-adsorbent material. A process of filling the container is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Walter K. Lim, Arthur A. Krause
  • Patent number: 8690003
    Abstract: A method of forming an inner can of a gas cartridge including securing inner can material and pre-stressing the material such that flexion thereof during gas cartridge use is distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Gaudron
  • Patent number: 8690020
    Abstract: A self-defense device is disclosed. The self-defense device includes an alert unit which alerts others to danger when activated. The self-defense device also includes a defense unit which can be used to disable or repel an attacker when activated. In a particular embodiment the alert unit is an air horn. In a particular embodiment the defense unit is a canister of self-defense aerosol spray. The self-defense device can include a coupling device which couples the defense unit to the alert unit. The self-defense device also includes a trigger which activates both the alert unit and the defense unit. The trigger has an ON state and an OFF state. The trigger can include a first trigger portion, a second trigger portion, and a trigger portion coupler. The trigger is coupled to the coupling device in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Lance T. Murray
  • Publication number: 20140054315
    Abstract: Compressed air dispensers and method of making and using the same are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: David A. Neeley, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130306520
    Abstract: A method for processing raw natural gas for storage and transport in a storage vessel at a storage pressure greater than the raw natural gas dense phase pressure, which includes the steps of receiving the raw natural gas in a flow path at an inlet pressure greater than the storage pressure; if necessary, dehydrating the raw natural gas; and continuously releasing the dehydrated raw natural gas from the flow path at a release pressure and a release temperature into a storage vessel until the pressure of the dehydrated raw natural gas in the storage vessel reaches the storage pressure, avoiding the solidification of any impurities in the raw natural gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Colin NIKIFORUK
  • Patent number: 8573441
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an integrated valve regulator assembly that comprises an integral body having a base portion that includes an axis for mounting on and coaxially with the neck portion of a pressurized source vessel and an assembly outlet, a defined internal passage in the integral body that extends through and between the base portion of the integral body and the assembly outlet, a sub-atmospheric pressure regulator assembled within the integral body of the integrated valve regulator assembly, an isolation valve positioned within the defined internal passage of the integral body and located downstream from and in communication with the sub-atmospheric pressure regulator, and a filling port disposed between the axis for mounting on and coaxially with the neck portion of the pressurized source vessel and the sub-atmospheric pressure regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignees: American Air Liquide, Inc., L'Air Liquide, Sociétés Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Richard J. Udischas, Denis Muller, Werner Schleser
  • Patent number: 8573253
    Abstract: There is disclosed a valve assembly for a gas container capable of appropriately discharging a gas from the gas container, even if a valve of a discharge passage has a failure or the like. The valve assembly for the gas container disposed at the gas container has, as passages which allow the inside of the gas container to communicate with the outside, a filling passage which fills the gas container with the gas and a discharge passage which discharges the gas. Furthermore, the valve assembly has a filling-side valve disposed at the filling passage and configured to close this passage, a discharge-side valve disposed at the discharge passage and configured to close this passage, a communication path which connects a downstream side of the discharge-side valve to a downstream side of the filling-side valve, and a shut-off valve disposed at the communication path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Ogami, Nobuo Kobayashi, Akira Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20130264492
    Abstract: Isotopically enriched silicon precursor compositions are disclosed, as useful in ion implantation to enhance performance of the ion implantation system, in relation to corresponding ion implantation lacking such isotopic enrichment of the silicon precursor composition. The silicon dopant composition includes at least one silicon compound that is isotopically enriched above natural abundance in at least one of 28Si, 29Si, and 30Si, and may include a supplemental gas including at least one of a co-species gas and a diluent gas. Dopant gas supply apparatus for providing such silicon dopant compositions to an ion implanter are described, as well as ion implantation systems including such dopant gas supply apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: James J. Mayer, Richard S. Ray, Robert Kaim, Joseph D. Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20130256316
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and a method for introducing an aroma into a carrier gas stream. The device has a first connection for a compressed-gas container which stores the carrier gas, at least one second connection for an aroma storage unit and an outlet for a gas mixture. The first connection for a compressed-gas container is flow-connected to the outlet via a first line and the at least one second connection for the aroma storage unit is flow-connected to the outlet via a second line. The second connection for the aroma storage unit is a quick-action coupling connection. The present invention allows the intuitive operation of a device for introducing an aroma into a carrier gas and also the simple exchange of an aroma storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour Etude et Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
  • Patent number: 8544701
    Abstract: A system for storing and monitoring a pressurized fluid includes a pressurized fluid source and a plurality of fluid lines in communication with the supply line of a beverage dispensing system. The fluid lines are configured to selectively permit the passage of the pressurized fluid when the pressure of the source (e.g., a tank) reaches a predetermined threshold value. Specifically, the tank includes a high pressure line, an intermediate pressure line, and a low pressure or reserve line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Carbonation Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Alan Scott