Of Dispensers With Fluid Pressure Discharge Assistance Patents (Class 222/61)
  • Patent number: 10364136
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to conduits, devices, systems and methods, which may include a dispensing device including a valve configured to interact with an inlet stream, the inlet stream having a first pressure, the valve having an outlet area with an outlet stream, the outlet stream having a second pressure; and a solenoid configured to interact with the outlet stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GATE CFV SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: John Newton, Peter Brooke, Dustin Hartsfield, Michael Cheney, Gillian Callaghan, Scott Ross
  • Patent number: 10248136
    Abstract: A flow regulator includes a first sensor determining a first actual value of a first flow parameter of the fluid, a pre-pressure regulator setting a predefinable pre-pressure at a pre-pressure outlet of the pre-pressure regulator, and a regulating pump. The fluid is capable of being supplied to the pre-pressure regulator at a plant pressure in an operating state via an inflow line and a pre-pressure inlet and capable of being conducted further to the regulating pump at the pre-pressure via a flow connection disposed between the pre-pressure outlet and the regulating pump, the pre-pressure outlet being connected to a high pressure connection of the regulating pump in a flow communicating manner via the flow connection such that the fluid is capable of being supplied from the pre-pressure regulator of the regulating pump and guided away from the regulating pump via a low pressure connection into an outflow line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: LEVITRONIX GMBH
    Inventors: Simon Stöckli, Andreas Kalapos, Patrick Zentner, Jürg Burkart
  • Patent number: 9636699
    Abstract: A dispenser, configured to dispense material on a substrate, includes a dispensing unit having a housing with a chamber, a piston disposed in the chamber and axially movable within the chamber, and a nozzle coupled to the housing. The nozzle has an orifice co-axial with the chamber of the housing. The dispenser further includes an actuator coupled to the dispensing unit and configured to drive the up- and down movement of the piston, and a compliant assembly coupled to the actuator and the piston. The compliant assembly is configured to permit limited relative travel between the actuator and the piston. A method of dispensing is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis G. Doyle, Ronald J. Forget, Thomas C. Prentice, Patsy A. Mattero
  • Patent number: 9271613
    Abstract: An electronic soap dispenser includes an upper dispensing head supported above a sink deck, and a liquid soap reservoir and a pump assembly supported below the sink deck. A capacitive sensor is operably coupled to the dispensing head. A controller is in electrical communication with the capacitive sensor and activates the pump assembly in response to input from the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Michael Scot Rosko, Alfred Charles Nelson, Jeffrey L. Moore, Randy L. Schneider, II
  • Patent number: 9272894
    Abstract: Easily serviced and hygienically maintained liquid supply system. A liquid storage vessel switching device switches between vessels to supply liquid uninterruptedly. Provided in a first connection tube is a liquid cutoff device, including a loop section, for switching the system between allowing/cutting-off supplying of liquid to a dispenser through the first connection tube. Utilizing the liquid cutoff device eliminates, along the first connection tube, intervening conventional valves having structural components that come in direct contact with the supplied liquid, and on which sponges or other cleaning elements might get caught. The inner wall of the first connection tube may thus be cleaned readily with a sponge or the like. Beverages such as beer thus can easily be kept hygienically and served.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignees: Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Kyokko Electric Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Kitano, Takashi Wada, Kenji Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 9238574
    Abstract: A portable beverage dispensing apparatus including a spout assembly, a handle assembly pivotally attached to the spout assembly, and a first and second pressure regulator disposed within the handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony S. Hollars
  • Patent number: 9233829
    Abstract: The apparatus for dispensing refrigerated products includes at least one containment tank (2) mounted above a base body (6) and suitable to contain the product to be dispensed. Inside the tank (2) a mixing device suitable to perform the continuous circulation of the product inside the tank (2) and a cooling device for cooling the product are arranged. A dispensing device (3) for the product, placed at the front zone of the containment tank (2) is provided with a tap (4) which can be operated by an external lever member (5). The base body (6) carries frontally applied a ventilation member (10) suitable to produce a hot airflow which comes out from lower openings (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: S.P.M. DRINK SYSTEMS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Enrico Grampassi
  • Patent number: 9097388
    Abstract: Multiple waste streams, including incompatible chemicals such as concentrated acids and/or strong base effluents, are handled together without the need for limiting or interrupting the processes run by the wafer processing tools. In some embodiments, waste tanks are primed with diluents, such as water, and a predetermined percentage of diluent is maintained in the waste tanks. In some embodiments, a diluent is flowed into the waste tanks concurrently with the waste pumping to generate a rinsing action for the waste tanks. Methods of the present disclosure accommodate both gravity type and vacuum type waste tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep Mariserla, Brian Kennedy Foster, Aaron T. Francis, Gregory P. Lim, Jeffrey Chih-Hou Lowe, Robert Anthony Sculac
  • Patent number: 9073081
    Abstract: A dispensing device for cartridges having a connection for supplying a pressurized gas, a base body, in which at least one passage and/or channel extends through which the pressurized gas can be guided to a first cartridge connector for connecting a cartridge. The first cartridge connector has a first opening towards the passage and/or the front channel such that a cartridge content can be expelled from the cartridge through application of the pressurized gas to a cartridge when the cartridge is arranged in the cartridge connector, wherein a second cartridge connector having a larger cross-section and a second opening is arranged at a front edge of the first cartridge connector The second cartridge connector is suitable for connecting a larger cartridge, and wherein the second opening of the second cartridge connector is sufficiently large to allow a cartridge to be connected to the first cartridge connector proceeding through the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Heraeus Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Hubert Büchner
  • Patent number: 9038855
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering fluid-containing feed materials to process equipment are disclosed. A liner-based pressure dispensing vessel is subjected to filling by application of vacuum between the liner and overpack. Multiple feed material flow controllers of different calibrated flow ranges may be selectively operated in parallel for a single feed material. Feed material blending and testing for scale-up may be performed with feed materials supplied by multiple liner-based pressure dispensing containers. A gravimetric system may be used to determine concentration of at least one component of a multi-component solution or mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Lurcott, John E. Q. Hughes, Peter Wrschka, Thomas H. Baum, Donald D. Ware, Peng Zou
  • Publication number: 20150129618
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing device including a base having a support plate is disclosed. The device has a peripheral wall jutting out of the bottom of the support plate and extending along the perimeter of the support plate defining with the bottom surface an inner volume of the base. A source of pressurized gas is lodged in the inner volume of the base, with a device for connecting the source of pressurized gas to the interior of a beverage container outside the inner volume of the base. An elongated tapping column extends normal to the top surface of the base, having an elongated inner channel bringing in fluid communication the inner volume with a tapping valve head located at the opposite top, outlet end of the tapping column. The height of the peripheral wall allows the beverage dispensing device to dispense beverages when standing on the top surface of a counter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel Peirsman, Sarah Van Hove, Johan Van Rompaey
  • Publication number: 20140263431
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fluid reservoir (21), said fluid reservoir (21) comprising at least one first cavity (29) and one second cavity (30) in fluidic communication with each other and adapted to accommodate fluid (7), the fluid reservoir (21) further being connected to a fluid-container system (7, 8, 9, II, 22), a fluid consumer (5) in fluidic communication with at least the second cavity (30), a pressurization system (I, 2) adapted to generate a substantially constant pressure, and a vacuum system (58, 59, 60) adapted to generate a pressure below ambient pressure. The invention further comprises a fluid-supply system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: LUMENIS LTD.
    Inventors: Per Nilsson, Rolf Andersson
  • Patent number: 8826688
    Abstract: To provide a beverage dispenser capable of appropriately and smoothly supplying a supercooled beverage. According to the present invention, there is disclosed a beverage dispenser including a beverage supply circuit 7 which supplies a carbonated beverage to the outside a primary cooling device 13, a secondary cooling device 30, and a heat exchanger 16 for supercooling which allows these components to cool the carbonated beverage flowing through the beverage supply circuit 7 into a supercooled state at a temperature of a solidifying point or less. The heat exchanger 16 supplies the carbonated beverage in the supercooled state to release the supercooled state in the outside, and the carbonated beverage on standby for serving in a portion of the beverage supply circuit 7 cooled by at least the heat exchanger 16 for supercooling is maintained in an unsaturated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Tachibana, Takashi Nishiyama, Kazuhide Saito, Kazuaki Mizukami, Hiroyuki Hashimoto, Hiroshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8770447
    Abstract: A sterile lubricant dispenser for dispensing calibrated amount of a sterile lubricant having a viscosity greater than that of 150 P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Janie Marshall
  • Publication number: 20140166693
    Abstract: An integrated material transfer and dispensing system for storing, transferring and dispensing materials, such as fluids and liquids, for example, liquid applied sound deadener (LASD). The system includes at least one vessel having a force transfer device. Each vessel may be removably enclosed in cabinet to form an automated station. Each vessel may be configured with a data logger, cleanout port, a sample valve at least one sight window and an access port for introducing a compound such as a biocide. Each vessel may be configured with instruments including sensors for measuring process variables, such as material volume, level, temperature, pressure and flow. The system may further include a metering device system and a robotic material dispenser system without a pump interface. The robotic system may further include a computer control system connected to flow and pressure sensors. The system may directly feed an applicator without an intervening pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: CH&I Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Williams, Lawrence M. Levenstein, Robert D. Thibodeau
  • Patent number: 8733592
    Abstract: A liquid supply system capable of being serviced and hygienically maintained easily. A beer storage barrel switching device (12) uninterruptedly supplies beer by switching between beer storage barrels (21-1, 21-2). A first connection tube (23-1) is provided with a fluid stopper device (31-1) including a loop section. The fluid stopper device (31-1) switches between a suppliable state in which it is possible to supply the beer to a dispenser (11) through the first connection tube (23-1) and a non-suppliable state in which it is not possible to supply the beer. Using the fluid stopper device (31-1) eliminates the need to provide a conventional valve in the middle of the first connection tube (23-1), the conventional valve having a structural element which comes in direct contact with the beer. Accordingly, the case that a cleaning member, such as a sponge, is caught by the valve does not occur, and this enables the inner wall of the first connection tube (23-1) to be cleaned using the cleaning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignees: Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Kyokko Electric Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Kitano, Takashi Wada, Kenji Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 8721162
    Abstract: A method of controlling an integrated beverage system that comprises a dispensing module that dispenses one or more ingredients into a beverage container and a blending/mixing module that blends and/or mixes the ingredients in the beverage container, the method comprising: controlling the dispensing module and the blending/mixing module to prepare first and second beverages concurrently or sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Enodis Corporation
    Inventors: Jan Claesson, William E. Smith, Roberto Nevarez
  • Patent number: 8690010
    Abstract: The method of regulating pressure in a vessel comprises the steps of feeding the vessel with gas at a given feed rate and of modulating the exhaust rate by means of a valve member placing facing an exhaust orifice and associated with a control member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Serac Group
    Inventor: Bertrand Gruson
  • Patent number: 8684239
    Abstract: An apparatus for pulsed dispensing of liquid. The apparatus includes a syringe body structure communicating with an input passage for pressurized actuation air, and communicating with an exit passage for allowing discharge of the liquid. An air input passage flow air controller is operative to increase the flow rate of the input air in accordance with a relationship that depends at least partially on a reduction of liquid volume in the syringe body structure resulting from a previous pulsed dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Scott A. Conner, William MacIndoe, Raymond W. Tetreault
  • Patent number: 8678234
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing fluids is introduced. A preferred embodiment comprises a sealed tank, a bag containing fluid inside the sealed tank, an outlet for dispensing the liquid in the bag, and a pressure generating device to create pressure in the sealed tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fair Oaks Farms Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Peter Doelman, Vincent A. Baxter
  • Patent number: 8651337
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided including a dispenser housing that receives disposable refill units that are to be replaced when empty. The dispenser housing includes an air compressor and an inflation plug. The inflation plug includes a needle having an outlet and further includes a vent valve in fluid communication with the outlet. The inflation plug is fluidly associated with the air compressor such that the air compressor selectively advances air to the vent valve and to the outlet of the needle. The disposable refill includes a container having an interior with a liquid portion and air portion therein. The container further includes a plug receipt, and the inflation plug of the dispenser housing engages the plug receipt such that the outlet of the needle communicates with the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Quinlan, Jr., Bradley L. Lightner
  • Patent number: 8640918
    Abstract: A material transfer system for storing, transferring and dispensing viscous material, such as fluids and liquids, includes a material containment vessel with an upper region incorporating a motive force and a bottom region with a material ingress and egress opening. A diconical or other shaped force transfer device is located in the material containment area. The force transfer device is an energy transducer when the material containment is filled with highly viscous materials, such as adhesives, sealants, mastics or lubricating greases. The force transfer device serves as an integral part of a level indicator for both viscous fluids and lower viscosity liquids. The viscous material itself forms a seal between the interface region of the force transfer device and the inside wall of the fluid vessel. Vertical stabilizing elements may extend outward from the force transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: CH&I Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Thibodeau, Eric A. Williams
  • Publication number: 20140014685
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes an actuating device that actuates first and second containers, respectively, and a sensor for detecting an environmental condition. In a first period the actuating device is inactive, in a second period the actuating device actuates the first container at a first frequency, and in a third period the actuating device actuates the second container at a second frequency. If the sensor has detected the environmental condition, the actuating device actuates the first and/or second containers, respectively, during a fourth period at a third frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Tai P. Luc, Kenneth W. Michaels, Megan L. Polzin, Bhavesh Shah
  • Publication number: 20140008386
    Abstract: The apparatus for preparing carbonated refrigerated beverages comprises at least one containment tank (2) suitable to contain the product to be dispensed and closed by a pressure tightening lid (4); means for feeding the product to be dispensed inside said containment tank (2); and means for feeding a pressurization gas inside said containment tank (2) to maintain the same tank (2) under pressure. The feed means of the pressurization gas comprise single feed and discharge ducts (21, 22) for the pressurization gas, separately connected to said tank (2) and provided with respective valve members (23, 24) for controlling the flow of the same pressurization gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Enrico Grampassi
  • Publication number: 20130327787
    Abstract: A device for dispensing or receiving a liquid volume comprises a liquid reservoir having an outlet, a pressure generation means which is implemented to provide a compressible enclosed gas volume of a constant amount of substance with a pressure, wherein the gas volume is in direct or indirect fluidic contact with the liquid in the liquid reservoir, a dosing means coupled to the outlet of the liquid reservoir and operable in order to enable the liquid to pass the outlet, a pressure sensor for measuring a current pressure in the gas volume and for outputting an output signal indicating the current pressure in the gas volume and a controller coupled to the pressure generation means, the dosing means and the pressure sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Peter KOLTAY, Andreas ERNST, Chris STEINERT, Laurent TANGUY
  • Patent number: 8602049
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for filling superconductive magnets is disclosed by using gaseous helium to control the flow of liquefied helium from a container to a magnet. By measuring the pressure of the gaseous helium in the container of liquefied helium, it can be determined when to stop the flow of liquefied helium. This can reduce quenches and helium losses which can occur during the transfer of liquid helium from the dewar to the superconductive magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Niels Lose, Rudolf Kawasch, Nicholas Stanier
  • Patent number: 8590739
    Abstract: The invention concerns the operation of a pneumatic device for the metered delivery of a liquid and a pneumatic device particularly suited for operation in accordance with the invention. The pneumatic device has a pressure tank that can be connected to a compressed air source by means of an inlet valve and with the surroundings by means of an outlet valve. For delivery of the liquid, a pressure pulse is applied to the liquid container containing the liquid in that the pressure tank is temporarily connected to the liquid container via a changeover valve. After the end of the pressure pulse, the pressure prevailing in the pressure tank is increased to a value that is greater than the set value to be achieved during the pressure pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Unaxis International Trading Ltd
    Inventors: Ladislav Kucera, Martin Von Arx
  • Patent number: 8556122
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser includes a housing adapted to receive a container, wherein the container includes a tilt-activated valve stem with a discharge end. The discharge end of the valve stem is adapted to be in fluid communication with a discharge orifice of the housing. A drive unit is disposed within the housing, wherein the drive unit includes a bi-metallic actuator, a piezo-linear motor, an electro-responsive wire, or a solenoid, which is adapted to impart transverse motion to a body of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Helf, Edward L. Paas, Paul E. Furner, Rene Maurice Beland, James F. Kimball
  • Patent number: 8551562
    Abstract: A new and improved hot melt adhesive material dispensing system comprises two separate and independent rotary, gear-type metering pumps, or two separate and independent sets of rotary, gear-type metering pumps, which are able to output precisely metered amounts of hot melt adhesive material. The hot melt adhesive materials discharged from the two separate and independent rotary gear pumps, or from the two separate and independent sets of rotary gear pumps, are able to in fact be independently outputted through suitable output devices onto a particular substrate so as to result in different outputted volumes of the hot melt adhesive material in accordance with predeterminedly desired patterns, or at predeterminedly desired locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Illnois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Grant McGuffey
  • Patent number: 8550298
    Abstract: A microfluidic dispensing system may include multiple supply lines for simultaneous filling of diaphragm pumps associated with each supply line. Each supply line may fill corresponding groups of diaphragm pumps with a corresponding ingredient to a supply reservoir for the supply line. Accordingly, different groups of diaphragm pumps corresponding to different supply lines may be filled with corresponding ingredients simultaneously. Those ingredients corresponding to the different groups of diaphragm pumps may also be dispensed simultaneously, giving rise to a faster and more efficient fluidic dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Formulatrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Kabir James Mukaddam, Jeremy Stevenson
  • Patent number: 8534499
    Abstract: An integrated material transfer and dispensing system for storing, transferring and dispensing materials, such as fluids, and liquids, for example, liquid applied sound deadener (LASD). The system includes at least one vessel having a force transfer device. Each vessel may be removably enclosed in cabinet to form an automated station. Each vessel may be configured with a data logger, cleanout port, a sample valve at least one sight window and an access port for introducing a compound such as a biocide. Each vessel may be configured with instruments including sensors for measuring process variables, such as material volume, level, temperature, pressure and flow. The system may further include a metering device system and a robotic material dispenser system without a pump interface. The robotic system may further include a computer control system connected to flow and pressure sensors. The system may directly feed an applicator without an intervening pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: CH&I Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Williams, Lawrence M. Levenstein, Robert D. Thibodeau
  • Patent number: 8491272
    Abstract: A pumping-out apparatus provided herein is configured such that a follow plate is placed on a fluid surface of a stored fluid in a container, a suction port of a pump is attached to an attachment hole of the plate, and the stored fluid is pumped out by the pump. The pumping-out apparatus includes: the pump; a post on which the pump is fixedly provided; a lifted and lowered base on which the container is mounted and which is provided so as to be able to be lifted and lowered along the post; a tension spring configured to hang the lifted and lowered base and bias the lifted and lowered base in an upward direction to cause the fluid surface of the stored fluid in the container to press the plate; and a lifting and lowering operation portion configured to lift and lower an upper end portion of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Heishin Sobi Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsuo Takase
  • Patent number: 8484949
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring of the functionality of an After Treatment Injector (ATI) for injection of a fluid in an engine exhaust gas system upstream of an exhaust gas treatment unit. The monitoring is performed by using a pressure sensor which detects the pressure of the fluid delivered to the ATI for a specific condition or injection cycle. The pressure sensor is located downstream of a flow regulator and upstream of the ATI in a conduit for supplying of a substance from a container to the ATI. An ECU is programmed to perform a predetermined sequence of opening and closing commands for the flow regulator and the ATI, furthermore perform a frequency analysis of the measured pressure value in order to monitor the functionality of the flow regulator, the ATI and the pressure sensor. The method is adapted to be used in connection with an On Board Diagnosis (OBD) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Richard Sebestyen, Anders Lingenhult
  • Publication number: 20130168410
    Abstract: Systems are described for delivery of a wide variety of materials in which liquid and gas or vapor states are concurrently present, from a package preferably including a fluid-containing collapsible liner. Headspace gas is removed from a pressure dispensing package prior to liquid dispensation therefrom, and ingress gas is removed thereafter during dispensation operation. At least one sensor senses presence of gas or a gas-liquid interface in a reservoir or gas-liquid separation region. A gas removal system including an integral reservoir, at least one sensor, and at least one flow control elements may be included within a connector adapted to mate with a pressure dispensing package, for highly efficient removal of gas from the liquid being dispensed from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY MATERIALS, INC.
  • Patent number: 8464902
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for pulsed dispensing of liquid. The apparatus includes a syringe body structure communicating with an input passage for pressurized actuation air, and communicating with an exit passage for allowing discharge of the liquid. An air input passage flow air controller is operative to increase the flow rate of the input air in accordance with a relationship that depends at least partially on a reduction of liquid volume in the syringe body structure resulting from a previous pulsed dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Scott A. Conner, William MacIndoe, Raymond W. Tetreault
  • Patent number: 8445061
    Abstract: A method of making an article having a substrate and a material applied thereto includes providing a metered fluid dispensing system having a supply of fluid to be dispensed, an output device having at least one dispensing nozzle, at least two pumps for pumping fluid from the supply to the at least one dispensing nozzle. The pumps are in close proximity to the dispensing nozzle. Output supply passageways interconnect the pumps and the dispensing nozzle, and flow control elements selectively control the passage of the fluid from the pumps to the nozzle. The substrate is conveyed past the fluid dispensing system in a machine direction and fluid is applied to the substrate in a plurality of segments. Each segment has a volume per unit length and is applied in a length in the machine direction to define a pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Grant McGuffey
  • Patent number: 8424723
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing fluids is introduced. A preferred embodiment comprises a sealed tank, a bag containing fluid inside the sealed tank, an outlet for dispensing the liquid in the bag, and a pressure generating device to create pressure in the sealed tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Fair Oaks Farms Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Peter Doelman, Vincent A. Baxter
  • Publication number: 20130081443
    Abstract: A method for determining a volume of beverage, preferably a carbonated beverage in a collapsible beverage container, comprises a beverage dispensing system including a pressure chamber with the collapsible container, the pressure chamber defining an inner volume equal to the sum of the volume of beverage and a residual gas volume. The method also comprises a pressurization system for supplying a volume of gas of atmospheric pressure from the outside of the pressure chamber to the residual gas volume, and a pressure sensor for detecting a low pressure value and a high pressure value, respectively. The method further comprises the steps of supplying the volume of gas to the residual gas volume by using the pressurization system, determining the volume of gas supplied by the pressurization system from the outside of the pressure chamber to the residual gas volume, and establishing a measure of the volume of beverage included in the collapsible beverage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: CARLSBERG BREWERIES A/S
    Inventors: Jan Norager Rasmussen, Steen Vesborg
  • Patent number: 8408421
    Abstract: A dispenser using a stopcock valve has a first and second chamber. The first chamber has a flow material and is pressurized with air. The first chamber is connected to a stopcock valve that holds a second chamber which has a pressure sensor when the stopcock valve is rotated to the proper orientation. The stopcock valve is then rotated to a dispensing position where the flow material is dispensed under pressure to an outlet. By using the air pressure sensor and by taking into consideration the volume of the second chamber, the amount of flow of material can be dosed out consistently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul M DiPerna
  • Patent number: 8393141
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring of the functionality of an After Treatment Injector (ATI) for injection of a fluid in an engine exhaust gas system upstream of an exhaust gas treatment unit. The monitoring is performed by using a pressure sensor which detects the pressure of the fluid delivered to the ATI for a specific condition or injection cycle. The pressure sensor is located downstream of a flow regulator and upstream of the ATI in a conduit for supplying of a substance from a container to the ATI. An ECU is programmed to perform a predetermined sequence of opening and closing commands for the flow regulator and the ATI in order to monitor the functionality of the flow regulator, the ATI and the pressure sensor. The can be used in connection with an On Board Diagnosis (OBD) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Richard Sebestyen, Conny Bergkvist
  • Patent number: 8387826
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser has gauges to measure the temperature of the beverage, in at least one embodiment beer, stored in a closed beverage container. The beverage is pressurized and a pressure gauge in the gas supply conduit line measures the pressure of the gas in the beverage container. A pressure regulator in the gas supply conduit line assists in ensuring that the pressure is consistent. The valve is closed during dispensation and the temperature and the gas pressure are measured immediately afterwards. By calculating the temperature change of the beverage and the pressure drop in the container, the amount of beverage can be calculated accurately. This in turn can be utilized to reliably calculate how beverage is left in the container and this information is then presented on a display, in at least one embodiment, as a series of indicator bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hoshizaki Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Syunji Tsubouchi, Eiji Hara, Fumitaka Saitou
  • Patent number: 8389272
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering one or more fluids. Fluids may be delivered sequentially from a common vessel to a chemical, biological or biochemical process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Vincent Linder, Samuel K. Sia, George M. Whitesides
  • Publication number: 20130048668
    Abstract: An automated liquid dispensing system for dispensing a pressurized liquid through a feed line includes a pressure sensing device having a sensing component provided in the feed line for sensing the pressure of the liquid. A pour control center is provided in the feed line. A smart director is electrically connected to the pressure sensing device and to the pour control center for continually and selectively actuating the pour control center in response to input from the sensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: John Patrick Osborne
  • Patent number: 8336734
    Abstract: Systems are described for delivery of a wide variety of materials in which liquid and gas or vapor states are concurrently present, from a package preferably including a fluid-containing collapsible liner. Headspace gas is removed from a pressure dispensing package prior to liquid dispensation therefrom, and ingress gas is removed thereafter during dispensation operation. At least one sensor senses presence of gas or a gas-liquid interface in a reservoir or gas-liquid separation region. A gas removal system including an integral reservoir, at least one sensor, and at least one flow control elements may be included within a connector adapted to mate with a pressure dispensing package, for highly efficient removal of gas from the liquid being dispensed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Ware, Glenn M. Tom, Paul Dathe, Amy Koland, Jason Gerold, Kirk Mikkelsen, Kevin T. O'Dougherty, Michael A. Cisewski
  • Publication number: 20120234859
    Abstract: Electrochemical impedance may be used for accurate and real-time tracking and control of fluid delivery from fluid-filled chambers, such as from drug delivery devices. At least two measurement electrodes may be placed within the chamber in contact with the fluid to be sensed. Application of a small alternating current using these electrodes through the fluid/drug may allow measurement of electrochemical impedance. Volumetric changes of the compressible chamber due to movement of at least one surface within the compressible chamber (such as an actuating bellows or flexible diaphragm), may induce changes in the measured electrochemical impedance. Measuring these changes may allow for tracking of ejected liquid volumes from the compressible chamber. By taking the time-derivative of this signal, the rate of volume change can be tracked and therefore the rate of ejected fluid (flow rate) can be deduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: CHRISTIAN A. GUTIERREZ, ELLIS MENG
  • Patent number: 8257779
    Abstract: A viscous material noncontact jetting system has a jetting dispenser mounted for relative motion with respect to a surface. A control is operable to cause the jetting dispenser to jet a viscous material droplet that is applied to the surface as a viscous material dot. A device, such as a camera or weigh scale, is connected to the control and provides a feedback signal representing a size-related physical characteristic of the dot applied to the surface. The size-related physical characteristics of subsequently applied dots is controlled by heating and cooling, or adjusting a piston stroke in the jetting dispenser, in response to the size-related physical characteristic feedback. Dispensed material volume control and velocity offset compensation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Ron Abernathy, Alec J. Babiarz, Nicholas Anthony Barendt, Robert Ciardella, James Everett Cooper, Jr., Kenneth S. Espenschied, Erik Fiske, Christopher L. Giusti, Patrick R. Jenkins, Alan Lewis, Raymond Andrew Merritt, Naoya Ian Nagano, Horatio Quinones, Thomas Ratledge, Joe Sherman, Floriana Suriawidjaja, Todd Weston
  • Patent number: 8251261
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a liquid delivery apparatus capable of cutting the number of installation steps, eliminating the necessity of connectors such as couplings, and reducing the apparatus size. [Solving Means] The liquid delivery apparatus comprises a pressure reducing valve for adjusting pressure of pressurized gas, a pressure supply joint for supplying the pressurized gas having the adjusted pressure, and a solenoid valve for selectively establishing or cutting off communication between the pressure reducing valve and the pressure supply joint. The solenoid valve and the pressure reducing valve are arranged integrally with a manifold having channels formed therein. The solenoid valve and the pressure reducing valve are arranged on outer surfaces of the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Musashi Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Publication number: 20120211515
    Abstract: A method for a dispensing device for at least one air treatment agent as well as a dispensing device is described herein, the dispensing device comprises: a housing having one or more walls to define an interior adapted to receive at least one removable container of air treatment agent at least partially therein; and within said housing the device comprises: an airborne agent detector means operable to detect airborne agents in the air, wherein said means are provided with at least one aperture to the exterior of the device to permit, in use, air from outside of the device to enter said airborne agent detector means; receiving means for receiving said at least one container of air treatment agent; emanation means adapted, in use, to emanate the air treatment agent from the device through one or more exit orifices in the housing; control means in communication with the emanation means and in communication with said airborne agent detector means; characterised in that once a quantity of air treatment agent has
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: Reckitt & Colman (Overseas) Limited
    Inventors: Yuan An, Adrian Blagg, Paul Marrs, Louise Southern, Suzanne Toyne, Chris Witty, Simon Woolley
  • Publication number: 20120205397
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing fluids is introduced. A preferred embodiment comprises a sealed tank, a bag containing fluid inside the sealed tank, an outlet for dispensing the liquid in the bag, and a pressure generating device to create pressure in the sealed tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: FAIR OAKS FARMS BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Peter Doelman, Vincent A. Baxter
  • Patent number: 8240520
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for extruding viscous materials is provided. A dispenser comprises a control mechanism(s), a material containing structure and ports adapted to be coupled to a portable high-pressure gas source. A user controls a flow of the high-pressure gas with a control mechanism such as a trigger. The gas moves a piston inside the material containing structure and displaces viscous materials, such as an explosive, out of the structure through an output port or an output port coupled to a nozzle. A transparent materials tube may be provided to facilitate visual monitoring of the material flow. Localized and system wide pressure is controlled by structural design, material application on a structural component or control mechanisms to mitigate or eliminate a possibility of unintended effects from extrusion of the material including explosion due to overly high pressures between components of the extruder system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: James Eric Scheid, Larry Boivin