Including Dissolving Or Entraining In Liquid Stream Patents (Class 239/10)
  • Patent number: 10329644
    Abstract: A Ta—Nb alloy powder which provides a capacitor having a higher capacitance than a Ta capacitor and a better thermal stability in terms of an oxide film than a Nb capacitor, the Ta—Nb alloy powder being a Ta—Nb alloy powder produced by a thermal CVD method, wherein a content of Nb is 1 to 50 mass %, and an average particle diameter of primary particles is 30 to 200 nm, preferably, a CV value per unit mass of the powder (?F·V/g) is 250 k?F·V/g or more, or further, a CV value per unit volume (?F·V/mm3) in terms of a molded body whose molding density ? (g/cm3) is ?c (g/cm3)=?0.012RNb+3.57, wherein RNb:Nb content (mass %) in an alloy, is 900 ?F·V/mm3 or more, and an anode element for a solid electrolytic capacitor using the alloy powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Takayuki Maeshima, Issei Satoh, Hisakazu Sakai, Jun Furutani, Yoshihiko Takata, Tsukasa Kondo
  • Patent number: 10239076
    Abstract: A sprayer system having a trailer, which is pulled by a tractor or other tow body, and has a tank carrying liquid to be sprayed and a spray head. The trailer has a peristaltic pump mounted on a frame and driving pumping power from the wheels of the trailer so that the sprayer is self pumping when the trailer is pulled. The peristaltic pump provides a smooth flow by providing a multiplicity of pulses of liquid produced by the pump from the rotation of the trailer wheels by wrapping the compressible tube of each pump around an assembly of rollers which are rotated by drive wheels. The tube is wrapped at least 360° around the rollers and is held stationary by being connected to fixed outlet and inlets of each pump. The tube lies side by side on at least one of the rollers of each assembly and overlaps that roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Chapin Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Fontaine
  • Patent number: 10081022
    Abstract: A slot die assembly for applying at least one material onto a substrate includes an adapter having a passive heat transfer device, a shim package fluidically connected to the adapter, the shim package having a first material discharge slot and a second material discharge slot, and a die plate having a one or more fluid channels fluidically connected to the shim package. The assembly also includes one or more mounting studs extending from the adapter, the mounting studs configured to engage a parent machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew S. Ayers
  • Patent number: 10053394
    Abstract: Methods of coating seeds with polymers and seeds coated with such polymers are disclosed herein. The polymers can be phosphonates, sulfonates, polymers of ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acids, polyaminopolyethermethylene phosphonate, polysuccinic oligomers, acrylic acid/2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid, blends of acrylic acid/2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid with polyaminopolyethermethylene phosphonate, sulfomethylated acrylic acid/acrylamide, blends of sulfomethylated acrylic acid/acrylamide with polyaminopolyethermethylene phosphonate, polymaleic acid, acrylic acid/acrylamide copolymers, polyacrylic acid, trimethylglycine hydrochloride, blends of polyaminopolyethermethylene phosphonate with trimethylglycine hydrochloride, and any combination or salt of such polymers. Methods of monitoring, determining, and controlling the concentration of scale inhibitors in an agricultural irrigation system are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Jasbir S. Gill, Manian Ramesh, David R. Szymborski, William H. Morris
  • Patent number: 9868981
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for detecting an allelic form of a target. In an exemplary method, partitions may be created that collectively contain at least one first allelic form and a second allelic form of a target. Each partition may contain (i) a same probe capable of binding specifically to each of the first and second allelic forms of the target and (ii) a competitor configured to bind selectively to the second allelic form relative to the first allelic form and to block binding of the probe to the second allelic form. The first allelic form of the target may be amplified in the partitions. A signal may be detected from a label of the probe while the label is contained by the partitions. A number of partitions that are positive (or negative) for the at least one first allelic form may be determined based on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Samantha Cooper, Wei Yang, Jennifer Berman
  • Patent number: 9731330
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture for portable cooling tower cleaning are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Crossford International, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Kane, Joseph J. Franzino, Pete Gentile, Mark Rothenhausen
  • Patent number: 9706754
    Abstract: The application discloses a multi-chamber, multi-formulation fluid delivery system, comprising a multi-chamber applicator in fluid communication with multi-chamber packaging. Applicators according to the instant disclosure have reduced squeeze-strength requirements, and are useful for dispensing fluids, including medicaments, to animals, including livestock animals. The multi-chamber packaging provides separate storage for formulations containing incompatible active ingredients, and is suitable for use with the multi-chamber applicator. The application also discloses methods for using the system to simultaneously deliver multiple active ingredients, at least some of which are not suitable for co-formulation, thus reducing the time, economic burden and animal stress involved with applying multiple, separate formulations to animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MERIAL, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Luepke Prescott, Rodney Gordon Walker, Gareth Nigel Lauchlan, David Andrew Trow
  • Patent number: 9681653
    Abstract: Embodiments provide an applicator configured to pressurize and heat a mixture of water and herbicide, and expel the heated and pressurized water/herbicide mixture from the applicator. In some embodiments, the herbicide may be an organic herbicide such as organic acids, simple sugars, surfactants, or ammonia. The applicator may include an inline heating element coupled with a spray tip of the applicator such that the inline heating element may receive a water/herbicide mixture from a water line of the applicator, heat the water/herbicide mixture, and then supply the water/herbicide mixture to the spray tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Peterson
  • Patent number: 9556863
    Abstract: A sprayer system having a trailer, which is pulled by a tractor or other tow body, and has a tank carrying liquid to be sprayed and a spray head. The trailer has a peristaltic pump mounted on a frame and driving pumping power from the wheels of the trailer so that the sprayer is self pumping when the trailer is pulled. The peristaltic pump provides a smooth flow by providing a multiplicity of pulses of liquid produced by the pump from the rotation of the trailer wheels by wrapping the compressible tube of each pump around an assembly of rollers which are rotated by drive wheels. The tube is wrapped at least 360° around the rollers and is held stationary by being connected to fixed outlet and inlets of each pump. The tube lies side by side on at least one of the rollers of each assembly and overlaps that roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: James R. Fontaine
  • Patent number: 9533322
    Abstract: A sprinkler apparatus includes a sprinkler head, a riser which is in fluid communication with a fluid inlet and the sprinkler head, a base for supporting and maintaining the sprinkler head in an upright position when the base is in contact with the ground or other surface; and wherein, the riser extends substantially vertically from the base a distance at least twice the width of the base and the base is configured to allow the apparatus to be pulled over the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony Atwool, Jonathan Gray
  • Patent number: 9381138
    Abstract: In this disclosure, a method is described wherein the method comprises mixing a therapeutic gas or a therapeutic liquid or a combination thereof and a liquid carrier in a high shear device to produce a dispersion; and administering the produced dispersion intravenously to a patient; wherein the produced dispersion contains nanobubbles of the therapeutic gas or droplets of the therapeutic liquid with a mean diameter of less than about 1.5 ?m. In this disclosure, a system is also described wherein the system comprises a therapeutic gas source or a therapeutic liquid source or a combination thereof; a liquid carrier source; a high shear device (HSD) having an inlet, an outlet, at least one rotor, and at least one stator separated by a shear gap; and a pump configured to control the flow rate and residence time of a fluid passing through the high shear device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Aziz Hassan, Rayford G. Anthony
  • Patent number: 9259745
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, apparatus and methods for a multi-section applicator having variable-rate sections. In an example, an apparatus can include at least one distribution manifold, a user interface, and an applicator controller. The at least one distribution manifold distributes a substance and can include an inlet port configured to receive the substance, a plurality of outlet ports, one or more sensors located at an outlet port, a controllable valve that supplies the substance to the inlet port. The applicator controller measures a value of the distribution parameter using the sensor signal produced by the at least one sensor of an outlet port, detects when the measured value differs from a specified target value by more than a specified error threshold value, and presents an indication, using the user interface, that the measured value differs from the target value according to the detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Raven Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Ernest Kocer, Joshua D. Grabow, Warren L. Thompson, Steve S. Jensen, Patrick A. Hansen, Nicholas O. Michael, Scott Porter, Clarence Walt Fowler, David Anthony Fowler
  • Patent number: 9038919
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to systems and methods for the formation and/or control of fluidic species, and articles produced by such systems and methods. In some cases, the invention involves unique fluid channels, systems, controls, and/or restrictions, and combinations thereof. In certain embodiments, the invention allows fluidic streams (which can be continuous or discontinuous, i.e., droplets) to be formed and/or combined, at a variety of scales, including microfluidic scales. In one set of embodiments, a fluidic stream may be produced from a channel, where a cross-sectional dimension of the fluidic stream is smaller than that of the channel, for example, through the use of structural elements, other fluids, and/or applied external fields, etc. In some cases, a Taylor cone may be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Darren Roy Link, David A. Weitz, Manuel Marquez-Sanchez, Zhengdong Cheng
  • Publication number: 20150129675
    Abstract: The invention concerns an irrigation system (2) comprising a tank (4) in its turn provided with a water feeding inlet (6), a water outlet (8), and optionally a closing element (10), and comprising a sprinkling unit (12) provided with a water inlet opening (14) and a water outlet jet (16), as well as a connection element (18) suited for transferring a liquid. The inlet opening (14) of the sprinkling unit (12) is connected, with respect to the direction of said water flow, downstream of the tank (4) through the connection element (18) with the outlet (8) of the tank (4), in such a way that the water flowing out of the tank (4) enters the sprinkling unit (12) through the inlet opening (14). The invention concerns also a corresponding irrigation plant and method and a corresponding dispenser tank. The invention can be applied for treating different types of soil, in particular agricultural areas, gardens and flower beds, and sports grounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
  • Patent number: 9004374
    Abstract: The steps of the irrigation method include: flowing a stream of water having input and output and intermediate location; interposing a feeding device into the stream of water at the intermediate location, the feeding device having input and output ends; inserting a quantity of nutrient fertilizer into the feeding device; converting the nutrient fertilizer from the viscous state to the less viscous state through the flow of water through the feeding device; and intermixing the viscous nutrient fertilizer with the water entering the feeding device whereby the water leaving the device to plants and soil will include a fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Gans
  • Patent number: 8919366
    Abstract: An improved electromechanical apparatus for injecting or purging fluids on demand is disclosed. Also disclosed are systems and methods for using the apparatus, including automatic fertilizer injection/injecting and water line purging systems for use in lawn maintenance. The apparatus can be located in a main water line before the distribution valves of an irrigation system, for example, where it can be activated or deactivated without interfering with the normal usage of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Dunn
  • Patent number: 8870094
    Abstract: A method of dispensing different concentrations of chemical concentrate from a concentrate container at different flow rates. The method includes providing a stream of water and a chemical concentrate adapted to be diluted in the stream of water between an inlet of a body member and an outlet of the body member to provide a fluid concentration dispensable from the outlet at one of a plurality of flow rates, rotating at least a portion of an eductor to vary one of a volume of chemical concentrate and the flow rate, sliding the eductor to vary the other of the volume of chemical concentrate and the flow rate, and selectively dispensing the fluid concentration through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis H. Hubmann, Mark T. MacLean-Blevins, Matthew Young
  • Patent number: 8844450
    Abstract: A product reservoir is provided that includes a flexible bag and a carton to receive and retain the flexible bag. The bag may contain liquid chemical substances that are dispensed from the bag through a bag spout. The product reservoir may serve as a component to a fluid delivery system, such as a direct injection system employed by agricultural seed planting machines. When the bag is connected to the direct injection system, the liquid substance is placed in fluid communication with a delivery device whereby the substance can be dispensed to a selected area for treatment. The liquid substance may be mixed in-line with water received from a water reservoir prior to being dispensed by the delivery device. The planting machine may be equipped with a plurality of product reservoirs. A method of applying a liquid pesticide to a selected area is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Syngenta Crop Protection LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Clifford Dull, Walter Theodore Meisner, III, Joshua Jenkins, Dustin Mack
  • Publication number: 20140263705
    Abstract: A system comprises a distribution boom, a first pump device configured to provide a flow stream of a carrier substance for the distribution boom, a second pump device configured to supply a chemical substance into the flow stream of the carrier substance, and a control module. The distribution boom includes a plurality of boom sections. A boom section includes one or more dispensers, a mixing device configured to provide a combination of chemical and carrier to the one or more dispensers, and a control valve configured to supply the chemical substance to the mixing device. The control module is configured to individually control a rate of supply of the chemical substance to the boom section by the control valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Nick Michael, Diane Miller, Warren L. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140263704
    Abstract: An agricultural sprayer for metered application of a liquid includes a chassis, and a carrier tank fixedly mounted to the chassis. The carrier tank is configured for containing a carrier liquid therein. One or more active ingredient tanks are each configured for containing an active ingredient therein. A storage area associated with the chassis is configured for and dedicated to removable storage of each active ingredient tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Lyle P. Mangen, Aaron R. Tollefsrud
  • Patent number: 8801841
    Abstract: The system and method for preventing air leakage from the process side to the bearing side of a mill. The system includes a labyrinth seal ring comprising a series of knives defining first and second labyrinth paths from an air inlet to the process side and the bearing side of the system, respectively. The differences in the two paths such as provided by the number of knives used in each path creates a differential pressure drop which biases air from the air inlet to the process side. The labyrinth seal thus provides a reliable and superior method for reducing the potential for particulate in the process side of the mill from damaging the bearing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: United Conveyor Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Balbarin, Daniel E. Charhut, Robert Heywood, Robert LeDain, Saurabh Rastogi
  • Patent number: 8784390
    Abstract: A spray nozzle system for skin treatments includes separate air outlets moving over the skin surface to deliver one or more streams of supplemental air for the purpose of warming or drying the skin surface to improve efficacy and comfort of the spraying experience. The drying air from the auxiliary ports may be applied while spray is emitted from the nozzle to increase the spray cloud temperature, or may be applied before or after the spray application, with the spray turned off, to warm or dry the skin. A heating source is provided to warm the air directed through one or more heated air ports. In the case of air-atomizing nozzles, the heated air is delivered through low pressure ports separately from the air emitted through the nozzle's higher pressure atomizing and pattern shaping orifices to minimize the expansion cooling effect inherent with the spray nozzle ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sunless, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Thomason, Steven C. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20140091157
    Abstract: A method and system of providing a mist in a grocery display that injects biocidal solution into a misting line of water during a phase of the misting cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: PuriCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald N. DiBello, Noel J. Pixley, Roger D. Hall, Geoffrey Richard Koontz
  • Publication number: 20140084076
    Abstract: A foam-applying nozzle including a generally hollow housing. An eductor disposed in the housing has a generally hollow body with a wall, the hollow of the body forming an eduction chamber. An eductor inlet and an opposing eductor outlet are in fluid communication with the eduction chamber. A plurality of j et inlets extend into the wall of the body, the jet inlets terminating in jet ports that are in fluid communication with the eduction chamber. The jet inlets are configured to receive a predetermined portion of a pressurized fluid, the portion exiting through the jet ports generally toward the eductor outlet, creating a vacuum in the eduction chamber. The vacuum is configured to draw a foam solution into the eductor inlet, the foam solution mixing with the aforementioned portion of pressurized fluid in the eduction chamber to form a foam mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin J. Petit, Ajit P. Singh, Frederick Lewis
  • Patent number: 8646700
    Abstract: For transport of granulate from a granulation tank by means of liquid and air, an ejector is provided with a side inlet for granulate, a first end with a spray nozzle for pressurized transport liquid, and a second end with an inlet for pressurized gas. Downstream from the second end, an outlet spray nozzle for a three-phase flow of liquid, granulate, and gas is provided. A first conduit has a lower end connected with the outlet for transport of the three-phase flow. The ejector includes a tubular ejector housing with an internal wear liner and an outlet spray nozzle made from a durable material. The inlet for pressurized gas includes a ring-shaped chamber that surrounds the periphery of the ejector and is connected with the inside of the ejector through a ring-shaped slit that directs the pressurized gas towards the outlet of the ejector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Uvan Holding AB
    Inventors: Christoffer Lundström, Kåre Folgerö
  • Publication number: 20140021270
    Abstract: Systems for selectively capturing and/or releasing particular vapors or odors are described. The systems utilize polymeric substrates such as in the shape of disks that can be infused with one or more target vapors or odors. The systems also utilize enclosures having one or more defined orifices. After placement of infused polymeric substrates within the interior of an enclosure, target agents evaporate or otherwise vapor transfer from the interior of the enclosure through the defined orifice(s) in a controlled and quantifiable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Inventors: William A. MacCrehan, Michele M. Schantz, Stephanie M. Moore
  • Patent number: 8622145
    Abstract: A firefighting station is provided. The firefighting station includes an optional portable cart, one or more chemical foam proportioners, one or more first manifolds, one or more first valves, one or more first check valves, one or more second manifolds and one or more optional chemical fire suppression agent reservoirs. Methods of suppressing or preventing a fire are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: James D. Guse
  • Patent number: 8622144
    Abstract: This invention comprises a method of dispensing water-based decontaminants from a dispenser, comprising the steps of: (a) filling one or more tanks each with respective solutions of chemicals and water; (b) pumping the solutions from the tanks in respective hoses, each of the tanks being evacuated under the urging of a respective pump; (c) mixing the solutions at a static mixer after evacuation of the solutions from the tanks to form a mixture; (d) adding water to the mixture at the static mixer; and (e) dispensing the water-added mixture onto an incident site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Allen-Vanguard Corporation
    Inventors: John Davis, Dragan Sorak
  • Publication number: 20140001278
    Abstract: An eductor system includes an eductor body having an eductor outlet and a motive fluid inlet being generally orthogonal to the eductor outlet, a suction nozzel disposed within the eductor body and co-axial with the eductor outlet, the suction nozzle extending between a nozzle proximal end and a nozzle distal end, the nozzle proximal end is fixed to the eductor body; and a suction tube element slidably disposed within the suction nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: James Alroy E. Hagquist, Robert M. Hume, III, Terrance L. Lund, Roderick I. Lund
  • Patent number: 8597729
    Abstract: In a method and system for forming microbeads, a polymer solution includes particles and a polymer dissolved in a solvent. A stream of the polymer solution flows into a chamber. A focusing fluid contacts and focuses the polymer stream in the chamber. The focusing fluid and the focused polymer stream flow, as a single flow stream, out from the chamber. Pendant droplets detach from a leading end of the single flow stream to form the microbeads. The focusing fluid reacts with the polymer solution to form functional groups at a surface of the microbeads for binding with biorecognition molecules. In the system, a flow focusing apparatus includes a flow focusing body shaped to define the chamber. Microbeads formed according to the methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: FIO Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastien Fournier-Bidoz, Warren Che Wor Chan
  • Patent number: 8557051
    Abstract: A system for cleaning a substrate with a foam performs a method for generating a cleaning foam. In the first operation of the method, the system pumps a fluid into a premix chamber. The premix chamber is a component of a male plug which fits into a female housing in the system. Then the system injects a gas into the premix chamber to initiate generation of the foam from the fluid. The foam flows from the premix chamber into a sealed helical channel formed by a helical indentation on an outside surface of the male plug and an inner surface of the female housing to allow the foam to reach a desired state along a length of the sealed helical channel. In the last operation of the method, the foam outputs from an exit end of the helical channel through the male plug to a component of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Arnold Kholodenko, Anwar Husain, Gregory A. Tomasch, Cheng-Yu (Sean) Lin
  • Publication number: 20130256425
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a self cleaning eductor that uses the same fluid to provide the primary pumping action and to continuously clean the throat of the eductor. Dry particles are suctioned into the eductor and suspended within a fluid for transporting the particles within the eductor. Material cleaned off the eductor throat is discharged through a diffuser of the eductor along with the pumped material. Particles enter the tubular body through a tube positioned at a shallow angle relative to the fluid jet stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Alfonso M. Misuraca, SR., Alfredo P. Morales
  • Publication number: 20130233937
    Abstract: A spreader assembly may include a hopper having a receptacle for holding salt, or the like, and at least one chamber formed between the receptacle and an outer surface of the hopper. The chamber may hold a liquid used to pre-wet the salt before it contacts a ground surface. The hopper may be an insert hopper formed as a one piece plastic component in a rotational molding operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Norkus, James Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8528834
    Abstract: A system for automating the growing of crops, such as grapevines. Combinations of data from sensors local to a vineyard, and from optional remote stations and sensors, is combined with a control system to accurately control the dispensing of water and chemicals such as insecticides, disease prevention fungicides and fertilizers. The materials are dispensed through a multiple channel conduit which allows conflicting, or incompatible, types of materials to be transported through a common assembly. Sensors are attached to the conduit so that the placement of sensors can occur simultaneously with the laying of the conduit. This approach also ensures correct placement and spacing of the sensors with respect to each plant, or plant area, to be monitored and treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Paul W. Skinner
  • Publication number: 20130193226
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a dispenser device and container for mixing a chemical concentrate and a diluent to produce a diluted mixture. The dispenser device may include a housing, a slide, and an eductor. The container holds the chemical concentrate. The dispenser device communicates with the chemical concentrate and with the diluent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Woods Dispensing Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert C. Uschold, Jeffrey A. Karg, Christopher M. Catinella, Vito Lore
  • Publication number: 20130134232
    Abstract: An injector for co-feeding liquid and solid fuels into a gasifier is provided. The injector includes a body, a first member, and a second member. The body comprises a first channel for conveying a liquid fuel. The first member surrounds the body to define a second channel for pneumatically conveying a solid fuel. The second member surrounds the first member to define a third channel for conveying a fluid stream for dispersing the solid fuel. The liquid fuel is atomized before being mixed with the solid fuel. A method for co-feeding liquid and solid fuels is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Xiangqi Wang, Wei Chen, Ke Liu, Lishun Hu, Zhe Cui, Xianglong Zhao
  • Publication number: 20130126631
    Abstract: A method of dispensing different concentrations of chemical concentrate from a concentrate container at different flow rates. The method includes providing a stream of water and a chemical concentrate adapted to he diluted in the stream of water between an inlet of a body member and an outlet of the body member to provide a fluid concentration dispensable from the outlet at one of a plurality of flow rates, rotating at least a portion of an eductor to vary one of a volume of chemical concentrate and the flow rate, sliding the eductor to vary the other of the volume of chemical concentrate and the flow rate, and selectively dispensing the fluid concentration through the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: DIVERSEY, INC.
    Inventors: Curtis H. Hubmann, Mark T. MacLean-Blevins, Matthew Young
  • Publication number: 20130099018
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to methods and systems for manipulating droplet size. In certain aspects, the invention provides methods for manipulating droplet size that include forming droplets of aqueous fluid surrounded by an immiscible carrier fluid, and manipulating droplet size during the forming step by adjusting pressure exerted on the aqueous fluid or the carrier fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Raindance Technolgies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Miller, Qun Zhong, Darren Roy Link
  • Publication number: 20130092748
    Abstract: A hose attachment particulate spreader device is provided that includes a housing having a particulate egress aperture. A first funnel channel is provided for conveying dry flowable particulate. A selector controls a first gate in communication with the first funnel channel. The first gate meters dry flowable particulate within the first funnel channel. A water inlet is also provided for engaging a water supply hose. A water trigger is included for simultaneously opening a second gate in communication with the first gate and the egress aperture, as well as applying a water spray to exhaust a content from the funnel hose out the egress aperture. A process for field spreading is provided that includes attaching a bottle to such a device, the bottle containing a content of a dry flowable particulate or a slurry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: The Andersons, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Waggoner, Mario Restive, Tom Remms, Mark Graham, Steve Domik
  • Publication number: 20130068852
    Abstract: A spray system for spraying a secondary fluid into a primary fluid. The secondary fluid is gaseous, liquid or contains fine particulate solids to be dispersed in the primary fluid. The spray system has a central nozzle for the primary fluid and a nozzle for the secondary fluid. The nozzle housing has a tubular design and the central nozzle is provided with a central passage for the primary fluid. The passage, as seen in the flow direction, has convergent inlet region, a constriction and a divergent outlet part. An outlet opening for the secondary fluid is arranged on the downstream end of the nozzle housing and an outlet opening generates a spray jet of secondary fluid that surrounds the primary fluid exiting the central passage in a substantially ring-shaped manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Dieter Wurz, Stefan Hartig
  • Publication number: 20130062427
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gas liquid contactor and effluent cleaning system and method and more particularly to individually fed nozzle banks including an array of nozzles configured to produce uniformly spaced flat liquid jets shaped to minimize disruption from a gas. An embodiment of the invention is directed towards a gas liquid contactor having a plurality of modules including a liquid inlet and outlet and a gas inlet and outlet. An array of nozzles is in communication with the liquid inlet and the gas inlet. The array of nozzles is configured to produce uniformly spaced flat liquid jets shaped to minimize disruption from a gas flow and maximize gas flow and liquid flow interactions while rapidly replenishing the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Neumann Systems Group, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8307907
    Abstract: A hybrid foam system for providing a variety of proportioned foam solutions is provided. The system includes a low flow foam proportioning system operatively associated with a high flow foam proportioning system and a system controller for controlling the operating conditions of the overall hybrid foam system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Hale Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Laskaris, Dominic John Colletti
  • Publication number: 20120273585
    Abstract: A dissolution generator includes: an upright housing; a screen assembly extending across an interior of the housing, and configured to support a column of powder thereabove; a spray nozzle disposed below the screen assembly and directed towards the screen assembly; and a pressure mechanism disposed above the screen assembly, and configured to apply a substantially constant downward pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Hubert Ray Broome
  • Publication number: 20120267445
    Abstract: A sprayer head assembly for dispensing a chemical stored within a container comprises a body having a bore and a valve moveably positioned at least partially within the bore. The housing includes passages for carrier fluid and the chemical. A vent passage is also provided. The valve selectively closes and opens the carrier fluid, chemical and vent passages. The valve is configured to move in a side to side motion which is generally transverse to a longitudinal axis of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Donald J. Shanklin, Ronald F. Englhard
  • Patent number: 8292194
    Abstract: A process for mixing a liquid or mixture of a liquid and a fine solid present in a vessel, in which the vessel is supplied with the same liquid or the same mixture as a motive jet of a jet nozzle which is present in the vessel and has a motive jet and a momentum exchange chamber, the suction region between motive nozzle and momentum exchange chamber being provided with a sheath which has a suction orifice below the central jet leading from the motive nozzle into the momentum exchange chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Michael Blechschmitt, Ulrich Hammon, Friedrich-Georg Martin, Klaus Joachim Mueller-Engel, Peter Zehner
  • Publication number: 20120241536
    Abstract: The instant invention relates to compositions and methods for the control of nematodes and soil borne diseases using compositions comprising high terpene containing oils and one or more surfactants and alcohol. The invention also relates to methods for conditioning soil to improve overall plant health and growth by among others increasing the wetted soil volume available for water utilization by plant roots using the disclosed compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: ORO AGRI, INC.
    Inventors: Erroll Melvyn Pullen, Melvin Donovan Pullen
  • Publication number: 20120234935
    Abstract: The dispenser draws a concentrate fluid from a liquid container into an input fluid. There is an elongated channel having an input for the input fluid and dispensing nozzle at an exit end for dispensing the concentrate fluid in a diluted form. A transverse intersecting channel is intermediate the input end and the exit end. An insert is moveable in the transverse intersecting channel, apertures of the moveable insert being alignable with apertures in the transverse intersecting channel and the liquid container. The channels from the liquid container will have a plurality of various sized apertures to provide for the flow of differing amounts of concentrate fluid into the input fluid. By adjusting the moveable insert in the transverse intersecting channel and/or the input fluid flow rate the concentration of concentrate fluid in the input fluid is changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Ming Sun
  • Publication number: 20120236299
    Abstract: Methods and devices for the formation of droplets of a first fluid in a second fluid and the encapsulation of particles or cells within such droplets are disclosed. Impetus for droplet formation is provided by the creation of a transient bubble, which may be induced using a pulsed laser. Droplet volume and the frequency at which droplets are formed can be controlled by modulation of the pulsed laser. The disclosed methods and devices are particularly suitable for use in microfluidic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
  • Publication number: 20120074241
    Abstract: A bathing apparatus includes an in-line mixing unit and a hand operated injecting unit. The mixing unit is coupled between a water supply pipe and a water dispensing device, such as a showerhead and is in fluid communication with the hand operated injection unit. The injection unit, upon user demand, draws a controllable predetermined quantity of bathing fluid from a standard off the shelf purchased bottle of bathing fluid, such as a bottle of bath oil, and then ejects, upon user demand and in a hands free operation, the drawn bathing fluid, at a user selected flow rate. The ejected bathing fluid passes to the mixing unit which causes the ejected bathing fluid to be mixed within a stream of water being delivered to the water dispensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
  • Publication number: 20120067969
    Abstract: An apparatus for acidifying and applying irrigation water to a field of ground to be irrigated comprising a fixed or traveling conveyance structure with a water delivery system associated with a plurality of independently operable sprinkler assemblies associated with mixing valves, the water delivery system, and a sulfurous acid manifold to mix acidified water with the water delivered to the sprinkler assemblies to distribute co-mixed acidified water over the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: Harmon Systems International, LLC
    Inventor: Terry Gong