Material Atomized In Holder (e.g., Nebulizer) Patents (Class 239/338)
  • Patent number: 10668493
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for a spray system with dynamically configurable droplet sizes are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: BOULIND, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Boucher
  • Patent number: 10625031
    Abstract: An ultrasonic topical applicator and method is provided for dispensing a topical including an adjustable head including a mesh nebulizer having a perforated plate with a plurality of pores and a vibrating actuator, a cartridge having a reservoir for holding a topical and a port configured to secure the reservoir to the mesh nebulizer, and a handle including a power source and a controller configured to control energy from the power source to the mesh nebulizer based on an energy profile, where the vibrating actuator is configured to produce ultrasonic vibration based on the energy profile, and where the adjustable head is configured to lock into within the handle and to allow the adjustable head to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: John Streeter, Zane Bowman Allen Miller, Vincenzo Casasanta, III
  • Patent number: 10224687
    Abstract: A laser using a laser diode and a narrow wavelength from a resonant atomic transition of a predetermined material. The gain range of the laser diode encompasses the wavelength of the resonant atomic transition. A vapor cell containing a material, such as a metal vapor, providing the resonant atomic transition forming the predetermined wavelength is placed between permanent magnets. In one embodiment the vapor cell has opposing windows positioned at a Brewster's angle and rotated 90° relative to each other. The laser produces a very narrow bandwidth of a predetermined wavelength with high power. The laser configuration eliminates several optical components reducing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Radoslaw M. Sobczynski
  • Patent number: 9700685
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nebulizer mesh which is used, in a nebulizer for atomizing and nebulizing liquid, for atomizing the liquid, and has plural through holes 17, wherein each of the through holes 17 forms a cylindrical space portion 174 on one surface side of the nebulizer mesh, and forms an opening 172 opened in a mortar shape on the other surface side, and to a production method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO K.K.
    Inventors: Tasuku Arimoto, Makoto Sakai, Yoshio Shindo, Yuji Uchiumi, Shingo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9511166
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aroma diffuser with direct diffusion of essential oil, and an aroma diffusing method. The aroma diffuser comprises a base, a housing mounted on the base and an electric control element disposed on the housing. An essential oil bottle and a gasification element are also disposed on the housing, a pump element is disposed inside the housing and the open end of the essential oil bottle is connected to the lower end of the gasification element. The pump element is connected to the gasification element and the electric control element respectively and communicates with the gasification element. The gasified essential oil gas may be diffused to ambient air directly, rather than through the housing, the diffusion is fast, and the directly diffused essential oil does not need the dilution of water, greatly raising the efficiency of aromatherapy and meeting people's use requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: PUZHEN LIFE CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: Dong Sheng Li
  • Patent number: 9259540
    Abstract: A nozzle, an inhaler with a nozzle and a method for producing a nozzle are proposed, which nozzle comprises two holes formed in a flat plate which plate is then deformed such that the axes of the holes intersect so that jets of fluids moving through the holes impinge with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Stephen Terence Dunne
  • Patent number: 9146180
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for laser ablation of an analyte from a specimen and capturing of the analyte in a dispensed solvent to form a testing solution. A solvent dispensing and extraction system can form a liquid microjunction with the specimen. The solvent dispensing and extraction system can include a surface sampling probe. The laser beam can be directed through the surface sampling probe. The surface sampling probe can also serve as an atomic force microscopy probe. The surface sampling probe can form a seal with the specimen. The testing solution including the analyte can then be analyzed using an analytical instrument or undergo further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignees: UT-Battelle, LLC, University of Tennessee Research Foundation
    Inventors: Gary J. Van Berkel, Vilmos Kertesz, Olga S. Ovchinnikova
  • Patent number: 9027852
    Abstract: Disclosed is a constant quantity control nebulization device including a main body, a nebulization module, a fixing plate and a rotary ring, and the device is installed to a container that contains a liquid to be nebulized. A first liquid storage space with a predetermined volume is defined at the top of the main body, and the nebulization module is installed in the main body and interconnected to the first liquid storage space, and the fixing plate is fixed onto the main body and has a first through hole, the rotary ring is sheathed on the top of the main body and axially coupled to the fixing plate, and the rotary ring has a second through hole corresponding to the first through hole. The consumption of the liquid to be nebulized can be controlled by rotating the rotary ring to improve the convenience of operation significantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Micro Base Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Tun-Ying Fang, Tai-Shuan Lin, Chia-Lun Hsieh, Shao-Ming Yang, Yu-De Su, Chi-Shan Hung
  • Patent number: 8998105
    Abstract: A spray generator (10) including: a membrane (40) having a perforate portion through which, in use, a fluid is caused to flow when the membrane (40) is vibrated; an electronically-driven or a piezoelectrically driven actuator for vibrating the membrane (40); a chamber (18) for storing fluid for supply to a surface of the membrane (40); and a sealing element (13) located in and movable within the chamber (18) between a first position in which fluid flow from the chamber (18) through the membrane (40) is prevented and a second position in which fluid flow from the chamber (18) through the membrane (40) is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Technology Partnership Plc
    Inventors: Robert Gordon Maurice Selby, Martin Scott Goodchild
  • Patent number: 8991389
    Abstract: A nebulizer includes a piezoelectric transducer for aerosolizing a drug solution in a disposable cup module disposed above the transducer. Acoustic waves generated by the transducer propagate sequentially through transmitting medium, a first barrier, coupling medium, and a second barrier that forms part of the cup module, and into the interior of the cup module. The transducer at least partially comprises silver. The silver fluidly contacts the transmitting medium to discourage bacteria growth in the transmitting medium. The device includes electronics components that drive the transducer and measure an electrical characteristic associated with the transducer during operation. The electronics components measures changes in the electrical characteristic to determine when the drug solution level falls below a predetermined threshold, and deactivates the device accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Morrison, Eric A. Lieberman, Lakshmi Penugonda
  • Patent number: 8960568
    Abstract: The present invention provides a brush wheel typed nebulizer, comprising: a drive device; a spiral pump, including a body, an outer sleeve, in which the outer periphery of the body is installed with at least a helicoid member closely attached to an inner sleeve having a flow opening inside the outer sleeve; a brush wheel, configured with multiple implant holes and having brush hairs forming at least a ditch; a sleeve lid, on which a notch is configured in correspondence with the end of the brush hair, and an inner bulge acting conjunctively with the end of the brush hair and having multiple guide grooves. With such a design, it is possible to fling off the highly viscous liquid attached on the brush hair to create atomized liquid of extremely tiny microdrops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Wen-Pin Chen, Chiu-Yueh Tung
  • Patent number: 8945567
    Abstract: Amino acid sequences are provided that are directed against and/or that can specifically bind protein F of hRSV, as well as to compounds or constructs, and in particular proteins and polypeptides, that comprise or essentially consist of one or more such amino acid sequences. The amino acid sequences, polypeptides and therapeutic compounds and compositions provided by the invention show an improved stability, less immunogenicity and/or improved affinity and/or avidity for protein F of hRSV. The invention also relates to the uses of such amino acid sequences, polypeptides, compounds or constructs for prophylactic and/or therapeutic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ablynx N.V.
    Inventors: Erik Depla, Catelijne Stortelers, Stephanie Staelens
  • Patent number: 8939386
    Abstract: A removable replaceable cartridge for use with a liquid diffusing device. The cartridge includes a venturi, a conduit extending to the venturi, a mixing area and an outlet path for atomizing and dispersing a liquid within the cartridge. A diffusion device including a removable replaceable cartridge received within a housing. The housing includes a source of compressed gas which is directed into the cartridge. A venturi head with a unitary body for use with a diffusion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Prolitec, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Robert, Richard Weening
  • Patent number: 8936021
    Abstract: A method of safely delivering an ophthalmic fluid to an eye, the method including targeting the eye with an ophthalmic fluid misting device and activating an ultrasonic generator to deliver the ophthalmic fluid from the ophthalmic fluid misting device across a space between the misting device and the eye. The method further including maintaining a momentum of the ophthalmic fluid that is insufficient to trigger at least one of the ocular blink reflex and the lacrimation reflex of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Optimyst Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James F. Collins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8894044
    Abstract: Dispensing devices are disclosed that include a base, a reservoir that has a volatile active, and a housing. The housing includes a horizontal component and a vertical wall extending upwardly from the horizontal component. The horizontal component and the vertical wall define an interior volume of the housing. An activator is operatively connected to the reservoir. When the activator is activated, the volatile active is released from the reservoir into the interior volume of the housing to create a first quantity of volatile active having a first emanation rate and a second quantity of volatile active having a second emanation rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul E. Furner, Jeffrey L. Harwig, William G. Parsons
  • Patent number: 8881997
    Abstract: A nanoparticle aerosol generator, comprised of a vibrating fluidized bed with a baffle, a vibrating Venturi disperser and a cyclone separator. To generate nanoparticle aerosols, the nanoparticle aerosol generator uses the multiple impaction, vibrating air flow and vibrating high speed air flow to break up larger agglomerates, and multiple dilution to minimize the re-agglomeration of the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: West Virginia University
    Inventors: Jinghai Yi, Timothy Robert Nurkiewicz, Jinghai Yi
  • Patent number: 8881999
    Abstract: A system for fragrancing air includes an adjustable fan that is used to generate an air flow to push atomized fragrance oil from an output orifice of the system. The fragrance in the air is generated from atomized fragrance oil, where liquid fragrance oil can be stored in a cartridge bottle assembly and then atomized with compressed air in a collector assembly in the system. When the system is mounted on a wall or ceiling, the adjustable fan can be used to direct the fragrance downward at any number of angles from the system. The system can be programmed to adjust a fan speed and various settings of the fragrance delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: ScentAir Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert David Blaylock, John Thurston Chandler, Tom Conroy
  • Patent number: 8864046
    Abstract: A closed nebulizing system for removing bubbles includes a first pump, a nebulizing module and a second pump. The first pump is for providing a fluid. The nebulizing module includes an outlet channel, an inlet channel connected with the first pump, and a plurality of nozzles for nebulizing and ejecting part of the fluid. The second pump is connected with the outlet channel for outputting non-nebulized fluid. The first pump, the nebulizing module and the second pump form a closed fluid loop, so that the fluid continuously contacts with the plurality of nozzles and bubbles generated during nebulization process are evacuated from the nebulizing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Microjet Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Chang Chen, Shih-Che Chiu, Tsung-Pat Chou
  • Patent number: 8844520
    Abstract: A nebulizer for efficiently and reliably delivering aerosolized fluid to an inhaling patient is disclosed. The nebulizer includes a fluid channel air inlet and fluid channel air inlet valve responsive to either a manual force external of the nebulizer, or a patient's breathing, to begin the nebulization process. Also provided is a method of providing nebulization including the steps of moving a fluid channel air inlet valve against a fluid channel air inlet so that a negative pressure may build up over the fluid in the fluid channel to draw fluid from the fluid reservoir and begin nebulization during inhalation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Martin P. Foley, Jerry R. Grychowski, Rick Blacker
  • Publication number: 20140263743
    Abstract: A nebulizer kit includes a case body having a compressed air introduction tube in an upper end portion of which is a nozzle hole that expels compressed air, a suction channel formation member forming a suction channel for sucking liquid toward the upper end portion and forming an atomizing area in an exit region of the hole, and a flow channel formation member having an aerosol discharge port. The suction channel has first and second suction channels respectively extending upward along an outer circumferential surface of the tube and from the suction channel toward the hole at a leading end area of the tube and has a liquid suction port that expels the liquid. A particle segregating portion having a blade portion, whose orientation to the atomizing area is adjustable, is between the atomizing area and the port. The suction channel formation member is fixed to the case body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki ESAKI, Yoichi SASAI
  • Publication number: 20140263742
    Abstract: An automatically alignable conformal, cup-shaped fluidic nozzle engineered to generate an oscillating spray is configured as a cylindrical cup having a substantially open proximal end and a substantially closed distal end wall with a centrally located power nozzle defined therein and between first and second distally projecting alignment tabs or wall segments. Optionally, the fluidic circuit's oscillation inducing geometry is molded directly into the sealing post's distal surface and a one-piece cup provides the discharge orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BOWLES FLUIDICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shridhar Gopalan, Evan Hartranft, Gregory Russell
  • Patent number: 8820317
    Abstract: The invention relates to a turbo-inhaler, comprising an active-liquid container (1) holding a liquid having an active ingredient dissolved therein, a nebulizer (2), by means of which liquid can be converted into an aerosol and introduced into a blade housing (3), in which a bounding dome (4) is suspended, the concave side (41) of which is directed at the nebulizer, an exhaust air duct (5), which is connected to the blade housing in the area of the convex side (42) of the bounding dome, and a supply-air guide (6), by means of which supply air can be introduced between the blade housing and the active ingredient, wherein at least one guide blade (7) is placed on the convex side of the bounding dome and spirally extends thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Unither Therapeutik GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Kern
  • Patent number: 8800559
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an Breath actuated inhaler (BAI) actuator, comprising: a loading element capable of being loaded with an actuation force, a breath actuated trigger mechanism arranged to counteract the actuation force of the loading element, and to fire the actuator by releasing the actuation force of the loading element in response to an inhalation breath, and actuation locking device moveable between a locked position wherein it relieves the actuation force from the trigger mechanism setting the trigger mechanism in a neutral position, and an armed position wherein the trigger mechanism is set in an armed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: AstraZeneca AB
    Inventors: Nicholas Bowman, Jörgen Fruensgaard, Jörgen Funder Rasmussen, Henrik Hougaard Vilstrup, Keld Sloth Christensen
  • Publication number: 20140209707
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic spray cap installed onto a bottle mouth of a container, and the container contains a solution to be nebulized, and the electronic spray cap includes a cap, a casing, an nebulization module, a power supply and a power extraction module. The cap is applicable to be installed on various different containers; the casing has a liquid storage space and is installed on a side of the cap; the nebulization module and the power extraction module are installed on the casing and interconnected to the liquid storage space; the nebulization module is electrically coupled to the power supply. The power extraction module sucks the liquid to be nebulized into the liquid storage space, and releases, nebulizes and sprays the nebulized liquid out from the nebulization module to improve the convenience of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: MICRO BASE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: SHU-PING HSIEH, TUN-YING FANG, SHAO-MING YANG, CHIEH-MING HSIUNG
  • Publication number: 20140212334
    Abstract: A fluid cartridge (100) for dispensing a fluid, the fluid cartridge (100) comprising a casing (102) for accommodating the fluid, a pressure feed interface (104) configured for being coupled to a pressure feed unit (106) for feeding the fluid in the casing (102) with pressurized medium, a fluid dispensing unit (108) configured for generating particles, particularly fluid particles, upon feeding the fluid in the casing (102) with pressurized medium, and a fluidic path (110) in the casing (102) being opened or openable for enabling the particles, particularly fluid particles, to leave the casing (102) through the fluidic path (110).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Klein, Andreas Zimmer, Martin Trinker, Peter Brunner, Bernd Heiko Lindena, Rainer Behne
  • Patent number: 8757145
    Abstract: An ejection head cartridge and an inhalation apparatus may limit turbulence in an air stream and reduce the likelihood of collisions of ejected drug in an air flow channel so that the drug can be conveyed in a uniform air stream. An ejection head cartridge that is attachable to an inhalation apparatus for ejecting drug for inhalation by a user and has a plurality of ejection ports includes, among end portions continuous to a surface provided with the ejection ports, an end portion parallel to an ejection port array having a shape that guides a part of the air stream generated in the direction orthogonal to the ejection-port providing surface along the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takatoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8671935
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to a device for delivering a substance in an aerosol, liquid or cream form into a cellular organism with the assistance of asymmetric pulse magnetic energy and ultrasound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sheiman Ultrasonic Research Foundation PTY Ltd.
    Inventor: Vladimir Sheiman
  • Patent number: 8640971
    Abstract: A nebulizer comprising a main body, an atomizer, and a vibrating element. The atomizer comprises a substrate, a main recipient supported by the substrate for containing liquid and having surfaces delimiting the liquid reservoir, and a dosing reservoir arranged on the main recipient so as to delimit a predetermined amount of liquid to be expelled. The dosing reservoir comprises a hollow section defining the predetermined amount of liquid, a solid section, a central section, an orifice membrane plate, and a fluidic channel arranged in-between a bottom surface of the solid section and the flat top surface of the main reservoir so as to create a capillary communication between the hollow section and the orifice membrane plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: EP Systems SA
    Inventors: Amir Feriani, Joseph Hess, Cédric Zaugg
  • Publication number: 20130340786
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aerosol device formed from: a container containing an aerosol composition comprising one or more propellants and, in an alcoholic or aqueous-alcoholic medium, one or more fixing polymers, and a means for dispensing the said aerosol composition comprising a diffuser equipped with a slit-shaped end orifice that produces a fan-shaped spray. The present invention also relates to a process for treating and especially for shaping keratin fibres, in particular the hair, comprising the use of this device, and to the use of the said device for shaping keratin fibres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Céférino Rodrigues, Fatma Medard, Jonathan Gawtrey
  • Patent number: 8439280
    Abstract: A nebulizing element for liquid substances for coupling to procurement elements, includes at least one membrane with a microperforated area; at least one piezoelectric element connected to an electronic circuit and coupled to the membrane to cause it to vibrate; at least one first and one second support that can be placed on top of one another and create, on their interior a compartment to contain the membrane, the piezoelectric element, and a space of limited dimension for the liquid to be nebulized, created beneath the membrane. The second support has an opening for the nebulized liquid outlet, located in correspondence with the perforated area of the membrane. The nebulizing element also includes at least one collector for the liquid that flows from the porous element to the collector itself by capillary action; at least one capillary opening to allow in the liquid to be nebulized and at least one outlet opening to aid air circulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Zobele Holding S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fabio Marchetti, Stefano Deflorian, Alessandro Faes, Gianluca Paolazzi
  • Patent number: 8430338
    Abstract: A spray head for spraying a cosmetic or dermatological composition, in particular for application to the human body, may include a sonotrode for transmitting ultrasound vibration from a transducer to an ejection surface for ejecting particles of composition, the sonotrode including a channel for feeding the composition to the ejection surface. The channel may present a narrow portion between a composition inlet into the sonotrode and the composition outlet to the ejection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Nicolas Duru, Marion Prunier, Pascal Tierce
  • Patent number: 8387895
    Abstract: The aerosol generator of an inhalation therapy device according to a preferred embodiment of the invention continuously produces an aerosol at a generation rate of about 0.2 ml/min to about 1.5 ml/min, preferably 0.4 ml/min to about 1.2 ml/min and the mixing chamber has a volume of about 60 ml to about 150 ml, preferably about 80 ml to about 120 ml, and even more preferably about 90 to about 110 ml. While the patient inhales through the inhalation therapy device, the generated aerosol is inhaled by the patient. While the patient exhales into the inhalation therapy device, the generated aerosol is collected in the mixing chamber. Due to the specific size of the mixing chamber, the continuously generated aerosol can accumulate therein without losses even when the exhalation phase is longer than the inhalation phase like in the case of emphysema.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: PARI Pharma GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Stangl
  • Patent number: 8382008
    Abstract: An optimized and miniaturized aerosol generator preferably includes a transducer plate, at least one transducer, a level float, a fluid container, at least one aerosol output member and an air input member. At least one transducer counterbore is formed in the transducer plate to retain the at least one transducer. The fluid container includes a float chamber and an aerosol chamber. The at least one aerosol output and the air input member are retained in a top of the aerosol chamber. A sealing gasket is preferably placed between a top of the transducer plate and a bottom of the fluid. The level float is contained in the float chamber. Air is pumped into the aerosol chamber through the air input member. A transducer driver powers the at least one transducer. The at least one transducer vibrates and produces an aerosol, which exits the at least one aerosol output member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Ricciardi, Carl L. Ricciardi, John D. Wolf, II
  • Patent number: 8377185
    Abstract: This invention is a dust removal system for dust gas which comprises at least an atomizer. The atomizer comprises an atomizing chamber and an atomizing mechanism; the atomizing chamber includes an inlet for the dust gas and an outlet for the gas after mixture; the atomizing mechanism comprises a water chamber, the first atomizing ball, the second atomizing ball, an umbrella-shaped atomizer, and a regulating mechanism; the water chamber includes the first and second water inlet and the first and second water outlet; the regulating mechanism adjusts the fit clearance between the first atomizing ball and the first water outlet, the fit clearance between the second atomizing ball and the second water outlet, and the flare angle of the umbrella surface of the umbrella-shaped atomizer. The beneficial effect is: the two-stage atomization—coordinating the atomizing balls and the water outlets, and using an umbrella-shaped atomizer—guarantees the atomizing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Shenzhen Sunxing Light Alloys Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xuemin Chen, Qingdong Ye, Sihai Zhou
  • Patent number: 8360287
    Abstract: A foam pump for pumping a foamable liquid from a foamable liquid source includes a premix chamber having an interior volume receiving the foamable liquid from the foamable liquid source. The foam pump also include a premix chamber air inlet valve, and a collapsible air chamber surrounds the premix chamber and fluidly communicates with the interior volume of the premix chamber through said premix chamber air inlet valve. The collapsible air chamber has an expanded volume and a compressed volume, and, when the collapsible air chamber is moved from its expanded volume to its compressed volume, air within the collapsible air chamber is forced into the premix chamber through the premix chamber air inlet valve and mixes with the foamable liquid received in the premix chamber. An outlet communicates with the premix chamber and, upon compression of the collapsible air chamber from its expanded volume to its compressed volume, foamable liquid and air are advanced from the premix chamber into the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, Daniel M. Willis
  • Patent number: 8356696
    Abstract: A system and method for lubricating components where the lubricant is applied in mist form within a substantially enclosed cavity. The cavity contains a draining aperture which collects excess lubricant for subsequent re-use by the system. The cavity is defined by a spray head that includes a base having attached thereto a cover plate with an opening adapted to receive therethrough a component to be lubricated. The cavity and lubrication chamber prevents the escape of excess lubricant. The collection and reuse of excess lubricant provides a closed loop system that reduces lubricant waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Carroll, Michael Neu, Chris Petty, Dudley Headley, David McCoy, Stephen Smith
  • Patent number: 8353115
    Abstract: An exhaust air dryer includes a process airflow entering from outside as supply air, which removes moisture from laundry introduced in a treatment compartment and which emerges to the outside as exhaust air through an air outlet, a heat exchanger between the treatment compartment and the air outlet, seen in the airflow direction, which removes heat from the process airflow, while forming condensate, a dispersal device arranged downstream of the treatment compartment in the airflow direction and in front of the air outlet, which adds at least part of the formed condensate to the exhaust air, and a hydrophilic body belonging to the dispersal device, which projects into the process airflow and is impinged upon by condensate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Günter Steffens
  • Patent number: 8336545
    Abstract: A method of treating a patient with a pulmonary disease, where the method includes delivering a dose of aerosolized medicament intermittently to a ventilator circuit coupled to the respiratory system of the patient. Also, a method of treating a patient with a pulmonary disease, where the method includes taking the patient off a ventilator, and administering to the patient, a nebulized aerosol comprising from about 100 ?g to about 500 mg of a medicament. Also a method of treating a patient with a pulmonary disease, the method comprising administering an aerosolized first medicament comprising amikacin to the patient and administering, systemically a second medicament comprising an antibiotic to the patient that also treats the pulmonary disease, wherein a resulting amikacin concentration in the lung and/or pulmonary system is therapeutically-effective, and an amount of the systemically administered antibiotics is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Novartis Pharma AG
    Inventors: James B. Fink, John Power, Ehud Ivri, Kevin J. Corkery
  • Patent number: 8328122
    Abstract: An outlet head (22) for a spray device (10), the outlet head (22) comprising an inlet section (31) having an opening (30) adapted to receive an output section (20) of a spray material container (16), said opening (30) forming a first end of a fluid channel for spray material from the spray material container (16), the outlet head (22) also comprising an outlet portion (14) adapted to eject spray material and forming a second end of the fluid channel for spray material, wherein the inlet section (31) has a first, major, lateral axis and a second, minor, lateral axis, said first and second axes being substantially at right angles to one another, wherein the size of the inlet section along the first, major, axis is greater than the size of the inlet section along the second, minor, axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser (UK) Limited
    Inventors: David Bedford, Martin Butler
  • Patent number: 8322334
    Abstract: A nebulizer includes a receptacle for containing a liquid, a liquid-drawing tube, and a hollow cover including a partition plate dividing an interior of the cover into first and second chambers, first and second conduits each having an inlet end adapted to be connected to a compressed gas supply tube, and an outlet end communicated with the first chamber, and a mist output tube communicating fluidly with the second chamber. A nebulizing unit is connected to the outlet end of the first conduit and the liquid-drawing tube for directing a first compressed gas from the first conduit to the liquid exiting from the tube to convert the liquid into a mist. The second conduit introduces into the first chamber a second compressed gas which entrains the mist when flowing to the second chamber and exiting through the mist output tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Galemed Corporation
    Inventors: Gary C. J. Lee, Yu-Chien Yen, Thomas Loescher
  • Publication number: 20120292406
    Abstract: Procedure and device for the micro-mixing of miscible or immiscible fluids through reflux cell, produced by the invasion of one of the fluids going upstream into the feeding tube of the other fluid. This tube is closed and has a tube exit which is placed opposite an area of confluence where the exiting flow of the intercepted fluid meets an approximately perpendicular current of invading fluid, which is radially and centripetally directed to the axis of this exiting flow. The product is released outside through an exit orifice. The edges of the tube exit and the exit orifice are opposite each other and separated by an axial gap; and the penetration of this reflux cell into the feeding tube is regulated by controlling the velocity of the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Alfonso M. Gañan-Calvo
  • Patent number: 8291902
    Abstract: A conventional respiratory nebulizer has an emergency medication dose storage system delivering the stored medication dose directly to the nebulizing chamber with a single impulse of force to a simple mechanical delivery system, thereby making the nebulizer useable in two steps: (a) opening the medication capsule with a simple opening action; and (b) inhaling the nebulized medication. The delivery system includes a plunger assembly having a pair of converging blades coming to a point for piercing a medication capsule held within a docking chamber adjacent to a nebulizing mixing chamber and a hollow needle connected to an air power source directing air through said needle, to force liquid medication from said pierced medication capsule into said nebulizing mixing chamber of said nebulizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Abrams
  • Patent number: 8276587
    Abstract: A hand-held, automated qualitative fit tester (QLFT) for establishing gas mask fit integrity. The automated QLFT may be configured to utilize a pressure source in combination with a cartridge and a nebulizer to generate aerosols having size distributions and concentrations that are substantially the same as OSHA-approved manual units. The QLFT may further include a cartridge that contains the aerosol solution used to test mask integrity. The cartridge may be configured to recapture solution that collects on the interior walls of the nebulizer. The automated QLFT may also be equipped with a microprocessor for executing sequences that are in substantive compliance with 29 CFR 1910.134 and for writing to a data storage device. The automated aspects of the invention can reduce or negate the need for operating personnel to repeatedly and manually actuate a squeeze ball and record results manually, as is required with present OSHA-approved hand-held aerosol generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: TSI, Incorporated
    Inventors: Hai Zhang, Will Zanto, Qian Shi, Greg Olson, Phillip Poeschl, Vincent Majkowski, Stuart J. Olstad
  • Patent number: 8261739
    Abstract: A dry powder inhaler has a main airflow path including a cyclone chamber (16) having an air inlet and being so shaped that at least a part of the chamber decreases in cross-sectional area in a direction away from the air inlet, so as thereby in use to set up a reverse flow cyclone in the chamber. A bypass airflow path (8) bypasses the cyclone chamber and the main and bypass airflow paths communicate with a mouthpiece (6). The cyclone chamber may be provided by a part (22) which is removable from the rest of the inhaler for regular replacement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cambridge Consultants Limited
    Inventors: David Stuart Harris, Simon James Smith
  • Patent number: 8240304
    Abstract: An atomizer, a reservoir and a method are proposed for the delivery and in particular, the atomization of a formulation, particularly a powder. A pump and a spring are arranged inside the annular reservoir, the pump and the spring being moveable radially and in a sliding manner. The pump is actuated by the spring to put air under pressure for discharging powder from the reservoir. The reservoir comprises receptacles or cavities, each of which has an insert with a respective dose of the formulation. The receptacles are constructed as separate parts and/or arranged on a common or annular carrier and/or are sealed separately and/or on its outer circumferential periphery. The spring is tensioned and the air is sucked into the pump. Then, the next receptacle and a connecting element are aligned relative to each other. Finally, the aligned receptacle is pierced by the connecting element for supplying the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Thoemmes, Timo Von Brunn, Marc Rohrschneider, Stephen T. Dunne, Anke Klaer
  • Patent number: 8225790
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an Breath actuated inhaler (BAI) actuator, comprising: a loading element capable of being loaded with an actuation force, a breath actuated trigger mechanism arranged to counteract the actuation force of the loading element, and to fire the actuator by releasing the actuation force of the loading element in response to an inhalation breath, and actuation locking means moveable between a locked position wherein it relieves the actuation force from the trigger mechanism setting the trigger mechanism in a neutral position, and an armed position wherein the trigger mechanism is set in an armed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: AstraZeneca AB
    Inventors: Nicholas Bowman, Jörgen Fruensgaard, Jörgen Funder Rasmussen, Henrik Hougaard Vilstrup, Keld Sloth Christensen
  • Patent number: 8201351
    Abstract: Procedure and device for the micro-mixing of miscible or immiscible fluids through reflux cell, produced by the invasion of one of the fluids going upstream into the feeding tube of the other fluid. This tube is closed and has a tube exit which is placed opposite an area of confluence where the exiting flow of the intercepted fluid meets an approximately perpendicular current of invading fluid, which is radially and centripetally directed to the axis of this exiting flow. The product is released outside through an exit orifice. The edges of the tube exit and the exit orifice are opposite each other and separated by an axial gap; and the penetration of this reflux cell into the feeding tube is regulated by controlling the velocity of the fluid. An application of the invention is the ironing with a steam-aided water spray of drops smaller than 200 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Alfonso Miguel Ganan Calvo
  • Patent number: 8196573
    Abstract: A system for intermittent delivery of an aerosolized medicament is disclosed. The system may include an aerosol generator, a controller and a conduit. The aerosol generator may be configured to aerosolize a medicament. The controller may be configured to receive physiological characteristic information about a patient, and control the aerosol generator based at least in part on the physiological characteristic information. The conduit may be configured to supply the aerosolized medicament to the patient's airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: James B. Fink, John Power, Ehud Ivri, Niall Smith, Paul Dunne, Gavan O'Sullivan, Declan Moran, Keith Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8172115
    Abstract: A dispenser for hair building solids can be readily operated and aimed with one hand. A bulb that provides air for suspending the solids is located directly on top of a dispenser body. The bulb can be depressed by a single finger when the device is held in one hand. When the compressed air exits the bulb, it follows a direct straight downward pathway to the surface of the hair building solids. Air exiting the bulb passes through an air injecting orifice that is directed towards the surface of a mass of hair building solids suspending the solids within the turbulently pressurized container, which solids are then directed smoothly by the domed undersurface of the dispenser body into the straight bore of a short nozzle. The path followed by the solids is without bends thereby avoiding clogging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Spencer Forrest, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Mulhauser, Kyungmin Andy Lee, Mark Kress
  • Publication number: 20120018530
    Abstract: A system for fragrancing air includes an adjustable fan that is used to generate an air flow to push atomized fragrance oil from an output orifice of the system. The fragrance in the air is generated from atomized fragrance oil, where liquid fragrance oil can be stored in a cartridge bottle assembly and then atomized with compressed air in a collector assembly in the system. When the system is mounted on a wall or ceiling, the adjustable fan can be used to direct the fragrance downward at any number of angles from the system. The system can be programmed to adjust a fan speed and various settings of the fragrance delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: SCENTAIR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert David Blaylock, John Thurston Chandler, Tom Conroy