Nondrying Treating Precedes Drying Patents (Class 34/381)
  • Patent number: 10661305
    Abstract: The film production method includes: forming an ink layer on the base substrate covering the surface of the base substrate, the ink layer including a solvent and a film-forming material dissolved in the solvent; blowing gas to the ink layer so that the solvent in the ink layer spreads towards the periphery of the base substrate; removing the solvent in the ink layer so that the film-forming material in the ink layer forms a film covering the surface of the base substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chinlung Liao, Guang Yan, Chang Yen Wu
  • Patent number: 10648732
    Abstract: Washstand furniture is disclosed. The washstand furniture includes: a wash device including a wash bowl, a water supply assembly for supplying water to the wash bowl, and a drainage assembly for draining the water supplied to the wash bowl; an inner cabinet provided under the wash bowl, the inner cabinet having a space defined therein; an electrically operated module provided in the inner cabinet; an outer cabinet provided outside the inner cabinet for maintaining the rigidity of the washstand furniture; and a storage module provided in a space defined by the wash bowl, the inner cabinet, and the outer cabinet, the storage module having therein a storage space for storing a printed circuit board for controlling the operation of the inner module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Inhyung Yang, Seongho Kim, Ungje Jo
  • Patent number: 10236191
    Abstract: A wafer drying apparatus includes air supply unit having first and second air supply tube provided at respective first and second front-surface side of wafer, and wafer holding unit configured to vertically hold wafer, and configured so that wafer relatively moves with respect to air supply unit, plurality of first air outlets separated from each other at predetermined intervals are provided at wafer side of first air supply tube, plurality of second air outlets separated from each other at predetermined intervals are provided at wafer side of second air supply tube, plurality of first and second air outlets are respectively provided to form an angle with respect to vertical direction regarding wafer as to blow air from peripheral portion to central portion with respect to central line in vertical direction of wafer. It is possible to provide wafer drying apparatus with simple structure, which reduces undried portion without degrading productivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taichi Yasuda, Tatsuo Enomoto
  • Patent number: 10214851
    Abstract: A lint catching system is provided for a clothes dryer. The lint catching system filters lint from exhaust air expelled from the clothes dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ADR Products, LLC
    Inventors: David George Gregory, Adrienne Francesca Szabady
  • Patent number: 9593441
    Abstract: A lint catching system is provided for a clothes dryer. The lint catching system filters lint from exhaust air expelled from the clothes dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ADR Products, LLC
    Inventors: David George Gregory, Adrienne Francesca Szabady
  • Patent number: 8984766
    Abstract: A rack of the type for circulating air interiorly for drying multiple pairs of boots and/or gloves, where the articles to be dried are sprayed with a liquid sterilizing agent while on the rack. The blower housing, manifold and hollow members of the rack have no exterior horizontal surfaces to prevent pooling of the sterilizing agent. In addition, drain holes are provided in the blower housing, rack tubes and manifold to prevent interior trapping of sterilizing agent or moisture from condensation. In one version intended for sterilizing with power connected, a conduit in the manifold drains any liquid in the blower housing directly into the rack tubes. Another lower cost version is intended for sterilizing after electrical power has been externally disconnected and has liquid/moisture drain holes in the blower housing. Either version may be wall mounted or arranged as portable free standing single or double sided rack drying systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Williams Boot & Glove Dryers Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Williams
  • Publication number: 20150075027
    Abstract: The present invention of a method for producing a porous membrane including a solidification step of forming a porous membrane, and a heating step of drying the porous membrane, wherein the heating step includes at least a water reduction step of the porous membrane, the water reduction step uses a heating medium, and the temperature of the heating medium (Tgh) satisfies a relation of tgh>Td, when Td represents the heat deformation temperature of a membrane material. The present invention of a drying device of a porous membrane including a water reduction unit, and a final drying unit, wherein the drying device includes a membrane-surface-temperature measurement means for measuring the surface temperature of the porous membrane and the final drying unit, and a control means for controlling the temperature and/or the flow speed of the heating medium of the water reduction unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Maehara, Masaki Kurashina, Toshinori Sumi
  • Patent number: 8966781
    Abstract: An equipment rack system includes a plurality of holders at least including a pair of first holders, a pair of second holders, a pair of third holders, a pair of fourth holders, and a pair of fifth holders, a base; a vertical column have a first end and a second end; a valve; and a powerer. Each pair of first holders, the pair of second holders, the pair of third holders, the pair of fourth holders, and the pair of fifth holders comprise fluid apertures about their lengths. The equipment is placed on the pair of first holders, the pair of second holders, the pair of third holders, the pair of fourth holders, and the pair of fifth holders on the equipment rack during an in-use condition to sanitize and air dry equipment to neutralize odors, and eliminate bacteria, and germs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Bruce McKernan
  • Patent number: 8950081
    Abstract: Methods of removing moisture from a compressor using a sorbent technology are provided. A dehydration device incorporating the sorbent technology is disposed in a system that contains a hygroscopic fluid. By passing the hygroscopic fluid over the sorbent technology, moisture is removed from the hygroscopic fluid. The systems include sealed devices and integral components for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and refrigeration devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Heidecker
  • Patent number: 8937625
    Abstract: Provided are a fabric dryer and a method of controlling the fabric dryer. The fabric dryer includes a drum, a driving unit, a steam supply unit, a radical supply unit, a contamination removal function selector, and a controller. The drum is rotatably disposed and receives laundry. The driver rotates the drum. The steam supply unit supplies steam into the drum. The radical supply unit supplies radical into the drum. The contamination removal function selector selects a water-soluble contaminant or a fat-soluble contaminant. The controller controls the steam supply unit to supply steam in response to selection of the water-soluble-contaminant by the contamination removal function selector, and controls the radical supply unit to supply radical in response to selection of fat-soluble contaminant by the contamination removal function selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Deughee Lee
  • Publication number: 20140366396
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a polishing pad includes a housing including a body, an interconnection portion, and a discharging portion, and a stirrer located in the housing, the stirrer mixing a polishing pad composition and a pore forming material with each other. A diameter of the discharging portion is in a range of about 9 mm to about 16 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Youngjun JANG, Bong-Su AHN, Jin-Su JEONG, Jungsik CHOI
  • Patent number: 8898929
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying gloves is provided, including a main member, at least one light source, and at least one air source. The main member includes an outer surface configured for receiving a glove, and a plurality of apertures disposed along the outer surface. The light source emits a UV-C light, and the air source blows air. The UV-C light from the light source and air from the air source can at least partially pass through the outer surface. The apertures are in communication with at least the air source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Stewart
  • Patent number: 8899627
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a mobile machine, such as hydronic surface heater designed to be transported to a potentially remote worksite and operated for an extended period of time. The machine has a fueled component, such as a burner, fueled by a fuel supply system having at least two fuel tanks that are operably connected to one another by a connection line having an electronically controlled valve therein. The valve is coupled to the machine's electrical system, such as being coupled to the output of the machine's main breaker, so as to be opened whenever the machine is operating but to be otherwise closed. The fuel supply system thus has, in effect, a single tank when the machine is running and multiple separated tanks when the machine is not running. Fuel spill risks therefore are mitigated without having to sacrifice operating time and without significantly complicating the machine's fuel supply systems or its controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Wacker Neuson Production Americas LLC
    Inventors: Paul Krause, Jason Fu, John Lane, Todd Lutz
  • Patent number: 8898928
    Abstract: An apparatus for delamination drying a substrate is provided. A chamber for receiving a substrate is provided. A chuck supports and clamps the substrate within the chamber. A temperature controller controls the temperature of the substrate and is able to cool the substrate. A vacuum pump is in fluid connection with the chamber. A tilting mechanism is able to tilt the chuck at least 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen M. Sirard, Diane Hymes, Alan M. Schoepp, Ratchana Limary
  • Patent number: 8893399
    Abstract: A lint catching system is provided for a clothes dryer. The lint catching system filters lint from exhaust air expelled from the clothes dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: ADR Products, LLC
    Inventors: David George Gregory, Adrienne Francesca Szabady
  • Patent number: 8881424
    Abstract: A drying installation (1) and method for drying of products (3). More in particular, the invention relates to a drying installation (1) and a method for drying sludge or mud, as e.g. the drying of wastewater and industrial sludge possibly contaminated with toxic or corrosive components. The dryer installation (1) comprises infrared emitters (5) which are protected and/or insulated from the evaporation products (7) exiting the drying product (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Solaronics S.A.
    Inventors: Patrick Lenoir, Jerome Bellou
  • Publication number: 20140317951
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for filtration, drying and storage of solids from a suspension (FDS unit) and a method carried out in this system for the downstream processing of a solids suspension, in particular of crystallizable therapeutic proteins or active ingredients. The FDS unit, designed for use as a disposable system, is a device with which active ingredient crystals can be gently and safely filtered, dried, stored and reconstituted in a closed process procedure, i.e. without intermediate opening or transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: BAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GMBH
    Inventors: Joerg Kauling, Andre Pütz, Dirk Havekost, Jörg Peters
  • Patent number: 8869421
    Abstract: In a general aspect, an apparatus for treating clothes includes a filter unit and a substance removal unit. The filter unit is positioned to filter substances from air discharged from an accommodating space and the substance removal unit is configured to move substances remaining on a portion of the filter unit. A method for controlling the apparatus for treating clothes includes detecting a condition related to the apparatus for treating clothes. The method further includes controlling, based on detection of the condition and without user input after detection of the condition, the substance removal unit to start removing substances remaining on the portion of the filter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Donghyun Kim, Hyojin Ko, Sangik Lee, Jeongyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8863403
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a control method of clothing dryer that sprays an appropriate amount of mist based on the amount of clothing and dries the clothing at a fiber rearrangement temperature to remove wrinkles from the clothing. Standard regain of clothing is confirmed, mist is sprayed such that an amount of mist equivalent to approximately twice the standard regain reaches the clothing, and the clothing is dried at the fiber rearrangement temperature, whereby wrinkles are removed from the clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo Ram Lee, Hyun Sook Kim, Hwang Mook Cho, So Jung Yu
  • Patent number: 8850715
    Abstract: What is described is a process and an installation for drying articles, in particular painted vehicle bodies, in which the articles are moved through a drying zone in which they are hardened in an inert-gas atmosphere. Inert gas is taken from the drying zone constantly or intermittently and is first of all conducted along a first face which is at a first temperature at which higher-boiling contaminants condense out. The condensate that forms in the process is discharged. After that, the inert gas which has been pre-cleaned in this way is conducted along at least one second face which is at a lower temperature than the first face. Lower-boiling contaminants are precipitated at this point. These condensates, too, are then discharged. This process and installation work more favorably, energy-wise, and with higher cleaning efficiency than known processes and installations of a similar type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Eisenmann AG
    Inventors: Werner Swoboda, Andreas Keller
  • Publication number: 20140290090
    Abstract: A method for drying a wet semiconductor substrate includes immersing the wet substrate in a rinsing liquid in a sealed drying chamber, producing a volume of vaporized drying fluid in a vapor generator, establishing fluid communication between the vapor generator and the drying chamber, transferring the vaporized drying fluid to the drying chamber by removing the rinsing liquid from the drying chamber, and allowing the vaporized drying fluid to condense on the wet substrate. The method further includes providing vacuum pressure within the drying chamber and backfilling the drying chamber with an inert gas to substantially achieve atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: David Campion, Timothy Wilson, Ryan Zrno
  • Patent number: 8844158
    Abstract: The invention relates to a felt material comprising at least one felt layer and an absorbing layer, to a method for producing the felt material, and to the use of the felt material in textiles, shoes, technical application or medical applications. The felt material according to the invention has the advantages of conventional felt materials regarding the warming and damping properties and is permeable to air in the dry state. Due to the special design, however, it is waterproof in the wet state and thus it is suitable for sealing many materials. The felt material according to the invention binds more humidity or binds water in a different way than common felt materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: IQTEX Patentverwaltung UG
    Inventor: Michael Christian Dehn
  • Publication number: 20140259728
    Abstract: A substrate drying apparatus includes a drying gas nozzle configured so that, assuming that a surface WA of the substrate W is a projection plane, regarding the drying gas flow Gf in the nozzle moving direction Dr, a collision position Gfw with the substrate W is located downstream of a projected discharge position Gfv?, the projected discharge position Gfv? being a discharge position from the drying gas nozzle projected on the projection plane. In a three-dimensional space, the drying gas flow Gf is inclined, such that an angle ? formed by an axis Ga of the drying gas flow Gf and a vertical line Wp of the substrate W is in a range from a half contact angle ?/2 to an angle determined by deducting the half contact angle ?/2 from 90°, the half contact angle ?/2 being a half of the contact angle ?.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoatsu ISHIBASHI, Takahiro OGAWA, Kenichi SUGITA, Shinji KAJITA, Koichi FUKAYA, Akira NAKAMURA
  • Patent number: 8832963
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process of stabilizing spent filter material that comprises mixing the filter media with a city media to produce a composition having a moisture content that is sufficiently low to retard microbial growth. The composition comprises spent filter media and a dry material, and preferably comprises diatomaceous earth. Soil is treated by adding the composition as a top dressing, soil amendment, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 8826563
    Abstract: In a general aspect, an apparatus for treating clothes includes a filter unit and a substance removal unit. The filter unit is positioned to filter substances from air discharged from an accommodating space and the substance removal unit is configured to move substances remaining on a portion of the filter unit. A method for controlling the apparatus for treating clothes includes detecting a condition related to the apparatus for treating clothes. The method further includes controlling, based on detection of the condition and without user input after detection of the condition, the substance removal unit to start removing substances remaining on the portion of the filter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Donghyun Kim, Hyojin Ko, Sangik Lee, Jeongyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8795761
    Abstract: A coating device for coating a medical device with a drug-eluting material uses an in-process drying station between coats to improve a drug release profile. The drying station includes a heat nozzle configured for applying a uniform drying gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Bobson, Kurt Scheinpflug, Yung-Ming Chen, Jeff H. Smith
  • Patent number: 8793899
    Abstract: A closed cycle dryer comprises a drum, an air blowing unit wherein the air is conveyed to the drum, a heating unit used to heat the air that is blown into the drum, and a condensing unit upstream the heating unit for removing moisture. The dryer further comprises a by-pass between a first portion of the air circuit downstream the condensing unit and a second portion downstream the drum in order to increase the energy efficiency of the drying process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Willy Kroeger, Ralf Haselmeier
  • Patent number: 8793898
    Abstract: A method for drying substrates using isopropyl alcohol (IPA) includes: a pre-stage in which heated fluid is injected to a bottom surface of a substrate to raise a temperature of the substrate simultaneously to injection of an organic solvent to a top surface of the substrate and injection of a dry gas to the top surface thereof to improve a vaporization power of the organic solvent; and a final stage in which the injection of the heated fluid is stopped and the organic solvent and the dry gas are injected to the top surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Ju Jeong, Bok-Kyu Lee, Sun-Kyu Hwang, Jeong-Yong Bae, Soo-Bin Yong
  • Patent number: 8793900
    Abstract: Granular material is dehumidified by: a) arranging a dehumidification plant having at least one hopper for containing the granular material, having a feed mouth and an output mouth, and at least one dry air generator fluidically connected to a dry air distributor inside the hopper; b) loading granular material into the hopper through the feed mouth; c) measuring the degree of initial humidity of the granular material entering the hopper; d) calculating on the basis of the values of initial humidity measured, the dehumidifying capacity of the dry air flow through the hopper needed to achieve predefined residual humidity values in the granular material leaving the hopper, the residence time of the granular material inside the hopper being fixed; e) generating a dry air flow through said hopper having a dehumidifying capacity calculated in the calculating step d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Moretto S.p.A.
    Inventor: Renato Moretto
  • Patent number: 8732978
    Abstract: Apparatus to dry milled silicon particles has solvent spray nozzles, solvent drainage, gas inlet, and gas exhaust. This drying can occur, for example, following an acid etch and a deionized water rinse. The drying apparatus is an enclosed system with a lid that contains a solvent feeding tube and exhaust ventilation. This enclosed system design creates an effective low temperature drying system in an inert atmosphere. The apparatus can handle a variety of different particle sizes, inhibits the growth of surface oxides on the particles by using lower temperatures, and allows reuse of solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Yuji Richard Kuan
  • Patent number: 8729199
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for cleaning a catalyst slurry preparation system and/or a catalyst preparation system. More particularly, the invention relates to a cleaning process for a catalyst preparation system and/or for a catalyst slurry preparation system, wherein an aqueous catalyst inactivation agent is used to rinse the systems, or any parts thereof. The catalysts used in the present invention may be chromium, Ziegler-Natta or metallocene catalysts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Total Research & Technology Feluy
    Inventor: Daan Dewachter
  • Patent number: 8713815
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the vacuum drying of capillary porous bulk materials. The method involves preheating of the material, its loading into the vacuum drying chamber having heating elements followed by cycle-by-cycling heating of the material and vacuum creation in the rapid vacuum impulse action mode with stage-by-stage single or multiple reduction of pressure in the range from 0.1 MPa to 0.0001 MPa followed by the exposure to vacuum unless the material temperature is stabilized. Said cycles are repeated unless the required material moisture is achieved. Cooling of the material is performed in the same drying chamber by alternating cooling in spouted bed and vacuum impulse action. The device comprises two vacuum chambers cone-shaped at their bases with heaters mounted inside them, material loading/unloading system, one or several receivers with pumps connected in parallel to them and connected via vacuum pipeline system with quick-acting valves to the drying chamber inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Twin Trading Company
    Inventors: Yakov Kuzmich Abramov, Vladimir Mihailovich Veselov, Viktor Mihailovich Zalevsky, Vitaly Grigorevich Tamurka, Vladimir Dmitrievich Evdokimov, Veniamin Sergeevich Volodin, Svetlana Nikolaevna Khapaeva, Anatoly Fedorovich Khanin
  • Patent number: 8707579
    Abstract: In a method for operating an adsorption dryer, a process air flow, generated by at least one blower, is routed at least at times through an adsorption apparatus and over a textile goods in care during a textile care process in a “dry” operating mode to thereby charge a reversibly dehydratable adsorbent of the adsorption apparatus with moisture. A charge state of the adsorbent with water is detected and is displayed at least after the end of the “drying” textile care process. The absorbent is desorbed at least in part during a subsequent, selected and started textile care process in a “refresh” operating mode, and the desorbed moisture is routed as a moist process air flow into a receptacle for refreshing textile goods which are stored or hung in a stationary manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Kohlrusch, Ulf Müller, Andreas Stolze
  • Patent number: 8701307
    Abstract: A method for improving the manufacture and reliability of new, remanufactured, repaired or reconditioned Fire Control Radar APG-68 tactical radar systems (FCR) utilized in military aircraft and providing such units with extended useful life expectancies equivalent to or better than new of the FCR APG-68 unit high frequency, high voltage dual mode radar transmitters that are deployed in over 1000 state-of-the-art military aircraft such as the F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighter aircraft, and B-1 bombers. The novel method extends the mean lifetime of previously repaired and repairable FCR APG-68 tactical radar units and radar units and ageing transmitters from about 100 to a few hundred hours to about five hundred or more hours by the process of removing embedded moisture and absorbed moisture from the heterogeneous electronic components and preferably also removing contaminants from the heat transfer surfaces of the cold plates and heat exchangers in the FCR APG-68 tactical radar unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Howard C. Slack, Clare L Milton, Andrew F. Slack
  • Patent number: 8689459
    Abstract: Method for spray drying a high-viscosity fluid product using a spraying device, wherein the method comprises projecting the fluid product out of an outflow opening of the spraying device for obtaining droplets of the fluid product, wherein the spraying device is arranged to cause a pressure drop in the fluid product across the outflow opening which is larger than 15 bar and at least partially drying the droplets in a drying medium, such as air, to become particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Friesland Brands B.V.
    Inventors: Albert Thijs Poortinga, René Jos Houben
  • Patent number: 8689460
    Abstract: This application discloses devices, articles, and methods useful for producing lyophilized cakes of solutes. The devices and articles provide for a method of freezing liquid solutions of the solute by the top and the bottom of the solution simultaneously. The as frozen solution then provides a lyophilized cake of the solutes with large and uniform pores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventor: Wei Y. Kuu
  • Patent number: 8683713
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a dryer and a drying method of the same. The dryer includes a condensing unit to change water vapor evaporated from a drying object into condensate water by cooling, a condensate water storage container in which the condensate water is stored, a water level sensing device to detect a level of the stored condensate water, and a microcomputer to calculate a change rate of condensation or of the condensate water level based on the detected water level and to determine a value of dryness of the drying object. The dryer effectively performs a drying operation based on the accurately detected value of dryness of the drying object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji Hoon Ha, Jeong Su Han, Jun hoe Choi, Sang Yeon Pyo, Tae Gyoon Noh
  • Patent number: 8677650
    Abstract: Various embodiments of methods and devices for drying coated stents in an oven are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignees: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc., ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney Watterodt, Sang joon Park, David Rego, Anthony S. Andreacchi, Yung-Ming Chen, Arnoldo M. Currlin, Antonio Garcia, Jason Van Sciver, Bryan D. Glenn, Matthew J. Gillick, John E. Papp
  • Patent number: 8671586
    Abstract: A method for using an apparatus for upgrading coal comprising a baffle tower, inlet and exhaust plenums, and one or more cooling augers. The baffle tower comprises a plurality of alternating rows of inverted v-shaped inlet and outlet baffles. The inlet and outlet plenums are affixed to side walls of the baffle tower. Process gas enters the baffle tower from the inlet plenum via baffle holes in the side wall and dries the coal in the baffle tower. Process exhaust gas exits the baffle tower into the exhaust plenum via baffle holes in a different side wall of the baffle tower. Coal that outers the baffle tower descends by gravity downward through the baffle tower and enters a cooling auger, where the dried coal from the baffle tower is mixed with non-dried coal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: SynCoal Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Harry E. Bonner, Roger B. Malmquist, Ray W. Sheldon
  • Patent number: 8667706
    Abstract: A biomass drying system includes a rotary biomass dryer that includes a helically threaded auger shaft rotatably driven by a prime mover, such as an electric motor. No external source of heat is required to dry a wet biomass material that is supplied to an input of the biomass dryer. Instead, the helical threads on the shaft have a variable width, designed to gradually increase the compression applied as the biomass material is advanced through a generally cylindrical bore in the biomass dryer. A variable compression nozzle is disposed at a distal end of the bore and can be adjusted to achieve a desired level of a parameter such as the moisture content of the dried biomass material produced by the system. The variable compression nozzle, which can be automatically controlled, includes longitudinally extending segments that are forced radially inwardly to increase the compression force applied to the biomass material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventors: David N. Smith, Allen R. Ferrell
  • Patent number: 8661705
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing a polymer material filled with longer fibers, wherein the fibers, which typically have a residual moisture content of approximately 5 to 8% and a minimum length of more than 2 mm, and the carrier material are mixed and heated in a reactor or cutter-compacter, constantly moving them and optionally comminuting the carrier material, and constantly maintaining the pourability and/or lumpiness. According to the invention, the conditions, and particularly the temperature, in the reactor are adjusted so as to dry the fibers to the lowest residual moisture possible, at which the fibers are just barely sufficiently flexible so as not to break during processing in the reactor, or during an optionally following compression step, for example extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Gesellschaft m.b.H
    Inventors: Manfred Hackl, Klaus Feichtinger, Gerhard Wendelin, Walter Reisinger
  • Patent number: 8601716
    Abstract: A method for operating a device with at least one partial programme step of drying may be achieved with which it is possible to operate devices with at least a partial operating step of drying as economically as possible, with efficient drying of the material for drying and keeping the associated energy requirement as low as possible, whereby, during the at least one partial programme step of drying, air is drawn from a treatment chamber and/or from the ambient air, through an absorption column and then introduced into the treatment chamber, whereby the absorption column contains a reversible dehydrating agent and humidity is drawn from the air during the passage thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Jerg, Kai Paintner
  • Patent number: 8590174
    Abstract: An exemplary system for removing soil from seed comprises an auger portion, a centrifuge portion and/or a dryer portion. The auger portion comprises an inclined enclosure and an auger positioned within the enclosure and is configured to mix seed with a liquid, remove soil from the seed, and separate washed seed from the liquid and the removed soil. The centrifuge portion comprises at least one centrifuge having an outer drum and a rotatable inner basket positioned within the outer drum. The inner basket comprises a side wall having a plurality of apertures. The inner basket is configured to receive washed seed from the auger portion within the inner basket and to centrifugally separate additional liquid from the washed seed, the separated liquid passing through the plurality of apertures into the outer drum. The dryer portion further reduces moisture content of the seed using heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Rose Agri-Seed, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill L. Rose, Agostino Gaude, Thomas R. Miles, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8584374
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for removing water from a mixture containing at least one compound having at least one group reactive towards isocyanate and containing water, the mixture being applied to the surface of a rotating body A, the mixture flowing over the surface of the rotating body A to an outer region of the surface of the rotating body A and water evaporating from the mixture. In particular, this method is suitable for removing water from alcohols and amines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Construction Research & Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Simone Klapdohr, Burkhard Walther, Helmut Mack, Zhizhong Cai, Laurent Marc, Jochen Mezger, Tobias Austermann, Silke Flakus
  • Patent number: 8578625
    Abstract: A process for removing water and solutes from the lumens of green wood, while leaving the cell walls throughout the wood uniformly fully swollen, comprises subjecting the green wood to supercritical carbon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited
    Inventors: Robert Arthur Franich, Sheryl Suzanne Gallagher, Hendricus Wilhelmus Kroese
  • Patent number: 8572864
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for handling carcasses of slaughtered animals during suspended transport after evisceration and before weighing in an abattoir by means of an air stream, in which a horizontally directed stream of conditioned air is made to flow around the carcasses at speeds of 1.5 to 6 m/s with a suction effect. Suspension conveyors are set up in a separate room in a meandering arrangement along parallel tracks transversely to the horizontally aligned extraction openings and inlet openings for air, and the inlet openings and extraction openings are connected through an air-conditioning plant, arranged outside the room, for dehumidifying and cooling the air extracted from the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Promethon AG
    Inventor: Heidrun Gräfe
  • Patent number: 8561317
    Abstract: A system for drying freshly grown forage involving the steps of placing loose mass forage on a receiving system; transporting the loose mass forage from the receiving system to a detangling mechanism; passing the loose mass forage through the detangling mechanism to break up any large clumps of forage and to create a forage carpet of a substantially uniform thickness; passing the forage carpet through a drying oven containing multiple chambers; drying the forage carpet to moisture content below the desired moisture content for the forage; and adding moisture to the forage carpet to bring the moisture content of the forage up to the desired moisture content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Top Quality Hay Processors LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Warren, John E. Davie
  • Patent number: 8555520
    Abstract: A covered sample plate with wells holding samples to be dried. The cover has through holes that communicate with only a portion of each well. The covered plate is inserted into a cradle of an assembly of cradles that is rotated. The cradle assembly fits into a tub and when rotated the cradles present a sold wall that functions as a centrifugal fan that drives air out through an opening in the tub. The air is dried of solvent and re-circulated back through the through holes in the cover to the sample wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Harvard Bioscience, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert J. Hedberg
  • Patent number: 8533972
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and techniques for spray drying a fluid to produce a dried powder. Assemblies include a spray drying head attachable to a gas supplier and a liquid sample, such as a standard unit of blood product. The spray drying head can be adapted to provide an aerosolized flow of liquid sample exposed to a drying gas. The assembly also includes a drying chamber adapted to separate the aerosolized flow of liquid sample into a dried powder and humid air. The assembly can be disposable, provided in a sterilized kit and having simplified attachments allowing quick connect and disconnect from the gas and liquid sample. Separation of the powder from the humid air exiting the drying chamber occurs within a filtered collection bag. In some embodiments, one or more of the drying chamber and collection bag are formed form a thin-walled, collapsible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • Patent number: 8528226
    Abstract: A vented dryer having a drum to dry damp laundry by warm process air; a first process air duct upstream of the drum; a heater to heat the process air in the first process air duct; a supply air duct leading into the first process air duct; an exhaust air duct; a second process air duct downstream of the drum and transitioning into the exhaust air duct; a blower; a first temperature sensor in the first process air duct; and a heat-buildup generator to generate a heat buildup at the first temperature sensor if a counter-flowing air current occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Kai-Uwe Bache, Philipp Steusloff, Andy Wischer