By Absorbent Patents (Class 34/80)
  • Patent number: 9839872
    Abstract: Indoor air is purified using a purifying solution in an arrangement capable of removing formaldehyde and other pollutants, such as, for example, particulates. The arrangement can prevent re-vaporization of volatile compounds and can generate air that has been humidified or dehumidified. In one approach, incoming air is contacted with the purifying solution in a packed bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MAX Analytical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin L. Spartz
  • Patent number: 9821264
    Abstract: The adsorption based air separation unit includes an adsorber vessel containing media which selectively adsorbs water vapor and nitrogen preferentially over oxygen. The vessel includes an air entry spaced from an oxygen discharge. At least one dry air tap from the adsorber vessel is located between the entry and the discharge. When the adsorption media is fresh, air entering the adsorber vessel passes through enough of the adsorber vessel to have much of its water vapor removed and only some of its nitrogen removed. The vessel can include multiple taps sequentially further from the entry which can be selectively opened as the adsorption media becomes saturated with water vapor and nitrogen, so that dry air with much of its nitrogen still present can be further tapped from the adsorber vessel. The adsorber vessel thus facilitates production of both oxygen and dry air, such as for use as medical grade air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Pacific Consolidated Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Parral, Jason Burns, Sören Schmitz, Tarik Naheiri
  • Patent number: 9097461
    Abstract: A system reduces moisture within a clothes dryer. The system includes a housing comprising holes which permit the moisture from to enter and leave the housing. A cartridge is located within the housing. The cartridge is filled with a desiccant. The clothes dryer blows air continuously across the cartridge in many directions subjecting the desiccant to moist air in order to remove the moisture from the moist air and dry clothes in the clothes dryer faster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Zain Abedien Naboulsi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9086090
    Abstract: A device for securing a unit in a housing, in particular for securing a fixed bearing of a pinion in a steering gear of a motor vehicle, comprises a securing element which is inserted into a bore in the housing. The securing element is provided with at least one latching lever, wherein the at least one latching lever latches into toothing gaps of a toothing geometry in the bore of the housing via a latching lug disposed at the free end of the latching lever, or wherein at least one latching lug is disposed in the bore, which latches into toothing gaps of a toothing geometry in the securing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Schmid, Richard Kaisser, Juergen Bieber, Rainer Schaenzel
  • Publication number: 20150059201
    Abstract: A system reduces moisture within a clothes dryer. The system includes a housing comprising holes which permit the moisture from to enter and leave the housing. A cartridge is located within the housing. The cartridge is filled with a desiccant. The clothes dryer blows air continuously across the cartridge in many directions subjecting the desiccant to moist air in order to remove the moisture from the moist air and dry clothes in the clothes dryer faster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: ZAIN ABEDIEN NABOULSI, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150059197
    Abstract: A razor container is provided having a first and second portion hingedly attached and securable in an air tight configuration that prevents moisture from entering the container interior when closed. Within the container is an insert that supports a razor along the length of the container and separates the container into an upper and lower chamber. The blades of the razor are suspended by the insert above a plurality of apertures through the insert, wherein the apertures allow air movement across the insert boundary and into the lower chamber created thereby. Further provided in the lower chamber is a removably attached and formed desiccant gel pack that is adapted to draw in moisture from the container interior and from the blades of the razor. A moisture indicator is further disposed along the underside surface of the lower chamber for monitoring the freshness of the desiccant pouch to determine replacement intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Sassano
  • Publication number: 20150059198
    Abstract: A dish washer with an improved flow channel of air passing through an adsorbent includes a tub to wash dishes, a drying device to supply air into the tub to dry the dishes, and an adsorbent case provided in the drying device. The adsorbent case includes an inner space in which an adsorbent to adsorb moisture contained in air in the tub is provided, and at least one mesh unit located in the inner space to form a flow channel of air passing through the adsorbent. The flow channel is formed in the adsorbent using the mesh unit to reduce flow resistance of air flowing through the adsorbent. Air rapidly passes through the flow channel, thereby reducing drying time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Sang Hyun PARK, Dong Ho PARK, Jung Yoon HAHM, Jee Yong KIM
  • Patent number: 8943850
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for air conditioning, capturing combustion contaminants, desalination, and other processes using liquid desiccants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: 7AC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Vandermeulen, Jack I. Hanoka, Chaim Hanoka
  • Publication number: 20150020398
    Abstract: A drying machine includes a clothes holding unit for holding clothes therein, a drying passage including a heater to supply heated air to the clothes holding unit, a dehumidification passage for removing moisture from the air exhausted from the clothes holding unit to supply dehumidified air to the drying passage, a circulation fan provided in the drying passage or the dehumidification passage to circulate air, a moisture absorption unit for absorbing moisture from the air exhausted from the clothes holding unit, a renewable passage for supplying the heat absorbed by the dehumidified passage to the moisture absorption unit to renew the moisture absorption unit, and a controller for controlling the circulation fan to circulate the air exhausted from the clothes holding unit for a preset time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Jinwoo Bae, Sanghun Bae
  • Publication number: 20140290092
    Abstract: The substrate treating apparatus includes a process chamber in which an organic solvent remaining on a substrate is dissolved by using a fluid, that is provided as a supercritical fluid, to dry the substrate and a recycling unit including a recycler separating the organic solvent from the fluid discharged from the process chamber to recycle the fluid. The recycler includes a column having a space in which an absorbent for absorbing the organic solvent is stored, a supply tube supplying the fluid discharged from the process chamber into the space of the column, a discharge tube discharging the fluid from which the organic solvent is separated in the column, a gas supply tube supplying a purge gas into the column so that the organic solvent is separated from the absorbent, and an exhaust tube exhausting the purge gas containing the organic solvent to the outside of the column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun-Sun JUNG, Woo-Young KIM, Chan-young HEO
  • Patent number: 8832960
    Abstract: An apparatus for purge to prevent AMC & natural oxide includes an FOUP configured to contain wafers and to have a receipt supply hole for supplying gas and a receipt discharge hole for discharging the gas at a lower part of the FOUP; stage units each configured to have the FOUP separated therefrom or seated therein, to support the seated FOUP, and to have a gas supply hole for supplying the gas at a position corresponding to the receipt supply hole and a gas discharge hole for discharging the gas at a position corresponding to the receipt discharge hole; a first gas supply port unit disposed in response to the gas supply hole and configured to supply the gas to the FOUP; and a first gas discharge port unit disposed in response to the gas discharge hole and configured to discharge the gas from the FOUP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: LS TEC Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bong-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 8828127
    Abstract: A regeneration controller for an air dryer on a vehicle includes a location identifier that determines a current location, a regeneration profile identifier that selects a regeneration profile based on the current location, and a regeneration initiator that initiates regenerations of the air dryer based on the regeneration profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Asmis
  • Publication number: 20140223767
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for effectively purging heat regenerating desiccant compressed air dryers from a moisture load, by a ‘tuned’ regenerating means with the use of a variable restriction on the blower purge air flows, a blower back-pressure set point, a heater discharge temperature set point, and a bottom area bed temperature of a vessel containing desiccant, a means to balance purge temperature to a stable, noncycling state preventing an under and overheating heating of desiccant, vessel and associated piping. A valve control means to terminate heating, cooling and dry purge operations selectively operated to allow purge flows to quickly cause water vapor captivated by the desiccant (in a drying cycle) to be released and purged out of the vessel (in a regeneration cycle), resulting in a regenerated tower vessel prepared for a compressed air drying cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond Arno
  • Patent number: 8756825
    Abstract: A method for removing a moistening liquid from a moistened medium includes providing a liquid-blocking barrier having a first surface and a second surface that is impermeable to a heating liquid. A surface of the moistened medium is brought into contact with the first surface of the liquid-blocking barrier. The heating liquid is brought into contact with the second surface of the liquid-blocking barrier, the heating liquid being at a temperature greater than a moistening-liquid boiling point. Heat is thus transferred through the liquid-blocking barrier from the heating liquid to the moistening liquid, vaporizing the moistening liquid and removing it from the moistened medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Alan Richard Priebe, Donald Saul Rimai, Christopher J. White, Kevin Edward Spaulding
  • Publication number: 20140161677
    Abstract: An exhaust gas treatment device, which includes an outer layer, an inner layer that is at least in part disposed within the outer layer, and a loose-fill insulation disposed in the volume between the outer layer and the inner layer, where a piece of fiber mat is disposed between the outer layer and the inner layer and forms a barrier that at least partially prevents the loss of the loose-fill insulation from the volume between the outer layer and the inner layer and a manufacturing method that includes placing a loose-fill insulation into the volume of space between an inner layer and an outer layer and positioning a piece of fiber mat between the outer layer and the inner layer to form a barrier that at least partially prevents the loss of the loose-fill insulation from the volume of space between the outer and inner layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Ruth Ann Latham, William V. Alcini, Michael A. Golin, Michael Joseph Torzewski, Steven A. Freis, Mark Ernest Kluesner, Gabriel S. Salanta, Stephen Joe Myers
  • Patent number: 8721769
    Abstract: Device for compressing and drying gas includes a compressor and a dryer using a drying agent for drying gas connected thereto. The compressor includes two or more compressor elements with an inlet and an outlet which are connected together in series to form a first low-pressure stage. One or more subsequent high-pressure stages are each connected with their inlet to the outlet of a previous compressor element via a pressure pipe and an outlet pipe in which an after cooler is incorporated. The dryer has a drying section and a regeneration section. The drying section is filled with a drying agent for drying the gas and has an inlet connected to the outlet pipe of the compressor device, and an outlet that supplies compressed and dried gas. The regeneration section dries moist drying agent by a regeneration gas which is guided there via an inlet and an outlet with a regeneration pipe connected to the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Airpower, N.V.
    Inventor: Constantijn Friso Vermeer
  • Patent number: 8701308
    Abstract: A fluid heater includes a duct pipe through which a fluid to be heated flows, and a heating part configured to heat the duct pipe. One or more fillers is provided inside the duct pipe. A substrate processing apparatus includes: a supply source configured to supply a liquid of a volatile organic solvent; the aforementioned fluid heater configured to heat the liquid of the organic solvent supplied by the supply source so as to generate a steam of the organic solvent; and a chamber configured to accommodate a substrate W and to dry the substrate W accommodated therein, to which the steam of the organic solvent generated by the fluid heater is supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Koukichi Hiroshiro, Takayuki Toshima
  • Patent number: 8668765
    Abstract: A drying system includes a desiccant wheel that dries incoming air. The dried air is heated using a heating element to promote drying of an article within the drying system. A portion of the heated air is diverted to a secondary air path that leads away from the drum holding the article. The diverted portion is used to regenerate an area of the desiccant wheel. A secondary heating element is used to promote regeneration and located in the secondary air path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Protege Enterprises
    Inventors: Charles Robert Dewald, III, Thomas L. Cristello
  • Patent number: 8635784
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a method of drying at least a portion of a substrate located within a fluid is provided. The method includes contacting an edge of the substrate that is located within the fluid with a pusher pin. The pusher pin has (a) a shaft portion; and (b) a tip portion having a knife edge of a width of 0.42 inches or less, the tip portion adapted to contact and support the substrate with the knife edge. The method further includes lifting the substrate from the fluid with the pusher pin; and exposing the substrate to a drying vapor as the substrate is lifted from the fluid. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary C. Ettinger, Michael E. Khau, Ho Seon Shin
  • Patent number: 8601712
    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: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • Patent number: 8580013
    Abstract: An air dryer cartridge is provided for a compressed air supply system, in particular a compressed air supply system of a commercial vehicle, with a drying agent box which is filled with a drying agent. The drying agent box can be coupled in an axial direction to a connecting flange of the compressed air supply system. A seal, which is designed as a non-return valve and, in the fitted state of the air dryer cartridge, acts in a sealing manner between the drying agent box and the connecting flange, is arranged on the drying agent box. A method for operating the air dryer cartridge on the compressed air supply system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventor: Eduard Hilberer
  • Patent number: 8533971
    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 28, 2011
    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: 8465571
    Abstract: A fluid treatment device is disclosed. The device includes a vessel having a fluid entrance and exit. Within the vessel hollow fiber of nano-porous material are arranged so as to define two volumes separated by the nano-porous material. In one embodiment the fluid, air, passes up the center of the hollow fiber drying as the air contacts the inner walls of the fiber. The device is purged by stopping the flow through the device and allowing the air pressure that builds up between the fibers to be released through the nano-porous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Nano-Porous Solutions Limited
    Inventor: Colin Thomas Billiet
  • Patent number: 8429831
    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. A coating process using the dryer includes a closed-loop control for the gas between drying steps and an improved nozzle for producing more consistent spray patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Gillick, John E. Papp, Kevin Seiki, Hung T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8407911
    Abstract: This invention discloses systems and methods for conversion of high moisture waste materials to dry or low moisture products for recycle or reuse. The equipment systems comprise a gas turbine generator unit (preferred heat source), a dryer vessel and a processing unit, wherein the connection between the gas turbine and the dryer vessel directs substantially all the gas turbine exhaust into the dryer vessel and substantially precludes the introduction of air into the dryer vessel and wherein the processing unit forms the dried material from the dryer vessel into granules, pellets or other desired form for the final product. Optionally, the systems and methods further provide for processing ventilation air from manufacturing facilities to reduce emissions therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: EarthRenew, Inc.
    Inventors: Christianne Carin, Alvin W. Fedkenheuer, John S. Jonasson, Alexander Starosud, Christianne Carin
  • Patent number: 8412383
    Abstract: Granular material is dehumidified by: a) providing a number of dry air generators inside hoppers containing granular material; b) for each dry air generator, evaluating the dry air flow generable and/or higher energy efficiency functioning time; c) calculating the dry air flow rate for each single hopper depending on the characteristics of the granular material; and d) activating a number of generators sufficient to deliver a total dry air flow rate equal to the sum of the flow rates required by the hoppers. The number of the generators and the generators to be activated are chosen depending on the flow rate deliverable by each and/or by their respective ranges of functioning at higher energy efficiency according to an energy saving logic. The remaining generators are deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Moretto S.p.A.
    Inventor: Renato Moretto
  • Patent number: 8371037
    Abstract: A system for slurrifying drill cuttings including a cuttings dryer, a pump, and a transfer line fluidly connecting the cuttings dryer and the pump, the transfer line having a fluid inlet for receiving a fluid. Furthermore, the system for slurrifying drill cuttings including a storage vessel fluidly connected to the pump for storing a slurry. Additionally, a method for slurrifying drill cuttings including drying drill cuttings in a cuttings drying to produce dry cuttings and combining a fluid with the dry cuttings to produce a slurry. Furthermore, the method includes mixing the slurry and the dry cuttings in a mixing pump and transferring the slurry to a storage vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jan Thore Eia
  • Patent number: 8356421
    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 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130000143
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for drying bulk goods, in particular solids, such as granular materials, powders, grains, films, shreds, or the like, preferably plastic granular material, in a drying silo (9) by means of an air flow. The exhaust air flow (5) that is discharged from the drying silo (9) is dried in a wheel dryer (1). The adsorbent is regenerated and cooled in the wheel dryer. A rotatable drum (2) of the wheel dryer (1) is divided into at least three wheel segments, wherein the region of a wheel segment is used for drying or dehumidifying the exhaust air flow, the region of the second wheel segment is used for heating the adsorbent, and the region of the third wheel segment is used for cooling the adsorbent. The drying or dehumidifying phase (14) for the exhaust air flow (5) and preferably the adsorbent cooling occur in parallel, in particular in a continuous manner during the operation. The regenerating phase (15) with the adsorbent heating is carried out at intervals during the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: WITTMANN KUNSTSTOFFGERAETE GMBH
    Inventor: Erhard Fux
  • Publication number: 20120324756
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for drying bulk goods, in particular solids, such as granular materials, powders, grains, films, shreds, or the like, preferably plastic granular material. In order to dry the exhaust air flow (5) exiting the drying silo (9), the drying silo (9), through which an air flow flows, is connected by means of a process fan (11) to a wheel drier (1) that contains a drying or adsorbing agent and that has a rotatable drum (2) having radial cells (21). The individual cells (21) of the drum (2) of the wheel drier (1) are formed by plates, wherein clamping plates (24) of a cell (21) lying against the radial outer (22) and inner (23) jackets of the drum (2) have a U-shaped cross-section and are arranged axially on the inner wall. The legs (25) of the U-shaped clamping plates (24) are tilted outwardly. Separating plates (26) are provided as partitions of the individual cells (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: WITTMANN KUNSTSTOFFGERAETE GMBH
    Inventor: Erhard Fux
  • Patent number: 8322045
    Abstract: In one aspect, a substrate processing apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a mechanism for forming a meniscus on a surface of a substrate by moving the substrate through a fluid; an air knife apparatus positioned to apply an air knife to shorten the meniscus formed on the surface of the substrate; and a drying vapor nozzle positioned to direct a drying vapor to the meniscus shortened by the air knife. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Stein, Younes Achkire, Timothy J. Franklin, Julia Svirchevski, Dan A. Marohl
  • Patent number: 8316556
    Abstract: An installation for dehydrating products, the installation having an enclosure, a member for sucking out the air contained in the enclosure, and a container for products that is received inside the enclosure and that is provided with a top opening having an air- and water-permeable bottom of a cassette extending in register therewith. The cassette contains zeolites. A sealing gasket extends between a perimeter of the bottom of the cassette and an edge of the container, defining the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Millerail
    Inventors: Gilles Beurel, Dominique Boutaud
  • Patent number: 8276291
    Abstract: A method of drying a surface of a substrate is provided. The method includes supporting a substrate; rotating the substrate about a rotational center point; applying a liquid to the substrate via a liquid dispenser; applying a drying fluid to the substrate via a drying fluid dispenser; moving the drying fluid dispenser and the liquid dispenser in a direction toward an edge region of the substrate, the drying fluid being applied closer to the rotational center point than the fluid; upon the liquid being applied to the edge region of the substrate, discontinuing application of the liquid while continuing the manipulation of the drying fluid dispenser; and upon the drying fluid being applied to the edge region of the substrate, continuing to apply the drying fluid for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Zhi (Lewis) Liu, Ismail Kashkoush, Hanjoo Lee
  • Patent number: 8266823
    Abstract: A system and method for drying cavities loaded with high level waste (“HLW”) is devised. The invention utilizes a non-intrusive procedure that is based on monitoring the dew point temperature of a non-reactive gas that is circulated through the cavity. In one aspect, the invention is a system for drying a cavity loaded with HLW comprising: a canister forming the cavity, the cavity having an inlet and an outlet; and a source of non-reactive gas. The system further flows the non-reactive gas from the source of non-reactive gas through the cavity; and repetitively measures the dew point temperature of the non-reactive gas exiting the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Krishna Singh
  • Publication number: 20120227279
    Abstract: A drying system includes a desiccant wheel that dries incoming air. The dried air is heated using a heating element to promote drying of an article within the drying system. A portion of the heated air is diverted to a secondary air path that leads away from the drum holding the article. The diverted portion is used to regenerate an area of the desiccant wheel. A secondary heating element is used to promote regeneration and located in the secondary air path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: PROTEGE ENTERPRISES
    Inventors: Charles Robert DEWALD, III, Thomas L. CRISTELLO
  • Patent number: 8215028
    Abstract: A system for slurrifying drill cuttings including a cuttings dryer, a pump, and a transfer line fluidly connecting the cuttings dryer and the pump, the transfer line having a fluid inlet for receiving a fluid. Furthermore, the system for slurrifying drill cuttings including a storage vessel fluidly connected to the pump for storing a slurry. Additionally, a method for slurrifying drill cuttings including drying drill cuttings in a cuttings drying to produce dry cuttings and combining a fluid with the dry cuttings to produce a slurry. Furthermore, the method includes mixing the slurry and the dry cuttings in a mixing pump and transferring the slurry to a storage vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jan Thore Eia
  • Publication number: 20120144691
    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: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERÄTE GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Kohlrusch, Ulf Müller, Andreas Stolze
  • Patent number: 8191280
    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 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • Patent number: 8137440
    Abstract: A dryer and a drying apparatus attachable to a dryer are disclosed. A wheel having desiccant material is located in line and in close proximity with a heating element. The wheel includes a first portion positioned in an inlet air path and a second portion positioned in an outlet air path. The desiccant material removes water molecules from air within the inlet air path, and lowers the vapor pressure of the incoming air. In the outlet air path, heated air flows through the second portion to transfer energy to the desiccant material. The wheel rotates to change the desiccant material within the portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Protégé Enterprises
    Inventors: Charles Robert Dewald, III, Thomas L. Cristello
  • Patent number: 8109010
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for drying an applied film formed by applying an application liquid containing an organic solvent to a traveling long support medium, wherein the temperature Tb of the long support medium before application is not less than 2° C. lower than the temperature Tc of the application liquid and the wind velocity in the vicinity of the applied film after application is not more than 0.5 m/s, thereby the applied film is dried uniformly in the initial drying of the applied film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuo Hamamoto
  • Patent number: 8082677
    Abstract: A home laundry drier (1) having a drying tub (3) housing the laundry to be dried, and a closed-circuit, heat-pump-type, hot-air generator (4) for circulating a stream of hot air inside the drying tub (3); the hot air generator (4) also having a tank (15) containing a predetermined amount of water, heating means for converting the water in the tank (15) to steam, and an exhaust manifold (17) for feeding the steam produced in the tank (15) to the drying tub (3); the heating means being defined by at least one portion (16) of the pipe (10) feeding refrigerant from the compressor (7) to the condenser (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation, N.V.
    Inventor: Flavio Noviello
  • Patent number: 8074371
    Abstract: Evaporator apparatus (1) for the treatment of viscous media comprised of at least a feed chamber (2) having a perforated tray (3), a tube-bundle heat exchanger (4) connected thereto having perpendicularly arranged tubes (8) and a devolatilization chamber (5) connected thereto, a discharge unit (6) for the product and a vapor take-off (7) for removing volatile components, the tubes (8) of the heat exchanger (4) having a rectangular cross section over the greater part of their length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Bayer Technology Services GmbH
    Inventor: Klemens Kohlgrüber
  • Patent number: 8056253
    Abstract: A system of drying a surface of a substrate is provided. The system includes a rotary support for supporting a substrate; and an assembly comprising a first dispenser, a second dispenser, and a third dispenser, the assembly positioned above the surface of the substrate, the second and third dispensers positioned on the assembly adjacent to and in contact with one another and spaced from the first dispenser, the second dispenser having an opening that is larger than an opening of the third dispenser, and the second dispenser being located between the first and third dispensers; and means for translating the assembly generally parallel to the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventors: Zhi (Lewis) Liu, Ismail Kashkoush, Hanjoo Lee
  • Patent number: 8056255
    Abstract: A manure removal and drying system is used in an agricultural setting. The system includes a static pressure control system for regulating an amount of static pressure in a high pressure area of the agricultural setting, a variable speed loading system for varying a speed of operation of the system based on an amount of manure being removed and dried in the agricultural setting, a moisture sensing control system for detecting moisture from the manure in order to activate or deactivate the system, a selective capacity control system for selectively scaling a distance the manure in the agricultural setting is moved, and a friction reduction system for reducing the buildup of friction within the system caused by the movement of belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Lee Smith, Michael E. Krehl, Todd J. Martin
  • Patent number: 8021542
    Abstract: A water recovery method and apparatus which uses a desiccant, such as lithium chloride, to recover water vapor from the engine exhaust of a vehicle. The apparatus uses liquid-contactor to transfer water vapor from the vehicle exhaust to the liquid desiccant. The desiccant is then transferred to a reverse osmosis system which separates the liquid desiccant into potable water and a concentrated desiccant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Richard Eugene Kirts
  • Patent number: 8020313
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for the separation of volatile components from a feed material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: TD*X Associates LP
    Inventors: Carl R. Palmer, Michael J. McElwee, Gregg S. Meyers
  • Patent number: 8020315
    Abstract: A substrate processing method which can reduce the number of particles to be left on each substrate is provided. In the substrate processing method, substrates W to be processed are dried, by using a fluid heated by a heating apparatus having one or more heating mechanisms. The substrate processing method comprises a first step of supplying a mixed fluid containing a gas and a processing liquid and heated by the heating apparatus, into a processing chamber in which the substrates to be processed are placed, and a second step of supplying the heated gas into the processing chamber. The output of at least one of the heating mechanisms is kept at a preset constant value for a period of time during which a predetermined time passes after the start of the first step. In the second step, the output of the heating mechanism is determined under a feed back control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hideki Nishimura, Mikio Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8015724
    Abstract: This heating blower has a housing 1, a fan 2, a heater 3, and an electrostatic atomizing device 5. The electrostatic atomizing device 5 is provided in the housing 1 and discharges nanometer-size ion mist to the outside. The electrostatic atomizing device 5 comprises a discharging electrode 50, an opposed electrode 52 disposed opposite the discharging electrode 50, a cooling part 53 which cools the discharging electrode 50 to generate moisture from ambient air near the discharging electrode, and a high voltage applying part 55 which applies a high voltage between said discharging electrode and the opposed electrode to atomize water generated near the discharging electrode. Therefore, this heating blower can discharge nanometer-size ion mist to the outside without replenishment of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Imahori, Toshihisa Hirai, Kishiko Hirai, legal representative, Akihide Sugawa, Fumio Mihara, Shousuke Akisada, Hirokazu Yoshioka, Kousuke Katayama, Toshiyuki Yamauchi, Hiroshi Suda, Yasunori Matsui
  • Patent number: 7997003
    Abstract: In a method and an apparatus for drying plate-shaped products in a multi-level throughflow dryer, moist air stagnated under the housing ceiling is sucked away and delivered into the suction area of axial blowers arranged in the lower levels, where the moist air is then differentially admixed into a quantity of re-heated drying air, and the mixture is delivered to the nozzle boxes of the dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Lindauer DORNIER Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Alfred Dotzler, Anton Hecht