With Test, Signal, Or Indicator Means Patents (Class 366/142)
  • Patent number: 11333654
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of greenhouse gas emission reduction by utilizing methods of the present invention in the production of viscous mixtures by determining the relative ratios or percentages of certain characteristics or properties of viscous substances, wherein temperature and/or moisture content is a key determinant. The methods may utilize placement of passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) instrumentation into a slurry or existing viscous mixture of substances. The RFID then reads moisture and/or other physical properties of the substance, typically process parameters such as temperature and/or pH. The readings are queried using an interrogator to acquire the data wirelessly. As a planning step, it is necessary to correlate the data with a variety of specially-developed algorithms specific to a viscous mixture associated with a particular process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Gunars Dzenis
  • Patent number: 11299704
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system comprising a mixing device for mixing the content of a bioreactor. The system is comprising at least one movement device for initiating a mixing movement in the bioreactor or in a holder for receiving a bioreactor and at least one sensor that can be arranged in or on the bioreactor for receiving at least one physiological or physical measurement variable. The mixing device or the bioreactor further comprises a sensor or transmitter for generating a synchronization measurement variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: SARTORIUS STEDIM BIOTECH GMBH
    Inventors: Simon Brütsch, Jochen Scholz
  • Patent number: 11287413
    Abstract: A method for determining a plasticity parameter of a hydrating, cement paste by mixing the components to obtain a cement slurry, pouring the cement slurry in a scaled oedometric cell, and performing an oedometric measurement operation within a predefined early-age time interval by applying a predefined axial stress path to the cement slurry over a predefined measurement duration and measuring an axial strain. A plasticity parameter of the hydrating cement paste is determined b a calibration processing operation comprising providing an initial value of a plasticity parameter of an elastoplastic model of hydrating cement paste, determining simulated axial strain values by solving the elastoplastic model of hydrating cement and comparing the simulated axial strain values with the axial strain measurements of the cement slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: TOTAL SE
    Inventors: Christophe Urbanczyk, André Garnier, Jean Sulem, Siavesh Ghabezloo, Nicolaine Agofack
  • Patent number: 11230159
    Abstract: A cooling and heating cabinet according to an embodiment of the present invention may comprise: an inner case having a storage space provided therein; an outer case which is disposed surrounding the inner case and forms an insulation cavity between the outer case and the inner case; a thermoelectric element module disposed in the insulation cavity; a separation panel disposed inside the inner case and having a plurality of through-holes; an agitating part disposed between the separation panel and the bottom surface of the inner case, and having a magnet and an agitating fan that rotates with the magnet; and a magnetic field-generating part disposed outside the outer case, and generating a magnetic field to rotate the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Taekyung Kim, Sungbae Song, Younggyu Jung, Joongkeun Choi
  • Patent number: 11213170
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance for processing content is described. The kitchen appliance comprises a body portion, a removable accessory received by the body portion, the removable accessory being in contact with the content during processing thereof; and at least one sensor incorporated into the removable accessory. The kitchen appliance also comprises a wireless transmitter associated with the removable accessory, the transmitter receiving input from the at least one sensor and transmitting parameters associated with the input; and a controller in the body portion for controlling operation of the kitchen appliance based upon the parameters. The removable accessory is a food processing attachment that rotates with a mixing action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: BREVILLE PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Lochana Subasekara Widanagamage Don, Mark Thomas
  • Patent number: 11173460
    Abstract: A mixer apparatus for mixing a high-viscosity fluid has a mixer shaft with a plurality of blades affixed thereto, a hydraulic motor drivingly connected to the mixer shaft so as to rotate the mixer shaft, a hydraulic pump connected by a fluid circuit to the hydraulic motor so as to deliver hydraulic fluid under pressure to the hydraulic motor, an electric motor drivingly connected to the hydraulic pump, and a hydraulic fluid reservoir connected to the fluid circuit so as to supply hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic pump. The plurality of blades are pivotally mounted to the mixer shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Howard W. Scoggins, III, Travis Todd Brandt, Cody Roy Atkinson
  • Patent number: 11119041
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a property of a dissolution of an at least partially solid dosage form during a dissolution process is disclosed. The method includes at least partially dissolving the dosage form, and during the dissolution of the dosage form, simultaneously monitoring the property of the dissolution of the dosage form in progress by low coherence interferometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Massimo Bresciani, Daniel Markl, Annalisa Mercuri, Johannes Khinast, Thomas Klein
  • Patent number: 11104090
    Abstract: A method of controlling operation of a tire filling mixing machine, by: (a) mixing a rubber/polyurethane and a catalyst in a first mixer to form a virgin polyurethane; (b) grinding cured polyurethane core bits in a grinder; (c) mixing the virgin material and the ground material in a second mixer thereby forming a mixed flatproofing material; (d) injecting the mixed flatproofing material into a tire; (e) measuring the ratio of ground material to virgin material in the mixed flatproofing material; (f) comparing the measured ratio of ground material to virgin material to a pre-stored preferred ratio of ground material to virgin material; and (g) increasing or decreasing the relative percentages of virgin material and ground material entering the second mixer by an amount that is a fraction of the difference between the measured ratio and the pre-stored preferred ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: CARLISLE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Little, John Bishop
  • Patent number: 11061012
    Abstract: The inventive concept relates to a method of determining the relative ratios or percentages of certain characteristics or properties of viscous substances, wherein moisture content is a key determinant. The method utilizes placement of passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) instrumentation into a slurry or existing viscous mixture of substances. The RFID then reads moisture and/or other physical properties of the substance, typically process parameters such as temperature and/or pH. The readings are queried using an interrogator to acquire the data wirelessly. As a planning step, it is necessary to correlate the data with a variety of specially-developed algorithms specific to a viscous mixture associated with a particular process. The acquired readings will then provide a user with instantaneous information which will be determinative of the degree of completeness or maintenance of a certain property of the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Gunars Dzenis
  • Patent number: 10788347
    Abstract: An estimate of interfacial areas between the liquid and gas, liquid and wall, and gas and wall in two phase flow is determined using a standard 2D sensor in a fashion to infer 3D information about the liquid/vapor profile when the sensor length is much longer than the diameter. Cross-sectional flow areas for the gas and liquid are also estimated as a function of the axial dimension of the sensor, and the centroid of the mass in the sensor element can also be estimated. An electric capacitance tomography (ECT) system creates tomograms of the flow inside a sensor, and estimates of 3D physical area information are produced from the tomograms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Larry W. Byrd
  • Patent number: 10783678
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus, system, and method for the bulk blending of dry component materials to produce a blended product mix. The apparatus utilizes a special construction that allows multiple bulk dry materials to be added simultaneously to create a blended mix compliant with a desired or specified mixture of cement components. The system is automated by use of a controller, and provides real-time data to a user as to rates and amounts of materials blended and delivered over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BJ Services, LLC
    Inventors: Lucas Albrighton, T J McClure, Aaron James
  • Patent number: 10737664
    Abstract: A cleaning system is disclosed for cleaning concrete residue from a concrete mixer truck. The cleaning system may include a water delivery system having one or more conduits configured to deliver pressurized water to one or more spray headers positioned at various back-end portions of the truck. The cleaning system further includes one or more valves configured to control the flow of pressurized water through the one or more conduits to the one or more spray headers. In various embodiments, the one or more valves are manually operable to control the release of water to the spray headers. In other embodiments, the one or more valves are controlled by a computing device through an electrical coupling such as a communication bus. The cleaning system may be configured to clean different portions of the truck using different sets of spray headers at different times as part of a washing protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Beck Manufacturing International, Inc.
    Inventors: James Frank Beck, III, James Frank Beck, II, Thomas Christopher Beck
  • Patent number: 10724313
    Abstract: An example mobile drilling fluid plant includes a plurality of intermodal containers each exhibiting a length, a width, and a height compliant with universal shipping container dimensions and configurations dictated by the International Organization for Standardization, wherein the plurality of intermodal containers include a plurality of fluid storage containers and one or more fluid mixing containers, one or more pumps in fluid communication with the plurality of fluid storage containers and the one or more fluid mixing containers, and one or more flexible hoses fluidly coupled to the one or more pumps and placing the plurality of fluid storage containers in fluid communication with the one or more fluid mixing containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Piper Shawn Walker, Lawrence LePere, Terry Wayne Brown, James Andrew Finkle, Ron Crawford, Ryllee Tettleton, Larry Wolfson
  • Patent number: 10687669
    Abstract: A programmable blender having record and playback features includes a record mode and a playback mode. When the blender is placed into the record mode, a processor stores a user created blending sequence to a memory unit. Alternatively, when the blender is placed into a playback mode, the processor automatically controls the operation of the blender in accordance with the stored blending sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventor: David J. Kolar
  • Patent number: 10656561
    Abstract: A toner conveying device includes a toner conveying portion having vertical and horizontal conveying portions, a conveying member arranged in the horizontal conveying portion, a toner loosening member, and first and second magnetic members. The toner loosening member is arranged in the vertical conveying portion to be movable vertically. The first magnetic member is attached to the bottom end of the toner loosening member. The second magnetic member is attached to a part of the conveying member facing the toner loosening member. The magnetic pole of the first magnetic member on its side facing the conveying member is the same as the magnetic pole of the second magnetic member on its side facing the toner loosening member. The toner loosening member vertically reciprocates as the repulsive magnetic field between the first and the second magnetic members changes periodically with the rotation of the conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Akihiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10647026
    Abstract: A system and process for detecting dynamic segregation in concrete rotated within a mixer drum, such as mounted on a delivery truck. A system processor is programmed to monitor an instantaneous and averaged rheology parameter and to deploy protocols for detecting segregation. A first protocol comprises monitoring the averaged slump during and immediately after a jump in drum speed of at least plus or minus four rotations per minute and detecting when a change in the averaged slump value meets or exceeds a threshold; and a second protocol comprises monitoring the instantaneous slump when the mixer drum is rotating at a constant speed for at least three successive rotations and detecting when the instantaneous slump value meets or exceeds a threshold limit. Once segregation is detected, one or more operations can be initiated, such as initiating an alarm or adjusting the mix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Richard K. Jordan, Mark F. Roberts, Yan Glina, Nathan A. Tregger, Lawrence R. Roberts, Eric P. Koehler
  • Patent number: 10638886
    Abstract: A blending device is shown and described. The blending device may include a blending container and a power source operatively connected to the blending container. The power source may be configured to supply power to the blending container. The blending container may also include a feature that is powered by the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Kolar
  • Patent number: 10602874
    Abstract: Various beverage preparation systems, components, and methods are disclosed. In some embodiments, the system includes a brewer machine and a beverage pod. The brewer machine can include a brew chamber unit, which can receive the beverage pod. The brew chamber unit can be adapted to receive multiple beverage pod types. Some embodiments include a drawer that includes the brew chamber and that moves to present the brew chamber unit to a user. Certain embodiments include locking mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation dba Starbucks Coffee Company
    Inventors: Fred Cable, Peter Gale
  • Patent number: 10413876
    Abstract: A mixer (2) includes: a pair of rotors (44) arranged to have a gap (SP2) therebetween; a casing (45) in which a chamber (C2) in which the pair of rotors (44) is disposed, an introduction port (51) for introducing a material to be mixed (W) into the chamber (C2), and a discharge port (52) for discharging the material to be mixed (W) from the chamber (C2) are formed; a sensor (80) which is disposed above the pair of rotors (44) and detects variation in position or pressure of the material to be mixed (W); and a control unit (82) which controls rotation of the pair of rotors (44), based on a detection result of the sensor (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihito Urakami, Jiro Agawa, Takashi Moribe, Shinichi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10329202
    Abstract: Disclosed are dosing methods for mitigating the deleterious effect of clays, which are born or conveyed by sand aggregates, crushed rock, gravel, and other aggregates used in the manufacture of concrete, upon the dosage efficiency of cement dispersants added into concrete. Instead of introducing the entire cement mitigation agent (CMA) into the aggregate material at a quarry or upon batching in the mix plant in a singular, upfront dose, the present invention comprises combining at least 51% and up to 100%, and, most preferably, at least 75% and up to 100%, of the total dosage amount of the CMAs into a given concrete mix batch during the transit portion of the delivery between initial batching at the mix plant and the pour event at the job site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VERIFI LLC
    Inventors: Nathan A. Tregger, Mark F. Roberts, Kati Hazrati
  • Patent number: 10289027
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer carrier that rotates while holding a developer, a developer container that supports the developer carrier and contains the developer, a transport member that is supported in the developer container and that transports the developer by rotating, and a conveying member that is disposed on the transport member and that conveys air in the developer container toward an exhaust port, which enables the air in the developer container to be exhausted outside, along with rotation of the transport member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Sako, Masaki Suto
  • Patent number: 10254215
    Abstract: A spectrometer system may be used to determine one or more spectra of an object, and the one or more spectra may be associated with one or more attributes of the object that are relevant to the user. While the spectrometer system can take many forms, in many instances the system comprises a spectrometer and a processing device in communication with the spectrometer and with a remote server, wherein the spectrometer is physically integrated with an apparatus. The apparatus may have a function different than that of the spectrometer, such as a consumer appliance or device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: VERIFOOD, LTD.
    Inventors: Mor Wilk, Assaf Carmi
  • Patent number: 10244775
    Abstract: Systems and methods of producing a frozen food product include dosing ingredients with a liquefied gas while mixing the ingredients using self-cleaning interlocking beaters. The beaters are optionally also disposed to clean a container in which the ingredients are frozen. The rate and amount of cooling is controlled by measuring the quantity of liquid nitrogen, measuring viscosity of the frozen food product, measuring temperature, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Smitten Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: Robyn Sue Fisher, David M Fischer, Jonathan Fischer, Whitfield Fowler
  • Patent number: 10248069
    Abstract: A developing apparatus includes a developer bearing member configured to bear and convey a developer containing toner and carrier, a first conveyance screw arranged in a first chamber to convey the developer, a second conveyance screw arranged in the second chamber to convey the developer, and a permeability sensor configured to detect a permeability of the developer. A detection portion of the sensor is arranged below a rotational axis of the second conveyance screw, and a rib portion is formed so as to protrude in a radial direction from a rotation shaft of the second conveyance screw for supplying the developer toward the detection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Mugita, Toshihisa Yago
  • Patent number: 10232332
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a hydraulic fracturing system that includes a blender unit. The system includes an auger and hopper assembly to receive proppant from a proppant source and feed the proppant to the blender unit for mixing with a fluid. A first power source is used to power the blender unit in order to mix the proppant with the fluid and prepare a fracturing slurry. A second power source independently powers the auger and hopper assembly in order to align the hopper of the auger and hopper assembly with a proppant feed from the proppant source. Thus, the auger and hopper assembly can be stowed or deployed without use of the first power source, which is the main power supply to the blender unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Well Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Oehring, Brandon N. Hinderliter
  • Patent number: 10183418
    Abstract: A system and process for detecting dynamic segregation in concrete rotated within a mixer drum, such as mounted on a delivery truck. A system processor is programmed to monitor an instantaneous and averaged rheology parameter and to deploy protocols for detecting segregation. A first protocol comprises monitoring the averaged slump during and immediately after a jump in drum speed of at least plus or minus four rotations per minute and detecting when a change in the averaged slump value meets or exceeds a threshold; and a second protocol comprises monitoring the instantaneous slump when the mixer drum is rotating at a constant speed for at least three successive rotations and detecting when the instantaneous slump value meets or exceeds a threshold limit. Once segregation is detected, one or more operations can be initiated, such as initiating an alarm or adjusting the mix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: VERIFI LLC
    Inventors: Richard K. Jordan, Mark F. Roberts, Yan Glina, Nathan A. Tregger, Lawrence R. Roberts, Eric P. Koehler
  • Patent number: 10108206
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating a stirring mechanism for a container which is filled with a medium, wherein a value for the rotation speed of the stirring mechanism, which is predetermined for operating the stirring mechanism with a low level of energy consumption and stored in a memory, is set by an actuation and evaluation device such that reduced energy consumption by the stirring mechanism is achieved while at the same time the medium is thoroughly mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Peter Müller, Bernd-Markus Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10052795
    Abstract: There is provided with a system [100] for processing plastic wherein, in use, the system is adapted for the frictional heating of the plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: POLYWASTE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ross Sydney Collins
  • Patent number: 10029860
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rotary hopper feeder (10) for conveying and separating elements (20) which have at least one shaft, comprising a rotary feeder (18) with radially oriented conveyor cells (22) for conveying the elements (20), said rotary feeder (18) being at least partially surrounded by a hopper wall (14). The invention is characterized in that said conveyor cells (22) have holes (23) at the cell edges (18) and below the rotary feeders (18), near the holes (23), a rolling surface (28) is provided on which at least parts of the shafts of the elements (20) with shafts are supported and made to roll as they are conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: EJOT GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Spindler, Marco Mielisch
  • Patent number: 10005892
    Abstract: A method for producing devulcanized rubber and an apparatus (100) therefor. The method for producing devulcanized rubber comprises the steps of (1) providing vulcanized rubber particles with a pre-determined particle size and (2) devulcanizing the vulcanized rubber particles. The vulcanized rubber particles are devulcanized mechanically by impact forces and devulcanized chemically by a chemical composition. The impact forces break sulphur-sulphur and sulphur-carbon bonds of the vulcanized rubber particles causing surfaces of the rubber to become receptive in reacting with the chemical composition and the chemical composition renders the sulphur passive to prevent reattachment of the bonds, of which the chemical composition comprises at least one accelerator, at least one inorganic activator and at least one organic activator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SEKHAR RESEARCH INNOVATIONS SDN. BHD.
    Inventor: Gopinath B. Sekhar
  • Patent number: 9981416
    Abstract: Apparatus for injection of fluid into an extruder is provided, including a static mixer section with a pipe assembly coupled with the static mixer outlet and leading to the extruder barrel; the pipe assembly outlet and barrel injection opening have diameters less than the maximum internal diameter of the static mixer casing. The invention greatly simplifies the fluid injection apparatus used with extruders, while giving more efficient absorption of thermal energy with a minimum of environmental contamination, and the ability to inject multiple streams into the extruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Eugene VanDalsem, Brian D. Streit
  • Patent number: 9908090
    Abstract: Apparatus (20) for injection of fluid into extrusion system components such as a preconditioner (24) or extruder (100) is provided, preferably as a composite assembly including a fluid injection valve (52) and an interconnected static mixer section (54). Alternately, use may be made of the fluid injection valve (52) or static mixer section (54) alone. The invention greatly simplifies the fluid injection apparatus used in extrusion systems, while giving more efficient absorption of thermal energy with a minimum of environmental contamination, and the ability to inject multiple streams into the extrusion systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Eugene VanDalsem, Brian D. Streit
  • Patent number: 9888819
    Abstract: A robot cleaner includes a body forming an external appearance of the robot cleaner, a body moving part provided to the body to move the body, a body driving unit to drive the body moving part, a dust collector to capture suctioned foreign substances and provided with a first chamber and a second chamber communicating with the first chamber, a suction generation unit to supply suction force to the dust collector, and a guide member to guide the foreign substances captured in the first chamber to the second chamber and to apply pressure to the foreign substances in the second chamber in order to compress the foreign substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaewon Jang, Sungil Park, Jongsu Kim
  • Patent number: 9776355
    Abstract: An extruder (100) for comestible material comprises a tubular barrel (104) and one or more elongated, axially rotatable, helically flighted screws (120, 122) within the barrel (104), where the barrel (104) has a delivery opening (114a). The extruder barrel (104) is equipped with an assembly (22) for delivery of fluid to the interior thereof, including a static mixing section (54) operable to blend steam and water to create a blended mixture; the blended mixture is delivered to the barrel opening (114a) by of a conveying assembly (84, 86) having a pipe assembly (86) with an outlet in communication with the barrel opening (114a); the pipe assembly (86) and opening (114a) have diameters less than maximum internal diameter of the static mixer casing (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Eugene VanDalsem, Brian D. Streit
  • Patent number: 9776356
    Abstract: A method for extruding a comestible material comprises the steps of passing comestible material into an extruder (100) with rotation of the extruder screw(s) (120, 122) and delivery of fluid comprising steam and water into an opening (114a) of the extruder barrel (104). The fluid delivery step comprises separately directing individual quantities of steam and water into the casing (72) of a static mixing section (54), and blending the steam and water to create a blended mixture, and then delivering the blended mixture into the barrel (114a). The blended mixture is delivered to the barrel opening (114a) by a conveying assembly (84, 86) having a pipe assembly (86) with an outlet in communication with the barrel opening (114a); the pipe assembly (86) and opening (114a) have diameters less than maximum internal diameter of the static mixer casing (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Eugene VanDalsem, Brian D. Streit
  • Patent number: 9753403
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a latent image forming unit that forms an electrostatic latent image on an image carrier based on an image signal, a development unit that includes a circulation mechanism that circulates developer in the development unit and develops the electrostatic latent image using the developer, and a detector unit that detects a toner density of the developer in the development unit. A determination unit determines a replenishment amount of toner to the development unit based on the toner density detected by the detector unit, and a replenisher unit replenishes the development unit with toner based on the determined replenishment amount. The determination unit reduces a predetermined ripple that occurs in accordance with a period of circulation of the developer by executing filter processing for reducing the predetermined ripple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jiro Shirakata, Shusuke Miura, Kana Oshima
  • Patent number: 9723810
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing and cutting animal feed including a container with a sidewall, a rotary mixing and cutting device positioned inside the container and arranged to be driven by a driving unit. At least one counter element is provided at the sidewall. The apparatus includes a positioning device for moving the counter element between a retracted position and an inserted position, and a control unit to control the positioning device of the counter element and arranged to determine an indication of the amount of instantaneous power consumed by the driving units for driving the rotary mixing and cutting device and to control positioning device based on the determined indication of the amount of instantaneous power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Arie Huyzer, Howard Sie, Jan Lambertus Pastoor, Jan Martinus Van Kuilenburg
  • Patent number: 9713893
    Abstract: Methods of preconditioning comestible materials such as foods or feeds include the step of separately injecting steam and water into a static mixer in order to create a blend, which is then injected into the materials within a preconditioner barrel. The methods yield increased cook values in the preconditioned materials, with a reduction in evolved steam from the preconditioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Eugene VanDalsem, Brian D Streit
  • Patent number: 9669463
    Abstract: The invention addresses the problem of providing a method for producing microparticles. Provided is a method for producing microparticles. For the first process, seed microparticles are separated in a thin film fluid that forms between at least two processing surfaces, which are disposed facing each other, which can approach or separate from each other and at least one of which rotates relative to the other, and the fluid comprising the separated seed microparticles is discharged as a discharge fluid. Subsequently, for the second process, the separated seed microparticles are grown in the discharged discharge fluid to obtain the intended microparticles. Uniform and homogeneous microparticles are obtained as a result of the microparticle producing method comprising the two process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: M. TECHNIQUE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Enomura
  • Patent number: 9604535
    Abstract: A vehicle (3) equipped with gas tanks (30a, 30b) has a common channel (34c) and branch channels (34a, 34b) that branch from the common channel (34c) to the gas tanks (30a, 30b), as a filling passageway (34) through which gas is supplied from an external gas station (2) to the gas tanks (30a, 30b). The gas tank (30a) is better in heat dissipation characteristic than the gas tank (30b). Only the branch channel (34a) that corresponds to the gas tank (30a) is provided with a shutoff valve (40) or a flow regulation valve (46) that is capable of restricting the amount of gas supplied to the gas tank (30a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Yahashi, Tsukuo Ishitoya
  • Patent number: 9585520
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is directed to a mixing system. The mixing system includes a stand mixer having a charging dock. The charging dock includes a charging output that provides a charging current. The mixing system also includes a cordless kitchen appliance having a rechargeable battery disposed therein. The cordless kitchen appliance is coupleable to the charging dock. The charging output provides the charging current to the rechargeable battery when the cordless kitchen appliance is coupled with the charging dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SEARS BRANDS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 9581265
    Abstract: Various systems, methods and apparatuses for a rotary valve are disclosed. A rotary valve apparatus may have a case, a fluid conducting apparatus inside the case, and an electromagnetic actuator. The electromagnetic actuator may align the fluid conducting apparatus with various ports in the case. In this manner, fluid may be conducted through the ports. The electromagnetic actuator may rotate the fluid conducting apparatus to align with different ports in the case. Thus, the apparatus may operate as a valve, connecting and disconnecting various ports in response to the electromagnetic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Sherbeck, Benjamin Ruddell
  • Patent number: 9493297
    Abstract: A capsule, including: a deformable casing defining a cavity containing an initial product joined to a fluid for making a final product; a nozzle associated with the casing to inject the fluid of a brewing machine, the nozzle having a longitudinal side wall being provided with at least one outflow opening to the cavity, and the nozzle having an end wall provided with a second opening enabling the final product to exit from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SARONG SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Davide Capitini, Alessandro Grillenzoni
  • Patent number: 9399198
    Abstract: A venturi ejector for forcibly ejecting a slurry or solution generated in a fluid dispenser, wherein the venturi ejector includes a venturi, the venturi being in a first flow communication with the slurry or solution and developing a vacuum, the vacuum being in a second flow communication with atmospheric pressure, the second flow communication acting to cause the atmospheric pressure to exert a pressure on the slurry or solution, thereby forcing the slurry to the venturi where the slurry or solution is forcibly ejected from the venturi. A method for forcibly ejecting a slurry or solution generated in a fluid dispenser is further included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Sunburst Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Grant
  • Patent number: 9239428
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes, among other things, a method for attaching a fiber optic terminus of a fiber optic connector to a fiber optic cable. The method may include determining a type of epoxy to be mixed from a first material in a first barrel of the dual-barrel cartridge and a second material in a second barrel of the dual-barrel cartridge. The method may include determining a first rate at which to advance a first plunger against the first barrel based at least in part on the type of epoxy to be mixed. The method may include determining a second rate at which to advance a second plunger against the second barrel based at least in part on the type of epoxy to be mixed. The first rate and the second rate may be associated with a proportion between an amount of the first material and an amount of the second material to mix for the epoxy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: KSARIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. Christopher, George Ciolfi
  • Patent number: 9039272
    Abstract: A measuring device comprising at least one mixer structure to receive a fiber suspension sample from at least one process part. Each mixer structure is provided with a measuring unit, a feeding valve for feeding feed liquid into a sample line for pushing the sample in the sample line towards the measuring unit, a mixing valve structure for feeding dilution liquid into the mixer structure The mixer structure mixes the flowing sample and the dilution liquid with one another in order to reduce the consistency of the sample. The measuring device measures from the first part of the mixed sample one property of the fiber suspension and the measuring device measures from the second part of the mixed sample a further property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: METSO AUTOMATION OY
    Inventor: Pasi Kärki
  • Publication number: 20150131404
    Abstract: A laboratory mixer for mixing a sample and a diluent in a bag. An enclosure defines a mixing chamber, and at least one movable mixing element is retained for mixing the sample and the diluent within the bag. At least one liquid detector is retained relative to the enclosure for detecting liquid leaked from the bag. The sensor can be a capacitive, inductive, or optical sensor. The sensor can be a conductivity sensor with two electrodes shaped like combs and a gap less than or equal to a diameter of a drip of diluent solution. A ledge with a low point can be retained by an access door. The sensor or sensors can be disposed adjacent to the access door, on a mixing element, in direct contact with the bag, or on a tank. An alarm and cessation of operation can be triggered upon a detection of leaked liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Emmanuel Jalenques
  • Publication number: 20150117136
    Abstract: A temperature measuring device (1) with a thermometer (2) has a plurality of temperature sensors (3) on one side (10), which function on an electrical basis. The thermometer (2) is immersed in a container or beaker (4) set up in a usage position on a heating plate (102) of a magnetic stirrer (100) and in a medium (5) present therein. The plurality of temperature sensors (3) are arranged spaced apart from one other vertically on the temperature measuring device (1), and are immersed in the medium (5) at different heights in the usage position. It is therefore possible firstly to recognize a temperature stratification inside the medium (5), and secondly, to detect level changes of the medium (5) in the interior of the container (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Erhard Eble, Uwe Brauch, Thomas Hensle, Christian Babel
  • Publication number: 20150117135
    Abstract: A slurry feed system includes a valve manifold, a mixing tank, a slurry feed pump, a surface tension meter and suction piping, discharge piping as well as slurry return piping. The valve manifold includes inlet piping, outlet piping fluidly coupled to the inlet piping, and a slurry discharge header for supplying slurry to CMP stations. The slurry feed pump is connected to the mixing tank by the suction piping. The discharge piping is routed from the slurry feed pump to the inlet piping of the valve manifold. The slurry return piping is routed from the outlet piping of the valve manifold to the mixing tank. The suction piping, the discharge piping, the inlet piping, the outlet piping and the slurry return piping define a first slurry supply loop. The surface tension meter is coupled to the first slurry supply loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsung-Huang CHEN, Wei-Cheng LI, Chi-Tung LAI, Yung-Ti HUNG
  • Publication number: 20150117137
    Abstract: A blending appliance includes a housing with a jar receiving area defined between an upper housing and a support base. A blender jar includes a base portion and a receptacle portion, and is configured to be laterally received within the jar receiving area of the housing. A magnetic coupling system includes an upper magnetic coupler disposed in the base portion of the blender jar and a lower magnetic coupler disposed in the support base of the housing. The upper and lower magnetic couplers are magnetically coupled to one another for driving a blade assembly disposed in the receptacle portion of the blender jar. A brake mechanism is disposed on the upper magnetic coupler and is configured to stop rotation of the upper magnetic coupler when the blender jar is removed from the jar receiving area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: EDWARD HANEY, JEREMY T. WOLTERS, BRANDON T. MOCK, ZACHARY A. LOWNDS