Having Specified Feed Means Patents (Class 366/150.1)
  • Patent number: 10624371
    Abstract: apparatus for dispensing mixed beverages obtained by mixing fresh vegetable products that were previously cut into small pieces, ground and frozen before being inserted into the apparatus and kept frozen until they are ready to be used. This apparatus comprises a beverage pickup compartment accessible from outside, a plurality of distinct and separate containers suitable to contain a specific quantity of frozen product, and to selectively distribute a definite quantity of the product contained therein in a mixing station, in which said containers are associated with a respective collecting means to containers toward a respective path that includes said mixing station and a thawing station; the latter is suitable to be positioned either upstream or downstream of said station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: UNITEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Luca Benedetti
  • Patent number: 10150090
    Abstract: A bioreactor system includes a support housing having an interior surface bounding a compartment, the support housing having a sidewall with an opening extending therethrough and communicating with the compartment. A rack is secured to the support housing in alignment with the opening. An elongated first shaft has a first end and an opposing second end, the first end of the first shaft being secured to the rack so that the second end of the first shaft projects outwardly away from the sidewall of the support housing. A structure is secured to the first shaft towards the second end of the first shaft, the structure outwardly projecting away from the first shaft. A collapsible bag bounds a chamber and is at least partially disposed within the compartment of the support housing. A member projects from the collapsible bag and passes through the opening on the sidewall, the structure restraining movement of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Goodwin, Wade A. Cornia, Jacob D. Lee
  • Patent number: 9011126
    Abstract: A machine for continuous casting of pre-mortared masonry panels includes a rotatable continuous mold for continuously forming pre-mortared masonry panels and an application system for applying polymeric material to the continuous mold as the continuous mold rotates. The machine also includes a brick setter system for setting bricks onto the polymeric material as the continuous mold rotates. The machine further includes a cutting device for cutting the bricks and polymeric material into panels to form the pre-mortared masonry panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Frank Grassi
  • Publication number: 20150071025
    Abstract: An individual frozen drink dispenser includes a housing having a base configured to support a blender cup, a pod support disposed above the blender cup and configured to support a pod containing frozen ingredients suitable for preparing a frozen drink, a dispense plunger coupled to the housing and configured to move from a pre-dispense position to a dispense position in which the dispense plunger pushes the frozen ingredients from the pod into the blender cup, and a drive mechanism coupled to the housing and configured to drive the movement of the dispense plunger from the pre-dispense position to the dispense position. A method of preparing a frozen drink is further disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: John Michael Herbert
  • Publication number: 20150065587
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and process for a nutracuetical beverage compounding system and methods for the same. Provided is a customizable supplement beverage system and method for personalizing and operating the same to a particular user and optionally for operative tracking. Proposed additionally is an operative system for receiving and individually identifying a concentrate or supplement combinations, for mixing the same prior to a use, and for dispensing the same for use, and for tracking control factors relating to the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Gian-Carlo Ochoa, Brendan Duffy, Jon Taylor, Gary Van Deursen
  • Publication number: 20150049574
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment includes a blending chamber having a urea inlet, a blending chamber gas inlet, and a blending chamber outlet. A urea source provides a pressurized urea solution to the urea inlet at a urea injection pressure, and a pressurized gas source transmits pressurized gas to the blending chamber gas inlet via a passageway. The passageway is configured to decrease pressure of the pressurized gas transmitted along its length from a first pressure of gas received from the pressurized gas source to a second pressure of gas provided to the blending chamber gas inlet. The first pressure of gas received from the pressurized gas source is greater than the urea injection pressure and the second pressure of gas provided to the blending chamber gas inlet is less than the urea injection pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: George L. Muntean, Steve Holl, Joydeep Chakrabarti, John Anthis, Joshua D. Henry, Samuel Johnson, Andrew Myer
  • Publication number: 20150045210
    Abstract: Parallel reactor systems for synthesizing materials are disclosed. The reactor systems may be suitable for synthesizing materials produced from corrosive reagents. Methods for preparing materials by use of such parallel reactor systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: FreeSlate, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Giaquinta, Robert S. Busacca, Robert K. Rosen, John F. Varni, Jeffrey C. Yoder
  • Publication number: 20150023126
    Abstract: A smart mixer appliance includes a set of ingredient trays. The appliance includes a nozzle-based food distribution assembly to transfer ingredients from the trays into a container. A motor system drives a set of mixer beaters to mix the container contents. A user accesses a network resource and selects a recipe having instructions for ingredient provisioning and mixing. The ingredient trays are loaded with the recipe ingredients. The recipe instructions are converted into a control procedure suitable to automatically control the ingredient transfer and mixing operations. A controller implements the recipe instructions by managing the operation of the food distribution system and motor system according to the control procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Vanessa Brown, Brittanni M. Wright
  • Publication number: 20140349379
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispersing and entraining and controlling the residence time, absorption and release of gas bubbles or particles in a fluid without losing gas utilization efficiency from escaping surface gas events. A mechanical, rotating plurality of hollowed blades that induce both an axial and radial controlled circulatory flow and provide a means of gas introduction into the discharge flow that has a conical helical, axial and radial outward flow from the axis of rotation and allows entrained gas bubbles to be trapped as particles and recirculated by means of a circulatory flow back into the intake vortex of said mechanical, rotating plurality of blades. The flow is characterized by a forced intake vortex caused by a low pressure zone with a radial component, and subsequent axial component drawing fluid in a circular fashion toward the eye of the rotating device and impelling fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Carl Roy Bachellier
  • Patent number: 8894966
    Abstract: A micro-mixer and use thereof for synthesis of barium sulfate particles is disclosed. The micro-mixer includes feeding tubes, reservoirs, a mixing channel, a buffer reservoir and a sampling tube. The mixing channel is made of hydrophobic materials and processed into a spiral structure, in which baffles are set in interval arrangement at both sides of the channel wall. The types of the baffles include leaning-forward baffles, vertical baffles and leaning-backward baffles. Setting the baffles helps produce local secondary flow in the mixer, which enhances fluids mixing process. The micro-mixer is suitable to rapid reactions or precipitation processes, whose reaction time is much less than mixing time, and has broad application prospects in many fields involving mixing reaction such as pharmaceutical and chemistry industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing Ziuzhang Chemical Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chao Yang, Xi Wang, Yumei Yong, Guangji Zhang, Jingcai Cheng, Xin Feng, Xiangyang Li, Weipeng Zhang, Yuanyuan Li, Zaisha Mao
  • Patent number: 8864365
    Abstract: A chemical mixing apparatus has a mixing tank having an inlet and an outlet, means for introducing a liquid into the mixing tank, and a tubular conveyor assembly having a first end and a second end. The second end of the conveyor assembly is sealably connected to the inlet of the mixing tank. A portable hopper having a sealable inlet and a sealable discharge conduit is detachably and sealably connected to the first end of the conveyor assembly such that a solid chemical contained in the chemical storage chamber of the portable hopper may be transported within the portable hopper from a remote location and conveyed from the portable hopper to the mixing tank without exposing the area surrounding the mixing tank to the solid chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rodgers Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Troy A. Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20140293732
    Abstract: The present invention is intended to reduce noise or vibration occurring in an exhaust gas mixer, and provided with: a mixer main body that has a hollow part extending in an axial direction; an inner pipe part that is provided in the hollow part along the axial direction; a gas introduction part that is provided to the mixer main body, and introduces mixing target gas into a space to spiral the mixing target gas; and a gas lead-out part that is provided in the inner pipe part to lead out the mixing target gas, wherein a central axis of the inner pipe part and a central axis of the hollow part are provided in mutually different positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HORIBA, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi OHTSUKI, Tatsuki KUMAGAI, Sayaka YOSHIMURA, Yoshiko TSUJI
  • Patent number: 8845976
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus, which can be part of a pre-treatment system in a plant for the production of fuels, e.g. bio-ethanol, derived from plant biomass, e.g. first generation crops, such as grain, sugarcane and corn or second generation crops such as lignocellulosic biomass. The invention relates to an apparatus for processing, such as fluffing and mixing, at least two media, such as a solid, e.g. biomass, and a fluid, e.g. steam, so as to rendering the first medium susceptible to efficient receiving of energy and/or mass which is provided by localized release of the second medium. Although the description of the present invention focuses on biomass, it is envisaged that the invention is generally applicable to control the mixing of at least two media by crossing their stream of while dispersing at least one of them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Biogasol ApS
    Inventors: Finn Beldring, Dragan Lukic, Troels Hilstrom
  • Publication number: 20140269153
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention provide a chemical solution mixing a dispensing system for making a customized chemical solution for industrial applications. For example, the embodiments of the present invention can include a chlorination system that mixes and then dispenses a chlorine solution into a water supply line for the treatment or sanitation of the water in the water supply line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: NKD Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Scott Wells
  • Publication number: 20140242514
    Abstract: A particulate material production method is provided. The particulate material production method includes ejecting a particulate material composition liquid, which includes an organic solvent and a particulate material composition including at least a resin and dissolved or dispersed in the organic solvent, from at least one nozzle to form droplets of the particulate material composition liquid in a gas phase; and solidifying the droplets of the particulate material composition liquid to prepare particles of the particulate material composition. The droplet solidifying step includes contacting the droplets with a poor solvent for the particulate material composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Ryota Inoue, Yoshihiro Moriya, Hiroshi Yamada, Tatsuru Moritani, Minoru Masuda, Akinori Saito, Yasutada Shitara, Kiyotada Katoh, Satoshi Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140208649
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a feedstock preparation system that includes a first slurry preparation system that may receive a first portion of a solid fuel to generate a first fuel slurry using the first portion of the solid fuel and a liquid and second slurry preparation system separate from the first slurry preparation system that may receive a second portion of the solid fuel and the first fuel slurry. The second slurry preparation system may produce a second fuel slurry using the second portion of the solid fuel and the first fuel slurry. The first fuel slurry has a first particle size distribution and the second fuel slurry has a second particle size distribution, and the first and second particle size distributions are different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Raul Eduardo Ayala, Judith Pauline Oppenheim
  • Publication number: 20140174747
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus required for creating a mixture of dry proppant and liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2) for fracturing oil and gas formations is presented. The operation includes making a mixture of dry proppant and liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2) for use in a fracturing operation by supplying dry proppant that is pressurized to between 75 and 600 psia with a gas; further supplying a stream of sub-cooled LCO2 having a pressure substantially equal to that of the pressurized dry proppant; and adding dry, pressurized proppant to the stream of sub-cooled LCO2, thereby forming a mixed LCO2 and proppant fracturing slurry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Richard M. Kelly, Nick Joseph Degenstein, Bernard Thomas Neu
  • Publication number: 20140158644
    Abstract: One embodiment can be an apparatus for contacting a first liquid and a second liquid. The apparatus can include a vessel, which in turn, may include at least one wall, a first member, and a funnical frustum. The at least one wall can form a perimeter about an interior space. Also, the first member can be positioned within the interior space and form a plurality of passageways. Each passageway may be bordered by a first side and a second side from an outer region to an interior surface of the first member. Generally, the funnical frustum is positioned downstream of the first member to facilitate a swirling of at least one of the first and second liquids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicants: Boreskov Institute of Catolysis, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, UOP LLC
    Inventors: Andrey Kuzmin, Aziz Sattar, Lev Davydov
  • Patent number: 8733239
    Abstract: A food processor includes a base, a container having a side wall and an open end including a rim, and a lid for engaging the open end of the container in an operating position and a storage position. The lid has a top wall with a first and second principal surface, an annular ledge with a first and second side, and a food chute extending from the first principal surface generally parallel to a longitudinal axis of the top wall. The food chute has a length and extends away from the container with the second side of the annular ledge contacting the rim of the container when the lid is in the operating position. When the lid is in the storage position, the food chute extends into an interior of the container with the first side of the annular ledge contacting the rim of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael W. Allen
  • Patent number: 8721162
    Abstract: A method of controlling an integrated beverage system that comprises a dispensing module that dispenses one or more ingredients into a beverage container and a blending/mixing module that blends and/or mixes the ingredients in the beverage container, the method comprising: controlling the dispensing module and the blending/mixing module to prepare first and second beverages concurrently or sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Enodis Corporation
    Inventors: Jan Claesson, William E. Smith, Roberto Nevarez
  • Publication number: 20140102153
    Abstract: A liquid detergent mixer includes a main body, a detergent inlet pipe, a wash water inlet pipe, and a wash water dispersing unit. The main body defines a mixing space in which wash water and liquid detergent are mixed. The detergent inlet pipe allows liquid detergent to flow into the mixing space. The wash water inlet pipe has one end protruding from the other side surface of the main body to the mixing space to allow wash water to flow into the mixing space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongsoo LEE, Jaehyuk JANG, Youngho Kim
  • Publication number: 20140069650
    Abstract: Blending particulate and liquid to make slurry for use in oilfield operations is addressed. The blender has an upwardly facing particulate expeller with a flat base, raised hub, and generally radially extending, circumferentially spaced vanes extending upwardly from the base. The vanes extend from leading edges spaced about a vane inner diameter to tips spaced about a vane outer diameter. Adjacent expeller vanes define expeller passageways therebetween. The particulate expeller does not serve as a meaningful liquid impeller and the blender does not act significantly as a pump. The expeller has a several preferred diameter, clearance, height and length dimensions and ratios. Wide, deep expeller inlets and shallow, narrow outlets enhance particulate entry and minimize expeller torque. Vane extensions impart velocity to the particulate upon contact and minimize sensitivity to particulate entry velocity. Maximized circumferential overlap of adjacent vanes reduces liquid back-flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Calvin Lynn Stegemoeller, Chad A. Heitman, Stanley V. Stephenson, Herbert John Horinek
  • Publication number: 20140029374
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for saturating a gas with a liquid-borne compound. A bubbler container may be configured to contain a carrier liquid, which comprises a desired compound. The container may comprise at least one channeling plane, disposed between the top and bottom of the container, which may be configured to allow gas bubbles to travel through a circuitous, channeling route. The gas can be introduced to the container at a bottom portion of the container, into the carrier liquid comprising the compound. Carrier gas bubbles formed in the liquid may be forced to travel the channeling route to a top portion of the container, where gas saturated with the compound may be collected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: William Kimmerle, Kyle Kimmerle, Josh Mangum
  • Publication number: 20140024105
    Abstract: A flexible disposable bioreactor having three, stagger-baffled compartments wherein the middle compartment houses a sparging rod is described to provide the highest degree of sparging and mixing to produce biological products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Sarfaraz K. Niazi
  • Publication number: 20140022859
    Abstract: Separate pressure vessels for oxidizer and fuel components in a combustion/decomposition system add weight and complexity to the system. The fuel and oxidizer can be pre-mixed within a single pressure vessel, but can be unacceptably volatile in a mixed configuration. Providing separate fuel and oxidizer compartments within a singular pressure vessel reduces the weight and complexity of the system, while maintaining the non-volatility of separately stored fuel and oxidizer. The fuel and oxidizer can be selectively mixed within the pressure vessel when desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: FIRESTAR ENGINEERING, LLC
    Inventor: FIRESTAR ENGINEERING, LLC
  • Patent number: 8623640
    Abstract: A reactor system includes a flexible bag having an interior surface bounding a compartment. An elongated tubular connector is disposed within the compartment of the flexible bag, the tubular connector having a first end and an opposing second end, the first end of the tubular connector being coupled with the flexible bag. An impeller is disposed within the compartment of the flexible bag and is secured to the tubular connector. A drive shaft is removably received within the tubular connector such that rotation of the drive shaft facilitates rotation of the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Hyclone Laboratories, Inc., Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Kurt T. Kunas, Robert V. Oakley, Fauad F. Hasan, Michael E. Goodwin, Jeremy K. Larsen, Nephi D. Jones
  • Patent number: 8602633
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for combining multiple materials. The multiple materials may include both a major material and one or more minor materials. The major and minor materials are added at transient or steady state flow rates, depending upon a command from a control signal. The actual flow rates track the commanded flow rates, but deviate by an error. The claimed arrangement provides an instantaneous and time-based error believed to be unobtainable in the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jon Kevin McLaughlin, Roger Phillip Williams
  • Publication number: 20130301377
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a bubble implosion reactor cavitation device. The bubble implosion reactor cavitation device includes a tube-shaped cylindrical body including an upstream, a distal end surface and a downstream, proximal end surface. The tube-shaped cylindrical body defines an axial passage that extends through the tube-shaped cylindrical body between the upstream, distal end surface and the downstream, proximal end surface. The apparatus also includes a bubble generator subassembly connected to the tube-shaped cylindrical body. The bubble generator subassembly is at least partially disposed within the axial passage defined by the tube-shaped cylindrical body. The apparatus also includes a retaining member connected to the tube-shaped cylindrical body for retaining the bubble generator subassembly within the axial passage defined by the tube-shaped cylindrical body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Caisson Technology Group LLC
    Inventor: Alexander E. Kravtsov
  • Publication number: 20130272087
    Abstract: A system for at least one of homogenization and lysis of a sample includes one or more walls forming an enclosed chamber, a permanent magnet within the enclosed chamber, a magnet guide, and one or more magnets located outside the chamber. The enclosed chamber has an inlet and one or more fluidic connections configured to introduce at least the sample into the chamber. The permanent magnet has a positive pole and a negative pole. The magnet guide is configured to laterally guide the permanent magnet between a first position and a second position and maintain a substantially constant orientation of the permanent magnet during the movement. Movement of the magnets outside the chamber changes a magnetic field between the one or more magnets and the permanent magnet. The permanent magnet moves between the first and second positions in response to the changing magnetic field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: STAT-DIAGNOSTICA & INNOVATION, S.L.
    Inventors: Jordi CARRERA FABRA, Anna Comenges Casas, Rafael Bru Bibert, Marta Lòpez Fontanals, Gemma Pueyo Castells, Rupert Mexwell Gaut
  • Publication number: 20130223181
    Abstract: A mixing device for bone cement is provided. The mixing device includes a mixing handle, an housing, and a mixing paddle. The mixing handle having a rod, where at least portions of the rod are in tubular form with monomer inside of the rod. The housing has a mixing chamber in which the monomer and a powder are miscible. The mixing paddle is arranged in the mixing chamber and is movable via the rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: AAP BIOMATERIALS GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Albert De Vries, Wout R. Loman
  • Patent number: 8465197
    Abstract: The present invention has its application in the field of devices and methods for the product physical and chemical mixing and refers particularly to a cartridge for sterile mixing of a two-phase compound. The cartridge includes a first tubular body defining a first collection chamber for a solid phase, a second tubular body defining a second collection chamber for a liquid phase, means for transferring the liquid phase from the second to the first chamber, means for mixing the phases. The means for mixing comprise means for agitating acting on the mixture inside the first chamber with the first tubular body in substantially stationary conditions, so as to favor the dispersion of the solid phase inside the liquid phase thus obtaining a compound with uniform physical and mechanical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Tecres S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Faccioli, Renzo Soffiatti
  • Publication number: 20130077432
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mixer for producing a paste by mixing components, comprising a housing having a longitudinal axis, a rear end, and a front end provided with a discharge opening; and a mixing chamber formed in said housing and having an entry side facing said rear end of said housing. The initial content of the mixing chamber is diverted from the discharge opening, and the subsequent content of the mixing chamber is extrudable from the discharge opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: 3M Innovative Properties Company
  • Publication number: 20130070555
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method for mixing two or more solutions. Provided is an integrated system for generating a homogeneous solution from two or more input solutions, comprising: a mixer chamber containing a magnetic stir bar; a means for rotating the magnetic stir bar; and an user interface for input a chosen flow rate. The mixer chamber comprises a mixer chamber body including a movable upper part which defines a mixer chamber volume; one or more solution inlets; an solution outlet; the magnetic stir bar; and a means for adjusting the mixer chamber volume. In response to the input flow rate, the mixing chamber volume is adjusted to an optimal volume, by the movement of the movable upper part, controlled by the means for adjusting the mixer chamber volume. Also provided are methods of using the system to achieve homogeneous mixing of two or more solutions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventor: Patrik Akerstrom
  • Publication number: 20130039146
    Abstract: A precision metering device is in provided that includes a device having a first chamber and a second chamber, a piston disposed in the first chamber that divides the first chamber into a mixing portion and a driving portion and a second piston disposed in a second chamber that defines a concentrate portion in the second chamber. The concentrate portion of the second chamber is in fluid communication with the mixing portion of the first chamber. Methods of adding concentrate to a solvent are provided that utilize the provided metering device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Andrew M. Candelora, Robert E. Astle, Laurence W. Bassett
  • Patent number: 8362200
    Abstract: A process for the salt-free coagulation of polymer dispersions in a rotor/stator assembly is disclosed. The rotor/stator assembly includes a casing, a rotor shaft rotatably mounted within the casing, a rotor having a conical surface affixed to the rotor shaft, and a stator affixed to the casing and concentrically associated with the rotor. The conical surface faces a surface of the stator to form an adjustable shear gap, which is surrounded by an annular space. A polymer dispersion is fed into the assembly and conveyed through the shear gap. During this conveyance, the polymer dispersion is precipitated at a predetermined shear rate and a predetermined shear deformation. The polymer dispersion is discharged from the assembly through an outlet neck, and the assembly is flushed with water using one or more ports formed in at least one of a pipeline coupled to the axial feed neck, the stator, and the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Norbert Güntherberg, Wolfgang Fischer, Manfred Radulla
  • Publication number: 20120327738
    Abstract: An automatic system for mixing cleansing agents with a water stream. The automatic system for mixing cleansing agents includes a activation device, electrical control unit (ECU), dispenser and mixing chamber. The activation device may be activated when a motion is detected to provide a signal to the ECU. A motor connected to a pump of the dispenser may be actuated by the ECU to dispense a cleansing agent into the mixing chamber. The cleansing agent is sucked into a pipeline by a tube and is mixed with water in the mixing chamber to produce a sudsy water exiting a water distributor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Andrea Coonrod
  • Publication number: 20120320705
    Abstract: A mixing device for concurrently mixing a slurry and conveying it along an axis of a housing. A shaft having a vane or vanes mounted thereto is disposed within a housing. Rotation of the shaft serves to convey the slurry material along with effecting mixing of the slurry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Ben Floan
  • Patent number: 8333927
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hole-jetting type reactor and its applications, in particular to a process for the production of isocyanates by the phosgenation of aliphatic or aromatic diamines or triamines in the gas phase using this reactor. The present invention achieves a good mixing and reacting result of the gas-phase phosgenation reaction at a high temperature by improving the mixing of reactants in the reactor to reduce the possibility of forming swirls and eliminate negative pressure produced at a local jet area, which can finally reduce back-mixing and formation of solid by-products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ningbo Wanhua Polyurethanes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiansheng Ding, Yong hua Shang, Deqiang Ma, Jingquan Hao, Peicheng Luo, Shuang Hu
  • Patent number: 8316798
    Abstract: It used to be difficult to automatically mix—together with ordinary pet foods—nutrients and medications as additives based on a prescription from an animal hospital according to the condition of a pet. Also, it was not easy to submit from a personal computer or a mobile phone an order for custom-mixed pet food. This system easily receives, via the Internet from a personal computer 1 or a mobile phone 2, an order for custom-mixed pet food based on a prescription sent to a custom-mixed-pet-food prescription control computer system 4 that electronically controls a mixing device 5 that automatically produces custom-mixed pet food according to mixing data specified by an pet owner's order and prescription from an animal hospital.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Masami Ito
  • Patent number: 8313229
    Abstract: An agitation system including a motor that is capable of measuring the torque output of the motor required to mix a suspension. The motor is attached to an agitator which is placed in a suspension to be measured. The agitator is placed in the suspension and the agitation system is turned on for a period of time. This period determined by the type of agitator used and the characteristics of the suspension. When the suspension is well mixed and the torque measurement on the agitator becomes stable, the agitation system is stopped. The suspension is allowed to sit without agitation for a period of time and the agitation system is started again. After a period of time the agitation system is started and the amount of torque needed to begin turning the agitator is measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Michael Joe Brannon, Craig Alan Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20120287744
    Abstract: The invention provides a mixing system comprising the following: A) at least one extensional flow mixer comprising: a generally open and hollow body having a contoured outer surface and having: a single entrance port and a single exit port; a means for compressing a bulk stream flowing through the generally open and hollow body in a direction of flow, and at least one injected additive stream introduced at the single entrance port in the direction of flow; and a means for broadening the bulk stream and the at least one injected additive stream, such that an interfacial area between the bulk stream and the at least one injected additive stream is increased as the bulk stream and the at least one injected additive stream flow through the generally open and hollow body in the direction of flow to promote mixing of the bulk stream and the at least one injected additive stream; B) a flow conductor having an axis and having a generally open and hollow flow mixer body cured therein; and C) a primary additive stream
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Maria Pollard, Steven R. Strand, David A. Eversdyk, Matthias Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20120230146
    Abstract: A mixing silo for free-flowing finely divided solid materials, in particular for powdered, fibrous and/or granular mixed material, especially polymer granules, specifically suited for mixing polymer granules, having an excellent mixing quality and at the same time a simplified and improved suitability for washing out in order to avoid cross contamination. The mixing silo may be used for homogenizing possibly inhomogeneous polymer granule batches in the form of a stream of product from a process producing polymer granules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Bayer MaterialScience AG
    Inventors: Herbert Ungerechts, Hans-Jörg Frank, Christoph Schwemler, Reiner Horl, Hans-Jürgen Thiem, Markus Hagedorn
  • Publication number: 20120228233
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus and method for fluid mixing, which enable mixing efficiency to be enhanced and enable a lodging impurity to be easily removed. A liquid, powder, or the like is added from a pipe 2 to a liquid flowing in a pipe 1, and the resultant liquid then passes a plurality of half-open ball valves 3A to 3C, thereby being mixed. The ball valves 3A to 3C each have angular difference ? in the position around the axis thereof. Sufficient mixing can be performed without preparing a static mixer having a complicated structure. In addition, in the case where clogging due to an impurity occurs, the valve is opened with the result that the impurity can be released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: KURITA WATER INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Terashima, Hideaki Iino
  • Publication number: 20120218855
    Abstract: A reactor system includes a flexible bag having an interior surface bounding a compartment. An elongated tubular connector is disposed within the compartment of the flexible bag, the tubular connector having a first end and an opposing second end, the first end of the tubular connector being coupled with the flexible bag. An impeller is disposed within the compartment of the flexible bag and is secured to the tubular connector. A drive shaft is removably received within the tubular connector such that rotation of the drive shaft facilitates rotation of the impeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicants: HYCLONE LABORATORIES, INC., BAXTER HEALTHCARE S.A., BAXTER INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt T. Kunas, Robert V. Oakley, Fauad F. Hasan, Michael E. Goodwin, Jeremy K. Larsen, Nephi D. Jones
  • Publication number: 20120201092
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus (10A) comprises a tubular mixing section (1) for mixing a combustible gas and a combustion supporting gas; a combustible gas supply port at one end (1a); a combustible gas transport device (3) for supplying the combustible gas into the tubular mixing section (1) from the combustible gas supply port; a mixed gas outlet port of the combustible gas and the combustion supporting gas at the other end (1b); and a combustion supporting gas supply tube (5) connected to the tubular mixing section (1) between the one end (1a) and the other end (1b) for supplying the combustion supporting gas into the tubular mixing section (1) from a combustion supporting gas supply port (5a). The combustible gas transport device (3) can control a flow velocity of the combustible gas at the combustion supporting gas supply port (5a) not less than a combustion velocity of the mixed gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryo Hatano, Naoki Shimada, Eisaburo Miyata
  • Publication number: 20120188842
    Abstract: A fluid conditioner for a fluid traveling through a conduit, the conduit having a longitudinal axis and substantially circular cross-section. The fluid conditioner includes a static mixing element and a straightener plate. The plate is affixed to a substantially rectangular member located downstream of the static mixing element and oriented substantially perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the conduit, the plate substantially covering the cross-section of the conduit having a plurality of openings to facilitate the passage of the fluid within the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: Komax Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Smith
  • Publication number: 20120182828
    Abstract: A mixer (10) for mixing a combustible gas and a combustion supporting gas comprises a tubular mixing section (1) which extends between one end (1a) having a combustible gas supply port (2) and the other end (1b) having a mixed gas discharge port (3); and a combustion supporting gas supply tube (4) which is inserted into the tubular mixing section (1) between the one end (1a) and the other end (1b) of the tubular mixing section (1), is closed at its tip (4a), and has at least one combustion supporting gas supply port at its juxta-tip lateral part (4b). A central axis of the combustion supporting gas supply tube (4) at the juxta-tip lateral part (4b) is generally parallel to a longitudinal direction of the tubular mixing section (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryo Hatano, Naoki Shimada, Eisaburo Miyata
  • Publication number: 20120100045
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus, which can be part of a pre-treatment system in a plant for the production of fuels, e. g. bio-ethanol, derived from plant biomass, e. g. first generation crops, such as grain, sugarcane and corn or second generation crops such as lignocellulosic biomass. The invention relates to an apparatus for processing, such as fluffing and mixing, at least two media, such as a solid, e. g. biomass, and a fluid, e. g. steam, so as to rendering the first medium susceptible to efficient receiving of energy and/or mass which is provided by localized release of the second medium. Although the description of the present invention focuses on biomass, it is envisaged that the invention is generally applicable to control the mixing of at least two media by crossing their stream of while dispersing at least one of them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: Biogasol IPR ApS
    Inventors: Finn Beldring, Dragan Lukic, Troels Hilstrøm
  • Patent number: 8137540
    Abstract: Disclosed are improved methods and apparatus for radiolabeling, particularly methods and apparatus for large scale in-line radiolabeling of products, such as proteins and antibodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Raimo Pellikka, Steven W. King, Peter Bläuenstein, Pius A. Schubiger
  • Publication number: 20110299358
    Abstract: A cassette integrated system. The cassette integrated system includes a mixing cassette, a balancing cassette, a middle cassette fluidly connected to the mixing cassette and the balancing cassette and at least one pod. The mixing cassette is fluidly connected to the middle cassette by at least one fluid line and the middle cassette is fluidly connected to the balancing cassette by at least one fluid line. The at least one pod is connected to at least two of the cassettes wherein the pod is located in an area between the cassettes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Michael J. Wilt, Kevin L. Grant, James D. Dale, Jason A. Demers