Stirrer Within Stationary Mixing Chamber Patents (Class 366/241)
  • Patent number: 9492598
    Abstract: The invention relates to equipment for applying a determined pulsatile pressure to a medical device, comprising: a withdrawing means (2) designed to withdraw fluid from a source of fluid in continuous flow at high pressure; a conversion means (3) designed to convert said fluid into a fluid in a pulsatile flow at low pressure; at least one application means (105) for applying said fluid, as a low-pressure pulsatile flow, to said medical device; and a means (104) for removing said fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: CARDIO INNOVATIVE SYSTEMS-CIS
    Inventor: Sayed Nour
  • Publication number: 20150131407
    Abstract: Provided are an agitator and an agitating hook provided therein. The agitator includes a rotary shaft rotatably installed in a reactor, rotor blades installed at an outer circumference of the rotary shaft and rotated with the rotary shaft to agitate a material therein, and an agitating hook constituted by a pair of members spaced apart from each other at an inner wall of the reactor and through which the rotor blades pass. Here, a gap between the agitating hook is larger at an outlet port through which the rotor blade leaves than at an inlet port through which the rotor blade enters. Since a pressure is uniformly applied from the inlet port through which the rotor blade enters to the outlet port through which the rotor blade leaves, a torsional moment applied to the agitating hook is minimized. Therefore, it is possible to improve durability of the agitating hook and increase reliability of products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Yeon Seok CHOO, Hyo Sook Cha, Ye Hoon Im, Byung Woo Choi, Jin Hyun Bae
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9010991
    Abstract: A mixer system includes a mixing chamber with a drive panel, open top, discharge opening in a side of the mixing chamber, and door configured to open and close the discharge opening. A first mixing auger is disposed inside the mixing chamber, and a first auger drive is disposed on another side of the drive panel and connected to the first auger through the drive panel and connected to a driveline. A second mixing auger is disposed inside the mixing chamber on the first side of the drive panel, and another auger drive is connected to the second auger through the drive panel. A clutch is connected between the second auger drive and the driveline and configured to mechanically connect and disconnect the second auger drive from the driveline based on an input. A method of sequentially starting different augers within a mixing chamber is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kuhn North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Claude McFarlane, Chris Albright, William Bassett
  • Patent number: 8950932
    Abstract: A method for recovering hydrocarbons from an aqueous hydrocarbonaceous slurry comprises pumping a mixture of the slurry and an oxidizing agent through a conduit, wherein the conduit comprises a plurality of stationary interior projections defining a non-linear path through the conduit, and thereby agitating the mixture to release the hydrocarbons from the slurry; and separating the hydrocarbons from the slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Zeta Global, Ltd.
    Inventors: Steig Breloff, Lawrence Conaway
  • Publication number: 20140369157
    Abstract: A processing receptacle for a biopharmaceutical product includes a pocket configured to accommodate the biopharmaceutical product that can assume a flat-folded state, an expanded state, or any intermediate state in between, a processing element having an active inner portion, a rigid protective chamber to protect the processing element, and at least one opening for introducing the product into the receptacle and/or for draining the contents from the receptacle. A portion of the protective chamber is rigidly attached to a portion of the pocket and movement of the pocket up or down brings about movement of the protective chamber; the processing element and the protective chamber are arranged to be independent from one another relative to their movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Frederic BERNARD, Eric CHEVALIER
  • Patent number: 8912275
    Abstract: Apparatus for continuously preparing a homogeneous solution (28) of powder in liquid including a mixing chamber (16) into which a liquid solvent (14) is introduced via an inlet pipe, and into which a solid solute (12) is fed via a dosing unit, an agitator (26) operative to mix the solid solute with the liquid solvent so that the solid solute dissolves in the liquid solvent to form a homogeneous solution, and a fluid dynamic separator (34) placed within a flow of the solute (12) and the solvent (14) in the chamber (16), the fluid dynamic separator (34) operative to create a region (38) isolated from the rest of the flow in the chamber and to cause solid particles of the solute that have not yet dissolved in the solvent to flow away from the region so that the region contains the homogeneous solution of the solute dissolved in the solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: T.I.P. Ltd.
    Inventors: Shai Yosifon, Iris Glazer, Yoav Dayan, Daphna Halevy, Amnon Shoshani
  • Patent number: 8903673
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a modular dissolution-testing apparatus has a base unit adapted to hold and control operation of between one and eight dissolution-testing modules. The base unit has a programmable controller and a color touch screen for user interface with the controller and the modules. Each module includes a vessel for holding a solution of a dosage form dissolving in a solvent, an agitator apparatus for stirring the solution, and a motor to power—via a multi-motion assembly and a stirring shaft—stirring by, lifting of, and lowering of, the apparatus. Each module has a vessel heater and a temperature sensor, both communicatively connected to the controller for heating and regulating the temperature of the vessel contents. Each module is independently controllable by the controller, where control includes manually (by a user) or programmatically setting stirring speed, lifting and lowering apparatus, and starting and stopping stirring and heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Distek, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brinker, Wenyu Wang
  • Publication number: 20140286120
    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: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: VITA-MIX CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Kolar
  • Publication number: 20140269154
    Abstract: A blending device includes a motor, a motor controller, and a wireless controller configured to receive a wireless signal. The motor controller may be configured to alter the operations of the motor based the wireless signal. The wireless signal may include a blending program to be carried out by the blending device. The blending device may include one or more sensors configured to sense parameters of the blending device. The wireless signal may include information related to the sensed parameters. A blending device network may be formed by providing a second blending device having a wireless controller in communication with the first blending device wireless controller. The first and second blending devices may share information over the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: VITA-MIX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Kolar, Paul G. Sems
  • Patent number: 8801266
    Abstract: A machine (10) for mixing food products includes a motor (22) which turns a hollow shaft assembly (28) that carries an agitator (40). The agitator (40) has an I-beam shaped stem (41) with a blade (43) in the shape of the bowl of a spoon on one end of the stem (41). A socket (44) is formed at the other end of the stem (41) and has a bottom surface (45). An assembly (70) for releasing the agitator (40) from the shaft assembly (28) includes a solenoid (71) which pivots an arm (74) that engages a plunger (80). The plunger (80) includes a pin (81) which is received in the hollow shaft assembly (28) and which engages the bottom surface (45) of the socket (44) of the agitator (40) upon activation of the solenoid (71) to release the agitator (40) from the hollow shaft assembly (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, David J. Kolar, Glenn F. Brasdovich, Kenneth W. Bair, Richard D. Boozer, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Publication number: 20140198604
    Abstract: A batter mixer including a body, a lid coupled to the body, a paddle extending from the lid, a base coupled to the body, an outlet formed through the base, a handle coupled to the body, and a pad coupled to the handle and moveable from a position plugging the outlet to a position of not plugging the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Jobar International, Inc.
    Inventor: Man Ying CHAN
  • Publication number: 20140140165
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a stirring blade for attachment to a support plate, and to a combination of a stirring blade and of a support plate, for use in a mixing vat of a mixing apparatus. The support plate is attached to a driving element of the mixing apparatus. The stirring blade has an elongate section for mixing a content of the vat. The stirring blade also defines an aperture for attachment of the stirring blade to the support plate. The aperture is configured so that raising the stirring blade away from the bottom surface of the vat causes an upper surface of the stirring blade to abut on a stop of the support plate, and raising the driving element and the support plate away from the bottom of the vat allows the stirring blade to pivot downward about the support plate for easy removal of the stirring blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: QUALTECH INC.
    Inventors: Louis-Simon FALARDEAU, Christian PICARD
  • Patent number: 8697761
    Abstract: There are disclosed a regenerated rubber, a method and apparatus for obtaining regenerated rubbers from vulcanized crumb rubber, such as rubber from scrap. The apparatus is a thermokinetic mixer having the particularity to have an air tight stationary chamber with inner non-uniform surface. The method comprises the steps of raising the speed of the rotor shaft in order to increase a temperature of a mixture made of vulcanized crumb rubber and a lubricant, such as oil, until a devulcanizing temperature is reached; and reducing the temperature of the mixture to a lower temperature during a second period of time. The method of the invention is environmentally friendly or “green”, since the regeneration method does not use chemicals, includes a shorter period of treatment at higher temperature avoiding the risks of rubber cracking and spontaneous combustion, and further allowing mass-production of regenerated rubber with lower energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Phoenix Innovation Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvain Martel, Stephen Murphy, Patrick Legault
  • Patent number: 8621987
    Abstract: A cooking skillet that provides a unique automatic stirring system for continuously stirring foods during cooking. The cooking skillet comprises a base, a receptacle, a heating element, and an automatic stirring system. The automatic stirring system comprises a stirring wand located in the receptacle and a bracket located in the base. The stirring wand and the bracket are attracted to each other through magnetic forces that provide sufficient magnetism to attract one to the other. A motor is attached to the bracket by a connecting rod and provides the means to rotate the bracket in a clockwise direction. The magnetism between the magnets in the bracket and the magnets in the stirring wand forces the stirring wand to rotate in connection with the bracket. During rotation, the stirring wand is designed to mix the food contained within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Walter B. Herbst
  • Patent number: 8617480
    Abstract: A concentrated acid treatment unit is composed of a reaction section and an agitation extraction section. A phenol sorped raw material obtained by defatting botanical resource-derived raw material by solvent to subject sorption phenols to sorption is introduced, thus obtaining mixed solution of phenol solution including a lignophenol derivative and concentrated acid solution including a cellulose hydrolysate. The reaction section agitates and mixes the phenol sorped raw material and concentrated acid to cause cellulose to be swollen to thereby convert lignin to lignophenol. A part of the cellulose is subjected to hydrolysis. The agitation extraction section receives the treated liquid sent from the reaction section and adds phenols for extraction thereto to cause lignophenol dispersed in the concentrated acid solution to be dissolved and extracted in phenols for extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignees: Japan Science and Technology Agency, Kansai Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamitsu Funaoka, Keigo Mikame, Hideo Noda
  • Patent number: 8585279
    Abstract: A device for manipulating and mixing magnetic particles (3) in a surrounding liquid medium, comprises at least one couple of magnetic poles (1,1?) facing each other across a gap, the facing poles diverging from a narrow end of the gap to a large end of the gap, the poles (1,1?) forming part of an electromagnetic circuit and being arranged to provide a magnetic field gradient in the gap region; and a reaction chamber (2) that is a part of a fluidic network for containing the said magnetic particles in suspension and placed in the gap of the said electromagnets poles (1,1?). The reaction chamber (2) preferably has at least one part which has a diverging cavity, arranged co-divergently in the diverging gap between the poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Spinomix S.A.
    Inventor: Amar Rida
  • Publication number: 20130301378
    Abstract: A liquid condiment dispenser comprises a container closed by a lid and an agitator within the container. The agitator includes an elongate connector portion and an agitator portion. One end of the connector portion is connected to the agitator portion. The connector portion is capable of pivotal movement with respect to the lid. The cross sectional area of the connector portion transverse to its length is substantially less than that of the agitator portion. The agitator portion includes at least one passage extending through it and a weight of relatively dense material, such as metal, embedded within it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Lars JUNKER
  • Patent number: 8555520
    Abstract: A covered sample plate with wells holding samples to be dried. The cover has through holes that communicate with only a portion of each well. The covered plate is inserted into a cradle of an assembly of cradles that is rotated. The cradle assembly fits into a tub and when rotated the cradles present a sold wall that functions as a centrifugal fan that drives air out through an opening in the tub. The air is dried of solvent and re-circulated back through the through holes in the cover to the sample wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Harvard Bioscience, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert J. Hedberg
  • 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: 8474369
    Abstract: A cooking skillet that provides a unique automatic stirring system for continuously stirring foods during cooking. The cooking skillet comprises a base, a receptacle, a heating element, and an automatic stirring system. The automatic stirring system comprises a stirring wand located in the receptacle and a bracket located in the base. The stirring wand and the bracket are attracted to each other through magnetic forces that provide sufficient magnetism to attract one to the other. A motor is attached to the bracket by a connecting rod and provides the means to rotate the bracket in a clockwise direction. The magnetism between the magnets in the bracket and the magnets in the stirring wand forces the stirring wand to rotate in connection with the bracket. During rotation, the stirring wand is designed to mix the food contained within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Walter B. Herbst
  • Patent number: 8459245
    Abstract: An electronically controlled, brushless DC, electromagnetic induction drive apparatus for use in a paintball marker active loader capable of directly driving the feeder element in the active loader while providing independently user selectable torque transfer capability and rotational speed whether used to continuously or intermittently rotate the loader feeder element. A plurality of selectively polarity reversible electromagnets are disposed in the loader housing and act to move a plurality of magnetic drive elements disposed on the rotating feed cone to rotate the feed cone a predetermined amount for each polarity cycle and cause paintballs to be fed into the paintball marker via a feed tube. A controller linked to the marker firing sequence manages the number and frequency of the sequential polarity changes of the electro-magnets to cause the feed cone to rotate in response to sensed movement of paintballs in the feed tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Michael J. Fiorill, Donald Lee Kulp
  • Publication number: 20130121103
    Abstract: Mixing system comprising: a flexible bag (28) with a mixing device (1) comprising a magnetic impeller; and an alignment facilitation device adapted to facilitate alignment between the magnetic impeller and a magnetic driver (36) located external to the system. Specific flexible bag and hardware therefore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: ARTELIS S.A.
    Inventors: Jose Castillo, Florence Bosco, Samuel Osumba
  • Publication number: 20130087644
    Abstract: A coffee processor having a grinder and a densifier is disclosed. The densifier comprises an elongated housing having a mixing chamber configured to receive ground coffee. The mixing chamber has an inlet end opposite a discharge end. The discharge end has a discharge door. The densifier has a mixing shaft driven by a mixing motor, the mixing shaft extending along a longitudinal length of the mixing chamber. The densifier has a plurality of pins fixed to the mixing shaft and configured to agitate a bed of coffee within the mixing chamber. An automatic coffee density control system is also disclosed. A controller is configured to signal a discharge door actuator to move the discharge door a predefined distance to increase or decrease the mixer motor load when the mixer motor load sensor reports a mixer motor load value that is outside a predefined mixer motor load operating range or setpoint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Ephraim, Christopher Martin Spatz
  • Publication number: 20130067973
    Abstract: Paunch-sludge from an abattoir is mixed with the fatty DAF-float from an abattoir, and placed in a shearing vessel. The mixture of the two material thickens the medium in which the matted strands are contained, enabling shearing to be more effective; so much so that paunch-sludge can now be sheared to a homogeneous liquid. The technique can be used with other sludges and other fatty waste materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: LYSTEK INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Owen Patrick Ward, Ajay Singh
  • Publication number: 20130041095
    Abstract: Apparatus for continuously preparing a homogeneous solution (28) of powder in liquid including a mixing chamber (16) into which a liquid solvent (14) is introduced via an inlet pipe, and into which a solid solute (12) is fed via a dosing unit, an agitator (26) operative to mix the solid solute with the liquid solvent so that the solid solute dissolves in the liquid solvent to form a homogeneous solution, and a fluid dynamic separator (34) placed within a flow of the solute (12) and the solvent (14) in the chamber (16), the fluid dynamic separator (34) operative to create a region (38) isolated from the rest of the flow in the chamber and to cause solid particles of the solute that have not yet dissolved in the solvent to flow away from the region so that the region contains the homogeneous solution of the solute dissolved in the solvent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Shai Yosifon, Iris Glazer, Yoav Dayan, Daphna Halevy, Amnon Shoshani
  • Patent number: 8371741
    Abstract: A method for hydrodesulfurization by forming a dispersion comprising hydrogen-containing gas bubbles with a mean diameter of less than 1 micron dispersed in a liquid phase comprising sulfur-containing compounds. Desulfurizing a liquid stream comprising sulfur-containing compounds by subjecting a fluid mixture comprising hydrogen-containing gas and the liquid to a shear rate greater than 20,000 s?1 to produce a dispersion of hydrogen in a continuous phase of the liquid and introducing the dispersion into a fixed bed hydrodesulfurization reactor from which a reactor product is removed. Systems of apparatus for hydrodesulfurization are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Ebrahim Bagherzadeh, Rayford G. Anthony, Gregory Borsinger, Aziz Hassan
  • Patent number: 8369690
    Abstract: AVClip recorded in BD-ROM is obtained by multiplexing a graphics stream and a video stream. The graphics stream is a PES packet sequence that includes 1) PES packets storing graphics data (ODS) and 2) PES packets storing control information (PCS). In each ODS, values of DTS and PTS indicate a timing of decoding start for corresponding graphics data, and a timing of decoding end for corresponding graphics data, respectively. In each PCS, a value of PTS indicates a display timing of corresponding decoded graphics data combined with the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph McCrossan, Tomoyuki Okada, Kazuhiro Mochinaga
  • Patent number: 8322912
    Abstract: A machine for the production of dough mixes for foodstuffs includes a fixed tank and at least two kneading implements with fixed axes of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sancassiano S.p.A.
    Inventor: Davide Drocco
  • Patent number: 8317389
    Abstract: A microtiter plate (1), which can be used in a device G, comprises a plurality of receptacles (2) disposed next to one another for a substance or fluid to be stirred and analyzed, wherein stirring rods (3) are provided for stirring. So as to drive these stirring rods, it is provided that the bottoms (4) of the individual receptacles (2) are displaceable and deflectable and that a stirring rod (3) penetrates each of them centrally, the rod being seized by a drive on an outer section (3b) protruding downward beyond the bottom (4) such that it can be set into a back and forth motion or a gyrating or rotary motion and thus continues the desired stirring motion on the inside of the receptacle (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: IKA-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Jägle
  • Patent number: 8312871
    Abstract: An electronically controlled, brushless DC, electromagnetic induction drive apparatus for use in a paintball marker active loader capable of directly driving the feeder element in the active loader while providing user selectable torque transfer capability and rotational speed whether used to continuously or intermittently rotate the loader feeder element. A plurality of selectively polarity reversible electromagnets are disposed in the loader housing and act to move a plurality of magnetic drive elements disposed on the rotating feed cone to rotate the feed cone and cause paintballs to be fed into the paintball marker via a feed tube. A controller linked to the marker firing sequence manages the sequential polarity changes of the electro-magnets to cause the feed cone to rotate in response to movement of paintballs in the feed tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventors: Donald Lee Kulp, Robert E. Long, Jr., Michael J. Fiorill
  • Publication number: 20120281494
    Abstract: A vessel receives and agitates a fluid using an internal fluid-agitating element driven by an external motive device. In one aspect, the vessel is a bag including a first receiver for receiving and holding a fluid-agitating element at a home location. The first receiver may be in the form of an inwardly-projecting post having an oversized portion for capturing the fluid-agitating element, but various other forms are disclosed. Use of this feature in completely rigid vessels where the fluid-agitating element is free of direct attachment from a first receiver having an oversized portion is also disclosed. In another aspect, the vessel or bag further includes a second receiver for receiving a portion of an external structure, such as a motive device, and aligning the vessel relative thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Alexandre N. Terentiev
  • Patent number: 8298832
    Abstract: The method of stirring a solution according to the present invention is a method of stirring a solution comprising contacting a selective binding substance immobilized on the surface of a carrier with a solution containing an analyte substance reactive with the selective binding substance, and mixing the fine particles or air bubbles into the solution containing an analyte substance, and moving the fine particles or air bubbles without allowing contact thereof with the selective binding substance-immobilized surface. The present invention provides a stirring method that accelerates the reaction of a carrier-immobilized selective binding substance with an analyte substance and detects a trace amount of analyte at high signal intensity and high S/N ratio. The present invention enables diagnosis and examination in the clinical setting by using a selective binding substance-immobilized carrier such as DNA chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuki Takii, Kunihisa Nagino, Fumio Nakamura, Hitoshi Nobumasa
  • Patent number: 8277747
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Patent number: 8273293
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Patent number: 8262984
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mixing, milling, and aeration apparatus for the digestion of metal ore with bacteria. It includes a tank and a center post therein. At least one mixing blade extends radially from the center post. At least one roller is supported by a mixing blade, where each roller is configured to roll about the center of the tank while applying a crushing force to solids within the tank. At least one gas distributor, supported by a mixing blade, defines a plurality of holes through which gas is distributed to encourage mixing of the contents of the tank, to encourage distribution of oxygen through the contents, and to discourage fouling of the bottom of the tank and the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Western American Mining Company
    Inventor: Bart Levine
  • Patent number: 8252167
    Abstract: A plating apparatus for use in forming a plated film in trenches, via holes, or resist openings that are defined in a surface of a semiconductor wafer, and forming bumps to be electrically connected to electrodes of a package, on a surface of a semiconductor wafer. The plating apparatus has a plating tank for holding a plating solution, a holder for holding a workpiece and bringing a surface to be plated of the workpiece into contact with the plating solution in the plating tank, and a ring-shaped nozzle pipe disposed in the plating tank and having a plurality of plating solution injection nozzles for injecting the plating solution to the surface to be plated of the workpiece held by the holder to supply the plating solution into the plating tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Fumio Kuriyama, Takashi Takemura, Nobutoshi Saito, Masaaki Kimura, Rei Kiumi
  • Publication number: 20120155216
    Abstract: The present invention consists of a closed presterilized bag having a disposable mixing element within it, a drive mechanism outside of the bag for rotating the mixing element without voiding sterility and a vortex breaker in the torm of one or more plastic sheet materials that are attached to various inner surfaces of the bag and disrupt the formation of vortices within the bag. Preferably the sheet(s) are formed of the same material as the bag and are sealed to the bag surfaces. More preferably, the sheet(s) extend across a diameter of the bag. Most preferably, the sheet(s) are perforated with one or more slits or openings to allow for good flow and mixing without a vortex being formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Morrissey, David DeCoste
  • Patent number: 8158076
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Stokely-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Patent number: 8128808
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is a method for hydrodesulfurization, hydrodenitrogenation, hydrofinishing, amine production or a combination thereof. The method comprises forming a dispersion comprising hydrogen-containing gas bubbles dispersed in a liquid feedstock, wherein the bubbles have a mean diameter of less than about 5 ?m and wherein the feedstock comprises a mixture of petroleum-derived hydrocarbons and a naturally derived renewable oil. The feedstock comprises hydrocarbons selected from the group consisting of liquid natural gas, crude oil, crude oil fractions, gasoline, diesel, naphtha, kerosene, jet fuel, fuel oils, and combinations thereof. The method further comprises contacting the dispersion with a catalyst that is active for hydrodesulfurization, hydrodenitrogenation, hydrofinishing, amine production, or a combination thereof. The catalyst comprises homogeneous catalysts and heterogeneous catalysts. The catalyst may be utilized in fixed-bed or slurry applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Rayford G. Anthony, Gregory G. Borsinger, Aziz Hassan
  • Publication number: 20120006203
    Abstract: A wall assembly for mixing polluted air with less polluted air to provide moderately polluted air. The wall assembly includes means for dividing air from a roadway region into a lower part and an upper part, and means for permitting at least a portion of the upper part to flow substantially in one or more flow directions toward a leeward region. The wall assembly also includes means for directing the lower part substantially upwardly in a direction substantially transverse to the flow direction to intersect with the upper part and to mix the polluted air with the less polluted air, to provide the moderately polluted air proximal to the leeward area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Xin Qiu, Meiring Beyers, Michael Roth, Mark Vanderheyden, Scott Shayko
  • Patent number: 8079753
    Abstract: The invention relates to an agitator tool for use with a progressive cavity pump for agitating a slurry of sand, heavy oil or water. The agitator tool has an elongate body having a lower end, an upper end, and a plurality of longitudinal grooves spaced between the lower and upper ends and radially about the body. The upper end is configured for coupling to a pump rotating element. Agitation members are pivotally mounted within the longitudinal grooves so as to be movable from an actuation position wherein the agitation members project outwardly from the body during rotation to agitate the slurry, to resting positions wherein the agitation members are folded within the grooves during installation or removal of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: 1350363 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventor: John Sebree
  • Patent number: 8070354
    Abstract: A system for mixing a bioprocessing fluid includes a container receiving the bioprocessing fluid and a support member supporting the container in an interior of a housing. A first channel is bounded by a first stationary arm and a second stationary arm with the first channel receiving the container. A first mixing arm and a second mixing arm are located in the interior. The first mixing arm is connected to the second mixing arm by a connecting member. The first mixing arm is located in the first channel and the second mixing arm is located in a second channel. The connecting member is movable to cause the first mixing arm to contact a first outer surface of the container to cause mixing of the bioprocessing fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventors: Henry Robert Bungay, III, James Steele Bungay, John Graul Sigsby
  • Patent number: 8047704
    Abstract: Novel dispenser means are provided for mixing and dispensing two-part curable compositions wherein the mixer elements are isolated from the curable components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Tylerville Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Richard T Thompson, Edward K Welch, II
  • Patent number: 8047703
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for gelling liquid propane and other liquefied gasses includes a temperature controlled churn mixer, vacuum pump, liquefied gas transfer tank, and means for measuring amount of material entering the mixer. The apparatus and method are particularly useful for the production of high quality rocket fuels and propellants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: CFD Research Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Elliott, Roberto DiSalvo, Phillip Shepherd, Ryan Kosier
  • Patent number: 8042991
    Abstract: Novel dispenser means are provided for mixing and dispensing two-part curable compositions wherein the mixer elements are isolated from the curable components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Tylerville Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Richard T Thompson, Edward K Welch, II
  • Patent number: 8026402
    Abstract: A high shear mechanical device incorporated into a process and system for the production of cyclohexane is capable of decreasing mass transfer limitations, thereby enhancing the cyclohexane production process. A system for the production of cyclohexane from benzene and hydrogen, the system comprising a reactor, solid catalyst, and a high shear device, the outlet of which is fluidly connected to the inlet of the reactor; the high shear device capable of providing an emulsion of hydrogen gas bubbles within a liquid comprising benzene, the bubbles having an average bubble diameter of less than about 100 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Ebrahim Bagherzadeh, Rayford G. Anthony, Gregory Borsinger, Aziz Hassan
  • Patent number: 8021539
    Abstract: A method for hydrodesulfurization by forming a dispersion comprising hydrogen-containing gas bubbles with a mean diameter of less than 1 micron dispersed in a liquid phase comprising sulfur-containing compounds. Desulfurizing a liquid stream comprising sulfur-containing compounds by subjecting a fluid mixture comprising hydrogen-containing gas and the liquid to a shear rate greater than 20,000 s?1 to produce a dispersion of hydrogen in a continuous phase of the liquid and introducing the dispersion into a fixed bed hydrodesulfurization reactor from which a reactor product is removed. Systems of apparatus for hydrodesulfurization are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Hassan, Ebrahim Bagherzadeh, Rayford G. Anthony, Gregory Borsinger, Aziz Hassan
  • Patent number: 7993450
    Abstract: The object is to remove unburned carbon in a fly ash in a stable and economically advantageous manner. A fly ash, water and a trapping agent are mixed together in a hybrid mixer (2), a shearing force is applied to the mixture to prepare a slurry containing surface-modified unburned carbon within a short time, a foaming agent is added to the slurry, and then the unburned carbon is separated by performing flotation separation in a flotator (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Abe, Takao Suzuki, Hitoshi Koyama, Kazuyoshi Matsuo, Shinichiro Saito
  • Patent number: 7963690
    Abstract: Novel dispenser means are provided for mixing and dispensing two-part curable compositions wherein the mixer elements are isolated from the curable components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Tylerville Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Richard T. Thompson, Edward K. Welch, II