Rotatable Stirrer Patents (Class 366/279)
  • Patent number: 10264797
    Abstract: A device for preparing extrudable food products includes a working chamber configured to house ingredients in operation of the device, an extrusion die, a rotation shaft configured to stir the ingredients and extrude the food products through the extrusion die, and a driving system by which the rotation shaft is driven. The driving system is configured to separate the extrusion by at least one time period during which the rotation shaft rotates in a first direction which is opposite to a second direction in which the rotation shaft rotates to extrude the food products. Therefore, build-ups inside the working chamber can be removed by the sticky dough hit and/or lifted by the stirring bars on the rotation shaft when the rotation shaft rotates reversely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jian Zhang, Tao Tao Song
  • Patent number: 10226890
    Abstract: A molding apparatus includes an extrusion die having an extruding orifice and a projection forming orifice, and a rotor rotatably installed in a middle portion of the extrusion die and having a forming recess adjacent to the projection forming orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Dong Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10161630
    Abstract: A sampling assembly includes a vessel that is configured to receive a flue gas stream at a predetermined temperature and a regent product. The sampling assembly also includes an agitator positioned within the vessel. The agitator is configured to rotate within the vessel to cause a chemical reaction to induce formation of particulate matter. The sampling assembly further includes a sensor coupled to the agitator. The sensor is configured to measure a variable operating parameter of the agitator, wherein a change in value of the variable operating parameter is indicative that the particulate matter agglomerates at the predetermined flue gas stream temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel PerNiklas Persson
  • Patent number: 10118141
    Abstract: A fluid mixing system includes a flexible bag having a first end, an opposing second end, and an interior surface bounding a compartment. A first rotational assembly includes a first casing mounted to the first end of the flexible bag and a first hub rotatably mounted to the first casing. A second rotational assembly includes a second casing mounted to the second end of the flexible bag and a second hub rotatably mounted to the second casing. A connector has a first end coupled with the first hub and an opposing second end coupled with the second hub, the connector being flexible and having a uniform flexibility along its entire length. A first impeller is mounted to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy K. Larsen, Clinton C. Staheli, Brandon M. Knudsen
  • Patent number: 9956019
    Abstract: A mixing device comprises a mixing space for mixing bone cement, at least one mixing element supported in the mixing space such that it can rotate, a gear for rotating the at least one mixing element, and at least one elastically deformable energy-storing element that is connected to the gear such that the gear can be driven by an elastic energy from the energy-storing element and such that the at least one mixing element can be rotated in the mixing space by means of the gear upon the release of elastic energy from the energy-storing element. Additionally, a vacuum mixing system and mixing method comprise the mixing device for mixing the bone cement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HERAEUS MEDICAL GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Thomas Kluge
  • Patent number: 9949587
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for aiding in the taking on and off a glove of an elastic material from a hand of a user, wherein the opening of the glove is reinforced by a flexible collar, the device comprising. The device according to the invention comprises a container with an opening for receiving the glove and the hand, and with a circumferential rim for supporting the collar of the glove such that the container and the glove inserted into the container form a closed compartment. The container comprises means such as a bellow to change the volume of the container and thereby of the pressure within the container. Further, a vent is placed in the container such as to be opened by the hand from within the compartment for removing any under pressure when the container volume is increased, such that the hand inserted in a glove can be easily withdrawn from the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Glovac APS
    Inventor: Jan Erik Vest Hansen
  • Patent number: 9899675
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for preparing a precursor of lithium composite transition metal oxide for lithium secondary batteries, using a reactor having a closed structure including an outer stationary cylinder; an inner rotary cylinder on the same axis; and a rotation reaction area disposed between them, wherein ring-shaped vortex pairs that are uniformly arranged in a rotation axis direction and rotate in opposite directions are formed in the rotation reaction area. According to the method of the invention, raw materials comprising an aqueous solution of two or more transition metal salts, an aqueous solution of a complex forming additive, and a basic aqueous solution for maintaining pH are fed through an inlet into the rotation reaction area where a coprecipitation reaction is performed under a non-nitrogen atmosphere to form lithium composite transition metal oxide particles which are then discharged through a reactor outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Byungchun Park, Seong Hoon Kang, HoSuk Shin, SangMin Park, Hong Kyu Park
  • Patent number: 9776886
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus for preparing a cathode active material precursor for lithium secondary batteries including a cylindrical outer chamber, an inner cylinder that has the same central axis as the outer chamber and is mounted to rotatably move along the central axis, an electric motor to transfer power to rotate the inner cylinder, a reactant inlet disposed on the outer chamber, to add reactants to a space between the outer chamber and the inner cylinder, and an outlet disposed in the outer chamber, to obtain reaction products after reaction in the space between the outer chamber and the inner cylinder, and a method for preparing a cathode active material precursor for lithium secondary batteries using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignees: LG CHEM, LTD, UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPERATION GROUP OF KYUNG HEE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: ByungChun Park, Woosik Kim, HoSuk Shin, Soonho Ahn, Hong Kyu Park, Joon Hyun Chang
  • Patent number: 9149810
    Abstract: A device (1) for comminuting or grinding including a container (2) for receiving the material to be ground and a tool (5) which rotates in the container (2) during processing, and a drive for said tool (5). The container (2) having the tool (5) can be detachably coupled to the drive, which is to say that the container (2) having the tool (5) does not have to be cleaned after a grinding operation but can be replaced by a new such container (2). For this purpose, the tool (5) located in the container (2) can be rotated loosely when in the position of being detached or uncoupled from the drive or before a corresponding coupling operation and, when in the working position, is rotationally fixedly connected to the drive and centered by the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: IKA—Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Peter Jagle, Henry Bierhals
  • Publication number: 20150138914
    Abstract: A feed mixing and dispensing apparatus includes a container mountable on a transport. The container has a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis and a vertical axis, a pair of opposite end walls, a pair of opposite side walls and a base wail and a top opening. The longitudinal axis extends substantially parallel to the direction of travel of the container, while the transverse axis is substantially perpendicular to the direction of the travel of the container. A mixing shaft connected to a drive means is rotatably mounted inside the container and comprises mixing members for breaking up and mixing the feed. The mixing shaft extends between the side wails substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the container. A feed discharge arrangement is provided for discharging the mixed feed from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Samuel Hughes
  • Publication number: 20150117142
    Abstract: A fluid mixing system includes a container, such as a flexible bag, bounding a compartment. A flexible drive line is disposed within the compartment, the drive line having a first end rotatably connected to a first end of the container and an opposing second end rotatably connected to a second end of the container. At least one mixing element, such as an impeller, is coupled with the flexible drive line. Rotation of the drive line facilitates rotation of the impeller within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Clinton C. Staheli, Brandon M. Knudsen, Trevor G. Williams, Steven R. Kjar
  • Patent number: 9010993
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for mixing and dispensing dental impression materials is described. A dental impression material mixing machine comprises a water dispenser fluidly coupled to a hollow mixing axle, the mixing axle extending through a pulley, wherein an inner circumference of the hollow mixing axle forms a water conduit and an outer circumference of the hollow mixing axle forms a hub connector, a closeable valve inserted at a water entrance to the water conduit and electronically coupled to a water pump, an electronically commutated motor rotatably coupled to the pulley, wherein the hub connector receives a tubular rotatable hub of a disposable mixing vessel comprising dry dental impression powder, and wherein water is dispensed from the water dispenser into the disposable mixing vessel through the water conduit and hub orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Bradford D. Overton
  • Publication number: 20150101379
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved urea-nitrogen stabilizer composition and methods, systems and apparatti for making thereof. The nitrogen stabilizer composition is incorporated into molten urea to result in a composition that contains less biuret, NMP, nitrogen stabilizer and/or impurities and provides an effective solid fertilizer. These compositions are useful in odor control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Kurt D. Gabrielson, Allen Sutton
  • Patent number: 9004017
    Abstract: A water heater includes a bypass that is formed, on the side of a water supply pipe, branching from a main water path and bypassing a part of the main water path, and a flow path switching unit (a valve and a stepping motor) that is formed at a branching portion of the main water path and the bypass. The flow path switching unit is controlled by a controller and that can selectively switch a flow path between the main water path and the bypass. A microbubble generator generating microbubbles is provided on the bypass, the microbubble generator including a water agitator portion, a compression portion and a decompression portion. When the controller determines that scale has built up, the flow path is switched to the bypass by the flow path switching unit, and water containing microbubbles is caused to flow inside the water heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Paloma Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirohisa Narita
  • Publication number: 20150098301
    Abstract: Cartridges useful for mixing materials, such as fluidic materials are provided. A cartridge typically includes a body structure having surfaces that define a cavity with upper and lower portions. A rotatable member generally extends along a horizontal axis in the upper portion of the cavity. One or more protrusions typically extend outward from the rotatable member and into the lower portion of the cavity, and are configured to mix the material when the material is disposed in the cavity. Related mixing stations, systems, kits, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: IBIS BIOSCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jared J. Drader, Jose R. Gutierrez, Rex O. Bare, Robert D. Miller, Jeffrey C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8998482
    Abstract: An agitation apparatus (100) has a substantially cylindrically shaped agitation vessel (102); a rotation shaft (150) provided along the central axis of the agitation vessel (102); a substantially cylindrically shaped agitation member (104) having an outer diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the agitation vessel (102) and being fitted to the rotation shaft (150) so as to rotate concentrically with an inner circumferential surface of the agitation vessel (102); and a plurality of through holes (162, 164) formed through the agitation member (104) in radial directions of the agitation member. In the agitation apparatus (100), a gap between the inner circumferential surface of the agitation vessel (102) and the outer circumferential surface of the agitation member (104) is partially varied along a vertical direction of the agitation member (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanori Kitayoshi, Yoshiaki Ebine, Atsushi Sugihara, Kiwamu Kobayashi, Takashi Kono, Yasuyuki Nakane, Kenshu Maruta
  • Patent number: 8992073
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for maintaining fluid in suspension in a mixing tank including particles includes providing a reversible mixer, rotating the mixer in a normal direction in which particles buildup on the mixer, and, rotating the mixer in an abnormal direction to shed the particles from the mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Milton Roy Mixing
    Inventors: Didier Lefebvre, Gael Poulleau, Antoine Godde
  • Publication number: 20150079257
    Abstract: The invention concerns a mixing device (1) comprising:—a whipper housing (2), a rotor (3) and a back wall (4), the whipper housing and the back wall forming a whipper chamber in which is lodged the rotor,—the whipper housing comprising a beverage inlet (11) and a beverage outlet (7),—a drive shaft (41) for driving the rotor, said drive shaft being supported by the back wall,—the rotor presenting a radial back surface (33) facing the whipper housing back wall (4) and a radial front surface (32) opposed to the radial back surface—the whipper housing comprising a front wall (21), said front wall facing at least a part of the radial front surface (32) of the rotor, and wherein the whipper housing front wall (21) presents bumps (5) elevating from the surface (211) of the front wall, the upper surface (51) of each bump being flat and the edges (52) of said upper surface being sharp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Cedric Rey, Roberto Angelo Calderone, Fabien Rawyler, Patrice Candaux
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8961000
    Abstract: A stirring system for molten glass having a stirring vessel and a stirrer; and a method for homogenizing glass melts. The stirrer has a shaft and at least one stirring element, and the stirring vessel has at least two baffles extending from an inner circumferential surface. The stirring element and baffles are formed in such a way that insertion of the stirrer into the stirring vessel requires at least one translatory movement of the stirrer in relation to the stirring vessel, at least one subsequent or simultaneous relative rotation of the stirrer in relation to the stirring vessel, and a further translatory movement of the stirrer in relation to the stirring vessel. In an operating state, the stirrer is rotatable in the stirring vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Umicore AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rudolf Singer
  • Patent number: 8945376
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for resuspending and/or collecting blood and/or other types of cells in solution. In one embodiment, cells may be recovered from used surgical sponges and/or other types of surgical articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: All Cell Recovery LLC
    Inventor: Michael C. Cordisco
  • Publication number: 20150023128
    Abstract: Provided are an impeller of a stirring device, and a stirring device using the same. More particularly, the stirring device includes the impeller of the stirring device having a shaft and a cone installed on the shaft, slowly flows an object to be stirred such as a polymer, which has fallen from a nozzle along the cone, and effectively removes air bubbles included in the object to be stirred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: HADO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pyungkwon Ok
  • Publication number: 20150023133
    Abstract: A food processor having a standing surface at the bottom, a rear side and a front side, wherein the front side, starting from the highest location of the food processor, is formed obliquely and contains a holder for a cooking vessel. Freely projecting rod parts are formed in an upper region of the food processor, wherein the front ends of the rod parts are arranged on the same horizontal plane and are set back. To improve handling further, it is proposed that the set-back amount should correspond to 25% to 50% of the largest extent of the food processor as seen in the depthwise direction in the standing-surface region of the food processor. The amount also corresponds to approximately half the horizontal distance between the longitudinal centre axes of the rod parts. The contour of the front side is always rounded in the region of the rod parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Uwe Kemker, Uwe Caldewey, Georg Hackert, Frank Starflinger
  • Publication number: 20150016212
    Abstract: A system for mixing a fluid in a tank includes a mixer assembly, a housing, and an actuator. The mixer assembly has a motor, a shaft, and an impeller. The housing is disposed in a side wall of the tank. The housing has sufficient volume to contain the impeller. The actuator is configured to retract the mixer assembly and draw the impeller into the housing. The mixer assembly has a first conformation and a second conformation. In the first conformation the impeller is disposed in a main portion of the tank and configured to mix the fluid in response to rotation of the impeller via the motor and shaft. In the second conformation the impeller is disposed in the housing and out of the main portion of the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Creathorn, Bernd Gigas, Michael McCarroll
  • Publication number: 20140307520
    Abstract: Cartridges useful for mixing materials, such as fluidic materials are provided. A cartridge typically includes a body structure having surfaces that define a cavity with upper and lower portions. A rotatable member generally extends along a horizontal axis in the upper portion of the cavity. One or more protrusions typically extend outward from the rotatable member and into the lower portion of the cavity, and are configured to mix the material when the material is disposed in the cavity. Related mixing stations, systems, kits, and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: IBIS BIOSCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven A. Hofstadler, Jared J. Drader, Jose R. Gutierrez, Rex O. Bare, Robert D. Miller, Jeffrey C. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140256601
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is a method for producing a predispersed wax product comprising: operating a high shear device having at least one rotor/stator, configurable for a shear rate of at least 20,000 s?1; introducing wax and a carrier liquid into said high shear device; and forming a dispersion of wax in a carrier liquid, wherein the wax comprises globules with an average diameter less than 5 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas HASSAN, Aziz HASSAN, Gregory G. BORSINGER
  • Publication number: 20140251886
    Abstract: A mixer for insertion into a rotor of a centrifuge has a mixing trough and an obstacle device with at least one obstacle. The at least one obstacle is configured in order to influence the flow of a liquid present in the mixing trough. In response to a rotation of the rotor, with a specified incorporation of the mixer in a holder of the rotor, a spacing between at least one wall section of the mixing trough and the obstacle device is variable such that the liquid present in the mixing trough flows around the obstacle of the obstacle device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft fuer angewandte Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Nils PAUST, Felix VON STETTEN
  • Publication number: 20140241960
    Abstract: A mixing unit has a stacked member having mixing elements that are stacked in a stacking direction and that extend in an extending direction, a first plate, and a second plate disposed opposite the first plate. The stacked member is sandwiched between the first plate and the second plate. Each of the mixing elements has first through holes. The second plate comprises an opening portion that communicates with the first through holes in the stacked member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Isel Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noboru Mochizuki
  • 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: 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: 20140211585
    Abstract: A mixing system for mixing fluids or the like in a mixing vessel. The mixing system includes a fixed conduit connected to the top portion of the vessel extends into the vessel. The system also has a rotating shaft having disposed within the fixed conduit that rotates within the fixed conduit while the mixing system is in operation. An impeller is attached to the rotating shaft. The impeller blade has a flat central disk portion, at least a pair of extensions extending from a central disk portion, and at least two leading edges defined by the outer periphery of the disk portion. Each leading edge spans from one extension to an adjacent extension, and each leading edge has at least a portion at which the radius of the leading edge from the center increases to form a continuous increasing radius curve. Each leading edge forms an increasing radius spiral edge surface in between the extensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Jim C. Maxon, Richard Howk
  • Patent number: 8753005
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing materials is disclosed. The apparatus includes a support. A mixing container is disposed in the support, where the mixing container is configured to retain materials. A driver assembly is configured to protrude through the support and into the mixing container. The mixing container includes a paddle, the driver assembly is configured to be attached to the paddle, where the driver assembly is configured to oscillate the paddle in a back and forth direction at a set angle in order to mix the materials in the mixing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences Corp.
    Inventors: Vijay Singh, Willy Papke
  • Patent number: 8741631
    Abstract: A device for biological purposes such as cell culturing, enzymatic reactions or filtering of fluid has a body with first and second surfaces. The body is delimited by a rim and an aperture in the center of the body. The aperture is covered at the first and second surface by first and second plates. The first and/or second plate has an inlet orifice allowing liquid medium into the aperture. Rotating means are arranged in the aperture between the first and second plate. At least one recessed portion is a cavity in the rim of the body having a first outlet orifice allowing the liquid medium to flow out of the body. At least one outlet channel connects the circular aperture with the recessed portion. Liquid is pumped into the aperture of the device and pumped through at least one outlet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: Aarhus Universitet, Region Midtjylland
    Inventors: Dang Quang Svend Le, Jens Vinge Nygaard, Morten Foss, Flemming Besenbacher, Cody Bünger
  • Patent number: 8715585
    Abstract: A mixing unit and various applications of the mixing unit are described herein. The mixing unit includes: a stacked member in which three or more mixing elements are stacked; and a first plate and a second plate between which the stacked member is sandwiched and which are arranged opposite each other. In the mixing unit, the mixing elements have a plurality of first through holes, the second plate has an opening portion communicating with at least one of the first through holes in the mixing elements and the mixing elements are arranged such that part or all of the first through holes in one of the mixing elements communicate with other first through holes in the adjacent mixing element to allow fluid to be passed in a direction in which the mixing elements extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Isel Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noboru Mochizuki
  • Publication number: 20140107071
    Abstract: Provided according to some embodiments of the invention are methods of manufacturing a pharmaceutical composition. In some embodiments, such methods include homogenizing at a first excipient composition that includes a viscosity agent and at least one solvent to form a first premix composition; separately homogenizing at least one active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and a second excipient composition to form a second premix composition; and combining the first premix composition and the second premix composition to form the composition. The pre-mixing of constituents may increase the stability of the API and provide uniformity of the dispersion of the constituents throughout the final topical composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Novan, Inc.
    Inventors: Eleftherios Kougoulos, Nathan Stasko
  • Patent number: 8690418
    Abstract: A method of mixing including providing a flexible container which comprises at least two components, assembling the components from outside the flexible container to form a centrally disposed magnetic driven shaft with at least one impeller, whereby the integrity of the flexible container is maintained, filling the flexible container having the centrally disposed magnetic driven shaft with one or more ingredients of the contents to be mixed; engaging a magnetic element of the centrally disposed magnetic driven shaft with an external magnetic drive element; analyzing the contents of the flexible container using at least one sensor or a sampling line on the flexible container; and draining the contents of the flexible container through a drain port at the bottom of the flexible container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Ludwig, Oscar-Werner Reif, Gerhard Greller, Wolfgang Kahlert, Guenther Pradel, Michael Bates, Magail Barbaroux, Stephane Baud, Isabelle Gay, Sebastian Chaussin
  • Publication number: 20140071788
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mixing impeller for an agitator. The impeller has a body that may be disc-shape. The impeller has a plurality of circumferentially spaced-apart, longitudinally curved, channel-shaped outer vanes connected to and extending outwards from the body in a plurality of different directions. A first one of the outer vanes has a distal end at least partially facing above the body. A second one of the outer vanes has a distal end at least partially facing below the body. A third one of the outer vanes has a distal end at least partially facing tangential to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Li Wang
  • Publication number: 20140060329
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus useful for mechanically delaying formation of or breaking a pocket and a method of delaying formation of or breaking a gas pocket employing the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Kishore K. Kar, Madan Somasi, Richard F. Cope, James J. Pressler, David J. Adrian
  • Patent number: 8662740
    Abstract: An agitation apparatus (100) has a rotation shaft (150) provided along the central axis of a cylindrically shaped agitation vessel (102). To the rotation shaft (150), a substantially cylindrically shaped agitation member (104) is attached. The agitation member (104) has an outer diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the agitation vessel (102), and rotates concentrically with the inner circumferential surface of the agitation vessel (102). The agitation member (104) has a plurality of through holes (162, 164) formed in radial directions therethrough. The through holes (164) formed in an upper portion of the agitation member (104) are larger than the through holes (162) formed in a lower portion of the agitation member (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Sugihara, Masanori Kitayoshi, Yasuyuki Nakane
  • Publication number: 20140007793
    Abstract: A device for treating a liquid has a chamber and a rotatable cavitation element arranged within the chamber. According to a first aspect, the chamber has a cross-section with different roundnesses in the region of the cavitation element. According to a second aspect, the substantially disk-shaped cavitation element has (preferably oblong) passage openings which have rounded inner walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Joerg Grau, Carmelo Oliveri
  • 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: 8622607
    Abstract: A shearing/mixing tool (20) is one of several tools that is preferably mounted on a shaft (2). On both sides, the shaft (2) is rotatably mounted on the end walls of a horizontal drum. The tool (20) has at least one opening (25). Preferably, the shearing/mixing tools (1) are shearing/throwing blades (23) which are formed in a sickle-shaped manner at the end of stirring arms and rotate in the drum at an angle from the transverse axis of the shaft axis in such a way that the tip of the sickle or the spoon-shaped end of the blade (23) is the leading part. The shearing/throwing blade is arranged on an arm (22) made from a web plate that is bent in a Y-shaped manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bühler AG
    Inventors: Willy Bräker, Martin Hartsieker, Danijel Dolic, Peter Braum
  • Publication number: 20140003188
    Abstract: This invention relates to a flotation gas flow controller for controlling a flow of a flotation gas to a flotation cell that separates valuable minerals from other materials in crushed ore. The gas flow controller includes a valve for controlling gas flow to the cell and a flow meter for monitoring gas flow to the cell via the valve. The flow meter is also for adjusting the valve as required to change the gas flow to meet the gas flow requirements for the cell. The invention also relates to a flotation cell that includes the gas flow controller, a flow control system and a method of controlling gas flow to a flotation cell with a gas flow controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES PTY. LIMITED
    Inventors: Damien Harding, Mark Holdsworth, Diamond Papazoglou
  • Publication number: 20130336083
    Abstract: A dynamic mixer for a plurality of fluid components contains a housing and a rotor element which is rotatably arranged in the housing, with the housing having an inlet opening for at least one respective component and having at least one outlet opening. A ring-shaped intermediate space is provided between the rotor element and the housing in which a mixing element connected to the rotor element is arranged. The mixing element has a vane element which is formed as a directing element for conveying the components from the inlet opening to the outlet opening. The vane element is a directing element and has a directing surface which has a concave curvature with respect to the outlet opening and is further remote from the outlet opening at the onflow side than at the outflow side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: SULZER MIXPAC AG
    Inventors: Volker Linne, Andreas Hiemer, Florian Husler
  • Publication number: 20130312448
    Abstract: An ice agitation system includes an adaptor and an ice agitator. The adaptor includes a disk portion and an auger mounting channel. The auger mounting channel is configured to mount to a shaft of an auger such that the adaptor rotates with the shaft of the auger. The auger mounting channel extends in a direction parallel to and offset from a center axis of a disk formed by the disk portion. The ice agitator includes a hook and an arm that extends from the hook away from the center axis of the disk. The hook is mounted to the disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Murray Schukar, Robin Nelson, Jeff Siedschlag
  • Patent number: 8591093
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mixing element for a flowable substance, comprising a body enclosing a cavity, wherein the cavity has at least one opening and the cavity and the opening are located relative to the body such that a fluid flow of the flowable substance out of the cavity through the opening transfers a torque to the mixing element. The invention further relates to the use of a tube or hose section as such a mixing element and a mixing device comprising such a mixing element, a container, and a sound source coupled thereto for generating an oscillating pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Institut fur Mikrotechnik Mainz
    Inventor: Friedhelm Schoenfeld
  • Publication number: 20130308417
    Abstract: A container (11) for a blender includes a base surface (13) and a blade (20) which is rotatable on an axis above the base surface (13). An arcuate wall (14) and two generally straight walls (15, 16) extend upwardly from the base surface (13) and terminate at the upper end of container (11). The axis of rotation of the blade (20) is closer to the arcuate wall (14) than it is to the generally straight walls (15, 16). A skirt (25) extends downwardly from the base surface (13) and has an opening. Sound baffling fingers (32) extend from the skirt (25) and into the opening. A spout (40) is formed at the intersection of two of the walls (14, 15, 16), the spout (40) having an entry point located approximately twenty to thirty percent of the height of the walls (14, 15, 16) from the upper end of the container (11). A handle (34) is positioned opposite to the spout (40) and a cover (12) includes a plug (55) to close the spout (40).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: Robert M. ULANSKI
  • Publication number: 20130264405
    Abstract: Food processing assemblies for rotating processing tools inside a container are disclosed. A portion of the processing assembly is rotationally fixed relative to the container in at least one rotational direction while the processing assembly is driven. In some embodiments, one end of the food processing assembly may be rotationally fixed to a container lid in at least one rotational direction. The processing tool may include a transmission system, where a portion of the transmission is rotationally fixed to the container in at least one rotational direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: David M. Audette
  • Patent number: 8534907
    Abstract: A device for accelerating mixing and dissolving processes of liquid water and powder. The device includes a main body formed in a bottle cap shape including a top surface and a side periphery surface, and a shaft disposed at a center of an upper portion of the main body in such a manner as to be inserted into a shaft insertion groove formed at a center of an impeller. The top surface of the main body has two or more introducing portions to introduce the liquid water and the powder into the device, and the side periphery surface of the main body has two or more discharging portions to discharge the liquid water and the powder introduced into the device through the two or more introducing portions to the outside of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ostar Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Bok Yum
  • Publication number: 20130229890
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing a viscous flowable medium includes a receptacle for receiving the viscous flowable medium and has a substantially vertically arranged rotatable stirring axle and a stirring assembly that comprises at least one stirring element. In one embodiment, the stirring element is arranged at a lower end of the stirring axle substantially perpendicular thereto for rotation of the stirring element around the stirring axle. The stirring elements are shovel-like and are open towards an end of the stirring axle remote from the lower end and inclined with a slant angle in rotation direction towards a bottom of the receptacle, such that said viscous liquid upon rotation of the stirring axle is at least partly directed upwards in the receptacle by the at least one shovel-like stirring element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Huhnseal AB
    Inventor: Goran Anderberg