With Specified Mounting Means Patents (Class 366/331)
  • Patent number: 10486123
    Abstract: To simplify the handling of a dispersing device (1) and for the unique identification of dispersing tools (5) that are connectable to a drive unit (3) of the dispersing device (1), it is provided that the dispersing tool (5) has a transponder (10) and the dispersing device has a transmitter-receiver unit (11) for reading out the transponder (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: IKA-Werke GmbH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Axel Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 10293316
    Abstract: A photo-resistor draw device includes a photo-resistor bottle, a sealing cover arranged on an inlet of the bottle, an air tube passing through the sealing cover and being inserted within the photo-resistor bottle, and a photo-resistor draw tube. The photo-resistor bottle further includes a stirring component for stirring the photo-resistors. As the novel photo-resistor draw device includes the stirring component for preventing the high-precision photo-resistor from being subsided. Not only the stability of the color filter products may be enhanced, but also the defects may be eliminated. As such, the yield rate of the products is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jiangjiang Song
  • Patent number: 10240676
    Abstract: A seal system (1) for use in mixing apparatus (2) comprising a rotating shaft (3) which passes through a fixed structure (4), the seal system (1) being adapted both to prevent egress of content from the apparatus, and to resist ingress of material into the seal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MATCON LTD.
    Inventor: Edward J. Piepereit
  • Patent number: 9880067
    Abstract: A mechanically driven agitator for use in bioprocessing, including a seal housing providing an integral seal around the agitator shaft is provided. Additionally, a fluid mixing assembly comprising a container and the agitator, as well as a support assembly for supporting the fluid mixing assembly, the support assembly further comprising a mounting assembly for lockably engaging the seal housing, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventor: Bojan Isailovic
  • Patent number: 9539642
    Abstract: A method for increasing the production of fine particles is provided. The method uses at least two types of fluids to be processed, a raw material fluid containing at least one type of fine particle raw material and a fluid for treating the fine particle raw material. Fine particles are obtained by mixing the fluids to be processed in a thin film fluid formed between at least two processing surfaces which are disposed to be faced with each other so as to be able to approach to and separate from each other, at least one of which rotates relative to the other. The production of the fine particles is increased by introducing the raw material fluid from the centers of the processing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: M. TECHNIQUE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Maekawa, Kaeko Araki, Daisuke Honda, Masakazu Enomura
  • 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: 8985841
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing tank contents including sedimentary material is disclosed. The apparatus includes an agitator connected to a support including a plurality of detachable sections. The apparatus further includes a frame adjacent an opening in a top of the tank. The apparatus also includes an actuatable connector for interconnecting the frame to the support. The connector is configured to be actuated in order to lift a first portion of the support above the frame while a second portion of the support below the frame is maintained, to thereby cause a gap between the first portion and the second portion enabling at least one of the detachable sections to be inserted into the gap. The apparatus also includes at least one actuator for causing the connector to lift the first portion in order to cause the gap, and for lowering the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Maitland Company
    Inventor: Robert M. Rumph
  • Patent number: 8985842
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing tank contents including sedimentary material is disclosed. The apparatus includes an agitator connected to a support including a plurality of detachable sections. The apparatus further includes a frame adjacent an opening in a top of the tank. The apparatus also includes an actuatable connector for interconnecting the frame to the support. The connector is configured to be actuated in order to lift a first portion of the support above the frame while a second portion of the support below the frame is maintained, to thereby cause a gap between the first portion and the second portion enabling at least one of the detachable sections to be inserted into the gap. The apparatus also includes at least one actuator for causing the connector to lift the first portion in order to cause the gap, and for lowering the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Maitland Company
    Inventor: Robert M. Rumph
  • Patent number: 8985844
    Abstract: A device (1) that is used to disperse or homogenize according to the flow-through principle, that includes at least one tool having a rotor (2) and a stator (3), expediently, several tools of this type that are arranged in an axial manner behind one another, that are arranged in a chamber (4) through which a medium that is to be treated flows. The rotor(s) is/are driven by a motor (6) via a magnetic coupling (5) and the magnetic coupling (5) has a stationary separating can (9) between a drive-sided, rotationally-driven drive coupling part (7) and a driven coupling part (8), such that expensive cooled shaft seals can be avoided. The drive coupling part (7) that is on the drive side engages in a recess-shaped or hollow cylindrical driven coupling part (8) that is on the driven side and the separating can (9) is arranged between the coupling parts. As a result, the driven coupling part (8) and the separating can are cooled by the medium that is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: IKA-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Uwe Grimm
  • Publication number: 20150071027
    Abstract: A stirring apparatus for agitating fluids in a container utilizing a motor powered by a source of power. The motor includes an output shaft that is connected to a bar. The bar supports, at its terminus, first and second arms that extend outwardly. Flanges are positioned on each of the arms and act hydrodynamically to adjust the length of such arms according to the diameter of a particular container. One arm is stopped to form an angular orientation between such arm and the bar connected to the output shaft of the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: DIMITRI CADOS
  • Publication number: 20150043306
    Abstract: An arrangement is disclosed for mixing of particulate filling material into a consumer ice mass. The arrangement comprises a housing with at least one supply opening for the consumer ice mass, at least one inlet for the filling material to a cavity in the housing, an outlet opening, and a rotor cylinder with one or more rotor blades for the mixing-in of the consumer ice mass and the filling material by rotation. The rotor blades create a number of cells in the cavity by being pressed against the surface of the cavity. The rotor cylinder is supported from two opposing sides of the cavity by bearings in the form of a rear bearing and a front bearing. Furthermore, a rotor blade for use in such an arrangement and a method using such an arrangement are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Jonas Ubbesen
  • Patent number: 8944674
    Abstract: Provided is a homogenizing mixer including: a container having an internal space so that materials whose properties differ are contained therein; a fixed frame that is disposed so as to be fixed at the bottom of the container, and communicates from the inside of the container; an agitating unit that is disposed in the fixed frame, so as to be lifted up and down by medium of an lifting unit, and that agitates the materials contained in the container; a driving unit that is disposed on the bottom of the agitating unit for transferring a rotational driving force for the agitating unit; and a discharging unit that is coupled to the agitating unit and discharging a homogenized material to the outside of the mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Heungbo Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung Hwan Kim, Deok Gy Cho
  • Patent number: 8911139
    Abstract: An internal batch mixer is provided with: a casing within which a material is mixed; a door which opens and closes a material discharge opening of the casing by being rotated about the axis thereof and closes the material discharge opening when in a closed state; and a latch mechanism which, when the material is mixed in the casing, holds the door in a latched state, the latched state being a state in which the material discharge opening is being closed by the door and cannot be opened, and which, when the material having been mixed in the casing is discharged from the inside of the casing, releases the door from the latched state. The latch mechanism is provided with a linear actuator which has a movable section capable of moving linearly and moves the movable section to the door side to supply power to the latch member, the power causing the latch member to move to the door side, and a linear sensor for measuring the distance of linear movement of the movable section caused by the linear actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Naoi, Yusuke Tanaka, Taro Uchida
  • Patent number: 8876364
    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 one inlet opening for at least one component each and 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. A seal for sealing the rotor element in the mixer housing is provided at the bearing location of the rotor element in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sulzer Mixpac AG
    Inventors: Valentin Gartmann, Percy Leue
  • Patent number: 8840299
    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: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences Corp.
    Inventors: Vijay Singh, Willy Papke
  • Patent number: 8807825
    Abstract: A gear box for a reciprocating kneader. A primary rotational gear is attached to a gear box primary shaft and rotates in concert therewith. A secondary rotational gear is engaged with the primary rotation gear and rotates therewith. A secondary shaft is attached to the secondary rotational gear and rotates therewith. A primary oscillation gear is attached to the gear box primary shaft and rotates therewith. A secondary oscillation gear is rotationally engaged with the primary oscillation gear and rotates on the secondary shaft. An eccentric is coupled to the secondary oscillation gear and rotates in concert therewith. A yoke is engaged with the eccentric and oscillates on an axis perpendicular to the secondary shaft in response to the lobe. The gearbox secondary shaft moves along its axis in concert with yoke oscillation. A housing is pivotally attached to the yoke and pivotally attached to a casing at a casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: B&P Process Equipment and Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Lee Samborn, Douglas J. Marsh, John E. Kress, Gonzalo Marulanda-Paz
  • 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: 20140198603
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing tank contents including sedimentary material is disclosed. The apparatus includes an agitator connected to a support including a plurality of detachable sections. The apparatus further includes a frame adjacent an opening in a top of the tank. The apparatus also includes an actuatable connector for interconnecting the frame to the support. The connector is configured to be actuated in order to lift a first portion of the support above the frame while a second portion of the support below the frame is maintained, to thereby cause a gap between the first portion and the second portion enabling at least one of the detachable sections to be inserted into the gap. The apparatus also includes at least one actuator for causing the connector to lift the first portion in order to cause the gap, and for lowering the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: The Maitland Company
    Inventor: Robert M. RUMPH
  • Patent number: 8770826
    Abstract: A gearbox is provided having an integrated breather system. The output shaft of the gearbox has integrated therein a breather bore with a top port in the top end of the output shaft and a bottom end in the side of the output shaft. The top end is in communication with the atmosphere while the bottom end is in communication with the inner oil reservoir of the gearbox. By incorporating the breather directly into the output shaft, air locking is reduced or even prevented. Further, the distance between the maximum and minimum oil fill levels is increased thereby allowing for a reduction in accidental over or under filling of the gearbox. In addition, accidental spillage of oil into the environment is reduced as the top breather port exists on top of the gearbox and may optionally include a breather line extending further upward. The reduction in air locking allows for increased accuracy in oil filling as well as reduced maintenance on the gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Jay-Lor International Inc.
    Inventors: Jakob Tamminga, Gavin Mills
  • 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: 8714807
    Abstract: A beater attachable to a drive motor for rotatingly driving the beater. The beater comprises a drive shaft having a distal end adapted to be coupled to the drive motor, and a beater head. The beater further including a beater head that is releasingly coupled to the drive shaft, so as to couple the beater head to the drive shaft along different relative positions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Heimo Obersteiner
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8635969
    Abstract: A device for guiding a strip through a liquid contained in a tank, includes an immersed diverting roller, in particular a roller immersed in a bath of liquid metal such as zinc, mounted rotatably about an axis on two aligned supporting shafts extending through two respective side walls of the tank, and each rotating in a centering bearing positioned outside of the tank. Each bearing of one shaft of the roller includes two rotary supporting members mounted in a fixed housing and spaced apart from each other, namely an outer supporting member and an inner supporting member. The housing of the bearing is held against a support plane formed on the wall and perpendicular to the axis of a hole through which the shaft passes. The wall has measures for centering the housing on the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens VAI Metals Technologies SAS
    Inventor: Alain Challaye
  • Publication number: 20130344221
    Abstract: A blender for home or commercial use that is rugged enough to blend frozen beverages, simple to use and safe. The blender includes an upper housing with a front housing door that covers the moving blending machinery. The blender also includes a cupholder receiving area which allows the user to safely insert a frozen food or beverage cup inside a cupholder for blending. After the start button is pressed, the cup and cupholder will be lifted together for blending in a balanced, linear motion by an elevator assembly. Dual lead screws or a dual belt drive are preferably used in the elevator assembly to achieve this balanced, linear motion. As the cupholder is lifted upward, a cover will be pressed over the top opening of the inserted cup to prevent spillage during blending. The elevator assembly continues to lift the cupholder upward until the rotating cutter blades of a spindle assembly cut through successive layers of the frozen food or beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: James J. Farrell, Jens P. Voges, Chris M. Bradley, Gage C. Cauchois, Steve T. Connell, Clayton G. Gardner, Shek Fai Lau, Joseph M. Lehman
  • 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: 8591100
    Abstract: A lead through for fluid tight connection of a mixer assembly to a roof of a fluid housing digestion tank, including a first element presenting a central opening and an axially extending center axis, and a second element presenting a central opening and an axially extending center axis. The extension of the center axis of the second element is adjustable in relation to the extension of the center axis of the first element. The lead through includes a device for making an interface fluid tight located at the interface between the first element and the second element. Positioning members are arranged to determine the mutual positions of the first element and the second element in the axial direction, and some of the positioning members are constituted by mutually independent adjustment members, which are located on the opposite side of the device for making an interface fluid tight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Xylem IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Per Selenius
  • Patent number: 8591096
    Abstract: A variable height blender system is disclosed that includes an industrial blender carried by a first lift and a second lift for moving the blender up and down into any of various vertical positions. The variable height blender system includes drive controls for independently controlling movement of the first and second lifts, and a synchronizer in communication with at least one of the first and second drive controls for synchronizing the movement of the first and second lifts to maintain the batch blender substantially level. The synchronizer includes a level sensor that senses a tilt of the batch blender with respect to a local gravity vector and sends level reading signals to the synchronizer for use in independently adjusting the speeds of the first and/or second lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Eirich Machines, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard Bongratz
  • Patent number: 8579497
    Abstract: A device for mixing and dispensing dental materials is provided, comprising a drive shaft for driving a mixer. The mixer is placeable on the drive shaft in a first and a second position, wherein in the first position a guiding section of the drive shaft is mated with an engagement section of the mixer, but an engagement section of the drive shaft is not engaged with the engagement section of the mixer, and in the second position the engagement section of the drive shaft is also engaged with the engagement section of the mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Manfred Harre, Dirk Müller-Paul
  • Publication number: 20130279289
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stirring installation (1) for stirring a liquid and/or a paste in a container (10), comprising an actuating means (5) arranged outside the container (10) and a stirring means (2, 8, 9) arranged inside the container (10) comprising at least two blades (2). The stirring means (2, 8, 9) is rotatably coupled to the actuating means (5) by a coupling element (3), in such a way that the blades (2) are movably attached with a first end to at least a bearing (4) of the coupling element (3). During a rotation of the coupling element (3), the blades (2) are pivotable around the bearing (4) due to the influence of the centrifugal force. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method for stirring a liquid in the container (10) by means of the stirring installation (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: MITECO AG
    Inventors: Thomas Eggler, Angelo Cadeo
  • Patent number: 8563301
    Abstract: A bioreactor processing unit (10) includes at least one cell culture module (200) comprising: a base (202) including a receiving station (204) for removably receiving a plurality of bioreactor vessels (400) at respective locations (206); and a clamp plate (240). The clamp plate (240) is removably connectable to the base (202). The system further includes a drive mechanism (226) and multiple fluid conduits. When the system is to be used for an experiment run, vessels (400) are loaded into the receiving station (204) and the clamp plate (240) is connected to the base (202), forming a connection between the drive mechanism and the vessels, for transmitting input motion from the drive mechanism (226) into multiple rotary motion outputs for turning a stirrer (416) in each vessel (400).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: The Automation Partnership Ltd.
    Inventor: Adrian Neil Bargh
  • Publication number: 20130272088
    Abstract: A dynamic mixer for mixing flowable media, which has a mixing chamber in a multipart housing is described. A plurality of inlets and an outlet of the mixing chamber are arranged on the housing, and a mixing shaft having a mixer section projects into the mixing chamber. The mixing shaft is mounted in a sliding bearing in the housing by means of a bearing section and passes through the housing with a drive section for coupling to a drive. To avoid dead spaces within the housing, the housing has a sealing hole for accommodating the drive section of the mixing shaft and a bearing hole for mounting the bearing section of the mixing shaft, where the sealing hole has a greater diameter than the bearing hole in order to accommodate a sealing means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Ulrich Helbing, Dietrich Witzler, Heike Jungbluth
  • Publication number: 20130215708
    Abstract: In one preferred form of the present invention, there is provided a mixing device (10) comprising a bowl structure (12) for receiving material. A connector (14) is provided for allowing a motor (16) to turn a mixing implement (18) within the bowl structure (12). The connector (14) is arranged to allow the mixing implement (18) to move by rotating away from the central axis (24) of the bowl structure (12) in a desirable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen Davis
  • Patent number: 8459864
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mixer for concrete and similar mixtures, of the type composed of a parallelepiped tank (2) internally provided with one or more mixing shafts (3), each of them driven into rotation by a corresponding motor unit (UM) in external position with respect to the tank (2), which comprises, with the necessary connections, an electric motor (4), a gear motor (6) and an intermediate gear (7) interfaced with the end of the corresponding mixing shaft (3), characterised by the fact that the electrical motor (4) and the corresponding gear motor (6) of each motor unit (UM) are fixed to a single bearing frame (8) that is hung to the border of the tank (2) by means of one or more hinges (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Officine Meccaniche Galletti O.M.G. Srl
    Inventor: Paolo Galletti
  • Patent number: 8459863
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive device for the immersed operation below a surface of a liquid (F), particularly for the immersed operation in a clearing basin, having a drive shaft (5) guided out of a housing, wherein the drive shaft (5) is guided through an axial face seal (12, 13) received in a sealing chamber (10) for sealing the housing against penetrating liquid. In order to improve the service life of the seal, the invention provides that a line (22) is connected to the sealing chamber (10) for receiving an oil supply and is guided to above the surface of the liquid (F).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Invent Umwelt-und Verfahrenstechnik AG
    Inventors: Marcus Hoefken, Thomas Hagspiel, Torsten Frey
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8430557
    Abstract: A food mixer (10) includes a rotatable shaft (18) which carries a coupler (21) having an aperture (25) therein. An agitator (22) is configured as a spoon having a bowl (27) and a stem (26). The stem (26) is received in the aperture (25) and in one embodiment a flexible tab (32) at the end of the stem (26) is engaged by a lug (37) in the aperture (25) to attach the agitator (22) to the coupler (21). In another embodiment, flexible tines (52) have lugs (53) which are received in a bore (46) in a coupler (41) to attach the agitator (42) to the coupler (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Boozer, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Patent number: 8408418
    Abstract: A unitary cover is adapted for use with a tubular container having an open end with a cylindrical connecting bead at the open end. The unitary cover comprises a central circular wall. An annular flange is at a periphery of the central circular wall comprising a downwardly opening U-shaped channel receivable on the cylindrical connecting bead. A bung opening is provided through the central circular wall. A rib network depends downwardly from the central circular wall surrounding the bung opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Kuzelka
  • Publication number: 20130044562
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mixer assembly for agitating material in a digestion tank (1), comprising a drive unit (7, 8, 9) and an output shaft (10) extending from said drive unit, which output shaft is arranged to hang down into said digestion tank (1) rotatably suspended from the drive unit. According to the invention the mixer assembly (6) furthermore comprises a stabilizer (12) comprising a swivel (13) and at least one resilient element (14) connected to said swivel (13), the stabilizer (12) being connected to the lower end of the output shaft (10) of the mixer assembly (6) and being arranged to be connected to a floor (2) of said digestion tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: ITT MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES INC.
    Inventor: Per Selenius
  • Patent number: 8371744
    Abstract: A mixer for mixing at least two-components of a dental material comprises a mixing rotor with a coupling for coupling with a drive shaft for driving the mixing rotor. Further a device for dispensing at least two components of a dental material comprises a drive shaft for driving a mixing rotor of a mixer. The coupling of the mixer and/or the device comprises at least one guiding ridge which preferably facilitates coupling to the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Alexander Walter, Jens Gramann, Manfred Harre, Marc Peuker
  • Patent number: 8366311
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus including a kinetic energy source, a mixing tank, a pivot guide, and transfer shaft is used to drive a mixing paddle through a circular path within a tank without substantial shaft rotation. Sleeved and sleeveless mixing paddles are provided in combination with sealable mixing tanks. A volumetric compensation system responsive to tank wall deflection is used to maintain the internal volume of a mixing tank within predetermined limits. One mixing apparatus includes multiple mixing shafts and paddles coupled to at least one kinetic energy source. Methods for fabricating sleeved paddle-containing mixing apparatuses are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: ATMI BVBA
    Inventors: Steven Vanhamel, Jean-Pascal Zambaux, Tom Claes
  • Patent number: 8337074
    Abstract: A stirrer unit includes a reaction vessel having an inlet port, a shaft stirrer having a stirrer blade and a stirrer shaft connected to the stirrer blade, and an adapter defining a passage. The adapter is configured to be inserted into the inlet port and releasably fastened to the inlet port using a fastening device so that, in a connected state, the stirrer blade and a part of the stirrer shaft is disposed inside the reaction vessel. Furthermore, in the connected state, an immersion depth to which the stirrer shaft extends into the reaction vessel is adjustable and securable using a locking device in at least two positions that are spaced apart from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Hansueli Wild, Marcel Trueb, Beat Signer
  • Publication number: 20120307587
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vertical agitator for wastewater and the like received in a sedimentation tank, wherein an agitator tool (5) is mounted on a drive shaft (4) extending vertically from a drive (1) mounted above a tank floor (2), wherein a free end (E2) of a shaft section (7) extending from the agitator tool (5) in the direction of the tank floor (2) is held in a safety bearing (14), wherein the safety bearing (14) is held in a retaining device (8) supported on the tank floor (2), wherein the retaining device (8) comprises a receiving section (9) for a receiving device (12) receiving the safety bearing (14). In order to simplify installation, the invention proposes that the receiving section (9) comprises a recess (11) opening in a substantially horizontal direction for laterally inserting the shaft section (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: INVENT UMWELT-UND VERFAHRENSTECHNIK AG
    Inventor: Marcus Hoefken
  • Patent number: 8293523
    Abstract: An agitator for a fermenter, a fermenter and method of operating a fermenter are provided. The agitator has an agitator shaft which stands roughly vertically in the fermenter. Because of this, the substrate in the fermenter is circulated in horizontal planes. This allows the formation of several layered decomposition zones. In addition, the agitator is preferably designed so that it may be removed upwards from the fermenter during continuing operation. This means that it is not necessary to empty the fermenter for maintenance work on the agitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Agraferm Technologies AG
    Inventors: Johann Friedmann, Christian Heck
  • Patent number: 8282269
    Abstract: A vessel in which a fluid is received and agitated by using an internal fluid-agitating element driven by a non-contact coupling with a motive device external to the vessel. 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. 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. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: ATMI Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandre N. Terentiev
  • Patent number: 8277114
    Abstract: An impeller assembly includes a shaft, multiple scoops spaced circumferentially about the shaft, each scoop including an upper blade portion and a lower blade portion, spaced apart at the leading edges and joined at the inner edges, and a rib extending rearward from the inner edges, each scoop being coupled to the shaft by attachment at the rib. A system and method for mixing gas or liquid into liquid include a vessel for containing liquid, a drive shaft for extending into the vessel, and an impeller assembly adapted for rotating about the drive shaft, adapted for submerging below the liquid surface, and having multiple scoops, each scoop including an upper blade portion and a lower blade portion, spaced apart at the leading edges and joined at the inner edges, and a rib extending rearward from the inner edges, each scoop being coupled to the shaft by attachment at the rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Philadelphia Mixing Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert W. Higbee, Wojciech R. Wyczalkowski, Todd Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 8182137
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: ATMI Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandre N. Terentiev
  • Patent number: 8147126
    Abstract: A covering structure of a mixer includes: a fixed ring connected to the head of a mixer; an upper ring; and a lower ring. The fixed ring is further surrounded by a protruding ring. The upper ring has a striding part on its inner wall to stride on the protruding ring. The upper ring further has at least two stopping parts at an interval. A concave part is formed between each pair of consecutive stopping parts. One end of the lower ring is formed with connecting parts whose number is the same as that of the stopping parts. Its other end is connected downward with a covering element. The connecting parts of the lower ring are inserted via the concave parts on the upper ring and above them. By rotating the lower ring, the connecting parts urge against the stopping parts to form a rotating ring that can rotate along the protruding ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Spar Food Machinery Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun-Chung Huang
  • Patent number: 8118478
    Abstract: A mounting and coupling assembly for a mixer for in a container having an impeller connected to a drive shaft, in an assembly, which extends through an opening into the container. The assembly includes a lip mount to stabilize and support the mixer on the lip of said container. A cover secures said lip mount with threaded fasteners engaging complementary fasteners on the container neck and clamping the plate to the container lip. A primary objective of the invention is to allow the stable mounting of a mixing unit to bulk containers and allow easy and safe coupling of a power module to the mixing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventors: Charles Brian Mott, Charles Eric Mott, Shaun Mott
  • Publication number: 20120003733
    Abstract: A mixing container includes a flexible container, mixing elements and an upper bearing having a rigid flange. The flange is provided with an insertion passage that fluidically communicates with the inside space on one end and with the outside of the container on the other end. The flange is fixed in a rigid and sealing manner to the upper part of the wall of the container around an insertion opening, the insertion passage and the insertion opening communicating fluidically. The flange also supports, on the inside thereof, an upper bearing that is arranged inside, adjacent to the insertion passage, without preventing the fluidic communication between the insertion passage and the insertion opening. The mixing container is used to receive a biopharmaceutical content to be mixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: SARTORIUS STEDIM BIOTECH S.A.
    Inventor: Mareva Gueneron
  • Patent number: RE43418
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a disposable and flexible mixing tank, configurable as a bag, having a sealed sleeve therein for arrangement of a mixing device. The volume of the mixing tank is defined by an inner wall of the mixing tank and an inner wall of the sleeve. The mixing tank may be used to mix, store, reconstitute and/or dispense materials therein. Draining of a mixture may be aided with pressurized gas. Heating or cooling of the contents of a mixing tank may be accomplished with a thermal exchange fluid disposed within a thermal exchange vessel and in thermal communication with the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: ATMI BVBA
    Inventor: Jean-Pascal Zambaux