Sensed Condition Is Operating Time And Control Is Operation Sequencer Patents (Class 422/116)
  • Patent number: 10402309
    Abstract: A microcontroller may include a processor and at least one memory device storing (a) program code of a program defining a plurality of dominator arcs based on logical relationships among basic blocks (instructions) in the program code; and (b) a set of instrumentation points consisting of a subset of the program code basic blocks that correspond with the plurality of dominator arcs, each instrumentation point being located in a respective dominator arc. A code coverage implementation program (e.g., IDE or compiler) may be configured to instrument each instrumentation point in the program code with execution tracking instruction(s) to store or generate execution recording information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Joseph Drzewiecki, James McInnes
  • Patent number: 10396372
    Abstract: An electrolytic solution circulation type battery includes a tank which stores an electrolyte to be circulated to a battery cell, and a pressure adjustment mechanism configured to adjust the pressure of a gas phase portion in the tank. The pressure adjustment mechanism includes a pressure adjustment bag which is provided outside the tank and expands or contracts in response to changes in pressure of the gas phase portion in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsuo Ikeuchi, Takahiro Kumamoto
  • Patent number: 10379104
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus for carrying out in vitro experiments with biological test systems, which are perfused with an exposure medium, forming an exposure atmosphere, includes an exposure cap, which is dimensioned in such a manner that it can be set onto a standard multiwell plate and connected with the standard multiwell plate using suitable connecting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forshcung e.V.
    Inventors: Detlef Ritter, Jan Knebel
  • Patent number: 9833535
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a disinfecting radiation base for working in conjunction with a storage case for an ophthalmic lens. The disinfecting radiation base provides disinfecting radiation for disinfecting a surface of the storage case. The disinfecting radiation base may also include a processor and digital memory for automated functions associated with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Edward R. Kernick, William C. Neeley, Dwight Abouhalkah, Leslie A. Voss, Karson S. Putt, James D. Riall
  • Patent number: 9807949
    Abstract: Apparatus system and method of maintaining differential atmospheric control with respect to CO2 and O2 gases in a first, stem/leaf zone, Z-1, of a plant from a second, root zone, Z-2, of the plant. The atmosphere in a stem/leaf zone is controlled to be high in CO2 while the root zone Z-2 is isolated and provided with ambient or higher O2, at a pressure to prevent infiltration of CO2 from zone Z-1. The differential atmosphere in each zone can be selectively monitored and adjusted to provide improved growing conditions. The inventive plant environment control system and method is particularly useful in the field of hydroponic and aeroponic growing enclosures, wherein nutrients are periodically provided to the roots, and a high CO2 atmosphere, plus heat and light of appropriate growth-enhancing wavelengths, are provided to the leaves for forced, high-yield growth of selected plants indoors, regardless of the season.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: John W. Hamlin
  • Patent number: 9777325
    Abstract: A fluidic system that includes a reagent manifold comprising a plurality of channels configured for fluid communication between a reagent cartridge and an inlet of a flow cell; a plurality of reagent sippers extending downward from ports in the manifold, each of the reagent sippers configured to be placed into a reagent reservoir in a reagent cartridge so that liquid reagent can be drawn from the reagent reservoir into the sipper; at least one valve configured to mediate fluid communication between the reservoirs and the inlet of the flow cell. The reagent manifold can also include cache reservoirs for reagent re-use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Illumina, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Stone, Drew Verkade
  • Publication number: 20150050188
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for controlling retention time in a reactor, such as an autoclave, having a plurality of compartments separated by dividers with underflow openings. A retention time of the reaction mixture is calculated and compared with an optimal retention time, and the volumes of the reaction mixture in the compartments are adjusted while maintaining the flow rate of the reaction mixture, so as to change the retention time to a value which is closer to the optimal retention time. The reactor may include a level sensor in the last compartment for generating volume data; a control valve for controlling the liquid level in the last compartment; and a controller which receives volume data from the level sensor and controls operation of the control valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Hatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Fraser, Murray S. Pearson, William E. McCombe
  • Patent number: 8951480
    Abstract: A modular chemical production system includes multiple modules for performing a chemical reaction, particularly of radiochemical compounds, from a remote location. One embodiment comprises a reaction vessel including a moveable heat source with the position thereof relative to the reaction vessel being controllable from a remote position. Alternatively the heat source may be fixed in location and the reaction vial is moveable into and out of the heat source. The reaction vessel has one or more sealing plugs, the positioning of which in relationship to the reaction vessel is controllable from a remote position. Also the one or more reaction vessel sealing plugs can include one or more conduits there through for delivery of reactants, gases at atmospheric or an elevated pressure, inert gases, drawing a vacuum and removal of reaction end products to and from the reaction vial, the reaction vial with sealing plug in position being operable at elevated pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Nagichettiar Satyamurthy, Jorge R. Barrio, Bernard Amarasekera, R. Michael Van Dam, Sebastian Olma, Dirk Williams, Mark A. Eddings, Clifton Kwang-Fu Shen
  • Publication number: 20150031764
    Abstract: Methods and systems for on-site generation of peracid chemistry, namely peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions, are disclosed. In particular, an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system is designed for on-site generation of peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions from sugar esters. Methods of using the in situ generated peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Richard J. Mehus, Katherine M. Sanville, Thomas C. Rustad
  • Publication number: 20150017085
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for precipitating dissolved materials from a solution involve reduction of fines. In an embodiment, the method comprises: introducing a solution into a reactor, causing the dissolved materials in the solution to precipitate into crystals under a first reaction condition, adjusting the reaction condition from the first reaction condition to a second reaction condition, maintaining the reaction condition in the second reaction condition to cause a sub-population of the crystals to dissolve, and adjusting the reaction condition from the second reaction condition to the first reaction condition. In an embodiment, the apparatus comprises a reaction tank, a recycling path and at least an acid injector which is configured for dosing an acid into solution flow in the recycling path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Ahren Thomas Britton, Donald R. Clark, Ram Prasad Melahalli Sathyanarayana
  • Patent number: 8926720
    Abstract: The mass flow rate of a first reactant stream supplied to a fuel processor is controlled based on a combined feed-forward and feedback control regime. The method is particularly applicable for actively controlling the fuel supply to a fuel processor in a system comprising a combustion engine, in which the fuel processor is fluidly connected to receive at least a portion of an engine exhaust stream from the engine. In embodiments of the system and method, the supply of fuel is controlled based on three mass flow factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Westport Power Inc.
    Inventor: Xuantian Li
  • Publication number: 20150004061
    Abstract: A device for sanitizing objects using ozone is disclosed having a container defining an enclosed space and a selectively closeable opening for enclosing the space, an ozone generator, an ozone converter, a controller, and a timer working together to generate a predetermined concentration of ozone within the enclosed space and maintain approximately the same concentration for a predetermined period of time. Also disclosed are assemblies and methods detecting and warning of entrapment within the enclosure and halting ozone production when it occurs. Further disclosed are devices and methods for coupling a maintenance device to the sanitizing system to perform various maintenance operations such as adjusting operational control parameters, and observing conditions within the enclosed chamber in real-time such as temperature, humidity, and ozone concentration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Rikki F. Kain, Michael A. Engle, Donald Ray Fraser
  • Publication number: 20140377130
    Abstract: A scent release system includes scent cartridges containing temperature activated scent media. The scent cartridges may bear machine-readable identification that specifies which scent media are carried by the cartridge. The scent release system can be controlled by a timer to initiate a phase change of the scent media to selectively release one or more scents, followed by a reverse phase change to selectively stop release of the respective scents. A scent release system in conjunction with a mobile electronic device, such as a smart phone, allows sending and receiving scent messages. The scent release system can be built into a case for the mobile electronic device, eliminating the need for a separate unit. A private scent delivery device in the form of a headset can be worn by users of a scent release system or by scent message recipients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: David A. Edwards, Rachel Diane Field, Amy Michelle Yin, Eyal Shahar
  • Publication number: 20140370606
    Abstract: In a method for operating an exhaust gas purifying device, with at least one catalyst for filtering exhaust gas and at least one lambda sensor arranged in the exhaust gas, an end of a time period assigned to a maximum or minimum of a delayed signal value supplied by the lambda sensor is determined in that a variable value tracks the signal value and, if the signal value falls short of or exceeds the variable value by a specific difference value, the end of the time period is determined. The end of a time period is corrected on the basis of the time constant of the delay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Bodo Odendall
  • Patent number: 8871153
    Abstract: Mechanically fluidized systems and processes allow for efficient, cost-effective production of silicon. Particulate may be provided to a heated tray or pan, which is oscillated or vibrated to provide a reaction surface. The particulate migrates downward in the tray or pan and the reactant product migrates upward in the tray or pan as the reactant product reaches a desired state. Exhausted gases may be recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Rokstar Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Mark W. Dassel, David A. Bressler
  • Patent number: 8771599
    Abstract: An air blower including a motor 2 having output shafts 21, 21 on both sides in the axial direction and two impellers 3, 3 mounted on the respective output shafts 21, 21, and two ducts 5, 5 that individually allow passage of the air blown out by rotation of each of the impellers 3, 3 in the same direction and discharge the air to the outside are included. At a part or the whole of each of the ducts 5, 5, a laminar flow section that makes the flowing air laminar flow. An ion generating section is arranged at each laminar flow section so that ions generated by the ion generating section can effectively be included in the air, increasing the ion concentration of ions discharged in a room together with the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Fumimasa Funabiki, Tomohisa Itoh, Yoshihiro Uramoto, Takahiro Hanai, Yoshiroh Tanoue
  • Patent number: 8753568
    Abstract: A microprocessor preprogrammable autonomous device with biofouling control and method for monitoring aquatic environment by disposing environmental sensors in a sensor chamber which programmably opens for allowing direct communication between the sensors and the fluid of interest for sampling and which is closed after the sampling sequence is completed to create an anti-fouling environment in the sensor chamber by dissolving a biocide salt in the chamber and exposing the sensors to the anti-fouling environment for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventors: Vincent M. Kelly, Louis Anthony Codispoti, Steven Edward Suttles
  • Publication number: 20140151603
    Abstract: An integrated drying gasification system comprises a gasifier for gasifying carbonaceous fuel to produce hot product gas and an entrained flow dryer which receives the hot product gas to dry the carbonaceous fuel prior to gasification. At least one inlet to the gasifier communicates one or more additional gases from the system, such as recycled syngas, steam and/or recycled carbon dioxide, to the gasifier to generate an increased hot product gas mass flow rate from the gasifier. The system may comprise a plurality of lock hopper systems coupled to the entrained flow dryer. At least one intermediate storage vessel may be provided in one or more feed legs to the gasifier maintain a constant supply of carbonaceous fuel to the gasifier for a temporary period independently of carbonaceous fuel supplied to the entrained flow dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: HRL TREASURY (IDGCC) PTY LTD
    Inventors: Bernard Anderson, Alex Blatchford, Tom Stephanou
  • Patent number: 8716025
    Abstract: A control device for a sample separation apparatus, the sample separation apparatus including a first separation unit and a second separation unit downstream of the first separation unit and supplied with the fluidic sample after treatment by the first separation unit. A control device is configured for controlling the first separation unit to execute a primary separation sequence within a time interval for separating the fluidic sample into fractions, and for controlling the second separation unit to execute secondary separation sequences within the time interval for further separating the separated fractions into sub-fractions, wherein the secondary separation sequences form part of a common sample separation method defined by a common specification of the sample separation involving a set of parameters, and adjusting, over a progress of the primary separation sequence, at least one parameter according to which at least one of the plurality of secondary separation sequences is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Klaus Witt
  • Publication number: 20140072888
    Abstract: A hydrogen generation device of the present invention comprises a first path (31) used to supply a raw material to a reformer (1) through at least a first desulfurization unit (2); a second path (32) used to supply the raw material to the reformer (1) through only the second desulfurization unit (3); a switch unit (6); a flow control unit (8) which selectively enables or inhibits a flow of the hydrogen-containing gas generated in the reformer 1 toward the second desulfurization unit (3); and a controller (12) configured to execute processing in such a manner that in at least either a time point before generation of the hydrogen-containing gas is stopped, or start-up, the switch unit 6 performs switching to select the first path (31), and the flow control unit (8) enables the flow of the hydrogen-containing gas, while the reformer 1 is generating the hydrogen-containing gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chie Harada, Hidenobu Wakita, Seiji Fujihara, Tomoyuki Nakajima, Kunihiro Ukai
  • Patent number: 8615325
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an advanced control system for steam hydrocarbon reformer furnaces, especially steam methane reformer furnaces. As described herein, the advanced control system may improve the control quality and efficiency of adjusting steam hydrocarbon reformer furnaces operating coefficients. As a result, the steam hydrocarbon reformer furnace operations become more stable, resulting in energy savings and improved furnace yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Tong Li, Justin Jian Wang
  • Publication number: 20130230430
    Abstract: A system for gas sterilization includes a sterilization chamber, a source of sterilant gas, and a sterilant gas remediation mechanism. Embodiments relate to systems and methods for delivering humidified air to a sterilization chamber, systems and methods for removing gaseous NO2 from an exhaust gas stream of a sterilization chamber, systems and methods for removing and replacing a source of sterilant gas, an exhaust gas scrubber and/or supplies for a humidification system. Some embodiments relate to hardware and software for user interface in a sterilizing device and hardware and software for control of a sterilization cycle. Some embodiments relate to chamber, chassis and door configurations of a sterilizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: NOXILIZER, INC.
    Inventors: Phil Carbone, Karen Benedek, Michael Ruffo, Wade Luongo
  • Patent number: 8512642
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for producing hard polyurethane foam by a froth process having a foaming agent supply means that quantitatively supplies the inert gas as a foaming agent and a foaming means that discharges a hard polyurethane foam obtained by forming a foaming polyol composition, in which the foaming agent supply means has a pressure-reducing valve that reduces and adjusts the pressure of the inert gas and a needle valve that adjusts the flow rate of the inert gas, the foaming means has a compression cylinder for compressing and supplying the polyol composition, a regulation means that regulates the supply of the inert gas to the foaming means is provided between the foaming means and the foaming agent supply means, and a control means that controls the regulation means by sensing the operation of the compression cylinder is connected to the regulation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiro Fujio
  • Patent number: 8460557
    Abstract: A system and method for the treatment of process streams. A catalyst mediates a wet oxidation process at elevated temperatures and pressures for treating at least one undesirable constituent in an aqueous mixture. A catalyst may be selected for its solubility at a detected pH level of the aqueous mixture. Alternatively, a pH level of the aqueous mixture may be adjusted to solubilize a selected catalyst and/or maintain the selected catalyst in a soluble form. A controller in communication with a pH sensor may be configured to generate a control signal to adjust the pH level of the aqueous mixture in response to the pH sensor registering a pH level outside a predetermined pH solubility range for a selected catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad L. Felch, Todd Wingers, Timothy Schleusner, Bryan Kumfer, Clayton Maugans
  • Publication number: 20130094995
    Abstract: There is provided a mechanism of preventing a cartridge in which a sterilizing agent is remaining from being taken out from a sterilization apparatus in order to prevent a user from touching the sterilizing agent. There is provided a sterilization apparatus for sterilizing an object by extracting a sterilizing agent from a cartridge containing the sterilizing agent. The apparatus includes locking means for locking the cartridge containing the sterilizing agent and mounted on the sterilization apparatus and extracting means for extracting the sterilizing agent from the cartridge, wherein the locking means is configured to maintain the lock on the cartridge until sterilizing agent has been extracted from the cartridge by the extracting means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicants: CANON MARKETING JAPAN KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA ELQUEST, ELK CORPORATION
    Inventors: CANON MARKETING JAPAN KABUSHIKI KAISH, ELK CORPORATION, KABUSHIKI KAISHA ELQUEST
  • Patent number: 8372207
    Abstract: A one handed hand washer/scrubber is provided enclosed in a self contained, counter placeable housing having an entry orifice at one side for insertion of a user's hand. A sensor monitors the entry orifice for detection of a user's hand accessing a washing cavity within the housing. Two scrubbing web assemblies are housed within the washing cavity, each having a proximal stepper motor placed near the entry orifice, opposite a second stepper motor spaced distally therefrom. Each stepper motor attaches to and supports a sanitizer, disinfectant, soap or cleanser soaked web draped between, and are used to dispense a new section of web for each subsequent use and to reciprocate a working section of web front to back (or back and forth) during use. A series of foam rollers align the rear of the working section of web. The rollers are spring urged to allow for intimate contact of the web against the variable contours of a users hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Julie Shields
  • Patent number: 8367005
    Abstract: A gas processing apparatus for processing a gas using plasma is highly versatile and capable of rapidly processing a large quantity of gas that includes particularly an aromatic compound or other component that is difficult to process. The gas processing apparatus comprises a plasma equipment series comprising a plurality of gas processing units arranged in series on a gas flow channel; and a control section for controlling the operation of each unit of plasma equipment of the plasma equipment series. Each of the units of plasma equipment comprises a cavity composed of an electrical conductor and communicated with the gas flow channel; a plasma generator for generating plasma within the cavity; and microwave radiator for radiating microwaves to the plasma generated by the plasma starting section. The control section selects the number of units of plasma equipment to operate according to a component of the introduced gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Imagineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Ikeda, Shinobu Makita
  • Patent number: 8361396
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to automated-polymer-synthesis systems that include discrete reagent-solution-addition, wait-time, and reagent-solution-draining sub-systems which together significantly increase throughput and decrease sub-system idle time. The automated-polymer-synthesis systems that represent embodiments of the present invention additionally include switches at points in which carriers can be received from multiple input paths or output to multiple different output paths. The automated-polymer-synthesis systems that represent embodiments of the present invention generally include an input spur and output spur in addition to a main loop, allowing carriers containing only completed polymers to be removed and new carriers input, so that carriers traverse the automated-polymer-synthesis systems independently from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Oligoco, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsing-Yeh Parker, John C. Tabone, John Mulligan
  • Publication number: 20130018491
    Abstract: A microprocessor preprogrammable autonomous device with biofouling control and method for monitoring aquatic environment by disposing environmental sensors in a sensor chamber which programmably opens for allowing direct communication between the sensors and the fluid of interest for sampling and which is closed after the sampling sequence is completed to create an anti-fouling environment in the sensor chamber by dissolving a biocide salt in the chamber and exposing the sensors to the anti-fouling environment for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Vincent M. Kelly, Louis Anthony Codispoti, Steven Edward Suttles
  • Patent number: 8303766
    Abstract: A method and device for evaporating a predeterminable volume of fluid includes successive addition of partial volumes of the predeterminable volume to a supply line at different adding rates, at least partially evaporating the partial volumes forming vapor film between them and a supply line wall, conveying the partial volumes through the supply line to an evaporator surface, and applying the partial volumes to an evaporator surface region varying as a function of mass and/or volume adding rate of the partial volume, permitting effective evaporation of fluid, particularly urea/water solution. Utilization of the highest possible proportion of evaporator surfaces is achieved by mass and/or volume addition rate-dependent distribution of impingement surfaces on the evaporator surface. This heating strategy in the supply line region ensures the Leidenfrost effect when individual partial volumes are added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: EMITEC Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Peter Hirth, Rolf Brück
  • Patent number: 8277741
    Abstract: The present invention relates an apparatus that reduces and/or eliminates germs and/or bacteria from the soles of a person's footwear, and an associated method of use. According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a person can step onto and stand on the exemplary apparatus to have germs and/or bacteria reduced and/or eliminated from the soles of his or her footwear through the use of anti-germicidal and/or antimicrobial radiation and/or light. An exemplary apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention can be configured so that when a person stands on a top portion, the person's footwear sinks to a bottom portion that is substantially transparent, displacing substantially opaque gel so that at least one of the soles of the person's footwear is exposed to the anti-germicidal and/or antimicrobial radiation and/or light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Colin Adam McCabe
  • Patent number: 8263003
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for transporting and/or storing radioactive materials (10), comprising a closed enclosure (8) and a system (12, 16) for securing said closed enclosure, said system comprising catalytic means (12) for recombining hydrogen and oxygen into water, placed in said closed enclosure. According to the invention, the system for securing said closed enclosure further comprises a device (16) for the controlled release of oxygen in said closed enclosure (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: TN International
    Inventors: Pascale Abadie, Paul Abadie, legal representative, Françoise Abadie, legal representative, Hervé Issard, Valentin Rohr
  • Patent number: 8197762
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a volatile material comprises the steps of providing power to a volatile material diffuser having a diffusion element. The method further includes the step of operating the diffusion element for a randomly determined period of time, wherein the diffusion element is continuously activated and deactivated during the period of time at a randomly determined duty cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Gasper
  • Patent number: 8114297
    Abstract: A system and method for the treatment of soot containing an insoluble metal. The soot is formed into a soot slurry and a characteristic of the soot slurry is maintained to solubilize at least a portion of the metal to act as a catalyst. The soot slurry with the soluble metal is wet oxidized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad L. Felch, Bruce Brandenburg, Philip Rettger, Bryan Kumfer, Curtis Cooley, Timothy Schleusner, Mark Clark
  • Publication number: 20110293484
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for sanitizing air and equipment within a compartment includes an air moving device for drawing contaminated air from the compartment into a sanitizing unit in which the air is sanitized by generating ozone. The generated ozone is then removed with a catalyst which when irradiated by UV light creates oxidizers that react with the ozone and any remaining airborne contaminants providing additional air sanitization as well as ozone removal. The sanitized air is then returned into the compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Eric Stausgaard, Blake Drager
  • Patent number: 8043556
    Abstract: An ablutionary installation including a mixing valve having respective inlets for hot and cold water and an outlet for temperature controlled water, a temperature sensor for monitoring outlet water temperature and providing a signal representative of the outlet water temperature to an electronic controller, a user interface permitting selection of outlet water temperature up to a pre-determined temperature, the electronic controller being operable to compare the selected and sensed outlet water temperatures for controlling the mixing valve to adjust the ratio of hot and cold water delivered to the outlet according to the selected outlet water temperature, and apparatus for initiating a disinfection cycle to deliver water to the outlet at a temperature higher than the pre-determined temperature, wherein the initiating apparatus includes an operating sequence with at least two inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Kohler Mira Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Peel, Timothy James Shepherd, Geoffrey Hawke Whale, Paul Vigars, Nicholas John Beck
  • Publication number: 20110256028
    Abstract: Solutions for limiting the undesirable spread of pathogens by indirect contact are provided. The solutions involve event-controlled self-sterilization of contact surfaces on articles or fixtures. A self-sterilizing contact surface structure allows chemical sterilizing agents to controllably flow in response to a contact event, from within the article to exude upon a portion of the contact surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110243789
    Abstract: A sanitizing apparatus in a flexible configuration that uses ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted from light emitting diodes (LEDs) may be folded or rolled for storage and transport. A piecewise flexible sanitizing apparatus may be formed with hinged or otherwise rotationally joined panels, and provides the ability to sanitize a variety of objects beneath enclosure panels. A continuous flexible sanitizing apparatus with an enclosure panel formed of flexible material may be folded or rolled and may be used with a support structure to treat taller objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Jon L. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20110194981
    Abstract: An ozone device for deodorizing dresses within a closet, includes an ozone generator. The ozone generator includes a casing formed with first and second ventilation vents, an ozone producing element installed within the casing for generating ozone in order to deodorizing dresses within the closet, a circulating fan installed within the casing for circulating ozone generated by the ozone producing element, and a hanging unit projecting outward from the casing and adapted to be hung onto a suspension member. The closet is sleeved over and cooperates with the casing to define a sealed chamber so that dresses can be kept therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: CHUNG-YANG MIKE CHEN, ROBERT DESANTIS
  • Patent number: 7993588
    Abstract: A system and method for the treatment of process streams. A catalyst mediates a wet oxidation process at elevated temperatures and pressures for treating at least one undesirable constituent in an aqueous mixture. A catalyst may be selected for its solubility at a detected pH level of the aqueous mixture. Alternatively, a pH level of the aqueous mixture may be adjusted to solubilize a selected catalyst and/or maintain the selected catalyst in a soluble form. A controller in communication with a pH sensor may be configured to generate a control signal to adjust the pH level of the aqueous mixture in response to the pH sensor registering a pH level outside a predetermined pH solubility range for a selected catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Felch, Todd Wingers, Timothy Schleusner, Bryan Kumfer, Clayton Maugans
  • Patent number: 7966097
    Abstract: A demand initiated method for regenerating a water softener which operates the softener ion exchange bed over a capacity range in which the resin is most efficiently restored by exposure to brine. The reserve capacity of the softener is adjusted in response to the amount of softening capacity used since the last regeneration, as is the quantity of saturated brine to be used for the next regeneration, which is scheduled when the reserve capacity is exceeded, or the remaining available capacity will not be adequate for expected usage on the next day of the week. The method schedules a regeneration when the amount of exchange capacity of the resin bed used since the last regeneration plus the variation of exchange capacity used on the next day plus the average exchange capacity of the resin bed used on the next day is greater than the selected design exchange capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Ecowater Systems LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 7919042
    Abstract: Methods and systems for programmed dispensation of consumable compositions are provided. A method for sterilizing a beverage container may comprise: (a) detecting a sterilization status of a beverage container; and (b) controlling functionality of a controllable device according to the sterilization status. A system for sterilizing a beverage container may comprise: (a) detecting a sterilization status of a beverage container; and (b) controlling functionality of a controllable device according to the sterilization status. A method for sterilizing a beverage container may comprise: (a) detecting an identity of a consumable composition; and (b) controlling a sterilization of at least a portion of a beverage container according to the identity of the consumable composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Eric C. Leuthardt, Robert W. Lord, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100310416
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for cleaning and disinfecting items are generally discussed herein with particular discussions extended to controlled delayed release of agents for the cleaning of contact lenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: William J. Dalo
  • Publication number: 20100305372
    Abstract: One embodiment of a method of recycling a plastic material includes heating a plastic material in a treatment chamber in incremental steps through a series of graduated temperature set points wherein each graduated temperature set point corresponds to a vaporization temperature of an individual by-product of said plastic material, and pulling a vacuum of inert gas on the treatment chamber at each temperature set point to selectively remove an individual by-product corresponding to the temperature set point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: Plas2Fuel Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin C. DeWhitt
  • Publication number: 20100293847
    Abstract: Apparatus and a process are described for compressing superheated steam into porous coal chunks in a chamber, and, after a time interval, expanding this steam out of the chamber, and repeating this steam cycle of compression followed by expansion. Thusly heated by the steam, volatile matter separates from the solid coke portion of the coal and separate volatile matter and coke products can be produced from coal or biomass fuels. These volatile matter liquids and tars can be used as fuel components in slurry fuels, for internal combustion engines used in our surface transportation industries. These solid coke products can be used as boiler fuel in steam electric plants. In this way our large domestic reserves of coal can be used as a fuel source, not only for electric power generation, but also for our surface transportation needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Carl Firey
  • Publication number: 20100290958
    Abstract: A germ eliminator system is for disinfecting an enclosure which includes a green disinfectant liquid. A mechanism is for distributing the disinfectant liquid in a timely and sequentially manner throughout the enclosure, to kill germs, bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms within the enclosure, thereby the enclosure will become safe for people to use when entering the enclosure such as building, hotel, school, bus, train, or ship. The germ eliminator system can be stationary or mobile on a service cart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: REBECCA BRENTS, Steve Brents
  • Publication number: 20100266445
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sterilization unit consisting of a cubical enclosure which uses a sequenced supply of ozone and ultraviolet radiation in the C band (UVC) wave length to sterilize. In use, an article to be sterilized is positioned atop a glass plate mounted between two sources of UVC radiation sources and ozone is first supplied to the enclosure for a period of 15 seconds to 60 minutes followed by a supply of UVC radiation for a period of 15 seconds to 60 minutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Campagna
  • Publication number: 20100266446
    Abstract: A hand sanitizer having first and second compartments in which the first compartment includes an access permitting user's hands and forearms to be inserted and an ozone generator for sanitizing the hands. The second compartment houses an ultraviolet source for converting ozone present in said second compartment into molecular oxygen and includes also an access permitting user's hands and forearms to be inserted. The ozone concentration in the first compartment is maintained at a predetermined level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Jimmy Constantacos
  • Publication number: 20100221145
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling fecal odors in an enclosed space, such as a pit latrine, include providing an oxidizer, such as a catalytic heater and an optional mechanical ventilation unit, such as an inline fan, both flow connected to a vault (pit) of the latrine. The heater is also connected to a source of fuel, for example, propane. Fresh air is drawn through vents in the latrine housing and thereafter through toilets in the latrine and through the vault, providing oxygen for the reaction. The fan and/or oxidation process draws both fresh air and accompanying odorous compounds directly from the latrine and into the oxidizer wherein the odorous components are substantially destroyed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicants: Ann Rogers Business Trust, Larry Blessing, Trustee, Blessing Accounting & Tax Service
    Inventors: Don S. Sifers, Kent A. Pennybaker
  • Publication number: 20100200390
    Abstract: A gas treatment device for processing a gas using plasma, wherein the gas treatment device is highly versatile and capable of rapidly processing a large quantity of gas that includes particularly an aromatic compound or other component that is difficult to process. The gas treatment device comprises a plasma equipment series comprising a plurality of gas processing units (20A, 20B) arranged in series on a gas flow channel; and a control section (10) for controlling the operation of each unit of plasma equipment (20A, 20B) of the plasma equipment series. Each of the units of plasma equipment (20A, 20B) comprises a cavity (22A, 22B) composed of an electrical conductor and communicated with the gas flow channel; a plasma generator (23A, 23B) for generating plasma within the cavity (22A, 22B); and microwave radiator (24A, 24B) for radiating microwaves to the plasma generated by the plasma starting section (23A, 23B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2008
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: IMAGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Yuji Ikeda, Shinobu Makita