Combined Patents (Class 422/291)
  • Patent number: 10792382
    Abstract: Various implementations of the invention are directed toward a sanitizing door handle and/or components of such sanitizing door handle. Some implementations of the invention are directed toward a manual sanitizing door handle while some implementations of the invention are directed toward an auto-sanitizing door handle. According to some implementations of the invention, a sanitizing fluid is dispensed directly onto an exterior surface of the sanitizing door handle in connection with an operation of the door handle to sanitize the door handle. According to some implementations of the invention, a sanitizing fluid is dispensed directly onto a user's hand(s) in connection with an operation of the door handle to sanitize the user's hand(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KleanTouch LLC
    Inventor: Michael Rafko
  • Patent number: 9326741
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for the treatment of stimulable phosphors and/or screens for use in diagnosis, in particular medical radiography. The method comprises subjecting the stimulable phosphors and/or screens to an epoxide containing gaseous compound, promptly following their manufacture. By applying the method according to the invention yellowing of the stimulable phosphors and/or screens is prevented in a safe and efficient manner; thereby the disadvantages known as such resulting from such yellowing will not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Agfa Healthcare NV
    Inventors: Paul Leblans, Jean-Pierre Tahon
  • Patent number: 9329164
    Abstract: The present invention concerns storage containers for storing diagnostic elements having a hydrophilic or hydrophilically coated surface. Furthermore, the invention concerns analytical measuring devices which comprise storage containers of this type, and the use of an absorption material for selectively absorbing hydrophobic, volatile substances in such storage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Bransilav Babic, Wilhelm Leichner
  • Publication number: 20150125343
    Abstract: A device for sanitation is provided whereby the device has a holder configured for mounting and dispensing a conventional roll of paper, a reservoir configured with an inlet and an outlet, whereby the reservoir holds a dispensing solution, a dispensing system for dispensing the dispensing solution through the reservoir outlet, an actuator operatively associated with the dispensing system; and a device outlet configured to deliver the solution from the device once the actuator initiates the dispensing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Douglas Hall
  • Publication number: 20150125361
    Abstract: A permanent filter for a medical sterilization container is provided. The permanent filter is made from a ceramic. The ceramic is made from globular substrate grains. A medical sterilization container is also provided, in particular for receiving and storing objects to be sterilized, having a container bottom part and a container top part for closing the container bottom part in a closed position of the sterilization container. At least one of the container bottom part and the container top part have a gas exchange orifice, which is closed with a permanent filter. The permanent filter is made from a ceramic and the ceramic is made from globular substrate grains. In addition, a method is provided for producing a permanent filter for a medical sterilization container. The permanent filter is produced from a ceramic material by sintering. Globular substrate grains are used as the ceramic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Dieter Weisshaupt, Thomas Weik, Stefan Schuster, John Gray-Dreizler, Wolfgang Burger
  • Patent number: 8956575
    Abstract: Methods and systems for selection radiation exposure in sterilization of medical devices are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Abigail Freeman, Gregory S. Simmons, Brian D. Riggs, Robert Harrison, Dan Castro, Bin Huang
  • Publication number: 20150044094
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a ventilator treatment system configured to sterilize and/or disinfect a fluid pathway through a ventilator by providing a forced flow of treatment gas to the ventilator. Ventilators are frequently contaminated with bacteria and viruses during normal use. When a ventilator is moved from one patient to the next, there is a risk of contaminating the new patient with a pathogen from the previous patient. The application of treatment gas is especially practical for sanitizing hard to access surfaces such as those found in the cavities and conduits (the fluid pathway) of a ventilator. A treatment gas such as, for example, ozone, converts back to oxygen and has a short half life, which can be further reduced with humidity, heat, or inexpensive destruct catalysts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Ian Michael Cadieux, Ray Ellestad, Matthew Perun
  • Publication number: 20140322096
    Abstract: A sanitization station including a fluid source and one or more plasma generators for generating non-thermal plasma is disclosed. One or more nozzles spray a mist or stream of fluid through plasma generated by the one or more plasma generators to activate the fluid. The fluid is then used to sterilize an object. Another sanitization station includes a chamber for holding a fluid and a plasma generator in fluid communication with the chamber for generating plasma. A circulating source moves the fluid in the chamber past plasma generated by the plasma generator to activate the fluid and one or more spray nozzles coat the surface of an object with fluid that is activated by plasma.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: EP TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Keith Allen Pelfrey, Robert Gray, Nick E. Ciavarella, John Peluso, Matt Archer, Jackson W. Wegelin
  • Publication number: 20140286830
    Abstract: A sanitizing device for toothbrushes is described. The device has a lower housing body, and a vessel for containing a sanitizing liquid being connected to the lower housing body in an upper position according to a vertical axis. The lower housing body has removable basins adapted to contain a head of the toothbrush substantially arranged along the vertical axis. The removable basins are hydraulically connected to the vessel for the controlled flowing down of the sanitizing liquid from the vessel to the basins. The removable basins The lower housing body is removably associated to a cap in an upper position according to the vertical axis, the cap being cup-shaped to enclose the vessel and possible portions of the toothbrush that project upwards from the lower body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Tommaso Biancalani, Clemente Biancalani
  • Publication number: 20140275517
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the preparation of conditioned micronized active agents. Additionally, methods and systems for in-process conditioning of micronized active agent particles and compositions comprising conditioned micronized materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Pearl Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Kazmi, David Lechuga, Herm Snyder, James Ivey, Reinhard Vehring, Jason H. Speck, Sarvajna Dwivedi
  • Publication number: 20140248180
    Abstract: Provided is a steam sterilizer for medical instruments comprising a feeding system configured to move a sterilization fluid; a discharge system configured to move a waste fluid and including a discharge tank configured to collect the waste fluid; a cooling apparatus for cooling said waste fluid and including a cooling means configured to cool the waste fluid when it is inside said discharge tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ABSOLUTE UP S.R.L.
    Inventors: Daniele Ongaro, Mariapia Ghilardi
  • Publication number: 20140234165
    Abstract: A waste processing system includes a receptacle for waste material, including bags of waste, and a liquid to be mixed with the waste. The receptacle has an inlet, a waste outlet, and at least one nozzle opening with at least one slicing nozzle that sprays a slicing fluid under pressure sufficient to manipulate the waste material. The system includes a pump for chopping the waste material and circulating and mixing the liquid and waste material, a waste inlet conduit, and a waste outlet conduit. The receptacle, pump, waste inlet and waste outlet conduits define a closed, pressurized waste processing circuit for circulating the liquid and waste. The system also includes a heating system to heat the liquid and waste to effect biological neutralization of the liquid and waste material, and all surfaces of the waste processing system with which the waste material being processed comes into contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Red Bag Solutions
    Inventors: SANFORD GLAZER, William D. Norton
  • Patent number: 8790587
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for treating hazardous materials, such as those which result from an unwanted spill or leak, which comprise one or more of the steps or effects of: neutralizing the dispersed material; solidifying the dispersed material; immobilizing the material; and/or reducing the evolution of harmful or unwanted gaseous forms from the spillage, preferably using a binding agent which comprises a polyacrylate-polyacrylamide cross-linked copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv R. Singh, Ian Shankland
  • Patent number: 8771584
    Abstract: An apparatus for the heating of plastics material pre-forms includes a conveying device, which conveys the plastics material pre-forms along a pre-determined conveying path, and at least one heating device, which heats the plastics material pre-forms during the transportation thereof. The conveying path of the plastics material pre-forms extends at least locally through a sterile room, wherein the sterile room is separated from the environment by a plurality of walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Klaus Voth
  • Patent number: 8747770
    Abstract: A mobile ultraviolet sterilization vehicle. A plurality of UV lamps are removably mounted to a wheeled vehicle. A plurality of tines and a brush are mounted to the vehicle extending across the width thereof and into the supporting surface to position the supporting surface to receive the UV light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: GreenZapr, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Davis
  • Patent number: 8721842
    Abstract: A catalytic reaction-rectification integrated process and a catalytic reaction-rectification integrated column, and the specialized device of such process is provided. The reactants are preheated and mixed with catalysts, and then fed into a jet agitation reaction section located in the middle of the catalytic reaction-rectification integrated column from a feeding inlet. The jet agitation reaction section is a kettle-like reactor located in the middle of the catalytic reaction-rectification integrated column. After pressurized by a centrifugal pump, the reactant materials are admitted into a subsonic or transonic agitator located within the reaction section. The reactant materials are ejected into the jet agitation reaction section at high speed, to efficiently mix the solid and liquid phases in the reaction section and to reinforce heat and mass transfer efficiency during the reaction. The liquid reaction mixture is separated and purified directly in the catalytic reaction-rectification integrated column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nanjing University
    Inventors: Zhibing Zhang, Zheng Zhou, Youting Wu, Min Shao
  • Patent number: 8674123
    Abstract: The invention can be used for extraction of valuable biologically active agents from raw materials. The method of extraction comprises treating the raw materials by preliminary extraction with the extracting agent heated to the temperature not allowing denaturation of raw materials and the final product. The extracting agent is either distilled water or watered alcohol to carry out both the impregnation of raw material with the extracting agent and extraction in vacuum-impulsive mode in the extractor, to carry out catching of extract essential oils. The device for extraction comprises a screw dozer and continuous heated rolls with a vessel to receive press cake impregnated with the extracting agent, two parallel extractors, pipelines connected to a reflux condenser, a foam-destroying device, and vessels to store and prepare the extracting agent and the extract interconnected filters and condensers, additionally connected with a receiver which is equipped with a vacuum pump and pipelines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Twin Trading Company
    Inventors: Yakov Kuzmich Abramov, Vladimir Mihailovich Veselov, Viktor Mihailovich Zalevsky, Vitaly Grigorevich Tamurka, Veniamin Sergeevich Volodin, Natalja Vladimirovna Veselova, Larisa Sergeevna Ermakova, Nina Semenovna Kondrashkina
  • Patent number: 8663464
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for enhanced electrocoagulation processing using enhanced membrane aeration are disclosed for effluent treatment. The apparatus has an enrichment means for establishing an ion rich air/gas stream and a membrane aerator for receiving the ionized air/gas stream and effluent to be treated. An ionized air/gas rich effluent feed stream flows out of the membrane aerator and is received at an electrocoagulation processing assembly for diffused ion enhanced electrocoagulation treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Reginald A. Wiemers, Robert Kohlheb, Peter H. Zahn
  • Publication number: 20140023558
    Abstract: A method for disinfecting a volume or surfaces bounding a volume comprising nebulising a solution comprising a sterilizing agent in a solvent having a lower boiling point than the sterilizing agent, for example ultrasonic nebulization of aqueous hydrogen peroxide, to form a nebulant. The nebulant is subjected to energy of a kind and for a duration sufficient to vaporize solvent in preference to sterilizing agent, eg heating element means, infra red, laser, microwave, RF or other radiation generating means; induction heating means; heat exchanger means; conduction means; convection means; or mechanical energy transfer means to increase the concentration of the agent in the nebulant particles. Vaporized solvent is removed from the gas stream at or above atmospheric pressure and, if necessary, the nebulant is cooled to below 70° C. The volume or surfaces are exposed to the nebulant for a time sufficient to sterilize said volume or surfaces. Also, apparatus for carrying out the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: SABAN VENTURES PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: SABAN VENTURES PTY LIMITED
  • Publication number: 20140023554
    Abstract: Systems and methods for plasma sterilization are described. The sterilization method includes placing a substance to be sterilized in a rotating chamber (e.g., drum) and exposing the substance to a radio frequency (RF) plasma. The mixing of the substance and plasma is further promoted by generating a magnetic field that produces a force on the substance in a direction opposite to the rotational direction of the chamber. In other aspects, the chamber may have a gas permeable wall. In addition, the substance may be exposed to acoustic shock waves produced by a modulating RF generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Applied Quantum Energy LLC
    Inventor: George Paskalov
  • Publication number: 20140010725
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is a method of processing oil, comprising providing a high shear device comprising at least one rotor and at least one complementarily-shaped stator configured to mix a gas with a liquid; contacting a gas with an oil in the high shear device, wherein the gas is an inert gas or a reactive gas; and forming a product, wherein the product is a solution, a dispersion, or combination thereof. Herein also disclosed is a high shear system for processing oil, comprising; at least one high shear device, having an inlet and at least one rotor and at least one complementarily-shaped stator configured to mix a gas with a liquid; a gas source fluidly connected to the inlet; an oil source fluidly connected to the inlet; and a pump positioned upstream of a high shear device, the pump in fluid connection with the inlet and the oil source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: H R D Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas HASSAN, Aziz Hassan, Rayford G. Anthony
  • Publication number: 20130336844
    Abstract: An isolator includes: a contamination-target chamber including an inlet and outlet having intake and discharge filters, respectively; and a decontaminating-gas-supply unit to supply decontaminating gas into the chamber without flowing through the filters, the unit including: an atomizer including first and second ports and a nozzle; a first pipe having one and the other ends connected to a compressor and the first port, respectively; a second pipe having one end connected to the second port and the other end open; a reservoir; a pump to take in decontamination solution from the reservoir; and a third pipe, having one end connected to the pump, thorough which the solution flows, the atomizer configured to, when injecting from the nozzle intake air from the first port, suction the solution, via the second pipe, by negative pressure produced in the second port; and inject the solution in an atomized state, mixing it with air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Yokoi, Koichi Kobayashi, Hiroshi Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130302218
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for treating hazardous materials, such as those which result from an unwanted spill or leak, which comprise one or more of the steps or effects of: neutralizing the dispersed material; solidifying the dispersed material; immobilizing the material; and/or reducing the evolution of harmful or unwanted gaseous forms from the spillage, preferably using a binding agent which comprises a polyacrylate-polyacrylamide cross-linked copolymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Rajiv R. Singh, Ian Shankland
  • Patent number: 8568657
    Abstract: A system providing a sterile connection between a sensor probe and a fluid processing apparatus (e.g., a bioreactor) includes a first probe receiving element mountable to the fluid processing apparatus and a second probe receiving element having a gas-permeable contaminant barrier material and coupleable to the first probe receiving element. A sensor probe may be mounted to the second probe receiving element, with the combination being sterilized with a sterilant gas such as steam. Following such sterilization, connection between the first and second probe receiving elements is made through matable sterile couplings, and the probe is insertable through the coupled receiving elements to a position in fluid contact with the interior of the fluid processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: ATMI BVBA
    Inventors: Christophe Braet, Tom Claes, Steven Vanhamel, Nicolas Havelange
  • Patent number: 8569726
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reduced temperature radiation sterilization of stents are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Huang, Abigail Freeman, Daniel Castro, David C. Gale
  • Patent number: 8551398
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing the spread of infection includes a covering that is placed over a handle. A quantity of disinfectant that is disposed in an interior portion of the apparatus is expelled from the interior portion to an exterior surface of the apparatus when a user grasps and squeezes the covering or by gravity or by the use of a pump. The pump is activated at regular intervals or when the approach of a user is detected. The disinfectant is replenished or the apparatus is periodically replaced if an interior reservoir is used. If an outer reservoir is used the disinfectant is replenished or the reservoir is periodically replaced. A method for applying a disinfectant to an exterior surface of a covering is provided. According to a modification, the disinfectant is conveyed from the outer reservoir to an exterior surface of the handle by activation of the pump or by gravity if the reservoir is elevated above the handle. A method for applying a disinfectant to an exterior surface of a handle is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Steven Mark Strombeck
  • Publication number: 20130248770
    Abstract: A process for passivation of surfaces of heat exchange apparatus exposed to a synthesis gas containing carbon monoxide, includes the steps of: adding arsine to the synthesis gas to provide a total As concentration in the synthesis gas in range 0.001 to 10 ppmv, (ii) exposing the mixture of hot synthesis gas and arsine to the shell-side surfaces of said heat exchange apparatus to reduce the interaction between the carbon monoxide present in said gas and metals in said surfaces, (iii) recovering a cooled synthesis gas from the shell-side of said apparatus, and (iv) passing the cooled synthesis gas, optionally after further cooling, through a sorbent bed to remove arsenic compounds from the synthesis gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
    Inventors: Peter Edward James Abbott, Martin Fowles
  • Publication number: 20130248769
    Abstract: A process is described for the passivation of the surfaces of heat exchange apparatus exposed to a synthesis gas containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen, including the steps of: (i) adding an arsenic compound to the synthesis gas at a temperature ?850° C. to generate volatile arsenic passivation species, (ii) exposing the mixture of hot synthesis gas and arsenic passivation species to surfaces on the shell-side of said heat exchange apparatus to reduce the interaction between the carbon monoxide present in said gas and metals said in said surfaces, (iii) recovering a cooled synthesis gas from the shell-side of said apparatus, and (iv) passing the cooled synthesis gas, optionally after further cooling, through a sorbent bed to remove arsenic compounds from the synthesis gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
    Inventors: Peter Edward James Abbott, Martin Fowles
  • Publication number: 20130226268
    Abstract: The present invention relates inter alia to devices comprising quantum dots, ionic species, and further organic functional materials, their preparation and use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Junyou Pan
  • Patent number: 8518338
    Abstract: A sterilization container has a box-like lower part and a removable container cover (1), which form a closed, airtight sterilization space. Ventilating openings (4), through which exchange of air takes place between the sterilization space and the environment, are provided in a wall area (2) of the sterilization container. A cover plate (6) detachably meshes with the wall area (2) through at least one spring-loaded snap-in or locking connection (9). The cover plate (6), as a round disk with a peripheral ring wall, has on the outside a peripheral locking groove, which detachably meshes with a plurality of locking elements (9) arranged in the peripheral area of the cover plate (6). The locking elements (9) are arranged stationarily as a separate assembly unit each in mounting holes of ring segments (8) projecting axially over the wall area (2), which mounting holes extend at right angles to the cover plate (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Innovations-Medical GmbH
    Inventor: Winfried Kreidler
  • Patent number: 8506899
    Abstract: Disinfection of waste can be carried out by applying sufficient vacuum to suck waste pieces through a processing system, the vacuum creating a wind inside the system that sweeps up the waste pieces, suspends them in air, and keeps them separate from one another, thereby exposing substantially all surfaces of the waste pieces to the sprayed disinfectant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Infection Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Kodis
  • Patent number: 8506897
    Abstract: A mobile ultraviolet sterilization vehicle. A plurality of UV lamps are removably mounted to a wheeled vehicle. A plurality of tines and a brush are mounted to the vehicle extending across the width thereof and into the supporting surface to position the supporting surface to receive the UV light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: GreenZapr, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Davis
  • Publication number: 20130189155
    Abstract: When a polyethylene bag with medical wastes received therein is supplied to a cylindrical-shaped housing and a compression device is used to lower a piston to compress the medical wastes, the piston is repeatedly caused to go up and down to accomplish stepwise compression whereby the polyethylene bag with medical wastes received therein is prevented from entering into a clearance between an inner wall of the cylindrical-shaped housing and the piston and from bursting due to rapid compression, and when cake obtained by melt sterilization and volume reduction with heating compression is discharged, a gate is fully opened to lower a lower surface of a heating device of the piston to a point distant several millimeters from an upper surface of a heating device of the gate to enable forcedly scraping off the cake adhering to the heating device tightly joined to the piston upon closing of the gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Yoichiro Yamanobe, Kenki Hosoi
  • Patent number: 8475712
    Abstract: An arrangement for the exposure of a pumpable medium to an electric field. The arrangement comprises, at least two power supplies (100) for the generation of electrical voltage, at least one non-conducting chamber (102) for pumping said pumpable medium, which said at least one chamber (102) is provided with a first (106) and a second electrode plate (108), a control means (104) for controlling said at least two power supplies (100). During control the control means (104), by synchronous control, establishes a series connection between at least two of said at least two power supplies (100), the first electrode plate (106) and the second electrode plate (108). A resulting composite voltage arises between the first (106) and the second electrode plate (108), which resulting composite voltage will result in an electric field between the first (106) and the second electrode plate (108). The pumpable medium is exposed to the electric field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Arc Aroma Pure AB
    Inventor: Par H Henriksson
  • Patent number: 8470240
    Abstract: The method includes at least the following steps of spraying a flow of sterilizing vapor, including a vaporized sterilizing product, towards the preforms to be sterilized, so as to cover at least an inner wall (15) of the preforms to be sterilized with the product; and heating, by radiation, the preforms covered with sterilizing product in order to bring them to a temperature (T2) at or above an activation temperature (Ta) for the product. The spraying of the flow of sterilizing vapor is carried out in a protective chamber (40), heating is carried out outside the protective chamber (40), and the flow of sterilizing vapor is in the form of a jet of vapor (F) vaporized onto the preforms (12), in such a way as to bring about the deposition, by condensation, of a substantially uniform film of condensate (48) of sterilizing product on at least the inner wall (15) of the preforms to be sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: François Quetel, Stéphane Hebert
  • Patent number: 8409501
    Abstract: A mobile deactivation apparatus for deactivating contaminants within a defined region that includes a source of a vaporous deactivating agent, a gas handling system, a support member, a drive means, a control system, and a power system is disclosed. The gas handling system dispenses the vaporous deactivating agent to the defined region. The support member is movable in the defined region and supports the source of the vaporous deactivating agent and the gas handling system. The support member can be propelled by the drive means. The control system is programmed to control the operation of the gas handling system and the drive means. A power system is provided to supply power to the mobile deactivation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Gerald E. McDonnell, Thaddeus J. Mielnik, Francis J. Zelina, Michael A. Centanni
  • Publication number: 20130078140
    Abstract: A portable gas transfer device for point-of-use sterilization at a sterilization site includes: a housing; a pressurized gas canister held by the housing; a first passageway in fluid communication with the pressurized gas canister and configured to supply pressurized pre-sterilization gas from the pressurized gas canister to the site; a gas discharge canister held by the housing; and a second passageway in fluid communication with the gas discharge canister and configured to supply post-sterilization gas from the site to the gas discharge canister. Additional related devices, systems and methods are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Burkert Contromatic Corp., Burkert Werke GMBH
  • Publication number: 20130071300
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a bills-only sterilizer capable of sterilizing a little bills, and more particularly, to a bills-only sterilizer that can cause the bills under sterilization to be spaced more efficiently and enhance the efficiency of sterilization maximally. The bills-only sterilizer comprises a door opened and closed to insert bills into main body case and pull bills out of the main body case, a sterilizing chamber for sterilizing bills, the sterilizing chamber including a holding means and a sterilizing means, the holding means capable of holding bills therein when the door is opened, a blowing means under the sterilizing chamber, the blooding means blowing wind upwards, thereby causing bills to be spaced, an exhausting means formed back face of the main body case, the exhausting means connected to the sterilizing chamber and the exhausting means going through to the outside of the main body case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Jong-Yun LEE
  • Publication number: 20130034474
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for treating hazardous materials, such as those which result from an unwanted spill or leak, which comprise one or more of the steps or effects of: neutralizing the dispersed material; solidifying the dispersed material; immobilizing the material; and/or reducing the evolution of harmful or unwanted gaseous forms from the spillage, preferably using a binding agent which comprises a polyacrylate-polyacrylamide cross-linked copolymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
  • Patent number: 8337772
    Abstract: A device for sterilizing containers includes a first treatment space, which is filled with a sterilizing gaseous medium under predetermined thermodynamic conditions, a tank, which is filled with a liquid medium and extends along a closed path, and a multiplicity of holding devices for holding the containers. The holding devices are arranged rotatably with respect to the treatment space, and a dividing wall, which protrudes into the liquid medium located in the tank is arranged rotatably with respect to the tank. A discharge opening, via which the gaseous medium can be discharged, is provided between the treatment space and the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Roland Laumer, Manfred Schmid, Berthold Burgmeier
  • Publication number: 20120301356
    Abstract: A system for decontaminating a medical device includes a decontamination chamber configured to retain the medical device and a chemical dispersion assembly configured to deliver a decontaminating fluid to the decontamination chamber. A pressure control assembly is connected to the decontamination chamber and configured to control the pressure in the decontamination chamber. The system also includes a system controller configured to control the decontamination chamber, chemical dispersion assembly, and pressure control assembly. A pressure in the decontamination chamber is reduced to within a sub-atmospheric pressure range in a first evacuation step and add a decontaminating fluid into the decontamination chamber at a first rate while increasing the pressure in the decontamination chamber. Adding the decontaminating fluid increases a relative humidity in the decontamination chamber to a level that improves the efficacy of the decontaminating fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: MINNTECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan K. Olson, Mason Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8318086
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and remediation compositions for the microwave remediation of medical wastes are provided. The remediation compositions include a microwave active fluid including a microwave active liquid, a microwave enhancer, and a viscosity modifying agent. Methods include immersing medical waste in the remediation composition and then irradiating the medical waste and the remediation composition to remediate the medical waste. The devices include a container for the medical waste and the remediation composition, a microwave radiation source and a temperature monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ashwin-Ushas Corporation, Inc.
    Inventor: Prasanna Chandrasekhar
  • Publication number: 20120286209
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for generating useful chemical intermediates from biomass using a novel pyrolysis reactor that utilizes the inherent thermal properties of carbon under compression as the biomass is subjected to sequential or concurrent temperature ramps. The ramps are sufficient to volatilize and selectively create different components, while the pressure application aids the selective decomposition of the biomass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Cheiky, Ronald A. Sills
  • Publication number: 20120288406
    Abstract: Provided are a method and a device for sterilizing the surface of a space-to-be-sterilized which are safe to the human body, which are effective even for sterilizing spore-forming bacteria, which do not require the space-to-be-sterilized to be highly shielded, and which can sterilize the surface of the space efficiently with inexpensive equipment. The disclosed method involves: spraying a low-concentration sterilizing agent in the form of fine particles into the space-to-be-sterilized and making the sterilizing agent adhere to the surface thereof, the low-concentration sterilizing agent being any one of a 1-10 wt % aqueous solution of hydrogen peroxide, a 0.1-1 wt % aqueous solution of peracetic acid, or a 0.01-0.1 wt % aqueous solution of hypochlorous acid; adjusting the humidity in the space-to-be-sterilized; and air-drying the sterilizing agent. Thus, a high level of sterilization can be achieved in a short time and at low cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: TOYO SEIKAN KAISHA, LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Iwashita, Miki Hirabayashi
  • Publication number: 20120288419
    Abstract: A system and method for treating tailings from a bitumen froth treatment process such as TSRU tailings. The tailings are dewatered and then combusted to convert kaolin in the tailings into metakaolin. Calcined fines and heavy minerals may be recovered from the combustion products, namely from the flue gas and bottom ash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Payman Esmaeili, Mainak Ghosh, Brian C. Speirs
  • Publication number: 20120288413
    Abstract: A device in which exhaust fluid from a facility or equipment for treating biologically active material is heated to a temperature of at least 400 ° C. to kill or denature hazardous agents, and conveyed through a metal filter with no more than 0.1 ?m pore size, which is heated, preferably by the fluid, to essentially the same temperature. The relevant temperature is maintained during operation in both the fluid and the filter. Since the filter is dimensioned to trap microbial agents like bacteria and viruses and the temperature of the filter surfaces is sufficient for sterilization, microbial agents are bound to come into contact with said surfaces and a very high degree of sterilization certainty is reached. The filter is welded to the device body to provide a seamless structure. Heating and filtration are both alone sufficient for removing biohazardous agents, so the device provides double security.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Mauri Salmisuo, Jani Pettersson
  • Patent number: 8309022
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reduced temperature radiation sterilization of stents are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Huang, Abigail Freeman, Daniel Castro, David C. Gale
  • Patent number: 8309034
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for treating hazardous materials, such as those which result from an unwanted spill or leak, which comprise one or more of the steps or effects of: neutralizing the dispersed material; solidifying the dispersed material; immobilizing the material; and/or reducing the evolution of harmful or unwanted gaseous forms from the spillage, preferably using a binding agent which comprises a polyacrylate-polyacrylamide cross-linked copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv R. Singh, Ian Shankland
  • Publication number: 20120282152
    Abstract: The microwave sterilization chamber (10) is made in the shape of a downwardly open bell which can be sealed by a base structure (6, 19, 20) which carries means (5) for gripping and rotating the canister (1) filled with waste, which can be moved by suitable means from a low position for the filling and discharge of the canister (1) to a raised position for the closure of said chamber and for the insertion of the full canister (1) into the chamber, each canister being provided with means by which it can be removably supported by said means of gripping and rotating the sterilization chamber (10), and can be gripped by the manipulating means (SM) which transfer said canister between the different operating stations of the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Luciano Salda, Angelo Cappi, Cristina Leonelli, Paolo Veronesi
  • Publication number: 20120283458
    Abstract: Provided herein are controlled methods for producing biofuel and lipids from algae. In certain embodiments, the controlled methods comprise: (i) providing upwelled water in a body of water; (ii) culturing algae in the upwelled water; (iii) feeding the algae to planktivorious organisms; (iv) extracting lipids from the planktivorious organisms; and (v) polishing the lipids to make biofuel or other useful products. In certain embodiments, the upwelled water is provided in the body of water by using an open-cycle OTEC system. Also provided herein are controlled systems for producing biofuel and lipids from algae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: LiveFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaye Elizabeth Morgenthaler, David Vancott Jones