Including Rack, Support Or Handling Means Patents (Class 422/300)
  • Patent number: 10405626
    Abstract: A closure for a receptacle having two receptacle parts, the closure being arranged on a first receptacle part and having a first connecting element for detachably connecting to a complementary, second connecting element of the second receptacle part. A shaft for holding an information carrier is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: BS SYSTEMS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Reiner Gonitianer, Volker Amann
  • Patent number: 9951460
    Abstract: A dispensing arrangement for a household appliance for the care of laundry items includes a dispensing tray having an upper part connectable to a lower part. A water inlet flow device with a water-receiving depression is formed in the lower part and an outlet flow connection opening into the water receiving depression is formed on the lower part. The lower part has a partial channel of an extract ventilation channel, the partial channel opening into the outlet flow connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Edwin Boulduan, Andre Sabalat, Marcel Werner
  • Patent number: 9656610
    Abstract: A cargo accessory system is shown and described. The cargo accessory system may include a hitch mounting member, and a cargo accessory carrier attached to the hitch mounting member, where the cargo accessory carrier is configured to carry cargo. The cargo accessory system may also include a visual indicator incorporated with the cargo accessory carrier. The visual indicator may include a compatibility indicator identifying at least one hitch receiver to which the hitch member is capable of attaching, and a weight capacity identifying a load capacity of the cargo accessory carrier when the hitch mounting member is attached to the at least one hitch receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: CEQUENT PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard W. McCoy, Paul Charles Caruso, Jacob S. Belinky, Mark Patrick Scruggs
  • Patent number: 9393074
    Abstract: A sterile container system for the sterile transport and storage of medical, in particular surgical instruments and/or implants during a sterilization process, includes a closable sterile container which is formed by a lid and a trough, and at least one sieve cage which can be inserted therein, at least one fastening device being present which acts, on the one hand, on one of the medical instruments which can be inserted in the sieve cage, immobilizing the instrument on the sieve cage, and at the same time acts on the sieve cage, immobilizing the latter on the sterile container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Christian Praedel, Rolf Alber, Tiziana Klotz, Dieter Weisshaupt, Stefan Schuster, Corvin Motz, Andrea Blumenstock, Burkhard Loeffler, Rouven Streller
  • Patent number: 9314542
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus for sterilizing surgical batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Phillip Bohnhoff
  • Patent number: 9313379
    Abstract: A roadway monitoring camera cleaning system includes one or more cameras for capturing images through respective viewing surfaces, which are exposed to outdoor environmental conditions. A controller coupled to the cameras receives the images and determines whether a predetermined wash threshold has been met based on any of various indicia of image degradation. Responsive to the wash threshold being met, the controller operates a supply valve to connect a wash fluid source to a conduit, and operates at least one delivery tube valve to connect the supply conduit to at least one delivery tube. Wash fluid is delivered under pressure to the dirty viewing surface as a result. Subsequently, the controller may disconnect the wash fluid source and connect a pressurized source of inert dry gas, in order to dry the viewing surface and to purge the delivery tube of wash fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
    Inventors: Arthur C. Manaois, Michael G. Wayne, Michael Catolico
  • Patent number: 9272061
    Abstract: The disclosure of the present application includes a sterilization tray for instruments. In an exemplary embodiment of a sterilization tray of the present disclosure, the sterilization tray comprises a sheet having a first end, an opposing second end, and a center portion between the first end and second end, in which the center portion having an undulating profile with a plurality of peaks and troughs and having a plurality of openings formed through the sheet. The openings are positioned and formed to receive one or more instruments. In at least one embodiment, the center portion includes a corrugated profile. Alternatively, the center portion includes a triangular or saw-tooth profile. In at least one embodiment, the distance between adjacent peaks of the center portion defines a wave having a length, and the center portion includes a non-uniform profile comprised of one or more waves of varying lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Estes Design and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Richard Roudebush, Ronald C. Estes
  • Patent number: 9173968
    Abstract: There is provided a sterilization apparatus for sterilizing an object. The sterilization apparatus includes a concentration chamber configured to concentrate sterilizer, a vaporizing chamber configured to vaporize the sterilizer, a measuring pipe into which the sterilizer is introduced from the concentration chamber before being introduced into the vaporizing chamber, a vacuuming device configured to vacuum the sterilization chamber, and a first valve configured to be opened and closed to control communication between the sterilization chamber and the measuring pipe, wherein after the sterilizer is introduced from the concentration chamber into the measuring pipe, gas contained in the measuring pipe is removed from the measuring pipe by opening the first valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: CANON MARKETING JAPAN KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA ELQUEST, ELK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasushi Hanada
  • Patent number: 9084834
    Abstract: A sterilization cassette has a slide latch system to secure the lid of the cassette to the body of the cassette. A finger tab on the outside of the cassette moves a latch arm on the inside of the cassette along a slot. A tension spring secures the position of latch components whether the latch is open or closed. Spacers between the cassette and latch parts facilitate smooth gliding action. The latch arm engages an angled bracket on the lid of the cassette. Alternating notch depths on instrument rails within the cassette work with opposing rails that likewise have alternating depths of notches to capture and hold instruments. This notch configuration causes the handles of adjacent instruments stowed in the cassette to stagger in height so that a clinician can access the handles of the stowed instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: American Eagle Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis A. Meuchel
  • Patent number: 9039990
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ventilator autoclave comprising a chamber (1) with a space (5) for receiving goods (18) to be sterilized, at least one fan arrangement (2) for circulating steam and/or air in said chamber, and at least one first heat exchanger arrangement (11) for cooling and/or heating said steam and/or air, wherein said fan arrangement is arranged and configured to circulate said steam and/or air in said chamber (1), wherein said chamber (1) is configured such that said steam and/or air that is circulated in said chamber (1) follows a flow path passing at least a part of said first heat exchanger arrangement (11) before reaching said goods (18) to be sterilized, wherein said autoclave further comprises at least one second heat exchanger arrangement (19) that is provided upstream of said first heat exchanger arrangement (11) in said flow path, and wherein said second heat exchanger arrangement (19) is provided at such a distance from the periphery of said fan arrangement (2) that said flow
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: GETINGE STERILIZATION AB
    Inventor: Bengt Storberg
  • Patent number: 9039989
    Abstract: The present invention extends to a disinfection cap for disinfecting a male luer end of an infusion therapy device. The disinfection cap can include an internal reservoir containing an antimicrobial or saline solution which is sealed with a flexible septum to prevent the solution from evaporating. The septum can include one or more slits or pierceable seams that allow a male luer end of an infusion therapy device to be inserted through the septum and into the solution. While the male luer is inserted through the septum, the solution contacts both the inner and outer surfaces of the male luer. Because the septum reduces evaporation of the solution and prevents the solution from leaking out of the cap, the solution remains in contact with the male luer for a longer duration then when typical disinfection caps are used thereby increasing the effectiveness of the disinfectant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Huibin Liu, Minh Quang Hoang
  • Patent number: 9028750
    Abstract: Fumigation systems and processes that are especially applicable for the fumigation of perishable (or otherwise sensitive to temperature) agricultural products as the temperature conditions under which the product is being treated are closely controlled to advantageously prevent the product from being exposed to temperature drops and/or spikes during the fumigation cycle. In addition, the present invention incorporates an air filtration system as a part of the fumigation system to substantially remove the toxic fumigant residuals from the air before it is exhausted into the open atmosphere, which typically occurs at the completion of a fumigation cycle. As such, the harmful effect of the fumigant on the products and the surrounding environment and work areas is greatly minimized. In summary, the systems and processes of the present invention provide the ability to conduct fumigations in a well-controlled environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Manuel A. Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20150126960
    Abstract: A method and system for improved storage of suction catheters are disclosed. The new method and system result in a new suction catheter that has been removed from its packaging prior to use or a used suction catheter being stored in a way that eliminates or reduces the opportunity for cross contamination. The holder also disinfects the suction catheter while it is being stored, thus reducing or eliminating the opportunity for disease or antigens that may be on the new or used suction catheter to infect or reinfect the patient or other individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Rosemore, Donald Lee Rider, Raymond Dee Evans
  • Patent number: 9017619
    Abstract: Device and method for disinfecting, sterilizing, and/or looking after medical, in particular dental, instruments, comprising a rinsing chamber in which there are holders for receiving the instruments, wherein at least parts of the walls of the rinsing chamber or elements located in the rinsing chamber can be cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Kaltenbach & Voigt GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Dieter Wiek, Johann Stempfle, Herbert Lott, Frank Saur
  • Patent number: 9011802
    Abstract: A sample rack configured to hold receptacles and to be inserted into the structure below the cover includes a sample rack having receptacle-receiving pockets, each with a resilient element and a positioning feature for holding receptacles of varying sizes in a predetermined position within the receptacle receiving pocket, and a cover including features for preventing a receptacle from being pulled out of its receptacle-receiving pocket when the transfer mechanism is withdrawn from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Gen-Probe Incorporated
    Inventor: Norbert D. Hagen
  • Patent number: 9005541
    Abstract: A medical sterilization container has a removable container cover, which is provided in a wall area (4) with gas-exchange openings (5), with a filter unit (55) for gas exchange has an interchangeable filter sheet covering the gas-exchange openings (5) on the inside, which is arranged within a ring-shaped circumferential frame element (15) and is held pressably against an inside of the wall area (4) by a pressure washer (36) provided with openings (45). The pressure washer (36) is detachably connected to frame element (15) or the wall area (4) and has a ring groove (48) with a preferably elastic sealing ring (49), which seals the wall area (4) provided with the gas-exchange openings (5) against the frame element (15). To prevent a shifting of and/or damage to the filter sheet during a clamping process, the pressure washer (36) can be pressed against the wall area (4) by a spring washer (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Innovations Medical GmbH
    Inventor: Winfried Kreidler
  • Patent number: 8999260
    Abstract: A sterilization box seal device including a shaft capable of being slid into a closure device of a sterilization box, and a support part of the proximal end of shaft, which includes a locking element irreversibly capable of cooperating and attaching on the distal end of shaft so as to form therewith a closed loop preventing the closure device from opening, such that the support part includes an additional part to the support one necessary for the sole seal function, the additional part includes an area capable of receiving a readable identification label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sterlab
    Inventors: Paul Martel, Philippe Karacha
  • Publication number: 20150086441
    Abstract: Antimicrobial devices for use with at least a portion of a medical device include at least one flexible portion configured to secure the antimicrobial device to the at least a portion of the medical device. Medical device assemblies include an access port and an antimicrobial device adapted to disinfect at least a portion of the access port. Methods of disinfecting a portion of a device include deforming a housing of the antimicrobial device to couple the antimicrobial device to the portion of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Li Min She, Joel K. Faulkner, Zhao Jie, Aaron Garcia Faulkner
  • Patent number: 8974745
    Abstract: A conditioning device for disinfecting, sterilizing and/or maintaining medical, especially dental, instruments comprises a distributor unit for supplying cleaning or maintenance media to the instruments, said distributor unit having respective inlets for every medium, said inlet being connected to a support for an instrument via a valve. Every valve comprises a sealing element which can be brought into a valve-opening position by means of the actuating element of the distributor unit which can be selectively positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kaltenbach & Voigt GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Heckenberger, Hans-Dieter Wiek
  • Patent number: 8974744
    Abstract: A flexible bottle for containing a disinfecting liquid that can be used to disinfect a toothbrush. The bottle has a large reservoir for contain the disinfecting liquid and a small, secondary reservoir that is located proximate to the top of the bottle and which can be filled by squeezing the flexible bottle to force a quantity of the disinfecting liquid into the small, secondary reservoir. There is a cap that is designed to accept a toothbrush for entry into the container and which may have a slot formed therein or flexible flaps. The bottle can, therefore, be filled with disinfecting liquid and a toothbrush introduced into the small reservoir for disinfecting the toothbrush. The disinfecting liquid can then be discarded from the small reservoir and the secondary reservoir refilled as needed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Dan Llewellyn
  • Publication number: 20150023839
    Abstract: An improved mobile apparatus for sterilizing surgical trays serves as a self-contained autoclave, allowing sterilization of the interior of the apparatus and its contents. A method of sterilization using the apparatus is presented as well. By means of a dedicated transfer and storage system, the apparatus, integrable with respect to a transfer cart and a lift device, may be moved easily between a location of sterilization, a storage area, and an operating room, and more than one such apparatus may be stacked vertically for storage to enhance storage efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Barry M. Snyder, Clarence J. Snyder, III
  • Publication number: 20150017062
    Abstract: Sanitization apparatuses, kits, and methods, such as, for example, for pens, styluses, handles, remote controls, and pagers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Tuan DAM
  • Patent number: 8932522
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a toothbrush comprises a hollow container having an interior with an upper section and a lower section. The upper section is open for allowing insertion and withdrawal of a toothbrush along an axis and the lower section defines a reservoir for storing a cleaning fluid. A plurality of fins are mounted to the container and arranged about the axis to project inward toward the axis at a distance above a bottom of the reservoir. The distal ends of the fins are spaced for deflecting bristles of the toothbrush during passage of the toothbrush along the axis past the distal ends of the fins from one side of the plurality of fins to another side of the plurality of fins. An additional set of fins is provided for drying excess cleaning fluid from the brush. The fins are removable from the container for thorough cleaning or replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Opal Marie Duncan
  • Publication number: 20150010440
    Abstract: The disclosure of the present application includes a sterilization tray for instruments. In an exemplary embodiment of a sterilization tray of the present disclosure, the sterilization tray comprises a sheet having a first end, an opposing second end, and a center portion between the first end and second end, in which the center portion having an undulating profile with a plurality of peaks and troughs and having a plurality of openings formed through the sheet. The openings are positioned and formed to receive one or more instruments. In at least one embodiment, the center portion includes a corrugated profile. Alternatively, the center portion includes a triangular or saw-tooth profile. In at least one embodiment, the distance between adjacent peaks of the center portion defines a wave having a length, and the center portion includes a non-uniform profile comprised of one or more waves of varying lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: ESTES DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: H. Richard Roudebush, Ronald C. Estes
  • Patent number: 8915363
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for retaining medical instruments is disclosed. The apparatus includes a medical instrument tray having a substantially planar, rigid interior section, wherein the interior section has a plurality of holes formed therein. A flexible grommet sheet is positioned abutting a first side of the medical instrument tray, the flexible grommet sheet having a plurality of openings therein, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of openings are substantially axially aligned with the plurality of holes formed within the interior section. A substantially rigid back plate is removably attached to the medical instrument tray, wherein the flexible grommet sheet is positioned between the first side of the interior section and the back plate, and wherein the back plate has a plurality of holes positioned therein, wherein the plurality of holes are substantially axially aligned with the plurality of holes formed within the interior section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Hawkes, George P. Hannafin
  • Patent number: 8911677
    Abstract: A medical tool kit is provided for packaging, storing, and transporting medical instruments and tools of various types. The medical tool kit is capable of providing continuing sterilization to the medical instruments and tools kept inside the medical tool kit after the tool case is opened during its normal use in a medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Gerstner Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gerstner, R. Christopher Kidd
  • Patent number: 8906297
    Abstract: The toothbrush sanitizer is a small device that can sanitize the head of a toothbrush, and includes a small steam chamber that is accessibly via sealed opening. The sealed opening is adjacent the small chamber and includes a rubber seal that opens upon entrance of a toothbrush head therein. A heating element is positioned between a water reservoir and the small chamber. The heating element is responsible for forming steam and directing said steam onto the toothbrush head located in the small steam chamber. The toothbrush sanitizer is powered by batteries or includes an electrical plug that extends from a rear surface to plug the device into an electrical outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Christine Ament
  • Patent number: 8899245
    Abstract: Machine (10) and method for treating containers (12) of liquids comprising in succession at least a loading station (15), into which the containers (12) to be treated are loaded, and all disposed according to a determinate first orientation, and a washing station (17), in which the containers (12) are subjected at least to washing and are disposed in a second orientation able to promote the fall due to gravity of the dirt and/or washing liquid present in the containers (12). The machine (10) comprises, downstream of the washing station (17) and outside it, a manipulator device (41) which automatically rotates the containers (12) exiting form the washing station (17) so as to reposition the containers (12) according to the first determinate orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Steelco SpA
    Inventor: Fabio Zardini
  • Patent number: 8883075
    Abstract: An attractive and compact device and an effective method to store and disinfect a manual shaving razor are disclosed. The method reduces corrosion of the razor's metal blades. A compact container has separate but suitably connected chambers allowing for economy of use of as disinfectant liquid combining alcohol, detergent or soap and skin conditioner. By protecting the razor in one enclosed chamber, oxidative damage and rusting of blades is avoided. A knife edge element is placed at the bottom of another chamber to pierce the foil seal of a suitably inserted bottle within the other chamber. An optional third, drainage chamber below the other two chambers allows for appropriate drainage and removal both of excess fluid used, as well as hair and debris from the blades. The design of the device is compact and attractive, as is the method an extremely effective way of protecting and disinfecting the razor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher J Henry, Robert F Patterson
  • Patent number: 8858895
    Abstract: Methods and systems for on-site, continuous 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: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Thomas C. Rustad
  • Publication number: 20140301900
    Abstract: An apparatus (100, 200) is described for disinfecting and sanitizing up to three brushes (16) with steam, where the brushes (16) are placed in a horizontal position in the apparatus, such that the handles (16a) of the brushes (16) protrude from the apparatus and are not exposed to the steam generated for disinfecting and sanitizing the brushes. The apparatus (100, 200) comprises a case (1) covered by a tilting lid (8) and supported by a base (2), a water tank (3) and a chamber (4) located inside the case (1), the chamber (4) having a system for evaporating the water contained inside the tank (3), a support (5) for the brushes (16), a resistance heating system (6) for heating the water, a protection screen (7), a thermostat (26) and an electronic or mechanical control and operation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: BIO-ART EQUIPAMENTOS ODONTOLOGICOS LTDA
    Inventor: Jose Piccin Germano
  • Publication number: 20140301895
    Abstract: A sterilization system includes a plurality of modular gas impermeable chambers separable by doors movable between an open position in which gas may flow freely between the adjacent chambers and a closed position in which gas flow between the adjacent chambers is prevented. A conveyor system carries objects between the chambers. Sterilant gas is controllably deliverable to at least one of the chambers. Objects are conveyed between the chambers to execute a sterilization operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Noxilizer Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Opie, Evan M. Goulet, Blaine G. Doletski, William E. Waters
  • Patent number: 8851091
    Abstract: The invention monitors the neutralization process involving hydrogen peroxide solution and a hydrogen peroxide neutralization catalyst and compares measured values with theoretical values. The system monitors the chemical reaction and notifies the user of the neutralization status. In an exemplary embodiment, the initial hydrogen peroxide solution concentration is neutralized with a palladium catalyst after a period of time. A microcontroller analyzes the measurements and displays the neutralization process results using colored LED lights and/or text or images on a LCD display. In one embodiment, an apparatus adapted for use with a cleaning solution used to clean a medical device may include a trigger, a processing device in communication with the trigger, and a display device. The processing device provides a trigger count and the display device communicates with the processing device and displays a message based on the count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc
    Inventors: Charles Francavilla, Ramin Najafi, Eddy Low, Timothy Shiau, Eric Douglas Turtle, Donogh John Roger O'Mahony
  • Patent number: 8845985
    Abstract: A rack for a plurality of capped tubes, including a frame having a longitudinally extending bottom base member having a row of spaced open top recesses adapted to receive the capped tubes. Vertical supports at the ends of the row of recesses fix a cover member above the base member. The cover member has openings therethrough smaller than the capped tubes. A wall is along one longitudinal side between the base member and the cover member, with the other longitudinal side between the base member and the cover member being open. The base member and cover member are vertically spaced a distance sufficient to permit tipped capped tubes to be moved into the frame with the tipped tubes then dropped into the recesses and tipped back to an upright vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Stephen L. Herchenbach, E. Kim Pavlovic
  • 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: 20140271352
    Abstract: An apparatus for disinfecting furniture, having a main member including an inner surface configured for receiving the furniture. The main member includes a plurality of apertures disposed along the inner surface. The apparatus has at least one temperature controller and at least one air source to the controller for heated blowing air. The apertures are in communication with at least the air source, and UV light from the light source and air from the air source can at least partially pass through the inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Stewart
  • Patent number: 8834808
    Abstract: An apparatus for sterilizing cap-like container closures includes a transport system for moving closures through treatment zones. The first zone preheats the closures, the second exposes them to a sterilizing agent, and the third activates or dries them. The first and third zones each have a rotor that circulates about a rotor axis thereof, and closure holders formed on a periphery thereof for moving closures through the first zone from a closure pickup disposed therein to a first closure delivery position, and through the third zone from a second closure delivery position disposed therein to a closure discharge. The second treatment zone is between the first and second closure delivery positions such that closures delivered to the first position, after passing the second zone and after exposure to the sterilizing agent, are passed on to a closure holder ready at the second position of the rotor in the third zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Alfred Drenguis
  • Patent number: 8828328
    Abstract: Apparatuses for and methods of nano-material powder preservation and dispersion in liquid, capture, and treatments are disclosed. The applications of the present disclosure ensure powder accountability of the nano-materials preventing the nano material from dispersing into the air. The method of treating a nano-material comprises receiving a nano-material and mixing/dispersing the nano-material with a fluid in a vessel until the nano-material is sealed by the fluid. The apparatus for treating a nano-material comprises a hermetically sealable vessel containing a nano-material and a fluid, wherein the fluid is configured to increase the isolation between particles of the nano-material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: SDCmaterails, Inc.
    Inventors: David Leamon, Frederick P. Layman, Eliseo Ruiz, Maximilian A. Biberger
  • Patent number: 8827088
    Abstract: A support bracket for holding, securing and portioning orthopedic tools and/or devices within a case or tray is described. Multiple support brackets creating a modular system of brackets may be used within the case. Each support bracket is designed to releasably lock within an opening of a floor of the tray or case. The support bracket comprises a support member having opposing sidewall surfaces that upwardly extend from a base portion. A bracket insert, having a bottom wall extending distally from a sidewall, is positionable within a passageway formed within a bottom surface of the base portion to thereby lock the support bracket in position within the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: John D. Krause, Don E. McGee
  • Patent number: 8815174
    Abstract: A sterilizer having a cassette for holding metal instruments or medical devices. The cassette includes a metallic container that defines a sterilization chamber. The container has at least one outer surface. A plurality of spaced-apart, elongated rails extend along the at least one outer surface of the container. Each of the rails includes a free, longitudinal edge wherein the edges of the rails lie in a first plane. An insulating shell encases the metallic container and the plurality of rails. An outer surface of the insulating shell lies in the first plane. A receiving unit includes a housing having an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface engages the edges of the rails and the outer surface of the insulating shell when the cassette is disposed within the inner housing. A plurality of spaced-apart elongated ribs extends along the outer surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Michael A Bacik, Peter J Buczynski, Francis J Zelina, Jeffrey C Robertson
  • Patent number: 8815320
    Abstract: A process for producing a composition containing biologically active follistatin from a biological source, which composition is preserved and, especially pathogen free and is storage stable, preferably at room temperature. Further, the invention relates to the composition containing biologically active follistatin, which composition is available by the production process. The invention provides a process for producing a composition containing biologically active follistatin from avian eggs, or from raw animal blood serum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Myos Corporation
    Inventors: Waldemar Buxmann, Volker Heinz, Stefan Toepfl
  • Patent number: 8815173
    Abstract: The method of microbiological decontamination of a machine comprising an enclosure (5, 100) for treating a support (6) and a conveyor comprising a shuttle (30), comprises the steps of obtaining a container (6) adapted to be received on said shuttle (30) and to diffuse biocidal agent in said enclosure (5, 100), of placing said container (6) on said shuttle (30), of moving said shuttle (30) within said enclosure, and of evacuating said agent. The microbiological analysis system comprises a container (6), a microbiological analysis machine comprising at least two stations (2, 3, 4) for treatment of said support (6), a conveyor comprising a shuttle (30) adapted to receive and to move said support (6), said container (6) being adapted to be received on said shuttle (30), as well as means (150, 156, 159) for evacuating said biocidal agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastien Ribault, Christel Noehringer, Vincent Kieffer
  • Patent number: 8808621
    Abstract: A liquid mixing apparatus of the present invention includes: a first tank; a first introduction section that introduces a first liquid into the first tank; a second introduction section that introduces a second liquid into the first tank; a first opening portion provided above a highest liquid level of the first tank; a second tank; a third introduction section that introduces a third liquid into the second tank; a second opening portion provided above a highest liquid level of the second tank; a liquid transfer conduit that connects a bottom surface portion of the first tank and a bottom surface portion of the second tank; an opening/closing valve provided in the liquid transfer conduit; a gas transfer conduit having one end arranged above the highest liquid level in the first tank and another end arranged above the highest liquid level in the second tank; a pump capable of forward/reverse operation that can transfer a gas in two directions inside the gas transfer conduit; and an atmospheric release control
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Hiromasa Akahori, Shinichiro Kawachi, Jiro Komiya, Hisashi Kuroshima
  • Publication number: 20140224905
    Abstract: Hazardous waste is treated by shredding and then passing the material through an enclosure by means of a conveyor through direct steam impingement. The enclosure is maintained at a pressure greater than or equal to atmospheric pressure in order to maintain steam temperature at or above 212° F. Pressure locks are positioned at an inlet and discharge of the enclosure. The pressure locks allow transport of waste material into and out of the enclosure while maintaining a pressure differential between the interior and exterior of the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Randall G. McKee, Phillip Mervis, Brandon Ross
  • Publication number: 20140227144
    Abstract: The present invention extends to a disinfection cap for disinfecting a male luer end of an infusion therapy device. The disinfection cap can include an internal reservoir containing an antimicrobial or saline solution which is sealed with a flexible septum to prevent the solution from evaporating. The septum can include one or more slits or pierceable seams that allow a male luer end of an infusion therapy device to be inserted through the septum and into the solution. While the male luer is inserted through the septum, the solution contacts both the inner and outer surfaces of the male luer. Because the septum reduces evaporation of the solution and prevents the solution from leaking out of the cap, the solution remains in contact with the male luer for a longer duration then when typical disinfection caps are used thereby increasing the effectiveness of the disinfectant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Huibin Liu, Minh Quang Hoang
  • Patent number: 8802023
    Abstract: A steam autoclave (steam sterilization system) has a door for opening and closing an opening that defines the entrance to and exit from a steam sterilization chamber. The door may be latched and locked and pneumatically sealed when in a closed position. Preferably, the door has a convex portion that projects into the sterilization chamber when the door is in a closed position for aiding in providing an even distribution of steam throughout the sterilization chamber during operation of the steam autoclave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: OnSite Sterilization LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Lewis, Timothy A. Barrett
  • Patent number: 8765078
    Abstract: There is provided a biochip stamping device. The biochip stamping device includes a stamping jig in which a first biochip is aligned; an inverting mechanism vertically inverting a second biochip; and a movement mechanism transferring the vertically inverted second biochip on the stamping jig to combine the first biochip and the second biochip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Youl Jeon, Bo Sung Ku, Hee Ju Son
  • Publication number: 20140161947
    Abstract: A cold plasma device for killing or reducing a microbiological pathogen, or denaturing a protein in food, in a food processing system using a cold plasma device. The cold plasma device directs a cold plasma at food or a food surface over an effective area for an effective amount of time. The cold plasma device can be a DBD electrode device, or an army of DBD electrode devices. A grounding rod assembly is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Cold Plasma Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc C. JACOFSKY, Gregory A. WATSON
  • Patent number: 8747771
    Abstract: A pressure vessel and a drum rotatably arranged inside which has an inner space for material that is introduced into the pressure vessel. In various embodiments, a drive mechanism rotates the drum in relation to the pressure vessel. The drive mechanism can include a motor that can be located inside the pressure vessel in an interspace between the drum and the pressure vessel. Some embodiments include a door to close an opening of the pressure vessel and a part of the door can extend into an open end of the drum when the door is closed to keep the material in the drum and out of the interspace. In particular embodiments, a steam supply conduit extends into the drum at the closed end of the pressure vessel. In some embodiments, a helical agitation blade in the drum moves the material away from or toward the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sanciflex AB
    Inventors: Per-Arne Froderberg, Melvin R. Madeley, Anna-Lena Seedhill
  • Patent number: 8747739
    Abstract: A method is provided for maintaining the disinfection of medical equipment, in particular medical endoscopes (10), following processing. The method comprises placing the disinfected equipment (10) in a sealed chamber (12), and subsequently reducing the pressure within the sealed chamber (12) to cause evaporation of residual moisture. Gas scavenger sachets (21) are also provided within the sealed chamber (12) to remove atmospheric oxygen, thus causing a further reduction in the chamber pressure. The method may optionally include a further step of charging the sealed chamber (12) with a disinfectant gas or vapor. The processed medical equipment (10) is then maintained at the desired level of disinfection within the controlled biostatic environment in the sealed chamber (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Medicart International Limited
    Inventors: George Christopher Parker, Barry Luke