Treating Bulk Material Patents (Class 422/32)
  • Patent number: 10011774
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reactor, a system and a method for treating and recovery of liquid and/or solid waste materials and by-products from industrial manufacturing and production operations, such as volatilizing organic compounds, by converting these materials into valuable materials which could be recycled and re-used, while at the same time minimizing any residue for final disposal to landfill or incineration. The invention includes an insulated, magnetic, electrically conductive reactor vessel [10] for receiving and treating a contaminated load, the reactor being characterized therein that it is operated under pyrolysis conditions and is heated by radio frequency induction of eddy currents into the reactor vessel [10].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: OSS MANAGEMENT SERVICES (PTY) LIMITED
    Inventors: Leonard Benjamin Bianchina, Ian Nigel Tunnicliffe
  • Patent number: 9533064
    Abstract: A mist generator is used to deliver a high throughput extremely fine mist comprising a biocide. Flows of evaporating hot gas mix turbulently and enhance forced heat and mass transfer between the very fine droplets and the hot gas to form a well-mixed premixed evaporator, resulting in high humidity vapor formation well inside a tube. The high relative humidity vapor with elevated temperature is then condensed as it exits the tube and disperses into the volume to be decontaminated as a condensed vapor cloud, but neither as a mist nor as a pure vapor depending on temperature and humidity of room environment. The condensed vapor cloud may evaporate or settle on the volume surfaces and contents, whereby both dry vapor and condensed vapor are applied into the volume for the killing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Nanomist Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kayyani C. Adiga, Robert F. Hatcher, Rajani Adiga
  • Patent number: 9122855
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to compositions, apparatus, systems, kits, and methods, including but not limited to, feedback and cooperative methods and systems for obfuscating target biological material identifiers in an environment. In an embodiment, a method may include receiving a first input associated with a first possible dataset. The first possible data set may include data representative of one or more environmental biological material identifiers. The method may further include determining data representative of one or more second obfuscating components for one or more target biological material identifiers based on the first possible data set. The method may further include directing one or more controller units to instruct one or more dispensing units to dispense the one or more second obfuscating components to an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene, Richa Wilson
  • Patent number: 9039968
    Abstract: A smart home system having a controller which controls an ozone generator, gas supply outlets connected to gas supply outlets of the ozone generator via a pipe, and solenoid valves which control opening and closing of the gas supply outlets. The controller is connected with each of the solenoid valves and controls opening and closing of each of the solenoid valves. An operation method for the system discloses driving the ozone generator by the controller to generate ozone, controlling opening of the solenoid valves by the central processor when the central processor receives an external signal for opening the solenoid valves, reducing opening level of the solenoid valves when a gas flow sensor detects that the ozone flow rate passing through the gas inlet is greater than the flow rate threshold, and controlling closing of the solenoid valves by the central processor when the central processor receives a signal for closing the solenoid valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Hong Jiang
  • 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: 20150110673
    Abstract: A method for fumigating psyllium husk. The method comprises filling a fumigation chamber with psyllium husk chamber is at least 35% filled with bags of psyllium husk, fumigating the psyllium husk with at least 40 g/m3 of methyl bromide for at least 24 hours, and degassing the chamber for at least 6 hours to form fumigated psyllium husk. The fumigated psyllium husk comprises less than 50 ppm inorganic bromide residue and the fumigated psyllium husk does not comprise an insect infestation or a khapra beetle infestation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew John Kaczanowski, Stephen Richard Cammarn
  • Patent number: 9011766
    Abstract: A method for increasing the shelf life of donor blood contemplates the following steps. In the first step blood is transferred to a sterile container and mixed with an anticoagulant as indicated in step 20. The anticoagulant and donor blood are centrifuged in step 22 at about 4,000 rpm for about 15 minutes. After centrifuging the red blood cells are separated and placed in a sterile tube. In the next step the red blood cells are irradiated by a laser that emanates a wavelength of about 633 nm for a time period of about 24 hours. During rotation the RBCs are rotated to provide uniform exposure. Such laser biostimulation produces an enhancement of shelf life of donor blood by 66%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventors: Al-Khalid Isam Zuhaier, Mohamad Saleh AlSalhi, Vadivel Masilamani
  • Patent number: 9004131
    Abstract: A method and a system for producing a change in a medium disposed in an artificial container. The method places in a vicinity of the medium at least one of a plasmonics agent and an energy modulation agent. The method applies an initiation energy through the artificial container to the medium. The initiation energy interacts with the plasmonics agent or the energy modulation agent to directly or indirectly produce the change in the medium. The system includes an initiation energy source configured to apply an initiation energy to the medium to activate the plasmonics agent or the energy modulation agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Duke University, Immunolight, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Avery Bourke, Jr., Tuan Vo-Dinh
  • Patent number: 9005523
    Abstract: A method of decontaminating a room or space, comprising the steps of providing a cold-mist decontamination device capable of generating an atomized mist comprised of a decontaminant and water, inputting into an internal processor the parameters of the room or space and the concentration of the decontaminant in the decontamination solution, measuring the temperature and humidity in the room or space, and determining the maximum amount of the decontamination solution that can be introduced into the room or space in atomized form without condensing the decontaminant on surfaces within the room or space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Aaron L. Hill, Thaddeus J. Mielnik
  • Publication number: 20150079200
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for generating germicidal compositions for use in a wide variety of settings, including agricultural settings (e.g., animal bedding), food production settings, hospitality settings, health care settings, health club settings, exercise facility settings, research based settings, veterinarian settings, medical settings, hydraulic fracturing settings, and/or any setting requiring disinfection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Carmine J. Durham, R. Andrew Morgan, Michael C. Pawlak
  • Patent number: 8961872
    Abstract: The invention concerns the use of a sterilization agent comprising H2O2 or a derivative thereof, capable of generating H2O2 as the sterilising component under sterilization conditions, for enhancing the hemocompatibility of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Fehr, Claus Haupert, Franz Kugelmann, Nicole Simon, Ansgar Erlenkoetter
  • Patent number: 8956566
    Abstract: Methods and systems for virus inactivation in the production or processing of biological or other sensitive substances are provided. The disclosed methods and systems for virus inactivation involve the key steps of dissolving carbon dioxide into biological or other sensitive substances; and treating the substance with the dissolved carbon dioxide at conditions which are less than critical pressure and temperature for a prescribed treatment time to inactivate at least 80% of the target virus or viruses contained within the biological or other sensitive substances. The disclosed carbon dioxide treatments for virus inactivation may optionally include concurrently or sequentially subjecting the substances with an acid treatment to lower the pH of the substance and inactivate viruses contained within the biological or other sensitive substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Pure Biosolutions, LLC
    Inventors: Peter W. Latham, Nigel Grinter, Robert Sever
  • Patent number: 8945467
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sterilizing an article. The method comprises placing an article in a sterilization container, generating oxidizing plasma radicals at atmospheric pressure, and providing the oxidizing plasma radicals to the sterilization container to sterilize the article in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Arann Healthcare Ltd.
    Inventors: Felipe Soberon, Shane Glynn, Paul Maguire, Stephen Daniels
  • Patent number: 8894926
    Abstract: It is to provide a mechanism where a sterilization process using a concentrated sterilizing agent and a sterilization process using a sterilizing agent that has not been concentrated can be switched without changing the sterilization process. In the case where the concentrated mode is received by receiving means the transfer of the sterilizing agent to the concentration chamber is controlled according to a first timing, and in the case where the non-concentrated mode is received by the receiving means, the transfer of the sterilizing agent to the concentration chamber is controlled according to a second timing, wherein the first timing is different from the second timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Canon Marketing Japan Kabushiki Kaisha, Elk Corporation, Kabushiki Kaisha Elquest
    Inventors: Yasushi Hanada, Takashi Koyama
  • Publication number: 20140341778
    Abstract: A system and process are provided for the disinfection of sewage sludge or solids without the addition of chemicals such as chlorine etc. or/and reverse osmosis. The treated sludge or solids can be deposited on landfills or used as fertilizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander Blake, Hilary Boehme, Barbara Blake, Glen A. Menture, Jeffrey Goldberg, Andrea Monick
  • Patent number: 8877126
    Abstract: A decontamination system for decontaminating at least one contaminant in a process stream. Decontaminant liquid is dispersed into the process stream using atomization. A controller detects contaminant levels in the process stream and adjusts the flow of decontaminant fluid into the process stream in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Lance Witt
  • Publication number: 20140322078
    Abstract: A method for decontaminating a brick or concrete according to the present invention comprises the steps of: pulverizing the brick or the concrete by using a pulverizing device (pulverizing step); arranging the brick or concrete in a container room and washing the brick or concrete by using a decontamination agent in the container room (washing), wherein the container room has a pressure of above 74 Pa, and a temperature of above 32° C., and the decontamination agent includes a supercritical carbon dioxide flow, a cosolvent and a metal chelating agent; introducing a replacing fluid to the container room to replace the decontamination agent in the container room and then separating the replacing fluid and the brick or concrete (replacing and separating step); and acid cleaning the cosolvent and the metal chelating agent by using an acidic solution (acid cleaning step). A radionuclide may be decontaminated from the brick or concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council, Executive Yuan, R.O.C.
    Inventor: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council, Executive Yuan, R.O.C.
  • Patent number: 8865066
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing a material, said method comprising the steps of: a) providing a sterilizing composition comprising (i) peracetic acid and (ii) a stabilizer selected from the group consisting of citric acid, isocitric acid, aconitic acid and propane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid; b) introducing such sterilizing composition into a hot gaseous stream to produce a peracetic acid vapor; and c) contacting such peracetic acid vapor with the material to be sterilized. The use of such an organic acid stabilizer results in an unexpected reduction in the amount of residue deposited on the heating surface employed to vaporize the sterilizing composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: PeroxyChem LLC
    Inventors: John M. Rovison, Ricky Mittiga, Donald Lapham, Weidong An
  • Patent number: 8852502
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing an article is provided. The method includes providing sterilization wrap system with which to wrap the article to be sterilized. The sterilization wrap system comprises a plurality of wrap units configured in a stack, at least one wrap unit in the stack being detachably attached to at least one other wrap unit in the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kevin D. Landgrebe, Susan K. Reed, Heather M. Webb
  • Patent number: 8784733
    Abstract: Chlorine dioxide generation systems and methods are disclosed. One or more reactants, such as sodium hypochlorite, may be electrolytically generated on-site for delivery to a reaction column. Low concentration reactants may be used to generate chlorine dioxide as part of a mixed oxy-chloro product stream containing free available chlorine. In at least one embodiment, an optical analyzer may be positioned along a reactant feed line to measure a concentration of reactant supplied to a reaction column. A controller may adjust a flow rate of the reactant in response to information provided by the optical analyzer. The controller may also perform pH control within the system. In some embodiments, the chlorine dioxide generator may be incorporated in an all-liquid water disinfection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Vince G. Alarid, Edward M. Martens, Bobby J. Owings, Glenn W. Holden
  • Patent number: 8782919
    Abstract: A grain drying apparatus includes a housing for receiving grain. The housing has a bottom wall and a plurality of supports being attached to and extending downwardly from the bottom wall. An outer wall is attached to and extends upwardly from the bottom wall. An inner wall is positioned within the outer wall. A receiving space is located between the inner and outer walls and receives grain emptied into the housing. The inner wall has a bottom edge spaced from the bottom wall to define a release aperture that allows grain to flow outwardly from the receiving space under the inner wall. A heating assembly is mounted within the housing to heat the grain. An agitator is mounted on the housing adjacent to the bottom wall. The agitator extends under the inner wall and through the release aperture to agitate grain positioned in the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Allan Anderson
  • Patent number: 8741223
    Abstract: A method for gas phase application of chlorine dioxide within an enclosed volume that includes the steps of: climatizing the enclosed volume to achieve a relative humidity (RH) in the range of about 5% to about 56%; generating chlorine dioxide gas; and introducing the chlorine dioxide gas under specified conditions of chlorine dioxide gas concentration and contact time, the specified conditions being effective to eliminate contaminants within the closed volume, and further to mitigate corrosion within the enclosed volume during the gas phase application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Sabre Intellectual Property Holdings LLC
    Inventors: John Y. Mason, Peter Williams, Maggie Trabeau
  • Patent number: 8715570
    Abstract: A device for sterilization of packages and a method of sterilizing packages are provided. The device comprises a gassing zone for exposing the packages to a gaseous sterilization agent, inlet mechanisms for introducing the gaseous sterilization agent into the gassing zone and a conveyor for transporting the packages through the gassing zone in a transport direction. The device also includes a separation mechanism arranged inside the gassing zone to divide at least an upper part of the gassing zone into sub gassing zones, each of said separation mechanisms having an opening for passage of the packages, each of at least a number of the inlet mechanisms being arranged to provide a flow of the gaseous sterilization agent at the opening of a respective one of the separation mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Ulf Lindblad, Jenny Olsson
  • Patent number: 8696986
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing a material, said method comprising the steps of: (a) introducing a solution comprising peroxyacetic acid into a hot gaseous stream to produce a peroxyacetic acid vapor; and (b) contacting such peroxyacetic acid vapor with the material to be sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Rovison, Jr., Shibu Abraham, Charles J. Lymburner, Michael J. DiGeronimo
  • Patent number: 8668779
    Abstract: A method of simultaneously cleaning and disinfecting an industrial water system is described and claimed. The method involves the addition to the water of the industrial water system of a Compound selected from the group consisting of the alkali salts of chlorite and chlorate and mixtures thereof; and an acid, followed by allowing the water in the industrial water system to circulate for several hours. The reaction of the alkali salts of chlorite and chlorate and acid produces chlorine dioxide in-situ in the water of the industrial water system. The chlorine dioxide kills microorganisms and the acid acts to remove deposits upon the water-contact surfaces of the equipment. This cleaning and disinfecting method works in a variety of industrial water systems including cooling water systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Cooper, Jasbir S. Gill, Amit Gupta, Robert F. Kelly, Douglas G. Kelley, Eric R. Myers
  • Patent number: 8663552
    Abstract: The invention relates to the saturation of different gaseous, liquid, gel-like, solid and mixed media with ingredients emitted by vegetative plants. The method for treating a medium by saturating it with useful substances emitted by plants involves supplying a gaseous medium to a chamber containing vegetative or cut plants and passing the gaseous medium saturated with plant excreta through the medium undergoing treatment. Furthermore, a low pressure or a low and a high pressure is generated in the above-mentioned gaseous medium in the chamber containing the vegetative or cut plants. The medium treating device comprises a means for pumping the gaseous medium, at least one chamber for plants emitting plant excreta, which chamber is connected by a pipe to the above-mentioned means on the intake side and to the pumping means on the discharge side; furthermore, the above-mentioned means is connected on the discharge side to at least one container for the medium undergoing treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Pol' Emanuilovich Blank, Emanuil Ihilovich Blank
  • Patent number: 8658087
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of treating substances in divided solid form for thermal debacterization, in which the substances are stirred in a closed enclosure provided internally with controlled heating contact wall means acting directly on the substances while they are being stirred. In accordance with the invention, the substances for treatment are previously mixed, prior to reaching an inlet to the closed enclosure, with an anti-clumping agent likewise in the form of divided solids, the mixture then being stirred in the closed enclosure while being subjected to the combined action of the heating contact walls and of the superheated wet steam, and being recovered at an outlet of the closed enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: E.T.I.A.—Evaluation Technologique, Ingenierie et Applications
    Inventor: Olivier Lepez
  • Patent number: 8585967
    Abstract: An indexable cartridge and method that is useable in either a stagnant fluid environment or in a moving fluid environment with the indexable cartridge floatable in a stagnant fluid environment and securable in a moving fluid environment with the indexable cartridge having a housing having one or more diffusion ports and a sleeve having one or more diffusion ports indexable to a diffusion port alignment through resilient yielding of the sleeve while a set of ribs inhibit lateral flow therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: King Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Snetting, Jeffrey D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8431077
    Abstract: This invention concerns a hydrogen peroxide sterilization device, with injection of hydrogen peroxide vapor, provided with a vaporizer that feeds a sterilization chamber, with a dose that varies in function of the control performed by a computer or control unit. The vaporizer works with a pressure inferior to the atmospheric one and is heated by an electrical resistance heater, or by micro-waves. All the vaporization process is made in vacuum, by heat or ultra-sounds. The filling of the sterilant agent is made drop-by-drop by a capillary tube which transforms the liquid into a pulverized gas. The computer controls the electrical valve following the dosing pump from the pressure and/or temperature information that comes from various pressure and/or temperature sensors, whereby the pressure inside the chamber is maintained during the sterilization process in a constant predefined value, appropriate to use simple cellulose-base paper or paper composed to the packaging of the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Helder da Costa Goncalves
  • Patent number: 8398919
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for repairing exterior wall structures. According to the invention, the transfer of moisture through external cladding to the wall structure is prevented by treating the external cladding with facade protection, after which holes are formed in the external cladding at a distance from each other and, through the holes, an insulation space behind the external cladding is dried and disinfected with disinfectant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Microbe Control Finland Oy
    Inventor: Raimo Lajunen
  • Patent number: 8376013
    Abstract: A method and a system for producing a change in a medium disposed in an artificial container. The method places in a vicinity of the medium at least one of a plasmonics agent and an energy modulation agent. The method applies an initiation energy through the artificial container to the medium. The initiation energy interacts with the plasmonics agent or the energy modulation agent to directly or indirectly produce the change in the medium. The system includes an initiation energy source configured to apply an initiation energy to the medium to activate the plasmonics agent or the energy modulation agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignees: Duke University, Immunolight, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Avery Bourke, Jr., Tuan Vo-Dinh
  • Patent number: 8372337
    Abstract: Method of disinfecting floors by injecting hot, wet compressed air into the floor, this air being produced by a generator, whether on board or not, consisting of two cylinders of different diameters, one (1) of large diameter into which the atmospheric air is drawn and then compressed in a chamber (11) to a pressure and temperature sufficient to allow almost instantaneous vaporization of a dose of liquid and the other (6), facing the chamber, of smaller diameter in which the charge of humidified compressed air will be partly expanded so as to bring it back to the chosen pressure and temperature for use in order to inject it into the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Guy Negre, Cyril Negre
  • Patent number: 8298481
    Abstract: A method for sterilizing a plastic bottle in an aseptic filling system according to which at least an inner surface or an outer surface of a bottle is sterilized by injecting a heated sterilizing fluid at 65° C.-90° C. while maintaining internal pressure of the bottle at 1 kPa-20 kPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Iwashita, Yonosuke Takahara, Kenichi Kominami, Ken Isogawa
  • Patent number: 8277747
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Patent number: 8277728
    Abstract: A pre-assembled orthopaedic implant adapted for improved gas sterilization. The implant includes a first component adapted for assembly with a second component such that a mating surface of the first component is in close proximity with a mating surface of the second component. At least one gas conduit associated with the mating surface of the first component facilitates a sterilizing gas to penetrate into and dissipate from the interface defined by the mating surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Lambert, Terry W. McLean, David B. Vogel
  • Patent number: 8273293
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Patent number: 8246906
    Abstract: A method for antimicrobial treatment (e.g. antimicrobial treatment of food packaging and equipment) comprising applying to microbes a composition containing a diluting solvent (e.g., water), an antimicrobially-active solvent having a density different from the density of the diluting solvent, and an optional cosolvent, surfactant, or additional antimicrobial agent, wherein the amount of antimicrobially-active solvent or additional antimicrobial agent is sufficiently high and the amount of cosolvent or surfactant is sufficiently low so that the composition will provide greater than a 1-log order reduction in the population of bacteria or spores of Bacillus cereus within 10 seconds at 60° C. Preferred methods of the invention employ compositions containing an additional antimicrobial agent such as peroxyacetic acid. Compositions for use in the method can be prepared as concentrates, and used full strength or in diluted form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. P. Hei, Guang-jong J. Wei, David A. Halsrud, Kim R. Smith, Teresa C. Podtburg
  • Patent number: 8246909
    Abstract: A method measures a property of a germicidal solution in an endoscope processor spectroscopically by placing a quantity of the solution into a cuvette and passing a light therethrough. A reservoir receives a quantity of the solution and bubbles are filtered out via a cross-flow filter prior to putting a sample therefrom into the cuvette for measuring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Hal Williams, Yan Fang, Richard Jackson
  • Patent number: 8236240
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system for conducting a continuous operation, flowing vapor phase decontamination in either an open loop or a closed loop. Using the method, a multi-component liquid decontaminant is vaporized and delivered into, through and out of a sealable enclosure by means of a carrier gas that is flowing into, through and out of said sealable enclosure. After leaving the enclosure, the vapor is captured in a cold-water bath and decomposed. The invention humidifies the carrier gas by passing it through a temperature controlled water bath to warm, or to cool, the carrier gas as necessary in order to bring the carrier gas to the desired temperature and humidity before it is combined with the vaporized sterilant and allowed to flow into the sealable enclosure. The concentration of the vapor sterilant and the percent saturation of the vapor sterilant are simultaneously controlled by controlling the rate at which the carrier gas flows and the rate at which the liquid sterilant is vaporized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: James Arthur Childers, Robert Warren Childers
  • Patent number: 8221679
    Abstract: A free radical decontamination method and system. The system is comprised of a chamber defining a region, and a generator for generating free radical reach effluent from a free radical electric generator and hydrogen peroxide solution with water. A closed loop circulating system is provided for supplying the mixture of free radicals from the electric generator mixed with the hydrogen peroxide solution in the form of the effluent to the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Czeslaw Golkowski
  • Patent number: 8216510
    Abstract: Some food pathogens are not well controlled by lethality treatments followed by refrigeration. A food processing facility according to this invention reduces the likelihood that food pathogens will be able to enter the food processing facility, or spread should they be able to enter. The food processing facility is divided into a plurality of areas, with different areas having different allowed actions that can be taken on the food product, different rules and/or procedures for persons who are allowed entry, and/or different levels of cleanliness. The food processing facility includes a plurality of separate rooms individually, atmospherically and structurally isolated from each other for processing the food product, each including separate single food processing machines lines of series connected food processing, air handling systems, drain systems and/or often-used supplies and tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: West Liberty Foods, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Edward S. Garrett, Richard D. Woodford
  • Patent number: 8158076
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Stokely-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Patent number: 8147772
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for eliminating mold spores, pathogens and odor from material like equine bedding. The apparatus includes two or more pairs of augers including blades to control the size of the material and to move it in a zigzag fashion through heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Philip Graham Wilford
  • Patent number: 8142714
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of a cleaning agent that contains surfactants and has a pH value of at least 11 when diluted in an aqueous solution and ready for use. Said cleaning agent is used to destabilize prions during mechanical and manual cleaning and/or disinfection of medical and/or surgical instruments and appliances. It has been recognized that this combination enables a reliable destabilization of prions during the mechanical reconditioning of surgical instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Chemische Fabrik Dr. Weigert GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Petra Tiarks, Jurgen Staffeldt
  • Patent number: 8124011
    Abstract: A method for sterilizing a plastic bottle in an aseptic filling system according to which at least an inner surface or an outer surface of a bottle is sterilized by injecting a heated sterilizing fluid at 65° C.-90° C. while maintaining internal pressure of the bottle at 1 kPa-20 kPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Iwashita, Yonosuke Takahara, Kenichi Kominami, Ken Isogawa
  • Patent number: 8124009
    Abstract: Aeration drying and disinfecting grain crops in bulk and pretreating seeds includes passing through a bulk of grain crops and seeds disinfecting and drying agents including an ozone and air mixture and surrounding air, subdividing the disinfecting and drying agents into a plurality of streams spaced from one another in a vertical direction, and passing the streams at different heights through levels located at corresponding heights of the bulk of grain crops and seeds transversely in a substantially horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Vitaliy G. Danchenko, Ronald T. Noyes, Larysa P. Potapovych
  • Publication number: 20120034132
    Abstract: An acid injection module (100) comprising a dual probe nozzles (102).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Martin Trump, Martin Fletcher, Ann Jacob
  • Patent number: 8071527
    Abstract: A cleaning compound for cleaning surfaces in a food processing environment includes at least one container, with each container including a peroxide and/or an alkaline reactant therein. The alkaline reactant is selected to raise the pH of the cleaning compound into the alkaline range when the peroxide and the alkaline reactant are mixed together. The cleaning compound may be a liquid or dry compound, which is applied to the surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: William E. Spindler
  • Patent number: 8053478
    Abstract: Disclosed are diaryl iodonium compositions with antimicrobial activity and low toxicity to plants and mammals. The present diaryl iodonium compositions include a tri-substituted aryl group and a heteroaryl group which produce substantially no chlorobenzene and/or 1,2-dichlorobenzene when applied to microbes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Cornell Development Group, LLC
    Inventors: Leonard H. Wojcik, Jr., David D. Cornell
  • Patent number: 8048852
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of a molecule comprising a backbone of 2 to 35 non-hydrogen atoms in length, having covalently attached thereto at least two bulky and lipophilic groups and having at least one more cationic than anionic moiety, in the manufacture of a medicament for destabilizing microbial cell membranes and the use as a membrane acting antimicrobial agent of a molecule comprising a backbone of 2 to 35 non-hydrogen atoms in length, having covalently attached thereto a super bulky and lipophilic group comprising at least 9 non-hydrogen atoms and having at least two more cationic than anionic moieties and to methods of treatment involving such molecules, in particular peptides including peptide derivatives, and peptidomimetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lytix Biopharma AS
    Inventors: John Sigurd Svendsen, Bengt Erik Haug, Istvan Marko, Øystein Rekdal, Merete Linchausen Skar, Wenche Stensen, Morten Bøhmer Strøm