Using Fluent Heat Transfer Medium Other Than Air Patents (Class 422/38)
  • Patent number: 11419353
    Abstract: A food heating apparatus includes a main tank, a water exhaust tank, reserve tanks, communication chambers, heat insulating partition walls, a water exhaust tank and pressure exhaust pipes. The main tank stores water exceeding 100° C. The reserve tanks communicate with the main tank and imparts hydraulic head pressure to the water in the main tank. The communication chambers are respectively between the main tank and the reserve tank and have top plates higher than a top plate of the main tank. The heat insulating partition walls separate the main tank and each reserve tank and protrude into the front communication chamber. The water exhaust tank higher than the communication chambers has an upper surface higher than water surfaces of the reserve tanks. The pressure exhaust pipes have inlet openings in the top plates of the communication chambers and outlet openings within the water exhaust tank higher than the water surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Sodick Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Okiyama
  • Patent number: 11421198
    Abstract: A cell capture apparatus includes a cell separation unit having a flat plate shape and a cell capture unit having a flat plate shape located therebelow. A liquid sample and a carrier liquid flow in a cell-separation flow passage of the cell separation unit. The liquid sample contains multiple large cells, multiple small cells, and a sample liquid component. The cell-separation flow passage separates a set of large cells and the carrier liquid from a set of small cells and the sample liquid component. The cell capture unit includes a large-cell flow passage in which the set of large cells and the carrier liquid flows, and multiple electrode wires for attracting the large cells by means of dielectrophoresis. Multiple cell capturing wells are formed in the large-cell flow passage. Each of the multiple cell capturing wells has a size that can capture one of the large cells attracted by the electrode wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignees: NOK CORPORATION, THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
    Inventors: Takayuki Komori, SooHyeon Kim, Teruo Fujii
  • Patent number: 11325844
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for decontamination of effluent, includes connecting a first ejector to source of a first motive fluid, directing from the first ejector first motive fluid into piping connected to a source of effluent thus causing the effluent to stream in the piping and simultaneously causing the effluent to be heated, and controlling the directing of the first motive fluid in such a way that a predetermined thermal effect is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: PHARMTEC SA
    Inventor: Mats Mickos
  • Patent number: 10739067
    Abstract: In a first aspect, the disclosure provides a method for removing a component from a gas stream. A carrier gas stream is cooled by direct contact with a dehydrating solution stream. The dehydrating solution stream removes a portion of water present in the carrier gas stream and produces a dry gas stream and a wet solution stream. A portion of the component is removed from the dry gas stream by direct contact with a cold contact liquid stream. A depleted gas stream and a slurry stream are produced. Removing the portion of the component may include desublimating, freezing, condensing, depositing, or a combination thereof of the portion of the component out of the dry gas stream as a solid product. The slurry stream may include the solid product and a contact liquid. The solid product is separated from the contact liquid, producing a substantially pure solid product stream and the cold contact liquid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: Larry Baxter, Christopher Hoeger, Aaron Sayre, Jacom Chamberlain, Kyler Stitt
  • Patent number: 10575520
    Abstract: Compositions are described comprising an amount of a toxicant comprising a compound of the formula HNR1R2, or a salt thereof, wherein R1 and R2 are independently hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted C4-C6-cycloalkyl group or a substituted or unsubstituted C6-C12-aryl group; wherein the amount of the toxicant is sufficient to control termites. Methods for controlling termites using such compositions are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY AND AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL COLLEGE
    Inventors: Roger A. Laine, Lucas Veillon, Gregg Henderson
  • Patent number: 10188761
    Abstract: The invention relates to a garment sanitizing device (1, 31) comprising a housing (2), a chamber (4) within the housing to receive one or more garments (14) to be sanitized. The chamber (4) comprises a bottom wall, a top wall, and opposite first and second sides each extending from the bottom wall to the top wall. The housing contains a fan (6) and one or more heating elements (10). The at least one heating element is configured to directly heat garments within the chamber by radiation, and the fan is configured to convey air via the at least one heating element to heat the air and to convey the heated air through the chamber to additionally heat the garments by the conveyed heated air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Boon Teck Tan, Kean Hao Raymond Lee, Bernd Laudahn
  • Patent number: 9586244
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Red Bag Solutions
    Inventors: Sanford Glazer, William D. Norton
  • Patent number: 9333504
    Abstract: Devices and systems for active thermal control of sample holding devices for bDNA testing, polymerase chain reaction testing, chemiluminescent immuno-assay testing, and so forth. The thermal control subsystem includes a fluidic circuit, first and second heater assemblies, a centrifugal pump, and a heat exchange device. The first and second heater assemblies include a heat removal device and a controllable thermo-electric device. One or both of the heater assemblies can include a heat spreader. A controller actively controls the pump, the heat removal device, and the thermo-electric devices, to thermally-control sample-containing vessels retained in the holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Polaniec, David J. Lapeus, Tim Greszler, Frank Klingshirn, Chris Sturges, Matt Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9045341
    Abstract: The present invention is for extremely pure solutions of chlorine dioxide, methods for making such solutions and to compositions and methods for storing, shipping and using such solutions. Generally, the chlorine dioxide solutions of the invention are aqueous solutions containing about 2500 ppm or less of total impurities. The chlorine dioxide solution can be prepare by passing dilute highly pure chlorine gas through a bed of substantially solid sodium chlorite and contacting the resulting chlorine dioxide gas with a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: CDG ENVIRONMENTAL, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Ellsworth McWhorter, Peter Kazlas, Madhu Anand, John Peter Hobbs, Aaron A. Rosenblatt, Robert H. Shay, Barzin Keramati
  • Publication number: 20150147408
    Abstract: A Method Validation Unit (MVU) for the evaluation of the level of sterilisation in a sterilisation method involving the use of a fluid at or near the supercritical pressure and temperature for that fluid, wherein the MVU comprises a sterilisation indicator housed within a gas-permeable container, wherein the sterilisation indicator comprises an indicator medium and a population of one or more colony forming units (CFUs), and wherein the indicator medium comprises one or more structural features representative of the internal structure of a material to be sterilised in the sterilisation method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Austrialian Biotechnologies PTY. Limited
    Inventors: Simon Jonothan Berry, Sharon Bryce, Jerome Alon Goldberg
  • Patent number: 8968645
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for treating containers, such as bottles, cans, or similar containers, by introducing at least one sterilization medium into a container when the container is at a first position on a movement path, and then stopping treatment when the container is at a second position on the movement path. A temperature of the container is then measured to determine if the measured container temperature lies within a predetermined range of temperature. If not, the length of the path between the first position and the second position is changed to thereby change the treatment procedure for subsequent containers, such that, after the subsequent containers have been treated according to the changed treatment procedure, the temperatures of the subsequent containers lie within the predetermined range of temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Euler, Detlef Mette, Jörg Beckmann
  • Patent number: 8961874
    Abstract: According to the present invention a method for heat recovery in a device for the sterilization of biological material is provided. The present method eliminates the risk of contaminating the sterilized effluent with unsterilized biological material via the heat recovery system. In a device according to the invention, a heat recovery circuit is provided for transferring heat from the sterilized effluent stream to the biologically hazardous feed stream. Protection against contamination through leaks is obtained by maintaining at all times a pressure difference preventing biologically hazardous material from bypassing the heat treatment and flowing in the direction of the sterilized material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Steris Europe, Inc. Suomen sivuliike
    Inventor: Juha Mattila
  • Patent number: 8961875
    Abstract: A method for inactivating a fluid culture includes inserting a collapsible bag within a chamber of a tank assembly. A fluid is dispensed into a compartment of the collapsible bag, the fluid including a culture containing live cells or microorganisms. A lid is positioned over an opening of the tank assembly so that the collapsible bag is substantially enclosed within the tank assembly. The fluid within the collapsible bag is heated to an inactivation temperature that is sufficiently high to kill all of the live cells or microorganisms within the fluid. In one embodiment, the fluid within the flexible bag is mixed while the fluid is being heated to the inactivation temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob D. Lee, Whitt F. Woods
  • Patent number: 8865457
    Abstract: Devices and systems for active thermal control of sample holding devices for bDNA testing, polymerase chain reaction testing, chemiluminescent immuno-assay testing, and so forth. The thermal control subsystem includes a fluidic circuit, first and second heater assemblies, a centrifugal pump, and a heat exchange device. The first and second heater assemblies include a heat removal device and a controllable thermo-electric device. One or both of the heater assemblies can include a heat spreader. A controller actively controls the pump, the heat removal device, and the thermo-electric devices, to thermally-control sample-containing vessels retained in the holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Polaniec, David J. Lapeus, Tim Greszler, Frank Klingshirn, Chris Sturges, Matt Schmidt
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140219994
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a composition and method of using non-molybdate corrosion inhibitors in sterilizing and pasteurizing applications. The composition is a blend of one or more components including corrosion inhibitors, surfactants, hydrotropes, polymer dispersants, pH adjusting agents and water. The composition may include two or more of a) alkyl-dicarboxylic acid; b) phosphono-carboxylic acid; c) tri(amino-carboxylic acid); d) anionic polymer dispersant; e) non-ionic surfactant; f) inorganic phosphate; g) phosphonotricarboxylic acid; and h) hydrotrope. Specifically, the composition may comprise sebacic acid, hydroxyphosphonoacetic acid, and 6,6?,6?-(1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triyltriimino)tris-hexanoic acid. Optionally, the composition can further comprise a co-polymer of acrylic acid and allyl-2-hydroxy-propyl-sulfonate ether (AA/AHPSE), 2-phosphono-1,2,4-butane-tricarboxylic acid, sodium phosphate monobasic or phosphoric acid, ?-decyl-?-hydroxy-poly(oxy-1,2ethanediyl), and sodium cumenesulfonate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Zhendong Liu, Donald J. Meskers, JR., Peter Scheidel
  • Patent number: 8747741
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for sterilizing a cosmetic product, in which said product consists of a fluid circulating under regulated pressure in a sterilization circuit (1), according to the viscosity of said fluid. The invention also relates to the device for implementing such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: CL Tech (Societe par Actions Simplifiee)
    Inventors: Didier Lopez, Christophe Lopez
  • Patent number: 8734717
    Abstract: A process for the sterilization of hermetically sealed containers containing a liquid to be sterilized, comprising transport of the containers to a treatment zone where the containers are immersed in a flux of external fluid, the heating in volume of the liquid to be sterilized by electromagnetic waves at a rate greater than 28° C. per second to a treatment temperature T of between 20° C. and 66° C., agitation of the container during heating of the liquid, and dependant on the value of the treatment temperature T, exposure of the liquid to an alternating electric field in pulses immediately or slightly after heating of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Opus Industry SA
    Inventors: Aleksandr Zavadtsev, Pavel Koulik
  • Patent number: 8707861
    Abstract: An apparatus for pasteurizing a dry food product comprises an impingement chamber, a conveyor for conveying the dry food product through the impingement chamber; a heater and water supply assembly for generating heated, moist air, and a fan for circulating the heated, moist air through the impingement chamber and onto the dry food product. In operation, the moisture in the heated, moist air condenses on the surface of the dry food product and produces a heat of condensation which heats the surface of the dry food product. Moreover, this heat of condensation is sufficient to kill a percentage of any pathogenic microorganisms which may be present on the surface of the dry food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ramesh M. Gunawardena, Zhijun Weng
  • Patent number: 8685459
    Abstract: The present invention, inter alia, relates to a closed sterilized container comprising at least one carrier which is a stabilizer; and at least one biomolecule reversibly attached to the carrier, wherein said carrier partially or completely covers the attached biomolecules and wherein said at least one carrier is selected from the group consisting of (poly)peptides such as dipeptides or tripeptides, amino acids, polyalcohols, polyethyleneglycols, ionic liquids, compatible solutes, saponins and a mixture thereof. The invention also relates to methods for producing sterilized containers according to the invention and uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Leukocare AG
    Inventors: Jens Altrichter, Anja Breuer, Nicole Schaath, Julia Quathamer
  • Publication number: 20140072649
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel composition with milk of immunized camelid, particularly, (Camelus dromedarius) as the main component (i.e. active ingredient) and a method for the treatment or prevention of gastrointestinal infections, particularly, infections caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori), Campylobacter jejuni (C. jejuni), Salmonella enterica, Shigella dysenteriae, Clostridium perfringens, or Yersinia enterocolitica. Said composition is prepared in the form of pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, or health food preparations. The present invention also discloses a process of preparing said composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Al-Urdonia Lemudaddat Al-Ajsam Co.
    Inventors: Khaled Mahmood Al-Qaoud, Penelope Ahmad Shihab, Luay Fawzi Abu-Qatouseh, Christopher R. Lowe
  • Publication number: 20140065014
    Abstract: A control system for controlling a machine for the temperature processing of containers for food products, having a movement element for moving containers to be processed on a movement path along which at least one temperature-processing zone is defined, the temperature-processing zone being divided into sub-zones each having a respective injection assembly for injecting processing fluid on the containers and a respective adjusting assembly for setting the temperature of the injected processing fluid. The control system is provided with a control unit coupled to the adjusting assemblies of the sub-zones for regulating the temperature of the processing fluid by performing a prediction of the output temperature of the containers located on the movement path based on a current operating condition of the machine and a past thermal trend for the containers, and controlling the adjusting assemblies based on the predicted output temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventor: Andrea Solfa
  • Publication number: 20140065015
    Abstract: A method for inactivating a fluid culture includes inserting a collapsible bag within a chamber of a tank assembly. A fluid is dispensed into a compartment of the collapsible bag, the fluid including a culture containing live cells or microorganisms. A lid is positioned over an opening of the tank assembly so that the collapsible bag is substantially enclosed within the tank assembly. The fluid within the collapsible bag is heated to an inactivation temperature that is sufficiently high to kill all of the live cells or microorganisms within the fluid. In one embodiment, the fluid within the flexible bag is mixed while the fluid is being heated to the inactivation temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: HYCLONE LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob D. Lee, Whitt F. Woods
  • Patent number: 8663574
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for pasteurizing a liquid product by heating it to a pasteurization temperature which results in any product-harming microorganisms being killed and by maintaining the product at this temperature in a treatment chamber over a holding time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 8617463
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of a polyolefin composition comprising a propylene-ethylene random copolymer having an ethylene content of 0.5-10 wt % and a randomness R of the ethylene distribution in the polymer chain of ?0.945 for the production of articles having high sterilization resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Borealis Technology Oy
    Inventors: Christelle Grein, Tonja Schedenig
  • Patent number: 8608369
    Abstract: A fluid heating system includes a tank assembly having an interior surface bounding a chamber, the tank assembly including a sidewall and a lid. A collapsible bag is removably disposed within the chamber of the tank assembly, the collapsible bag bounding a compartment adapted to hold a fluid. A boiler can be used for pumping heated fluid through the wall of the tank assembly for heating the fluid within the collapsible bag. An impeller is disposed within the compartment of the collapsible bag. An elongated drive shaft is removably coupled with the impeller such that rotation of the drive shaft facilitates rotation of the impeller within the compartment of the collapsible bag. A drive motor assembly is coupled with the drive shaft, the drive motor assembly being adapted to rotate the drive shaft when the lid is in an open or closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hyclone Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob D. Lee, Whitt F. Woods
  • Publication number: 20130302211
    Abstract: A method and device related to a liquid product pressure and (optionally) temperature treatment method reduces the level of microorganisms in the liquid product to a preselected level. Utilizing the method, liquid product is diffused in a chamber with the speed of pressure variation of liquid product in one embodiment of about 109 Pa/sec. The preferred speed of the diffused drops is about 10 m/sec. The liquid product can optionally be heated before or during diffusion, and is preferably heated as a diffused liquid product by mixing it with superheated steam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Andrei Alexandrovich Volkov, Nikolay Vladislavovich Arofikin, Alexander Yurievich Kolesnov
  • Publication number: 20130302882
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing a separation membrane module reduces damage of a ceramic separation membrane, a sterilization process device achieves the method of sterilizing, and an apparatus produces chemicals. The method of sterilizing the separation membrane module includes a ceramic-containing separation membrane including a temperature raise step of raising the temperature of the separation membrane module to a predetermined sterilization temperature by feeding sterilization water having a controlled temperature and pressure so that a rate of temperature change of the separation membrane module is 6.0° C. or less per minute, and a sterilization step of sterilizing the separation membrane module at a predetermined temperature for a predetermined time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC
    Inventors: Makoto Nishida, Masahiro Henmi, Norihiro Takeuchi, Satoko Kanamori, Jihoon Cheon
  • Patent number: 8580193
    Abstract: A method for pasteurizing a liquid product includes heating the liquid product to a pasteurization temperature, thereby killing micro-organisms, keeping it in a treatment chamber at the pasteurization temperature for a holding period, regulating a length of the treatment station based at least in part on its flow-rate, regulating a product volume within the treatment chamber by changing a level of a liquid product surface in the treatment chamber through, for example, addition and removal of sterile gas or vapor-forming medium in a partial chamber of the treatment chamber formed above the product surface, or changing a level of a product outlet in the treatment chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clusserath
  • Patent number: 8524086
    Abstract: Certain disclosed embodiments concern systems and methods of preparing dialysate for use in a home dialysis system that is compact and light-weight relative to existing systems and consumes relatively low amounts of energy. The method includes coupling a household water stream to a dialysis system; filtering the water stream; heating the water stream to at least about 138 degrees Celsius in a non-batch process to produce a heated water stream; maintaining the heated water stream at or above at least about 138 degrees Celsius for at least about two seconds; cooling the heated water stream to produce a cooled water stream; ultrafiltering the cooled water stream; and mixing dialysate components into the cooled water stream in a non-batch process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: State of Oregon acting by and through the State Board of Higher Education on behalf of Oregon State University, Home Dialysis Plus, Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard B. Peterson, James R. Curtis
  • Patent number: 8501009
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of preparing dialysate for use in a home dialysis system that is compact and light-weight relative to existing systems and consumes relatively low amounts of energy. The method includes coupling a household water stream to a dialysis system; filtering the water stream; heating the water stream to at least about 138 degrees Celsius in a non-batch process to produce a heated water stream; maintaining the heated water stream at or above at least about 138 degrees Celsius for at least about two seconds; cooling the heated water stream to produce a cooled water stream; ultrafiltering the cooled water stream; and mixing dialysate components into the cooled water stream in a non-batch process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignees: State of Oregon acting by and through the State Board of Higher Education on behalf of Oregon State University, Home Dialysis Plus, Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard B. Peterson, James R. Curtis, Hailei Wang, Robbie Ingram-Goble, Luke W. Fisher, Anna E. Garrison
  • Patent number: 8501091
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for sterilizing a cosmetic product, in which said product consists of a fluid circulating under regulated pressure in a sterilization circuit (1), according to the viscosity of said fluid. The invention also relates to the device for implementing such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: CL Tech (Societe par Actions Simplifiee)
    Inventors: Didier Lopez, Christophe Lopez
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130071288
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sterilization apparatus (10) and to a method for the sterilization of an object (7) by a gaseous or liquid fluid comprising: a sterilization chamber (8) in which the object (7) is positioned, at least an acceleration device (2) for accelerating the fluid to a predetermined flow-speed, at least a filter device (3) for separating particles from the fluid, characterized in that the sterilization apparatus further comprises at least an orifice device (4) providing a plurality of openings, and a control apparatus for determining the flow-speed of the fluid on the basis of a pressure difference (?p).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard Huefner, Matthias Henrich, Michael Willems
  • Publication number: 20120301355
    Abstract: A method and device for sterilizing a flange connection including a sealing seat used for establishing a connection between product-bearing pipelines, and where the sealing seat of the flange connection is treated by thermal energy input from the not product-bearing side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Dirk Leutz, Matthias Weinzierl, Jörg Zacharias, Torsten Runge
  • Publication number: 20120282136
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for inhibiting corrosion of metals in contact with heated water or heated aqueous solutions during, for example, food and beverage packaging operations including, for example, cooking, pasteurization and/or sterilization through the use of one or more stannous salts and/or reducing agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: John Richardson, Richard H. Tribble, Shauna R. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 8268239
    Abstract: A method for sterilizing contact lenses included in a moist environment in a closed package, wherein the package is heated, wherein the heating is carried out by introducing the package into a space which is at superatmospheric pressure or which is adjusted to superatmospheric pressure and which is heated with dry hot air. Further, the invention relates to an apparatus for carrying out such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: OTB Group B.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Cornelius Dings, Michael Adrianus T. Hompus, Michiel Paulus A. M. Prinz, Wilhelmus Godefridus J. P. Swinkels
  • Patent number: 8262987
    Abstract: A sterilizing apparatus for retorted products is provided, which can transfer the retorted products unidirectionally to and from a retort and which can heat and sterilize the retorted products homogeneously for a short time, while sliding a carriage carrying the retorted products reciprocally in the retort. The rotating motions of a rotating drive source (16) disposed on the outside portion of the retort (3) are transmitted through a shaft sealing mechanism (13) to a cam mechanism in the retort, and are converted into reciprocal motions by the cam mechanism and transmitted to the carriage (7) carrying the retorted products (4), so that the retorted products can be heated and sterilized while the carriage (7) being slid forward and backward or rightward and leftward of the retort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Tago, Taizou Takai, Keiko Umegae
  • Publication number: 20120177533
    Abstract: A fluid heating system includes a tank assembly having an interior surface bounding a chamber, the tank assembly including a sidewall and a lid. A collapsible bag is removably disposed within the chamber of the tank assembly, the collapsible bag bounding a compartment adapted to hold a fluid. A boiler can be used for pumping heated fluid through the wall of the tank assembly for heating the fluid within the collapsible bag. An impeller is disposed within the compartment of the collapsible bag. An elongated drive shaft is removably coupled with the impeller such that rotation of the drive shaft facilitates rotation of the impeller within the compartment of the collapsible bag. A drive motor assembly is coupled with the drive shaft, the drive motor assembly being adapted to rotate the drive shaft when the lid is in an open or closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: HYCLONE LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob D. Lee, Whitt F. Woods
  • Publication number: 20120156096
    Abstract: A medical sterilization container valve and method of making the same is provided. The medical sterilization container valve includes a valve housing affixed to a medical sterilization container. A first valve portion is attached to the valve housing. A second valve portion is proximate to the first valve portion, wherein the second valve portion is movable between at least a first position and a second position. A shape metal alloy (SMA) device is connected with the second valve portion, wherein the SMA device moves the second valve portion between the first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Kraig Herman Allen, Jon D. Shoemaker, Gary T. Dane, Reese Myers
  • Publication number: 20120128531
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for decontamination of objects such as art and cultural objects and work materials, in order to remove undesired, particularly to remove toxic, substances contained in the object, wherein a temperature above ambient temperature is created and/or a lower or higher pressure than ambient pressure is created, in a treatment chamber surrounding the objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: HERMES HOLDING GMBH
    Inventors: Hermann Wolf Ibach, Martin Pracher
  • Publication number: 20120003120
    Abstract: According to the present invention a method for heat recovery in a device for the sterilization of biological material is provided. The present method eliminates the risk of contaminating the sterilized effluent with unsterilized biological material via the heat recovery system. In a device according to the invention, a heat recovery circuit is provided for transferring heat from the sterilized effluent stream to the biologically hazardous feed stream. Protection against contamination through leaks is obtained by maintaining at all times a pressure difference preventing biologically hazardous material from bypassing the heat treatment and flowing in the direction of the sterilized material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Juha Mattila
  • Publication number: 20110300231
    Abstract: Certain disclosed embodiments concern systems and methods of preparing dialysate for use in a home dialysis system that is compact and light-weight relative to existing systems and consumes relatively low amounts of energy. The method includes coupling a household water stream to a dialysis system; filtering the water stream; heating the water stream to at least about 138 degrees Celsius in a non-batch process to produce a heated water stream; maintaining the heated water stream at or above at least about 138 degrees Celsius for at least about two seconds; cooling the heated water stream to produce a cooled water stream; ultrafiltering the cooled water stream; and mixing dialysate components into the cooled water stream in a non-batch process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Richard B. Peterson, James R. Curtis
  • Publication number: 20110300230
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of preparing dialysate for use in a home dialysis system that is compact and light-weight relative to existing systems and consumes relatively low amounts of energy. The method includes coupling a household water stream to a dialysis system; filtering the water stream; heating the water stream to at least about 138 degrees Celsius in a non-batch process to produce a heated water stream; maintaining the heated water stream at or above at least about 138 degrees Celsius for at least about two seconds; cooling the heated water stream to produce a cooled water stream; ultrafiltering the cooled water stream; and mixing dialysate components into the cooled water stream in a non-batch process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Richard B. Peterson, James R. Curtis, Hailei Wang, Robbie Ingram-Goble, Luke W. Fisher, Anna E. Garrison
  • Patent number: 8043558
    Abstract: Organic materials being indirectly heated via hot air having the temperature required for their treatment, the process consists in the recycling of the vapours and gases evolving from the organic materials into a hot air circuit by forcing them into contact with the flame of a burner in order to burn the organic gases contained therein. The apparatus for executing the process comprises a double wall sealed tank; the outer wall being insulating and the inner wall being heat-conducting, the space, created by the walls, defines the hot air circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventors: Maurice Chambe, Eric Chambe, Pierre Chambe, Anne-Sophie Delong
  • Patent number: 8043556
    Abstract: An ablutionary installation including a mixing valve having respective inlets for hot and cold water and an outlet for temperature controlled water, a temperature sensor for monitoring outlet water temperature and providing a signal representative of the outlet water temperature to an electronic controller, a user interface permitting selection of outlet water temperature up to a pre-determined temperature, the electronic controller being operable to compare the selected and sensed outlet water temperatures for controlling the mixing valve to adjust the ratio of hot and cold water delivered to the outlet according to the selected outlet water temperature, and apparatus for initiating a disinfection cycle to deliver water to the outlet at a temperature higher than the pre-determined temperature, wherein the initiating apparatus includes an operating sequence with at least two inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Kohler Mira Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Peel, Timothy James Shepherd, Geoffrey Hawke Whale, Paul Vigars, Nicholas John Beck
  • Patent number: 8034289
    Abstract: A water treatment process whereby heat is used and recaptured to pasteurize water and or sewage effluent. Contaminated waters are partially treatable utilizing bacterial and chemical processes; however some bacteria (e.g. Cryptosporidium and Giardia) are resistant to chemicals. The present process raises the temperature of the water to a desired pasteurization temperature and for a corresponding required length of time to destroy pathogens and viruses. A heat exchanger is employed to use the waste heat from the pasteurization tank to pre-heat the fluid entering the tank. After the initial heating of the tank, the pre-heating reduces the required heat to maintain the temperature of the tank. Make-up heat increases the temperature within a small temperature range. The make-up heat may be waste heat from a separate process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8012416
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for thawing and heating biological material such as plasma, bone marrow or stem cells. The apparatus includes a housing containing a fluid-filled, sealed bladder for receiving a bag of the biological material. An agitator is provided which is operable to inflate an actuator pillow causing a support plate to compress the fluid-filled bladder, thereby promoting movement of the fluid within the bladder to agitate the biological material. A heater is provided which heats the fluid while contained in the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: CytoTherm, L.P.
    Inventor: Roman Kuzyk
  • Patent number: 7959814
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for producing hot water without a flame. The system and method heats water to at least a specified temperature without a flame by providing a source of water and a prime mover, pumping water from the source of water into one or more heat exchangers, pre-heating the water using the one or more heat exchangers, heating the pre-heated water to at least the specified temperature without a flame using a dynamic heat generator driven by the prime mover, using the heated water in the one or more heat exchangers to pre-heat the water and providing the heated water to an output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: OmniTherm, Inc.
    Inventors: W. James Masters, Douglas W. Fugate, Edwin W. Wilson, John T. Johnson, III, W. Jason Masters