Vacuum Or Pressure Utilized Patents (Class 427/238)
  • Patent number: 10532327
    Abstract: Methods of conditioning a membrane utilized for water purification are provided. The methods monitor membrane performance during water purification or membrane conditioning via fluorometric measurement. The monitoring allows for the detection of removal efficiency of the fluorescing substance. A conditioner is introduced in the feed stream to increase the detected removal efficiency of a fluorescing substance by the membrane. The conditioner generally extends the useful life of the membrane being conditioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventor: Seong-Hoon Yoon
  • Patent number: 10441949
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and a corresponding apparatus for coating open-pored bodies with at least one coating suspension. In particular, the coating suspension has solids and solutes in a liquid medium in a quantity in wet state which is to correspond to at least a required target quantity. The coating operation has a variation in the applied wet coating quantity from one body to the other. The method according to the invention is characterized by the steps of: coating the body with an actual quantity of the coating suspension, which is always larger than the required target quantity taking the variation of the coating operation into account, determining the difference between the actual quantity and the required target quantity, and reducing the difference between actual quantity and target quantity by removing still wet coating suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: UMICORE AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Michael Harris, Dieter Detterbeck, Egbert Lox, Thomas Kreuzer
  • Patent number: 9885267
    Abstract: An exhaust chamber is disposed in an exhaust passage through which exhaust gas from an engine passes. The exhaust chamber includes: an inner case having a chamber expansion region therein; and an outer case configured to cover a portion of the inner case. The inner case has a first inner case half and a second inner case half which are obtained by division into two parts, and is formed by the first inner case half and the second inner case half being joined to each other at an inner joining portion. The outer case has a first outer case piece and a second outer case piece which are spaced from each other. The first outer case piece and the second outer case piece are each joined to a portion, on an outer surface of the inner case, which portion is different from the inner joining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kozo Arai
  • Patent number: 9856765
    Abstract: An exhaust chamber is disposed in an exhaust passage through which exhaust gas from an engine passes. The exhaust chamber includes: an inner case having a chamber expansion region therein; and an outer case configured to cover a portion of the inner case. The inner case has a first inner case half and a second inner case half which are obtained by division into two parts, and is formed by the first inner case half and the second inner case half being joined to each other at an inner joining portion. The outer case has a first outer case piece and a second outer case piece which are spaced from each other. The first outer case piece and the second outer case piece are each joined to a portion, on an outer surface of the inner case, which portion is different from the inner joining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kozo Arai
  • Patent number: 9713824
    Abstract: The method to radially displace liquid liner inside a pipe includes the step of flowing the liner around a distributive body placed within a pipe gas stream. As the gas streams past the distributive body, the liner coats the pipe homogeneously from top to bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: ENVIROLOGICS ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Thorogood, Kevin Lillie, John Hochfeller
  • Patent number: 9089145
    Abstract: A method is provided for coating tubular food casings, especially intestines, with flavoring substances in particle form, especially spices, wherein the tubular casing is wetted on the inside with adhesive and the desired flavoring substances are deposited on the formed adhesive layer. Here, it is essential that the casing, wetted on the inside with adhesive (3), is brought through a particle-shaped flavoring substance supply, formed in the interior of the tube, and a gas cushion, in particular an air cushion, into a non-flat, open cross-sectional shape. The casing wetted with adhesive on its inner side carries along flavoring substances from the flavoring substance supply, when it is pulled through the flavoring substance supply. The casing at least on the inside is made from a hydrophilic plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: World Pac International AG
    Inventor: Ekkehardt Th. F. Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20150140209
    Abstract: A pre-treatment method for plating can form a plating layer having sufficient adhesivity on an inner surface of a recess and on a surface of a substrate at an outside of the recess even when the recess has a high aspect ratio. The pre-treatment method for plating includes a preparation process of preparing the substrate having the recess; a first coupling layer forming process of forming a first coupling layer 21a at least on the inner surface of the recess of the substrate by using a first coupling agent; and a second coupling layer forming process of forming a second coupling layer 21b at least on the surface of the substrate at the outside of the recess by using a second coupling agent after the first coupling layer forming process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Takashi Tanaka, Yuichiro Inatomi, Kazutoshi Iwai, Mitsuaki Iwashita
  • Publication number: 20150108142
    Abstract: A cooking pot with an enhanced bottom provides an enhanced heat transport from the cooking plate to the food inside the cooking pot. The bottom of the cooking pot has a hollow compartment being evacuated and coated with a blend of inorganic compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Ki CHAN
  • Patent number: 8968837
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the treatment of internal surfaces of a hollow body, on the inner surfaces of which areas having different surface properties, for example, having hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties, are produced. The invention further relates to fluid separators that are based on said hollow bodies and that have areas having different surface properties. Such fluid separators are used in medical technology and analysis, in particular biochemical analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
    Inventors: Marko Eichler, Krees Nagel, Claus-Peter Klages
  • Patent number: 8968873
    Abstract: A microfluidic device to produce polymersomes having three coaxial passageways of increasing size with fluid flowing in one direction. The first and smallest passageway contains the content of the polymersome, the middle passageway contains a block copolymer, and the largest and outer passageway contains an aqueous medium or water. The device can produce polymersomes with control of size and membrane thickness. The device will allow quantitative loading of the polymersomes in high quantities. The device is robust and easily assembled and has the ability to independently control the three streams involved in making the polymersomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignees: University of Connecticut, Princeton University
    Inventors: Douglas H. Adamson, Michael Stredney, Robert K. Prud'homme, Mustafa Erhan Yildiz
  • Publication number: 20150040487
    Abstract: An improved system and method for applying a spray-on bed-liner to a truck bed is herein disclosed. An inflatable bed-liner booth can comprise an inflatable frame, a roof, a floor, a plurality of wall sections, one or more air inlets, a plurality of air vents, an entry port, and one or more exhaust panels. The inflatable frame can comprise a plurality of vertical supports. The roof at the top of the inflatable frame. The floor at the bottom of the inflatable frame. The wall sections can be defined by at least one of the inflatable frame, the roof, and the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Wiliams
  • Patent number: 8910998
    Abstract: Systems and methods for altering the appearance and/or texture of a vehicle surface include installing a vest relative to a vehicle surface such that an exterior side of the vest, spaced from the vehicle surface, defines a fluid-tight space between the vehicle surface and the exterior side of the vest. Visual media can be provided into and from the fluid-tight space using one or more ports, the exterior side being at least partially transparent or translucent such that the visible media within the fluid-tight space are visible through the exterior side of the vest, thereby allowing the repeatable alteration of the appearance of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Srinivas S. Devathi
  • Publication number: 20140356530
    Abstract: A method of coating a substrate with a liquid comprising a catalyst component, which substrate comprises a plurality of channels, wherein the method comprises: (a) holding the substrate vertically; (b) introducing the liquid into the substrate through the open ends of the channels at a lower end of the substrate; and (c) after the lower end of the substrate has been part-filled with the liquid, applying a vacuum to the open ends of the channels at the upper end of the substrate while introducing the liquid into the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Dale Albert ROBERTS, Andrew Michael BORTZ, Daniel L. TROLAND, Richard Peter ROSE, R. Bradford FORTNER
  • Publication number: 20140342088
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing cleaning and providing barrier coatings to interior wall surfaces of small diameter metal and composite piping systems in buildings. An entire piping system can be cleaned in one single pass by dry particulates forced by air throughout the building piping system by an external generator, and the entire piping system can be coated in one single pass by a machine connected exterior to the piping system. Small pipes can be protected by the effects of water corrosion, erosion and electrolysis, extending the life of piping systems such as copper, steel, lead, brass, cast iron piping and composite materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Larry Gillanders, Steven Williams, Gregory Ryan, John F. Trout
  • Patent number: 8883257
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for producing a plastic container coated with a thin film that is excellent in gas barrier properties, film coloration and film adhesiveness without using an external electrode having a special shape while suppressing deposition of foreign matters such as carbon powders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kirin Beer Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Nakaya, Mari Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8871305
    Abstract: A method of forming composite nanostructures using one or more nanomaterials. The method provides a nanostructure material having a surface region and one or more nano void regions within a first thickness in the surface region. The method subjects the surface region of the nanostructure material with a fluid. An external energy is applied to the fluid and/or the nanostructure material to drive in a portion of the fluid into one or more of the void regions and cause the one or more nano void regions to be substantially filled with the fluid and free from air gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Stion Corporation
    Inventor: Howard W. H. Lee
  • Patent number: 8863685
    Abstract: A camera is used to take an image of an end surface of a honeycomb structure gripped by a hand. Based on the image, an initial rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around a vertical axis at a reference position where the image has been taken is recognized. An arm turning section is driven to convey the honeycomb structure gripped by the hand from the reference position to above a plugging mask. A rotation angle required to adjust the rotation angle of the honeycomb structure on the plugging mask to a desired final rotation angle is acquired based on the initial rotation angle recognized at the reference position and a rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around the vertical axis associated with the driving of the arm turning section from the reference position to above the plugging mask. The honeycomb structure is rotated based on the required rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Masaharu Mori, Ying Gong
  • Patent number: 8865255
    Abstract: A process for setting the average flow rate within a hollow component is provided. The process includes setting a relatively small wall thickness in a first region with a relatively large flow cross section using a first diffusion coating process and setting a relatively large wall thickness by a second different diffusion process in a second region with a relatively small flow cross section. The use of different diffusion coatings in a component allows the flow of coolant through a component to be set in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fathi Ahmad, Knut Halberstadt, Christian Lerner
  • Patent number: 8859040
    Abstract: A method of depositing a conformal coating on a porous non-ceramic substrate requires reactive gases to flow through the substrate so as to leave a conformal coating behind. The process can be used to leave a hydrophilic surface on the interior pores of the substrate, even when the substrate is of a naturally hydrophobic, e.g., olefinic material. The method can be used in a roll-to-roll process, or in a batch process. In some convenient embodiments of the latter case, the batch reactor and the conformally coated substrate or substrates can together go on to be come part of the end product, e.g., a filter body and the filter elements respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Bill H. Dodge
  • Patent number: 8859039
    Abstract: In a viscous liquid feed nozzle having a nozzle body provided with a thin and long hole with a front end serving as a feed port, a lubricative plated layer is provided by immersing the liquid feed nozzle in a plating tank containing a lubricative plating solution and forming, by electroless plating, the lubricative plated layer at least on the inside and outside of the feed port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinpei Kakiuchi, Eijiro Furuta, Takashi Ando
  • Patent number: 8857372
    Abstract: An isothermal, low pressure-based process of depositing material within a substrate has been developed and results in creating an extremely narrow reaction zone within which a more uniform and efficient deposition will occur. Sets of isothermal plasma operating conditions have been found that create a narrow deposition zone, assuring that the deposited material is clear glass rather than soot particles. The chemical delivery system, in one arrangement, utilizes rods of solid phase source material (which may otherwise be difficult to obtain in gaseous form). The operating conditions are selected such that the hot plasma does not transfer a substantial amount of heat to the substrate tube, where the presence of such heat has been found to result in vaporizing the reactant material (creating soot) and developing hot spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: James Fleming, George Zydzik
  • Patent number: 8826853
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for PECVD deposition of a thin layer of a barrier-effect material in a receptacle (3), the apparatus comprising: a structure (5) receiving the receptacle (3), said structure (5) defining a plasma-presence zone (18), said structure (5) being provided with an orifice (14) defining an axis (A1) and presenting an inside opening (15) opening out into the plasma-presence zone (18), and an outside opening (16) opening out outside said zone (18); an electromagnetic wave generator; and an optical plasma monitor device (19) including a pick-up (21) placed outside the plasma-presence zone (18) on the axis (A1) of said orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Rius, Guy Feuilloley
  • Patent number: 8795768
    Abstract: Methods and systems for cleaning, coating and sealing leaks in existing pipes, in a single operation. A piping system can be cleaned in one pass by dry particulates forced and pulled by air throughout the piping system by a generator and a vacuum. Pipes can be protected from water corrosion, erosion and electrolysis, extending the life of pipes such as copper, steel, lead, brass, cast iron piping and composite materials. Coatings can be applied to pipes having diameters up to approximately 6?. Leak sealants of at least approximately 4 mils thick can cover insides of pipes, and can include novel mixtures of fillers and epoxy materials, and viscosity levels. A positive pressure can be maintained within the pipes during applications. Piping systems can be returned to service within approximately 96 hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Gillanders, Steve Williams, John Laborde
  • Patent number: 8733408
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading material into a stent strut can comprise a cover sleeve. The cover sleeve is elastic so that it can reduce in diameter so as to press against the stent strut, and expand in diameter so as to be spaced apart from the stent strut. The stent strut can include a lumen into which material is injected. When pressed against the stent strut, the cover sleeve seals side openings to the lumen and prevents injected material from leaking out of the side openings during the injection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen D. Pacetti
  • Patent number: 8703236
    Abstract: A method of coating a honeycomb monolith substrate comprising a plurality of channels with a liquid comprising a catalyst component comprises the steps of: (i) holding a honeycomb monolith substrate substantially vertically; (ii) introducing a pre-determined volume of the liquid into the substrate via open ends of the channels at a lower end of the substrate; (iii) sealingly retaining the introduced liquid within the substrate; (iv) inverting the substrate containing the retained liquid; and (v) applying a vacuum to open ends of the channels of the substrate at the inverted, lower end of the substrate to draw the liquid along the channels of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Guy Richard Chandler, Keith Anthony Flanagan, Paul Richard Phillips, Paul Schofield, Michael Leonard William Spencer, Hedley Michael Strutt
  • Patent number: 8696823
    Abstract: Methods for abrasive cleaning, deburring, providing barrier coatings and sealing leaks in existing pipes, in a single operation, in one pass by intermittent bursts of dry particulates forced and pulled by air throughout the piping system by a generator and a vacuum. Cleaning includes intermittently injecting bursts of abrasive particles into the pressurized gas into the piping system for cleaning pipe interior walls, reducing burrs and interior lips in the pipe interior walls and generating a vacuum suction in the piping system to remove abrasive particles and debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Gillanders, Steve Williams, John Laborde
  • Patent number: 8697210
    Abstract: A polymer and coating composition containing the polymer are provided that are useful in coating applications such as, for example, food or beverage packaging containers. The polymer preferably includes a backbone having one or more polycyclic groups. In one embodiment, the polymer is a polyester and, more preferably, a polyester-urethane polymer. In one embodiment, the one or more polycyclic groups is a tricyclic or higher group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Valspar Sourcing, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Stenson, Benoit Prouvost, Jeffrey Niederst, Donald Wind, Richard H. Evans, Charles Skillman, Paul E. Share, James Robinson
  • Publication number: 20140093643
    Abstract: A method of depositing a viscous material into a surface cavity of a target object. The method includes providing the target object having the surface cavity. The target object has an exterior surface with a cavity opening that provides access to the surface cavity. The method also includes evacuating air from the surface cavity through the cavity opening and covering the cavity opening to seal the surface cavity. The surface cavity constitutes a partial vacuum when the surface cavity is sealed. The method also includes permitting a viscous material to flow into the surface cavity through the cavity opening as the cavity opening is uncovered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: TYCO ELECTRONICS SERVICES GMBH
    Inventor: Haiying Li
  • Publication number: 20140037516
    Abstract: A method of processing a component having a capillary passage, particularly a sample testing device for tests involving capillary flow, comprises passing a treatment fluid through the passage to leave a surface coating on the internal surface of the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: CARCLO TECHNICAL PLASTICS LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Robertson, Richard Swainson, Patrick Ward
  • Publication number: 20140037844
    Abstract: A method of blast cleaning the inside of a hollow article, such as a storage tank. The method includes the introduction of outside air and evacuation of inside air to permit blast cleaning to be carried out while managing the conditions within the enclosed interior space within the hollow article. Managing the interior space conditions permits rapid application of protective coatings to the cleaned surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: William R. Detyens, JR.
  • Patent number: 8632846
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for loading a therapeutic substance or drug within a lumenal space of a hollow wire having a plurality of side openings along a length thereof that forms a hollow drug-eluting stent with a plurality of side drug delivery openings. Loading a drug within the lumenal space of the hollow stent includes a drug filling step, in which the drug is mixed with a solvent or dispersion medium. The lumenal space may be filled with the drug solution or suspension in a reverse fill process and/or a forward fill process. After the drug filling step, a solvent or dispersion medium extracting step is performed to extract the solvent or dispersion medium from within the lumenal space such that only the drug remains within the hollow stent. A stent cleaning step may be performed to an exterior surface of the hollow stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvador Avelar, James Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8632852
    Abstract: A method of producing a honeycomb filter using a production apparatus that includes: a workpiece securing section for securing a base of a honeycomb filter; a powder transfer section for transferring a powder together with a pressurized gas (e.g., air); an introduction section for introducing the powder that has transferred from the powder transfer section into the base secured by the workpiece securing section when the apparatus is used; a suction section for sucking the gas that has passed through the base secured by the workpiece securing section using suction means; a cleaning section for removing a surplus powder adhering to an end face of the base after the introduction of the powder; a judgment section for judging an amount of the powder adhering to the base; and a workpiece transfer section for transferring the base among the workpiece securing section, the cleaning section, and the judgment section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tsuji, Takayoshi Akao, Shuhei Fujita, Kazuhi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8609190
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a getter device (1), wherein a getter material (3) is introduced into a container (2) and the getter material (3) is heated to a temperature under reduced pressure so that getter material (3) is deposited on an inside of the container (2). In order to be able to provide a getter device (1) in a short time that has a high getter capacity, it is provided according to the invention that during a deposition of getter material (3), the container (2) is moved relative to a zone (4) in which the container (2) is cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Alvatec Alkali Vacuum Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Erhard Ogris
  • Patent number: 8580339
    Abstract: A coating process for the interior of a pipework system, which includes a subsystem having a first part-system and a second part-system coupled to the first part-system, wherein the part-system can be pressurized by a pressure difference via a first connection of the first part-system and via a second connection of the second part-system, and wherein the first connection of the second part-system is identical to the second connection of the first part-system. In a second process step the first part-system is pressurized in such a way that a fluid-flow of the coating material is established through the first part-system and then the first connection of the second part-system is pressurized after the coating material leaves the second connection of the first part-system so that the first part-system and the second part-system is consecutively fed with the coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: CEC-Systems SA
    Inventor: Roben Ohanessian
  • Patent number: 8574670
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying a uniform membrane coating to a substrate, such as a honeycomb structure, having a plurality of through-channels, wherein the through-channels have an average diameter of less than or equal to 3 mm. The method includes providing a liquid precursor comprising membrane-forming materials to the substrate and applying a pressure differential across the substrate. The pressure differential causes the liquid precursor to travel uniformly through the through-channels, depositing the membrane-forming materials on the walls of the through-channels and forming the membrane on the walls of the through-channels. The apparatus includes a chamber capable of holding the substrate and of maintaining a pressure differential across the plurality of through-channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Wei Liu, Curtis Robert Fekety, Todd P St Clair
  • Publication number: 20130239882
    Abstract: A crucible for forming a boule in a portion of an interior volume of the crucible. The crucible has a crucible base material forming the interior volume. The crucible base material is separated from the boule by a barrier coat disposed between the boule and the crucible base material. The barrier coat has a pin free conformal thickness conforming to a surface of the crucible base material regardless of a shape of a surface feature on the surface, the barrier coat having a melting point higher than that of the boule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Billings Bramhall, JR., Dane Fawkes, Van Den Hock
  • Publication number: 20130236611
    Abstract: A package for fruits and vegetables having galvanic functionality is formed by using two or more metals with different galvanic activity properties on the surface of a nonmetallic substrate. The metals may be deposited electrolytically, by vacuum, autocatalytically, or by other methods. The metals are selected to create a galvanic reaction after the package is filled with a low pH food product and its associated liquids, juices, brine, etc. The package may extend the shelf-life of the food product contained therein, for example, by making metal ions available to the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren Druz
  • Patent number: 8512815
    Abstract: A process for the acetylation of wood comprising submerging the wood in an acetylation fluid under pressure, and subsequently heating the wood under controlled conditions to initiate two distinct exothermic reactions. The process permits the simultaneous upgrading of large quantities of commercial wood sizes having a natural durability class 4 or class 5 to a unique product of durability class 1 or class 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Titan Wood Limited
    Inventor: Kapil Girotra
  • Publication number: 20130189480
    Abstract: A method for coating a cellulose honeycomb composite support part (1), which has a multiplicity of channels which extend in an axial direction, with an impregnating coating in order to increase the fire and/or water resistance and/or mechanical stability. The impregnating agent is fed into a vacuum coating chamber (8) and a complete and axially continuous coating is produced in the channels on their inner circumferential surfaces by deposition of impregnating agent on the inner circumferential surfaces of the channels, and excess impregnating agent (13) is extracted from the vacuum coating chamber (8). The resulting coating structure and a device for coating the composite support are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Fredy Iseli
  • Patent number: 8491966
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a process for coating ceramic honeycomb bodies with a catalyst suspension comprising catalyst components as solids and/or in dissolved form in a carrier liquid. Parallel flow channels run through the honeycomb bodies. The walls of the flow channels have an open pore structure. To coat the channel walls and in particular also the interior surfaces of the pores with the catalyst suspension, the entry and exit end faces of the vertically aligned honeycomb bodies are each brought into contact with a perforated mask, with the perforated masks being arranged so that the open regions of the perforated mask on the one end face are opposite the closed regions of the perforated mask on the other end face and vice versa. The catalyst suspension is then pumped or sucked from below into the honeycomb bodies until it exits at the upper end face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Umicore AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Hasselmann
  • Patent number: 8460745
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for loading a therapeutic substance or drug within a lumenal space of a hollow wire having a plurality of side openings along a length thereof that forms a hollow drug-eluting stent with a plurality of side drug delivery openings. Loading a drug within the lumenal space of the hollow stent includes a drug filling step, in which the drug is mixed with a solvent or dispersion medium. The lumenal space may be filled with the drug solution or suspension in a reverse fill process and/or a forward fill process. After the drug filling step, a solvent or dispersion medium extracting step is performed to extract the solvent or dispersion medium from within the lumenal space such that only the drug remains within the hollow stent. A stent cleaning step may be performed to an exterior surface of the hollow stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: James Mitchell, Justin Peterson, Dishuan Chu, Joseph Traina, Salvador Avelar, Michele Silver
  • Publication number: 20130116354
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for making liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) foams and foam structures of various shapes and forms. LCP foams of the invention have a high compression strength suitable for high performance energy-absorption and energy-impact applications and devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Aashish Rohatgi, Raymond S. Addleman, Bradley J. Busche
  • Patent number: 8431186
    Abstract: To equip a diesel particle filter with a zeolite-containing coating uniformly over the entire length of the particle filter and with a further zeolite-free coating which is applied, from the entry side of the filter, solely up to a specific length of the filter, it is proposed, first, to apply the zeolite-free coating from the entry side of the filter and only thereafter to apply the zeolite-containing coating over the entire length of the filter from the exit side of the filter. As a result of this sequence of coatings, a better adhesive strength of the coatings than when both coatings are applied from the entry side is ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Umicore AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerald Jeske, Marcus Pfeifer, Wolfgang Schneider, Franz Dornhaus, Ralf Mueller, Michael Schiffer
  • Publication number: 20130101786
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for treating a board (1) of wood material, such as an HDF board, an MDF board, a plywood board, planks or boarding, comprising the steps of providing a board (1) of wood material, arranging a composition (8) comprising a binder (9) on a first main face (2) of said board (1), arranging said board (1) on a draining surface (22), heat-treating said board (1) and the composition (8) arranged thereon, and pressing the composition (8) into said board (1). The invention also relates to a board element comprising one or more board layers, which board element comprises binder, the binder being heterogeneously distributed in at least one of said one or more board layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: MB ÄDELTRÄ AB
    Inventor: Miljenko Bizic
  • Publication number: 20130071563
    Abstract: Methods and systems for cleaning, coating and sealing leaks in existing pipes, in a single operation. A piping system can be cleaned in one pass by dry particulates forced and pulled by air throughout the piping system by a generator and a vacuum. Pipes can be protected from water corrosion, erosion and electrolysis, extending the life of pipes such as copper, steel, lead, brass, cast iron piping and composite materials. Coatings can be applied to pipes having diameters up to approximately 6?. Leak sealants of at least approximately 4 mils thick can cover insides of pipes, and can include novel mixtures of fillers and epoxy materials, and viscosity levels. A positive pressure can be maintained within the pipes during applications. Piping systems can be returned to service within approximately 96 hours.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: PIPE RESTORATION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 8381774
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for loading a therapeutic substance or drug within a lumenal space of a hollow wire having a plurality of side openings along a length thereof that forms a hollow drug-eluting stent with a plurality of side drug delivery openings. Loading a drug within the lumenal space of the hollow stent includes a drug filling step, in which the drug is mixed with a solvent or dispersion medium. The lumenal space may be filled with the drug solution or suspension in a reverse fill process and/or a forward fill process. After the drug filling step, a solvent or dispersion medium extracting step is performed to extract the solvent or dispersion medium from within the lumenal space such that only the drug remains within the hollow stent. A stent cleaning step may be performed to an exterior surface of the hollow stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: James Mitchell, Dishuan Chu, Justin Peterson, Joseph Traina
  • Patent number: 8354140
    Abstract: Methods and process steps for mapping, cleaning and providing barrier coatings to interior walls of piping systems. An entire piping system can be cleaned in one single pass by dry particulates forced by air and the piping system coated in one single pass. Pipes can be protected from water corrosion, erosion and electrolysis. Pipes having diameters of approximately ?? up to approximately 6? are treatable. Piping systems such as potable water lines, natural gas lines, HVAC , drains , and fire sprinkler systems in homes, apartments, high-rise hotel/resorts, office towers, high-rise apartment and condominiums and schools, can be treated. The coating forms an approximately 4 mils or greater covering inside the pipes. Buildings can return to service within approximately 24 to approximately 96 hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry L. Gillanders, Steven A. Williams, Gregory L. Ryan, John F. Trout
  • Patent number: 8354139
    Abstract: A system for impregnating a liner with a curable substance enables the liner to be used to repair or refurbish an underground conduit. The system includes a vacuum pump having a vacuum line communicably connected thereto. The vacuum line has a vacuum inlet formed therein. The vacuum line supports the liner such that the liner covers and encloses the inlet. A supply of a curable substance has an applicator line connected thereto. The applicator line is proximate the vacuum line and has a discharge port located proximate the liner supported on the vacuum line. An applicator pump moves the curable substance through the applicator line and discharge port onto the liner while the vacuum pump draws a vacuum on the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth S. Barton
  • Publication number: 20130004309
    Abstract: A material contains open pores in which the channels and pores that are internally coated with at least one layer of phosphorus-containing alumina. Such material is formed by infiltrating a porous material one or more times with a non-colloidal, low-viscosity liquid coating precursor, drying, and curing the coating precursor to form a phosphorus-containing alumina layer within pores of the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Applied Thin Films, Inc.
    Inventors: Sankar Sambasivan, Vikram Sharad Kaul, Francis Richard Chapman
  • Patent number: 8343579
    Abstract: Methods, processes and systems for cleaning, coating and sealing leaks in existing pipes, in a single operation. A process can include isolating, draining, drying, cleaning and sealing a piping system. Air can be forced and pulled throughout the piping system by a generator and a vacuum. Pipes can be protected from water corrosion, erosion and electrolysis, extending the life of pipes such as copper, steel, lead, brass, cast iron piping and composite materials. Coatings can be applied to pipes having diameters up to approximately 6?. Leak sealants of at least approximately 4 mils thick can cover insides of pipes, and can include novel mixtures of fillers and epoxy materials, and viscosity levels. A positive pressure can be maintained within the pipes during applications. Piping systems can be returned to service within approximately 96 hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Gillanders, Steve Williiams, John LaBorde