Portable, Commodity-containing Patents (Class 62/371)
  • Patent number: 11040817
    Abstract: Example aspects of a temperature-regulating lid for an insulated box assembly and a method for using an insulated box assembly are disclosed. The temperature-regulating lid for an insulated box assembly can comprise a lid box comprising a top panel, a bottom panel, and at least one side panel, the lid box defining a cavity; and a temperature-regulating insert positioned in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Pratt Retail Specialties, LLC
    Inventors: Greg Sollie, Jamie Waltermire, Shifeng Chen
  • Patent number: 11041700
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a counter mass container (2) enclosing a plurality of parallel axially extending channels (1). The invention also relates to an assembly of a plurality of such counter mass containers (2). The invention also relates to a weapon comprising a barrel (5) accommodating such an assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventor: Ulf Bengtsson
  • Patent number: 10954056
    Abstract: A knockdown cooler with a number of removable chilling panels that cool an interior cavity of the cooler without exposing the contents therein to contact with unhygienic ice or water is provided. A collapsible storage member is positioned atop one or more structural support members to suspend the storage member in the chilling cavity, providing exposure to prolonged cooling impetus, a duration that may be prolonged if desired by removing and replacing one or more of the chilling panels without disrupting the contents of the cooler. A method of cooling items such as food, beverages, or the like without exposing the same to unhygienic ice or water in a knockdown cooler that can be assembled or disassembled without tools, mechanical fasteners, or adhesives is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Jerry Roger Cox
  • Patent number: 10935298
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cryogenic container for storing and/or transporting a medium, in particular a biochemical and/or medical product. The cryogenic container comprises at least one primary container, which has at least one flexible film bag. The flexible film bag is designed to receive the medium. The cryogenic container furthermore comprises at least one secondary container, which at least partially surrounds the primary container and is preferably at least partially flexible. The secondary container has at least one opening for insertion of the primary container. The secondary container furthermore has at least one preferably at least partially flexible outer sleeve. The secondary container furthermore has at least one heat exchanger space, which is arranged between the outer sleeve and the flexible film bag and receives at least one fluid heat exchange medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE, INC.
    Inventors: Theo Arnitz, Carsten Liebig
  • Patent number: 10863857
    Abstract: A container assembly includes a container, a plunger assembly including a plunger, a lid including a lid lever connected to actuate the plunger of the plunger assembly, and a housing disposed in the container and configured to receive mixing media. The lid and the plunger may define a fluid chamber. The plunger assembly may include a rod connected to the lid and the housing. The rod may include an internal fluid passage providing fluid communication between the housing and an opposite end of the rod. The rod may include at least one aperture disposed proximate the end of the rod. Rotation of the lid lever may cause rotation of the rod and translation of the plunger. Translation of the plunger may cause fluid disposed between the plunger and the housing to flow into the housing via at least one inlet port of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey R. Herndon
  • Patent number: 10704822
    Abstract: The present application is related to a portable refrigeration apparatus for vaccines, food items, beverage containers, or any other item. The apparatus includes a refrigerated container comprised of a plurality of substantially identical chilling panels interconnected to form a sealed container that defines an internal volume, each of the chilling panels containing a cooling element. The refrigerated container encloses an internal storage space and has a generally modular design to facilitate packaging and transportation. The apparatus permits the internal storage space to maintain a temperature in the range of 4° C.˜8° C. for a long period of time following a loss of electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Sure Chill Company Limited
    Inventor: Ian Tansley
  • Patent number: 10661969
    Abstract: Thermally insulated shipping system for use in transporting a pallet-sized payload. In one embodiment, the system includes a plurality of thermally insulating walls arranged to define an interior volume suitable for receiving a pallet-sized payload. The thermally insulating walls include a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall, a rear wall, a left wall, and a right wall, of which all but the bottom wall include at least two slots facing towards the interior volume. One of the slots is an inner slot that is more proximal to the interior volume, and one of the slots is an outer slot that is more distal to the interior volume. The system also includes a plurality of inner cassettes disposed in at least some of the inner slots and a plurality of outer cassettes disposed in at least some of the outer slots. The inner and outer cassettes include phase-change materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: COLD CHAIN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Fery Pranadi, Shreyas S. Panse, TzeHo Lee, Mark Fontes, Gregory Cook, Richard Orsini, Richard M. Formato, Karen L. Snyder, Douglas Johnson, Timothy D. Stovall
  • Patent number: 10648964
    Abstract: In some embodiments, alerts are sent to appropriate parties if an insulated container is not properly packed out to insure the approximate safe temperature of the materials. In other embodiments, a countdown timer is used to keep track of the time that the biologic has been in transit, and ensure that the amount of time does not exceed the known shelf life of the biologic. In still other embodiments, the payload container is equipped with its own sensors, such as temperature sensors, and communications devices, such as a close range communication device, capable of transmitting information regarding a range of parameters, including, but not limited to, temperature, humidity, location and time, from the payload container to an end user. In other embodiments, shielding and/or radiation sensors are included in insulated shipping or storage containers, or payload containers, to shield and monitor the radiation exposure of the payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Biologistex CCM, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Rice, Bruce McCormick, Aby J. Mathew, Kevin O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 10641538
    Abstract: A portable refrigerator includes a main housing, a refrigerator cover, a cooling mechanism, a rechargeable battery pack and a control unit. The cooling mechanism includes heat exchanging tubes, a compressor, an evaporator and a condenser connected to the evaporator and the compressor. The rechargeable battery pack is detachably attached on a power compartment of the main housing. The control unit is supported in the main housing and electrically connected to the rechargeable battery pack and the cooling mechanism for centrally controlling an operation of the cooling mechanism. A predetermined amount of refrigerant is arranged to controllably pass through the heat exchanging tubes, the condenser, the evaporator and the compressor for extracting heat from the accommodating cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Longhua Tang, Zhizhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10619916
    Abstract: A refrigeration device includes a thermal transfer unit with an evaporative region, an adiabatic region, and a condensing region with a reversible valve attached to the adiabatic region. The device includes a container sealed around PCM, with a set of refrigeration coils of a compressor unit in thermal contact with the PCM. A storage region is in thermal contact with the evaporative region of the thermal transfer unit. A controller is operably connected to the reversible valve and the refrigeration compressor unit. The storage region can be used to store cold packs within a predetermined temperature range for medical outreach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Tokitae LLC
    Inventors: Fong-Li Chou, Roderick T. Hinman, Jennifer Ezu Hu, Fridrik Larusson, Shieng Liu, Brian L. Pal, Matthew W. Peters, Nels R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10611524
    Abstract: This invention is directed toward a divider for use in a rigid container. The divider having a main body with a two-fold or higher symmetry about a vertical axis, a number of tab sets that correspond in number to the degree of symmetry of said main body, wherein said tab sets are located at the furthest extent of said main body from said vertical axis; and wherein said tab sets and said main body are capable of flexing without plastic deformation during insertion of said divider into said rigid container whereby said tab sets provide a normal force against an interior surface of said rigid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mason-ry, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Robert Harvey
  • Patent number: 10501254
    Abstract: A thermally insulating package comprises an outer shell (6) formed from a foam insulating material, a plurality of vacuum insulated panels (12) removably received on the walls of the outer shell (6) and a plurality of phase change material panels (18) arranged within the vacuum insulated panels (12) to define a payload space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Peli BioThermal Limited
    Inventors: Richard Wood, Sean Austerberry, Kevin Valentine, Karen Adams
  • Patent number: 10495377
    Abstract: A refrigerated cooler for storing food and other applications having a controller and a temperature sensor that monitors the temperature inside the food compartment and compares the monitored temperature to a stored predetermined temperature and a controller controlled door lock that is placed in the lock position by the controller if the monitored temperature is compared to be greater than the stored predetermined temperature or if the supply of power to the cooler is interrupted to restrict a customer's access to the food inside that may be unsafe due to the monitored temperature being greater than the stored predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ROYAL VENDORS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Joseph Linney, II
  • Patent number: 10399749
    Abstract: A lid for a flat back bucket comprises a rear lid portion that has a flat back configured to match the flat back of the bucket, a front lid portion, and a plurality of tabs configured to clip the lid to a rim channel of the bucket. The front and rear lid portions are preferably hingedly connected to each other. Plural cut outs or openings are provided in the rear lid portion that are configured to receive, respectively, bail mounts on the bucket. Lips extend from the rear and front lid portions and are positioned so that the lips will be exterior of and overhang the rim channel of the bucket when the lid is on the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Robin E. Walker
  • Patent number: 10281188
    Abstract: A cooler device is disclosed with a removable cooling element. The cooler device includes a cooler lower assembly including a cooling cavity configured to contain food placed within cooling cavity, the cooling cavity comprising side walls and a floor wall, wherein one wall of the side walls and the floor wall comprises a wall cavity. The cooler device additionally includes a lid configured to seal the cooling cavity and the removable cooling element configured to selectively be removed from the cooler device for placement within a powered refrigeration device and to selectively affixingly fit within the wall cavity and provide cooling to the cooling cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Larry N. Shew
  • Patent number: 10130193
    Abstract: A display case door assembly for a temperature-controlled storage device includes a vacuum panel, a hinge rail, and a lighting element. The vacuum panel includes a first vacuum pane, a second vacuum pane, and an evacuated gap between the first and second vacuum panes. The evacuated gap provides thermal insulation for the vacuum panel. The hinge rail is coupled to an edge of the vacuum panel and configured to rotate along with the vacuum panel between an open position and a closed position. The lighting element is coupled to at least one of the edge rail and the vacuum panel and configured to emit light toward an interior of the temperature-controlled storage device when the hinge rail and vacuum panel are in at least the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Anthony, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Artwohl, Jeffery W. Nicholson, Matthew Rolek, Mark Sandnes
  • Patent number: 10119741
    Abstract: A refrigerant bunker comprises a refrigerant covering comprising a first thermally insulating material configured to enclose a solid refrigerant and an outer container comprising a container body and a container cover. The container body comprising an outer surface, an inner surface defining a partially enclosed space configured to accept the solid refrigerant and an opening for accessing the partially enclosed space. The container cover is configured for covering the container opening. The container body comprises a second thermally insulating material. A plurality of spacers protrude from the inner surface of the outer container in the partially enclosed space. The plurality of spacers are positioned to have gas fillable gaps between the spacers. Coolers employing the refrigerant bunker are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: COLD CHAIN, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Jackson, Patrick Kilroy, Daniel M. Aragon, John T. Prehn, Todd J. Lindsey, Peter James Wachtell
  • Patent number: 10035632
    Abstract: A method, a food container, and a lid for a food container that actively removes moisture in the food container without changing the food temperature inside the container in a meaningful way are disclosed herein. The removal of moisture is achieved by introducing a cold spot inside the food container that forces condensation of moisture near the cold spot. The condensed moisture is then captured by an absorbent element placed below, and preferably adjacent to, the cold spot and between the cold spot and the stored food. The cold spot is preferably achieved by a properly chosen frozen substance such as an ice cube or a frozen gel packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Kyllburg Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Birgen, Hakim Hill
  • Patent number: 9981770
    Abstract: Packaging for a product including a retractable handle. The retractable handle may be a foldable retractable handle configured to fold and unfold between a retracted position and an erect position. In the retracted position, retractable handle may be disposed with a body of the packaging. In the erect position, the retractable handle may extend from the body of the packaging. In some embodiments, the retractable handle may be composed of a paper-based material. In some embodiments, the retractable handle may be a single integrally formed piece of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Mundt
  • Patent number: 9957099
    Abstract: An insulated container system and a temperature control insert that is configured to maintain a payload chamber temperature over a minimum length of time to enable goods within the payload chamber to be shipped over distances while being maintained within a desired temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Nanopore, Inc.
    Inventors: Wendy White, Ronald Esparza, Douglas M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9951986
    Abstract: The cooler with integrated ice-maker is a combination cooler and icemaker that takes the accumulated water created in a cooler from melting ice and recycles the accumulated water back into ice. The cooler with integrated ice-maker comprises a cooler, a removable drip shelf, a pump system, and an icemaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Jonathan Turner
  • Patent number: 9877894
    Abstract: People can damage their medicines by taking them outside in hot or cold weather. On the other hand, some people need to carry their medicines with them wherever they go (even if the weather is extremely hot or cold). Specially constructed storage systems can protect medicines from damage due to hot and cold weather without requiring bulky structures or expensive components that consume electricity to regulate temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Sandy Wengreen, Eric John Wengreen
  • Patent number: 9863856
    Abstract: A method for observing nanostructures by optical microscopy is provided. Firstly, a sample with a nanostructure and a vapor-condensation-assisted optical microscopy system are provided. The vapor-condensation-assisted optical microscopy system comprises a vapor-condensation-assisted device and an optical microscope comprising a stage. The vapor-condensation-assisted device is used to provide a vapor to sample on the stage in application. Secondly, locating the sample is located on the stage. Thirdly, a vapor is applied to the sample to observe the sample via the optical microscopy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiang-Tao Wang, Tian-Yi Li, Qing-Yu Zhao, Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 9834366
    Abstract: The thermal bag (2) is made of thermally insulating composite material folded to form a bottom and welded along lateral borders (3) to form a body (1) of the bag with a mouth (5) at the level of which a handle (7A, 7B) is applied. The composite material defines a bottom folded in an accordion-like fashion opposite the mouth of the bag, and a laminar stiffening element (15) of the accordion-like bottom is disposed inside the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: IM-BALL-CENTER S.r.L.
    Inventor: Nicola Giuliani
  • Patent number: 9821932
    Abstract: The dispensing cap/cup (26) has a sidewall (100) and a transverse web (102) spanning the sidewall to create a cup structure. The sidewall has an interior surface and an exterior surface. The sidewall has a plurality of fill level indicia (140, 142) along the interior surface. The fill level indicia comprise a raised boundary (150) and texturing (152) within the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
    Inventors: H Stephen Quinn, Albert H. Lund
  • Patent number: 9689602
    Abstract: Embodiments of the subject invention relate to a method and apparatus for thermally protecting a product, such as when storing and/or shipping a product, so as to control the temperatures the products are exposed to. Embodiments can increased the amount of time the product and/or portions of the product experience a desired temperature range and/or reduce the amount of time the product and/or portions of the product experience temperatures outside of the desired temperature range and/or experience an undesirable temperature range. Embodiments can incorporate thermally conductive materials, such as aluminum sheets, positioned around and/or near the product positioned inside a packaging container, such that the conductive materials conduct heat from one or more locations in the interior of the package to one or more other locations in the interior of the package. These thermally conductive materials can be referred to as conductive equalizers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ILLUMINATE CONSULTING, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Emond, Melissa Germain
  • Patent number: 9631856
    Abstract: Methods, processes, compositions, apparatus, kits and systems for chilling and cooling beverages and desserts to selected desired temperatures by adding the beverages and desserts to different mixtures of brine solutions and bags of loose ice. The invention forms and creates an aqueous solution composition of certain salinity of ice-melter (such as sodium chloride ‘salt’ and/or calcium chloride). The composition is poured in a pre-defined amount evenly over a known amount of bagged-ice in a cooler. The result is a precisely controlled and evenly distributed temperature (within a few degrees Fahrenheit) can be obtained within the ice-solution mixture. Next, canned and bottled beverages (and other items) can be submerged in the precision controlled temperature ice-solution mixture to create certain desired effects only possible by chilling items to a known temperature below 32 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Supercooler Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Shuntich
  • Patent number: 9598218
    Abstract: A system for maintaining a biological sample within a desired temperature range during transport. Preferably, the system includes a container defining an inner chamber; a specimen receptacle for housing a biological sample, wherein the specimen receptacle is configured to be placed within the inner chamber of the container; a heat source configured to be placed within the inner chamber of the container; and a heat sink. The heat sink is configured to be positioned between the heat source and the specimen receptacle, thereby preventing direct heat transfer between the heart source and the specimen receptacle. Certain embodiments also relate to a method for maintaining biological samples within a desired temperature range during transport, using at least some of the system components. Preferably, the components used with the method are configured to maintain the sample at a temperature greater than 0° C. and less than approximately 37° C. during shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ORTHOPEDIC ANALYSIS LLC
    Inventor: Nadim J. Hallab
  • Patent number: 9521860
    Abstract: A device for cooling and flavoring a beverage having an elongated tube with an open first end and an open second end that has a lowered portion is provided. A cap is removably received within the second end and connected to a plunger. The plunger has an elongated shaft that terminates in a tip. The cap has an outward extension that is received in the lowered portion of the elongated tube when the device is in an open position. In the open position the tip extends beyond the open first end allowing liquid to pass through the open first end. In a closed position, the outward extension is not received within the lowered portion and the tip seals the first end of the elongated tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Brandon Adams
  • Patent number: 9435116
    Abstract: A cover for closing an access opening that leads to an infrequently used space within a building, such as an attic, that generally provides an air seal, thermal insulation and/or acoustic insulation at the access opening. The cover may be in one or two portions, including a closure alone or a closure and a frame having an aperture that can be closed by engagement between the closure and the frame. When the cover is used alone it engages a frame or a wall circumscribing the access opening. The cover is sized and shaped to close a stairwell, or the opening at one end of a stairway, an opening in a generally vertical wall, a hatch, or a pull down ladder. The closure and frame are each made of one or more components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: James B. Melesky
  • Patent number: 9423168
    Abstract: An ice cooler system includes a body configured to form a fluidly sealed cavity, a first row of tubes and a second row of tube in fluid communication with the fluidly sealed cavity, the first row and the second row of tubes being configured to receive beverages, and a door pivotally attached to the body and in fluid communication with the fluidly sealed cavity. The door is configured to allow ice to pass therethrough to the cavity, which in turn is placed in contact with the first row and the second row of tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Michael J. Rosso
  • Patent number: 9199782
    Abstract: A cooler with bladders filled with liquid attached to dispensers and placed in the interior of the cooler. The base of the cooler has recesses and channels to capture melted ice and provide cooling for the bladders. There is a front telescoping handle and a rear telescoping handle with a pair of wheels for transport. A pair of dispensers at equidistance apart, each having a control mechanism and an outlet, is mateable with bladders with either one or two liquid conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Larry Cliatt
  • Patent number: 9180998
    Abstract: Insulated pallet shipper and methods of making and using the same. The insulated pallet shipper includes an insulated container shaped to include a bottom wall, a top wall, a left side wall, a right side wall, a rear wall and a front wall, the walls collectively defining a cavity; a plurality of coolant members positioned in the cavity, each of the coolant members including a plurality of coolant bricks encased within a cardboard container, at least some of the coolant members being preconditioned at a refrigerating temperature and at least some of the coolant members being preconditioned at a freezing temperature; an inner pallet seated on the bottom wall; and an outer pallet upon which the container is seated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: COLD CHAIN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Banks, Neritan Mustafa, Lawrence A. Gordon, Jeffrey D. Simpson, Richard M. Formato
  • Patent number: 9126748
    Abstract: Apparatus for carrying or covering a beverage container which is adjustable in form. In certain embodiments, apparatus for carrying and/or covering a beverage container which provides insulative properties and which is so structurally designed so as to be capable of being alternately configured to fit a can or a bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Ryan Hiner
  • Patent number: 9086347
    Abstract: The present invention is a cryopreservation device that has the ability to track and record preserved specimens using an integrated electronics system. The cryopreservation device stores specimens within a preservation chamber. A sealing cap encloses the preservation chamber. The integrated electronics system is embedded within a base attachment. The base attachment can be retrofitted into the cryopreservation device using a mechanical locking system and a recessed surface and cavity within the cryopreservation device. The mechanical locking system secures the base attachment into the cryopreservation device using multiple spring-loaded barbs and locking receptacles. The base attachment inserts within the recessed surface and cavity. The integrated electronics system uses a control block to operate a plurality of sensors and to attain time dependent specimen data. The specimen data is saved within a storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Provia Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Cassidy, Eric E. May, Peter L. Minor
  • Patent number: 9027356
    Abstract: The biocontainer of the present invention provides a low cost, simple solution of many of the problems encountered during shipping, freezing and thawing of biopharmaceutical materials. The present invention enables a user to monitor the temperature profile of each biopharmaceutical container during the cryogenic process, so as to ensure the integrity of materials within each biocontainer by using a pre-installed and pre-sterilized temperature sensor. In some embodiments, the sensor assembly includes a wireless transmitter and is capable of transmitting information regarding the measured reading. In other embodiments, the sensor assembly includes a processing unit, which determines whether the temperature profile is acceptable. In a further embodiment, an indicator is included, such that the processing unit may indicate whether the biopharmaceutical material has been properly frozen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Burke, Michael Felo, Brian Pereira, Elias Noukas, Dennis Wong
  • Patent number: 9021825
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining the temperature of a fluid in a container includes a body having a cavity and a seal assembly adapted to engage and temporarily seal the container; a second fluid located and sealed in the cavity and having a freezing point below 0° C.; and the body and the seal assembly have no apertures through which the fluid or the second fluid flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Hewy Wine Chillers, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Hewitt, Roy Paul Prosise
  • Patent number: 9022249
    Abstract: A thermally insulated sandwich polyurethane (PUR) shipper for a temperature sensitive payload is provided. The sandwich PUR shipper comprises an outer corrugated box, an inner corrugated box, vacuum insulated panels (such as VIP panels) and PUR foam. The inner box is nested within the outer box and has a bottom, sides and a top. The inner box defines a payload compartment. The VIP panels are adhered to the outer facing surfaces of the inner box. Preferably the VIP panels are wedged against each other so that a side edge of one VIP panel abuts an adjacent VIP panel. The PUR foam fills the space between the VIP panels and the outer box. The PUR foam may cover the top edges of the VIP panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Sonocco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Ajit Ranade
  • Patent number: 9010130
    Abstract: A heat exchanger apparatus includes a housing having a sidewall defining a chamber in the housing for containing a cryogen; and a first insulation member movably mounted for coaction with the sidewall, the first insulation member moveable to a position to expose or cover a select portion of the sidewall to provide a heat transfer effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stephen A. McCormick
  • Patent number: 8979981
    Abstract: A liner apparatus and method of extending the shelf like of produce items using said liner apparatus, in which the liner has first and second substantially planar surfaces, and is comprised of a felted body composed of a plurality of alpaca felting fibers and a fiber binding agent, said alpaca felting fibers being felted together with said fiber binding agent to form a felted body that wicks excess moisture from the surface of produce items placed in contact with said felted body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: JoAnne L. Givler
  • Patent number: 8973389
    Abstract: A mobile cooler having an ice maker includes: a main body having first and second spaces which are thermally blocked; a cooling device positioned at a lower portion of the main body and providing cooling air to the first and second spaces; a plurality of shelves installed in the first space; an ice tray installed in the second space; an ice bank positioned on a lower surface of the ice tray and detachably mounted in the main body; and a cover that covers an opening in which the ice bank is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Namgi Lee, Sungil Park, Sangoh Kim
  • Patent number: 8955340
    Abstract: The biocontainer of the present invention provides a low cost, simple solution of many of the problems encountered during shipping, freezing and thawing of biopharmaceutical materials. The present invention enables a user to monitor the temperature profile of each biopharmaceutical container during the cryogenic process, so as to ensure the integrity of materials within each biocontainer by using a pre-installed and pre-sterilized temperature sensor. In some embodiments, the sensor assembly includes a wireless transmitter and is capable of transmitting information regarding the measured reading. In other embodiments, the sensor assembly includes a processing unit, which determines whether the temperature profile is acceptable. In a further embodiment, an indicator is included, such that the processing unit may indicate whether the biopharmaceutical material has been properly frozen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Burke, Michael Felo, Brian Pereira, Elias Noukas, Dennis Wong
  • Patent number: 8938986
    Abstract: A modular container for maintaining an article under controlled temperature conditions includes a generally rectangular box-shaped enclosure defining an interior volume, wherein at least one enclosure side includes an access opening to allow for insertion or removal of the article within the interior volume, and wherein enclosure sides may be made of an insulating material. The modular container further includes at least two first phase change elements including a first phase change material, wherein each of said at least two first phase change elements is positioned adjacent one of a pair of opposed enclosure sides, at least two buffer inserts disposed within said enclosure, and at least two second phase change elements including a second phase change material, to one of the at least two buffers inserts wherein the second phase change material changes phase at a different temperature than the first phase change material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Auston R. Matta, Craig M. Cless, Philip T. Melcher, Matthew J. MacMillan, Benjamin G. VanderPlas, Kenneth L. Maltas, Kushal S. Amin
  • Patent number: 8931294
    Abstract: An object is to provide a cooling unit which can reduce influence of radiation heat from a work piece having high temperature on members surrounding the work piece, prevent leak of coolant and vacuum leak, reduce cost, and prevent turning angle of a work piece conveying mechanism from being limited. The cooling unit is attached to the work piece conveying mechanism in the state that the outer wall part is in close contact with the to-be-cooled surface. The coolant stored in the lower space is evaporated by the heat transmitted from the to-be-cooled surface P via the outer wall part, and the to-be-cooled surface is cooled via the outer wall part by the heat of evaporation lost at the time of the evaporation of the coolant. The vapor in the lower space (coolant container) is discharged to the vacuum chamber by the vapor exhaust unit when the pressure of the vapor in the lower space reaches the fixed value or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Daihen Corporation
    Inventors: Takaya Yamada, Yasuhiro Nishimori
  • Patent number: 8904810
    Abstract: Embodiments of the inventive technology may involve the use of layered, insulated PCM assemblage that itself comprises: modular insulating foam material 8 that, upon establishment as part of the assemblage, defines inner foam material sides 9 and outer foam material sides 10; thin reflective material 11 established against (whether directly in contact with or not) at least either the inner foam material sides or the outer foam materials sides, and modular, enclosed PCM sections 12 established between the modular insulating foam material and the interior center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: University of Wyoming Research Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Schabron, Greg Wong
  • Patent number: 8899071
    Abstract: A soft sided insulated container assembly includes a first portion having an insulated, soft sided external wall structure, and an internal, substantially rigid molded plastic receptacle mounted therein. It has a cover structure that includes a reinforcement member for engaging a land region of the molded receptacle, thereby tending to yield an interface tending to have a sealing relationship. Both the receptacle and the engaging seal member of the lid may be outwardly splayed. The container may also include a thermal storage element, and the container may have an accommodation for receiving the thermal storage element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: California Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Melvin S. Mogil, Mark J. Greenstein, Michael Ramundi, Andrius S. Birutis
  • Publication number: 20140318158
    Abstract: Methods, processes, compositions, apparatus, kits and systems for chilling and cooling beverages and desserts to selected desired temperatures by adding the beverages and desserts to different mixtures of brine solutions and bags of loose ice. The invention forms and creates an aqueous solution composition of certain salinity of ice-melter (such as sodium chloride ‘salt’ and/or calcium chloride). The composition is poured in a pre-defined amount evenly over a known amount of bagged-ice in a cooler. The result is a precisely controlled and evenly distributed temperature (within a few degrees Fahrenheit) can be obtained within the ice-solution mixture. Next, canned and bottled beverages (and other items) can be submerged in the precision controlled temperature ice-solution mixture to create certain desired effects only possible by chilling items to a known temperature below 32 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Shuntich
  • Patent number: 8869544
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooling containers includes a cooling chamber having a side wall with a circular interior surface defining a cylindrical interior chamber cavity. The interior chamber cavity has a diameter and length sufficient to receive the container therein, and an open top permitting insertion of the container and egress of the fluid. At least one fluid inlet is positioned so as to inject a cooling fluid tangential to the circular side wall. At least one fluid outlet is provided for removing the cooling fluid from the cooling chamber. A method for cooling containers is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Andres Bernal
    Inventor: Andres Bernal
  • Patent number: 8850846
    Abstract: A self-cooling and self dispensing beverage container in the form of a keg which includes a heat exchange unit having a plurality of segments of compressed carbon disposed therein. A valve is secured to a tube attached to the REU housing for carbon dioxide to adsorbed and then desorbed by the carbon for cooling the beverage. A dispense gas canister is disposed within the container to automatically release carbon dioxide to maintain a pressure head within the container sufficient to assure dispensing of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Joseph Company International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Sillince, David Cull
  • Publication number: 20140260365
    Abstract: A portable refrigeration unit for cooling palletized products disposed within a racking system. The portable refrigeration unit includes a case and a refrigeration system disposed in the case. The case includes a bottom wall, a top wall, and side walls. The case is configured to be supported by the racking system above a pallet of products positioned below the case. The refrigeration system includes a compressor, a condenser, an expansion device, and an evaporator connected in series. The refrigeration system includes an evaporator fan configured to draw in air from below the case, move the air through the evaporator, and then discharge the air through the bottom wall such that the cooled air passes over the products below the case to cool the products below the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventors: Diego Wood, Timothy Mandelcorn, Steve W. Downs