Mutually Supported Commodity And Solid Coolant Patents (Class 62/372)
  • Patent number: 10926938
    Abstract: An insulating container comprises a container body and a container cover connected to the container body. The container both and the container cover each comprises a frame and a plate arranged on the frame. The plate comprises, from inside out, an external high strength sheet, an extruded polystyrene sheet, phase-change insulating sheets made of phase-change material, and an internal sheet. A phase-change process of the phase-change insulating sheets cooperates with a refrigeration system of the transportation device to precisely control the temperature of the insulating container and a refrigerator truck to be near a phase-change temperature. In the present disclosure, the phase-change insulating sheets made of the phase-change material remain to be in a solid state before or after occurrence of a phase change, so that the structure of the insulating container does not change with the phase change and a leakage problem of the phase-change material does not exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Lidong Zhang, Lijun Sun, Jiangcan Wu, Kaihua Tian, Chunhui Han, Yanan Wei
  • Patent number: 10752425
    Abstract: A nested insulated packaging assembly includes: an outer box including an outer top side wall, an outer bottom side wall, and a plurality of outer lateral side walls; an inner box received in the outer box, the inner box including an inner top side wall, an inner bottom side wall, and a plurality of inner lateral side walls; a first thermal liner contacting a one of the outer lateral side walls of the outer box and a one of the inner lateral side walls of the inner box; and a second thermal liner contacting a second of the outer lateral side walls of the outer box and a second of the inner lateral side walls of the inner box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Yavuz Aksan, Joshua David Kayne
  • Patent number: 10737843
    Abstract: A reusable mailer bag includes front, rear, first side, second side, and bottom panels which include interior surfaces that define a carrying volume that has an opening which is opposite the bottom panel. The mailer bag also includes a flap and a first side extension. The flap is configured to extend across the opening to close the carrying volume during shipping. The flap includes a first end portion that is attached to the rear panel and a second end portion that is configured to secure to the front panel. The first side extension extends from a first edge of the second end portion of the flap that is adjacent the first side panel. The first side extension is configured to extend around the first side panel and to secure to the rear panel when the second end portion is secured to the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GREEN 2 GREEN PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Hugh L. Greenwood, Kenneth Greenfield
  • Patent number: 10710790
    Abstract: A nested insulated packaging assembly includes: an outer box including an outer top side wall, an outer bottom side wall, and a plurality of outer lateral side walls; an inner box received in the outer box, the inner box including an inner top side wall, an inner bottom side wall, and a plurality of inner lateral side walls; a first thermal liner contacting a one of the outer lateral side walls of the outer box and a one of the inner lateral side walls of the inner box; and a second thermal liner contacting a second of the outer lateral side walls of the outer box and a second of the inner lateral side walls of the inner box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Yavuz Aksan, Joshua David Kayne
  • Patent number: 10457471
    Abstract: Beverage systems and kits and methods of using the same. A beverage system of the present disclosure includes a container configured to retain a beverage, the container having an outer wall and an internal threaded section above a non-threaded inner wall section; a threaded gasket having a threaded portion and an outer curved profile, the threaded portion configured to engage the internal threaded section of the container when coupled thereto; and a lid having an extension portion extending from a cover portion, the extension portion having a seal positioned thereon, the seal configured to engage the non-threaded inner wall section of the container when coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: BruMate, LLC
    Inventor: Dylan M. Jacob
  • Patent number: 10407659
    Abstract: The carriers that are available in the market don't maintain all the necessary parameters that are mentioned in the subject matter of this application. Many of them are: 1) Costly 2) Allow the transport of cells for short period of time 3) Are suitable for transporting certain type of cells 4) Don't include control for all the parameters that are required for the experiments 5) Need extra steps that can affect cell/organs and waste the time, efforts and money of the researchers. 6) Limit researchers for using containers with certain sizes and materials. 7) Involve changing the conditions of cell growth such as splitting the cells, freezing, centrifuge them during the process of transporting them. Alternatively, the Mini-incubator carrier box in my invention is an economic transport system and practical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Sahar M. H Jaffal
  • Patent number: 10337784
    Abstract: A container assembly for controlling the thermal condition of cargo includes an insulated container having a cover and a pair of belt assemblies having a plurality of pouches. The container may comprise handles and/or a detachable and/or adjustable shoulder strap. The container assembly further includes a plurality of phase-changing material packs configured to provide for the control of the temperature of cargo contained within the container. The phase-changing material packs are positioned within the belt assemblies and are thermally conditioned prior to use. The belt assemblies may be made of a durable material and may be configured to provide for the expedient exchange of thermal energy between the phase-changing material packs and an exterior of the belt assemblies. The belt assemblies may comprise features that provide for the efficient orienting of the belt assemblies within the container and/or the appropriate selection of phase-changing material packs for a respective belt assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DOUBLEDAY ACQUISITIONS LLC
    Inventors: Scott T. Mills, Ricky J. Lenhard, Steven R. Eakins
  • Patent number: 10279991
    Abstract: A refrigerated stainless steel shipping container for use in transporting and holding perishable foods in a refrigerated or frozen condition for offshore oil and gas and marine industries. The shipping container is comprised of an exterior box encasing an interior box enclosing a food refrigeration chamber. Spaced apart exterior and interior walls on the interior box create compartments for cooling material such as dry ice. Cooling material is selectively placed in the cooling compartments to control the temperature in the refrigeration chamber without electricity or other external power source. The cooling compartments are vented to the outside of the cooling container to avoid exposure of the refrigeration chamber to gases produced by dissipating cooling material. The shipping container is skid mounted and has lifting lugs for attachment to lifting slings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Roger, Lindsey Roger, Albert Olsen
  • Patent number: 10099851
    Abstract: A self-retracting dry ice container enclosing solid carbon dioxide and retracting as the solid carbon dioxide sublimates is provided
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Airgas USA, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Bilger
  • Patent number: 10005608
    Abstract: Beverage systems and kits and methods of using the same. A beverage system of the present disclosure includes a container configured to retain a beverage, the container having an outer wall and an internal threaded section above a non-threaded inner wall section; a threaded gasket having a threaded portion and an outer curved profile, the threaded portion configured to engage the internal threaded section of the container when coupled thereto; and a lid having an extension portion extending from a cover portion, the extension portion having a seal positioned thereon, the seal configured to engage the non-threaded inner wall section of the container when coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: BruMate, LLC
    Inventor: Dylan M. Jacob
  • Patent number: 9950853
    Abstract: A collapsible insulated container has a base wall and a peripheral wall with an open end defining an enclosure. The peripheral wall has at least two layers and is divided into elongate pockets between the layers, with foldable crease lines between adjacent pockets. Each pocket contains a flexible-walled, insulating gel pack which substantially fills the pocket. The crease lines may be defined by stitching securing the outer and inner layers of the container together. The gel packs may be surrounded by matting, foam or mesh material which is sewn into the lines of stitching, or may have integral peripheral rims sewn into the lines of stitching. The container is foldable between an erect, open condition and a storage condition in which it is folded along the crease lines into a substantially flattened package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: PACKIT, LLC
    Inventors: Melissa Renee Irwin-Kieling, Jeannette Marie Brisacher-Dirksen
  • Patent number: 9845989
    Abstract: The thermal sleeves for bottle includes a bottle that includes a sealable closure at a top opening. The exterior of the bottle enables at least one thermal sleeve to be affixed there against in order to increase the overall insulative quality of the bottle. The at least one thermal sleeve may include at least one layer of a freezer gel material, which when placed into a freezer becomes hardened. The at least one thermal sleeve also includes a storage compartment that is accessible via a top opening. The top opening of the at least one thermal sleeve includes a sealing member to selectively close and unseal the top opening. The storage compartment is ideally used to store a powder that may be mixed into a fluid provided in the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Carla Veiga
  • Patent number: 9834360
    Abstract: An implement for storage at a constant temperature has two housings (21 and 22) that accommodate heat storage agents. One heat storage agent (41) is irremovably accommodated in one housing (21), and a hook-and-loop fastener (30) for installation in a storage container is provided on the outer surface of the other housing (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tanaka, Sho Morita
  • Patent number: 9814651
    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: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Sandy Wengreen, Eric John Wengreen
  • Patent number: 9702609
    Abstract: A vessel cooling system may include a beverage holding device, having a bottom with a slit having a length. The system may also include a cooling device, having a convex top configured to be received by a concave bottom of a beverage vessel. The cooling device may have a top sheet of thermoplastic polyurethane, a bottom sheet of thermoplastic polyurethane affixed to the top sheet of thermoplastic polyurethane forming a cavity therebetween, and a shaped depression in the center of the convex top. The cooling device may further include a rigid portion, having a circumference, disposed on the bottom of the cooling device, a lip, having an upper surface with a plurality of raised ridges, formed on the circumference of the rigid portion and configured to contact the perimeter of the concave bottom of the beverage vessel, and coolant, that contracts as its temperature raises, contained within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: COLD CAN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael P. Robb, Thomas Osborne
  • Patent number: 9528757
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for rapidly chilling or heating a container of liquid is provided. The method may include angularly oscillating the container in the presence of a coolant to impart inertial flow to the liquid contained in the container. Various devices for achieving accelerated cooling of liquids are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TIAX LLC
    Inventor: John T. Dieckmann
  • Patent number: 9498036
    Abstract: A carrying kit comprising a bag, a hot-cold pack and a divider configured for maintaining food at desired temperature during transport. The configurable flexible divider has at least one panel operative for creating insulated cells within a cavity of the bag, the cells isolating a plurality of items in the bag, one from the other. The cells can be maintained at different temperatures by hot-cold disposed within the panels of the divider. The divider further protects the items within the cell from crushing and from shock. In one example embodiment, the bag has an adjustable shelf splitting the cavity into upper and lower portions. The shelf attaches to the cavity by at least one flap that rises and lowers the shelf. The lower cavity portion is accessible through a horizontal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: BENTOTEK, INC
    Inventors: Olga Lisa Osorio, Alexander de la Teja, Lucy Pellegrino
  • Patent number: 9366469
    Abstract: A box system for keeping medicine and other payloads at a desired temperature for prolonged periods of time is described. The system generally includes three or more insulating materials between a refrigerant and the payload. A box having foldable tabs for securing the materials to each other is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: EFP LLC
    Inventor: Learmond A. Chapman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9315289
    Abstract: A packaging member includes a cushioning member that holds a holding part of a to-be-packaged member different from a predetermined part of the to-be-packaged member without coming into contact with the predetermined part of the to-be-packaged member. The cushioning member cushions a shock transmitting to the to-be-packaged member, and the packaging member packages the to-be-packaged member via the cushioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Nakamura, Tomokazu Saito, Atsushi Inoue, Seiji Terazawa, Mizuho Imaruoka, Chiharu Matsui
  • 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: 8826687
    Abstract: A rigid-walled, block-shaped box is internally provided with a compartment arranged adjacent to a vertical wall of the box and having a first chamber with a first window open to the inside of the container and a second window open to the outside, and a second chamber with a third window open to the inside of the container and a fourth window open to the outside. The windows are each provided with a shutter. A mass of phase change material is housed within the compartment between said first chamber and second chamber, for absorbing heat from the air flowing from one chamber to the other chamber when said first window and third window are open and said second window and fourth window are closed, and releasing heat to the air flowing from one chamber to the other chamber when said first window and third window are closed and said second window and fourth window are open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: A.R.I.S. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giorgio Bellezza Quater, Paolo Bellezza Quater, Silvia Bellezza Quater
  • Patent number: 8615921
    Abstract: The thermally insulated vest for use with a modified bait storing bucket is an improvement over existing bait buckets in that it includes a thermally insulated vest that adorns an exterior surface of the bucket. The thermally insulated vest is comprised of a plurality of layers consisting of a plastic mesh, foil liner, insulation, and gel pack. At least two freezer packs adorn an exterior surface of the thermally insulated vest, and aid in cooling the contents of the bucket. The bucket includes a drain hole and plug to evacuate fluids from within. A lid having a lid vent rests atop the bucket, and is secured thereon via securing means. The thermally insulated vest has a height less than the height of the vest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Guy Weems
  • Patent number: 8579161
    Abstract: A low profile batter dispenser, for the housing of batter on a counter top for an extended period of time while cooling the batter to resist bacterial growth therein. The batter dispenser includes a housing, a batter container, and an ice pack assembly for holding an ice pack on the bottom of and in contact with the batter container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: William R. Steeb
  • Patent number: 8389271
    Abstract: An organ perfusion apparatus and method monitor, sustain and/or restore viability of organs and preserve organs for storage and/or transport. Other apparatus include an organ transporter, an organ cassette and an organ diagnostic device. The apparatus and methods include the organ cassette with one or more openings configured to allow tubing to pass through the openings and be connected to the organ or tissue within the cassette, and including a pressure control device to allow pressure inside the portable housing to be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Organ Recovery Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Walter Wright, Douglas Schein, John Brassil
  • Publication number: 20120266625
    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: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Hewy Wine Chillers, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Hewitt, Roy Paul Prosise
  • Patent number: 8250882
    Abstract: Insulated shipping container and method of making the same. In a preferred embodiment, the insulated shipping container comprises an outer box, an insulated insert, an insulated cover, a payload container and a plurality of coolant members. The outer box comprises a rectangular prismatic cavity bounded by a plurality of rectangular side walls, a closed bottom end, and top closure flaps. The insulated insert is snugly, but removably, disposed within the outer box and is shaped to define a bottom, four sides and a top. The top includes a raised peripheral edge and a recessed shelf. A large rectangular prismatic cavity surrounded by a plurality of smaller cavities extends downwardly from the recessed shelf. The large cavity of the insulated insert is adapted to receive a payload container, together with a pair of coolant saddle bags adapted to surround the payload container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Cold Chain Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Neritan Mustafa, Mark Banks, James Nilsen, Lawrence A. Gordon
  • Publication number: 20120193366
    Abstract: An insulated beverage device comprising a self-skinning flex foam construction, adapted to maintain a beverage temperature for extended periods. The present invention may be utilized as an insulator for a beverage container, such as a bottle or a can, or the present invention may be used as an insulated drinking cup, wherein the beverage is poured directly thereinto. The device features an ice storage compartment at its base where a user can store ice. A user may then place a beverage container above the ice compartment for refrigerated storage. The ice reduces or maintains the internal temperature of the beverage resting thereabove, while the foam construction of the device insulates the ice and beverage from outside temperatures. The device can also contain hot beverage storage containers as well, such as disposable coffee cups. Hot water can be stored in the storage compartment instead of ice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Justin Miller
  • Publication number: 20100077790
    Abstract: A plastic beer keg includes an outer container and an inner liner. A removable lid is secured over an opening to the container to enclose the liner. In use, the lid can be removed and ice placed in the container directly on the liner, ice flows into gaps between the liner and the container to provide rapid cooling of the content of the liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • Patent number: 7678563
    Abstract: An organ perfusion apparatus and method monitor, sustain and/or restore viability of organs and preserve organs for storage and/or transport. Other apparatus include an organ transporter, an organ cassette and an organ diagnostic device. The apparatus and methods include the organ cassette with one or more openings configured to allow tubing to pass through the openings and be connected to the organ or tissue within the cassette, and including a pressure control device to allow pressure inside the portable housing to be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Organ Recovery Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Walter Wright, Douglas Schein, John Brassil
  • Publication number: 20090183514
    Abstract: A refrigerated container and method capable of maintaining super frozen temperatures of about ?50 degrees C. or less, includes container walls insulated to a value of at least about r-20, a cargo compartment configured for receiving cargo, and at least one refrigerant compartment configured for receiving refrigerant in the form of CO2 snow. The refrigerant compartment maintains the CO2 snow and vapor sublimating therefrom separately from the cargo compartment. The refrigerant compartment is located within the cargo compartment and configured to permit ambient atmosphere within the cargo compartment to contact at least three sides, and up to six sides, of the refrigerant compartment. The placement of the refrigerant compartment is also configured to generate a temperature gradient within the cargo compartment capable of generating convection therein, so that the super frozen temperatures are maintained within the cargo compartment without the use of external power sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventors: George A. Holmes, B. Eric Graham
  • Patent number: 7497087
    Abstract: A liquid cooler is disclosed that includes a housing and at least two heatsinks attached with the housing. The heatsinks each include a top wall with an inwardly facing wall, a bottom wall with an inner surface, interior sidewalls and an interior lower wall. The inner surface is formed to surround and contact a portion of an outer surface of a container. The inwardly facing wall, the interior sidewalls, and the interior lower wall define a cavity. The interior lower wall of the cavity includes at least one heat fin. An outer covering is included and surrounds the heatsink. A method of rotation is provided to rotate the heatsink and the outer covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Philip Molfese
  • Publication number: 20080229775
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the temperature of water in a tank for cooling a liquid such as beer flowing in a multiple coil circuit submersible in the water in the tank. The apparatus comprises a tank, at least one divider for dividing the tank into at least two compartments. At least one compartment being a beer coil compartment for receiving the coils carrying the beer and at least one compartment being an ice compartment for receiving and storing ice from an ice making machine. Pump is provided for pumping water from the ice compartment into the at least one other compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Henry Anthony Austin
  • Patent number: 7418832
    Abstract: A portable mister for cooling ambient air is disclosed comprising a housing for entirely containing a cooling agent, an irrigation system connected to the housing for receiving the cooling agent from the housing and dispersing the cooling agent in ambient air, and a pump for facilitating the transfer of the cooling agent to the irrigation system. The mister is portable in that the cooling agent is entirely enclosed in a portable housing. That is, the mister user need not connect the mister to a continuous cooling agent source for operation. Additionally, the irrigation system is configured for placement to cool the ambient air of a broad area. The housing may include a system for including a fragrance in the cooling agent. The fragrance including system facilitates added a pleasant aroma to the dispersed cooling agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventors: William R Ferrono, Ginger Reed
  • Publication number: 20080173041
    Abstract: A container and cold plate combination that keeps liquids cold includes a pitcher made from a pitcher housing material, or having outside and/or inside metallic liners that are integral to the pitcher bottom which is metallic and configured to be in direct surface contact with an underlying cold plate of a cold plate station system. The cold plate lowers the temperature of the metallic liners or pitcher housing and the cold is transferred to a liquid in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Steven Roberts
  • Publication number: 20080034781
    Abstract: A container and cold plate combination that keeps liquids cold includes an upstanding hollow post that defines in one embodiment an upstanding cavity having an open end at the lowermost end of the container. A hollow insert is inserted into the hollow post and locked therein. The hollow insert is in sufficient surface contact with the hollow post interior and a bottom surface of the hollow insert is in contact with a cold plate. In another embodiment, the pitcher does not include the hollow post but rather the hollow insert is mounted and interlocked directly to the pitcher bottom so as to extend a predetermined distance upwardly into the interior of the pitcher and its bottom is in contact with the cold plate. The cold plate lowers the temperature of the post and insert and the cold is transferred to a liquid in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: Steven Roberts
  • Patent number: 7225632
    Abstract: Shipping containers, and more particularly insulated shipping containers, for holding temperature sensitive products and coolant in a predetermined relationship to maintain a refrigerated or frozen condition for an extended period of time. Containers of this type can be molded from rigid polyurethane foam or other materials for shipping or transporting products such as biological and similar products which need to be maintained at 2° to 8° Centigrade or frozen. Specific constructions are shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Rodney Derifield
  • Patent number: 7174723
    Abstract: A liquid cooler is disclosed that includes a housing and at least two heatsinks attached with the housing. The heatsinks each include a top wall with an inwardly facing wall, a bottom wall with an inner surface, interior sidewalls and an interior lower wall. The inner surface is formed to surround and contact a portion of an outer surface of a container. The inwardly facing wall, the interior sidewalls, and the interior lower wall define a cavity. The interior lower wall of the cavity includes at least one heat fin. An outer covering is included and surrounds the heatsink. A method of rotation is provided to rotate the heatsink and the outer covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventor: Philip Molfese
  • Patent number: 7100393
    Abstract: A beverage cooler includes a receptacle, adjustable platform and raising mechanism. The receptacle has a bottom, walls and an open top. The platform has at least one orifice, at least one guide and a threaded orifice. The raising mechanism includes at least one track, a threaded shaft and a rotating mechanism to move the platform between an upper and lower position. The rotating mechanism is a crank or an electric motor. In another variant, the threaded shaft is located centrally on the bottom with the mating threaded orifice located centrally on the platform. In yet another variant, the threaded shaft is located adjacent an edge on the bottom with the threaded orifice located adjacent an edge of the platform. In other variants of the invention, the receptacle includes insulation, wheels, handles, a drain opening and an inner wall, outer wall and an evacuated space between the inner and outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Frank D'Angelo
  • Patent number: 7055706
    Abstract: A drink bottle has a side wall and a floor together forming an interior drink space, an array of tubes extending away from the floor, defining an downwardly open compartment and a plurality of windows, having upper ends in fluid communication with the drink space at the floor, and having lower ends remote from the floor. A hollow base ring spaced from the floor is attached to the lower ends and in fluid communication through the tubes with the drink space. A container adapted to hold ice is fitted inside the compartment and removable from the compartment through the base ring. This container is visible from outside through the windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Eisvogel Nutzeis GmbH
    Inventor: Ingo Kurs
  • Patent number: 7028504
    Abstract: Shipping containers, and more particularly insulated shipping containers, for holding temperature sensitive products and coolant in a predetermined relationship to maintain a refrigerated or frozen condition for an extended period of time. Containers of this type can be molded from rigid polyurethane foam or other materials for shipping or transporting products such as biological and similar products which need to be maintained at 2° to 8° Centigrade or frozen. Specific constructions are shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Rodney Derifield
  • Patent number: 7028505
    Abstract: A beverage chiller device for a serving pitcher has a lower stainless steel cylinder and an upper food-grade plastic sleeve. The upper end of the device is open to receive ice. A flexible strap attached onto the upper sleeve has a free end that can pass through a handle of the serving pitcher, with the lower end of the device immersed in the beverage and situated at a base of said pitcher. The flexible strap forms a closed loop that secures the chiller device to the serving pitcher. The flexible strap also permits the chiller device to pivot when the pitcher is tipped for pouring, so that the device remains more or less erect, and so meltwater does not pour out of the chiller device when the customer is pouring a drink from the pitcher. The flexible strap allows the stainless steel cylinder to drop down to the base of the pitcher, so the cylinder remains immersed in the beverage at the bottom of the pitcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Anthony J. Cardinale
  • Patent number: 6959814
    Abstract: The present invention 10 is a portable insulin and accessory kit for diabetics that is a case 24 made of polymeric or waterproof material having an inside portion divided in three equal sections, each section securing and storing insulin and accessories such as an insulin pen or syringe 26, alcohol cloths 16 or similar accessories for sterilization and a supply of additional needles 18. The kit is foldable and provides hook and loop fasteners 20 for a secure closure. In addition, a polymeric, portable insulin storage box 28 is provided having a hingedly attached cover 32 attached to a bottom portion having divided sections for the storage of insulin and accessories such as an insulin pen or syringe 26, alcohol cloths 16 or similar accessories for sterilization and a supply of additional needles 34.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Jane M Hyman
  • Patent number: 6935133
    Abstract: A temperature control medicine carrying case having an insulated housing, a plurality of interior compartments, an interior pouch, a cooling mechanism and a fastening mechanism, e.g., a zipper closure. The interior surface of the insulated housing comprises two separate portions that are separated along a central axis. The interior pouch is located on a first portion of the interior surface of the insulated housing. The interior pouch is adapted to receive the cooling mechanism. At least one of the interior compartments is located on the exterior surface of the interior pouch and is adapted to receive a container of medicine. A plurality of interior compartments is located on the second portion of the interior surface. These compartments are adapted to receive medical devices that are used for administration of the medicine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventors: Estelle Keeter, Marilyn Y. Keeter
  • Patent number: 6751982
    Abstract: A mold for forming an ice ring on the inner surface of a bottle. The mold is in the form of a cylinder. One end of the mold carries a seal sized to form a fluid tight seal with the inner surface of the bottle neck. The mold is preferably hollow and has a handle attached to the end near the seal. The mold is inserted through the bottle neck until the seal forms a fluid tight seal with the bottle neck. Water is then poured into the bottle through the handle. The bottle is inverted and excess water allowed to flow out through the mold. The bottle is then set on the handle in a freezer until the water freezes. The mold is then removed. The bottle may then be filled with a selected drink through the ice ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Don Horen
  • Patent number: 6701718
    Abstract: The present invention is a heat-exchanging apparatus that also serves as a handler-transporter of media-containing vessels. The heat-exchanging apparatus is composed of a flexible, holow tube that is generally in the shape of a coil, which allows for the flow of liquid therein. There is an insulated gripping means for covering the handle of the flexible, hollow tube's first end and second end to prevent contact with hot or cold temperatures when the present invention is handled or transported. In addition, the flexible, hollow tube is connected to two flexible, heat-insulated tubes. The flexible, heat-insulating tubes are connected to a fluid dispenser and a reservoir to provide a channel for in-coming fluid and out-going fluid. Also, to allow for secure and safe handling/transporting of media-containing vessel, the first and second ends of the flexible, hollow tubes are held together by a locking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventor: John M. Pisciotta
  • Patent number: 6698230
    Abstract: An ice chest or cooler comprising a container including an insulating base and insulating sidewalls upstanding from the base. Within the container, a false floor is supported in spaced relation from the insulating base and permits heat transfer across its thickness. The false floor has a perimeter located close or adjacent to the insulating sidewalls and an ice feed tube is secured to the false floor. The feed tube has a bore that opens into the space between the false floor and the insulating base to permit passage of ice cubes through the bore into the space between the false floor and the insulating base. Ice can be thereby be fed into the space between the false floor and the base of the container without removing food or drink containers above the false floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Dan Brusky
  • Patent number: 6688133
    Abstract: A cooling container assembly including a cooling tub resting on a supporting base. The cooling tub has a central drain opening with a hose depending therefrom and passing through an opening in the top surface of the supporting base and extending into a drain receptacle in the supporting base; the latter having a doored opening through which the drain receptacle can be inserted and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventor: Edward Donefrio
  • Publication number: 20040011076
    Abstract: A portable carrier for a beverage container includes a case (10) having an externally frusto-conical housing that fully encloses the beverage container, and a removable cooling core (70) that fits within the housing. A zipper (30) preferably extends along at least part of at least two sides of the case, and more preferably extends on the top and bottom of the case. A carrying strap (40) may include a pounch for storing a bottle opener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Cory Fiene
  • Patent number: 6668577
    Abstract: An insulated container for the storage and transport of fresh food items to keep them at a desired temperature, preferably between 0 and 4° C., includes a case provided with an insulating material lining on all its inside faces. The container also includes a diffuser cover provided with an independent refrigeration source connected to a thermal bridge by a support receptacle. The refrigeration source keeps the desired temperature inside the case for a determined period. An insulating cover fits over the diffuser cover to provide thermal insulation for the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: BCF Holding
    Inventor: Jean Patrice Quenedey
  • Patent number: 6647741
    Abstract: A cooling system, for cooling the contents of a utensil, utilizing a removable, reusable, refillable, freezable toroidal-shaped cooling insert and a toroidal-shaped insulator. The cooling insert and insulator stack in a nested manner within the utensil to provide improved insulating and longer cooling of the utensil contents. Furthermore, a secured bottom holder removably holds the cooling insert and insulator within the utensil. The cooling system includes the use of a temperature sensor and display which provides a visual indicator when the contents have reached a temperature indicating the contents are no longer being properly cooled. Such utensils may include, for example, dog dishes, bait containers and food containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventors: John B. Pechous, Mark A. Yeary