Article Moving Means Patents (Class 62/378)
  • Patent number: 10190818
    Abstract: Devices and methods for spinning food and beverage containers to accelerate heat transfer between the container and its surroundings is provided. The devices include a cylindrical sleeve which positively engages one end of a container, where the cylindrical sleeve is capable of holding an end of a can, an end of a bottle, or both. The cylindrical sleeve is connected to a shaft which in turn is connected to a rotating device, or the shaft is capable of being connected to a rotating device. Cans or bottles are held by the cylindrical sleeve of the inventive devices and are rotated in a heated or cooled medium which increases the rate of heat transfer between the contents of the can or bottle and the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Spin Chill Corp.
    Inventors: Tyler Scott Parker, Trevor William Abbott
  • Patent number: 9903657
    Abstract: A device for treating bulk material with a gas, the device including a grate through which gas can flow from an under-grate space to the upper side and which conveys a layer of bulk material in a conveying direction from a loading end to a discharge end. The grate has a plurality of mutually adjacent rows, each of which includes at least one bar that is elongate in the conveying direction and may be moved alternately back and forth in the conveying direction. Driving is controlled such that the forward stroke of the at least one bar of two adjacent rows takes place at the same time, while the rearward stroke of the at least one bar of two adjacent rows takes place at different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Claudius Peters Projects GmbH
    Inventor: Reiner Fruehling
  • Patent number: 9745176
    Abstract: A method for retrieving storage racks in a tank freezer includes positioning a retrieval crane adjacent to the tank freezer such that a base of the retrieval crane is positionable underneath a bottom wall of a tank body. The retrieval crane includes a boom extending upwardly and laterally outwardly over the base so that a retention hook at a free end of a cable associated with the boom may be extended or retracted relative to the tank freezer. More specifically, the cable may be moved to extend the hook through the opening of the tank freezer into a storage space, and then retract the hook to lift and then hold a selected storage rack in a hoisted position. The method avoids the use of manual hoisting of storage racks, and the retrieval crane may be used with any of a plurality of similar tank freezers located in a larger facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher BioServices Inc.
    Inventors: Susan Murphy Meslovich, Erman Mandaci
  • Patent number: 8992866
    Abstract: An automated, refrigerated specimen management system (ARSIMS) to hold sealed and/or opened sample/specimen tubes and/or containers that can be in the pre-analytical, in-process, or post-analytical phase of processing. The ARSIMS ensures that each sample/specimen tube, whether it is sealed, capped, closed or open, can be stored at an ideal storage temperature according to the particular phase of processing and as appropriate for the combination of sample/specimen type and analyte(s) to be tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Gelbman, Mark Edwards, Matthew Rosmarin, Ilya Malyarov, Benjamin Pollack, Elizabeth Bononno
  • Patent number: 8925334
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cryogenic storage device and to a method for operating a cryogenic storage device, particularly for cryogenic storage of biological samples, comprising a sample carrying device that is set up to accommodate samples, a cryogenic container that is set up to accommodate the sample carrying device, a container cooling device with which the cryogenic container can be cooled, an intermediate storage container that is set up for intermediate storage of the sample carrying device, a transport device with which the sample carrying device can be moved between the cryogenic container and the intermediate storage container and a sensor device with which at least one operating parameter of the cryogenic storage device can be registered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Heiko Zimmermann, Uwe Schoen, Guenter R. Fuhr, Dirk Leuthold, Marianne Belke
  • Patent number: 8876509
    Abstract: An apparatus according to various embodiments can be configured to use a cryogen for cooling articles, particularly having applications for chilling extrusions. The apparatus removes thermal energy from an article by conductive and convective heat transfer. The apparatus allows for heat transfer from an outer surface of an article, and from an inner surface of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Thomas
  • Patent number: 8813508
    Abstract: A high capacity, continuous production blast freezer includes an insulated enclosure, a refrigeration system supplying cold air to the enclosure and a plurality of trays containing comestibles to be frozen. A tray advancement or pusher mechanism advances a first tray into the enclosure and then advances a second tray into the enclosure, pushing the first tray further into the enclosure. Gradually a first level of the enclosure is filled with trays. An elevator mechanism at both ends of the enclosure allows the trays reaching the end of the enclosure to advance to a second level, and the tray advancement mechanism advances the tray out of the elevator onto the second level. Eventually, as additional trays are pushed into the enclosure, the second level and then optionally further levels of the enclosure are filled with trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Burn
  • Patent number: 8808776
    Abstract: A produce chamber (1) is provided to subject produce in a crate (7) to a controlled atmosphere. The chamber (1) has at least one inflatable/deflatable balloon seal structure (15) for sealingly engaging with a side wall of a produce crate (7) which has at least one opening (13) in a side wall (11) thereof. The balloon seal structure (15) has at least one discharge opening (19) that aligns with the at least one crate opening (13). Crates (7) with produce therein can be loaded in the chamber (1) with the balloon seal structure (15) deflated. The balloon seal structure (15) can then be inflated and controlled atmosphere allowed to circulate through the balloon seal structure (15) and discharged from the opening (19) and through the crate opening (13) to expose the produce to a controlled atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Andrew North, Gary Martin North
  • Patent number: 8757433
    Abstract: A dispenser automatically dispenses beverage cans. A housing has a conveyor along which cans are conveyed by gravity to a removal opening. A dispensing flap is on the removal opening and can be pivoted between a closed position, in which it prevents the removal of products through the removal opening, and a removal position. The dispensing flap has two trough-shaped receptacles lying at right angles to the conveyor section for one can, and is pivotal such that in the closed position a can is conveyed from the conveyor section into the first receptacle positioned to the inside of the housing, removal of the can from the first receptacle being prevented. In the removal position the can rolls from the first receptacle into the second receptacle, at the same time a new can is prevented from being conveyed from the conveyor into the first receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Gastro-Cool GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Machers
  • Patent number: 8739556
    Abstract: A cryopreservation device of the present invention includes: a cryopreservation vessel; a house which houses the cryopreservation vessel; and a handling robot provided on the house, wherein the cryopreservation vessel comprises a vessel body which holds a low-temperature liquefied gas, a cap which closes an opening section of the vessel body and has a plurality of insertion holes formed to pass through in a vertical direction, and ampoule storing tools which are housed so as to be able to pass through the insertion holes of the cap, in which the ampoule storing tools are each comprised of a support pillar and a plurality of ampoule storing sections which are attached to the support pillar so as to be arrayed in a vertical direction of the support pillar, and an ampoule-putting-in/out work hole is formed in the cap so as to pass through in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation
    Inventors: Shigehiro Yoshimura, Hidetoshi Ohta, Mamoru Fujita
  • Patent number: 8713953
    Abstract: The salad carrier is a mobile cart having an internal space organized via a plurality of adjustable and removable shelves. The internal space is accessible via one of a plurality of doors located thereon. The internal space is refrigerated via a refrigeration unit located on a side of the mobile cart, and of which is powered via a rechargeable battery pack. The mobile cart is mobilized via a plurality of caster wheels and a telescoping handle that can extend and retract and of which can rotate up or down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jean Tucker
  • Patent number: 8694153
    Abstract: A method and laboratory system for handling sample tube racks are disclosed. The laboratory system includes a storage section (14) with a plurality of shelves (110) for storing a plurality of storage racks (SR), a disposal unit (18) for disposing sample tubes from the storage racks (SR), a robotic transfer system (510) for loading storage racks (SR) into the storage section (14), for retrieving storage racks (SR) from the storing section (14) and for bringing storage rack to the disposal unit (18) after a given storage time has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruno Koch, Markus Kurmann, Marcel Lustenberger
  • Patent number: 8653482
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of freezing a body or a portion thereof. The method comprises exposing at least a part of the body to a coolant having a temperature below the freezing point of the body, and at the same time operating an electromagnetic heater, as to maintain the at least part of the body at a temperature above its freezing point; and reducing the electromagnetic heating to allow the at least a part of the body to freeze. The electromagnetic heater comprises a resonator, and the heated part of the body is heated inside the resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Goji Limited
    Inventor: Eran Ben-Shmuel
  • Patent number: 8590320
    Abstract: Cryogranulation systems with improved dispenser assemblies are provided for use in manufacturing frozen pellets of pharmaceutical substances in a fluid medium. Methods of cryogranulating the pharmaceutical substance in the fluid medium are also provided. In particular embodiments, the dispenser assembly is used with suspensions or slurries of pharmaceutical compositions including biodegradable substances, such as proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids. In certain embodiments, the pharmaceutical substance can be adsorbed to any pharmaceutically acceptable carrier particles suitable for making pharmaceutical powders. In one embodiment, the pharmaceutical carrier can be, for example, diketopiperazine-based microparticles. The dispenser assembly improves the physical characteristics of the cryopellets formed and minimizes product loss during processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: MannKind Corporation
    Inventors: Edwin Amoro, Karel Vanackere, Michael A. White
  • Publication number: 20130291570
    Abstract: A device cooling an item having a cooling chamber having a cooling cavity with a top opening sized and shaped for receiving the item, at least one cooling element which cools the cooling cavity during a cooling session, an elevation mechanism for lifting and lowering the item, from and into the cooling cavity, via the top opening, and a control unit which controls the elevation mechanism according to at least one of a measurement of a temperature in the cooling cavity during the cooling session, a measurement of a temperature in the cooling cavity after the cooling session, and a duration of the cooling session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Roike's Ideas Ltd.
    Inventors: Roi Dahokey, Alex Keinan, Michael Sister
  • Publication number: 20130263615
    Abstract: A freezer for a product includes a housing having a sidewall defining a chamber in the housing, and an inlet and an outlet in communication with the chamber; and a pair of pistons operatively associated with the housing and in communication with the chamber, the pair of pistons operable out of phase with each other for oscillating a gas flow within the chamber. A method is also provided for reducing a temperature of a product in a freezer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael D. NEWMAN, Stephen A. McCormick
  • Patent number: 8549866
    Abstract: A cooling tunnel includes an infeed port for feeding objects, a discharge port for discharging objects, successive treatment stations for treating the objects with a cooling medium, and a conveyor system for transporting the objects to be cooled from the infeed port to the discharge port, with the conveyor system travelling through the individual treatment stations. The conveyor system has a first section running through several treatment stations, the first section extending from the infeed port to a turnaround station, a second section running through several treatment stations, the second section extending from the turnaround station to the discharge port, as well as a return section, which is arranged before the discharge port and connects a discharge-side zone of the second section with an infeed-side zone of the first section, to selectively either discharge objects or to cool them further. A method for operating a cooling tunnel is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: airinotec GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Hummrich
  • Patent number: 8534086
    Abstract: A direct expansion evaporator for making a frozen product from raw material includes a feeding channel, a heat exchange channel thermally communicating with the feeding channel, and a refrigerant flowing within the heat exchange channel for exchanging heat between the raw material within the feeding channel and the refrigerant within the heat exchange channel in an expanded evaporation manner. Therefore, the refrigerant releases the thermal energy via the phase changing from liquid to gaseous state of the refrigerant. The heat exchange channel has a pre-cooling portion for pre-cooling the raw material at a predetermined temperature and a freezing portion for freezing the raw material to a final predetermined temperature of the frozen product in two-stage evaporation manner. Thus, the direction expansion evaporator provides a relatively more efficient way for making the frozen product, so as to increase the quality of the frozen product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Lingyu Dong
  • Publication number: 20130213060
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mobile apparatus and a method for concrete production, comprising a cooling apparatus for cooling bulk material, in particular aggregates for concrete production. The cooling apparatus (100) comprises a bulk material hopper (110), a wetting apparatus (120) and an air supply apparatus (130). The cooling apparatus has a bulk material feeder (140) for feeding bulk material into the bulk material hopper via a bulk material feeder path (141), the bulk material feeder and the wetting apparatus being adapted and disposed in such a way that bulk material to be fed comes into contact on at least one part of the bulk material feeder path with water that is being discharged from the wetting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Lintec GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Matthias Nederstigt
  • Patent number: 8372634
    Abstract: A storage-access apparatus includes a first support device including a first base; at least one first storage-access device and at least one first storage device, disposed on the first base and arranged in a first circle; a second support device including a second base; at least one second storage-access device and at least one second storage device, disposed on the second base and arranged in a second circle; and a transporting device, wherein the first storage-access device, the first storage device, the second storage-access device and the second storage device each has plural compartments, the transporting device corresponds to the compartments, and the first storage-access device and the first storage device can rotate relative to the second storage-access device and the second storage device. Accordingly, the storage-access apparatus can be employed in depositing and picking up products independently. Also disclosed is a storage system including, among others, the storage-access apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Healthbanks Biotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shang-Chih Lin, Jia-You Chen
  • Patent number: 8272226
    Abstract: A method for producing clumped frozen food products includes the steps of forming a plurality of cryogenically manufactured ice cream units; conveying the units along a conveyor to a rotating container; disposing a liquid on the units while the units are within the rotating container, wherein the liquid hardens into a binder that facilitates fusion of individual units with one another to form a plurality of clumps, each of the clumps respectively comprising a plurality of fused units coupled with the binder. After forming into clumps, the clumps may be removed from the rotating container and stored in a frozen form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Stan Jones
  • Publication number: 20120227435
    Abstract: A direct expansion evaporator for making a frozen product from raw material includes a feeding channel, a heat exchange channel thermally communicating with the feeding channel, and a refrigerant flowing within the heat exchange channel for exchanging heat between the raw material within the feeding channel and the refrigerant within the heat exchange channel in an expanded evaporation manner. Therefore, the refrigerant releases the thermal energy via the phase changing from liquid to gaseous state of the refrigerant. The heat exchange channel has a pre-cooling portion for pre-cooling the raw material at a predetermined temperature and a freezing portion for freezing the raw material to a final predetermined temperature of the frozen product in two-stage evaporation manner. Thus, the direction expansion evaporator provides a relatively more efficient way for making the frozen product, so as to increase the quality of the frozen product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Lingyu Dong
  • Patent number: 8196416
    Abstract: An apparatus for freezing a biological sample in a container while it moves along a cooling axis is provided. The apparatus has at least one set of two cooling plates with inner surfaces having a first plate dimension perpendicular to the axis, and a second plate dimension parallel to the axis. The inner surfaces define a passage therebetween with a width that corresponds to the container thickness and which is no larger than the first plate dimension. A method for cooling using the apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Core Dynamics Limited
    Inventors: Meir Uri, Yaniv Damari
  • Patent number: 8176747
    Abstract: A tube picking mechanism is designed for use in an automated, ultra-low temperature (e.g., ?80° C.) storage and retrieval systems which stores biological or chemical samples. The samples are contained in storage tubes held in SBS footprint storage racks that are loaded into trays located within an ultra-low temperature freezer compartment (?80° C.). A tube picking mechanism resides in a tube picking chamber that is located adjacent the freezer compartment. The tube picking chamber is maintained at about ?20° C. when the tube picking mechanism is in operation. The tube picking mechanism includes a cache within the tube picking chamber to facilitate fast paced shuttling of the tube racks from the freezer compartment into the tube picking chamber. The shuttle has a clamping mechanism to secure a tube rack in place when a gripper head picks a tube from the rack. The system also includes a push pin that pushes on the bottom of the respective tube as it is being picked from the tube rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Hamilton Storage Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond T. Howard, Julian Warhurst, Behrouz Zandi, Michael A. Carman, James O'Toole
  • Patent number: 8161769
    Abstract: The cooling chest for rapidly quenching beverages includes a quench tray for holding containers of beverage. The quench tray is lowered into salt-water or other cooling liquid which is cooled by a refrigeration unit. A processing device determines the temperature of the beverages within the containers within the quench tray and further activates a mechanism for removing the quench tray from the water or cooling liquid when the desired temperature is reached. The processing device can also activate the mechanism for removing the quench tray from the water or cooling liquid when the upper lid or access doors are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: John C. Lauchnor
  • Patent number: 8156755
    Abstract: The invention relates to a refrigerator for storing vials containing a (bio)pharmaceutical substance, in particular vaccines for animals, comprising a cabinet having an internal space for accommodating the vials arranged in columns, a cooling element for cooling the internal space and at least one door or dispenser for removing vials from the internal space. A plurality of guides located inside the space and adapted to slidingly accommodate columns of the vials. The invention further relates to a cartridge suitable for use in the said refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Intervet International B.V.
    Inventors: Stephen Murray, Gaynor Hillier, Philip Nigel Bordet-Stead, Tanja Langgner, David Helps
  • Publication number: 20120060514
    Abstract: A tube picking mechanism is designed for use in an automated, ultra-low temperature (e.g. ?80° C. or ?135° C.) or cryogenic (e.g., about ?140° C. to ?196° C.) storage and retrieval system that stores biological or chemical samples. The samples are contained in storage tubes held in SBS footprint storage racks that are normally stored within an ultra-low temperature or cryogenic freezer compartment. The tube picking mechanism includes a tube picking chamber that is maintained at about ?80° C., about ?135° C. or at cryogenic temperatures in cryogenic applications. Active electrical and mechanical components are maintained in a compartment above and separate from the refrigerated, ultra-low temperature or cryogenic compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: HAMILTON STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Julian Warhurst, Bruce Zandi, Alexander Carbone, Frank Hunt, Robert Cloutier, James O'Toole, Elizabeth Alexander
  • Publication number: 20120060520
    Abstract: An automated storage and retrieval system for storing chemical and biological samples includes freezer chests maintained at an ultra-low temperature (e.g. ?80° C.) or a cryogenic temperature. The freezer chests are located within a refrigerated (e.g. ?20° C.) enclosure. Samples are loaded through a wall of the enclosure and are then transferred to an input/output buffer section in an ultra-low temperature or cryogenic freezer chest that is thermally segregated from a long-term storage section in the same freezer. Specialized input/output cassettes are used for transferring the samples through an input/output module into the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: HAMILTON STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Collins, Frank Hunt, Julian Warhurst, Bruce Zandi
  • Patent number: 8109115
    Abstract: Refrigeration apparatus comprising a cold storage compartment, accessible from the outside, and provided internally with a sealed container adapted to accommodate a flexible and compressible receptacle holding a beverage; there are provided pneumatic or air-compression means to generate a selectively controllable pneumatic pressure inside said container, but outside said flexible receptacle, and said sealed container is capable of being opened from the outside by means of a closure applied on a face thereof, wherein said closure is provided with a through-aperture, through which there extends a drawing-off conduit. Whenever a need arises for beverage to be drawn off the receptacle, a pressure increase is triggered inside the sealed container, and said pressure increase will act upon the walls of the internal receptacle so that the latter is caused to collapse and reduce its volume, thereby causing the beverage to be ejected therefrom and, therefore, drawn off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Professional SpA
    Inventors: Ennio Pippia, Deny Longo
  • Patent number: 8061556
    Abstract: An automated freezer stores food items stacked in a removable cartridge. The food items are dispensed from the automated freezer in response to a request for the food items. The food items are loaded into the cartridge outside of the automated freezer. When the cartridge is inserted into the automated freezer, the upper end of the cartridge is inserted into a buffer, pushing a plurality of arms in the buffer upwardly to allow food items to pass through the buffer. When the cartridge is removed from the freezer for reloading of food items, a resilient member biases the arms downwardly to retain any food items in the buffer and to prevent any food items in the buffer from falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Sands, Ronald J. Glavan, Andrew Paul Franklin, Randy L. Ginner, Henry Thomas Ewald
  • Patent number: 8042353
    Abstract: A refrigerator door is provided. The refrigerator door has an outer case forming a shape of the refrigerator door, an inner case provided within the outer case to configure a backside of the refrigerator door wherein a space between the inner case and the outer case is charged with a foaming liquid, an ice making unit provided to one side of the inner case to make ice, a fixing unit provided to the space charged with the foaming liquid between the inner case and the outer case and fixing the ice making unit to the refrigerator door, and a dispenser provided to one side of the outer case to discharge the ice supplied by the ice making unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Bok Dong Lee, Seung Mok Lee, Sam Kyu Park
  • Publication number: 20110197621
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for freezing and/or cooling-down products comprising a cooling chamber (1), which encompasses a transport device (2) for conveying the products (6) through the cooling chamber (1), at least one device (3) for generating a cold gas atmosphere for the cooling chamber (1) and an extraction device (7) for the cold gas as well as at least one axially conveying ventilator (4) for conveying the cold gas, characterized in that the axis (5) of the at least one ventilator (4) is attached at an angle to the vertical, wherein the vertical to the moving direction of the products (6) serves as reference direction and the at least one ventilator (4) is attached to the ceiling of the cooling chamber (1), wherein the axis (5) of the ventilator (4) includes an angle b with a vector, which represents the moving direction of the products (6), wherein the origin of the vector is placed at the lower end of the axis (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Rudolf Erwin Berghoff
  • Publication number: 20110100028
    Abstract: Cryogranulation systems with improved dispenser assemblies are provided for use in manufacturing frozen pellets of pharmaceutical substances in a fluid medium. Methods of cryogranulating the pharmaceutical substance in the fluid medium are also provided. In particular embodiments, the dispenser assembly is used with suspensions or slurries of pharmaceutical compositions including biodegradable substances, such as proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids. In certain embodiments, the pharmaceutical substance can be adsorbed to any pharmaceutically acceptable carrier particles suitable for making pharmaceutical powders. In one embodiment, the pharmaceutical carrier can be, for example, diketopiperazine-based microparticles. The dispenser assembly improves the physical characteristics of the cryopellets formed and minimizes product loss during processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: MannKind Corporation
    Inventors: Edwin Amoro, Karel Vanackere, Michael A. White
  • Patent number: 7918093
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a portable cryogenic treatment system comprises a transportable housing. The transportable housing comprises a plurality of side walls, a front wall, a rear wall, a ceiling and a floor. The transportable housing includes a cryogenic liquid source and a cryogenic treatment chamber in fluid communication with the cryogenic liquid source. The cryogenic treatment chamber is configured to treat a treat able object using a cryogenic liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Dura 21, Inc.
    Inventors: David Dillon, Robert Maclnnis
  • Patent number: 7905370
    Abstract: A simple, inexpensive, reliable and maintenance-free dispenser in which the stored products are offered automatically on the outside of the dispenser where they can be grasped by a hand without further manipulation. The dispenser includes housings in which the products, stacked in a column, are stored and moved by gravity and, at the base of each housing in front of the first product of the column, outlet orifices are closed by a closing membrane with slits. A slope is provided, in the lower rear part of each housing, to automatically advance the first product a predetermined distance through the outlet orifice so that the product partially emerges and can be grasped by hand on the outside of the dispenser. The dispenser can be used to automatically dispense consumable products, such as drinks, without prepayment, and for all types of industrial, commercial, home and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Philippe Leonetti
  • Patent number: 7832218
    Abstract: An apparatus for the efficient cooling of produce directed to the cooling of freshly picked produce in containers on pallets. The apparatus has a first opening for the entrance of stacks of containers to be moved through cooling enclosure. The stacks of containers are moved through to a first cooling area wherein the containers are exposed to cooling air provided in a first direction. The stacks of containers are then moved through to a second cooling area wherein the containers are exposed to cooling air in a second direction. Isolation of the containers and routing of the air flow is supplemented with air inflatable seals which abut the containers. A method for the efficient cooling of produce utilizing an apparatus as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Scott Anthony Hawkins
  • Patent number: 7765829
    Abstract: The apparatus for receiving, preserving and supplying bags of blood comprises a cabinet for containing all the components of the apparatus; a refrigerated space for containing the bags; a magazine comprising a plurality of cells, each capable of containing a single bag, the magazine being housed inside the refrigerated space, each of the cells being identified by a cell code; at least one door for allowing access by an operator to the cells; a movement system housed inside the cabinet and capable of moving, preferably rotating, the cells; a cooling system housed inside the cabinet and capable of cooling the refrigerated space; a data processing system housed inside the cabinet, capable of controlling the movement system and the cooling system, and capable of controlling the receiving, preservation and supply of the bags; a keyboard and a screen, both connected to the processing system, and both placed at the walls of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Angelantoni Industrie SpA
    Inventor: Mauro Zenobi
  • Patent number: 7707848
    Abstract: A system for rapidly cooling a liquid in a container within a refrigerator-freezer or freezer is provided. The housing has a space for receiving a container, and a rotator rotates the container about an axis. While the container is rotating, a sprayer sprays chilled cooling medium on the container in the housing. A reservoir stores the cooling medium when the system is not being used and maintains the cooling medium at a given temperature. At least one chilling surface is preferably provided over which the cooling medium flows and where ice may be stored. A recirculator such as a pump recirculates the cooling medium throughout the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
    Inventors: Gregory H. Loibl, George Sidebotham
  • Patent number: 7703301
    Abstract: A system for rapidly cooling a liquid in a container within a refrigerator-freezer or freezer is provided. The housing has a space for receiving a container, and a rotator rotates the container about an axis. While the container is rotating, a sprayer sprays chilled cooling medium on the container in the housing. A reservoir stores the cooling medium when the system is not being used and maintains the cooling medium at a given temperature. At least one chilling surface is preferably provided over which the cooling medium flows and where ice may be stored. A recirculator such as a pump recirculates the cooling medium throughout the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
    Inventors: Gregory H. Loibl, George Sidebotham
  • Publication number: 20100089074
    Abstract: A method of cooling an outer wall of polymer pipe is provided. The method includes extruding a layer of polymer onto a pipe to form an outer wall of pipe; conveying the pipe including the outer wall of pipe through an inner aperture of an annular air-cooler having an annular air manifold; and blowing pressurized air, at a temperature lower than a temperature of the outer wall of pipe, through the annular air manifold such that it contacts the outer wall of pipe and cools the outer wall of pipe at a rate that is a function of a pressure of the pressurized air and a difference between the temperature of the pressurized air and the temperature of the outer wall of pipe. An apparatus for cooling an outer wall of polymer pipe is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Gerald S. Sutton, David J. Kelley
  • Publication number: 20100028214
    Abstract: A tube picking mechanism is designed for use in an automated, ultra-low temperature (e.g., ?80° C.) storage and retrieval systems which stores biological or chemical samples. The samples are contained in storage tubes held in SBS footprint storage racks that are loaded into trays located within an ultra-low temperature freezer compartment (?80° C.). A tube picking mechanism resides in a tube picking chamber that is located adjacent the freezer compartment. The tube picking chamber is maintained at about ?20° C. when the tube picking mechanism is in operation. The tube picking mechanism includes a cache within the tube picking chamber to facilitate fast paced shuttling of the tube racks from the freezer compartment into the tube picking chamber. The shuttle has a clamping mechanism to secure a tube rack in place when a gripper head picks a tube from the rack. The system also includes a push pin that pushes on the bottom of the respective tube as it is being picked from the tube rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: HAMILTON STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Raymond T. Howard, Julian Warhurst, Behrouz Zandi, Michael A. Carman, James O'Toole
  • Patent number: 7648321
    Abstract: An automated storage system for storing large quantities of samples in trays includes a storage compartment, a tray shuttle compartment abutting the storage compartment on one side and a plurality of independent modules on the other side. The modules perform processing of samples that are retrieved from the storage compartment by a tray shuttle, including extraction of selected samples from retrieved source trays and transfer of the selected samples into a separate, destination tray that can be further processed or removed from the system for use. The independent operation of the modules permits handling and processing to be performed simultaneously by different modules while the tray shuttle accesses additional samples within the storage compartment. In one embodiment, a vertical carousel is used to vertically align a desired tray with the tray shuttle, while the tray shuttle operates within a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Nexus Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert K. Neeper, Rhett L. Affleck, John E. Lillig
  • Patent number: 7637120
    Abstract: The container holding device is designed to improve the process of cooling liquids within containers. The present invention comprises a gripping device, which holds a container of fluid, and a drive shaft which is designed so that it can be securely inserted into the chuck of a hand held motorized rotary device. The inner surface of the gripping device frictionally retains a container securely, while the container is submerged into a chest filled with ice or an icy water solution and the hand held motorized rotary device actuated. The rotation accelerates the transference of the heat from the container into the colder ice or icy solution. A detachable handle, capable of connecting to the drive shaft, may also be used to allow the user to manually spin the container of fluid if a hand held motorized rotary device is not available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: Brian Edward Doss
  • Patent number: 7634917
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cryoapparatus for freezing and/or thawing a sample (1), especially in the cryopreservation of a biological sample (1), with a coolable cooling space (3) and with a sample container (10) arranged in the cooling space (3) for temporarily receiving the sample (1) when freezing or thawing the sample (1). It is suggested that the sample container (10) can be tempered separately from the cooling space. Furthermore, the invention includes an associated operating method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
    Inventors: Günter Fuhr, Heiko Zimmermann, Young-Joo Oh, Uwe Schön
  • Patent number: 7621145
    Abstract: An automatic loading apparatus (12) for specimens (1) for high-pressure cryosubstitution is disclosed. The automatic loading apparatus (12) is connected to a high-pressure freezing device (40). Specimens (1) are inserted in a holder (2). By means of a slider (4), the specimens (1) and holders (2) are conveyed to the automatic loading apparatus (12). The guidance element (26) allows exact positioning of the holder (2) in the clamping element (14). The automatic loading apparatus makes possible rapid transfer of the holder (2) having the specimen (1) from, for example, an optical microscope to the high-pressure freezing device (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Leica Mikrosysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Plank, Andreas Hallady
  • Patent number: 7621146
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for cooling a sealed portion of a container, the apparatus having a transferring arrangement for transferring one or more containers; and a plurality of cooling arrangements with one or more gripping mechanisms for gripping the containers and one or more cooling mechanisms for cooling one or more sealed portions of the containers. Preferably, the cooling arrangements are constructed and arranged to cool the sealed portions of the containers while the containers are being transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Indag Gesellschaft fur Industriebedarf mbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventor: Filippo Furlotti
  • Publication number: 20090255292
    Abstract: A refrigeration device includes an interior space enclosed by a heat-insulating housing and a carrier for refrigerated goods that can be vertically displaced inside the interior space by means of a drive device. The refrigeration device includes a force sensor that detects a change in force acting upon the carrier for refrigerated goods in the direction of displacement and a control which is adapted to stop the carrier for refrigerated goods when a change in force is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: BSH Bosch und Siemens Husgerate GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Benz
  • Publication number: 20090188272
    Abstract: An automated storage and retrieval system stores containers, typically containing biological or chemical samples, at ultra-low temperatures, i.e., from about ?50° C. to about ?90° C., preferably about ?80° C. under normal operating conditions. Dry gas air flows are used to reduce moisture and the consequential frost within the freezer compartment. A custom insulated door is provided with an access module and a tube picking compartment as well as servo motors for controlling a robot within the ultra-low temperature freezer compartment. The robot automatically places sample storage containers in stationary storage racks within the freezer compartment. Magnetic couplings are used to transmit mechanical power from outside of the freezer compartment to the robot inside of the freezer compartment. The robot has a simplified mechanical configuration. The custom door can be readily attached to standard freezer bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Robert P. Cloutier, Julian Warhurst, Behrouz Zandi, James O'Toole, Halvard Solberg
  • Publication number: 20090178429
    Abstract: A refrigerator door is provided. The refrigerator door has an outer case forming a shape of the refrigerator door, an inner case provided within the outer case to configure a backside of the refrigerator door wherein a space between the inner case and the outer case is charged with a foaming liquid, an ice making unit provided to one side of the inner case to make ice, a fixing unit provided to the space charged with the foaming liquid between the inner case and the outer case and fixing the ice making unit to the refrigerator door, and a dispenser provided to one side of the outer case to discharge the ice supplied by the ice making unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Bok Dong LEE, Seung Mok LEE, Sam Kyu PARK
  • Publication number: 20090145142
    Abstract: A machine for the production and distribution of ice particles, having a frame comprising a refrigerator group evaporator and forming means for forming the ice particles, the machine further having a distributing device for distributing the ice particles and comprising a closed housing for storing the ice particles, wherein the distributing device is located outside of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Emanuele Lanzani