Envelope Type Patents (Class 62/530)
  • Patent number: 11897684
    Abstract: A retaining member for use with a vacuum-insulated vessel is described. The retaining member may include a body and a deformable member. The deformable member may have a first layer and a second layer extending from the first layer to a resilient end of the second layer. The resilient end of the second layer may define an opening of the second layer and the opening of the second layer may be aligned with a first aperture of the body and a second aperture of the body, to receive and securely hold a bottle such as a wine bottle within the opening, the first aperture, and the second aperture. The second layer may be resiliently flexible between a first position and a second position of a peripheral edge of the resilient end, to receive and retain bottles having various sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: VINGLACE LLC
    Inventor: Colton Bryan Haas
  • Patent number: 11827417
    Abstract: A beverage container system can include a reusable beverage bottle, such as a water bottle, and a reusable beverage cup that can nest with the beverage bottle, inside a sleeve that attaches to the beverage bottle, when not in use. A beverage bottle cap can include a storage region for storing a cup cap that fits onto the beverage cup when it is removed from its nested, or stowed, configuration. From the stowed configuration, the user can twist a collet to permit removal of the beverage cup. After filled, the cup cap may be placed over the cup to prevent leakage or spillage and permit the user to access the contents. The cup may be placed, bottom side first, into the sleeve and the collet activated to connect the cup with the bottle, where a user may access each by accessing either end of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventors: Sky Gilbar, John Stump
  • Patent number: 11819149
    Abstract: A beverage insulator with an adjustable beverage lift assembly that allows a user to set a height for positioning a beverage container inserted within the open end of the beverage insulator so that the beverage container protrudes a sufficient amount for drinking from the top of the beverage container but keeps much of the beverage container surrounded by the beverage lift assembly. The user can adjust the beverage lift assembly to work with cans and bottles of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: BEERWHERE LLC
    Inventors: David Wesley Etchison, Solomon Tibebu
  • Patent number: 11690756
    Abstract: Polymers, hydrogels, and thermochromic agents, including products embodying them, methods of using them, and processes for making them. In certain embodiments, temperature therapy packs which utilize thermochromic agents integrated into solid, semi-solid, or liquid hydrogels. In preferred (but optional) embodiments, the thermochromic agents are integrated into the composition used as the temperature exchange material of the therapy pack. In certain other embodiments, methods of using the thermochromic integrated temperature exchange materials, or processes for manufacturing such thermochromic integrated temperature exchange materials and/or methods or processes for manufacturing or using thermal packs embodying such materials. In certain particularly preferred embodiments, novel polymer compositions and/or processes for making polymers, which improve product durability or longevity and/or which improve use cycles or usage times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Inventors: Litao Fan, Yong You, Yunguang Pan, Dongjia He, Rocco Mango
  • Patent number: 11655110
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a unit load device and a method for storing and transporting articles. The unit load device includes: a housing defining an internal space and an opening to the internal space; and a cover configured to operably open or hermetically close the opening; wherein the housing is provided with a housing temperature control layer containing at least a first phase change material, and/or the cover is provided with a cover temperature control layer containing at least a second phase change material, so that during storage of articles in the internal space hermetically closed by the cover, a temperature of the internal space is within a preset temperature range after a preset period of time has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventors: Dan Zhao, Zidu Ma
  • Patent number: 11631912
    Abstract: A cooler allows easy attachment and detachment of a battery. The cooler includes a main container including a refrigeration compartment, an evaporator on the main container, a compressor and a condenser adjacent to the main container, and at least one battery mount to receive a power tool battery in a detachable manner. The at least one battery mount is adjacent to the main container and above the compressor and the condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventor: Atsushi Hori
  • Patent number: 11602487
    Abstract: An arrangement includes a housing and a flexible container. The flexible container is arranged in the housing and filled with a medicine or another liquid which occurs in a pharmaceutical production process. The housing is at least partially lined with an elastic foam configured to compensate for an increase in volume of the flexible container that occurs upon freezing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventor: Thomas Wurm
  • Patent number: 11454439
    Abstract: This disclosure includes ice packs that comprise paper and absorbent material, and also includes various methods of making, adding liquid to, freezing, shipping, and/or using such ice packs. This disclosure also includes assemblies that include one or more such ice packs, such as, for example, a container of a plurality of such ice packs in dry, wet, and/or frozen states, or a container that includes an ice pack in a hydrated, frozen state and one or more perishable items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Domtar Paper Company, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Spain, Paul Kenyon, Murray Ross
  • Patent number: 11440662
    Abstract: A galley cart system employs a dry ice compartment and a refrigeration compartment in a galley cart in flow communication with the dry ice compartment. A ventilation system is in interruptible flow communication with at least the refrigeration compartment and configured to receive gas discharged from at least the refrigeration compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bryce A. Vandyke, Marcus K. Richardson, Chao-Hsin Lin
  • Patent number: 11434063
    Abstract: An insulating container comprises a container body and a container cover connected to the container body. The container body 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: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Lidong Zhang, Lijun Sun, Jiangcan Wu, Kaihua Tian, Chunhui Han, Yanan Wei
  • Patent number: 11247833
    Abstract: A storage box includes a wall including: a packaging member; and a heat transfer body and a cold storage agent that are stored in the packaging member. The cold storage agent is disposed closer to an outer surface of the storage box than the heat transfer body is. Consequently, a chill from the cold storage agent spreads over the heat transfer body, and the chill is transferred to an inside of the storage box through the heat transfer body. Thus, a temperature can be more homogeneously maintained in the storage box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Kitano, Masahiro Kagimoto, Hideji Kawarazaki, Shinya Kojima
  • Patent number: 11230424
    Abstract: The cooling insert provides an aperture for cooling or warming items within the aperture. The insert collapses to a collapsed position and expands to a use position. The insert stores a heat transfer material to provide a cooling or warming effect depending on the needs of the user. Adjustable walls pivot toward a central wall to collapse to a storage position. The adjustable walls pivot outward from the central wall to expand to the use position to form compartments for placement of items to be cooled or warmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Merchants First, LLC
    Inventor: Marcus French
  • Patent number: 11174978
    Abstract: An assembly comprising a structure provided with an interior volume in which is present for example at least one fluid capable of circulating in said volume and under the action of circulation means. Thermally insulating elements of VIP construction are arranged around a layer containing a PCM and extending around the peripheral wall that surrounds the volume. Protrusions fixed to the peripheral wall delimited spaces in which the thermally insulating elements are positioned. A sleeve extends around the protrusions and the insulating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventors: Fabrice Chopard, Paul Bline, Cédric Huillet, Boris Chauvet, Nadine Poupa, Christophe Dominiak
  • Patent number: 11077399
    Abstract: Provided is a dehumidifier capable of preventing condensation from flowing to the outside of a water container when the dehumidifier is turned over or while the dehumidifier is moved, since a suction structure for suctioning the condensation and a discharge structure for discharging the condensation are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Jung Un Choi, Kwon Jin Kim, Hyeong Joon Seo, Kang Ho Choi, Seong Ryeol Myeong, Hyun Jin Bae, Moon Sun Shin, Jong Chul Ahn, Sung June Cho, Jae Hun Choi
  • Patent number: 10932989
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a medical device, specifically, a medical transport container for transporting blood and/or pharmaceuticals, e.g. human or animal medication, which are temperature sensitive, and comprises a forming gel encapsulated within the main storage compartment, which may comprise of one or more removable dividers to accommodate a plurality of blood vials or pharmaceuticals being cooled by a refrigerating element and/or the forming gel, which morphs and conforms to hold the container's inner contents (i.e. pharmaceutical(s), blood, test tube and/or vial(s) and the like) firmly in place. Accordingly, the content(s) may be transported over long distances in a sterile climate-controlled environment, where the temperature can be preset and consistently maintained for much longer duration using a plurality of power sources, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Mark-Anthony McLean
  • Patent number: 10709251
    Abstract: A portable seat cushion providing enhanced seating comfort while also enabling the use of self-contained heat sources is disclosed which provides greater comfort to users during cold weather outdoor entertainment events. The cushion includes especially configured recessed pockets and carriers for containing and strategically placing heat generators such as lighter fluid fueled and electric hand warmers in close contact with a user's legs while sitting. Sufficient ventilation is provided to enable combustion type hand warmers to access sufficient oxygen and vent exhaust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Janet Lynn Rothman, Richard Lee Strauss
  • Patent number: 10084348
    Abstract: Wireless energy transfer apparatus include, in at least one aspect, a device resonator configured to supply power for a load by receiving wirelessly transferred power from a source resonator; a temperature sensor positioned to measure a temperature of a component of the apparatus; a tunable component coupled to the device resonator to adjust a resonant frequency of the device resonator, an effective impedance the device resonator, or both; and control circuitry configured to, in response to detecting a temperature condition using the temperature sensor, (i) tune the tunable component to adjust the resonant frequency of the device resonator, the effective impedance of the device resonator, or both, and (ii) signal the source resonator regarding the temperature condition to cause an adjustment of a resonant frequency of the source resonator, a power output of the source resonator, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Andre B. Kurs, Aristeidis Karalis, Marin Soljacic, Andrew J. Campanella, David A. Schatz
  • Patent number: 9615966
    Abstract: An externally-applied heat exchange pad has three layers laminated together, an inner and outer non-conductive layer and a middle conductive layer. A leak in the inner layer causes coolant to contact the middle layer and change impedance, which can be sensed and used as an indication of an impending total leak of the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Stelica Stelea, David Searl Kimball, Lynn Miyeko Shimada, Kenneth A. Collins, Grant Palmer
  • Patent number: 9376605
    Abstract: A phase change device for controlling temperature within a confined environment, comprising a foam material, a phase change material, the phase change material being absorbed into the foam, and a protective covering encasing the foam material/phase change material. A method for making a phase change device for controlling temperature within a confined environment, comprising providing a phase change material, providing a foam material, absorbing the phase change material into the foam material, and sealing the foam material/phase change material within a protective covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Auston Robert Matta, Jeremy Vaught, Kenneth Maltas
  • 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: 8955351
    Abstract: An energy storable air conditioning device includes a main body, at least one air blower module and at least one energy storage module. The main body has an air inlet, an air outlet and several receiving spaces connected to each other and disposed between the air inlet and the air outlet. The air blower module includes a first drawer inserted into one of the receiving spaces and a fan disposed in the first drawer. The energy storage module includes a second drawer inserted into another one of the receiving spaces and an energy storage unit disposed in the second drawer. The first drawer is connected to the second drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kunshan Jue-Chung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dah-Chyi Kuo, Xue-Hai Wang, Ling Long
  • 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: 8937212
    Abstract: A feminine cooling pad is configured for use in cooling a woman's vulva and/or adjacent region. The cooling pad may be configured for single use and be disposable so as to include a liquid permeable layer configured to be oriented toward a user's skin during use. A liquid absorbent layer is adjacent to the liquid permeable layer and configured to absorb bodily fluids or discharges during use. A cooling layer is adjacent to the liquid absorbent layer and configured to provide a cooling effect for a period of time of at least about 15 minutes when the cooling pad is placed against a user's skin. An adhesive layer is adjacent to the cooling layer and adheres the feminine cooling pad to a user's undergarment during use and maintains the cooling pad in a desired orientation relative to the user's body. A feminine heating pad may be provided by including a microwavable material that becomes warm or hot when placed in a microwave oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: Michelle Fogg, John Guynn
  • Patent number: 8899072
    Abstract: An adapter for mounting an icemaker on top of an ice bin of an ice and beverage dispenser has a lid mounted for both sliding movement and pivotal movement relative to the remainder of the adapter. The lid normally covers an inlet to the ice bin. To expose the ice bin inlet for visually inspection of the interior of the bin and/or to accommodate manual filling of the bin with ice, the lid is manually slid forward off of and then be rotated away from the bin inlet to fully expose the inlet. The lid at all times remains connected to the adapter so that it is not lost or exposed to unsanitary conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaji Kulangara Veettil, Nishant Kulkarni, Douglas Anderson
  • Patent number: 8887515
    Abstract: A thermal management system includes a case; an insulation material provided within the case, the insulation material defining an interior volume of the insulation material; a liner arranged in the interior volume, the liner having an inner surface that extends toward a center of the case; an outer container of phase change material provided in the liner, the outer container comprising a plurality of outer panels containing a first phase change material, the plurality of outer panels comprising a bottom outer panel, a top outer panel, and side outer panels; and an inner container of phase change material provided in the outer container, the inner container comprising a plurality of inner panels containing a second phase change material; wherein an outer surface of each of the side outer panels is parallel with the inner surface of the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Pelican BioPharma, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher H. Patstone
  • Publication number: 20140331714
    Abstract: A flat storage ice pack is provided that is designed to effectively wrap around square containers, such as prisma containers. The ice pack is comprised of a container having at least four segments each including a column of freezable liquid. The segments are designed to separate the freezable liquid columns from each other at a distance that will allow the columns, when frozen, to create right angles relative to one another. In this manner, the ice pack is able to sizably fold around a square container by creating corners between the columns for received corresponding corners of square objects, such a prisma containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Susan Leslie
  • Patent number: 8857209
    Abstract: An apparatus carries and stores foodstuffs in a desired ambient temperature, and comprises a primary tray, a shroud, and a lid. The primary tray comprises an inner support platform portion and an outer shroud-receiving portion. The shroud comprises an inner cover portion and an outer wall portion contiguous with the inner cover portion. The inner cover portion defines a downwardly open matter-receiving space for covering matter supported by the support platform portion. The outer wall portion and the inner cover portion define an upwardly open medium-receiving space for receiving and positioning a heat transfer medium adjacent the matter-receiving space. The lid is seatable upon the shroud for covering the medium-receiving space. A series of fastening mechanisms removably fasten the primary tray to the shroud. A heat transfer medium is receivable in the medium-receiving space for effecting heat transfer intermediate the medium-receiving and matter-receiving spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Junli Wang
  • Patent number: 8839642
    Abstract: A chemical heat pump includes a reactor part (1) that contains an active substance and an evaporator/condenser part (3) that contains that portion of volatile liquid that exists in a condensed state and can be absorbed by the active substance. A channel (4) interconnects the reactor part and the evaporator/condenser part. To heat the reactor part, a portion of this wall is arranged as a solar energy collector, which can result in a very compact structure. In at least the reactor part a matrix (13) is provided for the active substance so that the active substance both in its solid state and its liquid state or its solution phase is held or carried by or bonded to the matrix. The matrix is advantageously an inert material such as aluminium oxide and has pores, which are permeable for the volatile liquid and in which the active substance is located. In particular, a material can be used that has a surface or surfaces, at which the active substance can be bonded in its liquid state thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Climatewell AB
    Inventors: Goran Bolin, Ray Olsson
  • Patent number: 8726688
    Abstract: A refrigerator for fresh and frozen products with passive elements for temperature leveling without ventilation and for maintaining the relative humidity above 90% even in the absence of a connection to the electrical mains, by using the energy supplied by the melting enthalpy of the thermal mass, frozen beforehand by circulating refrigeration fluid at low temperature within a heat accumulator, which allows to absorb the heat that passes through the walls and the heat dissipated by the products, the refrigerator comprising a body which defines internally at least one compartment which is delimited by thermally insulating walls, at least 50% of the inner surface of the compartment being constituted by the surface of a heat accumulator containing a eutectic liquid, with a phase change temperature which is proximate to the temperature to be maintained within the compartment, an evaporation circuit associated with a compressor being connected to the heat accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Nomos S.R.L.
    Inventor: Alberto Ghiraldi
  • Patent number: 8695360
    Abstract: The invention relates to a desalination method and system that uses freeze crystallization technology that incorporates the use of compressed air energy as the source for freezing temperatures. When compressed air is released by a turbo expander, chilled air is produced as a by-product, wherein the chilled air is introduced into a crystallization chamber. Also injected into the chamber is a spray cloud of seawater droplets, which has been pre-chilled by heat exchange with the cold chamber walls, and which is then circulated and exposed to the chilled air in the chamber. The sizes of the droplets can vary, but are preferably predetermined, along with the relative temperatures, flows and speeds of the spray and chilled air, such that when the droplets are circulated within the chilled air, and settle at the bottom of the chamber, they are deposited at slightly above the eutectic temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Ben M. Enis, Paul Lieberman
  • Patent number: 8695373
    Abstract: A temperature maintenance system for use with nested containers includes a segmented wall liner assembly and removable cover. The segmented wall liner assembly includes a plurality of segments formed in an array, with each of the segments connected to at least one of the other of the segments, and which extend radially outward from a central point. Each of the segments has a plurality of sections, and each of the sections has a central compartment which contains phase change material. The segmented wall liner assembly is capable of changing from a substantially flat, open position, to an angular position when removably disposed in-between the nested containers, and the nested containers have substantially concave surfaces, whereby the segments conform to the substantially concave surfaces when the segmented wall liner assembly is in the angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Claire Jean Patton
  • Patent number: 8607581
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a transport package which efficiently maintains payload temperature within a predetermined temperature range during delivery through regions having ambient temperatures outside the desired range. The transport package is used for transporting temperature sensitive materials and thermally protecting the materials from cold and hot ambient temperatures in a manner that does not require a power source or other mechanical devices. Aspects of the invention relate to a temperature maintaining packaging system having an outer container, thermal insulation materials and two or more different phase change materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Entropy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Preston Noel Williams, Henry Adolf Cousineau, III, Arnold Charles Hillman, Christian Peter Kramer, David Nicholas Legas
  • Publication number: 20130239607
    Abstract: A thermal barrier maintains a beverage within a container at a desired temperature. The barrier may include gas or liquid filled microcapsules and a base material having microencapsulated solid-liquid phase change material, or combinations thereof. The thermal barrier may include a cooling element attached to the exterior of the container, the interior of the container, or free-floating within the container. Other embodiments include a container holder incorporating phase change materials to control temperature of the beverages. The holder includes enclosing sidewalls and a plurality of cavities to receive one or more containers. Gaps between the cavities and the enclosing sidewalls are filled with phase change materials, such as microencapsulated phase change materials. Another embodiment provides a double walled pitcher with phase change materials and a base material filling the space between the walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jason Morgan Kelly
  • Patent number: 8448457
    Abstract: A system for use in freezing, thawing, transporting or storing biopharmaceutical materials which includes a container, a holder and plurality of heat transfer members. The container is configured to hold biopharmaceutical materials therein. The holder has a cavity for receiving the container and includes an interior surface bounding the cavity. A plurality of pockets contact outer surfaces of the container and is received in the cavity. Each pocket of the plurality of pockets includes a pocket cavity. A heat transfer member actively controls the temperature of biopharmaceutical materials held in the container and is received in the pocket cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim North America Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Cutting, Isabelle Gay, Oscar Werner Reif
  • Patent number: 8443623
    Abstract: A phase change device for controlling temperature within a confined environment, comprising a foam material, a phase change material, the phase change material being absorbed into the foam, and a protective covering encasing the foam material/phase change material. A method for making a phase change device for controlling temperature within a confined environment, comprising providing a phase change material, providing a foam material, absorbing the phase change material into the foam material, and sealing the foam material/phase change material within a protective covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Tegrant Diversified Brands
    Inventors: Auston Robert Matta, Jeremy Vaught, Kenneth Maltas
  • Patent number: 8443793
    Abstract: A heating apparatus includes an elongated flexible envelope (4) comprising two sheets (6), (8) that are attached to each other along permanent side seams (10), (12) and along a permanent bottom seam (14) and a moisture-activated chemical heater (16) disposed inside envelope (4), wherein envelope (4) is folded over on itself and secured by temporary side seams (18), (20) and a permanent top seam (22) to form a continuous moisture barrier surrounding the moisture activated chemical heater (16) and wherein heater (2) may be opened for use by removing top seam (22) and unfolding envelope (4) by unpeeling temporary seals (18), (20) to provide unfolded envelope (4), wherein sheets (6) and (8) remain sealed along permanent seams (10), (12) and (14), but wherein envelope (4) now has an open top end (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Innophos, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Payen, Michael Wadlinger, Joseph Mitchell, Robert Finn, George Carl Harmsen, Dennis L. Myers
  • Patent number: 8366759
    Abstract: A therapy device comprises a flexible sealed envelope and a gel within the envelope. The gel comprises water, thickening agent, and biodiesel by-product glycerin comprising glycerol and soap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Wayne K. Dunshee, Jessica L. Petersen
  • Patent number: 8297072
    Abstract: A beverage container is provided with an integral cooling element to maintain a beverage at a cooled temperature after exposure to a warmer environment. The cooling element incorporates use of solid/liquid phase change material. When the beverage is chilled, the phase change material is maintained in a solid state below its melting temperature. When the beverage container is exposed to a warmer environment, such as during consumption, the phase change material undergoes a phase change thereby absorbing heat from the surrounding beverage. The cooling element can either be attached to the inside of the container or free-floating, but in either case, is in direct contact with the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: MillerCoors, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Alan Willcoxen, Daniel Alan Thieman
  • Publication number: 20120255324
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing temperature control includes a bottom layer, an upper layer permeable to liquid, a hydratable absorbent material positioned between the bottom layer and the upper layer, and an outer layer positioned over the upper layer, the outer layer including one or more apertures for passing a liquid from an exterior surface of the outer layer to the upper layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: THOMAS BELINA
  • Patent number: 8151577
    Abstract: A frozen beverage device (10) has a container (20) and sealable cover (30) to convert a liquid (60), such as a non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage into an at least semi-frozen slurry containing ice crystals (61). Freezing device(s) (50), which may have a range of shapes, contain refrigerant to from a thin layer of ice/ice crystals on the deformable wall(s) of the freezing device(s) (50), the ice crystals (61) being released therefrom due to agitation of the liquid (60) by shaking/rotation and/or squeezing on the container (20) and/or cover (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hydro-Turbine Developments Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Alfio Bucceri
  • Publication number: 20120031142
    Abstract: A system simultaneously applies compression and cooling to a body part. An ice bag has a removable cap for inserting ice and removing water. An air release valve in the cap allows release of air from the ice bag without removing or loosening the cap. A compression wrap is a unitary sheet of elastic material having a central body with straps extending therefrom. A hole in the central body receives the neck of the ice bag, which is positioned over the body part. The unitary body and straps of the sheet apply pressure via the ice bag. Air released into the ice bag from melting ice is removed via the air release valve without disturbing the compression wrap or the cap. The compression wrap contracts to compensate for the volume of the released air, thus maintaining continuous pressure on and thermal contact with the body part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: HYPER ICE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Marton, Anthony Katz
  • Patent number: 8074465
    Abstract: The present invention provides a temperature sensitive transport container (20) for packaging and shipping cell-based products such as cultured cells intended for transplantation. In particular, the present disclosure provides a thermally insulated transport container system (10) for storing and transporting cells for transplantation which is capable of maintaining the cells at a desirable temperature range for a sufficient period of time to ensure adequate cell viability and therapeutic properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Genzyme Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Heroux, Barbara Seymour
  • Patent number: 8051674
    Abstract: A system for use with a consumable beverage includes a container having a mouth. A lid is detachably engaged with the container. A collar is adapted to be seated in the mouth of the container. The collar defines an opening therein. A thermal energy storing member is detachably engagable with the opening in the collar and/or the lid. A collar for supporting an end of a thermal energy storing member; a lid for a container adapted to engage a thermal energy storing member; and method of providing a chilled consumable beverage are each separately detailed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Cool Gear International, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Roth, Donna Roth
  • Patent number: 8011205
    Abstract: A food storage system including a secondary bowl that is adapted to be positioned at least partially on and/or in a main lid. The secondary bowl is adapted to be detachable from the main lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Cool Gear International, LLC
    Inventors: Donna Roth, Henry Roth
  • Publication number: 20110179807
    Abstract: A transportable PCM (phase change material) module comprises a number of PCM packs; a housing for thermally insulting said number of PCM packs from a module's surrounding medium; spaces separating said packs and forming one or more channels for the flow of a fluid; said housing incorporating a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet; whereby, in use, fluid flows through said channels from said inlet to said outlet. A PCM (phase change material) pack comprises a laminate of a first conducting panel and a second conducting panel enclosing a portion formed primarily of PCM; wherein said portion of PCM incorporates thermal conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Mathew Holloway, Karina Torlei, Daniel Becerra, William Linsey Penfold
  • Patent number: 7975504
    Abstract: A temperature regulation apparatus includes a dry ice module that encloses dry ice so that the module's outside surface is not hazardous to touch. Insulation, breathable material, or a combination of insulating and breathable materials, allows dry ice sublimation at a sufficiently slow rate within the attached dry ice module to control the ambient temperature in the area to be cooled. The dry ice module can be attached in a location that maximizes the dry ice cooling properties, typically at or near the top of the area to be cooled. Since sublimated carbon dioxide is heavier than normal air, it falls to the bottom of the area to be cooled and builds up. The venting placement in the dry ice module is based upon the make up of the dry ice module and the breathable materials inside of it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Robert E. Whewell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7954338
    Abstract: A water storage unit includes an outer bag with an inlet defined in a top end thereof and an inner bag is received in the outer bag. A coolant bag is received in the inner bag and has coolant received therein. An outlet part is connected to the lower end of the outer bag and connected with a hose so that the user can suck the water in the outer bag. The water is cooled by the coolant in the coolant bag which is located at the lower end of the outer bag. A handle has a clamp slot with which a sealing rod is securely engaged. The inlet of the outer bag can be sealed by the cooperation of the clamp slot of the handle and the sealing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Chien Ping Lien
  • Publication number: 20110126582
    Abstract: A fillable gel pack includes a first side panel having a peripheral region characterized by a first boundary and a second side panel having a peripheral region characterized by a second boundary. The fillable gel pack also includes a sealed periphery joining a portion of the peripheral region of the first side panel shorter than the first boundary with a portion of the peripheral region of the second side panel shorter than the second boundary. The sealed periphery includes one or more outwardly disposed convex portions. The fillable gel pack further includes an unsealed periphery disposed at an unsealed portion of the peripheral region of the first side panel and an unsealed portion of the peripheral region of the second side panel. The unsealed periphery provides a fluid conduit passing from a region external to the fillable gel pack to a region internal to the fillable gel pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: Coldpack, Inc.
    Inventors: Alice K. Duong, David B. McKinney
  • Publication number: 20110094012
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing an article associated with headgear that keeps the wearer's head cool and/or cushioned from the interior harness of the headgear. The article is a system, liner or pad that is inserted into the headgear or coupled to the headgear harness for cooling and/or comfort, and includes a liquid-absorbing material contained within non-impervious pocket partitions. One or more ventilation portions and/or devices may also be included to allow for the free flow of air, breathing of the wearer's scalp and to facilitate the natural evaporation of perspiration. In some implementations, the article may be used in a variety of different headgear. As the pocket partitions swell due to absorption of a liquid by the material, the pockets function as gel-like cushions or pads that protect the wearer's scalp. The article is held in place with small straps, Velcro® tabs, or other retention devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Gregory T. Toth
  • Patent number: 7926296
    Abstract: A phase change material comprising a mixture of water and deuterium oxide is described, wherein the mole fraction of deuterium oxide is selected so that the mixture has a selected phase change temperature within a range between 0° C. and 4° C. The mixture is placed in a container and used for passive storage and transport of biomaterials and other temperature sensitive materials. Gels, nucleating agents, freezing point depression materials and colorants may be added to enhance the characteristics of the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama
    Inventors: Francis C. Wessling, Jr., James M. Blackwood