By Contacting With Liquid Patents (Class 62/64)
  • Patent number: 11846467
    Abstract: An apparatus for the rapid cooling of packaged beverages that includes a thermally insulated immersion tank capable of containing a liquid refrigerant and an evaporator coil placed within the tank, where the container will be submerged while held by gripping means connected to a vertical rotation axis mounted on a vertically movable cart, both driven by driving means under the control of a control unit that commands a series of sequential steps such as driving the rotation of said axial rotation axis within a predetermined speed range and period of time followed by slowing down of the rotation of said axial rotation axis at a predetermined speed with a simultaneous vertical reciprocating movement of the container by means of the vertically movable cart for a predetermined period of time as many times as established by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: PULSACLASS SAS
    Inventors: Santiago Schmidt, Luciano Cismondi, Pablo Esteban Di Lorenzo, Nicolás Kölliker Frers, Marcos Condomí Alcorta
  • Patent number: 11519654
    Abstract: Beverage chillers are disclosed. A beverage chiller may include a container platform that receives a beverage container and a chiller tank. The chiller tank may have a central axis and may have an agitator. The chiller tank may be filled with water. A conveyor may move the container platform and beverage container into the chiller tank. The container platform and beverage container may rotate in a first direction in the chiller tank and the agitator may rotate the water in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant Deshpande, Gurmeet Bhutani, Brian Kelly, Wilton Brown
  • Patent number: 10989468
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for accelerating the cooling of a beverage can and/or ice tray utilizing at least one body that presents a density and thermal conductivity, defines a standard beverage can and/or ice tray receiving receptacle configured to form a minimum contact surface area of engagement with at least one can and/or tray, and preferably further defines a series of thru-holes, so as to promote accelerated cooling through conduction, convection within a compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: William A. Jacob
  • Patent number: 10913526
    Abstract: A boat chiller system (1) wherein a self-contained externally cooled fresh water supply is used in place of water in which the boat is docked, such as seawater, to transfer heat from an interior space of a boat (4) to outside of the boat. The use of recirculated fresh water eliminates barnacle growth in an onboard water cooled a/c system (2) and/or excess barnacles and other sea life from growing near an external water discharge (12) on the boat as would occur with the discharge of heated sea water in a conventional boat a/c system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Kevin J. Clark
  • Patent number: 10914515
    Abstract: A container enclosing a volume, the container having a container floor facing the volume, a release valve, and a detachable lid positioned opposite the container floor. The detachable lid having at least one lid inlet that penetrates the detachable lid. The lid inlet having an inlet sleeve having a first sleeve end that extends outside the detachable lid and a second sleeve end that extends into the container. A conduit system having at least one overflow outlet fluidly coupled to the conduit system and positioned within the second sleeve end and a water pump coupled to the conduit system for transferring a fluid through the conduit system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Brian Scott Deisley, Dylan Deisley
  • Patent number: 10865131
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement for processing sludge into sludge residue having a targeted dry solid concentration is provided. The method comprises a step of distributing (110) provided sludge for continuous transport in a specific form factor; cooling (120) the distributed sludge into a frozen state using a refrigerating medium; thawing (140) the frozen sludge using a first heating medium; drying (150) the thawed sludge to a targeted dry solid concentration, wherein at least one aspect of the method is controlled by a processing parameter, the method further comprising the step of monitoring (160) at least one processing parameter, and adjusting (170) at least one processing parameter with respect to a corresponding reference value based on said at least one sludge characteristic or user input to improve sludge processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Elajo Technology Solutions AB
    Inventor: Stefan Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 10603764
    Abstract: A burnishing tool and a method of additively manufacturing components of the burnishing tool are provided. The burnishing tool includes a burnishing element for burnishing a workpiece. The burnishing element is positioned between an upper nozzle and a lower nozzle which are additively manufactured to define a plurality of internal fluid passageways for receiving, distributing, and discharging a burnishing fluid to facilitate cooling and/or lubrication of the burnishing element and/or the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Kevin William Meyer
  • Patent number: 10231955
    Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods for making and using a rapid dissolving, high potency, substantially amorphous nanostructured aggregate for pulmonary delivery of tacrolimus and a stabilizer matrix comprising, optionally, a polymeric or non-polymeric surfactant, a polymeric or non-polymeric saccharide or both, wherein the aggregate comprises a surface area greater than 5 m2/g as measured by BET analysis and exhibiting supersaturation for at least 0.5 hours when 11-15-times the aqueous crystalline solubility of tacrolimus is added to simulated lung fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Robert O. Williams, III, Keith P. Johnston, Prapasri Sinswat, Jason T. McConville, Robert Talbert, Jay I. Peters, Alan B. Watts, True L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10086431
    Abstract: Disclosed here is a method for making a nanoporous material, comprising aerosolizing a solution comprising at least one metal salt and at least one solvent to obtain an aerosol, freezing the aerosol to obtain a frozen aerosol, and drying the frozen aerosol to obtain a nanoporous metal compound material. Further, the nanoporous metal compound material can be reduced to obtain a nanoporous metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermoe National Security, LLC, National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Bagge-Hansen, Patrick G. Campbell, Jeffrey D. Colvin, Sergei Kucheyev, Thomas E. Felter
  • Patent number: 9464761
    Abstract: A gas-filling device (1) in which the design pressure of a pressure accumulator can be reduced while downsizing a compressor includes a compressor (4) and a pressure accumulator (5). In advance, a relationship between a filling pressure and a target flow rate is determined in accordance with the volume of a tank (3), the filling pressure is detected, and the target flow rate is determined. A flow rate of a gas to be supplied into the tank (3) is controlled according to the target flow rate. In a case where the target flow rate is equal to or less than a maximum discharge flow rate of the compressor (4), the gas is supplied to the tank (3) only from the compressor (4). In a case where the target flow rate is greater than the maximum discharge flow rate, the gas is supplied to the tank (3) from the compressor (4) and the pressure accumulator (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nagura, Hitoshi Takagi
  • Patent number: 9283293
    Abstract: A method for pasteurizing a continuous product chain in a device having an inlet, heat-up, pasteurization, and cooling regions all divided into treatment zones, and a transporter for passing products through these regions includes heating up, pasteurizing, and cooling by heat transfer between the products and a spray medium with which the products are sprayed, for each of the treatment zones, adapting a temperature of the spray medium to cause a desired consequence to heat transfer in the treatment zone, and varying a pasteurization process by changing a volumetric flow rate of the spray medium in at least one treatment zone between a maximum value and a minimum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Andre Ratke, Thomas Stienen
  • Patent number: 9182165
    Abstract: A refrigerator is disclosed. The refrigerator includes a refrigerator body having a storage chamber defined therein, a refrigeration cycle device for cooling the storage chamber, a chilling case for receiving a beverage container such that the chilling case surrounds the beverage container in a contact manner, and a rapid cooling device, having a case receiving part for receiving the chilling case, for cooling a coolant using the refrigeration cycle device and spraying the cooled coolant to an outside of the chilling case in a vicinity of the chilling case. A beverage is cooled in a state in which the beverage container is not in direct contact with the coolant, whereby the coolant is not present at the outside of the beverage container, and therefore, the beverage container is kept sanitary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventors: Youn Seok Lee, Yeon Woo Cho, Yang Gyu Kim, Deul Re Min
  • Patent number: 9169460
    Abstract: A tray assembly which may include a single well or a plurality of wells that will contain specimens for cryo-preservation, freezing, thawing, or warming. The assembly will include a structure whereby a sequence of different media solutions can be introduced into a well or wells in the assembly without the need to move the specimens and without disturbing an overlying oil layer which floats on top of the media solutions. The media solutions will be introduced into the specimen wells through adjunct passages which communicate with the interior of the wells. The adjunct passages will preferably be integral with the wells and will be formed at the same time the wells are formed. Thus manufacturing the assembly of this invention will be inexpensive and repetitive. The adjunct passages can be used to infuse different media solutions into the wells at different stages of the protocols in question. The wells can be inverted cones or pyramids in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D. Cecchi
  • Patent number: 9151533
    Abstract: The invention refers to a method for tempering, such as cooling, of a number of packaged units of products (bags) by using a coolant in the form of a mixture of ice cubes and water, and characterised by the fact that an ice slurry of water and ice particles is applied, and that the mixture is circulated around the units in order to cool them. Preferably, injectors should be utilised to pump the slurry around and in between the bags. The invention also refers to a system and an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Utstyr & Kjoleservice A/S
    Inventor: Tor Brekke
  • Patent number: 9086859
    Abstract: A liquid submersion cooling system that is suitable for cooling a number of electronic devices in parallel using a plurality of cases connected to a rack system. The system cools heat-generating components in server computers and other devices that use electronic, heat-generating components and are connected in parallel systems. The system includes a housing having an interior space, a dielectric cooling liquid in the interior space, a heat-generating electronic component disposed within the space and submerged in the dielectric cooling liquid. The rack system contains a manifold system to engage and allow liquid transfer for multiple cases and IO connectors to engage electrically with multiple cases/electronic devices. The rack system can be connected to a pump system for pumping the liquid into and out of the rack, to and from external heat exchangers, heat pumps, or other thermal dissipation/recovery devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Chad D. Attlesey
  • Publication number: 20150128619
    Abstract: In a cooling device for beverages in beverage containers, including a preferably cylindrical chamber for receiving a beverage container and at least one cooling element (1), the chamber is constructed as a basin for a cooling bath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Johannes WILD
  • Publication number: 20150114011
    Abstract: Soft drinks, beer, energy drinks, flavored drinks, fruit juices, wine, carbonated drinks and other refreshments are kept refrigerated for hours and sometimes days until served for consumption or sold. Energy is spent in chilling them from room temperature to the temperature at which they are to be served or sold and also energy is spent in conserving them at said serving or selling temperature. A process and equipment to rapidly chill beverages in their containers from ambient temperature to the temperature chosen for consumption or sale is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Alfonso Gerardo Benavides
  • Patent number: 9016081
    Abstract: A method of cooling foodstuff comprises immersing at least one perforated container containing foodstuff into an ice slurry bath for a period of time sufficient to allow ice slurry to enter the at least one perforated container and then subsequently removing the at least one perforated container from the ice slurry bath. Various apparatuses for cooling foodstuff are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sunwell Engineering Company Limited
    Inventor: Vladimir Goldstein
  • Publication number: 20150090878
    Abstract: A method of preparing a sample for a charged-particle microscope includes: Providing a substantially plate-like sample holder having opposed first and second major surfaces substantially parallel to one another, comprising at least one aperture connecting said major surfaces and across which a membrane has been spanned upon said first major surface, which membrane comprises at least one perforation; Spanning a film of liquid across said perforation, which liquid comprises at least one study specimen suspended therein; Plunging the sample holder onto a bath of cryogen, whereby the sample holder is held with said first major surface pointing toward the cryogen and arranged substantially parallel to an exposed surface of the cryogen; and Applying a blast of cryogenic fluid to said film from a nozzle pointing toward said second major surface, immediately prior to the film making contact with said cryogen. A corresponding apparatus is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: FEI Company
    Inventors: Hervé-William Rémigy, Karin Smulders-Weemers, Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ovsyanko, Frank Nijpels, Kasim Stefan Sader
  • Publication number: 20150059365
    Abstract: A method for reducing a temperature of a product in a freezer includes providing a product to a chamber of the freezer; dividing a portion of the chamber disposed between a pair of baffle assemblies in the freezer into an intake zone and an outflow zone; moving each baffle assembly of the pair of baffle assemblies in the chamber 90° degrees out of phase with each other for directing a gas flow in the chamber; oscillating the gas flow within the chamber between the intake zone and the outflow zone during the moving the pair of baffle assemblies; injecting a cryogen substance into the chamber for cooling the gas flow; and contacting the product with the cooling gas flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Michael D. Newman, Stephen A. McCormick
  • Patent number: 8959935
    Abstract: A freezing microtome for the production of microscopable thin sections of tissue samples (60), comprising a cooling device (24, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 48, 50, 52) for freezing the tissue samples (60), a cutting device for cutting the frozen tissue samples (60) and a working chamber, in which the cutting device and at least a part of the cooling device (24, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 48, 50, 52) are arranged is described. The part of the cooling device (24, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 48, 50, 52) arranged in the working chamber contains a liquid coolant (70), in which the tissue samples (60) can be inserted for freezing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Höfling, Hermann Ulbrich, Ralf Eckert, Michael Eberhard
  • Patent number: 8935930
    Abstract: Method for cooling a product, all or part of the cooling being carried out by contact of the product with a mixture of carbon dioxide snow (CO2) and liquid nitrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: l'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Franck Cousin, Willy Frederick, Nicolas Fachon
  • Patent number: 8893519
    Abstract: A cooling system and method for a machining process. The system includes a coolant supply and a coolant activation assembly, where the coolant supply is configured to provide coolant to the coolant activation assembly. The coolant activation assembly includes a plurality of piezoelectric actuators. Each of the plurality of piezoelectric actuators is configured to emit a coolant stream and to impart an ultrasonic or megasonic vibration component to each coolant stream. The coolant activation assembly is configured to provide cooling to a focal point in a work zone by directing multiple coolant streams emitted by the plurality of piezoelectric actuators to the focal point such that multiple coolant streams converge at the focal point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Yongsheng Gao, Shengyin Zhou
  • Patent number: 8875537
    Abstract: A system for cooling at least one singlulation saw used to singulate components from a substrate. The system is comprised of a coolant loop having at one or more coolant delivery element, a coolant collection element, one or more recycle tanks for contaminate particles to settle out of the captured coolant, a mixing tank configured after the recycle tanks within the loop to produce and replace lost coolant, and a cooling element to cool the coolant. The system can also include filters within the loop to remove particles not removed by the settling tank. Further, the system is able to be configured with a holding tank configured to prevent any bubbles from getting to the coolant delivery element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: UTAC Thai Limited
    Inventors: Sorasak Utathin, Sukunya Kitcharaenthamrong, Nopnarintr Rabuapin
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140318158
    Abstract: Methods, processes, compositions, apparatus, kits and systems for chilling and cooling beverages and desserts to selected desired temperatures by adding the beverages and desserts to different mixtures of brine solutions and bags of loose ice. The invention forms and creates an aqueous solution composition of certain salinity of ice-melter (such as sodium chloride ‘salt’ and/or calcium chloride). The composition is poured in a pre-defined amount evenly over a known amount of bagged-ice in a cooler. The result is a precisely controlled and evenly distributed temperature (within a few degrees Fahrenheit) can be obtained within the ice-solution mixture. Next, canned and bottled beverages (and other items) can be submerged in the precision controlled temperature ice-solution mixture to create certain desired effects only possible by chilling items to a known temperature below 32 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Shuntich
  • Patent number: 8850833
    Abstract: An integrated industrial plant includes various systems, all of which use a cryogenic liquid obtained from a common source. One system includes a fermentation unit, in which cold air, chilled by heat exchange with the cryogenic liquid, absorbs excess heat generated by the fermentation. Another system is a lyophilization unit, in which a refrigeration step is performed through the use of air that has been chilled by heat exchange with the cryogenic liquid. Another system is a device for freezing discrete samples of biological products, the samples being frozen by partial immersion in the cryogenic liquid. The invention substantially reduces the use of electric power, and provides systems which operate economically and reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: American Air Liquide, Inc.
    Inventor: Sudhir Brahmbhatt
  • Patent number: 8844315
    Abstract: A cryogenic freezer includes a plurality of conveyor rail supports that rest upon side walls of a lower housing of the freezer. The conveyor rail supports include upper and lower bars that support upper and lower conveyor support rails extending perpendicular to the bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP
    Inventors: Stephen Bilger, David C. Braithwaite
  • Patent number: 8840803
    Abstract: A nanocomposite fluid includes a fluid medium; and a nanoparticle composition comprising nanoparticles which are electrically insulating and thermally conductive. A method of making the nanocomposite fluid includes forming boron nitride nanoparticles; dispersing the boron nitride nanoparticles in a solvent; combining the boron nitride nanoparticles and a fluid medium; and removing the solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Oleg A. Mazyar, Ashley Leonard, Joshua C. Falkner
  • Publication number: 20140216070
    Abstract: A blanket for cryogenically cooling at least a portion of a workpiece is provided. The blanket includes a body having an interior surface configured to face the workpiece. The blanket also includes a plurality of nozzles located on the interior surface of the body. The blanket further includes one or more tubes configured to deliver cryogenic liquid to the plurality of nozzles for spraying upon at least a portion of the workpiece. A method and system for cryogenically cooling at least a portion of a workpiece utilizing a blanket are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20140208780
    Abstract: A cooling system that cools hot rolled long steel bar, provided with a plurality of chambers that are arranged along the longitudinal direction of the rolled steel bar. Each of the plurality of chambers is provided with a blow outlet that, facing from the chamber to the rolled steel bar, blows out compressed air for cooling that is introduced to the chamber from a gas inlet that is connected to the chamber; a nozzle plate having a plurality of nozzle holes that is provided at this blow outlet so as to face the rolled steel bar; a cooling water supply nozzle that supplies cooling water into the chamber; and a rectifying plate that is provided between the gas inlet and the cooling water supply nozzle, and that prevents the compressed gas for cooling that is introduced from the gas inlet from directly striking the nozzle plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Seiji SUGIYAMA, Tatsuya YAMANOKUCHI, Takeshi KIMURA, Mitsugu KAJIWARA, Kazuhisa FUJIWARA, Takuya SATO
  • Patent number: 8756953
    Abstract: The device according to the invention for the cooling of articles, comprising at least one channel which can be connected to a first coolant source such that a first stream of a first coolant can flow through the channel, the articles to be cooled being introducible into the stream, is distinguished in that at least one cross-sectional stabilizer for stabilizing the cross section of the at least one channel is formed. The device according to the invention advantageously allows the defined cooling of articles, in particular the freezing of drops of a liquid or pasty material, in particular of liquid or pasty foods. In particular, a deformation, such as warping, of the channels on account of pronounced temperature gradients and/or temperature transients is effectively reduced. Thus, even after cooling-down operations, uniform cooling conditions can be ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Robert Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140157799
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus, method and system to thermally package an item having at least one container (100) substantially filled with an alcohol, wherein said alcohol undergoes a phase change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: TCP Reliable, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Romero
  • Publication number: 20140137575
    Abstract: An egg chiller is provided that can be used to chill both raw and hard-boiled eggs. The egg chiller has a base tray and at least one additional tray. An interior volume of both the base tray and the at least one additional tray is filled with an amount of water through an interior opening. A plug is inserted into the interior opening of both the base tray and the at least one additional tray in order to prevent the amount of water from leaking out. After the amount of water is allowed to freeze, eggs are placed within a plurality of egg-bottom recesses of both the base tray and the at least one additional tray. The at least one additional tray is then stacked on top of the base tray, allowing for compact storage of the egg chiller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Gustavo GUERRERO
  • Patent number: 8621878
    Abstract: The injection device according to the invention, intended to be attached to the wall of the bottom of a container containing a product to be cooled in bulk, includes a hollow cylindrical body in which a valve forced by a spring is inserted, a throughchannel appreciably parallel to said valve intended to be fed by pressurized cryogenic fluid, one end of said through-channel being connected to the cryogenic fluid feed system and the opposite end opening into the seat of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Herve Flamant, Olivier Pouchain, Jacques Fouche, Jo Algoet
  • Publication number: 20140000297
    Abstract: A liquid or suspension is formed into frozen particles through contact of a diverging cone spray of the liquid or suspension with a converging cone spray of a liquid cryogen. The converging cone spray of the liquid cryogen is sprayed from a converging annulus defined by an outer surface of an atomization nozzle and an inner surface of a liquid cryogen housing surrounding the atomization nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Air Liquide Industrial U.S. L.P.
    Inventor: Rolf Helmut WIELAND
  • Publication number: 20130327067
    Abstract: A method of improving the efficiency in delivery of a cryogenic liquid to the surface of a metal body in a furnace, the method comprising the steps of delivering a liquid cryogen (10, 20) to a liquid-gas phase separator (30), allowing a gaseous cryogen (45) present in a liquid phase (40) of the liquid cryogen to separate from the liquid cryogen (40), condensing (60, 70, 80) the gaseous cryogen (45) to an additional amount of liquid cryogen (40), delivering the liquid cryogen and the additional amount of liquid cryogen (50) to the surface of a metal body in a furnace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP
    Inventors: Rozalia Papp, David C. Braithwaite, Richard Sauer, John Buonassisi
  • Patent number: 8573000
    Abstract: A cryogenic tunnel freezer (10) having modular design and construction including a lower section (16) that can be raised and lowered relative to an upper section (14), the upper and lower sections (14, 16) defining a tunnel (12) when the lower section (16) is in a closed (raised) position. Product is moved through the tunnel (12) via a belt (22) formed of arrays of plastic modules (76) that are reinforced by metal chains (140) and rods (150). The lower run (23) of the belt (22) rides on the floor (48) of the lower section (16) and the upper run (21) rides on the lower run (23) when the belt (22) is operated. The flow of cryogenic fluid through the tunnel (12) is aided by vaporization of a cryogenic fluid and baffles (98), but no air-moving devices located within the tunnel (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Trembley, Jeremy Paul Miller, Michael Robert Himes
  • Publication number: 20130269371
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a spherical frozen food is provided. One or more plates are provided. The plates, when together, form a spherical mold. An inlet facilitates the injection of a mixture into the mold. The mold is subjected to a low temperature such that the mixture is caused to freeze. A rotating mechanism may cause one or more of the plates to open and/or rotate outwardly such that the frozen material may be removed from the mold with ease. Liquid nitrogen may be used to freeze the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Sang Seok Lee, Nankyoung Kye
  • Publication number: 20130240759
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for holding and cooling substrates during processing. A substrate clamp has an engagement portion for engaging a substrate about the inside diameter as well as a portion of the substrate surface immediately adjacent to the inside diameter. The clamp has a retracted position which enables the engagement portion to fit through the substrate ID, and an expanded position which enables the engagement portion to engage the substrate ID and the substrate surface immediately adjacent to the inside diameter. The clamp can include a conformal coating to enhance engagement between the substrate and the engagement portion. The clamp can also include an energy absorbing coating on one or more surfaces to maximize the absorption of radiative energy emitted from the substrate. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Krampert, Richard J. Hertel, John Robert Fairhurst
  • Publication number: 20130232992
    Abstract: A novel ice for beverages and methods of manufacturing thereof. The novel ice includes liquid and solid contents frozen together to provide ice with a cooling, flavor, and visual appeal effects. The ice may also be manufactured to be cooperatively used with water bottles and sports bottles that have limited-diameter openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Hana Bisceglie
  • Patent number: 8490416
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of cooling a metal strip traveling through a cooling section in a continuous heat treatment line. In accordance with the invention, the method consists in projecting a refrigerant medium into the cooling section (4) onto the surface of the strip (1) to be cooled, the medium being constituted for the most part by a phase-change substance that passes into the gaseous phase at a temperature that is lower than the temperature of the strip (1) and without oxidizing said strip so that energy is exchanged within an endothermic process by a change in the phase of said phase-change substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: CMI SA
    Inventors: Maroun Nemer, Maria Zoghaib, Denis Clodic, Diala Abdo, Stéphane Langevin, Patrick Dubois
  • Patent number: 8470383
    Abstract: A liquid additive is sprayed over liquid nitrogen to form discrete solid particles of the additive in liquid nitrogen. The mixture of additive particles and liquid nitrogen is mixed with a flow of liquid nitrogen at an eductor pump to provide a food treatment composition comprising additive particles. The food treatment composition flows into an interior of food processing equipment to come into contact with food items contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignees: American Air Liquide, Inc., Air Liquide Industrial U.S. L.P.
    Inventors: Vasuhi Rasanayagam, David C. Braithwaite
  • Patent number: 8459046
    Abstract: The present invention relates to processes for the preparation of a batch of an active pharmaceutical ingredient, e.g. an allergen product. The invention also relates to a container comprising cryogranules of a liquid composition of an allergen product, and to a cryogranule of an allergen product. The processes feature formation of cryogranules using a container having therein a cryogenic medium (e.g. liquid nitrogen) and storage of the cryogranules in the same container. The cryogranules obtained can be stored and handled without prior freeze-drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Alk-Abello A/S
    Inventors: Martin Richter-Friis, Signe Andersen Kolmos
  • Patent number: 8429925
    Abstract: A device 1 for cooling hot liquid food items to drinking temperature comprising a cooling system 2 containing a coolant 19 with a cooling line 13 and an inflow for the hot liquid and an outflow for the cooled liquid. The device includes at least one filling vessel 3 connectable with its opening 5 to the end side of the cooling system containing the inflow to the cooling system. For connecting the filling vessel to the cooling system, each of the two parts includes complementarily cooperating connection elements 9, such that for the process of cooling a virtual unit can be formed, and as a function of the defined quantity of liquid flowing from the filling vessel into the inflow of the cooling system, and the temperature and of the quantity of the coolant, the liquid flows from the outflow of the cooling system at a temperature specified within narrow limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Dieter Marx
  • Publication number: 20130091876
    Abstract: A temperature control system and method include a source of a temperature control medium that is to be introduced into a space. A fluid line conveys the temperature control medium from the source to the space, a first end of the fluid line being disposed in the space. An orifice assembly has an orifice through which the cooling medium flows toward the space. A size of the orifice is adjustable such that a rate of flow of the cooling medium entering the space is controllable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Chuan WENG
  • 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: 20130045870
    Abstract: An International Organization for Standardization (ISO) shipping container 10 includes a cryogenic refrigeration system 14 for cryogenically cooling superconducting magnet(s) 12A, 12B during transit. The cryogenic refrigeration system 14 monitors the temperature and/or pressure of the superconducting magnet(s) and circulates a refrigerant to the superconducting magnet(s) to maintain cryogenic temperatures in superconducting coils. A power supply 16, provided by a transportation vehicle, connects to the cryogenic refrigeration system via a power inlet 20 which is accessible from the exterior of the shipping container. The superconducting magnet(s) are suspended within the shipping container which is then loaded onto the transportation vehicle. The external power supply is connected to the cryogenic refrigeration system such that refrigerant is circulated to a cold head 22A, 22B of each superconducting magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: John R. Rogers, Edwardus Maria Bek
  • Publication number: 20130008191
    Abstract: A method for freezing and thawing proteins is disclosed. The proteins are rapidly frozen by introducing droplets of a protein solution into a cryogenic freezing medium. The frozen pellets thus formed are rapidly thawed by introducing them into a heat transfer fluid to form a reconstitute protein solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Naresh J. SUCHAK, Prerona CHAKRAVARTY
  • Patent number: 8348651
    Abstract: A facility that is especially suited for the freezing of juices and similar products, which includes a cooling tank that supplies the product by means of an impelling pump to a freezing chamber that receives a supply of a liquefied gas at a temperature of around ?140° C., preferably nitrogen, and pressurized air through an electro-valve to transform the juice into micro-drops or pellets and to freeze the droplets or the pellets inside the freezing chamber, which then exit the chamber through one or more dispensing valves, said freezing not affecting the original characteristics of the juice, in terms of its vitamin, protein and enzyme content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Victorino Juan Mata