Deodorizing, Antisepticizing Or Providing Special Atmosphere Patents (Class 62/78)
  • Patent number: 11559062
    Abstract: An inside air control apparatus includes: a gas supply device that performs a gas supply operation for supplying low oxygen concentration air into a container; and a controller that controls an operation of the gas supply device so that the inside air has desired composition. The controller is configured to be able to execute, if an oxygen concentration of the inside air is higher than a target oxygen concentration, a carbon dioxide concentration controlling operation for controlling composition of the inside air to be desired composition by causing the gas supply device to perform the gas supply operation, while allowing the gas supply device to change the amount of gas supply such that the carbon dioxide concentration of the inside air falls within a predetermined reference concentration range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuusuke Fujimoto, Noritaka Kamei
  • Patent number: 11484118
    Abstract: A gear cabinet system having two, physically separated, sides providing compartmentalization for wet and dry storage, respectively. The first side provides a first space having ventilation functionality and anti-microbial lighting functionality for drying and sanitizing wet gear. The second side defines a space for storing and displaying dry gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventor: Ward Marshall Stetson
  • Patent number: 11471822
    Abstract: An internal air adjustment device that includes a gas composition adjustment unit including a gas separation film and that adjusts a composition of internal air existing inside a storage box, such as a container, includes a pressure regulating valve that regulates a pressure of air that is supplied from an air pump to the gas separation film of the gas composition adjustment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Noritaka Kamei, Naohiro Tanaka, Hidenori Matsui
  • Patent number: 11441812
    Abstract: An air conditioning indoor unit includes: a main body that includes: a top side; a bottom side; a side part that connects the top side to the bottom side; and an intake surface on the side part; a blow-out panel that covers the bottom side of the main body and that includes a blow-out port; an axial fan inside the main body; a heat exchanger inside the intake surface; and an electric component under the axial fan. The axial fan has an axial direction orthogonal to the top side, and an intake side and a blow-out side when the axial fan is in rotation. The blow-out side is disposed on a lower side of the axial fan and faces the blow-out panel. The heat exchanger surrounds the axial fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Shunbo Yang, Wenqing Wu, Shengfei Yu
  • Patent number: 11419341
    Abstract: While an inside air control system is performing an air composition maintenance action, a controller instructs a gas supply device to operate while switching among a first supply operation, a second supply operation, an outside air supply operation, and a standby operation. In the first supply operation, first low oxygen concentration air is supplied into a container. In the second supply operation, second low oxygen concentration air having a lower oxygen concentration than the first low oxygen concentration air is supplied into the container. In the outside air supply operation, outside air is supplied into the container. In the standby operation, supply of the low oxygen concentration air and the outside air into the container is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuusuke Fujimoto, Noritaka Kamei
  • Patent number: 11408632
    Abstract: A climate generator adapted to produce a flow of air at controlled temperature and at relative humidity values (tc, ic) is described, which includes a bubbler (100) which receives a flow of air to be conditioned (Ga), heat exchangers (120) associated with the bubbler (100) to adjust the temperature of the water volume (W) of the bubbler and/or to provide an amount of latent heat of evaporation to the aforesaid volume of water (W); and heaters (180) for heating the flow of air at the dew point (Gb) exiting from the bubbler (100) to the controlled temperature value of the flow of air, wherein the temperature of the volume of water (W) is established as a function of the controlled temperature and relative humidity values (tc, ic), so that the heating of the flow of air at the dew point (Gb) from the temperature of the water volume (W) to the controlled temperature value determines a decrease in the relative humidity (ic) of the flow of air to the controlled relative humidity value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche
    Inventors: Ottaviano Allegretti, Paolo Dionisi Vici
  • Patent number: 11402142
    Abstract: A deodorizing apparatus including: a base, in which a suction port and a discharge port are disposed; a cover coupled to the base; a suction fan fixed to the base so as to suction air through the suction port; a first fixing member disposed between the suction port and the discharge port so as to support a filter; a light emitting module including a light emitting diode; and a second fixing member for supporting the light emitting module. The first fixing member includes a first body part for spacing the filter apart from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Hak Jeong
  • Patent number: 11359853
    Abstract: A refrigerated storage container is provided and includes a container housing defining an interior, an air conditioner operable to maintain control of temperatures within the interior and a local controller configured to cycle the air conditioner on and off within a time window based on waste heat ingestion from neighboring refrigerated storage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Veronica Adetola, Dong Luo, Hayden M. Reeve, Craig R. Walker
  • Patent number: 11173444
    Abstract: There is disclosed a scrubber apparatus 300 for a refrigerated transport container 100 having a cargo space 105, comprising: a regenerating adsorber 302; a manifold 306, 308 in fluid communication with a first side of the adsorber, an interior gas port 318, 338 for fluid communication with interior gas in the cargo space and an exterior gas port 320, 340 for fluid communication with exterior gas outside of the cargo space; and a common actuator configured to actuate both an adsorption control damper 314, 334 for controlling selective fluid communication between the adsorber and interior gas, and a regeneration control damper 316, 336 for controlling selective fluid communication between the adsorber and exterior gas. There is also disclosed a scrubber apparatus 300 which is configured to heat interior gas provided to an adsorber for removal of a controlled gas. Methods of operating a scrubber apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Thermo King Corporation
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Ferrer Blas, Petra Stavova, Praveen Manohar G
  • Patent number: 11176510
    Abstract: A cargo transport system includes a container for storing perishable products, and a control assembly for controlling an environment parameter. A sensor of the system is configured to measure the environment parameter. A detector of the system may be directly secured to the perishable products for measuring a product condition. A control module of the system is configured to receive signals from the sensor and the detector indicative of the measured environment parameter and product condition, process the signals, and send a command signal to the control assembly for adjusting the environment parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Marc Beasley, Jeffrey Allen Leshuk, Mark E. Cywilko, Murat Yasar
  • Patent number: 11153992
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided herein. The apparatus includes a sensor module and a control module. The sensor module to receive a measured environmental condition. The control module to use the measured environmental condition to determine a fluid temperature to cool a first set of components and determine an air temperature to cool a second set of components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Tahir Cader, Wade D Vinson, Douglas Kent Garday, John P Franz
  • Patent number: 11041669
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a technique capable of being used even in an environment that needs to be maintained at a low temperature. The present disclosure may include a fan configured to generate a flow of air, an absorbing material disposed downstream from the fan and configured to absorb a malodorous substance from air passing therethrough and to desorb the malodorous substance by being heated, an upstream heater disposed downstream from the fan and upstream from the absorbing material and configured to heat air entered the absorbing material, a catalyst configured to decompose the malodorous substance desorbed from the absorbing material, and a cooler configured to cool air passed through the catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Murata, Dae Sung Lee, Kazutoshi Takenoshita, Hiroto Ohnari
  • Patent number: 11002451
    Abstract: An air conditioner according to an aspect of the present invention includes a housing arranged to be mounted on or embedded in a ceiling, a cover panel coupled to a lower portion of the housing, the cover panel including an inlet and an outlet, a blower fan configured to draw in air into the housing through the inlet and discharge air out of the housing through the outlet and a blade configured to open and close the outlet, the blade including a plurality of through holes to control the air discharged out of the housing through the outlet while the blade closes the outlet. With this structure, the air conditioner can discharge air in various ways by varying the wind direction, the wind speed, and the air amount of the discharged air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Byung Ghun Kim, Hyun-Ho Kim, Hyeonu Park, Woo Seog Song, Jang Jung Lee, Jei Min Choi, Jong Moon Kim, Hong Yeol Moon, Chul Byung Park, Hyeong Joon Seo, Seung-Jun Yoon, Jun Hwa Lee, Hyeong Kyu Cho, Jun Hwang
  • Patent number: 10945380
    Abstract: A CA system includes a gas supply device which performs a gas supply operation of supplying nitrogen-enriched air into a container, and a controller which performs the gas supply operation so that the inside air has a desired composition. The controller performs carbon dioxide priority control in which the controller performs the gas supply operation if an oxygen concentration of the inside air is equal to or higher than a ceiling concentration higher than a target oxygen concentration, stops the gas supply operation if a carbon dioxide concentration of the inside air is lowered to a critical concentration lower than a target carbon dioxide concentration, and restarts the gas supply operation if the carbon dioxide concentration of the inside air has reached a restart concentration higher than the target carbon dioxide concentration through breathing of the plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Maho Takayama, Noritaka Kamei, Yuusuke Fujimoto, Masataka Nakano
  • Patent number: 10948230
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance, particularly a domestic refrigeration appliance, has a storage space surrounded by a thermally-insulating housing. The storage space is divided by at least one horizontal panel into an upper part and a lower part. One of the parts is divided by at least one vertical wall into two adjacent compartments. An air channel for exchanging air between an evaporator chamber and at least one first compartment extends in the vertical wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Claudia Weiss, Marcus Wehlauch, Felix Wiedenmann
  • Patent number: 10890369
    Abstract: The present invention provides a refrigerating and freezing device. A first sealed space and a second sealed space are disposed in a storage space inside the refrigerating and freezing device. The refrigerating and freezing device is further provided with a nitrogen generation device, which comprises an adsorption device and an air compressor that supplies compressed air for the adsorption device. The adsorption device utilizes the compressed air to prepare nitrogen that is provided for the first sealed space and an oxygen-enriched gas that is provided for the second sealed space. The freshness preservation capability of the first sealed space is improved. The bioactivity of food in the second sealed space is guaranteed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Haoquan Liu, Bo Jiang, Liyan Wang, Ruowu Xin
  • Patent number: 10867820
    Abstract: An atmospheric transfer device 20 includes a wafer transfer mechanism 101 holding and transferring a wafer W; a housing 100 accommodating the wafer transfer mechanism 101; a gas supply unit 110 supplying an inert gas into the housing 100; a gas circulation unit 140 returning a gas discharged from the housing 100 back into the housing 100; and a foreign substance removing unit 150 removing a foreign substance contained in the gas discharged from the housing 100. The foreign substance removing unit 150 includes a humidifying unit 160 configured to add moisture to the gas discharged from the housing 100; a filter 170 configured to adsorb and remove, by using the moisture, the foreign substance contained in the gas humidified by the humidifying unit 160; and a dehumidifying unit 180 configured to remove the moisture from the gas from which the foreign substance is removed by the filter 170.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sakurabayashi, Norihiko Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10859331
    Abstract: A method for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting commercial and residential HVAC system includes applying low pressure cleaning foam to heat-exchange coils of the HVAC system, the cleaning foam including one or more agents that break down organic and/or inorganic fouling dirt or debris, the foam removing and carrying away dirt or debris from the coils. Moving air, such as from the air handler of the HVAC system, pushes or draws the cleaning foam from the first side of the coils toward a second side, the cleaning foam and removed dirt or debris exiting the second side of the coils. The moving air and cleaning foam move co-currently in the same direction through spaces in the coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: BLUE BOX AIR, LLC
    Inventor: James Peter Metropoulos
  • Patent number: 10849996
    Abstract: Ultraviolet radiation is directed within an area. Items located within the area and/or one or more conditions of the area are monitored over a period of time. Based on the monitoring, ultraviolet radiation sources are controlled by adjusting a direction, an intensity, a pattern, and/or a spectral power of the ultraviolet radiation generated by the ultraviolet radiation source. Adjustments to the ultraviolet radiation source(s) can correspond to one of a plurality of selectable operating configurations including a storage life preservation operating configuration, a disinfection operating configuration, and an ethylene decomposition operating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Maxim S. Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Yuri Bilenko, Saulius Smetona, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska, Igor Agafonov
  • Patent number: 10722842
    Abstract: A carbon abatement system includes at least one carbon abatement panel including a carbon abatement material. The at least one carbon abatement panel is rotatable about an axis to maximize exposure of the carbon abatement material to sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Audrey H. Larson
  • Patent number: 10473341
    Abstract: An indoor unit includes a main unit including an air inlet through which air enters from a room and an air outlet through which air blows into the room, an electrical component box mounted on an outer surface of the main unit and accommodating an electrical device, a refrigerant pipe connection portion to which a refrigerant pipe through which refrigerant passes is connected, a drain pipe connection portion to which a drain pipe through which drain water discharged from the main unit passes is connected, and an installation bolt attachment bracket mounted on the outer surface of the main unit and fixing the main unit to an installation bolt suspended from above a ceiling. The indoor unit has the refrigerant pipe connection portion, the drain pipe connection portion, and the electrical component box on the same mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuo Furuta, Takaaki Takishita, Naoya Matsunaga, Takahiro Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10340741
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator for uniformly illuminating an inner space thereof. The refrigerator includes a cabinet including a storage compartment having a predetermined size, a shelf installed in the storage compartment, the shelf including a light source unit for illuminating an inside of the storage compartment, a transmitter connected to an external power supply for wirelessly transmitting power, the transmitter having a primary resonance frequency within a predetermined range, and a receiver for wirelessly receiving the power from the transmitter so as to supply the power to the light source unit of the shelf, the transmitter transmitting the power to the receiver using a secondary resonance frequency generated when the receiver is located close to the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seonghun Lee, Byungsang Jung, Hwanyong Kim, Seungje Park, Sangdoo Ha, Yongjun Son, Seonwook Park, Jaesung Yang, Wonbok Lee, Gyoocheol Choi, Joonggil Jeong
  • Patent number: 10295243
    Abstract: A gas supply device is configured such that its supply state is switchable between a first supply state supplying, as supply air, nitrogen-enriched air produced from outside air into a containe, and a second supply state in which the gas supply device takes outside air therein and supplies, as supply air, the outside air into the container. A CA system is provided with a branch pipe which guides at least part of the supply air flowing through a supply passage to an oxygen sensor, and an open/close valve which opens/closes the branch pipe. An outside air calibration operation is performed in which the open/close valve is opened in the second supply state to guide the least part of the outside air flowing through the supply passage to the oxygen sensor, thereby calibrating the oxygen sensor using the outside air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuma Yokohara, Masataka Nakano, Noritaka Kamei, Naohiro Tanaka, Atsushi Ozato, Yuusuke Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10001315
    Abstract: A refrigerator (1) includes a storage chamber (12) for produce storage and a produce ripening control system (10). The produce ripening control system (10) includes an ethylene absorber (18) adapted to operate in absorption mode in a first status and in desorption mode in a second status. A recirculation circuit (20) is configured to fluidly connect the absorber (18) with the storage chamber (12) and to draw air from the storage chamber (12), to flow the drawn air through the absorber (18) and to return it into the storage chamber (12). A control unit (30) configured to selectively operate the absorber either in the absorption mode for ethylene absorption or in the desorption mode for ethylene desorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Urban Wahlby, Claudio Cenedese, Omero Tuzzi
  • Patent number: 9903634
    Abstract: A refrigerator is disclosed. The refrigerator is able to store foods at a low temperature and to effectively remove bacteria of the foods stored in a storage room, to maintain the storage room clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Mina Son, Jeongyon Kim, Hyeonjin Kim, Byunghyun Kim, Eunjeong Kim
  • Patent number: 9803907
    Abstract: The use of the following techniques to clean air: (1) inlet air filtration, (2) continuous recirculation air filtration, (3) water filtration and disinfection, (4) use of an air curtain in the ice bin opening, and (5) provision of clean air to the air assist pump during the harvest cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Daryl G. Erbs, William E. Smith, Jr., William E. Olson, Jr., Janice M. K. Jaferian
  • Patent number: 9795699
    Abstract: Ultraviolet radiation is directed within an area at target wavelengths and/or target intensities. The target wavelength ranges and/or target intensity ranges of the ultraviolet radiation sources can correspond to at least one of a plurality of selectable operating configurations including a storage life preservation operating configuration, a disinfection operating configuration, and an ethylene decomposition operating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Maxim Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Yuri Bilenko, Saulius Smetona, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska
  • Patent number: 9752811
    Abstract: A refrigeration controller within a retail refrigeration cabinet controls the temperature (502) so that it approaches the maximum allowable temperature by using the most efficient fan speed for loading and time of day (507) but is varied by customer presence (505) to adhere to an algorithm reducing the noise (506) created by such machines while still creating sufficient cooling to remain within the maximum temperature while providing acceptable power economy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: David James Howell
  • Patent number: 9724441
    Abstract: Ultraviolet radiation is directed within an area at target wavelengths, target intensities, a target temporal distribution, and/or a target spatial distribution. The target attribute(s) of the ultraviolet radiation can correspond to at least one of a plurality of selectable operating configurations including a storage life preservation operating configuration, a disinfection operating configuration, an ethylene decomposition operating configuration, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Maxim S. Shatalov, Timothy James Bettles, Yuri Bilenko, Saulius Smetona, Alexander Dobrinsky, Remigijus Gaska
  • Patent number: 9629380
    Abstract: A freezer for storing frozen confectionery products, the freezer comprising a substantially sealed openable chamber for storing the frozen confectionery products and having a lower region and an upper region, the lower region comprising air circulation means for directing air from the lower region to the upper region and refrigeration means for chilling the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: CONOPCO, INC.
    Inventors: Leonie Martine Diks-Warmerdam, Hans Hoogland, Georgios Tetradis-Mairis
  • Patent number: 9560846
    Abstract: A system for the hypothermic (2-8° C.) transport of biological samples, such as tissues, organs, or body fluids. The system includes a first transport container to suspend the sample in preservation fluid and provides an ability to monitor the temperature of the sample. The first transport container, holding the sample, is placed in an insulated second transport container having a cooling medium. When assembled, the system allows for transport of biological samples for extended periods of time at a stable temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Paragonix Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa Maria Anderson, Jared Alden Judson, William Edelman
  • Patent number: 9457209
    Abstract: A system or method that has an air distribution system configured to provide nitrogen into a room to reduce an oxygen concentration level within the room below a desired oxygen concentration level such that the atmosphere in the room fails to provide sufficient oxygen to sustain combustion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Optimal Fire Prevention Systems, LLC
    Inventors: William A Piegari, Mel Appelbaum
  • Patent number: 9243417
    Abstract: A personal safety system with a security entrance (4), a holding room (5) connected to security entrance (4), an air curtain device (2) at an entrance door (3) of the security entrance (4), allows a persons to reach the holding room in a short time. To accomplish the object a circulating air system (13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26) is provided for the interior space enclosed by the security entrance (4) and for the holding room (5). The circulating air system (13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26) includes at least one air delivery unit (18) and a toxic gas filter (19), an air flushing device (28, 30, 31) with air storage units (29) for the holding room (5) and a gas supply duct (27) in the holding room (5) for respirator products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Dietmar Diercks
  • Patent number: 9119392
    Abstract: An organ support apparatus includes: an enclosure having a floor, opposed side walls, opposed end walls, and a lid; a first support pad disposed on the floor of the enclosure, the first support pad comprising a plurality of inflatable and flexible chambers; and an inflation apparatus coupled to the chambers and operable to individually inflate or deflate each chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: BioMedInnovations, LLC
    Inventors: Donald G. Faulkner, John L. Robertson
  • Patent number: 9095637
    Abstract: A casing, including an inlet through which air can flow in and outlets through which air can flow out, is internally provided with: an air passage through which the inlet and the outlets are connected to each other; and an ion generation device for discharging ions into the air passage. The casing has an inclined wind guide surface and an attachment surface that forms an acute angle with the wind guide surface. The inlet is provided in a region of the wind guide surface, the distance of which from the attachment surface is shorter, the first outlet is provided in a region of the wind guide surface, the distance of which from the attachment surface is longer, and the second outlet is provided in a region of the casing, extending to the attachment surface from an end of the wind guide surface at which the first outlet is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventors: Akira Yamamoto, Motoyuki Suzuki, Naoki Wada
  • Patent number: 9068154
    Abstract: A method for removing dissolved oxygen from a plant product such as grapes or the like and for maintaining it in a controlled atmosphere when it is placed in mechanical means for harvesting, transport and storage, said means comprising a collection tank which receives the plant product which is present in a solid and a liquid state in this tank, said removal and controlled atmosphere being provided by using an inert gas, said tank having a lower portion or first part and a second upper part or portion into which the product is introduced when being placed in the tank. Provision is made for the use of said inert gas in an initial solid state, its subsequent sublimation and the interaction of the gas in gaseous state thus produced with said product inside the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Maurizio Frati
  • Patent number: 9017485
    Abstract: An ice dispensing system includes an ice hopper structure including a plurality of walls having inner surfaces that define an inner volume storing ice therein. The ice hopper may include a drain. A cleaning structure is coupled to the ice hopper structure. The cleaning structure includes a pump linked to a spray mechanism positioned within the inner volume of the ice hopper structure. The spray mechanism disperses a liquid on an inner surface of the ice hopper structure during a cleaning cycle of the ice dispensing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittal Murthy, Jayateertha Malagi, Servesh Adderi Raganath, Matthew Kampert, Chris Zemko
  • Patent number: 9004369
    Abstract: A method and system is provided which receives a desired humidity level from a user for the refrigeration compartment of a refrigerator, determines the current humidity level, and then activates an atomizer in the refrigeration compartment to increase the humidity level if needed. The humidity in the refrigeration compartment may be determined based at least in part on the temperature of the refrigeration compartment, the defrost timer, the door opening times, and the compressor timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Anderson Bortoletto, Rameet Singh Grewal, Guolian Wu
  • Patent number: 8997515
    Abstract: An auxiliary device is tended and adapted to be accommodated in an air conduit forming part of an air conditioning device, to which air conduit first flow components, such as a fan, are connected for the purpose of bringing about a main airflow through the air conduit such that the whole main airflow flows through the auxiliary device. The auxiliary device has an arrangement of a number of air conditioning modules which in an active state of the relevant air conditioning module, each allow passage of a partial flow of the airflow and together allow passage of the whole main flow. Control components adjust each of the air conditioning modules between an active state, in which passage of the relevant partial flow is allowed, and a passive state in which a partial flow substantially amounts to zero or flows in opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Virobuster GmbH
    Inventor: Hermannus Gerhardus Maria Silderhuis
  • Patent number: 8991203
    Abstract: It is an object to provide an electrostatic atomizing apparatus which is simply structured, is easy to assemble, is low in cost, has clogging resistance against foreign matter, can be used for a long time, and is highly reliable, or a home electrical appliance such as a refrigerator, air conditioner, etc. including the electrostatic atomizing apparatus. A discharge electrode formed of foam metal, whereto water that attaches to a surface is supplied by capillary action, a counter electrode provided so as to be opposed to the discharge electrode, and a water supply that is provided directly above the discharge electrode via a predetermined clearance, supplying water to the discharge electrode or the electrode holding part, are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Okabe, Katsumasa Sakamoto, Reiji Morioka, Masumi Handa, Hiroshi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8980188
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a case having at least one storage compartment for low temperature storage, a lighting source arranged in the at least one storage compartment to generate a sanitation wavelength, a location controller configured to control a location of the lighting source, and a controller configured to control operation of the location controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Eunyoung Park, Myungryul Lee, Deulre Min, Seunghwan Oh
  • Publication number: 20150047373
    Abstract: A multi-step process for cleaning, disinfecting and substantially eliminating allergens in a room is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Eide, Joseph P. Urso, Carl C. Christoff, Timothy Raymond Vadnais, Chad Darris Recer
  • Patent number: 8877274
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for creating and maintaining modified and controlled atmospheres (MA/CA) in a rigid sealable container having at least one refrigeration unit with an integrated oxygen reduction structure. The refrigeration unit provides the necessary ambient atmosphere movement for the oxygen reduction structure, such as a hydrogen fuel cell. The systems and methods are useful in the, storage, transport, distribution, processing and packaging of fresh perishables with a focus on altering the natural gaseous environment around the perishables such that fresh shelf-life is extended. The systems may operate in a power generation/power production mode, such that the fuel cells maintain the MA/CA environment while providing both primary and back-up power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Fresh Food Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Laurence Don. Bell
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140260355
    Abstract: A refrigeration system includes a water circulation system and a replaceable water filter. The refrigerator includes a sensor that determines if a water filter is present, and a user interface that prompts a user to purge a water filter upon installation of a new water filter in the refrigerator. The water filter may include a memory storage device that stores information concerning the allowable life of the water filter, the remaining life of the water filter, and other information. Information concerning the remaining life of the water filter and other information can be displayed or otherwise communicated to a user by the user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlppol Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald W. Guess, Melissa M. Bippus, Dennis J. Staley, Keith A. Snyder, John A. Laine, Li Y. Situ
  • Publication number: 20140202183
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling a concentration of carbon dioxide in a gaseous atmosphere within a closed environment of a refrigerated transport container to maintain the concentration of carbon dioxide therein at a desired level. A carbon dioxide scrubber apparatus operates alternately in an adsorption mode and a regeneration mode. When a perishable produce is stowed in the closed environment, for example in a cargo box of a refrigerated transport container, the concentration of carbon dioxide may be maintain at a desired level to retard ripening of the perishable produce.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: William C. Chadwick, Eric W. Adams, Catherine Thibaud-Erkey
  • Patent number: 8763412
    Abstract: A system and method for hypobaric (low pressure or “LP”) storage of plant matter is disclosed. The method is characterized by controlling the correlated conditions of total pressure, oxygen partial pressure, air intake rate, and pumping speed and additionally controlling the pressure with a vacuum regulator operating at a higher temperature than the storage space; storing plant matter in storage boxes which are unable to adsorb water and release the heat of water condensation; shielding the storage boxes from radiation emitted by the storage space's wall; shielding plant matter in the storage boxes from radiation emitted by the box's inner surface; and decreasing the total storage space pressure and steady-state oxygen partial pressure to a minimum value which does not cause low oxygen injury and is optimally effective in extending storage life, reducing metabolic heat and biochemical energy production, and preventing microbial decay in the plant matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: American Management Group, LLC
    Inventor: Stanley P. Burg
  • Patent number: 8740099
    Abstract: A system and methods for the storage, and preservation of mechanical assets, including collectable automobiles, small airplanes and watercraft in a storage unit. The storage unit includes a plurality of asset modules. The volume of each asset module is variable. The atmosphere of each asset module may be controlled by a control system. Control of the atmosphere of each asset module includes control of parameters including the type of gas each atmosphere is composed of and the temperature, the pressure and relative humidity of each atmosphere. These parameters may be monitored and controlled from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Michael P. Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8739558
    Abstract: The various embodiments herein provide an air conditioner system for providing cold and warm air in cars and buildings. The air conditioner system includes a chamber, a plurality of input air blades, a plurality of input air filters, an electrical ventilator, one or more wet heat exchangers, and one or more dry heat exchangers installed in the chamber, an outgoing air heat exchanger, an operation selection valve, an electrical circulating pump, one or more sets of water sprayers nozzles, one or more water sprayer pumps, one or more thermoelectric modules and a microcontroller unit. The passing of air through the chamber is automatically controlled by the microcontroller unit based on the operation of the system in the cooling or heating mode. The air is cooled in the cooling mode using the multistage water evaporation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Payman Enayati
  • Patent number: 8740420
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes: an air conditioning case having an air passage; a heat exchanger arranged to cross the air passage; a photocatalyst arranged on a surface of the heat exchanger; and an emitting portion which emits light for activating the photocatalyst. The photocatalyst decomposes odor component contained in air. The air conditioning case has a bent portion at upstream or downstream of the heat exchanger, so as to change a flowing direction of the air. The emitting portion is disposed on a wall part of the bent portion, and the wall part is located to oppose to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Yuusaku Nishioka, Tomohide Nishino