Chemical Process Control Or Monitoring System Patents (Class 700/266)
  • Patent number: 10323225
    Abstract: A fermentation system includes a fermentation tank, a plurality of sensors operable to measure a plurality of fermentation system parameters, a plurality of mechanisms operable to control the fermentation system parameters, and a controller in electronic communication with the sensors and with the mechanisms. The controller includes a memory, a receiver circuit, a transmitting circuit, and a control circuit. The memory stores a plurality of recipes each defining user operating instructions and parameter settings. The receiver circuit is configured to receive a batch identification code associated in the memory with one of the recipes. The transmitting circuit is configured to communicate the user operating instructions defined by the associated one of the recipes. The control circuit is configured to operate the mechanisms to adjust the fermentation system parameters in accordance with the parameter settings defined by the associated one of the recipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Locus Solutions
    Inventors: Sean Farmer, Sharmistha Mazumder, Xiao-Zhou Zhang, Maja Milovanovic
  • Patent number: 10281383
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining liquid phase turbidity of multiphase wastewater. A turbidity sensor is provided with multiphase wastewater, such as by placement of the sensor in a reaction chamber, and generates a signal in response to a detected turbidity of the wastewater. The generated signal is sampled to produce a plurality of signal samples. The samples are compared to a threshold, and a turbidity of the wastewater is determined based on samples falling within the threshold. The threshold may be determined based on a statistical analysis of the plurality of samples, or may be set to a predetermined value. The wastewater may be provided by placing the turbidity sensor in a flocculation chamber, and a control signal generated based on the determined turbidity of the wastewater. This control signal may be used to adjust the amount of a chemical, such as a coagulant, introduced into the wastewater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SOLENIS TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
    Inventor: Mikel E. Goldblatt
  • Patent number: 10260329
    Abstract: A method includes controlling an oil and gas extraction process, controlling a production separation process, and controlling a de-gassing process. The method also includes optimizing the oil and gas extraction process, the production separation process, and the degassing process to optimize at least one process objective. The method could further include controlling a lift-gas compression process. The optimizing could include optimizing the lift-gas compression process, the oil and gas extraction process, the production separation process, and the degassing process to optimize the at least one process objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Brian A. Coward
  • Patent number: 10185314
    Abstract: The present set of embodiments relate to an environmental condition monitoring and control system employing a software based virtual transmitter for a bioreactor or mixer. The system includes a probe for measuring a condition in a bioreactor that can generate a signal. Measured conditions may include pH, DO, temperature, and pressure. The signal can travel to an electronic card capable of converting the signal from analog to digital and the card can then send the converted signal to a digital controller. The condition monitoring and control system eliminates hardware redundancies and increases versatility by then displaying the converted signal in a software-based virtual transmitter on a non-dedicated human machine interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Finesse Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Selker, Barbara Alice Paldus
  • Patent number: 10161835
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure relates to a microsampler for hermetically sealing a sample. In particular, such microsamplers can be useful for encapsulation of chemical, biological, and explosive samples for the purposes of archival sample storage. Methods of making and using such microsamplers are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew W. Moorman, Ronald P. Manginell, Jerome A. Rejent
  • Patent number: 10118199
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system may include at least one optical sensor configured to capture optical data associated with a waste product and a processor coupled to the at least one optical sensor. The processor may be configured to determine information about the waste product based on the optical data and to selectively direct the waste product to a selected destination in response to determining the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Waste Repurposing International, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher B. Ripley
  • Patent number: 10046298
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chemical conversion process and to a process for removing particles from a reaction mixture. The chemical conversion process of the invention includes plasmonic heating of a reaction mixture having at least a one component and plasmonic particles, by exposing the reaction mixture to light having one or more wavelengths which are absorbed by at least part of the plasmonic particles, thereby controlling the reaction rate of one or more chemical reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
    Inventors: Pascal Jozef Paul Buskens, Maurice Christian Danho Mourad, Maria Elizabeth Louise Wouters, Leonardus Johannus Maria Genoveva Dortmans, Earl Lawrence Vincent Goetheer, Nanning Joerg Arfsten
  • Patent number: 9987592
    Abstract: A system for abating waste methane includes a catalytic combustor device configured to catalytically combust waste-associated methane emissions generated by waste in a waste container, where the catalytic combustion is based on a reaction of the methane emissions and a catalyst of the catalytic combustor device in the presence of heat. The system further includes a combustion sensor configured to generate combustion data based on the catalytic combustion, a transmitter, and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to control operation of the catalytic combustor device, determine an amount of methane abated by the catalytic combustor device, where the amount of methane abated is based on the combustion data, and report, via the transmitter, the amount of methane abated by the catalytic combustor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9933765
    Abstract: A control device includes a primary control unit which computes a manipulated variable and outputs it to an actuator of the primary control system; a secondary control unit which takes as input an equilibrium point setpoint representing an equilibrium point which is the desired manipulated variable output in steady state of primary control, takes the manipulated variable of the primary control system as process variable input, computes an adjusted manipulated variable, and outputs it to an actuator of the secondary control system; and an equilibrium point setpoint determination functional unit which detects a state in which the setpoint of the primary control system is maintained at the same value for a pre-specified period of time or longer as a steady state, computes an equilibrium point, and sets this equilibrium point setpoint in the secondary control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9790260
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vaccine comprising dendritic cells and bacterial ghosts for tumor immunotherapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Werner Lubitz
  • Patent number: 9670380
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chemical conversion process and to a process for removing particles from a reaction mixture. The chemical conversion process of the invention comprises plasmonic heating of a reaction mixture, which reaction mixture comprises at least a one component and plasmonic particles, by exposing said reaction mixture to light comprising one or more wavelengths which are absorbed by at least part of the plasmonic particles, thereby controlling the reaction rate of one or more chemical reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
    Inventors: Pascal Jozef Paul Buskens, Maurice Christian Danho Mourad, Maria Elizabeth Louise Wouters, Leonardus Johannus Maria Genoveva Dortmans, Earl Lawrence Vincent Goetheer, Nanning Joerg Arfsten
  • Patent number: 9562871
    Abstract: An integrated chemical sensor chip comprises on or integrated in a common substrate a chemically sensitive layer and a heater heating the sensitive layer. In addition, a memory is provided for the storage of a measurement routine, the measurement routine comprising instructions defining a heating process over time and instructions defining one or more measurement points in time. An I/O interface is provided for receiving a trigger for the measurement routine and for supplying a result of the measurement routine. An engine controls the heater and measures a resistance of the sensitive layer according the instructions of the measurement routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sensirion AG
    Inventors: Moritz Lechner, Samuel Fuhrer, Zeljko Mrcarica, Ferdinando Pace, Leo Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9513237
    Abstract: A method of detecting polymorphs using X-ray produced by a synchrotron source is described. In particular, the method allows to detect particular polymorphs present in small amounts in mixtures of polymorphic compounds present in a prevailing amount. The method offers a powerful resolution of mixtures of polymorph and finds application particularly in the pharmaceutical field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ZETACUBE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Roberto Brescello, Livius Cotarca, Anna Smaniotto, Massimo Verzini, Maurizio Polentarutti, Giorgio Bais, Jasper Rikkert Plaisier
  • Patent number: 9501064
    Abstract: A method of solving a control problem in a processing plant is provided by modification of at least two manipulated variables within the manipulation range thereof, wherein the manipulated variables are associated with one or more processing unit(s), and the at least two manipulated variables affect at least one process variable of the processing plant. The method includes the following steps: establishing a value distribution of the at least one process variable for different value combinations of the at least two manipulated variables within the manipulation range thereof, taking into account one or more process parameter(s), and determining a control curve on the basis of the value distribution of the process variable for modifying the at least two manipulated variables in order to switch the processing plant from the start state to the end state, taking into account at least one boundary condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Z & J Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Marco Knoedler
  • Patent number: 9453154
    Abstract: A refrigerant mixture for use in multistage auto cascade ultralow and cryogenic temperature refrigeration systems. Particularly, the present invention relates to a refrigerant mixture comprising one hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and the major proportion includes hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), fluorocarbons, hydrocarbons and natural gases. More particularly, the present invention relates to non-flammable, non-toxic refrigerant mixture having no chlorofluorocarbon (CFC). Further, the present invention aims in providing a refrigerant mixture having low Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) combined with low Global Warming Potential (GWP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Varadarajan Seshamani
  • Patent number: 9410832
    Abstract: A microfluidic device for detecting a flow parameter, includes a channel configured within a base body, the channel including a first inlet for feeding a first fluid and a second inlet for feeding a second fluid so as to form a fluid stream having the first and second fluids within the channel, and further including an output for providing the fluid stream on the output side, a first feeder including a micropump associated with the first inlet for selectively feeding the first fluid to the channel, a second feeder associated with the second inlet for feeding the second fluid to the channel; and a detector for detecting, on the basis of a different physical property of the first fluid and the second fluid within the channel, a measurement value dependent on a current flow parameter of the first or second fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Martin Richter, Sebastian Kibler
  • Patent number: 9399110
    Abstract: An improved medicant delivery system 100 is disclosed wherein the carrier for the medicant is a fluid that can be atomized or vaporized by exposure to heat. The system provides for repeatable dose of medicant, can be stored in any orientation, and/or has an ability to maximize energy efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: CHONG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jack Goodman, William O'Neill, Alexander ChinHak Chong, William P. Bartkowski, Peter Joseph Kovach, Larry Gawain Linde, Randy Eugene Berg
  • Patent number: 9377340
    Abstract: System for monitoring a floating roof of a tank containing a liquid, wherein the system determines a local status of the floating roof in spaced apart sensing element locations. In a hazardous or potentially hazardous environment, there is an on-roof subsystem including a sensing element in each sensing element location, intrinsically safe measuring circuitry coupled a sensing elements and arranged for determining said local status, intrinsically safe radio communication on-roof circuitry coupled for communicating externally of the on-roof subsystem the local, an intrinsically safe power supply circuitry connected to an intrinsically safe and interchangeable energy storage unit for powering the on-roof subsystem. The system further includes monitoring circuitry for receiving the indication of local status and for determining an overall monitored status of said floating and further radio communication circuitry. The on-roof subsystem is wireless in its power supply and communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Rosemount Tank Radar AB
    Inventor: Lennart Hägg
  • Patent number: 9315890
    Abstract: An electronic device for volatilizing organic matter is described. The electronic device includes a housing, a removable transparent tube, a heating element, a setting profile, a memory and a processor. The removable transparent tube has a chamber distal end within the housing. The heating element is proximate to the chamber distal end of the transparent tube. The chamber distal end holds vaporizable organic matter. The settings profile includes a first wattage setting and a first timer setting for the heating element and the heating element vaporizes the vaporizable material. The memory stores the settings profile. The processor is operatively coupled to the memory module and controls the heating element according to the settings profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Markus Frick, Richard Hicksted
  • Patent number: 9255228
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of providing advisory controls for a desalter system. The method allows a user to continuously monitor performance of the desalter system, to continuously monitor position of the emulsion band (or rag layer), to control the emulsion band using demulsifiers, and to recommend to users how to maintain optimal pressure drop at the mix valve of the desalter system. This is achieved by using a first principles based model combined with an ultra-sound sensor. The ultra-sound sensor measures the position, quality and size of the emulsion band. The first principles based model takes into account the geometry of the desalter system, physical properties of the crude oil and water, as well as the operating conditions. Thus, the method provides users with sensing of an emulsion layer through ultrasound measurements and also gives recommendations on appropriate corrective actions to be initiated during upsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vijaysai Prasad, Jayaprakash Sandhala Radhakrishnan, Jeffrey Allen Zurlo, Richard Stephen Hutte, Arjun Bhattacharyya, Manish Joshi
  • Patent number: 9132403
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to temperature control of a reactor using probability distribution of temperature measurements. In one embodiment, a method of controlling a temperature of a chemical reaction includes injecting a reactant stream into a reactor and through a catalyst bed of the reactor. The reactant stream includes a hydrocarbon and oxygen. Injection of the reactant stream into the catalyst bed causes an exothermic chemical reaction. The method further includes circulating a coolant through the reactor, thereby removing heat from the catalyst bed. The method further includes measuring temperature at a plurality of locations in the catalyst bed. The method further includes calculating a fraction of the catalyst bed greater than a predetermined maximum temperature limit using a probability distribution generated using the temperature measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: HUNTSMAN PETROCHEMICAL LLC
    Inventor: Michael J Gross
  • Patent number: 9072996
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are provided for carrying out integrity tests of at least one filter element, arranged within a filter housing, with porous filter materials. Sensors are provided for measuring the sound generated by a test fluid when it flows through the filter element. The method includes applying a test fluid to a first side of the filter materials of the filter element while maintaining a constant fluid pressure, measuring the body-borne sound and/or the vibrations caused by test fluid flowing through the filter materials by sensors, and comparing the body-borne sound and/or the vibrations with the body-borne sound and/or the vibrations of an integral, identical filter element, measured under identical conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Maik Jornitz, Jens Meyer
  • Patent number: 9074606
    Abstract: Compressors having at least two compressor stages, a compressor discharge a first recycle flow path wherein the first recycle flow path connects the first compressor stage inlet feed and the compressor discharge, a second recycle flow path wherein the second recycle flow path connects the second compressor stage inlet feed and the compressor discharge, measurement devices sufficient to quantify a volumetric flow rate of the first compressor stage inlet feed, and a controller arranged and configured to accept a set of inputs, wherein the set of inputs comprises information sufficient to determine the work imparted by the first compressor stage, wherein the set of inputs is sufficient to quantify a volumetric flow rate of the second compressor stage inlet feed are described herein. Compressors having differing numbers of stages and the control of those compressors are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: RMOORE CONTROLS L.L.C.
    Inventor: Robert Doak Moore
  • Patent number: 9069927
    Abstract: A method of monitoring advanced separation and/or ion exchange processes through the collection of localized data. The data is manipulated to generate preconfigured performance, maintenance, quality assurance, quality control, regulatory, cost reports, performance graphing and historical trends. The data is collected from sensors located at an equipment site and transferred to a remote located by use of the Internet, further all data received and used for generation of reports is also accessible by Internet connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Hach Company
    Inventor: Thomas D. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 9037298
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel techniques for controlling the output of a distillation sub-process by controlling, using model predictive control, the temperature of steam used in the distillation sub-process, wherein the steam is generated in a milling and cooking sub-process. In particular, the present techniques are presented in the context of biofuel production, wherein the temperature of a cook tube generated in a milling and cooking sub-process may be controlled to optimize the energy utilization in the ethanol/water separation of a side stripper column, which uses the cook flash steam as an energy source. However, the present techniques may also be applied to other suitable applications, such as liquor processing, where steam generated in a different process may be used in a distillation process to help separate water from the liquor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Maina A. Macharia, Michael E. Tay
  • Patent number: 9031700
    Abstract: A high productivity combinatorial system can be configured with sensors to automatically sense an identification tag of an installed reactor assembly, which comprises corresponding sensing elements. Configuration and usage data of the install reactor assembly can be retrieved from the identification tag, allowing the combinatorial system to properly access the reactor regions in the reactor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Makonnen Payne, Rekha Rajaram
  • Patent number: 9031701
    Abstract: An integrated system for determining a hemostasis and oxygen transport parameter of a blood sample, such as blood, is disclosed. The system includes a measurement system, such as an ultrasonic sensor, configured to determine data characterizing the blood sample. For example, the data could be displacement of the blood sample in response to ultrasonic pulses. An integrated aspect of the system may be a common sensor, sample portion or data for fast and efficient determination of both parameters. The parameters can also be used to correct or improve measured parameters. For example, physiological adjustments may be applied to the hemostatic parameters using a HCT measurement. Also, physical adjustments may be applied, such as through calibration using a speed or attenuation of the sound pulse through or by the blood sample. These parameters may be displayed on a GUI to guide treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: HemoSonics LLC
    Inventors: Francesco Viola, William F. Walker
  • Patent number: 9002521
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for optimizing and controlling the particle size distribution and scale-up of production of nanoparticle in an aerosol flame reactor. The method provides nanoparticles with desired, optimized and controlled particle size and the specific surface area in aerosol reactors using a simulation tool with programmed instructions. The simulation tool couples flame dynamics model and particle population balance model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Venkataramana Runkana, Venkata Sudheendra Buddhiraju, Nagaravi Kumar Varma Nadimpalli
  • Patent number: 8996178
    Abstract: A system that generates brewed beverages may receive requests to produce specified brewed beverages. The system may include a scheduler that initiates and controls the performance of one or more chemical or mechanical processes to produce the beverages. While one chemical or mechanical process for producing a beverage is being performed, other processes may be performed for production of the beverage or another beverage. The scheduler may determine the time at which to perform each process, the time at which a beverage should be presented, the resources to be used to perform the processes, or the time at which to perform a cleaning process, dependent on an actual or expected demand for beverages, or dependent on a target time for beverage retrieval. Shared resources may be applied to the production of beverages for high priority orders, while partially completed beverages for lower priority orders are staged for subsequent advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Briggo, LLC
    Inventors: Charles F. Studor, J. Kevin Nater, Marwan M. Hassoun
  • Patent number: 8992868
    Abstract: Dry processes, apparatus, compositions and systems are provided for reducing emissions of mercury and optionally sulfur oxides and/or HCl. In an embodiment the copper-based mercury remediation composition comprises a copper ammonium complex having an empirical formula of C2H7CuNO2 or any of the other materials described, which include compositions defined by the formula Cu(NH3)x(lower carboxylate)y, wherein the lower carboxylate is selected from the group consisting of formate, acetate and propionate, x is an integer from 0 to 4, y is an integer from 0 to 2, and x+y is equal to or greater than 1. Sulfur oxides and/or HCl can be additionally reduced by introduction of dolomite hydrate sorbent, and additional mercury remediation chemicals as manganese oxides can be employed. The treated gas stream is treated with a particulate removal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Fuel Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Smyrniotis, Kent W. Schulz, Emelito P. Rivera, Mingming Fang, Ian Saratovsky
  • Patent number: 8961876
    Abstract: A sample analyzer for analyzing a sample with a liquid in a container is disclosed. The sample analyzer comprises: a reader that reads an information of a liquid in a container, the information of the liquid being stored in a storage medium; a display; and a controller including a processor and a memory under control of the processor, the memory storing instruction causing the processor to carry out operations comprising: determining whether the sample analyzer is ready to read the information of the liquid by the reader; and causing, when the sample analyzer is determined to be ready, the display to display an indication that indicates the sample analyzer is ready to read the information of the liquid by the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Tanoshima, Naohiko Matsuo, Eiji Hama
  • Patent number: 8958917
    Abstract: The present invention provides a remote monitoring system for monitoring the operation of a fluid treatment system and/or the qualities, characteristics, properties, etc., of the fluid being processed or treated by the fluid treatment system. The system includes a remote computer that may be associated with a database that accesses data transmitted from the fluid treatment system with the data collected, acquired, etc., from one or more sensors placed in the fluid treatment system for measuring fluid quality and/or equipment operation in a fluid treatment system. The remote computer may then analyze or manipulate the data to generate an analysis result or analysis report that may be sent or communicated along with the data and/or any historical or expected information or data to a remote viewing device for viewing by a user. A method is further provided for the operation of the remote monitoring system of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hach Company
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wolfe, Charles Scholpp
  • Patent number: 8958112
    Abstract: A method of managing a mixed injection preparation process includes obtaining a mixed injection preparation instruction (e.g., a prescription) and obtaining information about a drug to be potentially included in the mixed injection according to the preparation instruction. The information about the candidate drug is compared to the preparation instruction and a determination as to whether the mixed injection is prepared in accordance with the mixed injection preparation instruction is made based on the information obtained about the candidate drug. A printer is used to print a label indicating whether the mixed injection is prepared in accordance with the mixed injection preparation instruction, and then it is determined whether the label is removed from the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shiomi Matsui, Yasutsugu Sasaki, Maki Sato
  • Patent number: 8956567
    Abstract: A control system for optimizing a chemical loop system includes one or more sensors for measuring one or more parameters in a chemical loop. The sensors are disposed on or in a conduit positioned in the chemical loop. The sensors generate one or more data signals representative of an amount of solids in the conduit. The control system includes a data acquisition system in communication with the sensors and a controller in communication with the data acquisition system. The data acquisition system receives the data signals and the controller generates the control signals. The controller is in communication with one or more valves positioned in the chemical loop. The valves are configured to regulate a flow of the solids through the chemical loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Xinsheng Lou, Abhinaya Joshi, Hao Lei
  • Patent number: 8951480
    Abstract: A modular chemical production system includes multiple modules for performing a chemical reaction, particularly of radiochemical compounds, from a remote location. One embodiment comprises a reaction vessel including a moveable heat source with the position thereof relative to the reaction vessel being controllable from a remote position. Alternatively the heat source may be fixed in location and the reaction vial is moveable into and out of the heat source. The reaction vessel has one or more sealing plugs, the positioning of which in relationship to the reaction vessel is controllable from a remote position. Also the one or more reaction vessel sealing plugs can include one or more conduits there through for delivery of reactants, gases at atmospheric or an elevated pressure, inert gases, drawing a vacuum and removal of reaction end products to and from the reaction vial, the reaction vial with sealing plug in position being operable at elevated pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Nagichettiar Satyamurthy, Jorge R. Barrio, Bernard Amarasekera, R. Michael Van Dam, Sebastian Olma, Dirk Williams, Mark A. Eddings, Clifton Kwang-Fu Shen
  • Patent number: 8954196
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to temperature control of a reactor using probability distribution of temperature measurements. In one embodiment, a method of controlling a temperature of a chemical reaction includes injecting a reactant stream into a reactor and through a catalyst bed of the reactor. The reactant stream includes a hydrocarbon and oxygen. Injection of the reactant stream into the catalyst bed causes an exothermic chemical reaction. The method further includes circulating a coolant through the reactor, thereby removing heat from the catalyst bed. The method further includes measuring temperature at a plurality of locations in the catalyst bed. The method further includes calculating a fraction of the catalyst bed greater than a predetermined maximum temperature limit using a probability distribution generated using the temperature measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Huntsman Petrochemical LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Gross
  • Patent number: 8945470
    Abstract: The present invention is to present a sample analyzer comprising: a first measurement unit; a second measurement unit; a transport unit for transporting a sample container to the first measurement unit and the second measurement unit; and a controller configured to perform operations comprising: obtaining measurement item information indicating a measurement item of the sample contained in the sample container; and controlling the transport unit so as to transport the sample container to the second measurement unit when a first measurement item and a second measurement item different from the first measurement item are indicated in the measurement item information, and controlling the transport unit so as to transport the sample container to the first measurement unit or the second measurement unit when the first measurement item is indicated and the second measurement item is not indicated in the measurement item information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Keisuke Kuwano, Daigo Fukuma
  • Patent number: 8942852
    Abstract: A sample processing system comprising: a sample processing apparatus configured to process a sample in a sample container; a transporting apparatus configured to transport a sample container to the sample processing apparatus; a first computer configured to perform information processing for the sample processing apparatus; a second computer connected to the first computer through a communication network and configured to control a transporting operation performed by the transporting apparatus; an input unit and a display commonly used for the first and second computers, wherein the first computer configured to control the display to show a first computer screen image, and to control the display to show a second computer screen image upon receiving a switching instruction via the input unit, and the second computer receives an input from the input unit via the second computer screen image shown on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroo Tatsutani, Shunsuke Ariyoshi
  • Publication number: 20150025685
    Abstract: A bioreactor control system comprises a batch server for controlling a bioreactor system in response to a recipe, a batch software system for generating a control sequence for the bioreactor system via the batch server for implementing the recipe, and a recipe conversion system that inputs the recipe into the batch software system. Preferably, the recipe conversion system reads a word processor file containing the recipe and interprets styles applied to text in the word processor file as indicating equipment and phases of the recipe to the recipe conversion system. Generally, the bioreactor system includes one or more bioreactors and additional hardware to perform the upstream and downstream processing. The document properties of the word processor file containing the recipe are applied as header information for the recipe input into the batch software system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: XCELLEREX, INC.
    Inventor: David R. Mills
  • Patent number: 8933306
    Abstract: The present invention is in the field of soybean variety OW1012750 breeding and development. The present invention particularly relates to the soybean variety OW1012750 and its progeny, and methods of making OW1012750.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Syngenta Participations AG
    Inventor: Kurt Milan Lindenbaum
  • Patent number: 8935007
    Abstract: An analyte testing device is provided for use with a mobile processing device having a camera with a lens, a processor for processing an image captured by the lens. The analyte testing device comprises a casing and a test strip positioner. The test strip positioner positions an analyte containing test strip adjacent to the camera lens to permit the camera to capture an image of the analyte containing test strip. A light source is disposed within the casing. The light source is positioned within the casing to illuminate the analyte containing test strip to facilitate the capture of the image of the test strip. Software is contained within the mobile processing device for performing a quantitative analysis of at least one analyte from the captured image, and providing an output of the results of the quantitative analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: 4a medicom GmbH
    Inventors: Hans G. Kloepfer, Thomas Kloepfer, Jason Heim, Reinhard Hafellner
  • Patent number: 8930028
    Abstract: A processor module includes memory having instructions for executing functions of a handheld diabetes management device and a processor that selectively executes the instructions. Battery terminals electrically connect the processor module with a re-chargeable battery. A receptacle is configured in accordance with a universal serial bus (USB) standard. A component is included for communicating information from the handheld diabetes management device to a user or another device. A multiplexer module relays power from the receptacle to a bus voltage node. A first switching device is connected between the bus voltage node and a second voltage node. The component receives power from the second voltage node. A second switching device is connected between the bus voltage node and a third voltage node. The processor module is directly connected to the bus voltage node and to the third voltage node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. McKee, Michael G. Nicholas, Blaine E. Ramey
  • Patent number: 8924024
    Abstract: A controller determines and adjusts system parameters, including cleanliness levels or sootblower operating settings, that are useful for maintaining the cleanliness of a fossil fuel boiler at an efficient level. Some embodiments use a direct controller to determine cleanliness levels and/or sootblower operating settings. Some embodiments use an indirect controller, with a system model, to determine cleanliness levels and/or sootblower settings. The controller may use a model that is, for example, a neural network, or a mass energy balance, or a genetically programmed model. The controller uses input about the actual performance or state of the boiler for adaptation. The controller may operate in conjunction with a sootblower optimization system that controls the actual settings of the sootblowers. The controller may coordinate cleanliness settings for multiple sootblowers and/or across a plurality of heat zones in the boiler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: NeuCo, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Curt Lefebvre, Daniel W. Kohn
  • Patent number: 8924023
    Abstract: A method for evaluating dosing from an implanted infusion system that includes receiving input regarding the identity of a therapeutic agent into an external device. The method further includes displaying on the external device a predetermined set of symptoms associated with the therapeutic agent; receiving input into the external device regarding with which of the symptoms the patient presents; and determining whether the therapeutic agent is being delivered, or has been delivered, at an appropriate dose based on the input identity of the therapeutic agent and the input symptoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Emem Akpan
  • Patent number: 8918217
    Abstract: A reverse osmosis separation process is disclosed, such as for desalination and waste water reuse process, wherein an effectiveness of membrane cleaning can be estimated. Exemplary embodiments operate the reverse osmosis membrane cleaning process for a controlled time for cleaning and with a controlled value of chemical concentration in a chemical liquor prepared for cleaning the membrane. A method can include estimating fouling status of the membrane and determining a controlled value of chemical concentration in the chemical liquor, and a controlled time for cleaning based on the fouling status of the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Senthilmurugan Subbiah, Mekapati Srinivas, Naveen Bhutani
  • Patent number: 8895315
    Abstract: Persons with diabetes often carry a handheld glucose meter as well as a portable computing device, such as a mobile phone. Given the close proximity of these two devices, the portable computing device can serve as a data collector for the glucose measures taken by the glucose meter. Improved techniques are set forth for transferring glucose measures automatically and seamlessly to the patient's portable computing device, including displaying a value for the glucose measure along with an identifier for the portable computing device on a display of the glucose meter during the data exchange with the portable computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol J. Batman, Stacia Davis, David B. Markisohn, Erin K. McKinney, Mark G. Mears, Amy S. Stanley, Benjamin E. Strickrod
  • Patent number: 8895316
    Abstract: Persons with diabetes often carry a handheld glucose meter as well as a portable computing device, such as a mobile phone. Given the close proximity of these two devices, the portable computing device can serve as a data collector for the glucose measures taken by the glucose meter. Improved techniques are set forth for transferring glucose measures automatically and seamlessly to the patient's portable computing device, including transmitting a single glucose measure automatically in response to navigating away from an interface which displays to the glucose measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol J. Batman, Craig L. Carlson, Michael J. Celentano
  • Patent number: 8889072
    Abstract: Disclosed are computer-implemented methods of sorting particles from a particle stream in a flow cytometer. The methods include: calculating sort decision making parameters using the raw event data values from a flow cytometer and a sort logic; performing sort logic computations using the sort logic definition and the sort decision making parameters to generate sort decisions; converting the sort decisions into sort commands; and sending the one or more sort commands to the flow cytometer. Sort logic computations may include algorithmically using conditional branching logic, and may include sort logic equations having mathematical functions characterizing one or more regions of interest in multidimensional data space. Such mathematical functions may be determined based on one or more parameters provided by a user. Also disclosed are corresponding systems having a flow cytometer and a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Degeal, Charles S. Bay, Edward A. Stanton, Paul Barclay Purcell, George C. Malachowski
  • Patent number: 8874273
    Abstract: Systems for managing workflows to perform chemical or biological reactions using microfluidic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fluidigm Corporation
    Inventors: Gang Sun, Greg Harris, Andy May, Kyle Self, Kevin Farrell, Paul Wyatt
  • Patent number: RE46901
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a plurality of test drop recipes are first created based on design data on a semiconductor integrated circuit. Based on a defect inspection result of a pattern of a hardening resin material, which is formed by pressing a template on which patterns of the semiconductor integrated circuit are formed onto the hardening resin material applied to a substrate to be processed by use of the test drop recipes, a drop recipe with least defects is selected per press position on the substrate to be processed from the test drop recipes. The selected drop recipes for respective press positions are collected per functional circuit block configuring the semiconductor integrated circuit, thereby to generate a drop recipe creation assistant database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Matsuoka, Takumi Ota, Ryoichi Inanami