With Recording Or Signaling Condition Patents (Class 95/25)
  • Patent number: 10041872
    Abstract: The present invention places in the field of the maintenance of aeration, conditioning, air-conditioning, etc. plants, and in particular the present invention relates to a method for evaluating the cleaning state of a plant, with particular reference to the atmospheric particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE, TAGLIAFERRI S.R.L.
    Inventors: Domenico Vitulano, Daniela De Canditiis, Vittoria Bruni, Sante Tagliaferri, Fabio Buccolini, Elisa Rossi, Daniele Pigozzi
  • Patent number: 9199847
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of generating oxygen. The method comprises the steps of: intermittently guiding a stream of oxygen comprising gas through at least one adsorption chamber (12) being equipped with an oxygen separation adsorbent (16), thereby defining an adsorption mode and a desorption mode of the at least one adsorption chamber (12), and thereby enriching the oxygen comprising gas with respect to oxygen, guiding the enriched oxygen comprising gas to a primary side of a dense membrane (52), heating the dense membrane(52) to a temperature at which it is permeable for oxygen, generating an oxygen flow through the dense membrane (52) to its secondary side, thereby separating the oxygen from the enriched oxygen comprising gas and forming a stream of oxygen. According to the invention, the invention further comprises the step of guiding at least a part of the generated oxygen through the at least one adsorption chamber (12) being in desorption mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Rainer Hilbig, Achim Gerhard Rolf Koerber, Mareike Klee, Wilco Cornelis Keur
  • Patent number: 9103313
    Abstract: A corona ignition system for providing a corona discharge (24) includes an igniter (20) having an electrode (26) with an asymmetrical firing tip (28) relative to an electrode center axis (ae). The firing tip (28) includes a first surface area (A1) facing the fuel injector (42) which is greater than a second surface area (A2) facing a cylinder block (32). The first surface area (A1) presents a projection (60) having a sharp edge, and the second surface area (A2) presents a round outward surface (62). Accordingly, a radio frequency electric field emitted from the first surface area (A1) provides a robust corona discharge (24) in a flammable area at an outside edge (30) of the fuel spray. No electric field is emitted from the second surface area (A2), and no power arcing occurs between the second surface area (A2) and the cylinder block (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: John Antony Burrows, James D. Lykowski
  • Patent number: 9089809
    Abstract: Active carbon filters and systems that are operative to detect active carbon filter degradations are provided. The active carbon filter can include a carbon filter comprising activated carbon and defining a filter surface; a first piezoelectric wafer active sensor on the filter surface that is electrically isolated from the carbon filter; and a second piezoelectric wafer active sensor on the filter surface that is electrically connected to the filter surface; and an impedance monitoring device electrically connected to the first piezoelectric wafer active sensor and the second piezoelectric wafer active sensor. Methods are also disclosed for determining if any degradation has occurred in an active carbon filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: University of South Carolina
    Inventors: Victor Giurgiutiu, Jingjing Bao, Gregory William Peterson
  • Publication number: 20150135948
    Abstract: Certain embodiments herein relate to systems and methods for managing turbine intake filters. In one embodiment, a system can include at least one memory configured to store computer-executable instructions and at least one controller configured to access the at least one memory and execute the computer-executable instructions. The instructions may be configured to monitor an indication associated with air flow through at least one filter of a turbine intake system. The instructions may be further configured to facilitate in the execution of at least management task of the turbine intake system, based at least in part on the indication of air flow through the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Sherwood Bryant, Steve Hiner
  • Patent number: 9005341
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sealing device 20 for a control rod 17, passing through an aperture 15c in a wall 15, wherein the control rod 17 is connected between an actuator 13, placed on one side of the wall, and a controlled entity 9a, placed on the other side of the wall, such that the actuator can control the controlled entity with motion of the control rod. The sealing device 20 includes a packing box 37 through which the control rod 17 passes and a seal 41 which provides a sealing function between the control rod 17 and the packing box 37. The packing box 37 is moveable with the control rod 17 in relation to the wall 15. Wall aperture 15c is sized to allow movement of the control rod 17 within aperture 15c. A flexible member 39 surrounds a portion of control rod 17 and extends between the packing box 37 and the wall 15, in a gastight communication with each. As such, the subject sealing device allows movement of the control rod without compromising the sealing function efficiency thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventor: Anders Erik Hjelmberg
  • Patent number: 8986427
    Abstract: Apparatus for transforming the air exchange load of a higher air exchange rate space into the air exchange load of a lower air exchange rate space, including: a housing; an air inlet and at least one air outlet formed in the housing; a passageway extending through the housing and connecting the air inlet to the at least one air outlet; a circulation fan disposed in the passageway so as to draw the air of the higher air exchange rate space into the air inlet, through the passageway, and return that air to the higher air exchange rate space through the at least one air outlet; and a filter disposed in the passageway for purging noxious substances from the air passing through the passageway, whereby to transform the air exchange load of a higher air exchange rate space into the air exchange load of a lower air exchange rate space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: FIPAK Research And Development Company
    Inventors: Stephan Hauville, Antoine Hauville
  • Publication number: 20150075373
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an air purifier with over pressurization relief, including the following components. A room air inlet is configured to fluidly receive air from a room. A supply duct inlet is configured to fluidly receive air from a forced air system. An air filter and or air purification means is configured to filter/purify air. An outlet is configured to expel filtered/treated air into the room. A bypass damper system has at least one air filtering mode position and a bypass mode position. A pressure control mechanism is configured to automatically allow the bypass damper system to move from at least one air filtering mode position to a bypass mode position when the air received from the supply duct inlet exceeds a bypass threshold. The bypass mode position guides air from the supply duct inlet into the room without requiring passage through the filter and the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory R. Miller
  • Patent number: 8979986
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and apparatus for measuring ash deposit levels in a particulate filter comprising at least one cell. One or more indicator components is inserted into the at least one cell so as to lie upon any deposits contained therein. Radiation is emitted from a radiation source into the cell, and the position of the one or more indicator components is detected on the basis of the emitted radiation. The deposit level within the cell is then calculated on the basis of the position of the one or more indicator components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: David Painter, Steven F. Meister, Michael C. Gatz
  • Patent number: 8940078
    Abstract: A filter sensor to monitor an air filter in an air conditioning system is disclosed. The filter sensor includes a housing having an interior passage. The housing is located in relation to an air vent of the air conditioning system. A propeller is mounted in the interior passage. The propeller is rotated by the filtered air flow of the air conditioning system. A motion sensor is provided in proximity to the propeller or its shaft. A controller is coupled to the motion sensor to determine the rotational speed of the propeller and correlate the rotational speed of the propeller with the condition of the filter. An indicator is coupled to the controller to indicate a status of the air filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad Weiden
  • Publication number: 20150000518
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a direct replacement filter within an air flow channel having a housing with an at least one exposure slot. An at least one filter media storage area is within the housing having unexposed filter media stored therein. The unexposed filter media being pleated, folded, and stacked and compactly held within the at least one filter media storage area. A controller controls an at least one movement member that moves an unexposed portion of the at least one filter media into the at least one exposure slot in a pleated state and exposes the unexposed portion of the at least one filter media to the air flow channel creating a pleated, exposed portion of the at least one filter media. One or more sensors are provided and the controller communicates with these sensors. A containment area is also provided, wherein the pleated, exposed portion of the at least one filter media is collected and retained within the containment area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Challen SULLIVAN
  • Publication number: 20140366722
    Abstract: A thermal fuse is installed in the exhaust flow path in or from a diesel particulate filter (DPF) of a combustion engine. At a temperature corresponding to overheating, or imminent overheating, of the DPF, the thermal fuse is activated to generate a signal initiating steps to avoid overheating of the DPF, such as shutting down of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas James Brown
  • Publication number: 20140338528
    Abstract: Apparatus for transforming the air exchange load of a higher air exchange rate space into the air exchange load of a lower air exchange rate space, said apparatus comprising: a housing for mounting to a surface of the higher air exchange rate space; an air inlet formed in said housing; at least one air outlet formed in said housing; a passageway extending through said housing and connecting said air inlet to said at least one air outlet; a circulation fan disposed in said passageway so as to draw the air of the higher air exchange rate space into said air inlet, through said passageway, and return that air to the higher air exchange rate space through said at least one air outlet; and a filter disposed in said passageway for purging noxious substances from the air passing through said passageway, whereby to transform the air exchange load of a higher air exchange rate space into the air exchange load of a lower air exchange rate space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Stephan Hauville, Antoine Hauville
  • Publication number: 20140326134
    Abstract: Layered filtered cartridge systems with an End of Service Life Indicating system include a filter cartridge that includes filter media. The filter media includes a multi-layer construction, of a first sorbent layer, a second sorbent layer, and a sensing element adjacent to the first and second sorbent layers such that an indicating element of the sensing element is located at the interface between the first and second sorbent layers. The second sorbent layer has a higher adsorption capacity and/or higher adsorption rate than the first sorbent layer. The sensing element indicates the passage of an adsorption wavefront through the filter cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin A. Frankel, Maria L. Zelinsky
  • Patent number: 8858692
    Abstract: A filter system includes a housing, a filter medium disposed within the housing, an optical analyte sensor, and an optical reader. The optical analyte sensor is characterized by a first region that exhibit a first response to an analyte of interest and a second region that exhibit a second, different, response to an analyte of interest. The optical analyte sensor includes a detection medium and is disposed within the housing such that the detection medium is in fluid communication with the filter medium. The optical reader includes at least one light source and at least one detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Gary E. Dwyer, Thomas W. Holmquist-Brown, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Neal A. Rakow
  • Patent number: 8814996
    Abstract: Active carbon filters and systems that are operative to detect active carbon filter degradations are provided. The active carbon filter can include a carbon filter comprising activated carbon and defining a filter surface; a first piezoelectric wafer active sensor on the filter surface that is electrically isolated from the carbon filter; and a second piezoelectric wafer active sensor on the filter surface that is electrically connected to the filter surface; and an impedance monitoring device electrically connected to the first piezoelectric wafer active sensor and the second piezoelectric wafer active sensor. Methods are also disclosed for determining if any degradation has occurred in an active carbon filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: University of South Carolina
    Inventors: Victor Giurgiutiu, Jingjing Bao, Gregory William Peterson, Glenn Rubel
  • Patent number: 8795409
    Abstract: A method of controlling an air separation plant and a control system to optimize production of an argon product produced by the plant. A computer program is continually executed that has models of each column of the plant, a condenser reboiler and an argon reflux condenser. The models contain stage models of each stage of separation within each of the columns that when assembled are able to calculate current values of controlled variables in response to input variables applied to the models. The controlled variables serve as an input to a controller that controls manipulated variables comprising flow rates of an air feed stream to the air separation plant, a product oxygen stream removed from the lower pressure column and the crude argon feed stream such that the controlled variables are within a targeted range selected to optimize the production of the argon product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Singhal, Stephane Blouin
  • Publication number: 20140208942
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, apparatuses, and systems for generating an alert message based on a determined crossing of a weight threshold of a filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alston Ilford Scipio, Robert Warren Taylor, Sanji Ekanayake, John D. Clark
  • Publication number: 20140165827
    Abstract: A breather including desiccant for humidity control includes an electronic end of life detection system. A temperature sensor and humidity sensor provide a temperature and humidity of the desiccant to a controller. The controller determines the relative humidity of the desiccant. The controller determines that the desiccant, and thus breather, has reached its end of life (i.e., end of useful life) when the relative humidity reaches a predetermined relative humidity (e.g., 40%). Optionally, a pressure sensor provides a pressure of the reservoir to the controller. The controller determines a fault condition or end of life condition of the breather when the pressure exceeds a predetermined pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Nikhil Rajkumar Gaikwad, Jonathan Lee Haworth
  • Patent number: 8734565
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring the condition of a new air filter installed in an HVAC system are disclosed. In one example, an input that indicates a new air filter has been installed may be accepted, and in response, the HVAC system may be automatically operated in an air filter verifying mode, in which the fan of the HVAC system is activated to drive air through the new air filter. While in the air filter verifying mode, a measure related to an amount of flow restriction presented by the new air filter may be received. A status of the new air filter may be determined based, at least in part, on the received measure related to the amount of flow restriction presented by the air filter of the HVAC system. Once the status of the new air filter is determined, an indication may be displayed on a display, which may communicate the determined status of the new air filter to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Hoglund, Reed Bisson, Amy Ragland, Barbara Dean-Hendricks
  • Patent number: 8702841
    Abstract: A portable oxygen concentrator designed for medical use where the usable life of the sieve beds, adsorbers, is monitored and communicated to the user or service provider through a user interface or a transmitted signal. The concentrator is designed so that the beds are easily replaced by the user or a field technician. Preferably PSA cycle operating parameters appropriate to the replaced beds can be easily reset if needed by the user or service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Inogen, Inc.
    Inventors: Brenton Taylor, Peter Hansen
  • Publication number: 20140102295
    Abstract: A filtration system includes a frame directing a fluid flow through the filtration system. An ionization array is located in the frame and has an ionizer current flowing therethrough. The system further includes a media filter having a plurality of media fibers arranged to capture particles flowing therethrough and a conductive surface located at the media filter and having a filter current flowing therethrough. A comparator is utilized to determine a difference between the ionizer current and the filter current, and compare that difference to a predetermined range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Johannes Mckinney
  • Publication number: 20140083292
    Abstract: A filter sensor to monitor an air filter in an air conditioning system is disclosed. The filter sensor includes a housing having an interior passage. The housing is located in relation to an air vent of the air conditioning system. A propeller is mounted in the interior passage. The propeller is rotated by the filtered air flow of the air conditioning system. A motion sensor is provided in proximity to the propeller or its shaft. A controller is coupled to the motion sensor to determine the rotational speed of the propeller and correlate the rotational speed of the propeller with the condition of the filter. An indicator is coupled to the controller to indicate a status of the air filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad Weiden
  • Publication number: 20140069274
    Abstract: An air filtration system includes a frame directing an airflow through the air filtration system and a media filter. The media filter includes a plurality of media fibers arranged to capture particles flowing therethrough and a conductive surface located at the media filter and having a conductivity within a selected range. Two or more contact pads are located at the media filter and are alignable with an electrical circuit located at the frame to determine whether a resistance across the conductive plane is within a selected resistance range. A method of installing a media filter in an air filtration system includes inserting the media filter into a frame of the air filtration system and aligning one or more contact pads of the media filter with one or more grounding pads of the frame. A resistance across the media filter is measured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Carrier Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Johannes McKinney
  • Patent number: 8657936
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a direct replacement air filtration or handler filter that is placed within an air flow channel within an air handler unit having a housing. A motor in communication with a controller and having an at least one sensor input or a timer or a transceiver and processing module. A filter media storage area is located on one end of the housing, with a pleated, folded filter media folded and compactly stored inside the filter media storage area. An exposed filter media containment area is located on an opposed end within the housing with the filter media extending therebetween. The filter media being paid out or advanced from the filter media storage area across the housing where it is exposed to air within the air flow channel as it removes contaminants from the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Challen Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8623117
    Abstract: Sensor offsets for an air filter monitor installed in an HVAC system may be determined by measuring a sensor offset differential pressure value across an air filter when substantially no air flow exists through the air filter. The sensor offset differential pressure value obtained at or near zero flow may represent the sensor offset for the air filter monitor. The sensor offset differential pressure value may be used to compensate an un-compensated differential pressure value obtained during flow conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ludek Zavodny, Reed Bisson, Steven Hoglund
  • Patent number: 8613792
    Abstract: A clean air filter may be used to set an air filter change threshold value for an air filter monitor installed in an HVAC system. The air filter change threshold value may be used to determine a status of an air filter (e.g., clean or dirty).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Ragland, Barbara Dean-Hendricks, Christopher Goh, Reed Bisson, Steven Hoglund
  • Publication number: 20130319227
    Abstract: A device recovers water from an ambient airstream. The device includes a chamber having a group of trays that hold respective amounts of liquid desiccant. A foam media element in each tray absorbs the desiccant to increase an exposed surface of the desiccant to the airstream. Fans and valves are used to control airflow through the device. A charge cycle circulates air through the device to remove water vapor from the airstream. A subsequent extraction cycle removes water collected in the liquid desiccant by a condenser communicating with the chamber. An integral heat exchanger adds heat to the chamber during the extraction cycle. A controller is used to integrate and control device operation. The desiccant trays may be selectively configurable in an array to best suit the intended installation. The trays may be arranged in column and row configurations, along with adjustable airflow patterns between each of the trays. User interfaces are provided to monitor and control operation of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Z124
    Inventors: Charles Becze, James Ball
  • Patent number: 8597403
    Abstract: An inline water trap including a filter component and a panel connector configured to interface with a patient gas monitor. In one embodiment the inline water trap indicates to the patient gas monitor that it is in place and that the patient gas monitor may begin intaking and analyzing the filtered patient sample. The inline water trap receives a patient sample and filters water and contaminants from the sample before allowing the remaining gas portion of the sample to pass through to the patient gas monitor, thereby protecting the patient gas monitor from damage. One embodiment of the inline water trap additionally contains an RFID tag to indicate to the patient gas monitor that the correct type of inline water trap is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Criticare Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Henning, Daniel Schwarz, Deborah Zane
  • Patent number: 8591625
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for preventing server contamination. The system includes a server rack and a contamination filter secured to the server rack. The contamination filter may be configured to filter particulate substances and/or chemical substances from air. The system may include a reaction coupon configured to indicate the presence of particulate substances and/or chemical substances in the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Madhusudan K. Iyengar, Roger R. Schmidt, Prabjit Singh
  • Patent number: 8574343
    Abstract: A blocking panel may be used to set an air filter change threshold value for an air filter monitor installed in an HVAC system. The air filter change threshold value may then be used to determine a status of an air filter (e.g., clean or dirty).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Reed Bisson, Steven Hoglund, Amy Ragland, Barbara Dean-Hendricks, Christopher Goh
  • Publication number: 20130276629
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring quality of filters within a filtering system are disclosed. The system includes at least one pressure sensor which monitors a force applied by a filter on a filter housing. The system further includes a control system which provides notification to a user when the force measured by the at least one pressure sensor exceeds a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Abdolreza SALAHSHOUR, Nagarjuna R. VEMIREDDY
  • Publication number: 20130269519
    Abstract: A portable oxygen concentrator designed for medical use where the usable life of the sieve beds, adsorbers, is monitored and communicated to the user or service provider through a user interface or a transmitted signal. The concentrator is designed so that the beds are easily replaced by the user or a field technician. Preferably PSA cycle operating parameters appropriate to the replaced beds can be easily reset if needed by the user or service provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Brenton Taylor, Peter Hansen
  • Publication number: 20130269411
    Abstract: A method for gas analysis can include continuously diverting a portion of drilling fluid into a sample chamber from a drilling fluid stream, creating a bidirectional drilling fluid circulation to liberate gas from the drilling fluid, applying a suction to a gas capturing chamber, and allowing a sample of the liberated fluid to continuously flow through the gas capturing chamber, continuously be filtered, and continuously flow into a gas analyzer. The method can include maintaining the sample chamber in an open configuration or decompressing the gas capturing chamber by closing off one or more sample inlets and sample outlets and exhausting portions of the liberated fluid that do not flow to the gas analyzer. The method can include simultaneously providing analysis data to client devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: SELMAN AND ASSOCIATES, LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Selman, Matthew J. Jennings, Stephen M. Bergman
  • Patent number: 8496719
    Abstract: A dust collection system has a cyclone separator in which dust is separated from an air stream and the air stream is passed from a separator and flows through a final filter back into the ambient air. A flame arrester is positioned downstream of the separator, either in advance of or after the final filter. The flame arrester defines a multiplicity of narrow channels to permit exhaust air flow but block any flame front. In a preferred embodiment the flame arrester is in the form of a sheath of a porous metal material surrounding the final filter. The sheath may comprise a metal wire mesh screen, with a guard cage surrounding the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Oneida Air Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Witter
  • Patent number: 8491686
    Abstract: A dust collector arrangement has a dust separator supported on a frame, with a lid for the dust collection barrel is mounted onto the frame below it. The lid is supported at a fixed elevation above the surface of the shop floor to create a space or clearance between the rim of the dust collection barrel and the lid. The barrel is supported on casters, and can be rolled into place under the rim, and can be rolled out for emptying. Over-center latches positioned at intervals around the upper part of the barrel side wall, engage corresponding structure on the lid. These pull the barrel upwards against the lid and with the barrel casters lifted off the floor surface. The latch members release to lower the barrel for emptying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Oneida Air Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Witter, Jeffrey Hill, John J. Fitzsimmons
  • Patent number: 8491685
    Abstract: A dust collection arrangement employs a variable frequency drive to supply AC to its fan motor. A current sensor measures the current drawn by the motor, and this is compared with a preset value. The variable frequency drive adjusts the frequency of the AC applied to the motor to maintain the motor current at the preset level. This keeps the flow of air in the system optimal as dust producing tools are added or taken off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Oneida Air Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Witter, Jeffrey Hill
  • Publication number: 20130167719
    Abstract: A visual indicator device and method for determining the presence of oily contaminants in a gaseous stream are provided. The device includes a filtration status chamber for receiving and discharging the gaseous stream, and a transparent wall enabling viewing of the chamber interior. A fluid-pervious filtration media within the chamber is infused with an absorption composition at which the contaminant on contact with the media is immobilized. The media has a surface viewable through a transparent wall of the filtration status chamber, and the stream flow path is such as to cause the stream to impinge at the media via the said surface, whereby the contaminants collect selectively at the media surface and are therefore highly visible through the transparent wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: MYCELX TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mycelx Technologies Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130152783
    Abstract: A ductless fume hood suitable for the removal of various chemical materials including toxic and non-toxic gases, vapors, particles, dust and unpleasant odors from a fluid stream. The ductless fume hood uses electronic devices and software to enable real time monitoring of gas levels in parts per million.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory J. Dobbyn
  • Patent number: 8414682
    Abstract: An inline water trap including a filter component and a panel connector configured to interface with a patient gas monitor. In one embodiment the inline water trap indicates to the patient gas monitor that it is in place and that the patient gas monitor may begin intaking and analyzing the filtered patient sample. The inline water trap receives a patient sample and filters water and contaminants from the sample before allowing the remaining gas portion of the sample to pass through to the patient gas monitor, thereby protecting the patient gas monitor from damage. One embodiment of the inline water trap additionally contains an RFID tag to indicate to the patient gas monitor that the correct type of inline water trap is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Criticare Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Larsen, David Carlson, Steven Coogan, Roy Henning, Daniel Schwarz, Deborah Zane
  • Publication number: 20130047841
    Abstract: A device for diagnosing a particle filter attached onto a main exhaust line of an internal combustion engine, wherein the diagnosis device includes, downstream from the first particle filter, a detection filter and a sensor for measuring an output parameter of the detection filter. The detection filter is arranged in a secondary exhaust line through which a first portion of the gases from the particle filter passes, wherein a second portion of the gases from the particle filter follows the main exhaust line. The device can be used for diagnosing particle filters for an automobile having a combustion engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Katcon Global S.A.
    Inventor: Said Zidat
  • Publication number: 20120318138
    Abstract: A blocking panel may be used to set an air filter change threshold value for an air filter monitor installed in an HVAC system. The air filter change threshold value may then be used to determine a status of an air filter (e.g., clean or dirty).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Reed Bisson, Steven Hoglund, Amy Ragland, Barbara Dean-Hendricks, Christopher Goh
  • Publication number: 20120318137
    Abstract: A clean air filter may be used to set an air filter change threshold value for an air filter monitor installed in an HVAC system. The air filter change threshold value may be used to determine a status of an air filter (e.g., clean or dirty).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Amy Ragland, Barbara Dean-Hendricks, Christopher Goh, Reed Bisson, Steven Hoglund
  • Patent number: 8328905
    Abstract: An air filter assembly has a fan, pre-filter, a main filter, and a control circuit which generates various signals to the user as to when the pre-filter and the main filter should be replaced. The control circuit detects when the pre-filter should be replaced from two conditions: a first pre-filter replacement condition based decreased air flow, and a second pre-filter replacement condition based on cumulative operating time. The control circuit detects when the main filter should be replaced based on a formula containing a number of the occurrences of the first pre-filter replacement condition and a number of occurrences of the second pre-filter replacement condition. The control circuit also detects a main filter replacement condition based on cumulative operating time of main filter. The main filter can have a fuse that is blown when the main filter should be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hakko Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Matsuzaki, Hitoshi Takeuchi, Toshikazu Mochizuki
  • Publication number: 20120291629
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes a regeneration module and a disconnection indication module. The regeneration module indicates when a regeneration of a particulate filter is complete. The disconnection indication module receives a pressure difference across the particulate filter measured using delta pressure sensor. The delta pressure sensor generates the pressure difference based on first and second pressures upstream and downstream of the particulate filter applied to the delta pressure sensor using upstream and downstream pressure lines, respectively. In response to an indication that the regeneration of the particulate filter is complete, the disconnection indication module selectively indicates that the downstream pressure line is disconnected based on a comparison of the pressure difference and a predetermined pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Vincent J. Tylutki, Janean E. Kowalkowski, Benjamin Radke
  • Patent number: 8303697
    Abstract: A method for purifying polluted air having particle phase pollutants and gaseous phase pollutants is provided. The method comprising: separately purifying and treating particle phase and gaseous phase pollutants present in the air; providing a dust cleaning apparatus, a catalytic filter core and a valve for controlling an airflow path within an air purification apparatus; controlling the airflow path for the air to bypass the catalytic filter core in a way that: if the amount of particle phase pollutants is above a predetermined value, the valve is moved to the open position to enable the air to bypass the catalyst filtering core; if the amount of particle phase pollutants is less than a predetermined value, the valve is moved to the closed position to force the air to pass through the catalyst filtering core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Akos Advanced Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Yiu Wai Chan, Sui Chun Law
  • Patent number: 8287624
    Abstract: An air elutriation device for an air conveying household appliance includes a housing with an air elutriation zone delimited by a filter element, a detection element in a storage space for the filter element, and a cover sheet on the filter element. The detection element can be actuated via the filter element by the cover sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Ingo Meisel
  • Publication number: 20120247326
    Abstract: An HVAC system has an electrically powered air cleaner, a fan configured to selectively move air through the air cleaner, and a controller having an interface for receiving a selection of a clean air cycle. The controller is configured to control a clean air delivery rate (CADR) of the HVAC system for a clean air cycle duration in response to a receipt of a selection of the clean air cycle. A method of controlling air cleaning includes displaying a first clean air cycle that is configured to control a clean air delivery rate for a first clean air cycle duration wherein the first clean air cycle is associated with a first air flow related setting and a first air cleaner power level setting, selecting the first clean air cycle, and overriding at least one of a previous air flow related setting and a previous air cleaner power level setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Timothy Wayne Storm
  • Patent number: 8268040
    Abstract: A method and a system for controlling dust particle emissions from an electrostatic precipitator (1), which has a first and a second bus-section (16, 20), are provided. Dust particle emissions are controlled by observing that a rapping event of the first bus-section (16) is about to be initiated, verifying, before allowing the rapping event of the first bus-section (16) to be initiated, that the second bus-section (20) is ready to receive the dust particles to be released during the rapping event of the first bus-section (16), and then initiating, after verification, the rapping event of the first bus-section (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Scott A. Boyden, Anders Karlsson
  • Patent number: 8231716
    Abstract: A self-alarming air cleaner is disclosed. The air cleaner includes an air filter element (1), a light emitting element (2) and a light sensor (3). The light emitting element (2) and the light sensor (3) are both faced to the air filter element (1). The light emitted from the light emitting element (2) is reflected by the air filter element (1) or permeated to the air filter element (1), then forms an area of light attenuation where the light sensor (3) is located. The light emitting element (2) and the light sensor (3) connect with a circuit which has an alarming device. When much dust is accumulated on the air filter element (1), the intensity of the light reaching the light sensor (3) is weakened and the alarming device (4) can give an alarm automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Chiwai Patrick Poon