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05/19/16
20160137475 
 Refuelling stand patent thumbnailRefuelling stand
A refuelling stand that is lightweight and easily portable which includes a refuelling stand for conveying fuel from a fuel source into a fuel receptacle comprising: a funnel which is optionally collapsible; a conduit having a first end for removable attachment to the funnel, and a second end for engagement with the fuel receptacle; and three or more support legs, wherein each of the support legs is independently movable from a first use mode to a second storage mode. The conduit can be made of flexible material which may be rolled up for storage alongside the support or may be formed of inflexible tubing.

05/19/16
20160137474 
 Evacuated bottle system patent thumbnailEvacuated bottle system
An evacuated bottle system including providing a bottle defining a hollow interior, the bottle having a neck defining an opening that provides fluid communication with the interior; providing a cap assembly including a funnel having a first portion and a second portion, where the second portion extends radially outward from the first portion to form a floor on an interior thereof and a shoulder on an exterior thereof, the first portion defining a first bore and the second portion defining a second bore fluidly connected to the first bore; a self serum stopper having a self sealing membrane that extends radially outward to overlie at least a portion of the floor of the funnel; and a cap having a cap wall sized to fit over the funnel and a cover portion extending radially inward from the cap wall, the cover portion defining at least one evacuating opening; assembling the cap assembly with the bottle by inserting the first portion of the funnel into the neck of the bottle; supporting the funnel on the neck of the bottle at the shoulder; inserting the serum stopper within the funnel where the self-sealing membrane covers at least a portion of the floor to seal the first bore of the funnel from the second bore; applying the cap over the funnel and attaching the cap to the bottle, wherein the cover portion extends radially inward over a portion of the self-sealing membrane and defines a gap axially outward of the self-sealing membrane; applying a pressure differential relative to the interior of the bottle to create a suction at the evacuating opening to draw the self-sealing membrane axially outward within the gap a distance effective to provide fluid communication between the first bore of the funnel and the second bore the funnel; maintaining the suction until a selected pressure is achieved within the interior of the bottle; and withdrawing the suction, wherein the selected pressure within the bottle draws the self-sealing membrane against the floor of the funnel to reseal the interior of the bottle.. .
Cornerstone Cm, Inc.


05/19/16
20160136048 
 Evacuated bottle system patent thumbnailEvacuated bottle system
An evacuated bottle system including a bottle defining a hollow interior, the bottle having a neck with a rim defining an opening; a cap assembly supported on the bottle, the cap assembly including a funnel having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being insertable within the interior of the bottle and the second portion engaging a portion of the bottle to support the funnel above the rim, the funnel defining a bore that fluidly communicates with the hollow interior of the bottle; a self-sealing membrane that covers the bore formed by the funnel to selectively seal the hollow interior of the bottle; a cap attachable to the bottle, the cap including a cover portion that extends at least partially over the self-sealing membrane to restrain movement thereof, the cover portion being axially spaced from the self-sealing membrane to define a gap that permits axial movement of the self-sealing membrane to selectively open the bottle to fluid communication outside of the bottle.. .
Cornerstone Cm, Inc.


05/19/16
20160135976 
 Methods of treatment using a bariatric sleeve patent thumbnailMethods of treatment using a bariatric sleeve
Method and apparatus for limiting absorption of food products in specific parts of the digestive system is presented. A gastrointestinal implant device is anchored in the stomach and extends beyond the ligament of treitz.
Gi Dynamics, Inc.


05/12/16
20160130071 
 Novel chewing gum box patent thumbnailNovel chewing gum box
A novel chewing gum box, comprising a chewing gum storage chamber (1), a storage chamber cover (2), a funnel apparatus (3), a chewing gum introducing plate (4), a chewing gum carrying groove (5), a carrying groove baffle (6), a push handle (7), a spring baffle (8), guide rails (9), guide rail grooves (10), a spring groove (11) and a spring (12). The chewing gum storage chamber (1) is communicated with the chewing gum carrying groove (5) through the funnel apparatus (3).

05/12/16
20160128382 
 Wallet for rolling smokable instruments patent thumbnailWallet for rolling smokable instruments
The present invention relates to smoking devices. More particularly, the present device is a wallet constructed from foldable material that includes rolling papers, filters, a rolling tray and storage for cleaned smoking material as well as rolled smoking material.
Volo Trade, Inc.


05/05/16
20160123908 
 Xrd sample handling apparatus patent thumbnailXrd sample handling apparatus
Disclosed is a sample handling assembly facilitating a sample holding cell used for xrd analysis. The assembly holds the sample cell upright during sample loading and analysis phases.
Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas Inc.


05/05/16
20160123786 
 Dual lid container-dispenser apparatus patent thumbnailDual lid container-dispenser apparatus
A container-dispenser (100) with bipartite lids, each lid (10) having an upper lid (10a) with a port (20) or coupling spout (10d), and a lower lid (10b) that couples the lid to the container (30). Upper and lower lids rotate independently of one another.
Aip Creations, Llc


05/05/16
20160120637 
 Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction valve patent thumbnailBronchoscopic lung volume reduction valve
A valve to perform lung volume reduction procedures is described. The valve is formed of a braided structure that is adapted for endoscopic insertion in a bronchial passage of a patient's lung.
Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.


04/28/16
20160114959 
 Lid for a beverage cup including a snack storage reservoir patent thumbnailLid for a beverage cup including a snack storage reservoir
A lid for a beverage cup includes: (a) a radial collar configured to engage with a rim of a drinking cup mouth, having an inner radial surface and an outer radial surface; (b) an outer reservoir wall extending axially upward from the outer surface of the radial collar and enclosing a reservoir chamber above the radial collar, and including an upper rim; (c) a reservoir floor extending radially inward from an upper end of the inner surface of the radial collar and substantially closing the reservoir chamber from below the reservoir floor, the floor including a fluid path opening providing at least part of a fluid path extending upward through the reservoir chamber, the fluid path opening being positioned along a first diametrical line extending through the reservoir chamber; (d) an inner wall separating the fluid path from the reservoir chamber substantially in the shape of an upside-down funnel extending upward from the floor, having a minor diameter extending above a vertical level of the upper rim of the outer reservoir wall to form a spout; and (e) a cap connected to the upper rim of the outer wall with a first living hinge and including a first segment with a hole adapted to receive the spout.. .

04/28/16
20160114946 

Lid for a beverage cup including a snack storage reservoir


A lid for a beverage cup includes: (a) a radial collar configured to engage with a rim of a drinking cup mouth, having an inner radial surface and an outer radial surface; (b) an outer reservoir wall extending axially upward from the outer surface of the radial collar and enclosing a reservoir chamber above the radial collar, and including an upper rim; (c) a reservoir floor extending radially inward from an upper end of the inner surface of the radial collar and substantially closing the reservoir chamber from below the reservoir floor, the floor including a fluid path opening providing at least part of a fluid path extending upward through the reservoir chamber, the fluid path opening being positioned along a first diametrical line extending through the reservoir chamber; (d) an inner wall separating the fluid path from the reservoir chamber substantially in the shape of an upside-down funnel extending upward from the floor, having a minor diameter extending above a vertical level of the upper rim of the outer reservoir wall to form a spout; and (e) a cap connected to the upper rim of the outer wall with a first living hinge and including a first segment with a hole adapted to receive the spout.. .

04/28/16
20160114133 

Catheter and manufacture


The instant invention relates generally to introducer catheters used to help deliver catheters or other medical devices to locations within the human body. In particular, the instant invention relates to large diameter introducer catheters (introducer catheters with lumens greater than about 6 french) having increased strength, flexibility, and kink resistance.
St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.


04/28/16
20160113430 

Heat distribution apparatus


A heat distribution apparatus uniformly distributes heat and air for efficient cooking and retention of heat. The apparatus includes an inner container containing an object requiring heating, such as food and water.

04/21/16
20160107774 

Packing method and packaging device for implementing packing method


A packaging device is configured to implement a packing method that prevents a bridge from being generated inside a chute which supplies goods into a bag with a tube shape. In the packing method, goods dropped from above are accommodated in a chute with a funnel shape.

04/21/16
20160106159 

Adaptable nursing bra


An adaptable nursing bra includes a nursing bra frame; further including a right support member; a left support member; a right cup; and a left cup; such that the right and left support members provide support around outer peripheries of the mammaries of a female user wearing the nursing bra frame, and the user can remove the right and left cups partially or fully in order to breastfeed a child. Additionally, a cup can further include a cup frame, a cup ring and a cup cap.

04/21/16
20160106119 

Product preparation and cooking assembly


An array of wells formed in a flexible mold is filled to a uniform depth with cheese by positioning an insert, including a funnel array established by a plurality of spaced funnel members, upon the mold such that each funnel member is in alignment with, freely received within, and supported upon a bottom wall of a respective well. Thereafter, cheese is provided on the insert to fill each funnel member.

04/21/16
20160106079 

Minnow collecting fish trap


A trap for collecting live minnows, the live minnows having a height, the trap incorporating a case having a longitudinally opening longitudinal end; a first plurality of minnow attracting mirrored plates; a plurality of pivoting or fixed joints adapted for interconnecting first plurality of mirrored plates and the case, the joints positioning the first plurality of mirrored plates at the case's longitudinal end and further positioning the first plurality of mirrored plates to form at least a first inwardly extending funnel; a battery powered electric torch alternatively actuated during daylight; a transparent cannister adapted for interconnecting the electric torch and the case, the transparent cannister positioning the electric torch for casting light outwardly from the transparent case; and a pair of suspension brackets connected operatively to the case.. .

04/14/16
20160102459 

Gutter debris barrier system


A gutter debris barrier system for preventing debris from entering a gutter includes a frame that is attached to a fascia of a building and a filter screen. The frame may include a floor with slots punched therein, with ribs on either side of the slots that form channels.

04/14/16
20160101534 

Device for cutting a cut resistant material


A device for spiral cutting a cut resistant fruit or vegetable material including at least one base element configured as an open conical funnel including a funnel edge, wherein at least one cutting device that is formed by a cutting gap and a cutting blade is arranged in an enveloping surface of the at least one base element, wherein a leftover support including a cover rim and a plunger is applicable to the funnel edge so that the leftover support is rotatable, and wherein the plunger is supported in the leftover support so that the plunger facilitates pressing leftovers of the cut resistant fruit or vegetable material into the at least one base element and cutting the leftovers to form a spiral shaped cut material.. .

04/14/16
20160101007 

Drop-type automatic excrement processing device


The present invention pertains to a drop-type automatic excrement processing device configured so that the degree of restraint on the body of the objective person to whom the device is fitted is made less. The device comprises the following: a diaper cover 1 that covers the buttocks and loins of a objective person for use such as an aged person; a feces receiver 2 and a urine catching pad 3 which are fitted to the diaper cover 1; a feces and urine intake pipe 5 for receiving feces or urine discharged through the feces receiver 2 and guiding the received matter into a wastes container 4; a valve unit 6 interposed in the intermediate part of the intake pipe 5; a washing-water tank 7 for storing washing water for washing the buttocks and the like; a warm wind generating means 8 for generating a warm wind used for drying the buttocks and the like after washing; and a control means 9 for controlling the operation of each of the foregoing.

04/07/16
20160100506 

Rack level air flow baffle providing hot aisle separation from rack-inserted it components


An apparatus, an information handling system (ihs) and a method for supporting air flow management in a rack includes attaching a baffle made of a non-porous material with vertically-spaced apertures or air flow directing (afd) sections with flanges that direct cooling air flow from heat dissipating electronic components of the rack towards a rear of the rack. The baffle is attached to a rear section of a chassis of the ihs.
Dell Products, L.p.


04/07/16
20160097483 

Drip containment apparatus, system, and method


Provided is a drip containment apparatus that in certain example embodiments may comprise a ceramic body having a glazed exterior surface and an unglazed interior surface defining a cavity therein, and an aperture defining an opening from the exterior surface to the interior surface, the aperture and interior surface being adapted to receive therein a distal portion of a funnel and to support the funnel so that residual fluid inside the funnel will tend to drip into the interior of the ceramic body and be absorbed into the ceramic body but not leak through the glazed exterior surface. A support structure may be provided to support the ceramic body while it is holding the funnel.

04/07/16
20160096665 

Spouted dispensing box


A spouted dispensing box comprising a housing, where the housing includes a pair of broad faces, a pair of narrow faces, a base and a lid; a spout on one of the narrow faces; a funnel attached to the spout, where the funnel extends into the housing; and a closure over the spout, where the closure closes the spout against the housing. The spouted dispensing box provides a reusable cereal container that prevents mess and keeps the food fresh..

04/07/16
20160095690 

Inferior vena cava filter and retrieval systems


funnel-trap type devices made of shape-set (e.g., heatset) braid for delivery and/or retrieval of inferior vena cava (ivc) filters or other medical devices are described. Delivery and/or retrieval devices, kits in which they are included, methods of use and methods of manufacture are all contemplated herein..
Avantec Vascular Corporation


04/07/16
20160095689 

Ivc filter retrieval systems with multiple capture modes


funnel-trap type delivery and/or retrieval devices for temporary inferior vena cava (ivc) filters or other medical implants or foreign bodies are described. These may employ a locking sheath or a proximal-aperture capture feature or features for ivc filter (or other device) retrieval..
Avantec Vascular Corporation


03/31/16
20160094002 

Wire singulating device


A wire singulating device includes a stationary plate and a movable plate that define a wire funnel and a wire channel therebetween. The movable plate is movable relative to the stationary plate to control a width of the wire channel.
Tyco Electronics Corporation


03/31/16
20160091565 

Cycle deterministic functional testing of a chip with asynchronous clock domains


Implementations of the present disclosure involve an apparatus and/or method for performing cycle deterministic functional testing of a microprocessor or other computing design with one or more asynchronous clock domains. In general, the method/apparatus involves utilizing an observe bus within the microprocessor design to funnel data from within the chip design to an output bus.
Oracle International Corporation


03/31/16
20160089973 

Vehicle body protection apparatus and using


Embodiments include a method and apparatus for preventing damage to the paintwork of vehicles caused by spillage of fluids or fuel when refueling. The method includes installing the apparatus into a fuel tank inlet of a vehicle and extending the apparatus from the fuel tank inlet.
Umm Al-qura University


03/31/16
20160089257 

Intestinal sleeve


A gastrointestinal implant device is anchored in the duodenum and extends beyond the ligament of treitz. All food exiting the stomach is funneled through the device.
Gi Dynamics, Inc.


03/24/16
20160088721 

Circuit board comprising at least one fold


A circuit board (10) for carrying at least one light source (16) of a lighting device and a method of manufacturing such a circuit board are provided. The circuit board comprises a substrate (1), wherein the substrate comprises at least one fold (9) forming a projecting portion and extending from a periphery (3) of the substrate up to an inner portion (2) of the substrate, whereby the substrate has a polygonal funnel shape.
Koninklijke Philips N.v.


03/24/16
20160083244 

Refueling auxiliary device


A capless refueling mechanism includes a fill opening side shut-off valve disposed near the fill opening, and a fuel tank side shut-off valve disposed nearer to a fuel tank than the fill opening side shut-off valve. The refueling auxiliary device has a guide pipe section and a funnel section, and pressing of the fill opening side shut-off valve and the fuel tank side shut-off valve via an end of the guide pipe section causes a valve element to be moved away from a seat portion and insertion of a nozzle into the funnel section allows refueling.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


03/24/16
20160081669 

Medical specimen collection system


Systems for collecting medical specimens are generally described. The systems may be configured to, among other things, improve the ease of specimen collection and increase the ability of a patient to provide the highest quality sample with no loss of specimen.

03/24/16
20160081318 

Fishing tackle knot funnel body


An connection apparatus for fishing tackle that is adapted to allow the securement of the apparatus to a fishing line by the half-hitch, overhand knot or any other low dexterity knot through the use of a dual conical, hourglass shaped bore passing through the main body of the apparatus. The apparatus has a main body having a solid walled, dual tapered bore formed there through with an open able connection device such as split ring that extends at an angle from the linear axis of the main body.

03/24/16
20160081315 

Creel and making a creel for trapping crustaceans


A cage for trapping crustaceans constructed in the shape of a rounded top creel. The body panel is bent at two perpendicular angles to create the base, while the top is rounded to create a curved surface.
Riverdale Mills Corporation


03/17/16
20160076860 

Lubricated projectile trap and shooting range


A fluid lubricated projectile trap includes a substantially cylindrical chamber defined by a forward concave wall and a rearward concave wall. A bullet funnel extending forwardly therefrom.
Savage Range Systems, Inc.


03/17/16
20160076763 

Central burner for multi-fuel multiple lance burner system


The invention relates to a central burner for multi-fuel multiple lance burner systems having a central lance with an inner pipe and an outer pipe. The inner pipe and the outer pipe form an annular clearance duct.
Loesche Gmbh


03/17/16
20160074969 

Process for producing holes


A method of producing holes in a component, in particular of turbomachines, wherein each hole extends from a first, outer surface to a second, inner surface of the component and wherein the method has, for example, the following steps: (i) producing a 3d model of the actual geometry of the component, at least for the region of the holes; (ii) adapting each hole on the basis of the actual geometry of the component; and (iii) generating a production program for each individual hole. In this way, the process quality and with it the quality of the holes increases, because the offset of holes caused by component tolerances is avoided and the drilling funnels are formed according to specification.
Mtu Aero Engines Gmbh


03/10/16
20160071134 

System and full funnel modeling for sales lead prioritization


A system and method for full funnel modeling for sales lead prioritization are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes two models, dqm (direct qualification model) and ffm (full funnel model), which can be used to rank sales leads based on probability of conversion to a sales opportunity, probability of successful sale, or expected revenue.
Fliptop Inc.


03/10/16
20160068342 

Methods and systems to transfer proppant for fracking with reduced risk of production and release of silica dust at a well site


Embodiments of methods and systems of transferring proppant for fracking to reduce risk of production and release of silica dust at a well site are provided. An embodiment of a method can include positioning a plurality of containers each having proppant for fracking contained therein onto a conveyor at a well site, downwardly discharging proppant from each respective container of the plurality of containers, funneling proppant from the one or more outlets of each of the plurality of containers through a plurality of conveyor hoppers, receiving proppant onto the conveyor belt, conveying proppant on the conveyor to a chute, and depositing the proppant into the chute for use in a blender or other location at the well site..
Oren Technologies, Llc


03/10/16
20160067142 

Storage or infusion bottle


The present invention relates to a storage or infusion bottle (1) with a bottle neck (3) moulded integrally thereon, the bottle neck having at least one teat-shaped bottle feature (4, 5) projecting from its mouth end, the closed teat end wall (6, 7) of said bottle feature being designed to be puncturable by an infusion needle. The storage or infusion bottle (1) according to the invention is characterized in that a cap (8) is attachable to the bottle neck (3), in that the cap (8) has at least one funnel-shaped cap feature (9, 10), its (9, 10) feature interior space accommodating at least the free end region of the corresponding bottle feature (4, 5), and in that the intermediate space between the end wall of the at least one bottle feature (4, 5) and the opposing side of the corresponding cap feature (9, 10) is completely filled by a hat-shaped sealing element (11, 12) which encloses the bottle feature (4, 5) at least in its end region facing away from the storage or infusion bottle (1) and which is held at the circumference of its hat shape in a form-fitting and/or force-fitting manner on the circumference of the bottle feature (4, 5)..
West Pharmaceutical Services Deutschland Gmbh & Co. Kg


03/10/16
20160066933 

Guidewire capture


Assemblies and methods for capturing a guidewire advanced through a blood vessel in a retrograde direction are disclosed. An assembly can include a constraining catheter and a capture catheter.
Vascular Solutions, Inc.


03/03/16
20160062954 

Flexible high-speed generation and formatting of application-specified strings


Flexible high-speed generation and formatting of application-specified strings is available through table-based base conversion which may be integrated with custom formatting, and through printf-style functionality based on separate control string parsing and specialized format command sequence execution. Mechanisms include digit group tables for immediate output with or without separation characters, dynamic format templates, format localization and customization, funnels, digit extraction in left-to-right or right-to-left order, scaling and size estimation, leading bit identification, casting, indexing with exponent bits, division via multiplication by select constants and shifts, fractional value manipulations, batching transformations, stamping safety zones, rounding tools, jump and call avoidance, tailoring to processor characteristics and word size, conversions between various numeric types and representations, command stitching, stack parameter analysis, printf compilation, and others.
Numbergun Llc


03/03/16
20160062621 

User interface for funnel analysis


Techniques for providing information describing how users are funneling through various products and features of a website are described. According to various embodiments, a user specification of a first set of one or more entities is received.

03/03/16
20160062558 

Backend techniques for funnel analysis


Techniques for providing information describing how users are funneling through various products and features of a website are described. According to various embodiments, a user specification of a first set of one or more entities is received.

03/03/16
20160060944 

Dual turnstile


A turnstile having two hub and arm assemblies funnels individuals to different sides or lanes. Machine intelligence allows the turnstile to select which side or lane an individual transits.
Boon Edam, Inc.


03/03/16
20160060831 

Twist box guardrail terminal


This guardrail terminal design incorporates an impact head of open front configuration adapted with the rear portion as a funnel disposed with the narrow end of the funnel facing forward which will flatten the w beam guardrail as it moves down the beam when impacted by a vehicle. Tension is maintained on the beam by flat strips connected from the beam through top open front of the impact head and is attached to a front anchor post.

03/03/16
20160060089 

Fluid dispenser


The present device discloses a fluid dispenser comprised of a piercing means to place and pierce a hole into a water bottle. Water from the water bottle travels from the piercing means through a pump which is connected to a water tank for cooling the water.

03/03/16
20160058544 

Bariatric sleeve


Method and apparatus for limiting absorption of food products in specific parts of the digestive system is presented. A gastrointestinal implant device is anchored in the stomach and extends beyond the ligament of treitz.
Gi Dynamics, Inc.


02/25/16
20160056803 

Apparatus and generating high-voltage pulses


An apparatus and a method for generating high-voltage pulses using an inductive voltage adder, in which a first stage contains an electromagnetically coupling funnel-shaped intermediate piece positioned between a radial transmission line and a coaxial transmission line for transmitting electromagnetic waves from the radial transmission line into the coaxial transmission line.. .
Siemens Aktiengesellschaft


02/25/16
20160054202 

Diurnal urine collection system


Collection systems for a liquid sample are described. In one embodiment, a collection system includes a first collection container, a second collection container, a funnel, and a diverter valve.
Infinite Medical Technology Corp.


02/25/16
20160052768 

Expandable funnel


An expandable funnel assembly for use with a fluid storage tank defining a volume and having an inlet in fluid communication with the volume. The expandable funnel assembly includes a mouth coupled to the tank and operable to direct fluids to the inlet, the mouth being adjustable between a first configuration, where the mouth provides a first target area, and a second configuration, where the mouth provides a second target area different than the first target area..

02/25/16
20160052046 

Monocrystalline casting mold


The invention relates to the field of monocrystalline casting, and in particular to a mold (1) for monocristalline casting comprising at least a molding cavity (7), a starter cavity (10) having at least a first volume (10a) in the form of an upside-down funnel, and a distinct second volume (10b) forming a plinth at the bottom of the first volume and projecting perceptibly relative to said first volume in at least one horizontal direction, a selector channel (9) connecting said starter cavity (10) to said molding cavity (7), and a support rod (20) that is laterally offset relative to said selector channel, and that connects the second volume (10b) of the starter cavity (10) to the molding cavity (7). The invention also provides a casting method using such a mold (1)..
Snecma


02/18/16
20160050235 

Flexible server architecture with ability to dynamically change gateway communication channels


This disclosure relates to systems, methods, and computer readable media for allowing users or systems to change the gateway for particular channels of communication in an on-demand fashion, i.e., with the “flick of a switch.” more particularly, but not by way of limitation, this disclosure relates to systems, methods, and computer readable media which, by default, directly interact with each channel of communication and then funnel messages to the appropriate connected clients. Moreover, according to the techniques disclosed herein, each user may choose which device becomes the entry and/or exit point (i.e., gateway) for each communication channel, and that device may instantly become the “master” for those messages arriving via that communication channel.
Entefy Inc.


02/18/16
20160049550 

Method for producing a thin-film semiconductor body and thin-film semiconductor body


A method for producing a thin-film semiconductor body is provided. A growth substrate is provided.
Osram Opto Semiconductors Gmbh


02/18/16
20160047721 

Sample acquisition system and use


A system for acquiring a fluid sample from a flow pipe, comprising a sampling probe placed within the flow pipe, a curved separating pipe in fluid communication with the sampling probe, the separating pipe having formed therein an inwardly-opening lengthwise channel along the outside curve thereof, the separating pipe terminating in a sample area, and a lengthwise inwardly-opening sample passage in fluid communication between at least a portion of the sample area and a sample port, the sample passage being formed substantially opposite the channel, whereby inertial effects induced in the separating pipe cause relatively higher density inorganic and dead organic material to funnel into the channel and out a non-sample drain formed in the sample area substantially opposite the separating pipe while allowing live organisms to navigate the sample passage and out the sample port.. .

02/18/16
20160047183 

Variable guide and protection bushing for well conveyance


A guide and protection bushing assembly is mountable in a well production system (e.g., a subsea tree) having an intervention member (e.g., a blowout preventer). The assembly guides a string of components to a cable hanger sealing surface disposed in the production system without damaging the sealing surface.
Onesubsea Ip Uk Limited


02/18/16
20160046438 

Methods and systems to transfer proppant for fracking with reduced risk of production and release of silica dust at a well site


Embodiments of methods and systems of transferring proppant for fracking to reduce risk of production and release of silica dust at a well site are provided. An embodiment of a method can include positioning a plurality of containers each having proppant for fracking contained therein onto a conveyor at a well site, downwardly discharging proppant from each respective container of the plurality of containers, funneling proppant from the one or more outlets of each of the plurality of containers through a plurality of conveyor hoppers, receiving proppant onto the conveyor belt, conveying proppant on the conveyor to a chute, and depositing the proppant into the chute for use in a blender or other location at the well site..
Oren Technologies, Llc


02/18/16
20160046032 

Device for cutting a cut resistant material


A device for spiral cutting a cut resistant fruit or vegetable material including at least one base element configured as an open conical funnel including a funnel edge, wherein at least one cutting device that is formed by a cutting gap and a cutting blade is arranged in an enveloping surface of the at least one base element, wherein a leftover support including a cover rim and a plunger is applicable to the funnel edge so that the leftover support is rotatable, and wherein the plunger is supported in the leftover support so that the plunger facilitates pressing leftovers of the cut resistant fruit or vegetable material into the at least one base element and cutting the leftovers to form a spiral shaped cut material.. .
Gefu - Kuechenboss Gmbh & Co. Kg


02/18/16
20160045360 

Athletic garment assembly


An athletic garment assembly for collecting urine during athletic activity includes a jock strap that may be worn by a user. The jock strap is structured so a crotch of the jock strap covers the user's genitalia when the user wears the jock strap.

02/11/16
20160043270 

Engineered band gaps


An optoelectronic device as well as its methods of use and manufacture are disclosed. In one embodiment, an optoelectronic device includes first and second semiconducting atomically thin layers with corresponding first and second lattice directions.
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology


02/11/16
20160041077 

Apparatus, system, and collecting a target material


This disclosure is directed to an apparatus, system and method for retrieving a target material from a sample. A fraction-density-altering solution may be added to a vessel that contains the sample to change the density of a first fraction of the sample without changing the density of the target material or the density of any other sample fraction.
Rarecyte, Inc.


02/11/16
20160040422 

Extendable sleeve for poured concrete deck


A tubular passage for poured concrete decks has an intumescent tube held in a two-part, clamshell base by a bottom clip. A first tube engages the base's top to clamp a funnel shaped, diaphragm seal to the base.
Securus, Inc.


02/04/16
20160035556 

Ion funnel for efficient transmission of low mass-to-charge ratio ions with reduced gas flow at the exit


A sample inlet device and methods for use of the sample inlet device are described that include an ion funnel having a plurality of electrodes with apertures arranged about an axis extending from an inlet of the ion funnel to an outlet of the ion funnel, the ion funnel including a plurality of spacer elements disposed coaxially with the plurality of electrodes, each of the plurality of spacer elements being positioned between one or two adjacent electrodes, each of the plurality of spacer elements having an aperture with a diameter that is greater than a diameter of each adjacent electrode. The ion funnel is configured to pass an ion sample through the apertures of the electrodes and the spacer elements to additional portions of a detection system, such as to a mass analyzer system and detector..
Smiths Detection Inc.


02/04/16
20160031658 

Proppant discharge and storage system


Embodiments of methods and systems of transferring proppant for fracking, to reduce risk of production and release of silica dust at a well site are provided. An embodiment of a method can include positioning a plurality of containers each having proppant for fracking contained therein onto a conveyor at a well site, downwardly discharging proppant from each respective container of the plurality of containers, funneling proppant from the one or more outlets of each of the plurality of containers through a plurality of conveyor hoppers, receiving proppant onto the conveyor belt, conveying proppant on the conveyor to a chute, and depositing the proppant into the chute for use in a blender or other location at the well site..
Oren Technologies, Llc


02/04/16
20160031631 

Upper discharge dispenser for food or medicine


Disclosed is a very hygienic upper discharge dispenser for food or medicine, which allows a user to open a sealing lid in a one touch way and then, easily take out contents, such as food and medicine, which rise in sequence. The present invention provides an upper discharge dispenser for food or medicine comprising: a cylindrical main body of which an upper part is open and which has a fixing ridge formed on the outside of the upper part; and an upper lid which fits on the outside of the upper side of the main body and is hooked by the fixing ridge, and which has a discharge opening.

02/04/16
20160030029 

Systems and methods for spinal surgery


Disclosed herein are methods and devices for distracting adjacent vertebrae during surgical procedures for implanting spinal prostheses. In an exemplary embodiment, a distractor is disclosed that maintains the empty space between adjacent vertebrae following a discectomy, and that can removably mate with other surgical instruments, such as, for example, a filler bar, an implanting tool, or a funnel.
Medos International Sarl


02/04/16
20160029830 

Brewing funnel shield and sensor


The present disclosure relates to a funnel liquid shield and sensor for use in brewing funnels of a beverage making apparatus. The liquid shield is movabley attached to the funnel.
Bunn-o-matic Corporation


02/04/16
20160029707 

Garments for a nursing woman


A garment for a nursing woman includes at least partially overlapping layers of material. The layers extend between lateral sides of the garment.

02/04/16
20160029661 

Frosty swirl machine


A frosty swirl machine includes a housing, a funnel, an auger for swirling ice-cream with other additives to become a mixture, and a protective cap. The protective cap has a passage opening movably mounted at a mixture outlet of the funnel, in such a manner that the protective cap is capable of moving between a opened position and a closed position, wherein in the opened position, the protective cap is moved to align the passage opening with the mixture outlet of the funnel so as to allow the mixture to pour out of the funnel through the mixture outlet and the passage opening, wherein in the closed position, the protective cap is moved to block the mixture outlet so as to prevent the mixture from being poured out of the funnel..

01/28/16
20160023917 

Rutile titanium dioxide nanoparticles and ordered acicular aggregates of same


Ordered acicular aggregates of elongated tio2 crystallites which resemble nano-sized flower bouquets and/or triangular funnels, and process for their preparation by thermally hydrolyzing a soluble tio2 precursor compound in aqueous solution in the presence of a morphology controlling agent selected from carboxylic acids and amino acids.. .
Cristal Inorganic Chemicals Switzerland Ltd.


01/28/16
20160023878 

Funnel device and system


A funnel device and system transfers liquid materials, such as oil, into a container. The device includes a bowl having a bottom wall and a perimeter wall coupled to and extending upwardly from the bottom wall defining an interior space of the bowl for receiving a fluid therein.

01/28/16
20160023682 

Structural element in the front region of a motor vehicle


A structural element in the front region of a motor vehicle is arranged between an engine subframe and a bulkhead of the motor vehicle. The structural element has a deformation element which is fastened via a front fixing to the engine subframe and a rear fixing to the bulkhead.
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft


01/28/16
20160022498 

Ear plug for water sports


An earplug for water sports has a wing adapted for fixation of the ear plug in the outer ear of the user, and has a tube of a funnelled and tapered configuration forming an audio channel extending within the ear canal. The wing is arranged in an angled position in relation to the tube for adaption to the anatomy of the ear, and has a flexible portion for adaption to the outer ear.
Frankly Development Ab


01/28/16
20160022438 

Expandable fusion cage system


An expandable fusion cage system includes an expandable fusion cage having an upper portion, a lower portion, and a hinge portion coupling the lower portion and the upper portion at their distal ends. Positioned between the upper and lower portions is an expansion element that when moved in the proximal direction causes the cage to expand at its proximal end.
Lanx, Inc.


01/28/16
20160022293 

Medical device and method


A vessel-occluding medical device for the use in diagnosis and/or treatment of cardiovascular disease in the human body includes an outer tube, an inner tube slidably housed within the outer tube, and a tubular sleeve comprising a generally u-shaped, direction reversing region, which moves along the length of the tubular sleeve, to assume radially contracted and radially expanded state as the inner and outer tubes move between the first and second positions. When the tubular sleeve is in the radially expanded state, the inner portion of the tubular sleeve has a funnel-shaped surface and a longitudinally-extending opening to permit material to pass therethrough for receipt of material into the inner tube..
Genesis Technologies Llc


01/28/16
20160022249 

Urine collection device


A urine collection device 1 comprises a collector 2 to collect urine voided by a user, first and second outlets 3, 4 to allow urine to drain from the device, the first outlet 3 being adapted for connection to a receptacle 5 for a urine sample, and the second outlet 4 comprising an overflow outlet. A diverter device 6 is provided having first and second operative states, such that in a first state the diverter device 6 allows urine to flow through the first outlet 3 to the receptacle 5 for collection of a forestream sample, and in a second state the diverter device 6 prevents flow to the first outlet 3 and allows flow to the overflow outlet, the diverter device 6 being unable to return from the second state to the first state.
Forte Medical Limited


01/28/16
20160022004 

Interchangeable hair dryer styling attachments


Disclosed is an interchangeable hair dryer styling attachment. The device includes an elongated hose having a first end and a second end.

01/21/16
20160020078 

Device for transferring ions from high to low pressure atmosphere, system and use


Tube-like device (100) for transferring ions generated by means of ion generation source (4) comprising a cylindrical middle portion (104) and an inlet portion (102) for introduction of the ions in at least one ion cloud into the cylindrical middle portion (104), wherein a flow direction of the ions is along a longitudinal axis (l) of the tube-like device (100), wherein the inlet portion (102) is formed tapering funnel-like towards the cylindrical middle portion (104).. .
Technische Universitaet Berlin


01/21/16
20160015213 

Deep fryer with automatic batter filtration


The deep fryer has a frying basin having four lateral walls and a bottom wall having at least one drain, the four lateral walls being arranged in a rectangular cross-section configuration, and the bottom wall has a funnel shape to entrain oil contained therein to the at least one drain during oil drainage; an oil line leading from a drain to an oil recirculation aperture leading back into the frying basin; a filter and a recirculation pump provided within the oil line in a manner for the pump to be operable to pump the drained oil across the filter and to the recirculation aperture. The action of the pump cooperates with the shape of the bottom wall of the frying basin to clean the bottom wall of the frying basin from batter crumbs and to entrain the batter crumbs to the filter when required..
Resfab Equipment, Inc.


01/14/16
20160011702 

Funneled touch sensor routing


A touch sensor panel. In some examples, a first touch pixel can be coupled to a first sense connection, and a second touch pixel can be coupled to a second sense connection.
Apple Inc.


01/14/16
20160010881 

Cyclone type humidifier and wet air purifier combination device using centrifugal force


Provided is a cyclone type humidifier and wet air purifier combination device using centrifugal force. The humidifier and purifier combination device includes: a main housing; a blower fan provided under a main housing; a bottom housing which is coupled to the main housing and has an air blowing port, a water level sensor, an ultrasonic vibrator and a circular fixing plate; first and second filters which are disposed in the circular fixing plate; an outer cylindrical body which is coupled to the circular fixing plate and has a discharge pipe and an air inlet; an inner cylindrical body which is coupled to the circular fixing plate and includes an air guide body having a funnel shape with an impurity discharge hole; and an air guide housing configured..
Dsc Chicago Corp


01/14/16
20160009539 

Micro dosing dispensing system


A dispensing nozzle comprises a dispensing nozzle manifold. The manifold comprises orifices.
Pepsico, Inc.


01/14/16
20160008880 

Pressure reactor for producing materials having directed porosity


The pressure reactor for producing materials having directed porosity is made in such a manner that the pressure chamber (1) has an external cooling jacket (2) and the vacuum valve (19), while inside of the pressure chamber (1), that is, preferably, made in a shape of a seamless tube, a removable, replaceable, demountable crystallizer (4) is attached to one cover (3), while to the second cover (5) the melting furnace (6) with an internal removable crucible (7) is attached and further the heater (16) in a form of a heating element encapsulated with an insulation (17) having the form of ceramic beads is provided between the inner housing of the melting furnace (6) and the crucible (7), the drain hole (8) of which is directed in the direction of the inlet filling hole (9) of the crystallizer (4), and wherein the intermediate element (10), preferably in the form of a conical funnel, is fastened between the melting furnace (5) and the crystallizer (4), wherein the pressure chamber (1) is mounted in a supporting frame (11) in a manner allowing its rotation around its transverse axis passing through its centre of the symmetry. The crystallizer (4) is constructed in such a way that its base (12) is made of a material with a high thermal conductivity, and the side walls (13) are made of insulating material or in such a manner that the base (12) is made of an insulating material, while its side walls (13) are made of a material with high thermal conductivity, and the base (12) of the crystallizer (4) is in direct contact with the cover (3) or the additional insulating material (15) is arranged between the cover (3) and the base (12) of the crystallizer (4).
Instytut Odlewnictwa


01/14/16
20160008808 

Cell concentration devices and methods


A system and associated method for concentrating and separating components of different densities from fluid containing cells using a centrifuge includes a container defining a cavity for receiving the fluid. The container has a top, a sidewall extending from the top, and a bottom disposed opposite the top and in sealing engagement with the sidewall.
Endocellutions, Inc.


01/07/16
20160003212 

Underwater multi-turbine generator


An underwater multi-generator turbine system is provided including an inlet funnel, a plurality of generator units, and a platform. The inlet funnel includes an inlet end and a narrower outlet end.

01/07/16
20160001974 

Device and microbiology waste containment


A microbiology waste containment apparatus and method are provided to prevent toxic slide staining chemicals from being dumped down a drain during slide staining and thus entering publicly owned water treatment works. A primary containment vessel is provided having side walls and an open top area, and a funnel is provided in communication with the open top area.

01/07/16
20160000507 

Enclosed laser medical device/system


A fiber optic medical device/system is presented, comprising laser source, connectible to optical fibers and enclosed to ensure sterility and safe operation. It is a single use system enclosed and sterilized, including laser source and, optical fiber attached in a sterile tube.
Biolitec Pharma Marketing Ltd.


01/07/16
20160000055 

Minnow collecting fish trap


A trap for collecting live minnows, the live minnows having a height, the trap incorporating a transparent case having a longitudinally opening longitudinal end; a first plurality of plates; a plurality of pivoting or fixed joints adapted for interconnecting first plurality of plates and the transparent case, the joints positioning the first plurality of plates at the transparent case's longitudinal end and further positioning the first plurality of plates to form at least a first inwardly extending funnel; a battery powered electric torch; a transparent cannister adapted for interconnecting the illuminating means and the transparent case, the transparent cannister positioning the electric torch for casting light outwardly from the transparent case; and a pair of suspension brackets connected operatively to the transparent case.. .
Air Castle Ventures, Inc.


12/31/15
20150377868 

Breath analysis system


A breath analysis system that includes a handle assembly with an analysis cartridge on an upper end thereof. The handle includes a main body portion with a pressure opening and a pressure transducer therein.
Pulse Health Llc


12/31/15
20150377748 

Breath analysis system


A breath analysis system that includes a handle assembly with an analysis cartridge on an upper end thereof. The handle includes a main body portion with a pressure opening and a pressure transducer therein.
Pulse Health Llc


12/31/15
20150377184 

Integrated gas nozzle check valve and engine using same


A gas supply nozzle assembly for port injection of gaseous fuel into a cylinder of an engine includes a main body with a funnel shape that has a large area inlet for attachment to a metering valve and a small end. A centerline of the main body curves through an angle greater than zero.
Electro-motive Diesel, Inc.


12/31/15
20150376953 

Vertical-screw-auger conveyer feeder


A conical feeder is attached to a vertically conveying screw auger. The feeder is equipped with scoops and rotated from the surface to force-feed regolith the auger.

12/31/15
20150376888 

Urinal attachment for toilet


A device for use with toilets introduces urinal functionality to traditional seated toilets. By providing a urinal attachment the need to raise and lower a toilet seat is eliminated, along with many of the corresponding issues that result from different gender preferences for toilet seat positioning.

12/31/15
20150374535 

Flexible spout improvement for a disposable urinal


A urinal includes a urinal body, a urine receiving reservoir and a spout extending therefrom for receiving urine. A supplemental urinal spout is provided and comprises both an inlet portion and a retention portion, the supplemental urinal spout being attachable to the spout of the urinal to form a leak prevention seal.

12/24/15
20150371839 

Ion transport device and mass analysis device


A first ion transport unit with an ion funnel structure having high acceptance is arranged in the front half and a second ion transport unit with a q-array structure having low emittance and high gas conductance is arranged in the rear half, and an aperture electrode to which only direct current voltage is applied is provided between them. The inside diameter of the opening of the aperture electrode is made larger than the inside diameter of the opening of the ring electrode at the last stage of the first ion transport unit, and the inscribed circle diameter of the first stage electrode plate of the second ion transport unit is made larger still.
Shimadzu Corporation


12/24/15
20150371262 

Internet search engine advertisement optimization


The present invention enhances the internet search experience for buyers researching their next vehicle purchase using an internet search engine. Specifically, some embodiments allow for the optimization of online ad campaigns so that internet search results yield sponsored advertisements in particular relevance to search inquiries.
Pure Auto Llc Dba Purecars


12/24/15
20150368036 

Storage bin and use


A storage bin and a method o fuse are disclosed herein. The disclosed storage bin generally includes a top wall including a top hatch and one or more vent members; a first side wall, a second side wall, a third side wall and a fourth side wall extending from the top wall; and a funnel-shaped bottom portion extending from the side walls, wherein the bottom portion further includes a bottom hatch and a valve member.

12/24/15
20150367346 

Cell sorting system using microfabricated components


A mems-based cell sorter is disclosed, which uses a novel combination of features to accomplish the cell sorting using a microfabricated cell sorting valve housed in a disposable cartridge. The features include an interposer that provides fluid communication between the microfluidic passages in the silicon substrate and a plurality of fluid reservoirs in the cartridge, including a sample, sort and waste reservoir the disposable cartridge may include other features that assist in the handling of small volumes of fluids, such as a siphon region in the sort reservoir and funnel-shaped regions in the sample and waste reservoirs.
Owl Biomedical, Inc.


12/24/15
20150367250 

Solvent extraction apparatus


A solvent extraction apparatus comprises a cooler for condensing solvent vapour and a funnel provided towards its lower end. The funnel has an upper surface at which terminates a central downwards directed elongate outlet having an internal exit port formed in a side wall.
Foss Analytical A/s


12/24/15
20150366279 

Bib assembly


A bib and corresponding mounting clip are disclosed. A bib body may include one or more of an upper reinforcement member, a plurality of body reinforcement members, and a plurality of pocket reinforcement members.



Funnel topics: Spectrometer, Mass Spectrometer, Biomolecule, Semiconductor Substrate, Semiconductor, High Density, Biochemical, Tetrafluoro, Polytetrafluoroethylene, Tetrafluoroethylene

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