The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 12.19.18

Refrigeration system with brushless DC motor compressor drive
Patent No. 10,151,518
A refrigeration system for a temperature-controlled storage device includes a refrigeration circuit, a cooling circuit, and a controller. The refrigeration circuit includes a compressor driven by a brushless DC motor operable at multiple different speeds, a first heat exchanger, an expansion device, and a cooling unit in fluid communication via a first working fluid. The cooling circuit includes a pump and a second heat exchanger in fluid communication with the first heat exchanger via a second working fluid such that the first heat exchanger is liquid-cooled by the second working fluid. The controller operates the brushless DC motor at multiple different speeds to accommodate multiple different thermal loads experienced by the refrigeration system. Each of the speeds corresponds to a different thermal load. The controller modulates the speed of the brushless DC motor to maintain a desired temperature of a temperature-controlled space within the temperature-controlled device.
Inventors: Jules G. Choueifati (Richmond), Timothy D. Swofford (Midlothian, Va.), Neil J. Rathje (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix Inc. (Conyers, Ga.)
Dec. 11, 2018

Surface protection film
Patent No. 10,150,896
An illustrative aspect of the invention provides a film comprising a release layer defining a first outer film surface and an adhesion layer defining a second outer film surface opposite the first outer film surface. The adhesion layer comprises a hydrogenated styrene block copolymer with a styrene content in a range of about 30% to 40% by weight. In some embodiments, the adhesion layer may further comprise low density polyethylene (LDPE). In some embodiments, the adhesion layer may further comprise LDPE and high density polyethylene (HDPE).
Inventors: Ricky Santoso (Glen Allen, Va.), Shailesh Chunilal Patel (Chesterfield, Va.), Carl Douglas Ray (Chesterfield, Va.), Bankim Bhupendra Desai (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corp. (Richmond)
Dec. 11, 2018

System to automatically restore payment purchasing power
Patent No. 10,152,714
In one embodiment, a system comprises a database configured to store at least one record, at least one network communication device, a storage device comprising instructions, and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform a method. The method may comprise receiving a fraud communication associated with a first primary account number, calculating one or more limitations associated with the first primary account number based on an account associated with the first primary account number, and storing a database record including the first primary account number, a new primary account number, and the limitation(s). The method may further comprise receiving a transaction request including a second primary account number, and comparing the second primary account number to the at least one record. The method may also comprise, based on the comparing, enabling the transaction request to proceed, declining the transaction, or disabling the first primary account number.
Inventors: Daniel Beck (Arlington, Va.), Lawrence Douglas (Mclean, Va.), Jeffrey Samitt (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 11, 2018

Systems and methods for generating and managing dynamic customized electronic tokens for electronic device interaction
Patent No. 10,152,709
Systems and methods are provided for generating and managing dynamic customized electronic tokens for electronic device interactions. A system for transferring data between a user device associated with a user and a remote device may include a memory storing instructions and a processor configured to execute the stored instructions. The stored instructions may configure the processor to receive, via a network, transaction information from the remote device, access information associated with an electronic token, and provide the electronic token to the remote device. The electronic token may be associated with at least one of the user or the user device, and a token server may generate the electronic token based on the received transaction information, and determine one or more expiration parameters for the electronic token.
Inventors: Paul Y. Moreton (Glen Allen, Va.), Matthew de Ganon (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.), Thomas S. Poole (Chantilly, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.A)
Dec. 11, 2018

Tank car lifting apparatus
Patent No. 10,150,651
A tank car lifting apparatus is provided. The lifting apparatus can include a spreader beam, a first arm rotatably connected to the spreader beam, a second arm rotatably connected to the spreader beam, and a synchronizing linkage to synchronize movement of the first arm and the second arm such that the first arm and the second arm move at the same time.
Inventors: Barry Isringhausen (Providence Forge, Va.), Britt Calloway (Midlothian, Va.), Jonathan Dip (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Cranemasters Inc. (Chesterfieldl, Va.)
Dec. 11, 2018

Solvent production
Patent No. 10,150,974
The invention relates to a process and system for the production of a solvent using monophasic solventogenic Clostridia in a single stage process. More particularly, the process and system relate to the use of a culture vessel for culturing monophasic solventogenic Clostridia, wherein cell growth of the Clostridium is monitored and optimized by the addition of controlled amounts of culture media and/or the removal of controlled amounts of solvent. The process and system may particularly be used to produce solvents such as butanol, acetone and ethanol.
Inventors: Edward Green (Bisham, Great Britain), Ross Patrick Simms (Midlothian, Va.), Carl-Axel Magnusson Lalander (Didcot, Great Britain), Rosa Maria Dominguez-Espinosa (Earley, Great Britain)
Assignee: Green Biologics Ltd. (Oxfordshire, Great Britain)
Dec. 11, 2018

Strip material with excellent corrosion resistance after brazing
Patent No. 10,156,000
A corrosion resistant strip is disclosed. The strip comprises a core, and an interlayer adapted to be located between the core and an optional Al–Si based clad. The interlayer has a composition essentially consisting of (in percentages by weight): Si.ltoreq.0.9%, Fe.ltoreq.0.7%, Cu.ltoreq.0.5%, Mn 0.5-1.8%, Mg.ltoreq.0.7%, Zn.ltoreq.4.0%, Ni.ltoreq.1.5%, elements selected from group IVb, Vb, and/or VIb of the periodic table .ltoreq.0.3% each and .ltoreq.0.5% in total .ltoreq.0.05 wt % each and .ltoreq.0.15% in total, of unavoidable impurity elements, balance Al. The core is more noble than the interlayer after brazing. The interlayer exhibits a volume fraction of a texture component of at least 30%.
Inventors: Anders Oskarsson (Finspang, Sweden), Scott Haller (Richmond), Bevis Hutchinson (Bromma, Sweden)
Assignee: Granges Sweden AB (Finspang, Sweden)
Dec. 18, 2018

Two component sprayable adhesive additive and method of use
Patent No. 10,155,887
A two component sprayable adhesive and system for spraying is provided. The two component adhesive may have an adhesive, and an activator. These components are mixed after spraying, either in the air or on a substrate. The activator destabilizes the adhesive making it more tacky and effective. In at least one of the two components, an additive is provided to provide a visual indication that the components are mixed and/or properly mixed in the intended ratio.
Inventors: Ian L. Churcher (Richmond), Steven E. Adams (Richmond)
Assignee: Worthen Industries (Nashua, NH)
Dec. 18, 2018

Pipette tip washing device
Patent No. 10,155,055
A washing device comprises top, middle, and bottom compartments. The top compartment comprises a manifold dispenser that comprises at least one liquid input and a plurality of liquid outputs that operably direct fluid to contact a plurality of laboratory consumables held by a rack. A number of liquid outputs is equal to a number of laboratory consumables such that each one of the fluid outputs operably directs fluid at a corresponding one of the laboratory consumables. The middle compartment is positioned below the top compartment and comprises a washing chamber capable of receiving fluid output by the plurality of liquid outputs. The washing chamber has a floor comprising a material transparent to ultraviolet light. The bottom compartment is positioned below the washing chamber and has a light source that is capable of outputting UV light in the direction of the washing chamber and through the floor of the washing chamber.
Inventors: Ali Safavi (Richmond)
Assignee: Grenova Inc. (Richmond)
Dec. 18, 2018

Thin wall product display tube
Patent No. 10,154,688
A thin-walled polypropylene product display tube. The thin-walled polypropylene product display tube includes a tubular member having a closed end, an open end, an inner diameter and, between the closed end and the open end, a first outer diameter, the open end terminating in a flared portion having a second outer diameter, the tubular member having a wall thickness sufficient to yield a level of haze equal to or less than 8%. A process for forming a thin-walled polypropylene product display tube is also provided.
Inventors: James Lindsay Clark (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 18, 2018

Box in a box re-sealable cigarette pack
Patent No. 10,155,617
An exemplary container for consumer goods includes a rigid outer box and a rigid inner box. The outer box has a hinged top configured to provide access to an inner volume of the outer box. The inner box is a laminate of paperboard and an inner liner and pre-cut opening configured to provide access to an inner volume of the inner box. A pull tab covers the opening. The pull tab includes a first adhesive that releasably adheres an edge portion of the pull tab to the inner box and a second adhesive that permanently adheres the pull tab to the inner box and the outer box.
Inventors: Stephen Bellamah (Midlothian, Va.), James S. Bigelow (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 18, 2018

Superconductor device interconnect
Patent No. 10,158,062
A method is provided of forming a superconductor device interconnect structure. The method includes forming a first high temperature dielectric layer overlying a substrate, forming a base electrode in the first high temperature dielectric layer with the base electrode having a top surface aligned with the top surface of the first high temperature dielectric layer, and depositing a second high temperature dielectric layer over the first high temperature dielectric layer and the base electrode. The method further comprises forming a first contact through the second dielectric layer to a first end of the base electrode, forming a Josephson junction (JJ) overlying and in contact with the first contact, and forming a second contact through the second dielectric layer to a second end of the base electrode.
Inventors: Christopher F. Kirby (Gambrills, Md.), Michael Rennie (Ashland, Va.), Aurelius L. Graninger (Sykesville, Md.)
Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. (Falls Church, Va.)
Dec. 18, 2018

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