Patents Examined by Aaron M Dunwoody
  • Patent number: 11913665
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pipe connection structure of an air conditioning system, wherein a corrugated pipe (200) is detachably decoupled from/coupled to an object (100) to be coupled, the pipe connection structure comprising: a fixing plate (320) fixed to the object (100) to be coupled; and a clip (300) having a pressing protrusion (350) that is connected to the fixing plate (320) and is convexly formed in a direction facing the fixing plate (320), wherein in the state where the fixing plate (320) is fixed to the object (100) to be coupled, the end of the corrugated pipe (200) is inserted between the fixing plate (320) and the pressing projection (350) and is pressed by the pressing projection (350) so as not to be separated therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Tae Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 11913578
    Abstract: A connecting device having a connecting body with a receiving opening for a pipeline and a retaining element for securing an inserted pipeline. Inside the connecting body is a release element disposed in an axially displaceable manner such that the pipeline can be released. The release element includes a ring part and snap-in arms separated from each other by longitudinal slots. The outer perimeter the ring part can be sealed by an outer perimeter gasket against an interior perimeter wall of the connecting body, and the interior perimeter of the ring part can be sealed by an interior perimeter gasket against the inserted pipeline. In an assembled state of the connecting device, the outer perimeter gasket can be deformed from its sealing position such that at least one leakage gap is formed in the interior of the connecting device by an interior pressure of a pressurized medium in the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Adrian Klehr, Frank Engelhard, Kazim Canpolat, Harald Hagen
  • Patent number: 11913580
    Abstract: A quick connect structure having a fitting connector, a connector, and U-shaped positioning snap pin. The fitting connector has a connector part, a fitting connector body part coupled to the connector part, and a fitting part coupled to the fitting connector. The connector part, the fitting connector body part, and the fitting part define a fitting hole extending therethrough, and the fitting part defines positioning groove, a longitudinal snap hole, and a side snap opening in communication with the longitudinal snap hole. The connector has a connection end, a connector body part coupled to the connection end, and a positioning bump. The connection end and the connector body part define a duct hole extending therethrough, the connection end defines a positioning snap groove, and the fitting connector is configured to accept the connection end in the fitting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Chao-Chi Chen, Shen-En Chiang
  • Patent number: 11906079
    Abstract: A telescopically assembled, Merlin™ Family Connector is provided with one or more sets of threads on substantially matching frustoconical surfaces of a pin and a box of the connector. Strengthening means are introduced involving at least one of: a mechanical stiffening clamp interacting with an outside surface of the box or a mechanical stiffening clamp interacting with an inside surface of the pin. The stiffening clamps may include systems of arbitrarily oriented ribs and/or fairing surfaces. The said strengthening means may be essentially annular clamps that would have relatively regular shapes essentially conforming to the external or internal surfaces of the box or the pin, respectively. The above modifications can be introduced to traditional connectors and to connectors designed to transfer high torsional loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Krzysztof Jan Wajnikonis
  • Patent number: 11904552
    Abstract: A connection including a first profile having a first end and a first lumen, the first profile including a first polymeric material and a second profile having a second end and a second lumen, the second profile including a second polymeric material, a metal, or combination thereof, wherein the first end and the second end are coincidently welded via an ionized gas treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jianfeng Zhang, Rachel Z Pytel, Jian L. Ding
  • Patent number: 11906083
    Abstract: A pipe connector for connecting pipes that includes an elongate tubular body having an outer diameter, a sleeve disposed over the elongate tubular body, and a first wire ring. The elongate tubular body that has a groove formed on the outer diameter. The sleeve has a groove formed on an inner diameter that is spaced from a first end of the sleeve and is aligned with the groove of the elongate tubular member. The first wire ring is disposed within the groove of the elongate tubular body and within the groove of the sleeve such that the sleeve is coupled to the elongate tubular body by the first wire ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Trinity Bay Equipment Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew James Heaton, Brian Lee Dillinger, Jagtar Singh Thethy
  • Patent number: 11906085
    Abstract: A quick-fitting pipe fitting for connecting at least one pipeline element comprises a pipe fitting body. The pipe fitting body is configured with a pre-installation section, and the pre-installation section is movably connected with a pipe clamp assembly. The pipe clamp assembly comprises at least two movable clamp parts and at least one fastener, and the fastener is configured to be operated to fasten the two movable clamp parts. At least one sealing ring is arranged in the pipe clamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SHANGHAI VISION MECHANICAL JOINT CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zhigang Lu, Zhibing Zhai, Xubin Lu, Jun Wu
  • Patent number: 11905767
    Abstract: This invention builds up on technical features and on the industry experience with the use of Merlin™ family connectors. In addition to friction, structural means utilized to transfer high torsional loads include dog-clutch teeth and may also include: interlocked thread systems, shear pins, keys and splines, all used in isolation or in arbitrary combinations. Static and fatigue bending load capacities of the connectors remain high, while the axial load capacities may or may not be high, depending on the design requirements. Connectors according to this invention can be built as new, carefully optimized designs. In some cases upgrading existing Merlin™ family connector designs to increase their torque transfer capacities may be also feasible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Krzysztof Jan Wajnikonis
  • Patent number: 11906092
    Abstract: A quick-disconnect (QD) connector is configured for a server having electronic modules and an internal fluid circulation system for circulating fluid to cool the electronic modules. The QD connector comprises a first manifold, a second manifold, and a mating actuator. The second manifold is removably connected to the first manifold. The fluid is flowable within the internal fluid circulation system of the server in response to the first manifold and the second manifold being in a connected state. The mating actuator includes a handle and a buckle attached to the handle. The handle is movably coupled to the first manifold so as to be movable from a first position to a second position. The buckle is configured to engage the second manifold and to move the first and second manifolds into the connected state in response to the handle being moved from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chao-Jung Chen, Chih-Hsiang Lee, Wei-Pin Chen, Jyue Hou
  • Patent number: 11898677
    Abstract: A quick insertion locking connector is disclosed and includes a female connector body, a receiving joint providing with multiple limiting holes, a sliding sleeve sleeving a first boss provided on an outer wall of the receiving joint, a protective sleeve and a sealing ring. Limiting elements are arranged in the limiting holes. A second boss abuts against the outer wall of the receiving joint. A recess and a boss base extending along inside of the receiving joint are formed on an inner wall of the receiving joint. The sealing ring is arranged on the boss base and extends into the recess. Multiple limiting grooves are circumferentially formed in an outer wall of a male connector body which is configured for being inserted into the receiving joint and abutting against the sealing ring located on the boss base and the sealing ring located in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Luxecasting Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaobin Lu, Chengyong Yang
  • Patent number: 11901670
    Abstract: An apparatus for locking air hose couplings together, such apparatus including flexible inserts wherein the apparatus is configured for holding and locking air hose couplings of different sizes. A method of locking air hose couplings together using an apparatus for locking air hose couplings together, such apparatus including flexible inserts wherein the apparatus is configured for holding and locking air hose couplings of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Alpha/Omega Energy Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Lance Pearman, Kenny Lavelle Miller
  • Patent number: 11898676
    Abstract: The disclosure herein relates to a quick-connect fitting that provides a leak-proof connection between two components of a waterway. The quick-connect fitting of the present disclosure is releasable and reusable for disconnecting and reconnecting the waterway connection. Moreover, the quick-connect fitting further comprises an audible identifier which identifies the quick-connect fitting has secured the waterway components to be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Mercury Plastics LLC
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Gardner, Earl Christian, Donald Currey, Grandin Rushlander, Jay Burnett
  • Patent number: 11892107
    Abstract: A pipe joint having a compound locking ring is disclosed herein. The pipe joint bell has a a segment cavity into which ring segments may be inserted through a slot on the face or outer surface of the bell end of a first pipe. The locking ring has multiple ring segments, each segment having an arcuate outer surface. The outer surface may be a compound surface of multiple arcs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventors: Cameron Anderson Corcoran, Jerry Gregory Key, Jay Derek Caston
  • Patent number: 11885449
    Abstract: A quick connector for connection to a complementary counterpart comprises a coupling piece and a retainer for a section of a fluid having a coupling center axis defining an axial direction AD, a radial direction RD and a circumferential direction CD. The retainer is allocated to the coupling end, wherein the retainer has at least one retaining element for retaining the counterpart and at least one actuating element for opening the retainer for pulling the counterpart out of the coupling piece. The coupling piece comprises a first flange at the coupling end, wherein the first flange has a flange opening so as to insert a tool into the flange opening so that the tool can exert a force on the retainer and the actuating element, respectively. The flange opening has an outer border, wherein the outer border lies in radial direction RD outward of the flange opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: TI AUTOMOTIVE (FULDABRUECK) GMBH
    Inventors: Iris Barthel, Kay Bube, Reiner Rohde, Seong-hwa Choo, Dong-hyeok Lee, Andre Häckel, David Gabbey, Jeong-gi Choi
  • Patent number: 11882984
    Abstract: A vacuum attachment tool includes a hollow body extending from a first end to a second end and defining a flow path, and a conduit connector disposed at the second end of the hollow body. The conduit connector includes an inner collar having an inner diameter sized to receive a first vacuum conduit having a first diameter, and an outer collar having an inner diameter sized to receive a second vacuum conduit having a second diameter greater than the first diameter. The outer collar is formed separately from the inner collar and is coupled to the inner collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Williams, Devdatta Namdev Shingate, Bo Shi, Christopher Burch, Vikas Mahadev Jadhav, Douglas C. Schultz, Rahul Shrihari Doke
  • Patent number: 11885447
    Abstract: A coupling and anchoring system for coupling lengths of pipe and anchoring the lengths of pipe to a structure comprise a pipe coupling having an external peripheral groove defined by axially facing axial clamp engaging surfaces, said groove receiving an anchoring clamp. The anchoring clamp has corresponding axial coupling engaging surfaces for engaging the axial clamp engaging surfaces of the pipe coupling to restrict axial movement of the pipe coupling when the anchoring clamp is fastened to the structure. The anchoring clamp is formed from arced bands having laterally extending connecting portions and laterally extending arced elements. The laterally extending connecting surfaces and arcs combine to form dual fastener openings for optionally receiving fastening elements perpendicular and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the pipe coupling for optionally anchoring the system to perpendicular and parallel portions of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: IPEX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Vincent Littlefield
  • Patent number: 11879570
    Abstract: An indicator assembly includes a fastener defining a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and an axis extending from the first end to the second end; a first indicator positioned radially outwardly of the fastener relative to the axis of the fastener; and a second indicator positioned radially outwardly of the fastener relative to the axis of the fastener, wherein the second indicator is axially in between the first indicator and the second end of the fastener upon the fastener being oriented in a first position, and wherein the second indicator is radially inwardly or radially outwardly of the first indicator upon the fastener being oriented in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: ASC Engineered Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Cameron Belen, Matthew William McNamara, Jeffrey Brian Shaffer, Ronald Pound
  • Patent number: 11879574
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a sealing apparatus including a gasket for use in connecting HVAC fluid conduits. In one embodiment, the gasket includes a tubular body, a rim extending outwardly from an end of the tubular body, and two or more ears extending from the rim. The tubular body may be configured to engage a fluid conduit. Each of the ears may be spaced apart from the tubular body and extend in substantially the same direction as the tubular body. Each of the ears may further include an inner surface for engaging with a fluid conduit and an outer surface for engaging with a pipe clamp. The ears may further include a rib located proximate a distal end of the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Schultz, Jr., Travis Hansen
  • Patent number: 11881691
    Abstract: A screw-connection system for connecting a long-shaped part with a terminal geometry includes at least a pressure element, a terminal part, and a seal. The pressure element has at least one contact-wall section with a contact surface. The seal has at least one outer radial-seal surface and at least one axial-seal surface. The outer radial-seal surface of the seal interacts in a sealing manner at least partially with the contact surface of the contact-wall section and the axial-seal surface is configured at least for partial sealing with the terminal geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: PFLITSCH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Martin Lechner
  • Patent number: 11879571
    Abstract: A preassembled combination connects a captured pipe element to a second pipe element. First and second segments are connected end to end surrounding a central space for axially receiving the second pipe element. The segments are configured to be drawn toward one another and into engagement with the pipe elements. An annular body forms the captured pipe element. An end face of the captured pipe element is retained within the central space by engagement between a bead projecting from a sealing surface of the captured pipe element and the coupling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: Matthew A. Bowman, Philip Wayne Bancroft, Scott D. Madara, Kathryn E. Yovanovich, Thomas C. Savage