Patents Examined by Aaron M Dunwoody
  • Patent number: 10493306
    Abstract: A fire hose coupling, such as a quarter-turn Storz-style coupling, has a substantially annular body having a first end connected to a fluid-carrying conduit and a second end for connecting to another coupling. The fire hose coupling also includes at least one locking lever movable between an unlocked position and a locked position. The lever locks the annular body of the coupling to the other coupling. The locking lever has a light-reflecting surface to improve visibility of the lever. This facilitates assembly and disassembly of the couplings in conditions of poor visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Mercedes Textiles Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert Richardson
  • Patent number: 10486528
    Abstract: A vehicle component for a motor vehicle includes a coupling device including two couplable coupling elements configured to provide, in a coupled state, a fuel-tight connection of two fuel-conducting lines. One of the coupling elements is in a form of a metallic female element which is fixedly connectable to one of the two lines, and an other one of the coupling elements is in a form of a metallic male element which is fixedly connectable to an other one of the two lines. The male element, for coupling purposes, is insertable into the female element, wherein, in the coupled state, an axially extending overlap section with at least one radial seal device is formed between the female element and the male element. A securing device is configured to secure the coupling elements in the coupled state against inadvertent release from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Ronald Visarius, Armin Krezer, Dirk Braunwarth, Kai Podewski, Andreas Menke, Josef Oesterle, Bernhard Gschanes, Michael Schinnerl
  • Patent number: 10473246
    Abstract: The specification discloses a marine fluid connection system including a fitting and a connector. The fitting is cylindrical and includes a radially extending flange. The connector includes a cylindrical body, a plurality of levers on the body, and a locking ring on the body. The levers are movable between a latched position, in which the levers are closed on the flange to lock the connector on the fitting, and an unlatched position, in which the levers are open so that the connector may be removed from the fitting. The locking ring is axially movable with respect to the body to move the latches between their latched and unlatched positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Mark W. Herrema, Daniel N. Campau, Scott T. Kloote, Dennis J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10473243
    Abstract: A hose repair kit includes a retaining sleeve having a first opening to receive an end of a hose. There is a swivel coupling inserted into a second end of the hose retaining sleeve to engage with the hose. The swivel coupling includes a first annular member with an annular barb at one end and a socket to receive a key at a second end. There is an annular retaining ring groove with a retaining ring therein. A second annular member receives, within an internal bore having an annular recess, the first annular member and the retaining ring engages the annular recess to secure the first annular member to the second annular member. The surface of the bore is frusto-conically shaped allowing the retaining ring to be compressed as it travels into the bore until it reaches the annular recess and expands into and is seated in the annular recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Edward H. Badhorn, Kenneth M. Caprio
  • Patent number: 10473251
    Abstract: Connector for fluid, connectable by a remotely operated vehicle, ROV, includes a first part including a first cam element including an opening and a cam for engagement of a protrusion, the first cam element and the cam being rotably arranged relative to the first part; a second part includes a second cam element for insertion into the opening, the second cam element including the protrusion for the cam; a clutch between the first cam element and a handle to be held by the ROV; an indicator on the first part to indicate correct position for connecting, and disconnecting, the first part with, or from, the second part with the first and second cam elements; and an emergency release mechanism to disconnect the first part from the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CEJN AB
    Inventor: Leif Nyfelt
  • Patent number: 10465827
    Abstract: A plug-in connector assembly for connecting at least one fluid line to another fluid line or to an aggregate connection. The plug-in connector assembly includes, a housing, a mating plug-in connector and an adapter sleeve. The mating plug-in connector and the adapter sleeve are received within a sleeve section of the housing, with the adapter sleeve operating to attach the mating plug-in connector to the housing in a releasable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Klein, Eugen Heinrichs
  • Patent number: 10458582
    Abstract: A push to connect fitting assembly includes first and second fitting components joined to define an interior cavity, a seal device, and a retainer. The seal device is disposed in the interior cavity, and seals one of the first and second fitting components with an outer surface of a conduit end when the conduit end is inserted into the outboard end of the first fitting component. The retainer is assembled with at least one of the first and second fitting components, and includes a gripping portion that engages the inserted conduit over a first surface contact area to grip the conduit end, and a colleting portion outboard of the gripping portion. The colleting portion engages the inserted conduit end over a second surface contact area greater than the first surface contact area to collet the inserted conduit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Peter C. Williams, Cal R. Brown, James E. Gotch, Connor M. Dorony, Stephen J. Zaborszki, Douglas J. McClure, Douglas S. Welch, Gregory S. Kalata, Ronald P. Campbell
  • Patent number: 10458581
    Abstract: A hose fitting includes a stem defining a conduit therein, a ridged axial portion, an opposing axial portion and a stem shoulder. The fitting also includes a swivel nut having threads and wrench flats, where the swivel nut defines a swivel nut end adjacent the threads, and the swivel nut is disposed on the opposing axial portion of the stem. The fitting also has a metallic wave spring washer disposed upon the stem between the stem shoulder and the swivel nut end, and a ferrule for securing a hose to the hose fitting at the ridged axial portion of the stem. In some cases, an inner fitting is disposed in the conduit at the opposing axial portion of the stem, and an inner hose may be in the conduit and attached to the inner fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ContiTech USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Speidel
  • Patent number: 10458579
    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: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: Matthew A. Bowman, Philip Wayne Bancroft, Scott D. Madara, Kathryn E. Yovanovich, Thomas C. Savage
  • Patent number: 10449350
    Abstract: Provided is a connector for substantially aseptic connection of tubing, that includes a central tubular stem member with a line connection end and a coupling end having an annular gasket arranged to engage a similar annular gasket on a similar second connector in sealing abutment and a tubular socket member, concentrically arranged outside the stem member, having a flange concentrically arranged outside the coupling end and a cover film releasably bonded to the flange and covering the coupling end of the stem member, the annular gasket and at least a portion of the flange. The socket member is rotatable around the stem member and the connector also has an annular seal member in sealing abutment between an inside of the socket member and an outside of the stem member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Klaus Gebauer
  • Patent number: 10450823
    Abstract: The flange adapter attaches to the flange of a housing such as a bowl. The flow line attaches at the flange of the housing. The flange adapter attaches at the flange of the bowl to enable attachment of flow lines of multiple sizes to the bowl. The flange adapter includes an attachment body that secures to the bowl and an attachment neck that is raised above the attachment body. The flange adapter provides a first set of attachment apertures for securing the flange adapter to the housing and a second set of attachment apertures for securing the flow line to the flange adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: PRUITT TOOL & SUPPLY CO.
    Inventors: Grant Pruitt, Cris Braun
  • Patent number: 10451206
    Abstract: A connection end-piece of a flexible pipe includes an end vault extending along a central axis; an outer cover fixed to the end vault and defining, with the end vault, a reception chamber for receiving an end section of the armor elements of the flexible pipe; at least one annular member applied externally to the armor elements of the flexible pipe, the annular member being at least partially accommodated in the reception chamber between the armor elements and the outer cover. The annular member applies a radial tightening pressure higher than 100 bars onto the armor elements toward the central axis of the flexible pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventors: Philippe François Espinasse, René Antoine Maloberti, Jean-Christophe Bourget, Guillaume Chaudet
  • Patent number: 10443775
    Abstract: A pipe coupling may include a body that is tubular and formed from a polymer. The body may include a main bore with a main axis and at least first and second female receptacles on each end of the main bore. Each receptacle may be configured to receive a male end of a pipe. A first brace may be coupled to and extend between, for example, a first female receptacle and a third female receptacle. A second brace may be coupled to extend between, for example, a second female receptacle and the third female receptacle. The pipe coupling can be a single, integral, injection molded monolithic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Roy Lucas Dean, Bryan Fitzgerald Allard, Michael Austin Dotsey
  • Patent number: 10443768
    Abstract: A vacuum hose-pipe adapter that includes a sidewall bifurcated into two portions, wherein the first portion includes a first distal terminal end defining a distal pipe opening a first portion length separating a first proximal end and the first distal terminal end, and a sidewall inner surface of a frustro-pyramidal shape and enclosed configuration tapering in diameter from the distal pipe opening along the first portion length and the second portion with a second distal terminal end opposing the first distal terminal end and defining a distal hose opening, with a recessed bottom wall, with a sidewall inner surface enclosing and defining a first a first hose diameter, and with a second hose sidewall projecting from the recessed bottom wall, toward the distal hose opening, and enclosing and defining a second hose diameter less than the first hose diameter, thereby allowing fluid to flow therein and between the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: 1NV3NT LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. McConnell, Joseph V. Alcure
  • Patent number: 10443766
    Abstract: A pipe may include a pipe body having an axis, an axial bore and a pipe body outer diameter. A male end may be formed on the pipe body. The male end can have an outer diameter consistent with the pipe body outer diameter, and an axial end face. A female end may be formed as an integral bell on the pipe body opposite the male end. The female end may have an inner diameter that is larger than the outer diameter of the male end, a seal recess on an interior thereof, and an interior feature in the interior of the female end that is complementary to the axial end face of the male end. The female end of a first pipe may be configured to receive the male end of a second pipe, such that the interior feature of the first pipe engages and restrains the axial end face of the second pipe. A coupling may be used to join two of the pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua E. Clapper, Scott Griffith, Roy Lucas Dean
  • Patent number: 10436363
    Abstract: A swivel joint includes a tail section and a body portion that define a passageway therethrough and which can rotate relative to one another. One or more seals and bearings can be disposed between the tail section and the body portion. An electrical conductivity grease fitting can be mounted within a bore hole in the body portion. The electrical conductivity grease fitting can have a lubricant passed therethrough to lubricate the bearings. The electrical conductivity grease fitting has a first portion in electrical communication with the body portion and a second portion that is biased into electrical communication with the tail section to maintain electrical conductivity between the tail section and the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Luc Michot
  • Patent number: 10436367
    Abstract: Pipe joints and more particularly cylindrical push-on type pipe joint fittings with earthquake resistant functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: American Cast Iron Pipe Company
    Inventor: Scott R. Gaines
  • Patent number: 10436369
    Abstract: A high efficiency take-off fitting allows conditioned air from a rectangular cross-section main duct to be smoothly transferred into a circular cross-section branch duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Alvin L. Jefferson, David E. Overdorff, II, Duane Fetko, Branden Butella, David Agee
  • Patent number: 10436370
    Abstract: A pipe elbow has a first end and a second end off parallel to the first end. An interior surface of the pipe elbow has a centerline having an arcuate portion. A circular cylindrical exterior surface portion of the pipe elbow surrounds the arcuate portion of the centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Georg Fischer Central Plastics LLC
    Inventor: Harvey E. Svetlik
  • Patent number: 10428987
    Abstract: A fluid quick connector assembly (20) according to an exemplary embodiment of this disclosure, among other possible things includes a housing (22) having a passage (32) configured to receive an endform (26), and a retainer (24) including a bridge (68). A beam (78) extends from the bridge. Two retainer arms (70) extend from the bridge to retain the male endform (26) in the passage of the housing when the retainer is in an engaged position. Two guiding legs (72) extend from the bridge that guide the retainer (24) during movement to the engaged position. The bridge (68), the beam (78), the two retainer arms (70), and the two guiding legs (72) are an integral unitary single piece component, and the beam (78) contacts the endform (26) when the retainer (24) is in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Gocha, Gary Klinger, Steve Frederiksen