Patents Examined by Adam J Rogers
  • Patent number: 10094348
    Abstract: A valve assembly arrangement for an injection valve may have a central longitudinal axis, a valve assembly of the inward opening type, and a valve assembly of the outward opening type, wherein the valve assembly of the outward opening type is axially arranged adjacent and fixedly coupled to the valve assembly of the inward opening type such that the valve assembly of the inward opening type is operable to inject fluid into the valve assembly of the outward opening type for increasing a fluid pressure in the valve assembly of the outward opening type to open the valve assembly of the outward opening type to enable dispensing of the fluid from the valve assembly arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Mauro Grandi
  • Patent number: 10052509
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system as well as a method for extinguishing fire in an enclosed room (6) in which the enclosed room (6) is flooded with extinguishing gas at least until an extinguishing gas concentration capable of providing an extinguishing effect (a) is set in the flood zone. In order to achieve the realizing of a maximum extinguishing gas concentration (b) as quickly as possible without the flooding of the room (6) thereby posing a danger to people, it is inventively provided for the flooding of the enclosed room (6) to be divided into a pre-flooding phase and a main flooding phase subsequent thereto. The pre-flooding phase corresponds to an interval of time between the time (t1) the alarming starts to warn people of impending danger and a predefined time (t2). The main flooding phase corresponds to an interval of time between the predefined time (t2) and the time (t4) at which a maximum extinguishing gas concentration (b) is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Amrona AG
    Inventor: Ernst-Werner Wagner
  • Patent number: 10047959
    Abstract: A fuel injector for a fuel spray nozzle of a gas turbine engine combustor includes an angular lip axially projecting into an upstream section of an annular passage to guide a fuel layer vortex to flow along a radially outer passage wall of the annular passage and to guide an air layer vortex to fill into and pass through an annular space between the fuel layer vortex and a radially-inner passage wall of the annular passage. The air layer vortex is free of mixing with the fuel layer vortex before the fuel layer vortex is discharged from the annular passage for fuel atomization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Bhawan B. Patel, Oleg Marenko
  • Patent number: 10039405
    Abstract: Provided is a method for obtaining a cooking vessel having the following steps: producing a bowl having an outer face made of aluminum and an inner face, carrying out hard anodization of at least the outer face of the bowl. According to the method, at least one coloring step is carried out on the anodized outer face after hard anodization, said coloring step employing at least one water-soluble inorganic pigment. Also provided is a culinary article or an electric cooking appliance comprising a cooking vessel obtained by the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Martin Rubio, Stephane Tuffe
  • Patent number: 10039323
    Abstract: A tank of a vaporizing device is described, wherein the tank may comprise an atomizer and a reservoir for containing a liquid adjacent to the atomizer. The atomizer may include a wick and a heating element, wherein the tank includes a barrier that separates the wick from liquid in the reservoir. The barrier may be at least partially permeable to allow for transfer of liquid from the reservoir to the wick for vaporization. The tank may include a connector coupled to the atomizer and configured to electrically connect the atomizer to a power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: NJOY, LLC
    Inventors: David Schuler, Ryan Miller
  • Patent number: 10015938
    Abstract: An irrigation system is disclosed that includes a control system for determining whether to apply a soil conditioning agent to an agricultural field is disclosed. In an implementation, the control system includes memory operable to store one or more modules and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is operable to execute the one or more modules to cause the processor to receive one or more signals representing a soil moisture characteristic from a soil sensor. The processor is also operable to determine whether to apply a soil conditioning agent to a soil based upon the soil moisture characteristic and to initiate operation of the irrigation assembly to apply the soil conditioning agent to the soil in response when the soil requires the soil conditioning agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig S. Malsam, Jacob L. LaRue
  • Patent number: 10005091
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler includes an engagement component connecting a cap component to a base by a converging movement. The base includes a holding member; the cap component includes an anchor member; and the engagement component includes a first male member and a first female member mating with each other. The first male member is alternatively arranged on the holding member and the anchor member, and the first female member is arranged on the other. Therefore, the first male member non-releasably couples with the first female member by a movement toward each other, and the first engagement component connects the cap component to the base. An indication component couples with the cap component offers visual recognition of the selected one of nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Yuan Mei Corp.
    Inventor: Shun-Nan Lo
  • Patent number: 9995261
    Abstract: A fuel injector includes an injector body defining a liquid fuel passage, a gaseous fuel passage, and a first guide bore; a gaseous fuel check guided within the first guide bore between a retracted position and an advanced position to selectively open and block, respectively, fluid communication between the gaseous fuel passage and a gaseous fuel nozzle outlet; and a sleeve seal seated within the first guide bore, the sleeve seal having an inner surface defining a sleeve seal bore therethrough, and at least a portion of the gaseous fuel check is disposed within the sleeve seal bore; an outer surface of the sleeve seal including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being disposed closer to a longitudinal axis of the sleeve seal bore along a radial direction than the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Hoisan Kim
  • Patent number: 9993672
    Abstract: A method and device for suppressing an electrical fire within an electrical wire carrying conduit. The device is a flexible receptacle containing an admixture of super absorbent polymer and water having substantially superior fire suppression and extinguishing properties that does not provide an electrically conductive environment. The receptacle is drawn though a conduit either before or after wires have been placed in the conduit, and the filled with the admixture. A sleeve may be placed over the receptacle to prevent breaching of the receptacle during installation. Once the receptacle and admixture is positioned within the conduit, should arcing or a buildup of heat occur, the receptacle will rupture and the admixture will cover the specific area. These particular properties and ratios of the admixture will enable electrical fires to be extinguished more rapidly and not flare back up. The admixture further encapsulates noxious and toxic gases associated with electrical fires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GelTech Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Cordani
  • Patent number: 9980443
    Abstract: An emitter (120) includes a flow path from a water intake path (221), which is for taking in irrigation liquid within a tube, to a recessed part (251). This flow path includes a recessed surface part (242) closed, without contact, by a film (300). A channel (243) that forms a reduced pressure flow path included in the above flow path is formed on the surface of the recessed surface part (242). If the film (300) is pressed by the pressure of the irrigation liquid in the tube (110) and adheres to the recessed surface part (242), the flow rate of the irrigation liquid inside the emitter (120) is controlled to an amount that can pass through the channel (243).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Masahiro Kidachi
  • Patent number: 9975128
    Abstract: A rotating shower sprayer includes a housing, a cover plate component, and an impeller rotatably disposed in the housing. The top surface of the impeller has a blade. The eccentric position of the bottom surface of the impeller has a rotating shaft. The housing has an incline hole with respect to the blade. The shower sprayer also has a planetary reducing mechanism disposed in the housing. The planetary reducing mechanism comprises a gear sleeved on the rotating shaft and a fixing gear ring disposed on the internal revolution surface of the housing. The upper portion of the gear has a first stage reducing gear ring engaged to the fixing gear ring. The lower portion of the gear has a driving gear ring. The cover plate component is disposed with a second stage reducing gear ring that engages with the driving gear ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Renmin Chen, Donghai Chen, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9970397
    Abstract: A fuel electro-injector for a fuel injection system for an internal combustion engine, having an atomizer equipped with a nozzle and a valve needle defining a discharge section that is annular and has a width that continuously increases as the opening stroke of the valve needle proceeds. The opening stroke is directed outwards and is caused, in a proportional manner, by the operation of an electric actuator. The electro-injector has a high-pressure environment with an annular passageway around the lateral outer surface of the valve needle to supply fuel to the discharge section, and a low-pressure environment, which communicates with a fuel outlet and is separated from the high-pressure environment by a dynamic seal between the valve needle and the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa' Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Sergio Stucchi, Onofrio De Michele, Raffaele Ricco, Marcello Gargano, Carlo Mazzarella
  • Patent number: 9950334
    Abstract: An over spray gun assembly that prevents over spraying of atomized paint or vanish particles and droplets into the air and onto unwanted surfaces during a spraying operation, such as painting or staining a surface. More specifically, the over spray guard includes first shroud and a second shroud, wherein the second shroud is positioned within the first shroud thereby defining an open interior space for vacuuming unwanted or over sprayed airborne fluid droplets dispensed from a nozzle of the spray gun. In addition, an elongated sleeve or extension can be connected to the first shroud, thereby allowing a user to comfortably support, hold, position, and aim the over spray gun assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Massey
  • Patent number: 9936837
    Abstract: A combined rotisserie oven, range and fryer included in a single device having an oven housing with an oven compartment, a plurality of oven, range and fryer heating elements. A removable rotisserie spit is reversibly engaged with and driven by a rotisserie spit gear disposed within the oven compartment. A range top with a plurality of range burners is disposed on the oven compartment. A grill is also disposed upon the range top. A deep fryer pan is disposed within a fryer pan chamber of the oven housing. A mesh wired deep fryer basket having a handle fits within the deep fryer pan, while a lid fits over each of the deep fryer pan and the deep fryer basket. A removable deep fryer control panel is removably engaged with a master control panel. The removable deep fryer control panel includes a deep fryer heating element and a thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Byron L. Granberry
  • Patent number: 9924645
    Abstract: A valve body has a piston that slides within the body through four successive positions. The piston has a head, and an upper and lower skirt, with a port in the upper skirt. In the first position, a bias force urges the piston to the first of four positions, in which the piston port is closed. In a second position, the piston port aligns with a low pressure port in the valve body, when a low pressure supply of water is connected. In a third position, greater pressure again closes the piston port. In a fourth position, at a still greater pressure, the piston port aligns with a high pressure port in the valve body. The bias force or a location of the piston port can be varied for valves along a supply line, whereby varying supply pressure opens different valves, thereby enabling addressing of valves according to supply pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio Adolfo Bermudez Rodriguez, Hendrik F. Hamann, Levente Klein, Theodore Gerard van Kessel
  • Patent number: 9925616
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments of the present invention, a method for fusing metal nanowire junctions in a conductive film includes applying a constant current through the conductive film including a plurality of metal nanowires and a plurality of metal nanowire junctions, or conducting an ultrasonic welding of the metal nanowire junctions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jennifer J. Galela, Jiuzhi Xue
  • Patent number: 9925622
    Abstract: A hybrid welding method capable of improving arc stability and improving the welding speed and the welding efficiency is provided. A hybrid welding method includes generating a TIG arc on a leading side in a welding direction and generating a MIG arc on a trailing side in the welding direction to weld a base metal, in which a TIG current is set to be higher than a MIG current so as to continuously generate arcs in a TIG electrode and a MIG electrode, and an absolute value of a distance from an intersection between a central axis of the TIG electrode and a surface of the base metal to an intersection between a central axis of the MIG electrode and the surface of the base metal is 20 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Shuhei Kanemaru, Tomoaki Sasaki, Toyoyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 9908135
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a protection device for protecting a baffle and/or a sprinkler head of a fire sprinkler system, wherein the protection device comprises a mounting portion for mounting to the sprinkler system and a protection portion adapted to at least partially surround the baffle and/or the sprinkler head, so that a damage to the baffle or the sprinkler head by placing stored goods into store or removing them from store can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Myriam Kreipl, Manfred Eberle
  • Patent number: 9901943
    Abstract: A pressure washer spray gun includes a spray gun body configured to be fluidly coupled to a source of pressurized water, a chemical container coupled to the spray gun body, wherein the chemical container is configured to contain liquid chemical, a venturi including a converging section, a throat, and a diverging section, wherein the venturi is coupled to the body, and wherein the chemical container is fluidly coupled to the throat, an air inlet port formed in the diverging section and configured to fluidly couple the diverging section to a source of air, and multiple nozzles, wherein each nozzle has a different orifice diameter, and wherein only one nozzle at a time can be selected to provide a fluid output from the spray gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventor: Jacob Schmalz
  • Patent number: 9901944
    Abstract: An atomizer includes an atomizer body with a plurality of air passages defined therethrough from an upstream end of the atomizer body to a downstream end thereof. The air passages together define an air circuit through the atomizer body. A fuel circuit is defined in the atomizer body extending from a fuel inlet to a respective fuel outlet opening into each air passage. The air passages can be arranged circumferentially about a central axis defined by the atomizer body. The fuel circuit can include a manifold extending circumferentially about the atomizer body in fluid communication with a fuel opening in each respective air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: DELAVAN INC
    Inventors: Jason A. Ryon, Philip E. Buelow, Steven L. Smith, Lev A. Prociw