Patents Examined by Alexander M Valvis
  • Patent number: 10173087
    Abstract: A fire suppression apparatus is described that includes a base and a lid. The base has an opening and walls defining an internal area. The base also includes a sleeve with a portion positioned in the internal area and around a perimeter of the walls, and the sleeve defines a region of the internal area for placing an object. The sleeve also has an opening for placing the object into the region. The base further has a first fire suppressing powder positioned in the internal area between the sleeve and the walls. The lid covers the opening of the base, and has a cavity, a second fire suppressing powder contained inside the cavity, and a divider positioned to cover the cavity of the lid. Methods for suppressing a fire of an object are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard R. Basham, Thomas A. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10166621
    Abstract: A welding device which performs butt welding of tubes includes a table. The table supports a rotary member of a circular-arc shape to which a welding torch is mounted, and a gear train that rotates the rotary member around a center axis of the tubes. The welding device includes a first movement mechanism that moves the table in a first direction perpendicular to the center axis of the tubes, and a second movement mechanism that moves the first movement mechanism in a second direction perpendicular to the center axis of the tubes and the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Chiaki Ito, Shingo Yonemoto, Takanori Kozuki, Yukio Ikezawa, Masahiko Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 8917980
    Abstract: An entertainment system (1019, 2) having a fluid system with a smoke generator (1007, 4), the smoke generator being supplied from at least one pump (1005, 8, 10) connected to at least one container for fluid (1003, 12, 14), which at least one pump (1005, 8, 10) is controlled by a controller (1009, 6), wherein the controller is adapted to perform a shutdown process upon malfunctioning of at least a part of the entertainment system. The shutdown process performs a purge of at least part of the fluid system. Furthermore, a method of operating the entertainment system (1001, 2), has the steps of performing a shutdown process upon malfunctioning of at least a part of the entertainment system, the shutdown process including the step of purging (2009, 3003a, 3003b) at least a part of said fluid system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Martin Professional A/S
    Inventor: Nick Scully
  • Patent number: 8905325
    Abstract: This spraying member (10) comprises at least one outer bowl (100) and one inner bowl (200), each bowl defining a spraying edge (101, 201), one inner spreading surface (102, 202) and one outer surface (103, 203). The inner bowl (200) is positioned radially on the inside of the outer bowl (100), whereas a volume (V1) defined between the inner surface (102) of the outer bowl (100) and the outer surface (203) of the inner bowl (200) has a thickness (e), corresponding to the distance between this inner surface (102) and this outer surface (203), decreasing between a first value (e1), taken at the zone for inlet of cleaning product into the volume (V1), and a second value (e2), taken at the spraying edge (101) of the outer bowl (100). The spraying member (10) comprises means (68) for the central supply of the inner spreading surfaces (102, 202).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Sames Technologies
    Inventors: Patrick Ballu, Sylvain Perinet
  • Patent number: 8905328
    Abstract: The invention refers to a headlamp cleaning device for motor vehicles comprising an elongate housing (2) formed with an inlet port (3) connectable to a source of pressurized cleaning fluid and a retractable hollow cleaning liquid supply tube (4) slidably arranged within the housing (2) and being biased in the retracted position, at least one spray nozzle (6) provided at the distal end of the cleaning fluid supply tube (4) and a fluid valve (22) at the proximal of the cleaning liquid supply tube (4) allowing ingress of the cleaning fluid into the tube once the fluid pressure exceeds a predetermined amount, the fluid valve being designed as a resilient closure cap which at the same time functions as a piston seal for the cleaning fluid supply tube (4) (FIG. 3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Paul Hartnell
  • Patent number: 8899493
    Abstract: An air freshener generating apparatus of a vehicle air conditioning system includes a body in which an inlet pipe is communicated with an outlet pipe and on a circumferential surface of which ball plungers are mounted at intervals along circumferential lines on which the inlet pipe and the outlet pipe are located respectively, a cartridge rotatably coupled to the body and having at least one partition wall such that at least one air freshener emitter is filled within spaces defined by the partition wall, the cartridge having through-holes facing the ball plungers, and an actuator configured to rotate the cartridge by a predetermined angle. When the cartridge is rotated by the predetermined angle, air is supplied through the through-hole facing the inlet pipe such that one air freshener is discharged through the through-hole facing the outlet pipe, and the ball plungers are configured to block the rest of the through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Halla Climate Control Corp.
    Inventors: Jae Ho Kim, Yong Jun Jee, Eun Gi Min, Young Ha Jeon, Dong Suk Lee, Ki Hong Kim, Ji Yong Park
  • Patent number: 8888020
    Abstract: A multi-stage showerhead for preventing mixed flow and back pressure, in which a capacity space is set inside a housing, the capacity space is provided for placing an inner disk, an outer disk, a distribution base, an outlet base, a bottom base and a water-gas mixing seat, wherein at least a counter-stop pad is set inside the water-gas mixing seat for avoiding that water and gas fixed to produce back-pressure counter current, to thereby ensure the purpose of water-saving and not reducing the strength of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: So Mei Huang
  • Patent number: 8870095
    Abstract: A water delivery system (10) includes a first component (52) coupled to a fluid transport member (20) and a second component (66) coupled to an aerator (34) for positioning within a faucet spout (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignees: Masco Corporation of Indiana, Mercury Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Hughett, Kurt J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8864054
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fuel injector and, in particular, to a common-rail injector for injecting fuel into a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine with a multi-part injection valve element, which can be adjusted between an open position and a closed position. A first part and a second part of the injection valve element are coupled to one another via a hydraulic coupler, which is bounded radially by a first guide for the first part and by a second guide for the second part. According to the invention, at least some sections of the first and the second guide are surrounded at their outer radii by fuel under high pressure, and the pressure realized in the hydraulic coupler is lower than the pressure radially outside the guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Burger, Hans-Christoph Magel
  • Patent number: 8857738
    Abstract: A device (10) for selectively dispensing ones of multiple fluids, preferably cleaning agents, is disclosed. The device includes a reservoir (50) and a container assembly (100) that can include at least one container body (105, 110, 112, 114, 116). The reservoir (50) houses a diluent “D,” for example, water, and each container body houses a concentrate “C,” for example, a concentrated form of a cleaning agent. Each container body has an outlet assembly (200) with a nozzle (260), so that container assemblies (100) with multiple container bodies correspondingly include multiple nozzles (260). The diluent “D” and concentrates “C” are kept separate from each other, whereby ho end use product is stored in the device (10). Rather, end use product is mixed on demand during dispensation, as part of the, dispensing act. Namely, diluent “D” is pumped through an outlet assembly (200), drawing concentrate “C” thereinto which mixes into the end use product while exiting the device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy F. Knopow, Jeffrey L. Crull, Lawrence J. Fenske, Cunjiang Cheng
  • Patent number: 8851399
    Abstract: The invention relates to a member (10) for spraying a coating product comprising a primary surface (20) for spreading the product and at least two secondary, inner (21) and outer (22) surfaces for spreading the product that extend downstream of the primary surface (20), the primary (20) and secondary (21, 22) surfaces being coaxial (X10-X10), the downstream portions of the secondary surfaces (21, 22) defining an inner spraying edge (23) and an outer spraying edge (24). The downstream portions (21b, 22b) of the secondary surfaces (21, 22) have, relative to one another, directions (A21, A22) that are overall divergent towards the downstream direction. The inner edge (23) has a diameter substantially smaller than the diameter of the outer edge (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sames Technologies
    Inventors: Patrick Ballu, Philippe Foury, Djamel Merabet, Philippe Provenaz, Eric Prus
  • Patent number: 8851403
    Abstract: A liquid spraying system comprising a plurality of spray nozzles mounted in dependent fashion a liquid supply boom that travels in a field in a direction of movement. The liquid spray nozzle each have a first liquid discharge orifice and deflector flange for directing discharging liquid at a first angle to the vertical in a leading direction, and a second discharge orifice and deflector flange for simultaneously directing liquid in a trailing direction from a different elevation and at a second angle to the vertical different from the first angle for complete coverage of plant foliage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: Lawrence Eric Thomas, Jahir Leonardo Caro
  • Patent number: 8851195
    Abstract: A differential dry pipe valve is provided having a body including an inlet chamber having an inlet port, an exit chamber having an exit port, and a gasket flange positioned between the inlet and exit chambers facing the exit port, the inlet and exit ports being substantially aligned. The valve also includes a gasket attached to the gasket flange and an openable cover hingedly attached to the body. The gasket has an inner water lip in fluid communication with the inlet chamber and an outer air lip surrounding the water lip. The spacing between the water lip and air lip varies. The air and water lips are coaxial. The cover is configured to be sealingly engaged with the seal when in a closed position and to be sealingly disengaged in an open position when the pressure in the exit chamber is lower than the pressure in the inlet chamber. When the cover is in the open position, a direction of a path between the inlet and exit ports is substantially unaltered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.
    Inventor: David Deurloo
  • Patent number: 8844842
    Abstract: A fuel injector includes an injector body that defines a fuel inlet, a drain outlet and a nozzle outlet, and has disposed therein a nozzle chamber, a needle control chamber and a valve chamber. The needle control chamber is fluidly connected to the drain outlet through a drain passage that includes the conical seat, is fluidly connected to the nozzle chamber through a Z orifice, and fluidly connected to the valve chamber through an A orifice. The nozzle chamber is fluidly connected to the valve chamber by a pressure passage that includes an F orifice that opens through a flat seat. A control valve member is trapped to move between contact with conical seat and contact with the flat seat. An electrical actuator is operable to push the control valve member away from the conical seat toward the flat seat when energized. A direct control needle valve has an opening hydraulic surface positioned in the nozzle chamber and a closing hydraulic surface positioned in the needle control chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Hoisan Kim, Mark F. Sommars, Xiangdong Ding
  • Patent number: 8840045
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing device is disclosed that is capable of producing two distinct spray patterns. The device may include a rotatable hub having a first barrel for producing a first spray pattern and a second barrel for producing a second spray pattern. The barrels may be oriented in different directions with a predetermined angle between directions, such as approximately 180 degrees. A shell may be coupled to and rotatable with the hub. The shell may include a first portion having a first structural feature corresponding to a characteristic of the first spray pattern and a second portion may having a second structural feature corresponding to a characteristic of the second spray pattern. The structural features inform the user of a characteristic of the spray pattern that will be discharged by the device by the associated barrels, thereby permitting the user to intuitively select the desired spray pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew N. Thurin, Darren K. Robling, Linda Moy Madore, Charles P. Althoff, Hideaki Matsui, Brook S. Kennedy, Stian Tesdal
  • Patent number: 8827175
    Abstract: In a method and a device for the calibration of internal combustion engines, in each fuel injector, at least one actuator element (1) may be activated by an electric signal interacts with at least one injection valve (3) having an injection rate for the supply of fuel to a combustion chamber (5) via injection holes, and in the case of a flow characteristic curve (12, 23, 35) of the fuel flowing through the injection holes deviating from a target characteristic curve (11, 22, 34) in a flow-time diagram, a signal characteristic curve (14a, 27, 42) of the electric signal applied to the actuator element (1) is altered in a voltage-time diagram relative to a target characteristic curve (13, 26, 41) by a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Fritsch, Johann Görzen
  • Patent number: 8814067
    Abstract: An apparatus that uses an optimized body design incorporating one or more interchangeable nozzle inserts with a wide array of discharge orifice sizes, configurations and spacings to efficiently and effectively deliver a pressurized, high velocity, laminar flow air stream to dry, cool, or clean objects that are either stationary or moving transversely through the optimized air stream developed by the apparatus, all while minimizing the operational downtime required to implement the interchangeable nozzle insert modifications to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Maxum LLC
    Inventors: James Lawrence Freers, James Michael Pankey
  • Patent number: 8800892
    Abstract: A regulating device for a water outflow, in particular of sanitary fittings, comprises a cylindrical sleeve with a central cylinder axis. The sleeve is adapted for attachment to or in the water outflow. A support plate is disposed perpendicular with respect to the axis of the sleeve. A throttling and regulating element can rotate relative to the support plate about the axis and can move in the direction of the axis. By way of the throttling and regulating element, water can flow through from one side of the support plate to the other side of the support plate. The throttling and regulating element comprises a device for fine throttling of the water. An annular distribution space for the water is delimited by the support plate, the sleeve and the throttling and regulating element. In the distribution space, water can flow in from openings in the throttling and regulating element. In the distribution space, water can flow out of the sleeve to a water outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Klaus Prenzler
  • Patent number: 8794341
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for fire suppression and containment is provided in accordance with one embodiment of the invention. A conduit with a plurality of nozzle connections, in various configurations to create specific fire suppressant discharge patterns. Each conduit can be operated individually or connected to another conduit by a predetermined length of hose forming a contiguous system, traversing large areas of land. The invention and components form a multipurpose fire suppression apparatus. The system can be operated remotely or manually. An alternative embodiment can be installed in residential, commercial and industrial applications. Each system can be custom designed based upon environmental engineering requirements and system application—with regard to conduit diameters, material composition, shape, length and nozzle design without leaving the core design. The system components can also incorporate sensors, monitoring devices, robotics (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: John Wayne Howard, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8777131
    Abstract: A springless valve that is used for a liquid sprayer has a body that has an upstream bore that has three parts with increasingly larger cross-sections. A pin portion of a slide/pin combination moves between an open position and a closed position. In the open position, liquid in the first part of the upstream bore flows into inlets in the third part of the upstream bore, through a central passage, to an outlet to a downstream bore. A linearly-moving slide portion on the slide/pin combination fits within a recess in the body, and has resilient arms that engage front and rear radial faces on a narrowed waist on the pin. The arms extend over opposed sides of the narrowed waist, have tangs that lock onto a lower side of that waist, and rigidly connect the slide portion to the pin portion, enabling a user to move the slide/pin combination axially between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: William A. Hudson, Wayne J. Beissel