Patents Examined by Arthur O. Hall
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9901942
    Abstract: Various exemplary illustrations of an electrode assembly for an electrostatic atomizer, for example for a rotation atomizer, and exemplary methods of making and/or using the same, are disclosed. An exemplary electrode assembly may include an electrode holder arrangement for holding at least one electrode creating an electrostatic field about a symmetrical axis, wherein there is a dielectric material for influencing a discharge current component extending in the direction of the symmetrical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jürgen Nolte, Andreas Fischer, Peter Marquardt, Jürgen Berkowitsch, Joachim Schneider
  • Patent number: 9901948
    Abstract: A water spray gun includes a gun body, a handle, a control valve and a retaining cap. The gun body has a water control compartment which is provided with two rotation channels. Each of the rotation channels has two closed ends forming two stop walls. The handle has two connecting arms. Each of the connecting arms is combined with a limit block which includes a root portion mounted in and covered by each of the connecting arms and an operation portion protruding outward from each of the connecting arms. Thus, when the handle is pivoted relative to the gun body, the operation portion of the limit block is moved in each of the rotation channels of the gun body, and is stopped by one of the two stop walls of each of the rotation channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Shin Tai Spurt Water of the Garden Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 9903327
    Abstract: A fuel injector includes a valve with a needle that is movable along a longitudinal axis between an open position and a closed position, for opening or closing the valve. The fuel injector also includes an actuator including an armature and a pole piece, the armature being axially movable and operable to interact mechanically with the needle, such that the needle is moved towards the open position by a movement of the armature in axial direction towards the pole piece. The fuel injector also includes a first spring for biasing the armature in axial direction away from the pole piece. The spring force of the first spring is configured to stop said movement of the armature when the needle is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Ivano Izzo, Marco Mechi
  • Patent number: 9897033
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a fuel injector for an internal combustion engine with a fuel injector body having a valve chamber, a first conduit in fluid communication with the valve chamber for a first flow of fuel having a first pressure, and a second conduit in fluid communication with the valve chamber for a second flow of fuel having a second pressure. The fuel injector further includes a valve member configured to move between the first conduit and the second conduit. Additionally, an actuator of the fuel injector is configured to move the valve member during a fuel injection cycle. The fuel injector is configured to operate in at least three modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: CUMMINS INC.
    Inventors: Lester L. Peters, David L. Buchanan, Bradlee J. Stroia, William David Daniel, Rajesh K. Garg, Richard D. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9896984
    Abstract: An orifice plate for an injector is provided, which includes a base portion disposed along a base plane. An offset portion is unitarily formed with the base portion. The offset portion is at least partially disposed outside of the base plane. The offset portion defines a flow entry side and a flow exit side, and the offset portion defines a plurality of exit apertures therethrough. A plurality of projections extends from the flow entry side of the offset portion. The plurality of projections is configured to contact an injector surface. An injector and a reductant delivery unit incorporating such an orifice plate are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin A Shank, Dean L Spiers
  • Patent number: 9898012
    Abstract: A controlled droplet applicator (CDA) system comprising a CDA nozzle cup having an open end; a shroud covering all but a portion of the open end; and an air assist device disposed proximal to the open end, the cup and the air assist device separated by at least a portion of the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: John Peterson, Justin Bak, Jeffrey Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9895705
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler including a base defining an axis, a pressurized water inlet mounted onto the base, a nozzle, communicating with the inlet, and providing a pressurized water stream which is generally outwardly directed relative to the axis and a water stream deflector for engaging the pressurized water stream and deflecting at least part of the water stream azimuthally with respect to the axis, the deflector including a first pressurized water stream engagement surface and a second pressurized water stream engagement surface downstream of the first engagement surface, the first engagement surface having a pressurized water stream directing configuration arranged to direct a first portion of the stream impinging thereon, which does not exceed a predetermined quantity, onto the second surface and to direct at least a second portion of the stream impinging thereon, which at least a second portion exceeds the predetermined quantity, not onto the second engagement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Lior Eliahu Mareli, Eli Armon
  • Patent number: 9897057
    Abstract: A valve for metering a flowing medium, particularly a fluid, which has a filter situated in the medium stream and has a filter ring that includes a plurality of filter pores and a support element supporting the filter ring on its outgoing flow side. The support element is developed as a radially elastic support ring having a plurality of through holes, which rests against the filter ring with radial prestressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Martin Mueller
  • Patent number: 9895702
    Abstract: A single pushbutton device includes a housing, a bushing, a water channel assembly, and a rotary assembly. The bushing and the rotary assembly are mounted inside of the housing, the water channel assembly is mounted around of the rotary assembly, and a button is through a hole of the housing. When push down the button, a rotary sleeve of the rotary assembly is rotated, a bump of the rotary sleeve is rotated along multiple noses of the multiple abutting inserts of the water channel assembly to sequentially press down the abutting inserts, further open different waterways, and output water with different spray or bubbling forms. Given the foregoing structure, the single pushbutton device is compact, facilitates quick and convenient operation, and requires less force exerted thereon for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Zheng-zhen Lei
  • Patent number: 9894892
    Abstract: A movable agricultural product applicator system for dispensing various agricultural-related products along the ground surface of agricultural crops is provided. The application system provides a hose assembly interconnecting a supporting boom and an applicator, wherein the applicator drags along the ground surface dispensing product as the supporting boom moves by a carrier. The application system may include a swivel connection facilitating a rotational and pivotal connection of the hose assembly to the supporting boom, wherein a mounting assembly removably mounts the application system to the supporting boom. The hose assembly is designed with bending properties that enable the applicator to self-center and locate rows between crops as it is being dragged along the ground surface, as well as enable the applicator to surf above obstacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Rick Eugene Lawrence
  • Patent number: 9889718
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body panel coupled to a vehicle frame and having an outer surface and an inner surface, a thermal structure disposed proximate the inner surface of the body panel, wherein the thermal structure includes at least one of a heat-emitting portion and a heat-absorbing portion, wherein the thermal structure is in communication with the outer surface of the body panel to define an ambient temperature portion and a differential temperature portion, and wherein the differential portion is in communication with the thermal structure and cooperates with the thermal structure to generate a predetermined pattern. A controller having at least one of a humidity sensor and a temperature sensor is in communication with the outer surface of the body panel, wherein the controller operates the thermal structure according to data delivered to the controller from at least one of the humidity and temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford GLobal Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jedidiah Paul Durkin
  • Patent number: 9889324
    Abstract: A fire protection device for small electrical devices provided with a housing. The fire protection device includes a bursting capsule featuring a hollow space that is completely enclosed and delimited by a vessel wall, wherein a liquid is disposed in the hollow space. The liquid breaks the vessel wall at a predetermined trigger temperature due to thermal expansion thereby causing the bursting capsule to rupture. When the vessel wall ruptures and releases the liquid it has a fire preventing effect and/or a fire extinguishing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: JOB Lizenz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bodo Müller, Jürgen Teschner, Rüdiger Klug
  • Patent number: 9891633
    Abstract: A flow control device is disclosed. The flow control device includes a solenoid, the solenoid including an armature. Also, a piston connected to the armature. The piston includes a primary orifice. The piston having an open position and a closed position. A piston spring connected to the piston is also includes and at least one secondary orifice. The movement of the piston to the open position at least partially opens the at least one secondary orifice and the movement of the piston to the closed position at least partially closes the at least one secondary orifice. The movement of the armature actuates the piston movement and controls fluid flow from the primary orifice through the at least one secondary orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Felix Winkler, Russell H. Beavis, Eric J. VanWyk
  • Patent number: 9889456
    Abstract: A device for applying drywall texture material to a surface is provided. The device generally comprises a hollow tube for holding drywall joint compound, a spray nozzle with a removably attached air hose, a piston, and a ramrod. The device allows users to easily apply drywall joint compound to a surface to create various surface textures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SprayNoz LLC
    Inventor: David Vanvalkenburgh
  • Patent number: 9889455
    Abstract: A particulate sprayer includes a gas reservoir to hold a gas, a liquid reservoir to hold a product, and a low pressure section including an exit opening connected to the liquid reservoir. The product includes a liquid and solid particles. The low pressure section transports gas released from the gas reservoir over the exit opening. The product is drawn, pushed, or drawn and pushed from the exit opening into the transported gas to create a spray of the product to be sprayed from the particulate sprayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Tracie L. C. Wilson, David Richard Stonehouse, Craig Harvey Nelson, Carys Eleri Lee, Paul Nigel Marsh, Benjamin Erland Impey
  • Patent number: 9889323
    Abstract: A multi-member assembly including a first structural member, a second structural member opposed from the first structural member, a crossover seal positioned between the first and second structural members, wherein the crossover seal defines a bore, and an end cap including a cap portion and a plug portion protruding from the cap portion, wherein the plug portion is at least partially received in the bore such that the cap portion bridges the first and second structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Scott M. Livingston, Jack W. Mauldin, Robert P. Lotter, Paul B. Philipp, Khalid S. Alshobber, John N. Harris
  • Patent number: 9883668
    Abstract: A self-propelled agricultural application machine includes a chassis which carries a storage tank for the material to be applied. The chassis has a central longitudinal beam from which at least a pair of wheels is suspended. A transversely-extending boom assembly is suspended from the longitudinal beam. An engine is located to one side of the longitudinal beam and has an output drive shaft connected through the longitudinal beam to hydraulic pumps. The narrow chassis allows steerable wheels to be positioned at tolerable track widths while permitting a large steering angle and thus small turning radii.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: AGCO Netherlands B.V
    Inventor: Joris Jan Hiddema
  • Patent number: 9884332
    Abstract: A spraying apparatus includes a convergence chamber having a large end and a small end; at least two water inlets provided in the large end of the convergence chamber, each water inlet having a central axis and the at least two water inlets being arranged at convergent angles to each other so that the central axes converge in free space within the convergence chamber; at least one air intake provided in the convergence chamber between the large end and the small end; and a rectifier opening including a throat provided at the small end of the convergence chamber; and a spraying opening, the rectifier opening having a cross-sectional area that continuously increases outwardly from the throat to the spraying opening, and the throat having a cross-sectional area that is one to three times greater than that of a total cross-sectional area of the at least two water inlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Yangfeng Ji, Yongbin Cao, Bin Chen
  • Patent number: 9885328
    Abstract: A bush is disposed on an inner wall of a fixed core. A second spring, which biases a movable core in a valve-closing direction, has one end abutting the bush. The bush is formed separately from the fixed core, and is formed to be movable relative to the fixed core when adjusting a biasing force of the second spring. When a needle is abutting a valve seat, a gap is formed between a movable core first abutting face of the movable core and a flange end face of a flange portion included in the needle. Accordingly, during valve-opening, a relatively large force in a valve-opening direction is applied to the needle. Further, by changing the position of the bush relative to the movable core, the biasing force of the second spring may be adjusted without changing a length of the gap in a central axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Tomoji Matsukawa, Hiroyuki Inoue