Patents Examined by Bryan Lettman
  • Patent number: 10443590
    Abstract: A gas compressor with a drive power section engaging, through a seal assembly, a dual activating compressor section. The drive power section has a hydraulic drive cylinder, an upper hydraulic drive chamber, a lower hydraulic drive chamber, and a hydraulic drive piston. The dual activating compressor section has a compressor cylinder with an upper compression chamber and a lower compression chamber separated by a compressor piston, a first piston locator sensor, and a second piston locator sensor. The drive power section receives a hydraulic drive fluid and discharges spent hydraulic drive fluid. The dual activating compressor section is configured for receiving a source vapor or gas and discharging compressed vapors while the drive power section operates. The drive power section is movable between a first orientation and a second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Charles David McCoy
  • Patent number: 10302075
    Abstract: A reciprocating positive displacement pump comprises a flexible diaphragm fluidically separating a pumping chamber from an actuation chamber. The membrane may include bumps or other features on the side of the membrane facing the pumping chamber that space at least a portion of the membrane away from the rigid chamber wall when the membrane is in a minimum-pumping-chamber volume position. Such structures may prevent pockets of fluid from being caught away from the inlet and outlet by keeping portions of the membrane spaced away from the rigid pumping chamber wall even when the pumping chamber volume is at a minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Brian D. Tracey, Larry B. Gray, Jason A. Demers, James D. Dale, N. Christopher Perry, Michael J. Wilt, Scott A. Leonard
  • Patent number: 10294951
    Abstract: A liquid pump includes a motor and an impeller. The motor includes a stator, a rotor, a base body and a shaft sleeve unit supporting the rotor for rotation. The shaft sleeve unit includes a fixing member fixed in the base body, a bearing received in the fixing member and surrounding the rotary shaft, and a resilient buffering member disposed between the fixing member and the bearing. The impeller is coupled to the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Min Li, Zhi Ping Fu, Moola Mallikarjuna Reddy, Kok Ang Chong
  • Patent number: 10294906
    Abstract: In a fuel pump and method of operation, an infeed for low pressure fuel leads to a pumping chamber where in an intake phase low pressure fuel is drawn into the pumping chamber and in a pumping phase high pressure fuel is delivered to a common rail. An inlet metering valve and an inlet check valve are upstream of the pumping chamber, and a control system closes the metering valve when no fuel is to be pumped to the common rail. The inlet check valve is also opened while the inlet metering valve is closed and no fuel is to be pumped to the rail. The inlet metering valve can include a proportionally controlled piston that produces a variable quantity of feed fuel and is closable for the no-demand condition with a maximum travel that contacts and holds open the inlet check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Stanadyne LLC
    Inventor: Robert G. Lucas
  • Patent number: 10267307
    Abstract: An air pump is provided. An air pump includes an upper cover, a valve seat, a spacer, an air intake one-way valve and a piston assembly. The upper cover has an air outlet. The valve seat is disposed on a bottom of the upper cover. The spacer is disposed between the valve seat and the upper cover and has an air intake chamber and an air outtake chamber. The air intake chamber has an air intake passage communicated therewith, and the air outtake chamber having an air outtake passage communicated therewith. The spacer has a valve clack, so that air flows in a one-way direction from bottom to top. The air intake one-way valve is disposed and movable in the air intake passage so as to make the air flow in the one-way direction from top to bottom. The piston assembly is disposed under the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN KOGE MICRO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunlin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10267331
    Abstract: A liquid pump includes a housing, a motor fixed in the housing, and an impeller driven by the motor. The motor includes a stator and a rotor rotatable relative to the stator. The impeller is connected to a rotor of the motor. The housing includes a guide wall surrounding the stator, and a guide face extending outwardly from an outer surface of the guide wall to guide a liquid flowing to the guide wall to flow in a direction away from the stator, thus ensuring the electrical safety of the liquid pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Min Li, Zhi Ping Fu, Moola Mallikarjuna Reddy, Kok Ang Chong
  • Patent number: 10260495
    Abstract: A piezoelectric blower includes a housing, a vibrating body, and a piezoelectric element. The vibrating body includes a vibration plate, a reinforcing plate, and a restraining plate. The vibrating body forms a columnar blower chamber with the housing while holding the blower chamber therebetween from a thickness direction of the vibration plate. The vibrating body includes an outer peripheral region in contact with an area from the outermost node of pressure vibration in the blower chamber, of nodes of the pressure vibration formed by the bending vibration of the vibrating body, to an outer periphery of the blower chamber, and a center region located in an inner side portion of the outer peripheral region. The restraining plate that restrains the bending vibration of the outer peripheral region is provided in the outer peripheral region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Sasaki, Kiyoshi Kurihara, Hiroaki Wada, Nobuhira Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10247180
    Abstract: A diaphragm pump having a body including a suction connection and a discharge connection, a suction valve and a discharge valve; a control chamber in which the diaphragm is disposed, and a working chamber located on the side of the diaphragm opposite the control chamber; a control pipe suitable for linking the control chamber to a control connection of the body, the control pipe configured to alternately apply a vacuum and a pressure on the diaphragm; the body includes a housing oriented transversely relative to the control pipe, the housing being open towards the outside at one end, and closed at the other end by a bottom including a suction opening and a discharge opening, the diaphragm being positioned close to the bottom, and held by a cap engaged in the housing, the cap having a recess forming the control chamber, linked to a passage communicating with the control pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: DOSATRON INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Sebastien Furet, Christophe Charriere, Philippe Duquennoy
  • Patent number: 10240595
    Abstract: A method for operating a device for providing a liquid additive includes feeding the liquid additive along a feeding path. The feeding path has at least one first portion in which a peristaltic pump is disposed. The pump, in particular, has a reversible feeding direction and can be damaged by deposits discharged from the liquid additive. The feeding path also has at least one second portion in which a component susceptible to freezing is disposed. At first liquid additive is fed along the feeding path of the device. Subsequently, the feeding of the liquid additive is stopped. The feeding path is then partially emptied in such a way that liquid additive remains in the at least one first portion of the feeding path while the at least one second portion is emptied. A device for providing a liquid additive is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Rolf Brueck, Jan Hodgson
  • Patent number: 10240527
    Abstract: An exhaust-gas turbocharger (1) with a bearing housing (2), a bearing cartridge (8) inserted into the bearing housing (2), a shaft (7) which is mounted in the bearing cartridge (8) and which extends in an axial direction, a bearing housing cover (9) which is connected to the bearing housing (2), a turbine wheel (5) which is arranged on the shaft (7), and a compressor wheel (6) which is arranged on the shaft (7), wherein the bearing housing cover (9) is connected directly to the bearing cartridge (8) in order to secure the bearing cartridge (8) in the axial direction and against rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Silvio Koch
  • Patent number: 10240604
    Abstract: A pumping system for at least one aquatic application controlled by a user. The pumping system includes a pump and a motor disposed in a first housing and coupled to the pump. A user interface is associated with a second housing, the second housing defined by a base portion shaped to interact with the first housing and a user interface portion that carries a plurality of control buttons, wherein the second housing is selectively positionable among a plurality of positions relative to the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc., Danfoss Power Electronics A/S
    Inventors: Robert W. Stiles, Jr., Lars Hoffmann Berthelsen, Ronald B. Robol, Christopher Yahnker, Daniel J. Hruby, Kevin Murphy, Einar Kjartan Runarsson, Arne Fink Hansen, Florin Lungeanu, Peter Westermann-Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10240596
    Abstract: The pump unit (10) has a particularly simple design, which includes just two housing parts (14, 15) and also four valve closure members (37) and pump pistons (25, 29). The valve closure members (37) are preferably identical to one another and are trapped in a pocket between both housing parts (14, 15). The housing parts (14, 15) are preferably permanently interconnected by an ultrasonic weld seam. The valve closure members are formed by disc-like or plate-like plastic parts, which are resilient per se and which may optionally have a central pin (42) as an assembly and orientation aid. As desired, the valve closure members bear against their respective valve seat (43) with or without bias and form valves which open and close particularly reliably, are responsive to the slowest flow velocities and can be easily sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Erbe Elektromedizin GmbH
    Inventor: Waldemar Wandel
  • Patent number: 10240606
    Abstract: A pumping system for moving water of a swimming pool includes a water pump, a variable speed motor, and an arrangement for controlling the variable speed motor. The pumping system further includes an auxiliary device operably connected to the arrangement for controlling, which is capable of receiving a parameter from the auxiliary device. The arrangement for controlling is capable of independently controlling the variable speed motor without receipt of a parameter from the auxiliary device. In addition or alternatively, the arrangement for controlling is operable to selectively alter operation of the motor based upon the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc., Danfoss Drives A/S
    Inventors: Robert W. Stiles, Jr., Lars Hoffmann Berthelsen, Ronald B. Robol, Christopher R. Yahnker, Daniel J. Hruby, Kevin Murphy, Edward Brown, David MacCallum, Dennis Dunn, Kenneth Clack, Einar Kjartan Runarsson, Alberto Morando
  • Patent number: 10240593
    Abstract: Controlling the operation of a jockey pump in a fire pump system including a jockey pump controller which includes an electronic circuit board configured to receive a signal indicating a pressure value, and compares the pressure value to a threshold for initiating operation of the jockey pump. The jockey pump controller may further include memory configured to store event statistics indicating information regarding past operation of the jockey pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ASCO Power Technologies, L.P.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Stephens
  • Patent number: 10240605
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for controlling a pump, such as a submersible pump intended for pumping water, including a pump and a separate electronic control unit connected to the pump by an electrical cable. The control unit is adapted to be detachably connected to the pump. The control unit is adapted to allow the pump's power supply to pass through the control unit. An electronic controller is arranged in the pump for controlling at least one of the pump's functions and/or monitoring at least one of the pump's operating conditions. The pump and the control unit are adapted to communicate with each other and transmitting signals, including necessary control and/or monitoring information/data, between each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sulzer Management AG
    Inventors: Niklas Magnusson, Nils Hökby
  • Patent number: 10233735
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a linear motor (e.g., for an ESP), where the motor's mover moves in a reciprocating motion within a bore of the stator. Hard stops are located at the ends of the bore. The motor has a first set of sensors in the stator positioned proximate to the bore. When the mover moves in the bore, the sensors produce corresponding output signals, except when the mover is in a position near, but not in contact with a hard stop. While the sensors produce output signals, the motor is driven in a first direction toward the hard stop. When the sensors stop producing the output signals, the mover has reached the first position, and the motor is controlled to reverse the direction of the mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Nathan Etter, David L. Garrett, Gary Williams
  • Patent number: 10227966
    Abstract: A pump assembly includes a chamber, a compressible conduit along a periphery of the chamber, an elongated sun member within the chamber, and an elongated planet member arranged to orbit around the sun member. The sun member includes a first portion at one axial end having a gear and a second portion at the other axial end. The planet member includes a first portion at one axial end with a gear engaged with the gear of the sun member and a second portion at the other axial end configured to be engaged with a section of the compressible conduit to constrict the section. The first portion has a different texture from the second portion, and teeth of the gears on either the sun member or the planet member are retained in an axial direction by the second portion of the other of the sun member and planet member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Intelligent Energy Limited
    Inventor: Alexander David Norman
  • Patent number: 10227985
    Abstract: A motor-driven centrifugal pump for circulating a coolant in a primary circuit of a nuclear reactor comprises a sealed motor unit, a hydraulic part and a shaft which is immersed in the coolant, turned by the sealed motor unit and pumping the coolant by means of an impeller of the hydraulic part secured to the shaft; the motor unit comprising a dry stator and an immersed rotor mounted securely on the shaft. The motor-driven pump also comprises an immersed flywheel mounted securely on the shaft between the rotor of the motor unit and the impeller of the hydraulic part, allowing a minimum slowing-down time after the electrical power supply is cut; the flywheel comprising a vaned wheel generating a circulation of the coolant to cool the motor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CLYDE UNION S.A.S.
    Inventors: Stéphane Mauvais, Bruno Soudy, Cécile Bras, Sylvain Stihle, Olivier Caregnato
  • Patent number: 10227971
    Abstract: A flow control apparatus adapted to load a feeding set having an upstream side and a downstream side including a housing capable of receiving at least a portion of the feeding set. A pumping device contacts the feeding set when the feeding set is received by the housing so the pumping device acts on the feeding set to produce fluid flow in the feeding set for delivery of fluid to a subject. An ultrasonic sensor is arranged with respect to the pumping device to detect a change in pressure in the downstream side of the feeding set when the feeding set is loaded on the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: KPR U.S., LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Hudson
  • Patent number: 10215180
    Abstract: An electric fan includes a plurality of blades and an electric motor for rotating the blades. The electric motor includes a stator and a rotor rotatable relative to the stator about an axis. The rotor includes a backing ring and a diecast rotor can. The can includes a non-machined sidewall that is diecast integrally as part of the rotor can. The sidewall extends about the axis. The rotor can is diecast in an overlying relationship with at least part of the backing ring, with the sidewall and backing ring being securely interengaged so as to restrict relative shifting therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nidec Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew D. Allen, Michael W. Major