Patents Examined by Craig J. Price
  • Patent number: 10926591
    Abstract: An inflation system for tubeless bicycle tires may include a valve, a sealant canister, a pump head, and/or a valve core adapter. The valve, sealant canister, and pump head may collectively facilitate sealant injection into a tire by a user. The valve has an external valve seat, and includes a valve body, a valve stem extending through the length of the valve body, and a retaining mechanism for the valve stem disposed interior to the valve body. The valve stem is configured to move relative to the valve body, such that a resilient seating surface disposed at a proximal end of the valve stem is displaced relative to a valve seat formed by an exterior surface of a proximal end of the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Santa Cruz Bicycles, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Robert Courtney, James Mathew Amaral
  • Patent number: 10914304
    Abstract: A pneumatic timing valve includes a spool and seal system having a first seal cartridge and a spool. The first seal cartridge has an annular body with radial ports. The spool is positioned within the first seal cartridge and movable between a first and second position. The spool has a central bore and radial ports that intersect the central bore. The radial ports of the spool complement the radial ports of the seal cartridge. The seal cartridge radial ports, the spool radial ports, and the central bore of the spool define fluid flow passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob K. Krech, Corey D. Meyer, David J. Allie, Daniel J. Rogers, Derek R. Shaw, John R. Ingebrand, Joseph A. Daniski
  • Patent number: 10883616
    Abstract: A control valve for a cam phaser of an internal combustion engine, the control valve including a cylindrical housing, including a first operating connection, a second operating connection, a supply connection, and a tank drain connection configured to drain a hydraulic fluid; a control piston device, including a control piston, a piston shaft, a first check valve, and a second check valve; wherein the control piston device is arranged in the housing and movable by an actuator in an axial direction of the housing, wherein the first check valve is configured with a first piston disc and the second check valve is configured with a second piston disc and the first piston disc and the second piston disc are arranged offset from each other by a torsion spring so that a control chamber is formed between the first piston disc and the second piston disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: ECO Holding 1 GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel Stanhope
  • Patent number: 10883493
    Abstract: An air release and pump primer attachable to a swimming pool pump is configured to permit the manual release of air trapped inside a pool pump while permitting the pump to be manually primed with fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Jayson Walden
  • Patent number: 10837570
    Abstract: A valve for closing a fluid line, comprising: an inlet element with an inlet line; an outlet element with an outlet line; a closing element which, in a first state, allows a fluid passage between the inlet line and the outlet line and which, in a second state, closes the fluid passage, wherein the closing element, in the first state, is fixedly connected to the inlet element or the outlet element and, in the second state, is detached from the inlet element or the outlet element; an actuator which, when actuated, is configured to move the closing element from the first state towards the second state; and a pretension element which is pretensioned and is configured to move the closing element into the second state after actuation of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ARIANEGROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Stephan Kraus, Thomas Maier, Markus Wolf, Georg Schulte
  • Patent number: 10828982
    Abstract: A fuel tank system constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a saddle fuel tank, a control module, a first and second solenoid, and a first and second vent line. The saddle fuel tank can have a first lobe and a second lobe. The first vent line can have a first vent port located in the first lobe of the saddle fuel tank. The first solenoid is configured to open and close the first vent port. The second vent line can have a second vent port located in the second lobe of the saddle fuel tank. The second solenoid is configured to open and close the second vent port. The control module sends a signal to the first and second solenoids to close the first and second vents upon reaching a full fuel condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills
  • Patent number: 10823309
    Abstract: Retractable handle assembly used in a valve of an Intermediate bulk container (IBC) includes a valve body, a valve core, and a valve stem. The valve stem is used to drive the valve core to move so as to open/close the valve. The handle of the handle assembly is connected to the valve stem and can be rotated around the central rotating axis of the valve stem. When the valve needs to be opened/closed, the handle is rotated around the central rotating axis to a deployed state to open/close the valve. The handle is rotated around the central rotating axis to a retracted state so as to reduce the space occupied by the valve for the valve to be welded to the liner bag or installed to IBC. The handle can be switched between a deployed state and a retracted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI HONGYAN RETURNABLE TRANSIT PACKAGINGS CO. LTD
    Inventors: Zhengwei Fang, Zuocheng Qian, Kai Gong, Qingxin Liao
  • Patent number: 10816096
    Abstract: To achieve a compactly designed, simple and robust control valve for a hydrodynamic torque generator which is linear over a wide adjustment range, the control channel (12) of the control valve is formed in such a way that a substantially linear relationship between valve position (?) and flow ({dot over (V)}) is achieved by rotating the valve body (6) between a first valve position (?1), which differs from the closed position, and a second valve position (?2) with a larger flow ({dot over (V)}) than in the first position (?1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: AVL List GmbH
    Inventors: Johann Eitzinger, Hannes Gruber, Martin Monschein
  • Patent number: 10806105
    Abstract: A spray boom includes a body having a length defined a first end and a second end thereof. The body is formed by a plurality of layers of composite material adapted to be molded together to form an inner surface and an outer surface. A hollow cavity is defined in the body internally of the inner surface, and a channel is formed in the body between the inner surface and the outer surface. The channel extends along the length and is defined between the first end and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Patrick M. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10801629
    Abstract: A solenoid device includes a yoke, a core, a shaft, a bobbin, a coil, a plunger, a lid, and a housing. A housing body part of the housing has a first opening; a cylindrical first inner wall part having a first step part extending toward the outer side in the radial direction; and a cylindrical second inner wall part having a second step part extending toward the outer side in the radial direction. A first cylindrical part has a first flange part. The outer diameter of the first flange part is larger than the inner diameter of the first inner wall part and smaller than the inner diameter of the second inner wall part. A circumferential end part of the first flange part contacts the second step part. The lid is non-magnetic, and a circumferential edge part is held between the first step part and the first flange part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Kuramochi, Weiming Chen, Tomohiro Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10801751
    Abstract: A system and method of operating a water supply system with one or more water consuming appliances is provided. The water supply system includes a hot water heater for supplying a flow of heated water through a supply conduit to at least one water consuming appliance. The water consuming appliance receives the flow of heated water and provides an indication of a fault condition if excessive water accumulates in the appliance, which might indicate a malfunction with a drain pump or a water supply valve. A safety shutoff valve is positioned on the supply conduit and is in operative communication with the water consuming appliance. The safety shutoff valve is configured for stopping the flow of heated water when it receives the indication of the fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Joseph Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10794513
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to an overload protection valve for automatic release of a load. The valve may include an outer housing having an end wall, a cam, and inner slide, and an overload spring. The inner slide may include a side wall, a shelf area, an internal barrier, an inlet and an outlet. Each of the inlet and outlet may include an opening through the side wall, and the inlet and the outlet may be separated by the internal barrier. The overload spring may be arranged between the end wall and the shelf area, and may define a load on the valve which will cause the valve to open. The cam may be configured such that when the valve is closed, the defined load will cause the cam to rotate thereby allowing the openings of the inlet and outlet to be in fluid communication and open the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Loon LLC
    Inventor: Mathew Tabor
  • Patent number: 10781804
    Abstract: A displacement control valve is provided for discharging liquid refrigerant in a control chamber at startup and achieves a reduction in startup time and an improvement in operating efficiency during control of a variable displacement compressor simultaneously. The opening area between communicating holes in a third valve section and a third valve seat surface in a control area to control the flow rate or pressure in a working control chamber is set smaller than the area of auxiliary communicating passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Higashidozono, Masahiro Hayama, Kohei Fukudome, Daichi Kurihara
  • Patent number: 10781806
    Abstract: A compressor valve may include a guard and a seat affixed thereto. The seat may have an inlet surface and an outlet surface opposite the inlet surface. A reconditioning limit indicator may be defined by or adjacent the outlet surface. The reconditioning limit indicator may be indicative of a maximum amount of material of the seat removable from the outlet surface during reconditioning of the seat. The reconditioning limit indicator may be a groove defined by the outer cylindrical surface of the seat, a portion of the outer cylindrical surface of the seat adjacent the outlet surface and having an outer diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the seat, or a predetermined shape of a predetermined depth machined on the outlet surface of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: DRESSER-RAND COMPANY
    Inventors: Glenn D. Hatch, Joel T. Sanford, Jeffrey Pennypacker
  • Patent number: 10781936
    Abstract: A valve has a valve housing in which a closure element having at least one sleeve section is movable along its sleeve longitudinal axis by an actuator to open and close a fluid connection between a fluid inlet and outlet. The actuator has stationary and movable parts relative to the valve housing. At least the movable parts and the closure element are arranged entirely within an enclosed fluid space between the fluid inlet and outlet. To close the fluid connection spaced first and second seal devices of a double-sealed seat are in sealing contact with equally-spaced first and second counter-seal devices on the valve housing along first and second closed seating lines, respectively. With regard to the at least one double-seal seat, the ratio between first and second areas enclosed by first and second sealing lines in projection along the sleeve longitudinal axis, respectively, is between 6/10 and 10/6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Eugen Seitz AG
    Inventors: Marcel Ramsperger, Guenter Morawietz
  • Patent number: 10774933
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a housing having an inlet and an outlet spaced from each other, a first chamber defining the inlet, a second chamber defining the outlet, and a valve seat disposed between the first and second chambers, wherein fluid communicates between the first and second chambers. A valve head is disposed in the housing and moveable relative to the housing between an open position spaced from the valve seat and a closed position engaged with the valve seat. A valve stem is coupled to the valve head for moving the valve head between the open and closed positions. The valve stem is coupled to the valve head and rotatably and reciprocally movable for moving the valve head between the open and closed positions. A retainer plate is coupled to the valve head and a valve seal is disposed between the valve head and the retainer plate. The valve head includes an integrally formed rivet that secures the retainer plate to the valve head, thereby retaining the valve seal to the valve head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Marshall Excelsior Co.
    Inventors: James C. Zuck, Alex L. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10766760
    Abstract: In an example, a method of supplying fuel to a fuel tank of a vehicle includes supplying, via a fuel line, fuel to a fuel tank of a vehicle at an initial rate of fuel flow, which causes an electrostatic charge to accumulate on a surface of the fuel in the fuel tank. The method also includes exposing an air medium in the fuel tank to ionizing radiation to increase a level of ionization of an air medium in the fuel tank and increase a rate of dissipation of the electrostatic charge. The method includes determining the level of ionization of the air medium in the fuel tank, and determining an increased rate of fuel flow based on a difference between the determined level of ionization and a baseline level of ionization. The method further includes supplying the fuel to the fuel tank at the increased rate of fuel flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian Tillotson, Carol Elizabeth Anway
  • Patent number: 10767766
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a fluid valve assembly with an outlet base dimensioned to be positioned through a drain in a fluid tank, and a float assembly including a moveable float. The moveable float can form a fluid-tight seal at a first end when the moveable float is coupled to the outlet base, and a flow opening when the moveable float is at least partially decoupled from the outlet base. Some embodiments include a housing positioned with the moveable float, where the housing encloses a suction device coupled to a moveable piston. Some embodiments include an actuable diaphragm positioned in the outlet base, and a compressed air tube or passageway coupled to one side the actuable diaphragm. In some embodiments, the actuable diaphragm is configured and arranged to be actuated by compressed air to move the moveable piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FLUIDMASTER, INC.
    Inventors: Tuan Le, Joseph Han
  • Patent number: 10767802
    Abstract: Provided is a plug device which includes: a body portion; and a valve element portion. A fluid flow passage is formed in the body portion. The fluid flow passage extends along an axis, and has a valve hole at one end thereof. The valve element portion is accommodated in the body portion in an advancing and retracting manner along the axis. A proximal end portion of the valve element portion is made of a conductive fluororesin material containing a fluororesin material and carbon nanotubes dispersed in the fluororesin material. The proximal end portion is conductive with a conductive member maintained at a ground potential. A volume resistivity of the conductive fluororesin material falls within a range of larger than 1.0x×103 ?·cm and less than 1.0×104 ?·cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Hasunuma
  • Patent number: 10753250
    Abstract: An improved venting and/or air admission valve for an operating fluid reservoir, wherein different shutoff levels (SOH) can be achieved. The venting and/or air admission valve is distinguished by the fact that it comprises an adapter, which can be fastened on an operating fluid reservoir wall, and that a valve housing of the venting and/or air admission valve can be fastened on the adapter in such a way that the adapter is arranged between the operating fluid reservoir wall and the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Poul Hedevang