Patents Examined by Craig J. Price
  • Patent number: 10563782
    Abstract: A tire valve assembly includes a valve shaft movably inserted into a first diameter section of the outer tube. The valve shaft includes a passage and a radial hole which communicates with the passage. A first seal is mounted to the end of the valve shaft that is inserted into the outer tube and is movable relative to a shoulder in the outer tube. A guide tube is mounted to the valve shaft and has a guide portion protruding therefrom which is guided in guide groove in the outer tube. An adjustment tube is threadedly mounted to the first outer threads on the valve shaft. When rotating the adjustment tube, the valve shaft is axially movable in the outer tube to control the gap between the first seal and the shoulder in the outer tube. The gap is changeable and communicates with the radial hole and the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Legion Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne-Ian Moore
  • Patent number: 10563789
    Abstract: An apparatus for actuating a valve includes an actuator body with a central body axis and a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end having a connector selectively connectable to a valve assembly. An actuator stem extends along the central body axis. A torsional spring assembly has at least one torsional spring with a spring axis that is offset at an angle from the central body axis. A motion translator engages an inner end of the torsional spring assembly and the actuator stem, selectively converting rotation of the at least one torsional spring about the spring axis of the at least one torsional spring to linear movement of the actuator stem along the central body axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Claudia Isabella Leon, Keith M. Adams, Travis Kyle McEvoy
  • Patent number: 10563783
    Abstract: In a general aspect, a pressure regulating device helps achieve a correct inflation pressure of an inflatable object. In some aspects, an inflation device includes an inlet, and outlet, and a vent port. The inflation device also includes one or more interior surfaces that define a gas-delivery pathway fluidly-coupling the inlet and the outlet. A flow restriction is disposed along the gas-delivery pathway between the inlet and the outlet. Moreover, an opening is disposed along the gas-delivery pathway adjacent the flow restriction and downstream thereof. The inflation device also includes a gas-exhaust pathway fluidly-coupling the opening and the vent port. A first chamber of the gas-exhaust pathway is in fluid communication with the opening, and a second chamber of the gas-exhaust pathway is in fluid communication with the vent port. A pressure-relief valve is configured to control gas flow between the first chamber and the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Innoflate, LLC
    Inventor: Grahm Collins Roach
  • Patent number: 10557466
    Abstract: A depressurizing device includes a valve base, a first valve, a flexible member, and a top cover. The valve base has a pressure chamber and an outgassing chamber. Top and bottom surfaces of the pressure chamber have an opening and a first valve port respectively. The first valve is located in the pressure chamber and covers the first valve port. The flexible member is disposed on the valve base and has a depressurizing valve and a first outgassing port, the depressurizing valve covers the opening, and the first outgassing port is communicated with the outgassing chamber. A first outgassing channel is at least formed on the flexible member and communicates the pressure chamber to the outside of the valve base. The top cover is disposed on the flexible member and has a first depressurizing port and a second outgassing port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: KOGE MICRO TECH CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chih Chang, Shu-Hong Lin
  • Patent number: 10550862
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides, in a first aspect, a pressure-controlled 2-way flow control valve for hydraulic applications, wherein the 2-way flow control valve has applied thereto a first pressure signal in the closing direction of the 2-way flow control valve by means of a first output-side tapping and a second pressure signal in the opening direction by means of an LS pressure reporting duct. A pressure signal corrupting the first or second pressure signal is applied to the 2-way flow control valve in the closing or opening direction by means of a second tapping which is effective at least over part of the control stroke of the 2-way flow control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: HAWE HYDRAULIK SE
    Inventors: Thomas Wechsel, Martin Heusser
  • Patent number: 10550719
    Abstract: A trip system for a steam turbine closes a trip-and-throttle valve and a control valve of a steam turbine in an emergency. The trip system includes: an emergency shut-off device that shuts off supply of control oil for the trip-and-throttle valve and the control valve to close the trip-and-throttle valve and the control valve; and a drain device that includes a plurality of solenoid valves connected in parallel and drains the control oil by opening the solenoid valves. The emergency shut-off device includes a cylinder, a piston that slides in the cylinder, a spring that applies biasing force to the piston, a plurality of piston valves provided to the piston, and a plurality of chambers formed by the piston valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COMPRESSOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken Nishitani, Abhay Jain
  • Patent number: 10544869
    Abstract: A valve, in particular a proportional pressure regulating valve, has a valve piston (12) longitudinally movable in a valve housing (10) for alternately releasing and connecting a user connection (A) to a pressure supply port (P) or a tank connection (T). The valve piston can be actuated by an actuating magnet (14) that produces a dither signal during operation. The valve piston (12) reaches a floating position within the valve housing (10) by a hydraulic lift limitation for the receipt of the dither signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: HYDAC FLUIDTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Bruck
  • Patent number: 10544877
    Abstract: A pressure regulating valve includes a housing, control slide valve, coupling rod, armature, outlet port, and pressure transmission pin. The armature demarcates a first fluid space and a second fluid space from each other. The rod extends with a constant first outer cross-sectional shape in a direction of a longitudinal axis, and at least partially demarcates a third fluid space that fluidically connects the first fluid space to the outlet port. The pin extends with a constant second outer cross-sectional shape in the direction of the longitudinal axis, and at least partially delimits the third fluid space. The pin is positioned so that one end facing toward the armature projects into the control slide valve, and another end facing away from the armature is at least indirectly supported against the housing. A hydraulically effective area of the second shape is larger than a hydraulically effective area of the first shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Liebhart Zaiser
  • Patent number: 10533542
    Abstract: A rapidly modulated hydraulic supply is disclosed. The rapidly modulated hydraulic supply can include a chamber for receiving fluid. The rapidly modulated hydraulic supply can also include a displacement member operable to displace the fluid from the chamber. In addition, the rapidly modulated hydraulic supply can include a flow modulation system operable to vary the flow rate of the fluid output from the chamber. A first flow rate corresponds to a first output pressure, and is different from a second flow rate corresponding to a second output pressure for a like movement of the displacement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sarcos LC
    Inventors: Fraser M. Smith, Marc X. Olivier, Shane Olsen
  • Patent number: 10520104
    Abstract: A fuel cutoff valve has: a valve mechanism that cuts off a communication between a fuel tank and a canister; an upper space defined above the valve mechanism; a tube body that has a tube passage to be communicated with the upper space and introduces a fuel gas to the canister; a retaining chamber defined by a first fuel shielding portion and a second fuel shielding portion to retain a liquid fuel stored in the upper space; a liquid reservoir portion defined between the tube body and the first fuel shielding portion to store the liquid fuel flowing out of the retaining chamber; and a communication portion through which the retaining chamber communicates with the liquid reservoir portion; wherein the communication portion is formed at a position deviated from the tube body so as not to overlap the tube body, when the tube body is seen in its axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Ogiwara, Yuki Koga
  • Patent number: 10522278
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pneumatic solenoid valve comprising an air chamber with multiple air connections which can be connected via multiple switching positions of the valve by interconnecting the air chamber. The valve comprises a magnetic coil, a yoke arranged on the coil, and an armature arranged about the yoke and able to move relative to the yoke, all within the air chamber. When the coil is energized, the magnetic force generated rotates the armature about a single axis of rotation against a restoring force, until the magnetic force corresponds to the restoring force. When the armature rotates, the size of at least one overlapping region between the yoke and the armature changes, wherein an air gap is formed between the yoke and the armature. The distance of the air gap between the yoke and the armature remains substantially constant in the direction of rotation of the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Beuschel, Markus Ziegelmeier, Stefan Bauer, Alexander Kerler, Martin Kolbinger, Holger Fernengel
  • Patent number: 10512768
    Abstract: A clamp device for a flexible tube which can minimize the sealing area and prevent leakage of fluid and achieve easy release of the clamp device of a flexible tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Nikkiso Company Limited
    Inventors: Daiki Tsukamoto, Ryo Kato
  • Patent number: 10514122
    Abstract: Wildfire water-supply hose having a QD nozzle with an outer sleeve adapted to engage a firefighter's backpack water bladder's QD connector. The combination male QD nozzle/female QD system permits rapid and easier bottom-up filling of the bladders without dismounting the tank from the firefighter's back, by inserting the QD nozzle into the female QD fitting on the bottom of the backpack bladder. The QD nozzle tip is long enough to open the internal spring-biased shut-off valve in the female QD connector when inserted. Upon opening the supply line valve, water flows into the backpack bladder until full. The supply valve is closed and the QD nozzle is withdrawn from the bladder female QD connector. Rotation of the QD nozzle outer sleeve controls water flow from stream, to spray to mist. The QD nozzle is also used with other types of nozzles on dual fittings having 3-way valves, e.g., fog nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: John M. DeLuna
  • Patent number: 10514106
    Abstract: A valve assembly for operation within a valve body of a pump includes an axial centerline, a poppet guide having a stem, and a poppet slidingly coupled to the poppet guide so that the poppet and the poppet guide define an internal cavity. The valve assembly also includes a flexible poppet guide mounting system coupled to the poppet guide and the poppet and includes a variable-area flow restrictor in fluid communication with the internal cavity. The flexible poppet guide mounting system is configured to support the poppet guide and the poppet for lateral and axial movement of the poppet guide and the poppet relative to the axial centerline. The poppet is movable relative to the poppet guide to adjust the volume of the internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Adrian Marica
  • Patent number: 10508748
    Abstract: There is provided a control valve including a casing, a rotor that has a rotary shaft rotatably supported by the casing via bushings, and a sealing ring that is disposed on an inner side of each bushing in an axial direction. Both end portions of the rotary shaft are formed into stepped shapes which respectively come into contact with the bushings from the inner side in the axial direction. Areas of both the end portions of the rotary shaft projected in the axial direction are set to be equal to each other. Penetration holes which allow portions on outer sides of the sealing rings in the axial direction to be open to the atmosphere are respectively formed on a bottom wall portion and a lid body of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akifumi Ozeki, Toshihito Nagai
  • Patent number: 10508746
    Abstract: A spool for a spool valve having a longitudinal axis (L). The spool comprising: a plurality of lands each having a substantially radially extending metering edge and an axially extending circumferential surface; a plurality of grooves separating each of the plurality of the lands; and a guiding section located axially between at least one land and an adjacent groove. The guiding section comprising a plurality of circumferentially spaced guiding surfaces being substantially flush and contiguous with the circumferential surface of the land, wherein the guiding section allows fluid communication between the groove and the metering edge of the land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marcin Cis, Dominik Gunia
  • Patent number: 10508745
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes an upper sleeve, a lower sleeve, and a poppet contained between the upper and lower sleeve and operable between a first and second position. The poppet includes a first end, a second end, a side, a central cavity, and a hydraulic port. The second end is spaced from the first end, the side is adjacent one of the first end and the second end. The central cavity extends from the first end of the poppet towards the second end of the poppet. The hydraulic port extends from the side of the poppet into the central cavity. The hydraulic port is configured to receive hydraulic fluid at a first flow rate from the supply port and to supply hydraulic fluid to the central cavity at a second flow rate less than the first flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: THE OILGEAR COMPANY
    Inventors: Frank Groves, Josh Groves, Tyler Zawacki, Zach Beery
  • Patent number: 10508964
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a valve body with an interior cavity and one or more supply ports, a control port, and an exhaust port each fluidly connected to the interior cavity. An armature assembly is movable within the interior cavity from a first position to a second position in response to the coil being energized. In some configurations, a regulator body, which is connected to the valve body, has an exhaust passage fluidly connected to the exhaust port. A regulator valve in the regulator body prevents fluid flow out of the exhaust passage when fluid pressure on the regulator valve is at or below a pilot pressure. The regulator valve permits fluid flow out of the exhaust passage when fluid pressure on the regulator valve is greater than the pilot pressure. The valve body is configured to provide fluid from the supply port/ports to the control port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Steven L. Ambrose, Daniel Bamber, Robert A. Dayton
  • Patent number: 10508751
    Abstract: A pilot valve includes a housing, a motor secured in the housing and including a rotating output shaft, and a rocker disposed in the housing and coupled with the motor via a cam mechanism. The rocker is pivotable between a CLOSED position and an OPEN position by operation of the motor. The rocker includes a left-side boss and a right-side boss that are positioned in a path of the cam mechanism, where the left- and right-side bosses serve as cam stops in the CLOSED and OPEN positions, respectively. The housing may include features to better secure the motor, and the assembly may be configured to prevent unintended changes of state during periods of nonuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NELSON IRRIGATION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Meade M. Neal
  • Patent number: 10502350
    Abstract: A quick water intake device comprises a tubular main body. The main body has a channel, and a first seal core, and an elastic piece. Under the action of the elastic piece, the first seal core can block the channel. A second seal core is also slidably arranged inside the main body. The second seal core is located between the first seal core and an outlet end of the main body, and when subjected to forces, the second seal core can move toward the first seal core and drives the first seal core to compress the elastic piece. A sealing structure arranged between an outer wall of the second seal core and an inner wall of the main body can form a seal between an outer wall of the second seal core and the main body to block the channel when the second seal core moves toward the outlet end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Yuhuan Haolixin Copper Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daoze Xu