Patents Examined by Craig Schneider
  • Patent number: 10203052
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flexible pipe carcass comprising a flexible tubular wall structure comprising a helically wound wall strip; wherein interlocking sections of successive windings of said wall strip form the wall structure. The interlocking sections of adjacent wall strips define a length and are movable with respect to each other between a first position and a second, extended position for changing said length, the interlocking sections being formed such that in the extended position a carcass gap is provided between adjacent interlocking sections for accommodating relative movement there between upon flexure of the wall structure. An insert profile is located in the carcass gap of the tubular wall structure on an inside of the wall structure to at least partly cover the carcass gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Knut-Aril Farnes, Bjørn Melve
  • Patent number: 10202987
    Abstract: Embodiments of a directional valve assembly that provides a single device with functionality of a two-position design for automated operation and functionality of a three-position design for manual operation. The embodiments can include a housing with a piston chamber and a spool member that transits in the housing to regulate the flow of a working fluid to a cylinder. The embodiments can also have one or more pilot operators that regulate the flow of pilot air into the piston chamber to move the spool member between two positions, i.e., two open positions. The embodiments can also have a manual operator (e.g., a lever) that can move the spool to the open positions and to a closed position. In one embodiment, the spool member is configured to remain in either a first position, a second position, or a third position in the absence of an outside stimulus on the pilot operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Dresser, LLC
    Inventor: Lee Richard Strobel
  • Patent number: 10197072
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems and methods for releasing grey water from an aircraft sink or sump using an improved waste water air stop valve. The valves described herein allow drainage of waste water, without air leakage. Additionally, if drainage in the piping is blocked, the valves are designed to ensure that water cannot flow back into the sinks or sumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Driessen Aerospace Group N.V.
    Inventors: Remko Schiphorst, Andreas Hoogeveen
  • Patent number: 10197073
    Abstract: An axial differential pressure control valve (DPCV) having an annular body, a tubular body, a coaxial closing member for closing an outlet aperture for exit of the fluid from the tubular body, sealing separation means arranged between first and second chambers containing the return fluid and the delivery fluid, respectively, said separation means being movable axially upon activation of a thrust due to a pressure differential ?P=P1?P2 and to the spring, wherein the closing member is fixed, and further comprising pins axially arranged between the ring nut and the abutment flange of the spring, wherein the pins pass through the pipefitting so as to come into contact with the said abutment flange and are designed to be displaced axially upon operation of the ring nut independently of the fixed closing member, so as to vary the compression of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Watts Industries Italia S.R.L.
    Inventor: Alfredo Marco Cucciniello
  • Patent number: 10196116
    Abstract: A connection system, in particular for a pressure reducer of a diving regulator, the system comprising a connector (1) having a first end (2) adapted to be fastened to a pressure reducer and a second end (2?) adapted to be fastened to a valve of a compressed air cylinder, said connector (1) having an internal passage (4) extending substantially axially between said first and second ends, said internal passage (4) including a filter (5), preferably made of sintered stainless steel, and a retaining member (6a; 6b; 6c; 6c?; 6d; 6e) fastened to said second end (2?) and supporting firstly said filter (5) and secondly a main O-ring (7; 9e), said retaining member (6a; 6b; 6c; 6c?; 6d; 6e) forming an inlet opening, said system including a shutter device comprising a shutter member (9a; 9b; 9c: 9c?; 9d; 9e) that is deformable and/or movable between a shut position in which it shuts said inlet opening, and an open position in which it does not shut said inlet opening, said shutter member (9a; 9b; 9c: 9c?; 9d; 9e) being
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: R.G. S.A.S. DI ROSARIA GALLI & CO
    Inventor: Fabio Stradella
  • Patent number: 10190706
    Abstract: A flame resistant hose assembly is disclosed. The hose assembly comprises a tubular inner layer and a flame resistant layer. The tubular inner layer has an interior radial surface and an exterior radial surface and defines a longitudinal axis. The flame resistant layer is disposed about and covers the exterior radial surface of the tubular inner layer. The flame resistant layer is formed from a flame resistant material comprising a polymeric binder and expandable graphite in an amount of from about 5 to about 40 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of the flame resistant material. The flame resistant layer expands when heated to a temperature of about 220° C. or greater and maintains a post-expansion coverage of the exterior radial surface of the tubular inner layer of greater than about 95%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Kongsberg Actuation System II, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurentius Andreas Gerardus Mentink
  • Patent number: 10188886
    Abstract: A valve gear box has a valve monitoring function. The valve gear box is for mounting to a valve that has a fluid passageway and a gate therefor, the gear box providing a gear driven link for moving the gate between open and closed conditions of the fluid passageway, the valve gear box being in a housing that has a mounting for permitting operative connection to the valve via a mounting flange of the valve. The mounting and the mounting flange have a valve monitoring sensor operatively positioned therewith, the sensor being settable in one state when the mounting and the mounting flange are in assembled relationship to each other but being configured to change from the one state if there is a separation of the fastened connection of the mounting and the mounting flange, whereby a change in state from the one state can be used to monitor a separation of the assembled relationship of the mounting and the mounting flange and trigger an alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Amtron Valve Monitoring Device Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Anthony James Magee
  • Patent number: 10184466
    Abstract: An air pump includes a pumping system, a storage tank, a discharge passage, and a valve. The discharge passage includes a first section and a second section wider than the first section. The valve is movable in the discharge passage. The valve, disposed in a first position, includes a first seal end disposed in the first section and abutting a periphery thereof and includes a second seal end disposed in the second section and abutting a periphery thereof. The valve, disposed in a second position, includes the first seal end disengaging from the first section and not abutting the periphery thereof and includes the second seal end disposed in the second section and abutting the periphery thereof. The first and second seal ends respectively have first and second cross-sectional areas. The ratio of the second cross-sectional area to the first cross-sectional area is at least 2 to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Patent number: 10184594
    Abstract: A composite pipe and method of manufacture comprises an inner core coated with a resinous material, a prepreg material helically wound about the inner core and an outer shell covering the wound prepreg materials. The materials are applied at preselected melt temperatures to assure coherence among the materials and preclusion of voids and/or annuli therebetween. The melt temperature of the inner core is greater than the melt temperature of the coating and prepeg layers such that the heating needed to cohere these materials has no deleterious effect on the integrity of the inner pipe core. A cooling of the inner pipe core during initial application of the tape layer of prepreg materials stabilizes the radial configuration of the pipe core during tape wrapping and thus the appearance of undesirable voids and/or annuli in the composite pipe mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Todd A. Volker
  • Patent number: 10184578
    Abstract: The invention generally provides a static back pressure regulator. In exemplary embodiments, the static back pressure regulator includes a seat that defines part of a fluid pathway, a poppet, a spring arranged to bias the poppet toward the seat to restrict fluid flow through the fluid pathway, and a calibration element configured to adjust a force applied to the poppet by the spring. The calibration element can include a through hole that forms part of the fluid pathway. The poppet can include a first guiding portion that extends into the through hole of the calibration element and inhibits tipping of the poppet relative to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua A. Shreve, Charles T. Murphy, Paul Keenan, Ryan M. Hill, Sylvain Cormier
  • Patent number: 10179304
    Abstract: A tank fitting apparatus and method is provided. The tank fitting apparatus includes a bottom plate apparatus. The bottom plate apparatus includes a bottom plate having a bottom surface, a top surface, and a bottom plate passageway. The bottom plate apparatus further includes a bolt connected to the bottom plate and extending from the top surface of the bottom plate. The tank fitting apparatus further includes a valve apparatus. The valve apparatus includes a pipe and a valve integrally formed with the pipe. The valve is movable between an open valve position and a closed valve position. A top plate integrally formed on the pipe and extends outwardly from the pipe. The valve apparatus has a connected tank fitting position where the bolt of the bottom plate apparatus extends through the top plate of the valve apparatus to connect the valve apparatus with the bottom plate apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Craig V. Winborn
  • Patent number: 10173883
    Abstract: Provided is a connector including a plug to be fixed to an inner peripheral surface of an opening of a liquid storing container, and a socket to be detachably attached to the plug. The plug includes a plug body including, formed therein, a first liquid outflow passage, a first liquid inflow passage, and a first gas passage. The socket includes: a socket body including, formed therein, a second liquid outflow passage, a second liquid inflow passage, and a second gas passage; and a ball lock mechanism that allows lock balls to be engaged with engagement grooves formed along a circumferential direction about an axial line in an outer peripheral surface of the opening of the liquid storing container and fixes the lock balls to the engagement grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hasunuma, Masamichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10155126
    Abstract: Embodiments of a solenoid valve are provided. The solenoid valve includes a solenoid portion with a detection device, a valve body, an armature assembly, and a detection plate. The armature assembly has a first end extending through the solenoid portion and a second end extending into the valve body. The detection plate is configured to interact with the detection device to produce a signal indicating whether the solenoid portion is installed on the valve body. The solenoid portion is disposed between the valve body and the detection plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TLX Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Thomas Schwobe, Derek Arvid Dahlgren, Benjamin Nathan Shimon
  • Patent number: 10157688
    Abstract: A device for isolating, accumulating, indicating and venting gas in a fluid system pipe includes a coupling affixed to a system pipe. The coupling includes an isolation valve. A standpipe is attached to the coupling. The standpipe holds a float trapped between a flow retaining orifice and a closed upper end save for an angled hole therein that allows gas to flow around the float. An indicator exterior to the pipe indicates the float's level in the standpipe regardless of system pressure changes. A vent valve attached above the standpipe allows controlled ventilation of the gas flowing from the system pipe through the standpipe and through the vent valve. Accumulation of gas from the system pipe lowers the float in the standpipe, at which point the user vents the gas, causing the float to rise with the rising fluid level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nuccorp, Inc.
    Inventors: Willie Turner Wood, Jr., Scott J. Echerer
  • Patent number: 10156312
    Abstract: An adapter for joining a sprinkler to a pipe element has a body with outer flat surfaces and grooves that receive seals. A plug for sealing a pipe element has a cylindrical body with a circumferential groove which receives seals. Both the adapter and the plug fit within the pipe element and are secured and sealed by a deformation formed in the pipe element by a circumferential groove. The deformation mechanically engages the grooves in the body of the adapter and the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: Douglas R Dole, Wei Wang, James Van Wert
  • Patent number: 10156297
    Abstract: A sanitary high pressure valve assembly is provided. The valve assembly includes an inlet adaptor for admitting pressurized gas into a sanitary central passageway for release into a storage vessel containing granular material for the purpose of aiding flow of the granular material from the storage vessel. The valve assembly also includes an isolation chamber for housing serviceable parts that are isolated from the sanitary central passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Control Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry D. Tiffany, Paul S. Rose, Aaron G. Hall, Daniel S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10151418
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective sheath (50) for covering a fluid-transporting pipeline, comprising a flame-proof, non-inflammable layer (52) and a heat insulation layer (54) arranged beneath the non-inflammable layer, the non-inflammable layer consisting only of carbon and the heat insulation layer comprising a knitted fabric, the knitted fabric comprising a plurality of stitches and air trapped within the plurality of stitches such that the heat insulation layer comprises at least 70 vol. % of air. Furthermore, the non-inflammable layer comprises carbon fibers providing 100% coverage in order to protect the heat insulation layer from contact with flames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Thierry Colcombet
  • Patent number: 10151405
    Abstract: A valve integrated pressure regulator (VIPR) device is provided that includes a gas flow valve arrangement, a shroud and digital gauge display that can be attached or coupled to a gas cylinder, and which can monitor the amount or pressure of the gas in the gas cylinder. Features of the disclosed valve integrated pressure regulator device include an electronic control, electronic alarm and the electronic display that are powered by a battery that may be disposed within the shroud. The battery and/or electronic control are accessible via a removable access panel disposed on the front surface of the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Pamela Tebebi, Paul K. Oetinger, Lloyd A. Brown, Giancarlo Nicolini
  • Patent number: 10151098
    Abstract: There is provided a powerless back-flow prevention apparatus comprising: a body having a sewage inlet at a front thereof, a sewage outlet at a rear thereof, and a length-wise sewage channel there between; a door pivotally coupled to the body at the rear thereof to open or close the outlet, wherein the door comprises: a number of floating members arranged spacedly with each other; and a guide disposed on the floating members to pivot upwards via the floating force to close the outlet, and to pivot downwards via a gravity in an absence of the sewage back-flow to open the outlet, and, then to guide the sewage from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Jongsun Kim
  • Patent number: 10145502
    Abstract: A large-aperture spiral welded steel pipe with metal linings and a manufacturing method thereof, wherein the pipe includes a pipe body spirally winded by a main steel belt; a first lining and a second lining are arranged on a body inner wall, the first lining is spirally laminated on the main steel belt surface, the first lining width is smaller than the main steel belt width, the second lining is spirally laminated on a spiral seam formed between adjacent pipe bodies, the second lining left and right sides are respectively welded with the adjacent first lining, and the first lining and the second lining cover the inner wall of the entire body; and a reinforcement ring with a semi-closed section is spirally arranged along a body outer wall, and a spiral passage is formed between the inner wall of the reinforcement ring and the body outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Fujun Zhan