Patents Examined by Craig Schneider
  • Patent number: 10054237
    Abstract: A breakaway coupling includes a body and a valve assembly inside the body. The body includes a fluid conduit and a shear groove between first and second portions. The shear groove is designed to crack, break, or separate under certain conditions. The valve assembly is designed to shut off fluid flow through the fluid conduit when the shear groove cracks, breaks, or separates. The valve assembly includes a valve seat, a sealing element, one or more pins, and a biasing member. The one or more pins hold the sealing element in an open position while the shear groove is in tack, and allow the sealing element to move to a closed position (with the help of the biasing member) in the event the shear groove cracks, breaks, or separates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: OPW-ENGINEERED SYSTEMS, INC., OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, NFP
    Inventors: Joseph P Roth, Michael Crum, Dennis R. Jarnecke, Krzysztof Wejdman, Narendar Venkatachalapathy
  • Patent number: 10053267
    Abstract: A method including the following steps: placing a rear locking collar (62) around an outer ply (25), placing a first shaping guide (82) for shaping the folding of the end segments (32) of the outer ply (25); folding the end segments (32) of the outer ply (25) rearwards, folding the end segments (32) of an inner ply (24) rearwards. Before the step for folding the end segments (32) of the inner ply (24) rearwards, a second shaping guide (84) is placed for shaping the folding of the end segments (32) of the inner ply (24), a second shaping guide (84) being separate from the first shaping guide (82), the end segments (32) of the inner ply (24) bearing on the second shaping guide (84) after the folding step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventors: Benjamin Le Blan, German Bruno, Grégory Peckeu, Antoine Colmard
  • Patent number: 10054236
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally include a pressure relief system and methods of use, in which an apparatus includes an upper chamber fluidly connected to a pressurized fluid source, a lower chamber having an inlet and an outlet, a vertically moveable plate intermediate the chambers and disposed within a plate support, and connected to the plate by a vertical shaft, a vertically actuating lower chamber inlet valve including an inlet seal. Pressure relief is accomplished by controlling fluid pressure in the upper chamber such that varying downward force on the plate and therefore, via the shaft, the inlet seal, allows for selective opening/closing of the inlet valve as a function of upper chamber fluid pressure relative to the pressure exerted from a fluid source for which pressure relief is desired, beneath the inlet seal, whereby over-pressured fluid entering the lower chamber via the inlet is vented out the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10047869
    Abstract: A rotary valve comprising a stator with an inner stator face, and a rotor with an inner rotor face arranged in sealing contact with the inner stator face, the rotor is rotatably movable to a plurality of rotor positions about a rotational axis relative to the inner stator face, the stator comprises a plurality of connection ports each being in fluidic contact with a corresponding valve orifice at the inner stator face and the rotor comprises two or more interconnection paths for selective fluidic interconnection of said valve orifices with respect to the rotor position, wherein the stator comprises, an inlet port, an outlet port, a component feed port, a component return port, and wherein the interconnection paths in the rotor are arranged to: —in a first rotor position interconnect the inlet port with the outlet port, —in a second rotor position interconnect the inlet port with the component feed port and the component return port with the outlet port, —in a third rotor position interconnect the inlet port w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Olle Bjernulf, Christer Olof Eriksson
  • Patent number: 10047876
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flow apparatus (10) for a vessel storing fluid under pressure having a flow control valve (12) having a housing (14) and an outlet aperture (16) and further including a valve seat (18) and a sealing member (20) for sealing against said seat (18) such as to obturate said outlet (16), said apparatus further including an actuator (22) connected to said sealing member (20) for moving it between an open position of the valve in which it unobturates the outlet aperture (16) and a closed position in which it obturates said outlet, characterized by an electrical switch (24) for controlling the supply of electrical current to one or more electrical components (25) and wherein said switch is operably connected to said sealing member (20) to allow for the passage of current when said valve (12) is in a first position and to restrict the flow of current when said valve (12) is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Piers Lambert, George Gregory, Oliver Gobold
  • Patent number: 10041029
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing fluid includes a vessel provided with a sidewall including a passage and at least partially defining an interior compartment. A drain tube positioned in the interior compartment may drain fluid through the passage in the sidewall. The drain tube may be angled, and arranged such that the end in the interior compartment may be adapted for movement as the result of manipulation of a structure, such as a coupler, external to the interior compartment. Accordingly, the drain tube may be positioned along the sidewall at a reference point for movement between a first position for draining fluid above the reference point and a second position for draining fluid below the reference point. An indexing feature may also be provided for incrementally adjusting the position of the drain tube, along with an associated tool to facilitate the adjustment. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PALL LIFE SCIENCES BELGIUM
    Inventors: Patrick Dujardin, Steven Vanhamel, Matthew Kusz
  • Patent number: 10041605
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a pneumatic valve for vehicle. The pneumatic valve includes: a valve housing having a flow passage through which air flows; a core fixed to the center of the flow passage; a plunger that is disposed to face an end of the core and moves along the flow passage; and a damper made of an elastic material that is disposed at one end of the plunger facing the end of the core, and comes into contact with the end of the core by movement of the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED, INZICONTROLS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sin Jeong Kang, Sung Hoon Kim, Jong Dae Im, Taek Seung Kim, Kwang Bok Park, Jeong Dae Kim
  • Patent number: 10041265
    Abstract: Detailed are actuators especially useful in connection with valves forming parts of water-recirculation systems of pools or spas. Transit times of components of the actuators may be measured or otherwise determined and signals sent to the actuators to cease movement of the components between boundary positions. Consequently, dynamic adjustment of the valving capabilities of the systems may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Dindo Uy, Eusebio Domingo Bareng
  • Patent number: 10041602
    Abstract: An axial flow regulator includes a lateral access port through a portion of the valve body that provides access to a valve seat assembly and/or other portions of the valve trim without having to remove or uncouple the outlet flange or the inlet flange from the adjacent pipe sections. The lateral access port may extend through an outlet flange portion of the valve body and is configured to allow a valve seat assembly to be laterally inserted into and removed from the outlet flange. A valve seat assembly which may be configured for installation in the axial flow regulator includes a pad holder and a support ring for the pad holder that is separable from the pad holder. The pad holder may have alignment struts projecting radially outwardly from a pad support body. The support ring may include strut receivers that slidably receive the alignment struts of the pad holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: James L. Griffin, Jr., Daniel G. Roper, Douglas J. Scheffler, Harold J. McKinney, Matthew W. Hanusa
  • Patent number: 10041389
    Abstract: A housing for fluidically connecting an exhaust gas line to an exhaust gas heat exchanger, wherein the main flow channel of the housing extends in the direction of a central axis (X), from an inlet opening to an outlet opening, with an average flow cross section (SQ). In the main flow channel, at least one opening is provided in the housing for a valve shaft, and on the housing, at least one bypass opening formed by a connecting piece is provided between the inlet opening and the outlet opening. The housing is formed by a maximum of two deep-drawn sub-shells made of sheet metal, wherein the connecting piece is formed circumferentially around the bypass axis (Y) for connecting an exhaust gas heat exchanger via the upper shell and/or via the lower shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: TENNECO GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Weidner, Andreas Steigert, Daniel König
  • Patent number: 10036408
    Abstract: A spool for a hydraulic spool valve, comprising: a pressure chamber for connecting a pressure line to a hydraulic cylinder; at least one return chamber for connecting the hydraulic cylinder to a reservoir; and an actuator slot for receiving a drive lever; wherein the spool further comprises a fluid path connecting said pressure chamber to said actuator slot and a pressure plate movably mounted in the slot such that in use it is disposed between the fluid path and the drive lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: CLAVERHAM LTD.
    Inventors: Paul Brewer, Reg Raval, Phillip A. Rowles
  • Patent number: 10036480
    Abstract: A clamped bonnet assembly for an axial flow control valve includes a clamped bonnet, a valve seat, and a cage, the cage being clamped directly between the clamped bonnet and the valve seat. The clamped bonnet assembly enhances manufacturability and machinability due to the removability of the clamped bonnet assembly from the control valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Elliot J. Hoff, Ross A. Schade
  • Patent number: 10036144
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a valve installed in a fluid/liquid supply line, and a water circulation pipe that has a first end in fluid communication with a water supply line and a second end in fluid communication with an inner volume of the valve. Some water flowing in the water supply line is diverted through the water circulation pipe and circulates in the valve. The water that is diverted through the water circulation pipe and circulates in the valve has a sufficient flow to prevent freezing and/or water stagnation in the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: A.R.I. Fluid Control Accessories Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoel Bahahlul, Amir Davidesko
  • Patent number: 10036147
    Abstract: A dual-levered faucet assembly which allows user to reduce water usage by 50% when needed while operating the faucet in habitual preferred manner of using swift single motion of hand. When any one lever is operated in this manner, the water outflow is 50% of a conventional single-levered faucet. When both levers are operated in this manner, water outflow is same as that of a conventional single-levered faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Hitesh Dharamshi, Deepesh Dharamshi, Rajul Dharamshi, Dolly Dharamshi
  • Patent number: 10036511
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method of inspecting and relieving pressure and fluid from a pipeline in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. An adjustable insert is placed within a flange of the pipeline, where the adjustable insert has a valve stem capable of moving into contact with a valve device to regulate fluid or gas from the pipeline and one or more outlets for relieving pressure or withdrawing fluid from the pipeline. The system and method provided are capable of operating in a closed process without loosening or removing a flange of the pipeline, thereby improving pipeline operator safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KPL South Texas, LLC
    Inventors: Troy Allen Dicke, Steven Clay Molmen, Shawn Allen Waidelich
  • Patent number: 10036490
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to pipe-like hollow articles made of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) tapes and a thermoplastic and/or thermoplastic elastomer, whereby in the article, the tapes are wound to create the article, whereby the tapes have a tensile strength of greater than 1.5 GPa according to ASTM D882-00, a modulus of greater than 100 GPa according to ASTM D882-00, and a 200/110 uniplanar orientation parameter of at least 3, whereby the main extension direction of at least one tape in the article is in an angle of 20 to 100° with regard to the main extension direction of the article. Further aspects pertain to two processes for manufacturing such an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: TEIJIN ARAMID B.V.
    Inventors: Sanjay Rastogi, Marinus Journee
  • Patent number: 10030372
    Abstract: An apparatus to allow or stop a flow into a piping system or an enclosed environment comprises (a) a housing having an upper flow passage and a lower flow passage; (b) a valve seat, wherein the valve seat is between the upper flow passage and the lower flow passage, wherein at least one opening is formed on the valve seat; (c) at least one rotary valve inside the housing, wherein each of the at least one rotary valve further comprises a main body and two guides mounted to the main body opposite to each other, and wherein the at least one rotary valve can move inside the upper flow passage and above the valve seat; and (d) at least two guide rails inside the upper flow passage for guiding each of the at least one rotary valve between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Di Monte, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10030792
    Abstract: An underground steel-concrete structure pipeline with a spiral composite reinforcement ring on an inner wall and a manufacturing method thereof. The pipeline includes a pipe body, multiple rows of concrete overflow holes spirally arranged on a pipe wall of the pipe body, a reinforcement ring capable of wrapping the concrete overflow holes, and concrete is filled in a hollow cavity between the reinforcement ring and the pipe wall to form a spiral concrete flow passage. The advantages are that the overall annular strength of the pipeline is reinforced by the reinforcement ring; the concrete filled between the reinforcement ring and the inner wall of the pipe body improves the compressive strength of the pipe body; the concrete overflowing from the overflow holes on the pipe wall combines the pipe body with a pit; and the pipeline solves the difficulty of using large-size steel structure products in underground common pipeline projects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: NANJING LIANZHONG CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fujun Zhan
  • Patent number: 10030789
    Abstract: There is provided a diaphragm valve capable of reliably detecting damage to a diaphragm before breakage of the diaphragm in spite of the simple structure. A diaphragm includes a plurality of diaphragm layers. The uppermost diaphragm layer is provided with wiring. An abnormality of the diaphragm is detected by detecting breakage of the wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tsutomu Shinohara, Michio Yamaji, Kouji Nishino, Ryousuke Dohi, Nobukazu Ikeda, Toshio Doh
  • Patent number: 10030783
    Abstract: In order to reduce a pressure loss in a check valve and simplify a manufacturing process, a check valve (10) configured to be disposed in piping of fluid is provided, which includes a valve housing (31) including a valve element (52) and a valve seat (54) therein, a casing (20) that is configured to place the valve housing therein, in which a casing flow path (60) is provided between the casing and the valve housing to make a flow of the fluid in an axial direction of the valve housing. In the valve housing, a communicating hole (38) and sealing portion (34) are formed. The communicating hole that is formed through the valve housing in a thickness direction thereof introduces the fluid, which flows through between the valve element and the valve seat at the open position of the check valve, into the casing flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Nitto Kohki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Onishi, Masaaki Kondo, Akira Yamashita, Takuya Nishio