Patents Examined by David Bochna
  • Patent number: 10573436
    Abstract: A liquid-tight strain relief includes a tubular-shaped bushing and a dome-shaped gland. The bushing includes a flange with arcuate slots, a centrally-located aperture, a plurality of resilient outer fingers, and a shoe slideably received within a lateral groove of the bushing. The gland includes a head having a centrally-located membrane. The head is co-molded with and encapsulates the flange, resulting in a strain relief having a unitary construction. The strain relief is adapted to be inserted within an orifice of a work piece, and the outer fingers frictionally engage the work piece. A cable is inserted within the strain relief by puncturing the membrane, which then stretches and provides a seal against the cable. The cable is gripped to the strain relief when the shoe is pressed against the cable. The shoe is held against the cable by teeth on the shoe, which engage opposing locking ribs on the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Heyco Products Corp.
    Inventors: William J. Coyle, Daniel Finley
  • Patent number: 10571055
    Abstract: A block fitting for connecting components in a vehicular refrigeration system includes male and female blocks defining aligned bores that provide fluid communication between the assembled blocks. A primary seal member is disposed between the blocks in fluid tight relation. A separate secondary seal member spaced from the primary seal member is provided between the blocks. The seal members are pre-assembled onto one of the blocks to form a pre-assembled sub-assembly. In one form, the primary seal member is retained on the block by a polymeric guide ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TI GROUP AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Thrift, Jeffrey Hoste, Cassandra Billock
  • Patent number: 10571054
    Abstract: A preassembled pipe coupling and method for joining pipe segments in an end-to-end relationship. The coupling (100) includes three identical housing segments (110) joined end to end. Each housing segment (110) includes a pipe engagement surface defining a radius of curvature. The radii of curvature of the three housing segments (110) are identical. The third housing segment is connected to the first and second housing segments to define a first configuration and a second configuration of the coupling, in which the radii of curvatures are the same in the first and second configurations. In the first configuration, the three housing segments (110) are radially located about an annular gasket (400) to permit insertion of the pipe segment into the gasket (400). In the second configuration, the three housing segments are radially located about the annular gasket such that the gasket is compressed to form a fluid tight seal and the pipe engagement surfaces engage the outer surface of the pipe segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventor: Hsu Cheng-Sheng
  • Patent number: 10571061
    Abstract: A pipe fitting comprising three annular coaxial sections including a grip section, middle section, and a seal section, the grip section and seal section being separately fixed to the middle section, an annular array of grips in the grip section, an annular semi-rigid seal in the seal section, a hydraulic grip actuator in the housing for radially constricting the grips into gripping engagement with an exterior of a pipe extending into the housing, and a hydraulic seal actuator hydraulically and mechanically independent of the grip actuator, for forcing the seal radially into engagement with an exterior of the pipe, a first mechanical lock for maintaining the grips in contact with the pipe and a second mechanical lock maintaining the seal in contact with the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: THE PIPE LINE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Z. Louden, Glenn Beard, Shon Joseph George Meenathethil
  • Patent number: 10571060
    Abstract: A structure of a resin-made pipe joint includes a sleeve which is press-insertable from one axial side into one longitudinal end portion of a flexible tube to flare the one longitudinal end portion to hold the flared state, a joint body which is couplable to the sleeve, and a union nut which is fastenable to the joint body to hold a state where the sleeve press-inserted into the one longitudinal end portion is coupled to the joint body. The sleeve has a taper-like first outer circumferential surface, a second outer circumferential surface having an outer diameter that is smaller than a maximum outer diameter of the first outer circumferential surface, and an annular step portion which is an annular step portion that is disposed between the first outer circumferential surface and the second outer circumferential surface and comprises an edge portion on a side of the first outer circumferential surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Nippon Pillar Packing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Fujii, Kazukiyo Teshima, Tatsuya Fujii, Toshihide Iida, Tomoyuki Koike, Shintaro Makihata
  • Patent number: 10563802
    Abstract: A system for coupling at least one flexible hose is provided that includes first and second annular connecting elements. In a system mounting position, the second element is inserted partially into the flexible hose and the first element is mounted on the second element to compress the flexible hose. The first element includes a tubular body, and a proximal end having an annular part. The tubular body is divided from the annular part by axially extending openings that form at least two hooking portions with hook-shaped ends. The second element includes a first sealing projection and a second retaining projection formed beyond the first sealing projection. The second projection cooperates with the hooking portions. More specifically, the annular part comprises an annular inner protrusion to form a constriction between a bottom and top of the sealing projection side facing the said first end of the second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: AVON AUTOMOTIVE UK HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Felstead, David Skinner, Joseph Barrie Whiteman
  • Patent number: 10561872
    Abstract: Provided herein is a fire sprinkler assembly including a bracket hub coupled to a bracket bar, and an adjustable drop coupled to the bracket hub. The adjustable drop may include an inner casing and an outer casing surrounding the inner casing, wherein the inner and outer casings include corresponding threading to permit rotation therebetween for adjusting an axial height, along a lengthwise axis, of the inner casing. In some approaches, a flexible metal conduit is directly coupled to a distal end of the inner casing or the outer casing. In some approaches, the inner casing includes a bellow disposed within an interior of the outer casing, the bellow having an expandable central component permitting contraction or expansion, which allows a sprinkler head coupled to the inner casing to be raised or lowered, accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Anvil International, LLC
    Inventors: Odair Dafonseca, Joseph Beagen
  • Patent number: 10563800
    Abstract: An apparatus for coupling together tubular components is described herein. The apparatus includes a coupling assembly with a coupling device having threads and an internal groove. The coupling assembly also includes a retainer clip positionable in the internal groove. The retainer clip is biased to apply a radially outward force against the internal groove when the retainer clip is positioned in the internal groove. The coupling assembly includes a ferrule, coupleable to the coupling device, in contact with the retainer clip when coupled to the coupling device to form an electrically conductive path through the coupling device, the retainer clip, and the ferrule. The retainer clip is configured to prevent movement of the coupling device relative to the ferrule when the retainer clip has an unbiased inner diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the ferrule or the retainer clip is not properly inserted into the internal groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregory M. Waugh
  • Patent number: 10563561
    Abstract: A clamp for use in joining conduit segments comprising a ring sector and a radially projecting channel sector having first and second straps, first and second compression members, a central compression member, and a fastener wherein upon tightening the fastener, axial forces along the fastener are transferred into clamping forces around the clamp in order to seal the conduit segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Pridgeon & Clay, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Cowham, Michael D. Kozal, Mathews Goveas, Daniel J. Bostwick, Pete R. Wojtas, Chad D. Ham
  • Patent number: 10563798
    Abstract: A compactable lay flat T joint and clamping system apparatus and method for compaction and deployment are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Billy Don Hinkle, Blaine McCoy
  • Patent number: 10563799
    Abstract: The system comprises a clamping collar having a clamping band suitable for being tightened around the abutting ends of the two tubes. The collar has a retaining tab that presents a fastener portion whereby said retaining tab is fastened to the band of the collar and that extends substantially axially towards an attachment portion of said retaining tab whereby said retaining tab is suitable for being attached to the first tube in the vicinity of its first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Etablissements Caillau
    Inventors: Fabrice Prevot, Nicolas Rigollet, Stéphane Drivon
  • Patent number: 10563801
    Abstract: A hydraulic tube connector for vehicle may include a connector body including a through hole into which a tube having a tube protrusion protruding outward is inserted, and a pair of guide grooves formed around the through hole and a coupling member configured to couple the tube with the through hole of the connector body, wherein the coupling member includes a tube coupling portion configured to surround the tube and a pair of coupling guides configured to be inserted into the pair of guide grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Eun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10557579
    Abstract: The present application refers to a connection for connecting hydraulic tubing as used by subsea devices, by using a shaped memory alloy material. The sleeve connection made of a shaped memory alloy material is originally manufactured with an internal diameter shorter than the external diameter of the tubing, internally has a cover material made of dielectric material and, most internally, has a layer of an anti-corrosive material which is contiguous to the external face of said tubing The layer of an anti-corrosive material internally has protruding portions designed to grasp the external surface of the tubing, forming streaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: FMC TECHNOLOGIES DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Alan Zaragoza Labes, Ana Maria Guimarães Guerreiro, Thiago Simões Castanheira Francis Chehuan, Raquel Silveira Borges, Sandro Eugenio Da Silva
  • Patent number: 10550978
    Abstract: Provided are: a joining structure capable of suitably obtaining joining strength between components which compose the joining structure; and a joining method thereof. For this purpose, a joining structure (1) includes: a shaft member (10); and a thin-walled cylindrical member (20) that fits an inner circumferential surface thereof to an outer circumferential surface of the shaft member (10). The thin-walled cylindrical member (20) has: a first crimped portion (21), in which an axially intermediate portion is reduced in diameter in a radial direction, and is crimped to the shaft member (10); and a second crimped portion (22), in which an end surface (20a) is folded radially inward, and is crimped to the shaft member (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kawahara, Sumio Sugita
  • Patent number: 10550975
    Abstract: For a simply constructed pivot and swivel joint securing a sealing of the control element for the connection of a support arm to a control element, it is provided that the pivot and swivel joint (3) is implemented having a rotary sleeve (10) including an axially continuous recess (41) and having a swivel sleeve (11) connected thereto via a swivel axis (S) including an axially continuous recess (42), which is swivelable relative to the rotary sleeve (10) about the swivel axis (S), a rotary axis (D) being configured at the axial end of the rotary sleeve (10) facing away from the swivel axis (S), and a sealing hose (30) being disposed between the rotary sleeve (10) and the swivel sleeve (11), which by a first axial end sealingly abuts at the recess (41) of the rotary sleeve (10) and by the opposite second axial end is sealingly disposed at the axial end of the swivel sleeve (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: B&R INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Daxecker
  • Patent number: 10550966
    Abstract: A tubing including an overmold is connected to a fitting by welding the overmold to the fitting. Methods for doing the same are also provided. Also provided are methods for forming an overmold on a tubing or on a tubing and fitting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MEISSNER FILTRATION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Max D. Blomberg
  • Patent number: 10547164
    Abstract: A connector comprises: a connector body comprising an inlet end and an outlet end with a bore extending therethrough, the connector body further comprising a leading end portion positioned at the inlet end and a threaded portion at the outlet end of the connector body and a connector main body portion positioned between the leading end portion and the threaded portion; a generally annular bearing case having a tapered surface positioned in the leading end portion of the connector body, the bearing case formed with at least one recess and wherein the tapered surface has a hollow portion therein and includes a bearing case axis; and at least one locking element positioned in the at least one recess of the bearing case and movable along the bearing case axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SIGMA ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anand Chandrakant Dhotre, Vinayak Manohar Chavan, Ashok Alilughatta Sathyanarayana
  • Patent number: 10539258
    Abstract: An electrically conductive hose cutting clip has at least one end tab that is shaped to provide a cutting edge for penetration of the inner layer(s) of a multiple layer fluid conveyance hose when it is clipped onto a fluid connector and the hose is installed on the fluid connector by forcing it onto the connector. The cutting action by the cutting clip provides for a relatively low resistance electrical connection between an electrically conductive layer of the hose and the fluid connector. This can be used to provide a signal path from a sensing element on or in the hose to a system electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Michael P. Wells
  • Patent number: 10539256
    Abstract: An adapter for connecting conduit to a threaded component such as for connecting a PVC conduit to a threaded pipe includes a tube having a threaded end and a conduit-receiving female end to receive the conduit, the female end having a length of at least 70% of the total length of the adapter. The female end includes an elongated chamber having a length of at least two inches and at least as long as an outer diameter of the adapter. In other aspects the adapter includes an inner transition portion having a tapered inner surface, and in further aspects the adapter includes a grip region having recesses and such that an installer grasping the adapter can grip the adapter with a thumb and multiple fingers while pressing the adapter into a palm of the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Connectum USA, LLC
    Inventors: Jackson Serum, Dustin Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10533689
    Abstract: A double wall round or oval duct system assembly having an outer duct connector, an inner duct connector and a closure ring is provided. The inner duct connector of the duct assembly has an adhesive applied on the transverse flange face of its transverse flange thus allowing a sealing connection between the inner and outer duct connectors upon compression with the closure ring. The double wall round or oval duct system assembly will improve the efficiency and will reduce or eliminate air leakage upon connection of two round or oval duct segments. A method of installing the assembly system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Anton R. Plantz, Jr.