Patents Examined by David Colon Morales
  • Patent number: 10604919
    Abstract: A plumbing component includes a valve provided within a portion of the plumbing component and configured to control the flow of water through the plumbing component. The valve includes a body and at least one waterway within the body. An electric heater extends through at least a portion of the body of the valve and is configured to heat at least a portion of the body to an elevated temperature sufficient to kill organisms within the waterway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Patent number: 10598289
    Abstract: The disclosed spool valve is used especially in conveying systems comprising conveying pipes (6, 7) and includes a spool (1) which allows the conveying cross-section of the conveying pipe (6, 7) to be closed. The spool (1) has at least one through-hole (33). The conveying pipe (6, 7) is sealed from the spool (1) by at least one sealing ring (27, 28). Said sealing ring (27, 28) surrounds the conveying line (6, 7) and includes a washer-shaped sealing portion. Said sealing portion lies flat on the spool and seals under the effect of the difference between the pressure in the conveying line (6, 7) and the ambient pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Walter Kramer
  • Patent number: 10591068
    Abstract: A ball and seat valve for high temperature and pressure applications, such as those used in isolation barrier valves in subterranean wells, is disclosed. The valve incorporates thermally fitted sleeve into the ball and/or the seat to allow for greater pressures and temperatures due to resultant stresses left with the parts due to interference. Additionally, the materials making up the sleeves may be chosen to allow for greater resistance to corrosive and erosive wellbore fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Rory Archibald Napier
  • Patent number: 10569848
    Abstract: A regulator first stage for two-stage underwater breathing apparatuses includes a reduction chamber communicating with a high-pressure gas supply through a balance valve, which is influenced by the pressure of the external environment by a balance diaphragm that, by way of a suitable actuator, acts on the valve. The reduction chamber includes one or more medium pressure outlets, having axes parallel to the operating axis of the balance valve. In one configuration, one or more medium pressure outlets are also provided having axes orthogonal to the operating axis of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Sergio Angelini
  • Patent number: 10557563
    Abstract: A valve top has a headpiece through which passes axially a spindle that can actuate a valve which is formed by a control disk that can rotate relative to an inlet disk, wherein the lateral surface of the spindle has, circumferentially on its side oriented away from the control disk, a curved path which receives at least one cam of a control sleeve which is arranged secure in rotation, is mounted over the end of the spindle and can be moved axially along the spindle, wherein the curved path is formed such that a vertical displacement of the control sleeve along the spindle brings about a defined rotation of the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Fluehs Drehtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Friedrich Thurau
  • Patent number: 10550553
    Abstract: The adjustable handle device for use with a valve stem comprises a body, a cap, a plurality of jaws, and a handle. The device may couple to a valve stem of a faucet in place of a valve handle that is missing or broken. The plurality of jaws located within the body may be raised and lowered by rotating the cap relative to the body. A jaw thread on the plurality of jaws may engage a cap thread on the interior of the cap to cause movement of the jaws. The jaws may be included by a jaw inclination angle such that raising or lowering the jaws may cause the lower ends of the jaws to separate or to converge. Convergence of the lower ends of the jaws may allow the jaws to grip a valve stem. A handle may cover the cap to enhance the user's grasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Donzino Pankey
  • Patent number: 10544868
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a trim arrangement for a ball valve. The trim arrangement includes a first seat assembly having a first seat, a threaded collar, and a biasing element. The first seat is in contact with a first side of a ball element, and the threaded collar is threadably coupled to the first seat and in engagement with the biasing element. The trim arrangement further includes a second seat assembly having a second seat in contact with a second side of the ball element. The biasing element biases the first seat toward the first side of the ball element to provide a contact stress between the first seat and the first side of the ball element and the second seat and the second side of the ball element. The contact stress provided by the biasing element is adjustable by rotating the first seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Brandon Wayne Bell
  • Patent number: 10527228
    Abstract: A protection mechanism for a lubricant reservoir is mounted within a valve protection chamber disposed on an actuator. The protection mechanism includes a valve actuating plate and an elastic member biasing the valve actuating plate upwards. The actuator is pushed upwards by a rising level of lubricant as the lubricant reservoir is filled. When the reservoir is full, the actuator causes the valve actuating plate to contact a valve stem. The valve actuating plate pushes the valve stem up to shut off a flow of lubricant to the reservoir through the shut off valve. During an overfill event the actuator shifts upward due to the rising level of the lubricant in the reservoir. As the actuator shifts upward, the elastic member compresses such that valve actuating plate remains static relative to the lubricant reservoir as actuator rises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Holman, Mike V. Atkinson, Benjamin J. Paar, Brandon T. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10520102
    Abstract: Gas safety valve includes: a valve body which defines a flow pipe and in which a shutter is located, movable between an open position and a closed position to, respectively, allow and prevent the flow of an operating gas through the flow pipe; first thrusting apparatus for the shutter in the closed position; a retaining mechanism to maintain the shutter in the open position, the release of which can be forced by a release so as to release the shutter; a control element movable between a locking position and a released position to, respectively, prevent and allow the release of the retaining mechanism; a first actuator device to force the control element into the released position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Pietro Fiorentini SPA
    Inventors: Marco Benetti, Massimo Dal Pozzo
  • Patent number: 10502204
    Abstract: An air compressor assembly for filling self-contained breathing apparatus air containers has at least one condensate separator. The condensate separator includes a liquid-retaining vessel a liquid-level sensor. A drain valve is in fluid communication with the condensate separator. The drain valve is configured to open and drain retained liquid from the liquid-retaining vessel when the liquid-level sensor detects that a level of the retained liquid reaches a drain valve activation triggering level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon E. Rado
  • Patent number: 10494798
    Abstract: A shower head that includes a movable handset, a mixing valve, and an electric heater. The movable handset includes a stem configured to detachably engage a shower head dock, and a spray head coupled to the stem and configured to discharge water. The mixing valve is disposed within the movable handset and includes a housing including a waterway located therein for water to flow through, a first flow control valve located within the housing and configured to control the flow of hot water to the spray head, and a second flow control valve located within the housing and configured to control the flow of cold water to the spray head. The electric heater is disposed within the movable handset and configured to heat at least part of the housing to an elevated temperature sufficient to kill organisms within the waterway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Patent number: 10487954
    Abstract: A blend valve assembly including a plurality of ports, a stator having at least one fluid flow path defined therein that extends between at least one port of the plurality of ports in communication with the primary fluid media and at least one port of the plurality of ports in communication with an intake of a testing device, and a rotor comprising at least one fluid flow path defined therein. The rotor is movable between a series of positions such that the blend valve assembly is operable to provide the intake of the testing device with only the primary fluid media and to provide the intake of the testing device with a blend of the primary fluid media and the secondary fluid media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Micromeritics Instrument Corporation
    Inventor: Graham Robert Killip
  • Patent number: 10487857
    Abstract: A directional control and servo valve is provided. The valve includes a valve housing and a valving element. The valve housing includes a space, and a plurality of first cavities. The valving element includes two sides thereof. Each side includes a plurality of second cavities that corresponds the plurality of first cavities. The valving element includes plurality of webs formed in the plurality of second cavities. Each web separates the plurality of second cavities on each side from each other. The plurality of webs includes a plurality of holes adapted to connect the plurality of second cavities of both sides. The valving element is disposed in the space of the valve housing such that a plurality of control edges is configured that separates at least one first cavity with respective at least one second cavity to form control orifices that are symmetrical along both sides of the valving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Mohamed Ahmed Elgamil
  • Patent number: 10480661
    Abstract: A sealing assembly includes a flow control body and a sealing device configured to engage the flow control body to prevent fluid flow through the sealing assembly. The sealing device includes a primary engagement feature configured to contact the flow control body upon engagement of the sealing device with the flow control body, the primary engagement feature having a front surface exposed to the fluid, and a secondary engagement feature disposed behind the primary engagement feature relative to the exposed surface, the primary engagement feature and the secondary engagement feature forming a cavity therebetween, the cavity configured to create a pressure drop in response to a leak of the fluid through the primary engagement feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Doseo Park, Zhi Yong HE
  • Patent number: 10473231
    Abstract: Provided is a flow rate adjustment device including: a diaphragm integrated valve body; a valve seat section provided around an inflow opening and including a valve seat surface disposed at a position facing a valve surface; and a transfer mechanism configured to cause the diaphragm integrated valve body to move along an axis line to adjust a distance between the valve surface and the valve seat surface. The valve surface 11a and the valve seat surface form an angle, which is an acute angle, with the axis line and are disposed in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuki Hirai
  • Patent number: 10472218
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dosing device having an inlet for a liquid to be delivered to a container as a dose, in particular a beverage. The device comprises a valve seat, a sealing element interacting with the valve seat and an outlet for the dose of the liquid. In order to reduce foam build-up upon delivering the liquid into the container, according to the invention the sealing element can be moved to a first and a second opening position, wherein, in the second opening position, the flow cross-section area between the valve seat and the sealing element is larger than in the first opening position. In addition, the invention relates to a dosing method comprising the supplying of a liquid to a valve which is moved to a first and second opening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: ELOPAK SYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Dirk Auer
  • Patent number: 10451188
    Abstract: An illustrative valve block includes a pressure plate, a fluid transfer block, and a diaphragm. The pressure plate includes a pressure channel configured to receive a pressurized first fluid and a recess in a surface of the pressure plate. The pressure channel and the recess are fluidly connected. The fluid transfer block includes an inlet connection configured to receive a second fluid and an outlet connection. The fluid transfer block also includes a plurality of valve inlet bores each fluidly connected to the inlet connection. The plurality of valve inlet bores are distributed along at least part of a first circular shape. The fluid transfer block further includes a plurality of valve outlet bores each fluidly connected to the outlet connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Semba Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A. Harbrecht, Robert Charles Mierendorf, Scott G. Manke
  • Patent number: 10443743
    Abstract: A plug valve assembly includes a valve carried in a valve body and including a spindle coupled to a plug. The spindle may have an appendage coupled to a sidewall of the plug, and circumferentially extending about a rotational axis less than 180 angular degrees, such that the spindle appendage is registrable with a valve body outlet to selectively reinforce the plug sidewall and thereby resist blowout of the plug sidewall into or through the valve body outlet. The spindle may be composed of nylon and the plug may be composed of liquid silicone rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BrassCraft Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: William F. Turnau, III, Joseph P. Schutte, Robert J. Theriaque, John G. Moutafis, Victor J. Morando
  • Patent number: 10418794
    Abstract: A valve assembly that includes a valve body, a poppet member, and a biasing member. The valve body has an internal through-channel. The poppet member has an inside portion positioned at least partially inside the through-channel and an outside portion positioned outside the through-channel and extending outwardly beyond the valve body. The poppet member is movable within the through-channel between an open position and a closed position. The biasing member is external to the valve housing and applies a biasing force to the outside portion of the poppet member that biases the poppet member toward the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NOVINIUM, INC.
    Inventors: Glen J. Bertini, Donald R. Songras
  • Patent number: 10415711
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanical energized sealing ball valve comprising a seat, a ball assembly, and a single valve stem that operates both the sealing member and the ball. The ball comprises a ball and a sealing member. The valve stem drives the ball to rotate between open position and close position. When the ball reaches the close position, the sealing member, operated by the same valve stem, moves away from the ball to press and sit against the seat. The invention has the advantages that: the valve has a compact structure, the friction-free on/off is achieved, the mechanical energized sealing force is even and reliable, the ball is retracted and locked in the opening position to protect against turbulence-induced damage, low operating torque, the open/close operation is rapid, and the valve stem seal operates simply and reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Zibo Votaisi Petrochemical Equipment Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Xiaoqi Liu