Patents Examined by David Colon Morales
  • Patent number: 11506293
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to valve assemblies having a valve body including a first port, a second port and a fluid passageway extending therebetween. A valve member, having a through port, is arranged in the fluid passageway and is moveable between an open and closed positions. A sealing arrangement is arranged between the first port and the valve member and includes a sealing member arranged to seal against the valve member such that fluid cannot flow around an outer surface of the valve member. The sealing arrangement includes a sleeve arranged in the fluid passageway between the first port and the valve member. A deformable, incompressible, medium is contained around the sleeve and arranged such that, in use, a fluid within the sleeve exerts an outward pressure on the sleeve causing the sleeve to deform and act on the medium to push the sealing member against the valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Paweł Świrniak, Krzysztof Słomiany
  • Patent number: 11499641
    Abstract: A valve, including: a valve seat including a seating surface with an outer edge furthest, an inner edge, and a first portion; and a valve body including a sealing surface with an outer edge, an inner edge, and a first portion. In a closed position, the first portion of the sealing surface is in contact with the first portion of the seating surface to block flow through the valve. The sealing surface tapers from the first portion of the sealing surface to the inner edge of the sealing surface or the outer edge of the sealing surface, or the seating surface tapers from the first portion of the seating surface to the inner edge of the seating surface or the outer edge of the seating surface. In the open position, the first portion of the sealing surface is free of contact with the first portion of the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael White, Chris Hutchison, Michael Conlin, Eric Ovendorf
  • Patent number: 11486528
    Abstract: An enhanced quick coupling configuration has a push-to-connect locking mechanism in which holding the outer sleeve does not affect the ability to connect the coupling, and the outer sleeve otherwise does not need to be restrained by additional components. The coupling includes a single sleeve spring in the locking mechanism, and the use of smaller restriction slots to house axially offset locking balls in a manner that axially constrains movement of the locking balls. When a male component is inserted into the female component during a connection operation, a shoulder on the male component sequentially contacts the axially offset rows of locking balls, which drive the inner sleeve axially in an inward direction. In the fully connected state, the inner sleeve is biased axially outward so as to push back against the inward locking balls, thereby preventing further movement of the inward locking balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard Nick, Jason Koller, Timothy Marquis, Shawn Ellis, Paul Lemay
  • Patent number: 11486278
    Abstract: An assembly is provided for a fluid system. This fluid system assembly includes a fluid conduit and a plug. The fluid conduit has an internal bore. The internal bore is configured as or otherwise includes a smooth-walled internal bore. The plug includes a protrusion and a head. The protrusion is connected to the head. The protrusion projects axially along an axial centerline partially into the smooth-walled internal bore to a distal end of the plug. The head is seated against the fluid conduit. The head seals an opening in the fluid conduit to the internal bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Zhijun Zheng, Holly Teufel
  • Patent number: 11480280
    Abstract: Fluid couplings described herein are designed to prevent spillage of fluid when connecting and disconnecting the couplings. In some embodiments, the fluid couplings described herein include internal valve components. In some example embodiments, the internal valve components include two springs that are arranged to exert their spring forces in parallel with each other to bias a valve component to a normally closed position. Some embodiments include a single spring. In particular embodiments, components of the fluid couplings and fluid flow paths of the fluid couplings have oblong transverse cross-sectional shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Colder Products Company
    Inventor: Elizabeth J. Langer
  • Patent number: 11473956
    Abstract: Integrated flow meter and control valve (1) including a flow tube (11); a substantially watertight meter housing (12) providing a compartment (121), extending from the flow tube; a metering unit (139 arranged inside the compartment for measuring the flow of a medium flowing though the flow channel, and an electrical valve actuator (18) arranged inside the compartment and adapted to control a flow control element (19) arranged inside the flow channel, wherein that meter housing is formed as an integrated part of the flow tube with the compartment having a primary opening (124) for insertion of the metering unit and a secondary sealable opening (125) for insertion of the electrical valve actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Kamstrup A/S
    Inventors: Daniel Beck Rømer, Bjarke Fisker Brogaard
  • Patent number: 11460113
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vacuum valve for the substantially gas-tight closure of an opening, comprising a closure element having a closure side and a coupling unit arranged on a rear side opposite the closure side, and a valve wall having valve seat surrounding the opening. The valve further comprises a linear drive unit enabling the closure element to be adjustable in at least two adjustment directions. The closure element is adjustable between an open position releasing the opening, an intermediate position pushed over the opening and a closed position closing the opening. The vacuum valve comprises a guide for the closure element associated with the opening. The closure element comprises a guide element interacting with the guide during an adjustment from the open position to the closed position and back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Martin Netzer
  • Patent number: 11454325
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system comprises a valve disc configured in an overpressure protection device. The system can also include a valve gasket configured to rest on the valve disc. The system also includes a valve seat configured above the valve gasket, wherein the valve gasket is sealed in between the valve seat and the valve disc. The system further includes a supporting structure configured above the valve seat. The supporting structure is configured to enable the valve gasket to remain in position between the valve disc and the valve seat in response to an increase in pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Christian Lampe-Juergens, August Wallmeyer
  • Patent number: 11454234
    Abstract: A mechanically actuated traveling valve for use in fluid pumping equipment is provided. More particularly, a mechanically actuated traveling plug valve having a valve seat and a valve plug is provided for use in any positive displacement pump with a reciprocating element (either the plunger or the cylinder) capable of pumping fluids of any viscosity, with any gas to liquid ratio, operating at any inclination angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Amnon M. Vadasz Fekete
  • Patent number: 11454327
    Abstract: A plug that contacts both an upstream seat and a downstream seat based on a upstream spring creating first forces on the upstream seat and a downstream spring creating second forces on the downstream seat. The first forces may be in a downstream direction and the second forces may be in an upstream direction. Additionally, the upstream chamber and the downstream chambers may be dependent pistons that are configured to create dynamic forces acting upon the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Commando Pressure Control, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Boyd
  • Patent number: 11454343
    Abstract: In embodiments, a hot tap clamping system comprises a clamp which fits over and secures against a pipe, an actuator interface, an actuator operatively in communication with clamp, and a hot tap assembly. In a further embodiment, a system for sealing a flowline with a metal seal after hot tapping comprises a sealer, a hot tap drill/plug running tool, and a metal seal plug which is typically configured for use in sealing a flowline, e.g. a pipe, with a metal seal after hot tapping where the metal plug seal is inserted into the pipe and engages with and seals as a hot tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Gregory Restivo, Norman Smith
  • Patent number: 11448324
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a valve body and an opening extending through the valve body along a longitudinal axis. The valve assembly also includes a valve member arranged within the opening, the valve member being movable, along the longitudinal axis, between an open position and a closed position. The valve assembly includes an upper seal positioned to seal against at least a first portion of the valve body. The valve assembly includes a lower seal positioned to seal against at least a second portion of the valve body, wherein both the upper seal and the lower seal travel with the valve member as the valve member moves between the open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Travis Kyle McEvoy, Jeremy Choate, Keith Adams
  • Patent number: 11443959
    Abstract: A system includes a chamber, an inlet valve, a control device, and a recycle pipe. The chamber is configured to perform a semiconductor process and including an output port. The inlet valve is coupled to the chamber and a supply pipe. The controller is coupled to the inlet valve and the chamber. The recycle pipe arranged outside the chamber and coupled to the chamber. The recycle pipe is independent from the supply pipe. The controller is configured to determine whether the chamber is idle, and is configured to control the inlet valve based on the determination of whether the chamber is idle. When the controller closes the output port of the chamber and opens the inlet valve, water from the supply pipe flows into a wall of the chamber through the inlet valve first and then flows into the recycle pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Su-Horng Lin
  • Patent number: 11440522
    Abstract: A combined dirt collector and cutout cock (CDC & COC) device for a rail car control to prevent unintentional re-pressurization of the control valve and rail car braking system. The device has an inlet configured for interconnection to an air supply, an outlet configured for interconnection to a control valve of a rail car, a valve moveable between a first position where an inlet is connected to an outlet and a second position where the inlet is isolated from the outlet, and a control valve vent positioned downstream of the valve and configured to open in response to the valve being moved into the second position. The valve may include a ball having a first passageway for selectively connecting and disconnecting the inlet from the outlet and a second passageway formed therethrough that is positioned to interconnect the outlet with the vent when the valve is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Bryan M. McLaughlin, Lawrence E. Vaughn, Derick Call, Christopher J. Ferguson, Joshua D. Woodruff, Danial Rowland
  • Patent number: 11435005
    Abstract: An apparatus for actuating an end-member is disclosed. The apparatus includes a housing, a spring within the housing, and a spring plate forming a restriction for the spring within the housing. A brake member is associated with the spring plate for retaining the spring plate in one or more positions. A drive rod is associated with a motor to enable a first movement of the drive rod and to enable a second movement of spring plate. The first movement or the second movement enables the actuating of the end-member in one or more different positions for the end-member. The brake member may be engaged or disengaged to control or decouple spring compression forces in the actuator when the spring is compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Vault Pressure Control LLC
    Inventors: Travis McEvoy, Keith Adams, Jeremy Choate
  • Patent number: 11426097
    Abstract: An example breath collection and sampling device disclosed herein comprises a cartridge housing having a breath capture module, and a rotary valve operatively coupling a mouthpiece with the breath capture module. The rotary valve can have an open position where breath of a user can pass through the rotary valve, across capture sites of the breath capture module, and into a vacuum port, and a closed position for sealing the breath capture module from fluid passing through the rotary valve, while allowing the breath capture module to be exposed to a reagent for subsequent analysis of contents within the captured breath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Hound Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Lynn, Joseph A. Heanue, Kevin M. Limtao, Jeffrey A. Schuster, Peter A. Holst
  • Patent number: 11419258
    Abstract: A sectional control device controls the flow of particulate material from a meter assembly to a primary manifold of an air seeding system. The sectional control device includes a plate assembly having particulate openings extending between the meter assembly and the primary manifold and a shut-off mechanism configured to control the flow of the particulate material through the particulate openings. The shut-off mechanism includes a gate configured to slide between an open position, where particulate material can flow through the particulate opening, and a closed position, where particulate material is prevented from flowing through the particulate opening. The shut-off mechanism also includes an actuator configured to drive the gate between the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: IAS
    Inventors: Adam Reich, Nicholas Struve, Barry Batcheller, Paul Nystuen
  • Patent number: 11415239
    Abstract: A valve linear drive provided for connection to a valve body having a valve seat includes a drive housing, a valve closure member, an actuator, and a spring device. The valve closure member is adjustable along an adjustment axis (V) between an open position and a closed position by means of the actuator and an actuating means. The spring device urges the actuating means into the open position or into the closed position. Further, the spring device includes a plurality of springs and a receiving unit for the springs. Here, each spring has its own spring chamber formed in the receiving unit, in which the associated spring is inserted. Furthermore, a valve having such a valve linear drive is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Florian Fischer, Ralf Strasswiemer, Maik Fuchs, Georg Moll, Vinoth Pathmanathan
  • Patent number: 11408544
    Abstract: A fluid coupling including a first adapter, a second adapter configured to selectively connect with and disconnect from the male adapter, an inner sleeve, a first seal between the first adapter and the inner sleeve, a second seal between the second adapter and the inner sleeve, and at least one thermally-activated seal between two of the first adapter, the second adapter, and the inner sleeve. During normal operation, the at least one thermally-activated seal may be spaced apart from at least one of the two of the first adapter, the second adapter, and the inner sleeve. At or above a predetermined temperature, the thermally-activated seal may be configured to expand to create a seal between the two of the first adapter, the second adapter, and the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: William H. Newsome, Gary M. Jenski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11402064
    Abstract: A system for operating and/or lubricating a plurality of valves mounted on a number of christmas trees, each valve including a hydraulic actuator operated by hydraulic pressure from a hydraulic pressure source and a lubricant inlet connected to an interior portion of the valve. The system includes a plurality of control units, each of which is associated with a respective valve and each of which has at least one of a hydraulic pressure line which is connectable to the hydraulic pressure source and a lubricant line which is connectable to the lubricant source. Each control unit is operable to selectively connect the hydraulic pressure source to the hydraulic actuator to thereby operate the valve and/or to selectively connect the lubricant source to the lubricant inlet to thereby communicate lubricant into the interior portion of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: James Michael Zerkus, Steven Dornell Raymond, Thiago Guimarães Machado, Rajeev Rajan Pillai