Patents Examined by David E. Bochna
  • Patent number: 10151411
    Abstract: A connector is provided for holding a deformable tube, and includes a connection head, an inner portion extending from the head, an outer portion extending from the head and at least partially surrounding the inner portion to define a tube entry passage, the entry passage has a constricting area of lesser width than the width of the tube wall, and the outer and inner portions move relative to each other to allow entry of the tube past the constricting area and further into the passage, after insertion of the tube past the constricting area, and on application of a translational force to the tube, the outer and inner portions are configured to bear further against the elastically deformable tube such that the tube is held between the inner and the outer portions. At least one of the outer portion and the inner portion is at least partially helical in construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: PUKU LIMITED
    Inventor: Simon Garry Moore
  • Patent number: 10018291
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a removable clamp for coupling an adaptor to a pipe delivering a solution, the removable clamp having a button in order to maintain an angular relationship between the adapter and the pipe. Other embodiments of the invention provide a fluid delivery system having clamps with buttons coupling a tee adaptor to sections of a boom in order to maintain an angular relationship between the sections of the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Pentair Flow Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Lang, Mark Mohr, Colin Jaedike
  • Patent number: 10006573
    Abstract: A connector is used to connect a gases supply to a user. The user can be fitted with an interface, such as a cannula, while the gases supply can include a conduit. The connector interfaces between the conduit and the interface. The connector has a female assembly and a male assembly that connect together, such as by push fit. The male assembly includes an inner portion sized and configured to mate with a first female connector and an outer portion sized and configured to alternatively mate with a second female connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Samuel Robertson Frame, Martin Paul Friedrich Kramer, Kevin Peter O'Donnell, Graham Douglas Gourd
  • Patent number: 10006575
    Abstract: A push-to-connect modular cartridge for a plumbing fitting includes a cylindrical cup having an annular surface at one end and a cylindrical shoulder at an opposite end. A circular seal is positioned against the annular surface, and a circular backing ring is positioned against the seal on a side opposite the annular surface. A grab ring including inwardly projecting tines is seated against the backing ring on a side opposite the seal, and a containment ring contacts the grab ring on a side opposite the backing ring. The containment ring is engaged by the shoulder of the cup to hold the containment ring, grab ring, backing ring, and seal together. This modular push-to-connect cartridge can be welded to a plumbing fitting which uses significantly less material, thereby greatly reducing the cost to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NIBCO Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Bobo, Keith W. Yoder, James A. LaFortune
  • Patent number: 10001236
    Abstract: A releasable connection assembly for connecting tubing sections is disclosed. The assembly includes a male bayonet connector including a shaft having a distal end and a proximal end, and a female latch connector. The female latch connector includes a proximal end, a sealing member and a distal end. A kit is also disclosed. The kit includes a male bayonet connector, a blood pressure cuff, and a first medical tubing section configured to engage the proximal end of the shaft and to engage the blood pressure cuff. A method of using a releasable connection assembly for connecting tubing sections is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Peter D. Lewis, Ravikumar Narayanan, Richard W. Cairns, Riley M. Phipps
  • Patent number: 9989178
    Abstract: A quick connect coupling having a housing with a throughbore to receive a tube. A verifier is mounted to the housing which nests in the housing when the coupling is fluidly connected. Otherwise, the verifier protrudes outwardly from the housing to provide an indication that the coupling is not fully connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Martinrea Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Kerin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9982815
    Abstract: A premium threaded joint has a pin-side shoulder angle ?1, a box-side shoulder angle ?2, a seal interference quantity ? and a seal point distance xp satisfying ?2??1=?×?/xp, ?=7 to 14, and a pin distal end thickness tp1 defined by a difference Re?Ri between a radius Re of a pin most distal end portion and an inner radius Ri of a pin distal end portion is 0.25 times or more as large as a pin raw pipe thickness tp0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Takamasa Kawai, Kazunari Takahashi, Hiroshi Chikatsune, Masaki Yoshikawa, Jun Takano, Takuya Nagahama, Masateru Ueta, Hideo Sato, Haruhiko Seki, Tsuyoshi Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 9982807
    Abstract: A resin end-face butt joint, a method for welding the joints, and a piping member ensure a sufficient clamping margin with the clamp of an ordinary welding machine, and ensure an appropriate distance between the centers even when joints having short tubular welding ring parts are welded. It is also possible to align the centers by positioning the centers along the same axis. The resin end-face butt joint includes multiple welding ring parts which communicate with a flow path within a joint base part and which are provided on the joint base part. Fastening parts are coaxial with at least one of these welding ring parts at the outer end of the joint for the purpose of clamping a welding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KITZ SCT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9976681
    Abstract: A fluid sealing element, a fluid sealing assembly, a method of providing a fluid seal, and a method of terminating a flexible pipe body in an end fitting are disclosed. The fluid sealing element (802) has an annular body portion locatable between an end fitting body (801) and an inner collar member (808) of an end fitting, and a tapered portion extending substantially perpendicular to the annular body portion at a radially inner region thereof. The method includes urging a fluid retaining layer (804) of a flexible pipe radially outwardly against an abutment surface of the inner collar member of the end fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GE OIL & GAS UK LIMITED
    Inventors: George Karabelas, Richard Alasdair Clements
  • Patent number: 9976676
    Abstract: A tamper evident assembly is provided for an associated fluid fitting that has a threaded nut that cooperates with a threaded body. The tamper evident assembly includes a collar having a through opening dimensioned for receipt over at least one of the nut and body. A holding mechanism is operatively associated with the collar for movement between (i) a first position that extends radially inward a dimension no less than the through opening, and (ii) a second position extending radially inward that prevents axial removal of the collar over both of the nut and body of the associated fluid fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Lonnie E. Johnston
  • Patent number: 9970581
    Abstract: A manual connection includes: a first connection element having two holding parts; a second connection element having two clamping bodies that can be moved rotatably and between a clamping position wherein each clamping body cooperates with a holding part for fixing the first connection element in the second connection element, and a release position wherein each clamping body releases a respective holding part; and control device for moving each clamping body between the clamping and release positions. The control device is designed such that the rotation of a clamping body is carried out about a rotational direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction. The control device includes a grip body connected to each clamping body so as to rotate the two clamping bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: BOCCARD
    Inventors: Bruno Acquistapace, Jason Vanston, Patrick Boccard
  • Patent number: 9970459
    Abstract: A vacuum pump connecting apparatus has a first vibration absorbing portion and a second vibration absorbing portion which are connected to an evacuation connection portion so as to dispose the first and second vibration absorbing portions opposite each other via the evacuation connection portion. A first end of the first vibration absorbing portion is connected to the evacuation connection portion and a second end of the first vibration absorbing assembly opposite to the second end is connected to an intake port of a vacuum pump. The first vibration absorbing portion and the second vibration absorbing portion are elastic bellows. A first end of the second vibration absorbing portion is connected to the evacuation connection portion. The vacuum pump connecting apparatus has a rigid coupling member which is connected to a second end of the second vibration absorbing portion opposite to the first end of the second vibration absorbing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matsutaro Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9962627
    Abstract: Technologies for providing a gas inlet and gas outlet to a compartment are described. In embodiments, the technologies include a dual channel connector unit that includes an inlet passageway and an outlet passageway. In embodiments at least a portion of the outlet passageway is disposed radially around the inlet passageway. The connector unit is configured to install into a portion (e.g., wall, bottom, top, or lid) of a compartment. Systems and methods including such connector units are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SoClean, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Leyva
  • Patent number: 9964246
    Abstract: A tubular hose stem with a flange, a first left hand threaded section on the outer surface of the stem generally adjacent the flange, a first JIC/swivel nut over the flange having an inner diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the flange, a second lock nut threadably engaged to the hose stem on a second left threaded section adjacent the JIC nut, a conical washer fixedly secured around the hose stem between the first and second threaded sections, an O-ring positioned adjacent the washer opposite the left side of the washer; and a ferrule having a first end fixedly threaded to the hose stem and having a second end larger in diameter than the stem. The lock nut may have knurled surfaces and the inner diameter of the ferrule and outer diameter of the stem may have circumferential raised ribs to engage hosing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Mike Thibodeaux
  • Patent number: 9951895
    Abstract: A fitting for connecting tubular assemblies includes a base member defining a first bore configured to receive a tube therein. A retaining band defines a second bore for receiving a portion of the base member. The retaining band defines an engagement feature on a radially outward surface configured to engage a locking mechanism of a fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Petrarca, Richard M. Murphy, Jose Cardiel, Brittany Zabinski
  • Patent number: 9951898
    Abstract: An anti-tangling coupling device has an inner portion which is rotatably engaged with an outer portion. Fluid containment devices such as hoses can be coupled at either end of the device. One hose is secured to the inner portion while a second hose is secured to the outer portion, with the hoses being positioned at opposite ends of each other. Fluid communication is maintained throughout the inner portion and the outer portion, allowing water to flow between hoses coupled with the device. The rotational engagement is achieved by a bearing assembly, the bearing assembly including an inner race, and outer race, and ball bearings secured in cages. The ball bearings are capable of rotational movement (imparted from contact with the first race and second race), but are prevented from translational movement by a cage. As a result the likelihood of tangling between coupled hoses is greatly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin V Booher, Sr., Paul J Brown
  • Patent number: 9939091
    Abstract: A pipe clamp includes a first jaw pivotally connected to a second jaw, each jaw having a connection flange at each of its ends, in which the flanges at the pivoting end of the jaws are provided with a first locking mechanism and the flanges of the jaws distal from the pivoting end provided with second and third locking mechanisms. The second and third locking mechanisms are shaped such that, when they are in place, the combined width of the second and third locking mechanisms is less than twice the width of their widest crossways section in the same plane when not in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AES Engineering Ltd.
    Inventor: Heath Stephenson
  • Patent number: 9939085
    Abstract: A pipe damp is for joining submerged pipes provided with flanges. The pipe clamp includes at least two segments connected by at least one hinge. The pipe clamp is further provided with a threaded bolt arranged to open and close the pipe clamp. The pipe clamp is provided with at least one strain gauge arranged to measure the tension of the pipe clamp around the flange of the pipe when the pipe clamp is dosed by the threaded bolt. A method is for tensioning a pipe clamp. Use of strain gauges to measure the tension of a pipe clamp is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Depro AS
    Inventors: Rune Oyen, Odd Rune Holland, Arne Hodne
  • Patent number: 9935390
    Abstract: A connector assembly is disclosed for making a connection between a tubular adapter component and a port connector which, once connected to each other, are not able to be disassembled. At least one of the tubular adapter component or the port component may have at least one cutout section and the other may have a projecting tab. A tubular sleeve is positioned on the port component and is non-rotatable and non-removable from the port component. The tubular sleeve has at least one flexible cam locking post. When the adapter component is slidably engaged with the port component the cutout section and the projecting tab engage to prevent sliding withdrawal of the adapter component from the port component. The flexible cam locking post also engages with the cutout section and prevents the adapter component from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Gabriel Ortiz, Daniel Livingston, Juergen Kosicki, Patrick Dietmann
  • Patent number: 9920860
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for producing welded assemblies of plastic parts for use in fluid flow applications. A unit cell structure is disclosed for use in an assembly. In an exemplary embodiment, an assembly of welded plastic parts for a fluid flow application includes a plurality of as-molded plastic unit cell structures, each cell structure having a hollow tubular body portion, a first tubular portion extending axially from a first end of the tubular body portion, and second and third opposed transverse tubular portions extending from an intermediate portion of the tubular body portion transverse to the first tubular portion. The first tubular portion of a first unit cell structure is welded to the first tubular body portion of a second unit cell structure in an axially aligned configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Fit-Line, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank F. Hayes, Jr.