Patents Examined by Devon Kramer
  • Patent number: 10240590
    Abstract: A fluid flow meter comprising a fluid pump to displace fluid with pumping strokes of one or more pumping stroke types wherein each of the one or more stroke types displaces a known volume of fluid, a sensor functionally associated with a fluid reservoir and adapted to generate a signal indicative of a fluid pumping condition within the fluid reservoir, which fluid reservoir is integral or functionally associated with the pump, and circuitry to trigger one or a sequence of strokes of the pump in response to a signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FIZE RESEARCH LTD.
    Inventor: Noam Levine
  • Patent number: 10233920
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the invention relate to diagnosing a compressor. A method may include monitoring a pressure of compressed air within a reservoir, actuating a piston within a cylinder of the compressor, and detecting a leak condition of an exhaust valve of the cylinder through recognition of a change in the monitored pressure of the compressed air within the reservoir during a time period in which the piston is actuated. A system is also disclosed including an engine, a compressor operatively connected to the engine, and a controller that is operable to determine a condition of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Richard C. Peoples, David E. Peterson, Jason M. Strode, Neil W. Burkell, Milan Karunaratne
  • Patent number: 10233942
    Abstract: A fluid device having a fluid machine and a rotary electric machine includes a fluid machine and a rotary electric machine connected to a rotating shaft of the fluid machine. A cooler is arranged for carrying out liquid-cooling using a fluid of a cooling pipe connecting an upstream portion and a downstream portion of the fluid machine to bypass the fluid machine. The fluid machine and the rotary electric machine are detachably coupled to each other. Hence, the rotary electric machine can enhance the cooling performance for the rotary electric machine and reduce its size, achieving improvements in maintainability and serviceability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomomi Sakamoto, Hiroyuki Ikegami, Atsushi Suhara, Yuzou Sawada
  • Patent number: 10197048
    Abstract: A tandem motor linear rod pumping apparatus for imparting reciprocating, substantially-vertical motion to a pump rod for a sucker-rod pump. The tandem motor linear rod pumping apparatus includes first and second linear mechanical actuator systems disposed in a single housing. These linear mechanical actuator systems impart and control vertical motion of the pump rod. Each linear mechanical actuator system includes a rack and pinion gearing arrangement. Each rack is operatively connected with two pinions. Each pinion is operatively connected to a motor. Rotation of the two motors in a first direction results in an upward motion of the rack and connected sucker rod pump. Rotation of the two motors in a second direction, opposite the first direction, results in a downward motion of the rack and sucker rod pump. The tandem motor linear rod pumping apparatus includes at least one electronic controller to control the operation of the two motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Unico, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Hilgers, Michael A. Macdonald, Benjamin J. Gregory, Ronald G. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10190832
    Abstract: An integrated pressure compensating heat exchanger and method of use are provided. The integrated pressure compensating heat exchanger includes an inlet configured to input an internal fluid; a first conductive bellows connected to the inlet, configured to accept the internal fluid from the inlet, configured to transfer heat between the internal fluid and an external fluid, and configured to compensate for a pressure by compressing in length; and an outlet configured to accept the internal fluid from the first conductive bellows and to output the internal fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone Tecnologie Srl
    Inventor: Silvio Giachetti
  • Patent number: 10180122
    Abstract: A fuel pump includes a plunger that reciprocates inside a cylinder. The fuel pump includes a first movable element connected to the plunger, a second movable element that functions as a counterweight for preventing or reducing vibrations that are created by reciprocation of the first movable element, an electromagnet provided between the first movable element and the second movable element, a magnetic member that is provided between the first movable element and the second movable element and that attracts both the first movable element and the second movable element when the electromagnet is energized, and a first spring that urges the first movable element and the second movable element so as to move away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Asayama
  • Patent number: 10167859
    Abstract: The systems, devices, and methods described herein describe a valve cover assembly that enables the easy removal and insertion of a screw gland into a threaded ring. The valve cover assembly includes an outside housing that provides an offset between a fluid end module and a top end of the valve cover assembly. A spring is positioned between the top end and the threaded ring and biased to provide a downward force on the threaded ring. The screw gland applies a reaction force against a valve plug. A piston is positioned at a base of the threaded ring in contact with the fluid end module. When actuated, the piston overcomes the downward force and lifts the threaded ring from the fluid end module. This reduces the force on the plug and allows a user to remove the screw gland by hand (and install as well) and without additional machinery required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Nabors Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven K. Deel
  • Patent number: 10151306
    Abstract: An electric compressor includes: an electric motor; a compression mechanism driven by the electric motor; a housing accommodating the electric motor and the compression mechanism; an accommodation part provided on a sidewall of the housing and accommodating a drive circuit for driving the electric motor; a lid contacting the accommodation part and fastened to the accommodation part by a fastening portion; a sealing member sandwiched between the accommodation part and the lid so as to seal between them. The accommodation part has a wall standing from the sidewall of the housing, and a step is provided on a standing end surface of the wall orthogonal to a standing direction of the wall, at a midway position from an inside toward an outside of the accommodation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10125792
    Abstract: A centrifugal pump includes a main body casing. The main body casing includes an upper main body casing, a lower main body casing fixed to the upper main body casing, and a blade casing. In the blade casing, an interior space S1 formed by the upper main body casing and the lower main body casing is partitioned, and a fluid introducing passage is formed on the upper portion and a rotating accommodating space S2 to accommodate the rotating blade member is formed on lower portion. A joint portion of the upper main body casing, the lower main body casing, and the blade casing is fixed on the state of sealing. A joint portion of the suction side coupling member and the main body casing and a joint portion of the discharge side coupling member and the main body casing 34 are fixed on the state of sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SAGINOMIYA SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Seiichi Nakano
  • Patent number: 10125583
    Abstract: A borehole pump assembly operable in association with for a borehole with a well casing therein, the borehole pump assembly including an elongate pump rod operably connected to a reciprocating drive and mounting a reciprocating pump at the lower end within the well casing and an air chamber provided immediately above the reciprocating pump and concentrically about the pump rod to provide hydraulic shock absorption between the reciprocating pump and a delivery pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Wendell Hammer
  • Patent number: 10119505
    Abstract: A high pressure pump includes a pressurization portion, a discharge portion, a body portion, a valve member, an urging member, valve hold member and a limiting portion. The body portion includes a relief passage, an inlet, a valve seat, and an outlet. The valve member includes a large diameter portion and a small diameter portion. The small diameter portion is located between the valve seat and the large diameter portion and has an outer diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the large diameter portion. The valve hold member surrounding and holding the large diameter portion. The limiting portion capable of limiting a motion of the valve hold member in a separation direction. According to this, a pressure in a fuel rail from extraordinarily increasing again after the relief valve is opened once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaoru Oda, Shinichiro Koshimoto, Shinobu Oikawa
  • Patent number: 10107286
    Abstract: A method of controlling the production efficiency of a well includes determining one or more parameters of a pump model for a pump of the well, determining an inflow rate of liquid into the well, and adjusting a pumping speed of the pump based on the one or more parameters of the pump model to maintain a outflow rate of liquid from the well at a desired fraction of the inflow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CONTROL MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bernardo Martin Mancuso, Kelly Alexander Woolsey
  • Patent number: 10100817
    Abstract: A hydraulic axial-piston machine achieves a control cut-off by an additional control edge of a control valve of an actuating mechanism for swiveling a swash plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Carola Diebold
  • Patent number: 10100640
    Abstract: An electric compressor to be mounted on an engine in an engine compartment of a vehicle includes a compression mechanism, an electric motor, a motor driving circuit, a housing, a first mounting leg and a second mounting leg. The housing accommodates therein the compression mechanism, the electric motor and the motor driving circuit. The first mounting leg projects from the housing at a position adjacent to the compression mechanism. The second mounting leg projects from the housing at a position adjacent to the motor driving circuit. Each of the first mounting leg and the second mounting leg includes a fastening portion to be fastened to a portion of the engine and a connecting portion that connects the fastening portion with the housing. The connecting portion of the first mounting leg is made to be broken more easily than connecting portion of the second mounting leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Takuro Yamashita, Tomoyoshi Inagaki
  • Patent number: 10100831
    Abstract: A liquid pump includes a pump assembly attached to a motor. The pump assembly includes an inlet chamber and pump chamber. The pump chamber accommodates a drive gear driven by an output shaft of the motor and driven gear meshed with the drive gear. An inner cover is disposed within the pump chamber. An outer cover overlies the inner cover with an elastic member disposed there between. The outer cover exerts a force to the inner cover through the elastic member and holds the inner cover in sliding contact with an axial end of the drive and driven gears. An outlet chamber formed between the inner cover and the outer cover is in fluid communication with and the pump chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: JOHNSON ELECTRIC S.A.
    Inventors: Chunfa Wu, Jie Zuo
  • Patent number: 10094365
    Abstract: A hydrostatic axial piston machine of swashplate type of construction includes a rotatable cylinder drum that has a plurality of cylinder bores, which are arranged approximately axially, formed in the cylinder drum. A piston is inserted into each cylinder bore at one side. At the other side, each cylinder bore is freely connected via a respective passage opening to a face surface of the cylinder drum. The face surface bears against a static distributor disk. The respective mouths arranged at the face surface, or the passage openings as a whole, have a cross section that has two or four widenings with rounded corners so as to enlarge the cross-sectional area in relation to the circular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Bidell, Wolfgang Mayer, Raimund Roth
  • Patent number: 10094381
    Abstract: A rough vacuum pump system includes a primary vacuum pump and a secondary vacuum pump. The primary vacuum pump is an oil-free positive displacement pump, and has an inlet opening, an outlet opening, a compression stage between the inlet and outlet openings, and an intermediate gas passageway that connects to a gas flow path running through the compression stage. The secondary vacuum pump is connected to the intermediate gas passageway of the primary vacuum pump. The compression ratio of the primary and secondary vacuum pumps operating in combination is greater than that of the compression ratio of either of the primary and secondary vacuum pumps operating individually. A vacuum apparatus includes a tracer gas detector connected to an inlet of the primary vacuum pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Calhoun, Ronald J. Forni, Kevin Flynn
  • Patent number: 10094377
    Abstract: An oil pump for a vehicle includes a driven gear, a drive gear, a pump body, and a plate. The drive gear engages the driven gear. The pump body is secured to a rear cover of a transaxle case. The plate is interposed between the rear cover and the pump body. A pump chamber is formed between the rear cover and the pump body. The driven gear and the drive gear are housed in the pump chamber. The pump chamber is formed: between the plate and the pump body, or between the plate and the rear cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Obata, Hiromichi Kimura, Takeshi Kuwahara, Katsuhide Kitagawa, Kunio Morisawa, Masamitsu Seno, Hirotaka Yata, Tomoo Atarashi
  • Patent number: 10094386
    Abstract: A radiator fan of a motor vehicle, in particular a main fan, contains a fan wheel which has a hub and an electric-motor rotor which is attached thereto in a form-locking manner. At least one connecting dome is formed integrally on the rotor, which connecting dome protrudes through a corresponding cutout of the hub and is deformed on the free end side in a rivet-shaped manner in order to produce the form-locking connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft.
    Inventors: Thomas Ziegler, Thomas Hussy, Artur Schmidt, Thomas Schencke
  • Patent number: 10087774
    Abstract: A variable-nozzle turbocharger includes a variable vane mechanism that has an annular nozzle ring supporting an array of rotatable vanes, an insert having a tubular portion sealingly received into a bore of the turbine housing and having a nozzle portion extending radially out from one end of the tubular portion and being axially spaced from the nozzle ring with the vanes therebetween, and a plurality of two-piece self-centering spacer assemblies connected between the nozzle portion of the insert and the nozzle ring. Each spacer assembly comprises a tubular sleeve and a separate pin that passes through the through-passage of the sleeve, end portions of the pin being secured respectively to the nozzle ring and the nozzle portion. One end of each sleeve has a conical surface and engages in a corresponding conical countersink in the adjacent face of the nozzle ring or nozzle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Barthelet, Nicolas Morand, Emmanuel Severin, Calogero Beltrami, Vincent Eumont, Francis Abel, Arnaud Gerard, Aurelien Tingaud, Jayavenkateshwaran Krishnamoorthy