Patents Examined by Eric Keasel
  • Patent number: 11220250
    Abstract: A hydraulic block for a hydraulic power vehicle brake system including a slip control. A bore, which communicates through a circumferential groove with a receptacle of a pedal travel simulator, is run through parallel to a motor side of the hydraulic block between the motor side and a master brake cylinder bore in the hydraulic block and is connected through a transverse bore with a further bore parallel to the motor side, which connects the master brake cylinder bore with a connection for a pressureless brake fluid reservoir, which is attachable to the hydraulic block. The bores form a return of the pedal travel simulator, which has a low resistance to flow and allows for a closed system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Mayr, Andreas Weh, Juergen Tandler
  • Patent number: 11209101
    Abstract: A cage for a fluid valve. The cage includes a first cage ring, a second cage ring, and a lattice structure disposed between the first cage ring and the second cage ring. The lattice structure defines a plurality of interconnected flow paths between an internal surface of the lattice structure and an external surface of the lattice structure. The lattice structure has a non-uniform density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: James L. Griffin, Jr., James M. West, Nathan A. Quinn
  • Patent number: 11204105
    Abstract: A solenoid valve includes a valve housing having a first space that communicates with an inlet flow path and a second space that communicates with an outlet flow path. A solenoid is provided in the valve housing to surround the first space. A flow path guide is provided in the first space and has an inflow path communicating with the first space. A plunger is rectilinearly moved in the flow path guide by the solenoid. A valve member is connected to the plunger and opens or closes the outlet flow path based on a plunger movement. A spring member provides elastic force allowing the valve member to move in a direction in which the valve member blocks the outlet flow path. A fluid guide part is formed in the plunger and guides a fluid, supplied into the inflow path via the first space, selectively to the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: In Tae Park, Hyeon Seok Ban, Hyo Sub Shim
  • Patent number: 11199771
    Abstract: A pressure control valve has: a passageway having a flow opening; an member displaceable relative to the opening for obstructing the opening by differing amounts; a piezo actuator; and a linkage mechanism adapted to amplify a dimensional change in the piezo actuator and to use the amplified dimensional change to displace the member relative to the opening, wherein the linkage mechanism comprises a frame attached to a wall and fixed at a first end in relation to the passageway, a portion of the frame moveable in a first direction while being substantially restrained in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, the piezo actuator extending between the wall and the movable portion such that an expansion of the piezo actuator results in movement of the movable portion in the first direction by an amount greater than the expansion of the piezo actuator, the moveable portion connected to the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Stef Marten Johan Janssens, Koen Cuypers, Rogier Hendrikus Magdalena Cortie, Sudhir Srivastava, Theodorus Johannes Antonius Renckens, Jeroen Gerard Gosen, Erik Henricus Egidius Catharina Eummelen, Hendrikus Johannes Schellens, Adrianus Marinus Wouter Heeren, Bo Lenssen
  • Patent number: 11193513
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present disclosure pertains to a cavitation generation device that includes a dactyl plunger rotatable about an axis between an open position and a closed position and a propus socket having a channel. The propus socket is rigidly mounted below the dactyl plunger, and the dactyl plunger is received into the propus socket when the dactyl plunger is in the closed position. The cavitation generation device can also include a torsion spring that biases the dactyl plunger into contact with the propus socket. In another embodiment, the present disclosure pertains to a method of inducing a cavitation including biasing a dactyl plunger via a torsion spring, and rotating the dactyl plunger, by action of the torsion spring, into a propus socket. The propus socket includes a nozzle-shaped channel. The method further includes ejecting a socket cavity volume through the nozzle-shaped channel thereby inducing a cavitation event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: David Staack, Xin Tang
  • Patent number: 11193596
    Abstract: An electric valve includes a valve body component, a transmission component, and a valve needle component. The valve body component includes a valve core sleeve, and the valve core sleeve includes a first inner guide wall. A movable connecting component is in a suspended connection with the transmission component, the movable connecting component includes a connecting body, the connecting body includes a first outer guide wall, the connecting body includes a lower opening portion and an accommodating hole in communication with the lower opening portion, and a hole wall of the accommodating hole includes a second inner guide wall. The valve needle component includes a valve needle, the valve needle includes a second outer guide wall, the second outer guide wall is slidably in clearance fit with the second inner guide wall. A manufacturing method for the electric valve is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Zhejiang Sanhua Climate and Appliance Controls Group Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Sijie Tang
  • Patent number: 11181202
    Abstract: A fluid control valve includes a cover portion and a body portion. Inner surfaces of the cover and the body portion define a chamber that includes an inlet and an outlet in communication with the chamber. The cover portion includes a central section and an inversion inhibitor circumscribing the central section. The inversion inhibitor projects into the chamber toward a central axis of the chamber. The fluid control valve also includes a diaphragm disposed between the cover portion and the body portion. The diaphragm has a flexible member that is disposed within the chamber for controlling communication between the inlet and the outlet. The inversion inhibitor prevents the flexible member from reaching its natural-inverted position and creates a force within the flexible member that urges the flexible member to a seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventor: James O. Williams
  • Patent number: 11181238
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling flow with a rotatable valve are provided. A described system includes a valve body having a valve chamber and a plurality of ports into the valve chamber. The plurality of ports include a first port, a second port, and a third port. The first port and the second port are aligned with a common axis and located on opposite sides of the valve chamber. The system further includes a valve member located within the valve chamber. The valve member is controllably rotatable to modulate fluid flow between the first port and the third port while maintaining the second port completely closed and to modulate fluid flow between the second port and the third port while maintaining the first port completely closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Russell T. Jenks
  • Patent number: 11174957
    Abstract: An adjustable Venturi tube is provided and includes a water outlet segment and a water inlet segment. The water outlet segment has a gas inlet space therein and includes a chamber, a water flow selector disposed on the chamber, and a gas inlet pipe. The chamber has a gas inlet opening and a plurality of liquid-gas exits, which are in spatial communication with the gas inlet space. The water flow selector has a plurality of selective channels respectively facing the liquid-gas exits. The water outlet segment has a space and a water channel that is in spatial communication with the space. The water inlet segment and the water flow selector are configured to be moved relative to each other so as to allow the space to selectively be in spatial communication with at least one of the selective channels through the water channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: CASHIDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chun-Lung Chiu, Yung-Chih Lee
  • Patent number: 11169552
    Abstract: A solenoid valve assembly with a manual override is provided that includes a solenoid valve housing that is supportive of a valve seat, a plunger-type armature valve element fluidly communicative with a fluid source and initially pressure balanced to remain in a closed position relative to the valve seat and an electromagnet configured to generate a magnetic flux to move the plunger-type armature-valve element into an open position relative to the valve seat. The solenoid valve assembly with a manual override also includes a manual actuation assembly configured to generate an applied force to move the plunger-type armature valve element into the open position relative to the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Poly Puthur John, Nikhil Anthony Saldanha
  • Patent number: 11156295
    Abstract: A high pressure valve includes a lever and a variable force generator for facilitating control of opening and closing the valve at high pressures. The high pressure valve includes a housing having a chamber providing fluid communication between a first port and a second port, a pin movable within the chamber between an open position and a closed position. A first end of a lever is coupled to the pin and a second end of the lever is coupled to a variable force generator. The lever pivots about a pivot point. A controller coupled to the variable force generator is configured to adjust a force applied to the second end of the lever by the variable force generator to control the movement of the pin between the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: PRESSURE BIOSCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Edmund Y. Ting, Alexander Lazarev, Jun Ma
  • Patent number: 11156306
    Abstract: To suppress variation, among rotors, in a relative position between the position of magnetic poles of a magnet and the rotation position (for example, the position of teeth of a pinion) of an integral rotation unit configured to rotate integrally with the rotor main body. A motor includes: a rotor including a magnet fixed to an outer periphery of a rotor main body, and an integral rotation unit assembled to the rotor main body; and a spindle configured to rotatably support the rotor. The magnet includes a positioning marker used when the rotor main body is fixed to the magnet, and the integral rotation unit and the rotor main body are configured to be capable of being assembled in a set relative arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoru Yokoe
  • Patent number: 11156307
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a failsafe valve actuator (10) comprising a drive mechanism (12), a drive shaft (42) having a clutch (50) arranged adjacent to a threaded portion (44) of the drive shaft (42), and a clutch actuator (52) coupled to the clutch (50) and arranged to move the clutch (50) between an engaged position in which the clutch (50) engages with the threaded portion (44) of the drive shaft (42) and a disengaged position in which the clutch (50) is disengaged from the drive shaft (42). In response to energisation of the clutch actuator (52) the clutch (50) is moved to the engaged position such that threaded engagement between the drive shaft (42) and clutch (50) transfers rotational movement of the drive shaft (42) by the drive mechanism (12) into axial movement of the drive shaft (42) and holds the drive shaft (42) against a drive shaft bias member when the drive mechanism is inactive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventor: Robert Graham Harris
  • Patent number: 11149871
    Abstract: Provided is a flow rate adjustment valve of a motor-operated valve type, which overcomes the problems that flow rate adjustment valves of a manual valve type have, while making full use of compactness the manual valves have. The flow rate adjustment valve includes a rotation device that rotates a rotation member to cause a vertically movable body to move vertically. The rotation device includes: a driven gear disposed at an upper end portion of the rotation member; and a motor that rotates a driving gear engaged with the driven gear. The motor, which is a stepping servo motor, is disposed below the driving gear and has a rotary shaft extending upward. The driving gear is fixed to an upper end portion of the rotary shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ryousuke Dohi, Taiji Chiba, Kazunari Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11137078
    Abstract: A fluid control valve includes a cover portion and a body portion. Inner surfaces of the cover and the body portion define a chamber that includes an inlet and an outlet in communication with the chamber. The fluid control valve also includes a diaphragm disposed between the cover portion and the body portion. The diaphragm has a flexible member that is disposed within the chamber for controlling communication between the inlet and the outlet. The upper surface of the flexible member has a substantially smooth wall portion. The flexible member has an inverted position in which the upper surface conforms to at least a portion of the inner surface of the cover portion to define a passageway that permits communication between the inlet and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventor: James O. Williams
  • Patent number: 11131397
    Abstract: An electric ball valve and a manufacturing method therefor. The electric ball valve comprises a control component, a gear decelerating mechanism, a valve body component, and a housing component, wherein the control component comprises a cover and a rotator component provided in the cover, the housing component comprises an upper housing part and a lower housing part, the cover, the upper housing part and the lower housing part are made out of a stainless steel material by machining, the cover is fixed to the upper housing part by welding, the upper housing part is fixed to the lower housing part by welding, and the lower housing part is fixed to a valve body by welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Zhejiang Sanhua Climate and Appliance Controls Group Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Weilin Yan, Minghui Xu
  • Patent number: 11131400
    Abstract: Provided is a high-pressure fuel supply pump and a method of manufacturing thereof which can suppress the progress of corrosion and cavitation erosion even when the pressure becomes higher, or when biofuel or a fuel having a high oil content of biofuel is used. Therefore, the high-pressure fuel supply pump includes a discharge valve 51b that discharges fuel, and a discharge valve seat 51a on which the discharge valve 51b is seated. The base material of the discharge valve 51b and the discharge valve seat 51a is a steel material. On the surface of the discharge valve 51b, a Co-based alloy layer 70b and a Cr-enriched portion 70b1 having a higher Cr concentration than the surrounding Co-based alloy layer 70b are formed. The Co-based alloy layer 70a is formed on the surface of the discharge valve seat 51a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Mina Amo, Kenya Ohashi, Arata Kagiyama, Koichi Yamaka, Noriyuki Maekawa
  • Patent number: 11125352
    Abstract: A magnetically actuated fluid control valve has an internal flooding chamber, an internal piston chamber and a fluid inlet and outlet. The fluid inlet and outlet are in fluid communication with the flooding chamber. A piston is movable within the piston chamber and the flooding chamber. The piston is movable to a closed position wherein fluid cannot flow through the valve, and an open position wherein fluid can flow through the valve. The valve body and piston are fitted with electromechanical and permanent magnets, respectively. Selective electrical excitation of the electromechanical magnets on the valve body cause them to attract or repel the permanent magnets on the piston, causing the piston to move to either the open or closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Bryan Reynoso
  • Patent number: 11106227
    Abstract: A pressure reducing valve includes a valve housing, plunger, pressure sensing cavity, and biasing member. The valve housing includes a valve inlet and valve outlet in selective fluid communication with each other. The plunger is in the valve housing and movable between a closed position and open position. The plunger is positioned downstream from the valve inlet and upstream from the valve outlet. The plunger includes a venturi and a channel. The venturi is within the plunger and has a venturi inlet and venturi outlet. The channel is within the plunger and is in fluid communication with the venturi. The pressure sensing cavity is in fluid communication with the channel. The biasing member exerts a biasing force on the plunger toward the open position. The channel is in fluid communication with the pressure sensing cavity to provide a fluid pressure that is lower than the outlet pressure during flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: ZURN INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Guise, William M. Orr, Christopher Corral
  • Patent number: 11098815
    Abstract: There is provided a valve drive device including: a base including a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, and a valve seat surface, at least one of the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet being opened at the valve seat surface; a cover configured to define a valve chamber; a valve element configured to open and close any one of the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet in the valve chamber; and a valve element driver configured to drive and rotate the valve element. The valve element driver includes: a motor; a drive gear configured to rotate together with a rotor of the motor; a driven gear configured to rotate, in a state of meshing with the drive gear, the valve element by rotation of the drive gear; and a power transmission switching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoru Yokoe