Patents Examined by Ian Paquette
  • Patent number: 10508423
    Abstract: An automatic faucet includes a housing forming partially an internal barrel and a faucet head and being constructed to include at least one water inlet conduit extending into said barrel and a water outlet for delivering water from a spout. The automatic faucet also includes a faucet head having a removable faucet crown and the spout, wherein the faucet crown is removably mounted to the faucet head. The automatic faucet also includes a valve module, a sensor module, a battery module, a turbine module, and a control module. The valve module includes a valve controlled by an electromagnetic actuator for controlling the water flow from the spout. The sensor module is constructed to provide sensor data influenced by a user. The control module is constructed to control opening and closing of the valve by providing signals to the electromagnetic actuator. The control module is also constructed to receive sensor data from the sensor module and execute a sensing algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Kay Herbert, Xiaoxiong Mo, Jeff Krull, Jean F. Daher, Qiaohong Chen, Ronald J. Vish, Fatih Guler, Xu Wang, Stanley O Thompson, David L. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 10466721
    Abstract: A control system for controlling a drive motor operating a discharge valve installed in a conduit on a firefighting vehicle. The system includes a pressure sensor configured to measure a pressure of liquids flowing through the conduit, a flow sensor configured to measure a flow rate of liquids flowing through the conduit, a variable control switch operable to generate a variable control signal in response to manual activation, and a microcontroller operable to receive the pressure and flow rate, and generate a variable non-linear control signal operable to cause the drive motor to change the position of the discharge valve at a variable non-linear speed directly proportional to a distance of a current setting from a desired setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ROM Acquisition Corporation
    Inventor: John E. McLoughlin
  • Patent number: 10267434
    Abstract: A motor-operated valve includes a motor, a linear-motion shaft which receives power of the motor and is linearly moved and which includes a valve member that opens and closes a valve port formed at an end of a valve body, and an elastic member which is provided in the valve body and which contacts with an outer circumferential surface of the linear-motion shaft and regulates the lateral movement of the linear-motion shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Terumasa Mitsu, Osamu Takami
  • Patent number: 10239743
    Abstract: A fitting arrangement for a cask is disclosed having a fitting sleeve with a riser pipe arranged therein, and resiliently moveable relative thereto. The fitting sleeve has a conically extending inner sealing surface tapering toward an upper end, and a seal is incorporated between the inner sealing surface and the upper end of the riser conduit. The riser pipe is pressed with the seal against the sealing surface with a spring force, and the seal is arranged internally in the upper end of the riser pipe, wherein a sealing body is arranged in the upper end of the riser pipe and is resiliently moveable relative thereto, which sealing body comes to bear with form-fit engagement on an internal sealing surface of the seal as a result of the spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Harald Steinmetz, Philipp Sommer, Mirco Wolter
  • Patent number: 10227761
    Abstract: A system comprising: a drain fitting securable to a container for containing a liquid and an evacuation drain; and a closure member comprising: a casing; a motion device for moving the casing relative between an open position in which the casing is away from the drain fitting to allow the liquid from flowing from the container into the evacuation drain and a closed position in which the casing abuts against the drain fitting to prevent the liquid from flowing from the container into the evacuation drain; an electrical motor received in the casing for activating the motion device; a communication unit received in the casing for at least receiving a command indicative of one of an opening of the electronic drain closure system and a closure of the electronic drain closure system; and a controller for activating the electrical motor in accordance with the command received by the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAAX BATH INC.
    Inventors: Charles Kerwin Braddock, Thomas Stuart Debaugh
  • Patent number: 10221996
    Abstract: In a steam trap comprising a seat valve that is adapted to be switched over between an open position for a first discharge state with large throughput and a closed position for a second discharge state with small throughput, the closure element and the seat of the seat valve define, at the closed position, a two-part passage, said passage having a jet cross-section, which first decreases in size in the discharge direction and, subsequently, re-increases in size, and being delimited by the seating area, the sealing face and at least one, only local control groove in the sealing face and/or the seating area. In the aseptic double seated valve the steam trap serves to carry out a flushing cycle as well as a sterilization cycle in a filling plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Evoguard GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Sauer
  • Patent number: 10214192
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a solenoid valve for a vehicle braking system includes a magnet assembly having a winding support, a coil winding, a housing, and a cover disc. The solenoid value further includes a valve cartridge having a capsule, a valve insert, a valve seat, and an armature. The valve insert can be connected to the capsule, the armature can be guided within the capsule in an axially movable manner and has a closing element. The closing element and the valve seat can form a valve that can control a fluid flow through the valve cartridge. The coil winding can be wound on the winding support to form an electrical coil, which can be controlled using control signals applied to electrical connectors. The electric coil generates a magnetic force that can move the armature against a force of a return spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Lechler, Jens Norberg, Martin Haas
  • Patent number: 10215320
    Abstract: A system is provided for reducing instabilities associated with the operation of a pressure control valve. In an embodiment, the system may include a pressure vessel configured for containing a working fluid. A pressure control valve may be configured for pressure dependent flow of the working fluid from the pressure vessel. The pressure vessel may be coupled to the pressure control valve by a fluid conduit. An instability suppression device may be in fluid communication with the fluid conduit between the pressure vessel and the pressure control valve. The instability suppression device may provide a compliant interface with the working fluid. In an embodiment, the instability suppression device may change the acoustic dynamics associated with the fluid path between the pressure vessel and the pressure control valve to control pressure and flow oscillations at an inlet of the pressure control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: InDyne Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Arndt, Harold H. Doiron, Ryan P. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10208870
    Abstract: A solenoid valve includes a coil housing, a coil barrel and an actuator. The coil barrel is mounted in the coil housing, is coiled with multiple coils, and has a valve gate formed on a bottom of the coil barrel. The actuator is moveably mounted in the coil barrel and has a piston, a magnetic shaft, a spring mounted between the piston and the magnetic shaft, and a sealing pad abutting the piston. The actuator is driven by the coils to move the piston. The piston has two notches being able to break a vacuum state, and can be pushed upward easily and efficiently to save electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hydrotek Corporation
    Inventors: Shu Huang, Cheng-Yi Ma
  • Patent number: 10208563
    Abstract: Fluid flow control valve, the valve comprising a valve housing (10) provided with a flow channel (12), which in direction from the inlet section to the outlet section, comprises a substantially conical inlet (13), a valve seat (14), and a diffuser (15) at the outlet section, which transfers into a flow channel (16). A needle-shaped spindle (11) is arranged axially movable within the flow channel (12) and exhibits a largest diameter DN. The inlet (13) exhibits a first conical inlet section (13?) having an angle ?1 of 15° with the longitudinal axis of the flow channel (12), and a second inlet section (13?) with a radius of curvature R2 equal to 5.7 times the diameter DN of the spindle (11). The diffuser (15) is conical having an increasing cross-section in the flow direction by an angle ?2 of 30° with the longitudinal axis in the flow channel (12). The design of the valve produces minimum erosion at the inlet section, and minimum cavitation and erosion in the diffuser section (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Eirik Volent
  • Patent number: 10197179
    Abstract: An electromechanical actuator for controlling the delivery rate of reciprocating compressors, comprising: a movable rod designed to cooperate at one end with a suction valve of a reciprocating compressor and at the other with a moving element made of a magnetizable material; at least one chamber in which said moving element is housed and onto which at least one winding of an electromagnet positioned inside a seat facing said chamber protrudes, there being positioned between said winding and said chamber at least one protective element made of a non-magnetic material and provided with static sealing elements and designed to keep the winding of the electromagnet separated from the chamber in which said moving element is housed, characterized in that said protective element made of a non-magnetic material comprises at least two series of static sealing elements, a first series being positioned internally to the protective element and a second series being positioned externally to the protective element, with gas
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Massimo Schiavone, Andrea Raggi
  • Patent number: 10190701
    Abstract: Implementations described herein protect a chamber components from corrosive cleaning gases used at high temperatures. In one embodiment, a chamber component includes at least a bellows that includes a top mounting flange coupled to a bottom mounting flange by a tubular accordion structure. A coating is disposed on an exterior surface of at least the tubular accordion structure. The coating includes of at least one of polytetrafluoroethylene, parylene C, parylene D, diamond-like carbon (DLC), yttria stabilized zirconia, nickel, alumina, or aluminum silicon magnesium yttrium oxygen compound. In one embodiment, the chamber component is a valve having an internal bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Govinda Raj, Hanish Kumar, Lin Zhang, Stanley Wu
  • Patent number: 10184585
    Abstract: An electromagnetic valve includes a movable valve, and an electromagnetic solenoid. The electromagnetic solenoid has a bobbin including a body part, a flange part in which a recess portion is defined to recess inward in a radial direction, and an extension part extending at a position between the flange part and the body part to connect a bottom surface of the recess portion to a body surface of the body part. The extension part has a projection projected outward in the radial direction from a position between the body part and a connection part connecting a winding wire to a terminal part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Keita Okada, Masahiro Tomita, Sanghun Lee, Jaehun Jeong
  • Patent number: 10184586
    Abstract: An electronic device having an interior volume, the electronic device including a sealing mechanism to prevent ingress of water into the interior cavity. The sealing mechanism having a channel having a first opening at an external environment and a second opening that leads to the interior volume, a membrane that covers the second opening, the membrane being air permeable and water resistant such that the membrane allows air to pass and prevents passage of water up to an upper pressure threshold, a stopper mechanism, and a diaphragm comprising a surface arranged to receive an external water pressure and that is air and water impermeable, the diaphragm being coupled to the stopper mechanism that deflects in response to the water pressure such that the diaphragm actuates the stopper mechanism and seals off the channel from at the first opening preventing water pressure at the membrane from exceeding the upper pressure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik G. de Jong, Brad G. Boozer, William C. Lukens, David M. Pelletier, Eugene Fox
  • Patent number: 10183088
    Abstract: New forms of self-sterilizing and antiseptic surfaces are provided. In some embodiments, a handled surface or GUI comprises internal hardware performing a heavy rinse of the handled surface triggered by an end-of-use function. In other embodiments, pressure on a handled surface instead causes the surface to uniformly exude water and other antiseptic compositions from a refillable source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10167978
    Abstract: A displacement control valve includes a valve housing, a valve element fitted in a guide passage of the valve housing, and a solenoid for driving the valve element to open and close it, a tapered portion is provided at one of an outer peripheral surface of the valve element and a guide surface of the guide passage, and a spiral groove is provided in the other, wherein the tapered portion is set such that a gap between the valve element and the guide passage is larger toward the low-pressure side than on the high-pressure side, and the tapered portion and the spiral groove are provided such that a starting point of the tapered portion is located within the region of the spiral groove in the entire range between the starting point and the ending point of the stroke of the valve element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hayama, Hideki Higashidozono, Masayuki Futakuchi, Kohei Fukudome
  • Patent number: 10161250
    Abstract: A rotor includes a rotor hub that is rotatable about an axis. The rotor hub includes a bore portion and a rim. An arm extends axially and radially inwardly from the rim. The arm has a radially inner side, a radially outer side, and a protruding ramp on the radially outer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew P. Forcier, Brian J. Schuler, Jordan T. Wall
  • Patent number: 10151399
    Abstract: A solenoid valve device may include a rod pin; a cylindrical core comprising a magnetic material and arranged around the rod pin; a bobbin comprising resin and arranged to cover a side surface of the cylindrical core; a coil wound around the bobbin; a case comprising a bottom and being cylindrical and having an opening at one axial end thereof, and arranged to accommodate the rod pin, the cylindrical core, the bobbin, and the coil; a nozzle comprising resin and attached to a case opening portion defined at the one axial end of the case; a first a second port each defined in the nozzle; a valve body arranged in the nozzle, and structured to be driven by the rod pin to open or close a communication between the first and second ports; and a tubular metal cover arranged to cover a lateral surface of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Keiichiro Muraoka
  • Patent number: 10145488
    Abstract: A solenoid valve includes a sleeve, a spool valve, and a solenoid part. The solenoid part has an electromagnetic coil, a solenoid core, a plunger that moves in the axial direction with respect to the solenoid core, and a stopper that is interposed between the plunger and the solenoid core to restrict movement of the plunger. The solenoid core includes a cylindrical part and an extended part. The cylindrical part has an opposing surface facing the plunger in the axial direction and a contact surface that is contacted by the stopper. The extended part is extended in the axial direction from an outer peripheral end of the cylindrical part. At least a part of the opposing surface of the cylindrical part is located closer to the plunger than the contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Kaori Fujita, Toshio Murakami
  • Patent number: 10139049
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sub-frame (10) for a valve body (12) having two or more location surfaces (14, 16), said sub-frame (10) comprising a first and a second portion (10a, 10b) having mutually confronting contact surfaces (18a, 18b), sides (20a, 20b) and front and back surfaces (22a, 22b) and mutually confronting engagement surfaces (24a, 24b and 26a, 26b) wherein said mutually confronting contact surfaces (18a, 18b) are shaped to engage with each other upon placement together of the two portions (10a, 10b) and said mutually confronting engagement surfaces (24a, 24b and 26a, 26b) are shaped to engage with one or other of said one or more location surfaces (14, 16) on the valve body (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Piers Lambert, George Gregory, Oliver Gobold