Patents Examined by James A Linford
  • Patent number: 11459842
    Abstract: A connector system for use during hydraulic fracturing operations includes a first connector having a bore and an annular interface defined by a plurality of surfaces disposed at selected angles with respect to each other. A second connector has an annular interface defined by a plurality of surfaces disposed at selected angles to each other. The plurality of surfaces of the annular interface of the first connector are adapted to engage the plurality of surfaces of the annular interface of the second connector to form a seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: BLUECORE COMPLETIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Travis Harrel, Christian Leuchtenberg, Glen H. Cuiper, J. Chambers Hall
  • Patent number: 11454342
    Abstract: A watertight flange for jointing and repairing pipes is provided that includes a ring-shaped sealing gasket (2) and a metal body (3) that is perimetrically coupled on the circular surface of the ring-shaped gasket (2). The sealing gasket (2) and the metal body (3) are pressed by closing and clamping elements externally incorporated determined by bolts (4) transversally inserted in respective pairs of parallel through-axles (5) and joined integral with the metal body (3). The metal body (3) has approximately the same length as the ring-shaped gasket (2), with respective lateral ends perpendicularly folded inward and having radial cuts (31) that define related rims (32) that determine retaining means of the said ring-shaped gasket (2) in the metal body (3) and, eventually, means interlocking the watertight flange (1) itself on the surface of the pipes to be jointed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: UNIONES ARPOL, S.A.
    Inventors: Barbara Inés Pires Cabado, Elisabet Patricia Pires Cabado
  • Patent number: 11448354
    Abstract: A polymer-lined fluid transmission line includes various structures, including a first polymer-lined pipe, a second polymer-lined pipe, and one or more sleeve retainers installed at a pipe junction between the polymer-lined pipes. Among other things, the sleeve retainers may include one or more protuberances to frictionally engage the polymer-lined pipes or a one or more portions that protrude into a space between the polymer-lined pipes to help retain and protect polymer sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Reinke Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Lynn Wilkinson, Jon Patrick Henry, Russell Scott Reinke
  • Patent number: 11448347
    Abstract: A tubular joint having an outer part formed by a fitting end of a piping element, and defining a first axis, an inner part formed by a spigot end of another piping element, the spigot end received in the fitting end. The fitting end and the spigot end define a fluid internal circulation space. A flange attached on the outer part and axially abutting against a shoulder formed by the inner part. A layer of polymeric material, extending radially between the outer and inner part, having a radially outer and inner surface both surrounding the first axis and bonded respectively to the outer and inner parts. The inner part rotatable with respect to the outer part about the first axis, and the inner part defining a second axis forming a pitch angle with the first axis. The inner part, the outer part, and the flange limit the pitch angle to lower than 5°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignees: TOTAL SE, TECHLAM
    Inventors: Joël Libolt, Ludovic Assier, Hervé Gueveneux
  • Patent number: 11441711
    Abstract: A connection device for joining two pipe sections in a body of water has a first tubular body having a spherical face; a second tubular body having at least one spherical face; a tubular pusher arranged about the second tubular body and having a spherical face; a first mechanism for coupling the second tubular body between the first tubular body and the tubular pusher and providing a spherical coupling between the first and the second tubular body; and a second mechanism for blocking any movement about the spherical coupling of the second tubular body with respect to the first tubular body and the tubular pusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Lucchese, Gianluca Toso, Diego Lazzarin
  • Patent number: 11433265
    Abstract: Provided herein are example aspects of a fire sprinkler assembly and a method for adjusting the height of an adjustable drop. In one aspect, the fire sprinkler assembly can comprise a bracket hub coupled to a bracket bar; a flexible conduit; an adjustable drop coupled to the bracket hub, the adjustable drop defining a lengthwise axis oriented transverse to the bracket bar, and the adjustable drop comprising: an inner casing, wherein the flexible conduit is directly coupled to the inner casing; and an outer casing surrounding the inner casing, the inner and outer casings including corresponding threading to permit rotation between the inner casing and the outer casing to adjust an axial height, along the lengthwise axis, of the inner casing; and a sprinkler head extending from the adjustable drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: ASC Engineered Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Odair Dafonseca, Joseph Beagen
  • Patent number: 11435022
    Abstract: A liquid transfer connector according to the present disclosure is provided with a plug having a plug body in which a fluid channel is formed, a socket having a socket body in which a fluid channel communicating with the fluid channel is formed when the plug is connected, a plug body housing part provided in the socket body, that receives and houses a distal end of the plug body inserted therein at a time of connection, an O-ring provided in the plug body housing part, that seals an outer periphery of the plug body inserted in the socket body and a cleaning liquid supply hole that supplies a cleaning liquid into the plug body housing part at a position opposite to the distal end of the plug body with respect to the O-ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Hasunuma
  • Patent number: 11426789
    Abstract: Roll grooved pipe fittings useful in the assembly of a variety of mechanically joined piping systems. These pipe fittings are roll grooved so that they can be mechanically joined directly with other like pipe fittings and/or with roll grooved straight pipe thereby substantially simplifying assembly. In addition, hybrid pipe fittings and systems are also disclosed. Methods and apparatus for manufacturing these aforementioned roll grooved pipe fittings are also disclosed and address both the roll grooving process itself, as well as various methodology and apparatus for correcting deformations that can occur as a result of the roll grooving process. Methods for using the aforementioned apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: US GROOVE AND FITTINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Duncan, Dennis Raymond Miller
  • Patent number: 11421810
    Abstract: A double vented transition elbow can be used when venting a variety of applications, such as for baseboard heaters and hot water heating systems. The double vented elbow allows venting in one orientation or in a different orientation when the elbow is rotated. One end of the elbow couples to copper tubing, while the other end of the elbow couples to PEX tubing. Thus, the elbow not only allows for venting in two different orientations, it also allows for the transition from copper to PEX tubing within the same fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: NIBCO Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Terry, Christopher William Mason, Lisa Lyon
  • Patent number: 11415249
    Abstract: A ferrule for coupling a tube to a fitting body of a fitting assembly. The ferrule may include a reduced thickness portion near a nut end of the ferrule, the reduced thickness portion being thinner than adjacent portions of the ferrule and configured to flex when the fitting assembly is made up. The ferrule may include a thin section toward the bite end of the ferrule, and an axially middle portion, between the thin section and the reduced thickness portion, may be configured to bow radially outwardly during assembly. The reduced thickness portion may have a radial thickness less than any other portion of the ferrule between the nut end and a bite edge of the ferrule closest to the nut end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: James D. Gibson
  • Patent number: 11402048
    Abstract: The invention relates to an expansion joint (1) for joining two adjacent parts of a pipe. The expansion joint (1) comprises an expansion bellows (5), an expanded wall (2) and an inner sleeve assembly (8). The expanded wall (2) comprises a first wall part (3) and a second wall part (4), wherein the first wall part (3) and the second wall part (4) are spaced apart from each other axially by an axial gap. The expansion bellows (5) is connected to the first wall part (3) and to the second wall part (4) such that the axial gap between the first wall part (3) and the second wall part (4) is closed and such that the first wall part (3) and the second wall part (4) are connected flexibly. The expanded wall (2) and the inner sleeve assembly (8) limit at least one sealed chamber (9, 10) between each other, and the at least one sealed chamber (9, 10) is filled by a first gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: BOREALIS AG
    Inventors: Piet Van Dooren, Peter Clymans, Nikolaos Vavizos, Marc Jordens, Matthias Weber, Marc Seckner, Harald Betke, Peter Rittershofer, Bert Balmer, Jochen Senger, Abdelkarim Oulad Abdellah
  • Patent number: 11400501
    Abstract: Herein a tubular element (2) is disclosed. The tubular element comprises a first tubular portion (4) comprising a first metal or alloy and a second tubular portion (6) comprising a second metal or alloy. At least a portion of an interface (9) between the first and second tubular portions (4, 6) extends within a fixed diameter range along a longitudinal direction (L) of the tubular element. The second tubular portion (6) comprises a first end portion (8) arranged around the first tubular portion (4). The second tubular portion (6) comprises a sealing surface (10) extending circumferentially around the second tubular portion (6) at the first end portion (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: AB Sandvik Materials Technology
    Inventors: Henrik Häll, Olle Eriksson
  • Patent number: 11384872
    Abstract: A coupling may be configured to receive and secure an insertion end of a conduit. An outer surface of the insertion end of the conduit may be smooth and free of grooves, flanges and beads. A first member of the coupling may define a first passageway. A second member of the coupling may define a second passageway. The first member may be in engagement with the second member. A gripping ring having an inner edge defining a series of teeth may be disposed within the second member. A support ring and O-ring may also be disposed within the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Husqvarna AB
    Inventors: Kent C. Ericksen, Eric Tres Wangsgaard, Scot W. Hoskisson, Stuart J. Eyring
  • Patent number: 11384879
    Abstract: A fluid circuit (160) defining a flow path for a fluid from a fluid supply (152) toward a process stage (156). The fluid circuit may include a plurality of operative components (168) including a body portion (182) and a plurality of tubing connector fittings (186). The operative components may be connected by a plurality of tubing segments (164). Each body portion may include a non-conductive fluoropolymer portion and an outer conductor (234) that extends between each of the plurality of tubing connector fittings and that is unitary with the non-conductive fluoropolymer portion. The plurality of tubing segments may include a non-conductive fluoropolymer tubing portion (187) and an axial strip (188) of conductive polymer. The outer conductor of each body portion conductively connected with tubing segments connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: ENTEGRIS, INC.
    Inventor: John A. Leys
  • Patent number: 11378215
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for connecting to the end of a duct, the apparatus comprising: an outer ring having a central axis (C) and an inner surface extending between a first axial end and a second axial end of the outer ring; and an inner ring positioned within the outer ring and having a central axis (C) and an outer surface extending between a first and second axial end of the inner ring. A gap is provided between the outer surface of the inner ring at its first end and the inner surface of the outer ring at its first end, the gap extending in the direction of the second ends of the inner and outer rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Zbigniew Minta
  • Patent number: 11359751
    Abstract: A tamper-evident cover for a component, the component comprising: first and second portions; and an actuator mechanism for moving the first and second portions or allowing the first and second portions to move relative to one another; wherein the cover comprises: a cover portion defining a cavity configured to receive the actuator mechanism of the component so as to prevent access to the actuator mechanism from the exterior of the cover portion; and a retention barb connected to the cover portion and housed within the cavity formed by the cover portion such that it is inaccessible from the exterior of the cover portion, the retention barb being configured to engage with the component so as to retain the cover portion over the actuator mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Bio Pure Technology Limited
    Inventors: Nick White, Chris Sillitoe
  • Patent number: 11346478
    Abstract: A connector for circuit elements of hydraulic or pneumatic systems, comprising: a first connecting body (10) extending along an axis (X); a second connecting body (20) extending along an axis (Y); wherein the first connecting body (10) and the second connecting body (20) can be installed on respective portions of circuit elements and are configured to provide a reversible fluid connection between the circuit elements in which the connector comprises: a first coupling member comprising a male tubular portion on the first connecting body (10) and a respective female tubular portion (23) on the second connecting body (20) to realize a fluid sealing connection by inserting the male tubular portion into a cavity of the female tubular portion (23) configured to guide the male tubular portion; a second coupling member comprising at least one protuberance (14) on an outer surface (11) of the first connecting body (10) and a respective groove (24) on the second connecting body (20) for making a mechanical reversible c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: CEME S.P.A.
    Inventor: Vincenzo Marcantonio
  • Patent number: 11346477
    Abstract: Quick coupling including casing defining longitudinal axis, outlet and inlet, to receive at the inlet at least part of external connector to fluidity connect external connector and outlet, shutter housed within casing to translate along longitudinal axis in opposition to opposing element, housing at least part of external connector and including retainer to lock at least part of external connector within shutter in at least one position along longitudinal axis, controller accessible from outside and including first slider housed within casing to translate along locking direction skewed relative to longitudinal axis in opposition to second opposing element, to house at least part of the shutter and including lock to lock the shutter within first slider in position along locking direction, and safety to lock shutter when subjected to pressures above predetermined threshold by fluid present within coupling, wherein the shutter locks external connector at least when safety locks shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: C.MATIC S.p.A.
    Inventor: Flavio Pucci
  • Patent number: 11339904
    Abstract: A magnetic hose coupling system for a helmet includes first and second coupling conduit segments magnetically coupled to each other. The first segment includes a hinged clamp at a first end to attach to a forced air intake barb on a motorsport helmet and an angled polygonal mating surface at a second end with magnetic attractors in the polygonal mating surface. The second segment includes an internally threaded first end to attach to a forced air hose and an angled polygonal mating surface at a second end with magnetic attractors in the polygonal mating surface. The polygonal mating surfaces of the first and second segments magnetically couple together and resist rotational and sheer movement of the first and second segments with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Arvand Ghodrati, William A. Hilgenberg, Allen A. Bischofberger
  • Patent number: 11339912
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement (100) for connecting thermally insulated, fluid-conducting lines (102, 104) has a coupling (101) comprising a first coupling part (106) and a second coupling part (108), and connecting means (110) for connecting the two coupling parts (106, 108). A covering (112) surrounding the coupling (101) is provided, which covering, on both sides of the coupling (101), in each case lies against the thermal insulation of the fluid-conducting lines (102, 104). A cavity (114) formed by the covering (112) is configured for thermal insulation between the coupling (101) and the exterior of the covering (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: NEXANS
    Inventors: Holger Schulz, Christian Reiter