Patents Examined by James Hewitt
  • Patent number: 9599261
    Abstract: An adjustable joint having an outer housing section and an inner housing section telescopically disposed within the outer housing section. The inner housing section has an exterior portion within the outer housing section and which defines a circumferentially extending shoulder. An annular seal is positioned on the shoulder to create a seal between the outer housing section and the inner housing section. A circumferentially extending heat insulating spacer is attached to the shoulder and abuts the seal to retain the seal in place. A circumferentially extending heat shield is rigidly connected to the shoulder and abuts the heat insulating spacer and is located such that the heat insulating spacer is positioned between the heat shield and the annular seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: American Seal and Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Freddie G. Schimanski, Alan J. Michaud
  • Patent number: 9599265
    Abstract: A fitting allowing a quick connection and disconnection of liquid color conduits includes a quick disconnect plate assembly having three plates layered on top of each other, the top plate including guides sized to receive projections extending off structure to which the fitting is to be connected, with the middle plate including stops engaging with the same projections upon rotation of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen B. Maguire
  • Patent number: 9598665
    Abstract: The racking arm includes a housing affixable to a tank side wall. A racking shaft extends through the housing with an inlet pipe coupled to an inside end of the racking shaft, with an entrance offset from a rotational axis of the racking shaft. A control arm is affixed to the racking shaft and can be rotated to cause rotation of the racking shaft relative to the housing and to change the entrance to different elevations within the tank. A clearance groove surrounds the inside end of the racking shaft to facilitate cleaning of the inside end of the racking shaft. The arm can interface with an indexing plate to hold the racking shaft fixed with the arm indicating by its position the orientation of the entrance. At least one leak detection port extends through the housing to indicate whether fluid is leaking between the racking shaft and housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas A. Barnum
  • Patent number: 9593475
    Abstract: A pipe system has an elbow 70 with a snake-passing opening 72 (FIG. 3) that is normally closed by a plug 88, with the walls of the snake opening and plug constructed to avoid harmful wear during use of the snake. The elbow forms a nipple 82 that surrounds the snake opening. The nipple has threads (102, FIG. 4) on its outside so snake-caused wear does not initially occur in the threads. The snake opening has an axis 108, and the plug middle forms a cup 112 that extends axially inward to block a majority of the volume within the inner end of the nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: Cornelio Torres, Jose Martin
  • Patent number: 9592373
    Abstract: Coupling arrangements and connectors for establishing a substantially fluid-tight removable connection between a fluid port in a medical device such as an endoscope. Various embodiments of the connectors may be coupled to a fluid conduit that may be attached to a decontamination or reprocessing device used to flow fluid through corresponding channels in the medical device during the decontamination process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick N. Nguyen, Walter Francovich, Philippe Conseil
  • Patent number: 9568131
    Abstract: A connection structure of a corrugated pipe is provided that may include a corrugated pipe, a clamping nut located outside of the corrugated pipe, a confinement ring mounted on a valley of the corrugated pipe and disposed within the clamping nut, a connection body having an insertion portion inserted into the clamping nut and having male threads threaded to the clamping nut, and a packing member located between an end of the corrugated pipe and the insertion portion to compress and deform the end of the corrugated pipe when the clamping nut is clamped and to provide a sealing between the end of the corrugated pipe and the insertion portion. As the packing member provides the sealing between the insertion portion of the connection body and the end of the corrugated pipe, a gap may minimally occur and reliability is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Dong-A Flexible Metal Tubes Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Lim Choi
  • Patent number: 9568125
    Abstract: A threaded joint for steel pipes comprising a pin (1) and a box (2). The pin has a male thread (11) and a lip (12) which comprises (i) a sealing surface (13) and (ii) a nose portion (16) provided with a shoulder surface. The box has a female thread (21), a sealing surface (23) and a shoulder surface. The shoulder surface of the pin comprises two distinct adjacent surfaces, main shoulder (14) in the inner side and sub shoulder (15) in the outer side. Correspondingly, the shoulder surface of the box comprises two distinct adjacent surfaces, main shoulder (24) in the inner side and sub shoulder (25) in the outer side. The main shoulder surfaces of the pin and box are disposed such as to prevent a radially inward deformation of the lip end, and the sub shoulder surfaces of pin and box are disposed such as to limit a radially outward deformation of the lip end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventors: Suguru Yamaguchi, Keiichi Nakamura, Masaaki Sugino, Michihiko Iwamoto, Gabriel Briquet, Claire Patureau, Daly Daly, Bertrand Maillon, Sylvain Beigneux
  • Patent number: 9561584
    Abstract: A swage or coupling tool is provided for use in coupling a fluid line to a compression fitting, a fluid coupler, or the like. The swage tool provides multiple degrees of freedom and/or multiple pivots or pivot joints to facilitate and maintain alignment of the jaws with the compression fitting during use of the swage tool to facilitate properly-aligned assembly of the compression fitting, and to limit bending or kinking of the fluid line when the fitting is being attached. The swage tool includes a pair of movable jaws, which may have stepped or rounded engagement surfaces, which may be forced against corresponding engagement surfaces of the compression fitting to securely assemble the fitting to the fluid line. The shape of the engagement surfaces facilitates properly-aligned assembly of the compression fitting, and limits bending or kinking of the fluid line when the fitting is being attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: American Grease Stick Company
    Inventor: John M. Peirce
  • Patent number: 9556991
    Abstract: A pipe joint has a body, and an annular packing is mounted to the opening of the body into which a fluid tube is inserted. The packing is provided with: a body section having a substantially rectangular cross-sectional shape; and a seal section protruding in the radial direction from the inner peripheral surface of the body section. The seal section is formed at substantially the center of the body section in the widthwise direction thereof and is formed in a triangular cross-sectional shape tapering to the inner peripheral side. When the fluid tube is inserted in the opening, the seal section of the packing makes sliding contact with the outer peripheral surface of the fluid tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Masayoshi Furuya, Akihito Takanashi
  • Patent number: 9546473
    Abstract: A plumbing connection hub for connecting household plumbing to appliances or basins is provided. The hub includes a container formed by a continuous wall and at least one open side, a tubular drain outlet leading out of the container through an operatively lower portion of the wall and the outlet being connectable to the sewage system of a house, and a drain inlet leading into the container from an open side with the tube fixed to the wall, and with the inner ends of the inlet and outlet positioned to receive a s-trap between them. The hub further includes a water connection elbow pipe locator for locating a water connection elbow pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Pieter Albertus Reinecke
    Inventors: Louise Cronje, Johannes Cronje, Pieter Albertus Reinecke
  • Patent number: 9541222
    Abstract: Duct fittings can be formed or assembled from two or more components including a collar and a clamp. The clamp and the collar can be assembled and/or mated together to form the duct fittings. The collar can have a first annular portion to which a first layer of a multilayered duct is attached or connected. The collar also can include a second annular portion that can include splines to which a second layer of the multilayered duct is attached. The splines can accommodate or form fluid passageways. The clamp can be located on top of the second layer and can include attachment mechanisms securing the clamp to a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael John Shinners
  • Patent number: 9539670
    Abstract: An end-to-end tubular joint includes first locking pieces cut from the first tube and second locking pieces cut from the second tube, where the cuts have radial cut faces on the axially aligned cuts. The first and second locking pieces are interlocked with lateral extensions of the respective locking pieces bearing against one another and the radial cut surfaces distributed circumferentially around the joint so as to constrain relative movement between the parts. The first locking pieces are welded to the first tube and the second locking pieces are welded to the second tube to form a tube joint. An alternative forms cutouts in the first tube and fits locking pieces into the cutouts that are welded to a second member, such as a second tube or cylinder that fits into the first tube so as to form the tube joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Creganna-Tactx Medical
    Inventors: Bernard McDermott, Adam Szczepanski
  • Patent number: 9528607
    Abstract: A stuffing box flow diverter including a body including first, second, and third connector portions. The third connector portion is configured for connection to a stuffing box. A first passage extends from the first connector portion to the third connector portion and a second passage extends from the first connector portion to the third connector portion. The first and second passages are coaxial, wherein the second passage includes an annular portion extending along at least a portion of the first passage. The first passage is defined by a tube extending from the first connector portion and through a bore formed in the third connector portion, the bore having a bore diameter larger than an outer diameter of the tube. The second passage includes the annular region defined by the bore diameter and the outer tube diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Ben Gablonski, Perry Willis
  • Patent number: 9512943
    Abstract: A connecting arrangement connects an end of a fluid conduit to an assembly. The connecting arrangement includes a stub (1) having a flow opening (11) for receiving the fluid conduit at one end of the flow opening (11) as well as a flange (2) having a first opening (9) for receiving the stub (1) and a second opening (10) for fastening to the assembly. The stub (1) is inserted into the first opening (9) and connected to the flange (2) in a material-to-material manner. The flange (2) has in the region of the connection a groove (4) that extends in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ContiTech Techno-Chemie GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Paust, Michael Hahn, Juergen Foik
  • Patent number: 9500308
    Abstract: A spiral-type flexible pipe connector is provided that includes a socket, into which one end of a spiral-type flexible pipe is inserted, a nut coupled to the socket to fix the spiral-type flexible pipe to the socket, and a packing and a support ring located between the one end of the spiral-type flexible pipe and the socket. The packing includes a sealing portion, into which a tip of the one end of the spiral-type flexible pipe is inserted, such that the sealing portion surrounds the tip of the one end of the spiral-type flexible pipe, thereby sealing a connection part of the spiral-type flexible pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Dong-A Flexible Metal Tubes Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Lim Choi
  • Patent number: 9482377
    Abstract: An adaptor that is used with a valve fitment assembly used to dispense fluids or flowable materials from a container. The adaptor is utilized in conjunction with the valve fitment assembly to allow the fitment assembly to be used with a spout and valve assembly attached to a container holding fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James Johnson
  • Patent number: 9476791
    Abstract: A field testable instrument housing connection is made up of an integral instrument housing assembly that includes both an instrument housing and a separate one-piece compression nut portion and a separate modified reducing union. The instrument housing has a mating geometry that is disposed over the downhole portion of the separate modified reducing union and the separate one-piece compression nut portion is then disposed over both the uphole portion of the instrument housing and a downhole portion of the modified reducing union. The complete assembly of the modified reducing union, including primary and secondary seals in combination with the integral instrument housing assembly provide then both an annular seal and a seal of the instrument housing. The entire assembly is field testable via provided test ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Marion Robert Jahn
  • Patent number: 9470044
    Abstract: A process for treating a pin having an external threaded portion and a box having an internal threaded portion wherein the process provides a threadable joint having a high galling resistance. One embodiment of the present invention includes applying a lubricant on the threaded portion of at least one of the pin and box. The threadable joint is made up by threadably engaging the threaded portions of the pin and box to a recommended torque according to the American Petroleum Institute and then breaking out the threaded joint. The making up and breaking out step with lubricant applied on the threaded portion of at least one of the pin and box is performed a plurality of times. One of the threaded portions of the pin and box is then case hardened. The threadable joint made from this process is highly resistant to galling without the requirement of any lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Pegasis S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Alaria, Angelo Canavera
  • Patent number: 9464745
    Abstract: An adapter for a cylindrical polyethylene comprises a tubular body section, a saddle-shaped flange connected at a first end to the tubular body section, and adapted to mate with an outer surface of the cylindrical tank, the saddle-shaped flange including a bolt hole pattern having a first spacing. A circular flange connected to a second end of the tubular body section, the circular flange having a bolt hole pattern having a second spacing, wherein the first bolt hole spacing is one half the second bolt hole spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Steven Ireland
  • Patent number: 9441771
    Abstract: A device for coupling a male piping member to a female piping member includes a compressible sealing gasket and a gripping ring surrounding the male piping member, the gripping ring including at least one gripping member and at least one overlapping surface. An intermediate ring surrounding the male piping member at least partially overlaps an overlapping surface of the gripping ring and communicates with the compressible sealing gasket. A locking ring surrounding the male piping member communicates with the gripping ring, wherein through a tightening connection between the locking ring and the female piping member, the locking ring communicates with the gripping ring forcing the intermediate ring into the compressible sealing gasket to form a seal between the male piping member and the female piping member and subsequently to force the gripping ring to grip the male piping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Mikhail German, Leo W. Fleury, Jr.