Patents Examined by James Hook
  • Patent number: 10274123
    Abstract: A thread protector comprises a hollow cylindrical body with a substantially closed end and a threaded inner annular wall extending from the substantially closed end. An annular ring extends inwardly from the substantially closed end. The annular ring has a sloped wall which is spaced-apart from and faces the threaded inner annular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Moulding Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Max Danneffel, John Danneffel
  • Patent number: 10267437
    Abstract: A metal-shelled hose assembly includes a metal outer shell lined with a flexible, water-tight inner tubing integrated with a bendable strain-relief section that is configured to allow the metal-shelled hose to be pulled from a straight angle regardless of where it is attached. The bendable strain-relief section is provided at least at the faucet end of the hose, where it effectively changes the angle of the length of the metal hose relative to the faucet when the hose is pulled at an angle to the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: John O. Yeiser
  • Patent number: 10260660
    Abstract: A multi-walled pipe and a method for its manufacture involves a steel sheet forming a steel source layer to which a nickel source layer is applied on at least one or both sides. A solder source layer is applied to the one nickel source layer, or one of the two, or both, nickel source layers. The multi-walled pipe is formed from a strip of the coated metal sheet by rolling. The walls of the pipe are soldered by heating. In one form, the heating takes place by radiation. In another, it takes place by induction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Sebastian Meier
  • Patent number: 10253915
    Abstract: A fitting for repairing a leaking polymer pipe is provided. The fitting includes a first housing and a second housing that are sized to fit about the pipe. The first housing includes a first coil configured to increase in temperature in response to the application of an electrical current to fuse the first housing to the second housing and the pipe. The second housing includes a second coil on a first end and a third coil on an opposing end. The second and third coils configured to increase in temperature in response to the application of electrical current to fuse the second housing to the pipe. The fitting further includes a first seal coupled to the first housing and a second seal coupled to the second housing. The first and second seal forming a seal that prevents gas pressure from the pipe from interrupting the fusion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Richard J. Trieste, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10227052
    Abstract: An elastic tubular body includes a grommet fitted to an opening edge of a mounting hole of a support body, a flared portion formed in a flare shape and deformable so as to invert an inner face and an outer face and having a large diameter edge coupled to the grommet; and a bellows-like tube of a bellows-like tubular shape having a smaller diameter than an inner diameter of a small diameter edge of the flared portion, a first end of the bellows-like tube connected with the small diameter edge of the flared portion. The flared portion is configured to be in a state projecting from the grommet or in a state where the outer face is reversed to enter inside the inner face and store the flared portion in a storage space of the grommet. The bellows-like tube is stored inside the flared portion stored in the storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Tetsuya Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10228087
    Abstract: A method for filling a gap with a filler material, enabling prevention of inflow of the filler material into an air removing tool through its opening before complete removal of air from the gap, and enabling uniform filling of the gap with the filler material. The gap is between an existing conduit and a lining material provided inside the existing conduit. The method includes: inserting an air removing tool into an air removing hole bored through the lining material, and bringing a leading end face of the air removing tool into contact with the inner circumferential surface of the existing conduit; and injecting the filler material into the gap while expelling air from the gap through a leading end of the air removing tool, the air removing tool including, at its leading end, an air removing portion through which air is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Susumu Okuda, Ichiro Kusuba, Koji Aso
  • Patent number: 10221986
    Abstract: A method of repairing a manhole is provided. A mastic material capable of curing and hardening as applied to a lower portion of the manhole, including the barrel, bench, and into at least one pipe line extending from the manhole. A resin saturated liner may also be included into a portion of the pipe extending from the manhole. A manhole liner saturated with a resinous material is then positioned in the manhole, and the manhole liner, pipe liner, and mastic material are configured to cure at approximately the same time to form a homogenous, repaired interior of the manhole, including a portion extending into the pipe. The pipe or pipes can then be repaired in a manner such as inverting a liner or bladder into the pipe. In the addition of an end seal at the juncture between the pipe and manhole is also contemplated for further sealing the juncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: LMK Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Larry W. Kiest, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10214892
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is wastewater pipe having a shape that is operable to flow both small and large volumes of wastewater. The wastewater pipe includes a bottom portion with a different diameter than to top portion. The top and bottom portions of the wastewater pipe are connected by side walls that extend tangentially from the bottom portion and intersect tangentially with the top portion. The pipes may also variously include alignment tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: George Tendick
  • Patent number: 10208882
    Abstract: A magnetic pressure pulse attenuator can include a variable volume and at least two magnetic devices. A magnetic force between the magnetic devices varies in response to a pressure change in the volume. A fluid system can include a fluid volume with a variable pressure therein, and a magnetic pressure pulse attenuator including a variable volume in communication with the fluid volume. The variable volume can vary in response to a pressure variation, and the attenuator can further include a magnetic actuator which increases a magnetic force in response to an increase in the pressure. A method of attenuating pressure pulses in a fluid system can include connecting a variable volume of a magnetic pressure pulse attenuator to a fluid volume of the fluid system, the attenuator including a magnetic actuator which generates a magnetic force, and the force increasing in response to a pressure increase in the variable volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew D. Vos
  • Patent number: 10208884
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for use in protecting watersheds from turf treatment contaminants particularly in relation to sports fields and golf courses. The invention further relates to methods and systems for the use of a plurality of the devices in a system to control, impede, or reduce the level of contaminants from turf treatments which enter drainage systems and catch basins associated with turf surfaces, turf sports fields, parks and golf courses. The invention relates to the device alone or in combination with a catch basin cover or in combination with a catch basin directly or in combination with a drainage riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: DRAINGARDE, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Stephen Honeyball
  • Patent number: 10208981
    Abstract: Example air duct assemblies include a pliable air duct supported such that the duct is maintained in a generally expanded shape even when the duct is deflated. In some examples, a series of hangers suspend the duct from one or more cables, tracks or other type of overhead support. The hangers are spaced apart and distributed over the length of the duct, and each one contributes in pulling the duct taut in the duct's longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Cary Pinkalla, Jeff Logic, Kevin J. Gebke, Nicholas L. Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 10203063
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inner anticorrosive and abrasive resistant coating (10) for steel pipes (1) used for the transport of fluids. The coating includes: a layer of epoxy resin (2) having free hydroxyl groups, which are applied directly to the inside 1a of the steel pipe (1); a layer of thermoplastic adhesive (3) applied directly onto the layer of epoxy resin; and a layer polyethylene (4), which is applied directly onto the layer of thermoplastic adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Patagonia Shale Services, S.A.
    Inventors: Adrian Andreani, Federico Noriega
  • Patent number: 10197339
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for maintaining temperature in a sub-sea device, in particular in relation to fluid in the device. A material having a high latent heat on phase change is used to release latent heat to the fluid when the fluid temperature decreases towards a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: George Karabelas, Duncan Edward Reay
  • Patent number: 10196015
    Abstract: An elastic projecting piece insertion hole is defined by an outer wall portion, an inner wall portion that opposes the outer wall portion across a gap, and a left wall portion and a right wall portion that connect edge portions on both sides of the outer wall portion and the inner wall portion. A first tapered surface whose height gradually decreases from an outer edge toward an inner edge is formed at an upper surface of the outer wall portion. An upper surface of the inner wall portion is set to be lower in height than the outer edge of the upper surface of the outer wall portion. Second tapered surfaces whose height gradually decreases from the height of the outer edge of the upper surface of the outer wall portion toward the height of the upper surface of the inner wall portion are respectively formed at upper surfaces of the left wall portion and the right wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryo Suenaga
  • Patent number: 10197077
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a choke system comprising: a choke body; a gate having first and second sidewalls opposing one another; a first seat including a first channel and first conduits; a second seat coupling the second sidewall to the choke body and including a second channel; a third seat coupling the first sidewall to the choke body; a plug coupled to a bottom surface of the gate; a choke stem coupled to a top surface of the gate; wherein (a) the choke system is to convey fluid through the first channel and first conduits when the gate is open and fluid is pressurized in the second channel, and (b) the first conduits of the first seat have first long axes that are non-collinear with a long axis of the first channel. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SRI Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Alagarsamy Sundararajan, Aravindhan Rajamarthandan, Gayathri Srinivasa Ragavan, Don Gramlich, Purnima Vegesna
  • Patent number: 10197210
    Abstract: Various pipe insulations and apparatuses for insulating pipe that employ magnetic closures are disclosed herein. Pipe insulation is configured to fit substantially around a pipe. In one case, the pipe insulation has a lengthwise split. A magnetic closure is attached to a first lengthwise edge of the pipe insulation along a first side of the lengthwise split. The magnetic closure is configured to magnetically mate with another closure attached to a second lengthwise edge along a second side of the lengthwise split to hold the pipe insulation substantially around the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10199811
    Abstract: A plastic corrugated tube having corrugations distributed over its length and a longitudinal slit running along a lateral longitudinal line is provided. The corrugated tube can be converted into an open position by opening the longitudinal slit and into a closed position in which edge regions of the corrugated tube overlap, wherein the corrugated tube is elastically prestressed toward its closed position. The corrugations on the edge region of the corrugated tube, which in the closed position lies radially below the other edge region of the corrugated tube, are offset radially inwards within a predefined circumferential region with respect to the corrugations outside this circumferential region and are designed such that, in the closed position, they are in engagement with the radial underside of the corrugations of the other edge region, which corrugations engage over them such that they are mutually displaceable in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Van Ngoc Chu, Matthias Buettner
  • Patent number: 10167985
    Abstract: One embodiment discloses a pressure buffer device, which includes a pipe-shaped member that stores fluid, and a partitioning member that is movably provided in the pipe-shaped member to partition its space into a first space and a second space. The pressure buffer device further includes a fluid reservoir portion that is arranged at the a radial outer side of the pipe-shaped member to store fluid, and a communication path that is arranged at a radial outer side of the fluid reservoir portion to communicate between the first space and the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Gota Nakano
  • Patent number: 10157690
    Abstract: Provided is a high-pressure fluid discharge device in which a pipe, to which a nozzle is connected, is routed and a high pressure fluid transferred through the pipe is discharged from the nozzle, wherein the pipe is formed by alternately connecting first pipes and second pipes having a larger flow passage area than the first pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Masafumi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10145580
    Abstract: A duct for air transport comprises an inner jacket having an inlet end for connecting the duct to an air supply and an outlet end for connecting the duct to a duct for a further transport or distribution of air, and an outer jacket made of an impervious material and surrounding the inner jacket spaced therefrom. An insulating chamber is formed between the inner jacket and the outer jacket. The inner jacket and the outer jacket are adapted to conduct from the interior space of the inner jacket through the insulating chamber into the ambient atmosphere, namely in an amount of 0.02 to 100‰ of the total volume of air fed into the inner jacket. The area for conducting air into the insulating chamber and the area for conducting air away from the insulating chamber are spaced from each other during the operation of the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: PRIHODO s.r.o.
    Inventor: Zdenek Prihoda