Patents Examined by James Hook
  • Patent number: 10012331
    Abstract: A bendable support insert includes a coiled based portion and a malleable elongated portion. The malleable elongated portion is perpendicularly connected to the coiled based portion from an end. The bendable support insert is sized to be applicable for existing flexible conduit tubing so that an adapting device is able to internally connect the bendable support insert within the flexible conduit tubing. The insertion and placement of the bendable support insert permits the flexible conduit tubing to be configured according desired layout. Additionally, the bendable support insert maintains the user-define configuration throughout the lifespan of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: J. Gregory Kornbacher, III
  • Patent number: 10000035
    Abstract: A hose assembly, preferably a garden hose assembly, including a jacketed tube that is lightweight, durable and versatile. The tube is able to expand longitudinally along the length-wise axis of the hose between hose ends, as well as radially or circumferentially, to an expanded state in response to application of at least a minimum fluid pressure to an inner tube of the hose. Once the fluid pressure falls below the minimum fluid pressure, the hose assembly will contract. The two layer construction of the hose assembly allows for storage in relatively compact spaces, similar flow rates, approximately one-half the weight, and improved maneuverability when compared to conventional hose constructions. In one embodiment the jacket is formed around the tube in a continuous process that welds a material, preferably using hot air, into the jacket. The welded joint forms a region of jacket that is preferably about twice the thickness of the rest of the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TEKNOR APEX COMPANY
    Inventors: Gil Blanchette, Michael Melo, Steve Correa, Timothy L. Chapman, Marlon Van Beek, John W. Parker, Jr., Paul Burke, Ron Eilertson
  • Patent number: 9995423
    Abstract: A pipe repair apparatus is provided. The pipe repair apparatus includes a cap. The cap includes a cylinder shape having a front edge forming an opening into the cap, a rear edge forming an opening into the cap, and at least a first side edge and a second side edge. The cap may further include a cap flange formed at the front edge having a first bend in a direction towards a central longitudinal axis of the cap and a second bend in a direction away from the central longitudinal axis of the cap. The cap is sized to fit over a pipe so that the first side edge overlaps the second side edge. A clamp secures the cap to the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: James P. Kerns
  • Patent number: 9994194
    Abstract: A sealing shroud is provided for blocking the port through a panel of the service compartment on an RV vehicle, or the like, through which the sewage outlet hose is connected to the external sewage line. This sealing shroud includes a pervious section preferably fabricated from a wire mesh which prevents rodents or other varmints from chewing an opening therein. The sealing shroud is carried by the external sewage line and blocks a rodent from entering into the RV through the space between the sewage line and the RV port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Randy Greene
  • Patent number: 9982800
    Abstract: A bending restrictor assembly has a pipeline section, a first overlying pipe section having a wall overlying a portion of the pipeline section at one end thereof, a second overlying pipe section having a wall overlying another portion of the pipeline section at an opposite end thereof, and a plurality of cylindrical members overlying the pipeline section between the first and second overlying pipe sections. The first and second overlying pipe sections extend outwardly beyond the respective ends of the pipeline section. The bending restrictor assembly achieves a permanent bend and restricts ovality of a subsea pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Tor Persson
  • Patent number: 9982693
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a device comprising a self-regulating pressure pipe for increasing a rate of a fluid flow of a fluid and configured to respond to the volume of the fluid or the viscosity of the fluid by decreasing or increasing the pressure within the self-regulating pressure pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: NGI Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dustin P. Nord, Cynthia L. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9982824
    Abstract: A device for reduced-noise fastening of pipes or hoses includes two fastening parts which are connectable to one another and which have recesses which, in the assembled state, form a leadthrough in which there is arranged a vibration-damping ring-shaped insert, the internal contour of which is designed for receiving a pipe or hose. The insert is formed by a hollow cylindrical main body, on the outer shell surface of which there are arranged, spaced apart from one another, two encircling radially outwardly projecting webs, wherein, in the leadthrough of the fastening parts, there is arranged a radially encircling central web which engages into a groove formed between the webs of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Walter Stauffenberg GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Stefan Koenig
  • Patent number: 9976675
    Abstract: Tubes for use in ultrahigh pressure devices, and associated systems and methods of manufacture are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a metal tube includes an elongate bore having a circular transverse cross-sectional shape. The metal tube also includes an elongate wall extending around the bore and having an annular transverse cross-sectional shape with an inner surface closest to the bore, an outer surface furthest from the bore, and a wall thickness extending from the inner surface to the outer surface. An inner portion of the wall is under swage-autofrettage-induced overall compressive stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Omax Corporation
    Inventors: Chidambaram Raghavan, Darren Stang
  • Patent number: 9974429
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a flexible device having a longitudinal axis, a first elongate member configured to move the flexible device in a first direction relative to the longitudinal axis, and a second elongate member configured to move the flexible device in a second direction relative to the longitudinal axis that is different to the first direction. The flexible device can also have an articulation section including a plurality of articulation links, wherein at least one of the plurality of articulation links can include a body configured to receive the first elongate member and the second elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, John B. Golden, Barry Weitzner
  • Patent number: 9964218
    Abstract: The invention is an improved line blind valve which provides absolute positive flow shut-off in piping systems. It uses fluid pressure to separate the seal surfaces while ensuring the end connections do not move relative to each other. Once separated, the blind can be moved easily into either the closed blind position or the open full flow position. The assembly consists of an outer housing, two end pipes and a sliding carrier that allows a blind to be either inserted into the flow or removed by pivoting the blind about a pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EVERGREEN MECHANICAL DESIGN LTD.
    Inventors: Ryan Joseph Prontack, John Lawrence Keen, Kyle Halliday
  • Patent number: 9963090
    Abstract: A cap provided for use in capping a sewage drain tube of a vehicle and/or opening where a sewage drain tube is located. The sewer drain cap includes a chamber with a lid, useful for storage. Apertures to allow air flow or ventilation and to aid in removal and replacement of the sewer drain cap are provided. A sealing member for the drain tube cap is also provided for attaching to and/or sealing a drain tube and/or opening where a sewage drain tube is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Dustin Tyler
  • Patent number: 9964461
    Abstract: A sealing device is provided for use with a fitting. The fitting has circular port and a flow path with a longitudinal axis. A circular port encircles a portion of the flow path opposite the port with the sealing device inserted into the port. The sealing device has a circular top with two opposing surfaces depending therefrom but inclined so the surfaces are closer at the top. A continuous sidewall joins the periphery of the two surfaces. The opposing surfaces are inclined and spaced apart further at the top than at an end opposite the top. A cylindrical hole through the opposing surfaces encircles the flow path during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Reliance Worldwide Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis L Hart, Cristobal Gonzalez, Virgil E. O'Neil, Jeffrey A. Jaramillo, Larry D. Brown
  • Patent number: 9945504
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lining element (10) for the rehabilitation of a pipeline, having a carrier layer (16) consisting of an expandable, resin-absorbent material which, in the longitudinal direction (L1, L2) of the carrier layer (16), has a first expansion rigidity, and a stiffening structure (24) which, in the longitudinal direction (L1, L2) of the carrier layer (16), has a second expansion rigidity, wherein the first expansion rigidity is lower than the second expansion rigidity and wherein the stiffening structure (24) is incorporated into the carrier layer (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Trelleborg Pipe Seals Duisburg GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Bichler
  • Patent number: 9945505
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for lining a pipe line having a first pipe section in communication with a second pipe section where the first pipe section has an inside diameter greater than an inside diameter of the second pipe section. A transition tube having an outside diameter substantially equal to the inside diameter of the second pipe section and a length substantially equal to or greater than the length of the first pipe section is inverted into the pipe line along with a liner. A resinous material applied to the liner cures and hardens the liner after inversion. The transition tube creates a surface against which the liner can be compressed to help prevent the liner from being overstretched in the wider first pipe section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: LMK Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Larry W. Kiest
  • Patent number: 9945508
    Abstract: A pipe (18) having an inner fluid confinement assembly (30) including a corrugated inner tube (40) having an axis (A-A?), a tensile armor (42) arranged around the inner tube (40) and a heat-insulating assembly (44) arranged around the tensile armor (42). The pipe includes a ballast assembly (32) mounted around the inner assembly (30). The ballast assembly (32) includes a plurality of collars (70A) mounted externally on the inner assembly (30) to form a support layer (70), at least one outer armor (72) and at least one ballast ring (74A) engaged around the outer armor (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventor: Philippe Espinasse
  • Patent number: 9933104
    Abstract: A method of lining an interior of a pipe in need of repair comprises providing a carrier tube having one or more expandable materials, coating the carrier tube with a binder, securing one or more layers of a fiber-laden material along an exterior surface of the carrier tube with the assistance of the binder. The carrier tube is delivered, together with the at least one layer of the fiber-laden material and the binder, to a targeted location inside a pipe in need of repair. The carrier tube comprises a first diameter while the carrier tube is being delivered to the targeted located inside the pipe in need of repair. The method additionally comprises radially expanding the carrier tube from the first diameter to a second diameter, such that the one or more layers of the fiber-laden material and the binder at least partially contact and/or adhere to an interior wall of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Fyfe Co. LLC
    Inventor: Edward R. Fyfe
  • Patent number: 9933792
    Abstract: A flow regulator system includes a flow regulator placed within a fluid flow path to maintain fluid flow therethrough at a desired flow rate. The flow regulator includes a flow washer having an orifice therethrough and a regulator body that receives the flow washer. At fluid pressures between a first fluid pressure and a second fluid pressure, the flow washer rotationally deforms to decrease or increase the size of the orifice, thereby maintaining the desired flow rate. When fluid pressure is greater than or equal to the second fluid pressure, the flow washer contacts a portion of the regulator body to prevent further rotational deformation of the flow washer. In addition, the flow washer radially compresses or expands to increase or decrease the size of the orifice, thereby maintaining the desired flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventor: Donald W. Smeller
  • Patent number: 9920872
    Abstract: A renovation liner is installed in a pipework. More particularly, an end of the renovation liner is closed by an elastic end piece. The renovation liner is impregnated with a hardening impregnating agent. The renovation liner, together with its end piece, is slipped into a position in the pipework to be renovated. A pressure is provided and maintained in a space formed by the renovation liner and the elastic end piece in order to press the renovation liner against walls of the pipework until the impregnating agent of the renovation liner has hardened in shape. The elastic end piece is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: PICOTE OY LTD.
    Inventor: Mika Lokkinen
  • Patent number: 9920775
    Abstract: The present invention is a distributed piston elastomeric accumulator which stores energy when its elastomeric member stretches from its original length in response to the flow of a pressurized fluid. The stored energy is returned when the fluid flow is reversed and the accumulator discharges the fluid as its elastomeric member returns to its original length and moves the piston to its initial position. At least one part of the novelty of the invention is that the accumulator is not subject to radial strain gradients and the accumulator allows for precise pressure and linear position measurements. Accordingly, the invention allows for optimization of the energy strain storage capacity of a given elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Eric J. Barth, John M. Tucker
  • Patent number: 9920862
    Abstract: A fluid conduit comprises a wall defining a fluid flow path and a confinement feature within the wall and being configured to confine energy within a cavity, wherein at least a portion of the fluid flow path extends through the cavity. The confinement feature may be configured to confine electromagnetic energy. The fluid conduit may comprise an oscillator defined by the cavity and a positive feedback arrangement. The fluid conduit may be configured for sensing a property of a fluid present in or flowing through the fluid conduit or for use in sensing a property of a fluid present in or flowing through the fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: Magma Global Limited, Salunda Limited
    Inventors: Martin Peter William Jones, Charles Alexander Tavner, Alan David Parker, John Francis Gregg