Patents Examined by James M. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 11959566
    Abstract: A tensioning clamp (10) with a tensioning band (12), two tensioning elements (14a, 14b), a pulling element (16) and an insert (18). The tensioning band (12) comprises two ends folded over to form a loop. Each of the loops (20a, 20b) receives a tensioning element and has openings (24, 26). The pulling element (16) connects the tensioning elements (14a, 14b) through the openings (24, 26) and transmits a pulling force applied to tension the tensioning clamp (10). The insert (18) is arranged in a circumferential region of the loops (20a, 20b) between the tensioning band (12) and a binding material, and has two radially inwardly projecting ribs (30a, 30b) extending in the circumferential direction of the tensioning band (10) and a trough (32) formed between the ribs (30a, 30b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Oetiker Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Dominik Tobler, Steffen Richter
  • Patent number: 11953132
    Abstract: A hose clamp developed for hose structures used in many fields particularly in the automotive sector. The hose clamp includes a clamp band which surrounds the hose, a clamp housing which engages both ends of said clamp band, at least one positioner clip which limits radial and axial motion of the hose clamp on the hose, a wing with springy feature which is located on the positioner clip and allows diameter reduction of the hose clamp, a structure which couples the positioner clip to the hose by a plurality of serrations and does damage the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Özden Keskin, Engin çiçekliyurt
  • Patent number: 11953225
    Abstract: A flanged ring connector (50) for connecting adjacent ends of HVAC ducting (52) includes an insertion flange portion to engage within the interior of the ducting. A mating flange portion (56) extends laterally or transversely to the insertion flange portion (54). A seat (58) is formed along the mating flange portion (56) to receive and retain a seal (60) and/or a reinforcing member or bead (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: Jeffrey Allen Hermanson
  • Patent number: 11953138
    Abstract: A swivel stack for transfer of fluid across a rotary interface around a rotation axis between incoming and outgoing flow-lines, includes: a group of lower, upper and central annular elements; the lower, upper and central element each being centered around the axis; the central element positioned between the lower and upper elements; an outer annular element centered around the axis between the lower and upper elements; a toroidal chamber between the central and outer elements; downward and upward facing surfaces of the outer element being adjacent to the upward surface of the lower element and the downward surface of the upper element; the lower element's upward surface and the upper element's downward surface having a first stepped surface and the outer element's upward and downward surfaces have a second stepped surface, such that at least two annular cavities centered around the rotation axis are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Liva Christian Randrianarivony, Sébastien Jean-François Truchi
  • Patent number: 11946580
    Abstract: A joined body includes a tubular first member, and a second member including a plate-shaped wall portion in which a through-hole is formed, the first member being inserted into the through-hole. The collar member is interposed between the first member and the second member in at least a part of the hole peripheral wall of the through-hole. The first member and the second member are joined by expanding the first member at a portion corresponding to the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: KOBE STEEL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Maeda, Toru Hashimura, Taiki Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 11933434
    Abstract: A clamp and gasket system secures adjoining ends of sanitary tubing together. The clamp and gasket system may include a holding member. The holding member holds the gasket to the clamp to prevent or reduce loss of or damage to the gasket. The gasket may be formed from stainless steel and seal against concave surfaces in the ends of the adjoining sanitary tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Cairn5 LLC
    Inventor: Trent Andersen
  • Patent number: 11933443
    Abstract: A penetration fitting assembly includes a base assembly including first and second gasket halves and first and second base halves, a pipe gasket, and a cap assembly including first and second cap halves. The gasket halves each include first and second semi-annular portions, and the base halves each include a semi-annular face plate defining openings, a semi-annular groove in a front surface of the face plate, a reinforcement flange extending along an outer peripheral edge of the face plate, and a second semi-annular groove in an outer surface of the reinforcement flange. The pipe gasket includes an annular portion defining a central opening, and stem portions extending in opposite directions from the annular portion. The cap halves each include a semi-cylindrical sidewall defining a semi-annular groove, a semi-circular cap plate connected to the semi-cylindrical sidewall, and a channel defined by the semi-circular cap plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: S. Bravo Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Emerson, Ricardo Burgos, Don Mukai, Max Cohen, Adam Macias, Micah Nelson
  • Patent number: 11906078
    Abstract: A pipe coupling assembly for joining two sections of polymer pipe, the pipe coupling assembly comprising: an insert configured for positioning within an end region of a first section of polymer pipe and an end region of a second section of polymer pipe, such that an annular gap is formed between the insert and the end regions of polymer pipe; an adhesive configured for sealing the annular gap between the insert and the end regions; and an external coupler for positioning over the end regions and joining the first and second sections of polymer pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Polyflow LLC
    Inventors: Liang Yu, James Fenwick Mason
  • Patent number: 11906095
    Abstract: An apparatus may comprise: a metal pipe portion extending from a first end to a first transition end and defining a first radially outer surface and a first radially inner surface, the first transition end comprising a first tooth element and a second tooth element disposed circumferentially adjacent to the first tooth element; and a polymeric pipe portion having a second transition end and defining a second radially outer surface and a second radially inner surface, the second transition end having a complimentary shape to the first transition end, the second transition end coupled to the first transition end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Nathaniel Ching, Jin Hu, Ramesh Achutha Rao
  • Patent number: 11898404
    Abstract: Drill string components having at least two threads extending around a body. The leading end of each thread can have a configuration having increased strength and resistance to jamming and cross-threading. In particular, the leading end of each thread can comprise a planar surface normal to the body. The leading end of each thread can provide an abrupt transition to full thread depth that helps reduce or eliminate cross-threading and can be oriented at an angle relative to the axis of the drill string component. Each thread can further provide at least one of a variable thread width and a variable thread pitch configured to create an axial progressive fit. Each thread can also provide a cylindrical thread root and a thread crest that circumscribes a frusta-cone over at least a portion of the axial length of the threads configured to create a radial progressive fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Boart Longyear Company
    Inventors: Christopher L. Drenth, Keith William Littlely
  • Patent number: 11879575
    Abstract: A gimbal assembly for a flexible conduit configured to convey a medium. The gimbal assembly includes a first component including a first plurality of struts that terminate in a first socket defining a first cavity of a first geometric configuration. The gimbal assembly also includes a second component including a second plurality of struts that terminate in a second socket defining a second cavity of a second geometric configuration. A joint fastener is configured to couple the first socket to the second socket. The joint fastener includes a first portion that geometrically corresponds to the first cavity and a second portion that geometrically corresponds to the second cavity. The first portion is configured to be immovably seated within the first cavity, and the second portion is configured to be movably retained by the second socket such that the first component can rotate relative to the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Blue Origin LLC
    Inventor: Brock Steffen
  • Patent number: 11873939
    Abstract: An end termination assembly for a pipe liner includes a liner fitting and a clamping collar. The liner fitting has a nipple. The clamping collar can be disposed on the nipple to clamp the liner between the two components. A clamping surface of one or both of the nipple and clamping collar can be tapered to accommodate a range of liner wall thicknesses. The clamping collar can connect to the nipple without rotating. For example, a draw mechanism can draw the clamping collar along pipe liner to clamp the liner between collar and the nipple. The clamping collar and the nipple define an annular space in which a pipe liner can be clamped, and the radial thickness of the annular space is different at different positions of the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: INA Acquisition Corp.
    Inventors: Mark Hairston, Rick Baxter
  • Patent number: 11865238
    Abstract: A simply lockable quick coupling for releasably connecting a hose to an implantable apparatus, comprises a first attachment piece that can be connected to the hose and a second attachment piece that can be connected to the apparatus, wherein the attachment pieces can be rotated relative to each other in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventors: Thorsten Siess, Gerd Spanier
  • Patent number: 11867334
    Abstract: A plastic coolant fitting for a hybrid module includes an upper coolant tube with a first straight section and a rounded section, and a lower coolant tube with a second straight section fixed to the rounded section by spin welding. The rounded section may include a ring-shaped groove and the second straight section may include a ring-shaped protrusion installed in the ring-shaped groove. Prior to spin welding, the ring-shaped groove and the ring-shaped protrusion may include respective complementary trapezoidal cross-sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ricardo Humberto Garcia, John Ramsey, Richard Fraley
  • Patent number: 11859740
    Abstract: A flanged fitting includes an annular fitting flange having an annular end face. A glass liner lines a radially inner annular portion of the annular end face of the annular fitting flange. A radially outer annular portion of the annular end face of the annular fitting flange is free from the glass liner. The radially inner annular portion and the radially outer annular portion of the annular end face of the annular fitting flange define an annular gasket abutment face configured to seat a gasket thereon. An annular gasket includes an annular gasket layer. The annular gasket layer includes a radially inner annular gasket segment including a first material suitable for forming a liquid-tight seal with an opposing flange. A radially outer annular gasket segment surrounds the radially inner annular gasket segment. The radially outer annular gasket segment is fire-rated for forming a fire-rated seal with the opposing flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: William Mark McDaniel
  • Patent number: 11859749
    Abstract: A grommet assembly is configured to be installed within an opening and includes a grommet, a primary seal, and a lock ring. The grommet includes a platform, a panel portion extending from a first surface, and a ring portion extending from a second surface. The ring portion defines a passageway extending through the grommet and includes a plurality of grommet clamping features arranged around the ring portion. The primary seal extends around a periphery of the grommet. The lock ring includes a central hub having a plurality of ring clamping features arranged around the central hub. The displacement of the lock ring relative to the grommet engages each one of the plurality of ring clamping features with a corresponding one of the plurality of grommet clamping features to fasten the lock ring to the grommet to form a secondary seal between the grommet and the lock ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Owen Lepper, Eric David Kendall
  • Patent number: 11852270
    Abstract: A fluid system and a blind-mate fluid fitting can be operable to allow for mating fluid system components even in the presence of angular, radial, and/or axial port misalignment. The blind-mate fluid fitting includes a shoulder and fitting portion extending from one side of the shoulder. The fitting portion defines a central fitting axis and is operable to inserted into a fluid port of a component. The fluid port defines a central port axis. The fitting portion includes a sealing portion that is operable to seal against the fluid port when the central fitting axis is positioned at a zero angle and at least one of a plurality of different non-zero angles relative to the central port axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: David E. Swernofsky, Robert Larson
  • Patent number: 11821555
    Abstract: Hose has a body and a mouthpiece connected with the body. The mouthpiece is slidably placed against the body and is mounted at the end of the hose and includes a thickening. The ending has a circumferential stop placed in the axis of the mouthpiece. The stop has on its circumference a touch surface which is oriented inside, against the thickening on the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is sealed by sealing ring against the body. The ring is placed in the sealing zone, or the mouthpiece is connected with the body by a flexible bellow. During the movement of the mouthpiece outside the touch surface and the outer surface of the hose in the zone with the thickening draw closer and the hose is held on the mouthpiece by the under pressure between the surface of the stop and the thickening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: BJV RESEARCH, S.R.O.
    Inventors: Tibor Matyas, Branko Jass, Jan Tomas, Valer Kokos, Gabor Janos Bato
  • Patent number: 11821554
    Abstract: A coupling assembly includes: a tubular compression collar having a tubular body made of a resiliently flexible polymeric material and having an interior surface and an opposing exterior surface; an end of a tube disposed within a throughway of the compression collar; and a tube fitting disposed within the passageway of the tube. The tube fitting includes: a tubular stem; a flange radially outwardly projecting from an exterior surface of the stem; and an annular barb encircling and radially outwardly projecting from the exterior surface of the stem, the annular barb including a frustoconical outside face that extends along and outwardly slopes away from the stem as the outside face extends toward the flange. The compression collar radially inwardly compresses the tube against the annular barb of the tube fitting so that a liquid tight seal is formed between the tube and the tube fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventors: Ryan S. Beus, Brandon R. Burtenshaw, Eric Davis, Patrick L. Draper, Michael E. Goodwin, Brandon M. Knudsen, Jeremy K. Larsen, Kevin R. Pickup
  • Patent number: 11821304
    Abstract: A complete telemetry system and methods for downhole operations. The telemetry system includes an instrumented near-bit sub located below the Mud Motor and connected to the drill bit as well as a conventional MWD tool located above the mud motor. Parameters such as inclination of the borehole, the natural gamma ray of the formations, the electrical resistivity of the formations, and a range of mechanical drilling performance parameters are measured. Electromagnetic telemetry signals representing these measurements are transmitted uphole to a receiver associated with the conventional MWD tool located above the motor, and transmitted by this tool to the surface via mud pulse signals. The system is particularly useful for accurate control over the drilling of extended reach and horizontally drilled wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: U-TARGET ENERGY LTD.
    Inventors: Xia Pan, Zhenyuan Hu, Fuchun Liu, Silviu Calin, Zhiqun Wang, Jack Wang, Michel Herzig