Patents Examined by James M Hewitt, II
  • Patent number: 10737549
    Abstract: A tube of elastomeric material for an air conditioning system or for other system which is on-board of a motor-vehicle is intended to be fitted over a metal connecting element and to be locked onto the latter by means of a crimping operation that envisages the clamping around the tube of a metal clamping element. The tube includes at least one body made of polymeric elastomeric material supplemented with carbon-based nanofillers wherein an outer surface with one or more piezo-resistive areas is provided, where the polymeric material supplemented with carbon-based nanofillers has been made locally piezo-resistive by means of laser irradiation. The piezo-resistive areas arranged on the body of polymeric elastomeric material of the tube can be used for verifying the correct execution of the crimping operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: C.R.F. Società Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Antonino Domenico Veca, Paolo Chiappero, Francesca Dalmasso, Vito Guido Lambertini
  • Patent number: 10704801
    Abstract: An HVAC component and method of forming the HVAC component, including a duct having a first surface and a second surface movable between an unassembled position and an assembled position is provided, wherein the method includes (a) applying a paint sealant to one of the first and the second surfaces; (b) one of drying or curing the applied paint sealant; and (c) moving the first and second surfaces from the unassembled to the assembled position, the paint sealant forming a sealed interface between the assembled first surface and second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Martin E. Gray
  • Patent number: 10700506
    Abstract: Embodiments of an integrated piping conduit in accordance with aspects of the present invention include a push-to-connect fitting integrated with an adaptor device and associated methods. Embodiments include an adaptor having a body portion, and an ear member extending at least partially radially outwardly and at least partially axially outwardly from the outer surface of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias, Herbert J. Bouchard
  • Patent number: 10676930
    Abstract: A drain insert assembly is provided for retrofitting or for use with an existing drain bowl received in a roof surface that interconnects with a drain pipe. The drain insert assembly includes a drain insert configured to extend between the roof and the existing drain pipe. The drain insert includes a first, end portion dimensioned for receipt in the existing drain pipe, and a second portion dimensioned to cover an inner surface of the existing drain bowl, and at least one flange extending outwardly from the end portion. An uncured seal material is interposed between the end portion and the existing drain pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: HENRY WDG, LLC
    Inventor: Richard A. West
  • Patent number: 10668487
    Abstract: A separator device for removing particles from suspension in a fluid includes first and second fluid-carrying portions and a non-fluid-carrying spacer for linking the first and second fluid-carrying portions. Each of the fluid-carrying portions includes a socket for receiving an open end of a pipe and a connector for connection of the filter. The socket of the first fluid-carrying portion has a pipe receiving depth greater than that of the socket of the second fluid-carrying portion. The sockets of the first and second fluid-carrying portions are positioned on a common axis and facing away from each other when the fluid-carrying portions are linked by the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ADEY HOLDINGS (2008) LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher Adey, Simon Downie, Matthew Taylor
  • Patent number: 10641422
    Abstract: A vacuum coupling applies vacuum from a vacuum source to a rotating tool attached to a rotating end of a robotic arm. The vacuum coupling includes a rotating portion attaching the rotating tool to the rotating end of the robotic arm. The rotating portion communicates vacuum with the rotating tool. A fixed portion is positioned around the rotating portion such that the rotating portion is rotatable relative to the fixed portion. The fixed portion communicates vacuum to the rotating portion. At least one rotating vacuum seal is positioned between the fixed portion and the rotating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTERS, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Girtman
  • Patent number: 10619778
    Abstract: A pipe ram joint includes first and second couplers that can comprise rings for mounting to the ends of respective pipes or formed in the ends of these pipes. The first coupler can comprise a female ring with a first tooth adjacent to a distal end thereof and a first groove spaced from the distal end. The second coupler can comprise a male ring with a respect second tooth and second groove. When the pipes are rammed together, the first tooth is positioned in the second groove and the second tooth is positioned in the first groove. The couplers have features that reduce the force required to ram the pipe sections together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Northwest Pipe Company
    Inventors: Brent Keil, Frederick Gobler
  • Patent number: 10612702
    Abstract: A threaded tubular connection is provided. The threaded tubular connection includes a pin having external threads, a pin seal surface, and a pin torque shoulder at a free end and a box for receiving the pin, the box having internal threads for interacting with the pin threads, a box seal surface for contacting the pin seal surface and a box torque shoulder for contacting the pin torque shoulder. The pin and box define a longitudinal axis. The pin torque shoulder has a first pin shoulder surface and a second pin shoulder surface, the first pin shoulder surface intersects an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis at a first angle and the second pin shoulder surface intersects the perpendicular axis at a second angle. The box torque shoulder has a first box shoulder surface and a second box shoulder surface. The first box shoulder surface intersects an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis at a third angle and the second box shoulder surface intersects the perpendicular axis at a fourth angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ARCELORMITTAL TUBULAR PRODUCTS LUXEMBOURG S.A.
    Inventors: Merle E. Evans, Jeroen Stijn Juliaan Van Wittenberghe
  • Patent number: 10603449
    Abstract: A high-flow luer lock connector is disclosed. A high-flow luer lock connector comprises a connector body defining an interior region, a lumen, and an extended passageway. The interior region is bounded by a cylindrical side wall and a base wall. The lumen is defined at the base wall of the interior region and extends no more than 0.274 of an inch into the interior region. The extended passageway comprises a first and second end and passes through the connector body and the lumen. The extended passageway is in communication with the interior region to allow insufflation gas to flow through the interior region and extended passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: NORTHGATE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Robert R. Mantell
  • Patent number: 10584817
    Abstract: A hose clamp system includes a hose clamp and a guide bracket configured to attach the clamp to a hose substrate such that a desired radial and axial position relative to the substrate outer diameter and hose end is maintained. The hose clamp includes an annular band including a radial inner surface facing toward a central axis and a radial outer surface positioned opposite the radial inner surface and a tension mechanism configured to tighten the annular band. The guide bracket includes an elongated body extending over the radial outer surface and a clip extending outward from the annular band that is configured to engage a hose substrate. The guide bracket is moveably coupled to the annular band such that the guide bracket is permitted to move circumferentially along the radial outer surface of the annular band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL CLAMP PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce D. Bowater, Edwin T. Koehler, Michael K. McKervey
  • Patent number: 10578236
    Abstract: A hose and a system including a hose may be used to connect various components. The hose may include a hose body, where an end segment of the hose body may be foldable over a clamp seat area of the hose body. There may be an opening in the end segment sized and shaped to provide access to a clamp, so as to better hold the clamp in place, while still enabling access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott M. Rollins, Roger Khami, Randall Alan Stec, Dennis Davies, Christopher Alan Myers
  • Patent number: 10570676
    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 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: BLY IP INC.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Drenth, Keith William Littlely
  • Patent number: 10563805
    Abstract: A sealing assembly has an expansion band having an arcuate band portion and a pair of threaded end portions formed at opposing ends of the arcuate band, in which the arcuate band and threaded end portions are monolithically formed as a single piece. Fixed within respective threaded end portions are a pair of oppositely threaded nuts adapted to receive a bolt having correspondingly oppositely threaded ends. Rotation of the bolt causes the threaded end portions to be simultaneously driven apart or drawn toward one another (depending on the rotation direction of the bolt) to thereby expand or contract the overall outer profile of the arcuate band portion. The monolithically formed expansion band may be made of an inexpensive, non-rusting material such as nylon 66, and glass fibers and/or additives may be employed to impart strength and flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Press-Seal Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Skinner, Graham E. Blackwood, Katherine A. Bergfeld, Michael R. Miller, John R. Kaczmarczyk
  • Patent number: 10561307
    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: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ASP GLOBAL MANUFACTURING GMBH
    Inventors: Nick N. Nguyen, Walter Francovich, Philippe Conseil
  • Patent number: 10557316
    Abstract: Drill string components having a plurality of threads extending around a body. A first end of body can define first and second cylindrical shoulders that are spaced apart relative to a central axis of the body, and at least two threads can extend between the first and second cylindrical shoulders. The first and second cylindrical shoulders have respective cylindrical inner and outer surfaces. Optionally, each thread can have a thread root, a thread crest, and a pressure flank surface extending radially from the thread root to the thread crest and defining a pressure flank angle relative to a plane perpendicular to the central axis. Optionally, the thread crest of at least one thread can circumscribe a frusta-conical surface extending over at least a portion of the axial length of the plurality of helical turns of the thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: BLY IP INC.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Drenth
  • Patent number: 10557583
    Abstract: A polymeric riser cap member includes a central tubular section defining a generally cylindrical bore for receiving a sprinkler riser, the central tubular section having open top and bottom ends, and an annular skirt coaxial with the central tubular section and having an inner diameter larger than an inner diameter of the central tubular section. The annular skirt has an inner surface having internal threads threadably connectable with the externally threaded surface of a tubular riser adapter member of a tubular coupler. The bottom end of the central tubular section has an annular projection disposed opposite and spaced from a portion of the annular skirt. The riser cap member includes an annular recess adapted to receive a seal located in a wall extending laterally between the annular skirt and the annular projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: NORTH AMERICAN PIPE CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Magargal, Gary A. Leigh
  • Patent number: 10557581
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an improved safety cam lock fitting having ergonomically designed double cam levers having outer and inner portions so that when the outer cam levers are opened and the inner cam lever remain closed, the male and female portions of the cam lock fitting only slightly separate from each other allowing the operator to quickly reclose the cam lock fitting if the operator observes that the cam lock fitting still contains pressurized material. This is accomplished by providing a larger cam lobe on the outer cam lever and a smaller cam lobe on the inner cam lever so that when the smaller cam lobe is in a closed position and protrudes into a peripheral groove on the male portion the male and female ends have a small space therein between. Various lever locking assemblies may be used to prevent the cam levers from being inadvertently opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hartman, George L Williamson
  • Patent number: 10549300
    Abstract: A mounting head (T) for mounting a pump or a valve on a neck (22) of a reservoir (2), the mounting head (T) having a mounting member (3) for imparting an axial mounting movement from an axial arrangement placed on the neck (22). The mounting member (3) has a centering mechanism (35, 36, 4) bringing the dispenser member (1) into an axial arrangement on the neck (22) if offset. The mounting head (3) has mounting tabs (31) movable axially so as to bring the dispenser member (1) from the axial arrangement towards the final position, and movable radially inwards so as to return the dispenser member (1) into an axial arrangement. An outer clamping collar (4) simultaneously moves the mounting tabs (31) radially inwards from a spaced-apart rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Stephane Desrues
  • Patent number: 10549486
    Abstract: In a process for the manufacture of an impermeable connection between at least two fluid carrying silicone hose components, the silicone hose components and a silicone connector component are first prepared. Afterwards a fluid silicone mass is applied to at least one connecting area where the silicone hose components abut on the silicone connector components. The at least one connecting area is post cured to harden the silicone mass. In a fluid carrying assembly with at least two fluid carrying silicone hose components and at least one silicone connector component, a fluid carrying connection is manufactured between these components by means of this process. This design results in a connecting technique that is, on the one hand, secure and, on the other hand, enables automation of the manufacture of an impermeable connection and thus of the fluid carrying assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Raumedic AG
    Inventors: Björn Gläsel, Jörg Prescher, Axel Wunderlich, Robert Reichenberger
  • Patent number: 10550983
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an improved safety cam lock fitting having side by side double cam levers having outer and inner portions so that when the outer cam levers are opened and the inner cam lever remain closed, the male and female portions of the cam lock fitting only slightly separate from each other allowing the operator to quickly reclose the cam lock fitting if the operator observes that the cam lock fitting still contains pressurized material. This is accomplished by providing a larger cam lobe on the outer cam lever and a smaller cam lobe on the inner cam lever so that when the smaller cam lobe is in a closed position and protrudes into a peripheral groove on the male portion the male and female ends have a small space therein between. A lever latching mechanism may be used to prevent the cam levers from being inadvertently opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hartman, George L Williamson