Patents Examined by James M. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10246948
    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: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PEGASUS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alberto Alaria, Angelo Canavera
  • Patent number: 10240700
    Abstract: An expansion joint, which connects pipes to each other and is capable of expanding and contracting, the joint being provided with: a first end pipe and a second end pipe; a connecting pipe for connecting the first end pipe to the second end pipe so as to be capable of approaching and separating from each other; and a thrust-absorbing device having a pressure chamber, which can expand and contract in the direction in which the first end pipe and the second end pipe are linked and into which a fluid pressure that differs from the pressure inside the pipes can be introduced, the pressure chamber comprising a first pressure-receiving section, which is fixed to the first end pipe and faces in the direction from the second end pipe toward the first end pipe, and a second pressure-receiving section, which is fixed to the second end pipe and faces in the direction from the first end pipe towards the second end pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Nagao
  • Patent number: 10240699
    Abstract: A resin-made pipe joint with enhanced sealing property between a joint body and sleeve. A sealing portion which seals between an inner circumferential surface of an inserting portion of a sleeve and an outer circumferential surface of an inner cylinder portion is formed by press-inserting an inserting portion into a groove portion of the joint body. When the inserting portion is press-inserted into the groove portion, a space is formed between a body cylinder portion located opposite to an opening portion of the groove portion in the axial direction, and the projection end of the inserting portion. After completing press insertion of the inserting portion into the groove portion, in a section including axis of the inner cylinder portion, a region in the outer circumferential surface of the inner cylinder portion facing the space forms an angle of 5° to 15° to the axis of the inner cylinder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nippon Pillar Packing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Fujii, Masaki Miyamoto, Toshihide Iida, Tomoyuki Koike, Atsushi Nakano, Daisuke Urata
  • Patent number: 10234070
    Abstract: A fitting structure is provided for supply of gas and connectable between an air supply tube in the form of a hose or a plastic pipe and an air outlet of an air compressor and includes a fitting and a thermal insulation tube. The fitting includes a first coupling opening connectable with the air outlet of the air compressor and a second coupling opening connectable with the air supply tube. The thermal insulation tube has a first end part fixed inside the second coupling opening of the fitting and a second end part extending outside the second coupling opening such that a portion of the thermal insulation tube that extends outside the second coupling opening is received in the interior of the air supply tube. High-temperature air from the air compressor is conducted through the thermal insulation tube into the air supply tube without being directly applied to the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Chi-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 10228085
    Abstract: A coupling device for sealingly coupling a first wall defining a flexible pipe (11) to a tubular nozzle (9) of a connector (1) in a biopharmaceutical assembly, the coupling device including the connector (1) including the tubular nozzle (9), on which one end of the pipe can be inserted along an axis A, a plurality of flexible tabs (3) extending from an intermediate area (7) of the coupling body toward the free end (1a) of the nozzle, an abutment clamp (16), a connection interface (6), a separate ring (2), axially movable between an inoperative position and an operative position, for covering the flexible tabs (3) such as to push same radially inward in order to press the pipe onto the nozzle in the operative position, the tabs extending substantially parallel to the axis (A) when the ring (2) is in the operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS
    Inventors: Florian Blake, Jeremy Gibelin, Isabelle Gay
  • Patent number: 10202885
    Abstract: A flange plate for a manifold of an exhaust-gas system for internal combustion engines, which flange plate can be fixed via at least one holding device to an exhaust-gas outlet connecting piece of the internal combustion engine by a first outer layer, formed as a mounting layer, which can be placed at least partially directly or indirectly against the exhaust-gas outlet connecting piece via a seal, and the flange plate can be applied to the holding device by a second outer layer, formed as a holding layer, in order to generate a holding force F, acting at a right angle to the mounting layer, for sealingly placing the mounting layer against the exhaust-gas outlet connecting piece, and the flange plate having at least a first intermediate layer which is arranged, relative to the holding force F, between the mounting layer and the holding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TENNECO GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Weidner, Andreas Steigert, Bernd Fuhrmann, Rolf Engel, Adrien Lehmann
  • Patent number: 10195414
    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: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ABIOMED EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Thorsten Siess, Gerd Spanier
  • Patent number: 10190708
    Abstract: A resin-made pipe joint enhancing sealing property between a joint body and a sleeve. The joint body and the sleeve are produced by using a fluorine resin. A sealing portion which seals between the inner circumferential surface of an inserting portion of the sleeve and the outer circumferential surface of the inner cylinder portion is formed by press-inserting the inserting portion into a groove portion of the joint body. When, with respect to the inserting and groove portions, an insertion rate of the inserting portion to the groove portion is indicated by X, and a multiplying factor of the radial width of the inserting portion to the radial width of the groove portion is indicated by Y, the resin-made pipe joint has the insertion rate and multiplying factor which are within a range defined by following Expressions (1) and (2): Y=?0.218X+1.218??(1) and Y=?0.67X+1.67.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Nippon Pillar Packing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Fujii, Masaki Miyamoto, Toshihide Iida, Tomoyuki Koike, Atsushi Nakano, Daisuke Urata
  • Patent number: 10190712
    Abstract: A duct connection including a first flange configured to couple with a first duct and a slip fit attached to the first flange. The slip fit has a first portion extending from the first flange substantially perpendicular with respect to the first flange and a second portion extending from the first portion of the slip fit substantially parallel with respect to the first flange. The slip fit and the first flange form a receiving area structured such that a portion of a corresponding flange included on a second duct can slide into the receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventor: David Strutt
  • Patent number: 10190709
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of coupling plain end pipes. One system includes a coupling sleeve having opposing upper and lower ends and a plurality of axially extending slots defined in each end, wherein the upper end is configured to receive an end of a first pipe and the lower end is configured to receive an end of a second pipe, an upper sliding ring disposed about the coupling sleeve and axially movable in a first direction to force the upper end into gripping engagement with an outer surface of the first pipe, and a lower sliding ring disposed about the coupling sleeve and axially movable in a second direction to force the lower end into gripping engagement with an outer surface of the second pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ludovic Delmar, Eric Fannes
  • Patent number: 10184599
    Abstract: A pipe coupling for coupling adjacent ends of a pair of pipes includes a sleeve, a split-ring gland positioned around one of the ends of the sleeve, and at least one annular gasket positioned within the split-ring gland and configured to be compressed by the split-ring gland for sealing one pipe end to the sleeve. The split-ring gland includes two partially circular gland members with spaced ends defining a gap. The pipe coupling includes an armor positioned to span the gap between the spaced ends to provide a generally closed annular periphery about the gasket. The armor includes a corrugated portion having a plurality of corrugations engaging the split-ring gland and the gasket during compression of the gasket. The armor is cold formed to improve structural strength and durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sensus Spectrum, LLC
    Inventors: Edwin A. Bird, George D. Gabert
  • Patent number: 10184583
    Abstract: A valve assembly is provided that is suitable for use in a fuel fill line. The valve assembly may include a housing having a flange that surrounds the housing. A weld foot can be molded over at least a portion of the flange. A lip seal may be disposed between the flange and the weld foot. The lip seal includes a first lip and a second lip, and the first lip and the second lip may both be in contact with a surface on one of the flange and the weld foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Paul D. Walkowski
  • Patent number: 10180202
    Abstract: A push-to-connect fitting release assistance assembly, device and method allows for simplified manual operation of a push-to-connect fitting through a clip device capable of manual fit around a fitting adapted for such use. In various embodiments, the clip device comprises a base portion and first and second leg portions, where the leg portions are adapted to provide a gradually increasing or decreasing axial pressure to a release pusher member included as part of the fitting assembly. In various embodiments, the main body component of the fitting is adapted with axially inner, intermediate and outer portions that provide a snug mechanical fit with the clip device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias
  • Patent number: 10167975
    Abstract: A coupling system for a fluid module (100) of an expandable fluid distribution system is provided. The coupling system includes a first coupling side (104) of the fluid module (100) with a female coupling part comprising an aperture (105) and a shoulder (108) and a male coupling part comprising a coupling tab (106) extending from the base (101). The coupling system also includes a second coupling side (204) of the fluid module (100) with a female coupling part comprising a slot (206) sized and shaped to receive at least a portion of the coupling tab (106) of an adjoining fluid module and a male coupling part comprising a fluid stem (205) and an engagement rim (208) sized and shaped to engage the shoulder (108) of an adjoining fluid module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Norgren GmbH
    Inventor: Jan Pampel
  • Patent number: 10156309
    Abstract: A lock mechanism of a tubular body includes a housing to which a tubular body is mounted, a lock member locking and unlocking the housing and the tubular body, and a ring member rotatably attached on an outer periphery of the housing and moving the lock member between a lock position and an unlock position. When a locking portion of the lock member is locked to a locked portion of the housing, the lock member is retained in the unlock position. When the tubular body is inserted in the housing to unlock the locking portion and release an urging force accumulated in the lock member, the lock member moves to the lock position together with the ring member to lock the tubular body. When the ring member is slid in an axis direction of the tubular body after being locked, the tubular body can be locked with one touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Mikio Nezu
  • Patent number: 10151410
    Abstract: Extending/contracting flexible pipe that has weather resistance, a structure in which a tie rod can properly exhibit its function, and easy assembly. The pipe including: a pair of joint sections (1) configured to be oscillatable and extendable/contractile with respect to each other; an attachment section (10) formed at the outer periphery of each of the pair of joint sections; a tie rod (5) inserted into rod holes (11) formed at the attachment sections and bridged across both of the attachment sections; and a washer (6) and nut (7) for fixing the tie rod to the attachment sections. An annular spacer (8) made of an elastic member is fixed to the tie rod. The washer is located at a position at which the rod hole is closed in the state in which the spacer is disposed inside of the rod hole, so that the washer shields the spacer from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Waterworks Technology Development Organization Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Fujita
  • Patent number: 10145497
    Abstract: A pipe-connecting device including a resin-made tube and an inner ring. The inner ring has a flared portion and a tip-contracted outer-circumferential flared surface. The tip-contracted outer-circumferential flared surface is press-inserted into an end portion of the tube to cause the end portion of the tube to be flared and deformed. A section shape of the outer-circumferential flared surface in a direction extending along an axis of the inner ring body is formed into a convex curved surface passing through a first place, which is a maximum-diameter portion of the flared portion, a second place, which is the tip end side of the flared portion of the inner ring body, and a third place, which is between the first place and the second place, and in which a diameter is equal to an outer diameter of the tube with respect to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON PILLAR PACKING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Fujii, Toshihide Iida
  • Patent number: 10119642
    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: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Girtman
  • Patent number: 10113678
    Abstract: Sliding quick-coupling joints are provided. Such joints have a tubular coupling element, in which an inner duct extends. The inner duct has a cylindrical chamber with an open end, an intermediate cylindrical section narrower than the cylindrical chamber, a central duct section, an inner transverse shoulder surface which connects the intermediate cylindrical section to the central section of duct, and a transverse surface that connects the cylindrical chamber and the intermediate cylindrical section. The cylindrical chamber accommodates a slidably movable annular locking element, a movable shoulder, and a sealing device. A pipe may be inserted into the cylindrical chamber and through these elements. The annular locking element is interposed between the transverse surface and the movable shoulder. The joint keeps the pipe mechanically coupled while providing fluid-tight seal and allowing the pipe to undergo thermal expansion. Methods of mounting such sliding quick-coupling joints are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Roberto Messana
  • Patent number: 10107429
    Abstract: A connection assembly comprising a motor vehicle fluid line and a connection fitting, wherein the motor vehicle fluid line includes an inner tube made of aluminum. The connection fitting is in contact with the inner tube. At least the surface of the connection fitting is made of aluminum, at least in the region of the contact surface between the connection fitting and the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TI Automotive (Heidelberg) GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Jensen