Patents Examined by John Bastianelli
  • Patent number: 10258721
    Abstract: A pressure controller for a phlegm sucking device includes a seat body, a press element and a control valve. The seat body has a containing space, a gas inlet tube and a gas outlet tube interconnected with each other. The control valve is disposed in the containing space. An upper end and a bottom end of the control valve abut the press element and an upper portion and a bottom of the seat body respectively for blocking or allowing communication between the gas inlet tube and the gas outlet tube. The control valve includes a plastic restoring element. When the plastic restoring element is deformed to have a decreased height, the plastic restoring element allows the control valve to move and provide a resilience. The control valve blocks the communication between the gas inlet tube and the gas outlet tube when the plastic restoring element is not deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lily Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Tang-Lung Hsu, Yung-Hung Chih, Chih-Jung Chen
  • Patent number: 10260793
    Abstract: A damper apparatus possible to suppress abnormal sounds immediately after the locking of gears has been released is provided. In a first lock mechanism of the damper apparatus, a first arcuate outer-peripheral part peripherally adjacent to a teeth-missing gear in a drive gear enters a portion of a plurality of teeth in which some teeth are narrowed in the axial direction to restrain a sector gear, the teeth being meshed with the drive gear in the sector gear. In the tooth nearest to the first arcuate outer-peripheral part in the teeth-missing gear, the curvature of a first tooth flank on the side opposite the first arcuate outer-peripheral part is less than the curvature of a second tooth flank on the first arcuate outer peripheral part side, and the tooth has a curved surface continuous from the first tooth flank to the second tooth flank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Shunji Saito, Katsuhiko Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10260651
    Abstract: A butterfly valve includes a valve body-side valve seat section, a valve box-side valve seat section, and a valve movement mechanism. The valve movement mechanism includes a cam groove, a cam projection, and a reverse key. The valve movement mechanism moves the valve body in an extending direction of the flow passage along with rotation of the valve shaft between a blocking position and an open position. One of the valve body-side valve seat section and the valve box-side valve seat section is formed of a laminated material composed of alternatingly stacked plates made of metal and plates made of expanded graphite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd., Okano Valve Mfg. Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Kawahara, Yoshihisa Kiyotoki, Takayoshi Nakashima, Keisuke Sakemura, Yoshitomo Kanemura, Yukio Imoto
  • Patent number: 10260641
    Abstract: A self-compensated sealed rotary cone valve core, comprising a valve sleeve, wherein an upper part of the valve sleeve is provided with an axial through hole; a lower chamber of the valve sleeve is provided with a conical surface coaxial with the axial through hole; an inlet cavity is formed in the cone platform; a through hole communicated with a water outlet in a side wall of the lower part of the valve sleeve is formed in a side wall of the inlet cavity; a screw rod part of the core shaft penetrating through the valve sleeve is sequentially sleeved by a limiting piece and a spring gasket and is locked by a screw nut to realize pre-tightening sealing and rotary positioning with the valve sleeve. The valve core is simple in structure and convenient to process and mount, self-sealing and wear self-compensation can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Fujian Huayong Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhenming Ke
  • Patent number: 10253887
    Abstract: A stem assembly for a valve including a shaft having a longitudinal axis and a first end having a cross section less than a cross section of the shaft, and a protrusion near the first end extending away from the axis. In response to the first end and the protrusion being positionable inside a compartment of a valve plug having an opening in fluid communication with a fluid of a valve during operation of the valve, the first end and the protrusion being movable between a first position and a second position relative to the valve plug. In the first position, the first end blocking the opening for preventing fluid flow therethrough, and in the second position, the first end being movable away from the compartment opening for permitting fluid flow through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: James Kloss, Doug Hunter, Ryan Sheldon
  • Patent number: 10247314
    Abstract: A plug valve including a valve body defining a cavity and a pair of fluid passages intersecting the cavity, the cavity defining a tapered interior surface of the valve body, a plug extending within the cavity, the plug defining an exterior surface and a fluid passage adapted to be substantially aligned with the fluid passages of the valve body, and an insert extending within the cavity and circumferentially about at least a portion of the plug, the insert defining a pair of fluid passages substantially aligned with the fluid passages of the valve body, respectively. In several exemplary embodiments, the plug valve is used in oil or gas operations, such as, for example, the fracturing or gravel packing of a subterranean wellbore, with the plug valve being used to control the flow of fracturing and/or gravel-packing fluids. Exemplary embodiments of methods associated with the plug valve are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Tech Energy Products, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Todd Roberts, Barton Hickie
  • Patent number: 10240537
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a body including an inlet port, an outlet port, and a flow passage extending therebetween. The flow passage includes a plurality of valve seats in a stepped arrangement between the inlet port and the outlet port. The valve assembly further includes a valve stem positioned within the flow passage. The valve stem includes at least one shaft and a poppet disk positioned at one end of the at least one shaft, and at least one reed petal coupled to the at least one shaft. The poppet disk is engageable with a first valve seat of the plurality of valve seats, and the at least one reed petal is engageable with a second valve seat of the plurality of valve seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Michael Cadman, David Richard Barnhart
  • Patent number: 10240621
    Abstract: A valve positioner that can maintain operation of the control valve despite failures in one or more components. The valve positioner may reduce downtime by allowing in-situ repair to occur on the valve positioner. The valve positioner may incorporate a by-pass component, which can utilize control input signals (e.g., a 4-20 mA signal) to energize one or more components (e.g., a current-to-pressure converter) to cause the control valve to modulate fluid flow without the digital microprocessor and/or related components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dresser, LLC
    Inventor: Sandro Esposito
  • Patent number: 10240622
    Abstract: A fluidic device controls fluid flow in a channel conduit from a fluid entrance to a fluid exit. In some embodiments, the fluidic device comprises the channel conduit, a flexible element, a cross member, and a gate. The channel conduit is bounded by an inner surface that includes a protrusion. The flexible element is coupled to the inner surface of the channel conduit on a different side of the inner surface as the protrusion. The cross member has a first end that is coupled to a deformable surface that is part of the inner surface of the channel conduit and a second end that is coupled to the flexible element. The gate is configured to deform the deformable surface in accordance with a fluid pressure at the gate. An amount of deformation imparted by the gate controls a position of the flexible element via the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Lindsay, Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 10234054
    Abstract: A labor-saving push-button water valve includes a button, a valve core, a valve core spring, and a valve seat. The middle portion of the valve seat is formed with a core chamber. An outer periphery of a front end of the valve core is formed with an annular groove. When the button drives the valve core to move to the position where a water inlet hole is not communicated with a water outlet hole, an annular hydraulic chamber is formed between the valve core and the peripheral wall of the core chamber. The water valve is able to switch the opening and closing of the waterway smoothly by reducing the water pressure applied to the valve core, and reduces the wear of the valve core, and improves the service life and the airtightness of the water saving structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Xiwen Yang
  • Patent number: 10234035
    Abstract: A regulating valve has a gland portion slidably holding a valve stem and the gland portion includes a lid member having a first through-hole into which the valve stem is inserted, gland packings disposed on a spacer provided between the inner wall of the first through-hole and the valve stem, a packing follower in which a first cylindrical portion is connected concentrically to a second cylindrical portion having an outer diameter smaller than the first cylindrical portion, disc springs laminated with each other on the first cylindrical portion to surround the second cylindrical portion of the packing follower, and a packing flange having a second through-hole into which the second cylindrical portion of the packing follower is inserted, the packing flange being disposed on the disc springs, the packing flange being fixed to the packing follower by fitting the second cylindrical portion to the second through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Nitta
  • Patent number: 10233884
    Abstract: The present invention includes a bobbin having a winding part around which a coil winding is wound, a terminal extending from the bobbin in the axial direction of the bobbin, and a wrapping part which is provided to the terminal and in which a terminal lead wire pulled out from a coil part that is wound around the winding part is wrapped and fused. The terminal lead wire wired between the bobbin and the wrapping part in a state of being in contact with the surface of the terminal. The peripheries of the bobbin, the wiring part of the terminal lead wire and the wrapping part are covered with resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Tamura, Nobuaki Kobayashi, Takahiro Saito, Akihiro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10221651
    Abstract: A system including a stem guide system, including a stem guide, and a sleeve coupled to the stem guide, wherein the sleeve is configured to rest within a valve stem groove of a valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Russell Allen, John David Williams
  • Patent number: 10220554
    Abstract: An intake device includes: an intake port; and a valve body which is disposed in the intake port and is rotated around a rotation axial line between an open/closed position, in which the valve body includes a valve body main body made of a resin, an elastically deformable seal portion formed to extend along an outer circumferential portion of the valve body main body, and a projection which is provided at a surface part adjacent to a region in which the seal portion is formed in the valve body main body, and has a shape that gradually becomes tapered toward a tip end side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Takuya Kato, Masato Ishii
  • Patent number: 10221964
    Abstract: A valve having a simple configuration that prevents the seat from being damaged by self-excited oscillation of the valve body and thus prevents seat leakage. The valve includes a valve casing having a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, and a valve chamber; the valve chamber including a seat having a seat surface; a stem inserted into the valve casing so that the stem can be vertically movable; and a valve body arranged at a tip of the stem and capable of abutting on the seat surface of the seat due to the vertical movement of the stem such that a tip part of the valve body does not come into contact with the seat surface due to oscillation of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Fujikin
    Inventors: Masahiko Sogao, Tomohiro Mouri, Masakazu Nagao
  • Patent number: 10214881
    Abstract: A device for detecting water loss and consumption from commercial and residential commodes is provided. The device includes a water flow sensor and a shut-off assembly. The device has a controller that receives input from the flow sensor and sends a signal to the shut-off assembly whenever excess water flow is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Flow Stop, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph W. Pieczynski, II, Miles Moore, Jeb Stuart Hudson
  • Patent number: 10215301
    Abstract: An actuation mechanism for a rotary element, comprises an electric drive motor coupled to a threaded drive spindle. A threaded drive nut is received on said drive spindle for movement along said drive spindle. A rack gear is coupled to said drive nut. A pinion gear is drivingly engaged with said rack gear and drivingly couplable to the rotary element. The rotary element may be a valve element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Pawel Kwasniewski
  • Patent number: 10215289
    Abstract: A seal assembly for a creating a seal between a shaft and a valve housing of a bleed valve that impedes contaminants from reaching bearings includes first and second seal pieces. The first seal piece circumferentially surrounds the shaft and is disposed between the shaft and the valve housing. The second seal piece is in contact with and is disposed axially adjacent to the first seal piece relative to the shaft. The second seal piece is biased against the first seal piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Josh Kamp, Donald E. Army
  • Patent number: 10215299
    Abstract: A fluid control valve facilitates a reduction in size while securing a valve closing force for shutting off the flow of a fluid. The fluid control valve includes a plate-shaped stationary yoke (9) in which a passage hole (3) for a fluid is provided and which has a valve seat (4) around the passage hole (3), a magnetic valve disc (7) capable of controlling the flow rate of the fluid flowing through the passage hole (3) by coming into contact with and separating from the valve seat (4), and an electromagnetic coil (10) that is attached to the stationary yoke (9), with a coil axis (Y) extending in a direction different from a moving direction of the valve disc (7), so as to generate a magnetic field in the stationary yoke (9) and cause the valve disc (7) to be attracted to the valve seat (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Masanobu Matsusaka, Tadayoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 10208804
    Abstract: A control device (10?) comprises a control unit (10?) with a control element for controlling a fluid flow and being rotatable about a first axis (13) between an open position and a closed position, and a separate motor-driven actuator unit (24), which is mechanically coupled to said control unit (10?) to rotate said control element about said first axis (13) in a controllable fashion, whereby said actuator unit (24) comprises a driving part (25) with a driving element (31) being rotatable about a second axis (26), to be mechanically coupled to said control element in a coupling position to rotate said control element about said first axis (13), and a control part (28) for driving said driving element (31) in a controllable fashion. Said driving element (31) is removably coupled to said control unit (10?) by means of a spur gearing (Hirth serration) (22, 29).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Georg Bamberger, Urs Niederhauser