Patents Examined by John K. Fristoe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10508423
    Abstract: An automatic faucet includes a housing forming partially an internal barrel and a faucet head and being constructed to include at least one water inlet conduit extending into said barrel and a water outlet for delivering water from a spout. The automatic faucet also includes a faucet head having a removable faucet crown and the spout, wherein the faucet crown is removably mounted to the faucet head. The automatic faucet also includes a valve module, a sensor module, a battery module, a turbine module, and a control module. The valve module includes a valve controlled by an electromagnetic actuator for controlling the water flow from the spout. The sensor module is constructed to provide sensor data influenced by a user. The control module is constructed to control opening and closing of the valve by providing signals to the electromagnetic actuator. The control module is also constructed to receive sensor data from the sensor module and execute a sensing algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Kay Herbert, Xiaoxiong Mo, Jeff Krull, Jean F. Daher, Qiaohong Chen, Ronald J. Vish, Fatih Guler, Xu Wang, Stanley O Thompson, David L. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 10280840
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a manifold including a plurality of manifold channels disposed therethrough, each manifold channel including a manifold channel opening, and a seal plate, including a plurality of seal plate apertures disposed thereon, operably coupled to the manifold, wherein the seal plate includes at least one seal plate channel extending between at least two of the plurality of seal plate apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: William Meyst, Jonas S. Banhos, Andre Herman Troughton
  • Patent number: 10260217
    Abstract: A faucet includes a sprayhead removably supported by a positioning arm. The positioning arm is articulated to provide multiple degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Brian Alan Enlow, Darrell Scott Crowe, Kurt Judson Thomas, Seth Fritz, Celine Kwok Garland
  • Patent number: 10214885
    Abstract: A method for operating a sanitary fitting having a housing with a spout and a touch sensor, wherein in a touch mode of the sanitary fitting a tapping of a fluid can be activated by touching the touch sensor and wherein by touching the touch sensor for a period of at least 3 seconds, the touch mode is disabled. In addition, a sanitary fitting is specified, which controller is designed and provided for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Achim Mielke, Felix Hamer
  • Patent number: 10132413
    Abstract: A gas inlet valve with incompatible materials isolation is provided. The valve may include a piston that seals against a surface when in a closed position and that permits gas to flow through the valve and out the outlet port when in an open position. A bellows may protect the actuation mechanism of the piston from gas that may be present in the valve when the valve is in the open or closed position, and the piston may include a second seal interface that seals the bellows off from the gas flow area when the valve is in the open or closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Bridger Lind, Panya Wongsenakhum
  • Patent number: 10100935
    Abstract: An air valve includes a valve body having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface and the outer surface defining an inlet and an outlet; a sealing device mounted within the valve body, the sealing device including a first contacting portion and a second contacting portion; and a float moveable within the valve body, the float having a first sealing position and a second sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventor: Jeff Milroy
  • Patent number: 10100944
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a butterfly valve including a shape memory alloy (SMA) tube trained for rotation are presently disclosed. The SMA tube has a ground end coupled to a housing and rotating end coupled to a plate. The SMA tube is configured to rotate in a first direction in response to a first temperature change of the SMA tube. When rotating in the first direction, the rotating end of the SMA tube rotates and deflects the plate to rotate in a direction that permits a medium to flow through the valve. The SMA tube is also configured to rotate in a second direction in response to a second temperature change of the SMA tube. When rotating in the second direction, the rotating end of the SMA tube rotates and deflects the plate to rotate in a direction that does not permits a medium to flow through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Frederick T. Calkins, Pruthvish V. Patel, David A. Rathke
  • Patent number: 10082145
    Abstract: A turbocharger including, a turbine wheel (10), a shaft (111) attached to the turbine wheel (10), and a compressor wheel (132) disposed on the shaft (111) opposite the turbine wheel (10). The compressor wheel (132) includes a back wall (134) and an axial bore (137) and a pilot washer (150) is located adjacent the compressor wheel back wall (134). The pilot washer (150) has an inner diameter (162) and an outer diameter (160), and includes a conical pilot ring (154) that extends into the axial bore (137) of the compressor wheel (132). The pilot washer (150) includes a slit (164) extending from the inner diameter (162) to the outer diameter (160). A nut (113) is threaded to the shaft (111) and is operative to provide an axial clamping force on the compressor wheel (132), thereby causing the pilot washer (150) to contract onto the shaft (111) as the pilot ring (154) extends into the bore (137).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Decker
  • Patent number: 10077851
    Abstract: A modular hydraulic control valve assembly for use in a pilot-operated hydraulic control system comprises, in one embodiment, a control valve including a valve body defining a main flow passage from an inlet on a high pressure side of the control valve to an outlet on a low pressure side of the control valve, a valve member arranged in the flow passage and separating the high pressure side from the low pressure side, a control chamber comprising means for hydraulic actuation of the valve member by applying a control pressure to the control chamber so as to position the valve member between an open position and a closed position thereby adjusting a main flow through the main flow passage in response to the control pressure, a feed port for feeding fluid to the control chamber to increase the control pressure therein, a bleed port for bleeding fluid from the control chamber to decrease the control pressure therein, and a valve bonnet closing the control chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: AVK Holding A/S
    Inventor: Christian H. Simonsen
  • Patent number: 10072401
    Abstract: A faucet including a faucet head, a body and a magnetic coupling releasably coupling the faucet head to the faucet body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Alfred Charles Nelson, Christopher Michael McGuire
  • Patent number: 10065756
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for gas replacement capable of reducing the amount of replacement gas, improving a gas replacement rate, and reducing the amount of split liquid. In a replacement nozzle (11) which blows the replacement gas toward a container opening portion symmetrically about a center line in the container radial direction, the space between nozzle port outermost walls is divided with a plurality of wind direction adjustment plates (16a, 16b) to generate a plurality of blowout ports. The replacement gas flow blowing along the outermost walls of the nozzle opening are so blown inward as to form an angle of 100° to 130°. Moreover, the replacement gas is blown from the replacement nozzle to the range between the level lower than the end of the can opening by one third or more the height of the can neck portion and the level equal to or higher than the height of the can cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Toshirou Washizaki, Tomoho Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10065582
    Abstract: A cable duct has a cable floor with side walls that are attached to the cable floor. The cable floor has a three-dimensional laying structure, running inside a base plane and also in a z-direction, and it is divided into several floor segments. The segments form a combined injection-molded component and are joined together by hinges, so that at least a major portion of all floor segments is located in the base plane. In addition, cover segments preferably form part of the combined injection-molded component, such that, by way of just one injection molding tool, the entire three-dimensional cable duct can be produced as a two-dimensional injection-molded component, from which the three-dimensional structure of the cable duct is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: LEONI Bordnetz-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Steiner, Peter Dohlus
  • Patent number: 10064672
    Abstract: A valve controller includes a housing, and a lever extending from the housing. The lever includes a protrusion rigidly attached to the lever, and the lever is biased to an initial position. A switch has an open and a closed position. A linkage is pivotally connected to the switch, and the linkage includes a centrally disposed slot configured to receive the protrusion such that movement of the switch controls movement of the linkage and the lever such that moving the switch to the closed position closes a valve controlled by the lever regardless of a position of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Kyphon SÀRL
    Inventor: Brian W. Donovan
  • Patent number: 10060542
    Abstract: A leveling valve includes: a seat portion configured to define a flow passage, the flow passage communicating with the air cushion and a compressed air source or communicating with the air cushion and a drain; a valve configured to move in an axial direction in accordance with a relative displacement of the vehicle body with respect to the truck; a spring configured to bias the valve toward a closing side, the valve being in contact with the seat portion in the closing side; a valve guide configured to support one end of the spring, the valve guide being slidably inserted with respect to a housing inner wall surface; and a communication port opened to the housing inner wall surface. A moving region in which the valve guide moves is set to a position offset from the communication port in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Suzuki, Yusuke Endo
  • Patent number: 10047764
    Abstract: In a blade cross-sectional view, assuming that a tangent at an end of the outer periphery is defined as LQ, an imaginary line orthogonal to the rotation axis is defined as LO, an angle formed by the tangent (LQ) and the imaginary line (LO) is defined as an outer peripheral end tangent angle (?), and a position at which an imaginary plane including a position of an intake-side end portion of the bellmouth and a peripheral edge of the blade cross each other is defined as an overlap starting point, the outer peripheral end tangent angle on a trailing edge portion side with respect to a blade cross section including the overlap starting point is set to be smaller than the outer peripheral end tangent angle on a leading edge portion side with respect to the blade cross section including the overlap starting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takahide Tadokoro, Yasuaki Kato, Atsushi Kono
  • Patent number: 10041419
    Abstract: A valve flap device having at least one valve housing having a shaft comprising a bearing surface and a valve axis, the shaft being rotationally supported about the valve axis by means of the bearing surface in the valve housing. A bearing element having a sliding bearing surface, wherein the bearing surface of the shaft contacts the sliding bearing surface. A bearing housing provided on the valve housing, in which the bearing element is supported at least in the radial direction to the valve axis, wherein the bearing element has an outer surface contacting the bearing housing. The support of the shaft is intended to be sufficiently tightly sealed, even for gaseous media, while simultaneously ensuring precise and statically determinate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: TENNECO GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Weidner, Rico Weinert, Alexander Schinko, Marcel Womann, Karlheinz Reichling
  • Patent number: 10035152
    Abstract: A solenoid valve includes: a magnetic force generating coil generating an electromagnetic force; a valve spool reciprocated depending on an electromagnetic force generated from the magnetic force generating coil; a holder having the valve spool inserted into a hollow portion of the holder and forming a plurality of ports opened and closed depending on the reciprocating motion of the valve spool; a foreign material collecting coil collecting a foreign material when power is applied to the magnetic force generating coil to serve as an electromagnet; and a foreign material outlet port formed in the holder and discharging the foreign material collected in the foreign material collecting coil when the supply of power to the foreign material collecting coil is released to outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: June Ho Lee, Youngchul Kim
  • Patent number: 10024443
    Abstract: Arrangements of a flow path to achieve a series circuit, a regeneration circuit and a float/passive regeneration circuit. For example, a valve body having a spool bore, a valve inlet, a plurality of cavities opening into the spool bore and a spool disposed in the spool bore. A first cavity fluidly connected to a tank passage, a second cavity fluidly connected to a first work port, a third cavity fluidly connected to an inlet of another valve, a fourth cavity fluidly connected to a second work port, a fifth cavity fluidly connected to the valve inlet, a sixth cavity fluidly connected to the first work port, a seventh cavity, an eighth cavity fluidly connected to the valve inlet, a ninth cavity fluidly connected to the inlet of the other valve and a tenth cavity fluidly connected to the valve inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Chuck Sensabaugh, Dennis Reynolds, Brian Slattery
  • Patent number: 9988804
    Abstract: A floor drain for same floor drainage of a building consists of a floor drain body and a floor drain cover The floor drain body consists of a lower accumulated water collection tank, a lateral accumulated water collection tank and an accumulated water discharge port. A bottom of the lower accumulated water collection tank is sealed, and has an angle of 70° to 120° with the lateral accumulated water collection tank. The floor drain cover is a plate with holes, and is divided into a lower upstream face and a lateral upstream face. The lower upstream face of the floor drain cover is located above the lower accumulated water collection tank, and the lateral upstream face of the floor drain cover is located outside the lateral accumulated water collection tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Guoqiang Lin
  • Patent number: 9982671
    Abstract: A valve of a piston pump, in particular for a hydraulic vehicle brake system, includes a closing body configured to be moved in an axially guided manner against a sealing seat. The closing body is formed in two pieces, which include a damping piston and a closing element inserted in the damping piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Zimmermann, Oliver Hennig