Patents Examined by Jonathan J Waddy
  • Patent number: 10443224
    Abstract: A multi-part sump pump bucket for a sump pump installation is shown and described. The multi-part sump pump bucket may comprise at least two complementing sections which may be united to form an open receptacle, and a cap installable over the complementing sections after assembly of the latter. The open receptacle may include a raised section of floor for supporting the sump pump up off the floor, to assist with liquid pickup. The complementing sections may include flanges bearing holes for receiving fasteners, to assist with assembly of the receptacle. The cap may have openings for a liquid discharge conduit and electrical circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: William G. Sykes
  • Patent number: 10441831
    Abstract: An ergonomic hose load platform for a fire fighting vehicle is provided. The ergonomic hose load platform includes a platform and at least one pivot mount defining a pivot axis. The platform is pivotable about the pivot axis to open and close the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Spartan Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: James Roger Lackore, Jr., Scott D. Williamson
  • Patent number: 10442676
    Abstract: An auxiliary distribution station is configured to be used in cooperation with a primary distribution station. The auxiliary distribution system includes a mobile vehicle, an auxiliary hose reel and auxiliary hose, a lift, a tank, a pump, an auxiliary meter, and a tank hose. The auxiliary hose is configured to be fluidly connected with a hose of the primary distribution station. The lift is configured to move and deploy the auxiliary hose reel from the mobile vehicle. The pump is operable to pump fluid from the tank, through the meter, and through the tank hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Garrett Walther
  • Patent number: 10436088
    Abstract: A snap-action valve assembly for an exhaust system and a method for manufacturing the same is provided. The valve assembly includes a first conduit and a second conduit that is partially received in the first conduit. A valve flap is disposed within the first conduit for controlling exhaust flow. A shaft supports the valve flap in the first conduit for rotation between open and closed positions. The first conduit has first and second slots, each extending from an open slot end to a closed slot end. First and second bushings subassemblies supporting the shaft are disposed within the slots between the second conduit and the closed slot ends. Each of the first and second bushing subassemblies includes an alignment system in the form of protrusions that limit insertion of the first and second bushing subassemblies into the first and second slot to a single orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Thomas, Larry J. Geer
  • Patent number: 10393182
    Abstract: A plate segment for a reciprocating pump power end frame assembly, the power end frame assembly having a pair of end plate segments and at least one middle plate segment disposed between the end plate segments. The plate segment consists of the middle plate segment or one of the pair of end plate segments and includes a plate having a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall, a bottom wall and a pair of sidewalls and at least one opening forming a bearing support surface, the opening extending through the plate. The plate segment further includes at least one extension extending from at least one of the sidewalls of the plate at a position to align with and contact a corresponding extension on an adjacently positioned plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Byrne, Chandu Kumar, Kourosh Momenkhani, Jacob A. Bayyouk, Sean P. Moran, Donald Keith Plemons, William Walter Marshall, IV, Christopher P. Buckley
  • Patent number: 10386868
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a sensing cavity and a piston cavity defined in valve body and/or in a bonnet. A piston head of a piston may be disposed within the piston cavity, and a piston stem has an end portion in contact with valve plug. A baffle plate has a first surface defining a portion of the sensing cavity and a second surface defines a portion of the piston cavity. The baffle plate includes at least one baffle aperture such that the sensing cavity is in fluid communication with the piston cavity, and pressure in the sensing cavity acts on a surface of the piston head to displace the piston and the valve plug between an open and closed position. The at least one baffle aperture is adapted to restrict the flow of fluid between the sensing cavity and the first working volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Jacob T. R. Renollett, Todd W. Larsen
  • Patent number: 10364911
    Abstract: A valve actuation system includes a drive device, equipped with an axial extension, which includes an actuating drive with a drive output side intended for coupling with a valve and an axial rear side opposite this, wherein the actuating drive has on its axial rear side a mounting interface for the attachment of an auxiliary device which interacts with the actuating drive wherein, in order to allow attachment of the particular auxiliary device which is to be mounted, or which is mounted, the mounting interface of the actuating drive is equipped with several different attachment devices which differ in their attachment possibilities and which can be used selectively. In this way, a high degree of variability in the attachment of auxiliary devices is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FESTO AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Marcel Heimroth, Markus Dreher, Michael Kanthack
  • Patent number: 10366797
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and method for preventing and monitoring a leakage of water from a tank liner at a storage tank having: a concrete reservoir; the tank liner made up of a wall liner that is formed by coupling a plurality of first panels and is attached to an inner wall of the concrete reservoir, and a floor liner that is formed by coupling a plurality of second panels, is attached to a floor of the concrete reservoir, and is coupled to the wall liner by welding; a leaking water collecting plate formed by welding a plurality of third panels and inserted between the floor liner and the floor of the concrete reservoir; and an edge leaking water collecting channel buried in an edge of the storage tank and configured to collect leaking water discharged between the floor liner and the leaking water collecting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
    Inventors: Jong Min Lee, Byung Ho Kwak, Un-Soo Jung, Jeong-Soo Ryu
  • Patent number: 10364912
    Abstract: An actuator assembly includes a cylinder disposed in an actuator housing, the cylinder having a cylinder interior is in fluid communication with a source of pressurized fluid. A ram member has a piston head within the cylinder interior, and pressure on the piston head moves the ram member. An end of the ram member acts on a collar having a collar interior, and an end of a rod member is disposed within the collar interior. The rod member is displaceable relative to the collar such that the end of the rod member does not contact the collar. Accordingly, fluid in the cylinder interior acting on the ram member may expand due to thermal expansion without damaging a hard stop at an opposite end of the rod member and without losing system pressure by triggering a relief valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management Valve Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: William K. LeBlanc, Jason T. Hoffbauer
  • Patent number: 10350526
    Abstract: A closed lubrication or hydraulic system that eliminates the traditional breather cap and includes (1) oxygen absorber that removes oxygen molecules and (2) a desiccant to dry the air that communicates with hydraulic fluid or lubricant in a reservoir. A metallic heat conduction rod is partially exposed to internal air and partly exposed to ambient air. The conduction rod is in close proximity to the oxygen absorber and desiccant in the cartridge. A cool portion on the conduction rod attracts hot humid internal air causing condensation of water near the surface of the conduction rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: John J Paoluccio, John A Paoluccio
  • Patent number: 10344885
    Abstract: A servovalve has a pilot stage having a piezoelectric element actuating a pilot stage spool valve, which pilot stage spool valve comprises an output control fluid line to a main stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Moog Controls Limited
    Inventors: Ian Brooks, Christopher Pagett, Paul Guerrier
  • Patent number: 10331148
    Abstract: A water tempering system comprising a mixing tank located downstream from the main hot water storage tank, the mixing tank receiving a supply of hot water at a first temperature and a supply of cold water, the hot water and cold water supplies mixing within the mixing tank to provide a source of tempered hot water at a reduced, second temperature that is discharged from the mixing tank for distribution and use within an overall system. The amount of cold water directed to the mixing tank is controlled by a variable frequency drive pump which can adjust depending on system demands to ensure that sufficient cold water is directed to the mixing tank to ensure adequate mixing occurs to bring the temperature of the hot water to the second reduced temperature even during periods of low demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: 2397593 ONTARIO INC.
    Inventors: Nassim Jebran, Louie Mazzullo, Frank Mazzullo, Bernard Baskovic
  • Patent number: 10330211
    Abstract: A pressure regulator has a housing with an inlet, an outlet and a valve seat. A regulator sleeve is arranged within the housing and defines a flow channel from an upstream end adapted for cooperating with the valve seat towards a downstream end associated with the outlet. A spring biases the regulator sleeve towards the outlet. The downstream end of the flow channel tapers outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Dennis Reininger, Ekkehard Gross, Robert Markesic
  • Patent number: 10286204
    Abstract: A blood bag system includes a clamp installed in a flexible first tube. The clamp includes: a base section having a protrusion section, an opening/closing section having a pressing protrusion section that presses a side surface of the first tube, and a bent section that connects the base section and opening/closing section. The base section is provided with a pair of cutout sections opened to a side surface where the first tube can be inserted by interposing the protrusion section. The clamp is configured such that a portion of the first tube where the clamp is installed is bent while the clamp is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Tadashi Imai, Masanori Sato
  • Patent number: 10287841
    Abstract: An annular blowout preventer includes a housing, an annular packer positioned within the housing, and an annular piston assembly positioned within the housing. An annular contacting surface of the annular piston is configured to contact the annular packer while the annular blowout preventer is in the open position. The annular blowout preventer also includes a plurality of inserts extending axially through the annular packer and arranged circumferentially within the annular packer. The annular piston is configured to drive the annular packer in an axial direction within the housing, thereby compressing the annular packer, causing the plurality of inserts to rotate radially inwardly, and moving the annular blowout preventer from the open position to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Ray Zonoz, Xuming Chen
  • Patent number: 10274103
    Abstract: An electro-pneumatic actuator, such as a positioner or an I/P transducer array, for a field device of a processing plant, such as a brewery, a petrochemical plant or the like, can include a pneumatically operated display configured to visually and/or acoustically display at least one field device-specific operating information. The information can include a drive or valve position, or a regulating variable. The electro-pneumatic actuator can be configured to output at least one pneumatic drive actuating signal to a pneumatic drive so as to set a final controlling device, such as a control valve, of the field device. The electro-pneumatic actuator can be configured to output at least one pneumatic display actuating signal to the pneumatically operated display, which can differ from the pneumatic drive actuating signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Harald Kah
  • Patent number: 10277094
    Abstract: A system for preventing hydrate formation in a pipeline includes a heater housing. The heater housing has an outer diameter sized to travel within the pipeline. A turbine assembly is located within the heater housing. The turbine assembly has a blade that is rotatable by a flow of fluid within the pipeline. An electric heater is located within the heater housing and is electrically connected to the turbine assembly. The electric heater is selectively contacted by the flow of fluid within the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Sameeh Batarseh, Nabeel Al Habib, Talha Jamal Ahmad
  • Patent number: 10267431
    Abstract: A valve operator system having an arm for pivotal mounting to a vehicle and a valve operator head slidingly engaged with a track on the arm. The arm may be pivoted through a wide arc to easily reach a target valve, with the valve operator head easily slid into position. The valve operator head preferably includes a series of rollers that engage longitudinal rods positioned in the opposing rails of a track mounted to the arm. A single track on top of the arm may be used, or two tracks positioned on opposing side surfaces of the arm. Pins or a locking bolt may be used to affix the valve operator head in place once moved into the desired position above the target valve and the arm can be locking into position with a drum brake or locking pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Pacific Technical Equipment & Engineering Inc.
    Inventor: Kirk Preston
  • Patent number: 10240685
    Abstract: A secure valve access system includes a cover mounted over the valve stem of a valve. The cover is attached to a support which is mounted on the valve so the cover cannot be removed. Fasteners extend through the support and are selectively jammed against a wrench flat thereby providing a torque transmitting connection between the cover and a valve operator. Retraction of the fasteners breaks the torque transmitting connection allowing the cover to free wheel thereby preventing unauthorized operation of the valve. Rotation of the fasteners is done by an unusual drive socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Gilbert C. Ramos
  • Patent number: 10233715
    Abstract: A blowout preventer (“BOP”) for sealing against an object includes a housing comprising a bore extending through the housing with the object being extendable through the bore. The BOP further includes a packer assembly movably positioned within the housing and configured to form a seal within the housing. The packer assembly includes a body comprising an elastomeric material and an insert at least partially positioned within the body. The insert comprises a harder material section and a softer material section with respect to the harder material section and configured to deform against the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Ray Zonoz, Xuming Chen