Patents Examined by Joseph A Greenlund
  • Patent number: 10349587
    Abstract: An integral, discrete, drip irrigation emitter that comprises means for facilitating spreading of its water exit “pool” U configured, in cross section, “legs”, so that after affixing the drip emitter onto the inner wall surface of the hose, and following water pressure increase within the hose, an elastic movement of a sector of the hose's wall that is framed and delineated as a consequence of affixing the circumferential rim of the exit pool onto the inner wall of the hose, will take place onto opening a water outlet opening, and from the time the water pressure in the hose decreases, closing of the water outlet opening would occur, and a drip irrigation hose embedding at least one such emitter in it, and a general method for opening and closing water outlet openings in such hose, wherein the opening and closing is performed in accordance with and in correlation to the water pressure prevailing in the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Rivulis Irrigation Ltd.
    Inventor: Zvi Einav
  • Patent number: 10343003
    Abstract: A fire suppression system for an aircraft having a compartment, the fire suppression system including an inert gas source in selective fluid communication with the compartment and a fire suppression agent source in selective fluid communication with the compartment, wherein an inert gas from the inert gas source and a fire suppression agent from the fire suppression agent source are at least partially combined to form a fire suppression mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Patrick T. Baker, Douglas E. Ferguson, Mike R. Madden
  • Patent number: 10343178
    Abstract: The rotary atomizing coating device (1) is provided with a spray head (2) formed of a tube body having a circular truncated conical shape and constituted to spray, from an opening end on the large diameter side, a coating introduced from an opening end on the small diameter side thereof, and a coating supply machine (3) engaged with the spray head (2) for supplying the coating while rotating the spray head (2) around an axial line (O). The spray head (2) has a first coating diffusion part (28) having a curved surface with a convex shape towards the axial line (O) on the inner peripheral surface, and a second coating diffusion part (29) extending to an outer edge (26) of the opening end on the large diameter side having a curved surface with a concave shape towards the axial line (O) with grooves (4) on the outer edge (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Kishimoto, Takayuki Ueki, Koji Ikeda, Masashi Takebe, Junichi Fukuno
  • Patent number: 10337782
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fan gun snowmaker that utilizes an external nucleation device to create atomized water mist that is broken apart and frozen by a transverse air jet to create frozen nuclei, or snow seed. Further, flat spray nozzles that are normally used for spray washing and power washing are used that create a flat fan spray at the opening of the fan gun, rather than typical cone-shaped sprayers. The fan spray better disperses the water molecules into the cold, ambient air, which then combine with the frozen nuclei to create snowflakes. The fan gun is portable and lightweight and has anchors at each end that also function as jacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Snow Realm Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Tad Beaulac
  • Patent number: 10328442
    Abstract: Various embodiments concern a sprayer having a blower that outputs a HVLP flow of air into a hose, the hose connecting with a spray gun. A pressure sensor measures pressure of the HVLP air within the hose via a tube that branches from a fitting to which the hose connects. If the sensor indicates that the pressure level has increased above a threshold amount, indicating that the trigger of the spray gun is not being actuated, then power output to the blower is reduced (e.g., stopped). HVLP air is trapped within the hose by two valves when the trigger is not actuated. When the sensor indicates that the pressure level has decreased, corresponding to release of the trapped HVLP air into the gun for spraying by actuation of the trigger, power to the blower is increased (e.g., resumed).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Svendsen, Diane L. Olson
  • Patent number: 10327396
    Abstract: This emitter (120) includes a channel which spans to a recessed section (252), from an intake path (221) for receiving an irrigation liquid inside a tube. The channel includes an aperture (243) which is closed by a lid (244) disposed so as to not be in contact with a film (300). A groove is formed at the periphery of the aperture (243). When the film (300) is pressed as a result of the pressure of the irrigation liquid inside the tube, and the lid (244) closes the aperture (243), the flow rate of the irrigation liquid inside the emitter (120) is controlled so as to be the amount capable of passing through the groove. This flow-rate control continues until the pressure difference in the channel between a side upstream with respect to the lid (244) and a side downstream with respect to the lid (244) has been sufficiently reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Kidachi
  • Patent number: 10306826
    Abstract: An apparatus for broadcasting particulate or granular material over a ground surface involves a variable speed spinner and a material conveyor. The spinner is positioned generally horizontally below a discharge end of a material conveyor. The spinner has a disk having a generally radially disposed fin fixed to an upper side of the disk and radiating outwardly from a center of the disk. The spinner is positioned to receive material from the material conveyor at a location about half way along a length of the fin. In a method broadcasting particulate or granular material over a ground surface, the spinner is preferably rotated at a speed of 900-1000 rpm. The apparatus and method provide for distribution of material over greater distances and can do so without pulverizing the material, creating a uniform pattern of distribution over a 50% wider swath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SALFORD BBI INC.
    Inventor: Steve Owenby
  • Patent number: 10302054
    Abstract: A needle includes a first seal portion, which is formed at an end portion of the needle located on a side where an injection hole is placed, and a second seal portion, which is formed on a side of the first seal portion where a stationary core is placed. When a boundary between a first outer wall of the first seal portion and a second outer wall of the second seal portion is lifted away from or is seated against an inner wall, the injection hole is opened or closed. Thereby, a seat diameter of the boundary and the inner wall is stabilized, and a change in a fuel injection quantity caused by aging can be reduced. Furthermore, the first outer wall of the first seal portion is shaped into a form of a spherical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Kaneta
  • Patent number: 10286235
    Abstract: An example unit load device inerting system includes a nitrogen generation system, a first conduit coupled to the nitrogen generation system to carry nitrogen, an inlet located downstream of the first conduit and attached to a unit load device to deliver the nitrogen into the unit load device, an outlet attached to the unit load device, and a second conduit coupled to the outlet to carry gas out of the unit load device. An example method includes flowing nitrogen through a first conduit from a nitrogen generation system to an inlet located downstream of the first conduit and the inlet is attached to a unit load device to deliver the nitrogen into the unit load device, and venting the unit load device to transport gas out of the unit load device through a second conduit coupled to an outlet configured to be attached to the unit load device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David Smith, Douglas Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10285342
    Abstract: An irrigation drip emitter, and methods relating to same, are provided for delivering irrigation water from a supply tube to an emitter outlet at a reduced and relatively constant flow rate. The emitter having at least one moveable member for compensating for fluctuations in supply line fluid pressure. In one form the emitter further includes a root growth inhibiting member for hindering roots from obstructing fluid flow through the emitter. In another form, the emitter includes an inlet protrusion so that fluid entering the emitter comes from a position closer to the central or center portion of the conduit in order to avoid larger obstructions that may be located near the periphery of the conduit. In another form, the emitter includes a carrier for assisting in mounting the emitter into conduit. In another form, more than one of the above features are present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Mark M. Ensworth, Jae Yung Kim, Mark Richard Edris, Joseph Nazari, Samir Shah
  • Patent number: 10272543
    Abstract: A nozzle ejecting liquid and nozzle device ejecting a liquid upon mixing an abrasive into a liquid jet stream, obtains a converged jet stream. A nozzle includes: a main body; a buffer chamber in the body, whose central axis is an axis line being the liquid jet stream central line; a constrictor part ejecting the liquid, in a buffer chamber plane on a buffer chamber front side and whose central axis is the axis line; a disk plate inside the buffer chamber, facing the plane on the buffer chamber front side and whose central axis is the axis line; a supporting member supporting the disk plate within the buffer chamber; a supply opening in the body supplying the liquid; and an inflow channel along a direction different from the axis line extending direction, opened on a disk plate rear side and the buffer chamber and communicating with the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED
    Inventors: Akihiro Funatsu, Sachie Ejiri
  • Patent number: 10271484
    Abstract: A discrete flat dripper of the non-pressure regulated type of drippers or of the pressure compensated—flow rate regulated type of drippers, suited for being integrally installed within a hose, that comprises a body component whose configuration is essentially rectangular, wherein on its one side that is suited to being affixed to an internal wall of the hose, formed with an exit pool that it is elongated in its dimensions and substantially extends along the entire length of the body component, and with a flow passage circumferentially surrounding a substantial part of the elongated exit pool, and an integral dripper line wherein there are integrated at least one of such discrete flat dripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Rivulis Plastro Ltd.
    Inventor: Zvika Einav
  • Patent number: 10265561
    Abstract: A fire suppression system for a compartment of an aircraft includes a sensor system, at least one valve, and a controller. The sensor system is located within the compartment and includes, at least, a first sensor and a second sensor. The first sensor is configured to detect atmospheric substances within the compartment and the second sensor is configured to detect combustion products within the compartment. The at least one valve is configured for regulating flow of a fire suppressant to the compartment. The controller is configured to control flow of the fire suppressant, via the at least one valve, in response to input from the sensor system. The controller provides instructions to discharge the fire suppressant if the first sensor detects atmospheric substances and the second sensor detects combustion products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles Meis, Rachel Darr
  • Patent number: 10257989
    Abstract: A stabilizer is used on a tower structure of a center pivot irrigation system. The tower structure has wheels supporting the tower on a ground surface and the wheels are adapted and configured to roll on the ground surface in a direction of travel. The stabilizer has a bracing member with proximal and distal ends spaced apart by a length. The bracing member proximal end is adapted and configured to be operatively releasably connected to the tower structure such that when the stabilizer is mounted to the tower structure, the bracing member is movable from a stored position in which the bracing member distal end is arranged generally adjacent to the tower structure to a deployed position in which the bracing member distal end is arranged outboard of the wheels in the direction of travel and in contact with the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Pro, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Scott Anderson, Justin Daniel Bradley, Terance Paul Kellett
  • Patent number: 10219506
    Abstract: An agricultural sprayer arrangement includes a chassis, at least one ground engaging traction member carried by the chassis, a liquid tank carried by the chassis, a boom carried by the chassis, a fluid conduit associated with the boom that is fluidly connected to the liquid tank, a spray nozzle that is fluidly connected to the fluid conduit and includes a nozzle body, a differential pressure sensor with a first pressure sensor in the fluid conduit associated with the spray nozzle and a second pressure sensor in the nozzle body, and an electrical processing circuit coupled to the differential pressure sensor. The differential pressure sensor is configured to output a pressure difference signal and the electrical processing circuit is configured to report a blocked nozzle when the pressure difference signal is less than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Bingcheng Ni
  • Patent number: 10212896
    Abstract: An emitter (120) has, in a water intake part thereof, a water intake amount regulating part for preventing low-pressure liquid from flowing in. The water intake amount regulating part has a valve body (214) and a securing part (215). When the pressure of the liquid meant to flow into the emitter (120) is less than a set value, the valve body (214) does not move with the securing part (215), preventing the liquid from flowing into the emitter (120). When the pressure of the liquid is equal to or greater than the set value, the valve body (214) bends downstream to open the flow channel for the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Kidachi
  • Patent number: 10209111
    Abstract: An agricultural sprayer arrangement includes a chassis; a ground engaging traction member carried by the chassis; a liquid tank carried by the chassis; a boom carried by the chassis; a conduit associated with the boom in fluid communication with the liquid tank that acts as a fluid flow path; a nozzle having an inlet in fluid communication with the conduit; a first flow sensor placed upstream of the inlet in the fluid flow path that provides a first flow signal; a second flow sensor placed downstream of the inlet in the fluid flow path that provides a second flow signal; and an electrical processing circuit coupled to the first flow sensor and the second flow sensor that is configured to compare the first and second flow signals to determine a flow rate decrease and issue an alarm if the flow rate decrease is less than a predetermined threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Bingcheng Ni
  • Patent number: 10197034
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to nozzles for a valve and, more specifically, to a fuel injection valve for a combustion engine. In some embodiments, a nozzle assembly for a fuel injection valve for a combustion engine may include: a valve body with a central longitudinal axis; a valve cavity within the valve body; a nozzle tip body comprising a protrusion limiting a free volume of the valve cavity; and at least one nozzle aperture out from the valve cavity through the protrusion. The protrusion may extend from an end surface of the nozzle tip body in an extending direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the nozzle tip body away from the valve cavity and comprise a first section adjacent to the end surface, the first section having a cylindrical outer surface, and a second section adjacent to the first section, the second section having an outer surface of decreasing diameter in the course away from the end surface along the extending direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Marco Saliu, Nicola Canesi, Luca Matteucci, Marco Mechi
  • Patent number: 10184233
    Abstract: An aerator with an LED has: a case, a water fairing member and a throttle ring. The case further has a generator with a rotator. The water fairing member is disposed in the case through the inlet, the water fairing member has an annular slot facing the inlet of the case, a plurality of inlet apertures are disposed at a bottom of the annular slot. The water fairing member has a containment space facing the generator, and the containment space covers the rotator of the generator. The containment space has a plurality of outlet apertures, and the inlet apertures face a center of the water fairing member and helically connected to the outlet apertures. The inlet apertures taper towards the outlet apertures. The throttle ring is disposed in the annular slot of the water fairing member, and the throttle ring is adjacent to an inner edge of the annular slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Gary Wu
  • Patent number: 10174730
    Abstract: A fuel injector for use in delivering fuel to an internal combustion engine includes a nozzle having a valve needle which is moveable with respect to a valve needle seating through a range of movement between a fully-closed position and a fully-open position to control fuel delivery through at least one nozzle outlet, whereby movement of the nozzle needle is controlled by fuel pressure within a control chamber. A nozzle control valve controls fuel flow into and out of the control chamber to pressurize and depressurize the control chamber, respectively. The fuel injector also includes a variable flow passage in communication with the control chamber through which fuel flows out of the control chamber at a variable rate throughout the range of movement of the valve needle so that movement of the valve needle is damped to a greater extent as it approaches the fully-open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LIMITED
    Inventor: Anthony Thomas Harcombe