Patents Examined by Joseph A Greenlund
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10159369
    Abstract: The present embodiment provides a straw that is bent near its middle portion to form a reservoir compartment to store a liquid for cooling. When a user sips from the straw, hot liquid from a container enters the reservoir compartment, where it begins to cool towards the surrounding air temperature. When the liquid in the reservoir compartment reaches an acceptable drinking temperature, the user again sips from the straw, which allows him to drink the cooled liquid from the reservoir compartment, and to draw additional hot liquid from the container into the reservoir compartment for cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Gregory Michael MacDonald
  • Patent number: 10159994
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a spray-coating gun for the spray coating of objects with coating powder. The front end region of the spray-coating gun has a coating-powder spray head and the opposite, rear end region of said spray-coating gun has a coating-powder connection and at least one compressed-gas connection. Coating powder can be supplied via the coating-powder connection to a coating-powder channel extending to the coating-powder spray head, while compressed gas can be supplied via the at least one compressed-gas connection to at least one compressed-gas channel extending to the front end region of the spray-coating gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GEMA SWITZERLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Marco Sanwald
  • Patent number: 10130962
    Abstract: A pressure washer includes a prime mover, a pump driven by the prime mover, and a spray gun fluidly coupled to the pump. The spray gun includes a flow-control valve movable between an open position and a closed position to control a fluid flow from the spray gun, a user interface for controlling the flow-control valve, a sensor configured to detect the state of the user interface, and a first wireless system electrically coupled to the sensor. In a first state of the user interface, the flow-control valve is in the closed position. In a second state of the user interface, the flow-control valve is in the open position. The pressure washer further includes a second wireless system electrically coupled to the prime mover. The second wireless system signals the prime mover to start to drive the pump to provide fluid to the spray gun upon receiving a start signal from the first wireless system indicating that the sensor detects the user interface in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: John Dey, Brandon Palicki, James Radwill
  • Patent number: 10100794
    Abstract: A fuel injector for an internal combustion engine includes an injector body in which there are positioned an actuator, a control valve, and a needle guide. The actuator actuates the control valve, the control valve controlling an injection needle sliding the needle guide between an open position in which injection is permitted and a closed position in which the injection of fuel is prevented. The injector additionally includes a first electrical connection extending from the needle guide to a metal that are internal to the injector, and a metal extension extending from the metal ring to a connector pin accessible from the outside of the injector, so that an electrical signal indicative of the position of the needle can be transmitted from the needle guide for the needle to the connector pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Philippe Barbier, Thierry Cochet
  • Patent number: 10065059
    Abstract: An autonomous firefighting tower is a structure that is deployed into a firefighting zone for extinguishing a fire as well as for protecting firefighting personnel on the ground. The structure is able to self-level when being deployed on uneven terrain and requires minimal setup aside from connection to an external water source. A plurality of tower supports is hingedly connected to a base platform and may be adjusted to the terrain. Additional adjustability is provided through a plurality of self-leveling legs. A plurality of stabilizing members provides structural support and stability to the structure during self-leveling and when deployed. A fluid dispenser is connected to the base platform. Water is provided to the fluid dispenser from an external source through a fluid conduit. A control unit and at least one camera allow a remote operator to operate the structure during a firefighting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Garry Dale Thomsen
  • Patent number: 10047713
    Abstract: A metal valve body having a fuel injection port includes a nozzle plate accommodation part accommodating a nozzle plate of synthetic resin and aligning a center of the nozzle plate with a central axis of the valve body. A front end surface abutting against the nozzle plate is accommodated in the nozzle plate accommodation part. A swage projection fixes the nozzle plate to the front end side on which the fuel injection port is formed. The nozzle plate is swage-fixed in the state in which a spring action part is elastically deformed on the front end side of the valve body by the swage projection, and a nozzle hole formation part is constantly pushed against the front end surface of the valve body by the elastic force of the spring action part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Enplas Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10034439
    Abstract: An emitter that is arranged on an inner wall surface of a tube through which an irrigation liquid flows, the emitter being arranged at a position that corresponds to a discharge opening that communicates between the inside and outside of the tube. The emitter is for quantitatively discharging from the discharge opening the irrigation liquid inside the tube and has: a water intake part that is for taking in the irrigation liquid; a discharge part that is for discharging the irrigation liquid; and a flow path that connects the water intake part and the discharge part and through which the irrigation liquid flows. Further, an inner wall surface of the flow path is constituted by a composition that includes an antimicrobial agent and includes a resin or rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Kidachi
  • Patent number: 10035032
    Abstract: The present invention provides a thermal management and automatic fire-extinguishing system of a vehicle battery, used for managing the vehicle battery in a hybrid vehicle or an electric vehicle, including: fire-extinguishing packages which are adjacent to or in contact with the vehicle battery, wherein the fire-extinguishing package is filled with a fire-extinguishing agent; and the fire-extinguishing package is configured to be opened when the temperature of the vehicle battery is higher than a preset temperature, so that the fire-extinguishing agent can be released and then filled into a space where the vehicle battery is located, thereby achieving the effects of automatic combustion prevention and fire extinguishing of the vehicle battery, effectively protecting the vehicle battery and the whole vehicle, reserving more escape time for passengers and improving the safety of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: ZHEJIANG GEELY AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH INSTITUTE CO., LTD., ZHEJIANG GEELY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shufu Li
  • Patent number: 10016777
    Abstract: Aerosols can be created by filament stretching and breaking of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids by applying a strain to and stretching the fluid. The fluid is stretched along a strain pathway and forms a fluid filament. The fluid filament is caused to break into droplets that can be harvested to form a mist or aerosol. Such a system for aerosol creation can include a pair of counter-rotating rollers that are positioned adjacent to each other that stretch the fluid or a pair of pistons that move toward and away from each other to stretch the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Victor Beck, David Mathew Johnson