Patents Examined by Kenneth Rinehart
  • Patent number: 11186166
    Abstract: A fuel tank ventilation valve includes a float valve, a float control mechanism, and a barrier member. The float valve includes a float and a float chamber. The float chamber is provided by a case. The float control mechanism controls the area of a fuel opening so that a fuel outflow speed from the float chamber is slower than a fuel inflow speed into the float chamber. The barrier member is located between an opening for a ventilation passage and the float. The barrier member suppresses fuel intrusion. The fuel tank ventilation valve is capable of preventing an outflow of a liquid component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: KYOSAN DENKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Iiduka, Yuko Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 11168810
    Abstract: A hydraulic valve including a valve housing; and a valve piston that is axially movable in the valve housing along a first longitudinal axis of the valve housing, wherein the valve housing includes a supply connection for feeding a hydraulic fluid, at least one operating connection and at least one tank connection for draining the hydraulic fluid, wherein the valve piston is movable by an electromagnetic actuator of the hydraulic valve, wherein the valve housing forms a hydraulic portion and the actuator forms a magnet portion of the hydraulic valve, wherein a divider element is arranged between the hydraulic portion and the magnet portion, and wherein the divider element is configured to provide a flow connection between the hydraulic portion and the magnet portion and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: ECO Holding 1 GmbH
    Inventors: Drazen Boban, Thomas Jacob
  • Patent number: 11162598
    Abstract: The invention relates to petroleum engineering, and more particularly to the design of a check valve that can be used in conjunction with downhole sucker-rod pumps or electric centrifugal pumps primarily intended for pumping fluids with a high solid particle content. A ball check valve comprises: a hollow cylindrical housing having an internal annular protrusion; a valve pair mounted inside said housing and being in the form of an annular seat and a ball locking member; and a means for limiting the movement of the closure member, which is in the form of a cage with through holes for fluid flow. Between the seat and the cage there is mounted an annular elastic member, the inner diameter of which is not greater than the diameter of the ball locking member. The annular elastic element performs a dual function: when closing the valve provides additional pressing of the ball locking element to the seat due to the arising elastic forces; and provides additional sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Vyacheslav Vladimirovich Leonov
  • Patent number: 11162618
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flexible armoured pipe having a centre axis and including an internal pressure sheath and an outer sheath, where the radial distance between the internal pressure sheath and the outer sheath defines an annulus. The annulus includes at least one tensile armour layer surrounded by at least one retaining layer constituted by an elongate metallic strip wound around the at least one tensile armour with a winding angle of at least 65° in respect of the centre axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Karl-Johan Lolk Westhoff, Jon Moller Andersen
  • Patent number: 11162505
    Abstract: The impeller includes a main body with a root, a shroud and a plurality of blades connecting the root and the shroud. Protection elements are associated to the blades and constitute at least the front part of the blades. The protection elements may consist of separate bodies or may be grouped together to form one or more protection bodies. In an embodiment, the material of the protection elements is different from the material of the main body, and may be, for example, a cobalt base alloy having a chromium content greater than 20% or nickel base alloy having a chromium content greater than 12%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone SRL
    Inventors: Michelangelo Bellaci, Andrea Massini, Massimo Giannozzi, Iacopo Giovannetti
  • Patent number: 11156303
    Abstract: A hydrant includes: a hydrant body defining a hydrant inner cavity, the hydrant configured to couple to and be in fluid communication with a fluid distribution system including a fluid therein under pressure; and a break check valve coupled to the hydrant body, the valve including: a valve body defining a valve inner cavity, the hydrant inner cavity defining a valve bore in fluid communication with the fluid during normal operation of the hydrant; a valve member configured to rotate from an open position to a closed position of the valve; and an arm in contact with the hydrant and configured to prevent movement of the valve member when the hydrant is coupled to the valve, the valve defining a hole separate from the valve bore and in fluid communication with each of the hydrant inner cavity and the valve inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Michael Allen, Michael Louis Broggi, Paul S. Gifford, Timofey Sitnikov
  • Patent number: 11112051
    Abstract: A repair kit and associated method for repairing an automotive coolant pipe for fluid-conducting within an engine block of an engine includes at least a repair stent with a flared end, sealant and instructions for performing the method. The method includes draining coolant from the engine, removing the water pump from the engine without removing the timing chain cover of the engine, inserting the repair stent including a sealant through the coolant passage, wherein the coolant passage extends through the timing chain cover into the engine, re-assembling the water pump to the engine and adding coolant to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Mark Jefferson Reed
  • Patent number: 11105425
    Abstract: A check valve includes a valve seat defining an aperture and a seating surface. A flapper is a single homogeneous component having a contact surface and a filler portion. The flapper is pivotally movable relative to the valve seat between a valve closed position in which the contact surface is sealably engaged to the seating surface thereby occluding flow through the aperture, and a valve open position in which the contact surface is a distance from the seating surface. The filler portion has a plurality of voids such that a density of the flapper is lower than if the voids were not present. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Feng Feng, Cheryl Chunyu Dou, James Streeter
  • Patent number: 11105441
    Abstract: A method of controlling a hydraulic valve includes putting a first control chamber under pressure and putting a second control chamber to return so as to cause a slide to move into one of two end positions, putting a second control chamber under pressure and putting the first control chamber to return, thereby causing the slide to move into the other one of the two end positions. An intermediate step of applying pressure to the one of the first or second control chamber that was connected to return can be provided so that both control chambers are maintained simultaneously under pressure for a determined length of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Xavier Jubert, Xavier Leclerc, Sébastien Ernis
  • Patent number: 11072914
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a faucet comprising a faucet housing configured as a tubular member with a cavity and a faucet body that includes a head and a conduit. A water inlet end of the head is connected to the conduit. A first support is received in the cavity and located in a water outlet end of the faucet housing. The head is freely received in the first support and a purified water pipe is embedded detachably into the first support. A mounting seat is configured to function as a water distributor and is detachably engaged with the faucet housing. A valve cartridge is received in the mounting seat and configured to control the shut off of the conduit and the purified water pipe, and to separate the flow path of the tap-water and the flow path the purified water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Liming Ye, Jianping Zhou, Shuanglin Bai
  • Patent number: 11067194
    Abstract: A combination valve includes a valve seat, a diaphragm valve element, a pilot system to automatically bring the diaphragm valve element into or out of contact with the valve seat by use of air pressure, and a manual system to hold the diaphragm valve element in contact with the valve seat even while air pressure is supplied. In the combination valve, a piston rod is provided such that, when the handle is turned to move the manual stem in a seating direction while the diaphragm valve element and the valve seat are separated from each other, the piston rod moves in the seating direction relative to a first piston and a second piston that are pushed by the air pressure in a separating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Tatsuhito Aoyama
  • Patent number: 11054072
    Abstract: A coupling device for joining two lines has two coupling parts that are coupled and connected together in the axial direction to connect the two lines to each other, and wherein the two coupling parts are fixed to each other via a plurality of spring-loaded coupling elements distributed in the circumferential direction of the coupling device, such that the two coupling parts are operable to be bent relative to each other with respect to a normal position by forces acting laterally with respect to the axial direction of the coupling device, and wherein the coupling elements in the bent position exert a restoring force on the coupling parts in the direction of the normal position by the spring load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Andreas Von Keitz
  • Patent number: 11035497
    Abstract: Provided is a centrifugal valve control apparatus including: a body part including a body having a chamber and a channel connected to the chamber, and a valve configured to open and close the channel; a heating part coupled to the body and including a heating member disposed at a position corresponding to the valve; and a rotation driving part configured to rotate the body part and the heating part together, wherein the valve is formed to open and close the channel by the heating member while the body part and the heating part rotate together. Accordingly, the valve of the centrifugal valve control apparatus may be accurately controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Min Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 11035485
    Abstract: A faucet structure includes a valve base, an outlet hose, two input hoses, a bottom panel, a housing, a panel cover and a handle. A valve chamber is on the valve base, and a connecting tube protrudes from a supporting leg extending from a bottom of the valve chamber, which has first engaging openings at a bottom end thereof for engaging with rings grooves on the input hoses via a locking panel. Two second engaging openings are on the connecting tube for engaging with a groove on the outlet hose via a U-shaped clasp. The housing has grooves that slidingly engage the panel cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Wen-Tsung Lin
  • Patent number: 11028552
    Abstract: A hoisting apparatus includes a rotation device with connectors for connecting pressure-medium lines to a rotation device, a boom, from which the pressure-medium lines are arranged to lead to the rotation device, and a pivoted joint for suspending the rotation device on the boom. The pivoted joint includes two consecutive pivots in a longitudinal direction of the rotation device. The rotational axes of the pivots are at right-angles to each other. The pressure-medium lines are routed between lugs of the pivot on a boom side of the pivoted joint, past the connectors of the rotation device in the longitudinal direction of the rotation device, to turn towards the connectors to form a hose loop and then routed to the connectors of the rotation device. The pressure-medium lines are arranged on both sides of the rotation device related to a plane defined in the longitudinal direction of the boom and the longitudinal direction of the rotation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: PONSSE OYJ
    Inventors: Toni Auvinen, Marko Halonen
  • Patent number: 11009256
    Abstract: A low pressure duct configured to channel a gas within a structure includes a tubular body formed from a polymer foam material, and a first plurality of strands adhered to a surface of the tubular body along a plurality of paths. The plurality of paths includes a first set of paths oriented longitudinally along the tubular body. The first set of paths are spaced apart from each other around a circumference of the tubular body. The plurality of paths also includes a second set of paths oriented circumferentially around the tubular body. The second set of paths are spaced apart longitudinally along the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Steve Mills, Orlando Torres, Creed Ernest Blevins, Luisa F. Gutierrez, Charles Douglas Hall
  • Patent number: 10981554
    Abstract: A system for delivering fluid in a machine is provided. The system includes a pump, a first valve disposed downstream of the pump, a check valve disposed downstream of the first valve, at least one accumulator disposed downstream of the check valve, and an auxiliary system disposed upstream of the check valve. The system further includes a control unit configured to receive a signal indicative of a fluid demand from the auxiliary system. The control unit is also configured to selectively control the first valve in a first position to limit flow of the fluid from the pump to the auxiliary system, and in a second position to allow flow of the fluid from the pump to the auxiliary system based, at least in part, on the received signal. The check valve limits flow of a fluid from the at least one accumulator to the auxiliary system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Adam J. Adeeb, Steven Edward Johnson, Anthony Joseph Weltzer, Ernest Everett Stoops
  • Patent number: 10954975
    Abstract: A system and method of collecting and disposing of fluid during a medical procedure. Fluid is drawn from a fluid source into a first reservoir in communication with a vacuum source. The fluid passes through an open fluid transfer valve into a second reservoir in communication with the vacuum source. While the fluid continues to be drawn into the first reservoir, the fluid transfer valve is closed after a predetermined volume of the fluid passes into the second reservoir. The fluid collected in the second reservoir is measured and evacuated from the second reservoir. The fluid transfer valve is opened and the steps are repeated until the medical procedure is completed while the first reservoir remains in uninterrupted communication with the vacuum source during the medical procedure such that fluid is capable of continuing to be drawn into the first reservoir without interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Skyline Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney Schmidt, David Johnson, David Dauwalter
  • Patent number: 10941868
    Abstract: This valve seat is disposed below a valve ball, wherein the valve seat comprises an annular member in which a seating surface and a lower end surface of the valve ball are formed into a circular shape; a flow path is formed between the seating surface and the lower end surface, for communicating a transfer fluid including a gas and a liquid; and the flow path is formed in a predetermined shape in which a horizontal distance from the central axis which crosses the lower end surface at right angle to the inner circumferential surface of the flow path excluding the seating surface and the lower end surface is not constant over the entire circumference of the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: IWAKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshio Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10935056
    Abstract: An electromagnetic valve for a hydraulic system for an automatic transmission of a vehicle. An armature chamber is filled with hydraulic medium and fluidically connected to hydraulic lines of the hydraulic system. An armature is mounted in the armature chamber such that its stroke is adjustable. The armature includes a shut-off body and divides the armature chamber into an opening-side chamber facing the flow opening and into an inner chamber facing away from the flow opening. During a stroke of the armature, an oil exchange occurs, and a displacement volume of the hydraulic medium overflows from the opening-side chamber into the inner chamber. A hydraulic line leading to the opening-side chamber or to the inner chamber of the armature chamber includes a dirt collecting element that is designed as a permanent magnet and that retains contaminations in the hydraulic medium that flows through the hydraulic line during an oil exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Dietmar Schuller, Andreas Deimel, Michael Schöffmann, Roland Meyer, Oliver Rang, Christian Corell