Patents Examined by Kevin L Lee
  • Patent number: 10920891
    Abstract: Valve assemblies with butterfly valves for use as a double isolation & bleed (DIB) valve and a double block & bleed (DBB) valve. The embodiments may have a twin-disc design with a non-separable, valve body having a central bore. A pair of butterfly valves may reside in the central bore, each having an annular seal and a rotatable disc that contacts the annular seal to prevent flow of fluid into space between the butterfly valves. Implementations of the embodiments configure the annular seal with a sloped contact surface at an angle to positively seal the rotatable discs in the preferred direction of incoming flow. In this way, the valves can always close in response to either uni-directional flow into one end of the central bore or bi-directional flow into both ends of the central bore, respectively or simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Dresser, Inc.
    Inventor: Chaur Yue Shyu
  • Patent number: 10920359
    Abstract: A laundry washing machine agitator having a base and an elongated hollow body provided with at least one opening for the admission of washing liquid. The base has a plurality of radial openings located in the radial periphery of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX DO BRASIL S.A.
    Inventors: Marcelo Piekarski, Luiz Carlos Pazinato, Fabiano Costi, Oscar Luiz Madalena, Eduardo Orthmann, Eduardo De Menezes Lino Modesto, Vicente Marconcin Vanhazebrouck, Adriano Bonatto Cardozo
  • Patent number: 10914389
    Abstract: A system for stopping flow in a pipe with a plug positioned in the pipe to allow for repairs of the pipe. The plug comprises a body with an inflatable or compressible member, and a cap and connector valve on the body. An inflation line with a coupling connects to the valve for blocking off and sealing a damaged area of the pipe. An inflation line is used to deposit and retrieve the plug within the pipe before and after a repair is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, NFP
    Inventors: Jeffery W. Mainzer, James E. Huebler, Jim Diehl
  • Patent number: 10914386
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a method of controlling a gate valve that operates the gate valve in a short time while suppressing vibration of the valve body. A method of controlling a gate valve provided on an opening of a chamber, wherein the gate valve includes a valve body that opens and closes so as to close the opening of a chamber, a valve seat provided on the edge of the opening to which the valve body is pressed, and a sealing material for sealing between the valve body and the valve seat. The invented method is characterized in that, in moving the valve body to the open position from the closed position where the valve body is pressed against the valve seat with the sealing material compressed, the valve body is made to stop temporarily for a predetermined time at the position immediately before the compressed sealing material is pulled apart or immediately after pulled apart in the opening movement of the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: V-Tex Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Sawahata, Katsuyuki Saitoh, Hideaki Nagai, Mitsuhiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10914412
    Abstract: A backflow prevention assembly is configurable with varying lay-lengths and orientations. The assembly includes coupling assemblies and valve bodies that adjust in length and/or rotation to allow for the varying lay-lengths and orientations of the backflow prevention valves and assemblies with and without certification. A coupling assembly is connected to a backflow prevention valve and includes an outer sleeve and an inner sleeve that is slidingly received within the outer sleeve. The lay-length is adjusted by slidably moving the inner and outer sleeves with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Watts Regulator Co.
    Inventors: Jason Doughty, Ian David Baynes, Joseph Michael Burke, Frank DiBenedetto, Muhannad A. Bagegni
  • Patent number: 10914057
    Abstract: Embodiments of a valve assembly and a plumbing system incorporating the same are provided herein. In some embodiments, a valve assembly for use with an enclosed environment includes a housing having an interior volume, an inlet disposed at a first end of the housing and fluidly coupled to an environment surrounding the housing, and an outlet disposed at a second end of the housing opposite the first end and fluidly coupled to the enclosed environment; a first valve having a first valve seat and a first sealing member at least partially extending through a first opening in the first valve seat in a closed position; and a second valve disposed beneath the first valve and having a second valve seat and a second sealing member at least partially extending through a second opening in the second valve seat in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Di Monte
  • Patent number: 10907293
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a rotating drum that receives laundry to be treated. A motor rotates a drive shaft about a vertical axis and engages the rotating drum at a base. A coupler is disposed within an upper portion of the base and that rests upon the drive shaft to transfer rotational forces from the drive shaft to the drum. A lower portion of the base engages an outer surface of the shaft to resist moment forces that are exerted against the drive shaft in an off-axis direction relative to the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas C. Fugal, Bradley D. Morrow, Joseph C. O'Connor, Prabhath KV, Jason S. Sabel, Christine L. Strain, Meredith A. Wagner, Robert C. Williams
  • Patent number: 10900571
    Abstract: A throttle body or actuator for an engine, comprising a main body which defines at least one supply duct having a through lumen for a gas mixture, a choke valve placed inside said supply duct so as to modify said through lumen. The choke valve is provided with an occluding body connected to a control shaft, at least partially housed in a seat in the main body. The control shaft, inside the seat and on the side of the occluding body, is provided with a first gasket adapted to prevent the penetration of dirt and gas from the supply duct. Downstream of the first gasket, on the side of the control shaft, at least one vent is provided, adapted to allow the expulsion, outside the seat, of any gas which has leaked through the first gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNETI MARELLI S.p.A
    Inventors: Giancarlo Bartolotta, Stefano Musolesi, Michele Garofalo
  • Patent number: 10900585
    Abstract: A valve can include a body having an inlet and an outlet coaxial about an axis, a stationary valve seat between the inlet and the outlet, one or more valve members slideably coupled to the valve body and adapted to optionally couple with the valve seat, one or more biasing devices adapted to bias the valve member(s) in one or more longitudinal directions, and one or more actuators adapted to optionally move the valve member(s) into and/or out of sealing engagement with the valve seat. An actuator assembly can include one or more of an electrohydraulic actuator and an electromechanical actuator, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Automatic Switch Company
    Inventors: Gregory J. Volz, Roy B. Bogert, John J. Haller, Frank A. Ferrarese, Ryan Huttman, Emmanuel D. Arceo
  • Patent number: 10900205
    Abstract: A sensing assembly assembly for use with a fire hydrant having a stem includes a sensor in fluid communication with a water supply; at least one battery in electrical communication with the sensor; and an antenna in electrical communication with the sensor; wherein at least a portion of the sensing assembly is located within an interior cavity of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Timofey Sitnikov, Paul S. Gifford, Carlos Stephen Moreno
  • Patent number: 10895272
    Abstract: A solenoid valve island having a base body that includes a housing for a respective solenoid valve, a main feeding duct that is in fluid communication with the housing to supply compressed air entering the solenoid valve and that is provided with an inlet mouth for connection with a source of compressed air, a main collection duct in fluid communication with the housing to collect air leaving the solenoid valve and a discharge mouth for discharging the collected air, a hollow seat in which an electric or electronic supply and control circuit of the solenoid valve is housed and includes an opening at each housing for the electric connection, through it, of the respective solenoid valve with the electric or electronic supply and control circuit, where the electric or electronic supply and control circuit has a male or female type power supply and signal transmitting connector that is partially housed in the hollow seat of the base body and that can be coupled with a corresponding end connector of a cable for th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: METAL WORK S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marco Lucidera, Jacopo Marconi
  • Patent number: 10889427
    Abstract: Disclosed are can taps for dispensing fluids from containers. The can tap has a housing with an inlet and an outlet, and a pin. The pin has a flow portion in fluidic communication with the inlet and the outlet of the housing. The pin may have a blunt depressor capable of operating a valve on the container. The flow portion of the pin allows fluid to flow between the housing and the pin. The can tap may have a gasket comprising a material having a hardness that prevents deformation of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: THE CHEMOURS COMPANY FC, LLC
    Inventors: Mary E. Koban, Stephen James Ferraioli, Lewis Robert Jewell, Anthony F. Stasio, Roderic Nathan Uphaus
  • Patent number: 10889181
    Abstract: An integrated fill system is provided for a vehicle. The integrated fill system can include a receptacle, a cap that mates with the receptacle, and a fill line that is in fluid communication between the receptacle and a container. The integrated fill system can further include a valve between an opening on an end of the container and an end of the fill line to allow one-way fluid communication for entry of compressed material into the container. The integrated fill system can further include a draw line on an opposite end of the container to maintain separate lines for filling and drawing compressed material into/from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES INC.
    Inventor: James B. Rike
  • Patent number: 10890293
    Abstract: A system for transferring cryogenic fluid from a dispensing tank to a receiving tank is disclosed. The dispensing tank stores a supply of cryogenic liquid with a dispensing tank headspace above the liquid. A compressor has an inlet connected to the headspace of a receiving tank and an outlet connected to the headspace of the dispensing tank. A liquid transfer line is in fluid communication with the liquid side of the dispensing tank and the receiving tank. Cryogenic liquid is transferred from the dispensing tank to the receiving tank when the compressor is activated so as to transfer vapor from the headspace of the receiving tank to the headspace of the dispensing tank to create a pressure differential between the dispensing and receiving tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Chart Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10890260
    Abstract: A tank valve for installation at a pressure gas tank has a base body including a first base body section, which in the assembled state projects into the pressure gas tank and is sealingly connected with the same, and includes a second base body section, which in the assembled state remains outside the pressure gas tank. The tank valve further has a plurality of functional sub-groups for refueling the pressure gas tank via a refueling path, for the extraction of gas from the pressure gas tank via an extraction path, and for implementing safety and operating functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Philipp Hausmann
  • Patent number: 10883624
    Abstract: A valve includes a valve body; a valve sealing element positioned inside the valve body; a stem positioned inside the stem bore of the valve body and engaged with the valve sealing element; and a cap fixed with respect to the stem, the cap comprising a mounting end and an actuating end; the mounting end defining a stem engagement cavity; the actuating end distal from the mounting end; the cap defining a first side surface, a second side surface, and a top surface; the cap defining a window in a position between the mounting end and the actuating end; the window defined in and extending from one of the first side surface, the second side surface, and the top surface; and the window exposing a surface of the stem but preventing passage of the stem through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Theodore Chad Harbour, Stephen L. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10877494
    Abstract: A method for depressurizing a pipe includes forming, by an ejector assembly, a seal between a first pipe and a second pipe fluidically coupled to the tee pipe fitting. The first pipe flows a first fluid at a first pressure, and the second pipe flows a second fluid at a second pressure lower than the first pressure. The ejector assembly includes a nozzle converging along a flow direction of the first fluid flowing in the first pipe, and a mixing chamber at an outlet of the nozzle, the mixing chamber comprising an outlet is in fluid communication with the second pipe. The method also includes flowing the first fluid from the first pipe into the ejector assembly through the nozzle so that the pressure of the first fluid decreases to a third pressure lower than the second pressure to draw the second fluid into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Abdulaziz M. Al Otaibi
  • Patent number: 10876688
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to the production of fluidic droplets. Certain aspects of the invention are generally directed to systems and methods for creating droplets by flowing a fluid from a first channel to a second channel through a plurality of side channels. The fluid exiting the side channels into the second channel may form a plurality of droplets, and in some embodiments, at very high droplet production rates. In addition, in some aspects, double or higher-order multiple emulsions may also be formed. In some embodiments, this may be achieved by forming multiple emulsions through a direct, synchronized production method and/or through the formation of a single emulsion that is collected and re-injected into a second microfluidic device to form double emulsions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: David A. Weitz, Esther Amstad
  • Patent number: 10865814
    Abstract: A hydraulic actuator includes a switching part that is provided with an oil passage for sending pressurized oil generated by a hydraulic pump to a tool and returning return oil from the tool to the hydraulic pump. The switching part switches a route of at least one of the pressurized oil and the return oil. The switching part includes an operating portion (for example, an operation knob) and an axis portion (for example, a spool) that advances or retreats when the operating portion is turned. When the operating portion is turned, the axis portion advances or retreats in a direction orthogonal to a direction of turning the operating portion, whereby the route of the oil passage is switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: OGURA & CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10850607
    Abstract: A fuel tank device of a vehicle includes a fuel supply pipe, a first fuel tank, a second fuel tank, and a resistance portion. The fuel supply pipe includes a main pipe, and a first branch pipe and a second branch pipe that branch from the main pipe. The first fuel tank is connected to the first branch pipe, the second fuel tank is connected to the second branch pipe, and the resistance portion is provided in the main pipe and is configured to impart resistance to liquid fuel flowing in the main pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Komura