Patents Examined by Matthew W Jellett
  • Patent number: 10501915
    Abstract: A water delivery device that includes a body having a cold water inlet, a hot water inlet, and an outlet; a mixing valve in the body, and a touchscreen user interface on a surface of the body. The mixing valve includes a housing having a mixing chamber that is fluidly connected to the outlet, a first flow control valve moveably disposed in the housing to control a cold water flow from the cold water inlet to the mixing chamber, and a second flow control valve moveably disposed in the housing to control a hot water flow from the hot water inlet to the mixing chamber. The touchscreen user interface allows a user to control a temperature and/or a flow rate of water from the outlet by controlling the first and second flow control valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Patent number: 10500641
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus including a build chamber, build platform lowerable in the chamber so layers of flowable material can successively form across the platform, laser for generating a laser beam, scanning unit for directing the laser beam onto each layer to selectively solidify the material and a processor for controlling the scanning unit. The processor controls the scanning unit directs the laser beam to solidify a selected area of material by advancing the laser beam many times along a scan path. On each pass, the laser beam solidifies spaced apart sections of the scan path, each subsequent pass solidifying sections that are located between sections solidified on a previous pass. The processor controls the scanning unit to direct the laser beam to solidify selected area of material by solidifying sub-millimetre sized sections of non-continuously area and in an order such that consecutively solidified sections are spaced apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: Michael Joseph McClelland, Ceri Brown, Ravi Guttamindapalli Aswathanarayanaswamy
  • Patent number: 10493570
    Abstract: Improved steel welds, article for making the same, and methods of making the same are provided. The present disclosure provides advantageous erosion, corrosion and/or cracking resistant weld metal. More particularly, the present disclosure provides high manganese (Mn) weld metal compositions having enhanced erosion, corrosion and/or cracking resistance, articles for the production of the high manganese weld metal compositions having enhanced erosion, corrosion, and/or cracking resistance, and methods for fabricating high manganese weld metal compositions having enhanced erosion, corrosion and/or cracking resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, POSCO
    Inventors: HyunWoo Jin, Ning Ma, Adnan Ozekcin, Andrew J. Wasson, Douglas P. Fairchild, IlWook Han, Sangchul Lee, Bongkeun Lee, Jongsub Lee
  • Patent number: 10495259
    Abstract: A fluid supply system adapted for vacuum and pressure cycling of fluid, including a transfer vessel adapted to supply a process canister with fluid drawn from a bulk canister under a vacuum, wherein delivery of fluid from the transfer vessel to the process canister is accomplished with positive pressure. A method is also disclosed of delivering fluid, including drawing fluid under vacuum from a bulk canister and pressurizing the transfer vessel to effect dispensing of the fluid into a process canister for delivery to a location of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ENTEGRIS, INC.
    Inventors: Glenn M. Tom, Donald D. Ware, Richard D. Chism, Jordan Hodges, Mitchell W. McFeron
  • Patent number: 10493569
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a welding composition for joining high manganese steel base metals and methods of applying the same. The composition includes: carbon in a range of about 0.4 wt % to about 0.8 wt %; manganese in a range of about 18 wt % to about 24 wt %; chromium in an amount of ? about 6 wt %; molybdenum in an amount of ? about 4 wt %; nickel in an amount of ? about 5 wt %; silicon in an amount of about 0.4 wt % to about 1.0 wt %; sulfur in an amount of ? about 200 ppm; phosphorus in an amount of ? about 200 ppm; and a balance including iron. In an embodiment, the composition has an austenitic phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, POSCO
    Inventors: Andrew J. Wasson, Timothy D. Anderson, Douglas P. Fairchild, Xin Yue, HyunWoo Jin, Ning Ma, IlWook Han, Sangchul Lee, Bongkeun Lee, Jongsub Lee
  • Patent number: 10493842
    Abstract: An oil filler port of the capless oil feeder includes: an oil filler port main body made of a resin, a breather tube portion made of the resin, and a flap valve. The oil filler port main body has a tubular shape and includes a nozzle insertion port for inserting an oil filler nozzle at one end and a fuel feed port for supplying fuel to a filler tube at the other end. The breather tube portion is formed integrally on an outer side of a peripheral surface of the oil filler port main body and connected to a breather tube. The flap valve is foamed to be insertable from the fuel feed port, and is disposed inside the oil filler port main body to close the nozzle insertion port and is opened by insertion of the oil filler nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Riko Company Limited
    Inventors: Kazuki Hatanaka, Lin Jiang
  • Patent number: 10487958
    Abstract: A valve armature assembly of a solenoid valve includes a body, a closing element, and an elastic damping element. The body includes a depression located at an end of the body. The closing element is received in the depression and includes a closing member configured to interact with a valve seat of the valve. The elastic element is positioned in the depression between the closing element and the body and is configured to damp a pulse resulting from the closing member striking the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Massimiliano Ambrosi, Edgar Kurz, Norbert Alaze, Michael Eisenlauer
  • Patent number: 10487925
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adjustment arrangement (10), comprising a rotating input element (26) at which a first torque from a motor arrangement (18, 22) can be inputted into the adjustment arrangement, a rotating output element (16) at which a second torque can be outputted by the adjustment arrangement, and a transmission portion for converting the first torque into the second torque, the transmission portion comprising a transmission means (32) having a first threaded portion (30) and a second threaded portion (34), the first threaded portion converting a rotation of the input element (26) into an axial movement of the transmission means, and the second threaded portion converting an axial movement of the transmission means into a rotation of the output element (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Stabilus GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Müller, Jörg Hillen, Thordes Lüttchens, Mathias Wieland, Thomas Schuth
  • Patent number: 10487951
    Abstract: A directional control valve having low or no interflow, minimal parts, and configured for easy repair, is provided. In one embodiment, a seat is slidingly sealably movable with respect to opposed plates, such that an inlet in one of the plates communicates with an internal volume of the seat, and by selectively positioning the seat with respect to one or more outlets in a second of the opposed plates, the inlet can be placed in communication with an outlet, or isolated from the one or more outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Proserv Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Andy Patterson
  • Patent number: 10480675
    Abstract: A system for securing a valve actuator to body of a valve assembly includes an actuator housing having housing lugs protruding radially to define a plurality of housing slots therebetween. A bonnet has bonnet lugs protruding radially to define a plurality of bonnet slots therebetween. Each of the housing lugs are sized to pass axially through a respective one of the bonnet slots when the actuator housing is in a released position and, after passing through the bonnet slots, the actuator housing is rotatable to a locked position where at least a portion of one or more of the housing lugs is axially aligned with a portion of a respective bonnet lug to prevent axial movement of the actuator housing, the actuator housing rotating less than one full revolution between the released and locked positions. A securing mechanism prevents relative rotation between the actuator housing and the bonnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Travis Kyle McEvoy, Keith M. Adams, Lloyd R. Cheatham
  • Patent number: 10478918
    Abstract: A method for producing an optical film including a cutting step of performing irradiation with a laser light onto a layered body having a glass support and a resin layer provided on the support to cut the resin layer, wherein in the cutting step, the irradiation with the laser light is performed such that a beam of the laser light has a flat energy distribution, and a distance between a focus of the laser light and a receiving point of the laser light on a surface of the resin layer where the laser light is received or a ratio P/V of an output P of the laser light relative to a scanning speed V is in a specific range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ZEON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Miura, Masaya Hirano
  • Patent number: 10480677
    Abstract: A solenoid valve includes: an independently movable pilot plunger head; a main seat including a hole, so that gas flows into the solenoid valve through the hole of the main seat; a main plunger being in contact with the main seat; a pilot plunger disposed at top surface of the main plunger inside the solenoid valve, and including a hollow portion inside the pilot plunger; and a pilot plunger head disposed at one side inside the pilot plunger, and having an apex being in contact with the main plunger. The pilot plunger is movable inside the valve, the pilot plunger head is movable inside the hollow portion of the pilot plunger, and the pilot plunger head and the pilot plunger separately move from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ki Ho Hwang, Chang Ho Kim, Jang Ho Choi, Hyung Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 10480826
    Abstract: A fluid heating system including a fluid supply subsystem having a fluid heating device, a fluid output subsystem, and an intermediary fluid device. The fluid heating system also includes a control device for the fluid supply subsystem, a first temperature sensor, a second temperature sensor, and a control circuit coupled to the control device. The control device is configured to control one selected from a group consisting of the fluid heating device and an amount of water input to the intermediary fluid device. The first and second temperature sensors are configured to output first and second temperature signals, respectively. The control circuit is configured to generate a first control signal based on the second temperature signal, determine a multiplier, generate a second control signal based on the first temperature signal, and send a main control signal to the control device based on the first and second control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: LOCHINVAR, LLC
    Inventor: John Charles Paine
  • Patent number: 10473228
    Abstract: A solenoid valve comprises first, second, and third ports. The solenoid valve further comprises an armature movable between a first position in which fluid flow from the second port to the third port is blocked and fluid flow from the first port to the third port is unblocked and a second position in which fluid flow from the second port to the third port is unblocked and fluid flow from the first port to the third port is blocked. The fluid flow in the second position is blocked until fluid pressure at the first port exceeds fluid pressure at the third port by a predetermined amount to thereby provide check valve functionality. The check valve functionality is integral to the armature. The solenoid valve also comprises an energizeable solenoid that, when energized, moves the armature from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Christopher H Hutchins, David W Howell, Thanh Ho, Tarah L Peabody
  • Patent number: 10463573
    Abstract: A sealed fluid transfer device and a sealed fluid transfer method includes a first container puncture apparatus, a second container puncture apparatus and a fluid transfer apparatus, wherein the fluid transfer apparatus includes a first container puncture adapter, a second container puncture adapter and a pressure supply unit; the first container puncture adapter includes a sealing element fixed seat, a guided outer casing, a pipeline fixed seat, a first fluid pipeline and a second fluid pipeline; when the sealing element fixed seat is connected with the first container puncture apparatus, a first sealing element is firstly tightly connected with a second sealing element, the first fluid pipeline and the second fluid pipeline respectively pass through the two sealing elements and then communicate with the first container; after being firstly used, the first fluid pipeline and the second fluid pipeline are always in no contact with the exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Shinva Ande Healthcare Apparatus Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jilong Zhao, Qiang Wang, Shouyu Sun
  • Patent number: 10465851
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems and methods for taking power from an electric power grid and converting it into higher-pressure natural gas for temporary storage. After temporary storage, the higher-pressure natural gas may be expanded through an expansion engine to drive a generator that converts energy from the expanding natural gas into electrical power, which may then be returned to the electric power grid. In this way, the disclosed systems and methods may provide ways to temporarily store, and then return stored power from the electric power grid. Preferably, the components of the system are co-located at the same natural gas storage facility. This allows natural gas storage, electrical energy storage, and electrical energy generation to take place at the same facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Northwest Natural Gas Company
    Inventors: Sarah Sue Adams, Seyfettin Can Gulen, Roger Martin Haley, David Allen Weber, J. Keith White
  • Patent number: 10465832
    Abstract: A damping device, in particular for damping or preventing pressure impacts, like pulsations, in hydraulic supply circuits has a damping housing (1) surrounding a damping chamber with a fluid inlet (13) and a fluid outlet (15). A damping tube (21; 51) is located in the flow path between the damping inlet and outlet and has a branch opening (29; 73, 75, 77, 79, 81) passing through the tube wall and leading to a Helmholtz volume (27; 53, 55, 57, 59, 61) inside of the damping housing (1) forming a Helmholtz resonator in a region positioned inside of the length of the damping tube. A fluid filter (35) is arranged inside of the damping housing (1) in the flow path between the fluid inlet (13) and fluid outlet (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HYDAC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Herbert Baltes, Peter Kloft, Alexander Wohlers, Robert Marinus Behr, Simon MacLennan
  • Patent number: 10458102
    Abstract: A multi-function device capable of temporarily stopping water output, comprising: a water output device, having a water input end and a water output end, the water output device is provided with a plurality of water channels inside, to connect to the water input end and the water output end; and a switching mechanism, disposed in the water output device, to drive water flow to flow or stop, to realize water switching, the switching mechanism is located in the water channels nearing the water input end. The multi-function device is compact in structure. Wherein, the switching mechanism is positioned to block the water channel before water enters into the switching chamber. Therefore, weight of the water output device will not be increased, while avoiding damages to the water separation plate and the tight seal piece caused by higher water pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: RUNNER (XIAMEN) CORP.
    Inventors: Xin-Zhan Hu, Chun-Hui Lin, Wen Gao
  • Patent number: 10450729
    Abstract: A pull-out faucet contains: a hollow body, a control valve assembly, a water supply pipe set, a water hose, and a spray head. The hollow body has a longitudinal chamber, an accommodation groove, and a first orifice. The control valve assembly includes: a right-angle valve block having multiple inlets, an outlet, and multiple apertures. A positioning element is configured to connect the right-angle valve block so as to accommodate a part of the right-angle valve block in the accommodation groove, a mixing valve is configured to communicate with the multiple apertures, a first cap is configured to position the mixing valve in the accommodation groove, and an operation lever is configured to turn on/off and to control the mixing valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Jihtung Chang, Chaota Yang
  • Patent number: 10443750
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pilot valve arrangement (1) comprising a pilot valve device (2) which comprises a pilot valve element (13), a pilot valve seat (14) cooperating with the pilot valve element (13) and a presetting mechanism for presetting an opening pressure of the pilot valve element (13), the pilot valve arrangement (1) further comprising a presetting mechanism actuating device (3) which comprises an actuator element (17) adapted to create an actuating force in order to actuate the presetting mechanism in the pilot valve device so as to preset the opening pressure. According to the invention, the pilot valve arrangement (1) comprises a contactless force coupling arrangement adapted to transfer the actuating force from the presetting mechanism actuating device (3) to the pilot valve device (2). An inventive pilot valve device (2) is disclosed and claimed as well. The invention allows to improve maintenance and safety concerning the devices mentioned above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DANFOSS A/S
    Inventors: Behzad Parastar, Detlef Matzen, Klaus Halldorsson, Simon Ahrens Lassen