Patents Examined by Matthew W Jellett
  • Patent number: 11004587
    Abstract: Linear actuators are disclosed. The linear actuator comprises a thruster and a stator. The thruster includes a thruster winding, and the stator includes a stator winding. The stator is disposed about the thruster. The linear actuator also includes a sheath disposed about the stator and the thruster. The thruster is configured to translate within the sheath relative to the stator upon application of an electrical current to the stator winding, the thruster winding, or a combination thereof. The stator winding and the thruster winding each comprise a nonpermanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Edrington, Hesan Vahedi, David Gonsoulin, Dallas Perkins
  • Patent number: 10989344
    Abstract: Embodiments of a polyethylene (“PE”) pipe servicing system of this disclosure may include a fusible PE fitting (F) providing a branch connection to a PE pipeline section or run (P), a valve (10) connected to the fitting and including quick connect/disconnect means, and a machine connectable to the valve including complementary quick connect/disconnect means. The quick connect means provide for full scope of operation, including cleaning, fusion, cool down, hot tap, plugging, and completion. No squeezing is used. The quick connect/disconnect means may include a first portion 20 of a cam profile and a second portion 40 of the cam profile complementary to that of the first. The machine may be a drilling or hot tapping machine (30T), a plugging machine (30P), or a completion machine (30 C), and their associated tools. The valve and machine are more lightweight and faster and easier to use than the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TDW Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Zann, Robin Cailloux, Nicolas Horst, Stephane Burgert
  • Patent number: 10988126
    Abstract: A solenoid valve apparatus for a brake system for a vehicle, including: a main valve unit; a pilot-control valve unit that is fluidically connected to the main valve unit; and a housing to accommodate at least the main valve unit and the pilot-control valve unit; in which the pilot-control valve unit includes a double solenoid unit and at least one valve device, in which the double solenoid unit is formed such that it can be populated with at least one valve device, and in which the double solenoid unit has at least two accommodating portions for accommodating valve devices and at least two solenoid devices for actuating valve devices. Also described are a related braking system and a related method for mounting a solenoid valve assembly for a braking system for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Friedbert Roether, Ralf Woerner, Kai Werner, Gerhard Wieder
  • Patent number: 10982784
    Abstract: An actuator for controlling a valve having a valve rod is provided. The actuator includes a manual override arrangement for manually moving the actuator spindle, the manual override arrangement including a locking element, an actuator spindle holder housing at least a portion of an actuator spindle. A guiding arrangement is adapted to guide the actuator spindle along the actuator spindle holder. In a normal operating mode the actuator spindle holder is locked to the locking element, and the actuator spindle is guidable along the actuator spindle holder via the guiding arrangement. In a manual override operating mode, the actuator spindle holder is unlocked from the locking element, and the actuator spindle holder is rotatable together with the actuator spindle via the guiding arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Peter Volovec
  • Patent number: 10982419
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electronic plumbing fixture fitting, such as an electronic faucet, that includes an electronic valve, a mechanical valve, and a flow switch. The flow switch is used to determine if the mechanical valve is activated. The determination whether the mechanical valve is activated can be used to control the electronic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: FB Global Plumbing Group LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Baker, Harshil Parikh
  • Patent number: 10975309
    Abstract: A duct intersection comprising a first duct portion and a second duct portion extending laterally from a side of the first duct portion. At least one flow modifier is mounted inside one of the first and second duct portions. The flow modifier is a contoured duct liner and/or the flow modifier includes at least one turning vane. The duct intersection may also include a transition portion extending between the first and second duct portions, wherein the transition portion has a length extending along a side of the first duct portion and a depth extending away from the side of the first duct portion, wherein the length is greater than a diameter of the second duct portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: John Francis Quanci, Rajat Kapoor, Chun Wai Choi, Ung-Kyung Chun
  • Patent number: 10975974
    Abstract: A valve core comprises a columnar body with a first water passage hole, a buffer groove being disposed on the body and located at an outside of the first water passage hole; a sealing block matched with the buffer groove and being disposed inside the buffer groove; wherein a partitioning portion is disposed between the buffer groove and the first water passage hole, a connection hole is disposed in the partitioning portion capable of communicating the buffer groove with the first water passage hole. through the provision of the partitioning portion, avoids the direct impact of the water flow on the sealing block, and eliminates the unstable factors caused by water flow on the sealing block, so that the sealing block is pressed tightly on an inner wall of a valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Jianlin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10975975
    Abstract: A valve device includes a valve housing, a valve member, a limiter, a contact portion and a shaft. The valve housing has an inside space and a plurality of housing-side openings. The housing-side openings communicate between the inside space and an outside of the valve housing. The valve member is rotatably received in the valve housing and has: a plurality of valve-member-side openings, each of which is configured to communicate with a corresponding one of the housing-side openings; and a communication passage, through which the valve-member-side openings is communicated with each other. The limiter is configured to limit rotation of the valve member. The contact portion is provided in a space of the valve member and is configured to contact the limiter. The shaft rotatably supports the valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Shingo Sato
  • Patent number: 10969034
    Abstract: An inflation valve is provided and includes a valve defining main and command cavities and including first and second valve portions and a valve seat defining an outlet, a poppet disposed in the main cavity and including first and second rods to engage with the first valve portion and to extend through the valve seat and the second valve portion, respectively, and a piston disposed in the command cavity and a solenoid valve. The solenoid valve normally prevents main cavity-command cavity fluid flow to engage the poppet with the valve seat by fluid pressure acting on the poppet in the main cavity and permits the main cavity-command cavity fluid flow when energized to disengage the poppet from the valve seat by balanced fluid pressure acting on the poppet in the main cavity and on the piston in the command cavity to permit main cavity-outlet fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Poly Puthur John, Akash Khare
  • Patent number: 10969024
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a control valve which includes a valve body having an inner space and a valve gate. The valve gate is movably located inside the inner space of the valve body and the valve gate has at least one main channel having two valve ports opposite to each other, and each of the valve ports of the main channel has a plurality of circular holes and a curved hole, where the circular holes are arranged in a line and the curved hole is connected to one of the circular holes that is located at an end of the line. The control valve has a lower flow rate limit which is greater than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: COOLER MASTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shui-Fa Tsai, Sy-Chi Kuo, Hsin-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 10969031
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a movable valve core and an electromagnetic valve comprising the same. The movable valve core, comprising a cylindrical core body (1) defining a central axis, a leading head (2) fixed to the core body (1) removably, wherein a water-proof valve membrane (3) sandwiched between the core body (1) and the leading head (2), wherein a mounting hole (4) is axially formed in the core body (1), and a connector (5) for projecting into the mounting hole (4) extends axially from the bottom of the leading head (2), and the connector (5) is fixed into the mounting hole (4). The connector (5) is provided with an outer thread (6), and the leading head (2) is screwed into the mounting hole (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Xiamen Koge Micro Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Xu, Haiqiang Fu
  • Patent number: 10968032
    Abstract: A refill package for liquid products, comprising: (a) a rigid outer container comprising an inside face, an opening, and an air intake means; wherein the opening comprises a removable closure and wherein the air intake means comprises a sealable orifice and a sealing mechanism, and (b) a flexible inner body, for containing a liquid product; wherein the flexible inner body is joined to the rigid outer container around the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Conopeo, Inc.
    Inventors: Phirayut Eungrasamee, Shizuma Hattori, Makoto Mikami, Hideo Uematsu
  • Patent number: 10959385
    Abstract: A digital water timer may include a main body, a water valve, a locating base, a driving base, and a timer. The main body has a water inlet and a water outlet, and a valve tube protrudes from a lateral side of the main body. The water valve connected to the main body is controlled by the timer to achieve on/off operation of channels inside the main body. The locating base is secured on the main body, and the driving base is adapted to have rotation relative to the locating base and be secured at a specific position after rotated. The timer installed in the driving base comprises a display panel and an operation interface which are exposed externally for operation. The driving base with the timer is rotated relative to the locating base, and the display panel is adjusted as needed to provide an optimal view for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Chin-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10962121
    Abstract: A valve and associated components and methods, and a container including such a valve. The valve can include a flow guide to guide flow of material away from a sealing engagement between sealing members of the valve. The flow guide assists in preventing ingress of material between the sealing members to maintain proper function of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Perimeter Solutions LP
    Inventors: Darrell Clark Fee, Robert J. Dodson, Jr., Frank H. Parker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10962139
    Abstract: A handwashing valve structure includes a mounting structure, a dispensing structure, and a control structure. The mounting structure is configured to attach to a liquid vessel. The dispensing structure is configured to dispense a liquid from the liquid vessel and is movable between a closed position and an open position. The control structure is configured to move the dispensing structure between the closed position and the open position. The control structure is configured to be moved by pressure from a portion of a user's body to move the dispensing structure from the closed position to the open position. The dispensing structure is configured to automatically move from the open position to the closed position in the absence of any pressure from the portion of the user's body onto the control structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: James Bourne, Robert Caldwell, Thomas Philip Perry, Adam Luke May
  • Patent number: 10959536
    Abstract: Selectable control valves and mattress systems incorporating the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, an inflatable mattress system includes a pump, a selectable control valve in fluid communication with the pump, and a mattress pad having a plurality of inflatable chambers that are in fluid communication with the selectable control valve. The selectable control valve includes a valve case having an inlet port and a plurality of supply ports, a stepper motor having a motor body that is coupled to the valve case, a rotating plate having a passage and coupled to the stepper motor, and a plurality of seal cartridges positioned within the valve case. The seal cartridges each include an engagement spring and a compliant seal, where the engagement spring maintains a load on the compliant seal such that the compliant seal forms a fluid tight seal with the rotating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Chau Chong Ye, Yue Wang, Suresha Venkataraya
  • Patent number: 10962137
    Abstract: A universal adapter assembly for coupling a valve actuator to a plurality of different valves having different actuator engagement configurations includes a plurality of interchangeable connectors, a drive shaft, and an adapter bracket. Each of the plurality of interchangeable connectors corresponds to one of the different actuator engagement configurations. Each of the plurality of interchangeable connectors has a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end is configured to engage a valve control knob of a valve having the corresponding actuator engagement configuration. The drive shaft is configured to engage the proximal end of each of the plurality of interchangeable connectors. The adapter bracket is configured to be coupled to the valve. The adapter bracket is further configured to include an opening to receive the drive shaft. The adapter bracket is further configured to include a set of apertures corresponding to the actuator engagement configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mayank Awasthi, Kapil Das Sahu, Akash Rajesh Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10941880
    Abstract: A valve module includes a semiconductor body, cavities in the semiconductor body separated from each other by a distance, a cantilever structure suspended over each cavity to enable at least partial closing of the cavity, and a piezoelectric actuator for each cantilever structure. The piezoelectric actuator is configured for use to cause a positive bending of the respective cantilever structure and so modulate a rate of air flow through the valve module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Domenico Giusti, Oriana Rita Antonia Di Marco, Igor Varisco
  • Patent number: 10941874
    Abstract: A valve actuator (10) has a damping circuitry including a capacitive damping circuit (37), which is activated in the event of generator operation of the stepper motor (18). The damping circuitry, together with the motor winding (26), forms a resonance assembly LCR, which has the effect of stabilising and regulating rotational speed. The rotational speed of the stepper motor (18), running in generator operation, is held constant within limits, specifically without the control intervention of control circuitry. Therefore, the damping circuitry can operate even in the currentless state of the control system and is reliable regardless of external current supply. Fast closing is achieved, and excessively long post-running of the motor (18) is reliably prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KARL DUNGS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Nils Obermöller, Dominic Marx, Benjamin Bös
  • Patent number: 10941869
    Abstract: A dual lock flow gate includes a valve with a flapper which may be fixed and/or locked in various positions for example to prevent fluid flow in the production string during lowering of the production string in the casing by blocking flow in the production string with the dual lock flow gate or for example to prevent rotation of the pump motor by preventing fluid flow in the production string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Joshua Terry Prather, Lawrence Osborne