Patents Examined by Michael R Reid
  • Patent number: 11149864
    Abstract: The present invention provides a smart monocontrol cartridge for taps, a smart tap that incorporates said cartridge, and a smart system that incorporates said tap, the monocontrol cartridge comprising a based with a lower end, an upper end for coupling to ceramic discs and an intermediate portion in which a recess is defined in which an electronic module is coupled that is configured to house indirect temperature detection means configured to detect the temperature in the mixed water channel and electronic means configured to calculate the real temperature in the mixed water channel based on an indirect temperature detection, the indirect temperature detection means being in data communication with the electronic means; and wherein a flexible cable is coupled between the electronic module and the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: I Components Studio, S.L
    Inventors: Diego Recio Fernandez, Daniel Lopez Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11149868
    Abstract: A thermodynamic valve for retaining vapours and gases and relieving pressure and vacuum for use in the venting of tanks or reservoirs of combustible liquids (fluids), said valve comprising: upper diaphragm ring (3a) and lower diaphragm ring (3b) that act through the thermodynamic action of the positive and negative pressures inside positive pressure (4) and negative pressure (5) chambers fixed to one another, a cap (2) screwed on the body of positive pressure chamber (4) and having upwardly directed lateral openings and a rupture seal (1) fitted in the upper section of cap (2). A base (5.1) with an inner fire-break fabric (6) is positioned on the inner lower section of negative pressure chamber (5) and connected to the fuel tank venting pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Miguel Greyde Avila Dias
  • Patent number: 11143322
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a system configured to protect flows in piping systems using minimal spare components. Some embodiments may provide: a first piping subsystem configured to receive a portion of the input flow; a second piping subsystem configured to receive the portion of the input flow by substituting for the first subsystem; a test subsystem configured to detect whether each of the first and second subsystems is able to vent when at least one, in the each subsystem, of a respective pressure and a respective pressure rate satisfies first and second criteria, respectively; and first and second pilots configured to detect a maximum pressure and a maximum pressure rate, respectively, of the portion of the first and second subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Celeros Flow Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Lee, Mark Lewandowski
  • Patent number: 11125341
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gate valve assembly having a valve body with a channel extending from a distal end to a proximal end, a gate configured to be moved from a first position to a second position, the second position being when the gate is positioned in the channel of the valve body between the distal end and the proximal end of the valve body. A seat insert is also provided to be threaded into a pocked of the valve body and a seat is configured to be positioned within the seat insert. A seal is adapted within a groove of the seat insert positioned between the valve body and the seat insert, wherein the seal is a fixed static seal providing no gaps and/or spaces between the seal insert and the valve body allowing no debris to corrupt the seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: SRI Energy Inc.
    Inventor: Alagarsamy Sundararajan
  • Patent number: 11126209
    Abstract: A pressure regulating and pressure relief valve, has a valve body defining an inlet port, outlet port, valve seat and pressure relief opening. A pressure regulating plug is displaced during a first portion of a motion from an open position, which provides a continuous flow path from the inlet port to the outlet port, to a closed position in which the plug is closed against the valve seat to obstruct the continuous flow path. A spring biases the plug to the open position. An actuation surface is exposed to a pressure at the outlet port that displaces the plug against the spring bias toward the closed position. Further displacement of the plug beyond the closed position during a second portion of the motion that is beyond a range of the first portion of the motion, opens a relief flow path from the outlet port through the pressure release opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: BERMAD CS LTD.
    Inventor: Zvi Weingarten
  • Patent number: 11118694
    Abstract: An illustrative dual outlet, single inlet, and single handle valve assembly is disclosed that allows a user to manipulate the handle to selectively allow or inhibit fluid flow from the single inlet to multiple fluid delivery devices. The valve assembly includes an indexing device to permit the user to choose between a variety of configurations that directs flow to a single fluid delivery device, multiple fluid delivery devices, or no fluid delivery devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: BrassCraft Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: William F. Turnau, Joseph P. Schutte
  • Patent number: 11118700
    Abstract: A valve device is made more compact and has improved yield strength against a bending moment. The problem is solved by a valve device including a valve body having a block shape, a casing having a tubular shape, incorporating a drive mechanism that drives a valve element that opens and closes the flow path, connected to the valve body, and extending upward from an upper surface of the valve body, and a protective member that comes into contact with the casing having a tubular shape and the valve body, and is for suppressing a stress concentration that occurs between a casing member positioned on a base portion of a casing and the valve body when a bending moment acts as an external force on the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kazunari Watanabe, Tomohiro Nakata, Tsutomu Shinohara
  • Patent number: 11112024
    Abstract: A servovalve includes a torque motor section and a hydraulic section. The torque motor section may comprise first and second opposing pole pieces and first and second permanent magnets may be positioned between these first and second pole pieces. The torque motor section also comprises an armature/flapper assembly which comprises a torsion bridge, an armature plate and a flapper that is connected at a first end to the armature plate. The flapper extends from said armature plate along a first longitudinal axis X. The armature plate may extend between the first and second permanent magnets and along a second longitudinal axis Y that is perpendicular to the first axis X. The hydraulic section comprises: a housing that comprises a body section and a chimney section. The chimney section extends from the body section to a first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Modest Adam Reszewicz, Maciej Bujewicz
  • Patent number: 11105432
    Abstract: A fluid switchover device includes a housing having at least three ports leading into an interior space; a valve flap rotatably arranged within the housing and having a rotational axis that is mounted to the housing at first and second locations; and a circumferential seal mounted to the valve flap and having first and second evasion portions at first and second locations, respectively, which are configured to evade the rotational axis on the same side of the valve flap, and the valve flap is configured to slidingly engage a boundary of the interior space by means of the circumferential seal, so that at a first position of the valve flap, the first and second ports are connected, and the first and third ports are mutually sealed off, and in a second position, the first and third ports are connected, and the first and second ports are mutually sealed off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: EFFICIENT ENERGY GMBH
    Inventors: Oliver Kniffler, Gerd Wings
  • Patent number: 11092251
    Abstract: A manifold for use with a fluid delivery system includes a fluid inlet defining a portion of a common channel, a fluid nozzle outlet, a plunger housing of an integrated valve, a collar of a coupling mechanism, and a mounting structure. The fluid inlet, fluid nozzle outlet, plunger housing, collar and mounting structure of the manifold are integrally-constructed. A manifold assembly for use with a fluid delivery system includes at least a first and a second manifold. Each manifold includes a fluid inlet defining a portion of a common channel, a fluid nozzle outlet, a plunger housing of an integrated valve, and a collar of a coupling mechanism. The fluid inlet, fluid nozzle outlet, plunger housing, and collar are integrally-constructed, and the fluid inlet of the first manifold is received by a portion of a common channel of the second manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Hydra-Flex Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime L. Harris, Bryan Flood, Karl J. Fritze
  • Patent number: 11090692
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, provided is a cleaning liquid supplying system including: a circulation line in which cleaning liquid flows, first end of the circulation line being connected to a supply port of a cleaning liquid supplying apparatus, second end of the circulation line being connected to a collection port of the cleaning liquid supplying apparatus; a branch pipe branched from the circulation line and connected to a substrate cleaning unit; a valve provided on the branch pipe and configured to control supply of cleaning liquid from the circulation line to the substrate cleaning unit; and a flow rate adjuster configured to adjust a flow rate of the cleaning liquid flowing in the circulation line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuru Miyazaki, Akira Imamura, Takuya Inoue, Shozo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11092255
    Abstract: A manifold block is provided with attachment grooves for attaching silencer members and a plurality of individual exhaust paths that are branched from the attachment grooves and open on fixing regions of a valve mounting surface. Openings along the axes of the attachment grooves are formed as exhaust ports in lightening grooves on the bottom surface of the manifold block. The silencer members are held in the attachment grooves. The individual exhaust paths communicate with the exhaust ports through the silencer members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Miyazoe, Kazuhiro Noguchi
  • Patent number: 11092260
    Abstract: Example multiple stage anti-surge valves are disclosed. In some examples, an apparatus includes a cage having a first section adjacent the valve seat with a first fluid flow passage, a second section spaced from the first section along a longitudinal axis of the cage with a second fluid flow passage, and a third section devoid of a fluid flow passage between the first and second sections. The example apparatus includes a plug slidably disposed in the cage, the plug having a third fluid flow passage through a skirt of the plug, the third fluid flow passage to be fluidly coupled to the second fluid flow passage during a stroke of the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management (Tianjin) Valves CO., LTD
    Inventor: Qiyong Zhou
  • Patent number: 11092978
    Abstract: A valve assembly and fluid arrangement for continuous delivery of volumetrically proportioned gases or like fluids includes a valve assembly and a volumetric fluid storage bank, which has first and second sets of fluid storage chambers. The valve assembly alternately supplies a consumer with a blend of gases from the first set of fluid storage chambers while charging the second set of fluid storage chambers from pressurized gas sources, and, upon a threshold depletion of gases from the first set of chambers, supply the consumer with a blend of gases from the second set of fluid storage chambers while charging the first set of fluid storage chambers from the gas sources. Upon the threshold depletion of gases from the second set of chambers, the valve assembly again supplies mixed gases from the first set of chambers while charging the second set of chambers, and the process repeats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Glen M. Arnott
  • Patent number: 11085552
    Abstract: In one aspect, a dialysis fluid cassette includes an inlet fluid line, multiple outlet fluid lines, and a valve including an actuation feature by which the valve can be rotated to fluidly communicate the inlet fluid line with a selected fluid line of the multiple outlet fluid lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon F. Moss, Bert D. Egley, Philip Scott James, James Peterson
  • Patent number: 11085547
    Abstract: A regulating valve has a housing, a first valve body, a second valve body, a third valve body, a fourth valve body, and an actuating shaft. The housing has a first cavity and a second cavity. The first valve body is disposed in the first cavity. The second valve body is disposed in the first cavity, and the first valve body and the second valve body can rotate about a first axis X. The third valve body is disposed in the second cavity. The fourth valve body is disposed in the first cavity, and the third valve body and the fourth valve body can rotate about a second axis Y. The actuating shaft is rotatably disposed in the first cavity, and the actuating shaft can selectively drive one or more of the first valve body, the second valve body, the third valve body, and the fourth valve body to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Yue Ma, Michael Henker, Ziteng Zheng, Sheng Feng
  • Patent number: 11073216
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flow channel switching valve with a reduced number of components as well as a reduced weight, and a method for assembling the same. A valve shaft adapted to be coupled to a valve element so as to transmit torque of a rotary drive portion to the valve element is inserted through a vertical through-hole, which penetrates through the valve element in the direction of the rotation axis O (i.e., vertical direction), and through a fit-insertion hole provided in a valve body. Then, a drive gear that forms the rotary drive portion is fixed to the upper coupling portion of the valve shaft protruding from the fit-insertion hole so that the valve shaft is rotatably supported with respect to the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIKOKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Kondo, Kenichi Mochizuki, Masashi Yamashita, Seiichi Hara, Takayuki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11073219
    Abstract: An actuator for a valve element includes one base plate; one actuating element having a first end section, a second end section, and a sealing element on the first end section; one connecting element; and one SMA element having a U-shape including two parts substantially parallel to one another, a first end, a second end, and a middle section between the two parts. The actuating element is at least partially arranged on and connected to the base plate via the second end section. The connecting element is conductively connected to two points of the SMA element. A middle section of the SMA element is connected to the first end section of the actuating element so that a shortening of the SMA element causes a stroke of the sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Alfmeier Präzision SE
    Inventors: Erich Dörfler, Ronny Gehlmann, Helmut Auernhammer, Matthias Mitzler
  • Patent number: 11060622
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cartridge (1) for a water fitting having a stationary bearing disk (2) on which a rotatable ceramic control disk (3) is placed and on which control disk (3) a sliding disk (4) made in particular of plastics material is located. In order that no leaking water can escape from the cartridge (1) even at high water pressure, it is proposed that the control disk (3) is pressed against the stationary bearing disk (2) by a pressure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: QL Thermostatic Limited
    Inventor: Matthias Sell
  • Patent number: 11060635
    Abstract: A valve for regulating the flow of a fluid includes a housing defining a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet. A flow control element is disposed within the housing and is configured to dissipate energy in a fluid flowing therethrough from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet. A valve seat is positioned within the housing and includes a plurality of vortex generators which induce vortices in the fluid as the fluid flows through the valve seat. A plug is disposed within the housing and is moveable relative thereto between closed and open positions. The plug moves away from the valve seat as the plug moves from the closed position toward the open position such that fluid flow through the flow control element and the valve seat increases as the plug is moved from the closed position toward the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: CONTROL COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Sekhar Samy, Uzair Ahmed