Patents Examined by Patrick Brinson
  • Patent number: 7086418
    Abstract: A paint conduit has a jacket surrounding an interior and a hose arranged in the interior of the jacket. At least one end member is attached to a first end of the jacket and secures a first end of the hose in the jacket. The at least one end member has an end member section inserted between the jacket and the hose. The first end of the hose is at least as long as the jacket within the at least one end member. The hose extends through the at least one end member and an insert is inserted into the first end of the hose and presses the hose radially against the at least one end member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: LacTec Gesellschaft für moderne Lackiertechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Udo Klein, Joachim Kunkel, Winfried Ott, Stephan Templin
  • Patent number: 7086419
    Abstract: A composite hose is provided with a corrugated metal tube as a barrier layer against permeation of conveyed fluid, and an elastic filler layer which is filled in valley gaps between corrugation hills on an outer peripheral side of the corrugated metal tube. The elastic filler layer is filled completely in the valley gaps to tops of the corrugation hills. A radial thickness of the elastic filler layer measured radially outwardly from a radial position of the tops of the corrugation hills is designed 0.3 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Takagi, Minoru Hiramatsu, Motoshige Hibino
  • Patent number: 7080758
    Abstract: A primary panel (10) is provided for cooperation with a liquid filled flexible packaging bag during withdrawal intermittently of the contents thereof. The primary panel has at least an operatively forward zone (9) adapted for attachment to a base (3), generally the bottom of a box (1), in a relatively fixed position with respect to the base. A normally inclined zone (10) attached to the forward zone is adapted to flex between a position in which it is generally parallel to the base under conditions corresponding to a full flexible packaging bag and positions in which it is inclined relative to the base under conditions corresponding to a partially filled or substantially empty flexible packaging bag. The inclined zone is resiliently biased relative to the forward zone towards said inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Tap-It Liquid Solutions (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Ronald Archibald Jones
  • Patent number: 7077165
    Abstract: A double pipe has an outer pipe and an inner pipe that is formed in a spiral or wavy configuration and is held by an inner circumferential face of the outer pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromi Takasaki, Yoshikazu Takamatsu
  • Patent number: 7077166
    Abstract: A continuous drain hose for an electrical appliance having a water outlet is disclosed. The drain hose comprises a first cylindrical end portion being connectable to the water outlet, a second end portion being connectable to a drain pipe and comprising a bellows that is able to form a permanent bend when a temporary bending force is applied thereto, and a flexible corrugated portion connected between the first cylindrical end portion and the second end portion. The bellows is also permanently expandable or retractable when a temporary pulling or pressing force is applied thereto. The drain hose further comprises an elastic connection member, which is integrally molded to the first cylindrical end portion and is sealably connectable to the water outlet. The first cylindrical end portion comprises at least one annular ring externally formed thereon so as to prevent the molded elastic connection member from being disengaged from the first cylindrical end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong Eun Heo, Dong Yoon Kim
  • Patent number: 7073536
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for repairing the juncture or intersection of a first conduit and a second conduit is disclosed. The apparatus includes a main body for transporting and positioning a repair material impregnated with at heat curable resin system or matrix. An inflation device carried within the main body positions and compresses the repair material against the intersection. This includes a portion of the interior of the second conduit and flange portion in the first conduit. The inflation device includes conductive fibers that are electrically conductively heated to effect curing of the resin in the repair material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Verline INC
    Inventors: Richard D. Blackmore, Mark T. Sloan, William M. Lepola
  • Patent number: 7073731
    Abstract: An apparatus for freshening air, including a base unit; a power supply operably connected to the base unit; a driving and switching circuit connected to be powered by the power supply; a first plug portion connected to the driving and switching circuit; a detachable autonomous liquid droplet dispensing cartridge detachably engagable with the first plug portion. The detachable cartridge has (a) a second plug portion matingly engagable with the first plug portion, (b) a first airless bag for storing a first nebulizable liquid, (c) a second airless bag for storing a second nebulizable liquid, and (d) a casing enclosing the first bag and the second bag. A nebulizer is provided so that a first nebulizable liquid flows from the first bag and the second nebulizable liquid flows from the second bag so that the first nebulizable liquid and the second nebulizable liquid are nebulized by the nebulizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Microflow Engineering SA
    Inventors: Joseph Hess, Myriam Muller
  • Patent number: 7069955
    Abstract: An armoured flexible pipe consists of an inner liner (3), which surrounds a carcass (1, 2). On the other side of the inner liner (3) there are two armour layers, where the innermost (5, 6) is a pressure armour layer, while the outermost (7, 8) is a tensile armour layer. An outer sheath (9) is finally applied around the armour layers. With the object of ensuring a low transport of heat through the walls of the pipe, one or more thermally-insulating layers (10) are extruded on the outside of the inner liner, where, depending on the use of the pipe, the layers can consist, for example, of a polymer or polymeric mixture, polyolefin, such as a polypropylene, or a polyketon. The flexible pipe according to the invention is especially applicable for use in the extraction, transport or refining of mineral oil or related fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: NKT Flexibles I/S
    Inventors: Kristian Glejbol, Jakob Wedel-Heinen
  • Patent number: 7069953
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastic corrugation corrugated pipe with corrugation peaks and corrugation valleys for household apparatus or motor vehicles, which pipe has at least one connecting portion and, in accordance with the invention, a container monolithically or integrally molded with the corrugated pipe and having a shape different from the shape of the plastic corrugation corrugated pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Frankische Rohrwerke Gebr. Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Büttner, Manfred Krauss, Rainer Käb
  • Patent number: 7069954
    Abstract: A composite hose is provided with a corrugated metal tube of an inner layer and rubber filler which is filled in valley gaps between corrugation hills on an outer peripheral side of the corrugated metal tube. A tubular hard resin layer is further provided as cover layer on an outer side of the corrugated metal tube in order to enclose the rubber filler within the valley gaps to prevent the rubber filler from escaping radially outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Takagi, Minoru Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 7069958
    Abstract: An assembly and method for stiffening a flexible member according to which a stiffening member and an adapter surround the flexible member and an insert extends in an annulus between the adapter and the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Wellstream International Limited
    Inventors: Helio Marins David Filho, Marcio Henriques Albuquerque
  • Patent number: 7069957
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device for heat-insulating at least one sub-marine pipe. The sub-marine pipe includes a heat insulation covering including a material subject to migration, the covering surrounding the pipe and being covered by a sealed protective envelope having a tubular shape and a longitudinal axis of symmetry. The envelope being constituted by a flexible or semi-rigid material able to remain in contact with the external surface of the insulation covering when the latter warps. The device includes at least two sealed transversal partitions, each being constituted by a closed rigid piece traversed by and integral with the pipe and with the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Saipem S.A.
    Inventors: Raymond Hallot, Xavier Rocher, Xuan Chi Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7069956
    Abstract: A marina pipe includes a flexible conduit resistant to mechanical stresses, the conduit adapted to surround the secondarily contained flexible piping. The conduit comprises a metallic core and a thermoplastic jacket. The secondarily contained flexible piping comprises an inner supply pipe, wherein the inner pipe is comprised of a first, inner layer fabricated from nylon, a second, intermediate layer comprising a nylon reinforced wrap, and a third, outer layer comprising a polyethylene material, the nylon inner material, the nylon wrap and the polyethylene outer layer being extruded simultaneously to form the inner pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: James W. Mosier
  • Patent number: 7066208
    Abstract: A hydraulic accumulator, particularly a piston-type accumulator, includes an accumulator housing (1) which defines a longitudinal axis (9), is provided with an opening that is concentric with the longitudinal axis (9) and is closed by means of a lid (11). The lid is secured in a form-fitting manner against axial forces by a wall portion (25) of the accumulator housing (1). The housing encompasses the lid and is radially deformed towards the inside. The hydraulic accumulator also includes at least one part (39) that is deformed perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (9) secure the lid (11) in a form-fitting manner against being twisted relative to the longitudinal axis (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Hydac Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Armin Kort, Herbert Baltes
  • Patent number: 7066209
    Abstract: In a protector for protecting a trapezoidal female thread of a pipe formed to an end thereof, the protector has a male thread formed thereto so as to be threaded with the female thread as well as the height of the thread of the male thread is made larger than the height of the thread of the female thread. With this arrangement, a surface treatment applied to the surface of the female thread or a male thread formed to the end of the pipe can be prevented from being damaged, and in particular, a surface treatment applied to a guide flank surface, a load flank surface, a corner portion, and the like of the thread can be prevented from being subjected to wear, damage, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryuichi Imai
  • Patent number: 7066210
    Abstract: A method of repairing a section of pipe is described. The method includes applying a first split sleeve and a second split sleeve to the pipe section, functionally associating the first end of the first split sleeve with the first end of the second split sleeve, and applying a compressive force until the internal diameter of the pipe experiences compressive shear hoop strain. The method described produces substantially uniform compressive hoop strain along the length of the pipe section, and may exceed a predetermined value, such as 100 microstrain in compression, for example. The amount of force required may be calculated utilizing maximum operating conditions. The method described may produce an acceptable permanent repair by ensuring that the inner diameter of the section of pipe experiences compressive strain. Also described is a method of reinforcing a section of pipe utilizing these apparatus and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: BJ Services Company
    Inventors: Dale Kakoschke, Ruben Pavon, Mirek Urednicek
  • Patent number: 7066211
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for compensating for pressure drop in a product pipe through which a liquid flows, and a system comprising such a device. The device comprises a collapsible tube portion, which is connectible to the product pipe, and is characterised by a limiting means, which is adapted to counteract stretching of the tube portion in the circumferential direction and which is adapted to allow free collapsing of the tube portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Eco Lean Research & Development A/S
    Inventor: Per Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 7063108
    Abstract: A corrugated pipe 2 has a plurality of corrugation structures 10, 12 positioned adjacent one another. The corrugation structures 10, 12 comprise an inner cylindrical wall 22, two annular wall portions 28, 32 that extend outwardly from the inner cylindrical wall 22, and a bowed annular wall portion 40 that is connected to the outer ends 36, 38 of the two annular wall portions 28, 32. The corrugation structure 10, 12 includes a centroid 48, 49 and at least a portion of the inner surface 50 of the bowed wall portion 40 has a radius R1 centered on the centroid 48, 49 and at least a portion of the outer surface 52 of the bowed wall portion 40 has a radius R2 centered on the centroid 48, 49. The cavity 56 defined by the corrugation structure 10, 12 has an inner surface with an inner radius R1, R3 that is equal to or greater than one half the thickness T1 of the inner cylindrical wall 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Hancor, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Toliver, Bill Russell Vanhoose
  • Patent number: 7059355
    Abstract: The water pipe includes a pipe body which is used as a water pipe, supply-pipe, drainage pipe, including a mixed layer, provided at an inner surface of the pipe body, the mixed layer including a mortar layer and a resin layer and being mixed into a mixture which includes powder of tourmaline ore, granite and charcoal grain powder with effects for far-infrared ray and anion. Therefore, it can improve water quality efficiently and prevent degradation of a pipe, and it can be used in the large flow velocity region without pressure loss of the water pipe line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventors: Tomio Otani, Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 7059354
    Abstract: A refrigerant transportation hose having excellent processability and durability, as well as high resistance to gas permeation (gas barrier properties) and adequate flexibility. The refrigerant transportation hose containing a tubular rubber layer in which refrigerant is circulated, the tubular rubber layer is formed by a material consisting essentially of components (A) to (C): (A) at least one rubber of butyl rubber and halogenated butyl rubber; (B) polybutene; and (C) a white filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ayumu Ikemoto, Tetsuya Arima