Patents Examined by Paul F. Neils
  • Patent number: 4884954
    Abstract: An electrical device which includes axially aligned solenoids and a plunger with two cores, each of which is located at least partially in a respective one of the solenoids. A controller, operated by synchronism with the plunger, is used to energize the solenoids alternately so that the plunger is reciprocated relatively to the solenoids by the action of the resulting magnetic field on the cores. The device may be combined with a pump, particularly a piston pump, to provide a compact, efficient pumping unit which may be submersible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventor: Johannes W. Van Niekerk
  • Patent number: 4838768
    Abstract: A fluid pump system whose output can be varied by converting it from maximum output to a lesser output and in between by dumping or varying one of its pumping elements or pistons to the inlet side of the pump. More specifically, a pump is provided with two opposed pistons, both of which are connected to inlet and outlet for maximum capacity. The piston chamber of one piston is equipped with a converter line for leading that chamber back to the inlet, whereby only the remaining piston furnishes the pump discharge. Variations in the adjustable mode of the valve is reflected in the action of the pump relief valve to cause increased effectiveness of a jetter line supplied by the pump output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Inventor: William J. Flaherty
  • Patent number: 4834629
    Abstract: The present invention provides a modular fan construction in which the fan motor, with its operating controls, can be tested away from the fan housing and then fit into the housing without disassembly after the testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Inventor: Arthur K. Tateishi
  • Patent number: 4824338
    Abstract: In the European patent application publication EP OS O No. 102 441 a high pressure pump is shown which uses tapered rings (disc spring derivatives) which are clamped together as a pump chamber. The clamping rings required cutting into sections which is expensive and time consuming. The present discoverings now show that the friction at compression of the coned rings was very large. The present invention now discovers that radially flexible ring portions should be provided to the coned ring portions in order to eliminate the friction and to reduce the time and cost of the production of the pump arrangement. The invention further provides U-type pump elements which eliminate the clamping rings. A second pressure led into the space in the housing which surrounds the pump elements makes it possible to increase the pressure in the pump, for example, to double the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Inventor: Karl Eickmann
  • Patent number: 4822255
    Abstract: A pump has in a housing a revolvable shaft which drives a piston stroke guide body. Drive pistons are provided with piston shoes which run on the guide face of the piston stroke guide body and drive fluid supply pistons of smaller diameter. The pump preferies a fluid separator between lubricating and non-lubricating fluid, like for example, between oil and water, whereof one of the fluids flows through an inner chamber which is provided with inlet and outlet valves while the outer fluid acts in an outer chamber which is open toward the cylinder wherein the fluid supply piston reciprocates. Dead space fillers are provided to prevent losses by compression of fluid and seal means are assembled to prevent leakage of fluid from one into the other of the chambers. The fluid separator may be compressible and expandable within the plastic deformable range of the material whereof it is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Inventor: Karl Eickmann
  • Patent number: 4815358
    Abstract: A variable stroke axial piston machine having a balance disk that conjointly tilts and is driven with a swash plate to balance a rotating couple induced by the pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Richard H. Smith
  • Patent number: 4813340
    Abstract: A rotary fluid energy translating device which comprises a casing and a couple ring rotatably supported in the casing. Static fluid pressure is applied to the couple ring at circumferentially spaced points and from both the outer and the inner side of the ring so that a couple of forces is produced in the couple ring while providing balanced static pressure on the ring at each of the circumferentially spaced points thereby to rotate the couple ring, which can be connected to a mechanical element outside the casing. By positively rotating the couple ring by means of an external drive, it is possible to operate the device as a fluid pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Kita, Kazuyuki Kita
  • Patent number: 4813851
    Abstract: Process and appliance for conveying liquid or gaseous fluids, this process involving no mechanically movable propelling elements, but rather the formation, on the fluid that is to be conveyed, of interfaces with an additional fluid, and the application of a tension gradient at these interfaces, so that the so-called Marangoni effect is utilized for propelling the conveying stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Deutsche Forschungs- und Versuchsanstalt fur Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V.
    Inventors: Chung-Hwan Chun, Georg Koppenwallner
  • Patent number: 4808077
    Abstract: Velocity control of two plungers provided in a pulsationless duplex plunger pump is effected by detecting pressure of a resultant discharge from the two plungers and positions of the plungers, and correcting sequentially a velocity instruction of the each plunger, based on pressure corresponding to the detected position of the each plunger so that the sum of velocities of the two plungers will be constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuneo Kan, Yozo Nakamura, Mieko Ishii
  • Patent number: 4806084
    Abstract: A small and compact vacuum pump which serves as a postable vacuum source is disclosed. The pump includes a cylinder coupled with one handle and a piston therein coupled with another handle, along with a wafer valve assembly for allowing a vacuum to be drawn at an inlet of the pump. A previous version of the pump is improved upon by the use of different valve assemblies, to produce a more reliable, more easily assembled and less expensive vacuum pump. A vacuum release mechanism is provided operable with a finger of the hand about the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Inventor: Theodore C. Neward
  • Patent number: 4802416
    Abstract: In the cableway having a multistrand lift cable, especially a double strand ift cable, with a plurality of couplable and uncouplable conveying means, the lift cable is guided at a driving station by at least two drive disks coupled with each other. The lift cable is formed by a single closed cable loop which is crossed at least once to form a plurality of cable segments. These cable segments are guided near the regions where the conveying means are coupled and uncoupled and in the conveying path parallel and adjacent each other. At least one crossing point of the lift cable loop is positioned between one of those regions and the cable (guide or drive) station associated therewith, near which the lift cable is fed to or guided from at least two guide disks positioned over each other at different heights by a plurality of deflection rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Konrad Doppelmayr & Sohn Maschinenfabrik Gesellschaft mbH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Bernd Meinl
  • Patent number: 4801246
    Abstract: In a device for elevating liquids a heat exchanging vessel to be neated by an exterior source of heat is connected with a discharge pipe arranged to elevate doses of liquid, so that for performing a thermodynamic cycle the liquid to be elevated is used as a working medium, the liquid is introduced into the heat exchanger after an end or before a beginning of each thermodynamic cycle in a quantity which does not exceed a quantity required for one thermodynamic cycle and is heated in the heat exchanger, and issuance of the elevated liquid is performed under the action of pressure difference which acts on the discharge pipe and which has a value not exceeding a value of pressure difference which elevates a dose of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Danmin Software and Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Iosif Baumberg
  • Patent number: 4801248
    Abstract: The variable capacity swash plate compressor of the present invention includes a rotary swash plate having an eccentric mass located opposite to the driving point of the swash plate with respect to the axis of the same. The mass distribution in the rotary swash plate is established such that, within a range in which the piston stroke is less than a predetermined value, a moment about a pivot point produced by the rotation of the swash plate becomes larger than a moment produced by the reciprocating motion of pistons, piston rods and the like and acting upon the swash plate, while, within a range in which the stroke is larger than the predetermined value, the former moment becomes smaller than the latter moment. Accordingly, it is possible to provide a compressor of the type in which its capacity control characteristics are improved over a wide shaft speed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Tojo, Yuzo Kadomukai, Kunihiko Takao, Yozo Nakamura, Atsushi Suginuma, Isao Hayase, Yukio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 4800800
    Abstract: A fluid pressure translating device comprising a housing with a pumping mechanism therein including a rotary cylinder barrel having a plurality of cylinders with pistons slidable therein operatively associated with a cam block, each cylinder having a port opening to a valving base of the cylinder barrel, an inlet passage and outlet passage and a valve plate associated with the cylinder barrel and provided with inlet and outlet ports respectively in communication with the inlet and outlet passages. The cam block is rotatable to vary the circumferential position of the cam block relative to the valve plate thereby varying the displacement of the pumping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Vickers, Incorporated
    Inventor: Jean J. Schweitzer
  • Patent number: 4799863
    Abstract: A vacuum device comprising a by-pass fan pump, a conduit connecting the inlet of the pump to a member in which pressure is to be reduced and a flow passage formation enabling a stream of air to enter the pump and to by-pass the member. In a preferred embodiment the inlet to the by-pass fan pump is connected to the outlet of a Venturi pump and the member is connected to the exhaust inlet of the Venturi pump. The device is directed particularly to the replacement of air by preserving gases in the packaging of foodstuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: FGL Projects Limited
    Inventor: Raymond Gannon
  • Patent number: 4799864
    Abstract: A packaged hydro-pneumatic pumpset system in which a plurality of pumps JI, M2, M3 are brought into operation sequentially as water pressure in the system drops below pre-set values. The system includes an accumulator 6 for storing water to maintain pressure in the system when the pumps are not operating and a prime is maintained on the pumps by means of a footvalve in the suction pipe inlet. The system also includes a second accumulator 9, which is connected to the first and which is arranged, when the pumps are inoperative, to maintain a reservoir of stored pressurized water in the suction manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Action Pumping Services Ltd.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Hockley
  • Patent number: 4797073
    Abstract: A plunger pump has a plunger adapted to slide in the axial direction and rotate by a combination of worm and worm wheel. A cylindrical pump body has an axial extension at one free end through which a control pin extends upwardly at a right angle relative to the extension, while the plunger carried on the pump in a cantilever fashion has an inclined end face cam, an adjustment cam and a worm wheel on the same side as the axial extension. The worm wheel meshes with a worm directly connected to a crankshaft of an engine and the crankshaft is not held on the pump body. As the crankshaft is rotated, the plunger is caused to rotate by meshing engagement of the worm and the worm wheel and at the same time slide in the pump body by contact of the end face cam with the control pin whereby liquid held in the pump chamber is discharged from the delivery port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Assignee: Tohoku Mikuni Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenichi Kubota
  • Patent number: 4795314
    Abstract: A pump control apparatus including a variable speed pump controllable in response to a pump drive signal, a signal generator generating a commanded flowrate signal indicating desired flowrate of the pump, a flowrate sensor providing a sensed flowrate signal indicating sensed flowrate of the pump, and an integrator connected to the sensor and generator to receive and integrate the commanded flowrate signal and the sensed flowrate signal and to provide the pump drive signal based on the difference in integrated values of the signals so as to achieve desired commanded volume over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: Cobe Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Prybella, Terry D. Boucher
  • Patent number: 4795315
    Abstract: A liquid ring gas pump having two axially adjacent, serially connected stages. Gas to be compressed is admitted to the first stage of the pump solely via a first stage inlet opening at the end of the first stage remote from the second stage. The sole outlet for gas to leave the first stage in order to flow to the second stage is a first stage outlet at the end of the first stage adjacent to the second stage. A residual gas outlet is provided at the end of the first stage remote from the second stage for allowing compressed gas that is unable to exit via the first stage outlet to exit via the residual gas outlet and re-enter the first stage via a residual gas inlet also provided at the end of the first stage remote from the second stage and located after the first stage inlet but before the first stage outlet in the direction of rotor rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: The Nash Engineering Company
    Inventor: Walter J. Schultze
  • Patent number: 4793239
    Abstract: In an axial piston motor or pump the cylinder barrel is mounted on a medial shaft which has a shoulder which axially bears against the front end of the rotor barrel. The rear end of the medial shaft is radially borne in a housing portion. The front portion of the medial shaft is provided with a bearing member of an axial thrust bearing for support on a respective axial thrust bearing member in the housing. On the rear end of the rotary barrel an axially selfthrusting control body is provided to seal the flow of fluid to and from the cylinders of the rotary barrel. The control body presses against the rotary barrel, the rotary barrel presses against the bearing of the medial shaft and the thrust bearing member of the shaft bears on the thrust bearing member of the housing. As a result thereof the cylinders in the rotary barrel can be straight through bores. The manufacturing of the rotor barrel is thereby simplified and the flow acceleration losses of former sack-bare bore type cylinders are prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Inventor: Karl Eickmann