Patents Examined by Peter G. Korytnyk
  • Patent number: 6056515
    Abstract: A vertically oriented hydrocleaning machine comprising a motor having a housing and a downwardly oriented vertical drive shaft, and an axial pump having a piston guide unit driven by the drive shaft. The motor housing includes a closure lid which defines a shaft support for the motor drive shaft, an annular bearing seat, and at least one reference surface for facilitating concentric aligned mounting of the piston guide on the motor, without the necessity for an intermediate mounting flange between the piston guide unit and motor. The illustrated motor closure lid further defines an oil sump chamber internally within the motor and a further annular seat within which a shaft sealing ring is disposed. The motor housing closure lid enables the piston guide unit to be quickly and precisely secured to the drive motor to produce a more compact and rigid high pressure washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Officine Meccaniche F.A.I.P. S.r.l.
    Inventor: Carlo Alberto Cuneo
  • Patent number: 6027318
    Abstract: A magnetically driven pump includes a pump chamber, an impeller held in the pump chamber so as to be rotatable about a central axis, a drive unit for rotatively driving the impeller, and a magnetic attraction system provided on the drive unit and impeller for rotating the impeller by mutual magnetic force. At least one of the first and second magnetic attraction devices is provided in parallel with the central axis and being provided also in front of and in back of the pump in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shizuo Shimanuki, Norio Sasaki
  • Patent number: 5957673
    Abstract: An injection pump for a diesel engine has a pump cylinder with a pump piston slideably mounted therein. The piston has a broadened foot portion. A cam is mounted on the camshaft and a rocker arm is mounted on a pivoting axis and has a camshaft end and a pump-side end. Means are provided for holding the camshaft end of the rocker arm in substantial contact with the cam. The pump-side end of the rocker arm has contact means for contacting the piston and moving the piston in the cylinder as the rocker arm is pivoted. The contact means includes means for loosely coupling the pump-side end of the rocker arm to the foot portion of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Motorenfabrik Hatz GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Gunter Kampichler, Herbert Geier
  • Patent number: 5927951
    Abstract: The present invention is a disposable combination of tubing components for use with the roller pump that limits the negative pressure said pump generates (e.g. during left ventricular venting). The device consists of pump tubing and a shunt with resistance to flow placed between the inlet and outlet of the pump tubing. The device may also incorporate interconnecting tubing and a one way valve at the pump inlet tubing. The valve decreases the likelihood of pumping air or fluid into the ventricle with accidental pump reversal. In one preferred embodiment the device is called the Better-Ventera. The pump tubing of the device collapses more readily than tubing currently being used for either venting or suction applications, thus limiting the negative pressure generated by the pump to safer levels. In addition, the maximum suction generated by the pump is further limited by recirculation of flow between the pump inlet and outlet. The recirculation acts to "break" high suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Yehuda Tamari
  • Patent number: 5924852
    Abstract: A peristaltic pump for pumping liquids through a resilient tube. In one embodiment, the pump includes a curved concave platen against which a resilient tube is placed. A multi lobed cam is positioned adjacent to the platen and tube. A plurality of pump fingers are mounted between tube and cam in a manner permitting radial movement of the pump fingers. As the cam rotates, the fingers are pressed toward the tube sequentially so as to pump liquid through the tube. The lobe end should press the tube sufficiently to occlude the tube and prevent back flow without over pressing and damaging the tube. A transverse pinch finger is provided on each pump finger, extending from the tube pressing face of each pump finger. At the tube occluding position, the pump finger nearly occludes the tube and the pinch finger completes occlusion without pressing the tube beyond the fully occluded position. A fixed or slidable spring pressed pinch finger may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventors: Ahmad-Maher Moubayed, Rogelio Blanco Jester
  • Patent number: 5871339
    Abstract: A drive unit for driving an electrically-operated compressor mounted in an automotive vehicle is provided with a ventilation arrangement. The ventilation arrangement includes a casing having a vent hole defined therein. A filter having an air permeability and a water repellency is mounted on the casing so as to cover the vent hole. An elongated ventilation member is mounted on the casing so as to communicate with the vent hole and extends in a direction diverting from the direction in which the casing is splashed with water. The filter may be accommodated in the elongated ventilation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naomi Goto, Norio Yoshida, Katsunori Makino
  • Patent number: 5842839
    Abstract: A liquid transfer system for liquids that are subject to solidification uses a pipeline, with compressed gas as the liquid displacement medium. The pipeline comprises a substantially rigid outer line and a flexible inner hose, forming with the outer line an intermediate interstitial zone along the inner hose; a check valve located adjacent each end of the inner hose provides uni-directional flow within the system. A gas compressor connected with the interstitial zone by way of a flow control selectively applies pressurized gas or vacuum to the zone. The three possible phases of operation comprise; a first phase, when vacuum is applied to the interstitial zone, to expand the inner hose and induce liquid from the source to substantially fill the inner hose; a second phase when gas pressure is applied to the interstitial zone, to compress the inner hose and expel the liquid toward the point of delivery. The first and second phases are repeatable, to provide cumulative delivery of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventors: Roger C. Walsh, Douglas W. Eggins
  • Patent number: 5842836
    Abstract: A reciprocating piston type compressor having a cylinder block unit closed, at at least one of the axial ends thereof, by a housing having a central suction chamber and a discharge chamber arranged around the suction chamber hermetically isolated by a separation wall integral with the housing, a valve plate interposed between the end of the cylinder block unit and the housing and having suction and discharge ports, suction passageways formed in the cylinder block unit to have fluid communication with the suction chamber via openings thereof, a plurality of pressing ribs axially integrally extending from an inner face of the housing toward the valve plate so as to apply a higher pressure to the valve plate at positions of the valve plate between respective two neighboring openings of the suction passageways in cooperation with the separating wall to prevent deformation of the valve plate due to the high pressure of the refrigerant in the respective cylinder bores whereby the hermetic seal between the valve pla
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Tomoji Tarutani, Noriyuki Shintoku, Tomohiro Wakita, Atsuko Toyama
  • Patent number: 5836749
    Abstract: A fuel injection system for injecting gasoline or other fuel directly into the combustion chambers of an internal combustion engine including a fuel pump with a plurality of fuel pumping pistons mounted within cylinders formed in a fixed barrel member. Each of the pistons internally contains an improved inlet valving assembly mounted wholly within a bore axially extending in the piston. The valving assembly provides a one-way fluid inletting to the pumping chamber by slight movement of a low mass valving member away from an annular seating surface formed about an inlet passage. Unlike rotary sliding type valves, the subject valve does not move rapidly through and agitate fuel and thereby does not generate any significant degree of undesirable fuel heating thus preventing undesirable fuel vaporization which is detrimental to pumping action of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Margaret C. Novacek, Gregg T. Black
  • Patent number: 5829958
    Abstract: A pumping unit comprising a supporting post and a walking beam, having a head end and a tail end, pivotally connected to the post to allow for rocking of the beam about a horizontal pivot axis. The head end is connected to a vertical pump rod. The walking beam is also connected to one end of an arm, the opposite end of which is connected to a drive assembly for rocking of the beam about the horizontal pivot axis to reciprocate and produce a predetermined number of up and down strokes per minute of the pump rod. The drive assembly includes a rotating power device connected by sheaves and belts a transmission assembly whereby rotation of the power device is translated to a longitudinal force on the arm for rocking of the beam. The drive assembly is further characterized by a speed reducer interpositionable between the power device and the power transmission assembly to substantially reduce the number of up and down strokes per minute of the pump rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: BeauTech, Inc.
    Inventor: David G. von Hollen
  • Patent number: 5823754
    Abstract: A manual pump includes first and second tubular members. The first tubular member has an upper closed end, a lower open end, and a piston member extending through and mounted movably in the first tubular member. The second tubular member has an upper open end which is fixed sealingly to the lower open end of the first tubular member, a lower closed end, an inflow check valve, an outflow check valve, and two connecting tubes connected to the external face of the second tubular member. Each of the connecting tubes is communicated with a corresponding one of the inflow and outflow check valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Tzu-Chi Lee
  • Patent number: 5820356
    Abstract: An improved power steering pump integrates into a single assembly the pump (10), the reservoir (20) and a filtration system. The reservoir (20) includes upper and lower chambers (26, 24) and a primary filter (40) therebetween. The filtration system may also include a secondary filter (42) for providing filtration of fluid added through a filler device (31). The reservoir (20) may also include a bypass chamber (30) and a fluid bypass (66) with a bypass valve (68) for permitting fluid to bypass the primary filter (40) in the event the fluid exceeds a predetermined viscosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David Chukwuemeka Ogbuaku
  • Patent number: 5813839
    Abstract: An external-combustion heat engine pump, one version consisting of four chambers, one liquid and one gas pumping chamber, a gas heating chamber and a gas cooling chamber. The two pumping chambers are connected by two tubes, one near the bottom of the chambers and one at the top of the chambers. The liquid pumping chamber, which contains a cycling container, is connected to a reservoir with tubing and a one way valve allowing liquid to enter. The gas pumping chamber is fitted with a bellows, which rises or falls as determined by the location of the cycling container. Gas enters the bellows through a one way valve connected to the bellows with tubing. The bellows is also connected to the heating chamber with tubing and with a one way gas valve which allows gas to enter this chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: John C. Newby
  • Patent number: 5809863
    Abstract: A swash plate type axial piston pump improved in respect to wear or abrasion-resistant capability of sliding members of the pump adapted to rotate relative to each other for protecting them from rapid wearing even upon high rotation of the pump. The axial piston pump includes a housing (1), a rotatable shaft (3) supported rotatably within the housing (1), an axial piston pump including a cylinder block (15) mounted on the shaft (3) axially slideably therealong and co-rotatably therewith and a plurality of pistons (21) accommodated axially reciprocatively within a corresponding number of cylinders, respectively, which extend axially, being arrayed around the rotatable shaft (3), a swash plate (23) disposed for moving reciprocatively the pistons (21) in axial direction as the shaft (3) is rotated, and a plurality of sliding members which are incorporated slideably relative to one another for constituting parts of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Tominaga, Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, Osamu Matsumoto, Mitsuharu Hashiba
  • Patent number: 5807075
    Abstract: An ambulatory volumetric pump apparatus includes a housing defining a channel therethrough having an inlet for receiving a fluid and an outlet for discharging a fluid, a pump operable to pump fluid through the channel, a motor for operating the pump in response to control signals, and a programmable microprocessor for selectively supplying control signals to the motor to cause the motor to operate. The programmable microprocessor is "programmed" by manually setting rotatable knobs having faces which extend through but are generally flush with the housing exterior surface. The knobs include indicia to provide a visual display of the setting of the knobs and thus of the parameters of operation of the pump. An under-pressure sensor is disposed after the inlet of the channel to detect a suction or vacuum in the channel and to signal the microprocessor if such condition is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Sarcos, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark C. Davis, Scott D. Miles
  • Patent number: 5803720
    Abstract: A centrifugal blood pump used for heart-lung machines or the like comprising an impeller provided with pump vanes and a magnet means such as permanent magnets, a casing having an inlet port and an outlet port and rotatably accommodating the impeller, and a magnet drive means disposed outside the casing, wherein the impeller is supported by at least three balls above the bottom plate of the casing, held at the center of the bottom plate and rotated around the center axis of the impeller by the magnet means and the magnet drive means. When the upper and lower ends of the rotation shaft of the impeller are supported by the casing, the upper end of the rotation shaft is supported by a bearing embeddedly disposed at the top section of the conical section of the casing, and the inlet port of the casing is disposed adjacent to and eccentric from the top section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignees: Kyocera Corporation, Baylor College of Medicine
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Ohara, Kenzo Makinouchi, Yukihiko Nose
  • Patent number: 5803711
    Abstract: A solenoid valve for a water purification system. The solenoid valve contains a fluid valve which can move between an opened position and a closed position, and a coil which moves the valve to the open position when a first voltage is supplied to the coil and maintains the valve in the open position as a second voltage is supplied to the coil. The coil is coupled to a control circuit which initially supplies the first voltage to the coil when the valve is to be opened, and then reduces the first voltage to the second voltage after the valve is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventor: Ivar Schoenmeyr
  • Patent number: 5799690
    Abstract: A volumetric pump valve for pumps for controlling fluid flow, such as in pumps for administering intravenous fluids, comprises a housing formed with first and second cavities, an inlet conduit leading through the housing into the first cavity, an outlet conduit leading through the housing from the second cavity and a passage between the first and second cavities to allow fluid to flow between them. A resilient sealing means is disposed adjacent the passage for selectively sealing the passage to prevent fluid flow between the cavities during low pressure events in the first cavity such that the fluid flows in the direction of the second cavity. A ball disposed on the side of the resilient sealing means opposite the passage is moveable toward the passage to cause the resilient sealing means to selectively seal the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Sarcos Group
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark C. Davis
  • Patent number: 5800133
    Abstract: A compressor has a compression chamber and a discharge region. The discharge region receives the compressed gas discharged from the compression chamber. A relief valve is mounted to inside of the wall in the discharge region. The relief valve connects the discharge region with the exterior of the compressor so as to discharge the excessively raised pressure in the discharge region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Hayato Ikeda, Hitoshi Inukai, Kazuhito Kawasumi, Hideo Mori, Koichi Ito, Naoya Yokomachi
  • Patent number: 5797730
    Abstract: A compressor has a refrigerant gas passage selectively connected to and disconnected from a refrigerant circuit apart from the compressor. A swash plate is supported on a drive shaft for integral rotation with inclining motion with respect to the drive shaft to drive the pistons. The swash plate is moveable between a maximum inclined angle and a minimum inclining angle. A disconnecting member disconnects the refrigerant circuit from the refrigerant gas passage when the swash plate is at the minimum inclined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawaguchi, Masanori Sonobe, Tomohiko Yokono, Ken Suitou