Patents Examined by Philip E Stimpert
  • Patent number: 11359618
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a control method of a fluid device. The control method includes the steps of (a) providing the fluid device, which includes a plurality of flow guiding units manufactured by a micro-electro-mechanical-system process; (b) dividing the flow guiding units into a plurality of groups, which are electrically connected to and controlled by a control module; and (c) generating a driving signal by the control module for a corresponding one of the groups, wherein the control module generates a high level signal to a specific one of the groups, so that the flow guiding units of the specific one of the groups are driven to transport fluid, and thereby controlling the fluid device to discharge a specific amount of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Rong-Ho Yu, Cheng-Ming Chang, Hsien-Chung Tai, Wen-Hsiung Liao, Chang-Yen Tsai
  • Patent number: 11348674
    Abstract: A peristaltic pump and related-method are disclosed that includes a cam shaft having a plunger cam, a plunger-cam follower that engages the plunger cam of the cam shaft, a tube receiver, a spring, a plunger, a position sensor, and a processor. The tube receiver receives a tube. The spring provides a bias. The plunger is biased toward the tube by the spring and the plunger is to the plunger-cam follower, such that expansion of the plunger cam along a radial angle intersecting the plunger-cam follower as the cam shaft rotates actuates the plunger away from the tube. The position sensor determines a position of the plunger and the processor estimates fluid flow within the tube utilizing the position of the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, John M. Kerwin, Colin H. Murphy, Christopher C. Langenfeld, Michael J. Slate, Michael S. Place, Larry B. Gray
  • Patent number: 11333152
    Abstract: A pump device may include a motor, an impeller to turn by use of drive power of the motor, and a circuit board for controlling the motor; the pump device being able to become low-profile in an axial direction of a turning center shaft as a turning center of the impeller. In a pump device, there are formed a wall part surrounding a circuit board and a substrate contacting surface, which contacts a lower surface of the circuit board in order to locate circuit board, in a pump case. In the wall part, there is shaped a cutout part that is cut out downward from an upper end surface of the wall part, and meanwhile a leading wire, whose one end side is soldered to the circuit board, passes through the cutout part in such a way as to be drawn out to an outer side of the wall part. In the pump device, a cutout bottom part, which is a lower end part of the cutout part, and the leading wire do not contact each other so as to be detached from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Hiroki Kuratani
  • Patent number: 11303181
    Abstract: An electric machine (101) for use in an aircraft is shown. The electric machine comprises a casing (104) containing electromechanical components, a shaft (106) which extends outside of the casing, a seal (107) to seal the casing around the shaft, and a pressurisation system (102) configured to pressurise the casing above an external pressure to prevent electrical breakdown within gas in the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Ahmed My Razak, Ellis F H Chong
  • Patent number: 11295846
    Abstract: A peristaltic pump, and related system method are provided. The peristaltic pump includes a cam shaft, first and second pinch-valve cams, first and second pinch-valve cam followers, a plunger cam, a plunger-cam follower, a tube receiver, and a spring-biased plunger. The first and second pinch-valve cams are coupled to the cam shaft. The first and second pinch-valve cam followers each engage the first and second pinch-valve cams, respectively. The plunger cam is coupled to the cam shaft. The plunger-cam follower engages the plunger cam. The tube receiver is configured to receive a tube. The spring-biased plunger is coupled to the plunger-cam follower such that the expansion of the plunger cam along a radial angle intersecting the plunger-cam follower as the cam shaft rotates pushes the plunger cam follower towards the plunger and thereby disengages the spring-biased plunger from the tube. A spring coupled to the spring-biased plunger biases the spring-biased plunger to apply the crushing force to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, John M. Kerwin, Colin H. Murphy, Larry B. Gray, Christopher C. Langenfeld, Michael J. Slate, Michael S. Place
  • Patent number: 11286940
    Abstract: A pump device is provided. In the pump device, a bottom portion of a case body with a suction port formed therein is provided with a through-hole through which a fluid sucked through the suction port passes, and the case body is provided with a shaft holding portion holding the lower end of the fixed shaft and a plurality of connection portions disposed with a space interposed therebetween in the circumferential direction of the rotor so as to surround the through-hole and connecting the shaft holding portion and the bottom portion. The upper end side of the connection portion is provided with a protrusion protruding upward beyond the upper end surface of the shaft holding portion, and at least one of the protrusions is a rotation preventing portion that prevents rotation of the thrust bearing in the circumferential direction of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventors: Noboru Otsuki, Hiroki Kuratani
  • Patent number: 11280338
    Abstract: A submersible pump comprising a pump body and a top cover, wherein the pump body is detachably connected to the top cover, and it is sealed and isolated between the inside of the pump body and the inside of the top cover; the submersible pump also comprises a battery for powering the submersible pump and the battery is provided within the top cover. The submersible pump described in the disclosure is easy to use and carry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Leo Group Pump (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian Wang, Shijun Qiu
  • Patent number: 11261874
    Abstract: An axial flow fan with high-temperature resistance for a ship desulfurization system includes a fan casing, axial flow fan blades, a high-temperature resistant bearing, and a cold water pipe. The axial flow fan blades are coaxially configured at an inner front end of the fan casing, and a rotating shaft is inserted in a middle of the axial flow fan blade. A middle part of the rotating shaft is sleeved with two high-temperature resistant bearings, and outsides of the two high-temperature resistant bearings are fixedly provided with a cruciform axis support. A rear end of the rotating shaft is sleeved with a worm gear, and an upper end of the worm gear is provided with a worm. The worm gear meshes with the worm. The worm gear and the worm are configured inside a lubricating oil casing, and the lubricating oil casing is covered with the insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Shandong Pure Ocean Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Xiaotian Wang
  • Patent number: 11261853
    Abstract: A piston pump, in particular a high-pressure fuel pump for an internal combustion engine, includes a pump housing, a pump piston, and a delivery chamber that is delimited at least by the pump housing and the pump piston. The piston pump further includes a seal configured to seal the delivery chamber and a separate guide element configured to guide the pump piston. The seal and the guide element are arranged between the pump piston and the pump housing. The seal is formed as a plastic ring with a substantially sleeve-shaped base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Siamend Flo, Oliver Albrecht, Frank Nitsche, Andreas Plisch, Dietmar Uhlenbrock, Olaf Schoenrock, Jurij Giesler, Ekrem Cakir
  • Patent number: 11262113
    Abstract: A device for compression of a gaseous fluid, in particular of a refrigerant. The device comprises a housing with a suction pressure chamber and a high pressure chamber, a compression mechanism as well as a configuration developed in the proximity of the high pressure chamber, for the separation of a control mass flow from a fluid-lubricant mixture for the control of the compression mechanism. The configuration is developed and disposed with a first flow duct for diverting a main mass flow of the compressed fluid-lubricant mixture from the device and a second flow duct for conducting the control mass flow within the device to the suction pressure chamber in such manner as to separate a mass flow of the gaseous fluid as a control mass flow. A method for the separation of a control mass flow is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Philipp Kozalla, Roman Heckt
  • Patent number: 11255772
    Abstract: The disclosed flow cytometer includes a wavelength division multiplexer (WDM). The WDM includes an extended light source providing light that forms an object, a collimating optical element that captures light from the extended light source and projects a magnified image of the object as a first light beam, and a first focusing optical element configured to focus the first light beam to a size smaller than the object of the extended light source to a first semiconductor detector. The disclosed flow cytometer further includes a composite microscope objective to direct light emitted by a particle in a flow channel in a viewing zone of the composite microscope to the extended light source, a fluidic system and a peristaltic pump configured to supply liquid sheath and liquid sample to the flow channel, and a laser diode system to illuminate the particle in the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Yong Qin Chen
  • Patent number: 11254435
    Abstract: An airplane is provided. The airplane includes a pack. The pack includes a shaft, a compressor, and a turbine coupled to the compressor via the shaft. The turbine receives and expands a first medium to provide power to the compressor via the shaft. The compressor receives and compresses a second medium in accordance with the power provided by the turbine via the shaft. The turbine is fluidly coupled to a heat exchanger of an air conditioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Louis J. Bruno, Christina W. Millot
  • Patent number: 11231006
    Abstract: A method for stabilizing the rotation speed of a machine with S-characteristics is provided. The method includes calculating a target net head and a target opening to affect guide vanes of the machine, the target net head and the target opening being calculated so that the torque exerted by water flow on the turbine is null and that the machine rotates at a target rotation speed; determining a real net head to which the machine is subjected; comparing the target net head with the real net head; and adjusting the opening of the guide vanes so as to converge towards the target opening and reduce a height difference between the target net head and the real net head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventors: Quentin Alloin, Nicolas Perrissin-Fabert, Renaud Guillaume
  • Patent number: 11225960
    Abstract: A diaphragm pump includes a suction valve configured to open and close a suction passage to a pump chamber. The suction valve is made of an elastic material and includes a shaft and a valve element. The upper end portion of the shaft includes a projection. A diaphragm holder includes a shaft hole in which the lower end portion of the shaft is inserted, and a seat surface to which part of the suction passage opens. A diaphragm housing presses the upper end portion of the shaft toward the lower end portion and holds the shaft together with the diaphragm holder. The valve element thus comes into tight contact with the seat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: OKENSEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Inoue, Kazuki Itahara
  • Patent number: 11215154
    Abstract: The damper mechanism used for a high-pressure fuel supply pump is configured so that an outer circumferential surface of a cover in regard to the thickness direction of the base material of the cover engages with the inner circumference of an open end part of a bottomed tubular concave part formed in a damper housing or in a pump housing of the high-pressure fuel supply pump. The total height of the damper as a low-pressure pulsation reducing mechanism can be reduced, and the dimensions of the damper in the radial directions can also be reduced. In cases where the damper mechanism is formed integrally with the high-pressure fuel supply pump, the total height of the high-pressure fuel supply pump can be reduced and the dimensions of the damper part in the radial directions can also be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Atsuji Saito
  • Patent number: 11204041
    Abstract: The ideal design for a redundant orbitally driven electric ducted fan that can replace a family of current propeller and motor combinations in electric ducted fan designs by meeting air flow and pressure requirements while drawing less electric current to rotate and thus produce the required flow not only would reduce cost of operation over the life of the fan but opens new possibilities for electric powered vertical takeoff and landing vehicles with redundant drives improving safety of operation. The entry of flying machines using propellers and lifting fans such as hover bikes and quadcopters, manned or unmanned is driving a need to re-examine the application of force applied to rotate these fans to achieve a reduction in aircraft weight and increase flying time for a given battery charge or load of fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen T Newton, Stephen T. Newton, II
  • Patent number: 11193478
    Abstract: A diaphragm pump includes a valve seat, a head cover covered on the valve seat, and a pair of valve plates. A surface of the valves seat is formed concavely with a first receiving trough with a first flow passage, and a second receiving trough with a second flow passage. One of the valve plates is disposed in the first receiving trough, and the other one is disposed in the second receiving trough. The first and second receiving troughs respectively have a geometric shape corresponding with that of the valve plate. The valve plate has a sealing part, and at least one extending arm extended outwardly from the sealing part. The sealing part has a geometric shape being bilaterally symmetrical. The extending arm has an arced end. A gap is existed between an edge of the valves plate and the first receiving trough or the second receiving trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: KOGE MICRO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Po-Han Chang, Shu-Hong Lin, Hsien-Liang Cheng, Kang-Hung Yeh
  • Patent number: 11162510
    Abstract: A power source-integrated vacuum pump in which a pump main body including a pump rotor and a pump power source configured to supply power to the pump main body are integrated together, comprises: a pump housing configured to house the pump rotor; a power source housing of the pump power source, the power source housing being fixed to the pump housing; a heat transfer member provided at a fixing portion between the pump housing and the power source housing in contact with the pump housing and the power source housing; and a sealing member provided at the fixing portion between the pump housing and the power source housing to seal between the pump housing and the power source housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Kota Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11105306
    Abstract: A pump includes a pump body having an admission valve movable therein to alternately block and unblock a valve seat to connect a low pressure space to a pumping chamber. A control valve is positioned fluidly between a control chamber and the low pressure space, and moves between a closed position where the control chamber receives high pressure for hydraulically actuating the admission valve, and an open position where the control chamber is connected to the low pressure space to enable closing of the admission valve. The pilot actuation of the admission valve produces a greater travel distance and efficiency than what might be available with certain other actuating mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Michael Brown
  • Patent number: 11098706
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improvement of a hose cassette for a peristaltic pump. The hose cassette has a U-shape and is made from a flexible material, so that the liquid-conveying hose segment can surround the roller wheel in a better way, whereby the pumping capacity is improved. Surprisingly, a cassette configured in such a way can in an easier and more economical manner be made than cassettes of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: W.O.M. World of Medicine GmbH
    Inventor: Nils Gelbert