Patents Examined by Philip Stimpert
  • Patent number: 10240592
    Abstract: A portable air compressor including a housing, an air compressing assembly within the housing, the air compressing assembly including a switch, a motor, a gear assembly, and a piston, and a storage unit integrated as part of the housing and retaining a power cord and an adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Telebrands Corp.
    Inventor: Ajit Khubani
  • Patent number: 10240600
    Abstract: A magnetically engaged pump includes a pump housing with a rotatable magnetic drive assembly, a cylindrical canister and a rotatable driven magnet assembly. This magnetic coupling is associated with a pump rotor and a laterally positioned gear wheel to define a gear pump. This magnetic coupling is alternatively associated with a pump rotor with an impeller to define a centrifugal pump. Either pump includes a stationary shaft to mount the driven magnet assembly and pump rotor. A rotatable carrier with bushings and thrust bushings coaxially supports the rotatable driven magnet assembly and pump rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Brian James Sandore, Loren Michael Libby, Nicholas William Ortega, Robert George Schwartz, Christopher Leopold, Clark Shafer, William Blankemeier
  • Patent number: 10232131
    Abstract: An apparatus to dispense fluids may include a reusable portion and a disposable portion. The disposable portion may include components that come into contact with the fluid, while the reusable portion may include only components that do not come into contact with the fluid. The apparatus includes an acoustic volume sensor that acoustically excites a fixed-volume chamber and a measurement chamber with a loudspeaker and measures the acoustic response with microphones acoustically coupled to the fixed volume chamber and the measurement chamber. The loudspeaker and sensing microphones are connected to the measurement chamber by separate ports. A detachable dispensing chamber is coupled to the acoustic volume sensor. The volume of the fluid dispensed is determined by a processor based on the acoustic response of the microphones to acoustic excitement by the loudspeaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Larry B. Gray, Russell H. Beavis, John M. Kerwin, Derek G. Kane
  • Patent number: 10208869
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a multi-piece containment canister assembly for use in magnetically coupled fluid handling devices such as rotary pumps, mixers, flowmeters or valves. The canister assembly includes a generally tubular single-piece body and an end cap that are sealingly fastened together to form a generally cup-shaped canister. The canister body may be made of strong, non-conductive or low conductive materials, such that it greatly reduces eddy currents. The generally tubular shape of the canister body is easier, and therefore less costly to manufacture than typical cup-shaped canisters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: William R. Blankemeier, Clark J. Shafer, Daniel Turner, Kris Malorny
  • Patent number: 10202971
    Abstract: A peristaltic pump having at least first, second, and third stages is provided. The peristaltic pump includes a plunger, inlet and outlet valves, a spring, and an actuator. The plunger actuates toward and away from a tube, the inlet valve is upstream of the plunger, the outlet valve is downstream of the plunger, the spring biases the plunger toward the tube, and the actuator mechanically engages and disengages from the plunger. In the first stage, the inlet valve is opened and the plunger is actuated from the tube, in the second stage, the inlet valve is closed, the plunger is actuated toward the tube, and the actuator is mechanically disengaged from the plunger, and in the third stage, the outlet valve is opened. In the third stage or in a fourth stage, the actuator actuates the plunger toward the tube to discharge fluid downstream past the outlet valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    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: 10202970
    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: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    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: 10184712
    Abstract: A fan-motor assembly includes a fan which includes a hub and blades and generates a wind by using a rotational force, and an outer rotor fan motor which includes a stator and a rotor rotating at the periphery of the stator and is coupled to the fan by a shaft to provide the rotational force to the fan. In the fan-motor assembly, the rotor includes a magnet generating magnetic flux for rotating the rotor, and a rotor frame which surrounds the magnet to be coupled to the outer circumferential surface of the magnet and is spaced apart from the hub by the shaft so as not to be directly contacted with the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hongseok Park, Myungkwang Song, Gyeonghwan Kweon
  • Patent number: 10184495
    Abstract: A portable air movement apparatus with improved air blending is provided, having a housing, an air generator, an air outlet, and an ambient air passageway through the housing of the device. The impeller and other components, such as the heating element, are disassociated from the location of the air outlet, allowing for the ability to use more than one air outlet, which serves to spread the air stream over a greater area. The disassociation of the impeller and other components from the air outlet also minimizes the housing size required near the air outlet, thereby allowing ambient air to be entrained in the air flow produced by the apparatus. As such, the apparatus moves more room air through the apparatus and more rapidly blends the air into the entire area or room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: LASKO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Vasanthi Iyer, William Lewis, Phillip Lee
  • Patent number: 10180100
    Abstract: A cooling system 100 includes an electric oil pump 18, an outside air temperature sensor 22, an oil temperature sensor 21, and a controller 30. The controller 30 permits the actuation of the electric oil pump 18 in one of a first case where an oil temperature To is equal to or greater than a first threshold (A) and where an outside air temperature Ta is equal to or greater than a second threshold (B), a second case where the outside air temperature Ta is less than the second threshold (B) and where the oil temperature To is equal to or greater than a third threshold (C) higher than the first threshold (A), and a third case where the oil temperature To is less than the first threshold (A) and where the outside air temperature Ta is equal to or greater than a fourth threshold (D) higher than the second threshold (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinjiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10180145
    Abstract: A fan salt-fog-resistant structure and a fan frame thereof. The fan salt-fog-resistant structure includes a base seat having a bearing cup and at least one flow guide body. Multiple connection bodies outward extend from the base seat. The flow guide body is disposed at a junction between the base seat and the connection bodies. The fan frame includes a main body having a first open side and a second open side and a flow passage defined therebetween. One end of the connection body is connected with the second open side. When airflow entraining moisture and salt fog flows through the junction between the base seat and the connection bodies, the flow guide body serves to guide the airflow and prevent the airflow from forming eddy, whereby the salt fog entrained by the airflow will not crystallize to form sediments at the junction between the base seat and the connection bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Asia Vital Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bor-Haw Chang
  • Patent number: 10180131
    Abstract: A reciprocating compressor according to an aspect includes a driving unit; a connecting rod; a piston; a cylinder; and a valve assembly, wherein the valve assembly includes a valve plate forming a main body, a suction inlet and a discharge outlet disposed at the valve plate and coming in communication with a compression space of the cylinder to guide a refrigerant flow, a suction valve and a discharge valve disposed at the valve plate and selectively opening the suction inlet and the discharge outlet, and a plurality of coupling portions disposed at the valve plate, and a plurality of corresponding coupling portions disposed to correspond to each of the plurality of coupling portions and preventing the valve assembly from being erroneously assembled are disposed at the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Dowan Kim, Jaeho Cho, Yongjin Yang, Inho Son, Kangkyun Park, Jeayoung Choi
  • Patent number: 10180130
    Abstract: An electroproportionally controlled differential pressure valve cartridge includes actuation and tank ports on an outer circumference, and a pump port on a face-side. A spring preloads a piston into a position that relieves pressure from the actuation port to the tank port. A current increase through an electromagnet opposite the pump port and a pressure increase at the pump port counter the spring to open a connection from the pump port to the actuation port. A concentric opening extends from the pump port to a first piston surface. A duct extends from the first piston surface to a pump chamber. A further duct extends from the pump port to a spring chamber between the pump chamber and electromagnet. In the spring chamber, pressure over a second piston surface counters pressure over the first piston surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Nadine Klausmann, Fabian Ruethschilling, Andreas Apperger, Carola Diebold
  • Patent number: 10180133
    Abstract: A channel-less microfluidic pump includes a cartridge including a substrate and an actuatable film layer disposed on the substrate, and a manifold having at least three actuatable void volumes separated by a plurality of wall sections and an actuatable flexible layer disposed on the manifold interfacing the actuatable film layer. In operation, the pump can be in an unactuated state wherein the actuatable film layer is disposed against the surface of the substrate or an actuated state wherein at least a portion of the flexible layer and a corresponding portion of the actuatable film layer are deflected into a corresponding void volume thus forming a fluidic volume between the deflected portion of the actuatable film layer and the surface of the substrate. In the actuated state, there is a fluidic gap between immediately adjacent void volumes formed by a thinned region of the flexible layer at a point of contact with a top surface of a wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: RHEONIX, INC.
    Inventors: Lincoln C. Young, Peng Zhou
  • Fan
    Patent number: 10161420
    Abstract: A fan, including a volute, a motor, and multiple fan blades that are assembled on a rotor of the motor, where the volute includes a side wall that is disposed around circumference of the multiple fan blades, and a support frame that is connected to an end of the side wall and located on an inner side of the side wall; and the rotor of the motor drives the multiple fan blades to rotate, where multiple through-holes are disposed on the side wall of the volute, and at least more than one of the multiple through-holes is a slant through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Lei Bai, Lexiong Peng, Dong Wang
  • Patent number: 10092716
    Abstract: A flow generator includes a housing, a blower structured to generate a flow of pressurized breathable air, and a suspension device to support the blower within the housing and provide a pressure seal between low and high pressure sides of the blower. The suspension device includes a bellows-like portion provided along the perimeter of the blower to absorb shock applied at least radially to the blower and one or more cones provided along upper and/or lower sides of the blower to absorb shock applied at least axially to the blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ResMed Motor Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Allan Freas Velzy, Samuel Aziz Mebasser, Roman Vinokur, Kevin Gene McCulloh, Michael David Bednar, Karl Yutaka Iwahashi, David Brent Sears, Peter Jeffrey Thomas, Yeu-chuan Hsia, Hiroshi Suzuki, Benjamin An Shing Chao
  • Patent number: 10087889
    Abstract: A high-pressure fuel supply pump including an electromagnetically driven intake valve is configured such that a pressure equalizing hole is provided in the valve stopper positioned between the valve and a pressurizing chamber. The pressure equalization hole connects a spring storage space, provided between a valve and a valve stopper, with a surrounding fluid passage. The high-pressure fuel supply pump is further configured such that an opening of the pressure equalizing hole at the spring storage chamber side is open at a position at the inner side of a diameter of the spring. Since the pressure in the pressurizing chamber can be introduced into the inner side of the spring without traversing the spring, the unstable behavior of the spring or the valve due to the introduced pressure eliminated. Since the force applied to the valve when the valve closes is stabilized, the closing timing of the valve is stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Masahiko Hayatani, Satoshi Usui, Hideki Machimura, Tatsuo Kawano, Syunsuke Aritomi, Shingo Tamura
  • Patent number: 10087932
    Abstract: A G-rotor pump assembly is disclosed. The assembly makes use of a housing having a pump/motor housing portion and a laterally projecting housing portion. An electric motor is disposed within the pump/motor housing portion. A controller has a circuit board with a portion which is positioned within the pump/motor housing portion so as to be generally axially aligned with the electric motor and in proximity to the electric motor. A lower cover is configured to engage with the housing to encapsulate the controller and the electric motor within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Zugang Huang, Charles G. Stuart
  • Patent number: 10087756
    Abstract: A hydraulic machine includes radial cylinders including, oscillating radial cylinders arranged in a crown or star of cylinder-piston units, the pistons of the groups are made slidable on a crankshaft or with a cam, or on interposed members concentric to it, and realizing the reciprocating motion in the oscillating cylinders. The oscillating cylinders are placed in contact with a surface of distribution concentric or corresponding to the surface of oscillation of the respective cylinder on which a distributor body is placed separate from the machine body and housed in a seat in the body, or part fixed to the body, of the hydraulic machine, and each distributor body is mobile in its seat under the action of the pressure of liquid in connection on the back surface of the distributor body against the surface of distribution of the oscillating radial cylinder subject to the distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Vittorio Pecorari
  • Patent number: 10082144
    Abstract: The present invention describes methods to fabricate actuators that can be remotely controlled in an addressable manner, and methods to provide remote control such micro-actuators. The actuators are composites of two permanent magnet materials, one of which is has high coercivity, and the other of which switches magnetization direction by applied fields. By switching the second material's magnetization direction, the two magnets either work together or cancel each other, resulting in distinct “on” and “off” behavior of the devices. The device can be switched “on” or “off” remotely using a field pulse of short duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Metin Sitti, Eric Diller, Shuhei Miyashita
  • Patent number: 10077767
    Abstract: A pump cartridge for mounting on a drive rotor includes a roller assembly having first and second hubs maintained in a spaced apart relationship and defining an axis, and a plurality of planetary rollers arranged in a circumferentially spaced orientation about the axis, the rollers mounted to the hubs displacement radially outward. One or more compressible tubing lines are interposed between the rollers and an interior wall of the pump cartridge housing. The housing and the first and second hubs collectively define a passageway through which a spreader on the drive rotor extends and may be rotated relative to the roller assembly to displace the rollers radially outward to thereby compress the tubing lines against the interior wall. A coupling feature on the first hub engages a roller driving feature of the rotor, so that rotation of the rotor causes rotation of the roller assembly about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Danny Macari, Mathew John Whitney