Patents Examined by Reinaldo Sanchez-Medina
  • Patent number: 10808710
    Abstract: A method for inflating an inflatable member includes providing an inflatable member including an outer surface defining an interior cavity, a housing defining a first vent in fluid communication with the interior cavity, a first one-way valve configured to open or close the first vent, a main pump having a main pump inlet and a main pump outlet, a valve control assembly for selectively opening or closing the one-way valve, providing an air pressure control assembly for sensing air pressure of the interior cavity, generating a first air pressure signal when the air pressure reaches a first threshold air pressure and generating a second air pressure signal when the air pressure reaches a second threshold air pressure, and providing a control device in electrical communication with the main pump, valve control assembly and air pressure control assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Shuiyong Huang, Wanbin Qiu, Ruoxun Yin
  • Patent number: 10808863
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a valve arrangement is disclosed. The valve arrangement includes a housing defining a chamber, and the housing includes a plurality of ports. A first valve assembly includes a first valve body arranged and a second valve assembly includes a second valve body. A gear arrangement is configured to drive the first valve body in a first rotational direction and is configured to drive the second valve body in a second rotational direction, and the second rotational direction is opposite from the first rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jacob Bugeja, Nathanael Biester
  • Patent number: 10801632
    Abstract: Two-way pressure relief valves featuring dual poppets and magnets that allow very rapid flow. Such flow is accomplished by a valve housing enclosing a hollow interior portion containing a stationary member including a magnet and a first pressure-movable poppet disposed in sealing arrangement with the housing and including a second magnet. To provide flow in the other direction, a second moveable poppet disposed coaxially and in sealing arrangement with the first poppet and is coupled to a spring that extends from a first end of the second poppet to a support structure coupled to the second magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Eric J. Zuercher
  • Patent number: 10801673
    Abstract: Valve for a pressurized fluid cylinder, comprising a sensor for sensing the position of the control member, said sensor being configured to generate an electric signal indicative of the position or of the fluid flow rate and/or pressure set by a regulating member for regulating flow rate/pressure, the sensor (9) for sensing the position of the control member comprising a conductive circuit having a given electrical resistance, a member for measuring an electric variable of the conductive circuit and a wiper, the conductive circuit and the wiper being movable relative to one another during the movement of the control member with respect to the body of the valve into different configurations in which the wiper modifies the shape and/or area of the conductive circuit measured by the measuring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Aurélien Ferre, Philippe Rudnianyn, Celestin Batut
  • Patent number: 10794613
    Abstract: Overflow protection and monitoring devices capable of coupling to a drainage pan and may include: a drainage line; a base, the base including an input port; a dry section; and a wet section, the input port capable of coupling to the drainage pan; a base cover, the base cover removably coupled to the base, the base cover including a base cover output port capable of coupling to the drainage line; a fluid displacement mechanism located in the wet section, the fluid displacement mechanism including a fluid displacement mechanism output port; a fluid detection mechanism located in the wet section; and a base attachment, the base attachment coupled to the fluid displacement mechanism output port and the base cover output port, the base attachment including an air relief port and back-flow preventer; a control unit capable of energizing the fluid displacement mechanism upon receiving a signal from the fluid detection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Murphy
  • Patent number: 10788161
    Abstract: A high pressure tank apparatus includes a high pressure tank, a leaked fluid container, and a supply/discharge side discharge flow path. The high pressure tank includes a liner made of resin, a reinforced layer that covers an outer surface of the liner, an insertion member that has formed therein a supply/discharge hole capable of communicating with an inside of the liner and the supply/discharge flow path; and a supply/discharge side cap in which are formed an insertion hole through which the insertion member is inserted and a supply/discharge side draw-out hole that draws out the fluid interposed between the liner and the reinforced layer. The supply/discharge side discharge flow path guides a temporarily released fluid that is the fluid drawn out via the supply/discharge side draw-out hole to a discharge region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Ogiwara, Takatsugu Koyama, Toshihiko Kanezaki, Jin Nishio
  • Patent number: 10782165
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for controlling the delivery of process gas has a first mass flow device and a pressure transducer. The first mass flow device has a substrate block with an inlet conduit and an outlet conduit. A proportional valve having a first valve body is mounted to the substrate block and fluidly connected to the inlet conduit. A characterized restrictor is fluidly connected to the proportional valve and the outlet conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel T. Mudd, Patti J. Mudd
  • Patent number: 10773692
    Abstract: An air pressure maintenance apparatus and method uses one or more high-pressure gas storage tanks coupled to an inflation hose via a calibrated rigid measurement chamber and automated system of valves to permit rapid inflation of a tire or other inflatable device to an accurate target pressure accounting for temperature effects, and recording accurate pre- and post-inflation pressure for analysis of deflation over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Leonhard, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Lo Presti
  • Patent number: 10758874
    Abstract: A method for generating a continuous carrier gas/vapour mixture stream containing a carrier gas, and a vapour of a liquid. The method includes provision of a first metered carrier gas stream, provision of a second metered carrier gas stream, provision of a metered, vapour-saturated carrier gas/vapour mixture stream, mixing of the second stream and the metered stream to provide a first gaseous mixture stream; and provision of a metered liquid stream fed to an evaporation/mixing device for evaporating the liquid and mixing with the first gaseous mixture stream to provide a second gaseous mixture stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Netzsch-Gerätebau GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Denner, Georg Storch, Alexander Zuber, Christoph Schmidt, Jan Hanss, Thilo Hilpert
  • Patent number: 10760007
    Abstract: An LPG reclaim system for withdrawing and reclaiming liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from an unspent LPG cylinder. The reclaim system has a reclaim station for reclaiming unspent LPG from LPG bottle containers, a compressor for applying a vacuum on the reclaim station and pressurizing LPG vapor from the reclaimed LPG fluid, and a receiving tanlc for receiving a stream of pressurized liquid LPG. The reclaim system has a pair of shell-and-tube heat exchangers include cold-side tubes and a hot side shell. The reclaimed LPG fluid is passed through the cold-side tubes, while the pressurizing LPG vapor is passed through the hot-side shell of the heat exchanger. The heat applied to the cold-side reclaimed LPG fluid promotes evaporation of the LPG fluid to LPG vapor for pressurizing, and the cooling applied to the hot-side pressurized LPG vapor promotes condensation of the LPG vapor to LPG liquid for the refill containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Goessl, Isaac Ray Ainsworth, Jeremiah Hurst, Jay Alan Haddock, James Norman Rettler, Jody Alan McKinley
  • Patent number: 10760711
    Abstract: A valve replacement device is disclosed. An example valve replacement device includes a body configured to thread onto a valve, and an insertion tube movable through the body. A seal is provided between the insertion tube and the body. The seal enables the insertion tube to be moved through the body while at least partially retaining a fluid within a portion of the body. A balloon is provided on the insertion tube. The balloon is configured to be inflated and deflated through the insertion tube. The balloon is inflated to retain a fluid within the tank while the existing valve is removed from the tank and replaced. The balloon is deflated and removed after replacement of the existing valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Brandon Domsch, William Wilhite
  • Patent number: 10760725
    Abstract: A method and system for reducing leakage of hydraulic oil from a hydraulic outlet on a tractor, which involves removal of the female quick connect coupler from a legacy original equipment selective control valve and inserting into the void the following: a three part insert with a front stepped diameter segment, a back section, which is screwed into front stepped diameter segment, a sleeve which is configured to be inserted after a front O-ring is adjusted and a leading portion of a retention bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Scott Grove
  • Patent number: 10753481
    Abstract: A regulating valve includes a valve body having a cylindrical portion, a valve stem inserted into the cylindrical portion and coupled to the valve body, and a locking member, in which the valve body includes a female screw including threads formed on an inner wall of the cylindrical portion and a plurality of first holes penetrating through an inner wall and an outer wall of a region of the cylindrical portion, the region having no threads of the female screw, in which the valve stem includes a male screw having threads formed on a surface close to the other end of the valve stem and at least one second hole formed in a region of the surface close to the other end of the valve stem, the region having no threads of the male screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Kou Kubota
  • Patent number: 10753464
    Abstract: A switch valve assembly controls first and second fluid flows in a hydraulic circuit defined by a valve body and a separator plate of a valve body assembly of a hydraulic control module. The valve body defines a fluid exit. The valve body is further defined as first and second body housings. The switch valve assembly includes a piston moveable between a first position for allowing the first fluid flow to flow and a second position for allowing the first and second fluid flows to flow into the fluid exit, and a biasing member coupled to the piston and biasing the piston from the second position toward the first position. The piston presents a regulating surface oriented with respect to the first axis. The first fluid flow fluidly engages the regulating surface in a manner that biases the piston into the first position in conjunction with the biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Roskowski, Howard Saxon, Christopher Vangorder
  • Patent number: 10745896
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a shower device and a shower controlling device. The shower controlling device comprises: a tube structure having a first inlet tube, a second inlet tube and an outlet tube; a mixing valve having mixing chamber which is in fluid communication with the outlet tube and is maintained to be in fluid communication with at least one of the first inlet tube and second inlet tube; a switching valve which is spaced apart from the mixing valve and is suitable for controlling the switching on/off of the outlet tube; a mounting disc provided to be spaced apart from the tube structure; and a transferring and adjusting mechanism which is mounted between the switching valve and the mounting disc in such a manner that the length of the mechanism is adjustable, and is able to operate the switching valve under an external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: Xiamen Lota International Co., LTd., La Vida Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Liming Ye, Jianping Zhou, Shuanglin Bai, Lucheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10748230
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mobile refueling by mobile fuel carriers of vehicles of approved users at approved mobile refueling locations. The system may include a server connected to a network and a database accessible by the server that includes approved refueling location information and approved user and user vehicle information, including vehicle identification fuel preference information. User computers communicate with the server via the network, the user computers sending refueling request information including user identification and vehicle location information to the server. The server sends refueling instructions to a fuel carrier computer having a user interface which allows updating of route information with real-time information pertaining to user requests and fuel carrier location data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Booster Fuels, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis Herbert Mycroft
  • Patent number: 10737810
    Abstract: A filling device for filling nested containers, which are arranged in at least one row in a nest and are conveyable by means of a conveying device, having a filling station for simultaneously filling the containers of one row, having at least one weighing station for weighing a row of containers, having a first gripping device for simultaneously removing a row of containers to be filled and for transferring said containers to a first weighing station of the at least one weighing station and for transferring the weighed containers from the at least one weighing station back into the nest or into a different nest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GRONINGER & CO. GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Franke, Josef Veile
  • Patent number: 10738443
    Abstract: A portable outdoor faucet is configured for attachment with a source of water via a hose. The faucet comprises a shower nob and a sprayer head, connected in relation to a main valve, which is operable to selectively direct fluid to the shower nob and the sprayer head. A hose attachment is connected in relation to the main valve. The hose attachment for attachment of a hose originating from a water source for directing water from the water source to the valve. A clamp assembly supports the main valve in relation to an environmental surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Faucet Away From Home, LLC
    Inventors: Earnest Lora Smith, Lonnie Smith
  • Patent number: 10730057
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a magnetic strainer that is configured to have a cap disposed in a filter insertion hole formed on the center of a branch pipe having an inlet and an outlet coupled to a pipe and to have upper and lower magnets arranged with repulsive forces, while placing a repulsive space therebetween, in such a manner as to be accommodated in both ends of a magnet case in a longitudinal direction of the magnet case to allow conductors in impurities to be easily collected to the inside of a filtering screen disposed between the filter insertion hole and the cap to filter the impurities, so that if ascending and descending means disposed under the magnet case operates, the upper magnet is descended to the repulsive space to easily remove the conductors collected on the top end surface of the magnet case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Sang Moo Lee, Dae Ho Park
  • Patent number: 10731770
    Abstract: An actuator includes a rod, an electric motor to generate a rotational driving force on supply of electricity, an output shaft to output the rotational driving force of the electric motor to the rod, a feed screw mechanism, and a rotation prevention mechanism. The feed screw mechanism includes a female screw portion formed on one of the output shaft and the rod, and a male screw portion formed on the other to mesh with the female screw portion. The rotation prevention mechanism is configured to regulate rotation of the rod caused by the rotational driving force of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kawase, Yukikatsu Ozaki, Mikio Matsuda, Tetsuya Itou, Sadahisa Onimaru, Hiroki Ishii