Patents Examined by Reinaldo Sanchez-Medina
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10730734
    Abstract: A device for filling a container with a carbonated filling product in a beverage filling system is described. The device includes a gas valve for supplying a gas into the container, the gas valve being biased by a gas valve spring in a specified switch state, and a filling valve for supplying the filling product into the container, the filling valve being biased by a filling valve spring in a specified switch state. The gas valve and the filling valve are operatively connected to a common actuator for switching between an open and a closed switch state, and the gas valve spring applies a spring force which differs from that of the filling valve spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Christian Brey, Sebastian Baumgartner
  • 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: 10724641
    Abstract: The flow path opening/closing portion replacement device comprises a first enclosing portion having a first opening and a shutter, and enclosing, in a state where the shutter has closed the first opening, an end portion of a converging pipe through which a fluid passes and a valve which is attached to the end portion; a second enclosing portion having a detachable member enabling the valve to be detached and a second opening which can be contiguous with the first opening and enabling removal/insertion of the detachable member, and enclosing the valve together with the first enclosing portion in a contiguous opening state in which the first opening and the second opening are contiguous, wherein, in a state where the second enclosing portion has enclosed the valve together with the first enclosing portion in the contiguous opening state, the valve can be replaced by the detachable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: RIKOU Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Matsuno
  • Patent number: 10717353
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve (10, 70) is provided having a first tubing (14a) connectable to a fuel tank (62) and a second tubing (14b) connectable to a fuel vapor treating device (64), the pressure relief valve comprising: an externally actuated (hereinafter EA) valve (20) disposed between the first tubing (14a) and the second tubing (14b) and being configured for pulsed actuation by a controller (28) thereby allowing pulsed fluid flow through a primary port (18a) disposed between the first tubing (14a) and the second tubing (14b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: RAVAL A.C.S. LTD.
    Inventors: Omer Vulkan, Vladimir Olshanetsky, Paul Handy, Denis Kleyman
  • Patent number: 10718443
    Abstract: A water level controller for a hydroponic system includes a float shifting upward and downward with the culture solution, a first magnetic attraction element and an inlet valve for feeding in the culture solution. The float includes a seal and a second magnetic attraction element. The seal closes the inlet valve to stop feeding in water when the float ascends to a high water level, and moves way from the inlet valve to start feeding in water at a low water level. The second magnetic attraction element attracts the first magnetic attraction element to keep the seal closing the inlet valve at the high water level and to keep the seal moving away from the inlet valve at the low water level, until the buoyancy of the float is larger than the magnetic attraction between the second and the first magnetic attraction element thereby causing escape from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Xin-Yi Hong
  • Patent number: 10718456
    Abstract: A rapid-connect coupler includes a coupler body configured to convey a fluid; a coupling head at a first end of and communicating with the coupler body, the coupling head configured to transition between a coupled configuration and a de-coupled configuration. The coupler may further include a stop apparatus configured to allow the coupling head to transition from the de-coupled configuration to the coupled configuration without obstruction, and the stop apparatus may be configured to provide a hard-stop as the coupling head transitions from the coupled configuration to the de-coupled configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Engineered Controls International, LLC
    Inventor: Howard M. Konishi
  • Patent number: 10711907
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes embodiments of control valve positioner/controller devices, control valve positioner/controller mounting devices, and control valve systems that enable rapid exchange and configuration of a replacement positioner/controller to a control valve system. Embodiments allow for rapid replacement of faulty/failed control valve positioners/controllers to minimize production downtimes and associated costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Dan O. Enniss
  • Patent number: 10710863
    Abstract: A water bottle filling system includes a water collection vessel, a water storage reservoir having an inlet valve and an outlet valve, an air pump connected to the water storage reservoir, a coupling downstream from the outlet valve and a refillable water bottle connected to the coupling. A method for collecting, cleaning and dispensing potable water into a refillable water bottle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Paul Casci, Scott Benjamin Scheraga, Joshua Dietrich, Courtney Lynne L'Arrivée
  • Patent number: 10710161
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a functionally graded turbine engine component is disclosed and includes the step of depositing layers of powder onto a base and solidifying/fusing each layer with a first directed energy beam to define a component. The method further includes varying a process parameter between deposited layers to define different material properties within the component. The method also proposes surface enhancement approach that can be used after depositing each layer to locally customize the material properties. The method also proposes machining the different internal surfaces to achieve the proper surface finishing required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tahany Ibrahim El-Wardany, Matthew E. Lynch, Daniel V. Viens, Robert A. Grelotti
  • Patent number: 10704709
    Abstract: A fluid flow metering rotary valve body is provided that includes a central axis, and at least one lobe having at least one fluid opening. At least one fluid throttle is formed on a perimeter surface of the at least one fluid opening. The fluid throttle can have at least one blind void or at least one protrusion and can facilitate various flow strategies, including a decreasing fluid flow with increasing overlap between the fluid opening and a fluid port. The at least one protrusion can extend to various depths to accommodate different fluid openings and injection molding strategies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Alexander Morein
  • Patent number: 10704699
    Abstract: A valve apparatus and system is provided. The valve apparatus includes a housing having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet. A support assembly is attached to the housing, the support assembly including a positioning chamber located over the outlet. A diaphragm assembly is moveably attached to the support assembly. The diaphragm assembly includes a piston having one end slideably mounted in the positioning chamber, and a diaphragm attached to the other end of the piston. A sealing element is located about a perimeter of the diaphragm, and a biasing element is arranged to contact the support assembly and the diaphragm assembly, thereby urging at least a portion of the sealing element against the fluid outlet, providing a fluid-tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Vortech Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Graham, Michael Reagan
  • Patent number: 10704700
    Abstract: A check valve structure includes: a valve casing communicating with each of inflow and outflow paths for a fluid; and a valve element which is disposed in the valve casing and configured of an elastic material. The valve element has a thin portion, and a thick portion protruding from the substantial center of one surface of the thin portion. The valve casing has: a valve element support portion including an annular bottom portion capable of supporting an outer edge of a bottom portion of the thick portion, and a peripheral wall portion continuing to an outer peripheral edge of the annular bottom portion; and a valve seat portion including a valve element contact portion which is in contact with a vicinity of an outer peripheral edge portion on the other surface side of the thin portion, and a valve seat surface which can be in contact with the thin portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Nobuyasu Harashima
  • Patent number: 10697556
    Abstract: The sliding parts, the guides and interlocking portions of the interlocking guides and slides of a slide valve are all disposed away from a flow path through the valve. Additionally, the portions of the interlocking guide on the slide or disc of the valve that interlock with the guide on an orifice plate are connected to the slide or disc by welds instead of bolts, greatly increasing durability. As the slide or disc moves in and out to control the flow rate precisely, the guides of the slide or disc move with it. Because the sliding surfaces of the orifice plate and the slide or disc are outside of the flow path, they are consequently not subjected to erosion from the flow through the valve. Accordingly, all critical sliding surfaces are not exposed to the flow path and are greatly increased in durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TapcoEnpro, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Fiske Hill, Jeremy Lynn Meadows, Robert Keith Stoddard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10690261
    Abstract: A multi-seat bonnet for a valve assembly comprising is disclosed herein. The multi-seat bonnet includes a locking mechanism that is configured to secure the multi-seat bonnet to the valve assembly. Further, the multi-seat bonnet includes a first sealing surface configured to engage a high pressure seat, in addition to a second sealing surface configured to engage a low pressure seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent E. Cline, Paul R. Fadell
  • Patent number: 10690253
    Abstract: A control valve includes a valve body having a main valve passageway. A flow control assembly is positioned in the main valve passageway and includes a first control element, and a second control element rotatable relative to the first control element between a closed position, a first position, and a second position. In the closed position, the first and second control elements form a plug which prevents fluid flow through the main valve passageway. In the first position, the first and second control elements collectively define a first control passageway therethrough, and in the second position, the first and second control elements collectively define the first control passageway and a second control passageway therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Control Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Timo Kubota, Matthew Wilson
  • Patent number: 10690252
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to butterfly valves, generally including a body assembly and a locking cap. The body assembly generally includes a body, a disc rotationally disposed inside an opening of the body, a cog, and a stem passing through the disc and the body. The locking cap generally engages the cog to prevent rotation of the disc and the stem relative to the body. Methods of assembling and positioning a butterfly valve are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Gutmann, Joshua Lee Hoots, Gary A. Moren, Jon Terrence Stone
  • Patent number: 10689237
    Abstract: A weight filling machine is a volumetric valve type machine. The tank of the product to be dispensed using a hydrostatic flap is replaced by a dispensing system controlled by a volumetric pump. The machine (1) for filling containers (B) with a product includes a carousel (2) for moving the containers (B) and filling valves (5), each filling valve (5) being positioned above a clamp (4). A distribution duct (6) connects the filling valves (5) with a distribution manifold (8). The distribution duct (6) having the product has a filling pressure (P1). A feed duct (9) is intercepted by a volumetric pump (10). The volumetric pump (10) moves a filling product with a discharge pressure (P) greater than the filling pressure (P1) along the feed duct (9). An adjustment member (11) of the feed pressure of the filling product is placed downstream of the volumetric pump (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: WEIGHTPACK S.r.l.
    Inventors: Vanni Zacche', Enrico Cocchi