Patents Examined by Reinaldo Sanchez-Medina
  • Patent number: 10641398
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a fitting that is integrated into the valve body of a ball valve during the manufacture of the valve body. The fitting and a cartridge may be overmolded to create the valve body. The mold may apply a pressure onto the fitting during the molding process. The fitting may transfer the pressure of the mold onto the cartridge. The fitting may transfer a sufficient amount of force to seal valve seats of the ball valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Giovanni Rizzio
  • Patent number: 10632481
    Abstract: A hand-held dual flow dilution dispenser for precisely controlling the flow rate of water therethrough and for precisely injecting a liquid chemical into the water passing through the apparatus. The dispenser includes a water spool valve and a chemical spool valve with the spool valves being rotated between first and second positions. A handle is operatively connected to the first spool valve for rotating the first spool valve between the first and second positions. A linkage interconnects the handle and the second spool valve whereby rotational movement of the handle simultaneously causes rotation of the first spool valve and the second spool valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 10632525
    Abstract: A method for forming a monolithic bypass includes pouring a molten metal into a monolithic bypass mold cavity of a mold, the monolithic bypass mold cavity shaped complimentary to a shape of the monolithic bypass; forming the monolithic bypass, the monolithic bypass comprising a bypass valve body disposed between an upstream conduit and a downstream conduit, an inlet opening defined by the upstream conduit, an outlet opening defined by the downstream conduit, a bypass bore extending through the upstream conduit, the bypass valve body, and the downstream conduit from the inlet opening to the outlet opening, the inlet opening and the outlet opening configured to attach to a primary valve body, the monolithic bypass defining a U-shape, the monolithic bypass and the bypass bore each being seamless; and removing the monolithic bypass from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Thomas Sutterfield, Jason White Bradley
  • Patent number: 10626005
    Abstract: A channel forming member is attached to a filler neck on a nozzle insertion side where a fueling nozzle is to be inserted. The channel forming member includes a barrier section that forms an insertion flow path section for the fueling nozzle in the fuel flow path on the nozzle insertion side, while forming an annular channel surrounding the insertion flow path section so as to separate the channel from the insertion flow path section. The channel forming member further includes the following provided to the barrier section: an atmosphere communication hole for making the channel communicate with the atmosphere; a flow path communication hole for making the channel communicate with an insertion end flow path section downstream from the insertion flow path section; and a valve mechanism that prevents passage of the atmosphere through the channel in a fueling period. This contributes to reduction in introduction of the atmosphere into the fuel flow path through the channel in a fueling period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 10619750
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a valve body having at least a first bore and a second bore, a flow passage connecting the first bore to the second bore, a plurality of ports opening to each bore respectively, the first bore being upstream of the second bore. First and second spools are disposed in the first and second bores, respectively, for controlling the flow of fluid to and from the respective ports. A check valve is disposed in the flow passage and configured to prevent fluid flow from the second spool towards the first spool through the flow passage while allowing fluid flow from one of the ports in the first bore towards the second spool through the flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis Reynolds, Brian Slattery, Rolf Anderson
  • Patent number: 10619746
    Abstract: A regulating valve includes a valve body having a cylindrical portion, a valve stem, and a locking member. The valve body includes a female screw formed on the inner wall of the cylindrical portion and at least one chamfered portion formed on the outer wall of the cylindrical portion. The valve stem includes a first male screw and a second male screw formed on the surface close to the other end of the valve stem. The locking member includes a nut corresponding to the second male screw and a tongue portion formed integrally with the nut, extends in a direction orthogonal to an axial line S from one end portion of the nut, and is bendable in the direction parallel to the axial line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Kou Kubota
  • Patent number: 10611625
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for identifying misfueling in a vehicle fuel tank when an incorrect fuel type is provided. In one example, a method may include routing fuel vapors from a vehicle fuel tank to a fuel vapor storage canister and monitoring a temperature profile of a fuel system canister during a refueling operation, and when an actual temperature profile is below an expected temperature profile, misfueling is identified. Further, responsive to an indication of misfueling, further addition of fuel is disabled during the refueling event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed Dudar
  • Patent number: 10612217
    Abstract: A water leak detection assembly for sensing and stopping a water leak in a building includes a screw that is inserted into a wall having the screw being positioned proximate a pipe for a plumbing fixture in a building. A sensing unit is provided and the sensing unit is positionable in the screw having the sensing unit being aligned with the pipe. The sensing unit senses moisture thereby facilitating the sensing unit to detect water leaking from the pipe. A shut off unit is provided and the shut off unit is fluidly coupled to a water supply pipe for the building and the shut off unit is in electrical communication with the sensing unit. The shut off unit turns off the water supply pipe when the sensing unit senses water thereby stopping the potential water leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Rick Evans
  • Patent number: 10612711
    Abstract: A fluid pulse dampener with automatic pressure-compensation is provided. A system of chambers and channels in the dampener creates an internal feedback mechanism that increases or decreases a compensating pressure on the membrane in response to increases or decreases in the pressure of a fluid moving past the other side of the membrane. Variations of the pulse dampener allow for the input and/or output of gas flow is be restricted or increased as may be desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Health & Science LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. Hartmann, Efthimios Tsirlis
  • Patent number: 10612672
    Abstract: A pipeline control unit that joins pipeline conduits and has a housing with an interior compartment for receiving a gate. A valve servicing assembly or pressure plates can be installed onto the housing to form a fluid tight structure to allow removal and replacement of a retained gate without depressurizing a pipeline system. Strongbacks attached to the housing can compress lateral walls of the housing to secure a gate in the interior compartment, and removal of such compression allows removal of the gate while the pipeline is pressurized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Maichel
  • Patent number: 10610837
    Abstract: A manifold having a first side, a second side, a first channel extending from the first side to the second side, and a second channel extending from the first side to the second side is disclosed. The first channel and the second channel each define a linear longitudinal axis. In one embodiment, the first channel longitudinal axis and the second channel longitudinal axis are oblique to the first side and the second side of the manifold. The manifold of the present disclosure provides channels that can be easily cleaned and allow for an increased flow performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Rooftop Research, LLC
    Inventor: Robert S. Burns
  • Patent number: 10604289
    Abstract: A device and method that relates to a swivel arrangement for a carousel filler arrangement having a rotating tank and a product pipe for transporting product into the rotating tank are disclosed. The swivel arrangement may include a tank connecting part, a pipe connecting part, a first opening for receiving a gaseous media, and a second opening for ejecting the gaseous media. A first channel may be partly defined by a protruding portion of the pipe connecting part and an outer wall of the product pipe, and a second channel may be partly defined by the protruding portion and a protruding portion of the tank connecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Lasse Andersen
  • Patent number: 10606285
    Abstract: A mass flow controller comprises: a first flow meter constructed and arranged to measured flow rate of mass through the mass flow controller; a second flow meter constructed and arranged to measure flow rate of mass through the mass flow controller; a control valve constructed and arranged so as to control the flow rate of mass through the mass flow controller in response to a control signal generated as a function of the flow rate as measured by one of the flow meters; and a system controller constructed and arranged to generate the control signal, and to provide an indication when a difference between the flow rate of mass as measured by the first flow meter and the flow rate of mass as measured by the second flow meter exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Junhua Ding
  • Patent number: 10604396
    Abstract: A funnel is provided, including a main body and a ventilation passage. The main body is configured to lead a liquid into a receiving container. The main body includes a liquid inlet, a receiving chamber and a liquid outlet. The liquid outlet is configured to be communicated with the receiving container. The ventilation passage is configured to be communicated with the receiving container and external environment. The ventilation passage includes a first passage and a second passage which are communicated with each other. The first passage is integrally formed as a part of the main body. A first end of the first passage is configured to be communicated with the receiving container. The second passage is configured to be communicated with external environment and is detachably assembled to a second end of the first passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Po-Lin Liao
  • Patent number: 10604919
    Abstract: A plumbing component includes a valve provided within a portion of the plumbing component and configured to control the flow of water through the plumbing component. The valve includes a body and at least one waterway within the body. An electric heater extends through at least a portion of the body of the valve and is configured to heat at least a portion of the body to an elevated temperature sufficient to kill organisms within the waterway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Patent number: 10598289
    Abstract: The disclosed spool valve is used especially in conveying systems comprising conveying pipes (6, 7) and includes a spool (1) which allows the conveying cross-section of the conveying pipe (6, 7) to be closed. The spool (1) has at least one through-hole (33). The conveying pipe (6, 7) is sealed from the spool (1) by at least one sealing ring (27, 28). Said sealing ring (27, 28) surrounds the conveying line (6, 7) and includes a washer-shaped sealing portion. Said sealing portion lies flat on the spool and seals under the effect of the difference between the pressure in the conveying line (6, 7) and the ambient pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Walter Kramer
  • Patent number: 10597174
    Abstract: A filling nozzle provided with a filling cylinder, an air-injection cylinder, and an air-supply unit. The filling cylinder is configured such that an auger rotates about the axis thereof to discharge powder through an opening provided at the lower end of the filling cylinder. The air-injection cylinder is fitted to the exterior of the filling cylinder to form an annular space between the filling cylinder and the air-injection cylinder. The air-supply unit supplies air in the annular space. A tip portion of the air-injection cylinder extends downward below the opening and has an air-discharge mouth formed in a tapered shape such that the tip portion has a diameter smaller than that of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Tetsuya Seno, Masato Ohta
  • Patent number: 10598313
    Abstract: A working sheath tube (1) is used when a renovating operation of a pump-discharge pipe (4) branched from a peripheral wall (33) of a tubular barrel (3) inserted into a tank (2) in which a fuel is retained. The working sheath tube has a bottomed tubular shape which can be inserted into the barrel, and has a working space thereinside. A insertion hole (15a) into which a closing member (7) for closing a pump-discharge pipe is inserted is provided on and penetrates a sheath tube peripheral wall (15). While the sheath tube is inserted into the barrel, the insertion hole faces an opening of the pump-discharge pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Chiyoda Corporation
    Inventors: Kingo Kasada, Hidenori Muramatsu, Hiroaki Suzuki, Toshitake Sakurai, Keiichi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10599166
    Abstract: A valve control device configured such that a pressure measurement value of a chamber, a target pressure value of the chamber, and an opening degree measurement value of the vacuum valve are input to the valve control device and configured to control an opening degree of the vacuum valve based on a deviation between the pressure measurement value and the target pressure value, comprises: a storage storing a correlation between the opening degree of the vacuum valve and a conductance of a system including the vacuum valve; and a correction gain setting section obtaining, based on the correlation, a change rate of the conductance in association with an opening degree change at the input opening degree measurement value, thereby setting an inverse of the change rate as a correction gain. The opening degree of the vacuum valve is controlled based on the deviation and the correction gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Hirata, Junichiro Kozaki, Atsuo Nakatani, Masaya Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10601278
    Abstract: A protection system for an electrical machine includes a first connecting line for connecting an internal space of the electric machine to an external space surrounding the electrical machine, a valve, and a filter which is impermeable to dust. The valve and the first connecting line are configured to render the first connecting line impassable when the valve is closed, and to enable a first gaseous medium to enter the internal space from the external space when the valve is open. The filter is configured to filter the first gaseous medium that enters the internal space from the external space through the first connecting line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Christian-Jörg Ecke, René Thurley