Patents Examined by Reinaldo Sanchez-Medina
  • Patent number: 10591068
    Abstract: A ball and seat valve for high temperature and pressure applications, such as those used in isolation barrier valves in subterranean wells, is disclosed. The valve incorporates thermally fitted sleeve into the ball and/or the seat to allow for greater pressures and temperatures due to resultant stresses left with the parts due to interference. Additionally, the materials making up the sleeves may be chosen to allow for greater resistance to corrosive and erosive wellbore fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Rory Archibald Napier
  • Patent number: 10591932
    Abstract: A check valve, including a valve and a valve support surface, to permit a fluid to move through the check valve in a first direction and resist a fluid flow through the valve in a second direction, the valve having a valve diaphragm and an isolating bridge, with a portion of the valve engaging against valve support surface to resist deformation or stretching of the valve when a backflow of fluid into the check valve occurs. The valve support surface having a first support surface and a second support surface, and the valve positioned with the valve diaphragm spaced apart from the first support surface, and the isolating bridge spaced apart from the second support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: CareFusion Corporation
    Inventor: Siddarth K. Shevgoor
  • Patent number: 10569848
    Abstract: A regulator first stage for two-stage underwater breathing apparatuses includes a reduction chamber communicating with a high-pressure gas supply through a balance valve, which is influenced by the pressure of the external environment by a balance diaphragm that, by way of a suitable actuator, acts on the valve. The reduction chamber includes one or more medium pressure outlets, having axes parallel to the operating axis of the balance valve. In one configuration, one or more medium pressure outlets are also provided having axes orthogonal to the operating axis of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Sergio Angelini
  • Patent number: 10570597
    Abstract: A valve fitting for filling a sanitary cistern includes a connection element, a shutoff valve including an actuation element, and a float-actuated filling valve. The connection element, shutoff valve and filling valve are interconnected to form a water passage into the cistern. A float is connected to the filling valve. The actuation element of the shutoff valve is rotatable about a rotational axis when the float is in the operating position thereof, the shutoff valve being operationally usable in the valve fitting in at least two different positions, the connection element configured to be mounted at an opening in the left-hand cistern side wall in one of the positions, and at an opening in the right-hand cistern side wall in another of the positions, and the actuation element being accessible from the front of the valve fitting in the at least two positions of the shutoff valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Viega Technology GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Patrick Dietermann
  • Patent number: 10570590
    Abstract: Provided is an enclosure with an integrated hydrant. The enclosure includes a fluid flow conduit that transfers fluid from a fluid supply tube to a fluid outlet, which may be associated with the backflow preventer. The enclosure has a conduit that carries water from the fluid supply tube to the backflow preventer. Thus, a lower profile, lighter, and more aesthetically pleasing enclosure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: 10562082
    Abstract: A method is disclosed herein for detecting cracks of a fluid storage tank due to breakage of a wall of the fluid storage tank. In an example embodiment, the method includes positioning an enclosed pressure-resistant jacket around an outer wall of the fluid storage tank, controlling a temperature of the fluid in the fluid storage tank by allowing a liquid cooling or heating medium to flow in the enclosed pressure-resistant jacket at a pressure lower than a pressure x applied within the fluid storage tank, maintaining the pressure in the pressure-resistant jacket lower than the pressure x, sampling the cooling or heating medium from an air pool provided in a passage of the cooling or heating medium, and analyzing components of the cooling or heating medium, while preventing contamination of the fluid in the fluid storage tank with the liquid cooling or heating medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Yatsuo Dairy Cooperative
    Inventors: Kohhei Ohkami, Shuji Ohkami, Hiroshi Hase
  • Patent number: 10557563
    Abstract: A valve top has a headpiece through which passes axially a spindle that can actuate a valve which is formed by a control disk that can rotate relative to an inlet disk, wherein the lateral surface of the spindle has, circumferentially on its side oriented away from the control disk, a curved path which receives at least one cam of a control sleeve which is arranged secure in rotation, is mounted over the end of the spindle and can be moved axially along the spindle, wherein the curved path is formed such that a vertical displacement of the control sleeve along the spindle brings about a defined rotation of the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Fluehs Drehtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Friedrich Thurau
  • Patent number: 10557181
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method for improving the fatigue behavior of the body (2) of a gas valve, the body comprising at least two bores (4, 10) and at least one bore intersection (20) defining an internal volume; wherein the method comprises the following step: subjecting the internal volume to an autofrettage by applying a pressure of comprised between 100 MPa and 500 MPa by means of a liquid. 10. The invention is also directed to a gas valve body (2) comprising at least two bores (4, 10) and at least one bore intersection (20) defining an internal volume with an internal wall; wherein the internal wall is treated by autofrettage resulting in compressive stresses at the intersection or at least one of the intersections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Luxembourg Patent Company S.A.
    Inventors: Stephan Sellen, Philippe Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10556787
    Abstract: A liquid transfer apparatus and a control method thereof are provided. The liquid transfer apparatus includes a first auxiliary cover, a second auxiliary cover, a transfer tube and a breathing pipe. The first auxiliary cover is configured to cover a container for holding a liquid to be transferred; and the second auxiliary cover is configured to cover a target container. One end of the transfer tube runs through the first auxiliary cover and the other end runs through the second auxiliary cover. One end of the breathing pipe runs through the first auxiliary cover and the other end is configured to introduce nitrogen, or an inert gas, so that the liquid in the container for holding the liquid to be transferred can be transferred to the target container through the transfer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Hefei Xinsheng Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Litao Qu, Xuequan Jin
  • Patent number: 10550553
    Abstract: The adjustable handle device for use with a valve stem comprises a body, a cap, a plurality of jaws, and a handle. The device may couple to a valve stem of a faucet in place of a valve handle that is missing or broken. The plurality of jaws located within the body may be raised and lowered by rotating the cap relative to the body. A jaw thread on the plurality of jaws may engage a cap thread on the interior of the cap to cause movement of the jaws. The jaws may be included by a jaw inclination angle such that raising or lowering the jaws may cause the lower ends of the jaws to separate or to converge. Convergence of the lower ends of the jaws may allow the jaws to grip a valve stem. A handle may cover the cap to enhance the user's grasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Donzino Pankey
  • Patent number: 10550958
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for monitoring and indicating the sealing of a pneumatic valve. A method may comprise detecting a position of a first magnet, wherein the first magnet is fixed to a housing cover of the pneumatic valve; comparing the detected position of the first magnet with a predetermined optimum position of the first magnet, wherein the optimum position is the position of the first magnet when there is a sufficient seal between the housing cover and a housing base of the pneumatic valve; when the detected position of the first magnet is not within a threshold of the optimum position of the first magnet, indicating an insufficient seal between the housing cover and the housing base; and when the detected position of the first magnet is within a threshold of the optimum position of the first magnet, continuing normal operation of the pneumatic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Christophe Le Moing
  • Patent number: 10550564
    Abstract: A system for flushing a conduit having an inlet, an outlet, and at least one flow restricted outlet between said inlet and said outlet. There is a pump operative to periodically be turned on and off for pumping a liquid from a liquid source to the inlet, a pressure pulse being generated when the pump is turned on. A hydraulically actuated indexing valve has an inlet connected to the second outlet end of the conduit, the indexing valve including a valve element assembly indexable between a plurality of indexed positions in response to a plurality of pressure pulses, wherein in at least one of the indexed positions, return flow from the second outlet end of the conduit flows through the outlet of the valve to increase flow rate through the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Jerry L. McKinney
  • Patent number: 10544571
    Abstract: A faucet is provided that electronically controls the flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a faucet body and a faucet handle. The faucet illustratively includes an inertial motion unit sensor mounted in the faucet handle to sense spatial orientation of the faucet handle. The faucet illustratively includes an electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a controller configured to receive signals from the inertial motion unit sensor and control the electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed based upon the position of the faucet handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Chasen Beck
  • Patent number: 10544868
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a trim arrangement for a ball valve. The trim arrangement includes a first seat assembly having a first seat, a threaded collar, and a biasing element. The first seat is in contact with a first side of a ball element, and the threaded collar is threadably coupled to the first seat and in engagement with the biasing element. The trim arrangement further includes a second seat assembly having a second seat in contact with a second side of the ball element. The biasing element biases the first seat toward the first side of the ball element to provide a contact stress between the first seat and the first side of the ball element and the second seat and the second side of the ball element. The contact stress provided by the biasing element is adjustable by rotating the first seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Brandon Wayne Bell
  • Patent number: 10539132
    Abstract: Insert elements that may be positioned within a high pressure plug valve. The elements have two or more recessed grooves formed around the fluid opening of the elements. The grooves are spaced from one another. A seal is placed in one and only one of the grooves. As wear occurs, the seal is relocated to one of the other grooves. Instead of a series of spaced grooves in a single insert element, a kit may be formed from two or more otherwise identical insert elements, each with a single recessed groove at a different position around the fluid opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Kerr Machine Co.
    Inventor: Kelcy Jake Foster
  • Patent number: 10539253
    Abstract: A vacuum valve has a valve opening (2, 3) that is surrounded by a valve seat (6, 7), a valve plate (10, 11) that releases the valve opening (2, 3) in an open state and rests against the valve seat (6, 7) in a closed state, and a carrier unit (9) that supports the valve plate (10, 11) and moves between a first position, in which the valve opening (2, 3) is in the open state, and a second position. The valve plate (10, 11) moves between a retracted position and an extended position. In the second position of the carrier unit (9) and in the extended position of the valve plate (10, 11), the valve opening (2, 3) is in the closed state. In the retracted position, the valve plate (10, 11) is supported against the carrier unit (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: VAT Holding AG
    Inventors: Florian Ehrne, Christof Bachmann, Daniel Seitz
  • Patent number: 10539244
    Abstract: A check valve comprises a valve housing defining a pair of valve openings, a pair of mounting posts arranged on opposed sides of the valve housing, a hinge pin mounted between said mounting posts, a pair of flapper elements pivotably mounted to the one or more hinge pins for rotation relative to the housing between an open position in which they permit fluid flow through the respective valve openings and a closed position in which they prevent fluid flow through the valve openings. A pair of elastically deformable leaf spring stop elements, each of which comprise respective end portions that are mounted to, and extend upwardly from, said mounting posts and a stop portion arching upwardly from, and extending between said end portions, such that each flapper element will engage a respective surface of said stop portion when in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bartosz Solarz, Mariusz Fiedziuk
  • Patent number: 10538901
    Abstract: Modular electrical appliance for recycling greywater, connected to: a drainage pipe (S1) via which greywater enters into the greywater reservoir (1) thereof; a sanitary water supply (S) via which sanitary water enters into the auxiliary reservoir (7) thereof; and a flush pipe (D) which connects to the standard opening of the tank (WC) of a toilet. The electrical appliance has a built-in three-way valve (4) which opens the outlet of said greywater reservoir (1) if it contains a sufficient amount for a full flush. If not, the outlet of said auxiliary reservoir (7) is opened. A hydraulic pump (3) connected to the electrovalve (4) pumps the flush water, grey or sanitary, through the flush pipe (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BioMicrobics, Inc.
    Inventor: C├ęsar Manuel Coelho Nunes
  • Patent number: 10533668
    Abstract: Seal assemblies for use with fluid valves are described. An example apparatus includes a cage; a plug including a seal gland; and means for sealingly engaging an inner surface of the cage at least partially positioned in the seal gland and including a first portion and a second portion, in response to a fluid acting on the first portion in a first direction, the first portion to engage, outwardly urge, and splay the second portion to sealingly engage the cage, in response to the fluid acting in a second direction, the second portion to deter the fluid from acting on the first portion, the first direction opposite the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: J. Adin Mann, III, Shawn William Anderson
  • Patent number: 10527175
    Abstract: A valve seat (10) comprises a substantially annular rigid scaffold member (12) and a substantially annular elastomeric sealing member (14) sealingly mounted on top of the rigid scaffold member. The valve seat has an outer peripheral surface for cooperation with the valve body of a valve assembly, and the elastomeric sealing member defines an inner sealing surface of the valve seat for cooperation with a valve closure disc of a valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ChargePoint Technology Limited
    Inventor: Richard Athol Barton