Patents Examined by Reinaldo Sanchez-Medina
  • Patent number: 10436334
    Abstract: A check valve includes a plate-shaped valve seat member provided with a fluid discharge port, a plate-shaped valve member provided on a downstream side of the valve seat member and configured to open/close the discharge port, a coil spring provided on a downstream side of the valve member and configured to bias the valve member toward the discharge port, a spring receiving member provided for the coil spring on a downstream side thereof, and a plurality of guide rods provided at the periphery of the valve member and formed to extend in an upstream-to-downstream flow direction, each having a downstream end portion attached to the spring receiving member, and configured to guide the valve member in the upstream-to-downstream flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TLV CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahisa Hirotani
  • Patent number: 10428955
    Abstract: A butterfly valve assembly for use in a fluid flow containing particles of debris is provided including a valve element. The valve element has a seal groove that extends about a periphery and defines an upstream side and a downstream side of the valve element. A seal is disposed within the seal groove. A clearance exists between the seal and an edge of the seal groove. Also, a relief is formed in either the valve element or the seal. The particles of debris accumulate in the relief and not the clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: John M. Dehais, Anthony Santiago
  • Patent number: 10421654
    Abstract: A filling-element assembly for both pressurized and open-jet filling of containers includes a filling element having a filling-element housing, a liquid valve, a return-gas channel, and a seal. The housing has a fixed first segment, a vertically movable second segment, and an extendable segment between them to surrounds the valve housing in a fluid-tight manner. A return-gas channel extends along the filling-element axis between the valve housing and the filling-element housing. In a raised position of the second segment, the seal contacts the valve housing along a circumferential contact area and seals the filling-element discharge opening thereby forming a fluid-tight closure for the return-gas channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Bernd Bruch, Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 10415711
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanical energized sealing ball valve comprising a seat, a ball assembly, and a single valve stem that operates both the sealing member and the ball. The ball comprises a ball and a sealing member. The valve stem drives the ball to rotate between open position and close position. When the ball reaches the close position, the sealing member, operated by the same valve stem, moves away from the ball to press and sit against the seat. The invention has the advantages that: the valve has a compact structure, the friction-free on/off is achieved, the mechanical energized sealing force is even and reliable, the ball is retracted and locked in the opening position to protect against turbulence-induced damage, low operating torque, the open/close operation is rapid, and the valve stem seal operates simply and reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Zibo Votaisi Petrochemical Equipment Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Xiaoqi Liu
  • Patent number: 10415714
    Abstract: A fire hydrant includes an upper barrel, which further includes a body and at least one outlet. The body has a longitude, a longitudinal axis, a first portion, and a second portion, the first portion forming a first length of the longitude, the second portion forming a second length of the longitude, the first portion coupled to the second portion, the body having at least one wall defining an internal cavity. The first portion has a first dimension spanning the cavity perpendicular to the longitudinal axis between opposing points on the at least one wall. The second portion has a second dimension spanning the cavity perpendicular to the longitudinal axis between opposing points on the at least one wall. The first dimension is greater than the second dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Kennedy Valve Company
    Inventor: Paul Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10415716
    Abstract: A control valve unit including a pair of valve bodies, a separator plate interposed between the pair of valve bodies and provided with an opening, a collar attached to the separator plate through the opening and having a valve port and a valve seat, a check ball separating from the valve seat and seating on the valve seat by hydraulic pressure to open and close the valve port, and a combining part combining the pair of valve bodies to sandwich the collar between an end surface of one of the pair of valve bodies and an end surface of the separator plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Sugai
  • Patent number: 10415219
    Abstract: A flow restriction nozzle (100) comprising an interior surface, an exterior surface, an inlet (103) at a first portion of the nozzle (100) for connection to a fluid source, and an outlet (106) at a second portion of the nozzle (100) for providing a fluid flow, connecting the interior surface to the exterior surface, wherein a portion of the interior surface tapers radially inwardly towards the second portion and the outlet (106) comprises an elongated aperture (106) formed in the interior surface extending at least partially along the tapered surface such that a portion of the fluid flow through the outlet (106) is directed radially outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Nigel Bamford
  • Patent number: 10418794
    Abstract: A valve assembly that includes a valve body, a poppet member, and a biasing member. The valve body has an internal through-channel. The poppet member has an inside portion positioned at least partially inside the through-channel and an outside portion positioned outside the through-channel and extending outwardly beyond the valve body. The poppet member is movable within the through-channel between an open position and a closed position. The biasing member is external to the valve housing and applies a biasing force to the outside portion of the poppet member that biases the poppet member toward the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NOVINIUM, INC.
    Inventors: Glen J. Bertini, Donald R. Songras
  • Patent number: 10408363
    Abstract: A valve has a control slide (4) guided in a valve housing (6) so as to be longitudinally movable. The control slide selectively connects a plurality of fluid connection points (P, T, A, B) in the valve housing (6) to each other in a fluid-conducting manner or disconnects the fluid connection points from each other, and can be electrically controlled by a stepper motor (2). The control slide (4) can be actuated by an emergency device (34, 52) in the event of a malfunction or failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Sascha Alexander Biwersi, Marcus Hettiger, Christoph Stoenner
  • Patent number: 10408355
    Abstract: A valve includes an annular body defining a body bore. An annular valve seat is positioned in the body bore and an annular groove is defined in a portion of the annular sealing surface. A rotatable valve element is positioned in the body bore. With the valve element in a closed and an unpressurized condition, the annular groove is deformed and a first groove gap is defined in the annular groove adjacent to the first disc face and a second groove gap is defined in the annular groove adjacent to the second disc face. With the valve element closed and in a pressurized condition, the annular groove is deformed and a third groove gap is defined in the annular groove adjacent to the first disc face. A volume of the third groove gap is greater than a volume of the first groove gap and second groove gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Ashraf Abouelleil, Steve Sharp, Julian Ramirez
  • Patent number: 10408086
    Abstract: Bearing members, such as journal bearings, and turbine assemblies for use in high speed, high horsepower applications (e.g., turbochargers, jet engines, internal combustion engines, blowers, steam turbines, compressors, and pumps) including a rotatable shaft, a compressor wheel coupled to the shaft (e.g., at one end), a turbine wheel spaced from the compressor wheel, the turbine wheel also being coupled to the shaft (e.g., at another end), and at least one bearing member having a superhard bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Jarrett Meier
  • Patent number: 10400904
    Abstract: A first relief valve chamber (3) of a main relief valve (10) and a second relief valve chamber (7) of an auxiliary relief valve (11) are provided in series in a valve case 1. The first relief valve chamber (3) includes a valve seat chamber (4) at the right and a valve chamber (5) at the left. A first valve member (30) in the valve chamber (5) is biased toward a valve seat member (18) in the valve seat chamber (4) by a first relief spring (40). A second valve member (48) in the second relief valve chamber (7) is biased toward a second valve seat (47) by a second relief spring (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KOSMEK LTD
    Inventor: Akira Arisato
  • Patent number: 10400955
    Abstract: A solvent storage and depressurization system is described. The system allows a volume of solvent to be stored and used at low pressure, thereby providing safety benefits and regulatory simplicity. The system includes an external expansion tank that is located outside of an extraction facility and that contains a solvent. The system also includes an internal storage tank that is located inside of the extraction facility and that provides a solvent supply to a solvent user, such as a phytochemical extraction system. The external and internal tanks are separated and connected via a duplex manifold. The manifold allows gas below a first pressure level to pass from the external expansion tank to the internal storage tank, and allows gas above a second pressure level to pass from the internal storage tank back to the external expansion tank, wherein the second pressure level is greater than the first pressure level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Boris David Kogon
  • Patent number: 10400775
    Abstract: A vacuum valve attached to a vacuum pump configured to generate regenerative power to perform a stop operation upon blackout, comprises: a first power input section to which power is input from a commercial power source; a second power input section to which the regenerative power generated at the vacuum pump is input; and a valve source circuit to which the power input to each of the first and second power input sections is supplied. When the power from the commercial power source is supplied to the first power input section, the vacuum valve is operated by the supplied power, and when the power from the commercial power source is stopped, the vacuum valve is operated by the regenerative power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Masaya Nakamura, Junichiro Kozaki, Atsuo Nakatani, Nobuyuki Hirata
  • Patent number: 10400817
    Abstract: A bearing device for supporting a shaft to rotate relative to an outer hub includes: an annular outer race mountable within an interior bore of the hub, the outer race including an inwardly facing radial groove sized to receive a rounded bearing element; and an annular inner race mountable to an outwardly curved exterior surface of the shaft. The inner race includes an outwardly facing radial groove sized to receive the bearing element, the respective radial grooves of the inner and outer races together forming an annular raceway to retain the bearing element when the bearing device is assembled. The inner race further includes an axially convex surface along an innermost diameter of the inner race, the convex surface shaped to directly engage the exterior surface of the shaft when mounted thereto, such that the inner race remains in contact with the shaft while accommodating radial deflection of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Pintauro, John Karspeck, Charles Brennecke, Taylor Ritchie
  • Patent number: 10400899
    Abstract: Fluid flow control apparatus for use with fluid valves are disclosed. An apparatus includes a plug for a sliding stem fluid valve. The plug has a first portion slidably coupled to a second portion. The apparatus also includes a cavity formed in an outer circumferential surface of the plug by the first portion and the second portion. A dimension of the cavity changes when the first portion slides relative to the second portion to displace a seal disposed in the cavity. The seal sealingly engages a cage of the fluid valve when the second portion contacts a seat of the fluid valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Trenton Frank Jackson
  • Patent number: 10399845
    Abstract: A testable overfill prevention valve (“TOPV”) for a liquid storage container. The TOPV allows an individual to readily verify the operability of the TOPV. Preferably, a test member of directly contacts a portion of a latch to release a flow control member so that the flow control member can move from an open position to a closed position wherein in the closed position liquid is generally prevented from flowing out the TOPV. The test member preferably directly contacts the flow control member to move the control member to an intermediate position between open and closed positions allowing an individual looking down into the TOPV to see that the flow control member has moved sufficiently to confirm operability of the TOPV. Preferably, the test member is spring biased to a non-testing position and the entire test member is disposed in the housing of the TOPV when in a testing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: James L. Lawrence, Nicholas P. Clontz
  • Patent number: 10393454
    Abstract: A valve system comprises a plurality of motors and a plurality of valves. The plurality of motors is formed from a printed circuit board. The plurality of valves is actuated by the plurality of motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steve G. Mackin
  • Patent number: 10393286
    Abstract: A valve shutter including an indicating unit configured to indicate opening angles of a valve of gas tank, the value coupled to the indicating unit, a first rotating unit configured to rotate the indicating unit up to a maximum opening angle of the valve, a second rotating unit configured to selectively interlock with the first rotating unit, a holding pin configured to be rotated by the second rotating unit, a shutting unit configured to prevent a rotation of the holding pin, a limit plate configured to be selectively rotated by the first rotating unit in a closing direction and an opening direction of the valve, and a stopper configured to restrict a rotation of the limit plate in the closing direction of the valve may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung-Suk Lee, Sang-Won An, Duk-Chun Jang
  • Patent number: 10385553
    Abstract: A fluid flow control system having a fluid inlet configured to be operatively coupled to a fluid source, a fluid outlet in fluid communication with the fluid inlet such that fluid may exit the system therethrough, a proximity sensor for detecting the position of an object within a region adjacent the sensor, and a flow control device configured to regulate fluid flow between the inlet and outlet in response to object detection by the sensor, wherein the flow control device varies the fluid flow proportional to the detected distance of an object from the sensor. A water flow control system for use in a shower environment is also provided, as well as a shower control system, methods for controlling water flow based on sensing of the presence and location of an object, and methods for reducing water consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Kerry Dunki-Jacobs, Robert Dunki-Jacobs