Patents Examined by Seth Barney
  • Patent number: 7168637
    Abstract: A nozzle for a low pressure fuel injector that improves the control and size of the spray angle, as well as enhances the atomization of the fuel delivered to a cylinder of an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lakhi N. Goenka, Jeffrey Paul Mara, David Lee Porter, David Ling-Shun Hung, John Stefanski
  • Patent number: 7156320
    Abstract: A clog-resistant injector spray nozzle allows relatively unobtrusive insertion through a small access aperture into existing ductwork in occupied buildings for atomized particulate sealing of a ductwork. The spray nozzle comprises an easily cleaned and easily replaced straight liquid tube whose liquid contents are principally propelled by a heated propellant gas, such as heated air. Heat transfer is minimized from the heated propellant gas to the liquid tube until they both exit the injector, thereby greatly reducing the likelihood of nozzle clogging. A method of duct sealing using particles driven by heated propellant gas is described, whereby duct-sealing operations become both faster, and commercially practicable in inhabited commercial and residential buildings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Duo Wang, Mark P. Modera
  • Patent number: 7143834
    Abstract: A sprinkler assembly for controlling a fire situation includes at least one fluid conduit defining a flow passage including an inlet for receiving a fluid from a fluid source and at least one outlet for discharging the fluid, and a dispensing mechanism such as an open or closed sprinkler head for distributing water to a selected location. A fluid control apparatus is provided including a valve assembly having a valve seal which is moveable between a closed position blocking fluid flow through the conduit and an open position causing fluid flow through the conduit. The fluid control apparatus further includes an actuating mechanism including a valve actuator which is operatively connected to the valve assembly for causing movement of the valve seal to the open position upon release of the sealing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Dolan
  • Patent number: 7140562
    Abstract: A fuel injector for the direct injection of fuel into the combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine includes a valve needle situated in a nozzle body, the valve needle being actuable by an actuator and acted upon by a restoring spring in such a manner that a valve-closure member which is in operative connection to the valve needle and faces the combustion chamber is kept in sealing contact with a valve-seat surface in the non-actuated state of the actuator. A first jet-opening angle ?1 is assigned to a first lift state of the valve needle and a second jet-opening angle ?2 to a second lift state of the valve needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Holzgrefe, Guenther Hohl, Michael Huebel, Juergen Stein
  • Patent number: 7137575
    Abstract: A nozzle for use with a fire hose is capable of varying a discharge pattern while maintaining the total water discharge amount at a fixed level. A first tube 4 is connected to a fire hose, a second tube 5 is screwed onto the first tube, and a throttle valve 40 is disposed on the inside of the second tube. A throttled portion 10 between the second tube and the throttle valve maintains the total water discharge amount at a fixed level. The position of the second tube 5 is varied by rotating a grip 42, and thus the total water discharge amount setting is varied. A third tube 13 is screwed onto the second tube, and a fourth tube 14 is screwed onto the third tube. The position of the third tube 13 is varied by rotating a grip 60, and thus the discharge pattern is varied. The position of the fourth tube 14 is varied by rotating a grip 66, and thus the flow rate of a self-protection water spray is regulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Yone Corporation
    Inventor: Toyohiko Yoneda
  • Patent number: 7131598
    Abstract: A snow-gun for producing man-made snow from a combination of compressed air and water features a new nozzle configuration for discharging a mixture of water-particles and air into the surrounding atmosphere. Such nozzle is provided with an elliptically-shaped discharge port having a transverse cross-section that gradually expands in size in the direction in which the air and water particles are discharged from said nozzle. Preferably, the area of the elliptical port changes non-linearly through the front wall of the nozzle, whereby water particles exiting the gun through the nozzle port are less likely to collide with the side walls of the port or with each other before reaching the relatively cold ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Ratnik Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Ronald Ratnik
  • Patent number: 7131602
    Abstract: The present invention provides an aerosol product, which sprays a large number of independent bubbles in the form of soap bubbles. More specifically, the aerosol product, which sprays a large number of independent bubbles in the form of soap bubbles, is provided by charging an aerosol container with an aerosol composition obtained by emulsifying an aqueous concentrate and a liquefied gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Daizo Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Otomo, Masatsugu Matsuura
  • Patent number: 7124963
    Abstract: A nozzle for a low pressure fuel injector that improves the control and size of the spray angle, as well as enhances the atomization of the fuel delivered to a cylinder of an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lakhi N. Goenka, Jeffrey Paul Mara, David Lee Porter, David Ling-Shun Hung, John Stefanski
  • Patent number: 7121354
    Abstract: A fire extinguishing device and associated methods. The device is adapted to be positioned in proximity to a fire and operable in response to heat output by the fire. The device includes a first reservoir, containing a fluid, adapted to receive the heat from the fire and thereby exert a pressure and a second reservoir, communicating with the first reservoir, containing a fire fighting material. The device further includes a pressure-sensitive membrane, forming a pressure-sensitive barrier between the first reservoir and the second reservoir, adapted to rupture upon a predetermined pressure being attained in the first reservoir and thereby releasing a steam into the second reservoir. The steam expels the fire fighting material onto the fire. Additionally disclosed are methods for using the device to control and extinguish fires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: FOI Group, LLC
    Inventor: David Murray Munson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7118051
    Abstract: A rotor nozzle includes a nozzle housing having an inlet opening at one end and an outlet opening at another end and has a rotor which is arranged in a turbulence chamber and which is provided at its front end facing the outlet opening. A nozzle is supported in a cup bearing and has an inflow opening. A bypass device changes a radial or a tangential component of the liquid flowing into the turbulence chamber, which sets the rotor into rotation. A control surface is provided in the turbulence chamber. A restoring device is provided which is active between the front end of the rotor and the rear rotor end, wherein as the rotor rotary speed increases, the inclination of the rotor increases against the action of a restoration force of the restoring device and the restoring device reduces the rotor inclination as the rotor rotary speed decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Anton Jager
  • Patent number: 7104335
    Abstract: A sprinkler head having a first housing connected to a water supply pipe disposed inside a building ceiling. The sprinkler head includes a second housing coupled to the first housing and fixed to the ceiling surface. A deflector is adhered to the first housing for spraying water by being detached from the first housing. A locking unit is locked inside the second housing for maintaining the sealing state between the deflector and the second housing, and a heat responding unit is exposed to outside of the ceiling for sensing heat at the time of a fire occurrence and thus releasing a locking of the locking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignees: Paradise Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dae-Min Shim
  • Patent number: 7104471
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing device for dispensing a liquid into the surrounding atmosphere employs a forced airflow through a small cross-section outlet nozzle (48) to draw the liquid from an adjacent exit nozzle (50) into the airflow. The air outlet nozzle preferably has a cross-section less than that of the liquid exit nozzle. The liquid exit nozzle may partially overlie the airflow path from the air outlet nozzle. The nozzle may be formed in or carried by a unit (24) having sealed connections with the airflow source (16) and a container holding the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Quest International B.V.
    Inventors: John Martin Behan, Kishen Gohil, Susan Hart, legal representative, Tony Lee, Gerry Hart, deceased
  • Patent number: 7104476
    Abstract: Disclosed is a showerhead of a CVD apparatus comprising a plate having an empty inside and provided with a plurality of injection holes at one surface thereof; and gas supplying pipes installed at the plate so as to supply gas, wherein introduced gas thereto is injected to an upper space of the wafer through the injection holes, the plate is divided in a radial manner on the basis of a center point to be divided into a plurality of sectors having respective inner spaces independently, and the gas supplying pipes are connected to the respective sectors. According to that, gas can be independently supplied to each sector of the showerhead, thereby easily applying the CVD apparatus not only to a batch type process but also to an atomic layer deposition method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Jusung Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwang-Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 7093775
    Abstract: A fragrance dispensing shower head apparatus includes a shower head including proximal and distal end portions and a central bore extending therebetween. The proximal end portion has a threaded inner surface. The shower head further includes a wire-mesh screen traversing water flow such that foreign debris can be sustained upstream of the distal end portion. A mechanism is included for ejecting a quantity of the fragrance into the bore and includes a plurality of reservoirs for holding the fragrance. The reservoirs introduce the fragrance adjacent to the distal end portion and have substantially similar shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Travis D. Bingham
  • Patent number: 7090144
    Abstract: A water fountain diverter device connectable to a faucet for selectively directing water from a normal downward direction, to an upward direction for direct drinking by a user. The device has a body connectable to the faucet, a body inlet for receiving water from the faucet, an outlet through which water can flow un-diverted, and a spout from which a water stream flows for direct drinking when the water is diverted via a valve within the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Inventors: Lloyd A. Gross, Gordon L. Gross, Andrew N. Gross
  • Patent number: 7090153
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, a flow conditioning system for fluid jetting tools includes a housing having a plurality of jet nozzle openings and a fluid straightener disposed within the housing. The fluid straightener is defined by one or more vanes, and the vanes form a plurality of flow channels within the housing. Each flow channel is associated with at least one jet nozzle opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dwain King, Jim B. Surjaatmadja, Billy W. McDaniel, Mark Farabee, David Adams, Loyd East
  • Patent number: 7086610
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing different quantities of chemical concentrate into a stream of fluid from a concentrate container wherein the container has a pressure relief vent, and the dispenser provides an air vent when it is operated. In a preferred manner, the dispenser and cap are integrally connected with the pressure relief vent located in the cap. The dispenser is capable of dispensing a wide variety of chemical products with minimal concern for the type of chemical product and pressures generated in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: JohnsonDiversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis H. Hubmann, John A. Boticki, Joseph K. Dodd
  • Patent number: 7086616
    Abstract: A broadcast spreader attachment for a powered leaf blower for dispensing large dry particulates. The attachment typically includes an elongate main tube having opposite intake and discharge ends. A secondary smaller tube is affixed to and in fluid communication with the main tube. The intake of the main tube is adapted for attachment to a leaf blower such that the discharge of the leaf blower is in fluid communication with the main tube. The secondary tube includes particulate flow control apparatus and adjustment knob in fluid communication with the secondary tube. A supply hose is attached to the top end of the secondary tube. The hose is additionally attached to a dry particulate hopper such that the hose is in fluid communication with the secondary tube and the particulate hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventors: Charles Patrick Murphy, Charles Daniel Treadway
  • Patent number: 7083119
    Abstract: A connector system for releasably securing a reservoir to a spray gun includes hook members on a lid of the reservoir that engage a flange of an inlet adaptor on the spray gun with a push/twist action to secure the reservoir to the spray gun. A retainer clip mounted on the inlet adaptor is movable between an inoperative position to allow the reservoir to be connected to and disconnected from the spray gun, and an operative position in which the clip blocks release of the reservoir. The clip provides security against accidental release of the reservoir in use of the spray gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Phillip J. Bouic, Neil Delbridge
  • Patent number: 7080695
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fire extinguisher, in particular, to a fire extinguisher with an observation window formed in it, allowing to observe inside thereof so that one can easily confirm with naked eyes whether the extinguishing agent filled in the main body of the fire extinguisher is of prescribed quantity, or the extinguishing agent filled in is in an intact state, i.e. not hardened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Korea Safety.com., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-gi Gwak