Patents Examined by Steven J. Ganey
  • Patent number: 10293196
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flow rate measurement device (1) for a fire extinguishing apparatus (2) for detecting the flow rate of extinguishing agent or fresh water, comprising a control element (9) arranged on a control rod (11), which control element (9) has a substantially conical section (22), and furthermore comprising a housing (25) surrounding the control element (9), the control element (9) being received in the housing (25) so as to be displaceable in the axial direction (31) of the control rod (11). The control element (9) further comprises a cylindrical subsection (23) which is positioned downstream of the conical section (22) as viewed in the flow direction (15) of the fluid to be measured, in which cylindrical subsection (23) of the control element (9) there is furthermore provided at least one recess (27) which interrupts the shell surfaces (28, 29) of the conical section (22) and the cylindrical subsection (23) of the control element (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Rosenbauer International AG
    Inventor: Hannes Hammer
  • Patent number: 10293352
    Abstract: A spray gun for dispensing fluids is provided. The spray gun provides a plurality of trigger members for activating a valve of the gun and enabling dispensation of a fluid. At least some of the trigger members can be provided in force transmitting communication with at least one additional trigger member, such that activation of any one or more of the trigger members is capable of enabling dispensation of a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Kärcher North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcos Moreno Pastor, Jesus Rafael Flores Montano
  • Patent number: 10286413
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to an outdoor paint sprayer having an air pump chamber separate from a refillable and/or replaceable paint chamber. In some aspects, the outdoor paint sprayer is configured to dispense a liquid paint with minimal dilution, such that a paint having an original concentration may be aspirated and dispersed by the outdoor paint sprayer without requiring additional manipulation of the paint outside of the sprayer. In some aspects, the outdoor paint sprayer includes one or more nozzle features and/or tips that produce a desired spraying application. In further aspects, additional features for emulating a particular marking effect may be incorporated with and/or coupled to the sprayer for application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Crayola, LLC
    Inventors: John D. McBride, Jr., Thomas R. Rau, Christopher P. Orem
  • Patent number: 10286235
    Abstract: An example unit load device inerting system includes a nitrogen generation system, a first conduit coupled to the nitrogen generation system to carry nitrogen, an inlet located downstream of the first conduit and attached to a unit load device to deliver the nitrogen into the unit load device, an outlet attached to the unit load device, and a second conduit coupled to the outlet to carry gas out of the unit load device. An example method includes flowing nitrogen through a first conduit from a nitrogen generation system to an inlet located downstream of the first conduit and the inlet is attached to a unit load device to deliver the nitrogen into the unit load device, and venting the unit load device to transport gas out of the unit load device through a second conduit coupled to an outlet configured to be attached to the unit load device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David Smith, Douglas Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10279357
    Abstract: An aperture plate is manufactured by plating metal around a mask of resist columns having a desired size, pitch, and profile, which yields a wafer about 60 ?m thickness. This is approximately the full desired target aperture plate thickness. The plating is continued so that the metal overlies the top surfaces of the columns until the desired apertures are achieved. This needs only one masking/plating cycle to achieve the desired plate thickness. Also, the plate has passageways formed beneath the apertures, formed as an integral part of the method, by mask material removal. These are suitable for entrainment of aerosolized droplets exiting the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Stamford Devices Limited
    Inventors: Brendan Hogan, Hong Xu
  • Patent number: 10279367
    Abstract: Provided herein is a sprinkler system including a compact-design connector coupling a flexible conduit to a sprinkler body. In one approach a sprinkler assembly includes a t-joint connector, a sprinkler body (e.g., a dry-type pendent body) coupled to the t-joint connector at a first opening of the t-joint connector, and a flexible conduit coupled to the t-joint connector at a second opening of the t-joint coupling. The sprinkler assembly may further include an adjustable bracket coupling the sprinkler body to a building structure, such as a ceiling or wall. The t-joint connector eliminates the use of an elbow-type connection to a flexible hose, thus enabling use in a freezer/cooler application, while also reducing the overall footprint of the sprinkler assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Anvil International, LLC
    Inventors: Odair Dafonseca, Joseph Beagen
  • Patent number: 10272275
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for extinguishing a stovetop fire over a stovetop having a first burner, the apparatus including a container detachably mountable to a microwave positioned above the stove top. A supply of fire suppressant material is retained within the container. A heat responsive actuator is disposed on the container. When the container is mounted to the microwave over the first burner, and the fire actuates the heat responsive actuator, at least a portion of the supply of fire suppressant material falls from the container toward the first burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Suppressor, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Scarola, John Berry, Dave Seeman, Evan Reese
  • Patent number: 10272455
    Abstract: The present invention provides a potable pneumatic atomizing device. It includes a mounting seat, a small type fan, a water tank, an ultrasonic atomizing piece and a fixing clip. The small type fan and the water tank are respectively installed on the upper part and the side part of the mounting seat, and an air passage is formed among the small type fan, the water tank and the mounting seat; the mounting seat is provided with a lifting support frame, the lifting support frame stretches the clothes to extend the gap between the clothes and the human body. The ultrasonic atomizing piece is arranged on the top of the water tank and atomizes water in the water tank to release into the gap between clothes and the human body. The small type fan transfers outside air into the air passage, then passing the air passage, into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Chongshi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10272456
    Abstract: A spraying apparatus includes: an inner lid; a flow guide plate; and an annular member, wherein a liquid is introduced into a gas -liquid mixing section between the inner lid, the flow guide plate, and the annular member from an inner lid plate of the inner lid, the inner lid plate being a flat plate located upstream of the spraying apparatus and proximate the gas-liquid mixing section, and a gas is introduced into the gas-liquid mixing section from an opposite position, the liquid is atomized in the gas-liquid mixing section by the liquid impinging with the gas and transforming into a gas-liquid mixed fluid, and advancing to a spouting portion as the gas-liquid mixed fluid is circulated in the gas-liquid mixing section along the internal surface of the annular member on the flow guide plate and facing the gas-liquid mixing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Isomi, Daisuke Tabata, Yuki Ueda
  • Patent number: 10272274
    Abstract: A fire protection sprinkler system includes one or more solid horizontal barriers that cover a rack, of a plurality of adjoining racks, and a vertical flue space between adjacent racks. Each barrier is provided at a predetermined height, and has a width that is at least equal to a width of the rack and a depth that is at least equal to a sum of a depth of the rack and a depth of the vertical flue space. In addition, one or more rack-level fire protection sprinklers are connected to a fluid supply conduit, and are disposed in the vertical flue space above or below a solid horizontal barrier. Each of the one or more rack-level sprinklers is vertically spaced from the commodities stored on a rack, of the plurality of adjoining racks, that is covered by the solid horizontal barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Multer, Oliver Pahila
  • Patent number: 10272543
    Abstract: A nozzle ejecting liquid and nozzle device ejecting a liquid upon mixing an abrasive into a liquid jet stream, obtains a converged jet stream. A nozzle includes: a main body; a buffer chamber in the body, whose central axis is an axis line being the liquid jet stream central line; a constrictor part ejecting the liquid, in a buffer chamber plane on a buffer chamber front side and whose central axis is the axis line; a disk plate inside the buffer chamber, facing the plane on the buffer chamber front side and whose central axis is the axis line; a supporting member supporting the disk plate within the buffer chamber; a supply opening in the body supplying the liquid; and an inflow channel along a direction different from the axis line extending direction, opened on a disk plate rear side and the buffer chamber and communicating with the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED
    Inventors: Akihiro Funatsu, Sachie Ejiri
  • Patent number: 10265560
    Abstract: A flexible dry sprinkler includes a flexible tube having a first end and a second end, an inlet, an inlet seal assembly, and an inlet release unit. An outlet is attached to the second end of the flexible tube, and is sealed by an outlet seal assembly. A flexible linkage extends between the inlet and the outlet through the flexible tube. When the outlet seal assembly is released, the flexible linkage translates from a first position to a second position, and the flexible linkage operates the inlet release unit to release the inlet seal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.
    Inventor: George Polan
  • Patent number: 10257989
    Abstract: A stabilizer is used on a tower structure of a center pivot irrigation system. The tower structure has wheels supporting the tower on a ground surface and the wheels are adapted and configured to roll on the ground surface in a direction of travel. The stabilizer has a bracing member with proximal and distal ends spaced apart by a length. The bracing member proximal end is adapted and configured to be operatively releasably connected to the tower structure such that when the stabilizer is mounted to the tower structure, the bracing member is movable from a stored position in which the bracing member distal end is arranged generally adjacent to the tower structure to a deployed position in which the bracing member distal end is arranged outboard of the wheels in the direction of travel and in contact with the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Pro, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Scott Anderson, Justin Daniel Bradley, Terance Paul Kellett
  • Patent number: 10253739
    Abstract: A fuel injection valve includes a housing with a cavity, a valve needle, an actuator including a magnetic coil arranged in a coil casing, and an armature in the cavity. The housing includes a separation ring positioned between the armature and the coil casing and configured to lead the electromagnetic flux to the armature. The separation ring includes a first part and a second part. The first part is made of a first material and the second part is made of second material that differs from the first material. The first material and the second material are magnetic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Stefano Filippi, Mauro Grandi, Francesco Lenzi, Valerio Polidori
  • Patent number: 10251348
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for a variable rate water distribution system. Embodiments of the present invention can afford users with the ability to variably deliver water to portions of the variable rate water distribution system. Furthermore, embodiments of the present invention provide users with the ability to flush portions of the variable rate water distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio A. Bermudez Rodriguez, Nigel C. P. Hinds, Levente Klein, Fernando J. Marianno
  • Patent number: 10245601
    Abstract: A device for applying a viscous material includes an application tube which has a material inlet opening on a first end and a material outlet opening on a second end, which defines an application channel, and which is flexible at least over one portion of its length, and a housing which accommodates the application tube, and which has a material supply connection for the viscous material to the application tube, wherein the application tube is connected to the housing in an initial region coming from the material inlet opening, and is arranged at a distance to the housing in an end region extending to the material outlet opening, and wherein a bearing section of the end region is mounted near to the material outlet opening in a motor-driven eccentric that can rotate about the longitudinal central axis. An adjustment mechanism is provided for adjusting the distance of the bearing section to the longitudinal central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Atlas Copco IAS GmbH
    Inventor: Nils Kohlhase
  • Patent number: 10246231
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container comprising a vessel defining a chamber storing a volume of a flowable substance having a fragrance, such as a personal care or a home care product; a body defining an opening through which the flowable substance is dispensable from the chamber; and a porous element for retaining a quantity of the flowable substance, the porous element being at a position relative to the volume of the flowable substance so that the flowable substance comes into contact with the porous element as a result of the flowable substance being dispensed from the chamber through the opening. The porous element may be comprised in the body or in a closure that is movable relative to the body between a first position, at which the closure isolates the opening from an exterior of the container, and a second position at which the opening is not isolated from the exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: John Crawford
  • Patent number: 10244747
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for spreading solid active agents and a method for controlling the apparatus. A boom is pivotably mounted on a vehicle. A sensor arrangement detects an angular velocity and/or an angular position of the boom about a pivot axis. A control unit processes output signals of the sensor arrangement to control signals for an actuator to adjust the boom. The actuator has an active pressure side for each of the two adjustment directions of the boom. Approximately equal pressure levels prevail in the active pressure sides of two actuators operating in opposition or of a double-acting actuator, when the boom is stationary or moves only slightly in relation to the carrier vehicle. A defined differential pressure is adjustable between the active pressure sides of the actuators when the boom is shifted in relation to the carrier vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HORSCH LEEB Application Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Theodor Leeb, Otto Hirthammer
  • Patent number: 10239066
    Abstract: A sprinkler head includes a sprinkler body, a nozzle positioned within the sprinkler body, a fixed gear coupled with the sprinkler body, a wobbler cage supported on the sprinkler body, and a water deflector plate coupled with the wobbler cage and disposed downstream of the nozzle. A brake assembly is coupled with the water deflector plate for slowing a rotating and wobbling motion of the wobbler cage and the water deflector plate. The brake assembly includes a shaft extending through the water deflector plate and a brake gear disposed at an end of the shaft, where the brake gear is engageable with the fixed gear. Among other advantages, the design eliminates the use of large fixed strut framework that creates dry shadows in the water pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NELSON IRRIGATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: George L. Sesser, Craig B. Nelson, Andrew B. Hellie, Steven E. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10238903
    Abstract: An automatic fire protection sprinkler includes a sprinkler body having a passage with an inlet end and a discharge opening. A pair of sprinkler arms extend from the sprinkler body. The pair of sprinkler arms each include a radially inwardly extending leg including a threaded bore for receiving a compression screw. The pair of sprinkler arms each include a radially outwardly extending leg each defining an aperture therein. An outlet closure assembly includes a closure element that selectively blocks the discharge opening of the sprinkler body and a trigger assembly including a yoke that engages the compression screws and a glass bulb that extends between the yoke and the closure element. A deflector is coupled to the sprinkler arms by a pair of support pins that are received in the apertures in the radially outwardly extending legs of the at least two sprinkler arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Viking Corporation
    Inventor: Jed Pipe