Patents by Inventor John E Morton

John E Morton has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190258212
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for power generation and distribution according to various aspects of the present invention may operate in conjunction with a control system for controlling electrical power flowing between a main electrical grid providing main electrical grid power having a frequency, a supplemental power system, and a load. The control system may operate in conjunction with a switch system, wherein the switch system selectively connects the supplemental power system to the main electrical grid. A controller may be responsive to the main electrical grid power frequency and control the switch system. The controller may compare the main electrical grid power frequency to a first threshold and autonomously cause the switch system to connect the supplemental power system to the main electrical grid in response to the frequency of the main electrical grid power crossing the first threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: David G. Morton, John E. Pinho, Mark Martyak
  • Patent number: 8240718
    Abstract: A quick-connect sanitary fluid connector system provides for connection of a sanitary fluid system to an industry standard, flanged sanitary fitting. The standard fitting is placed in abutting relation to a sanitary gasket and to a first fitting of the quick connector, and at least two eccentric cams operated by cam levers press against the back surface of the standard connector flange, thereby applying pressure to the juncture and forming an abutted sanitary seal which avoids fluid entrapment within the connector. The joining pressure can adjustable by threaded rotation of the first fitting within a connector body. The cam levers can include locking holes and pins for locking the levers in their locking positions. Insertion of the standard fitting can automatically open the cams, and springs can automatically return the cam levers to their locking positions. Spring retracted telescoping cam levers can be automatically latched in their locking positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: HITCO, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Morton, George Carmichael
  • Patent number: 8220113
    Abstract: A hinged clamp provides quick connection and disconnection of sections of fluid tubing. Some embodiments include a spring-loaded catch mechanism that enables the clamp to be loosely latched, and a winding mechanism that can retract the catch to a securely latched condition. Other embodiments provide a hinged shaft that pivots about an end of the upper clamp ring. A middle section of the shaft can be inserted into a slotted opening in the lower clamp ring, and the winding mechanism can move an engagement surface against the lower clamp ring to securely latch the clamp. An adjustment mechanism is included in these embodiments which can adjust the amount of winding required to engage the clamp. In various embodiments, less than one turn or less than one-half turn is required to engage/disengage the clamp. The clamp can be openable only just enough for insertion of flanged ends of the tubing sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: HITCO, Ltd.
    Inventors: John E Morton, Daniel B Gentle
  • Publication number: 20120126534
    Abstract: A hinged clamp provides quick connection and disconnection of sections of fluid tubing. Some embodiments include a spring-loaded catch mechanism that enables the clamp to be loosely latched, and a winding mechanism that can retract the catch to a securely latched condition. Other embodiments provide a hinged shaft that pivots about an end of the upper clamp ring. A middle section of the shaft can be inserted into a slotted opening in the lower clamp ring, and the winding mechanism can move an engagement surface against the lower clamp ring to securely latch the clamp. An adjustment mechanism is included in these embodiments which can adjust the amount of winding required to engage the clamp. In various embodiments, less than one turn or less than one-half turn is required to engage/disengage the clamp. The clamp can be openable only just enough for insertion of flanged ends of the tubing sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: HITCO, INC.
    Inventors: John E. Morton, Daniel B. Gentle
  • Publication number: 20100289260
    Abstract: A quick-connect sanitary fluid connector system provides for connection of a sanitary fluid system to an industry standard, flanged sanitary fitting. The standard fitting is placed in abutting relation to a sanitary gasket and to a first fitting of the quick connector, and at least two eccentric cams operated by cam levers press against the back surface of the standard connector flange, thereby applying pressure to the juncture and forming an abutted sanitary seal which avoids fluid entrapment within the connector. The joining pressure can adjustable by threaded rotation of the first fitting within a connector body. The cam levers can include locking holes and pins for locking the levers in their locking positions. Insertion of the standard fitting can automatically open the cams, and springs can automatically return the cam levers to their locking positions. Spring retracted telescoping cam levers can be automatically latched in their locking positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: HITCO, INC.
    Inventors: John E. Morton, George Carmichael