Control By Depletion Of Source Patents (Class 137/113)
  • Patent number: 11779964
    Abstract: A water pipe cleaning system using high-pressure nitrogen and a water pipe cleaning method using the same are provided. The water pipe cleaning system using high-pressure nitrogen includes: nitrogen pressure vessels containing high-pressure nitrogen therein; a main control unit gathering the high-pressure nitrogen from the nitrogen pressure vessels and controlling pressure of the high-pressure nitrogen; a feed piping device connected to an outlet of the main control unit and connected to an inlet of a pipe to be washed; and a discharge piping device connected to an outlet of the pipe and connected to a nitrogen discharging portion to discharge nitrogen discharged from the pipe to the outside. The main control unit is configured such that control modules are stacked on one another. Each of the control modules is configured such that the nitrogen pressure vessels are connected together in parallel, and has an individual outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventors: Byung Jun Kim, Youn Ja Jen
  • Patent number: 11396067
    Abstract: A shuttle valve and a method of fabricating a shuttle valve. In one embodiment, a shuttle valve comprises a casing assembly, a sleeve, and a spool slidable within the sleeve. The casing assembly includes an inlet casing having first and second inlet ports, an inlet casing coupling port, and an inlet fluid passageway providing fluid communication between the first inlet port, the second inlet port, and the inlet casing coupling port. The casing assembly further includes an outlet casing having an outlet port, an outlet casing coupling port, and an outlet fluid passageway providing fluid communication between the outlet port and the outlet casing coupling port. The outlet casing coupling port is removably coupled to the inlet casing coupling port. The sleeve is disposed in the inlet fluid passageway of the inlet casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jagdish Shinde, Yathish Belakavadi
  • Patent number: 11371619
    Abstract: Example devices include a fluidic device, such as a fluidic valve, including a body formed from a rigid body material including a fluidic source, a fluidic drain, and a fluidic gate, each of which may have a fluid connection with a chamber, or a portion thereof. The device may further include a gate transmission element, located within the chamber, that is controllable between at least a first position and a second position using a gate pressure received through the fluidic drain. Adjustment of the position of the gate transmission element may allow control of fluid flow through the device. Other devices, methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Arthur Stanley, Erik Samuel Roby, Casey Glick, Serol Turkyilmaz
  • Patent number: 11147939
    Abstract: The system described comprises a respiratory therapy flow device, a respiratory circuit, and an exhalation valve. The device includes an exhalation pressure control port. The exhalation valve is removably engaged with the exhalation pressure control port and the respiratory circuit. The valve comprises a lid, a diaphragm, and a housing body. The housing body comprises a ramped lock configured to engage the respiratory therapy flow device at the exhalation pressure control port. Responsive to an engagement between the valve and the exhalation pressure control port, the lid forms a compression seal with the exhalation pressure control port, the diaphragm forms a compression seal with the lid, and the diaphragm is selectively controlled via gas pressure received through the exhalation pressure control port such that gas in the respiratory circuit flows to the ambient atmosphere during exhalation by the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Cole
  • Patent number: 11125344
    Abstract: An example valve includes a housing having a first port at a distal end of the housing and a second port at a side of the housing, wherein the housing is configured to receive fluid flowing laterally to the second port at the side of the housing and discharge fluid longitudinally through the first port; and a spool slidably accommodated within the housing, wherein a distal end of the spool is configured to control fluid flow from the second port to the first port, and wherein the distal end of the spool comprises: (i) a metering edge, (ii) a protrusion that protrudes longitudinally outward in a distal direction, and (iii) an undercut laterally interposed between the metering edge and the protrusion, wherein the undercut recedes longitudinally inward relative to the metering edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Sun Hydraulics, LLC
    Inventor: Zachary Hunter
  • Patent number: 10996690
    Abstract: A system and method of authenticating a replaceable product reservoir for use in a product dispenser includes incorporating a data storage device into the replaceable product reservoir where the dispenser control reads data from the storage device to verify that the correct replaceable product reservoir has been installed in the product dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Grant Benjamin Carlson
  • Patent number: 10914402
    Abstract: An example valve includes: (i) a valve body defining a first longitudinal bore therein and including a first inlet, a second inlet, and an outlet; (ii) a cage disposed in the first longitudinal bore coaxial with the valve body, where the cage defines a second longitudinal bore therein; (iii) a pin mounted and extending longitudinally within the second longitudinal bore at an end of the cage adjacent to the first inlet; and (iv) a spool shiftably mounted within the second longitudinal bore and configured to move axially therein to shift between a first position and a second position. The spool includes a blind hole formed at an end thereof facing the pin and coaxial therewith, such that as the spool shifts from the second position to the first position, a portion of the pin is received within the blind hole of the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Ian Stuart Merrill
  • Patent number: 10875704
    Abstract: Provided is a pressure reducing tilt nozzle that includes a body defining a cavity having an inlet and an outlet, and a piston disposed in the cavity. The piston is biased in a first piston position away from the inlet allowing flow through the inlet and is movable toward the inlet to a second piston position preventing flow through the inlet when pressure in the cavity overcomes a biasing force biasing the piston in the first piston position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Micah Matthew Snyder, Jody Alan McKinley
  • Patent number: 10738944
    Abstract: A tool for draining and refilling a vehicle tank for cryogenic fuel, wherein the tool when in position for use has a vertical direction and includes a heat exchanger and a cooling tank, the cooling tank having an upper portion and a lower portion as viewed in the vertical direction of the tool and including a fuel outlet having at least one outlet valve, the fuel outlet being connected to a first fuel conduit and second fuel conduit via the at least one outlet valve, wherein the first fuel conduit includes an arrangement for connecting the first fuel conduit to an inlet on the heat exchanger, and wherein the second fuel conduit includes an arrangement for connecting the second fuel conduit to an inlet on a vehicle tank, the cooling tank further including an inlet, the inlet being connected to a fuel inlet conduit via a check valve and the fuel inlet conduit including an arrangement for connecting the inlet to an outlet from the heat exchanger, or to an outlet from a vehicle tank, and the outlet of the heat ex
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mikael Tilander
  • Patent number: 10677364
    Abstract: A switchable bidirectional core-actuated valve is provided with a chamber, and a first shaft hole, a second shaft hole and an output hole communicating with the chamber. The chamber is received therein with a non-return valve able to move in the chamber. Thus, water cooling liquid can make use of water pressure to have the non-return valve moving to a first position or a second position. When the non-return valve is at the first position, the first shaft hole will communicate with the output hole, when at the second position, the second shaft hole will communicate with the output hole. Thus, water cooling liquid can get into the chamber through the first shaft hole or the second shaft hole and then flow out of the output hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: JINGWAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Feng-Chang Wang
  • Patent number: 10451192
    Abstract: The invention relates to an automatic cylinder changeover device (1), comprising two gas inlets for mounting gas cylinder banks, namely the left gas inlet and the right gas inlet, a gas outlet through which gas may be discharged and a valve suitable for connecting said left gas inlet or said right gas inlet with the gas outlet and configured for automatically reversible switching between these two connections, characterized in that the device (1) comprises an indicator, suitable for being manually set in one of two distinct positions, one of said positions indicating the left gas inlet and the other of said positions indicating the right gas inlet and comprises means for detecting the position of the indicator, including at least one sensor (5), preferably a pair of sensors (5). The invention also covers a method for monitoring a gas installation equipped with such automatic cylinder changeover device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: CLESSE INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: Marek Gabrys
  • Patent number: 10350337
    Abstract: A fluid control device includes a piezoelectric pump, a suction unit, and a valve. The piezoelectric pump has a suction hole for a gas and a discharge hole for the gas. The suction unit includes a container, a suction port, and a connection hole. The valve includes a first ventilation hole, a second ventilation hole, a third ventilation hole, a first valve housing, a second valve housing, and a diaphragm. The first ventilation hole of the valve is connected to the connection hole of the suction unit. The second ventilation hole of the valve is connected to the suction hole of the piezoelectric pump. The third ventilation hole of the valve is opened under atmospheric pressure. The diaphragm is clamped between the first valve housing and the second valve housing and forms a first region and a second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Kurihara, Susumu Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10344890
    Abstract: An example valve includes: (i) a valve body defining a first longitudinal bore therein and including a first inlet, a second inlet, and an outlet; (ii) a cage disposed in the first longitudinal bore coaxial with the valve body, where the cage defines a second longitudinal bore therein; (iii) a pin mounted and extending longitudinally within the second longitudinal bore at an end of the cage adjacent to the first inlet; and (iv) a spool shiftably mounted within the second longitudinal bore and configured to move axially therein to shift between a first position and a second position. The spool includes a blind hole formed at an end thereof facing the pin and coaxial therewith, such that as the spool shifts from the second position to the first position, a portion of the pin is received within the blind hole of the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Ian Stuart Merrill
  • Patent number: 10309549
    Abstract: A valve device has a valve main body and a tube fitting that has an air passage for supplying operation air into the valve main body. An upper lid portion of a cap is formed with a fitted hole provided with a projection. The tube fitting has a fitting portion to be fitted into the upper lid portion. The fitting portion is formed with, on an outer circumference thereof, a fitting groove to which the projection is fitted, and has a tip end portion located closer to a tip end side than the fitting groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Fujikin Incorporated
    Inventors: Taiji Chiba, Izuru Shikata
  • Patent number: 10247357
    Abstract: A system and method for maintaining overpressure in a logging unit or other pressurized space through interruptions is disclosed. A backup air supply comprising tanks mounted to a frame is operatively connected to the ambient environment of the logging unit through a valve assembly which also connects a conventional pressure setup (e.g., pumps and filters from the external environment). The valve assembly comprises two auto valves, a shuttle valve, and a pressure sensor that allow the logging unit to switch from the conventional external air supply to the tanks when the pressure detected from the conventional air supply falls below a predetermined level. The valve assembly is independently housed and may be mounted or detached from the frame housing the backup tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: C. Wade Navarre, II
  • Patent number: 10133282
    Abstract: A shuttle valve having a cage fixed in the cross bore thereof by opposed inlet adaptors extending into opposed first and second inlets is provided. A shuttle is reciprocally located in a bore in the cage, to selectively seal one of the first or second inlets from fluid communication with the valve outlet. The shuttle may be spring biased to maintain one of the inlets in the closed position without the need to apply a pressure into an inlet of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PROSERV OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Andy Patterson, Gerardo Martinez
  • Patent number: 10107312
    Abstract: A hydraulic system includes: a control valve including a first and second pilot port to move an actuator in a first and second direction respectively; a first line that connects between a pilot pressure source and first pilot port; a solenoid proportional valve provided on first line; a second line that branches off from first line at the solenoid proportional valve's position upstream and that is connected to second pilot port; a switching valve provided on the second line and including a spring to keep the switching valve in a closing position, wherein switching valve allows communication between second pilot port and tank, and a pilot port to shift the switching valve from closing to an opening position, wherein switching valve allows second pilot port to communicate with pilot pressure source; and a third line that connects between the switching valve's pilot port and a portion of the first line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiro Kondo, Hideyasu Muraoka
  • Patent number: 10081806
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for recovering an aqueous phase comprising biomolecules dissolved therein from a multiphasic mixture, comprising at least said aqueous phase and a further liquid phase which is immiscible with said aqueous phase wherein said further liquid phase comprises at least one hydrocarbon compound. The invention further relates to the use of a hydrophilic filtering material, a device comprising such a filtering material or a kit comprising said device for recovering an aqueous phase comprising biomolecules dissolved therein from a mixture of said aqueous phase and at least one hydrocarbon compound comprising further liquid phase which is immiscible with said aqueous phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Qiagen GmbH
    Inventors: Jörg Hucklenbroich, Frank Narz
  • Patent number: 10073041
    Abstract: A device including an integrated computational element (ICE) positioned to optically interact with electromagnetic radiation from a fluid and to thereby generate optically interacted radiation corresponding to a characteristic of the fluid, and a method for using the system are provided. The device includes a detector positioned to receive the optically interacted radiation and to generate an output signal proportional to an intensity of the optically interacted radiation. And the device further includes a processor positioned to receive the output signal and to determine the characteristic of the fluid. The device is coupled to a controller configured to provide instructions to a transfer system for storage and readout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Pelletier, David L. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10072342
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a compressed fuel storage system. The compressed fuel storage system may include an electrochemical compressor and one or more fuel dispensing units. The electrochemical compressor may be configured to compress a fuel source. Additionally, the compressed fuel storage system may include at least one low pressure compressed fuel reservoir fluidly connected to the electrochemical compressor and the fuel dispensing units and at least one high pressure compressed fuel reservoir fluidly connected to the electrochemical compressor and the fuel dispensing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NUVERA FUEL CELLS, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Prescott, Bryan Gordon
  • Patent number: 9764278
    Abstract: A compressed air supply unit for operating a pneumatic unit by means of a compressed air flow, in particular of an air suspension unit of a vehicle, comprises an air dryer arrangement in a main pneumatic line that pneumatically links a compressed air feed line from an air compressor and a compressed air connection to the pneumatic unit. A valve arrangement is pneumatically connected to the main pneumatic line for controlling the compressed air flow. The air dryer arrangement has a drying container having a container outer wall. A partition along a length of the drying container divides an internal space delimited by the container outer wall into first and second chambers delimited by the partition and the container outer wall. The partition adjoins the container outer wall along the length of the drying container, and the first and second chambers are adjacent to one another along that length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: WABCO GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus-Dieter Bergemann, Klaus Bredbeck, Dieter Frank, Morten Gehrke, Frank Meissner, Uwe Stabenow
  • Patent number: 9624882
    Abstract: An aspirator for a brake system is provided having the integrated functions of a flow bypass and a check valve for automotive applications to achieve various suction flow openings in response to different engine operating condition to enhance brake boost performance. The brake system includes a brake vacuum booster, an engine having an intake manifold, an aspirator having a movable total flow divergence nozzle, the aspirator being connected to the manifold, and a vacuum line connecting the booster to the aspirator. The aspirator includes a body having an internal end wall. A biasing element such as a spring is provided between the movable total flow divergence nozzle and the internal end wall of the aspirator body. The body of the aspirator includes an air flow path having an upstream area and a downstream area. The movable motive flow nozzle is positioned in the downstream area of the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9605804
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a system and method for filling a compress gas tank or fuel tank is provided, including determining a fill time (tfinal) predicted to produce a gas final temperature (Tfinal) based on one or more coefficients selected from a lookup table, mass average dispenser gas temperature for control (MATC), and alpha, determining a pressure ramp rate (RR), delivering gas to the compressed gas tank at a control pressure based on the pressure RR during a first portion of filling the compressed gas tank, determining a mass average enthalpy (MAE) and density, and delivering gas to the compressed gas tank at a target ending fueling pressure based on the density and the gas final temperature during a second portion of filling the compressed gas tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steve Mathison
  • Patent number: 9423123
    Abstract: A safety pressure switch can be used with a gas appliance. The gas appliance can be a single fuel or a dual fuel appliance for use with one of a first fuel type or a second fuel type different than the first. The safety pressure switch can be fluidly connected to a fuel input and electrically coupled to a pilot assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: David Deng
  • Patent number: 9400004
    Abstract: An apparatus to measure the transient response of a mass flow controller (MFC). The size of a variable orifice, upstream of the MFC, is controlled such that the pressure between the orifice and the MFC is held constant during the entire time that the MFC is going through its transient response. The known relationship between the size of the orifice and the flow through it allows a determination of the transient response of the MFC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: PIVOTAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph R. Monkowski, Adam J. Monkowski, Jialing Chen, Tao Ding
  • Patent number: 9388909
    Abstract: A dual check valve includes, a housing having a cavity fluidically connecting three ports, a movable member movably engaged within the cavity from at least a first position occluding a first port of the three ports, a second position occluding a second port of the three ports, and a third position allowing flow between both the first port, the second port and a third port of the three ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND SPACE SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Roger Corallo
  • Patent number: 9366242
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bidirectional output mixed hydraulic power system, which includes a hydraulic fluid that stores and contains therein a fluid tank; at least one electrical hydraulic pump connected to the fluid tank to draw in, pressurize, and output the hydraulic fluid; at least one mechanical hydraulic pump connected to the fluid tank to draw in, pressurize, and output the hydraulic fluid; at least two sequence check valves each connected to the electrical hydraulic pump and the mechanical hydraulic pump, each of the sequence check valves being set normally open in a first direction and preventing fluid returning in a second direction; and a dual pressure valve that is connected to the fluid tank and each of the sequence check valves for switching output direction of the hydraulic fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: AMTAI MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Jyh-Wei Liang, Wei-Li Wu, Chien-Cheng Su, Wei-Jhe Chen
  • Patent number: 9359892
    Abstract: An apparatus, a method and a system control fluid flow through a passageway. A downhole tool pumping apparatus may have a body and an active valve block. The body has a cavity housing a reciprocating piston defining first and second chambers within the cavity. The active valve block has active valves configured to be actively actuated between an open position and the closed position. Two or more hydraulic lines may be connected to each active valve for controlling actuating between the open position and the closed position. A piston having a conduit is slidably disposed through the passageway and selectively closes the conduit of the piston by moving at least one of the piston and a plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Chen Tao
  • Patent number: 9360119
    Abstract: The present invention relates to fluid delivery systems comprising valve assemblies that provide for a more stable and reliable delivery system for a fluid, for example a gaseous fluid, from a tank by utilizing vacuum to open the normally closed valves assemblies. The present invention also relates to methods of delivering a fluid from a tank, assembling and operating the valves assemblies, as well as retrofitting existing tanks with such systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Kinback, James W. Stannard
  • Patent number: 9200802
    Abstract: A heater assembly can be used with a gas appliance. The gas appliance can be a dual fuel appliance for use with one of a first fuel type or a second fuel type different than the first. The heater assembly can include at least one pressure regulator, a housing, and an actuation member. The housing has a first fuel hook-up for connecting the first fuel type to the heater assembly, and a second fuel hook-up for connecting the second fuel type to the heater assembly. The actuation member can control a setting of the pressure regulator based on whether the first or the second fuel hook-up is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: David Deng
  • Patent number: 9175848
    Abstract: A heater assembly can be used with a gas appliance. The gas appliance can be a dual fuel appliance for use with one of a first fuel type or a second fuel type different than the first. The heater assembly can include at least one pressure regulator, a housing, and an actuation member. The housing has a first fuel hook-up for connecting the first fuel type to the heater assembly, and a second fuel hook-up for connecting the second fuel type to the heater assembly. The actuation member can control a flow through the heater assembly based on whether the first or the second fuel hook-up is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: David Deng
  • Patent number: 8939166
    Abstract: TurbinAL™ is a high-flow carbon dioxide system providing continuous, pressure and temperature regulated gas supply of carbon dioxide for turbine system purging. In a preferred embodiment, the TurbinAL™ system has: a) Four or more dip-tube equipped carbon dioxide cylinder six- or sixteen-packs with integral check valves, flow restriction orifices, and single outlet manifolds; b) Two flow manifolds which are connected to the packs with flexible gas safety lines; c) A transducer controlled automatic switchover manifold that switches gas flow from one flow manifold to the other with no interruption in gas flow; d) An electric heater system designed to vaporize liquid carbon dioxide drawn from a cylinder (via the dip tube) to be supplied to the turbines as a temperature controlled gas; e) A programmable logic controller (PLC) to automatically control and monitor system functions; and f) A flow control device to prevent excess flow to the turbine(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Air Liquide America Specialty Gases LLC
    Inventors: James A. Shurtleff, Joseph K. Bernacki, Martin O'Toole
  • Patent number: 8689814
    Abstract: A regulated automatic changeover valve is provided. A device engages the first and second high pressure gas source for providing a lower pressure gas source downstream of the changeover valve. An eccentric is provided between two valve assemblies, with each valve assembly having a piston with a valve arm projecting therefrom. The eccentric moves a block selectively closer to one of the two valve assemblies. Each valve assembly is engaged to a high pressure source, such as a tank of compressed gas. When a first tank begins to run low, the valve will automatically begin drawing from the second valve assembly. A tank that has run low of compressed gas may be changed out while the second, non-exhausted gas continues to feed the downstream device at a regulated gas pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Michael D. Holt Company, LLC
    Inventor: Glen Arnott
  • Patent number: 8672235
    Abstract: A device for the thermal fogging of a liquid, includes a unit for producing a stream of pressurized hot gas an ejection pipe; a first source of liquid; and a first circuit for injecting a measured flow of liquid into the ejection pipe (5) from the first source of liquid. In addition, the device includes a sensor for detecting a total or partial interruption of the measured flow of liquid injected into the ejection pipe from the first source of liquid; a second source of liquid; and a second circuit for injecting an emergency flow of liquid into the ejection pipe from the second source of liquid when the sensor detects a total or partial interruption of the measured flow of liquid injected into the ejection pipe from the first source of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Xeda International
    Inventor: Alberto Sardo
  • Patent number: 8561630
    Abstract: A dual gas source changeover valve comprises a valve body having a first inlet port, a second inlet port and an outlet port which are all in fluid communication with each other, a spool having a structure relative to an axial passage of the cavity of the valve body and which is slidably disposed therein, a first transition cavity formed by the cavity of the valve body and the spool between the first inlet port and the outlet port, a second transition cavity disposed opposite to the first transition cavity and formed between the second inlet port and the outlet port. By introducing delivered gas to the first transition cavity or the second transition cavity through connection channels, the present invention selectively connects or disconnects the first inlet port, the first transition cavity and the outlet port or the second inlet port, the second transition cavity and the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Gentec (Shanghai) Corporation
    Inventor: Yuegang Hu
  • Patent number: 8453682
    Abstract: A method for dispensing a compressed gas for reducing the amount of residual gas in dispensing station storage vessels before refilling is required. The method comprises transferring compressed gas into receiving vessels in a first series of fill-ups where each of the receiving vessels receive compressed gas from a first mobile storage device and subsequently from a second mobile storage device, transporting the first mobile storage device to a refilling station after the first mobile storage device has been depleted to a selected depletion level, refilling the first mobile storage device at the refilling station, and transferring compressed gas into receiving vessels in a second series of fill-ups where each of the receiving vessels receive compressed gas from the second mobile storage device and one or more of the first mobile storage device after refilling and a third mobile storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Bernard Bonner, Joseph Perry Cohen, David John Farese, Edward Clyde Heydorn, Ravi Subramanian
  • Patent number: 8397742
    Abstract: A shuttle valve useful in connection with operation of underwater blowout preventers employs soft seals sealing an annulus between an inlet bore and the outer periphery of the shuttle to provide hydraulic function control from a high pressure low flow supply source such as a low volume positive displacement pump on a remotely operated vehicle without losing opposing inlet sealing and hydraulic fluid dump the opposing inlet during a return stroke of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: DTL Technologies, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Frank Matteucci, Patricia Thrash
  • Patent number: 8381756
    Abstract: [Problem] The present invention provides a gas supply method by which a gas in a gas container can be effectively utilized. [Means for Solving the Problem] On the basis of: the maximum flow rate (a first preset flow rate (Q1)) and the minimum flow rate (a second preset flow rate (Q2)) at the place where the gas is used; a first preset pressure (P1) at which the gas can be supplied at a first preset flow rate (Q1); a second preset pressure (P2) at which the gas can be supplied at a second preset flow rate (Q2); a third preset pressure (P3) which is higher than the first preset pressure (P1); residual pressures (PA, PB) in gas containers (SA, SB); a supplied gas flow rate (Q); and the relationship between the residual pressures (PA, PB) and suppliable gas flow rates (QPA and QPB, respectively), the residual pressures (PA, PB) and the supplied gas flow rate (Q) are monitored and the gas supply is switched between the first gas container (SA) and the second gas container (SB).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Sakane, Takashi Yoneda, Yoshinori Ito
  • Patent number: 8327869
    Abstract: A fluid distribution control element for use in a ball check valve assembly having a valve housing defining a valve chamber and a first inlet opening spaced from a second inlet opening. The control element is arranged inside the valve housing to transition along a substantially linear path of displacement. The control element includes first and second obstruction elements each being configured to respectively fluidly seal the first and second inlet openings. The control element also includes a web portion, having a web length, which secures the first obstruction element to the second obstruction element. The web length is configured to restrict one of the first and second obstruction elements from sealing a respective inlet opening when the other obstruction element is sealing the other respective inlet opening. The web length is further configured to minimize the seat-to-seat distance the control element must travel along the linear path of displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Peter Donald Bock, Roman Shestakov
  • Patent number: 8272393
    Abstract: A valve provides automatic switchover from a plurality of fluid pressure sources to a common outlet. The valve includes first and second spools respectively in first and second spool chambers, and each spool includes at least one sealing member carried thereon for selective sealing engagement with said first and second spool chambers. Fluid passageways transfer spool controlled fluid pressures between the first and second spool chambers. Each of said first and second spools are resiliently biased towards an open position, and fluid-biased towards a closed position. In an open position, the first and second spools are adapted to deliver pressurized fluid from an associated inlet port to an end chamber of the opposite spool chamber. In a closed position, the first and second spools are adapted via the at least one sealing member to inhibit delivery of pressurized fluid. A manifold assembly provides fluid communication to the common outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Superior Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald J. Johnston
  • Publication number: 20120234399
    Abstract: A shuttle valve has a housing with a plurality of inlet ports, an outlet port for fluid flow, and a passageway for fluid to flow from any one of the inlet ports to the outlet port. Each Inlet port has an associated plunger configured one to the other such that when sufficient pressurized fluid is flowing into any one of the inlet ports, fluid is prevented from flowing into any other inlet port. The plungers include male and female mating portions with a radial seal between them. A biasing spring allows one of the plungers to allow backward fluid flow through the associated inlet port when not under pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Barry J. McMiles
  • Patent number: 8123076
    Abstract: An appliance controller is provided featuring one or more modules configured for providing power to an appliance that receives fluid from a fluid supply system, for receiving a fluid supply system signal indicating that the fluid is not being provided to the appliance and for disconnecting the power to the appliance. The one or more modules may take the form of an appliance controller circuit having a first circuit part configured for providing power to an appliance that receives fluid from a fluid supply system; and a second circuit part configured for receiving a fluid supply system signal indicating that the fluid is not being provided to the appliance and disconnecting the power to the appliance. The appliance controller may form part of an appliance controller system having appliances, appliance controllers and the fluid supply system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Phillips, William B. McDonough, Nikhil Jitendra Gandhi, Rodolfo Aguirre
  • Patent number: 8096316
    Abstract: A valve system for use in a system including a first source of a first pressurized fluid and a second source of a second pressurized fluid includes a valve housing including a first inlet port adapted to be placed in fluid connection with the first source, a second inlet port adapted to be placed in fluid connection with the second source and an outlet port. The valve system further includes a backflow prevention system to prevent flow of the first pressurized fluid through the second inlet and to prevent flow of the second pressurized fluid through the first inlet port. The valve system is adapted to provide a fluid path between at least the first inlet port and the outlet port to enable fluid to be drawn from the outlet port to the first inlet port. Several of the valve systems of the present invention provide for flow from the first inlet port to the outlet port and concurrent flow from the second inlet port to the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Medrad, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Trocki, David M. Reilly, James R. Neill, Christopher D. Capone
  • Publication number: 20110290338
    Abstract: The specification discloses a valve arrangement (18) for directing water to an end user (24) from either a first source (22) such as a mains pressure water supply or a second source (23) such as a pump means (14) discharging water from water collected in a storage tank (12), the valve arrangement (18) including a first valve (25, 45) positionable in at least a first position or a second position for connecting or disconnecting respectively at least the first source (22) to or from the end user (24), the valve arrangement (18) further including an actuator (28) for positioning the first valve (25, 45) selectably in at least one of said first or said second positions, the actuator (28) being actuated by pressurized water from said second source (23) to move said first valve (25, 45) to at least one of said first or said second positions via a first communication flow passage (31) communicating with said second source (23), and a dump valve (35) in the first communication flow passage (31) permitting flow of pre
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Ugo Beltrami, David Beltrami, Antonio Beltrami
  • Patent number: 7997295
    Abstract: A supplementing water supply controller which provides water from a supplementing water supply to an outlet in preference to a main water supply, wherein if there is insufficient supplementing water to meet demand, the main water supply flows through the controller to the outlet, whereas if there is sufficient supplemental water to meet the demand, a supplementing water pump is activated and the pressure of the supplementing water is raised above a threshold level at which it moves an actuator mounted by two diaphragms to block the main water supply, so that the supplementing water can flow to the outlet. The actuator has a larger effective area at its low pressure end than at its high pressure end, so that the supplementing water threshold pressure level for moving the actuator to block the main water supply is less than the main water pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Davey Products Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Rodney James Brown, Da-Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 7918367
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and controlling the delivery of CO2 from a bulk storage tank to at least one gas-driven pump is disclosed. By monitoring certain conditions, the flow of CO2 can be quickly and easily terminated if necessary, thereby reducing or eliminating undesirable consequences of CO2 gas flow in abnormal operational scenarios. The invention is particularly well suited for deployment in conjunction with beverage dispensing machines and can be configured to shut down the flow of CO2 if a drop in pressure occurs due to a leak in the system or if a syrup delivery system runs out of product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventor: Kevin P. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 7810516
    Abstract: An improved bulk fluid distribution for supplying process fluids to semiconductor process tools. The improved system having an alternating pressure vessel engine substantially eliminates pressure fluctuations in the bulk fluid supply line due to head losses from the changing weight of the fluid in the dispensing vessels. The system also enables flexible control of the flow conditions of the fluid in the fluid supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Air Liquide Electronics U.S. LP
    Inventor: David Gerken
  • Publication number: 20100154896
    Abstract: A shuttle valve useful in connection with operation of underwater blowout preventers employs soft seals sealing an annulus between an inlet bore and the outer periphery of the shuttle to provide hydraulic function control from a high pressure low flow supply source such as a low volume positive displacement pump on a remotely operated vehicle without losing opposing inlet sealing and hydraulic fluid dump the opposing inlet during a return stroke of the pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas Benjamin Thrash, JR., Patricia Thrash, Brian Frank Matteucci
  • Publication number: 20090107560
    Abstract: A valve provides automatic switchover from a plurality of fluid pressure sources to a common outlet. The valve includes first and second spools respectively in first and second spool chambers, and each spool includes at least one sealing member carried thereon for selective sealing engagement with said first and second spool chambers. Fluid passageways transfer spool controlled fluid pressures between the first and second spool chambers. Each of said first and second spools are resiliently biased towards an open position, and fluid-biased towards a closed position. In an open position, the first and second spools are adapted to deliver pressurized fluid from an associated inlet port to an end chamber of the opposite spool chamber. In a closed position, the first and second spools are adapted via the at least one sealing member to inhibit delivery of pressurized fluid. A manifold assembly provides fluid communication to the common outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: SUPERIOR PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Ronald J. Johnston
  • Publication number: 20080135578
    Abstract: A vacuum controlled valve mechanism providing two separate one-way valves, one for each of a pair of collapsible fluid containing reservoirs with each valve being in an initial sealed condition preventing flow therethrough until by operation of the pump mechanism a threshold vacuum is exceeded and with the threshold vacuum of a first of the valves being greater than the threshold vacuum of the other, second of the valves. When the threshold vacuum of the first valve is exceeded, that first valve separately permits dispensing of fluid from its reservoir under vacuum conditions less than the threshold vacuum of the first valve and the second valve until the first reservoir is substantially empty after which further operation of the pump mechanism creates a vacuum which exceeds the threshold vacuum for the second valve after which the second valve permits dispensing of fluid from the second reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Heiner Ophardt