Specific Valve Or Valve Element Mounting Or Repairing Patents (Class 137/15.17)
  • Patent number: 10676909
    Abstract: A contamination unit for isolating a building from contamination of a sewer is disclosed. The contamination unit includes a housing with an inlet and an outlet, a trap assembly, and a fluid trigger. The inlet is in fluid communication with a fluid source, plumbing equipment, and/or condensating equipment to receive fluid. The housing has a reservoir to collect the fluid therein and to define a reservoir portion of a contamination barrier about the outlet. The trap assembly includes a trap conduit between the outlet and the sewer that is shaped to collect the fluid therein and define a trap portion of the contamination barrier. The fluid trigger is positionable about the housing to selectively release the fluid through the inlet and into the reservoir of the housing whereby the fluid in the contamination barrier is maintained to prevent the contamination from passing from the sewer into the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Rebecca Jarrar
  • Patent number: 10578098
    Abstract: A medical fluid delivery device includes a process fluid body including first and second sides defining a first process fluid inlet valve seat and a first process fluid outlet valve seat and a second process fluid inlet valve seat and a second process fluid outlet valve seat; a first motive fluid plate defining a first aligned motive fluid inlet valve actuation area and a first aligned motive fluid outlet valve actuation area; and a second motive fluid plate defining a second aligned motive fluid inlet valve actuation area and a second aligned motive fluid outlet valve actuation area. The device further includes a first inlet valve diaphragm disposed between the first motive fluid inlet valve actuation area and the first process fluid inlet valve seat; and a first outlet valve diaphragm disposed between the first motive fluid outlet valve actuation area and the first process fluid outlet valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventor: Troy J. Orr
  • Patent number: 10371304
    Abstract: An insert is provided for insertion through an opening in the surface of a conduit, the insert comprising an insert body having first and second open ends defining an axis of flow therebetween. The insert further comprises a valve flap connected to the insert body. The valve flap is moveable between a closed position in which it creates a closure, thereby preventing flow along said axis, and an open position in which the valve flap allows flow along the axis. The valve flap is arranged so that, when in the open position, it is substantially U-shaped in side cross-section and is oriented with respect to the insert body so that said U-shape arches over the axis of flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Ian Lyons
  • Patent number: 9970430
    Abstract: A multi-port metering pump assembly includes a manifold coupled to a metering pump. The manifold defines a central passage in fluid communication with a plurality of intermediate passages defined in the manifold. The manifold includes a plurality of outer passages. Each intermediate passage provides fluid communication between the central passage and a corresponding outer passage. A plurality of valves is coupled to the manifold. Each valve of the plurality of valves is located between an intermediate passage and a corresponding outer passage, and is configured to enable or prevent passage of fluid between a corresponding intermediate passage of the plurality of intermediate passages and a corresponding outer passage. The multi-port metering pump assembly also includes an electronic controller coupled to the plurality of valves, the electronic controller having an associated electronic interface and being programmable to selectively and independently open and close the valves of the plurality of valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: WHITE KNIGHT FLUID HANDLING INC.
    Inventors: Kenji Allen Kingsford, Tom M. Simmons, Ervin Andy Hutchinson, Courtney Parsons
  • Patent number: 9624960
    Abstract: A first member having a first lock groove and a second member having a connection hole for insertion of the first member and a second lock groove opened to an inner periphery of the hole, are connected via a lock ring having a circular section and engaging with the grooves. An outer diameter of the ring under a load-free condition is set not less than a diameter of a groove bottom surface of the second lock groove. A reduced-diameter guide hole portion for guiding the ring to the second lock groove while reducing a diameter of the ring, is adjacently disposed short of the second lock groove in an insertion direction of the first member. A depth from an inner peripheral surface of the guide hole portion to a groove bottom surface of the second lock groove is set less than a radius of the circular section of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Keihin Corporation
    Inventor: Kei Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9605669
    Abstract: A multi-port metering pump assembly includes a manifold coupled to a metering pump. The manifold defines a central passage in fluid communication with a plurality of intermediate passages defined in the manifold. The manifold includes a plurality of outer passages. Each intermediate passage provides fluid communication between the central passage and a corresponding outer passage. A plurality of valves is coupled to the manifold. Each valve of the plurality of valves is located between an intermediate passage and a corresponding outer passage, and is configured to enable or prevent passage of fluid between a corresponding intermediate passage of the plurality of intermediate passages and a corresponding outer passage. The multi-port metering pump assembly also includes an electronic controller coupled to the plurality of valves, the electronic controller having an associated electronic interface and being programmable to selectively and independently open and close the valves of the plurality of valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Graco Fluid Handling (A) Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Allen Kingsford, Tom M. Simmons, Ervin Andy Hutchinson, Courtney Parsons
  • Patent number: 9228553
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed to refurbish a fuel injector to original manufacturing operational tolerances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: NORTH AMERICA FUEL SYSTEMS REMANUFACTURING, LLC
    Inventor: Roman Francis Kosiorek
  • Publication number: 20150122343
    Abstract: A fill valve assembly for a toilet tank is described. The fill valve assembly includes a two part design. The fill valve assembly includes a fill valve that connects or engages with a shank. A connection between the fill valve and the shank is located in an interior of the tank, which is easily accessed. The fill valve may be easily replaced by disconnecting the fill valve from the shank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Dominic P. Ismert
  • Patent number: 9010351
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a valve housing with a recess that is sized to retain a component inserted into the recess. The component has an angled rim configured to dig into the valve housing at the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills
  • Patent number: 8997772
    Abstract: A backflow prevention assembly is disclosed including a backflow prevention valve having a valve housing including a valve inlet end and a valve outlet end; a spool spacer of predetermined length having a first end and a second end; an inlet shut-off valve; and an outlet shut-off valve, wherein the spool spacer extends between the backflow prevention valve and one of the inlet shut-off valve and the outlet shut-off valve. The entire assembly, including the backflow prevention valve, the spool spacer, the inlet shut-off valve, and the outlet shut-off valve, is a certified assembly, certified by a certifying authority prior to installation. Methods of manufacturing a backflow prevention assembly and replacing a backflow prevention assembly are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Brad L. Noll, Chris Corral, William M. Orr
  • Publication number: 20150059864
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to apparatus, systems and methods used in connection with a needle valve device operating in a pressurized flow system. The apparatus, systems and methods provide for automatic positioning of a needle relative to a seat in the needle valve device to provide consistent calibration with minimal user interaction after a maintenance event or upon a start-up of the pressurized flow system. The apparatus, systems and methods utilize a calibration collar secured to a shaft of an actuator within the needle valve device. The calibration collar includes one or more locking mechanism and a spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua A. Shreve, Paul Keenan, John Maillet, JR., Ryan Hill
  • Patent number: 8967176
    Abstract: A fume blocking drain cap could include a drain cap body having a top side and an underside defining at least one aperture extending therethrough and a dissolvable membrane attached to the underside of the drain cap body. The dissolvable membrane is arranged over the at least one aperture sealing the aperture from the underside of the drain cap body. A retainer ring may be provided that abuts the bottom surface of the dissolvable membrane to retain the dissolvable membrane against the underside of the drain cap body. The cap could also include a collar having an outside surface and inside surface. The collar is attached to and depends from the underside of the drain cap body and surrounds the dissolvable membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Blayne A. Connor
  • Publication number: 20150034171
    Abstract: A hot water storage unit 100 having a vessel 102, in which hot water is storable, an outer casing 104 enclosing the vessel 102, a hot water outlet 114 for heated water to exit from inside the vessel 102, and a relief device 106. The relief device 106 relieves excess pressure and/or temperature from inside the vessel 102 by allowing water to escape from inside the vessel 102 and exit from the relief device 106. The relief device 106 comprises a housing 108 containing the operational components of the relief device 106. The relief device 106 is removably retainable relative to the vessel 102 such that the housing 108 of the relief device 106 is located substantially behind the outer casing 104 of the hot water storage unit 100 on the inner side 122 of the outer casing 104.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: AQUILLI PTY LTD
    Inventors: Peter John Morris, Garry Rodney White
  • Publication number: 20150021508
    Abstract: A valve bridge assembly is disclosed for use with an internal combustion engine. The valve bridge assembly may have a valve bridge with a center portion, opposing lateral extensions, a central cavity formed within the center portion, and a bore formed within each of the opposing lateral extensions. The valve bridge assembly may also have a lash adjuster disposed within the central cavity, and a sleeve insert disposed within each bore of the opposing lateral extensions. Each sleeve insert may be configured to receive a corresponding valve stem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Adarsh Gopinatahn NAIR, Laura Elise RASMUSSEN, III, Vijaya KUMAR, Patricia Anne McWADE
  • Publication number: 20140366976
    Abstract: A valve isolation tool for insertion through a vent duct and vent duct valve of a gas flow duct. The isolation tool includes an outer tube having proximal and distal ends, the outer tube having a diameter sized to extend through the vent duct and blocking valve. An inner tube having proximal and distal ends is arranged coaxially with and movable within the outer tube. An inflatable balloon is attached to the distal end of the inner tube, wherein the isolation tool outer tube is insertable through the vent duct to an opening in the gas flow duct. The inner tube is slidably insertable through the outer tube until the balloon is situated within a bore formed through the gas flow duct and is inflatable therein to block any gas leak through the gas flow duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Mohammad Ahmed AL SHAMMARY
  • Publication number: 20140339453
    Abstract: A compressor valve may include a guard and a seat affixed thereto. The seat may have an inlet surface and an outlet surface opposite the inlet surface. A reconditioning limit indicator may be defined by or adjacent the outlet surface. The reconditioning limit indicator may be indicative of a maximum amount of material of the seat removable from the outlet surface during reconditioning of the seat. The reconditioning limit indicator may be a groove defined by the outer cylindrical surface of the seat, a portion of the outer cylindrical surface of the seat adjacent the outlet surface and having an outer diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the seat, or a predetermined shape of a predetermined depth machined on the outlet surface of the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: DRESSER-RAND COMPANY
    Inventors: Glenn D. Hatch, Joel T. Sanford, Jeffrey Pennypacker
  • Patent number: 8863767
    Abstract: A valve assembly, including a seat and a flapper complementarily formed with respect to the seat for creating a seal at an interface therebetween. At least one shim is operatively disposed in the valve assembly for altering a position of the flapper relative to the seat in at least one direction for aligning the flapper and the seat at the interface. A method of aligning the flapper and seat of a valve assembly is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Wade A. Miller, Robert J. Dyer, Michael L. Hair, Thomas S. Myerley, Leonard D. Medill, Matthew P. Presley
  • Patent number: 8850800
    Abstract: An exhaust treatment system for machine is disclosed that includes a burner body having an inlet for receiving a flow of exhaust, an outlet for the exhaust flow to exit, an opening and a receiving mount disposed around the opening. A fuel injector head is mounted over the opening in any one of a plurality of angular positions relative to the body. The burner body includes a plurality of mounting pads extending at least partially and circumferentially around the burner body for coupling a support bracket to the burner body in any one of a plurality of positions relative to the burner body. The support bracket may be used to couple the burner to a fixture device such as a cradle for supporting other exhaust treatment system components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Charles, Jack A. Merchant, David L. Demeny, Govind S. Madaiah, Naseer A. Niaz, Eric J. Blankenship, Thomas R. McClure
  • Patent number: 8820343
    Abstract: The mechanical coupling of an actuating element of a valve to a connection element of an actuator is accomplished with the actuating element able to be displaced along a z-axis for the purpose of adjusting the valve and the connection element, at a corresponding orientation of the actuator, can likewise be displaced along the z-axis relative to the valve by the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jörg Evertz, Martin Sprecher
  • Publication number: 20140238503
    Abstract: A tool for resetting a gas regulator valve after an over-pressure event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Michael W. Gurule
  • Publication number: 20140230916
    Abstract: A system for protecting a fluid supply from a contaminant includes an anchor check valve having an inlet end and an exit end, the anchor check valve adapted to allow fluid flow through the anchor check valve from the inlet end to the exit end but prevent fluid flow through the check valve from the exit end to the inlet end; a dry-barrel fire hydrant in proximate fluid communication with the anchor check valve, the dry-barrel fire hydrant having a valve operating mechanism; and a hydrant shoe coupled to the anchor check valve, the hydrant shoe having a valve assembly adjustably connected to the valve operating mechanism of the dry-barrel fire hydrant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholaus J. Peyton
  • Publication number: 20140174768
    Abstract: A dry sprinkler is provided that includes a conduit with a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, a valve positioned near the fluid inlet and a fire sprinkler head that is positioned near the fluid outlet. The fire sprinkler head is operably connected to the valve by a tie. When the fire sprinkler head reacts to an elevated temperature condition, the tie is engaged and is operable to open the valve. In a normal state, before the fire sprinkler head reacts, the tie can be unbiased toward the fire sprinkler head. The tie can also be non-rigid and/or in a non-compressed state within the conduit. The conduit of the dry sprinkler can be flexible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Richard A. Bucher, Frank J. Cygler, William J. Reilly, Yi Liu, Lawrence W. Thau, JR.
  • Patent number: 8733381
    Abstract: An anchor valve for security is disclosed. The anchor valve includes a check valve with a flapper for preventing a contaminant from entering the fluid supply system. Contaminants that are outboard of the anchor valve are unable to pass by and are expelled when the fluid supply valve is opened. The anchor valve may include an access cover for maintenance and inspection of the flapper and the check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholaus J. Peyton
  • Patent number: 8714178
    Abstract: In a valve stem connection structure of a pressure reducing valve, an insertion recess portion (72) opened toward a valve mechanism is coaxially provided in a diaphragm rod (68); a reduced diameter stem portion (30a) and a pair of enlarged diameter stem portions (30b, 30c) are provided in one end portion of the valve stem (30); a holding plate (74) is inserted into the insertion recess portion (72) while the reduced diameter stem portion (30a) is loosely inserted into the engaging recess portion (73); and an engaging ring (78) expandable and contractable in a radial direction of the valve stem (30) is engaged with an arc-shaped first engaging groove (76) provided in an outer periphery of the holding plate (74) and an annular second engaging groove (77) provided in an inner periphery of the insertion recess portion (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Keihin Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140060673
    Abstract: An insert is provided for insertion through an opening in the surface of a conduit, the insert comprising an insert body having first and second open ends defining an axis of flow therebetween. The insert further comprises a valve flap connected to the insert body. The valve flap is movable between a closed position in which it creates a closure, thereby preventing flow along said axis, and an open position in which the valve flap allows flow along the axis. The valve flap is arranged so that, when in the open position, it is substantially U-shaped in side cross-section and is oriented with respect to the insert body so that said U-shape arches over the axis of flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Connaught Lithoservices Ltd
    Inventor: Ian Lyons
  • Publication number: 20140026975
    Abstract: A male and female set of hydraulic coupler cartridges mate such that one part of the coupler can be left in place, e.g. the female coupler, with the other portion of the coupler, e.g. the male coupler, being removably connected or disconnected. Valves within each cartridge comprise an actuator and springs within each cartridge urge the valves into a closed, sealing position. When the cartridges mate, spring and/or fluid pressure within the cartridges operates to either allow or disallow fluid flow. Once the cartridges are mated, their respective springs are partially compressed and movement of one of the valves operates to compress one spring and correspondingly decompress the other. The cartridges can therefore be mated and unmated, e.g. subsea, while fluid flow is prevented through them during the mating and unmating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Dan Krohn, Øystein Bakke, Stian Thorkilsen
  • Publication number: 20130333973
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention relates to a valve apparatus that is designed to help protect users of liquefied propane gas (“LPG”) powered equipment from being injured while using, connecting, or disconnecting a coupler that connects an LPG supply line to an LPG container. The valve apparatus may, for example, prevent LPG from escaping into the environment while the supply line is being, or after it has been, disconnected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: David Cormack
  • Publication number: 20130319541
    Abstract: A plug assembly includes a plug stem having a plug stem base, a plug head, and a fastening mechanism for fastening the plug stem base to the plug head, the fastening mechanism comprising at least two retainer clamps that surround and provide an interference fit between the plug stem base and the plug head. A method of replacing or attaching a plug head to a plug stem includes providing a plug stem having a plug stem base, providing a plug head, providing a fastening mechanism comprising at least two retainer clamps, and coupling the fastening mechanism around the plug stem base and the plug head to provide an interference fit between the plug stem base and the plug head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: FLowserve Management Company
    Inventors: Bradford Haines, Brian Wayne Howard, Michael P. Nelson, Jan Jurewicz
  • Patent number: 8567426
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a valve assembly for a fuel tank includes forming a valve housing with a recess that is sized to retain a component inserted into the recess. The component is detectable by a sensor located outside of the fuel tank when the valve assembly is mounted in the fuel tank. A valve assembly includes a valve housing having a recess. The component is retained in the recess by the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills
  • Patent number: 8550279
    Abstract: An anti-siphoning fuel system that includes a fuel inlet, a fuel tank, at least one fill tube or hose connecting the fuel inlet to the fuel tank such that fuel may flow from the fuel inlet to the fuel tank, and an anti-siphoning element or device coupled to the fill tube or hose that may be installed in existing boats or cars and obstructs a siphoning hose inserted in to the fill tube or hose from entering the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory K. Avakian
  • Patent number: 8474474
    Abstract: A method of diagnosing pressure boundary integrity of a control includes choosing a control valve having a valve body, determining a velocity profile within the control valve, choosing an area of the velocity profile, choosing a surface on an exterior of the valve body at or adjacent to the area, forming a pad on the exterior surface overlying the point, applying a testing device to the pad, and measuring a reference thickness of a wall of the valve body through the pad using the testing device. The method further includes applying the testing device to the pad at a time subsequent to measurement of the reference thickness, measuring a first thickness, and comparing the first thickness to the reference thickness. The comparison of the first thickness to the reference thickness can be used to calculate the amount of valve body wall lost during using and the remaining life of the control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Galen Dale Wilke
  • Publication number: 20130153049
    Abstract: A packing mounting and removing device includes a packing mounting and removing rod, a rod support, a rod fixing nut, and a spiral line. The packing mounting and removing device includes a packing flange having a through hole, a gland bushing, a packing, and a lantern ring. A packing exchange method uses the same. By using the device it is not necessary to use any special equipment for removing the packing, and it is possible to mount and remove the packing without disassembling a driving section and a valve disc section. Therefore, it is possible to noticeably reduce time and cost required for the mounting and removing the packing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shin Cheul Kang
  • Publication number: 20130105373
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a do-it-yourself kit for the installation of a pool or spa device, such as a chlorinator. A first nut associated with a first port, compression ring, collar, and face sealing gasket may be placed over a first pipe segment, and a second nut associated with a second port, compression ring, collar, and face sealing gasket may be placed over a second pipe segment. The chlorinator body can be placed between the two pipe segments such that first and second ports of the device are substantially coaxial with the first and second pipe segments, respectively. The first and second nut can be threadably secured to the first and second port, respectively, of the chlorinator. Also provided is a cutting template cutting template that may be placed over a pipe of a pool or spa plumbing system, and a saw for cutting the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Patrick Chen, Douglas Sawyer, Alan Levin
  • Patent number: 8365754
    Abstract: A valve cover assembly for a pump. In an embodiment, the valve cover assembly comprises a first cylindrical member having a central axis and a first throughbore. In addition, the valve cover assembly comprises a second cylindrical member coaxially disposed within the first throughbore and rotatable relative to the first cylindrical member about the central axis between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the second cylindrical member is axially translatable relative to the first cylindrical member. In the second position, the second cylindrical member is axially fixed relative to the first cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew Dale Riley, Randall Ferrain Weaver
  • Patent number: 8307842
    Abstract: A fluid supply valve attachment device that includes: a fixing member formed with a recessed fitting section; and a fluid supply valve provided with a protruded insertion section that is inserted and fixed in the recessed fitting section. Clearance between a reference inner peripheral surface of the recessed fitting section and a reference outer peripheral surface of the protruded insertion section is set smaller than clearance between an internal thread of the recessed fitting section and an external thread of the protruded insertion section in a state that the protruded insertion section is inserted and fixed in the recessed fitting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoshi Nakata, Motoyasu Yamamori, Toshikatsu Kubo
  • Patent number: 8267109
    Abstract: The present invention provides a water vacuum break assembly for use in a washing machine and a method of assembling the water vacuum break assembly. The water vacuum break assembly includes a housing defining at least one water inlet opening, a water cavity fluidly connected with the at least one water inlet opening, and a control system cavity positioned proximate the water cavity, the control system cavity configured for selectively retaining one of at least two differently configured control systems configured for sensing and/or regulating a temperature of water in the water cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Group Dekko, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry L. Hygema
  • Patent number: 8186370
    Abstract: A solenoid valve may include a housing, a solenoid coil, and a plunger. The solenoid coil may be disposed about an external portion of the housing and the plunger may be slidably disposed within the housing. The plunger may include a recess in a first end thereof having a seal assembly located therein and including a pin member inserted into the recess and an elastomeric sealing element molded around the pin member while inserted into the recess of the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership
    Inventor: J. Brian Cloud
  • Patent number: 8151819
    Abstract: A fluid supply valve attachment device that has a tank, a fixing member in which a recessed fitting section is formed, a fluid supply valve that is inserted in and fixed to the recessed fitting section, a first seal member which seals a space between the tank and the fixing member, and a second seal member which seals a space between the fixing member and the fluid supply valve. The maximum inside diameter of the recessed fitting section is defined as D, a distance between a cross-sectional center of the first seal member and a cross-sectional center of the second seal member in a direction that a central axial line of the recessed fitting section extends in an attached state is defined as L1, and L1 is set within 2.5×D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Suzuki, Munetoshi Kuroyanagi, Takuya Suzuki, Kazushi Numazaki, Toshikatsu Kubo, Toshihiko Shima
  • Patent number: 8136788
    Abstract: A coupling element has a first interface, which is adapted to mechanically connect the coupling element to an actuator, a second interface, which is adapted to mechanically connect the coupling element to a valve, and a deformable portion, which is shaped in such a manner, that, as a result of a compression along an axial direction of the coupling element, the deformable portion irreversibly bends such that a projection is formed. Thereby, the projection is adapted to permanently engage with an annular groove formed at the actuator, such that the coupling element and the actuator are connected with each other in a non-detachable but rotatable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jan Nilheim
  • Patent number: 8123193
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnetic valve having a magnetic assembly and a capsule. An armature is disposed in the capsule and a valve insert is inserted in the capsule. A tappet is guided in a displaceable manner within the inner bore of the valve insert and sealingly immerges in a sealing seat. The valve insert is arranged at a distance from the armature via an adjustable air gap. According to the invention, the sealing seat is arranged in a sleeve which itself is disposed inside the capsule. The sleeve has at least one opening through which adjusting elements act upon the valve seat in order to regulate the magnetic flux generated by the magnetic assembly. The air gap between the valve insert and the armature is variable, whereby the adjusting elements either move the valve insert in axial direction towards the armature in order to increase the magnetic flux or move the valve insert away from the armature in order to reduce the magnetic flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dietmar Kratzer
  • Patent number: 8117750
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for repairing an automatic transmission. Access is obtained to the valve body and a special shaped Torque Converter Clutch (TCC) regulator apply valve clip is inserted against a TCC regulator apply valve to hold a TCC regulator apply valve in a fully open position. The clip is dished to avoid wear when engaging the TCC regulator apply valve and has an asymmetric top portion which cooperates with the shape of the valve body chamber the TCC regulator apply valve clip is inserted into, to ensure proper placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Steven W. Younger
  • Patent number: 8024922
    Abstract: A reductant delivery unit (10) is provided for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) after-treatment for vehicles. The unit includes a solenoid fluid injector (10) constructed and arranged to be associated with an exhaust gas flow path (14) upstream of a SCR catalytic converter (17). The fluid injector has a fluid inlet (13) and a fluid outlet (15) with the fluid inlet being constructed and arranged to receive a source of urea solution and the fluid outlet being constructed and arranged to communicate directly with the exhaust flow path so as to control injection of urea solution into the exhaust gas flow path. An interface (24) is constructed and arranged to couple the fluid injector to the gas flow path. The interface defines a thermal barrier constructed and arranged to decoupled a body of the injector from exposure to heat in the exhaust gas flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Willem Nicolaas van Vuuren, Stephen Bugos, William Imoehl, Michael Hornby, Ray Wildeson, Olaf Graupner, David Cole
  • Patent number: 8006712
    Abstract: A faucet control system comprises a valve apparatus, sensors or a motion detector to be activated by a user, and a controller that controls the valve apparatus. A first sensor may start fluid flow and a second sensor may alter the proportion of fluids delivered from two fluid sources. The sensors may be activated without being touched and may include infrared and/or photodiode sensing elements. In a sink embodiment, when a user approaches the sink to wash hands, water flow is activated. Optionally, the initial water flow may be cold water, to prevent energy wastage. A second sensor may be placed elsewhere on the sink, such as on the left hand side of the faucet spout. Consequently, when the right hand, for example, is placed below the faucet spout, the water flow is activated with the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Kum F Boey
  • Patent number: 7985378
    Abstract: The present invention discloses multiple loop reactor wherein one of the settling legs transferring polymer product from one loop to a further loop can be taken out of service or re-opened without interfering with the operation of said multiple loop reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy
    Inventors: Louis Fouarge, Daan Dewachter
  • Patent number: 7975716
    Abstract: A puck retaining recess in a plunger of a solenoid valve is formed with a puck retaining lip that is fixed or unified with the plunger. The puck is then radially compressed to fit through a central opening of the retainer lip, and once the puck is pushed past the retainer lip, it is allowed to radially expand within the recess where the puck is retained between a bottom of the recess and the retainer lip. This eliminates many problems that previously occurred with separable retainer lips pressed into position to hold a puck after its insertion into a plunger recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Valve Tech, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Mullally
  • Patent number: 7954510
    Abstract: A retainer for movably securing a valve member within a fluid bore of a pump comprises a retainer head which includes at least one peripheral groove and a retainer hub which is connected to or formed integrally with the retainer head. The valve member is movably coupled to the retainer hub, and the retainer head is movable to position the groove over a radial protrusion in the fluid bore. In this position, the retainer is secured to the pump and the valve member is accordingly movably secured within the fluid bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven L. Schwegman
  • Publication number: 20110088788
    Abstract: An automatically adjusting control valve comprises a valve body; a valve seat within the valve body; a sealing disc adjacent the valve seat when the valve is closed and offset from the valve seat when the valve is open; an armature adjacent the sealing disc and operable to move the sealing disc linearly within the valve body; a biasing mechanism which biases the armature toward a first position; and an actuation stem configured to overcome the biasing mechanism and move the armature between the first position and a second position upon manual operation. The actuation stem may comprise a portion which engages the armature during movement between the first position and the second position The portion may be configured to deform to accommodate manufacturing tolerances of the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: AUTOMATIC SWITCH COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul W. Freisinger, Ahmad Abbas Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 7913712
    Abstract: A fuel tank made of a plastic material and fitted with at least one fuel accessory attached to an inside surface of a wall thereof, wherein the fuel accessory is attached to a predetermined site at the inside surface by fusion welding. Further there is disclosed a fuel accessory for attaching to a site at an inside wall portion of a plastic material fuel tank, comprising a housing formed with an engaging surface attachable to the site. The engaging surface is fitted with a fusion melting element for fusion welding the fuel accessory to the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Raval A.C.S. Ltd.
    Inventors: Omer Vulkan, Yehoshua Kleinberg, Moshe Ehrman
  • Patent number: 7748397
    Abstract: An assembly of two components configured to be in contact with hydrocarbons, and a fuel tank including the assembly. The assembly includes a casing or a retaining member fastened to the casing, each of the two components including at least one fastening part configured to interact, and at least one of the components being made from a material configured to swell through action of the hydrocarbons, thus reinforcing retention of the components on one another. A method for manufacturing such a tank includes assembling the two components in the absence of fuel, and then bringing the two components into contact with the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Eric Firtion, Patrice Baudoux, Alexis Rosseel
  • Patent number: 7730901
    Abstract: A system for securing a hydrant to a roof of a building is provided that includes a hydrant support that rigidly interconnects to the roof deck. In addition, a method of sealingly interconnecting a standpipe of the hydrant to the hydrant support is provided wherein a plurality of seals are employed. In order to enhance the seal provided between the standpipe and a hydrant support, a boot may be used that covers the interface between the standpipe and the hydrant support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: WCM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Ball