With Gas Maintenance Or Application Patents (Class 137/209)
  • Patent number: 11440707
    Abstract: A four port cap adapter for mounting on the upper end of a liquid chemical container with the throat of the container having a single draw container insert positioned therein. The adapter cap includes a lower housing, an upper housing, a cover support and a cover which are joined together. The lower and upper housings have a first fluid passageway extending therethrough. Four take-off supports and four take-offs are mounted on the upper wall of the cover. The four ports are in liquid communication with the first fluid passageway. The four ports are fluidly connected to dispensers or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 11377732
    Abstract: Herein disclosed are systems and methods related to solid source chemical vaporizer vessels and multiple chamber deposition modules. In some embodiments, a solid source chemical vaporizer includes a housing base and a housing lid. Some embodiments also include a first and second tray configured to be housed within the housing base, wherein each tray defines a first serpentine path adapted to hold solid source chemical and allow gas flow thereover. In some embodiments, a multiple chamber deposition module includes first and second vapor phase reaction chambers and a solid source chemical vaporizer vessel to supply each of the first and second vapor phase reaction chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: ASM IP HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Mohith Verghese, Eric James Shero, Carl Louis White, Kyle Fondurulia
  • Patent number: 11236840
    Abstract: There is provided a flow rate regulating device including a valve body section having a flat valve body surface, a valve seat section having a flat valve seat surface, a regulation mechanism that moves the valve body section along an axis, and a control unit that controls the regulation mechanism, wherein the regulation mechanism has a stepping motor that rotates a drive shaft about the axis, and a moving member that moves along the axis in response to the rotation of the drive shaft and is coupled to the valve body section, and the control unit controls the stepping motor so that the valve body section moves in a movement range in which the valve body surface and the valve seat surface maintain a non-contact state, in accordance with an excitation signal that changes by a micro step unit obtained by dividing a step by a predetermined division number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroki Igarashi, Yukinobu Imai, Daisuke Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 11208734
    Abstract: An electrospinning device is for manufacturing material that includes aligned nano-fibers. The device includes a rotor and more than one electrically conducting protrusions disposed on the surface of the rotor and spaced apart from one another. The protrusions are configured such that an electrostatic field created when a potential difference is applied between the rotor and a target is concentrated at the tips of the protrusions and decreases between neighboring protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: University of Surrey
    Inventors: Simon King, Vlad Stolojan, Sembukuttiarachilage Silva
  • Patent number: 10961027
    Abstract: A four port cap adapter for mounting on the upper end of a liquid chemical container with the throat of the container having a single draw container insert positioned therein. The adapter cap includes a lower housing, an upper housing, a cover support and a cover which are joined together. The lower and upper housings have a first fluid passageway extending therethrough. Four take-off supports and four take-offs are mounted on the upper wall of the cover. The four ports are in liquid communication with the first fluid passageway. The four ports are fluidly connected to dispensers or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 10926121
    Abstract: A fire suppression system for an aircraft cargo compartment comprises a source of fire suppression agent and a supply line for conducting the fire suppression agent to the compartment. The supply line has one or more flow control valves arranged between the source and the cargo compartment. A controller controls the flow control valve to control the supply of fire suppression agent to the cargo compartment from the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Adam Chattaway
  • Patent number: 10843931
    Abstract: A method for producing a cyanide including the steps of supplying a hydrocarbon and nitrogen source to an onsite plasma reactor and removing cyanide synthesised inside the onsite plasma reactor to thereby produce the cyanide is disclosed. Also disclosed is a method which includes a monitor for monitoring the cyanide requirement of an onsite cyanide utilising system and supplying the hydrocarbon and nitrogen source in accordance with the cyanide requirement. Additionally, a method for recovering, refining, purifying or treating a metal including the steps of monitoring a cyanide requirement of the method and supplying to the method in a just in time sequence a cyanide synthesised onsite to thereby recover, refine, purify or treat the metal is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Geoffrey Alexander Duckworth
  • Patent number: 10766001
    Abstract: An aerator apparatus including a housing having an inner cavity formed therein, which includes at least one side wall and an upper surface portion connected to the at least one side wall. Additionally, the aerator apparatus includes a first partition wall formed inside the inner cavity and extends from a first lower end to a first upper end to form a first cavity portion and a second cavity portion. Furthermore, a second partition wall is formed between the first partition wall and the first side wall inside the inner cavity, and is extended from a second upper end to a second lower end to form a first chamber and a second chamber in the second cavity portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Young Lim Koo, Hyung Wook Ahn, Gyu Hong Min
  • Patent number: 10753506
    Abstract: A restricted access lockout system restricts access to remotely operated hydraulically actuated valves by utilizing a processor to compare each user's access code against a stored list. The user access code may be provided by card key with an embedded RFID chip, a designated application on a personal device such as a smart phone or smart pad that may communicate with the processor via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Internet, or radio. Once the processor grants access to operate various designated hydraulically actuated valves the designated hydraulically actuated valves are unlocked for designated period of time. After the designated period of time expires the hydraulically actuated valves are relocked. Generally, the lock is via a hydraulic cylinder where the hydraulic fluid may be isolated through one or more solenoid control valves. Hydraulic fluid within the hydraulic cylinder and the cylinder provide a sufficient counter to apply force so that the hydraulically actuated valves may not be manipulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: GJR Meyer Service, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel McKim, Randy Scott Meyer
  • Patent number: 10677674
    Abstract: A hydronic system and method of use that will maintain normal system operating pressure while also reliably detecting even very small fluid losses in any closed loop fluid heat transfer system is described. The system includes a controller having clock or timing functionality in communication with one or more pressure sensors and a fluid supply valve that provides one or more notifications when the pressure drops below predetermined levels during predetermined periods of time. Depending on the nature of the pressure loss, the system has the capability of opening a fluid supply valve to provide make up fluid and increase system pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Lee Hiram Stevens
  • Patent number: 10639508
    Abstract: A system for preventing and/or extinguishing a fire in an enclosed target area in a vehicle. The system having a central compressed air source for supplying compressed air to a load circuit. A supply of compressed air is provided in a compressed air buffer tank is supplied to a gas separation device from the compressed air buffer tank. A nitrogen-enriched gas mixture is provided at an outlet of the gas separation device, and introduced into the target area. An inlet of the compressed air buffer tank is at least temporarily fluidically connected to an outlet of a central compressed air source, wherein compressed air can be supplied to the compressed air buffer tank. A fluidic connection is provided between the central compressed air source and the compressed air buffer tank if a load circuit is not drawing any compressed air from the central compressed air source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: AMRONA AG
    Inventors: Markus Müller, Peter Stahl
  • Patent number: 10633240
    Abstract: An adapter, a system, and a method of capturing liquid from a feed line of a liquid delivery system, the liquid delivery system including liquid container, a delivery tap, a gas source, a liquid delivery line from the liquid container to the tap, the liquid delivery line containing liquid, and a gas line from the gas source to the liquid container, the gas line containing gas; by disconnecting the gas line and the liquid delivery line from the liquid container, and flowably connecting the gas line to the liquid delivery line, using an adapter, and pushing the liquid in the liquid delivery line out through the tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Donald J Jaillet, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10590634
    Abstract: A water supply system includes a water storage tank having a storage tank outlet, the water storage tank configured to store a volume of water at a first pressure. A pressure tank is in fluid communication with the water storage tank and is periodically fillable with water from the water storage tank. An air source is fluidly connected to the pressure tank to pressurize the volume of water in the pressure tank to a second pressure greater than the first pressure. A pressure tank output line is fluidly connected to the pressure tank to output water from the pressure tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Michael John Giamati
  • Patent number: 10556257
    Abstract: A hose/conduit clearing apparatus has an electric blower, a check valve, and a faucet coupler; the faucet coupler having a first end for threading to a faucet, a second end for threading to a conduit, and a blower connecting port wherein the blower is coupled to the blower connecting port via the check valve. The electric blower is preferably powered by one or more batteries and is activated automatically when reaching a predetermined temperature (e.g., 34 degrees Fahrenheit) or by a user toggling a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Berkley Wyatt Anderson
  • Patent number: 10551004
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system adapted to isolate an ampoule and/or process line during purge, including an inlet control valve connecting a source of pressurized gas to a refillable ampoule, an outlet control valve connecting the refillable ampoule to a location of use, a process control valve connecting a process line to the refillable ampoule, a process isolation valve, and a purge supply valve, e.g., a three-way purge supply valve, arranged between the process isolation valve and the process control valve. A method of purging a fluid delivery system is also disclosed, including closing a process isolation valve, connecting a process line to a refillable ampoule, supplying a purge gas through a purge supply valve, e.g., a three-way purge supply valve, and cycling open and close at least once a process control valve coupled to the process line. A manifold for use in refilling an ampoule and purging a fluid supply system is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ENTEGRIS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard D. Chism, Andy Krell
  • Patent number: 10525416
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for wetting a filter cartridge used to treat a liquid solvent used in semiconductor manufacture. In the process, a filter cartridge having void spaces wherein the void spaces contain residual gas from the manufacturing process used to make the filter cartridge is connected to a source of purging gas. The purging gas is flowed through the filter cartridge to at least partially displace at least a portion of the residual gas from the manufacturing process used to make the filter cartridge. Next, liquid solvent is pumped through the filter cartridge so that the purging gas dissolves into the liquid solvent and to at least partially fill the void spaces to thereby at least partially wet out the filter cartridge with the liquid solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hoyoung Kang, Anton deVilliers, Corey Lemley
  • Patent number: 10472083
    Abstract: A method of selectively operating an ullage passivation system includes receiving at least one of a temperature signal and a vapor composition signal. The method further includes operating an ullage passivation system to provide a fluid to the fuel tank, in response to at least one of a temperature exceeding a temperature threshold and a component of the vapor composition exceeding a threshold composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan Rheaume
  • Patent number: 10465812
    Abstract: A rupture disc for a device for protecting against overpressures inside an apparatus, the disc is made of a generally circular part including two planar surfaces substantially parallel to one another, and two notches each located along a circumference, the circumferences of the two notches being different from one another, the notch located on the larger circumference being made on one of the planar surfaces, referred to as lower surface, while the notch located on the smaller circumference is made on the other one of the planar surfaces, referred to as upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Isabelle Moro-Le Gall, Laurent Briottet
  • Patent number: 10458600
    Abstract: A pressurized tank system includes a first tank, a second tank, a manifold, a first conduit connecting the first tank to the manifold, a second conduit connecting the second tank to the manifold, a first pressure actuated valve operably connected to the second conduit, a third conduit connecting the manifold and the first pressure actuated valve, and a fourth conduit connecting the first pressure actuated valve and the second tank. The first pressure actuated valve is configured for operation by fluid pressure in the third conduit. A method includes operably connecting a first pressure actuated valve at a junction between the second conduit, a third conduit connecting to the manifold, and a fourth conduit connecting to the second tank; and automatically opening the first pressure actuated valve with the fluid in the third conduit when the fluid pressure level exceeds a threshold pressure level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hexagon Technology AS
    Inventors: Navid Attarzadeh, Troy Marker, Don Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10434376
    Abstract: A filling device may be used to fill a ball or other inflatable item from a water source such as a hose. A filling device may include an adapter having a cylindrical body with a hollow threaded interior, one closed end and one open end. A filling coupler is coupled to the one closed end of the cylindrical body. The one closed end of the cylindrical body has an opening formed therethrough and the filling coupler is coupled to the one closed end covering the opening. The filling coupler has a hollow threaded interior in fluid communication with the opening. A tip may be removably coupled to the filling coupler. The tip may be a ball inflation needle, a water balloon filling tip or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Larson
  • Patent number: 10359131
    Abstract: An extendible and collapsible pressure hose system can be created which comprises a collapsible pressure hose with a hose output connector mounted on one end and a fluid control system mounted on the other. In such a system, the collapsible pressure hose can, but need not comprise a coiled support wire, a convoluted hose body and/or an outer reinforcement cover. A fluid control system can comprise an input connector attached to hose, input connector housing, a main valve, and a pump. In such a fluid control system, the main valve can direct fluid within hose in three modes: 1) an open mode, where fluid pressure extends hose for use, 2) a retract mode, where the pump is used to pump fluid out of the hose, and 3) a closed mode, where no fluid can flow and in which the hose can be stowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ragner Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Dean Ragner
  • Patent number: 10239745
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preventing biocorrosion of fuel handling components located in a sump in a fuel dispensing environment. One method includes exposing a hygroscopic material to moisture-laden air in the sump such that the hygroscopic material deliquesces into a liquid solution and exposing a buffer material to ethanol-blended fuel vapors in the sump. The method also includes collecting the liquid solution in a reservoir and monitoring the level of the liquid solution in the reservoir using a liquid level sensor. Further, the method includes notifying service personnel of the level of the liquid solution in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Veeder-Root Company
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Cornett, Kent Reid
  • Patent number: 10233619
    Abstract: A faucet having a support bracket contains: a body, a flexible outlet pipe, a spray head, and a support bracket. The body includes a vertical axis extending along a central portion thereof; and the flexible outlet pipe extends outwardly from a top of the body and includes an outflow segment. The spray head is connected with the outflow segment, the support bracket includes a first rotatable connector disposed on the body and includes a first tab extending outwardly from the first rotatable connector, wherein the first tab has a first rotation axis separated a distance from and perpendicular to the vertical axis. The support bracket includes a second rotatable connector having a head segments and a distal segment, wherein the head segment is rotatably connected with the first tab to form a first movable joint, and the distal segment is connected with or removed from the spray head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Yiping Lin, Yueping Xiao, Yungcheng Yu
  • Patent number: 10125508
    Abstract: A swimming pool funnel includes a hollow funnel body extending along a central funnel axis from a first open end to a second open end, where the first open funnel end is greater in perimeter size than the second open funnel end and the funnel body reduces in cross-sectional size between the first open funnel end and the second open funnel end. An elongated spout made of rigid material is connected at its proximal end to the second open funnel end of the funnel body and extends along a central spout axis to a distal spout end defining an opening. The central funnel axis and the central spout axis define a body angle from 100 to about 150 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Tod Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10094735
    Abstract: A tube sealing positioning apparatus has a tube holder slidable on a vertical guide from a lower to an upper portion of a sealing chamber for positioning adjacent a heating apparatus and a clamping apparatus. The heating apparatus may have a nozzle to direct heated air on an open end of a plastic tube. The clamping apparatus may have two clamping devices slidably disposed to clamp the heated open end of the plastic tube to fuse the tube wall adjacent the open end. A control processor may be connected to control movement and dwell time of the tube holder, and to control heat application and clamp spacing and time. A sealed tube may be attached to a top cover to be positioned in a test container. A sealing disk may close the top cover and may direct fluid pressure into the tube and apply a vacuum to the test container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: AnC Precision Machining Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Havemann, John M. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10006954
    Abstract: A monitor system for monitoring the reliability of at least one piece of electronic equipment installed in an aircraft. In order to monitor each piece of electronic equipment, such a monitor system comprises: monitor means for measuring variations of at least one state parameter P as a function of time t; concatenation means for generating data groups (ti, Pi, Sj); transmission means for transmitting the data groups (ti, Pi, Sj) to a centralized unit; first computation means for determining an observed reliability Robs of the or each piece of electronic equipment; second computation means for determining an expected reliability Rexp of the or each piece of electronic equipment; comparator means for comparing the observed reliability Robs with the expected reliability Rexp of the or each piece of electronic equipment; and warning means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Stephane Bailly, Vincent Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9931659
    Abstract: A robot tool for dispensing an anticorrosion wax including a nozzle unit for delivering non-atomized wax as a thin jet and wax atomized with compressed air as a spray cone. The nozzle unit is connected to a supply duct for compressed air and to a supply duct for wax, and has an internal nozzle for producing the jet and an external nozzle for producing the spray cone. An atomizing chamber is between the internal nozzle and the external nozzle, wherein the supply duct opens into the atomizing chamber. The internal nozzle is flush with the external nozzle such that, when the atomizing chamber is not supplied with compressed air, wax which exits as the jet may be delivered through the atomizing chamber and through the external nozzle. The atomizing chamber when supplied with compressed air is configured for atomizing the jet exiting from the internal nozzle by the compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Claus Dreher
  • Patent number: 9834314
    Abstract: An aircraft fuel tank inerting system and a method of inerting an aircraft fuel tank. The aircraft fuel tank inerting system having an on-board inerting gas generation system arranged in fluid communication between a fuel tank vent system and an aircraft fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen Burnell, Tim Leigh
  • Patent number: 9833738
    Abstract: A method of generating oxygen depleted air on an aircraft, and an aircraft fuel tank inerting system. The method including the steps of passing a first proportion of air through an air pressure reduction device to produce a supply of reduced pressure air, passing a second proportion along one side of a membrane of an air separation module, exposing the other side of the membrane of the air separation module to the reduced pressure air, so that oxygen is extracted from the second proportion of air across the membrane and the air separation module exhausts oxygen depleted air for inerting an aircraft fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen Burnell, Tim Leigh
  • Patent number: 9809282
    Abstract: Provided is a liquefied gas transfer device for reducing boil-off gas. The liquefied gas transfer device for reducing boil-off gas comprises: at least one transfer pipe formed in a vertical direction inside a quay for storing liquefied gas so as to transfer the liquefied gas; a branch pipe which is branched from a lower part of the transfer pipe to one side of the transfer pipe, and which has an end part opened toward a bottom surface of the quay; a valve which is connected to the branch pipe and/or the transfer pipe, and which opens and closes the branch pipe or the transfer pipe so as to move the liquefied gas from the transfer pipe to the branch pipe; and a resistance member disposed inside the branch pipe so as to interrupt the flow of the liquefied gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Heavy Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Yun Choi, Yong-Seok Song, Seung-Hyuk Kim, Ho-Byung Yoon
  • Patent number: 9766631
    Abstract: A method and a system for controlling automatic quantitative fluid supply are disclosed, and the method and the system automatically control the quantitative fluid supply by timing a period of time t required for introducing gas (20) into a sealing tank (4) in such a way that the pressure in the sealing tank (4) reaches a default value and calculating a period of time T, required for continuously introducing the gas (20) into the sealing tank (4) to extrude a fixed volume (V) of the fluid, from the time t, in the process of automatic quantitative fluid supply, so as to automatically control the switching-on and -off of a gas passage (1), overcome the impact of the reduction of the liquid level on the quantitative supply accuracy and guarantee the accuracy requirement of repeated quantitative supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Bin Bu, Tailiang Li, Yimin Chen, Lei Xiao
  • Patent number: 9744541
    Abstract: A pulsating device has a chamber for receiving liquid entering the device and gas that occupies an initial volume in the chamber. The liquid entering the chamber compresses the gas and decreases the volume occupied by the gas, thereby increasing the pressure in the chamber. A valve is provided to open above a first threshold pressure to begin a pulse of liquid. The valve closes below a second threshold pressure to end the pulse. The pulsating device has an outlet gate that permits liquid in the chamber to exit the chamber when the pressure in the chamber is greater than the pressure outside the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Netafim, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ron Keren
  • Patent number: 9701416
    Abstract: An aircraft having a turbine engine having a bleed air output line, a cryogenic fuel system having a cryogenic fuel tank for storing cryogenic fuel and a supply line operably coupling the tank to the turbine engine, and an on board inert gas generating system (OBIGGS) fluidly coupled to the bleed air output and having a nitrogen rich stream output line and an oxygen rich stream output line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Jay Epstein, Paul Bernard Stumbo, Robert Harold Weisgerber
  • Patent number: 9556518
    Abstract: A raw material gas supply apparatus includes a liquid raw material gas supply source, a source tank storing liquid raw material, a gas distribution passage through which raw material gas comprising steam of the liquid raw material is supplied to a process chamber from the source tank, an automatic pressure regulator installed on an upstream side of the gas passage, wherein the automatic pressure regulator keeps supply pressure of the raw material gas at a set value, a supply gas switching valve installed on a downstream side of the gas passage, wherein this valve opens and closes the gas passage, an orifice provided on at least one of an inlet side or outlet side of the valve, wherein the orifice regulates flow rate of the raw material gas, and a constant temperature heating device heats the source tank, the gas passage, the valve and the orifice to a set temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Masaaki Nagase, Atsushi Hidaka, Kaoru Hirata, Ryousuke Dohi, Kouji Nishino, Nobukazu Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9546041
    Abstract: Method in a pneumatic material conveying system, such as in a waste conveying system, which conveying system comprises at least one input point (61) of material, more particularly of waste material, a material conveying pipe (100), which can be connected to an input point (61), and a separating device, in which the material to be conveyed is separated from the conveying air, and also means for achieving a pressure difference in the conveying pipe (100) at least during the conveyance of material. In the method material is conveyed from an input point (61) to an accumulator tank (105) of a subsystem (1), where the material is separated from the conveying air and in a second phase the accumulator tank (105) of the subsystem is emptied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: MARICAP OY
    Inventor: Göran Sundholm
  • Patent number: 9492796
    Abstract: A refrigerator is disclosed. The refrigerator includes a body, a storage chamber defined in the body while having an opened front side, a door to open or close the opened front side of the storage chamber, a water tank to store clean water, a carbonated water production module mounted to a back surface of the door, the carbonated water production module including a carbon dioxide gas cylinder stored with carbon dioxide gas, a carbonated water tank to produce carbonated water through mixing of the clean water with the carbon dioxide gas, and a gas regulator to adjust a pressure of the carbon dioxide gas flowing from the carbon dioxide gas cylinder to the carbonated water tank, and a safety device to selectively move the carbon dioxide gas cylinder toward or away from the gas regulator, thereby coupling or separating the carbon dioxide gas cylinder to or from the gas regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventors: Jae Koog An, Ji Hoon Kim, Sang Joe Choi
  • Patent number: 9494166
    Abstract: A system and method for lifting well fluids to a surface location from a subterranean formation that is penetrated by a wellbore utilizes a tubing string positioned within the wellbore for withdrawing well fluids from the wellbore. A jet-gas pump having a flow tube is in communication with the tubing string. A jet tube located within the interior of the flow tube receives a compressed gas to be discharged from an outlet of the jet tube to create a pressure drop within the flow tube. This facilitates the lifting of well fluids from the tubing string where it is discharged through the flow tube outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Syphon Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas E. Halfmann
  • Patent number: 9458604
    Abstract: A hydraulic apparatus and a method of operating the hydraulic apparatus are disclosed. The hydraulic apparatus includes a flow control module, a first pump fluidly coupled to the flow control module via a first conduit, a first rotating group fluidly coupled to the flow control module via a second conduit, a first actuator fluidly coupled to the flow control module, a second actuator fluidly coupled to a second pump, a first accumulator, and a controller operatively coupled to the flow control module, the first charge valve, and the discharge valve. The first rotating group is configured to perform a pumping function and a motor function. The first accumulator is in selective fluid communication with the first actuator via a third conduit and a first charge valve, the second actuator via a fourth conduit and the first charge valve, and the first rotating group via a discharge valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jiao Zhang, Michael Schwab, Pengfei Ma
  • Patent number: 9422783
    Abstract: An SPM valve for use in a subsea environment includes a spool selectively movable between first and second positions to thereby arrange the valve in respective armed and disarmed configurations. The particular arrangement of a supply port and discharge port with respect to the spool permits a pressurized working fluid supplied to the supply port to bias the spool to both the first and second positions once an external force is applied to the spool to initially set the spool in either the first or second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Hydril USA Distribution, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Gustafson, Matthew Goode, Parker Bailey
  • Patent number: 9358333
    Abstract: A medical connector for delivering a liquid at a high flow rate to a patient. The connector includes a gas inlet passage that is configured for connecting to a source of pressurized gas, a spike configured for piercing a stopper of a container, and a liquid outlet passage in fluid communication with the spike. The liquid outlet passage is configured for connecting to tubing through which the liquid in the container can be administered to a patient. The spike has a shield having a first closed end and a second open end such that the first closed end is breakable by the spike when the spike is inserted through the stopper of the container, and the second open end has an annular elastomeric member that attaches to the spike via compressive pressure applied by the annular elastomeric member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Frederick W. Trombley, III, David M. Reilly
  • Patent number: 9347303
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for heating produced fluid from a well, the heating apparatus comprising a produced fluid pathway; a heat generation system comprising a diesel engine, a heated hydraulic fluid pathway, and an engine coolant pathway; and a heat transfer system disposed between the produced fluid pathway and the heat generation system to transfer thermal energy from the heat generation system to a produced fluid contained within the produced fluid pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Jason Horst, Keith Doucet
  • Patent number: 9328722
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a metering system for metering a liquid metering medium, with a suction line, which is filled with a metering medium at the liquid pressure ps, and a pressure line, which is filled with the metering medium at the liquid pressure wherein the suction line is connected to the pressure line by a metering member configured as a metering pump, with which metering medium can be conveyed from the suction line into the pressure line, wherein the metering pump has a conveying chamber, the volume of which can be changed with the aid of a movable displacement element in such a way that, in a first position of the displacement element, the conveying chamber has a minimum volume Vmin and, in a second position of the displacement element, the conveying chamber has a maximum volume Vmax, the conveying chamber being connected by a pressure valve to the pressure line and by a suction valve to the suction line, so, by an oscillating movement of the displacement element, metering medium can alter
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ProMinent GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Kaibel, Joachim Schall
  • Patent number: 9261235
    Abstract: Method for controlling the pressure in a transportable cryogenic tank (1), especially a tank (1) mounted on a transportable platform (2) capable of being moved by a truck, the tank (1) being made of steel and containing pressurized liquid hydrogen, the method comprising at least one of the following: continuously or periodically measuring the temperature in the tank (1) and continuously or periodically measuring the level of the liquid in the tank and, when the measured temperature exceeds a set upper temperature threshold (Ts) lying between minus 140° C. and minus 160° C., and, respectively, when the liquid level in the tank drops below a set liquid level threshold, the pressure in the tank (1) is limited to a value less than or equal to a set pressure threshold (Pmax) lying between 1.5 and 3 bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventor: Hervé Barthelemy
  • Patent number: 9173528
    Abstract: A shower unit includes a water delivery system having a main water line and a plurality of branches served by the main water line. Each branch terminates in one or more nozzles. A purge line selectively communicates compressed air into the main water line. Water is purged from the water delivery system by shutting off water flow into the main water line and introducing compressed air into the main water line through the purge line. Each of the branch valves is opened in sequence while keeping the remainder of the branch valves closed, allowing the compressed air to force any water in the respective branch out through the respective at least one output nozzle. The previously opened branch valve is then closed and the purging process is repeated for each successive branch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: William R. Shrewsbury
  • Patent number: 9102416
    Abstract: A system for generating an inert gas. An embodiment of the system comprises a turbine engine, a compressor and a blower. Additional elements may be provided to condition the air so that it is satisfactory for use in the fuel tank. Such elements include filters, catalytic converters, air pressure regulators, and heat exchangers, as well as elements to monitor the oxygen content and temperature of the air flow. An embodiment of a method for generating an inert gas is also provided. The method comprises combusting fuel to generate engine exhaust, compressing the engine exhaust to generate compressed exhaust, and directing said compressed exhaust into the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Theron Lee Cutler
  • Patent number: 9096321
    Abstract: An aircraft galley plumbing is disclosed comprising water distribution components and assemblies to allow installation in a wet/refrigerated reduced foot print galley. The system includes a single potable water distribution manifold with quick disconnect couplings for the GAINS and built in air bleed devices facilitate rapid drainage and easy installation. The system also includes a compact pressure check valve to control filling operation and drain down of the potable water system. The use of a compact air stop valve and integrated master distribution block (manifold) and water filter system further enhance the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter John Leslie Burd
  • Patent number: 9074500
    Abstract: An engine oil pump, may include a plunge pool formed in a pump case and preventing a rapid change in pressure of oil when the oil may be discharged through an oil discharge portion that may be a cross-section expansion section by generating vortex flux when oil, which may be pumped into an oil pocket by rotation of an inner rotor and an outer rotor, temporarily collects before being discharged after passing a cross-sectional reduction section, and reducing the pressure by consuming the energy of the oil increasing in pressure by the vortex flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Byunghwan Jung, Wonjo Jeong
  • Patent number: 8991417
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of controlling pressure maintenance equipment for a cooling and heating system. More particularly, the present invention relates to a method of operating and controlling, under optimum conditions, pressure maintenance equipment with multiple sensors so as to check for irregularities in the sensors which measure the same physical parameter. In the present invention, measurement values of two or more sensors are used to detect whether an abnormality has occurred in any sensor. If a sensor is determined to be abnormal, a measurement value of the abnormal sensor is excluded when determining a reference control value. Thereby, the pressure can be precisely and reliably controlled in response to actual conditions of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Flowtech Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Gu Yang, Ji Suk Yang, Sang Ki Oh
  • Patent number: 8978690
    Abstract: An automatic condensate line purging device for HVAC condensation lines using pressurized gas. The purging device is installed in the condensate drain line of an air conditioning system allowing condensate flow through the device during normal operation where no clog has occurred in the condensate drain line. Should the drain line become clogged, a plug is displaced to seal the condensate drain causing the condensate to back-up up into the external condensate drain pan located beneath the condenser of conventional HVAC systems. When the drain pan fills with water, the safety float switch used to shut down the air conditioner is coupled to a solenoid valve mounted on the purging device wherein a charge of gas is directed into the drain line for removal of the clog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Safe-T-Flush Corp
    Inventors: Austin J. Hubbard, Sr., Louisa E. Winter
  • Patent number: 8955534
    Abstract: A paint supplying pail comprises a paint supplying pail body, a paint supplying pail cover, a quickly detachable rod, a fastening member and a deflecting block. The paint supplying pail body has at least one protruding pole and is covered by the paint supplying pail cover which is provided outwardly with a vertical pole. The quickly detachable rod is rotatably sleeved on the vertical pole, and the fastening member is overlapped on the quickly detachable rod. The fastening member comprises at least one transverse groove which moves transversely to sleeve on the protruding pole, and the quickly detachable rod rotates to lift the fastening member, thereby the transverse groove pressing against the protruding pole. The deflecting block is wedged into an air deflecting pipe of the pant supplying pail cover, and perforated to have a non-through venting passage and two air holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Li-Chin Yang