Inflatable Article (e.g., Tire Filling Chuck And/or Stem) Patents (Class 137/223)
  • Patent number: 9714652
    Abstract: An article of footwear with an inflatable bladder and a pump unit for inflating the inflatable bladder. The pump unit includes an external pump including a coupling for releasably attaching to a valve mechanism or a cap fitted over the valve mechanism located on the article of footwear and in communication with the inflatable bladder. The valve mechanism is actuated by the coupling to allow for inflation of the inflatable bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Reebok International Limited
    Inventors: Paul Davis, Frank Millette
  • Patent number: 9701167
    Abstract: Disclosed are valves for inflating the tires of rubber wheels, in particular of vehicles, where the term vehicles is intended as motor vehicles, trucks, motorcycles or in general road transport vehicles. More in detail, the a valve (1) of snap-in type for rubber wheels includes: a hollow valve body (2) of cylindrical shape arranged for connecting the inside of the rubber wheels with the outside environment and allowing passage of air; an actuating mechanism (3) of the valve (1) arranged inside the valve body (2); a rubber ring (4), suitably shaped, arranged for partially covering the valve body (2), wherein the valve body (2) includes at least one portion (20) made of plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: WONDER SPA
    Inventors: Matteo Gosi, Stefano Cazzanti, Andrea Capelli
  • Patent number: 9702471
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device or attachment includes a casing extended from a housing, a mouth engaged in the casing and having a compartment for engaging with either a US or French inflation valve, a follower slidably engaged in the casing and the housing and engageable with the mouth for compressing the mouth to grasp either of the inflation valves, a tube slidably engaged in the follower and extendible into the mouth, an actuator engaged in the housing and having a space for engaging with the follower, and the actuator includes a cam member for engaging with the follower and for forcing the follower to compress the mouth and to grasp either of inflation valves to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 9695809
    Abstract: An air pump capable of twist-locking engagement includes a body housing, a head housing, a leakproof ring, an elastic sleeve, a pushing member and an end cap. The body housing has a cam section formed as a tube having a quarter-round section. The head housing has an opening segment. The head housing and the body housing are rotatably coupled with the leakproof ring arranged therebetween. The elastic sleeve is located at the opening segment of the head housing. The pushing member is located at one end of the elastic sleeve and received in the cam section. The end cap is screwed to the opening segment for pressing against and positioning the elastic sleeve. By a twisting operation of the air pump, the cam section can be turned to engage or release an air valve of an article to be inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Beto Engineering and Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 9675981
    Abstract: A flexible nozzle head for an inflator includes a head-end housing, having an accommodating space for accommodating a nozzle head component; a pump-end housing, being fixedly connected to one end of a pump body of the inflator; and a hose, having one end airtightly overmolded with the head-end housing as an integer and having an opposite end airtightly connected to the pump-end housing. The head-end housing has a through hole communicated with the accommodating space and an axial channel of the hose. The pump-end housing has an interior thereof communicated with the axial channel of the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Beto Engineering and Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 9676435
    Abstract: A release valve for connection to an inflatable cushion comprising an air conduit, a fitting at a first end of the air conduit for insertion into an air tube in fluid communication with the interior of the cushion, and an air inlet port at the opposite end of the air conduit and a filter assembly at the air inlet port. There is first, vertically orientated, spring biased ball valve centrally positioned in the air conduit including at least one air egress vent and being operatively associated with a spring biased actuator in the ball valve housing for opening the first ball valve. The button and first ball valve define a gap to minimize accidental air release. A second longitudinally orientated, spring biased ball valve is positioned in the air conduit adjacent the air inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ROHO, Inc.
    Inventors: David Michael Hopp, Anthony Eric Sprouse, II
  • Patent number: 9664314
    Abstract: A valve connector has a tubular body, a connection head, and an annular seal. The tubular body has at least one air inlet, an air outlet, and a first threaded hole. The first threaded hole is defined in the tubular body, communicates with the air outlet, and has a first thread specification and an inner diameter. The connection head is mounted detachably on the tubular body and has a second threaded hole and a recess. The second threaded hole has a second thread specification and an inner diameter larger than that of the first threaded hole. The recess is axially defined in the connection head and has an inner diameter larger than that of the second threaded hole. The annular seal is mounted in the recess in the connection head and is clamped between the tubular body and the connection head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: JIAO HSIUNG INDUSTRY CORP.
    Inventor: Keng-Fong Chu
  • Patent number: 9637092
    Abstract: In a device for discharging tire sealing agent from a container which can be connected to a pressure source and to a tire valve, a check valve is provided in the connection to the pressure source and/or in the connection to the tire valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Michael Stehle
  • Patent number: 9610811
    Abstract: A tire tool includes a body including a tire levering end and an inflating end including first connecting end delimiting a first fluid channel and a second connecting end delimiting a second fluid channel. The first and second channels fluidly connect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Patent number: 9598165
    Abstract: A gas barrier material includes an atomic sheet, such as graphene and/or an analog of graphene. The gas barrier material can be arranged as part of a component, such as a container or other vessel, to limit the flow or permeation of gas through the component. Where the component is a container or part of a container, the gas barrier material may be formulated and arranged to limit or prevent gas ingress or egress with respect to the internal volume of the container. The atomic sheet offers improved gas barrier properties compared to traditional polymeric barrier materials and is particularly useful in applications where it is desired to limit permeation of small gas molecules such as helium, such as airships or other lighter than air vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Edward Bullock, Jaime Ballester
  • Patent number: 9587753
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device includes a housing, a sliding member slidably engaged in the housing and having a pathway selectively aligning with a passage of the housing, and the sliding member includes a mouth for engaging with an inflation valve, a gasket is attached to the sliding member and includes a bore for engaging with the inflation valve, and a number of pawls are engaged with the gasket and each include a lower portion extendible out of the housing for engaging with the peripheral rib of the housing, and the peripheral rib of the housing is engaged with the lower portions of the pawls for forcing the pawls to force the gasket to grasp the inflation valve to the sliding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 9586099
    Abstract: An electronically trackable ball consisting of a cover, an inflatable bladder, a valve in the bladder a mounting structure attached to said valve and extending inwardly of the valve toward the center of the inflated bladder and an electronic transmission device on said mounting structure remote from said valve. The mounting structure is preferably a lightweight polymeric cylinder with the electronics fitted at the end remote from the valve and close to the center of mass of the ball. The device is within the ball, and is constrained from moving around inside the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Catapult Group International PTY Ltd
    Inventor: Shaun Holthouse
  • Patent number: 9551428
    Abstract: A versatile air-valve connecting device includes two valve connectors and a rotator. The two valve connectors each have an air inlet. The rotator has a cam including a major diameter and a minor diameter and has an air hole. The rotator normally contacts the two valve connectors with the minor diameter so that the two valve connectors are in a relaxed state, and when the rotator is rotated to have the major diameter contacting the two valve connectors, the two valve connectors are slightly deformed under compression and turned into a use state for connecting a valve, where the air hole is communicated with the air inlet of one of the valve connector while the air inlet of the other valve connector is closed by the cam portion into airtightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: BETO ENGINEERING AND MARKETING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 9539869
    Abstract: A self-inflating tire assembly includes an air tube connected to a tire and defining an air passageway, the air tube being composed of a flexible material operative to allow an air tube segment opposite a tire footprint to flatten, closing the passageway, and resiliently unflatten into an original configuration. The air tube is sequentially flattened by the tire footprint in a direction opposite to a tire direction of rotation to pump air along the passageway to a inlet control valve. The inlet control valve regulates the inlet air flow to the air tube and the outlet air flow to the tire cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Daniel Paul Luc Marie Hinque, Jeannot Frieden, Anne Therese Peronnet-Paquin
  • Patent number: 9517874
    Abstract: To provide a valve structure in which a valve sheet is not fused to outer sheets when heat-sealing to a sealed bag. The left and right sides of three valve constituting sheets are side-sealed, and opposed valve constituting sheets are brought into close contact with each other to restrict a fluid from moving. The inside and outside of a bag body are partitioned by a partition seal, the valve is disposed across the inside and outside of the bag body, and welded to the bag body by the partition seal. One of the opposed surfaces of the valve constituting sheets is formed of a non-weldable film that is not welded by welding of the side seals and the partition seal. The side seals become non-welded portions and side-entering preventive sealed portions that block flows of the fluid into the movement channel are provided continuously to the partition seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: KASHIWARA SEITAI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Koyanagi
  • Patent number: 9388914
    Abstract: A rotary switch type valve cap includes a casing including an accommodation space that is surrounded by the front, rear and top end walls and an air intake tube located at the rear end wall and kept in communication with the accommodation space, a rotating device pivotally mounted in the accommodation space and including two valve connectors respectively arranged at two opposite ends thereof in such a manner that when the second valve connector is disposed in a hidden position to face toward the top end wall, the first valve connector is disposed in an operating position to face toward a bottom side of the casing where the rotating device is disposed in its normal state, a lever pivotally mounted at the top end wall, a closure member mounted in the top end wall between the lever and the rotating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: BETO ENGINEERING AND MARKETING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 9375985
    Abstract: A valve stem may comprise an auxiliary port. Devices such as an air pressure gauge, a tire pressure monitoring system sensor, temperature gauges and one-way valves may be mounted to the auxiliary port. A valve stem with auxiliary port may be used in an automatic tire inflation system. A sleeve may be translatably mounted to the valve stem to cover and uncover the auxiliary port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Equalaire Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kevin Hennig, Peter N. M. I. Fountain
  • Patent number: 9371124
    Abstract: High-altitude balloons and apparatuses for filling such high-altitude balloons are provided. As an example, an apparatus for filling a high-altitude balloon includes a tube extending through envelope material of the balloon is provided. The apparatus also includes a flange connected to a first end of the tube. The flange is connected to an interior surface of the balloon. A fitting is connected to a second end of the tube. The fitting is configured for attachment with an apparatus for filling the balloon with lift gas. In addition, methods of filling high-altitude balloons with lift gas and methods of manufacturing balloons are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle Brookes
  • Patent number: 9326877
    Abstract: An intragastric balloon and method of adding and/or removing fluid therefrom are disclosed. The intragastric balloon includes a shell, a grasping tab, and a self-sealing portion. A gastroscopic instrument which includes a grasping tool is inserted into the stomach of a patient and used to grasp the grasping tab located on the surface of the shell. Using the grasping tool, the intragastric balloon is securely fastened to the gastroscopic instrument. A filling instrument, such as a needle, is advanced through the self-sealing portion of the shell for the filling or deflating of the intragastric balloon. After inflation or deflation is complete, the filling instrument is then withdrawn from the balloon and the gastroscopic instrument withdrawn from the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventor: Janel Birk
  • Patent number: 9328834
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device or attachment includes a housing having a tilted inner peripheral surface, a sliding member slidably engaged in the housing and having a pathway for receiving a pressurized air, a gripping device having two casing members slidably engaged with the tilted inner peripheral surface of the housing and having a passage formed in the casing members, and an inflation valve engageable into the passage of the casing members for moving the casing members into the housing and for allowing the casing members to be forced toward each other with the tilted inner peripheral surface of the housing and in order to grasp the inflation valve with the casing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 9309980
    Abstract: A pump chuck for connection with a valve stem of a tire valve is disclosed. The pump chuck comprises a body having a first bore, a second bore, a third bore and a passageway connecting the first bore and the third bore therethrough, a pivot clip pivotally mounted on the body and having a plurality of threads on one end and a depression on a bottom surface, a spring compressed between the pivot clip and the body, a rubber seal housed inside the first bore of the body, an end cap mounted on the top surface of the body above the first bore, and a connector housed inside the third bore of the body to connect a hose from a tire pump. The contact of the rubber seal against the valve stem affects an air tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Ward, Wen C. Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9297464
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device includes a housing having an inlet mouth, a sliding member engaged in the housing and having a pathway for receiving the pressurized air from the inlet mouth, a rotary member rotatably engaged with the housing and having two or more compartments each for receiving a gasket and an inflation valve, the rotary member is rotatable relative to the housing for selectively aligning either of the compartments of the rotary member with the chamber of the housing and the sliding member, and a hand grip includes a cam member attached to the housing with a pivot shaft and engaged with the sliding member for forcing the sliding member to force the gaskets to engage with the inflation valves respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 9290222
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the present invention, an improved pump is provided to inflate and deflate a bladder of a seat. The pump has a base, a stem, a valve, a bulb, an O-ring and a cover. The O-ring holds the bulb to the base in a recess defined by two lips. The bulb has a hole in one end that can be covered by a user's finger during inflation, wherein the user compresses the bulb while covering the hole to create pressure within the chamber. Then, when the user contacts the plunger, the pressure causes air to enter the bladder. To deflate the bladder, the user contacts the plunger without covering up the hole in the bulb. The stem has a flange. The pump can connect to a seat by connecting to a seat tab and securing the tab between the flange and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Steven D. Kuhl
  • Patent number: 9278641
    Abstract: A valve for selectively sealing and unsealing an opening in a bladder is disclosed. The valve includes a flange for mounting the valve around the opening in the bladder, a valve seat supported on the flange, and an air passageway. A spring plate is supported on the flange and spaced from the valve seat. A floating valve disk is provided between the valve seat and the spring plate for movement towards and away from the valve seat to seal and unseal the opening in the bladder. A spring is provided to bias the floating valve disk towards the valve seat. Deflation lugs are provided to hold the floating valve disk away from the valve seat against the force of the spring. The floating valve disk is free to pivot but is prevented from pivoting to such an extent that movement of the floating valve disk is impeded as by binding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Hai Van Do Van
  • Patent number: 9206916
    Abstract: A dual-purpose tire inlet valve connector has a housing, a plunger mounted in a plunger chamber in the housing, multiple steel balls mounted around a periphery of the plunger, a push post and a compression spring mounted inside the plunger, multiple plunger springs mounted between the plunger and the housing, a pressing lever mounted on a top of the housing to abut against a top end of the plunger, and a sealing collar mounted on a bottom of the plunger chamber. The steel balls can be driven by the motion of the plunger and the springs activated by the pressing lever to hold the push post or release the push post for the plunger to abut against and position an American or French tire inlet valve inserted in the dual-purpose tire inlet valve connector to fulfill a universal and fast connection therewith and a smooth air-charging job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Wei-Chi Wang
  • Patent number: 9169836
    Abstract: A simplified inflation valve includes a base forming centrally a bore. The bore has a bottom to which a PU membrane is attached. The membrane includes at least one aperture in a location outboard the bore. An outer circumference of the membrane is fixed to the base through ultrasonic technique or die pressing. A squeezer is mounted on the base and has elasticity for elastically resuming shape after being pressed and has an interior space forming an air chamber. The air chamber has a top forming at least one through hole. The squeezer has a bottom including an outer circumferential portion forming a sealing rim, which is fixed, through ultrasonic technique or die pressing, to the base so as to form an inflation valve. The inflation valve can be connected to an air bladder, whereby through pressing the inflation valve, the air bladder can be inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Universal Trim Supply Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 9121519
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a nozzle in an inflatable object includes a membrane member having a ledge extending outward for securely engaging with the inflatable object, a nozzle seat having a flange to firmly engage with the ledge, a positioning element having two arms, a cap having a lifting mechanism to elevate location of the positioning element, a descending mechanism to descend the location of the positioning element and a sealing part integrally formed and a sealing part integrally extending from the flange and a core having a directing rod securely connected to the positioning element so as to move with the positioning element accordingly and a sealing flange formed with the directing rod such that movement of the core together with the positioning element allows the sealing flange to selectively and sealingly engage with the sealing part of the nozzle seat to block airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Team Worldwide Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung Wang, Chien-Hua Wang
  • Patent number: 9108474
    Abstract: A relief-valve device for an air pressure gauge has a casing, a relief-valve assembly, a valve shaft, and a push button. The casing has a connecting member, a pressure detecting member and a discharging member. The relief-valve assembly is mounted in the discharging member and has a valve seat, a first seal ring, a second seal ring and a mounting cover. The valve shaft is mounted axially slidably in the relief-valve assembly and has a shaft member and a valve head. The shaft member has a discharging notch selectively aligning with the second seal ring to allow high pressure air in an inflatable product connecting to the air pressure gauge to be discharged slowly and finely out of the relief-valve device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: HAO HSIUNG INDUSTRY CORP.
    Inventor: Keng-Fong Chu
  • Patent number: 9086162
    Abstract: A self-sealing valve comprises a valve housing having a fluid conduit, a valve seat, a diaphragm and an attachment member. The valve housing is configured to pass fluid through the fluid conduit. The diaphragm provides a seal of the fluid conduit. The attachment member is configured to attach portion of the diaphragm to the valve housing. The attachment member and diaphragm are configured to position the flexible diaphragm against the valve seat to seal the fluid conduit in a closed position of the self-sealing valve, and to facilitate pivotal movement of the diaphragm under a bias in a first direction away from the valve seat to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Robert B. Chaffee
  • Patent number: 9038652
    Abstract: An inflatable device is provided, comprising a carcass and an internal air intake mechanism assembly. The carcass defines a surface of the device and surrounds an inner volume of the device, and has an opening. The internal air intake mechanism assembly comprises a primary one way valve mechanism joined to the carcass to cover the opening. The primary one way valve mechanism extends into the inner volume and is configured for enabling air to be directed into inner volume from an environment external to the carcass, while preventing or limiting air flow from the inner to the external environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Andre Lee Lewis Henry
  • Patent number: 9027877
    Abstract: High-altitude balloons and apparatuses for filling such high-altitude balloons are provided. As an example, an apparatus for filling a high-altitude balloon includes a tube extending through envelope material of the balloon is provided. The apparatus also includes a flange connected to a first end of the tube. The flange is connected to an interior surface of the balloon. A fitting is connected to a second end of the tube. The fitting is configured for attachment with an apparatus for filling the balloon with lift gas. In addition, methods of filing high-altitude balloons with lift gas and methods of manufacturing balloons are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle Brookes
  • Publication number: 20150122348
    Abstract: Disclosed are valves for inflating the tires of rubber wheels, in particular of vehicles, where the term vehicles is intended as motor vehicles, trucks, motorcycles or in general road transport vehicles. More in detail, the a valve (1) of snap-in type for rubber wheels includes: a hollow valve body (2) of cylindrical shape arranged for connecting the inside of the rubber wheels with the outside environment and allowing passage of air; an actuating mechanism (3) of the valve (1) arranged inside the valve body (2); a rubber ring (4), suitably shaped, arranged for partially covering the valve body (2), wherein the valve body (2) includes at least one portion (20) made of plastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Matteo Gosi, Stefano Cazzanti, Andrea Capelli
  • Patent number: 9016304
    Abstract: A horizontally-triggerable inflation connector includes a casing, a packing unit, and a pull bar. The packing unit is received in the casing. The pull bar is arranged outside the casing and coupled to the packing unit. The pull bar is horizontally and reciprocally movable between a released position and a secured position. When the pull bar is at the released position, the packing unit is set in a released condition and when the pull bar is at the secured position, the packing unit is set in a compressed condition. Thus, the horizontally-triggerable inflation connector is operable to selectively secure or release an air valve so as to achieve convenience of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Beto Engineering and Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Publication number: 20150091273
    Abstract: A valve unit (1) with a single-piece valve body (4) includes a cylindrical collar (5), a valve seat (7), a main duct (9) and an auxiliary duct (10). The cylindrical collar (5) projects from a reference plane (12) obtained in the valve body (4) and is configured so that it can be arranged against a rim (2) when the cylindrical collar (5) is inserted in a hole (6). The cylindrical collar (5) has an end (5a) configured so that it can be deformed and can define a flared portion (13) of the main duct (9) which interferes with the rim (2) at the level of the hole (6) thus providing a mechanism (11) for fixing the valve unit (1) to the rim (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Alberto Deanesi, Gabriele Tezza
  • Patent number: 8967182
    Abstract: A tire valve (1) having a valve channel (11) with a valve body (10) enclosing a valve seat (15), having at least one connecting piece (9) for connecting the valve body (10) to a valve base (2) is disclosed. The valve body (10) has a valve part (12) inserted in the valve channel (11) and displaceable in the axial direction therein, sealingly bearing against the valve seat (15) of the valve body (10) in the closed position of valve (1). The connecting piece (9) of the valve body (10) is placed in a connecting segment (8) at a distance in the axial direction from the functional valve segment of the valve body (10), and the valve body (10) is implemented as a single piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: PTG Reifendruckregelsysteme GmbH
    Inventor: Bertram Tigges
  • Patent number: 8960214
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a passageway, a pressure release mechanism, and at least one seal. The housing includes a longitudinal axis. The passageway extends through the housing and along the longitudinal axis and has a first end and a second end. The first end is configured to be threadably coupled and to be in fluid communication with a Presta valve of a tire. The second end is configured to be in fluid communication with a hose. The pressure release mechanism communicates with the passageway. The seal communicates with the pressure release mechanism and seals the pressure release mechanism and the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Michael A. Kozuschek, Christian S. Carlberg
  • Patent number: 8955535
    Abstract: A method for repairing damaged valve stem assemblies includes enlarging a bore within a body of a valve stem to form an enlarged bore portion and creating a conical hole in an end of the valve stem body around the enlarged bore portion. Internal threads are created within the enlarged bore portion, and a valve stem repair extension is installed in the enlarged bore portion. The valve stem repair extension has a beveled surface that facilitates formation of a hermetic seal between the valve stem body and the valve stem repair extension. The steps of enlarging the bore and creating the conical hole may both be performed using a countersinking drill bit having a beveled cutting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Summit Tool Company
    Inventors: Roger Kliskey, Rockford Tyson
  • Publication number: 20150037113
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a reusable valve in which a seal portion is co-molded with and overmolded to the valve stem to provide a secure mechanical bond therebetween. In one embodiment, the valve includes a snap fit between the valve stem and a retaining cap to provide easy assembly of the valve as well as an efficient and compact retention mechanism for a biasing spring and the valve stem in relation to the valve housing. In one embodiment, the valve includes an easy-to-use opening and closing mechanism that provides tactile feedback to the user when moving the valve stem to an open position and to a closed position to inflate, deflate, or maintain air or gas pressure in the inflatable article. The present disclosure also provides a dunnage bag with such valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Maness, Thomas A. Ketzer, Anthony K. Beard, James S. Zielinski, Mark Breining
  • Publication number: 20150000763
    Abstract: A valve body for a snap-in valve of a vehicle wheel includes a valve stem having a valve core and a jacket-shaped body connected fixedly to the valve stem having the valve core. The body is formed of a rubber mixture containing chloroprene rubber. A snap-in valve having the valve body is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: CARLA RECKER, GWENN LELIEVRE, VOLKER HAERTEL, KONSTANTIN EFIMOV
  • Patent number: 8910664
    Abstract: A nonlinear air stop valve of an air sealing body includes an inner member having left arcs on one side and right arcs on the other side, and both left and right arcs are asymmetrically arranged sideway, and a breach is formed at the bottom of the left and right arcs and on a concave arc surface, and left and right arcs are arranged from top to bottom, such that air entering from an air inlet at the top of the inner membrane flows along an upper arc of the left and right arcs to a lower arc and is blocked by the concave arc surface to flow to the breach and pass through the right arc, breach, left arc and breach in turn from right to left or from left to right into an air outlet at the bottom of the inner membrane and enter into the sealing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: AIRBAG Packing Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaw-Shin Liao, Chieh-Hua Liao
  • Publication number: 20140345706
    Abstract: The invention relates to a non-return valve with a valve sleeve, comprising a valve seat and a flow opening and a sealing body moveable in the valve sleeve, comprising a bulged sealing face, wherein the bulged sealing face is arranged at a head end of the sealing body and the non-return valve comprises guiding means for the axial guidance of the sealing body in the valve sleeve, so that the sealing face always faces the valve seat, and a locking element is inserted into the valve sleeve through the flow opening and is fixed therein, so that the locking element restricts the movement of the sealing body in the valve sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Maibaum, Johannes Happich
  • Publication number: 20140326320
    Abstract: A cold gas generator for providing cold gas for an activation of an air bag, the cold gas generator having a cold gas outlet for connection to the air bag, a first volume for a first cold gas, a first connecting device, a second volume for a second cold gas and a second connecting device. The first connecting device is developed to connect the first volume to the cold gas outlet, in response to a first activating pulse. The second connecting device is developed to connect the second volume to the cold gas outlet or to the first volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Monika Nitschke
  • Patent number: 8839809
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device or attachment includes a housing having an inlet mouth, a sliding member slidably engaged in the housing and extendible out of the housing, the sliding member includes two pathways and two chambers communicating with each other, two gaskets are engaged into the chambers of the sliding member respectively for engaging with different inflation valves, and the outer peripheral walls for forming the chambers of the sliding member are compressible to engage with the gaskets and to grasp and retain the inflation valves and the gaskets in the chambers of the sliding member respectively when either of the outer peripheral walls is engaged into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Publication number: 20140268645
    Abstract: A remote control for an inflatable product includes a top cover, a bottom cover correspondingly fitted to the top cover, an air pump switch mounted on the top cover to control on/off of the air pump and a lighting module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Team Worldwide Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung Wang, Chien-Hua Wang
  • Publication number: 20140261752
    Abstract: A flexible structure inflation device, comprising an inflation assembly configured for insertion between first and second overlapping film layers of a web of material, the inflation assembly having a fluid conduit configured directing a fluid in between the layers to inflate the web; and a cutting member held magnetically in an operative position adjacent the inflation assembly to cut the film passing over the inflation assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PREGIS INNOVATIVE PACKAGING INC.
    Inventor: PREGIS INNOVATIVE PACKAGING INC.
  • Publication number: 20140261729
    Abstract: An airbag assembly may include an airbag and an inflator in fluid communication with the airbag. The inflator may have a first chamber containing a first gas source and a second chamber containing a second gas source. A filter module may be positioned to filter and redirect gas flows from the first and second gas sources. The filter module may be constructed by securing a baffle within an interior cavity of a filter medium having a generally tubular shape, prior to installation of the filter module the inflator. The baffle may be supported directly by the material of the filter module, by a bracket, or by a support structure formed of wire thicker than that of the filter medium. The baffle may maintain isolation between the first and second chambers, or may help gas from the first gas source initiate gas provision from the second gas source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Lewis, Kirk H. Rasmussen, Matthew A. Cox
  • Publication number: 20140238505
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a valve comprising a flange part and a valve element. The flange part comprises a tubular section defining an axial direction. The valve element is made of resilient material and mounted in the tubular section of the flange part. One or more cut-outs are formed in a side wall of the valve element. At least part of the side wall is arranged in abutment with an inner wall of the tubular section. When a force is applied along the axial direction, the valve element stretches, causing the cut-outs to move at least partly out of the tubular section. This establishes a fluid connection through the flange part via the cut-outs, opening the valve. When the force is removed, the valve element resumes its relaxed state, restoring its shape and size and moving the cut-outs into the tubular section, interrupting the fluid connection and closing the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Lars Petersen
  • Publication number: 20140238500
    Abstract: An apparatus can include a piston movably disposed within a pressure vessel and defines a first interior region and a second interior region. The piston has a first position in which the first interior contains a gas having a first pressure and has a volume greater than the second interior region, and a second position in which the second interior region contains a gas having a second pressure and has a volume greater than the first interior region. A seal member is attached to the piston and to the pressure vessel. The seal member has a first configuration in which at least a portion of the seal member is disposed at a first position when the piston is in its first position, and a second configuration in which the portion of the seal member is disposed at a second position when the piston is in its second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: General Compression, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Ingersoll, Justin A. Aborn, Matthew Blieske, Istvan Hauer
  • Patent number: 8813773
    Abstract: A valve device having a valve body (1, 1?) releasably connected by a retaining unit (4, 4?) to a housing (3, 3?) designed for receiving electronic tire pressure measuring device, so that the retaining unit fixes the valve body in a relative position to the housing in a locked state, and the valve body can be displaced in an axial extension direction relative to the housing and released from the same in an unlocked state. The retaining unit is provided on or in the housing, so that it engages laterally in a jacket-side locking segment of the valve body for producing the locked state, and are designed so that the retaining unit is secured or locked on or in the housing in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Alligator Ventilfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Renato Palaoro, Ulf Klaiber, Sven Kindelmann, Timo Oppold, Gerd Haeussler
  • Patent number: RE46053
    Abstract: An air valve connector is threadly engaged to a nozzle head of an air pump, which is eccentrically and pivotally connected with a cam lever. The cam lever is adapted to press against a plug and an airtight ring disposed in the nozzle head to compel the valve connector to connect with different types of air valves such as a French type valve, a German type valve, an English type valve, and an American type valve. The air valve connector is reversed easily between first and second positions to be adapted to connect with the different type valves by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Scott Wu