Inflatable Article (e.g., Tire Filling Chuck And/or Stem) Patents (Class 137/223)
  • Patent number: 10729572
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for delivering a device assembly into a gastric or other space within the body, allowing the device to expand to occupy volume within the gastric space and, after an effective period of time, delivering a substance or stimulus to begin breakdown of the expanded device so that it may release from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Allurion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Moss, Matthew S. Lake, Jonathan Wecker, Shantanu K. Gaur, Samuel G. Levy, Bruce A. Horwitz, Jinyoung Daniel Gwak
  • Patent number: 10688838
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic module for an electronic unit for measuring operating parameters of the wheel of a vehicle which is able to collaborate with a “snap-in” type inflation valve, including a valve body made of an elastomer material, provided with a longitudinal axial bore and intended to extend through an orifice made in a rim, and a hollow tubular core made of a rigid material. A front face of the electronic module housing being connected to the inflation valve using a connecting device. The electronic module is configured to prevent the electronic module from pivoting about an axis defined by the housing connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Gilles Capdepon, Frédéric Gaugain, Olivier Gout
  • Patent number: 10688255
    Abstract: A medication injection device includes a barrel and a plunger disposed to dispense a fluid from the barrel. A dosage tracking system is coupled to output data indicative of the fluid dispensed. A controller is disposed within the medication injection device and coupled to receive the data from the dosage tracking system. The controller includes logic that when executed by the controller causes the controller to perform operations including determining, based on the data, whether an air shot event occurred while dispensing the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Russell Mirov, Benjamin David Krasnow, Peter Howard Smith, Travis Deyle
  • Patent number: 10668393
    Abstract: An inflatable assembly may include a housing that has a plurality of adjustment inflatables that may form a range of shapes at different levels of inflation. The inflatable may also include one or more sensors disposed on the housing and one or more valves disposed in the housing. The valves are controllable and configured to direct fluid flow into the plurality of adjustment inflatables. The assembly may also include a processor that receives data from the one or more sensors disposed on the housing and adjust one or more positions of the one or more valves based on the data to control fluid flow into one or more of the plurality of adjustment inflatables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Robert Cortelyou, Ross Osterman, Justin Schwartz, Amanda Zielkowski, Caitlin A. Correll, Darrin Hughes, Anisha Vyas
  • Patent number: 10661614
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring the pressure of a two-wheeler tire comprises: an adapter component which comprises a joining mechanism to connect the apparatus to a valve of the two-wheeler tire; a valve opener to open the valve so that in a state connected to the valve pressurized air flows from the two-wheeler tire through the valve into the until the which can be connected to the adapter component; and a sensor component which can be connected to the adapter component. The sensor component comprises a pressure measurement device to measure the pressure in the apparatus and a transmitter to wirelessly transmit information corresponding to the measured pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SKS Metaplast Scheffer-Klute GmbH
    Inventors: Davor Kisker, Michael Beste
  • Patent number: 10640185
    Abstract: An environmental protection garment for use during water activities includes a wetsuit. A plurality of bladders, a receiver, a transmitter, and a controller are coupled to the wetsuit. An inflation unit coupled to the wetsuit and fluidically coupled to the plurality of bladders. The receiver is global position system enabled. The controller is operationally coupled to the inflation unit, the receiver, and the transmitter. The controller is positioned to selectively actuate the inflation unit to inflate the bladders to increase a buoyancy of a user. The controller is positioned to selectively actuate the receiver to receive location coordinates and the transmitter to transmit the location coordinates and a distress signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Africa Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10632346
    Abstract: A sports ball including a plurality of specifically-configured panels bonded together along their abutting edges, and bonded with a carcass on the inner surface of the panels by an adhesive. The carcass surrounds the entire surface of a hanging or suspended elastic bladder that is not fixedly attached to the carcass. The panels include a casing that forms an exterior surface of the ball, and at least one lining layer to give structure, strength and softness to the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: ANWAR KHAWAJA INDUSTRIES PVT. LTD.
    Inventor: Omer Khawar Khawaja
  • Patent number: 10561191
    Abstract: A helmet having non-bursting gas cells preferably includes a hard helmet shell, an outside gas cell impact layer and an inside gas cell impact layer. The outside gas cell impact layer preferably includes at least one gas cell layer and an outside layer of sheet material. Each gas cell layer includes a plurality of gas cells created between two plastic sheets. The inside gas cell impact layer includes the at least one gas cell layer. The inside and outside gas cell impact layers may be permanently or removably attached to hard helmet shell. A second embodiment of the helmet having non-bursting gas cells preferably includes the hard helmet shell, the outside gas cell impact layer and an inside gas cell inflatable impact layer. The inside gas cell inflatable impact layer preferably includes at least one inflatable gas cell layer and a check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: John E. Whitcomb
  • Patent number: 10562361
    Abstract: A tubeless air valve stem has a body, an airtight element, and a sleeve. The body has a passage, a through hole, and at least one side hole. The passage is formed on a top end of the body. The through hole is formed through a bottom end of the body and is in communication with the passage. The at least one side hole is formed through an outer surface of the body and is in communication with the passage. The airtight element is disposed around the body. The sleeve is disposed around the body for closing the at least one side hole. Gas or liquid can be injected into a tubeless tire via the at least one side hole. The intake efficiency of the tubeless air valve stem can be maintained and is not influenced by the remaining reinforcing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: RIM MASTER INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: I-Huang Chang
  • Patent number: 10507474
    Abstract: A nozzle for fast inflation and deflation includes a flexible plastic body, an air tube, and a sealing plug. The flexible plastic body is connected to a bottom of the air tube, and the sealing plug is flexibly connected to an outer port of the air tube. A valve sheet is in the flexible plastic body. For air inflation or deflation, a gap as an air channel is formed between the valve sheet and the air tube for inflation or deflation without pressing the flexible plastic body. To store air, the air tube is bent downward until the flexible plastic body is deformed to cause the valve sheet to contact the inner port of the air tube so as to avoid air leakage. Then, the air tube is allowed to be slowly plugged by the sealing plug. The problem of internal air leaking out is thus fully solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: DONGGUAN TIGER POINT METAL & PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chun-Chung Tsai
  • Patent number: 10458563
    Abstract: A valve arrangement including: a valve inlet, a valve outlet arranged downstream of the valve inlet, a first chamber arranged directly downstream of the inlet, and a second chamber arranged between the first chamber and the valve outlet. The valve arrangement further includes a measuring nipple comprising a measuring channel for receiving a measuring device, and a closing arrangement having open positions and a closed position, wherein the closing arrangement in its closed position is configured to prevent fluid communication between the first chamber and the second chamber via the closing arrangement, and wherein the closing arrangement in its open positions is configured to allow for fluid communication between the first chamber and the second chamber via the closing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: IMI HYDRONIC ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL SA
    Inventors: Björn Holmgren, Leif Marstorp, Andreas Jonsson
  • Patent number: 10443767
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for releasably interconnecting fluid passages comprises male and female coupling members, which are mated by inserting a probe and socket of the members respectively. Each coupling member has a first end arranged for connection to a fluid passage. When mated in use, the coupling assembly provides a straight fluid conduit between the fluid passages comprising through-bores in each of the coupling members coincident along a first longitudinal axis. When mated in use, the probe and socket are arranged coincident on a second longitudinal axis, which is inclined to the first axis. Sealing means comprising an annular sealing ring proximate each of the socket and probe are arranged, when mated in use, either side of an intersection between the through-bore and socket. The sealing arrangement is such that fluid within the fluid conduit exerts a net force resisting separation of said coupling members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SELF-ENERGISING COUPLING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Matthew Joseph Readman
  • Patent number: 10377188
    Abstract: A tire pressure regulating device for adjusting, while driving, the tire pressures of vehicle wheels of a plurality of vehicle axles of a motor vehicle with pneumatic tires includes at least one switchover valve arranged on the vehicle chassis that can be controlled in an electromagnetic/pneumatic manner, a plurality of axle valves, each axle valve being arranged on the vehicle chassis for each vehicle axle and being controllable in an electromagnetic/pneumatic manner, a plurality of pressure-controlled wheel valves, each pressure-controlled wheel valve being arranged at a respective vehicle wheel, a pilot control valve arranged on the vehicle chassis and being controllable in a purely electromagnetic manner or in an electromagnetic/pneumatic manner, and a plurality of two-channel rotary couplings arranged between the vehicle axles and associated vehicle wheels and provided with switchable seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: WABCO GMBH
    Inventors: Ulrich Couppee, Michael Haverkamp, Thomas Stellmacher
  • Patent number: 10342282
    Abstract: A helmet is disclosed having a padding element removably constrained to the shell and provided with a first seat so that a first protrusion integral with the shell is reversibly engaged, reversible male-female coupling members to reversibly couple the shell and the padding element, which are adapted to define a hinge point for the relative rotation between the shell and the padding element. The helmet has restraining members to selectively restrain and release the first protrusion in and from the first seat. The restraining members are movable between a first restraint position to restrain the first protrusion in the first seat, so that the relative rotation between the shell and the padding element is prevented. A second disengagement position of the first protrusion from the first seat is also provided so that the relative rotation between the shell and the padding element is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NOLANGROUP S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Salvetti, Alberto Mandelli, Giuseppe D'Adda
  • Patent number: 10330209
    Abstract: A check valve includes a hollow body. The hollow body includes an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end having a first connector and the outlet end having a second connector. A connecting projection is disposed along a length of an outer surface. A protrusion extends from the outer surface, the protrusion corresponding to a direction of fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Weaver
  • Patent number: 10322228
    Abstract: A power injector is disclosed having power injector control logic, which in turn includes a decay constant cross-reference, for instance in the form of a data structure. Flow rate decay constant information may be stored by the decay constant cross-reference. A decay constant, which may be used by the power injector to generate an exponentially decaying flow rate for an injection, may be stored in the decay constant cross-reference in conjunction with a particular imaging unit. The decay constant cross-reference may be searched by entering a model or module number of an imaging unit to identify the corresponding flow rate decay constant to be used by the power injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Liebel-Flarsheim Company LLC
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Alya Schalabi
  • Patent number: 10307805
    Abstract: A well cap assembly is disclosed which is well suited for use with a wellhead. The well cap assembly has a port component and a cap element. The port component has a bore extending therethrough, an upper neck portion, and an upper threaded portion. The port component further has a lower threaded portion and a barb formed on the upper neck portion. The barb can receive an external flexible tube which is temporarily secured to the port component. The cap element has an internally threaded portion which engages with the upper threaded portion of the upper neck portion and seals the bore of the port component. The cap element also has a tether for securing it to the port component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Q.E.D. Environmental Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Niehaus, David A. Fischer
  • Patent number: 10308331
    Abstract: A survival platform, comprising two flexible outer sheets (4, 5), the outer sheets each having a circumference (2) and being sealed together at their circumferences (2) to define a void (18) therebetween, the survival platform further comprising an inner flexible sheet (6) interposed between the outer sheets (4, 5) and dividing the void (18) into two sub-voids (18a, 18b), and means (8) for inflating the survival platform by introducing a gas into the void to increase a gas pressure therewithin, in which the inner sheet (6) is arranged such that, should one of the outer sheets (4, 5) be breached at a breach, the gas pressure within the void will tend to force the inner sheet (6) through the breach, thereby to block the breach and reduce the level to which gas escapes through the breach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Brett Wescott
  • Patent number: 10280912
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device includes a barrel rotatably connected to a housing, the barrel includes an enlarged space having a screw hole for engaging with a U.S. type inflation valve, and having an inner thread for selectively engaging with a French type inflation valve and for detachably securing the French type inflation valve to the barrel, and a shank is slidably engaged in the housing and includes one end portion for receiving the pressurized air, and the shank includes a front end portion having a mouth movable toward the barrel for selectively engaging with either the U.S. type inflation valve or the French type inflation valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 10245911
    Abstract: A tire chuck adaptor is an apparatus that allows a single user to easily fill a motorcycle tire with air. The tire chuck adaptor includes a sleeve, an extension coupler, an orientation coupler, an air chuck, a valve, a bearing, and a chuck receiving window. The sleeve contains the extension coupler, the orientation coupler, the valve, and the bearing. The valve allows a standard tire chuck to be engaged to the tire chuck adaptor. The bearing allows the valve to rotate within the sleeve. The extension coupler extends the connection between the valve and the standard tire chuck. The orientation coupler changes the connection orientation between the valve and the standard tire chuck. The air chuck allows the tire chuck adaptor to engage with a standard tire valve. The chuck receiving window allows a user to access the valve to engage with a standard tire chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SERAPHIM ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Derek M Crymble, Jason Elsworth
  • Patent number: 10247319
    Abstract: A pump head includes a casing unit, a tightening member and a control unit. The casing unit includes a main body and an abutment wall connected to the main body. The main body has an installation section. The tightening member is disposed in the installation section proximally to the abutment wall. The control unit includes a control valve, a resilient member and a control lever. The control valve is movably disposed in the installation section. The resilient member urges the control valve toward the abutment wall to clamp the tightening member between the control valve and the abutment wall. The control lever is connected to the main body and operable to move the control valve against the resilient member and away from the abutment wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: BETO ENGINEERING AND MARKETING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 10238516
    Abstract: An implantable inflatable gastric balloon device and system comprising a combination flow regulator and timing regulator, useful for inducing satiety and managing obesity. The balloon is administered into the patient's stomach in a deflated state, and then inflated by gas or liquid. The flow portion of the regulator usually acts as a one-way valve allowing gas or liquid to enter but not exit the balloon. The timing portion of the regulator has a degradable plug that gradually degrades over time, eventually allowing this gas or fluid to escape, thus allowing the balloon to escape. The dimensions of the device are configured so that in a deflated state, the balloon can pass by natural physiological processes through the pyloric sphincter and out of the patient through the intestines. Diagnostic methods, and methods for administering and managing the device, are also taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BARIX MEDICAL CORP.
    Inventors: Shailendra Singh, Irwan Shah Mohd Moideen
  • Patent number: 10212980
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus to disperse and attenuate mechanical waves which travel through a human brain upon direct and indirect blunt head trauma. The apparatus comprises a pressurizable and ventable outer balloon shell encasing an inner hard shell. The pressurizable and ventable outer balloon shell releases a pressurized gas to atmosphere upon an impact to said pressurizable and ventable outer balloon shell. The pressurizable and ventable outer balloon shell is configured to compartmentalize an impact region, to reduce amplitudes of incident, reflected and transmitted mechanical waves and to dampen resonance of the mechanical waves delivered to both the apparatus and a human head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Choon Kee Lee
  • Patent number: 10208865
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device includes a housing, a shank slidably engaged in the housing and limited to slide relative to the housing, and prevented from pivoting and rotating relative to the housing, the shank includes one end portion for receiving the pressurized air, a barrel is rotatably engaged with the shank and connected to the housing for detachably securing the inflation valve to the barrel, and a control ferrule is connected to the housing and moved in concert with the housing and the barrel relative to the shank, and the control ferrule is threaded with the shank for forcing and moving the shank toward and to engage with the inflation valve when the control ferrule is rotated relative to the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 10203059
    Abstract: A dual-air tap inflation nozzle includes a body, a first cap assembly, a second cap assembly, a slidable valve slidably disposed in the body, and a lever member. The body has a first end, a second end, a first passage and a second passage in communication to the first passage. The first cap assembly is mounted to the first end and has a third diameter. The second cap assembly is mounted to the second end and has a fourth diameter larger than the third diameter. The lever member is abutable against the slidable valve to cause the second passage to move in relation to the first passage. Thus, the second passage is in communication with a first inflatable space or a second inflatable space of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Patent number: 10189321
    Abstract: An air maintenance tire system component protector is provided. An air maintenance tire system includes at least one connecting tube extending between and being in fluid communication with an annular air tube and a valve housing. The protector includes a first end disposed proximate the connection of the at least one connecting tube to the annular tube, and a second end disposed proximate the valve housing. A mid-portion of the protector is disposed between the first and second ends. The protector covers an outboard surface of the at least one connecting tube and the valve housing, and includes means for engaging the at least one connecting tube to secure the position of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Sagar Dilip Bafana, Robin Lamgaday, Cheng-Hsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 10179399
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a portable power tool. The power tool includes a tool body, a tool assembly and a gas pressure detection assembly. The tool assembly includes a tool bit furnished detachably in an end of the tool body. The gas pressure detection assembly is furnished detachably in another end of the tool body. The gas pressure detection assembly is communicatively coupled to the tool body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Tien, Chan-Ru Chang, Chun-Wen Tang
  • Patent number: 10167087
    Abstract: An aspirator system for inflating an inflatable evacuation device includes an aspirator body having a plurality of flapper doors configured to open to allow intake of atmospheric gas. The aspirator system also includes an aspirator barrel connecting the aspirator body to the inflatable evacuation device, having connected inflation chambers wrapping around a circumference of the aspirator barrel and arranged along a length of the aspirator barrel, and being configured to provide an aspirator barrel chamber for guiding the atmospheric gas to the inflatable evacuation device when the aspirator barrel is inflated. The aspirator system also includes a showerhead nozzle connected to the connected inflation chambers, configured to direct high-pressure gas to inflate the aspirator barrel and compel intake of atmospheric gas through the plurality of flapper doors, to inflate the inflatable evacuation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaro S. Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10099523
    Abstract: A valve for air chambers includes a fixed body and a mobile selector body, wherein the mobile selector body is disposed coaxially in the fixed body. The mobile selector body is configured to slide with respect to the fixed body. The mobile selector body has a first position of use, associated during use to at least a first outlet, and a second position of use, associated during use to at least a second outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: RECORD S.P.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Vettore, Marco Micheli, Alfredo Rottoli
  • Patent number: 10080332
    Abstract: A self-sealing dripper apparatus for controlling liquid flow from a main irrigation pipe is provided. The dripper apparatus comprises a dripper base having an attachment end and an open end with the attachment end capable of being releasably connected to the liquid carrying pipe and the attachment end fluidly connected to the open end. A hollow piston casing is provided having a first open end and a second open end with the first open end positionable over the open end of the dripper base. A piston is slidably movable within the piston casing with the piston having a first end and a second end. Upon fluid flowing from the main irrigation pipe, the fluid forces the second end of the piston against the second open end of the piston casing thereby sealing the second open end of the piston casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: Lim Jing Yi, Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Patent number: 10030372
    Abstract: An apparatus to allow or stop a flow into a piping system or an enclosed environment comprises (a) a housing having an upper flow passage and a lower flow passage; (b) a valve seat, wherein the valve seat is between the upper flow passage and the lower flow passage, wherein at least one opening is formed on the valve seat; (c) at least one rotary valve inside the housing, wherein each of the at least one rotary valve further comprises a main body and two guides mounted to the main body opposite to each other, and wherein the at least one rotary valve can move inside the upper flow passage and above the valve seat; and (d) at least two guide rails inside the upper flow passage for guiding each of the at least one rotary valve between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Di Monte, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10016294
    Abstract: A method includes providing an inflatable implant formed of a flexible polymer material suitable for residence in the body. The implant includes a slit valve provided in its wall. The slit valve includes an elastomeric valve body with an open internal chamber being in fluid communication with a proximal opening of the valve, a concave section at its distal end, and a normally closed slit in a solid portion of the valve body connecting the concave section and the distal end of the valve body. An inflation tube having an injection tip with a distal end and an insertion stop is provided. The injection tip is inserted into the internal chamber of the slit valve until the insertion stop positively engages the proximal opening. Then, the implant with the inflation tube is delivered to a body cavity. Once delivered, fluid is introduced through the inflation tube and into the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: APOLLO ENDOSURGERY US, INC.
    Inventors: Owen Shawn Sobelman, Janel A. Birk
  • Patent number: 10010440
    Abstract: A system includes a slit valve for use with an inflatable intragastric balloon having a flange surface with an opening therein. The slit valve has a valve body connected to the flange surface and a chamber formed in the valve body. The system also includes a filler tube, that is accepted into the chamber when it is inserted through the opening in the flange surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: APOLLO ENDOSURGERY US, INC.
    Inventors: Owen Shawn Sobelman, Janel A. Birk
  • Patent number: 9943657
    Abstract: A tracheostoma valve for attachment to a tracheostoma valve plaster may include a tubular base portion with a proximal opening through which inhaled and exhaled air enters and exits, respectively. A distal lid portion may be arranged distally of the tubular base portion. The distal lid portion may have a distal opening through which inhaled and exhaled air enters and exits, respectively. The tracheostoma valve may have a valve flap member for closing the distal opening via interaction between a front side of the valve flap member and an edge of the distal opening. A valve retaining arm may be included for interaction with the valve flap member to prevent the valve flap member from interacting with the distal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Atos Medical AB
    Inventor: Jan-Ove Persson
  • Patent number: 9915365
    Abstract: An inflation valve for inflating containers with non-rigid walls comprising a tubular body defining a passage with a first opening at one end and a second opening at its opposite end, adapted to be secured to a container; a sealing disc adapted to sealingly close off the second opening to the passage in the tubular body, and adapted to open the second opening mechanically when an inflation device is inserted into the passage through the first opening and thus gas may be passed into the container through the second opening, thereby moving the sealing disc away from the second opening; a guide member located within the passage of the tubular body; a spring adapted to assist the sealing disc to close off the second opening; and a gasket and/or sealing ring adapted to assist the sealing disc to close off the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Stopak India Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventor: Bester Jacobus Pansegrouw
  • Patent number: 9863442
    Abstract: An aspirator system is disclosed comprising a collapsible/extendable aspirator air channel, wherein a burstable seal for entrapping air across the exit channel is provided, wherein said entrapped air creates a pressure causing the aspirator to extend to its extended state, whereupon the seal bursts and opens the air channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nick Ruegsegger, Helperus Ritzema Rautenbach
  • Patent number: 9856991
    Abstract: A flush cap for a valve body includes a substantially flat base and annular inlet portion. The substantially flat base has opposite first and second sides. The annular inlet portion extends from the first side. The annular inlet portion is configured to engage a bore in the valve body. The annular inlet portion includes an inlet bore and a tab. The tab extends from an outer surface of the annular inlet portion in a radial direction relative to a longitudinal axis of the annular inlet portion. The tab is configured to selectively engage the valve body to detachably couple the flush cap to the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Steven D. Williams
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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