With Coupling Means Patents (Class 137/231)
  • Patent number: 9630596
    Abstract: A tool attachable to a valve stem of a tire grips and removes the valve core from the valve stem prior to introduction of sealant through the tool into the tire. Subsequently, the valve core, which has been stored in the tool, may be reinserted into the valve stem. An external pressurized gas source may then be attached to the tool so that gas may be injected through the tool and the valve stem of the tire into the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Plews, Inc.
    Inventor: James Zalzalah
  • Patent number: 9416899
    Abstract: A shock pump adapter includes a communication device configured to include an inner tube and an outer tube. The inner and outer tubes are rotatable with respect to one another. A valve insert fixes to one of two ends of and is rotatable with the inner tube and includes a first channel fluidly connecting to a hollow of the inner tube. An air inlet joint fixes to the other of the two ends of and is rotatable with the inner tube. The air inlet joint includes a second channel fluidly connecting to the hollow of the inner tube and a one-way valve disposed in the second channel. An air outlet joint connects to and is disposed at the other of the two ends of the communication device. The air outlet joint fixes to and is rotatable with the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Patent number: 9347859
    Abstract: A system and method for sampling fluid from a top land piston crevice of a reciprocating piston engine. Access into the crevice is via a bore through the piston wall. A collector receives sampled fluid from the piston crevice, and has a housing, a valve, and a shuttle. The housing is an elongated hollow shell having a bore through its length, with the bore containing the valve and the shuttle. The valve opens to allow sampled fluid to pass along the bore toward the shuttle, when the valve is in an open position. The shuttle serves two purposes: it moves back and forth within the bore, thereby opening the valve, and also provides passages for storing sampled fluid within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Garrett L. Anderson, Robert R. Pool
  • Patent number: 9249914
    Abstract: A connector structure for a Schrader (American) valve or a Presta (French) valve contains an air connector connected with a Schrader (American) valve or a Presta (French) valve. The Schrader (American) valve includes Schrader (American) threads and a Schrader (American) inlet part; the Presta (French) valve includes Presta (French) threads and a Presta (French) inlet part. The air connector contains a body including a Schrader (American) inserting hole with a Schrader (American) screwing section, a Presta (French) inserting hole, a movable groove, an air intake, and at least one through orifice; a limiting block including a retaining segment with plural locking teeth and including a defining segment; a control set disposed on the body and controlling the defining segment; a stopping rod mounted in and limited by the movable groove, the stopping rod including a confining slot and an abutting segment which correspond to the Schrader (American) inserting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Birzman Corp.
    Inventor: Chung-Tsun Kuo
  • Patent number: 9133970
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device or attachment includes a housing having an inlet barrel, a sliding member slidably engaged in the housing and having an upper portion extendible out of the housing, the sliding member includes a pathway for selectively aligning with the inlet barrel, a catching element is attached to the sliding member, a gasket is engaged in the catching element, and an inflation valve is engageable into the gasket for depressing the gasket and the catching element and the sliding member to engage into the housing and for moving the sliding member out of the housing, and the inflation valve is detachable from the housing by depressing the sliding member into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Beto Entineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 8978716
    Abstract: A vehicle-carried air compression device includes a case installed with an air compressor therein, a tire repairing container containing a liquid adhesive, and a flexible linking tube. An air inlet coupler of the tire repairing container is connected with an air outlet manifold of the air compressor. An end of the flexible linking tube is coupled to an adhesive outlet coupler of the tire repairing container, and the other end of the flexible linking tube is combined with a protection adapter for coupling to a tire nipple. Before the protection adapter is connected with the tire nipple, the other end of the flexible linking tube is closed by the protection adapter, so that the liquid adhesive in the tire repairing container will not shoot out suddenly because of improper handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Wen-San Chou
  • Publication number: 20150053280
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device or attachment includes a housing having an inlet barrel, a sliding member slidably engaged in the housing and having an upper portion extendible out of the housing, the sliding member includes a pathway for selectively aligning with the inlet barrel, a catching element is attached to the sliding member, a gasket is engaged in the catching element, and an inflation valve is engageable into the gasket for depressing the gasket and the catching element and the sliding member to engage into the housing and for moving the sliding member out of the housing, and the inflation valve is detachable from the housing by depressing the sliding member into the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin WANG
  • 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: 8869819
    Abstract: A bi-directional inflating device, comprising: a handle rod comprising an inner tube and an outer tube, an adapter tube communicating with the inner tube, two inflating fittings each having a passage communicating with the adapter tube, a bushing fixed with the outer tube and slidable in parallel to the passages, and two detent assemblies located between two step portions in the bushing and the adapter tube respectively. The inflating fittings each have two grooves formed with a through hole respectively. The detent assemblies each comprise two detents and an elastic piece. The detents each have a body disposed in a corresponding one of the grooves and two end portions extending outwards from the outer surface of the corresponding inflating fitting respectively. The body has an abutting portion that extends through the through hole of the corresponding inflating fitting and is located inside the corresponding passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Jin Dai Auto Supplies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jui-Meng Huang, Yen-Chang Huang
  • 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: 20140261754
    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: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BETO ENGINEERING & MARKETING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20140259430
    Abstract: An attachment apparatus for attachment to the air conduits of a zoned air cell cushion or mattress to an associated valve. The attachment apparatus comprises a connector assembly with connectors secured in the ends of air conduits secured in a conduit constraint. Each air conduit is in fluid communication with a separate inflation zone of the cushion or mattress. The also connectors are in fluid cooperation with a valve that places normally isolated zones into fluid communication and vice versa. The connector assembly may functions as a base for any one of a number of valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Roho, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Rickman, Dennis L. Clapper
  • Publication number: 20140261753
    Abstract: A snap-in tire valve for mounting in a valve hole in a wheel rim, having a valve body and a resilient member having an overall shape including a groove and a rib adapted to snap into and be retained in the hole. The resilient member may include a rubber that is the reaction product of ethylene-propylene copolymer elastomer, a peroxide curative, zinc diacrylate or zinc dimethacrylate, and a high-density inert filler, such as barium sulfate. The resilient member may include a first and second rubber members of different compositions from each other and defining two layers under the groove. The thickness of the layer of the first rubber member is preferably greater than the thickness of the layer of the second rubber member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: THE GATES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Donald James Burlett, John Graeme Knox
  • Publication number: 20140216562
    Abstract: A portable air pump apparatus and method that includes an elongated elongated cylinder portion having a first air channel for transporting compressed air, and an air discharge portion having a connection head, a finger or thumb grip portion, a rotatable thumb-lock lever, and a second air channel extending vertically therethrough the air discharge portion and engagable with an inflation valve of an inflatable object. The second air channel is in communication with the first air channel of the elongated cylinder portion. The rotatable thumb-lock may be rotated within a predetermined range of movement defined substantially by a non-engaged position and an engaged position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Warren Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140190576
    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: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: BETO ENGINEERING AND MARKETING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 8757194
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a rotary nut unit having a threaded wall portion, a first wall portion near the threaded wall portion and defining a first shoulder, a second wall portion below the first wall portion and defining a second shoulder. A valve stem is disposed within the nut unit, has a lower portion projecting axially and outwardly from the lower end of the nut unit and an upper portion received in the second shoulder. The stem has an axial hole in spatial communication with an axial hole in the nut unit. The upper portion has a head part formed with first and second outward flanges defining a ring-reception recess therebetween. A leak-proof ring is sleeved around the ring-reception recess in the head part to abut hermetically against the second wall portion, thereby providing an air-proof effect between the leak-proof ring and the second wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Ying-Che Huang, Chun-Ming Huang
  • Publication number: 20140130895
    Abstract: A connector system and tire assembly includes a tire having a toroidal tire cavity for containing pressurized air, an elongate integral air passageway contained within a flexible tire component, the air passageway extending between an air inlet cavity and an air outlet cavity in the flexible tire component, the air passageway extending for at least a partial circumferential path around the tire, and a metallic connector assembly within the outlet cavity, the connector assembly including a through-channel for conducting air flow communication between the air passageway within the flexible tire component and a chamber of the connector assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Daniel Paul Luc Marie Hinque, Gilles Bonnet, Olivier Di Prizio, André Cuny, Sebastien Lembert, Andreas Frantzen
  • Patent number: 8720475
    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: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Patent number: 8720474
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device or attachment includes a housing having an inlet mouth, a gasket engaged into the housing for engaging with an inflation valve, a casing engaged in the housing for compressing the gasket to grasp the inflation valve to the housing, and the casing includes a compartment communicative with the gasket for engaging with a valve piece which selectively blocks the casing, a spring biases the valve piece to engage with the casing, an actuator is engageble with the casing for compressing the gasket to grasp the inflation valve to the housing, and the actuator includes a valve member for preventing an air leaking problem from being occurred by the inflation valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Publication number: 20140014197
    Abstract: A multipurpose tire valve tool is provided for the purposes of maintenance of a Schrader valve and for replacing the tube of a pneumatic tire. The tool comprises a valve core removal key, a valve stem tap arm, a first air inlet end, and a second valve stem attachment end. Through the body of the tool is an air conduit and an internal valve core post for depressing the same. A check valve along the air inlet end allows air to be communicated into the tool, whereby the air flows therethrough and into an attached Schrader valve for filling the tire tube while the tool is thereattached. The tool facilitates removal of the valve core, cleaning of the valve stem threads, and filling the tire or tire tube with air while the tool maintains the position of the valve stem through the rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Renaker, Reva Renaker
  • Publication number: 20130255790
    Abstract: This is a pneumatic device used to transfer air from an inflated tire to a deflated tire using a flexible tube and methods of use. The transfer tube is flexible and allows sealed air to transfer through in one direction by using standard screw-on valve connectors on each end and a one-way check valve intersecting the tubing, thus preventing a loss of air from the tire being inflated using no other gauges or mechanical devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Alan Cherry, SR.
  • Patent number: 8539971
    Abstract: An air passageway switchable pump head includes a housing defining a first air outlet passageway, an air intake passageway and a second air outlet passageway, a connection member mounted in the housing for connection to a valve, a switch valve consisting of a valve seat, a valve body and a spring member, and an operating member mounted at one end of the housing and operable to move the switch valve between a first position where a first air passageway of the switch valve is closed, allowing air communication between a second air passageway of the switch valve and the second air outlet passageway, and a second position where the valve body is moved toward the valve seat and closed on the valve seat to block the second air passageway of the switch valve and the first air passageway of the switch valve is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Beto Engineering and Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 8511332
    Abstract: A valve of the “Snap-In” type is intended to be mounted directly on the rim of a vehicle wheel fitted with a “tubeless” tire. The valve is secured to the rim through which it passes via a groove produced at the base of a bulb extended by a rubbery coating of an internal nozzle of the valve. The groove collaborates elastically with a hole in the rim, on the periphery of which hole it becomes lodged, the mass or the volume of the bulb being smaller in its region (A) toward the interior of the rim by comparison with its region (B) directed toward the exterior, this reduction taking place near the groove intended to collaborate with the hole in the rim, both in the part thereof that surrounds the nozzle and in the part thereof that is in contact with the bottom of the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Schrader SAS
    Inventor: Aurelien Robert
  • Publication number: 20130206249
    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, a English type valve, and an American type valve. The air valve connector of the present invention is reversed easily between first and second positions to be adapted to connect with the different type valves by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Patent number: 8424555
    Abstract: A pump nozzle includes a housing body including a lateral edge. The lateral edge defines a valve connecting end and a lever connecting end. A lever is connected to the lever connecting end and is operably pivotal between a first position and a second position. Also, the lever includes a first extension and a second extension extending therefrom and angled thereto. When the lever is in the first position, its first extension is disposed in and adjacent to the lateral edge and is oriented towards the top edge of the housing body, and its second extension is disposed in and adjacent to the top edge and is orientated towards the valve connecting end of the housing body. When the lever is in the second position, the first and second extensions are disposed outside the lateral edge and top edge of the housing body, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Patent number: 8408235
    Abstract: A head for an air pump includes a housing, a nozzle, an urging mechanism, and an end cap. The housing includes a first compartment defined therein and including a first end defining an opening port and a second end enclosed by an end wall. The housing further includes a hole extending therethrough and into the first compartment. The nozzle device is disposed within the first compartment. The urging mechanism includes a cam, an axle and a pivoting member. The cam is disposed in the first compartment and abuts against the nozzle device. The axle is inserted into the housing through the holes and engages with the cam. The pivoting member is connected to the cam by engaging with a terminal end of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Patent number: 8402989
    Abstract: A telescopic pump nozzle for a pump includes a shaft having a first end and a second end, a channel formed therein and communicating the first end with the second end, and a threadedly coupled portion defined at the first end, and in addition, the second end is coupled to an air pipe of the pump. A tube has a first end and a second end and includes first and second connected sections formed on the inner wall of the first end, a compartment defined in the second end, and at least one O-ring mounted on the shaft and abutted against the inner wall of the compartment in an air-tight manner. The second connected section is provided between the first connected section and the compartment. The shaft is slideably disposed in the compartment of the tube. The threadedly coupled portion is selectively coupled to the second connected section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Patent number: 8402987
    Abstract: A Schrader (American) valve /Presta (French) valve dual-mode valve cap includes a casing having an axle hole and a through hole kept in communication, a rotating device rotatably mounted in the axle hole and having two opposing heads respectively disposed outside the axle hole with a respective screw hole defined therein for the connection of a Schrader (American) valve or Presta (French) valve, an accommodation chamber in communication between the two screw holes, an annular air passage defined in between the rotating device and the casing, a through hole in communication with the annular air passage and the accommodation chamber and two seal rings mounted on the periphery thereof at two sides of the annular air passage, a valve block movable back and forth in the accommodation chamber and having a seal ring mounted on the periphery thereof to divide the accommodation chamber into two spaces, and a spring member stopped between the valve block and a part of the rotating device to force the valve block toward
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Beto Engineering and Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 8360090
    Abstract: A Schrader (American) valve/Presta (French) valve dual-purpose valve cap includes a casing comprising an axle hole, an end portion, and a through hole; a rotating device comprising a rod-like body and two heads, each head having a screw hole, the screw hole of one head being adapted for receiving a Presta valve, the screw hole of the other head being adapted for receiving a Schrader valve, the rod-like body comprising an accommodation chamber, two through holes and an annular groove, the annular groove defining an annular air passage, the rod-like body defining a through hole; two O-shaped seal rings sealed the annular air passage; and a ball accommodated in the accommodation chamber; wherein two semispherical recesses respectively formed on an inside wall of the accommodation chamber; the ball has a radius smaller than the radius of the semispherical recesses and greater than the radius of the through hole of each of the two heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Beto Engineering and Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 8360119
    Abstract: A high-pressure inflation pump includes a head, a nozzle, a piercing member, and a resilient member. The head includes a compartment, a passageway, and a threaded section. The piercing member includes a base, a piercing portion, and an air guiding hole. The piercing portion includes an annular abutting shoulder for pressing against an end face of a threaded end of a high-pressure gas container engaged with the threaded section of the head, providing an airtight state. The resilient member includes a support end, a pressing end, and a chamber. The piercing member is received and positioned in the chamber without blocking flow of gas in the high-pressure gas container into the air guiding hole, allowing rapid inflation of a tire engaged with the nozzle and allowing the high-pressure gas container to be used many times to save resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: Ying-Che Huang, Chun-Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 8297301
    Abstract: A nozzle device includes a body, a controller and a core set. The controller is pivotally mounted on the body and is pivotable with respect to the body between a first position and a second position. The core set is slideably received in the body. While the controller is in the first position, the core set is slideable in the chamber and is adapted for coupling with a French type valve. While the controller is in the second position, the core set is fixed and is adapted for coupling with an American type valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Publication number: 20120234401
    Abstract: A nozzle device comprises a body, a controller and a core set. The controller is pivotally mounted on the body and is pivotable with respect to the body between a first position and a second position. The core set is slideably received in the body. While the controller is in the first position, the core set is slideable in the chamber and is adapted for coupling with a French type valve. While the controller is in the second position, the core set is fixed and is adapted for coupling with an American type valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Publication number: 20120227831
    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. The passageway 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-type 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. The seal is effective to prevent pressure from escaping the passageway when the pressure release mechanism is not actuated. Actuation of the pressure release mechanism is effective to release pressure from the hose to the exterior of the apparatus and prevent detachment of any portion of the Presta-type valve as the apparatus is removed from the Presta-type valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Michael A. Kozuschek, Christian S. Carlberg
  • Patent number: 8245722
    Abstract: An inflation nozzle includes a first part having a first threaded passage defined centrally therethrough and a connection ring is threadedly connected to a first end of the first part. An insertion is formed on a second end of the first part and is engaged with a first chamber of a central member which is received in a second part. The central member is connected with a tire pump. The first passage is sized to be connected with a French valve and the connection ring is sized to be connected with an American valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventors: Ying-Che Huang, Chun-Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 8186373
    Abstract: An inflation device includes a central tube, a first mounting unit mounted onto an outside of a reception end of the central tube and a second unit connected to a connection portion on the other end of the central tube. The first mounting unit includes a first casing and an end cap, and the reception end includes a valve mouth and a core tube received therein. The second mounting unit includes inner threads that are connected with the connection portion. A groove is defined in the second mounting unit and an O-ring is engaged with the groove. The first and second mounting units can be connected with an American style tire valve and a French style tire valve, respectively. The first and second mounting units each have outer threads with the same diameter so as to be connected with a tire pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventors: Ying-Che Huang, Chun-Ming Huang
  • Publication number: 20120125446
    Abstract: A telescopic pump nozzle for a pump includes a shaft having a first end and a second end, a channel formed therein and communicating the first end with the second end, and a threadedly coupled portion defined at the first end, and in addition, the second end is coupled to an air pipe of the pump. A tube has a first end and a second end and includes first and second connected sections formed on the inner wall of the first end, a compartment defined in the second end, and at least one O-ring mounted on the shaft and abutted against the inner wall of the compartment in an air-tight manner. The second connected section is provided between the first connected section and the compartment. The shaft is slideably disposed in the compartment of the tube. The threadedly coupled portion is selectively coupled to the second connected section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Publication number: 20120090699
    Abstract: A housing has an upper end, a lower end, and an opening extending between the upper and lower ends, the housing being sealingly attachable to an inflatable device. A check valve has a body member with an upper end, a lower end, an outer surface sized and shaped to be selectively matingly received in the opening of the housing, and an inner surface defining a passageway. The check valve is coupled to the housing by a first tether. A cap has an upper end, a lower end, and an outer surface sized and shaped to be selectively matingly received in the passageway of the check valve. The cap is coupled to the housing by a second tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Vincent W.S. Lau
  • Patent number: 8156955
    Abstract: An inflating nozzle assembly has a housing, two nozzles and a pushing device. The housing has two nozzle chambers and two outlets. The nozzles are mounted respectively in the first nozzle chamber, and one of the nozzles has a nozzle body, a nozzle rod and a spring. The nozzle body has at least one inlet. The nozzle rod is movably mounted in the nozzle body and has a sealing protrusion to divide two communication segments in the nozzle body. The spring is connected to the nozzle rod to keep one of the communication segments of the axial hole from communicating with the at least one inlet in the first nozzle body. Accordingly, an airflow led through the outlets of the housing can be automatically switched by inserting different types of air valves into the corresponding outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Wei-Chi Wang
  • Publication number: 20120085430
    Abstract: A device and method for sealing an inflated balloon includes providing a balloon-tying pump nozzle that has an air nozzle defining an air passageway adapted for communicating air between an air-collection chamber of an air pump and the environment and a balloon-neck-engaging extension adjacent to and extending substantially parallel to the air nozzle, the balloon-neck-engaging extension defining a channel between the balloon-neck-engaging extension and the air nozzle, wherein the channel is sized to accept a neck of a standard party balloon therein while inhibiting a lip of the standard party balloon from passing therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Paul J. Johansson, Paul David Johansson
  • Publication number: 20120037244
    Abstract: A nipple for connecting any conventional pipe to any conventional part. Also disclosed is an air pump facilitator for facilitating the pumping of air into an air tire. Also disclosed is an INLINE air pressure gauge for measuring the pressure being pumped through said air hose. Also disclosed is an electronic INLINE air pressure gauge for measuring the pressure being pumped through said air hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: MORRIS OSTROWIECKI
  • Publication number: 20120031504
    Abstract: A head for an air pump includes a housing, a nozzle, an urging mechanism, and an end cap. The housing includes a first compartment defined therein and including a first end defining an opening port and a second end enclosed by an end wall. The housing further includes a hole extending therethrough and into the first compartment. The nozzle device is disposed within the first compartment. The urging mechanism includes a cam, an axle and a pivoting member. The cam is disposed in the first compartment and abuts against the nozzle device. The axle is inserted into the housing through the holes and engages with the cam. The pivoting member is connected to the cam by engaging with a terminal end of the axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Publication number: 20110290339
    Abstract: A pump nozzle includes a housing body including a lateral edge. The lateral edge defines a valve connecting end and a lever connecting end. A lever is connected to the lever connecting end and is operably pivotal between a first position and a second position. Also, the lever includes a first extension and a second extension extending therefrom and angled thereto. When the lever is in the first position, its first extension is disposed in and adjacent to the lateral edge and is oriented towards the top edge of the housing body, and its second extension is disposed in and adjacent to the top edge and is orientated towards the valve connecting end of the housing body. When the lever is in the second position, the first and second extensions are disposed outside the lateral edge and top edge of the housing body, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Publication number: 20110155260
    Abstract: An inflation device includes a central tube, a first mounting unit mounted onto an outside of a reception end of the central tube and a second unit connected to a connection portion on the other end of the central tube. The first mounting unit includes a first casing and an end cap, and the reception end includes a valve mouth and a core tube received therein. The second mounting unit includes inner threads that are connected with the connection portion. A groove is defined in the second mounting unit and an O-ring is engaged with the groove. The first and second mounting units can be connected with an American style tire valve and a French style tire valve, respectively. The first and second mounting units each have outer threads with the same diameter so as to be connected with a tire pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Ying-Che Huang, Chun-Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 7963297
    Abstract: A dispensing head for an air pump includes a sleeve connected to the air pump and a chamber is defined in an end of the sleeve. The end having the chamber of the sleeve is received in a housing and a mount piece is securely received in the housing. A first seal ring is mounted to the mount piece and in contact with an inner periphery of the chamber. The mount piece includes a plurality of inner threads defined axially in a central passage in the mount piece, so that the threaded section of a French valve is threadedly connected to the inner threads. A second groove is defined in the mount piece and a second seal ring is engaged with the second groove. The second seal ring is mounted to a neck of the French valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventors: Ying-Che Huang, Chun-Ming Huang
  • Publication number: 20110079337
    Abstract: A fixing element (470) that enables an electronic unit (440) to be fixed on the inside of a tire-wheel assembly, on the tubular insert (433) of an inflation valve (430) of the tire-wheel assembly, the fixing element comprising: an interface piece (471) comprising means to establish a connection with the tubular insert of the valve and a housing (488) for a seal (460); at least one container (473) holding or designed to hold the electronic unit; and at least one attachment piece(472) that enables elastic coupling between the interface piece and the container. A method for mounting an electronic unit (440) on a tire-wheel assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: Patrick Botte, Xavier Huchard, Julien Moynet, José-Philippe Valente
  • Publication number: 20110011466
    Abstract: A relatively thin, rectangular shaped device with a semi-circle attachment ring. The device contains a slot in its face, which slot narrows as it reaches the center of the rectangle so that when it engages the valve stem of a cut-check valve, the valve is deformed without damage a sufficient degree so that the cut-check valve is unseated, allowing air to pass either way through the cut-check valve. The attachment ring can be secured to the product being deflated for storage and future use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony Joseph Morrone, II
  • Patent number: 7866335
    Abstract: An air valve connecting device includes a mouth attached to one end of a housing and having a compartment for engaging with a U.S. type valve, and having a bore for engaging with a French type valve, a barrel engaged onto the mouth, an actuator engaged in the housing and having a shank for engaging with the barrel for selectively receiving the French type valve, a tube engaged in the actuator for engaging with the French type valve, and the tube is extendible into the mouth for selectively engaging with the U.S. type valve, a handle includes a cam member for forcing the actuator to secure either the French type valve or the tube to the actuator, and for forcing the barrel and the mouth to engage with either the French type valve or the U.S. type valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 7857015
    Abstract: An inflation needle for inflating an object such as a sports ball includes a tubular body having an attachment end configured for engagement with a fluid supply. The body fairs into a tubular probe extending along a longitudinal axis from a proximal end to a distal end configured for being inserted into the ball. A concavo-convex base extends radially outward from the body and towards the distal end, terminating at a periphery spaced radially from the probe, the base being configured to engage the object upon insertion of the probe therein. The inflation needle is a unitary component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventors: Patricia C. Voorhies, Daniel R. Marlowe
  • Publication number: 20100313968
    Abstract: An inflation valve is revealed. The inflation valve includes a longitudinal valve body, a valve member and an elastic member sleeved between the valve member and the longitudinal valve body. The longitudinal valve body includes an axially extending hole disposed therein, a projecting edge arranged on the axially extending hole and a round through hole disposed on a center of the projecting edge, and two alignment members having at least one projecting body and/or one concave slot. A round valve head is arranged on the front end of the valve member and alignment members corresponding to the alignment members of the longitudinal valve body disposed on an outer edge of the valve head. While being assembled, the valve head passes the through hole by alignment of the alignment members between the valve member and the longitudinal valve body and becomes staggered. Moreover, by the elastic member, the valve head presses and locks onto the round through hole to form a closed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: William LEE
  • Publication number: 20100290931
    Abstract: A hand-actuated pump includes a cylinder with a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end defines an opening. The hand-actuated pump also includes a piston with a proximal end. The proximal end of the piston is configured to be slidably inserted into the distal end of the cylinder. An exhaust port is positioned at the proximal end of the cylinder and includes a coupler that is configured to be removably attached to an inflatable object and to communicate air to the inflatable object. The coupler is also configured to be selectively locked in an extended position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Anthony Jonathan Sanders, Tim Austen, Brian Coleman