With Cleaner, Lubrication Added To Fluid Or Liquid Sealing At Valve Interface Patents (Class 137/237)
  • Publication number: 20150101679
    Abstract: A high pressure fluid system including enhanced safety, maintenance and servicing features. The system can include a CAM assembly module, having a valve seat assembly, seal cartridge assembly and inlet manifold, that is easily installed in and removed from a frame and/discharge manifold as a single unit. A discharge manifold can isolate different pressure rated passageways of the system, and multiple rupture discs associated with the same. A discharge manifold end plate can be included to provide ease of repair of discharge outlets and to establish a plumbing system for the rupture discs. A quick coupler can facilitate connection between a plunger of the seal cartridge assembly and a cross head stub connected to a power frame. A lubrication valve assembly can provide and meter lubrication from a high pressure inlet source to a plunger and packing of the seal cartridge assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Jamie A. Forrest, Todd A. Shawver
  • Patent number: 8910649
    Abstract: A readily cleanable water storage system and a method of maintaining cleanliness of water in said system are disclosed. The system comprises an overhead water tank, wherein said water tank comprises a floor, at least one inlet, a draining outlet with a stop cock, an overflow outlet, a supply outlet and a pump, characterized in that the floor of the tank is inclined at a pre-determined continuous and effective slope either towards another point on the periphery to form an inclined floor, or from all sides to form a conical bottom with the supply outlet located at the side wall of the tank above the conical bottom and the draining outlet is located at the periphery of the inclined floor at sloping end or at the convergence of the cone formed by the conical bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jainendra Kumar Singh
  • Publication number: 20140352799
    Abstract: A faucet for dispensing a fluid includes a spout, a pull-out spray head removably coupled to the spout and including an outlet, and a valve assembly in fluid communication with the outlet. Additionally, the faucet includes a fluid treatment assembly configured to output a treatment into the fluid. The faucet further comprises a first flow path and a second flow path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Scot Rosko, Patrick B. Jonte, Adam M. DeVries, Kurt J. Thomas, Joel D. Sawaski
  • Publication number: 20140326327
    Abstract: A tank, such as a fermentation tank, includes a scraper blade assembly slideably coupled to a bottom surface of the tank. The scraper blade assembly includes a blade arranged to displace solids deposited on the bottom surface of the tank out through an aperture arranged flush with the bottom surface of the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Spokane Industries
    Inventors: Nathan Hayes Owen, Thomas Raymond Rodgers, Nathan Scott Batson
  • Publication number: 20140326326
    Abstract: A system includes a high-pressure liquid supply system including a valve to relieve pressure upon a state change, at least one nozzle in fluid connection with the valve, and at least one filter element, the nozzle at least one being adapted to spray the filter element with high-pressure liquid upon actuation of the valve upon a state change. The high-pressure liquid supply system may, for example, be a high-pressure coolant system for use with a machine tool, and the at least one nozzle may, for example, be adapted to spray the at least one filter element to remove metal particles therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory S. Antoun
  • Publication number: 20140299198
    Abstract: A multi-end connector adaptor comprising a main pipe run having a main pipe run connector flange located at the inlet end of the main pipe run; and outlet ends of first and second transverse auxiliary pipe runs having a ball valve type end connector flange comprising a flow bore through the respective flange and an annular landing recessed in the respective flange around the flow bore to receive a seat ring for sealing against a flow control element of a ball valve. Multiport severe service ball valve assemblies, systems comprising the multi-end connector adaptors and methods of use are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Way Diehl, Duc Thanh Tran
  • Publication number: 20140261755
    Abstract: To assist the filtering from a tank into the inlet port of the pressure chamber of a sprayer, an additional pumping structure is attached to the pumping mechanism of the sprayer. A hose extends into the tank of the sprayer and draws fluid from the tank into the additional pumping structure. Fluid is pumped from the additional pumping structure via the hose to provide a jet of fluid upon a filter over the inlet port. The jet of fluid flushes the filter and retards the accumulation of debris thereon, thereby retarding the clogging of the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: JAMES R. FONTAINE
  • Publication number: 20140251443
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlled access to pressurized fluid lines and to exhausted lines. The apparatus includes a rod body having a bore; a packing fitting attached to a first end of the rod body and a ball valve attached to a second end of the rod body; a transverse arm between the first and second ends of the rod body, the transverse arm having a bore communicating the rod body bore; and a slideable rod in the bore of the rod body, in a first position of the rod a first end extends through the packing fitting to outside of the rod body and a second end is completely within the rod body, in a second position of the rod the first end extends through the packing fitting to outside of the rod body and the second end of the rod extends through and past the ball valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Desrosiers, Mousa H. Ishaq, Robert L. Jourdain, Michael Lunn, Donald A. Martin
  • Patent number: 8828316
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the use of a split and single electrical cells in industrial applications, and particularly in aseptic packaging applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon L. Herdt, Junzhong Li
  • Patent number: 8763987
    Abstract: A butterfly valve comprises: a body including a valve opening; and a flapper rotatably mounted about a rotation axis so as to be movable relative to the valve opening. The flapper is rotatable at least 180° about the rotation axis so that the flapper is movable to at least one fully opened position, at least one fully closed position 90° apart from the fully opened position, and a third position, either fully opened or fully closed, 180° from the other like position. In one embodiment the flapper is rotatable at least 360° about the rotation axis so that the flapper is movable to each of two opened positions 180° apart, and two closed positions 180° apart from each other and 90° and 270° apart from each of the fully opened positions. The valve can be easily calibrated and controlled, and cleaned to extend the useful service life between cleanings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaroslaw W. Pisera, David B. Chamberlain, Robert Krmpotich, Paul D. Lucas
  • Publication number: 20140166123
    Abstract: A laminar air flow cabinet of the type comprising a laminar flow portion and two adjacent portions, a first adjacent portion located above the laminar portion and a second adjacent portion located below the laminar flow portion, in which the cabinet comprises at least one fan blowing air from the first of these adjacent portions to the laminar flow portion through a first filter, and a second filter located in the second of the adjacent portions, the cabinet comprising at least one spray located in the laminar flow portion, a hydraulic pump injecting fluid through the spray and at least one impermeable surface located between the second filter and the laminar flow portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe AGUERRE, Borja Lizari Illarramendi, Naiara Telleria Garay, Gerardo Cajaraville Ordonana, Maria Jose Tames Alonso, Jose Maria Aragones Rebollo
  • Publication number: 20140130890
    Abstract: A method of descaling a water dispensing system included in a refrigerator appliance with a water dispenser is disclosed. The method of descaling includes the step of removing a water filter cartridge from a filter port of the refrigerator appliance wherein the filter port is in fluid communication with the water dispenser. The method also includes the step of inserting a descaling cartridge containing descaling fluid into the filter port of the refrigerator appliance. The method further includes the step of advancing the descaling fluid from the descaling cartridge through the water dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: KEVIN M. CHASE, THOMAS DELL SPICER, LINDSEY ANN WOHLGAMUTH
  • Patent number: 8602046
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of using new flushing ports (1A, 1B) when cleaning a piston accumulator (7). Dirty hydraulic oil is returned out via the main port (2) and a return passage (9) until a cleanness grade has been reached. Clean hydraulic oil is forced into the piston accumulator (7) via the axial bores (3A, B) of the flushing ports (1A, B) and further in sloping bores (3C, D), bringing the hydraulic oil into the volume (8) in an upward, tangential direction below the piston (5), into a flushing circulation. By reducing the gas pressure on the gas side (4) of the piston (5) in relation to flushing pressure input from a valve (6), a volume (8) is created on the oil side between the piston (5) and the end bottom (3). The return passage (9) is closed and the piston (5) is brought into its upper position, so that an internal cylinder wall (10) is cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Tool-Tech AS
    Inventor: Egil Eriksen
  • Publication number: 20130306163
    Abstract: An automatic condensate line purging device for HVAC condensation lines using pressurized gas. The purging device is installed in the condensate drain line of an air conditioning system allowing condensate flow through the device during normal operation where no clog has occurred in the condensate drain line. Should the drain line become clogged, a plug is displaced to seal the condensate drain causing the condensate to back-up up into the external condensate drain pan located beneath the condenser of conventional HVAC systems. When the drain pan fills with water, the safety float switch used to shut down the air conditioner is coupled to a solenoid valve mounted on the purging device wherein a charge of gas is directed into the drain line for removal of the clog.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Austin J. Hubbard, Sr., Louisa E. Winter
  • Publication number: 20130284277
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for recovering and depurating a cooling fluid that comprises at least one passage duct (12, 16), in particular two passage ducts (12, 16) of cooling fluid that extend entering or exiting the apparatus (100). Each passage duct (12, 16) has a distal end (13, 17) arranged to be connected to a high and/or low pressure connection (23, 27) of respective of high and low pressure lines (22, 26) of a refrigeration circuit (50) and a proximal end (14, 18) arranged to be connected to a coolant inlet/outlet fitting (32, 34) of the apparatus (100). The apparatus (100) also comprises a coolant recovery and depuration pathway (60), and a collection container (80) of accumulated cooling fluid that receives depurated cooling fluid from the recovery and depuration pathway (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Sanhaji Rahhali
  • Publication number: 20130220437
    Abstract: An automated irrigation purge system utilizes a pressure purge method of discharging compressed air from a reservoir through selected irrigation zones with feedback from pressure switches to determine when to open and close each zone valve. No programming or user interaction is required beyond starting the system. The system can operate with a wide variety of irrigation systems, with varying number of zones, pipe lengths, pipe diameters, number and variety of sprinkler heads or outlets, and terrain slope. The system tracks the pressure transition time from high pressure to low pressure for each zone as it is blown out. When the current transition time is within a specified range from the previous transition time, the system knows the water has been sufficiently purged from that zone. The purge system can protect the irrigation system from high-pressure conditions, handle multiple error conditions, and maintain water valve settings during power loss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: PELLAERO, LLP
    Inventors: Robert E. Dean, JR., Todd R. Hall
  • Patent number: 8511345
    Abstract: A method for controllably delivering hydrocarbon gas, comprises selectively opening and closing a valve to control the flow of hydrocarbon gas from a pressure vessel to a supply line for a hydrocarbon gas-fueled device, detecting any airborne hydrocarbon gas, attempting to move the valve from an open state to a closed state in response to detecting airborne hydrocarbon gas while the valve is in the open state, and releasing a liquid sealant to the supply line in response to detecting escaped gas after at least attempting to move the valve to the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Pankaj S. Bavishi
  • Publication number: 20130206250
    Abstract: Provided are a bubble-based microvalve and a microfluidic chip using the microvalve. Also provided are methods of using the microvalve for manipulating fluid in a microfluidic channel by changing the volume and/or location of the gas in the microvalve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Tsinghua University
    Inventors: Guohao Zhang, Su Guo, Can Wang, Guoqing Wang, Miao Liu, Jinxiu Zhang, Bei Han, Tao Deng, Wanli Xing, Jing Cheng
  • Publication number: 20130192690
    Abstract: A double seat valve for separating media includes a housing having a first connector for a first pipeline and a second connector for a second pipeline, a first closing member of the first connector and a first closing member seat assigned thereto, the first closing member in closed position cooperating in sealing manner with the first closing member seat via at least one sealing element, a second closing member of the second connector axially spaced from the first closing member, and a second closing member seat assigned to the second closing member, the second closing member in closed position cooperating in sealing manner with the second closing member seat via at least one sealing element. The two closing members can be lifted independently of one another from their respective closing member seats. A leakage space is also provided between the two closing members and discharges into a leakage outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Frank Neuhauser, Werner Deger, Karl Welchner
  • Publication number: 20130195685
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally provide a disc-valve design with a self-cleaning feature. The self-cleaning feature may be integrated into the valve, for example, by removing a “cut-out” portion between sealing surfaces of ports. These cut-out portions may create vortices that might clean debris from the sealing surfaces. The cut-outs may also provide a place for debris to collect-keeping it away from the sealing surfaces. In addition, or as an alternative to cut-outs, some other type of mechanism, such as sealing members designed to disturb flow to sweep away debris near a sealing surface or helical grooves (rifling) formed in the ports, may also be used to promote self-cleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: WEATHERFORD/LAMB, INC.
    Inventor: WEATHERFORD/LAMB, INC.
  • Patent number: 8439072
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a system and method for controllably delivering hydrocarbon gas to a hydrocarbon gas-fueled device. According to one embodiment, a valve having an open state and a closed state is used to control the flow of hydrocarbon gas from a pressure vessel to a supply line. A hydrocarbon gas sensor detects airborne hydrocarbon gas and generates a signal in response. A controller automatically moves the valve to the closed state in response to the signal from the hydrocarbon gas sensor while the valve is in the open state. The controller automatically releases liquid sealant to the supply line in response to a continued signal from the hydrocarbon gas sensor after at least attempting to move the valve to the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Pankaj A. Bavishi, III
  • Publication number: 20130099496
    Abstract: An ocean wave energy system for generating power from ocean waves includes a platform supporting an array of hollow columns whose respective lower ends are in fluidic communication with ocean waves and whose respective upper ends are in air communication with a turbine arrangement such that wave motion occurring at the lower ends is operable to cause air movement within the columns for propelling the turbine arrangement to generate power output. The system further includes one or more position-adjustable and/or angle-adjustable submerged structures near the lower ends of the columns for forming ocean waves propagating in operation towards the lower ends of the columns to couple the waves in a controllable manner into the hollow columns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: HAVKRAFT AS
    Inventor: Geir Arne Solheim
  • Publication number: 20130098475
    Abstract: A valve assembly (1) included in a system for measuring differential pressures in a fluid system and where the valve assembly (1) includes a valve body (7) with an inlet (13) and an outlet (14) for connection to the fluid system, ducts (32, 33) for communication with a differential pressure sensor (12) for registration the differential pressure, a cavity (22) including a calibration cone (10) which is movable in the cavity (22) between a measuring position and a position for zero point calibration/flushing via the valve assembly (1). In instances when the measuring position of the device does not exists, the calibration cone (10) separates the differential pressure sensor (12) from the fluid system, i.e., in its initial position, and, at the same time, the valve assembly (1), in this position, is automatic flushed so as to get rid of any enclosed air in the valve assembly (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: TA HYDRONICS AB
    Inventor: Daniel Jilderos
  • Publication number: 20130092249
    Abstract: Embodiments of an apparatus can be used for unplugging a component of a hydrocarbon transportation or storage unit. Embodiments can include a main body, which can have a central passage through a length of the main body; a secondary passage transverse to the central passage; and a connector end operable to connect the body to the component. Embodiments of the apparatus can also include a valve in fluid communication with the secondary passage, a pressure gauge in fluid communication with the valve, a system connector in fluid communication with the valve, operable to connect the apparatus to a dosed system, and a poker rod operable to move within the central passage of the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventor: Saleh H. Al-Shammari
  • Patent number: 8375977
    Abstract: A ball valve with single access port includes a ball valve body; a ball disposed inside the ball valve body, the ball having an open inside portion creating a primary passage, an operating position of the ball determining the flow of fluid and pressurized cleaning agent through the valve; a secondary passage configured to allow the flow of the pressurized cleaning agent into the open inside portion of the ball and an access port allowing an external source of the pressurized cleaning agent to be coupled to the ball valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: A.S. Jones & Company Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Scott Jones
  • Patent number: 8356621
    Abstract: A device for increasing service life of a combustion installation is disclosed. The combustion installation has a gas-conducting component and a conducted gas has dirt particles. The gas-conducting component has a layer which is partially detached together with the dirt particles of the gas when the layer is impinged with the gas and when a dirt particle is deposited on the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Hannemann, Berthold Köstlin, Rainer Nies
  • Publication number: 20130000746
    Abstract: An endoscope cleaning/disinfecting apparatus connector according to the present invention includes a cleaning/disinfecting apparatus connection section, a circulating section and a discharge section, wherein the discharge section communicates with the circulating section and includes a first channel that discharges a fluid R that passes through the circulating section into a pipe sleeve, a second channel that branches from the first channel and discharges the fluid R to the periphery of the pipe sleeve, and an opening/closing section that is provided in a branch section that branches from the first channel to the second channel or in the second channel, is freely expandable/contractible according to a flow rate of a fluid and blocks the second channel when the flow rate of the fluid is a predetermined amount or higher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Takaaki Komiya, Masayoshi Aono
  • Publication number: 20120318376
    Abstract: There is described a cleaning apparatus for a surface (e.g., a radiation source assembly) in a fluid treatment system. A preferred embodiment of the cleaning apparatus comprises: a wiping element for contact with at least a portion of the surface; at least one cutting element connected to the wiping element for cutting elongate debris in contact with the surface; and a motive element for moving the carriage between a first position and a second position. This preferred embodiment of the present cleaning apparatus is particularly advantageous for removing elongate debris from one or more radiation source assemblies disposed in the fluid treatment system. The approach utilized in this preferred embodiment of the present cleaning apparatus is to include at least one cutting element which is moved along the exterior of the radiation source assembly. The cutting element is connected to a wiping element that is translated between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Trojan Technologies
    Inventors: George Traubenberg, Allan Archer, Cristian Moglan
  • Patent number: 8297304
    Abstract: The storage container for a liquid chlorosilane of the present invention comprises, a tank which stores the liquid chlorosilane, a valve which is connected to the tank and to which an external pipe can be connected detachably, and a closing lid which seals the valve when the external pipe is detached from the valve. The valve comprises a housing and a valve body provided in the housing. The closing lid has a lid body having a sealing surface contacting the connecting surface of the connecting flange, a supply pipe which supplies an inert gas to a space between the closing lid and the valve body in the housing, a supply valve which opens or closes the supply pipe, a discharge pipe which discharges a gas in the space, and a discharge valve which opens or closes the discharge pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
    Inventors: Go Sasaki, Takanori Ito
  • Publication number: 20120160172
    Abstract: A raw material supplying device includes a raw material supplying pipe including a vertically extending rising pipe. The device further includes a first raw material discharging pipe which is provided to branch from the lower end of the rising pipe. The device further includes a cleaning fluid supplying pipe configured to supply one of purge gas and cleaning solution in order to extrude and discharge liquid raw material in the raw material supplying pipe to the first raw material discharging pipe. The device further includes a first raw material supplying valve and a first raw material discharging valve which are respectively provided in the side of the repository and the first raw material discharging pipe other than a connection portion of the raw material supplying pipe with the first raw material discharging pipe. The device further includes a cleaning fluid supplying valve provided in the cleaning fluid supplying pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yu WAMURA, Haruhiko FURUYA
  • Publication number: 20120118402
    Abstract: A gas cylinder valve has a permanent coating of a solid lubricant on at least one of its internal frictional surfaces. The solid lubricant consists of or comprises tungsten disulfide. For example, the frictional surfaces of the upper spindle 10 and lower spindle 12 are provided with such a permanent coating. So are the surfaces that rub against the lower spindle 12 and upper spindle 10 when these are translated by turning the handwheel 8 of the gas cylinder valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: David William Birch
  • Patent number: 8151815
    Abstract: A solenoid valve control apparatus has a solenoid valve having first and second solenoid valves that output first and second solenoid pressures respectively, a pressure regulation valve that works with the first and second solenoid pressures being working signal pressures, and a foreign matter removal controller that removes a foreign matter that adheres to a valve open/close portion of the solenoid valve. Each of the first and second solenoid valves has a solenoid coil that drives a plunger inside the solenoid valve in accordance with an application current. The foreign matter removal controller is configured so that when applying the rectangular-wave current, which performs a reciprocating movement of the plunger and removes the foreign matter, to the solenoid coil of one solenoid valve of the first and second solenoid valves, a current application to the solenoid coil of the other solenoid valve, by which the solenoid pressure becomes a maximum pressure range, is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Jatco Ltd
    Inventors: Youji Tabuchi, Nobufumi Yamane, Hiroki Taniguchi
  • Publication number: 20120031506
    Abstract: An endoscope cleaning/disinfecting apparatus connector according to the present invention includes a cleaning/disinfecting apparatus connection section, a circulating section and a discharge section, wherein the discharge section communicates with the circulating section and includes a first channel that discharges a fluid R that passes through the circulating section into a pipe sleeve, a second channel that branches from the first channel and discharges the fluid R to the periphery of the pipe sleeve, and an opening/closing section that is provided in a branch section that branches from the first channel to the second channel or in the second channel, is freely expandable/contractible according to a flow rate of a fluid and blocks the second channel when the flow rate of the fluid is a predetermined amount or higher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Takaaki KOMIYA, Masayoshi AONO
  • Publication number: 20110308628
    Abstract: A drain hose and method for improving the flow of water from a water heater during draining by cleaning the drain valve of the water heater and the water hose. The apparatus and method provide improved drainage, where the improvement is provided by inclusion of an agitator for agitating the drainage water, wherein such agitation disturbs and removes debris within the drain valve of the water heater and within the drain hose itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Harold Richard Nugent
  • Publication number: 20110290336
    Abstract: The present invention is a flush unit that can quickly and safely connect to a conventional soda fountain dispenser for cleaning the drain system of the dispenser. The flush unit comprises a one-piece unitary flush block or housing, a flexible hose, and a nozzle. The flush block comprises a fluid conduit having a water inlet port and a water outlet port. The flush block further comprises a plug port for plugging the syrup outlet port of a conventional back block. The water inlet and plug ports are spaced to engage with the water and syrup outlet ports, respectively, of the back block. The flush block further comprises a fastener adapted to engage with a fastener of the back block. The flexible hose has a first end connected by a fastener to the water outlet port of the flush block and a second end connected to the nozzle. The present invention allows a person to quickly connect the flush unit to a conventional dispenser and flush the drain system of the dispenser using its own hydrostatic water source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Steven Wayne Campbell, Charles Ernest Smith, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110277851
    Abstract: A medical waste fluid collection and disposal system includes a medical waste fluid collection cart including first and second fluid collection canisters. A valve assembly selectively communicates with the canisters and a valve drive system controls the valve assembly. A liquid level sensor is positioned within each of the canisters. A cart processor communicates with the liquid level sensors and the valve drive system. A cart drain line communicates with the valve assembly and a receptacle, a cart flushing line communicates with the valve assembly and the receptacle and a cart data line and a cart power line communicate with the cart processor and the cart receptacle. A station includes a drain pump that communicates with a drainage system and a station drain line, a flushing pump that communicates with a source of washing liquid and a station flushing line and a station processor in communication with the drain and flushing pumps. A station data line communicates with the station processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: ANTHONY MARTINI, Lawrence Guerra
  • Publication number: 20110272039
    Abstract: A medical waste fluid collection and disposal system includes a medical waste fluid collection cart including first and second fluid collection canisters. A valve assembly selectively communicates with the canisters and a valve drive system controls the valve assembly. A liquid level sensor is positioned within each of the canisters. A cart processor communicates with the liquid level sensors and the valve drive system. A cart drain line communicates With the valve assembly and a receptacle, a cart flushing line communicates with the valve assembly and the receptacle and a cart data line and a cart power line communicate with the cart processor and the cart receptacle. A station includes a drain pump that communicates with a drainage system and a station drain line, a flushing pump that communicates with a source of washing liquid and a station flushing line and a station processor in communication with the drain and flushing pumps. A station data line communicates with the station processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: ANTHONY MARTINI, Lawrence Guerra
  • Publication number: 20110214748
    Abstract: A ball valve with a purging mechanism is used in a method that provides a fluid purge of the valve. The fluid purge may be accomplished by introducing fluid into a housing of the valve and allowing the fluid to pass through the valve and out through an outlet port. The fluid purge eliminates any residual matter from a liquid flow line. The fluid used for the purge is typically nitrogen or clean dry air (CDA).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Kurt Sebben
  • Publication number: 20110203675
    Abstract: A maintenance and hygiene method and apparatus (50) for a motor vehicle air conditioning system (30) with a cooling circuit (20?). The apparatus comprises a regeneration device (56) and a hygiene device (57) that are integrated in a single body (51) which includes, furthermore, a program means (55) that contemporaneously actuates and controls the regeneration device (56) and the hygiene device (57). The maintenance and hygiene program that is resident in the memory of the microprocessor (55) is then started by an operator. In particular, the hygiene step is carried out contemporaneously with the step of recovering the cooling fluid and with the engine on, and is prolonged up to a lubricating fluid discharging step/establishing vacuum condition step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: ECOTECHNICS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Sanhaji Rahhali
  • Publication number: 20110195344
    Abstract: A passive water drain for removal of water from a fuel cell system is disclosed, the drain including a main body having a cavity formed therein, an interior element, and a hydrophilic porous media. The passive water drain is adapted to simplify the anode reactant recycler, eliminate the need for bypass valve systems used to remove water from the cathode exhaust, and eliminate the need for condensate draining systems used for compressed air entering the cathode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven G. Goebel, William H. Pettit
  • Publication number: 20110180152
    Abstract: A nozzle system for mixing contents in a tank and scouring surfaces of debris and sediment is disclosed. The system is capable of use either below or above a tank's liquid content surface as well as being adaptable to flow channels and other surfaces which may become impeded with sediment and debris. The nozzle system includes at least one nozzle receiving fluid from a pump, and a splash plate positioned to deflect a discharged stream from the nozzle in a spread and downward direction. The number and positioning of additional nozzles in the system can be determined by mapping the discharge of each splash plate equipped nozzle and arranging for the desired area of coverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Glenn R. Dorsch
  • Publication number: 20110136700
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for inhibiting hydrate formation blockage in a flow line used to transport hydrocarbon containing fluids. Water is added to a hydrocarbon containing fluid to produce a water cut enhanced hydrocarbon containing fluid. Salt may be added to the hydrocarbon containing fluids as well. Hydrate formation blockage is inhibited from forming within the flow line by the addition of the water and/or the salt. Sufficient water may be added such that the hydrocarbon containing fluid is converted from a water in oil emulsion to a water continuous emulsion. A system for preventing the formation of hydrate blockage in conduits is also provided. The system includes a flow line for transporting a hydrocarbon containing fluid and a water injection conduit fluidly connected to the flow line to add water to the flow line to increase the water cut of a hydrocarbon containing fluid flowing through the flow line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Patrick N. MATTHEWS, Sivakumar Subramanian, Jefferson L. Creek
  • Publication number: 20110073194
    Abstract: A self cleaning valve assembly includes a valve body having an internal valve cavity. A cylinder member received in the valve cavity has a first sealing surface and a cylinder wall, and divides the valve cavity into a liquid-free cavity portion and a flow cavity portion. A spindle includes a spindle body contacting the first sealing surface to continuously prevent pressurized fluid in the flow cavity portion from entering the liquid-free cavity portion. A spindle piston end has a wiper member in a receiving groove frictionally contacting the cylinder wall. A handle pinned to the valve assembly directly contacts the piston end. Handle rotation displaces the spindle from a valve closed to a valve open position permitting pressurized fluid flow into the flow cavity portion. The wiper member wipes a contaminant off the cylinder wall and further prevents contaminant entrance into the liquid-free cavity portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Paul M. DeSantis, Ryan D. Carignan
  • Publication number: 20110056568
    Abstract: A compact system is provided for diverting excess flow of liquid such as waste water from a conduit and to retain debris within the conduit. This incorporates a control section (22), which may be generally cylindrical, and arranged to be rotatable about a longitudinal axis (23), and defining a discharge port (24) through which excess water can leave the conduit. In operation, the depth of water in the conduit would be measured (15) downstream of the control section (22), and the rotation of the control section (22) adjusted in accordance with whether the water surface is above or below a depth limit. The discharge port (24) may include a grille to retain any debris, and the apparatus may include brushes (27), scrapers (29) or water jets (26) to dislodge any material held on the grille when the discharge port is at a top centre position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: HYMETRICS LIMITED
    Inventor: Richard Warren Jones
  • Publication number: 20100258202
    Abstract: An anti entrapment fail safe drain having a drain cover for partially covering an influent opening; a pressurized supply line; and a nozzle assembly in communication with the pressurized supply line and mounted within a drain sump. The nozzle assembly is for directing a pressurized liquid in a pattern over a surface of the drain cover when the drain cover and the nozzle are immersed in the liquid such that a portion of the liquid above the pattern or objects suspended in standing liquid can not be pulled directly toward the drain cover through a drain inlet opening. The drain also has an effluent opening for connecting to the drain sump arranged such that the liquid flows into a pipe in a first direction. The pressurized supply line is arranged inside the pipe for returning the liquid to the nozzle assembly in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: Wayne KRAFT
  • Publication number: 20100071779
    Abstract: A compressed air supply system for a commercial vehicle includes a compressed air inlet that can be coupled to a compressor, a filter unit that is coupled to the compressed air inlet via a delivery line, a discharge valve unit that is coupled to a discharge outlet and the delivery line, an energy saving control output that can be coupled to a control input of the compressor, a first valve unit and a second valve unit, wherein the discharge value unit, the energy saving control output, and the regeneration of the filter unit can be controlled via the value units. A first control input of the discharge value unit, the energy saving control output and the regeneration of the filter unit can be controlled via the first value unit. A second control input of the discharge value unit can be controlled via the second value unit. A method is provided for operating the compressed air supply system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventor: Zoltán BORDÁCS
  • Publication number: 20100065129
    Abstract: A compressed air supply system and method of operating same for a commercial vehicle includes a compressed air inlet that can be coupled to a compressor, a filter unit that can be coupled to the compressed air inlet via a supply line, a discharge valve element that is coupled to a discharge outlet and the supply line, a first valve element and a second valve element. A control inlet of the discharge valve element is controllable by the first valve element and the second valve element is arranged in a regeneration air path for regenerating the filter unit. At least one pneumatically lockable overflow valve via which a consumer circuit coupled to the compressed air supply system is supplied with compressed air. The at least one pneumatically lockable overflow valve can be controlled by the second valve element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Karsten SCHNITTGER, Oliver KAUPERT
  • Publication number: 20090095353
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a diverter valve and a method of providing debris resistance in a diverter valve. The diverter valve can include a valve housing defining a valve chamber and at least an inlet port and an outlet port. The diverter valve can include a flow diverter extending into the valve chamber and pivotally coupled relative to the valve housing about a pivot axis defined through the valve chamber. The flow diverter can include a main portion extending into the valve chamber and a plunger portion disposed outside of the valve chamber. The main portion can have a diverting wall radially spaced apart from the pivot axis. The flow diverter can include a rib extending radially inwardly from the diverting wall toward the pivot axis. The diverter valve can also include at least one wing member positioned within the inlet port and secured relative to the valve housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Carl Arsin
  • Publication number: 20090078406
    Abstract: Method for reducing loss of flow due to hydrate solids deposits and wax deposition in a pipeline without the aid of chemicals and system for transporting a flow of wellstream hydrocarbons containing water, using a main pipeline and a cold-flow reactor connected to the main pipeline or within or forming a part of the pipeline, wherein at least a portion of the wellstream is fed to the cold-flow reactor. Also provided is a method for preventing hydrate nucleation and growth in a pipeline and preventing hydrate agglomeration as well as for preventing wax deposition. The provided method eliminates the use of energized equipment for melting, grinding or scraping hydrate solids from inside of pipelines or flowlines. Generating dry hydrates to be mixed with main flow of a wellstream is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Larry D. Talley, Douglas J. Turner, Douglas K. Priedeman
  • Publication number: 20080023074
    Abstract: In a conventional storm overflow chamber of a combined sewer system, inflowing floating debris do not flow into an intercepting pipe in a rainy weather, and flow out to a public water body, causing a water pollution in the public water body. According to a vortex flow type water surface control device for a draining device of the present invention, a control plate (6) higher than at least a separating weir (1) is provided between an opening of an inflow pipe (2) and an opening of an intercepting pipe (3) in a storm overflow chamber of a combined sewer system. Moreover, a guide wall (7) higher than at least the separating weir (1) is provided along the separating weir between the opening of the inflow pipe (2) and the separating weir (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicants: TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT, TOKYO METROPOLITAN SEWERAGE SERVICE CORPORATION, NIPPON KOEI CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Ikuo Uemura, Hirofumi Ishiwada, Shouichi Banba, Aya Uchino, Tsuneo Ochiai, Hiroshi Komatsu, Shigeki Nishimura, Shigeru Tukada