Cleaning Or Steam Sterilizing Patents (Class 137/238)
  • Patent number: 10877494
    Abstract: A method for depressurizing a pipe includes forming, by an ejector assembly, a seal between a first pipe and a second pipe fluidically coupled to the tee pipe fitting. The first pipe flows a first fluid at a first pressure, and the second pipe flows a second fluid at a second pressure lower than the first pressure. The ejector assembly includes a nozzle converging along a flow direction of the first fluid flowing in the first pipe, and a mixing chamber at an outlet of the nozzle, the mixing chamber comprising an outlet is in fluid communication with the second pipe. The method also includes flowing the first fluid from the first pipe into the ejector assembly through the nozzle so that the pressure of the first fluid decreases to a third pressure lower than the second pressure to draw the second fluid into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Abdulaziz M. Al Otaibi
  • Patent number: 10718256
    Abstract: A vehicle powertrain thermal management system for distributing thermal energy to vehicle powertrain components, including an engine and a transmission. The system for managing heat energy includes a coolant pump, a first control valve, a second control valve, a radiator, a heater core, and a transmission oil heat exchanger. The first control valve has an inlet that is in fluid communication with the engine coolant outlet. The first control valve also has a first control valve outlet. The second control valve has a first inlet, a second inlet, a first outlet, a second outlet and a third outlet. Heat energy produced by the engine is transferred to the radiator through control of the first control valve and to at least one of the heater core, and the transmission oil heat exchanger through the control of the second control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eugene V. Gonze, Irina N. Dmitrieva, Michael J. Paratore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10550947
    Abstract: A block valve and a block valve for a raw material container having a structure in which a retaining part of a liquid material or cleaning fluid is not present inside. In the block valve, a first side of a main flow path in communication with a supply route of a block body and a first minimal port part of a first diaphragm valve in a tilted state with respect to the block body are connected, a second side of the main flow path and a second minimal port part of a second diaphragm valve are connected, a port opening of the second diaphragm valve is in communication with a supply port part, and a joint port part of the first diaphragm valve and a connection line in a vertical direction are connected by a communication path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: KITZ SCT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Goki Koyama
  • Patent number: 10531645
    Abstract: A drinker system, comprising: a central pressure regulator configured regulate a fluid pressure to a regulated input pressure; and a plurality of pressure reducers each comprising: a high-pressure zone configured to receive the fluid from the regulator at the regulated input pressure, a low-pressure zone configured to provide the fluid to one of multiple drinker lines at a low output pressure maintained at a constant proportion to the regulated input pressure, and a moveable integral piece comprising a small diaphragm rigidly connected to a large diaphragm, wherein the small diaphragm is disposed in the high pressure zone and the large diaphragm is disposed in the low pressure zone, and wherein the constant proportion between the low output pressure and the regulated input pressure corresponds to the ratio between the surface area of the small diaphragm and the surface area of the large diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Plasson Ltd.
    Inventors: Oded Katz, Yonatan Bernat
  • Patent number: 10427115
    Abstract: The invention relates to an agrochemicals pre-dilution unit comprising a mixing device that receives and mixes water and agrochemical. This unit carries out the mixing process by means of a plurality of pumps in fluid communication with the mixing device, which sends the prepared mixture a tank truck through outlet pipes. A plurality of bulks are installed in the unit and contain agrochemicals that are pumped in a controlled and precise manner to the mixing device, allowing a mixture of agrochemicals and water to be prepared with minimum human intervention. Also disclosed is the preparation of the liquid mixture controlled by a PLC, which enables an operator to obtain an accurate mixture without needing to intervene directly in the unit, since the operator can interact with the unit by means of a computer, such that such that the PLC controls all the devices in unit in order to prepare the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Douglas Hideaki Kuada
  • Patent number: 10415555
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser includes a dispenser housing having a first inlet, a piston being disposed in the dispenser housing, with the piston having a chamber extending through the piston, where the piston is movable in the dispenser housing between an open position and a closed position. The first inlet is in fluid communication with the chamber when in the open position. The first inlet is blocked from fluid communication with the chamber when in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Welbilt Inc.
    Inventors: Srikar Vemula, Kenneth L. Lundberg, Patrick Baker, Paul Hanniffy, Dan Ionescu
  • Patent number: 10368564
    Abstract: A plurality of bypass lines are configured to selectively engage a corresponding plurality of food flow paths in a food processor. Each bypass line fluidly communicates with an inlet of a pressure regulating valve such that a common pressure occurs at a spaced position in each food flow path providing an equal pressure at the pressure regulating valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Idea Boxx, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan E. Smith, Robert Tuchrelo
  • Patent number: 10288131
    Abstract: A vehicle control device including a multi-speed transmission switching gear shift positions in accordance with a combination of hydraulic friction engagement devices operations and pressure control solenoid valves, the control device shifting gears by providing a shift output signal including a quick-apply signal to the valves after a first time from a shift request, the control device has: a pulsation drive control portion to control selectively pulsating the pressure control solenoid valves in a cycle; and a quick-apply control prohibiting portion to prohibit a provision of a quick-apply control using the quick-apply signal for a second time from a time of termination of the pulsation drive control, and to permit the provision of the quick-apply control after the elapse of the second time, for a valve having undergone the control, the pulsation drive control portion to terminate the control for a valve when the shift request is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin Kitamura, Hironobu Aratake, Norihiro Tsukamoto, Tomohiro Asami, Hiromasa Takai, Daiki Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10272452
    Abstract: A mechanical gravimetric disk dispensing apparatus, which in order to prevent compaction of the powder and maintain the flow thereof constant, has a container equipped with an internal mixer that does not require external motorization since it uses that for the rotation of the dosing disk. The mixer is equipped with scrapers to distribute the powder and make it flow on the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ARTEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Girolamo Coppelletti
  • Patent number: 10137468
    Abstract: A device for supplying a sprayer with a liquid coating comprises a one valve having a moving needle, a valve body defining a circulation volume for the coating and a seat for supporting the needle. A pneumatic drive for translating the needle along an axis away from or towards the seat comprises a piston constrained to move with the needle and sliding within a guide body. A head and the guide body define a variable volume chamber. The head is constrained to rotate with the volume via slots on the head and corresponding protruding elements on the guide body. The guide body is screwed onto the valve body along the axis. The head includes driving reliefs for rotation of the head around the axis for screwing onto the valve body. A tool for mounting/dismounting the device comprises a maneuvering handle and an end-piece having reliefs complementary to the driving reliefs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAMES KREMLIN
    Inventor: Stéphane Robert
  • Patent number: 10041585
    Abstract: An electromagnetic valve control apparatus controlling an electromagnetic valve in a control valve apparatus supplying driving oil to an automatic transmission may include an electromagnetic valve driving circuit structured to apply a driving current to the electromagnetic valve based on a set driving condition; an operating state input unit structured to input an engine operating state of the vehicle; an oil pressure state decision unit structured to decide an oil pressure state from a pressure value of the oil at an output side of the electromagnetic valve; a storage unit structured to store decision results of the oil pressure state decision unit; and a driving condition setting unit structured to set the driving condition based on the decision results stored in the storage unit in response to a determination that an engine operating command signal is input based on the operating state input to the operating state input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Sugimoto, Naoki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10035161
    Abstract: A device for supplying at least one sprayer with a liquid coating product comprises at least one valve for controlling the flow of the coating product to the sprayer. The valve comprises a moveable needle, a valve body which defines a circulation volume of the coating product and a seat for supporting the needle in the closed configuration of the valve. A pneumatic driver drives the pointer in translation along an axis away from or towards the seat. The pneumatic driver comprises a piston constrained to move in translation with the needle and mounted slidably in a guide body. The pneumatic driver also comprises an end-piece penetrating into a transfer chamber. The communication line links the end-piece or the transfer chamber with a variable-volume chamber defined by the guide body and a first face of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SAMES KREMLIN
    Inventor: Stéphane Robert
  • Patent number: 10010030
    Abstract: The present application relates to a polymer composition as defined in claims comprising (A) a polymer base resin, which comprises a blend of (A-1) a multimodal ethylene polymer and (A-2) an ethylene polymer, and carbon black, a drip irrigation pipe comprising said polymer composition, a process for producing said drip irrigation pipe, pellets comprising said polymer composition and the use of said polymer composition for producing said drip irrigation pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: BOREALIS AG, ABU DHABI POLYMERS CO. LTD (BOROUGE) L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kshama Motha, Anette Nilsson, Prashant Nikhade, Chanchal Dasgupta, Johan Asting
  • Patent number: 9896223
    Abstract: A pump system for controlling a pressure load delivered to an aircraft interface included in the pump system is disclosed. The pump system includes a pump circuit, a pump, and a valve system. The pump is coupled with the conduits and is configured to provide a pressure load to the aircraft interface to move fuel from a fuel reservoir through the conduits toward the aircraft interface in a fueling mode and to move fuel from the aircraft interface through the conduits toward the fuel reservoir in a defueling mode. The valve system is coupled to the conduits and configured to control the pressure load delivered to the aircraft interface to block the pressure load from exceeding either of a high-pressure threshold and a delta-pressure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: Keith Rice, Sean Quinn, George R. Larkin, Martin Pelkey
  • Patent number: 9885423
    Abstract: A control system includes a hydraulic pressure control valve and an electronic control unit. The hydraulic pressure control valve includes a spool configured to be moved inside a sleeve. The hydraulic pressure control valve is configured to control a hydraulic pressure by moving the spool between a first end and a second end of the sleeve. The hydraulic pressure control valve includes a stopper configured to transmit vibration to the sleeve. The electronic control unit is configured to control the spool to vibrate in the first end or the second end when foreign matter is stuck in the hydraulic pressure control valve, such that the spool or a member that moves the spool repeatedly hits the stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noboru Takagi, Satoru Onozawa, Yoshinobu Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 9745185
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for hygienically reconstituting and delivering food preparations, such as drinks, comprising a metering and mixing device connected to a container containing a base liquid, in the form of a package configured to be connected to a base station. The metering and mixing device comprises a pump for metering the liquid, a diluent intake and a mixing chamber. Coupling means are provided for providing the diluent supply and the means for driving the liquid pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SMIXIN SA
    Inventors: Andre Klopfenstein, Elmar Mock, Christoph Rusch, Naomi Bitmead
  • Patent number: 9707499
    Abstract: Provided is a backwash valve comprising a body including a central tube extending along a length of the body, a first pool port and first filter port axially aligned at a first position along the body length, a second pool port and second filter port axially aligned at a second position along the body length, and a waste port; and a sliding gate including a stem connected to a gate body, the gate body including first and second chambers separated by an internal wall; the sliding gate movable between a filter position wherein fluid communication is provided among the first filter port, first chamber, and first pool port, and a backwash position wherein fluid communication is provided among the first filter port, second fluid chamber, and second pool port, and between the second filter port and waste port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Vance Elliot Willis, Benjamin Isaac Corn, Kenneth Harvey Durham, Michael Damion Mercer
  • Patent number: 9696244
    Abstract: A sampling device uses two ball valves that may be operated to take a sample while allowing flow to continue in a bypass path in a pressurized pipe. As one ball valve closes, it may capture a sample of liquid and gas that may be traveling in the pipe, then the sample may be discharged through a sampling outlet. The second ball valve may be operated simultaneously to open a bypass path while the first ball valve captures a sample. In some cases, the speed of actuation may be a function of the flow speed to capture an accurate sample. In other cases, the length of pipe from the sampling valve to the bypass junction may determine the effectiveness of the sample when actuation speed is relatively slow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Western Energy Support and Technology, Inc
    Inventor: Michael S. Carter
  • Patent number: 9677676
    Abstract: A one-way check valve for solid particulate flow pipeline is disclosed suitable for use in a pressure fluid line containing fine particles of solids. The one way valve increases the reliability and safety of the process operations and simplifies the pipeline detection and control requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Wanwang Peng
  • Patent number: 9657849
    Abstract: A diaphragm-type control valve having a diaphragm and a valve body is provided preferably for use in the separation of and fluid control between a fluid source and a pressurized gas volume. The diaphragm element and a port in the body together form an intermediate chamber that eliminates the need for a check-valve downstream of the valve. In one preferred embodiment, an inner surface of the valve body defines a chamber having an inlet and an outlet in communication with the chamber, and an elongated seat member defining a groove in communication with the port. A diaphragm member having upper and lower surfaces is disposed within the chamber. The lower surface preferably includes a pair of spaced apart elongated members defining a channel therebetween. The diaphragm member engages the seat member placing the channel in communication with the groove to define an air seat in communication with the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventors: Yoram Ringer, Roger S. Wilkins, Boris Frenkel
  • Patent number: 9651165
    Abstract: A system for monitoring an operation of a linear actuator-valve pair and for detecting failures at their early development stages, which comprises: (a) a linear valve for opening or closing a channel between two pipes; (b) a linear actuator for driving the valve to either a closed or an open state by fully or partially displacing a stem of the valve; (c) an angular wireless valve monitoring device for monitoring the status of the pair by inspecting an angular orientation of a main shaft, and for reporting the status to a control center; and (d) a linear to angular converter for converting the linear displacement of the stem to an angular progression of the main shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Eltav Wireless Monitoring Ltd.
    Inventors: Israel Radomsky, Gilad Yanai, Eytan Rogel
  • Patent number: 9533894
    Abstract: A filtering system is provided that includes at least one temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of a filter cartridge. The temperature measurements can used to determine whether the filter cartridge is at an increased risk of suffering a leak due to a crack of other material failure caused by exposure to certain temperatures. More than one temperature sensor may be used. The temperature measurements can also be used to determine whether one or more corrective actions should be taken such as e.g., providing a notification to a user and/or shutting of a flow of fluid to the filter cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Natarajan Venkatakrishnan, Stephen Bernard Froelicher, Andrew Reinhard Krause, Mariano Pablo Filippa
  • Patent number: 9500296
    Abstract: A gas cylinder valve is opened by application of a pilot gas pressure. The gas cylinder valve connects with a yoke for engaging a valve assembly of a gas cylinder The yoke comprising a pilot gas passage that connects a pilot gas chamber in the cylinder valve assembly to a source of pressurized pilot gas and the cylinder gas port of the gas cylinder valve to an external cylinder gas passage. The valve and yoke enable the gas cylinder to be tamper-resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Paul Wadham, Andrew Tatarek
  • Patent number: 9453579
    Abstract: Ball valve with a housing which forms an inlet, an outlet and an obturator seat, an obturator which forms an inner cavity with an inlet aperture, an outlet aperture opposite the inlet aperture, an auxiliary aperture between the inlet aperture and the outlet aperture, as well as a closed side opposite the auxiliary aperture. The inlet aperture and the outlet aperture connect the inlet with the inner cavity and with the obturator seat and an outer channel is formed in an outer surface of the closed side which, when the obturator is rotated from a closed position towards an open position, opens a first outer flow passage between the obturator seat and the outlet before the outlet aperture opens a second inner flow passage between the inner cavity and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: F.I.P. Formatura Iniezione Polimeri S.p.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Bisio, Corrado Mazzacano
  • Patent number: 9334148
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser having a tank located inside a refrigerator which stores a beverage. A tube connects the tank to a spigot with a plunger and a valve located outside the refrigerator and below the tank. The plunger opens and closes the valve. When the valve is in an open position the beverage flows from the tank, through the tube and is dispensed from the spigot. When the valve is in a closed position, the beverage ceases to flow. Also included is a push bar which when pressed, causes the plunger to move to a position which causes the valve to open. When the push bar is released, the plunger returns to a position which causes the valve to close. In an alternate embodiment, also included are a second tank, tube, spigot and a selector which operates so that the beverage can flow from either tank to its associated spigot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: NOSTALGIA PRODUCTS GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Gregg Bond, Edward E. Boughton, III
  • Patent number: 9328837
    Abstract: A valve comprising sealing members configured to allow the valve to achieve an open position, a closed position, lower seat clean position and an upper seat clean position is described. A method including opening a valve, closing a valve, moving the valve to a lower seat clean position, and moving the valve to an upper seat clean position is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: SPX FLOW, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Burns, Drew Van Norman
  • Patent number: 9103454
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a process valve for a media flow path, particularly for use in the beverage industry or pharmaceutical, chemical and food industry, including at least one valve disk, at least one primary seal lying on the valve disk, at least one secondary seal, and at least one hollow space bounded by at least one primary seal and at least one secondary seal having at least one conically tapered groove for holding the secondary seal. The secondary seal is incorporated in such a manner that it seals on only one side and is permeable to media that flow out of the hollow space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Johann Justl
  • Patent number: 9010355
    Abstract: A quick and efficient method to flush out engines, and appropriate machinery and tools for carrying out this operation. The machinery/tools are (a) a flange; and (b) a self-sealing quick connect-disconnect male-female coupling that connects to and through the center of the flange, terminates at a specified distance on the interior of a surface ending with threads or barbs or a quick disconnect, and is attached to a y-shaped connector, to provide a liquid to a cooling system for the engine; and (c) a quick connect-disconnect sealing cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Bert J. Achez
  • Patent number: 9010354
    Abstract: A quick and efficient method to flush out engines, and appropriate machinery and tools for carrying out this operation. The machinery/tools are (a) a flange; and (b) a self-sealing quick connect-disconnect male-female coupling that connects to and through the center of the flange, terminates at a specified distance on the interior of a surface ending with threads or barbs or a quick disconnect, and is attached to a y-shaped connector, to provide a liquid to a cooling system for the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Bert J. Achez
  • Publication number: 20150083231
    Abstract: The present document describes filler apparatus, washing and maintenance support station and methods of using the same. The support station is for supporting a filler container, a volumetric container and/or a sliding plate of the filler apparatus. The washing and maintenance support station comprises a support main frame; a filler container corresponding mating connector on the support main frame for releasably connecting with a filler container mating connector; a volumetric container mount receiving section on the main frame below the filler container corresponding mating connector for releasably mounting a volumetric container mount; and a sliding plate receiving support on the main frame below the volumetric container mount receiving section for releasably supporting a sliding plate substantially flat section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Louis Hébert
  • Patent number: 8973601
    Abstract: A liquid condition sensor configured to monitor the condition of a liquid in an ultrasonic cleaning system tank, the liquid condition sensor including a first circuit configured to detect a signal transmitted from an ultrasonic generator to one or more ultrasonic transducers located in the tank. The liquid condition sensor further includes a second circuit coupled to the first circuit, the second circuit configured to determine if the signal is indicative of one of a suboptimal liquid level, and an unacceptably high concentration of dissolved gases in the cleaning liquid, and a third circuit coupled to the second circuit, the third circuit configured to provide a warning if one of a suboptimal liquid level, and an unacceptably high concentration of dissolved gases in the cleaning liquid is indicated by the second circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ultrasonic Power Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Puskas, Steven H. Myers
  • Publication number: 20150059867
    Abstract: A tank cleaning machine comprising a housing having an inlet and a stationary guide diverter disposed within the housing. A gearing mechanism is attached to the stationery flow diverter. A nozzle extends from the housing wherein the nozzle is in fluid communication with the inlet and the nozzle includes an inclined portion extending from a horizontal portion of the nozzle. A drag limiter extends into a hydraulic fluid reservoir to limit the rotation speed of the gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Knighthawk Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Carroll Stroh, Cliff Knight, Erik Howard
  • Patent number: 8950422
    Abstract: A valve actuating mechanism has an actuator housing and an actuator drive. A spring is connected between them so that when the actuator drive is in a lock position, the spring biases the actuator drive toward an unlock position. A locking member is movable from a first position received in a locking aperture of the actuator drive and in a hole in the actuator housing so as to hold the actuator drive relative to the housing in the locking position and to a second position in which the locking member is outside of the locking aperture so that the spring can move the actuator drive to the unlocked position. A blocking device blocks movement of the locking member but can release the locking member to allow the actuator drive to turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: James C. McGill
  • Publication number: 20150034170
    Abstract: A fire protection sprinkler system and method of inerting a fire protection sprinkler system includes connecting an inerting system to the piping network of a fire protection sprinkler system having a piping network and at least one sprinkler head connected with the piping network. The inerting system includes an inert gas source that is adapted to supply inert gas to the piping network and an inerting gas vent assembly. The gas vent assembly has a gas vent adapted to discharge gas, a solenoid and a control. The solenoid is adapted to selectively open the gas vent and to close the gas vent. The gas vent discharges gas when the solenoid opens the gas vent and does not discharge gas when the solenoid closes the gas vent. The control is adapted to operate the solenoid in a manner that allows the gas vent to discharge gas for a limited amount of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicants: HOLTEC GAS SYSTEMS, LLC, ENGINEERED CORROSION SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Kochelek, Kenneth Nmi Jones, Adam H. Hilton
  • Patent number: 8925570
    Abstract: A hydraulic coupler (100) includes a first coupling (102) and the second coupling (106) and further includes a fluid cavity (144) defined in a second support (108) for the second coupling (106) configured to eject fluid and clean at least one of the first coupling (102) and the second coupling (106) as the first coupling (102) and the second coupling (106) are mutually engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Paul D Marvin, Nathaniel V Silver
  • Patent number: 8919382
    Abstract: A drainage system is provided that comprises a gully having a circumferential side wall, an outlet and a vortex brake with a vortex chamber having a chamber wall with a peripheral inlet opening and a central outlet opening, the vortex brake being arranged in the gully so that a flow path from the inside of the gully to the outlet leads through the vortex brake, and a drainpipe is connected to the outlet. The vortex brake is arranged in the gully so as to be non-demountable, and the vortex brake is provided with a flushing access having a hose connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Mosbaek A/S
    Inventor: Jørgen Mosbæk Johannessen
  • Publication number: 20140373930
    Abstract: A liquid processing system is disclosed. The liquid processing system comprises a number of sub-systems handling a liquid product. The liquid product is transferred between said sub-systems during processing of the liquid product. The liquid processing system further comprises a number of secondary sub-systems connectable to said sub-systems respectively. Each secondary sub-system has an associated measuring device, such that product losses or water consumption, caused by at least one secondary sub-system being connected to a corresponding sub-system of the liquid processing system, can be measured for each secondary sub-system individually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Pontus Luedtke, Ferdinand Franz
  • Publication number: 20140360591
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a filter system for filtering water or wastewater. The apparatus preferably includes an underdrain lateral having a plurality of chambers. Each of the plurality of chambers is preferably configured to direct a combined washing liquid and washing gas into a filter bed during a cleaning or washing cycle. The apparatus further includes one or more flow control members operably associated with the underdrain lateral for improving distribution of the combined washing liquid and washing gas through the filter bed. Each of the one or more flow control members is preferably a baffle assembly having a plate and a plurality of baffles operably associated with the plate. Preferably, one or more baffle assemblies are configured to be inserted into one or more chambers of the underdrain lateral.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: ROBERTS MARKETING DE, INC.
    Inventor: R. Lee Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140338758
    Abstract: A drain line valve device is provided for flushing HVACR drain lines. The device includes a main valve body having inlet and outlet connection ports on opposite ends for inline installation to a drain line (between the condensation producing source and drain discharge). The device includes a removable top cover and an adapter that is sized and configured for insertion into the interior cavity of the main body and fitted receipt within the inside of one of the input or outlet ports. The adapter allows for connection of a pressurized gas or liquid flow source for clearing clogs in the drain line, or a vacuum source, as well as pouring of a liquid clog-cleaning product into the drain line. One embodiment of the device includes a main valve body having one connection port for connection with an auxiliary outlet of a drain pan. An overflow safety switch is supported by the top cover in the interior cavity of the main valve body for detecting a clog in the drain line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Stuart Oakner, Donna Oakner
  • Publication number: 20140295083
    Abstract: There is provided a film forming apparatus including gas supply paths, retaining units, valves, a purge gas supply unit and a control unit. The control unit is configured to implements a film forming process for sequentially performing operations of actuating the valves such that reaction gases are retained in the retaining units, the internal pressures of the retaining units are increased and then the reaction gases are supplied from the retaining units into the process chamber, and a purging process for subsequently repeating, a plurality number of times, operations of actuating the valves such that the purge gas is retained in the retaining units, the internal pressures of the retaining units are increased to a pressure higher than the internal pressures of the retaining units which is increased in the film forming process, and then the purge gas is supplied from the retaining units into the process chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Masayuki NASU, Masaki SANO, Yu NUNOSHIGE
  • Publication number: 20140290754
    Abstract: A system for flameless heating, wherein the system includes a modular flameless heating unit located on a singular skid. The modular flameless heating unit includes an internal combustion engine, a dynamic heat generator operatively connected to the internal combustion engine. Further, the system includes a pump being responsive to the operation of the internal combustion engine, whereby the pump is configured to provide a discharged fluid to the dynamic heat generator. Further still, the system includes a process outlet transfers the heat into a wellbore in order to affect removability of one or more deposits disposed within the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Rusty Lamb, James B. Crawford, John Bibaeff, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140261735
    Abstract: This application discloses novel vacuum break devices useful in automatic vacuum flushing systems. The vacuum break devices are capable of rapidly breaking the vacuum in a storage tank of a sewer line, thus enabling efficient flushing of sediments and cleaning of the sewer system. The invention also provides automatic vacuum flushing systems comprising these novel rapid vacuum break devices and methods thereof for sewer or storage tank sediment cleaning in urban drainage systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Qizhong Guo, Yunjie Li
  • Publication number: 20140261726
    Abstract: An apparatus for exercising an emergency shutoff valve of a steam turbine and methods for operating the same are disclosed herein. A cover of the valve exerciser mounts on top of an emergency shutoff valve body and through a stroker bolt threadingly engaged with the shutoff valve lever arm, the valve stem is moved within a passageway of the cover a small amount so that the aperture between the steam inlet and outlet is not blocked, thereby permitting normal operation of the steam valve while the valve stem is exercised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: James Shurina, Robert J. Gilmore, Michael Arthen Mindock, III
  • Publication number: 20140261756
    Abstract: The vacuum isolation valve includes a housing installed between a chamber and a chamber cleaning gas supply and including a tube connecting the chamber to the chamber cleaning gas supply, a tube isolator formed at a predetermined position of the tube, a first blocking unit installed to the housing, and a second blocking unit installed to the housing, for, when the first blocking unit moves in the first direction, maintaining communication between the chamber and the chamber cleaning gas supply by moving in a second direction and pressing the first blocking unit and for, when the first blocking unit moves in an opposite direction to the first direction, blocking communication between the chamber and the chamber cleaning gas supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MST Engineering co., ltd.
    Inventors: Hanjung CHO, Sangho KIM
  • Publication number: 20140209186
    Abstract: A hydraulic coupler (100) includes a first coupling (102) and the second coupling (106) and further includes a fluid cavity (144) defined in a second support (108) for the second coupling (106) configured to eject fluid and clean at least one of the first coupling (102) and the second coupling (106) as the first coupling (102) and the second coupling (106) are mutually engaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Deere & Copmpany
    Inventors: Paul D. Marvin, Nathaniel V. Silver
  • Publication number: 20140182699
    Abstract: A flushing tool for a perforated tubing in a production tubing string is described. The flushing tool includes a chamber that is sealed at a pressure at or below atmospheric pressure when the flushing tool is in its sealed configuration, the chamber arranged to receive wellbore fluids when the flushing tool is in its activated configuration. A port allows ingress of wellbore fluids into the chamber when the flushing tool is in its activated configuration. A sealing means has a first position when the flushing tool is in its sealed configuration and a second position when the flushing tool is in its activated configuration. An actuator releases the flushing tool from its sealed configuration to its activated configuration by releasing the sealing means to move from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: PEAK WELL SYSTEMS PTY LTD
    Inventor: David J. Manson
  • Publication number: 20140182705
    Abstract: A drainage system for a drain is provided. The drainage system includes a fluid flow path between the inlet and the outlet; a flushing system disposed with the fluid flow path; and a reservoir. The reservoir is configured for holding a stored amount of fluid originating from the drain. The flushing system is configured to use at least a portion of the stored amount of fluid. Other system and methods to flush a drain system are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Plexaire LLC
    Inventors: Stewart Kaiser, William G. Williams
  • Publication number: 20140174559
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for commissioning steam turbine generator power plants to advance the cleanliness of the complete steam cycle by the conditioned discharge of steam to the plant surface condenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher J. Bloch
  • Publication number: 20140158219
    Abstract: A pipe treatment system for a supply unit is provided. The pipe treatment system comprises a fresh water inlet pipe, a tap for fresh water, a controllable tap valve, and a control device for the pipe treatment control system. The controllable tap valve is arranged between the fresh water inlet pipe and the tap for fresh water. The control device for the pipe treatment control system is connected to the controllable tap valve so as to place the controllable tap valve in a pipe treatment state when there is a pipe treatment signal at the control device, so as to provide a more reliable pipe treatment system, for example for disinfection or descaling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Matthias Reiss, Ole Becker
  • Publication number: 20140150894
    Abstract: A flow path switching valve is disclosed that can be operated remotely simply by turning flow on and off. A mid portion of the body has at least one passage therein leading from a central axial bore to one or more external ports each having a tractor nozzle. The valve outlet connects the axial bore to a cleaning nozzle. A poppet member is received in the central axial bore. In a first position, the poppet member directs fluid flow through the outlet to the cleaning nozzle connected to the outlet. The poppet member, when in a second position, closes the central axial bore through the outlet end of the valve body and permits fluid flow through the tractor nozzles. Selection of the different flow paths is made by simply reducing flow through the valve below a predetermined fluid flow threshold and then increasing the flow rate above the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: STONEAGE, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald P. Zink