With Manifold Or Grouped Outlets Patents (Class 137/266)
  • Patent number: 9683379
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses for providing high electrical resistance for an upper control assembly (including control handles) of an aerial lift are provided through an isolation member that is integral to the upper control assembly and interposed between fluid lines in the control assembly and a set of fluid conduits that extend from the control assembly towards other portions of the aerial lift. The isolation member is a dielectric element that comprises a manifold that is made of material that is substantially electrically non-conductive, and that has a plurality of through-holes or hoses configured to allow hydraulic fluid to flow through the isolation member into and out of the fluid lines and conduits. These methods, systems and apparatuses are preferably used in upper control assemblies of aerial platforms that can carry one or more operators in order to prevent such operators from electrocution when controlling the lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Time Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James Randall Christian, Andrew Keith Palican
  • Patent number: 9636866
    Abstract: A method for checking the security of installation of a joining element to be fixed to a component via an adhesive connection, wherein the adhesive is taken from an adhesive receptacle and is curable by exposure to light from a light emitter. The fill level of the adhesive receptacle is monitored and, upon reaching a lower threshold value of the determined level of the adhesive receptacle, a fluid connection device of a second adhesive receptacle having an adhesive fill level which is higher than that of the adhesive receptacle, is actuated to produce a fluid connection having an adhesive output device. The intensity of the light emitted from the light emitter is inspected by at least one sensor and a signal is output upon falling short of a threshold value of the light received by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Luger, Rainer Gschneidinger
  • Patent number: 9452846
    Abstract: A method of removing water (7) from a fuel tank (2) using a water scavenging line (4) which has an inlet (6) immersed in the water and an outlet (5) coupled to a water tank (3). The method comprises filling the fuel tank with fuel (30) whereby the fuel exerts hydrostatic pressure on the water, the hydrostatic pressure driving the water up the water scavengingline against the force of gravity and into the water tank. The use of hydrostatic pressure provides an automatic and relatively simple method of extracting the water from the bottom of the fuel tank. The water tank enables the extracted water to be stored for disposal at a later time, typically by feeding the water into an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Minty
  • Patent number: 8997776
    Abstract: A color change valve device includes: a manifold including on an inside a paint passage, and to which connector passages are provided to radially penetrate therethrough at plural locations axially spaced from each other; a wash air valve and a wash liquid valve connected to the connector passages at a most upstream side among the respective connector passages in the manifold; paint valves connected to the connector passages in the manifold to be positioned at a downstream side of the respective valves; and a swirl flow forming member provided in the paint passage in the manifold for forming a swirl flow by the wash air and the wash liquid, wherein the swirl flow forming member is arranged across an entire length of the paint passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: ABB K.K.
    Inventor: Kuniharu Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 8978703
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for receiving liquids in an aircraft and/or releasing liquids therefrom, especially during the flight, said device being arranged especially in an airplane. The aim of the invention is to provide a device which can receive large quantities of liquids in a rapid, reliable and flexible manner. To this end, the device can include a tank module with at least one tank container that is connected to a collector using a connecting shaft and a bulkhead module that can be connected to the tank module by the collecting tank. A closing element in the open position releases liquid from the tank module. In addition, a refueling module which is connected to the tank module by a supply line and a tube arranged on a winding device, and a receiving element attached to the tube, can provide refueling of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Zoltan von Mohos
  • Patent number: 8939166
    Abstract: TurbinAL™ is a high-flow carbon dioxide system providing continuous, pressure and temperature regulated gas supply of carbon dioxide for turbine system purging. In a preferred embodiment, the TurbinAL™ system has: a) Four or more dip-tube equipped carbon dioxide cylinder six- or sixteen-packs with integral check valves, flow restriction orifices, and single outlet manifolds; b) Two flow manifolds which are connected to the packs with flexible gas safety lines; c) A transducer controlled automatic switchover manifold that switches gas flow from one flow manifold to the other with no interruption in gas flow; d) An electric heater system designed to vaporize liquid carbon dioxide drawn from a cylinder (via the dip tube) to be supplied to the turbines as a temperature controlled gas; e) A programmable logic controller (PLC) to automatically control and monitor system functions; and f) A flow control device to prevent excess flow to the turbine(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Air Liquide America Specialty Gases LLC
    Inventors: James A. Shurtleff, Joseph K. Bernacki, Martin O'Toole
  • Publication number: 20140373940
    Abstract: A fluid drain manifold is disclosed. The fluid drain manifold can include a manifold body and a plurality of hollow interior channels extending through an interior of the manifold body between an upper end and a bottom end of the manifold body. The plurality of hollow interior channels can include a plurality of individual drain line channels and an outlet channel. The outlet channel can be disposed within the interior of the manifold body, and the outlet channel can include an upper end and an open lower, outlet end. The open lower outlet end of the outlet channel can be positioned at the bottom end of the manifold body. Each of the plurality of individual drain line channels can include an open upper, inlet end at the upper end of the manifold body and an open lower, outlet end fluidly connected to the outlet channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sorin G. Toader, JR., Eric P. Jakubiak
  • Patent number: 8900040
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to ventilation systems and methods, and more particularly to selectively configurable climate control systems and methods for use in data centers and the like. A device includes a support element and a plurality of ducts connected to the support element. The device also includes a manifold in fluid communication with each one of the plurality of ducts and a plurality of valves. Each respective one of the plurality of valves is associated with a respective one of the plurality of ducts. Moreover, there is at least one actuator operatively connected to the plurality of valves, which is structured and arranged to individually actuate each one of the plurality of valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Vincenzo V. Diluoffo, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Michael D. Kendzierski
  • Patent number: 8844583
    Abstract: The invention provides a refuel valve assembly 240 for refuelling a first and a second fuel tank on an aircraft, wherein the refuel valve assembly 240 comprises an inlet for receiving fuel from an orifice 215 in a structure 213 of the aircraft, a first 251a and a second outlet 251b for delivering fuel from behind the structure to the first 211a and second 211b fuel tanks, and a refuel control apparatus for controlling fuel flow to the first and second outlets; wherein the refuel control apparatus includes a controllable valve assembly, so that delivery of fuel through the first outlet to a first fuel tank can be controlled independently of delivery through the second outlet of fuel to a second fuel tank. The invention also provides a method of refuelling a first and a second fuel tank on an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Clive French
  • Patent number: 8844555
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for filling a CO2 system that provides carbonation and delivery of beverages to a user is provided together with a control valve for performing this method. The steps include: attaching a hose and pumping liquid carbon dioxide through an inlet fitting housed in a control valve assembly; causing the translation of a valve stem to isolate a gas port and a tank and a user port and directing the liquid carbon dioxide to a liquid port and a tank; and stopping the pumping of the liquid carbon dioxide upon reaching a pre-determined pressure and removing the hose allowing the translation of the valve stem to close the valve assembly from the atmosphere and allowing the liquid to boil to a gas to provide delivery and carbonation to the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Bevtech, Incorporated
    Inventor: Daniel E Schneider
  • Patent number: 8714183
    Abstract: A system for hydrogen charging has an orifice provided as a flow restrictor between a hydrogen charging port and a hydrogen tank having a larger heat flux value. No orifice is provided on the side of a hydrogen tank having a smaller heat flux value. The orifice has a function of increasing the channel resistance. With the above, it is possible to initially have the hydrogen tank having a smaller heat flux value in the fully charged state, and thereafter the hydrogen tank having a larger heat flux value in the fully charged state. Alternatively, a check valve having a cracking pressure ?P2 can be provided as a flow restrictor on the side of the hydrogen tank having larger heat flux, and a check valve having a cracking pressure ?P1 can be provided as a flow restrictor on the side of the hydrogen tank having smaller heat flux, wherein ?P2>?P1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daigoro Mori, Kenji Komiya, Kumiko Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 8701698
    Abstract: The field of transporting hazardous materials and specifically to a pallet that holds containers for receiving a liquid, for example an organic peroxide, which, for safety reasons, can only be transported in small amounts. A device that includes 2 to 20, and preferably 2 to 10, containers attached onto a pallet, said containers being intended to contain a hazardous material in liquid form, the containers all having a volume greater than 100 L and preferably between 120 to 300 L.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Arkema France
    Inventors: Martin Möllers, Olaf Tietze, Friedrich Schnell, Philippe Maj
  • Patent number: 8651129
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for generating or depositing a stream of m>1 fluid segments, respectively separated by an intermediary medium which does not mix with the fluid segments. The arrangement includes a molded body having a channel for conducting the fluid stream, from which n?m first access lines and n second access lines branch off. The first and second access lines are configured so to be inserted into n wells. The lengths of the first access lines differ from the lengths of the second access lines, and respectively one first valve is arranged in the channel, between the branching location for each second access line and the branching location for each associated first access line, and wherein respectively a second valve is arranged in each second access line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Karlsruhe Institut fuer Technologie
    Inventors: Bastian Rapp, André Schumacher
  • Patent number: 8602050
    Abstract: A self-cleaning varnish supply machine and method of using the same. The machine has a plurality of at least two cylindrical storage containers, a supply line, a return line, a pump, a compressed air supply source, a plurality of at least two outlet valves, a plurality of two inlet valves, and a compressed air supply source valve. The machine can be operated in three different modes. In the first mode, the machine can be used to supply varnish to a varnish application device. Next, the machine can be operated in an automated self-cleaning mode. Finally, the machine can be operated in a manual self-cleaning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Chuanbin Jiang
  • Patent number: 8544494
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes a fuel tank selection module, a fuel depletion determination module, and a fuel pressure balancing module. The fuel tank selection module closes (N?M) of N shutoff valves of N compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks, respectively, when an enable condition is met and the N shutoff valves have been open for a first predetermined period, wherein N is an integer greater than one and M is an integer less than N. The fuel depletion determination module determines whether the M CNG fuel tanks have provided a predetermined amount of fuel based a fuel parameter. The fuel pressure balancing module opens the N shutoff valves for the first predetermined period when the M CNG fuel tanks have provided the predetermined amount of fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Grant Meade
  • Patent number: 8539972
    Abstract: A low consumption and intelligent safe gas-supply system using gas tanks comprises: at least two gas tanks and gas tank valves installed on them, charge valves with check valve, at least two gas-filled parallel unit pipes, high-pressure sensor, at least two gas-supply parallel unit pipes, gas-supply main conduit, reset pressure sensor, at least two solenoid valves with check valve, and electronic control module ECM. The invention has the characteristics such as the gas tanks supply gas in sequence, intelligent control, security and reliability for use, low consumption, high display precision for gas volume, decompression transfinite alarm and convenience for installing, use and maintenance etc., and it can be used in the vehicle hydrogen supply system in the fuel cell vehicles or the vehicle compressed natural gas-supply system in the natural gas vehicles, and also the high-pressure hydrogen or natural gas-supply system for gas tanks on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Beijing Bolken Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Huanen Xu
  • Publication number: 20130213523
    Abstract: A device for evacuating and filling a vehicle cooling system includes a housing having an interior chamber. A service port extends into the housing and connectable with the vehicle cooling system, a supply port extends into the housing and connectable with a source of coolant fluid, and an evacuation port extends into the housing. A valve is disposed at least partially within the housing chamber and is adjustable between a first configuration in which the service port is fluidly coupled with the evacuation port and a second configuration in which the service port is fluidly coupled with the supply port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: David Mark Allen, Scott Allen Sanders
  • Patent number: 8485361
    Abstract: The invention relates to an empty container (1) for receiving air- and/or moisture-sensitive compounds, comprising a connecting unit (2) and an inner volume of at least 300 liters and adapters for connecting the empty container, and to the use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Evonik Degussa GmbH
    Inventors: Hartwig Rauleder, Ekkehard Mueh, Rainer Nicolai, Harald Klein, Reinhold Schork
  • Patent number: 8486344
    Abstract: There are disclosed systems and methods of delivering sterile fluids aseptically to a sealed canister. In an embodiment, a includes a canister having an inlet, a vent, and a drain outlet, a reagent manifold in communication with the inlet, a bubbler in communication with the vent, and a fluid communicator from the drain outlet. In another embodiment, a method includes providing a canister having an inlet, a vent, and a drain outlet; selectively providing reagents to the canister from a reagent manifold in communication with the inlet, allowing excess gasses to leave the canister with a bubbler in communication with the vent, and selectively purging the reagents from the canister through the drain outlet. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Allosource, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond J. Klein
  • Patent number: 8448660
    Abstract: A gas fuel supply apparatus includes: first and second mouthpiece attachment sections capable of detachably attaching thereto mouthpieces of first and second gas containers and provided in communication with each other; and first and second check valves provided in a communication passage, communicating between the mouthpiece attachment sections, in corresponding relation to the first and second gas containers. The first and second check valves prevent a gas fuel, let out from any one of the first and second gas containers, from flowing into the other of the gas containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co. Ltd
    Inventors: Shigeru Shudo, Masanori Fujinuma, Hiroaki Kojima
  • Patent number: 8408236
    Abstract: A drain treatment system capable of achieving balance of pressure between a facility apparatus and a drain treatment apparatus with a simple structure is provided. A bottom part of a heat, exchanger 2 is connected with a top part of a drain tank 3 by a drain discharge pipe 4. The drain discharge pipe 4 has a balance pipe-connecting tube 5. The balance pipe-connecting tube 5 comprises: a balance pipe-connecting part 6; a communicating tube-connecting part 7; and a communicating passage 8 which connects both the parts therein. The top part of the drain tank 3 is connected with the balance pipe-connecting part 6 by a balance pipe 9. Further, the communicating tube-connecting part 7 is connected with a lower part of the heat exchanger 2 by a communicating tube 10 which passes through the drain discharge pipe 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: TLV Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Yumoto
  • Publication number: 20130074937
    Abstract: A switchover manifold for selectively connecting one of a plurality of compressed gas vessels to a point of use such that the supply of compressed gas remains uninterrupted even as the compressed gas vessels are opened and closed to the point of use for renewal of depleted compressed gas vessels. The switchover manifold has an inlet for each gas vessel all in communication with a utilization outlet, and an externally operated valve which opens only one compressed gas vessel to the utilization outlet at any one time. The manifold may be utilized in conjunction with a gas bottle cart. The gas bottles may be medical side D bottles being used in association with a medical procedure comprising insufflation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Albert Wing
  • Patent number: 8336507
    Abstract: A heat transfer oil boiler system to minimize heat loss and prevent heat transfer oil from deterioration due to temperature fluctuations includes a high-level tank disposed with a vent, a transfer oil buffer, and an oil-gas separator; the heat transfer buffer includes one or more oil storage unit containing a chamber within; the heat transfer buffer is disposed between the high-level tank and the oil-gas separator; an oil inlet pipe and an oil outlet pipe for directing oil to and from the oil storage unit, respectively, is disposed in the upper and the lower chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Lao, Yan-Feng Wang, Guo-Sheng Shi, Duo-Fu Hu, Jin-Chang Wang, Rui-Hong Fu
  • Patent number: 8327865
    Abstract: A gas storage tank (1) has a high pressure resistant shell (10) and a fluid control system (5). The fluid control system (5) has an inlet fluid branch (20) and an outlet fluid branch (30). The inlet fluid branch (20) comprises a check valve (21) and the outlet fluid branch (30) comprises a pressure regulator (32) and a pressure assisted check valve (31). Preferably, the fluid control system (5) also comprises an inlet filter, an outlet filter and flow restriction. The fluid control system (5) is preferably situated entirely on the inside of the high pressure resistant shell (10). The fluid control system (5) is preferably provided as a miniaturized system realized in a stack of bonded wafers, where part devices are formed by micromachined geometrical structures. A method for gas handling with the gas storage tank (1) and a manufacturing method for the gas storage tank (1) are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Manbas Alpha AB
    Inventor: Lars Stenmark
  • Patent number: 8109209
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus (2) for reducing the microbial count in particulate bulk material, in particular herbs and spices and other particulate foodstuffs, by treating batches of the bulk material with hot steam. In order to make better use of the thermal energy contained in the steam, the invention proposes that the bulk material is in each case alternately treated with steam in two separate chambers (6, 8), and that, after treatment of the bulk material in a chamber (6 or 8), some of the steam which is supplied to this chamber (6 or 8) is introduced into the other chamber (8 or 6) in order to preheat the still untreated bulk material in said other chamber (8 or 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventors: Peter Dieckmann, Stephan Dieckmann, legal representative, Bianca Dieckmann, legal representative, Graciela Dieckmann, legal representative
  • Patent number: 8104501
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for handling fluids on an oil and gas well drilling platform utilizes detachable peripheral frames to reduce the per square foot load transferred to the platform when reservoirs on the apparatus are filled to (or near) capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel W. Ness
  • Patent number: 8096323
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for receiving liquids in an aircraft and/or releasing liquids therefrom, especially during the flight, said device being arranged especially in an airplane. The aim of the invention is to provide a device which can receive large quantities of liquids in a rapid, reliable and flexible manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Zoltan Von Mohos
  • Patent number: 8056577
    Abstract: An example cascade system includes a manifold having a fluid outlet port to dispense fluid and a fluid valve engaged to the manifold. First and second fluid storage containers are coupled to the manifold. The fluid valve is configured to control a first fluid flow path between the second fluid storage container and the fluid outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Tescom Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Thomas Street, Todd William Larsen
  • Patent number: 8042566
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices, methods and systems for ex-situ component recovery. The ex-situ recovery can be performed by desorbing or outgassing components of a processing system in a recovery system, rather than in the processing system itself. The recovery system can include a docking station and/or a heated vacuum chamber. The heated vacuum chamber can be used to desorb or outgas components that will be located inside the processing system, while the docking station can be used to desorb or outgas components that will be connected to the processing system. The processing system components can be placed under pressure by the recovery system to desorb or outgas contaminants and remove virtual leaks. The recovery system pressure can include a vacuum roughing pump, a turbomolecular pump, and/or a cryogenic pump to apply a pressure necessary to desorb or outgas the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventor: Darwin Enicks
  • Patent number: 7968244
    Abstract: A fuel supply manifold assembly (20) comprising a manifold (40), one or more supply inlet connections (42), pressure readers (44, 46), a manual turnoff (50), pressure-reducing devices (52,54), a pressure-relieving device (56), a flow-control device (60), and a delivery outlet port (62). The manifold (40) defines a flow path from the supply inlet connection(s) (42) to the delivery outlet port (62). The flow path passes through the pressure readers (44, 46), the manual turnoff (50), pressure-reducing devices (52,54), the pressure-relieving device (56), the flow-control device (60). When installing the fuel supply manifold assembly (20) at a fuel cell site, one inlet connection for each fuel source and one outlet connection is required. No separate connections, tubing, hoses, or other plumbing is required to integrate other the components into the fuel flow path to the anode side of the fuel cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Bryan L. Alfano
  • Patent number: 7950411
    Abstract: A pipe branching arrangement, in particular for a tank farm system, comprises an at least approximately vertically extending hollow body which has at least one lateral connector, further comprising at least one mixproof valve which sits on the connector and produces a closable connection between the hollow body and at least one pipeline. The valve has two closing members, between which there is a leakage space which has a leakage outlet opening, the leakage space having a circumferential wall which extends from an inlet on the connector side to the leakage outlet opening on the outlet side, which is at a distance from the inlet. The circumferential wall has a decline on the gravitational force side of the leakage space in direction to the leakage outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Südmo Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Stephan Thomaschki
  • Patent number: 7919043
    Abstract: There are disclosed systems and methods of delivering sterile fluids aseptically to a sealed canister. In an embodiment, a includes a canister having an inlet, a vent, and a drain outlet, a reagent manifold in communication with the inlet, a bubbler in communication with the vent, and a fluid communicator from the drain outlet. In another embodiment, a method includes providing a canister having an inlet, a vent, and a drain outlet; selectively providing reagents to the canister from a reagent manifold in communication with the inlet, allowing excess gasses to leave the canister with a bubbler in communication with the vent, and selectively purging the reagents from the canister through the drain outlet. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: AlloSource, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond J. Klein
  • Patent number: 7905428
    Abstract: A sprayer has a sprayer outlet and a pressurizable reservoir adapted to contain a fluid. The reservoir has an air-pressure outlet and a reservoir outlet, the reservoir outlet being in fluid connection with the sprayer outlet. Detachable, pressurizable tanks are adapted to contain a chemical, each tank having a chemical outlet and an air-pressure inlet. Each air-pressure inlet is in fluid connection with the air-pressure outlet of the reservoir for equalizing air pressure between the reservoir and each tank. A switch is adjustable between a plurality of settings for causing at least one of the chemical outlets to be in fluid connection with the sprayer outlet. A ratio valve is provided for selecting a fluid flow rate out of the selected outlet. Fluids flowing into the sprayer outlet from the outlets are mixed together prior to discharge from the sprayer outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Max A. Probasco
  • Patent number: 7793681
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is provided for performing a fluid process within a machine having a fluid system including at least two reservoirs of different types of fluids. The method includes the steps of identifying a first reservoir for use in performing a fluid process; (a) adjusting a configuration of a valve system operatively coupled to the fluid system to permit a fluid evacuation process to be performed for the reservoir, (b) subsequently performing the fluid evacuation process for the reservoir, (c) subsequently adjusting the configuration of the valve system to permit a fluid refill process to be performed for the reservoir, (d) subsequently performing the fluid refill process for the reservoir; and, subsequently identifying an additional reservoir and performing at least one of the steps (a), (b), (c) and (d) for the additional reservoir, wherein the first reservoir includes a fluid of a type which is different from a type of a fluid of the additional reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: RPM Industries, LLC
    Inventor: John K. Apostolides
  • Patent number: 7784485
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a plant for storing gas under pressure. The plant includes at least one basin filled with a liquid, one or more pressure vessels located in the basin for storing the gas including interconnecting piping and connections to a gas supply and a gas discharge network, an anchoring system for supporting the vessels, a cover with a slanted surface on the underside for covering the basin which will lead any gas leak occurring in the basin towards and through a vent, and at least one gas detection equipment located in the vent. The plant is especially suitable for storing compressed gaseous hydrogen and can be connected to a hydrogen fuel replenishment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Norsk Hydro ASA
    Inventors: Jan Schelling, Pål Kittilsen, Sandra Hennie Nilsen, Leif Kåre Grønstad
  • Patent number: 7776291
    Abstract: There are disclosed systems and methods of delivering sterile fluids aseptically to a sealed canister. In an embodiment, a includes a canister having an inlet, a vent, and a drain outlet, a reagent manifold in communication with the inlet, a bubbler in communication with the vent, and a fluid communicator from the drain outlet. In another embodiment, a method includes providing a canister having an inlet, a vent, and a drain outlet; selectively providing reagents to the canister from a reagent manifold in communication with the inlet, allowing excess gasses to leave the canister with a bubbler in communication with the vent, and selectively purging the reagents from the canister through the drain outlet. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: AlloSource, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond J. Klein
  • Patent number: 7770608
    Abstract: A portable device for delivering nitrogen to multiple tires includes a gas source and supply line connected to a controller. The device also includes a gas delivery line comprising a manifold with a plurality of outlets in fluid communication with each other. A gas delivery line is operably connected to the controller and a plurality of extension lines with engagement chucks are operably connected to the outlets. The controller controls the supply of gas to the gas delivery line and controls a relief valve for venting the gas delivery line. The device also includes a sensor and a processor connected the controller and sensor which accepts user inputs. The controller, manifold and processor are affixed to a stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Kreska Technologies
    Inventor: Jay Lighter
  • Patent number: 7681585
    Abstract: At least one liquid tank has an outlet opening and a drain stub extending therefrom. A circular flange has plural connection openings with connection stubs respectively extending therefrom. A drain line is connected to the circular flange and communicates with all of the connection stubs. The drain stub of each tank is flange-connected to a respective connection stub extending from the circular flange. Unneeded connection stubs can be closed with blind flanges. This provides a modular reconfigurable system allowing a selected plurality of liquid tanks to be connected to a single drain line through the flange arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Safa Kirma
  • Patent number: 7665479
    Abstract: A method for operating an aircraft refueling system, where the aircraft refueling system has a computer system, a plurality of fuel tanks containing a fuel, a plurality of fuel pumps, a plurality of motor operated valves, and at least one refueling connection. The method may involve using the computer system to signal at least one of the motor operated valves to open; initiating a flow of the fuel to the at least one of the refueling connections using at least one of the pumps; sensing a flow condition of the fuel; signaling the flow condition to the computer system; and varying an operating quantity of the pumps in response to the flow condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Theron L. Cutler, Mark A. Shelly
  • Patent number: 7624753
    Abstract: A container for gas storage tanks in a vehicle is disclosed as part of a fuel storage system. The container is dimensioned to include one or more storage tanks along with a flow control device, such as a pressure regulator or automatic valve. The container does not form a fluid-tight containment around the storage tank and includes one or more ventilation openings to allow a gas within the container to be vented therefrom. There is also one or more drain openings in the container to allow liquid within the container to be drained therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Uwe Süess, Ludger Hilvert
  • Patent number: 7537021
    Abstract: At least one liquid tank has an outlet opening and a drain stub extending therefrom. A circular flange has plural connection openings with connection stubs respectively extending therefrom. A drain line is connected to the circular flange and communicates with all of the connection stubs. The drain stub of each tank is flange-connected to a respective connection stub extending from the circular flange. Unneeded connection stubs can be closed with blind flanges. This provides a modular reconfigurable system allowing a selected plurality of liquid tanks to be connected to a single drain line through the flange arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Safa Kirma
  • Patent number: 7533697
    Abstract: A valve assembly (10) comprises a valve body (20), a first valve (22a), a second valve (22b), and a manual override device (24). The valve body (20) defines a first inlet (30a), a second inlet (30b), and an outlet (32). Each valve (22a/22b) includes a plunger (68a/68b) that is electrically movable between a position whereat the corresponding inlet (30a/30b) communicates with the outlet (32) and a position whereat the inlet (30a/30b) is sealed from the outlet (32). The override device (24) is manually movable to override positions whereat the electrical control of one of the valves (22a/22b) is overridden and the plunger's seat-sealing surface (72a/72b) is caused to move so that the corresponding inlet (30a/30b) communicates with the outlet (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Zeiner, Robert W. Carlson
  • Patent number: 7507217
    Abstract: A device for exchanging and/or docking functional modules (1, 2), and used for the extracorporeal circulation of bodily fluids, is provided. Each functional module (1, 2) includes at least one conduit (3; 4) comprising an inlet (5; 7) and an outlet (6; 8). The aim of the invention is to exchange the functional modules of an extracorporeal circuit as rapidly as possible, without detaching tubular connections and without having to establish a new connection. The invention is provided with elements (9, 10; 11, 12) for connecting the conduit (3) of a first functional module (1) to the inlet (5) and the outlet (6) of a second functional module (2). The connection is established in such a way that the first functional module (1) is bypassed by means of the second functional module (2) to maintain the flow and the bodily fluid is diverted through the second functional module (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: PPA Technologies AG
    Inventor: Markus Ferrari
  • Patent number: 7484521
    Abstract: A tank system of the invention with multiple tanks makes a joint flow of a fluid released from the multiple tanks and supplies the joint flow to a downstream device, which is located downstream of the multiple tanks. The tank system includes: primary pressure measurement modules that individually measure internal pressures of the multiple tanks as primary pressures; a secondary pressure measurement module that measures a pressure of the joint flow of the fluid as a secondary pressure; flow rate regulation modules that individually regulate release flow rates of the fluid to be released from the multiple tanks; and a pressure control module that estimates a supply flow rate to be supplied to the downstream device from the measured secondary pressure, and then sets an allocation of the supply flow rate of the fluid to be released from each of the multiple tanks corresponding to the measured primary pressure with regard to the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiko Kimbara, Nobuyuki Ogami, Akira Yamashita, Nobuo Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20080310972
    Abstract: A hydrostatic transmission mountable to a vehicle frame as a unit. The hydrostatic transmission has a nose cup to which a motor module is mounted. Passageways in an end block connect the pump element and motor module in a closed loop. The end block also has passageways for connecting a charge pump to the closed loop for supplying make-up flow thereto. An isolation plug is provided for separating flow between two intersecting passageways in the end block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: PARKER-HANNIFIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xingen Dong, Barun Acharya
  • Patent number: 7465043
    Abstract: A liquid distribution unit for use between a container of a liquid and an apparatus supplied with said liquid, said liquid distribution unit includes a hollow body, a single inlet port provided in the hollow body for connection to the container, the hollow body being supplied with the liquid from the container via the single inlet port, and two or more outlet ports provided in the hollow body for feeding the liquid out from the hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd
    Inventor: Hideki Sueoka
  • Publication number: 20080257417
    Abstract: A pipe branching arrangement, in particular for a tank farm system, comprises an at least approximately vertically extending hollow body which has at least one lateral connector, further comprising at least one mixproof valve which sits on the connector and produces a closable connection between the hollow body and at least one pipeline. The valve has two closing members, between which there is a leakage space which has a leakage outlet opening, the leakage space having a circumferential wall which extends from an inlet on the connector side to the leakage outlet opening on the outlet side, which is at a distance from the inlet. The circumferential wall has a decline on the gravitational force side of the leakage space in direction to the leakage outlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Stephan Thomaschki
  • Patent number: 7426935
    Abstract: A master/slave tank system for storing a compressed hydrogen gas, where the system employs an electrically driven shut-off valve for each tank in the system. The tank system includes a master tank and a slave tank for storing the gas. A first line is coupled to the master tank for providing the gas stored therein to a fuel cell stack. A master tank shut-off valve is positioned in the first line between the master tank and a pressure regulator. A second line is coupled to the slave tank for providing the gas stored therein to the master tank as the pressure difference between the slave tank and the master tank changes. An electrically driven slave tank shut-off valve is positioned within the second line, where the slave tank shut-off valve automatically closes the second line in response to an increase in the differential pressure across the slave tank valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Mirko Schwan, Holger Winkelmann, Wolfgang Oelerich
  • Patent number: 7383892
    Abstract: An early suppression fast response fire protection system includes a sprinkler piping system with at least one sprinkler head assembly, a water supply system, and a check valve in fluid communication with the sprinkler piping system and the water supply system. An antifreeze solution supply system is in fluid communication with the sprinkler piping system, with the check valve isolating the antifreeze solution from the water supply unless a fire condition occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: The Viking Corporation
    Inventor: Eldon D. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20080116688
    Abstract: A threaded connection assembly comprises a nut, a multiplier connected to the nut via a first threaded interface having a first number of threads per inch and a well servicing pipe coupling connected to the multiplier via a second threaded interface having a second number of threads per inch. A method of forming a threaded connection for a well servicing application comprises forming a pipe coupling between two well servicing pipe sections and threading a connector to the pipe coupling to form a threaded connection without impact loading the connector. Another method for forming a threaded connection comprises disposing a first pipe section partially within a nut, threading a multiplier into the nut, threading the multiplier onto a second pipe section, and leveraging the multiplier against the nut, or vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Bull, Leonard Case, Todd Dean, Ivan Blanco