Convertible Patents (Class 137/269)
  • Patent number: 10801629
    Abstract: A solenoid device includes a yoke, a core, a shaft, a bobbin, a coil, a plunger, a lid, and a housing. A housing body part of the housing has a first opening; a cylindrical first inner wall part having a first step part extending toward the outer side in the radial direction; and a cylindrical second inner wall part having a second step part extending toward the outer side in the radial direction. A first cylindrical part has a first flange part. The outer diameter of the first flange part is larger than the inner diameter of the first inner wall part and smaller than the inner diameter of the second inner wall part. A circumferential end part of the first flange part contacts the second step part. The lid is non-magnetic, and a circumferential edge part is held between the first step part and the first flange part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Kuramochi, Weiming Chen, Tomohiro Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10782710
    Abstract: A mass flow control apparatus having a monolithic base. The monolithic base has a gas inlet, a gas outlet, a first flow component mounting region, a second flow component mounting region, and a third flow component mounting region. The first flow component mounting region has a first inlet port and a first outlet port, the first inlet port being fluidly coupled to the gas inlet of the monolithic base. The second flow component mounting region has a second inlet port, a second outlet port, and a first auxiliary port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel T. Mudd, Marshall B. Grill, Norman L. Batchelor, II
  • Patent number: 10731768
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser system is disclosed that can have a plurality of dispensers, each having a valve. Each valve can be connectable in series with another valve. The dispenser system can include a manifold permitting passage of a common fluid therethrough. Any of the valves connected to two adjacent valves can be removable without removing either of the valves to which it is connected. The common fluid can have a fluid pressure associated therewith. The fluid pressure can generate a tension force for pushing two adjacent valves apart and thereby lock the valves into a series connection. A method of removing a valve from a series of valves comprises stopping flow of the common fluid through the manifold, thereby releasing the tension force. The valve intended to be removed can be rotated, and thus removed with respect to the valve intended to be left in the series connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Schwartz, Ryan J. Drake
  • Patent number: 10648161
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device for injecting pressurized alcohol solution into a pipe located in a house or other structure that carries water. The device allows the user to control and adjust the pressure of the injected alcohol solution. The pressure forces the alcohol solution against the frozen water inside the pipe. The alcohol solution then acts to dissolve the ice, thereby clearing the blockage and preventing damage to the pipe. The device is hand held, portable and configurable. The embodiment of the device with the hand-operated pump does not require electricity or other sources of power. Alternate embodiments of the device can be broken down into two or more sections for easier storage. Alternate embodiments of the device has one or more of the lengths of connecting pipe or connector or adapter bends at an angle so that the device is not configured in a straight line but has a bend or curve. These alternate embodiments allows for the device to fit into tight or restricted spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Patrick Anthony Reilly, Jr., James Francis Decareau
  • Patent number: 10605274
    Abstract: A valve arrangement for a fluidic supply of a fluid load, with several main valves designed for influencing fluid flows at the fluid ports, and with electrically controllable pilot valves designed for fluidic control of the main valves. A base body is assigned a connection plate lying opposite a connection face and having a fluid passage which leads into an operating port for the connection of a fluid load wherein, between the connection face and the connection plate there is provided a separate passage body which has at least one connection passage for a fluidically communicating link between at least one of the fluid ports and the operating port, and at least one connecting conduit for a fluidic coupling of at least two fluid ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: FESTO AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bodo Neef
  • Patent number: 10578226
    Abstract: A multi-port valve having a longitudinal axis and a solenoid coil wound about a bobbin. Coaxially aligned with the longitudinal axis is an armature, at least partially disposed within the bobbin. The armature is coupled to a valve member that forms a sealing relationship with at least one valve orifice. A two-piece can having a first can component and a second component that cooperate to define an interior region. The solenoid coil, bobbin, pole piece, and at least part of the armature are disposed in the interior region of the two-piece can. The second can component is adjustably threaded to the first can component such that a longitudinal dimension of the interior region of the two-piece can may be adjusted to vary the size of a gap between the pole piece and the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: MAC VALVES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Jamison
  • Patent number: 10527180
    Abstract: The faucet of cartridge has an expandable temperature regulating rod in the main body. The temperature of water is regulated by changing the ratio of cold water and hot water by the movement of the temperature regulating rod. The water can be switched on or off by rotating the main body with respect to the seat. The main body includes an outer body, an inner body, and an anti-leaking element. The anti-leaking element is sandwiched between the outer body and the inner body to partition the space therebetween into two channels for cold and hot water to flow into the inner body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Tsai-Chen Yang
  • Patent number: 10495186
    Abstract: A low speed spool multispeed transmission includes an input shaft configured to connect to a low pressure spool gearbox, a gear system connected to the input shaft and configured to convert an input speed of the input shaft to an output speed within a predetermined speed range, wherein the gear system includes a plurality of gear states to change the ratio between the input speed and the output speed, and an output shaft connected to the gear system to be rotated by the gear system at the output speed, the output shaft configured to connect to a generator. The input shaft and the output shaft can be coaxial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Glenn C. Lemmers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10458131
    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: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TIME MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: James Randall Christian, Andrew Keith Palican
  • Patent number: 10428933
    Abstract: A transmission valve manifold can include a single, unitary, monolithic, manifold body (14). The body (14) can have a plurality of fluid passageways (550, 554, 558, 562, 566) and fluid chambers (130a-d, 134a-d, 326a-f, 338a-c, 510a-h). Each chamber (130a-d, 134a-d, 326a-f, 338a-c, 510a-h) can receive one of a cylinder body (142a-d, 146a-d), solenoid valve (22a-f), or spool valve (30a-h). A first passageway (550, 554, 558, 562, 566) can follow a path that extends along three axes through an interior of the body (14) to connect at least one of the chambers (130a-d, 134a-d, 326a-f, 338a-c, 510a-h) with at least one other chamber (130a-d, 134a-d, 326a-f, 338a-c, 510a-h). The first passageway (550, 554, 558, 562, 566) can overlap a second passageway (550, 554, 558, 562, 566) within the body (14). The body (14) can be manufactured by laser sintering of successive layers of laser sinterable material (1022).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Mills
  • Patent number: 10428956
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a device (2) for regulating the pressure and/or flow of pressurized gas, comprising a body (4) with a gas inlet (6), a gas outlet (8) and a gas passage (10, 26) connecting the outlet (8) with the inlet (6), a gas shut-off device comprising a seat (22) in the passage (10) and a movable closure element (24) cooperating with said seat (22) and a piston (12) carrying the closure element (24) and delimiting with the body (4) a low pressure chamber (28) downstream of the shut-off device (22, 24). The body (4) comprises a first portion (41) with the seat (22) and the inlet (6) and a second portion (42) housing the piston (12) and delimiting the low pressure chamber (28). The second portion (42) is movable relative to the first portion (41) between a closed position, and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LUXEMBOURG PATENT COMPANY S.A.
    Inventors: Morgan Lamiable, Adrien Zoda
  • Patent number: 10428846
    Abstract: A fluid control device including a valve arrangement, the valve arrangement including an air supply valve, and an air outlet valve, and a control means, wherein the control means is electrically connected to the air supply valve and to the air outlet valve, and further includes a sensor input for processing a sensor signal and is connected to a sensor which is configured for determining a functional state of the fluid consumer, wherein the control means is configured for implementing a valve diagnostic process such that a first control signal for the air supply valve and a second control signal for the air outlet valve are each varied between a lower interval limit and an upper interval limit while maintaining a pre-definable sensor signal level of a sensor signal provided by the sensor, and the control means is configured for recording value pairs for the first and second control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FESTO AG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Dickhoff
  • Patent number: 10385884
    Abstract: A Control Valve Compensation System for producing both a pre-compensated and a post-compensated load sensing hydraulic directional control valve module, wherein both configurations use the same components except for a sliding compensating component. The Control Valve Compensation System generally includes a hydraulic directional control valve housing which is adapted to be easily-interchangeable between a load sensing pre-compensated pressure configuration and a load sensing post-compensated pressure configuration by simply removing and replacing a different compensator assembly within the housing. The compensator assembly is adapted to direct oil flow through the housing while simultaneously providing compensation for the valve function. Directional valve assemblies may be provided, with the valve assemblies functioning to provide post-compensated functions, pre-compensated functions, and mixed pre- and post-compensated functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Rost Innovation LLC
    Inventor: Alvin Stanley Rost
  • Patent number: 10364911
    Abstract: A valve actuation system includes a drive device, equipped with an axial extension, which includes an actuating drive with a drive output side intended for coupling with a valve and an axial rear side opposite this, wherein the actuating drive has on its axial rear side a mounting interface for the attachment of an auxiliary device which interacts with the actuating drive wherein, in order to allow attachment of the particular auxiliary device which is to be mounted, or which is mounted, the mounting interface of the actuating drive is equipped with several different attachment devices which differ in their attachment possibilities and which can be used selectively. In this way, a high degree of variability in the attachment of auxiliary devices is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FESTO AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Marcel Heimroth, Markus Dreher, Michael Kanthack
  • Patent number: 10364645
    Abstract: A system, including a wellhead system, and a flow control system coupled to the wellhead system, wherein the flow control system comprises, a flow control device including a housing, a flow path through the housing from an inlet to an outlet, and a flow control element disposed in the housing along the flow path, and an actuator mounting assembly coupled to the flow control device, wherein the actuator mounting assembly is configured to selectively mount one of a manual actuator and a powered actuator to actuate the flow control element of the flow control device, without taking the flow control system offline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Anthony McKeon, Declan Elliott, Finbarr Williams Evans
  • Patent number: 10366865
    Abstract: A gas delivery system for a ceramic showerhead includes gas connection blocks and a gas ring, the gas connection blocks mounted on the gas ring such that gas outlets in the blocks deliver process gas to gas inlets in an outer periphery of the showerhead. The gas ring includes a bottom ring with channels therein and a welded cover plate enclosing the channels. The gas ring can include a first channel extending ½ the length of the gas ring, two second channels connected at midpoints thereof to downstream ends of the first channel, and four third channels connected at midpoints thereof to downstream ends of the second channels. the cover plate can include a first section enclosing the first channel, two second sections connected at midpoints thereof to ends of the first section, and third sections connected at midpoints thereof to ends of the second sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Kang, Alex Paterson
  • Patent number: 10352025
    Abstract: The present invention provides a plumbing fixture fitting with a mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeremy S. Culmer, Ryan M. Snitil
  • Patent number: 10323634
    Abstract: An improved manifold and valve cartridges suitable for high power (over 600 hp) reciprocating pumps for water blast or jet applications are disclosed. In one aspect, the disclosed valve cartridges are compact and mounted axially along a seat member that has a central bore in addition to suction and discharge seats. The seat member can also be provided a plurality of radially arranged bores for allowing suction flow to the pump. A spool valve assembly can be mounted through the seat member bore, and can include a valve spool, a spherical suction valve member, a compression spring, and compression-locked rings. The spool valve can include a closed flanged end that engages with the seat member discharge seat. In operation, the compression spring continuously pushes the spool valve closed flanged end against the discharge seat and pushes the suction valve member against the suction seat to retain a normally closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventor: Xiaolun Huang
  • Patent number: 10247343
    Abstract: A fluid coupling includes a socket and a plug and is used to connect two fluid hoses, whereby the plug has a neck that can be inserted into the socket with an annular groove for engaging with a locking element. The locking element includes a push-button that can be activated in a radial manner from the exterior of the socket and from which two flexible fork arms protrude that engage into a hub of the socket and have diagonal ramp surfaces on the two opposing inner faces of the fork arms, whereby the diagonal ramp surfaces engage around the neck in the area of the annular groove around a part of the circumference of the neck. The annular groove is delimited by two opposing and diverging diagonal surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Oschmann GBR
    Inventors: Anton Dörnhöfer, Hermann Stauff
  • Patent number: 10240682
    Abstract: Rotary valve assemblies are disclosed, for example, for use in a thermal management system. The assembly may include a first rotary valve including a primary shaft including a hollow portion defining a first inner cavity and a first spline piece disposed within the first inner cavity on one end and including a primary spline feature on an opposite end, the primary spline feature having one or more primary splines. A second rotary valve may include a secondary shaft including a hollow portion defining a second inner cavity and a second spline piece disposed within the second inner cavity and including a secondary spline feature having one or more secondary splines. One or both of the first spline piece and the second spline piece may be formed of metal. The primary splines and the secondary splines may be configured to mesh together to form a spline joint between the rotary valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Zheng Lou
  • Patent number: 10220397
    Abstract: A foam dispensing apparatus is capable of dispensing a mixture of a resin component and an isocyanate component. The foam dispensing apparatus includes a resin line and an isocyanate line connected to a manifold. A nozzle is connected to the manifold and the mixture is dispensed through the nozzle. The manifold defines a resin duct in communication with the resin line and the nozzle and an isocyanate duct in communication with the isocyanate line and the nozzle. At least one valve is connected to the resin and isocyanate lines and is moveable between an open position allowing flow through the resin and isocyanate lines and a closed position preventing flow through the resin and isocyanate lines. The valve is disposed exterior to the manifold and the flow is unregulated in the manifold for reducing maintenance of the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: John H. Swab, Matthew C. Dunlap, William Rowand
  • Patent number: 10197201
    Abstract: A kit includes a support block for quick cartridge couplings suitable for being mounted on a machine and for being hydraulically connected to a hydraulic circuit on said machine. The block of the kit includes one or more seats and is characterized in that it may house cartridges of different types and sizes in said seats in an interchangeable manner. To this end, the kit includes an adapter configured to be inserted into said one or more seats and to house in turn one of said cartridge couplings therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Faster S.P.A.
    Inventors: Rocco Ferrara, Roberto Sorbi, Paolo Rusconi
  • Patent number: 10180191
    Abstract: A zoned fluid control system in a valve manifold system has a plurality of manifold blocks connected together and a plurality of control valves mounted to the manifold blocks with the control valves being electrically actuated and pilot pressure operated. The plurality of manifold blocks forms at least first and second separate pilot pressure passages of a respective first zone and second zone not connected to each other for supplying a respective first set and second set of control valves with independently controlled pilot pressure. A pilot supply valve selectively supplies pilot pressure and shuts off pilot pressure to the second pilot pressure passage without affecting the pilot pressure to the first pilot pressure passage thereby disabling the second set of control valves as a separate zone independent from the first set of control valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Asco, L.P.
    Inventors: Bradly Joe Atkin, Enrico De Carolis, Michael W. Hundt
  • Patent number: 10180130
    Abstract: An electroproportionally controlled differential pressure valve cartridge includes actuation and tank ports on an outer circumference, and a pump port on a face-side. A spring preloads a piston into a position that relieves pressure from the actuation port to the tank port. A current increase through an electromagnet opposite the pump port and a pressure increase at the pump port counter the spring to open a connection from the pump port to the actuation port. A concentric opening extends from the pump port to a first piston surface. A duct extends from the first piston surface to a pump chamber. A further duct extends from the pump port to a spring chamber between the pump chamber and electromagnet. In the spring chamber, pressure over a second piston surface counters pressure over the first piston surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Nadine Klausmann, Fabian Ruethschilling, Andreas Apperger, Carola Diebold
  • Patent number: 10125883
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to couple manifold blocks to form a manifold are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a first manifold block including a first fluid passageway defining a first opening in a first surface of the first manifold block. The example apparatus includes a first keyway extending along the first surface of the first manifold block. The example apparatus includes a first key to be inserted in the first keyway and a second keyway of a second manifold block to couple the first manifold block to the second manifold block to fluidly couple the first fluid passageway to a second fluid passageway of the second manifold block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TESCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Leonard Schlegel, Todd William Larsen, William John Neubauer, Robert Kenneth Miller
  • Patent number: 10094477
    Abstract: A butterfly valve with a valve disk mounted to swivel about an axis of rotation inside a housing and torsionally rigidly connected to a drive shaft pivotably mounted inside the housing. To ensure a connection which, from the standpoint of production engineering, is simple, yet secure, the valve disk is torsionally rigidly connected to the drive shaft by means of a minimum of two tapered pins engaging opposite sides of the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: VAG - ARMATUREN GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Thiessen, Torsten Rupp, Heribert Herold, Jürgen Heyne
  • Patent number: 10022976
    Abstract: Controlling an ink flow to a print head includes using a diaphragm positioned within a pathway to obstruct the ink flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chen Turkenitz, Semion Gengrinovich, Moti Balaish
  • Patent number: 10024445
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a valve body having at least a first bore and a second bore, a flow passage connecting the first bore to the second bore, a plurality of ports opening to each bore respectively, the first bore being upstream of the second bore. First and second spools are disposed in the first and second bores, respectively, for controlling the flow of fluid to and from the respective ports. A check valve is disposed in the flow passage and configured to prevent fluid flow from the second spool towards the first spool through the flow passage while allowing fluid flow from one of the ports in the first bore towards the second spool through the flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis Reynolds, Brian Slattery, Rolf Anderson
  • Patent number: 9982807
    Abstract: A resin end-face butt joint, a method for welding the joints, and a piping member ensure a sufficient clamping margin with the clamp of an ordinary welding machine, and ensure an appropriate distance between the centers even when joints having short tubular welding ring parts are welded. It is also possible to align the centers by positioning the centers along the same axis. The resin end-face butt joint includes multiple welding ring parts which communicate with a flow path within a joint base part and which are provided on the joint base part. Fastening parts are coaxial with at least one of these welding ring parts at the outer end of the joint for the purpose of clamping a welding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KITZ SCT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9945200
    Abstract: A modular assembly for a wellhead has a housing and a plurality of modular cartridges. The housing connects with a studded or flanged connection to the wellhead, which can have a tubing adapter, casing hanger, etc. The modular cartridges can interchangeably stack in the housing's internal pocket so that the bores of the stacked cartridges configure the through-bore of the assembly communicating the wellhead with external components, such as flow lines, capillary lines, etc. The modular cartridges include a spacer cartridge, a hanger cartridge, a valve cartridge, and a cross cartridge. The spacer cartridge can be used to space other cartridges in the internal pocket, and the hanger cartridge can be used to support capillary strings and/or velocity strings in the wellhead. The valve cartridges have valve elements that can be opened and closed by bonnets that affix externally to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Travis, Brandon M. Cain, Eric Calzoncinth, Michael D. Mosher
  • Patent number: 9945283
    Abstract: A three part valve is provided. The valve has a housing having three axially spaced inlet ports and an outlet port. A rotary valve assembly with a modular rotor is provided for controlling fluid communication between the inlet ports and the outlet port. The rotary valve assembly includes a shaft. Additionally there is provided a first generally cylindrical valve module torsionally affixed with the shaft for controlling fluid communication between a first inlet port and the outlet port. The rotary valve assembly also includes a second generally cylindrical valve assembly rotatably mounted on the shaft controlling fluid communication between a second inlet port and the outlet port. The second valve module has a coupling interface with the first valve module. A third generally cylindrical valve module is also provided rotatably mounted on the shaft. The third cylindrical valve module controls fluid communication between a third inlet port and the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN INC.
    Inventors: Richard Muizelaar, Darrell F. Greene
  • Patent number: 9810429
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gas control unit of modular design, in particular for controlling the quantity of gas to be fed to a gas burner, having a pneumatically controlled gas control valve that is configured as a whole as a module and is usable in such a gas control unit of modular design together with a gas safety valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: ebm-papst Landshut GmbH
    Inventors: Enno Jan Vrolijk, Roland Keber, Hans-Joachim Klink
  • Patent number: 9801787
    Abstract: A vial for storing multiple doses of a substance to be dispensed into one or more syringes or other delivery devices. The vial has a body, a variable-volume storage chamber within the body for storing multiple doses of the substance therein, and a one-way valve connectable in fluid communication with a syringe or other delivery device. The one-way valve is moveable relative to the body between first and second positions (i) one of which permits the valve to open so that substance from the variable-volume storage chamber can flow therethrough and into the syringe or other delivery device connected in fluid communication therewith, and (ii) one of which prevents the valve from opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: DR. PY INSTITUTE LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Patent number: 9785154
    Abstract: The embodiments herein discloses a linear seal system for interconnecting flow controller modules in a fluid flow controller. The system comprises a flow sensing module is coupled to an inlet connection module to measure a fluid flow rate to generate a sensor output signal. A flow control valve module is coupled to the flow sensing module to provide a user desired flow rate through an outlet connection module. An electronic control system is configured to regulate an operation of the flow sensing module and the flow control valve module based on the command signal to achieve a desired flow rate. A linear track system provided to support all the modules in a linear arrangement, includes a dovetail locking configuration. The linear track has two rod/screws to compress the seals between the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Robert M. McMillan, Edwin Lee Hankinson
  • Patent number: 9765538
    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: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Time Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James Randall Christian, Andrew Keith Palican
  • Patent number: 9732739
    Abstract: Mixed concrete is pumped under pressure along a primary flow path to a typically lengthy supply line. In the event a clog, blockage or other supply line concern is detected, a branch conduit in communication with the primary flow path permits a portion or all of the pressurized flow to pass through a diverter valve and a recirculation conduit back into an open-to-atmosphere reservoir or hopper from which the concrete originally was pumped. The recirculation system of this invention permits supply line pressure to be safely regulated, diminished, relieved and jogged, all without there being any need to discharge or waste valuable mixed concrete, and without having to dangerously open one or more connections of a pressurized supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Robert A Drake
  • Patent number: 9689140
    Abstract: A construction machine control system for a construction machine that includes a work machine including a boom, an arm, and a bucket includes: an adjusting device having a movable spool and being capable of adjusting an amount of operating oil supplied to a hydraulic cylinder that drives the work machine with movement of the spool; an operation command unit adjusting the spool; a storage unit storing a plurality of pieces of correlation data indicating a relation between a cylinder speed of the hydraulic cylinder and an operation command value of operating the hydraulic cylinder according to a type of the bucket; an acquiring unit acquiring type data indicating the type of the bucket; and a control unit selecting one piece of correlation data from the plurality of pieces of correlation data based on the type data and controlling the operation command value based on the selected correlation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Akinori Baba, Katsuhiro Ikegami, Takeshi Takaura, Masashi Ichihara, Yuki Shimano
  • Patent number: 9689503
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to improve assembly workability of a manifold solenoid valve. A manifold solenoid valve is assembled by connecting each valve base 12 to an adjacent valve base with a connecting attachment 13, each valve base 12 is provided with: an air supply hole 32 communicating with an air supply port of a corresponding solenoid valve; an exhaust hole 33 communicating with an exhaust port of the corresponding solenoid valve; and an output hole 31 communicating with an output port of the corresponding solenoid valve, each side part of one end part of each valve base 12 is provided with a first protruding part 41, and each side part of the other end part of each valve base 12 is provided with a second protruding part 42, and the connecting attachment 13 has: a first clamp piece 53 provided with a claw part 53 engaging with the first protruding part 41; and a second clamp piece 52 provided with a claw part 54 engaging with the second protruding part 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Koganei Corporation
    Inventor: Joji Inaba
  • Patent number: 9651162
    Abstract: In the relief valve, an annular convex portion 16a that is convexed in a direction in which a valve element 5a moves away from a valve hole 17 along a center axis of the valve hole 17 and that is arranged around the valve hole 17 is formed in a valve chamber 16, an annular concave portion 5d that is concaved in the direction in which the valve element 5a moves away from the valve hole 17 is formed in the valve element 5a, and in a shut-off state, the annular convex portion 16a is accommodated in the annular concave portion 5d, and an annular channel 19 that extends in a direction of the center axis is formed between an outer peripheral surface 16b of the annular convex portion 16a and an inner peripheral surface 5e of the annular concave portion 5d.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SURPASS INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki Hirai
  • Patent number: 9623168
    Abstract: A medical fluid pneumatic manifold system includes a plurality of pump and valve chambers for controlling a flow of medical fluid, a header including a plurality of pneumatic passageways, each passageway in pneumatic communication with one of the pump or valve chambers, a plurality of electrically actuated pneumatic valves, and a plate defining a plurality of pneumatic apertures, wherein the header and the plurality of electrically actuated pneumatic valves are separately attached to the plate, such that each pneumatic aperture in the plate is placed in pneumatic communication with one of the plurality of pneumatic passageways of the header and one of the electrically actuated pneumatic valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Paul R. Chapman, Robert W. Childers, Gideon Hecht, Anders Wellings
  • Patent number: 9617911
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine with an adjustable compression ratio has a switchover valve (10) for controlling hydraulic oil flow in chambers of an eccentric adjustment device. The switchover valve (10) has a switching element (12) and a sleeve-shaped connecting section (16) with a first bore (17) that connects to a first hydraulic line (18), a second bore (19) that connects to a second hydraulic line (20), and a venting bore (21) that connects to a vent (22). The switching element (12) can be displaced in the connecting section (16) between a first position (S1) where a groove in the switching element (12) connects the first hydraulic line (18) to the venting duct (22) or a second position (S2) where the groove (14) connects the second hydraulic line (20) to the venting duct (22). A pick-off element (30) extends through the connecting section (16) and interacts with the switching element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Paul
  • Patent number: 9546739
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to modular solenoid valve kits and associated methods, generally involving a valve body that includes a plurality of actuator section components and a plurality of head section components. The plurality of actuator section components includes a drive solenoid, a solenoid return spring, a stroke calibration collar and an actuator-to-head calibration collar. The plurality of head section components includes a needle, a stem return spring, a seal and a seat. The plurality of actuator section components and head section components are adapted to be interchanged to create a pull-through normally open valve, a pull-through normally closed valve, a push-in normally open valve and a push-in normally closed valve. That is, the kits and methods allow for modification of one valve type (e.g., a pull-through normally open valve, a pull-through normally closed valve, a push-in normally open valve and a push-in normally closed valve) into a different type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua A. Shreve, Steven D. Trudeau, Paul Keenan
  • Patent number: 9501177
    Abstract: A variable mounting sound wave touch pad includes an upper touch pad connected to a microphone to recognize a sound wave. A lower touch pad is spaced apart from the upper touch pad. A plurality of mounting members have one end attached to the lower touch pad and the other end protruding toward the upper touch pad and vary by an actuator which interlocks with the lower touch pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kwang Myung Oh, Hui Sung Lee, Sung Min Park, Sung Jin Sah
  • Patent number: 9464417
    Abstract: A ceramic valve includes a casing, a drive seat, a coupling seat, a rotary block and a fixed block sequentially mounted into the casing, wherein a braking shaft is pivotally connected to the drive seat and extends through a top of the casing. A pedestal is sealingly secured on a bottom of the casing for positioning the drive seat, the coupling seat, the rotary block and the fixed block. The rotary block is moved relative to the fixed block to guide cold water into the ceramic valve when the ceramic valve is in a middle section and the braking rod is operated to an inclined status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: KUCHING INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Mei-Li Chen
  • Patent number: 9395005
    Abstract: A compact two-way cartridge valve with combined flanged cover includes combined flanged covers, miniaturized pilot control assemblies and main stage of seated poppet valve, or combined flanged covers and main stage of seated poppet valve, or combined covers and miniaturized pilot assemblies and main stage of seated poppet valve. The present invention can overall realign all the two-way cartridge valve products currently on the market, and innovate new series of MINISO compact two-way cartridge valves in the specifications of 10 mm, 16 mm, 25 mm, 32 mm, and will change the quo-status of hydraulic drive and control system, that is the two-way cartridge valves currently are mainly used for large power or flow situations, and can make two-way cartridge valves applied for medium and small power or flow situations, which are the majority of the market in the hydraulic drive and control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Shanghai Renhao Hydraulic Technology, Co., LTD
    Inventor: Renhao Huang
  • Patent number: 9395020
    Abstract: An energy saver valve includes a first spool (12) and a second spool (18) slidably received in a passage (24) of a housing (8). The first spool and the second spool are separate components. The energy saver valve also includes a first outlet port (40), a second outlet port (42), and a resilient member (34) located in a resilient member chamber (36) that biases the second spool towards the first spool. Fluid exits the first outlet port at a first pressure when the energy saver valve is in an initial position, and another passage (58) provides fluid communication between the fluid in the resilient member chamber and the first outlet port. The fluid exits the second outlet port at a second pressure when the energy saver valve is in an actuated position. The first pressure is less than the second pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignees: Ross Operating Valve Company, Ross South America LTDA.
    Inventors: José Carlos Bento, Robert N. Winsand, David W. Haselden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9347577
    Abstract: A combination thermal management valve for management of the flow of heat transfer media is provided. The thermal management valve includes a manifold including two or more independently controlled valve assemblies configured to fluidly isolate the heat transfer media from each other. The valve assemblies may be configured to maintain desirable flow characteristics for each thermal medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: FLEXTRONICS AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew Peterson
  • Patent number: 9274531
    Abstract: An assembly for a thermostatic mixing valve includes a valve body including a first fluid channel having a first inlet port for receiving a first fluid from a first fluid supply line, a second fluid channel having a second inlet port for receiving a second fluid from a second fluid supply line, and a cartridge chamber having a first layer, a second layer offset from the first layer, and an opening for receiving a thermostatic mixing cartridge. A first removable insert guides the first fluid to the first layer when inserted into the first fluid channel and guides the second fluid to the first layer when inserted into the second fluid channel. A second removable insert guides the first fluid to the second layer when inserted into the first fluid channel and guides the second fluid to the second layer when inserted into the second fluid channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Daniel Guilbert, Bernard Barrault, Diego Russo
  • Patent number: 9259631
    Abstract: A ball tossing apparatus includes a support frame and a plurality of launch devices fixed to the support frame and arranged in a two-dimensional array. The launch devices include cylinders having a spring fixed therein, with a ball carrier fixed to the spring. The balls are retained in a loaded position (springs compressed) and then upon activation of the launch devices are launched vertically into the air to the sports player. In another embodiment, the launch devices include a rotating lever which is acted on by a biasing member to launch the ball vertically from the cylinder. A method for launching the balls includes the steps of loading the balls into a two dimensional array, and then launching the balls according to a launch sequence. An electronic control system for use with the ball tossing apparatus includes a launch module for launching the loaded balls in the plurality of launch devices according to a launch sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Garza and Gowan Sports Equipment
    Inventors: Carl W. Gowan, Guillermo A. Garza
  • Patent number: 9255645
    Abstract: A valve is provided. The valve includes a body defining an interior and apertures, additional bodies each having opposed, open ends and being respectively coupled to each of the apertures at one of the respective open ends to define a flow path through each of the additional bodies and into the interior and a valve member. The valve member is disposable in first and second positions in the interior. In the first position, the valve member fluidly couples pairs of the additional bodies with one another via first combined flow paths that crisscross through the interior. In the second position, the valve member fluidly couples different pairs of the additional bodies with one another via second combined flow paths that are substantially parallel through the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Army, Peter J. Dowd