Units Interchangeable Between Alternate Locations Patents (Class 137/271)
  • Patent number: 9696727
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fluid control apparatus which allows installation of a thermal sensor for temperature control by a simple work by an effective utilization of a space in the fluid control apparatus, and a thermal sensor installation structure with respect to the fluid control apparatus. The fluid control apparatus 1 includes a first fluid control instrument 3 and a second fluid control instrument 4 adjacent to each other and the thermal sensor 17 configured to measure a temperature of a fluid flowing in the first fluid control instrument 3. The fluid control apparatus 1 further includes a supporting member 19 configured to support the thermal sensor 17 attached to the second fluid control instrument 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jun Yokota, Takahiro Yoshida, Thanh T. Nguyen, Takahiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9695988
    Abstract: A pipeline-waste-gas reducer apparatus to reduce the amount of gas wasted by existing high-pressure pipelines having existing pipeline controllers and existing actuator-based control valves, by reducing the pressure of gas sent to existing pipeline controllers by a determined factor, consequently reducing the amount of gas wasted by the controllers, and then increasing control pressure returned by the controllers by the same factor, ensuring that the proper control pressure is sent to the existing actuator-based control valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Chad Deville, Wayne Deville
  • Patent number: 9688256
    Abstract: A hydraulic block for a hydraulic unit is configured to control the brake pressure in a slip-controlled vehicle brake system. Multiple pressure sensors are received in receptors that are defined by the hydraulic block and that are configured to place each of the pressure sensors in hydraulic contact with a respective brake circuit. The pressure sensors are configured to detect wheel brake pressures in the corresponding brake circuits. The hydraulic contact between the pressure sensors and the brake circuits is enabled by a common duct that includes a shut-off element configured to block a pressure medium connection between the brake circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Weh
  • Patent number: 9689534
    Abstract: A pipeline-waste-gas reduction method to reduce the amount of gas wasted by existing high-pressure pipelines having existing pipeline controllers and existing actuator-based control valves, by reducing the pressure of gas sent to existing pipeline controllers by a determined factor, consequently reducing the amount of gas wasted by the controllers, and then increasing control pressure returned by the controllers by the same factor, ensuring that the proper control pressure is sent to the existing actuator-based control valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Chad Deville, Wayne Deville
  • Patent number: 9593782
    Abstract: A fluid regulator includes an actuator assembly and a body secured to the actuator assembly. The body defines an inlet, an outlet, and a fluid passage disposed between the inlet and the outlet and includes a first opening and a second opening. The first opening is dimensioned to receive a portion of a slam-shut device and is formed through a first side of the body between the inlet and the outlet. The second opening is dimensioned to receive a portion of the slam-shut device and is formed through a second side of the body, opposite the first side, between the inlet and the outlet. A slam-shut device is positioned at least partially within the first opening, extends into the body, and is secured to the body and a plate is positioned over the second opening and secured to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: G. Glynn Crutsinger, Chun Lin, Horatiu P. Tripon
  • Patent number: 9562549
    Abstract: A fastener system that includes a female fastener assembly with a housing having a channel defined therein and a switch member movable within the channel between removing and fastening positions. The switch member includes a receiver portion having a post opening defined therein and a switch portion. The housing includes a lower opening. The post opening includes a removing portion that is aligned with the lower opening when the switch member is in the removing position and a fastening portion that is aligned with the post opening when the switch member is in the fastening position. The system also includes a male fastener assembly having a post with a slot therein. The post is received through the lower opening in the housing and the post opening so that the slot is aligned with the channel. The slot receives a portion of the receiver portion when the switch member is in the fastening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventor: Richard McClure
  • Patent number: 9556966
    Abstract: A gas supply line and gas supplying apparatus that facilitates maintenance and management of various types of devices. The supplying apparatus is formed with a supply line that is made up of a gas inlet-side block, a gas outlet-side block and a plurality of fluid control devices. The gas supplying apparatus is formed with at least two gas supply lines, the fluid control device of each gas supply line includes at least one flow controller, an inlet-side block of the flow controller on one gas supplying line is connected to an inlet-side block of the flow controller on the other gas supply line so as to oppose the inlet-side block, and an outlet-side block of one flow controller is connected to an outlet-side block of the other flow controller so as to oppose the gas outlet-side block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Takashi Hirose, Michio Yamaji
  • Patent number: 9541214
    Abstract: A valve controller assembly includes a first switch that generates a first input signal based on an operational parameter of a control valve, and a docking assembly is communicatively coupled to the first switch. A switching module is removably secured to and communicatively coupled to the docking assembly such that the first switch is communicatively coupled to the switching module when the switching module is secured to the docking member. The switching module includes a first emulation circuit adapted to receive the first input signal, process the first input signal, and output a first output signal that is different than the first input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: General Equipment and Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Penning, Robert Lynn LaFountain, Bruce Rigsby, Scott Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9523497
    Abstract: A heater assembly can be used with a gas appliance. The gas appliance can be a dual fuel appliance for use with one of a first fuel type or a second fuel type different than the first. The heater assembly can include a housing, and an actuation member. The housing has a first fuel hook-up for connecting the first fuel type to the heater assembly, a second fuel hook-up for connecting the second fuel type to the heater assembly, and an internal valve. The actuation member can control the position of the internal valve based on whether the first or the second fuel hook-up is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: David Deng
  • Patent number: 9448565
    Abstract: Relevant specifications in the field of gas supply provide for different safety devices for installation in a gas-supply system, in particular, an acetylene-supply system. To provide such a safety device, which is characterized by a compact structure and a high level of operational reliability, this invention proposes that a valve body (1) incorporates an over-pressure valve (4; 104) of a quick-action shut-off device, a control valve (3; 103) of a pressure-limiting device, and a safety valve (2; 102), whereby the safety valve (2; 102) can be fluidically connected to the over-pressure valve (4; 104) and the control valve (3; 103), and closes either when the over-pressure valve (4; 104) opens due to an inlet pressure that is above the inlet-pressure limit value or when the control valve (3; 103) opens due to an outlet pressure that is above an outlet-pressure limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Spectron Gas Control Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Johan van der Klift, Andreas Roncka
  • Patent number: 9435431
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system with clutch and torque converter control for a CVT includes a pressure regulator subsystem, a cooler subsystem, a manual valve assembly, and a torque converter control valve assembly connected to the torque converter clutch (TCC) and the cooler subsystem. A boost valve assembly is connected to the pressure regulator subsystem, the manual valve assembly, and the torque converter clutch control valve assembly. A clutch control solenoid is configured to move the boost valve to the boost position and the control valve to the release position and to control a pressure of the hydraulic fluid provided to the manual valve assembly. A TCC control solenoid is configured to move the boost valve to the boost position and to control a pressure of the hydraulic fluid provided to the torque converter control valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Philip C. Lundberg, Steven P. Moorman
  • Patent number: 9377035
    Abstract: A pneumatic controller described herein includes a housing to be connected to an actuator. The housing contains a position monitor with a wireless communication interface. The pneumatic controller also includes a pneumatic control module to be joined to the housing and operatively coupled to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Barry Lynn Gaarder, Scott Richard Kratzer
  • Patent number: 9180232
    Abstract: A surgical system having all of the various pneumatic control sub-systems or sub-manifolds integrally mounted on a common primary manifold. The various required control mechanisms such as valves are likewise integrally mounted to the common manifold and to the sub-manifolds. Within any or all of the sub-manifolds or primary manifolds, volumes of material not necessary for the operation of the manifold are carved or pocketed out and used to form integral accumulators for storing extra pressurized air. The volume of the accumulator can vary according to the pressurized air requirement of the particular manifold, or the overall pneumatic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: NOVARTIS AG
    Inventors: David L. Williams, Michael Bowman
  • Patent number: 9097622
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a valve body having a fluid access passage extending from a process fluid port to an access port, a block valve disposed in the fluid access passage and movable between open and closed conditions, an access blocking device disposed in the fluid access passage between the access port and the block valve, and a valve interlock arrangement. The access blocking device is movable from an access blocking condition in which access to the block valve through the access port is blocked, to an access permitting condition in which access to the block valve through the access port is permitted. The valve interlock arrangement is configured such that the block valve is prevented from being moved to the closed condition when the access blocking device is in the access permitting condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventor: James E. Gotch
  • Patent number: 9032988
    Abstract: A unitary stacked shuttle valve body assembly that may be used in a well drilling blow out preventer circuit. The assembly includes substantially similar shuttle valves that may be assembled and arranged in various configurations to accommodate the requirements and restrictions of the particular circuit in which the assembly may be used. Inlet ports and outlet ports are substantially coaxial and are assembled with central seal connectors that permit rotation of the valve bodies relative to one another. Feed passages, connector passages, and main passages are provided with plugs of different configuration to permit changing port configuration to accommodate the requirements and restrictions of the circuit in which the assembly is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Parker Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Bresnahan
  • Patent number: 9016305
    Abstract: A configurable actuation-orientation valve (100) includes a valve body (120) including a valve bore (126) and a coil (180), a first port (101) and a third port (103) located at a first end (111) and a second port (102) located at a second end (112), a pole piece (138), an armature (130) configured to move in response to energization of the coil (180), and a biasing device (135) between the pole piece (138) and the armature (130). When the biasing device (135) is selected to provide a normally-closed biasing force to the armature (130) then the configurable actuation-orientation valve (100) comprises a normally-closed (NC) valve and when the biasing device (135) is selected to provide a normally-open biasing force to the armature (130) then the configurable actuation-orientation valve (100) comprises a normally-open (NO) valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Norgren GT Development Corporation
    Inventors: John Michael Morris, Charles E Stephens
  • Patent number: 8985153
    Abstract: A valve sub-base (100) is provided. The valve sub-base (100) includes a coupling system (200). The valve sub-base (100) includes a female coupling member (106a) formed on a first side (151) of the valve sub-base (100). The valve sub-base (100) also includes a male coupling member (106b) formed on a second side (152) of the valve sub-base (100) and configured to engage a corresponding female coupling member (106a) on an adjoining valve sub-base (100) to couple two or more valve sub-bases (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fluid Automation Systems S.A
    Inventors: Richardet Didier, Stefan Gairing
  • Publication number: 20150059865
    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: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua A. Shreve, Steven D. Trudeau, Paul Keenan
  • Patent number: 8955533
    Abstract: A multiple pressure ratio valve assembly is provided that may be used in a plurality of systems requiring different operating pressures. In one embodiment, a valve assembly and a plurality of interchangeable valves is provided, the interchangeable valves being configured to be installed within the same valve bore diameter, and the valves having different surface areas such that a pressure ratio of the valve assembly may be varied depending on which of the plurality of valves is installed. In some embodiments, the valves may have one or more fluid bypass portions. Embodiments of the invention may also include one or more shims that may be used to further adjust the pressure ratio of the valve assembly. Methods of repairing a valve assembly are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sonnax Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Maura J. Stafford
  • Patent number: 8887767
    Abstract: A double-sealed cross-port fitting for use in a series progressive divider valve comprises an adapter body, a passage and a ring segment. The adapter body extends axially from a first end to a second end and includes an adapter segment and a coupling segment. The adapter segment is positioned at the first end and is configured to be coupled to another component. The coupling segment is positioned at the second end, extends from the adapter segment, and is configured to be inserted into a valve body. The passage extends through the adapter body from the first end to the second end. The ring segment extends radially from the coupling segment and is configured to engage the valve body. The ring segment forms a first seal face between the ring segment and the adapter segment and a second seal face between the ring segment and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Klaphake, Anthony J. Kuschel
  • Patent number: 8881755
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a faucet valve cartridge 10 configured for use within a dual handle faucet 16, 18. The valve cartridge 10 includes first and second fluid flow control members 94 and 96 received within a valve housing 74 and configured to control fluid flow from an inlet 32, 36 to an outlet 29.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Kurt Judson Thomas, Garry Robin Marty
  • Patent number: 8820360
    Abstract: Provided is an integrated gas panel apparatus which has excellent responsiveness, stabilizes gas concentration, and furthermore, can keep a conventional panel shape as it is. A panel body comprises at least a main flow channel block body for forming a main flow channel, and a branch flow channel block body for forming a branch flow channel. The branch flow channel block bodies are arranged on the both right and left sides to face each other by having the main flow channel block body at the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Horiba STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Oya, Tatsuya Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8783295
    Abstract: A fluidic device unit structure in which a plurality of fluidic devices are integrated and which is effective in reducing a footprint is provided. With a fluidic device unit structure in which a plurality of fluid devices that are connected via channels are integrated in a base member, the base member includes a plurality of mounting surfaces on which the fluidic devices are mounted and inclined channels for connecting the mounting surfaces in the interior of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Igarashi
  • Patent number: 8752865
    Abstract: A drain pan collects condensate water from an air conditioner. A drain line includes an elbow connecting the pan to a vertical pipe that drains the condensate water to outside. The drain line must be periodically cleaned to prevent clogging. A kit and method is provided to modify the drain line so that it can then be cleaned more easily, and components are provided to facilitate the drain line cleaning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Coogle
  • Patent number: 8720475
    Abstract: An air valve connector is threadly engaged to a nozzle head of an air pump, which is eccentrically and pivotally connected with a cam lever. The cam lever is adapted to press against a plug and an airtight ring disposed in the nozzle head to compel the valve connector to connect with different types of air valves such as a French type valve, a German type valve, an English type valve, and an American type valve. The air valve connector is reversed easily between first and second positions to be adapted to connect with the different type valves by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Wu
  • Patent number: 8689833
    Abstract: The invention relates to a valve device for the fluid supply of fluid consumers, comprising several valve modules (2) arranged next to each other in the direction of stacking (3). Said valve modules (2) respectively comprise a plate-shaped channel body (11) provided with a feed channel recess (35) and/or a venting channel recess (36) and four 2/2 distributing valves (41, 42, 45, 46) respectively having a first and a second fluidic connection (47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 55, 56). The four 2/2 distributing valves (41, 42, 45, 46) of the valve module (2) are interconnected in a full bridge arrangement. According to the invention, an additional module (6, 7), which is arranged on the connection surface of the channel body, is connected so it communicates with one or both working channels (21, 22) and is designed to control a fluid flow and/or for determining a parameter of the fluid flow from or to the working channel (21, 22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Festo AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Berner, Rolf Berger
  • Patent number: 8573259
    Abstract: A modular microfluidic system comprising a base substrate, a plurality of microfluidic assembly blocks, and an adhesive component is provided. Each individual microfluidic assembly block defines a channel and has a sidewall defining an aperture into the channel. When the plurality of microfluidic assembly blocks are arranged on the base substrate, the aperture into the channel of one microfluidic assembly block aligns with the aperture of another microfluidic assembly block with the channels thereof connected along a plane parallel to the base substrate thereby forming a channel network defined by the plurality of microfluidic assembly blocks. The subject invention also provides a method of assembling a microfluidic device. The method comprising the steps of providing the base substrate, providing the plurality of microfluidic assembly blocks, and arranging the plurality of microfluidic assembly blocks on the base substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Mark A. Burns, Minsoung Rhee, Sean M. Langelier, Brian N. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8539973
    Abstract: A normally open non-electric valve includes a flow path through an apertured valve seat . . . cavity isolated from the flow path is sealingly closed off adjacent the valve seat by a flexible diaphragm. The diaphragm is sufficiently flexible to be pushed and held away from the valve seat by fluid flowing in the flow path. When it is desired to close the valve, a pressure medium is introduced into the cavity so as to force the diaphragm against the valve seat and interrupt the fluid flow in the flow path. The normally open valve can inexpensively be converted from an inexpensive electric solenoid valve by removing the plunger, spring and coil from the electric valve, closing off the plunger cavity with a flexible diaphragm, and selectably introducing a pressure medium into the cavity when it is desired to close the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Bosko
  • Patent number: 8534498
    Abstract: The present invention is a flush unit that can quickly and safely connect to a conventional soda fountain dispenser for cleaning the drain system of the dispenser. The flush unit comprises a one-piece unitary flush block or housing, a flexible hose, and a nozzle. The flush block comprises a fluid conduit having a water inlet port and a water outlet port. The flush block further comprises a plug port for plugging the syrup outlet port of a conventional back block. The water inlet and plug ports are spaced to engage with the water and syrup outlet ports, respectively, of the back block. The flush block further comprises a fastener adapted to engage with a fastener of the back block. The flexible hose has a first end connected by a fastener to the water outlet port of the flush block and a second end connected to the nozzle. The present invention allows a person to quickly connect the flush unit to a conventional dispenser and flush the drain system of the dispenser using its own hydrostatic water source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventors: Steven Wayne Campbell, Charles Ernest Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8496023
    Abstract: A temporary drainage system for draining rain water that flows into a floor under construction to an outside of a building during construction of a multiple-story building includes: a flexible drainage collection hose connected to a penetration hole formed in a floor slab of the floor under construction; a sand-settling vessel provided on a floor slab of a constructed floor of the building and connected to the drainage collection hose; a drainage pit provided on a lowest floor of the building to store drainage water discharged from the sand-settling vessel through a drainage hose; and a drainage pump provided in the drainage pit. The drainage water collected into the drainage pit is discharged to the outside of the building by an operation of the drainage pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Honda
  • Patent number: 8496029
    Abstract: A flow substrate including a body having a first surface and a second opposing surface, a plurality of pairs of ports defined in the first surface of the body, a plurality of fluid pathways extending between each respective pair of ports and in fluid communication with each port of the respective pair of ports, and at least one cap. Each fluid pathway is formed in the second surface of the body. The at least one cap has a first surface constructed to seal at least one fluid pathway, and a second opposing surface. At least one of the body and the at least one cap includes a weld formation formed in at least one of the second surface of the body and the second surface of the at least one cap constructed to surround the at least one fluid pathway and facilitate welding of the at least one cap to the body along the weld formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: VistadelTek, LLC
    Inventor: Kim Ngoc Vu
  • Patent number: 8490638
    Abstract: A retrofit valve assembly for a frost-resistant hydrant comprises a replacement valve assembly and stem sufficiently long enough to enable the replacement stem to be cut and readily retrofit to existing frost-resistant hydrants of different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Amerikam, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 8485217
    Abstract: A plug valve for a gas stove, consisting at least of a natural-gas nozzle, a propane-gas nozzle, a valve body, a cock, an adjusting rod, an O-shaped ring, a stop ring, a spring, a stop plate, a cover, a pair of screws, and a valve rod. The adjusting rod, the O-shaped ring, and the stop ring are disposed in the cock, the cock, the spring, the stop plate, the cover, and the valve rod are disposed in the valve body via the screws, the natural-gas nozzle or the propane-gas nozzle is disposed in the valve body. Switching between natural gas and propane gas, flow adjustment thereof are convenient, and no special tool is required, which make the invention suitable for a wide range of users. The plug of he invention is safe and reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Ningbo Wanan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Feng Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130152857
    Abstract: Embodiments provided herein describe substrate processing fluid delivery systems and methods. The substrate processing fluid delivery systems include a flow regulator. A fluid conduit assembly is coupled to the flow regulator and a processing chamber of a substrate processing apparatus. A plurality of processing fluid containers is coupled to the fluid conduit assembly. A plurality of valves is coupled to the fluid conduit assembly. The plurality of valves are configurable to selectively place each of the plurality of processing fluid containers in fluid communication with only the flow regulator or the processing chamber of the substrate processing apparatus through the fluid conduit assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Wright, Tony P. Chiang
  • Patent number: 8413679
    Abstract: A modular control device (1) is proposed, containing a support module arrangement (3) equipped with a control module arrangement (15). Additionally provided information-carrying modules (42) make it possible to make information regarding the control modules (16) available. They respectively contain a fastening section (43) fixed in place on the support module arrangement (3) and an information-carrying section (45), which is pivotably seated on hinge means (44). The information-carrying section is embodied in an L-shape and can be selectively positioned in a working position, in which it extends over the control module arrangement (15), or in a release position, in which it makes the control module arrangement (15) accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Festo AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Eduard Wenske, Heiko Kuhbauch
  • Patent number: 8413672
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a valve flushing kit used in temporarily flushing a globe valve can include a flushing bonnet assembly that includes a circular disk adapted to be received in the upper opening of an internal valve cavity of a valve when a closure bonnet and a closure member of the valve are removed and a plurality of bonnet clamps each having at least one opening therethrough, wherein the opening can be adapted to be received on one of the threaded studs protruding from the upper exterior surface of a body of the valve and the bonnet clamps can be held in place by the threaded nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Dresser, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Talmage Tirrell
  • Patent number: 8371332
    Abstract: A modular valve is provided. The modular valve includes a valve body having a pair of inlet ports and a pair of outlet ports. The pair of inlet ports each includes an integral stop valve and check valve. The valve body includes a cavity configured to selectively receive a pressure balancing cartridge or a thermostatic cartridge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Richard Cruickshank, Frederick Leung, Gerry Larcina
  • Patent number: 8347921
    Abstract: Two connected valve units each formed by serially connecting plural electromagnetic valves in a direct abutment state are disposed in parallel between two end blocks. The two end blocks are tightened with plural connecting bolts disposed therebetween so as to directly clamp and fix the two connected valve units from both sides in the serial connection direction of the electromagnetic valves. One of the end blocks is provided with a power supply connector, and the other is provided with an air inlet port and a discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: SMC Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Narita, Shinichi Yoshimura, Takashi Murakami
  • Patent number: 8336573
    Abstract: A manifold for accommodating at least one fluid is constructed of a plurality of modules that can be interconnected and configured to create a customized manifold. Couplers interconnecting a flow cavity of each module can be selected to determine fluid flow characteristics between module flow cavities. Each module has one or more valve ports. Valves or other flow accommodating apparatus are attached to the manifold via adapters. A first end of each adapter is sized and configured to engage a valve port, and a second end engages the attached apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Coast Pneumatics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Robert Ellis
  • Patent number: 8333214
    Abstract: A manifold for accommodating at least one fluid is constructed of a plurality of modules that can be interconnected and configured to create a customized manifold. Couplers interconnecting a flow cavity of each module can be selected to determine fluid flow characteristics between module flow cavities. Each module has one or more valve ports. Valves or other flow accommodating apparatus are attached to the manifold via adapters. A first end of each adapter is sized and configured to engage a valve port, and a second end engages the attached apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Coast Pneumatics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Robert Ellis
  • Patent number: 8327879
    Abstract: A manifold for accommodating at least one fluid is constructed of a plurality of modules that can be interconnected and configured to create a customized manifold. Couplers interconnecting a flow cavity of each module can be selected to determine fluid flow characteristics between module flow cavities. Each module has one or more valve ports. Valves or other flow accommodating apparatus are attached to the manifold via adapters. A first end of each adapter is sized and configured to engage a valve port, and a second end engages the attached apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Coast Pneumatics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Robert Ellis
  • Patent number: 8327871
    Abstract: A pressure regulator having a conduit with a plurality of adjustable valves inserted reversibly into the conduit. The valves are aligned along the axis of water flow. The interior of the conduit is divided into an inlet chamber and outlet chamber by a septum. The valves are inserted into the inlet chamber, and valve seats protrude through holes in the septum into the outlet chamber, thereby sealing the inlet chamber from the outlet chamber. Fluid flows into the conduit, into the inlet chamber, through the open valve, into the outlet chamber, and then flows out of the conduit. The valves regulate fluid pressure in the outlet chamber. The degree of pressure regulation can be adjusted for each valve by turning pressure adjustment knobs on the top of the valves to produce precise regulation of pressure and fluid flow. A conduit plug can replace a valve in the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Reliance Worldwide Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas M. Franklin, John W. Brill
  • Patent number: 8322364
    Abstract: An actuator for operating a valve comprises a housing, a cap, a ring and a piston. The housing has a connecting interface for being mounted on the valve. The cap substantially covers a first portion of the housing. Both the cap and the housing define a substantially enclosed space inside the housing. The ring sealably covers a second portion of the housing. The ring is equipped with two ports that are in fluid communication with the enclosed space. The piston is slidably located inside the housing. Advantageously, an actuator assembly may include the actuator as previously described and one bonnet, one of the connecting interfaces of the actuator being connected to the bonnet. The bonnet is adapted to be mounted to a valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: MBF Stainless Valve Limited
    Inventors: Louis Lacasse, David Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 8297952
    Abstract: A water inlet unit for an amphibious pump includes a housing having a connecting hole, a first water inlet pipe having a first end connected to the connecting hole and a second end provided with a first water inlet port, a second water inlet pipe having a first end connected to the connecting hole and a second end provided with a second water inlet port, a guide member mounted on the housing and connected to the connecting hole, and a tap detachably locked in the first water inlet port or the second water inlet port. Thus, the water inlet unit has a first water inlet port and a second water inlet port so that the water inlet unit and the amphibious pump are disposed at an upright or transverse state according to the practical space requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Cheng-Kuan Wu
  • Patent number: 8297304
    Abstract: The storage container for a liquid chlorosilane of the present invention comprises, a tank which stores the liquid chlorosilane, a valve which is connected to the tank and to which an external pipe can be connected detachably, and a closing lid which seals the valve when the external pipe is detached from the valve. The valve comprises a housing and a valve body provided in the housing. The closing lid has a lid body having a sealing surface contacting the connecting surface of the connecting flange, a supply pipe which supplies an inert gas to a space between the closing lid and the valve body in the housing, a supply valve which opens or closes the supply pipe, a discharge pipe which discharges a gas in the space, and a discharge valve which opens or closes the discharge pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
    Inventors: Go Sasaki, Takanori Ito
  • Patent number: 8282358
    Abstract: There is provided a fluidic device that is small, that can reduce contamination inclusion, and that can improve efficiency. A fluidic device includes a first constituent member internally having a first channel, and a mounting substrate internally having a second channel, the first constituent member being mounted on the mounting substrate. The mounting substrate has a storage portion for storing a fluid which is supplied to the first channel and a collecting portion for storing a fluid which is discharged from the first channel. The second channel has a supplying channel portion connected to the storage portion and a collecting channel portion connected to the collecting portion. The supplying channel portion and the collecting channel portion are connected to each other via the first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Itaru Ishii
  • Patent number: 8251087
    Abstract: A modular fitting for use with a commercially-available fluid or pneumatic switch, such as solenoid valves. The modular fittings disclosed can be aggregated to form a resulting modular fitting assembly according to the number of fluid circuits desired. The modular fittings include one or more coupling features that provide the ability to couple adjacent modular fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 8245731
    Abstract: A fluid transport/containment apparatus includes a fluid-bearing module and an actuation module. The fluid-bearing module includes a substrate and fluid transport/containment elements distributed therein, with one or more of the fluid transport/containment elements having microfluidic dimensions. The actuation module is detachably secured to the fluid-bearing module such that the actuation elements are operatively interfaced with the fluid transport/containment elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Richard P. Welle
  • Patent number: 8215337
    Abstract: A valve for a water faucet includes a base, a seat unrotatably mounted on base, a valve set mounted on the seat, a disk unrotatably mounted on the first valve set, and a housing mounted on the disk. The valve set includes a pivotable valve pivotally mounted on the first portion of the seat and a rotatable valve rotatably mounted on the second portion of the seat. The disk, the rotatable valve, the pivotable valve, the seat, and the base are sequentially received in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Ching Hann Souvenir Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tien-Ho Chung
  • Patent number: 8156956
    Abstract: An assembly mounts between the drain pan that collects condensate water from an air conditioner and the drain line. It includes a housing with a first end connected to the pan. A second end connects to the drain line. A shut off valve shuts off the passage to the pan while maintenance is performed. A connector is mounted on the housing between the valve and the second end. It is a female member of a water hose coupling. A male member of the coupling may be screwed in to seal it in place. Male members may have different terminations at a second end, including a barbed tube for resilient tubing, a compressed air tire valve for delivering gas, a compressed nitrogen coupling, a tapered funnel for the nozzle of vacuum/blower, and a water sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory Coogle