With Leakage Or Drip Collecting Patents (Class 137/312)
  • Patent number: 10816432
    Abstract: A system for detecting a gas, oil or water leak and closing a fluid valve in response thereto includes a control unit in which an electronic circuit is mounted. A fluid leak sensor is electrically connected to the electronic circuit. A manipulator unit is operatively coupled to the fluid valve. The fluid leak sensor generates a fluid leak detection signal when a fluid leak is detected. The electronic circuit, in response to the fluid leak detection signal, generates a control signal and provides the control signal to the manipulator unit which, in response to the control signal, causes the fluid valve to close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: VOXX International Corporation
    Inventors: Prapan Paul Tinaphong, Yiqi W. Woodling
  • Patent number: 10794535
    Abstract: A high pressure tank includes: a resin liner for containing a fluid; a reinforced layer covering an outer surface of the liner; a cap including a supply/discharge hole to supply and discharge the fluid to and from the liner; a barrier layer; and an isolation wall member. The cap includes a cylindrical protrusion having the supply/discharge hole. The barrier layer covers an outer surface of the reinforced layer to block all or at least part of the fluid, and includes an opening to expose the protrusion. The isolation wall member forms a closed space accommodating the protrusion and the opening of the barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Ogiwara, Satoru Kawase
  • Patent number: 10781977
    Abstract: A high pressure tank includes: a resin liner for containing a fluid; a reinforced layer covering an outer surface of the liner; a cap including a supply/discharge hole to supply and discharge the fluid to and from the liner; an isolation wall member; and a communication unit. The cap includes a cylindrical protrusion having the supply/discharge hole formed therein. An opening is formed in the reinforced layer to expose the protrusion. The isolation wall member encloses the protrusion and the opening, and forms a closed space. The communication unit communicates with the closed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Ogiwara, Satoru Kawase
  • Patent number: 10732071
    Abstract: A water control system which encompasses a leak sensor and a water control unit adapted for installation on a water supply line, both capable of wireless data communication with a gateway acting as an interface between the leak sensor and water control unit and a cloud server or a remote user application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Dean Ruiz Fung-A Wing, Seth Lawrence Taylor
  • Patent number: 10725117
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward detection of leakage from an enclosed component using an apparatus. The apparatus includes a printed circuit board (PCB) including a first conductive trace, a second conductive trace, and sets of terminals electrically connected to the first and second conductive traces configured and arranged to indicate changes in impedance caused by leaked liquid. The respective portions of the first and second conductive traces are interleaved, and configured and arranged to suspend flow of the leaked liquid from an enclosed component, thereby causing a change in impedance between at least one of the sets of terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Verne Olson, Kevin Reinhart, Damian Bonicatto, Chris Palmer
  • Patent number: 10702434
    Abstract: A grossing station comprising a table and an overhead hood connected to the table. The grossing station further comprising a plurality of interchangeable plates arranged in a trough of the table and a lift system connected to the table. The grossing station also comprises a touch screen controller arranged on a surface of the station, wherein the touch screen controller is in communication with at least one manual toggle switch for overriding an electronic control and monitoring system if a system failure occurs within the grossing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MP Acquisition, LLC
    Inventors: Massimo Corona, Mohamed Simo Meskouri
  • Patent number: 10648578
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting with a fitting body with a hollow cylindrical mixing shaft chamber in which a mixing shaft is rotatably supported about an axis of rotation. A hot and cold water inlet and a mixed water outlet open into the hollow cylindrical mixing shaft chamber, and wherein the mixing shaft has a control contour on the outer circumference which delimits a mixing chamber, which as a function of the rotational position of the mixing shaft fluidically connects the hot water inlet and/or the cold water inlet to the mixed water outlet in order to adjust a mixed water temperature. The mixing chamber of the mixing shaft is fluidically decoupled from the hot water or cold water inlet port while forming a fluid-tight valve gap between a sealing surface of the control contour of the mixing shaft and the inner peripheral wall of the hollow cylindrical mixing shaft chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GROHEDAL Sanitaersysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Joerg Moeller, Christian Koch
  • Patent number: 10627004
    Abstract: An in situ retrofit assembly for a top entry valve includes an annular conduit (100) configured to conform with a seat support (106) at the distal end (207) and a valve body extension (208) with an interior annular region (301). The valve body extension (208) comprises an inlet port (209) fluidically connected to the annular area (301). A gland packing push plate (211) is configured to allow the annular conduit (100) to pass through thereby forming an outlet port (212). This allows the removal of a portion of the fluid from the cold box for downstream processing or manipulation as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, SociétéAnonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventor: Alain Briglia
  • Patent number: 10620094
    Abstract: A sampling device for withdrawing a plurality of samples from a fluid container. The sampling device includes a support member for mounting into a port of a fluid container and a plurality of rotatable inserts, each insert having a through conduit forming an eccentric aperture within the distal end surface of insert, the through conduit being alignable and misalignable with a respective through passage of the support member by rotating the insert relative to the support member. In another aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method of withdrawing a sample from a fluid container and the use of cylindrical elements to that effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KEOFITT A/S
    Inventors: Henrik L. Salomon, Henrik Neuschäfer Larsen, Allan Otto Kjær
  • Patent number: 10605278
    Abstract: A system for detecting leaks in a hydraulic supply system for a double-acting hydraulic actuator is disclosed. The system may include a first conduit in fluid communication with a first chamber of the actuator, and with a second chamber of the actuator, and a directional control valve coupled with the first conduit and the second conduit. A directional control valve may be in fluid communication with a hydraulic oil supply line and may switch between the hydraulic oil being sent and received via the first conduit and second conduit. A valve can be associated with the oil supply line. A first and second flow meter can generate a first signal and a second signal, respectively, indicating flow rate within the first conduit and the second conduit. A controller may receive the first signal and the second signal, calculate their ratio, and cause the valve to inhibit flow within the oil supply line upon the ratio differing from a given ratio by more than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Mohammad Ebrahimi
  • Patent number: 10571043
    Abstract: A press-fit in situ retrofit assembly for a top entry valve and a method thereof are disclosed. The assembly includes an annular conduit (201) including a segment (202) of reduced outside diameter and a shoulder (203) on the exterior surface at the proximal end (204), and is configured to conform with an interior surface (205) of a valve seat (206) at the distal end (207). A valve body extension (208) with an interior annular region (301), and an inlet port (209) fluidically connected to the annular region (301). A gland packing push plate (211) is configured to allow the annular conduit (201) to pass through thereby forming an outlet port (212). And a thrust plate (403) is attached to the thrust screws (401). The thrust plate (403) allows the segment (202) of reduced outside diameter at the proximal end (204) of the annular conduit (201) to pass through, with the thrust plate (403) seating on the shoulder (203).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Alain Briglia, Jianwei Li
  • Patent number: 10571488
    Abstract: A probe includes: a probe base body having a first end as a portion that contacts a test object in an inspection and a second end that contacts a contact point member; a covering member that covers the probe base body between the first end and the second end; and an enlarged diameter portion 6 provided at an exposed portion on the second end side of the probe base body. The probe is attached in a bent-deformed state by pressing a terminal portion on the first end side of the covering member against a base portion of the contact inspection device. The second end of the probe base body is pressed against a contact point of the contact point member by opposing force due to the pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nihon Micronics
    Inventor: Tomoaki Kuga
  • Patent number: 10569162
    Abstract: A removable joystick for use with a video game controller includes a base shaft that is coupled to a joystick unit in the housing of the video game controller so that the proximal end of the base shaft extends to a location at or below an outer surface of the housing. A top shaft assembly is removably coupleable to the base shaft via a quick disconnect assembly. The top shaft assembly includes a top shaft with a proximal end that removably couples to a joystick ball, and a collar that is spring loaded and movably coupled to the top shaft and has a flange that extends outward from the outer surface of the collar. When the top shaft assembly is disconnected from the base shaft, the flange of the collar engages and retains a dust cover disposed over the collar to inhibit misplacement or loss of the dust cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventor: Bradley M. Strahle
  • Patent number: 10564659
    Abstract: An electric valve device (1) for household appliances, includes a hollow body (2) with an inlet (4, 5) and an outlet (5, 4) for a flow of a liquid, between which in the body (2) there is defined a chamber (6) wherein a first valve seat (7) is provided, a (first) obturator (17) moveably mounted in the chamber (6) and cooperating with the first seat (7) for controlling the communication between the inlet (4, 5) and the outlet (5, 4), and a movable member (12) coupled with the obturator (17) and displaceable towards and away from the first valve seat (7) and controlled by means of an electrically operable actuator (10) carried by said body (2). In the body (2) a second valve seat (8) is staggered with respect to the first valve seat (7) along the direction of displacement of the first obturator (7), to which is connected a second obturator (18) displaceable from and towards the second valve seat (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ELBI INTERNATIONAL S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giorgio Molino, Maurizio Rendesi, Paolo Ravedati, Paolo Da Pont
  • Patent number: 10557644
    Abstract: An adjustable drip pan designed to be installed into tightly-enclosed spaces. Specifically, an adjustable drip pan comprising a bottom pan, said bottom pan comprising a bottom floor, a reservoir, and one or more walls; and a top pan, said top pan comprising a top floor and a lip, wherein said one or more walls form a ridge. Said ridge, said bottom floor, and said reservoir create a water-impermeable basin for collecting water, and said bottom pan and said top pan are slidably adjustable in a plane along an axis, where adjustment of said bottom pan and said top pan is limited, in a first direction of said axis, by touching of said lip and said ridge, and in a second direction of said axis, by touching of a first one of said one or more walls all and said top pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Lucas Steele
  • Patent number: 10557648
    Abstract: A cooling/heating switching unit includes first to third fittings, expansion valves and expansion-valve driving sections, a housing, a heat insulating material, and a refrigerant leak detection sensor. The first and second fittings respectively connect with a high/low-pressure-gas main pipe and a low-pressure-gas main pipe, which are linked to an outdoor unit. The third fitting connects with an indoor-unit connection pipe, which is linked to indoor units. The expansion valve for high/low-pressure-gas pipe, the expansion valve for low-pressure-gas pipe, and expansion-valve driving sections selectively connect the first or second fitting with the third fitting via a refrigerant pipe to control a flow direction of refrigerant. The housing houses the refrigerant pipe. The heat insulating material fills inside of the housing to insulate the refrigerant pipe arranged inside of the housing from heat. The refrigerant leak detection sensor is installed outside of the housing to detect leaked refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning, Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Naito, Naoyuki Fushimi, Kazumoto Urata, Gen Yasuda, Kazunori Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10550560
    Abstract: Methodologies, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for containing fluid from an overflowing toilet. An annular fluid containment basin is located near the base of a toilet and is configured to encircle the base of the toilet and collect fluid flowing down the exterior surface of the toilet. A moisture sensor is located within the annular fluid containment basin and configured to sense a spill. A drain is also located within the annular fluid containment basin to direct fluid to bypass an S-bend or trap connected to the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Dwain Biermann, Nicholaus Adam Jones, Steven Jackson Lewis
  • Patent number: 10532796
    Abstract: A transfer structure for transfer of a fluid between a floating structure and a floating or non-floating facility and/or transmission of electric power between the floating or non-floating facility and the floating structure is disclosed. The transfer structure includes at least one attachment means passive-movably mounted relative to the transfer structure for releasable attachment of the transfer structure to the floating structure. The transfer structure is semi-submersible and floating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CONNECT LNG AS
    Inventors: David Mikal Knutsen, Stian Tunestveit Magnusson, Magnus Eikens, Andreas Norberg, Kjetil Sjølie Strand
  • Patent number: 10526771
    Abstract: A flow monitoring system, which is configured to detect a leak in a water distribution system having appliances, includes a flow sensor. The flow sensor is configured to detect flow data of a flow of water within a conduit configured to fluidly couple to the appliances. The flow monitoring system also includes a processor. The processor is configured to receive the flow data from the flow sensor, determine whether a reference flow pattern (of a plurality of reference flow patterns) is present in the flow data (where the plurality of reference flow patterns correspond with expected water flow patterns to one or more appliance of the appliances), and initiate a shut-down mode configured to stop the flow of water in response to a determination that the reference flow pattern is not present in the flow data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HS Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramsey Devereaux, Manfred Amann, Eric David Schroeder, Donna Moncrief Brown, Emily Margaret Gray, Jess W. Gingrich, Justin Dax Haslam, Sharon Kay Haverlah, Michael Kyne, Juspreet Kaur
  • Patent number: 10512950
    Abstract: A valve body with conduits on opposing sides having attachable pressure cover-plates and valve servicing assemblies that can be selectively installed onto the valve body while it is fully pressurized. The valve body includes simple isolators that allow access openings to be blocked and exposed that allow various style operating mechanisms and tools without the need for intermediate isolating mechanisms. Attachable subcomponents can provide pressurized fluid that is injected into the valve body from an external power source to move sand and debris away from seating surfaces while advancing and retracting various style gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Maichel
  • Patent number: 10508576
    Abstract: A urea-filling device for diesel vehicles may include a urea-overflow-preventing space formed in a portion of a urea filler neck to temporarily accommodate urea flowing backwards from a urea tank, easily preventing urea from overflowing out of the urea filler neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Tae Yoon Lee, Seung Hoon Choi, Sung Won Lee, June Young Park
  • Patent number: 10488855
    Abstract: A system that provides localized monitoring of characteristics of instrument gas that a valve assembly uses to modulate the flow of a working fluid. The system includes components that generate an output in response to, for example, particulates, humidity, temperature, and other characteristics of the instrument gas. Processing of data and information in the output can help to diagnose changes in the characteristics of the instrument gas. This diagnosis is useful to predict a time frame during which the valve assembly and components associated therewith might fail and/or require maintenance before the valve assembly manifests significant problem that are detrimental to a process line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dresser, LLC
    Inventors: Edward James Nieters, Frederick Wilson Wheeler, Harold Randall Smart
  • Patent number: 10427538
    Abstract: A thermal management system for a vehicle includes a vortex tube configured to generate hot and cold airstreams and a valve having hot and cold air inlets connected to the vortex tube to receive the hot and cold airstreams, respectively. The valve further has a vent and a valve outlet. A high-voltage electrical component is connected to the valve outlet by conduit to receive one of the hot and cold airstreams to thermally regulate the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Myers, John Peter Bilezikjian
  • Patent number: 10413766
    Abstract: A tool for draining a fire sprinkler system through a fire sprinkler, comprising: a housing configured for cooperation with the sprinkler to collect fluid flowing from the sprinkler; an actuator to activate the sprinkler; and a conduit in fluid communication with the housing 5 and through which the fluid can be drained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Shae Mete
  • Patent number: 10351278
    Abstract: A vacuum packaging arrangement comprises a drawer configured to cooperate with a kitchen cabinet, and a vacuum packaging device. The vacuum packaging device is functionally integrated in a ready-to-operate configuration within the drawer and provides, within the drawer, an operational interface to receive a minor first section of a vacuum bag, and to vacuum the vacuum bag upon activation of the vacuum packaging device. The vacuum packaging device is implemented such that a major second section of the vacuum bag comprising a closed end of the vacuum bag is arranged outside of the vacuum packaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Lucia Chierchia, Piero Turchetti, Christoph Walther
  • Patent number: 10344902
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system having a safety system with a breakaway component. Breakaway component further comprising an internal tube that also has breakaway capacity to prevent leaks before breakaway. Also a break away system have a turbulence coil within the break away portion of the conduit to enhance the protection provided by the safety system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew Charles Abrams
  • Patent number: 10330126
    Abstract: A fan control system includes a tank, a pump, a hydraulic motor, a fan, and a control valve. The control valve is adapted to selectively direct a flow of hydraulic fluid from the pump through the control valve into a pressure control chamber of the hydraulic motor or from the pressure control chamber to the tank to vary the control pressure therein to move the hydraulic motor's swashplate between forward and reverse positions. The control valve is adapted to selectively direct hydraulic fluid from the pump into the pressure control chamber such that the control pressure therein is pressurized to an idle pressure to move the swashplate to an intermediate position between the forward and reverse positions such that the output shaft rotates at an idle rate which is less than the rotational speed of the output shaft when in the forward mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Justian D. Reever, Darren J. Hopf, Timothy L. Hand
  • Patent number: 10329745
    Abstract: A system for controlling water delivery in to and out from a structure. A plurality of sensors disposed within the structure determine one or both of a water leak from a water delivery system within the structure and a temperature. A transmitter associated with each one of the plurality of sensors transmits a signal to a controller, the signal indicates a water leak from the water delivery system or a temperature below a predetermined value. A plurality of valves within the structure control the flow of water in to the structure, out from the structure, and within the structure. The controller receives the signal and responsive thereto opens or closes one or more valves to stop water delivery into the structure, to drain water out from the structure, or to control water delivery within the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Denset Serralta, Rogerio Garcia
  • Patent number: 10302205
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hydraulic component with a valve unit for a hydraulic system, and a hydraulic system having such a hydraulic component. The valve unit of the hydraulic component has a valve block and a valve piston. The valve piston is moveably along a first bore supported in the valve block. Further, the valve unit is admittable with pressurized hydraulic fluid and is configured such that the valve piston can be moved between a closed position and an open position. The hydraulic component according to the disclosure is particularly characterized in that the first bore is configured as a through-hole through the entire valve block and the hydraulic component has a collecting unit. The collecting unit at least partially surrounds the two end openings of the first bore and is configured collect and drain hydraulic fluid leaking out of the two end openings of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HAWE HYDRAULIK SE
    Inventors: Alexander Haehl, Johannes Glaser, Alexander Haas, Engelbert Zwingler
  • Patent number: 10281047
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a sealing system particularly for industrial safety valves, even more particularly for industrial gate valves. Hence, the subject of the present invention is both a sealing system (1) suited to be used on a gate valve and a gate valve comprising such a sealing system (1). The system according to the present invention allows to combine the advantages in terms of simplicity and cost-effectiveness for manufacturing gate valves provided with a traditional sealing system, with further advantages in terms of performance both at high and at low operating pressures and reducing the torques required to handle the slab, also ensuring the operation of the valve itself with unaltered sealing performance over time, even under particular and demanding operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Gasket International S.P.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Scattini
  • Patent number: 10272327
    Abstract: A removable joystick for use with a video game controller includes a base shaft that is coupled to a joystick unit in the housing of the video game controller so that the proximal end of the base shaft extends to a location at or below an outer surface of the housing. A top shaft assembly is removably coupleable to the base shaft. The top shaft assembly includes a top shaft with a proximal end that removably couples to a joystick ball. The top shaft assembly also includes a collar that is spring loaded and movably coupled to the top shaft and has a flange that extends outward from the outer surface of the collar. The top shaft assembly removably couples to the base shaft via a quick disconnect assembly. When the top shaft assembly is disconnected from the base shaft, the flange of the collar engages and retains a dust cover disposed over the collar to inhibit misplacement or loss of the dust cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventor: Bradley M. Strahle
  • Patent number: 10261056
    Abstract: A method and a rotary valve in a continuous chromatography system. The rotary valve comprises a stator with an inner stator face, and a rotor with an inner rotor face arranged in sealing contact with the inner stator face. The stator comprises at least a first and a second inlet orifices, at least two first outlet orifices, a second outlet orifice and a third outlet orifice, and the rotor interconnection paths are arranged to: in at least one rotary position connect the first inlet orifice to the second outlet orifice and the second inlet orifice to the third outlet orifice, and in at least two other rotary positions connect the first inlet orifice with any one of the first outlet orifices at the same time as the second inlet orifice is connected to the second outlet orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventor: Bjorn Markus Olovsson
  • Patent number: 10247312
    Abstract: A disposable device for the sterile transfer of fluids, such as liquids or gases, includes a body, a bore formed through at least a portion of the interior of the body, and a linearly moveable plunger contained within the bore. The body is formed from a rotating section and a stationary section. Partial rotation of the rotating section around a portion of the stationary section and the plunger drives the plunger linearly within the bore, opening and closing the device. The plunger includes at least a first and a second opening, and a fluid channel in the interior of the plunger connecting the first and second openings forming a fluid pathway to downstream components when the device is open. A termination component at one end of the plunger connects to a downstream component. A flange at one end of the body attaches to an upstream component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff Hartnett, Alf Lofving, Lars Hultquist, Jan Davidsson, Lennart Myhrberg
  • Patent number: 10214406
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling differently sized containers with fluid includes a filling head having a fluid holding area. At least one multi-container filling nozzle connected to the filling head, wherein at least two containers with differently-sized openings are fillable with a quantity of fluid from the fluid holding area without changing the multi-container filling nozzle. Related methods and devices for filing containers with differently-sized openings with fluid without changing a fluid nozzle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ABC FILLERS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. DiCarlo, Kenneth E. Damon, Jr., Scott G. Little, Scott Frash, Raymond E. McHugh, Joseph Ryan DiCarlo
  • Patent number: 10189350
    Abstract: A fuel drip retention system includes a computer programmed to actuate one of a pump or a starter motor to generate a vacuum in an evaporation line between a fuel nozzle receiving port and a vapor canister. The vacuum is generated upon determining that fuel has stopped flowing into a fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10161545
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a production tool and a pipe connected to the production tool. The pipe includes an inner pipe formed of a metal-free material, an outer pipe encircling the inner pipe, and an inlet connected to a channel between the inner pipe and the outer pipe. The apparatus further includes a chemical supply system connected to the pipe. The chemical supply system is configured to supply a chemical through a channel encircled by the inner pipe to the production tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Rong-Shyan Pan, Yung-Long Chen, Heng-Yi Tzeng, Shao-Yen Ku, Chih-Chiang Tseng
  • Patent number: 10151239
    Abstract: An explosion relief valve for a crankcase of an engine includes a carrier plate, a cap, and an annular flame arrestor. The carrier plate includes a valve plate that has a sinuous shape for redirecting flame back into the engine. The flame arrestor includes a plurality of layers of smooth metal sheets, with each layer having a pattern of apertures that is different in size and spacing than the pattern of apertures of its adjacent layer. The apertures of each layer are partially, and only partially, aligned with the perforations of its adjacent layers. The layers are laid flush against each other to minimize or eliminate air space between the layers, leaving only the air channels existing between the apertures of the metal sheet layers as passageways for exhaust gases to be released from the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Penn-Troy Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kafka, Merle Eiffert
  • Patent number: 10077905
    Abstract: A method for controlling gas leak includes a step of providing gas for a pre-set period of time automatically; a step of cutting off gas supply automatically by cutting off electric power for the electro-magnetic valve so that the piston of the electro-magnetic valve seals an opening of an inlet path; a step of checking gas leak by using a pressure detection device in the safety valve to check gas pressure after the gas is filled in the safety valve and the pipe for a period of time, the pressure detection device transferring detected signals to a circuit board, and the detected signals being used as a basis of judgement of gas leak, and a step of supplying gas again and checking the pressure by the pressure detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Chiun Nien Chen
  • Patent number: 10024470
    Abstract: A fuel tank fueling portion structure includes: a fueling pipe that is in fluid communication with a fuel tank, the fueling pipe being provided with a fueling opening; a lid that is openably and closably provided at a vehicle body, the lid in a closed state covering the fueling opening from a vehicle body outer side; an on-off valve that is provided at a flow channel inside the fueling pipe and closes off the flow channel, the on-off valve opening up the flow channel when pressed by the fueling nozzle; and a valve retention device that is provided in the fueling pipe, the valve retention device retaining an open state of the on-off valve that has been opened by pressing from the fueling nozzle, and releasing the retention of the open state of the on-off valve when the lid goes into a closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shuichi Aso
  • Patent number: 10024453
    Abstract: An dual acting solenoid valve (DASV) is a device for controlling mediums as gases or fluids through two valves simultaneously using a dual position latching solenoid operated with a bi-stable permanent magnet activation system (BSPMAS) to allow the DASV to be electrically energy efficient and power versatile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Glen A. Robertson
  • Patent number: 10001287
    Abstract: The piping stick can define a sealable volume including a plurality of piping sections and a plurality of control sections. The non-connected end of the piping sections of the piping stick can be capped. The piping stick can be assembled by assembling the plurality of control sections and the plurality of piping sections, pressurizing the piping stick at a first time and determining the integrity of the piping stick by evaluating the pressure in the piping stick at a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: John C. Karamanos
  • Patent number: 9988256
    Abstract: An adjustable soda dispenser holding device for securing a soda dispenser to an object including a frame, where the frame includes a horizontal elongated member for abutting a top of the object, a vertical elongated member being connected to the horizontal elongated member and abutting a side of the object, a platform having an inside rim, the inside rim surrounding an opening formed in the platform, and a drip cup for catching drips from a soda dispenser, the drip cup being supported by the inside rim and being rotatable relative to the platform. A method of using an adjustable soda dispenser holding device, including inserting a drip cup into an inside rim surrounding an opening formed in a platform of a frame, where the frame includes a horizontal elongated member and vertical elongated member, and rotating the drip cup relative to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Mohamed Salem
  • Patent number: 9943868
    Abstract: A hand pump for pumping out fluid from a reservoir, comprising a pump body, a faucet, a driving mechanism and a sealing arrangement. The pump body has at a side a connector defining a receptacle radially extending into a cavity of the pump body. The driving mechanism includes an axle inserted in the receptacle of the connector, a sealing sleeve mounted around the axle, a coupling cap axially secured to the sealing sleeve, and a L-shaped handle. The handle having at one end inserted through the coupling cap and the axle, and at the other hand extending outside the coupling cap. Operation of the handle in cyclically up and down motion drives the axle to rotate, which causes a piston in the cavity to move upward and downward so as to suck the fluid into the faucet. The sealing arrangement has at least three O-rings disposed among the parts of the driving mechanism to provide an effective seal between the driving mechanism and the pump body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Yi-Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9927166
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes a water pipe inside the refrigeration appliance. A collecting tray collects leakage water and an empty conduit conducts the leakage water from the water pipe inside the empty conduit to the collecting tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Elmar Faehnle, Eugen Gaplikow, Hans Gerd Keller, Michael Krapp, Karl-Friedrich Laible, Vitaliy Rimkevich, Hans Peter Werner
  • Patent number: 9926940
    Abstract: A rotor assembly that includes a shaft and an impeller and/or a rotor core. The shaft is secured within a bore in the impeller and/or the rotor core by an adhesive such that the concentricity of the shaft is smaller than that of the bore. A method of manufacturing the rotor assembly is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventor: Richard Iain Mockridge
  • Patent number: 9903478
    Abstract: The invention relates to a valve apparatus having a housing (100), which housing has a first port (102), which can be connected to a tank (200), and a second port (106), having a closing element (110) which is provided in the housing and which can be placed into an open position, in which a fluid connection is produced between the first port and second port, and which can be placed into a closed position, in which the first and second ports are separated from one another in fluid-tight fashion, having a first (120) and a second (130) seal arrangement between closing element and housing, wherein the first and the second seal arrangement (120, 130) are spaced apart from one another and wherein each seal arrangement interacts with a corresponding seat (126, 136).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: GEA ASEPTOMAG AG
    Inventor: Urs Langenegger
  • Patent number: 9869403
    Abstract: A valve includes a valve housing having an interior chamber and an actuator housing in which an actuator is disposed. The actuator housing is secured with the valve housing. A shaft is coupled with a valve member and the actuator and extends within a bore between the interior chamber of the valve housing and the actuator. The valve includes at least one vent passage that has a first end that opens to the bore and a second end that opens to an exterior of the valve housing and actuator housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Labrie, Kevin Arthur Roberg, Christopher McAuliffe, Donald E. Army
  • Patent number: 9841114
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus are provided for a safety relief bypass system for an oil pumping pipeline that provides pressure relief to the pipeline in order to prevent and reduce pipeline rupture. More specifically, the bypass system can include one or more rupture discs having a specific burst pressure that allows fluids under pressure to bypass through alternative pipeline thereby preventing damage to other piping components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Alfredo Lozano Aguilar
  • Patent number: 9840367
    Abstract: A multi-function closure is provided for a liquid containment tank. The tank has an upper wall with an inspection opening therein. The closure includes a ring attached to the upper wall and extending around the inspection opening. A pan is removably fastened to the ring, and has a bottom and side wall forming a reservoir for collection of spilled liquid. A lid is pivotally connected to the pan for movement between open and closed positions, and can be locked in the closed position. Multiple ports are formed in the bottom of the pan for filling the tank with liquid, and suctioning or pumping liquid from the tank for discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Meridian Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher T. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9822903
    Abstract: A valve assembly including an actuated valve and a sensor module is disclosed. The actuated valve includes a body defining a chamber, a first fluid port coupled to the chamber, and a second fluid port coupled to the chamber. The actuated valve further includes a movable stem disposed at least partially within the chamber, the movable stem having a closed position and an open position relative to the chamber, and an actuator coupled to the stem. The sensor module is attached to the actuated valve, and the sensor module includes a microcontroller, and at least one sensor coupled to the microcontroller, the at least one sensor providing a signal associated with a status of the actuated valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Raven N.P., Inc.
    Inventor: Charles W. Bowers