With Leakage Or Drip Collecting Patents (Class 137/312)
  • Patent number: 11326733
    Abstract: A system of pipe insulating sleeves includes a series of elastomeric foam insulating sleeves that are capable of opening up to, and beyond, 180 degrees, to accommodate and capture an undersink pipe. The disclosed system may include a number of different sleeves that are capable of coupling to one another at respective couplers so as to form the system. The sleeves may include fastening mechanisms to retain the sleeves in the closed configuration while capturing the pipe, so as to create a smooth, streamlined appearance that is aesthetically pleasing. Also disclosed is a method of installing the sleeves. The sleeves are made of an elastomeric foam material that has heat insulating properties, and which may also have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that make it particularly advantageous for use in undersink pipe insulating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: OATEY CO.
    Inventors: Eric Hull, Joshua Funk, Willie Perez
  • Patent number: 11306874
    Abstract: A gas supply system includes: a gas tank; an unbalanced pressure reducing valve that reduces a pressure of the gas supplied from the gas tank; a pressure sensor that detects an outlet-side pressure of the pressure reducing valve; a flow rate changing unit that changes an outlet-side flow rate of the pressure reducing valve; and a control unit. The control unit changes the outlet-side flow rate between first and second flow rates, obtains a first pressure, which is a detection value of the pressure sensor when the outlet-side flow rate is the first flow rate, and a second pressure, which is a detection value of the pressure sensor when the outlet-side flow rate is the second flow rate, and estimates an inlet-side pressure of the pressure reducing valve using the relationship among the first flow rate, the second flow rate, and the difference between the first and second pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Kosuke Kobayashi, Yukihide Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 11297710
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light source and a method for patterning a resist layer on a substrate using the EUV light source are disclosed. For example, the EUV light source includes a volume to collect liquid tin debris remaining after a plasma generation process, a cover coupled to the volume, wherein the cover comprises at least one opening to allow the liquid tin debris to fall through the at least one opening of the cover and into the volume, and a heater coupled to the cover, wherein the heater is to melt solid tin that forms from cooling of the liquid tin debris on a surface around the at least one opening of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ssu-Yu Chen, Shang-Chieh Chien, Li-Jui Chen
  • Patent number: 11221351
    Abstract: A probe card device includes a probe head including a plurality of pins, wherein each of the pins includes a body, a first metal layer formed on the body, and a second metal layer covering the first metal layer; a multi-layered flexible board electrically connected to the pins; a support plate, the multi-layered flexible board disposed on a first surface of the support plate; and a circuit board electrically connected to the multi-layered flexible board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: PRINCO CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-kuang Yang, Yeong-yan Guu, Chun-hsiung Chou
  • Patent number: 11137092
    Abstract: The utility model discloses a double-buckle tube for a bathroom, comprising an outer tube and a flexible inner tube; both ends of the flexible inner tube are respectively provided with connectors; inner ends of the connectors are provided with inner tube connecting parts; the flexible inner tube has elasticity and is expanded and hermetically connected with the inner tube connecting parts by the elasticity; outer ends of the connectors are provided with at least one annular groove; seal rubber rings are arranged in the annular groove; each of the connectors is formed by a tube core and a connecting piece sleeved in the middle of the tube core and fixedly connected with the tube core; and the inner tube connecting parts and the annular groove are respectively arranged on the inner end and the outer end of the tube core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Youshi (Xiamen) Sanitary Ware Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhangsen You, Hong Yang
  • Patent number: 11092084
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a combustion section, the combustion section including a plurality of fuel nozzles. A fuel delivery system for the gas turbine engine includes a feed tube and a fuel manifold fluidly connected to the feed tube for receiving fuel from the feed tube. The fuel delivery system also includes a pigtail fuel line fluidly connected to the fuel manifold and configured to fluidly connect to a fuel nozzle of the plurality of fuel nozzles when the fuel delivery system is installed in the gas turbine engine. In order to reduce an amount of hydraulic instability of a fuel flow through the fuel delivery system, at least one of the fuel manifold or the pigtail fuel line includes a means for damping a hydraulic instability within the fuel delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kwanwoo Kim, Raymond Floyd Martell, Alfred Albert Mancini, Clayton S. Cooper
  • Patent number: 11072917
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is actuation apparatus. The actuation apparatus comprises a diaphragm valve, having an upstream side and a downstream side, opposite the upstream side. The actuation apparatus also comprises a hydraulic actuator, fluidically coupled with the downstream side of the diaphragm valve by a first hydraulic line. The actuation apparatus further comprises a valve fluidically coupled with the upstream side of the diaphragm valve by a second hydraulic line. The actuation apparatus additionally comprises a valve controller coupled with the valve and operable to open and close the valve. Pressurized fluid from the downstream side of the diaphragm valve flows to the hydraulic actuator, via the first hydraulic line, in response to opening of the valve. The hydraulic actuator is configured to actuate in response to receipt of pressurized fluid from the downstream side of the diaphragm valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: A. Shane Alcorn
  • Patent number: 11014802
    Abstract: A conversion frame assembly configured to secure a fuel dispenser to a concrete pad and direct leaked fuel from the fuel dispenser into a sump at least partially embedded in the concrete pad. The conversion frame assembly includes a frame having a fluid passageway and a splash lip extending upward from the base plate and around the fluid passageway. The conversion frame assembly also includes a drainage tray configured to be coupled to the splash lip of the frame. When the drainage tray is coupled to the splash lip of the frame, an upper surface of the drainage tray defines a weir sloping inward and downward toward the fluid passageway in the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: S. Bravo Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Micah Nelson, Ricardo Burgos, Don Mukai
  • Patent number: 10982789
    Abstract: Gas meters including a first portion and a second portion are provided. The first portion is separate and distinct from the second portion and a physical barrier is positioned between the first portion and the second portion. The first portion includes at least a motor associated with a shut-off valve for the gas meter and the second portion includes at least an area for a gas stream to flow through. Related gas regulating devices are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sensus Spectrum, LLC
    Inventor: Christian Heizenroeder
  • Patent number: 10982944
    Abstract: A method for a system includes applying power to a MEMS device while inhibiting applying power to a processor, thereafter determining first sensed data with the MEMS device in response to first event data, when the first sensed data exceeds a first threshold, determining second sensed data with a second MEMS device in response to second event data, when the second sensed data exceeds a second threshold, applying power to the processor, determining with the processor whether a seismic event is occurring in response to the first and the second sensed data, directing with the processor, an electronically-controllable mechanism to shut-off a utility supply, in response to the seismic event being determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: mCube, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjay Bhandari, Tony Maraldo
  • Patent number: 10969803
    Abstract: A mechanical activation system including a first mechanical device mechanically connectable to and controllable by an external device, with a rotational orientation of the first mechanical device controllable by the external device, the rotational orientation representative of a parameter of the external device. The first mechanical device and second mechanical device having interacting surfaces for controlling a valve for preventing the parameter of the external device from reaching a critical value. An operator actuation device interacts with a surface of the first mechanical device, permitting a single operator input that is automatically resettable by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CIRCOR INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Fabien Devaux
  • Patent number: 10941545
    Abstract: A sensing assembly assembly for use with a fire hydrant having a stem includes a sensor in fluid communication with a water supply; at least one battery in electrical communication with the sensor; and an antenna in electrical communication with the sensor; wherein at least a portion of the sensing assembly is located within an interior cavity of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Timofey Sitnikov, Paul S. Gifford, Carlos Stephen Moreno
  • Patent number: 10900205
    Abstract: A sensing assembly assembly for use with a fire hydrant having a stem includes a sensor in fluid communication with a water supply; at least one battery in electrical communication with the sensor; and an antenna in electrical communication with the sensor; wherein at least a portion of the sensing assembly is located within an interior cavity of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Timofey Sitnikov, Paul S. Gifford, Carlos Stephen Moreno
  • Patent number: 10890296
    Abstract: A high pressure tank device includes a high pressure tank configured to supply/discharge a fluid through a supply/discharge channel, a first storage part, a leakage detection sensor provided in the first storage part for detecting leakage of the fluid, and a second storage part. The high pressure tank includes a resin liner, a reinforcement layer which covers an outer surface of the liner, and a cap having a supply/discharge hole. The first storage part can store a first fluid. The first fluid is at least one of the fluid that leaked from the supply/discharge channel and the fluid that leaked through the inside of the supply/discharge hole. The second storage part is provided independently from the first storage part, and can store a second fluid. The second fluid is the fluid that leaked from the outside of the supply/discharge hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Ogiwara, Satoru Kawase
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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