Longitudinal Movement Of Valve Patents (Class 137/322)
  • Patent number: 11224776
    Abstract: A terminal fixture is provided for installation at the end of each sprinkler head drop in a fire protection system. The terminal fixture is an automatic valve device that operates in response to the installation or removal of a sprinkler head from the fixture itself. When the sprinkler head is removed the terminal valve operates to close the end of the sprinkler drop feed line to prevent flow of fire protection fluid by preventing an open system. When a sprinkler head is reinstalled into the valve, the valve plunger is automatically displaced to an open position to restore full and unobstructed flow to the sprinkler head returning the drop to full and operable status. In this manner, no manual valves are added to the system which would prevent failsafe operation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: SPRINKLER STOP, LLC
    Inventor: Fred D. Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11186970
    Abstract: An embodiment of a fluid valve includes a substantially flat face plate, a receptacle, a cavity, and a drain assembly. The receptacle is disposed in the face plate and has at least one protrusion each configured to engage a respective one of at least one groove of a valve-opening-and-fluid-dispensing device. The cavity has a top end in fluid communication with the receptacle, and has a bottom end. And the drain assembly has a top end in fluid communication with the bottom end of the cavity, has a bottom end, and is configured to allow fluid to drain from the cavity in response to the valve-opening-and-fluid-dispensing device being absent from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Aquor Water Systems, Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard O. Walcome
  • Patent number: 11143611
    Abstract: A fluid process application bag includes a flexible film body having an opening, a port plate sealed around the opening of the flexible film body, a sensor fitting and a sensor contained within the sensor fitting. The port plate has a receptacle defining a passage in fluid communication with an interior of the flexible film body and the sensor fitting has a body portion seated within the passage of the receptacle and is coupled to the receptacle. The sensor has at least one probe communicating with the interior of the flexible film body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: PENDOTECH
    Inventors: James F. Furey, Dennis C. Annarelli, John Benson
  • Patent number: 10814345
    Abstract: A suck-back type coating gun unit characterized in that a needle, which is formed into a single body with a movable valve body of a valve mechanism, is provided, and a cam-type valve driving mechanism, which includes a cam that is at its cam surface in contact with the tip end of the needle, is provided. In this suck-back type coating gun unit, a cam-type valve driving mechanism that makes stroke motions is configured in which the rotational operation of the cam body is converted into a stroke operation to make a valve ON and OFF operation of the hot melt coating gun unit, so that the ON operation is made by the ridge portion of the cam body and the OFF operation is made by the valley portion of the cam body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Sun Tool Corporation
    Inventor: Shoji Hidaka
  • Patent number: 10632331
    Abstract: A quick pressure reducer and cylinder valve for use with an SCBA includes a cylinder valve that connects to a pressure vessel, a pressure reduction assembly for reducing the pressure of breathing air provided by the pressure vessel, a probe, and an inlet/latch assembly. The probe includes a notch and a threadless probe tip, and the inlet/latch includes a corresponding receptacle and one or more latches adapted to fit into the notch to retain the probe in the receptacle. A pushbutton switch in the receptacle is triggered by insertion of the probe tip therein, thereby providing an electrical signal. Probes of different sizes may be used to correspond to different pressure capacities, and the inlet/latch assembly may be arranged either to permit the insertion of only one probe size or may be arranged to accept different sizes but to function differently based on the size of the probe. The latches are inoperable except at or below a nominal pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald B. Mele
  • Patent number: 10544890
    Abstract: A pair of connectors includes first and second connectors. The first connector includes a first assembling surface that contacts the second connector. The second connector includes a second assembling surface that contacts the first assembling surface. The first connector includes a first overhanging portion, which overhangs outward from the second assembling surface in an assembled state of the first and second connectors, and a first projecting portion, which projects from the first overhanging portion beyond a location of the first assembling surface toward the second connector side in the assembled state. The second connector includes a second overhanging portion, which overhangs outward from the first assembling surface in the assembled state, and a second projecting portion, which projects from the second overhanging portion beyond a location of the second assembling surface toward the first connector side in the assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sukhwan Lee
  • Patent number: 10384841
    Abstract: A system for extracting a liquid from a container. The system comprises a liquid extraction member including a liquid extraction inlet and one or more liquid extraction outlets. The system additionally includes one or more storage vessels each defining a liquid storage inlet coupled in fluid flow communication with the extraction member via one of the liquid extraction outlets. The system additionally includes a pressure differential device operable to cause liquid to flow from the container, through the liquid extraction member, and into one or more of the storage vessels. Furthermore, the system includes one or more fluid restrictors associated with the liquid extraction member and configured to prevent fluid flow in at least one direction through the liquid extraction member to prevent liquid in the liquid extraction member from receding from the liquid extraction member back into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Norman Werbner Information Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman Werbner
  • Patent number: 9834428
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system for dispensing beverage from a beverage container, having a dispense head adapted to be connected to the beverage container. The dispense head having a housing having a through-going bore, and an activation handle pivotally mounted to the housing and movable between at least a deactivated position and an activated position. The beverage dispensing system further having a replaceable connection unit adapted to be connected with the dispense head and having a hollow piston member removably insertable into the bore of the housing and a dispensing line connected to the hollow piston member, whereby the hollow piston member is axially displaceable between a deactivated position and an activated position, and when in the activated position, the hollow piston member fluidly connects the extractor tube and the dispensing line to dispense beverage from the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: MICRO MATIC A/S
    Inventors: Benny Dahl, Kim Poul Knudsen
  • Patent number: 9810361
    Abstract: A pour spout adapter comprises a housing, a collar and a threaded engagement. The housing has a sealed bore for receiving a tube. The collar has an internal bore coupled to the housing at a rotatable connection so as to permit a tube to extend from the sealed bore through the collar. The threaded engagement is disposed on the internal bore to receive a threaded pour spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Tix, Christopher J. Pellin, Mark T. Weinberger, Andrew M. Spiess
  • Patent number: 9737834
    Abstract: A water filter cartridge has an end cap with separate inlet and outlet nozzles connected to the end of a cylindrical tube that extends from the end cap. The nozzles are slanted and laterally offset from the cylindrical tube. A cam surface on the outer side of the nozzles actuates valves in a mating manifold. The passage in the nozzles is conical, expanding toward the nozzle end and opening onto a portion of the nozzle side to form a sharper tip. Expanding ice pushes itself out of the conical passage and facilitates ice removal. The narrow end of the conical passage facilitates breakage and removal of ice from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: TST Water, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael T. Baird
  • Patent number: 9533868
    Abstract: A container for a fluid under pressure, preferably a beer keg, including a neck and a fitting mounted thereon with a suction tube for drawing the fluid into the container. A pressure relief valve is mounted in an upper end of the suction tube or in the neck of the container. The pressure relief valve includes a closing body which is mounted resiliently via a spring and movable from a closing position to an open position by the spring being compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Dispack-projects NV
    Inventor: Albert Marie Wauters
  • Patent number: 9404341
    Abstract: Inside blowout preventer release tool body having a one-piece planar upper section and a one-piece tubular lower section. In one embodiment, the upper section includes a pair of longitudinal members defining a central open region, the longitudinal members joined at one end having a formed lifting feature configured to accept a manipulator cable or chain. The lifting feature is positioned such that when the release tool body and an inside blowout preventer connected thereto are lifted by the rig hoist using cables, chains, and the like, they are easily moved over, aligned with, and connected with a working drillpipe while minimizing possibility of slipping off the cables or chains. The lower section includes a threaded end mating with a mating end of an inside blowout preventer, a central longitudinal bore to accept a release rod, and an upper end formed to accept the lower ends of the longitudinal members of the upper section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: DWJ Inc.
    Inventor: Donald L. Williams
  • Patent number: 9354121
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant thermowells with thin wall tips for use in unusually difficult industrial applications such as pharmaceutical and chemical process plants and semiconductor manufacturing facilities. These facilities have process environments that may include at least one of the following: highly corrosive fluids, difficult mechanical conditions such as rapid or turbulent fluid flows, and/or reasonably high process temperatures and/or pressures. The corrosion resistant thermowells provide isolation between a temperature sensor and a fluid to be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: MICROMOLD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Arthur S. Lukach, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9091360
    Abstract: The pressure limiting valve has a low pressure gauge configured to measure the operability of a backflow prevention device having a line pressure relatively higher than the maximum PSI rating of the low pressure gauge. The valve body has an inlet statically coupled to a pressurized fluid source and an outlet coupled to the low pressure gauge. Upper and lower chambers fluidly coupled via a conduit are formed from an interior portion of the valve body and generally separated by a flexible diaphragm. A spring actuable via movement of the flexible diaphragm in response to pressure changes in the valve body biases a closure seat in an open position relative to the outlet when the valve body is not under pressure, and compresses under pressure to permit the closure seat to seal the outlet when pressure in the valve body reaches a maximum PSI rating of the low pressure gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Frahm, II
  • Patent number: 9039389
    Abstract: A pump system containing no external parts or valves is provided. The pump system is characterized by a common type of actuating mechanism and incorporates reversibly expanding actuators, preferably electroactive actuators. Fluid is caused to move at a selected flow rate and direction by sequentially activating contiguous actuators located inside the pump. The pump may be used to pump a variety of fluids and may be used in various industrial, commercial, medical, aeronautical, or military applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MEDIPACS, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Banister
  • Patent number: 8955722
    Abstract: An assembly (1) of a tapping keg (2) with neck (5) and a connecting device (15) for placement on said neck (5). In the neck is at least one valve (20, 22). The neck is provided with an outwardly reaching flange (8) with a top surface (14) and an inclined bottom surface (9). The bottom surface (9) is inclined with respect to the top surface (14). The connecting device has a substantially horse shoe-shaped connecting element (16), provided with a slot (18) by way of which the connecting element (16) is slidable over the flange (8). The side of the slot facing the bottom surface (46) during use comprises a lower surface (19) which is inclined at an angle which is at least virtually equal to the angle of inclination of the inclined bottom surface (9) and, in coupled condition, abuts at least against a planar central part (9A) of the inclined bottom surface (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Heineken Technical Services B.V.
    Inventors: Guido Petrus Johannes Van Der Klaauw, Bart Jan Bax
  • Patent number: 8875956
    Abstract: A creamy foam beer dispensing system includes a coupler removably securable with a keg, a transportation tube, and a faucet having a handle coupled with a plunger communicating with the transportation tube. The handle is movable among a closed position, an open position, and a creamy foam position. In the closed position, the handle maintains the plunger squeezed against the transportation tube such that no beer flows from the faucet. In the open position, the handle lifts the plunger substantially, completely off the transportation tube such that beer flows smoothly from the faucet. In the creamy foam position, the handle lifts the plunger off the transportation tube a distance such that an aperture created in the transportation tube produces creamy foam flow from the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Haskayne, Robert Shettle, Donald Smeller, Jarrell Jennings, III, Merrill Good
  • Patent number: 8851340
    Abstract: A container having a female dispensing valve and containing a gas-containing beverage, wherein around the dispensing valve a first coupler (10) extends, furthermore including a dispensing line which has a coupling element which has a second coupler (14); the coupling element has a largely hollow stem with an end and an opening, wherein the dispensing line links up with the stem opposite the end, such that in coupled condition of the couplers, the stem extends against or into the valve and has brought the valve into and keeps it in an opened position, such that beverage can flow via the valve and the opening into the dispensing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Heineken Supply Chain B.V.
    Inventor: Christoph Kreyenberg
  • Patent number: 8851580
    Abstract: A pneumatic brake system that includes at least one pneumatic latching valve; a single device, such as a solenoid, for providing momentary pilot signals to pneumatic latching valve; a source of pressurized supply air in communication with the pneumatic latching valve; a spring brake or other pneumatic device in communication with the pneumatic latching valve; and, optionally, an indicator device for monitoring and displaying the state of the pneumatic latching valve. Upon receiving a first momentary pilot signal the pneumatic latching valve changes from closed to open and delivers pressurized air to the spring brake. Upon receiving a second momentary pilot signal, the pneumatic latching valve changes from open to closed and exhausts pressurized air from the spring brake to the external environment. The valve remains “latched” in its current state until the signaling device is energized and the next momentary pilot signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bendix Commerical Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventor: Robert J Herbst
  • Patent number: 8684026
    Abstract: A closure for a keg comprises a housing and a valve element movable within the housing between closed and open positions. A lock mechanism is capable of holding the valve element in the open position, to vent gas from the keg and to thwart unauthorised re-filling after dispensing. The lock mechanism comprises: a first part movable with the valve element that comprises a lock element engageable with the housing; and a second part that is movable with the first part when the valve element moves from the closed position to the open position during filling, and thereafter is separable from the first part as the valve element returns from the open position to the closed position after filling. Separation of those parts enables the lock formation to engage with the housing to hold the valve element when the valve element returns to the open position upon dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Petainer Lidkoeping AB
    Inventor: Jessica Rundin
  • Patent number: 8403039
    Abstract: A system and method for accessing an annulus within a wellhead assembly while the annulus is pressurized. The system includes a tubular body with an attached valve assembly and adapter. The adapter to the wellhead assembly with a sealed annular fitting. The body houses a selectively extendable plunger assembly rotatable by an attached motor. A bit or milling device is provided on the end of the plunger assembly, so that selectively extending the plunger assembly through the valve assembly and adapter contacts the bit against the wellhead assembly. An opening is formed through the wellhead assembly with the rotating bit allowing access to the annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Howell, David Daniel Comeaux, Richard Porteous, Mariusz Karp
  • Patent number: 8152030
    Abstract: A valve wrench assembly restores functionality to an aerosol container by being selectively and removably attachable the annular container rim adjacent the container outlet, which has been damaged or otherwise compromised, and by opening the valve of the compromised outlet and subsequently directing the aerosol container's product as purposed. The valve wrench assembly comprises an annular fitting assembly and a plunger assembly. The fitting assembly interfaces the plunger assembly to the container, which plunger assembly comprises a sleeve, a nut, and a plunger structure. The sleeve comprises communicating cavities in which the nut and plunger structure are received. The plunger structure is coupled to the nut, each of which provide certain conduit. The gasket structures axially align the plunger assembly with the container outlet and matter-conducting conduit thus extends from the container outlet to the assembly outlet via the valve wrench assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Donald L. Coroneos
  • Patent number: 8056773
    Abstract: An assembly of a tapping keg with neck and a connecting device for placement on the neck. In the neck is at least one valve. The neck is provided with an outwardly reaching flange with a top surface and an inclined bottom surface. The bottom surface is inclined with respect to the top surface. The connecting device has a substantially horse shoe-shaped connecting element, provided with a slot by way of which the connecting element is slidable over the flange. The side of the slot facing the bottom surface during use includes a lower surface which is inclined at an angle which is at least virtually equal to the angle of inclination of the inclined bottom surface and, in coupled condition, abuts at least against a planar central part of the inclined bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Heineken Technical Services B.V.
    Inventors: Guido Petrus Johannes Van der Klaauw, Bart Jan Bax
  • Patent number: 7922055
    Abstract: The housing is intended to receive a source introduced by means of its head and pushed into a position ensuring good transmission of energy. The housing includes a mechanism for converting a transverse movement towards the interior of the housing imparted by a pusher element of the mechanism accessible from the exterior of the housing into an orthogonal movement for ejection of the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Societe De Prospection ET D'Inventions Techniques Spit
    Inventors: Frederic Nayrac, Patrick Herelier, Cyril Marion, Roland Almeras
  • Patent number: 7832596
    Abstract: A tapping rod (2) with a beverage valve (16), a gas valve (14) cooperating therewith, and a collar (24), while in or on the collar a connecting device (26) is fitted, which connecting device comprises a pressure body (30) for opening the beverage valve (16) and the gas valve (14), wherein: the pressure body (30) comprise or defines at least one first beverage channel (50) for bringing, with the beverage valve in open position, the inner space of a keg, in particular a riser of the taping rod, into fluid communication with a beverage dispensing line; the pressure body comprises or defines at least one gas channel (48) for bringing, with the gas valve in open position, the inner space of the keg into fluid communication with a gas supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Heineken Technical Services B.V.
    Inventors: Guido Petrus Johannes van der Klaauw, Bart Jan Bax, Marius Corstiaan van Duuren, Arie-Maarten Paauwe
  • Publication number: 20080289353
    Abstract: The refrigerant service port valve for air conditioners has a valve body defining a main fluid conduit adapted for insertion into a coolant line using compression fittings at opposite ends of the conduit. A pedestal is mounted on the exterior conduit wall. The pedestal has a bore therethrough forming a lower service passage that enters the main fluid conduit, and an internally threaded blind bore parallel to the lower service passage. A slider is mounted on the pedestal, the slider having a male quick connect fitting defining an upper service passage. The upper service passage may be aligned with the lower service passage in an open position to service the system, or the slider may be moved to align the upper service passage with the blind bore to access a setscrew, which is raised partially into the upper service passage to lock the valve in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Richard H. Maruya, George M. Whitmyre
  • Patent number: 7448406
    Abstract: The hydraulic pressure relief tool opens a check valve in the male portion of a hydraulic line coupler. The male portion has a locking ball receiving groove. The tool includes a male coupler holder and a coupler retainer that are pivotally connected together. The male coupler has a U-shaped groove. The sides of the groove slide in the ball receiving groove. The male coupler engaging surface on the retainer is moved across the U-shaped groove to lock the coupler to the tool. A fluid deflector housing covers a portion of the U-shaped groove. A check valve opener is mounted in a threaded passage in the housing. A valve engaging surface on the opener is advanced to open the check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: George D. Waite
  • Patent number: 7278452
    Abstract: The drink liquid, such as beer, soft drink, etc., stayed in stay portion 5 of filler during the filling operation is recovered without dropping of the quality. The filler is composed of cylinder rod 4 connected to the cap 3 of container 2, discharge hole 7 longitudinally penetrated through a center of the cylinder rod 4, a stay portion 5 secured at the upper part of the periphery of cylinder rod 4, through which the drink liquid passes, and a supply pipe 6 for drink liquid connected to the stay portion 5, and characterized in that the storage equipment 12 for stayed liquid having storage room 18 is secured on supply pipe 6, and pipe 11 for introducing pressurized air is also secured. It is connected to stay portion 5 through discharge hole 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatake Taguchi, Kazutaka Yamamoto, Kaoru Ichihashi
  • Patent number: 7246634
    Abstract: A fitting for connection to a pipe includes a sleeve, in which a body is axially displaced along a sleeve axis, whereby the body has a drill for drilling into the pipe and/or a valve body of a valve. The fitting also includes a branch sleeve, located in particular on the sleeve and to which a branch line can be connected. The fitting is easily constructed in such a way that safety requirements are reliably met and such that a connection to a branch line can be easily established if necessary. According to another aspect of the fitting, a locking device which includes an actuating element is located in the branch sleeve, in such a way that the locking device is actuated by means of the axially displaceable body in the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Friatec Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fabian Maier, Wolfgang Sichler
  • Patent number: 7191809
    Abstract: During non-use of tank (53), a connector for dispensing liquid from the tank has no portion projecting from the tank, keeps the tank in its sealed condition, and makes no disturbance. Provided in drum cap (51) threadably engaged with a neck of the tank are liquid outlet plug installation hole (55) and dual-purpose gas/liquid inlet plug installation hole (56). Siphon tube (59) extending downward to the bottom of the tank is provided inside hole. (55) of liquid plug (57) an upper surface of which does not extend beyond an upper surface of the drumcap. Dual-purpose gas/liquidplug (70) is provided inside the hole (56) not having its upper surface extend beyond the upper surface of the drum cap. Caps (62 and 75) are detachably fitted in the liquid plug and the gas/liquid plug, respectively, to seal upper openings of these plugs (57 and 70), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Koichi Abe
  • Patent number: 7168596
    Abstract: A keg is formed from (A) a shaped jacket or liner forming a container, obtained from at least two nonsymmetrical parts (1a, 1b) welded together, one of the parts containing an opening provided with a neck, and (B) a filling/tapping device (3) positioned in the neck of the opening. The part of the container with the filling/tapping opening contains a riser or peripheral skirt (13) having a height at least equal to that of the outer part of said filling/tapping device and, optionally, sufficient to contain at least one cut-out forming a handle, and while the neck of the opening contains a part (9) extending inside the lumen of the jacket and having a limited diameter at its end (10), so as to permit passage and maintenance of the tapping device (3), and containing at least one other opening (11), advantageously on the periphery of said opening for passage and maintenance of the tapping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Odin (A French Limited Company)
    Inventor: Denis Delbarre
  • Patent number: 6942127
    Abstract: A valve assembly for a container with an inner bag for receiving beverage, in particular carbonated beverage such as beer, wherein a beverage valve is provided with a communication with the inner space of the bag and a device for operation of the beverage valve by a tapping device in which the container is receivable, the beverage valve being partly surrounded by an upstanding first apron which is gas-tight, while, spaced therefrom, a second gas-tight apron is situated, and between the first and the second apron a bottom wall with at least one gas passage opening is provided which during use is in communication with the space enclosed between the inner bag and the container, such that during use between the two aprons a chamber is formed through which gas under pressure can be forced through the gas passage opening, separately from the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Heineken Technical Services B.V.
    Inventor: Paul Henri Raats
  • Patent number: 6920893
    Abstract: A liquid transfer system that includes a valve and a coupler assembly of unique design for use in extracting hazardous fluids from a transport container. The system includes a novel valve and coupler assembly that is of a simple design and is uniquely constructed from a corrosive resistant plastic that is substantially impervious to most corrosive liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Henrik Rokkjaer
  • Patent number: 6729348
    Abstract: It has a fastening system (FIG. 1 ) of manual operation by a simple effort, being this system designed in order to disconnect the system in case of an internal increase of pressure occur protecting this way the rest of the system and the gas supply from this pressure increase. It also contains a retention valve (FIG. 2) to seal the steel container when disconnected. The relief valve (FIG. 3) placed inside the retention valve pin, purposes only to liberate the excess gas in order to have the pressure back to the standard safety level, being very important in case of accident and/or fire the relief valve pressure level is higher than the automatic disconnection pressure level in case the transmission system is in operation, this way first the fastening system is liberated and after the relief valve is liberated, but lower than the maximum test pressure of the steel container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Guiliani Alexandre
  • Patent number: 6719003
    Abstract: A service valve for a CO2 refrigerant based air conditioning system in a vehicle. The service valve includes a dynamic seal that is opened and closed during servicing of the air conditioning system. The dynamic seal provides for good overall sealing as well as good permeation resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred G. Schroeder, Eric W. Kesler, Zhongping Zeng
  • Patent number: 6644340
    Abstract: A liquid transfer system that includes a valve and coupler assembly of unique design for use in extracting hazardous fluids from a transport container. The system includes a novel valve and coupler assembly that is of a simple design and is uniquely constructed from a corrosive resistant plastic that is substantially impervious to most corrosive liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Henrik Rokkjaer
  • Patent number: 6598768
    Abstract: A head for kegs of pressurized drinks comprises: a body, provided with means for coupling to a keg containing a drink; a piston movable between a first lowered position for opening a shutter of the keg and a second raised closure position; a lever for actuating the fork hinged on a stem thereof, subject to elastic means tending to make it rotate in the direction opposite that of actuation, to allow the stabilization of the operating fork in the first and in the second position of the piston; the actuating lever and the stem defining in combination a handle for the operating fork, the stem of the fork and the actuating lever being characteristically formed in such a way that, at least bilaterally to the handle, in correspondence at least with the lower segment of the handle where the first three fingers of the hand that sustains the handle act, there are no openings with variable port during the actuation of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Celli S.p.A.
    Inventor: Goffredo Celli
  • Patent number: 6367667
    Abstract: A coupling serving for connecting a double valve on a pressure container with a content of pressure gas, such as CO2, and a liquid, such as beer, to a pressure-gas source and a tap for drawing the liquid respectively. The valve comprises a blockable gas and liquid passage respectively, and the coupling comprises a housing for coaxial mounting on an upper flange on the valve, a slide which is placed in the housing and which can be displaced by means of a hand grip between an upper position where the valve is closed and a lower position where the valve is open; an elastomeric sleeve secured onto the slide and forming sealing between the slide and the valve flange in the mounted position of the coupling; a mainly tubular plunger secured in the slide; and a gas chamber formed between the plunger, the sleeve, and an inner wall in the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Micro-Matic A/S
    Inventor: Bernt Ipsen
  • Patent number: 6367660
    Abstract: A safety device for a double valve arrangement for beer keg comprises a housing and a down pipe. A liquid valve and a gas valve are formed in the housing. A locking member is disposed between the down pipe and the housing, with two flaps protruding out of the housing to prevent the propping out of the valve arrangement from the beer keg when it is not intended. An inward bending connected to the locking member is in contact with a lower portion of the down pipe. When a special tap is engaged to push down a valve ring and the down pipe, the direction of the inward bending changes outwardly, which results in a changed position of the locking member, retrieving the flaps to the inside of the housing, making it possible to detach the double valve arrangement out of the beer keg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Kung-chien Chang
  • Patent number: 6360771
    Abstract: A tapping adaptor assembly for direct connection to a gate valve. The assembly includes a tapping adaptor attached to a main pipe. An outlet conduit formed integrally with and extend outwardly from the tapping adaptor terminates in a distal end outlet. A adaptor for mounting on the tapping adaptor includes an integral flange, a shoulder and a spout. The adaptor may be attached to the tapping adaptor by welding or glueing depending upon the material of the tapping adaptor or may be formed integrally with the outlet conduit. The flange of the adaptor has an annular face positioned to engage the gasket of the gate valve. The annular face may be recessed and an annular rim may be formed radially outwardly of the annular face. The spout of the mounting adaptor extends into the socket of the gate valve to help support the tapping sleeve. In an embodiment, a tapping sleeve semi-cylindrical section is formed integrally with the outlet conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Mary F. Powers
    Inventor: Edward J. Powers
  • Patent number: 6302148
    Abstract: There is provided a plug 2 provided with a valve hole (main flow passage) and sub flow passages 17 and a socket 1, which is provided with a valve hole (main flow passage) and sub flow passages 46, and which is able to be fitted together with the plug 2 at an arbitrary angle of torsion, and which forms an annular flow passage 60 with the plug 2 when fitted together with the plug 2. When the plug 2 and socket 1 are fitted together, these valve holes communicate with each other, and the sub flow passages 17 and the sub flow passages 46 communicate with each other via the annular flow passage 60. Namely, an improvement in work efficiency is achieved by the easy coupling of different types of liquid flow passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Imai
  • Patent number: 6279608
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection for connecting a measuring device (6) to a gas pipe, comprising: a connecting element (1) for arranging in the gas pipe which divides the gas pipe into a first and a second piece (2, 3); a connecting plug (4) which can be coupled to the connecting element and which is connected to the measuring device by means of a measuring line (5), wherein the connecting element comprises a valve which is actuable by the connecting plug and which normally mutually connects the first and the second piece of the gas pipe and which, when the connecting plug is coupled to the connecting element, connects the first piece of the gas pipe to the measuring line and closes the second piece of the gas pipe. As a result of these measures the valve is operated by the connecting plug, so that opening and closing of taps is no longer necessary. The operation of such a connection is therefor greatly simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Kamstrup B.V.
    Inventor: Jacobus F. A. Langeveld
  • Patent number: 6276386
    Abstract: There is described herein an apparatus for charging a fluid line through a coupler such as a penetrator. The apparatus comprises a body formed from a sidewall defining a bore positioned along the longitudinal axis and extending therethrough. The first end of the body forms a substantially flat face. There is a stem positioned within the bore of the body and being movably mounted in the body for movement from a first position to a second position with respect to the body. There is a valve means attached to the apparatus for filling the body with hydraulic fluid. The substantially flat face of the body is fastened to a coupler. There is also an adjustment means attached to the stem for adjusting the position of the stem within the body. A method for charging a downhole hydraulic system is also described. There is also a method for installing a tubing hanger having a production string depending therefrom in a subsea wellhead while maintaining a hydraulically actuated downhole valve in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Kvaerner Oilfield Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Diedrich Stubbeman
  • Publication number: 20010007263
    Abstract: A tapping adaptor assembly for direct connection to a gate valve. The assembly includes a tapping adaptor attached to a main pipe. An outlet conduit formed integrally with and extend outwardly from the tapping adaptor terminates in a distal end outlet. A adaptor for mounting on the tapping adaptor includes an integral flange, a shoulder and a spout. The adaptor may be attached to the tapping adaptor by welding or glueing depending upon the material of the tapping adaptor or may be formed integrally with the outlet conduit. The shoulder of the adaptor is positioned to engage the gasket of the gate valve. The spout of the mounting adaptor extends into the socket of the gate valve to help support the tapping sleeve. In an embodiment, a tapping sleeve semi-cylindrical section is formed integrally with the outlet conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Publication date: July 12, 2001
    Inventor: Edward J. Powers
  • Patent number: 6227234
    Abstract: A tapping adaptor assembly for direct connection to a gate valve. The assembly includes a tapping adaptor attached to a main pipe. An outlet conduit formed integrally with and extend outwardly from the tapping adaptor terminates in a distal end outlet. A adaptor for mounting on the tapping adaptor includes an integral flange, a shoulder and a spout. The adaptor may be attached to the tapping adaptor by welding or glueing depending upon the material of the tapping adaptor or may be formed integrally with the outlet conduit. The shoulder of the adaptor is positioned to engage the gasket of the gate valve. The spout of the mounting adaptor extends into the socket of the gate valve to help support the tapping sleeve. In an embodiment, a tapping sleeve semi-cylindrical section is formed integrally with the outlet conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Inventor: Edward J. Powers
  • Patent number: 6199578
    Abstract: A fluid container draining device (10) for use in draining a fluid container, such as an oil filter (12) in a controlled manner. It has a drill bit (14) with a sharpened tip (16) and exterior channels (20) on its shaft (18) extending from its tip (16) to a rear region (22). The drill bit (14) is immobilized in an axial bore (3) of a drill bit holder (24) which has a threaded front region (26) which is preferably frustum-shaped. Located rearwardly of the drill bit holder (24) is a valve (42) which when opened up permits fluid to be drained from the fluid container (12) through the channels (20) on the drill bit's shank (18), through the axial bore (30) in the drill bit holder (24), and out through the valve (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: C.H. & I. Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Clark, II
  • Patent number: 6138714
    Abstract: An adapter is provided for connecting a dome-shaped high pressure butane gas container and a portable gas stove, the adapter comprising: a connecting body having a first opening, a gas delivery passage extending from the opening, a gas volume controller, and a nozzle body; a pressing member inserted in the first opening, and having a gas flow hole and a groove for leading gas discharged through the gas outlet into the gas flow hole; a supporting plate rotatably arranged at the lower surface of the connecting body, and having a handle, a plurality of elastic sections having stoppers and claws formed integrally from the elastic sections, and two arc-shaped holes; and a cam arranged inside the elastic sections and fixed to the connecting body by bolts, the cam having a third opening for holding the gas outlet of the high pressure butane gas container, a plurality of protrusions, and two holes for inserting the bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Dong-sook Kim
  • Patent number: 6116265
    Abstract: A freeze-proof hydrant has a hollow, tubular housing adapted to be buried in the ground in a vertical orientation so that its upper end is approximately even with the surface of the ground and its lower end is below the local frost line. A base fitting at the lower end of the housing is connected to an underground pipe and has an internal shut-off valve for controlling the flow of water out of the underground pipe. The lower end of a removable standpipe has a threaded fitting which mates with the base fitting in a manner that opens the shut-off valve when the standpipe is screwed into connection with the base fitting. The standpipe projects upwardly through the housing to a point above ground level and terminates in a faucet. When the standpipe is inserted downwardly into the housing and screwed into connection with the base fitting, the shut-off valve in the base fitting automatically opens so that water flows upwardly into the standpipe and the faucet may be operated to deliver water as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: Walter R. Drake
  • Patent number: 6021802
    Abstract: A device for connecting at least a discharge tube and return tube to a bung connection of a container for liquids and the like, said connection being embodied with inner screw thread, which device comprises a cylindrical insert with screw thread arranged on the cylinder outer wall and co-acting with the bung, in addition to a bottom provided with at least two openings, a tube connecting bung for placing with the lower surface on this bottom and provided with passages for the discharge tube and return tube aligned with these openings, and a clamping piece for fixing the connecting bung in the cylindrical insert via connectors wherein there are arranged lugs placed in a determined pattern and recesses receiving these lugs, wherein the clamping piece is connected non-slidably in axial direction to the bung but freely rotatable relative thereto, and wherein the connectors in the insert are arranged at a distance from the bottom in order to form a chamber, the recesses are placed above the chamber in the insert an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Wiva Verpakkingen B.V.
    Inventors: Joachim Leifels, Johannes Arnoldus Petrus Van der Heijden
  • Patent number: 6003506
    Abstract: A collapsible fuel-burning stove includes a burner assembly and a collapsible frame for supporting the burner assembly, the frame including a plurality of support members, the support members being pivotal relative to one another about a common axis on which the burner assembly is supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: The Coleman Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Norris R. Long, Franklin T. Schmidt, Gary E. Van Deursen, Randall L. May, David M. Thorpe, Jan Hippen, Michael Knodt