Jacketed Patents (Class 137/375)
  • Patent number: 11187327
    Abstract: Butterfly valve for shutting off or regulating a medium, which flows through a pipeline, containing a housing, wherein the housing is configured in one piece and is preferably composed of plastic, a disc and a shaft, wherein the disc can be pivoted along the shaft between an open position and a closed position, wherein the disc comprises a core composed of plastic and a shell composed of plastic, wherein the plastic of the core and the plastic of the shell are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Timo Jaeckle, Stefan Buergi
  • Patent number: 11143331
    Abstract: A butterfly valve capable of preventing leakage under demanding environmental and operating conditions. The valve includes two stem seal assemblies. The stem seal assemblies include a first pusher, a first energizer, a second pusher, a second energizer, and a force transmitting member. The force transmitting member is configured to transfer an axial load to the second Pusher, which causes the first and second energizer to expand radially to create a secondary and tertiary seals between the stem seal assembly and valve stem. In addition, the force transmitting member is configured to transfer an axial load to the first pusher which creates a primary seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: AEGIS FLOW TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Crochet, Sr., Norman Eger, Sidney A. Rovira
  • Patent number: 11141797
    Abstract: A device for cooling a shrink-fit chuck with a cooling head, which contains a cooling attachment that can be mounted on the shrink-fit chuck and an intake tube connected to the cooling attachment for the drawing of air at an input of a passage opening in the cooling attachment. In order to make possible a limited noise emission, the cooling head includes a cooling air feed at least partially insulated by a sound insulation device to supply air to the input of the passage opening on the cooling attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: FRANZ HAIMER MASCHINENBAU KG
    Inventor: Franz Haimer
  • Patent number: 11047498
    Abstract: A valve assembly including a valve body, an outer housing having rotating shaft containing magnets and being driven by a motor, an inner housing statically sealed to the valve body, and an actuation system enclosed within the inner housing, the actuation system having magnets that are induced by magnetic field created by the rotating shaft magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: FLOWSERVE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Gifford Decker, Varadharajen Lakshamanan, Fred Cain
  • Patent number: 11035474
    Abstract: A fluoroplastic butterfly valve structure is disclosed that includes an inner metallic butterfly disc and an outer fluoroplastic material enclosing the metallic butterfly disc within a valve body. The butterfly disc has a board-like or cone-like cross section. A fluoroplastic lining has an interference fit with the butterfly disc. A back-up ring is provided between an inner surface of the valve body made of high temperature resistant rubber. The butterfly disc has a complex sealing structure, which includes an unequal-width conical surface and an unequal-width curved surface. The unequal-width curved surface is disposed in a closing direction of the butterfly disc for preventing interference sliding thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Bueno Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huan-Jan Chien, Po-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 11015250
    Abstract: An impeller for a rotary machine includes a base material of the impeller made of Al or an Al alloy. A surface layer for the impeller is formed by an electroless plating layer with a Ni—P based alloy and an under layer disposed between the base material and the surface layer, the under layer having a smaller Vickers hardness than the surface layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ENGINE & TURBOCHARGER, LTD.
    Inventors: Daigo Watanabe, Takashi Arai, Hideki Yamaguchi, Wataru Murono, Taiji Torigoe, Masahiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 10968610
    Abstract: The faucet insulator apparatus is a device which enables one to help protect a faucet and by extension connected pipes from cold weather elements. The invention is comprised of an insulation region and a capturing recess which provide a faucet cover for protecting a faucet against inclement weather. The portion of the inner walls of the faucet insulator, which come in contact with the faucet, are configured to deform and grasp the faucet to secure the faucet insulator apparatus to portions of the faucet's surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Rose Elizabeth Modica
  • Patent number: 10895443
    Abstract: An in-flight side force steering and attitude control system for a vehicle includes a thruster body and a plurality of valves distributed in first and second valve sets. The system further includes a first tank defined by a first cylindrical enclosure present at the center of the thruster body, the first tank containing a first solid propellant charge having at least one combustion face exposed at one end of the first tank, the first tank being in communication with the first valve set; and a second tank defined between the first cylindrical enclosure and a second cylindrical enclosure present around the first enclosure, the second tank containing a second solid propellant charge having at least one combustion face exposed at one end of the second tank, the second tank being in communication with the second valve set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: ARIANEGROUP SAS
    Inventors: Pascal Caubet, Matthieu Clermont
  • Patent number: 10894708
    Abstract: An interface assembly for a frozen dessert machine is disclosed that includes a freezer door having opposed front and rear sides and including at least one recessed mounting pocket formed in the rear side thereof, the at least one recessed mounting pocket including a cornice covering an upper portion thereof, and at least one elongated baffle having opposed proximal and distal end portions, the proximal end portion of the at least one baffle including a retention flange that is dimensioned and configured for detachable reception within the at least one mounting pocket of the freezer door behind the cornice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TAYLOR COMMERCIAL FOODSERVICE, LLC
    Inventors: Mark E. Bush, Nathan Matz
  • Patent number: 10837562
    Abstract: A ball for use within a ball valve includes an outer wall, an inner wall that defines a central bore, and a lattice structure positioned within an interior space defined between the outer wall and the inner wall. The ball may include one or more flow conditioners positioned within the central bore. The ball may be formed via an additive manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Emanuel John Gottlieb, Gopalakrishna Srinivasamurthy Magadi
  • Patent number: 10801449
    Abstract: An airflow control valve structure includes a metallic pivot shaft-and a valve body. The valve body includes a connection portion connected to the pivot shaft and a resin valve portion. The pivot shaft includes first and second pivot shaft side press-fit portions. The connection portion includes a first valve side press-fit portion formed integrally with the valve portion and a metallic fitting member including a second valve side press-fit portion. The first valve side press-fit portion is fitted to the first pivot shaft side press-fit portion at an angular position at which a phase of the valve portion is matched with a phase of the pivot shaft. The second valve side press-fit portion is fitted to the second pivot shaft side press-fit portion. The first pivot shaft side press-fit portion is longer than the second valve side press-fit portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiro Yamaguchi, Hiromitsu Ishihara
  • Patent number: 10794507
    Abstract: A fuel system includes a fuel passage for conveying a hydrocarbon fuel. The hydrocarbon fuel is reactive with oxygen to form carbonaceous deposit. A device is disposed in the fuel passage such as to be exposed to the hydrocarbon fuel. The device includes first and second surfaces that are spaced from each other by a clearance gap into which the hydrocarbon fuel can infiltrate. The first and second surfaces are in sliding motion with respect to each other when the device is in operation. A frangible fluoropolymer coating is disposed on at least one of the first or second surfaces along the clearance gap. The coating is subject to the carbonaceous deposit adhering thereon. The coating is configured to allow portions to release by shearing off with the carbonaceous deposit under stress from the sliding motion to uncover a newly exposed face of the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Haralambos Cordatos, Lev Alexander Prociw
  • Patent number: 10774935
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adjustable flow regulator for a water mixer that, when in use, is disposed in a fluid path between a mixer cartridge and a mixer outlet of the water mixer, the adjustable flow regulator comprises a regulator body having a fluid inlet in fluid communication with the mixer cartridge to receive mixed water therefrom, and a fluid outlet in fluid communication with the mixer outlet. The regulator body further comprises a control element moveable within the regulator body, wherein the control element is moveable to adjustably restrict the fluid path and thereby flow of mixed water exiting the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Phoenix Industries Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: John Henri Hoogendoorn, Andrew John Cocks, Ban Hsi Liu, Stephen Frank Pedulla
  • Patent number: 10731786
    Abstract: A fluid conducting system with cathodic corrosion protection is provided for at least one device that influences and/or acts upon a flow rate, such as a pump and/or valve. The device includes at least one connection device such as a device connection flange. At least one flow rate guiding device such as a pipe includes a connection means such as a pipe connection flange. The system includes annular anodes arranged between the connection devices and connection means, where anodes are electrically connected by electrical conducting lines to a monitoring device. The internal diameter of the anodes is preferably equal to the internal diameter of the flow rate guiding device and/or the inner diameter of the inlet and/or outlet of flow influencing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KSB Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexander Boehm, Karl-Heinz Koefler, Alexander Puetterich, Bernd Schramm, Bjoern Lindell
  • Patent number: 10718438
    Abstract: To provide a fluid control valve for use under high-temperature conditions and capable of achieving high durability and Cv value stability even with many operations, and a method of assembling the fluid control valve, a fluid control valve includes an annular valve seat provided inside a body having an inflow port and an outflow port and a diaphragm opposed to the annular valve seat to be in contact therewith or away therefrom by an ascending/descending motion of an actuator rod or a manual rod. A contact surface, which is an upper surface of the annular valve seat, to be in contact with and away from the diaphragm has a tapered surface formed along a centripetal direction of the annular valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: KITZ SCT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hajime Horiguchi
  • Patent number: 10711688
    Abstract: A variable flow rate valve mechanism includes: a valve body which opens and closes an opening; a stem which is rotatably supported by a housing while the valve body is connected to a first end thereof; a cylindrical bearing which is inserted through a through-hole of the housing and supports the stem to be rotatable about an axis line of the stem; a link member which is connected to a second end of the stem; and a spring mechanism which is disposed in a gap between the link member and an end of the bearing, on the side of the second end. An end of the bearing includes an inclined surface which contacts the spring mechanism and is inclined with respect to the axis line of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventor: Michihiko Tanigaki
  • Patent number: 10711442
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to a faucet. The faucet includes a continuous internal waterway and a body. The continuous internal waterway includes a first chamber, a second chamber, a valve seat, and a waterway. The second chamber is configured to receive water from a water source. The valve seat is coupled to the first chamber and the second chamber. The valve seat is in fluid communication with the second chamber. The waterway is in fluid communication with the valve seat. The body encapsulates the continuous internal waterway. The faucet is operational to receive the water from the water source and to provide the water to the waterway. The body is isolated from the water by the continuous internal waterway during operation of the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Kohler, David J. Macon, Mark W. Schibur, Thomas Manoni, Vindhya K. Tiwari, Jeffrey A. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10697556
    Abstract: The sliding parts, the guides and interlocking portions of the interlocking guides and slides of a slide valve are all disposed away from a flow path through the valve. Additionally, the portions of the interlocking guide on the slide or disc of the valve that interlock with the guide on an orifice plate are connected to the slide or disc by welds instead of bolts, greatly increasing durability. As the slide or disc moves in and out to control the flow rate precisely, the guides of the slide or disc move with it. Because the sliding surfaces of the orifice plate and the slide or disc are outside of the flow path, they are consequently not subjected to erosion from the flow through the valve. Accordingly, all critical sliding surfaces are not exposed to the flow path and are greatly increased in durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TapcoEnpro, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Fiske Hill, Jeremy Lynn Meadows, Robert Keith Stoddard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10697253
    Abstract: A system includes an enclosure defining an inner volume comprising a blast-resistant material having a metallic layer, wherein the metallic layer has substantially zero elongation, and a polymer layer coupled to the metallic layer and a pressure containing component disposed within the inner volume of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: John Charles Bartos, Omar M. Kabir
  • Patent number: 10683938
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to butterfly valves, generally including a body assembly and handle assembly. The body assembly generally includes a body, a liner disposed inside an opening of the body, and a disc rotationally disposed inside the opening of the body. The body generally includes a male radial protrusion within an inner surface of the opening. The liner generally includes a female radial groove along an outer surface to interlock the liner with the male radial protrusion of the body. Methods of assembling and positioning a butterfly valve are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Gutmann, Joshua Lee Hoots, Gary A. Moren, Jon Terence Stone
  • Patent number: 10669944
    Abstract: A shroud configured for installation on a component of a machine includes a shroud body including a plurality of arcuate sections hingedly coupled together, and a closure assembly including an engagement member and a receiving member. The plurality of arcuate sections include a first arcuate section hingedly coupled to one of the arcuate sections at a first edge and including the engagement member at an opposing second edge, and a second arcuate section hingedly coupled to one of the arcuate sections at a first edge and including the receiving member at an opposing second edge. The shroud body is configured to transition between an open configuration in which the engagement member and the receiving member are spaced apart from one another and a closed configuration in which the engagement member engages with the receiving member, the closure assembly maintaining the shroud body in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stefka Petkova Petkova, Ronald Bruce Schofield
  • Patent number: 10612673
    Abstract: A gate valve of the invention includes a valve box, a neutral valve body, and a rotation shaft. The neutral valve body includes a neutral valve and a movable valve. The movable valve includes a first movable valve and a second movable valve. The gate valve includes a plurality of first force-applying units, a second force-applying unit, and a third force-applying unit. The third force-applying unit applies a force to the first movable valve. The first force-applying units apply a force to the first movable valve and thereby causing the seal portion to be in close contact with a valve box inner surface located at a periphery of the first opening portion. The second force-applying unit drives the first movable valve and the second movable valve so that thicknesses thereof in the flow passage direction are adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ULVAC, INC.
    Inventors: Shinichi Wada, Hideaki Inoue, Harukuni Furuse, Takuya Wade, Jirou Endo, Mikiya Suzuki, Shinnosuke Tokuhira
  • Patent number: 10591105
    Abstract: An object is to propose a fluid handling device for liquid hydrogen that prevents evaporation of liquid hydrogen, and moreover affords excellent heat insulation without liquefying oxygen in the vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: TOKYO BOEKI ENGINEERING LTD, KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD
    Inventors: Masashi Takami, Tomonori Takase, Shuntaro Unno
  • Patent number: 10557656
    Abstract: An ice making machine having a refrigeration system and a water system, the water system having a water reservoir located below a freeze plate adapted to hold water, and a sprayer assembly located below the freeze plate for spraying water from the water reservoir toward the pockets. An inclined ice slide is positioned below the freeze plate and above the sprayer assembly directing fallen ice toward an opening. A divider assembly separating the water system from the ice storage bin includes a plurality of dividers, wherein the dividers may rotate outwardly away from the opening to allow formed ice to fall into the ice storage bin. Each divider is formed from a generally rectangular body having a front face with a triangular-shaped thickness and an extension flap extending away from the body opposite the front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: True Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Knatt
  • Patent number: 10550950
    Abstract: A check valve has a cage assembly set within a cage assembly containment portion defined within a cylindrical housing member, where the cage assembly containment portion is bounded between a first circumferential shoulder and a second circumferential shoulder of the interior of the cylindrical housing member. The cage assembly has a valve seat, a spacer member, and a nylon insert, where the nylon insert has a fluid inlet end and a fluid outlet end, where the fluid outlet end has at least one ball stop member. The valve seat is urged against the first circumferential shoulder by, in respective order, the spacer member, the nylon insert, and the second circumferential shoulder which urges the nylon insert against the spacer member. A ball travel section is defined between the valve seat and the ball stop member and a ball is disposed in the ball stop section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: BLACK GOLD PUMP AND SUPPLY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Bair, Simon Shin, Scott Sakakura, Christopher Lindgren
  • Patent number: 10495231
    Abstract: A disclosed method of hard coating a wear surface of a valve of an aircraft air management system is performed by depositing a hardface alloy powder onto the wear surface, heating the wear surface and the hardface alloy powder to transform the hardface alloy powder into a molten liquid mass, and subsequently cooling the molten liquid hardface alloy mass to solidify the hardface alloy onto the wear surface. The disclosed process provides for localized application and subsequent bonding of the hardface alloy to discrete portions of the wear surface. The solidified hardface alloy coating may then be machined to obtain specific wear surface geometries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Rankin, Blair A. Smith, Timothy R. Boysen, Aaron T. Nardi, Keith J. Brooky
  • Patent number: 10480821
    Abstract: A water heater includes a vessel (20) provided with a burner (3) having a downward combustion surface, a fan casing (10) accommodating a fan (10a) for supplying a mixture gas of primary combustion air and fuel gas to the burner, an annular packing connecting a first connection end surface at a downstream end of a first passage forming a downstream-side passage of the fan casing with a second connection end surface at an upstream end of a second passage forming an upstream-side passage of the vessel in airtight state, and a check valve (5) disposed near the upstream end in the second passage (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Rinnai Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Ojiro
  • Patent number: 10473252
    Abstract: A line connector with two mutually separate flow paths for the connection of a pipe-in-pipe line. The line connector has an inner connecting element for connecting to an inner pipe of the pipe-in-pipe line, an outer connecting element for connecting to an outer pipe of the pipe-in-pipe line, a first attachment element for attachment of the first line to the inner pipe, and a second attachment element for attachment of the second line to the outer pipe. The inner connecting element and the first attachment element are integrally formed on a separate attachment part. The outer connecting element is integrally formed on a separate pipe adapter part. And, the second attachment element is integrally formed on a separate connecting sleeve. The connecting sleeve permits at both sides, in the unassembled state, being pushed over the outer pipe. The invention also relates to a line set including the line connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Oberdorfer, Jochem-Andreas Hess, Roland Klein, Eugen Heinrichs, Sascha Rosenfeldt
  • Patent number: 10400933
    Abstract: A device and method for permanent sealing of a connection between a larger diameter water pipe and a smaller diameter water pipe provided by a valved fitting. The device includes a first member and a second member for securing the first member to the larger diameter pipe. The first member defines a chamber for receiving the valved fitting and has a profile for engagement with the external surface of the larger diameter pipe surrounding the valved fitting and an inlet to the chamber for introducing a settable sealing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Severn Trent Water Limited
    Inventor: Clive Smedley
  • Patent number: 10378667
    Abstract: A vacuum breaker includes a main body, a bushing mounted in the main body, a braking member mounted in the main body and located above the bushing, a water stop gasket mounted in the main body and located above the braking member, an elastic member mounted in the main body and biased between the bushing and the braking member, a water inlet disk mounted in the main body and located above the water stop gasket, and a washer mounted in the main body and located above the water inlet disk. The vacuum breaker further includes a connection structure mounted between an inner circumference of the main body and an outer circumference of the bushing. The bushing is combined integrally with the main body by the connection structure under an external force and will not be detached from the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Chung-Yi Huang, Hsiang-Chien Huang
  • Patent number: 10359120
    Abstract: Provided is a fluid controller capable of cost reduction and performance improvement. Movable members 12 and 13 moved manually or automatically and for moving the disk 9 are tubular in shape and include a fitting portion 13a to be fitted to an outer periphery of the disk 9. The disk 9 is provided with a flange portion 9c, and the tubular movable members 12 and 13 are provided at a lower end portion thereof with a flange portion 35 to be brought into contact with the flange portion 9c of the disk 9 from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Ichiro Tokuda
  • Patent number: 10330403
    Abstract: In order to obtain a heating and cooling system capable of localized cooling or heating a given area, a heating and cooling system includes: a supply section configured to supply a heating medium; and a double pipe unit including: an inner pipe, connected to the supply section, through which the heating medium flows, and an outer pipe disposed at an outer peripheral side of the inner pipe, the outer pipe including a space between the inner pipe and the outer pipe, the space being maintained at a vacuum, portions in which a degree of vacuum of the space is different, or in which the degree of vacuum of the space is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Yagi, Hiroyuki Fukushima, Jun Teng, Tomohiro Takagi
  • Patent number: 10323784
    Abstract: An insulation sleeve for insulating a component includes an inner layer, an outer layer, an insulating material, and a flap covering a seam passing from an outside surface to an internal surface of the insulation sleeve. The inner layer is a material having low thermal conductivity, resistance to high temperatures, is elastic/semi-rigid, and has an inner surface formed to a shape to fit the component. The outer layer has a material having low thermal conductivity, resistance to high temperatures, and is elastic/semi-rigid. The insulating material is positioned between the inner layer and the outer layer and has low thermal conductivity, low heat storage, and resistance to high temperatures. The flap is a material having low thermal conductivity and resistance to high temperatures, and is secured to the outer layer at a first location and releasably secured outer layer at a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CRISSAIR, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick J. LaCanfora, Lior Inberg
  • Patent number: 10325690
    Abstract: A transport arrangement having an inner container, preferably having at least one apron projecting beyond an end face of the inner container, an outer container, which receives the inner container, and a twist prevention device, by means of which the containers can be locked together to prevent them from twisting about their longitudinal axes. The twist prevention device has a locking element that is axially adjustable in a first receptacle, a second receptacle that rotatably receives the first receptacle and is fixedly connected to one of the containers, and a handle that extends from the first receptacle and is radially guided by the second receptacle, the pivoting movement of said handle being convertible via the first receptacle into the axial adjustment of the locking element for engagement in the other container or disengagement therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Franz Hilbert, Tim Cloppenborg
  • Patent number: 10286749
    Abstract: Disclosed therein is a dual zone type air conditioner for a vehicle, which includes: an air volume control door mounted between a blower and an evaporator for controlling the degree of opening of first and second passageways so as to control the volume of air blown to the inside of an air-conditioning case; and bypass passageways disposed in the air volume control door to supply a predetermined air volume to a closed passageway even though the air volume control door is at the location to close the first passageway or the second passageway, thereby preventing a sudden change in air volume by widening a control interval of the air volume control door because the first-stage air volume can be realized even though the air volume control door closes one of the air passageways, and reducing a whistle noise by securing a predetermined cross-sectional area of the air passageway through the bypass passageways even though the cross-sectional area of the air passageway gets narrower while the air volume control door cl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Jae Hwan Jung, Tae Yun Kong, In Hyeok Kim, Tae Wan Kim, Jeong Hun Seo
  • Patent number: 10254032
    Abstract: An ice making machine having a refrigeration system and a water system, the water system having a water reservoir located below a freeze plate adapted to hold water, and a sprayer assembly located below the freeze plate for spraying water from the water reservoir toward the pockets. An inclined ice slide is positioned below the freeze plate and above the sprayer assembly directing fallen ice toward an opening. A divider assembly separating the water system from the ice storage bin includes a plurality of dividers, wherein the dividers may rotate outwardly away from the opening to allow formed ice to fall into the ice storage bin. Each divider is formed from a generally rectangular body having a front face with a triangular-shaped thickness and an extension flap extending away from the body opposite the front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: True Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Knatt
  • Patent number: 10253664
    Abstract: A passive exhaust valve assembly includes an exhaust conduit that has a first pipe section attached in generally axial alignment with a second pipe section. The end portion of the first pipe section includes a circumferential segment disposed within the end portion of the second pipe section to form an overlapping interface. The end portions of the first and second pipe sections each include a flange protruding radially outward from the respective first or second pipe section, whereby the flanges engage with each other to form an axle seat therebetween. A support shaft extends laterally across an interior volume of the exhaust conduit and rotatably engages the axle seat. A valve plate is coupled to the support shaft within the interior volume of the exhaust conduit for moving relative to the exhaust conduit between open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Middleville Tool & Die Co.
    Inventors: Robert Leroy Middleton, Jr., Justin Tyler Middleton, Bradley Blair Walworth, Stephen M. Thomas, Larry Joseph Geer, Erwin Albert Peters, III
  • Patent number: 10247324
    Abstract: A flow control device is used to regulate fluid flow from an upstream supply source to a downstream destination within a plant. At least portions of the flow control device are fabricated from one or more thermostatic materials selected based on the specific thermostatic properties thereof. The basic arrangement of the flow control device includes at least one housing with at least one thermostatic beam and at least one wall fixed thereto to define a void interior area with opposed open ends, and a center plug member with at least one opening in at least one wall thereof arranged within the interior area for temperature dependent fluid flow therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Jeffrey Fred Magee
  • Patent number: 10240679
    Abstract: A high conductance valve for use in fluid delivery systems is comprised of a flat non-circular orifice ridge adjacent to which a control plate having a planar control surface is proximally positioned to adjust the valve effective opening area and thereby the conductance of the valve. The length of the non-circular orifice ridge periphery is substantially greater than the circumference of a similarly sized circular orifice and therefore the realized effective opening area is also substantially greater despite having a similar footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kim Ngoc Vu
  • Patent number: 10228071
    Abstract: A pinch valve has an insert housed in a holder. The insert and the holder are shaped to receive a dispensing tube and the insert can rotate within the holder and around the dispensing tube. The insert can be rotated to have the pinch valve in a release configuration where the insert can be moved downward and out of the holder to allow for cleaning of the insert and holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment Inc.
    Inventors: Avery Wilson, Brian Gay, Derek Cole, Jeffrey Tofflemire, Ian Maclean, Ronald Shore
  • Patent number: 10161539
    Abstract: A motor water valve is provided, the motor water valve can prevent a pressure of a fluid from being too great and prevent motor water valve from failing to function and leaking water, and the motor water valve can control a flow of the fluid flowing through a piping member so as to control in segments. In addition, the motor water valve is an intelligent water valve system which can be in communication with an application unit through wireless network to be remotely set up and operated so that a person can use the motor water valve even when they are not around.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Hui-Huang Lin
  • Patent number: 10161531
    Abstract: A dust and abrasive materials gate valve with an angled valve seat and pivotably mounted valve gate allows for a broad seal area around the periphery of the valve seat, which may be closed tightly by a wedging action due to increasing force applied by the valve actuator. The valve seal is thus not formed along a single, linear surface as in traditional gate valves and the force applied by the valve gate to the seat facilitates closing even if there is wear along the sealing surfaces. Due to the relatively large open area around the periphery of the valve gate just before closing or immediately upon opening, the velocity of particles in pressurized systems is reduced and erosion reduced accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Plattco Corporation
    Inventor: Dean Surprenant
  • Patent number: 10145488
    Abstract: A solenoid valve includes a sleeve, a spool valve, and a solenoid part. The solenoid part has an electromagnetic coil, a solenoid core, a plunger that moves in the axial direction with respect to the solenoid core, and a stopper that is interposed between the plunger and the solenoid core to restrict movement of the plunger. The solenoid core includes a cylindrical part and an extended part. The cylindrical part has an opposing surface facing the plunger in the axial direction and a contact surface that is contacted by the stopper. The extended part is extended in the axial direction from an outer peripheral end of the cylindrical part. At least a part of the opposing surface of the cylindrical part is located closer to the plunger than the contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaori Fujita, Toshio Murakami
  • Patent number: 10145483
    Abstract: A corrosion-resistant ball valve (15) comprising a housing (1; 2), in which a spherical sealing member (3) provided with a passage duct is rotatably arranged and an operating spindle (4) which is detachably coupled to the sealing member (3), in which the sealing member (3) is provided with an uninterrupted corrosion-resistant coating layer (16a), in which said coating layer comprises a tubular part (16b) which surrounds at least a part of the operating spindle (4) and a method for producing such a ball valve (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INNO-MOULD NV
    Inventors: Eddy Laureys, Mario Laureys, Benno Schmid
  • Patent number: 10132413
    Abstract: A gas inlet valve with incompatible materials isolation is provided. The valve may include a piston that seals against a surface when in a closed position and that permits gas to flow through the valve and out the outlet port when in an open position. A bellows may protect the actuation mechanism of the piston from gas that may be present in the valve when the valve is in the open or closed position, and the piston may include a second seal interface that seals the bellows off from the gas flow area when the valve is in the open or closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Bridger Lind, Panya Wongsenakhum
  • Patent number: 10125026
    Abstract: A faucet-mounted filter system includes a body forming a fluid chamber having a water inlet, a quick connect device positioned adjacent the water inlet for mounting the filter system to a water faucet, a filtered water flow path disposed within the body and in fluid communication with the water inlet, an unfiltered water flow path disposed within the body and in fluid communication with the water inlet, a diverter valve disposed within the fluid chamber and operable to open and close the filtered and unfiltered water flow paths, a seal, an actuator engaging the diverter valve to open and close the filtered and unfiltered water flow paths, a flow meter connected to the body and in fluid communication with the filter flow path, a filter housing connected to the body and having a reservoir, and a filter cartridge disposed within the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: John Tanner, David Emmons, Matthew Lloyd Newman, Brian David Andres, Simon Leung, Steven James Schroeck, Armin Schwarz-Hartmann, Peter Stoeffel, Richard Paul Riedel
  • Patent number: 10012325
    Abstract: A valve, and tubular cage component for a valve, in which the tubular cage is formed such that at least a ported portion between the ends of the cage includes a tubular outer cage member formed from a metal material, and a tubular inner cage member formed from a wear resistant material. The inner cage member and the outer cage member are concentrically aligned and have a length to span at least the ported portion. Some or all of the flow ports in the ported portion include a port insert which includes a port sleeve formed from a wear resistant material such that the port sleeve extends at least over the metal material of the outer cage member at the flow port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Master Flo Valve Inc.
    Inventors: Larry J. Bohaychuk, Daniel Harlen Williams, Cody Ryan Reynolds, Anwar Abdul Sleiman
  • Patent number: 9995425
    Abstract: A reusable insulation wrap for insulating and protecting an article, the wrap comprising a multilayer insulation member having a nylon protective layer adapted to be abrasion and moisture resistant to prevent damage to the other layers, a polymerized chloroprene stretchable layer adapted to resist moisture and having first and second edges and sized to closely encircle the article, a closed cell foam insulative layer, a foil reflective layer affixed to the closed cell foam adapted outside thereof, a flame retardant and an ultraviolet protectant in one of the layers and a hook and loop fastener adapted to cooperatively engage and maintain desired position on the article, whereby, the wrap is stretched around the article to fit snugly in place minimizing influence of the outside environment including temperature fluctuations, moisture, and debris on the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Justin Mecklenburg, Justin Mark Snodgrass, Melissa Henry
  • Patent number: 9976970
    Abstract: A source well divider for use with a nuclear level gauge on a process vessel 24, permits the insertion of multiple radiation sources 12 in the source well. The divider includes a plurality of lengths of flexible interlocked metallic tubing 18, each length extending into the source well 22 from a nozzle in the vessel 24, forming a plurality of independent sub-wells each permitting the installation of an independently cabled radiation source 12 into the source well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Vega Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Gregory Ahlers, David Williams
  • Patent number: RE47010
    Abstract: A valve and stem sealing assembly capable of preventing leakage under demanding environmental and operating conditions. The valve comprises a body and bonnet secured together to house a flow-element, stem, and stem sealing assembly. The body may contain a body joint encapsulated within its liner. The flow-element is positioned between a first port and second port on the valve. The body and bonnet may be configured to eliminate rotational forces from being translated to the bonnet. The stem sealing assembly comprises a primary seal, primary shaft insert, spacer, and force transmitting member. The stem sealing assembly may also comprise a secondary seal and secondary shaft insert. The stem seal assembly is substantially adjacent to the stem, and configured to fit within an annular space or cavity between the stem and the first body half, second body half, and bonnet. The valve may also include a leak detection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: AEGIS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Crochet, Sr., Norman Eger, Sidney A. Rovira, III