Jacketed Patents (Class 137/375)
  • Patent number: 9709175
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for a flow control valve element, which may comprise a generally spherical shape. An inlet and outlet are formed in the element, with a fluid passage disposed between. The respective inlet and outlet are defined by a lip, and at least the outlet has a lip face comprising a width less than that of an adjacent element wall thickness. The element can comprise a pair of opposing flats formed in the wall, where the flats respectively comprise an external flat portion of the element wall and an opposing internal flat portion of the element wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Akron Brass Company
    Inventors: David Beechy, Kevin Petit, Nelsimar Vandelli
  • Patent number: 9675843
    Abstract: An extendable rope protecting sheath is an apparatus that extends over an existing climbing rope in order to provide a barrier that protects said climbing rope from fraying and weakening as a result of direct contact with damaging surfaces. The apparatus includes an extendable sheath which folds over the climbing rope and is secured onto itself by an inner fastening strip and an outer fastening strip. The apparatus includes a first breakaway recovery strap which is connected to the extendable sheath and used to attach a breakaway wristband to the extendable sheath. The attachment between the breakaway wristband and the extendable sheath allows the user to adjust the apparatus with minimal interference to the user's range of motion. The apparatus uses a first double-sided fastening strip and a second double-sided fastening strip to secure the apparatus to the climbing rope and link multiple extendable rope protecting sheaths together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: David Donald Petty, Richard DeMille Petty
  • Patent number: 9671040
    Abstract: A continuous magnetic motion position indicator detects the position of a clapper valve. The clapper valve comprises a valve body and, disposed within the valve body, a clapper and a valve stem. The continuous magnetic motion position indicator comprises: (a) a magnetic joint assembly comprising a first set of magnets disposed inside the valve body and a second set of magnets located outside the valve body that operatively interface with the first set of magnets, and (b) a remote position transmitter and/or a local visual indicator. In operation, the magnetic joint assembly transmits rotary movement of the clapper from the valve stem to the remote position transmitter and/or local visual indicator, without the presence of a dynamic seal interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: PetrolValves S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandro Bassi, Michele Ambrosini, Mario Gattere
  • Patent number: 9664298
    Abstract: A flow control valve includes a resin housing body, a valve member, a retainer plate, a drive unit, and a protective wall. The resin housing body is substantially cylindrical. The valve member axially moves back and forth in the housing body to regulate a flow rate of a liquid. The retainer plate is fastened to the housing body at a position axially outward from the bearing to retain the bearing in the housing body. The drive unit drives the valve stem at a position outward from the bearing to move the valve member back and forth. The protective wall surrounds an outer circumferential surface of the housing body at a position radially outward from a portion of the housing body that receives the bearing to form an air layer portion between the protective wall and the outer circumferential surface of the housing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Rinnai Corporation
    Inventor: Yu Okano
  • Patent number: 9581353
    Abstract: A HVAC system includes a housing including at least one wall, an air flow path defined at least partially by the at least one wall, and a door disposed in the air flow path, where the door is configured to i) block a flow of air through the air flow path when the door is in at least one closed position, and ii) allow the flow of air through the air flow path when the door is in a position other than the at least one closed position. A gap is formed between the door and the at least one wall when the door is in the position other than the at least one closed position. The HVAC system further includes a noise-reducing feature defined on at least a portion of the at least one wall. The noise-reducing feature configured to break up, into several smaller structures, an air flow structure formed when air flowing through the gap contacts an end of the door, thereby reducing air vibration in the gap and reducing noise of the HVAC system during operation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo Climate Control Corporation
    Inventors: Darius Kurniawan, Norbert Bikos
  • Patent number: 9573191
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fluid dispensing apparatus and a method of manufacturing a fluid dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Vrushant Fattesing Jagtap, Shun-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 9545637
    Abstract: A fluid circuit for use with a fluid processing assembly, the fluid circuit comprising an umbilicus having a first end, a second end, an axis of rotation, and a cross-sectional circumference; a one-piece bearing secured to the umbilicus at a location between the first and second ends, the bearing having an axis of rotation and including an inner lumen which directly engages the umbilicus and includes a plurality of traction features, which bear against the umbilicus to prevent relative rotation of the bearing and the umbilicus; and the plurality of traction features comprising a first traction feature configured to engage the umbilicus at a first length between the first and second ends and a second traction feature configured to engage the umbilicus at a second length between the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventors: Salvatore Manzella, Gregory G. Pieper
  • Patent number: 9494261
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a production tool and a pipe connected to the production tool. The pipe includes an inner pipe formed of a metal-free material, an outer pipe encircling the inner pipe, and an inlet connected to a channel between the inner pipe and the outer pipe. The apparatus further includes a chemical supply system connected to the pipe. The chemical supply system is configured to supply a chemical through a channel encircled by the inner pipe to the production tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Rong-Shyan Pan, Yung-Long Chen, Heng-Yi Tzeng, Shao-Yen Ku, Chih-Chiang Tseng
  • Patent number: 9494272
    Abstract: A thermal insulation jacket system comprising: a first thermal insulation jacket configured to fit on an object; a microcontroller located in the first thermal insulation jacket; a first temperature measuring means in signal communication with the microcontroller, configured to measure the temperature of the object; a second temperature measuring means in signal communication with the microcontroller, configured to measure the ambient temperature; where the microcontroller is configured to determine the energy savings achieved by the insulative properties of the first thermal insulation jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: EMBEDDED ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Scott M. Thayer, Brian Bannon
  • Patent number: 9488634
    Abstract: A combination includes a container and a coupling configured to receive the container. The coupling has a unitary body having a first side and an opposing second side, the first side comprising a first orifice and a second orifice, the second side comprising a third orifice. The first orifice is disposed in flow-through communication with the third orifice from the first side to the second side, and the third orifice is disposed in flow-through communication with the second orifice from the second side to the first side. A first flow path through the first orifice is disposed parallel with a second flow path through the third orifice, and a third flow path through the third orifice is disposed parallel with a fourth flow path through the second orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Shawn M. Kaiser, Glenn B. Duke, Aaron K. McKinney, Jeffrey A. Lee
  • Patent number: 9469976
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for protecting from freezing an above-ground conduit outlet on an exterior wall of a building, the freeze protection apparatus comprising a housing including a top wall, a front wall, and a pair of opposed side walls interconnecting the top wall and the front wall. The housing partially defines an enclosed area having a rear aperture and a bottom aperture. Thermal insulating material lines the interior surface of the walls of the housing. Means are provided for mounting the housing to the exterior wall adjacent the conduit outlet. The inner edges of the side walls and the top wall contact the exterior wall and the bottom edges of the side walls and the front wall contact the ground for enclosing the conduit outlet. Heat is retained within the housing to prevent fluid within the conduit from freezing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Douglas W. Banks
  • Patent number: 9353873
    Abstract: A ball valve including a valve body that includes a first body member and a second body member. The valve body defines a valve axis and a fluid flow path. A ball element has a port and a ball stem, and is rotatable about a ball stem axis between an open position providing fluid flow through the fluid flow path and a closed position inhibiting flow through the fluid flow path. A body seal is located between the first body member and the second body member and defines a thickness that decreases as the body seal extends away from the valve axis. A stem seal defines a substantially frusto-conical shape and is arranged in the valve body. The ball stem extends through the stem seal to form a seal between the ball stem and the stem seal and between the stem seal and the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Pentair Flow Services AG
    Inventor: Peter Zollinger
  • Patent number: 9291278
    Abstract: A housing of a pressure-loaded component includes a pressure-loaded channel system which corresponds to the tensile and/or compressive strength properties of the housing material and to the tensile and/or compressive stresses in the housing material during operation of the pressure-loaded component. The housing also includes a channel rounded profile configured to be adapted to include a formed asymmetry. The formed asymmetry is configured to reduce tensile stresses occurring in operation and thus increase the load carrying capacity of the housing as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Klemens Strauss, Frank Weis, Martin Walther
  • Patent number: 9190675
    Abstract: A component for reducing the likelihood of ice-related blockage in a fuel cell and methods for starting a fuel cell system. In one embodiment, the component is a separate insert configured with a sharp leading edge such that water droplets present in a reactant fluid that pass through an orifice in the component are conveyed away from an unstable formation at the edge to a more stable formation in an adjacent part of the component. In one form, the component is sized to fit within a valve inlet that in turn is placed in a humid reactant flowpath. In this way, when the fuel cell is operated in cold conditions—such as those associated with temperatures at or below the freezing point of water—the water droplets do not freeze in the area around the orifice such that ice-related blockage of the flowpath does not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Stuart D. Barter, Jon P. Owejan, Christopher J. Towner
  • Patent number: 9175991
    Abstract: A valve assembly is provided and includes a pitot tube having an angled tip to extract from a duct formed by a housing a sample of a fluid to be communicated to an actuator configured to operate the duct, the pitot tube being disposed within the housing whereby the pitot tube is fixed longitudinally between the actuator and the housing and laterally within the housing and an anti-rotation mechanism coupled with the pitot tube to rotationally secure the pitot tube such that the angled tip is fixed to face rearwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Josh Kamp, Michael T. Burnickas
  • Patent number: 9121539
    Abstract: A corrosion management system is designed to deliver corrosion protection and/or the management of corrosion to a connector, a connection, a welded joint, or some other type of interface (e.g., a valve joint used to join to portions of piping). In another embodiment, the system is designed to deliver at least one form of corrosion, UV, salt spray, and/or fire damage protection, mitigation and/or the management to a connector, a connection, a welded joint, or some other type of interface (e.g., a flange used to join to portions of piping).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: NOTHERN TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Efim Ya Lyublinski, Keiji Uemura, Yefim Vaks, Marcelo Schultz
  • Patent number: 9074360
    Abstract: To provide a flow channel opening/closing apparatus that can keep the instantaneous flow rate of supply water, quickly open and close a main valve for starting and stopping water supply and be downsized. A flush valve CV, which is such a flow channel opening/closing apparatus, incorporates constant flow rate keeping part that operates to keep constant the main flow rate of water flowing from a primary-side internal flow channel 20 to a secondary-side internal flow channel 30, and the constant flow rate keeping part has a constant flow rate valve body 44 and a constant flow rate valve seat, operates to adjust the distance between the constant flow rate valve body 44 and the constant flow rate valve seat, and is configured as an integral valve member including a main valve body 42 and the constant flow rate valve body 44.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Onodera, Tsubasa Miyake, Tetsuya Uchida, Takuya Oshikawa, Takamasa Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9038654
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a novel double-handle faucet comprising two valve seats, two spools, two inlet pins, two handles, an outlet pipe, a connecting tube, an upper panel, a lower panel, a cladding member, and two caps, the two valve seats, the connecting tube, the cladding member, and two caps are all made of a plastic material, each of the valve seats is provided with an upper annular flange and a lower annular flange, each of the inlet pins is further provided with a connecting ring, the cladding member comprises two first enveloping parts and a second enveloping part, the two first enveloping parts are located at both sides and are both provided with a chamber for accommodating the valve seats at respective side, the chamber is provided with a positioning step at the bottom, the connecting ring is abutted against the positioning step, the second enveloping part covers the outer side of the connecting tube, each of the caps is provided with a cover body and a circular engaging edge which is formed
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Jilin Cai
  • Patent number: 9033256
    Abstract: A fuel injector (10) has an inlet (12), an outlet (14), and a passageway (16) providing a fuel flow conduit from the inlet to the outlet. A valve structure (22, 24) is movable in the passageway between first and second positions. A seat (26) is provided at the outlet and has at least one seat passage (28) in communication with the passageway. Movement of the valve structure between the first and second positions controls the flow of fuel through the seat passages. The seat includes an outer tip surface (30) through which the least one seat passage extends. A catalytic coating (32) is provided on at least a portion of the outer tip surface. The coating causes oxidation of fuel on the coating to occur at a temperature lower than if the coating was not provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William James Imoehl
  • Publication number: 20150122351
    Abstract: A control valve for installation on an internal combustion engine includes a housing comprising an inlet and an outlet. A passage is arranged between the inlet and the outlet and is configured to connect the inlet with the outlet. A control body is configured to control the passage. The control body is fixed to an actuating element. An actuator is configured to move the actuating element. The actuator is fixed to the housing. A heat shield is arranged between the actuator and the internal combustion engine. The heat shield is integrally formed with the housing of the control valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: PIERBURG GMBH
    Inventors: Hans-Ulrich Kuehnel, Sabine Siebrandt
  • Publication number: 20150053281
    Abstract: The invention provides a gate valve (1) for control of petroleum production or water injection, distinctive in that at least one surface subject to sliding in operation of the valve comprises a top layer coating of diamond like carbon (DLC). The DLC contains hydrogen, preferably more than 16 atom-% and more preferred more than 17 atom-%. It is further directed to a method of commissioning or operating a gate valve according to the invention, and use of a diamond like carbon (DLC) top layer coating on at least one surface subject to sliding in operation of the gate valve. Valve parts have a tendency of sticking, adhering or cold welding together, which result in high friction. The aim of the invention is to reduce or eliminate friction problems occurring with time or operation cycles, when using a full scale gate valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Henrik Dishington Haldorsen, Dag Twist
  • Patent number: 8919371
    Abstract: A valve includes a rotor and a stator. The rotor and the stator each have seal surfaces for contacting and sliding against one another during operation of the valve. Either or both of the rotor and the stator have a seal-surface coating formed by depositing an at least partially amorphous interlayer on a substrate and depositing a surface layer, including diamond-like carbon, on the interlayer. The surface layer requires no mechanical polishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Mark W. Moeller, Peter Kirby, Theodore D. Ciolkosz, Robert A. Jencks
  • Patent number: 8919370
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tank for storing a liquid active ingredient for operating an aggregate of a motor vehicle, particularly a unit for post treatment of exhaust gases of the motor vehicle, comprising a container and at least one functional element (11, 18) extending into the container, wherein the functional element is provided with at least one agent (25, 26) for abrasion protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Krause, Rainer Haeberer
  • Patent number: 8870554
    Abstract: A pump is disclosed, comprising: a pump block defining a cylinder in which a piston is mounted for reciprocation and positive displacement of fluids from an intake port of the pump block to a discharge port of the pump block; an intake valve located in the intake port of the pump block and a discharge valve located in the discharge port of the pump block; the intake valve having a valve plug that has a closed position in which the valve plug is seated on a valve seat in the intake port; a wear sleeve lining at least a portion of the intake port upstream of the valve seat; a pressure sensor upstream of the intake valve for detecting a pressure condition indicative of failure of the intake valve to provide a seal when the intake valve is in the closed position; and a controller responsive to the pressure sensor to send a signal to stop operation of the pump upon detection of the pressure condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Allen R. Nelson Engineering (1997) Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald Edward Kent
  • Patent number: 8833382
    Abstract: An article having good wear resistance includes a first component including a boride coating and a second component including a cobalt-chromium-molybdenum coating that is in sliding contact with the boride coating of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn Gradischer, Kevin M. Rankin, Blair A. Smith, Angelina Y. Cheung
  • Publication number: 20140251455
    Abstract: A pressurized gas containing system has a cowling and mounting ring which supports a valve and regulator on a cylinder containing gas under pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Specialty Gases Of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. MacNeal, Edward L. Hamemik, David B. Larson, William T. Harrod
  • Patent number: 8807158
    Abstract: An improved venturi-style eductor apparatus for dispensing chemicals into a motive fluid stream where an eductor body FIG. 3 is manufactured by molding a chemically inert polymer material FIG. 2 around and inside a metallic insert FIG. 1. Opposing ends of the metallic insert may be threaded, flanged, or machined for push-in connection to facilitate mating with a motive fluid source and a dispensing device. By manufacturing an eductor assembly using a single-piece metal insert over-molded with an inert polymer provides improved chemical resistance for aggressive applications and allows improvements in venturi geometry not achievable using traditional machined components. This apparatus reduces manufacturing cost over current state-of-the-art eductor assemblies by using a single molding step to create flow-path geometry in the eductor body while retaining mechanical strength with the metallic insert FIG. 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hydra-Flex, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Leonard Harris, Gary Allen Brown
  • Patent number: 8807159
    Abstract: A valve for an anti-lock brake system, wherein the anti-lock brake system is configured for controlling flow of a fluid, includes a housing defining a cavity therein and having a longitudinal axis, a valve seat disposed within the cavity so as to define a first passage for the fluid, and an armature disposed within the cavity so as to at least partially define a second passage for the fluid. The armature is translatable with respect to the valve seat along the longitudinal axis and matable with the valve seat to seal off fluid communication between the first passage and the second passage. The armature defines a surface that is substantially resistant to corrosion from the fluid, and the surface is substantially free from a coating including zinc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Guangling Song, Jan F. Herbst, Mark W. Verbrugge, Yar-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 8783279
    Abstract: A tubular fluid flow device of varying outside dimensions adapted for use in a high pressure, rapidly cycling temperature environment, an isolation ball valve, a ball valve isolation method and a catalyst transfer method. The flow device 10 can have a tubular member 12 having at least one locus 14, 16 of non-uniform outside dimension and an axial flow passage 20 with a uniform inside diameter between opposite end connection elements. A thermal sleeve liner 22 can be disposed about the axial flow passage in a bore 24 formed in the tubular member, wherein the sleeve comprises an outer surface having a thermal barrier coating 26. A pressure-relief passage 28 is provided in fluid communication between the axial flow passage and an interface between an exterior surface of the thermal sleeve liner and an inner surface of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Mogas Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Williams, Jr., Vinh Nguyen, Jimmy Walker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8752567
    Abstract: A fitment for providing leak protection at a frost-free hydrant has a protective sheath having a bore of a first diameter. An escutcheon plate is formed at an outer end of the sheath to define an aperture for receiving a frost-free hydrant into the sheath. The sheath is made longer than any of a range of frost-free hydrants to be received therein and has an end cap sealingly connected to an inner end of the sheath. The end cap has a reducing section and an end section having a bore of a second diameter smaller than the first diameter, and dimensioned to receive a link pipe in a sealing connection, the link pipe being of a length to bridge the distance between an inner end of the hydrant and building water supply equipment. In use, the hydrant with link pipe attached is inserted into the protective sheath and the combination of the hydrant and sheath is fully into the wall through a hole in the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Wayne Brazeau
  • Publication number: 20140150899
    Abstract: The present invention is designed to prevent damage to lined ponds during removal and placement of a suction/discharge hose. The fluid transfer protection sleeve is a conduit with a liquid port on one end and a hose port on the opposing end. The fluid transfer protection sleeve is comprised of an angled section, a vented body, and a solid walled section that are connected to create an interior channel from the hose port to the liquid port. The liquid port is located on the angled section. Upon insertion of the hose into hose port, the liquid is drawn in (or out) through the liquid port and vents, thus drawing (or discharging) water away from the bottom of the pond. Furthermore, the interior channel prevents the hose from coming into contact with liner and thus preventing damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: JERRY PUCKETT
  • Publication number: 20140130903
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a drain line adapter. The drain line adapter includes at least two conduits. The two conduits can be oriented or positioned relative to one another in order to facilitate drainage of the drain line adapter. The two conduits can also be oriented or positioned relative to one another in order to hinder clogging of the drain line assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mary Kathryn Hawboldt, James Robert White, Nand Kishore Ravanam
  • Publication number: 20140124054
    Abstract: In a case structure for a fluid pressure device, a filter that constitutes part of a fluid pressure unit is equipped with a first body, a case unit connected to a lower portion of the first body, and a filter unit accommodated in the interior of the case unit. The case unit is made up from an outer case, which is formed as a bottomed cylinder from a light-permeable transparent material, and an inner case inserted into the interior of the outer case. Additionally, by insertion of the case unit into an installation hole that opens on a lower portion of the first body and rotating the case unit, projections and retaining walls provided on an outer circumferential surface of the case unit engage with support members provided in the installation hole, thus placing the case unit in a connected state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: SMC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Norihide Yamase, Daisuke Oikawa
  • Publication number: 20140124053
    Abstract: A reservoir accessory assembly comprises a flooring structure being configured to support a fluid processing accessory for the reservoir. The flooring structure comprises a cutout being configured to enable entrance of plumbing from the reservoir for connection to the fluid processing accessory. Side panels are joined to the flooring structure. The side panels comprise screened vents. A back panel is joined to the flooring structure. The back panel comprises a ventilation portion being configured to enable airflow with the vents. A front door is pivotally joined to one side panel to enable access to the fluid processing accessory. A top is configured to cover an interior formed by the flooring structure, the side panels, the back panel and the front door in which the fluid processing accessory is enclosed and accessible via the front door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Boris Blank
  • Patent number: 8708048
    Abstract: A gas recovery component heating apparatus and method of use. The apparatus includes an insulating shell and at least one heating element positioned along the interior of the insulating shell. The apparatus further includes one or more apertures configured to allow a portion of the gas recovery component to pass through said aperture when the apparatus is secured about the gas recovery component. The apparatus also includes a mechanism for securing the apparatus about the gas recovery component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Accurate Pumping & Contracting, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia J. Foley, Stuart D. LeNoir, James M. Robison, Jerry A. Staggs
  • Patent number: 8684036
    Abstract: A cryogenic valve includes a first port and a second port, a valve body, a valve stem, a sealing member, a valve element and a housing. The valve body includes a valve seat defining a fluid orifice in fluid communication with the first port. The valve stem is configured to engage with the valve body, wherein at least one of the valve stem and valve body form an inner valve cavity. The valve element is positioned within the inner valve cavity. The valve element is also configured to bias the sealing member against the orifice to substantially block flow through the orifice and the first port. The bias is controlled in response to control of the valve element by a valve actuator. A channel is configured to allow fluid flow through at least one of the valve stem and valve element along a longitudinal axis. A housing is configured to substantially seal and enclose at least a portion of the valve body and valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Yozo Satoda
  • Publication number: 20130340856
    Abstract: A chamber device is designed to be attached to a float valve for reducing noise generated by the float valve. The chamber device includes an upper plate having a top opening portion to be attached to the float valve, a bottom plate facing the upper plate, a side wall extending between the upper plate and the bottom plate, and an introduction passage formed on the side wall for allowing a fuel to flow into the float valve. A space is defined by the upper plate, and the bottom plate and the side wall so as to absorb the noise in the float valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Yoichi HIRANO
  • Patent number: 8607816
    Abstract: A structure of a solenoid valve attached to a resin cover by insert-molding, the solenoid valve includes a valve body having a cylindrical shape and at least two fluid passages, a spool housed in the valve body and slidable therein in an axial direction relative to the valve body, a solenoid for actuating the spool, wherein a plurality of flanges is provided on an outer peripheral surface of the valve body, and at least one of the flanges has a through hole formed in the axial direction relative to the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Kira, Atsushi Nishigaki, Takahiro Inokuchi
  • Publication number: 20130276722
    Abstract: According to various aspects, exemplary embodiments are disclosed in which thermal insulation is used to provide a thermal break and/or thermally insulative barrier generally between a body and flange assembly of a gas water heater control. An exemplary embodiment of a valve assembly for a water heater generally includes a flange, a body, and a thermal insulator. The thermal insulator is configured for placement generally between the body and the flange. The thermal insulator has a lower thermal conductivity than the flange and the body. The thermal insulator is operable for inhibiting heat loss from within the storage tank through the valve assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: John M. Bronson, Jeffrey N. Arensmeier
  • Patent number: 8528585
    Abstract: A quick-change wear sleeve for a high pressure fluid conduit is retained in a fluid passage of the fluid conduit by a resilient retainer ring received in complementary grooves in an outer surface of the quick-change wear sleeve and an inner surface of the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Oil States Energy Services, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Bob McGuire
  • Patent number: 8511335
    Abstract: A heat transfer reduction apparatus and method for an article is disclosed that includes a first surrounding sidewall having a first base and an opposite first closure. The first sidewall, base, and closure all define a first interior, wherein a portion of the first sidewall is in contact with a first portion of the article. Also, a second surrounding sidewall that has a second base and an opposite second closure. The second sidewall, base, and closure all define a second interior, wherein a portion of the second sidewall is in contact with a second portion of the article. Further, a moldable insulating material is disposed within the first and second interiors. The first and second sidewalls form a separable clamshell interface to one another forming about the article first and second portions. Also included is structure for retaining the first and second sidewalls to one another at the clamshell interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Teresa G. Murphy
  • Publication number: 20130206253
    Abstract: A microfluidic device and a method of producing it are proposed, in which a film covers a chamber in a carrier. The film is locally re-tightened in the region of the chamber after the film has been secured to the carrier. In this way it is possible to prevent undesirable bulging of the film into the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Dirk Kurowski, Gert Blankenstein, Dirk Osterloh, Marc Prenger, Ying Yu
  • Patent number: 8505571
    Abstract: A liner assembly adapted to line a valve body of a control valve comprises a sleeve, a liner, and a retainer. The sleeve has an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface defines a bore. The outer surface is adapted to be disposed in engagement with the outlet of the control valve. The liner is slidably disposed within the bore of the sleeve. The retainer is in engagement with the liner to removably secure the liner within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Michael W. McCarty
  • Patent number: 8499783
    Abstract: A gate valve for mounting in a pipeline comprises a valve body and a gate mounted in the valve body so as to be movable between an open position, and a closed position where a valve opening formed in the valve body is closed by the gate. The gate comprises two opposed faces spaced from the transverse plane of the gate, at least one face being provided with at least two seals that each extend around the face one seal being located within the periphery of the other such that both seals, when the gate is in the closed position, seal against a seat of the valve body to seal against the pressure of fluid acting on the gate in use. In one embodiment, a gate has four seals in total, two on the upstream gate face and two on the downstream gate face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Innovative Pipesystems Limited
    Inventor: Peter John Woodward
  • Patent number: 8490652
    Abstract: Cage valve, flow trim components and methods for reduced fracturing of flow trim. The valve is of the type having flow trim arranged across an inlet bore and aligned with an outlet bore, and including a stationary tubular cage and an external cylindrical flow collar slidable along the side wall of the cage to cover or uncover one or more flow ports in the cage side wall. The tubular cage is formed such that, at least in the ported portion in which the flow ports are formed, the cage includes a tubular outer cage member and a tubular inner cage member, the inner cage member and the outer cage member being formed from a tungsten carbide material, being concentrically aligned, having a length to span at least the ported portion, and being joined together by bonding at an interface formed between the inner cage member and the outer cage member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Master Flo Valve Inc.
    Inventors: Larry J. Bohaychuk, Mark K. McNeill
  • Patent number: 8464748
    Abstract: A coupler for a fluid delivery device is disclosed which couples a first waterway component and a second waterway component, the coupler being an overmold component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventor: Thomas Pinette
  • Patent number: 8443836
    Abstract: This invention discloses a ventilating apparatus which has a configuration extending along a first axis, a second axis and a third axis. The first axis, the second axis and the third axis are orthogonal to each other. The ventilating apparatus includes a main body, a tail pipe and an airtight sealing material. The main body made of porous ceramics having an outer surface. The main body has a head end and a tail end disposed along the second axis, a first aperture passing therethrough along the first axis near the head end of the main body, and a first air orifice extending along the second axis. The tail pipe has a second aperture which is connected to the first aperture of the main body. The airtight sealing material covering the outer surface of the main body with the first aperture exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Chipmos Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-I Liu
  • Patent number: 8408239
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement for water-throughflow sanitary components in a concealed box is proposed. In a direction extending parallel to the bottom of the concealed box, the sanitary component has a distance between the ends of two mutually opposed connection stubs that is greater than the inner distance separating the through openings in the wall of the concealed box that are assigned to the two connection stubs. In order nevertheless to ensure that the sanitary component can be inserted from the open front side of the concealed box into this box, one of the two through openings is designed in such a way that it is possible for the assigned connection stub to be introduced obliquely. The connection stub is inserted into the through opening until the opposite connection stub is situated completely inside the concealed box and can then be pivoted in front of the assigned through opening. A lateral displacement then occurs such that the sanitary component is arranged centrally in the concealed box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventor: Juergen King
  • Patent number: 8402997
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a valve with a pivoting lever. This lever pivots around a pivot point and can move between at least three stable positions. In the rest position, this lever is fixed and solidly connected to the body of the valve, and there is zero fluid flow in the internal fluid passage. In the intermediary released position, the axis of the lever is disposed at a positive, non-zero angle in relation to the axis of the lever in the rest position, the lever being now disconnected from the body, but the fluid flow remains zero. In the active position, the axis of the lever is disposed at a positive non-zero angle in relation to the axis of the lever in the intermediary released position, this lever being disconnected from the body, and with fluid now flowing thorough the internal fluid passage at a non-zero rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Daniel Lang, Alain Taillandier
  • Patent number: 8387698
    Abstract: A gas recovery component heating apparatus and method of use. The apparatus includes an insulating shell and at least one heating element positioned along the interior of the insulating shell. The apparatus further includes one or more apertures configured to allow a portion of the gas recovery component to pass through the aperture when the apparatus is secured about the gas recovery component. The apparatus also includes a mechanism for securing the apparatus about the gas recovery component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Accurate Pumping & Contracting, Inc., MMSOB Division
    Inventors: Patricia J. Foley, Stuart D. LeNoir, James M. Robison, Jerry A. Staggs