Guards And Shields Patents (Class 137/377)
  • Patent number: 11112027
    Abstract: An extension device for remotely opening and closing a valve from a user knob is described. The device includes a flexible connector that allows the user knob to be positioned in various places relative the valve. One use for the disclosed device is with a gas grill, wherein the gas tank is placed in a position that is not easily accessible or is difficult for some persons to access. The extension device may be mounted in various positions on or near the grill allowing the user to open and close the gas tank's valve before and after use of the grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: KNOB WHERE YOU NEED IT, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Civilla
  • Patent number: 11047499
    Abstract: Various devices and techniques related to valve actuation conversion kits are generally described. In various examples, conversion kits may include a bonnet component. In some examples, the conversion kits may include at least one attachment component effective to couple the bonnet component to a body or bonnet of a legacy valve. Coupling the bonnet component to the body or bonnet of the valve may form a cavity enclosed by the bonnet component and the body or bonnet of the valve. A portion of a stem of the valve may be disposed within the cavity when the bonnet component is coupled to the body or bonnet of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Edward P. Davis
  • Patent number: 11009269
    Abstract: The heat cycle system of the present invention is a heat cycle system which employs a working fluid containing trifluoroethylene, comprising a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve and an evaporator, and further having a circulation flow path and a fragile part. The circulation flow path connects the compressor, the condenser, the expansion valve and the evaporator and circulates the working fluid. The fragile part is provided in the circulation flow path or to the condenser and has a pressure resistance strength lower than the pressure resistance strength of the circulation flow path and the condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: AGC Inc.
    Inventors: Hisao Wakabayashi, Hirokazu Takagi
  • Patent number: 10900314
    Abstract: A riser system is provided to eliminate the consequences associated with damage to the annular system while also maintaining the availability of critical safety systems. The riser system may comprise a customizable control housing and external seal control subs that facilitate reciprocation and rotation of a drillpipe or workstring while eliminating damage to the upper annular blow out preventer and allowing the upper annular blow out preventer to function as intended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Spoked Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Bryce Elliott Randle
  • Patent number: 10865554
    Abstract: The fill valve and assembly provides an elongated cylindrical water supply tube and a valve seat disposed atop the water supply tube. The valve seat comprises a circular inner valve seat portion and a circular outer valve seat portion between which extend support structures in the form of a plurality of lands and spokes. A bridge is disposed in the center of the valve seat structure about the inner valve seat portion and atop the plurality of lands and spokes. A main diaphragm valve is disposed atop the valve seat structure such that the bridge is disposed between the valve seat structure and the main diaphragm valve. The present invention provides for a thinner and softer durometer EPDM material for the main diaphragm which is advantageous for improved function while the bridge prevents the thin section of the main diaphragm valve from being abraded or cut when high pressures try to push the diaphragm into the spokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lavelle Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin J. Guthrie
  • Patent number: 10774512
    Abstract: A fill valve system with a float nested in a container connected to the fill valve and a siphon device passing water out of the container into the toilet tank, with the siphon device having an air vent dimensioned such that: (i) tank refilling is delayed until after the flush valve closes; (ii) the fill valve is not turned on by small leaks in the tank; and (iii) the fill valve turns off when it encounters large leaks in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FLUIDMASTER, INC.
    Inventor: Tuan Le
  • Patent number: 10739000
    Abstract: A pocket lighter with a universal disposable butane fuel can has been developed. The pocket lighter includes: a fuel can adaptor; the fuel can adaptor comprises: a first recess that accepts a ridged portion of the disposable fuel can, a through hole that accepts a gas outlet valve; the gas outlet valve comprising a second recess that accepts a depressible portion of the disposable fuel can; wherein the gas outlet valve extends through the through hole of the fuel can adaptor; and wherein the ridged portion of the disposable fuel can seals against a shoulder portion of the first recess, and the depressible portion of the disposable fuel can seals against the second recess when the disposable fuel can is installed in fuel can adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Yigal Cohen Harel
  • Patent number: 10738745
    Abstract: A cover assembly and method for a vehicle fuel pump includes a cover base secured in a fixed position relative to the vehicle fuel pump and a flexible cover connected to the cover base and positioned by the cover base to inhibit water access to the vehicle fuel pump. The method includes securing the cover base in a fixed position relative to the vehicle fuel pump, connecting the flexible cover to the cover base, and positioning the flexible cover with the cover base to inhibit water access to the vehicle fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Rihtar, Hiroshi Kitamura, Matthew E. Swanson
  • Patent number: 10704543
    Abstract: A distributor head for a suction pump which includes a housing (12), a pump port (16) configured to apply a negative pressure, and a plurality of hollow needles (18). The hollow needles are fixed to the housing (12), are connected in a liquid-tight manner to the pump port (16), and are arranged parallel to and at a distance from one another. Individual connecting paths (34) of the hollow needles (18) to the pump port (16) include respective, independently operable control valves (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SARTORIUS LAB INSTRUMENTS GMBH & CO., KG
    Inventors: Jonas Bode, Malte Staender
  • Patent number: 10487959
    Abstract: Various devices and techniques related to magnetically-actuated valves are generally described. Magnetically-actuated valves may include mechanisms to completely seal the valve during normal operation. However, mechanical access to the internal actuation mechanism may be temporarily provided in the event of a stuck valve. Access to a mechanical non-magnetically coupled portion of the internal actuation member may be provided for emergency access. The access to the internal actuation member is sealed off under normal operating conditions. A sealed port covers the portion of the internal actuation member during normal magnetically-coupled operation, but can be removed for direct mechanical access to the actuator. Furthermore, a backup seal may be sheltered within this port. The backup seal is typically not exposed to the outside environment or degradation, but prevents leaks during emergency actuation when access to the internal actuation member is temporarily provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Edward P. Davis
  • Patent number: 10480291
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling a set of tools for hydrocarbon recovery are presented. One example system generally includes a first tool and a first control device mounted on the first tool and configured to operate the first tool. The first control device includes an explosion-proof housing and a processor disposed in the housing. The system further includes a second tool and a second control device mounted on the second tool and configured to operate the second tool. The second control device includes an explosion-proof housing and a processor disposed in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Wiedecke, Bjoern Thiemann, Carlo Hoelterling, Frank Wern
  • Patent number: 10323764
    Abstract: A valve device includes: a valve body having assembly holes; solenoid components configured such that a first part is inserted into each assembly hole; and a fixing member fixed to the valve body. An engagement groove is provided in an outer circumferential surface of each solenoid component in a direction intersecting an axial center of the solenoid component. Each engagement groove is provided to a portion of the first part that is located outside the assembly hole when the first part is inserted in the assembly hole. The fixing member includes locking portions. Side walls of each engagement groove are engaged with each locking portion so as to set a position in an axial direction of each solenoid component. Each locking portion is engaged with a groove bottom of each engagement groove so as to set a phase around the axial center of each solenoid component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shintaro Goto, Shinichi Ito, Masashi Kato
  • Patent number: 10293990
    Abstract: The closure system includes an applicator having a closing member (7) which is realized for closing an outlet opening (11) as a result of the restoring force of a resilient restoring element. A blocking element (19) is movable such that, in a blocking position, it retains the closing member (7) in the closed position, but in the open position allows the outlet opening (11) to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Hoffmann Neopac AG
    Inventor: Andreas Geiger
  • Patent number: 10119241
    Abstract: An arm includes an arm main body, a protective member, a fixing component and a restrictor. The arm main body has a distal end part with first and second end components disposed a specific space apart along a width direction, a bucket attached to the arm main body, and a proximal end part configured to allow attachment on a vehicle main body side. The protective member covers the specific space. The fixing component is disposed on a proximal end part side of the specific space and fixes the protective member to the arm main body. A restrictor is disposed between the first and second end components along the width direction, and restricts movement of the protective member. A work vehicle includes a vehicle main body and the arm. A work implement includes a boom pivotably attachable to a vehicle main body and the arm attached to the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Teruhisa Hanafusa, Koji Ohigashi, Shinobu Kitayama
  • Patent number: 9949589
    Abstract: A conical shaped juicer cover with two openings is placed over a juicer machine. The first opening is inserted around the juice machine's feeding chute, and the elastic nature of the first opening ensures a snug fit, while also covering any openings in the vicinity of the feeding chute. The second opening extends over the remainder of the juicer machine covering at least a portion of the juicer machine's base and at least the top portion of containers for collecting juice and pulp that are positioned under the juicer machine's pulp ejection spout and juicing spout. The juicer cover is composed of fabric capable of blocking and/or absorbing liquid, and preferably composed of stretch fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Christina Ann Nelson
  • Patent number: 9932172
    Abstract: A versatile container a versatile pipe section comprising a sleeve and a tube inserted into the sleeve, the tube being held in place using a first capping element at a first end, at least one mounting element in a middle portion and a second capping element at a second end. The first and second capping elements are provided with an opening of a diameter corresponding to the diameter of the tube for allowing liquid or gas to flow through the tube. Also, a versatile container comprising a sleeve, at least one liquid or gas holding compartment adapted to be positioned within the sleeve, the at least one compartment being held in place using at least one mounting element. The sleeves are adapted to hold the contents of the tube or the at least one compartment in case of a leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: André Houle
  • Patent number: 9932148
    Abstract: A portable gas cylinder is disclosed which includes a gas cylinder including an upper portion having a valve port and an annular mounting collar surrounding the valve port, a handle assembly including a housing having a body portion configured to mate with the upper portion of the gas cylinder, a pair of diametrically opposed gripping handles extending upwardly from the body portion and a central aperture providing access to the valve port, wherein an annular retention channel is formed in an undersurface of the housing, extending about the periphery of the central aperture for receiving the mounting flange of the gas cylinder, and a blocking ring for securing the mounting flange of the gas cylinder within the retention channel of the handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: AMTROL Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: William Chohfi
  • Patent number: 9926948
    Abstract: A guard attachable to a pressurized fluid-powered actuator incorporating a member extendible from a housing of the actuator. The guard includes a mounting portion structured for affixing the guard to the actuator housing, and a guard member defining an enclosure structured to extend about an end of the actuator housing when the guard member is affixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Larry M. Wilmot, Rachid Hammoud, Joshua D. Van Hooser
  • Patent number: 9759056
    Abstract: Pump apparatus comprising a base or chassis, a power unit and a reel assembly each operatively mounted to the base or chassis, a flexible conveyor conduit and flexible service line adapted to be payed out from the reel assembly and a work head including a pump operatively connected to the conveyor conduit. The work head comprises a pump having an outlet which is operatively connected to a conveying conduit, a support frame to which the pump is mounted and a powered traction drive assembly operatively mounted to the support frame. The reel assembly comprises a reel rotatably mounted to the base or chassis, a conveying conduit and a flexible service line, each being adapted to be wound thereon and payed out therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Peter Smit, Robert Turner, Reman Murandi, Kevin Brighton
  • Patent number: 9435110
    Abstract: The backflow prevention device consists of a funnel-shaped membrane and a clamping device for mounting in a pipe. The clamping device consists of a spread member expanding the membrane to the pipe cross section and pressing it against the pipe wall, and a support member supporting the spread member against the pipe wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Lasso Technik AG
    Inventors: Daniel Rohrer, Roger Waser
  • Patent number: 9222211
    Abstract: A water inlet system for a washing machine including a main body, at least one insert and a valve assembly. The main body is made of a first material. The at least one insert is spin welded to the main body. The at least one insert is made of a material substantially the same as the first material. The valve assembly is mechanically coupled and sealed with the insert. The valve assembly has a valve body made of a second material, with the first material and the second material being different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Group Dekko, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Ritchie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9212761
    Abstract: A security device is configured to limit access and prevent removal of a backflow preventer connected to a fire hydrant. The security device includes an upper enclosure rotationally and detachably coupled to a lower enclosure. The upper enclosure has an upper enclosure left end and the lower enclosure comprises a lower enclosure left end each being configured to accommodate a portion of the fire hydrant. An upper access door is attached to the upper enclosure and permits and restricts access to the backflow preventer. A side door is attached to the lower enclosure and permits and restricts access to the backflow preventer to install a hose to the backflow preventer. A plurality of height adjustment legs are attached to the lower enclosure to adjust a height of the lower enclosure from ground and to carry weight of the security device which avoids plastic deformation of the backflow preventer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Michael Ruddell, Timothy Daniel Manning
  • Patent number: 9091396
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: James R. MacNeal, Edward L. Hamernik, David B. Larson, William T. Harrod
  • Publication number: 20150136246
    Abstract: Flood water removal systems including a motor, a vacuum generating device, a discharge pump, and a vacuum tank can be efficiently arranged to be transversely mounted to a vehicle. Certain flood water removal systems can include a supercharger driven by the engine to generate vacuum. The systems can include a valve to prevent collapse of a vacuum tank and maintain a predetermined vacuum pressure without varying the speed of the motor. The systems can also include a two-stage exhaust that blends exhaust from the blower with motor exhaust in a silencer to reduce noise generation for operation in residential or other noise-sensitive settings. The systems can also include a vacuum tank comprising a noise reduction baffle to further reduce noise generation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Exner, Bill Exner, Aaron S. Bingle, Eric A. Bingle, David Cody Sizemore
  • Patent number: 9032990
    Abstract: Embodiments of chemical delivery systems disclosed herein may include an enclosure; a first compartment disposed within the enclosure and having a plurality of first conduits to carry a first set of chemical species, the first compartment further having a first draw opening and a first exhaust opening to facilitate flow of a purge gas through the first compartment; and a second compartment disposed within the enclosure and having a plurality of second conduits to carry a second set of chemical species, the second compartment further having a second draw opening and a second exhaust opening to facilitate flow of the purge gas through the second compartment, wherein the first set of chemical species is different than the second set of chemical species, and wherein a draw velocity of the purge gas through the second compartment is higher than the draw velocity of the purge gas through the first compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Marcel E. Josephson, David K. Carlson, Steve Jumper, Errol Antonio C. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9010358
    Abstract: A foot pedal mechanism for an automated dump station includes a safety release functionality so that when the foot pedal is secured in a closed position and excessive force is applied to the foot pedal, the foot pedal and the locking mechanisms are not damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Vito Ignatius Bartolotta
  • Patent number: 9010366
    Abstract: A port shield assembly includes a cup, a fitting, and a retaining pin. The cup includes a top with a hole, a sidewall, a cavity defined by the top and the sidewall, and a side port in the side wall. The fitting includes a body with a first end and a second end, a flange at the first end, and a central bore extending from the first end. The fitting also includes a port that communicates with the central bore, and a cross bore near the second end. The fitting extends through the hole of the cup and a retaining pin is disposed in the cross bore to retain the cup between the first end and the second end of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Francis P. Marocchini, Scott J. Beloncik
  • Patent number: 8967197
    Abstract: A remote actuator device for a valve control knob on a tank (e.g., storage tank) is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Telmore Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Herbert Teel, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150047859
    Abstract: The present invention regards a method and system for securing a discharge valve to a water line of a fire suppression system with multiple t-connections. The apparatus includes a plate, a chain, a plurality of eyehooks and a plurality of eyehook nuts. The plate has a perimeter and a central aperture sized to receive an elongated cylinder of a hose fitting of a discharge valve. The plate further has a plurality of eyehook apertures along its perimeter, with each eyehook aperture sized to receive the threaded post of an eyehook. The plate is positioned about the elongated cylinder of the discharge valve, through said central aperture, and the chains are positioned about the water line and affixed to the plate by means of eyehooks and eyehook nuts. The chain has a length sufficient to be positioned about the water line and received by the eyehooks so that plate is securely positioned along the elongated cylinder below the discharge valve nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Ewing Johnson
  • Patent number: 8944094
    Abstract: This invention relates to an adaptor that is used with a valve fitment assembly used to dispense fluids or flowable materials from a container. The adaptor is utilized in conjunction with the valve fitment assembly to allow the fitment assembly to be used with a spout and valve assembly attached to a container holding fluid. This invention also relates to a process for dispensing fluid using the adapter described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150027561
    Abstract: The invention relates to a suction device for dental, medical or industrial purposes, comprising a suction system and a housing (12) in which the suction system (50) is accommodated. The suction device is characterized in that the housing (12) is composed of at least two housing shells (14, 16) that can be assembled and are manufactured from a foamable material, in that at least one of the housing shells (14, 16) has support surfaces that support and/or hold the components of the suction system (50) in the housing (12), and in that at least one of the housing shells (14, 16) forms at least one functional component of the suction system (50).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Dürr Dental AG
    Inventor: Ralf Mauthe
  • Publication number: 20150027550
    Abstract: A gas pressure regulator adapted for being mounted to a gas cylinder is provided. The gas pressure regulator includes a body defining a front portion and opposed side portion and a plurality of gas pressure indicators mounted to the front portion of the body. A bonnet is mounted to an exterior portion of the body, and a pressure adjustment knob is mounted to one of the side portions of the body, proximate the bonnet, and horizontally relative to a longitudinal axis of the pressurized gas cylinder. An energy absorbing device is operatively engaged with the pressure adjustment knob and the bonnet, the energy absorbing device being capable of absorbing energy from impact loads imposed on the pressure adjustment knob.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Robert A. Boyer
  • Patent number: 8939168
    Abstract: A valve box platform is disclosed. The valve box platform may include a peripheral wall having a receiving surface for receiving a valve box. A first recess may be positioned within the peripheral wall. The first recess may include a knockout portion selectively disclosed therein. The peripheral wall may also include a U-shaped recess having a rounded receiving portion with the U-shaped recess being aligned with the first recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent C. Ericksen, Stuart J. Eyring, E. Tres Wangsgaard, Daniel R. Petersen
  • Patent number: 8931505
    Abstract: An infrastructure monitoring system and method include multiple communications devices. At least one communications device is coupled to an element of the infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hyland, Robert Paul Keefe, Marietta Edmunds Zakas, Clayton Robert Barker, III
  • Publication number: 20150000767
    Abstract: Provided is an enclosure with an integrated hydrant. The enclosure includes a fluid flow conduit that transfers fluid from a fluid supply tube to a fluid outlet, which may be associated with the backflow preventer. The enclosure has a conduit that carries water from the fluid supply tube to the backflow preventer. Thus, a lower profile, lighter, and more aesthetically pleasing enclosure is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: William T. Ball, Eric Pilarczyk
  • Patent number: 8910656
    Abstract: A fluid controller is disclosed, having a body unit, a fluid controlling valve, pressure sensors, and a casing. The fluid controlling valve is attached to a component part attachment face of the body unit. The pressure sensors are attached to the component part attachment face so that the pressure sensing surfaces thereof are positioned substantially perpendicular to the component part attachment face and substantially parallel to the longitudinal direction. On the lateral walls of the casing, the inner surfaces thereof are arranged to be uneven, so that such sections facing the fluid controlling valve and the pressure sensors are arranged to be thin sections, whereas at least a part of such a section that does not face the fluid controlling valve and the pressure sensors is arranged to be a thick section that is thicker than the thin sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadahiro Yasuda
  • Publication number: 20140329306
    Abstract: A digester tank has a servicing device that allows access to the interior of the digester tank. The sealing device may have a movable retention wall adapted to resist the pressure of the gas inside the digester by one or more of a) increasing the bending resistance of the retention wall, for example by inflating pockets in the wall, b) forcing the lower edge of the retention wall downwards, for example by weight, a mechanical arm or inflating pockets, and c) providing a mechanical structure within the retention wall, for example a non-moving cage-like structure. A sealing device with a fixed wall has a pipe with an isolation valve between the headspace of the tank and the inside of the sealing device. In operation, a seal may be formed across the separation curtain by raising the level of the liquid contents and closing the isolation valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Michael David Theodoulou, Warren Bruce Lee, Juan Carlos Josse
  • Patent number: 8869822
    Abstract: A gas pressure regulator adapted for being mounted to a gas cylinder is provided. The gas pressure regulator includes a body defining a front portion and opposed side portion and a plurality of gas pressure indicators mounted to the front portion of the body. A bonnet is mounted to an exterior portion of the body, and a pressure adjustment knob is mounted to one of the side portions of the body, proximate the bonnet, and horizontally relative to a longitudinal axis of the pressurized gas cylinder. An energy absorbing device is operatively engaged with the pressure adjustment knob and the bonnet, the energy absorbing device being capable of absorbing energy from impact loads imposed on the pressure adjustment knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Victor Equipment Company
    Inventor: Robert A. Boyer
  • Publication number: 20140299203
    Abstract: A valve transport protection device for a valve (12) comprises at least one valve connection surface (14) with at least one fluid channel port (16), a preferably rectangular protection portion (28) for covering the fluid channel port (16) and elastic tabs (32) which protrude from opposite ends of the protection portion (28) and comprise a locking opening (34), for a form-locking engagement with protrusions (22) protruding from the valve (12). The valve transport protection device is implemented without any adhesive on its side facing the valve (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: BUERKERT WERKE GMBH
    Inventors: Simone Knauss, Ralf Scheibe
  • Patent number: 8851106
    Abstract: A disclosed gas supplying apparatus includes a pressure controller that reduces a primary pressure thereby providing a secondary pressure greater than a process pressure at which a predetermined process is performed and less than the atmospheric pressure in a secondary pipe; a pressure sensor that measures a pressure in the secondary pipe; a first open/close valve provided in the secondary pipe; an open/close valve controller that opens or closes the first open/close valve; a pressure comparator that compares the pressure measured by the pressure sensor in the secondary pipe with a first set pressure that is greater than the process pressure by a predetermined pressure; and a controller that outputs a signal to the open/close valve controller thereby closing the first open/close valve, when the pressure comparator determines that the pressure in the secondary pipe is less than the first set pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Tsuneyuki Okabe
  • Patent number: 8844559
    Abstract: A cleanout protector includes a hollow sleeve having an upper end, a lower end and at least one outer wall. The lower end includes a plurality of piercing members for penetrating surrounding soil. Any one of a plurality of fixtures, such as a solar lamp or a decorative design element, is removably mounted on the upper end of the sleeve. Accordingly, a user superimposes the sleeve on a cleanout and inserts the piercing members into the soil as far as possible. A desired fixture is mounted on the sleeve thereby protecting and decoratively concealing the cleanout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Dry
  • Publication number: 20140261772
    Abstract: A valve includes a plug mounted to a lower end of a valve rod for opening or closing a fluid passage in the body. The valve rod extends through a cap and a stretchable jacket. The stretchable jacket includes first and second ends and a deformation section between the first and second ends. The first end of the stretchable jacket is fixed to the cap. The second end of the stretchable jacket is fixed to the valve rod. A stop is located at the deformation section, dividing the stretchable jacket into first and second stretchable sections. A pull rod is fixed to the valve rod or the cap and slideable relative to the stop. First and second positioning members are mounted on the pull rod to limit travel of the pull rod by contacting with the stop, avoiding over stretching and undesired compression of the first or second stretchable section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Wan-Rong Kung
  • Publication number: 20140238507
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for commissioning steam turbine generator power plants to advance the cleanliness of the complete steam cycle by the conditioned discharge of steam to the plant surface condenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher J. Bloch
  • Publication number: 20140202558
    Abstract: A valve manifold box comprises a chamber and a front cover. Significantly, the chamber is manufactured by injection molding and is one-piece construction. Moreover, the chamber comprises a back board, a sidewall, at least an outfall, and multiple fittings and inside surface at the bottom sidewall has changes in an inclination angle for collecting the liquid within the chamber. By means of injection molding, one piece construction of the chamber is obtained such that it prevents chemicals from leaking outside. Besides, by using the design that the inside surface at the bottom sidewall has changes in an inclination angle, liquid can be easily collected and drained. Also, since it is unnecessary to frequently maintain the valve manifold box, maintenance costs are saved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicants: MEGAFLOW CORP., TAIWAN PURITIC CORP.
    Inventors: CHIH-HSIEN CHOU, CHUNG-HSIU YEH, ANTHONY KAI TAI CHAN
  • Publication number: 20140196792
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a three-way valve case that has a top member, bottom member, closure member, three openings, and a hinge allowing the case to be opened and closed. The case may be adapted to receive a three-way valve. Apart from a case adapted to receive a three-way valve, a three-way valve case apparatus is also disclosed. The apparatus includes a three-way valve having three ports, a base, and an operator; and a case having a top member, bottom member, hinge, openings to receive the ports of the valve, and a closure member to support the closed state of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Global Medical Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Mario Torres-Leon
  • Publication number: 20140196800
    Abstract: The presently-disclosed subject matter includes protective covers for post valves. The protective covers can comprise a tubular member, one or more shelves extending from the exterior surface of the tubular member, and one or more support members extending between the exterior surface of the tubular member and the one or more shelves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Progressive Plastics, Inc
    Inventor: Henry Buermann
  • Publication number: 20140138342
    Abstract: A check valve including a silica gel valve body, an upper valve cover, and a lower valve cover. The upper valve cover is provided with an air hole, and the lower valve cover is provided with an air inlet leg. The silica gel valve body includes an outer ring and an inner ring, a sealed valve plate is arranged inside the inner ring, and the outer ring is connected to the inner ring through elastic pieces. The outer ring is fixed between the upper valve cover and the lower valve cover. The inner ring is in a suspended state between the upper valve cover and the lower valve cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Sam Siu Wai SIU
  • Publication number: 20140130904
    Abstract: A device, for example a flow control device, and actuator or both are provided with a heat shrinkable sleeve about an exterior surface of a housing for the device. The heat shrinkable sleeve may contain indicia or information relating to the device. The heat shrinkable sleeve may also be used to contain fluid and contaminants that escape from the device from exposure to an environment that is exterior the heat shrinkable sleeve. The housing may include structure that retains the heat shrinkable sleeve in an installed position. Such structure may be, for example, a recessed surface, a flange, a crimp or other structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: SWAGELOK COMPANY
    Inventors: William H. Glime, III, Branden W. Keeper, Thomas DiBiase
  • Publication number: 20140124591
    Abstract: A device for minimizing the blowback of carbon dioxide snow. Device includes a relatively planar body that includes an aperture for receiving a discharge horn. Planar body acts as a shield against blowback of carbon dioxide snow as device is depositing same in a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Quark Limited, LDC
    Inventors: Robert B. Evans, Robert W. Hallock
  • Publication number: 20140124055
    Abstract: A valve cage for a fluid flow control device includes a hollow cylindrical body, a noise abatement section, a high capacity flow section, and a transition section. The noise abatement section has a plurality of inlet openings, a plurality of outlet openings, and a plurality of tortuous flow paths extending between the inlet and outlet openings. The high capacity flow section is disposed axially adjacent to the noise abatement section and includes a first axial end, a second axial end, and a plurality of primary flow openings. The transition section is defined at an interface between the noise abatement section and the second axial end of the high capacity flow section and includes a plurality of transition openings. The transition section provides a valve cage with zero dead band between the noise abatement and high capacity flow sections when implemented into a fluid flow control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Mike Fontaine, Justin Paul Goodwin, Joshua Charles Crompton, Aaron Steven McGregor