Guards And Shields Patents (Class 137/377)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140116536
    Abstract: A lockable housing for a valve, tap, port, or other fixture is provided. The housing has a hinged clam shell design, with a protective shroud for a shackleless lock. A fixture can be encased within the housing and secured using the shackleless lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER COMMODITIES, INC.
    Inventor: Domingo G. Resendiz
  • Patent number: 8707985
    Abstract: A removable casing for a fire sprinkler head encases the sprinkler head to stop unwanted water spray. The casing has hinged shells that latch closed to form a watertight interior space. One or both of the shells have gaskets that contact the opposite shell to seal off the interior space. The hinges and latches may be adjustable to make the casing easier to fit over the sprinkler head and to fasten tightly. Each shell may have one or more necks configured to fit tightly around a pipe when the casing is closed. A drain having a valve may be disposed through one or both of the shells to prevent initial pressure buildup and to allow the removal of accumulated water from inside the casing. The casing fills with water until the flow out of the sprinkler head stops, allowing the rest of the fire sprinkler system to remain active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Tom Goss
  • Publication number: 20140109973
    Abstract: An expandable and contractible shield around a bellows in a valve protects the bellows from corrosive gases and solid particles in the valve chamber. In a manifold valve assembly with multiple outlet ports and multiple valves in a common valve chamber, a respective expandable and contractible shield around each respective bellows of each respective valve in the assembly separates each bellows from corrosive gases and solid particles in the common valve chamber regardless of whether one or all of the valves in the assembly is opened or closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: MKS INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: David Neumeister, Bradly Lefevre, Kevin Grout, Youfan Gu
  • Patent number: 8695627
    Abstract: A frame for supporting a pressure relief valve located within a frac line connected to high pressure pumps on frac trucks. A metallic base is formed from rectangular tubing in the shape of a box. Saddles on the base support a tee on the lower portion of the relief valve. Brace links are connected at one end to the corners of the metallic base and swivel about clevises to allow access to the pressure relief valve. The other end of the brace links connect to clevises on a flange when assembled. The flange is rigidly connected to an upper portion of the relief valve to stabilize the assembly. Lifting loops on the flange allow the frame to be lifted during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Kugelev, Mark D. Matzner
  • Publication number: 20140069524
    Abstract: An enclosure for a valve assembly includes a base having an opening that allows a portion of a valve assembly to pass therethrough, and a valve handle shroud, extending from the base, to encapsulate a handle/stem assembly of the valve assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Faulkenberry
  • Patent number: 8651133
    Abstract: Tap safety devices are disclosed. The tap safety devices may include a shield which is positioned between the fluid supply line and an operator space such that in an occurrence of an unintended break in the fluid supply line in which a first portion of fluid exits the fluid supply line and travels towards the operator space the shield substantially redirects the first portion of fluid away from the operator space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas G. Buttz
  • Publication number: 20140026966
    Abstract: A safety apparatus for a lever activated valve having a tubular outlet to which a hose is coupled, a valve member and a lever secured to the valve member which pivots to move the valve member between a valve open and valve closed position. The safety apparatus includes a support having a clamp adapted for attachment to a tubular outlet of a lever activated valve. A shroud is pivotally mounted to the support for movement between an operative position overlying the tubular outlet to prevent access to cam lock coupling ears and an inoperative position spaced from the tubular outlet. A lever cradle is provided on the shroud. The lever engages the lever cradle of the shroud when the lever position is pivoted to move the valve member to the valve open position, so that the shroud is held in the operative position by the lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Ron KOWERCHUK, Kary MARTINIUK
  • Patent number: 8627845
    Abstract: The present invention provides a delivery system for providing an atomized treatment agent like a cleaner or lubricant to a specific internal location of a closed mechanical system like an internal combustion engine. The atomized treatment agent is delivered via a flexible, non-rigid conduit to the desired internal location of the engine between, e.g., the ID/OD coupling joint between the air inlet hose and the throttle body. A special conduit support guide, the end of which is inserted through the ID/OD coupling joint, provides the proper geometry for gently configuring the conduit to enter the ID/OD coupling joint without crimping and controlling the directional approach and distance of the conduit free end inside the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Auto-Mark, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew N. Hanson, Philip F. Fandrei
  • Publication number: 20140007948
    Abstract: An exemplary safety device can comprise a guard coupled to a lower end of a support shaft and two arms coupled to the support shaft configured to engage with the inner walls of the meter box. The arms can be adjustable to change the distance they extend from the support shaft, such as by rotating the arms about a central bolt that is fixed relative to the shaft. The arms can have end caps that are configured to contact the inner walls of the meter box to create a frictional resistance holding the device securely within the meter box. The arms can be coupled to the support shaft with an adapter ring that is adjustable along the support shaft to change the vertical position of the arms. The guard can partially surround the angle meter stop and can contain it if it blows off the pipe below it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Mikaelsen, Joel Murphy
  • Publication number: 20130340858
    Abstract: A gas hood for a gas regulator comprises a housing for covering a gas regulator, an opening for receiving the gas regulator and semi-sealing the space between the housing and the gas regulator, and a gas inlet for constantly introducing gas into the space, wherein parts of the gas escapes from the opening so that the space can maintain a micro-positive pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Shih-Hsun Chang
  • Publication number: 20130340857
    Abstract: An improved and more robust protection device capable of protecting a valve positioner in demanding environmental and operating conditions while also allowing for maintenance and inspection of the positioner without removing it from service. The protection device includes a housing configured to protect the valve positioner from external corrosion. The housing includes a top base, a bottom base and a central body extending between the top base and the bottom base. The central body may be joined to an edge of the top base and an edge of the bottom base thereby forming a perimeter circumscribing the top base and the bottom base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: AEGIS FLOW TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Crochet, SR., Norman Eger, Sidney A. Rovira, III
  • Patent number: 8567432
    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. The receiving surface may have an elevated peripheral surface that extends around an outer periphery of the receiving surface and a recessed peripheral surface that extends around an inner periphery of the receiving surface. A knockout portion may be positioned within the peripheral wall. The knockout portion may have a protruding portion that comprises a portion of the elevated peripheral surface of the peripheral wall. The peripheral wall may include a U-shaped recess having a rounded receiving portion, the U-shaped recess being aligned with the knockout portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent C. Ericksen, Stuart J. Eyring, E. Tres Wangsgaard, Daniel R. Petersen
  • Patent number: 8534312
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a gas to or from a pressurized cylinder is described. The apparatus includes a gas delivery device housing that houses and protects a gas control device configured to deliver gas to a user or device, and may also be adapted to provide gas to the pressurized cylinder in a refilling process. The housing includes a surface free from unnecessary depressions and/or protrusions to facilitate cleanability and enhance safety during use. Adjustment indicators and status indication elements disposed in or on portions of the housing are configured to enhance readability and recognition, which facilitates safe and efficient operation of the device. Adjustable elements to control a flow metric from the gas control device are adapted to facilitate adjustment by a user with a large hand and/or a user suffering from some diminished physical capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Air Liquide Healthcare America Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Burgess, Ralph A. Diaz
  • Patent number: 8528586
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly including a tap for controlling fluid under pressure and a protective cap mounted around said tap, the tap including at least one handling member that includes a lever pivotably connected to the body of the tap and manually actuatable by an operator between at least a first rest position adjacent to the body of the tap and a second active position shifted by a nonzero angle relative to the body of the tap, the cap defining an inner protective space for the tap and being provided with at least one first side opening that enables movement of the lever between the first and second positions, the lever in the second position thereof intercepting the plane of the first opening and optionally projecting beyond the space of the cap, and characterized in that, in the mounted position for the use thereof, the cap is turning, that is, freely movable in rotation relative to the body of the tap around an axis, and in that the portion of the cap defining the first opening has contact e
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Gilles Cannet, Renaud Ligonesche, Celine Vervin
  • Patent number: 8511336
    Abstract: An irrigation valve vault including a base frame member having a plurality of sides forming an enclosed area including a first side having a water inlet passage with a plurality of apertures along its length and opening into the enclosed area, a second side having a plurality of apertures extending from the enclosed area to connection points for water lines located on the outside of the second side, a plurality of valves located within the enclosed area and connecting between apertures on the first side and apertures on the second side, a sloped compartment located on top of the base frame, and a lid placed on the top aperture of the sloped compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Michael Schumacher
  • Patent number: 8505570
    Abstract: A mobile crane has at least two crane booms which are connected together by a joint such that the angular position with respect to each other can be adjusted. At least one hose between the crane booms, and the hose is exposed in the region of the joint in at least one angular position of the crane booms. At least one flexurally elastic sheet is connected with the at least one hose or covers it at least in the exposed region and can flex when the angular position of the at least two crane booms is changed. The at least one flexurally elastic sheet can be moved into or respectively out of one of the crane booms upon a change in the angular position of the crane booms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Palfinger AG
    Inventor: Eckhard Wimmer
  • Patent number: 8443831
    Abstract: A safety device on a high-pressure connector of a hydraulic device has a shield that surrounds the high-pressure connector and catches hydraulic liquid that escapes at high pressure. The shield has a housing surrounding seal-tightly a pressure medium distributor on the hydraulic device and has furthermore a protective pipe connected to the housing and surrounding a connecting nipple for a high-pressure hose conduit adapted to be coupled by a hose coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventors: Jörg Hohmann, Frank Hohmann
  • Patent number: 8439067
    Abstract: A kitchen machine having a housing that includes a housing base; a channel molded in a periphery of the housing and running in a direction of the housing base; a housing recess connected to the channel; and a coupling arranged in the housing recess to couple working apparatuses to the kitchen machine, wherein the housing recess includes means to discharge impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Aleksander Oblak, Jurij Pesec, Darko Rudez