Removable Valve Head And Seat Unit Patents (Class 137/454.2)
  • Patent number: 9746089
    Abstract: Valve assemblies and associated methods are disclosed that may include a spool valve and one or more stationary inserts. In some examples, the stationary inserts may be configured to be fixed within a valve bore of a valve body to provide a fluid seal between an outer surface of the insert and the valve bore. Embodiments may also include valve assembly repair kits that may include a spool valve and a stationary insert for repairing a malfunctioning spool valve and methods for installing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Sonnax Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Jackson, Patrick A. Keller, Maura J. Stafford, Eric W. Streed, Robert C. Warnke
  • Patent number: 9624878
    Abstract: A non-return valve device for an internal combustion engine includes a valve housing comprising an aperture with a downstream end arranged in a duct housing. The aperture defines a flow cross section. A valve seat surrounds the flow cross section. A valve closing member, provided as leaf springs, adapts, closes or opens the flow cross section. A distance between each of the leaf springs in their maximum opened position at the downstream end of the aperture and the duct housing arranged opposite to each of the leaf springs has a maximum which is twice as large as a distance between each of the leaf springs in their maximum opened position and the valve seat arranged opposite to each of the leaf springs. Defining inner walls of the duct housing downstream of the valve housing are arranged so that the flow cross section is first continuously reduced and then continuously enlarged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: PIERBURG GMBH
    Inventors: Stephan Hambloch, Lars Baumeister, Jessica Jasper
  • Patent number: 9627782
    Abstract: Connecting element, in particular for an RF application, having a plug part, comprising an internal conductor which extends in the axial direction and an external conductor which surrounds the internal conductor, wherein the internal conductor and the external conductor are shaped at one end of the plug part to form a plug connection, wherein the plug connection can be freely plugged, and the plug part is axially displaceably mounted, as such, in a mounting module and is supported by means of a prestressing means so as to counteract a plugging force. In this case, provision is made for a plate spring to be arranged at the base of the external conductor. A device, in particular for an RF application, having a connecting element of this kind is also specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Andrew Wireless Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Fackler
  • Patent number: 9586475
    Abstract: A fuel tank connector includes an upper chamber provided with a first communication portion relative to a ventilation flow path; and a lower chamber provided with a third communication portion relative to the upper chamber. A bowl-shaped portion narrowing downward is formed in a bottom portion of the upper chamber, and the third communication portion is formed in a bottom of the bowl-shaped portion. A cover body having a container shape, including a top portion and a side portion and opening at a lower face is supported directly above the third communication portion with a ventilation interval between the open edge and the third communication portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Itsuo Honda, Shunpei Nabeya
  • Patent number: 9581256
    Abstract: A check valve with a housing and a first flapper rotatable about an axis between open and closed positions includes a first spring mechanism operatively positioned between a static component and the first flapper. When the first flapper is in the closed position there is a distance between the first spring mechanism and either the static component or the first flapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Michael R. Barone
  • Patent number: 9562418
    Abstract: A valve with a shuttle for use in a flow management system includes a spill port and bypasses a backflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Lawrence Osborne
  • Patent number: 9488033
    Abstract: In the specification and drawings, a valve is described and shown having a first and second valve seat carrier, a valve seat associated with each valve seat carrier, and a valve ball between the valve seats. The valve further includes a stop mechanism operatively connected to at least a first valve seat, the stop mechanism limiting travel of the first valve seat towards the valve ball such that the valve ball may be push away from a sealing engagement with the first valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: David A. Buck
  • Patent number: 9435453
    Abstract: A one-way drain hole plug that affords for easy, quick, and proper installation into a panel having drain hole. The one-way drain hole plug includes a seal portion made from a first material and a hollow bulb portion made from a second material that is harder and/or stronger than the first material. The hardness or strength of the second material prevents the hollow bulb portion and the base attached thereto from collapsing during installation of the one-way drain hole plug into the drain hole. However, the first material is soft or pliable enough to allow sufficient deformation of the drain hole insert as it is pushed through the drain hole and provide a liquid-tight fit with the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mingher Fred Shen, Brandon W. Letcher
  • Patent number: 9433144
    Abstract: An orifice selector module for use with flow gauges in a sprayer environment. The orifice selector module is retrofit into existing or new flow gauge assemblies and is placed in line between the spray nozzles and the flow gauges. The orifice selector module includes a rotatable cap which rotates a rotor which in turn rotates an orifice plate which features numerous orifices of different sizes. These orifices can be switched on the fly manually by the vehicle operator to increase or decrease flow through a particular hose from a particular flow gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: CDS-John Blue Company
    Inventor: Jason T. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9404244
    Abstract: Apparatuses manage the flow of fluids, such as, for example, water, through pipes. Specifically, the apparatuses of the present invention creates a backward pressure in fluid traversing a pipe, wherein the backward pressure within the pipe provides compression to the fluid effectively compressing entrapped gas bubbles within the fluid, allowing more accurate water meter measurements and helps reduce or eliminate the failure to detect and record low fluid flow in water meters. Moreover, the apparatuses of the present invention provide backflow prevention. Systems and methods for managing fluids are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Joelex, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Robert Gass, Daniel A. Handley
  • Patent number: 9347573
    Abstract: A check valve for a housing with adjacent first and second apertures separated by a septum comprises a hinge pin, a first flapper, and a second flapper. The hinge pin is located downstream of the septum. The first flapper is anchored via the hinge pin, and is rotatable about the hinge pin to block the first aperture when in a closed position. The second flapper is anchored via the hinge pin, and comprises a primary flapper section and a counterbalance section. The primary flapper section is rotatable about the hinge pin to block the second aperture when in a closed position. The counterbalance section extends upstream from and substantially parallel to the primary flapper section, towards the first aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Feng Feng, Josh Kamp
  • Patent number: 9324586
    Abstract: A chip-packaging module for a chip is provided, the chip-packaging module including a chip including a first chip side, wherein the first chip side includes an input portion configured to receive a signal; a chip carrier configured to be in electrical connection with the first chip side, wherein the chip is mounted to the chip carrier via the first chip side; and a mold material configured to cover the chip on at least the first chip side, wherein at least part of the input portion is released from the mold material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventor: Horst Theuss
  • Patent number: 9137895
    Abstract: An embodiment of a micro-electro-mechanical system of the MEMS type comprising at least one micro-electro-mechanical device of the MEMS type and one junction with a duct suitable to being associated with an external apparatus. Said junction being a printed circuit board PCB comprising at least two layers with juxtaposed faces, a channel being present in at least one face of at least one of said at least two layers suitable for realizing the duct with the juxtaposition of the other face of at least another one of at least two layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventor: Fulvio Vittorio Fontana
  • Patent number: 9097091
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a flow control insert having both a choke valve configured to control flow and pressure through the system and a check valve disposed along a fluid flow path along which the fluid flows. In accordance with the present embodiments, the flow control insert couples together the choke valve and the check valve, and the flow control insert is independently insertable and retrievable relative to a flow control housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Edmund McHugh
  • Patent number: 9057445
    Abstract: An improved disc for a butterfly valve having reduced structure within the bore of the valve, so as to minimize obstruction to the flow of granular material therethrough. Accelerated flow of granular material through the valve is obtained because of the thin dimensions of the butterfly valve. The modified disc includes upper and lower sockets, most of its structure is outside the perimeter of the disc. The disc may be of arcuate shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Bulk Tank, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Sisk
  • Patent number: 9038660
    Abstract: A valve assembly (10) is to be used in conjunction with a tubular member having an internal surface surrounding a passage into which the valve assembly is to be sealingly inserted. The valve assembly includes a tubular body (25) having a longitudinal passage and an outer surface to be located adjacent the internal surface. A seal (29) is mounted on the outer surface to engage the internal surface to sealingly connect the tubular body with the tubular member. A movable valve member (33) is movable between an open position providing for the flow of water from an upstream end to a downstream end of the passage of the tubular body and a closed position closing the passage. Resilient means, such as a spring (34) urges the valve member to the closed position. The resilient means is configured to provide for displacement of the valve member toward the open position when pressure beyond a predetermined pressure is applied upon the movable valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Lyn Kirk
  • Patent number: 8979527
    Abstract: The gas dispensing apparatus comprises a réservoir (2) having an upper wall (5), a well (6) passing through the upper wall, and a gas dispensing device (8) located at least partially in the well (6) and having an external rigid portion (8a) facing the inner wall of the well. The gas dispensing apparatus comprises a résilient tubular élément (22) fitted into the well (6). The rigid portion (8a) of the device (8) is inserted therein. The well has an edge (34) extending outwardly and against which a stopping portion (30) of the tubular élément is flexed under action of the rigid portion of the device inserted into the tubular élëment. The flexed lower portion preferably defines an annular protubérance that prevents upward movement of the tubular élément relative to the well. A gas lighter of simplified construction and suitable for a brittle réservoir material such as amorphous polymers is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Societe Bic
    Inventors: François Bich, Michel Doucet
  • Patent number: 8869823
    Abstract: A non-return valve mechanism comprises a tubular member (1) having a substantially constant external diameter whereby the tubular member can be inserted into a pipe (5) from an open end thereof. A pivotable closure member (9) is provided at one end of the tubular member for closing the end of the tubular member, the closure member being adapted to be positioned externally of the pipe. At least one seal (3) extends around the external periphery of the tubular member for sealing with an internal surface of the pipe into which the tubular member is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: UFPCC Services Limited
    Inventors: Peter Richard Mooney, Ian Edward Tilley
  • Patent number: 8844560
    Abstract: The most strained component of a cartridge is the bush, in which the control lever is mounted, using which the control can is moved. Upon actuation of the control lever to open and close the intakes and drains, the bush and thus also the extension of the housing and the front wall thereof are strained by bending. Upon mixing of the cold and hot water streams, friction forces arise in directions, which are perpendicular to one another, between the bush and the front wall of the housing and in the extension of the housing by rotation of the bush. All of these strains can result in hysteresis in the mixing position and in the position of the control cam during the opening and closing movements because of tolerances and play the opening and closing movements because of tolerances and play between the individual components. To overcome the strain issues, the bush bus has the control lever mounted therein is mounted using a conical face and also conical part of the front wall of the cylindrical housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: CeramTec GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Leinen
  • Patent number: 8833389
    Abstract: A check ball valve cartridge assembly is provided for regulating fluid flow through a fluid pressure line in an automotive transmission. The assembly includes a cartridge having a side wall forming a hollow interior cavity in the cartridge and a lip extending from the side wall toward a central axis of the cartridge. The assembly also has a check ball, which is disposed at least partially within the interior cavity of the cartridge. The lip of the cartridge is configured to prevent the check ball from exiting the interior cavity of the cartridge. A biasing member is disposed at least partially within the interior cavity of the cartridge and contacts the check ball. The assembly may include a pair of orientation features extending from the side wall of the cartridge for aligning the cartridge for installation within the automotive transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Alan Dziurda, Frederic Zenczenko
  • Patent number: 8763630
    Abstract: A sewer flushing device 20 for location in a sewage system. The device comprises a housing 21 adapted for location in a sewage flow path 14 and a gate 22 pivotally supported on the housing 21 and movable between open and closed positions. The gate is biased towards its closed position so as to inhibit the flow of sewage and thereby cause a build up of sewage. In this way, when the sewage upstream of the gate 22 reaches a predetermined level the gate is urged to its open position such that a flushing pulse of sewage flows downstream. There may also be provided a locating device 23 for holding the housing 21 in the required position within the sewage system. The locating device may comprise a sewer engaging portion 51,52 adapted to locate in a sewer channel 12,14, and a housing connector 54 adapted to connect to the housing 21.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: David Pitt
  • Patent number: 8714198
    Abstract: An improved faucet control valve has a valve seat, a spring, a one-piece valve stem, an expanded end, a flexible hooking portion and a control unit. The one-piece valve stem manufactured integrally enables to realize convenient manufacturing, cost reduction and structural simplification of control members. The one-piece valve stem is only required to penetrate the valve port of the valve seat from top to bottom, enabling engagement of the flexible hooking portion for simple and fast assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Jui-Chien Chen, Jui-Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 8662101
    Abstract: A device suitable for retrofitting in laid pipelines is intended to be able to be placed and fixed in place in the pipeline. Transport of the device to the installation location is intended to be performed using as little force as necessary, and the sealing element is intended to be displaced without contact and thus without wear. To this end, the device, in the interior of which a shut-off device (6) is disposed, is designed so that an offset, conically tapering region (10) is adjacent to a front cylindrical region (3) and is bounded by a stop collar (12) on which a connecting contour (7) for a coupling piece of a drive element is connected. A sliding piece (13) made of an expandable material is displaceably disposed in the axial direction on the conically tapering region (10), comprising a circumferential groove in which a spring-loaded clamping ring (15) is supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Mertik Maxitrol GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Herrfurth, Thomas Vogt
  • Publication number: 20130333767
    Abstract: A valved insert for insertion into a coupling body is disclosed. In one embodiment, the valved insert includes a housing and an internal valve slidably disposed within an internal passage of the housing. The housing can be configured to have a sidewall defining an internal flow passage, a first open end and a retaining clip recess. The sidewall has a first thickness at the first open end and a second thickness adjacent to the clip recess. In one embodiment, the retaining clip recess has a height that is greater than one half the first thickness and less than or equal to one half the second thickness. The internal valve and the housing can also be provided with corresponding stop surfaces to limit the inward motion of the internal valve into the housing. In one embodiment, the stop surfaces are angled to form ramped surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Mark F. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8567447
    Abstract: A multipartite mechanical press is presented, preferably bipartite for flanged connections that allows the handling of flanged connections on pipes for addition/removal of elements to/from the line, such as filters, plates, flow regulators, measurement elements, orifice plates and valves. The multipartite design allows a totally mechanical installation, without the need for any type of modification to the pipeline, or by destructive procedures of removal or addition of material. For installation of the multipartite mechanical press requires the existence of flanged connections in the pipel in question. The operation of the press is totally manual, i.e. operation does not require the use of mechanisms activated by any electrical, pneumatic, fuel-based, etc. means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Industria Regiomontana Quantron, S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Alberto Montoya Treviño
  • Patent number: 8491720
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein generally relate to an HVPE chamber. The chamber may have two separate precursor sources coupled thereto to permit two separate layers to be deposited. For example, a gallium source and a separate aluminum source may be coupled to the processing chamber to permit gallium nitride and aluminum nitride to be separately deposited onto a substrate in the same processing chamber. The nitrogen may be introduced to the processing chamber at a separate location from the gallium and the aluminum and at a lower temperature. The different temperatures causes the gases to mix together, react and deposit on the substrate with little or no deposition on the chamber walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ishikawa, David H. Quach, Anzhong Chang, Olga Kryliouk, Yuriy Melnik, Harsukhdeep S. Ratia, Son T. Nguyen, Lily Pang
  • Patent number: 8408244
    Abstract: A sanitary installation part (1) which has an installation housing (2) which can be inserted into a housing mount of a gas line or a liquid line is provided and has at least one latching element which projects into a latching position on the outer circumference of the housing and can be moved in a resiliently elastic manner from this latching position to a zero position. The installation part according to the invention provides that the at least one latching element is designed as a latching protuberance (5) which is beveled or rounded along its transverse edges oriented transversely to the insertion direction on both sides, and the at least one latching protuberance (5), in its zero position, can be can be resiliently fitted into the latching element mount, in which the latching protuberance (5) is incorporated in the outer circumference of the installation housing (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Gilcher
  • Patent number: 8402995
    Abstract: A flow-volume regulator has an elastic throttle body which delimits, between itself and a housing wall, a control gap that changes under the pressure of a fluid flow, and at least one associated bypass and/or cleaning channel that has at least one channel inlet arranged upstream of the control gap and at least one channel outlet arranged downstream of the control gap. The bypass and/or cleaning channel contains a valve which can move against a restoring force under the pressure of the oncoming fluid, from an open position into a closed position, and seals the bypass and/or cleaning channel in its closed position. The flow-volume regulator allows an additional volume of the fluid through the bypass channel when the oncoming fluid is at low pressure, so that its flow curve is significantly increased in the low pressure range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventor: Uwe Zoller
  • Patent number: 8371332
    Abstract: A modular valve is provided. The modular valve includes a valve body having a pair of inlet ports and a pair of outlet ports. The pair of inlet ports each includes an integral stop valve and check valve. The valve body includes a cavity configured to selectively receive a pressure balancing cartridge or a thermostatic cartridge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Richard Cruickshank, Frederick Leung, Gerry Larcina
  • Patent number: 8371335
    Abstract: A solenoid valve assembly includes a three-port solenoid valve and a solenoid-valve holder having the solenoid valve mounted thereon, so that the solenoid valve can be attached on a pneumatic instrument via the solenoid-valve holder. When the solenoid valve is mounted on the solenoid-valve holder, this solenoid-valve holder is provided with a plurality of flow paths that communicate with each port of the solenoid valve, connection terminals electrically and respectively connected to electrification terminals conducting with an exciting coil of the solenoid valve, and receiving terminals for connecting the connection terminals to terminals of external power, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: SMC Corporation
    Inventors: Hisataka Kato, Shinichi Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 8336580
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cartridge which comprises separate temperature and flow adjusting shafts whereby temperature and flow adjustments can be controlled separately from each other and where, if desired, the flow adjusting cartridge (3) and the temperature adjusting cartridge (4) can be separated from each other to be used in different mechanisms independent of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Valfsel Armatur Sanayi Anonim Sirketi
    Inventor: Hakan Cevat Tuncay
  • Patent number: 8297305
    Abstract: A valve assembly is disclosed providing a disk valve, a retaining clip configuration, and a bonnet nut. The disk valve comprises a moveable disk having a pair of recesses that is rotatable relative to a stationary disk to regulate the flow of a fluid through two ports in communication with the disks. The retaining clip configuration comprises a hose clip engaging a retaining segment on a valve housing and two hoses to connect the two hoses to two ports on the valve housing. The bonnet nut provides a tactile resistance to an applied torque when a portion of the valve cartridge assembly is rotated in relation to the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: David H. Ritter, Chad J. Cochart, Douglas J. Brouwer, Christopher M. Shay, Brian S. Core, Michael W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8281802
    Abstract: A valve for an anti-lock brake system is capable of reducing the cost of production through structural improvement of a valve housing. The valve includes a valve core, an armature located below the valve core and having a ball, a cylindrical sleeve coupled to the valve core and armature and guiding the armature to move backward and forward, a first elastic member installed between the valve core and the armature, a valve housing coupled to the sleeve and having a longitudinal hollow space, a seat plunger movably installed in the hollow space and having a first orifice, a second elastic member installed between the seat plunger and the valve housing, a seat having an outlet and a second orifice that communicates with the first orifice, and a seat housing coupled to the valve housing and the seat, supporting the valve housing and the seat spaced apart from each other, and having an inlet between the valve housing and the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventor: Chung Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 8240522
    Abstract: A dispensing head incorporates multiple constant flow valves for controlling the flow of multiple liquids, e.g., syrup and carbonated water fed to a dispensing nozzle. The valves are normally closed and are opened by inlet pressures above selected threshold levels. Once open, the valves maintain the liquid flows at substantially constant flow rates and pressures, irrespective of variations of liquid input pressures and viscosities. A closure mechanism serves to close the valves at inlet pressures both above and below the threshold levels. The closure mechanism may be deactivated to simultaneously allow the valves to assume their modulating functions at inlet pressures above the threshold levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Global Agricultural Technology & Engineering LLC
    Inventors: John R. Newton, Michael E. Cheney, Peter J. Brooke
  • Publication number: 20120192968
    Abstract: The various embodiments include a tubular member having an outlet. A sealing member provides a selective seal over the outlet. When the male connector is connected to a female connector, the tubular member establishes fluid communication between the connectors. In certain embodiments, fluid communication between the connectors may be interrupted even while the connectors are still connected. When the male connector is disconnected from the female connector, the sealing member reestablishes a seal over the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Olivier Bonnal, Juergen Fuchs, Andreas Katerkamp
  • Publication number: 20120098666
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a system and method for controllably delivering hydrocarbon gas to a hydrocarbon gas-fueled device. According to one embodiment, a valve having an open state and a closed state is used to control the flow of hydrocarbon gas from a pressure vessel to a supply line. A hydrocarbon gas sensor detects airborne hydrocarbon gas and generates a signal in response. A controller automatically moves the valve to the closed state in response to the signal from the hydrocarbon gas sensor while the valve is in the open state. The controller automatically releases liquid sealant to the supply line in response to a continued signal from the hydrocarbon gas sensor after at least attempting to move the valve to the closed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Pankaj S. Bavishi
  • Publication number: 20120018009
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device includes a waterway assembly, a valve assembly, and a waterway adapter that fluidly couples the waterway assembly to the valve assembly. An illustrative waterway adapter may be constructed of a polymeric material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Michael J. Veros, Timothy J. Sailors, Alfred C. Nelson, Kurt J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8047224
    Abstract: The present invention is for a cartridge insert valve to limit excess flow through a pipe which is part of a piping system. The cartridge insert valve includes a cylindrical housing and an inlet cap with an inlet opening defined therein. The inlet cap is positioned on a cylindrical housing first end. The cartridge insert valve also includes a seat cap with an orifice defined therein. The seat cap is positioned on a cylindrical housing second end opposite the cylindrical housing first end. The cartridge insert valve is located in the pipe such that a fluid flowing through the pipe normally enters the inlet cap, flows through the cylindrical housing and exits the seat cap. The cartridge insert valve also includes a piston assembly that shuts off flow through the valve in response to an excess flow through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Donald Gary Eichler
  • Patent number: 7984727
    Abstract: A valve for use in the control of pressurized air from a pressure tank, the pressure tank including a wall in which an outlet port is formed, the wall having an inner surface and an outer surface. The valve includes a valve body of generally cylindrical configuration having an inner end which in use is located inside the pressure tank and an outer end which in use is located outside of the tank. A flow passage extends through the valve body, the flow passage having an inlet at or adjacent the inner end of the body and an outlet at or adjacent the outer end of the body. A valve seat surrounds the flow passage and a valve closure member is moveable towards and away from the valve seat to close and open the valve respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Goyen Controls Co. Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Matthew Southam
  • Patent number: 7814931
    Abstract: A constant flow regulating valve of the type described in U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,026,850 and 6,209,578 includes a closure mechanism configured and arranged to override the modulating mode of the valve and to close the valve at fluid inlet pressures both below and above the valve's threshold level. The closure mechanism may be selectively deactivated to thereby allow the valve to assume its normal pressure responsive regulating functions. Embodiments of the regulating valve incorporate pressure relief devices and vent seals, with configurations suitable for incorporation into the trigger assemblies of portable sprayers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Global Agricultural Technology and Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Newton, Peter J. Brooke
  • Patent number: 7806136
    Abstract: In the direct-acting valve of the present invention, no flange is formed in the valve box and the piping is achieved by interposing the valve box between pipe flanges. The direct acting valve includes: a driving section that operates by sensing a primary pressure or a secondary pressure; and a valve body communicating with the driving section to open and close a flow path. A valve box of the valve is positioned between pipe flanges tightened by bolts and nuts. Connecting end portions to be mated with pipe flanges respectively have an inlet and an outlet of the flow path, and each of the end portions is formed to have a smaller diameter than that of the pipe flange. A cover flange neck is extended upward from the valve box is formed so as to be interposed between the bolts B and B1 which are provided between the pipe flanges and adjacent to each other on the circumference of the pipe flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Kane Kougyou Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Ochiai, Hisayuki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 7730735
    Abstract: The refrigerant service port valve for air conditioners has a valve body defining a main fluid conduit adapted for insertion into a coolant line using compression fittings at opposite ends of the conduit. A pedestal is mounted on the exterior conduit wall. The pedestal has a bore therethrough forming a lower service passage that enters the main fluid conduit, and an internally threaded blind bore parallel to the lower service passage. A slider is mounted on the pedestal, the slider having a male quick connect fitting defining an upper service passage. The upper service passage may be aligned with the lower service passage in an open position to service the system, or the slider may be moved to align the upper service passage with the blind bore to access a setscrew, which is raised partially into the upper service passage to lock the valve in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventors: Richard H. Maruya, George M. Whitmyre
  • Patent number: 7654283
    Abstract: A check valve includes a tubular valve seat frame, a valve seat that is fixedly secured to the inside of the valve seat frame and has a communication hole through which a working fluid flows, and a valve body that is on the working fluid outflow side of the valve seat for opening and closing the valve seat. The valve seat frame, the valve seat, and the valve body are put into one unit so that the check valve has a simple structure and a good assembly property, and can be manufactured at low cost. The check valve is included, whereby a small, durable, and high-performance pump can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Seto, Kunihiko Takagi, Kazuo Kawasumi
  • Patent number: 7647940
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a valve including an enclosure that defines first and second chambers, an indicator proximate the first and second chambers, an operating media distribution system that is disposed in the first chamber, and an electronic control unit disposed in the second chamber. The operating media distribution system includes a manifold block that has an exterior surface, and a plurality of operating media distribution cartridges exchangeably disposed with respect to the manifold block. The manifold block defines a plurality of holes, an operating media supply passage and an operating media exhaust passage. Each of the plurality of operating media distribution cartridges is disposed in a respective one of the plurality of holes and includes a cylinder and a spool assembly that is disposed in and displaced relative to the cylinder. The electronic control unit operates at least one electromagnetic valve to control operating media flow via the operating media distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Westlock Control Corporation
    Inventors: Leo Minervini, Eric Jordan
  • Patent number: 7631656
    Abstract: A pressure control valve includes a housing, a piston within the housing, a biasing means within the housing for biasing the piston to seat in a first position for limiting fluid communication between an inlet port of the housing and an outlet port of the housing, and an insert cooperating with the biasing means for setting a pressure differential between an inlet side of the piston and an outlet side of the piston that unseats the piston from the first position for establishing fluid communication between the inlet port and the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Fred Hoffman, Leonard Quinn
  • Patent number: 7568496
    Abstract: The dual flange hopper tee or other fitting connects to the bottom of a hopper for use in unloading the contents thereof, and has a relatively low profile for ground clearance. When used in conjunction with a valve, the tee or other fitting can be removed from the hopper without requiring removal of the valve, and can allow opening of the valve without interfering with flow through a horizontal pipe section of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Ultraflo Corporation
    Inventor: David G. Kraenzle
  • Publication number: 20090183791
    Abstract: A modular mounting and connection or interconnection system for microfluidic devices (20) includes a plurality of end-butting compression-sealing fluid connectors or adapters (32), and one or more clamping structures (54, 56) each structured to hold one of the fluid connectors (32) in compression against a planar surface of a microfluidic device (20), and to press against the device, on another directly opposing planar surface thereof, either a contact pad (48) or another of the fluid connectors (32), with each clamping structure (54,56) including an individually moveable compression-providing element such as a compression screw (36) structured to provide a controlled amount of compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventors: Olivier Lobet, Paul Delautre
  • Publication number: 20080318079
    Abstract: Plumbing valves, fittings, and other water handling devices are manufactured of a metal, such as silicon bronze, having a lead content below 0.2%. Such devices are subsequently electroplated with a galvanizing solution including saline or alkaline solutions containing nickel and tin. The resultant plated products can be soldered to the remaining copper components of a plumbing system using conventional lead-free solder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: George J. Ballantyne, Benjamin L. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 7464722
    Abstract: A fluid proportioning valve meters flow of pressurized inlet fluid in proportion to a pressure drop between the inlet and outlet of the valve. A pressure acutated, return biased poppet valve is actuated by the fluid above threshold fluid pressure to meter fluid to the outlet against spring force. The poppet is annular and has a circular metering edge that controls flow through circumferential orifices in a valve guide. Smooth stable flow is achieved by shearing action of the metering edge over the orifices. Sliding point contact with the poppet valve by non-ferrous convex buttons to eliminate galling and reduce particle contamination within the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Jansen's Aircraft Systems Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Harvey B. Jansen
  • Patent number: 7438083
    Abstract: A pressure regulating apparatus is disclosed for use in an irrigation network. A pressure regulator may be combined with a filter unit in a single pipe to reduce components and joints in the irrigation network. A pipe may be provided having openings in its sides for receiving and securing a portion of the pressure regulator. The openings may be reference ports for a pressure sink, and the ports may include a porous filter material for preventing ingress of particulate matter while permitting gas to pass therethrough. The pressure regulator has a reciprocating valve member which may be sealed within a housing of the pressure regulator or with an inner surface of the pipe. The incoming water is first filtered and then it goes to the pressure regulator. The pressure regulator may be assembled as sequentially installed components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond P. Feith