With Indicator, Register, Recorder, Alarm Or Inspection Means Patents (Class 137/551)
  • Patent number: 10336552
    Abstract: A proximity detector includes a sensor providing a proximity reading. The proximity detector is capable of comparing the reading to a rising threshold level and a falling threshold level, wherein the falling threshold level is less than the rising threshold level. The proximity detector continuously stores a minimum reading value for the proximity reading. The proximity detector will report the presence of granular material only if the proximity reading remains less than the falling threshold level and within an epsilon value of the minimum reading value for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BECS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Todd Steinbrueck
  • Patent number: 10317718
    Abstract: A smart valve positioner is provided with a local user interface with but-tons and a display inside a positioner housing under a housing cover for locally operating the valve positioner. The valve positioner is further provided with a detector detecting whether the housing or the housing cover is open or closed. The operation mode of the local user interface is configured to be different depending on whether the housing or housing cover is open or closed. For example, a larger variety of operations may be available when the housing or housing cover is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: METSO FLOW CONTROL OY
    Inventors: Tero Ihalainen, Juha Yli-Petäys
  • Patent number: 10281317
    Abstract: A bottle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a sidewall, at least one cap removably attached to the sidewall, and a control unit. The control unit is configured to determine whether fluid expelled from the bottle is consumed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Dilan Dubey
  • Patent number: 10236875
    Abstract: A potential is held stably. A negative potential is generated with high accuracy. A semiconductor device with a high output voltage is provided. The semiconductor device includes a first transistor, a second transistor, a capacitor, and a comparator. The comparator includes a non-inverting input terminal, an inverting input terminal, and an output terminal. A gate and one of a source and a drain of the first transistor are electrically connected to each other. One of a source and a drain of the second transistor is electrically connected to the non-inverting input terminal of the comparator, one electrode of the capacitor, and a gate of the second transistor. The other of the source and the drain of the second transistor is electrically connected to the one of the source and the drain of the first transistor. The first transistor and the second transistor each contain an oxide semiconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Kato, Yutaka Shionoiri, Takanori Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10229579
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a flow detection system. The system may include a flow detection hub fluidly connected to a fluid supply pipe including a flow sensor that detects a flow rate of fluid flowing through the fluid supply pipe and a processing element in communication with the flow sensor and a user device. The processing element performs the following operations: determining a first delta based on a first flow rate data from the flow sensor; determining a second delta based on a second flow rate data from the flow sensor; correlating the first delta and the second delta to a first event; and transmitting a message to a user device corresponding to the first event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Rachio, Inc
    Inventors: Bradley Wilson Alcorn, Franz David Garsombke, Eric Lester Miles, Christopher Michael Klein
  • Patent number: 10221960
    Abstract: A valve assembly with at least two valve modules is described, wherein the valve modules are arranged one beside the other in a line-up direction. The valve assembly also comprises an indicating device for displaying a state of the valve modules and/or of the valve assembly and/or of a component connected to the valve assembly. In the line-up direction the indicating device continuously extends over all valve modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: BUERKERT WERKE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Hamm, Thomas Diem, Ina Schmetzer
  • Patent number: 10197212
    Abstract: Pipeline segments can contain cables, such as communication cables (e.g., fiber optic cables) within insulation material surrounding the pipeline segments. Cables can be embedded within the insulation material, run through conduits embedded within the insulation material, placed in channels formed in the insulation material, or otherwise. Channels containing one or more cables can be filled with supplemental insulation material, thus securing the cables within the channels. Pipelines created as disclosed herein can enable data transfer between distant points without the need to lay fiber optic cable in addition to the pipeline. Further, fiber optic cable embedded thusly can be used to sense conditions in the pipeline, such as leaks, seismic activity, strain, and temperature information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Green, Alexis Wachtel, William Markus, John L. Maida
  • Patent number: 10192694
    Abstract: An interlocking control device for a multiple-unit safety circuit is provided, which includes: a protective grounding switch control branch which includes: a pantograph rising pneumatic circuit cut-off valve, a protective grounding switch turn-off pneumatic circuit cut-off valve and a protective grounding switch turn-off solenoid valve which are connected in series. When high-voltage equipment of a multiple-unit train is under maintenance or is powered by an external power supply, a protective grounding switch is turned on, cocks of the pantograph rising pneumatic circuit cut-off valve and the protective grounding switch turn-off pneumatic circuit cut-off valve are rotated to open a cover of a key box, the protective grounding switch control branch is disconnected, the protective grounding switch turn-off solenoid valve connected in series in the protective grounding switch control branch is powered off to maintain the protective grounding switch in an on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Buzhao Niu, Jinghai Jiao, Xinkai Fang, Donghua Wu, Guidong Tao, Guimei Deng
  • Patent number: 10179256
    Abstract: An example system in a fire pump room may comprise a monitoring component that is configured to receive data from two or more pump room devices of a fire pump room. The monitoring component may include a plurality of input ports and each of the two or more pump room devices may be communicatively coupled to the monitoring component via a corresponding input port. The system may further comprise a wireless network interface controller communicatively coupled to a server in a network via a wireless access point, and a memory configured to store subscription information for one or more subscribing parties. Additionally, the system may comprise a processing component configured to send an indication of the received data to at least one of the one or more subscribing parties via the wireless network interface controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: ASCO Power Technologies, L.P.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Stephens
  • Patent number: 10047653
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for regenerating exhaust-gas aftertreatment systems capable of storing nitrogen oxides in lean exhaust gas, and in rich exhaust gas of reducing nitrogen oxides to nitrogen. The invention is used in exhaust-gas aftertreatment systems which consist of at least one NOx storage catalyst arranged near the engine and at least one NOx storage catalyst located in the underbody of the vehicle and are intended to clean the exhaust gas of spark-ignition engines predominantly run on a lean mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: UMICORE AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Frank Adam, Sebastian Mueller, David Palm, Susanne Kunert
  • Patent number: 10009025
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sensor (1) comprising a pulse generator (2) and an electrode (3) connected to an output of the pulse generator (2). A detector (61) detects a change in the amplitude of the signal being present at the electrode, and a control unit (62) operatively connected to the output of the detector (61), detects the presence of a person interacting with the sensor based on the output signal of the detector (61). Furthermore, the electrode (3) is connected to the pulse generator (2) via an inductive circuit such that the sensor can detect the presence of a user but can also be used as a touch sensor. In one embodiment, the pulse generator (2) via an inductive circuit is adapted to generate a pulse train with repetition rate equal to the resonance frequency of the inductive circuit or to an integer multiple of an octave of said resonance frequency. An automatic faucet (100) using such sensor is further described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: S.T.S.R. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Fabio Pandini
  • Patent number: 10001224
    Abstract: A solenoid fluid control valve for controlling fluid flow. The solenoid fluid control valve may comprise a transceiver that receives a signal via a controller area network (CAN) bus, and a micro controller unit that decodes the signal to determine a temperature. The micro controller unit may send a signal to a driver circuit based on the temperature. The driver circuit may send a current through a coil in response to the signal, wherein an armature moves in response to the current through the coil. The movement of the armature may direct a cooling fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FLEXTRONICS AP, LLC
    Inventors: David Phillips, Richard Guzorek
  • Patent number: 9988796
    Abstract: Pull out sprayhead (1) for a faucet, comprising: an inlet fitting (10), provided with a coupling end (10d) connectable to a extractable water supply pipe; a supply mouth (11a) in fluid connection with said attachment end (10d); and a magnet (12) fixed at the inlet fitting (10) and prearranged to allow a releasable connection of said pull-out sprayhead (1) to a faucet neck (20), said magnet (12) being arranged in a housing chamber (13), defined between an outer wall of said inlet fitting (10) and a covering nut (14), within which an insulating sleeve (30) is placed, distinct from the covering nut (14) and interposed between the inlet fitting (10) and the magnet (12), so as to minimize the heat flow occurring between a supplied fluid and the magnet (12) through the inlet fitting (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AMFAG S.R.L.
    Inventor: Orlando Bosio
  • Patent number: 9983078
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for analyzing effects of friction on process control devices are disclosed herein. An example method includes determining, by executing an instruction with at least one processor, a first value corresponding to friction associated with at least one of an actuator or a process control device to be operated by the actuator; determining a second value indicative of an effect of the friction on operation of the process control device via the actuator based on the first value corresponding to the friction and a first threshold value; and changing a force input to move a plug of the process control device 1) a distance or 2) a distance within a time period when the second value satisfies a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Shawn William Anderson
  • Patent number: 9943869
    Abstract: The showerhead includes a main body; a power generator disposed in the main body; a power monitor module, disposed in the main body, electrically connected to the power generator, and configured for monitoring quality of power from the power generator and switching on/off power supply of the power generator; and a control module, disposed in the main body, electrically connected to the power monitor module, and configured for controlling functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL APPLIED RESEARCH LABORATORIES
    Inventors: Chun-Ming Huang, Chen-Chia Chen, Chien-Ming Wu
  • Patent number: 9930862
    Abstract: A method comprises receiving a flow of milk at an inlet of a manifold. The inlet comprises a first end coupled to a hose that receives a flow of milk from a teat cup and a second end terminating in a chamber of the manifold. The manifold comprises one or more other inlets and a plurality of outlets. The plurality of outlets includes one or more milk collector outlets and one or more drain outlets. The method proceeds by causing the flow of milk to be directed to a corresponding milk collector outlet by causing a shut-off valve corresponding to the inlet to open, and by causing a drain valve corresponding to the inlet to close. The method concludes by causing the flow of milk to be directed to a corresponding drain outlet by causing the drain valve corresponding to the inlet to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Henk Hofman, Peter Willem van der Sluis, Ype Groensma
  • Patent number: 9930980
    Abstract: A beverage container includes a container body, a plurality of sensors arranged to determine information associated with liquid contained in the container body, and a processor operably coupled with the plurality of sensors for determining a beverage consumption routine of a user based on the information determined by the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GROKING LAB LIMITED
    Inventor: Sze Ring Pau
  • Patent number: 9928724
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a flow detection system. The system may include a flow detection hub fluidly connected to a fluid supply pipe including a flow sensor that detects a flow rate of fluid flowing through the fluid supply pipe and a processing element in communication with the flow sensor and a user device. The processing element performs the following operations: determining a first delta based on a first flow rate data from the flow sensor; determining a second delta based on a second flow rate data from the flow sensor; correlating the first delta and the second delta to a first event; and transmitting a message to a user device corresponding to the first event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Rachio, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Wilson Alcorn, Franz David Garsombke, Eric Lester Miles, Christopher Michael Klein
  • Patent number: 9863836
    Abstract: The invention relates to a monitoring apparatus for a steam plant, the apparatus comprising: a sensor unit (110) associated with a component of the steam plant, the sensor unit (110) being configured to provide an output indicative of the operating condition of the component; wherein the sensor unit (110) has a plurality of operating modes, each operating mode having a different resource usage; the apparatus further comprising: a selector (130) for selecting one of the plurality of operating modes; wherein the operating mode is chosen based on a current operating condition of the steam plant. The invention also relates to a method of operating such an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Spirax-Sarco Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Roland Agard Poczka, Lyubka Spasova
  • Patent number: 9835266
    Abstract: A pressure regulator for liquid media includes a through-flow path which extends between two connections for a medium-conducting line. The through-flow path is equipped with a valve seat which can be released or closed by a closing element that is mounted in a movable manner between a closing position and a release position. A wear of the closing element and/or the valve seat can be monitored during ongoing operations using a wear sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: EISENMANN SE
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Picht, Ruediger Schweikardt
  • Patent number: 9759346
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for analyzing effects of friction on process control devices are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a housing; a processor disposed in the housing, the processor to: determine a first force or torque corresponding to friction of a process control device and an actuator operatively coupled to the process control device via a stem or shaft; in response to the first force or torque, determine a first command to operate the process control device via the stem or shaft to obtain a first response of the actuator; determine a second force or torque corresponding to friction of the process control device and the actuator; and in response to the second force or torque, determine a second command to operate the process control device via the stem or shaft to obtain a second response of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Shawn William Anderson
  • Patent number: 9630190
    Abstract: A multi-function water output device includes: a shell, a water ejection head and a core body connected to each other in the shell. On the core body is provided with a first valve hole, a second valve hole, and a third valve hole disposed in sequence along a water flow direction from rear to front. Rear end of the core body is provided with an outer interface, while inside the outer interface is provided with an inner interface. An inner cavity of the inner interface is in communication with a first water input port at bottom of a first valve hole. An upper portion of the first valve hole is provided with first water output port. In the first valve hole is provided with a first valve plug, controlling connection and disconnection of the first water input port and the first water output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: XIAMEN RUNNER INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xian-hai Lin, Xi-min Chen, Rong-gui Zhang
  • Patent number: 9631778
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for determining endpoint of a fluid supply vessel in which fluid flow is controlled through a flow passage disposed in an interior volume of the fluid supply vessel with a static flow restricting device and a selectively actuatable valve element upon establishing fluid flow. The endpoint determination can be employed to terminate fluid supply from the fluid supply vessel and/or to switch from a fluid-depleted supply vessel to a fresh vessel for continuity or renewal of fluid supply operation. The apparatus and method are suitable for use with fluid-utilizing apparatus such as ion implanters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Sweeney, Anthony M. Avila, Michael J. Wodjenski, Joseph R. Despres, Thomas H. Baum
  • Patent number: 9595973
    Abstract: An atomic oscillator includes a pair of window units, a wall extending between the pair of window units and forming a first space in which alkali metal in a gas state is housed with the pair of window units, and a second space communicating with the first space and provided in a position with the wall between the first and second spaces and housing alkali metal in a liquid or solid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9551432
    Abstract: A solenoid valve includes a housing, a valve actuation device, and a closing element, wherein the housing includes an interior space with a central axis, wherein the valve actuation device includes an actuator arranged in the interior space so as to be displaceable along the central axis, wherein the actuator is operatively connected to the closing element such that the solenoid valve is opened or closed by a displacement of the actuator along the central axis, wherein the actuator together with the housing delimit, in the interior space of the housing, a leakage chamber that can be filled with a fluid, e.g., a fuel, and wherein in the leakage chamber, at least one vortex generator is arranged on the housing and/or on the actuator, which vortex generator is configured to generate a fluid vortex in the leakage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Bleeck, Bernd Gugel, Thomas Krueger, Andreas Muehlbauer
  • Patent number: 9528901
    Abstract: In a method or device for quantifying a leakage flow on a process control valve, an intact reference control valve is used to determine several reference flow values in advance by placing the reference control valve in several reference opening positions and measuring the respective reference flow value for each of the reference opening positions. When determining the respective reference flow value, a reference mechanical vibration acquired in an environment of the reference control valve is allocated to the respective reference flow value. An instantaneous mechanical vibration is determined on the process control valve when it is closed. The reference mechanical vibration coming closest to the determined instantaneous mechanical vibration is identified by an identity or approximation comparison. The leakage flow is equated with the reference flow value allocated to the identified reference mechanical vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Joerg Kiesbauer
  • Patent number: 9504225
    Abstract: A method comprises receiving a flow of milk at an inlet of a manifold. The inlet comprises a first end coupled to a hose that receives a flow of milk from a teat cup and a second end terminating in a chamber of the manifold. The manifold comprises one or more other inlets and a plurality of outlets. The plurality of outlets includes one or more milk collector outlets and one or more drain outlets. The method proceeds by causing the flow of milk to be directed to a corresponding milk collector outlet by causing a shut-off valve corresponding to the inlet to open, and by causing a drain valve corresponding to the inlet to close. The method concludes by causing the flow of milk to be directed to a corresponding drain outlet by causing the drain valve corresponding to the inlet to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Technologies Holding Corp.
    Inventors: Henk Hofman, Peter Willem van der Sluis, Ype Groensma
  • Patent number: 9500113
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an exhaust system, and a plurality of active exhaust valves configured to modulate an exhaust flow through the exhaust system. A controller is configured to detect an ignition state of the vehicle, determine whether any of the plurality of active exhaust valves has malfunctioned, and, upon determining that all of the plurality of active exhaust valves were operating normally when the ignition state transitioned from a first on state to a first off state and that all of the plurality of active exhaust valves have malfunctioned when the ignition state transitions from the first off state to a second on state, enable normal operation of an engine of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Andrew M. Bucci
  • Patent number: 9498181
    Abstract: It is presented a sensor comprising a sensor plate (14), a base piece (15) and a first sensor membrane (7a) and a second sensor membrane (7b), each having a side of positive electrical polarity and a side of negative electrical polarity. Each one of the first sensor membrane and the second sensor membrane is mounted between the sensor plate and the base piece while allowing movement of the sensor plate in relation to the mounting piece. The first sensor membrane and the second sensor membrane are mounted such that their respective sides of positive electrical polarity face each other or face away from each other. A corresponding electronic stethoscope is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: COMPUTERIZED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY IN SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Aditya Heerah, Magnus Sörlander
  • Patent number: 9470335
    Abstract: Disclosed valves for drinking from a portable fluid container allow for manual actuation of the valve between an open configuration that permits fluid flow and a closed configuration that substantially prevents fluid flow. Disclosed valves comprise a valve housing having inner bore fluidly coupled to an inflow channel and an outflow channel that are angled with respect to one another, and a reciprocating valve member that is adjustably positioned partially within the bore to open and close the fluid flow pathway through the bore from the inflow channel to the outflow channel. The reciprocating valve member is shaped such that it can prevent fluid flow when fully inserted within the bore to a closed configuration, and can allow fluid flow when the valve member is retracted from this closed position by a relatively short distance to an open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TSI Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Matt Hoskins
  • Patent number: 9464745
    Abstract: An adapter for a cylindrical polyethylene comprises a tubular body section, a saddle-shaped flange connected at a first end to the tubular body section, and adapted to mate with an outer surface of the cylindrical tank, the saddle-shaped flange including a bolt hole pattern having a first spacing. A circular flange connected to a second end of the tubular body section, the circular flange having a bolt hole pattern having a second spacing, wherein the first bolt hole spacing is one half the second bolt hole spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Steven Ireland
  • Patent number: 9416521
    Abstract: A sanitary fixture (8) having a connector assembly (14) for the connection to a single-lever mixing cartridge (15) including a pivotable connector piece (16) having a hose connector (20) on a base plate (9). The base plate (9) includes receptacles (10, 12) for a cold-water hose end piece (11) and a warm-water end piece (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Schurle
  • Patent number: 9389218
    Abstract: A measuring device (10) includes an analysis unit (101) that holds a fluid pool (B) of blood or serum therein, an irradiation unit (105) that irradiates fluorescent substances contained in the fluid pool (B) with excitation light, and a light receiving unit (106) that receives fluorescence generated from the fluorescent substances. An amount of the fluorescent substances contained in the blood or the serum after artificial dialysis is estimated from the intensity of the fluorescence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mikihiro Yamanaka, Keita Hara, Ryoji Nagai
  • Patent number: 9383224
    Abstract: A system comprising a data collector and a plurality of end consumers connected to and supplied with a utility by a utility distribution station. Each end consumer comprises a metering device arranged to meter the end consumer's consumption of the utility supplied by the distribution station. The metering device is arranged to report consumption data to the data collector using a high frequency ID, the high frequency ID being anonymous so that the consumption data reported by the metering device together with the high frequency ID is not able to be associated to a particular metering device and to report the consumption data to the data collector using a low frequency ID so that the consumption data reported by the metering device together with the low frequency ID is able to be attributed to a particular metering device. The data collector stores IDs and is arranged to only accept consumption data carrying a said stored ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Costas Efthymiou, Georgios Kalogridis
  • Patent number: 9377110
    Abstract: Fluid control valves having an adjustable valve stem and piston assembly are described herein. An example fluid control valve includes a piston to control a flow of fluid through a valve body, a bonnet having a threaded bore and a housing to be removably disposed within and threadably coupled to the bonnet. The housing includes a first portion to be disposed in the bonnet, a roller assembly to be pivotally mounted to the first portion, the roller assembly to engage the piston to control a position of the piston. The housing including a second portion with a threaded outer surface to couple to the threaded bore of the bonnet. A valve stem is to move through the housing to control the movement of the roller assembly and the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Richard James Anagnos, Paul A. Day, Ernest Souliere
  • Patent number: 9303786
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to an autonomous controllable valve system for providing turbulent flow to a cleaning solution during a valve-cleaning operation, the valve system includes a valve and a valve controller, the valve has an MR sensor array arranged to receive a magnetic field from a magnet coupled to the valve stem, the MR sensor array generating signals indicative of a valve stem position, the valve controller receiving the position signals and generating a control signal for a valve actuator to move the valve stem to a cleaning position between a closed position and a maximal-open position. The cleaning position may be less than twenty percent of a distance between the closed position and the maximal open position. In an illustrative embodiment, the cleaning position may be predetermined to cause a turbulent flow of the cleaning solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Christophe Le Moing, Andy Mark Nicol, Pascal Schweizer, Kenneth Allan
  • Patent number: 9303785
    Abstract: An automatic detecting and repairing wisdom valve apparatus includes a valve having a valve sheet; a valve switch connected to the valve sheet through a stem; a driver connected the valve switch; a position detector for detecting positions of the valve sheet with respect to time; a near field controller connected to the driver and the position detector and has a logic unit and a comparator; the logic unit storing rules for determining valve state; a far end control unit for receiving data about the valve; the far end control unit being monitored by monitoring members; and a fault elimination unit; the fault elimination unit storing rules for eliminating of faults about the valve automatically or reporting the faults to the far end monitoring members to do necessary actions. The comparator compares the position-time track of the valve sheet with the standard track the state of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: JDV CONTROL VALVES CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yi-Ming Fan
  • Patent number: 9273799
    Abstract: A device that can be attached to the outlet of a gas cylinder, which can monitor the amount of gas in the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Zachary Fowler, Stephan Gamard, Murat Gunay, Paul Oetinger
  • Patent number: 9249639
    Abstract: A well drilling sub has a body with a threaded upper end for connection into a drill pipe string and a threaded lower end for connection and rotation with an earth boring bit. An axial passage in the body conveys drilling fluid to an outlet in the earth boring bit. Diverting nozzles in the body are in fluid communication with the axial passage. Each nozzle diverts and discharges a portion of the drilling fluid being pumped down the axial passage. Each diverting nozzle has a nozzle axis that points upward and outward and also at a oblique angle. The oblique angle lags a radial plane considering a direction of rotation of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Rite Increaser, LLC
    Inventor: E. Edward Rankin
  • Patent number: 9227738
    Abstract: A system and method to diagnosis an actuator of a flight control system. The system and method includes interfacing a diagnostic computer to the flight control system, commanding movement of an actuator with the diagnostic computer via the flight control system, measuring performance of the actuator via the diagnostic computer, and comparing the measured performance of the actuator with allowable performance values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Wittmaak, Jr., Jayme Gonzalez, Charles Eric Covington, Carlos Fenny
  • Patent number: 9194773
    Abstract: A sampling and blockage removal tool for mounting at a drain point of a pipeline or vessel isolation has a body, a connection valve mounted on the body and having a threaded fitting for threadably engaging in a threaded opening provided in the isolation valve of a pipeline and for securing the tool in fluid communication with the isolation valve, and a sampling tube extendable into the body. The tube is formed as hollow rod having an outer thread. A hand wheel is rotatably secured to the body without a possibility of longitudinal displacement relative thereto and has an inner thread cooperating with the outer thread of the sampling tube for longitudinally displacing the tube in opposite directions. At an end of the sampling tube remote from the body a valve structure is provided for controlling fluid flow through the sampling tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Nasser Hassan Mohammed Al Najrani
  • Patent number: 9194791
    Abstract: A system for determining a hydraulic seal coefficient of friction of a hydraulic cylinder includes a force sensor to provide a force signal indicative of a force of the cylinder. A controller is configured to receive a plurality of first force signals at a first load and determine a first friction force and receive a plurality of second force signals at a second load and determine a second friction force. A hydraulic seal coefficient of friction is determined based at least in part upon the first friction force and the second friction force. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Faivre, Yongliang Zhu, Drew A. Fehr
  • Patent number: 9162806
    Abstract: The system and method discloses a cleanable connector system for a Bag-In-Box (“BIB”) type package having a valve arrangement that prevents the mixing of product within the bag and in the line. Various embodiments provide a connector system including a valve arrangement having a line-side valve and a bag-side valve, wherein the valve arrangement allows connection to a bag and to a line-side connector while preventing the product within the bag and in the line from mixing. The system improves the user experience by only requiring a relatively weak connection force between the line-side valve and the bag-side valve. The system and method improves the shelf life of products within the bag and reduces the risk of contamination of the bag, the line, and the product within the bag by minimizing the risk of introducing biological and other foreign material into the system when connecting the bag and the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Michael Fishel, Ian Darby, Chris Bowers
  • Patent number: 9092019
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for analyzing effects of friction on process control devices are disclosed herein. An example method includes determining a value corresponding to friction of an actuator and a process control device to be operated by the actuator, and determining a value indicative of an effect of the friction on operation of the process control device via the actuator based on the value corresponding to the friction and a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Shawn William Anderson
  • Patent number: 9085399
    Abstract: A system and method for connecting a fluid within a product container such as a bag to a product dispenser. The system and method, more particularly, discloses a cleanable connector system for a Bag-In-Box (“BIB”) type package having a valve arrangement that prevents the mixing of product within the bag and in the line. Various embodiments provide a connector system including a valve arrangement having a line-side valve and a bag-side valve, wherein the valve arrangement allows connection to a bag and to a line-side connector while preventing the product within the bag and in the line from mixing. The system and method improves the shelf life of products contained within the bag and reduces the risk of contamination of the bag, the line, and the product contained within the bag by minimizing the risk of introducing biological and other foreign material into the system when connecting the bag and the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Michael Fishel, Ian Darby, Chris Bowers
  • Patent number: 9080924
    Abstract: Equipment and methodology are provided for performing seat leakage detection on a valve assembly including at least two valves to be tested, wherein, while both of the valve assembly valves remain closed, at least a first shut off valve of a plurality of shut off valves is closed to enable flow of fluid through manifold passages of a plurality of manifold passages to test the first valve of the valve assembly valves and, subsequently, at least another shut off valve of the plurality of shut off valves is closed to enable flow of fluid through manifold passage of the plurality of manifold passages to test the second valve of the valve assembly valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Welker, Brian Zabel, Gregory Todd Filkovski
  • Patent number: 9032781
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a gate valve including a body, a stem, and a sensing bore. A subassembly includes a body, a stem, and a sensing bore; a bonnet contacting the body; and at least one of a vein and a plug in the sensing bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Leo W. Fleury, Normand James Roy, James Ola Williams, Kenneth A. Clark
  • Publication number: 20150129060
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a universal capacitance-type touch inductive switch assembly for a faucet, comprising: an adjustable locking component, which is formed by a conductive metallic material and is locked to a faucet spout; a control circuit board, which is provided with a capacitance-type touch unit, wherein touch electrodes of said capacitance-type touch unit are connected with said adjustable locking component through a touch circuit; a solenoid valve, which is arranged in a water supply line of the faucet, wherein said control circuit board controls opening and closing of said solenoid valve according to a touch signal from the capacitance-type touch unit; and a power supply module, which supplies power to said control circuit board and said solenoid valve. The switch assembly of the present invention can be installed in a manner compatible with all existing metal faucets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ZHUHAI EDISON ECOTECH CORPORATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuanhong YANG
  • Patent number: 9021867
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a gate valve including a body and a sensing bore. A subassembly includes a body with a sensing bore; a bonnet contacting the body; and at least one of a vein and a plug in the sensing bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Leo W. Fleury, Normand James Roy, James Ola Williams, Kenneth A. Clark
  • Publication number: 20150114474
    Abstract: A method for regulating water output from a faucet is presented. The method includes receiving an input at a plurality of sensors, transmitting a signal to a control unit in response to receiving the input, controlling, via the control unit, at least a temperature or volume of water in response to the signal received at the plurality of sensors, outputting the water via a water output device, and outputting, via a display module, a visual indicator for at least the temperature or the volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Ralph BEDOLLA, Maria BLOCK, Chun-Hui YEH