Fluid Pressure Responsive Indicator, Recorder Or Alarm Patents (Class 137/557)
  • Patent number: 10697262
    Abstract: A system for continuously circulating fluid in a wellbore includes a control system comprising a memory, a power source, and a user interface, along with a drill string subassembly having an inlet and an outlet, and defining a flow path from the inlet to the outlet. The conduit includes a lateral port to the flow path between the inlet and the outlet. The drill string subassembly also as a first valve that controls flow to the flow path from the lateral port and a second valve that controls flow to the flow path from the inlet. The drill string subassembly may also include a sensor that generates a fluid coupling signal responsive to a coupling between the lateral port and secondary fluid supply source, and includes a synchronous actuation member configured open the first valve and close the second valve in response to, for example, the fluid coupling signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Troy Gosney
  • Patent number: 10673690
    Abstract: Connectivity loss on a storage network may be reliably determined. For one or more host ports connected to a storage system, the frequency with which status communications are received from the host port may be determined. Status communications from a host port then may be monitored to determine if a predefined number of status communications within a predefined period of time have not been received. If so, it may be determined whether a change in storage system permissions concerning use of ports potentially caused the one or more status communications to not be received. If not, it may be determined whether one or more communications associated with a change in configuration of a switch have been received, in which case a predefined amount of time may be allowed to pass to allow the switch change communications to complete; after which status communications from the host port may again be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: John S. Copley, Subin George, Arieh Don
  • Patent number: 10626585
    Abstract: The Sewer Back-flow Preventer Monitor is a device designed to be an add-on to a sewer back-flow preventer valve, otherwise known as a backwater valve. It offers a higher level of protection against flood than that which is offered by a sewer backwater valve without any such device. It uses digital and/or analog electrical sensors, magnetically linked to the flapper, to determine the precise flapper position of a backwater valve and will warn a user of a municipal sewer backup and or back-flow. As well, it will provide an alert when a cleaning is necessary and informs users when a sewer backwater valve has successfully closed during an event. It is a cost effective solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Aaron Dale Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10577885
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for a configurable blowout preventer (BOP) system for use in oil and gas operations. According to an embodiment, a BOP system can include two or more modular BOP ram cavity sets, each of the BOP ram cavity sets having at least one BOP ram cavity; one or more frame levels, each of the frame levels separating each of the BOP ram cavity sets and coupling each of the BOP ram cavity sets together; and a plurality of hydraulic piping fluidly connected to each of the BOP ram cavity sets, the plurality of hydraulic piping configured to drive operation of the BOP ram cavity sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hydril USA Distribution LLC
    Inventors: David Joseph Drobniak, Viral Shah, Wanda Roark
  • Patent number: 10502455
    Abstract: A system to reduce standby losses in a hot water heater is presented. The system utilizes a dual safety relay valve between the combination gas controller and the burner. The dual safety relay valve bypasses gas to a rotary damper actuator valve to position a damper flapper valve located over/inside the flue pipe. Once the flapper valve has opened to ensure combustion, the gas is allowed to flow back to the dual safety relay valve. Some of the bypass gas may be diverted to boost the pilot or to supply a booster. The dual safety relay valve is then opened to allow the gas supply to the burner. Once the burner is turned off, bypass gas bleeds out of the rotary damper actuator valve to close the damper flapper valve to reduce standby losses through the flue pipe, and to allow the dual safety relay valve to close tightly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Invensys Controls Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Mervyn Whitford, Brendon John Ruwoldt, Juraj Gacsay
  • Patent number: 10502330
    Abstract: A safety valve for a cleaning device for a milking installation for milking milk-providing animals having a pair of block valves, a bleed valve, a sliding hollow piston, and a drive unit that are adjustable between a blocking position in which the blocking valves are closed and the bleed valve is open and a throughput position in which the blocking valves are open and the vent valve is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Balkenhol
  • Patent number: 10443880
    Abstract: The present invention allows for a combination valve in a hydronic HVAC system that functions as an isolation valve; a check valve; and as a device for measuring fluid parameters, such as flow rate, pressure, and/or temperature, and also allows for the isolation valve to be configured in the field to be mounted either in a straight 180° or an angled 90° orientation, as well as at an intermediate angle. The new combination of isolation valve, check valve, with embedded sensors for flow rate, pressure, and/or temperature measurement provides a more compact product envelope that achieves space savings, e.g., by eliminating the need for separate components in an HVAC system, such as separate isolation valves, check valves, flow meters, pressure gages, and/or thermometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Fluid Handling LLC
    Inventors: Stanley Paul Evans, Mrinalini Litoriya, Mahesh Nair, Florin Rosca, Deep Trambadia, Amitkumar Welekar
  • Patent number: 10414671
    Abstract: Modular pure water systems are provided that have a tank and a cover assembly, wherein the tank and cover assembly are configured to removably receive therebetween one or more expansion tubes in a fluid tight manner to allow for selective volume expansion of the pure water system. Also provided are purification media bags for pure water systems that have a shape, construction, and/or material that mitigates the flow of water between the outer wall of the bag and an inner wall of the pure water systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Kai Hirsch, Paul Adams, Anthony Sgroi, Jr., Bryan Lee Roberts, Jr., Robert Camp, Michael Blum
  • Patent number: 10408239
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multiple coupling manifold comprising a plurality of housings configured to accommodate an equal number of hydraulic couplings. The manifold according to the invention is characterized in that it comprises first and second hydraulic connection means configured to hydraulically connect said manifold to the hydraulic circuit present on the machine once the manifold is mounted on the machine, and is further characterized in that it comprises a first hydraulic connection pipe, which connects said first hydraulic connection means to a first and a second of said housings, and a second hydraulic connection pipe, which connects said second hydraulic connection means to a third and a fourth of said housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Faster S.P.A.
    Inventors: Enrico Carlo Debernardi, Paolo Rusconi
  • Patent number: 10369321
    Abstract: This invention relates to a voice therapy and vocal training device which allows performing both exhalation (phonation and breathing) and inhalation (humidifying and breathing) therapies and to humidify and treat vocal folds of a user. The aim of this invention is to provide a voice therapy and vocal training device which aids in carrying out many features together (all-in-one) such as performing voice trainings, humidification of vocal folds, and being used as an inhalation and a spray device. The voice therapy and vocal training device of the invention prevents water from going down the user's throat during inhalation thanks to its special design. Also disclosed is an oral mask which is able to be used with the voice therapy and vocal training device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DOCTOR VOX SAGLIK HIZMETLERI VE MEDIKAL CIHAZLAR LIMITED SIRKETI
    Inventor: Ilter Denizoglu
  • Patent number: 10352814
    Abstract: A system including a sensing device including a pressure sensor configured to measure pressure of water in a water system of a structure. The sensing device can be configured to generate pressure measurement data representing the pressure of the water as measured by the pressure sensor. The system also can include one or more processing units including one or more processors and one or more non-transitory storage media storing machine executable instructions configured when run on the one or more processors to perform detecting a non-cyclical pressure event corresponding to a water leak in the water system of the structure during a first time period based on an analysis of information including the pressure measurement data. The information analyzed in the analysis does not include any flow measurement data that represents a total amount of flow of the water in the water system of the structure during the first time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PHYN LLC
    Inventors: Miroslav Enev, Salil Banerjee, Shwetak N Patel
  • Patent number: 10352476
    Abstract: A gas purge valve (114A-D) is provided within a fluid system, the valve being configured with one or more sensors (134B) each for sensing and generating one or more signals indicative of parameters associated with the valve. The fluid system further comprises a power source and a transmitting system for transmitting signals from the sensors to a remote control station (130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: A.R.I. FLOW CONTROL ACCESSORIES LTD.
    Inventors: Moshe Aylon, Yoel Bahalul
  • Patent number: 10300178
    Abstract: A method for providing a negative pressure wherein a pump is cycled on and off to achieve a target negative pressure, which is set slightly lower than the therapeutic negative pressure. A device determines the actual pressure by averaging samples which may occur at a different rate than the pump cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: John Buan, Richard Willems
  • Patent number: 10145574
    Abstract: The vent port employs a pair of mated housing parts that define a space for two flap valves. Each flap valve is formed of an aluminum bracket with an aperture for the passage of air and a silicone flap that closes over the aperture. The flap valves are oriented so that gravity enhances the closing of the flaps. Resistors are mounted on the brackets to heat the brackets at a low wattage. In one embodiment, the flap valves are vertically arranged over each other. In another embodiment, the flap valves are horizontally disposed in criss-crossing relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: COMPONENT HARDWARE GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Graham
  • Patent number: 10126193
    Abstract: A differential pressure sensor includes a body having a first end, a second end, and a wall. The first end and second end include isolator diaphragms connected to external first and second process fluid inlets. A MEMS pressure sensor including a pressure sensing diaphragm inside the cylinder has first and second sides coupled to the first and second isolator diaphragms by first and second fill fluid volumes. Sensor elements on the diaphragm are configured to provide, via associated sensor circuitry, an indication of deflection due to pressure differences between the first and second fill volumes. Electrical and fill fluid connections to the differential pressure sensor are made through radial connections in the wall of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Sanden, Odd Harald Steen Eriksen
  • Patent number: 10036511
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method of inspecting and relieving pressure and fluid from a pipeline in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. An adjustable insert is placed within a flange of the pipeline, where the adjustable insert has a valve stem capable of moving into contact with a valve device to regulate fluid or gas from the pipeline and one or more outlets for relieving pressure or withdrawing fluid from the pipeline. The system and method provided are capable of operating in a closed process without loosening or removing a flange of the pipeline, thereby improving pipeline operator safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KPL South Texas, LLC
    Inventors: Troy Allen Dicke, Steven Clay Molmen, Shawn Allen Waidelich
  • Patent number: 10012327
    Abstract: A cage valve, flow trim components, and method for signalling erosion of flow trim. The valve is of the type having flow trim arranged across an inlet bore and aligned with an outlet bore, and including a stationary tubular cage and an internal or external flow control member such as a plug or flow collar slidable along the side wall of the cage to cover or uncover flow ports in the side wall. The flow control member includes an end plate which closes an upstream end of the cage. A cavity is formed in the flow control member upstream of the end plate. A transmitter, such as a proximity beacon, positioned in the cavity transmits a first signal indicative of intact flow trim when no fluid is in the beacon cavity and transmits a zero value signal or no signal indicative of eroded flow trim when fluid enters the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Master Flo Valve Inc.
    Inventors: Larry J. Bohaychuk, Douglas A. Finlayson
  • Patent number: 10006790
    Abstract: A flow-rate measurement assembly for measuring a flow rate of a medium through a measurement pipe, comprising at least one differential-pressure producer, and comprising a differential-pressure measurement transducer for providing a differential-pressure measurement signal, which depends upon the difference between the high-pressure-side media pressure and the low-pressure-side media pressure. The difference is a measure of the flow rate of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Max Jehle, Davide Parrotto
  • Patent number: 9932724
    Abstract: A fluid control device includes a housing and a fluid temperature control assembly. The housing includes a first inlet, a second inlet for receiving a fluid, and a first outlet through which a fluid of a third temperature flows. The fluid temperature control assembly is in the housing, with apertures for regulating fluid communication between a mixing cavity and the first inlet of the housing, apertures communicating with the first outlet. The fluid temperature control assembly modifies properties of the apertures for regulating the amount of fluid having a first temperature relative to the amount of fluid having a second temperature with the mixing cavity, thereby maintaining the fluid discharged from the first outlet at a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPIC LEADER LIMITED
    Inventor: Sai Fai Chan
  • Patent number: 9896962
    Abstract: A system includes a trip manifold assembly (TMA). The TMA includes a plurality of block valves configured to receive a flow of fluid from a hydraulic power unit (HPU), and a plurality of solenoid valves configured to admit the flow of fluid to actuate the plurality of block valves, a plurality of dump valves, and a plurality of relay valves of the TMA. The plurality of solenoid valves is configured to admit a respective portion of the flow of fluid. The plurality of dump valves is configured to depressurize a trip header of the TMA as an output to operate a plurality of stop valves coupled to a turbine system. The TMA is configured to regulate the flow of fluid to control the operation of the plurality of stop valves as a mechanism to interrupt an operation of the turbine system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Troy Gilchrist Wojick, Ricardo Stack, Joe Lisowski, Chris Bradford
  • Patent number: 9870393
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein relates to database middleware for enabling graph processing. A middleware between the graph data and underlying relational or SQL database is proposed. The local properties and topology information of nodes in the graph can be stored in a single node table in the database, thereby eliminating the need for a physical junction table. The middleware may efficiently translate graph queries into SQL queries over related tables. In some examples, the middleware may optimize the translated queries using the topology knowledge which is oblivious to the database query engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Liang Chen
  • Patent number: 9845965
    Abstract: Disclosed is an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) system which comprises a fluid flow duct (1), a fluid flow valve (7) which is arranged therein and has a valve body (5) in the fluid flow duct (1) and a valve motor (15) which moves the valve body (5), a control circuit for activating the valve motor, a sensor (8) in the fluid flow duct (1) and an evaluation module for evaluating signals of the sensor. To produce an automated functional control, the following procedure is adopted: a first actuation signal is preset for the valve motor by the control circuit, and the actuation signal corresponds to a first setpoint position of the valve body (5), registration of a first signal of the sensor (8) by the evaluation module, and determination of a functional diagnosis of the fluid flow valve on the basis of the first signal of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Belimo Holding AG
    Inventors: Frank Lehnert, Peter Schmidlin
  • Patent number: 9834911
    Abstract: A leak detection system for detecting leaks in a fluid plumbing system having a fluid supply line maintained within a predetermined elevated pressure range, at least one normally open supply valve having an actuator integral therewith for closing the valve in response to a supply of electrical power, a normally open circuit having at least one relay to connect the actuator with a source of electrical power, at least one programmable timer positioned opposite the at least one relay, wherein the timer contains a program formulated to initiate an electrical signal to close the relay and complete the circuit to supply electrical power to the actuator to close the supply valve, and at least one normally open pressure switch connected to the circuit and arranged to close when system pressure drops below a set point to complete the circuit and supply electrical power to close the supply valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: William Duke Everhart
  • Patent number: 9816642
    Abstract: A valve integrated pressure regulator (VIPR) device that can be attached to the outlet of a gas cylinder, which can monitor the amount of gas in the cylinder is provided. Features of the disclosed device include an electronic control, electronic alarm and the electronic display that are powered by rechargeable battery that may be disposed within the VIPR shroud or within a removable cylinder base affixed to a bottom of the gas cylinder. Additional functionality and security features may be provided via additional internally disposed sensors and/or wireless or hard-wired communications with one or more auxiliary devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Zachary L. Fowler, Stephan Gamard, Paul K. Oetinger, Murat Gunay, Lloyd A. Brown, Laurie O'Connor, Ashwini K. Sinha
  • Patent number: 9751115
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods for operating a washer, and in preferred embodiments to a washer having a water tank that is integrally, preferably detachably, formed with the washer, wherein the washer comprises a washing chamber for accommodating goods to be cleaned, said washing chamber having in its lower portion a sump for collecting water during operation of the washer, a water inlet, a circulating pump for circulating water through the washing chamber, and a control unit for controlling a washing cycle carried out by the washer. In accordance with the invention, in this method water is fed via the water inlet into the sump; the pressure within an inlet or outlet conduit of the circulating pump is measured; and based on the pressure measurement the washing cycle is controlled and/or indicator signals are issued to a user of the washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Per-Erik Pers, Sarah Tempelmann, Niklas Nordin
  • Patent number: 9606137
    Abstract: A pitot tube includes a wall that extends longitudinally along an axis. The wall defines an inlet aperture at a longitudinal end of the wall, an outlet aperture opposite the inlet aperture, an interior cavity extending from the inlet aperture to an outlet aperture, a passage extending through and perpendicular to the wall having an outlet along an exterior surface of the wall, and an augmenting feature configured to reduce a static pressure at the outlet of the passage. In another embodiment, a wall defines a passage and an augmenting feature that modifies a flow direction of fluid flowing across an outlet of the passage such that a static pressure of the fluid at the outlet is reduced relative to the wall without the augmenting feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Jacob, Guru Prasad Mahapatra, Paul Robert Johnson
  • Patent number: 9599285
    Abstract: A device that can be attached to the outlet of a gas cylinder, which can monitor and display in digital or analog form the pressure of the gas in the cylinder and the interval of time remaining until the amount of gas in the cylinder will reach a predetermined lower threshold at a given flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Zachary Fowler, Stephan Gamard, Murat Gunay, Paul Oetinger
  • Patent number: 9555785
    Abstract: A brake fluid pressure control unit for a vehicle comprises: a hydraulic block that includes a housing containing an internal channel for a first system and an internal channel for a second system, which individually allow communication with a wheel cylinder for a first wheel and a wheel cylinder for a second wheel respectively, and also containing a detected hydraulic pressure inlet hole leading to a pressure receiving part of a pressure sensor. A first hole included in the internal channel for the first system and a second hole included in the internal channel for the second system can selectively be connected to the detected hydraulic pressure inlet hole by machining such that the depth of either the first hole or the second hole is made greater than the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Otake
  • Patent number: 9539602
    Abstract: A sprinkler includes a compartment that surrounds its riser portion in an offset or asymmetrical configuration. More specifically, the distance of the compartments walls from those of the riser vary (i.e., increase or decrease) at different locations surrounding the riser. Put another way, the riser is closer to one side of the compartment than other sides of the compartment. This non-concentric configuration allows larger components to fit inside the compartment than would otherwise fit if the riser was symmetrically surrounded by the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: James T. Wright, III, Steven C. Renquist
  • Patent number: 9476526
    Abstract: A fluid fitting for use with a hydrocarbon production device includes an annular fitting assembly inserted into a port formed in the hydrocarbon production device. A first outer diameter seal is located between the fitting assembly and the port. A packing assembly is located in an annulus between the fitting assembly and an inner surface of the port, defining a second outer diameter seal between the fitting assembly and the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Paul Eugene Cody, Sergio Felipe Meyberg, Andrew Browne Helvenston
  • Patent number: 9447888
    Abstract: An encapsulated valve system includes a first housing portion having a first facing surface, the first facing surface comprising a plurality of branch pathways formed as a recess within the first facing surface. The valve system further includes a second housing portion having a second facing surface, the second facing surface comprising a plurality of branch pathways formed as a recess within the second facing surface. A disposable conduit is configured to be interposed between the first and second housing portions and disposed within the recess of the first facing surface and the recess of the second facing surface. The disposable conduit is thus sandwiched between the first and second facing surfaces. A plurality of pinch valve actuators are mounted on one or both of the first housing portion and the second housing portion, the plurality of pinch valve actuators configured to pinch the disposable conduit at selective branch pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: ALPHINITY, LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Gagne, Steven V. Cates
  • Patent number: 9394928
    Abstract: A system can include one or more valve arrangements with a working chamber to receive a working fluid at a first pressure, and a control chamber to receive fluid at a second pressure. A dynamic seal can be disposed on a land of a valve element. A supply passage can be in communication between the control chamber and a tank and can include a check valve. A relief valve can be disposed between the check valve and the control chamber. A pilot pump and another relief valve may be disposed upstream of the check valve. The relief valve downstream of the check valve can have a higher pressure limit than the downstream one. A pressure sensor may be disposed between the check valve and the control chamber and used to warn the operator of a high pressure in the control chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Beschorner, Aleksandar M. Egelja, Eric Hughes, Mikhail Sorokine
  • Patent number: 9328842
    Abstract: A hydraulic actuating assembly for valves for controlling process fluid flows includes a valve that is operated by an actuator and that is pre-tensioned in the direction of a closing position. The actuator has a pressure chamber which is active in the opening direction and which can be connected to a low pressure by means of three parallel relief paths. A secondary relief path, which can be activated in a test mode, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Tauber, Udo Froehlich
  • Patent number: 9274022
    Abstract: Diagnostic system for bulk well material handling plants that includes multiple fluid flow pathways to transport well materials. The bulk well material handling system includes multiple connections, each connected to a fluid flow pathway. The system also includes a control system connected to the multiple connections and adapted to automatically operate one or more connections of the multiple connections to a fluid flow pathway to analyze a pneumatic integrity of the fluid flow pathway in the bulk material handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Heaton, Elizabeth L. Wells
  • Patent number: 9243990
    Abstract: Example pressure regulators with filter condition detectors are described herein. In one example described here, a regulator includes a body having an inlet and an outlet and a flow control member interposed between the inlet and the outlet to regulate a fluid pressure at the outlet. The example regulator also includes a filter disposed between the inlet and the flow control member and a detector having a first measurement point upstream from the filter and a second measurement point downstream from the filter and upstream from the flow control member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Alan Durant, James Curtis Bagby, Samuel Harold Larsen, Anthony Francis Hartman
  • Patent number: 9103453
    Abstract: A valve shaft apparatus with a rotary valve includes a shaft having a first portion in an opening of a valve body and a second portion in a cavity of a closure member. A first seal is coupled to the first portion to prevent fluid leakage into the opening of the valve body, where the first seal defines a first leakage detection area. A second seal is coupled to the second portion to prevent fluid leakage into the cavity, the second seal is to define a second leakage detection area. A passageway in the shaft is fluidly coupled to the first and second leakage detection areas to provide an indication of fluid leakage past the first seal in the opening or to detect fluid leakage past the second seal in the cavity. The passageway is in fluid communication with a shaft outlet formed in an end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: David Anthony Arnold, David George Halm
  • Publication number: 20150144210
    Abstract: A valve for pressurized fluid, with or without incorporated pressure-reducing valve, comprising a body accommodating a fluid circuit having an upstream end and a downstream end, the circuit comprising an isolation valve element in order to selectively close off the circuit, the valve element being controlled by a lever mounted so as to pivot on the body between a rest position in which the isolation valve element is held in a position of closing the circuit and an active position in which the lever moves the isolation valve element into a position of opening the circuit, the lever provides protection for a functional member mounted on the body of the valve, there is no mechanical collision between the opening and the measuring member, and wherein no portion of the measuring member is within the volume of the lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Renaud LIGONESCHE, Tristan DEBRY, Romuald DE POTTER
  • Publication number: 20150122354
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve for a pressurized fluid system in which a compression spring is used to seal a compression shaft in communication with a front bushing having a O-ring seal is provided. The relief valve automatically relieves overpressure conditions and automatically resets to a closed, leak proof after an overpressure event subsides. The compression shaft is also in communication with an indicator pin, which is pushed out of the body of the relief valve during an overpressure event, and remains pushed out until manually reset, thus indicating that an overpressure event has occurred, even after the overpressure event has subsided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: RON MILLS, DAVID M. MILLS
  • Publication number: 20150121936
    Abstract: A backflow preventer apparatus comprising an inline solenoid valve configured to shut when de-energized, disposed between a closed system desired to be evacuated and a vacuum pump, wherein the inline solenoid valve and vacuum pump share a common source of electrical power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Vincent J. Browning, Mike Heinhorst
  • Patent number: 9022065
    Abstract: The present invention includes pressure event indicators that identify specific pressurized vessels or pipes from which a pressurized fluid has been exhausted, closed pressurized systems that implement such pressure event indicators, and methods of using such pressure event indicators. Embodiments of such pressure event indicators may include a housing having a substantially horizontal elongate passage, a rotatable axle orthogonally passing through the passage, a paddle fixedly attached to the axle having a closed position, an open position, and a shape that is complementary to a portion of the passage and that occludes a portion of the passage when the paddle is in the closed position, and at least one visual indicator outside of the housing and fixedly attached to the axle, where the purpose of the visual indicator is to identify a position of the paddle to an observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jay Kenan Kliewer, Gordon Dean Brandt
  • Publication number: 20150107710
    Abstract: A gas regulator includes a valve block, a pressure regulating assembly, and a metal coil. The valve block includes an input gateway, an output gateway, and a pressure reducing chamber. The metal coil is provided in the pressure reducing chamber. The pressure regulating assembly includes a membrane provided in the pressure reducing chamber, a movable member connected to the membrane, and a shielding member connected to the movable member, wherein the movable member has a magnetic element received in the metal coil. The membrane deforms with gas pressure changes of a connected gas source, and makes the movable member move the shielding member to change an output gas flow of the input gateway. The magnetic element is then moved relatively to the metal coil to generate an induced emf, which precisely indicates the gas pressure changes of the gas source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: GRAND MATE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHUNG-CHIN HUANG, CHIN-YING HUANG, HSIN-MING HUANG, HSING-HSIUNG HUANG
  • Publication number: 20150102512
    Abstract: A system and method for safely enabling the delivery of at least one gas line to at least one point of use in a facility by using a vacuum system and a gas delivery system wherein the gas delivery system is housed within the vacuum system is disclosed herein. An interior volume of a conduit containing therein at least one gas line is maintained at reduced pressure as one end of the gas line connects to a gas source and another end of the gas line connects to a point of use. By using a conduit to enclose the individual gas lines and using a single feed line for each gas, the embodiments disclosed herein reduce the number of individual gas lines that need to be run through a facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis L. DeMARS
  • Patent number: 8991423
    Abstract: Fuel interface modules that can be used in automotive vehicle fuel systems can include a body that defines a fuel channel and a plurality of ports through which fluid communication with the fuel channel can be established. Some modules include a check valve, a shutoff valve, and a coalescing filter assembly that are each coupled with a separate port. The fuel modules can be quickly installed and can eliminate many of the installing materials typically associated with automotive vehicle fuel systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Go Natural CNG, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew M. Matsukawa
  • Publication number: 20150083245
    Abstract: An isolation manifold includes a manifold body, a process connection at a first end of the manifold body, a pressure transmitter connection at a second end of the manifold body, a passageway through the manifold body, an isolation valve, and a pressure limiting device. The process connection is for fluidly connecting the isolation manifold to a process vessel or conduit containing a process fluid. The pressure transmitter connection is for fluidly connecting the isolation manifold to a pressure transmitter. The passageway fluidly connects the process connection to the pressure transmitter connection. The isolation valve is operable to selectively block the passageway to isolate the process connection from the pressure transmitter connection. The pressure limiting device fluidly connects to the passageway between the isolation valve and the pressure transmitter connection. The manifold may preferably include a pressure snubber within the passageway to increase the flow impedance of the passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Hedtke
  • Patent number: 8985143
    Abstract: A valve includes a valve stem assembly including at least one wall and at least one passage at least partially defined within the valve stem assembly. The at least one passage defines a first opening. At least one portion of the at least one wall defines an erosion site that is configured to undergo contact with solid particles such that a second opening of the passage is defined. The valve also includes at least one sensing device coupled in flow communication with the at least one passage through the first opening. The at least one sensing device is configured to transmit a signal representative of an increased fluid flow through the at least one passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: General ELectric Company
    Inventors: Guido Felice Forte, Jr., David Ernest Welch, Edward Leo Kudlacik
  • Patent number: 8978692
    Abstract: A pilot valve (2) for controlling operation of a hydraulically-actuated pressure reducing valve, the pilot valve including a housing (4), and a first valve member (15) mounted in the housing for longitudinal movement along an axis relative to the housing and to a second valve member (22) in response to the outlet pressure of the pressure reducing valve. The first valve member is provided with an aperture (20) and the second valve member comprises a closure portion which varies the effective flow cross section of the aperture in accordance with relative longitudinal movement between the first and second valve members. An adjuster (26) controls the relative rotational position of the first and second valve members, the closure portion having a profile such that relative rotation between the first and second valve members causes the closure portion to vary the effective flow cross section of the aperture (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: i20 Water Limited
    Inventors: Roger Heron, Andrew Roland Burrows
  • Patent number: 8978690
    Abstract: An automatic condensate line purging device for HVAC condensation lines using pressurized gas. The purging device is installed in the condensate drain line of an air conditioning system allowing condensate flow through the device during normal operation where no clog has occurred in the condensate drain line. Should the drain line become clogged, a plug is displaced to seal the condensate drain causing the condensate to back-up up into the external condensate drain pan located beneath the condenser of conventional HVAC systems. When the drain pan fills with water, the safety float switch used to shut down the air conditioner is coupled to a solenoid valve mounted on the purging device wherein a charge of gas is directed into the drain line for removal of the clog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Safe-T-Flush Corp
    Inventors: Austin J. Hubbard, Sr., Louisa E. Winter
  • Publication number: 20150068621
    Abstract: A gas pressure regulator is disclosed that includes a reciprocating piston that engages and disengages from a seat to open the higher pressure and lower pressure sides of the regulator to one another. The regulator includes an elastomer seal between the seat and the piston that has an ignition rating sufficient to avoid combustion in the presence of oxygen at pressure differentials that are a factor of between 5 and 10 between the higher pressure and lower pressure sides of the regulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Brian Conner, William Clinton Osteen, Mark Kendrick Hamm, John Byron Miller
  • Patent number: 8973602
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas shutoff device that prevents tampering procurement of gas or tamper due to stealing of the gas shutoff device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Yokohata
  • Publication number: 20150065969
    Abstract: A vacuum pressure regulator system is provided for use in association with a vacuum system in which a vacuum is employed for healthcare purposes, for assisting in monitoring and regulating the vacuum pressure, and having a manual pressure control valve to adjust the treatment vacuum pressure supplied to the patient, a vacuum pressure sensor to sense the treatment vacuum pressure for the patient in the system, and producing a treatment vacuum pressure signal, a sampling circuit which intermittently samples the pressure signal generated by the pressure sensor and generate sampling signals, an electrically powered pressure display circuit, and digital pressure display, for receiving the sampling signals and providing a visible display, and a non-mains power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: David Stinson