Inspection Means Patents (Class 137/559)
  • Patent number: 9500294
    Abstract: An apparatus for overriding a valve actuator to move a valve stem to a second position includes an override body with a central axis. A piston is located within the override body. A bushing is non-rotatably carried within the override body. An override shaft is in threaded engagement with the bushing and extends through a sealed orifice in the override body. Fluid pressure applied to the piston causes the bushing to engage the valve actuator and push the valve stem, and alternatively, rotation applied to the override shaft causes the bushing to move linearly to engage the valve actuator and push the valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Christopher Taylor Herman, Mark Anthony Viator, Keith Adams, Fauad Saleem
  • Patent number: 9468236
    Abstract: An inflatable bra having a bladder in each cup, and a switchable valve built into the bra for allowing the bladders to be inflated one at a time, or together. A separate handheld pump can be connected to the switchable valve for inflating each bladder, or deflating each bladder. A control band is attached under each bra cup and spans the gore of the bra to maintain the bra cups from spreading apart, and a mesh material provides a stiffening agent in each bra cup to counteract bulging of the bra at the locations of the bladders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Raymond C. Sherry
  • Patent number: 9457314
    Abstract: A fluid separation apparatus is described, including a casing and a separation module. The casing includes a mixed fluid inlet, a separated fluid outlet through which a selectively separated fluid is discharged, and a residual fluid outlet. The separation module has a set of serially arranged separation elements disposed therein and is insertable into the casing from an end of the casing. The separation module includes a first connection jig disposed between adjacent separation elements, second connection jigs disposed at two ends of the set of serially arranged separation elements, and a coupling jig coupling the first and the second connection jigs to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: JGC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Syuichi Oguro, Nobuhiro Yamada, Yasushi Fujimura
  • Patent number: 9037281
    Abstract: In the method and apparatus of the invention, the process point is taken into account when the condition and performance of a control valve are monitored. In the condition monitoring of the valve, process measurements are used in addition to measurements inside the valve in such a manner that the process measurements identify the operating point at which the valve operates, and the measurements inside the valve are observed at these operating points to detect changes and to determine the condition of the valve. According to an aspect of the invention, the variables representing the operating point of an industrial process are considered when changes in the friction load of the valve and/or the load factor of the actuator are observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: METSO FLOW CONTROL OY
    Inventors: Jouni Pyötsiä{umlaut over ( )}, Harri Cederlöf, Mats Friman
  • Publication number: 20150107705
    Abstract: A poppet valve assembly is provided for use on a fuel tanker truck which enables the truck's driver to determine whether fuel is present in the valve assembly. The valve assembly has a housing which has a sight glass secured therein. The sight glass is visible through cut-outs in the housing. If the driver observes liquid in the valve assembly, the driver may drain the valve assembly to avoid spilling the liquid prior to opening the poppet valve assembly. When the poppet valve assembly is opened, vapor flows through a flow channel in the poppet valve assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Dixon Valve and Coupling Company
    Inventor: Richard L. Fahl
  • Patent number: 8985048
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus and method for visual identification of valves in multi valve distribution and transmission systems, and particularly for municipal utility infrastructures such as mainline, connection, drain, pressure district, pressure regulating and pressure sustaining valves. In an embodiment, color coded valve box inserts are made to specifications, inserted and secured into place at the opening of multiple valve boxes to easily and accurately identify the different types or sizes of valves. Each color represents a different type or size of valve, as established by the municipality. A color coding chart identifying the different types or sizes of valves may be placed at each point of access to the valves to assist in identification of the different types of valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Perin, Jeremy Leyland Hunt
  • Publication number: 20150047715
    Abstract: A valve assembly for use in a fuel dispensing system is provided. More particularly, a valve assembly is provided having a body defining a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, with a channel extending therebetween for a flow of fluid. The valve assembly also includes a test port extending from the valve body and defining a downstream end. The test port is in fluid communication with the channel of the valve body. Additionally, a test port valve is included positioned upstream from the downstream end of the test port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: James C. Foster
  • Publication number: 20150013791
    Abstract: A valve body in a passage of a housing connected to a through hole in a sealed machine casing can allow an inspection apparatus into an interior of the casing when open, and prevents fluid flow through the passage when closed. Seals can engage the inspection apparatus to prevent fluid flow through the passage during inspection or inspection apparatus movement. A guide conduit in the casing can include branches and can guide the inspection apparatus to multiple inspection sites. Guide marks can identify the branches to assist with navigation within the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel Lawrence Banowetz, Jordan Christopher Baker, Thomas James Batzinger, Anthony James George, Ronald Irving Longwell, Matthew Peter Scoffone, Daniel David Soloway
  • Patent number: 8915265
    Abstract: A double-walled above-ground storage tank includes a primary tank and a secondary tank, and an interstitial space; an containment chamber formed by a primary chamber wall and a secondary chamber wall, forming a chamber interstitial space therebetween, and an exterior door assembly; and at least one pipe and valve assembly wherein the pipe originates in the tank interior volume and the valve is disposed within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Envirovault Corporation
    Inventor: Russ Hebblethwaite
  • Publication number: 20140318645
    Abstract: A microfluidic chip having a micro channel for processing a sample is provided. The micro channel may focus the sample by using focusing fluid and a core stream forming geometry. The core stream forming geometry may include a lateral fluid focusing component and one or more vertical fluid focusing components. A microfluidic chip may include a plurality micro channels operating in parallel on a microfluidic chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: CYTONOME/ST, LLC
    Inventors: Erin Koksal, Johnathan Charles Sharpe, Kristopher Scott Buchanan, Blair D. Morad
  • Patent number: 8863767
    Abstract: A valve assembly, including a seat and a flapper complementarily formed with respect to the seat for creating a seal at an interface therebetween. At least one shim is operatively disposed in the valve assembly for altering a position of the flapper relative to the seat in at least one direction for aligning the flapper and the seat at the interface. A method of aligning the flapper and seat of a valve assembly is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Wade A. Miller, Robert J. Dyer, Michael L. Hair, Thomas S. Myerley, Leonard D. Medill, Matthew P. Presley
  • Publication number: 20140290763
    Abstract: Force control system. The system includes a first pair of permanent magnets for providing a normal force on the wheel of a robot adapted for n-pipe inspections. A second pair of magnets is provided with opposite polarity so that a rotor containing magnets may be rotated with a minimum of torque required and therefore with a minimum of energy expended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Changrak Choi, Dimitrios Chatzigeorgiou, Rached Ben-Mansour, Kamal Youcef-Toumi
  • Publication number: 20140287451
    Abstract: In accordance with the purpose(s) of the present disclosure, as embodied and broadly described herein, embodiments of the present disclosure, in one aspect, relate to a device (or “flow chamber”), methods of making a device, methods of using a device, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: University of Florida Research Foundation, Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter S. McFetridge
  • Patent number: 8839815
    Abstract: A gas valve assembly may include an electronic valve controller secured relative to a valve body. The electronic controller may be configured to count each operational cycle of the gas valve and maintain a cumulative count of the number of operational cycles experienced by the gas valve in a memory, such as a non-volatile memory. In some cases, the non-volatile memory may also store one or more operational cycle threshold values that may be retrieved and compared to the cumulative count of the number of operational cycles experienced by the gas valve. In some instances, where the cumulative count of the number of operational cycles experienced by the gas valve meets and/or exceeds the threshold number of operational cycles, the gas valve may be prevented from opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Young, David Kucera, Donald J. Kasprzyk
  • Publication number: 20140182687
    Abstract: Embodiments of hybrid microfluidic assemblies comprise at least one microstructure that is formed of transparent material and is substantially free of non-transparent material and further comprise at least one microstructure that is formed of non-transparent material and is substantially free of transparent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Roland Guidat, Olivier Lobet, Paulo Gasper Jorge Marques, Pierre Woehl
  • Patent number: 8727316
    Abstract: A knife gate valve for specific environments comprises a knife valve with a body, a hand wheel, a yoke sleeve, a gland packing, a gland bushing, a stem, a wedge gate, seating surfaces and the like. All internal components of the device are provided with a high quality elastomeric liner. This surface is present on wetted surfaces such as body, seat and wedge surfaces exposed to the controlled material. This feature provides corrosion resistance, long life, and reduces leakage when compared to conventional valves. Its new style of internal design provides waterproof resistance for virtually types of industrial applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Hong Yan Miao, Wanqiang Wang
  • Patent number: 8701693
    Abstract: A check valve includes a valve body having a valve seat, a diffuser, a disc coupled to the diffuser, and a compression spring. The diffuser is positioned inside the valve body and has a forward face. The disc is coupled to and movable relative to the diffuser and has an upstream face and a downstream face. The compression spring biases the disc into a normally open position during forward flow. A check valve apparatus further comprises at least one test bore through the valve member in communication with the disc. A method for testing the operation of a passive check valve is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Corp
    Inventors: Abraham Shelcoviz, Haykaz Mkrtchyan
  • Patent number: 8695639
    Abstract: A micro fluidic probe head includes a first layer, a second layer, and a first tubing port extending from an upper face of the first layer. The first layer has a first via, enabling fluid communication between the first port and a lower face of the first layer. The second layer includes a first aperture on a face, and a first microchannel enabling fluid communication between an upper face of the second layer, facing the lower face of the first layer, and the first aperture. The head enables fluid communication between the first via and the first microchannel. At least a portion of the first microchannel is a groove open on the upper face of the second layer, closed by a portion of a lower face of a layer of the head. The probe head further comprises a second tubing port, a second via, a second aperture and a second micro channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Emmanuel Delamarche, Ute Drechsler, Robert Lovchik
  • Patent number: 8695641
    Abstract: A microfluidic probe head includes a first layer, a second layer, and a first tubing port extending from an upper face of the first layer. The first layer has a first via, enabling fluid communication between the first port and a lower face of the first layer. The second layer includes a first aperture on a face, and a first microchannel enabling fluid communication between an upper face of the second layer, facing the lower face of the first layer, and the first aperture. The head enables fluid communication between the first via and the first microchannel. At least a portion of the first microchannel is a groove open on the upper face of the second layer, closed by a portion of a lower face of a layer of the head. The probe head further comprises a second tubing port, a second via, a second aperture and a second microchannel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Emmanuel Delamarche, Ute Drechsler, Robert Lovchik
  • Patent number: 8671971
    Abstract: An apparatus for indicating a leak in a beverage dispensing system and sealing a leak in a beverage dispensing system includes a deactivating means including a channel, a sealing ball, a sealing element and a reset means. The sealing ball and sealing element are located within the channel. When a leak is present, the sealing ball is moved from its resting position. Once the leak reaches a predetermined level, the sealing ball is pressed against the sealing element by the force of the gas in the chamber. This seals the chamber and prevents further gas flow through the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Meier
  • Patent number: 8636023
    Abstract: A fire suppression wet pipe system air vent assembly and method of venting air from a fire suppression wet pipe system includes providing a primary air vent valve having an inlet and an outlet. The primary air vent inlet is adapted to be connected with a fire suppression wet pipe system and is configured to vent air, but not water, from its outlet. A secondary air vent valve having an inlet and an outlet is provided. The secondary air vent valve is configured to vent air, but not water, from its outlet. A fluid conduit connects the primary air vent valve outlet with the secondary air vent valve inlet. The second air vent valve provides failsafe air venting upon the failure of the primary air vent valve. A fluid indicator may be provided that indicates the presence of fluid in the conduit. The presence of an appreciable amount of fluid in the conduit is an indication of likely failure of the primary air vent valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Engineered Corrosion Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Burkhart, Edward A. Schultz
  • Patent number: 8622058
    Abstract: A medical air tubing and anti-mismatch fluid distribution system is provided for preventing the inadvertent connection of a feed line to an incorrect source of fluid. The fluid distribution system includes an adapter that is connected permanently to the fluid supply and has an outlet end that is compatible with a coupling member on the feed line. The coupling member on the feed line is compatible with the adapter but is not compatible with the other coupling member of the second fluid supply. A feed line assembly includes a feed line with a connector fixed to a first end and a nebulizer or other medical device fixed to a second end to form a one piece, integrally formed unit. The second fluid supply can include an adapter that is different from the first adapter so that the coupling members of the feed lines are compatible only with the appropriate adapter for the desired fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Respan Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard A. Hacke, Cornel C. Hacke
  • Patent number: 8622078
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for tapping into a pressurized multiple strings of coaxially situated tubulars for wells and/or platforms which have overturned wherein the tapping occurs underwater via a diver or remotely operated vehicle. The assembly includes a tapping tool connectable to the tubular via a saddle connection and an adjustable tapping clamp with adjustable support/locking feet, compression plate with view ports, and angularly adjustable hot tapping system, along with a drill/saw system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: TETRA Applied Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Harry McGraw, Leslie M. Bland, Daniel S. Bangert, Mark F. Gravouia, Rizal Masingkan
  • Patent number: 8616074
    Abstract: A fitting for inserting a pig into a pipeline. The fitting comprises a cast body having a first end for connecting to a first end of a pipeline and a second end for connecting to a second end of the pipeline. The cast body further comprises a third end arranged at a predetermined angle to the first and second end of the cast body. A retractable guide within the cast body can be at least partially inserted into a run portion of the cast body for delivery or retrieval of the pig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Team Industrial Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Kearns, Roel Delgado, Jr., Christian G. Larsen
  • Publication number: 20130340832
    Abstract: A valve assembly including a plurality of control systems. A member is included that is actuatable by each of the control systems for controlling operation of the valve assembly. A plurality of tangs is included with at least one tang corresponding to each control system. A plurality of windows each having a shoulder is included, each tang disposed in one of the windows and selectively engagable with the shoulder of the one of the windows. The tangs and the windows are operative together to enable actuation forces to be selectively transferred from any group of selected ones of the control systems to the member via the tangs and the shoulders of corresponding ones of the windows for actuating the member while simultaneously permitting relative movement between the windows and the tangs corresponding to unselected ones of the control systems. A method of operating a valve assembly is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Donald Lauderdale
  • Publication number: 20130293886
    Abstract: In an arrangement to optically illuminate and/or to perform measurements in a sample stream through a flange which is arranged in the sample stream and closes off a hollow space against the sample stream, there is a continuous loss of material due to abrasion of wall particles, and the flange therefore has to be exchanged on a regular basis. The invention has the purpose of reducing the wear on the flange. To meet this objective, a part of the wall extending along a closed loop around the hollow space (3) consists of an elastomeric body (2.3). This concept makes it possible for the flange or at least for a part of the flange to elastically back away under a concentrated load. Thus, the rate of abrasion of the wall by the sample stream is reduced, because a large part of the incoming energy is converted to heat in the elastomeric body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: CARL ZEISS MICROSCOPY GMBH
    Inventors: Nico Correns, Marion Sobe
  • Patent number: 8566989
    Abstract: A clothing treating apparatus and a method of controlling such an apparatus are provided. The clothing treating apparatus may make use of a draining function which may be automatically or manually performed after determining whether or not water received in a detachable water supply tank may be re-used or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hea Kyung Yoo, Dae Yun Park, Jong Seok Kim, Dong Won Kim, Sog Kie Hong
  • Publication number: 20130240051
    Abstract: A valve assembly, including a seat and a flapper complementarily formed with respect to the seat for creating a seal at an interface therebetween. At least one shim is operatively disposed in the valve assembly for altering a position of the flapper relative to the seat in at least one direction for aligning the flapper and the seat at the interface. A method of aligning the flapper and seat of a valve assembly is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Wade A. Miller, Robert J. Dyer, Michael L. Hair, Thomas S. Myerley, Leonard D. Medill, Matthew P. Presley
  • Patent number: 8528594
    Abstract: Hydraulic system with a hydraulic machine, in particular an axial piston or radial piston unit, with rotating and moving machine components which are arranged in a housing. The housing is connected to a high-pressure and a low-pressure line of a working circuit, which is supplied with pressure fluid by means of a charge pump. The leakage fluid which occurs in the housing collects in a leakage fluid reservoir which is arranged below the rotating and moving hydraulic machine components in the working position of the hydraulic machine and is connected fluidically to the housing. The leakage fluid is pumped out of the leakage fluid reservoir into the low-pressure line of the working circuit by the charge pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sauer-Danfoss Inc.
    Inventor: Wilhelm Gollner
  • Patent number: 8506761
    Abstract: An assembly for recycling a solvent from a contaminated solvent solution includes a recycler module including a distillation assembly and an air handler assembly. The distillation assembly includes a distiller and a conduit that includes a condenser and a sight glass. The air handler assembly includes a duct having an intake port, an exhaust port and a source of air flow. The condenser is disposed within the duct and the sight glass is disposed external to the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Publ, David Kisela, Tim Rothwell, Greg Merz, Gary Myers
  • Patent number: 8470137
    Abstract: An assembly for recycling a solvent from a contaminated solvent solution includes a reservoir module connected to a recycler module. The reservoir module includes a mounted reservoir including an interior volume and a removable lid that reduces the interior volume and includes an access port. The recycler module includes a distillation assembly and an air handler assembly. The distillation assembly includes a distiller and a conduit including a condenser and a sight glass. The air handler assembly includes a duct having an intake port, an exhaust port and a source of air flow. The condenser is disposed within the duct and the sight glass is disposed external to the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Publ, David Kisela, Tim Rothwell, Greg Merz, Gary Myers
  • Patent number: 8470136
    Abstract: An assembly for removing contaminants from objects and recycling a solvent from a contaminated solvent solution includes a parts washer assembly including a container for a contaminated solvent solution and a recycling assembly that includes a reservoir module connected to a recycler module. The reservoir module includes a mounted reservoir including an interior volume and a removable lid that reduces the interior volume and includes an access port. The recycler module includes a distillation assembly and an air handler assembly. The distillation assembly includes a distiller and a conduit including a condenser and a sight glass. The air handler assembly includes a duct having an intake port, an exhaust port and a source of air flow. The condenser is disposed within the duct and the sight glass is disposed external to the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Publ, David Kisela, Tim Rothwell, Greg Merz, Gary Myers
  • Patent number: 8464744
    Abstract: A water sensor and activation assembly including a paper element to sense the presence of water leaks from appliances such as clothes washing machines, refrigerator ice makers and the like, and to cause an associated water shutoff valve to turn off the source of water leakage. The water sensor, in conjunction with the shutoff valve, operates without any electrical power requirement. The design allows the water sensor to operate in a high humidity environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Robert C. Franklin
  • Publication number: 20130112296
    Abstract: A microfluidic system capable of determining at least one of the existence and the amount of a fluid by use of an optical sensor even if the fluid is transparent. The microfluidic system includes a platform including at least one chamber configured to accommodate a fluid, at least one channel connected to the at least one chamber, and at least one protrusion disposed on an inner surface of the at least one chamber and configured to show a difference in transmittance according to the existence of the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8418718
    Abstract: A double-walled above-ground storage tank includes a primary tank and a secondary tank, and an interstitial space; an containment chamber formed by a primary chamber wall and a secondary chamber wall, forming a chamber interstitial space therebetween, and an exterior door assembly; and at least one pipe and valve assembly wherein the pipe originates in the tank interior volume and the valve is disposed within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Enviro Vault Inc.
    Inventor: Russ Hebblethwaite
  • Patent number: 8381583
    Abstract: A method for determining a functioning of a gas bleed valve in a primary reservoir for a medium for a hydraulic system includes connecting a testing apparatus with a separate reservoir of the medium to the primary reservoir; pumping the medium from the separate reservoir to the primary reservoir; measuring the volume of the medium pumped from the separate reservoir to the primary reservoir; and determining the functioning of the gas bleed valve by comparing the volume of the medium pumped to the primary reservoir with: a change of the medium volume measured in the primary reservoir, or a change of the pressure of the medium pumped to the primary reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sun Test Systems B.V.
    Inventor: Klaus Leonard Witt
  • Patent number: 8365766
    Abstract: An observation valve structure includes an inlet pipe joint. The inlet pipe joint has an outer threaded section at an inner end thereof, an annular guide groove in the inlet pipe joint, and guide holes at the inner end thereof. The annular guide groove communicates with the guide holes. The inlet pipe joint has a stop trough at the inner end thereof for insertion of an annular gasket. A holder is provided on top of the connector body. The holder has two threaded holes at two sides thereof close to the inlet end of the connector body. A plate is positioned on the holder by two screws which are screwed in the threaded holes. The plate has a top surface with characters which are perpendicular to each other, a position hole disposed close to the middle character, and two apertures disposed at an outer side of the other two characters for insertion of the two screws. The handle has an indication plate. The indication plate has a positioning bead hole for insertion of a positioning bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Y. S. Hardware Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi-Yuan Wang
  • Patent number: 8365767
    Abstract: An electronic user interface for use with a water delivery device, such as a faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Kyle Robert Davidson, Michael J. Veros, Austin Ray Murray, Paul D. Koottungal
  • Patent number: 8360276
    Abstract: A manual inflator having a status indicator that indicates whether a fully-charged, unspent gas cylinder has been installed on the inflator. The status indicator comprises a “single point” indicator having an indicator window that displays the color “green” when the automatic inflator is fully operational or the color “red” when the inflator is at least partially inoperable automatically due to the removal of the gas cylinder or due to the firing of the inflator resulting in a spent gas cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Halkey-Roberts Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rogier, Lyman W. Fawcett, Jr., Alan D. King
  • Publication number: 20130014841
    Abstract: A compressor includes a discharge chamber, a compression chamber, a partition wall, and a discharge reed valve. The partition wall is arranged between the discharge chamber and the compression chamber and includes a fixing surface facing the discharge chamber. The partition wall includes a discharge port that communicates the discharge chamber and the compression chamber. The discharge reed valve includes a fixed portion, an intermediate portion, and a valve portion. The fixing surface includes a first groove portion, which extends around the discharge port, and a valve seat surface, which is arranged between the discharge port and the first groove portion. The first groove portion extends to a range overlapped with the intermediate portion. A part of the valve portion at a distal side does not close the first groove portion. The valve seat surface includes a receiving portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Takahiro Moroi, Masakazu Obayashi, Naofumi Kimura, Fumitaka Yoshizumi, Masakatsu Kuroishi, Yasuhiro Kondoh, Kazunori Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8347911
    Abstract: A vacuum relief valve is provided. The vacuum relief valve includes a body having a side wall, and a stem that is movable with respect to the body between an open position and a closed position. The stem is biased in the closed position. The vacuum relief valve further includes a first sight glass coupled to the body and configured to enable visual inspection of a sealing area of the vacuum relief valve. The sealing area includes at least a portion of said stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: American Railcar Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore Arthur Stocker, Jr., Christopher Andrew Edmonds
  • Patent number: 8312891
    Abstract: A gas pressure sensor assembly for a gas regulator includes a plurality of selectable inlets, an outlet and a gauge. Each inlet receives pressurized gas from a different one of a plurality of pressurized gas storage containers. The outlet supplies gas to an appliance. The gauge senses a selected gas pressure in an inlet corresponding to the selected gas storage container and visually indicates a pressure of that gas storage container. The gas pressure sensor assembly includes a cooperating member at least partially housed within the gauge, a disc member rotatably responsive to a gas pressure and an sensing device. The sensing device is releasably connected to the gauge, is selectively actuated by movement of the disc member and is configured to provide an audible signal indicative of a generally empty status of the gas storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Cavagna Group
    Inventor: Savio Cavagna
  • Patent number: 8151823
    Abstract: A fluid power valve arrangement with at least one solenoid valve whose solenoid is connected or able to be connected via only two control lines with an electrical control and/or communication device. The solenoid valve has integrated in it a non-volatile storage device containing identification data of the solenoid valve, and furthermore a modulator for modulation of data of the solenoid valve in the two supply lines. The control and/or communication device possesses a demodulator for demodulation of the modulated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Festo AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Gehrke, Helmut Deichert
  • Publication number: 20120080104
    Abstract: A diagnostic mechanism includes: a flow rate control part configured to control an opening degree of a flow rate control valve provided in a flow passage so that a measurement flow rate value outputted from a flow rate sensor becomes a target flow rate value; an inspection value output part configured to output an inspection value related to a time integral of the measurement flow rate value in a diagnostic period which is defined in correspondence with a part of a period from a time point of closing the flow passage upstream of the flow rate sensor to a time point of expiration of a state that the measurement flow rate value and the target flow rate value are substantially nearly equal; and a diagnosing part configured to compare the inspection value and a predetermined specified value to diagnose whether an abnormality relating to the flow rate sensor is present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Yamaguchi, Masao Yamaguchi, Kentaro Nagai, Toshiyuki Himi
  • Patent number: 8141583
    Abstract: A controller for controlling a valve is disclosed including a manifold assembly, a valve position indicator and a trigger assembly. An operating media distribution system is disposed in the manifold assembly and an electronic control unit is disposed in the controller. The electronic control unit operates at least one electromagnetic valve to control operating media flow via the operating media distribution system to activate an actuator which opens or closes the valve. The trigger assembly includes a cylinder adapted to receive an actuator shaft and provide a self setting mechanism corresponding to the stroke length of the actuator shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Westlock Controls Corporation
    Inventors: Leo Minervini, Eric Jordan, Robert Endres
  • Publication number: 20120000301
    Abstract: An apparatus, a method of servicing, and a method of measuring a process parameter for a coating process having an isolatable viewport are disclosed. The apparatus includes a viewport, a device positioned for selectively isolating the viewport from a process chamber, and a second chamber positioned between the viewport and the device. The device includes a first position to selectively isolate the viewport from a process chamber and to selectively maintain a predetermined process pressure in the process chamber, the device includes a second position to selectively permit line of sight measurement of the process chamber from the viewport, and the second chamber maintains the predetermined process pressure in the process chamber when the device is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: PRIMESTAR SOLAR
    Inventors: Edwin Jackson LITTLE, Mark J. PAVOL
  • Publication number: 20110240134
    Abstract: A flow cell device for observing a fluid includes a housing defining an inlet and an outlet, a first viewing member, and a second viewing member. The first viewing member, which is disposed in and coupled to the housing, includes a first window and a spray ring. The spray ring includes cleaning ports in fluid communication with a cleaning fluid inlet port. The second viewing member includes a second window and is disposed in and coupled to the housing opposite the first viewing member such that an aperture that is in fluid communication with the inlet and the outlet is defined between the first window and the second window. The spray ring does not extend past a surface of the first window facing the aperture and each of the cleaning ports is oriented such that a fluid provided under pressure to the cleaning ports is ejected toward the second window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: J.M. Canty , Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. O'Brien, Thomas M. Canty
  • Patent number: 8000936
    Abstract: A data analysis program operable for displaying at least one representation of a buried pipeline in a geographical area and associated on-pipe current values at various locations along the pipeline. The data analysis program is storable in a memory device and executable by a processor to generate a display on a display device. The data analysis program includes instructions for displaying a digital map representing at least a portion of the buried pipeline extending across the geographical area being surveyed. The program further includes instructions for displaying a current plot of current values associated with the various locations in the geographical area, and instructions for displaying a table having a plurality of fields including the leakage current values and associated geographical coordinates where the current values were measured in the geographical area being surveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Thomas James Davis
  • Patent number: 7981279
    Abstract: An oil filter assembly has a bypass valve and a cover formed with an orifice. In order to provide a simple contamination indicator for the oil filter, there is provided a deflection device that deflects an oil jet emerging through the orifice when the bypass valve is open on the outside of the cover. The oil jet can thus be deflected into a region observable through a filling orifice. A contaminated oil filter can therefore be reliably detected on occasion of a quick visual check, by observing the deflected oil jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
    Inventor: Thomas Pabst
  • Publication number: 20110097900
    Abstract: A five-sided quartz window configured to be mounted on a degas chamber as a UV-transmissive window. The quartz window is made of synthetic quartz and has a uniform thickness. The shape of the quartz window is defined by an upper surface, a lower surface and a sidewall therebetween. The sidewall has five straight sections interconnected by five arcuate sections. The quartz window has four arcuate recesses extending into the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Augustino, Tim Hart