Manual Patents (Class 137/565.12)
  • Patent number: 10774821
    Abstract: A portable inflation device of the present application includes an inflation pump body, an upper casing, a middle casing, a lower casing, a resilient component, and a resilient ventilation plug. The upper casing and the middle casing respectively seal two ends of the inflation pump body, and an air chamber is defined thereamong. An accommodating chamber is defined between the middle casing and the lower casing disposed outside the air chamber. An intake hole, a first ventilation hole and an exhaustion hole are respectively formed on the upper casing, the middle casing and the lower casing. The resilient ventilation plug disposed inside the accommodating chamber includes a perforated foam positioned between the first ventilation hole and the exhaustion hole and an sealing layer covering a surface of the perforated foam facing towards the first ventilation hole. The inflation device is small in volume, collapsible, portable, and easy to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Universal Trim Supply Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 10724511
    Abstract: A pressure adjustment apparatus including a pump, a selector valve coupled to the pump, and a chamber in selective fluid communication with the pump through the selector valve is disclosed. The pump includes a pump body that defines a variable volume therein, the pump body further defining a first aperture and a second aperture therethrough. The selector valve includes a first check valve disposed in a first fluid channel of a plurality of fluid channels, the first check valve being oriented to permit flow through the first fluid channel only in a first flow direction, the first flow direction being a flow direction out of the variable volume, and a second check valve disposed in a second fluid channel of the plurality of fluid channels, the second check valve being oriented to permit flow through the second fluid channel only in a second flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: David Troy Rowe, John C. Victor, Jeffrey Vitullo, Rodney Wilmer Denlinger
  • Patent number: 9255570
    Abstract: A metered pump system periodically pumps measured amounts of chemical or biological material into a septic or sewage system. The metered pump system includes a metered pump stand having a main panel with first and second sides, a top edge, a bottom edge, and a pair of side edges. A pair of feet extends from the first side of the main panel near the bottom edge. An upper flange extends from the second side of the main panel near the top edge. A metered pump may be attached to the first side of the main panel. The upper flange of the metered pump stand is disposed above a portion of a material container that supplies chemical or biological material to the metered pump. The disclosed metered pump system is customizable by interchanging components while using the same metered pump stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventor: Eric D. Frazier
  • Patent number: 8961708
    Abstract: A condensate management system for an air conditioning condensate drainage system is provided. The condensate management system may comprise an inlet and an outlet; a primary condensate flow path from the inlet to the outlet; a check valve disposed along the primary condensate flow path; a flush path from the inlet to the outlet; a pump coupled to the flush path; and a logic panel configured to actuate the pump to a flushing mode. The check valve may be configured to allow fluid flow from the inlet to the outlet. When the logic panel is configured to actuate the pump to the flushing mode, the pump is configured to exert a negative pressure at the inlet and a positive pressure at the outlet. Other system and methods to flush a condensate drain system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Plexaire, LLC
    Inventors: Stewart Kaiser, William G. Williams
  • Publication number: 20140263710
    Abstract: A pressure washer unloader valve assembly having a movable operator that manipulates an orientation of a valve body to manipulate the flow pressure is communicated downstream of the valve assembly. A cam and follower interface is formed between the operator and the valve body such that the movable operator is movable within less than 360 radial degrees to effectuate manipulation the valve assembly between a fully open and a fully closed configuration. Preferably, the valve assembly is configured to achieve the fully open or fully closed orientations of the valve assembly during a single wrist rotation of a user during interaction with the movable operator either remotely or at a pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mir Khan, Peter Nushart
  • Patent number: 8678031
    Abstract: A nuclear plant is provided with a pipe-passivating alkali-injecting device including an alkali-injecting tank, an actuator, a counter-balance valve, a pressure gauge, exhaust valves and switching valves. The actuator is connected to the alkali-injecting tank via a first pipe. The counter-balance valve is connected to the actuator via a second pipe and connected to the alkali-injecting tank via a third pipe. The pressure gauge is provided between the actuator and the counter-balance valve and connected to the second pipe. The exhaust valves are connected to the first and second pipes, and so are the switching valves. The alkali-injecting tank, the actuator and the counter-balance valve are used together to expel gases from the pipes while injecting alkali, thus effectively avoiding feedback of liquid in the nuclear plant, transmitting pure alkali in the pipes, and reducing damage to the pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council
    Inventors: Ning-Yih Hsu, Chieh Fang, Hwa-Yuan Tzeng, Chen-To Tsai, Tung-Jen Wen
  • Patent number: 8678778
    Abstract: A flow-ducting system with a combined pump-drive module, the pump-drive module including a drive module, and a pump module having an impeller that can be driven by the drive module, the unit including a casing having at least one inlet side and at least one outlet side and a moveable shut-off device arranged between them, a flow path between the inlet side and the outlet side being formed in at least one position of the shut-off device, and the pump module being arranged in the flow path between the inlet side and the outlet side. In at least one further position of the shut-off device (10, 10?), the unit (1) is capable of shutting off the flow path (9) in such a way that the shut-off device (10, 10?) and the unit casing (2) form an area (20), which is separated from the flow path (9) and which is sealed off from the inlet side (5) and the outlet side (6), and the pump-drive module (11, 11?) is arranged at least partially inside this area (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: KSB Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Franz Bosbach, Daniel Huying
  • Patent number: 8657565
    Abstract: A pump for an inflatable device includes a housing that defines a blower chamber configured to be inserted into the inflatable device. The blower chamber includes an exhaust port configured to communicate air out of the pump. The housing also defines a deflation port, which is adjacent to the blower chamber, and an attachment portion configured to make a substantially airtight seal with the surface of the inflatable device. The pump also includes a removably attachable cover configured to substantially cover the blower chamber. The cover defines an opening through which the deflation port extends, and at least one vent through which air is communicated into the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Coleman Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Coleman, Vincent Wen
  • Publication number: 20130213502
    Abstract: Provided is a pumping system which may include a tank, a pump and a valve configured to have a first configuration and a second configuration. In the first configuration, the valve may be configured to allow fluid to flow from the pump to the tank and, in the second configuration, the valve may be configured to allow fluid to flow from the pump to an outside structure. Provided also is a fluid delivery device may include a tank and a pumping system configured to provide fluid to the tank and extract the fluid from the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Loren Van Wyk
  • Publication number: 20130087228
    Abstract: An air passageway switchable pump head includes a housing defining a first air outlet passageway, an air intake passageway and a second air outlet passageway, a connection member mounted in the housing for connection to a valve, a switch valve consisting of a valve seat, a valve body and a spring member, and an operating member mounted at one end of the housing and operable to move the switch valve between a first position where a first air passageway of the switch valve is closed, allowing air communication between a second air passageway of the switch valve and the second air outlet passageway, and a second position where the valve body is moved toward the valve seat and closed on the valve seat to block the second air passageway of the switch valve and the first air passageway of the switch valve is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: Lopin WANG
  • Patent number: 8104496
    Abstract: A reverse flow back pressure pump that enables liquid to flow in a reverse direction in plumbing fixtures in order to loosen and discharge sediment freed during the reverse flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventors: Bryan Washington, Bernard Thompson
  • Publication number: 20110284108
    Abstract: An inflating module adapted to an inflatable object includes an air pump assembly selectively operable to deflate and inflate the inflatable object and a supplemental air pressure providing device automatically activated to provide supplemental air pressure to the inflatable object when the air pressure of the inflatable object is down and below a predetermined level so as to maintain air pressure of the inflatable object in a predetermined range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: TEAM WORLDWIDE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung Wang, CHIEN-HUA WANG
  • Patent number: 7824096
    Abstract: A self-purging auxiliary fluid supply system for supplying washout or makeup water or other fluids under pressure to a truck-mounted concrete mixing/dispensing drum is disclosed. The system includes a truck-mounted fluid reservoir for containing a quantity of fluid connected to supply fluid to an air-operated diaphragm pump connected to supply auxiliary fluid from the fluid reservoir under pressure to a discharge assembly. The pump further provides an integral purge system for displacing fluid in the fluid supply system after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Lindblom, Ted M. Daly, Thomas P. Quigley
  • Publication number: 20100078088
    Abstract: Disclosed is a variable air source that provides directional control over a low-pressure airflow. The air source is specifically adapted for use in the application of artificial eyelash extensions to a person's individual eyelashes. An air pump provides low pressure air to an airflow nozzle mounted on the finger of the user. A foot control operates the air pump. The finger nozzle allows the user to direct the airflow without having to grasp the nozzle with the fingers. This allows the user's hands to be free to perform other manual manipulations during the method of adhering artificial eyelash extensions to a person's individual natural eyelashes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Maria A. NAVARRO
  • Patent number: 7681607
    Abstract: The present invention is a pump control and distribution system consisting of a pump and reversing flow control valve with a single-handle to control flow direction and flow rate of a liquid. The system can be operated at a rate of 0 to 300 gallons per minute and the flow reversed or stopped with a single motion of the operating handle. The flow rate of the liquid can be precisely controlled in either direction, along with the liquid pressure. This allows the use of a constant speed pump turning in one direction and gives the operator the ability to control the product transfer regardless of viscosity or volume. A purge valve connected to the outlet of the pump is used to remove substantially all retained liquid in the system after transfer of liquid is complete. The system can be mounted to a vehicle for delivery of bulk liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Safety Pumping Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Palmer
  • Publication number: 20090283174
    Abstract: A fuel reclamation device is provided for reclaiming fuel from a fuel line of an automobile. The fuel reclamation device includes a coupler having a reclamation outlet for providing reclaimed fuel and configured to fluidly connect with the fuel line and with an engine intake of the automobile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: Steven C. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7506673
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a manual bulk liquid pump control and distribution system that utilizes a single-handle manual operation for direction of flow and speed, along with providing a neutral position for standby. The system can be operated at a rate of 0 to 250 gallons per minute and be reversed with a single motion of the operating handle. The pump operates in one direction at a fixed RPM, resulting in longer pump life and safer operation. For added safety, the system utilizes the pump's relief valve for both discharge and suction operation. It has the ability of sucking the liquid out of the lines and hoses after each transfer operation. This system has an aluminum flow-reversing valve or two-way valve at the center of the design. This valve allows the flow of the product to be precisely controlled in either direction, along with the flow rate and pressure. This gives the operator the ability to control the product regardless of viscosity or volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Safety Pumping Systems, LLC
    Inventor: David Palmer
  • Publication number: 20090071665
    Abstract: The system contains a plurality of conduit segments and at least one electrically-powered pump. At least one conduit connector joins the conduit segments and the electrically-powered pumps, thereby mating at least one fluid path. A plurality of electric power wires are coupled with the conduit segments and connected to the electrically-powered electric pumps. At least one electrical connector, within said conduit connectors, mates corresponding electric power wires between the conduit segments. An electric power source electrically connected to the electrically-powered pump via the electric power wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen D. Shoap
  • Publication number: 20080210775
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for establishing a controllable reactive thrust in a pressure washing lance (40) linked to an extension member (20) through use of a variable bypass valve (52) and dump tube (66) combination. The bypass valve (52) is coupled to a source of high pressure fluid by a system high pressure or primary circuit (26,38). The bypass valve (52) preferably has at least one bypass input (56), which is intended to be fluidly coupled with the high pressure or primary circuit (38), and at least one each of a bypass primary output (58) and a bypass secondary output (60). Operation of the bypass valve (52) selectively couples the bypass input (56) with the bypass primary output (58) and/or the bypass secondary output (60). Fluid from the bypass primary output (58) is directed to the lance ejection nozzle (44) while fluid from the bypass secondary output (60) (secondary fluid) is directed to the dump tube (66).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Tracy Boekelman
  • Patent number: 7124792
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a manual bulk liquid pump control and distribution system that utilizes a single-handle manual operation for direction of flow and speed, along with providing a neutral position for standby. The system can be operated at a rate of 0 to 250 gallons per minute and be reversed with a single motion of the operating handle. The pump operates in one direction at a fixed RPM, resulting in longer pump life and safer operation. For added safety, the system utilizes the pump's relief valve for both discharge and suction operation. It has the ability of sucking the liquid out of the lines and hoses after each transfer operation. This system has an aluminum flow-reversing valve or two-way valve at the center of the design. This valve allows the flow of the product to be precisely controlled in either direction, along with the flow rate and pressure. This gives the operator the ability to control the product regardless of viscosity or volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Safety Pumping Systems, LLC
    Inventor: David Palmer
  • Patent number: 7114207
    Abstract: An inflatable product includes a first chamber, a first mechanically-controlled valve, an air pump, a first switch and a switch circuit. The air pump inflates the first chamber through the first mechanically-controlled valve. The first switch activates the air pump and opens the first mechanically-controlled valve. The air pump is activated through the switch circuit by the first switch, wherein the switch circuit has a second switch turned on by the first switch when the first switch is turned on, and a relay activated to supply the air pump with power when the second switch is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Team Worldwide Corporation
    Inventor: Cheng Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 7080662
    Abstract: A water recycling system and method of use is disclosed for use in a building having a basement with water seepage accumulating in a sump area by providing a holding tank which receives water pumped by a sump pump for later use either in the interior or exterior of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: James M. Pratt
  • Patent number: 7040347
    Abstract: An inflatable product that includes an inflatable body, a switching pipe and a fan and motor. The switching pipe is switched between a first position and a second position. The fan and motor inflates the inflatable body when the switching pipe is switched to the first position. The fan and motor deflates the inflatable body via the switching pipe when the switching pipe is switched to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Team Worldwide Corporation
    Inventor: Cheng Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 6990700
    Abstract: An inflatable product that includes a chamber and an electric air pump for inflating the chamber. The air pump has an air intake and an air outlet. The air intake is connected to the outside of the chamber and the air outlet is connected to the inside of the chamber when the air pump is moved to a first position. The air intake is connected to the inside of the chamber and the air outlet is connected to the outside of the chamber when the air pump is moved to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Team Worldwide Corporation
    Inventor: Wang Cheng Chung
  • Patent number: 6561220
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus, the apparatus including appropriate valves and conduits, for increasing throughput in pressurized fluid processing including storing in a storage chamber of the apparatus a quantity of fluid at a pressure higher than a pressure at which an operation is to take place, while a processing chamber is depressurized to allow reception of a new object; sealing the processing chamber; and allowing fluid stored in the storage chamber to pass to the processing chamber to re-pressurize the processing chamber before performing the operation. The fluid may be preheated in the storage chamber to further reduce processing times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines, Corp.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. McCullough, Wayne M. Moreau, John P. Simons, Charles J. Taft, John M. Cotte
  • Patent number: 6443178
    Abstract: The present application is a molding service station for providing accessories utilized in the casting production which includes a sturdy weighted pedestal base, at least a first panel and second panel spaced apart for holding the various accessories and equipment. A column connects the panel to the pedestal base. The molding service station includes an electric power source, a compressed air source and natural gas source all used in the casting process. The panels are constructed in the form of a lattice allowing various hooks and other holding means to be easily attached and removed from various locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Lakshimi P. Gupta
  • Patent number: 6386231
    Abstract: Hand operated, functional pump systems to pump fresh water from a hose connection or permanent connection comprise novel flow control mechanisms wherein the principal embodiment utilizes a piston rod, piston head arrangement sliding within a cylindrical jacket to expose water intake ports to outlet manifold ports through the action of a pump handle thereby controlling the flow of water to an outlet spout. In another embodiment, tandem valves, in one model, are controlled by a novel linkage arrangement to open and close each valve in a predetermined manner to allow or stop the flow of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: James Elser