Plural Noncommunicating Flow Paths Patents (Class 137/594)
  • Patent number: 10962124
    Abstract: A fluidic latch device may include an input port, an additional input port, an output port, an additional output port, a pressure chamber, an additional pressure chamber, and a flexible membrane. The pressure chamber may include an inlet coupled to the input port by a first fluid channel and an outlet coupled to the output port by a second fluid channel, and the additional pressure chamber may include an additional inlet coupled to the additional input port by a third fluid channel and an additional outlet coupled to the additional output port by a fourth fluid channel. The flexible membrane may separate the pressure chamber and the additional pressure chamber and be configured to (1) block, when the membrane is in an expanded state, the outlet of the pressure chamber and (2) block, when the membrane is in an additional expanded state, the additional outlet of the additional pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Arthur Stanley, Erik Roby
  • Patent number: 10898026
    Abstract: A water container for a beverage making machine includes side walls and a bottom, whereon there is a connecting union to the beverage making machine. The connecting union of the water container includes two apertures for water, where one aperture is an outlet aperture and the other aperture is an inlet aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Fin
  • Patent number: 10888102
    Abstract: A self-contained food processor is provided for treating a food flow path in the food processor with a solution. The food flow path can be treated without requiring disassembly and reassembly of the food processor and without requiring direct operator input. The food processor includes a controller for directing passage of a solution through at least portions of the food flow path without requiring constant operator oversight. The food processor can employ available positive pressure water supply, such as public utility water pressure to selectively and automatically push solutions, including rinses, backwards or forwards through the food flow path in the food processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: RTA Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Nathan E. Smith, Richard T. Aab
  • Patent number: 10753253
    Abstract: A cooling device configured to cool, using a coolant, an injection valve that injects an additive includes a rotary member surrounding an outer periphery of the injection valve and extending along the injection valve. The rotary member is supported to be rotatable around the injection valve. A clearance between an outer peripheral surface of the injection valve and an inner peripheral surface of the rotary member defines a passage through which the coolant flows. The rotary member has a rotation imparting part that causes the rotary member to rotate about the injection valve in response to a flow of the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junya Iida
  • Patent number: 10738555
    Abstract: A choke manifold and methods for assembling the same are provided. The choke manifold can include a choke line, a first pulsation dampener in fluid communication with the choke line, and a first choke valve in fluid communication with the first pulsation dampener. The first pulsation dampener is downstream of the choke line and up stream of the first choke valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Ray Cummins
  • Patent number: 10736337
    Abstract: A machine for producing frozen comestibles having a control system based on one or more operational characteristics, including product characteristics, to control the consistency and quality of the comestible, and to extend the useful lifespans of its components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FBD Partnership, LP
    Inventors: Daniel J Seiler, R. Craig Cobabe
  • Patent number: 10654703
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus having a nozzle and multiple fluid lines in fluid communication with the nozzle where the beverage dispensing apparatus has a body with a plurality of apertures, a plurality of buttons, each protruding through a respective one of the apertures and configured to control a flow of fluid through a respective one of the multiple fluid lines, the plurality of buttons having at least one active dispensing button configured to mechanically dispense a fluid and at least one remote dispensing button, and a remote dispensing device located remotely from the body configured to regulate dispensing a fluid through one of the multiple fluid lines so that when the at least one remote button is depressed, the remote dispensing device dispenses a fluid through the fluid line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 10099197
    Abstract: A reactor system for high throughput applications includes a plurality of reactor assemblies, each reactor assembly including: a fluid source, which fluid source is adapted to provide a pressurized fluid to the flow-through reactors, a flow splitter which flow splitter includes a planar microfluidic chip, which microfluidic chip has a chip inlet channel and a plurality of chip outlet channels, which microfluidic chip further includes a plurality of flow restrictor channels, where each flow restrictor channel extends from said chip inlet channel to an associated chip outlet channel, where the chip inlet channel and the chip outlet channels each have a diameter, where the diameter of the chip inlet channel is the same or less than the length of said chip inlet channel and where the diameter of each chip outlet channel is the same or less than the length of said chip outlet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Avantium Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Roelandus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Moonen, Benno Hartog
  • Patent number: 10071899
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are for dispensing condiments, including a base condiment together with and at least one additive. In some examples, a dispenser apparatus comprises a dispenser body having an upstream inlet that is configured to receive the base condiment and a downstream outlet that is configured to dispense the base condiment together with the additive(s). An additive body is configured to supply the additive(s) into the dispenser body as the base condiment is conveyed from the upstream inlet to the downstream outlet so that the base condiment and the additive(s) are concurrently dispensed via the downstream outlet. The systems and methods can operatively include arrangements for selecting a base condiment; selecting one or more additives from a plurality of additives; and supplying the base condiment and the additive(s) to a dispenser apparatus that dispenses the base condiment and additive(s) together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Mastro, Elizabeth Bertness, Vincenzo DiFatta, Christopher J. Knight, Michal Augustyniak, Basavraj Sankhgond
  • Patent number: 10016540
    Abstract: A fluid flow controller includes a first body portion defining a receiving surface, a second body portion, and a fluid transfer device. The second body portion includes a controller engagement member, and is configured to couple to the first body portion such that the controller engagement member faces and is spaced from an engagement point of the receiving surface. The controller engagement member is configured to be adjusted from a first distance to a second distance closer to the engagement point than the first distance based on a force applied by a foot pedal apparatus. The fluid transfer device defines a flow channel configured to be adjusted from defining a first cross sectional area to a second, lesser cross sectional area while the controller engagement member is in contact with the first fluid transfer device and adjusted towards the second distance in response to the applied force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: HEALTHCARE CREATIONS, LLC.
    Inventors: Sergio Gutierrez, Seth I. Gasser
  • Patent number: 9986919
    Abstract: A patient monitoring system includes an inflatable cuff, a gas reservoir containing a compressed gas, and a sensor. When the inflatable cuff is coupled to a wearer, the gas reservoir supplies gas to the inflatable cuff to inflate the inflatable cuff via gas pathways. As the inflatable cuff inflates, a patient monitor can receive blood pressure data from the sensor and use the blood pressure data to determine the blood pressure of the wearer. The patient monitor can also receive blood pressure data during deflation of the inflatable cuff to determine the blood pressure of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Marcelo M Lamego, Massi Joe E Kiani, Jeroen Poeze, Cristiano Dalvi, Hung Vo
  • Patent number: 9914096
    Abstract: An integrated waterway assembly of a reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration device includes a main body, a shut off valve, a mounting shelf, a top cover, a bottom cover and a fixing ring. Water to be filtered sequentially goes through a water inlet, a shut off valve, a RO cartridge joint and a check valve, and a filtered water outlet on the main body to get the water filtered. The RO cartridge joint on a bottom portion of the main body is connected with a RO cartridge, and water enters the RO cartridge and further flows through the RO cartridge joint to get the water filtered. Given the foregoing structure, the water filtration device is structurally compact and integrated and has less water leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN RUNNER INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuan Zheng Sun, Mang Lu, Jing Ming Li
  • Patent number: 9855607
    Abstract: A lathe includes a main shaft, a moving shaft, a cutter mounted on the moving shaft, and a clamping assembly. The cutter is capable of telescopic translation relative the moving shaft. The clamping assembly includes a cylinder mounted on the cutter, an assembly member mounted on the cylinder, a moving member, and at least two clamping members. The cylinder defines an inner cavity, and a first air intake and a second air intake communicated to the inner cavity. The moving member is movably mounted in the inner cavity and partially received in the assembly member, and capable of telescopic translation relative the assembly member. The clamping members are movably mounted on the assembly member and engaged with the moving member. The clamping members are translatably urged by the moving member in a direction relative the axis defined by the assembly member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: FUXIANG PRECISION INDUSTRIAL (KUNSHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiao-Yi Wu
  • Patent number: 9849630
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an apparatus for ultrasonic processing of a material web having an ultrasonic vibration unit which has a sonotrode and a converter connected thereto optionally by way of an amplitude transformer, and a counterpart tool, wherein for processing of the material web the web is moved through a gap between the sonotrode and the counterpart tool, wherein the ultrasonic vibration unit is fixed to a carriage moveable relative to the counterpart tool so that the ultrasonic vibration unit can be moved together with the carriage in the force direction, that is to say in the direction of or away from the counterpart tool, wherein there is provided a force sensor for measuring the force applied to the sonotrode by the material web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Vogler
  • Patent number: 9841399
    Abstract: A package for a chemical sensor including an encapsulation and a pressure balancing structure is disclosed. The encapsulation encapsulates a chemical sensor and has a hole for exposing a chemical sensitive part of the chemical sensor. The pressure balancing structure balances pressure applied to the chemical sensor at the chemical sensitive part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Daniel Rhee Min Woo, How Yuan Hwang, Vivek Chidambaram, Yuen Sing Chan, Eva Leong Ching Wai, Jong Bum Lee
  • Patent number: 9821516
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an apparatus for ultrasonic processing of a material web having an ultrasonic vibration unit which has a sonotrode and a converter connected thereto optionally by way of an amplitude transformer, and a counterpart tool, wherein for processing of the material web the web is moved through a gap between the sonotrode and the counterpart tool, wherein the ultrasonic vibration unit is fixed to a carriage moveable relative to the counterpart tool so that the ultrasonic vibration unit can be moved together with the carriage in the force direction, that is to say in the direction of or away from the counterpart tool, wherein there is provided a force sensor for measuring the force applied to the sonotrode by the material web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Vogler
  • Patent number: 9770863
    Abstract: The present technology discloses a system, for joining workpieces using energy, such as ultrasonic energy, where the energy concentrates at a location within a weld area, promoting sequential melting of a plurality of energy directors. The system can be configured so that the sequential melting begins at the center of the weld area and progresses outwards. Sequential melting may occur through use of a welding tip configured to reduce air pockets, a tapering the height of a plurality of energy directors, and/or tapering the energy directors themselves, all of which reduce the size of an energy transfer area produced by thermal energy. The present technology also includes a method for joining workpieces using energy such as ultrasonic energy that concentrates at a location within a weld area causing sequential melting of a plurality of energy directors using the aforementioned features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: William A. Rodgers, Hamid G. Kia
  • Patent number: 9721859
    Abstract: A method of assembling a semi-hermetic semiconductor package includes bonding a semiconductor die having bond pads to a top side of a base region of a package substrate having vertical side walls that are hollow which define an inner open volume (gap) having an adhesive or thermoplastic material therein. There are a plurality of metal terminals providing top terminal contacts on the top side of the base region and bottom terminal contacts on a bottom side or below the base region. The bond pads are coupled to the top terminal contacts. A lid is placed which provides a top for the semiconductor package, where the lid extends to vertically oriented end protrusions so that the protrusions are positioned within the adhesive or thermoplastic material to secure the protrusions within the adhesive or thermoplastic material to provide a seal for the semiconductor package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Andy Quang Tran, Alok Kumar Lohia, Reynaldo Corpuz Javier
  • Patent number: 9677521
    Abstract: In a component (1), in particular a housing of a high-pressure fuel pump, in which at least one first high-pressure channel (4) and one second high-pressure channel (5) are present, the longitudinal axis of the first channel (4) is at an acute or right angle to the longitudinal axis of the second channel (5), wherein the second channel (5) leads into the first channel (4), such that an intersection is formed. The first channel (4) is formed by a central bore (10) and at least one secondary bore (11) that enlarges the cross-section of the central bore (10), wherein the longitudinal axis of the secondary bore (11) and the longitudinal axis of the central bore (10) extend parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Christian Graspeuntner
  • Patent number: 9651182
    Abstract: In order to create a quick-acting connection which is secure and subject to low levels of wear, in particular for the purpose of filling gas cylinders, having a housing (1), having an inlet (2) and an outlet (3) for medium which is to be transferred, and having a quick-acting-connection device (4), in particular with collet chucks (5), provided in the region of the outlet (3), and having an actuating means (7), which engages in a recess (8?) of a sliding sleeve (8) by means of an eccentric disk (12), it is proposed that the recess (8?) contains a sliding block (9), to which the eccentric disk is eccentrically coupled and which, when the actuating means (7) is pivoted, can be displaced transversely to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Erwin Weh, Wolfgang Weh
  • Patent number: 9528740
    Abstract: A controller for a drive motor for a scraper of a frozen product dispenser operates the drive motor to rotate the scraper at selected ones of a plurality of different speeds within a freeze barrel of the dispenser, in accordance with the values of sensed operating parameters of the dispenser. The arrangement provides for rotation of the scraper at speeds appropriate for, but no greater than required for, the then existent operating condition of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Gist, Gregory M. Billman, Santhosh Kumar, Kyle Elsom, Nikolay Popov
  • Patent number: 9527236
    Abstract: A multi-height energy-directing device, for facilitating staged welding together of workpieces. The device includes multiple elements extending from a body, wherein the elements do not all have a same height. Each element of a first group of the elements has a first height while each element of a second group of the elements has a second height differing from the first height. The elements are configured to channel welding energy through the device in a predetermined manner. The predetermine manner includes channeling the energy through taller, primary, elements, of said elements, in an initial stage of the welding process, while passing none through shorter, secondary, elements, of said elements, in the initial stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Pei-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 9513254
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a microfluidic sensor device includes microfluidic sensor mounted on and electrically connected a micro lead frame substrate. The microfluidic sensor is molded to form a package body. The package body includes a molded panel portion and, in some embodiments, a mask portion having one or more open channels, sealed channels, and/or a sealed chamber exposing an active surface of the microfluidic sensor. The molded panel portions and mask portions are configured to allow a material to dynamically or statically contact the microfluidic sensor for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Amkor Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hyung II Jeon, Ji Young Chung, Chan Ha Hwang, Byong Jin Kim, Yung Woo Lee, Do Hyun Na, Jae Ung Lee
  • Patent number: 9476530
    Abstract: A connecting device for connecting a fluid sensor to a channel module has a locking device that can secure the fluid sensor on the channel module, a closure device that can allow the flow of a fluid conducted in the channel module from the channel module to the fluid sensor, and an actuating means, the actuating means actuating the locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: BUERKERT WERKE GMBH
    Inventors: Johannes Dierks, Florian Fischer
  • Patent number: 9458966
    Abstract: A lubrication system comprises a lubricant reservoir, a inlet into the lubricant reservoir, a diaphragm plate, an actuator pin, a refill inlet, a refill outlet, and a shutoff valve. The diaphragm plate is disposed at a topmost location within the lubricant reservoir. The actuator pin is coupled to the diaphragm plate such that filling the lubricant reservoir drives the actuator pin from a first position to a second position. The refill inlet is configured to receive lubricant, and the refill outlet is fluidly connected to the inlet of the lubricant reservoir. The shutoff valve is connected between the refill inlet and the refill outlet, and actuated by the actuator pin so as to fluidly connect the refill inlet and refill outlet when the actuator pin is in the first position, and fluidly isolate the refill inlet from the refill outlet when the actuator pin is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Holman, Andrew J. Klaphake
  • Patent number: 9022344
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus is provided for use with a fluid flow device, such as a blood separation system. The clamping apparatus includes a clamp head at least partially defining first and second tube openings each to receive tubing. The clamping apparatus also includes a first actuator coupled to a first flow control member. The first flow control member is configured to be movable via the first actuator relative to the first tube opening to control fluid flow through tubing located in the first tube opening. The clamping apparatus further includes a second actuator coupled to a second flow control member. The second flow control member is movable via the second actuator relative to the second tube opening to control fluid flow through tubing located in the second tube opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore Manzella, Jr., Richard L. West, Gregory G. Pieper
  • Patent number: 8985151
    Abstract: A rotary fluid distribution apparatus has a first head with a wall extending around an interior volume thereof, and having a first orifice and a second orifice formed through the wall so as to open to the interior volume, a rotor extending through the interior volume, a first separation plate positioned within the first head and having an opening formed therethrough, a second separation plate positioned within the first head in spaced relation to the first separation plate and having a first opening and a second opening formed therein, and a tunneling channel extending between the first and second separation plates so as to communicate with the opening of the first separation plate and with the first opening of the second separation plate. The tunneling channel is movable with a rotation of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Baisheng Zou
  • Publication number: 20150059892
    Abstract: A combination thermal management valve for management of the flow of heat transfer media is provided. The thermal management valve includes a manifold including two or more independently controlled valve assemblies configured to fluidly isolate the heat transfer media from each other. The valve assemblies may be configured to maintain desirable flow characteristics for each thermal medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Flextronics Automotive, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Peterson
  • Publication number: 20150027572
    Abstract: A thermal management valve module having separate first and second flow chambers is provided, with one or more respective inlets and outlets connected to each of the flow chambers. A first valve body is rotatably positioned in the first flow chamber, and includes a fluid pathway that connects a first and/or third inlet to a first outlet, which allows separate or mixed flows, or blocks the flow, based on the valve body position. A second valve body is rotatably positioned in the second flow chamber, and includes a fluid pathway that connects a second and/or fourth inlet to a second outlet, which allows separate or mixed flows, or blocks the flow, based on the valve body position. At least one actuator controls the positions of the first and second valve bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Alexander Joseph Morein, Sebastian Hurst, Daniel Constantin
  • Publication number: 20140261710
    Abstract: A faucet with a forced air dryer. The forced air dryer provides forced air for drying an object adjacent the faucet water outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Randall Gallob
  • Patent number: 8826932
    Abstract: A diverter valve which is operable to divert a water supply to a spray includes an undiverted through passage for another water supply, such as filtered water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: TCL Manufacturing Limited
    Inventors: Michael Seal, Derek Sumsion, Anthony Harman
  • Publication number: 20140224334
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a production tool and a pipe connected to the production tool. The pipe includes an inner pipe formed of a metal-free material, an outer pipe encircling the inner pipe, and an inlet connected to a channel between the inner pipe and the outer pipe. The apparatus further includes a chemical supply system connected to the pipe. The chemical supply system is configured to supply a chemical through a channel encircled by the inner pipe to the production tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
  • Publication number: 20140208832
    Abstract: Methods of determining a first position at which a dispersed phase droplet wets a surface of a channel are provided herein. The methods include immersing the dispersed phase droplet in a continuous phase fluid, wherein the continuous phase fluid is immiscible with the dispersed phase droplet, subsequently flowing the dispersed phase droplet in the continuous phase through the channel at a dispersed phase droplet velocity, wherein the dispersed phase droplet is separated from the surface by a film of the continuous phase fluid having a film thickness, and reducing the film thickness to rupture the film at the first position, wherein the droplet wets the surface at the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: The University of British Columbia
    Inventors: Carl Lars Genghis Hansen, Kaston K. Leung, Timothy Leaver, Hans Zahn
  • Patent number: 8770222
    Abstract: An air pump assembly for a power chuck has a frame and two air jet devices. The air jet devices are securely mounted on the frame. Each air jet device has a nozzle and a valve. The nozzle has a main body, a pin and a cap. The pin is mounted in the main body. The cap is mounted around a distal end of the main body and surrounds the pin. The valve may be mounted on a power chuck, faces and aligns with the pin, and has a chunk, a ball and a ball spring. With the air jet devices, the air pump assembly can blow air into a power chuck such that jaws of the power chuck are driven to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Autogrip Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 8720184
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and device for supplying a combustion chamber of a space propulsion engine with cryogenic liquid fuel and oxidizer propellants. The propellants are mixed at constant pressure to produce a propellant mixture, with the propellants being mixed at a location upstream of an orifice of a propellant injector. The propellant mixture is fed to an enclosure of the propellant injector, and from the propellant injector enclosure, the propellant mixture is injected into the combustion chamber. The flow rate of the propellant mixture from the propellant injector enclosure into the combustion chamber is varied by adjustment of the propellant injector, with the injection of the propellant mixture from the propellant injector enclosure into the combustion chamber being at constant pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Astrium SAS
    Inventor: Robert Andre Laine
  • Publication number: 20140116548
    Abstract: A filling connector (10) for filling a liquid container comprises a liquid pipeline (12), for conveying liquid from a liquid inlet end (16) portion having a liquid inlet opening (14) to a liquid outlet end portion (20) having a liquid outlet opening (18), and further comprises a gas pipeline (22), for conveying gas in the opposite flow direction while liquid is conveyed through the liquid pipeline (12), from a gas inlet end portion (26) having a gas inlet opening (24) to a gas outlet end portion (30) having a gas outlet opening (28), the liquid pipeline (12) and the gas pipeline (22) being formed integrally with one another and the filling connector (10) being formed as an injection-moulded part, the gas pipeline (22) being manufactured using injection technology, such as fluid injection technology, in particular water injection technology, particularly preferably gas injection technology or projectile injection technology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Roechling Automotive AG & Co., KG
    Inventor: Mirco BRUSCO
  • Patent number: 8707754
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for calibrating a plurality of gas flows in a substrate processing system are provided herein. In some embodiments, a substrate processing system may include a cluster tool comprising a first process chamber and a second process chamber coupled to a central vacuum transfer chamber; a first flow controller to provide a process gas to the first process chamber; a second flow controller to provide the process gas to the second process chamber; a mass flow verifier to verify a flow rate from each of the first and second flow controllers; a first conduit to selectively couple the first flow controller to the mass flow verifier; and a second conduit to selectively couple the second flow controller to the mass flow verifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Cruse, John W. Lane, Mariusch Gregor, Duc Buckius, Berrin Daran, Corie Lynn Cobb, Ming Xu, Andrew Nguyen
  • 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: 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: 8656951
    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: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Alphabio, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Gagne, Steven V. Cates
  • Publication number: 20140014204
    Abstract: A connector element for connecting a pump assembly for use in a selective catalytic reduction system to a reagent supply of reagent fluid, the connector element comprising: a reagent flow passage arranged to receive reagent fluid at a first end from the reagent supply and to supply the reagent fluid via a second end to a reagent inlet port for reagent fluid on the pump assembly; a coolant passage for cooling fluid, the coolant passage arranged to be in communication with a coolant port on the pump assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Keith E. Wright, Frank Grumbrecht
  • Publication number: 20130269806
    Abstract: A manifold having a first side, a second side, a first channel extending from the first side to the second side, and a second channel extending from the first side to the second side is disclosed. The first channel and the second channel each define a linear longitudinal axis. In one embodiment, the first channel longitudinal axis and the second channel longitudinal axis are oblique to the first side and the second side of the manifold. The manifold of the present disclosure provides channels that can be easily cleaned and allow for an increased flow performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Rooftop Research, LLC.
    Inventor: Robert S. Burns
  • Publication number: 20130269807
    Abstract: A system includes a pressure vessel configured to receive a pneumatic flow, and to supply pressurized fluid to a spray coating device. The system also includes a first chamber disposed within the pressure vessel, and configured to store a first fluid, and a second chamber disposed within the pressure vessel, and configured to store a second fluid. Furthermore, the system includes a lid removably coupled to the pressure vessel. The system also includes a first fluid pathway extending through the lid, and configured to deliver the first fluid to the first chamber while the lid is coupled to the pressure vessel. In addition, the system includes a second fluid pathway extending through the lid, and configured to deliver the second fluid to the second chamber while the lid is coupled to the pressure vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: FINISHING BRANDS HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventors: Mitchell M. Drozd, Charles John Scott, Christopher W. Poe, Eric Ferdinand Reetz, III
  • Publication number: 20130199640
    Abstract: A fixture for delivering a first fluid over the basin of a sink includes a supply inlet and a delivery outlet for the fluid, the inlet connected to the outlet through a hollow body of the fixture, the hollow body including two straight, hollow metal tubes: a first tube arranged to be mounted next to the basin of the sink in use, and a second tube joined to the wall of the first tube so as to project out over the basin of the sink in use. One or more inserts are provided inside the first metal tube and together define a curved elbow duct inside the first metal tube for guiding the fluid from the first metal tube into the second metal tube. The tubes can be cut at relatively low cost from conventional rolled steel tubing, and the curved elbow duct limits pressure losses inside the first tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Dyson Technology Limited
  • Patent number: 8499790
    Abstract: An adjustable coolant quick coupler has a coolant supplier seat and a transmission seat that can be optionally connected or disconnected. The coolant supplier seat has a regulator assembly. The regulator assembly is able to adjust quantity of flow-in coolant and quantity of flow-out coolant. When the coolant supplier seat is connected to the transmission seat, the coolant can flow automatically from the coolant supplier seat to the transmission seat, so as to cool down electronic components inside a rack. When the coolant supplier seat is disconnected from the transmission seat, the coolant instantly stops flowing into the transmission seat. Because of the quick coupler, the rack installed inside a narrow space is convenient to set up or disassemble. Furthermore, by adjusting the quantity of flow-in coolant and the quantity of flow-out coolant, the electronic components can have a better effect of heat-dissipation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-An Chen, Wei-Ta Shih
  • Patent number: 8499791
    Abstract: A quick coupler has a coolant supplier seat and a transmission seat that can be optionally connected or disconnected. When the coolant supplier seat is connected to the transmission seat, the coolant can flow automatically from the coolant supplier seat to the transmission seat, so as to cool down electronic components inside a rack. When the coolant supplier seat is disconnected from the transmission seat, the coolant instantly stops flowing into the transmission seat. Because of the quick coupler, the rack installed inside a narrow space is convenient to set up or disassemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-An Chen, Wei-Ta Shih
  • Patent number: 8443825
    Abstract: A valve system enables use of a standard single line faucet with a water treatment system. The valve system may include a housing having ports for receiving untreated supply water, supplying water to a water treatment system, receiving treated water from the water treatment system and supplying treated water to a dispenser. The valve system includes an automatic shutoff device that prevents water from flowing into the water treatment system when the dispensing faucet is closed and allows water to flow into the water treatment system when the faucet is open. The valve system may include a pressure relief mechanism that removes pressure from the water treatment system when the faucet is closed and a check valve for maintaining a desired amount of pressure within the valve system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Terry L. Lautzenheiser, David O. Godfrey, Michael E. Miles
  • Publication number: 20130075636
    Abstract: A solenoid valve assembly capable of providing a continuous flow of pressurized inert gas to operate a process tool without interruption. A system comprising the solenoid valve assembly is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony John Smith, Jeffery C. Barthold, William John Dax
  • Patent number: 8398853
    Abstract: A water purifying system having a bypass path supplies raw water to an outlet when a filter assembly is separated from a valve assembly. The water purifying system includes a valve assembly having a valve cover with an inlet and an outlet, and a head member moved up and down within the valve cover to form an inflow path and an outflow path, and a filter assembly removably connected to the valve assembly and mounted with a filter. When the filter assembly is connected to the valve assembly through a linear motion, the filter assembly advances the head member so that a fluid flown in through the inlet is guided to the outlet passing through the filter. When the filter assembly is separated from the valve assembly, the head member is retreated so that the fluid flown through the inlet is guided to the outlet bypassing the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Koog An, Sang Min Park, Young Gwl Park
  • Patent number: 8375970
    Abstract: A valve system enables use of a standard single line faucet with a water treatment system, protects water treatment systems and other fluid flow devices from unnecessary fluid pressure, and regulates or prevents fluid flow to a dispenser or outlet in response to a particular event, such as a leak. The valve system includes a housing having ports for: (1) receiving a supply fluid, (2) supplying the fluid to a device, such as a water treatment system, (3) receiving the fluid from the device and (4) supplying fluid to a dispenser. The valve system also includes an automatic shutoff device within the housing that prevents water from flowing into the housing and the water treatment system when the dispensing outlet is closed and that allows water to flow through the housing and into the water treatment system when the outlet is open. The valve system may also include a second actuator connected to the automatic shutoff that is capable of moving the automatic shutoff to a partially or fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Terry L. Lautzenheiser, David O. Godfrey, Michael E. Miles, Steve O. Mork, Richard B. Bylsma