Multiple Inlet With Multiple Outlet Patents (Class 137/597)
  • Patent number: 10633262
    Abstract: A control valve (10) includes a valve body with a plurality of ports (A, B, C, D, E, F) and a plurality of annular flow passages (53, 55,57). A piston (34) which includes a plurality of annular flow passages and a longitudinal flow passage is selectively movable within a bore (32) within the valve body through operation of a valve controller (70). The valve controller is selectively operative to control the position of the piston so as to enable liquid flow through a plurality of flow paths. The valve controller further includes a installable and removable valve controller housing (74) which is releasibly engageable with a valve base (72). The valve may include a changeable piston and changeable injector and plug components to adapt the valve to different flow and fluid mixing requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CHANDLER SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: William D. Chandler, Jr., Aaron R. Wolfe, Cody A. Harbaugh
  • Patent number: 10627000
    Abstract: A device for controlling or regulating the through-flow amount and/or through-flow direction of fluids, includes: a housing with at least two inlets and/or outlets, at least one arm, which is movably arranged within the housing, and at least one closure element, which is arranged within the housing and is movably connected with the arm. The arm and the closure element connected therewith are arranged and connected with one another such that at least one inlet and/or outlet is able to be closed off by the closure element. The closure element and/or at least one inlet and/or outlet has a curved sealing surface for sealing the inlets and/or outlets. In order to achieve a high degree of mobility of the closure element in the stressed state with simultaneous defined alignment of the closure element in the relieved state, a pre-stressed spring element is arranged between the arm and the closure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Bernd von Birgelen, Leonhard Sylvester Göttgens
  • Patent number: 10571034
    Abstract: A water valve cartridge includes an operation disk which is provided in an assembly space between a cartridge base and a cartridge housing and adjusts degrees of opening and closing of an introduction passage and a discharge passage according to a rotational state so as to adjust an amount of water flow and a water temperature, wherein a cold water introduction hole and a hot water introduction hole which are introduction passages of water supplied from an external source and a plurality of discharge holes which are discharge passages of the introduced water have different rotation radii and are located on the same plane and the operation disk individually opens and closes the cold and hot water introduction holes and the plurality of discharge holes by a separate rotational operation in a state of being stacked in a surface-to-surface manner at a position corresponding to the different rotation radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Jong Koo Kim
  • Patent number: 10531560
    Abstract: An apparatus for toggling circuits includes a plurality of parallel channels each having a first end and a second end, a plurality of ports transverse to the plurality of parallel channels, wherein each port has a plurality of valves corresponding to the plurality of parallel channels, wherein each valve selectively opens and closes in response to an input and wherein opening a valve fills a portion of a port with a conducting fluid. The apparatus also includes a controller communicatively coupled to the input of each valve and configured to complete an electric circuit between the first end of the parallel channel and the port corresponding to the valve when the controller opens the valve. A method executed by a computer and a corresponding computer program product are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vijay Ekambaram, Manikandan Padmanaban, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10480981
    Abstract: A self-draining transmitter mount head includes a head body with a transmitter process coupling port in the head body, an impulse port in the head body, and an impulse passage coupled to the impulse port. An impulse drain passage is coupled between the pressure transmitter port and the impulse passage. The impulse drain passage is positioned at an angle to the impulse passage, and relative to a head installation angle that positions the impulse drain passage to drain away from the transmitter process coupling port through a range of head installation angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: DIETERICH STANDARD, INC.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Kirk Kenyon, John Henry Stehle, Bryce Arthur Bingham, Chad Andrew Steffl, Gregory Robert Strom
  • Patent number: 10481198
    Abstract: A system and method for stress-testing of electronic components are disclosed. The system and method include a stationary bath including a tub that defines an aperture in a plane, in which a plurality of slots are positionable and defined inside the tub and oriented orthogonally with respect to the plane. A dielectric fluid in the tub is heated by a heating element to a predetermined temperature value. A board is configured to be retrievably placed with one of the plurality of slots, the board having a plurality of sockets operable to receive corresponding electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: David Wayne Kaase, Joseph Milton Yehle, James Henry McGee, Jr., Clemon Howell
  • Patent number: 10458662
    Abstract: A boiler loop system including a primary-secondary piping loop interface apparatus including a flow diversion device, and a drain valve, and a drain port in branches from a circumferential sidewall. In an embodiment, supply branch piping and return branch piping connect the primary-secondary piping loop interface apparatus to a boiler and provide attachment points for auxiliary plumbing equipment. In an embodiment, the boiler loop is integrated into the primary loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NIBCO Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Lars Olsen, Michael E. Reck
  • Patent number: 10422433
    Abstract: A valve apparatus includes a valve main body, a shaft body, a first valve element, and a second valve element. The valve main body has a first depressed portion and a second depressed portion in a circular shape, and a first port, a second port, and a third port each communicating with the first depressed portion, and a fourth port and a fifth port each communicating with the second depressed portion. The first port is allowed to selectively communicate with one of the second port and the third port by closure of one of the second port and the third port by the first valve element rotating about an axial direction. A flow amount of a fluid flowing between the fourth port and the fifth port is allowed to be variable by closure of the fourth port by the second valve element rotating about the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kosuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10344878
    Abstract: A rotary hydraulic distribution manifold for water play features comprising in one example: a fluid inlet; a housing having a fluid conduit to the fluid inlet; a distribution liner positioned within the housing; the distribution liner having a surface defining a distribution liner port; the housing having surfaces defining a plurality of housing outlets; and a drive unit configured to rotate the distribution liner within the housing to sequentially align the distribution liner port with the housing outlets so as to intermittently provide a fluid conduit between the fluid inlet and one or more housing outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Avalanche Waterslides, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary M. Stone, Lance C. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10337644
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an adjustable valve grip is presented. In an embodiment, the adjustable valve grip comprises a first portion and a second portion wherein the second portion is operatively connected to the first portion and wherein the first portion is dimensioned such a way that the first portion is capable of being snap-fit over a gas cylinder valve handle and wherein the second portion is dimensioned in such a way as to be capable of being adjusted through its operative connection to the first portion so that when the first portion has been snap fit over a gas cylinder valve handle a user can adjust the second portion to bring the second portion into firm contact with the gas cylinder valve handle, and wherein at least one of the first portion, or the second portion, or both are colored in such a way as to be easily visible to the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Guy A Mouton, Samuel C. Rinaldo
  • Patent number: 10315635
    Abstract: A braking circuit including at least an auxiliary right valve (200) and an auxiliary left valve (300) suitable to allow braking on both sides, right and left of a vehicle, when this is required, but allowing to apply a pressure braking only on one of the two sides, right or left, when this is required to provide a steering function, characterized in that the circuit further comprises a master valve (400) having two positions: a first position when the vehicle has a velocity under a threshold wherein separate and selective right or left braking is authorized and a second position when the vehicle has a velocity above said threshold wherein said master valve (400) connects both a right braking line (204, 1205) and a left braking line (304, 1305) to an output braking line (110) so that if a braking is requested both right braking line (204, 1204) and left braking line (304, 1305) are under pressure and selective right or left braking is forbidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: POCLAIN HYDRAULICS INDUSTRIE
    Inventor: Marko Zust
  • Patent number: 10280598
    Abstract: A faucet assembly includes a faucet body defining a hot water inlet, a cold water inlet and at least one water outlet; a valve cartridge detachably received in the faucet body, the valve cartridge defines a mixing chamber and the hot water from the hot water inlet and the cold water from the cold water inlet is mixed in the mixing chamber and flows out via the water outlet; and a valve plate detachably assembled to the faucet body. The faucet body is provided with a hot water pipe connecting the hot water inlet and the mixing chamber. The hot water pipe is formed with a hot water stop valve assembly detachably assembled thereto. The faucet body is provided with a cold water pipe connecting the cold water inlet and the mixing chamber. The cold water pipe is formed with a cold water stop valve assembly detachably assembled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: DAHATA INC.
    Inventor: Jeffery Tzeng
  • Patent number: 10161249
    Abstract: The invention relates to a suction/compression assembly for aspirating/compressing gases from/in a system to/from an external environment. The assembly includes an operating machine comprising a body, which defines a chamber, within which one or more rotors are housed, rotating about a corresponding rotation axis. Such a chamber has a symmetrical transverse section evaluated on a plane with respect to at least one first reference plane on which said rotation axis lies. The assembly comprises a device for injecting gas into said chamber which comprises a manifold, connectable to an external source, and a plurality of injection pipes connected to the manifold and to the body of the machine. The body defines a plurality of injection passages, each of which is configured to make one of said injection pipes communicating with the chamber of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Jurop S.P.a.
    Inventor: Danilo Santarossa
  • Patent number: 10133057
    Abstract: An electrowetting element comprising a first fluid and a second fluid immiscible with the first fluid. A support plate comprises an electrode, a support plate surface and a substrate. An inorganic dielectric layer is located between the substrate and the support plate surface and is transmissive to light in the visible spectrum. An organic dielectric layer is located between the substrate and the support plate surface and is transmissive to visible light. The inorganic dielectric layer has an inorganic dielectric layer deformation behavior and the organic dielectric layer has an organic dielectric layer deformation behavior substantially equal to the inorganic dielectric layer deformation behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cristina Maria Petcu, Toru Sakai
  • Patent number: 10124335
    Abstract: An integrated fluidic module includes a fluid manifold, a valve stator, a valve rotor and a valve housing. The fluid manifold includes microchannels connected to a sample reaction unit, and fluid input channels connected to fluid sources. The valve stator includes at least one groove and plural through holes, at least one groove is connected with at least one of the plural through holes, and parts of the groove and through holes are communicated with the microchannels and the fluid input channels. The valve rotor includes at least one groove. The valve housing accommodates the valve rotor and the valve stator. When the valve rotor is rotated to different positions, at least one groove of the valve rotor is connected with at least one through hole or groove of the valve stator to provide at least one fluid path and enable fluids provided by the fluid sources to be directed to corresponding chambers of the sample reaction unit through the fluid path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS INT'L (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
    Inventors: Qian Liang, Revata Utama, Yi-shao Liu
  • Patent number: 10094377
    Abstract: An oil pump for a vehicle includes a driven gear, a drive gear, a pump body, and a plate. The drive gear engages the driven gear. The pump body is secured to a rear cover of a transaxle case. The plate is interposed between the rear cover and the pump body. A pump chamber is formed between the rear cover and the pump body. The driven gear and the drive gear are housed in the pump chamber. The pump chamber is formed: between the plate and the pump body, or between the plate and the rear cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Obata, Hiromichi Kimura, Takeshi Kuwahara, Katsuhide Kitagawa, Kunio Morisawa, Masamitsu Seno, Hirotaka Yata, Tomoo Atarashi
  • Patent number: 10082444
    Abstract: A method for detecting a failure in a fuel return valve of an aircraft engine fuel circuit, the fuel circuit including a fuel tank, an engine fuel system connected to the fuel tank capable of delivering a flow of fuel to the engine depending on a speed of the engine, a fuel return pipe connected between the engine fuel system and the fuel tank, a fuel return valve arranged to switch between an open and closed position, the valve being capable of blocking the fuel return pipe in the closed position, and of bringing the fuel return pipe into communication with the fuel tank in the open position, the method including measuring a pressure of the flow of fuel from the fuel tank, and if the measured pressure is lower than a predefined threshold, measuring the engine speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Antoine Veyrat-Masson, Nicolas Gomes, Lauranne Mottet
  • Patent number: 10072765
    Abstract: A spool assembly is disclosed for use in a valve. The spool assembly may have a cylindrical body that is hollow and has a least one radially oriented orifice that passes through a wall of the cylindrical body. The spool assembly may also have an insert slidably disposed inside the cylindrical body. The insert may have a land that axially divides a space inside the cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Beschorner, Mikhail A. Sorokin
  • Patent number: 10036326
    Abstract: A method detects a failure in a fuel return valve of an aircraft engine fuel circuit. A fuel system is connected to a fuel tank of the circuit and includes a high-pressure pump delivering a flow rate to an actuating cylinder, a cutoff valve capable of feeding the actuating cylinder disposed in a feed pipe of the engine; a fuel return pipe; a fuel return valve arranged to switch between an open position and a closed position. The method includes starting the engine at an engine speed; increasing the engine speed until a flow rate reaches a predefined value sufficient for opening the cutoff valve; measuring the position of the actuating cylinder and an engine speed corresponding to the opening of said cutoff valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Antoine Veyrat-Masson, Nicolas Gomes, Lauranne Mottet
  • Patent number: 10025326
    Abstract: A mixer valve for sanitary fixtures is provided. The mixer valve includes a pressure regulator, a piston, a thermostatic element, and a flow diverter. The pressure regulator is operable to regulate hot water flow from a hot water inflow opening and cold water flow from a cold water inflow opening to a mixing chamber. The piston is operable to regulate a temperature of mixed water flow resulting from mixing of the hot water flow and the cold water flow in the mixing chamber. The thermostatic element is operable to move the piston in response to changes in the temperature of the mixed water flow. The flow diverter is operable to divert the mixed water flow from the mixed water outflow opening to multiple connected users. The pressure regulator is fluidically upstream of the piston and the thermostatic element. The piston and the thermostatic element are fluidically upstream of the flow diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Riobel Inc.
    Inventor: Giordano Ottelli
  • Patent number: 10010827
    Abstract: A method for pathogen destruction in dilute sewage sludge or other dilute streams containing pathogens, including Helminth ova, while minimizing vapor generation and atmospheric emissions. In addition to conventional waste treatment steps, including grit removal, clarification, and concentration of waste material, vaporized waste treatment compounds are recycled to treat divert untreated waste in a scrubber. In the scrubber, waste material is treated while also acting as a reactive agent to scrub potentially hazardous or noxious gas, particularly gaseous MITC, from the treatment system. Recycling of vaporized treatment compounds provides a reduction of potentially toxic emissions and increased efficiency during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Harry Buckholtz
  • Patent number: 10011082
    Abstract: A tire repair and inflation device having a housing, a cavity for receiving and removably retaining a disposable self-contained aerosol container as a source of sealant, a disposable self-contained aerosol container containing sealant under pressure and a release valve. The device also includes a compressor and a multi-way valve, the multi-way valve having a first inlet for receiving sealant from the disposable self-contained aerosol container upon actuation of the release valve and a second inlet for receiving air under pressure from the compressor and an outlet for selectively discharging sealant and compressed air to a tire under repair, wherein the sealant being delivered to the multi-way valve and the compressed air being delivered to the multi-way valve act independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Plews, Inc.
    Inventors: Toby Kuntzelman, Joel R. Hemme
  • Patent number: 10006890
    Abstract: A chromatography system includes a separation column that separates a sample carried by a compressible mobile phase flow into analytes and a splitter in fluidic communication with the separation column to receive and divide the compressible mobile phase flow into first and second mobile phase streams in accordance with a split ratio. A thermally modulated variable restrictor is coupled between the splitter and a detector. The restrictor receives the first mobile phase stream from the splitter and has a temperature element in thermal communication with the first mobile phase stream to exchange heat therewith. A controller, in communication with the restrictor, dynamically adjusts a temperature setting of the temperature element of the restrictor to adjust the heat exchange between the thermally modulated variable restrictor and the first mobile phase stream in order to keep the split ratio constant throughout a chromatographic run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael O. Fogwill, Joseph D. Michienzi, James P. Murphy
  • Patent number: 9963859
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting having a housing with at least one mixing unit for mixing a cold water and a hot water into a mixed water, wherein the mixed water can be directed through a first flow path and a second flow path to a spout of the housing, and wherein the first flow path can be at least partially closed by a first valve and the second flow path can be at least partially closed by a second valve, so that an outflow of the mixed water from the spout can be controlled by means of the first valve and the second valve independently from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventors: David Mainka, Felix Hamer
  • Patent number: 9962693
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention relates to a fluidic system (200) in which a first channel (210) and a second channel (230) are separated by a fluidic stop (220), for example a region with a hydrophobic coating and/or a structure (220) with non-capillary internal dimensions. Moreover, it comprises a flexible element (240) that is deformable to enable a flow of a medium across the fluidic stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Godefridus Johannes Verhoeckx, Nicole Henrica Maria Smulders, Toon Hendrik Evers, Monica Scholten, Menno Willem Jose Prins
  • Patent number: 9939075
    Abstract: A fluid control and processing system comprising a cartridge and an instrument for operating the cartridge. The cartridge comprises a cylinder body comprising a cylinder and a fluid port. It further comprises dispensing ports to drive a fluid flow, each dispensing port being positioned to be connectable, when the instrument is operating the cartridge, with at least a fluid port by rotation of the cylinder body. The instrument comprises a piston driver for driving the piston. The system further comprises: reversible fastening means for fastening the piston when the piston driver is rotated with respect to the piston, so that the movement of the piston is controlled by the piston driver; and rotating means comprising a cylinder driver constitutive of the instrument for rotating the cylinder body around the axis A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BIOCARTIS NV
    Inventors: Gerard Kroon, Ronald De Gier
  • Patent number: 9929065
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for packaging a chip and packaged chips in which the chip and packaging are co-planar and gap-less. In certain instances, the packaged chip has electrodes or fluidics integrated with the chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Multerra Bio, Inc.
    Inventor: Kaveh M. Milaninia
  • Patent number: 9878144
    Abstract: A connector which couples to an outlet conduit to decrease an outlet conduit passageway pressure differential between outlet conduit opposing first and second ends, whereby the connector includes a mixing chamber having a first inlet port in fluidic communication with a connector first open end and the mixing chamber; an outlet port in fluidic communication with the mixing chamber and a connector second open end; and a second inlet port in fluidic communication with the connector second open end and the mixing chamber. Additionally, a connector including a connector internal surface defining a connector passageway which communicates between connector first and second open ends; and a sensor module operatively coupled to the connector passageway to sense a parameter of a first fluid flowing in a first fluid flow path through the connector passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: WilMarc Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Paul C. Ciccone, William A. Coulson, Marcia Coulson
  • Patent number: 9804048
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to generating a signal indicative of a differential pressure using a first absolute pressure sensor and a second absolute pressure sensor, each having a positive relation transducer configured to generate an electrical signal that increases in response to increasing pressure and a negative relation transducer configured to generate an electrical signal that decreases in response to increasing pressure. The first and second positive relation transducers of the first and second absolute pressure sensors, respectively, are electrically connected as a first leg of a Wheatstone bridge at a first output node. The first and second negative relation transducers of the first and second absolute pressure sensors, respectively, are electrically connected as a second leg of a Wheatstone bridge at a second output node. Both positive and both negative relation transducers are connected to a first and a second bias node of the Wheatstone bridge, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventor: Weibin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9802171
    Abstract: An exemplary compounding system and method can include a transfer set that includes a manifold for assisting in transferring a plurality of ingredients from supply container(s) to a final container. The manifold can include a first channel in fluid communication with at least one primary ingredient, and a second channel in fluid communication with a plurality of secondary ingredients. The first channel and second channel can be in fluid isolation from each other such that the at least one primary ingredient does not mix with the plurality of secondary ingredients within the manifold. The transfer set can include a plurality of inlet lines in fluid communication with the manifold and two outlet lines configured for connection to two separate pumps and eventually being in fluid communication with the final container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: B. BRAUN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Karl Konrad, Jr., Joel Bartholomew, Mike Janders, Linda M. Ammermann, Benjamin R. Lane, Mariano Mumpower, Aaron S. Pearl
  • Patent number: 9759621
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to generating a signal indicative of a differential pressure using a first absolute pressure sensor and a second absolute pressure sensor, each having a positive relation transducer configured to generate an electrical signal that increases in response to increasing pressure and a negative relation transducer configured to generate an electrical signal that decreases in response to increasing pressure. The first and second positive relation transducers of the first and second absolute pressure sensors, respectively, are electrically connected as a first leg of a Wheatstone bridge at a first output node. The first and second negative relation transducers of the first and second absolute pressure sensors, respectively, are electrically connected as a second leg of a Wheatstone bridge at a second output node. Both positive and both negative relation transducers are connected to a first and a second bias node of the Wheatstone bridge, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventor: Weibin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9739384
    Abstract: A ceramic control valve may include a control shaft bolt, an upper ceramic piece, and a lower ceramic piece secured in a valve shell, and a valve base formed on a bottom of the ceramic control valve connects with the valve shell to prevent the components from falling out of valve shell. The ceramic control valve of the faucet can control the tap water and the filtered water, and also provides hot water, cold water, or different mixing ratios of hot water and cold water without installing another ceramic control valve. Therefore, the design of the present invention simplifies the complexity in structure, and it is convenient for a user to control the filtered water and the tap water with the different mixing ratios of hot water and cold water by a single ceramic control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Hain Yo Enterprises Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Po Chang
  • Patent number: 9732668
    Abstract: The invention concerns a discharge valve (17) intended to be fitted in a discharge duct of an apparatus designed to be driven by a fluid, in particular a turbocharger driven by the exhaust gases from an engine. The discharge valve (17) comprises a cavity (83) having a first (85), a second (87) and a third aperture (89), each intended to be connected to a respective duct, the discharge valve (17) also comprising first (91) and second (93) means for closing the first (85) and second (87) apertures, respectively, in order to control communication between the ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes de Controle Moteur
    Inventors: Grégory Hodebourg, Sébastien Potteau
  • Patent number: 9682520
    Abstract: A sealant dispenser is disclosed, which can cooperate with an air compressor for repairing punctured tires. The sealant dispenser generally includes a bottle with a top opening being filled with a chemical sealant, a cap capable of covering the top opening of the bottle, a control element that normally closes an air input connection tube and a sealant output connection tube provided at the cap, and a swing element. In use, the air input connection tube is connected to an air compressor, and the sealant output connection tube is connected to a punctured tire. The serving element is operated to conduct a semicircle swing to allow the compressed air of the air compressor to flow into the bottle to force the chemical sealant to flow into the interior of the punctured tire for repairing the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Wen-San Chou
  • Patent number: 9650768
    Abstract: A valve assembly for a shower/tub system is provided. The assembly includes a valve body assembly having a molded base, a first inlet connection fitting configured to fluidly attach a first fluid source to the molded base, a second inlet connection fitting configured to fluidly attach a second fluid source to the molded base, a first outlet connection fitting configured to fluidly attach a shower fixture to the molded base, and a second outlet connection fitting configured to fluidly attach a tub nozzle to the molded base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Brian Wayne Johnson, Todd Andrew Huffington, Paul Patton
  • Patent number: 9632065
    Abstract: A valve having a valve cap with a plurality of process conduits extending therethrough, each one of the plurality of process conduits ending in a process port at a valve cap interface. The valve also has a valve body defining a valve body interface facing the valve cap interface, a diaphragm positioned between the valve cap interface and the valve body interface, across the process ports, and a purge line provided through one of the valve cap and the valve body. The valve further comprises a sealing assembly located in the valve body. The sealing assembly is configured and positioned to block fluid leaked through the diaphragm such that the fluid leaked through the diaphragm is discharged via and exit of the purge line of the valve. A chromatographic system including the valve and a method of operation thereof are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: MÉCANIQUE ANALYTIQUE INC.
    Inventor: Yves Gamache
  • Patent number: 9541204
    Abstract: A valve manifold has a housing with a central mixing chamber and a shell surface. The shell surface of the valve manifold has at least two valve ports, with each valve port being associated with one valve. A first valve port has three openings, and additional valve ports each having three openings. A respective first opening of the valve ports is in direct fluid communication with the central mixing chamber, and the second and third openings of the valve ports are each in fluid communication with an inflow or outflow via a duct. A bottom of the mixing chamber, in relation to a plane arranged perpendicularly to a vertical longitudinal axis of the housing, has a slope towards the first opening of the first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Buerkert Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Equit, Ralf Kettemann
  • Patent number: 9533088
    Abstract: A flow reversing device for performing blood treatment can include a flow reversing actuator. The flow reversing actuator can receive and engage a disposable tubing set with multiple branches that form forward and reverse blood flow paths respectively when blood the flow reversing actuator is selectively changed between forward and reverse configurations. The shape of the tubing can be such that during forward operation, dead regions of non-flowing blood are defined. The flow reversing actuator can have a controller configured to operate generally in forward mode. At first times, the controller can cause the flow reversing actuator to clear the dead regions. At second times, the controller can cause the flow reversing actuator to test for leaks by reversing the flow of blood for a period of time sufficient to cause air to be drawn into the tubing set and conveyed to an air sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: James M. Brugger, Christopher McDowell
  • Patent number: 9523366
    Abstract: A self-protecting valve assembly for use in conjunction with a sump pump test and monitoring system having a test control module which generates a valve control signal for opening the valve to initiate a test cycle. The valve assembly includes an electrically-actuated valve which is responsive only to a valve-actuating signal and not to the valve control signal. A conversion circuit in the valve assembly converts the valve control signal to a valve actuating signal to actuate the valve. This protects the valve from receiving a false actuating signal in the event of a failure in the test control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Beacon Technical Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene M. Cummings, Try Ty
  • Patent number: 9487935
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dual-purpose faucet comprising a faucet pipe, a ball valve for gradually blocking and unblocking the faucet pipe at the free end thereof, and a fountain check valve extending through the upper surface of the faucet pipe from within the faucet pipe. When a fluid is being discharged from the faucet pipe, and, at which point, as the control means is operated so as to block the faucet pipe, the backpressure created as a result thereof, upon reaching a threshold pressure, causes the fountain check valve to open allowing the fluid to pass therethrough resulting in the discharge of a fluid jet therefrom; the trajectory of the fluid jet adjustable by adjusting the control means as adjusting the control means regulates the backpressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: John Steven Waddell
  • Patent number: 9476511
    Abstract: Disclosed is a valve device capable of washing an internal pipe in a hot water boiler wherein an operating part is not brought into contact with a body made of a metal material, and even though the valve device is not used for a long period of time, the operating part does not adhere to the body, and wherein the valve device is simple in configuration so that it can be easily mounted on a restricted installation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: KOFULSO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung-il Oh
  • Patent number: 9442498
    Abstract: A method of hydraulic fracturing of an oil producing formation includes the provision of a heating apparatus which is transportable and that has a vessel for containing water. A water stream of cool or cold water is transmitted from a source to a mixer, the cool or cold water stream being at ambient temperature. The mixer has an inlet that receives cool or cold water from the source and an outlet that enables a discharge of a mix of cool or cold water and the hot water. After mixing in the mixer, the water assumes a temperature that is suitable for mixing with chemicals that are used in the fracturing process, such as a temperature of about 40°-120° F.+(4.4-48.9 C+). An outlet discharges a mix of the cool and hot water to surge tanks or to mixing tanks In the mixing tanks, a proppant and an optional selected chemical or chemicals are added to the water which has been warmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Heat On-The-Fly L.L.C.
    Inventor: Ransom Mark Hefley
  • Patent number: 9411358
    Abstract: A control mechanism for manually adjusting a plurality of control parameters, the control mechanism including a mechanical multiple axis handle movable about a plurality of axes of rotation for operating an operated device, wherein each of the axes of rotation pass through the handle, and a movement transformation assembly to transform rotational movements of the handle to control commands to the operated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Eran Ben-Dor
  • Patent number: 9353440
    Abstract: Provided are gas distribution apparatus with a delivery channel having an inlet end, an outlet end and a plurality of apertures spaced along the length. The inlet end is connectable to an inlet gas source and the outlet end is connectible with a vacuum source. Also provided are gas distribution apparatus with spiral delivery channels, intertwined spiral delivery channels, splitting delivery channels, merging delivery channels and shaped delivery channels in which an inlet end and outlet end are configured for rapid exchange of gas within the delivery channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhenbin Ge, Chien-Teh Kao, Joel M. Huston, Mei Chang
  • Patent number: 9335005
    Abstract: A system and method for a fluid manifold with a sensor inlet and sensor outlet located on the same side of the body of the fluid manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith L. Galle, Michael B. Strozewski
  • Patent number: 9309983
    Abstract: A fluid draw-off block joint includes an inlet channel, an outlet channel, and a closure portion. The inlet channel has a first end communicating with an outlet channel of a single-line block joint, and a second end communicating with an inlet channel of an outlet on-off valve. The outlet channel has a first end communicating with an outlet channel of the outlet on-off valve, and a second end being open through a side surface in a line exit direction. The closure portion closes an opening of a bifurcated channel of a plural-line block joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ryuji Yogo, Takahiro Matsuda, Izuru Shikata, Shinya Nojima
  • Patent number: 9283348
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an electronic flow selector of a fluid flow control system may be used to select a flow rate of a fluid. When the system is in an electronic mode, an encoder may electronically encode the fluid flow selection. A controller may receive the electronically encoded flow selection and transmit a corresponding control signal to an electronic valve to allow the fluid to flow at the selected flow rate. When the system is in a manual mode, backup manual flow selectors may be used to directly control the flow rate of a fluid. When the system is in a manual mode, the mechanical backup flow selectors may be in a deployed position. When the system is in an electronic mode, the mechanical backup flow selectors may be in a retracted position. Particular applications to gases and anesthesia delivery are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: SHENZHEN MINDRAY BIO-MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Peter B. Schon, Richard G. Cipolli, Geoffrey C. Jawidzik, Luo Jiancheng, Li An, Hu Min
  • Patent number: 9126202
    Abstract: A modular mounting and connection or interconnection system for microfluidic devices (20) includes a plurality of end-butting compression-sealing fluid connectors or adapters (32), and one or more clamping structures (54, 56) each structured to hold one of the fluid connectors (32) in compression against a planar surface of a microfluidic device (20), and to press against the device, on another directly opposing planar surface thereof, either a contact pad (48) or another of the fluid connectors (32), with each clamping structure (54,56) including an individually moveable compression-providing element such as a compression screw (36) structured to provide a controlled amount of compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Olivier Lobet, Paul Delautre
  • Patent number: 9125305
    Abstract: Method and devices are provided that integrate various internal channels and inlet and outlet ports, configured to operate with air or fluidics, with electrical circuitry. The devices comprise internal channels and outlet/inlet ports that are integrated into multiple layers of printed circuit boards. A multi-layer printed circuit board assembly is produced by laminating the plurality of layers together. The multi-layer printed circuit board assembly can accommodate a variety of off-the-shelf components, as well as electrical circuits and electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Delta Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith E. G. Emery, Thomas Jones
  • Patent number: 9116526
    Abstract: The present invention is one that prevents standard gas from remaining in a standard gas line to prevent a concentration of standard gas from being reduced due to adsorption, modification, or the like, and has: a diluent gas line provided with a diluent gas flow rate controlling mechanism; a standard gas line provided with a standard gas flow rate controlling mechanism; an output gas line joined by the diluent gas line and standard gas line and outputs the standard gas having a predetermined concentration; an exhaust gas line connected to an upstream side of the standard gas flow rate controlling mechanism in the standard gas line and provided with an on/off valve and a flow rate control part; and a control part that, depending on a flow rate of the standard gas flowing through the standard gas line or the type of the standard gas, switches on/off the on/off valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Hashimoto, Junichi Miyaji