Having Direct Response Valve (e.g., Check Valve, Etc.) Patents (Class 137/601.2)
  • Patent number: 11666745
    Abstract: In one aspect, a valve includes a valve body rotatable about a central axis of the valve body, an interior channel adjacent the valve body for permitting a fluid to flow through an axial opening of the interior channel, and a plug within the interior channel that is movable between a first axial position at the axial opening and a second axial position spaced apart from the axial opening. In the first axial position, the plug closes the axial opening to prevent the fluid from flowing through the axial opening in a first direction and to prevent the fluid from flowing through the axial opening in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction. In the second axial position, the plug permits the fluid to flow through the axial opening into the interior channel in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon F. Moss, Bert D. Egley
  • Patent number: 11448140
    Abstract: Testable, redundant pneumatic control assemblies and related systems and methods are described herein. An example pneumatic control assembly described herein includes first, second, and third parallel supply channels between a compressed air supply and valve header, first, second, and third parallel vent channels between a vent and the valve header, and first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth logic valves. The first and sixth logic valves are disposed in the first parallel supply channel and the first parallel vent channel, the second and third logic valves are disposed in the second parallel supply channel and second parallel vent channel, and the fourth and fifth logic valves are disposed in the third parallel supply channel and third parallel vent channel. The pneumatic control assembly also includes a first, second, and third solenoid valves to control certain ones of the logic valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management Power and Water Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Sweeney, Ryan Michael Purtell, Kolin Hundertmark, Michael Henry Winwood, Samuel David Onuska, Michael David Scandrol
  • Patent number: 9920849
    Abstract: An air valve may include a sheet on a panel that serves as a portion of one wall of an air-cooled enclosure. The panel has a first aperture, having a first radius. The sheet may be deformable and resilient, and have a conductive film on one surface and a second aperture. A plurality of leaves lie in a plane parallel to the panel and extend inwardly a particular distance from a perimeter define the second aperture. The perimeter has a second radius equal to the first radius. The particular distance is less than the second radius. The leaves may deform in response to airflow. The second aperture has a first diameter and first depth in an un-deformed state, and a second diameter and second depth in a deformed state. The second diameter and second depth are greater than the first diameter and first depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Don A. Gilliland, Dennis J. Wurth
  • Patent number: 9022072
    Abstract: A valve array includes a reservoir containing a pressurized fluid, a non-return valve and a seat valve that is actuatable so as to allow the fluid to flow out of the reservoir. The seat valve is configured as a pilot control valve connected to the reservoir such that, in an open condition of the seat valve, a smaller amount of the fluid flows out of the reservoir via the seat valve and a larger amount of the fluid flows out of the reservoir via the non-return valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventor: Thomas Pippes
  • Patent number: 9016310
    Abstract: An automatic water shut-off valve for low pressure includes: a body having a nipple formed at a lower portion thereof; a rubber diaphragm inserted into a protruding threaded pipe formed at an outside portion of the body; and a pressure supporter pressurizing the rubber diaphragm, wherein the pressure supporter has a drain hole and the fixing cap has a cap drain hole, so that the fluid is drained through a fluid flow hole of the rubber diaphragm in the case of compressible air fluid or at pressure lower than set pressure and is stopped when the fluid switching face of the rubber diaphragm is grounded to a fluid stop protrusion of the pressure supporter in the case of incompressible fluid or at pressure higher than set pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Hong Kun Shin
  • Patent number: 9016317
    Abstract: A valve for selectively fluidly communicating a first fluid volume and a second fluid volume includes a valve body, an inlet orifice in fluid communication with the first fluid volume, and an outlet aperture in fluid communication with the second fluid volume. The valve also includes an activation member axially movable relative to the valve body. The valve is operable in a first mode in which the valve opens in response to manual actuation of the activation member. The valve is operable in a second mode in which the valve opens when a pressure difference between the first and second fluid volumes reaches a predetermined value, and the valve closes when the pressure difference between the first and second fluid volumes is less than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventor: James O. Myrhum, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9010364
    Abstract: A valve for regulating the flow of fluid through an access port in a fluid chamber includes a body having a first end and a second end, the second end being located in the access port and the first end protruding outside of the access port. An axial bore extends from the first end to the second end, an injection fitting is formed at the first end of the body in fluid communication with the axial bore, and the second end of the body includes a selective sealing interface. The body forms a sealing interface with a threaded inner wall surface of the access port. A one-way valve assembly is positioned within the axial bore, and is arranged to permit a flow of fluid therethrough in a downstream direction and prevent the flow of fluid therethrough in an upstream direction. A bypass passageway extends from the selective sealing interface separate from the axial bore. A connecting passageway connects the bypass passageway with the axial bore upstream of the one-way valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Tokach, William C. Shelbourn, Scott N. Schuh
  • Patent number: 8944098
    Abstract: A valve assembly is disposed within a water supply line upstream of a water meter or other delivery location and is structured to eliminate or significantly reduce the passage of air there through to the upstream location. A valve body includes a sealing portion sealing disposed within the supply line and in interruptive, exposed relation to a path of fluid flow there through. One or more valve members are biased into sealing relation to a plurality of valve seat openings formed in the sealing portion. A sufficient, predetermined biasing force is exerted on the valve members to maintain them into a sealing orientation with the valve seats, thereby preventing the opening of the valve members until a sufficient water pressure is exerted thereon by a flow water, from which the air has been removed, along the path of fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Bocos, Juan Carlos Bocos Vilar
  • Patent number: 8936040
    Abstract: A solenoid valve has a tapered valve seat disposed between a first flow passage and a second flow passage, a reduced diameter side of the valve seat that is connected with the first flow passage, and a valve body having a closing portion that reduces its diameter toward a tip facing the valve seat. The first flow passage and the second flow passage are connected/disconnected by sliding the valve body for contacting/detaching the closing portion to the valve seat, and a groove is disposed on the closing portion facing the direction of a fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Nippon Soken, Inc., Advics Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonori Tominaga, Masuhiro Kondoh, Shinichi Tsujimura, Yoshitada Katayama
  • Patent number: 8931508
    Abstract: A vapor isolation valve includes a first chamber in fluid communication with a fuel tank and a second chamber disposed with respect to the first chamber. A diaphragm is disposed between the first and second chambers, has an orifice allowing fluid communication therebetween, and is moveable between a diaphragm open position and a diaphragm closed position. A third chamber is disposed adjacent the first chamber, relative to the diaphragm, and is in fluid communication with an exit passage. The diaphragm open position allows fluid communication between the first and third chambers, and the diaphragm closed position substantially restricts fluid communication therebetween. A pilot valve is disposed between the second and third chambers and is selectively moveable between a pilot open position configured to allow fluid communication between the second and third chambers and a pilot closed position configured to block fluid communication therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Charles J. Martin, Matthew L. Erdmann, James P. Ostrosky
  • Patent number: 8919372
    Abstract: A valve assembly for an injection valve has a valve body with a central longitudinal axis and a cavity with a fluid inlet portion and a fluid outlet portion, a valve needle axially movable in the cavity, the needle preventing a fluid flow in a closing position and releasing the fluid flow via a main fluid line in further positions, a member being fixedly associated to the needle and having a surface facing the outlet portion, a first chamber embodied in the cavity, a second chamber being part of the main line, and a one-way-valve which is hydraulically arranged between the first and second chamber to prevent a fluid flow through a first fluid path in a closing position of the one-way-valve and to release a fluid flow through the first fluid path between the first and second chamber in further positions of the one-way-valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Gianbattista Fischetti, Luigi Gargiulo, Marco Mechi, Ileana Romeo
  • Patent number: 8763419
    Abstract: A motor-operated valve configured to control the flow rate during a normal flow and pass the fluid so as to minimize pressure loss during a reverse flow, and a refrigeration cycle using the same, are provided. It is configured such that during a normal flow, the fluid is made to flow only from between the main valve member and the orifice to perform flow rate control, and during a reverse flow, all or a majority of the fluid is made to flow to a bypass channel without being passed through the orifice to decrease pressure loss as much as possible. A check valve member which closes the bypass channel during a normal flow and opens it during a reverse flow is provided in the valve main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fujikoki Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Suganama
  • Patent number: 8739825
    Abstract: A device for the protection against the rupture of pipes carrying a fluid includes two or more flow channels and a closing element which interrupts the flow of fluid if a predetermined permissible volume flow is exceeded. At least one of the flow channels can be closed by a test closure in order to increase the flow speed in the remaining flow channels and for test purposes to bring about a movement of the closing element into the closing position. In this way, devices for the protection against the rupture of pipes integrated into complex systems carrying a fluid can be tested in situ to verify their proper functioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Juergen Laude
  • Patent number: 8720481
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a fluid leak detection and shutdown for a fluid distribution system having a total system flow rate. The apparatus includes a solenoid shutoff valve having a normally open state and an activated closed state with a flow capacity matched to the total fluid distribution system flow rate. The apparatus also has a primary fluid flow line and a smaller capacity secondary fluid flow line. The apparatus includes a flow sensor in fluid communication with the secondary fluid flow line, wherein the flow sensor has a perceptible output and a flow rate capacity less than the solenoid shutoff flow capacity. Operationally, the flow sensor receives a portion of the solenoid shutoff valve flow capacity in priority over the primary fluid flow line, allowing the flow sensor to detect minimal flow rates and using the perceptible output to activate the solenoid shutoff valve into the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Duane Guy
  • Patent number: 8684034
    Abstract: A micromechanical pressure relief valve arrangement comprises a stack of wafers. An active pressure relief valve is realized within the stack of wafers. A passive pressure relief valve is also realized within the stack of wafers, arranged in parallel to the active pressure relief valve. A check valve, also realized within the stack of wafers, is arranged in series with both the active pressure relief valve and the passive pressure relief valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Nanospace AB
    Inventors: Tor-Arne Grönland, Pelle Rangsten, Kerstin Jonsson, Johan Bejhed
  • Patent number: 8671971
    Abstract: An apparatus for indicating a leak in a beverage dispensing system and sealing a leak in a beverage dispensing system includes a deactivating means including a channel, a sealing ball, a sealing element and a reset means. The sealing ball and sealing element are located within the channel. When a leak is present, the sealing ball is moved from its resting position. Once the leak reaches a predetermined level, the sealing ball is pressed against the sealing element by the force of the gas in the chamber. This seals the chamber and prevents further gas flow through the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Meier
  • Patent number: 8474787
    Abstract: The invention relates to a valve cartridge for a solenoid valve, having a capsule, a valve insert that is inserted by a first end into the capsule and on its other end receives a valve body with a main valve seat. A lower valve part is axially braced on the valve insert, and a flat filter for filtering out dirt particles is connected via a retaining element to the lower valve part. According to the invention, the retaining element includes at least one component on the flat filter side and at least one corresponding component on the lower valve part side, which makes at least one partial clamping connection between the flat filter and the lower valve part. The invention further relates to a solenoid valve having such a valve cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Fink, Joerg Fricke-Schmidt, Hans-Peter Bartosch
  • Patent number: 8413688
    Abstract: A device (100, 200, 200bis, 300, 300bis) for controlling a pilot pressure signal of hydraulic valves (3), for controlling the handling of gravitational loads (M), operating between two pilot lines (108, 109, 208, 209, 308, 309) between the valve (3) and a cylinder (1) adapted to sustain the load (M). The device (100, 200, 200bis, 300, 300bis) is a two-way and two-position valve for the communication between the cylinder stem-side pilot line (5) and the valve-side line (3) and is a valve which can take an open position and a partialized position, or anyway it never takes a closed position. The device (100, 200, 200bis, 300, 300bis) can take a position so that the fluid passage between the pilot lines (108, 109, 208, 209, 308, 309) is never completely closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Walvoil S.p.A.
    Inventor: Ivan Bassoli
  • Patent number: 8387654
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic pressure reducing valve. A body includes a hollow portion, an inlet portion and an outlet portion for flow of a fluid and has an internal space. A cylinder is installed inside the hollow portion and has at least two holes formed in its wall. An piston is movable along the inner side of the cylinder and adjusts opening rate of the holes according to a fluid pressure difference between an inlet portion and an outlet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignees: Sang Wook Kim, Sun Son
    Inventor: Sang Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 8181757
    Abstract: An adjustable damping valve including an actuator, which exerts an actuating force on a valve body against the force of a spring to influence the throttle cross section which determines the damping force, where an emergency valve is connected in parallel with the throttle cross section with respect to the flow direction of the damping medium, where the two control surfaces of the valve body move in the axial direction and can thus can come to rest alternately on the two valve seating surfaces, and where the valve body is divided into two parts in the longitudinal direction, and each valve body assembly has its own control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Steffen Heyn, Bernd Zeissner
  • Patent number: 8176937
    Abstract: A temperature adjustable water mixing valve having a cold water inlet, a cold water outlet, a hot water inlet, a mixing water outlet, and a valve core configured to open or close water channels. The temperature adjustable water mixing valve further includes a pressure relief channel between the cold water inlet and a port connected with a water storage device. The channel is equipped with a check valve allowing water to flow from the water storage device to the cold water inlet. The temperature adjustable water mixing valve opens the check valve to discharge toward the front-end water source when the inner pressure in the water storage device is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: AOS Holding Company
    Inventors: Liping Zhang, Huaxin Wan, Bu Qiu, Lan Zhang
  • Patent number: 8113596
    Abstract: A solenoid valve for a brake system, which has a simple constitution and can be easily manufactured with reduced manufacturing costs, is disclosed. A valve core is formed in a cylindrical shape, and has a through-hole formed in a longitudinal direction of the valve core and a fluid passage formed in a radial direction of the valve core so as to communicate with the through-hole. A sleeve is coupled to an outer surface of the valve core. The sleeve has a dome-shaped shielding portion at one end, and a flange portion to be fixed to a modulator block at the other end. An armature is slidably mounted in the sleeve. An exciting coil is provided to move the armature. A valve seat is fixed in the valve core, and has a first orifice. A plunger is mounted in the valve core. The plunger moves by movement of the armature to open or close the first orifice. A restoring spring is provided to press the plunger toward the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Cheol Lee, Chung Jae Lee, Dong Il Seo
  • Patent number: 7753073
    Abstract: An occlusion valve with safety relief comprising a manifold block having an inlet and an outlet. A diaphragm connected to the manifold block and for being manually pressed to stop flow between the inlet and the outlet. A pressure relief valve internal to the manifold block and in fluid communication with downstream and upstream pressures and wherein when the diaphragm is pressed and downstream pressure exceeds a predetermined pressure the pressure relief valve opens allowing flow through the occlusion valve with safety relief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventor: John A. Owczarczak
  • Patent number: 7726344
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a device for dynamic adjustment of a water flow, used to stabilize the operational mode of a thermostatic mixing tap. The inventive device includes a valve consisting of a piston and a return spring forcing the piston into a first position, said piston being displaced into two positions according to the flow. When the flow is lower than a threshold value, the piston is located in the first position and a flow limited means limits the flow. When the flow exceeds the threshold value, the piston is displaced into the second position and the flow limiting means is obviated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignees: Masco
    Inventor: Alfons Knapp
  • Patent number: 7681597
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a thermostatic mixer, including a device for the dynamic regulation of cold water flow which supplies the mixer. A resistance is generated to the flow of cold water supplied to the thermostatic mixer when small flows of mixed water are required, and said resistance is lifted or reduced when large flows of mixed water are required. Said operation is automatically carried out by devices for dynamic regulation of flow, whereby the flow cross-section provided for the incoming cold water is reduced when the drawn flow is reduced and a larger flow cross-section reestablished when a larger flow is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Masco
    Inventor: Alfons Knapp
  • Patent number: 7681598
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a device for dynamic control of a water flow, including the following items in a body: a feed chamber, a discharge chamber and a piston arranged between the feed chamber and the discharge chamber. The piston can be displaced from a first position, which is offset towards the feed chamber and wherein the piston narrows the flow between the feed chamber and the discharge chamber, and a second position, which is offset towards the discharge chamber and wherein the piston does not narrow the flow between the feed chamber and the discharge chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignees: Masco, Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventor: Alfons Knapp
  • Patent number: 7628170
    Abstract: A flow control valve is provided that comprises a valve housing having an inlet, an outlet, and a valve chamber that includes a first valve port opening in communication with the inlet and a second valve port opening in communication with the outlet. The various embodiments further comprise a modulating member having first and second tapered arcuate slots therein, which is disposed in the valve chamber approximate the first valve port opening and second valve port opening. The modulating member is rotatable to adjustably position a wider or narrower portion of both the first tapered arcuate slot and second tapered arcuate slot over the first valve port opening and second valve port opening respectively, to adjustably vary the rate of fluid flow through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Kee Kok-Hiong, Girish Mevada
  • Patent number: 7464724
    Abstract: A valve assembly, includes a first lumen; a second lumen providing fluid communication between a plurality of points in said first lumen; and a ball and spring assembly sealingly disposed in said first lumen between said plurality of points, wherein said spring exerts a force on said ball to seal said first lumen; wherein said valve assembly is configured to oscillate a pressure of a fluid passing through said valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Pearl Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Carter, Kelly H. McCloy, Steven Tyler
  • Patent number: 7426935
    Abstract: A master/slave tank system for storing a compressed hydrogen gas, where the system employs an electrically driven shut-off valve for each tank in the system. The tank system includes a master tank and a slave tank for storing the gas. A first line is coupled to the master tank for providing the gas stored therein to a fuel cell stack. A master tank shut-off valve is positioned in the first line between the master tank and a pressure regulator. A second line is coupled to the slave tank for providing the gas stored therein to the master tank as the pressure difference between the slave tank and the master tank changes. An electrically driven slave tank shut-off valve is positioned within the second line, where the slave tank shut-off valve automatically closes the second line in response to an increase in the differential pressure across the slave tank valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Mirko Schwan, Holger Winkelmann, Wolfgang Oelerich
  • Patent number: 7412987
    Abstract: An expansion tank to be connected to a pipe system filled or with a liquid is disclosed. The expansion tank includes at least one connection opening for a liquid pipe. The tank has a main valve to close off the connection opening at a defined difference in pressure between the interior of the tank and the connection opening and/or at a defined liquid level in the tank. The tank also has an additional valve for closing off a channel extending through the closure member of the main valve from the interior of the tank to the connection opening. The additional valve is closed during normal operation of the expansion tank and is open if the difference in pressure between the interior of the tank and the connection opening is higher than the original pressure in the expansion tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Flamco B.V.
    Inventors: Dimitri Wasil Kemper, Jan Postma, Jan Henk Cnossen
  • Publication number: 20070272311
    Abstract: A valve system for use in a system including a first source of a first pressurized fluid and a second source of a second pressurized fluid includes a valve housing including a first inlet port adapted to be placed in fluid connection with the first source, a second inlet port adapted to be placed in fluid connection with the second source and an outlet port. The valve system further includes a backflow prevention system to prevent flow of the first pressurized fluid through the second inlet and to prevent flow of the second pressurized fluid through the first inlet port. The valve system is adapted to provide a fluid path between at least the first inlet port and the outlet port to enable fluid to be drawn from the outlet port to the first inlet port. Several of the valve systems of the present invention provide for flow from the first inlet port to the outlet port and concurrent flow from the second inlet port to the outlet port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Mark Trocki, David M. Reilly, James R. Neill, Christopher D. Capone
  • Patent number: 7278445
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a sole and an upper with an exterior and interior surface, and one or more bladders which comprises at least one of the exterior or interior surfaces of the upper. The article of footwear also includes a inflation mechanism located under the foot of the wearer to be activated by the normal action of the wearer to inflate the one or more bladders. The inflation mechanism may be monolithic with the bladder or may be a satellite inflation mechanism coupled to the bladder. The article of footwear may also include a deflation mechanism. The deflation mechanism may include a release valve capable of remaining in a open position and/or an adjustable check valve. The deflation mechanism may also be a combination check valve and release valve accessing a single opening in the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Reebok International Ltd.
    Inventors: William Marvin, Paul M. Davis, Geoff Swales, Paul E. Litchfield, Brian J. Christensen, Mark Busse, Todd Ellis
  • Patent number: 7137402
    Abstract: An oil deaeration device includes a base and an oil housing, the base being equipped with a first and a second inlet, an outlet, a float provided in the oil housing and a diaphragm provided in the oil housing. The oil housing is divided into two chambers, the float is provided in a first chamber, and a further float is provided in a second chamber. It is significant for the oil deaeration device that the diaphragm on one side is connected to the first chamber, that the diaphragm on its other side is connected to the second chamber, that a safety valve is provided in connection with the outlet, and that the safety valve communicates with the outlet in its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Tigerholm Products AB
    Inventor: Lars Tigerholm
  • Patent number: 7121293
    Abstract: A tri valve backflow preventer having parts and materials preferably consisting of steel nuts and bolts, ductile iron operating nuts, nitrile rubber O-rings, nitrile rubber gaskets, manganese bronze valve adjusting stems, valve wedge gates made of ductile iron encapsulated with EPDM rubber, and ductile iron valve bodies. Material and parts are constructed in accordance with ASTM standards and the requirements of the AWWAC-509 and AWWAC-504 for gate valves and butterfly valves. The tri valve backflow preventer is used with a temporary conventional backflow assembly between existing water main pipe and new/upgraded sections of water main pipe while they are under construction. It is left in place when the temporary backflow assembly is removed. Its use saves extra inspection hours, extra man hours, extra equipment hours, conserves large amounts of good water otherwise needed for flushing, and reduces the safety risk to the public during activation of new water lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventors: Guy Robert Walter, Gail Patricia Walter
  • Patent number: 6981519
    Abstract: Pressure-regulating valve having a throttle mounted in a tube section such that it can be pivoted about a pivot axis from an open position into a closed position. The throttle having a pressure relief valve mounted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman Heckt, Thomas Klotten
  • Patent number: 6962165
    Abstract: A safety device for insertion into a pipeline (K) in which fluid circulates in an upstream (X?) and a downstream (X+) direction, comprises a tube (1) that provides the fluid with a central circulatory passage (CC) regulated by a central valve (3) that closes in the event of an excessive flow of this fluid. There is an annular valve closure member (4) which is elastically malleable, mounted to the external periphery of the tube (1), and provides the fluid with a peripheral circulatory passage which it selectively obstructs by subjecting a radial expansion in the event of an excessive flow of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Gaz de France
    Inventors: Cyrille Delprat, David Leme, Lahouari Bouajaj, Sylvain Pineau
  • Patent number: 6915787
    Abstract: A fuel supply apparatus having a fuel pressure regulator (60) for regulating the pressure of fuel discharged from a fuel pump (4) to a predetermined pressure, the fuel pressure regulator (60) including: a first chamber (62), formed in a case (61), into which fuel discharged from the fuel pump (4) flows, and a second chamber (63), into which the fuel flows via the first chamber (62); a fuel limiting means (64) disposed between the first chamber (62) and the second chamber (63), for limiting fuel flowing from the first chamber (62) into the second chamber (63); a pilot valve unit (65) having a passageway for opening to discharge fuel tank (2), when the fuel pressure in the second chamber (63) is more than a first set pressure (Pp); and a main valve unit (66) having a passageway for opening to discharge fuel into the fuel tank (2) when the fuel pressure in the first chamber (62) is equal to a second set pressure (Pm) between the first set pressure (Pp) and the predetermined pressure (Pi), whereby, in cases where
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yoshioka, Hisashi Kuwada
  • Patent number: 6871666
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a bi-directional dual chamber orifice fitting comprising a body with a chamber in fluid communication with a flow bore. The fitting also comprises an orifice supported by an orifice plate carrier that is selectably disposable in the bore. In the preferred embodiment, the lower chamber includes two passageways connecting the chamber to the flow bore. One passageway is located on either side of the orifice plate. Each passageway may also be equipped with a check valve to permit flow in only one direction through the passageway. In operation, the passageway on the upstream side of the orifice would allow fluid to flow into the lower chamber while the passageway on the downstream side would prevent flow back into the flow bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Daniel Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Henry Loga, Archie Dodd Begg, William R. Freund, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6868861
    Abstract: A level control system for controlling the thickness of a work material in a slurry form cast upon a moving belt includes a fluid reservoir disposed above the belt, a sensor lens assembly for sensing the slurry height within such reservoir, and a control valve for adding slurry to the reservoir. A lens disposed near the moving belt and above the reservoir is coupled by fiber optics to a remote sensor amplifier for detecting the height of the slurry. A control circuit responsive to the light sensor regulates the flow rate of the slurry through the control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Credence Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: James Edward Ellis
  • Patent number: 6843463
    Abstract: A blowout preventer for coiled tubing includes a pressure regulator for a slip ram so that the coiled tubing can be held firmly without exceeding the yield strength of the coiled tubing material and without damaging the coiled tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Varco I/P/ Inc.
    Inventors: David J. McWhorter, Perry Lee McClanahan
  • Patent number: 6766800
    Abstract: A valve for use in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices includes a valve body that is disposed at or between the patient mask and the source of positive airway pressure. The valve body includes first and second exhaust paths for exhausting gas from the mask. A floating valve seat is disposed in the valve body and is moveable between first and second positions. A moveable spring-biased piston is releasably engaged with the floating valve seat. When the floating valve seat is in the first position, the moveable spring-biased piston is disengaged from the valve seat and gas travels out the first exhaust flowpath. When the floating valve seat is in the second position, the moveable spring-biased piston is engaged with the valve seat and gas travels out the second exhaust flowpath. The valve provides substantially constant positive airway pressure to the patient at pressures above the threshold pressure level of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Sensormedics Corporation
    Inventors: Edmond Chu, Tim Quinn, Larry Murdock, Hung Tran
  • Patent number: 6763844
    Abstract: A fuel tank structure of a remotely controllable car. A fuel pipe is disposed in the fuel tank. A middle section of the fuel pipe has a fuel outlet by which the interior of the fuel pipe is divided into a first section and a second section. Two steel balls are respectively disposed in the first and second sections. The ends of the first and second sections proximal to the fuel outlet are respectively formed with a first and a second passages. The ends of the first and second sections distal from the fuel outlet are respectively formed with a first and a second receiving sections. The fuel pipe is formed with a first inlet between the first passage and the first receiving section and a second inlet between the second passage and the second receiving section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Aling Lai
  • Patent number: 6725874
    Abstract: A delayed triple pressure flow valve for controlling the hydraulic fluid passing to two work stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: James O. Sims
  • Publication number: 20040000346
    Abstract: A water pump structure comprises a bottom pipe, a top pipe, and a motor. The bottom pipe is provided with an outlet, and an inlet which is connected to a water source by a siphonage pipe. The top pipe is provided with an outlet, and an inlet which is connected with the outlet of the bottom pipe by a siphonage pipe. The top pipe and the bottom pipe is fastened end to end in conjunction with an ON-OFF valve. The motor is connected with the top pipe by a connection pipe which is engaged at one end with the outlet of the top pipe. The water in the top pipe is drawn up into a water storage tank by the motor. The top pipe is replenished with water by the bottom pipe by siphonage, whereas the bottom pipe is replenished with water by the water source by siphonage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Jenn-Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 6629545
    Abstract: A cut-off valve for power steering systems, especially for automobiles, includes a source of a pressure and a container, and is used for limiting a pressure in at least one pressure chamber. The cut-off valve also includes a closing body, which may be adjusted against the force of a spring and a fixed throttling point, which is located in a connecting line between the pressure chamber that is subjected to a first pressure and a pressure chamber that is subjected to a second pressure. The cross-section of the throttling point may be regulated without being disassembled from the outside. By altering the cross-section of the throttle point, it is possible to reduce the width of the tolerance zone or the width of the hysteresis of the valve characteristics to approximately half of the original size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: ZF Lenksysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Fahrian, Jörgen Schöffel
  • Patent number: 6619182
    Abstract: A flow control apparatus for a fluid cylinder for a workpiece holder includes a flow restricting member and a flexible sealing member. The flow restricting member defines a first passageway and a sealing surface. The flexible sealing member is positioned around the sealing surface. A second passageway is defined between the sealing member and a sealing surface of the flow restricting member when the sealing member is pushed away from the sealing surface in response to fluid flow in a first direction. When fluid flow is applied in the opposite direction, the sealing member moves to engage the sealing surface to substantially limit or preclude fluid flow between the sealing member and the sealing surface in the second direction. The fluid flow in the second direction is thus restricted to flow through the first passageway, thereby slowing or controlling the flow in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith S. Attee
  • Patent number: 6607007
    Abstract: A valve apparatus especially well-suited for use in gaseous oxygen delivery systems. A valve apparatus is provided that substantially reduces the risk of fire in high-pressure oxygen systems. The apparatus is particularly well-suited for use as a plug valve on ordinary cylinder containers, but may be beneficially used in any pressurized gas system, particularly oxygen systems such as those encountered in many industrial facilities. The wetted portion of the valve is isolated from threaded portions to prevent particulate contamination of the gas stream. The valve seat is located to protect it from direct impact of high-velocity gas streams. The inventive valve, and its associated inventive check-filter and excess-flow prevention features, reduces the potential for hazardous combustion at valve points within oxygen delivery systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Inventors: Wendell C. Hull, Barry E. Newton
  • Patent number: 6557819
    Abstract: A water system uses a pressure reservoir of an extremely small size. A valve device is placed between a water pump and the pressure reservoir. The valve device has a constant outlet pressure to limit the flow from the pump at high pressures. The pump is turned on and off by a pressure on/off switch. The valve device maintains the pressure to the reservoir at or below the off switch pressure except for a trickle flow. The trickle flow fills the reservoir when there is little or no water usage from the reservoir. The trickle flow is achieved by preventing the surfaces to seal by a projection or notch the valve surfaces of the valve device. Each time the valve opens any debris is washed from the valve surfaces thereby keeping them free of debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Cary M. Austin
  • Patent number: 6467753
    Abstract: Stopcock actuator casing, comprising a base (1) having an underside and formed with a hole (2), the underside of the base being subdivided into at least three compartments (4,8,10), the first (4) of which surrounds the hole (2) and the second (8) and third (10) of which are each formed with two orifices (12,13,14,15) passing through the base (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: KSB S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Garrigues, Hubert Ferragne
  • Patent number: 6467504
    Abstract: An “N” connection allows any cleaning device or pig to pass through pipe lines without interfering with fluid flow and without interrupting the flow in the branch line. In the “N” connection a branch line is connected to the main flow line through two connections, each connection having a check valve. As the pig passes over each connection, fluid flow through the other connection keeps the pig moving through the main line so that the device does not become lodged in the branch line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Nataniel Carli Bonicontro