With Common Valve Operator Patents (Class 137/607)
  • Patent number: 10761546
    Abstract: An anti-scalding water outlet device, including: a main body adapted to allow water to flow through; a control circuit board adapted to set a temperature parameter value; a temperature sensor, in connection with the control circuit board and adapted to sense water temperature inside the main body; and a solenoid valve, in connection with the control circuit board and adapted to use as a water flow switch of the main body, when the solenoid valve is opened to allow water to flow out of the main body, the control circuit board obtaining water temperature information transmitted from the temperature sensor; when the water temperature exceeds the set temperature parameter value, the control circuit board issuing a command to close the solenoid valve and stop waterflow of the main body, thereby preventing high temperature water from scalding users. Therefore, the present invention is safe and practical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: LUNAL CORP.
    Inventor: Hui-Lung Lee
  • Patent number: 10612221
    Abstract: An intelligent faucet structure based on a photoelectric detection device is disclosed. The intelligent faucet structure includes a faucet with a manual operation valve, an intelligent control module, a water outflow tube, a cold water inflow tube, a hot water inflow tube, and a photoelectric detection induction device. The water outflow tube, the cold water inflow tube and the hot water inflow tube are all connected to the manual operation valve that is mounted in the faucet. The intelligent control module is connected in series with the water outflow tube. The photoelectric detection induction device is installed on the water outflow tube and connected through a feeder cable or directly to the intelligent control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: XIAMEN FORBETTER SANITARY WARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiliang Yan
  • Patent number: 10441774
    Abstract: Adaptors, cannulas, caps, tube couplers, and systems thereof provide endovascular access through an established ECLS system. Adaptors having curved or angled shafts navigate right angle side ports of standard bypass cannulas and permit hemostatic introduction and direction of an intervention device to the axial flow path of the cannula lumen and bypass system. A modified cannula having an angled side port is also provided for use as an arterial cannula. A cap having an occluding surface may be inserted into the angled side port to prevent blood from stagnating in the angled side port. A tube coupler is also provided having an access port, such as an angled access port, and may be spliced into an established bypass system for vascular access point. Multiple couplers can be used to provide multiple access points. The adaptors and occlusive cap are interchangeable with each other and with secondary circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ECMOTEK, LLC
    Inventor: David Kaczorowski
  • Patent number: 10315262
    Abstract: A wire electrode storage device for a wire electrical discharge machine is provided with a used wire electrode storage box configured to recover a used wire electrode and a dielectric fluid suction unit into which a fluid is poured to produce a negative pressure based on a Venturi effect so that a dielectric fluid accumulated in the storage box can be drawn in through an outlet of the storage box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Kadokura
  • Patent number: 10207063
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nebulizer, such as a spray can, for the topical application of a liquid and/or solid to a surface. The nebulizer is characterized by a valve comprising a mixing chamber designed for forming a colloidal mixture comprising a dispersed phase consisting of a liquid and/or a solid substance and a continuous phase consisting of a propellant gas before delivering the colloidal mixture to the nozzle. The invention also relates to a method for the topical cooling of the skin of a person or animal. In addition, the invention relates to various other uses of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Dutch Renewable Energy B.V.
    Inventors: Diede Hendrik Paul Klever, Hubert Clemens Pellikaan, Rolf Lourens Visser
  • Patent number: 10190486
    Abstract: A turbocharger includes a compressor wheel configured to pressurize an airflow for delivery to an internal combustion engine. The turbocharger also includes a turbine wheel configured to be driven by the engine's post-combustion gases and drive the compressor wheel. The turbocharger additionally includes a waste-gate assembly. The waste-gate assembly includes a first waste-gate valve and a second waste-gate valve, wherein each of the first and second waste-gate valves is configured to selectively redirect at least a portion of the post-combustion gases away from the turbine wheel into the exhaust passage. A vehicle having an internal combustion engine operatively connected to such a turbocharger and also employing a controller configured to regulate the first and second waste-gate valves is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Maqsood Rizwan Ali Khan, Pulasti Bandara, Mark R. Claywell
  • Patent number: 10184575
    Abstract: A faucet that includes a base configured to detachably mount to a mounting surface; a sleeve coupled to and extending upwardly from the base; a handle body disposed around the sleeve and configured to rotate about a vertical axis, the handle body including a vertical portion and a horizontal portion extending outward from a side of the vertical portion; a first valve disposed within the base; a second valve disposed within the horizontal portion of the handle body; and a spout configured to receive water from the sleeve and direct the water to an outlet of the spout; where the vertical portion of the handle body is configured to be rotated about the vertical axis to control the first valve, and the horizontal portion of the handle body is configured to be rotated about a horizontal axis to control the second valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Anaël Tasserit, Gaëtan Wangon, Jean Hugues Soulier, Olivier Chalancon
  • Patent number: 10173044
    Abstract: This document provides fluid handling components. For example, this document relates to taper interface connections such as, but not limited to, luer taper interface connections used to couple fluid handling components in a medical or laboratory setting. In some embodiments, the threaded connection on the male portion of the taper interface is comprised of one or two opposing tabs, rather than a 360° collar like conventional luer lock fittings. As such, the taper interface components provided herein are readily manufacturable with a lower cost than conventional fittings that have a collar. In some embodiments, the taper interface components provided herein are configured for coupling by way of a quick connection technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TA INSTRUMENTS—WATERS L.L.C.
    Inventors: Charles Groepper, Aaron M. Owens, Thomas M. Hays
  • Patent number: 10159270
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for making and dispensing liquid or semi-liquid food products, having: at least one tank for containing the product to be processed and dispensed and having a discharge orifice for the product to be dispensed; at least one dispensing tap having: an external conduit having an inlet orifice which is connected, in use, to the discharge orifice of the containment tank, a product release orifice and a product recirculation orifice, a tubular duct having formed in it a first internal cavity which is provided with at least one radial opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ALI S.P.A.—CARPIGIANI GROUP
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 10036150
    Abstract: An automatic faucet includes a faucet body, an inner core assembly, and a sensor. The inner core assembly includes a valve core, a valve core seat, and a sleeve. The valve core is mounted on the valve core seat. The valve core seat has a cold water hole, a hot water hole, a mixed water hole, and a water outlet. The sleeve is mounted beneath the valve core seat, and has a cold water inlet and a hot water inlet. The sleeve further has a diversion passage communicating with the cold water inlet. The sensor is used to open or close the diversion passage. The sensor includes a sensing module, a solenoid valve, and a buffer rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN FORBETTER SANITARY WARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiliang Yan, Yihui Chen, Wenbo Wu
  • Patent number: 9989250
    Abstract: A method of starting an auto-ignition gas torch includes increasing a flow of oxygen above zero and increasing a flow of fuel gas to a level lower than the flow of oxygen for improved start reliability. In one form, the flow of oxygen is from about two times to about six times higher than the flow of fuel gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Victor Equipment Company
    Inventors: Mike Wolfinger, Brandon Hebert, Darrin MacKenzie, Chris Conway
  • Patent number: 9958173
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a solar-powered ventilation system for mounting to a building. Through the use of internal dampers and destratification intake doors, the system is able to cool the inside of buildings by way of hot-air venting or cold-air induction methods. Further, the system may also be configured in a combinatory manner, allowing the building to be cooled by the simultaneous use of hot-air venting and cold-air induction methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NORTHWEST RENEWABLE ENERGY CORP.
    Inventor: Jason Eric Wright
  • Patent number: 9943679
    Abstract: A stopcock having a deflectable stopcock lever. Said stopcock is fixedly connected to a catheter-like or sheath-like medical installation for supplying drugs into a blood vessel of a patient or an animal or for withdrawing blood from the vessel, with a blocking device being provided on the stopcock, ensuring trouble-free retraction of the medical installation from the vessel or replacement of the medical installation. This is preferably a three-way stopcock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Johan-Christoph Geller
  • Patent number: 9938700
    Abstract: A cold water delivery system is described that can consistently provide cold water at a desired temperature over repetitive and large draws from the outlet of the system. The cold water system can provide multiple pathways for the water to travel from a source, or inlet, to the outlet. A cooling system can be provided that cools a plurality of reservoirs of water. The reservoirs can maintain cold water at different temperatures. A control system controls the cooling system to maintain the temperature of the water in the reservoirs. The control system can also control one or more mixing valves to determine the volume of water from each of the reservoirs and the water inlet that reaches the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Elkay Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Damon D. Shaw, Franco Savoni, Russ Hansen, Evan A. Fulford, Joel E. Leiser
  • Patent number: 9874284
    Abstract: The application relates to a valve device, including a valve housing which has at least three connection openings, each of which open into a chamber of the valve device, including two sealing disc units arranged at a distance from each other, each of which lies between two adjacent chambers and has a fixed sealing disc and at least one rotatable sealing disc, wherein each of the rotatable sealing discs and the fixed sealing discs of each sealing disc unit has at least one throughflow opening in order, in at least one overlapping position of the throughflow openings, to release a throughflow cross-section between the adjacent chambers, and including an actuating shaft, which is connected to the rotatable sealing discs for conjoint rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: MACK & SCHNEIDER GMBH
    Inventor: Steffen Bachofer
  • Patent number: 9856072
    Abstract: A mixing and dispensing device comprising an outer casing including a body portion, a handle portion, and a nozzle portion with a nozzle. A mixing manifold disposed in the body portion including a mixing chamber in fluid communication with the nozzle. Canisters within the body portion each including a valve connected to the mixing manifold movable between preventing and providing fluid communication between the canister and the mixing chamber. A trigger disposed within the handle portion and configured to move from a trigger passive to dispensing position causing the valves of each canister to move from a valve passive position to the valve dispensing position. A pull safety including a central cover and a tail tip removably disposed on the outer casing such that the central cover occludes the nozzle and the tail tip prevents movement of the trigger from the trigger passive position to the trigger dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Decon7 Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Clark, Meggie L. Oudheusden, Matthew A. Bluhm, Joseph R. Drake, Thomas William Murray, Jonathan D. Albert
  • Patent number: 9855572
    Abstract: A mixing and dispensing device comprising an outer casing including a body portion, a handle portion, and a nozzle portion with a nozzle. A mixing manifold disposed in the body portion including a mixing chamber in fluid communication with the nozzle. Canisters within the body portion each including a valve connected to the mixing manifold movable between preventing and providing fluid communication between the canister and the mixing chamber. A trigger disposed within the handle portion and configured to move from a trigger passive to dispensing position causing the valves of each canister to move from a valve passive position to the valve dispensing position. A pull safety including a central cover and a tail tip removably disposed on the outer casing such that the central cover occludes the nozzle and the tail tip prevents movement of the trigger from the trigger passive position to the trigger dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Decon7 Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew A. Bluhm, Meggie L. Oudheusden, Mark R. Clark, Joseph R. Drake, Thomas William Murray, Jonathan D. Albert
  • Patent number: 9840832
    Abstract: The invention includes an assembly for remotely controlling fluid flow between a fluid source, such as a water source, and an outlet that includes at least one electrically operable valve, such as an electromagnetically-actuatable valve, to be interposed between the fluid source and the outlet, the valve being actuatable between an open position, in which the source and the outlet are fluidly connected, and a closed position in which the source and the outlet are not fluidly connected; at least one actuator, such as a solenoid actuator, operably connected to the at least one valve for actuating the valve between the open and closed positions; a controller comprising a receiver for receiving a wireless signal, wherein the controller is operably connected to the actuator and capable of actuating the actuator upon receipt of a wireless signal by the receiver; and an activator device comprising (i) a user-activatable sensor for detecting a stimulus when the stimulus enters a detection zone and (ii) a transmitter
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Seggio, Walter Pitsch
  • Patent number: 9810460
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes an electronic expansion valve, a motor, an obturator connected to the motor, the obturator being selectively movable in response to operation of the motor, a removable seat selectively received within a complementary portion of the electronic expansion valve, the removable seat being selectively movable in response to operation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Stuart Means
  • Patent number: 9785155
    Abstract: In some examples, a wireless controller is utilized within a wireless mesh network. The wireless controller includes a control module configured to manage at least one energy device via a pneumatic pressure line based on one or more parts of an energy profile; and a network interface module configured to transmit energy data to a management server and receive the one or more parts of the energy profile from the management server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Millennial Net, Inc.
    Inventors: Sokwoo Rhee, Sheng Liu, Martin Hanssmann, David Hirst, Tairin Hahn, Mark D. O'Hearne, Lynne Thomas
  • Patent number: 9725889
    Abstract: A trim system for a fluid control valve that includes a first stem driver coupled to a first actuator of the valve, a cage coupled to the first stem driver, a first handle coupled to the cage, a second stem driver coupled to a second actuator of the valve, and a second handle coupled to the second stem driver. The first stem driver and the cage are configured to compensate for axial and angular misalignment between the first handle and the first actuator, and the second stem driver and the second handle are configured to compensate for axial and angular misalignment between the second handle and the second actuator. Rotation of the first handle is configured to rotate the first actuator through the first stem driver and the cage, and rotation of the second handle is configured to rotate the second actuator through the second stem driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John M. Wilson, Erich D. Slothower, Keegan J. Ford, Steven Aykens, James T. Wanasek
  • Patent number: 9709179
    Abstract: An array of valves are arranged in n columns and m lines and which are each designed to control a fluid flow in an associated flow channel in a lab-on-a-chip system. The array includes at least two valves, every column having not more than one valve and every line having from zero to n valves. A device is used for actuating the valves. The valves are pressure-actuated. To produce the device, the flow channels are arranged in accordance with the arrangement of the valves. Which valves are actuated being changeable by movement of projections relative to array of valves so as to change which valves the projections are pressed against.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH
    Inventors: Katja Friedrich, Walter Gumbrecht, Peter Paulicka
  • Patent number: 9638332
    Abstract: A valve for an exhaust system of an internal combustion engine includes a housing which contains a passage for conducting exhaust gases. In the passage is arranged a closing body with which the passage can be closed. The closing body is fastened in a rotationally fixed manner to a shaft, which is mounted rotatably in the housing, and can be pivoted together with the shaft about the rotation axis of the shaft. The closing body has a partition, which runs perpendicularly to the rotation axis of the shaft, and has a circular outer contour which is sealed off from the housing and divides the passage into a first duct and a second duct. When the closing body is in the closed position both the first and second ducts are closed. When the closing body is in an open position the exhaust gasses can pass through the first and second ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: BorgWarner Esslingen GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Ulrich Gross, Dirk Michael Strubel
  • Patent number: 9573100
    Abstract: Compact dispenser for chemicals and other concentrated liquid is disclosed. The dispenser is compact and with is attractive design you can use it anywhere from home to office, restaurants, cafe', etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Amram Levy
  • Patent number: 9566844
    Abstract: A ventilation controlling apparatus for feeding windshield defrost outlets and side window demist outlets in motor vehicles with one or more air passages and respective doors for each outlet. The apparatus supports a mode in which the demist door opens up to a predefined angle without the defrost door opening, too, with the predefined angle depending on the design of a cam attached to the demist door and a pin engaged with that cam and attached to the defrost door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Lange, Gunnar Schlinke, Thomas Rappel
  • Patent number: 9511516
    Abstract: An apparatus including a mold having a top opening which leads to an inner chamber. The mold may include a first, second, third, and fourth walls, and a bottom which enclose the inner chamber. The apparatus may further include a first and/or second devices which are configured with respect to the mold to supply first and/or second mixtures of quartz and resin to the inner chamber of the mold. The apparatus may include transportation sheet which lies in the inner chamber of the mold and on an inside surface of the third wall of the mold, and which is sandwiched between the first wall and the third wall of the mold and the second wall and the third wall of the mold. The first and second devices may include means for moving the mold to allow placement of the first and/or second mixtures in specific areas of the inner chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Alex Xie
  • Patent number: 9504970
    Abstract: Mixing valve turbulence generators and methods are disclosed. Embodiments include turbulence generation apparatuses and methods that increase the turbulence of, impart swirl to, reverse the direction of, create tortuous paths for, and/or accelerate the mixing of hot and cold fluid within a valve assembly. Alternate embodiments include angled radial slots, angled surfaces and fin-like baffles to enhance the mixing of hot and cold fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Magarl, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas R. Baker
  • Patent number: 9417652
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus including a lever assembly where the lever assembly has a base and a at least one elongated arm. The base has a bottom configured to mate with a beverage dispensing device, a top side opposite the bottom and apertures penetrating the base from top to bottom configured to align with buttons on the beverage dispensing apparatus. The at least one elongated lever has a top surface, a bottom surface, a first end and a second end configured to extend away from the centerline of the beverage dispensing apparatus. When the lever assembly is installed on a beverage dispensing device, buttons extending from the top of the beverage dispensing device extend up through the apertures and pressed against the bottom surface of the at least one elongated lever, biasing the at least one lever upward and the when the lever is pressed, it pushes against the button of the beverage dispensing apparatus to dispense a beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker
  • Patent number: 9382695
    Abstract: A water circulation system for hospitals and other facilities with large water circulating systems. A pressure and/or flow sensitive valve directs low pressure, high temperature water in the outlet head to a return pipe, while directing high pressure water to water outlet openings. The system allows a constant flow of heated water above 55° C. past water outlet heads even when the water system is not in use, thus avoiding static water in pipe lines and the growth of microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: ZEONDA AB
    Inventor: Mikael Nutsos
  • Patent number: 9062790
    Abstract: A faucet having an electronic valve is provided. The faucet includes a spout having a first end through which a fluid exits, a second end coupled to a faucet body, and a sidewall disposed between the first end and the second end. The spout extends along a curved longitudinal axis. A sensor is disposed completely within the spout along a curved portion of the sidewall. The sensor is operatively coupled to the electronic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, David E. Hansen, Jeffrey C. Hildebrand
  • Patent number: 9016313
    Abstract: A new method to deliver warm water to a bathroom by installing electric valve in the beginning of the hot line, instead of at the end. A new electronic faucet that may operated by remote control or electric switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Moti Shai, Shalom Shy
  • Publication number: 20150107707
    Abstract: A mixing valve of an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle includes: a flap arranged in a suction channel and a flap arranged in an exhaust gas channel. One single flap of the two flaps is drivable via a gear pair with non-round or eccentric gears. The drive of the other flap has lost motion, whereby the closing movements of the flaps can be formed in a particularly free manner with only a single actuating motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Iosif Maxim
  • Patent number: 8978688
    Abstract: In various embodiments, two or more electronic flow selectors of an electronic fluid flow control system may be used to control the flow rates of multiple fluids. In a total flow control mode, a first electronic flow selector may be used to select a total flow rate of two or more fluids. A second electronic flow selector may be used to select a flow rate or ratio of a flow rate of one fluid to the total flow rate of the two or more fluids. In a direct flow control mode, each electronic flow selector may be used to select a flow rate of a unique fluid. One of the fluids may be oxygen, and the other fluid, a balance gas, may be selected as either nitrous oxide or air using an electronic balance gas selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter B. Schon, Christine M. Manfredo, Li Xinsheng, Huang Chenghua, Zhu Guanyu
  • Patent number: 8931519
    Abstract: A pin valve assembly and a method of controlling the flow of fluids comprising a pin block housing pin valves, a fluid plate with a fluid channel for fluidically communicating with the pin valves, and a fitting block housing fittings for fluidic communication with the fluid plate and for fluidic communication with fluidic components. The fluid flow through the channels of the fluid plate are controlled by the fluidic components and the pin valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Keene, David R. Friswell, Mark Moeller, Charles Murphy, Theodore D. Ciolkosz
  • Patent number: 8893799
    Abstract: A safety valve for an effluent-production installation, the safety valve comprising a longitudinal shell in which there extends a production tube defining an inside volume for effluent flow. The tube is movable in translation inside the shell in an axial direction between an advanced position in which effluent flow is authorized from the bottom of the installation towards the surface, and a retracted position in which effluent flow is prevented. The valve includes a connection duct between a feed line for feeding at least one additive from the surface and an injection line for injecting the additive downhole, a safety plug being provided in the connection duct in order to close or open the duct depending on whether the production tube is in its retracted position or its advanced position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventor: Serge Garay
  • Publication number: 20140261806
    Abstract: Valve devices for selectively controlling fluid flow through multiple converging paths are described. An example valve device comprises a housing defining first and second inlet paths, an outlet path, a junction in fluid communication with the first and second inlet paths and the outlet path, and first and second plunger cavities. A first movable plunger is disposed in the first plunger cavity and a second movable plunger is disposed in the second plunger cavity. A control member is slidably attached to the housing and is movable between a first, proximal position with the first plunger in a first position to impede fluid flow through the first inlet path and the second plunger is in a second position, and a second, distal position with the first plunger in a second position and the second plunger in a first position to impede fluid flow through the second inlet path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Darin Schaeffer, Jeffery Melsheimer
  • Patent number: 8807167
    Abstract: A method for regulating water output is presented. The method includes receiving an input at a plurality of sensors, transmitting a signal to a control unit in response to receiving the input, controlling, via the control unit, a first plurality of solenoid valves to regulate hot water controlling, via the control unit, a second plurality of solenoid valves to regulate cold water in response to the signal, creating a water mixture comprising at least hot water output from at least one of the first plurality of solenoid valves or cold water output from at least one of the second plurality of solenoid valves, and outputting the water mixture to a water output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Muirsis Incorporated
    Inventor: Su Yong Song
  • Patent number: 8770215
    Abstract: A low flow injector controls remote delivery of low flows of gas. A higher flow carrier gas is provided by an MFC to a conduit. A remote flow restrictor is located to exhaust a critical process gas directly into the conduit. An electronic regulator controls a pressure of the critical gas responsive to a pressure point received from a controller corresponding to a desired mass flow. Also, a large flow restrictor vents the critical process gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel T. Mudd, Patti J. Mudd
  • Patent number: 8739827
    Abstract: Conventional single-lever plumbing fixtures include a so-called cartridge in which the cold and hot water streams fed to said plumbing fixture are discharged into sanitary equipment or are blocked and are mixed with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: CeramTec GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Leinen
  • Patent number: 8701603
    Abstract: A control valve unit for a liquid circuit of an internal combustion engine, includes a valve housing (1) having at least one inlet opening (2) or outlet opening (2?) and at least two outlet openings (31, 32, 33) or inlet openings (31?, 32?, 33?) and at least two closing elements (41, 42, 43) actuated by a control device (22). The closing elements selectively open or close an associated outlet or inlet opening. The closing elements may be continuously adjusted between maximum open and closed positions. The control device (22) includes at least one displaceable or rotatable cam (6) and includes at least two cam tracks (71, 72, 73), each of which is assigned to a closing element (41, 42, 43) and acts on at least one driving pin (11) that is in contact with said closing element (41, 42, 43). The cams (6) are adjusted by an actuator (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Mann+Hummel GmbH
    Inventors: Stéphane Warnery, Pascal Noiseau, Mickael Cormerais
  • Patent number: 8695618
    Abstract: Methods of controllably creating three-dimensional (3D) combined-flow-interface patterns in multi-lane fluidic devices, and systems, apparatuses and software therefor. In one example, the 3D-pattern is created and varied as a function of one or more of the geometry of the inlets to a main fluidic channel in which the 3D-pattern is formed, the Reynolds number of the flows, the dimensions of the main fluidic channel and the inlets, and the spacing of adjacent inlets. In one embodiment particularly disclosed, differing 3D combined-flow-interface patterns are created using a three-lane fluidic device having a fixed inlet geometry. In another embodiment particularly disclosed, differing 3D combined-flow-interface patterns are created using a five-lane fluidic device having a fixed inlet geometry that can be used to effectively mimic variable inlet geometries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Yong Tae Kim, William C. Messner, Philip R. LeDuc
  • Publication number: 20140066861
    Abstract: The present invention inter alia relates to a valve arrangement comprising at least two ports, a valve body and a valve piston, wherein the valve piston is at least partially movably arranged in the valve body, wherein the valve arrangement is configured to disable a fluid flow between the at least two ports in a first position of the valve piston in the valve body and to enable the fluid flow in a second position of the valve piston in the valve body, and wherein at least one port of the valve arrangement is arranged in the valve piston and at least one port of the valve arrangement is arranged in the valve body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Daniel Auernhammer
  • Publication number: 20130340848
    Abstract: A mixing valve includes a cold water inlet, a hot water inlet, and an outlet, first and second flow control valves for controlling the flow of hot and cold water. Each of the first and second flow control valves include a valve inlet, first and second valve outlets communicating with the outlet, and a valve member assembly to control the flow of water through the first and second valve outlets. Each valve member assembly includes a first valve member configured to engage with a first valve seat and a second valve member configured to engage with a second, separate, valve seat. The first valve member is configured to be urged closed by water entering through the valve inlet and the second valve member is configured to be urged open by water entering through the valve inlet such that water exerts substantially no net force on the valve members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Patent number: 8613425
    Abstract: The valve (100) comprises a valve body (101), a valve seat insert (103) assembled to the valve body (101), and a valve seal member (120) compressively assembled to and sealing to both the valve body (101) and the valve seat insert (103), with the valve seal member (120) including one or more port apertures (202).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Fluid Automation Systems S.A
    Inventors: Raphael Alvarez, Pierre Sirdey
  • Patent number: 8567437
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for producing resin cartridges that can be used in mine roof bolt applications. The system and method can be used to produce resin cartridges that contain a first portion that includes a resin and a catalyst that cure at a first speed when mixed together and a second portion that includes a resin and a catalyst that cure at a second speed when mixed together. The system can include a base material supply source, a plurality of branch lines, at least one altering material supply line in fluid communication with at least one branch line, a valve arrangement, a product line, and a packaging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: J-Lok Co.
    Inventors: Charles B. Vogus, Walter John Simmons, John G. Oldsen
  • Patent number: 8555922
    Abstract: A faucet includes a body with a first fluid inlet, a second fluid inlet, an outlet and a neck portion with a central cavity defined therein, a mixing chamber positioned within the central cavity of the neck portion of the body, a timing mechanism coupled to the mixing chamber and an operating handle coupled to the timing mechanism that is movable along a longitudinal axis from a closed position to an open position. The mixing chamber is rotatable about the longitudinal axis and includes a first inlet port and a second inlet port in fluid communication with the first and second fluid inlets of the body, respectively, and an outlet port in fluid communication with the outlet of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Michael F. Migliore, Geoffrey D. Thorp, John R. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 8534318
    Abstract: To provide a water spouting device capable of switching between spouting and stopping, flow volume adjustment, and spouted water temperature adjustment with a single operating portion. The present invention is a water faucet device (1) furnished with a flow volume adjustment function and a temperature adjustment function, including: an operating portion (6) capable of being pressed and rotated by a user; and flow volume/temperature adjustment means (10), whereby in a stopped water state, spouting is commenced when the operating portion of this flow volume/temperature adjustment means is pressed; in a spouting state, spouted water flow volume is changed when the operating portion is pressed continuously for a predetermined long-press determining time; and water flow is stopped when pressing of the operating portion ceases in less than the long-press determining time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kanemaru, Kenichi Aoyagi, Masato Yamahigashi, Masateru Miyazaki, Tsuyoshi Miura
  • Patent number: 8505577
    Abstract: Regulated pneumatic gas is supplied through a gas supply tube (14) which is welded to a pilot valve housing (18) which accommodates a solenoid valve (16). When the solenoid valve is electrically activated and opened, the pneumatic gas flows through a bifurcated channel (22) which is welded to the pilot valve housing and to a fuel valve mechanism (24A) and to an oxidizer valve mechanism (24B). The force of the pneumatic gas causes pistons (38A, 38B) to actuate respective poppets (36A, 36B). Movement of the poppets results in the dispensing of fuel propellant from a fuel outlet chamber (44A) and the dispensing of oxidizer from an oxidizer outlet chamber (44B). The fuel valve mechanism and oxidizer valve mechanism are positioned and oriented such that the exiting fuel and oxidizer are mixed in a vortex rocket engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Daryoush M. Salehi, Roger P. Berry, Nathan P. Mathis, Robert S. Michaels
  • Patent number: 8485217
    Abstract: A plug valve for a gas stove, consisting at least of a natural-gas nozzle, a propane-gas nozzle, a valve body, a cock, an adjusting rod, an O-shaped ring, a stop ring, a spring, a stop plate, a cover, a pair of screws, and a valve rod. The adjusting rod, the O-shaped ring, and the stop ring are disposed in the cock, the cock, the spring, the stop plate, the cover, and the valve rod are disposed in the valve body via the screws, the natural-gas nozzle or the propane-gas nozzle is disposed in the valve body. Switching between natural gas and propane gas, flow adjustment thereof are convenient, and no special tool is required, which make the invention suitable for a wide range of users. The plug of he invention is safe and reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Ningbo Wanan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Feng Zhang
  • Patent number: 8475550
    Abstract: A method for injecting a chemical, such as an odorant, from a chemical supply into a fluid-containing system such as a natural gas or an LPG pipeline. A tank of odorant is maintained at a pressure above ambient, but below pipeline pressure. An injection conduit communicates the odorant tank with the pipeline. A hydraulic pressure booster is located in the injection conduit for pressurizing the chemical to a pressure above that of the pipeline. Flow-control apparatus located within the injection conduit for metering chemical to be injected into the pipeline is either (a) drip-style metering valve adjustable between a drop-wise setting and a steady-flow setting or (b) a pair of valves one of which is a flow valve allowing larger volumes to be injected and the other which is a drop-wise flow valve for metering smaller volumes of the chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Sentry Equipment Corp.
    Inventor: Mark Zeck