Selective Reciprocation Or Rotation Patents (Class 137/625.17)
  • Patent number: 10823296
    Abstract: A mixing valve assembly includes a valve housing defining an interior, a cold inlet along a first axis, a hot inlet, and a mixed outlet. A metering ball within the interior rotates about the first axis. The metering ball has an outer shell defining: a cold port aligned with the cold inlet; a hot port selectively aligned with the hot inlet; a cold outlet connected to the cold port; and a hot outlet connected to the hot port. Rotation of the metering ball aligns the hot port with the hot inlet, the cold outlet with the mixed outlet, and the hot outlet with the mixed outlet to varying degrees. The metering ball has a central flowpath for hot water and a radially outward flowpath for cold water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Watts Regulator Co.
    Inventors: Matthew Fratantonio, Steven Hofmann, Donald K Morse
  • Patent number: 10816106
    Abstract: An adjustment and temperature limit assembly for a mixing cartridge includes a first piece and a second piece selectively moveable relative to the first piece. The first piece is configured to be attached to a mixing cartridge housing and includes an abutment defining a maximum temperature limit for water exiting the mixing cartridge. The second piece is configured for attachment to a rotating stem extending outwardly of the housing. The second piece is selectively movable relative to the first piece between a plurality of temperature limits that are less than or equal to the maximum temperature limit. A fixing element is configured to be selectively attached to at least one of the first and second pieces to fix an operating temperature at one of the plurality of temperature limits or to set a reduced maximum temperature limit that is less than the maximum temperature limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Masco Canada Limited
    Inventors: Bryan Todd Fisher, Jeffrey J. Gibson, Brian David Main
  • Patent number: 10815650
    Abstract: A faucet assembly includes a valve housing having a first side defining first and second openings, the second opening configured to receive a valve. The valve housing further includes a second side defining a third opening configured to receive at least one fluid inlet line and at least one fluid outlet line therethrough. The assembly further includes a cap configured to cover at least a portion of the third opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: David E. Hansen, Rafael A. Rexach
  • Patent number: 10801638
    Abstract: A valve, in particular a 4/2-way slide valve (60), includes a valve piston (67), which is guided in a longitudinally movable manner in a valve housing (25), for selectively connecting and disconnecting fluid connections in the valve housing (25), such as a pressure supply connection (P), a tank connection (T), and two utility connections (A, B). A magnetic system (49), to which current can be supplied, controls the valve piston (67). When no current is supplied to the magnetic system (49), the control pressure at one of the utility connections (A, B) can be set, in particular limited, by a control device (62, 70, 79, 80, 88) arranged in the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: HYDAC FLUIDTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Philipp Hilzendegen, Peter Bruck, Martin Grill
  • Patent number: 10775813
    Abstract: A device for regulating a water flow rate for a faucet body, comprising: a water inlet and outlet, a closing plug having a metal part sliding inside a cylindrical chamber having a diameter substantially equal to a diameter of the plug; a pushbutton comprising a magnet associated with the metal part, the pushbutton able to be operated so as to displace the magnet and the closing plug along an axis of the cylindrical chamber, into two different stable directions, corresponding to opening or closing of the water flow. The device comprises a first disk with a hole; a second disk, coaxial with the first disk and comprising at least another hole; the second disk axially rotatable relative to the first disk, and the flow rate of the water corresponds to a cross-section of a water passage through the second holes, the cross-section associated with an angular displacement of the disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Fabrizio Nobili
  • Patent number: 10724216
    Abstract: A deviator device, particularly for bathroom fittings such as showers, baths and the like, comprising a control rod rotatably movable in a support associated to a mixing cartridge; said control rod has at least two supply positions in which the mixed water flow is directed to one or another of two or more separate lines corresponding to two or more separate users; said rod is integral with a rod support and turns in the cover and further comprises a closing position; said deviator device being characterized in that said movement is guided and is obtained by fixed paths of pegs in slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Piero Cattaneo
  • Patent number: 10718439
    Abstract: A water tap body has a mechanical mixing valve which is operable selectively to allow water to flow only from a first water inlet to a water outlet of the mixing valve, to allow water to flow only from a second water inlet to the water outlet, and to allow a mix of water to flow to the water outlet. The water tap body also has a mechanical selector valve which is operable selectively to allow water to flow only from a first water inlet to a water outlet and to allow water to flow only from a second water inlet to the water outlet of the mechanical selector valve. The water outlet of the mechanical mixing valve is in fluid communication with a first tap body outlet. The water outlet of the mechanical selector valve is in fluid communication with a second tap body outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Greg Rowe Limited
    Inventors: Gregory Stephen Rowe, Gregory Norman Rowe
  • Patent number: 10697552
    Abstract: Disclosed is a faucet valve including: a first valve body including a first slide surface, and formed from an alumina-based sintered body; and a second valve body including a second slide surface, and formed from an alumina-based sintered body, the first and second slide surfaces at least partially being in contact with each other with water in between. At least part of the second slide body is formed from a first amorphous carbon layer. The hardness of the first amorphous carbon layer is equal to or less than that of the alumina-based sintered body forming the first valve body. In the first amorphous carbon layer, a ratio (ID/IG) of a D peak to a G peak, measured by Raman spectroscopy, is greater than 0.5 but less than 1.9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Saori Ukigai, Atsushi Teramoto, Yuji Naka
  • Patent number: 10598290
    Abstract: A cartridge provided with ECO function for a single-armed mixing faucet, that comprises a cylindrical housing that has a cylindrical inner cavity and wall with a central axis; an arm that can be moved, and an actuator disc connected to the control ceramic disc of a pair of water-mixing ceramic discs, wherein the actuator disc comprises a pair of parallel planar walls extending in radial direction, wherein the spacing between the parallel walls decreases at predetermined distances from the center of rotation of the actuator disc, the cartridge comprises an arced limiting element that has a pair of spaced arms, the limiting element being movable only in radial direction relative to the actuator disc, and the radial position of the limiting element, and the limiting element being movable substantially without any effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KEROX Ipari es Kereskedelmi Kft.
    Inventors: Laszlo Asboth, Gyorgy Bolgar
  • Patent number: 10563791
    Abstract: A device for actuating a valve by means of a rack meshing with an elliptical pinion connected with a sleeve so that one transmits a torque to the other. The connections between the pinion and the rack as well as the sleeve are separable, so that the angular reference positions of the pinion relative to both the rack and the sleeve can be adapted according to a predefined variation in the torque required for actuating the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: 4MC
    Inventor: Narciso Loris Molinaro
  • Patent number: 10527176
    Abstract: A seat valve with electromagnetic actuation having switching noises during closure of the seat valve should be noticeably reduced independently of a temperature of a fluid in the seat valve, without considerably increasing the production costs of the seat valve. A sealing body of the seat valve is produced from a plastic which is selected from the group (PEEK, PEI, PASU and LCP), and the flow of force for fastening and for transmitting structure-borne sound from a sealing seat to a fastening surface has at least one transition from a metallic component to a component composed of plastic and a transition from the component composed of plastic to a fastening surface of some other metallic component. The seat valve may be used in hydraulic brake systems of vehicles, but also in gear mechanisms or hydraulic systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas Magnete GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Petri, Stefan Pilz, Thomas Lütz, Marco Jung, Willi Schäfer, Julia Bieler
  • Patent number: 10329038
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system includes a manifold port assembly having a housing with an inlet port and a plurality of outlet ports formed thereon and a carousel bounding a plurality of spaced apart fluid paths that each extend therethrough from a corresponding first end to an opposing corresponding second end, at least a portion of at least one of the fluid paths being completely radially encircled by the carousel at a spaced apart location from the housing. A fluid source is fluid coupled with the inlet port of the manifold port assembly. Each of a plurality of containers are fluid coupled with a select one of the outlet ports of the manifold port assembly. A motor is coupled with the carousel for rotating the carousel relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Steven R. Kjar
  • Patent number: 10260653
    Abstract: A faucet that includes a mechanical valve having an outer member and a valve member, wherein the valve member is configured to move radially relative to the outer member between an open position and a closed position; a ring disposed at least partially around the outer member and configured to move in response to the movement of the valve member; and a switch configured to open and close in response to the movement of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, Chad J. Cochart
  • Patent number: 10247316
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control cartridge for single-lever mixing taps, comprising a housing having a cylindrical housing wall and a base having a borehole for an inlet for cold water and a borehole for an inlet for hot water. Three ceramic disks are situated one above the other on the base, namely, a lower base disk having a borehole for the inlet for hot water and a borehole for the inlet for cold water, a rotatable and displaceable ceramic control disk which rests on the base disk and has a control edge on the circumferential surface, and an upper bearing disk which is sealed off from the housing or the housing wall. In order for mixed water to be dischargeable either laterally or vertically with the same installation space or the same installation height and installation diameter, it is proposed that the base and the base disk each have a mixed water outlet in addition to the two inlets for cold water and hot water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CERAMTEC GMBH
    Inventor: Josef Leinen
  • Patent number: 10086390
    Abstract: A sprayhead includes a body having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The body includes a fluid inlet proximate the first end and a fluid outlet proximate the second end. The sprayhead includes a first disc fixed to the body, a second disc moveably coupled to the body, and a pin which defines an axis of rotation for the second disc. The second disc is configured to rotate about the axis of rotation and to translate in a radial direction relative to the axis of rotation while the sprayhead is in use. Rotation of the second disc relative to the first disc causes a first response, whereas translation of the second disc relative to the first disc causes a second response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Perry D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10072400
    Abstract: A faucet assembly includes a bushing defining a cutout at a portion of a first end, and a control handle received on the first end of the bushing. The control handle includes an inner wall defining a set screw bore therein, and an outer wall spaced apart from the inner wall, the outer wall defining a visible bore therethrough. The control handle further includes a cavity at least partially defined between the inner wall and the outer wall. The cavity is configured to receive at least a portion of the cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: William R. Bares, Perry D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10059098
    Abstract: A valve jet printer includes a solenoid coil and a plunger rod having a magnetically susceptible shank. A first end of the shank and at least a portion of the shank are received within a bore of the solenoid coil. The printer also includes a nozzle including an orifice extending therethrough and a spring biasing a second end of the shank toward the nozzle. The second end of the plunger rod includes a tip formed of perfluoroelastomer (FFKM). The second end of the shank includes a cup-shaped cavity having a convex bottom and a circular side. The tip includes a concave base and an annular flange. In an assembled state, the concave base of the tip contacts the convex bottom of the cup-shaped cavity, and the end of the circular side opposite the convex bottom is rolled over the annular flange thereby securing the tip in the cup-shaped cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventors: Hans Elon Wallsten, Nils Johan Fredrik Käck
  • Patent number: 10029086
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for adaptively coupling conduits such as medical tubing to a transcutaneous fixating device or other medical tubing. In some embodiments, an adaptive coupling system for coupling two medical conduits may include a body. The body may include a first opening. The first opening is positioned proximally to a subject. The body may include a second opening. The second opening is positioned distally to the subject. The body may include a fluid gate. In some embodiments, the fluid gate may be configured to control a flow of fluids through the body between the first opening and the second opening. The first opening may be configured to release a first medical conduit, during use, under a first set of loading conditions. In some embodiments, the second opening may be configured to release a second medical conduit, during use, under a second set of loading conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Brent M. Nowak, Jayson David Aydelotte
  • Patent number: 10000347
    Abstract: There is herein described an adjustable multi-hole orifice plate in a pneumatic conveying apparatus. More particularly, there is described an adjustable multi-hole orifice plate which can be used in a pneumatic conveying apparatus to assist in the discharge of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Newton, Richard Ellis
  • Patent number: 9958881
    Abstract: A cartridge with a controller for controlling cold and hot fluid flows to form a mixture, a slide valve for controlling a mixture temperature, a thermostatic element that controls a position of the slide valve along an axis, and a single handle for controlling the mixture flow and temperature, which is movably mounted to actuate and drive the controller and move the thermostatic element along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: VERNET
    Inventors: Matthieu Draber, William Da Silva
  • Patent number: 9772048
    Abstract: In a rotary handle for a thermostatically controlled valve, which is arranged on an actuator brought out of a valve housing, having a stop body, which acts together with a stop cam provided on the valve housing. It is provided that the stop body is movable in the rotation direction in such a way that by a relative movement between the stop body and the rotary handle, turning of the rotary handle by a rotation angle greater than 360° is made possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Frank-Thomas Luig, Kai Huck, Bjoern Riedel
  • Patent number: 9764126
    Abstract: In accordance with the present inventive concept, there is provided a valve for administration of a plurality of drug fluids, such as cytostatics. The valve comprises: a housing having a plurality of circumferentially distributed primary inlets for receiving a respective one of the drug fluids and a secondary inlet for receiving a secondary fluid, such as a neutral fluid, an outlet, and a valve member arranged in the housing. The housing has a plurality of primary valve positions in each of which an associated one of the primary inlets is connected to the outlet, and a plurality of intermediary valve positions in each of which the secondary inlet is connected to the outlet. Moreover, the valve member has a outer surface sealingly engaging an inner surface of the housing, such that the primary and secondary inlets are sealingly connected to openings arranged in the outer surface of the valve member in each of the primary and intermediary valve positions, respectively. Figure for publication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: CYTO365 AB
    Inventor: Micael Törnblom
  • Patent number: 9746086
    Abstract: A two-input and two-output valve core structure comprises: a hood-shape outer shell, and a sway plate sleeve, a sway plate, a movable porcelain plate, and a fixed porcelain plate disposed therein. Wherein the hood-shape outer shell is provided with an upper passage port and a lower passage port. The movable porcelain plate includes a detachable upper movable plate and a detachable lower movable porcelain plate. The fixed porcelain plate includes a detachable upper fixed porcelain plate, a detachable lower fixed plate. A middle section of the sway plate is hinged onto the sway plate sleeve, an upper sway head of the sway plate is protruded out of the upper passage port of the hood-shape outer shell, while a lower sway head of the sway plate is extended into an upper opening of the upper movable plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: XIAMEN RUNNER INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jinfa Wang, Ronggui Zhang
  • Patent number: 9719602
    Abstract: A ceramic control valve may include a control valve 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 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: HAIN YO ENTERPRISES CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Chia-Po Chang
  • Patent number: 9617919
    Abstract: A valve includes a valve housing having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet with a longitudinal axis defined through the valve housing. The valve also includes a toggle mechanism configured and adapted to cycle flow from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet through a plurality of different flow rates in response to repeated impulses. The toggle mechanism is also configured to hold flow rate steady between impulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Delavan Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon P. Williams, Neal A. Thomson
  • Patent number: 9588022
    Abstract: A sampling device including a closed sample container with a flexible wall and with an interior, a coupling member for releasable coupling to a sample outlet connector, a communicating passage between the coupling member and the interior of the sample container, at least the interior of the sample container being sterile, and a sterility protection device for ensuring the sterility of the interior of the sample container in the form of a three-way valve between the coupling member and the sample container, the three-way valve having a connection to the coupling member, a connection to the sample container and an outlet, and the three-way valve being, before use, in a closed position in which it bars access to the interior of the sample container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Keofitt A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Lysgaard Salomon
  • Patent number: 9366014
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting having a fitting housing with a control unit having at least one control element which is preferably an electrically actuatable throughflow valve for controlling the water flow through at least one water line by closing and opening the water line which sanitary fitting can be maintained or repaired with particularly little effort particularly in applications where vandalism is a considerable concern. This is achieved by having an assembly cover, which can be released from the fitting main body and which covers at least one shut-off device in the fitting main body which has a second control element which serves for shutting off the water line in the fitting housing to provide access for maintenance and servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Aquis Sanitaer AG
    Inventor: Andreas Wawrla
  • Patent number: 9321059
    Abstract: A ball arm switching shower has a fixed unit and a switching mechanism. The fixed unit is provided with multiple outlet functions, a assembling slot and a water inlet passage, each outlet function is provided with a water division hole. The switching mechanism comprises a connecting part, a handle, a switching plate, a transmission shaft and a sealing piece. The connecting part can be mounted in the assembling slot in a sliding and swinging manner. The handle is fixedly connected to the connecting part. The transmission shaft can fixedly connect to the connecting part and the switching plate, so that the switching plate can be driven to swing and slide through the movement of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD., Huasong ZHOU
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Shuiyuan Luo, Cailin Wu, Bin Cao
  • Patent number: 9297463
    Abstract: A single-grip mixing faucet including a control unit with ceramic piece, a cartridge having one side connected to a footing and another side connected to an operating arm and wherein the cartridge includes a fixed inlet disc mounted to the footing and having one side engaged by one side of a movable control disc so as to form a mixing space, and wherein an opposite side of the control disc is engaged by a ceramic disc mover which is connected to the operating arm, and wherein a throttling element extends from the disc mover into the control disc for adjusting an angle between the inlet and control disk to regulate a range of a comfort temperature region of water flowing from the faucet, and wherein a cold water inlet and a hot water inlet are provided in the footing together with a mixed water outlet for water flowing out of the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: KEROX IPARI ES KERESKEDELMI KFT.
    Inventors: Laszlo Asboth, Gyorgy Bolgar
  • Patent number: 9259747
    Abstract: A fluid control valve, the fluid control valve including a first disc, a fluid inlet, and a second disc slidably coupled to the first disc and movable relative thereto, the second disc located between the fluid inlet and the first disc. The first disc includes a first outlet port coupled to a first outlet, a second outlet port coupled to a second outlet, and a third outlet port coupled to a third outlet. Movement in a first direction of the second disc relative to the first disc fluidly couples the fluid inlet to at least one of the first outlet port, the second outlet port, and the third outlet port, and wherein movement in a second direction of the second disc relative to the first disc controls the volume of fluid flowing from through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Perry D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 9234596
    Abstract: A valve with a valve housing for controlling the liquid flow in a plant for central heating is provided. The valve includes an insert part with valve parts for controlling a liquid flow through the valve: a first part and a second part being mutually rotatable. The first and the second parts are provided with complementary through-flow openings that combine to define a common opening area and are configured such that, upon mutual rotation of those valve parts, a larger or a smaller total opening area is provided. The valve includes a closure part which is disposed such that, upon axial displacement, the closure part is capable of completely or partially closing off the total opening area through the through-flow openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: FlowCon International ApS
    Inventors: Gitte Pedersen, Mille Sveje Bøjgaard, Carsten Møller, Bjarne Wittendorff Ibsen
  • Patent number: 9200714
    Abstract: A valve includes a generally cylindrical housing including first and second end portions that are offset from each other along a longitudinal axis of the generally cylindrical housing. First and second inlet ports are arranged on one of said first or second end portions, and at least one outlet port is arranged on one of said first or second end portions. A disk is disposed in the generally cylindrical housing and is configured to independently control both mixing and flow rate of fluid flowing into at least one of the first and second inlet ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: David Di Nunzio
  • Patent number: 9091364
    Abstract: A slide valve having a housing and a slide element guided within the housing, at least two hydraulic connections being present on the housing, and at least one of the hydraulic connections communicating hydraulically with at least one control port in a cylindrical guide surface that guides the slide element, the control port extending only over a limited distance in the circumferential direction of the guide surface and cooperating with a control edge of the slide element assigned thereto, the slide element having an essentially cylindrical outer contour and at least one end face, and the slide element being produced by injection molding, and at least one injection point being configured on the end face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Robert Wieland, Rolf Bald
  • Publication number: 20150107681
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for compressing gases and supplying compressed gaseous fuel to a consuming device, such as a gaseous fueled vehicle or the like. One embodiment includes a gas compressor for compressing the gaseous fuel to an array of tanks having predetermined initial set points which are increasing for tanks in the array. One embodiment provides a selecting valve having first and second families of ports wherein the valve can be operated to select a plurality of ports from the first family to be fluidly connected with a plurality of ports with the second family, and such fluid connections can be changed by operation of the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Walter H. Killeen, Bryan Killeen, Carl Guichard
  • Publication number: 20150091212
    Abstract: A gate valve is configured to have a first fluid flow path. In a state where a gate valve pin is at a first pin position, a front end section on an injection hole side of the gate valve pin closes an injection hole. In a state where the gate valve pin is at a second pin position that is more distant from the injection hole than the first pin position, a front end section opens the injection hole to make communication between the first fluid flow path and the injection hole and thereby form a resin supply line. In a state where a sleeve is at a first sleeve position and the gate valve pin is at the first pin position, a second fluid flow path is formed in the gate valve to connect an injection hole-side end of the first fluid flow path to outside of the gate valve and is made to communicate with the first fluid flow path and thereby form a cleaning line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Suzuki, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Yasumoto Noguchi
  • Patent number: 8991427
    Abstract: A high pressure three-way control valve comprises a valve body defining first, second, and third ports disposed in selective fluid communication with each other via a control element. The control element is movable between a first seated position and a second seated position to selectively control the direction of fluid between the first and second port, or alternatively, between the first and third port. So configured, the control valve serves a function that conventionally requires two valves plumbed together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Tescom Corporation
    Inventor: Todd W. Larsen
  • Publication number: 20140360605
    Abstract: Provided is a rotary passage-switching valve having a rotor with an extended service life. The passage-switching valve according to the present invention has a stator and a rotor which is rotatable while sliding relative to the stator. The stator has a plurality of ports whose ends are open on a sliding surface on which the rotor is made to rotate and slide. The rotor has a passage groove for connecting two or more of the ports. At an edge of the passage groove, the rotor is in contact with the sliding surface of the stator at a contact angle a greater than 120°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20140345730
    Abstract: A ceramic control valve has a valve shell that orderly has a water control unit, an upper ceramic piece, a lower ceramic piece and a valve base connected underneath to avoid the abovementioned components from falling out. The ceramic control valve can change the water output style of the faucet without an additional handle, and the water output can be switched between front and top portions to effectively reduce the components of the faucets and simplify the assembly process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: HAIN YO ENTERPRISES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHIA-PO CHANG
  • Patent number: 8887764
    Abstract: A faucet comprises a spout, and a valve assembly that can be positioned in at least three different positions so as to draw water from a cold water reservoir, a hot water reservoir and lukewarm water reservoir. The valve assembly may comprise three valves, one valve for opening and closing the flow of water between each valve and the reservoirs. The lukewarm water reservoir receives water from the cold water reservoir which sits therein and raises up to room temperature. At least one handle provides for controlling the valves of the faucet so as to draw water from each reservoir or simultaneously from at least two reservoirs. A plumbing system including the faucet, conduits for each reservoir and a lukewarm water reservoir is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Dany Cartier
  • Patent number: 8844560
    Abstract: The most strained component of a cartridge is the bush, in which the control lever is mounted, using which the control can is moved. Upon actuation of the control lever to open and close the intakes and drains, the bush and thus also the extension of the housing and the front wall thereof are strained by bending. Upon mixing of the cold and hot water streams, friction forces arise in directions, which are perpendicular to one another, between the bush and the front wall of the housing and in the extension of the housing by rotation of the bush. All of these strains can result in hysteresis in the mixing position and in the position of the control cam during the opening and closing movements because of tolerances and play the opening and closing movements because of tolerances and play between the individual components. To overcome the strain issues, the bush bus has the control lever mounted therein is mounted using a conical face and also conical part of the front wall of the cylindrical housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: CeramTec GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Leinen
  • Patent number: 8739338
    Abstract: An attachment apparatus (20) for attachment to the air conduits (6,8,10,12) of a zoned air cell cushion A or mattress to an associated valve. The attachment apparatus comprises a connector assembly (24) with connectors (26, 28, 30, 32) secured in the ends (N1, N2, N3, N4) of air conduits secured in a conduit constraint (38). Each air conduit is in fluid communication with a separate inflation zone (r,s,t,u) of the cushion or mattress. The connectors are in fluid cooperation with a valve (60) that places normally isolated zones into fluid communication and vice versa. The connector assembly may function as a base for any one of a number of valves (60, 103, 150, 200, 400, 500).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Roho, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Rickman, Dennis L. Clapper
  • 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: 8695634
    Abstract: Provided are a sliding component, such as a mechanical seal ring, which is capable of maintaining superior sliding characteristics even in the long-term continuous use thereof, as well as a mechanical seal, a faucet valve, and a rolling support device, each of which includes the sliding component. The sliding component includes a stationary member, and a movable member contactedly sliding on the stationary member. The stationary member and the movable member are respectively composed of a silicon carbide sintered body containing graphite. The content of the graphite in one of the stationary member and the movable member is at least 4% by mass greater than in the other. Thus, the sliding component includes the stationary member and the movable member which are a combination of those having different contents of graphite. Owing to a high lubricating effect, the superior sliding characteristics can be maintained, permitting a long-term continuous sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Mieko Yashima, Yusaku Ishimine
  • Patent number: 8695635
    Abstract: A mixing valve device includes a stationary valve piece attached to a cover of an outer housing and having two inlet passages for receiving cold water and hot water and having two outlet passages, a movable valve piece movably and rotatably engaged in the housing and having an outlet pathway for selectively aligning with either of the outlet passages of the stationary valve piece and for controlling the mixed water to flow out through either of the outlet passages of the stationary valve piece, the movable valve piece includes an inlet pathway adjustable to different communication area with the inlet passages of the stationary valve piece for adjusting the water temperature of the mixed water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Hsiang Hung Wang
  • Publication number: 20140076437
    Abstract: A component for a faucet includes a substrate including alumina and a first material provided over at least a portion of the substrate. The first material includes titanium and carbon. The component also includes a second material provided over the first material, the second material including carbon and having carbon sp3 bonding of at least 40 percent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: VAPOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Klaus Brondum, Richard P. Welty, Patrick B. Jonte, Douglas S. Richmond
  • Patent number: 8671982
    Abstract: A valve assembly for the coolant system of an internal combustion engine including a housing, at least two coaxially disposed rotary valves journaled in such housing, each of such valves having an axially disposed fluid passageway communicable with an inlet port of such housing and at least one passageway communicating with the axially disposed passageway and communicable with an outlet port of the housing upon a particular orientation of such valve, and a drive gear operatively connected to such valves, operative to rotate such valves to different degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Markus Stoermer
  • Publication number: 20140060686
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a faucet valve cartridge configured for use within a dual handle faucet. The valve cartridge includes an upper plate and a bottom plate received within a valve housing and configured to control fluid flow from an inlet to an outlet. The valve may include anti-water hammer port geometry to reduce turbulent flow and shut-off shock wave noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew Lee Kemp, Garry Robin Marty, Brian Alan Enlow
  • Publication number: 20140053931
    Abstract: A multiple port valve has a valve body and a directional component. The valve body is formed as an annular cylinder with a plurality of ports extending from an outer surface and a cavity defined by an inner surface. The directional component is positioned in the cavity and defines a fluid path that provides fluid communication between combinations of two or more of the plurality of ports depending upon an angular orientation of the directional within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Nordson, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl T. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 8646750
    Abstract: A ceramic water control valve with ceramic chips having pressing leak-proof functions is provided with a pressing ceramic chip and a pressing seal ring. The sliding ceramic chip is in a directional positioning state and can be pressed to be abutted with the fixed ceramic chip more tightly and durably, so as to enhance the leak-proof effect on top of the shell. The ceramic water control valve has a lateral outgoing path pattern, which can improve its durability and applicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kuching International Ltd.
    Inventor: Mei-Li Chen
  • Patent number: 8578966
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to fluid control valves and, more particularly, to a mixing valve for use within a faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Kurt Judson Thomas, Michael Scot Rosko