With Flow Control Means For Branched Passages Patents (Class 137/861)
  • Patent number: 9364285
    Abstract: An irrigated medical device, including an inlet tube configured to receive an irrigation fluid from a pressurized fluid source, at least first and second outlet tubes configured to deliver the irrigation fluid to respective outlets of the device, a manifold containing a chamber coupled between the inlet tube and at least the first and second outlet tubes, and a ball including a magnetic material contained inside the chamber. The irrigated medical device also includes a magnetic field generator disposed outside the chamber and configured to generate a variable magnetic field within the chamber so as to move the ball between at least a first position in which the first outlet tube is blocked, a second position in which the second outlet tube is blocked, and a third position, in which neither of the outlet tubes is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventor: Assaf Govari
  • Publication number: 20150134081
    Abstract: A valve includes a case comprising a pin bore, a pin configured to move axially in the pin bore, wherein the pin seals the pin bore, a first channel in communication with the pin bore, a second channel in communication with the pin bore, wherein the second channel comprises a restrictor at a location offset from the first channel, a third channel in communication with the pin bore, wherein the third channel comprises a check valve, and the second channel and third channel are in communication with each other. The valve can be a miniature valve that is used in the control of hydraulic fluid in prosthesis, such as a prosthetic ankle joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: OTTO BOCK HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Richard Geiger, David Kraige, Jeremy Frank, Jacob Loverich, Ben Gilbert Macomber, Adam Arabian
  • Publication number: 20150107711
    Abstract: A cytometer flowcell is configured to induce a substantial change of direction of a conducting fluid as it enters and exits a hydrodynamic focusing zone, where a sample fluid is combined with the conducting fluid. The flowcell includes a combined fluid conduit and a sample fluid injection probe. The combined fluid conduit defines a combined fluid inlet and an internal combined fluid flowpath, while a conducting fluid flowpath is defined outside of the combined fluid conduit. The sample fluid injection probe has an outlet that is spaced from the combined fluid inlet to form a hydrodynamic focusing zone. The combined fluid conduit, and the conducting fluid flowpath outboard of the combined fluid conduit, are arranged so that in operation, the conducting fluid will change direction by at least about 90 degrees as the conducting fluid enters the focusing zone and exits along the combined fluid flowpath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Nathaniel C. Bair
  • Publication number: 20150101694
    Abstract: A high pressure fluid system including enhanced safety, maintenance and servicing features. The system can include a CAM assembly module, having a valve seat assembly, seal cartridge assembly and inlet manifold, that is easily installed in and removed from a frame and/discharge manifold as a single unit. A discharge manifold can isolate different pressure rated passageways of the system, and multiple rupture discs associated with the same. A discharge manifold end plate can be included to provide ease of repair of discharge outlets and to establish a plumbing system for the rupture discs. A quick coupler can facilitate connection between a plunger of the seal cartridge assembly and a cross head stub connected to a power frame. A lubrication valve assembly can provide and meter lubrication from a high pressure inlet source to a plunger and packing of the seal cartridge assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Jamie A. Forrest, Todd A. Shawver
  • Patent number: 8997789
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing backflow and contamination, and detecting by-pass leaks in a flow control arrangement is disclosed. The apparatus includes a vent line connecting a sweep gas source and a vent. Constant process-inert gas flows from the source through the vent line into the vent. The vent line is connected with the flow control arrangement. Any leakage in the flow control arrangement is channeled to the vent line and swept into the vent along with the sweep gas. As a result, pressure in the flow control arrangement cannot build up and leakage backflow is prevented. A flow switch may be disposed on the vent line for detecting leakage. The sweep gas flow rate is controlled at a constant level that is inadequate to actuate the flow switch and keeps the flow switch ready to actuate by any superimposed leakage. The flow switch detects a leakage when it actuates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Malema Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Peter M. Pozniak
  • Patent number: 8985134
    Abstract: A pressure relief device for pipeline networks includes first and second safety valves, each having an inlet side and an outlet side. The first safety valve is connected to a line of the pipeline network by its outlet side. A connecting pipeline extends between the two safety valves and connects the inlet side of the second valve to the outlet side of the first. A supply line carries a working fluid to the connecting pipeline, a supply-line safety valve for the supply line, and a discharge line connected to the connecting pipeline for removing working fluid carried to the connecting pipeline by the supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Grossmann
  • Publication number: 20150075659
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention, there is provided a slit valve, comprising: a first slit valve portion having a first window therethrough, the first window is sized to permit passage of an object through the first window; wherein the first window is surrounded by a first area of the first slit valve portion; a second slit valve portion that comprises a first sealing element and a first positioning module; wherein the first positioning module is arranged to move the first sealing element in relation to the first window; wherein at least one slit valve portion of the first and second slit valve portions comprises at least one first gas opening for emitting pressurized gas so as to assist in a creation of a first gas cushion between the first area and the first sealing element when the first sealing element is placed adjacent to the first window thus creating a seal between the first and second slit valve portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michael R. Rice, Natan Schlimoff, Igor Krivts (Krayvitz), Israel Avneri, Yoram Uziel, Erez Admoni, Paul Reuter, William (Ty) Weaver
  • Publication number: 20150075626
    Abstract: Flow distribution networks that supply process gas to two or more stations in a multi-station deposition chamber. Each flow distribution network includes an inlet and flow distribution lines for carrying process gas to the stations. The flow distribution lines include a branch point downstream from the inlet and two or more branches downstream from the branch point. Each branch supplies a station. The flow distribution network also includes highly variable flow elements in each branch. Restrictive components are placed downstream from the variable control elements in each branch. These restrictive components are nominally identical and designed to shift the bulk of the pressure drop away from the variable flow components to improve flow balancing while not unduly increasing inlet pressure. In some cases, the load shifting allows the more variable flow components to operate in the unchoked flow regime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Womack, Stephen Lau
  • Publication number: 20150059439
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to chromatography systems that include a microfluidic device configured to provide three-way switching or switching between three or more inputs or outputs. The microfluidic device can be fluidically coupled to one or more switching valves to provide for selective control of fluid flow in the chromatography system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Tipler
  • Publication number: 20150040985
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tap including a body, which is provided with a gas inlet that is to be connected to the storage space of a container, a bleed-off circuit, including a downstream end, characterized in that the tap further includes a circuit for selectively controlling the movement of the isolation valve into the first position for opening the bleed-off circuit, the control circuit including a first end connected to the valve, and a second end that can be selectively coupled to an actuator of a gas bleed-off member, in order to selectively electrically control the movement of the valve into the position for opening the bleed-off circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Guillaume Roberge, Laurent Allidieres, Zsolt Zsigmond
  • Patent number: 8932533
    Abstract: Implementations and techniques for cyclonic catalytic ducts are generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Patent number: 8887749
    Abstract: An apparatus including flexible tube having a first opening at a first end, an opposing second opening at a second end, and a body portion between the first end and the second end. The body portion of the flexible tube may have an inner cavity and a plurality of further openings leading out from the inner cavity. The apparatus may include a first connector, configured to be connected to a water source. The apparatus may further include a non-porous first outer member, having a first opening at a first end, an opposing second opening at a second end, and a body portion between the first end of the first outer member and the second end of the first outer member. The first outer member may substantially surround a portion of the flexible tube to block a first set of the plurality of further openings to inhibit liquid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Koncelik, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140332083
    Abstract: The present disclosure teaches an apparatus and a method for providing one or more substance liquids to a microfluidic channel network (30). The microfluidic apparatus includes valves for switching the one or more substance liquids to a microfluidic channel network (30). The apparatus can be used to generate a sequence of the one or more substance liquids as individual droplets in an immiscible separation liquid wherein individual ones of the sequence of droplets are located between the separation liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Christoph Merten, Ramesh Utharala
  • Publication number: 20140318642
    Abstract: Relevant specifications in the field of gas supply provide for different safety devices for installation in a gas-supply system, in particular, an acetylene-supply system. To provide such a safety device, which is characterized by a compact structure and a high level of operational reliability, this invention proposes that a valve body (1) incorporates an over-pressure valve (4; 104) of a quick-action shut-off device, a control valve (3; 103) of a pressure-limiting device, and a safety valve (2; 102), whereby the safety valve (2; 102) can be fluidically connected to the over-pressure valve (4; 104) and the control valve (3; 103), and closes either when the over-pressure valve (4; 104) opens due to an inlet pressure that is above the inlet-pressure limit value or when the control valve (3; 103) opens due to an outlet pressure that is above an outlet-pressure limit value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Johan van der Klift, Andreas Roncka
  • Publication number: 20140311601
    Abstract: A steam turbine pipe 1 of an embodiment includes: an upper half side main steam pipe 11 that leads steam to a steam turbine; an upper half side main steam control valve 30 that intervenes in the upper half side main steam pipe 11; and a post-valve drain pipe 31 that is connected to the upper half side main steam control valve 30 and leads drain to an outside. The steam turbine pipe 1 further includes: a shut-off valve 32 that intervenes in the post-valve drain pipe 31; and a branching pipe 60 that makes the post-valve drain pipe 31 on the side closer to the upper half side main steam control valve 30 than is the shut-off valve 32 communicate with the upper half side main steam pipe 11 between the upper half side main steam control valve 30 and a high-pressure turbine 200.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicants: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi NAKAMURA, Tomoo Ohfuji, Tsutomu Shioyama, Hiroki Shiraishi, Makoto Takahashi, Tsutomu Ooishi, Daisuke Asakura, Toshihiko Endo, Hiroyuki Tao, Tetsuya Yamanaka, Koji Kanbe, Hiroryuki Nishi
  • Patent number: 8834807
    Abstract: The invention provides devices and methods for isolating one or more sample components of a sample material following separation of the sample material into a plurality of sample components. A device includes a separation channel having a sample loading well. A low-conductivity buffer is disposed in the loading well, the buffer having a conductivity<0.2 mS/cm. In a method, a buffer is loaded into a loading well in fluid communication with a separation channel of a device. A sample material having a conductivity higher than that of the buffer is then loaded into the loading well such that the sample material is disposed beneath the buffer, the buffer disposed over and covering the sample material. The sample material is separated into a plurality of separated components in the separation channel, and a separated component is collected from a collection well disposed in a collection leg of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Caliper Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Molho, Hui Xu
  • Publication number: 20140251478
    Abstract: Disclosed is a control system for a water network. The control system includes a plurality of remotely-located monitoring and or monitoring and automatic control stations each including an automation controller for local control and automation, and each in communication via a dual-ring communication topology for system or wide-area control. The dual-ring facilitates redundant peer-to-peer data exchange to provide upstream and downstream water flow and water quality information. Systems described herein may calculate flow differential based on water flow data from each of the monitoring stations, and control flow based on the calculated flow differential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Dolezilek, Amandeep Singh Kalra
  • Publication number: 20140230936
    Abstract: An operation lever lock apparatus includes: operation levers; hydraulic control valves arranged at a portion lower than a floor panel; and link members, each of the link members extending downward from a base part of a corresponding one of the operation levers to be connected to a corresponding one of the hydraulic control valves, wherein the hydraulic control valves are operated by causing the link members to move vertically, the apparatus further including: an engagement member provided under the link member; and a stopper member having an engagement part to be engaged in the engagement member, wherein the stopper member is movable between an engaged position at which the engagement part engages in the engagement member and a released position at which the engagement part is released from the engagement member, and arranged to restrict movement of the link member in a vertical direction when positioned in the engaged position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Shinobu Naitou
  • Publication number: 20140224335
    Abstract: Fluid processing apparatus has a prefabricated branched network of flexible tubing, for conducting process fluid between process elements of the apparatus, and control valves. A tubing support has opposable front and rear plates which define a pattern of support channels between them in which the flexible tubing network lies, so that the support channels limit or prevent expansion of the flexible tubes. Standard non-reinforced tubing can then be used for high-pressure work. The support body plates can be separated to open the channels for insertion or removal of the flexible tubing. The front plate may be transparent. The control valves operate by simply pressing on the tubing in the support channels to block flow, without invasion of the flow path. The tubing sets can be easily replaced, cleaned or sterilized. The invention is useful in a range of controlled-flow processes e.g. chromatography and filtration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Martin John Hofmann
  • Patent number: 8801856
    Abstract: High-throughput OVJP systems and methods are provided that may use multiple flow paths having different conductances to enable deposition with relatively short lag times. A high-throughput OVJP system may include a flow tube having a cross-sectional area much larger than the diameter of one or more apertures through which source material may be expelled during deposition. Use of such a configuration may allow for deposition with reduced lag times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Display Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Burrows, Jeffrey Silvernail, Julie J. Brown
  • Patent number: 8770176
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a housing defining first, second, third, and fourth passages. The first passage channels relatively-high pressure fluid and the second passage channels relatively-low pressure fluid into the valve. The third passage connects to the second passage and releases fluid from the valve. The fourth passage connects to the first passage and the second passage and releases fluid from the valve. The valve assembly also includes a first check-valve that permits fluid flow from the second passage to the third passage and a second check-valve that permits fluid flow from the second passage to the fourth passage. The valve assembly additionally includes a nozzle that controls velocity of the relatively-high pressure fluid entering the fourth passage from the first passage. The relatively-low pressure fluid is pulled from the second passage into the fourth passage on the outer periphery of the nozzle by the relatively-high pressure fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Girish Sudhir Kulkarni, Subrata Sarkar, Swethaghnya Kusa, Santosh Dadasaheb Pachpund, Bradley Noel Kippe
  • Publication number: 20140175773
    Abstract: A flow rectifier assembly including a manifold with a variable orifice disposed therein. Further, the flow rectifier assembly includes one or more valves disposed in the manifold and fluidly connected to the variable orifice to provide a uni-directional flow over the variable orifice. Each of the one or more valves includes a poppet. A fly-cut recess defined in the manifold includes a seat for resting the poppet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Ault, Moses I. Akpan, Michael A. Church, Landin T. Fisher
  • Publication number: 20140166141
    Abstract: An exhaust system including an exhaust flow path, an exhaust treatment fluid tank, and a dosing module in communication with the exhaust treatment fluid tank. A three-way valve communicates with the dosing module. A first nozzle and a second nozzle communicate with the three-way valve for dosing the exhaust treatment fluid into the exhaust flow path, wherein the three-way valve is operable to control an amount of the exhaust treatment fluid provided to the first and second nozzles from the dosing module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Golin, Andre Bogacz
  • Publication number: 20140161671
    Abstract: The present invention is an exhaust mode selector system which is able to control an exhaust system, as the exhaust system changes to accommodate various driving conditions. The exhaust system includes various exhaust flow paths to configure the exhaust system for operating in a highway mode, used for when the vehicle is operating on the highway, and a city mode, used for when the vehicle is operating under city driving conditions. A controller is able to position one or more valves to various configurations to transition between city driving and highway driving. Each of the valves being configurable provides for optimization of the balance between required power, fuel economy, and noise reduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Juan Guillermo Martinez Cuellar, Carlos Ernesto Colina Gallardo, Marco Antonio Lopez Vidaurri, Marco Antonio Aguilar Molina
  • Publication number: 20140158590
    Abstract: An apparatus includes multiple manifolds, an inlet connecting line fluidly coupled to a flow inlet channel defined within a first manifold to a flow inlet channel defined within a second manifold, and an outlet connecting line fluidly coupled to a flow outlet channel defined within the first manifold and to a flow outlet channel defined within the second manifold. Another apparatus includes a plenum coupled to a surface of a multiple manifold apparatus including a influent channel fluidly coupled to a flow inlet channel defined within a first manifold and to a flow inlet channel defined within a second manifold, wherein the plenum also includes a secondary flow channel fluidly coupled to a flow outlet channel defined within the first manifold and to a flow outlet channel defined within the second manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Timothy Scott Shaffer
  • Publication number: 20140140876
    Abstract: A scroll machine according to the present disclosure can include a shell, a first scroll member, a second scroll member and a valve assembly. The valve assembly can permit intermediate pressure in the shell to flow to an area of suction pressure in the shell. The valve assembly can include a first valve manifold that selectively couples to the shell. A second valve manifold can slidably and non-threadably locate against the first valve manifold. A retainer can couple to the first valve manifold to capture the second valve manifold against the first valve manifold. A valve can selectively connect an intermediate flow exiting the shell through the first and second valve manifolds to a suction flow entering the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry L. Bingham, Keith J. Reinhart
  • Patent number: 8727030
    Abstract: A trim manifold assembly includes an alarm block and a release block. The alarm block is in communication with a fire suppressant fluid supply and defines a first alarm passage in communication with an alarm sensor. The release block is coupled to the alarm block and includes a drain passage and a first control passage. The first control passage is in communication with the fire suppressant fluid supply and a pressure-actuated system control valve to control communication between the fire suppressant fluid supply and the sprinkler system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Viking Corporation
    Inventor: Shawn J. Feenstra
  • Publication number: 20140130922
    Abstract: Systems and methods to delivery multiple ozone flows from a single ozone generator are disclosed. An ozone distribution manifold can include an oxygen input for converting the output from the ozone generator to multiple ozone flows with different ozone concentration. The ozone distribution manifold can include multiple flow controllers to regulate the multiple ozone flows to provide different ozone flow rates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: INTERMOLECULAR, INC.
    Inventors: ShouQian Shao, Vincent Li, Jason R. Wright
  • Publication number: 20140116554
    Abstract: A system for draining fecal matter off-site, including: a sealed fecal matter disposal device, an off-site fecal matter outlet, an off-site air charging inlet, a control valve, a fecal matter transporting pipe, and an air transporting pipe. A fecal matter extraction interface is disposed on the off-site fecal matter outlet. An air charging interface is disposed on the off-site air charging inlet. The off-site fecal matter outlet is connected to a straight fecal matter outlet arranged on the sealed fecal matter disposal device via the fecal matter transporting pipe. The off-site air charging inlet is connected to an air inlet arranged on the sealed fecal matter disposal device via the air transporting pipe. The control valve is disposed on the air transporting pipe for controlling the connection or disconnection of the air transporting pipe, thereby realizing permission or refusal of off-site fecal matter extraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Changsha Dongbang Automated Toilet Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Delin ZENG
  • Patent number: 8707754
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for calibrating a plurality of gas flows in a substrate processing system are provided herein. In some embodiments, a substrate processing system may include a cluster tool comprising a first process chamber and a second process chamber coupled to a central vacuum transfer chamber; a first flow controller to provide a process gas to the first process chamber; a second flow controller to provide the process gas to the second process chamber; a mass flow verifier to verify a flow rate from each of the first and second flow controllers; a first conduit to selectively couple the first flow controller to the mass flow verifier; and a second conduit to selectively couple the second flow controller to the mass flow verifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Cruse, John W. Lane, Mariusch Gregor, Duc Buckius, Berrin Daran, Corie Lynn Cobb, Ming Xu, Andrew Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140110509
    Abstract: An apparatus, for the steam explosion treatment of biomass, having a pressurized reactor vessel to receive a biomass material and steam, discharge lines connecting the pressurized reactor vessel to the separation device, the lines sized and positioned to allow for the steam explosion of biomass material. At the outlet end of the discharge lines is a collection-expansion manifold to connect the outlet end of each of the discharge lines to a collection line, wherein the collection line provides a passage for biomass material and steam flowing from the discharge lines. The collection line passage has a substantially larger cross-sectional area than the cross-sectional area of a single discharge line. The collection line is coupled to a separation device such that the separation device receives the biomass material and steam from the collection line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Andritz Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Monroe RAWLS, Thomas PSCHORN, Bertil STROMBERG, Patrick PEPIN
  • Patent number: 8701708
    Abstract: A redundant gas supply or oxygen supply for an aircraft comprising two main lines and a group supply line that is connected to one consumer or to a multitude of consumers. In each case a connecting line connects the respective one main line to the group supply line. Flow limiters and nonreturn valves can be provided in the connecting lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Bricard, Emin Costan, Walter Deutscher, Thomas Vogt, Markus Wirth
  • Publication number: 20140102573
    Abstract: The inventive concept is directed to a cooling system incorporated into underwear such as shorts or T-shirts. The cooling system includes a circular tube incorporated into a hem of the above mentioned underwear. The circular tube is placed into the inner surface of the underwear by way of a tunnel sewn into waistline of the shorts or the bottom of the T-shirt. There is a multitude of T-shaped connectors located in strategically predetermined positions. Each of the T-shaped connectors has an air tube extending therefrom. The air tubes are directed downwardly in the case of shorts and are directed upwardly in the case of T-shirts. The air tubes are also located in tunnels sewn into the interior surface of the garment. The circular tube also has an outlet to be connected to a remote source of conditioned air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: John Larocque
  • Publication number: 20140083512
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system adapted to isolate an ampoule and/or process line during purge, including an inlet control valve connecting a source of pressurized gas to a refillable ampoule, an outlet control valve connecting the refillable ampoule to a location of use, a process control valve connecting a process line to the refillable ampoule, a process isolation valve, and a purge supply valve, e.g., a three-way purge supply valve, arranged between the process isolation valve and the process control valve. A method of purging a fluid delivery system is also disclosed, including closing a process isolation valve, connecting a process line to a refillable ampoule, supplying a purge gas through a purge supply valve, e.g., a three-way purge supply valve, and cycling open and close at least once a process control valve coupled to the process line. A manifold for use in refilling an ampoule and purging a fluid supply system is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Chism, Andy Krell
  • Publication number: 20140076444
    Abstract: Low head loss systems are detailed. The systems may include chambers having low impedance to water flow therethrough and repositionable gates or other valves within the chambers. The valves may direct water as a function of whether an associated heating device is active. At least some gates may incorporate poppet valves or other high-flow by-passes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: ZODIAC POOL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce William Maskell
  • Patent number: 8657801
    Abstract: The invention provides a switching device for an irrigation system. The switching device provides selective communication between a supply port to which a supply of fluid under pressure can be attached and a balloon port to which a fixing balloon of a catheter can be attached, and between the supply port and a port to which a liquid reservoir can be attached. By use of a selection handle, the user can deform conduits in a pre-determined sequence and thus control an irrigation procedure by opening and closing fluid flow in various conduits. The invention further provides an irrigation device incorporating the switching device and a method of controlling a fluid flow e.g. in an irrigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Jakob Ilskov Nielsen, Jens Peter Bredholt, Alister David Morton, Klaus Sommer Ipsen, Henrik Jeppesen
  • Publication number: 20140034171
    Abstract: A bi-directional tractor exhaust system includes a downwardly directed exhaust pipe connected to an upwardly directed exhaust pipe. An exhaust pipe valve may be mounted in the downwardly directed exhaust pipe. An actuator may be connected to the exhaust pipe valve and may be moveable between a first position opening the exhaust pipe valve to direct exhaust through the downwardly directed exhaust pipe, and a second position closing the exhaust pipe valve to direct exhaust through the upwardly directed exhaust pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Dietrich, Nicholas R. Wilson, Christopher T. McCord
  • Publication number: 20130327431
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a button switch outlet mechanism, which is provided with a body communicating with the water source and in which at least two water passages are arranged, wherein, it is further provided with a switch unit and a water division unit mounted in the body, the switch unit comprises at least two switch buttons that are arranged to the control poles of the switch buttons and a limiting assembly respectively, the limiting assembly controls that one of the switch button is pressed or all the switch buttons are pressed simultaneously and located to the limiting plate; the water division unit is connected to the switch unit to control that the water passages are communicated with the water source respectively or simultaneously. The cooperation of the components of the present outlet mechanism is tight and artistic with effective and stable switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicants: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Fuli Guo, Xiang Huang, Haisong Peng
  • Publication number: 20130327402
    Abstract: The present application provides an integrated fuel control valve system for use with a number of fuel manifolds of a combustor. The integrated fuel control valve system may include a main drive system, a number of slave drive valves in communication with the fuel manifolds, and a number of reverse gear mechanisms. Each of the reverse gear mechanisms may be in communication with the main drive system and one of the slave drive valves so as to regulate one of the slave drive valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Dmitry Alexandrovich USENKO
  • Publication number: 20130306178
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a pressure control valve system 100 for a fuel line 101 with a main fuel section 103, that can be closed with a first spring-loaded sealing body 105 for maintaining a fuel pressure in the fuel line 101, whereby the first sealing body 105 comprises a sealing body head 107 for sealing the main fuel line 103, that can be pressed with spring force again a sealing seat, an auxiliary fuel line 109, which is formed in the first spring loaded sealing body 105 for filling the fuel line 101 with fuel, and second spring-loaded sealing body 111, which is provided for sealing the auxiliary fuel line 109.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Veritas AG
    Inventor: Isa Coel
  • Patent number: 8584707
    Abstract: A manifold assembly configured for distributing fluid to an externally connected hydraulic component which may be capable of leakage detection through measurement of pressure decay. The manifold assembly may include a manifold body and a valve assembly. The manifold body may have a plurality of fluid passages. Fluid flow may be controlled by the valve assembly attached to the manifold body. The valve assembly may include two valve devices capable of controlling fluid flow. When fluid is blocked by the valve devices, any fluid leakage may be unloaded from the valve assembly through an orifice located between the two valve devices. The orifice may provide a pressure unloading feature which may increase accuracy of measuring the pressure decay during leakage detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Steven L. Ambrose
  • Patent number: 8555913
    Abstract: A fluid fitting is described for use in facilities that have a plurality of surfaces, a source of fluid pressure, and at least one fluid handling conduit extending from the source of fluid pressure to one of the surfaces. The fluid fitting comprises a mounting component to enable the fluid fitting to be attached to a surface of the facility, a conduit adapter connectable to the fluid handling conduit, a port having a flow path to the conduit adapter to enable a fluid connection between the conduit adapter and the port, and a fluid management device located in the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Amvex Corporation
    Inventor: David C. Stinson
  • Patent number: 8539978
    Abstract: A valve unit for adjusting gas flow to a combustion apparatus includes a valve member that moves relative to a valve seat in response to a signal input to a coil, for varying a high-capacity gas flow rate through the valve unit. The valve unit includes a first opening port, a second opening port that is smaller than the first opening port, and a closure member. The closure member is movable between an open position, in which said high-capacity gas flow rate is communicated via the first and second opening ports to an outlet, and a closed position against the first opening port, in which a low-capacity gas flow rate is communicated via only the second opening port to the outlet. The valve unit includes a solenoid for selectively moving the closure member between the open position and closed position to selectively establish a high-capacity gas flow rate or low capacity gas flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Mike Santinanavat, Mark H. Stark, Don Blessing
  • Publication number: 20130237058
    Abstract: A gas supply mechanism includes a gas introduction member having gas inlet portions through which a gas is introduced into a processing chamber, a processing gas supply unit, a processing gas supply path, branch paths, an additional gas supply unit and an additional gas supply path. The gas inlet portions includes inner gas inlet portions for supplying the gas toward a region where a target substrate is positioned in the chamber and an outer gas inlet portion for introducing the gas toward a region outside an outermost periphery of the target substrate. The branch paths are connected to the inner gas inlet portions, and the additional gas supply path is connected to the outer gas inlet portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Noriiki MASUDA
  • Publication number: 20130225395
    Abstract: Systems and methods for storing and handling slurries are provided. The surge drum system for storing a slurry can include a storage vessel having a first end, a second end, and at least one wall surrounding an internal volume between the first and second ends. The system can also include a slurry inlet and a slurry outlet, both in fluid communication with the internal volume. A recirculation inlet can be in fluid communication with the internal volume at the first end of the storage vessel. The system can also include a pump having a suction line in fluid communication with the outlet. A discharge line of the pump can be in fluid communication with an outlet valve and a recirculation valve that can be in fluid communication with the recirculation inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: KELLOGG BROWN & ROOT LLC
    Inventor: Gary L. Mason
  • Publication number: 20130213523
    Abstract: A device for evacuating and filling a vehicle cooling system includes a housing having an interior chamber. A service port extends into the housing and connectable with the vehicle cooling system, a supply port extends into the housing and connectable with a source of coolant fluid, and an evacuation port extends into the housing. A valve is disposed at least partially within the housing chamber and is adjustable between a first configuration in which the service port is fluidly coupled with the evacuation port and a second configuration in which the service port is fluidly coupled with the supply port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: David Mark Allen, Scott Allen Sanders
  • Patent number: 8480967
    Abstract: Soap dispensing systems are disclosed that employ concentrated forms of soap in order to permit the soap provider to decrease the costs associated with shipping soap to consumers. These dispensing systems are adapted to deliver both soap and rinse water, with the soap being delivered by dissolving or diluting a portion of the concentrated soap with water, and delivering the less concentrated soap to the user. In particular embodiments, the concentrated soap is provided in a disposable sanitary cartridge unit wherein all parts wetted with soap and carrying concentrated soap are disposable, to be replaced, when empty, with a new sanitary cartridge unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug Zlatic, Dean DeCarlo, Courtney Cooper
  • Publication number: 20130167956
    Abstract: The invention relates to a liquid supply system wherein liquid, such as for example, a supply of warm water, circulates. Said system consists of thick outer tubes, the inner chamber of said thick outer tubes allowing a liquid to flow through, a thin inner tube is respectively placed inside the outer tube in which the liquid can flow in the direction counter to that in the inner chamber. In the path of at least one outer tube, a first tube branch is introduced enabling the first inner tube to be withdrawn, and in said first branch, at least one functional component, such as a shut-off valve, is introduced into the inner tube and guided to a second tube branch in the path of an outer tube and extends further through said tube branch and then into the inner chamber of the latter outer tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Herbert Spiegel
  • Patent number: 8464741
    Abstract: A method of supplying and controlling the flow of a process gas to a process chamber. The method includes initiating a known flow rate of a process gas to a process chamber, dividing the known flow rate of the process gas into a first flow of the process gas at a first flow rate and a second flow of the process gas at a second flow rate, measuring a first pressure associated with the first flow of the process gas, measuring a second pressure associated with the second flow of the process gas, and controlling the first flow rate and the second flow rate according to a target flow condition by adjusting a first conductance of the first flow of the process gas and a second conductance of the second flow of the process gas and monitoring the first pressure and the second pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Stefan Sawusch
  • Patent number: 8464742
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first valve configured to selectively direct material to first and second outlets and a second valve configured to block the second outlet. The first and second valves define a dead space that has a volume between the first and second valves. The apparatus also includes a pressure compensation unit configured to dynamically provide an additional volume for material trapped in the dead space when the trapped material expands. The pressure compensation unit could include a piston configured to move within a space of the pressure compensation unit, where increased pressure in the dead space causes the trapped material to push against the piston in order to provide the additional volume for the trapped material. The pressure compensation unit could further include a spring configured to bias the piston and a seal configured to substantially prevent the trapped material from passing the piston and contacting the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Van Bekkum