With Fluid Actuator Patents (Class 137/885)
  • Patent number: 10443785
    Abstract: This invention relates to a novel method and system for dispensing CO2 vapor without over pressurization. The system includes one or more liquid containers and one or more vapor containers. The system is designed to operate in a specific manner whereby a restricted amount of CO2 liquid is permitted into the vapor container through a restrictive pathway that is created and maintained by a shuttle valve during the filling operation so that equalization of container pressures is achieved, thereby allowing shuttle valve to reseat when filling has stopped. During use, a pressure differential device is designed to specifically isolate the vapor container from the liquid container so as to preferentially deplete liquid CO2 from the vapor container and avoid over pressurization of the system until the vapor container. The system is operated so that at least 50% of the CO2 product is dispensed from the vapor container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Xuemei Song, Shawn M Cecula
  • Patent number: 10215442
    Abstract: A diverter duct for a ventilation system includes a main body defining an inner surface, a first portion including an inlet, a second portion located downstream of the first portion, a third portion including an outlet, an opening located between the first portion and the third portion, and an air deflector positioned within the main body downstream of the first portion to deflect a portion of the air from the inlet of the main body towards the opening. A first contoured section is formed in the first portion of the main body. The first contoured section may direct air received from the inlet towards the opening at a first operating condition. A method of installing the diverter duct includes coupling the inlet with an upstream fan, and coupling the outlet with an outlet fan, such that selective operation of the inlet and outlet fans cause vary airflow though the outlet or the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Scott Peterson Ellsworth, George Bates, III
  • Patent number: 9044752
    Abstract: A microfluidic cartridge for placement onto a parallel pneumatic interface plate of a pneumatic instrument is provided. The cartridge includes a three dimensional fluid channel, in which a fluid is to be transported, a flexible membrane that spans a plane and is part of an outer surface of the cartridge. The three dimensional fluid channel is spatially defined in three dimensions by internal walls of the cartridge and by the flexible membrane. The flexible membrane is in a ground state, when no pressure or vacuum is applied to the flexible membrane. However, the flexible membrane is pneumatically deflectable from the ground state perpendicular to the plane of the flexible membrane in two directions when the cartridge is placed onto the parallel pneumatic interface plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Biocartis NV
    Inventors: Reinhold Wimberger-Friedl, Roel Penterman, Hendrik Halling Van Amerongen, Johannes Theodorus Antonius Loring, Jochem Martijn Van Uden
  • Patent number: 9004290
    Abstract: A faucet-mounted filter system that includes a body forming a fluid chamber having a water inlet, a quick connect device positioned adjacent the water inlet for mounting the filter system to a water faucet such that the water inlet is placed in fluid communication with the water faucet, a filtered water flow path disposed within the body and in fluid communication with the water inlet, an unfiltered water flow path disposed within the body and in fluid communication with the water inlet, a diverter valve disposed within the fluid chamber and operable to open and close the filtered and unfiltered water flow paths, a seal for sealing the fluid chamber, an actuator engaging the diverter valve to open and close the filtered and unfiltered water flow paths without having to interrupt the seal, a flow meter connected to the body and in fluid communication with the filter flow path, a filter housing connected to the body and having a reservoir, and a filter cartridge disposed within the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: PUR Water Purification Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Tanner, David Emmons, Matthew L. Newman, Brian D. Andres, Simon Leung, Steven J. Schroeck, Armin Schwarz-Hartmann, Peter Stoeffel, Richard P. Riedel
  • Patent number: 8944090
    Abstract: A bypass valve assembly for use with a multi-speed pool pump is disclosed. The bypass valve assembly includes a housing having a inlet port, a high-pressure (HP) with a HP canal opening between the inlet port and the HP port, and a low-pressure (LP) port with a LP canal opening between the inlet port and the LP port. The bypass valve assembly also includes a HP valve assembly within the housing. The HP valve assembly includes a high-pressure seal movable between a HP sealed position responsive to a LP head and a HP open position responsive to a LP head. The bypass valve assembly also includes a LP valve assembly comprising a LP seal movable between a LP sealed position that seals the LP canal opening responsive to a HP head and a LP open position responsive to a LP head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: GSG Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Dominic Conn
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8667989
    Abstract: An aseptic valve or sanitary valve has an elongated tubular, cylindrical valve housing, with one or more top-hat diaphragms and associated valve plugs positioned transverse to the axis of the tubular valve housing. An actuator urges the stem and head of the valve plug upward so that the associated diaphragm is urged against a valve seat to close the valve. The actuator also moves these elements downward and away from the seat to open the valve. Plural valve arrangements can be joined end to end to accommodate multiple flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Feldmeier Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert H. Feldmeier
  • Patent number: 8522824
    Abstract: An aseptic or sanitary diaphragm valve has a valve body and at least one cylinder-actuated valve mechanism. A chamber is defined between a cylinder head and a plate or disk, which has a central bore or passage. A flexible diaphragm extends across the cylinder below the plate or disk. A piston within a cylinder is connected with a valve member foot portion, with a stem passing from the foot portion, penetrating the diaphragm, and passing through the bor or passage to the piston. A compression spring urges the piston to either its raised or lowered position, and air pressure may be used to lower or to raise the piston and the associated valve foot. An aperture in the cylinder can reveal a compromise of the diaphragms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Feldmeier Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert H. Feldmeier
  • Patent number: 8387755
    Abstract: A lubrication system is provided that includes a pump operatively connected to one or more supply lines for delivery of a lubricant, the system including a first pressure sensor associated with the supply line at a first position, and a second pressure sensor associated with the supply line at a second position downstream of the first position and pump, a controller configured to receive pressure signals and control operation of the pump based upon the pressure differential between the pressures at the first position and second position. The pressure differential may be employed to determine when a pressure at a third position downstream of the second position has been achieved. At least one of the pressure sensors may be positioned adjacent to the pump, the controller further being operable to deactivate the pump in the event that a maximum pump pressure has been met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Marek
  • Patent number: 8342208
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to allow a vehicle to run in the case where an air compressor connected to an input port fails so as to cause air leakage from the location of the failure, by preventing air in a parking brake circuit from leaking from the failure location through a bleed air flow path. In order to achieve the object, a multi-protection valve includes: a communication passage for communicating between an input chamber and a service output port so as to bypass a pressure control valve provided in correspondence with the service output port, the communication passage having a check valve for preventing air from flowing from the service output port into the input chamber and a throttle for restricting the air flow rate; and a bleed air flow path for communicating between the input chamber and the parking output port so as to bypass pressure control valves, the bleed air flow path having a second check valve for preventing air from flowing from the input chamber to the parking output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignees: Nabtesco Corporation, Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventors: Ichirou Minato, Kenji Hattori, Fumiaki Uno, Hiroshi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 8302627
    Abstract: A valve is provided including a first valve member and a second valve member. The first valve member includes a first step and a first orifice adjacent the first step. The second valve member includes a second step and a second orifice adjacent the second step. The second valve member is movable relative to the first valve member between an open position, in which the first orifice is fluidly connected the second orifice, and a closed position, in which the first orifice is substantially fluidly disconnected from the second orifice. The first and second steps are fluidly connected to the second orifice and substantially fluidly disconnected from the first orifice when the second valve member is in the closed position, and the first and second steps are fluidly connected to the first and second orifices when the second valve member is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Dale A. Stretch
  • Publication number: 20120138181
    Abstract: A multiple valve fluid manifold and line splitter assembly includes a flush valve mounted on two or more spool valves with flush-faced seal glands mounted on a common manifold block. When one or more paint line valves close, the manifold block continues to supply the open paint line valve circuits with paint. The closed paint line valve can then be completely flushed without unflushed residuals remaining in dead spots, cavities or pockets of the spool valve. The complete manifold valve assembly can be flushed out by flushing solvent through the inlet port of the manifold block and out through the open line valve circuits of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Steve C. Smith, Bruce H. Menk
  • Patent number: 8124218
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an elastomeric structure, comprising: forming a first elastomeric layer on top of a first micromachined mold, the first micromachined mold having a first raised protrusion which forms a first recess extending along a bottom surface of the first elastomeric layer; forming a second elastomeric layer on top of a second micromachined mold, the second micromachined mold having a second raised protrusion which forms a second recess extending along a bottom surface of the second elastomeric layer; bonding the bottom surface of the second elastomeric layer onto a top surface of the first elastomeric layer such that a control channel forms in the second recess between the first and second elastomeric layers; and positioning the first elastomeric layer on top of a planar substrate such that a flow channel forms in the first recess between the first elastomeric layer and the planar substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Marc A. Unger, Hou-Pu Chou, Todd A. Thorsen, Axel Scherer, Stephen R. Quake
  • Patent number: 8114276
    Abstract: A dialysis machine includes a dialysis instrument having a pump actuator and first and second valve actuators, and a disposable cassette operable with the dialysis instrument, the disposable cassette including a pump portion operable with the pump actuator, first and second valve chambers operable with the first and second valve actuators, the first and second valve chambers communicating fluidly with each other, at least the first valve chamber communicating fluidly with a compliance chamber, the compliance chamber negating a first backpressure due to a pneumatic closing pressure used to close the first valve chamber to help to ensure the pneumatic pressure applied to the first valve chamber will close the first valve chamber against a second backpressure from an existing closure of the second valve chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, Thomas D. Kelly, Rodolfo Roger
  • Publication number: 20110094610
    Abstract: A hydraulic control device for a transmission is provided. The hydraulic control device regulates hydraulic pressure from an oil pressure source to generate line pressure, and selectively applies the generated line pressure to at least two kinds of controlled objects. The hydraulic control device includes: linear solenoid valves each controlling hydraulic pressure to the line pressure in accordance with electromagnetic force of a solenoid; and switching valves each selectively switching at least two kinds of controlled objects to apply the hydraulic pressure applied from the corresponding linear solenoid valve to the switched controlled object. The hydraulic control device further includes a feedback oil passage provided for each of the switching valves. The feedback oil passage is branched from one of a plurality of output oil passages of the corresponding switching valve. The feedback oil passage is connected to a feedback port of the linear solenoid valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Noriyuki Yagi
  • Patent number: 7845210
    Abstract: A flow control device for a gas chromatograph is provided. The flow control device includes first and second valves each having alpha and beta operating states and a plurality of ports. In each of the first and second valves, the ports are associated to have alpha pairs of the ports and beta pairs of the ports. In the alpha operating state of each of the first and second valves, the ports in each of the alpha pairs are connected and the ports in each of the beta pairs are disconnected. In the beta operating state of each of the first and second valves, the ports in each of the beta pairs are connected and the ports in each of the alpha pairs are disconnected. The first and second valves are formed by a cylindrical manifold plate disposed between cylindrical first and second port plates. A first diaphragm is disposed between the first port plate and the manifold plate and a second diaphragm is disposed between the second port plate and the manifold plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: ABB Inc.
    Inventor: Max A. Bailey
  • Patent number: 7743791
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an air control module unit for a portable pneumatic tool, more particularly, to an air control module unit that actuates a valve stem inside an air inlet block of the air inlet module by a correspondent air bleed valve in the air actuation module. The air control module unit for a portable pneumatic tool comprising: an air inlet module, which has at least one valve stem inside an air inlet block, the air inlet block having plug screws on both ends towards the valve stem and one plug screw on the intersectional direction of the valve stem with at least one air inlet port opening for hooking up the compressed air; an air actuation module having a bleed valve inside the valve block; a plurality of flexible air hoses with a plurality of dimensions and being prepared for connecting the air inlet module and air actuation module; and a plurality of hose connectors and rubber seats with a plurality of types for connecting the air inlet module and the air operation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: China Pneumatic Corporation
    Inventor: George Chu
  • Patent number: 7677268
    Abstract: A fluid distribution system for controlling the operation of a swimming pool cleaning device includes a housing having an inlet for receiving a supply of pressurized fluid, a plurality of outlet openings and a valve chamber between the inlet and outlet openings. The housing has at least one compound cylinder having two portions with different bore diameters for slideably accommodating therein a mating stepped piston. Each portion of the compound cylinder fluidly communicates with pressurized water in the valve chamber via associated fluid pathways. The larger cylinder is vented by a relief valve actuated by a fluid driven cam that periodically opens and closes the relief valve. When the relief valve is closed, the pressure within the large cylinder pushes the piston to a first position which effects the opened/closed status of a port, e.g., allowing one of the outlets to communicate with the pressurized water in the valve chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Griffin, G. Frank Dye, Eric C. Fleischer, Dennis Willis, David Hardy
  • Patent number: 7637284
    Abstract: A sanitary diaphragm valve has a valve body formed of an upper plate and a lower plate, with a flexible resilient diaphragm and a spacer between them. The margin of the diaphragm rests on a peripheral step formed in the lower plate to create a positive space between the lower plate and the edges of the diaphragm. A piston within a cylinder in the upper plate can descend to compress the diaphragm against a valve port to close the valve. The pressure of the liquid product can raise the diaphragm and the piston when control pressure is relieved from the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: Robert H. Feldmeier
  • Publication number: 20090288725
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of the inventive technology may be described as a position control apparatus that comprises a fluidic drive system configured to drive, with a single fluidic displacement, each of a plurality of positioners in a first relative direction; and a bias system that includes a plurality of biasers that bias the positioners in a direction that is opposite the first relative direction. In particular embodiments, and as but a few of the many possible design features, positioner actuators may be fluidicly linked in parallel and with the fluid compressor, the positioner actuators may each include a piston; and a plurality of positioners may each be responsive to at least one of the pistons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Bottles, Inc
    Inventor: Joseph W. Pawelski
  • Publication number: 20090217998
    Abstract: A vacuum device for a material handling system includes a vacuum device body and a sealing element. The vacuum device body has a vacuum passageway in which a vacuum is generated in response to activation of a pressurized air supply that forces pressurized air through a venturi device. The sealing element moves to a sealing position to substantially seal the vacuum passageway when the air supply is activated, and is urged toward the sealing position via pressurized air that is diverted from an inlet of the vacuum device to the sealing element. The sealing element moves to substantially vent the vacuum passageway when the air supply is deactivated. The vacuum passageway may be in fluid communication with a vacuum cup, which seals against the object when the sealing element is at the sealing position and the vacuum generating device generates at least a partial vacuum in the vacuum passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice Perlman, Keith S. Attee
  • Publication number: 20090008331
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to hemodialysis and similar dialysis systems, including a variety of systems and methods that would make hemodialysis more efficient, easier, and/or more affordable. One aspect of the invention is generally directed to new fluid circuits for fluid flow. In one set of embodiments, a hemodialysis system may include a blood flow path and a dialysate flow path, where the dialysate flow path includes one or more of a balancing circuit, a mixing circuit, and/or a directing circuit. Preparation of dialysate by the preparation circuit, in some instances, may be decoupled from patient dialysis. In some cases, the circuits are defined, at least partially, within one or more cassettes, optionally interconnected with conduits, pumps, or the like. In one embodiment, the fluid circuit and/or the various fluid flow paths may be at least partially isolated, spatially and/or thermally, from electrical components of the hemodialysis system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Michael J. Wilt, Jason A. Demers, Kevin L. Grant, Brian Tracey, James D. Dale
  • Patent number: 7318448
    Abstract: A swimming pool cleaning device includes a fluid distribution system for controlling its operation. More particularly, the distribution system includes a housing having an inlet for receiving a supply of pressurized fluid, a pair of outlet openings and a valve chamber positioned between the inlet and the outlet openings. A piston, including a valve member, is movably mounted in the housing so as to be movable between a first position, in which the valve member closes one of the outlet openings so as to divert pressurized fluid to the other one of the outlet openings, and a second position, in which the valve member closes the other one of the outlet openings so as to divert pressurized fluid to the one of the outlet openings. A valve is provided for controlling the movement of the piston between the first and second positions. The piston has a passage extending therethrough so as to permit flow of pressurized fluid from the valve chamber to the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignees: H-Tech, Inc., Henkin-Laby, LLC
    Inventors: Eric C. Fleischer, Donald R. Davidson, Bernhard Schaub, Melvyn L. Henkin, Jordan M. Laby
  • Patent number: 7273072
    Abstract: A valve body for a valve assembly includes a main passageway in which a primary valve is received which has a weir constructed to define a valve seat and to interact with a valve element in the form of a diaphragm. Integrated in the valve body is a secondary valve having a weir which defines a valve seat and interacts with a second valve element in the form of a diaphragm. The secondary valve is constructed to allow establishment of a fluid communication upstream of the valve seat of the primary valve between the main passageway and a branch line, via which a medium sample can be extracted and/or steam and/or condensate can be, optionally, released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: GEMÜ Gebrüder Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Fritz Müller
  • Patent number: 7204961
    Abstract: Provided is a liquid feed apparatus for feeding liquid by operating a diaphragm at a high frequency, in which an inlet valve and an outlet valve are integrally incorporated with a liquid feed chamber, the positions of the valve are shifted into peripheral parts of the liquid feed chamber so as to allow fluid to smoothly flow from the inlet to the outlet in order to prevent air bubbles from causing pressure fluctuation during liquid feed, from remaining in the liquid feed chamber. Further, the valve has a center beam structure in which a protrusion having a height greater than several micron meters, is formed in the seat part of the valve so as to deform a center beam for pressurizing the valve in order to enhance the shut-off ability of the valve, and the center beam has a small surface area in the direction of displacement of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Koide, Ryo Miyake, Takao Terayama, Hiroshi Mitsumaki, Tomonari Morioka
  • Patent number: 7144616
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an elastomeric structure, comprising: forming a first elastomeric layer on top of a first micromachined mold, the first micromachined mold having a first raised protrusion which forms a first recess extending along a bottom surface of the first elastomeric layer; forming a second elastomeric layer on top of a second micromachined mold, the second micromachined mold having a second raised protrusion which forms a second recess extending along a bottom surface of the second elastomeric layer; bonding the bottom surface of the second elastomeric layer onto a top surface of the first elastomeric layer such that a control channel forms in the second recess between the first and second elastomeric layers; and positioning the first elastomeric layer on top of a planar substrate such that a flow channel forms in the first recess between the first elastomeric layer and the planar substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Marc A. Unger, Hou-Pu Chou, Todd A. Thorsen, Axel Scherer, Stephen R. Quake
  • Patent number: 6966341
    Abstract: A compressed air control apparatus for compressed air systems of motor vehicles includes a pressure controller (10) for controlling the pressure, an air dryer (6) for drying the compressed air flowing through the compressed air control apparatus and a multi circuit protection valve (9) for supplying a plurality of circuits (I, II, III, IV, V) with compressed air. The multi circuit protection valve (9) includes at least one solenoid valve (35) including a deaerating connection (15) leading to the atmosphere and a plurality of overflow valves (18). Each of the overflow valves (18) is associated with one of the circuits (I, II, III, IV or V). The overflow valves (18) include a valve body (20), a flow chamber (23), a rear chamber (34), a first effective surface (22), a second effective surface (27), a third effective surface (33) and a spring (31) being located in the rear chamber (34). The valve body (20) separates the flow chamber (23) from the rear chamber (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Haldex Brake Products GmbH
    Inventor: Siegfried Heer
  • Patent number: 6953047
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for storing and delivering a low vapor pressure process chemical to a process tool for semiconductor fabrication, comprising: a) a bulk container for storing the process chemical; b) a process container for delivering the process chemical to the process tool; c) a first manifold for delivering process chemical from the bulk container to the process container; d) a solvent container containing a quantity of solvent, and; e) a second manifold for delivering the process chemical from the process container to a process tool. A process for using the apparatus is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Michael Birtcher, Martin Castaneda Martinez, Thomas Andrew Steidl, Gil Vivanco, David James Silva
  • Patent number: 6904938
    Abstract: There is disclosed a stop block for controlling a hydraulic consumer in which a main piston having an advanced opening can be lifted off a valve seat in a return function by means of a push piston. A pressure chamber confined by the main piston on the one hand and by the control piston on the other hand is connected to a tank or low-pressure passage both in the return function and in the non-return function of the stop block so that the change-over from the return function to the non-return function and vice versa can be effected very quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Bosch Rexroth AG
    Inventor: Burkhard Knoell
  • Patent number: 6883545
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a three-way switching valve having a valve mechanism compact in size, and capable of changing a flow of a high-pressure fluid, without internal leakage of the fluid. A compact pilot-operated three-way switching valve changes a flow of a fluid introduced into an inlet port such that the fluid is caused to flow into a first outlet port or a second outlet port. Pressures in pressure-regulating chambers above pistons are selectively guided into a passage by a pilot valve having a pilot valve element, plugs including respective valve seats, and a spring. The passage leads one of the pressures to the first outlet port or the second outlet port via a check valve having valve, and a valve element. The check valve causes a very small amount of fluid permitted to flow so as to keep main valves open and closed, respectively, to flow to the downstream side of an open one of the main valves, whereby internal leakage of fluid is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: TGK Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsumi Koyama
  • Patent number: 6868866
    Abstract: A compressed air distributing apparatus for compressed air systems of motor vehicles includes a multi circuit protection valve (9) for supplying a plurality of circuits (I, II, III, IV, V) with compressed air. The multi circuit protection valve (9) includes a first solenoid valve (36) and a second solenoid valve (37). Each of the solenoid valves (36, 37) includes a deaerating connection leading to the atmosphere. A plurality of overflow valves (18) includes a valve body (20), a flow chamber (23), a rear chamber (34), a first effective surface (22), a second effective surface (27) and a spring (31) being located in the rear chamber (34). The valve body (20) separates the flow chamber (23) from the rear chamber (34). Each of the overflow valves (18) is associated with one of the circuits (I, II, III, IV, or V), and its opening pressure is greater than its closing pressure to allow for limited backflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Haldex Brake Products GmbH
    Inventor: Siegfried Hear
  • Patent number: 6862916
    Abstract: The present invention is a sample valve for use in conjunction with a gas chromatograph. The sample valve design provides for both the inertness and low permeability performance of a diaphragm, and an elastomeric material to apply adequate sealing pressure to the diaphragm to seal with the mating surface of a center plate of the sample valve. This valve design allows the active sealing surface to be well polished without the previous concern for maintaining critical flatness of the mating surfaces of the machined parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Leroy David Cordill
  • Patent number: 6823897
    Abstract: A four-way switching valve free from leakage of a refrigerant is disclosed. The valve includes two three-way switching valves arranged side by side, each having a pressure-regulating chamber, a piston, and a plug coaxially arranged. One of the pressure-regulating chambers selectively communicates with a low-pressure chamber or a high-pressure chamber via a three-way solenoid valve. The other pressure-regulating chamber communicates with another chamber in which the pressure increases or decreases as the pressure within one of the pressure-regulating chambers decreases or increases. As a result, refrigerant leakage is prevented, in turn preventing degradation of the refrigerating power of a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: TGK Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisatoshi Hirota, Toshiyuki Shiota, Katsumi Koyama
  • Patent number: 6817385
    Abstract: A method an apparatus for establishing in a system for dispensing fluid in a gaseous phase a predetermined quantify of the fluid in its liquid phase, and for allowing such fluid in its liquid phase to vaporize into its gaseous phase to replace the gaseous phase fluid that is dispensed to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: VA-Tran Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Sloan, Eugene L. Bellegarde
  • Patent number: 6742544
    Abstract: A novel gas injection valve for injecting discrete charges of gas into a mobile phase or carrier stream is provided. Injection valves of the invention comprise a plurality of microvalves capable of receiving gas at different pressures and emitting discrete charges of gas at approximately the same pressure. The invention further provides for parallel injection valve arrays capable of injecting multiple samples substantially simultaneously and a method of injecting discrete gas samples at a controlled pressure to a high-resolution gas chromatograph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Symyx Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Sam Bergh, Daniel M. Pinkas, Frank Doffing, Michael Klaus, Friedhelm Schoenfeld
  • Patent number: 6698454
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a valve integrally associated with a microfluidic transport assembly that is useful for regulating the flow of a liquid sample through an analytical instrument such as, for example, a biosensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Biacore AB
    Inventors: Stefan Sjölander, Thord Hansson
  • Publication number: 20030230347
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a three-way switching valve having a valve mechanism compact in size, and capable of changing a flow of a high-pressure fluid, without internal leakage of the fluid. A compact pilot-operated three-way switching valve changes a flow of a fluid introduced into an inlet port such that the fluid is caused to flow into a first outlet port or a second outlet port. Pressures in pressure-regulating chambers above pistons are selectively guided into a passage by a pilot valve having a pilot valve element, plugs including respective valve seats, and a spring. The passage leads one of the pressures to the first outlet port or the second outlet port via a check valve having valve, and a valve element. The check valve causes a very small amount of fluid permitted to flow so as to keep main valves open and closed, respectively, to flow to the downstream side of an open one of the main valves, whereby internal leakage of fluid is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Applicant: TGK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsumi Koyama
  • Patent number: 6453725
    Abstract: A multiport, diaphragm sealed valve suitable for use as both a sampling and column switching valve. The valve is constructed to internally block fluid communication between one or more pairs of ports in a valve operating mode. Such blocking may be used to conserve carrier gas when the valve is in the ON position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Siemens Energy & Automation
    Inventors: Robert W. Dahlgren, Robert K. Bade, Stephen B. Hunt
  • Publication number: 20020124897
    Abstract: A novel gas injection valve for injecting discrete charges of gas into a mobile phase or carrier stream is provided. Injection valves of the invention comprise a plurality of microvalves capable of receiving gas at different pressures and emitting discrete charges of gas at approximately the same pressure. The invention further provides for parallel injection valve arrays capable of injecting multiple samples substantially simultaneously and a method of injecting discrete gas samples at a controlled pressure to a high-resolution gas chromatograph.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Applicant: Symyx Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Sam Bergh, Daniel M. Pinkas
  • Patent number: 6374860
    Abstract: A gas chromatograph with multiple valves is disclosed. An embodiment of the multi-valve gas chromatograph includes multiple valves, multiple thermal conductivity detectors (TCD's), and a manifold. This allows separation and measurement of a gas sample in one compact integrated unit. The unit is particularly desirable because the solenoids associated with the valves are attached directly to the underneath of the manifold, thus eliminating the need for tubing between the solenoids and the valves. Other features may also be present. For example, a leak free multi-valve block may include a first temperature zone heating the valves and detectors and a second temperature zone heating the columns. The leak free feature may be achieved by placement of tightening screws through the center of each valve. Carrier gas insertion areas may be provided in the multi-valve block to improve performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Daniel Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Yang Xu, Teresa Lechner-Fish
  • Publication number: 20020020451
    Abstract: A stream selector for a process analyzer prevents contamination of one sample from previous samples without requiring a common outlet header. The stream selector includes a valve manifold having a base plate and a series of valve modules individually removeably attached to the base plate. The base plate includes all the process connections for the fluid lines. Each valve module includes a module body with a pair of valve assemblies. The valve assemblies in each module are operated simultaneously through a common actuation passage. A poppet valve in each valve assembly has a valve head with a double-seated seal. The double seated seal controls the flow of fluid through a vent passage in the valve body; and between inlet and outlet passages in the valve body. The outlet passage from one valve assembly is fluidly-connected to the inlet passage of an adjacent valve assembly to create a double-block and bleed configuration. The downstream valve assembly is then connected to the process analyzer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Reid, Steve Doe, Frank A. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 6334464
    Abstract: A dump valve for a high pressure fluid line includes a base, a fitting secured to the base and adapted to be interposed along the high pressure fluid line. The fitting defined an internal manifold having a dump port in communication with the manifold. A hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder is mounted on the base at a position for forcing a valve member into a valve closed position in engagement with a valve seat within the dump port. The fluid cylinder exerts a continuous force to maintain the valve member in the valve closed position against the urging of fluid pressure within the manifold. In an emergency condition, the fluid cylinder allows the valve member to withdraw from the valve seat, thereby ejecting pressurized fluid from the dump port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: Meylan Enterprises
    Inventor: Robert R. LaMotte
  • Publication number: 20010003290
    Abstract: A gas chromatograph with multiple valves is disclosed. An embodiment of the multi-valve gas chromatograph includes multiple valves, multiple thermal conductivity detectors (TCD's), and a manifold. This allows separation and measurement of a gas sample in one compact integrated unit. The unit is particularly desirable because the solenoids associated with the valves are attached directly to the underneath of the manifold, thus eliminating the need for tubing between the solenoids and the valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 1998
    Publication date: June 14, 2001
    Inventors: YANG XU, TERESA LECHNER-FISH
  • Patent number: 6196248
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention is directed to a fuel flow control system for use with a fuel distribution system having a plurality of zones each including a servovalve. The fuel flow control system includes a fluidic multiplexer having a plurality of pressure ports and a plurality of servoflow ports. The fluidic multiplexer sequentially receives pressure from each zone and sequentially provides servo fluid to each servovalve. A pressure sensor is fluidly coupled to the pressure ports and generates a pressure signal for each zone. A controller receives the pressure signal and generates a control signal. A driver receives the control signal and increases or decreases flow through the servoflow ports in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William J. Myers, Jr., Frederick E. Van Alen
  • Patent number: 6158208
    Abstract: A multiplexed hydraulic control system includes a pressure transducer fluidically connected to the multiplexer for sequential or periodic connection to a plurality of channels. The multiplexed hydraulic control system provides hydraulic control flows to a plurality of second stage valves while simultaneously multiplexing the pressure transducer. The pressure transducer may be multiplexed to multiple second stage valves or actuators to provide multiplexed feedback for closed loop control of the second stage valves. The system may be used to split or throttle fuel flow to the nozzles of a combustion chamber in turbine engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Woodward Governor Company
    Inventor: Edward L. Hommema
  • Patent number: 6139291
    Abstract: A compressor includes a normally open discharge valve assembly for controlling compressed refrigerant flow from the discharge chamber through the compression members. This controlling of flow results in an increased performance for the compressor by reducing recompression volume and the elimination of reverse rotation at shut down. The discharge valve assembly includes a valve seat, a valve plate and a valve stop secured within a recess formed within the compressor. The valve stop and the valve seat include a contoured surface which is engaged by the valve plate when it opens and closes. The contoured surface control the movement of the valve plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Copeland Corporation
    Inventor: Michael M. Perevozchikov
  • Patent number: 6073655
    Abstract: A valve system is provided for operatively coupling a high pressure source to a processing chamber that selectively cycles between high pressure and vacuum. The valve system includes a branch passageway that selectively communicates a source of intermediate pressure to a main passageway that couples the high pressure source to the processing chamber. The source of intermediate pressure may comprise a vent, a pump, or a source of pressurized fluid, etc. An inventive valve for sealing between the intermediate pressure and the vacuum pressure is also provided. The inlet of the valve is operatively coupled to the high pressure source (via one or more valves) and the outlet of the valve is operatively coupled to the processing chamber (via one or more valves). The valve stem is in continuous fluid contact with the inlet and is configured for high pressure sealing, and the outlet is configured for low pressure sealing and preferably comprises a resilient sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Thompson, Shannon Hart
  • Patent number: 6041808
    Abstract: A compressed air control device for a source of compressed air on motor vehicles, forming a unit of an electro-pneumatic unloader, an integrated electro-pneumatic multi-circuit control valve and an air-drier, comprising an inlet and an outlet provided in a common housing in which a chamber for the passage of compressed air is provided, the chamber being connected to the atmosphere via a controlled outlet valve in form of a safety valve in its opened position, a check valve being positioned downstream of the chamber, a means for alternatingly opening and closing the outlet valve and a plurality of control units of the same kind allocated to the respective circuits, the control units each comprising a check valve closing contrary to the flow direction and a means for controlled opening of the check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Grau GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Blanz
  • Patent number: 5975160
    Abstract: An emergency discharge control system for use with a cargo tank motor vehicle and a primary storage tank for remotely terminating the flow of product from the cargo tank of the cargo tank motor vehicle and the storage tank in an emergency situation is provided. The system includes a cylinder having a piston rod connected to a cable assembly of the cargo tank motor vehicle and a cylinder having a piston rod connected to a cable assembly of the primary storage tank for actuating the respective cable assemblies and closing the vapor valves and the liquid valves of the cargo tank and the primary storage tank. The piston rod is extended by passing pressurized fluid into the cylinder. A valve is interposed between the cylinder and a source of the pressurized fluid for controlling the flow of the pressurized fluid to the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Gregory S. Rush
  • Patent number: 5924439
    Abstract: Inexpensive two-port solenoid valves that can be connected with five-port solenoid transfer valves are provided. Two valve discs 25A and 25B constituting a two-port valve are inserted into a five-port valve body 15 having a supply channel 21 opened at the center of a valve hole 20; output channels 22A and 22B are opened on the respective sides of the supply channel; and ejection channels 23A and 23B are opened on the respective sides of the output channels. A pilot valve section 12 is used to drive the valve discs. The valve discs 25A and 25B use the fluid pressure in the supply channel 21 as returning force for the valve bodies, and each has seal members 28A and 28B for continuously sealing the portion between the output channels 22A and 22B and the ejection channels 23A and 23B, respectively, regardless of the operating positions of the valve discs; and each also has seal members 29A and 29B for opening and closing the portion between the supply channel 21 and the output channels 22A and 22B, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: SMC Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Miyazoe, Bunya Hayashi, Makoto Ishikawa