Biased Ball Valves With Operators Patents (Class 137/901)
  • Patent number: 8578964
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for bleeding a hydraulic system. The bleeding device comprises a venting passage which can be closed by means of a valve arrangement. In order to simplify such a bleeding device regarding the operation thereof while preventing air from being delivered in an uncontrolled manner during the bleeding process, the valve arrangement is provided with a valve member (S) which can be lifted from a valve seat (8) of the valve arrangement counter to the force of a spring element (7) in an open position of the bleeding device while being fixed to the valve seat (8) in a closed position of the bleeding device. The invention further relates to a venting screw which encompasses such a valve arrangement according to the principle of a check valve and is to be mounted in a caliper (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Martin Maszull, Peter Rösler, Thomas Wittrock
  • Patent number: 8322371
    Abstract: A ball seat valve, use thereof, and method for controlling a valve assembly comprising a ball seat valve, wherein the valve body has a chamber and a plurality of inlet openings in the chamber. The inlet openings together have an inflow area leading into the chamber through which a medium can flow, and wherein the medium flows through said openings simultaneously as these are connected to one another in parallel. The valve has a seat with an outlet opening leading out of the chamber through the valve body, and wherein the outlet opening has an outflow area leading out of the chamber through which the medium can flow. Additionally, the valve has a ball which is situated in the chamber so as to be displaceable to open up or block the outlet opening. It is advantageous that the plurality of inlet openings comprise more than 10, especially more than 50, individual such inlet openings, resulting in a decrease in pressure between the inflowing medium outside and that inside the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Kendrion (Villingen) GmbH
    Inventors: Gerd Strobel, Florian Schulz
  • Patent number: 8127791
    Abstract: Solenoid operated fluid control valve for controlling the pressure of a fluid in a fluid control system comprises a solenoid housing having therein a solenoid coil, an armature movable in response to electrical current applied to the solenoid coil, a valve member for controlling fluid flow to a fluid passage, an actuator pin disposed between the armature and the valve member for moving the valve member in response to armature movement, and one or more features including an armature damping member, tubular actuator pin support body, flow diverter, coil bobbin support sleeve, and/or internal particle gettering magnet to improve valve operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Saturn Electronics & Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Hamid Najmolhoda, David Seid, John T. Kovitz, Brian K. Baker
  • Patent number: 7909055
    Abstract: A valve provided with a passage for conveying a medium, the passage having at least a first closable aperture, and with a closing device that is suitable for closing at least the first aperture. The valve is provided with a holder element that is movably included in a holder element house chamber of the holder element house. The closing device is capable of being supported by the holder element or forms an integrated part of the holder element, and the closing device is controllable by the medium. The holder element is controllable, only by the medium, for releasing at least the first aperture by means of the closing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Maasland N.V.
    Inventor: Gerard Mostert
  • Patent number: 7343928
    Abstract: A regulator insert for valves includes inflow openings and a plurality of slot-shaped outflow openings extending in the axial direction of the insert and being, via a roller membrane, closable in response to the difference in pressure across the insert under the influence of a spring that seeks to keep the outflow openings open. The slot-shaped outflow openings have at least two different lengths, whereby complete closure of at least some of the outflow openings can take place only consecutively. At least one of the slot shaped outflow openings has such length that complete closure thereof by means of the roller membrane is not possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Flowcon International A/S
    Inventor: Peter Moesby
  • Patent number: 7213612
    Abstract: A control valve for operating a fluid-actuated device includes a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet and a passage in fluid communication between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet, the passage defining a longitudinal axis. A valve seat is disposed in the passage and includes an upstream diameter and a downstream diameter, the downstream diameter smaller than the upstream diameter. A ball poppet is positionable in a seated line contact position with the valve seat. The valve seat has a valve seat angle relative to a centerline of the longitudinal axis that is greater than an angle formed by the centerline and a line tangent to the ball poppet at the seated line contact position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Ross Operating Valve Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Weiler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7178554
    Abstract: An ultrasonically operated valve a source of ultrasonic energy for excitation of a pressurized liquid. The vibration of the ultrasonic horn imparts a pulsing of the pressure of the liquid within the valve. Selection of a sealing mechanism that responds at a different natural frequency than that of the valve body causes the sealing mechanism to unseat and therefore to enable liquid flow. The sealing mechanism will stay unseated as long as the source is imparting energy to the system and therefore inducing pressure pulses in the liquid thus keeping the sealing mechanism away from the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: James Jay Tanner, Robert A. Cool, Thomas D. Ehlert
  • Patent number: 7093615
    Abstract: A water saving faucet valve includes an elongated body having inlet and outlet ends, and high and low pressure chambers interconnected by a coaxial flow channel. A valve stem is slidably retained in the flow channel to move between a lowered position, in which water is prevented from flowing through the valve, and a raised position, in which water is permitted to flow through the valve. The valve stem is raised and lowered by movement of a cam on a shaft that is rotated by movement of an elongated actuation arm, such that the valve can be fully actuated by a slight pressure applied to the arm, and automatically shuts off when the pressure is removed. The valve includes apparatus for coupling it to the outlet of a conventional standard faucet, and may include apparatus for aerating the water flowing through it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Alexander M. Shane
  • Patent number: 7036526
    Abstract: A valve for liquid separation, especially for analytical or preparative liquid chromatography, includes a valve body having an inlet and at least two outlets connected to the inlet for a flow of liquid. The valve body includes a sealing element having shut-off surfaces for alternately shutting off the outlets. The shut-off surfaces face away from each other and have the shape of a cone segment or spherical segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernhard Dehmer
  • Patent number: 6971301
    Abstract: An asymmetrical vibrator is provided, which is actuated by compressed air. The vibrator operates in a case, which has two bores disposed parallel on opposite sides of the casing. One of the bores is smaller than the second bore and the piston operating in the small bore is called the slow piston, since it is actuated with air to a relatively slow motion and the piston operating in the second larger bore is called the fast piston, since it is moves at a larger speed when driven directly by the compressed air. The asymmetric vibration motion can be employed to transport materials upwardly in factories and assembly stations. The air operated asymmetric vibrators need low maintenance and do not entail the spark dangers caused by the presence of electrical wiring for electrical drive motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: vibro Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Leroy A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6840495
    Abstract: A modular, actuated valve controlled by means of pressure fluids comprising a head plate mounted on a housing plate mounted on a base plate, held together by screws, having a piston with attached valve spindle and a pressure relief space provided between the flow passage 28, 29 and the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Peter Jähn, Rainer Krautkrämer, Emil Ferver
  • Patent number: 6840276
    Abstract: A ventable manifold is disclosed and claimed. Coupling halfs are affixed to coupler ports in the manifold. An actuator having a cam thereon resides in a longitudinal bore in the manifold body and is moveable between first and second positions therein. The manifold includes at least one coupler port and at least one body port for supplying energized fluid to a load. A first passageway is in communication with the coupler port and the body port. A second passageway is in communication with a relief port and the first passageway. A valve is interposed in the second passageway and is in sliding engagement with the cam of the actuator such that when the actuator is in the first position the valve is closed such that when the actuator is in the second position the valve is open. Another embodiment includes a rotatable actuator which can selectively relieve one hydraulic circuit or another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Snap-tite Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Zeiber, Craig Price, Nick Freund
  • Patent number: 6779560
    Abstract: A multiport valve comprising a casing having at least one fluid inlet port and at least one fluid outlet port, a seal disposed adjacent to each outlet port, a cylinder disposed within a central opening in the casing and having an axial channel with a channel surface and at least one depression within the channel and balls biased toward the cylinder and away from each outlet port. Rotating the cylinder such that the depression aligns with the ball forces the biased ball into the depression and away from the seal opening the outlet port allowing for fluid flow therethrough and rotating the cylinder such that the depression is misaligned with respect to the depression causes the channel surface to overcome the bias and force the ball against the seal thus closing the outlet port. The multiport valve may include a bearing assembly disposed between the valve casing and cylinder and a ball biasing member angled to point towards the cylinder and bearing assembly, providing for ease in rotation of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Vitrom Manufacturing Consultants
    Inventor: Antonio L. A. Reis
  • Patent number: 6564827
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shut-off apparatus for the charging device of a pressure vessel, especially for the storage of cryogenic liquefied gases, having a shut-off valve with a valve housing and a valve body stressed by a closure spring which, in order to charge the pressure vessel, can be brought into the open position against the force of the closure spring, having an apparatus for locking the valve body in the open position of the valve and having a release apparatus subjected to the action of the vessel pressure, which causes the apparatus to release the lock if a predetermined threshold vessel pressure is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Messer Griesheim GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Henneborn, Klaus Tocha
  • Patent number: 6550262
    Abstract: An expansion valve unit which prevents a temperature-sensing error from occurring due to transmission of a temperature lowered by the expansion of the refrigerant to a temperature-sensing chamber. An expansion valve unit is configured such that a high-pressure refrigerant guide groove is formed circumferentially in a body between a temperature-sensing chamber and a low-pressure refrigerant passage so as to guide a high-temperature and high-pressure refrigerant from the high-pressure refrigerant guide groove to a valve hole by way of a high-pressure refrigerant passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: TGK Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Kaneko
  • Patent number: 6488264
    Abstract: Governor valve device for a pressure fluid operated tool having a ball valve (23, 24), the valve ball (24) of which is provided in a cavity (25), open towards the seal ring (23) of the valve, in a movable piston (26). A spring-loaded member (30) urges the valve ball against the seal ring. By movement of the piston, the ball can be moved out of and into, respectively, a sealing position against the seal ring in order to permit and to prevent, respectively, the passage of pressure fluid to a drive chamber (17) in the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Inventor: Henry Wiklund
  • Patent number: 6431207
    Abstract: A high-pressure fluid control valve is disclosed for operating a fluid-actuated device. Preferably a ball-poppet and frusto-conical valve seat adapted for substantially line-type contact therebetween are provided with an upstream restricted flow area in order to substantially minimize sonic flow damage to the actual sealing surface of the valve seat. Preferably, the ball-poppet is movable within a poppet guide that is allowed to float radially in order to allow the ball-poppet to be substantially self-centering with respect to the valve seat. In addition, cross-over leakage is preferably negated by closing an exhaust ball-poppet just prior to opening a supply ball-poppet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Ross Operating Valve Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Weiler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6431209
    Abstract: A high-pressure primary fluid control valve and a multi-pressure selector fluid control valve are disclosed for operating a fluid-actuated device. Preferably a spherical ball-poppet and frusto-conical valve seat adapted for substantially line-contact therebetween are provided with an upstream flow area adjacent the line-contact in order to substantially minimize sonic flow damage to the actual sealing surface of the valve seat by shifting it away from such line-contact seating. Preferably, the ball-poppet is movable within a poppet guide that is allowed to float radially in order to allow the ball-poppet to be substantially self-centering with respect to the valve seat. In addition, cross-over leakage is preferably negated by closing an exhaust ball-poppet just prior to opening a supply ball-poppet. These principles and features are equally applicable to either or both of the primary or the multi-pressure selector fluid control valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Ross Operating Valve Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Weiler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6341761
    Abstract: A seated valve comprising a housing and a valve seat, a cylinder bushing for an actuation and a closure element provided in a bore of said housing, said closure element being adjustable in relation to said valve seat by means of the actuator, said closure element being a full sphere having a concentric waist portion the diameter of which being larger than the diameter of said valve seat but smaller than the inner guiding diameter of said cylinder bushing, which guiding diameter of said cylinder bushing being smaller than the diameter of said full sphere, such that said closure element can be inserted into or removed from said cylinder bushing from the out side of said housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Heilmeier & Weinlein Fabrik F. Oel-Hydraulik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rudolf Brunner, Martin Heusser
  • Patent number: 6273398
    Abstract: A vent valve for a gas strut includes a first passage (9,12) in a body (2) extending from one side of a valve seat (8) to a surface of the body (2) which, in use, is exposed to the interior of a gas strut, and a second passage (15) in the body (2) extending from the other side of the valve seat (8) to a body surface which, in use, is exposed to the exterior of the gas strut. A ball (18) is provided between a screw (17), threadedly engaged with the second passage (15), and the valve seat (8), whereby tightening of the screw (17) forces the ball (18) into engagement with the valve seat (8). A controlled release of gas through the vent valve is thereby possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Arvin Motion Control Limited
    Inventor: Robert Brookfield Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20010002040
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved vent valve for a gas strut, and to a gas strut incorporating such a vent valve. A vent valve (1) is provided having a first passage (9,12) in a body (2) extending from one side of a valve seat (8) to a surface of the body (2) which, in use, is exposed to the interior of a gas strut, and a second passage (15) in the body (2) extending from the other side of the valve seat (8) to a body surface which, in use, is exposed to the exterior of said gas strut. A ball (18) is provided between a screw (17), threadedly engaged with the second passage (15), and the valve seat (8), whereby tightening of the screw (17) forces the ball (18) into engagement with the valve seat (8). A controlled release of gas through the vent valve is thereby possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 1999
    Publication date: May 31, 2001
    Inventor: ROBERT BROOKFIELD LLOYD
  • Patent number: 6233758
    Abstract: A water saving mechanism is assembled with a shower device and is simply constructed in such a manner that supply of water is executed by the pressing of a push member and discharge of water is cut by the inclination of a shower head in a downward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Dae Yong Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji-Hang Jeong
  • Patent number: 6131877
    Abstract: The shut-off device is intended for refillable gas cylinders. In order to be sure that only authorized persons can refill the cylinder, the filling device comprises a non-return valve element (16) which prevents filling and which can only be neutralized using a special magnet (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Luxembourg Patent Company, S.A.
    Inventors: Leon Kerger, Jean-Claude Schmitz
  • Patent number: 6131826
    Abstract: A valve, in particular a fuel injection valve for fuel injection systems of internal combustion engines is described. The valve has a valve seat surface formed on a valve seat body, which interacts with an actuatable valve closing body to form a sealing seat, as well as a perforated disk, which has at least one spray hole. The valve seat body and the perforated disk are designed as one piece from a flat, deformable workpiece. The workpiece is pot shaped so that in the area of the valve seat surface it is in sealing contact with the non-actuated valve closing body when the valve is closed and forms the perforated disk having at least one spray hole in an area downstream from the valve seat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Henning Teiwes
  • Patent number: 6126089
    Abstract: A cleaning lance provided in which water from an inlet is directed either to an upper, rinsing barrel or to a lower, foamer barrel. The latter is provided with a mixing chamber having an inlet for detergent supplied via a flow control valve. A water jet injected into the mixing chamber via a venturi nozzle draws in and mixes with the detergent and the resulting mixture is ejected by a further venturi nozzle and draws in air from an exterior air inlet to form a jet of cleaning foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Deb Ip Limited
    Inventors: Martin Williamson, Colin J Kirk
  • Patent number: 5950984
    Abstract: A normally closed, three-way valve comprises a housing having a supply passage, a control passage, and an exhaust passage. A valve assembly controls communication between the passages. The valve assembly includes a valve in the supply passage to open and close communication between the supply and control passages. The valve assembly also includes a second valve in the exhaust passage to open and close communication between the control and exhaust passages. The supply passage valve is normally held closed by the pressure of hydraulic fluid in the supply passage. A solenoid, when activated, moves the exhaust passage valve to closed position. A pintle between the two valves is shifted in one direction by the closing of the exhaust passage valve to open the supply passage valve against the pressure of fluid in the supply passage. The pintle is shifted in the opposite direction by the supply passage valve when the solenoid is de-activated, to move the exhaust passage valve to its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Anderson, David A. Dzioba
  • Patent number: 5918631
    Abstract: A pneumatic fluid control valve includes a valve body having a fluid inlet connectable to an external source of pressurized pneumatic working fluid, one or more load outlets, one or more corresponding exhaust ports, and a movable valve mechanism. The movable valve mechanism includes at least a pair of movable valve element and preferably resilient deformable connectors in a generally abutting relationship between adjacent movable valve elements for deformably transmitting coordinated motion therebetween. The deformable connector resiliently allows one of the movable elements to move and compress the connector before such coordinated motion is transmitted to the other movable element in order to minimize internal leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Ross Operating Valve Company
    Inventors: Charles A. Weiler, Jr., Paul G. Storrs
  • Patent number: 5899433
    Abstract: A washing water supply apparatus for a dish washing machine which is capable of concurrently supplying washing water to both upper and lower spray arms or selectively supplying the washing water to either the upper spray arm or the lower spray arm based on the washing amount of dishes. The apparatus includes a casing for guiding washing water in a washing water flow path in order to convert a part of the washing water flow into a cross-flow, an orifice tube for increasing the flowing speed of the washing water introduced into the casing and discharging the same, a valve ball for opening/closing an orifice of the orifice tube, and movable in the interior of the casing in accordance with a flow direction of the washing water, and an actuator having a moving member for moving the valve ball toward the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: LG Electronics
    Inventors: Joon Woo Kim, Young Hwan Park, Hae Yoong Chung, Jae Won Chang, Si Moon Jeon, Dae Yeong Han
  • Patent number: 5829952
    Abstract: A reversible valve ball assembly for use in a down-hole pump oil field check valve. The reversible valve ball can be removed, inverted and reinserted into the check valve to provide a new valve ball sealing surface. The reversal of the valve ball is performed after the original valve ball sealing surface has worn and deteriorated so that it can no longer seat properly to form a seal between the valve ball surface and a valve seat. The valve seat is also reversible. A set of irregularly shaped valve ball guide arms are provided which rotate within valve guide apertures to provide a cleaning action between the valve guide apertures and valve ball arms to prevent accumulation of debris which tends to immobilize the reciprocating valve ball. An elongated gas-breaker fin is provided and can be used to prevent gas lock. The gas-breaker fin enables a reduced vertical length for the valve ball arms so that a reversible symmetric valve ball assembly can be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Inventor: Darrel W. Shadden
  • Patent number: 5782263
    Abstract: A flood control device 200 which measures the volume of fluid delivered in a continuous steady flow to a house or building and which shuts off the fluid flow if a preset maximum limit is reached, indicating overly high consumption due to a leak, break or open faucet in the plumbing of the house or building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: Gary A. Isaacson, Jr.
    Inventors: Gary A. Isaacson, Jr., Eric Nyenhuis, James Nyenhuis, Terry Simpkins, Sr., Terry J. Simpkins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5743292
    Abstract: A pressure controlled check valve that includes a valve casing having a first opening and a second opening, a poppet valve operationally disposed in the second opening of the valve casing for opening when the pressure in the valve casing is greater than or equal to the pressure on the other side of the poppet valve, and an aneroid valve actuator located within valve casing for opening the poppet valve for reverse flow when the pressure within the valve casing is less than a predetermined pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: McDonnell Douglas Corporation
    Inventor: Norman F. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5645105
    Abstract: A valve mechanism for supplying liquid to a container until the surface of the liquid reaches a predetermined level includes a valve body disposable in the container and defining a cavity, an inlet port for communication with a liquid source and an cutlet port communicating with the interior of the container. A valve seat is provided in the cavity adjacent to the outlet port, and a valve member in the shape of a ball is disposed within the cavity and moveable between a normal closed condition and an open condition relative to the valve seat for respectively closing and opening the outlet port. A guide tube depends from the valve body in communication with the outlet port and has a float coupled to it. A valve actuator includes a base seated in the container and a rod extending upwardly therefrom into the guide tube. The actuator rod is engageable with the valve member for holding the valve member in its open condition when the surface of the liquid in the container is below the predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: Aquion Partners Limited Partnership
    Inventor: John R. Grayson
  • Patent number: 5617894
    Abstract: The invention relates to a valve body which is provided for a solenoid valve. The valve body is held between two perforated disks whose holes each have a collar. The two perforated disks are connected to form a valve body holder. In order to connect the two perforated disks, each have tongues which project through holes of the respective other perforated disk and are bent over in such a way that they hold the two perforated disks against one another. The tongues protrude obliquely from the valve body holder with their free ends. They serve as springs which are supported against an end wall face of a valve chamber and press against a valve seat lying opposite the end wall face. The invention constitutes a cost-effective design of a valve body which is integral with a valve spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Guenter Wolff
  • Patent number: 5499865
    Abstract: A brake force control device for a vehicle includes a master cylinder for being operated by an operating member of the vehicle, a wheel brake for being mounted on a vehicle wheel which is connected to the master cylinder through a conduit, a pressure control chamber connected to the wheel brake, a displacement actuator which varies a capacity of the pressure control chamber and a control unit which controls the displacement actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masayoshi Katagiri, Kazuhiko Suzuki, Mitsunari Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 5454399
    Abstract: An application and release magnet valve including an electropneumatic pilot valve portion for controlling a main air valve portion for supplying, maintaining, and releasing air pressure in the brake cylinders on a railway vehicle. The electropneumatic pilot valve portion includes an application solenoid which opens a first diaphragm actuated ball check valve in the main air valve portion to supply air from a supply port to a delivery port and includes a release solenoid which opens a second diaphragm actuated ball check valve to vent air from the delivery port to an exhaust port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Company
    Inventors: Michael V. Kazakis, Padmanab L. Gowda, Richard M. Hisker
  • Patent number: 5337783
    Abstract: A poppet valve comprising a ball supported within an axial bushing, the ball being urged onto the valve seat by an operating element and being lifted off the valve seat by the force of a spring, wherein pressure is applied to the ball surface within the valve seat, is characterized in that the end of the bushing facing the valve seat protrudes in tangential direction beyond the periphery or equator of the ball and defines together with the ball surface in this region a space for fluid flow inversion to thereby further improving the lifting aid achieved by the bushing with respect to a further decrease of the switching delay together with an increase of the flow rate while maintaining the same flow losses as prior art poppet valves with such bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Mannesmann Rexroth GmbH
    Inventor: Horst Rott
  • Patent number: 5326071
    Abstract: A drain plug comprising a housing including a body portion, a head portion and a first passage extending through the head portion and into the body portion; a valve seat disposed in the first passage; a movable valve closure member disposed in the first passage; a biasing device, disposed in the first passage, for biasing the valve closure member against the valve seat thereby sealing off the first passage such that fluid cannot pass through the first passage; a moving device for moving the valve closure member away from the valve seat to allow fluid to pass through the first passage, the moving device being positioned transverse to the longitudinal length of the first passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignee: Donald B. Gunness
    Inventor: Donald B. Gunness
  • Patent number: 5302006
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brake regulator interposable between a hydraulic pressure source and a motor-vehicle brake circuit, of the type comprising a housing equipped with a bore, a simple or differential piston sliding in the bore and delimiting there a first (18) and a second (20) pressure chamber capable of being connected to the pressure source and to the brake circuit respectively, the chambers (18, 20) communicating with one another by means of a passage made in the piston, a valve mounted in the passage and stretched elastically to bear sealingly against a seat formed on the piston, and a return boring interposed between a movable element, the position of which varies as a function of the load of the vehicle, and the piston, so as to stress the latter toward the bottom of the second chamber (20), in a rest position in which the valve is set apart from its seat by a stop (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: Bendix Europe Services Techniques
    Inventor: Philippe Castel
  • Patent number: 5297774
    Abstract: A foot-operated faucet including a foot-compressed bulb which can be compressed by foot to create and transfer air pressure through a hose onto a membrane in a valve body mounted on a general faucet, whereby the membrane can be expanded to push a ball plug away, permitting the water to flow out, and when the bulb is released, the air pressure is eliminated and the faucet is shut off, a rotary switch being disposed on the valve body and connected with a lever, whereby when the switch is rotated, the lever moves the ball plug away, permitting the water to continuously flow out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Inventor: Huo-Lien Chuang
  • Patent number: 5290008
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a discharge controlling device for faucet, characterized in that a control lever is used to push a throttle pin axially positioned within the center of the housing, such that the pin is slidably moved up and down and engages a steel ball which is designed to control the opening and closing of a water discharge aperture. As the control lever is pushed by hand and moved from its lowest closed position to the intermediate, open position where the water can be admitted, the steel ball is pushed away from the aperture by the rod tip of the throttle pin which rises axially. At this instant, water enters through the aperture and flows out of the housing. When the hand is released from the control lever, the throttle pin will fall, and the steel ball, which is subject to water pressure, will immediately return to the position where it closes the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Andy Y. Young
  • Patent number: 5267585
    Abstract: A flow control valve is disclosed wherein a deformable elastomeric element is positioned at least partially within the flow path of a fluid passing between an inlet and an outlet. By deforming the elastomeric element, the cross-section of the flow path of the fluid is changed, thereby controlling the flow of fluid through the flow control valve. The elastomeric element may be of various standard configurations and is easy and inexpensive to replace in the event of excessive wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: BOC Health Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas C. Jones
  • Patent number: 5265842
    Abstract: An engine emission control metering valve includes a metering ball valve element operatively connected to an electrically-energized linear actuator that includes a stationary magnet and a moving coil concentric with the magnet. The coil has a different axial length than the magnet such that application of a current to the coil causes coil-generated magnetic flux to axially push the coil away from the magnet. Coil movement translates into movement of the metering valve element through the wedging action of a cam element driven by the coil movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Corporation
    Inventors: Gary V. Sorah, John E. Troxler
  • Patent number: 5226453
    Abstract: A valve assembly for use in association with a water tap having a valve seat (17) located in a passageway between a fluid inlet (15) and a fluid outlet (16) and having an axially recessed spindle (18) adapted for movement toward and away from the valve seat, said valve assembly comprising a resiliently deformable spherical sealing member (11), and a plunger member (10) for moving said sealing member against said valve seat, said plunger member including a stem (14) for location within the spindle recess, and a helical spring (12) which extends between the valve seat and a portion of the tap through which the spindle extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Assignee: Cambri Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: John C. W. Biggers, Henry G. Brock
  • Patent number: 5215655
    Abstract: A liquid fuel filter system for use in fuel dispensing stations including a ball valve assembly and replaceable strainer cartridge permitting strainer cartridge replacement even if the associated fuel pump is activated. The ball valve assembly seals the inlet port of the filter housing thereby disabling the flow of fuel through the housing when the strainer cartridge or filter housing cap are removed. A check valve prevents fuel from flowing back thorough the filter system outlet port into the filter housing. A pressure valve disposed in the check valve prevents possible harmful pressure build up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Tokheim Corporation
    Inventor: Armin E. Mittermaier
  • Patent number: 5165655
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed, precision fluid valve assembly including a ball valve element is disclosed. The assembly includes a valve element retainer comprising a thin, flexible member having a first portion operatively associated with the valve element and a second portion, extending from the first, secured to the body of the valve assembly. The valve element retainer guides the motion of the valve element and is designed to reduce friction and eliminate the generation and entrapment of contaminants, thereby minimizing hysteresis in the operation of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Assignee: DXL USA
    Inventors: Charles F. Drexel, Hamid Saghatchi
  • Patent number: 5159872
    Abstract: A valve block in a mine hydraulic system contains a non-return valve which is opened when a hydraulic control signal occurs to connect a pressure fluid feed or return line to a working chamber of an appliance such as a prop. A auxiliary valve is mounted in the block and is operated manually to relieve the working chamber even if the non-return valve remains closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Assignee: Gewerkschaft Eisenhutte Westfalia GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Dettmers, Bernd Peters
  • Patent number: 5129622
    Abstract: The invention provides a valve which comprises a body defining a passageway therethrough, a valve seat in the passage, a valve closure disposed in the passageway adjacent the valve seat, and an operating spindle projecting transversely into the passageway, the arrangement being one wherein movement of the spindle into the passageway causes the closure to be urged against the valve seat to close the valve, and movement of the spindle in a direction out of the passageway permits movement of the closure away from the seat to open the valve, the operating spindle being coupled to the closure by means of an intermediate articulated arm or roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Cactas CC
    Inventors: Gert N. J. Van Rensburg, Linda Horne
  • Patent number: 5113831
    Abstract: A fuel pressure regulator (10) for automobiles and the like comprises a body lower portion (11), an upper cover (12) and a resilient diaphragm (66) therebetween. The resilient diaphragm (66) separates an upper chamber (61) from a fuel outlet chamber (21). A passageway (22) extends between the fuel outlet chamber and a fuel inlet chamber (14). A spherical ball valve (29) and a cylindrical valve seat (26) are positioned at one end of the passageway (22). A removable plug (32) carries guide legs (33) for guiding the ball valve (29) and further carries a biasing spring (31) for biasing the ball valve (29) into a closed seating position. A piston (51) is positioned below the resilient diaphragm in the fuel outlet chamber (21) and has depending therefrom an elongated stem (52) which is received in a stem guide (53), with the stem guide having a tapered portion (54) extending into the passageway (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Inventor: Barry Grant
  • Patent number: 5111793
    Abstract: An improved pressure regulator for use with automotive engine fuel pumps wherein the ball is constrained for motion in a cage within the inlet chamber. The cage is made up of three simple cylindrical pins press fitted into an end cap. The inlet chamber is oversized with respect to the maximum dimensions of the caged ball array. In this manner, upon opening of the ball off of its seat, virtually no impediment to full flow of the maximum fuel pump capacity through the regulator is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Mallory, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted D. Deeds
  • Patent number: 5109887
    Abstract: A multiway valve having a handle which can be lightly rotated. The valve includes a valve casing (38) provided with an entrance port (64) and plural exit ports (66, 68, 44a). A valve member (40) or a cam shaft (168) which opens and closes the exit ports (66, 68, 44a) is rotatably inserted in the casing (38). One of the exit ports is formed in one end surface of the casing (38), while the others are formed in the outer surface of the casing. Balls (60, 62, 160B, 160C) capable of plugging up the exit ports in the outer surface are mounted in the valve casing (38). The valve member (40) has arms or cams for moving the balls. The exit port in the end surface is opened and closed by the valve member (40) or one ball (160C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Inax Corporation
    Inventors: Shiro Saito, Shigeru Takagi, Mineji Kondo