Combined Patents (Class 138/103)
  • Patent number: 10385972
    Abstract: Self-sealing bellows for use with vehicles are disclosed. An example bellows includes a tubular body being expandable and contractible along an axis of the body. The bellows also includes a lining disposed along a surface of the body and a liquid or gelatinous material disposed between the body and the lining. The liquid or gelatinous material hardens when exposed to a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Kirt Eschtruth
  • Patent number: 10369042
    Abstract: A thermal pack (10) and associated control system (32, 44) for the therapeutic treatment of a mammal. The pack (10) is made from a flexible, heat conductive, liquid impermeable material and has an inlet (18) through which fluid can be transferred into the pack (10), a passageway through which fluid can flow and an outlet (20) through which fluid may be removed from the pack (10). The passageway within the pack (10) also has a separator element (22) that forms a track (22, 24) along which the fluid can flow and keeps the walls of the pack (1) spaced apart so that the fluid flow is not restricted if the pack (10) is flexed in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GIOCO LIMITED
    Inventor: Mike Saggers
  • Patent number: 10363396
    Abstract: A biological navigation device that can be attached or integrated with an elongated tool, such as an endoscope, is disclosed. The device can be used for propulsive advance through a biological lumen. The device can anchor to the biological lumen. The device can subsequently or concurrently propel the endoscope and anchor the device to the biological lumen. Methods for using the same are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: LOMA VISTA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Quillin Tilson, Mark Christopher Scheeff
  • Patent number: 10352483
    Abstract: An irrigation pipe is formed from a sheet rolled into a tube about a longitudinal axis, and having overlapped lateral margins. The sheet has a fabric layer and an outer layer formed on the fabric layer. The pipe includes axially extending load bearing members which are in contact with the outer layer. The load bearing members are lacking at least in the vicinity of one or both of the overlapped lateral margins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Netafim, Ltd.
    Inventor: David Tough
  • Patent number: 10332330
    Abstract: A device used in marketing contests, particularly for the drawing of tickets which are put into a rotating raffle drum (G), and whose main purpose is to provide a dynamic and automated device that, advantageously, allows feeding of tickets even when the rotating drum is moving, enables constant and uniform shuffling of said tickets, thus ensuring randomness of the drawing with greater safety and ease and, at the same time, provides public entertainment. Said raffle device (E) comprises a rotating raffle drum (G), a stand (S), a rotation mechanism (R), a ticket feeding device (D), a compressed air power unit (C) and a power, command and control board (Q), including an electronic control unit (not depicted) such as a PLC. Device (E) may further comprise a ticket swirling mechanism (T) interconnected to a compressed air power unit (C) and a lighting system (not depicted) conveniently associated with the rotating drum (G).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Ruy Alvarenga Ylamas
  • Patent number: 10323776
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, there is provided a marked conduit or tube including: a hollow body having an outer surface, a length dimension, and a plurality of markings along the length dimension, the plurality of markings including a first line marking, where the first line marking is positioned at a 0-degree point of a cross-sectional view of the hollow body, a second line marking where the second line marking is positioned at a 90-degree point relative to the 0-degree point of the cross-sectional view of the hollow body, a third line marking, where the third line marking is positioned at a 180-degree point relative to the 0-degree point of the cross-sectional view of the hollow body, and a fourth line marking, where the fourth line marking is positioned at a 270-degree point relative to the 0-degree point of the cross-sectional view of the hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: RMC FUTURES LLC
    Inventor: Ramon C. Dawson
  • Patent number: 10316699
    Abstract: A line arrangement for a motor vehicle, preferably for a waste heat utilization system of a motor vehicle. The line arrangement includes one or more lines for conducting a fluid medium and is distinguished, in particular, by the fact that at least one line comprises at least one textile hose or is configured as at least one textile hose, and the textile hose has a textile structure and an inner sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MAN Truck & Bus ├ľsterreich GesmbH
    Inventors: Gottfried Raab, Josef Klammer, Stefan Robausch
  • Patent number: 10293440
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides a method of forming an energy-dissipative tube. In one embodiment, the method includes: extruding a resin layer over an outer surface of corrugated stainless steel tubing and impregnating the resin layer with metal particles. In another embodiment, the method includes: extruding a resin layer comprising a fire retardant over an outer surface of corrugated stainless steel tubing and impregnating the resin layer with metal particles. In another embodiment, the method includes: extruding a resin layer comprising between about 20% to 60% magnesium hydroxide, aluminum trihydrate, or halogenated fire retardants by weight over an outer surface of corrugated stainless steel tubing and impregnating the resin layer with metal particles selected from the group consisting of: copper, aluminum, gold, silver, and nickel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Titeflex Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Duquette, Brian Coppola
  • Patent number: 10293285
    Abstract: Provided is a stopper for a liquid dispensing opening of a container which includes a main cavity, the opening having a diameter d smaller than the size of the cavity. The stopper includes a body having a central axis and being provided with a first, bottom limiter configured for preventing extraction of the stopper through the liquid dispensing opening in a first direction. The bottom limiter includes an expandable arrangement configured for assuming a first, retracted position and having a diameter D2?<d allowing the bottom limiter to pass through said liquid dispensing opening and a second, expanded position having a diameter D2>d configured for preventing said extraction; the stopper also includes a second limiter configured for at least partially preventing displacement of the stopper through the liquid dispensing opening in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Chen Ben-Ezra
  • Patent number: 10258732
    Abstract: A split-tip catheter for placement within the vasculature of a patient and for use in hemodialysis or other suitable procedures. In one embodiment, the split-tip catheter includes a catheter body defining a first lumen and a second lumen, and a split distal region extending from a distal end of the catheter body. The split distal region includes an arterial segment defined by an outer wall enclosing an arterial segment lumen, the arterial segment lumen in fluid communication with the catheter body first lumen, and a venous segment defined by an outer wall enclosing a venous segment lumen, the venous segment lumen in fluid communication with the catheter body second lumen, the venous segment outer wall extending from the catheter body distal end to a distal nose portion. The distal nose portion may taper distally from a first outer perimeter to a second outer perimeter smaller than the first outer perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin S. Gregersen, Ryan T. Moehle, Ryan C. Patterson
  • Patent number: 10206812
    Abstract: A thermal pack (10) for therapeutic treatment of a mammal that includes a bladder (12, 4) and a separator element insert (22). The bladder (12, 14) is formed of a pair of superposed sheets (12, 14) of flexible, heat conductive liquid impermeable polyurethane material and includes an inlet (18) and an outlet (20). The sheets (12, 14) are welded together at a central spine (17) and along a series of branches (16) so as to provide a turning, tortuous fluid passageway therein. The separator element insert (22) is received within the fluid passageway and provides a fluid conveying track that extends throughout the fluid passageway from the inlet (18) to the outlet (19) to maintain the sheets (12, 14) in spaced apart relationship to mitigate restrictions in fluid flow when the pack (10) is flexed out of the plane of the sheets (12, 14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GIOCO LIMITED
    Inventor: Mike Saggers
  • Patent number: 10205309
    Abstract: A cable holding element configured for attachment to either an angled frame having internal corners, or external corners or both. The cable holding element includes a base body and rows of latching projections that project from the base body to define at least one channel area for holding cable. The latching projections each have a first section and a second section. The first section and the second section form an acute angle towards the base body. A first row of latching projections opposes a second row of latching projections. The opposing latching projections cooperate to interlock without contact, in a comb-like manner to hold cable within the cable holding element and to form guiding structure that guides cable into and out from the channel area. In an alternate embodiment, the cable holding element has a flat base body capable of attachment to a planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Novomatic AG
    Inventor: Heinz Winkler
  • Patent number: 10192655
    Abstract: A wire harness including a number of wires, an outer sheath layer, and an anisotropic fabric positioned between the wires and outer sheath is provided. The anisotropic fabric is formed from combining a number of more rigid, monofilament fill strands and a number of less rigid multifilament warp strands. The fill strands may be formed from a single filament of at least five hundred fifty (550) denier while the warp strands may be formed from a series of polyester threads of at least two hundred (200) denier. The anisotropic layer permits limited rotation of the inner wires relative to the outer sheath when exposed to friction and pressure and is not subjected to significant creep during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HIGHLAND INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: James Rollings Newsome
  • Patent number: 10188822
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and method of delivering inhaled Nitric Oxide (iNO) to a patient situated in a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) suite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Hospital Products IP Limited
    Inventors: Craig Flanagan, David Newman, Jaron M. Acker, Craig R. Tolmie, Jim Potenziano
  • Patent number: 10190621
    Abstract: An outer casing for a control cable 10 has an inner tube 12, which includes a crystalline resin, and an outer tube 14, which includes an outer resin layer 16 covering the outer periphery of the inner tube and, in the outer resin layer, includes plural metal wires 18 buried in parallel with the axial direction of the inner tube and at equal intervals in the circumferential direction of the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Kitazawa, Iroku Suzuki, Kouichi Kusakawa
  • Patent number: 10179990
    Abstract: A method for tracking the location of a sewage hose. A sewage main line hose is connected to a sewage truck. A phosphorescent leader hose is connected to the end of the main line hose. A nozzle is connected to the end of the phosphorescent leader hose. The glow of the phosphorescent leader hose is observable in a dark sewage line. The location of the main line hose and the nozzle can be easily determined after observing the glow from the phosphorescent leader hose. In a preferred embodiment the phosphorescent leader hose utilizes europium phosphorescent powder for its phosphorescent properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Luca Marin
  • Patent number: 10174864
    Abstract: A fluid controller heating apparatus includes a cylindrical heater unit that surrounds a portion of an opening-and-closing valve to be heated, and a heat insulation jacket that surrounds the heater unit. The heater unit includes a pair of heat-transfer members to which plate-shaped heaters are fixed, respectively. The heat-transfer members are mounted so as to hold the opening-and-closing valve therebetween from both sides and are capable of being coupled to each other with a screw member. The heat insulation jacket is a cylindrical integrated product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ishikawa, Masahiko Ochiishi, Takahiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10125901
    Abstract: A sprayer hose for a fluid delivery device includes a waterway tube having an outer surface. The sprayer hose further includes at least one energy wire extending helically around the outer surface of the waterway tube and a covering layer positioned outwardly of the waterway tube and the at least one energy wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Kyle Robert Davidson, Graeme Biagi, Orion Vazquez
  • Patent number: 10107441
    Abstract: A pipe reinforcement system for reinforcing a pipe connection, pipe section, or length of pipe. The invention is most applicable to pipe sections used in commercial, industrial, or manufacturing processes conveying abrasive materials. The pipe reinforcement system uses several interlocking tiles placed over the pipe section to produce a smooth inner surface. The edges of the tiles overlap each other, producing a leak-resistant skin. A cover which maintains air pressure within the pipe is placed over the tiles, keeping them in place and holding them against the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Progressive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen T. Hinton, Todd N. Allison
  • Patent number: 10078974
    Abstract: A system of visual and non-visual marks for PVC pipes and couplings which allows users to group PVC pipes and couplings by type, size, and composition with a series of colors, shapes, swirls, patterns. The series of colors, shapes, swirls, patterns are applied to the PVC pipes and couplings by etching, painting, applying stickers, and or molding into the PVC itself. The non-visual mark utilize the magnetic and radio reflective nature of the marks to allow remote identification of the plumbing pipes and couplings after being buried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: James W. Walley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10069285
    Abstract: A gas-insulated switchgear includes a grounded tank filled with insulation gas, a center conductor which is disposed in the grounded tank and to which a voltage is applied, an insulating support member which insulates and supports the center conductor, and a nonlinear resistive part disposed at least on a vertically lower side inner surface of the grounded tank and formed by an insulation material containing a nonlinear resistive material. If an electric field applied to the nonlinear resistive part is higher than an electric field value in a vicinity of a contact point between the nonlinear resistive part and a metallic foreign substance mixed in the grounded tank during an operation, a resistivity of the nonlinear resistive part at the center conductor side is lower than a resistivity at which a discharge delay time is equal to an electric field relaxation time constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Soichiro Kainaga, Ryoko Kawano, Manabu Yoshimura, Takao Tsurimoto, Shinichiro Nakauchi
  • Patent number: 10058391
    Abstract: A motion control system includes a first capsule robot, which includes a first housing, a first shaft configured to be movable bi-directionally, the first shaft having a first permanent magnet at an outer end, a first leg unit configured to protrude outwards from the first housing, and a first control unit; and a second capsule robot, which includes a second housing, a second shaft configured to be movable bi-directionally, the second shaft having a second permanent magnet at an outer end, a second leg unit, and a second control unit, wherein the first capsule robot is fixed with respect to an the internal organ wall by protruding the first leg unit to the internal organ, and wherein the second capsule robot is connected to the first capsule robot as the first permanent magnet comes into contact with the second permanent magnet by an attractive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Laehyun Kim, Sung Chul Kang
  • Patent number: 10059534
    Abstract: In order to ensure a reliable automated feed of connecting elements to a processing unit, an apparatus, in particular an industrial robot, is provided. The apparatus has a hose pack, in which a feed hose for connecting elements is contained as a supply line. In order to ensure reliable operation and kink protection of the feed hose, the latter is formed from an inner hose which is embedded in a over-molded hose jacket. This measure permits the integration of the feed hose into the hose pack without problems. In addition, the risk of the feed hose kinking is kept small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: LEONI Kabel Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Kuehn
  • Patent number: 10052457
    Abstract: The invention provides a deflectable catheter capable of forming many variable radius spiral forms from a single, flexible, distal end section. In one aspect, the catheter employs a variable radius control wire to extend or deform a pre-formed loop structure into a three dimensional spiral-like form or geometry. The ability of a single catheter to create a multitude of shapes and sizes allows users to access to a number of anatomical areas without changing the catheter during a procedure or treatment. In another aspect, the invention encompasses methods of producing deflectable variable radius catheters, where two or more regions of the catheter having common control wires are fused or formed onto one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Duy Nguyen, Elizabeth Nee, Guy P. Vanney
  • Patent number: 10047486
    Abstract: Technologies are described for a pipe cover and method of covering a pipe. The pipe cover comprises a cover having a first side, top, second side and an open bottom and is configured to receive an end portion of a pipe into the open bottom and between the first and second side. The first side, top, and second side are configured to extend beyond a terminal end of the pipe to be covered. A first clamping mechanism is on the first side and a second clamping mechanism is on the second side, configured and disposed to clamp the cover onto the end portion of the pipe to be covered and cover the terminal end of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: William Craig Denham, John Charles Clarke
  • Patent number: 10022296
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fluid injection system (11) which transitions between a maintenance mode wherein an outlet (15) is closed and no fluid is discharged through the outlet, and an operation mode, wherein the outlet is open and fluid is discharged through the outlet. The fluid injection system injects a first fluid transported in a first pipeline (21) with a second fluid, wherein there is a temperature differential between the first fluid and the second fluid. The fluid injection system comprises a holding tank (49) for storing the second fluid, a cooling means (35) to cool the second fluid, and a pump (39) for delivering the second fluid into the first pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Heat Trap Solar Pty Ltd
    Inventors: David Bernard Neuwen, Ashley Challenor
  • Patent number: 10018512
    Abstract: A method for preventing chaffing between a linear detector cable and a protective outer sheath including the steps of preparing an elongated polymer tube having a predetermined length and outer diameter, wrapping heat resistant tape having a given width around a distal end portion of the tube to locally enlarge the outer diameter of the tube, and inserting a proximal end portion of the tube into an open end of a metallic protective sheath having a predetermined inner diameter that is slightly greater than or equal to the outer diameter of the tube, so that the heat resistant tape wrapped around the distal end portion of the tube abuts against the end of the sheath to acts as a stop surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Rouse
  • Patent number: 10014093
    Abstract: A cover is provided for protecting cables. The cover includes a first cover member and a second cover member. The second cover member is configured to mate with the first cover member to define conduits that enclose and permit passage therethrough of one or more cables. Plural covers are couplable to form an articulating cover system operable to enclose a selected length of cable(s). The covers may be employed to protect hoses, pipes, ducts and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Pecoraro
  • Patent number: 9974248
    Abstract: A planter box for holding planting soil includes a box body having a bottom wall, a sidewall and an open top. An anti-clog drainage and irrigation pipe is mounted across and above the bottom wall. The pipe includes a water inflow and outflow opening formed at a lower portion and extending along the length of the pipe. Two flow-guiding plates extend from two longitudinal sides of the water inflow and outflow opening towards an interior of the pipe body to form two overflow troughs in the pipe. During rainy day, the pipe is used for drainage. During sunny days, water can be supplied to the pipe for irrigation. A method for soil drainage and irrigation is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Green Channels (International) Limited
    Inventors: Kwok Hung Lam, Kwok Wai Lam
  • Patent number: 9976675
    Abstract: Tubes for use in ultrahigh pressure devices, and associated systems and methods of manufacture are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a metal tube includes an elongate bore having a circular transverse cross-sectional shape. The metal tube also includes an elongate wall extending around the bore and having an annular transverse cross-sectional shape with an inner surface closest to the bore, an outer surface furthest from the bore, and a wall thickness extending from the inner surface to the outer surface. An inner portion of the wall is under swage-autofrettage-induced overall compressive stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Omax Corporation
    Inventors: Chidambaram Raghavan, Darren Stang
  • Patent number: 9945504
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lining element (10) for the rehabilitation of a pipeline, having a carrier layer (16) consisting of an expandable, resin-absorbent material which, in the longitudinal direction (L1, L2) of the carrier layer (16), has a first expansion rigidity, and a stiffening structure (24) which, in the longitudinal direction (L1, L2) of the carrier layer (16), has a second expansion rigidity, wherein the first expansion rigidity is lower than the second expansion rigidity and wherein the stiffening structure (24) is incorporated into the carrier layer (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Trelleborg Pipe Seals Duisburg GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Bichler
  • Patent number: 9939105
    Abstract: Embodiments of overhead mounting systems are described herein. Various embodiments may include a channel, one or more covers, and one or more cover spacers. The channel may include a channel base, at least two channel walls, and at least two channel ends. The channel walls may be connected perpendicularly to the channel base such that the channel is u-shaped. The channel walls may each comprise a plurality of channel wall openings. The covers may include a cover base, at least two cover walls, and at least two cover ends. The cover walls may each include one or more inward protrusions. The cover ends may be concaved along the cover base such that a cover base length is less than a cover wall length. The cover ends may be concaved along one or more of the cover walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Joe Fox, Jerome Miles
  • Patent number: 9939115
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hose (7) featuring an integrated system for detecting damage and comprising a hose wall (2, 4) in which at least one transponder (8) is embedded. The hose (7) is characterized in that an antenna (12) is also embedded in the hose wall (2, 4) so that an electromagnetic coupling (10) can be established between the antenna (12) and the transponder (8), the magnitude and/or quality of the electromagnetic coupling (10) being a measure of the degree of damage to the hose wall (2, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Eddelb├╝ttel & Schneider GmbH
    Inventors: Siegfried Reck, Guido Wetzel
  • Patent number: 9927056
    Abstract: A heatable media line having at least one media line with two connector ends, in particular line connectors, and at least two electrical heating elements. At least one element is provided by which a differentiated heat input and/or output is enabled or provided for at both connector ends of the heatable media line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: VOSS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Tobias Etscheid, Otfried Schwarzkopf
  • Patent number: 9925092
    Abstract: A conduit for treating a tissue site with reduced pressure may include a primary lumen and at least one secondary lumen. A wall of the conduit may include a first wall material and a second wall material. The first wall material may comprise a substantially non-absorbent material that is vapor impermeable and liquid impermeable. The second wall material may comprise an absorbent material that is vapor permeable and liquid impermeable. The second wall material may be positioned in fluid contact with the at least one secondary lumen. Other systems, apparatus, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Luckemeyer, Timothy Mark Robinson, Christopher Brian Locke
  • Patent number: 9829125
    Abstract: A pipe structure includes a carcass made from an arrangement of hoop segments that join to form a series of articulating joints. A hard yet flexible outer shell is formed around the carcass. The hoop segments are reinforced with fiber to increase strength and reduce weight. The shell anchors to the carcass at intervals along its length to hold the hoop segments together, while providing the flexibility needed for deep water and other high pressure pipe applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: James L. Gallagher, Inc.
    Inventor: James L. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 9784388
    Abstract: An electrically grounded wear resistant liner is described that inserts into a conventional frac sand delivery conduit. The liner allows for conveyance of highly abrasive materials through the liner and conduit while electrically grounding potential static build up from within the liner. Sand, cement and other abrasive slurries may be conveyed through the liner. The wear resistant liner extends the amount of time that the conduit may be used to convey materials without downtime for replacement and repairs. The liner further provides a tri layer construction that includes a middle layer having a color notably different than the outer and inner layers, allowing a user in the fields to quickly determine that the conduit should be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Interstate Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Metz
  • Patent number: 9783209
    Abstract: A bellows assembly for an articulated vehicle connects a first vehicle module and a second vehicle module. The bellows assembly forms a tube between the first vehicle module and the second vehicle module with a top region and a bottom region, the top region corresponding to a roof region of the vehicle above an aisle of the vehicle. The bellows assembly includes a section configured to receive a lighting installation, the section being arranged in the top region of the bellows assembly. Further, an articulated vehicle with such a bellows assembly and a system for installing such a bellows assembly is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventor: Wilhelm Burg
  • Patent number: 9765976
    Abstract: A domestic cooking appliance is provided. The appliance has an inner space for cooking a food item; a gas burner; an exhaust opening; and a gas flue for directing exhaust gases from the inner space to the exhaust opening. The gas flue has a first part having a plurality of embossed projections, and a first fastener hole; and a second part that attaches to the first part, the second part having a plurality of embossed recesses that engage the plurality of embossed projections, and a second fastener hole that aligns with the first fastener hole when the first part and the second part are in an assembled position. The first part and the second part form a first tubular flue section when they are attached to each other, and the first part has more embossed projections than it does fastener holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Daughtridge, Jr., Benjamin Knight
  • Patent number: 9719197
    Abstract: A multi-layer tubular woven construct includes two or more layers including an innermost layer and layer A that is a layer other than the innermost layer, layer A including a monofilament yarn serving as a weft yarn, the weft yarn extending spirally and circumferentially around the tubular woven construct to form the weft, the weft including threads lying adjacent to each other, the adjacent weft threads of the monofilament yarn having intervals larger than the diameter of the monofilament yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tsuchikura, Satoshi Yamada, Masaki Fujita, Atsushi Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 9651176
    Abstract: An elongate element (300) for a flexible pipe body (100) and method of producing the same are disclosed. The method includes inserting a first fiber element (304) in a crush resistant elongate tube element (302), wherein the first fiber element is suitable for monitoring at least one of strain, temperature and acoustic properties; inserting a further fiber element (306) in the tube element, wherein the further fiber element is suitable for curing a matrix material (308); and inserting a matrix material into the tube element to fill at least a length of the tube element such that the first and further fibers elements within that length are surrounded by matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: GE OIL & GAS UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Geoffrey Stephen Graham, George Henry Frank Hatherley
  • Patent number: 9644435
    Abstract: Systems and methods for injecting tubewire into the core end of coiled tubing sections on reels. Methods are described for disposing tubewire into multiple sections of coiled tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Andre Naumann
  • Patent number: 9643550
    Abstract: Methods and systems for delivering a voltage signal to remote equipment associated with a hydraulic system are disclosed. One method includes actuating an output voltage from a control panel at an electronic control output electrically connected at a socket positioned on a first end of a hose assembly, the hose assembly having a conductive layer electrically connected to the socket and extending the length of the hose assembly and also electrically connected to a second socket at a second end of the hose assembly. By actuating the output voltage, the output voltage is delivered to remote equipment at the second end of the hose assembly that is electrically connected to the second socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Paul Beining
  • Patent number: 9609812
    Abstract: An irrigation device for promoting deep root growth of a plant. The irrigation device may comprise: a tube and a hose. The device may comprise one or more copper elements or a copper coating. The irrigation device may also be adapted to emit an odor and/or comprise one or more measurement marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: DEEP ROOT IRRIGATION, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ciudaj
  • Patent number: 9596812
    Abstract: A multi-filtration auto-drainage/irrigation pipe includes a pipe body, which includes a first drainage and irrigation channel, a second drainage and irrigation channel, a third drainage and irrigation channel, a first drainage and irrigation port, a second drainage and irrigation port and a third drainage and irrigation port. The first drainage and irrigation port is a first filtering layer having first filtering holes uniformly distributed. The second drainage and irrigation port is a second filtering layer having second filtering holes uniformly distributed. The third drainage and irrigation port is a third filtering layer having third filtering holes uniformly distributed. The first drainage and irrigation port is arranged on a pipe wall of the pipe body. The second drainage and irrigation port is arranged between the second and the third drainage and irrigation channels. The third drainage and irrigation port is arranged between the second and the first drainage and irrigation channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Ping Yiu Lo
  • Patent number: 9581629
    Abstract: A sensor sleeve for use in detecting a failure in an article (e.g., a hydraulic hose), the sensor sleeve includes an insulator layer that separates two electrode layers. As such, the electrode layers deform to contact each other, which changes the impedance as measured across the electrode layers. The sensor sleeve is designed to change electrical impedance (resistance) due to fluid pressure initiating a hole through the sensor itself. The sensor sleeve will detect the fluid leak when the hole penetrates the sensor and brings the two elastic electrodes in contact with each other and/or the fluid, which when the fluid is conductive fluid, creates a signal path between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer, which also changes the impedance as measured across the electrode layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Parker Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Xiangdong Zhu, Peter V. Buca, Jay Lee, Mark Schulz, Surya Sundaramurthy, Vesselin Shanov
  • Patent number: 9527267
    Abstract: The invention is directed generally to improvements in irrigation and fertilization assessment and delivery. More specifically, embodiments of the invention provide an improved fluid delivery tube, method to manufacture such tube, and systems that include such tube. The delivery tube is beneficial at least because it minimizes the life cycle cost of a responsive delivery tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Responsive Drip Irrigation, LLC
    Inventors: Janice K Gould, David A Conklin
  • Patent number: 9522496
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a method to produce plastic pipe where a pipe of two or more layers is extruded and where at least one layer has additive that by heat treatment releases free radicals. Immediately after the extrusion, the pipe is heat treated by leading it either through a hot salt bath or an infra-red radiation so that the mentioned additive decomposes. Now, the layer(s) having additive get cross-linked and additionally the crosslinked layer(s) fix with chemical bonds to at least one other layer. With this method it is possible to produce a plastic pipe where there is no need to use a separate adhesion plastic layer to fix to each other layers that reject each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Aarne Heino
  • Patent number: 9520701
    Abstract: A cable holding element includes a base body and rows of latching projections that project from the base body to define at least one channel area for holding cable. The latching projections each have a first section and a second section. The first section and the second section form an acute angle towards the base body. A first row of latching projections opposes a second row of latching projections. The opposing latching projections cooperate to interlock without contact, in a comb-like manner to hold cable within the cable holding element and to form guiding structure that guides cable into and out from the channel area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Novomatic AG
    Inventor: Heinz Winkler
  • Patent number: 9447529
    Abstract: A cord material suitable for use in lined textile structures with a gliding component includes a plurality of uniform strands, and a deviant strand. The deviant strand is different from the uniform strands in some characteristic affecting aerodynamic or hydrodynamic properties of the cord, such as size or surface properties. Each uniform strand can have a substantially equal cross section area, while the deviant strand has a cross section area at least five times greater than one of the uniform strands. The strands can be braided or woven together. A major benefit of the material can be that vibration induced drag is significantly reduced or eliminated in lines made with the material. Another advantage is that lines made from the material can have more consistent, predictable line drag, which can improve the quality of handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: A-Z CHUTEWORKS L.L.C.
    Inventor: Garrett Storm Dunker