Corrugated Patents (Class 138/121)
  • Patent number: 10919380
    Abstract: A fuel shut-off valve includes a housing, a float valve, and a tubular fuel inflow portion. The housing includes a communicating opening that communicates with the outside of the fuel tank, a tubular portion that extends in a vertical direction, and an inlet for liquid fuel located in the tubular portion at a position below the communicating opening. The float valve selectively closes and opens the communicating opening by moving vertically. The fuel inflow portion is provided outside the tubular portion and has a first end having an inflow port for liquid fuel and a second end connected to the inlet. The inflow port is opened at a position that is above the inlet and spaced outward in a radial direction from the tubular portion. The housing includes a discharge port for discharging liquid fuel in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenta Kuwayama, Caleb Bauer, Steven Yurgalonis
  • Patent number: 10888309
    Abstract: An end effector for a surgical fastening device includes a fastener and a tube defining a longitudinal axis. The tube includes an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface defines a lumen that extends along the longitudinal axis. The tube defines depressions that may be arranged helically about the tube along the longitudinal axis. The end effector may include one or more ribs extending along the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Gregory Fischvogt, Kevin Sniffin, Kevin Beaulieu, Brian Laird
  • Patent number: 10865930
    Abstract: A vehicular exhaust pipe structure includes an outer pipe extending along a front-rear direction of a vehicle and an inner pipe disposed inside the outer pipe along an axial direction of the outer pipe. The inner pipe is joined to the outer pipe such that a vacuum layer is formed between the inner pipe and the outer pipe. The inner pipe includes a pseudo-cylindrical concave polyhedral shell-shaped part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Wakatsuki
  • Patent number: 10801647
    Abstract: A tailor-layered tube, includes an inner tube, an outer tube having a greater diameter than the inner tube and disposed outside the inner tube, and at least one intermediate tube disposed between the inner tube and the outer tube and having a length different from the inner tube and the outer tube to be locally disposed between the inner tube and the outer tube. The inner tube, the intermediate tube, and the outer tube are hydroformed in a state of being laminated so that the inner tube, the intermediate tube, and the outer tube are sequentially brought into close contact with each other in a region where the intermediate tube is disposed and the inner tube is brought into direct contact with the outer tube in a region where the intermediate tube does not exist, and accordingly regions having locally different thicknesses are successively arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Pusan National University Industry-University Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Younghoon Moon, Sangwook Han, Taewoo Hwang, Youngyun Woo, Ilyeong Oh
  • Patent number: 10772784
    Abstract: A corrugated tube includes a hollow tube formed of several crests and several troughs connected alternately. The middle of an end face of a tail end of the corrugated tube is provided with a boss; and both a first section of a head end and a last section of a tail end of the corrugated tube are crests, with the width of both the crest of the first section of the head end and the crest of the last section of the tail end being greater than the thickness of the corrugated tube, preventing the tail end and the head end of the corrugated tube from collapsing inwards when the air pressure in the corrugated tube decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: BEIJING HENGTONG XINJIA TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CO, LTD., ZHONGSHAN CHANGYAO MEDICAL EQUIPMENT CO, LTD.
    Inventors: Keqiang Yang, Zhenwei Mao, Keijiron Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10766433
    Abstract: A trim strip has upper and lower trim-strip-side mating portions. A glass run body has, at its exterior part, body-side mating portions and an upper contacting portion contacting an upper part of an exterior surface of the trim strip. The upper contacting portion has a portion contacting the trim strip, and the portion is provided with a coating. The coating is formed of an elastic material reducing the sliding resistance to the trim strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shingo Tomoyasu, Tomonori Miyata
  • Patent number: 10723304
    Abstract: A front pillar structure includes: a front frame member; a rear frame member: a transparent member, a front side of the transparent member being supported by the front frame member, and a rear side of the transparent member being supported by the rear frame member; a front interior decorative member covering the front frame member from a vehicle interior side; a rear interior decorative member covering the rear frame member from the vehicle interior side; a head protection airbag, at least part of which is stowed between the rear frame member and the rear interior decorative member; a cover disposed between a lower end portion of the front interior decorative member and a lower end portion of the rear interior decorative member, and a jutting-out portion jutting out from the lower end portion of the rear interior decorative member toward a lower face side of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ken Tanaka, Yasuhiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10707659
    Abstract: A protective member for a wire harness, the wire harness including a wire, an exterior material that has flexibility and covers the wire, a route regulator that has an axis extending along a wiring route of the wire and regulates the wiring route of the wire from outside the exterior material, a fixing member for fixing the route regulator to a vehicle, and at least one connector that connects the route regulator to the exterior material, the protective member being configured to protect the exterior material of the wire harness, the protective member including: a cover for covering the exterior material; an attachment that is to be attached to the exterior material or the route regulator; and a protective member connector that connects the cover and the attachment to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Kawaguchi, Yuichi Kimoto
  • Patent number: 10688270
    Abstract: Condensation or “rain-out” is a problem in medical circuits and previous attempts to manage and/or prevent rain-out have resulted in relatively expensive and/or difficult to manufacture medical circuit components. The subject patent provides an improved medical circuit component for managing rain-out. In particular the component may be an improved breathing tube, or insufflation system limb comprising a helically corrugated tube preferably incorporating a heater wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: David John Sims, Enrico Alvarez Garcia, Peter Kenneth Graham
  • Patent number: 10669919
    Abstract: A multiple component hot gas flowing conduit has an elongated, convoluted bellows, an interlock liner, frequency dampers and elastic spacers engaging the dampers and biasing the dampers into respective bellows convolution with no contact of bellows and liner for all operating states of the conduit. Assembly pretension of the interlock liner preferably flattens out the elastic spacers permitting assembly of the liner into the bellows and upon relaxation of the liner, the spacers extend radially outwardly to engage and bias the dampers into the bellows. The bellows is convoluted throughout, or may have convoluted ends with an integral smooth-wall tube therebetween. Components are isolated from abrasion against one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: American BOA, Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivas Gade, Erick Michael Dickman
  • Patent number: 10627022
    Abstract: A hose is provided, including: a liner having a channel extending between opposing open ends; a reinforcing member surrounding the liner; and a plurality of spaced apart wrapped stiffening members surrounding the reinforcing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: WEIR CANADA, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Haight
  • Patent number: 10619687
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a monoblock brake caliper in which brake hydraulic lines, which are pipes, are provided inside a caliper body and a brake hose fixing device is provided on the outside the caliper body, and a plurality of cylinders are cast by sand casting. Prior to the casting process for forming the caliper body, the brake hydraulic lines are pressed into a sand cast, and then the caliper body is formed by the casting process. The brake hose fixing device comprises: a brake hose fixing omnidirectional bolt which fixes by rotating into a thread on the caliper body; the brake hose seated on the brake hose fixing omnidirectional bolt; and a fixing nut which fixes the brake hose fixing omnidirectional bolt and brake hose by rotating same from the center thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KGC KUMKANG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Won Noh
  • Patent number: 10611320
    Abstract: A wire harness includes at least one conductive path, and an exterior member having a tubular shape and made of resin, the exterior member covering the conductive path. The exterior member includes a flexible tube portion with flexibility and a non-flexible tube portion with low flexibility lower than the flexibility of the flexible tube portion. At least one of the flexible tube portion and the non-flexible tube portion includes a thick portion and a thin portion which are arranged in a tube axis direction, the thick portion and the thin portion being different in thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideomi Adachi, Shoji Masunari
  • Patent number: 10578001
    Abstract: A thermally insulative, flexible, durable reflective exhaust pipe sleeve and method of construction thereof is provided. The sleeve includes a knit, heat-resistant inner layer, a reflective metallic outer layer and an intermediate layer sandwiched between the inner and outer layers. The inner layer is constructed having an inner surface exposed to an inner cavity of the sleeve and the outer layer is constructed having an outer reflective surface exposed to the surrounding environment. The intermediate layer is constructed of a woven material and is sandwiched in abutment with the inner and outer layers. The outer and intermediate layers are convoluted, while the inner layer is cylindrically tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain LLC
    Inventors: Steve Galamba, Tianqi Gao, Cassie Malloy, Wai Kit Ho, Nicholas DePompeo
  • Patent number: 10578015
    Abstract: A flexible joint assembly for a joint between a first duct and a second duct for providing a flow of fluid, such as bleed air in an aviation implementation. The flexible joint includes a bellows supported by a mounting assembly having a first support and a second support, each surrounding a portion of the bellows. A set of rod assemblies can operably couple the first support and the second support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Unison Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon Tajiri, Michael Thomas Kenworthy, Dattu G V Jonnalagadda, Jason Levi Burdette, Lonnie Ray Stewart, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10571075
    Abstract: An LNG tank is a single-shell LNG tank having one shell and at least one pipe extending from the LNG tank to a tank connection space of the LNG tank. The shell of the LNG tank is substantially surrounded by insulation. The LNG tank has at least one bellow connection surrounding at least part of the length of the at least one pipe for connecting the at least one pipe extending from the LNG tank to the tank connection space. A system for connecting at least one pipe between an LNG tank and a tank connection space thereof is also provided. At least one pipe extends from the LNG tank to the tank connection space and which LNG tank is a single-shell tank having one shell. The at least one pipe is connected between the LNG tank and the tank connection space by at least one bellow connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: WÄRTSILÄ FINLAND OY
    Inventors: Martin Råholm, Viktor Bergman, Ingvar Öst, Mathias Jansson
  • Patent number: 10532177
    Abstract: Breathable medical circuit components and materials and methods for forming these components incorporate breathable foamed materials that are permeable to water vapor and substantially impermeable to liquid water and the bulk flow of gases. The materials and methods can be incorporated into a variety of components, including tubes, Y-connectors, catheter mounts, and patient interfaces and are suitable for use in a variety of medical circuits, including insufflation, anesthesia, and breathing circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Laith Adeeb Hermez, Kieran Michael Orchard, Timothy Dee Gierke
  • Patent number: 10514115
    Abstract: A flexible tube includes a tube body made of metal and having a bellows shape, and a tube circumference covering made of metal and covering the tube body, in which a fluorine-based resin film is provided between the tube body and the tube circumference covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10492669
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bending device which is capable of easily controlling a bending motion with superior controllability. A portion of an elastic tube body (11) opposite a portion in which a non-stretching body (4) is fixed inflates in a circumferential direction of the elastic tube body (11) in response to increase in an internal pressure of the elastic tube body (11), and an elastic tube (1P) bends in a step-wise angle corresponding to the number of layers of a multi-layer structure. The portion of the elastic tube body (11) in which the non-stretching body (4) is fixed is thicker than the remaining portion of the elastic tube body (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, PUBLIC UNIVERSITY CORPORATION HIROSHIMA CITY UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hitoshi Aoki, Kazunori Morita, Toshihisa Gotoh, Kazuhiro Taniguchi, Masazumi Okajima, Satoshi Iwaki
  • Patent number: 10480492
    Abstract: The present invention provides an actuator device comprising an actuator wire; a net-shaped electric heating element which covers a side surface of the actuator wire and comprises heating wires; and a controller for supplying electric power to the net-shaped electric heating element to heat the net-shaped electric heating element. The actuator wire is capable of being contracted by application of heat and restored by release of heat. The side surface of the actuator wire is formed of polymer. One end and the other end of the net-shaped electric heating element is connected to one end and the other end of the actuator wire, respectively. The net-shaped electric heating element is in contact with the side surface of the actuator wire, when the net-shaped electric heating element is not heated. The net-shaped electric heating element is moved outward from the side surface of the actuator wire due to contraction of the actuator wire, when the net-shaped electric heating element is heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuriko Kaneko, Maki Hiraoka, Hidekazu Arase
  • Patent number: 10449318
    Abstract: This invention provides for a component forming a part of a breathing tube, or forming the breathing tube, for example as a part of a breathing circuit for respiratory therapy. The component comprising a tubular body having a foamed wall. The foamed wall can be formed from extrusion of a single extrudate. The foamed wall is of a sufficient minimum optical transparency such that, in use, there is enabled the visual detection of a liquid (or condensate that may have formed) within the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Peter Kenneth Graham, Enrico Alvarez Garcia, Shu-Yi Chu
  • Patent number: 10391737
    Abstract: A portable thermal protection system is provided for protecting equipment, facilities, and personnel in a region from a high intensity incident heat source. The system can be formed as a sleeping bag, a tent, a blanket, a sleeping bag, a vertical barrier, a curtain, a flexible rollup doorway, or a wrap. The system includes an outer textile layer first layer, an insulative material(s) second layer, and a non-porous film third layer which forms a gas barrier. Some embodiments include a fourth layer formed of a material to provide radiation protection. In some embodiments, the first and/or second layers are integrally formed with the materials that reflects radiation. The layers are joined together by high-temperature adhesives, stitching, needling, or tacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF NASA
    Inventors: Anthony M. Calomino, Mary Elizabeth Wusk
  • Patent number: 10393291
    Abstract: An expandable water hose assembly comprises a water hose and coupling means. The water hose comprises a flexible outer tube, a collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube located inside the outer tube, and an elastic flexible member located inside the collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube. The outer tube, collapsible inner tube, and elastic flexible member are movable from a retracted storage configuration to an extended deployed configuration upon application of water pressure within the water hose assembly. The elastic flexible member is in an untensioned state while in the retracted storage configuration and a tensioned state while in the extended deployed configuration. Upon removal of water pressure from within the water hose assembly, the elastic flexible member may return to its untensioned state and applies a retracting force to the hose assembly to urge the collapsible inner tube into a retracted storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory Grant Caplan
  • Patent number: 10330224
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fluid hose device (1) comprising a fluid hose (2), through which a fluid can be transported, having a plurality of anti-kink projections (3) which are spaced apart from one another and provided in the longitudinal direction (L) of the fluid hose (1), which projections extend in a circular manner around the external surface (7) of the fluid hose (2), wherein a group (9) of a plurality of connecting webs (4) is provided in each case between two adjacent anti-kink projections (3), which webs interconnect the adjacent anti-kink projections (3), wherein the groups (9) are arranged in an alternating chevron pattern in the longitudinal direction (L) of the fluid hose (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIN MEDICAL INNOVATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Liselotte Werner
  • Patent number: 10323746
    Abstract: The invention provides a metal bellows type accumulator having an outer shell provided in its one end with a pressure introducing passage in an opening manner, and a metal bellows repeatedly formed peak portions directed to an outer side in a radial direction and trough portions directed to an inner side, capable of expanding and contracting in an axial direction and separating an inner chamber of the outer shell into a pressure introducing chamber communicated with the pressure introducing passage and a gas chamber charged with cushion gas. A tubular portion is provided at a position where an amplitude of vibration in a radial direction becomes maximum in the metal bellows, has a greater diameter than a maximum diameter portion of each of the peak portions and is in contactable with an inner peripheral surface of the outer shell at a predetermined width in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Endo, Hideki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 10315591
    Abstract: A wire harness includes an exterior member having a tube shape. The exterior member includes a flexible tube part formed in a flexible bellows tube shape and a straight tube part. The straight tube part is formed continuously with the flexible tube part so as to arrange the conductive path straight and has a non-bellows tube shape. A continuous portion between the flexible tube part and the straight tube part includes a tapered portion formed in a whole peripheral direction of the exterior member so as to reduce stress concentration in the continuous portion. An inner peripheral surface and an outer peripheral surface of the tapered portion include slopes connecting a top of a bellows projection of the flexible tube part and the straight tube part, or connecting a groove bottom of a bellows recess of the flexible tube part and the straight tube part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: YAZAKI CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshihiro Nagashima, Shinichi Inao, Hideomi Adachi, Kenta Yanazawa, Masahisa Sugimoto, Yoshiyuki Ishihara
  • Patent number: 10300675
    Abstract: A portable thermal protection system is provided for protecting equipment, facilities, and personnel in a region from a high intensity incident heat source. The system can be formed as a sleeping bag, a tent, a blanket, a sleeping bag, a vertical barrier, a curtain, a flexible rollup doorway, or a wrap. The system includes an outer textile layer first layer, an insulator second layer, and a non-porous film third layer which forms a gas barrier. Some embodiments include a fourth layer formed of a material to provide radiation protection. In some embodiments, the first and/or second layers are integrally formed with the materials that reflects radiation. The layers are joined together by high-temperature adhesives, stitching, needling, or tacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE ADMINITRATOR OF NASA
    Inventors: Mary E. Wusk, Anthony M. Calomino, Kamran Daryabeigi, Walter E. Bruce, III, Joshua M. Fody, Stephen D. Miller, Steven P. Vague
  • Patent number: 10292572
    Abstract: A bending device with which bending motions can be controlled with ease and good controllability includes a plurality of elastic tubes disposed inside an elastic tube. The elastic tubes each include an elastic tube body and a non-stretching body. The portion of the elastic tube body opposite the portion in which the non-stretching body is fixed inflates in a circumferential direction of the elastic tube body in response to increase in its internal pressure, causing the elastic tube to bend. The portion of the elastic tube body in which the non-stretching body is fixed is thicker than the remaining portion of the elastic tube body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10286857
    Abstract: An outer cover is made of resin, and includes a flexible tube portion having flexibility and a straight tube portion to be arranged in a straight manner. At least one of the flexible tube portion and the straight tube portion has differently shaped sections contiguously formed along a tube axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Inao, Hideomi Adachi, Masahisa Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10254143
    Abstract: A fluid-flow sensor assembly is provided, comprising a body defining a measuring region for fluid flowing therethrough. A rigid structure is defined about the body to restrict size variation of the body during use. As a result, the rigid structure keeps the measuring section from altering in size, thus ensuring accurate measurement. In an exemplary embodiment, the body defines a ridge assembly that circumscribes the outer wall of the body, and a spiral wrap formed of rigid material is wrapped around the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Georg Fischer Signet LLC
    Inventors: Gert Burkhardt, Jorge Samayoa
  • Patent number: 10252091
    Abstract: A fire-retaining container is disclosed which includes a first fire-retarding layer and a second fire-retarding layer connected to the first fire-retarding layer. Another fire-retaining container is disclosed which includes a fire-retarding layer and a reinforcement material reinforcing the fire-retarding layer. A method of containing an item is disclosed. In one step, an item is covered with a fire-retaining container. The fire-retaining container comprises: (1) a first fire-retarding layer and a second fire-retarding layer connected to the first fire-retarding layer; or (2) a fire-retarding layer and a reinforcement material reinforcing the fire-retarding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Sham S. Hariram
  • Patent number: 10220551
    Abstract: The invention relates to a corrugated, thermally insulated conduit for fluids, e.g. for district heating networks, wherein at least one medium pipe (2) made of plastic or metal is surrounded by a thermal insulation layer (14), consisting of a polyurethane foam for example. The corrugation (25, 26) of the outer jacket (15) made of plastic is formed such that both the corrugation valleys (25) and the corrugation peaks (26) are round, particularly circular. In addition, the corrugation is dimensioned such that the corrugation depth T lies in a range of 4.5 mm to 8 mm for a conduit outer diameter range of 63 mm to 202 mm. This shaping and dimensioning of the conduit results in very good flexibility and thus the ability to roll up the pipe for the transport thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: BRUGG ROHR AG HOLDING
    Inventors: Alfred Oeschger, Roberto Rudi
  • Patent number: 10203014
    Abstract: A dust cover is provided in a cylindrical shape in an axial direction of a suspension apparatus configured to dampen a shock, and is extendable and compressible in the axial direction, or can be bent. A dust cover has a plurality of peak sections provided in the axial direction and configured to protrude outward in a radial direction, a plurality of valley sections provided in the axial direction and configured to protrude inward in the radial direction, and a plurality of connection sections provided in the axial direction and configured to connect the peak sections and the valley sections. At least one of axial concave sections and axial convex sections, which are formed in the axial direction, are provided in at least any of the peak section, the valley section, and the connection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: SHOWA CORPORATION, FUKOKU BUSSAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyoshi Nagamachi, Shinichi Sutou
  • Patent number: 10199811
    Abstract: A plastic corrugated tube having corrugations distributed over its length and a longitudinal slit running along a lateral longitudinal line is provided. The corrugated tube can be converted into an open position by opening the longitudinal slit and into a closed position in which edge regions of the corrugated tube overlap, wherein the corrugated tube is elastically prestressed toward its closed position. The corrugations on the edge region of the corrugated tube, which in the closed position lies radially below the other edge region of the corrugated tube, are offset radially inwards within a predefined circumferential region with respect to the corrugations outside this circumferential region and are designed such that, in the closed position, they are in engagement with the radial underside of the corrugations of the other edge region, which corrugations engage over them such that they are mutually displaceable in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Van Ngoc Chu, Matthias Buettner
  • Patent number: 10193316
    Abstract: A corrugated tube has a tubular shape and is configured such that a conductor path is inserted into an inside thereof. The corrugated tube includes a bellow portion and a rib. The bellow portion has recessed grooves and projecting stripes which are alternately arrayed in a longitudinal direction of the tubular shape and extend in a circumferential direction of the tubular shape. The rib is formed in a portion of the bellow portion in the longitudinal direction and extends in the longitudinal direction. At least one of corners of a sectional shape of the rib viewed from the longitudinal direction is a curved portion having a predetermined curvature radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahisa Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10190686
    Abstract: A cover member is to cover a cylinder and includes a plurality of peaks, a plurality of valleys, and coupling portions, which couple the plurality of peaks to the plurality of valleys. The cover member is expandable and contractable in an alignment direction in which the plurality of peaks and the plurality of valleys are aligned. Each peak of the plurality of peaks includes a depression depressed from an apex of the peak in a direction toward the cylinder, and each valley of the plurality of valleys includes a protrusion protruding from a bottom of the valley in a direction opposite to the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: SHOWA CORPORATION, FUKOKU BUSSAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyoshi Nagamachi, Akira Takada, Shinichi Sutou
  • Patent number: 10141727
    Abstract: A wire harness with a fixing member that is provided can prevent a fixing member from becoming shifted a large amount in the axial direction of a pipe, and enables adjustment of the position of the fixing member. The wire harness includes: a pipe (P) into which electrical wires (W) are inserted; an exterior member that has a bellows portion and surrounds the outer side of at least a portion of the pipe (P) in the axial direction, the bellows portion having mountain portions and valley portions that are successively formed in an alternating manner in the axial direction; and a fixing member that has locking portions, is attached to the exterior member, and is to be fixed to a fixing portion (B). The locking portions are locked to the bellows portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Fujiki, Hirokazu Nakai
  • Patent number: 10138036
    Abstract: A noise producing beverage container comprising a container having a surface which includes a sealed opening in the surface. The noise producing beverage container includes a sound making device attached to the interior of the container adjacent the sealed opening and an arm movable upon opening the sealed opening to contact the sound making device. The sealed opening is initially in a closed position and upon opening the sealed opening the arm contacts the sound making device to produce a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin Schwimer
  • Patent number: 10119617
    Abstract: A sealing device that can mitigate stress concentration in a bellows part when a shaft deviates as it rotates. The sealing device 100 includes a fixed part 110 fixed to an inner circumference of a shaft hole in a housing 200, a thin bellows part 120 extending from the fixed part 110 toward a surface of the shaft 300 in a bellows shape, and a sealing part 130 provided on a radially inner side of the bellows part 120. The bellows part 120 includes, on one side thereof, circumferentially alternating ridges 121 extending radially from outside to inside and grooves 122 extending radially from outside to inside, and on the other side, grooves 123 and ridges 124 that are exact backsides of the ridges 121 and grooves 122 on the one side, respectively. The bellows part 120 is formed to have a substantially equal thickness t over an entire circumference thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NOK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10081316
    Abstract: A wire harness includes a conductive path and an exterior member with a tubular shape which covers the conductive path. The exterior member includes a straight tubular portion in which a pair of one wall and the other wall are formed, and the straight tubular portion includes a concave portion in at least the one wall, with the concave portion being positioned close to the conductive path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Inao, Hideomi Adachi
  • Patent number: 10077856
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to corrugated pipe, and more particularly to corrugated pipe with a reinforcing stiffener. The corrugated pipe may include an axially extended bore defined by a corrugated outer wall having axially adjacent, outwardly-extending corrugation crests, separated by corrugation valleys. In some embodiments, a stiffener may be positioned within the corrugation valleys. In other embodiments, a stiffener may be positioned within the corrugation crests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Bill Russell VanHoose, Nicholas James Piazza, Ronald Robert Vitarelli, Owen Michael Atchison, Tyler James Frost
  • Patent number: 10077857
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to corrugated pipe, and more particularly to corrugated pipe with a reinforcing stiffener. The corrugated pipe may include an axially extended bore defined by a corrugated outer wall having axially adjacent, outwardly-extending corrugation crests, separated by corrugation valleys. In some embodiments, a stiffener may be positioned within the corrugation valleys. In other embodiments, a stiffener may be positioned within the corrugation crests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Bill Russell VanHoose, Nicholas James Piazza, Ronald Robert Vitarelli, Owen Michael Atchison, Tyler James Frost
  • Patent number: 10034995
    Abstract: A retractable tube for use in a respiratory apparatus for delivering a pressurized flow of breathable gas to a patient has an internal diameter of about 30 mm or less, a weight of about 500 g/m or less, and an unextended length of about 2 m or less. The retractable tube includes a portion that is extensible in a range of about 40%-400% in response to force applied to the tube, and the extensible portion is configured to return the tube to its unextended length in the absence of force applied to the tube. A respiratory apparatus for delivering a flow of pressurized breathable gas includes a flow generator to generate the flow and a patient interface to deliver the flow to the patient's airways. The flow generator and the patient interface are connected by a retractable tube. A method of delivering a flow of pressurized breathable gas includes connecting the flow generator and the patient interface using a retractable tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Michiel Kooij, Gerard Michael Rummery, Robert Edward Henry
  • Patent number: 10030794
    Abstract: A corrugated tube includes: a tubular body including outer-face bellows recess sections outer-face bellows protruding sections in a circumferential direction as viewed from an outside, wherein the outer-face bellows recess section and the outer-face bellows protruding section are alternately arranged continuously in an axial direction of the tubular body. Deep groove sections are formed in some of the outer-face bellows recess sections. The deep groove section has: a shape being recessed partially in a predetermined range in the circumferential direction; a shape protruding toward an inner side of the tubular body; and a shape having a pair of tapered sections as viewed from the axial direction of the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Inao, Hidehiko Kuboshima, Hideomi Adachi, Kenta Yanazawa, Hiroyuki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10010693
    Abstract: A medical tube has a tube wall, a first end and a second end. At least one heater wire is wrapped around the wall. Near or at one of the first end or the second end, there is at least one recess in an outer surface of the wall. The heater wire passes over the at least one tube recess such that the wire does not contact the wall in the area of the tube recess. Also disclosed are methods of making the tube and components used in making the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: David John Sims
  • Patent number: 9995416
    Abstract: A flexible pipe body layer and method of producing a flexible pipe body layer are disclosed. The method includes coextruding an inner sub-layer and an outer sub-layer, wherein the inner sub-layer and outer sub-layer comprise a polymer, and wherein the inner sub-layer has a lower modulus of elasticity than the outer sub-layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Upul Shanthilal Fernando, Neville Dodds
  • Patent number: 9995422
    Abstract: The absorbing device includes a hollow enclosed chamber including two pot parts. Open ends of the pot parts are connectable to each other by welding or soldering. Each of the pot parts is integrally formed in an opposing end of an air-conditioning conduit, wherein open ends of the pot parts are oriented toward each other. Each of the pot parts is provided with a reduced passage opening interconnected with an internal space of the air-conditioning conduit via a tapered section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Tomas Hornik, Petr Czyz, Zdenek Vahalik
  • Patent number: 9958092
    Abstract: In a diaphragm bellows, diaphragms that follow one another are welded together alternately in region of their inner and outer edges. At least one guide part is provided for guiding on a surface of a rod passing through an inner through-opening in the diaphragm bellows or of a tube surrounding the diaphragm bellows. The at least one guide part is made of sheet metal and has a holding portion which, in the case of guiding on a rod, is located, in a region of an outer edge, between adjacent diaphragms and is welded to the adjacent diaphragms and, in the case of guiding on a tube, is located, in the region of an inner edge, between adjacent diaphragms and is welded to the adjacent diaphragms. The holding portion is connected to a guide portion for guiding on the surface of the rod or of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: VAT Holding AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Tatzreiter
  • Patent number: 9951728
    Abstract: An acoustic attenuator 20 for an engine booster such as a turbocharger 10 for an engine 4 is disclosed in which the acoustic attenuator 20 includes an attenuator chamber 28 in which is located at least one absorption media 140. The acoustic attenuator 20 is located adjacent an inlet port of the turbocharger 10 so as to attenuate any acoustic pressure waves by dissipative reaction with the absorption media 140 before they have chance to reach other components of a low pressure supply system 50 for the engine 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Will Ostler, Robert Andrew Leeson
  • Patent number: 9951894
    Abstract: A pipe component with an outer pipe element and at least one inner pipe element arranged inside the outer pipe element is provided. The outer pipe element is formed as a flexible pipe element with a plurality of projections, in particular corrugations, and/or at least one corrugated portion. On at least one point the outer pipe element and the at least one inner pipe element each have a projection pointing to the outside in a radial direction, wherein the outside of the projection of the at least one inner pipe element at least partly flatly rests against the inside of the projection of the outer pipe element or of another inner pipe element, so that by means of the projections a connection exists between the at least one inner pipe element and the outer pipe element. The invention furthermore relates to a method for manufacturing a pipe component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Senior IP GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Zeisberg, Stephan Hillebrand