Corrugated Patents (Class 138/121)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 9951891
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for making a multilayer composite pipe. The multilayer composite pipe comprises an innermost layer (2) made of plastic. The pipe has a seamless metal layer (4) or a metal layer (4) having an axial, non-overlapping seam. The outer surface of the metal layer is treated for changing its outer appearance. There-after a transparent outermost layer (8) is provided on the outer surface of the metal layer. The structure of the pipe is such that the pipe can be permanently bent to certain angles without significant spring back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Uponor Innovation AB
    Inventors: Ralf Winterstein, Stephan Muller
  • Patent number: 9920598
    Abstract: An umbilical (2) has a center tube (4) that is a steel tube, and that the cross section of the center tube (4) at the extremity of the umbilical (2) is made corrugated on a length that extends substantially from the extremity to a distance from the extremity so that fatigue strain on non corrugated parts of the steel tube is avoided when the extremity of the umbilical (2) is inserted into a bend stiffener (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NEXANS
    Inventor: Sjur Kristian Lund
  • Patent number: 9897235
    Abstract: A pipe (10) for conveying a fluid, including an inner sheath (20), at least one layer (34, 36) of inner armors, arranged outside the inner sheath (20) and an outer protection sheath (22), positioned outside each layer (34, 36) of inner armors. It includes an inner fluid, received between the inner sheath (20) and the outer sheath (22). The pipe includes an intermediate polymer sheath (24), interposed between the inner sheath (20) and the outer sheath (22), the intermediate sheath (24) and the inner sheath (20) delimiting an inner annular space (26) between them for receiving the inner fluid. The inner fluid is confined in the inner annular space (26) at a pressure above 50 bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventors: Alexandre Damiens, Edouard Lecointe
  • Patent number: 9897052
    Abstract: A hose assembly 20 for engine intake air comprises a hose 22 having connection regions 22a, 22b at first and second ends of the hose and an axially compressible and extendable bellows region 22c disposed between the two connection regions. In the invention, an inextensible inner tube 24 is disposed within the hose 22 which has a gas-impermeable wall. The inner tube 24 has first and second ends 24a, 24b that seal, respectively, against the first and second connection regions 22a, 22b of the hose when the bellows region is compressed. At least one of the first and second ends of the inner tube 24a separates from the adjacent connection region 22a of the hose 22 when the bellows region 22c is extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Silvio Natali, Fabio Pescione, Luca Boschi, Stefano Nicola Carrara
  • Patent number: 9872967
    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: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: David John Sims, Enrico Alvarez Garcia, Peter Kenneth Graham
  • Patent number: 9869410
    Abstract: A buckling pattern steel pipe for being buried in ground in which flexure occurs includes: a steel pipe straight portion; and a buckling pattern portion. The buckling pattern portion is in a shape expressed by a sine wave determined based on: a buckling wavelength which is 2.05 to 4.32 times a compression local buckling half wavelength expressed by 1.72?(r·T); and a crest height expressed by a value 8.00 to 16.25 times a pipe thickness of the steel pipe straight pipe portion, and the buckling pattern portion absorbs bending compression deformation caused by faulting of the ground and axial compression deformation caused by the flexure so as to avoid deformation of the steel pipe straight pipe portion, where r is a pipe thickness center radius of the steel pipe straight pipe portion and T is the pipe thickness of the steel pipe straight pipe portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: JFE ENGINEERING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Hasegawa, Toshio Imai, Hiroshi Nagamine, Hayato Nakazono
  • Patent number: 9868192
    Abstract: A combination is disclosed that includes: a shipping box containing a light fixture globe and base, the base having two mounting apertures, each having a slot contiguous thereto, with the width of the slots being smaller than the mounting apertures; a mounting bracket for mounting the base to a junction box; two screws for attaching the mounting bracket to the junction box; two mounting screws for mounting the base to the mounting bracket, with each mounting screw having a head larger than the width of the slot; and an elongated tool that is made of a flexible material, is hollow at one end, and can frictionally engage a mounting screw's head when the mounting screw is forced head-first into the hollow end to the point only its tip end protrudes from the elongated tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Bruce Young Arnold
  • Patent number: 9863568
    Abstract: This dampening device comprises a body defining a chamber and presenting at least one orifice intended for the inlet and the outlet of the fluid in the chamber. The dampening device further comprises i) a dampening member located in the chamber and comprising at least one foam with closed cells, and ii) a holding member configured to hold the dampening member in place. The dampening device being characterized in that at least one foam has a porosity comprised between 50% and 98%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: MGI COUTIER
    Inventors: Marc Novellani, Peter Faulstroh, Pierre Laurent
  • Patent number: 9862127
    Abstract: A method for producing an insulated pipe in corrugated casing (100) comprising the steps of: covering an inner pipe assembly (105) comprising at least one inner pipe (101) with a film (106); dispensing an expandable insulation material (102) in a liquid state between the inner pipe assembly (105) and the film (106) thereby preparing an initial pipe assembly (107) comprising a layer of expanding insulation material (102a) positioned between the film (106) and the inner pipe assembly (105); extruding a layer of outer casing (104) onto the initial pipe assembly (105) before the insulation material has expanded completely, thereby creating a still expanding insulated pipe assembly (118); and leading the still expanding insulated pipe assembly (118) through a corrugator (205) having an inner corrugated surface giving the casing (104) a corrugated shape as the at least one layer of expanding insulation material (118) continues to expand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: LOGSTOR A/S
    Inventors: Thomas Bronnum, Martin Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9844921
    Abstract: Aspects of this disclosure can be used to implement a braided cover comprising a plurality of left handed fibers and a plurality of right-handed fibers braided into a hollow tube of fabric. Such a braided cover may be adapted to form a plurality of annular ridges and annular valleys along the longitudinal length of the braided cover when compressed from an extended length to a compressed length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ragner Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Dean Ragner
  • Patent number: 9822502
    Abstract: An energy absorbing apparatus is provided and includes an outer shell having opposed ends, left and right side walls and a hollow core. The shell further includes a plurality of longitudinally spaced apart fold points positioned on the left and right side walls at a height which substantially corresponds to a center of gravity of a road vehicle where the fold points facilitate a controlled folding of the side walls and at least part of the shell, at or around, the fold points, during an end on impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: VALMONT HIGHWAY TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Dallas Rex James
  • Patent number: 9822916
    Abstract: An expansion compensator having a longitudinal axis, and having an elongate metal conduit with first and second spaced apart ends and an expansion/contraction section, an inner plastic liner positioned interior of the elongate metal conduit and having an expansion/contraction section and an interior volume extending from the first end to the second end, wherein each of the elongate metal conduit and the inner plastic liner have a stiffness along the longitudinal axis, and the stiffness of the elongate metal conduit is greater than the stiffness of the inner plastic liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 9821475
    Abstract: A robotic actuator comprises a mass manufactured bellows, wherein the mass manufactured bellows allows a volume change by localized bending, and wherein the mass manufactured bellows is formed from a material that has a higher strength in at least two axes relative to at most one other axis, and an end effector, wherein the end effector is coupled to the manufactured bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: OTHER LAB, LLC
    Inventors: Peter S. Lynn, Saul Griffith, Kevin Albert
  • Patent number: 9822462
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for the electrochemical processing of components, having at least one electrode and at least one electrode holder, with which the electrode is movably mounted. The device comprises at least one optical measurement system for determining the position of the electrode. Also disclosed is a method for the electrochemical processing of a component, in particular with such a device, in which the electrode is moved during the electrochemical processing, the position of the electrode being detected by means of an optical measurement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: MTU AERO ENGINES AG
    Inventors: Roland Huttner, Wilhelm Satzger
  • Patent number: 9809968
    Abstract: A corrugated thermoplastic leaching chamber has sidewall louvers that define sidewall slot openings. Each louver comprises an outward extending canopy, a cap integral with the outer end of the canopy, having a down slope greater than the slope of the canopy, and a preferably concave fence at the inner end of the canopy, for inhibiting ingress of soil. The chamber may be made by first thermoforming sheet material, preferably two-layer PET plastic sheet to the shape of the chamber, followed by mechanically cutting and deforming the sidewall, to create the opening and the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: INFILTRATOR WATER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Paul R Holbrook, Roy E Moore, Jr., Bryan A Coppes
  • Patent number: 9808938
    Abstract: The invention concerns a lifting tube as well as a vacuum lifting device with such a lifting tube. The lifting tube has a tube wall extending about a lengthwise axis and enclosing a tube interior, while the lifting tube can be reversibly deformed along its lengthwise axis into an elongated configuration and, with reduction of the tube interior, a contracted configuration. The tube wall has a plurality of outer crease lines, along which the tube wall can buckle to produce the contracted configuration, while the outer crease lines run obliquely to each other so that, when deformed into the contracted configuration, the tube wall experiences a torsion about the lengthwise axis in some sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: J. Schmalz GmbH
    Inventors: Jonas Mast, Jonathan Kohler
  • Patent number: 9765909
    Abstract: An expandable and contractible hose, the hose includes a segmented tubular wall circumscribing an interior. The segmented tubular wall is made up of a plurality of contiguous segments. Each contiguous segment expands along the length of the hose with the application of pressure from within. A bias holds the contiguous segments in a collapsed state when no pressure is applied from within the interior. A pressurized fluid passing within the interior overcomes the bias and causes the contiguous segments to expand into an expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas William David Ashcroft
  • Patent number: 9765509
    Abstract: An arch-shaped corrugated chamber having corrugation peaks and valleys, with reinforcing ribs provided on the corrugation peaks. The ribs extend upwardly from a chamber base to a rib upper end, and have an arch-shaped cross-section with an outer surface extending outwardly from a corrugation peak and a fin extending inwardly from the corrugation peak, and optionally, a rib line provided on the rib outer surface centered on the rib arch-shaped cross-section. A channel formed by the inner surface of the rib is sized to receive a corresponding rib of a second chamber so that multiple similar chambers with ribs may be stacked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Robert J. DiTullio
  • Patent number: 9737304
    Abstract: A seal element for sealing between tissue lumens includes a first material for allowing tissue ingrowth and a second sealant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael J. Bettuchi, David N. Fowler, Ahmad Robert Hadba, Christopher J. Criscuolo, John J. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9731664
    Abstract: A corrugated tube made of resin includes outer grooved portions and outer ridged portions which are formed in a circumferential direction when the corrugated tube is seen from the outside. The outer grooved portions and the outer ridged portions continuously alternate in a tube-axial direction. Inner ridged portions and inner grooved portions are formed on an inner surface of the corrugated tube so as to respectively conform to the shapes of the outer grooved portions and the outer ridged portions. A cushioning portion is formed on the inner surface of the corrugated tube, and has hardness softer than that of a covering outer surface of one or multiple conductive paths accommodated in the corrugated tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiro Fukuda, Hiroshi Ichikawa, Kazuya Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9708806
    Abstract: Drainage body surface units are known with conical spacer elements which are connected together via a base. The spacer elements have casing surfaces which run undulating in cross-section, comprising successive wave peaks and wave troughs. In order to guarantee as high a strength as possible with as little material usage as possible, a construction is proposed in which the wave peaks transform into the wave troughs via transitional regions, wherein the transitional regions have a smaller material thickness than the wave troughs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Arne Meincke