Corrugated Patents (Class 138/121)
  • Patent number: 11898688
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to corrugated pipe, and more particularly to corrugated pipe with an outer wrap. In one embodiment, a pipe includes an axially extended bore defined by a corrugated outer wall having axially adjacent, outwardly-extending corrugation crests, separated by corrugation valleys. The pipe also includes an outer wrap applied to the outer wall. The outer wrap may include fibers and plastic. The outer wrap may span the corrugation crests producing a smooth outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill Russell Vanhoose, Nicholas James Piazza, Ronald Robert Vitarelli, Owen Michael Atchison, Tyler James Frost
  • Patent number: 11871955
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to articulatable surgical instruments and surgical systems comprising articulatable surgical instruments. Some embodiments comprise an end effector to comprising an ultrasonic blade. A hollow shaft may extend proximally from the end effector along a longitudinal axis. The hollow shaft may comprise a rigid portion and a flexible portion at a first position on the longitudinal axis distal from the rigid portion. A waveguide may extend through the shaft and may be acoustically coupled to the ultrasonic blade. The waveguide may comprise a flexible portion at the first position on the longitudinal axis such that the end effector is pivotable away from the longitudinal axis from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Foster B. Stulen, Zhifan F. Huang, Patrick A. Weizman, Steven P. Smolik, Carl J. Draginoff, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11867325
    Abstract: A hose arrangement (1) having a hose (2), which has at least one bending portion (3) and at least one plug-on portion (4), and at least one connection element (5) onto which the plug-on portion (4) can be or is plugged in a use position, a minimum inside diameter (6) of a cross section of the at least one bending portion (3) being matched to a minimum inside diameter (7) of a cross section of a connecting portion of the at least one connection element (5) or a minimum inside diameter (6) of a cross section of the at least one bending portion (3) not being greater, in particular being smaller, than a minimum inside diameter (7) of a cross section of a connecting portion of the at least one connection element (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventors: Jürgen Höppner, Daniel Oechsle, Holger Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 11796092
    Abstract: A double-wall spiral welded pipe includes a first steel belt layer and a second steel belt layer which have equal widths, are arranged in parallel and align with each other; at least two supporting steel bars perpendicular to the first steel belt layer and the second steel belt layer are arranged between the first steel belt layer and the second steel belt layer; the supporting steel bars are arranged on end parts of two sides of the first steel belt layer and the second steel belt layer and extend together with the first steel belt layer and the second steel belt layer; and the first steel belt layer, the second steel belt layer and the supporting steel bars on the end parts of the two sides are mutually welded to form a double-layer composite steel belt with a rectangular section in an extending direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: NANJING LIANZHONG ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Fujun Zhan
  • Patent number: 11737756
    Abstract: An implantable tissue connector comprises a conduit and at least one bulge extending outwardly from the conduit's outer surface in a circumferential direction. At least one blocking ring loosely fitting over the outer surface with a clearance between the outer surface and the blocking ring is provided for mounting tubular living tissue within the clearance. The blocking ring has an inner diameter which is sized relative to an outer diameter of the bulge to prevent the blocking ring from slipping over the bulge when living tissue is mounted within the clearance. During implantation, the conduit is inserted into the tubular part of living tissue and over the bulge. Then, the blocking ring is pushed over the free end of the living tissue against the bulge. The living tissue is secured to the conduit with a self-enhancing effect when the tissue tends to be pulled off of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 11742643
    Abstract: A corrugated tube includes a tube body having a tubular shape and configured to accommodate an electric wire inside, and a protection layer laminated on the inner circumferential surface of the tube body. The tube body has a bellows-shaped region having projections and recesses axially alternately continuous, and includes two circumferential ends circumferentially formed, and is circumferentially closed by the two circumferential ends facing each other. The protection layer is laminated in end regions corresponding to the two circumferential ends, respectively, of the inner circumferential surface, and has a hardness lower than the hardness of the tube body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaru Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 11703159
    Abstract: Provided herein is a fluid duct 2 comprising a tubular base wall 11 surrounding a duct channel and at least one bellows 10 formed along a section of the tubular base wall 11. The bellows 10 comprises a plurality of convolutes 12 having a profile 14 projecting radially from the base wall 11. At least one convolute 12 wraps around the duct channel at a wrap-around angle ? of between 180° and 720° from a first end 22a to a second end 22b of the convolute 12, said second end 22b being offset in a flow direction F parallel to a centerline C of the duct channel by a non-zero offset distance D from the first end 22a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: DuPont Polymers, Inc.
    Inventor: Michel C. Renaud
  • Patent number: 11655753
    Abstract: An intake system of an engine of a vehicle includes a turbocharger having an elbow configured to be connected to a compressor of the turbocharger. The elbow for the turbocharger includes: an inlet through which a first fluid is introduced; an outlet through which the first fluid is discharged; a passageway part extending between the inlet and the outlet; and a fusion part provided between the inlet and the outlet and configured to communicate with an inside of the passageway part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: JeongEui Kong, Hee Yong Choi, Jun Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 11649870
    Abstract: A vibration isolator includes a first conical disc spring member having a first end and a second end. A first-end spacer in contact with the first spring member first end, and a second-end spacer in contact with the first spring member second end. A second conical disc spring member has a first end and a second end. The second spring member first end is in contact with the first-end spacer. Another second-end spacer is in contact with the second spring member second end. A flexible housing of the isolator defines an interior. The housing is in contact with and extends between the second-end spacer and the other second-end spacer so that the first-end spacer and the first and second spring members are received in the housing interior. The housing includes a plurality of spaced-apart through holes formed therealong between the second-end spacer and the other second-end spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
    Inventors: Paul A. Gilmore, Umesh N. Gandhi, Ryohei Tsuruta, Brian J. Pinkelman
  • Patent number: 11583653
    Abstract: Distinctly keyed male-female couplers are pneumatically connected to medical ventilator by distinct lines carrying pulsatile gas or sensory signals. Ventilator-mounted female coupler has entranceway cavity and larger receiving cavity delimited by catch edge. Male fence-forming longitudinal winglets extend from sealing plate carry terminal end convexities which latch onto catch edge. Winglets move inward due to larger fence circumference than entranceway and seat on catch. Winglets placed in tension due to locking length less than entranceway span, then convert force into sealing compressive force between sealing plate and female tube end. Conjoining male tube bayoneted and sheathed by projecting female tube, resulting in another gas seal. Two compressive seals formed between male distal port and pneumatic line. Extending male key(s) on winglet insertable into matching female slots. Convexities block insertion of non-matching couplers set due to interference by convexities on female on entranceway edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: PERCUSSIONAIRE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark John Baillie, Shawn Adam Goughnour, Chad Thomas Nuxoll
  • Patent number: 11543056
    Abstract: A tube includes a corrugated metal tubular member; and a first covering part that covers the outside of the tubular member, and forms a braided structure using a resin string member of which at least a part is covered by a metal having lower electrical resistance than that of a metal forming the tubular member. The tube can also include a third covering part made of an insulating resin arranged between the tubular member and the first covering part, and covers the tubular member, wherein the first covering part covers the third covering part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Mori, Yoshinori Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11535415
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the invention, there is shown a bottle having a plurality of shoulder faceted sections and a plurality of bottom faceted section positioned into the shoulder and lower well of the bottle respectively. A triangulated cylinder is formed into the bottle by having pairs of obtuse triangles with a shared side of the triangles located opposite their obtuse angles forming polygons around the triangulated cylinder and in a number of rows between the shoulder and lower well of the bottle. The body of the bottle is made of a material configured to allow the bottle to be compressible and expandable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Berlin Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Nathan Garfield, Katrina Marie Epperson, Nora Kathleen Flood
  • Patent number: 11478127
    Abstract: A polymeric device including: an elongated hollow tube having an outer surface; and a spiral fin wound around the outer surface of the hollow tube; wherein the hollow tube and the spiral fin are formed of a single unitary piece through a molding process. The polymeric device can further include a longitudinal projection projecting from the outer surface of the hollow tube, the longitudinal projection having a greater thickness than other portions of the hollow tube and the longitudinal projection extending at least a portion of a longitudinal length of the hollow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert E. Ailinger, David Gately, Matthew S. Carlone
  • Patent number: 11479087
    Abstract: A cooling structure of a vehicle battery unit includes: a plurality of battery modules; a plurality of battery cooling units; a supply pipe; a discharge pipe; and a battery case. The supply pipe includes a supply pipe portion which passes between the at least two battery modules arranged in the vehicle width direction and connects the plurality of battery cooling units. The discharge pipe includes a discharge pipe portion which passes between the at least two battery modules arranged in the vehicle width direction and connects the plurality of battery cooling unit. The supply pipe portion and the discharge pipe portion have bellows pipe portions which are made of resin and can be expanded or contracted in the front-rear direction and curved pipe portions which are made of resin and bend in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Yamagishi, Michihisa Tsutsumi
  • Patent number: 11408381
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pipe component (10) having a pipe (11) between two end regions (14, 18), which comprises a fold package (30). The fold package (30) has at least one first fold region (32) having first folds (40) which extend around an outer circumference (24) of the pipe (11). The fold package (30) has at least one second fold region (34, 36) having second folds (42) which extend part of the way around the outer circumference (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Sinkemat, Roland Welpe
  • Patent number: 11376450
    Abstract: The invention relates to an oxygen supply device with an oxygen source and with at least one oxygen mask, said oxygen mask beings conductively connectable to the oxygen source via a connection conduit. At least a section of the connection conduit between the oxygen mask and the oxygen source is formed by a film tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: B/E AEROSPACE SYSTEM GMBH
    Inventor: Detlev Degenhardt
  • Patent number: 11358849
    Abstract: A device for distributing fluid media for a rotary machine, in particular a filling machine, including: a rotary distributor having a non-rotatably designed first assembly and a second assembly designed to be rotatable about a machine's axis of rotation, wherein the first assembly comprises one or several supply points for at least one fluid medium, and one or several supply lines for the at least one fluid medium connected with the supply point or supply points, wherein at least one supply line includes two or more lying swivel joints whose axes of rotation are arranged essentially in parallel to the machine's axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Georg Würzbauer, Christopher Wittmann
  • Patent number: 11333142
    Abstract: There is disclosed a hollow tube body used for a liquid feeding member and deformable by pressurization, wherein: an axial cross-section of the tube body has two opposing long side parts and two opposing short side parts; four corner portions formed by the long side parts and the short side parts each have a shape curved to protrude outward; each of the long side parts has a recessed part recessed inward and continuing from the corner portions; and a portion other than the corner portions of each of the short side parts is in a flat shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Daisuke Ishimaru, Katsuya Hashimoto, Yasuhiro Takaki
  • Patent number: 11309178
    Abstract: The invention provides treatment systems useful to treat microelectronic workpieces with one or more treatment fluids dispensed onto a workpieces from one or more nozzle assemblies. The nozzle assemblies are easily moveable and positionable to change distance and/or angle of nozzle orientation relative to the substrates being treated. The nozzle assemblies are easily and quickly adjustable on demand. Adjustment may be manual or automated. The present invention is based at least in part upon coupling the nozzle directly or indirectly to a flexible bellows. As the bellows is flexed up or down or tilted, etc., the nozzle is moved in a corresponding manner. For example, the nozzle outlet can be moved closer or further away from the surface of the substrate being processed. The angle of the nozzle assembly, and hence the angle of the spray dispensed from the nozzle, with respect to the substrate can also be altered if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TEL MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Siefering
  • Patent number: 11221094
    Abstract: A corrugated tube with a plurality of wave valleys and wave crests, which are alternately arranged in a longitudinal direction of the corrugated tube, and a plurality of wave flanks, which connect the wave valleys and the wave crests to each other, wherein each wave flank comprises a first wave flank section, a second wave flank section, and a bending section arranged between the first wave flank section and the second wave flank section, and wherein the bending section is elastically deformed during bending of the corrugated tube such that the first wave flank section is swiveled in relation to the second wave flank section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventor: Van Ngoc Chu
  • Patent number: 11143335
    Abstract: A flexible hose assembly includes a length of tubular hose formed from a spiral-wrapped layer of polymer material. A helical stiffener is disposed on an outer surface of the tubular hose. The helical stiffener comprises an elastomer material that is configured to bond or adhere to the polymer material of the tubular hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Bryce A. Vandyke
  • Patent number: 11137193
    Abstract: A cryogenic cooling apparatus includes: a vacuum container; a first bellows connected to a peripheral portion of an opening provided in the vacuum container; a flange provided at a tip of the first bellows on a side opposite to the opening of the vacuum container and configured to fix a refrigerator; a first sleeve connected to a peripheral edge portion of an opening of the flange, into which the refrigerator is inserted, and configured to form a first accommodation space; a first heat-transfer block provided at a tip of the first sleeve on a side opposite to the flange and thermally connected to the first cooling object by being brought into contact with a first cooling block of the refrigerator; and a second bellows formed in a part of the first sleeve and configured to expand or contract the accommodation space depending on the refrigerator inserted into the accommodation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko Takahashi, Hayato Nezuka
  • Patent number: 11112036
    Abstract: A multi-layer flexible hose is described comprising a multi-layered structure that has an inner, hollow tube comprising PTFE and an outer layer. The inner PTFE tube is provided so as to extend within the outer layer. The assembly further comprises another sleeve comprising steel braiding that is positioned between the inner PTFE tube and the outer layer. In addition to this, the hose further comprises a coating or layer of intumescent material that is provided between the steel braiding sleeve and the outer layer. A method for forming the hose is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: HS MARSTON AEROSPACE LIMITED
    Inventors: Berwyn Owain Pollard, Stephen Whalley
  • Patent number: 11077605
    Abstract: The tube is stretchable. The tube is stretched by applying tension in a longitudinal direction. The tube returns to its short state by releasing the above-described tension applied in the longitudinal direction. A plurality of protrusions are formed on an inner surface of the tube. Each of the plurality of protrusions extends in a circumferential direction. The plurality of protrusions are arranged side by side in the longitudinal direction of the tube. A pitch of the protrusions is less than or equal to 1.5 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuru Iwata, Kouji Tonohara
  • Patent number: 11052215
    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 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: David John Sims
  • Patent number: 10995654
    Abstract: The transparent radiator hose is configured for use with the engine cooling system of a vehicle. The transparent radiator hose diagnoses the interchange of the cooling fluid pumped through the engine cooling system with a system fluid selected from the group consisting of the engine oil, the transmission fluid, and the power steering fluid. The transparent radiator hose comprises a modified radiator hose, a plurality of tracer dyes and an ultraviolet lamp. Each tracer dye is a fluorescent compound. There is a one to one relationship between the plurality of tracer dyes and the group consisting of the engine oil, the transmission fluid, and the power steering fluid. The modified radiator hose transports the cooling fluid used to cool the combustion engine. The modified radiator hose is partially transparent such that the cooling fluid can be seen through the modified radiator hose. The ultraviolet lamp generates ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Garrett Woodgrift
  • Patent number: 10996005
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat exchanger tube having a tube longitudinal axis, wherein fins extend continuously from the tube wall on the tube outer face and/or the tube inner face, or extend axially parallel thereto or in the form of a helix. Continuously extending primary grooves are formed between adjacent fins, said fins have at least one structured area on the tube outer face and/or tube inner face, and the structured area has a plurality of projections of a projection height projecting from the surface, the projections being separated by notches. According to the invention, a plurality of projections are deformed relative one another in pairs to such an extent that cavities are formed between adjacent projections. Furthermore, according to the invention, a plurality of projections are deformed in the direction of the tube wall such that cavities are formed between a respective projection and the tube wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: WIELAND-WERKE AG
    Inventors: Achim Gotterbarm, Ronald Lutz, Jean El Hajal, Manfred Knab
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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