Sectional Patents (Class 138/157)
  • Patent number: 10590646
    Abstract: An outer shell for a composite building panel includes a tongue and correspondingly shaped groove formed on opposite side edges thereof for interlocking like panels to form a wall. The tongue extends outwardly from the side edge of the panel and has a forward portion with parallel sides which are straight and parallel to a central plane of the panel. The tongue has an intermediate portion that tapers outwardly from the parallel sides toward a side face of the panel. The tongue has a rearward portion with parallel sides. Inner faces of the groove are configured for close engagement of the forward and rearward portions of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: WALL TECHNOLOGIES PTY LTD.
    Inventor: David Visser
  • Patent number: 10583987
    Abstract: A wear resistant funnel sheet element for a material guide chute includes first and second edges located at a tapered angle from each other. Interlinking fastening features are provided in order to mate the respective edges of at least one of the wear resistant funnel sheets to form a funnel element. The sheet element may be a molded flat piece of a rubber material, which serves as an interchangeable wear part on a material guide chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AB
    Inventors: Adrien Henssien, Mats Malmberg
  • Patent number: 10545001
    Abstract: A heat exchange device includes a center manifold disposed between a first and second section, each of the first and second sections including flow passages configured for heat exchange between heat exchange fluid within the flow passages and fluid external of the flow passages. Each of the flow passages have a first end and a second end, and wherein adjacent ends of adjacent flow passages direct fluid flow in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory K. Schwalm
  • Patent number: 10527261
    Abstract: A cross member of a T bar ceiling system is designed to be part of the ceiling grid system and adapted to releasably receive a strip light beneath the cross T member. The strip light provides support flanges beneath the T member for supporting a ceiling panel edge at the conventional height. With this arrangement the grid system can be installed in the normal manner with these cross T's at positions where strip lights are to be secured. The strip lights can be installed at a later point in time. Preferably a push type releasable connection is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald White, Martin Daniel Gerkes
  • Patent number: 10377407
    Abstract: A vehicle component includes a first volume of phase change material and a second volume of phase change material spaced apart from the first volume of phase change material. The first volume of phase change material contains a greater mass of phase change material than the second volume of phase change material. The component also includes a thermally-conductive structure in direct contact with both the first volume of phase change material and the second volume of phase change material, so as to facilitate heat transfer between the first volume of phase change material and the second volume of phase change material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Pinkelman, Umesh N. Gandhi, Shailesh Joshi
  • Patent number: 10294855
    Abstract: An air-to-air charge air cooler for cooling air supplied to an internal combustion engine includes a tube assembly including a plurality of tubes extending in a longitudinal direction. The plurality of tubes is arranged adjacent to one another. Each of the plurality of tubes includes an inlet to receive airflow and an outlet to output airflow. A turbulator is arranged in at least one of the plurality of tubes, the turbulator having a pitch defined in a direction transverse to airflow through the tube. The pitch varies in at least one of a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jared J. Keyes, Andrew G. Morse
  • Patent number: 10220571
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a plug-in connector, and to a plug-in connector comprising a first tubular component and a second tubular component, and also a first connection geometry and a second connection geometry. A method for producing a plug-in connector is to be made available that permits an easier modification of the relative angle between the longitudinal axes of the two components in the finished plug-in connector. To this end, the two connection geometries are arranged in a connection plane inclined with respect to the longitudinal axes, such that the relative angle between the longitudinal axes can be modified by rotating the components. After a relative angle has been selected, the two connection geometries are connected by integral bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NORMA Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Mann, Viktor Stoll, Christoph Steinkamp
  • Patent number: 10214161
    Abstract: A wire housing protector in which a locking mechanism includes an elastic projecting piece provided in a lid with an engagement protrusion on an outer surface of its leading end, and an elastic projecting piece insertion portion that is provided in a side wall of the protector body, and includes an engagement portion that engages with the engagement protrusion, contact surfaces include first engagement surfaces that each extend from the side wall side of the protector body toward a side to which the engagement protrusion protrudes, second engagement surfaces that extend from end portions of the first engagement surfaces toward the lid side, and third engagement surfaces that extend from end portions of the second engagement surfaces toward the side to which the engagement protrusion protrudes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryo Suenaga
  • Patent number: 10195937
    Abstract: Methods and systems for modular fuel storage and transportation are provided. In an embodiment, a fuel storage system includes one or more fuel containers each supported by a fuel container support assembly. The fuel storage system may be mounted to a transportation device such as a vehicle or used in a stand-alone fashion. Each support assembly may include a plurality of detachable end support members such as end support members configured to support the end portions of the fuel container and side support members configured to support the body portion of the fuel container. Some of the end support members may include neck grooves such that when the end support members are coupled, the neck grooves form an enclosure around the neck portion of the fuel container. In an embodiment, the support assembly is configured to facilitate release of excess pressure in the fuel container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Agility Fuel Systems LLC
    Inventors: Todd Sloan, Chris Forsberg, Jason Laycock, David Cate, Yoshio Coy, Amir Mahani
  • Patent number: 10181675
    Abstract: Electrical outlet plug strips are positioned at the underside of a kitchen cabinet or cabinets. The plug strips include covers which are designed to shield or cover the gaps between adjacent plug strips and to shield or cover support members positioned at the bottoms of adjacent cabinets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10119473
    Abstract: Components are disclosed which include a first component section and a second component section joined to form a hollow structure defining a plenum having an interior surface, wherein the component sections each include mating ridges joined together along the length of the plenum, and a corrosion-resistant cladding layer including a corrosion-resistant material overlaying the interior surface of the plenum. In one embodiment, the component is a gas turbine combustor fuel manifold. A method of forming the components includes applying corrosion-resistant segments including a corrosion-resistant material to each of the surfaces of the component sections, and joining the component sections to form the component, wherein joining the component sections includes fusing the corrosion-resistant segments into the corrosion-resistant cladding layer, and joining the mating ridges of the component sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dechao Lin, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Xiaoxue Diao, Nicholas Thomas
  • Patent number: 10011962
    Abstract: A method of enlarging the space beneath a masonry arch bridge which includes a masonry arch and a spandrel wall at each end of the masonry arch includes forming a movable portion of the masonry arch bridge by cutting the spandrel walls to form a cut on each side of the masonry arch. A lifting force is applied to the masonry arch to raise the masonry arch to a raised position. The masonry arch is then secured in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Soletanche Freyssinet S.A.S.
    Inventors: Kevin John Bennett, William John Harvey
  • Patent number: 9964236
    Abstract: A modular conduit system is provided which includes at least one longitudinally extending shell component including an interior wall and an exterior wall, a first longitudinally extending edge, a second opposed longitudinally extending edge, an engagement tab located adjacent the first longitudinal edge, an engagement slot located adjacent the second longitudinally extending edge, the engagement slot having an enlarged portion and a narrow portion, the enlarged portion configured to receive an engagement tab from another longitudinally extending shell, the narrow portion configured to interfere with removal of the tab in a direction transverse to the slot. The longitudinally extending shells are combinable to form a conduit member which are themselves combinable to form a longitudinally extending array of conduit members. Swiveling elbow joints may be inserted between conduit members to provide changes in direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SPECTRUM CATALYST
    Inventors: Michael Plunkett, Martin Pelchat, Thomas Craig
  • Patent number: 9856646
    Abstract: A long, hollow, multiple sided profile device where at least one of the sides is provided with a bolthole, and where at least one of the sides of the profile is provided with a bolt opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Øglaend System AS
    Inventors: Arne Gya, Tor William Hoyvik
  • Patent number: 9850647
    Abstract: A molded plastic arch shape cross section stormwater chamber having a corrugated wall comprises separately molded half chambers which are connected by coupling features at a joint region at the top of the chamber, which coupling feature optionally includes at least one locking rod running lengthwise in proximity to the joint region. Preferably, the half chambers are made in the same mold and modified so they are mirror images of each other. The half chambers may be compactly stored and transported in nested condition. Near the point of use, the chambers may be assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: INFOLTRATOR WATER TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Bryan A. Coppes, Paul R. Holbrook
  • Patent number: 9825448
    Abstract: An electrical raceway assembly including a substrate engaging member having an upper region, an intermediate region, a lower region, an inner surface and an outer surface; a signage engaging member having an upper region, an intermediate region, a lower region, an inner surface and an outer surface; wherein the upper region of the substrate engaging member and the upper region of the signage engaging member are releasably secured to each other; and wherein the lower region of the substrate engaging member includes a segment that regulates positioning of the lower region of the signage engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Clayton Dean VanVolkinburg
  • Patent number: 9726396
    Abstract: A universal line components duct elbow (universal elbow) accommodates a variety of condensate tanks. The universal elbow includes an elbow base, an elbow cover, and an interface clip. The interface clip is releasably connected to the bottom wall and sidewalls of the elbow base and adapted for supporting a condensate tank within the universal elbow. In order to releasably connect the interface clip to the bottom wall of the elbow base, the bottom wall of the elbow base includes an elbow base/clip securing structure that engages a complementary clip/elbow base securing structure on one side of the interface clip. In order to secure the condensate tank within the universal elbow, the interface clip has a clip/tank securing structure on the opposite side that engages the structure of the condensate tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Diversitech Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Sjogren
  • Patent number: 9601911
    Abstract: A wire harness includes a first conductive path, a second conductive path, a first exterior member having a tubular shape and accommodating the first conductive path, and a second exterior member having a tubular shape and accommodating the second conductive path. An exterior accommodating groove is formed in a wall of the first exterior member. The exterior accommodating groove is recessed inward of the first exterior member. The second exterior member is accommodated in the exterior accommodating groove so as to be parallel to the first exterior member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yoshida, Hideomi Adachi, Yasuhiko Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9574592
    Abstract: A composite sandwich shell edge joint includes an outboard buildup pad, an inboard buildup pad spaced-apart and adjacent to the outboard buildup pad, an outboard face sheet extending from the outboard buildup pad, an inboard face sheet extending from the inboard buildup pad, bridging plies connecting the outboard buildup pad and the inboard buildup pad and at least one barrel nut installed in the buildup pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Leslie Hand, Douglas A. McCarville
  • Patent number: 9517499
    Abstract: A forming apparatus includes a work surface and three die members movable relative to the work surface for bending a sheet metal flashing member to form an S-shaped end joint known as an S-lock or slip lock joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph T. Marshall
  • Patent number: 9358937
    Abstract: A wire harness includes a wire bundle and a sheathing member covering the wire bundle and configured from a nonwoven member that has been hot-pressed. The sheathing member includes a plurality of path regulators along each of an extension direction and a circumference direction of the wire bundle, the path regulators being capable of regulating a path of a long member to be arranged along a surface of the sheathing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Matsuda, Takaaki Fukui
  • Patent number: 9356436
    Abstract: A telecommunications cable management system includes trough elements including a planar top surface and sides for cable routing and management. The trough elements are made from separate parts assembled together with a mating arrangement. The mating arrangement allows assembly of the system on site, such as by snapping the parts together. The trough elements are then assembled together to form the cable management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Yilmaz Bayazit, Derek Sayres, Tom Tinucci, David E. Rapp
  • Patent number: 9336758
    Abstract: A drum includes a drum shell having a first drum shell segment and a separate, second drum shell segment. The drum shell segments each including a hollow cylindrical member having a rim, a protrusion formed in an upper surface of the rim, and an annular groove formed in a lower surface of the rim. The protrusion of the first drum shell segment is received in the groove of the second drum shell segment so that the drum shell segments are in axially stacked relation. A first hoop mounts a first drum skin to the drum shell. Tensioning structure is constructed and arranged to removably secure the drum shell to the first hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Pearl Musical Instrument Co.
    Inventor: Akito Takegawa
  • Patent number: 9328568
    Abstract: A casing centralizer and method according to which a body covers at least a portion of a frame. In an exemplary embodiment, the body is overmolded around the frame. In an exemplary embodiment, the casing centralizer centralizes a casing within a wellbore to facilitate oil and gas exploration and production operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Top-Co Cementing Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory James Alexander Andrigo
  • Patent number: 8950051
    Abstract: A telecommunications cable management system includes a planar base element including a planar top surface and side edges. Side elements are mounted with a mating arrangement to the base element. The side elements may include one or more of the following: upstanding wall portions, side exits extending horizontally, and downspouts. The base elements and the upstanding wall portions may have a continuous cross-section, and can be cut to the desired length for the cable management system. The downspout and side exit elements may also include multiple components wherein a central section of each can be cut to the desired width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Kampf, Mathew D. Ferris, Joel T. Fisher, Timothy J. Haataja, Brian L. Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Alex Watts
  • Patent number: 8875744
    Abstract: A structural component system for containing a hot fluid, e.g., petroleum product, and methods to dissipate heat build-up in the structural component is disclosed. In one embodiment, the structural component is a composite pipe for carrying a hot fluid, e.g., petroleum products. The system comprises a protective sheath disposed around the structural component and forms an air space between the structural component and the sheath. The sheath has at least two gaps on its surface, with the gaps being sufficiently spaced apart to allow air flowing through the air space from one gap to another to dissipate heat build-up from the hot fluid contained within the structural component. In one embodiment, an intumescent material is applied near the gaps, which material expands when heated to a temperature in a fire to effectively close the gaps and protect the structural component from the fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Jaan Taagepera, Edwin Hall Niccolls
  • Patent number: 8783297
    Abstract: System for pipeline rehabilitation. The system includes repairing a leak in a pipe using a pair of substantially semi-cylindrical parts connected through a compliant joint. When the parts are compressed, the semi-cylindrical parts form a cylinder whose outside diameter is less than the inside diameter of a pipe with a defect thereby allowing the cylinder to be inserted into the pipe at a location of a leak. Once in place, the parts engage the inside surface of the pipe when the compression is released thereby to seal the leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Muhammad A. Hawwa, Kamal Youcef-Toumi
  • Patent number: 8607826
    Abstract: Interlocking bend limiter sections are substantially mirror images of each other and are joined to form an interlocking bend limiter segment without use of fasteners by engaging engaging each other's interlocking ends. An interlocking bend limiter comprises a plurality of interlocking bend limiter segment secured at an end by an end piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Krohn, Nghia K. Vuong
  • Patent number: 8590577
    Abstract: A ductmaking apparatus bends a metal web to form a duct blank having a lock seam with male and female portions. Prior to shearing off the duct blank, the apparatus bends the web to form a lock tab that secures the lock seam during subsequent handling of the duct blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Mestek Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Borwig, John Welty
  • Patent number: 8561448
    Abstract: A flanged duct blank has a male part defined by lead notches formed at each side of a leading end and has a female part defined by trail notches formed at each side of a trailing end. The male part includes a lock tab. The female part includes a leg part and a Z-bend. The Z-bend includes a leg part and a gap. The duct blank is repeatedly clamped and bent by a pivoting wiper to form a duct portion. The pivoting wiper includes a clench tool that has a retractable rib and a retractable roller. With the lock tab inserted into the Z-bend and the retractable rib engaged with the Z-bend, the retractable roller clenches the leg part over the lock tab to lock the male and female parts together in a duct seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Mestek Machinery, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. Borwig
  • Publication number: 20130248039
    Abstract: A thermally insulating protection element for piping, including a hollow body with an open concavity and having a wall. The wall includes at least one rigid positioning and/or support platform designed to accommodate the fastening of technical equipment to be associated with the protection element. The element is designed to not only insulate piping, but also to constitute a direct device for supporting and fastening technical equipment such as a sensing line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Daher Aerospace
    Inventor: Remi Bourlart
  • Publication number: 20130092279
    Abstract: New methods of manufacturing coiled tubing result in increased useful life of the coiled tubing string by creating an enhanced strip-to-strip weld zone having load bearing and/or fatigue resistance properties substantially equal to or greater than the load bearing and/or fatigue resistance properties of the strip base material. The enhanced weld zone is transition into the nominal tubing to reduce stress concentration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: QUALITY TUBING, INC.
    Inventors: David L. Daniel, William D. Van Arnam, III, Danny J. Dennis, Kevin J. Elliot, Clayton D. Hargis
  • Patent number: 8307857
    Abstract: An insulation assembly for use with an APU having an exhaust muffler is disclosed herein. The insulation assembly includes, but is not limited to, a first insulating member that is configured for placement on a top portion of the exhaust muffler and a second insulating member attached to the first insulating member and configured for placement on a bottom portion of the exhaust muffler. The second insulating member is less resistant to heat transfer than the first insulating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Vunnam Kiran, Bruce Dan Bouldin, Adam Kowal, Rob Robbins, Vincent Doras, Jim Lyells
  • Patent number: 8286666
    Abstract: A mixing pipe for a gas heater includes an intake port through which gas and air are flowed in; a discharge port through which the gas and the air flowed in through the intake port are mixed and discharged; and an acceleration part disposed between the intake port and the discharge port and having a diameter smaller than the a diameter of the intake port, wherein a distance between the intake port and the acceleration part is greater than 0.5 times of the diameter of the acceleration part and smaller than 1.5 times of the diameter of the acceleration part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Chang Hoo Kim
  • Publication number: 20120204993
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing includes a polygonal shape closed structure part with a bent shape in the longitudinal direction only by press forming. The method uses two metal plates for manufacturing a curvilineal closed structure part and includes a press forming process of forming straight or bent folding lines in the longitudinal direction of the two metal plates at positions corresponding to a polygonal bent shape with a flange formed at least at one of the ends of the width direction of each plate, a process of forming a closed structure by laying the two metal plates to overlap each other flange to flange and end to end for ends without flanges and by welding the portions laid to overlap each other in the longitudinal direction of the metal plates, and a process of forming a polygonal shape closed structure having a bent shape in the longitudinal direction by holding both ends of the closed structure and by compressing it toward its central axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Higai, Takayuki Futatsuka, Yoshikiyo Tamai, Takaaki Hira, Yuji Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 8234837
    Abstract: A split column includes two half sections with locating features for aligning the half sections. A whole column is formed and then split into half sections. The locating features are formed on the inner surfaces of the half sections after the column is split into half sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Column & Post, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Douglas Koren, David Szilezy, Joseph Hahn
  • Patent number: 7973250
    Abstract: A cable harness for passing one or more cables through an opening the wall includes a cable conduit including a generally S-shaped channel defined by an inner surface of a first shell portion and an inner surface of a second shell portion attached to the first shell portion and a least one cable disposed in the cable conduit. A method of mounting a cable relative to an opening in a wall is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Mack Trucks, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Groeller, Wayne A. Harwood
  • Patent number: 7950418
    Abstract: A method for repairing a pipeline by means of at least one shell that is adapted to the outer contour of the pipeline, wherein the at least one shell is attached to the outer wall of the pipeline using an intermediate layer between the interior of the shell and the outer wall of the pipeline. The intermediate layer is made of an adhesive that can be activated, which is used to substantially completely coat the interior of the at least one shell. The attachment of the shell is carried out by applying a force acting at least in the radial direction, and the activation of the adhesive. A shell that is coated in this manner is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Fraunhofer—Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Michael Wolf, Manfred Peschka
  • Patent number: 7942168
    Abstract: The invention provides a pneumatic and/or fluidic module, a method of producing a pneumatic and/or fluidic module and the use of a pneumatic and/or fluidic module, the pneumatic and/or fluidic module comprising at least one pneumatic and/or fluidic conduit provided to form at least a part of a pneumatic and/or fluidic circuit, said at least one pneumatic and/or fluidic conduit comprising a first part along said conduit and a second part along said conduit, wherein said conduit is provided essentially leak-proof along the interface of the first and the second part by means of the first part comprising a first material at the interface of the first and the second part and by means of the second part comprising a second material at the interface of the first and the second part and wherein the first material is more compressible than the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Kuehnel, Erwin Mueller, Torsten Briem
  • Publication number: 20110094615
    Abstract: A modular exhaust tube system for directing exhaust gases from an internal combustion engine. The exhaust tube system includes first and second elongate half-shells, with each half-shell comprising an elongate thin-wall body having a substantially U-shaped cross-sectional profile with a constant sideways opening along the length of the body. The exhaust tube system also includes a center brace having dimensions which span the length and height of the sideways openings. The sideways openings of the first and second half-shells are coupled together around the center brace to form a flattened elongate exhaust tube having an inlet end and an outlet end for directing exhaust gases from the internal combustion engine. In one aspect the first and second half-shells are selected from a group of interchangeable and modular half-shells having different substantially U-shaped cross-sectional profiles that are reversible top-to-bottom and end-to-end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Boyd L. Butler
  • Patent number: 7913718
    Abstract: A noise reduction system for use with a DWV system to reduce the noise emitted from the DWV system when waste water flows through the DWV system. The noise reduction system includes a sleeve and a spacer. The noise reduction system is mounted on the pipes and fittings of the DWV system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Cornwall
  • Patent number: 7842888
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a finishing tool for a cable mold connection. The finishing tool includes a connection base, a connection cover, and a plurality of couplers. The connection base has a thickness corresponding to the base and has at least two acceptance openings. The connection cover is coupled to an upper side of the connection base and finishes a connection with a corresponding end of at least two cable molds. The couplers are each provided at an upper side of the connection base and a lower side of the connection cover. A base of a cable mold is mounted in the acceptance opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventors: Moon-Sang Ahn, Kyu-Jeong Chae
  • Patent number: 7841154
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assembling multi-piece structural components, such as architectural columns, capitals, and bases, are disclosed. In one embodiment a column assembly is disclosed, comprising a first column portion and a second column portion. The first column portion includes a flange having a first keyed surface on which predetermined surface features are defined. The second column portion includes a second keyed surface that is configured to engage the first keyed surface. The second keyed surface includes a keying material having surface features that intermesh with the predetermined surface feature such that the first and second column portions are desirably aligned when mated. The surfaces features of the second keyed surface are defined in the keying material as a result of compressive engagement between the keying material and the predetermined surface features of the first keyed surface when the column portions are mated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Barney J. Auman
  • Publication number: 20100243095
    Abstract: This invention relates to a thermally insulating protection element (1) for piping, comprising a hollow body (10) with an open concavity (10A) and having a wall (11), characterized in that its wall (11) comprises at least one rigid positioning and/or support platform (16) designed to accommodate the fastening of technical equipment to be associated with the said protection element. The element is designed to not only insulate piping, but also to constitute a direct means for supporting and fastening technical equipment such as a sensing line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Remi Bourlart
  • Patent number: 7681601
    Abstract: An inner casing (10) of a rotating thermal machine, in particular a steam turbine, has essentially the form of a hollow cylinder and is divided in a parting plane (20), which extends through an axis (11) of said casing, into a lower casing part (12) and an upper casing part (13), which casing parts (12, 13) are detachably connected to one another in the parting plane (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Davor Kriz
  • Patent number: 7681297
    Abstract: A seam for ductwork has a male end portion integrally formed at a distal end of a duct wall and a female end portion integrally formed at another distal end of the duct wall. The female end portion includes a first fold and a second fold which define a female groove for accommodating the male portion. A distal end of the second fold is bent transverse to the female groove prior to the male portion being inserted into the female groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Met-Coil Systems Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Toben, Ashok M. Shah, Richard F. Blum, Michael C. Borwig
  • Patent number: 7607457
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insulation system for pipes, containers, ventilation ducts and like installation parts which have an outer surface temperature which periodically is below the dew point of the ambient air. The insulation system comprises a thermally insulating layer and a vapour barrier arranged on one side of the thermally insulating layer. The insulation system has a hygroscopic material which is arranged between the vapour barrier and the thermally insulating layer, which hygroscopic material is at least partially connected with the vapour barrier. A combination of the vapour barrier and the hygroscopic material is connected with the thermally insulating layer in such a manner that the hygroscopic material partially makes contact with the thermally insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Isover AB
    Inventor: Staffan Tigerfeldt
  • Patent number: 7591286
    Abstract: A channel shaped extruded duct unit cooperates with an identical duct unit to form a closed duct therewith. The duct unit has at least one integral longitudinally extending attachment formation configured to hold captive relative to the duct unit a plurality of complementary clamp elements adapted to operatively encircle a composite duct and hold the two constituent duct units in their duct defining relationship. The clamp elements have a pair of cooperating integral catch formations whereby a pair of clamp elements can be clipped together to form an operatively substantially endless clamp encircling a closed duct and an integral outwardly directed circumferential terminal flange at each axial end thereof. Generally, semicircular clip units are provided to connect the terminal flanges associated with the ends of collinear duct assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Project Control and Engineering Services (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Barry Howard
  • Patent number: 7451541
    Abstract: A protective sheath for a fluid-carrying tube is made from a larger tube cut into longitudinal tube segments and slice into opposed halves before being re-secured together about the fluid-carrying tube. Slip joints are preferably provided between adjoining outer tube segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
    Inventors: Honza Stastny, Eng Lim
  • Patent number: 7448414
    Abstract: A rigid pipe (1) is achieved according to the invention in that half-cylinder shaped elements (2) are joined/hinged (3) to each other and where to a such chains are connected together with their concave sides in a zipper-like motion. The two half-cylindrical chains are spooled (13) up individually on each side of a housing (12). This result in a particularly rigid pipe of varying length with a wide area of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Bjarte Langeland