With Closures And Plugs Patents (Class 138/89)
  • Patent number: 10370188
    Abstract: A waste container includes a body having a base and a side wall extending upward from the base to define a container interior. A lid is hingeably secured to an upper portion of the side wall. A latch assembly selectively secures the lid to the side wall, the latch assembly including a rotatable latch portion having a latch member selectively interlocking with a hook portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Derick Foster
  • Patent number: 10359147
    Abstract: Installation of a removable tripod foot is facilitated by a cross-axis aperture in the foot and loosening of the threaded connection of the foot and the tripod's leg is resisted by a resilient element engaging interfacing surfaces of the foot and the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10357579
    Abstract: The present invention includes a device cleaner, and method of use, for cleaning a device port, particularly a medical device port, that may be inserted into the device port cleaner for cleaning and/or disinfecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Medical Group Soparfi S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Aaron Chiu, Enrique Delgado Macias, Cesar Aguilera
  • Patent number: 10352053
    Abstract: A device for repairing damage to a bottom of a container filled with water is disclosed. The device comprises a guiding device, which can be placed on the bottom of the container and which has a centering device for centering the guiding device between wall sections of the bottom elements. The devices further comprises a fixing device for fixing the guiding device on the bottom of the container, a carrier, which can be guided along the guiding device and on which at least one pivot arm is arranged, and an accommodating element arranged at a free end of the pivot arm, for accommodating adhesive, with which part of a wall section of the bottom elements can be covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: FRAMATOME GMBH
    Inventors: Georg Krämer, Konrad Meier-Hynek
  • Patent number: 10330235
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for preventing access to a conduit. The device comprises top and bottom compression plates and a compressible member between the compression plates. A bolt has a first end mounted to the bottom compression plate and a shaft passing through openings of the compressible member and of the top compression plate. The bolt has a head proximate its second end. The head of the bolt extends beyond a major diameter of the threaded shaft. At least a portion of the shaft is a threaded shaft. The head of the bolt prevents a nut mounted on the threaded shaft between the head and the top compression plate from being dismounted from the device. A fluid passage may extend in the compressible member between the top and bottom compression plates to allow a fluid to bypass the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Pierre Lemay
  • Patent number: 10328252
    Abstract: An antimicrobial IV access cap having an inner surface for retaining an antimicrobial agent, and further configured to receive a portion of an access port of an intravascular device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Minh Quang Hoang, Jonathan Karl Burkholz, Kelly David Christensen
  • Patent number: 10309180
    Abstract: High pressure seals for pressure control fittings are disclosed, where such pressure control fittings are located at a wellhead, for example. Embodiments of cam lock seals, a spring-driven ball race seal and wedge seals are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FHE USA LLC
    Inventors: Keith C. Johansen, Nicolas G. Snoke
  • Patent number: 10301804
    Abstract: A method of removing debris from piping within a high-rise building plumbing network includes inserting a portion of a flexible optical device and flexible water conduit into an opening defined by a plumbing system, the flexible water conduit operably coupled to a water pressure device. The method also includes coupling an end of a vacuum conduit, operably coupled to a vacuum assembly, to the opening and producing an image of a plumbing channel defined by the plumbing system with the flexible optical device. Next, the method includes maneuvering the portion of the flexible optical device within the plumbing system until the image of the plumbing channel depicts a debris at least partially obstructing the plumbing channel, inducing a stream of fluid directed at the debris, and then inducing a vacuum within the plumbing system sufficient to remove the debris from the plumbing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Grenier
  • Patent number: 10294652
    Abstract: A pipe trap assembly is described. Embodiments of the pipe trap assembly can include a first plate, a second plate, and a plurality of fasteners. The second plate can include two or more protrusions extending inwardly from an interior edge of an opening in the second plate. The protrusions can be implemented to frictionally engage a waste line. In one example, the pipe trap assembly can be used to secure a waste line for coupling to a drain base of a drain assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Josef Erlebach
  • Patent number: 10294660
    Abstract: A line penetration for routing a line through a passage opening of a building part that includes a first and a second building-part wall, between which an intermediate space is provided. The line penetration has a closure element that includes: an inner part for filling the intermediate space in the region of the passage opening; holding parts, with cross section smaller than that of the inner part, disposed on both sides of the inner part; a straight-through line opening, which penetrates the inner part and the holding parts in the direction in which they are disposed; and a sliding device, which is formed in order to guide the line slidingly and gas-tightly through the line opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schulz-Hanke, Herbert Muenzenberger
  • Patent number: 10293864
    Abstract: A vehicle with a capsule structure of a power unit includes the power unit and a transmission member. The power unit includes an internal combustion engine that combusts air-fuel mixture in an engine body and outputs a driving force, and a motor that outputs a driving force by using electric power of an electric generator or a battery. The transmission member transmits the driving force of the power unit. The capsule structure includes a heat-insulation casing having an internal space in which the power unit and the transmission member are accommodated, and a partition wall that divides the internal space of the heat-insulation casing into at least a first partition space and a second partition space which are separated from one another. At least the engine body is disposed in the first partition space, and at least the battery is disposed in the second partition space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Tsunoda, Takahito Aoki
  • Patent number: 10280601
    Abstract: The improved plumbing P-trap is a plumbing fixture. The improved plumbing P-trap attaches the drain of a sink to a DWV. The improved plumbing P-trap transports gray water into the DWV from the sink. The improved plumbing P-trap comprises a modified P-trap, a second clean out plug, and a snake guide. The modified P-trap transports gray water from the sink drain to the DWV. The second clean out plug is the modification to the modified P-trap that provides access to the DWV side of the modified P-trap. The second clean out plug is intended for use with a plumbing snake. The snake guide: 1) opens the second clean out plug; and, 2) attaches to the second clean out plug to guide the plumbing snake into the DWV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: William Perez
  • Patent number: 10273919
    Abstract: Provided is an end seal structure of a fuel rail for a gasoline direct injection engine, in which an end or both ends of a rail body composed of a pipe is/are closed by a thread fastening type of an end cap or end caps having a cap-nut shape, is characterized in that a metallic gasket is provided between an inner wall surface of the end cap having the cap-nut shape and an end section of the rail body, the end cap having the cap-nut shape is screwed and fixed to the rail body, and the gasket is tightened by an axial force created by tightening of the end cap having the cap-nut shape so that the end of the rail body is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha Limited
    Inventor: Daisuke Asahi
  • Patent number: 10267452
    Abstract: Installation of a removable tripod foot is facilitated by a cross-axis aperture in the foot and loosening of the threaded connection of the foot and the tripod's leg is resisted by a resilient element engaging interfacing surfaces of the foot and the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr., Matthew L. Burk
  • Patent number: 10268102
    Abstract: A removable and flexible protective cap that is configured and dimensioned to stretch and slip over fixed camera lenses, detachable camera lenses and other tubular-shaped objects. The protective cap fits on objects having different diameters. The protective cap further includes integrated bumpers to provide improved protection against impacts. The protective cap has a memory such that when it is removed from a lens, it returns to its original shape. The protective cap may include a lint-resistant feature to prevent lint and dust from adhering to the cap. The protective cap is particularly suited for lenses used in photography, videography, hunting, military, and astronomy. The protective cap is also suited for use on non-optical devices, including gun barrels. In addition, the protective cap is suitable for use on other tubular-shaped objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Cary Allen Decker
  • Patent number: 10252045
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector/cap assembly comprising locking means and coupling means allowing the cap to be removed from the connector using only one hand and preferably without the cap coming into contact with the hand of the practitioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DEBIOTECH S.A.
    Inventor: Frédéric Neftel
  • Patent number: 10240718
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for containing leakage of a grease gun. In certain embodiments, a cover includes a body which has an open end, a closed end, and a sidewall extending between the open end and the closed end. The sidewall has an outer peripheral surface and an inner peripheral surface which encompasses an inner space for receiving a leaking lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Koch
  • Patent number: 10233956
    Abstract: A method and device for sealing holes in blocks such as hydraulic manifolds, engine blocks and the like is provided and includes a sheet with a plurality of holes therein, each hole is designed to receive an insert of a particular size and each hole corresponds to an installation hole in a block or manifold such that when the sheet is aligned with the block/manifold, the insert can be pressed into the installation hole and expanded against the wall of the installation hole. The sheet provides protection against damage of the block during installation of the inserts therein, which may be accomplished with a pneumatic hammer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Engineered Inserts & Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Kirilichin, David P. Turechek, Brian P. Krieger
  • Patent number: 10228155
    Abstract: A duct plug for use with a duct opening of a heating, ventilation or air conditioning duct system comprises a first frame member, a second frame member, and a filter member disposed between the first frame member and the second frame member. The first frame member is releasably coupled to the second frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Rodney James Harman
  • Patent number: 10221985
    Abstract: A pipe cap assembly for a normally-sealed system includes a pipe cap having a base portion including two opposing, substantially parallel flat surfaces. The pipe cap includes a connector portion extending from the base portion. A fluid passage extends through both the base portion and connector portion. A transition cap may be releasably coupled to the connector portion for sealing the fluid passage during normal operation. A transition fitting provides periodic access to the sealed system and includes an access port at one end, and a tubular port and fastener at the other end. The tubular port and fastener releasably couple to the connector portion of the pipe cap to provide access. A drain hose, vent hose, or the like, may be easily coupled to the access port of the transition fitting. A test instrument may be coupled either to the access port or directly to the connector portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Benjamin H. Ramirez
  • Patent number: 10208884
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for use in protecting watersheds from turf treatment contaminants particularly in relation to sports fields and golf courses. The invention further relates to methods and systems for the use of a plurality of the devices in a system to control, impede, or reduce the level of contaminants from turf treatments which enter drainage systems and catch basins associated with turf surfaces, turf sports fields, parks and golf courses. The invention relates to the device alone or in combination with a catch basin cover or in combination with a catch basin directly or in combination with a drainage riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: DRAINGARDE, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Stephen Honeyball
  • Patent number: 10202954
    Abstract: Provided is an end seal structure of a fuel rail for a gasoline direct injection engine that has a simple structure and allows an end cap part to meet higher pressure requirements in a fuel rail having the structure in which one end or both ends of a rail body composed of a tubular member, such as a pipe, is/are closed by an end cap or end caps. The end seal structure employs a thread fastening method using the end cap and a collar brazed at the opening end of the fuel rail body and a gasket sealing method as a sealing method, wherein a gasket interposed between the end cap and the fuel rail body is tightened by an axial force generated due to tightening of the end cap that is screwed and fastened to the fuel rail body so as to be sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: USUI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shuji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10188845
    Abstract: A hemostasis valve assembly includes a housing and a valve member. The housing includes a central bore. The valve member is positioned within the housing and includes opposed first and second primary surfaces, a thickness, an opening, and first and second slits. The valve thickness is defined between the first and second primary surfaces. The opening is formed in the first primary surface. The first and second slits intersect each other and extend through a portion of the valve thickness. At least one of the first and second slits is accessible within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Fischer, Jennifer M. Heisel
  • Patent number: 10190305
    Abstract: A drainage system (1) for installation in a wet area such as a shower stall. The drainage system (1) comprises an outer drainage conduit (2) adapted to extend within a subfloor (100) of a wet area and an inner drainage conduit (3). The conduit (2) comprises a rim (20) and a pipe body (21). The inner drainage conduit (3) also comprises a rim (30) and a pipe body (31). The rim (30) and pipe body (31) are nestable within the outer drainage conduit (2). When nested, the pipe bodies (21, 31) are adapted to be connectively sealed together using sealant, the rims (20, 30) are adapted to hold a waterproofing membrane (107) between the rims (20, 30,) and to be connectively sealed in a water-tight manner to the waterproofing membrane (107) using sealant or, in the absence of a waterproofing membrane (107), the rims (20, 30) are adapted to be connectively sealed together using sealant in a water-tight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Elfblend Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Leslie Lawrence Howson
  • Patent number: 10174829
    Abstract: A foreign matter attracting structure includes: an attracting body for attracting foreign matter in lubricating oil, wherein the attracting body includes a magnet and a capturing body which is composed of a weakly magnetic material, and the capturing body is disposed at a position which is magnetized by a magnetic force of the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Abe, Aizoh Kubo
  • Patent number: 10156312
    Abstract: An adapter for joining a sprinkler to a pipe element has a body with outer flat surfaces and grooves that receive seals. A plug for sealing a pipe element has a cylindrical body with a circumferential groove which receives seals. Both the adapter and the plug fit within the pipe element and are secured and sealed by a deformation formed in the pipe element by a circumferential groove. The deformation mechanically engages the grooves in the body of the adapter and the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: Douglas R Dole, Wei Wang, James Van Wert
  • Patent number: 10099048
    Abstract: A device port cleaner and method of use is provided for cleaning a device port connector, particularly a device port connector for a medical device. The device port cleaner may be connected to the device port connector to clean and/or disinfect the device port connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Turnstone Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Chiu, Cesar Aguilera, Enrique Delgado Macias
  • Patent number: 10090660
    Abstract: The embodiments herein provide a device for sealing an interface having an opening for a wire to pass through the interface. A pair of sealing blocks may be used where one block contains a protrusion and the opposing block contains a recess. The protrusion and recess preferably have an apex with a round having approximately the same dimension as the radius of the wire. A pair of posts may be positioned on opposing sides of the opening. One sealing block may contain an aperture for accepting one of the posts while the second sealing block may contain an aperture for accepting the opposing post. The posts may be threaded so that they can accept a threaded fastener. Exemplary embodiments may utilize mounting plates which may contain a flange such that squeezing the opposing flanges together can cause inward forces on the sealing blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Manufacturing Resources International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin O'Connor, Mike Brown
  • Patent number: 10077840
    Abstract: A metal static gasket and method of construction thereof is provided. The gasket includes at least one metal layer. The at least one metal layer has opposite sides with at least one through opening extending through the opposite sides configured to register with an opening to be sealed and at least one raised annular seal bead extending at least in part about the at least one through opening. At least one protrusion extends outwardly from at least one of the sides, wherein the at least one protrusion prevents complete flattening of the at least one seal bead. The at least one protrusion has a plurality of discrete layers of metal deposited on one another via an additive manufacture process, wherein the protrusion is formed having a hollow region extending therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul LLC
    Inventors: Thomas William Swasey, Edward Storrs Widder, Michael James Davidson, Brent Sedlar, Jeri Lynn Cochran
  • Patent number: 10066760
    Abstract: A valve position indicator assembly is disclosed herein. The valve position indicator assembly includes a gearing assembly operable to transmit an input rotation to an output rotation. The gearing assembly includes a first gearing member driven to the output rotation by the input rotation. A rate of the output rotation is a fraction of and less than a rate of the input rotation. The valve position indicator assembly includes: a position indicia engaged with the first gearing member such that the indicia and the first gearing member move together; a scale plate including a plurality of graduated indicia defining a scale of rotation movement of the first gearing member; a mounting bracket comprising a first slot having a length extending between a first end and a second end; and a debris shield having a first end, second end, and inclined frustoconical sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TRUMBULL MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Blake J. Emanuel, Francis Craig Newmeyer
  • Patent number: 10066897
    Abstract: A barrel nut assembly for a firearm is disclosed. The barrel nut assembly may include a barrel nut comprising a plurality of expansion flanges. The barrel nut assembly also may include an expansion plug comprising an expansion surface. The expansion surface may be configured to abut and expand the plurality of expansion flanges when the expansion plug is attached to the barrel nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Fortis Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Sukho Hwang, John J. Hwang, Richard Brady Olsen, Ronald Joseph Hertel
  • Patent number: 10066776
    Abstract: A pipe ML plug with fluid opening includes a main pipe portion, a rubber tube portion, a lower fixer, and an upper fixer. The rubber tube portion is disposed around a length portion of the main pipe portion and at the lower end of the main pipe portion, has a second inner diameter and a second outer diameter and extending straight for a second length, has a lower end and an upper end, and increases a blocking diameter when compressed lengthwise. The lower fixer and the upper fixer are configured for fixing a distance therebetween, so as to press the rubber tube portion lengthwise from both of the lower and upper ends to a specific length and thus to make the rubber tube portion bulge to a specific diameter, so that the bulged rubber tube portion blocks and seals an external pipe from inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Kwon J. Park
  • Patent number: 10054256
    Abstract: Installation of a removable tripod foot is facilitated by a cross-axis aperture in the foot and loosening of the threaded connection of the foot and the tripod's leg is resisted by a resilient element engaging interfacing surfaces of the foot and the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr., Matthew L. Burk
  • Patent number: 10052715
    Abstract: A method for welding together pieces which form a curved or angled end product using a friction welding process. The method includes: providing first and second pieces which together define the end product geometry, each piece including an end product geometry portion and a sacrificial weld portion, the sacrificial weld portion forming a dog-leg relative to the end product geometry portion and terminating in a planar weld interface surface. The pieces are arranged with their planar weld interface surfaces together at a weld surface interface and the sacrificial weld portions in coaxial alignment. Mechanical friction is applied between the planar weld interface surfaces sufficient to plastically deform the sacrificial weld portions. An axial force is applied along the co-axis of the sacrificial weld portions sufficient to upset the sacrificial weld portions and bring together the end product geometry portions. The sacrificial geometry portions are removed to provide the end product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Gemma Raven, Simon E Bray, Andrew R Walpole
  • Patent number: 10030802
    Abstract: Closure element for tightly closing a bore, the closure body of which closure element can be pressed into the bore with an oversize. In order to avoid damage to the bore, the closure body is designed as a hollow body. In this way, the closure body can deform slightly as the closure body is pressed into the bore and can thereby reduce the radial pressure on the wall of the borehole. At the same time, the weight of the closure element is reduced. The closure element is preferably a hollow sphere having uniform wall thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SFC KOENIG AG
    Inventors: Jürg Krauer, Robert Hollinger
  • Patent number: 9993672
    Abstract: A method and device for suppressing an electrical fire within an electrical wire carrying conduit. The device is a flexible receptacle containing an admixture of super absorbent polymer and water having substantially superior fire suppression and extinguishing properties that does not provide an electrically conductive environment. The receptacle is drawn though a conduit either before or after wires have been placed in the conduit, and the filled with the admixture. A sleeve may be placed over the receptacle to prevent breaching of the receptacle during installation. Once the receptacle and admixture is positioned within the conduit, should arcing or a buildup of heat occur, the receptacle will rupture and the admixture will cover the specific area. These particular properties and ratios of the admixture will enable electrical fires to be extinguished more rapidly and not flare back up. The admixture further encapsulates noxious and toxic gases associated with electrical fires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GelTech Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Cordani
  • Patent number: 9990909
    Abstract: A cymbal having a plurality of openings where at least a portion of the material removed from the plurality of openings is maintained on the cymbal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: RTOM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gabriel Azaceta
  • Patent number: 9982826
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a universal plug having an outer wall and an inner wall that surrounds an inner cavity along an axis of symmetry of the universal plug, the universal plug comprising a first plug tier having a first outer surface diameter that extends a first length along the axis of symmetry and a second plug tier having a second outer surface diameter that extends a second length along the axis of symmetry from the first plug tier; a compression shank situated in and extending through the inner cavity of the universal plug; a compression head attached to a distal end of the compression shank and having a larger diameter than the compression shank; a washer comprising an opening, the compression shank extending through the opening; and a threaded gasket cap comprising a threaded opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Danco, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Schuster
  • Patent number: 9927058
    Abstract: A gripping apparatus for use in gripping a pipe, for holding forces, or restraining relative movement. The pipe defines an inside radius. The gripping apparatus has an outer surface where the outer surface defines a transition surface or a curve. In certain embodiments the transition surface or curve has a radius less than or equal to the inside radius of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: USA Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy Sue, Casey Sue, Richard Sallee
  • Patent number: 9908665
    Abstract: A reusable bottle cap system includes a bottle cap and a bottle cap cover. The bottle cap includes a proximal handling portion and a stem that extends from the proximal handling portion to a distal end. The stem has opposing outside and inside surfaces. The outside surface includes a sealing feature for sealing to the mouth of a beverage bottle. The inside surface defines an opening extending to the distal end of the stem. The shell has an inside surface defining a cavity that is closed at a distal end. A pin extends from the distal end of the inside surface of the shell. The pin is received into the opening of the stem to provide a holding force to secure the bottle cap cover to the bottle cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel L. Garcia
  • Patent number: 9901398
    Abstract: A surgical probe includes a connection hub, an antenna assembly, and an outer jacket. The antenna assembly is coupled to the connection hub, extends distally from the connection hub, and includes a radiating portion coupled thereto at the distal end thereof. The radiating portion is configured to deliver energy to tissue to treat tissue. The outer jacket is coupled to the connection hub, extends distally therefrom, and is disposed about the radiating portion. The outer jacket includes a distal end member configured to be spaced-apart from the radiating portion a target axial distance. One or more of the couplings between the antenna assembly and the connection hub, the radiating portion and the antenna assembly, and the outer jacket and the connection hub defines a flexible configuration permitting axial movement therebetween to maintain the target axial distance between the radiating portion and the distal end member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, William O. Reid, Jr., Darion R. Peterson, Kaylen J. Haley, Richard A. Willyard, Kenlyn S. Bonn
  • Patent number: 9903489
    Abstract: A pneumatic test plug and inflation assembly for the same are provided. The pneumatic test plug may include an inflatable bladder formed by a bladder wall that is elastically deformable, the bladder wall having at least one open end. A housing may be disposed in the open end of the bladder wall, the housing having a mounting surface. An inflation valve may be mounted to the mounting surface, with the inflation valve having an interior end in fluid communication with an interior area of the bladder. The inflation valve may define a main air passageway through which air is introduced into the interior area. The mounting surface may be recessed into the interior area of the bladder relative to the open end in the bladder wall such that the housing defines a cavity within the inflatable bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: IPS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven R. Cole, Richard Larson
  • Patent number: 9897126
    Abstract: A sealing plug including an elastic body and a stem coaxially assembled to one another. The elastic body has a main body which is suitable for being expanded radially when pulling on the free end of the stem which emerges out of said elastic body. The elastic body also has a head attached to the main body, the head having a compressive strength less than that in the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: HEGAIN 2100 CONSULTING S.L., 20 EMMA 20 S.L.
    Inventors: Juan Andrés Elduayen Madariaga, Javier Sanchez Garduño
  • Patent number: 9893461
    Abstract: A continuable waterproof cable includes a cable body, first, second and third transmitting members, and first and second waterproof elastic members. The cable body has a connecting end and a continuing end opposite to the connecting end. The first transmitting member and the first waterproof elastic member are disposed at the connecting end. The second transmitting member is disposed at the continuing end, coupled to the first transmitting member, and adapted to a first end of the first transmitting member. The second waterproof elastic member is disposed at the continuing end. The third transmitting member is in the cable body and has a fixed end and a free end. The fixed end is at the continuing end, the free end is detachably coupled to the first transmitting member and capable to be apart from the transmitting member by a force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Chun-Hung Wu
  • Patent number: 9879805
    Abstract: A pipe coupling device includes a joint body, a C-shaped retaining ring that includes a flange part radially protruding from an outer peripheral surface of the retaining ring, a pressing plate that includes a recessed part configured to house the flange part, and includes a front wall configured to face a rear end of the flange part. The joint body, the retaining ring, and the pressing plate are coupled together in an axial direction. The flange part has a substantially rectangular shape extending along the axial direction, and an inclined surface is formed on at least one of the rear end and the front wall. An inner end of the inclined surface is positioned closer to the joint body than an outer end thereof. The inner end is closer to a center axis of the joint body than the outer end. A gap is formed between the rear end and the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SK-KAWANISHI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidehito Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 9869603
    Abstract: An inflatable, balloon-type catheter apparatus which is conformable to fit most all intake and exhaust systems to delivery pressure (with or without smoke) to test the fluid integrity of the fluid system. The device is configured to be inserted into the canal of the intake or exhaust system and inflated to seal off the fluid system. The pressurized smoke is passed through the inflated inlet adapter to test for leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: REDLINE DETECTION, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary M. Parker, Kenneth A. Pieroni
  • Patent number: 9857016
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for selectively sealing a conduit. The apparatus includes a housing, a selectively actuatable seal assembly, a seal assembly carrier for conveying and actuating the seal assembly, and a selectively actuatable connection between the seal assembly and the seal assembly carrier. The method includes providing the apparatus, connecting the housing with a fitting, advancing the seal assembly carrier to position the seal assembly in a conduit, actuating the seal assembly to seal the conduit, actuating the actuatable connection to disconnect the seal assembly from the seal assembly carrier, and retracting the seal assembly carrier. The method may further include advancing the seal assembly carrier to engage the seal assembly, actuating the actuatable connection to connect the seal assembly with the seal assembly carrier, actuating the seal assembly to unseal the conduit, and retracting the seal assembly carrier and the seal assembly from the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TREADSTONE OILFIELD SERVICES LTD.
    Inventor: Colin Bourne
  • Patent number: 9827380
    Abstract: A cap assembly for a medicament delivery device having a housing and a medicament container holder. The cap assembly includes a retainer member connectable to the container holder; a hub having a needle and coaxially movable within the retainer member; an inner cap connected to the hub and the retainer member; an outer cap coaxially arranged to the inner cap; and a cap clutch mechanism having a locking member that is axially movable in relation to the inner and outer caps between a disengaged position, in which the outer cap is rotatable relative to the inner cap, and an engaged position, in which the outer cap is rotationally locked to the inner cap. The cap clutch mechanism also has a clutch biasing device arranged between the outer cap and the locking member for biasing the locking member for keeping it in the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SHL Group AB
    Inventors: Sebastian Karlsson, Mattias Daniel
  • Patent number: 9828150
    Abstract: A thread protector comprises a hollow cylindrical body with a substantially closed end and a threaded inner annular wall extending from the substantially closed end. An annular ring extends inwardly from the substantially closed end. The annular ring has a sloped wall which is spaced-apart from and faces the threaded inner annular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Moulding Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Max Danneffel, John Danneffel
  • Patent number: 9816662
    Abstract: Installation of a removable tripod foot is facilitated by a cross-axis aperture in the foot and loosening of the threaded connection of the foot and the tripod's leg is resisted by a resilient element engaging interfacing surfaces of the foot and the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr., Matthew L. Burk