With Closures And Plugs Patents (Class 138/89)
  • Patent number: 11079058
    Abstract: Example aspects of a stent for repairing a pipe and a method for repairing a pipe are disclosed. The stent for repairing a pipe can comprise a coiled extension stent spring comprising a plurality of spring coils and a seal assembled with the coiled extension stent spring and configured to engage an inner surface of a pipe, wherein the stent is configurable in an extended configuration and a contracted configuration, the coiled stent spring biasing the stent to the contracted configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller International , LLC
    Inventor: Aurelian Ioan Furcoiu
  • Patent number: 11060653
    Abstract: The block fitting assembly comprises a male block having a projecting portion extending from a planar face thereof and a sealing and capping element configured for engagement with the male block. The sealing and capping element includes a face portion for engaging the planar face of the male block and a cap portion projecting from the face portion. The cap portion includes a circumferentially extending sidewall having a webbed portion and a cover portion. The cover portion of the sidewall is configured to be separated from the cap portion by a tearing or shearing of the cap portion at the webbed portion of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Eric Kesler, Dale Filhart
  • Patent number: 11035513
    Abstract: Example aspects of a stent for repairing a pipe and a method for repairing a pipe are disclosed. The stent for repairing a pipe can comprise a coiled extension stent spring comprising a plurality of spring coils and a seal assembled with the coiled extension stent spring and configured to engage an inner surface of a pipe, wherein the stent is configurable in an extended configuration and a contracted configuration, the coiled stent spring biasing the stent to the contracted configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller International , LLC
    Inventor: Aurelian Ioan Furcoiu
  • Patent number: 10980523
    Abstract: A medical device has an outer tubular body and an inner tubular body. A tissue engagement member is attached to the distal end of the inner tubular body. The tissue engagement member and the inner tubular body are retractable inside the outer tubular body. The tip of the tissue engagement member is configured to penetrate the tissue of a patient and secure on an organ. The movement of the tissue engagement member is limited to a predetermined angle and a predetermined distance. The medical device is configured to deliver multiple agents and/or modalities through the inner tubular body. The agents and/or modalities are supplied through delivery mechanism placed inside of the inner tubular body. A method of treating cardiac condition includes applying one or more agents and/or modalities to the same area of the heart either simultaneously or sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Stephanie Toy
  • Patent number: 10976213
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include methods and systems for a testing mechanism to be utilized when repairing and replacing a valve utilized on a tank car. The testing mechanism may comprise a pipe plug device configured to plug a siphon pipe located on a tank car and a pressure test device to conduct a leak detect test after the pipe plug device is removed from the siphon pipe. The pipe plug device may include a pipe plug bladder and a pipe plug pressure fitting to inflate and deflate the pipe plug bladder against a wall of the siphon pipe. The pressure test device may include a pressure test valve cap with a test valve bladder located on the pressure test valve cap, a bladder pressure fitting to inflate and deflate the test valve bladder, and a test pressure fitting to pressurize a valve, the test pressure fitting located on the pressure test valve cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Union Tank Car Company
    Inventors: Jay Lloyd, John Kolb, Greg Cieslak, Neil Finn
  • Patent number: 10969293
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include methods and systems for a testing mechanism to be utilized when repairing and replacing a valve utilized on a tank car. The testing mechanism may comprise a pipe plug device configured to plug a siphon pipe located on a tank car and a pressure test device to conduct a leak detect test after the pipe plug device is removed from the siphon pipe. The pipe plug device may include a pipe plug bladder and a pipe plug pressure fitting to inflate and deflate the pipe plug bladder against a wall of the siphon pipe. The pressure test device may include a pressure test valve cap with a test valve bladder located on the pressure test valve cap, a bladder pressure fitting to inflate and deflate the test valve bladder, and a test pressure fitting to pressurize a valve, the test pressure fitting located on the pressure test valve cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Union Tank Car Company
    Inventors: Jay Lloyd, John Kolb, Greg Cieslak, Neil Finn
  • Patent number: 10953162
    Abstract: A tamper evident closure structured for attachment to a connector of a medical device including an end cap, and a tip cap disposed within the end cap in an operative position. An indicator member is removably connected to the end cap. A cover is connected to the end cap and includes an access opening dimensioned to allow the connector of the medical device to be positioned therein, into attachment with said tip cap. Cooperative dimensioning between the periphery of the access opening and the outer surface of the connector results in an engagement therebetween and a closure and the access opening when the connector is disposed there-through into attachment with the tip cap. A twisting or rotation of the tip cap in a single direction, within the end cap results in disconnection of the indicator member from the end cap, thereby providing an indication of tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Timothy Brandon Hunt, Jonathan J. Vitello
  • Patent number: 10941894
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to an apparatus for releasably sealing a pipe. Particularly, the apparatus comprises a bar that includes an interior, an exterior, a first end that includes external threads, and a second end that includes a stop. The device further comprises a sleeve positioned over a portion of the bar, and a coupling comprising internal threads that couple to the bar external threads. The device includes a compressible gasket sandwiched between first and second adaptors. Advancement of the coupling over the bar external threads increases pressure on the sleeve, which compresses the gasket between the first and second adaptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph Aaron Bowen, Justin Matthew Vance
  • Patent number: 10883653
    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: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10870520
    Abstract: A drinking container comprises a vessel; a cap, atop the vessel; a lid; and a hinge located proximate a rear of the lid and interconnecting the cap to the lid, to allow the lid to pivot on the cap between a closed and open position. A locking tab is at the front of the lid that engages with an inner surface of the cap, to retain the lid in the closed position. A first abutment surface is on the cap and a second abutment surface is on the lid. The first and second abutment surfaces are arranged to contact with each other as the lid is pivoted from the open position to the closed position. Contact of the first and second abutment surfaces urges the lid and the tab forward as the lid is pivoted to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Marc Heinke
  • Patent number: 10866215
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for examining a workpiece, wherein the device comprises a carrier; at least one transceiver, which is arranged on the carrier; and a protective device, which is designed to protect the at least one transceiver from soiling. The invention further relates to a system for examining a workpiece, comprising such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NDT Global Corporate LTD.
    Inventor: Thomas Hennig
  • Patent number: 10851597
    Abstract: A combination of a casing tube and a closed end unthreaded tubular thread protector that has an inside diameter significantly greater than the outside diameter of the casing tube is described. Further, the thread protector is typically much longer than the threaded portion of the associated casing tube such that a significant amount of axial movement of the protector relative to the casing tube is required to remove it therefrom. The casing protector is most typically comprised of a polymeric material, such as polyethylene or polypropylene, that is soft enough as to not damage or mar the threads on the casing in which it is in contact, but stiff enough in the tubular form of the protector to prevent impact loads from being transferred to the threads there beneath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Robert C Lynch, Bobby Don Walker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10837587
    Abstract: A plug for sealing a passage extending about a longitudinal axis (A) comprises a shell having a circumferential wall extending between an end wall and an opening, and an internal cavity extending axially within the shell, and an expander having a head and a shank extending axially from the head, the head retained with the cavity and the shank extending axially through the opening of the cavity, wherein the circumferential wall comprises an inner surface having at least a first region and a second region, the second region proximate the opening and the first region adjacent to the second region and extending therefrom towards the end wall, the inner surface in the first region tapering inwardly relative to the longitudinal axis (A) to provide a first angled ramp, and the inner surface in the second region tapering further inwardly to provide a second angled ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marcin Cis, Dariusz Kiełbowicz
  • Patent number: 10830233
    Abstract: A valve cover lock assembly for a pump having a fluid end module can include a ring adapted to couple to the module, an insert comprising a plurality of segments, and a cone adapted to couple with the insert, wherein the ring comprises a first coupler and the insert comprises a second coupler configured to couple with the first coupler, wherein the cone is configured to move one or more of the plurality of segments when the cone is moved, and wherein the first and second couplers are adapted to at least partially resist movement of the insert. A method of locking a valve cover can include coupling a ring to a valve cover opening, disposing an insert comprising a plurality of segments at least partially within the ring, coupling an actuator to the insert, and coupling the insert to the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Premium Oilfield Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas A. Jahnke
  • Patent number: 10816125
    Abstract: An insert for sealing a hole having a diameter. The insert includes a plug having a maximum outer diameter that is equal to or less than the diameter of the hole. The plug also has a sleeve, a core, and a pin. The sleeve has a length and a void. The core and the pin are both press-fit into the void at opposite ends of the void. The core has a first length, a first tapered outer wall, and a threaded hole extending partly through the core. The pin has a second length, a second tapered outer wall, and a passage extending there-through. The plug also has protrusions located on an outer surface of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Engineered Inserts & Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Turechek, Victor Kirilichin
  • Patent number: 10816312
    Abstract: An integrated hole sealing, device includes a capsule plug, an outer capsule having a first hole site, an inner capsule having a second hole site, a capsule water injection pipe, a borehole water injection pipe and a tapered plug. Two ends of the outer capsule and the inner capsule are respectively fixed on the capsule plug and the tapered plug. The capsule plug, the tapered plug, the outer capsule and the inner capsule form a closed hollow cylindrical cavity. A middle part of the inner capsule is a hollow pipeline, and two ends thereof respectively correspond to the first and second hole sites. The borehole water injection pipe passes through the hollow cylindrical cavity. A part, located in the hollow cylindrical cavity, of the borehole water injection pipe is telescopically wound outside the inner capsule. The capsule water injection pipe passes through the capsule plug and extends into the hollow cylindrical cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: China University of Mining and Technology, XUZHOU BOAN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD
    Inventors: Wei Yang, Baiquan Lin, Changzheng Lu, Ru Jia, Minghua Lin
  • Patent number: 10808663
    Abstract: To obtain an end cap that enables a brazing material ring to be appropriately placed and brazing to be reliably performed when inserting and placing an insertion part of the end cap in an end part of a rail body and securing the end cap by brazing it with the brazing material ring and, also, that is unlikely to result in a broken rail body when internal pressure is applied. An end cap to be inserted into and placed inside an end part of a rail body 2 and secured to an inner circumference of the rail body 2 by brazing, wherein an outer circumference of an insertion part 3 for insertion into the rail body 2 comprises an engagement groove 10 that is composed of a pair of side surfaces 11, 12 and a bottom surface 13 and that is capable of engagement with a brazing material ring 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: USUI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kengo Murofushi, Takanori Kanda
  • Patent number: 10774608
    Abstract: A technique facilitates deployment of equipment, e.g. an electric submersible pumping system, in a subsea production operation. According to an embodiment, a subsea tree assembly, e.g. a horizontal subsea tree assembly, comprises a spool body housing having a channel extending therethrough. A production receptacle structure is secured within the channel and provides a reduced internal profile for securing wellbore equipment. For example, the internal profile may be constructed to sealably receive a cable hanger used to support power cable by which an electric submersible pumping system may be suspended. The production receptacle structure also may be equipped with a production stab for interfacing with a tubing hanger located below the production receptacle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: OneSubsea IP UK Limited
    Inventor: David June
  • Patent number: 10724808
    Abstract: A plug assembly is used to block flow through a heat exchanger tube. The plug assembly includes a frusto-conical plug body, a frangible attachment on an end of the plug body, and a ring assembly circumscribing the plug body. When positioned around a larger diameter portion of the plug body, the ring assembly is urged radially outward to seal against and block flow through the tube. An installation device draws the plug body within the ring assembly to set the plug assembly in the tube. The installation device is manually operated, and positions the ring assembly over the larger diameter portion of the plug body by exerting an axial force onto the frangible attachment while simultaneously holding the ring assembly in place. The ring assembly is held in place with a second axial force directed opposite to that of the one applied to the frangible attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Ridha A. Alhassan, Shadi M. Hazmi, Abdullah M. Al-Otaibi, Jalal M. Ramdhan
  • Patent number: 10718458
    Abstract: A gate valve cartridge, valve housing and installation assembly as well as a completion plug for a line stop fitting and installation assembly. The gate valve cartridge comprises a gate, a paddle, a threaded valve stem and a completion plug. Both completion plugs include an outer circumferential slot for accommodating a circumferential seal and both completion plugs also accommodate a normally-closed check valve. The check valves have an open distal end for receiving a check valve actuator and an open proximal end in communication with fluid disposed proximally of the circumferential seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hydra-Stop LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Nelson, Christopher C. Vazzana, Cole Strickland, Carl Mastny
  • Patent number: 10704248
    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: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Elfblend Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Leslie Lawrence Howson
  • Patent number: 10683958
    Abstract: An “Adjustable Drainpipe Test Plug Device” (hereinafter “Device”) includes a lever arm and a plug seal assembly coupled that lever arm. The plug seal assembly fully or partially mechanically seals the drainpipe when the Device is locked into one of a plurality of plugging positions through a drainpipe side opening. A positioning arm assembly is rotatably coupled to a rear portion of the lever arm to releasably engage the lever arm while a foot of the positioning arm releasably engages a bottom rim of the side opening, thereby locking the Device into plugging position. An adjustable extensible rod of the positioning arm assembly enables the foot to engage the side opening of pipes having different nominal wall thicknesses. The Device may include a through-hole passing from a front side of the plug seal assembly to a rear side, and may include a fluid fill hose sealably coupled to the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: George Tash
  • Patent number: 10669791
    Abstract: A tool configured to facilitate installation or removal of a seal sub from an annular structure includes a support structure configured to be coupled to the annular structure, a shaft extending axially from the support structure, and an engaging structure coupled to the shaft. The engaging structure includes a plurality of engaging members, and each of the plurality of engaging members is configured to move in a radial direction between a retracted position that enables the engaging structure to be inserted into the seal sub and an extended position that enables the respective engaging member of the plurality of engaging members to engage the seal sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Terry Jason Smith, Karina Yanet Rivera, Roger David Boisjolie
  • Patent number: 10663107
    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 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10655403
    Abstract: This disclosure includes riser-component assemblies and methods of assembling the same that are suitable for managed pressure drilling (MPD) and that can be split apart when using pin connectors to connect auxiliary lines to other auxiliary lines and to components of the riser-component assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AMERIFORGE GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Justin Fraczek, Waybourn Anderson, Alex Gidman
  • Patent number: 10639664
    Abstract: A masking plug assembly includes a lower anvil and an elongate member coupled to a central portion of the lower anvil, where the elongate member includes at least one coupling part. The assembly also includes an upper anvil having a central opening for receiving the elongate member therethrough, where the upper anvil includes at least one complementary coupling part configured to be releasably coupled with the at least one coupling part of the elongate member. The assembly also includes a deformable plug with a central opening for receiving the elongate member therethrough, where the deformable plug is configured to be positioned within the hole of the structure between the lower anvil and the upper anvil, and where the deformable plug is composed of a resilient material such that at least a portion of the deformable plug expands horizontally when compressed vertically between the lower anvil and the upper anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Theodore Warner, James L. Scherer
  • Patent number: 10620061
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for providing a seal between an expansion plug and an opening in a load pin. A load pin may comprise a strain gauge located within an opening in a body of the load pin; an expansion plug configured to seal with the opening, covering the strain gauge; and a sealing material attached to at least a portion of the expansion plug configured to seal between the expansion plug and the opening. A method may comprise selecting a sealing material configured to prevent damage to the expansion plug from the external environment, based on the environment in which the expansion plug will be used; applying the sealing material to at least a portion of the expansion plug; vulcanizing the sealing material to the expansion plug to combine the two elements; and inserting the expansion plug into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Madhusudhan H, Michael Moran, Sivaprakash Eswaran, Andrew Kelly, Sudheer Beligere, Brian Richards, Vasanth Sivasubramanian
  • Patent number: 10612712
    Abstract: A modular plug for installation into large diameter pipelines that provides a reliable and secure seal within the pipeline to be serviced thereby increasing the safety of the people working on the secured side of the plug. The plug is modular in construction and suited for easy installation within large pipelines. The plug is generally formed as a large circular plate formed from modular sections. Along the division lines the plug pieces include grooves and a gasket therein. Reinforcing jacks extend outwardly from the plug and exert pressure against the pipeline to retain the plug geometry and position. Also, around the periphery of the plug is shown an inflatable rubber seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Warren Environmental & Coating, LLC
    Inventor: Danny Warren
  • Patent number: 10604336
    Abstract: A pre-filled wine glass product is sealed using a rigid lock-on cap. The wine glass illustratively includes a circumferential ledge with a groove against which the bottom rim of the cap seats, creating a liquid resistant barrier that helps to prevent liquid from penetrating under the cap from the outside. The wine glass has a rim with a rounded profile at the outside surface of the glass and a flat profile on the inside surface thereof, facilitating injection-molding manufacture of the glass. The ledge, the lower rim of the cap and a rounded pedestal base of the wine glass have the same diameter, which facilitates the capping and filling of the pre-filled wine glass product by high-speed filling and capping machinery. Further facilitating this is the fact that the edge of the rounded pedestal base is at least 4 mm high and has a flat profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CELEBRATE EVERYWHERE, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Bergida, Marvin M. Bergida
  • Patent number: 10597969
    Abstract: A seal including a fluid resistive cover, a structured element disposed at an inside surface of the cover and drawable with the cover between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Naeem-Ur-Rehman Minhas, Gaurav Agrawal, Asok Janardhanan Nair
  • Patent number: 10577886
    Abstract: A plug (10) for blocking off mining exploration drill holes. The plug (10) comprises an elongate body (12) of solid impervious material, and an engineered surface (14) is provided on an external circumference of the elongate body (12). The engineered surface (14) comprises an annular anchoring groove (16) having a ramp (18) extending from a maximum diameter to a minimum diameter of the engineered surface (14) in a braking direction, in which it is intended to prevent movement of the plug (10) in the drill hole. The plug (10) also comprises an O-ring (20) received in the anchoring groove (16) and having a thickness whereby it protrudes slightly above the maximum diameter of the engineered surface (14) and engages with a wall (22) of the drill hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Rise Mining Developments Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bruce Phillips
  • Patent number: 10569370
    Abstract: A fastening apparatus includes a retaining member comprising a shape memory material configured to transform, responsive to application of a stimulus, from a first solid phase to a second solid phase. The retaining member is disposed within a hole in a body and secured within the hole by phase change which creates an interference fit to secure the retaining member against rotational and axial movement. The hole has a second axial cross-sectional shape. The retaining member has a first axial cross-sectional shape that is preferably either circular or rectangular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Miguel Bilen, Bo Yu, Kenneth R. Evans
  • Patent number: 10570593
    Abstract: A self-sealing drain vent cover that allows for a vacuum to be created within piping of a plumbing fixture for unclogging purposes. The vent cover includes a rigid cover and a seal insert. The rigid cover includes a first tubular body and a first disk top to yield a closed off structure to support the seal insert. The first disk top is terminally and perimetrically connected to the first tubular body. The seal insert adheres to a surface around an overflow port to enclose said port. The seal insert includes a second tubular body, a second disk top, and an annular self-sealing mechanism. The second disk top is terminally and perimetrically connected to the second tubular body. The seal insert is mounted within the rigid body. The self-sealing mechanism is positioned adjacent to a bottom end of the second tubular body and is concentrically mounted to the second tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: John McCauley
  • Patent number: 10557261
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed to an apparatus for releasably sealing a pipe. Particularly, the apparatus comprises a bar that includes an interior, an exterior, a first end that includes external threads, and a second end that includes a stop. The device further comprises a sleeve positioned over a portion of the bar, and a coupling comprising internal threads that couple to the bar external threads. The device includes a compressible gasket sandwiched between first and second adaptors. Advancement of the coupling over the bar external threads increases pressure on the sleeve, which compresses the gasket between the first and second adaptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph Aaron Bowen, Justin Matthew Vance
  • Patent number: 10542879
    Abstract: It becomes possible to easily retrieve an imaging portion from the inside of a body. When receiving an external force from forceps (33), the gripping portion (22) causes a camera unit (11) to be displaced following displacement of the forceps (33) while maintaining a posture of the camera unit (11) with respect to the forceps (33), and, when receiving an external force other than the external force from the forceps (33), the gripping portion (22) causes the camera unit (11) to rotate with a contact point (61) as a center, or causes the camera unit (11) to rotate so that the contact point (61) is rotationally moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hitoshi Aoki, Kei Urakawa
  • Patent number: 10547271
    Abstract: Support plate adapted for fitting into a photovoltaic panel and allowing the fixing and the integration of this panel onto a building roof, said plate comprising leaktight vertical overlap means, leaktight leteral fitting means adapted for cooperating with a neighboring plate, protruding studs for positioning the plate which are raised, characterized in that the plate comprises a central portion forming a hood which is deliminated by a front face designed to be arranged opposite the photovoltaic panel and a rear face, said hood comprising an aperture adapted for allowing the recovery of air interposed between the photovoltaic panel and the front face of the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SNC YAP
    Inventor: Ylan Gilles Sabban
  • Patent number: 10526859
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes sealing system including an energizing member that simultaneously seats a plurality of sealing elements about a plurality of control lines, respectively. Further embodiments provide a method including disposing a plurality of sealing elements about a plurality of control lines, respectively, and fastening an energizing member to simultaneously seat each of the sealing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis P. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10508323
    Abstract: A tool for forming or servicing a wellbore includes a first body, a second body, and a retaining member located between a surface of the first body and a surface of the second body. The retaining member at least partially retains the second body with respect to the first body. The retaining member comprises a shape memory material configured to transform, responsive to application of a stimulus, from a first solid phase to a second solid phase. A method of forming a tool for forming or servicing a wellbore includes disposing a retaining member comprising a shape memory material in a space between a first body and a second body and transforming the shape memory material from a first solid phase to a second solid phase by application of a stimulus to cause the retaining member to create a mechanical interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Craig Russell, Daniel E. Ruff, Juan Miguel Bilen, Bo Yu, Kenneth R. Evans, Xu Huang, John H. Stevens, Eric C. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10497518
    Abstract: A hard start capacitor replacement unit has a plurality of capacitors in a container sized to fit in existing hard start capacitor space. The capacitors are 4 metallized film capacitors wound in a single cylindrical capacitive element. The container has a common terminal and capacitors value terminals for the plurality of capacitors, which may be connected singly or in combination to provide a selected capacitance. An electronic or other relay connects the selected capacitance in parallel with a motor run capacitor. The hard start capacitor replacement unit is thereby adapted to replace a wide variety of hard start capacitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: American Radionic Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Stockman, Robert M. Stockman
  • Patent number: 10483743
    Abstract: A cable holding device for holding a cable, includes a first member, a second member and a fixing member. The first member has a first through hole through which the cable is to pass. The second member has a second through hole through which the cable is to pass. The fixing member fixes the second member to the first member in such a condition that the second through hole partially overlaps the first through hole to hold the cable by an inner periphery of the first through hole and an inner periphery of the second through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Shikanai, Shogo Mikami, Yoshinari Matsuyama, Tomohiro Sekiguchi, Takeshi Kikuchi, Tomomi Nishikata
  • Patent number: 10478593
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention is directed to a multi-lumen catheter with self-sealing hub and an attachable extension assembly. In a preferred aspect, the present invention can allows removal of the external fluid connections of an elongated percutaneous medical article, such as a catheter or cannula. The percutaneous medical article suitably contains a distal septum that prevents fluid movement within the intraluminal space of the percutaneous medical article, when the fluid connections are removed. A single-use, disposable extension set of one or more single lumen lines with associated clamp and cap is attached for intraluminal access and removed following clinical use. Retaining the catheter transition allows the catheter to be secured using methods common to the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Cameron C. Jones, Clifford R. Weiss
  • Patent number: 10472812
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an apparatus that comprises a water closet assembly having a cylindrical body and a water closet flange. The apparatus also includes an annular shear wall that extends from the water closet assembly in a direction of a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body. The water closet assembly can also include an annular recess. In addition, the apparatus has a wall of the annular recess that includes an outer surface of the annular shear wall and a removable cap extending from the annular shear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: LSP Products Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane R. Condon, Daniel I. South, William A. Ghiglieri
  • Patent number: 10473261
    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: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10470751
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for providing surgical access into a body cavity. In one embodiment, a surgical access device is provided that includes a housing coupled to a retractor. The housing can be have one or more movable sealing ports for receiving surgical instruments. Each movable sealing port can include one or more sealing elements therein for sealing the port and/or forming a seal around a surgical instrument disposed therethrough. Each movable sealing port can be rotatable relative to the housing and each sealing element can be rotatable relative to the housing along a predetermined orbital path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Christopher W. Widenhouse, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10465834
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus enable the integrity of a liner pipe to be quickly and effectively tested in the field, while permitting rapid removal and replacement of the liner pipe if it is compromised. The liner pipe is leak tested prior to reversion, after being pulled through a host pipe to be lined via a swaging die and while the liner pipe is still under tension. If the liner pipe exhibits a leak, it can be removed from the liner pipe immediately and, importantly, before it has expanded to contact the host pipe. Leak testing apparatus includes a packer, which seals the opposite end of the liner pipe from the end which is pulled, creating a contained fluid volume upon which the leak test is performed. The leak test may be a pressure test or a vacuum test or any other suitable test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Pioneer Lining Technology Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Barnes
  • Patent number: 10444205
    Abstract: A plug unit for connecting capillary tubes includes a plug housing that has an axial borehole, a plug capillary tube that projects through the axial borehole, and a sealing element that surrounds the plug capillary tube. The front end of the plug capillary tube is sealed by an elastic and/or plastic deformation of the sealing element against the capillary tube receptacle opening of a bushing unit. A hollow cylindrical pressure piece is provided that surrounds the sealing element in an axial region facing away from the end surface of the plug capillary tube, and the pressure piece has a rearward end side that faces away from the end surface of the plug capillary tube and that can be loaded by the plug housing with an axial pressure force when the plug unit and bushing unit are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DIONEX SOFTRON GMBH
    Inventors: Hermann Hochgraeber, Adolf Satzinger, Daniel Buerger, Andreas Unger
  • Patent number: 10428511
    Abstract: A method is provided for the installation of varied sewer rehabilitation lining materials within an existing sewer while conveying sewage flow through an internal bypass contained on a sled that applies the rehabilitation materials, thus eliminating the need for an expensive, intrusive above grade external bypass. The apparatus is compatible with the various rehabilitation materials, technologies and methodologies currently available in the industry. The method and apparatus can be utilized to restore the original structural integrity of a sewer pipe or to provide a corrosion barrier. Multiple and varied rehabilitation materials (including but not limited to epoxy, geopolymer, mortar, cement, etc.) can be applied using the same apparatus. The apparatus can also be utilized to clean and televise the sewer prior to and during the rehabilitation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy Healy
  • Patent number: 10420972
    Abstract: A dummy head temporality replaces a sprinkler head in a sprinkler system. The dummy head provides for accurate alignment and sizing of a hole in a drywall and in relation to a sprinkler conduit in the sprinkler system. The dummy head is used to prevent breaking an actual sprinkler head while construction workers do an installation of a ceiling to be painted or covered by drywall joint compound of mud, which saves in service fees and redoing the location of the drywall hole for the inner ring to be placed in the drywall hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Ramon Aguilar, Alejandro Arroyave
  • Patent number: 10408370
    Abstract: A valve and coupling for joining pipe elements has a valve body captured in a central space defined by a plurality of coupling segments attached to one another end to end. The inner surface of the valve body defines a bore. A liner on the inner surface surrounds the bore and forms a seal with a valve closing member. Circumferentially arranged projections on the segments engage and center the valve body within the central space. The liner has lobes that extend axially in opposite directions. The lobes are compressed between the segments and the pipe elements to form a fluid tight seal when connection members are tightened to draw the segments toward the central space and into engagement with the pipe elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: Steven A. Wortmann, Douglas R. Dole
  • Patent number: 10408492
    Abstract: An environmental control system includes two environmental control system components with a duct extending between them. There is a drain in the duct including an orifice through the duct, a plenum in serial fluid communication with the orifice; and an orifice device removably connected to the duct, the orifice device including a second orifice in serial fluid communication with the plenum and the first orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Simpson, Brian R. Shea