With Valve Patents (Class 141/301)
  • Patent number: 10960756
    Abstract: A filler neck for filling fuel into a vehicle tank includes a closure flap mounted for pivot between a closed position closing the filler neck and an open position releasing the filler neck and which is prestressed into the closed position by spring prestressing and is pivotable into the open position from the closed position by a fuel pump nozzle being hooked into a hooking-in position in the filler neck. A liquid outlet opening permits liquid accumulating in the filler neck when the closure flap is closed to drain out of the filler neck. A closure element is prestressed into an open position releasing the liquid outlet opening. The closure element is arranged and designed in such a manner that, by the fuel pump nozzle being hooked into the hooking-in position, the closure element is moved counter to the prestressing into a closure position closing the liquid outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Christian Beck, Manuel Bachmann, Matthias Kapaun
  • Patent number: 10835732
    Abstract: A connector unit for a blood treatment machine connects the blood treatment machine to an external container. The connector unit includes a machine-side line which is designed for being fluid-connected to the blood treatment machine, a container-side line which is designed for being fluid-connected to the container, and an attachment tightly connected to the machine-side line and to the container-side line which is designed for being detachably mounted on a connecting nozzle of the external container so as to fluid-connect the external container to the blood treatment machine. The connector unit can be included on a blood treatment machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: B. BRAUN AVITUM AG
    Inventors: Waldemar Janik, Jens Duru
  • Patent number: 10675970
    Abstract: A capless refueling port attached to a fuel tank of a vehicle is presented. In one example, the capless refueling port includes a main opening, an articulating unitary plug mounted within a nozzle chamber of the fuel port, and a drain tube. The articulating plug is configured to partially or fully close an inlet of the drain tube connected to the fuel port during refueling; the articulating plug is further adjusted to open after refueling, allowing the fuel port to dissipate any residual pressure in the nozzle chamber to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Terrence Zitkovic, Jr., Xiankai Song
  • Patent number: 10407295
    Abstract: An object is to suppress excessive insertion of a fueling nozzle during fueling. A nozzle guide configured to form a nozzle guide path that guides a fueling nozzle is placed inside of a filler neck main body configured to include a fuel passage that introduces a fuel supplied from the fueling nozzle toward a fuel tank. This nozzle guide comprises a first projection for nozzle restriction provided on a nozzle guide end opening portion at an end of the nozzle guide path along a nozzle guide direction and protruded from an end opening circumferential wall of the nozzle guide end opening portion to narrow at least part of a diameter of the nozzle guide path; and a second projection for nozzle restriction provided on a downstream side of the first projection along the nozzle guide direction and protruded from the end opening circumferential wall to narrow at least part of the diameter of the nozzle guide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubo, Naoki Nishimoto, Yoshinari Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 9908403
    Abstract: A misfuelling prevention device for preventing inappropriate fuel from being added to a vehicle utilizes a diameter difference between a gasoline gun and a diesel gun in order to prevent misfuelling. The misfuelling preventing device is constructed such that when the diesel gun having a relatively larger diameter is inserted, a locking button is not pressed while a flapper is opened, whereas when the gasoline gun having a relatively smaller diameter is inserted, the locking button is pressed while the flapper is not opened. As a result, misfuelling of the vehicle with inappropriate fuel is fundamentally prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Ji Hoon Woo, Bu Yeol Ryu
  • Patent number: 9873322
    Abstract: A fuel tank apparatus is adapted to conduct fuel toward the fuel tank of a vehicle. The fuel tank fill apparatus includes a fuel-tank filler neck for conducting fuel to the fuel tank and a capless closure assembly the couples to the fuel-tank filler neck in such a way so as to be removed for serviceability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Louis T. Frank, Joshua L. Rude
  • Patent number: 9849067
    Abstract: A package that is configured to store and dispense fluids. The package includes a container and a dosing dispenser for closing an opening to the container. The dosing dispenser includes a body portion having a syringe receiver and a valve assembly that is configured to permit the flow of fluid from the container to the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Vassallo, Steven Gift, W Gordon Beecroft
  • Patent number: 9415682
    Abstract: A refueling portion structure of a fuel tank includes: a refueling pipe that has a refueling port into which a refueling nozzle is to be inserted, and that communicates with a fuel tank; an opening/closing valve that is provided on a flow path within the refueling pipe and closes the flow path, and that, when pushed by the refueling nozzle, opens the flow path; and a valve opening/closing device that, in a case in which a tank internal pressure of the fuel tank exceeds a set value that is set in advance, restricts or inhibits opening operation of the opening/closing valve, and, in a case in which the tank internal pressure is less than or equal to the set value, permits the opening operation of the opening/closing valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shuichi Aso
  • Patent number: 9353895
    Abstract: A reusable aseptic connector is provided. The connector may be used to provide fluid communication between a bag-in-box (BIB) container and a beverage dispenser. The connector may provide aseptic properties of the connection by insulation of an inner volume of a first part and an inner volume of a second part, with the beverage component kept from contacting any of the part of the connector structure that are exposed to the environment and have a risk of induced contamination. The connector may comprise a resilient membrane and a sliding tube wherein the sliding tube is configured to have a portion move toward and through the resilient membrane to establish fluid communication between the first part and the second part, and for the portion to move away from the resilient membrane to destablish fluid communication between the first part and the second part when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Dmitry Falkov, Igor Kachko, Georgy Martsinovskiy, Vladimir Vasiliev, Mikhail Verbitsky
  • Patent number: 9266428
    Abstract: A fuel filler assembly for a vehicle includes a main flap unit connected to a fuel filler pipe adjacent a filling end thereof and a main flap pivotally disposed on the main flap unit for selectively closing access to the filling end of the fuel filler pipe. The fuel filler assembly further includes a shutter unit connected to the fuel filler pipe adjacent the filling end thereof and engaging the main flap unit, and a shutter pivotally disposed on the shutter unit for selectively closing access to the filling end of the fuel filler pipe. Cooperative engagement (e.g., an interference fit) between the main flap unit and the shutter unit seals the main flap unit and the shutter unit together and prevents fuel from leaking therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9016330
    Abstract: A device, system and/or method for dispensing a fuel additive to a fuel tank that employs a fuel additive delivery device secured to an opening of the fuel tank. The delivery device is fluidly coupled to a fuel additive reservoir. The delivery device includes a cap that automatically opens or closes fluid communication with the fuel additive reservoir. The delivery device also includes a bore defined through the delivery device configured to receive a fuel filler spout with a fuel passageway outlet positioned in the bore such that, as fuel passes through the bore and into the fuel tank, the bore is configured to create a suction at the fuel additive outlet to pull fuel additive from the reservoir, through the delivery device, and into the fuel tank with the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Robert J. Hunt, Gaylen W. Ercanbrack
  • Patent number: 9016334
    Abstract: A reusable aseptic connector is provided. The connector may be used to provide fluid communication between a bag-in-box (BIB) container and a beverage dispenser. The connector may provide aseptic properties of the connection by insulation of an inner volume of a first part and an inner volume of a second part, with the beverage component kept from contacting any of the part of the connector structure that are exposed to the environment and have a risk of induced contamination. The connector may comprise a resilient membrane and a sliding tube wherein the sliding tube is configured to have a portion move toward and through the resilient membrane to establish fluid communication between the first part and the second part, and for the portion to move away from the resilient membrane to destablish fluid communication between the first part and the second part when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Dmitry Falkov, Igor Kachko, Georgy Martsinovskiy, Vladimir Vasiliev, Mikhail Verbitsky
  • Patent number: 8991443
    Abstract: An air flow controller for a pneumatically operated watercraft lift has a valve for opening and closing the air line to the pontoon and a manifold with a gate. The gate is biased to a first orientation in which air from the pontoon can be exhausted only to the atmosphere when the lift blower is switched “off.” When the blower is switched “on,” air flow from the blower moves the gate into a second orientation in which the blower can force air only into the pontoon. This configuration prevents flow of water into the blower during lowering of the pontoon while using relatively few and simple valve system components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 8973624
    Abstract: A fill control system includes a fuel storage vessel, a fuel inlet in fluid communication with the fuel storage vessel to provide fluid communication between a fuel source and the fuel storage vessel, and a fill control valve disposed between and in fluid communication with the fuel inlet and the fuel storage vessel, an actuation of the fill control valve causing a pressure level upstream thereof which emulates a full condition of the fuel storage vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Jörg Schulze
  • Patent number: 8931523
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tank venting system for a fuel tank (12) of a vehicle, having a vent line (14) for discharge of gaseous hydrocarbons from the fuel tank (12) during refueling thereof. Gaseous hydrocarbons originating from the fuel tank (12) can be introduced in a filler pipe (20) of the fuel tank (12) via a recirculation line (24). A control device (34) controls a proportional valve (32) and changes in this way a pass-through cross section of the recirculation line (24). In this way, a load of an activated charcoal filter (16) which is coupled with the vent line (14) can be minimized. The control device (34) can especially determine a pressure in the fuel tank (12). Furthermore, the invention relates to a method of venting a fuel tank (12) during refueling thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Harald Hagen, Andreas Wagner
  • Patent number: 8910675
    Abstract: A method for venting of a liquid tank with a valve, a primary compartment and a secondary compartment which are connected together via a bridge. The valve includes a chamber provided with a cover, which extends at least partly into the tank and is connected via an upper venting aperture to a venting circuit. A first device monitors a level of liquid in the primary compartment. A second device monitors a level of liquid in the secondary compartment. The valve configured to be closed when the first device detects that the level of liquid in the primary compartment is equal to or higher than a first predetermined filling level, and the second device detects that the level of liquid in the secondary compartment is equal to or higher than a second predetermined filling level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Philippe Coulon, Sebastien Jouie, Remi Thebault, Pierre Lacome, David Hill, Joseph Douglas Chiasson
  • Patent number: 8857480
    Abstract: A vehicle having multiple isolated fluid circuits configured to be filled through a common fill port includes a first fluid circuit disposed within the vehicle, the first fluid circuit having a first fill port, a second fluid circuit disposed within the vehicle, and a conduit defining a fluid passageway between the first fluid circuit and second fluid circuit, the conduit including a valve. The valve is configured such that the first and second fluid circuits are fluidly coupled via the passageway when the valve is open, and are fluidly isolated when the valve is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Sullivan, Douglas Fansler
  • Patent number: 8813792
    Abstract: A method of refilling coolant from a fluid cooling system of an engine, where the fluid cooling system has a surge tank or pressure cap, includes the steps of sealingly connecting a storage tank of a coolant management tool to a drainage port of the cooling system, wherein the drainage port is located at the bottom of the fluid cooling system. The storage tank stores the coolant to refill the cooling system. The method includes installing a vacuum module to the surge tank or pressure cap. The method also includes the steps maintaining a vacuum while drawing at least a portion of the coolant from the storage tank up through the drainage port, up through the cooling system, and to a level just upstream of the vacuum module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Ehlers, Karl Reith
  • Patent number: 8776844
    Abstract: An apparatus diverts the flow of bulk solids into a bin from a discharge of a bulk solids conveyor. The apparatus contains a fitting that attaches to the discharge, a frame with a vertical conduit, at least two baffles that pivot on rotating shafts and are capable of variable positioning between a substantially vertical position that opens the vertical conduit of the frame and a substantially horizontal position that substantially closes the vertical conduit of the frame, and a drive motor to rotate the baffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Carl F. Yaegel
  • Patent number: 8777182
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing assembly, including a valve, a housing, a user interface, and a fitting to couple to a fluid source. The valve may include a first sensor detecting proper placement of the fluid container based on a magnetic material positioned at the bottom of the fluid container, a plunger having a plunger shaft coupled thereto, the plunger selectively placing the valve in fluid communication with the fluid container, and a solenoid coupled to the plunger shaft and moving the plunger shaft to transition the plunger between an open position and a closed position. The user interface may be coupled to the valve to enable selection of at least a fluid container size and a dispensing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: GrinOn Industries
    Inventor: Joshua Springer
  • Patent number: 8684047
    Abstract: A drain system for a food preparation machine includes a preparation area drain tray; a rinsing station including a water source; a water collection tray disposed below the rinsing station so as to collect water supplied from the water source; and, a passage from the rinsing station to the preparation area drain tray directing water to flush the preparation area drain tray with water supplied from the water source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Island Oasis Frozen Cocktail Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Hotaling
  • Patent number: 8646495
    Abstract: A fuel tank for vehicles has a filler tube and a filling level limiting device, with the filler tube comprising, in the interior of the fuel tank, a closing device which interacts with an actuating device which is composed of: a) a frame which is fastened in the interior of the fuel tank and which has a force store which actuates the closing device; b) a locking arrangement which holds the force store in the stressed state; c) a release mechanism which is operatively connected to a float; and d) a stressing mechanism for stressing the force store. The actuating device ensures that a flap closes precisely when a nominal filling level is reached, and does not open again even under intense fluctuation of the liquid level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fuel Systems GesembH
    Inventor: Thomas Fuchs
  • Patent number: 8561652
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling a receptacle (200) with carbon nanotubes from another receptacle (106) whereby the CNTs are passed from one receptacle to the other by means of a coupling (300) comprising a double-valve device (30), each valve being coupled to one of the receptacles, the valves (31, 32) closing independently and tightly and being openable only when they are coupled to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Arkema France
    Inventors: Serge Bordere, Patrice Gaillard
  • Publication number: 20130263970
    Abstract: Provided herein are complementary couplers useful in providing a coupling through which liquids may be transferred from a first storage reservoir or tank to a second storage reservoir or tank, which can be an on-board fuel tank of a motorized vehicle. There is provided a first coupling which is configured to be in fluid communication with the interior of a vehicle's fuel tank, and a second coupling which is intended to be in fluid communication with the contents of a remote fuel storage reservoir. The disclosure also includes a process for charging a fuel reservoir on board of a motorized vehicle from a remote reservoir, wherein the vapor in the fuel reservoir is displaced by an equal volume of fuel delivered from said remote reservoir, and wherein the vapor in said fuel reservoir is simultaneously caused to be transferred to said remote reservoir, thus permitting no escape of the vapor from said fuel reservoir to the surrounding atmosphere.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Robert L. Schultz, JR., Basil B. Tilling
  • Patent number: 8534328
    Abstract: Adapters are provided for establishing fluid communication between an anesthetic agent container and an anesthetic vaporizer having a fluid port. The adapter may be mountable on the vaporizer to cooperate with the spout of an anesthetic agent container or may be mountable on an anesthetic agent container to cooperate with the fluid port of an anesthetic vaporizer to provide a sealing and/or retaining relationship therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Jerome A. Grunstad, David A. Schuelke, Paul L. Weber, Martin E. Olson Gunderson, Simon Freed
  • Patent number: 8528604
    Abstract: A liquid container includes a liquid chamber, and a liquid supply chamber at least partially defined by at least one wall having a first opening, a second opening, and a third opening formed therethrough. A method of filling such a liquid container includes the steps of closing the third opening, positioning the liquid container in a predetermined orientation, and introducing liquid into the liquid supply chamber via the second opening. The method also includes the step of introducing liquid into the liquid chamber after the step of introducing liquid into the liquid supply chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shingo Hattori
  • Patent number: 8459312
    Abstract: An adapter to be pressed into the neck of a bottle to receive a syringe for accessing the bottle contents by a syringe. The adapter has a distal end that extends into the bottle and a normally closed valve located at that distal end to prevent the contents from leaking out of the bottle if the bottle is inverted. An upper flange of the adapter seats against the top of the bottle and is recessed into the top of the bottle to prevent easy access to pry the adapter out of the bottle. A cap is also disclosed that is adapted to be pressed into the neck of a bottle. The cap has an upper lid that is hinged to a lower body to allow the upper hinge to move between a closed position sealing the bottle and an open position where the bottle is accessible by a syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Comar, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Manera, Victoria Moore O'Brien, Brian Myers, Daniel R. Hoffman, John D. Buehler
  • Patent number: 8448676
    Abstract: A multiple sump fuel sampler with catch can that includes an upper fuel sampling and testing reservoir with integral lower catch can reservoir arranged such that a self-closing valve is placed between the upper sampling reservoir and the lower catch can. This self-closing valve can be easily opened and closed by a user to allow fuel in the upper sampling reservoir to drain down into the lower catch can reservoir. Embodiments of the invention include a means of spill-free dumping of fuel accumulated in the lower catch can reservoir via an integral no-drip pour spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Innoquest, Inc.
    Inventor: William C. Hughes
  • Publication number: 20130105041
    Abstract: Filling element for filling containers with a liquid charge, having at least one liquid channel, which is formed in a filling element housing and in which, in the direction of flow of the charge, at least one liquid valve actuated by an actuating mechanism is provided upstream of a dispensing opening, specifically for dispensing the liquid charge in a controlled manner through the dispensing opening into the respective container. The liquid channel is designed with a venting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch, Jonathan Lorenz, Manfred Hartel, Andreas Fahldieck, Ludwig Clusserath
  • Patent number: 8430137
    Abstract: Provided is a refill cap cartridge engageable with a bottle during usage thereof. The refill cartridge includes an upper body and a lower body defining a cartridge reservoir. The upper body is configured to be engageable with the body, while the lower body is configured to be insertable within the bottle opening. The refill cartridge additionally includes a plug having an upper plug portion defining an upper plug head and a lower plug portion defining a flared end portion. The plug is engageable with the cap and is moveable relative to the cap between a sealing position and a dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Jae K. Sim
  • Patent number: 8408254
    Abstract: The invention comprises a hydrogen source, a detachable connecting port to which a hydrogen storage container is connected in order to store hydrogen supplied from the hydrogen source, a container cooling unit (an air blower) for cooling a hydrogen storage container connected to the connecting port, a container connection recognition unit (a limit switch, a controller) for recognizing connection of a hydrogen storage container to the connecting port, and a fill-up detection unit (a pressure transmitter, a hydrogen remaining sensor, a controller) for detecting that the hydrogen storage container connected to the connecting port is filled up with hydrogen. Consequently, it contributes to simple and safe hydrogen filling in the general public.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: The Japan Steel Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Shibukawa, Yukio Sato, Yoshinori Kawaharazaki, Yasuhiro Fujita, Shouichi Sato
  • Patent number: 8371346
    Abstract: A refueling nozzle is inserted into a fuel filler tube of the vehicle, refueling is carried out in the normal manner. However, during retraction of the nozzle, when the nozzle is prone to drip, a specially designed valve is caused to open and a vacuum canister draws in a rush of air and captures the dripping gas. During normal vehicle operation, the captured fuel in the vacuum canister is drawn into the engine intake manifold to be burned through the engine and the vacuum in the canister is replenished for the next refueling stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Robert W. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8276625
    Abstract: A device and method for preservation of an oxidizable substance, e.g. a liquid such as a beverage of which wine is an example, is described. In a first aspect, a device is described for controlling the delivery of a predetermined amount of inert gas into a container with a single opening such as a wine bottle at a pre-determined pressure, suitable for an efficient delivery of the inert gas, with a simultaneous displacement of the air present in the top space of the container or bottle, in a simple actuation. In a second aspect, an improved container or bottle stopper is described with simple features that allow easy and cheap manufacture significantly reducing the cost of the stopper. In a third aspect to an efficient and cost-effective method is described for the preservation of a degradable substances especially liquids such as beverages of which wine is an example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Marc Dulst
  • Patent number: 8272411
    Abstract: A lyophilization device configured for use in a lyophilization process has a body defining a chamber for receiving a liquid to be lyophilized, and a stopper creating a liquid-tight seal between the chamber and ambient atmosphere to form a sealed, empty sterile chamber. The stopper is adapted so that the chamber may be sterile filled with the substance through the stopper. A fluid passageway is formed through the stopper, through which the chamber is evacuated. The substance is lyophilized, the fluid passageway is closed, and the lyophilized substance is hermetically sealed within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Patent number: 8251107
    Abstract: A bottle or container filling system for unpressurized hot filling of beverage bottles or containers in a bottle or container filling plant. The bottle or container filling system comprises an unpressurized hot liquid reservoir, at least one filling element, and a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Publication number: 20120180898
    Abstract: A vehicle having multiple isolated fluid circuits configured to be filled through a common fill port includes a first fluid circuit disposed within the vehicle, the first fluid circuit having a first fill port, a second fluid circuit disposed within the vehicle, and a conduit defining a fluid passageway between the first fluid circuit and second fluid circuit, the conduit including a valve. The valve is configured such that the first and second fluid circuits are fluidly coupled via the passageway when the valve is open, and are fluidly isolated when the valve is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicants: CRAIG ASSEMBLY INC., GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Scott C Sullivan, Douglas Fansler
  • Patent number: 8215344
    Abstract: A bottle assembly is provided having a body portion defining a cavity therein, a top lid assembly connectable to the body portion, which includes a selectively deployable and retractable spout, a spout bottom lid; and a resilient tube having a lumen therethrough, wherein the lumen is occluded when the spout is retracted and the resilient tube is kinked, and wherein the lumen is opened when the spout is deployed and the resilient tube is not kinked; a trigger assembly for selectively moving the spout between a deployed and a retracted condition; and a bottom lid assembly selectively connectable to a bottom end of the body portion, the bottom lid assembly including a valve assembly to open and close a fluid path into the cavity of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: David Mitchell Windmiller
  • Patent number: 8171652
    Abstract: Device and method for lyophilizing a substance within the device and storing therein the lyophilized substance. The device defines a chamber for receiving therein the substance to be lyophilized, a penetrable and resealable portion of the device is penetrable or pierceable by a needle for filling the device with the substance, and a resulting hole therein is resealable by transmitting radiation from a radiation source thereon. A filter is connectable in fluid communication between an interior and exterior of the chamber for permitting fluid to flow therethrough in a direction from the interior to the exterior of the chamber, and for substantially preventing contaminants from flowing therethrough in a direction from the exterior to the interior of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Patent number: 8122917
    Abstract: A foam transfer device is described, for use with aerosol canister apparatus for producing a sclerosant foam for the treatment of, inter alia, varicose veins. The device enables diversion of an initial quantity of below-specification foam from the canister to waste, e.g. to an integral waste chamber, before dispensing a further quantity of foam for use in treatment. The switching of the flow from the waste chamber to a different outlet for use is accomplished without interrupting the flow from the aerosol canister since this would cause the foam to drop below specification again. The waste chamber may be transparent so that the foam entering it can be observed and a decision made by a user when to stop diverting foam to waste. Alternatively, the foam may be diverted automatically e.g. when a set time has elapsed or a set volume of foam dispensed. The foam for use is normally dispensed into a syringe for subsequent injection into a varicose vein of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: BTG International Limited
    Inventors: Anthony David Harman, David Dakin Iowerth Wright, Jam Wilem Marinus Mijers, Stuart Brian William Kay, Christopher John Hurlstone, Julina Richard Dixon, Andrew Gordon Pocock, Brendan Hogan
  • Patent number: 8087434
    Abstract: The invention refers to a filler neck for the fuel tank of a vehicle that encompasses a refueling channel (2), a first opening (3) and below it, arranged in a transversal wall (11), a second opening (7) that can be closed by a closing device. In a longitudinal section (27) of the refueling tank (2) that extends between the transversal wall (11) and the first opening (3), ends a drainage channel (10) via a drainage opening (12). In addition, a closing element (15) has been arranged in the longitudinal section (27), movable between a position that closes the drainage opening (12) and one position that releases it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Alfmeier Prazision AG Baugruppen und Systemlosungen
    Inventors: Markus Stephan, André Brandis, Katrin Buchholz
  • Publication number: 20110284125
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tank venting system for a fuel tank (12) of a vehicle, having a vent line (14) for discharge of gaseous hydrocarbons from the fuel tank (12) during refueling thereof. Gaseous hydrocarbons originating from the fuel tank (12) can be introduced in a filler pipe (20) of the fuel tank (12) via a recirculation line (24). A control device (34) controls a proportional valve (32) and changes in this way a pass-through cross section of the recirculation line (24). In this way, a load of an activated charcoal filter (16) which is coupled with the vent line (14) can be minimized. The control device (34) can especially determine a pressure in the fuel tank (12). Furthermore, the invention relates to a method of venting a fuel tank (12) during refueling thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventors: HARALD HAGEN, Andreas Wagner
  • Patent number: 8061393
    Abstract: A filling method for filling a reservoir (10) of variable working volume with a fluid, the method being characterized in that the reservoir (10) is firstly emptied of any content, such that its working volume is substantially zero, and the fluid is then injected into the reservoir, thereby increasing the working volume of the reservoir (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Airlesssystems
    Inventor: Alain Behar
  • Patent number: 8033306
    Abstract: An adapter includes a base connectable to an anesthetic agent container, a spout that extends from the base and defines at least one flow path therethrough, and a valve assembly disposed within the at least one flow path, the valve assembly being moveable between a first open position and a second closed position. The adapter also includes a radially expandable seal disposed about the spout, the seal having a first end, a second end, and an intermediate region between the first and second ends that expands radially outward relative to a longitudinal axis of the spout. The valve assembly has a surface that cooperates with the seal, wherein the cooperation between the surface and the seal expands the intermediate region radially outward relative to the longitudinal axis with the valve assembly in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Simon Freed, Richard Meyst, Roy T. Henderson, Raymond D. Clark
  • Patent number: 8033305
    Abstract: In order to create a simply designed actuating device with a reliable handling for a rapid coupling (10) for transferring gaseous and/or liquid fluids, comprising a tubular housing (11) and a slide (41), which is mounted in a manner that enables it to be displaced relative to the housing and which is coupled to a lever mechanism (42), the invention provides that the lever mechanism (42) has at least one pivoting lever (43) laterally mounted inside said housing (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventors: Erwin Weh, Wolfgang Weh
  • Patent number: 8002000
    Abstract: A bag-on-valve aerosol valve system in a container is provided. Propellant is pressure filled around the valve stem, outwardly over the stem gasket and down into the container space outside the bag. Product is filled through the valve stem into the bag. The valve stem has an exterior intermediate frusto-conical annular surface and the valve housing has an interior frusto-conical annular surface, with both surfaces engaging in annular sealing contact to block propellant access to the bag when the valve stem is deeply depressed to a first predetermined position for propellant pressure filling. A stem exterior surface indent interacts with radially-biased spring-loaded slides to lock the stem in a second less depressed predetermined position for product filling through the stem down into the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Precision Valve Corporation
    Inventor: Louis Pericard
  • Patent number: 7980277
    Abstract: The invention discloses a powder filling device and method which is capable of making stable powder flow rate, preventing powder from being leaked or dispersed during filling operation, and filling the powder in a short time in a new powder filling system filling the powder from a measuring tank to a powder filling container. The powder filling device comprises a measuring tank having a powder discharge port and a filling amount control unit disposed near the powder discharge port, and an auxiliary container having an opening disposed on the underside of the powder discharge port of the measuring tank which faces downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirosato Amano
  • Patent number: 7963305
    Abstract: Filling valve (5) including: a hollow housing (11) having a valve seat (25); a moving valve rod (14) slidingly mounted in the housing (11) and having a sealing surface (23), the moving valve rod (14) and the hollow housing (11) together defining a liquid chamber (18); a liquid inlet (26) for putting the liquid chamber (18) into communication with a liquid supply pipe (6); a device for putting the valve rod (14) in a first, full-open position, in which the sealing surface (23) is spaced from the valve seat (25), thereby forming a passage (27) for the liquid; a device for putting the valve rod (14) in a second, closed position, in which the sealing surface (23) is in sealing contact with the valve seat (25), thereby closing the passage (27), and a device for putting the valve rod (14) in a third, predetermined, semi-open position in which the sealing surface (23) is spaced from the valve seat (25) but closer to the same than in the full-open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Andrea Lupi, Fabrizio Vaia
  • Patent number: 7954520
    Abstract: A highly portable sand bag hopper has the shape of a cabinet with the front open. The flat, solid top of the cabinet has a loading opening for loading sand into a lower cone. A horizontal sliding door located near the lower, smaller tapered end of the cone opens and closes the lower discharge opening by pulling a spring-loaded lever arm. The upper part of the cone is loaded with sand at a predetermined level to discharge discreet amounts of sand. A seal may be located around the lower opening to sweep sand or debris from the top of the discharge door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: James Michael England
  • Publication number: 20110088813
    Abstract: A filler spout comprising a tubular body having mounted therein a valve member extending in register with a valve seat, and a secondary shutter disposed downstream from the valve member and connected thereto, the body including a constriction in register with the secondary shutter, an internal magnetic actuator element being connected to the valve member and being associated with external actuator means arranged to move the internal element between a position in which the valve member is closed and a position in which the valve member is open, wherein the internal actuator element is mounted between the valve member and the secondary shutter, and the tubular body includes means giving access to the internal actuator element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: André GRAFFIN
  • Patent number: 7926522
    Abstract: A capless fuel filler device includes an anti-contamination seal mounted upon an external portion of a fuel filler passage extending through the device. An anti-contamination plug may selectively be inserted into the combination passage so as to sealingly engage the anti-contamination seal. A contaminant drain leading from the valve body's fuel and nozzle passage serves to not only remove liquid contaminants from the fuel and nozzle passage, but also to mitigate any incidental buildup of vacuum within the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Aitken, Robert Joseph Beier