Pipe, Tube, Or Conduit Cleaner Patents (Class 15/104.03)
  • Patent number: 9630387
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the continuous inline production of coated polymeric substrates or laminates and also to an apparatus for implementing this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Evonik Roehm GmbH
    Inventors: Waldemar Kanzler, Thomas Hasskerl, Ghirmay Seyoum, Patrick Kliem, Werner Krebs, Dieter Foerster, Manfred Dannehl
  • Patent number: 9364867
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes a supporting element, at least one button unit and a cleaning unit. The supporting element includes a space. The button unit is formed on the supporting element by making a U-shaped slit in the supporting element. The U-shaped slit is in communication with the space. The cleaning unit includes a shell, bristle and at least one hook. The shell includes a first end and a second end. The bristle is connected to an internal side of the shell via the first end. The hook extends from the second end of the shell. The hook is inserted in the space of the supporting element and the U-shaped slit of the button unit to engage the cleaning unit with the supporting element. The button unit is operable to move the hook out of the U-shaped slit to allow disengagement of the cleaning unit from the supporting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Nian-Hao Liao
  • Patent number: 9346085
    Abstract: The various embodiments herein provide a mechanism for cleaning the interior surfaces of pipes/tubes. The mechanism comprises a power transfer shaft, a power generator, a power transmission means attached to the power generation means and the power transfer shaft, an electrical valve and pump, an electrical unit to generate a dynamic force, a controller for remote force controlling, a liquid guidance system integrated to the power transfer shaft, a movement conditioner for the power transfer shaft; and at least one cleaning tool removably attached to the power transfer shaft. The at least one cleaning tool includes a predefined structure to convert a turning movement of the cleaning tool into a rotational movement of the power transfer shaft for cleaning of the deposits in the pipe/tubes without any damage to an internal body of the pipe & tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Mehdi Khani Moghanaki
  • Patent number: 9216439
    Abstract: A rotary brush attachment for use with a tool, such as a power tool, to remove rust, paint, debris, and other unwanted matter accumulated on the surface of fasteners and other parts used in construction, automotive applications, and industrial applications. The rotary brush attachment comprises a body oriented along a longitudinal axis, an engagement portion for removably engaging a tool, and a brush portion. The brush portion comprises a hollow extending at least partially into the body along the longitudinal axis, and bristles extending from the interior surface of the hollow towards the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Roger Le Blanc
  • Patent number: 8984698
    Abstract: Lightweight sewer cable that may include an elongate central resilient non-metallic core member, an elongate metallic helical coil spring surrounding the core member, and an elongate non-metallic spacer between the core member and the coil spring are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Seescan, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark S. Olsson
  • Patent number: 8931130
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for cleaning a grating disc used for cutting food. The grating disc has two sets of parallel blades, the blades delineating quadrilateral-sectioned spaces in a main plane of the grating disc, a main plane of each blade being substantially perpendicular to the main plane of the grating disc. The device has at least one tooth, the tooth being sized such that it is able to be inserted into the spaces delineated by the blades. The device including a pin aligned with the tooth or teeth, an end of the pin protruding relative to one end of the tooth or teeth. The pin being capable of sliding into a space delineated by the blades at the same time that the tooth or teeth are inserted into one or more spaces delineated by the blades. This invention also relates to a set for cleaning a grating disc, comprising such a device. Finally, this invention relates to a method for cleaning a grating disc used for cutting food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Hameur SA
    Inventors: Pierre Bernard Claude Dumas, Loic Xavier Fevre
  • Patent number: 8894772
    Abstract: An intelligent pig for pipeline monitoring comprises a single body containing signal transmitters and receivers provided with replaceable rings for centering the body within the pipeline, the rings may be provided with brushes which help center the pig within the pipeline and also aid its passage through pipelines which may contain bends and/or be of variable diameter, the pig may be used in combination with a cleaning pig to provide combined activities using a common driving force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cokebuster Ltd.
    Inventors: John Phipps, Hugh Lewis
  • Patent number: 8887961
    Abstract: Tapping device for beverage, including at least one beverage container, a tapping line and a tapping cock, wherein the tapping line extends at least to adjacent the tapping cock and a connector for connection of the tapping line to the at least one beverage container, wherein a cleaning element is provided in the beverage container or the connector, which cleaning element upon broaching of a beverage container is situated near an end of the tapping line proximal to the beverage container and is movable through the tapping line under pressure of beverage from the beverage container, while abutting against an inner side of the tapping line, such that beverage will propel the cleaning element in the tapping line, at least to near the tapping cock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Heineken Supply Chain B.V.
    Inventors: Bart Jan Bax, Helmut Paulitsch, Ernst Jan Folkert Van Der Wal, Antonius Maurits Willemen
  • Patent number: 8832894
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes a cap having an opening and that defines an inner cavity, and a channel that extends from a bottom of the inner cavity to a bottom of the cap. A plunger includes a domed top surface, a shoulder, and a rod member. The plunger moves toward the bottom of the cap as the domed top surface is contacted by a male protrusion of a male medical implement, to push the rod member and piercing end further into the channel. The crush ribs contact an inner surface of the channel to inhibit reverse movement of the plunger. A cleaning material contains a cleaning agent and is positioned around the rod member and compressed between the bottom of the inner cavity and the shoulder of the plunger to release the cleaning agent around the shoulder to contact the male protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ivera Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Bobby E. Rogers, Paul DiPerna, Gino Kang, Christine Arme
  • Publication number: 20140230854
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices and methods for active biofouling control. According to an aspect, a device comprising a surface for contacting a biological material. The device also comprises a mechanism comprising a structure configured to change the surface between a first shape and a second shape. The change from the first shape to the second shape deforms the surface beyond a critical strain for debonding of a fouling agent from the surface when the fouling agent has bonded to the surface in the first shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Gabriel P. Lopez, Vrad W. Levering, Xuanhe Zhao, Phanindhar Shivapooja, Qiming Wang
  • Patent number: 8671495
    Abstract: A pig traversable through a conduit to deliver a liquid, such as a coating material, having a resilient flexible, generally frustoconical sealing lip which is resiliently biased against an internal surface of the conduit and a resilient biasing member engaging and biased against an under surface of the sealing lip, biasing the sealing lip against an internal surface of the conduit. The disclosed embodiments of the resilient biasing member include annular coil springs and serpentine annular metal springs which may be U-shaped in cross-section, including a first leg received against the under surface of the sealing lip and a second leg received against the pig body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert Martin, Werner Schwager, Martin Stiegler, Andreas Collmer, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Patent number: 8650694
    Abstract: A pipeline pig includes a venturi and a modulating valve located rearward of the inlet side of the venturi. When the valve is in the open position, a predetermined maximum bypass flow is allowed through the venturi. The closed position allows a predetermined minimum bypass flow. The valve may be a poppet-style valve or a frusto-conical shaped stopper. The stopper has sufficient mass and/or aerodynamic drag to overcome the spring force holding the valve in the open position. When the pig stalls, the valve closes and the stopper chokes bypass flow through the venturi. When the pig starts running again, the valve opens as inertia forces the stopper away from the inlet side of the venturi. Also, as friction of the pig increases due to changes in the internal diameter of the pipeline or accumulation of debris ahead of the pig, increased airflow across the valve creates drag sufficient to partially overcome the spring force, thus keeping the pig moving at a desirable rate of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: TDW Delaware, Inc
    Inventors: Rick D. Pruett, Robert F. Strong, Eric N. Freeman, Charles Culver Gidden Cooper, Scott Douglas Nelson, Mark Russell Henault
  • Patent number: 8601633
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for the cleaning of an endotracheal tube while a patient is being supported by a ventilator connected to the endotracheal tube for the purpose of increasing the available space for airflow or to prevent the build up of materials that may constrict airflow or be a potential nidus for infection. In one embodiment, a method for cleaning endotracheal tubes comprises inserting a cleaning device within an endotracheal tube while a cleaning member is in a compressed position, radially expanding the cleaning member to an expanded position within the endotracheal tube, and withdrawing the cleaning device from the endotracheal tube with the cleaning member in the expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Endoclear LLC
    Inventors: Brad E. Vazales, Arthur Bertolero, Ken Watson, James M. Gracy, Clifton P. Colwell, Craig B. Berky, Alan Davidner
  • Patent number: 8584296
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning bleeder valves is disclosed. The apparatus includes a rigid casing and a flexible casing rotatably connected to the rigid casing. The flexible casing is adapted to provide fluid-tight coupling of the flexible casing to a bleeder valve. Within the flexible casing, a flexible shaft is rotatably mounted and extended from one end of the flexible casing to a position outwardly of an opposite end of the flexible casing. Connected to the flexible shaft is a drill adapted for engagement to effect rotation and reciprocation thereof. Also connected to the rigid casing is a valve adapted for selective venting of an interior of the rigid casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Arthur W. Doty
  • Patent number: 8584297
    Abstract: A hand-operated drain snake is provided. The snake includes a first shaft having a first longitudinal axis, an auger disposed on an exterior surface of the first shaft, a second shaft having a second longitudinal axis, and a transverse member. A proximal end of the first shaft is disposed on one side of the transverse member and a proximal end of the second shaft is disposed on an opposite side of the transverse member such that the first axis is substantially parallel to the second axis, and the first axis is offset from the second axis by an offset distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: George Tash and Debra B. Tash, as Trustees of the Community Trust
    Inventor: George Tash
  • Patent number: 8574377
    Abstract: A device for the breaking-apart of occlusions includes a stationary fitting, a hollow tube and a second fitting configured to reciprocate so as to cause the hollow tube to be compressed and expanded. The hollow tube is coupled on one side to the stationary fitting, and the stationary fitting provides access to a hollow portion of the hollow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Actuated Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger B. Bagwell, Paul L. Frankhouser, Maureen L. Mulvihill, Josue R. Crespo, Brian M. Park, Dana B. Mallen, Gabriela Hernandez Meza, Debora L. Demers
  • Patent number: 8550988
    Abstract: A cleaning device for use with a percutaneous visualization device includes a cannula and a cleaning swab. The cannula has a first section pivotably connected to a second section. The cleaning swab is positioned at a distal end of the cannula and is configured to pivot into a position to clean at least a portion of a percutaneous visualization device upon insertion into the cannula. In an alternative embodiment, the cleaning device includes a cannula and a seal. The seal is disposed within the cannula and configured to clean at least a portion of a percutaneous visualization device upon insertion and retraction in the cannula. Further, the cannula has a cleaning surface on at least a portion of an inner surface thereof. The cleaning surface is also configured to clean at least a portion of said percutaneous visualization device upon insertion and retraction in the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin R. Pribanic
  • Patent number: 8544134
    Abstract: A kit for cleaning clogged conduits and thruhole fitting valves in water intake systems of pleasure boats, fishing boats, yacht and small marine craft includes a hollow, substantially cylindrical male hose coupler connected to a nipple or elbow joined with the valve, and at least one of a cap and plug having a central orifice to receive a shaft of larger diameter able to be force-fitted through the orifice, the coupler and the valve when opened, and of a strength sufficient to force-free any matter clogging the input hose to the valve from acceptable performance usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Edward J. Del Rosso
  • Patent number: 8505146
    Abstract: A line has a proximal end, a distal end and a flexible intermediate extent with a central axis. An auger head has a central base and a plurality of semicircular disks. Each disk has an interior edge coupled to the base. The disks extend generally radially from the base. Each interior edge has an inner end and an outer end. The base has a tapering outer end coextensive the outer ends of the disks. The base has a flat inner end transverse to the axis. Coupling components removably join the distal end of the line and the inner end of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin R. Jessup
  • Patent number: 8468637
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for the cleaning of an endotracheal tube while a patient is being supported by a ventilator connected to the endotracheal tube for the purpose of increasing the available space for airflow or to prevent the build up of materials that may constrict airflow or be a potential nidus for infection. In one embodiment, a mechanically-actuated endotracheal tube cleaning device is configured to removably receive a visualization member to provide cleaning of the endotracheal tube under direct visualization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Endoclear LLC
    Inventors: Brad E. Vazales, Arthur Bertolero, Ken Watson, James M. Gracy, Clifton P. Colwell, Craig B. Berky, Alan Davidner
  • Publication number: 20130110087
    Abstract: An apparatus for clearing fluid from medical tubing includes a first arm having a first friction reducing member, a second arm having a second friction reducing member, and a hinge connecting the first and second arms to form a body. The body has a generally longitudinal axis, and the first arm may be movable relative to the second arm. The first and second friction reducing members may be normally adjacent to and spaced from each other. The hinge may form an opening sized and shaped to receive the medical tubing. The opening, first friction reducing member, and second friction reducing member may be aligned generally along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey F. Kane
  • Patent number: 8365337
    Abstract: A hand-operated drain snake is provided. The snake includes a first shaft having a first longitudinal axis, an auger disposed on an exterior surface of the first shaft, a second shaft having a second longitudinal axis, and a transverse member. A proximal end of the first shaft is disposed on one side of the transverse member and a proximal end of the second shaft is disposed on an opposite side of the transverse member such that the first axis is substantially parallel to the second axis, and the first axis is offset from the second axis by an offset distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: George Tash and Debra B. Tash, As Trustees of the Community Trust
    Inventor: George Tash
  • Patent number: 8359696
    Abstract: A drain snake device having a rotatable handle crank at one end and an interlocking opposite end. The interlocking end is uniquely attachable to a corresponding attachment end portion of a disposable elongated snake segment. A slidable sleeve, that moves axially along the distal end of the handle between a locking position and a release position, fully engages or releases the disposable snake segment, respectively, and also simultaneously allows or blocks rotation of the handle crank, respectively. A kit containing a reusable handle and two or more uniquely corresponding snake segments is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen S. Turner, Scott I. Turner
  • Patent number: 8296892
    Abstract: A kit for cleaning clogged conduits and thruhole fitting valves in water intake systems of pleasure boats, fishing boats and yacht marine craft includes a hollow, substantially cylindrical male hose coupler connected to a nipple or elbow joined with the valve, and an open-end cap having a flexible, resilient press-fitted inner gasket configured with a central orifice to receive a shaft of larger diameter able to be force-fitted through the cap, the coupler and the valve when opened, and of a strength sufficient to force-free any matter clogging the input hose to the valve from acceptable performance usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Edward J. Del Rosso
  • Patent number: 8197611
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for introducing a pig-like tool into an operating pipeline, such as a fluid pipe. According to the invention the pipeline is drilled during operation and the tool is injected into the pipeline through the drilled hole. During a corresponding tool removal from the pipeline a method is provided for prereconnaissance for the determination of a degree of contamination, cleaning, surveying, inspecting, repairing, etc. of pipelines by means of a corresponding, pig-like tool. The invention also relates to a device and a tool permitting the performance of the inventive method. Thus, otherwise unpiggable pipelines can be worked in a cost-efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: PII Pipetronix GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Strohmeier, Gunnar Kopp
  • Patent number: 8079170
    Abstract: A gun barrel cleaning tool for receiving and enclosing a gun barrel while guiding a cleaning brush back and forth through the enclosed gun barrel. Cleaning fluid is introduced through a suitable passage way into the interior of the apparatus and a cleaning brush may thereafter be passed back and forth through an enclosed gun barrel in order to clean it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas E. Loftin
  • Publication number: 20110283472
    Abstract: An implement for clearing debris from a drain cup or basket strainer in a sink includes an upright handle for gripping and operating the implement. A cutting member configured to cut up the debris and force it through the drain cup or basket strainer is mounted on a lower end of the handle. The cutting member includes a centrally disposed recess for the strainer basket handle or the basket attachment nut in the drain cup. A plurality of radially extending grooves are formed in a lower surface of the cutting member with cutting edges being formed on the edges of the grooves for cutting the debris and forcing it through the drain cup or basket strainer. The recess in the cutting member permits the blades of the cutting assembly to reach the base of the strainer without interference from the strainer basket handle or attachment nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Leland J. Sherwood, Leonard G. Sherwood
  • Patent number: 7857793
    Abstract: A luer cleaner (100) including a generally hollow body (112) having an open first end (104), a closed second end (106), and a longitudinal axis extending therethrough between the first end and the second end. The first end (104) is sized to receive therein a luer connector (190) proximal end and includes a plurality of bristles (134) extending generally toward the longitudinal axis sufficiently to engage the outer surfaces of the luer proximal end disposed therein. The second end comprises a compressible reservoir (166) containing a fluid (168), wherein, when the second end is compressed, the fluid is transmitted from the reservoir toward the first end through passageways to wet the luer proximal end. A method for cleaning luer connectors is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Medical Components Inc.
    Inventors: J. Daniel Raulerson, Timothy Schweikert, William Shaun Wall, Mark S. Fisher
  • Patent number: 7823235
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a pipe cleaning tool are disclosed. In one embodiment, the pipe cleaning tool comprises a body and a plurality of pipe cleaners. The pipe cleaners are adapted to clean at least two different sizes of pipes. In another embodiment, a pipe cutter device is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: Theodore Parish
  • Patent number: 7743450
    Abstract: A cleaning bullet for use in a pipe or track includes a compressible body. In one embodiment, a sheet draped over the body is engageable with interior walls of the pipe or track to clean small contaminants. In another embodiment, the body is formed from an absorbent material that absorbs a fluid, such as a cleaning solution, that can clean and/or disinfect the interior walls of the pipe or track. In yet another embodiment, an alignment key extends radially from a body axis for guiding the cleaning bullet in an air conveyor track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol A. Rouillard, Ronald R. Dir, James M. Scolaro, David Gennrich, Dan Bullis, Aaron Kurth
  • Publication number: 20100065083
    Abstract: A device and method for cleaning a channel of an endoscope, the device including a flexible elongate body (102) with a sponge (104) disposed adjacent one end and optionally including a lumen (108) and openings (106) for directing a cleaning fluid through the elongate body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: Wilson-Cook Medical Inc.
    Inventor: Maximiliano Soetermans
  • Patent number: 7662342
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spectrophotometric measuring cell, useful for automated reagent mixing and for handsfree physical cleansing comprising: a measuring cell; a shaker; and an actuator. The invention also relates to a method for automatically mixing of fluids and/or reagents and for handsfree physical cleansing of the inner core of spectrophotometric measuring cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Blue I Water Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsur Ben David
  • Patent number: 7607187
    Abstract: A method for abrading or polishing and reaming the terminal ends of tubing or fittings using a hand-held electrically powered device having a rotating member capable of accepting a standard shaft which has attached to it a male and female abrasive member which will polish or abrade the inside and outside of a length tubing or fitting respectively uses the same tool. Also attached to the standard shaft is a reamer for removing unwanted material from the end of the length of tubing. All of these members are attached at the same end of the standard shaft, thereby allowing all the operations to be performed at one time on each tubing or mating fitting member. In addition, the standard shaft may be connected to a clutch release mechanism allowing the tool mechanism to disengage upon the application of excessive torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Steven Joseph Vargas
  • Publication number: 20090178216
    Abstract: The invention described herein relates to a cleaning tool for cleaning subsea conduits, such as tendons, risers or strakes. This invention comprises a flotation collar and brush member which may be attached to a subsea conduit and which may travel up a subsea conduit as a result of buoyancy forces and be retracted using one or more winches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kinton Lawler, John Davis
  • Publication number: 20090089947
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cleaning device for cleaning outlet ports (11) or the like and/or outlet spouts (12) or the like in soda recovery boilers (13) or the like, the cleaning device comprising at least one connecting rod (9). The cleaning device has at least one front tool part (1a-d, 3, 6), mounted on said connecting rod (9). The present invention also relates to a cleaning tool for use in the cleaning device as well as a method of using the cleaning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Ulf Eriksson, Par-Ake Jansson
  • Patent number: 7513957
    Abstract: A hole cleaning apparatus includes a handle, mandrel, spool holder, cleaning material, and cutting edge. The handle having a first end and a second end. The handle having a bore extending from the first end to the second end. The mandrel having a first end and a second end mounted to the first end of the handle. The mandrel having a central bore that extends therethrough. The spool holder connected to the second end of the handle. The cleaning material attached to the spool holder. The cutting edge is disposed on the mandrel. The cleaning material extends from the spool holder through the bore of the handle and through the central bore of the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Christopher D. Condliff
  • Patent number: 7506395
    Abstract: A pipe cleaning tool comprises a rod slidably retained in a housing. The housing is affixed to a pipe in the area of the blockage so that, when affixed, the rod slides through the housing and through the blocked pipe. The end of the rod is pushed into and through the blockage, allowing free flow of fluid through the pipe to resume. A blowout port on the housing is in fluid communication with a rod bore in the housing through which the rod slides so that, when the blockage is removed, fluid flows out through the rod bore and out the blowout port. Fluid flowing out through the blowout port can then be controlled and directed by coupling a hose to the blowout port. The pipe cleaning tool is particularly useful to remove blockages in the test cocks of backflow prevention valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Odie Mfg.
    Inventor: Odis Mason Eldridge
  • Publication number: 20080250587
    Abstract: One embodiment is a lightweight, hand held, hanging, plastic sand cloth dispenser with a pipe reamer and a file. This design is for the deburring of tubing or pipe and the cleaning of said tubing or pipe, while the hanger enables the dispenser to be kept within reach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: David Allen Bryant
  • Publication number: 20080250648
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a pipe cleaning tool are disclosed. In one embodiment, the pipe cleaning tool comprises a body and a plurality of pipe cleaners. The pipe cleaners are adapted to clean at least two different sizes of pipes. In another embodiment, a pipe cutter device is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Theodore Parish
  • Patent number: 7294222
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pipe cleaner apparatus that is attached to a pipe fusion machine. The pipe cleaner removes dirt, snow, mud, and other debris from the outer surface of pipe sections prior to the butt fusion process. The pipe cleaner may be a wiper through which the pipe slides, or may be a multi-piece scraper with spring loaded flaps that clean the outside surface of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: P E Fusion, LLC
    Inventor: William James Temple
  • Patent number: 7200890
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing the welding region on the outer surface of plastic pipes, comprising elements for anchoring to a pipe; a threaded pivot being coupled to the anchoring elements to perform a longitudinal, rotary and translational motion; supporting elements for a tool being jointly coupled to the threaded pivot, that can be arranged so as to interfere with, and remove material from, the outer surface of the pipe. The anchoring elements comprise a central body with longitudinal sliding guides thereon for rod-like elements, which protrude partially from the central body, do not intersect each other, and support at ends feet for resting against the inner surface of the pipe. Respective racks are provided longitudinally on the rod-like elements and are kinematically connected to a common actuation gear system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Ritmo S.p.A
    Inventor: Bruno De Franceschi
  • Patent number: 7178418
    Abstract: Disclosed is a segment (15) of a sensor-supporting element for a scraper-type device, which comprises at least two pairs of runners (16a, 16b) that are arranged essentially parallel behind each other. A support plate (20) receiving sensors (21) is disposed between at least one pair of runners (16). The segment (15) can be combined with other such segments (15) so as to form a sensor-supporting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: NDT Systems & Services AG
    Inventors: Thomas Richter, Axel Schwarz, Christiane Veit
  • Patent number: 7028361
    Abstract: A cleaning assembly for a pipe. The assembly comprises a sleeve, at least one magnet, and at least one moveable hollow member. The sleeve is moveably disposed on the outer wall of the pipe. The at least one magnet is disposed on the inner surface of the sleeve. The at least one moveable hollow member conforms to the profile of the pipe's interior and is disposed in the interior of the pipe and is metal. When an external force acts on the sleeve along the longitudinal axis of the pipe, the at least one moveable hollow member moves with the sleeve by means of magnetic attraction to clean condensed powder from the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Fu-Hsiung Tsai
  • Patent number: 6981821
    Abstract: An insertion shoe for retrofitting an undersea pipeline to permit passage therethrough of a scraper includes a plate sized to cover an opening in a branch connection of the pipeline and an inner surface structured to match the inner surface surrounding the opening. The insertion shoe can be installed in the branch connection to protect the opening without lifting the pipeline above water, so that the scraper may pass through without becoming jammed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Saleh Ubaid Al-Ghamdi, James Bradford, Abdulrahman A. Al-Mudadil
  • Patent number: 6964077
    Abstract: A plastic housing has a front shell with inwardly protruding bristles of an exterior wire brush, and a rear shell which retractably receives the outwardly protruding bristles of an interior wire brush. The interior brush is mounted to a shaft which engages the housing, and which is driven by a motor, such as by a power drill. A ring-like deburring element is mounted to the shell between the front shell and the rear shell, and has an inwardly and frontwardly protruding generally frustoconical first wall forming a deburring element which defines a central opening through which the interior brush may be projected and retracted. The first wall may be planar segments, or may have a circular cross section. The deburring element serves to position a pipe for burnishing by the exterior brush, and also deburrs the end of the inserted pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Red Cedar Plastics, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly K. Kadinger, Theodore Schonebaum
  • Patent number: 6939411
    Abstract: A method and tool for cleaning a watercraft speedometer are disclosed. The tool comprises a body, an extraction tip extending therefrom, and at least one edge on the extraction tip that can catch matter in the cavity. The extraction tip is attached to the body and is approximately the size and shape to fit into an intake cavity of a speedometer mechanism so as not to damage the intake cavity. The extraction tip edge is used for extracting debris from the intake cavity. Twisting the extraction tip into the intake cavity and pulling the extraction tip out of the intake cavity results in catching and withdrawing debris from the intake cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: SVM Machining, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Serpa
  • Patent number: 6874193
    Abstract: A pipeline pig that is moved by pressurized gas flow and that provides for distribution of treating liquid subsisting in the lower portion of the pipeline, having a pig body with a nose cone at a foward end thereof, centralizers affixed to the pig body by which it is supported in the pipeline, a bypass passageway within the nose cone communicating with the pipeline interior, a siphon passageway within the nose cone communicating with a lower portion of the pipeline interior and therby with any liquid subsisting therein and having an outlet end, and a venturi in communication with the siphon passageway and the bypass passageway, gas flowing through the bypass passageway serving to draw liquid from the lower portion of the pipeline through the siphon passageway whereby the liquid is discharged form the siphon passageway outlet end onto ineterior surfaces of the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: TDW Delaware, Inc.
    Inventor: Rick D. Pruett
  • Patent number: 6865766
    Abstract: An apparatus for clearing a process tapping point including a clearing head 3 adapted to pass through the process tapping point to remove scale and/or debris material therefrom, actuation means 7 for driving the clearing head in a reciprocal motion through said process tapping point; and wherein the clearing head 3 includes a flow path through which purge fluid can pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignees: Hans Sauer and Sons Pty Ltd, 3EKP Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Carl James Pettersson
  • Patent number: 6863116
    Abstract: A large flexible plastic bib that is conical or funnel shaped with its large open end supported by a frame for positioning near a source of effluent to be collected, and the bib small open end positioned to direct liquid and debris toward a floor drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Goodway Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Kane, Frank Intrieri, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6862818
    Abstract: An oil removing device for cleaning pipes that are present in the form of coils in a furnace that accommodates and heats the pipes, with or without associated cooling zone, has a gas guiding device for feeding a scavenging gas to or removing it from the pipes. The gas guiding device is provided with connections for detachably and sealingly linking with a gas feed line and a gas discharge line. Ends of every pipe are separately connected to one and the same connecting head that has a gas inlet and a gas outlet opening the axially aligned therewith. The end of the gas feed line and the end of the gas discharge line are opposite each other and can be displaced along with the gas inlet opening and/or the gas outlet opening while sealingly connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Otto Junker GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Johnen, Glynn Jones