Plural Outlets From Filter Casing Patents (Class 210/422)
  • Patent number: 10077691
    Abstract: A lubrication and hydraulic actuation system for a transfer case (120) includes a pump (220), a pump sump (210) formed in the transfer case (120), and having an opening (430) in communication with an interior of the transfer case (120), and a fluid retention element (510, 710). The fluid retention element (510, 710) is disposed in the opening (430) of the pump sump (210) and has at least one baffle structure (550) to allow fluids to enter the pump sump (210) through the fluid retention element (510, 710) and restrain fluids from exiting the pump sump (210) through the fluid retention element (510, 710).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Palazzolo, Thomas P. Knox, Henrik Lundh
  • Patent number: 8955690
    Abstract: An unclogging filter apparatus has an irrigation outlet and a flushing outlet. A filtering element moves between at least an operational position and a flushing position. When the filtering element is in the operational position substantially all of the fluid flowing into the apparatus is directed out the irrigation outlet, while the filtering element is disposed for removing a particle from the fluid flowing into the apparatus. When the filtering element is in the flushing position, the filtering element is disposed for flushing the particle out the flushing outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Amirim Products Development & Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Amir Cohen
  • Patent number: 8944256
    Abstract: Disclosed is filter having a filter core, a top cover, a bottom cover, at least one first discharging pipe and at least one second discharging pipe, wherein the filter core has a slot through which a fluid to be filtered passes; the top cover and the bottom cover are respectively fixed to an upper portion and a lower portion of the filter core; an inner wall surface of the filter core, an inner wall surface of the top cover and an inner wall surface of the bottom cover define a filter cavity; the first discharging pipe has at least one first inlet through which the fluid flows in; the second discharging pipe has at least one second inlet through which the fluid flows in; and all the first inlets are situated above the second inlets in the gravity direction. The filter can realize the separation of two fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhang Peng, Shi Xueyuan, Gao Zaixing, Xu Zhi
  • Patent number: 8491854
    Abstract: A test tube insert includes a flange having a width greater than a width of a mouth of a larger test tube into which the insert is to be inserted. The flange defines a first central opening. An annulus extends integrally downward from the flange. The annulus includes a fenestrated wall and a floor defining a second central opening. A small test tube body, smaller than the larger test tube, extends integrally downward from the floor of the annulus with the second central opening forming a mouth of the small test tube body. The test tube insert is disposed in the mouth of the larger test tube. Fluid is transferred through the central opening and the fluid fills the small test tube body of the test tube insert and flows through the fenestrated wall once the small test tube body is full into the larger test tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventor: Abdullah Khalid Al-Rasheed
  • Patent number: 8286802
    Abstract: A fuel delivery module includes a fuel filter housing and a cover. The fuel filter housing defines a cavity configured to receive at least a portion of a fuel filter. A first end portion of the fuel filter housing includes a flange configured to be disposed outside of and coupled to a fuel tank. A second end portion of the fuel filter housing is configured to be disposed within the fuel tank and includes an inlet connector configured to fluidically couple the cavity to a fuel pump. The cover is configured to be removably coupled to the first end portion of the fuel filter housing. The cover defines a first lumen and a second lumen. The first lumen is configured to fluidically couple the cavity to a fuel outlet line. The second lumen is configured to fluidically couple the cavity to a regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Synerject, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin L. Leppert
  • Patent number: 8128740
    Abstract: The invention is targeted at the process of separating gas, such as air, from a liquid path. Specifically, the invention provides a means to remove gas from a dynamic liquid path, manage the removed gas and liquid path. The invention provides a means to remove gas from a dynamic liquid path using the buoyant property of gas in a less buoyant liquid, having ingress and egress ports for liquid and gas flow, and separate points of egress for liquid and trapped gas and integral liquid channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Organ Recovery Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Walter Wright, Jeffrey C. Garland
  • Patent number: 8079479
    Abstract: A fuel delivery module includes a fuel filter housing and a cover. The fuel filter housing defines a cavity configured to receive at least a portion of a fuel filter. A first end portion of the fuel filter housing includes a flange configured to be disposed outside of and coupled to a fuel tank. A second end portion of the fuel filter housing is configured to be disposed within the fuel tank and includes an inlet connector configured to fluidically couple the cavity to a fuel pump. The cover is configured to be removably coupled to the first end portion of the fuel filter housing. The cover defines a first lumen and a second lumen. The first lumen is configured to fluidically couple the cavity to a fuel outlet line. The second lumen is configured to fluidically couple the cavity to a regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Synerject, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin L. Leppert
  • Publication number: 20100258493
    Abstract: A filtration sealing system is provided for sealing a filter element in a housing at a mating interface therebetween. The sealing system includes a keyed interface. A replacement filter element is provided for such filtration sealing system, with the replacement filter element including a keyed interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Caryn J. Kindkeppel, Brian W. Schwandt, Thomas J. Braun, Christopher E. Holm, Pathikrit T. Banerjee, Buwa A. Baldeh
  • Patent number: 7810650
    Abstract: A faucet mounted water filtration system includes a base defining an inlet and a plurality of outlets. The base at least partially defines a filter compartment configured to house a filter cartridge. A first valve assembly is positioned within the base and defines a first passage and a second passage. A valve stem is movably positioned within the first passage. With the valve stem in a first position, the first passage provides fluid communication between the inlet and a first outlet and with the valve stem in a second position the second passage provides fluid communication between the inlet and the filter compartment. A body is rotatably coupled to the base and includes a first cam configured to urge the valve stem from the first position to the second position as the body rotates with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon L. Ennis, James Murray Klump, Norman Jacques Boulard, Jeffery W. Borden, Jason Anthony Nichter, Glenn Leon Graham, Sheng-Nan Lin
  • Patent number: 7662278
    Abstract: A self-cleaning assembly comprising an enclosed casing 1 with a movable piston 31 and filters 32,33 therein. The preferred assembly has a casing 1 with a dirty water inlet 5, a first outlet 6 for clean filtered water and a second outlet 7 for the removal of sludge from the casing. The filter assembly is constructed and arranged to provide, in its normal operating mode, a liquid flow path through the filter 32,33 in a first direction between the dirty water inlet 5 and the clean water outlet 6 and, in a cleaning mode, to provide a liquid flow path in a second direction between the dirty water inlet 5 and the sludge outlet 7. In the cleaning mode, the movable member 31 compresses the filters 32,33 during the liquid flow in the second direction and contaminant is released therefrom for removal from the filter assembly via the second outlet 7. In an alternative embodiment, the sludge outlet 7 is omitted and sludge is removed from the casing via the outlet 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Pet Mate Ltd.
    Inventors: Steve Martin Brooks, Robert Ivan John Wiedemann, David Goodwin
  • Patent number: 7560021
    Abstract: A selector valve of a pressure filter for aquariums or ponds comprises a valve body having a main liquid inlet opening (16), a secondary inlet opening (17), an outlet opening (18) and a discharge opening (19), a cursor (20) housed in the valve body (12), having a passage for the liquid (21) and being selectively moveable between a first position, corresponding to the filtration mode of the filter (11), wherein the main liquid inlet opening (16) is placed in fluid communication with the outlet opening (18), and a second position, corresponding to the washing mode, wherein the secondary inlet opening (17) is in fluid communication with the discharge opening (19), and a safety valve (36) included in the cursor (20) to protect the pressure filter in case of superpressure of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Askoll Holding S.r.l.
    Inventor: Elio Marioni
  • Patent number: 7472794
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus employing the laminar nature of fluid flows in microfluidic flow devices in separating, sorting or filtering colloidal and/or cellular particles from a suspension in a microfluidic flow device is disclosed. The microfluidic flow device provides for separating a particle within a suspension flow in a microfluidic flow chamber. The chamber includes a microfluidic channel comprising at least one inlet port for receiving a suspension flow under laminar conditions, a first outlet port and a second outlet port. The chamber further includes an interface for translating a particle within the channel. The first outlet port receives a first portion of the suspension exiting the said channel and the second outlet port receives the particle in a second portion of the suspension exiting the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Colorado School of Mines
    Inventors: John Oakey, David W. M. Marr
  • Publication number: 20080185326
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a fluid processing system utilizing an open-end filter assembly to produce a product fluid. The system includes a fluid pump to deliver the raw fluid to a fluid processor and a heat exchanger to control the temperature of the processed fluid. The processed fluid is sent to an open-end filter assembly that allows a first portion of the processed fluid to pass through a filter element. A second portion of the processed fluid does not pass through the filter element and is directed back to the high pressure pump for further processing. In one example, the open-end filter assembly includes an outer cylinder that surrounds a cylindrical filter element to create an outer flow channel and an inner flow channel. Fluid may be introduced to the outer flow channel in a tangential orientation to enhance circular flow around the filter element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventors: Mark Serafin, Stanley R. Ellis, Neal K. Nelson, Richard D. Olmsted
  • Patent number: 7390419
    Abstract: A waste water recovery system to filter and recirculate waste water to a wash system including a fluid recovery line, a fluid supply line and a fluid backwash line comprising a filter assembly including a water filtering section to receive waste water from the wash system and to recirculate filtered water to the wash system and a filter backwash section to selectively clean the water filtering section when a system condition exists, and a fluid control including a plurality of valve assemblies operatively coupled between the wash system, the water filtering section and the filter backwash section to selectively control the circulation of water through the water filtering section to recirculate the recovery water to the wash system and to periodically clean the water filtering section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Con-Serv Manufacturing
    Inventor: James C. Keller
  • Patent number: 7360611
    Abstract: A strainer system having two separate strainers positioned in parallel, where one strainer can be cleaned while still permitting normal flow through the other strainer. The system flow circuit is arranged so that a high pressure backwashing flow can be applied to one strainer while the other strainer is providing its normal straining function. The backwashed strainer is then isolated by valves so that its access flange can be removed and the particulate buildup within the valve plug cleaned out. The strainer is then returned to service following the replacement of the access flange. In this manner, it is possible to alternate between the two strainers so that continuous flow can be maintained to the hydraulic choke located downstream of the strainer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Expro Americas, L.P.
    Inventors: Donald Glynn Sims, Michael James Taylor, Robert Frank Schmidt, David Anthony Schmidt, John Walton McCaskill
  • Patent number: 7326334
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an end-of-faucet filter assembly connectable with a faucet on a standard sink and having a plurality of outlets corresponding with selectable modes of operation are disclosed herein. One mode of operation provides unfiltered, aerated water dispensed from the filter assembly. A second mode of operation provides a pulsing jet spray, while a third mode of operation provides filtered water. One embodiment of the present invention also includes a connection assembly between the end-of-faucet filter and the faucet that utilizes a water-tight radial seal that allows the end-of-faucet filter to swing or rotate back and forth relative to the faucet without impairing the integrity of the seal. Other embodiments of the present invention also include a filter cartridge assembly configured to provide a user with an easy method of removing and installing the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Instapure Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Boyd, Michael P. Hoopis
  • Patent number: 7275606
    Abstract: The invention contemplates a strainer based upon a four-way, two-position rotary cylindrical plug valve having a hollow plug. The normal entry port for the sealing plug of the plug valve is a circular radial hole passing from the exterior of the plug into the interior cavity of the plug. The normal exit port for the sealing plug is a regular array of small holes across from and coaxial with the normal entry hole. The ports for the valve body are in two pairs positioned at 90° from each other, with the axes of the ports lying in the same transverse plane as the ports of the valve plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Expro Americas, L.P.
    Inventors: Donald Glynn Sims, Michael James Sims, Robert Frank Schmidt, David Anthony Schmidt, John Walton McCaskill
  • Patent number: 7235176
    Abstract: A shower head for purifying water includes a filter cartridge positioned within in a holding part, a purified water flow path passing through a purification material and a raw water flow path not passing through the purification material. A flow path switching valve switching between the purified and raw water flow paths is incorporated in a head part. A delivery flow switching valve positioned downstream of the flow path switching valve switches between a straight delivery port and a shower delivery port. The valves are controlled independently of each other. A germicidal ceramic and/or sintered magnetic body is installed in the flow path between the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Kotobuki Tsushou Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Takagi, Fumitaka Shiratake
  • Patent number: 6797156
    Abstract: A water treatment unit is disclosed which can be mounted directly on the faucet or tap of the user's sink and which contains one or more water treatment media and an operating valve which permits the selection of several operating modes including service, spray and stream modes. In the service mode the water is treated by at least one if not all of the various water treatment media contained in the unit housing after which the water is discharged from the valve of the unit for service use, and the service discharge may be adjusted to direct the treated water as desired by the user. The valve of the treatment unit includes a housing, a stationary member, a slide member and a rotatable switch member unit and may also be operated in a backflush mode in which water may be directed in the reverse direction through at least one of the water treatment media to regenerate that media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Yiu Chau Chau
  • Patent number: 6575308
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filtration system. The filtration system comprises a filter unit having a housing enclosing a filter element. The unit has an inlet into the housing upstream of the filter element. The unit also has a retentate outlet from the housing upstream of the filter element, and a permeate outlet from the housing, downstream of the filter element. The permeate outlet is isolated from the retentate outlet and inlet by the filter element, while the retentate outlet is spaced from the inlet and in communication therewith. The system also includes a bundle made up of a plurality of releasably interconnected modular members at least one of which includes a valve, the bundle forming a flow control unit which controls fluid flow from the inlet to the permeate outlet. The invention also provides the filter unit of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Technology Finance Corporation (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventors: Paul Fritz Fuls, André Keith Joubert, Diederik Arnoldis Kapp
  • Patent number: 6517722
    Abstract: A self-cleaning fuel oil strainer, coupled to a continuous fuel flow, that includes a pair of canisters, each having a cylindrical wedge wire fuel oil filter screen. An elongated brush running the length of the screen is disposed between two confining walls also running the length of the screen to form a chamber. A elongated partition, including two sets of apertures, is used, along with the elongated brush, to divide the chamber into two particulate dislodge chambers and a drain subchamber. A drain is in fluid communication with the drain subchamber. During cleaning, the drain is opened and the screen is rotated against the brush for liberating the particulate contaminants and a limited amount of fuel oil into the two dislodge subchambers. The particulate contaminants and the limited amount of fuel oil then pass through the apertures at a high velocity and into the drain subchamber which exits through the drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventors: James Benenson, Jr., David A. Laing
  • Patent number: 6517711
    Abstract: An improved waste treatment system and improved waste treatment system components are provided. In a preferred form, a waste stream is initially separated into primarily solid and primarily liquid components, and the liquids are then fed to a filter assembly. The filter assembly includes a pair of filter elements, and the flow is introduced into the filter assembly at a location between the filter elements. During a filtering operation, the liquid is pumped so that it is drawn through one of the filter elements. Periodically, the flow can be reversed, so that it is directed through the other filter element, at which time the first filter element can also be purged or back flushed. Advantageous waste treatment system arrangements are also provided for household, commercial, or transportation/marine use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Wastech International Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Rummler, Thomas R. Beal, Guy D. Marchesseault, Christine L. Robblee, Steven McHenry
  • Patent number: 6457589
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fluid dispenser. The flow of either filter or unfiltered fluid may be selected by positioning an actuator that also contains the filter. Selection is accomplished by positioning the actuator within two planes that are not coincident, or by positioning the actuator along a single axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Malcolm D. Poirier, Jeffrey E. Fish, Kevin P. McGrath, Bruce S. Williamson
  • Publication number: 20020125179
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air cushion bed with a water-draining device, comprising a water tank with an air cushion on top, air conduits, pumps and a controller. The foregoing air cushion contains multiple air bladders that are linked together; the air conduits are installed at both sides of the upper part of the air cushion with air holes toward various directions; the controller activates the pump to convey air, further controlling the inflation and deflation of the air bladders and the air spurting from the air conduits. The base plate of the water tank is tilted, having a water outlet at the lowest part, therefore the wastewater, contained by the water tank, can be channeled through the tilted base plate and discharged through the water outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Chi-An Chang
  • Patent number: 6383385
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter device for the physical elimination of microbes, suspended matter and solids from water, which in a housing has a filter insert made of 200 to 10000 hollow-fiber membranes with a defined pore width between 0.001 and 1.0 &mgr;m and which can be mounted on a water tap with its top side. A disadvantage of previously known filter devices is that deposits will adhere to the fibers. In order to remedy this drawback, the bottom side of the device of the invention features separate outlets for filtered and unfiltered water and at least in the outlet for the unfiltered water a valve is fitted with which this outlet can be closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Delphin Filtertechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Brinke-Seiferth, Rainer Plass
  • Patent number: 6368503
    Abstract: The present invention provides a filtered fluid dispensing system. The invention may replace the sprayer provided with the faucet assembly of a conventional sink and may, in certain embodiments, be adapted to selectively dispense filtered and unfiltered fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce S. Williamson, Michael S. Brunner, Jeffrey E. Fish, Kevin P. McGrath, Malcolm D. Poirier, Paul Metaxatos, Dave Mathieu
  • Patent number: 6231770
    Abstract: A biological fluid filter assembly (100) including a plurality of porous media (6a, 6b) and essentially lacking a solid partition between the media is disclosed. Preferably, the assembly has a space (12) between the media (6a, 6b). The filter assembly is especially suitable for depicting leukocytes from a biological fluid such as packed red cells, and can be used to deplete leukocyts from two or more units of biological fluid. A method of using the filter assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Bormann, Gerard R. DelGiacco, Vlado I. Matkovich, Mladen Franovic
  • Patent number: 5985096
    Abstract: In a vertical digester for producing chemical pulp, or other vessel for treating a slurry of comminuted fibrous cellulosic material, the cost of manufacturing the shell is significantly reduced by eliminating the external step increases in the digester shell. The digester shell has a substantially constant internal diameter from just below the inlet to just above the outlet, screen assemblies being provided by an internal transition (e.g. conical) having an angle of convergence of less than 40.degree. (e.g. about 10-25.degree.) above each screen assembly so that the slurry flows through the transition without bridging or hang-up, and a step increase, or other increase, in diameter back to the first diameter after the screen assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Ahlstrom Machinery Inc.
    Inventors: Bruno S. Marcoccia, J. Robert Prough, Jerry R. Johanson, C. Bertil Stromberg, Joseph R. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5922210
    Abstract: A microfilter utilizing the principles of tangential flow to prevent clogging, and sloped channel sides to overcome surface tension effects is provided which has feed inlet and exit connected by a feed flow channel, a barrier channel parallel to the feed flow channel, and a filtrate collection channel parallel to the barrier channel so that liquid can flow from the feed flow channel through the barrier channel which is too small to accommodate the particles, into the filtrate collection channel, and from then through a filtrate flow channel to a filtrate exit. Several picoliters of cell-free plasma are recovered from one drop of blood for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: James P. Brody, Thor D. Osborn
  • Patent number: 5914042
    Abstract: Plasma is separated from a blood product such as SAG-M or anticoagulated whole blood by flowing the blood product across a membrane. The membrane has a voids volume of greater than 50%, a pore size of less then 0.65 .mu.m and a plasma flow rate of greater than 0.04 ml/min.cm.sup.2 with a specified value of blood product and with a specified transmembrane pressure. The surface of the membrane contacted by the blood product has a smoothness of less than 0.5 .mu.m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventors: Peter R. Ball, Christopher C. Hall, Eileen M. A. Boulter
  • Patent number: 5823229
    Abstract: A faucet having multiple water discharges includes a housing, an input water connection for the housing, a stream discharge on the housing, a spray discharge on the housing, a filtered water discharge on the housing, a water filter within the housing, and a control valve in the housing connected to each of the water discharges. There is an unfiltered water flow path from the input water connection to the control valve. A manual actuator accessible from the exterior of the housing operates the control valve to direct water from the unfiltered water flow path to either the stream discharge or the spray discharge. There is a filtered water flow path from the input water connection, through the filter, to the control valve. A filtered water manual actuator accessible from the exterior of the housing operates the control valve to direct filtered water to the filtered water discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: John E. Bertrand, Lee A. Mercer, Thomas H. Burchard, Gregory Hunter, John Lofgren, Henry N. Wagner, Kevin M. Johnson, Jeffery Karg
  • Patent number: 5744033
    Abstract: A water filter cartridge for use with a water faucet includes a cover and a filter element located within the cover. The cover has a single unfiltered water input connection and a pair of water output connections, one for filtered water and one for unfiltered water. There is a conduit within the cover connecting the unfiltered water input connection and the unfiltered water output connection. There is a flow path within the cover from said unfiltered water input connection, through said filter element, and connecting to said filtered water output connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: John E. Bertrand, Thomas H. Burchard, Gregory Hunter, Kevin M. Johnson, Jeffery Karg
  • Patent number: 5705065
    Abstract: A sea water strainer for use with marine craft includes a reservoir forming member disposed intermediate two ends portions. The end portions are formed with inlet and outlet fluid channels which are selectively accessible and blockable to direct the flow through the strainer. Further, an arrangement for mounting the strainer is provided with inclined bores through which bolts may pass with their operational interface directed angularly upwardly for easy access by conventional tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Conbraco Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis L. Sharpe
  • Patent number: 5579790
    Abstract: A filter screen assembly is provided which includes a housing, a filter screen, and two valve or check balls. The housing has two interior walls, each having openings therein which divide an interior space of the housing into top, center, and bottom chambers. A first inlet and a first outlet open into the top chamber and a second inlet and a second outlet open into the bottom chamber. The filter screen is horizontally disposed within the center chamber. One check ball is located in the top chamber and is biased to close the first inlet by a bottom inclined surface of the top chamber. The check ball is forced to substantially close the first outlet when fluid flows in the first inlet. The other check ball is located in the bottom chamber and is biased to close the second inlet by a bottom inclined surface of the bottom chamber. The check ball is forced to substantially close the second outlet when fluid flows in the second inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: White Consolidated Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Edwards, John E. Dries
  • Patent number: 5470437
    Abstract: In a pulp digester for continuous cooking under raised pressure and temperature of fiber material in a vertical digester (1), input of fiber material and cooking liquid takes place at the top of the digester, withdrawal of spent cooking liquor is carried out from at least one digester screening arrangement (1D) between the top and the bottom of the digester, and fiber material is fed out from the bottom (1C) of the digester, and at least one screening arrangement (2) in the lower half of the digester, wherein at least one of said screening arrangements (1, 2) has at least one screen element (2A) of which the main configuration is of angular shape, preferably rectangular, most preferred square, having a screen face (3A) of which the total area is less than 1 m.sup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: Kvaerner Pulping Technologies AB
    Inventors: Finn Oulie, Ake Backlund, Johanna Svanberg
  • Patent number: 5464537
    Abstract: A filter for removing debris from a flow of molten plastic includes a cartridge containing a screen and a holder which seats one face of the cartridge. The flow of molten plastic is directed at an acute angle through the screen producing a filtered plastic flow through a downstream face of the screen and a flow of debris separated from the filter plastic along the upstream screen face. A compartment extends along the upstream screen face and accumulates the separated debris. A passage in the holder communicates with the debris-accumulating compartment and discharges the accumulating debris. A cooling mechanism regulates the rate at which debris is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventors: Jaroslav J. Kopernicky, Salvatore Infan
  • Patent number: 5342520
    Abstract: A filter having a filter element is provided for a rockdrill. The filter can be operated in three modes, namely, filtering or drilling, rinsing and back-flushing. As the filter element becomes clogged a handle on the filter can be turned to a back-flushing mode position whereby the flow of fluid through the filter element is reversed and the flow of fluid thereby expels dirt and debris accumulated in and on the filter element to the atmosphere through the a outlet port. When the handle is turned back to a filtering mode position ports in a support shaft in the filter pass through the rinsing mode which washes dirt that may have accumulated on the filter element during the back-flushing mode and expels it to the atmosphere through the vent outlet port. When the handle is positioned in the filtering mode position the filter element is clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventor: Leland H. Lyon
  • Patent number: 5298162
    Abstract: A multi-stage fluid filter filters entrained particulate matter from a moving fluid stream at substantially constant fluid pressure and filtration efficiency during continuous on-line operation. The filter includes a housing having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, first and second stationary filtration elements positioned in the housing, each having a filtration medium therein from an upstream side to a downstream side thereof. The two elements are positioned in series for fluid flow from the downstream side of one of the two elements defined as a first filter stage for accumulating particulate matter on the filtration medium thereof to the upstream side of the other of the two elements defined as a second filter stage having a previously accumulated layer of particulate matter on the filtration medium thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Kurt W. Niederer
    Inventors: Kurt W. Niederer, Cedric R. Jones
  • Patent number: 5223151
    Abstract: A method and device for collecting and evaluating an embryo contained in a fluid medium. The fluid containing the embryo is discharged into a receptacle and sequentially drained and filtered until the remaining fluid containing the embryo is located in the proximity of a transparent flat bottom wall. The receptacle includes sloped side walls to keep the embryo from sticking to the side walls. Vertically spaced filter meshes are provided on the side walls to allow sequential filtering and draining. The fluid is discharged through a tube directed away from the filter meshes to prevent the embryo from being lodged in the filter mesh. A light projection chamber can be provided to concentrate light on the flat bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Inventor: Carlos A. B. Rojas
  • Patent number: 5196112
    Abstract: An oil drain apparatus is directed into an oil filter boss in an operative association with a valve to permit selective flow of oil from the valve directed from the oil filter boss. The invention is directed to further include a flexible hose positioned in tension directed through a housing, with its lower distal end positioned above a magnetic grid to permit visual observation of debris directed from the associated internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Inventor: James F. Eichman
  • Patent number: 5164082
    Abstract: A water filter comprising a hollow cylindrical base, a filter assembly fastened in said base at the top which is comprised of an inner filter tube covered with a braided outer filter tube, a cylindrical casing covered on said filter assembly and attached to said base at the top, a ater outlet pipe connected to said base at the bottom, a water intake pipe and a drain pipe respective connected to said base, a plunger fastened in a cylindrical hole inside said base and rotated by a lever, wherein said plunger has a plurality of water passage holes alternatively rotated by said lever to let an intake flow of water from said water intake pipe: (a) flow toward said water outlet pipe directly; (b) flow through said filter assembly to said water outlet pipe (c) flow through the space between said inner filter tube and said outer filter tube and then, penetrate through said outer filter tube toward said drain pipe; (d) flow into the space between said outer filter tube and said cylindrical casing and penetrate through
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Inventor: Tzu-Fu Lin
  • Patent number: 5114583
    Abstract: The filter unit is of the type comprising a casing (2), filter tubes (5) associated with a filtering surface (6), shaker means (7) for the filtering surface (6), a suction pipe (10) associated with the casing and a suction pipe (11) associated with one or more turbines and characterized in that the casing (2) comprises above the filtering surface (6) at least two separate chambers (13,13') each independently connected to the suction pipe (11) associated with one or more turbines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Inventor: Antonio Concin
  • Patent number: 5053123
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adjustable valve for use with filters wherein internal valve partition members effect the relative duration and timing of withdrawal of the atmospheric and vacuum portion of filtrate from the filter. The valve further provides for the distribution of filtrate to clear or cloudy sump wells depending on the concentration of particulate matter contained in the filtrate portions. Timing and apportioning of the filtrate is accomplished by a combination timing plate and valve housing containing movable valve partitions, the valve body being in communication with a vacuum box and atmospheric drains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Ian J. H. Clarke-Pounder, Richard L. Smythe, Marcel A. Carboneau
  • Patent number: 4941971
    Abstract: A horizontally mounted cylindrical container is adapted to mount through demountable end plates a cartridge filter in the container through demountable end plates for rotation around a lower axis than the center axis of the container. The combination of container and filter is connected in an aqueous system through a top inlet pipe and hand controlled valve and a lower front end plate outlet, and to a source of pressure cleaning media through an upper quadrant valve controlled turnable tube slidably mounted through a rear plate inlet and supported in the container by a combination track and baffle member fixed to the container top. A nozzle fixed to the free end of the pressure media tube jets cleaning media against the filter to rotate it alternately in both directions of rotation and for its full length. A second inlet pipe and valve is fixed to the top inlet pipe a chemical cleaning soak in baffled minimum amounts because of the baffling and filter mounting below the center of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Inventor: Alva Z. Albright
  • Patent number: 4839039
    Abstract: An add-on device (10) for converting a conventional manual faucet to an automatic faucet includes a body (12) that includes an adapter (14) by which the add-on device is mounted onto the outlet of the manual faucet. A conduit (32) provides a fluid path from the faucet outlet to a device outlet (18), and an electrically operable valve (30) is interposed in the conduit (32). A control circuit (26) operates an ultrasonic transducer (20) to sense objects in a target region near the device outlet 18, and it operates the valve (30) to permit water to flow out the device outlet (18) when the transducer detects a moving object in the target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Recurrent Solutions Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Natan E. Parsons, Joel S. Novak
  • Patent number: 4832841
    Abstract: A liquid treatment apparatus suitable for dewatering a radioactive sludge includes a cylindrical housing (14) open at one end and defining two ports (24, 26) for the sludge, one near the open end and the other at the closed end. A plug (30) locates in the open end of the housing and supports a module (44) comprising a sealed permeate-collecting chamber (46) through which extend a number of permeable-walled tubes (54), open at each end. The plug defines a header chamber (40) for the tubes (54) which communicates with the one sludge port (24); and defines an outlet duct (62, 38) for the permeate liquid. The apparatus can be installed remotely within a shielded enclosure (12), and the plug and module can be withdrawn without risking contamination of the permeate liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: British Nuclear Fuels Plc
    Inventors: Richard G. Gutman, Richard H. Knibbs, Gwilym H. Williams
  • Patent number: 4806242
    Abstract: A filter without moving parts comprises a filter body adapted to be fitted in the flow direction into a conduit conveying a fluid to be filtered. A filter screen has a frustoconical outer filter wall with at least part of its larger diameter end inside the filter body. A collection space inside the filter body surrounds the filter screen. At least one offtake conduit is connected to this collection space. An inner filter wall of the filter screen extends at least partly into the outer filter wall from its smaller diameter end. A back wall intersects the inner filter wall and a further collection space is delimited by the inner filter wall and this back wall at the end of this inner filter wall farthest removed from the smaller diameter end of the outer filter wall. A further, separate offtake conduit is connected to the further collection space and passes substantially radially through the inner filter wall and the outer filter wall of the filter screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Assignee: E. Beaudrey & Cie
    Inventor: Philip Jackson
  • Patent number: 4806243
    Abstract: A filter comprises a screen having a substantially conical inner wall disposed axially at its center. There is a collection space at the larger diameter end of this inner wall. A frustoconical outer wall surrounds the inner wall and has its smaller diameter end connected to the collection space. At least one offtake conduit is connected to the collection space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Assignee: E. Beuadrey & Cie
    Inventor: Philip Jackson
  • Patent number: 4770768
    Abstract: A water filter has an elongated base with an inlet opening near one end thereof to which is secured an adaptor ring for attachment to a water faucet. A first outlet opening on the base dispenses unfiltered water and there is a channel defined within the base that leads toward the other end, with an externally-operable valve being included for selecting between unfiltered flow to that outlet and flow down the channel. Located near the other end of the base is a mounting on which sits a water filter cartridge that communicates with the channel, and the cartridge delivers filtered water to a second outlet. A number of features include a color indicator to exhibit degree of cartridge usage, a reversible adaptor ring to accommodate different faucets and there are different aerator structures. Of particular note is the replaceable cartridge which includes a deflector for obtaining better usage of the main filtering material, an exteriorally-mounted first filter and an internally-mounted second filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Assignee: Teledyne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Lang
  • Patent number: 4734269
    Abstract: A liquid-gas bubble separator comrising a container having an inlet for a fluid which includes liquid and gas bubbles, an outlet and upstream and downstream vents. A filter element is provided in the container between the inlet and the outlet. The filter element permits the passage of the liquid and inhibits the passage of the gas bubbles. The filter element is between the upstream and downstream vents so that gas bubbles which do not pass through the filter element can be vented through the upstream vent, and any gas bubbles downstream of the filter element can be vented through the downstream vent. A bypass passage is provided around the filter element. A portion of the filtered fluid is recirculated through the bypass passage to prevent forward flow through the bypass passage when the filter element is clean, and such recirculating flow is terminated when the filter is clogged to a predetermined degree to thereby open the bypass passage for forward flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Assignee: American Hospital Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Rolf W. Clarke, David P. Balding, Lucas S. Gordon