Diaphragm Patents (Class 251/331)
  • Publication number: 20120061600
    Abstract: A diaphragm sealed, pressure balanced valve assembly includes a valve body and a cartridge connected to the valve body. The cartridge includes a cartridge loading end having a retaining member engaged to the cartridge loading end. A valve member slides coaxial to a longitudinal axis of the valve body. A resilient material first diaphragm is connected to and extends diametrically outward from the valve member having a diaphragm body clasped between the retaining member and the cartridge loading end, creating a first diaphragm fluid pressure boundary. A resilient material second diaphragm is connected to and extends diametrically outward from the valve member at an opposite end of the valve member with respect to the first diaphragm and has a diaphragm body clasped between first and second adjustable retention members, creating a second diaphragm fluid pressure boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: MAC Valves, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Neff, Jeffrey Simmonds
  • Publication number: 20120055555
    Abstract: Novel features enhancing the operation of a diaphragm valve include a specialized diaphragm profile for enhanced securement of the diaphragm in the valve body, and a quick-connect feature joining the diaphragm to its actuator, in which the forward end of the actuator contains a sloping surface, an expanded tip, and a shoulder, while the diaphragm contains a truncated bore with a complementary profile. The valve can be modular in construction to permit mounting of the valve to an instrument panel in close proximity to other valves or components to provide the ability to select among interconnected fluid flow paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: BIO-RAD LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Denis Saint-Paul, Philippe Vernot, Lilian Portier
  • Publication number: 20120058409
    Abstract: A valve for a pressure vessel system includes a housing including a cavity and a hollow fluid flow portion. A membrane actuator is disposed in the cavity of the housing. A piston is disposed in the cavity and in the hollow fluid flow portion of the housing. A spring is disposed in the hollow fluid flow portion of the housing. The spring biases a piston head toward a fluid flow port formed in the hollow fluid flow portion. The piston head seals the fluid flow port when the biasing of the piston head by the spring is not countered by an opposite deflection of the membrane actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC
    Inventor: Oliver Maier
  • Publication number: 20120056120
    Abstract: Diaphragm valve (1) comprising a housing upper part (2), which receives an actuating device (4) for actuating the valve (1), and a housing lower part (3), which has a receiving region (9) for receiving a diaphragm (11), wherein in the housing lower part (3) below the diaphragm (11) a central region forming a flow channel (17) is designed, wherein the cross-sectional surface of the flow channel (17) in the central region (51) of the housing lower part (3) is constant when the valve (1) is in the open state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: GEORG FISCHER ROHRLEITUNGSSYSTEME AG
    Inventors: Christian Hunnekuhl, Juergen Stumpp, Joerg Hunnekuhl, Walter Bannwarth
  • Patent number: 8129176
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microfabricated device for the rapid detection of DNA, proteins or other molecules associated with a particular disease. The devices and methods of the invention can be used for the simultaneous diagnosis of multiple diseases by detecting molecules (e.g. amounts of molecules), such as polynucleotides (e.g., DNA) or proteins (e.g., antibodies), by measuring the signal of a detectable reporter associated with hybridized polynucleotides or antigen/antibody complex. In the microfabricated device according to the invention, detection of the presence of molecules (i.e., polynucleotides, proteins, or antigen/antibody complexes) are correlated to a hybridization signal from an optically-detectable (e.g. fluorescent) reporter associated with the bound molecules. These hybridization signals can be detected by any suitable means, for example optical, and can be stored for example in a computer as a representation of the presence of a particular gene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Stephen R. Quake, Hou-Pu Chou
  • Patent number: 8123192
    Abstract: Communication between microchannels of a microfluidic circuit is controlled through a combination between a membrane and a pin-actuated valve arrangement. The deformable membrane contributes to the formation of the surface of the microchannels. Alternatively, or in addition, the valve arrangement is operated through combination of the membrane with a control fluid. Systems, devices and methods based on such communication are shown. Also shown are methods to manufacture a system having a fluidic circuit and a control arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: George Maltezos, Axel Scherer
  • Patent number: 8118278
    Abstract: An aseptic diaphragm valve in which a valve seat (37) is formed by a groove including a concave surface of engagement that positioned along an outer diameter of an upper end of an inlet tube (32), and a resilient valve member portion (41) that is annular in extent with a convex surface that moves into the groove to contact the concave surface (37) around the outer diameter of the inlet tube (32) to close the valve. The valve member portion (41) has at least a coating of polytetrafluoroethylene (47) or equivalent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Badger Meter, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Hays, Ray Gardner
  • Patent number: 8109519
    Abstract: The invention describes a leak proof shaft seal for valves and other pressurized vessels, wherein the shaft seal can deform elastically by either stretching or twisting without loosing its ability to seal all, or a portion, of said shaft from harmful fluids. Furthermore, the elastic shaft seal is immune to static pressures, since it closely surrounds a shaft and thus is protected from collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Hans D. Baumann
  • Patent number: 8104740
    Abstract: A flow control device is provided comprising: a housing (19) including a first chamber (21) communicated with an inlet port (11) and a second chamber (22) communicated with an outlet port (12); a cylindrical portion (25), which extends in the second chamber, for communicating the first chamber with the second chamber; a valve seat (61) provided at a forward end portion (25a) of the cylindrical portion; and a valve body (32) for opening and closing the valve seat, wherein at least one of the valve seat and the valve body is made of a material, the heat deformation of which is smaller than that of material composing the cylindrical portion. Due to the foregoing, it is possible to stably adjust the flow rate of a fluid of a high temperature and pressure. A pressure chamber (29), which is communicated with the second chamber and provided with a pressure port (18), may be arranged in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Igarashi
  • Patent number: 8104739
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pulse valve (10) with a closing body (18) that cooperates with a valve seat (22) and, in a first switching position, establishes a flow connection between a supply channel (12) and a discharge channel (14) and, in a second switching position, blocks the flow connection. The closing body (18) periodically alternates between the two switching positions during the actuation of the pulse valve (10), its movement being hydraulically damped by a throttle point (70). It is provided that the hydraulic damping occurs only in a subrange of motion (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Vollmer, Reinhold Weible
  • Patent number: 8104506
    Abstract: A diaphragm-sealed valve having communication mechanisms operatively connecting neighboring pairs of grooves is provided. Each communication mechanism has a communication port opening in an interface of a valve cap, between the neighboring grooves. The communication mechanism also has a communication conduit extending within the valve cap and connecting the communication port and one of the neighboring grooves. It also has a recess within a valve body aligned with the communication port and with the other one of the neighboring grooves, a flexible sealing surface of the diaphragm being seated within the recess and resiliently biased away from the interface of the valve cap. A plunger assembly is also provided, including plungers movable to push flexible sealing surface towards the communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Mecanique Analytique Inc.
    Inventors: Yves Gamache, Andre Fortier
  • Publication number: 20120012774
    Abstract: A reed valve is adapted to be fixed to a fixing member. The reed valve includes a valve plate and a resiliently deformable reed. The valve plate is fixed to the fixing member and includes a frame part and a supporting column. The frame part has an opening inward of the frame part. The opening passes through the frame part in a thickness direction of the valve plate. The supporting column is disposed across an inside of the opening. The reed is configured to open or close the opening. The frame part includes a frame seating surface with which the reed is engaged. The supporting column includes a column seating surface with which the reed is engaged. The column seating surface is recessed relative to the frame seating surface in the thickness direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Etsugou YANAGIDA
  • Patent number: 8092761
    Abstract: A microfluidic diaphragm valve. The valve comprises: an inlet port; an outlet port; a weir positioned between the inlet and outlet ports, the weir having a sealing surface; a diaphragm membrane for sealing engagement with the sealing surface; and a thermal bend actuator for moving the diaphragm membrane between a closed position in which the membrane is sealingly engaged with the sealing surface and an open position in which the membrane is disengaged from said sealing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Gregory John McAvoy, Emma Rose Kerr, Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8088339
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drainage assembly of the type having an upward opening for the draining opening of a new or existing chemical reactor, particularly of the enameled type, characterized in that the outer outlet opening (6) for the drainage is provided in the lower portion thereof with a removable seat part in the form of a planar annual seal (11) having an upper portion with at least one recess (21) used as a seat for the under-face of the head (10) of the valve and as a full flow ramp. The invention is particularly intended for the manufacturers and users of chemical reactors, in particular of the enameled type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: De Dietrich
    Inventors: Roger Glad, Rémy Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8087641
    Abstract: For providing a fluid control valve capable of preventing looseness of a screw part between a valve main body and a valve upper body, the fluid control valve comprises a resin valve main body wherein a valve seat comes into or out of contact with a diaphragm, and a resin valve upper body engaged with the valve main body. The fluid control valve comprises a holding member to keep the valve main body and the valve upper body threadedly screwed together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: CKD Corporation
    Inventor: Akinori Masamura
  • Patent number: 8082948
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a gas-generating apparatus and various pressure regulators or pressure-regulating valves. Hydrogen is generated within the gas-generating apparatus and is transported to a fuel cell. The transportation of a first fuel component to a second fuel component to generate of hydrogen occurs automatically depending on the pressure of a reaction chamber within the gas-generating apparatus. The pressure regulators and flow orifices are provided to regulate the hydrogen pressure and to minimize the fluctuation in pressure of the hydrogen received by the fuel cell. Connecting valves to connect the gas-generating apparatus to the fuel cell are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Curello, Paul Spahr
  • Publication number: 20110308655
    Abstract: A diaphragm sealed flow cavity comprises a first body comprising a support surface, a diaphragm comprising an outer portion that is joined by a weld to the first body, a clamped portion, and an inner portion that is movable along an axis, with the clamped portion of the diaphragm being compressed between the bearing surface and the support surface. The diaphragm sealed flow cavity may include a cylindrical body having a crimped portion for joining the cylindrical body to the first body. The diaphragm sealed flow cavity may also include a member that applies a live load to the clamped portion of the diaphragm. In the exemplary embodiments, the diaphragm sealed flow cavity may be realized as part of a diaphragm flow control valve having a valve body, diaphragm and a housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Branden W. Keeper, William H. Glime, III, Daniel E. Zeiler
  • Publication number: 20110305497
    Abstract: A widely used marking pen for dispensing viscous substances comprises: a casing with a dispensing tip, a ball being spring biased to selectively reveal a dispensing tip orifice that permits pressurized flow therefrom, a flexible bulb member with orifice therein permitting repeatable finger actuated pressurization of the casing interior, and a valve positioned between the liquid/semi-paste substance and the flexible bulb member. The valve maintains, on the downstream side, air under pressure to ensure good flow of the substance. The invention herein offers improvements over such valves by reducing the number of parts that are commonly used, thereby reducing complexity of its assembly, while offering improved results in terms of the longevity in maintaining pressure within the casing. The valve may comprise a stand-alone diaphragm with a specially contoured and resilient diaphragm wall having a self-sealing slit therein that independently permits pressurized fluid flow in only the desired direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: George Pappageorge
  • Publication number: 20110297865
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a drain valve assembly with a pop-up drain stopper for a drain opening. The drain valve assembly has an improved sealing mechanism whereby the drain valve assembly may be easily installed and, in addition, the interface between the drain valve assembly and the drain opening may be easily cleaned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Jimmi Gellert
  • Publication number: 20110297866
    Abstract: The invention relates to a valve, in particular for a component in microfluid technology, comprising valve bodies (1, 2) which have surfaces (6, 7) intended for contact with each other and which can be moved relative to each other by displacing the contact surfaces (6, 7), wherein channels (4, 5) for the inflow and outflow of a fluid open into one (6) of the contact surfaces (6, 7) and a depression (9) for forming a connection between the channels (4, 5) is provided in the other contact surface (7). According to the invention, a flexible separating film (10), which can be stretched into the depression (9) to form the connection, is arranged between the contact surface (6, 7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: THINXXS MICROTECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventor: Lutz Weber
  • Patent number: 8061681
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to couple actuator stems and rod end bearings are described. An example apparatus includes a bearing having a body and a portion extending from the body in which the portion includes an internally threaded bore. An actuator stem has a first end that includes an internally threaded bore. An externally threaded stud threadably engages the bores of the rod end bearing and the actuator stem to couple the rod end bearing and the actuator stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Russell Dalluge
  • Patent number: 8062612
    Abstract: A MEMS integrated circuit comprising one or more microfluidic diaphragm valves and control circuitry for the valves. Each valve comprises: an inlet port; an outlet port; a weir positioned between the inlet and outlet ports, the weir having a sealing surface; a diaphragm membrane for sealing engagement with the sealing surface; and a thermal bend actuator for moving the diaphragm membrane between a closed position in which the membrane is sealingly engaged with the sealing surface and an open position in which the membrane is disengaged from the sealing surface. The control circuitry is configured to control actuation of the actuator so as to control opening and closing of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Gregory John McAvoy, Emma Rose Kerr, Kia Silverbrook
  • Publication number: 20110272614
    Abstract: In a pressure reducing valve, a valve mechanism including a valve body that can be seated on a valve seat is housed in a body and a valve shaft portion which is coaxially connected to the valve body is linked to a central part of a diaphragm. A diaphragm rod (85) that integrally has a first retainer (83) abutting against one face of the diaphragm (16) is inserted through the central part of the diaphragm (16); and at least a second retainer (84) is sandwiched between the other face of the diaphragm (16) and an engagement portion (89) which is formed by crimping one end portion of the diaphragm rod (85) on a spring chamber side, thereby forming a diaphragm assembly (90) including at least the diaphragm (16), the second retainer (84), and the diaphragm rod (85) that integrally has the first retainer (83). Further, the diaphragm rod (85) of the diaphragm assembly (90) is linked to the valve shaft portion (34b). Accordingly, the productivity at the time of assembling the pressure reducing valve can be enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: KEIHIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20110260091
    Abstract: An aseptic or sanitary diaphragm valve has a valve body and at least one cylinder-actuated valve mechanism. A chamber is defined between a cylinder head and a plate or disk, which has a central bore or passage. A flexible diaphragm extends across the cylinder below the plate or disk. A piston within a cylinder is connected with a valve member foot portion, with a stem passing from the foot portion, penetrating the diaphragm, and passing through the bor or passage to the piston. A compression spring urges the piston to either its raised or lowered position, and air pressure may be used to lower or to raise the piston and the associated valve foot. An aperture in the cylinder can reveal a compromise of the diaphragms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Robert H. Feldmeier
  • Publication number: 20110252960
    Abstract: A reciprocating device, comprising: a motor; at least one crank mechanism attached to the motor; at least one rod attached to the crank mechanism; and at least one sleeve surrounding at least a portion of the at least one rod, adapted to dampen optional vibrations of the rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Flight Medical Innovations Ltd.
    Inventor: Moran BACHAR
  • Publication number: 20110248197
    Abstract: A flush valve diaphragm is provided. The diaphragm includes at least two by-passes orifices. Each by-pass orifice in the diaphragm has a by-pass associated therewith. Each by-pass having a passage therethrough, allows communication with the control chamber above the diaphragm with an inlet chamber below the diaphragm. The diaphragm also integrates the function of locating and providing sealing means to the flush valve system's aux valve mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: John R. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20110233443
    Abstract: Provided are a diaphragm, a diaphragm valve, and a method of manufacturing a diaphragm capable of increasing a flow rate (Cv value) of gas without degrading long-term durability even when a displacement amount is increased. A diaphragm (1) has an outer diameter ? of 10 to 35 mm and includes a dome portion (1D) in a dome shape and a flange portion (1T) formed continuously at a peripheral edge of the dome portion (1D) via a boundary portion (1K), the boundary portion (1K) has a radius of curvature R of 0.6 mm or more on a convex side of the dome portion (1D), and the diaphragm is formed of a cobalt-based super-alloy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Takashi Kamada, Kyotaro Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20110233441
    Abstract: An actuator including a barrel, two end caps, a piston, a guide slot, a hollow shaft and a twisted bar connected to an external rotating hub whereby any linear movement of the actuator shaft produces proportionate rotation of the external hub either clockwise or anti-clockwise direction, dependent on the direction of the linear travel of the actuator shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Allan Graeme Miners
  • Publication number: 20110233444
    Abstract: A valve includes a body, a plug and a diaphragm defining an aperture and a seat. The diaphragm is substantially movable in response to a force applied to the seat by the plug. The valve can be cycled between an open state in which the plug is free of the seat, a closed state in which the plug is seated against the seat, and a third state in which the plug is seated against the seat and substantially deflects the diaphragm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: NIMCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Larry G. Bachner
  • Patent number: 8025268
    Abstract: A manual valve comprises a valve element, a rod connected to the valve element, and a knob for moving the rod by screw feeding in an opening/closing direction with respect to the valve element. The valve element is moved by rotation of the knob through the rod. The rod includes an external thread portion on an outer periphery thereof and is not connected to the knob and is held against rotation. Further, the manual valve includes a cylindrical sliding nut rotatably held by a body and formed with an internal thread portion to be engaged with the external thread portion of the rod on its inner periphery and a clip fixed to the knob to be elastically deformably engaged with the sliding nut but disengaged when a larger torque than the predetermined value is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: CKD Corporation
    Inventors: Akinori Masamura, Tetsuya Ishihara
  • Patent number: 8016260
    Abstract: A metering assembly includes a fluidic chip and metering chambers. Selectable outlet valves communicate with each metering chamber to provide a discrete dispensed volume. The valves may be commonly controlled and may be formed as multi-level valves. The valves may be grouped into common substrate valve clusters. Purge channels communicate with the metering chambers and controlled purge valves allow reverse flow wash fluid to wash the metering chamber. Pressure ports are employed to actuate the valves. A method of dispensing a fluid from the fluidic chip includes a) selectively filling (or filling) the metering chambers with a selected fluid; and b) outputting (or selectively outputting) the fluid to output locations. The total output volume of fluid dispensed from each metering chamber may be accumulated. The process may be repeated until the accumulated volume equals the desired volume and may be repeated for another fluid from a plurality of different fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Formulatrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Kabir James Mukaddam, Jennifer Ezu Hu, Jeremy Stevenson
  • Patent number: 8002894
    Abstract: In a processing apparatus including a diaphragm valve provided on a process gas discharge line for discharging a process gas from a processing chamber and configured to control the internal pressure of the processing chamber by adjusting the opening of the diaphragm valve, an antistatic agent source is connected to the process gas discharge line at a position upstream of the diaphragm valve. Damage of a diaphragm valve element due to spark discharge resulted from electric charge generated by friction between the gas flowing through the diaphragm valve and the diaphragm valve element can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Jiro Higashijima, Naoyuki Okamura, Kousuke Maeda
  • Patent number: 7997556
    Abstract: A finely adjustable firing valve for rapidly discharging compressed air or compressed gas, for the purpose of generating a pressure wave in silos or containers of granular materials, comprising a pneumatic main valve (1), a pneumatic secondary valve (9), arranged to control the main valve (1), and a pilot valve (16), arranged to control the secondary valve (9), said main valve (1) comprising a main valving element (7) of membrane type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Larix S.r.L.
    Inventor: Genio Migliorati
  • Publication number: 20110192467
    Abstract: Abstract A flow means for cutting off/opening a flow of liquids or gases as well as for routing said flow, of the type that includes a body component that is manufacturable by injection molding and that is formed with a flow passage through it and has at least one sharp edge, circumferential along said flow passage. Wherein the flow means is characterized by that it includes in addition, a flow smoothening means formed as an insert that can be affixed to the flow means body component. The flow smoothening means is formed with a rounded surface that when affixing the flow smoothening means to the body component of the flow means, it integrates with the flow passage and converts the sharp edge into a rounded corner that contributes to smoothing said flow, reducing the tempest like effect of the flow and substantially preventing turbulence and generation of whirlpools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: OOVAL VALVES LTD.
    Inventors: Eliyahu Dvash, David Gutman, Yehezkel Hagbi
  • Publication number: 20110186765
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the singulation of valve plates and/or assembled valves from a lead-frame are described. The method and apparatus utilizes an electric current to fuse tabs which join the valve plate and/or the assembled valve to the lead-frame. The valve comprises a first and second valve plate with offsetting apertures and a flap disposed and movable between the first and second plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Jonathan Jaeb, Stuart Hatfield
  • Patent number: 7988130
    Abstract: The invention provides a valve and a method of operating the valve that makes it possible to reduce the diameter of the vacuum exhaustion pipings to make the facility for the vacuum exhaustion system small, which results in lower costs and shortens vacuum exhaustion time, and also which can prevent corrosion, cloggings, and seal leakages inside the piping system caused by the accumulation of substances produced by the decomposition of gas flowing through the pipings. In particular, in accordance with the present invention, an aluminum passivation is applied on the piping parts, i.e. the valve and others, that are used in the vacuum exhaustion system so as to inhibit gas decomposition caused by temperature rise at the time of baking so that components for reduction in the diameter size in the vacuum exhaustion system are provided. Thus, corrosion, cloggings and seat leakages caused by gas decomposition are prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignees: Fujikin Incorporated
    Inventors: Tadahiro Ohmi, Nobukazu Ikeda, Michio Yamaji, Masafumi Kitano, Akihiro Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20110174381
    Abstract: A fluid regulating device includes a valve body having an inlet, an outlet, a valve port, and a control element shiftable within the valve body. A control assembly includes an actuator coupled to the control element and includes a diaphragm disposed adjacent a diaphragm chamber. A sense tube has a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion, the first end positioned to communicate with the diaphragm chamber, the second end disposed adjacent the outlet, and the intermediate portion disposed adjacent an intermediate portion of the outlet. The sense tube includes a shoulder and a flared portion, with the flared portion disposed adjacent the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Gregory L. Foust, Jared B. Chizek, Mark A. Michnevitz, Tung K. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7980531
    Abstract: A device in a valve (1) includes a valve housing (2) with at least a first (3) and a second (4) fluid port. A closure element (5) including a sealing portion (15) and diaphragm (30) is arranged in the valve housing (2). The sealing portion (15) is movable between an open position and a closed position. The closure element (5) and valve housing (2) form a flow passage (11) which communicates with the fluid ports when the sealing portion (15) leaves the closed position. A second sealing portion (14) is arranged in contact with a support portion (25) of the valve housing (2). An abutment element (16) is arranged in contact with the second sealing portion (14). The abutment element (16) transmits a force via the second sealing portion (14) toward the support portion (25) to provide a seal. The force is at least partly exerted by a spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Millipore AB
    Inventors: Lennart Myhrberg, Håkan Samuelsson, Bertil Wejrot
  • Patent number: 7980528
    Abstract: A flush valve diaphragm is provided. The diaphragm includes at least two by-passes orifices. Each by-pass orifice in the diaphragm has a by-pass associated therewith. Each by-pass having a passage therethrough, allows communication with the control chamber above the diaphragm with an inlet chamber below the diaphragm. The diaphragm also integrates the function of locating and providing sealing means to the flush valve system's aux valve mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Sloan Valve Company
    Inventor: John R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7971599
    Abstract: To provide a low-cost air-operated valve, an air-operated valve comprises a piston, a cylinder in which the piston is allowed to slide by operation air, and a valve section to be driven by sliding movement of the piston. The cylinder includes an outer member having a hollow portion and an inner member loaded in the hollow portion of the outer member to define a piston chamber in which the piston is allowed to slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: CKD Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuhito Aoyama, Katsunori Hirose, Takashi Yajima, Tadaichi Hamada
  • Publication number: 20110155250
    Abstract: A hydraulic actuating device for a sliding stem control valve assembly is mounted between a control valve and an actuator housing. The hydraulic actuating device is connected to one of a control valve stem, an actuator stem, and a stem connector and the hydraulic actuating device moves either the control valve stem, the actuator stem, or the stem connector in response to varying hydraulic pressure within the hydraulic actuating device. The hydraulic actuating device may be used to override an actuator of the sliding stem valve during emergency operations, or to provide a backup actuator in the case of a primary actuator malfunction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT (TIANJIN) VALVES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Li Nannan, Gao Chun
  • Patent number: 7964317
    Abstract: A valve and a fuel cell using the same are provided, the valve having a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, a flow path communicating therebetween, a valve element provided in the flow path, a diaphragm which is disposed so as to separate the inside from the outside of the flow path and which is to be deformed by the difference in pressure between the inside and the outside of the flow path, a valve shaft connecting between the valve element and the diaphragm, and an actuator provided for the diaphragm. In the valve described above, the valve element is displaced by at least one movement of the diaphragm and the actuator to open and close the valve. Accordingly, the valve has a simple structure which can be easily miniaturized and which is unlikely to be degraded even when a corrosive fluid flows through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunsuke Shioya, Masaaki Shibata
  • Patent number: 7955684
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multilayer protective enclosure for protecting humans, animals or perishables from hazardous agents in the environment. The enclosure contains a porous adaptive membrane structure that has movable membranes with insertable protrusions. The structure can be made to change its gas, liquid or particulate permeability in response to surrounding environmental conditions. Hence, the enclosure is highly breathable in a non-hazardous environment but impermeable or only semipermeable in a hazardous environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Joseph D. Trentacosta, Vivek Kapur
  • Publication number: 20110120412
    Abstract: A valve having a housing with a flow opening with a flat boundary. The flow opening is connected on one side to an elastic film element, which seals the flow opening in the flat state of the element. The valve is used as a throttle element for motor vehicles with diesel engines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Hannewald
  • Publication number: 20110114868
    Abstract: A diaphragm (20) for a diaphragm valve is described. The diaphragm (20) has a body (22) comprising a first elastomer and a resistant layer (24) comprising a second elastomer having a different composition or formulation. Diaphragms described in examples have good flexibility with a high level of chemical resistance and low surface adhesion. A fixing attachment for fixing the diaphragm in the valve is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: JAMES WALKER & CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Peter John Warren, Stephen Winterbottom
  • Patent number: 7931043
    Abstract: A diaphragm-sealed valve provided with a valve cap and a valve body, a diaphragm and a plunger assembly. The diaphragm is compressibly positioned between the valve cap and the valve body. The valve body comprises a process purging channel extending along a main recess of the valve body, under a pre-formed deformation of the diaphragm. A process purging inlet passage and a process purging outlet passage, both opening on the process purging channel, allow for a purging gas to flow in the process purging channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Mécanique Analytique Inc.
    Inventors: Yves Gamache, André Fortier
  • Patent number: 7926785
    Abstract: A valve is disclosed including a body, a bonnet, a flexible diaphragm adapted to be positioned between the bonnet and the body, and an actuator mechanism. The flexible diaphragm has a central portion and a peripheral portion surrounding the central portion, wherein the peripheral portion includes a substantially rigid ring extending continuously through or on the peripheral portion. The body has an input port, a central portion, and an output port. The actuator mechanism is operatively coupled to the diaphragm for moving the diaphragm between an open configuration wherein the input port and output port are in fluid communication with each other, and a closed configuration wherein the diaphragm blocks the central portion and prevents fluid flow between the input port and the output port. The bonnet is adapted to house the actuator mechanism, and the actuator mechanism is positioned in the bonnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher P. Wincek
  • Patent number: 7922147
    Abstract: A flush valve diaphragm of a flush valve includes a body having a segmented insert within a flexible body portion and a central passageway. The body further includes a peripheral sealing portion with the flexible body portion within the peripheral sealing portion. The peripheral sealing portion can include an integral filter, an exit chamber and a bypass arrangement, such that water flowing through the filter flows through the bypass arrangement. The integral filter version will retard clogging of the bypass arrangement. The segmented insert includes a plurality of trapezoidal members with outward protrusions. The plurality of trapezoidal members are connected to each other on their outermost edge by a runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: J. Timothy O'Connor, Michael A. Funari
  • Publication number: 20110037011
    Abstract: A non-adjustable water pressure and flow speed regulating flushing system includes a valve member adapted for sealedly disposing between the water inlet and outlet to control water flowing from water inlet to outlet through the water chamber, a relief valve disposed within the water chamber for controlling the water flowing from water chamber to water outlet, and a flow speed regulation arrangement which includes an elongated bleed channel for controlling a water pressure between the water inlet and water chamber, so as to regulate a flow speed of the water entering into the water chamber through the bleed channel in a non-adjustable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Jorge Maercovich, Leo Maercovich
  • Patent number: RE42401
    Abstract: A throttling valve assembly actuated by a stepper motor having a double diaphragm seal and integral throttling surface. The throttling surface interfaces to a mating orifice and port arrangement to provide a smooth control regime for various process fluids. Because of the unique design of the flow paths, the fluids will remain in a laminar flow state throughout the throttling range, thus providing smooth and continuous response to the control input. The valve opening to the fluid is controlled by a stepper motor through a direct drive mechanism. The embodiment shown here employees employs all PTFE construction for the wetting parts, but any material could be used that would be compatible with the process fluid. Additional features are minimal capture of the process fluid, free draining, and no metallic parts in close communication with the process fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne L. Pratt, William Michael Kolarik