With Strain Relief Patents (Class 285/114)
  • Patent number: 11499655
    Abstract: Provided is a pipe retaining device, for a pipe fitting, which has a simple structure but is capable of further improving a detachment preventing force for a pipe without inserting an inner core. The pipe retaining device includes an inclination mechanism (7) configured to incline a retaining ring (3A) in a pipe axis direction with respect to a reference plane (P) orthogonal to a central axis of a ring body (30A), such that each circumferential end portion (30x) of the ring body (30A) is caused to be closer to a fitting body (2) and a circumferential center portion (30y) of the ring body (30A) is moved away from the fitting body (2), when each retaining ring connecting portion (32) and each facing portion (54) come into contact with each other. A first surface (56), facing the retaining ring connecting portion (32), of each facing portion (54) is parallel to a reference plane P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SK-KAWANISHI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hidehito Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 11400264
    Abstract: A treatment system includes a guide, tubular dilator members, an operation portion, and a holding portion. The guide extends linearly or curvilinearly. The dilator members pass the guide inside and are configured to move forward along the guide. The operation portion is configured to sequentially move the plurality of dilator members from a proximal end side of the guide to a distal end side of the guide. The holding portion is provided on the guide. A distance between outer edges of the holding portion in a direction intersecting a direction from the proximal end side toward the distal end side of the guide is larger or is configured to be larger than a distance between outer edges of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Masahiro Yoshino
  • Patent number: 11402042
    Abstract: A flexible attachment assembly is described having a bellows capable of absorbing torsion having a first end; a second end opposite to the first end; and a plurality of tubes, each of which is hollow and wound around a longitudinal axis while extending from the first end to the second end, where the plurality of tubes are communicated with each other all along the longitudinal length of the bellows so as to form a bore between the first end and the second end. Also provided is a bellows assembly having at least two sections, each section having a plurality of tubes, each of which is hollow and wound around a longitudinal axis and thus form a bore, where the plurality of sections are connected with each other so that their bores are communicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Oliver A. Schmidt, Jonathan J. Knopp, Christa A. Benson
  • Patent number: 11400271
    Abstract: We generally describe an enteral feeding adapter comprising: a tube section; a crimping fixation unit arranged on said tube section at a first section of said enteral feeding adapter for releasably connecting said enteral feeding adapter with a gastrostomy tube connector; and a screw cap freely rotatably arranged around said tube section at a second section of said enteral feeding adapter for connecting said enteral feeding adapter with a screw connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Reinhold Wolkenstoerfer
  • Patent number: 11268537
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an interface for a fan that includes a first bracket coupled to the fan, where the fan is configured to direct a flow of air through an opening of a duct, and the opening comprises a central axis extending therethrough, a second bracket coupled to a frame surrounding the opening of the duct, where the first bracket and the second bracket are configured to surround the opening of the duct, the second bracket is configured to support the first bracket, and the second bracket is partially radially within the first bracket relative to the central axis of the opening, and a gasket disposed between the first bracket and the second bracket, where the first bracket, the second bracket, and the gasket are configured to sealingly engage with one another without mechanical securement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Vinay Nanjappa, Vishal S. Jagtap, Chandra S. Yelamanchili, Marcel P. Ferrere, Anil V. Bhosale, Curtis W. Caskey, Nitin C. Dabade, Prashanti S. Dhawan
  • Patent number: 11262005
    Abstract: A superhigh torsional strength, metallic and airtight drillrod coupler including an externally threaded coupler having a radially outward outer shoulder at an end thereof in an axial direction, an inner end face at the other end thereof in the axial direction, and a first sealing face being provided in sequence in the axial direction of the externally threaded coupler. The coupler further includes an internally threaded coupler to be threadedly connected to the externally threaded coupler, the internally threaded coupler having a radially inward inner shoulder at an end thereof in an axial direction, and an outer end face at the other end thereof in the axial direction, with a second sealing face. Further, the first sealing face and the second sealing face are both sloped faces, and are in an interference-fit sealed connection with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peng Zhao, Minghua Wang, Shaofeng Liu, Lin Yuan, Bocheng Geng
  • Patent number: 11174970
    Abstract: A hose clamp apparatus that is configured to provide operable coupling with a second hose clamp apparatus so as to maintain an adjacent position with each other on a hose. The hose clamp apparatus of the present invention includes a band member operably coupled to an adjustment mechanism disposed within a housing. The housing includes a first side and a second side. Mounted to the first side of the housing is a first keeper. Secured to the second side of the housing is a second keeper. The first keeper and second keeper are configured to be mateably coupled so as to operably couple a first hose clamp apparatus with a second hose clamp apparatus. The first keeper and second keeper each have a first portion that extends outward from the housing. Engagement members are located at opposing ends of the housing and are operably coupled to the adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Brian James McCadie
  • Patent number: 11022246
    Abstract: A securing strap assembly includes a horizontal strap configured to wrap around a vertical standpipe. A pivoting strap is pivotally attached to the horizontal strap and is configured to extend over a pipe elbow inserted into the vertical standpipe. The pivoting strap has a first leg having a first connected end pivotally connected to the horizontal strap and a first adjusting end, a second leg having a second connected end pivotally connected to the horizontal strap and a second adjusting end, and a first adjustment mechanism configured to draw the first adjusting end and the second adjusting end to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Bradley L. Bernosky
  • Patent number: 11015512
    Abstract: A line element for compensating for expansions and/or relative movements within a line through which fluid can flow, comprising a ring-corrugation or helical-corrugation bellows 1 and a hose 3, which is arranged coaxially in the interior of the bellows 1 and is made of a dimensionally stable material, for flow-guidance purposes. The hose 3 has a number of individual, essentially dimensionally stable ring-form hose elements 4 which are plugged axially one inside the other so as to be retained such that they can be moved axially and/or angularly in relation to one another between a compressed position and an extended position. A method for producing such a line element is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Witzenmann GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Elsasser, Nadine Hanakam, Jorg Ludwig, Daniel Rotfuss, Thorsten Zohm
  • Patent number: 10741103
    Abstract: A quick connect fluid connector that is provided with sealing and gripping feature that are able to tolerate variations in a tube of a second fluid system to which the fluid connector connects. The fluid connector tolerates the variations while maintaining the sealing and gripping at high fluid pressures through the fluid connector. In one embodiment, the fluid connector may also be provided with an RFID tag to verify that the fluid connector is properly connected to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FasTest, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Danielson, Christopher Wagner, Jake Clifton
  • Patent number: 10690058
    Abstract: A fire seal structure prevents flame from coming out of a fire-prevention region of an aircraft. The fire seal structure includes: a first seal compressed and elastically deformed between two members of the aircraft; and a second seal pressed against the first seal in a direction intersecting a compression direction in which the first seal is compressed. A wall of the first seal pressed by the second seal includes a bent groove including at least one bent part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10663091
    Abstract: A pipe system for oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and a method of manufacturing the OCTG pipe system is disclosed. The pipe system includes at least one OCTG pipe having a pipe body, the pipe body having at least one connection end formed in unipartite and materially integral manner with the pipe body for coupling to a second OCTG pipe. The OCTG pipe is formed in seamless fashion from a hardenable steel alloy, and the connection end has a yield strength higher than the yield strength of the pipe body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Ralf Koester, Andre Loemker
  • Patent number: 10641277
    Abstract: A gas seal structure includes: a first member with a first flow path where seal gas flows; a second member that is disposed to face the first member and includes a second flow path where the seal gas flowing from the first flow path flows toward a predetermined seal surface; and a communicating pipe disposed across the first and second flow paths. The communicating pipe includes: a first pipe end and a first seal member that are held within the first flow path, a second pipe end and a second seal member that are held within the second flow path, and a flexible pipe that connects the first pipe end and the second pipe end. A rigidity of the flexible pipe end is lower than a rigidity of each of the first pipe end and the second pipe end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Daisuke Hirata, Takashi Oda
  • Patent number: 10626541
    Abstract: A washing machine hydraulic leveling device comprises hydraulic feet, wherein each hydraulic foot comprises a fixed part and a movable part, a hollow chamber is formed between the fixed part and the movable part, and the hollow chamber is provided with a hydraulic medium; two said hydraulic feet communicate with each other through high-pressure oil pipes: the hydraulic medium flows under pressure between the hollow chambers of the hydraulic feet to drive the movable parts to extend and retract, thereby implementing automatic leveling; and the fixed parts are provided with oil nipples communicating with the hollow chambers, and the oil nipples of the two hydraulic feet are connected to a same connecting piece through the high-pressure oil pipes, thereby implementing communication between the two hydraulic feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Zhao, Sheng Xu
  • Patent number: 10502014
    Abstract: An extended reach tool includes two or more separate flow paths, wherein each of the flow paths has multiple hollow chambers connected in series. Each of the hollow chambers includes a first constricted chamber with a fluid entry, a first expansion chamber located adjacent to the lower end of the first constricted chamber, and a second constricted chamber with the upper end of connected to the lower end of the first expansion chamber. A separate second expansion chamber is connected to the lower end of a plurality of the second constricted chambers. A single port is located adjacent to the lower end of the second expansion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Coil Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kletzel
  • Patent number: 10492552
    Abstract: A combined microphone and fluid-delivery apparatus includes a microphone disposed at an end of a support member, and a fluid passageway supported by the support member. A mouthpiece extends from the passageway so as to be positioned adjacent the microphone. The mouthpiece defines an outlet port that is in fluid communication with the fluid passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: RainMaker Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eduard Albert Jaeger, Robert Gregory Stahl, Jacob Timm Bowles
  • Patent number: 10488077
    Abstract: A furnace inducer elbow in accordance with one, non-limiting embodiment of the present disclosure includes a main body section having a first opening and a second opening arranged at a non-zero angle from the first opening, the main body section made of a first material; and, a sealing section integrally connected to the main body section at the first opening and at the second opening, the sealing section made of a second material different from the first material, wherein the second material is more flexible than the first material; wherein the sealing section includes an inlet aligned with the first opening and configured to seal to a flue vent connection member of an inducer fan assembly, and the sealing section further including an outlet aligned with the second opening and configured to seal to a flue vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Mathew S. Vargo, John N. Abel
  • Patent number: 10478650
    Abstract: An assembly for connecting a sprinkler to a branch line of a fire suppression system includes a flexible conduit having one end attached to the branch line. The opposite end is attached to the sprinkler. An adapter may be positioned between the conduit and the sprinkler, between the conduit and the branch line, or between the conduit and both the branch line and the sprinkler. The adapter contains a rotating joint which prevents torque from being applied to the conduit. The adapter between the conduit and the sprinkler is received within a bracket. The bracket also receives a cross beam for securing the sprinkler relatively to the branch line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: John M. Stempo, Rudolf Szentimrey, Lawrence W. Thau, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10458575
    Abstract: A flexible pipe loop including three flexible tube members: a first flexible tube member connected to a pipe run, a second flexible tube member connected to the first tube member, and a third flexible tube member connected to the second flexible tube member, the second flexible tube member and the third flexible tube member arranged such that they are substantially parallel. The configuration of the three flexible tube members permits six degrees of freedom of the flexible pipe loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Flex-Hose Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Philip B. Argersinger
  • Patent number: 10458516
    Abstract: A clamping device of a clamping unit for at least one cable has a clamping member with at least one receptacle for the at least one cable, wherein a cross section of the at least one receptacle is adjustable, and has at least one adjustment element that is embodied in such a way so that it takes effect on the clamping member so that the cross section of the at least one receptacle is adjusted. The at least one adjustment element is embodied as a preloadable element. A clamping unit has at least one clamping device and a housing surrounding the clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Kieran Jenkin
  • Patent number: 10391303
    Abstract: Tips for use on a tunneling tool provide the ability to pull an implantable medical lead extension or catheter body through a subcutaneous tunnel. The tips may include a pin with a barb, where the barb is inserted within a compliant portion of a connector body of the lead extension or a catheter body to create an interference fit that allows the connector body or catheter body to be pulled through the tunnel. The tips may include a carrier that has a cavity for the connector body, where the tunneling is performed with the carrier present on the tunneling tool. A body is positioned within the cavity of the carrier to prevent tissue from snagging on and collecting within the carrier. The body may include a tip portion that performs the tunneling function. The carrier may also provide tunneling and/or may be attached to the tunneling tool during tunneling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Scott M. Hanson, Bruce A. Behymer, Charles T. Bombeck, Douglas S. Cerny, Darrin E. Dickerson, Jeffrey R. Dixon, Phillip C. Falkner, Evan M. Gustafson, Raymond F. McMullen, Thomas I. Miller, Joseph P. Ricci, Adam J. Rivard, Chad C. Whiterabbit
  • Patent number: 10357073
    Abstract: A headset for a hydration system is disclosed. The headset includes a fluid conduit adapted to connect to a distal end of a hydration system supply tube, and a magnetic quick connect having an upstream and a downstream coupling member with a common mating axis and which together define a portion of the fluid conduit. The upstream member also incldes an off-axis arm that may be rotated about the mating axis without decoupling the coupling members. A headgear mount for use in the disclosed headset is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Rainmaker Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Gregory Stahl, Eduard Albert Jaeger, Jacob Timm Bowles
  • Patent number: 10330011
    Abstract: A fairing sub-assembly 88 for a turbine frame comprises an inner ring 50, an outer ring 48 and a plurality of strut-shells. The inner ring is formed of a plurality of inner segments 82. The outer ring is formed of a plurality of outer segments 80. The plurality of strut-shells 84, 86 connecting the inner ring 48 and the outer ring 50. In another embodiment, the fairing sub-assembly comprises an inner band 45 joining the plurality of inner segments 82 and the plurality of strut-shells 86 to form outer slots, and an outer band 44 joining the plurality of outer segments 80 and the plurality of strut-shells 86 to form inner slots. A method of assembling a fairing 46 comprises inserting the aforementioned fairing sub-assembly 38 into an aft end of a turbine frame 42, inserting a plurality of forward strut-shells 84 into the outer and inner slots at a forward end of the turbine frame 42, and joining the forward strut-shells 84 to the fairing sub-assembly 88.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Conway Chuong, Jason David Liles, Jonathan Ariel Scott
  • Patent number: 10267447
    Abstract: A fluid pipeline assembly may include a plurality of pipe segments coupled together in end-to-end relation, and a length compensator coupled between an adjacent pair of the plurality of pipe segments to define a fluid passageway therewith. The length compensator may include a tubular body having a plurality of openings spaced apart around a periphery thereof to permit a longitudinal change of the tubular body, and a sealing sleeve extending around the tubular body and covering the plurality of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Richard I. Harless
  • Patent number: 10203057
    Abstract: A bellows restraint includes a first bracket having a first mount and a first arm extending from the first mount, a second bracket having a second mount and a second arm extending from the second mount to be adjacent to the first arm with the second arm having at least one through-hole, and a first fastener extending through the at least one through-hole of the second arm to connect to the first arm with the first fastener having a cross-sectional area that is smaller than a cross-sectional area of the at least one through-hole to allow the first bracket to move in relation to the second bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Talon Innovations Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Flint, Dustin Tomhave
  • Patent number: 10024482
    Abstract: A bend stiffener assembly for coupling a tubular member includes a nonmetallic flange member having a central bore for receiving a tubular member and an elastomeric member coupled to the flange member and having a central bore for receiving the tubular member, wherein the elastomeric member is configured to provide a bending resistance to a tubular member extending therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Whitefield Plastics Corp.
    Inventors: William Whitefield, Brandon Carringer, Michael E. Fisher
  • Patent number: 9968752
    Abstract: A forehead support for a patient interface used in the treatment of sleep disordered breathing, includes a support post provided to a frame and a pair of arms extending from the support post. At least one of the pair of arms is adapted to rotate relative to the support post about an axis that extends transverse to the support post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Robin Garth Hitchcock, David John Worboys, Errol Savio Alex D'Souza
  • Patent number: 9879809
    Abstract: A coupling which can enhance safety will be provided, when the coupling, a hose, and the like are exposed to high pressure for some reasons or other while in use, by leaking the high pressure fluid to the outside to open a sealing portion of the coupling at a stage where the coupling condition between the couplings is maintained, and decreases the pressure. Further, the coupling can warn the operator or the like of the abnormality by ejecting a fluid from a leak path or a fluid ejection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAKURA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akira Horimoto
  • Patent number: 9863560
    Abstract: An expandable threaded connection includes: first and second tubular components including respective male and female ends including respective first and second and third and fourth threaded zones, insertion regions, first and second annular tongues, prominent abutment faces, and first and second concavities; the first and second tongues are respectively engaged in the second and first concavities in a made up condition, the abutment face of at least one tongue in contact with at least one concavity; the male end including a first surface between the first threaded zone and the first tongue, and the female end including a second surface between the third threaded zone and the second concavity; in the made up condition, the first and second surfaces define an annular space include large and small radial dimension zones which, after expansion, can form a metal-metal contact seal, the first tongue bearing on the second tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Jérôme Durivault, Anne-Sophie Bureau-Bayart, Eric Verger
  • Patent number: 9772054
    Abstract: Provided is a flexible hose assembly having an inner nipple coupled to an inner flexible hose and an outer nipple at least partially surrounding the inner nipple and being coupled to an outer flexible hose, wherein a first fluid flowing through the inner nipple is directed outward in-between the inner and outer flexible hoses and a second fluid flowing in-between the inner and outer nipples is directed inward to the inner flexible hose. By directing the second fluid inward and the first flow outward, the outer flexible hose is prevented from collapsing on the inner flexible hose when pressure of the second fluid flowing through the inner flexible hose is greater than a pressure of the first fluid flowing through the outer flexible hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Pelletier, Antony William Newman, Andrew E. Mau, Jonathan M. Golightly, John M. Obeidin, Peter J. Stroempl
  • Patent number: 9759359
    Abstract: A grip and fitting assembly for coupling an air hose to a gladhand coupler. The grip is flexible and tapered with a tubular interior through which may pass a length of hose shielded and protected by the grip. The grip is affixed to a fitting attachable to the gladhand coupler on a first threaded end thereof and attachable to the air hose on a second barbed end thereof. The grip is configured with one or more internal keyway boss which aligns and interlocks with one or more corresponding keyway recess on a retaining shoulder formed between the ends of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Tectran Mfg. Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Papafagos, Bruce D. McKie, Kenneth M. Caprio, Edward H. Badhorn
  • Patent number: 9746110
    Abstract: A gas-tight pipe connection that has inner and outer pipe parts which when joined create a gas tight seal. The inner pipe part has a press fit surface, a stop surface, and a transition surface between the press fit surface and the stop surface. The outer pipe has an outer collar, a press fit surface, and a stop surface as well as a recess in its interior wall which extends from the press fit surface to the stop surface. When the outer pipe part is joined with the inner pipe part, the connection forms a press fit region, a stop region, and a transition region, where the transition region forms a coaxial intermediate space or hollow space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: voestalpine Tubulars GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Catalin Teodoriu, Gernot Fritz
  • Patent number: 9689108
    Abstract: A connector including a first member having a cylindrical portion and a second member having a cylindrical portion that is frictionally engageable with the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Deflecto, LLC
    Inventors: John Frederick Hamman, Jr., Mitchell Ross Schlatter, Patrick Jon Foley, Richard Lee Ballard
  • Patent number: 9656019
    Abstract: An assembly of a drug delivery system, comprising: a first component; a second component which is configured to move linearly with respect to the first component; and, a resistance element configured to resist linear movement during transport of the first component with respect to the second component in a closed transport configuration but which is adapted to be overcome during nominal operation of the drug delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Oz Cabiri, Reuven Y. Filman, Yossi Bar-El
  • Patent number: 9651181
    Abstract: The disclosed hose guide may prevent a hose from bending within a specified distance of a hose fitting, and therefore prevent weakening of the hose at the hose fitting interface. The hose guide may include a hose fitting stage, a straight hose stage, and a bell stage. The hose fitting stage may secure the hose guide around the hose fitting. The straight hose stage may prevent the hose from bending. The bell stage may allow the hose to bend at a radius greater than a minimum bend radius for the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: William Luce
  • Patent number: 9625164
    Abstract: A heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) assembly that includes a duct and a coil assembly coupled to the duct. A supply line and return line are connected to the coil assembly. A first hanger assembly encircles the supply line, and a second hanger assembly encircles the return line. A support bracket has a first raised channel with a hole and second raised channel with a hole. A first threaded connector is secured using a square nut located in under the raised channel of the bracket, and a second threaded connector is connected to the threaded hole of the second hanger assembly and the second hole in a raised channel of a bracket and secured using a square nut located in under the raised channel of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: Luis Leonardo Vargas, Justin E. Anderson, Wah Gwain Jeung
  • Patent number: 9625071
    Abstract: A flexible hose assembly, in particular a garden hose, having an end fitting including a protective, strain reducing sleeve fixedly secured at the male end segment of a fluid conveying tube. The sleeve is flexible and provides strain relief to the portion of the tube surrounded by the sleeve and reduces the ability of the tube to kink in the area adjacent to the end fitting. The prevention of kinks at the male end of the tube reduces stresses in this area of the tube and greatly extends the working life of the sleeve and tube assembly. The sleeve additionally serves as a gripping surface for one or more of facilitating the attachment of the hose assembly to another device such as a flow control device and holding the end of the hose during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Melo, Timothy L. Chapman
  • Patent number: 9599240
    Abstract: A spring for use in a check valve is formed from a single piece of a polymeric material and includes a proximal end, a distal end, and a body positioned between the proximal end and the distal end. The body includes a wall, a proximal opening on the wall and a distal opening on the wall, and a bellows between the proximal opening and the distal opening. Further included is a process of forming the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Hy B. Nguyen, Thuan An Dinh, Carlos E. Arellano
  • Patent number: 9549665
    Abstract: There is provided an endoscope that prevents occurrence of buckling of a flexible body built in an insertion part of the endoscope without damaging other built-in components, and is easy to manufacture without impairing the curving manipulability. The endoscope includes a curvable portion, and an elongated insertion part being inserted into a subject. The endoscope has an elongated flexible body built in the insertion part, and a flexible protective tube that covers an outer periphery of the flexible body. The protective tube has a first region that covers the range of the flexible body, and a second region that covers the range of the soft portion. The elastic constant of the first region is smaller than the elastic constant of the second region, and the external diameter of the protective tube in the first region is larger than the external diameter of the protective tube of the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sugisawa, Keisuke Naito
  • Patent number: 9534718
    Abstract: A joint restraint is provided for a curved pipe joint having a curved pipe section joining two adjacent pipe sections. The pipes are joined using tubular sleeves held by hose clamps to form fluid tight seals, with two clamps on each end of the curved pipe sections and two clamps on each proximal end of the adjacent pipe sections. An inner strap extends between and fastens to one of the clamps on each adjacent pipe section forming a chord of an arc. An outer strap extends along an outer periphery of the joined pipes and fastens to the other clamps on each adjacent pipe section. The straps are in a plane through a center of the flow path of the joined pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Securus, Inc.
    Inventors: Virgil E. O'Neil, James F. LeStage
  • Patent number: 9494113
    Abstract: A turbocharger system includes a flexible duct having an elongated elastomeric body extending longitudinally between first and second ends configured to attach to respective turbocharger devices. A plurality of constricting rings are spaced longitudinally between the ends. Each constricting ring applies a radial compression force around a respective circumference of the duct. Each ring is comprised of a molded thermoplastic retained in a concentric shape by a clasp. The spacing of the constricting rings has a density sufficient to limit a volume increase of the duct under turbocharger operating pressure to less than 20%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Randall A. Stec, Roger Khami, Christopher B. Bishop, Erik H. Hermann
  • Patent number: 9441773
    Abstract: An annular band is adapted for wrapping around an outer diameter of a pipe. The band has two end members including tightening fasteners, which when tightened together, tighten the and against the pipe. The end members include alignment elements that mate with each other upon tightening of the tightening fasteners. The alignment elements axially align the end members with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Eliezer Krausz Industrial Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Eliezer Krausz, Avi Chiproot
  • Patent number: 9416900
    Abstract: An inlet/outlet pipe reinforcing device for a compressor. The device includes a body unit having a first body configured to support an outer periphery of the inlet/outlet pipe and a second body having a shape corresponding to that of the first body. A hinge shaft is fixedly mounted at one longitudinal side of the body unit so as to extend in a longitudinal direction of the body unit to cause the first body and the second body to be pivotally rotated with respect to each other. A flange of the device includes a first extension part and a second expanded part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventors: Hyun-Seok Kang, Sung-Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9399509
    Abstract: A fitting for a vent stringer of a type having an open end and an outer edge defining the open end. The fitting may include a fitting body receivable along the open end of the vent stringer, the fitting body having a groove that generally corresponds with the outer edge of the vent stringer, the groove of the fitting body shaped to receive the outer edge of the vent stringer to create a tongue and groove joint with the outer edge; and a connection between the fitting and the stringer to prevent slidable movement of the fitting relative to the stringer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Corey A. Rolfes
  • Patent number: 9388926
    Abstract: A connecting device of large-diameter compressed air conveying pipe comprises an outer hull and a sealing device. An annular mounting slot is set within the outer hull with two annular slopes on both sides, the sealing device includes an annular frame body, two pressing rings and two “O” sealing rings. The two pressing rings are set on both sides of the annular frame body. An internal annular slope and an external annular slope are set on inner corner and outer corner of the pressing ring respectively. Two second annular slopes are set at two tops of the pressing ring respectively. “O” sealing rings are respectively sat on the internal annular slopes of the pressing rings. Two ends of the annular frame body press the “O” sealing rings respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Yueqiang Gong
  • Patent number: 9383050
    Abstract: A quick removal fitting includes a female coupling part, a male coupling part, and a retention clip. The female coupling part includes a flange. The male coupling part (which can be for example a water pipe) has an end forming a divergent opening and includes a protrusion ring mounted thereto and a movable ring movably arranged thereon. The retention clip is made of an elastic material and is selectively set to clamp, in a removable manner, the flange of the female coupling part and the movable ring together. The retention clip that is set to removably clamp the female coupling part and the male coupling part together at a connection therebetween helps simplify assembly/disassembly and replacement. The movable ring that is movably arranged on the male coupling part helps eliminate a mounting operation involving welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: William Home
  • Patent number: 9297404
    Abstract: An anti-rotation duct restraint system and methods of using this system for connecting flexible ducts are described. The anti-rotation duct restraint system includes a flexible cable having a swaged cable end and a flattened threaded cable end, wherein the swaged cable end can be aligned with a though-hole in a first flange of a first flexible duct, and the flattened threaded cable end, along with a mating metal bushing, can be aligned with a through-hole in a second flange of a second flexible duct. The system also includes a nut, which can be threaded onto the flattened threaded cable end and secured using a single tool with one hand, for connecting the first flexible duct with the second flexible duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Edmund Kolder, Eric L. Helquist, Mark Fewell
  • Patent number: 9140278
    Abstract: A connection joint includes a first plate (186, 286), a second plate (182, 282), and connection members (184, 284). The connection members are coupled to the first plate and the second plate and positioned between the first plate and the second plate. The connection members are configured to resist rotation of the first plate with respect to the second plate around a first axis and allow a compression or expansion of the first plate with respect to the second plate on the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Alfred Sorvino, Donald N. McDuffee
  • Patent number: 9109351
    Abstract: A connector for connecting lengths of conduit sections having an outer corrugated surface, comprising a body having apertures, an outer rigid surface and an inner deformable surface as well as opposite open extremities. The inner surface defines a channel for receiving at least one conduit section through at least one of the open extremities. Fasteners are inserted into the channel through said apertures. When the corrugated conduit is fitted into the channel, the fasteners are insertable through the apertures for extending into the channel thereby interfering with the corrugated surface of the conduit and substantially preventing the conduit from being removed from the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: SOLENO INC.
    Inventors: Carl Diez, Robert Lafontaine
  • Patent number: 9103479
    Abstract: A connecting device with a pipe socket and a hose made of rubber-like material. The pipe socket and the hose abut in a sealing zone which is encased over at least a part of its length by a hose reinforcement which forms part of a geometric fastening configuration with which the pipe socket and the hose are held together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventors: Janos Kertesz, Gunter Röder, Gerhard Wachter