Penetrating (e.g., Secant) Patents (Class 285/192)
  • Patent number: 10738446
    Abstract: A drain disinfecting device for disinfecting the internal surface of a drain pipe wall that is provided with a hole or aperture includes a UV LED module provided with a transparent lens through which UV-C light can be transmitted. The module is attached to the drain pipe to register the transparent lens with the hole in the drain pipe to transmit UV light through the transparent lens into the interior of the drain pipe to irradiate the drain pipe inner surface with UV light. A watertight seal is provided between the drain pipe and the module. A controller is provided for selectively energizing the module. A method of converting an existing drain pipe to disinfect the interior surface includes forming a hole or aperture in the wall of the drain pipe and registering the drain disinfecting device with the hole or aperture in the drain pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SteriLumen, Inc.
    Inventor: Max Munn
  • Patent number: 10711876
    Abstract: At least one reinforcement tube for stabilizing a housing within an automobile transmission casing. The reinforcement tube includes a first portion having a first diameter and having a first interior recess, a second portion having a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter, and a second interior recess, the first and second portions separated by a shoulder, a first seal disposed within the first interior recess of the first portion and situated proximate the shoulder separating the first and second portions, and a second seal separate from the first seal and situated proximate a distal end of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAPTFC HOLDING, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Bateman, Thomas Tejada, Michael Souza
  • Patent number: 10514387
    Abstract: The present invention lies in the field of automated analysis devices and relates to a method for monitoring the functionality of a wash station (1) for pipetting needles (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Products GmbH
    Inventors: Ayoub Bouteffah-Touiki, Thorsten Michels
  • Patent number: 10487492
    Abstract: A drain cover includes: (a) a cover portion including a first plate portion defining a plurality of first holes, the first plate portion including a first top surface and a first bottom surface; (b) a securing portion including a second plate portion, the second plate portion including a second top surface and a second bottom surface, the first bottom surface being flush against and in contact with the second top surface, the second plate portion defining a plurality of second holes coaxial with the first holes; (c) a plurality of draw necks comprising a corresponding plurality of neck extensions that form lamination-retention collars, each of the plurality of retention collars including an upper surface and a lower surface, the upper surfaces being at least partially flush against and in contact with the second bottom surface, the lower surfaces being curved and flared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Donald Boersma
  • Patent number: 10344672
    Abstract: Systems and methods of coupling a nose cone to a turbine machine. Nose cone assembly weight and coupling difficulty are each reduced by reducing or eliminating the number of bolts used to mount the nose cone to the turbine machine, as well as the support or retaining ring. The disclosed nose cone comprises a plurality of hub mounting elements including one or more bayonet flanges, two or more apertures defined by a flange forming an annular hub mating surface of the nose cone and configured to receive an fastener therethrough, and one or more pilot flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthew A. Scott
  • Patent number: 10309730
    Abstract: A heat exchanger tube assembly includes a tube. The tube includes a first end, a second end disposed opposite from the first end, an outer surface, and an inner surface defining an interior space. A plurality of channels are formed within the interior space. A first sleeve is fixed to the outer surface of the tube near the first end and a second sleeve fixed to the outer surface of the tube near the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew William Miller, Anthony DeLugan, Michael Doe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10279992
    Abstract: A heat-insulated tank with a volume of 200-20,000 m3 for storage of oil and oil products includes a heat-insulated wall, roof and bottom installed on a foundation. The wall and roof are equipped with supporting discharge skirts forming sections, the heat-insulated coating made of foam glass blocks that fill sections and form control joints in the heat insulation coating. The tank includes a top coat made of metal sheets located at an external surface of foam glass blocks. The foam glass blocks including a lower row of detachable blocks and additional rows coupled to each other and a surface of the tank via an adhesive. The technical result is improved safety and strength of the tank heat insulation at loads on its structure caused by filling and discharge of the raw material and environmental factors, and relatively even temperature control of the oil and oil products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY “TRANSNEFT”, JOINT-STOCK COMPANY “TRANSNEFT SIBERIA”, L.L.C. “TRANSNEFT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE FOR OIL AND OIL PRODUCTS TRANSPORTATION”
    Inventors: Yury Viktorovich Lisin, Nikolai Nikolaevich Skuridin, Vitaly Ivanovich Surikov, Anatoly Evgenevich Soshchenko
  • Patent number: 9791061
    Abstract: A valve, in particular for hydraulic circuits, includes a valve body (4) designed as a cartridge that can be fixed in a housing (6) having fluid connections (8) by a securing device (20, 26, 28). The securing device has at least one blocking element (20) in the form of a separate component between the valve body (4) and the housing (6). The blocking element has blocking surfaces that can be moved relative to the longitudinal axis (18) of the valve body (4) between an assembly position allowing the valve body (4) to be inserted into the housing (6) and a blocking position in which the blocking surfaces secure the valve body in an assembly position, preferably with zero backlash by bearing against retaining surfaces (26, 28) of the housing (6) and the valve body (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: HYDAC FLUIDTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Olaf Pippel, Frank Schulz, Markus Bill
  • Patent number: 9638357
    Abstract: Tubes for use in ultrahigh pressure devices, and associated systems and methods of manufacture are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a metal tube includes an elongate bore having a circular transverse cross-sectional shape. The metal tube also includes an elongate wall extending around the bore and having an annular transverse cross-sectional shape with an inner surface closest to the bore, an outer surface furthest from the bore, and a wall thickness extending from the inner surface to the outer surface. An inner portion of the wall is under swage-autofrettage-induced overall compressive stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: OMAX Corporation
    Inventors: Chidambaram Raghavan, Darren Stang, Craig Rice
  • Patent number: 9528643
    Abstract: A connector is provided for connecting a pneumatic hose having an end to a structural member of an agricultural implement. A tubular grommet extends through a port in the structural member. A flange extends radially from the outer surface from the tubular grommet and is engageable with a first side of the structural member. A locking barb also extends from the outer surface from the tubular grommet adjacent a second end thereof. The locking barb is engageable with a second side of the structural member with the second end of the tubular grommet received within the interior of structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Anderson, Chance Peutert, Chad Johnson, Scott Long, Rick Justice, Travis Harnetiaux, Johnathon Dienst, Patrick Dinnon, Ryan Raetzman, Michael Connors
  • Patent number: 9151414
    Abstract: A pipe joint coupling apparatus has first and second pipe joint members coupled to each other, a plate-shaped support member with an opening through which the first pipe joint member extends, and an elastic member accommodated in an annular groove formed in the outer surface of the first pipe joint member. The support member is clamped between a shoulder part formed on the outer surface of the first pipe member and a collar member disposed about the first pipe joint member such that the edge of the opening of the support member engages the elastic member. The width of the groove is greater than the width of the support member to allow the first pipe joint member to be radially displaced relative to the support member with the opening edge partially and radially entering into the annular groove while deforming the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nitto Kohki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuki Imoto
  • Patent number: 9115679
    Abstract: A fuel injector mounting assembly including a mounting clip. The mounting clip includes a frame, a first leg, a second leg, a first arm, and a second arm. The frame includes a first side, a second side, and a generally planar surface extending between the first side and the second side. The first arm extends from the first side of the frame. The first arm includes a fuel cup support portion aligned with the first leg and extending in generally the same direction as the first leg, a raised surface of the fuel cup support portion configured to cooperate with the fuel cup, and a flange at an end of the fuel cup support portion, the flange extending away from the first leg. The second arm extends from the second side of the frame and is at least substantially similar to the first arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven R. Roseborsky, Dhyana Ramamurthy, Arunchunaikani Thalaimuthu
  • Publication number: 20150098862
    Abstract: A flow connector creates a fluid connection between a port in a wall of a reactor vessel and an axial flow path of the reactor vessel. The flow connector has a wall defining a flow path of the flow connector. The flow path terminates in a first end opening and a second end opening. The first end opening is configured to connect to the axial flow path of the reactor vessel, and the second end opening is configured to connect to the port in a wall of the reactor. The flow connector includes a passageway extending through the wall of the flow connector to provide access to the flow path of the flow connector. A cover is dimensioned for sealing the passageway. The passageway may be dimensioned such that a person may traverse the passageway to access the flow path of the flow connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Ka L. Lok, David A. Wegerer, Jeffrey Grott, William Yanez
  • Publication number: 20150048613
    Abstract: Wall feed-through element for a fluid line that includes a housing having a feed-through region running in an axial direction with at least one attachment geometry and a stop. The feed-through region is structured with a bearing section and the connection geometry, on a side of the bearing section facing away from the stop at least one, includes at least one shaping protruding radially over the bearing section with a back wall facing the stop and at least one radially springable projection that is offset in a circumferential direction with respect to the shaping and extends toward the stop in an axial direction and beyond the back wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Andreas BAUER
  • Publication number: 20140251007
    Abstract: The present invention describes a tubular scoop that may be utilized with various assemblies for sampling fluid in a pipeline. The scoop includes a bend with a bend radius that is from two to four times the diameter of the scoop. The scoop defines a scoop face that is parallel to an axis of the tubular of the scoop. The scoop is mounted with a threaded connection that seals around the tubular. An additional seal comprises a compression nut that allows orientation of the scoop within the pipeline whereupon the scoop orientation is fixed by tightening the compression nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Atchison
  • Publication number: 20140239630
    Abstract: The present invention describes a tubular scoop that may be utilized with various assemblies for sampling fluid in a pipeline. The scoop includes a bend with a bend radius that is from two to four times the diameter of the scoop. The scoop defines a scoop face that is parallel to an axis of the tubular of the scoop. The scoop is mounted with a threaded connection that seals around the tubular. An additional seal comprises a compression nut that allows orientation of the scoop within the pipeline whereupon the scoop orientation is fixed by tightening the compression nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Atchison
  • Patent number: 8579335
    Abstract: A coupling structure for an absorption refrigeration circuit includes a gasket held between two coupling members. The gasket has a protruding part that elastically deforms when clamped between adjoining faces of the two coupling members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetaka Kayanuma, Hideyuki Akaba, Kazuma Ichikawa, Mitsuru Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20130257040
    Abstract: A tank and spout interface of a radiator of a motor vehicle having a tank part having an inner surface, an outer surface, a connecting part, a bottom portion, a first end, a second end, a first outer margin, and a second outer margin. The tank and spout interface has a connection sleeve disposed on the tank part and extending outwardly from the tank part having an inner surface integrally formed with the inner surface of the first outer margin of the tank part and an outer surface integrally formed with the outer surface of the tank part. A first entry riser and a second entry riser are disposed on opposing sides of the inner surface of the connection sleeve and a first internal riser and a second internal riser are disposed on the first outer margin of the tank part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ján Gregus Kollar, Hynek Hruza
  • Publication number: 20130127156
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for connecting a tube coaxially arranged around a measuring probe in a measuring probe unit of a fill-level measuring device comprising: a cable- or rod-shaped measuring probe and a tube coaxially surrounding the measuring probe. The measuring probe unit is connected to the container by means of a process connection element, wherein the measuring probe and the tube arranged coaxially around the measuring probe for the measuring probe unit are connected releasably to the process connection element. The coaxially arranged tube is connected releasably to the process connection element via a shape interlocking, threaded connection in a defined connection region, and the releasable, shape-interlocking, threaded connection of the coaxially arranged tube to the process connection element is secured by means of a radially directed deformation of the coaxially arranged tube in the defined connection region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO KG
    Inventor: Dirk Osswald
  • Publication number: 20130082460
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for extending a pipe through a wall. The apparatus includes a ball joint through which at least one pipe extends, an inner pipe, which extends through the ball joint and through which a fluid material may transfer, a housing unit, which substantially surrounds the ball joint and comprises resin bonding surfaces that that seal the housing unit to the ball joint, and a flange unit, which affixes to the housing unit and comprises resin bonding surfaces that seal the flange unit to a wall. The angle between the longitudinal axis of the inner pipe and a line orthogonal to the wall through which the pipe extends is in the range of between about 0 and 20 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: ICON CONTAINMENT SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Icon Containment Solutions, LLC
  • Patent number: 8356842
    Abstract: Fittings with redundant seals for aircraft fuel lines, fuel tanks, and other systems. A representative fitting includes a first member having a flange and a barrel. The barrel further includes a passageway. A first flange seal is positioned at a face of the flange and can be sealably coupled to a surface, for example, a tank wall. A second flange seal is disposed outwardly from the first flange seal to seal against the surface. The fitting further includes a second member positioned within the passageway of the barrel. The fitting further includes first and second barrel seals positioned between the barrel and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventors: James A. Carns, Theron L. Cutler, Mark A. Shelly, Benjamin P. Van Kampen
  • Patent number: 8297657
    Abstract: A joint for a fluid line of a vehicle for conveying a fluid through a vehicle frame member includes a unitary body having a first end adapted for engagement to a first fluid conduit and a second end adapted for engagement to a second fluid conduit. The body is sized to span between first and second walls of the vehicle frame member. A bore extends axially through the body and fluidly connects the first and second fluid conduits. The joint includes at least one connector configured to engage the vehicle frame member for releasably mounting the joint to the vehicle frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Scott J. Volchko
  • Publication number: 20120256412
    Abstract: Disclosed therein is a joint member, which includes a retaining portion formed by pressing a stainless steel pipe that is cut into a predetermined length, a joining portion having a spiral portion or a spiral groove, and an insert member made of synthetic resin and being pressed into the pipe so that a packing and a compression ring can be located in a proper position. The joint member using a pipe includes: a metal member having a retaining portion formed by pressing a stainless steel pipe cut into a predetermined length and a joining portion formed on the stainless steel pipe; and an insert member made of synthetic resin, the insert member being pressed to the retaining portion and mounted on the inner circumference of the metal member to locate joint means in a proper position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Seung Oh
  • Publication number: 20120228868
    Abstract: The present invention provides a better fireproof bulkhead penetration that is substantially less expensive to install and much easier to modify. The bulkhead penetration system is designed to prevent the spread of fire, smoke, water, gas and air through walls or bulkheads in both stationary and marine structures in way of piping and cable penetrations at the fire zone boundaries. Various preferred embodiments meet the requirements of the regulatory authorities having jurisdiction over the structure as well as the requirements of local authorities. In preferred embodiments a high temperature sealant provides an airtight seal for a sleeve type penetration and a high temperature sealant also provides an airtight seal between the sleeve and the bulkhead aperture through which the sleeve passes. The seals can be easily removed for repairs, upgrades and replacements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Trevor Lucey
  • Patent number: 8201851
    Abstract: A tank adapter has a housing. The housing has a top, a bottom and a sidewall disposed between the top and the bottom and a cavity defined by the top, bottom, and sidewall. The outer surface of the top has a first lower surface and a second raised upper surface. The second raised upper surface is located in juxtaposition to the first lower surface. The perimeter of the first lower surface is larger than the perimeter of the second raised upper surface such that a lip is formed between the first lower surface and the second raised upper surface. At least one passageway extends from the second raised upper surface to the inner surface of the top. The passageway has a first opening located in operative communication with the second raised upper surface. The passageway has a second opening located in operative communication with the inner surface of the top and at least a portion of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Atlantis Technologies LLC
    Inventors: David A. Descutner, Eric J. Waldo
  • Patent number: 8161696
    Abstract: Herein is disclosed a sleeve system and methods of using the system. The system uses an elongated open-ended sleeve, and mounting plate parts which mate with each other to form a mounting plate and which are securable to each other and to a wall. The mounting plate thus formed comprises a collar which, when the mounting plates parts are secured together, presses against portions of the outer surface of the sleeve to hold the sleeve in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Ted D Colwell, Kristen A. Jensen, Rebecca C. Lee, Ernst L. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8132831
    Abstract: A system for moving fluid from one location to another. The system comprising a fluid delivery system, a first piece of flexible tubing that receives fluid from the fluid delivery system and a second piece of flexible tubing. The system further includes a connector having an aperture that receives the second piece of flexible tubing. The connector is then positioned inside the first piece of flexible tubing so that the connector is urged against the inner walls of the first piece of flexible tubing so that fluid can be communicated from the first piece of flexible tubing to the second piece of flexible tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Mark S. Walker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8069623
    Abstract: Herein is disclosed a sleeve system and methods of using the system. The system uses an elongated open-ended sleeve, and mounting plate parts which mate with each other to form a mounting plate and which are securable to each other and to a wall. The mounting plate thus formed comprises a collar which, when the mounting plates parts are secured together, presses against portions of the outer surface of the sleeve to hold the sleeve in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Ted D Colwell, Kristen A. Jensen, Rebecca C. Lee, Ernst L. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20110140413
    Abstract: A coupling of a heat exchanger includes a saddle for engaging a cylindrical manifold. The saddle has an arcuate cross-section extending between a first edge and a second edge. The saddle defines an opening and a tubular member extends through the saddle and between a top edge and a bottom edge. A lip extends outward from the top edge and a skirt interconnects the lip to the opening in the saddle. The tubular member is oblong-shaped adjacent the opening of the saddle and the tubular member has an oblong-shaped portion extending from the bottom edge to adjacent the opening in the saddle and terminating at a transition zone. The tubular member has a circular-shaped portion extending from the transition zone to the top edge. The oblong-shaped portion has a shorter dimension in the direction between the first and second edges than the circular shaped portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce W. Dittly, Don C. Corser
  • Publication number: 20110140412
    Abstract: A stand for supporting a pressure vessel includes a body having an upper wall and a sidewall extending downwardly from the upper wall, an aperture defined in the upper wall configured to permit passage therethrough of a fluid conduit, the fluid conduit being in fluid communication with the pressure vessel, and a locking element provided in connection with the body configured to engage the fluid conduit when in a locked position to inhibit removal of the stand from the pressure vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: AMTROL LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Roger Manser, Christopher A. VanHaaren
  • Publication number: 20110025046
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for mounting and connecting at least one sanitary equipment pipe provided behind a wall, and to a corresponding method. The device includes at least one member for connection to a rear portion to be connected to a free end of the pipe, and a front portion including means for connection to another member of the sanitary equipment, provided in front of the wall, and at least one housing having an open face through which a connection member can be inserted and an opening for the passage of a free end of the pipe, characterized in that said housing further has an open face through which a connection member can be inserted, said housing being adapted to be inserted in a passage formed through said wall from the front of said wall and having means for attaching the same against the front face of said wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Claude Benit
  • Publication number: 20100300567
    Abstract: A subsea stab plate assembly comprises a stab plate which includes apertures each extending in an axial direction through the plate from a front face of the plate to a rear face of the plate. A subsea hydraulic coupler has a body with an internal longitudinal passageway including a valve operable to open the passageway on the mating of the coupler with a complementary coupler. The coupler is shaped for insertion through an aperture in either of two directions, having a circumferential groove and a flange assembly comprising an axially extending hub which fits into the groove and a shoulder for abutment against the front face of the plate. The flange assembly comprises a plurality of separable segments each of which constitutes part of the hub and part of the shoulder. The hub fits between the groove and the inside of the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Adrian N. SVENSSON
  • Patent number: 7841087
    Abstract: A method of attaching flexible tubing used in implementations such as drying buildings after flooding or irrigation. The method comprises forming a hole in a first line of flexible tubing, positioning a second piece of flexible tubing about a connector, and positioning the connector into the interior of the first opening with the second tubing positioned there about so that the pressure in the first tubing presses the connector against the inner wall thereby capturing the second tubing between the connector and the inner wall of the first tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Mark S. Walker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7810846
    Abstract: A flange structure (10?) for a fuel supply unit of a vehicle includes at least one non-electrically conductive plastic fuel port (16?) having first and second ends. A non-electrically conductive plastic flange (20?) is integral with the fuel port between the first and second ends. The flange is constructed and arranged to be coupled with a fuel tank of a vehicle. Electrically conductive grounding structure (32) is associated with the fuel port and has an elongated portion (36) extending within the fuel port so as to be exposed to fuel, and an end (40) connected with the elongated portion. An electrically conductive hose (30) is coupled with the first end of the fuel port and is in contact with the end of the grounding structure thereby defining a discharge path such that static electricity generated when fuel flows through the fuel port can be dissipated through the discharge path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Athalye, John Patrick Wattai, Matthias Nederegger, Stephane Seps
  • Patent number: 7793991
    Abstract: A pipe connector (10) including a joining portion (12) having a port (14) for connection of a first pipe thereto, the joining portion also having a wall for connection of a second pipe thereto, the second pipe being able to be connected to the wall by boring a hole through the wall and bonding the second pipe thereto, the wall having a shape such that the pipe may be bonded to the wall at a plurality of angles with respect to the port, whereby, in use, the pipe connector (10) can connect the first pipe to the second pipe at a plurality of angles with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Shane John Wormall
  • Patent number: 7712790
    Abstract: A tank adapter has a housing. The housing has a top, a bottom and a sidewall disposed between the top and the bottom and a cavity defined by the top, bottom, and sidewall. The outer surface of the top has a first lower surface and a second raised upper surface. The second raised upper surface is located in juxtaposition to the first lower surface. The perimeter of the first lower surface is larger than the perimeter of the second raised upper surface such that a lip is formed between the first lower surface and the second raised upper surface. At least one passageway extends from the second raised upper surface to the inner surface of the top. The passageway has a first opening located in operative communication with the second raised upper surface. The passageway has a second opening located in operative communication with the inner surface of the top and at least a portion of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Atlantis Technologies LLC
    Inventors: David A. Descutner, Eric J. Waldo
  • Publication number: 20090232585
    Abstract: A multi-port connector includes a plate employing a plurality of coupling retention mechanisms used to hold a plurality of fluid connectors in alignment for deployment with a respective plurality of fluid ports defined in a structure. The couplings may be loosely retained in the plate to facilitate alignment with the ports and ultimately insertion of the connectors into the ports. Each of the coupling retention mechanisms might be an opening through the plate with engagement mechanism defined within, or in conjunction with, the opening. In accordance with various embodiments of the present invention a (central) fastener may pass through the plate to selectively draw and secure the plurality of fluid connectors into engagement with the respective plurality of ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Donald R. Gilbreath, Geoffrey Richard Keast
  • Patent number: 7578528
    Abstract: A configuration for sealing-off two fluid-carrying subassemblies, in particular for sealing-off a case, the inner space of which is filled with a first fluid and through the inner space of which there is led a pipeline filled with another fluid which flows into a construction space that is separated from the inner space filled with the first fluid by a case wall. Between a first sealing element and a second sealing element there is disposed a supporting ring, which, on each of its side faces assigned to the sealing elements, has a contour for the reception and diversion of a fluid volume which has flowed onto the supporting ring as a result of leakage in the region of the respectively assigned sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Stefan Tölle
  • Patent number: 7543856
    Abstract: A tubing connecting device for a fluid carrying tube having a flat portion with an aperture therethrough includes a coupling body having a first port and a second port that are in fluid communication, a planar surface on the coupling body, surrounding the first port and configured to engage the flat portion of the tube with the first port in fluid communication with the aperture. A strap is affixed at both ends to the coupling body and is configured to engage the tube and hold the coupling body in place on the flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Mueller Gas Products
    Inventor: Mark Thomas Lang
  • Patent number: 7530603
    Abstract: A penetration system for a pipe entering a duct wall at a pipe stub. The penetration system may include a thermal sleeve surrounding the pipe stub and a bellows positioned below the thermal sleeve and about the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Carlos Serafim Albuquerque Fernandes, Nicholas Philip Poccia, Leroy Omar Tomlinson, Laurence Ambrose Kenny, III
  • Patent number: 7421803
    Abstract: Venting through the walls of an interior room of a building to an external environment is facilitated by apparatus and techniques for mounting an in-wall unit for interfacing with the exhaust ports of equipment, such as dryers, using flexible pipe. The in-wall unit connects with venting pipe, such as stovepipe, for connecting to the external environment through an exterior surface, such as a roof. If a roof exhaust is desired, a vent assembly is provided that contains a flap that automatically closes when the exhaust flow terminates, but opens when venting is underway. The flap is removable so that cleanout of path between the in-wall unit and the room exhaust can easily occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Philip Charron
  • Publication number: 20080210308
    Abstract: A method and structure for retaining a tube in place relative to a surface of a device, such as a motor or pump, for fluid communication there-between. The tube retainer comprises a tube having a retention groove, disposed adjacent an open end thereof, and a holding clamp having a slot which is engageable with the retention groove. The holding clamp further comprises a bolt hole for receiving a threaded bolt for engaging a threaded bore in the device to attach the holding clamp thereto, thereby holding and retaining the tube relative to the surface of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: John Michael Dooley, Kevin John Hartle
  • Patent number: 7390167
    Abstract: A compressor with a centripetal air takeoff system that includes pipes installed between an outer collar and an inner collar. Each pipe is fitted in a hole in the outer collar and in a hole in the inner collar. The system further includes a locking mechanism between the pipe and the inner collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Philippe Pierre Vincent Bouiller, Gilles Alain Marie Charier, Didier Rene Andre Escure, Stephane Rousselin
  • Patent number: 7322616
    Abstract: A tubing connecting device for a fluid carrying tube having a flat portion with an aperture therethrough includes a coupling body having a first port and a second port that are in fluid communication, a planar surface on the coupling body, surrounding the first port and configured to engage the flat portion of the tube with the first port in fluid communication with the aperture. A strap is affixed at both ends to the coupling body and is configured to engage the tube and hold the coupling body in place on the flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Mueller Gas Products
    Inventor: Mark T Lang
  • Patent number: 7052048
    Abstract: A through-flange for attaching a pipe to the curved sidewall of a vessel. A flange portion of the through-flange is contoured to match the curvature of the sidewall and thus can be glued directly to the sidewall. A retaining ring also being contoured to match the sidewall is inserted over a tubular portion of the through-flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Paragon Aquatics, a division of Pentair Pool Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Murphy
  • Patent number: 6929288
    Abstract: A branch connector in a fuel pressure accumulating container is joined with a through hole formed on a peripheral wall of the pressure accumulating container. The branch connector is inserted deeply into the through hole until the distal end of the branch connector is projected from the inner peripheral wall surface of the pressure accumulating container. Thus, the internal pressure fatigue strength is improved by lowering the maximum stress value generated at the internal peripheral edge at the lower end of the branch connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha Limited
    Inventor: Masayoshi Usui
  • Patent number: 6871880
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods include an adaptor to establish a flow path through the side of a first piece of tubing (rather than the end of the tubing) into a second piece of tubing or other device. The adaptor includes a threaded head slightly larger than the hole in the side of the tubing into which it is to be inserted, and gripping portions to assist in forcing the threaded head through the opening. After the head has been inserted, a sealing element is tightened to prevent leakage. To join lay-flat tubing to drip tubing, the other end of the adaptor includes an annular barbed end; a sleeve member around the barbed end; and cooperating structures acting between the barbed end and the sleeve to move those relative to each other. Barb structures on the sleeve member cooperate with the barbed end to sealingly engage the drip-tubing end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Olson Irrigation Systems
    Inventor: Donald O. Olson
  • Patent number: 6793252
    Abstract: The invention relates to a common rail for a common rail fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine, having a base body whose interior communicates with a plurality of connection openings. To increase the high-pressure strength, one elongated connection stub extends through each associated connection opening into the interior of the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Patrick Mattes
  • Publication number: 20040160055
    Abstract: A pipe seal is disclosed which comprises a main body portion (1) adapted to be fixed to the wall (12) of a chamber, tank, or the like, a face plate (6) adapted to be secured to the body portion to surround, in use, a pipe (14) to be sealed, the body and face plate between them housing a deformable member (9) in contact with a seal (8), such that, on forcing the face plate toward the body portion, the deformable member, in use, deforms and presses the seal into sealing contact with the pipe. The design of this pipe seal allows the pipe to enter the chamber wall at an angle of, for example, up to 12 degrees from a right angle. Hence the end of a pipe could generate a cone of movement with an included angle of 24 degrees. The seal therefore permits considerable positional movement of the pipe to allow connection of the pipe to its termination point within the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventor: John Reginald Newton
  • Patent number: 6746054
    Abstract: A connection and a method of providing a connection includes a fluid tight communication between a valve and a tube. The valve includes a first surface, a second surface, a cavity, and an aperture extending through the valve between the first and second surfaces. The tube includes a first portion, a second portion and a third portion between the first and second portions. The first portion penetrates the first surface and extends through the aperture into the cavity. The third portion is deformed so as to engage the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Siemens Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic Gagnon, Peter Hueniken, Kenneth Peter Nydam, Robert Faulkner