Molded Joint Facilitator Patents (Class 285/21.1)
  • Patent number: 10563806
    Abstract: Pipe fittings, systems, and methods are discussed including-pipe fittings with pairs of circumferential sealing zones and a pressure-testing chamber between the sealing zones. In addition, pipe fittings with sensors for detecting a breach in one or more sealing zones, data trackers for collecting information about the pressure-testing chamber and/or breaches in the sealing zones and a dormant power source that becomes powered upon an aqueous breach of one or more sealing zones are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Ruben Adolfo Mencos
  • Patent number: 10533690
    Abstract: The invention provides improvements to electrofusion fitting methods that allow for continuity and repeatability of welds between an electrofusion fitting and a pipe lining (or stand-alone pipe). An electrofusion fitting for joining sections of lined pipe has heating elements configured to create at least one weld between the electrofusion fitting and a pipe lining. However, prior to the weld step taking place the electrofusion fitting is heated and expands accordingly to ensure contact with the pipe lining. Preheating the electrofusion fitting also provides a predetermined starting temperature for the fitting and the lining which results in improved fusion cycle reliability. Furthermore, the need for clamps or support frames to support the electrofusion fitting in situ is removed, with corresponding reductions in cycle times, complexity, and hence cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Pioneer Lining Technology Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Barnes
  • Patent number: 9915381
    Abstract: A composite tube comprises a first tube section 100 and a second tube section, at least one of which is of fiber reinforced composite form, a mating interface being provided on each of the first and second tube sections, each of the respective mating interfaces having an interfering portion to create an interference fit between the first and second tube sections when the composite tube is assembled, each of the mating interfaces being configured with a recess the recesses being alignable with one another, during assembly, to define a combined recess when the composite tube is assembled, into which a hardened settable compound can be disposed during assembly to form an internal locking element that assists the interference fit by mechanically securing together the first and second tube sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy John Doole, Darcy John O'Gara, Paul Anthony Lewis, Michael John Dewhirst
  • Patent number: 9604404
    Abstract: A coupling may be configured to receive and secure an insertion end of a conduit. An outer surface of the insertion end of the conduit may be smooth and free of grooves, flanges and beads. A first member of the coupling may define a first passageway. A second member of the coupling may define a second passageway. The first member may be in spin weld engagement with the second member. A gripping ring having an inner edge defining a series of teeth may be disposed within the second member. A support ring and O-ring may also be disposed within the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent C. Ericksen, Stuart J. Eyring, Eric Tres Wangsgaard, Scot W. Hoskisson
  • Patent number: 9284965
    Abstract: An in-line water hammer arrester comprises a housing connectable at each end to a piping system, a fluid channel disposed within the housing to permit fluid to flow from the piping system through the housing and back into the piping system, a piston and a pressurized gas chamber. When a pressure spike occurs, the piston is pushed against the pressurized gas chamber allowing an expanded area for water flow until the pressure spike is dissipated and the piston returns to its resting position. When used with flexible hoses and tubing typically found with household appliance water supply lines, the in-line arrester is easily installed by a crimping or clamping type connector and takes up little space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LSP Products Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane Condon, Bill Ghiglieri
  • Publication number: 20150091292
    Abstract: A pipe connecting tool having a pipe joining material section including a pipe joining material container, a conduit from the pipe joining material container to a delivery nozzle, and a heater in thermal communication with at least a portion of the pipe joining material section. The pipe connecting tool may include one or both of a sensor for determining when a cavity has been filled by pipe joining material ejected from the delivery nozzle and a drill module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Wayne Ernest Conrad, Nina Conrad, Brian Burke, Don Vivian, Tomasz F. Wajda
  • Publication number: 20150091291
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses of joining a first pipe and a second pipe by injecting a pipe joining material into an interstitial space between abutting surfaces are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Publication number: 20150091290
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses of joining a first pipe and a second pipe by injecting a pipe joining material into an interstitial space between abutting surfaces are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Publication number: 20140375047
    Abstract: A joint fitting for thermoplastic pipes. The fitting member has receptor and an insert. The receptor fits snugly over the thermoplastic pipe, and the end of the pipe abuts against the fitting member. These respective contact surfaces are fused together by thermal welding, thus forming a socket seal and an abutting seal to strengthen the joint and to protect any glass fiber reinforcing layer of the pipe. One embodiment of the fitting also comprises a glass fiber reinforcing member that provides structural strength to the fitting member. In another embodiment, the fitting comprises an inner rim that fits inside the end of the thermoplastic pipe, thereby forming a double socket, abutted seal between the fitting and the pipe. Other embodiments comprise a valve for releasing gas and molten thermoplastic material during the thermal welding process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Mark L. Jones
  • Patent number: 8646489
    Abstract: Provided are a connection structure for connecting corrugated synthetic resin pipes and a corrugated synthetic resin pipe used in the connection structure. The pipe is lightweight, low cost, and simply structured with a small number of components, having sufficient resistance to water and pressure, and excellent sealing performance without the use of robust material or requiring high precision, and capable of being easily connected and manufactured. A first corrugated synthetic resin pipe 1A is provided at an end 10 with a cylindrical insert end 3 formed by adhering a synthetic resin layer 5 to the outer surface of the end 10 so as to fill at least corrugated recesses 2a. A second corrugated synthetic resin pipe 1B is provided at an end 11 with a socket 4 formed by adhering synthetic resin to the outer surface of the end 11 and cylindrically extending the resin outwardly in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kanaflex Corporation Inc.
    Inventor: Shigeki Kanao
  • Publication number: 20140008907
    Abstract: The specification discloses a method and a coupler for joining polymeric tubular objects, such as pipe. The coupler includes (a) a rigid, electromagnetically inductive carrier, (b) a temperature-responsive expandable material on the carrier, and (c) a polymeric material on the expandable material. The method includes the steps of (a) inserting the coupler into the ends of two adjacent polymeric tubular objects, (b) creating an electromagnetic field about the coupler causing the carrier to heat, in turn causing the expandable material to expand and force the polymeric material against the tubular objects, and further in turn causing the polymeric material to melt, soften, or liquefy, and (c) terminating the electromagnetic field allowing the polymeric material to cure or solidify to bond to the tubular objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Joel A. Dyksterhouse, Edward J. Gordon
  • Publication number: 20130234429
    Abstract: A portable assembly for securing a plastic fitting to a plastic pipe by employing fusion or thermal sealing is disclosed. The assembly is secured to the outer circumference of a plastic pipe at a desired location. The assembly can be secured at any longitudinal and lateral position along a plastic pipe. A heater heats both the pipe and the fitting to the point where they begin to melt. The heater is then removed and the fitting is pressed onto the surface of the pipe, thus fusing the fitting to the pipe. After cooling, the assembly is removed and the surface of the pipe within the interior of the fitting is drilled or removed. This now enables fluid within the pipe to be sent to the fitting and onto distribution lines which are connected to the fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: HDPE SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Chris Menno
  • Publication number: 20130234430
    Abstract: A coupling piece for an outer end of a multilayered conduit, includes a coupling pipe which is provided on the outer side with a radially upright wall, wherein the wall is widened in axial direction at a radial distance from the outer side of the body. The outer side of the coupling pipe, the upright wall and the widened portion enclose an annular insertion space into which the outer end of the conduit can be directly inserted, wherein the inner wall of the coupling pipe is reinforced with an adjacent reinforcing layer which has a greater strength than the material of the coupling pipe. The reinforcing layer is provided with axial engaging elements, while the inner wall is provided with axial connecting elements which correspond with and connect to the engaging elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: TERSIA NEDERLAND B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Augustinus Van Der Donk
  • Patent number: 8507832
    Abstract: A method of repairing in situ a pipe or tank of thermo-fusible material, with a step for installing an electric heating element, the heating element including electrical conductors, and with a step for supplying said conductors with appropriate electric energy. The electrical conductors are supplied by a control panel set up prior to the repair and matching, for different thermo-fusible materials and different types of damage of the pipe or tank to be repaired, at least one technical characteristic of the pipe or tank, one characteristic of the electric energy to be applied and a profile of the application time of the electric energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Gaz de France
    Inventors: Dominique Gueugnaut, Irene Corral-Hernandez, Jean Le Coguic, Alain Darut
  • Patent number: 8424917
    Abstract: A moulded electrofusion fitting for connection to a plastics pipeline comprises a hollow body formed with a tubular opening that has a longitudinal axis and is adapted to receive and end of the pipeline as a close sliding fit. An electrofusion element is formed in the internal surface in the opening, spaced from its end. Fingers are on the end of the opening, circumferentially spaced around the opening and separated by slots between them. Cam surfaces in the form of ribs are defined on the fingers, and a grip ring is received on the fingers and includes wedge elements in the form of grooves. These are adapted to fit the ribs so that, when a pipeline is inserted in the opening and the grip ring is rotated about said axis, the ribs and grooves engage to press the fingers radially inwardly against the reaction of the grip ring, whereby said pipe is gripped by said grip ring and centralized in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Radius Systems Limited
    Inventors: Mario John Christodoulou, Lawrence Adam Faulkner Richards, Derek John Muckle
  • Patent number: 8424924
    Abstract: A thermoplastic pipe distribution system is assembled by electromagnetic bond welding of a thermoplastic pipe to a thermoplastic fusion pipe joint assembly comprising a threaded fusion pipe ring, a threaded fusion pipe socket, and a susceptor layer between the fusion pipe ring and the fusion pipe socket. The fusion pipe ring is screwed into the fusion pipe socket, and the pipe is inserted into the fusion pipe ring. An induction coil is placed around the fusion pipe socket. Radiated electromagnetic energy heats the susceptor layer to melt at least a portion of the susceptor layer, at least a portion of the fusion pipe ring, at least a portion of the fusion pipe socket, and at least a portion of the pipe. The fusion pipe ring is further screwed in to compress the molten material. The joint is then cooled to solidify the molten material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: TAS Acquisition Co., LLC
    Inventors: Drew LaMarca, Tom Zich
  • Patent number: 8394472
    Abstract: A structural component with a tubular section, particularly a structural component of a fluid line, has at least two materials with different stiffness and/or creeping strength, wherein the materials include thermoplastic synthetic materials and wherein the material having the greater stiffness and/or creeping strength is embedded in the other material. The tubular section has a continuous annular surface which extends coaxially with the longitudinal center axis of the structural component and has the same material which has been injection molded over the annular surface in a predetermined quantity ratio relative to the outer material, or between 40% and 100% of the annular surface are composed of the same injection molded material and are distributed in uniform spacings in circumferential direction of the annular surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Norma Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Janos Kertesz
  • Publication number: 20120280485
    Abstract: Methods for welding a first metal part to a second metal part by a solid state process to form a welded article having at least a welded region are provided herein. The welded region of the weld is post-weld aged by heating it to a set temperature for a set time and compressing the weld.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Israel Stol, Stephen Makosey, John Cobes, Daniel Bergstrom
  • Publication number: 20120043752
    Abstract: The invention is a pipe joint for joining pipes composed of materials that are difficult to adhere. The major elements are an extrudable adhesive; a first pipe having a socket with an inside diameter, where said socket has a mouth, a self-centering bottom with a gasket, a cylindrical wall with a plurality of ports, and an inner annular channel. A second pipe has an insertion section with an squared-off end and a rolled groove. The second pipe having an outside diameter that is less than the inside diameter of the socket, where the difference defines a coaxial cavity with a width. The rolled groove serves as a distribution channel while the adhesive is a liquid, and upon curing the solid adhesive functions as a retaining ring. A flanged annular ring, potentially aided by a compression apparatus, caps the cavity, centers the insertion section, and maintains compression. The adhesive includes alkyl-borane-adhesives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: IPS, Corporation - Weld-On Division
    Inventor: TERRY R. MCPHERSON
  • Patent number: 7955675
    Abstract: A weld joint has a weld portion for being welded and bonded to a rim portion around an opening of a resin fuel tank. The weld portion is made of a resin alloy material that is obtained by alloying EVOH or PA with a modified HDPE. A highly-weldable layer is provided in an extremity portion of the weld portion throughout an entire circumference of the weld portion. The highly-weldable layer is made of HDPE and/or a modified HDPE having good weldability to the resin fuel tank. An extremity end surface of the highly-weldable layer serves as a weld surface for welding the weld portion to the resin fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Maeda, Atsuo Miyajima, Kazushige Sakazaki, Kentaro Sugita
  • Patent number: 7892471
    Abstract: The invention described herein provides an embedded wireless device such as a RFID tag molded into separate housing formed of any thermoplastic material compatible to that of the plastic material as the device to which the housing is to be attached. Subsequently, the housed tag assembly can be thermally bonded onto the device through many means which are well known and accepted in the industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Burke, Joseph William Muldoon
  • Patent number: 7854449
    Abstract: The present invention is a composite laminated sheet material suitable for structures such as containment sumps. The laminated material comprises a fabric-backed thermoplastic layer upon which thermoset plastic is applied to the fabric side. The thermoplastic layer is formed by contacting a layer of fabric onto a layer of molten thermoplastic such that the liquid thermoplastic permeates a portion of the fabric layer to form a mechanical bond with the fabric layer when the thermoplastic layer cools and hardens. Thermoset plastic, such as fibreglass resin, is sprayed onto the fabric side of the thermoplastic layer to allow the liquid resin to permeate the fabric layer. Once the resin cures and hardens, the fabric layer is mechanically bonded to the cured thermoset plastic layer to effectively bond the thermoplastic layer to the thermoset plastic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: ZCL Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Raymond Scragg, Ronald James Fink, Etienne Vezina
  • Patent number: 7798531
    Abstract: An electric fusion pipe coupling is adapted for bonding with plastic pipes by electric fusion. The pipe coupling can convert the rotation of a pressing member into linear motion by threads to directly or indirectly press a heating element provided in the inner periphery of a pipe joint of the pipe coupling in order to press melting parts heated by the heating element, thereby producing pressure necessary for fusion bonding as well as eliminating an interface of impurities, thereby enhancing fusion efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Taeil Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: You-Shik Kwak
  • Publication number: 20100164221
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pipe coupling, in particular for connecting water-carrying pipes, such as drinking water pipes, sewage pipes, well pipes, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: Alexander Rinderhofer
  • Publication number: 20100126303
    Abstract: A conduit arrangement for a pressurized fluid, in particular for connecting a gearbox to an oil cooler. The conduit arrangement comprises a first fluid conduit and a second fluid conduit which can be connected to a housing, such as a gearbox housing, by means of a connecting arrangement. The connecting arrangement has a first connecting part and a second connecting part which have a respective through-passage. At least one of the connecting parts is made of plastic, wherein at least one of the fluid conduits is made of plastic. The plastic connecting part and the plastic fluid conduit are integrally connected to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventors: Sven MAI, Thomas GRASMUECK, Marc VAN HOOREN, Roland EISENACHER, Peter KAHN
  • Publication number: 20100072741
    Abstract: Coupling, comprising a first part (1) in the form of a male part and a second part (2) in the form of a female part, the male part can be brought into the female part and thereby form a ring shaped void (3) between the facing surfaces of male and female parts, which ring shaped void in the axial direction of the parts are delimited with an inner restriction (4) at an inner side and an outer restriction (5) at an outer side, and a feed-through (6) is arranged from the outer surface of the female part to the void (3), for injection of glue into the void, and a feed-through (7) is arranged from the void to the outer surface of the female part, for venting and leakage of glue when filling the void with glue, distinguished in that the feed-through (7) for venting and leakage of glue is arranged closer to the outer side of the void than the feed-through (6) for injection of glue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Trygve Kjolseth, Bjorn Melve
  • Publication number: 20100045028
    Abstract: Method of connecting an end portion of a multilayer tube to a channel of an element, at least the end portion of the tube including a surface layer that is weldable to at least one substantially annular wall of the element, and the assembly connected by the method. The method including the step of causing an area of the surface layer of the end portion of the tube to rub against the wall of the element so as to friction-weld the end portion of the tube to the element, the method including the prior step of turning back the end portion onto itself in such a manner that the area of the surface layer of the end portion extends facing the wall of the element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Philippe Blivet
  • Patent number: 7631903
    Abstract: A part for connecting a fluid line to an opening of a container comprised of thermoplastic material or for closing the opening of the container has a first component and a second component of thermoplastic material. The first component has a surface to be connected to the container by forming a welded heat fusion joint. The first component has an insufficient diffusion barrier capability relative to hydrocarbon fuel. Compared to the material of the first component, the material of the second component has higher diffusion barrier capability, reduced swelling capability relative hydrocarbon fuel, higher mechanical strength, and higher thermal shape stability. The first component encloses the second component at least up to an injection location remote from the connecting surface. The material of the second component is injected into the still formable core of the material of the first component via the injection location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: NORMA Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Janos Kertesz
  • Patent number: 7614661
    Abstract: An electrofusion coupling (93) for joining together two or more sections of pipe, said coupling comprising: (i) a substantially cylindrical coupling body having an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner surface being sized and shaped to form a clearance fit with the outer surface of the pipe regions to be joined; (ii) at least one electrical heating (94) element set on or in the inner surface of the coupling body; (iii) terminal means adapted to connect the electrical heating means to an electrical supply; characterized in that the terminal means does not project beyond the outer cylindrical surface of the coupling body once the welding process is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignees: Petro Technik Limited, Georg Fischer Wavin AG
    Inventors: Stephen Colin Ruffle, Dirk Petry, Bernd Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20090261574
    Abstract: An exhaust gas system with a first component and a second component is characterized in that an induction solder joint is present between the two components (10, 12). In a method of connecting a first component of a vehicular exhaust gas system with a second component provision is made that two components, which are put together and provided with a high temperature solder material (20), are heated up in the region of the solder material by means of an inductor (28) to a temperature which lies above the melting temperature of the solder material (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2005
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: Alfred Blueml, Hongjian Cui
  • Publication number: 20090214386
    Abstract: A method of coupling at least two conduits for bringing them in communication. Each of the conduits is adapted for conducting a medium and has an outlet and an outer surface adjacent to the outlet. The outer surfaces and a solid plastic material are at least partly inserted into an aperture of a coupling element. The plastic material is plastified and/or melted at least partly. The plastic material is solidified for sealing and fixing the conduits within the aperture of the coupling element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Bertram Beigel, Jochen Mueller
  • Publication number: 20090146413
    Abstract: Pipes and pipeline components made of plastic or PVC, which are designed to be assembled into pipelines used to convey water in structures, and which have one bore located on the side, near each end of the pipeline components. After assembling the pipeline in the designated wall, the pipes and pipeline components are glued together by injecting liquid acetone into the bores, causing the pipes and pipeline components to adhere to one another and to become sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Yuval Golan, Avraham Zakai
  • Publication number: 20090079183
    Abstract: A continuous, non-metallic conduit for conductors, such as electrical wiring and/or fiber optic cable. The continuous conduit being formed from at least one pair of first and second conduits having enlarged ends coupled together. The enlarged ends are belled or otherwise have a diameter greater than that of the straight run (non-belled) portions of the conduit. The enlarged ends of the conduit being coupled together by fusion or welding, and an internal bead or ridge being formed by the coupling process. The enlarged ends are dimensioned such that the internal bead or ridge formed at the junction between the two enlarged ends does not project radially inward to a position equal to or less than the diameter of the straight run portion of the conduits. The continuous conduit is configured to allow the conductor to be passed therethrough such that the conductor does not contact the internal bead or ridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: John Davies
  • Publication number: 20090051126
    Abstract: A sealing ring and a method of preventing or stopping a joint leak between a pipe and a pipe fitting to minimize property damage as well as clean up costs occurring from property damage due to joint leaks by securing a sealing ring to the pipe and the pipe fitting to form a secondary joint that inhibits or prevent leakage between the primary joint between the pipe and the pipe fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Lloyd Herbert King, JR., David Kreutz, Mathew Walters, Steven Rhea, James C. Keeven
  • Patent number: 7490861
    Abstract: An electrofusion coupling for joining together two or more sections of pipe or for joining a section of pipe and a pipework fitting, said coupling comprising: (i) a first part (14) having a first internal diameter at a first end adapted to form a tight sliding fit with a first pipe section and a second internal diameter at a second end, larger than the first; (ii) a second part (14) having a first internal diameter at a first end adapted to form a tight sliding fit with a second pipe section and an outside diameter at a second end adapted to form a tight sliding fit with the second internal diameter of the first part such that the two parts can nest together tightly with an overlapping region; (iii) electrical heating elements (16, 17, 18) and electrical terminal connections being provided in the two parts such that the first part can be used independently of the second part to join a section of pipe to a pipework fitting or the first and second parts can be used in combination to join two adjacent sections o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Petro Technik, Ltd.
    Inventors: John Alexandre Boudry, Christopher Richard Wise
  • Patent number: 7472476
    Abstract: A protective sleeve is applied as a permanent outer cladding shield over a joint infill at the welded end closure portions of adjacent coated sections of pipe for a pipeline in or beneath a body of water. The sleeve once installed forms a seal against entry of water to protect the pipe from corrosion. The sleeve takes the form of a sheet of synthetic resin mounted to form a cylinder about the area to receive the joint infill. A flap is provided on a longitudinal edge of the sheet to prevent leakage and hold the cylindrical shape of the infill when to be applied. Electrically conductive mesh or wire element bands are mounted with an inner side of the sheet to circumferentially engage the coated sections of the pipe on either side of the infill. The sheet and conductive bands are held in place to be applied by an applicator clamp. Electrical current is applied to the mesh bands to fuse the sleeve circumferentially to the coated cover sections of the pipe. The infill is applied in the interior of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Offshore Joint Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Gronquist
  • Publication number: 20080296888
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coupling device comprising a tubular body (100) having a plastics material portion provided with an anchor member (5) for anchoring the tubular body in a first duct, the anchor member being made of metal. The anchor member is secured to a metal support element (1) that is covered at least in part in a layer of plastics material (9) compatible with the plastics material of said tubular body portion and that is connected to said portion by local welding of said portion with said layer. The invention also provides a method of fabricating such a coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: Legris SA
    Inventors: Philippe Blivet, Philippe Le Quere, Nicolas Le Bars
  • Publication number: 20080284166
    Abstract: A sealing gasket is shown for use in a ductile iron piping system to form a sealed joint between mating male and female pipe ends. A sealing gasket body is provided with a series of retainer inserts which extend outwardly from a leading nose region of the elastomeric gasket body. The mating male pipe end contacts the retainer inserts prior to contacting the remainder of the gasket body during the make up of the pipe joint. The inserts help to retain the gasket within its associated groove during high pressure field conditions. The inserts are spaced circumferentially about the gasket nose region, allowing the gasket the necessary flexibility to allow insertion within the groove provided in the female, belled pipe end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Gerardo Darce, Randall Chinchilla
  • Publication number: 20080265561
    Abstract: A system for forming a fluid connection includes a first connector and a second connector. Both connectors include a tubular body having a membrane mounted on a distal end thereof. A support member facilitates the coupling of the connectors together so that the membranes are abutted together. Radiant energy is applied to the abutted membranes so as to first sterilize the membranes and then melt the membranes so that a passage is formed therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: Hyclone Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley H. Buchanan, Arnold C. Bilstad, T. Michael Dennehey
  • Publication number: 20080257604
    Abstract: A method for fusing a first conduit section to a second conduit section, each including at least one bell portion with a first end and a second end and having a bell portion inside dimension greater at the second end of the bell portion than at the first end of the bell portion. The method includes: heating and melting at least a portion of each of the second end of the bell portion of the first conduit section and the second end of the bell portion of the second conduit section; and fusing the first conduit section and the second conduit section by engaging the second end of the bell portion of the first conduit section with the second end of the bell portion of the second conduit section, thereby creating a fused conduit system having a fused joint area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: William F. Becker, Thomas Marti, Eric Kerner, Michael Benvenuti, Michael McKanna, Douglas Urbanek
  • Publication number: 20080163676
    Abstract: A pipe forming and testing apparatus includes a frame supporting a mandrel, the mandrel being adapted for positioning within the pipe, and two sealing devices connected to the mandrel and adapted to seal opposite ends of the pipe to create an annular space between the mandrel, the pipe, and the sealing devices. The pipe is formed from two or more pipe segments that are welded together. The apparatus includes at least one welding device for joining the pipe segments and preferably includes a rotating device for axially rotating the mandrel and pipe combination to facilitate the welding process. Once formed, the integrity of the pipe is tested by pressurizing the annular space and monitoring such pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: CAR-BER Investments Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn CARSON
  • Patent number: 7264279
    Abstract: A conduit (100) comprising a plurality of conduit segments (112A–112C) each having a body (120A–120C) and a segment lining (136A–136C) made of a lining material. Each body includes a joint face (132A–132C) having secured thereto a portion (140A–140C) of the corresponding segment lining. A monolithic lining (108) is formed from the segment linings by abutting the conduit segments with one another so that the joint faces face one another and the portions of the segment linings contact one another. The portions of the lining on the joint faces are heated to a temperature above the melting point of the lining material so that they fuse with one another so as to form a fusion (148A, 148B) located between the joint faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Fab-Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Rich, Jeffrey A. Goodwin, Robert J. Moore, II
  • Patent number: 7204520
    Abstract: A device for connecting components (1, 2, 3) made of fusible plastic, especially pipes (12, 60) of a fuel pipeline or a fuel line to a fuel tank (8) of a vehicle. The device includes a heating element (4) having ends (44, 46) which are used to supply electrical energy. The device is easy to use, simple to mount, and produces a functionally reliable welded joint between the components (1, 2, 3). To achieve this, one component (3) includes a retaining body (16) for a retaining tool (50), and the two ends (44, 46) of the heating element (4) extend onto the retaining body (16) where they can engage contact elements (56, 57) on the retaining tool (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Friatec Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gerhard Mueller, Wolfgang Sichler, Fabian Maier
  • Patent number: 7156423
    Abstract: A connector assembly for creating a plastic tube joint in a length of plastic tubing having a distal end, a proximal end and a hollow lumen includes forming a flare in the tube proximate the proximal end thereof by means of a flared ferrule disposed in the lumen and defining a void between the flare and the proximal end of the tubing, the void being defined between the ferrule and a collet, the tubing contracting into the void, and forming a neck between the ferrule and the collet proximate the ferrule flare, the neck substantially permanently capturing the tubing contracted into the void; and substantially permanently bonding the collet to a connector body. A connector assembly for simultaneously forming a plastic tube joint in a pair of plastic tubes is further included as is a method for simultaneously forming a plastic tube joint in a pair of plastic tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Nathan Marks
  • Patent number: 7144045
    Abstract: An electrofusion joint assembly includes a meltable member, such as a pipe or fitting, and a heating element secured to the pipe or fitting. The pipe or fitting may be tapered to facilitate receiving another pipe to form an electrofusion weld joint. Fasteners are used to secure the heating element and extend through a meltable zone and into a non-melt zone. Power supplied to the pipe melts the pipe proximal the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Karl-Heinz Krah GmbH
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Krah
  • Patent number: 7066498
    Abstract: A part for connecting a fluid line to an opening of a container comprised of thermoplastic material or for closing the opening of the container has a first component and a second component of thermoplastic material. The first component has a surface to be connected to the container by forming a welded heat fusion joint. The first component has an insufficient diffusion barrier capability relative to hydrocarbon fuel. Compared to the material of the first component, the material of the second component has higher diffusion barrier capability, reduced swelling capability relative hydrocarbon fuel, higher mechanical strength, and higher thermal shape stability. The first component encloses the second component at least up to an injection location remote from the connecting surface. The material of the second component is injected into the still formable core of the material of the first component via the injection location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Rasmussen GmbH
    Inventor: Janos Kertesz
  • Patent number: 7067032
    Abstract: A tubular coupling element for producing a glued joint with a fluid line and a method for producing such a glued joint. The coupling element includes an inner tube that is insertable into a fluid line and an outer tube that is constructed concentric to the inner tube and integrally connected to the rear end of the inner tube by a connecting wall. An annular gap is present between the two tubes and is designed to receive an end section of the fluid line and a hot-melt type adhesive in a compacted solid form shaped as a ring. A connection between the coupling element and the fluid lines can be easily established by first introducing the adhesive in the annular gap and then melting it by rapidly supplying heat while the end section of the fluid line is pressed into the annular gap of the coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: A. Raymond & CIE
    Inventors: Michel Bremont, Cyrille Dalla Zuanna, Yves Papirer, Erminio Moretti, Gilles Perrin, Albert Raymond
  • Patent number: 7018137
    Abstract: A tool assembly and a process for using it is provided, wherein a single elongate handle member may be used, through a small hole at the ground surface, to reach underground pipes for installing different sized strap “T” couplings on different sized pipes, and for driving sleeve members associated with said strap “T” couplings, pneumatically, from above ground, to engage pipes at various locations below ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Omega Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Hutton, Frank P. Russo
  • Patent number: 6944989
    Abstract: A system and kit of components for winterizing plants and trees, where the invention comprises a skeletal frame formed by plural first tubular members, each having an upper end and a lower end. When assembled, the respective lower ends are spaced apart and positioned vertically and anchored within the ground surrounding the plant or tree. Joined between adjacent first tubular members are plural second tubular, horizontally oriented, members to form a generally square skeletal frame. About the skeletal frame is a light-transmitting plastic wrap. Overriding the skeletal frame is a top frame, preferably pivotal about a pair of upper ends, to allow access to the protected plant or tree. Additionally, the invention contemplates a cover, such as a plastic wrap or canvas-like material over the top frame to ensure complete protection of the plant or tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: John Bradley
  • Patent number: 6913295
    Abstract: A connector for a fuel tank includes a flange portion, an outer connecting portion to be connected to a pipe member and an inner connecting portion to be inserted into a fuel tank through a connecting opening of the fuel tank. The inner connecting portion has an engaging portion to be engaged with an engaged portion provided to a member when the member is to be disposed in the fuel tank. The flange portion includes an outer flange member made of a synthetic resin same as that of an outer surface of the fuel tank, and an inner flange member made of a synthetic resin having a gas barrier property and a rigidity higher than that of the synthetic resin constituting the outer flange member. The inner connecting portion and the inner flange member are made of the same material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihide Kimisawa, Tsuyoshi Kato