With Holding Means Functioning Only During Transportation Assembly Or Disassembly Patents (Class 285/23)
  • Patent number: 11454156
    Abstract: An assembly is provided including a clamp comprising a band having an annular groove defined therein. The annular groove is defined between a pair of curved band surface sections joined to a substantially flat band surface section when the clamp is viewed in cross-section. The assembly also includes a substantially cylindrical body having an axis. A flared flange extends radially outwardly from the cylindrical body. A retaining clip extends from the flared flange. The band clamp is secured to the conduit such that the flared flange of the conduit is positioned within the band, and the retaining clip of the conduit is secured to the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Ideal Clamp Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin T. Koehler
  • Patent number: 11357963
    Abstract: An aseptic coupling arrangement can include a first coupling device and a second aseptic coupling device. In one embodiment, the first and second coupling devices are substantially similar, each having a main body defining a front face and a fluid passageway therethrough. A first connecting feature disposed on the main body of each coupling device may be provided for aligning and coupling the aseptic devices together. Each coupling device may also include a sealing member received in the main body and a membrane removably coupled to the main body front face to cover the sealing member. The first aseptic coupling device may also include a rotatable protective cover that is removably attached to the main body and connected to the membrane. In one embodiment, the removal of the protective covers away from two coupled main bodies, in a direction parallel to the front faces, causes removal of the membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Colder Products Company
    Inventors: Randall S. Williams, Loi T. Truong, Blair D. Plackner, Jeremy H. Nichols
  • Patent number: 11352896
    Abstract: A tube assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a rigid tube having first and second ends for connection to first port and second ports on the gas turbine engine. The first and second ports have different orientations providing for different installation vectors. The tube assembly further includes a tube adapter adjustably connected to the second port and a coupling, which, is, in turn, adjustably mounted to a distal end of the tube adapter for connection with the second end of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Ryan Miskie, Oleg Morenko
  • Patent number: 11339903
    Abstract: The clamping system comprises a collar that comprises a belt suitable for being clamped around clamping surfaces projecting from tubes. The collar carries a series of angularly distributed foldable fingers, each finger presenting a free operating end projecting axially beyond the first edge of the belt over a distance that is sufficient to enable it to be manipulated by hand. Starting from an initial position in which the fingers define a rest minimum diameter, the fingers are suitable for being folded manually and plastically towards the axis of the belt in order to define a folded-in minimum diameter that is less than said rest minimum diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Caillau
    Inventors: Stéphane Drivon, Nicolas Rigollet
  • Patent number: 11320080
    Abstract: A connection device for connecting a main pipe (1) to a secondary pipe (2). The connection device includes a substantially cylindrical connection piece (3), able to be inserted, preferably able to be screwed, into a wall opening of the main pipe (1), for connection of the secondary pipe (2), wherein for sealing the connection piece (3) a preferably ring-shaped sealing element (4) is provided, lying against the main pipe (1), which sealing element is connected directly or via mechanical connecting elements to an outer circumference of the connection piece (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Hawle Water Technology Norge AS
    Inventor: Sebastian Vogl
  • Patent number: 11181214
    Abstract: A pipe coupling including an externally threaded body and an internally threaded nut. The nut's outer end includes an outwardly converging internal circular surface and a spacer is co-operable with the nut and body. The coupling further includes an O-ring and a deformable gripping member. The gripping member has an internal surface with barbs extending radially inwardly therefrom. An end of a pipe is insertable through said gripping member, spacer and O-ring into the body. Tightening of the nut causes axial movement of said spacer, sealing engagement of said O-ring to the body and pipe, and radially inward deformation of said gripping member such that said barbs clamp the pipe. The diameter of the O-ring is greater than that of the spacer at points where it is secured before tightening of the nut and less than that of the spacer when the nut has been tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Puckett, Malcolm J. Pridham
  • Patent number: 11098683
    Abstract: A fluid conduit coupling may include a tubular body, a connecting piece, and a securing clamp radially adjustable relative to the tubular body between a securing position and a release position. The connecting piece may have a securing groove extending in the circumferential direction, the tubular body may have a securing slot aligned radially to the securing groove when the connecting piece is inserted into the tubular body, and the securing clamp may have a securing web sticking out radially to the inside, and, in the securing position, radially engages with the securing groove through the securing slot, and, in the release position, does not radially engage with the securing groove. The tubular body may have at least one guide groove, and the securing clamp may have at least one guide web sticking out radially and, at least in the securing position, radially engages with the associated guide groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Matthias Flach, Dieter Goldmann, Samuel Kohler, Thorsten Mueller, Katrin Schindele, Eduard Seitz
  • Patent number: 11066885
    Abstract: A fluid-actuated lock pin securing wellhead devices within a wellhead assembly comprising a radial cylindrical passage in a wellhead assembly accepting a movable lock pin having an internal retainer limiting the lock pin protrusion into a wellbore, an external retainer preventing the lock pin from externally exiting the passage, and a fluid cavity, the lock pin with a seal preventing fluid from escaping from the wellbore, a fluid, a fluid pump applying pressure directly to the lock pin, a pressure control retaining the fluid pressure to maintain the lock pin in position, and a pin retractor to disengage the lock pin from the wellbore whereby the apparatus is configured to apply pressure directly to the lock pin displacing the lock pin inside in the well head assembly and extending into the wellbore to engage internal wellhead devices and hold fixedly in place, until the pressure is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Michael D. Scott
  • Patent number: 11035186
    Abstract: This disclosure includes flow spool riser segment assemblies that are suitable for managed pressure drilling (MPD) and that can be lowered (e.g., when connected to other riser segment assemblies) through a rotary of a drilling rig. Some embodiments are configured to have portions of the flow spool connected (e.g., without welding) below the rotary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: AMERIFORGE GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Justin Fraczek, Roland Kennedy, Randy Arthion, Alex Gidman
  • Patent number: 10989339
    Abstract: An assembly for connecting tubes includes a tube connector assembly and an assembly guide for positioning the position locator of the tube connector assembly. The tube connector assembly includes a position locator having a hollow cylindrical shape and configured to be fastened to an outer surface of a tube at a predetermined depth from a first end of the tube, at least one ferrule to be coaxially positioned against a first side of the position locator, and a compression nut to be coaxially positioned against a second side of the position locator opposite to the first side of the position locator. When the assembly guide is engaged with the tube connector assembly and a tube is inserted into a cavity of the compression nut, the length from the first end of the tube to the position locator is equivalent to the predetermined depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Kim
  • Patent number: 10962156
    Abstract: A hose clamp includes a clamping strip and a tightening device for tightening the clamping strip. A first clip element that is arranged on the clamping strip allows the hose clamp to be secured to a hose at an axially defined distance from a hose end. A second clip element that is arranged on the clamping strip places the clamping strip at a distance (A) from the outer surface of the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Norma Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Leusner, Yassine Bennai, Detlef Henrich, Frank Lange, Mathias Krauß, Björn Möller
  • Patent number: 10837344
    Abstract: An anti-rotation and assembly aid clamp for use in coupling a turbocharger and a catalytic converter. The clamp can include a ring body configured to circumferentially clamp the outlet flange to the inlet flange, a torque application device configured to apply a force about the ring body, and an anti-rotation assembly device configured to be engageable with a first coupling post extending from the turbocharger and a second coupling post extending from the convert to exert a clamping force urging the outlet flange toward the inlet flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Randell W. Kilbreath, Marc L. Friedrich, Steve Smith
  • Patent number: 10794137
    Abstract: A remote operator interface and control unit configured to monitor status of, and control over, fluid connections at wellheads. Independent and concurrent status monitoring and control communication with fluid connections is provided at each of a plurality of wells. The operator interface and control unit allows a remote operator to lock and unlock fluid connection assemblies on wellheads, while at the same time viewing wellhead conditions accompanying such actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FHE USA LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Kibler, Kyle Scholl, Nicolas G. Snoke, Steven M. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 10765263
    Abstract: A food skewer that provides a user with the experience of eating meat/food stuff off a bone that is not normally eaten off of a bone, includes a skewing piece and an end cap. The skewing piece is used to pierce and support the desired meat/food stuff, and also provides a portion for the user to grasp in order to maneuver the meat/food stuff. Meanwhile, the end cap secures the meat/food stuff to the skewing piece, protects the user from incurring injury from the skewing piece, and provides an additional portion for the user to grasp in order to maneuver the meat/food stuff. The skewing piece and the end cap may resemble one or more animal bones, such as a humerus bone, a rib bone, or a radius and ulna bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Jay Paul Grooten
  • Patent number: 10724420
    Abstract: An exhaust device for an engine is disposed beneath a loading platform at a position rearwardly of a seat of a utility vehicle. A plurality of exhaust pipes extend rearwardly from a front surface of an engine main body by way of one lateral side of the engine main body. The plurality of the exhaust pipes are collected by a single collecting tube. An exhaust conduit extends from the collecting tube in a direction rearwardly of the engine. A muffler is disposed in a rear portion of the vehicle and fluid connected with a downstream end of the exhaust conduit. The exhaust pipes, the collecting tube and the exhaust conduit are covered by a covering. The covering is fitted to the exhaust pipes and the exhaust conduit to thereby suppress a heat conduction from the exhaust pipes, the collecting tube and the exhaust conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Momosaki, Jun Takagi, Koutarou Hanabusa
  • Patent number: 10689929
    Abstract: This disclosure includes flow spool riser segment assemblies that are suitable for managed pressure drilling (MPD) and that can be lowered (e.g., when connected to other riser segment assemblies) through a rotary of a drilling rig. Some embodiments are configured to have portions of the flow spool connected (e.g., without welding) below the rotary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: AMERIFORGE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Fraczek, Roland Kennedy, Randy Arthion, Alex Gidman
  • Patent number: 10655454
    Abstract: A subsea well equipment landing body (1) comprising an indicator assembly to indicate landing of the landing body or to indicate locking of the landing body. The indicator assembly has a stem bore (7), a sliding stem (11) within the stem bore that has a stem head (23) protruding beyond an external face of the landing body. A stem channel (25) in the sliding stem extends between the stem head and a stem channel mouth (27), and is in fluid communication with the outside of the landing body. A hydraulic channel (9) in the landing body is in fluid communication with the stem bore. The stem channel mouth is positionable in a communicating position, in which there is fluid communication between the hydraulic channel and the stem channel, and a non-communicating position, without fluid communication between the hydraulic channel and the stem channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AKER SOLUTIONS AS
    Inventors: Thiago Bigarella, Richard Meronek, Laura Small, Douglas Caraway
  • Patent number: 10584817
    Abstract: A hose clamp system includes a hose clamp and a guide bracket configured to attach the clamp to a hose substrate such that a desired radial and axial position relative to the substrate outer diameter and hose end is maintained. The hose clamp includes an annular band including a radial inner surface facing toward a central axis and a radial outer surface positioned opposite the radial inner surface and a tension mechanism configured to tighten the annular band. The guide bracket includes an elongated body extending over the radial outer surface and a clip extending outward from the annular band that is configured to engage a hose substrate. The guide bracket is moveably coupled to the annular band such that the guide bracket is permitted to move circumferentially along the radial outer surface of the annular band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL CLAMP PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce D. Bowater, Edwin T. Koehler, Michael K. McKervey
  • Patent number: 10428987
    Abstract: A fluid quick connector assembly (20) according to an exemplary embodiment of this disclosure, among other possible things includes a housing (22) having a passage (32) configured to receive an endform (26), and a retainer (24) including a bridge (68). A beam (78) extends from the bridge. Two retainer arms (70) extend from the bridge to retain the male endform (26) in the passage of the housing when the retainer is in an engaged position. Two guiding legs (72) extend from the bridge that guide the retainer (24) during movement to the engaged position. The bridge (68), the beam (78), the two retainer arms (70), and the two guiding legs (72) are an integral unitary single piece component, and the beam (78) contacts the endform (26) when the retainer (24) is in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: COOPER-STANDARD AUTOMOTIVE INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Gocha, Gary Klinger, Steve Frederiksen
  • Patent number: 10392890
    Abstract: This disclosure includes auxiliary-line riser segment assemblies (e.g., with isolation units) that are suitable for managed pressure drilling (MPD) and that can be lowered (e.g., when connected to other riser segment assemblies) through a rotary of a drilling rig. Some embodiments are configured to have portions of the auxiliary lines connected (e.g., without welding) below the rotary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AMERIFORGE GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Justin Fraczek, Roland Kennedy, Randy Arthion, Alex Gidman
  • Patent number: 10287838
    Abstract: The present invention provides a running tool 10 for a casing hanger 12 in which the casing hanger 12 is arranged to be clamped within a well bore. In the clamped position, the suspension weight of the casing hanger 12 (and suspended) casing string is supported by the wellhead and the running tool 10 is then releasable from the casing hanger 12. The release of the running tool 10 from the casing hanger 12 is performed by applying an axial pressure down the running tool 10 which then enables the securement means 30 of the running tool 10 to be moved into an unsecured position. In the secured position, the casing hanger 12 is suspendable from the running tool 10 and the running tool 10 supports the suspension weight of the casing hanger 12 (and the casing string located there below). The running tool 10 comprises activation means 40 in order to enable the securement means 30 to move from the secured position to the unsecured position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Plexus Holdings, PLC.
    Inventors: Bernard Herman Van Bilderbeek, Michael Robertson, Craig Francis Bryce Hendrie, Mark Bridges
  • Patent number: 10228084
    Abstract: The clamping system comprises a collar (10) having a band (12) that has two flanks (13A, 13B), between which an inside trough (14) is defined that receives projecting clamping surfaces (1A, 2A) of two tubes (1, 2) to be assembled together. The system further comprises a plurality of individual retaining clips (20) distributed angularly around the first flank (13A), each clip having an inside branch (30) and an outside branch (32) facing each other, and between which the first flank is pinched, and a retaining portion (34) that, in the pre-attached state, is suitable for co-operating with the clamping surface (1A) of the first tube (1), one of the branches carrying a first bearing zone (36) that co-operates with a first bearing surface (13?A) of the collar that faces towards the axis (A) of said collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Etablissements Caillau
    Inventors: Cyril Vosgeois, Fabrice Prevot, Nicolas Rigollet, Patrick Goulet
  • Patent number: 10220198
    Abstract: A connection device includes a connection body which has a hose adapter and a connector piece for releasably fastening a further fluid conduit component or fluid storage component. The connection body is coaxially surrounded by a securing sleeve. The securing sleeve is axially securable on the connection body in two securing positions that are axially mutually spaced apart relative to a central longitudinal axis of the connection body. Rotatability of the securing sleeve is possible in a first securing position, and jamming of the securing sleeve on a hose portion that is plug-fitted onto the hose adapter is possible in a second securing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: B. Braun Melsungen AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Fuchs, Jürgen Hartung
  • Patent number: 10012031
    Abstract: This disclosure includes auxiliary-line riser segment assemblies (e.g., with isolation units) that are suitable for managed pressure drilling (MPD) and that can be lowered (e.g., when connected to other riser segment assemblies) through a rotary of a drilling rig. Some embodiments are configured to have portions of the auxiliary lines connected (e.g., without welding) below the rotary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AMERIFORGE GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Justin Fraczek, Roland Kennedy, Randy Arthion, Alex Gidman
  • Patent number: 9970247
    Abstract: This disclosure includes flow spool riser segment assemblies that are suitable for managed pressure drilling (MPD) and that can be lowered (e.g., when connected to other riser segment assemblies) through a rotary of a drilling rig. Some embodiments are configured to have portions of the flow spool connected (e.g., without welding) below the rotary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: AMERIFORGE GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Justin Fraczek, Roland Kennedy, Randy Arthion, Alex Gidman
  • Patent number: 9915388
    Abstract: Each detecting leg includes a detection portion provided on the end side of the detecting leg to protrude inward in the diametric direction, and contacting with an annular boss at an initial position, and a push-in inhibition portion provided in the detecting leg on the side of a base from the detection portion, locked in the push-in direction to a connector body in a state where the detecting leg does not bend to the inner side in the axial direction at the initial position, and put in such a state as being not locked in the push-in direction to the connector body in a state where the detecting leg bends to the inner side in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Kazuki Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 9909379
    Abstract: This disclosure includes auxiliary-line riser segment assemblies (e.g., with isolation units) that are suitable for managed pressure drilling (MPD) and that can be lowered (e.g., when connected to other riser segment assemblies) through a rotary of a drilling rig. Some embodiments are configured to have portions of the auxiliary lines connected (e.g., without welding) below the rotary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AMERIFORGE GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Justin Fraczek, Roland Kennedy, Randy Arthion, Alex Gidman
  • Patent number: 9784393
    Abstract: A pipe connector includes a housing body defining an axial bore arranged to receive a length of pipe. A plurality of sealing members is positionable in a stacked configuration within the axial bore. The sealing members define a first opening through which the length of pipe can pass and are arranged to form a seal between the length of pipe and the housing body. A locking member is positionable in the axial bore above the sealing members. The locking member defines a second opening. The length of pipe is movable through the second opening in a first direction and the locking member engages the length of pipe when the pipe is forced in a second direction opposite the first direction to form a one-way stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FLASH LINE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jason G. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140339809
    Abstract: Embodiments may provide a hose and a system. The hose may include a hose body, where an end segment of the hose body may be foldable over a clamp seat area of the hose body. There may be an opening in the end segment sized and shaped to provide access to a clamp, so as to better hold the clamp in place, while still enabling access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott M. Rollins, Roger Khami, Randall Alan Stec, Dennis Davies, Christopher Alan Myers
  • Publication number: 20140103636
    Abstract: A connection appliance for connecting an end section of a first conduit to an end section of a second conduit that is fixed to a holding unit of a subsea support structure. The connection appliance comprises a base structure that is connectable to a base frame of the subsea support structure; a sliding unit, to which the end section of the first conduit is to be fixed and which is slidably mounted to the base structure, and an actuating unit configured to act between the base structure and the sliding unit in order to push the sliding unit and the end section of the first conduit axially forwards in relation to the base structure so as to bring the end sections of the conduits into contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: VETCO GRAY SCANDINAVIA.AS
    Inventor: Steinar Hestetun
  • Patent number: 8646813
    Abstract: An exemplary connector assembly includes an elongated body with an internal passage for a conduit or cables. A body aperture region with a body fastener aperture is set between two elongated slots. The body aperture region may radially bulge out from the body, and may alternatively or additionally include an aperture flange protruding from the body aperture region. A U-shaped connector clip includes two parallel teeth that are inserted in the two slots, and a clip body having a clip fastener aperture. A fastener is inserted through the fastener apertures, securing the connector clip to the body. A fastening clip secures the fastener to the connector clip and keeps the connector clip from falling back into the slots as the connector clip is being disengaged from the body. Each clip tooth includes an engaging end that is complementarily interfittable with grooves in the conduit, keeping the conduit in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Sami Shemtov
  • Patent number: 8607422
    Abstract: A hose clamp for forming an air tight seal between a hose and a connector projecting from a housing of an air cooler of a vehicle. The hose clamp including a band which encircles the hose at a location where the hose and the connector overlap and has an adjustable diameter. The hose clamp positioned by a wrap-around hose clamp positioner. The wrap-around hose clamp positioner including flat portions, which contact the outer surface of the hose, and a raised portion where the band passes through a space of the raised portion. The wrap-around hose clamp positioner further including a wrap-around portion and a crimp tab, the wrap-around portion extending over a lip edge of the hose such that the crimp tab pierces through at least the inner surface of the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Joseph Mohan, Scott M. Rollins, Robert Howard Saunders, Darice M. Morris
  • Patent number: 8607421
    Abstract: A clamp fitting (1) for a hose end (80) is described which employs a hose clamp (2) and at least one support element (4). The support element (4) includes a substantially U-shaped section in which the hose source (2) is held. An extension section (10) is located at this U-shaped section, said extension section including at least one engagement element (14, 15). The end of the at least one engagement element (14, 15) has sharp edges. The ends can also be designed in pointed fashion. If the clamp fitting is attached to a hose, the engagement elements penetrate the hose by way of these ends. This arrangement prevents further slipping of the clamp fitting attached to the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Veritas AG
    Inventor: Isa Cöl
  • Patent number: 8419076
    Abstract: Plug connection arrangement for connecting a first hollow body, such as a pipe socket, to a second hollow body, such as a hose, by means of a clip. The first hollow body has a pre-assembly portion, on which the clip can be pre-assembled in a pre-assembly position. The first hollow body has a final assembly portion to which the clip is secured in a final assembly position. The pre-assembly portion and the final assembly portion are offset in the peripheral direction of the first hollow body, so that the clip can be transferred from the pre-assembly position into the final assembly position by twisting relative to the first hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignees: Veritas AG, Muhy und Bender KG
    Inventors: Uwe Keller, Artur Kari, Joerg Funke
  • Patent number: 8342578
    Abstract: An application for a clamp guide for joining a flexible hose to a rigid, hollow shaft having at least two beads, the clamp guide has an arced surface for interfacing with a head bead of the at least two beads and two clamp guide arms. Each of the clamp guide arms has at least two bumps and each bump is aligned with one of the beads thereby forming registration areas between each pair of bumps. The arced surface has an inner diameter equal to an outer diameter of the rigid, hollow shaft and the arced surface has an inner circumferential length greater than one half of the circumference of the rigid, hollow shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Larry F. Bobenhausen
  • Patent number: 8226127
    Abstract: The clamp fitting for a pipe, in particular, a plastic pipe or a plastic-metal composite pipe, is provided with a fitting body having a support sleeve onto which one end of a pipe to be connected can be pushed. Clamp fitting further comprises a clamping sleeve having a wall that has a slot running between its axial ends that is delimited by opposing flanks of the wall and is expandable, wherein clamping sleeve surrounds support sleeve and end of the pipe to be connected in the state when it has been pushed onto the support sleeve. To maintain the expanded state of clamping sleeve, a removable spacer, against which flanks of the wall that delimit slot of the expanded clamping sleeve are supported, is arranged in slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Uponor Innovation AB
    Inventor: Klaus Rippstein
  • Patent number: 8123257
    Abstract: A crimp sleeve includes a cylindrical side wall having a plurality of slots cut therein to form a plurality of fingers. Each finger includes a shank and an inwardly extending tab. The shanks of the fingers are formed at an inward angle relative to the sleeve wall. The tips of the tabs define a tip diameter which forms an interference fit with the nipple on which the sleeve is to be installed. The interference fit between the tabs and the nipple allows the sleeve to be pre-loaded on the nipple. When the end of a length of tubing is inserted in the sleeve, the tubing will contact the shanks of the fingers and urge the fingers outwardly, increasing the tip diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Sioux Chief Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Rex L. Baer, Frank D. Julian
  • Patent number: 8087699
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cover bracket for holding a clamp having a screw housing in place on a hose without contaminating the screw housing with adhesive. The cover bracket includes a cover portion configured to receive a screw housing and a first runner and a second runner connected to one another by the cover portion. Each of the first and second runners includes a hose contacting surface and the first runner includes a channel in the hose contacting surface. The channel including an aperture extending through the first runner to an exterior of the first runner. Also disclosed is a method for attaching the cover bracket to the hose having the clamp thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Fluid Routing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben F. Holt, Christopher W. Smith, Andrew Norman, John E. Mobley
  • Patent number: 8060991
    Abstract: A hose clamp (1) to be fastened to a hose (5), which hose clamp (1) comprises a band (2) which forms an open ring. The ends of the open ring are arranged adjacent to a locking portion (3), adjacent to which locking portion (3) a means (4) is arranged to vary the diameter of the ring and to hold the ends of the ring of the band together. Parts, which are substantially immovably connected to the locking portion (3), are arranged for fixed attachment to said hose (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Norma Sweden AB
    Inventors: Morgan Ryhman, Lennart Andersson
  • Publication number: 20110241332
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to be able to arrange or secure an elastic nozzle in a device, especially a casting machine, using simple design measures while allowing the nozzle to be quickly replaced in the device using simple mounting steps. Said aim is achieved by a connection piece (1) which is particularly suitable for securing an elastic nozzle (3) in a casting machine. The connection piece (1) preferably has a hollow cylindrical shape and includes a securing mechanism (4), especially a thread, at one end. A clamping unit (2) is connected to the connection piece (1). The connection piece (1) and/or the clamping unit (2) has/have a receptacle for the nozzle (3), and the nozzle (3) is connected to the connection piece (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: BUHLER AG
    Inventors: Hannjo Boden, Bernhard Bauer
  • Publication number: 20110148097
    Abstract: This invention relates to the field of connectors used to connect gas sources to apparatus for the administration or other use of gas or mixtures of gases, and more specifically to connectors used for gas administration for respiratory support of a user or patient. The connectors according to the present invention are shaped to be specifically compatible only with like connectors for each specific type gas or gas mixture used in the application, thus reducing or eliminating the chance for user error in connecting the wrong distribution connector to a particular supply connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey H. Ping
  • Patent number: 7946001
    Abstract: A hose clamp includes a clamping band, a clamping device and a positioning arrangement, wherein the positioning arrangement has at least one positioner with a base and a claw for being pressed into a hose wall. The claw has a portion protruding inwardly from the base in a pressing direction, wherein the claw has an end which forms with the inwardly protruding section an obtuse angle (?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Norma Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Mathias Krauss
  • Publication number: 20110107823
    Abstract: A fitting for coupling a tubing to another component of a fluidic device, the fitting comprising a male piece having a front ferrule and a back ferrule both being slidable on the tubing, the male piece further having a first joint element configured slidably on the tubing, and a female piece having a recess configured for accommodating the front ferrule and the tubing and having a second joint element configured to be joinable to the first joint element, wherein the back ferrule is configured in such a manner that, upon joining the first joint element to the second joint element, the back ferrule exerts a pressing force on the front ferrule to provide a sealing between the front ferrule and the female piece, and the back ferrule exerts a grip force between the male piece and the tubing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Bernhard Dehmer
  • Patent number: 7896400
    Abstract: A system for pre-positioning a hose clamp (2) on a hose end (24) includes: a) a fixing part (1?) which is connected non-releasably to an annular segment of the hose clamp (2) and is fastened to the hose end (24), and b) one or more fixing parts (1, 1?) which each have a U-shaped element which, fastened to the hose end (24), is directed with its open side (3) to the hose surface. The web (6) connects the two U-legs (4, 5) and extends axially and parallel to the hose surface. The U-leg (4), which lies closest to the hose end (24), has a connecting element (7) for attaching the U-shaped element to the end face of the hose end (24). The U-shaped element is configured in such a way that the hose clamp (2), which is pulled on to the hose end (24), is fixed releasably in the intermediate space (8) of the U-shaped element by way of an annular segment of the hose clamp in such a way that the hose clamp (2) is released from the fixing when tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: ContiTech MGW GmbH
    Inventors: Hartmut Brill, Matthias Dönch, Günther Speelmann, Gerhard Will
  • Publication number: 20110042934
    Abstract: A vertical connector composed of three main components; one stationary connector part on a submerged connecting point, one mobile connector part intended for submerging and connecting to the stationary connector part and a connector which subsequent to the mating of the connector parts locks the connector parts together into permanent sealing connection. The stationary connector part has an upwards projecting pipe boss, and the mobile connector part has integrated, internally shielding and guiding means to assist by angular deviated entering of the mobile connector part onto the stationary connector part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Morten Rengman Morck
  • Patent number: 7832776
    Abstract: A pipe clamp that enables two pipes to be loosely connected together in a desired axially-aligned and rotationally-aligned configuration prior to tightening of the clamp. The pipe clamp includes a band having a first end and a second end, and a tightening mechanism connected to the band for drawing the ends of the band together. The pipe clamp further includes a latch having a base portion attached to the band and a clip portion that snaps over a button welded to the pipe to temporarily hold the clamp in place on the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Norma U.S. Holding LLC
    Inventors: Scott T. Cassel, Michael E. Amedure, Brian T. Ignaczak
  • Patent number: 7823930
    Abstract: A coupling comprising a receiving part (1), a securing part (9) and an insertion part (17) includes blocking elements (6, 13?) whose engagement preventing the securing part (9) from moving from an extended position into a retracted position is released by the axial displacement of latching arms (13) of the securing part (9) under the effect of a retaining ring (22) upon the insertion of said insertion part (17), such that when the insertion part (17) is properly arranged in a receiving space (16) of the receiving part (1), the securing part (9) can be shifted into the retracted position in which said insertion part (17) is secured. What is achieved in this way is relatively simple modification of the assembly force through design measures, high wear resistance, and simple and operationally reliable manipulation of the inventive coupling with regard to the release of the connection between the receiving part and the insertion part, especially under confined spatial conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Axel Feger, Michael Trede, Albert Raymond
  • Patent number: 7802821
    Abstract: A device includes a clamping collar having a belt that has two substantially cylindrical faces and that is suitable for being tightened around an article to be clamped; and at least one positioning including a securing plate that is disposed facing a first face of the belt while being retained relative to the belt; and a positioning portion that is suitable for positioning the device relative to the article to be clamped. When the collar is in its initial, non-tightened state, the securing plate is braced against the first face of the belt, wherein at the beginning of tightening, the plate deforming causes the bracing effect to cease, thereby allowing the belt and the plate to move relative to each other. The plate is suitable for being deformed while the collar is being tightened onto the article so as to present curvature that matches the curvature of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Etablissements Caillau
    Inventors: Nicolas Rigollet, Fabrice Prevot, Eric Mesnard
  • Patent number: 7775562
    Abstract: A quick connector includes a female pipe having a flange in the outer peripheral part thereof, a male pipe having a retainer mounting part, and a retainer slidably mounted on the retainer mounting part of the male pipe to slide at a right angle to the axial direction of the male pipe, in which the female pipe and the male pipe are connected with each other by the retainer holding the flange of the female pipe, and the retainer is allowed to move from a temporarily fixed position to a completely pushed-in position on the retainer mounting part only when the female pipe and the male pipe are in a completely connected state, so that a worker can easily and reliably check whether the pipes are in an incompletely connected state or in a completely connected state by means of hand feeling only without relying on a visual check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Nitta Moore Company
    Inventor: Kazunori Sawada
  • Publication number: 20100176584
    Abstract: A female connector (100) to be connected to a male connector (170) having a tubular section (172), out of which a liquid-like substance flows, is disclosed. The female connector has an adaptor (110) installed on the outer peripheral surface of the tubular section, and a handle (120) fitted on the adaptor. The adaptor has a tube-shaped section (112) having an opening (119a) at one end. The tube-shaped section includes an insertion section (119) into which the tubular section is inserted from the opening, and the insertion section has flexibility and elasticity. The handle has a rigidity higher than that of the insertion section of the adaptor. There is provided movement limitation means that limits a range in which the handle is capable of moving relative to the adaptor from an end of the adaptor on an opposite side of the opening to an end thereof on the opening side in a direction of a center axis (111) of the adaptor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: JMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naotsugu Ito, Takahiko Kunishige