Internal Member (e.g., Sleeve Or Nipple) Patents (Class 285/239)
  • Patent number: 10952767
    Abstract: A method of securing tissue is provided. The method includes obtaining a section of tubing, sizing the section of tubing to a desired length, securing the section of tubing to a connector member, securing the connector member to an end effector of a surgical instrument, guiding the end effector to a target location using the section of tubing, and performing a surgical procedure with the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stanislaw Kostrzewski, David Racenet
  • Patent number: 10758694
    Abstract: Some embodiments described herein may include a system or a method in which an air delivery lumen of an endotracheal tube, a laryngeal mask, or other airway device is configured to optionally provide a suction effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hoyt Medical LLC
    Inventor: Hoyt Nye
  • Patent number: 10722324
    Abstract: An adapter for a tailpiece for a dental valve is disclosed which has a body having an exterior surface, a valve receiving end, a tailpiece receiving end, a lumen formed between the valve receiving end and the tailpiece receiving end, the lumen having an interior surface, an interior annular groove formed in the interior surface, and an exterior annular rib formed in the exterior surface, with the exterior annular rib being positioned near the tailpiece receiving end and the interior annular channel being positioned near the valve receiving end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: STOMA VENTURES, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Arguello, Charles Thomas
  • Patent number: 10661269
    Abstract: Pipette tip couplers, pipette tips, coupler and tip combinations, and methods for coupling and decoupling a pipette tip to or from, respectively, a pipette tip coupler mounted on a pipette device. The pipette tip couplers include an elastomeric element, a discrete segment assembly, and a coupler stop shoulder surface. The pipette tips include a groove in a first cylindrical section, a second cylindrical section, a tip stop shoulder surface at the interface of the first and second cylindrical sections, a third cylindrical section, a sealing seat surface at the interface of the second and third cylindrical sections, and a fourth section adjacent to the third cylindrical section. When the pipette tip is mounted on the pipette tip coupler, the discrete segment assembly abuts the tip groove, the coupler stop shoulder surface abuts the tip stop shoulder surface, and the elastomeric element abuts the sealing seat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Company
    Inventors: Jose Eduardo Guzman, Thomas Barresi, Dana A. Belton
  • Patent number: 10464059
    Abstract: Pipette tip couplers, pipette tips, coupler and tip combinations, and methods for coupling and decoupling a pipette tip to or from, respectively, a pipette tip coupler mounted on a pipette device. The pipette tip couplers include an elastomeric element, a discrete segment assembly, and a coupler stop shoulder surface. The pipette tips include a groove in a first cylindrical section, a second cylindrical section, a tip stop shoulder surface at the interface of the first and second cylindrical sections, a third cylindrical section, a sealing seat surface at the interface of the second and third cylindrical sections, and a fourth section adjacent to the third cylindrical section. When the pipette tip is mounted on the pipette tip coupler, the discrete segment assembly abuts the tip groove, the coupler stop shoulder surface abuts the tip stop shoulder surface, and the elastomeric element abuts the sealing seat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Company
    Inventors: Jose Eduardo Guzman, Thomas Barresi, Dana A. Belton
  • Patent number: 10234061
    Abstract: Formed hose configurations are provided which include an innermost elastomer layer, a first fiber-reinforcement region, and multiple second fiber-reinforcement regions. The first fiber-reinforcement region has a first fiber-reinforcement density, and is disposed, at least in part, at a bend region of the formed hose, and the multiple second fiber-reinforcement regions have a second fiber-reinforcement density, and are disposed at least at the first and second end regions of the formed hose. The second fiber-reinforcement density is greater than the first fiber-reinforcement density, and results in the first and second ends of the formed hose being less radially-deformable than the bend region of the hose. This facilitates providing a mechanical fluid-tight connection with a hose barb fitting when the formed hose is slid over the hose barb fitting, absent any clamp over the formed hose and hose barb fitting connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATION BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Prabjit Singh
  • Patent number: 10107430
    Abstract: A hose-line connector, with a connection part having at least one elongated hose connection for slipping a hose line onto the hose connection. The hose connection has a sealing segment having a circumferential sealing surface at a free front end and a retaining segment axially adjacent thereto as a clamping region for the circumferential radial clamping of a hose line. On the outer circumference of the retaining segment, the retaining segment has a radially protruding rib structure, which includes at least one circumferential rib in the form of an annular ridge and at least two longitudinal rib distributed about the circumference and extending axially or at an angle to the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: VOSS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Birkholz, Reinhard Plietsch
  • Patent number: 9890878
    Abstract: Formed hose configurations are provided which include an innermost elastomer layer, a first fiber-reinforcement region, and multiple second fiber-reinforcement regions. The first fiber-reinforcement region has a first fiber-reinforcement density, and is disposed, at least in part, at a bend region of the formed hose, and the multiple second fiber-reinforcement regions have a second fiber-reinforcement density, and are disposed at least at the first and second end regions of the formed hose. The second fiber-reinforcement density is greater than the first fiber-reinforcement density, and results in the first and second ends of the formed hose being less radially-deformable than the bend region of the hose. This facilitates providing a mechanical fluid-tight connection with a hose barb fitting when the formed hose is slid over the hose barb fitting, absent any clamp over the formed hose and hose barb fitting connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Prabjit Singh
  • Patent number: 9879806
    Abstract: A hydraulic connection includes a connecting nipple, preferably of steel or of another metal, whereby, on the nipple's tube-shaped extension, a hydraulic hose is held by compression by means of a fitting. A swelling element is arranged between the extension and the hydraulic hose, the element being swellable in the hydraulic fluid. If hydraulic fluid were to advance through to the swelling element, the element will swell and block the path to more hydraulic fluid. Furthermore, by swelling, the element deforms the hydraulic hose in a radially outward direction. In this region, the hydraulic hose is held by a fitting in the form of a metal sleeve so that the hose may not be displaced. In this manner, the force of pressure on the hydraulic hose is increased in an annular zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Eaton Industrial IP GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Eric Scherer, Frank Wilczek
  • Patent number: 9833807
    Abstract: A fluid dispense tip includes a bevel at an opening to reduce the amount of surface tension, or “land”, at the opening. The bevel is formed by grinding in a longitudinal direction such that any tooling scars resulting from the grinding operation are likewise longitudinally oriented, further reducing the amount of surface tension in the tip, thereby leading to heightened dispensing accuracy. The tip may be machined from stock as a unitary piece, to increase its lifetime, and may be formed with a bore of a relatively large diameter that is tapered down to a smaller diameter near the tip opening, to allow for delivery of fluid through the tip body at a decreased pressure. A cleaning tool may be provided for removing residual material from the inner surfaces of the tip. A removable liner sleeve may be provided within the bore to reduce the effective inner diameter of the dispense tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: DL Technology, LLC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Fugere
  • Patent number: 9746109
    Abstract: Fabrication of formed hoses is provided which include an innermost elastomer layer, a first fiber-reinforcement region, and multiple second fiber-reinforcement regions. The first fiber-reinforcement region has a first fiber-reinforcement density, and is disposed, at least in part, at a bend region of the formed hose, and the multiple second fiber-reinforcement regions have a second fiber-reinforcement density, and are disposed at least at the first and second end regions of the formed hose. The second fiber-reinforcement density is greater than the first fiber-reinforcement density, and results in the first and second ends of the formed hose being less radially-deformable than the bend region of the hose. This facilitates providing a mechanical fluid-tight connection with a hose barb fitting when the formed hose is slid over the hose barb fitting, absent any clamp over the formed hose and hose barb fitting connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Prabjit Singh
  • Patent number: 9597206
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an anti-migratory stent comprising a tubular structure having an exterior surface and a plurality of protrusions provided on the exterior surface. The plurality of protrusions includes a first set of protrusions and a second set of protrusions. Each of the first and second set of protrusions includes a base and an apex. The apex of each of the first set of protrusions is offset from the base of the first set of protrusions in a direction opposite a direction of offset of the apex of each of the second set of protrusions from the base of the second set of protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Dane T. Seddon, Sean P. Fleury, Mark D. Wood, Gary S. Kappel
  • Patent number: 9567811
    Abstract: A coupler for use in connecting together in a driving relationship a first member and a second member in a rotatable cutter assembly includes an elongate body having an axial forward end and an axial rearward end, and the elongate body containing a longitudinal bore. The elongate body further includes a collar mediate of the axial forward end and the axial rearward end, a forward body portion axially forward of the collar wherein the forward body portion is configured to drivingly engage the first member and a rearward body portion rearward of the collar wherein the rearward body portion is configured to drivingly engage the second member. The rearward body portion of the elongate body includes an elastomeric layer formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: KENNAMETAL INC.
    Inventor: Brandon J. Kenno
  • Patent number: 9504468
    Abstract: A vascular prosthesis comprising a hollow, tubular body (10) having suturing means (20 . . . 22) on at least a first outer end for suturing the body to a vessel wall of a bodily vessel of a user. The suturing means comprise a suturing ring (20), from which at least one suturing member (21) extends radially in order to penetrate the vessel wall. On at least the first outer end the tubular body (10) is double-walled, with an inner wall (11) and an outer wall (12) between which the suturing ring (20) lies enclosed. The suturing ring preferably comprises three such suturing members (21) and a closing ring (40) is arranged locally round the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: VASCU-SNAP B.V.
    Inventor: Adri Marinus Blomme
  • Patent number: 9423058
    Abstract: Formed hose configurations are provided which include an innermost elastomer layer, a first fiber-reinforcement region, and multiple second fiber-reinforcement regions. The first fiber-reinforcement region has a first fiber-reinforcement density, and is disposed, at least in part, at a bend region of the formed hose, and the multiple second fiber-reinforcement regions have a second fiber-reinforcement density, and are disposed at least at the first and second end regions of the formed hose. The second fiber-reinforcement density is greater than the first fiber-reinforcement density, and results in the first and second ends of the formed hose being less radially-deformable than the bend region of the hose. This facilitates providing a mechanical fluid-tight connection with a hose barb fitting when the formed hose is slid over the hose barb fitting, absent any clamp over the formed hose and hose barb fitting connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Prabjit Singh
  • Patent number: 9233053
    Abstract: An enteral pump system for delivering medical fluids unidirectionally includes a disposable fluid delivery set having a repeatable compression portion and an enteral feeding pump. The repeatable compression portion is helically coiled around a central axis to define a cylindrical shape. The compression portion is configured to pump a large volume of medical fluids per stroke. The compressing portion includes at least two adjacent tubing walls joined around the central axis for repeatable compression. The enteral feeding pump is configured to repeatedly and reliably compress the compression portion of the fluid delivery set along the central axis. In operation, the compression portion is repeatably compressed without distortion along the central axis by the enteral feeding pump to flow unidirectionally through the fluid delivery set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Alcor Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Sacchetti, Ralph Beckman
  • Patent number: 9044584
    Abstract: A connector apparatus for small-bore medical tubing includes a male connector (20) with a dome (22) which fits into a mating cavity (42) of a female connector (40) when the two connectors are coupled together. A fluid channel extends through the connectors, the dome, and into the cavity to form a continuous fluid passageway when the connectors are coupled together. The dome is compressed into the cavity to form a fluid-tight connection when the connectors are coupled together. Each connector has a coupling structure which mates with the other to compress the connectors together when fully engaged. The connectors are engaged by inserting the dome of one of the connectors into the cavity of the other connector, then rotating the connectors to fully couple them together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Charles C. Monroe, Joseph A. Coviello
  • Patent number: 9023288
    Abstract: A device including a first part made of ceramic material shrink fitted with a first shrink ring, in which an edge of an axial end of a cylindrical portion of the first part to which the first shrink ring is fitted and an edge of an axial end of the first shrink ring belong to one and the same transverse plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Centre de Recheches et d'Etudes European
    Inventors: Christian His, Franceline Villermaux, Guillaume Belly
  • Patent number: 8950789
    Abstract: A multi-barbed connection suitable for use in connecting a piece of flexible irrigation tubing is provided, where one of the barbs is a circumferential barb configured for forming a generally fluid tight connection with the tubing and another of the barbs is a corner barb having one or more corners configured for biting into the tubing for at least partially assisting in retaining the tubing on the connection. The connection can be part of a fitting for fluidly joining multiple pieces of tubing or part of an irrigation device, such as a pop-up irrigation sprinkler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Rowshan Jahan
  • Patent number: 8738151
    Abstract: Anchors for securing a therapy device such as a therapy catheter relative to a burr hole, and systems and methods for using the same. Anchors in accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure may include a connector for securing the therapy catheter to a delivery catheter, wherein the connector is independently and removably attachable to the anchor. The connector may secure the therapy catheter relative to the burr hole and isolate forces that may otherwise tend to disrupt the placement of the therapy catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian D. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20140138944
    Abstract: A hose nipple (4) for a hose arrangement (1) is provided, having retaining ribs (6) on the outer side. According to the invention, the retaining ribs (6) vary in their form, size and arrangement on the nipple base body (5) between the hose side (12) and the outlet side (11) of the hose nipple (4) such that a uniform and parallel input of force into the pressure hose (2) is achieved by the retaining ribs (6), which causes the force- and/or form-fitting connection between the hose nipple (4) and the pressure hose (2) fitted thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Kury
  • Patent number: 8678443
    Abstract: A clamping connector for pipes and/or tubes (2) made of a polymer material has at least two pipe/tube connecting elements (3). At least one connecting element (3) includes a plug-in region (5) which is provided with peripheral ribs (4, 4a, 4b), for slidingly connecting to each of a pipe and/or tube end (2a) against which a flange projection (6) abuts. At least one tooth-like projection (7) is disposed on the side of the flange projection (6), which is located opposite to the peripheral ribs (4, 4a, 4b). A free space (8) is provided between the flange projection (6) and the at least one tooth-like projection (7). A plurality of tooth-like projections (7) are disposed so as to be distributed across a periphery of the polymer connecting piece (4). In addition, gaps (9) are disposed between the individual tooth-like projections (7). In addition, the object is solved by means of a clamping connector for pipes and/or tubes (2) made of a polymer material comprising a polymer connecting piece (1) as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rehau AG + CO
    Inventors: Ehrenfried Bonhag, Karl-Heinz Haunstetter
  • Patent number: 8628118
    Abstract: A removable and reusable multiple application fitting is disclosed that enables removal of the hose without significant damage to the hose. The removable and reusable multiple application fitting properly seals with hoses made of only one compound, such as rubber, as well as hoses of multiple compounds with or without linings, such as a rubber hose with a plastic lining. The multiple application fitting has a taper step and o-ring step to guide a hose over an installed o-ring to prevent the o-ring from being displaced during installation. The multiple application fitting is versatile and in some embodiments is used with hoses that require o-rings, and in other embodiments used with hoses that do not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Larry F. Bobenhausen
  • Patent number: 8613220
    Abstract: A water meter enclosure includes a non-metallic cover defining an interior cavity shaped to accept a metering device; a metal ring including threads for connection to a piping system; and an annular lip contacting a distal end of the metal ring to retain the metal ring in spatial relationship between the non-metallic cover and the annular lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Marty Scott Ball, Jeremy Alan McCraven
  • Patent number: 8556195
    Abstract: The present invention provides an attachment for emitting water from a water source. The attachment comprises an inlet end, a transitional section connected to the inlet end an outlet end connected to the transitional section opposite from the inlet end, and a reinforcement member attached to the transitional sectional and the outlet end to support the transitional section. The inlet end includes an external cover and an internal sleeve disposed within and spaced from the external cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: InvisaFlow, LLC
    Inventor: Haynes Sloan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8523242
    Abstract: A connection-structure of a flexible tube, in which the flexible tube is fitted to an end portion of a metal pipe, comprises an annular projection, a first radially enlarged portion, a seal ring and a second radially enlarged portion. The annular projection is formed on an outer surface of the end portion of the metal pipe. The first radially enlarged portion is formed on the tip side of the metal pipe relative to the projection, defining a first annular groove with the projection. The seal ring is fitted into the annular groove. The second enlarged portion is formed on the base side of the metal pipe relative to the projection, defining a second annular groove with the projection. The tip portion of the flexible tube is positioned close to the maximum diameter portion of the second enlarged portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Nitta Corporation, FTS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Hosotani, Yoshinari Rokken, Jun Okada, Takeshi Amano
  • Patent number: 8479775
    Abstract: Push-on hose construction for a self-gripping connection with a barbed nipple or other push in fitting end. The hose has an innermost core tube which exhibits a reduced coefficient of friction for easier insertion of the fitting end. Such core tube may be extruded or otherwise formed of thermoplastic polyurethane or other resin which is dulled or otherwise incompatibilized by the addition of an immiscible such as nonpolar polyolefin homopolymer, copolymer, or mixture thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Michael R. Swails, William C. Fisher, Albert S. Balko, Ronald W. Duescher
  • Patent number: 8469404
    Abstract: A connecting assembly that can be coupled to a tubular wall is provided. The assembly includes a connecting fitting having a tubular coupling portion, an abutment ring, and an arcuate-shaped tubular body. The abutment ring is disposed around an outer surface of the tubular coupling portion a predetermined distance from a first end of the tubular coupling portion. An end of the tubular body is coupled to a second end of the tubular coupling portion. The assembly further includes a retaining member having a ring-shaped portion and first and second finger portions extending from the ring-shaped portion. The arcuate-shaped tubular body of the connecting fitting is received through a central aperture of the ring-shaped portion such that the ring-shaped portion is slidably disposed on the tubular body of the connecting fitting and is further slidably disposed against the abutment ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gadawski
  • Patent number: 8388028
    Abstract: A fluid line having a crimp joint comprises a flexible hose, a tube and a ferrule. The tube has a tube stem portion located in the flexible hose, with the tube stem portion including a first flat portion adjacent to the free end, a second flat portion, a third flat portion, a first tube stem bead located between the first and second flat portions and extending radially outward, and a tube stem groove located between the second and third flat portions and extending radially inward. A ferrule is located radially outward from the flexible hose, with the ferrule including a first crimp tooth located radially outward from the first flat portion, a second crimp tooth located radially outward from the second flat portion, and a third crimp tooth located radially outward from the third flat portion, wherein the crimp teeth are out of phase with the bead and the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Raymond H. Sasinowski, Alfred A. Gunther, Jeffrey L. Despard, Ryan Lebold, Gary A Blair
  • Patent number: 8328241
    Abstract: A clampless fitting for one or more plastic pipes. The fitting has at least one section extending along an axis with a sealing portion and pipe gripping portion adjacent one another on the outer surface of the section. The pipe gripping portion includes a recess extending about the axis of the fitting section with a pipe gripping ring removably received in it and extending substantially about the axis. The ring is substantially C-shaped about the axis and has a plurality of pairs of first and second end segments spaced from each other along the axis and respectively joined by a central pivot segment. In operation, the fitting section is inserted in a first direction into the open end of the plastic pipe to a first location relative to the pipe in which both the sealing and pipe gripping portions are received in the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Mark A. Mortensen, Rodney G. May
  • Patent number: 8287007
    Abstract: A fuel injector for fuel ignition systems of internal combustion engines includes a magnetic circuit having a core, a magnetic coil and an armature, and a movable valve needle, which has a valve-closure member that cooperates with a fixed valve seat, the valve seat being shaped on a valve-seat member and being provided with a valve-seat support in which the valve-seat member is inserted. At least one metallic component of the fuel injector, in this context, has a serrated structure on its outer circumference for producing a solid connection to a corresponding component made of plastic. The plastic components may be the connection piece, the valve-seat support, the coil shell and the connecting pipe of the valve needle. The fuel injector is particularly suitable for use in fuel-injection systems of mixture-compressing internal combustion engines having externally supplied ignition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Ferdinand Reiter
  • Patent number: 8282137
    Abstract: An end piece for a corrugated hose contains a bushing having a front region and a rear region opposite of a longitudinal direction. The rear region is located inside the hose in a mounted state of the bushing. The front region has a collar forming a groove for receiving the free end of the hose. The rear region has a plurality of flexible tongues, which have a relief direction that is oriented perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the bushing and directed toward the outer chamber of the bushing. A portion of the flexible tongues contains a radially projecting detent protrusion for implementing an engagement active in the longitudinal direction of the bushing. A retaining sleeve, received by the bushing with precise fit and, in the mounted state of the end piece, extends in an inner chamber enclosed by the bushing, limits the radial play of the flexible tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Areva NP GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Stark
  • Publication number: 20120217740
    Abstract: A connection-structure of a flexible tube, in which the flexible tube is fitted to an end portion of a metal pipe, comprises an annular projection, a first radially enlarged portion, a seal ring and a second radially enlarged portion. The annular projection is formed on an outer surface of the end portion of the metal pipe. The first radially enlarged portion is formed on the tip side of the metal pipe relative to the projection, defining a first annular groove with the projection. The seal ring is fitted into the annular groove. The second enlarged portion is formed on the base side of the metal pipe relative to the projection, defining a second annular groove with the projection. The tip portion of the flexible tube is positioned close to the maximum diameter portion of the second enlarged portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicants: FTS Co., LTD., NITTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Hosotani, Yoshinari Rokken, Jun Okada, Takeshi Amano
  • Patent number: 8251302
    Abstract: The present invention provides an attachment for emitting water from a water source. The attachment comprises an inlet end, a transitional section connected to the inlet end an outlet end connected to the transitional section opposite from the inlet end, and a reinforcement member attached to the transitional sectional and the outlet end to support the transitional section. The inlet end includes an external cover and an internal sleeve disposed within and spaced from the external cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: InvisaFlow LLC
    Inventor: W. Haynes Sloan, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120169041
    Abstract: A fitting connectable to an end portion of a pipe generally includes a housing configured for receiving at least part of the end portion of the pipe into the housing, and an insert member disposed at least partly within the housing. The insert member is configured to be received at least partly within the end portion of the pipe when at least part of the end portion of the pipe is received into the housing. A retention member is movable relative to the housing for selectively connecting the fitting to the end portion of the pipe. The retention member is movable to press at least part of the end portion of the pipe radially against at least part of the insert member to help secure the fitting to the end portion of the pipe when the end portion of the pipe is received into the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: BLAZING PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas A. King, Duane K. Smith, Douglas L. Kirk
  • Publication number: 20120169042
    Abstract: A hose coupling comprising a main body having a hose nipple section with at least one barb formed thereon, and a retention spring extending from a collar formed on the main body, the retention spring overlying a portion of the hose nipple section where the retention spring applies a clamping force on a hose that is trapped and held in position between the retention spring and the hose nipple section by the barb(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: William T. Flynn
  • Patent number: 8205315
    Abstract: A composite tube assembly and a method of making the same are provided. The composite tube assembly includes a composite tube and a fitting penetrating the composite tube. The fitting includes a reduced diameter section surrounded by a reduced diameter tube portion of the tube. A bolstering structure surrounds this reduced diameter tube portion. The method includes inserting the fitting into the composite tube, heating the tube portion surrounding the fitting to soften the same, radially compressing the tube portion onto the fitting reduced diameter section, and providing a bolstering structure surrounding the compressed tube portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Tyee Aircraft
    Inventors: James M. Mullen, Daniel M. Valleroy, Daniel L. Moore
  • Patent number: 8196612
    Abstract: A rigid fastener, for securing to one another adjacent portions of a cover member made of resiliently deformable material, has an end portion with an outward end section of relatively small outside diameter and an axially adjacent inward section of relatively large outside diameter. The end portion of the fastener is engagable in either of two positions in a corresponding recess formed into at least one of the adjacent portions of the cover piece, affording a high level of holding power in its fully inserted position and affording a low level of holding power in a partially inserted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Watertite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Trueb, Steven R. Trueb
  • Publication number: 20120104746
    Abstract: A quick connector assembly that provides fluid communication between a first conduit and a second conduit. The quick connector assembly includes a housing and a retainer. The housing has a first end that connects with the first conduit, has a second end that connects with the second conduit, and has a fluid passage that extends between the first and second ends. The retainer is carried by the housing and has a portion located in the fluid passage of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: NORMA U.S. HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Milton Fansler, Michael Richard Bucher
  • Patent number: 8118331
    Abstract: A non-bolt joint structure comprising; a packing ring sealing between a receiving opening section and an insertion opening section; an engaging means provided with an inner circumference of the receiving opening section preventing a polyethylene pipe from disengaging from the receiving opening section by engaging with an outer circumferential surface of the polyethylene pipe; and a tubular metallic inner core fitting an inner circumference of the insertion opening section of the polyethylene pipe, wherein the inner core is plastically deformed to include a first bulge portion that its cross-sectional shape bulges toward an outward radial direction, a second bulge portion is formed so that the insertion opening section of the polyethylene pipe bulges toward the outward radial direction along the first bulge portion of the inner core, and the polyethylene pipe is prevented from disengaging by the engaging means engaging with the outer circumferential surface of the second bulge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Suiken Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Yamashita, Taihei Yokoyama
  • Publication number: 20120037721
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a pressure washer hose converter fitting is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: John D. Hall
  • Patent number: 8109538
    Abstract: A connection assembly for coupling a soft tubing to a tubular element of a torque fitting comprises a barbed connector and a shell adapted to contain the barbed connector. The barbed connector comprises a neck having a barb disposed on an exterior surface of the neck and a substantially cylindrical sealing portion disposed between the barb and a tubing end of the neck. The barbed connector further comprises a mating surface adapted to form a fluid-tight seal when compressed against a mating end of the tubular element. A tubing connection comprises the connection assembly having a length of soft tubing attached to the neck of the barbed connector and a tubular element compressed against the mating surface of the barbed connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Diba Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Helstern, LaCroix Robert, Jose Almeida
  • Publication number: 20120001417
    Abstract: A device including a first member joined to a second member, the joining being carried out via a compliant material having an alloy with at least two materials selected from silver, gold, and palladium, the second member being a shrink ring of the first member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN CENTRE DE RECHERCHES ET D'ETUDES EUROPEEN
    Inventors: Christian His, Franceline Villermaux
  • Publication number: 20110309167
    Abstract: A manual spray head can be connected with a flexible hose line by means of a coupling that has a ball-and-socket joint inserted between the manual spray head and the hose line. This arrangement not only increases the mobility and flexibility between the manual spray head and the flexible hose line, but also permits twisting of the manual spray head relative to the hose line without fear of unscrewing the screw-type connection or similar coupling provided between the manual spray head and the hose line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann GRETHER, Christoph Weis
  • Patent number: 8070187
    Abstract: A flange structure (10) is provided for a fuel supply unit of a vehicle. The flange structure includes at least one electrically conductive fuel port (16?) having a periphery and first and second ends (22, 23). The first end (22) includes first barb structure (28). A plastic flange (20?) is overmolded on at least a portion of the periphery of the fuel port between the first and second ends. A portion of the flange overmolded on the portion of the periphery of the fuel port defines fitting structure (25) having second barb structure (27). A hose (30) is coupled with the first end of the fuel port and with the fitting structure with the first and second barb structures engaging the hose thereby preventing fuel or fuel vapor from passing between the periphery of the fuel port and the overmolded flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Athalye, Matthias Nederegger, Stephane Seps, John Patrick Wattai
  • Patent number: 8047072
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to flow meters and more particularly to improved plastic water flow meters for commercial or residential use. In various embodiments, a plastic water meter is provided that may include metal threads for connecting the water meter to a water system. In particular, the plastic water meter may include at least one spud that is shaped to receive and engage a plastic spud insert, in which the plastic spud insert may include a metal ring with a threaded outer surface. The plastic spud insert may include an annular lip portion extending outwardly to discourage removal of the metal ring when the spud insert is engaged with the water meter. Furthermore, the plastic spud insert and the inner surface of the metal ring may have complementary circumferential profiles to discourage relative rotation between the metal ring and the spud insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Marty Scott Ball, Jeremy Alan McCraven
  • Patent number: 8020896
    Abstract: A hose connector (19, 59) for the assembly in a housing opening (13) of a tank of a portable handheld work apparatus is formed as one piece and has a base plate (20). A sealing rim (21) for mounting in the housing opening (13) is provided on the base plate (20) at a first side (57). The hose connector (19, 59) has at least one connecting channel (31, 32) which projects through the base plate (20) and which, at least at one end, has at least one connecting stub (24, 24?, 25, 26, 26?) for connecting to a hose line. A first connecting stub (26, 26?) is fixed within the sealing rim (21) on the base plate (20) and has a pull-off protector (54). The pull-off protector (54) is at a distance (e) to the base plate (20) perpendicularly to the plane of the base plate (20) which is greater than the distance (f) of the lower edge (51) of the sealing rim (21) to the base plate (20). The lower edge (51) faces away from the base plate (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Ehrmann
  • Publication number: 20110210540
    Abstract: Arrangement for a hose system (11) comprising an inner main hose (12) and an outer cover hose (13) delimiting a ring shaped air filled volume (14) designed to make the hose bouyant in water. At least at one end there is a connector (15) attached to the main hose as well as the cover hose, and which at its free end is attached to, or integrated with, connector part (16) for connection of the hose system (11) to an external system. The connector (15) comprises:—an inner sleeve (22), to which the end of the main hose (12) is attached to, as the inner sleeve (22) by its free end (26) is equipped with an element, in particular threads, for connection to a pipe system—an outer sleeve (16) with to which the end of the cover hose is attached—a connector element (30) for connecting the inner sleeve (22) detachably to the outer sleeve (16), and a connection between the two hose parts (12, 14) comprising a one way valve which allows draining the outer hose (14) to the main hose (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: SAFEHOUSE HOLDINGS AS
    Inventor: Inge knotten
  • Publication number: 20110169262
    Abstract: A fitting for sealingly connecting to a pipe end of a pipe comprising a plastic material, comprising a base member and a support member, wherein the base member is made of a metal, and the support member is designed as a separate part made of plastic. The base member comprises means on the inside thereof, and the support member comprises means on the outside thereof for connecting the base member and the support member in a sealing fashion. A system comprising such a fitting with a composite or multi-layered pipe and a sleeve, or such a filling with a plastic pipe and a sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: VIEGA GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Sudi Sinoplu, Andreas Schneider
  • Patent number: 7938454
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: HyClone Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley H. Buchanan, Arnold C. Bilstad, T. Michael Dennehey, David V. Bacehowski