Guide And Support Patents (Class 285/24)
  • Patent number: 10924187
    Abstract: An optical transceiver includes: a first OSA and a second OSA; a circuit board; an optical multiplexer/demultiplexer which includes a plurality of internal fibers, is optically connected to each of the first OSA and the second OSA through each of the internal fibers, and multiplexes the single optical signal to generate an optical transmission signal or demultiplexes an optical reception signal to generate the single optical signal; a receptacle which is optically connected to the optical multiplexer/demultiplexer, transmits the optical transmission signal to the outside, and receives the optical reception signal; and a second holding member which holds the first OSA and the second OSA and is engaged with the circuit board. The second holding member includes a first guide which guides the internal fiber and a second guide which detours the internal fiber with respect to the first guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuniyuki Ishii, Hiromi Kurashima
  • Patent number: 10895399
    Abstract: The invention provides a pre-insulated duct having a length and comprising a tube having a foam layer. The pre-insulated duct has an interior face and an exterior face and a thickness defined as a distance between the interior face and the exterior face. The interior face of the pre-insulated duct bounds an airflow space. In the present group of embodiments, the pre-insulated duct has a mounting rail system extending along the length of the pre-insulated duct. The mounting rail system includes at least one mounting rail, and preferably a plurality of mounting rails, positioned on (e.g., positioned on an exterior of) the pre-insulated duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: AQC INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: James Michael Lubratt, Ryne Richard Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10883342
    Abstract: A submarine connection for interconnecting a riser pipe and a flexible pipe (26). The riser pipe has an upper end and the flexible pipe (26) has a lower end (30). A connection assembly includes a rigid fitting having a first limb (64) to be connected to the lower end (30) and a second limb (66) with a connector (67) on the end, and a body (36) having a head (42) and an opposing base (46) provided with an end piece (52) to be mounted on the upper end. The connection assembly also includes first guiding elements (60, 86) secured to the body (36), extending in a position at a distance from the axis of the end piece (52), and second guiding elements (76, 81) secured to the first limb (64), suitable for cooperating with the first guiding elements (60, 86).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Ange Luppi, Alexandra Kollar
  • Patent number: 10704535
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an assembly of two structural parts of a wind turbine wherein the structural parts are to be connected in a flange-to-flange connection by a number of bolts and such that a flange of the first structural part and a flange of the second are centrally and rotationally aligned whereby a first borehole in the flange of the first structural part is matched and aligned with a corresponding first borehole in the flange of the second structural part. The structural parts may for example be a tower section or a foundation section. The assembly further comprises a first and a second rotational guide member releasably attached to each of the flanges of the structural parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S
    Inventor: Kim Christensen
  • Patent number: 10641340
    Abstract: A fitting structure includes an annular seal member; a first fitting member including a first tubular fitting portion having a tubular shape, a first holding portion that contacts the seal member from a first axial end side, and a first restricting portion provided at a position different from a position of the first holding portion; and a second fitting member including a second tubular fitting portion having a tubular shape that is fitted to the first tubular fitting portion from a second axial end side, a second holding portion that contacts the seal member from the second axial end side, and a second restricting portion that contacts the first restricting portion from the second axial end side in a state where the seal member is compressed by a prescribed amount between the first holding portion and the second holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, MARUGO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Izumi, Toshiyuki Ohsara, Tsuneharu Takizawa, Makoto Miyawaki, Sosuke Imaoka, Shohei Fujita
  • Patent number: 10634166
    Abstract: A lift-out pump disconnect system is mounted to two parallel rails that are affixed to a pump enclosure. The disconnect system has a receiver body that is affixed to the rails and slidable along the rail axes with ear portions. The disconnect system further includes an outlet body that mates to the receiver body using tabs that slide on clamping ramped surfaces on the receiver body. Downward movement of the outlet body causes the clamping ramped surfaces to move the outlet body closer to the receiver body until flat sealing surfaces are in biased contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: John S. Sabo
  • Patent number: 10556091
    Abstract: A catheter assembly comprising a catheter handle (101) with a collet (118) disposed at a distal end. The collet is coupled to a strain relief (107) comprising a nut (122) and a strain relief projection (135). The collet comprises at least one leaflet (124, 125) and at least one collet spur (672, 682), and the nut comprises at least one ratchet (251). The collet is configured to couple to the nut, and the at least one ratchet is configured to interact with the at least one collet spur to securely fasten the strain relief to the catheter handle. The at least one leaflet is configured to couple to a catheter shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Maureen Truhler, Donald G. Goblish, Bradley C. Knippel
  • Patent number: 10487967
    Abstract: Female connector for accepting a male connector having a retaining external annular rim, a slot including two parallel lateral grooves and the slot opening at least at one of its ends forming a mouth of the housing, the female connector including a locking slide distinct from the body, movable between a locking position and an unlocking position, the locking slide including a locking plate and an actuating knob formed integrally with the plate, with a retaining portion belonging to the locking plate to come into abutment against the retaining outer annular rim, the locking slide including at least one flexible tab formed integrally, returning the slide toward the first position, the flexible tab pressing on each side of the mouth in the axial direction X so that the return force is balanced about X and creates no torque that could have a tendency to cause the locking plate to jam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS
    Inventors: Jeremy Gibelin, Florian Blake
  • Patent number: 10465826
    Abstract: A rotary joint having a rotating part provided with a rotating channel in an axial direction, attached to a shaft, and advancing and retracting in the axial direction and, arranged coaxially, a stationary part provided with a stationary channel in the axial direction, wherein an engagement part which allows relative rotation of a rotating seal part provided at the rotating part and a stationary seal part provided at the stationary part while stopping movement in the axial direction and holds a state in which the two sealing surfaces of said rotating seal part and stationary seal part are made to abut facing each other and wherein a rotation stopping mechanism restricting relative rotation of the stationary shaft part with respect to the fitting hole about the axis are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: RIX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Hatano, Yuki Itahashi
  • Patent number: 10458415
    Abstract: An electrical submersible pump assembly has modules including a pump, at least one motor, and a pressure equalizer coupled to the motor. First and second ones of the modules have a threaded connection including a first adapter having threads. A second adapter mounted to the second module has a tubular body, a neck of smaller diameter than the body, an external shoulder at a base of the neck, a rim on the neck, and an external groove between the external shoulder and the rim. A collar is rotatably carried and axially movable on the neck, the collar being in threaded engagement with the threads of the first adapter, the collar having an internal groove. A split shoulder ring carried partly in the external groove and partly in the internal groove retains the collar on the neck and is biased into one of the grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Knapp, John Jay Mack
  • Patent number: 10450810
    Abstract: A riser top connector assembly (20) is shown. The assembly (20) includes a first connector part (21) arranged on a flexible jumper prepared for connection with a second connector part (40) arranged on top of a marine riser tower assembly projecting from the seabed. The first connector part (21) is provided with suspension means adapted to engage with supporting means in order to be supported and be able to tilt in the marine riser tower assembly. The first connector part (21) includes a housing (22) that receives an extendable termination hub (23) having a clamp connector (24) attached thereto. The jumper termination hub (23) is alignable with a riser hub (44) on the second connector part (40) when the first connector part (21) is being tilted relative to the marine riser tower assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Aker Solutions AS
    Inventor: Morten Rengman Mørck
  • Patent number: 10260290
    Abstract: Methods that may be employed to help to equalize the length of the teeth on a pin-and-box SCR connector during make-up include locating the make-up groove on the box at the far box end away from the pipe end. This causes the make-up force to tension and stretch the box to make it longer. Additionally or alternatively placing grease or other fluid in the nib groove creates a resistance force to nib entry. The grease or fluid exits through a nib vent port in the box while creating a resistance that compresses the pin and stretches the box causing the tooth spacing of the pin and the box to be similar. Providing a ring groove at both ends of the box allows a tensioning device to be used to tension the box causing box elongation, which equalizes the tooth length of pin and box members during connector make up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Jack Pollack, Alpha Mahatvaraj
  • Patent number: 10240698
    Abstract: A crimp connection fitting includes a socket with at least one annular recess axially spaced from an annular O-ring receiving groove. The recess includes a plurality of axially spaced crimping elements such that, when the socket is crimped, it grips a conduit positioned within the socket. The crimping elements preferably are split ring spring clips. In some embodiments, multiple spaced recesses support one or more crimping elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIBCO INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Lawrence, David A. Bobo, Christopher W. Mason, Keith W. Yoder, Paul Frische-Mouri, Justin J. Carey
  • Patent number: 10145493
    Abstract: In general, a connector designed to slip on a tubular, or an extension thereof, may be locked onto the tubular and a seal created around the tubular to keep pressure trapped inside the tubular. Generally, the connector is slipped over and makes contact with the tubular via a sliding sleeve seal cover. In certain embodiments, when sufficient force is placed on the connector, one or more shear pins, which are holding the sleeve, are sheared, allowing the connector to be lowered onto the tubular and the seal to make contact with the tubular. The connector may be locked onto the tubular by means of a one piece slip energized by a cam typically held in place mechanically by one or more ratchets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest Earl Shanks, II, William David Wightman
  • Patent number: 10125766
    Abstract: Provided is a uniaxial eccentric screw pump which includes: a casing having a first locking receiving portion; a stator connected to the casing and having an inner peripheral surface which is formed into a female threaded shape; a rotor being insertable into the stator 8 and formed of a shaft body having a male threaded shape; an end stud having a second locking receiving portion and connected to the stator on a side opposite to the casing; and a holder being configured to hold the stator between the casing and the end stud. The holder includes: a first locking portion lockable to the first locking receiving portion of the casing; a second locking portion lockable to the second locking receiving portion of the end stud; and an adjusting portion capable of adjusting a distance between the first locking portion and the second locking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: HEISHIN LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Tanito, Takashi Sato
  • Patent number: 10094497
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tube with coupling according to which liquid leakage and the like can be suppressed as much as possible when couplings are connected. A tube with coupling (10) according to the present invention is a tube with coupling (10) obtained by forming a coupling (30) on a leading end portion (22) of a tube (20) through injection molding, and the leading end portion (22) of the tube (20) is arranged at a position set back from a leading end portion (32) of the coupling (30), at least a portion of the leading end portion (22) of the tube (20) being covered by the coupling (30). It is desirable that a flange (36) is provided so as to protrude outward at a position set back from the leading end portion (32) of the coupling (30) and the leading end portion (22) of the tube (20) is arranged at a position set further back from the flange (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: Yodogawa Hu-Tech Co., Ltd., CKD Corporation
    Inventors: Katsumi Ogawa, Yujiro Deguchi, Masayoshi Kaneko, Ryuma Kumo, Hideyuki Takeda
  • Patent number: 9895040
    Abstract: A telescopic extension, typically for an electric household appliance, comprises: an inner tube and an outer tube. The inner tube and the outer tube are slidable telescopically relative to one another. The inner tube comprises, on an outer surface thereof, a plurality of deformations of predetermined shape; a sleeve fitted inside the outer tube, at one of its ends; a constraining device configured to lock sliding of the inner tube with respect to the outer tube, when the constraining device is at least partially engaged in one of the deformations; a slider and elastic means, wherein the slider cooperates with the constraining device under the action of the elastic means; and an actuating device operatively connected to the slider. The slider comprises a guiding device for providing a guided movement between the slider and the constraining device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: OMEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Canale
  • Patent number: 9772058
    Abstract: Device for the connection of a duct including a tubular body provided with an axial stop for a cylindrical sleeve that defines a tubular accommodating housing and has an end which delimits an annular inlet to the housing that is radially deformable elastically. The housing includes a maintaining member for maintaining the end of the sleeve in a deformed state, the member being designed to be movable between an active position in which it maintains the end in the deformed state and an inactive position in which it is carried by the duct during the introduction thereof and allows the end to return to its rest state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Parker Hannifin Manufacturing France SAS
    Inventor: Philippe Le Quere
  • Patent number: 9664316
    Abstract: A press fitting device, components and method provide one or more indicators to provide a visual indication that the fitting has been properly pressed around a tube and that the correct amount of pressure has been provided to create a permanent seal. In embodiments, the present invention includes a fitting having a main body component with a packing arrangement including a sealing ring, a lock ring support member, a lock ring and a malleable and expandable indicator ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias, Herbert J. Bouchard
  • Patent number: 9657536
    Abstract: A tubular and tubular connection for joining adjacent tubulars of a tubular string for passage of fluid therethrough is provided. The tubular connection includes a pin end at an end of a first of adjacent tubulars and a box end at an end of a second of the adjacent tubulars. The pin end has an outer locking surface. The box end has a plurality of fingers at an end thereof with slots therebetween. The fingers are selectively extendable for placement about the pin end of the first of the adjacent tubulars. The fingers having an inner locking surface for interlocking engagement with the outer locking surface of the pin end whereby loads are distributed between the adjacent tubulars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: James William Weir, Frank Benjamin Springett
  • Patent number: 9528650
    Abstract: This female quick-coupling element for a quick-connect coupling is able to cooperate with a male coupling element. A control ring is able to move in translation along a longitudinal axis between a first position and a second position. A blocking member prevents translation of the control ring as far as its second position. An element for the elastic return of a piston, integral in transverse movement with the blocking member, to its internal position is mounted in a housing of the first coupling element situated outside the housing of the piston, and fluidically isolated from the fluid-flow conduit. The first coupling element comprises transmission means, disposed between the return element and the piston, to return the piston to its internal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: STAUBLI FAVERGES
    Inventors: Alain-Christophe Tiberghien, Antoine Chambaud
  • Patent number: 9502833
    Abstract: A connector device includes: a first connector including a first housing; and a second connector including a second housing. When the first housing is not oriented in a direction in which the first housing is fitted into the second housing, the first housing becomes fitted into the second housing after rotation. The first connector includes a third connector attached to the first housing. The third connector has a third housing including a cylindrical portion. The first housing can move relative to the cylindrical portion between a pre-fit position and a fit-rotation position. The first housing and the cylindrical portion of the third housing are provided with: a rotation block portion to block rotation of the first housing relative to the cylindrical portion while at the pre-fit position; and a rotation guide portion to guide the rotation of the first housing relative to the cylindrical portion while at the fit-rotation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya Sekino
  • Patent number: 9480377
    Abstract: An extension tube for a vacuum cleaner comprises an outer tube, an inner tube slidingly sheathed in the outer tube, wherein the front end of the inner tube being embedded with a sealing component with an end extending out from the inner tube, the inner tube being provided with several rows of clamping grooves, and each row of clamping grooves being provided with a plurality of clamping grooves at intervals in the length direction, and a length adjustment component mounted on the rear end of the outer tube and used for selectively fixing the inner tube to adjust the length of the extension tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: JIANGSU GUOXIN METAL PRODUCTS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yoonki Kim
  • Patent number: 9310007
    Abstract: A hollow coupling for joining together two pipe ends and having a center, two coupling ends, and an inner profile. The inner profile can include a serrated section having a plurality of threads extending radially around the inner diameter of the coupling, a curved section proximate the serrated section and defining a recess for the deposition of debris and other material during installation of a pipe into the coupling, a smooth section adjacent an end of the coupling and having a diameter slightly less than the outside diameter of a pipe to be inserted into the coupling, and a transition section between the curved section and the smooth section, the transition section having a smooth, rounded profile that minimizes stress concentrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Marubeni-Itochu Tubulars America Inc.
    Inventor: David Michael Holland
  • Patent number: 9255453
    Abstract: A heavy duty riser connector assembly for joining together and sealing sections of pipe, having an upper connector housing, a lower connector housing and grooves and ribs formed circumferentially on an outer diameter each housing. The assembly having a locking sliding sleeve to slide over and lock together the connector housing and a locking detent ring adapted to pop out and lock the locking sliding sleeve in place so the permanent locking sliding sleeve is not effected by vibration when the locking sliding sleeve has been slid over at least one flexible collet. The assembly can simultaneously seal a riser bore against internal and external pressure while additionally carrying heavy tensile and bending loads without deforming while engaging a riser for both drilling and production or any other application requiring rapid makeup of pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Phyllis A. Jennings
  • Patent number: 9193054
    Abstract: A pneumatic impact tool includes a spindle extending along an X-axis, an output shaft extending along a Z-axis, and a spindle positioning device that includes a bushing and a stop pin. The bushing is threaded in a housing, and has a stop surface and a frustoconical outer surface. The stop surface obstructs the spindle from moving away from the output shaft. The frustoconical outer surface has opposite first and second ends. The first end is nearer to the X-axis and farther away from the Z-axis than the second end. The stop pin is disposed removably in the housing, and has an engaging surface abutting against the frustoconical outer surface, so as to prevent the bushing from moving in the housing in a direction away from the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: BASSO INDUSTRY CORP.
    Inventors: San-Yih Su, Cheng-Wei Lai
  • Publication number: 20150147152
    Abstract: A pipe connection guide arrangement is adapted to align a first pipe section having a first flange with a second pipe section having a second flange. The arrangement includes a guide bar to be attached to the first pipe section in a manner in which the guide bar projects longitudinally beyond the first flange. Similarly, a guide funnel is to be attached to a second pipe section, wherein the guide funnel is adapted to receive and locate the guide bar to laterally align the first pipe section to the second pipe section. A stopper bar is provided on the guide bar forward of the first flange, wherein the stopper bar is adapted to abut against the guide funnel to longitudinally align the first pipe section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Garry Ray VAN HEERDEN, Ian TYNDALE-BISCOE
  • Patent number: 8892378
    Abstract: The present application relates to a tool for detecting perforations in hydrocarbon pipelines based on the sensing system thereof. The function of said tool is to pass longitudinally through a pipeline of specific diameter, monitoring the thickness thereof and detecting any hole over the path followed and, in accordance with the data obtained, establishing the distance at which the holes are located, calculated from the starting point, the time at the instant of detection and also the circumferential position and size thereof, all the aforesaid as part of an online process implemented as the tool progresses through the target pipeline. At the end of the run, the information may be downloaded to a computer where it is available for use and for the corresponding decisions concerning integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: ECOPETROL S.A.
    Inventors: Gonzalo Leal Diaz, Juan Diego Ruiz Escobar, Jorge Alberto Toscano Rodriguez, Guillermo Latorre Cortes
  • Patent number: 8863371
    Abstract: A system for aligning and connecting components including a support structure and a measuring apparatus coupled to the support structure. The measuring apparatus is arranged to spatially analyze a first tubular component with respect to a second tubular component for determining an adjustment vector therebetween. An alignment apparatus is coupled to the support structure and in data communication with the measuring apparatus. The alignment apparatus includes a plurality of actuators operatively arranged in parallel for moving at least one of the first or second tubular components relative to the other for coaxially arranging the first and second tubular components in accordance with the adjustment vector. A connection apparatus is coupled to the support structure and operatively arranged for connecting the first and second tubular components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Dominik Brouwer, Joerg Lehr, Berend Denkena, Hans-Christian Möhring, Kai Litwinski
  • Publication number: 20140259623
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electrical conduit fitting, comprises a cylindrical portion having an inside surface and an outside surface; at least one tapered end tapering outwardly such that the circumference of the tapered end is larger than the circumference of the outside surface of the cylindrical portion; and a spring band affixed to the cylindrical portion and to the tapered portion of the fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Don Kinsman
  • Publication number: 20140252755
    Abstract: A fitting assembly for connecting a first tube to a second tube includes first and second end fittings fixedly coupled to the first and second tubes, respectively. The first end fitting has a first aperture and a first sealing surface. The second end fitting is sized to be at least partially received within the first aperture and includes a second aperture extending through the second end fitting. The second end fitting further includes a second sealing surface. A seal is disposed between the first sealing surface and the second sealing surface. A lock fitting is slidingly associated with the second tube, and is also rotatable about the second tube. The lock fitting selectively engages the second fitting to compress the seal between the first and second sealing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Adrian Murias, Ronald A. Decoteau
  • Patent number: 8657341
    Abstract: A connecting element for establishing a frictional connection with a neck portion of a liquid container, like a vial. The connecting element may include a basic structure and contact elements connected with the basic structure that provide contact surfaces for contacting the neck portion. The contact surfaces may be configured to form a receiving space for receiving the neck portion. The receiving space can be enlarged by moving apart the contact surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnositics International Ltd.
    Inventors: Torsten Kraft, James Richard McLaren, Allen John Pearson
  • Patent number: 8567209
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a body defining a storage space; a door selectively shielding the storage space; a container connecting part disposed in the storage space or the door; a water supply container separably coupled to the container connecting part, the water supply container including an opening for injecting water; an ice making device for making ice using the water supplied from the water supply container; a water supply passage fluidly connecting the water supply container to the ice making device, the water supply passage extending in an inside direction of the water supply container; and a pump connected to the water supply passage to supply the water within the water supply container into the ice making device. According to the refrigerator, installation cost is reduced, and quality and reliability are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Kyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 8434318
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a body defining a storage space; a door selectively shielding the storage space; a container connecting part disposed in the storage space or the door; a water supply container separably coupled to the container connecting part, the water supply container including an opening for injecting water; an ice making device for making ice using the water supplied from the water supply container; a water supply passage fluidly connecting the water supply container to the ice making device, the water supply passage extending in an inside direction of the water supply container; and a pump connected to the water supply passage to supply the water within the water supply container into the ice making device. According to the refrigerator, installation cost is reduced, and quality and reliability are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Kyoung Kim
  • Publication number: 20130092247
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a connector system may include at least two connectors and a collar configured to detachably align the at least two connectors for coupling to a mating collar with at least two mating connectors. The collar may also be configured to at least partially disengage from the at least two connectors to allow movement of the connectors relative to each other. The relative movement may allow the connectors to couple to mating connectors that are in different configurations (than the mating collar configurations). In some embodiments, the connectors and/or mating connectors may include complimentary male/female connectors. In some embodiments, the collar/mating collar may circumscribe their respective connectors and/or a perimeter of the other of the collar/mating collar. In some embodiments, the collar/mating collar may include interfacing features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Eric Lee, Robert Balsamo
  • Patent number: 8418766
    Abstract: An underwater connection installation (26) and a laying method for connecting a riser and a flexible pipe (22) that are intended for carrying hydrocarbons. A post (28) is attached to a float (20) to suspend the riser (12) below the surface. The post (28) supports a gooseneck shape pipe (54) that has a bent-over outlet free end (58) ending in a first coupling (60). A coupling end piece (32) mounted on the flexible pipe (22) includes a second coupling (86). The coupling end piece (32) and the post (28) define mechanical guides including complementary frustoconical rings (64, 84). The driving of the coupling end piece (32) and of the bent-over free end (58) toward each other causes the frustoconical rings (64, 84) to engage one another to bring about coaxial alignment of the couplings (60, 86).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Technip France
    Inventor: Ange Luppi
  • Publication number: 20130020795
    Abstract: A pipe coupling assembly for preventing longitudinal movement of first and second coupling rings disposed on first and second pipe sections is provided. The pipe coupling assembly includes a first clamping assembly disposed around a portion of an outer surface of the first pipe section and to abut against the first coupling ring. The pipe coupling assembly further includes a second clamping assembly disposed around a portion of an outer surface of the second pipe section and to abut against the second coupling ring. The pipe coupling assembly further includes a first threaded shaft coupled to both the first clamping assembly and the second clamping assembly to prevent longitudinal movement of the first and second clamping assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPANY OF NEW YORK, INC.
    Inventor: Natalino Giraldi
  • Patent number: 8353745
    Abstract: An apparatus for the extraction of gases has a flexible duct with an interior therein, a polymeric support extending in the interior of the flexible duct, a first anchor that secures an end of the polymeric support, a second anchor that secures an end of the flexible duct, and a duct connector. The first anchor secures the end of the polymeric support to the duct connector. The second anchor secures the end of the flexible duct to the duct connector. The polymeric support is elongated. The polymeric support has a taper and a thickness suitable for holding the flexible duct in a fixed position. The polymeric support is formed of a polycarbonate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Bryan Rossnagel
  • Patent number: 8348647
    Abstract: A scroll type compressor includes a fixed scroll having a suction opening, a movable scroll, a hermetically sealed container having an upper cap, and a suction pipe that penetrates through the upper cap and is engagedly fitted through an O ring in the suction opening of the fixed scroll at a lower portion thereof. The upper cap includes a pipe stand formed of iron at a suction-pipe penetrating portion thereof. The suction pipe comprises an iron lower suction member that is engagedly fitted in the suction opening of the fixed scroll and an O-ring groove in which the O ring is fitted, and a copper upper suction member that is joined to the lower suction member by brazing and engagedly fitted in the pipe stand. The upper suction member and the pipe stand are joined to each other by brazing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunori Kiyokawa, Satoshi Iitsuka, Kazuyoshi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8256800
    Abstract: A pipe coupling support having a substantially rigid body with an inner surface formed to mate with at least a portion of the exterior surface of a pipe coupling installed on pipe. In many cases, the exterior surface of the installed pipe coupling will be non-cylindrical. For example, when pipes of differing diameters or pipes manufactured from different materials must be joined with commonly available pliable couplings. In this instance the inner surface of the body of the pipe coupling support may be formed to mate with a majority of or substantially the entire exterior surface of the installed pipe coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Onset Pipe Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin G. Ward
  • Publication number: 20120169040
    Abstract: A ferrule arrangement for use in sealing connections to gas chromatography columns includes a generally tubular metal ferrule with an axial bore to receive a fracturable column with a protective coating. The ferrule has a forward part that tapers to a tip region of the ferrule. A generally tubular former has a socket portion to receive the ferrule and further has an internal conical surface that, after such receipt, engages the forward part of the ferrule. A portion is provided on either or both of said ferrule and the former by which the ferrule and former may be directly or indirectly relatively moved together by application of finger force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: SGE ANALYTICAL SCIENCE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Brett Russell Barnett, Peter Alexander Dawes
  • Patent number: 8181997
    Abstract: A water hose connector assembly has a main body, an elastic snapper seat, a sleeve and a pipe locking ring. A plurality of oblique guide blocks are formed on a tubular portion of the main body. The oblique guide blocks have an oblique guide surface. An elastic snapper seat has a C-shaped chassis and a plurality of elastic claws. The chassis is received in slots at a bottom of the oblique guide blocks. Elastic pushers are formed onto an inner wall of the sleeve and aligned with the oblique guide blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Hsin-Fa Wang
  • Publication number: 20120025517
    Abstract: A stabilizing collar which is adapted to fasten to a drain pipe for stabilizing a drain and a stabilized drain and pipe assembly including drain having a receptacle body wherein the collar is adapted to fasten to the pipe at a location below the floor surface. The drain includes a receptacle including a plurality of downwardly opening bosses and the collar includes a plurality of bosses and at least one support member is adapted to be received within the bosses to stabilize the receptacle body relative to the stabilizing collar and the floor. Engagement members cooperate with adjustment members to adjust the diameter of the collar with respect to the pipe. The receptacle body is attached to the pipe and the support members are adjusted so that they contact the receptacle body and therefore provide support to keep the receptacle body at the same slope as the floor level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: ZURN INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chistopher A. Majocka, Douglas R. Wroblewski, Mark A. Marini, David Gomo
  • Publication number: 20110304133
    Abstract: A connector for gas piping for detachably connecting gas tubes (T) corresponding to mating pipes (54) provided in a mating connector (50) is provided with a housing main body (10) connectable to the mating connector (50), a sub-connector (30) provided in the housing main body (10), joint pipes (32) connectable to the mating pipes (54) and having the gas tubes (T) connected thereto, and an engaging mechanism for holding the sub-connector (30) and the housing main body (10) in an engaged state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Shinoda
  • Patent number: 8038175
    Abstract: A support assembly for supporting a flexible duct includes a radius strap for maintaining the desired angle of bend for the flexible duct. The radius strap retains its shape through ribs along the back side of the strap. The assembly is secured at both ends to the flexible duct via arms branching off of cross pieces which branch off from the radius strap. The arms contain slots which allow varying connection devices to pass through and across indentations at the ends of the ribs to secure the flexible duct to the assembly itself and to varying pieces of HVAC equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Dale J. Crook
  • Patent number: 8028439
    Abstract: A clothes dryer bearing structure has an arcuate channel for receiving the open end of a dryer drum. The channel has an inner wall portion, a base wall portion extending radially outward from the inner wall portion and an outer wall portion extending from the base wall portion. A gasket is positioned in the channel in contact with the dryer drum. The outer wall portion has a plurality of spaced apart elongated clips formed on the outer wall portion and curving back into the channel. At least one of the outer wall portion and the base wall portion has a plurality of elongated bumps protruding into the channel. Each of the elongated bumps is interspaced between the elongated clips whereby the gasket lies serpentinely in the channel ascending over bumps and descending below the clips to prevent slippage of the gasket along the channel during dryer drum rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Mabe Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel Prajescu
  • Publication number: 20110227331
    Abstract: A tubular connector system is disclosed for joining two pipe ends. The pipe ends are joined without the necessity of rotating the pipe ends. A special coupling has opposing tapered ends. Each of the tapered ends slopes inwardly from an inner extent to an outer extent thereof to thereby form a respective mouth opening of the body. Each tapered end of the coupling has a specially contoured surface which is made up of a series of alternating helical spline wedges. The wedges are oppositely tapered from an inner extent to an outer extent thereof, whereby the helical spline wedges form an alternating series of lands and grooves on the body as viewed from the respective mouth openings. The two opposing pipe ends have mating engagement surfaces which engage and mate with the contoured surfaces of the coupling as one pipe end is pushed toward the other during assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: Gandy Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Kris L. Church
  • Patent number: 8001988
    Abstract: A method according to this invention employs a set of valves, a series of pressure checks, and a physical stop for verifying the closing of a locking system of a cylindrical passageway. The method may also employ an equalization piping. The valves isolate a tapping machine, a pipeline, and the equalization piping from one another so that product cannot flow from one to the other. The valves are then opened as a series of pressure checks are performed. A completion plug is then lowered into the passageway until the plug comes to rest within the passageway and is oriented so that a locking ring of the plug is in a filly expanded position. The expanded position is then confirmed by raising the plug until its upward travel is restricted. The plug is then released and pressure above the plug is reduced to 0 psi gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: TDW Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Buddy A. Wilson, Randy B. Billington, Bruce W. Bingham, Tony R. Garrison, Mark A. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20110181037
    Abstract: An alignment clamp (10) for aligning a pair of tubular members (16, 18) in a fixed, end to end relationship includes a clamp member (12) having a longitudinal axis (A), and a substantially annular interior surface (26) facing the longitudinal axis. The interior surface (26) includes a discontinuous raised surface (33) and at least one radial gap (34) between portions of the raised surface. At least one indicator key (14) is disposed on the at least one radial gap (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: International Engine Intellectual Property Company LLC
    Inventors: Gregory A. Griffin, Kevin Benoit
  • Publication number: 20110169259
    Abstract: A tube fitting assembly is provided that includes a tube having a laterally outwardly extending flange formed adjacent an end thereof and a nipple portion between the flange and the end of the tube. A sealing member is disposed on and circumscribes the nipple portion of the tube. A gland nut is provided that includes an opening therethrough to receive the tube. The gland nut is adapted to be releasably coupled to a coupling member. The coupling member includes a counter bore formed therein to receive the sealing member and the nipple portion of the tube, wherein the gland nut abuts the flange of the tube to substantially secure the sealing member and the nipple portion within the counter bore to form a substantially fluid tight seal between the tube and the coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Jörg Schulze