External Clamp Or Holder Patents (Class 285/242)
  • Patent number: 11598451
    Abstract: A manifold system with a manifold body having a length greater than a width and a height of the manifold body, a top surface with a first groove extending along a length of the manifold body, a bottom surface with a second groove extending along a length of the manifold body, at least one mounting hole extending through one of a first side surface or a second side surface of the manifold body and through one of the first groove or the second groove, a plurality of connection fittings including at least one connection fitting on each of the first and second side surfaces of the manifold body, at least one internal passage way within the manifold body fluidly connecting at least two of the plurality of connection fittings, and at least one fastening element removably engaged within the at least one mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Haldex Brake Products Corporation
    Inventors: Victor J. Raye, Jerry J. Donovan
  • Patent number: 11565196
    Abstract: A base station (1) and a bioprocess system (3), wherein said base station (1) comprises: a frame or housing (5), wherein said frame or housing comprises a number of valves (7a-f, 9a-d, 11a-f, 13a-e, 15a-f) into which a disposable tubing set (21) during run of the system is provided such that at least one inlet (23a-j) of the disposable tubing set is connected to at least one outlet (25a-f) of the disposable tubing set via a bioprocess separation device (31) of the bioprocess system (3); a movable pump holding device (35), which can be provided in at least two different positions, whereof one is within the frame or housing (5) and another is at least partly outside the frame or housing (5) and which comprises at least one pump main body (37), said pump mainbody comprising a connection (39) configured for connecting to a disposable pump connection part (27) comprised in the disposable tubing set (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Cytiva Sweden AB
    Inventors: Anna Karlin, Jan-Erik Lynga, Mike Peters, Fredrik Lundstrom, Mats Rimmo
  • Patent number: 11541581
    Abstract: A compression collar is manufactured for reinforcing an interference fit between an end of a pipe and a fitting. A precursor form is injection molded using a cold-expansion material. The precursor form has a tubular body with an initially closed axial end and a bore initially blind formed in the other axial end. Material is removed from the initially closed axial end to form an opening that connects to the bore thereby forming the compression collar. The opening has an inner periphery with a profile in axial cross section that is different than any profile in axial cross section of an inner periphery of the bore. The collar formed lacks knitlines and includes tabs which help to position the collar on a pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Gary L. Runyan
  • Patent number: 11543065
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for manufacturing compression collars for reinforcing sealed connections between a length of piping and a plumbing fitting. Specifically, compression collars and related methods of making include extruding a hollow tube having one or more ridges which are then partially removed or trimmed to provide positioning tabs on one end of the compression collar. The compression collars can be cut to the desired length from the extruded hollow tube. In this way, compression collars with features for enhancing the strength and reliability of an interference fit, as well as their ease of use, can be manufactured rapidly with little material waste through modifications to the extrusion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Gary L. Runyan
  • Patent number: 11441713
    Abstract: A connection clamping device comprising two halves which are arranged to be connected and locked to each other by a locking mechanism around the a flexible tube, such that the flexible tube is compressed by a rib provided on the inner circumference of the connection clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Global Life Sciences Solutions USA LLC
    Inventor: Ralph Stankowski
  • Patent number: 11333281
    Abstract: A hose fitting is provided to fluidly couple a hose to a component of a boat engine. The hose fitting includes a lead in portion having a substantially smooth exterior surface, a barbed portion with multiple barbs configured to sealingly engage with an inner liner of the hose, a grip portion with multiple substantially flat grip faces; and a terminating portion configured to couple to the component of the boat engine. The lead in portion, the barbed portion, the grip portion, and the terminating portion collectively define a central flow passage extending through the hose fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jody A. Peterson, Peter P. Grinwald, Michael A. Torgerud, Robert W. Egleston
  • Patent number: 11215303
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastics pipeline comprising at least one pipeline end (1) and at least one support ring (2). It was the underlying object of the invention to improve a plastics pipeline of the type described at the outset in such a way that the support sleeve or the support ring (2) remains firmly connected to the pipeline even in the event of the plastics pipeline being stored in the presence of high air humidity and temperature. This object is achieved by virtue of the fact that the blow molded pipe section (1) runs through the support ring (2) and, as viewed radially, is pressed from the inside outward against the support ring (2), wherein the pipe section (1) engages around the support ring (2), such that the support ring (2), with its outer surface, and the pipe section (1), with its outer surface, are substantially in alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: ContiTech MGW GmbH
    Inventors: Viktor Becker, Harald Kreidner, Hartmut Brill
  • Patent number: 10710137
    Abstract: A method of making a hose connection for a hose, including at least the following steps of processing of a metal sheet: drawing for the creation of a semi-processed axially hollow cylindrical piece having a base end and a top end; opening of the base end of the semi-processed piece; forming of an external flange of the semi-processed piece; and forming by a mould of a terminal section of the semi-processed piece comprising the base end for the creation of at least one tooth of hooking to the hose, the mould subjecting the terminal section of the semi-processed piece to an axial compression of a magnitude such as to generate on the terminal section of the semi-finished piece a plastic deformation of radial expansion through which the terminal section shapes to the surfaces of the mould.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BREMBOFLEX S.P.A.
    Inventor: Ambrogio Zanchi
  • Patent number: 10682706
    Abstract: A method, a component part of an end fitting and a preformed member for manufacturing a component part of an end fitting are disclosed. The method comprises the steps of, via an additive process, providing a near net shape (NNS) precursor corresponding to a component part of an end fitting layer-by-layer and subsequently performing at least one post NNS processing operation on the NNS precursor to provide the component part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Richard Clements, John Gerard Rafferty, Paul Snowdon
  • Patent number: 10617486
    Abstract: A manual retraction tool for use with a surgical tool assembly of a surgical device includes a shaft, a rotation mechanism, and a trigger. The shaft is dimensioned to be inserted into a rotational connector of a surgical tool assembly and to effect rotation of the connector upon rotation of the shaft. The rotation mechanism configured to rotatably support the shaft. The trigger is operably connected to the rotation mechanism such that when the trigger is actuated from a first position to a second position, the rotation mechanism rotates the shaft about a longitudinal axis in a first direction to effect rotation of the rotational connector of the surgical tool assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Earl Zergiebel, Pawel Abramek
  • Patent number: 10458580
    Abstract: A hose clip includes a clip band and a clamping device. A receiving region is configured between axial edge regions of the clip band. The receiving region extends radially outwardly and in the circumferential direction. The receiving region is interrupted in the region of the clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NORMA Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Detlef Henrich, Mathias Krauß
  • Patent number: 10253762
    Abstract: An easily assembled inflator has a cylinder, a piston rod, a piston, an assembled seal cover and a sleeve. Because the assembled seal cover has at least two cover segments, the cover segments can be mounted around the piston rod by being connected together radially. Then the piston does not interfere with the cover segments and the sequence of the assembly of the piston and the assembled seal cover is not limited, as well. Thus, the assembly is more convenient and flexible. Besides, because the assembled seal cover has multiple cover segments, the whole assembled seal cover can bear more stress and has more room to be deformed. Then the assembled seal cover is not damaged and broken easily when pushed in to the cylinder. To sum up, the inflator as mentioned above is easy to be assembled and is not damaged easily during the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Jiao Hsiung Industry Corp.
    Inventor: Keng-Fong Chu
  • Patent number: 10194855
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for measurement of flow rate of cerebrospinal fluid in a conduit are provided. The apparatus comprises a heating element mounted on the conduit, the heating element arranged for heating the CSF flowing through the conduit for generating bubbles. The apparatus further comprises two optical sensing devices mounted sequentially on the conduit and downstream from the heating element. The first optical sensing device and the second optical sensing device are separated by a predetermined device interval. Both the first and the second optical sensing devices comprise an optical emitter and an optical detector. The apparatus further comprises a processing device coupled to the optical sensing devices, wherein the signals from the optical sensing devices are transmitted to the processing device for detection of bubbles, resulting in the detection of the flow velocity. The bubble size can be optimized by applying ultrasonic waves or thermal energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
    Inventors: Gaurav Ravi Sharma, Tarkeshwar Chandrakant Patil, Siddhartha Prakash Duttagupta, Shreyas Shyamsunder, Javed Yunus Sheikh
  • Patent number: 9980730
    Abstract: A loading unit includes a shell assembly and a locking collar. The shell assembly has an annular ring that defines a locking slot and a proximal opening. The proximal opening configured to receive a distal end portion of the surgical instrument. The locking collar is rotatably disposed about the annular ring. The locking collar has a body including a flexible tab that has an inwardly extending lock. The locking collar is moveable about the annular ring between a locked and unlocked configuration. In the locked configuration, the lock passes through the locking slot and into the proximal opening of the annular ring. In the unlocked configuration, the body of the locking collar is rotated about the annular ring from the locked configuration to move the lock from within the proximal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Anthony Sgroi
  • Patent number: 9869413
    Abstract: A clamping ring that presses an end of a pipe against a connecting piece by back shrinkage. The clamping ring comprises a body comprising a plastic material having memory properties. The body has a first end to be positioned at a distance from the end of the pipe and a second end to be positioned close to the end of the pipe. The body of the clamping ring has a first position at the first end or at the distance from the first end having a first radial wall thickness. The body of the clamping ring has at least one second position between the first position and the second end such that the body of the clamping ring has a second radial wall thickness at the second position. The second radial wall thickness is smaller than the first radial wall thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Uponor Innovation Ab
    Inventors: Jyri Laakso, Mika Savolainen
  • Patent number: 9803786
    Abstract: The press fitting for a pipe, is provided with a fitting body which has a supporting sleeve with a free end and a pressing sleeve. The pressing sleeve is held substantially concentrically with respect to the supporting sleeve by means of at least one spacer element arranged at the holding end of the pressing sleeve. I the region of the holding end of the pressing sleeve, the fitting body has a locking depression or a locking projection. At the holding end, the cylindrical wall of the pressing sleeve has at least one opening through which a locking element extends to the axial fitting of the pressing sleeve to the fitting body, wherein the locking element projects into the locking depression of the fitting body and ends in the depression, or the locking element engages around or behind the locking projection of the fitting body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Uponor Innovation AB
    Inventors: Marcus Bohl, Bernd Kaufmann, Thomas Kern-Emmerich
  • Patent number: 9789030
    Abstract: Skin port connectors for use as part of a percutaneous gastrostomy tube assembly and methods for connecting such a device to such an assembly are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Aspire Bariatrics, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven E. Wojcik
  • Patent number: 9662595
    Abstract: A method for making a liquid-chromatography apparatus includes inserting two inner conduits into an intermediate tube, inserting the intermediate tube into an outer tube, forming a proximal seal between the intermediate tube and at least one of the inner conduits, and forming a distal seal between the intermediate tube and at least one of the inner conduits. A liquid-chromatography apparatus includes an outer tube, an intermediate tube disposed in the outer tube, two inner conduits disposed in the intermediate tube, a proximal seal between the intermediate tube and at least one of the inner conduits, and a distal seal between the intermediate tube and at least one of the inner conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher C. Benevides, Keith Fadgen, Michael Lavallee, Anthony Jeannotte
  • Patent number: 9599079
    Abstract: A motor vehicle assembly unit having a connector, in particular a quick connector, and having a motor vehicle fluid line, wherein the connector includes an insertion end for inserting the fluid line, wherein there is a securing spike on the insertion end, which is encompassed by an outer sleeve. An annular insertion space for the fluid line or a fluid line end of the fluid line is disposed between the securing spike and the outer sleeve. The outer sleeve is connected to the securing spike by means of at least one break-away element, that breaks when the fluid line is inserted in the annular insertion space, such that the outer sleeve can be slid onto the securing spike, or further slid onto the securing spike from, or with, the fluid line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TI Automotive (Fuldabrück) GmbH
    Inventors: Iris Barthel, Alexander Bol, Hans Jensen
  • Patent number: 9441769
    Abstract: A conduit fitting of the type having first and second threaded fitting components and at least one conduit gripping device, further includes a stroke limiting member that allows the fitting to be pulled up by applying a predetermined torque. In one embodiment, the stroke limiting member may be a non-integral torque collar. Alternatively, the fitting may also be pulled up by turns or may have an integral torque collar. In still another embodiment, a stroke limiting member is provided that may be used to enable a fitting that is designed to be pulled up by turns to also be pulled up by torque. In other embodiments, the non-integral torque collar may be installed onto one of the fitting components, and then deformed so as to prevent or make it more difficult to remove the torque collar after installation onto the fitting component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Peter C. Williams, Cal R. Brown, Mark A. Clason, Dale C. Arstein
  • Patent number: 9435469
    Abstract: A mechanical coupling for joining pipe elements has segments joined end to end, each segment having a pocket of varying depth for receiving a ring gasket. The varying depth of the pocket is used to control the distortion of the ring gasket between a round shape and a non-round shape when the segments are arranged in spaced apart relation around the ring gasket, the spacing between the segments being sufficient to permit insertion of the pipe elements without disassembly of the coupling. Notches in the projections which engage the pipe elements facilitate insertion of pipe elements and provide for a compact coupling design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: Philip W. Bancroft, Frank J. Cygler, III, Douglas R. Dole
  • Patent number: 9353957
    Abstract: A refrigerant distribution unit for an air conditioner, includes: a pipe unit for distributing a refrigerant from a refrigerant pipe on an outdoor unit to branch refrigerant pipes on indoor units; and a main body including: upper and lower seal case which include first edge portions around the upper seal case and second edge portions around the lower seal case, and engage the second edge portions with the first edge portions for sealing an inside of the first and second seal cases to store the pipe unit; upper and lower insulator cases for covering the upper and lower seal cases; and upper and lower case constituting a contour of the refrigerant distribution unit. The pipe unit is fixed to a pipe mounting portion of the upper seal case using a pipe holder and a pipe hanging bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventors: Shun Matsuura, Haruki Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9259238
    Abstract: A balloon trocar includes a cannula assembly including a cannula and an outer sleeve fitting over the cannula. The distal end of the outer sleeve is proximal to the distal end of the cannula. A balloon is coupled to a distal portion of the sleeve and a distal portion of the cannula. The outer surface of the cannula includes a plurality of longitudinal channels for transmitting gas or fluid to the balloon. A bolster having a gel pad at its distal portion is slidably mounted to the cannula assembly and may be locked in a desired position. In use, the trocar is inserted into an incision through a body wall and into a body cavity. The balloon is inflated and the cannula assembly pulled proximally against the incision while the bolster is slid distally to the body wall and locked in place to seal the incision with the compressed balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Albrecht, Gigi Au, Eric Nguyen, Donald L. Gadberry, John R. Brustad, Gary M. Johnson, Charles C. Hart
  • Patent number: 9078678
    Abstract: An ablation probe and method of manufacturing the ablation probe are provided. The probe comprises a probe shaft and a unibody electrode element. The unibody electrode element comprises a common electrode base located at the distal end of the shaft, and a plurality of electrode tines distally extending from the electrode base. The electrode element may be created by forming divisions (such as slits or slots) from a first end of an electrically conductive elongate member towards an opposing second end of the elongate member. Alternatively, the divisions can be formed from a first end of an electrically conductive sheet towards an opposing second end of the sheet, and then bent or rolled to form the elongate member. In either case, the common electrode base can either be separately mounted to a probe shaft, or the probe shaft can be formed from the elongate member, in which case, the electrode base will be integrated with the probe shaft as a unibody structure. The electrode tines can be optionally shaped, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Zerfas, Steve Pickett, James A. Teague, Martin G. Donofrio
  • Patent number: 9073078
    Abstract: A member joint, in which a great rotating force is inevitably transmitted to a union nut connecting two members at the time of relatively rotating both the members, is structured such as to reliably carry out corotation prevention of the union nut, without complicating fixation of the nut and releasing of the fixation and without causing enlargement in size and deterioration of durability of a connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaho Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinari Imagawa, Naruki Yukura
  • Patent number: 9027966
    Abstract: A fitting, particularly for connecting two pipes, comprising: a support sleeve (1), having a first connection segment (11a) at a first end, and having a second connection segment at an opposite second end, wherein at least the first connection segment (11a) is formed so that a pipe segment (70) can be pushed onto it and having a middle segment (12) disposed between the first and the second connection segment (11a, 11b), wherein the middle segment (12) comprises a fixing element (32, 34) extending at least partially around the support sleeve and having a separable ring element (20) having an inner diameter substantially corresponding to an outer diameter of the middle segment (12) and designed for being placed on the support sleeve (1) and being retained by the fixing element (32, 34) in the middle segment (12) in a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Uponor Innovation Ab
    Inventors: Maik Altmann, Rainer Dittmar, Mika Savolainen
  • Patent number: 8925510
    Abstract: An air induction system for an engine of a vehicle, comprising of a conduit configured to convey intake air to the engine; and a fitting arranged at an inlet end of the conduit, the fitting formed from a different material than the conduit, the fitting configured to interface with a structural support element of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Randall Alan Stec, Michael R. Miller, Ha To Chung
  • Publication number: 20140338705
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a magnetic duct cleaning hose clamp for attaching an airflow hose to a HVAC duct to be cleaned. The improved duct cleaning hose clamp includes: a planar clamp base; a plurality of magnets arranged around the periphery of the back surface of the clamp base; a compressible sealing member located between the magnetic attachment pads on the back surface of the clamp base; at least one handle portion extending from the front surface of the clamp base; a duct cleaning hose mounting portion protruding from the front surface of the clamp base; and a duct cleaning hose mounting portion defining an airflow aperture which is in fluid communication with a remote HVAC duct cleaning base unit. The present invention further includes magnetic duct access door of similar construction to the clamp. The magnetic access door provides for frequent access to a variety of different kinds of duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Alex Vasquez
  • Patent number: 8888138
    Abstract: A hose coupling assembly is described that includes a nipple section for retaining a flexible hose where the hose is crimped between the nipple section and a socket. A tubular sleeve covers a portion of the nipple section known as the nipple extension section and the sleeve is attached to the nipple section so as to cover at least one aperture formed in the nipple section such that the sleeve is forced outward towards the socket when pressurized fluid is introduced into the hose coupling assembly which increases the compression force on the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Michael Lefere
  • Patent number: 8888139
    Abstract: A pressure tight, high pressure metal hose fitting is provided for a corrugated metal hose formed from metal tube having the fitting crimped permanently to the end of the hose. The fitting includes a first end with a stem which has threading to be coupled to an appropriate fitting surface. The fitting also has a second end adapted to be received within the hose. A sealing gasket is disposed on the second end of the fitting. A clamshell element is disposed above and about the fitting and the hose. The fitting includes projections which are adapted to be received in the clamshell assembly. A crimping ferrule is placed above and about the clamshell and is crimped to compress the clamshell about the fitting and hose and causes the sealing gasket to form a pressure tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: American BOA Incorporated
    Inventor: William Hunter
  • Patent number: 8888141
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for use with a wire-reinforced elastomeric hose member includes a stem member defining at least one groove and the groove includes first and second walls, a bottom portion and a pair of shoulder portions separated by a width and a shell member at least partially enclosing said stem member and defining at least one axially extending barb member. The barb member includes a tip portion having first and second edge portions. The tip of the barb member is sized relative to the shoulders in said groove to transfer force developed by deflection of the reinforcement wire to compress a liner of the hose at the shoulders through the barb edge portions corresponding to a swaged state of the shell and stem members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Eric D. Menor
  • Patent number: 8870237
    Abstract: A fitting for coupling with a pipe in a sour environment includes a coupling body, a ring positioned to fit over an end of the coupling body, a main seal formed on an inner surface of the coupling body, a transition section positioned adjacent the main seal, an inboard seal formed on an inner surface of the coupling body, and an outboard seal formed on an inner surface of the coupling body. The transition section is formed as an indentation on the inner surface of the coupling body and has a first portion with a first diameter and a second portion with a second diameter, with the first diameter being greater than the second diameter. When the ring is fitted over the at least one end of the coupling body via force, the ring and coupling body apply a coupling force to the main seal, the outboard seal and the inboard seal to connect the pipe to the coupling body in a non-leaking manner. The fitting is made of a low alloy carbon steel material. The main seal includes a first seal, a second seal, and a third seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lokring Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Mark John Sindelar
  • Patent number: 8870232
    Abstract: The disclosure includes the combination of a flexible rubber tube with annular corrugations and a coupling device for connecting the tube to a fitting. The device includes a latch secured to an end of the tube and a catch associated with the fitting. When the latch is engaged with the catch, the device forces the specially shaped flat annular side wall of the forward most corrugation into surface-to-surface contact with an annular end face of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Crushproof Tubing Company
    Inventors: Vance M. Kramer, Jr., Jonathan O. Rodebaugh
  • Publication number: 20140300101
    Abstract: A clamp guide for joining a flexible hose to a rigid, hollow shaft has an arced first bump for interfacing with a head bead of at least two beads of the rigid, hollow shaft and has two legs. The legs extend from ends of the arced first bump, each having at least one bump aligned with subsequent beads of the at least two beads thereby forming registration areas between adjacent bumps. At least one lateral support extends from at least one of the legs at an edge of the legs at the registration area. Each of the lateral supports has a shape of a segment of a cylinder having an inner diameter approximately equal to an outer diameter of the flexible hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Larry F. Bobenhausen
  • Patent number: 8802905
    Abstract: A unique, integrated non-obvious pathway to convert biomass to biofuels using integration of chemical processes is described herein. The present invention is simple, direct, and provides for the shortest or minimum path between biomass and transportation fuels with alcohols as intermediates, while avoiding hydrogen use during processing. Furthermore, the present invention allows the manufacture of “drop-in” substitutable fuels to be used as-is without modifications instead of conventional petroleum based fuels. The processing described herein is done under mild conditions, under relatively low pressures and temperatures, and under non-corrosive conditions obviating use of special equipment or materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignees: The Texas A&M University System, Byogy Renewables, Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud M. El-Halwagi, Kenneth R. Hall, Harold Dennis Spriggs
  • Patent number: 8757929
    Abstract: A hose splicing system comprises a first clamping tool and a hose fitting adapter. The first clamping tool includes a first clamp member and a second clamp member. An inner surface of at least one of the first clamp member and the second clamp member includes a recess configured to receive an end of a hose. In addition, the first clamping tool includes a hinge coupled to the second clamp member. Further, the first clamping tool includes a lock member pivotally coupled to the first clamp member. The hose fitting adapter has a central axis, a first end configured to be inserted into the end of the hose, a second end configured to releasably connect to a rigid hose end connector, and a through bore extending axially from the first end to the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Javier Gutierrez, John Douglas Hughes, Stuart Douglas Partridge
  • Patent number: 8727386
    Abstract: A connecting device for connecting a hose in a fluid-conveying system including a nipple and a compression sleeve. The nipple has a rotation-symmetrical hose-receiving section and, at a distance therefrom, an anti-twist section that is configured in a non-circular manner, at least after a connection has been established between said hose and the nipple. The compression sleeve is configured to extend over the hose-receiving section and over the anti-twist section. The compression sleeve is further configured for a positive-locking engagement with respect to a relative rotation in the anti-twist section. The anti-twist section is configured as a non-circular deformation of at least part of the nipple. A method for establishing an anti-twist connection between a nipple and a hose using a compression sleeve is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Fluid Power GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Koch
  • 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: 8662541
    Abstract: A fitting connectable to an end portion of a pipe generally includes an insert member configured to be received at least partly within the end portion of the pipe, a retention member coupled to the insert member and configured to be received at least partly within the end portion of the pipe, and a sealing member carried by the insert member adjacent the retention member. The retention member and seal engage the end portion of the pipe to help frictionally secure and seal the end portion of the pipe on the insert member when the insert member is received at least partly within the end portion of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas A. King, Duane K. Smith, Douglas L. Kirk
  • Patent number: 8662542
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a barb clamp for fluid connection to a flexible tube, the flexible tube having an inner bore defined by a predetermined inner diameter for providing a fluid flow path. The barb clamp includes a barb connector having the same predetermined inner diameter as the flexible tube and a tapered end insertable into the tube. A sleeve and collet lock over the tubing and barb connector to prevent liquid material entering between the barb and tube. The tapered end of the barb connector terminates at a point so that there is no transition between the inner diameter of the tube and the inner diameter of the barb connector to provide no pressure differential in the tube between the outside and inside of the barb clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Albert Werth
  • 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: 8556300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a preassembled media line with a line connector, composed of a connector body with a connecting portion to which a media line is connected, and with a coupling portion for sealed connection to a mating coupling part. In this arrangement, the media line is provided with a heating wire and said heating wire is continued from the connector body and the media line, when connected, in such a manner that it is arranged at least partially on the coupling portion. The connector body and the media line are surrounded at the end by a housing formed, in particular, from housing shells, the sealing function and a retaining function being divided between the housing and the connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Marco Isenburg, Frank Peters, Michele Stelluto, Josef Brandt, Sascha Rosenfeldt, Adrian Klehr
  • Patent number: 8528942
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a quick-fit connection for pipes comprising a body having at least one spigot, which extends around a longitudinal axis, suitable for being at least partially inserted in the pipe, and a blocking element, suitable for working on the outside of the pipe and for cooperating with the body so as to keep the spigot engaged in the pipe. The blocking element comprises at least one annular blocking body, which identifies a passage section for the pipe and which comprises blocking teeth extending radially internally to interfere with the pipe. Moreover, the blocking element is removable from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Vincenza Giordano
  • Publication number: 20130216889
    Abstract: Hose made from an elastic material, which is designed to be fitted on a hose connection by means of a hose endpiece of the hose being pushed over the hose connection, and which is designed to be fastened on the hose connection by a hose clip to be arranged in a fitting region of the hose endpiece, wherein the hose endpiece has at least one thickened area which protrudes from the outer side of the hose, said thickeded area protruding from the outer side of the hose at least to such an extent that a hose clip suitable for fastening the hose on the hose connection is held on the hose endpiece by the thickened area, with respect to the influence of gravity when this is effective in the longitudinal direction of the hose endpiece. The invention further relates to a hose having at least two branch-off points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Ralf Joswig, Martin Wiegmann, Helge Brenner
  • Publication number: 20130214528
    Abstract: The present invention provides a line assembly having a junction part, hose connection piece and a hose-line attached and fastened to the hose connection piece. The hose connection piece has, at its free front end, a sealing portion with a circumferentially smooth sealing surface that is free of molding seams. Thereafter, the hose connection piece includes a holding portion. The hose-line is clamped radially over its circumference by two clamps located in in two axially spaced regions of its attached end, specifically, in a region of the sealing portion and in a region of the holding portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Reiner Mitterer, Bernd Steinbach, Ulrich Erb, Ulrich Hiltemann
  • Patent number: 8485562
    Abstract: A coupling for a suction line having a corrugated outer surface defining a valley between the corrugations used in connection with an emergency vehicle, the coupler comprising a collar having an inner surface, an internal projection formed on the inner surface of the collar and adapted to be received in the valley of the suction lines to restrict axial movement of the suction line relative to the collar, a receiver formed in the collar axially outward of the internal projection, a shank having a first portion adapted to he inserted within the suction line and a second portion extending outward of the first portion, wherein the second portion is adapted to attach the hose shank to the emergency vehicle, a flange extending radially outward between the first portion and the second portion, and a fastener adapted to selectively extend from the receiver radially inward relative to the flange when located axially outward of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Red Head Brass, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Zerrer
  • Publication number: 20130154257
    Abstract: A hose coupling for attaching to the end of a hydraulic hose includes a shell member positioned about the free end of the hydraulic hose. A body member includes a first end and a second end. The second end of the body member is inserted through the shell member and into the inner diameter of the hydraulic hose. An encapsulated fastener is rotatably and slidably disposed about the body member and positioned between the first end and the shell member. The first end has a flange portion having a diameter greater than the diameter of the body member and contains a groove for receiving an o-ring. The o-ring is adapted for sealing connection to a hydraulic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: David Ault
  • Patent number: 8393647
    Abstract: A transition coupling system for use with a dual containment pipe which includes an inner primary pipe and an outer secondary pipe with an interstitial space therebetween, the transition coupling comprising. The transition coupling includes an inner body configured to engage an inner surface of the primary pipe and an outer body configured to engage an outer surface of the secondary pipe. The outer body includes at least two releasably attachable portions, at least one of which is movable relative to the other in a radial direction thereof. The inner body and the outer body are configured to define a gap therebetween when coupled to the piping system such that the gap is generally sealed and in communication with the interstitial space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin A. Webster, John C. Baier, Jeromy E. Higgins
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130043674
    Abstract: A pipe/hose connection includes a pipe/hose end attached exterior to a pipe socket, and a clamp securing the pipe/hose end on the pipe socket. The pipe/hose end has a radially inwardly protruding, circumferential first ring collar, and the pipe socket has an outwardly protruding circumferential second ring collar. The second circumferential ring collar extends along a first plane that is perpendicular to a longitudinal center axis of the pipe socket, whereas the first circumferential ring collar intersects at least at two locations with a second plane that is perpendicular to a longitudinal center axis of the pipe/hose end. The two ring collars are then not simultaneously in contact along their entire length when the first ring collar moves across the second ring collar when the pipe/hose end is attached on the pipe socket. The pipe/hose end can be secured on the pipe socket with a clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventor: Ralf Ziegler