Ball And Socket Patents (Class 285/261)
  • Patent number: 10781951
    Abstract: A ball swivel of the configuration typically utilized for pool cleaners includes male and female portions featuring an interposed stopper to minimize an area of engagement between the male and female portions under load, while still sealing and allowing rotational and pivotal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: NC Brands L.P.
    Inventor: Herman Stoltz
  • Patent number: 10774966
    Abstract: Various systems and assemblies that can be utilized with hydraulic and other fluid flow lines are disclosed. According to one embodiment, the present application discloses an assembly that can include a first section, a second section and a third section. The first section can define a first passageway therein to receive and allow for passage of a fluid. The second section can define a second passageway that communicates with the first passageway. The second section and the first section together can form a first ball joint having an internal portion and an external portion. The first ball joint can comprise a moveable coupling between second section and the first section. The third section can define a third passageway that communicates with the second passageway. The third section can telescopically receive the second section therein and can be configured to form a linearly moveable joint between the third section and the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Steel Safe Fluid Power Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Norman Ian Mathers
  • Patent number: 10767772
    Abstract: A seal housing with fluid regulating capability is provided for use with an outlet. The seal housing includes a seal element, a fitting and a valve. The seal element includes an angled flange that is fittable to the outlet and a seal element body from which the angled flange extends. The seal element body defines a bore extending between opposite open ends of the body and receptive of fluid from the outlet. The fitting is configured to tightly engage with the outlet and to urge the angled flange against the outlet with increasing pressure as fitting-outlet engagement proceeds. A valve is constrained within the bore and configured to regulate a flow of the fluid, which is received from the outlet, through the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: James S. Elder
  • Patent number: 10738922
    Abstract: A conduit connection system may have a first coupling connected to a first conduit. The first coupling may have a first undercut. The conduit connection system may also have a second coupling connected to a second conduit. The second coupling may have a second undercut. The conduit connection system may have a clamp. The clamp may have a first projection. The first projection may be configured to be received in the first undercut. The clamp may have a second projection. The second projection may be configured to be received in the second undercut. The conduit connection system may also include a connector. The connector may be configured to engage with the clamp to connect the first coupling and the second coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Carl H. Rempert, Scott Lee Kordonowy, Bryan Rickards, Patrick Considine
  • Patent number: 10704717
    Abstract: An articulating joint for conveying fluid flow includes first and second conduit members forming a fluid flow path therethrough. An annular member is disposed about the outer surface of the first conduit member and has an outer surface forming a convex partial sphere. A retainer is disposed about the first conduit member and has a seal-retaining ring coupled to the second conduit member. An annular seal is disposed between the seal-retaining ring and the partial sphere to retain fluid in the flow path. A drilling mud return line includes a first such articulating joint, and may include a second articulating joint connected end-to-end to the first articulating joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Jayson D. Denham
  • Patent number: 10655767
    Abstract: A pipe adapter includes a first tubular element having a first portion and a second portion axially adjacent the first portion defining a socket. A second tubular element has a first portion and a second portion axially adjacent the first portion, the first portion defining a distal end sized for insertion into the socket and having a radially extending stop. An annular sealing member is located between the first portion of the second tubular element and the second portion of the first tubular element and provides an axial seal therebetween. An annular securing member is rotatably disposed around the first portion of the second tubular element and located within and fixed to the socket. The annular securing member contacts the stop to secure the second tubular element axially relative to the first tubular element while also allowing the second tubular element to rotate relative to the first tubular element and annular securing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: John O. Roper
  • Patent number: 9994989
    Abstract: A ball joint for use within a washing machine suspension system may generally comprise a joint body including a lower portion and an upper portion. The lower portion may define an outer surface having a curved profile. In addition, the joint body may define at least one lubrication inlet port extending between the upper and lower portions and at least one lubrication channel extending circumferentially around at least a portion of the lower portion along the outer surface. The lubrication channel(s) may be in fluid communication with the lubrication inlet port(s) such that, when a lubricant is injected into the lubrication inlet port(s) at the upper portion of the joint body, the lubricant flows from the lubrication inlet port(s) into the lubrication channel(s) and then flows circumferentially within the lubrication channel(s) along the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HAIER US APPLIANCE SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: David John Coxon
  • Patent number: 9970585
    Abstract: This invention differs in design from other flange brackets in its shape and not limited in use as prescribed. The design of this invention differs from existing flange bracket designs in that it uses at least two bisecting section and a two piece assembly design. The “T” formed shape of the metal pieces offers a strength benefit by providing additional and distributed strength along and against the pipe flange. The application of operable fitted bolts tightened with operable nuts increases the strength of the bracket. The ability of the user to install this flange bracket is easily managed without having to cut the flanged pipes. With other repair systems metal pipes have to be cut; bracket installed then pipes reattached usually by welding the pipe or affixing a compression coupler; or with systems having interlaced flanged pieces do not provide the strength along and against a flanged pipe due to their flat construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Anthony Peterson
  • Patent number: 9829199
    Abstract: A flange (28A-C, 28E, 30A-E) with a primary contact surface (29B-C, 31B-D) that is curved (C) in a section plane (P) normal to a direction of the flange around a perimeter (60) of a component. The curve may have a maximum departure (D), from a straight line drawn between the ends (34, 35) of the curve, of at least 5% of a length of the straight line. The curve may be a circular arc with a span angle (A) of at least 40 degrees. The primary contact surface (29C, 31C) may be defined by an annular portion of a torus. Alternately, the primary contact surface (31D) may follow a non-circular perimeter path. A toric or other non-planar flange interface (32A-B) may be formed by mating contact surfaces on first (22, 36) and second (24, 38) components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventor: Clinton A. Mayer
  • Patent number: 9708932
    Abstract: An object is to provide a turbine housing assembly in which reduction of weight, facilitation of manufacture, cost-cutting, and reduction of heat capacity are further promoted compared to a conventional turbine housing made of sheet metal. A turbine housing assembly includes a plurality of constituent members connected to one another to constitute a turbine housing into which a turbine wheel is inserted. The turbine housing assembly at least includes a scroll part 2 and an exhaust part 8 of a tubular shape having a separate body separate from the scroll part 2. The scroll part 2 is formed by processing a single piece of sheet metal so that, on a back face side of a bottom face part 22 of the scroll part 2, a recess portion 22b on which a through-hole of an exhaust gas outlet 2B is formed and a projecting portion 22a formed by a bottom surface of an exhaust gas flow path 2A projecting toward the back face side are formed, the projecting portion 22a surrounding the recess portion 22b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Jinnai, Hiroyuki Arimizu, Koen Kramer
  • Patent number: 9642507
    Abstract: A platform for receiving an upright vacuum cleaner having has a base, a suction hose, a hose connector, and a vacuum hose. The suction hose is in fluid communication with the suction box opening. The hose connector is in fluid communication with the suction hose. The vacuum hose is in fluid connection with the hose connector. A vacuum having a vacuum head may be positioned in the recessed portion of the base with the vacuum head in fluid communication with the suction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ZENITH TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Mark D. Bosses
  • Patent number: 9598981
    Abstract: An integrated single-piece exhaust system (SPEX) with modular construction that facilitates design changes for enhanced aerodynamics, structural integrity or serviceability. The SPEX defines splined or curved exhaust path surfaces, such as a series of cylindrical and frusto-conical sections that mimic curves. The constructed sections may include: (i) a tail cone assembly fabricated from conical sections that taper downstream to a reduced diameter; or (ii) an area-ruled cross section axially aligned with one or more rows of turbine struts; or both features. Modular inner and outer diameter inlet lips enhance transitional flow between the last row blades and the SPEX, as well as enhance structural integrity. Modular strut collars have large radius profiles between the SPEX annular inner diameter and outer diameter flow surfaces, for enhanced airflow and constant thickness walls for uniform heat transfer and thermal expansion. Scalloped mounting flanges enhance structural integrity and longevity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Anil L. Salunkhe, John A. Orosa, Yevgeniy Shteyman, Lijuan Han, Matthew J. Delisa, III, Daniel F. Riveros
  • Patent number: 9394936
    Abstract: A ball joint includes a ball member, a socket member, and a resilient pressing mechanism. The ball member couples with the socket member. The resilient pressing mechanism is positioned between the ball member and the socket member, applying compression to cause the ball member to tightly contact the socket member. The resilient pressing mechanism includes a plurality of springs positioned in parallel between the ball member and the socket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bo Long
  • Patent number: 9364230
    Abstract: A rotary support joint assembly for coupling a first portion of a surgical instrument to a second portion of a surgical instrument. In various forms the joint assembly includes a first annular race in the first portion and a second annular race in the second portion. The second race is configured for substantial registration with the first annular race when the second portion is joined with the first portion. A ring-like bearing is supported within the registered first and second annular races.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 9360141
    Abstract: A pipe connection includes a ball joint having shell parts and pipe connection elements at the ends of the shell parts which face away from each other are to be connected to a respective pipe section. The shell parts surround one another in a contacting manner and define a respective longitudinal center line; they are rotatable relative to one another between an aligned position, in which the longitudinal center lines coincide, and a rotated position, in which the longitudinal center lines form an angle which differs from zero. The shell parts together enclose an axial passage which extends between the ends of the shell parts. A sealing element is provided between the outermost and innermost shell part. A lining extends between the outermost shell part and the corresponding pipe connection element. The inner lining surface has a curvature corresponding to that of the outer surface of the innermost shell part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: LEO DYNAMISCHE INVESTERING B.V.
    Inventor: Marco Daniel Menheere
  • Patent number: 9315257
    Abstract: A control rod configuration for adjusting a position of a rotor blade of a helicopter. The control rod configuration includes a control rod which has a bearing eye, adjacent the swash plate, which is penetrated by an axle shaft which has a bearing supported by a bearing bracket. The control rod configuration, which can be simply constructed and is less susceptible to malfunction, has an eccentric with its pivotable bearing in the bearing bracket and which is provided between the bearing bracket and the bearing eye. In addition, a method in which a rotor blade of a helicopter has an assigned control rod which is supported by an axle shaft with a bearing in the bearing bracket which is mounted to the swash plate so as to enable adjustment of the control rod by pivoting the axle shaft during flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Uwe Arnold, Matthias Muller, Jeurgen Goette
  • Patent number: 9157555
    Abstract: An apparatus for extending a pipe through a wall. The apparatus includes a ball joint through which at least one pipe extends, an inner pipe, which extends through the ball joint and through which a fluid material may transfer, a housing unit, which substantially surrounds the ball joint and comprises resin bonding surfaces that that seal the housing unit to the ball joint, and a flange unit, which affixes to the housing unit and comprises resin bonding surfaces that seal the flange unit to a wall. The angle between the longitudinal axis of the inner pipe and a line orthogonal to the wall through which the pipe extends is in the range of between about 0 and 20 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: ICON CONTAINMENT SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Drew P. Henry
  • Publication number: 20150114503
    Abstract: An adjustable drainage coupling includes a housing comprising a first end, a second end, and an inner cavity positioned between the first end and the second end, the second end comprising a securing apparatus, and a drainage apparatus comprising an inlet pipe, an outlet pipe, and a pivoting body fluidly coupled to the inlet pipe and the outlet pipe, the pivoting body configured such that the outlet pipe may pivot with respect to the inlet pipe. The drainage apparatus is positioned such that the pivoting body of the drainage apparatus is enclosed within the inner cavity of the housing, and a locking portion of the outlet pipe is secured to the second end of the housing by the securing apparatus, such that the outlet pipe is secured to the second end of the housing at a desired angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: DC FITTINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Fallot, Daniel Eugene Waites, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Bridget MacKenzie Crawford, Daniel Francis Falls, Christopher Michael Falls
  • Patent number: 9004542
    Abstract: A pipe fastening structure includes an end member attached to an end part of a metal pipe, and a nut for fastening the end member attached to the metal pipe to a counterpart. In the pipe fastening structure, the end member has a first spherical part to be brought into contact with a sealing surface of the counterpart, a second spherical part formed integrally with the first spherical part so as to be in contact with a sliding surface formed in the nut, and a neck continuous with the second spherical part and having the shape of a straight pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sanoh Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Toyoshima, Kazumi Miura, Masakazu Nomura
  • Patent number: 8991876
    Abstract: A connection for the fluid connection of at least one first fluid-conducting, medical-technical system to a second one, a method for connecting at least two fluid-conducting, medical-technical systems, as well as an external medical-technical apparatus and a medical-technical apparatus are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Lauer
  • Patent number: 8944472
    Abstract: An all metal ball and socket joint for connecting two misaligned conduits in fluid-tight communication utilizes a metal seal ring having a substantially conical bore which provides a relatively flush bore profile to fluid flowing through the seal ring. The cone angle of the conical bore is chosen in accordance with the maximum misalignment expected. The seal ring is attached to the nose of the ball member preferably by bolts. Seals are pressure energized by fluid flow. An annular o-ring groove and a pressure port can be provided to allow a back seal test to be carried out during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Vector International Limited
    Inventor: John Stobbart
  • Publication number: 20150014988
    Abstract: A pipe connection includes a ball joint having shell parts and pipe connection elements at the ends of the shell parts which face away from each other are to be connected to a respective pipe section. The shell parts surround one another in a contacting manner and define a respective longitudinal centre line; they are rotatable relative to one another between an aligned position, in which the longitudinal centre lines coincide, and a rotated position, in which the longitudinal centre lines form an angle which differs from zero. The shell parts together enclose an axial passage which extends between the ends of the shell parts. A sealing element is provided between the outermost and innermost shell part. A lining extends between the outermost shell part and the corresponding pipe connection element. The inner lining surface has a curvature corresponding to that of the outer surface of the innermost shell part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: LEO DYNAMISCHE INVESTERINGEN B.V.
    Inventor: Marco Daniel Menheere
  • Publication number: 20150001842
    Abstract: A multi-axis hose connector is provided. The assembly comprises a first and second hose connector end secured to a first and second housing. The housings and the inner end of each connector end support a captive ball therein, where the captive balls form a first and second ball joint that permits the connector ends to freely swivel and pivot relative to one another. Between the ball joints is an elongated tube member having open ends and an open interior. The tube member secures to the captive balls and aligns with an open conduit therethrough, while each of the housings and connector ends include an open interior. The open interior of the tube member, captive balls, housings, and end connectors form a continuous conduit through which fluid flows, despite the angular position of the assembly. In this way, the assembly provides a unique hose connector with several degrees of freedom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Marvin W. Jones, Teresa Lee Jones
  • Patent number: 8864180
    Abstract: Rain gutter downspouts are fitted with either a one ball or two ball and socket joint. The joint is rigid. It bends up to 30° for a one ball joint or 60° for a two ball joint. Non-sealing joints are used to draw air downstream with the water. Further debris and clog clearing is provided with a venturi effect coupled with an acceleration along the concave sides of the balls toward the center of the gutter downspout pipes. Rotation of the ball along with tilt give the installer flexibility in keeping the wide side of the downspout pipe flush with the house as well as allowing zig zag patterns to avoid windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventors: Jon P. Harman, Eric J. Harman
  • Patent number: 8844976
    Abstract: A seal designed, in particular, to connect together two ducts for carrying fluid or gas, including: a female endpiece having a first end, a male endpiece having a second end, the male endpiece being received in the female endpiece. The seal includes a sliding element situated between the first end of the female endpiece and the second end of the male endpiece, the sliding element including a stack of at least two layers of an intermetallic material, making it possible to prevent the propagation of a crack from one layer to the next layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: ACC La Jonchére
    Inventor: Charles Laubie
  • Patent number: 8833802
    Abstract: A misalignment ball joint fitting includes first and second body portion coupled together and having spherical inner surfaces. A ball secured inside the body portions has a passage therein. The passage has a funnel shaped portion in a first end portion of the ball. The ball is allowed to at least partially rotate when secured inside the first and second body portions. A guide sleeve is coupled to the first body portion. The guide sleeve is coaxial with the ball passage. A recess is in an inner surface of the ball near a center of the ball. An end of the guide sleeve extends into at least a portion of the recess when the ball is in a neutral position with walls of the passage in the ball parallel to walls of the guide sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Oil States Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce E. Morris
  • Patent number: 8740258
    Abstract: A pipe having a cylindrical inner wall, a rig end, the rig end having an inner wall having an inside diameter and a remote end. The remote end further comprises a first hemispheric extension that extends from the remote end to at least an outer diameter. A second hemispheric extension connects a surface at an outer cylindrical surface to a pipe exterior wall, wherein the first hemispheric extension and second hemispheric extension form a partial sphere through which, a cavity defined by the inner wall extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Fabrication of Rig and Exploration Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: David Wells
  • Patent number: 8726667
    Abstract: A bearing plate assembly for a turbine engine fuel injector includes a bearing plate 30, with an opening 80 bordered by a race 82. A swivel ball 90 nests inside the race and is rotatable relative thereto. A lock, which may be a tip bushing 108 resists disengagement of the swivel ball from the race. A fuel injector nozzle 38 extends through an opening 98 in the swivel ball. During engine operation, the ball can swivel inside the race to accommodate rotational movement of the nozzle about lateral and radial axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Keith M. Tanner, Philip J. Kirsopp
  • Patent number: 8720953
    Abstract: A connector for use with a subsea riser installation is provided. The connector comprises a body, wherein the body comprises a first connecting face comprising a through-passageway and adapted for connection to a first external conduit element and a ball joint within the body, wherein the ball joint comprises a through-passageway which is substantially aligned with the through-passageway in the first face, and a second connecting face on an opposite side of the connector to the first connecting face and adapted for connection to a second external conduit element. The connector further comprises at least one detent mechanism adapted to engage a corresponding locating feature on the ball joint, wherein the through-passageway are maintained in alignment and wherein the ball joint is prevented from moving relative to the body until a predetermined bending moment is applied to the ball joint across the axis of the through-passageway in the ball joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventor: David James Alexander
  • Patent number: 8640857
    Abstract: An adjustable loading/unloading mouth, including: a first tubular element (2), provided with a longitudinal axis (x); a second tubular element (3), provided with a longitudinal axis (y); connecting elements (4, 5, 6) between the first and the second tubular element (2, 3) which connecting elements (4, 5, 6) define a spherical surface (S), provided with a center (O), and which enable the first and the second tubular element (2, 3) to rotate with respect to one another about the center (O); wherein the connecting elements (4, 5, 6) include at least a first connecting element (4) and at least a second connecting element (5) which are reciprocally connectable at a joining plane (P) passing through the center (O) of the spherical surface (S) on which the first connecting element (4) and the second connecting element (5) can rotate with respect to one another about the center (O).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: WAM Industriale S.p.A.
    Inventors: Vainer Marchesini, Daniele Pancaldi
  • Patent number: 8607826
    Abstract: Interlocking bend limiter sections are substantially mirror images of each other and are joined to form an interlocking bend limiter segment without use of fasteners by engaging engaging each other's interlocking ends. An interlocking bend limiter comprises a plurality of interlocking bend limiter segment secured at an end by an end piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Krohn, Nghia K. Vuong
  • Patent number: 8602456
    Abstract: A ball joint (1) is provided having a ball housing (10) that defines a socket (11), and a ball pivot (20) with a ball head (22) and ball pin (24), where the ball head (22) is disposed in the socket (11). A ball housing passageway (14) passes through the ball housing (10); a ball pin passageway (25) passes through the ball pin (24), and a ball head passageway (23) passes through the ball head (22). The ball pin passageway (25), ball head passageway (23) and ball housing passageway (14) are in communication with each other for routing a cable (2) through the ball joint (1). A limiter (50) may extend from an internal surface (12) of the socket (11) having a passageway (52) connected to the ball housing passageway (14). The limiter (50) prevents unlimited spinning of the ball head (22) within the socket (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M. Bosscher, Matthew D. Summer, John B. Rust, Loran J. Wilkinson, William S. Bowman
  • Patent number: 8566976
    Abstract: An adjustable drain assembly is provided. The assembly includes a base that has a concave inner pivoting surface and a top surface. An upper member is present and has a bottom surface located above the top surface. The upper member may have a concave inner pivoting surface. A pivot component may be present and have a convex outer pivoting surface that engages the concave inner pivoting surface of the base and upper member. The pivot component may be configured for engagement with a cover member. The base may have a pipe engagement surface for engagement with a pipe that is located completely below the pivot component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Leveler Specifics, LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Evans, Bruce D. Niemitalo
  • Patent number: 8555858
    Abstract: A high pressure fuel pipe construction for an internal combustion engine, such as a direct injection engine. A conduit for the fuel is open at each end and a ball having a throughbore is slidably positioned over one end of the conduit. A reinforcing sleeve is positioned inside the end of the conduit so that the sleeve extends entirely through the ball. The sleeve, ball and the end of the conduit are then brazed together to attach the ball and conduit together. A double chamfer is provided at one end of the ball throughbore to facilitate inspection of the brazing quality. Additionally, a loop is formed in the conduit and a dampener is attached to the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd
    Inventors: Harsha Badarinarayan, Akira Inoue, Takashi Yoshizawa, Atsushi Hohkita, Hiroaki Saeki, Hiroshi Ono, Masahiro Soma, William T. Harvey, Steven J. Miller, Su-Wei Sung
  • Patent number: 8505567
    Abstract: A mounting mechanism of a shower equipment is provided. An adjusting device is mounted between a vertical supporting tube and a connector connected to a head shower, wherein the supporting tube is connected to a mounting base equipped with a faucet. One end of a lower joint pipe is connected to the supporting tube and the other end is mounted to an interior of a ball valve. A guiding base is located above the ball valve and formed with a ball-shaped slot for receiving the ball valve. One end of an upper joint pipe is connected to and received in an outer base so that the bottom of the end appropriately presses against the guiding base and the other end is connected to the connector. Whereby, in fabricating the shower equipment, it needs only to adjust the supporting tube without any additional device or hand tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Chao-Chung Wu
  • Patent number: 8376048
    Abstract: A method of lifting at least a portion of an attachment system to and from a predetermined location comprises providing an attachment system comprising a support member, a socket member, and a locking member, the support member located at the predetermined location and defining an indentation formed therein, the socket member defining a cavity formed therein, placing the socket member in the indentation, placing the locking member in the cavity, locking the locking member in the socket member, and lifting the locked socket member and locking member from the support member and to the predetermined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jamie Cochran
  • Patent number: 8371618
    Abstract: A water supply attachment is a spherically-shaped pivot attachment having a hollow passage extending between its opposing ends that includes a threaded portion for coupling to water supplies. The water supply attachment can be a hidden pivot attachment usable in various shower assemblies. The hidden pivot attachment may be used in combination with a seal cup and an attachment nut, such that the hidden pivot attachment closely fits within the void spaces of the seal cup and attachment nut, enabling the hidden pivot attachment to form a seal with the seal cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventor: Leland C. Leber
  • Patent number: 8231144
    Abstract: A joint assembly for coupling a first conduit to a second conduit includes a first collar configured to be mounted on the first conduit and a second collar configured to be mounted on the second conduit. The second collar may have a central longitudinal axis that is generally aligned with a z-axis. An inner bushing may be coupled to the first collar and have a generally convex surface, and an outer bushing may be coupled to the second collar and have a generally concave surface. The generally convex surface and the generally concave surface may mate with one another and be configured for relative movement such that the first collar gimbals in an xy-plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventor: Shawn Alstad
  • Patent number: 8196967
    Abstract: A fitting for making a metal-to-metal fluid seal between a first conduit and a second conduit and corresponding first and second fluid passages. The first conduit has a generally spherical-shaped exterior surface, and the second conduit has a generally conical-shaped interior surface for receiving the generally spherical-shaped exterior surface of the first conduit. A nut is engaged with a threaded exterior surface of the second conduit, tightening of the nut on the threaded exterior surface urging the first and second conduits axially together to apply increasing pressure. A ring can be positioned between the nut and the first conduit, the ring providing a lower net coefficient of friction during tightening of the nut compared to direct contact between the nut and first conduit. The ring can be radially spaced from a radially facing interior surface of the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: John R. Seifert, Dewey M. Sims, Jr., Ragu S. Raghupathi
  • Patent number: 8186720
    Abstract: System for connecting a secondary module to a structure having a port. The system includes a tapping connector attachable to the port, and a primary module attachable to the tapping connector, with the secondary module being mountable on the primary module. A collar is receivable over the tapping connector for supporting the primary module on the structure. The collar is attachable to the tapping connector with the primary module being attachable to the collar. A positioner is supported within the collar for fastening the collar to the tapping connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Parker Hannifin Ltd
    Inventor: Mathew William Davis
  • Patent number: 8146954
    Abstract: A quick plugging set of pneumatic tools including a connector, a steel ball seat and a tailstock, wherein the steel ball seat and the ball head of the connector are integrated completely through stamping and covering by a friction ring coordinated with a holding groove with thin cladding at the outer end of the steel ball seat providing the connector with angle-adjustment feature; a prefabricated covering interpolation segment at the rear portion of the connector integrates with the tailstock, a corresponding ring groove is placed therein, and a bolt hole drilled on the side of the tailstock penetrating the ring groove; a pre-determined number of the steel balls are filled into the ring groove through the bolt hole to provide the connector with rotary movement thus allowing the quick plugging set of pneumatic tools to have arbitrary angle adjustment and flexible rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Hui-Chun Su
  • Publication number: 20110304134
    Abstract: An all metal ball and socket joint for connecting two misaligned conduits in fluid-tight communication utilizes a metal seal ring having a substantially conical bore which provides a relatively flush bore profile to fluid flowing through the seal ring. The cone angle of the conical bore is chosen in accordance with the maximum misalignment expected. The seal ring is attached to the nose of the ball member preferably by bolts. Seals are pressure energized by fluid flow. An annular o-ring groove and a pressure port can be provided to allow a back seal test to be carried out during installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: John Stobbart
  • Patent number: 8047578
    Abstract: A pipe joint arrangement, which is intended for enabling one or more angular deflections successive in a longitudinal direction along an elongated pipeline in one or more planes. A joining piece is connectible with pipeline sections to be coupled with each other successively in the longitudinal direction and includes of frame elements locked to each other in a longitudinal direction and provided therebetween a swivel member with a substantially cylindrical or spherical swiveling face for enabling movement of the frame elements by rotating the same relative to each other with respect to one or more axes of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Aarne Hurskainen
  • Patent number: 8016325
    Abstract: A system and method for connecting a traditional air chute to an air hose delivering preconditioned air to an aircraft includes an adapter system. The adapter system includes a flexible stage having an exterior surrounding a hollow interior configured to receive air from the air hose and deliver the air to the air chute. The adapter system also includes a rotational stage coupled to the flexible stage and having an exterior surrounding a hollow interior configured to receive air from the air hose and deliver the air to the air chute. The flexible stage is adjustable relative to the rotational stage to selectively move the hollow interior of the flexible stage between extending along a common axis through the air chute and the rotational stage and not extending along the common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Hobart Brothers Company
    Inventors: Anatoly Gosis, Scott Takayuki Koizumi, Folkert Fred Koch, Brian Michael Piety, Mark David Resendes, Dale Arnold Miller
  • Patent number: 8016326
    Abstract: An apparatus for fixing an orientation of a duct in concrete segmental construction has an elongated body, a frame having an inner surface facing the elongated body, and an angle adjusting means connecting the inner surface of the frame to the elongated body. The elongated body is orientable relative to the frame about the ball joint. The angle adjusting means includes a pin extending through the frame, a ball mounted on the pin, and a flange mounted to the ball so as to be in surface-to-surface contact with an end of the elongated body. The pin is operably connected to the ball so as to fix an orientation of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Felix L. Sorkin
  • Patent number: 7887101
    Abstract: A joint for connecting two tubes. The joint includes a first tube that provides a ball interface at its end. The joint also includes a second tube that provides a cup interface inside its wall. The cup interface of the second tube and the ball interface of the first tube form a cup-ball interface. This cup-ball interface is located in the interior of the second tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: A.S.M. International N.V
    Inventor: Christianus Gerardus Maria De Ridder
  • Patent number: 7854563
    Abstract: A joint system enables pivotable coupling between a first frame member and a second frame member. The joint system includes a mounting ball assembly affixable to the first frame member, and a connector engageable with the mounting ball assembly at one end and affixable to the second frame at an opposite end. The connector is constructed such that it is movable on the mounting ball assembly in a folding plane and through a clearance amount in a clearance plane substantially perpendicular to the folding plane. A continuous passage is defined through the mounting ball assembly and the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Taylor Made Group, LLC
    Inventor: Edward J. Erskine
  • Publication number: 20100295293
    Abstract: A connector for connecting a pipe, such as a fuel pipe, to another fuel pipe or pipe terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Daren Healy, Colin Mynott
  • Publication number: 20100244440
    Abstract: A high pressure fuel pipe construction for an internal combustion engine, such as a direct injection engine. A conduit for the fuel is open at each end and a ball having a throughbore is slidably positioned over one end of the conduit. A reinforcing sleeve is positioned inside the end of the conduit so that the sleeve extends entirely through the ball. The sleeve, ball and the end of the conduit are then brazed together to attach the ball and conduit together. A double chamfer is provided at one end of the ball throughbore to facilitate inspection of the brazing quality. Additionally, a loop is formed in the conduit and a dampener is attached to the loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd
    Inventors: Harsha Badarinarayan, Akira Inoue, Takashi Yoshizawa, Atsushi Hohkita, Hiroaki Saeki, Hiroshi Ono, Masahiro Soma, William Harvey, Steve Miller, Su-Wei Sung
  • Patent number: RE43080
    Abstract: A spherical flange assembly is disclosed. The spherical flange assembly comprises a seat member, a heel member, a seal gland and at least one nut and bold assembly. The seat member includes a concave portion. The heel member includes a convex portion and a seal gland opening. The seal gland is disposed within the seal gland opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Maynard Stangeland, Ronald Urquidi