Essential Catch Patents (Class 285/305)
  • Patent number: 11428480
    Abstract: A radiator includes a main body, two connecting members and two taps. The two connecting members are disposed on opposite sides of the main body. Each of the two taps is rotatably connected to one of the two connecting members, such that the two taps are rotatably disposed on opposite sides of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Cooler Master Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shui-Fa Tsai, Hsin-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 11391403
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a fluidic arrangement having at least one hose and one male connector with a locking ring configured to cooperate with a female connector, the method is has the following steps of: (a) providing a male connector with a locking ring configured to cooperate with a female connector, (b) providing a metallic hose, (c) mounting the male connector with a locking ring on the hose, (d) enlarging the metallic hose. A fluidic arrangement is made by the manufacturing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: AKWEL SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Jan Olofsson, Villy Olsson
  • Patent number: 11365939
    Abstract: A method provides a sealed connection of a connector to a heat exchanger of the coaxial tubular type is particularly suitable for a motor vehicle air-conditioning circuit. The method includes the steps of mounting a free end of an external tube of the exchanger in or on the connector. The external tube is directly secured with the connector, and an internal tube is inserted in the external tube until a free end of the internal tube is mounted in or on the connector. This mounting ensuring a sealing between the internal tube and the connector. The method further includes directly securing the internal and external tubes against one another to avoid relative displacements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: HUTCHINSON
    Inventor: Bérenger Dieumegard
  • Patent number: 11262008
    Abstract: A quick connector coupling for making a severable connection with a male member and a female tube in a fluid line includes a connector body having a through bore for receiving the male member having a tubular shape sized to extend into the through bore of the connector body and having an upset, a retainer releasably securing the male member within the connector body, and a verifier including an antenna having a contact point and moving between a latched position and an unlatched position inside the connector body. The connector body includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip having a signal, which is enabled to read through the antenna when the contact point of the antenna contacts the RFID chip of the connector body in the latched position of the verifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: TI GROUP AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Cody Rydin, Rick Pepe, David Gabbey, Alexis Rogers
  • Patent number: 11248642
    Abstract: A connector for connecting a first component to a locking pin of a second component having a head is disclosed. The connector has a base body with a receiving space for receiving the head. A retaining spring is held by the base body is provided, which has a relative position, referred to as the holding position, relative to the base body and which has a protrusion in this holding position protruding into the receiving space. The protrusion in the holding position can be moved in a release direction and projects less far into the receiving space after moving from the holding position in the release direction than in the holding position. Moving the protrusion from the holding position in the releasing direction tensions the retaining spring. When the retaining spring is in the holding position, the base body can be moved relative to the retaining spring along a locking direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Jan Regensburger, Mathias Schwenk
  • Patent number: 11231134
    Abstract: A pipe connector for connecting pipes that includes an elongate tubular body having an outer diameter, a sleeve disposed over the elongate tubular body, and a first wire ring. The elongate tubular body that has a groove formed on the outer diameter. The sleeve has a groove formed on an inner diameter that is spaced from a first end of the sleeve and is aligned with the groove of the elongate tubular member. The first wire ring is disposed within the groove of the elongate tubular body and within the groove of the sleeve such that the sleeve is coupled to the elongate tubular body by the first wire ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Trinity Bay Equipment Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew James Heaton, Brian Lee Dillinger, Jagtar Singh Thethy
  • Patent number: 11215304
    Abstract: An adapter for connecting components in a fluid system has an adapter body defining a cylindrical space and lock buttons which are biased into a locked position to secure the adapter to another component. The adapter body has a circular collar defining an inlet into the cylindrical space, a channel defining an outlet out of the cylindrical space, a support wall and a support flange defining one or more cutouts in an outer cylindrical side wall of the adapter body, and a slot defined between the collar and the support wall connecting the one or more cutouts to the cylindrical space. The lock buttons have a contact element positioned in one of the cutouts and an arm projecting positioned in the slot. The arms are partially in the cylindrical space in the locked position and are movable into an unlocked position when the contact elements are moved toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Christopher E. Greco, Matthew J. Del Duke
  • Patent number: 11204008
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a fuel injection assembly comprising: a fuel injector; an injector cup comprising a cylindrical body with a cavity at the lower end to receive a fuel inlet port of the injector; a holding element for securing the injector to the cup; a spring clip; and a first opening formed in a peripheral wall of the cup for receiving the holding element. The holding element comprises a U-shaped body with two parallel arms engaging opposite sides of an annular groove in the injector to secure the injector in the cup. When inserted in the cup, the free ends of the two arms project from the cup, and include adjacent the free ends a retention arrangement engageable by the spring clip. The spring clip comprises a depending leg engageable in a corresponding receiving part on the injector to locate the angular position of the injector relative to the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: VITESCO TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Marco Pasquali, Andrea Puccini
  • Patent number: 11192240
    Abstract: A robot including a second arm supported by a first arm so as to be swingable around an axis line, the second arm has an arm main body supported by the first arm in a swingable manner, and a cover which is attached to the arm main body. The robot further includes an interface member attached to the cover, a cable support member one where end of which is fixed to the arm main body and the other end of which is exposed outside the second arm by passing through a hole or a cutout provided in the interface member, and a seal which seals a space between the cable support member and the interface member and which allows movement of the cable support member in a direction along the axis line with respect to the interface member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11174973
    Abstract: A connection device for at least one plug-in portion including an annular external groove includes a housing, into which at least one plug-in portion can be plugged, and also at least in each case one integral locking element and a securing device. A locking element includes a securing portion and a locking portion which can be preassembled in the housing. In the preassembled state, the locking portion, by elastic deflection, permits a plug-in portion to be plugged into the housing and brings about the locking of the plug-in portion in the housing. By means of the securing device, the securing portion can be secured on an outer side of the housing opening against displacement in a circumferential direction. A securing device is designed as a ring which engages around the housing and is movable on the housing at least axially counter to a resistance and has an axial recess in a plugging-in direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: EMS-PATENT AG
    Inventors: Thomas Jeltsch, Patrick Schmid, Ming Jiann Cheung
  • Patent number: 11160968
    Abstract: A tube coupling system serves for providing annular flow through a flexible annular double lumen tube between fluid reservoir(s) and flexible connection pieces of an annular double lumen device. The tube coupling system has a first coupling component and a second coupling component and an end fitting system. The first coupling component that has a female coupling part and a male coupling part adapted for coupling to a proximal end of the flexible annular double lumen tube. The second coupling component has a second interior pipe that axially extends inside a second exterior pipe, a first end fitting adapted for coupling to at least the female coupling part of the first coupling component, and a second end fitting adapted for coupling to any of the flexible annular double lumen tube or the flexible connection pieces of an annular double lumen device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: MBH-INTERNATIONAL A/S
    Inventors: Ole Hougaard, Henrik Bork Bjerregaard
  • Patent number: 11125370
    Abstract: A connector for a fluid seal, having an annular housing with a first end and a second end and a rotating ring. The rotating ring is arranged at the second end and the rotating ring has at least one connecting element that is in engagement with at least one retaining geometry and with at least one guide geometry. The guide geometry allows the at least one connecting element to move in a radial direction when the rotating ring is rotated relative to the housing. The at least one connecting element is connected to the rotating ring by at least one radially elastic spring geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Norma Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Bauer, René Schindler
  • Patent number: 11090803
    Abstract: A horizontal articulated robot includes a support unit, a movable unit provided in the support unit, from which an end effector is detachable, and a control unit that controls the movable unit, wherein the control unit is provided in the support unit and the end effector is connected to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Ryosuke Teranaka
  • Patent number: 10975982
    Abstract: Fluid handling couplings can be made to connect and disconnect other members of a fluid handling system. For example, this document describes fluid couplings that are convenient to couple/decouple and that provide strong resistance to inadvertent disconnection when subjected to rotation while pressurized. In some embodiments, the resistance to inadvertent disconnection is facilitated by a latch mechanism of the female coupling that includes a protrusion that becomes seated in a groove of a mated male coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Colder Products Company
    Inventor: Grant A. Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10975983
    Abstract: A system of supply valves according to the present invention may include a first and second supply valve, each of which is connectable to a terminal end of a water supply line so as to provide direct access to the water supply. The system may be disposed within a modular plumbing supply box, and the valves may be spaced from one another by a reduced separation, X1. Each supply valve of the system may further include a top portion and bottom portion that are interconnectable and which form a water-proof seal therebetween. The top portion may comprise ridges that cooperate with channels of the bottom portion when the two portions are interconnected to form passageways. The top and bottom portions may be positionally and rotationally locked to one another, for example, using a wireform clip and inserting legs of the wireform clip through the passageways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: OATEY CO.
    Inventors: Kai Zhang, Aaron Lorkowski, Kenneth Brown
  • Patent number: 10927992
    Abstract: A plug connector including a coupling part with a receiving opening into which a plug part, having a plug shaft with a collar, can be inserted. The plug connector also includes a resilient, radially slotted retaining clip having at least two spring arms and which can be pre-assembled on the coupling part and moved radially between an insertion position and a holding position for the plug part. The plug part can be inserted into the receiving opening when the retaining clip is in the insertion position, and when in the holding position he plugged-in plug part, and the collar thereof, can be blocked by the retaining clip against being pulled out. In the insertion position, the retaining clip projects with respect to the outer circumference of the coupling part, and in the holding position the retaining clip is flush with the outer circumference of the coupling part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Oberdörfer, Lukas Röhrig
  • Patent number: 10883640
    Abstract: A coupling includes a male adapter and a female adapter, and may include a nut and a sleeve. In embodiments, the male adapter includes a male adapter inner diameter, and may include threads. The female adapter includes a female adapter outer diameter. The nut or other formation may be configured to engage at least a portion of the male adapter. In embodiments, one or more contact points may be provided between the female diameter outer diameter and the male adapter inner diameter, and the female adapter outer diameter or the male adapter inner diameter may be configured to be out-of-round. The male adapter may include a shoulder and the sleeve may cover the shoulder in connected configuration. Methods for forming a coupling are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Gregory Kiernan, Devashish Murkya, Jason C. Gauss, Christopher T. Cantrell
  • Patent number: 10814479
    Abstract: An automated assembly station includes a mobile platform for holding a first workpiece, a robot having a moveable arm, and a controller. The moveable arm includes a load cell and a gripper that is adapted to grasp a second workpiece. The robot is operable to use the moveable arm and gripper to insert the second workpiece into a locked position on a mating part of the first workpiece. The load cell is operable to measure an amount of insertion force used to insert the second workpiece into the locked position. The controller is configured to record the insertion force and trigger an alarm in response to the insertion force exceeding a predesignated threshold insertion force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: NYX, Inc.
    Inventors: Ram S. Sandhu, Ronald D. Scholz
  • Patent number: 10767796
    Abstract: A sanitary shower useful as an overhead shower has a shower body including a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, and a shower head that is removably attachable to the shower body, has a fluid inlet connecting with the fluid outlet of the shower body and includes a shower outlet providing a shower fluid jet. A plug-on connector removably attaches the shower head to the shower body via latching lugs that snap radially into engagement with latching holes and are blocked and unblocked from disengagement by a movable locking ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventor: Gerd Blessing
  • Patent number: 10758851
    Abstract: A fuel filter device is disclosed. The fuel filter device has a first member that includes a main body tubular portion and a first connection tubular portion for connecting the first member to a fuel pipe. The main body tubular portion includes a flow channel cross-section greater than that of the first connection tubular portion. The main body tubular portion includes a first end portion and a second end portion. The first connection tubular portion is disposed on the first end portion. An opening is provided through the second end portion. A filter element portion is accommodated in the main body tubular portion. A second member includes a lid portion and a second connection tubular portion for connecting the second member to a fuel pipe. The lid portion covers the opening of the main body tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiya Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10737016
    Abstract: Ambulatory infusion pumps, medicament reservoirs, and plungers, including both dynamic and static seals, plus related components, as well as component combinations and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Roger E. Smith, Mogens Bach Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10738926
    Abstract: A quick connector for connecting to a male end of a component includes a housing having a head portion and a body defining a central bore which receives a male end of a component therein. A latch and latch indicator are slidably mounted within the head portion for retaining the male end within the central bore. The latch indicator is offset relative to the latch to provide a visual indication that the component is coupled with the quick connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cadillac Rubber & Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Stieler
  • Patent number: 10641162
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector (2) comprising a connector body (5), the connector body (5) having at least one sleeve-type outer casing section (13) which when viewed in cross-section surrounds a central longitudinal axis (8) of the connector (2). At least two passages (33) are formed in the outer casing section (13), the passages being provided for receiving an end section of a locking element (6). The locking element (6) is designed to secure the connector (2) relative to a mating connector (3), and a retaining element (38) for securing the locking element (6) is arranged in at least one of the passages (33). The retaining element (38) is designed as a formed sheet metal part and a separate retaining element (38) is provided for each passage (33?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Henn GmbH & Co KG.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Baldreich, Harald Hartmann
  • Patent number: 10627032
    Abstract: A quick connection structure of a faucet outlet pipe includes an upper pipe, a lower pipe, and a connector. The upper pipe and the lower pipe are connected through the connector in a quick manner. The connector includes a connecting sleeve, a left elastic block, and a right elastic block. A central portion of the connecting sleeve is transversely formed with an opening. The left elastic block and the right elastic block face each other and are movably installed in the opening to hold against the upper pipe elastically. A top of the connecting sleeve is formed with a receiving hole for insertion of the upper pipe. A bottom of the opening is formed with a connecting hole to mate with the upper pipe. The connecting sleeve is provided with a connecting post extending downward from the connecting hole for connection of the lower pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: PPI XIAMEN INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wenrong Lu
  • Patent number: 10612682
    Abstract: The modular irrigation valve housing comprises a waterproof enclosure that is placed into the ground to house an electrically operated valve. An inlet pipe and an outlet pipe couple to the valve via slip assemblies that slide in and out of the pipes to adjust the distance between pipes and the valve. The slip assemblies mate with receivers that can be coupled to the intake and output of the valve. The slip assemblies comprise double O-rings on one end and a single O-ring and a retaining ring on the other end to form leak proof connections. The box comprises a lid to cover the box, an internal electrical housing for watertight electrical connections to the outside, and a locator device that makes it easier to find the valve when it requires maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel Moore
  • Patent number: 10584819
    Abstract: An adapter for connecting components in a fluid system has an adapter body defining a cylindrical space and lock buttons which are biased into a locked position to secure the adapter to another component. The adapter body has a circular collar defining an inlet into the cylindrical space, a channel defining an outlet out of the cylindrical space, a support wall and a support flange defining one or more cutouts in an outer cylindrical side wall of the adapter body, and a slot defined between the collar and the support wall connecting the one or more cutouts to the cylindrical space. The lock buttons have a contact element positioned in one of the cutouts and an arm projecting positioned in the slot. The arms are partially in the cylindrical space in the locked position and are movable into an unlocked position when the contact elements are moved toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ginsey Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Greco, Matthew J. Del Duke
  • Patent number: 10543680
    Abstract: There is provided an inkjet printing apparatus including: a print head having an ejection opening surface on which a first ejection opening array capable of ejecting a first ink and a second ejection opening array capable of ejecting a second ink are arranged; a cap member; and a print controller configured to cause the first and the second ejection opening arrays to perform preliminary ejection to an inside of the cap member, and to cause the first ejection opening array to perform preliminary ejection in a first relative position and cause the second ejection opening array to perform preliminary ejection in a second relative position, wherein, on the cap member, a position in which the second ink lands by the preliminary ejection overlaps with an area where the first ink lands by the preliminary ejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuya Fukasawa, Takatoshi Nakano, Atsushi Takahashi, Yoshinori Nakagawa, Hiroshi Nakai, Noriko Sato
  • Patent number: 10498076
    Abstract: A connector assembly connecting cables for power transmission may be provided. The connector assembly includes: a first linking body connected to one cable; a second linking body connected to another cable; a coupling member which is coupled to the first linking body and the second linking body and includes a catching groove formed on one end thereof and a catching opening formed along a circumference of the other end thereof; and a spring which includes two L-shaped rods and a bridge connecting the L-shaped rods, the bridge being coupled to the catching groove when the spring is mounted on the coupling member, the two L-shaped rods being coupled to the catching opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: KYUNG CHANG INDUSTRIAL CO., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Min Lee, Dae Won Lee, Kyung Nam Kim
  • Patent number: 10323782
    Abstract: In a quick connector of the present invention, each of a pair of retaining legs includes a guide protrusion guided by the outer peripheral face of an annular boss to spreadingly deform each of the pair of the retaining legs when a pushing-in load is applied to a retainer in a state where the retainer is located at an initial position and in a state where a pipe is inserted into a normal position of the connector body and at the same time releasing the movement restriction of the retainer from the initial position to a confirmation position by the spreading deformation of each of the pair of the retaining legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Riko Company Limited
    Inventor: Kazuki Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 10221972
    Abstract: A connection system of piping for distribution systems of pressurized or depressurized fluids, the system including: —a connection joint having an insertion portion insertable in the piping so as to seal it and a retention portion, projecting therefrom when the joint is inserted therein; —a retainer suitable to longitudinally retain the connection joint to the piping, said retainer including: i) a retention element which engages the retention portion for constraining the joint longitudinally; and ii) clamping element adapted to exert a clamping force to lock the retention element to the piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TESEO S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paolo Guzzoni
  • Patent number: 10221979
    Abstract: A Detachable Tube Coupling System comprised of a plurality of base and coupling modules formed with a mechanical interface which includes a locking line, an inner tube and having an exterior surface with a circumferential interior groove, an O-ring and an outer tube formed with a circumferential interior groove in the interior surface and an exterior notch formed in the outer tube in communication with the interior groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Randel William Owen
  • Patent number: 10151413
    Abstract: A modular fluid connection assembly includes a female connector (1) for fluid connection, provided to receive a male connector (2) having an external annular retaining rim (24), the female connector including a body (10) with an axial bore X, and a slide forming a transverse housing (4), the housing (4) including two parallel lateral grooves (41, 42) and the housing opening at at least one of its ends (40) along the direction of the slide Z, the assembly including a non-unlocking locking element (3), in the form of a deformable locking ring (3), the assembly including an unlocking locking element (5), in the form of a locking slider (5), in which the female connector is configured to receive equally either a non-unlocking element, or an unlocking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SATORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS
    Inventors: Florian Blake, Jeremy Gibelin
  • Patent number: 10137278
    Abstract: A cannula stabilization device has two tubing holders located on opposite ends of a bearing platform, a rotational joint fixedly attached to the bearing platform, and a helmet releasably attachable to the rotational joint. The helmet and the bearing platform are independently rotatable around a common rotational axis when the helmet is attached to the rotational joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Brandon D. D'Aloiso, Timothy M. Maul, Olivia Jackson, Marlee Hartenstein, Eric D. Moe, Martin Haschak
  • Patent number: 10094499
    Abstract: This female clip-onconnector (1), which is adapted to cooperate with a male attachment end fitting (20) of the type with a central bush (26) and a flange (25), includes a body (2) forming a cylindrical cavity and a transverse latch housing in front of the opening of the cylindrical cavity forming a housing for a single latch part (50) including two actuating parts (51) connected respectively to two jaws (52), said actuating parts and said jaws acting in a same direction transverse to the axis of the body, and spring means (54) for spring-loading each jaw (52) at all times towards its rest position in which the jaw (52) is close to the axis and in which the actuating part (51) is in its radially outermost position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NOBEL PLASTIQUES
    Inventors: Ramakrishnam Raju Chintalapati, Fabien Porignaux
  • Patent number: 10071235
    Abstract: A catheter connector device is provided including a device housing having a first port and a second port. A fixed sleeve support portion and a flexible, cantilevered sleeve cover extend longitudinally within a housing interior, to carry a flexible tubular sleeve having a sleeve through bore extending from the first port to the second port, for removable insertion of a catheter. The sleeve cover has a first portion, a second portion extending from the first portion and a third portion narrower than the first portion extending from the second portion. A slidable catheter lock switch, or slide button, is positional between a catheter-unlocking position adjacent to the third portion of the sleeve cover and a catheter-locking position engaging the first portion of the sleeve cover and flexing the tubular sleeve cover to crimp the tubular sleeve and retain the catheter within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Luis Alberto Narciso-Martinez, Maura Spizzo-De Narciso
  • Patent number: 10066773
    Abstract: A piping connection structure which assigns a function to restrict a pipe body from coming off to a member other than a resin tube, improves in sealing performance and can suppress the amount of fuel permeation. A resin tube comprises a tube body portion; a first diameter-expanding portion formed to increase in diameter from an axial end of the tube body portion and axially positioning seal members by holding the seal members in an axial gap with a retainer; and a second diameter-expanding portion formed to further increase in diameter from the first diameter-expanding portion, and to contact an outer circumferential side of the seal members and be connected to the retainer while in contact with the retainer. Thickness of the first diameter-expanding portion is equal to or greater than thickness of the tube body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yorihiro Takimoto, Koji Mizutani, Kazutaka Katayama
  • Patent number: 10058805
    Abstract: A connection includes a first component, a second component, a cord member, a detent, and a catch assembly. The first component has an opening with an inner surface and a first annular groove disposed about the inner surface. The second component has a top end configured to fit in the opening. The top end has an outer surface with a second annular groove disposed about the outer surface. The first annular groove and the second annular groove are configured to form a channel in response to being disposed in cooperative alignment. The cord member is configured to be removably inserted into the channel to secure the first component to the second component. The detent is disposed on the cord member. The catch assembly is configured to engage the detent and provide resistance to movement of the cord member relative to the catch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Bryant Morris, Sam Oanes, Jeffrey Ries
  • Patent number: 10054508
    Abstract: A connector includes a resin-made connector body and a pressure sensor. The connector body includes a first main tubular part that is connected to a first pipe, a second main tubular part that is connected to a second pipe, and a sensor mounting part. The first main tubular part and the second main tubular part connect with each other to form an angle. The sensor mounting part includes: a tubular intake part that is formed in line with a line extending from one of the first main tubular part and the second main tubular part and has a bottom face; and a sensor mounting seat that is capable of being mounted with the pressure sensor and communicates with a peripheral-surface opening of the tubular intake part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED, HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Asai, Yuki Takahashi, Yusuke Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10047889
    Abstract: A tubular coupling comprising a female connector (2) into which a male connector (6) provided with an annular collar (7) is designed to be inserted axially, and a connection element (9) that extends in a transverse direction in the female connector. The connection element is designed to interfere mechanically with the collar while the male connector is being inserted into the female connector, and to move by itself in said transverse direction towards the inside of the female connector. In addition, the connection element and the female connector are also designed so that, after the reaction to the radial resilient deformation of the connection element on the collar of the male connector, they come to bear against each other in the manner of a projection (14) that, by resilient return, exerts pressure on a guide ramp (15), so as to generate a thrust force that extends the movement of the connection element towards the inside of the female connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Jerome Chaupin, Frederic Poggi
  • Patent number: 10036390
    Abstract: A pump assembly includes a pump housing (2) and a stator housing (16), which is connected to the pump housing (2) and in which a wet-running electric motor with a can (18, 18?) is arranged. A plate-like bearing carrier (26, 26?) of sheet-material is arranged between the pump housing and the stator housing (16). The bearing carrier (26, 26?) includes a centering surface (40, 40?) in a manner distanced to its free peripheral edge, said centering surface coming into bearing contact on a corresponding contact surface (42) of the pump housing (2) in a manner such that the bearing carrier (26, 26?) with the can (18, 18?) is centered relative to the pump housing (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GRUNDFOS HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Finn Mathiesen Høj, Tom Eklundh Larsen
  • Patent number: 9958069
    Abstract: A piston unit of a working cylinder has first and second coupling partners. The first coupling partner is a piston. The second coupling partner is a piston rod. The piston rod is inserted axially into the piston. Each of the coupling partners has an annular groove, the groove of the piston rod is an external groove, the groove of the piston is an internal groove. The grooves of the coupling partners lie opposite one another. The unit has a spring-loaded coupling ring. The coupling ring, when deformed in a tensioning direction, is fully accommodated by the groove of one coupling partner and which, when deformed in a release direction, engages in the grooves of both coupling partners. The engagement of the coupling ring in the grooves produces a form-locking connection between the partners. The piston rod is oversized in relation to the piston and provides an additional frictional connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Buemach Engineering International B.V.
    Inventor: Josef Bueter
  • Patent number: 9936725
    Abstract: A metering device with a product conduit section, through which a base product forcibly flows, with at least one storage container for an additive, which is connected with an associated metering point respectively via a removal conduit, which is arranged on or respectively in the product conduit section, with a mechanism for forcibly conveying the additive, with quantity-based capturing of the base product and of the additive, with sterile steam and with a control device assigned to the metering device. The metering point is provided within a metering valve, which forms a product chamber, into which the product conduit section opens and from which it exits, an initial chamber and a partial chamber as well as a receiver of an end section and of a terminal side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: GEA TDS GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert Assing, Andreas Schmied, Uwe Schwenzow, Helmut Buss, Franz Tasler
  • Patent number: 9915394
    Abstract: A positionable lift stand includes a support structure defining a first positioning hole, a sliding member slidably engaged with the support structure and defines a second positioning hole, an elastic member, and a fixing member. The elastic member is connected between the support structure and the sliding member, while provides a restoring force enabling the sliding member to move against the support structure. The fixing member passes through the first positioning hole of the support structure and the second positioning hole of the sliding member. By utilizing the fixing member and various positioning holes associated with the lift stand, the lift stand can be fixedly held to occupy the least amount of space for packaging or storing purpose. Such attribute is achieved by using fewer parts and processing steps, which means fewer parts need to be manufactured, more cost savings, and less assembling time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Guang-zhao Chen
  • Patent number: 9890881
    Abstract: A pipe connection assembly including: (a) a housing; (b) a first opening disposed within the housing, the opening having an inner surface adapted to receive a first end of a first pipe element; (c) an open-ended channel disposed within a wall of the housing, the channel having a wide cross-section disposed distal to the first opening, and a narrow cross-section disposed between the wide cross-section and the first opening, the channel fluidly communicating with the first opening via the narrow cross-section; and (d) a lock pin having a backbone and a tooth extending longitudinally therefrom, the backbone adapted to be received by the wide cross-section, the tooth adapted to be received by the narrow cross-section, the pin adapted to be urged along the open ended channel, whereby a bottom edge of the tooth protrudes through the narrow cross-section into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Ralph Mehr
  • Patent number: 9844390
    Abstract: An atherectomy device with an exchangeable drive shaft is disclosed, having a drive shaft gear at a distal end of the exchangeable drive shaft for meshing engagement with a prime mover gear on the output shaft of the prime mover. The exchangeable drive shaft is inserted into an opening at the distal end of the handle housing and moved axially in a proximal direction. Surface features on at least the prime mover housing and the engageable drive shaft help to align the drive shaft gear with the prime mover gear for meshing engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas W. Rydberg
  • Patent number: 9845908
    Abstract: A lightweight quick connector system that is a more unitized, installation and dismantling structure and method for joining the ends of straight grooved pipe that uses o-ring fluid sealing. The connector system includes a grooved pipe receiving structure for support and stabilization of the o-ring sealing structure. The quick connector system also has the capability to operate as a size adapter for grooved pipe of different sizes and has the capability to act as a fitting adapter to enable interfitting of a grooved pipe to another size and type of pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AP Couplings, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred J. Brunella
  • Patent number: 9754566
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting drum pedals for a musical drum set is provided. The apparatus may include an outer tube having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the outer rod having a polygon-shaped channel extending therethrough, the distal end of the outer tube being coupled with a first drum pedal; an inner rod having a polygonal cross-section, a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the inner rod being slidably received through the polygon-shaped channel at the proximal end of the outer tube, the distal end of the inner rod being coupled with a first drum beater; and a quick-release mechanism coupled to the proximal end of the outer tube configured to releasably engage the outer tube with the inner rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Rusty D. Reens, Mark D. Albright
  • Patent number: 9746114
    Abstract: A quick coupling device of the cartridge type, the device comprising a tubular body defining a channel, a retaining washer for retaining the tube in the device, a tubular disconnection pusher that is slidably mounted in the channel, and an anchor for anchoring the coupling device in the socket. The body has one end provided with a retractable ring that projects axially from the end in order to carry internally a sealing member of the coupling device and in order to be suitable for being returned against the body in order to release the sealing member in the socket. The retaining washer is arranged in the retractable ring between the body and the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: PARKER HANNIFIN MANUFACTURING FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Philippe Le Quere
  • Patent number: 9745926
    Abstract: A fluid line coupling for a mechanical and fluidic coupling may include a fluid-carrying first component and a fluid-carrying second component. A pipe body may be at least one of integrated with and attached to the first component. A connection piece may be arranged coaxially to the pipe body in an inserted position, the connection piece being at least one of integrated with and attached to the second component. A securing clip may be disposed on an outer side of the pipe body and surround the pipe body in a circumferential direction at least 180°. The securing clip may be radially adjustable relative to the pipe body between a securing position in which the connection piece is secured to the pipe body in the inserted position, and a releasing position in which the connection piece is unsecured to the pipe body in the inserted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Proettel, Eduard Seitz
  • Patent number: 9739403
    Abstract: A coupling device (1; 1?) for conduits conveying hydrocarbon liquids and hydrocarbon vapors, in particular for crankcase ventilation conduits, fuel conduits or tank ventilation conduits, includes a coupling body (2) with a connecting piece receiving section (6); and a locking member (4; 4?) for locking into place a connecting piece (24) guided into the connecting piece receiving section (6); wherein the connecting piece receiving section (6) has an installation recess (10) open radially toward the side, and wherein the locking member (4; 4?) can be guided into the connecting piece receiving section (6) laterally in radial direction (MR) by an installation recess (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: A. Kayser Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freter, Claus-Frieder Busche