With Manipulator Patents (Class 285/308)
  • Patent number: 10865924
    Abstract: Disclosed is a quick-disassembly nipple connector structure, which is mainly composed of a hollow pipe, a pivoting assembly, a screwing member, a plurality of gripping jaws, a sleeve, a handle and a spring. The handle is additionally disposed on the sleeve and the pivoting assembly; when the handle is not pulled, the sleeve is located at a lock position to lock a grease nipple; and when the handle is pulled downwards, the sleeve is located at a release position to release the grease nipple. The quick-disassembly nipple connector structure can be rapidly switched to the lock position or the release position, thus, facilitating operation, shortening the work time, achieving accurate alignment, improving work efficiency, and avoiding damage to internal parts caused by excessive force application by users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Shuoxing Metal Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Heng-Chia Kuo
  • Patent number: 10865925
    Abstract: Disclosed is a quick-disassembly nipple connector structure, which is mainly composed of a pipe, a pivoting assembly, a screwing member, a plurality of gripping jaws, a sleeve and a handle. The handle can be pulled by users to enable the quick-disassembly nipple connector structure to be rapidly connected to or separated from a grease nipple. When the handle is pulled downwards, the sleeve is located at a lock position to lock the grease nipple; and when the handle is pulled upwards, the sleeve is located at a release position to release the grease nipple. Thus, the quick-disassembly nipple connector structure has the advantages of being capable of improving work efficiency, high in positioning speed, high in accuracy and good in fixing property and has a good overall constituent strength, so that the motion stability is improved, and the operation smoothness and service life are ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Shuoxing Metal Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Heng-Chia Kuo
  • Patent number: 10746335
    Abstract: A pipe system includes a pipe having an axis and a retainer groove formed in an exterior of the pipe. A retainer is mounted in the retainer groove. An entirety of the retainer is both axially movable and radially movable relative to the retainer groove during formation of a pipe assembly with a tubular body to form a pipe assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Joshua E. Clapper, Dmitry Yashin, Roy L. Dean
  • Patent number: 10670175
    Abstract: A connector for connecting at least one fluid line with another fluid line or a power unit. The connector includes a housing, a mating connector and an adapter sleeve. The adapter sleeve includes positive-locking elements that retain the adapter sleeve engaged with the housing. The adapter sleeve further includes latching arms releasably retaining the mating connector in the adapter sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Klein, Eugen Heinrichs
  • Patent number: 10569074
    Abstract: A coupling for fluid-tight connection of two fluid-guiding portions in medical applications. The coupling is an axially lockable quick-connect coupling and comprises a male coupling portion having a continuous first passage and a female coupling portion adapted to be slipped over the male coupling portion and having a continuous second passage. A preferably circumferential radial sealing is provided on the outer periphery of the male coupling portion and/or on the inner periphery of the female coupling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: B. Braun Avitum AG
    Inventors: Bruno Stenzel, Sebastian Brögger, Uta Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10520004
    Abstract: An apparatus is presented comprising a captive screw comprising an upper portion, an upper middle portion, a central middle portion, a lower middle portion, and a lower portion, the central middle portion comprising a threaded portion, the lower portion comprising a barbed portion, the upper middle portion and the lower middle portion comprising a smooth portion, and the upper portion comprising a grip portion, wherein an outer circumference of the barbed portion is flexible, wherein the captive screw is configured with a first attachment portion and a second attachment portion to attach to a first member of an auxiliary device, and wherein the captive screw is configured to act as a set screw with respect to a second member of an auxiliary device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. Kratoska
  • Patent number: 10507702
    Abstract: Suspension system of a vehicle and a shock absorber assembly of the suspension system, the shock absorber assembly includes a top mount and a jounce bumper. The jounce bumper includes a main body made of an elastic material, such as a foam elastomer or rubber and a fixing element made of a second harder material. The fixing element has a wall portion that extends around the outermost upper part of the main body and at least one elastic retaining area cooperating with a respective protuberance arranged in the top mount to fix the jounce bumper to the top mount. Between the outermost upper part of the main body and the fixing element there is a gap that enables the main body to expand radially also in the area covered by the wall portion of the fixing element when the main body is compressed during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CIKAUTXO, S.COOP.
    Inventors: Iñaki Azpiazu Echave, Asier Celaya Arrizabalaga, Jon Plaza Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10502347
    Abstract: The production of a quick connection device including a metal journal that fits in a complementary manner into a connector is performed by a process including the following steps: a metal tube is extruded to form a blank of the journal extending longitudinally from a large end to a small end along a first cylindrical portion; from the first cylindrical portion, the blank narrows along a conical portion to a second cylindrical portion. The wall of the tubular blank has a thickness that is substantially constant in all three portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Andrzej Krupa, Krystian Klemt
  • Patent number: 10480698
    Abstract: A tube connector for attachment to an end of a tube of a pressurized fluid system has a housing, a main sealing element, a gripping element and a cone element. The main sealing element is arranged for sealing an inner surface of the housing to an outer surface of a tube. The gripping element comprises a gripping edge for engaging with an outer surface of a tube. The cone element limits a movement of the grip-ping element. The tube connector further has an integrated release element. The release element has a tubular part, a top part and an environmental sealing. A release edge of the tubular part engages with the gripping element and the environmental sealing is adapted for sealing a receptacle formed in the housing of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kongsberg Automotive AS
    Inventors: Tommy Rafteseth, Geir Liaklev, Henning Rud
  • Patent number: 10458583
    Abstract: The quick release tool includes a U-shaped body which presents a base that has a first side and a second side. The body also has a pair of legs that are spaced laterally from one another and extend away from the first side of the base to respective distal ends. Each of the distal ends presents a pair of ledges that are spaced longitudinally from one another to receive fingers on the locker of the quick connector assembly. The base of the U-shaped body presents a living hinge which is spaced laterally between the legs for pivoting the distal ends of the legs away from one another in response to the application of a force onto the second side of the base, thereby allowing the locker to be moved from the locked position to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventor: Brian A. Parks
  • Patent number: 10309566
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, an apparatus for a quick connect spray shield includes an inner sleeve having a first end, a second end, and a center axis that is parallel to an axis from the first end to the second end, wherein the inner sleeve has an inner surface that is contoured to position the inner sleeve relative to a female quick connect fitting; and an outer sleeve having a first end, a second end, and a center axis that is parallel to the center axis of the inner sleeve, wherein the outer sleeve has an inner surface contoured to position the outer sleeve relative to an actuating collar of the female quick connect fitting, wherein the actuating collar has an engaged position and a disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis R. Krug, Jr., Robert K. Mullady
  • Patent number: 10273766
    Abstract: A plug and play connection system for a managed pressure drilling system includes a connection hub flange disposed around an outer surface of an outer barrel of a telescopic joint that includes a plurality of pass-through ports and a plurality of connection hub flange ports. A connection hub ring is removably disposed around an outer surface of the connection hub flange. The connection hub ring includes a plurality of dogs configured to removably attach the connection hub ring to the outer surface of the connection hub flange and a plurality of stab-in connectors disposed around an outer surface of the connection hub ring. A ported bottom flange is connected to a bottom distal end of the outer barrel of the telescopic joint and includes a plurality of bottom flange ports. A plurality of conduits connect the plurality of connection hub flange ports to the plurality of bottom flange ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Jorge Chami Batista, Leandro Diniz Brandao Rocha, Jose Eugenio de Almeida Campos
  • Patent number: 10167114
    Abstract: A configurable container-support frame is disclosed. The frame includes at least two sections, each section including at least three substantially parallel telescoping members, each connected to two other members by a cross member that is substantially perpendicular to the telescoping members. The telescoping members of one section telescopically engage with the telescoping members of at least one other section and the engaged sections define a configurable volume. The frame may be disposed within an existing container, such as a bag or a box, to improve the protective capabilities of that container. Or the frame may be integrated with a surface, such as a fabric, to create a configurable container with improved protective capabilities over the surface alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Tigerback Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Casey
  • Patent number: 10139025
    Abstract: A female connector (1) configured to receive a male connector (2), having an annular exterior retaining rim (24), the female connector including a body (10), and a transverse slide (4) forming a housing, the housing (4) including two lateral grooves (41,42), the female connector including a separate deformable locking ring (3) capable of being inserted in the housing and of locking the male connector in the coupling position, the locking ring including two first concave arched portions (31), as viewed from the axis, and two second arched portions (32), with inverse curvature, i.e. convex when viewed from the axis, the second arched portions being capable of flexing towards the exterior during insertion of the male connector and capable of abutting on the external annular retaining rim and preventing withdrawal of the male connector, whereby after locking of the male connector in the female connector a definitive locking is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Florian Blake, Jeremy Gibelin
  • Patent number: 10113678
    Abstract: Sliding quick-coupling joints are provided. Such joints have a tubular coupling element, in which an inner duct extends. The inner duct has a cylindrical chamber with an open end, an intermediate cylindrical section narrower than the cylindrical chamber, a central duct section, an inner transverse shoulder surface which connects the intermediate cylindrical section to the central section of duct, and a transverse surface that connects the cylindrical chamber and the intermediate cylindrical section. The cylindrical chamber accommodates a slidably movable annular locking element, a movable shoulder, and a sealing device. A pipe may be inserted into the cylindrical chamber and through these elements. The annular locking element is interposed between the transverse surface and the movable shoulder. The joint keeps the pipe mechanically coupled while providing fluid-tight seal and allowing the pipe to undergo thermal expansion. Methods of mounting such sliding quick-coupling joints are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Roberto Messana
  • Patent number: 10107426
    Abstract: Conduit connectors for liquid manifolds and methods of fabrication are provided. In one embodiment, a conduit connector is integrated, at least in part, within a liquid manifold, and includes a conduit-receiving opening or socket and at least one releasable retention component. The conduit-receiving opening is disposed within the liquid manifold and in fluid communication with at least one liquid-carrying channel of the liquid manifold. The releasable retention component(s) is selectively operative to threadlessly secure in a fluid-tight manner a conduit within the conduit-receiving opening in fluid communication with the at least one liquid-carrying channel of the liquid manifold to facilitate flow of liquid through the liquid-carrying channel(s), or to release the conduit from the conduit-receiving opening of the conduit connector. The releasable retention component(s) resides at least partially within the liquid manifold when operatively holding the conduit within the conduit-receiving opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas J. Brunschwiler, Evan G. Colgan, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Gerd Schlottig
  • Patent number: 10024472
    Abstract: A quick-acting coupling for the disconnectable connection of two pipelines (C1, C2) which has a female element (A) equipped with a locking device (6) slidingly mounted in a body (1) of the female element and equipped with a raised portion-and wherein the locking device is movable between a first position in which the raised portion cooperates with a flange (102) of a male part (B), and a second position in which the locking device allows the male part to release itself from the female element, and wherein a safety device retains the locking device in the first position when the male part is in the configuration fitted in the female element and wherein when the locking device is in the first position, a force on the safety device releases the locking device from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Alain-Christophe Tiberghien, Christophe Durieux, Igor Bahno
  • Patent number: 10006577
    Abstract: A quick connector and assembly therewith is provided. The connector includes a housing having a tubular housing wall with an inner surface extending between open opposite ends with at least one locking opening extending through the wall. The inner surface bounds a through bore and forms a radially inwardly extending shoulder. A retaining member has an annular retainer wall with inner surface sized for receipt about at least a portion of the housing wall. The retainer wall has at least locking member resiliently biased radially inwardly for receipt through the opening of the housing wall in axially spaced relation from the shoulder by a gap, in which the annular collar of the insertion member is received and locked. The at least one locking member is restrained against substantial axial and rotational movement within the at least one opening, and thus, prevents unwanted removal of the insertion member from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Brandon Meister, Tyler Walczak, William Kahabka, Tim Hammond
  • Patent number: 9995643
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for dynamically determining a static tip resistance of a dynamically-loaded component having a tip. One example method comprises receiving gauge data from one or more gauges associated with the component proximate the tip. The gauge data may represent measurements related to one or more impacts on the component. The example method may further comprise determining measured data and estimated data corresponding to the one or more impacts on the component based at least in part on the gauge data. Furthermore, the method may comprise performing an inversion to select the estimated data having the least amount of difference in comparison to the measured data. The method may also comprise determining the static tip resistance based at least in part on the selected estimated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc., Florida Department of Transportation
    Inventors: Michael McVay, Khiem Tat Tran, Rodrigo Herrera, Peter Lai
  • Patent number: 9939094
    Abstract: A connection device for pipe lines includes a connection element that has a receiving opening for a pipe line and a retainer element that stops the pipe line from being pulled out. The retainer element is designed as a spring-elastic toothed ring that has teeth distributed across a circumference and which extend radially inward at an incline and act against the pipe line. The toothed ring is mounted to have limited axial play. At the transition region between an outer circumferential region and the retainer teeth, the toothed ring interacts with a circumferential tilt edge such that the toothed ring can pivot about the tilt edge out of a position in which its outer circumferential region is pressed against a first, lower contact section and a second, upper contact section. The retainer teeth being able to be elastically deformed by bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Harald Hagen, Adrian Klehr, Jochem-Andreas Hess
  • Patent number: 9890886
    Abstract: A quick connect coupling assembly for interconnecting a tubular component to a mounting component is provided. The coupling assembly includes a retainer adapted to be coupled to the mounting component and having a pair of resiliently cantilevered snap arms. A housing for coupling with the mounting component has an inner cam surface and is configured to abut the mounting component. The snap arms each include a first deflector ramp that is aligned in proximity to the inner cam surface and a second deflector ramp adapted to releaseably engage a back surface of the mounting component. A push/pull feature permits the retainer to be pushed and causes the first deflector ramps to engage the inner cam surface and cause the snap arms to deflect inwardly and release the second deflector ramp from engagement with the back surface and allow the coupling assembly to be pulled out of the mounting component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Schuessler, Brandon Meister-Place
  • Patent number: 9777876
    Abstract: The connector comprises a housing having a connection hole where a pipe with a flange is inserted, a retainer having a latching portion that retains the pipe by being arranged at a location facing the connection hole and engaged with the flange, and a checker that is supported by the housing at the retaining position and is movable from the retaining position to the connection confirmation position when the pipe is inserted into the connection hole up to the normal connection position. The checker is configured to release the engagement between the latching portion and the flange, when at the connection confirmation position, by having the retainer that is engaged with the flange of the pipe at the normal connection position pushed to expand the distance of the retainer so that the pipe can be pulled out from the connection hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Kenichiro Kaneko, Naoki Mori, Kenta Kuwayama, Yoshikazu Kaneyasu, Masaru Tomimatsu, Shoji Uhara
  • Patent number: 9732892
    Abstract: A quick connect coupling includes a male coupling and a female coupling. A stop may be associated with the male coupling and configured to prevent the male coupling from being inserted into a port of the female coupling beyond a predetermined depth. The stop may be axially slidable between a first position and a second position. The first position may be located between a leading edge of the male coupling and the second position. The stop may be biased towards the first position so that the stop substantially resets to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Gates Corporation
    Inventor: Donald R. Gilbreath
  • Patent number: 9642775
    Abstract: A system includes a syringe adapter having a first end and a second end with the first end of the syringe adapter configured to be connected to a first container and the second end of the syringe adapter including a lock member having an open position and a closed position. The system also includes a vial adapter having a first end and a second end with the second end of the vial adapter configured to be connected to a second container and the first end of the vial adapter having a locking surface. The lock member includes at least one projection that extends radially outward. The syringe adapter has at least one corresponding projection configured to engage the at least one projection of the lock member to retain the lock member to the syringe adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson and Company Limited
    Inventors: Laurie Sanders, Matthew Zachek
  • Patent number: 9423061
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, an apparatus for a quick connect spray shield includes an inner sleeve having a first end, a second end, and a center axis that is parallel to an axis from the first end to the second end, wherein the inner sleeve has an inner surface that is contoured to position the inner sleeve relative to a female quick connect fitting; and an outer sleeve having a first end, a second end, and a center axis that is parallel to the center axis of the inner sleeve, wherein the outer sleeve has an inner surface contoured to position the outer sleeve relative to an actuating collar of the female quick connect fitting, wherein the actuating collar has an engaged position and a disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis R. Krug, Jr., Robert K. Mullady
  • Patent number: 9228681
    Abstract: A coupling (10) for receiving and retaining the end of a conduit. The coupling (10) includes a leading body part (12), a grab ring (14), a sealing ring (16), a trailing body part (18) and a sleeve (11). The trailing body part (18) has an outer surface portion (46) which is inclined to diverge outwardly and a rear face (20) that extends from a trailing end of the outer surface (46), and that faces axially. The sleeve (11) extends circumferentially around the leading body part (12), the grab ring (14), the sealing ring (16) and the trailing body part (18). The sleeve (11) includes a forward end (24) for engaging the leading body part (12) a first axial portion (23) which extends from the forward end (24), an inclined portion (22) which extends from the axial portion (23) and which is inclined complimentary to the outer surface portion (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: William Vernon Kluss
  • Publication number: 20150145243
    Abstract: A quick connection arrangement is for detachably connecting a medium line to a (SAE) connecting piece. The quick connection arrangement includes a housing having an opening for receiving the medium line and a connecting piece opening for receiving the (SAE) connecting piece so as to permit a medium to flow through the housing between the medium line and the (SAE) connecting piece. An inner locking element for locking the (SAE) connecting piece in the connecting piece opening is arranged essentially inside the connecting piece opening. An outer locking element for locking the inner locking element when the (SAE) connecting piece is locked. The inner locking element is arranged essentially outside of the connecting piece opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Holger Dude
  • Publication number: 20150145244
    Abstract: In a socket of the present invention, an incorporated plug part is disposed in a third base part. The socket is in an inserted state when an engaging portion of this incorporated plug part is engaged with a first engaged portion of an engaged part. In this state, an engaging portion of a plug is engaged with steel balls disposed in the incorporated plug part, thereby allowing the plug and the socket to be fitted to each other, so that an airtight condition is established in a pipe fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: DAISEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki TAGUCHI, Kouechi UCHIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20150135502
    Abstract: A motorized latch assembly includes an electric motor, an eccentric cam attached via gears to a shaft of the motor and a latch plate configured to lock the reagent cartridge to the coupler. The eccentric cam is rotated when the shaft of the motor rotates. When the eccentric cam is rotated so that the eccentric cam presses down upon the latch plate, the latch plate moves a sufficient distance to permit the reagent cartridge to be disconnected from the coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: William J. Rankin, Robert Keith Johnson
  • Patent number: 9016729
    Abstract: In a quick connection device for piping installed with a checker (40), a connector housing (20) of a quick connector (10) is formed with opening portions (74) for inserting resilient legs (58) therein through the opening portions (74) in a direction perpendicular to an axis from leading ends of the resilient legs, and inserted portions of the resilient legs (58) are held inside the connector housing (20). The resilient legs (58) are resiliently deformed in an axially inward direction by an annular projecting portion on an outer peripheral surface of a mating pipe at insertion of the mating pipe, to unlatch latching pawls (64) of the resilient legs (58) from corresponding latch portions of the connector housing (20), whereby the checker (40) is allowed to be removed out of the connector housing (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignees: Sumitomo Riko Company Limited, A. Ryamond et CIE-SCS
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Ishida, Yasuki Takenaka
  • Publication number: 20150021902
    Abstract: A detachable plug connection including a tubular insert part having a retaining projection on its outer circumference, a sleeve-shaped receiving part, and a connecting element connected to the receiving part with an inwardly directed, upwardly pivotable retaining edge that engages behind the retaining projection after pushing in the insert piece. A sleeve-shaped locking element surrounds the connecting element in a sliding manner and can be displaced between a release position, in which the axial sliding movement is transformed into an opening movement of the retaining edge(s) oriented transversally thereto, and a locking position, in which it surrounds the connecting element preventing upward bending in the region of the retaining edge(s) and the connecting element projects above the locking element, in an intermediate or coupling position of the locking element such that the retaining edge(s) can be bent upwards when the retaining projection on the insert piece is pushed in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventor: Werner Kury
  • Patent number: 8931807
    Abstract: A connector for use as a bend stiffener in a marine application comprising male and female connectors respectively provided with a downwardly dependent frusto-conical extension and a cylindrical extension. The female connector includes a hollow cylindrical body defining a through bore and surrounded by a spring loaded sleeve movable axially with respect to the body. Spring loaded latches extend through respective apertures to coact with grooves in the body. Hydraulic rams are disposed to push the sleeve against the spring loading which brings an internally wider diameter position of the sleeve adjacent locking balls extending through but retained by stepped apertures. The latches, rams and locking balls coact to lock the male and female connectors together or to enable their release and thus the locking together or release from that locking together of connected extensions. This in turn facilitates the operation of the connector in hazardous conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Balltec Limited
    Inventor: Richard Taylor
  • Patent number: 8869819
    Abstract: A bi-directional inflating device, comprising: a handle rod comprising an inner tube and an outer tube, an adapter tube communicating with the inner tube, two inflating fittings each having a passage communicating with the adapter tube, a bushing fixed with the outer tube and slidable in parallel to the passages, and two detent assemblies located between two step portions in the bushing and the adapter tube respectively. The inflating fittings each have two grooves formed with a through hole respectively. The detent assemblies each comprise two detents and an elastic piece. The detents each have a body disposed in a corresponding one of the grooves and two end portions extending outwards from the outer surface of the corresponding inflating fitting respectively. The body has an abutting portion that extends through the through hole of the corresponding inflating fitting and is located inside the corresponding passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Jin Dai Auto Supplies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jui-Meng Huang, Yen-Chang Huang
  • Publication number: 20140312613
    Abstract: A fuel pump to fuel tank attachment assembly for a vehicle includes a retainer ring firmly attached to a portion of the fuel tank. The retainer ring is formed of the same material as the material of the fuel tank. A lock ring is positioned over, and secured to the retainer ring. A flange of the fuel pump is positioned and clamped between the retainer ring and the lock ring. The retainer ring and the lock ring circumferentially engage the flange of the fuel pump, in the mounted position of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
  • Patent number: 8844978
    Abstract: A medical-engineering coupling mechanism for connecting two medical instruments having a coupling plug and a coupling socket for inserting the coupling plug, so that the coupling socket and the coupling plug can be secured to one another by at least one spring-loaded notching connection. To produce a medical-engineering coupling mechanism that is easy to manipulate and ensures a secure notching connection of the components that are to be connected to one another, it is proposed with the invention that the notching connection consists of at least two notching hooks that are positioned on one of the components and are in active engagement with at least one spring element configured as a spring washer, and at least one notching recess positioned on the other component for insertion of the at least two notching hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sabine Zahler, Sebastian Frey, Michael Sauer
  • Patent number: 8840149
    Abstract: A fire hose adapter comprises a locking huh mechanically coupled to a locking ring. The locking hub is immediately adjacent to a first wedge segment and a second wedge segment. The locking hub is mechanically coupled to a holding plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Cornelius
  • Patent number: 8840150
    Abstract: A male fitting has a body that defines a fluid passage that extends through the body from a first end to a second end. The body may include a first portion adjacent to the first end, a second portion adjacent to the second end and a middle portion separating the first and second portions. The body may further define a slot between the middle portion and the second end. The slot extends at least partially circumferentially around the body. An actuating member may extend at least partially around the body. The actuating member may have at least one stop feature that engages with the body, and a retaining feature that is at least partially aligned with the slot. A spring disposed between the body and the actuating member may exert a force on the actuating member so as to position the retaining feature radially outward from the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Leslie Sierad, Samuel G. Rankin, Dan Simionescu
  • Publication number: 20140265314
    Abstract: A coupler engagement mechanism includes a female member that detachably couples to a corresponding male member. The female member may include a central axis opening and a telescopically slidable outer sleeve. The outer sleeve may be spring-biased in a forward direction towards the central axis opening. A pull member may be coupled to the outer sleeve and may extend from the outer sleeve in a direction other than parallel to the radius of the outer sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Silicon Graphics International Corp.
    Inventors: Russell Eric Stacy, Erik Konrad Peterson
  • Publication number: 20140217723
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a lever quick connect and disconnect fitting that provides a secure fit for tank-to-tank connections and prevents any leakage from occurring. The fitting provide two separate, independent locking features that can secure tank sleeves to one another. There is provided male and female components that are coupled together by a lever connect and by a safety ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Aerazur S.A.
    Inventors: Amine Sannadi, Nicolas Picco
  • Publication number: 20140203550
    Abstract: A connection apparatus for establishing a vacuum-tight connection, in particular a flange connection, between at least two components of a vacuum arrangement, having a first coupling element for coupling to the one component and a second coupling element for coupling to the other component. The first coupling element and the second coupling element are coupled to one another via a pivotable operating lever and the connection apparatus is adjustable by pivoting the operating lever from a first position in which the coupling elements have a larger spacing from one another into a second position in which the coupling elements have a smaller spacing from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Utsch
  • Publication number: 20140183858
    Abstract: A pipe joint is equipped with a body, and an attachment and detachment mechanism by which a fluid tube is mounted detachably with respect to the body. A pawl of a chuck that constitutes the attachment and detachment mechanism includes a stopper member that abuts against an outer circumferential surface of the fluid tube, and piercing members, distal ends of which project more toward a side of the fluid tube than the stopper member and pierce into the outer circumferential surface of the fluid tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Hiroshi HANNE
  • Patent number: 8764068
    Abstract: The present invention provides a quick connect coupling with a retention feature that resists inadvertent disconnection of the coupling in a pressurized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy A. Frick, W. Randall Tucker
  • Publication number: 20140151999
    Abstract: A receptacle has a backward-movable floating mechanism and includes a receptacle-side slider, a first lock mechanism (first ball) functioning to couple and fix the receptacle to a plug, and a second lock mechanism (second ball, indentation) that prevents the backward movement. The plug includes a plug-side slider and an indentation. When the plug is inserted into the receptacle, the plug-side slider is prevented from moving forward by the first ball and only the housing of the plug moves forward. When connection between male and female members is complete, the first ball fits into the indentation and the plug-side slider moves forward to lock the first ball. The receptacle-side slider is pushed backward by the plug-side slider, the second lock mechanism is unlocked and the housing of the receptacle is moved backward by the floating mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Osamu IMAKI, Hideto SHIMAZU
  • Publication number: 20140145430
    Abstract: This female quick-connect coupling element comprises balls for locking a male element in a coupled configuration, positioned in radial housings of a body and able to protrude radially in an insertion channel, and an actuating member mobile between a first position, in which the male element is locked in the female element in coupled configuration, and a second position, in which the male and female elements are in uncoupled configuration. The female quick-connect coupling element comprises an intermediate locking ring, mobile in translation between a rear position, in which an internal wall of the intermediate ring maintains the locking balls protruding in the insertion channel, and a front position of the front side of the female element, in which the locking balls are free to be pushed back opposite the longitudinal axis of the female element under the action of the actuating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Alain-Christophe TIBERGHIEN, Christophe DURIEUX
  • Patent number: 8720574
    Abstract: A subsea connector that includes a connector capable of selectively connecting to a spool body to form a connector assembly. The subsea connector may include an adapter ring that is capable of connecting the spool body to the connector. The connector assembly may be lowered onto a wellhead member and locked into place by a movable piston and split lock ring. While the connector assembly is in the unlocked state, the adapter ring may be rotated moving the connector up or down with respect to the spool body, which lands on the wellhead member. The movement of the connector may be used to vary the alignment of the connector locking means with respect to the locking profile of the wellhead member. This change in position may be used to modify the preload force applied to the connector when locked onto the wellhead member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Aker Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Glen H. Cuiper, Paulo C. S. Paulo
  • Publication number: 20140103644
    Abstract: A male coupling for attaching to a female coupling in which rotation of the male coupling with respect to the female coupling is limited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Randall J. Rehder, Dodge H. Juhan
  • Patent number: 8662543
    Abstract: A plug connector for media lines that includes a plug part having a plug shaft, which can be inserted into a receiving part and is releasably locked therein. The plug part has at least two spring elastic latching arms that extend in the insertion direction. The latching arms have radially inwardly projecting catch cams at their free ends for engaging behind a latching step of the receiving part. The latching arms can be spread radially by a release element to release the plug part. The latching arms are radially spread by displacing the release element. The release element has axially extending release arms, which extend to the area of the catch cams, located radially between the latching arms and the plug shaft. The actuating sections are arranged in such a way for spreading the latching arms to release the catch cams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Lechner, Frank Zenses, Evelin Rosowski
  • Publication number: 20140041734
    Abstract: A quick connector includes a socket-shaped main body, and penetrating containing holes formed around the periphery of the main body for containing a first latch element for fixing an external tool connector. The first latch element is controlled by a first control element to fix or loosen the external tool connector. The main body includes aslant penetrating U-shaped slide grooves formed above the containing holes, and each slide groove includes a second latch element pushed by a spring that is sheathed on the periphery of the main body to displace the second latch element in the slide groove and in an axial direction of the main body. The second control element is disposed above the first control element, and the first and second control elements control the latch elements respectively to execute two-stage actions of removing the connector and prevent accidents caused by a possible shootout of the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jen-Chih Chang
  • Patent number: 8608205
    Abstract: A fluid pipe connection device includes a plug sleeve fixedly fastened and mounted on a pipe joint used for mounting an internal tooth snap ring and a push tooth ring in the pipe joint and the plug sleeve. The internal tooth snap ring clamps the pipe wall after the pipe passes through the plug sleeve, the push tooth ring and the internal tooth snap ring. The push tooth ring pushes away internal teeth along the pipe insertion direction so as to lead the internal tooth snap ring to release the pipe wall before disassembling a pipe. A top end of the push tooth ring is basically flush with an exposed element or contracted in the exposed element under the pipe connection state. The exposed element is the more prominent one of the plug sleeve and the pipe joint. Also provided is a pipe disassembly tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Lin Wai Lai
  • Patent number: 8596691
    Abstract: A fitting connectable to an end portion of a pipe generally includes a housing configured for receiving at least part of the end portion of the pipe into the housing, and an insert member disposed at least partly within the housing. The insert member is configured to be received at least partly within the end portion of the pipe when at least part of the end portion of the pipe is received into the housing. A retention member is movable relative to the housing for selectively connecting the fitting to the end portion of the pipe. The retention member is movable to press at least part of the end portion of the pipe radially against at least part of the insert member to help secure the fitting to the end portion of the pipe when the end portion of the pipe is received into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Blazing Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. King, Duane K. Smith, Douglas L. Kirk