Reciprocating Sleeve Patents (Class 285/315)
  • Patent number: 11313195
    Abstract: A remotely-operated fluid connection assembly to hold higher internal pressures in larger diameters. The assembly comprises a fluid connection adapter and a fluid connection housing assembly. A first seal section on the housing assembly sealingly contacts a first seal bore on the adapter when the adapter enters the housing assembly. Engagement of an externally-disposed locking ring on locking element outer surfaces causes inner surfaces on the locking elements to retain the adapter to the housing assembly via a lock engagement surface. The first seal section is further disposed to expand radially such that when the first seal section expands radially, the first seal section further tightens sealing contact against the first seal bore. Adapter displacement relative to the housing assembly preferably further tightens the adapter against the locking elements as now restrained by the locking ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: FHE USA LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Kibler, Kyle Scholl, Keith C. Johansen, Nicolas G. Snoke
  • Patent number: 10759105
    Abstract: Injection-moulding mould configured for being mounted in an injection-moulding apparatus for automated moulding of work pieces from plastics, said injection-moulding mould comprising at least two separate mould parts that are separated by a mould separation face, and wherein at least one mould part 1 is configured with an outer frame 2 in which one or more spaces is/are configured that are open relative to the mould separation face, in which is mounted at least one exchangeable mould insert 3, and wherein the exchangeable mould insert 3 has a mould cavity side that faces towards the mould separation face, which mould cavity side is provided with one or more mould cavities, and wherein, in the mould insert 3, a set of cooling channels 14 is provided and at least two pipe couplings to which there is, for each pipe coupling, configured a cooling pipe 4 being, with its first end, mounted to the pipe coupling and extending therefrom, in its longitudinal direction, from the pipe coupling and out through a channel 8
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: LEGO A/S
    Inventor: Jens Stamp Lambæk
  • Patent number: 10646705
    Abstract: The male connector (1) includes a connector body (10) and a lock nut (50). The connector body (10) includes a male luer (11), first female threading (41) that surrounds the male luer (11), a base end portion (20) that is inserted into a tube (8), a fixed protrusion (21) formed on the base end portion (20), and a spiral protrusion (32) between the male luer (11) and the base end portion (20). The lock nut (50) includes second female threading (52) that is screwed together with the spiral protrusion (32). When the spiral protrusion (32) and the second female threading (52) are screwed together, the base end portion (20) and the lock nut (50) clamp the tube (8). First rotation prevention mechanisms (14, 54) that engage with one another are provided on the connector body (10) and the lock nut (50) such that the lock nut (50) does not rotate relative to the connector body (10) when the tube (8) is clamped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: JMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasumasa Uehara, Yutaka Ueda, Kazuhiko Takimoto, Megumi Harada
  • Patent number: 10617861
    Abstract: A female coupling device includes: a main body defining a fluid passage therethrough; and a clip member coupled to the main body, with the clip member including two opposing arms that extend from the clip member at generally a 45 degree angle relative to a mating male coupling device, the arms being positioned to engage the male coupling device when the male coupling device is mated to the female coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Colder Products Company
    Inventor: Grant A. Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10487968
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fluid-connection device for connecting a first wall defining a first fluid space, for example a flexible pipe, to a second wall defining a second fluid space, in the form of a flexible pipe or enclosure, including a first male connector, the first connector including a seal and a snap-fitting collar, the seal extending radially prior to coupling from the axis until a first radial distance R1, a second female connector capable of receiving the first connector, the second connector including at least one flexible tab with one end against which the locking collar abuts in coupling position, in order to prevent retraction from the coupling position, the flexible tab being defined relative to the axis between a second radial distance R2 and a third radial distance R3, which is greater than the second radial distance R2, wherein R2>R1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS
    Inventors: Florian Blake, Jeremy Gibelin
  • Patent number: 10240423
    Abstract: A system including a connector system configured to couple a first tubular to a second tubular comprising a sleeve configured to couple to the first tubular, wherein an inner diameter of the sleeve comprises a coupling feature, a lock ring configured to couple to an exterior surface of the second tubular and radially engage with the coupling feature of the sleeve, a piston ring configured to energize the lock ring into engagement with the sleeve, a first pressure ring configured to couple to the second tubular, wherein the first pressure ring is axially beneath the piston ring, and a second pressure ring disposed about the piston ring and configured to couple to the second tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis P. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10234065
    Abstract: A fluid line support system includes a fluid line and a collet having an insertion end and a thickened portion having a biased end. A fluid valve has a valve aperture that receives the insertion end of the collet. A collet securing device has a fluid line portion that engages the wall of the fluid line, wherein at least the fluid line portion encircles the wall and is slidably engaged with the wall to define a loose position and a securing position. A collet portion of the collet securing device engages the retaining portion of the fluid valve when in the securing position. When in the securing position, the fluid line portion engages the biased end of the collet, wherein the fluid line and collet portions bias the retaining portion and biased end toward one another such that the insertion end is positioned at a final insertion depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Manjur Tamboli, Melissa Marie Bippus
  • Patent number: 10190709
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of coupling plain end pipes. One system includes a coupling sleeve having opposing upper and lower ends and a plurality of axially extending slots defined in each end, wherein the upper end is configured to receive an end of a first pipe and the lower end is configured to receive an end of a second pipe, an upper sliding ring disposed about the coupling sleeve and axially movable in a first direction to force the upper end into gripping engagement with an outer surface of the first pipe, and a lower sliding ring disposed about the coupling sleeve and axially movable in a second direction to force the lower end into gripping engagement with an outer surface of the second pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ludovic Delmar, Eric Fannes
  • Patent number: 10180202
    Abstract: A push-to-connect fitting release assistance assembly, device and method allows for simplified manual operation of a push-to-connect fitting through a clip device capable of manual fit around a fitting adapted for such use. In various embodiments, the clip device comprises a base portion and first and second leg portions, where the leg portions are adapted to provide a gradually increasing or decreasing axial pressure to a release pusher member included as part of the fitting assembly. In various embodiments, the main body component of the fitting is adapted with axially inner, intermediate and outer portions that provide a snug mechanical fit with the clip device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias
  • Patent number: 10159826
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adaptor for a distal tip of a drug delivery device. The adaptor includes an inner ring having retaining means capable of exerting a radial inward force on said distal tip and of switching from a free configuration to a locked configuration, in which the radial inward force exerted on said conical distal tip limits the axial movement of the adaptor. The adaptor further includes compressing means movable axially with respect to said retaining means between a proximal position, in which said compressing means does not exert a centripetal pressure on said retaining means, and a distal position, in which centripetal pressure is exerted on said retaining means. The invention further relates to a drug delivery device comprising such an adaptor and to a method for mounting said adaptor on said drug delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France
    Inventors: Lionel Maritan, Gilbert Poncon, Guillaume Grunhut
  • Patent number: 10060563
    Abstract: A tube fitting including a first coupling member having at least a snap coupling, and a second coupling member having a first quick-connect side having a mating snap coupling disposed at a first end of the second coupling member, and a second quick-connect side configured for threaded engagement disposed at a second end of the second coupling member, the second end being opposite the first end, wherein the mating snap coupling is configured to engage the snap coupling to effect coupling of the first and second coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brent Campbell, Ronald Clements, Tammy McLeod, Son Nguyen, Alexandra Sonnabend
  • Patent number: 10054251
    Abstract: A device for conducting oil in a vehicle gearbox, wherein the device has at least two elements which can move with respect to one another and at least one sleeve made from steel plate, and the sleeve is arranged here between the elements and at least one of the elements and the sleeve are secured to one another in a positively locking manner, and wherein a first element of the elements is surrounded at least partially by the sleeve and a second element of the elements surrounds the sleeve and the first element at least partially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Georg Draser, Heidi Pscherer
  • Patent number: 10047890
    Abstract: A coupling, conduit assembly, method for coupling conduits and faucet assembly are described herein, wherein the coupling includes a female section with a conduit connecting end and a retainer with at least one projection; a male section with a conduit connecting end and a male projecting portion with a two large diameter sections, each having an inwardly facing surface wherein the surfaces define a channel that is configured so a mating surface on the projection or projections contacts the surface of the first large diameter section when the coupling is locked; and a locking piece on the female section capable of sliding along that section to engage the projection or projections when situated in the channel so the mating surface on the projection or projections contacts the surface of the first large diameter section and the locking piece retains the projection or projections in position and locks the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventor: Hsiao Chang Li
  • Patent number: 10041616
    Abstract: A fluid connector that is designed to work with a wide range of tube configurations and sizes by being able to adjust to the configuration and size of tube being connected to. The fluid connector can also include a pressure driven actuation resistance mechanism to achieve higher pressures. Therefore, a single fluid connector can be used over a wide range of applications. This permits the creation of a standardized cost effective fluid connector design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FASTEST, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Danielson, Scott Allan Gulden
  • Patent number: 9976683
    Abstract: A fluid connector having a longitudinal axis and selective open and closed conditions, includes an elongate conduit member extending along the longitudinal axis, an annular collar disposed about and having axial movement relative to the conduit member between the connector open and closed conditions, and a plurality of split nut members circumferentially distributed about the conduit member and having axial movement relative to the collar between the connector open and closed conditions. The plurality of split nut members and the collar are jointly rotatably about the longitudinal axis, and each split nut member has a distal end defining a threaded nut segment. The split nut member distal ends in the connector closed condition are constrained by the collar against radially separating movement relative to the longitudinal axis and cooperatively define a nut configured to threadedly engage a mating fluid fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: MARSHALL EXCELSIOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Frederick W. Blanchard, James C. Zuck
  • Patent number: 9927054
    Abstract: A plug-in coupling element having a base body that includes a connection geometry for a fluid line and an accommodation opening. For a simplified installation, the claw array is arranged in the region of the accommodation opening, with the claw array including multiple claws arranged such that they are distributed in a circumferential direction, the claws being tilted from the radial outside to the radial inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: NORMA GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Detlef Henrich, Mathias Krauss
  • Patent number: 9816654
    Abstract: In a rapid coupling, a pipe nipple engages a through hole of a socket. A first annular groove provided on the pipe nipple serves to catch a locking ring provided in the socket, in order to lock the coupled condition. A sleeve is movable on the pipe nipple, the sleeve having an inner projection to be retained by the first annular groove of the pipe nipple in a pre-assembled condition. When the pipe nipple is inserted into the socket, the sleeve abuts the socket and is then moved along the pipe nipple until the inner projection is caught by a second annular groove if the coupling is properly locked. It the pipe nipple is not moved into the socket to such an extent that the locking ring is caught by the first annular groove, the second annular groove remains visible outside the sleeve to indicate the improper coupling condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Oetiker Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Willi Hänsli, Urs Müller
  • Patent number: 9575393
    Abstract: An image enhancement device and related techniques in support of polynomial texture mapping (PTM) (also known as reflectance transformation imaging (RTI)) photography. The device may include a number of pod legs that extend from a camera focal plane to a base location around an object of interest. At least some of the pod legs may include one or more markers that indicate locations at which directional light sources are used to illuminate an object for the purpose of creating PTM images. A user may place a light at a number of successive marker locations, and trigger the capture of images of the object. The successive images, along with the known locations of the markers, may be used to generate PTM images of the object. The device and associated techniques improve the accuracy and reliability of PTM image capture and creation as well as provide pedagogical support for teaching PTM techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Benjamin F. S. Altshuler
  • Patent number: 9570846
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plug connector, known as a push-pull type of plug connector, wherein the plug connector is embodied from a base body for receiving a contact, a latch and also a first actuator for actuating the latching means. The first actuator is provided on the plug connector in such a manner that it can be displaced axially along the plugging direction. The first actuator is used for transferring the plugging force by the user to the plug connector, wherein the strengths of the force is limited to a defined maximum in order to prevent damage to components. Furthermore, the latch is actuated by displacing the first actuator in the opposite direction to the plugging direction and the latching arrangement with respect to the mating plug connector is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: HARTING ELECTRONICS GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Lueckemeier
  • Patent number: 9074450
    Abstract: The techniques herein relate to a blowout preventer a tubular of a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation. The blowout preventer includes a housing having a bore therethrough, a segment carrier positionable in the housing, and a piston. The segment carrier includes a carrier ring for receiving the tubular and a plurality of segments pivotally movable radially thereabout. The piston is operatively connectable to the plurality of segments and actuatable for moving the plurality of segments between a disengaged and an engaged position about the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: James William Weir, Dean Allen Bennett
  • Patent number: 9068423
    Abstract: The techniques herein relate to a blowout preventer a wellhead of a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation. The blowout preventer includes a housing having a bore therethrough, a segment carrier positionable in the housing, and a piston. The segment carrier includes a carrier ring for receiving the mandrel and a plurality of segments pivotally movable radially thereabout. The piston is operatively connectable to the plurality of segments and actuatable for moving the plurality of segments between a disengaged and an engaged position about the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Dale Johnson, James William Weir, Dean Allen Bennett
  • Publication number: 20150001844
    Abstract: This female quick coupling (2) element (10) is intended to cooperate, by press fitting (F1) along a press fitting axis (X10-X20), with a male element (20). It comprises a body (102) centred on a longitudinal axis (X10) of the passage of fluid and comprising a flat front face (108), a relief valve (120) comprising a valve (110) housed in the duct for the passage of fluid and mobile along the longitudinal axis, a manoeuvring ring (130) mounted slidingly around the body and defining, at its distal end (134), a mouth (E10) for receiving the male element. The manoeuvring ring is provided with at least one relief (136) of engagement with a corresponding relief (226) of the male element. The female coupling element further comprises a safety ring (150) mounted around the body (102), radially inside the manoeuvring ring (130), mobile axially in relation to the body (102) between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Alain-Christophe Tiberghien, Christophe Durieux, Frederic Morel
  • Publication number: 20140361534
    Abstract: A connector (1) comprises a plurality of latching fingers (5) arranged around a cylindrical body (9) having a central axis (Xc). Each finger has a first end region (5a) extending beyond an end of the body (9) and comprising a first latching structure (4). Each finger is pivotally supported at an intermediate region (5b) by a portion of the body and being movable between a non-latching position and a latching position in which the first end region (5a) is closer to the central axis (Xc) than in the non-latching position. The connector comprises a first actuating member (14) arranged in contact with the plurality of fingers (5) and operable to move the fingers between the non-latching position and the latching position. An actuating means (17) is operable to force a second end region (5 c) of each finger towards the body (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Knut Bekkevold
  • Patent number: 8864643
    Abstract: A blood pump includes a hub having an axis of rotation and a generally cylindrical shape. The hub has an upstream end region, a central region, and a downstream end region, and the hub includes a magnetic material. Blades that are disposed on the downstream end region of the hub extend downstream of the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Thoratec Corporation
    Inventors: Steven H. Reichenbach, Stephen G. Briana, William V. Hodges, Eric Lee
  • Patent number: 8851446
    Abstract: A product transfer valve (1) includes a valve body (3), an inlet port (2), an outlet port (18). A safety interlock mechanism includes a segmented collar (22) with internal threads (23) for mounting the valve to a connection. A safety collar (6) is axially movable between a valve open position and a valve closed position, and causes movement of the segmented collar. An interference member (12) is supported on the cam operated mechanism (8) and engages the safety collar (6) to prevent inadvertent radial outward movement of the internal threads on the segmented collar until the safety collar is moved to the valve closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: PGI International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Spencer M. Nimberger
  • Publication number: 20140291984
    Abstract: A connector unit includes a base body with a mount for a pipe, at least one holding element which enters into holding engagement with a circumferential recess of the pipe, and a control sleeve displaceable relative to the base body, wherein the control sleeve is displaceable between a first and a second axial positions, wherein the holding element in the first axial position is in holding engagement with the pipe, which can be released in the second axial position. The control sleeve in the first axial position can be displaced in a circumferential direction between a first and a second rotational positions, wherein the control sleeve in its first rotational position can be displaced into the second axial position, whereas in the second rotational position it is held by the base body in an interlocking manner in the first axial position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin Dorsch
  • Patent number: 8844981
    Abstract: A push fitting joint packaging arrangement allows the re-use and repair of push-to-connect fittings and valves without damage to the fitting or valve elements or the pipe, and without coining, gluing or threaded engagement of parts, while also requiring less force to connect and disconnect tubing elements. In one embodiment of the present invention, the arrangement comprises a sealing member, a fastening ring, a tube support member and a push release member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias
  • Publication number: 20140265316
    Abstract: A double locking mechanism for male and female fluid coupling members that can lock the moveable sleeve on the female member in the open position to facilitate coupling with the male member, or in the closed position to prevent male member from disconnecting from female member. A catch is integrated with the nonmoveable portion of the female coupler and a latch is attached to or integrally formed with the female member's movable sleeve. The movable sleeve is retracted and rotated such that the latch engages the catch to lock the sleeve in an open position. When the male member is fully engaged with the female member, the movable sleeve is rotated so that the latch engages the catch to lock the sleeve in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Mullin
  • Patent number: 8696037
    Abstract: A connector for pipe connection provided to stably hold a state of connection of a pipe, and to improve operability by a user when disconnecting the pipe. The connector (1) for pipe connection has a connector body (3) in which a pipe (2) is inserted and removed; a lock member (4) held slidably in the connector body for fastening the pipe by locking pieces (42) and (42); and operating pieces (43) and (43) provided for operating to slide the lock member; and is configured such that the locking piece is elastically deformed from a fastened state in which the pipe is fastened to a released state in which the pipe is released by being pressed against a pressing part (55) formed on the connector body when the lock member is operated to slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventor: Takaaki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8561703
    Abstract: An apparatus usable with a well includes a gas lift valve having a check valve arrangement located between an annulus and a passageway of a tubing. The check valve arrangement is adapted to selectively allow fluid flow from the check valve arrangement from an inlet side of the check valve arrangement to an outlet side of the check valve arrangement, and is biased to prevent a leakage flow through the check valve arrangement from the outlet side to the inlet side. The check valve arrangement is defined by a valve element movable into and out of engagement with a valve seat wherein one of the valve element and the valve seat has a first sealing structure engageable with a second sealing structure on the other of the valve element and the valve seat. At least one of the first and second sealing surfaces include at least one pair of sealing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Abdel-Rahman Mahmoud, Kevin T. Scarsdale
  • Patent number: 8480134
    Abstract: A pipe fitting and associated piping joint assembly package allow re-use and repair of push-fit, formed piping elements without damage to the fitting or valve elements or the pipe, and without coining, gluing or threaded engagement of parts. In one embodiment, the present invention includes a pipe fitting having first and second radial housing elements for receiving one or more sealing members and a fastening ring, respectively. In one embodiment, the present invention further includes a sealing member stabilizer element, a housing divider element and a snap ring support member cooperatively engageable so as to facilitate the secure retention and optional removal of an inserted piping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias
  • Patent number: 8454059
    Abstract: A connector assembly has first and second connector bodies, a coupling mechanism arranged to couple the connector bodies at the first ends of the bodies, a moveable hollow piston, and a moveable actuator. The hollow piston moves from a first position to a second position in response to movement of the actuator from a first position to a second position. In the second position the hollow piston is sealed to the interiors of first and second connector bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventor: Adrian Stell
  • Patent number: 8398122
    Abstract: A push fitting joint packaging arrangement allows the re-use and repair of push-to-connect fittings and valves without damage to the fitting or valve elements or the pipe, and without coining, gluing or threaded engagement of parts. In one embodiment of the present invention, the arrangement comprises a split fastening ring and a split O-ring support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias
  • Publication number: 20130015656
    Abstract: A high-pressure connection device for pipe and hose lines with a connection body and a pipe-like end piece insertable into the connection body, including a union nut externally mounted to the connection body, which can be rotated between a released position and a mounted position. Form-locking designs, which act like a bayonet coupling, are arranged on the connection body and union nut in the form of projections on the union nut as well as in the form of interlocking contours formed on an end extension of the connection body for the locking reception of the projections when rotating the union nut. A security element is movable between a secure position and a release position for rotation of the union nut in order to prevent unintentional reverse rotation of the union nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Dieter Ehrke, Carsten Schippers, Thomas Müller, Oliver Neiske
  • Patent number: 8205915
    Abstract: A pipe fitting and associated piping joint assembly package allow re-use and repair of push-fit piping fittings and valves without damage to the fitting or valve elements or the pipe, and without coining, gluing or threaded engagement of parts. In one embodiment, the present invention includes a pipe fitting having first and second radial housing elements for receiving one or more sealing members and a fastening ring, respectively. The fastening ring can be a split fastening ring. The split fastening ring and the sealing members provided as part of the present invention are capable of being removed and/or replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias
  • Publication number: 20120139234
    Abstract: A pipe joint includes: a joint main body with a receiving opening for a pipe; an axially-movable tube-shaped body mounted to the receiving opening; and a retaining ring closely arranged to an outer surface of the pipe for preventing the pipe from detaching, wherein the joint main body includes a receiving portion for receiving the retaining ring, and a tapered portion for radially shrinking the retaining ring, wherein the tube-shaped body is arranged to move between a first position where the retaining ring is allowed to move into the tapered portion, and a second position where the retaining ring is blocked from tapered portion, and wherein the pipe joint is configured such that the pipe can be inserted into the receiving opening when the tube-shaped body is either position, that in the first position the pipe is not detachable, and that in the second position the pipe is detachable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicants: Tosetz Co., Ltd., Mirai Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20110266793
    Abstract: A connector for a hydrocarbon system includes a first duct section, a first connector part slidably attached to the first duct section for connecting to a complementary connector part attached to a second duct section and a retraction member for moving the first connector part in an axial direction between an extended position and a retracted position
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventor: Jean Braud
  • Publication number: 20110241335
    Abstract: Connector assembly for connection to a tubular element. It comprises locking elements (105) with locking profiles (107), movable in locking and unlocking direction. The locking profiles can lock with facing locking profiles (117) of said tubular member (119). The locking elements can be moved in a locking direction as a result of movement of an activation sleeve (101) in a first direction. The locking elements (105) or said activation sleeve (101) comprise guiding elements (109) which are adapted to slide against inclined unlocking guiding surfaces (111) of the activation sleeve (101) or the locking elements. A movement of the activation sleeve in a second direction results in a movement of the locking element in an unlocking direction. The activation sleeve has axially extending activation sleeve protrusions (103) having spaces (102) between them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: André M Smith, Bengt Dahlborg
  • Patent number: 8006713
    Abstract: A hydrant coupling assembly includes a hydrant valve and a hydrant coupler, including a coupler body and a coupler actuating collar assembly having an actuating collar movable axially relative to the coupler body. The actuating collar includes at least one movable latching lug that is selectively moved into place around a mating feature on the hydrant valve adapter by lifting or lowering the actuating collar. A locking mechanism is installed within the coupler actuating collar and includes a coupler plunger, a collar plunger, a coupler plunger check ball, and a collar plunger cheek ball. The coupler plunger and the coupler plunger check ball are adapted to lock the actuating collar in a disconnected state and the collar plunger and the collar plunger check ball are adapted to lock the actuating collar in a connected state. A hydrant coupler for use in a hydrant coupling assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Tak-Yiu Wong
  • Patent number: 7900972
    Abstract: An improved fluid connector for garden use includes a tube body, a resilient retainer and a sleeve associated therewith. The tube body includes a plurality of holes for accommodation of a locking hook respectively and the resilient retainer is peripherally equipped with several pairs of vertical flexible ribs with an expansion space defined therebetween. On an inner wall of the sleeve, a plurality of push protrusions is disposed and is positioned in relationship with the vertical flexible ribs respectively so that, as the sleeve is pushed downwardly, the flexible ribs may be forced to deform and produce an reactive force that can instantly push the push protrusions of the sleeve back to their original place when the sleeve is free of an external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventors: King Yuan Wang, Shun Nan Lo
  • Patent number: 7690694
    Abstract: A quick coupling device comprising a body (5) axially subdivided into a link section (6) for linking to a first duct (1), and a connection section (7) arranged to receive in leaktight manner one end of a second duct (2), the body being associated with a retaining member (22) possessing tabs (24) that are elastically deformable between a state of gripping an outer bead (4) on the end of the second duct, and a state of releasing the bead, the retaining member being mounted on the body to turn between a free deformation position in which the tabs can deform between their two states, and at least one holding position in which the tabs cooperate with a surface (20, 21) that is secured to the body and that holds the tabs in one of their two states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Legris SAS
    Inventor: Philippe Poder
  • Publication number: 20100001517
    Abstract: A fluid-transfer coupling device includes a cylindrical housing (1), a cylindrical slider (25), which contains a valve sleeve (15) accommodating a valve (16) to be opened by pressure and which can slide in the cylindrical housing and plug supporting means (60), which supports a plug (70) on condition of being drawn up to an advanced end in the valve sleeve by the movement of the slider. With this constitution, even when using a coupling device having a relatively-large diameter, it is possible to supply fluid stably. Further the plug supporting means is arranged in front of the forward end of the slider. Additionally, the plug supporting means is provided with an improper connection preventing mechanism (68, 69a to 69d, 77) for preventing other plugs, except for a specified plug from being connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: Surpass Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Hasunuma
  • Patent number: 7510216
    Abstract: A tubular and compressible seal attached to one tube and formed with a cowling projecting over a peripheral bead in a connector tube and formed with a radially inwardly projecting sealing ring engaging such connector tube. A constraining sleeve compresses the cowling and sealing ring against the connector tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Arrowhead Products Corporation
    Inventors: Reg Tomerlin, David S. Larner
  • Patent number: 7357426
    Abstract: A connector for piping including two tubular fitting parts and quick-coupling and quick release connector having a plurality of locking segments circumferentially distributed in a plane perpendicular to the axis of the fitting parts and housed in radial slots of an axial projecting portion of a first fitting part that, during the coupling stage, is superimposable to a corresponding projecting axial portion of the second fitting part. A revolving ring can be controlled to rotate in order to work on the locking segments so as to push them into at least one radial seat of the projecting portion of the second part of a joint or to house them in its own radial seat, respectively for the coupling and the uncoupling of the fitting parts. Two independently operable hydraulic cylinders are arranged substantially at 180° from each other in the rotation plane of the revolving ring and they react, each one, between a first lever fastened to the first fitting part and a second lever fastened to the revolving ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: Gorenzo Bormioli
  • Patent number: 7357659
    Abstract: A coil spring 213 is sandwiched between a coil spring adjoining wall 202a of the female plug shell 202 and the edge of the large ring of the slide sleeve 203 and is held inside of the slide cover 215 in which the coil spring 213 can expand and contract freely. Sliding of the slide cover 215 in the positive direction of the x axis is restricted because the coil spring 213 or the slide sleeve 203 is adjacent to the coil spring adjoining wall 202a, and sliding in the negative direction of the x axis is restricted by a caulking 210. The caulking 210 caulks its bottom part, or the end part 215b which is placed at the opposite side of the opening part of the slide cover 215, to inside of the female plug 200. By applying this calking 210, problems described above can be solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Canare Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Yoshimori, Manabu Komatsubara
  • Patent number: 7344165
    Abstract: An instantaneous connection device includes a tubular body, a tight element used to hold the end of a line in the body and includes an elastically deformable annular sealing element and a holding element that are arranged to receive the end of the line, a cam member for moving the holding element from a free state into a state wherein it grips the end of the line when it is axially displaced in the tubular body from a first position to a second position, and an elastic member for bringing the holding element back towards its second position. The sealing element is mounted between a radial shoulder of the body and a radial face of the holding element. The radial shoulder and the radial face are provided with reciprocal reliefs for laterally coming into contact with the annular sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Legris SA
    Inventors: Philippe Le Quere, Nicolas Le Bars
  • Patent number: 7284773
    Abstract: A quick disconnect is provided to permit two cable ends to be rapidly connected and disconnected without the use of tools. The quick disconnect includes rear and front couplings which may be mounted to respective cable ends. Quick connection of the cable ends is effected by connecting the rear and front couplings to one another by a hinge latch. The hinge latch is retained in the closed position by a compression sleeve which surrounds the hinge latch. The front end of the compression sleeve includes a ring groove that retains a ring spring. The ring spring engages complementary retention grooves in the hinge latch to bias the hinge latch in the closed position, thus securing the front coupling to the rear coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Triumph Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Curry, Harry W. Hartman, Frederick J. Ellingson
  • Patent number: 7213845
    Abstract: A tube joint comprises a retaining mechanism which retains the locked state by preventing a sleeve from any rotation in the circumferential direction which would be otherwise caused by any unexpected external force. The retaining mechanism includes a ratchet which is provided to surround the outer circumferential surface of a socket body and which is rotatable synchronously with the sleeve, and a coil spring which is interposed between the sleeve and the ratchet and which makes an urging action to cause mutual separation under an action of the spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Motohiro Sato, Yoshimoto Taneya, Noriyoshi Maruyama
  • Patent number: 6910719
    Abstract: A connecting device (20) for connecting a connection hose or connection tube to a receiving device includes a tubular connection neck (2), an actuating sleeve (28), and a support sleeve (38). The receiving device, to which the connecting device (20) can be connected, includes at least one detent element, which is actuatable by means of at least one actuating element mounted on the receiving device. The connection neck (2) is connectable to the connection hose or connection tube and has a detent lug (20) or detent groove, which can be brought into engagement with the detent element of the receiving device. The actuating sleeve (28) serves to actuate the actuating element of the receiving device. The support sleeve (38) is braced on the receiving device and is axially displaceable relative to the actuating sleeve (28), prestressing a first spring (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Franco Zeleny, Thomas Raff
  • Patent number: RE38786
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a tube coupling comprising a coupling body having a throughway open at one end of the body to receive a tube. A collet is located in the throughway having an annular element and at least one radially resilient finger extending axially from the element toward said open end of the throughway. The coupling body has a stop face directed along the throughway axis away from said open end and the distal end of the finger has on its inner side a projection to engage a feature on the tube and on its outer side a first, axially facing abutment directed towards the open end of the throughway to engage with the stop face and a further, radially facing abutment engageable with the coupling body when the axially facing abutment engages the stop face to constrain the distal end of the finger against radial outward movement and thereby to prevent release of the projection on the finger from the feature on the tube and release of the tube from the coupling body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: John Guest International Limited
    Inventor: John D. Guest