Spring-biased Catch Patents (Class 285/317)
  • Patent number: 10512922
    Abstract: An injection port for a spray gun includes a first end and a second end disposed opposite the first end along a longitudinal axis. The injection port also includes an interior passage extending between the first end and the second end along the longitudinal axis, and a plurality of blind bores disposed at the first end, each blind bore extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Cvetezar, Ernie Cvetezar, Jeff Cvetezar
  • Patent number: 10495246
    Abstract: A connection device is disclosed comprising a receptor having a recess; a securing clip at least partially inside the recess and comprising a clip head and a pair of clip legs, wherein the clip head has a receiving portion, wherein a portion of each of the pair of clip legs intrudes into a channel space of the connection device when the securing clip is in an unbiased configuration; and a dial comprising a first side and a second side, wherein the dial comprises a catch, wherein the catch is configured to intrude into the receiving portion, and wherein the dial is configured to strain the securing clip into a release configuration when the dial is rotated in a first angular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hydrapak LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Lyon, Samuel M. Lopez, Joshua A. Guyot
  • Patent number: 10473245
    Abstract: A locking element for detachably fixing a fluid-carrying plug to a connector, including, a locking element having at least one spring element, by means of which the locking element is moved automatically into a locking position with the connector as the plug is inserted, and held in its locking position, wherein the locking element has a limb that is moved at right angles to an axis of the connector, in which limb there is formed a bore for the plug to be led through; and characterized in that the locking element consists of a spring steel and the spring element is formed in one piece therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: EUGEN FORSCHNER GMBH
    Inventors: Janosch Ackermann, Sebastian Grunefeld, Mario Linz
  • Patent number: 10359221
    Abstract: A working fluid output device for a temperature control system includes an output head, a fitting module and a quick release mechanism. A bottom plate of the output head and a top plate of the fitting module each have an installing surface and a through hole. The quick release mechanism has first and second units disposed on the two installing surfaces, respectively. The first unit includes an operable member having a positioning portion and configured to be operated by a user to move the positioning portion move between lock and unlocked positions to enable that the first unit is detachably coupled with the second unit and the fitting module is detachably attached to the output head in a way that the installing surfaces face each other and the through holes communicate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MPI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yueh-Ying Lee, Helge Jacob Krystad, Ying-Chiao Chang
  • Patent number: 10173046
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a connector system for releasably connecting together tubes, for example medical tubing, and methods of making and using such a connector system, whereby the connector system includes a female coupler having a first passageway, a male coupler having a second passageway, a catch movably coupled to the female coupler, and a catch-receiving element coupled to the male coupler. The connector system further includes a release element movably coupled to the female coupler, whereby travel of the release element along or over a female coupler outer surface of the female coupler disengages the catch from the catch-receiving element to achieve a disconnected condition of the connector system. Further disclosed herein are embodiments of a connector system for releasably connecting together tubes, whereby the connector system includes at least one valve biased by a valve-biasing member disposed external to or outside of the fluid flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: WilMarc Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Paul C. Ciccone, William A. Coulson, Marcia Coulson
  • Patent number: 10166825
    Abstract: A joint contains: a body, at least one locking block, at least one controller, and at least one resilient element. The body has an inlet segment, an outlet segment, and an air channel. The outlet segment has a connection orifice. Each locking block has a tooth and a driving portion. The tooth is controlled to move between a first position and a second position. Between the first position and the second position is defined a reverse driving travel path obliquely extending to the inlet segment. Each locking block also has a coupling shaft. The reverse driving travel path is arcuate, and the driving portion and the coupling shaft are on opposite sides of the tooth. Each resilient element urges the tooth to move to the first position and is pressed so that the tooth moves to the second position along the reverse driving travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: Create Forever Industrial Co, Ltd.
    Inventor: Lung-Kuo Hsu
  • Patent number: 10166498
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a filter for use in connection with a swimming pool or spa. A device is provided that has a tube inlet at the top of a vessel. A lower end of the device is connected directly to an outlet of the filter. The device is designed to divert all or the majority of the fluid to move to the top of the filter before exiting the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Lawrence Marciano, Jacob Cody Smith, Jeromy Elwood Higgins, Joseph Anthony Tessitore
  • Patent number: 10156307
    Abstract: An integral button latch is formed for use in a female fluid connector housing. The button latch has a latch plate, a button actuator, and two or more cantilevered leg springs extending from beneath the actuation surface to interface with the connector housing. The latch plate, the button actuator, and the leg springs are all integrally formed. The leg springs bias the latch plate in a locked position and resist depression forces applied to either of the button actuator or the latch plate. By integrally forming the button latch structure, the cost associated with purchasing the springs, molding the lock latch, and the ensuing assembly of the three is significantly diminished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Peter D. Lewis, Carl T. Whitaker, Riley M. Phipps
  • Patent number: 10151409
    Abstract: A female coupling device includes: a main body, and a clip member coupled to the main body, the clip member having a plurality of arms extending perpendicularly therefrom, with the plurality of arms forming at least one pair of arms, with the pair of arms including a first distance therebetween and a second distance therebetween, with the first distance being sized to engage a clip groove of a mating male coupling device, and with the second distance being sized to disengage the mating male coupling device. In a locked position, the pair of arms is positioned so that the first distance is adjacent to the mating male coupling device. In an unlocked position, the pair of arms is positioned so that the second distance is adjacent to the mating male coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Colder Products Company
    Inventors: Robert Keith Johnson, Grant Armin Wilhelm, Elizabeth Joy Langer
  • Patent number: 10136927
    Abstract: This disclosure describes example embodiments of rod reduction instrumentation and other rod and vertebrae manipulation instruments. The rod reducers can be used during the installation of a rod based surgical fixation system to help urge the rod into the fixation anchors. The reducers described provide various configurations delivering large reduction distance capabilities, strong controlled reduction coupled with an ability to quickly advance the reducer if desired, and reduction of bulk through the surgical corridor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Lish, Andrew Morris, Niall Casey, Robert German, Jeffrey M. Seago, Eugene Shoshtaev
  • Patent number: 10125903
    Abstract: An enhanced seal may comprise an annular portion having an annular portion peripheral wall and a cylindrical portion having a cylindrical portion peripheral wall. A passageway may extend through each of the annular portion and cylindrical portion. One or more annular protrusions may extend away from the cylindrical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bryan Doran, Andrew Mark Urry, Mitchell Lee Price, Karl L. Connolly, Carter Timothy Oman
  • Patent number: 10080879
    Abstract: A medical tubing connector includes a first connector portion configured for connecting to a mating second connector. A tube engagement portion is integral with and opposite the first connector portion and configured for connecting to a medical tube. A liquid passage extends through the first connector portion and the tube engagement portion. The first connector portion includes a continuous outer surface for sealing engagement with the mating second connector. An annular portion is integral with and surrounds the male connector portion. A connecting portion connects the first connector portion to the annular portion. The connecting portion is discontinuous permitting liquid to pass through the connecting portion so that liquid is prevented from pooling between the first connector portion and the annular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: KPR U.S., LLC
    Inventor: Wayne Schuessler
  • Patent number: 10012335
    Abstract: A quick connection arrangement is for detachably connecting a medium line by way of a (SAE) connecting piece, comprising a housing having an opening for receiving the medium line, and a connecting piece opening for receiving the (SAE) connecting piece, so that between the medium line and the (SAE) connecting piece, a medium can be guided through the housing. The quick connection arrangement further comprises a locking body for locking the (SAE) connecting piece in the connecting piece opening, which is essentially arranged inside the connecting piece opening and provided with at least two, essentially radially acting locking elements for locking the (SAE) connecting piece in the connecting piece opening in a longitudinal direction (A). The locking body is further provided with at least two, essentially radially acting unlocking elements, configured to make it possible to undo the locking of the (SAE) connecting piece by the locking elements when actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ContiTech Schlauch GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Dude
  • Patent number: 9732891
    Abstract: A releasable connection assembly for connecting tubing sections is disclosed. The assembly includes a dual lumen male bayonet connector and a female latch connector. The dual lumen male bayonet connector includes a first shaft and a second shaft, where each of the first and second shafts includes a distal sealing portion defining a sealing surface, a proximal coupling portion, and an annular channel. The female latch connector includes a proximal end, two sealing members and a distal end. A kit is also disclosed. The kit includes a dual lumen male bayonet connector, a blood pressure cuff, and two sections of medical tubing. The two sections of medical tubing engage each of the proximal coupling portions of the first shaft and the second shaft and the blood pressure cuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Peter D. Lewis, Ravikumar Narayanan, Richard W. Cairns, Riley M. Phipps
  • Patent number: 9663999
    Abstract: A shearing mechanism in which a male component mates into a female component, the male component having a first groove extending around the male component and the female component having a second groove extending around the female component, the first groove and the second groove cooperating when the male component is inserted into the female component to define an annular recess. A shearing component is provided within the annular recess, the shearing component having a shear load that is controlled by the material and size of the shearing component. An opening is provided within one or both of the male component and female component, the opening being aligned with the annular recess. Stress relief is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Plainsman Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Lea-Wilson, Shane McAssey
  • Patent number: 9649484
    Abstract: A medical tube assembly is disclosed, and includes a first tube portion defining a longitudinal axis, a second tube portion, and a coupling member. The coupling member is configured to couple the first tube portion and the second tube portion. The coupling member is configured to circumferentially engage the second tube portion and has a protrusion configured to engage a portion of the first tube portion. The second tube portion is configured to transition the coupling member from a resting condition to a coupling condition. The coupling member is configured to engage the first tube portion in the coupling condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ramiro Cabrera, Anne Nelson
  • Patent number: 9593877
    Abstract: There is provided a refrigerator having a locking device for an ice bucket and a method for installing a locking device for an ice bucket. A refrigerator having a locking device for an ice bucket, comprising: a main body; a storage space within the main body; an ice space configured to be disposed inside the main body, and partitioned from the storage space, and having a front opening; an ice bucket comprising an ice storage portion which stores ice generated within the ice space; and a cover member which is disposed in front of the ice storage portion to cover a front of the ice space and configured to be slidably installed in the ice space; and a locking device configured to lock the ice bucket within the ice space to prevent the ice bucket from being drawn out of the ice space by itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Sung Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 9486256
    Abstract: This disclosure describes example embodiments of rod reduction instrumentation. The rod reducers can be used during the installation of a rod based surgical fixation system to help urge the rod into the fixation anchors. The reducers described provide various configurations delivering large reduction distance capabilities, strong controlled reduction coupled with an ability to quickly advance the reducer if desired, and reduction of bulk through the surgical corridor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Lish, Justin Doose
  • Patent number: 9458678
    Abstract: A threadless connection assembly for use in connecting two tubular members. A connection assembly includes connection portions having interlocking splines and a link lock that secures the two connection portions axially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: UNMANNED AD-HOC INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart McLaughlin, Roxanne R. Dahse, Raymond Kolar, Jeremy Ramirez, Cameron Griffin, Dan Katen
  • Patent number: 9388929
    Abstract: A male bayonet connector connects a section of tubing to a female latch connector. The male bayonet connector includes a shaft defining a lumen, a distal end portion, and a proximal end portion. The distal end portion of the shaft has a sealing surface configured to engage a seal member within the female latch connector to create a fluid-tight seal. The shaft defines an annular recess proximal to and adjacent the distal end portion. The annular recess has a proximal chamfered side wall and a distal sidewall perpendicular to the axis of the lumen, which are separated by a band of smaller diameter than the sealing surface. A grip is formed on the male bayonet connector between the proximal end portion and the annular recess. A ratio of a length of the first sealing surface to a distance between the grip and the distal sidewall is such that a side-load force, as imparted on the male bayonet connector, will not break a fluid-tight seal between the sealing surface and the seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Peter D. Lewis, Ravikumar Narayanan, Richard W. Cairns, Riley M. Phipps
  • Patent number: 9187900
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection arrangement of hollow steel sections as support elements which are interconnected using a joint connection, the connection being subject to axial pressure. According to the invention, the joint connection is designed as a detachable, form-fitting plug-in connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: V & M DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Herion, Ole Josat
  • Patent number: 9115835
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a fitting having an inner surface defining a passageway, an outer surface, and at least one aperture extending from the outer surface to the inner surface. A plug extends into the passageway and has a plug surface defining at least one hole. A retaining member extends through the aperture and into the hole to retain the plug with respect to the fitting. A locking member is operatively connected to the fitting and the plug, and is positioned such that the locking member restricts movement of the retaining member out of said at least one hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Sean M. McGowan
  • Patent number: 9057463
    Abstract: A subsea connector includes first and second tubular members, each having a forward end with an external first flange. A guide basket with an open forward end extends around the first tubular member. A fluid cylinder assembly moves the guide basket axially relative to the first tubular member between a rearward position and a forward position. Lock dogs are carried by the second tubular member. Each of the dogs has a first load shoulder and a second load shoulder and is mounted to a dog support. The dog support has a forward portion that contracts and expands radially relative to the second tubular member. While the guide basket is in the forward position, an interior of the guide basket engages outer sides of the dogs to retain the first and second load shoulders of the dogs in engagement with the first and second flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Vetco Gray U.K. Limited
    Inventor: Cliff T. Haddox
  • Patent number: 9046205
    Abstract: A female receiving connector for connecting sections of tubing is provided. The female receiving connector includes a housing having a top housing portion and a bottom housing portion coupled to the top housing portion. The female receiving connector also includes a button moveably coupled within the housing. A locking plate is coupled to the button and configured to move with the button. The locking plate has a profile lead-in having an interfacing surface located at a proximal side of the profile lead-in for interfacing a male connector. The interfacing surface extends along at least a portion of at least three sides of an aperture of the locking plate and is tapered along one or more of the at least three sides. Additionally, the profile lead-in includes a locking surface located at a distal side of the profile lead-in for securing the male connector within the housing of the female receiving connector. A substantially flat surface is located between the interfacing surface and the locking surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Carl T. Whitaker, Peter D. Lewis
  • 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: 20150115598
    Abstract: A high pressure fluid conduit connector includes male and female connector components that releasably snap into engagement with each other to fluidically connect two fluid conduits. The male connector component includes opposing latch arms that extend along a majority of the length of the female connector component when these connector components are engaged with each other. As a result, the engagement of latch catches on the latch arms and latching shoulders on the female connector component occurs near a rear proximal end of the female connector component. This enables a maximum amount of deflection of the latch arms for a given force applied by the user to pivot the latch arms, and the manufacturing of the male and female connector components may be reliably performed by conventional molding processes. Therefore, the fluid conduit connector provides reliable and advantageous operation, especially in high pressure fluid contexts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Francis J. Lombardi, III
  • Patent number: 9010814
    Abstract: A fluid connector having a longitudinal axis and selective open and closed conditions, the connector only in its closed condition adapted to threadedly engage a mating fluid fitting. The fluid connector 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Marshall Excelsior Co.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Blanchard, James C. Zuck
  • Publication number: 20150076815
    Abstract: A quick connect fluid conduit connector includes male and female connector components that releasably engage with each other to fluidically connect two fluid conduits. The female connector component defines a receptacle for receiving a distal end of the male connector component, and a latch in the female connector component is configured to engage with a latch catch groove on the male connector component to reliably secure these components together in a sealed coupling. The latch is a unitary piece having a large release button integrally formed with multiple spring arms, thereby simplifying assembly of the fluid conduit connector and providing redundancy against failure modes. In addition, the female connector component may also include a lock mechanism engaged with the latch for providing additional protection against unintentional disconnection of the male and female connector components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Francis J. Lombardi, III, Derrick S. Sjodin
  • Patent number: 8955823
    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) 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: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: PGI International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Spencer M. Nimberger
  • Publication number: 20140375050
    Abstract: A fitting (200) for providing a fluid connection between a capillary (202) and a fluidic conduit (204) of a fluidic component (230), wherein the fitting (200) comprises a capillary reception configured for receiving the capillary (202), a force applicator (206) configured for being operable to apply a fixing force for fixing the capillary (202) within the fitting (200), a force limitation mechanism (208) configured for limiting the fixing force being applicable by the force applicator (206) to the capillary (202), a force splitter (210, 234) configured for splitting the fixing force into an advance force component for advancing the capillary (202) received in the capillary reception towards the fluidic component (230) and into a clamping force component for clamping the capillary (202) received in the capillary reception within the fitting (200), and a biasing mechanism (212) particularly arranged between the force applicator (206) and the force splitter (210, 234) and configured for biasing the force splitte
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Darijo Zeko, Jose-Angel Mora-Fillat
  • Publication number: 20140300103
    Abstract: The present invention provides a quick connect coupling with a sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy A. Frick
  • 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: 20140265317
    Abstract: A fitting, such as an anti-blowback fitting, that includes a friction reducing device that enables easy removal of the fitting from a high pressure connection such as one associated with an HVAC unit. When used in connection with refrigeration, anti-blow back fittings function to keep the refrigerant in the hose to which it is connected in order to minimize or prevent the refrigerant from escaping to the environment. In certain embodiments, a friction reducing device is positioned in the fitting, and decreases the load on the rear housing, which enables easy rotation of the outer or swivel housing of the fitting to remove the same from the high pressure connection. In certain embodiments, the friction reducing device is a thrust bearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: UNIWELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David S. Pearl, II, Douglas B. Pearl, Dragan Bukur
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8757670
    Abstract: A pipe connector constructed in the interior of a joint pipe. In the pipe connector, an O-ring made of a flexible rubber, a stop ring which is in tight contact with and supports the outer circumference of the pipe inserted into the joint pipe, and an elastic stopper are installed in sequence such that the pipe connector can be pressed and fixed to the outer circumference of the pipe, which is inserted into and connected to the joint pipe, in order to provide air tightness and water tightness to the pipe. Consequently, the pipe is inserted into the joint pipe with one touch without being detached or dislodged, is coupled such that water tightness can be maintained, and is separated by pressure in the direction in which the pipe proceeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Lucky Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8727383
    Abstract: A telescopic vacuum cleaner suction tube (1) having an outer tube (2) and an inner tube (3) with snap-in depressions (7). The inner tube is telescopically arranged in the outer tube. The suction tube also includes an antitwisting mechanism (4d; 16) and an interlocking device with a snap-in element (15) that is disengaged from a snap-in depression (7) by an actuating element (5) situated about diametrically opposite thereof. The interlocking device includes a spring (6) that positively encompasses at least the inner tube (3) and engages the snap-in element (15) into the nearest snap-in depression (7) of the inner tube (3). The interlocking device and telescoping tubes ensure that the tubes are always securely interlocked and able to withstand shock-like compressive forces, namely while simultaneously providing for an ergonomic handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Fischer Rohrtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Cordes, Stephan Cordes, Gisela Cordes
  • Publication number: 20140131998
    Abstract: An electric resonant circuit is provided in a receiving part of a coupling for a fluid line, the resonant circuit interacting with a tuning device in a contactless manner. In an intermediate position of an insert part, which differs from a closed position, the resonant circuit has a resonant frequency that differs from the characteristic closure frequency, and in the closed position the resonant circuit has the characteristic closure frequency. The tuning device acts on the inductance of the electric resonant circuit. An acting part is provided that mechanically acts on the coil when the insert part is inserted into the receiving part such that the shape of the coil in the closed position differs from the shape of the coil in the intermediate position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicants: ANGEWANDTE FORSCHUNG E.V., A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Christian Fräulin, Martin Kurth, Oliver Laux, Stefan Schulz, André Bülau
  • Publication number: 20140007407
    Abstract: An electrical conduit coupling comprising a casing and first and second locks is provided. The casing includes opposed first and second openings, and first, second and third crimps. The first, second and third crimps are formed in the casing to provide a smaller diameter in the casing at each crimp. The first lock includes a flange and a plurality of fingers extending from the flange. Each finger includes a first surface and second surface opposite the first surface. A rise portion is located on the first surface of each finger and a tab surface extends from the second surface of each finger. Each finger includes a tip surface extending opposite the first surface and from the second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Zachariah John Firestine
  • Publication number: 20130341916
    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: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Leslie Sierad, Samuel G. Rankin, Dan Simionescu
  • Patent number: 8534714
    Abstract: A coupling device for connection and disconnection of bottomhole equipment includes a male part having a stinger with locking grooves and a female part includes a receptacle and a housing. The female part further includes a hold open sleeve below the receptacle, locking dogs arrange between the housing and the hold open sleeve, a locking sleeve arranged below the locking dogs, and a verifying bolt. By joining the male and female parts, the coupling device will lock automatically, as the hold open sleeve is pushed into the locking sleeve by the stinger, after which the locking dogs are pushed into the grooves of the stinger, after which the locking sleeve is pushed up over the locking dogs locking the locking dogs, after which the verifying bolt once the locking sleeve is in locking position will be pushed into an adapted opening in the locking sleeve, thereby verifying correct locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Statoilhydro ASA
    Inventors: Alastair Buchanan, Kjell Tore Nesvik, Vibjørn Dagestad
  • Patent number: 8528943
    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. In one embodiment, the male coupling has one or more tabs extending from a flange, the tabs limiting rotation when the male coupling is mated to a female coupling assembly for fluid conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Link Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Randall J. Rehder, Dodge H. Juhan
  • Publication number: 20130221665
    Abstract: [Object] A pipe connecting connector capable of solidly holding a connected state to a pipe is provided. [Means of Solving Problem] The pipe connecting connector includes a connector main body wherein a pipe is inserted and removed; a lock member including a pipe locking portion, which locks the pipe, and held in the connector main body to be capable of moving between a locking position wherein the pipe locking portion locks the pipe, and an unlocking position which releases the locking; and an urging device urging the lock member to a locking position side. In a case wherein the lock member is in the locking position, the pipe locking portion is structured to be urged in a direction of locking the pipe by an urging force of the urging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Okazaki
  • Patent number: 8500173
    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: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sabine Zahler, Sebastian Frey, Michael Sauer
  • Patent number: 8491015
    Abstract: A quick-coupling device for circuits circulating fluids under pressure comprising a socket and a fitting element that can be housed in the socket, the socket including an outer body defining at least part of a first channel and comprising an annular cavity opening on the first channel, a substantially annular constraint element at least partly housed in the annular cavity and movable therein, and including a plurality of constraint sectors made up of circular sectors of the constraint element, moved radially and defining a release position wherein the constraint element is retracted into the groove so as to enable the fitting element moving relative to the socket, and a tightening position at which the constraint element secures the fitting element to the socket, an extractor partly housed in the outer body able to move the constraint element from the tightening position to the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: C. Matic S.r.L.
    Inventor: Orazio Confalonieri
  • Patent number: 8434735
    Abstract: A bottom loading coupler may include a coupler body and a plurality of interlocks. Each interlock may be positioned in a corresponding slot in the body sidewall and have an engaged position and a disengaged position with respect to the coupler body. A coupler sleeve formed from a first material may be slidably positioned around the body sidewall of the coupler body. A wear ring formed from a second material may be disposed on the inner circumference of the coupler sleeve. The wear ring and the coupler sleeve may form an interlock retaining seat. The coupler sleeve may have a first, retracted position relative to the coupler body, wherein the interlocks are biased to the disengaged position and retained in the interlock retaining seat. The coupler sleeve may also have a second, extended position relative to the coupler body, wherein the wear ring biases the interlocks to the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Tausch, Jeffrey W. Reichert, Krzysztof Wejdman
  • Publication number: 20130025106
    Abstract: A mechanism that prevents inadvertent detachment of a concentrator nozzle from an air discharge outlet of a hair blow dryer during hair blow dryer operation. The mechanism may be a button neighboring an air discharge outlet of a hair blow dryer and a plurality of button receiving regions (such as three) neighboring an inlet of a concentrator nozzle attachment. As an alternative, the button may neighbor the inlet of the concentrator nozzle instead and the button receiving regions may neighbor the air discharge outlet instead. A resilient, elastic strip or band may be positioned between the hair blow dryer outlet and the concentrator nozzle attachment inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Alan I. Hernandez-Laines
  • Patent number: 8342481
    Abstract: Coupler bodies with pivot rings for use in bottom loading couplers and bottom loading couplers comprising the same are disclosed. The coupler body for a bottom loading coupler may include a body sidewall having a fluid channel extending between an adapter end and a supply end. A plurality of slots may extend through the body sidewall of the coupler body. A pivot ring may extend substantially around the outer circumference of the coupler body. A plurality of interlocks may be positioned in corresponding slots in the body sidewall and pivotally engaged with the pivot ring. The interlocks are pivotable about the pivot ring between an engaged position and a disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Tausch, Jeffrey W. Reichert
  • Publication number: 20120273231
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a support member operable to be disposed within a tubular member that includes a threaded connection with a pin member. The tubular member is coupled to an expansion device that is operable to radially expand the tubular member and a pin catcher that is operable to engage the pin member as the expansion device and pin catcher move axially through the tubular member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: ENVENTURE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Richard Murray Whiddon