Leaf Spring Patents (Class 285/319)
  • Patent number: 10973381
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner according to an aspect includes a case defining a dust collecting space in which dust is stored and having a boss, a dust container cover rotatably connected to the case and configured to open/close the dust collecting space, and an opening/closing part configured to open the dust container cover, wherein the dust container cover has a cover locker having a rib caught by the boss, the opening/closing part includes a pair of push parts installed in the case and elastically deformed by a user, and the rib is spaced apart from the boss as the cover locker is deformed while the pair of push parts are moved in a direction in which the push parts become closer to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hwajin Lim, Seongho Park, Youngho Kim
  • Patent number: 10907637
    Abstract: A cuff for an air delivery conduit includes a first end portion provided to a tube and a second end portion adapted to engage a tubular connector. The second end portion includes an annular bead for sealing and retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Nathan John Row, Alexander Virr, Nicholas Andrew Earl
  • Patent number: 10865922
    Abstract: A quick connector for permanently locked, non-disconnectable receipt of a tubular male insertion member having a lock feature, and assembly therewith is provided. The connector includes a housing having a tubular wall with inner and outer surfaces extending between opposite ends with a locking feature extending into the inner surface. The inner surface bounds a through bore having an annular shoulder. A retaining member has an annular retainer wall with inner and outer surfaces. The retaining member outer surface is sized for receipt in the through bore of the housing wall. At least one locking member extends radially outwardly from the retainer wall outer surface for lock engagement with the locking feature to prevent relative axial movement between the housing wall and the retaining member. The retainer wall has at least one locking finger extending radially inwardly for locked engagement with the lock feature of the tubular male insertion member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NOVARES US ENGINE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Chris Corbett, Scott Schwartz, William Kahabka, Tyler Walczak, Brandon Meister, Brian Schuessler, Matt Teschendorf, Tim Hammond
  • Patent number: 10858815
    Abstract: A quick connector assembly for connecting a toilet waste pipe to a drain pipe including a toilet carrier base. A collet has resilient radially inward fingers and a lock body secures the collet in place. The lock body has guide tracks with locked portions that define a locked position and unlocked portions that define an unlocked position. A lock nut includes interior protrusions coupled in the guide tracks for movement between the locked and unlocked positions. A guide is slidingly mounted between the lock nut and lock body. In the unlocked position, the lock nut forces the guide into the collet so that the radially inward fingers are splayed to allow removal of a toilet waste pipe for adjustment. In the locked position, the guide is not forced into the collet so that the radially inward fingers prevent removal of the toilet waste pipe for fast and easy assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Watts Regulator Co.
    Inventors: Matthew Fratantonio, Steven Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10820812
    Abstract: An adapter includes a substantially rigid body having a distal portion, a proximal portion, a central opening formed at least in part by an inner wall of the body, and a longitudinal axis extending substantially centrally through the opening. The distal portion includes an annular ring having a top surface and a ridge disposed opposite the top surface, the ridge extending substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The distal. The adapter also includes a seal configured to form a substantially fluid-tight seal with a surface of a fitting removably attachable to the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean R. Karla, Raymond A. Lia, Scott A. Martin, Robert L. Vivenzio, Thaddeus J. Wawro, Chris R. Roberts, Jeffrey J. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10823123
    Abstract: A quick connector is provided. The quick connector is configured to be coupled to a locking ring provided around an outer peripheral surface of a tube, through which fluid flows in or out. The quick connector includes a main body, which accommodates the tube therein and includes locking members, formed to be locked by the locking ring and being bent toward the locking ring, and a mounting guide coupled to the outer peripheral surface of the main body and accommodating the locking members therein. The mounting guide is configured to slide along the longitudinal axis of the main body so as to enable the locking members to be locked around the locking ring or to be released from the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seung Yeub Lee, Hee Jin Jung, Young Gun Cho, Se Jin Han, Jin Ha Jeong, Jeong Woo Kang, So Hyun Park, Ji Youn Han
  • Patent number: 10808872
    Abstract: A tube coupling including a female connector a body into which a male connector having an annular collar is inserted axially, and a connection element is provided. The connection element extends in a transverse direction within the body of the female connector. The connection element is designed to interfere mechanically with the collar during insertion of the male connector and to move transversely of its own accord towards the inside of the female connector. The connection element includes a locking hook that co-operates with a locking catch provided in the female connector. The hook goes past the catch as a result of the mechanical interference of the collar that drives axial and radial elastic deformation of the connection element. The hook locks against the catch when the connection element is fully pushed into the female connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Jérôme Chaupin, Frédéric Poggi
  • Patent number: 10765043
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose a flexible connection of a metallic extruded profile to a connecting body for cooling electrical components. A heat exchanger for an electrical component comprises a metallic extruded profile having at least one channel for a cooling agent to flow through, the metallic extruded profile including an outer circumferential surface and a first end, a non-metallic connecting body including an accommodating region for receiving the first end of the metallic extruded profile at a first opening corresponding to a cross-section of the first end, the first opening having an inner circumferential surface, and a bonding layer between the outer circumferential surface of the first end received in the accommodating region and the inner circumferential surface of the opening. The bonding layer is configured to establish a mechanically flexible bond between the metallic extruded profile and the non-metallic connecting body. Embodiments further disclose a production method for a heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Seidl, Bernhard Wallner, Guido Hofer, Stefan Deser, Michael Horak, Alexander Hahn, Alexander Berg
  • Patent number: 10729882
    Abstract: A hub assembly is provided for accommodating a medical professional to grip and manipulate two components of a catheter hub and move one component longitudinally relative to the other, then removably engaging the two components of the catheter hub to restrict movement there between. The two catheter hub components include a proximal hub and a distal hub. The proximal hub and the distal hub are configured to removably engage with one another. The proximal hub is affixed to a first catheter member, such as a multi-lumen catheter, while the distal hub is affixed to a second catheter member, such as a sheath. The first catheter member and the second catheter member are cooperatively engaged and concentric with one another. Relative movement of the proximal and distal hubs translates into relative movement of the first and second catheter members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Mermaid Medical Vascular ApS
    Inventors: Jeremy Morgan, Jeffrey N. Steinmetz
  • Patent number: 10718452
    Abstract: The hose coupler has a sleeve defining a passageway between a first hose section and a second hose section, and includes a plurality of barbs each having an angled surface. In an embodiment, a collar can be fitted over the hose after it is pulled up onto the sleeve. The collar also has a plurality of barbs with angled surfaces corresponding to the angle of the barbs on the sleeve. The collar is adapted to substantially surround the first hose section disposed over the plurality of the barbs on the sleeve and the each barb on the sleeve generally aligns with the each barb on the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Jade Development, L.L.C.
    Inventor: David J. Webber
  • Patent number: 10702111
    Abstract: An attachment mechanism for connecting vacuum cleaner accessories includes a plurality of teeth arranged axially along an outer surface of an outer attachment tube of a first vacuum cleaner accessory, and a locking tab positioned on an outer surface of an inner attachment tube of a second vacuum cleaner accessory. The locking tab includes a pivot extension extending radially outward from the outer surface of the second vacuum cleaner accessory, and a latch pivotably connected to the pivot extension. The latch includes a finger engagement portion and a latching portion located on opposite sides of the pivot extension. The latching portion includes a latch tooth that extends from a bottom surface of the latching portion. The latch tooth is positioned to engage the teeth upon insertion of the inner attachment tube into the outer attachment tube to secure the first vacuum cleaner accessory to the second vacuum cleaner accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Mark J. Tomasiak, Matthew A. Williams, Greg Wilsey, John Wolford
  • Patent number: 10697573
    Abstract: A plumbing fitting assembly includes an anchor member for being received in a transverse hole in a structure. One end of the anchor member is externally threaded and the other includes a catch portion for engaging a surface of the structure adjacent the hole. The threaded end is threaded into a clamping member configured to form a seal with the opposite surface of the structure or another liquid conveying structure. The anchor member can include a tool formation for mating with a rotating structure of a tool. The assembly can include a lock ring for being lockingly received in an interior passage to prevent the catch portion from deflecting inwardly when installed. The plumbing fitting assembly can also be configured for forming a plumbing fitting at a transverse hole in a flexible, liquid-impermeable panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Kenny Bassett, Delvin C. Mellerup
  • Patent number: 10697315
    Abstract: A blade track used in gas turbine engines to define an outer boundary of the primary gas path through a turbine section of a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The blade track includes segments comprising ceramic matrix composite materials that are assembled such that the blade track segments keystone against one another to provide a self-supporting full hoop assembly. Circumferentially-extending splines may be used to couple adjacent segments to one. Also disclosed are other heat shielding assemblies used in gas turbine engines that share features with the illustratively disclosed blade track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc., Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Ted J. Freeman, Aaron D. Sippel
  • Patent number: 10677383
    Abstract: A male connector for a cooling pipe is provided. The male connector includes a hollow cylindrical base having a first end having a chamfered outer circumferential edge and a second end. The base includes a circumferential notch adjacent to the first end and configured to receive an O-ring and an elastic pin integrally formed with and protruding from a surface of the base. An acute angle formed between the surface of the base and the elastic pin has a vertex pointing toward the first end of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Georg Eichberger
  • Patent number: 10633840
    Abstract: The present invention provides a faucet with a hose connection that is easier to assemble, install, uninstall, and disassemble. The faucet includes a hose, a valve body, a mounting shank, a first hose retainer, and a second hose retainer. The mounting shank includes a first end and a second end. The first hose retainer includes a base section. The base section includes a first hose opening. The second hose retainer includes a first end section, a second end section, and an intermediate section. The first end section includes a second hose opening. The second end section includes a first hose retainer opening. The intermediate section includes a first hose retainer channel. The hose is fluidically connected to the valve body at or near the first end of the mounting shank. The hose is mechanically connected to the valve body at or near the second end of the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: FB Global Plumbing Group LLC
    Inventor: Steven M. Macsay
  • Patent number: 10588245
    Abstract: An assembly for extracting heat from a housing for electronic equipment, the housing having an essentially solid top portion and an essentially solid back portion. The assembly includes a first opening in the top portion of the housing, the first opening located at the back of the top portion, proximate the back portion of the housing, a second opening in the back portion of the housing, the second opening located at the top of the back portion, proximate the top portion of the housing, wherein the first opening is contiguous with the second opening, and a chimney external to the housing and coupled to the housing. The chimney encompasses and is in fluid communication with the first and second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: David Lucia, Michael Tresh, Edward Bednarcik
  • Patent number: 10583511
    Abstract: An end product and system for connecting large aluminum tubular pipe segments into an Isolated Phase Bus comprising reducing the diameter (or increasing the same) of one end of a tubular segment and sliding it into (or over) the untreated end of an adjacent pipe or tubular segment, followed by a tubular and circumferential welding of the same. The outside or inside circumference of the connected segments are uniform from distal to proximal end of the overall length of the connected tubular segments. A structural integral, axially aligned, simplified set of connectable tubular segments allows for a grounded connection between power generators and step transformers. Preferably, the overall diameter change of the necked down flange (or outwardly flared flange) of one tubular segment is less than or only slightly greater than twice the material wall thickness of the tubular segment's initial pre-rolled flat aluminum sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Electric Engineering & Manufacturing LLC
    Inventors: Chad Shell, Bruce Hack
  • Patent number: 10473186
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a coupling structure which facilitates work of coupling an end portion of a cable to an object to be coupled. The present invention relates to a coupling structure that couples one end of a first cable and another member. The coupling structure includes a coupling portion that couples the one end of the first cable and the other member, and a protection member that slidably houses the coupling portion. The protection member has a first opening portion which is provided at one end portion of the protection member and through which the first cable is inserted such that the first cable and the protection member are relatively movable, and a second opening portion provided at the other end portion of the protection member and from which the first cable is extendable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: HI-LEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidenori Tokimasa
  • Patent number: 10434873
    Abstract: An inlet check valve intended to be entirely located within an internal volume delimited by a liquid tank of a vehicle and a filler pipe welded to the tank, the filler pipe defining a downstream direction followed by a liquid filling the tank, and an upstream direction opposite thereto the inlet check valve comprising a tube and, at the upstream end of the tube, resilient means for adapting the form of the tube to the internal wall of the filler pipe. The inlet check valve comprises hook means for securing the tube to an internal wall of the filler pipe and prevent the inlet check valve from moving within the filler pipe. The tube bears a skirt ending with an edge which can merge with the filler pipe wall when the latter is welded to the tank, making the edge a seal part of the inlet check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: PLASTIC OMNIUM ADVANCED INNOVATION AND RESEARCH
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Coing
  • Patent number: 10335583
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a connector or connector assembly for attaching a nasal cannula with a gas delivery hose includes a sensor port for a sensor probe positioned near an end of a nasal cannula, which can allow the sensor probe to be placed closer to the patient's nostrils than previous connector parts allowed. The connector can be configured to advantageously allow the nasal cannula to rotate relative to the gas delivery hose, thereby allowing a patient or healthcare provider to untangle or otherwise straighten the hose or the cannula. The connector assembly can be configured to automatically align locking protrusions on a first component with locking recesses on a second component, where insertion of the second component within the first component causes the second component to rotate relative to the first component, thereby aligning the locking protrusions with associated locking recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Laurence Gulliver, Michael Paul Ronayne, Charles William Douglas Irving
  • Patent number: 10309567
    Abstract: Provided is a pipe fitting, which is capable of preventing unintended release of a connection between pipes due to an external manipulation and is capable of releasing the connection between the pipes when necessary. This pipe fitting has a housing, a first retainer, and a second retainer. The first retainer has first elastic pieces as well as being slidably disposed inside the housing and being configured so that when the first retainer is located on the connecting section side of the housing, the first elastic pieces are expandable and when the first retainer is located on the inserting section side of the housing, expansion of the first elastic pieces is restricted. An operating pipe section, which can be held at the connecting section end only through an opening in the connecting section of the housing is provided on the second retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PIOLAX, INC.
    Inventor: Yoshie Sato
  • Patent number: 10276950
    Abstract: A connector system for transferring electricity and data. The connector system includes a receptacle and a plug. The receptacle includes a shield, a power contact, a ground contact, and a data contact. The shield includes power apertures through which power conductor segments of the power contact extend, ground apertures through which ground conductor segments of the ground contact extend, and a data aperture through which a shield member and a data conductor of the data contact extend. The plug includes another power contact connected to a power wire, another ground contact connected to a ground wire, and another data contact. The plug is receivable by the receptacle to electrically connect the power wire conductor to the power conductor segments of the receptacle, to electrically connect the ground wire conductor to the ground conductor segments of the receptacle, and to electrically connect the data contact to the other data contact, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud R. Amini, Peter J. Cameron, Venus Kumar, Neven Pischl, Abhilash Rajagopal
  • Patent number: 10166365
    Abstract: A catheter assembly includes a catheter, a hub, and a sealing member. The catheter defines one or more lumens. The hub includes one or more hub extensions dimensioned to be received within the one or more lumens of the catheter. The sealing member is positioned adjacent the interface of the catheter and the hub. The sealing member includes an expandable material which increases in volume upon exposure to moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Brett Haarala, Richard M. Braga
  • Patent number: 10151275
    Abstract: A snap-fit attaching device may attach an accessory device to an attachment unit that may be integrated with or connected to a main unit. The attachment device may include a first structural member and a second structural member. The first structural member includes a slot that defines an engaging opening forming member. The engaging opening forming member is supported at a support portion in a cantilever manner so as to be resiliently deformable. An engaging opening is formed in the engaging opening forming member. The first structural member further includes a bridging member defining a part of the slot and disposed at a position opposite to the support portion. The second structural member includes an engaging projection for engagement with the engaging opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Mani, Wenbin Yang
  • Patent number: 10075042
    Abstract: A tool for programming a controller of an electric motor by engaging a connection block of the motor and providing high voltage power and communicating programming signals to the controller. The tool includes a body having an interface for engaging the connection block, and internal wiring presenting tool terminals at the interface for making contact with corresponding motor terminals to allow for providing power and communicating signals between the tool and the controller. An energy-limited transformer having an isolated high impedance secondary winding provides both electrical isolation to protect against shock and low energy output to protect against arc flash. Redundant interlocks include a software interlock which allows the power to be present at the interface only during actual programming of the controller. A light ring encircling the body indicates the presence of high voltage and is visible from multiple directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nidec Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Charles L. Geiler, Chetan O. Modi, Douglas D. Glenn, Robert J. Ploof, Jr., Anandan C. Velayutham, James L. Skinner
  • Patent number: 10029275
    Abstract: An applicator for delivering a glutinous substance to a workpiece from an end-effector is disclosed. The applicator comprises a body and a plunger. The plunger comprises a gate, movable within an outlet portion of a first channel of the body between, inclusively, an open position, allowing the glutinous substance to flow from an inlet of the first channel to an outlet of the first channel and a closed position, preventing the glutinous substance from flowing from the inlet of the first channel to the outlet of the first channel. The applicator further comprises an actuator, selectively operable to move the plunger such that the gate moves between, inclusively, the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John W. Pringle, IV, Chris Erickson, Don D. Trend
  • Patent number: 10024468
    Abstract: A fitting includes first and second threaded fitting components, a conduit gripping device, and a stroke resisting member having a first axial length, the stroke resisting member being disposed between a threaded portion of the first fitting component and a radially extending portion of the second fitting component. The stroke resisting member is axially engaged by the radially extending portion of the second fitting component when the first and second fitting components are joined together to a first relative axial position, such that a tightening torque beyond the first relative axial position is increased by the axial engagement. The stroke resisting member is plastically compressed to a second axial length smaller than the first axial length when the first and second fitting components are joined together to a second relative axial position advanced beyond the first relative axial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Daniel G. Trivett, Peter C. Williams, Cal R. Brown, Ronald P. Campbell, William J. Knaggs, Douglas J. McClure, Douglas S. Welch, Stephen J. Zaborszki, James E. Gotch, Connor M. Dorony, Matthew K. Messer
  • Patent number: 10018170
    Abstract: An arrangement of a high-pressure valve at the end of a common rail of a fuel injection system, a high-pressure channel of the rail opening out at one extremity of the rail, includes a throttle stopper arranged at the extremity of the rail. An output orifice restricts a section of the high-pressure channel and a valve seat is positioned in the throttle stopper. The output channel is fully formed inside the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Michel Marechal, Frederic Sauvage, Jean-Luc Rouet, Mattieu Magre
  • Patent number: 9999166
    Abstract: Described herein is an integrated data center that provides for efficient cooling, as well as efficient wire routing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Switch, Ltd.
    Inventor: Rob Roy
  • Patent number: 9982642
    Abstract: A coupling device for mechanically and hydraulically coupling a fuel injector to a fuel rail of a combustion engine is disclosed. The coupling device includes a fuel injector cup having a central longitudinal axis and extending from an inlet side for hydraulically coupling to the fuel rail and an outlet side for engaging a fuel inlet portion of the fuel injector, and a collar element coupled to the fuel injector cup. The collar element includes at least one leg portion having a bridge section and at least one branch section extending radially away from the fuel injector cup. The branch section(s) are arranged radially outwardly of the bridge section and project beyond the bridge section in both (b) a tangential direction perpendicular to the radial direction and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and (b) a longitudinal direction parallel to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Davide Matteini, Daniel Marc, Marco Pasquali
  • Patent number: 9890887
    Abstract: A quick connector for making a releasable connection in a fluid line with a connector body, a male member, a retainer and a verification element. The connector body comprises a through bore, wherein the male member introduced into the through bore is releasably fixable in the through bore by the retainer. The retainer comprises a ring and the verification element has an annular body. The annular body of the verification element can be displaced in an axial direction with respect to the through bore from an initial open position to a verification position when the male member is secured by the retainer in the through bore to place the verification element in a verification and locked position. In one form, the retainer includes lifting arms pivotably attached within coupling openings which cooperate with the coupling projections of the verification element to permit axial translation of the verification element to the verification position when the male member is fully inserted into the through bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TI Automotive (Fuldabrück) GmbH
    Inventors: Iris Barthel, Alexander Bol, Kay Bube, Hans Jensen, Rick Pepe, Albert (Seong-Hwa) Choo
  • Patent number: 9816652
    Abstract: A lock (10) for a tubular connection, blocked axially in a first tubular element and defining an axial opening (14) receiving a second tubular element provided with a circular collar, said lock (10) comprising elastically deformable cradles provided with inside bevels (13) designed so that, while the second tubular element is axially engaged, they move radially apart under the effect of the axial pressure of the circular collar, allow same to pass through, and then move back in to clamp behind the circular collar and to co-operate therewith to lock the second tubular element axially in the first tubular element. Each cradle (11) is provided with a raised axial ridge (15) with a width (l) less than the width (L) of the cradle (11), and is intended during the axial engagement, to receive the axial thrust from the circular collar. A tubular connector is obtained with such a lock (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventor: Anaïs Deplan
  • Patent number: 9803789
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coupling formation of a pipetting channel of a pipetting device for coupling of an implement, for instance a pipette tip, or a laboratory instrument, laboratory tool or the like, thereto, wherein the coupling formation surrounds a pipetting channel section which extends along a pipetting channel axis which defines an axial direction, wherein the coupling formation additionally has, at its free longitudinal end, a pressure-imparting orifice into which the pipetting channel section opens and has, at its radially outer surface which surrounds the pipetting channel axis and extends principally in axial direction and in peripheral direction about the pipetting channel axis relative to the pipetting channel axis, a coupling projection which yields in the radial direction, which is characterized in that the coupling projection is provided so as to be essentially undeformable but radially movable on a spring arrangement which is elastic in radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: HAMILTON BONADUZ AG
    Inventors: Andreas Städler, Torsten Peetz
  • Patent number: 9803766
    Abstract: To provide a snap-fit type valve which can be easily attached to and removed from a piping base member. A snap-fit type valve includes a pair of mounting levers on side surfaces of a valve body so as to engage with a base member in a snap-fit manner, wherein the mounting lever includes a shoulder which extends from the valve body, an arm connected to a distal end of the shoulder and an engaging section formed at a distal end of the arm, and is elastically deformable in a direction in which a distance between the engaging sections increases, a first mounting lever which is one of the pair has the shoulder and the arm connected to each other via an arch shaped connecting section and is formed to be elastically deformable at a position of the connecting section, and a second mounting lever which is the other of the pair is formed to be deformable at a position of the shoulder, and has an operation section to elastically deform the shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Umeda, Shinichi Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 9803594
    Abstract: The fuel supply device has a module installed in a fuel tank. The module has a cap and a support pillar arranged between the cap and a bottom of the fuel tank. The cap is supporting a valve relevant to ventilation of the fuel tank. The valve is supported by a base portion. The base portion and a large diameter part are connected by snap-fit mechanisms. The valve and the base portion are connected by snap-fit mechanisms. A hook part is arranged in an engaging window. It is possible to inspect the valve through the engaging window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Kyosan Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Ishitoya, Akihiro Kimura, Akinari Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9803604
    Abstract: In a mounting tool for mounting an injector on a cylinder head of an engine by being engaged with the injector connected to a fuel pipe, and urging the injector toward the cylinder head, a first band portion has a ring shape so as to surround an outer circumference of the injector, and is disconnected in a circumferential direction by a slit. A second band portion has a ring shape so as to surround the outer circumference of the injector, is disconnected in the circumferential direction by a slit, and is arranged adjacent to the first band portion in an axial direction. Plural elastic band portions connect the first band portion and the second band portion in the axial direction. The mounting tool is made of a single metallic plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: PIOLAX, INC.
    Inventors: Katsuya Toriumi, Takeshi Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9788455
    Abstract: The present invention relates to electronic equipment data center or co-location facility designs and methods of making and using the same in an environmentally aware manner, and generally provides apparatus and methods for using novel support bracket structures, and thermal panels associated with the same, that allow for distinct partitioning of air flowing in hot aisles and cold aisles, as well as for holding wiring above cabinets that are used to store electronic equipment in the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Switch, Ltd.
    Inventor: Rob Roy
  • Patent number: 9757866
    Abstract: The invention provides a system for preventing fluid exchange between the interior and exterior of containment enclosures such as process-, hazard-, and research-enclosure systems generally, gloveboxes, containment systems, isolation systems, confinement systems, cleanrooms, negative air systems, and positive air system areas while simultaneously providing material transfer into and out of the enclosures. The invention also provides a method for transporting material into or out of a containment structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel R. Dilday, Jr., Roberto Reyes, Stanley Weidmeyer
  • Patent number: 9746111
    Abstract: A hydraulic tube for a vehicle may include a pipe having a pipe rib which may be formed integrally on and protrudes outward from a terminal end of the pipe, a connector fitted around the pipe such that the pipe extends through opposite ends of the connector, and a sealer fitted into a first end of the connector, a first end of the sealer being coupled with the terminal end of the pipe through coupling with the pipe rib, and a second end of the sealer being coupled with the first end of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Hanil Tube Corp.
    Inventors: Bum Jun Kim, Min Keun Kwon, Eun Sik Kim, Seong Hwa Choo, Jeong Ho Lim
  • Patent number: 9726198
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compressor (1) of an exhaust-gas turbocharger having a compressor housing (2) which has a compressor outlet connecting pipe (3), and having a sound absorber (4), wherein the sound absorber (4) is formed as a separate component which can be connected to the outlet connecting pipe (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Friedrich
  • Patent number: 9695960
    Abstract: A fuel dispensing unit is provided that includes a fuel conduit including an external annular bead and a locking member including inwardly extending resilient tongues. The locking member is configured to retain the fuel conduit in a locked position and to receive the fuel conduit in an open position. The external annular bead of the fuel conduit causes the locking member to move to the open position when the locking member receives the fuel conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems Sweden AB
    Inventors: Bengt Ingemar Larsson, Mattias Goran Mårtensson
  • Patent number: 9651180
    Abstract: A fuel line connector assembly that includes first and second connectors. The first connector includes a ramp having an inner core and an outer skin surrounding at least a part of the inner core. The inner core extends through the ramp at a location adjacent a radially extending retaining surface for at least a portion of the radial extent of the retaining surface. The second connector has a hook wherein, when the first and second connectors are brought together and secured to each other, the hook inhibits separation of the first and second connectors by bearing again the retaining surface. The first connector is made by coinjection molding a connector body having the outer skin and inner core with the inner core extending through the ramp to a sacrificial portion, and then severing the sacrificial portion from the ramp leaving the inner core exposed at an apex of the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Norma U.S. Holding LLC
    Inventors: Brian T. Ignaczak, David Charles Peterson, Jason Earl Dendel
  • Patent number: 9622389
    Abstract: Described herein is an integrated data center that provides for efficient cooling, as well as efficient wire routing, and in particular a configuration in which electronic equipment cabinets are arranged in rows within thermal compartments where the cabinets may be rolled in and out of place as required and a frame supports thermal shields of the thermal compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Switch, Ltd.
    Inventor: Rob Roy
  • Patent number: 9568017
    Abstract: A centrifugal blower assembly including a ring-shaped planar portion and a sloped guide surface. The ring-shaped planar portion defines a central aperture at which a centrifugal fan is seated. The ring-shaped planar portion is elevated relative to a lower surface of a scroll casing. The sloped guide surface is between the ring-shaped planar portion and the lower surface of the scroll casing. The sloped guide surface slopes towards the lower surface, and extends in a downstream direction towards a partition of the scroll casing at a scroll starting position of the scroll casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: Denso International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hayashi, Justin Black, Prakash Thawani, Melissa Buczek, Jie Zeng
  • Patent number: 9546497
    Abstract: Reinforcing bars include load transfer connectors. A link plate includes openings that mate with the load transfer connectors to overlie the splice between reinforcing bars being spliced. A cover plate may be fastened over the link plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Semaan
  • Patent number: 9541047
    Abstract: A system, which is used in particular as a fuel injection system for the high-pressure injection in internal combustion engines, includes a fuel distributor and a plurality of fuel injectors. Each fuel injector is situated on a cup of the fuel distributor. At least one of the fuel injectors is fastened to the associated cup by a holding element, which has a supporting surface. The cup has a contact surface on an underside, by way of which the cup is supported at the supporting surface of the holding element by a damping layer. The holding element is attached to the cup. In addition, the fuel injector has a collar, which is braced on the holding element. Because of the damping layer, vibrations are able to be dampened, and the noise transmissions is able to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Pohlmann, Michael Fischer, Martin Riemer, Markus Friedrich, Andreas Rehwald, Michael Mayer, Dietmar Uhlenbrock, Matthias Maess, Goekhan Guengoer, Venkatesh Kannan
  • Patent number: 9528645
    Abstract: A device for receiving or providing a fluid and a method of selectively coupling a tube (22) to the device with the tube receiving or providing the fluid. The device includes a housing (24) and a female port (26) extending from the housing. The female port has an engagement surface (28) and defines an interior chamber (30) with a retainer (62) disposed in the interior chamber. The retainer has a base (64), a finger (66) extending from the base to selectively engage the engagement surface, and a barb (88) proximate to the finger for selectively engaging the tube. A seal (52) is disposed in the interior chamber of the female port adjacent the retainer. The retainer (90) has a stud extending from the base beyond the barb to engage the seal for biasing the retainer away from the housing to facilitate movement of the finger against the engagement surface and engagement of the tube with the barb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Kongsberg Automotive AB
    Inventors: Frank Dankbaar, Anders Gronhage
  • Patent number: 9523453
    Abstract: A locking quick connect assembly is provided for removably coupling a first tube and a second tube. A quick connect housing presents a central bore for receiving the second tube. A redundant latch component positionable between an unlocked position and a locked position may be provided to slidingly engage the quick connect housing. A twist lock retainer surrounds the quick connect housing and the redundant latch component. The redundant latch component includes an axially extending redundant latch retaining arm and the twist lock retainer includes a locking channel for receiving the redundant latch retaining arm. The twist lock retainer also includes a twist lock retaining arm that locks against a bead of the second tube to resists separation. The twist lock retaining arm extends perpendicularly to and radially inwardly of the locking channel to interleavingly engage the redundant latch retaining arm thus preventing unwanted decoupling of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: MINIATURE PRECISION COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Kathleen B. Arnold, Chad M. Dickman
  • Patent number: 9498317
    Abstract: Packaging for dry prosthetic tissue heart valves and their delivery systems includes a primary sterile barrier that permits gas sterilization of the tissue implant, and a secondary sterile barrier that also prevents oxidation of the implant during long-term storage. Dry tissue heart valves and their delivery systems are placed within a primary container such as a rigid tray that limits movement of the components therein. The primary container is placed within a secondary container, and the assembly is then sterilized. The outer sterile barrier may include a double seal so that a first gas-permeable seal can be closed for sterilization, after which a second gas-impermeable seal can be closed to seal out any further oxygen contact with the tissue implant. A collapsible delivery handle for a surgical heart valve may be provided which reduces the size of the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Abhishek Gautam, Gregory A. Wright
  • Patent number: 9482649
    Abstract: A fitting (200) for providing a fluid connection between a capillary (202) and a fluidic conduit (204) of a fluidic component (30), the fitting (200) comprising a male piece (240) and a female piece (250) for connection with the male piece (240), wherein the male piece (240) comprises a housing (252) with a capillary reception (212) configured for receiving the capillary (202), wherein a part of the capillary (202) being received in the capillary reception (212) is circumferentially covered by a sleeve (214), an elastic biasing mechanism (206) being arranged at least partially within the housing (252), being configured for biasing the capillary (202) against the female piece (250) and being supported by the sleeve (214), and a locking mechanism (208) being arranged at least partially within the housing (252) and being configured for locking the capillary (202) to the fitting (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Claus Lueth, Darijo Zeko