Leaf Spring Patents (Class 285/319)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9375207
    Abstract: A removable, resilient atraumatic sheath for arthroscopic instruments. The sheath covers sharp edges on the arthroscopic instrument, particularly the distal tip of the rigid cannula, and thereby protects tissue and objects near a surgical site from accidental trauma. The sheath may be provided in the form of an inflow/outflow sheath that allows a surgeon to irrigate and drain a surgical field without the use of a separate irrigation instrument. The distal tip of the sheath may comprise a dissimilar material of a higher modulus of elasticity than the material comprising the remainder of the tube. The sheath is provided with a cylindrical grip on the proximal end to resiliently squeeze the proximal end of the arthroscopic instrument. A level is provided to move the grip radially outwardly to release the grip from the arthroscopic instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Cannuflow, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore R. Kucklick, Martin Trieb
  • Patent number: 9234617
    Abstract: A leakage-free pipe fitting of quick connection for Reverse Osmosis Membrane (RO) water treatment unit of household has a pipe fitting, a sealing O-ring, an annular cooperative bushing collar, a cylindrical elastic sleeving collet, an accessory latching clip with a cantilevered lug, and an annular reinforcing bolster with an inner bore. The annular reinforcing bolster is inserted into the cylindrical retainer of the pipe fitting sandwiched between the sealing O-ring and the bottom surface of the cylindrical elastic sleeving collet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventors: Ying Lin Cai, Chao Fou Hsu
  • Patent number: 9068680
    Abstract: A push fitting joint packaging arrangement includes embodiments with a pusher locking member having at least one nipple member extending radially into a locking member opening, and a release pusher having a wing extending radially outwardly around the circumference of an inner wall, wherein the inner wall includes at least one access channel and at least one stop channel, wherein the at least one access channel and the at least one stop channel are engageable with the at least one nipple member of the pusher locking member. A push fitting joint packaging arrangement includes separate embodiments with a tamper-resistant release pusher configuration, employing a retaining clip that is slidably engageable with a pusher locking member, and wherein a release pusher is removably or releasably securable to the pusher locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias
  • Patent number: 9016729
    Abstract: In a quick connection device for piping installed with a checker (40), a connector housing (20) of a quick connector (10) is formed with opening portions (74) for inserting resilient legs (58) therein through the opening portions (74) in a direction perpendicular to an axis from leading ends of the resilient legs, and inserted portions of the resilient legs (58) are held inside the connector housing (20). The resilient legs (58) are resiliently deformed in an axially inward direction by an annular projecting portion on an outer peripheral surface of a mating pipe at insertion of the mating pipe, to unlatch latching pawls (64) of the resilient legs (58) from corresponding latch portions of the connector housing (20), whereby the checker (40) is allowed to be removed out of the connector housing (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignees: Sumitomo Riko Company Limited, A. Ryamond et CIE-SCS
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Ishida, Yasuki Takenaka
  • Patent number: 9004111
    Abstract: A plug for a connector includes an insertion portion, and the insertion portion includes an O-ring abutment portion and a creep prevention portion. Also, when the insertion portion of the plug for a connector is inserted in a mouth portion of a connector, the O-ring abutting portion abuts against an O-ring mounted inside the connector, and closes the mouth portion of the connector. Also, the creep prevention portion prevents a creep of a lock member which is in a standby position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nakaya
  • Patent number: 8997782
    Abstract: Inlet control valves for use with fuel delivery systems are described. An example inlet control valve includes a first body portion having a first coupling to define an inlet of the control valve and one of a plurality of fasteners or a plurality of slots opposite the inlet. A second body portion coupled to the first body portion to define a fluid flow passageway, where the second body portion has a second coupling to define an outlet of the control valve and the other one of the plurality of fasteners or the plurality of slots opposite the outlet. The first plurality of slots receives the first plurality of fasteners when the first body portion is coupled to the second body portion. A valve is pivotally coupled relative to the first and second body portions to control fluid flow through the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Brunswick Corporation, Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Bostwick, Sean Whelan, Gary Lee Dunkle
  • Patent number: 8973952
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing having a connecting portion, an insertion portion, and slits, and a retainer having arms, and engaging portions. The engaging portions are engaged with a flange portion of a first pipe member so as to retain the first pipe member. An inclinatory contact portion is provided between inner circumferential surfaces of the slits and outer surfaces of the, such that the pair of arms are urged in directions of approaching each other when a force to pull out the first pipe member from the insertion portion is exerted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Piolax Inc.
    Inventors: Ryo Nishino, Yoshie Sato
  • Patent number: 8944473
    Abstract: A quick connector assembly (20) includes a coupling housing (22) having a fluid quick connector (34) disposed about an end (24) and a sensor quick connector (40) axially aligned with an auxiliary axis (A2). A sensor housing (42) is insertable along the auxiliary axis (A2) to couple a sensor with the coupling housing (22). The sensor quick connector (40) includes at least one leg (48) and the sensor housing (42) includes a locking barb (44) extending radially outwardly to flex the leg (48) during axial movement of the sensor housing (42). The leg (48) includes a mechanical stop (54) and the locking barb (44) includes a shoulder (70) for engaging the mechanical stop (54) to establish an interlocked position of the housings (22, 42) and prevent rotational movement of the sensor housing (42) about the auxiliary axis (A2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Matthew D. Lutzke, Justin L. Gauthier
  • Patent number: 8939470
    Abstract: A quick connector coupling assembly includes a retainer to connect a rigid tube to a hollow body component. A sleeve extending between a fluid sealing member and the retainer includes a rearward abutment surface in abutting contact with the retainer. The retainer locking arms include forward abutment surfaces in abutting relation with the tube upset and forward abutment surfaces in abutting relation with the sleeve. An insertion verifier includes a ring portion with axially extending legs positioned in the slots between the retainer locking arms. At least one leg includes a releasable latch engaged with the retainer in the slots between the locking arms. Guide elements on the retainer and insertion verifier align the verifier legs and retainer slots on insertion of the verifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen H. Gunderson
  • Publication number: 20150021909
    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. In an embodiment, the connector is 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. In an embodiment, the connector assembly is 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: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Laurence Gulliver, Michael Paul Ronayne, Charles William Douglas Irving
  • Publication number: 20140345710
    Abstract: An inlet conduit assembly for a hose reel assembly includes a clip assembly that is structured to be accessible from the outer side of the frame assembly. The clip assembly is structured to be operated without the use of tools. The clip assembly, essentially, prevents the inlet conduit assembly from being moved axially once installed. In this configuration, a user may quickly and easily actuate the clip assembly to release or engage the inlet conduit assembly. Thus, a user may quickly and easily remove the inlet conduit assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: THE AMES COMPANIES, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Arcati
  • Publication number: 20140339821
    Abstract: A lock member is provided in a housing movably between a standby position and a connected position. In a state wherein the lock member is locked in the standby position, when a pipe is inserted into an opening portion of the housing, the lock member is unlocked so as to be movable into the connected position; however, a tip portion of a detection stopper abuts against a flange portion of the pipe so as to prevent the lock member from moving into the connected position. Next, when the pipe is inserted further, and the flange portion passes the position of the detection stopper, the detection stopper moves into the connected position together with the lock member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Taiichi Ishizaka, Hideaki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140339820
    Abstract: A plug-in connection for hydraulic hose lines includes a first plug connector having a circumferential groove on a plug-in nipple, a plug-in sleeve having two transverse bores, and a fork-shaped coupling bracket. The coupling bracket has two bracket portions and one bracket curve, which may be being inserted into the transverse bores for locking the plug-in connection to the bracket portions and penetrate the groove transversely with respect to the plug-in axis. A retaining element for retaining the coupling bracket is also provided and includes an accommodating portion for the bracket curve, two holding arms which are spaced apart from each other and connected by a base at rear ends of the holding arms facing the accommodating portion, and which define at front ends a mounting mouth which can be slipped onto the plug-in nipple and/or the plug-in sleeve in a transverse manner with respect to the plug-in axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Global Mining Europe GmbH
    Inventors: Franz-Heinrich Suilmann, Leonie Bernemann, Bjorn Scherweit
  • Patent number: 8869820
    Abstract: An inlet conduit assembly for a hose reel assembly includes a clip assembly that is structured to be accessible from the outer side of the frame assembly. The clip assembly is structured to be operated without the use of tools. The clip assembly, essentially, prevents the inlet conduit assembly from being moved axially once installed. In this configuration, a user may quickly and easily actuate the clip assembly to release or engage the inlet conduit assembly. Thus, a user may quickly and easily remove the inlet conduit assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: The Ames Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Arcati
  • Publication number: 20140312614
    Abstract: A coupling, for a fluid line, having a retainer and a coupling body defining a throughbore extending from an inlet opening at a male member reception end which functionally receives a male member. The retainer has a crossbar, with two spaced retainer legs, and at least one locking arm. The retainer is mounted in a moveable manner to the coupling body in radial direction in relation to the throughbore. In a starting position when the male member is not or not fully inserted into the coupling body, one free end of a retainer leg rests upon a blocking surface on the coupling body blocking the retainer from shifting into a locking position, whereby the crossbar is in the starting position, protruding out of the coupling body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Iris Barthel, Alexander Bol, Hans Jensen
  • Patent number: 8827317
    Abstract: A medical device adaptor includes a housing defining a mounting port and a circumscribing outer wall, a fluid passage extending substantially through the adaptor to the mounting port, and a pair of mounting shoulders spaced circumferentially along the outer wall. The pair of mounting shoulders extend transverse from the outer wall. The medical device adaptor also includes an insert disposed within the mounting port. The insert defines a thru hole at least partially aligned with the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean R. Karla, Raymond A. Lia, Jamie H. Bartenstein, Robert L. Vivenzio, Victor G. Ianno
  • Patent number: 8814219
    Abstract: A disconnection tool for disconnecting pipes which are connected. The disconnection tool is preferably a two piece cylinder with a leading edge and handles opposite the leading edge, and, can be positioned around a male end of a male pipe that is within a female end of a female pipe. The disconnection tool initially inserts into a clearance between the interior surface of the female end and the exterior surface of the male end while the pipes are connected. As the disconnection tool is further inserted, its leading edge contacts and disengages one or more locking members extending through the clearance thereby allowing the male pipe to be disconnected from the female pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Bilfinger Water Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hennemann, Garth Saul, Dean Brabec