With Separable Fastener Patents (Class 285/403)
  • Patent number: 9605901
    Abstract: A clothing dryer including a rear duct having an intake port and a lower duct connected to the intake port to guide air to the rear duct. The lower duct is elastically supported by elastic support protrusions extending from the rear duct. Even when vibration generated during the operation of the clothing dryer is transmitted to the lower duct or the rear duct, therefore, noise generated due to collision between the lower duct and the rear duct is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koang Hun Ryu, Chang Bae Yeom, Dong Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 9586450
    Abstract: A trailer hitch assembly sized and shaped to fit within a trailer hitch receptacle, wherein the trailer hitch assembly includes a first tubular element and a second tubular element. Each tubular element has an angled end, wherein the angled ends of the first tubular element and the second tubular element are complementary to each other. The trailer hitch assembly may further include at least one guide to assist in aligning the first tubular element with the second tubular element along the angled ends. The trailer hitch assembly may further include an actuator configured to engage both the first tubular element and the second tubular element and to diagonally displace the first tubular element relative to the second tubular element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Dixon Ford
  • Patent number: 9010813
    Abstract: Particular implementations of an electrical conduit coupling comprise a coupler body having an open end defined by an outer body wall. The open end comprises an interior diameter sized and shaped to accept a cylindrical conduit. A raised shoulder portion extends inward from an inside surface of the coupler body. A locking element in the outer body wall comprises a locking tab recess. The locking element comprises a compression plate, a locking tab, and a release. The compression plate is slidably engaged with the outer body wall and extends past the inside surface of the coupler body to engage an outer wall of the conduit. The locking tab extends into the locking tab recess when the compression plate is in its engaged position. Upon actuation of the release, the locking tab withdraws from the locking tab recess and the compression plate slides to an unengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Jimmy Wade, Brad Fulghum
  • Publication number: 20150061286
    Abstract: Outlet module for an emissions cleaning module includes a tubular member mounted in an aperture of a housing, an internal portion of the tubular member being located within the housing and an external portion of the tubular member cantilevering from the housing. The outlet module may allow flexibility in the location of the tubular member and thus the connection point with a section of external pipework. The outlet module may provide for the cantilevered support of the section of the external pipework so that the need for additional physical support of the section of external pipework is avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Perkins Engines Company Limited
    Inventor: Naseer A. Niaz
  • Publication number: 20150054277
    Abstract: A connector has a valve that cycles air from a pump to outlet socket ducts that are complementary to inlet plug ducts. A button is atop a cover enclosing a ring. A spring biases the ring and button upwards. The cover and ring have an opening receiving a disc and a nose, with slots aligned with tabs. The plug is around a region of the opening. The disc has an upper latch lug engaging a rib integral with a plate atop the opening region. The bottom of the disc has a lower latch lug, which engages the bottom of the ring, comprises two parts separated by a slot. The ducts are in a resilient member between an outlet plate and a stator of the cycling valve. Bores terminate at tubes having deformable noses, which abut the disc to form a seal. The plug releases by depressing the button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: LINET SPOL S.R.O.
    Inventor: Ian Malcolm RYALL
  • Publication number: 20140167410
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connector for fluid lines having of a coupling part that can be plugged together with a counter-coupling part along a plug-in axis. A locking device releasably locks the coupling part together with the counter-coupling part. The locking device includes a radially elastically deformable holding element held outside on the coupling part and at least partially encompassing it circumferentially. The holding element interacts with the coupling part, when positioned on the coupling part, via a fixation structure, such that said holding element can optionally be oriented in different relative rotational positions and be fixated in each case to prevent a free, unrestricted rotation about the plug-in axle (X) relative to the coupling part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Jochem-Andreas Hess, Andreas Suhr, Frank Zenses, Boris Thau, Adrian Klehr
  • Publication number: 20140167412
    Abstract: The system (1) comprises: a tubular interface formation (3) fixed or able to be fixed to a receiving body (C) and having a plurality of shaped retaining lugs (4) angularly spaced around its axis (A-A) and protruding axially and radially towards the outside; a tubular fastening member (6) in which the tube (2) can be pre-inserted axially and which has a plurality of external peripheral coupling elements (15) angularly spaced around its axis (A-A) and each able to engage with a corresponding retaining lug (4) of the interface formation (3), in a mutually axially retaining relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: ELBI INTERNATIONAL S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luca Magnone, Angelo Spisso
  • Patent number: 8690200
    Abstract: A pipe connection includes a box that mates with a pin. A box slot extends through a side wall of the box at a point adjacent the rim for alignment with a pin slot formed on the pin. Each of the slots has a circumferential dimension and an axial dimension that is less than the circumferential dimension. The pin slot has a greater circumferential dimension than the box slot. A locking key has a pin section and a box section located within the pin slot and the box slot, respectively, when the key is installed. The pin section has teeth that bite into the pin slot. The key has a width substantially the same as the circumferential dimension of the box slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Patterson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140060675
    Abstract: A coupler for a fluid system includes: a coupling device made of an inflexible polymeric material, the coupling device including a body defining a fluid passage therethrough that is connected to an aperture sized to receive a mating coupling device, the coupling device including a latch configured to move between an uncoupled state and a coupled state to couple the mating coupling device thereto; and a base made of a flexible polymeric material, the base including a flange member sized to be coupled to a bladder of the fluid hydration system, and the base including a receiving member sized to receive at least a portion of the coupling device. The base is overmolded over the coupling device to form the coupler, the coupler being fluid-tight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: COLDER PRODUCTS COMPANY
    Inventor: Colder Products Company
  • Patent number: 8579334
    Abstract: Attachable and detachable joints for use in pipe systems carrying pressured fluids are made using thermoplastics, preferably polyolefin, and provided with an integrally formed male spigot end and a female socket end. The joints are constructed using a push-fit principle. A sealing ring is inserted into the sealing groove of the female socket making the joint leak proof. Plastic or metal clamps are provided to sustain the longitudinal forces imposed on the joint exerted by the pressured fluid. The male spigot is provided with an integrally formed collar that serves as the holding surface to clamp resisting longitudinal forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Jain Irrigation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Helmuth Schnallinger, Christian Schnallinger, Jayprakash Jagannath Kulkarni, Kishor Lalchand Nemade
  • Publication number: 20130269899
    Abstract: The teachings provide a fill tube assembly for a casting mold and methods of using the assembly. The fill tube assembly includes a fill tube having a tubular member with a receiving end, a mold-engaging end and an intermediate portion. The mold-engaging end has a tapered flange radially extending therefrom, the remainder of the tubular member has a substantially, uniform cross-section. A clamping assembly is structured to maintain a substantially leakproof seal at the fill tube, casting mold interface while accommodating dimensional variations. The clamping assembly includes a gasket, a load ring, a clamping plate and a pre-load gap between the clamping plate and the casting mold and optionally includes a dimensional compensating ring. When tightened, the clamping plate biases the load ring against the flange thereby distributing a uniform load against the casting mold, compressing the gasket therebetween while narrowing the pre-load gap to accommodate dimensional variations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: AUTOMOTIVE CASTING TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: MARSHALL A. KLINGENSMITH, Mark A. Ripepi, Rabindra K Bhattacharyya, James T. Burg
  • Patent number: 8555480
    Abstract: A coupling formed of a tubular body defining an internal channel. The body is formed of a first part for connecting the channel to a circuit element and a second part defining a housing for a pipe end, the first and second parts including mutually engaged end portions, wherein the housing extends into the end portion of the second part and the end portions include facing openings for receiving a clip element for securing the parts to each other. The opening of the second part opens into the housing and the clip element has a locking portion that is elastically deformable from a retaining state to a free state for extracting the clip element. The clip element projects into the housing such that the pipe end prevents the locking portion from deforming to its free state and being extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Parker Hannifin France SAS
    Inventor: Philippe Poder
  • Patent number: 8444184
    Abstract: A conduit structure provided with a rotation coupling comprises a first hose part (1) with a first coupling part (4) at an end thereof, and furthermore a second coupling part (5) at an end of a further part (6, 15; 2, 4, 19). The first coupling part can be inserted into the second coupling part and the coupling parts are provided with a separate sealing element (9) as well as with locking means (17, 18), such that the first and the second coupling part are rotatably but non-slidably coupled. The first hose part (1) extends through and some distance beyond the first coupling part (4) and in the coupled condition the sealing element (9) seals the space between the portion of the first hose part that extends beyond the first coupling part and the second coupling part (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Henri Peteri Beheer B.V.
    Inventor: Niels Theodoor Peteri
  • Patent number: 8210575
    Abstract: A band clamp used for forming a pipe lap joint. The band clamp includes a band, tightening mechanism, and gasket. The band extends circumferentially from a first end to a second end and is sized to fit over an outside pipe end. The tightening mechanism is connected to the band at the first and second end. The tightening mechanism includes at least one fastener to bring the first and second ends toward each other to tighten the band over the outside pipe end. The gasket is constructed to fit over an inside pipe end and within the outside pipe end such that the gasket is at least partially sandwiched between said inside and outside pipe ends. The gasket has an embossment extending radially outwardly from an outer surface of the gasket and being constructed to be received at least partly within a slot of the outside pipe end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Norma U.S. Holding LLC
    Inventors: Brian T. Ignaczak, David Leo Wyatt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8141914
    Abstract: A water-conducting household appliance includes a water-conducting line having a line end which is connected in a connecting position to a connecting piece, and a securing element which attaches onto the line end and the connecting piece and holds the line end in the connecting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Haltmayer, Mathias Herrmann, Stefan Kasbauer, Claus Köther, Martin Weissenburger
  • Publication number: 20110278835
    Abstract: An annular sealing material seals a pipe joint between a socket and a spigot. The sealing material includes a bulb part which is composed of a first bulb, a second bulb located closer to the inner side of the socket than the first bulb, and a narrow part present between the first and second bulbs. The first bulb is pressed against the inner circumferential surface of the socket. The second bulb is pressed against the outer peripheral surface of the spigot. The second bulb is inclined towards the pipe center from the first bulb in a natural state before it is provided between the socket and the spigot. The inner diameter of the second bulb is smaller than the outer diameter of the spigot in the natural state. The second bulb is extensible in the pipe diameter direction due to elastic deformation of the narrow part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Shozo Kishi, Yoshinori Itani, Kohei Ikeda, Takashi Yokomizo, Takaaki Kagawa, Shogo Kaneko, Hiroyasu Oohama, Hiroaki Shimizu, Goro Funahashi
  • Publication number: 20110271515
    Abstract: A coupling formed of a tubular body defining an internal channel. The body is formed of a first part for connecting the channel to a circuit element and a second part defining a housing for a pipe end, the first and second parts including mutually engaged end portions, wherein the housing extends into the end portion of the second part and the end portions include facing openings for receiving a clip element for securing the parts to each other. The opening of the second part opens into the housing and the clip element has a locking portion that is elastically deformable from a retaining state to a free state for extracting the clip element. The clip element projects into the housing such that the pipe end prevents the locking portion from deforming to its free state and being extracted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Philippe Poder
  • Publication number: 20110236238
    Abstract: Clamping device for cylinder sleeves of a pump system, and a piston pump or plunger pump for conveying drilling fluid during drilling of boreholes, particularly in the field of oil and natural gas production, and its use. Pump system includes a pump unit and a driving rotary drive unit. Clamping device for cylinder sleeve of a piston pump or plunger pump includes a cylinder sleeve receptacle, a clamping element provided at the pump, and cylinder sleeve or a portion of the cylinder sleeve provided between the clamping element and the cylinder sleeve receptacle, Clamping element and cylinder sleeve receptacle are connected by a connecting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: BENTEC GmbH DRILLING & OILFIELD SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Malte CORDES, Michael GELKER
  • Publication number: 20110210547
    Abstract: A pneumatic multi-way connector has a cycling motor 1 and a cycling valve 2 for cycling pressure air from a non-shown pump to selected ducts 31, 32, 33, 34 in an outlet socket 3. The ducts are complementary to inlet ducts 41, 42, 43, 44 of an inlet plug 5. A ring cover encloses a rigid ring 16 which has a button 17 exposed at a top portion cover. A spring 18 biases the ring and the button upwards. The ring cover and the ring have a central opening 19 for receiving the disc 52 and the nose 55 of the cover 50 with the slots 56,57 aligned with the tabs 11,15. The plug is located radially around a peripheral engagement region 20 of the opening 19. The disc 52 has an upper latch lug 58, which engages behind a rib 59 integral with the plate 14. This is at the top of the peripheral engagement region 20. At the bottom of the zone, the disc has a lower latch lug 60, provided in two parts separated by the slot 56. This engages behind the bottom sector 61 of the ring 16.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Ian Malcolm Ryall
  • Patent number: 7997628
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for the secure attachment and restraint of a pipe end within a fitting is disclosed. The invention includes a mechanical restraint apparatus that is integral and monolithic with the flange of a bell of a spigot-and-bell joint architecture, along with one or more internally disposed grooves within the bell that receive a circumferential gasket, in order to maintain a seal about the pipe end when it is inserted into the bell. The inventive apparatus combines features of mechanical connections and push-on connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Fred R. Smith, Jr., William L. Jones
  • Patent number: 7992590
    Abstract: A faucet including a spout body formed of metal and having an inlet end, an outlet end and a chamber extending between inlet and outlet ends. A tube formed of a non-metallic material is enclosed within the chamber and has receiving and dispensing ends. Tube defines a passage extending between receiving and dispensing ends. Receiving end is in fluid communication with water source to communicate water through passage. An inlet coupling formed of a non-metallic material and having an inlet opening extending therethrough is molded about receiving end such that receiving end is sealingly received within inlet opening. An outlet coupling formed of a non-metallic material and having an outlet opening extending therethrough is molded about dispensing end such that dispensing end is sealingly received within outlet opening. Inlet and outlet couplings are sealingly coupled to inlet and outlet ends of spout body, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Steven Kyle Meehan, Christopher Michael McGuire, Brian Matthew Jolliffe, Jeffrey Lee Moore, Darrell Scott Crowe, Derek Allen Brown
  • Patent number: 7938383
    Abstract: A solenoid valve has a valve body with an inlet, an outlet and a valve chamber therebetween. A valve member is selectively engagable with the valve chamber for controlling the flow of fluid from the inlet to the outlet. A solenoid assembly is mounted upon the valve member for moving the valve member to control the flow of fluid from the inlet to the outlet. The solenoid assembly includes a solenoid and a frame for holding the solenoid. The solenoid assembly is connected to the valve body such that the frame is rotatable and slidable away from the valve body to permit access to and slidable removal of the solenoid from the valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Deltrol Controls
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Zur, Brian T. Cahill
  • Patent number: 7938455
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for axially connecting an external pipe section to a coaxial peg or internal pipe section that engages in the external pipe section, in particular for connecting the drain connecting piece of an injector for injecting fuel into internal combustion engines to a fuel return connector. The external pipe section has two diametrically opposed retaining slots that penetrate the wall of the external pipe section and which correspond to grooves on the periphery of the peg or internal pipe section. Two opposing sprung retaining arms of a clamp-type retaining clip pass through the retaining slots of the external pipe section from the exterior and snap into the grooves of the peg or internal pipe section in a sprung manner. One essential feature of the invention is that the parallel retaining slots of the external pipe section are offset in height in relation to one another, while the whole of the retaining clip, when not fitted onto the pipe sections, lies on one plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Rapp
  • Patent number: 7690699
    Abstract: A first element is connected to a first end of a connecting piece and a second element is connected to a second end of the connecting piece. At least one end of the connecting piece is provided with a thread, whereby the connecting piece is connectable to a pipe or fitting with a threaded connection. The connecting piece is made of plastic in such a way that a metal insert provided with a thread is arranged at at least one end of the plastic body of the connecting piece, or the connecting piece is made substantially completely of thermoplast in such a way that the thermoplastic body is provided with a thread. The outer surface of the connecting piece is provided with a gripping member. The gripping member is formed and dimensioned such that it gives way earlier than the connecting member thread and/or basic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Uponor Innovation Ab
    Inventor: Jarmo Smahl
  • Publication number: 20090236851
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement (10) including a first coupling (12?) and a second coupling (16), the first and second couplings being connectable to form a joint (12). Each of the first and second couplings defines a passage through which fluid can flow and the respective passages are in alignment when the first and second couplings (12?, 16?) are connected. Each of the first and second couplings (12?, 16?) includes first and second interconnecting coupling parts (20, 60) in which the first coupling part defines the passage. The second coupling part (60) is connectable to the first coupling part (20) and to a first coupling part of another coupling to form the joint. The first and second couplings (12?, 16?) are coupled together by a releasable connection between the second coupling part (60) of each coupling with the first coupling part (20) of the mating coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Ian Hampel, Kostantin Velev
  • Publication number: 20090218812
    Abstract: A safety release adapter for making a sealed fluid connection with a male connector that is disconnected when a pulling force is applied between the adapter and the connector. The safety release adapter includes a base and a socket. The base receives and secures a first male connector. The socket includes a cavity with a lip at the distal end of the socket. The socket releasably secures a second male connector with the lip inside the socket opening engaging a neck of the second male connector. The first male connector extends into the socket in a sealed interface with the socket such that when the second male connector is secured in the socket with a sealed interface with the socket, the valve buttons of each connector are mutually depressed so the two connectors are in sealed fluid communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: Adroit Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford E. Gammons
  • Patent number: 7559583
    Abstract: A tube coupling for tube elements comprising a socket and a plug which can be inserted axially into the socket. The tube coupling has a joining portion for producing a torque proof junction between the socket and the plug as well as a securing portion for securing the axial-position of the plug in the socket. The securing of the axial position is brought about by two corresponding annular grooves, into which at least one locking element can be inserted via an insertion opening in order to produce a form-locking connection. To secure the locking element a plurality of radial bores is provided on the inner annular groove, into which a securing bolt can be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Bauer Maschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Erwin Stoetzer
  • Patent number: 7552949
    Abstract: A joint restraint includes a split ring terminating in radially outwardly extending flanges. A shell includes a cylindrical sleeve, an annular flange at one end and arms projecting generally tangentially for securement behind lugs on a standard bell end of a fitting. With the split ring disposed within the shell and flanges projecting through a radial opening through the shell, a pipe end may be inserted through the joint restraint into the bell. By compressing the split ring about the pipe end by drawing the flanges toward one another and bolting them in place, relative axial movement of the pipe end and fitting is precluded by engagement of the shell flange and split ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: The Harrington Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Riordan, III, Sean B. Routon
  • Patent number: 7506897
    Abstract: A plug-in coupling for connecting a fluid conduit to a pipe has a pipe section having a first end section to be connected to a fluid-conduit and a second end section to receive and lock a pipe. A securing ring is attached to the inner side of the pipe section. At least one sealing ring is inserted into the pipe section and seals the pipe relative to the pipe section. The at least one sealing ring is positionally secured in the pipe section between the securing ring and an inner shoulder of the pipe section. The pipe section has a slot extending in a circumferential direction of the pipe section and a support surface located opposite the slot. The securing ring is inserted into the slot until the securing ring contacts the support surface. A circumferential section of the securing ring is received in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: NORMA Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Bauer
  • Patent number: 7500697
    Abstract: A locking device and method to eliminate rotation or dislodging of a snap ring relative to a snap ring groove is provided. A locking clip is provided that may be used as a retention clip, with or without the use of a snap ring. The locking device for a housing assembly to retain a part comprises a locking clip, insertable between the retained part and the housing, wherein the locking clip comprises a clip body; a first locking tab connected to the clip body; and a locating tab connected to the clip body. In rotating assemblies, the elimination of snap ring movement improves the balance and wear of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl M. Romack
  • Patent number: 7494161
    Abstract: A coming off preventing device is provided for a joining part of an air supply and exhaust pipe which joins two pipes by inserting an entry of one air supply and exhaust pipe into a socket of another air supply and exhaust pipe. A cut out window is provided at the socket side, and a metal stopper is equipped on the outer side of the cut out window, wherein the metal stopper has a lock unit which includes a push part on an upper surface of one end, a rectangular shaped lock part on a lower surface of another end and a bearing part on an upper surface of a center part. Further, the lock unit has a lower surface to which one end of a plate spring is welded wherein the plate spring is bent to have an obtuse angle. A joint cover covers said lock unit and fixes said lock unit axially. Further to the entry side, a circumferential groove is engraved to the opposite direction to the entry with a gradient, and an entry stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Japan Pipe System Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ichiyo Kanai, Takao Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 7481463
    Abstract: A connecting portion of a quick connector is provided with a pair of stop arms. Each of the stop arms has an arm body that integrally includes an overhanging stop portion and an engaging pawl on a leading end portion thereof. The connecting portion is inserted in a connecting hole formed in a fluid line component until the engaging pawl engages with an outwardly directed engaging projection of a mounting portion that is provided on an opening portion of the connecting hole. A checker has a main body that is provided integrally with verifying portions. Each of the verifying portions is formed with a receiving recessed portion for accommodating the overhanging stop portion therein when the checker is disposed on an outer circumference of the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Tokai Rubber Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Ishida, Akira Takayanagi
  • Publication number: 20080277935
    Abstract: A quick attach and safe release arrangement for a pump of the type comprising a pump chamber has at least one chimney and at least one separable port locatable in the at least one chimney. The quick attach and safe release arrangement comprises a cooperating retaining means integrally formed with the at least one chimney and integrally formed with the at least one separable port for retaining the at least one separable port in situ in the at least one chimney. The at least one separable port and the at least one chimney are rotatable relative to one another and the cooperating retaining means has a single port release position at a predetermined angular position of the at least one separable port relative to the at least one chimney.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: William Stephen Killingbeck
  • Patent number: 7438240
    Abstract: A hand-held sprayer includes an at least partially hollow shaft section, a liquid dispensing section and a hollow connecting plug element for connecting a hose extension to the hand-held sprayer. The connecting plug element is arranged within shaft section and can be fastened by a fastening element plugable through at least one opening from the outside into the shaft section and the connecting plug element has a groove running circumferentially around its outer periphery which the fastening element engages when the connecting plug element is fastened to the shaft section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Rational AG
    Inventor: Hermann Rabe
  • Patent number: 7431344
    Abstract: A connection system for sealingly interconnecting components of a high pressure fluid flow system, for example, an automobile engine air intake. The system can include a conduit defining a groove that is locked in a corresponding groove defined by a component, for example, an engine intake. An interlock ring is placed in the conduit groove. A clamp is placed over the interlock ring, however, the clamp and ring can be an integral component. When tightened, the clamp forces the ring into the conduit groove, which presses the conduit into sealing and/or locking engagement with the component groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew C. Clark, Michael J. Anderson, Raymond W. Boze, III
  • Patent number: 7401820
    Abstract: A connector is inserted into a connection hole provided on a fluid piping equipment, and the connector is prevented from dropping out via a retainer held by a retainer holding portion. The connector has a connecting portion including a flange stop portion, and a positioning means is disposed between the connecting portion and the fluid piping equipment. This positioning means is to position the connecting portion in a circumferential direction so as not to rotate relative to the connection hole and has a mounting angle adjusting function capable of positioning the connecting portion in the circumferential direction selectively at any one of a number of mounting angular positions relative to the connection hole. An annular surface on the other end in the axial direction of the stop portion is formed in a taper shape tapered toward the other end in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuaki Niki
  • Publication number: 20080111377
    Abstract: Fluid coupling for connecting pressurised conduits. The coupling includes a spigot having a first circumferential groove disposed on an outer surface thereof and a socket having a second circumferential groove on an inner surface thereof. The spigot and the socket are adapted for axial engagement whereby the conduits are sealingly connected for fluid communication through the coupling and whereby the circumferential grooves are substantially in radial alignment. A releasable retaining member is moveable between a locked configuration, wherein the retaining member extends radially into both grooves to prevent axial disengagement of the spigot and the socket, and a release configuration wherein the retaining member is disposed substantially within one of the grooves and is substantially clear of the other to permit axial disengagement. The coupling further may include a release mechanism for moving the retaining member from the locked configuration to the release configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: Gary Nauer
  • Patent number: 7341285
    Abstract: A pipe joint for joining pipes having a low surface energy and resistance to solvents. The components are an extrudable adhesive; a first pipe having a socket with an inside diameter, where the socket has a mouth, a self-centering bottom, and a cylindrical wall with an inlet, an outlet, and an inner annular channel; a second pipe having an insertion section with an end and an outer annular channel, where the second pipe has an outside diameter that is less than the inside diameter of the socket, the difference in diameters defining a gap and an interlocking keyway; and a flanged annular ring. The annular ring has an inside diameter that enables it to be slid over the second pipe and a thickness that is comparable to the gap. When the adhesive cures it forms a mechanical key. The adhesive is preferably an alkyl borane adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: IPS Corporation Weld-On Division
    Inventor: Terry R. McPherson
  • Patent number: 7338093
    Abstract: The plug type connection of this invention consists of two coupling parts which can be fitted together, to be precise a socket part and a plug part, it being possible for the plug part, with a plug shank, to be inserted in a sealing manner into a locating opening of the socket part and to be releasably locked in the plugged-in state via a locking arrangement, the locking arrangement consisting, on the one hand, of two outer, radial, flange-like retaining webs, axially adjacent in the plug-in direction in the plugged-in state, of the two coupling parts and, on the other hand, of a retaining element which, with at least one retaining section which is C-shaped in axial section, axially and radially encloses the retaining webs of the two coupling parts in a positive-locking manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Voss Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Rozalia Bilstein, Josef Brandt, Volker Kaminski
  • Patent number: 7331612
    Abstract: A low profile tension style flexible joint for pneumatic ducting may be useful as, for example, a joint for aircraft engine pneumatic ducting. The joint of the present invention may be used at both ends of a duct that passes high temperature (up to about 1200° F.) and high pressure (up to about 110 psia) compressor air to the combustor of a turbomachine. Some turbomachines, such as the turbo engine of a jet-powered aircraft, require a very short curved duct to fit into an unusually small aircraft installation envelope. Moreover, these installations also require those features found in conventional flex joints, including being able to support the axial load inherent in pressurized ducting systems. Unlike conventional flexible joints, such as ball joints, gimble joints and pressure compensated joints, the low profile tension style flexible joint of the present invention provides a low profile, low weight design with the ability to support the axial load inherent in pressurized ducting systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Cristopher Frost, Richard D. Kocher
  • Patent number: 7300078
    Abstract: A pipe joint clamp for connecting piping members includes a circular holding portion in which flange portions of the piping members are clamped, and multiple flexion-shaped hinge portions, which protrude from the holding portion toward a diametrically outer side thereof. The hinge portions are resiliently deformable to accommodate a variation of outer diameters of the flange portions. Thus, a protrusion amount of the each hinge portion can be reduced. Accordingly, the space occupied by the clamp at the joint part of the piping members is decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Yamamoto, Koji Hisaka
  • Patent number: 7246826
    Abstract: A pipe lap joint for use with vehicle exhaust systems which includes an inside pipe end telescopically inserted into an outside pipe end with the pipe ends secured together by a band clamp. The outside pipe end includes a sealing zone having a collapsible sealing slot that enables the outside pipe end to be drawn tight over the outside surface of the inside pipe end via the band clamp to thereby provide a fluid-tight seal between the pipes. The sealing slot extends from an open end of the outside pipe end and includes a pair of opposing sidewalls each having a tooth and recess. As the band clamp is tightened, the sealing slot collapses such that the teeth of the sidewalls move into the opposing, complementarily-shaped recesses, while adjoining circumferential edges of the teeth engage each other to thereby form a fluid seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Breeze-Torce Products, LLC
    Inventors: Brian T Ignaczak, Alan M Polaski
  • Patent number: 7146704
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to an anti-rotation device for mating connectors, and methods of using same. In one illustrative embodiment, the method comprises coupling a first connector to a second connector, removing at least a portion of the second connector after the first and second connectors are coupled together to thereby define a recess in the second connector, and coupling an anti-rotation member to at least one of the first and second connectors, wherein the anti-rotation member engages at least a portion of the first connector and is adapted to engage at least a portion of the recess in the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Grant Prideco, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory K. Otten, Chad Van Liere
  • Patent number: 6991270
    Abstract: A hose coupling assembly wherein a hose 20 having a corrugated portion 22 is coupled to a fitting block 24 by a socket 50. The fitting block 24 has a block engagement catch 25c projecting from the outside rim of the block body 25. The socket 50 comprises a socket body 51 elastically expandable and contractible by being divided by a slit 51a, and a socket engagement catch 51b engages the block engagement catch 25c. To detach the socket 50 from the fitting block 24, force is applied in a rotation direction to a push operation portion 51c to cause the socket body 51 to undergo diametrical expansion, releasing the socket engagement catch 51b from the block engagement catch 25c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Ito, Naomi Nakashima, Kenichi Mitsui, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Yoshiaki Kameda
  • Patent number: 6991265
    Abstract: A device for gripping the external wall surface of a pipe or bar. The device includes a tubular body having at least one end open for insertion of a pipe or bar, and a cage with balls or rollers cooperating with a first tapered internal wall part of the body. A resilient mechanism pushes the cage in an axial direction to cause the balls or rollers to grip the external wall of an inserted pipe or bar. The device also has a compressible member located within the body and cooperating with a second tapered inner wall part of the body and movable relative thereto when increased fluid pressure is present within the body. Under increased pressure it also grips the external wall of the inserted pipe or bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: BSW Limited
    Inventors: Owen Walmsley, Robert Emmett
  • Patent number: 6913293
    Abstract: A pipe joint apparatus and method using spiral groove halves formed on the nested surfaces of male and female pipe ends. The exterior half of the spiral groove is connected to an exit port. The interior half of the spiral groove has a proximal end recessed from edge of its pipe. Alignment of the pipes and partial insertion of the spline allows for a threaded pipe connection that may be screwed or unscrewed to overcome the pressure for the gasket seal. Full insertion of the spline to engage the exit port locks the spline in position and the interior half's proximal end prohibits the unscrewing of the pipe joint. The pipe ends may be easily disconnected by pulling the spline out of the exit port to unscrew the pipe sections or fully removing the spline to separate the pipe ends. A gasket is used to form a sealed joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Pipelife Jet Stream Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Filer
  • Patent number: 6808211
    Abstract: In a coupling for the connection of a washing-liquid pipe in a motor vehicle to another component, a catching element (3) designed for connecting two coupling parts (1, 2) has a shell (9) of C-shaped cross section intended for gripping. Catching noses (6) project radially inwardly from the shell (9). By this, mounting and demounting of the catching element (3) are especially simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jürgen Hofmann, Rolf-Dieter Schlein
  • Patent number: 6702338
    Abstract: A joining connection for the ends of flue gas conduits, each of which is provided with a complemental taper joint, each taper joint having equally-spaced locking tabs extending outwardly therefrom, the locking tabs of each conduit being so positioned as to be substantially axially aligned and in close adjacency when the taper joints of the conduits are joined, and a split clamping band or locking ring sleeved on the taper joints and having an integral screw tightening mechanism and a series of equally-spaced slots therein, with the locking tabs of each conduit being captured in the slots of the clamping band, whereby tightening of the screw mechanism brings the clamping band into tight engagement with the conduits for securely locking the conduits together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Heat-Fab, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Vanasse
  • Publication number: 20040017084
    Abstract: A pipe fitting 10 is used for connecting a large-diameter pipe and a small-diameter pipe each having a flange portion at pipe end. The pipe fitting 10 includes a pair of side pieces 12, a connecting piece 11 and a support portion 15. The side pieces 12 are disposed to face each other, and each has a fitting hole portion 13 in which the flange portions are to be inserted in a state in which the large-diameter pipe and the small-diameter pipe are connected. The connecting piece connects the side pieces 12 at each of end portions. The support portion 15 is formed at each side pieces 12 in a manner to be orthogonal to the side pieces 12 and to be faced each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Applicant: CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi Konno, Sachio Koyama, Hiromi Takasaki
  • Patent number: 6682107
    Abstract: A connector for connecting two tubular members has a pin and a box, the box having a bore that receives the pin in stabbing engagement. The bore having a grooved profile, and a split lock ring mounted to the pin, the lock ring snapping into engagement with the grooved profile in the box when the box and pin are stabbed together to lock the tubular members together. An annular wedge shoulder is located on the pin axially spaced apart and facing a rim on the box. The wedge shoulder and rim are inclined relative to each other, resulting in a closer axial distance between them at outer diameters of the pin and box than farther inward. An annular recess is located on the pin at an inner portion of the wedge shoulder, the recess having an inner wall facing outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: ABB Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Brian N. Munk, Joseph W. Pallini, Jr., Rockford Dee Lyle