With Means Blocking Release Of Holding Means Patents (Class 285/81)
  • Patent number: 11371549
    Abstract: An assembly includes a composite body and a load body connected to the composite body by a fastener. The composite body is elongate along a body axis and has a first fastener opening extending radially therethrough. The load body has a second fastener opening extending therethrough. The fastener extends along an insertion axis through the first fastener opening and the second fastener opening to connect the composite body and the first load body together. The fastener has a non-circular cross-section orthogonal to the insertion axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R. Gurvich, Brayton Reed, Joyel M. Schaefer, Michael King
  • Patent number: 11357946
    Abstract: An adapter configured to allow interconnection of a device input connector (DIC) having a first connector configuration and an consumable end connector (CEC) having a second connector configuration, the adapter including a first end having a first connector mateable with the DIC, a second end configured to receive at least part of the CEC, a locking mechanism configured to lock the CEC to the adapter, and a release mechanism configured to release the CEC from the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: ORIDION MEDICAL 1987 LTD.
    Inventors: Joshua Lewis Colman, Avi Finkelstein, Philip Roy, Roni Peer, Noam Erlich, Yigal Krayz, Refael Gil Koby
  • Patent number: 11339789
    Abstract: A diffuser anti-rotation system and apparatus is described. A diffuser anti-rotation system includes a circumferential coupling ring interlocked between a top of a first diffuser and a bottom of an adjacent diffuser. One end of the first diffuser includes at least one male register tab, the opposing end of the adjacent diffuser has at least one female register slot, and the coupling ring interlocks with the male register tab and the female register slot. One of the male register tabs and one of the female register slots are aligned axially and a single projection from the coupling ring interlocks with both the male register tab and the axially aligned female register slot. Impellers are mated with and rotating within each of the first diffuser and the adjacent diffuser, and the interlocked coupling ring prevents rotation of the first diffuser with respect to the adjacent diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Wayne Webster, Wesley John Nowitzki, Randy S. Roberts
  • Patent number: 11313504
    Abstract: A mechanical joint includes a piping element, the piping element comprising an element flange, the piping element defining a socket extending inwards from the element flange; a pipe length, the pipe length extending through the element flange into the socket, the pipe length defining an outer pipe surface; and a gland, the pipe length extending through the gland, the gland comprising a joint restraint assembly, the joint restraint assembly comprising: a restraint base, the restraint base defining a restraint pocket; and a gripper disposed within the restraint pocket, the gripper configured to rotate in the restraint pocket, the gripper further configured to engage the outer pipe surface to prevent removal of the pipe length from the socket, wherein the joint restraint assembly is selectably configurable from a prepared position to an activated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventor: Aurelian Ioan Furcoiu
  • Patent number: 11268641
    Abstract: A mechanical joint includes a piping element, the piping element comprising an element flange, the piping element defining a socket extending inwards from the element flange; a pipe length, the pipe length extending through the element flange into the socket, the pipe length defining an outer pipe surface; and a gland, the pipe length extending through the gland, the gland comprising a joint restraint assembly, the joint restraint assembly comprising: a restraint base, the restraint base defining a restraint pocket; and a gripper disposed within the restraint pocket, the gripper configured to rotate in the restraint pocket, the gripper further configured to engage the outer pipe surface to prevent removal of the pipe length from the socket, wherein the joint restraint assembly is selectably configurable from a prepared position to an activated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventor: Aurelian Ioan Furcoiu
  • Patent number: 11203054
    Abstract: An attachment for an end effector. The attachment may include a clamp and a foot adhesively bonded to an edge of the clamp and having a set of interlocking features that form a mechanical interlock with the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Melissa Ann Findlay, Jorge Alberto Arriaga, Branko Sarh, Alan S. Draper, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller
  • Patent number: 11199280
    Abstract: A gland includes an annular ring, the annular ring defining a gland bore, the gland bore defining a gland axis extending through the annular ring; and a joint restraint assembly, the joint restraint assembly including a restraint base, the restraint base attached to the annular ring, the restraint base defining a restraint pocket, the restraint base including a structural rail; a gripper, the gripper disposed within the restraint pocket and configured to move in the restraint pocket; a spring biasing the gripper to move inwards towards the gland axis; and a cover contacting at least a portion of the restraint base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller Intemational, LLC
    Inventor: Aurelian Ioan Furcoiu
  • Patent number: 11143334
    Abstract: An escutcheon mountable on a pipe having compression ferrule thereon, having a body with an annular body wall and an inner body sidewall portion defining a body opening, and an insert having an annular insert wall portion, an outer insert sidewall portion extending about the annular insert wall portion and sized to fit within the central body opening with the outer insert sidewall portion, and a plurality of inwardly extending members. The members being resiliently bendable between a first position with the inward free-end portions being in gripping contact with the pipe and a second position with the inward free-end portions defining a central insert opening sized to permit the insert to pass by the ferrule on the pipe as the escutcheon is pressed onto the pipe and then return to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Accor Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Edward O'Neill, Charlie E. Whitney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11131412
    Abstract: A gland includes an annular ring, the annular ring defining a gland bore, the gland bore defining a gland axis; and a joint restraint assembly, the joint restraint assembly includes a restraint base, the restraint base attached to the annular ring, the restraint base defining a restraint pocket; the restraint pocket comprising a restraint pivot disposed within the restraint pocket; a gripper, the gripper disposed within the restraint pocket, the gripper engaging the restraint pivot, the gripper configured to rotate about the restraint pivot; and a spring clip disposed within the restraint pocket, the spring clip biasing the gripper to rotate inwards towards the gland axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventor: Aurelian Ioan Furcoiu
  • Patent number: 10851537
    Abstract: An assemblable structural column joint connection using fiber-reinforced concrete filled round double steel tubes, including an outer high-strength round steel tube, an inner high-strength round steel tube and a round separation plate. The wedge-shaped teeth are provided at two sides of the outer and inner high-strength steel tubes, and wedge-shaped teeth spaced are uniformly distributed along circumferences of the inner and outer high-strength round steel tubes. The round separation plate includes a round plate provided with a central through-hole, and vertical separation walls are provided with on upper and lower surfaces of the round plate. The vertical separation walls are provided with wedge-shaped sliding grooves matching the wedge-shaped teeth. The inner and outer high-strength round steel tubes are fixedly connected to the round separation plate by matching the wedge-shaped teeth with the wedge-shaped sliding grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Chunwei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10851599
    Abstract: A spindle assembly for connecting a drill string to a rotational drive for use in a horizontal directional drilling operation. The assembly comprises a saver sub attached to the rotational drive, and a drive chuck for connection to the drill string. The drive chuck and saver sub form a torque-transmitting connection by engaging through a seat in the saver sub and an engagement point on the drive chuck. Dowel pins may be used to rotationally lock and provide the engagement between the saver sub and the drive chuck. A collar may thread to the saver sub and cause an interference fit by engaging the drive chuck at a shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg L. Slaughter, Jr., Floyd R. Gunsaulis, Max A. Metcalf
  • Patent number: 10830263
    Abstract: A lubricator clamp can include a first component clamp for coupling to a first piece of a lubricator on a first side of a lubricator nut, a second component clamp for coupling to a second piece of the lubricator on a second side of the lubricator nut, and a tie member coupled to the first and second component clamps. A component clamp can include a first portion having a first hinge end and a first latch end and a second portion having a second hinge end and a second latch end, wherein the first hinge end is hingeably coupled to the second hinge end and the first latch end is configured to couple with the second latch end. A tie member can include a coupler for coupling with a lubricator nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Stuart Petroleum Testers, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Logan, Robert Wright
  • Patent number: 10801273
    Abstract: Device for allowing downhole drilling tubing to withstand greater torques. There is provided a tube segment that can experience a higher torque without the need for increasing the tube or thread size. Certain examples provide for a roller or sprag configuration positioned with respect to the tube segment that allows the tube segment to withstand higher torques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Alben D'Silva, Neil Roy Choudhury
  • Patent number: 10557580
    Abstract: A fluid connection device (10) for connecting two fluid conduits (11, 12), includes a female plug (1), a male plug (2), intended to be inserted into the female plug into a final coupling position, a movable primary locking device (3), having a locked position (30) in which it prevents the male and female plugs from being released from the final coupling position, and a movable secondary latch (4) having an active position (40) designed to prevent the primary locking device (3) from being moved out of the locked position of same, whereby the fluid connection device can establish a permanent connection of the first and second conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS
    Inventor: Nicolas Mendyk
  • Patent number: 10473132
    Abstract: Apparatus for coupling first and second tubular members includes a first ring coupled to the first tubular member and having a castellated annular first surface with teeth extending in a first direction, and having a projecting tab extending in a second direction opposite the first. The tab is received in a recess in the first tubular member and has a beveled surface. A key is configured to be disposed in the first recess, and has a beveled surface that engages the beveled surface of the tab. A through-bore in the key is aligned with a fastener-receiving bore in the first tubular member and a fastener is disposed in the aligned bores. A second castellated annular surface coupled to the second tubular member has teeth meshing with the teeth of the first castellated annual surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Richard Matthew Westgarth
  • Patent number: 10468819
    Abstract: A connector includes a female-side connector and a male-side connector including an inner engagement portion and an outer engagement member or portion. The outer engagement member or portion has: an outer engagement member or portion body covering the female-side engagement portion from outside when the male-side connector is inserted into the female-side connector; and has a holder that, when the male-side connector is inserted into the female-side connector, covers the screw thread on the female-side engagement portion from outside, and fills a gap between the female-side engagement portion and the outer engagement member or portion body. The holder is disposed on an end portion side of the male-side connector from the inner engagement portion in a longitudinal direction of the male-side connector, and disposed so as to pinch the female-side engagement portion in cooperation with the inner engagement portion when the male-side connector is inserted into the female-side connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: JUNKOSHA INC.
    Inventor: Yuta Tsukahara
  • Patent number: 10415733
    Abstract: A quick connector for releasably engaging a tube having a radial flange includes a housing, a retaining member and a blocking member. The housing is a generally tubular housing. The retaining member is carried by the housing and is movable from a first position to a second position. In the first position, the retaining member is operative to secure the tube relative to the housing in the first position. The blocking member is operative to resisting movement of the retaining member from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: COOPER-STANDARD AUTOMOTIVE INC.
    Inventors: Thierry Hamon, Pierre Youinou, Jacob Garrett, Steve Frederiksen, Ken Gocha
  • Patent number: 10316996
    Abstract: An aircraft pipe coupling includes a first pipe end and a second pipe end connected to each other by a fastener. A locking collar restricts the rotational movement of the first pipe end, the second pipe end, and the fastener with respect to one another. The locking collar includes a first engagement portion and a second engagement portion, one of the engagement portions includes a resiliently deformable engagement surface. The first engagement portion is located over and engaged with the fastener, and the second engagement portion is located over and engaged with the second pipe end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Wollaston, Samuel Evans
  • Patent number: 9810858
    Abstract: Lockable connection assemblies including lockable connection components are described. A lockable connection assembly may include an assembly for connecting components in an electrical or communication system, such as a fiber optic communication network. The lockable connection assemblies may include a connector (for example, a plug) and an adapter configured to be connected together, for example, using a bayonet-type connection. The components of the lockable connection assemblies may include elements configured to prevent the connector from unintentionally disconnecting from the adapter. For instance, the connector may include a locking nut configured to engage and lock a coupling nut connected to the adapter from rotating and disconnecting from the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gniadek, Yuki Nishiguchi, Kazu Takano
  • Patent number: 9771761
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for increasing the torque capacity of threaded connections between tubular members. The apparatus may include a first tubular end coupled with a second tubular end, and a torque member wherein the torque member is torqued against the second tubular member and wherein tapered surfaces are engaged between the torque member and the first tubular member at a tapered surface interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Marchand, Duane Wang, Ryan Gee
  • Patent number: 9708865
    Abstract: A pipe connection includes a pin having external threads and a box having internal threads. A circumferentially extending row of pin teeth are located on an exterior portion of the pin. A slot extends through a side wall of the box. A key is carried in the slot, the key having a row of key teeth that mate with the pin teeth. The key is mounted to the box such that a movable portion of the key is radially movable relative to the box between radially outward and radially inward positions. The key is biased toward the inward position, so that the key teeth ratchet on the pin teeth during make-up of the pin and the box. The key and pin teeth have a saw-tooth configuration to resist unscrewing rotation of the pin and the box. The key may be an integral part of the side wall of the box or a separate component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Steen, Daniel C. Benson, David L. Ford, Christopher Loftin
  • Patent number: 9597943
    Abstract: A duct for a heating/ventilation/air conditioning system of a vehicle includes a first end and a second end spaced a distance from the first end. An orifice extends between the first end and the second end. A semi-circular surface is disposed at the second end. The semi-circular surface extends about a radius having the same length as the distance between the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence C. Karas, Mukesh Kumar, Eric R. Yerke, Robert Steven Sawyer
  • Patent number: 9397441
    Abstract: The connector assembly may include a ratcheting feature which prevents the coupling nut from turning due to vibration or shock. The coupling nut may include an engagement surface. The engagement surface may be a series of peaks and valleys. The connector may include a spring washer. The spring washer may be located between the coupling nut and the connector body. The spring washer may include a protrusion. The protrusion engages the engagement surface. In a second embodiment, the coupling nut may include a spring pin. The connector body may include an engagement surface. The engagement surface may be a series of peaks and valleys. The spring pin engages the engagement surface. The spring pin may be made of multiple components, for example, a pin and a spring. In another embodiment, the spring pin may be a single component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Cinch Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice Sun, Hecham Elkhatib
  • Patent number: 9370898
    Abstract: A method for connecting at least a first component (2) and a second component (3) together, wherein each component (2, 3) comprises at least one key arrangement extending along the component (2, 3) and keys (5, 6) of the key arrangement are spaced apart from one another. The method comprises the steps of: aligning the key arrangements of the components (2, 3) such that aligned keys (5, 6) of the key arrangements extend generally in line with a common axis (15) or ensuring alignment of the key arrangements such that aligned keys (5, 6) of the key arrangements extend generally in line with a common axis (15); and extending a key connector (4) comprising at least one longitudinal keyway passage (8) over the aligned keys (5, 6) generally in line with the common axis (15) so that the keys (5, 6) extend within the keyway passage (8), are retained by the key connector (4), and the first and second components (2, 3) are clamped together to form an assembly (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: JOINLOCK PTY LTD.
    Inventors: John Hamish Alexander Pettigrew, Thomas David Percy
  • Patent number: 9346689
    Abstract: A method of water discharge management in a water processing system is provided. The method includes providing a supply of a first solution, providing a supply of a second solution, and selectively supplying the first solution to a water processing system and the second solution to the water processing system. The method further includes controllably and selectively directing discharge water formed in the water processing system through a first multi-way valve to a waste outlet during a period in which the discharge water satisfies a first selected criteria, and to a second multi-way valve during a period in which the discharge water satisfies a second selected criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Hellenbrand, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Hellenbrand, Edward T. Maas, Jill E. McDonald, John P. Fetzer
  • Publication number: 20150137505
    Abstract: A header tethering device that provides retention of a header to a collector to prevent separation of the header from the collector is disclosed. A header clamp has a first band configured to encircle the header and establish a frictional connection therewith. A collector clamp has a second band configured to encircle the collector and establish a frictional connection therewith. A flexible tether has a first end mounted to the header clamp and an opposite second end mounted to the collector clamp. When the header clamp is secured to the header and the collector clamp is secured to the collector with the tether extended therebetween, the tether prevents separation of the header from the collector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin Ford, Scott Thiel
  • Publication number: 20150126958
    Abstract: A medical connector system including a first connector and a second connector. The first connector has a housing, a biasing member, and at least one projection. The second connector has at least one groove for receiving the at least one projection. The proximal end of the second connector is configured to be at least partially disposed within the distal end of the housing of the first connector. Upon application and release of a first set of opposing axial forces applied to the connector system, the first connector is locked to the second connector and, upon application and release of a second set of opposing axial forces, the first connector is released from the second connector. The connectors may include indicators to show when the connector system is in the locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Laurie Sanders, Jude Cancellieri, Yan Yevmenenko
  • Publication number: 20150090595
    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: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: aGILENT TECHNOLOGIES , INC.
    Inventors: Claus Lueth, Darijo Zeko
  • Publication number: 20150083234
    Abstract: Diaphragm joint and convolutions, bottom screen diffuser, air stern, cap, and diaphragm restrictor systems for a pressure vessel are disclosed. A convoluted diaphragm divides the vessel into a pair of sealed chambers. The convoluted geometry of the diaphragm minimizes stress on the diaphragm at maximum displacement conditions. An H-ring, with or without being over-molded by the convoluted diaphragm, may be configured to receive end portions of the tank liners. A bottom diffuser, coupled to an inlet of the vessel, diffuses and mixes water flowing into and out of the vessel and drains water out of the vessel. Fiberglass windings surround and lock the tank liners in tension. The cap system includes a valve cap that engages an air stem. An outer cap covers a recess of the vessel and includes a hollow cavity that receives the valve cap. A diaphragm restrictor limits upward movement of the diaphragm within the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Ignatius L. DiNovo, James Lorenz, Nick Herald, James Craven, Kenneth Baraw
  • 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: 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: 20140353960
    Abstract: A locking device for a threaded pressure fitting, the locking device comprising first and second clamp members, clamp means operable to apply a clamping load to the first and second clamp members to clamp the first and second clamp members to one another, each clamp member having a first insert and a second insert held captive thereto, each insert having a bearing face adapted to cooperate with and bear against part of the pressure fitting, in use, at least the first insert associated with each of the first and second clamp members being angularly moveable relative thereto to permit the bearing face of each fast insert to be orientated differently to the bearing face of the associated second insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: VIPER SUBSEA TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Alexander, Anthony Webb
  • Publication number: 20140333062
    Abstract: A tamper resistant pipe coupling is formed of segments connected end to end using fasteners. The segments have bearing pads at each end, each bearing pad surrounded by a shield wall. The shield walls and the bearing pads form a well that receives the fasteners and provides defense against tampering. The well is filled with a potting material, such as refractory cement, to cover the fasteners and provide additional protection. Formations are provided on the bearing pad and shield wall to ensure positive mechanical engagement between the coupling and the potting layer. The shield wall and bearing pad may be integrally formed with the coupling segments or a separate component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Wayne M. Biery, Ahmad Sith, Douglas R. Dole
  • Publication number: 20140326223
    Abstract: A fluid line coupling for a mechanical and fluidic coupling may include a fluid-carrying first component and a fluid-carrying second component. A pipe body may be at least one of integrated with and attached to the first component. A connection piece may be arranged coaxially to the pipe body in an inserted position, the connection piece being at least one of integrated with and attached to the second component. A securing clip may be disposed on an outer side of the pipe body and surround the pipe body in a circumferential direction at least 180°. The securing clip may be radially adjustable relative to the pipe body between a securing position in which the connection piece is secured to the pipe body in the inserted position, and a releasing position in which the connection piece is unsecured to the pipe body in the inserted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Proettel, Eduard Seitz
  • Patent number: 8864643
    Abstract: A blood pump includes a hub having an axis of rotation and a generally cylindrical shape. The hub has an upstream end region, a central region, and a downstream end region, and the hub includes a magnetic material. Blades that are disposed on the downstream end region of the hub extend downstream of the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Thoratec Corporation
    Inventors: Steven H. Reichenbach, Stephen G. Briana, William V. Hodges, Eric Lee
  • Patent number: 8827969
    Abstract: A medical waste fluid collection and disposal system includes a medical waste fluid collection cart including first and second fluid collection canisters. A valve assembly selectively communicates with the canisters and a valve drive system controls the valve assembly. A liquid level sensor is positioned within each of the canisters. A cart processor communicates with the liquid level sensors and the valve drive system. A cart drain line communicates with the valve assembly and a receptacle, a cart flushing line communicates with the valve assembly and the receptacle and a cart data line and a cart power line communicate with the cart processor and the cart receptacle. A station includes a drain pump that communicates with a drainage system and a station drain line, a flushing pump that communicates with a source of washing liquid and a station flushing line and a station processor in communication with the drain and flushing pumps. A station data line communicates with the station processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dornoch Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Martini, Lawrence Guerra
  • Patent number: 8827321
    Abstract: A coupling device comprises a body in which a passageway is formed which extends from an end aperture of such body to receive a pipe. A collar is positioned partially within the passageway to allow axial translation and has an annular flange outside the end aperture and flexible arms which extend in the passageway. The coupling device further comprises a safety mechanism having a cylindrical portion capable of being fitted on the portion of pipe straddling the end aperture so as to position the cylindrical portion between the pipe and the collar. The safety mechanism also has a safety fork connected to the cylindrical portion and which accommodates positioning of the collar between the body and the annular flange of the collar to inhibit axial movement of the collar towards the body of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Emer, S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Defilippi, Francesco Noventa
  • Publication number: 20140210202
    Abstract: A plug connection (1) for fluid lines, with two intermateable coupling parts (2, 3), which in an inserted state can be releasably locked via a locking device (4) consisting of two outer radial flange-like retaining ribs (21, 31) of the two coupling parts (2, 3), which are adjacent in an insertion direction (S) and axial (X-X) in inserted state and a retaining part (5) with an annular contour, which in preassembled state can be axially and radially fixed and undetachably assembled on one of the two coupling parts (3) and in an assembled state axially and radially encompasses the retaining ribs (21, 31) of the two coupling parts with at least one radially elastically moving retaining section (53) with a C-shaped axial section having two collars (51, 52). The plug connection incorporates features to ensure the undetachability of the retaining part (5) and minimize the space requirement, in particular during disassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Voss Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Jochem-Andreas Hess, Günter Sieper, Reinhard Plietsch, Frank Zenses
  • Patent number: 8708375
    Abstract: A plug connector for media-bearing lines has a plug body for connecting to an opening. At least one rib is provided on the plug body, the rib being retained in the opening in the assembly position of the plug body by a retaining clip adjustable on the plug body. An assembly force acts on the retaining clip, the clip being supported on at least one rib of the plug body, thereby displacing the plug body into the opening, and locking therein in an undercut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfram Knis, Uwe Ehrhardt, Hans Albrecht, Tilman Miehle
  • Publication number: 20140103639
    Abstract: A connector includes a connector main body having a mounting tube for mounting a hose; and a lock member loosely fitted in a guide member of the connector main body slidably in an axis line direction. The lock member includes a claw member provided to stand from an inner wall face in a mounted hose direction facing thereto. The mounting tube includes a projecting piece on an outer end circumference. After the hose has been inserted into the mounting tube, if the hose or the lock member is pulled, the lock member moves forward, so that the hose is locked by the claw member, and the hose is clamped by the projecting piece provided on a mounting tube side and the lock member. As a result, the hose can be easily connected, and a high sealing property can be obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Motoharu Takai
  • Patent number: 8690199
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a quick connector for fluid lines, including: a connecting piece which is adapted to be plugged in a sealing fashion into a receiving opening of a counterpart and to be lockingly engaged, via a latch, with the counterpart, the quick connector having at least one support for supporting the connecting piece on the counterpart such that it is secured against tilting. In order to provide a certain mobility of the quick connector also in the condition of locking engagement, the support can be movable relative to the connecting piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Veritas AG
    Inventor: Norbert Pernikl
  • Publication number: 20140062079
    Abstract: A connector for a component fitting assembly of an air conditioning system includes a substantially planar plate having a recessed portion and a slot portion. The recessed portion and the slot portion are formed in the plate to define an opening for receiving a conduit therein. A method for coupling the conduit to the connector includes the step of urging at least the portion of the conduit through the slot portion and into the recessed portion of the plate, whereby the at least the portion of the conduit is deformed to correspond with a configuration of the opening to militate against disengagement between the plate and the at least the portion of the conduit disposed in the opening of the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Eric William Kesler, Kastriot Shaska, Anthony Davis, JR., Christopher Turner
  • Publication number: 20140021714
    Abstract: A connecter assembly includes a male connecter and a female connecter that are connected to each other. The male connecter includes a connecter main body; an engagement member including a support portion which fixedly supports the connecter main body, a plurality of claw portions, and a plurality of slit portions; and a lock member disposed outside the engagement member and including a plurality of ribs that are slidably insertable into each of the plurality of slit portions of the engagement member. The female connecter includes a main body portion including: a plurality of flange portions protruding in a radially outward direction so as to be engagable with each of the plurality of claw portions of the engagement member, and a plurality of non-flange portions that are disposed between the plurality of flange portions, and when compared to the flange portion, bulged in a radially outward direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ueda, Takashi Tsukada
  • Patent number: 8555624
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connection device (1) for at least one media line (2), such as for a urea-water solution for exhaust gas after-treatment in a motor vehicle having an internal combustion engine. The connection device comprises a connection part (4) having a socket (6) for the circumferentially sealed insertion of a line-side plug section (8), and retention means (10) for locking the inserted plug section (8) in place to prevent detachment. The retention means (10) is configured in such a way that starting from a normal operating position the inserted and locked plug section (8) can be moved over a specific travel path relative to the connection part (4) in opposition to a return force (F), in order to enlarge an internal volume inside the connection part (4) to which the medium is admitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Lechner, Marco Isenburg, Olaf Offermann
  • Publication number: 20130249209
    Abstract: A plug-in connection arrangement for releasably connecting fluid lines is presented. The plug-in connection arrangement comprises a basic body which has a supply line and an insertion opening, wherein the basic body is connectable to one of the fluid lines, and wherein a connecting piece, which is connectable to a second of the fluid lines, can be plugged onto the supply line in order to form a tight connection with the supply line, having a fixing element which is accommodated in the insertion opening and is fixed in the insertion opening in the axial direction of the supply line in order to secure the connecting piece in a fitting position, and having a connection element which is mounted on the supply line so as to be movable in the axial direction and prestresses the fixing element in the radial direction in an axial position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Heribert NETZER, Alexander EMMERLING
  • Patent number: 8540286
    Abstract: Connection devices for a moulding core for producing a fibre composite component are provided. Such a connection device can include a base element for receiving a coupling portion of the moulding core for subjecting the moulding core to a medium, a clamping element for fixing and sealing the coupling portion of the moulding core on the base element, and a locking mechanism for locking the clamping element with respect to the base element and the coupling portion of the moulding core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Torben Jacob, Joachim Piepenbrock
  • Publication number: 20130229010
    Abstract: This assembly between a spigot and a socket comprises a sealing gasket provided with a locking insert which comprises a head and a foot. The head comprises a radial projection, designed to press against a bottom surface of an anchoring groove belonging to the socket and a first inclined projection, designed to press against an inclined surface of the anchoring groove. The head also comprises a frontal projection which is offset from the first inclined projection and designed to press against an annular frontal surface of the anchoring groove. Application to the connecting of cast iron pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Saint-Gobain Pam
    Inventors: Alain Percebois, Francois Maire, Patrick Joly, Christian Eugene
  • Publication number: 20130221659
    Abstract: The device connects a first end fitting to a second end fitting, particularly of a pipe. A nut is provided with a threaded bore into which the first end fitting is screwed along a longitudinal axis. In the tightened position, the first end fitting is axially stressed relative to the second end fitting housed in the nut. Rotation-proofing means are provided between the nut and at least one of the first and second end fittings hereafter referred to as the locking end fitting. The rotation-proofing means consist of at least one strip arranged around the locking end fitting. The strip comprises at least one protrusion radially penetrating into at least one concavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: JPB Systeme
    Inventor: Damien Marc
  • Publication number: 20130221658
    Abstract: A coupling for joining fluid conduits includes a nut having a circumferential groove that extends at least partially along an interior surface of the nut. The nut further includes a tab opening extending through a surface of the nut for receiving the tab of a retaining clip. A cylindrical shaft extends from the nut. The retaining clip is disposed within the circumferential groove and includes a tab disposed within the tab opening of the nut. A first arc of the retaining clip extends from the tab in a first circumferential direction, and a second arc of the retaining clip extends from the tab in a second, opposing circumferential direction. The first arc includes a first knob and terminates in a second knob, and the second arc includes a third knob and terminates in a fourth knob. The second and fourth knobs are larger than the first and third knobs, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Nilesh Patel
  • Publication number: 20130207380
    Abstract: Formation of a sterile connection includes inserting a first aseptic coupling device into a second aseptic coupling device while a locking ring of the first aseptic device is in an indexed initial position, rotating the locking ring to a secured position in which a compressive force is created and in which a first membrane from the first aseptic coupling device and a second membrane from the second aseptic coupling device can removed thereby resulting in a first a first sealing member of the first aseptic coupling device sealing with a second sealing member of the second aseptic coupling device to form a sterile fluid passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: COLDER PRODUCTS COMPANY
    Inventor: Colder Products Company