Valve Applying Or Removing Patents (Class 29/213.1)
  • Patent number: 10130373
    Abstract: An applier for ligation clip is provided. The applier includes: an outer tube having mounting bosses; a pair of jaws pivotally connected to the mounting bosses, the jaws having actuating projections; a feed tube located in the outer tube and configured to move axially within the outer tube, the feed tube having actuating slots in which the actuating projections are located; a clip lock arm located in the outer tube and configured to move axially within the outer tube; and a clip advance arm located in the outer tube and configured to move axially within the outer tube, the clip advance arm having flexible pinchers at one end of the clip advance arm. A method of applying a ligation clip is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Salvatore Castro, Curtis Thornton, Lynn Willett, Michael Ramsey, Philip Schmidt, Dan Monahan, Adam Lehman, Paul Whiting, Leland Ray Adams, Alan Bachman, Steven Morris, Bradley J. Labarbera
  • Patent number: 9458916
    Abstract: A guide pin assembly for a CVT variator includes a retainer and a guide pin coupled to the retainer. The retainer provides at least three functions for the guide pin: pilot, orientation and retention. The guide pin provides lateral and axial constraints to a chain guide through which a chain extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Pete R. Garcia, Bradford E. Vorbeck, Dan Coffey
  • Patent number: 9439780
    Abstract: Disclosed is an acetabular positioning and insertion instrument. Additionally, a method of positioning an acetabular prosthesis with an insertion instrument is disclosed. The positioning instrument can include engaging members to contact an acetabular prosthesis and holding it relative to a portion of the instrument for both rotational and positioning of the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler D. Witt, Austen Davenport
  • Patent number: 9375715
    Abstract: A pressure relief tool including a stem connected to a plunger assembly, a plunger rod slidably retained in the plunger assembly and the stem, a stem connector for connecting the stem to a test cell vent opening, a handle operably connected to the plunger rod, and a vent tube extending from said plunger assembly, the vent tube fluidly connected to an annular opening within the stem. A method of opening a blockage and venting pressure from a high temperature high pressure test cell includes attaching a pressure relief tool of the present invention to the test cell vent opening; advancing the plunger rod through the vent opening, puncturing the blockage in the test cell to allow fluid flow to the vent opening, and allowing fluid to exit the test cell through the annular opening in the stem and the vent tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: OFI Testing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Norwood, Richard F. Lukay
  • Patent number: 9278440
    Abstract: A bushing removal device for removing a pilot bushing from a crankshaft cavity includes a casing defining a threaded bore extending into the casing. A grease fitting is coupled to an outer wall of the casing and configured to receive an infusion of grease. The casing includes a grease channel in communication with the grease fitting and with a grease channel outlet situated at the threaded bore. A nozzle includes opposed proximal and distal ends, the proximal end having a threaded configuration received into the casing threaded bore. The nozzle includes a grease conduit having a grease conduit inlet at the proximal end that is in communication with the casing grease channel when the nozzle is coupled to the casing and having a grease conduit outlet at the distal end of the nozzle. The casing and nozzle also include air channels and valve for exhausting air from the crankshaft cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Antonelli T. Aron
  • Patent number: 9199365
    Abstract: A tool for gaining leverage and facilitating the removal of a motor vehicle's ball joints during service. The tool comprises a bar with a gusset that provides for an attachable/detachable tool head that may be rotated 180 degrees, set to a left or right hook, and or moved in placement from front to back of the bars end. Additionally the present invention has a chain hookup set for gaining better access to the ball joints and a removable foam cover to provide for a more comfortable use while straddling the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Henry Sim
  • Patent number: 9133755
    Abstract: An engine component incorporates an installation feature for minimizing probability of misassembly of the component to or within an engine structure. For example, a ventless thermostatic valve may be made distinguishable from a vented, but otherwise identical, thermostatic valve, via the provision of tabs extending upwardly from the top of the ventless thermostatic valve. The tabs may be received into a corresponding tab-receiving groove of an associated engine part. As such, the tabs of the ventless component may offer a tactically sensitive distinguishing feature to signal that something may be amiss during an engine installation. The corresponding tab-receiving groove may be a widened aperture within a radiator elbow sleeve into which an upper portion of the ventless thermostatic valve may be mated and secured between an elbow sleeve flange and a cylinder head. Finally, a method of using the installation feature to reduce opportunities for misassembly error is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Qiyu Liang, Arun Aakalu Ashok
  • Publication number: 20140359986
    Abstract: A fuel injector assembly tool includes a frame coupled to a gun body, and a push rod configured to traverse through the frame and the gun body, the gun body having a fixed handle and a trigger for causing distal movement of the push rod as the trigger moves towards the fixed handle. The tool further includes a pressure rod coupled to or forming a portion of the push rod, the pressure rod being arranged and constructed to apply pressure to a tip of a fuel injector to compress springs within the fuel injector and maintain internal alignment of fuel injector components. In one arrangement, the tool includes a pressure rod adaptor nut coupling the push rod to the pressure rod. A method of re-assembly of a fuel injector using the fuel injector assembly tool is disclosed. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Ricardo Perez, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140319397
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for optimizing a valve orifice shape. According to one representative embodiment, a method includes determining a specified relationship between a valve position and an output characteristic, and determining an orifice profile. The method also includes determining a relationship of an orifice area to the output characteristic. Further, the method includes shaping an orifice in a valve based on the orifice profile and the specified relationship between the valve position and the output characteristic. According to the method, the valve should approximately exhibit the specified relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Adrian P. Dale, Vivek A. Sujan
  • Patent number: 8819909
    Abstract: A tool for attaching valve keys to a valve stem includes an elongated holder with a longitudinal axis, an inner hollow space and an end opening. An elongated core is arranged in the hollow space of the holder coaxially to the longitudinal axis. An elongated recess for receiving a substantial upper portion of the valve stem is provided in the end region of the core coaxially to the longitudinal axis. The recess of the core issues into the end opening and has a depth which is greater than or at least equal to the axial distance between the end and the annular groove of the valve stem. The core at least partially covers the annular groove, such that the valve keys can be supplied to the lateral surface of a valve stem underneath the annular groove and incorrect engagement can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Elwema Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Antonio Alvarez, Eberhard Ilg
  • Patent number: 8677585
    Abstract: An alignment mechanism is used for assembly of a diffuser inside a pressure reducing and conditioning valve, said valve having a body, an inlet port, an outlet port, a pressure reducing section between the ports, and a diffuser in an internal cavity of the pressure reducing section. The alignment mechanism comprises at least one alignment assembly having an alignment port disposed in the valve body in the pressure reducing section. The port has a passageway passing through an outer wall of the valve, and has a removable closure member adapted to close one end of the passageway. A removable alignment rod is adapted to be inserted through the passageway in the alignment port to contact an outer surface of the diffuser when the diffuser is inserted into the internal cavity of the pressure reducing section of the valve. A method of use of the alignment assembly is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dresser, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter K. Merrill, Donald F. Foisy
  • Patent number: 8671569
    Abstract: A cleaning and piston replacement kit for an accumulator of a vehicle transmission which includes a brush for cleaning, reconditioning and polishing worn accumulator bores and replacement pistons each of which includes a pair of sealing rings for supporting and spacing the replacement pistons from the accumulator bores to thereby prevent scrapping of the walls of the bores by movement of the pistons within the bores and a method of reconditioning the accumulator bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Superior Transmission Parts, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. White, James L. Arledge, Dennis C. Erickson, Dennis C. Erickson, Jr., Russell K. Erickson
  • Patent number: 8621991
    Abstract: A pistol grip spring compressor system including a spring lock unit, an actuator assembly, and an anvil module such that the spring lock unit secures a valve spring coil of a valve spring unit from an internal combustion engine in a fixed position relative to a frame element to permit an anvil, provided by the anvil module and positioned against a valve spring retainer of the valve spring unit, to maintain compression on the valve spring while the valve spring unit is separated from an automobile internal engine combustion block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Rodolfo Lopez, Alexander Lopez
  • Patent number: 8607426
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automated valve spring assembly includes a head assembly with elongated passageways that movably support a pair of retainer keys. A pair of control members selectively close off the passageways. The head assembly further includes a moveable divider plate and a pair of jaws. A push member or rod closes off the passageways by shifting the control members upon movement of the pushrod. The pushrod also slides the retainer keys such that the retainer keys contact tapered inner surfaces of the jaws and rotate the jaws outwardly. The retainer keys are thereby axially positioned relative to the end of a valve stem. The retainer plate is then retracted, and the jaws shift inwardly and push or position the retainer keys on the valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Air Way Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Paul Coggins, John Eric Ammond, Jack Patrick Moran, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130192034
    Abstract: A disclosed refrigerator installing structure that enables a refrigerator including a cylinder and a displacer to be installed in a vacuum vessel in which an object to be cooled is accommodated, the displacer being removed from the cylinder during maintenance, the cylinder being movable inside a sleeve between a position at which the cylinder thermally contacts the sleeve and another position at which the cylinder does not thermally contact the sleeve includes a discharge mechanism configured to discharge a gas inside a space formed between the sleeve and the cylinder if a pressure inside the space becomes greater than or equal to a predetermined pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
  • Patent number: 8490264
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a holding unit configured to hold a fuel injector for disassembly, a removal unit and an actuating unit. The removal unit comprises a first removal tool for removing a circlip and ferrule ring from the fuel injector, a second removal tool for removing a cone nut from the fuel injector, and a third removal tool for removing a screw from the fuel injector. The actuating unit comprises a first actuator configured to operate the holding unit, a second actuator configured to move the removal unit, and a third actuator configured to operate the third removal tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua Kyle Dalrymple
  • Publication number: 20130068988
    Abstract: A method for repairing damaged valve stem assemblies includes enlarging a bore within a body of a valve stem to form an enlarged bore portion and creating a conical hole in an end of the valve stem body around the enlarged bore portion. Internal threads are created within the enlarged bore portion, and a valve stem repair extension is installed in the enlarged bore portion. The valve stem repair extension has a beveled surface that mates with the conical hole to form a hermetic seal between the valve stem body and the valve stem repair extension. The steps of enlarging the bore and creating the conical hole may both be performed using a countersinking drill bit having a beveled cutting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Roger KLISKEY, Rockford Tyson
  • Publication number: 20120311834
    Abstract: A method of molding a valve lifter guide includes determining a flow path of injected material in the mold cavity by including a thin walled section in the formed guide. A leading edge of the material flow path forms a dam when crossing a thin walled section in the mold cavity to change a direction of a portion of the leading edge of the material flow path, until the leading edge meets a trailing edge of the material. The valve lifter guide includes a front wall, rear wall, a first radiused end wall, a second radiused end wall, and a bottom surface having an elongated socket. A tab extending from the valve guide support member has a first projection. The valve guide support member is disposed between the engine block and a cylinder head and the first projection is received in an opening of the engine block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Rex Blakeman, Jim McLean
  • Patent number: 8291561
    Abstract: The thermostat installing structure is provided, according to which a thermostat can be installed stably in the circulation path of cooling medium, and the circulation path of cooling medium can be also fastened to the body of an internal combustion engine without causing any damage to the function of the thermostat. The thermostat (5) comprises a frame (12) formed integrally with an annular supporting substrate (6) having the inner circumferential edge portion serving as a valve seat (6a) and regulating a projecting head portion (7a) of an extendable rod (7), whereby the thermostat is installed between the circulation path of cooling medium and the cooling medium channel of the internal combustion engine in a manner that the circulation path of cooling medium and the internal combustion engine body are integrally fastened by fixing the thermostat at a predetermined position in the circulation path of cooling medium with the fixing means and thereafter fitting a gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Uchiyama Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Takaya
  • Publication number: 20120205564
    Abstract: A fast-action direct-fluid (gas or liquid) actuated valve assembly including a valve housing having an internal fluid port defined by a larger chamber and a smaller chamber, separated by a shoulder, a valve body seated in the valve housing and defined by a plurality of ports evenly spaced circumferentially around its circumference adjacent to an endplate seatable in the housing, a plurality of supporting wall sections (mullions) between the ports, and a plurality of internal vanes 9 each running along a corresponding mullion providing reinforcement thereof. The vanes 9 are inclined and/or curved, and defined by rounded faces to promote a smooth circular internal fluid flow. A valve cap formed with an annular collar is affixed to the valve body, and the valve body 2 and cap/collar 7 are slidably carried in the valve housing 1 between an open position and a closed position. A toolset is also disclosed for easily installing and removing the valve assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Klein, Konstantin Mikhailov
  • Patent number: 8161610
    Abstract: A retaining clip fits on the exhaust rocker arms of a large diesel engine to hold the exhaust brake power pistons in place while performing service on the engine. The retaining clips are easily installed and removed from the rocker arm and prevent the loss or damage of the power piston due to the piston accidentally falling out of the rocker arms during service to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: RKR Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Kendall Weaver
  • Publication number: 20120042492
    Abstract: An alignment mechanism is used for assembly of a diffuser inside a pressure reducing and conditioning valve, said valve having a body, an inlet port, an outlet port, a pressure reducing section between the ports, and a diffuser in an internal cavity of the pressure reducing section. The alignment mechanism comprises at least one alignment assembly having an alignment port disposed in the valve body in the pressure reducing section. The port has a passageway passing through an outer wall of the valve, and has a removable closure member adapted to close one end of the passageway. A removable alignment rod is adapted to be inserted through the passageway in the to alignment port to contact an outer surface of the diffuser when the diffuser is inserted into the internal cavity of the pressure reducing section of the valve. A method of use of the alignment assembly is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Peter K. Merrill, Donald F. Foisy
  • Patent number: 8082644
    Abstract: A system for applying pressure relief valves to packaging from a liner carrying adhesive backed pressure relief valves passing over a series of rollers in tension onto a peeler bar. There is a valve applicator unit proximate the peeler bar with a punch shaft and an applicator shaft with an applicator vacuum head. The liner is moved by a retraction unit including clamping members that alternately maintain the liner stationary under tension and pull the liner under tension to advance the liner carrying adhesive backed pressure relief valves. A supply reel for a roll of liner carrying adhesive backed pressure relief valves has a pair of spaced apart plates and a pair of rings with a non-stick coating positioned between each of the plates and the roll of liner. The plates, rings and roll of liner are compressed together by an adjustable retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Plitek L.L.C.
    Inventors: Karl K. Hoffman, Steve Kaganovich, Thomas Roberts
  • Patent number: 7975716
    Abstract: A puck retaining recess in a plunger of a solenoid valve is formed with a puck retaining lip that is fixed or unified with the plunger. The puck is then radially compressed to fit through a central opening of the retainer lip, and once the puck is pushed past the retainer lip, it is allowed to radially expand within the recess where the puck is retained between a bottom of the recess and the retainer lip. This eliminates many problems that previously occurred with separable retainer lips pressed into position to hold a puck after its insertion into a plunger recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Valve Tech, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Mullally
  • Patent number: 7946010
    Abstract: A tool for installing irrigation barb emitters into irrigation tubing including a cradle handle and a punch handle, the cradle handle and the punch handle being arranged in a parallel relation and connected intermediate their ends at a center point. A cradle which receives irrigation tubing is included. A punch pin allows a user to punch holes in irrigation tubing as desired with a spring loaded body which removes the punch pin when it has been driven into irrigation tubing. A barb holder allows a user to install emitter barbs into irrigation tubing as desired. A barb remover allows removal of barbs from irrigation tubing as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: EMC Industries LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Myers, Stephanie DePascal
  • Publication number: 20110006242
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to load a valve packing are described. An example apparatus to load a valve packing includes a load assembly having a biasing element disposed between a valve packing flange and a stop flange to provide a load to a seal assembly. The packing flange is adjustable relative to the stop flange to adjust the load to be applied to the seal. A first guide member coupled to the packing flange or the stop flange provides a first predetermined distance between the packing flange and the stop flange. The first guide member provides an indication of a first predetermined load to be provided by the load assembly when the packing flange and the stop flange are spaced at the first predetermined distance provided by the first guide member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Wilbur Dean Hutchens, Randall Scott Collison, Loren Lee Bovee, David Charles Stanze
  • Publication number: 20100300389
    Abstract: The invention proposes a switchable finger lever (1) comprising an inner lever (2) comprising on one end (4), a support (5) for a gas exchange valve and on another end (6), a contact surface (7) for a head of a support element, said inner lever (2) comprising on the one end (4), pivotable outer arms (8) made separately from each other, which outer arms (8) comprise on their upper sides (10), contacting surfaces (11) for high lift cams, a coupling device (12) comprising a coupling slide (13) for simultaneously connecting the outer arms (8) to the inner lever (2) being seated in a section of the another end (6) in the inner lever (2), which coupling slide (13) is seated in an oblong hole (14) extending transversely through the inner lever (2) as also in longitudinal direction of the finger lever (2), the coupling slide (13) comprises two end portions (15) which protrude beyond the outer walls (9), and for effecting coupling, the coupling slide (13) can be displaced with the two end portions (15) partially under
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Debora Manther, Jeffrey Shewell, Jeff Villemure
  • Publication number: 20100257735
    Abstract: A system and method for assembling a prosthetic heart valve, including a procedure for tightly wrapping fabric around a heart valve support stent. The support stent typically includes alternating cusps and commissures that create a highly contoured undulating outflow edge. The system includes a mandrel for retaining tension without manual assistance in a tubular length of fabric wrapped over the support stent. The mandrel may include an inner clamping mechanism for holding the first end of the fabric tube, a pedestal tube on which the support stent rests and through which the fabric tube passes, and an outer clamping mechanism for holding the free end of the fabric tube. The inner and outer clamping mechanisms include discrete clamps spaced apart 120° from each other that pull the fabric only in the cusps of the support stent. The inner clamping mechanism, outer clamping mechanism, and pedestal are relatively axially movable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Freeman G. Chambers, Lawrence J. Zysman
  • Publication number: 20100206891
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, an inward edge flange with an inserted sealing ring is arranged in the form of a valve seat at the free end of a constricted can neck on a can body. The inward edge flange holds the sealing ring without completely surrounding it, and the sealing ring is therefore accessible from the interior of the can lateral surface. After the crimping of a valve part, an inner stop is formed between the sealing ring and the connecting shell flange. Since the sealing ring is elastic, the connecting shell flange bears against the sealing ring without gaps along the entire circumference. The sealing ring also bears tightly against an inner contact surface of the inward edge flange of the can body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Werner Boltshauser
  • Publication number: 20100187453
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for producing a high-pressure-tight connection between a pole core and a valve sleeve of a solenoid valve and to an associated valve cartridge for a solenoid valve. According to the invention, the pole core is placed in a two-part compression mold, which comprises a middle die and an outer die, in such a way that a joining gap is produced between an inner bore of the outer die and the placed-in pole core. Subsequently, the pole core is placed against the valve sleeve and the valve sleeve is inserted into the joining gap. Then, the middle die and the outer die are pressed simultaneously with the pole core such that the valve sleeve passes into the joining gap. When a pressed diameter of the pole core is reached, the valve sleeve expands and is shaped in the joining gap between a first shaping edge and a second shaping edge and is joined onto the pole core. The diameter of the inner bore tapers between the first shaping edge and the second shaping edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Friedrich Mueller, Guenther Schnalzger, Martin Kirschner
  • Publication number: 20100139072
    Abstract: Upper and lower support members (25, 26), supporting a valve (13), are lowered toward a valve guide (12) with at least the lower support member (25) vibrated by a vibrating device (19). When a lower-end chamfered surface (13g) of the valve has failed to be brought into contact with the opening edge (12c) of the guide through the lowering, not only the upper support member is caused to gradually move away from an umbrella section (13b) of the valve but also the position of supporting, by the lower support member, of a shaft section (13a) of the valve is displaced downward after the lower end of the shaft section of the valve contacts the upper end surface (12b) of the guide, so that vibrating movement of the lower end of the shaft section is reduced to allow the chamfered surface to contact the opening edge. Then, the valve is inserted into the guide by a pressing member (32).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Tadahiro Shinohara, Satoru Kato, Hideo Kubo
  • Publication number: 20100132309
    Abstract: A valve (20) is provided for sealing an evacuation port (16) in a port area (18) of a wall structure (12) of a container. The valve (20) comprises a casing (22) having a shell portion (30) which is deformable from an open condition, whereat the shell portion (30) forms a chamber (32) over the port area (18), and a closed condition, whereat the shell portion (30) contacts the port area (18). When the shell portion (30) is in its open condition, gas exits from the chamber (32) through gas-releasing holes (24) in the casing (22). When the shell portion (30) is deformed to its closed condition, a port-sealing adhesive (26) adheres to the port area (18) to thereby seal the evacuation port (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ronald NEWRONES, Richard L. SANDT, Ronald F. SIELOFF
  • Patent number: 7716798
    Abstract: The invention teaches using a generally cylindrical replacement tool and multifunction tool to replace a valve seat of a airless spray gun. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Simms
  • Publication number: 20100077583
    Abstract: The thermostat installing structure is provided, according to which a thermostat can be installed stably in the circulation path of cooling medium, and the circulation path of cooling medium can be also fastened to the body of an internal combustion engine without causing any damage to the function of the thermostat. The thermostat (5) comprises a frame (12) formed integrally with an annular supporting substrate (6) having the inner circumferential edge portion serving as a valve seat (6a) and regulating a projecting head portion (7a) of an extendable rod (7), whereby the thermostat is installed between the circulation path of cooling medium and the cooling medium channel of the internal combustion engine in a manner that the circulation path of cooling medium and the internal combustion engine body are integrally fastened by fixing the thermostat at a predetermined position in the circulation path of cooling medium with the fixing means and thereafter fitting a gasket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: UCHIYAMA MANUFACTURING CORP.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Takaya
  • Publication number: 20100058569
    Abstract: An improved system and method for disassembling the valve body assembly of a motor vehicle transmission. Air automatically ejects the internal components of a valve body assembly sub-assembly, thereby eliminating the need for an operator to manually “beat” the sub-assembly to remove said internal components. The process of separating the upper and lower sub-assembly, and of pre-washing the sub-assembly, remain the same as in the prior art. As before, the operator manually removes the valve retainers and plugs in each sub-assembly. The operator then loads either sub-assembly onto tooling specifically designed for that sub-assembly (either upper or lower). Once started, the tooling begins an automated, pre-programmed sequence of (1) clamping the sub-assembly, (2) injecting air into specific valve ports to eject internal components causing them to be automatically ejected into parts bins specified for each valve port, and (3) releasing the sub-assembly that no longer contains any internal parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: James M. Bench, Glenn C. Blanton, Greg E. Cherry, Gregory J. Jaeger
  • Publication number: 20100018447
    Abstract: A method of assembling a prosthetic valve using sheets of material, such as pericardium material, polymer or bioengineered film, or other material. The method provides an accurate and repeatable system of making pericardial valves in which sheets or pieces of material are held securely in place relative to each other throughout the steps of assembling the valve. In addition, methods of the present invention include maintaining consistent alignment of the fixtures and pericardium material throughout the valve assembly process and utilize features that make the tooling components easy to assemble and handle. Certain aspects of the invention can be used to help establish a repeatable sewing and cutting technique for creating a pattern shape for valve leaflets, establishing stitch lengths, and determining the exact placement of stitches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventors: Arin N. Holecek, Carolyn Majkrzak, Janice L. Shay, Carol E. Eberhardt, David L. Kulcinski
  • Publication number: 20090271965
    Abstract: A system for applying pressure relief valves to packaging from a liner carrying adhesive backed pressure relief valves passing over a series of rollers in tension onto a peeler bar. There is a valve applicator unit proximate the peeler bar with a punch shaft and an applicator shaft with an applicator vacuum head. The liner is moved by a retraction unit including clamping members that alternately maintain the liner stationary under tension and pull the liner under tension to advance the liner carrying adhesive backed pressure relief valves. A supply reel for a roll of liner carrying adhesive backed pressure relief valves has a pair of spaced apart plates and a pair of rings with a non-stick coating positioned between each of the plates and the roll of liner. The plates, rings and roll of liner are compressed together by an adjustable retainer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Karl K. Hoffman, Steve Kaganovich, Thomas Roberts
  • Publication number: 20090265905
    Abstract: A retaining clip fits on the exhaust rocker arms of a large diesel engine to hold the exhaust brake power pistons in place while performing service on the engine. The retaining clips are easily installed and removed from the rocker arm and prevent the loss or damage of the power piston due to the piston accidentally falling out of the rocker arms during service to the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Kendall Weaver
  • Publication number: 20090255956
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser (10) with a dispenser body (12) having a flat bottom (20) supported above a base (14) and an upwardly facing open top (22) with a mating, generally horizontal, removable, flat, top closure (24) closing the open top (22). Beverage within the body (12) is dispensed through a drain pipe (36) during actuation of a manually operable, drain valve actuator (38) mounted to a front wall (26) at a location adjacent the top (22). A pair of actuator guards (40, 42), located on either side of the actuator 38, protects the actuator (38) against inadvertent actuation and provides lateral guidance for relative pivotal movement of the actuator (38). When the actuator (38) is pivoted inwardly to an actuated open position (FIG. 1), a plug (68) attached to one end of a relatively narrow, elongate, cylindrical handle (70) is moved upwardly to created a drainage gap (74) between the sides of the plug (68) and an interior surface of a valve opening (64) of the drain pipe (36).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Zbigniew G. Lassota
  • Publication number: 20090083959
    Abstract: A method for assembling a control valve in a hydraulic valve-lash compensation element, which is constructed for the control drive of an internal combustion engine as a reverse spring element is provided. According to the method, the compensation element is preassembled with a control valve spring (10), a ball (19), and a valve cap (20) of the control valve (11), so that the ball lift (21) caused by the construction of the control valve (11) is greater than a desired value required for the function of the element, after which the actual state of the ball lift (21) is measured and then the ball lift (21) is adjusted by deformation of the valve cap base acting as a contact surface (23) for the ball (19), in order to obtain the desired value of the ball lift (21) of the compensation element. In this way, for all of the compensation elements of the motor, the setting of the no-load lift to a constant value having only very small tolerances can be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: SCHAEFFLER KG
    Inventors: Peter Sailer, Oliver Schnell
  • Publication number: 20090064478
    Abstract: The effects of an air bearing may be augmented in various ways in order to assist in the automated assembly of valve spools into valve bores. Such augmentation may be achieved by agitating one end of the valve spool with sequentially applied pulses of pressurized air as the spool is being lowered into the valve body, increasing the effective length of the valve spool so that the agitation can be applied to the spool when the spool is partially inserted into the body, varying the position of the valve spool while the spool is being inserted into the valve body to expose a length of the spool to the pulses of pressurized air, and applying an oscillating vibration to the fixture that supports the valve body to dislodge a spool that has become jammed in the valve bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: Lamb Assembly and Test, LLC
    Inventors: Orrin Pierce Beggs, Lane Matthew Johnson, Jeffery Wayne Berg
  • Publication number: 20090049671
    Abstract: Apparatus to connect a valve stem to a valve member are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a valve stem having a laterally extending opening, a valve member having a laterally extending opening, and a coupling having adjacent one end an extension received in the laterally extending opening of the valve stem and adjacent an opposite end an extension received in the laterally extending opening of the valve member. A resilient member is located between the valve stem and the valve member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Dennis Eugene O'Hara
  • Publication number: 20080301923
    Abstract: A valve stem installation system (10) includes a conveyor (24) for moving wheel rims (14). A detector (50) is comparable with the conveyor (24) to detect size of the wheel rim (14) and a location of an aperture (12) of the wheel rim (14) to receive various valve stems (16, 18). Two robots (110, 112) are adaptable for matably moving the valve stem (16, 18) to the wheel rim (14). A controller (60) is operably communicated with the robots (110, 112) and the detector (50) for receiving a signal from the detector (50) as the detector (50) identities configuration of the wheel rim (14) and then transmitting the signal to the robots (110, 112) thereby directing the robots (110, 112) to selectively engage the valve stem (16, 18) to be inserted into the aperture (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: DURR SYSTEMS, INC
    Inventors: Eugene M. Mondrusov, Ben Giacona, Brian Hoy, Dan Pellerin
  • Publication number: 20080296210
    Abstract: A fluid treatment device includes at least one treatment module (“pod”) releasably connected to a head unit, the pod and head unit each including riser tubes which may be connected to adjacent riser to form a flow passage through the fluid treatment device. A connection mechanism allows a control valve to be rotatably connected to a fluid treatment device so that it may be oriented as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Gene BITTNER
  • Publication number: 20080283124
    Abstract: An apparatus for installing an anti-siphon device into an automotive fuel filler comprises; a cylindrical mandrel having an inner surface and an outer surface, the outer surface of the mandrel adapted to receive a proximal end of the hose; a first grasping means configured to grasp the hose at a predetermined distance from a proximal end of the hose, and to insert the proximal end of the hose onto the outer surface of the mandrel; a first actuating means for inducing the first grasping means to grasp the hose at the predetermined distance from the proximal end of the hose, and to insert the proximal end of the hose onto the outer surface of the mandrel; a second grasping means configured to grasp and hold the proximal end of the hose on the mandrel during installation of the anti-siphon device in the hose; a second activating means for inducing the second grasping means to grasp the proximal end of the hose on the mandrel, and hold the hose thereon during installation of the anti-siphon device into the hose;
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Joel Hatchett, Ben F. Holt, Jimmy Perry
  • Patent number: 7181818
    Abstract: A tool for removing valve springs and seals from an engine's intake and exhaust valves includes a bracket having apertures spaced therealong and for receiving fastening members therethrough. The tool further includes a plurality of support pedestals provided with channels extending therethrough and for receiving the fastening members respectively so that the bracket is maintained at a substantially stable position. The tool also includes a mechanism for simultaneously compressing a valve head keeper and releasing associated locks so that a user can remove the valve springs and valve seals from the valve head. The compressing mechanism cooperates with the pedestals and the bracket and is rotatable about a fulcrum axis traversing the pedestals wherein the fulcrum axis extends along a horizontal plane subjacent the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventors: Richard K. Qualman, Karen A. Deutscher
  • Patent number: 6931704
    Abstract: An engine valve lifter lifting tool for lifting valves to clear a camshaft such that the camshaft is replaceable without having to remove the intake manifold includes a plate having a plurality of rods each snugly inserted through a respective alignment tube to permit selective positioning of each rod within the respective alignment tube. Each rod includes a magnet to engage one of the valve lifters to hold the lifter clear of the camshaft. A respective plunger assembly is attached to each rod to detach the lifter from the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Richard Tanner
  • Patent number: 6901947
    Abstract: A system for performing rapid charging and evacuation of systems that contain a fluid, such as cooling systems on refrigeration products. In addition, the invention relates to methods of accomplishing rapid charging and evacuation, as well as to tools that form part of the system and that are used to accomplish the methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Fastest Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Danielson, Stanlee W. Meisinger
  • Patent number: 6886231
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mounting a valve stem to the rim of an automotive vehicle wheel includes rims being supplied in series by a conveyor to a gauging station where the type and/or size of the rim and the location and alignment of an aperture for receiving the valve stem is determined by a machine vision system. An electronic control system directs a robotic manipulator to grasp either the valve stem or the rim, move the valve stem or the rim to a mounting station, position the valve stem or the rim with respect to the other such that the aperture in the rim is in coaxial alignment with the valve stem, and insert the valve stem through the aperture in the rim. If necessary, a power-actuated nut runner, mounted on the robotic manipulator or adjacent the mounting station, is used to tighten a nut over the valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Burke E. Porter Machinery Company
    Inventors: Lawrence Lawson, Karl D. Sachs
  • Patent number: RE43348
    Abstract: A tool for removing valve springs and seals from an engine's intake and exhaust valves includes a bracket having apertures spaced therealong and for receiving fastening members therethrough. The tool further includes a plurality of support pedestals provided with channels extending therethrough and for receiving the fastening members respectively so that the bracket is maintained at a substantially stable position. The tool also includes a mechanism for simultaneously compressing a valve spring by exerting pressure upon a valve head keeper and retainer, thereby releasing associated locks keepers so that a user can remove the valve springs and valve seals from the valve head. The compressing mechanism cooperates with the pedestals and the bracket and is rotatable about a fulcrum axis traversing the pedestals wherein the fulcrum axis extends along a horizontal plane subjacent the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: Richard K. Qualman, Karen A. Qualman