Coupling To Conduit Patents (Class 29/237)
  • Patent number: 10828757
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an axial swage tool configured to axially swage a fitting to a tube, a cable, or other such item of manufacture. The swage tool can be configured to utilize swaging engagement members for grasping and driving a swaging ring over a fitting. The swaging ring thereby radially compresses the fitting around the tube or other item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: AEROFIT, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gallegos, Srinivas B. Suresh
  • Patent number: 10815740
    Abstract: Gripping apparatus includes a body, a pair of legs extending from the body and separated by a gap, and a gripping head opposite the legs. A magnet or other adhering fastener is supported on an inwardly facing surface of the legs. The legs straddle an extendable member of a chuck device, the adhering fastener retaining the body on the extendable member. The gripping head includes teeth or another gripping surface for engaging a tubular member that is disposed in the chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Dreco Energy Services, ULC
    Inventor: Kenneth Joseph Mayenburg
  • Patent number: 10799988
    Abstract: A pipe alignment tool may be used to hoist and align two pipe ends and may comprise: a chain and an alignment bar. The alignment bar may comprise: an elongate bar with a pipe contacting member and a chain support slidably coupled to the elongate bar for guiding and retaining the chain. The method for aligning two pipe ends may comprise the steps of: providing the pipe alignment tool; lassoing the chain around a first pipe; guiding and securing the chain to the chain support of the pipe alignment tool; hoisting the chain and first pipe by lifting the alignment bar; and aligning the two pipe ends by repositioning the elongate bar and engaging an upper portion of the second pipe with the pipe contacting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Galen Marks
  • Patent number: 10802002
    Abstract: Described is a chromatographic column assembly that includes an outer tube comprising a metal, a first conduit disposed within the outer tube, a second conduit disposed within the outer tube, and a first joint located between the first conduit and the second conduit. The outer tube is deformed by a first uniform radial crimp at a longitudinal location along the outer tube that surrounds the first conduit on a first side of the first joint, and a second uniform radial cramp at a longitudinal location along the outer tube that surrounds the second conduit on a second side of the first joint. The first and second uniform radial cramps form a fluid-tight seal between the first conduit and the second conduit and each have a substantially flat base region over which a diameter of the outer tube is reduced for a non-zero longitudinal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph D. Michienzi, Keith Fadgen, Wade P. Leveille, Raymond P. Fisk, Frank John Marszalkowski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10781940
    Abstract: A system and method for coupling sections of pipe is disclosed, wherein the system preferably comprises a frame, a carriage and a controller. In embodiments, the frame comprises a pipe frame, which preferably extends substantially the entire length of the system and may be secured via a chain. The system in a preferred embodiment may be secured to a piece of machinery, such as an excavator bucket, back hoe or equivalent machinery for moving a first section of pipe to a location where a second section of pipe resides for coupling the first and second sections of pipe. Methods of use are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Lance Rundle
  • Patent number: 10639772
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for advancing a coupling along a length of pipe. The apparatus or tool is designed to sit on a segment of the pipe's outer circumference, adjacent to the coupling edge. The tool is repeatedly struck with a hammer or mallet and the force from each strike is transferred from the tool to the coupling, advancing that coupling along the pipe length until it is in the proper position. The tool geometry conforms to a portion of the pipe's exterior surface contour as well as the edge of the coupling, increasing the efficiency of the tool and minimizing damage to the fitting and pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas Twum
  • Patent number: 10589343
    Abstract: A tool assembly for forming a workpiece with an outer surface into a housing with a non-round design outer profile. The tool assembly includes a number of jaw segments, each jaw segment having an internal surface for engaging the outer surface. The jaw segments are movable between a first condition and a second condition, in which the internal surfaces of the jaw segments substantially define the design outer profile of the housing. Each internal surface has a preselected end point associated therewith defined by a radius centered on the preselected end point that is substantially coincident with the portion of the design outer profile defined by the internal surface. Each jaw segment is movable toward the preselected end point therefor when moved from the first condition to the second condition, and away from the preselected end point therefor when moved from the second condition to the first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GWS Tube Forming Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Sojak, James E. Kys
  • Patent number: 10454232
    Abstract: A terminal locator for holding a terminal in a crimping zone of a terminal crimping device includes a housing configured to be positioned forward of crimp tooling defining the crimping zone. The housing has a terminal cavity extending along a terminal axis configured to receive the terminal such that a crimp barrel of the terminal extends rearward of the housing along the terminal axis into the crimping zone for crimping to a wire. A spacer is held by the housing. The spacer has a spacer blocking surface configured to locate the terminal and block axial rearward movement of the terminal. A latch is held by the housing. The latch is deflectable to allow insertion and removal of the terminal from the terminal cavity, the latch having a latch blocking surface configured to locate the terminal and block axial forward movement of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: Chadwick Alan Kerstetter, Todd Matthew Troutman
  • Patent number: 10451594
    Abstract: Described is a tubing assembly which includes a permanently deformable outer tube, an intermediate tube and an inner tube. A radial seal is provided by a uniform radial crimp having a non-zero longitudinal length at a longitudinal location on the tubing assembly. In some embodiments one or both ends of the assembly have a uniform radial crimp and are polished so that the ends of two or more of the tubes are substantially flush with each other to thereby block the passage of fluids between the ends of the tubes. In other embodiments the uniform radial crimps are at other longitudinal locations where a high pressure seal is desired. The longitudinal length and the depth of each uniform radial crimp can be formed to accommodate the requirements of a particular application so that leakage along the tubing assembly is prevented and void volume is reduced or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joseph D. Michienzi
  • Patent number: 10443772
    Abstract: A pipe joint structure provided with: a heel section configured so that a spigot formed on the end section of a pipe is inserted via a seal member into a socket formed in the end section of another pipe and seal member is fitted to a recessed section formed on the inner circumferential section of the socket; and a valve section compressed between the inner circumferential surface of the socket and the outer circumferential surface of the spigot. Additionally, a marker member is provided to the heel section that is accommodated in the recessed section. The socket circumference section of the pipe joint structure is subjected to non-contact inspection by a marker detection device from the spigot-side pipe along the axial direction of the pipe and the quality of the joining state of the pipe joint structure is determined on the basis of whether the marker member is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shozo Kishi, Takaaki Kagawa, Keita Oda, Yuito Komaru
  • Patent number: 10427127
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automated radiosynthesis device adapted for enhanced automatic disconnection of a disposable kit once a radiosynthesis has been carried out. The automated radiosynthesis device of the invention therefore reduces the time to remove the disposable kit from the radiosynthesis device and reduces radiation exposure to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventor: Philippe Dumont
  • Patent number: 10427207
    Abstract: A press apparatus includes a press assembly and an activation assembly. The press assembly includes a plurality of dies. The plurality of dies defines a center opening for receiving a work piece. The central opening defines a central longitudinal axis. The activation assembly is adapted to actuate the press assembly. The activation assembly includes a first switch and a second switch. The second switch includes a capacitive touch surface that faces in a direction toward the central longitudinal axis of the press assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER, LTD.
    Inventors: Eric D. Orcutt, Ryan Thomas Ellerbrock
  • Patent number: 10421165
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in installing and verifying installation of a seal member in a component, and including a housing defining an interior sized to receive the component therein, and a moveable lid selectively positionable between a loading position and a sensing position. The apparatus also includes at least one seal sensor coupled to the moveable lid and configured to selectively align with a first sensing point on the component when the moveable lid is in the sensing position. The at least one seal sensor is configured to only actuate when pressed against the seal member positioned at the first sensing point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jafor Khaledi, Karan Virmani
  • Patent number: 10400921
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an axial swage tool configured to axially swage a fitting to a tube, a cable, or other such item of manufacture. The swage tool can be configured to utilize swaging engagement members for grasping and driving a swaging ring over a fitting. The swaging ring thereby radially compresses the fitting around the tube or other item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: AEROFIT, LLC
    Inventor: Srinivas B. Suresh
  • Patent number: 10224789
    Abstract: A wire conductor alignment apparatus aligns wire conductors of coil members provided in a core of a dynamo electric motor or generator for welding the ends thereof. The apparatus has a plurality of circumferentially arranged first passages and a plurality of circumferentially arranged second passages. Each first passages is overlapped with a second passage to form a pair, each pair of passages form a combined third passage, and each third passage is configured to receive at least one end portion of at least two wire conductors of a coil member of a dynamo electric machine. The apparatus also has an actuator for moving at least one of the plurality of first passages and the plurality of second passages relative to one another in a circumferential direction to cause a respective end portion of a wire conductor for welding thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ATOP S.P.A.
    Inventors: Rubino Corbinelli, Massimo Ponzio
  • Patent number: 10137017
    Abstract: A crimper device can facilitate sheathing of a stent frame for vascular delivery. The device can include first and second components that rotate relative to each other to drive radial movement of one or more compression members of the device. The one or more compression members can direct and balance a compressive force within an aperture of the device. In use, the stent frame can be positioned within the aperture and be compacted by actuation of the compression members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SUZHOU JIECHENG MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Brandon G. Walsh
  • Patent number: 10107418
    Abstract: The disclosed subsea clamp tensioning system includes predictability of gasket pre-load to input closure and allows a subsea clamp tensioning system to be closed and made-up without the hindrance of frictional loads that will cause a loss of tension in a drive screw. In an embodiment, the subsea clamp tensioning system tensions the drive screw by applying a set torque load into an API class torque bucket which translates into an applied tension at the drive screw. The tension load on the drive screw applies the gasket pre-load required to create a metal-to-metal seal between the two clamp hubs. Once complete and tested, the subsea clamp tensioning system may be removed and mounted onto a connector tool for retrieval to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Lane Rice
  • Patent number: 10010925
    Abstract: A swage apparatus includes a main body for supporting a coupling such that an axis of the coupling is oriented in a first direction, a stopper which comes into contact with one member of a first member or a second member of the coupling and restricts the one member from moving in the first direction, a pusher which comes into contact with the other member of the first member or the second member and pushes the other member in the first direction, and a cover member for covering the coupling so as to prevent the axis of the coupling from becoming displaced. The axis can thereby be prevented from becoming displaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Fumito Kajitani, Hideaki Sakurai, Takahiro Kubota
  • Patent number: 9979151
    Abstract: Crimping tool including a first tool part having a first crimping die and a plurality of first crimping elements, a second tool part having a second crimping die and a plurality of second crimping elements, a first actuator being movable relative to the first crimping die along an actuation axis perpendicular to a longitudinal axis, wherein the first actuator actuates the first crimping elements moving the first crimping elements in a radial direction, and a second actuator being movable relative to the second crimping die along the actuation axis, wherein the second actuator actuates the second crimping elements moving the second crimping elements in a radial direction, wherein a subset of the first crimping elements and a subset of the second crimping elements are moved consecutively by moving the first actuator and second actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI EUROPE LTD.
    Inventors: Zelimir Loncar, Ivan Trgovcic, Ozren Milazzi, Vedran Kovac
  • Patent number: 9937038
    Abstract: A crimping tool and method for reducing an external dimension of a compressible prosthetic device, the crimping tool comprising a first member comprising a first control surface collapsible between a first state and a second state, the first member having a first open end configured for introducing the prosthetic device when the first control surface is in the first state, and a second open end configured for allowing locking of the prosthetic device when introduced into the first member; an engagement portion that moves the first control surface from the first state to the second state; and an actuator portion for moving the first member along the longitudinal axis allowing the engagement portion to interact with the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK AG
    Inventors: Brian Murphy, Markus Hepke, Nils Le Cerf
  • Patent number: 9908204
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for interchanging welding tips of a spot welding gun. According to the present invention, an apparatus for interchanging welding tips of a spot welding gun comprises: a post frame provided with a connection plate on a top surface; a tip-removal means coupled at a predetermined position on one side surface of the post frame; and a tip-setting means coupled to a top surface of the connection plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KOREA T&M CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-Hae Lee, Du-Hyeon Song, Joo-Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 9883960
    Abstract: A vascular intervention device delivery system includes a handle comprised of a first shell connected to a second shell. A thumbwheel, which includes a radially outward thumb surface and a spool, is rotatably mounted in the handle. A catheter has a proximal end attached to the handle and a distal carrier segment for mounting a vascular intervention device thereon. A retractable sheath is movable from a first position covering the distal carrier segment to a second position retracted proximally uncovering the distal carrier segment. A pull extends between the thumbwheel and the retractable sheath. A rim of the pull and an internal surface of the first shell define a pull avoidance volume. The first shell includes a plurality of ribs positioned in the pull avoidance volume and oriented transverse to a pull pathway around an idler wheel, and the ribs block entry of the pull into the pull avoidance volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Sean Cummins, Darach McGrath
  • Patent number: 9744655
    Abstract: Embodiments of the Hose Tool are comprised of head assembly and handle assembly. The head assembly is comprised of a hose tab guide, a plurality of hose dogs, a plunger bar rack, and a hose tab guide sleeve. The handle assembly is comprised of a chassis, plunger bar rack, two handle pinons, a spring, two hinged handles, two bolts, a pivot pin, a guide bolt, two latch pins, and latch pin spring. The two hinged handles are attached to the two handle pinons via two bolts; held open by two latch pins being pressed into slot in two handles pinons by a latch pin spring. Depressing the two latch pins allows two hinged handles to swing alongside hose tool for storage. The two halves of two handle pinons are separated, timed and engaged within the plunger bar rack; then inserted into chassis and secured with pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Hose Tool, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Lewis Trimpe, Kyle James Eckhardt
  • Patent number: 9737982
    Abstract: A swage tool includes a first die coupled to a portion of a head and a second die coupled to a portion of a die block. A die block holder holds the die block and the second die. A piston inside a cylinder moves the second die toward the first die. At least two pins couple the head to the die block holder. When one of the pins is coupled to the head and to the die block holder, the head rotates about an axis transverse to a longitudinal axis of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: DMC POWER, INC.
    Inventors: May Danhash, Luis Arturo Chavez, Jeffrey Adam Loyd Ackermann
  • Patent number: 9701085
    Abstract: A radial press is provided for the radial deformation of a workpiece centrically to a pressing axis, having two yokes and a pressing tool that comprises a pressing jaw set received in a tool installation space defined between the yokes with pressing jaws arranged concentrically round the pressing axis, wherein both yokes are movable relative to one another by means of a drive system along a drive axis arranged perpendicularly to the pressing axis and the spacing of the pressing jaws from the pressing axis depends on the position of the two yokes relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Uniflex Hydraulik GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Sticker, Carsten Baumgartner, Eduard Weikum
  • Patent number: 9683620
    Abstract: A hand held brake pad spreader tool for use with a brake caliper (90) of the kind having a sliding caliper body supporting an opposed pair of brake pads arranged to sandwich a brake disc and a piston (92) for clamping the brake pads against the brake disc. The tool comprising a body (20); a handle (22) on the body; an abutment on the body for engaging the caliper body; an elongate member (40) supported by the body for longitudinally sliding movement relative thereto, the elongate member having a piston engagement means (50) for engaging the piston; a manually actuable moveable member (30) supported on the body adjacent to the handle; and drive means (60) coupled between the moveable member (30) for moving the elongate member (40) longitudinally from a first retracted position to a second driving position in which the piston engagement means is in driving engagement with the piston when the abutment is in engagement with the caliper body to move the piston to spread the brake pads apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Nigel Buchanan
  • Patent number: 9669456
    Abstract: A swage die includes a plurality of teeth aligned in a generally arcuate array. Each tooth of the plurality of teeth includes a first sidewall, an opposing second sidewall, a first endwall, and an opposing second endwall. The swage die further includes a plurality of first supports, each of the plurality of first supports extending between and connected to first endwalls of neighboring teeth, and a plurality of second supports, each of the plurality of second supports extending between and connected to second endwalls of neighboring teeth. The swage die further includes a plurality of stops, each of the plurality of stops extending from the first sidewall of a tooth towards the second sidewall of a neighboring tooth or from the second sidewall of a tooth towards the first sidewall of a neighboring tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventor: Kelvin Turner
  • Patent number: 9604273
    Abstract: A swaging tool having a housing, a piston, a fixed jaw and a moveable jaw, wherein the housing is capable of receiving and holding a tube and a swage fitting in the fixed jaw; the moveable jaw is in communication with a moveable die and is capable of moving axially along the housing with respect to an axis for the tube and the swage fitting to connect the swage fitting to the tube and create a seal between the swage fitting and the tube, and two opposing arms attached to the moveable jaw that have an open and a closed position to hold the tube and swage in alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Veigh Hogan
  • Patent number: 9586310
    Abstract: A tool device for connecting a plastic pipe or composite metal/plastic pipe to a fitting using a sliding sleeve or compression sleeve. The device includes a housing; a flaring device for flaring the ends of the plastic pipe or composite metal/plastic, pipe; a sliding device for sliding the sliding sleeve on or a pressing device for pressing the compression sleeve on; and a mechanically operable drive element. The drive element can be switched to drive the flaring device or to drive the sliding device or pressing device. The flaring device includes a first piston-cylinder unit, whose working piston has a piston axis and which has an inner end and an end oriented away from the tool device. The sliding device or pressing device includes a second piston-cylinder unit, whose working piston has a second piston axis and which has an inner end and an end oriented away from the tool device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: REHAU AG + CO
    Inventors: Richard Sapper, Sven Christoph, Daniel Wolter
  • Patent number: 9579780
    Abstract: A quick-connect coupling tool includes a first member and a second member. The second member is slidably affixed to the first member. The quick-connect coupling tool further includes a first pair of prongs and a second pair of prongs, the first pair of prongs is affixed to the first member, oriented in a first direction, and orthogonal to the first member. The second pair of prongs is affixed to the first member, oriented in the first direction, and orthogonal to the second member. The quick-connect coupling tool includes a first urging means for urging the first pair of prongs and the second pair of prongs apart and a second urging means for urging the first pair of prongs and the second pair of prongs together. The first urging means and the second urging means are affixed to the first member and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan N. Elsasser, Mateusz P. Koziol, Charles E. Mellinger, Annam K. Nguyen, Enrico A. Romano, Paul Samaniego, Robert Weiss
  • Patent number: 9573259
    Abstract: A quick-connect coupling tool includes a first member and a second member. The second member is slidably affixed to the first member. The quick-connect coupling tool further includes a first pair of prongs and a second pair of prongs, the first pair of prongs is affixed to the first member, oriented in a first direction, and orthogonal to the first member. The second pair of prongs is affixed to the first member, oriented in the first direction, and orthogonal to the second member. The quick-connect coupling tool includes a first urging means for urging the first pair of prongs and the second pair of prongs apart and a second urging means for urging the first pair of prongs and the second pair of prongs together. The first urging means and the second urging means are affixed to the first member and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan N. Elsasser, Mateusz P. Koziol, Charles E. Mellinger, Annam K. Nguyen, Enrico A. Romano, Paul Samaniego, Robert Weiss
  • Patent number: 9556981
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for evaluating characteristics of components of a mechanically attached connection are disclosed. Characteristics that may be evaluated include, but are not limited to, the position of a conduit gripping device on a conduit, an amount of axial compression or stroke of the conduit gripping device, and an amount of clamping force applied to the conduit gripping device as the conduit gripping device is axially compressed or stroked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Peter C. Williams, Jeffrey S. Rayle, Dale C. Arstein, Kennan Joseph Malec, William J. Menz, Cal R. Brown, Mark A. Clason, Jeffrey Michael Rubinski, Raymond Scott Milhoan, Michael Mussig
  • Patent number: 9308569
    Abstract: A device for crimping an expandable medical device and loading the expandable medical device into a delivery system includes an actuator, a compression assembly, and a pusher. The compression assembly is disposed in a compression chamber of the actuator and includes a plurality of compression elements coupled to each other to form a central cavity. The compression elements are coupled to the actuator such that rotation of the actuator causes the compression elements to rotate such that the central cavity radially compresses from an expanded configuration to a compressed configuration. The pusher includes a pusher rod and is configured to translate relative to the actuator towards the compression chamber when the cavity is in the compressed configuration such that the pusher rod may enter the cavity and push the medical device out of the cavity into delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Gopikrishnan Soundararajan, Christopher Webster, Kenny Dang, Hussain Rangwala
  • Patent number: 9254983
    Abstract: A tool which is positionable adjacent a relatively sharp edge around which or past which a sheathed cable is desired to be routed includes a pair of clamping members which are manipulable with the hand of a user and adapted to be clamped to an item disposed adjacent the relatively sharp edge. In addition, the tool includes a pair of guide members which are attached to the clamping members of the tool and which provide, when the tool is clamped about the item, a substantially enclosed, smooth-surfaced passageway through which the sheathed cable can be routed to eliminate any contact between the relatively sharp edge and the sheathed cable routed around or past the relatively sharp edge. The defined passageway reduces the likelihood that the relative sharp edge will damage the sheathing of the cable as the cable is routed around or past the relatively sharp edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: iTool Equipment Holding LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Jordan, David S. Jordan
  • Patent number: 9242410
    Abstract: A fusion machine which can be top-loaded on very large polyolefin pipes and pipelines has jaws which consist of an upper half jaw and lower left and right complemental jaws which pivot on the half jaw. Left and right actuators connected between the complemental jaws and the half jaw operate in one direction to cause the complemental jaws to rotate to an opened condition in which the upper half jaw can be lowered onto and lifted from the pipes to be fused and in the other direction to cause the complemental jaws to rotate to a closed condition in which the pipes to be fused are gripped so substantially around their circumferences as to resist their deformation from round during manipulation by the machine. The top-loading machine minimizes the need for heavy equipment to load and unload pipe to and from the fusion machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventors: Jason A. Lawrence, James R. Perrault, David W. Porter, Timothy M. Thoman, Bobby Lee Murray
  • Patent number: 9242322
    Abstract: A jig for aligning door hinges into a position at a predetermined mounting angle in an automatic system that automatically mounts door hinges to upper and lower seats on pillars of a vehicle body conveyed by a conveying unit. The jig may include a support frame, a first support part fixed to the support frame and supporting a hinge bracket of the door hinge, a pair of second support parts movably disposed at both sides of the first support part and respectively supporting both sides of a door bracket of the door hinge, and an actuating cylinder fixed to the support frame and connected with the second support parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Taeheun Jin
  • Patent number: 9139402
    Abstract: A load guide for securing a load relative to a boom includes a base secured to the boom and a retractable arm assembly attached to the base. The base presents a front portion that is proximate a load supported by the boom. The arm assembly includes a pair of load-securing arms movably connected to the load guide base, each of the arms being movable between an operative position and a retracted position, wherein moving the arms from the operative position to the retracted position includes rotating each of the arms toward the other arm, and further includes translational movement of each of the arms away from the front portion of the load guide base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Altec Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William Baldwin Dodge, IV
  • Patent number: 9044845
    Abstract: Apparatus to insert a spigot into a flexible tube comprises a support for holding and advancing a spigot, actuated by a motor, and a grip for holding a flexible tube, its opening and closing controlled by a motor. On operation of the apparatus, the support is advanced to urge the spigot into the flexible tube. To prevent catching or snagging of the tube on the spigot preventing insertion, after forward motion of the spigot, the jaws are opened, and the spigot is retreated a short distance, the jaws are closed and the spigot is advanced again. This cycle is then repeated until the spigot is fully within the tube. The jaws have a front section and a separate back section, mounted against a resistance, to hold the tube. The front section will be urged back against the resistance on insertion of the spigot, which will not reach the back section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Peter Maunder
  • Patent number: 9032598
    Abstract: A hand tool for inserting a large variety of connector components into narrow plastic irrigation piping is disclosed. This tool is an improved and progressive development of my previous Israeli patent no: 152089 in that it is designed to work with a large variety of connector components and is designed to accommodate both sizes of narrow spaghetti piping, whereas the previous patent could accommodate only a single size of narrow piping. The tool as shown in FIG. 2 has a body onto which all the elements are connected and the body is configured to sit comfortably in the palm of the hand. When pressing down on the handle, the grips secure the narrow piping and cause a connector component, deployed in appropriate recess provided in the tool to be easily inserted into the narrow piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Mordechai Eldar
  • Patent number: 9015916
    Abstract: A method for the pressing of a press fitting, with a tube inserted into the press fitting, by way of a pressing tool, wherein the press fitting has an encircling bead in which an O-sealing ring is placed, wherein the tube ends within the press fitting and a first pressing is carried out within the bead, wherein, furthermore, a further pressing is carried out on the tube-insert side of the press fitting at a distance from the bead, the further pressing leading to press fitting and tube obtaining a conicity which prevents them being pulled off and runs in the same direction. Furthermore, the invention relates to a pressing tool suitable for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Gustav Klauke GmbH
    Inventors: Egbert Frenken, Frank Wilsdorf, Michael Schmitz, Stefan Wascheszio, Ulrich Meyer
  • Patent number: 8991023
    Abstract: A Push To Connect (PTC) fitting cartridge for connecting to a pneumatic device, such as, an air brake or a height control valve, the PTC fitting cartridge including at least one protrusion positioned on an outer surface of the PTC fitting cartridge, which is provided to interact with an undercut positioned on an inner surface of a port. The undercut interacts with the protrusion to substantially eliminate stress on the surrounding material to reduce the chance of fraction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Haldex Brake Corporation
    Inventor: Victor A. Plath
  • Patent number: 8986320
    Abstract: A device for crimping a radially expandable and collapsible prosthetic valve comprises a coiled wire frame having a longitudinal opening extending from a proximal end to a distal end thereof. The opening has a first state and a second state, the opening in the first state having a first diameter dimensioned to receive the prosthetic valve in an expanded or partially crimped configuration therein, and the opening in the second state having a second diameter dimensioned to receive the prosthetic valve in a crimped configuration. The coiled wire frame has a first end coupled to a first member and a second end coupled to a second member. The first member is movable relative to the second member to convert the coiled wire frame from the first state to the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: David Maimon, Ron Sharoni, Tamir S. Levi, Emil Karapetian, Tri D. Tran, Tung T. Le
  • Patent number: 8978226
    Abstract: A tool for the removal of connectors from pipes is disclosed that, in one embodiment, enables the removal of connectors from large pipes and in another embodiment from a size range of pipes. Movable and stationary gripping and pushing elements are affixed to handles to enable a pipe to be firmly gripped between a movable gripping jaw and a stationary gripping jaw and the connector prevented from movement by the movable pusher jaw and the stationary pusher jaw. The handles can compress around a pivot point or slide on a bar. In another embodiment the movable and stationary gripping and pushing elements are removable from the body of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Direct Source International, LLC
    Inventors: Darren Kady, David Lee Showalter
  • Publication number: 20150047176
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a positive seal coupling and a pipe, including a frame, a stationary block assembly attached to the frame and having coupling gripping doors, and a traveling block assembly slidably attached to the frame and having pipe gripping doors. Two hydraulic ram cylinders are attached to the frame that have ram cylinder rods attached to the traveling block assembly so that the hydraulic ram cylinders can move the traveling block assembly toward the stationary block assembly. The coupling gripping doors are axially aligned with the pipe gripping doors so that when the hydraulic ram cylinders move the traveling block assembly toward the stationary block assembly, a pipe held by the pipe gripping doors is inserted into a coupling held by the coupling gripping doors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jianmin Li
  • Publication number: 20150040366
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for inserting a hose coupling into a hose, the coupling and the hose having inner surfaces defining an inner diameter. A shaft has a first and a second end. A gripping member is associated with the shaft and is movable between a relaxed condition wherein the gripping member has a diameter less than the inner diameters of the hose the coupling and an expanded condition wherein the diameter of the gripping member is increased so that the gripping member grippingly contacts the inner surface of the hose to secure the shaft in the hose in a way that the second end of the shaft extends from the hose. A pusher member is associated with the shaft, and is engageable with the coupling and is movable along the shaft towards the gripping member to insert the coupling into the hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Duane G. Shipman
  • Publication number: 20150013140
    Abstract: In a method for producing a pipe connection by press fitting, the following steps are carried out to increase the burst pressure: placing a press fitting onto two pipe ends to be connected to one another; compressing the press fitting against one of the two pipe ends by plastically deforming the press fitting and the pipe end to form a bulge and a first indentation; once again compressing the press fitting against the same pipe end at a distance (a) from the first compression point by plastically deforming the press fitting and the pipe end, thereby forming a second indentation; and connecting the press fitting to the second pipe end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: NOVOPRESS GMBH PRESSEN UND PRESSWERKZEUGE & CO. KG
    Inventor: Heinrich Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 8925176
    Abstract: A structure to connect a refrigerant pipe and an air conditioner having the same, the connecting structure enabling a refrigerant pipe to be easily connected to an indoor unit or an outdoor unit of an air conditioner and including a refrigerant pipe through which refrigerant flows, a socket part connected to one end of the refrigerant pipe, and a coupling nut coupled to an outer circumferential surface of the socket part, wherein, a socket part is provided with a grip-ring allowing the refrigerant pipe to move in a first direction in which the refrigerant pipe is coupled to the socket part and preventing the refrigerant pipe from moving in a second direction in which the refrigerant pipe is separated from the socket part, and at least one O-ring configured to prevent refrigerant from leaking at the socket part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun Muk Choi, Ji Ho Kwak, Sang Yong Lee, Jae Soo Jeong, Seong Ho Kil, Seok Kyun Kim, Eun Soo Jeon
  • Publication number: 20150000096
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to couplings used in mining and other applications. An extraction device for removing an adapter from a port formed in a structure is provided. The extraction device may include an end wall and a side wall. The end wall may define an external face of the extraction device. The side wall may extend axially away from a periphery of the end wall. The side wall may terminate at an end face of the extraction device. The end face may have a larger dimension than the port so as to abut the structure adjacent to a periphery of the port. The side wall may include an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface may have a threaded portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Donald R. Gilbreath
  • Patent number: 8904621
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector (1) for clamping a component around a tubular member (30) and to a method of using such a connector. The clamping connector (1) comprises a collar (2), a plurality of movable dogs (16) mounted in the collar and actuation means for driving the movement of the dogs. The collar (2) has an inner wall (4) and an outer wall 5, the inner wall being adapted to surround the tubular member (30) with a gap (56) between an outer surface of the inner wall (4) and an outer surface (28) of the tubular member. The inner wall (4) has a plurality of apertures (12) each aperture leading to a passage (14) through the inner wall. Each of the dogs (16) is slidably seated in one of the passages (14) for movement in a radial direction with respect to the tubular member (30). Around each passage (14) the inner wall (4) is spaced apart from an inner surface (25) of the outer wall (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Claxton Engineering Services Limited
    Inventors: Rowan Warwick Patterson, Matthew Marcantonio, Conor Patrick Leyden
  • Publication number: 20140338178
    Abstract: An expansion jaw assembly for use in expanding an end fitting within a fluid hose comprises a plurality of elongated jaw elements configured when combined to form a cylindrical body sized for introduction into the interior of the end fitting. The jaw elements when combined define a tapered bore for receiving an expansion pin to move the jaw elements radially apart relative to each other, to thereby expand the diameter of the combined jaw elements within the end fitting. Each jaw element includes a plurality of rib segments projecting from an outer surface of the jaw element, the rib segments spaced along the length of the jaw element. The rib segments are defined by a radially outermost plateau, a fillet radius from the plateau to the outer surface of the jaw element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicants: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Charles A. Lehmann, Tim Orow, Robert Richard Brimble