With Assembly, Disassembly Or Composite Article Making Patents (Class 29/890.124)
  • Patent number: 10295441
    Abstract: A method for producing a pneumatically actuatable microfluidic analysis cartridge includes closing a joining side of a fluidic part of the analysis cartridge with a first fluid-tight elastic membrane and/or closing a joining side of a pneumatic part of the analysis cartridge with a second membrane. The fluidic part is configured to perform fluidic basic operations of a biochemical analysis process, and the pneumatic part is configured to control the basic operations using air pressure. The joining side of the fluidic part and the joining side of the pneumatic part are aligned, and the fluidic part and the pneumatic part are connected to form the analysis cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Laermer, Juergen Steigert, Sven Zinober
  • Patent number: 9409167
    Abstract: Fabrication method of microfluidic devices consisting of a sheet (1) which is 200 micrometer thick or less and a rigid part (3), both made of thermoplastic polymeric material includes degasification of a polymeric sheet of thermoplastic material (1), an auxiliary rigid part (2), and a polymeric rigid part of thermoplastic material (3). A temporary bonding procedure, of the degassed thermoplastic polymeric sheet (1) to a degassed auxiliary rigid part (2), is conducted producing a sheet-auxiliary part set (4). A permanent bonding procedure bonds the thermoplastic polymeric sheet (1) of the sheet-auxiliary part set (4) obtained in the previous temporary bonding stage, to the thermoplastic polymeric rigid part (3) which was initially degassed. The auxiliary rigid part (2) of the thermoplastic polymeric sheet (1) permanently bonded to the thermoplastic rigid part (3), is detached to produce a final part which is completely polymeric (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: IKERLAN, S.COOP
    Inventors: Florian Laouenan, Inigo Aranburu, Maria Agirregabiria, Jorge Elizalde, Javier Berganzo, Jesus Ruano, Luis J. Fernandez, Aitor Ezkerra
  • Patent number: 9303796
    Abstract: There is provided a method of producing a fluid channel device including laminating a plurality of polyimide films including at least one polyimide film having a port and at least one polyimide film having a channel, the polyimide films including at least one thermoplastic polyimide film; and adhering a plurality of the polyimide films by applying heat such that the ports are communicated with the channels. There is also provided the flow channel device produced by the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoichi Katsumoto
  • Patent number: 9117525
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a nonvolatile semiconductor memory device includes a memory cell and a select gate transistor formed on a semiconductor substrate. The memory cell includes a first gate insulating film, a first charge storage layer, a first intergate insulating film, and a first control gate. The first gate insulating film, the first charge storage layer, the first intergate insulating film, and the first control gate are formed on the semiconductor substrate in order. The select gate transistor includes a second gate insulating film, a first gate electrode, a second intergate insulating film, and a second control gate. The second gate insulating film, the first gate electrode, the second intergate insulating film, and the second control gate are formed on the semiconductor substrate in order. The second intergate insulating film different first and second thicknesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Satoshi Inoue
  • Publication number: 20150144815
    Abstract: An irrigation valve has a valve body with an inlet passage, an outlet passage, a valve seat intermediate the inlet passage and the outlet passage and a control chamber exit or bypass passage terminating in a surface that defines a portion of the outlet passage, the valve body including at least one of a recess and a rib for hindering clogging of the bypass passage. Related methods for hindering clogging of the control chamber or exit bypass passage are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Samuel C. Walker
  • Publication number: 20150144814
    Abstract: A ram-type blowout preventer including an operating piston assembly isolated from wellbore pressure effects is provided. In one embodiment, a blowout preventer includes piston coupled to a ram by a connecting rod, and the connecting rod is inserted into a recess in the ram. A pressure-isolating seal may be provided in the recess between the connecting rod and the ram to isolate the end of the connecting rod within the recess from wellbore pressure in the blowout preventer. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Johnny E. Jurena, David J. McWhorter, Charles E. Gibbs, Steven F. Shimonek
  • Publication number: 20150135537
    Abstract: Methods are presented that provide a thin, biocompatible, high-strength, composite material that is suitable for use in prosthetic valves. The composite material maintains flexibility in high-cycle flexural applications, making it particularly applicable to prosthetic valve leaflets. The composite material includes more than one porous expanded fluoropolymer layer and an elastomer present in the pores of the porous expanded fluoropolymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: William C. Bruchman, Paul D. Gassler, Cody L. Hartman, Peter J. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20150137017
    Abstract: A fluid flow resistance assembly includes a fluid pathway. A width of the fluid pathway orthogonal to a flow of fluid through the fluid pathway varies along its length. Positioning of one or more ports at different locations over the fluid pathway at different locations controls a flow rate of fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Jesse E. Ambrosina, Benjamin G. Powers, Alexander J. Segit
  • Publication number: 20150102030
    Abstract: A multi-layer one-way valve (100) includes: a first layer (10) having at least one first opening (12) formed therein; a second layer (20) having at least one second opening (22) formed therein; and, a third layer (30). The first and second layers are joined together such that at least one first channel (14) is defined therebetween, and the second and third layers are joined together such that at least one second channel (24) is defined therebetween. Additionally, an amount of flow-able liquid is deposited in the first channel between the first and second openings. Suitably, the valve selectively opens to permit gas flow through the first and second channels in response to a pressure differential, the rate of gas flow through the valve is exponentially proportional to the pressure differential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: CCL Label, Inc.
    Inventors: David Gardner, Anne Shim
  • Publication number: 20150076384
    Abstract: A valve assembly has a valve body, a lower bushing, a valve seat, a lower stem, a disc, and an upper stem. The valve body defines a bi-directional flow path therethrough; wherein the valve body has an inner surface, two flange faces, and further defines an upper orifice and a hemispherical lower orifice along an axis perpendicular to the flow path. The lower bushing is housed in the lower orifice, and the lower bushing is configured to tilt within the lower orifice away from the axis. The lower bushing defines a bushing cavity. The valve seat has an outer surface configured to encapsulate the inner surface and the two flange faces of the valve body. The lower stem is housed in the bushing cavity, and the lower stem is configured for tilting away from and towards the axis perpendicular to the flow path. The disc has a seating surface on at outer circumference, defines a stem receptacle to house the lower stem, and the stem receptacle extends less than a diameter of the disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michael James Lurk, Thomas Linhorst
  • Publication number: 20150059179
    Abstract: In an electromagnetic control valve configured to cancel out forces acting on a valve body by differential pressure using a diaphragm, pressure tightness and durability of the diaphragm are improved. A needle-shaped projection is formed on a lower end of a piston section of a valve rod that is a drive shaft. An insertion hole is formed in the center of a diaphragm guide. The center of the diaphragm is stuck on the needle-shaped projection to make it pass through it. The needle-shaped projection is inserted into the insertion hole in the diaphragm guide. An end of the needle-shaped projection is spot-welded. The diaphragm is stuck with the needle-shaped projection to fix it to the valve rod without cutting a base fabric of the diagram. A needle-shaped projection may be formed on the diaphragm guide and an insertion hole may be formed in the valve rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Saginomiya Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Osawa, Ichiro Okawara, Motoyasu Ishiguro, Yuichi Sato
  • Publication number: 20150060718
    Abstract: A valve diffuser (3) for a valve (1), wherein the valve diffuser (3) has a valve seat (8) to make contact with a valve body. The valve seat (8) has a bushing (10) for making contact with a valve body. The bushing is formed from a different reinforced material wherein the valve diffuser (3) and preferably stellite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ralf BELL, Isabell BÖER, Thomas FISCHER, Giuseppe GAIO, Raimund HEINZE, Markus LEGENBAUER, Damian RAZOWSKI, Thomas RIEDEL, Stanislaw RUDA, Ralf ZIWES
  • Publication number: 20150053279
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to pressure relief devices and to corresponding pressure relief assemblies that have improved vacuum resistance, improved fragmentation resistance, and/or improved burst control while maintaining low mass. The pressure relief device includes a substantially flat flange section and a domed section. The domed section may include a transitional line that defines a change in the shape of the domed section. The pressure relief device may also include a bracket for securing or aligning a domed section to a flange section. The pressure relief device may further include a stress distribution feature that is disposed transversely to a line of weakness in the domed section. The pressure relief assembly may include a fastener having a wire that is configured to break and release the pressure relief device when subject to a predetermined tensile load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen P. Farwell, Gregory P. Klein, Geoffrey C. Brazier, Gary M. Plunkett
  • Patent number: 8959772
    Abstract: A multipoint injector for a turbomachine according to which any risk of fuel coking is eliminated is disclosed. The multipoint fuel which is liable to stagnate inside the circuit thereof is cooled uniformly, due to the formation of continuous baffles which each communicate with at least one separate circulation channel and of which the peripheral baffles open out into a fuel admission chamber arranged in a zone diametrically opposing the circulation channels and which communicates with the injection nozzle for pilot fuel in order to achieve uniform supply and cooling of the injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Didier Hippolyte Hernandez, Thomas Olivier Marie Noel
  • Publication number: 20150048270
    Abstract: An apparatus such as for a solenoid valve assembly includes a substantially annular flux collector (12) that has a first arced portion (10) and at least one additional arced portion (14). The first arced portion and the at least one additional arced portion are cooperatively configured to interlock with one another to form the substantially annular flux collector. A method (200) of manufacturing a solenoid valve assembly using the annular flux collector is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel Bamber, Robert Dayton
  • Publication number: 20150034187
    Abstract: A solenoid actuated valve assembly includes a valve body (122) comprising a fluid inlet (132) and fluid outlet (134), a valve member (128) disposed within the valve body, wherein a position of the valve member controls a fluid flow between the fluid inlet and fluid outlet, and a fluid chamber (140) above the valve member, wherein the fluid chamber is fluidly isolated from the fluid inlet and outlet. The solenoid actuated valve assembly further includes a solenoid actuator coupled to the valve body comprising a solenoid plunger (102) proximate the fluid chamber, wherein a force multiplying ratio of a surface area of the valve member exposed to the fluid chamber to a surface area of the solenoid plunger exposed to the fluid chamber is at least 1.5:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: FMC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul A. Crawford, William H. Garner
  • Publication number: 20150014563
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to systems and methods used to minimize force variation from a solenoid through an operating stroke. The systems and methods generate a near constant or substantially constant force solenoid assembly which can be used in a force driven device, such as, for example, a pressure regulator for accurately controlling pressure in a pressurized flow system. The systems and methods are based on an initial solenoid characterization and include an application of springs and placement of the solenoid within the system at a gap distance to minimize variation in force in the operating stroke of a commercially available solenoid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua A. Shreve
  • Publication number: 20150008351
    Abstract: A ball valve has trunnions that comprise shaft portions and larger diameter bearing portions. The larger bearing portions ensure that bearing pressures will be low. Smaller shaft portions reduce material costs and minimize the overall size of the valves. Preferably the bearing portions are formed out of a different material than are the shaft portions. This allows the bearing portions to be formed out of a lower strength (and therefore lower cost) material. Conversely, it also allows the shaft portions to be formed out of a higher strength material to thereby minimize the size of the trunnion shafts without impacting the bearing size and cost. Additionally, each bearing portion is preferably a cylindrical sleeve and is preferably heat-shrunk around part of the shaft portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Hartman, Brian T. Hartman
  • Publication number: 20150008352
    Abstract: A valve has trunnions that comprise shaft portions and larger diameter bearing portions. The larger bearing portions ensure that bearing pressures will be low. Smaller shaft portions reduce material costs and minimize the overall size of the valves. Preferably the bearing portions are formed out of a different material than are the shaft portions. This allows the bearing portions to be formed out of a lower strength (and therefore lower cost) material. Conversely, it also allows the shaft portions to be formed out of a higher strength material to thereby minimize the size of the trunnion shafts without impacting the bearing size and cost. Additionally, each bearing portion is preferably a cylindrical sleeve and is preferably heat-shrunk around part of the shaft portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Hartman, Brian T. Hartman
  • Publication number: 20150005863
    Abstract: A heart valve assembly includes a heart valve, a self-expandable and collapsible stent, and a sealing member. The stent includes an inflow end and an outflow end and is configured to support the heart valve internally. The sealing member is connected to and extends circumferentially around the stent. The sealing member includes a plurality of radially outward extending protrusions comprising a fold of material of the sealing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Andrea N. Para
  • Publication number: 20140361208
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a cladding portion is integrally formed on a sliding-contact surface of a valve rod or a valve body, which serves as a movable member, wherein the cladding portion is formed by inducing a pulsed discharge between an electrode which is formed of a molded body consisting mainly of a metal and a treatment target portion of the valve rod or the valve body, so as to weld and deposit a material of the electrode on a surface of the treatment target portion. A surface layer is integrally formed on a sliding-contact surface of a bushing or a sleeve, which serves as a stationary member, wherein the surface layer is formed by forming a first coating film by surface-hardening heat treatment using a metallic cementation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Daisuke TSUJI, Osamu SHINDO
  • Publication number: 20140353533
    Abstract: A tube assembly for a solenoid operated cartridge valve includes an adapter having an axially extending central bore along a longitudinal axis of the tube assembly for receiving an armature; a plug axially aligned with the central bore of the adapter; a nonmagnetic tube having a central bore along the longitudinal axis and aligned with the central bore of the adapter, the tube having a pair of respective annular axially-facing end surfaces abutting the adapter and the plug, the end surfaces being obliquely angled with respect to the longitudinal axis; and filler material positioned between and joining the adapter and the tube, and the tube and the plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: William F. Guse, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140346855
    Abstract: A vehicle brake hydraulic pressure control apparatus includes a base body and a solenoid valve. The solenoid valve is attached to an attachment hole which opens on one surface of the base body. A plurality of press-fitting portions that are press-fitted to an inner peripheral surface of the attachment hole are provided on an outer peripheral surface of the solenoid valve at an interval in a hole axis direction. Contact lengths, in the hole axis direction, between the inner peripheral surface of the attachment hole and two of the press-fitting portions are different from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: NISSIN KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke SASAKI, Keita MURAI, Takaomi SHIRASE, Tetsuo SASAKI
  • Publication number: 20140317929
    Abstract: An embodiment is directed to pressure plate for attachment to an infusion pump, where the pressure plate includes a tubing support surface at least partially surrounded by a raised perimeter support. The pressure plate includes a plurality of guide structures extending from the raised perimeter support that define a passageway for an infusion pump tube. Additionally an attachable flow stop assembly is included that includes an attachable occlusion arch and an attachable flow stop arm. The attachable occlusion arch includes a plurality of tab structures that couple to the raised perimeter support. The occlusion arch further includes an aperture configured to surround an infusion pump tube threaded therethrough. The attachable flow stop arm is operatively coupled to the raised perimeter support adjacent the attachable occlusion arch in a spring-biased fashion such that the aperture in the occlusion arch may be selectively occluded by the flow stop arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Renee Robert, Steve Cote, Jeff Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140305522
    Abstract: Provided is a valve module for a stream selector that includes first and second pistons axially movable against a biasing force by fluid from an actuation passage acting on undersides of the respective pistons to move a valve head from a closed position to an open position where fluid flows from an inlet passage into a control chamber portion to an outlet passage. Thereby, the stream selector operates at significantly lower actuation air pressures, while providing a valve module that is backwards compatible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Reid, II, Frank Ruiz, James Adam Burke
  • Publication number: 20140299426
    Abstract: A hydraulic damper includes at least one valve assembly (9, 19) provided with rebound (11, 21) and compression (12, 22) valves and at least one resilient deflective disk covering flow channels (13, 23) of the valve assembly and preloaded by a spring (16, 26). The hydraulic damper includes means for clamping together the components of the at least one valve assembly and for preloading the spring. In order to increase the repeatability coefficient among dampers of the same production batch and render it independent on the geometrical tolerances of the valve assembly components, the means have a form of an adjustable nut assembly (17a, 27a) comprising a clamp nut (171, 271) and a shoulder sleeve (172, 272) fixed on the perimeter of the clamp nut. The clamp nut clamps together the components of the valve assembly and the shoulder sleeve preloads the spring with a predetermined force. method of assembling such a damper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Radoslaw Pawel Grzesik, Waldemar Widla, Marcin Steliga
  • Publication number: 20140283922
    Abstract: In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a method for manufacturing a bypass valve of a turbine engine control system is described. The bypass valve includes a proportional valve and an integrator valve and the integrator valve includes an integrator spring assembly. The method includes forming the integrator spring assembly using an additive manufacturing technique. The integrator spring assembly comprises first and second end portions with a spring portion disposed between the first and second end portions. The first and second end portions and the spring portion are formed as an integral unit without welding or brazing using the additive manufacturing technique. The method further includes assembling the integrator spring assembly, the integrator valve, and the proportional valve into a complete bypass valve assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
  • Publication number: 20140288642
    Abstract: Artificial heart valve structures and methods of their fabrication are disclosed. The heart valve structures may be fabricated from a biocompatible polymer and include one or more heart valve leaflet structures incorporated within a conduit. The valve structures may incorporate one or more conduit sinuses, as well as a gap between the lower margin of the valve leaflets and the interior of the conduit. In addition, the valve structures may include one or more valve sinuses created in a space between the valve leaflets and the conduit inner surface. Computational fluid dynamics and mechanical modeling may be used to design the valve leaflets with optimal characteristics. A heart valve structure may also incorporate a biodegradable component to which cells may adhere The incorporated cells may arise from patient cells migrating to the biodegradable component, or the component may be pre-seeded with cells prior to implantation in a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURG - OF THE COMMONWEALTH SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Masahiro Yoshida, C. Douglas Bernstein, Onur Dur, Kerem Pekkan
  • Publication number: 20140264134
    Abstract: An exemplary valve seal assembly is provided that includes a valve body with one or more relief volumes that may extend circumferentially and positioned in or adjacent one or both an upper and lower member of the valve body. A compression seal positioned adjacent an opening of a relief volume and a seal that is provided primarily in a volume between the upper and lower members. In an uncompressed state, the compression seal is maintained adjacent the opening of the relief volume. In a compressed state when the valve seal assembly compressively engages a valve seat, the compression seal is compressed against the relief volume, and may be either fully or partially compressed into the relief volume. A relief volume primary angle may be provided at a desired angle, and a seal retention volume primary angle may be provided at a desired angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: NOVATECH HOLDINGS CORP.
    Inventors: Roy Michael Butler, Keith R. Peach, Michael Preston Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140246025
    Abstract: A device for treating a patient suffering from obstructive sleep apnea or snoring can include an expiratory valve connected to a manifold. The expiratory valve can include a body portion including a feedback port configured to be connected to an air flow generator. The expiratory valve can include a plunger at least partially disposed in the body portion. The expiratory valve can include a pressurizing chamber positioned between an end of the plunger and an end of the expiratory valve. The pressurizing chamber can be configured to receive air from the air flow generator through the feedback port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Fresca Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew H. Cragg, John Logan, Haim Nissimov, Richard Ewers, Mark Adler, Eugene G. Chen, John Edwin Trusheim, John Nolting, Steve Anderson, Kevin Chen
  • Publication number: 20140239211
    Abstract: A valve having a metal insert with a fluid passage formed in the metal insert. A composite valve body is disposed at least partially around the metal insert and having at least one port in fluid communication with the fluid passage with the metal insert. A valve member is partially disposed in the metal insert and operable to control the fluid flow through the fluid passage of the metal insert and parts of the valve body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: BORGWARNER INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Morgan, Michael E. Jones
  • Publication number: 20140239210
    Abstract: A solenoid valve (200) is provided. The solenoid valve (200) comprises a fixed core (206) and a movable armature (420). The solenoid valve (200) further comprises a metallic tube bobbin (308) surrounding at least a portion of the fixed core (206) and/or the movable armature (420). A wire coil (203) is wrapped around the metallic tube bobbin (308).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Fluid Automation Systems S.A.
    Inventors: Raphael Alvarez, Pierre Sirdey
  • Publication number: 20140228944
    Abstract: A method of making a replacement heart valve device whereby a fragment of biocompatible tissue material is treated and soaked in one or more alcohol solutions and a solution of glutaraldehyde. The dried biocompatible tissue material is folded and rehydrated in such a way that forms a two- or three-leaflet/cusp valve without affixing of separate cusps or leaflets or cutting slits into the biocompatible tissue material to form the cusps or leaflets. After the biocompatible tissue material is folded, it is affixed at one or more points on the outer surface to the inner cavity or a stent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Colibri Heart Valve LLC
    Inventors: David PANIAGUA, R. David FISH
  • Publication number: 20140221929
    Abstract: A repeater system may control a pump by using a repeater and a user interface. An adhesive patch system may be used for affixing a pump or other object to a human body. Such an adhesive patch system may include two sets of adhesive members, each member including an adhesive material on at least one side so as to attach to the body. The members of the first set are spaced to allow the members of the second set to attach to the body in spaces provided between the members of the first set, and the members of the second set are spaced to allow members of the first set to detach from the body without detaching the members of the second set. Also, fill stations and base stations are provided for personal pump systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Larry B. Gray, Russell H. Beavis
  • Patent number: 8793874
    Abstract: A method for the production of a valve is provided comprising molding a valve body with a first mold, preloading the valve body with a second mold, molding a sealing portion in an open position onto the valve body, and releasing the preloaded valve body. The sealing portion enters a closed position when the preloaded valve body is released. When the valve is in use, the sealing portion opens when under a fluid pressure, and closes when the pressure is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Jes Tougaard Gram
  • Publication number: 20140188217
    Abstract: A kit for implanting a prosthetic vascular conduit includes a prosthetic vascular conduit for coupling to a prosthetic valve having an annular portion. The conduit includes a terminal collar member for receiving the valve. The kit further includes a holder including a shaft and a hub including a receiving portion configured for housing a prosthetic valve. The conduit is fitted on the holder so that at least a portion of the conduit wraps over the receiving portion of the hub. A sleeve member fitted onto the conduit in a position corresponding to the receiving portion of the hub, and a portion of the collar member is wrapped or folded over the sleeve member. The sleeve member is slidable away from the hub to unwrap the collar member such that it is disposed around the annular portion of a prosthetic valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Sorin Group Italia S.r.I.
    Inventors: Giovanni Rolando, Paolo Gaschino, Monica Achiluzzi, Felice Giuseppe Carlino
  • Patent number: 8763496
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for removing valve cover components includes a torque transfer tool that mates with an extending portion of the valve cover assembly and has a multi-faceted segment to receive a torque-supplying wrench. A hydraulically-actuated wrench has a head with a multi-faceted portion that engages the corresponding multi-faceted segment of the torque transfer tool. The wrench's hydraulic cylinder rotates the wrench head upon actuation. The multifaceted segments can be splined. Also disclosed is a reaction tube against which the wrench can be braced prior to actuation of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Larry Don Case, Jason Neal Whaley, Randall Ferrain Weaver
  • Publication number: 20140175711
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a microvalve using surface tension, a microfluidic chip including same and a method for manufacturing same. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a microvalve using surface tension, a microfluidic chip including same and a method for manufacturing same, wherein the microvalve can be manufactured through a simple process and the microvalve and a coaxial sample channel are not separated, and thus the microvalve may be easily installed not only in an existing quadrangular channel but also in the coaxial channel so as to control the flow and amount of a microfluid (sample).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Sang Hoon Lee, Edward Kang
  • Publication number: 20140166140
    Abstract: A MEMS check valve includes a supporting portion having a first perforation therethrough sized to permit fluid flow and includes a displaceable portion having a second perforation therethrough sized to permit fluid flow. The displaceable portion may be moveable relative to the supporting portion between a closed position inhibiting fluid flow through the valve and an open position permitting fluid flow through the valve. The first and second perforations are offset to inhibit fluid flow when the displaceable portion is in the first position, and fluid may flow through the first and second perforations when the displaceable portion is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cesario Dos Pereira Santos, Leslie A. Field
  • Publication number: 20140158719
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a metering valve used in both conventional and bag-on-valve aerosol container applications that allows a high flow rate of especially viscous substances. The metering valve according to the present invention including a valve housing, a valve stem, and a spring or other biasing device that allows the valve stem to move relative to the valve housing. The valve stem serves as a metering chamber with a metering device in the form of a ball or disk without other mechanisms such as springs or mechanical parts within the valve stem. Radial bores and a seal near the bottom of the valve stem provide for dispensing of pre-determined quantities of product from an aerosol container pressurized with liquefied propellants or compressed gas. The bore shape and size can be selected to facilitate a high volume flow rate for highly viscous substances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: SUMMIT PACKAGING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Davideit, Kevin G. Verville
  • Patent number: 8720065
    Abstract: A valved sheath introducer for venous cannulation, including a valve, sheath, handle and cap. The valve is configured to permit safe introduction and removal of medical instruments through the sheath introducer. The valve may have one or more anchoring members and a thickened central portion through which a slit is formed. The central portion may have one or more concave surfaces and the slit can be angled with respect to the top surface of the valve. The cap is attached to the handle, compressing a portion of the valve therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Christensen, Steven M. Smith, Walter H. Shang, James D. Beal
  • Publication number: 20140128964
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are related to devices and techniques for para-valve sealing of an expandable stent-valve implanted using a catheter. In some embodiments, a stent-valve is provided which comprises a seal cuff containing material that swells when contacted by blood. A piercing tool may be included and used to permit a user to puncture the cuff prior to introduction into a patient's body. In some embodiments, the cuff has an integral tubular structure configured to withstand balloon expansion of the stent-valve during or after implantation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Stephane Delaloye
  • Publication number: 20140109900
    Abstract: A method of making a metered dose valve or a component including the step of forming a coating on at least a portion of a surface of the valve or the component, wherein said coating comprises a particulate material selected from the group consisting of Magnesium Stearate, Calcium Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Aluminium Stearate, Stearic acid, Magnesium Palmitate, Calcium Palmitate, Zinc Palmitate or Aluminium Palmitate, Palmitic acid, and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Philip A. Jinks
  • Publication number: 20140103243
    Abstract: An inlet valve for a fluid pump includes a movably supported tappet for closing a fluid inlet opening and an actuator for moving the tappet, wherein the actuator and the tappet are formed separately from each other and can be coupled to one another by a coupling element for transmitting an actuator driving force to the tappet. An assembly method for such an inlet valve is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Luc Van Himme, Koen Vermolen, Rudi Meekers
  • Publication number: 20140090251
    Abstract: A method of making a lubrication spray orifice for a valve actuating mechanism includes the steps of forming a dome socket for a finger follower of a valve actuating mechanism of an engine, forming a pocket in the dome socket and thinning out material of the pocket, and forming an elongated slit opening by expanding the pocket in a single lancing operation to lance a surface of the pocket to create a lubrication spray metering orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: GT Technologies
    Inventors: John Edmund Brune, Terry Joseph Giesige, Daniel George Mills
  • 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: 8671966
    Abstract: Needleless access port valves are generally discussed herein with particular discussions extended to needleless access port valves having a pliant valve piston and/or plug that exudes silicone oil when stressed or squeezed while providing antimicrobial agents within and on the surface of the piston and/or plug. The pliant valve piston may have an integrally formed plug and one or more ports or a separately formed plug located inside a plastic housing. The plug cooperates with a nozzle on the inlet connector assembly to form a slip port or a Luer inlet, which can open when exerted by force to permit flow or closes when the force is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: B. Braun Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Pascal, Edwin L. Burnard, Kevin Jenkins, Steve Broadbent
  • Publication number: 20140054489
    Abstract: An apparatus is presented comprising a first part comprising a sealing structure, a membrane being attached to said first part and a second part being attached to said membrane, wherein said second part comprises a valve area with a first opening and a second opening, wherein said valve area is located in the area of said sealing structure, wherein said valve area is configured to allow for a fluidic communication between said first opening and said second opening and wherein said sealing structure is configured to allow for an interruption of said fluidic communication between said first opening and said second opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Daniel Auemhammer
  • Publication number: 20140047715
    Abstract: A flush valve assembly having a handle assembly positioning bushing for spacing a handle assembly within an opening of the flush valve assembly. The handle assembly positioning bushing having an eccentric opening for receiving the handle such that rotation of the handle assembly positioning bushing with regard to the flush valve assembly body alters the height of the handle assembly and, thus, the volume of water passing through the flush valve assembly during a flush cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Sloan Valve Company
    Inventor: John R. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20140001383
    Abstract: A powered valve actuator assembly converts a manually operated valve without removal of the valve handle for automated valve operation in response to detection of a preselected condition. The design incorporates a motor, motor control circuit, drive shaft, valve handle engaging member and anti-rotation member. The motor is supported by its drive shaft, which is mounted on the valve handle via an adaptor. The motor, when operated, applies rotational torque to the drive shaft, and is secured from counter rotation about the drive shaft by the anti-rotation member, which extends between the motor and a fixed reference point with respect to the valve body such as the conduit or an extension thereof. The control circuit may incorporate a monitoring sub-circuit and power regulator, which operates at reduced power levels depending on the sensed state of the sensor or sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Custom Controls, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Staffiere, Don L. Drinkwater, David Staffiere, Dana St. James, Jay M. Prager