Gas And Water Specific Plumbing Component Making Patents (Class 29/890.14)
  • Patent number: 11378149
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a damper tube is provided. The method includes providing a tube having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. The method includes providing a reinforcing insert, at least partly, within the first end of the tube. The method includes flattening a portion of the first end of the tube. The method also includes bending at least one of the reinforcing insert and the flattened portion of the first end of the tube into a loop. The method further includes connecting an edge of the loop to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventor: Amirahmad Mohammadi
  • Patent number: 11203720
    Abstract: A tube arrangement comprising a first metal tube, a second metal tube, a first sleeve part, and a second sleeve part. The first and second sleeve parts are threadedly connected to the first and second metal tubes. The first and second metal tubes are configured to be joined via a butt weld joint. The first sleeve and the second sleeve are configured to be joined via a second butt weld joint. The first sleeve part comprises a first outer surface extending at a first acute angle (?) to an axial center axis of the first sleeve part and the second sleeve part comprises a second outer surface extending at a second acute angle (?) to an axial center axis of the second sleeve part. The present disclosure also relates to a furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Sandvik Intellectual Property AB
    Inventors: Mathias Hareland, Peter Nordin, Thomas Blomfeldt
  • Patent number: 11054076
    Abstract: A compression collar is used for reinforcing an interference fit between a piping end and a fitting. The compression collar comprises a reinforcing ring having a tubular geometry with a radially-inward facing surface and a radially-outward facing surface. A sleeve is received around, at least in part, a portion of the radially-outward facing surface of the reinforcing ring and this sleeve wraps around one axial end of the reinforcing ring to form a stop edge thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Jacob D. Twaroski, Michael T. Benesh
  • Patent number: 10920847
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a damper tube is provided. The method includes providing a tube having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. The method includes providing a reinforcing insert, at least partly, within the first end of the tube. The method includes flattening a portion of the first end of the tube. The method also includes bending at least one of the reinforcing insert and the flattened portion of the first end of the tube into a loop. The method further includes connecting an edge of the loop to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventor: Amirahmad Mohammadi
  • Patent number: 10800362
    Abstract: A ventilation member that includes an attachment that can be attached to an electric wire insertion tube having a first through hole; and a connection body that is arranged on the attachment and is connected to the first through hole, wherein the connection body has ventilation that allows air to pass therethrough and is unlikely to allow water to pass therethrough, a first connection that can be connected to a second through hole with a first diameter, and a second connection that can be connected to a third through hole with a second diameter that is smaller than the first diameter, and the first connection and the second connection are arranged along a projecting direction of the connection body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Hikaru Omae, Tomohiro Yabashi, Takao Kushima
  • Patent number: 10793248
    Abstract: Devices and methods to capture moisture at a structural member in a vehicle. The devices include a flexible tray that can snap-fit onto an exterior of the structural member. Once attached, the flexible tray can collect moisture from the structural member. A diverter is coupled to the flexible tray. The diverter diverts the collected moisture away from the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Cory Michael Hitchcock, Adam Joseph Brockett, Kenneth George Davis
  • Patent number: 10777933
    Abstract: A cover that includes an exterior tube configured to be attached to a protective tube through which an electrical wire is inserted; and a ventilation formed integrally with the exterior tube and configured to allow passage of gases and restrict passage of liquids, wherein: the exterior tube has a through hole communicating between an inside and an outside of the exterior tube, the ventilation includes a support having an opening and a ventilation film covering the opening of the support, the support is mounted on the exterior tube by being embedded in an inner wall surface of the through hole, and the ventilation is supported by the support around the opening without being embedded in the inner wall surface of the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Masashi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10550986
    Abstract: A dampening valve unit (40) for use in a liquid distribution system, the liquid distribution system having a centrally located liquid source connected via a separate feeding conduit to a liquid tap unit. In the liquid distribution system each feeding conduit is evacuated of liquid when an associated tap unit is closed and refilled with liquid when the tap unit is opened. The unit (40) comprises a dampening chamber (26) which is connectable to said feeding conduit, and a liquid stop valve unit (1?, 18), connectable at an inlet end (22) thereof, to said associated feeding conduit and which has an outlet end (24) being connectable in use to said associated liquid tap unit. Said dampening chamber (26) is adapted to collect gas and is connectable to said associated feeding conduit via a passage (23) which is located at said inlet end (22) of said liquid stop valve unit (1?, 18). The dampening valve unit (40) and the feeding conduit in use form a closed system separated from the ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: 3EFLOW AB
    Inventor: Erik Abbing
  • Patent number: 9923434
    Abstract: An end band and method of forming an end band for a rotor. The end band includes a hollow cylindrical band, wherein at least a portion of the band has a grain flow in a direction parallel to the hoop stress of the band. The end band also includes at least a portion having a grain flow in a direction perpendicular to the hoop stress of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Kavithas Ponnampalam, Jong-Yeong Yung, William Louis Wentland, Craig R. Legros, Kevin L Dickerson, Davis S. Behling
  • Patent number: 9630237
    Abstract: An outer joint member for a constant velocity universal joint is formed by a face spline forming apparatus and a face spline forming method. The face spline forming apparatus includes a punch member having a tooth portion for forming a face spline, a pedestal having an end-surface receiving surface for receiving an opening end surface of a cup section, and a shaft member having an inner-surface receiving surface for receiving a bottom-wall inner surface of the cup section. The opening end surface and the bottom-wall inner surface are brought into a simultaneous pressure receiving state. In this state, the punch member performs a rocking motion to form the face spline in a bottom-wall back surface due to plastic deformation caused by the tooth portion of the punch member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Takahiro Kimura, Hiroshi Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 9533336
    Abstract: Repair device for a dent is provided in metal bend tube part of musical instrument capable of effectively performing repair work in short time, not by conventional repair method using dent ball. In the device, a pressurizing device main body is also provided formed by connecting base member having an L shape in side view with first fulcrum at a base thereof and movable pressurizing member whose upper surface has convex arc-shaped surface in side view and has a second fulcrum at center part of lower surface, through a first and second arm. A wire, passes through the second arm and upright part of base member in axial direction, is provided, stopper is fastened to an end of wire which has passed through to outside of second arm, and wire passes through inside of curved metal tube and other end side of wire is connected to a foot pressing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Tadashi Kume, Shigeru Okada
  • Patent number: 9381555
    Abstract: In performing cold rolling on a seamless pipe as a mother pipe, it is possible to inhibit the generation of metal chips from the end portions of the mother pipe, and to prevent the formation of indentations therein that may be caused by the metal chips to thereby provide good surface appearance. This is made possible by using a mother pipe (1) having end portions at the cold rolling starting side and finishing side that have been R-chamfered, at each outer edge and at each inner edge, such that (T0?T1)/2?R?T0/2 is satisfied, where R is a radius (mm) of the R-chamfer on the outer edges and the inner edges of the end portions, T0 is a wall thickness of the mother pipe, and T1 is a wall thickness of the pipe after cold rolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Osamu Miyahara
  • Patent number: 9272437
    Abstract: High-pressure fluid jet systems are provided which include a pump to selectively provide a source of high-pressure fluid, a cutting head assembly configured to receive the high-pressure fluid and generate a high-pressure fluid jet for processing workpieces or work surfaces, and a fluid distribution system in fluid communication with the pump and the cutting head assembly to route the high-pressure fluid from the pump to the cutting head assembly. The pump, the cutting head assembly and/or the fluid distribution system include at least one fluid distribution component having a unitary body formed from an additive manufacturing or casting process with an internal passage having at least a curvilinear portion to efficiently route matter through the fluid jet system. Example fluid distribution components include fittings, valve bodies, cutting head bodies and nozzles of the high-pressure fluid jet systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Flow International Corporation
    Inventors: Mohamed Hashish, Robert Niblock, Steven J. Craigen, Bruce M. Schuman, Shawn Michael Callahan, Paul Tacheron, Sean Schramm
  • Patent number: 9145998
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a fluid-tight tube, which for insertion can be introduced into the area of a gap to be sealed between two pipes of the pipeline system to be sealed. The tube is provided with a feed element for introducing a fluid, with whose aid the tube is filled and thereby increased in its volume. The feed element contains a valve, which facilitates the introduction of the fluid and at the same time prevents the outward flow via the feed element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Rumailha—Comercio Internacional e Servicos LDA & Comandita
    Inventors: Hans Bohnet, Jens Eitel
  • Publication number: 20150144544
    Abstract: A screen filter for wastewater applications includes a chain tensioner assembly configured to provide a tensioning force for a screen filter chain. The chain tensioner assembly includes a slide plate configured to move axially with respect to the screen filter chain, and a shaft mount attached to the slide plate and configured to mount a shaft. The chain tensioner assembly additionally includes an abutment member attached to the slide plate. The chain tensioner assembly further includes a spring adjuster having at least one spring and configured to contact the abutment member to provide a bias force to the slide plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Steven Davenport, Joel Santos-Maldonado
  • Publication number: 20150137510
    Abstract: A device for connecting a tap and/or external water source and a water supply hose including an elastic sealing unit configured to receive or contact an end of the tap; a tightening unit including a screw groove on an inner surface thereof, having an inner diameter that decreases from an opening to a bottom of the screw groove; and a connection unit including a coupling portion having the elastic sealing unit therein, a screw thread on an outer peripheral surface thereof configured to mate with or receive the screw groove of the tightening unit, and a hose connection portion configured to connect an end of the hose, wherein an inner diameter of the elastic sealing unit is smaller than an outer diameter of the end of the tap and/or external water source, and an inner diameter of the elastic sealing unit decreases from one end to another end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Seong Bo HONG
  • Publication number: 20150130181
    Abstract: Couplings for use with mating couplings with locking rings are disclosed. A stem coupling may have a coupling head configured to attach with a head portion of the mating coupling, a stem mated to the coupling head where the stem has a threaded portion on an outer surface, and a retractable locking sleeve positioned on a portion of the coupling head. The retractable locking sleeve may have a locked position and an unlocked position for preventing and permitting the coupling head to attach to or_detach from the mating coupling. The stem coupling includes a stem locking ring having a first position preventing axial movement of the locking sleeve and a second position permitting axial movement of the locking sleeve. The stem locking ring may also include at least one of a color and indicia to alert a user to a type of media for which the stem coupling is intended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Randi Kremer, Eric Schrack, Josh Leofsky, Thomas Paff
  • Publication number: 20150122728
    Abstract: A grease interceptor system with a corrugated pipe stub that can be obtained and cut to size in the field during installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Michael James Whiteside
  • Patent number: 9021701
    Abstract: A lower cost method of manufacturing a ferrule. The method includes cold heading a transition sleeve that includes an annular indented seat therein, providing a penetration sleeve comprising a plurality of inwardly directed and axially spaced apart attachment means for penetrating into a hose when said ferrule is radially inwardly deformed; and brazing the penetration sleeve to the annular indented seat in the transition sleeve. The resulting assembly is visually and functionally blended to become one-piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: John D. Sanders, Randy C. Foster
  • Publication number: 20150059082
    Abstract: A seamless undermount stainless steel sink system includes a solid countertop, such as granite or marble, having a sink mounting aperture defining an inner periphery disposed therethrough. The system also includes a stainless steel sink having a sidewall with a rimless upper edge defining an outer periphery therearound. A mounting assembly is attached to a portion of the stainless steel sink at a predetermined mounting depth below the rimless upper edge, and an interface is formed between the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop. A sealing assembly is disposed in the interface between the rimless upper edge of the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop to prevent water, food, or other debris from getting in between the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Mehmet Hocaoglu
  • Publication number: 20150047675
    Abstract: A system for delivering purified water is disclosed, comprising a pressure vessel with a first end and a second end, each end adapted to receive a single use water treatment cartridge, and first and second single use water treatment cartridges. The pressure vessel has a first cartridge adaptor at the first end, and a second cartridge adapter at the second end; a first quick connect coupling between the first cartridge and the first cartridge adaptor, and a second quick connect coupling between the second cartridge and the second cartridge adaptor. Methods of fabricating single use water treatment cartridges and using said cartridges to clean glass surfaces are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Dallas W. Simonette
  • Publication number: 20140374513
    Abstract: An internally mountable water flow device includes a water restriction element having a first end, a second end and a middle section, through which a centrally located aperture is provided. One or more gaskets are disposed adjacent to the first end of the restriction element, and a tightening member having a plurality of threaded elements functions to engage the restriction element and impart a pressure onto the one or more gaskets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
  • Publication number: 20140373268
    Abstract: Outside shower assemblies provided herein offer a sleek yet durable outside showers, that are easy, even for a novice and/or non-plumber, to attach in the spring and remove in fall and which hangs flush and securely to the wall. The assemblies comprise: a shower head; a shower valve; an assembly body having openings for the shower head and the shower valve; one or more pipes in fluid communication with the shower valve, each pipe having a fastener for connection to an external water source; and a mounting cleat on the assembly body, the mounting cleat having a contact surface. Methods of making an using the same are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn R. Sherman
  • Patent number: 8904638
    Abstract: A manufacturing method and structure of a heat exchanger for a bathing shower involves two plates welded together to form a passage for cold water. Hot water from the shower drips onto the upper plate and transfer heat to cold water flowing through the passage between the plates. The upper plate may be spot welded to the lower plate at bottoms of frustoconical indentations in the lower plate, the plates may sandwich an adiabatic layer, and/or the passage between the plates may be formed by pipes situated between the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Ying Lin Cai
  • Publication number: 20140300099
    Abstract: A quick connect/disconnect (QCD) system includes a first component and a second component. The first component includes a first body defining a first fluid channel extending between a first end portion and a second end portion and defining a longitudinal axis, a first QCD coupling portion located at the first end portion, a first adaptor coupling portion located at the second end portion, and a first mating portion of a mating assembly operably connected to the first body. The second component includes a second body defining a second fluid channel extending between a third end portion and a fourth end portion, a first threaded coupling portion located at the third end portion, a second adaptor coupling portion between the third end portion and the fourth end portion, and a second mating portion of the mating assembly operably connected to the second body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicants: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Charles A. Lehmann, Robert R. Brimble, Lawrence P. Heren
  • Publication number: 20140223679
    Abstract: Described is a drain cleaner assembly, including: a clamp knob having a central cavity therein for accommodating a drain snake; a spout having a central cavity therein for accommodating the drain snake; the spout having at least one gripper cavity therein; at least one gripper disposed in the at least one gripper cavity; the clamp knob and the spout being attached to one another and also being displaceable with respect to one another to achieve at least two orientations, the at least two orientations comprising: a first orientation wherein the clamp knob contacts the at least one gripper and forces the at least one gripper into securing contact with the drain snake; and a second orientation wherein the clamp knob permits the at least one gripper to transition within the at least one gripper cavity to be out of securing contact with the drain snake. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Michael M. Silverman, Paul Korvick
  • Patent number: 8782896
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an ejector nozzle tube, includes forming an essentially rectangular plate-type blank 1 to have an undulating configuration on two opposite edge areas 2, 3, subsequently bending the blank around an axis 4, which is arranged centrically and parallel to the edge areas 2, 3, with the edge areas 2, 3 being superposed and subsequently joining the edge areas by point connections 6, providing for the formation of ejector nozzles 5 between the point connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
    Inventor: Predrag Todorovic
  • Publication number: 20140183862
    Abstract: A threaded connector for a large diameter tubular member includes a pin member having an external thread formed thereon with a first contact surface located on one side of the external thread and a sealing element located on the other side of the external thread, and a box member having an internal thread formed thereon with a first contact surface located on one side of the internal thread and a second contact surface located on the other side of the internal thread. The first contact surface of the pin member and the second contact surface of the box member correspond with and are configured to engage with each other, and the first contact surface of the box member and the sealing element of the pin member correspond with and are configured to engage with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Jeremy Richard Angelle, Robert Thibodeaux, JR., Joshua Hebert
  • Publication number: 20140165278
    Abstract: Various embodiments for conserving fluid based on the position of a toilet seat are presented. One example embodiment includes a toilet flushing system having a fluid regulation component and a position detector. The fluid regulation component is configured to regulate an amount of fluid used to flush a toilet during a flush cycle. The position detector is configured to detect whether the toilet seat is in a raised position or a lowered position. The position detector is coupled to the fluid regulation component to communicate whether the toilet seat is in the raised position or the lowered position. The fluid regulation component is further configured to regulate the amount of fluid used during the flush cycle based at least in part on whether the toilet seat is in the raised position or the lowered position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Primoris Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Steven R. Hutchinson, Troy A. Holbrook, Scott A. Holbrook, Christopher J. Knapp
  • Publication number: 20140157599
    Abstract: The machining device is for machining the material of a pipe system that has a joint area between a pipe that has a smaller inner diameter and a pipe that has a larger inner diameter. The device has protruding parts that have been adapted to position the device inside the pipe that has the smaller diameter. A steerable actuator is adapted for removing material from the joint area and steering device for controlling the direction of the machining device in relation to the longitudinal axis of the pipe that has the smaller inner diameter while removing material from the joint area. The method is for machining material of the joint area that has a thinner and a thicker pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Picote Oy Ltd
    Inventor: Mika Lokkinen
  • Patent number: 8745869
    Abstract: A screwed pipe connection for connecting a pipeline including a connection end having a formed wall region. The screwed pipe connection includes a connection part and a union joint part. Proceeding from the end face of the connection end of the pipeline, an outside cross-section of the pipeline increases and is larger than the nominal outside cross-section, then decreases again. Proceeding from the end face, a clear inside cross-section of the connection end is larger than the nominal inside cross-section and decreases to the nominal inside cross-section. The wall thickness on the end face is smaller than the nominal wall thickness, and wherein an inner material difference, resulting from the deviation of the inside cross-section from the nominal inside cross-section, and an outer material difference, resulting from the deviation of the outside cross-section from the nominal outside cross-section, deviate from one another by a maximum of 30 percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: VOSS Fluid GmbH
    Inventors: Gerd Berghaus, Harald Pott
  • Patent number: 8739408
    Abstract: A shape memory polymer is initially fabricated to a size where its peripheral dimension will be at least as large as the borehole wall in which it is to be deployed. After the initial manufacturing the material temperature is elevated above the transition temperature and the material is stretched on a mandrel to retain its inside dimension as its outside dimension is reduced to size that will allow running the seal to a desired subterranean location without failing the material during the stretching. The material is allowed to cool below the transition temperature to hold the new shape. The material on the mandrel is then secured to a tubular string and delivered to the desired location. Wellbore fluid at given temperature raises the material again above the transition temperature, which causes the material to revert to its originally manufactured shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Ping Duan, Steve Rosenblatt
  • Publication number: 20140116556
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pipe-in-pipe apparatus comprising an inner pipe disposed within an outer pipe wherein the inner pipe is an engineered pipe or umbilical. The outer pipe will shield the inner pipe. As a result, the design of the inner pipe only needs to address the functions required for the engineered pipe-in-pipe apparatus. The end fittings of the system are designed for enabling maximum operation and intervention flexibility. The engineered pipe-in-pipe apparatus will allow longer sections of the inner pipe to be used which will reduce the amount of field fabrication and streamline the installation process. The apparatus may be used for both new piping systems as well as the updating or retrofitting of an existing onshore or offshore piping system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio C.F. Critsinelis, Christopher A. Kassner, Sid A. Mebarkia
  • Publication number: 20140116564
    Abstract: A sheath apparatus for housing tubes and/or cables, for incorporation into a flexible pipe body, including: an elongate body portion, comprising an outer surface and a channel for receiving a tube or cable within the body portion, and further comprising at least one opening connecting the channel and the outer surface, wherein the at least one opening comprises a continuous opening extending along the elongate body portion or a plurality of discrete openings at predetermined positions along the elongate body portion, and wherein the channel defines an inner surface of the body portion for contacting the tube or cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Wellstream International Limited
    Inventor: John Cross McNab
  • Patent number: 8707558
    Abstract: A threaded weld fitting and a method of welding a threaded weld fitting to the tank wall of a water storage tank are provided. The threaded weld fitting comprises a body defining an aperture and having a facing surface configured to be positioned facing the tank wall. A female thread is formed along the aperture. A first beveled surface portion of the facing surface extends from an edge of the body. A landing surface portion of the facing surface extends from the first beveled surface portion toward a longitudinal axis of the aperture. A second beveled surface portion of the facing surface extends from the landing surface and to the female thread. The landing surface portion and the second beveled surface portion together define an open annular area positioned to receive a portion of a weld formed by welding the threaded weld fitting to the tank wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Bradford White Corporation
    Inventors: Harold Hoover, Richard Freiberg, Michael McLellen, Joe Beach
  • Patent number: 8695218
    Abstract: A joint construction includes first and second conduit sections having coaxially overlapping end areas. A coupling member has a first end received within the end of the first conduit section and a second end with external threads. A bore of the coupling member receives the second section end area. A plurality of protrusions are formed on an outer surface of the coupling member. The plurality of protrusions engage a plurality of complimentary features formed on the end area of the first conduit section. A gland nut has threads configured to engage the external threads of the second end of the coupling member. A washer is disposed on the second conduit section between the second end of the coupling member and the gland nut. The washer is configured to engage the end area of the second conduit section to resist relative axial movement between the first and second conduit sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Allied Tube & Conduit Corporation
    Inventor: Giulio Scartozzi
  • Publication number: 20140083300
    Abstract: The invention concerns a beverage dispenser (10) in which the beverage is prepared by introducing at least one jet of diluent in a recipient comprising a soluble food ingredient, wherein said dispenser comprises at least one removable rotating jet(s) module (M) comprising: a motor (1) connectable to an energy supply, a diluent nozzle (2) able to deliver at least one jet of diluent and connectable to a diluent supply, a gearing device (3) configured for making the motor rotate the diluent nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Yann Brunner, Alexis Reust, Stefan Brauchle
  • Publication number: 20140076790
    Abstract: The present invention provides a central core element a reverse osmosis separator assembly useful in the purification of fluids. The central core element comprises an outer exhaust conduit defining an inner volume and a gap starting at a first end thereof the outer exhaust conduit and extending towards a second end of the outer exhaust conduit, and an inner porous exhaust conduit comprising a first section disposed within the inner volume defined by outer exhaust conduit and a second section configured to abut and seal the first end of the outer exhaust conduit. The outer exhaust conduit is configured to accommodate a first portion of a membrane stack assembly within the inner volume and a second portion of the membrane stack assembly disposed as a multilayer membrane assembly on an outer surface of the outer exhaust conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chen Wang, Todd Alan Anderson, Hua Li, Su Lu
  • Patent number: 8667687
    Abstract: An entry fitting system including a generally rigid body configured to extend through an opening of a containment chamber and a generally flexible seal configured to be positioned in the body. The system further includes an insert configured to be coupled to the body and cause the seal to sealingly engage a pipe received through the body, wherein the seal is configured to enable the sealingly engaged pipe to be oriented in a non-parallel position with respect to a central axis of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: OPW Fueling Containment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeromy E. Higgins, Kristopher A. Kane, Kevin A. Webster
  • Patent number: 8617349
    Abstract: A showerhead for a plasma process apparatus for processing substrates, comprising a showerhead body comprising a top plate and a bottom plate defining a cavity in between; a gas inlet formed in the top plate; a perforated plate positioned between the top plate and the bottom plate and dissecting the cavity into an upper gas compartment and a lower gas compartment; and, wherein the bottom plate comprises a plurality of elongated diffusion slots on its lower surface and a plurality of diffusion holes on its upper surface, each of the diffusion holes making fluid connection from the lower gas compartment to more than one of the diffusion slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Orbotech LT Solar, LLC.
    Inventors: Kam S. Law, Masato Toshima, Wendell Thomas Blonigan, Linh Can, Robin K. F. Law
  • Publication number: 20130333217
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods that facilitate the removal and/or reinstallation of sprinkler heads as part of performing repositioning, repair, replacement and/or the like of one or more sprinkler heads, such as pop-up sprinkler heads. One tool disclosed herein may be used to cut the ground surrounding a sprinkler head and then unscrew at least a retaining cap of the sprinkler head so as to remove the retaining cap and an inner housing from the ground. Another tool disclosed herein may be used to unscrew or otherwise rotate an outer casing of the sprinkler head so as to remove the outer casing from the ground. After any appropriate work or other tasks are performed in relation to the sprinkler head and/or irrigation line, the first and/or second tools can be used to reinstall/resecure the sprinkler head to the water line and at least partially below ground level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Keith G. Curry, Charles A. Torline, Juan M. Adan
  • Publication number: 20130327432
    Abstract: A transition fitting includes an exterior casing and a flexible fluid conveyance tube at least partially disposed radially interior the exterior casing. A stiffener is radially interior the flexible fluid conveyance tube. A first crimp extends radially interior from the interior surface of the exterior casing. A first annular retention device extends radially between the flexible fluid conveyance tube and the exterior casing and engages the first crimp. A gasket is disposed axially between the first annular retention device and a second annular retention device. A second crimp extends radially interior from the interior surface of the exterior casing and engages the second annular retention device. The second crimp secures the gasket between the first and second annular retention devices such that the gasket forms a fluid tight seal between the flexible fluid conveyance tube and the exterior casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Glenn McMurray, John C. Justice
  • Publication number: 20130319568
    Abstract: A fluid handling assembly includes a first pipe. The first pipe includes an inner layer made of a CPVC composition, an intermediate layer made of a metal at least partially surrounding the inner layer, and an outer layer made of a CPVC composition at least partially surrounding the intermediate layer. A first tubular coupling bushing has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is coupled to the first pipe. The second portion has an engaging portion that is configured to engage to a mechanical fix tune that sealingly engages the first pipe and a second pipe. A method of making the fluid handling assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: The Lubrizol Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin B. Daugherty, Kevin M. Sillasen
  • Publication number: 20130283798
    Abstract: A combustor generally includes a plate that extends radially and circumferentially within at least a portion of the combustor. The combustor may also include a shroud that at least partially surrounds the plate and a plurality of tubes that extend through the plate. One or more flexible couplings may at least partially surround at least some of the plurality of tubes and the one or more flexible couplings may be connected to the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Mark Carmine Bellino, David Edward Schick, Brian M. Leinonen
  • Publication number: 20130270819
    Abstract: A fitting has a first end conventional connector and a second end non-conventional connector of a given configuration that is matable only to a counterpart non-conventional connector having a configuration complementary to the given configuration. The body of the fitting has two extending wings that merge with a partition that separates the conventional connector from the body. A label may be mounted about the neck extension of the male connector to convey information to the user. The portion along the fitting between the label and the partition provides a location whereat the user can position his fingers to grasp the fitting. The partition prevents the fingers of the user from coming into contact with and contaminating the conventional connector, while the label, in addition to conveying information to the user, also acts a barrier to prevent contamination of the non-conventional connector by the fingers of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Smiths Medical ASD, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Amborn, Geoff Clark, Renee Robert
  • Patent number: 8549751
    Abstract: Provided are a seamless bent pipe constituted by a bent section and straight pipe sections on both ends of the bent section, with the inside diameter at each pipe end portion being larger than the inside diameter of the bent section, and a welded component comprising a seamless bent pipe and a seamless straight pipe at one or each end of the seamless bent pipe, with the end of the seamless straight pipe to be welded to one or each end of the seamless bent pipe having the same inside diameter as the inside diameter of the seamless bent pipe, as well as methods of manufacturing them. As a result, elements suited for use in pipelines can be obtained, without unnecessarily increasing the wall thickness of the seamless bent pipe and without internal machining of the pipe end portions of the seamless bent pipe after the manufacturing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Arita
  • Publication number: 20130248460
    Abstract: A system and method for wastewater treatment using ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of wastewater flowing in a treatment chamber. Wastewater to be treated flows into the first UV exposure chamber where it is exposed to UV illumination. Wastewater exposure time is lengthened by channeling the wastewater to first flow down a first UV exposure chamber and then back up through a second UV exposure chamber both of which are in a single structure. The first and second UV exposure chambers are separated by the UV illumination source so that wastewater on the two sides of the UV illumination source (i.e. both UV exposure chambers) cannot mix, and so that UV illumination time is dictated by the flow rate of the wastewater and the length of the UV illumination source. Thus the UV illumination path is roughly twice the length of the UV illumination source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: TRENT LYDIC, Thomas Wilkinson, JR., Ronald Swinko
  • Patent number: 8517429
    Abstract: A bearing structure for a pivoting irrigation system apparatus having a rotatable vertical section with a plurality of annular assemblies mounted thereon. The assemblies include a plurality of components that are rotatable and non-rotatable with the rotatable vertical section so as to facilitate movement with decreased friction therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Korus
  • Patent number: 8484846
    Abstract: A showerhead electrode for a plasma processing apparatus includes an interface gel between facing surfaces of an electrode plate and a backing plate. The interface gel maintains thermal conductivity during lateral displacements generated during temperature cycling due to mismatch in coefficients of thermal expansion. The interface gel comprises, for example, a silicone based composite filled with aluminum oxide microspheres. The interface gel can conform to irregularly shaped features and maximize surface contact area between mating surfaces. The interface gel can be pre-applied to a consumable upper electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Rajinder Dhindsa
  • Patent number: 8458904
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a fluid conduit assembly. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, the inventive fluid conduit assembly includes a fluid conduit having an inlet, at least one outlet and a fluid flow passageway therebetween configured to allow for fluid to be communicated between said inlet and said at least one outlet. The inventive fluid conduit assembly further includes at least one damper disposed within the passageway of the fluid conduit. The damper includes a sealed vent configured to vent gases captured by the damper during a brazing process performed on the fluid conduit when unsealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Millennium Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Zdroik, Robert J. Doherty