Responsive To Pump Created Drive Motor Condition Patents (Class 417/280)
  • Patent number: 10365025
    Abstract: A system comprising a compressor, a first valve coupled to the compressor and coupled to a first coil, a first expansion valve coupled to the first coil, a second coil, and a second expansion valve. The second expansion valve coupled to a third coil, a second valve coupled to the compressor and the third coil. A controller operable to operate the first valve, the first expansion valve, the second expansion valve, and the second valve. The second coil is coupled to the compressor and the refrigerant flows from the second coil to the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Lennox Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Der-Kai Hung
  • Patent number: 9587635
    Abstract: A bi-directional pump system that can be configured for a plurality of operating modes. The bi-directional pump system includes a plurality of bi-directional pumps each having their own valving system that are connected to a common high pressure manifold, a low pressure manifold and a suction manifold. Via the respective valve systems, each pump can be configured into: (1) a single-acting pumping mode; (2) a double-acting pumping mode; (3) an inactive free motion mode; and (4) an inactive rigid mode. One exemplary application of the bi-directional pump system is on an articulated wave energy conversion system that consists of three floating barges: a front barge, a center barge and a rear barge where the front barge and center barge are hingedly connected as are the center barge and the rear barge. A first set of the bi-directional pumps span the first hinge connection and the second set of bi-directional pumps span the second hinge connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Murtech, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Knowles, Jr., Robert C. Murtha, Jr., Christina Speight
  • Patent number: 8989906
    Abstract: A method is provided for regulating fluid pump pressures by detecting an elevation differential between a fluid flow control device and the distal end of a fluid line in communication with the fluid flow control device. A fluid flow control device, for instance a peritoneal dialysis device, is at a first height, a distal end of a fluid line is at a second height, and a valved outlet, when open, affords communication between the fluid flow control device and the distal end of the fluid line. The elevation differential is correlatable with a pressure measurable during a calibration procedure provided as a part of the methodology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Larry B. Gray, Robert J. Bryant, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8961149
    Abstract: A method for controlling an automatic stall-prevention of a rotation-speed-regulated centrifugal fan. A control automatics is controlled by an automation system of the process wherein, the control automatics stalling is detected from a function of the electric current, voltage and frequency going to the motor of the centrifugal fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Runtech Systems Oy
    Inventors: Jouni Mussalo, Mauri Vuohelainen
  • Patent number: 8777585
    Abstract: An electric compressor 10 includes a compression mechanism 11, an electric motor 12 driving the compression mechanism 11, and a control portion 13 controlling to drive the electric motor 12, incorporated into a single casing, and further includes a temperature detector 14 detecting a temperature of one or more components constituting one or both of the control portion 13 and the electric motor 12, and a current detector 15 detecting a current flowing through the component. When the temperature detected by the temperature detector 14 is a temperature Td, the current detected by the current detector 15 is a current Id, and a current corresponding to the temperature Td at a temperature characteristic relating to the current specific to the component is a current Ia(Td), the control portion 13 stops driving the electric motor 12 on the basis of a result of comparison between Ia(Td) and Id.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Nakano, Takashi Nakagami, Hideto Noyama, Masahiko Asai, Makoto Hattori, Takayuki Takashige
  • Publication number: 20140117047
    Abstract: A hot melt system is described which includes a container of hot melt pellets, a melter, a feed system, a pump, and a dispensing system. A pressure relief system is built around the pump, which may redirect liquefied adhesive from the pump outlet to the pump inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: GRACO MINNESOTA INC.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Ross, Joseph E. Tix, Matthew R. Theisen, Nicholas K. Studt
  • Publication number: 20140090412
    Abstract: A motor-driven compressor includes a housing assembly, a compression mechanism, an electric motor, a discharge port, an outlet, a discharge passage, discharge valve and a valve device. The compression mechanism is accommodated in the housing assembly. The electric motor drives the compression mechanism. The discharge chamber is formed in the housing assembly. The discharge port is formed in the housing assembly for communication between the discharge chamber and the compression mechanism. The outlet is formed in the housing assembly for communication with an external circuit. The discharge passage is formed in the housing assembly for communication between the discharge chamber and the outlet. The discharge valve is disposed in the discharge chamber for opening and closing the discharge port. The valve device is configured to adjust an opening of the discharge passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Hiroshi FUKASAKU, Kazuki NAJIMA, Satoru EGAWA
  • Patent number: 8434315
    Abstract: A compressor drive torque estimating device to be adapted for a system provided with a refrigeration cycle in which a refrigerant is circulated by a compressor driven by a drive source mounted in a vehicle, comprising heat load detecting means for detecting a heat load of the refrigeration cycle, a storage unit storing a plurality of estimated drive torque characteristics establishing correlation between a drive torque change characteristic of the compressor and an elapsed time from a time of start of operation of the compressor, an estimated drive torque characteristic selecting means for selecting the one of the plurality of estimated drive torque characteristics stored in the storage unit based on detected values detected by the heat load detecting means, and an estimated drive torque calculating means for calculating an estimated drive torque of the compressor based on the estimated drive torque characteristic selected by the estimated drive torque characteristic selecting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikatsu Sawada, Yasutane Hijikata
  • Publication number: 20130108479
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring a variable-speed pump system to detect a blockage condition. A value indicative of pump performance is sensed and a pump load coefficient is calculated. The value of the pump load coefficient does not change substantially due to changes in pump speed and is indicative of a blockage of a drain in a liquid holding tank. A blockage of the drain is detected based at least in part on the calculated pump load coefficient and the operation of the pump is adjusted based on the detected blockage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: REGAL BELOIT EPC INC.
    Inventor: Regal Beloit EPC Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130004339
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pressure control device (7, 8, 9, 18, 22, 23, 24, 57, 58, 60, 70, 71, 80, 81, 82, 90) for a vehicle (100), wherein the vehicle (100) comprises at least one drive motor (101) for producing a driving force of the vehicle, a compressed-air supply and storage system (12), and an air compressor (1) that is or can be coupled to the drive motor (101) of the vehicle, and the pressure control device (7, 8, 9, 18, 22, 23, 24, 57, 58, 60, 70, 71, 80, 81, 82, 90) comprises at least one electronic control unit (18) and at least one valve device (7, 8, 9, 23, 24, 57, 58, 60, 70, 71, 80, 81, 82, 90) for controllably connecting a compression chamber (4) of the air compressor (1) to the compressed-air supply and storage system (12), wherein the pressure control device has the following characteristics: a) the pressure control device (7, 8, 9, 18, 22, 23, 24, 57, 58, 60, 70, 71, 80, 81, 82, 90) is designed to connect the compression chamber (4) to the compressed-air supply and storage system (12) in
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Stephan Eisfelder, Ingo Stumberg, Christian Wiehen, Christoph Wilken
  • Publication number: 20120057996
    Abstract: A compressed-air energy storage system according to embodiments of the present invention comprises a reversible mechanism to compress and expand air, one or more compressed air storage tanks, a control system, one or more heat exchangers, and, in certain embodiments of the invention, a motor-generator. The reversible air compressor-expander uses mechanical power to compress air (when it is acting as a compressor) and converts the energy stored in compressed air to mechanical power (when it is acting as an expander). In certain embodiments, the compressor-expander comprises one or more stages, each stage consisting of pressure vessel (the “pressure cell”) partially filled with water or other liquid. In some embodiments, the pressure vessel communicates with one or more cylinder devices to exchange air and liquid with the cylinder chamber(s) thereof. Suitable valving allows air to enter and leave the pressure cell and cylinder device, if present, under electronic control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: LightSail Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle A. Fong, Stephen E. Crane, Edwin P. Berlin, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110286862
    Abstract: A pump is provided for a lubricating system of a combustion engine that includes, but is not limited to a housing and a lid that together define a pump hollow space in which a pump mechanism for the pumping of lubricant of the lubricating system is arranged. The pump hollow space includes, but is not limited to at least one intake opening and at least one discharge opening. The pump additionally includes, but is not limited to a regulating valve for regulating a flow of the lubricant through the pump, which is integrated in the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Georg ZWICKLER
  • Publication number: 20110179781
    Abstract: A hydraulic drive system for use in driving a power generator has a hydraulic pump having an input for rotationally driving the hydraulic pump, a flow control valve in fluid communication with the hydraulic pump, a hydraulic motor having a first output and a second output coupled to a hydraulic fluid source, and a pressure regulator positioned intermediate the flow control valve and the hydraulic motor. The pressure regulator is in fluid communication with the hydraulic motor and the flow control valve, and maintains a hydraulic pressure at its input that is higher than at its output to prevent the hydraulic system from stalling. The system further comprises a power generator having an input shaft rotationally coupled to the hydraulic motor first output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Charles Leon Fant, Danny Miles, James Daniel Bass
  • Publication number: 20110008187
    Abstract: A hydraulic controller having at least one input for a hydraulic fluid for controlling the speed of a hydraulic pump driven by an internal combustion engine is characterized in that the controller has at least two inputs, that at least two pressure chambers each connected to one of the inputs are provided, that each of the same has a piston displaceable under pressure from a rest position against the force of a spring into a switched position and that the piston rod thereof engages at the end of a rod or a pull in the switched position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: WEBER HYDRAULIK GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Infanger
  • Patent number: 7859801
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a control apparatus for a linear compressor which can vary a cooling force and prevent an inrush current. The control apparatus for the linear compressor includes a coil winding body laminated on the linear compressor, a first capacitor connected in series to the coil winding body, a capacitance varying unit being formed in a parallel structure to the first capacitor, and having a capacitor switch, and a control unit for inducing an output change of the linear compressor, by varying the whole capacitance of the control apparatus by controlling the capacitor switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Chulgi Roh, Jong-Kwon Kim, Jung-Wook Bae, Hee-Dong Kang
  • Patent number: 7762788
    Abstract: A fluid conveyance system includes: a fluid conveyance device including a micro pump module which compresses a flexible tube communicating with a fluid containing receptacle and discharges a fluid, a memory device furnished on the micro pump module which stores individual identification data of the micro pump module, and a power source; a discharge data processing device which stores basic data for driving the fluid conveyance device; and a communication device having a communication unit which interconnects the fluid conveyance device and the discharge data processing device, wherein the discharge data processing device inputs discharge data, for discharging a desired discharge amount of a fluid, calculated from the identification data and the basic data read via the communication device, into the memory device via the communication device, and the fluid conveyance device is driven based on the discharge data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hajime Miyazaki, Kazuo Kawasumi
  • Publication number: 20090288633
    Abstract: A dynamic engine oil pickup system is disclosed. The dynamic engine oil pickup system includes a scavenge pump and a pickup tube assembly in fluid communication with the scavenge pump. The pickup tube assembly includes at least two oil pickup portions operable to pickup engine oil from at least two different oil pickup locations and a flow control operable to control a flow of engine oil between the at least two different oil pickup locations and the scavenge pump. The flow control includes a suction valve, and movement of the suction valve is controlled by selectively applying a high pressure oil to a head of the suction valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan K. Pryor, David R. Staley, Bryce E. Mazzola
  • Publication number: 20090142201
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for controlling a double-acting hydraulic cylinder during a load-induced rod-extending operation, where the cylinder is activated by fluid supplied from a reservoir by a pump, and the cylinder has a rod end, a head end, a piston connected to a rod for engaging the load, the cylinder piston being urged toward the rod end by the load during the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Hong-Chin Lin, James Eugene Schimpf, James Thomas Ferrier
  • Patent number: 7481634
    Abstract: A volumetric compressor comprising: a casing provided with a suction chamber and a delivery chamber, between which a pair of screw rotors is included; a pan containing oil, and a delivery adjustment unit equipped with a slide valve, cooperating with the rotors and with a fluid-operated actuator, in which it is possible to identify an active chamber with a sliding piston connected to the slide valve. The adjustment unit comprises a flow switching unit, that connects the active chamber of the actuator to the pan and to the suction chamber and comprises a static flow switch removably associated with a switching solenoid valve electrically connected to a control unit. The switching solenoid valve is suited to be associated, alternatively, with different static flow switches that make it possible to obtain deliveries of compressed fluid varying discretely or continuously, depending on the position of the slide valve with respect to the rotors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Refcomp S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianni Candio, Enrico Faccio, Diego Portinari
  • Patent number: 7275916
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling an engine that drives a reciprocating compressor, such as the large compressors used for natural gas transmission. A controller receives data from the compressor representing operation conditions, such as load step, suction pressure, and discharge pressure. The controller then calculates engine control parameters, such as air intake and spark timing, based on the compressor data to optimize engine performance and emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Jack A. Smith, James J. Cole, Gary D. Bourn, Ralph E. Harris, Anthony J. Smalley
  • Patent number: 7032375
    Abstract: In the disclosed secondary air supply system, an on-off valve (13) is driven by the discharge pressure of an air pump (12). A diaphragm chamber (44) is arranged in the neighborhood of a discharge outlet (54), and a part of the discharge air flows directly into the diaphragm chamber (44). Thus, the on-off valve (13) is positively operated even at high places with low atmospheric pressure and has a fast open/close response. As an electromagnetic actuator is not used to drive the on-off valve (13), the voltage supplied to the air pump (12) (DC motor (29)) does not drop inconveniently, and at the same time, the cost is reduced. Further, the number of the lead wires (65) is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Kunihiro Tsuzuki, Shinichi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 7021902
    Abstract: A hybrid compressor includes a first compression mechanism, which is driven by a first drive source, and a second compression mechanism, which is driven by a second drive source. A first discharge port of the first compression mechanism and a second discharge port of the second compression mechanism are connected to a single discharge path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Sanden Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Terauchi
  • Patent number: 6986646
    Abstract: Electronically controlled variable delivery pumps produce output based upon a control signal generated by an electronic control module. The electronic control module includes programming that acknowledges that each pump may have performance characteristics that deviate from a hypothetical nominal pump. Actual pump performance characteristics are then programmed into the electronic control module so that pump control signals are customized or electronically trimmed to suit the performance characteristics of that individual pump. The performance characteristics of the individual pump are gained through testing. The electronic pump trimming strategy of the present invention is particularly applicable to hydraulic systems, such as fuel injection systems, used in internal combustion engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Bettenhausen, Bryan E. Nelson, Larry R. Mitzelfelt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6918261
    Abstract: In an electric compressor integrally comprising a compression mechanism, a motor and an electric circuit (inverter) for driving the motor, the electric circuit is protected from thermal damage. When an actual number of revolutions is not more than a fixed number of revolutions and the temperature of an electric circuit 13 exceeds a fixed temperature, the temperature Tm of a motor 12 and the temperature Ti of the electric circuit 13 are lowered by increasing the number of revolutions of the motor, and when the actual number of revolutions is more than a fixed number of revolutions and the temperature of the electric circuit 13 exceeds a fixed temperature, the temperature Tm of the motor 12 and the temperature Ti of the electric circuit 13 are lowered by decreasing the number of revolutions of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Kunio Iritani, Katsuyoshi Toriyama
  • Patent number: 6863502
    Abstract: The invention provides a variable speed hydraulic pump designed to operate at a maximum horsepower throughout its pressure range by adjusting motor speed according to motor load parameters. In particular, the variable speed hydraulic pump includes a hydraulic pump unit coupled to a variable speed electric motor by a drive unit and to a hydraulic fluid tank for pressurizing and pumping hydraulic fluid when operated by the motor. A motor controller is electrically connected to the motor to supply drive signals to the motor based on electrical characteristics of the drive signals which are dependent on the load exerted on the motor. Suction from the load is provided by both the main pump and a bidirectional supercharging pump by reversing the direction of the motor and shifting a 4/3 valve to connect the main pump inlet to the load and its outlet to tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Actuant Corporation
    Inventors: Michael B. Bishop, Roger R. Pili, Bruce E. Knuth, Moe K. Barani, Ron Flanary, Laurentius A. G. Mentink, George R. Steber, Martin Piedl
  • Patent number: 6790018
    Abstract: Disclosed is an exhaust valve capable of correctly opening/shutting an exhaust port of a cylinder based upon variation of the flux density of an electromagnet. The inventive exhaust valve may comprise a guide connected in parallel to an exhaust port of a cylinder, a needle valve provided inside the guide for opening/shutting the exhaust port while moving in cooperation with the guide. The needle valve may be controlled with an electromagnet. The invention enables complete opening of the exhaust port of the cylinder in exhaustion thereby preventing degradation of compression efficiency due to valve damage while reducing generation of vibration and noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: In Won Lee, Kwang Hyup An, Jeong-Ho Lee, In Seop Lee
  • Patent number: 6685440
    Abstract: A pressure booster and method for amplifying a water pressure that is supplied by a water facility is provided. The pressure booster is configured to be connected between the water facility and one or more semiconductor substrate cleaning systems. The pressure booster includes a pump having a pump input that connects to the water facility and a pump output that is configured to produce a fluctuating amplified water pressure that is greater than the water pressure that is supplied by the water facility. Further included is a pressure dampener having a dampener input for accepting the fluctuating amplified water pressure from the pump output. The pressure dampener is configured to partially reduce pressure fluctuations in the fluctuating amplified water pressure. The pressure dampener also has a dampener output. A pressure regulator having a regulator input for receiving the dampener output is also included as part of the pressure booster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Larry Ping-Kwan Wong
  • Patent number: 6676382
    Abstract: Motor speed, motor amps, float position and elapsed run time are monitored to determine whether a sump pump is in a normal condition, a jammed condition, an inadequate pumping rate condition, a dry running condition or a stuck float condition. A processor is configured to increase the motor speed in response to an inadequate pumping rate condition, and to rapidly energize the motor clockwise and counterclockwise in response to a jammed condition or a stuck float condition. The processor provides signals to a display for displaying information about the condition that the pump is in. The pump is set up to receive power from either an AC power source or a battery power source. Availability of the AC power source is monitored and the pump is switched to operate from the battery power source when AC power is unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Campbell Hausfeld/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Harold Leighton, Philip A. Mayleben, Scott R. Graham, Buford A. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20030049134
    Abstract: Motor speed, motor amps, float position and elapsed run time are monitored to determine whether a sump pump is in a normal condition, a jammed condition, an inadequate pumping rate condition, a dry running condition or a stuck float condition. A processor is configured to increase the motor speed in response to an inadequate pumping rate condition, and to rapidly energize the motor clockwise and counterclockwise in response to a jammed condition or a stuck float condition. The processor provides signals to a display for displaying information about the condition that the pump is in. The pump is set up to receive power from either an AC power source or a battery power source. Availability of the AC power source is monitored and the pump is switched to operate from the battery power source when AC power is unavailable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventors: Harold Leighton, Philip A. Mayleben, Scott R. Graham, Buford A. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20030002993
    Abstract: A pressure booster and method for amplifying a water pressure that is supplied by a water facility is provided. The pressure booster is configured to be connected between the water facility and one or more semiconductor substrate cleaning systems. The pressure booster includes a pump having a pump input that connects to the water facility and a pump output that is configured to produce a fluctuating amplified water pressure that is greater than the water pressure that is supplied by the water facility. Further included is a pressure dampener having a dampener input for accepting the fluctuating amplified water pressure from the pump output. The pressure dampener is configured to partially reduce pressure fluctuations in the fluctuating amplified water pressure. The pressure dampener also has a dampener output. A pressure regulator having a regulator input for receiving the dampener output is also included as part of the pressure booster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Applicant: LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Larry Ping-Kwan Wong
  • Publication number: 20020182082
    Abstract: An electronic control system dynamically varies the output capacity of a compressor by controlling plural valves associated with the compressor to provide pressurized air to a distribution system at an appropriate rate. The control system operates in any of three modes for standalone operation, including continuous run, auto/dual pressure band, and target pressure modes. In the first two modes, pressure bands are dynamically calculated based on load and unload values entered by an operator. These electronic control systems can also be connected in a peer-to-peer network to coordinate control of up to 16 compressors feeding the same distribution system, so as to maintain a desired target pressure in the system. A modem connected to the system supports remote diagnostics, monitoring, and control. Specialized startup, operating, and shutdown diagnostic algorithms prevent damage to the compressor and avert unsafe operating conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Steven D. Centers, Paul Burrell
  • Patent number: 6450771
    Abstract: An electronic control system dynamically varies the output capacity of a compressor by controlling plural valves associated with the compressor to provide pressurized air to a distribution system at an appropriate rate. The control system operates in any of three modes for standalone operation, including continuous run, auto/dual pressure band, and target pressure modes. In the first two modes, pressure bands are dynamically calculated based on load and unload values entered by an operator. These electronic control systems can also be connected in a peer-to-peer network to coordinate control of up to 16 compressors feeding the same distribution system, so as to maintain a desired target pressure in the system. A modem connected to the system supports remote diagnostics, monitoring, and control. Specialized startup, operating, and shutdown diagnostic algorithms prevent damage to the compressor and avert unsafe operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Coltec Industries Inc
    Inventors: Steven D. Centers, Paul Burrell
  • Publication number: 20020127120
    Abstract: A compressor diagnostic system incorporates a control which receives a plurality of data streams about various operational features of the compressor. As an example, both temperature and pressure of the suction and discharge refrigerant are taken and sent to the control. Moreover, information with regard to the power being supplied to the motor is taken and stored. All of this information is utilized at a control which compares the information to expected values and determines a fault based upon the evaluation. Moreover, in another feature of this invention, much of this data is stored, and maintained at the compressor. In the event of a compressor failure, this stored information will provide a maintenance worker with a good indication of why the compressor failed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventors: Greg Hahn, Zili Sun, Carlos Zamudio, Jason Hugenroth, Thomas Barito, James W. Bush, Joe T. Hill, John R. Williams
  • Patent number: 6406273
    Abstract: A pressure booster and method for amplifying a water pressure that is supplied by a water facility is provided. The pressure booster is configured to be connected between the water facility and one or more semiconductor substrate cleaning systems. The pressure booster includes a pump having a pump input that connects to the water facility and a pump output that is configured to produce a fluctuating amplified water pressure that is greater than the water pressure that is supplied by the water facility. Further included is a pressure dampener having a dampener input for accepting the fluctuating amplified water pressure from the pump output. The pressure dampener is configured to partially reduce pressure fluctuations in the fluctuating amplified water pressure. The pressure dampener also has a dampener output. A pressure regulator having a regulator input for receiving the dampener output is also included as part of the pressure booster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Larry Ping-Kwan Wong
  • Patent number: 6357234
    Abstract: A turbocharger system for an internal combustion engine is provided with a plurality of turbochargers. Each turbocharger includes a rotatable shaft; a turbine having turbine wheel carried by the shaft, an inlet and a variable nozzle at the inlet; and a multi-stage compressor. The multi-stage compressor includes a first compressor wheel carried by the shaft, an axially extending first inlet associated with the first compressor wheel, a radially extending first outlet associated with the first compressor wheel, a second compressor wheel carried by the shaft, an axially extending second inlet associated with the second compressor wheel, a radially extending second outlet associated with the second compressor wheel, and a interstage duct fluidly interconnecting in series the first outlet associated with the first compressor wheel with the second inlet associated with second compressor wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Gladden
  • Publication number: 20010043867
    Abstract: A pressure booster and method for amplifying a water pressure that is supplied by a water facility is provided. The pressure booster is configured to be connected between the water facility and one or more semiconductor substrate cleaning systems. The pressure booster includes a pump having a pump input that connects to the water facility and a pump output that is configured to produce a fluctuating amplified water pressure that is greater than the water pressure that is supplied by the water facility. Further included is a pressure dampener having a dampener input for accepting the fluctuating amplified water pressure from the pump output. The pressure dampener is configured to partially reduce pressure fluctuations in the fluctuating amplified water pressure. The pressure dampener also has a dampener output. A pressure regulator having a regulator input for receiving the dampener output is also included as part of the pressure booster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventor: Larry Ping-Kwan Wong
  • Patent number: 6257838
    Abstract: A gas compressor for vehicle braking systems controlled by compressed air can be operated under load or in idle operation. In idle operation, no compressed air is produced. In operation under load, the gas compressor produces compressed air as required by the pressure medium installation. During prolonged operation of the gas compressor at a relatively high operating speed, for example, during travel on super-highways, the power consumption can be decreased and thereby also the production amount of the gas compressor, without having to switch the gas compressor over into idle operation. A clearance volume of less volume than the nominal volume of the gas compressor is provided which can be connected via a valve to the compression chamber of the gas compressor, thereby making it possible to enlarge the compression volume. In addition, a process for the control of the auxiliary valve takes into account different operating magnitudes of the gas compressor and other elements of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Heinrich Schlossarczyk, Karl-Heinrich Schõnfeld, Jens Tiedemann
  • Patent number: 6247903
    Abstract: A pressure booster and method for amplifying a water pressure that is supplied by water facility is provided. The pressure booster is configured to be connected between he water facility and one or more semiconductor substrate cleaning systems. The pressure booster includes a pump having a pump input that connects to the water facility and a pump output that is configured to produce a fluctuating amplified water pressure that is greater than the water pressure that is supplied by the water facility. Further included is a pressure dampener having a dampener input for accepting the fluctuating amplified water pressure from the pump output. The pressure dampener is configured to partially reduce pressure fluctuations in the fluctuating amplified water pressure. The pressure dampener also has a dampener output. A pressure regulator having a regulator input for receiving the dampener output is also included as part of the pressure booster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Larry Ping-Kwan Wong
  • Patent number: 6244824
    Abstract: An electronic control system dynamically varies the output capacity of a compressor by controlling plural valves associated with the compressor to provide pressurized air to a distribution system at an appropriate rate. The control system operates in any of three modes for standalone operation, including continuous run, auto/dual pressure band, and target pressure modes. In the first two modes, pressure bands are dynamically calculated based on load and unload values entered by an operator. These electronic control systems can also be connected in a peer-to-peer network to coordinate control of up to 16 compressors feeding the same distribution system, so as to maintain a desired target pressure in the system. A modem connected to the system supports remote diagnostics, monitoring, and control. Specialized startup, operating, and shutdown diagnostic algorithms prevent damage to the compressor and avert unsafe operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Coltec Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Centers, Paul Burrell
  • Publication number: 20010002238
    Abstract: A safety device for use in a fluid transfer and/or circulation system of the type which uses a pump to draw water from a reservoir through one or more intake lines each extending from an open end at the reservoir to the pump intake. The safety device connects to the fluid transfer/circulation system and includes a sensor, a triggering mechanism, and a vacuum breaker. When the pump is operating, the sensor monitors one or more conditions of the system. When one or more of the monitored conditions deviates outside of a normal operational range, as a result of an obstruction of any one or more of the open ends of the intake lines, the triggering mechanism triggers the vacuum breaker to eliminate negative pressure in the system by introducing air from atmosphere into the intake lines, thereby removing suction at the open ends of the intake lines. The safety device may further activate warning devices including audible and visible alarms to indicate that the system has been deactivated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Publication date: May 31, 2001
    Inventors: Paul C. McKain, Mark Fritze
  • Patent number: 6139280
    Abstract: A control apparatus, for measuring pressure in relation to a rotary screw compressor with capacity control means and a prime mover, including a pressure sensor to monitor the prime mover manifold pressure, and a series of relays which when tripped by the pressure sensor will engage a pressure mechanism to engage the capacity control means on the compressor. The pressure mechanism may be a hydraulic or a pneumatic pressure mechanism and the apparatus may further include a second pressure sensor to monitor the inlet gas pressure to the compressor and a third pressure sensor to monitor discharge pressure of the gas compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Compressor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Holt, William Dennis McMurtrie
  • Patent number: 6077051
    Abstract: An electronic control system dynamically varies the output capacity of a compressor by controlling plural valves associated with the compressor to provide pressurized air to a distribution system at an appropriate rate. The control system operates in any of three modes for standalone operation, including continuous run, auto/dual pressure band, and target pressure modes. In the first two modes, pressure bands are dynamically calculated based on load and unload values entered by an operator. These electronic control systems can also be connected in a peer-to-peer network to coordinate control of up to 16 compressors feeding the same distribution system, so as to maintain a desired target pressure in the system. A modem connected to the system supports remote diagnostics, monitoring, and control. Specialized startup, operating, and shutdown diagnostic algorithms prevent damage to the compressor and avert unsafe operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Coltec Industries Inc
    Inventors: Steven D. Centers, Paul Burrell
  • Patent number: 5984644
    Abstract: A dual outlet washer pump for an automotive vehicle to alternately supply a stream of washer fluid to separate locations has a valve element with a frame portion surrounding a flat, flexible membrane mounted in vertically plainer fashion in a discharge section, which is movable from a center position unobstructing either of a pair of discharge ports to a first position in which fluid flow from a pumping chamber enters a first discharge side of the discharge section to directly impact a first side of the membrane causing flexure thereof away from the first discharge port to fluid flow there through and can currently causes contact of a second side of the membrane within an inner, lateral side of the discharge section adjacent the second discharge port to block fluid flow there through, the membrane opening the second discharge port and closing the first discharge port in the like manner when an impeller pump is rotated in a counter direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Dequan Yu, Frances S. Marchand
  • Patent number: 5885062
    Abstract: A switching valve comprises a valve body to which a plurality of fluid passages are connected, a slider having a gas passage capable of selectively connecting two fluid passages, a balance port for letting the gas passage communicate with the outside of the slider, a pilot valve for opening and closing the balance port, a moving mechanism for moving the pilot valve and the slider as one body in a predetermined direction alone, and a forwardly and reversely rotatable motor unit for driving the slider to open the balance port, thereby canceling a pressure difference between the inside and outside of the slider and then moving the slider to switch the fluid passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Toshinobu Inoue, Masao Ozu, Masumi Hasegawa, Kazuhiko Miura
  • Patent number: 5520521
    Abstract: In a hydraulic control device for a viscous fluid pump with at least one feed cylinder (11) drivable by a hydraulic cylinder (12), the feed chamber (17) of which can be alternately connected via a hydraulically operable inlet valve (18) a hydraulically operable outlet valve (21) to a reservoir (19) and a feed line (22), whereby in the loading phase of the feed cylinder (11) the inlet valve (18) is open and the outlet valve (21) closed and in the feed phase of the feed cylinder, in which its piston is driven so as to reduce the volume in the feed chamber (17), the outlet valve is open and the inlet valve is closed, and with a hydraulic sequence control actuating the correct cyclic changeover between the inlet and outlet valves and the changeover of the pump drive, a valve forming part of the changeover control device of the sequence control and relieving the pressure in the feed chamber of the control cylinder (53) designed to actuate the outlet valve (21) takes the form of an electrically or hydraulically act
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Putzmeister-Werk Maschinenfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Hartmut Benckert, Hans Renz, Werner Muenzenmaier
  • Patent number: 5452989
    Abstract: Protective apparatus in a scroll compressor, in the form of a valve assembly, is operative to prevent compressor damage from reverse direction rotation of the scroll compression mechanism or the development of abnormally high discharge gas temperatures. The valve assembly is disposed in a passage communicating between the suction and discharge pressure portions of the compressor shell and houses a discharge temperature sensor immediately adjacent the location from which discharge gas issues from the compression mechanism. The location of the sensor and its exposure to discharge gas permits the timely sensing of abnormally high discharge temperatures and the shutdown of the compressor upon their occurrence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry A. Rood, Peter A. Kotlarek
  • Patent number: 4940391
    Abstract: In a compressor system, surge detection is provided by sensing the current of the motor driving the compressor and reading oscillations of the current about the average thereof and above and below two opposite threshold levels from such average current and counting the polarity changes within a time interval containing so many samples of the current and defining a sliding window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Robert T. Elms, Clyde O. Peterson, Gary F. Saletta
  • Patent number: 4819123
    Abstract: A compressed air supply system including an electric motor for driving an air compressor. An air reservoir connected to an outlet of the air compressor via a cooler. A dryer and a check valve, a pressure sensor coupled to the air reservoir for sensing the pressure therein. An unloading valve coupled to the outlet of the air compressor. A control circuit coupled to the electric motor and the unloading valve. A protective circuit coupled to the control circuit and the unloading valve for preventing the motor from starting under an overload condition and for averting the unnecessary running of the motor and driving of the air compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Assignee: Nippon Air Brake Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Hatimaki
  • Patent number: 4809497
    Abstract: Single shaft, air breathing auxiliary power units having a single stage centrifugal load compressor driven by a gas turbine engine. The latter has a single stage centrifugal compressor and a single stage radial inflow turbine mounted in back-to-back relationship on the same shaft as the load compressor. Control systems for these auxiliary power units feature turbine exhaust gas temperature and turbine speed responsive fuel flow control; a bypass valve control which causes air to be dumped overboard when the pneumatic load demand drops to prevent load compressor surge; and an inlet guide vane control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Assignee: Sunstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Paul A. Schuh
  • Patent number: 4616483
    Abstract: In a motor driven centrifugal compressor having a diffuser containing a movable wall for varying the width of the diffuser passage, control equipment is provided for continually changing the wall position in response to changes in motor current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1986
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventor: Gary S. Leonard