With Motive Fluid Valve Patents (Class 91/418)
  • Patent number: 7487706
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrangement for controlling a hydraulically driven motor (2), forming part of a hydraulic system in which hydraulic fluid under pressure forms a main flow through a main duct (1) in which the motor is connected. The motor is adapted to drive a load with varying loading, and one or more valves (6, 7) are adapted for controlling the hydraulic fluid flow through the motor on the one hand during operation and on the other hand for starting and stopping of the motor. One of the valves consists of a flow control valve (7) which is connected in the main duct (1) downstream of the motor (2) and is adapted for on the one hand starting/stopping of the motor and on the other hand constant flow control of the hydraulic fluid flow through the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Per-Ola Vallebrant, Mikael Sannelius
  • Publication number: 20090025548
    Abstract: A spring-return, pneumatic actuator includes a casing having therein a cylinder chamber, a housing chamber and a spring chamber and equipped therein with a piston reciprocating by means of air supplied and discharged from an air supply and exhaust vent on a primary side of the piston, a piston rod joined to the piston, a conversion mechanism for converting a reciprocating motion of the piston into a rotary motion, a spring undergoing a snap action by means of the reciprocating motion of the piston and a communication space chamber formed via a communication part to have a predetermined volume from a secondary side to the spring chamber. The cylinder chamber has the piston and the piston rod built-in, the housing chamber has the conversion mechanism built-in and the spring chamber has the spring built-in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Sato, Shoichi Kaji, Yasuyuki Nomura
  • Publication number: 20090013681
    Abstract: A motor comprising a least one piston slideable within a cylinder with a seal, a plurality of valves, means to determine the position of the valves and a head of the piston, means to select the ports in which to transfer energized fluid/exhaust in and out of the cylinder, and a scotch yoke. The cylinder comprising at least a first set of ports and a second set of ports. The ports disposed in a wall of the cylinder. The valves coupled and slideable to allow a selective transfer of an energized fluid in, and an exhaust out, of the cylinder via the ports. The scotch yoke operatively interacting with a crankshaft, the piston operatively connected to the scotch yoke such that, when the energized fluid moves the piston, torque is applied to the crankshaft, and the valves are repositioned to allow the energized fluid to enter the cylinder on the opposite side of the head of the piston and the exhaust to exit the cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Geoffrey B. Courtright
  • Patent number: 7451790
    Abstract: An arrangement for controlling two drive units which interact with one another, one of which includes a hydraulically driven motor (2). The motor drives a varying load, and one or more valves (6, 7) control hydraulic fluid flow through the motor during operation and for starting and stopping of the motor. One of the valves is a flow control valve (7) for flow control of the hydraulic fluid flow through the motor. The second drive unit (37) performs a working movement which, under the action of hydraulic flow influences the loading of the motor. The flow of the hydraulic fluid to the second drive unit is controlled in a coordinated way with the control of the flow through the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Per-Ola Vallebrant, Mikael Sannelius
  • Patent number: 7448309
    Abstract: A hydraulic arrangement for implementing a float position is provided. The arrangement includes: a hydraulic cylinder having a first chamber and a second chamber, a first supply pipe connected to the first chamber and a second supply pipe connected to the second chamber; a volumetric control valve assembly located within a hydraulic pipe and arranged between the first and second chamber; a hydraulic fluid feeder in fluid communication with a hydraulic reservoir; and a controller having a raise position, a lower position, a neutral position, and a float position to control the hydraulic cylinder. The second supply pipe is fluidly connected to the hydraulic reservoir and the first and second supply pipes are substantially prevented from being fluidly connected to the hydraulic fluid feeder when the controller is in the float position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Marcus Bitter
  • Publication number: 20080253906
    Abstract: A pneumatic motor having a piston and a magnetically actuated valve. The magnetically actuated valve may be adjacent the piston and, in some embodiments, include a spool valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Christopher L. Strong
  • Publication number: 20080245222
    Abstract: The invention concerns a hydraulic valve arrangement (1) with a supply connection arrangement comprising a high-pressure connection (P) and a low-pressure connection (T), a working connection arrangement comprising two working connections (A, B), which can be connected to a motor (4), a directional valve arrangement (5) located between the supply connection arrangement (P, T) and the working connection arrangement (A, B), and a compensation valve (15) acted upon in a first activation direction by a pressure in a first pressure chamber (33), which is connected to a load-sensing pipe (LS), and, if required, by a spring (32), and in a second activation direction opposite to the first activation direction by a pressure downstream of the directional valve arrangement (5), said pressure acting in a second pressure chamber (34), the compensation valve (15) having an inlet (14) and an outlet (19).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: Sauer-Danfoss ApS
    Inventors: Thorkild Christensen, Siegfried Zenker, Svend Erik Thomsen
  • Patent number: 7415376
    Abstract: A valve tester system is disclosed that comprises a valve tester assembly for rotating a valve stem of a valve. The valve tester assembly may include a support, a rotation element mounted on the support for rotating a valve during a rotation event, a control element for controlling aspects of the rotation event of the valve by the rotation element, and an element for detecting a location of the valve tester assembly during the rotation event of the valve. In some embodiments of the invention, the element for detecting the location of the valve tester assembly includes a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) receiver. In some embodiments, the GPS receiver is integral with the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Lyndon J. Hurley
  • Publication number: 20080141854
    Abstract: A hydraulic metalworking machine for working a work piece has a stand having a frame, a center portion which moves along a vertical path within the frame, and at least one hydraulic cylinder unit mounted in said stand. The machine has a high speed mode, a force mode, and a retract mode. During the high speed mode fluid flows into the power cylinder and extends the rod out at a high speed. During the force mode the rod extends out at a slower speed but under higher pressure than the high speed mode. During the retract mode fluid is moved into the cylinder rod end and fluid in the cylinder base end is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: Edwards MFG. CO.
    Inventors: Douglas L. Friend, Jason Skarphol
  • Publication number: 20080115661
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for supplying a hydraulic fluid to a hydraulically-operated component. A pump for delivering component the hydraulic fluid from a reservoir is connected with the reservoir through a flow control valve. The control valve is a 4/3 directional flow control valve, in which two valve outlet connections are connected to a suction side of the pump and two valve inlet connections are connected to the reservoir. A flow restriction is positioned in each of the conduits extending from the reservoir to the valve inlet connections for reducing the energy consumption of the pump when the need for hydraulic fluid is low.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG
    Inventors: Martin Staudinger, Eric Muller
  • Publication number: 20070261546
    Abstract: A pneumatic tool includes an annular space defined between an inner periphery of the space and an outer periphery of the cylinder, the annular space communicates with an adjusting hole. The adjusting hole includes a head, a threaded portion, a contact portion, a shoulder and a communication passage. The adjusting member is threadedly connected to the adjusting hole so that the seal ring is moved with the movement of the adjusting member. A section between the seal ring to the head in the adjusting hole defines an inlet of an escape passage. The seal ring is moved with the adjusting member between two sides of the communication passage so as to control communication between the recess and the escape passage to decide the feature of individual shooting, continuous shooting or high speed shooting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Publication date: November 15, 2007
    Inventor: Yi-Kuan Lee
  • Patent number: 7213500
    Abstract: A pneumatic tool includes a shell defining first, second, third and fourth communicating spaces, a channel communicated with the second space, an inlet communicated with the channel, and an outlet communicated with the second space. A cylinder in the first space defines first, second and third ports. Pressurized air drives a rotor in the cylinder in a direction while entering the cylinder through the first port and leaving the cylinder through the third port and in an opposite direction while entering the cylinder through the second port and leaving the cylinder through the third port. A cover connected to the shell defines an aperture communicated with the second space, a first channel communicated with the third space on one hand and the first port on the other hand, a second channel communicated with the fourth space on one hand and the second port on the other hand. A rotational switch extends into the second space through the aperture and defines two cutouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Mighty Seven International Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jui-Sheng Chang
  • Patent number: 7134378
    Abstract: In a continuously variable transmission with a toroidal variable speed drive, in which a roller is supported pivotably between two toroidal disks for transmitting motion between the two toroidal disks at transmission ratios which depend on the pivot position of the roller according to pressure forces acting on a hydraulic actuating piston, for the purpose of varying the transmission ratio, two regulating slide valves are provided, each including a regulating slide with control edges to act upon the hydraulic actuating piston via a hydraulic medium under the control of the regulating slide valves each controlling the pressure in one of the chambers arranged at opposite ends of the actuating piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Tobias Gödecke, Steffen Henzler, Daniel Seibold
  • Patent number: 7130721
    Abstract: Consistent with an aspect of the disclosure, a method for controlling a hydraulic cylinder is provided. The hydraulic cylinder is provided with a chamber and configured to receive fluid from a valve. The method includes receiving a user input and determining a desired velocity of the hydraulic cylinder in accordance with the user input. In addition, the velocity of the hydraulic cylinder is measured and a position of the valve is determined in accordance with the desired velocity of the hydraulic cylinder and the measured velocity of the hydraulic cylinder. The method further includes determining a desired force to be applied to the valve in accordance with a difference between the desired and measured velocities of the hydraulic cylinder, and actuating the valve in accordance with the desired force to thereby inject the fluid into the chamber and move the hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc
    Inventors: Jerry A. Wear, Hongliu Du, Greg A. Ferkol, Mark P. Vonderwell, Jeff L. Kuehn, Jason L. Brinkman
  • Patent number: 6848353
    Abstract: A hydraulic device includes a passage block with a first hole, an internal body received in the first hole connected to a hydraulic module and an actuator. The actuator has a cylindrical shell integrally connected at its one side to the passage block and projecting at its other side from the passage block. The passage block has a first and second passageway to communicate the hydraulic module with a groove means on the internal body, and a third passageway to communicate the groove means with a first chamber of the actuator. A connecting member connects the fluid distributor unit to the other side of the actuator to communicate the groove means with a second chamber of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Teijin Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masakazu Hattori
  • Publication number: 20040250675
    Abstract: An energy cylinder for operating a valve of a turbine, in particular of a steam turbine, is disclosed, wherein a cylinder housing and a control block are combined into a common block. The latter has two diametrically arranged lateral surfaces on which a control valve and a logic valve for controlling the pressure medium flows are arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventors: Cristopher Gibson, Katia Mild
  • Publication number: 20040231505
    Abstract: In a multiple-switching valve having a bucket-leveling function, there are provided a diverged passage, which is diverged from a merged passage and connects with an unloading passage or a tank passage, and a switching valve to disconnect and connect the diverged passage. The switching valve allows a pressured oil drained from a rod-side chamber of a boom cylinder via a directional switching valve for boom to be supplied to the merged passage flow in the diverged passage, thereby preventing the pressure oil from being supplied to a head-side chamber of the bucket cylinder. Accordingly, the bucket-leveling function can be cancelled properly, thereby improving the operation of the multiple-directional switching valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Applicant: NABCO Limited
    Inventors: Kensuke Ioku, Jun Nakano
  • Publication number: 20040194617
    Abstract: The invention concerns a control device for adjusting the relative angular position of a driven shaft, particularly a camshaft of an internal combustion engine, said device comprising a drive pinion that is rotatably connected to the shaft, an adjusting element (1) for the angular adjustment of the drive pinion relative to the shaft, two chambers (2, 3) that are alternately supplied with hydraulic fluid and a control valve (6) for actuating the adjusting element (1), said control valve being connected to the chambers (2, 3) of the adjusting element (1) through pressure medium channels (4, 5). The control valve (6) comprises a valve body (7) that has two working connections A and B for the pressure medium channels (4, 5), a delivery connection P for the supply of hydraulic fluid and a discharge connection T for the discharge of hydraulic fluid, and the control valve (6) further comprises a sliding valve control piston (8) for setting different hydraulic resistances W between the individual connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Applicant: INA WALZLAGER
    Inventors: Rainer Ottersbach, Andreas Strauss, Mike Kohrs, Jochen Auchter
  • Publication number: 20040187674
    Abstract: The electro-pneumatic latching valve system having an electrical switch unit that further includes an “apply” or “activate” switch, a “release” or “deactivate” switch, and a power supply. A first solenoid valve is in electrical communication with the activate switch and a second solenoid valve is in electrical communication with the deactivate switch. A pneumatic latching valve is in pneumatic communication with the first and second solenoid valves and a source of pressurized control and supply air is in pneumatic communication with the pneumatic latching valve and the solenoid valves. A terminal device, e.g., a spring brake, is in pneumatic communication with the latching valve, and the device is released or applied in response to pressurized supply air delivered to the device through the pneumatic latching valve in response to pneumatic control signals delivered to the pneumatic latching valve from the solenoid valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Bennett, Robert J. Herbst
  • Patent number: 6742629
    Abstract: A control valve unit for a hydraulic elevator includes two control valves wherein the flow of hydraulic oil from a tank to a lifting cylinder driving an elevator cabin and/or from the lifting cylinder to the tank can be controlled. In case of an upward movement of the elevator cabin, hydraulic oil is conveyed by a pump driven by an electromotor from the tank through the control valve unit to the lifting cylinder. In the case of a downward movement of the elevator cabin, the hydraulic oil flows through the control valve unit to the tank without the pump working. The control of the upward movement and the downward movement of the elevator cabin is achieved by one single pilotable control valve, respectively, that are provided to act as a check valve as well as a proportional valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Wittur AG
    Inventors: Sead Veletovac, Luigi Del Re, Andreas Schrempf
  • Publication number: 20030106419
    Abstract: A control valve in fluid communication with an actuator may include a pressurized pilot supply and a fluid reservoir fluidly connected to a passageway defined by a valve body. A pilot operator is selectively moveable within the passageway, and a flow metering operator is moveably disposed within the passageway. A fluid make-up operator, disposed in the passageway and in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir and the actuator, directs pressurized pilot supply fluid in response to a decrease in actuator pressure coinciding with a cavitation condition within the actuator. A control chamber within the valve body contains pressurized fluid from the pilot supply and is in fluid communication with the flow metering operator. The flow metering operator fluidly connects the actuator with the fluid reservoir under the influence of the pressurized fluid within the control chamber through activation by either the pilot operator or the fluid make-up operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventor: Kazunori Yoshino
  • Publication number: 20020189434
    Abstract: An air hoist, also referred to as a winding machine, includes an air motor with a manifold thereon, a valve plate and an operating valve. The air motor includes a reversably rotatable drum about which an elongated load-carrying element, such as a chain or cable, is wound to permit lifting or lowering of a load. The drum is driven in either a clockwise or counterclockwise manner, thereby causing lowering or lifting, by fluid pressure supplied by a pneumatic or air supply. The lowering or lifting is controlled by fluid direction through the manifold, valve plate and operating valve which is controlled by the position of the operating valve. The manifold, valve plate and single operating valve being of a unique design and configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventor: Michael Burlingame
  • Patent number: 6371005
    Abstract: A vertically oriented hydraulic power unit for an elevator drive includes an outer tank for drive fluid and an inner tank for fluid used to submerge and cool a motor, the fluids being exchangeable to maintain temperature in the inner tank at or below a specified maximum temperature. Oil returning from an elevator piston is fed into said inner tank to keep the inner tank sufficiently cool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Gianluca Foschini, Renzo Toschi
  • Publication number: 20020029689
    Abstract: A control valve and feedback system has three operating states including a lifting state, a neutral state, and a lowering state. The feedback control system comprises a cylinder, a pump, a reservoir for holding working fluid, and a control valve. The control valve comprises a valve body having first and second ends with a bore defined therebetween. The valve body further comprises an inlet port, a return port, a first work port and a second work port. The inlet port, return port, and first and second work ports are defined in the valve body. The inlet port communicates with the bore and the pump. The return port is in fluid communication with the bore and the reservoir. The first work port is also in communication with the bore and the cylinder in the lifting state. The control valve is plumbed backwards so that the first work port and the second work port are in fluid communication in the lowering state. The valve also comprises a check valve disposed in the first work port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Inventors: Marty Pierce, Matthew John Plas
  • Patent number: 6354184
    Abstract: A power machine or a skid steer loader that is driven by an engine and has hydraulic pump, hydraulic fluid conduit, a hydraulic motor in fluid communication with a hydraulic fluid conduit and a valve that is operated or actuated by linear actuator such that the linear actuator is mounted directly on the valve block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventors: Ron Hansen, Scott B. Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20020011148
    Abstract: Axial actuator for converting a rotary motion into a translational motion, in particular for controlling the axial position of variator disks of an infinitely variable vehicle transmission (continuously variable transmission or CVT), which has the following features: a shaft, a control element, which is fixed axially relative, to the shaft, can be rotated about the axis of the shaft by means of a driving device and has a rear end and a front end, with a linear-motion element, which is mounted rotatably relative to the control element, is fixed in terms of rotation relative to the shaft and has a rear end and a front end, with a flanged cage, which is arranged between the control element and the linear-motion element, preferably carries rolling-contact elements and has spiral flanges, at least three concentric, spirally or helically rising ramps facing the rear end of the linear-motion element being arranged at the front end of the control element, and at least three concentric ramps, which face the front end
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventor: Dietmar Weissflog
  • Publication number: 20010037725
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a height regulating body which can be used in a table or a chair, and more particularly to a structure of a gas opening/closing pin for controlling the movement of a gas in a chamber of a spindle of a height regulating body. The present invention provides a gas opening/closing pin which opens and closes a gas inlet and outlet formed in a pipe holder which seals one end portion of a cylinder and moves the position of a piston in the cylinder, wherein at least one recess which opens the gas inlet and outlet is formed on the outer peripheral surface of the central portion of the gas opening/closing pin and one of a washer-shaped boss body and a diameter reducing portion in which the diameter is reduced is integrally formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Inventor: Sung Rong Jo
  • Publication number: 20010015127
    Abstract: An arrangement for hydraulic actuation of a movable component on vehicles, particularly a vehicle top, trunk lid, a cover or the like, includes at least one double-action working cylinder (1) whose working chambers are connected to a pressure source (5) via a pressure line (4) or whose working chambers are at least temporarily connectable thereto through a switching valve (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2001
    Publication date: August 23, 2001
    Inventors: Jurgen Osterried, Peter Schmied
  • Patent number: 6230607
    Abstract: An adjusting device for a pneumatic drive, particularly a pneumatic drive of a medical or dental instrument, for example, a handpiece or angle piece, which delivers its energy by vibration and in which the vibrations are produced by a pneumatic drive, wherein an air flow is controlled by having an air supply line and an air discharge line end at a distance from each other at a surface and by providing a counter-surface which is movable relative to the surface and, which, in dependence of its position relative to the surface, forms a flow path with a defined flow resistance between the air supply line and the air discharge line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Dentalwerk Bürmoos Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Gregor Rehrl, Richard Kardeis, Wilhelm Brugger
  • Patent number: 6116144
    Abstract: In a pressure motor for electro-rheological fluids comprising a housing (1) surrounding two operating chambers (A, B), a piston (3) moveable in the housing (1), an inlet channel (22) for supplying, and an outlet channel (23) for discharging an electro-rheological fluid, and electro-rheological valves (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b) comprising an annular gap (8) which in each case connects an operating chamber (A and B) to the inlet channel (22) or the outlet channel (23) and whose boundary surfaces form electrodes for the generation of an electric field, the electro-rheological valves (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b) are formed by bores (6) which penetrate through the housing wall in the longitudinal direction and by mandrels (7) which are arranged in the bores (6) and are insulated from the housing (1), where the bores (6) and the mandrels (7) co-define annular gaps (8) of a constant gap width and the mandrels (7) can be connected to a high voltage and the housing (1) can be connected to earth potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignees: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft, Carl Schenck Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Horst Rosenfeldt, Dorothea Adams, Horst Scherk, Eckhardt Wendt, Klaus Busing, Gerald Fees
  • Patent number: 5562018
    Abstract: A check valve (10) for a hydraulic actuator (14), wherein the check valve (10) includes a valve seat (72) and a displaceable valve component (62) for controlling the flow of hydraulic oil through valve seat (72). Check valve (10) also includes a cylindrical body portion (50) and a cap (54). A slot (70) is formed in the sidewall of the cylinder (22) of the hydraulic actuator. A valve stem (66) of valve component (62) extends through slot (70) into the working chambers of cylinder (22) and into the path of movement of piston (16). Springs (80, 94) bias valve component (62) into its seated position. Engagement of piston (16) with the lower end (90) of valve stem (66) pivots valve component (62) and unseats the plug member of the valve to allow fluid communication between the working chambers of cylinder (22) and passageway (56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Inventor: Raymond K. Foster
  • Patent number: 5452745
    Abstract: A valve used to control the flow of a magnetorheological fluid, in which the mechanical properties of the magnetorheological fluid are varied by applying a magnetic field, is described. The valve can comprise a magnetoconducting body with a magnetic core that houses an induction coil winding, and an hydraulic channel located between the outside of the core and the inside of the body connected to a fluid inlet port and an outlet port, in which magnetorheological fluid flows from the inlet port through the hydraulic line to the outlet port. Devices employing magnetorheological valves are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: Byelocorp Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: William I. Kordonsky, Sergei R. Gorodkin, Alexander V. Kolomentsev, Vladimir A. Kuzmin, Alexander V. Luk'ianovich, Nikolay A. Protasevich, Igor V. Prokhorov, Zinovii P. Shulman
  • Patent number: 5317952
    Abstract: A tentacle-like manipulator has a resiliently longitudinally extensible, laterally bendable elongate member, e.g. an inflatable bellows or a helical compression spring-like member, with an end effector mounting on one end thereof. Tendon-like tension members extend along said elongate member and are spaced apart from one another around said elongate member, one end of each of said tension members being to said elongate member at said one end thereof. Guides spaced apart along and secured to said elongate member and slidably engage said tension members for guiding said tension members relative to said elongate member. Further tension members extend along only a portion of the length of the elongate member and are secured to the elongate member at a location intermediate the ends of the elongate member. Winches are used to wind and unwind the tension members to correspondingly control the length and the bending of the elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Assignee: Kinetic Sciences Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Immega
  • Patent number: 5315917
    Abstract: A monoport airgun for seismic exploration has a single discharge port extending continuously for 360.degree. around its longitudinal axis. This airgun has a first housing providing a firing chamber containing pressurized gaseous fluid (gas) and a second housing providing an operating chamber. The first and second housings are positioned in alignment along the longitudinal axis. They are spaced apart along this axis for defining the discharge port between them extending continuously around the axis. The two housings of the monoport airgun are interconnected solely by a guide member concentric with the axis. A shuttle encircling the guide member is movable therealong between closed and open positions. In closed position, the shuttle closes the firing chamber for retaining pressurized gas therein. In open position, the shuttle opens the firing chamber to the discharge port for allowing pressurized gas to blast from the firing chamber through the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventor: Edward W. Mayzes
  • Patent number: 5191826
    Abstract: In the case of a hydraulic control device for an oscillating load moving system comprising a double-acting hydroconsumer (V), which is adapted to be selectively connected to a pressure source (P) or to a reservoir (T) via two separate main lines (9, 10) and a control valve (C), and further comprising a load supporting valve (H), which is arranged in at least one main line (10) between the control valve (C) and the hydroconsumer (V) and which is adapted to be opened from the other main line (9) via a pilot line (16), a damping device (X), which consists of a bypass line (23) and an interference throttle aperture (D2), is connected to the pilot line (16) of the load supporting valve (H). The pilot line (16) has provided therein a throttle aperture (D1) which is smaller than the interference throttle aperture (D2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Heilmeier & Weinlein Fabrik fur Oel-Hydraulik
    Inventor: Rudolf Brunner
  • Patent number: 5181452
    Abstract: A bellows actuator has at least one bellows chamber comprising at least three chamber segments arranged around an axis. Each of the chamber segments forms a radially outwardly extending protrusion comprising four chamber wall portions, which merge with one another along fold lines which extend peripherally and radially of the bellows chamber and converge radially outwardly to meet at radially outermost apexes of the chamber segments. The bellows actuator is expansible and contractible along the axis by flexure of the wall portions relative to one another about the fold lines in response to pressure changes within the bellows chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Assignee: Kinetic Sciences Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Immega
  • Patent number: 5161450
    Abstract: A device to prevent freezng of a reciprocating air motor which drives a reciprocating plunger pump for liquid pressurized transport in which a passage exclusively for exhaust which is connected to an exhaust passage and a exhaust pipe which is connected to this passage exclusively for exhaust are installed, as is a compressed air switch valve and an air tube which supplies hot air to the exhaust passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: Graco, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuo Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 5125324
    Abstract: A hydraulically operated device including a single-acting cylinder having a piston for operating a working tool, a pressure chamber for applying a hydraulic pressure to the piston from an original position to an operated position, and a return spring for biasing the piston toward the original position. The device includes a hydraulic pump for delivering a pressurized fluid to be fed into the pressure chamber of the cylinder, and an automatic drain valve for inhibiting the pressurized fluid from being discharged from the pressure chamber while a difference by which a delivery pressure of the pump is higher than a pressure in the pressure chamber exceeds a predetermined value. When the difference becomes smaller than the predetermined value, the automatic drain valve is operated to allow the pressurized fluid to be discharged from the pressure chamber. Thus, the automatic drain valve automatically drains the pressure chamber when the pump is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Daia Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaharu Araki, Toshiyuki Kumazaki
  • Patent number: 4955195
    Abstract: A fluid control circuit and method of operating equipment such as a blowout preventer having a two-way hydraulic piston and cylinder assembly. The circuit includes various features such as a dual pressure level independently controlled fluid supply, a dedicated secondary fluid supply reserved for supplemental use, a dedicated fluid supply reserved for exclusive use in one operating branch, automatic sensor for applying a reserve fluid supply on a sensed demand, a pressure intensifier for increasing available operating force, and control circuitry for preventing loss of enhanced secondary operating energy into a primary circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Assignee: Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin R. Jones, Joseph L. LeMoine
  • Patent number: 4930401
    Abstract: Several embodiments are disclosed of an automatic shutoff valve apparatus for permitting removal, repair, or replacement of a control valve from a mounting base without deactivating a complete system. In addition, a redundancy arrangement is disclosed wherein the shutoff valve apparatus and at least two control valves are employed in parallel so that the device activated by the control valves can be maintained operative when one control valve malfunctions or is removed, repaired, or replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Ross Operating Valve Company
    Inventors: Russell J. Cameron, Richard P. Krape, Robert N. Winsand
  • Patent number: 4750408
    Abstract: The invention relates to an advancing or feed for moving a workpiece on a machine tool. The device comprises a stationarily arranged fluid power cylinder whose piston rod extending through one of the end caps of the cylinder is connected with a load driving member or carriage for carrying the workpiece. The outer face of the cylinder has at least two, generally diametrally opposite guide flats on which two flat bearer faces in the driving member run so as to preclude rotation if the driving member about the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Inventor: Kurt Stoll
  • Patent number: 4620474
    Abstract: A drive mechanism with a fluid-operable system can be adapted to a general path configuration. The mechanism includes coaxial tubes following a desired path configuration with the inner tube longitudinally slotted in a sealable manner. A fluid-actuated annular piston surrounds the inner tube and operates in the chamber between the inner and outer tubes with a member extending therefrom toward the piston center and extending in the inner tube slot. A flexible force transmission member is provided within the inner tube and extends longitudinally therein, transmitting the motion or force of the piston to a location of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1986
    Assignee: Feramatic AG
    Inventor: Jurg Eberle
  • Patent number: 4509407
    Abstract: The control valve for an hydraulic actuator is provided with a particular operating state for venting the hydraulic system, which state is attainable positively whenever the hydraulic pressure is inadequate, e.g., in the case of venting or presence of air bubbles; a pressure-monitoring element permits positively the slide element of the control valve to be placed into the venting disposition, in that a particular stop on the slide rod cooperates with a plunger extending from the monitoring cylinder and being subject to the differential force between a spring and system pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1985
    Assignee: Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Spyros Balaskas
  • Patent number: 4352271
    Abstract: In a multicylinder steam engine, separate steam feed conduits between a steam distributor and steam inlet valves of the cylinders and a large volume steam chamber adjacent to an inlet of the inlet valves respectively to suppress a pressure pulsation in the feed conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1982
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 4348945
    Abstract: The control device is applicable as a hydraulic regulating valve for controlling a power lift unit of a tractor and comprises a mechanically actuated preliminary selector valve operable for reciprocal movement to close or open pressure fluid supply into a control chamber counteracting a reciprocal main pressure control valve that is spring loaded against the control chamber. To avoid permanent choking resulting from pressure changes due to the movement of the control edges, a section of the preliminary control slide is recessed to such an extent as to exert elastic extension when subject to increased pressure, the extension being within the limits of elasticity of the material of the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1982
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Schuhmacher
  • Patent number: 4261249
    Abstract: A fluid operable hammer including variable volume exhaust chamber means for receiving motive fluid and improved motive fluid inlet and exhaust valve means cooperable with the exhaust chamber means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Assignee: Joy Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Innes Grantmyre
  • Patent number: 4232584
    Abstract: The invention provides a control valve having a valve piston and coacting valve sleeve for flow control in booster power steering systems of the kind having a servo steering pump and a metering pump, especially as used in motor vehicles having power steering cylinders. The valve piston and valve sleeve have novel rings and grooves that effect a throttling flow control as the valve piston is shifted in steering, which substantially reduces vibration or chatter of the valve, permits ready return to neutral of the valve piston and the danger of cavitation in the power cylinder precluded. The dimensioning of special rings on the piston coacting with rings in the valve sleeve produces the advantages of the invention particularly when the valve is controlling high pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1980
    Assignee: Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Rolf Fassbender
  • Patent number: 4122867
    Abstract: Assembly wherein the axial open center flow forces are reduced by a notch having low pressure generating section. The fluid stream is bent by the existence of the low pressure to exit at an angle approaching 90.degree..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1978
    Assignee: International Harvester Company
    Inventor: Joseph L. Zagotta
  • Patent number: 4098171
    Abstract: An improved pneumatic piston apparatus is provided wherein a movable poppet valve member employs at least one composite member exposed to air pressure which varies dynamically during the operation of the apparatus. Delamination of the composite member and resultant malfunction of the poppet valve are avoided by a novel construction in accordance with the principles of the present invention, which excludes the dynamically varying air pressure from access to the interface between the layers of the separate materials comprising the composite member. The effect achieved by the novel construction is further enhanced by the manner in which the composite member is retained on the poppet valve member. Unwanted movement of the piston conjointly with the motion of the poppet valve member is precluded in the invention by providing an air space therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1978
    Assignee: Pneutek, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry M. Haytayan
  • Patent number: 4086844
    Abstract: The piston of a hydraulic cylinder is provided with a corrugated running surface composed of angularly disposed ribs and valleys therebetween, the ribs bearing against the relatively smooth bore of the tubular casing in which the piston reciprocates. Whereas the ribs on the piston provide a corrugated running surface bearing against the bore, the cylinder head, in which the piston rod is journaled, is formed with a similarly corrugated running surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1978
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Homuth