Plural Actuators For Single Valve Means (367) Patents (Class 91/453)
  • Patent number: 8555772
    Abstract: A directional control valve including a force-regulated magnet, a control piston, an actuating piston, first and second elastic elements and a conductor. The control piston is displaceable using the force-regulated magnet, the control piston varies the flow cross-section between pressure, piston, and tank connections. The actuation piston has a first and second chamber. The first elastic element acts against a hydraulic pressure in the first chamber. The actuating piston being connected to the control piston by the first elastic element. The second elastic element acts against the hydraulic pressure in the first chamber. The actuating piston being connected by the second elastic element to the control housing or the flange. The conductor is connected to the electromagnet for control of the electromagnet such that the magnetic force and the position of the control, the actuating, and the pilot pistons are regulated by a voltage generated in the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Steffen Lindoerfer, Lothar Ochs
  • Publication number: 20120000353
    Abstract: A directional control valve for controlling working cylinders, servomotors, or an actuating cylinder of a turbo-machine such as gas and steam turbines, the directional control valve includes a force-regulated magnet and a hydraulic unit. The hydraulic unit includes a pilot piston and a control housing in which the pilot piston is situated so it is displaceable in an axial direction of the directional control valve. The control housing has at least three hydraulic connections including a first pressure connection configured for connection to a hydraulic pressure supply, at least one consumer connection configured for connection to the working cylinder or the servomotor, and a tank connection configured for connection to a hydraulic tank. A flow cross-section between the hydraulic connections being variable by displacement of the pilot piston. The valve also having an actuating unit that includes a control piston, an actuating piston, a first elastic element, a second elastic element and a conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: Steffen Lindoerfer, Lothar Ochs
  • Publication number: 20110226124
    Abstract: An actuator structure includes two half cylinders made respectively from the same mold and the two half cylinders engaged with each other to form an actuator. The actuator has an air reservoir chamber and a vane chamber dividing by a dividing unit, and the vane chamber has a vane inside. An O-shaped ring is formed around the vane and an elastic stopping edge is formed protrudingly from the O-shaped ring and linearly contacted an inner surface of the actuator. The volume ratio of the air reservoir chamber and the vane chamber is about three to one, and a channel groove is formed at an interface of the two half cylinders to connect an air inlet hole and a left side and a right side wall of the actuator. A fail-safe or dual-movement control structure is formed to control the direction of air supply to drive the shaft to rotate toward a predetermined direction, or utilizing the compressed air in the air reservoir chamber to force the vane to restore to its original position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: James Wang, Yung-Chuan Chen
  • Patent number: 7751959
    Abstract: A suspension system includes four electronically controlled actuators, one at each of the four wheels. The actuators are each controlled by an electronic control unit. The left front and right front actuators are mechanically connected with each other. The left rear and the right rear actuators are also mechanically connected with each other. The only connection between the front two actuators and the rear two actuators is an electronic communication through the electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Boon, Koen Reybrouck
  • Patent number: 7726124
    Abstract: A high velocity actuator, which may be used as a blast simulator, is provided with an actuator cylinder tube having an opening at first and second cylinder ends, and an actuator piston rod slidably mounted within the actuator cylinder tube and extending through the opening in the first cylinder end. A control valve concentric to the actuator cylinder tube is configured to be coupled to a source of pressurized fluid and controls admittance of the fluid under pressure to the actuator cylinder at the second cylinder end to act on the actuator piston rod to extend the actuator piston rod towards the first cylinder end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Martin M. Gram
  • Publication number: 20100058753
    Abstract: A valve assembly for controlling the flow of pressurized fluid supplied to an actuating cylinder having a piston driven by the pressurized fluid along a stroke path therewithin, the pressurized fluid being applied to alternative driving sides of the piston. The valve assembly comprises a first and a second valve pistons, which cooperate to block the supply of pressurized fluid to the current driving side of the piston when the piston reaches the end of its stroke path, thereby limiting the pressure of the pressurized fluid supplied to the driving side to a level reduced compared to a pressure level applied to drive said piston. If a leak occurs within the actuating cylinder at the end of the stroke path of the piston, it will be at the reduced pressurized fluid pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventor: Jean Allardin
  • Patent number: 6564548
    Abstract: A speed control apparatus and method of a working vehicle which can reduce a working speed and a traveling speed of the vehicle to a desired speed range in correspondence to a change of working conditions at a time of a vehicle crane operation. A controller sets an optional hydraulic pump absorbing curve when an operator selects the crane operation mode. When the speed is adjusted by the operator, a pump tilt and rotation angle is automatically controlled to a pump absorbing torque in correspondence to the crane working speed along the optional pump absorbing torque curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Komatsu Limited
    Inventors: Satoru Nishimura, Takumi Nagahara
  • Patent number: 6318234
    Abstract: A line vent arrangement is provided to selectively vent pressurized fluid from an actuator in an electro-hydraulic system when an engine of a machine has been shut down. This is accomplished by providing a pressure storage arrangement in parallel with a source of pressurized pilot fluid and an electrically controlled valve that is movable to a position to connect the pressure storage arrangement to the electro-hydraulic directional control valve when the engine of the machine has been shut down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Edward W. Mate
  • Patent number: 6220026
    Abstract: Active control system for a movable member, in particular a tailgate or door, includes a pump unit which is connected by at least one fluid connecting line to a piston-cylinder unit. The control system has an on-off valve through which the direction of motion of the piston-cylinder unit is controlled. A pressure-limiting valve is operable, in emergency conditions, to permit a displacement motion of the piston rod of the piston-cylinder unit by opening a connection to the working chamber of the piston-cylinder unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Stabilus GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Ritter
  • Patent number: 6128900
    Abstract: A system for supplying an implement with hydraulic fluid includes a first hydraulic pump generating a first flow, a second hydraulic pump generating a second flow and a valve assembly adapted to be coupled to the implement and coupled to the first and second flows. The valve assembly couples the first flow to the implement. The valve assembly also selectively adds the second flow to the first flow to provide a low flow or a high flow. The valve assembly couples the first flow to the implement via a first coupling in response to a first signal and via a second coupling in response to a second signal. The system further includes a manually operable control coupled to the valve assembly and movable between the first position which the first signal is generated, a second position in which the second signal is generated and a third position in which a third signal is generated. The system also includes a foot pedal control coupled to the manually operable control and to the valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Atkins, Richard J. Lech, Curtis R. Lyons, Michael G. Nahorny, Robert T. Peterson, Robert E. Wawiorka
  • Patent number: 5791229
    Abstract: A control device for a travelling system in construction vehicles is disclosed. The control device applies the pilot pressure of the pilot pump to the spool of the directional control valve separately from the travelling control pedal, thus automatically controlling operation of the directional control valve. However, the manual control mode performed by the travelling control pedals has priority over the automatic control mode. The control device has a proportional control valve, which applies the pilot pressure of the pilot pump to the spool in response to an input current signal. A pressure sensor checks the pilot pressures, which are generated by both the travelling control pedals and the proportional control valves and act on the spool. A controller receives a signal indicative of the pilot pressures checked by the pressure sensor and outputs the current signal to the proportional control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Han Lee, In Taek Nam
  • Patent number: 5586526
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine (1) has hydraulically driven exhaust valves (13) and fuel pumps (18). The hydraulic drives are controlled by means of a computer (16) and electrically activated positioning means (64) setting a spool in a spool valve. If the electronic control of the engine fails, the spool movement may be controlled by a first piston (41) on which the pressure in a hydraulic hose or conduit (48) acts, said conduit extending to a second piston (44) which may follow a cam (26) on a rotating camshaft. The hydraulically driven cylinder members (13, 14, 18) associated with each of the engine cylinders are mounted at the pertaining cylinder, whereas the camshaft (23) independently of the positioning of the cylinder members is disposed at an appropriate shaft drive, such as the crankshaft (11). The cam shaft has a very short length and small mass and may for instance be disposed at one end of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: MAN B&W Diesel A/S
    Inventor: Henning Lindquist
  • Patent number: 5564543
    Abstract: Shift control valves for controlling the engagement of a transmission friction devices have a solenoid control chamber pressurized to initiate shifting and a latch chamber pressurized to sustain the selective friction device in an engaged position. The latching chamber pressure is delivered through a latch valve which is also solenoid controlled to direct pressure to the chamber when the solenoid is de-energized and to exhaust the latch chamber when the solenoid is energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas H. Wilson
  • Patent number: 4936196
    Abstract: A neutral position resetting device for a servo actuator is described, having reset means that is actuated when the control of the servo actuator by actuator valve means becomes inoperative. The reset means ordinarily separated from a spool of the actuator valve means resets the servo actuator to a neutral position by applying a driving force and forcibly moving the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: Teijin Seiki Company Limited
    Inventors: Toshio Kamimura, Koji Ito
  • Patent number: 4883092
    Abstract: A control valve apparatus is described which is intended for selective transmission of pressure to at least two pressure spaces. A magnetic control device is provided for selectively applying a hydraulic system pressure to the respective pressure spaces. As another function, the apparatus may simultaneously depressurize the two pressure spaces through the application of a control pressure to the control valve apparatus. To minimize the required installation space and the manufacturing cost, the control valve apparatus is comprised of a single control valve, the control piston means of which can be exposed to the control pressure against the force of a restoring device and can be moved into intermediate control positions by means of the magnetic control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Assignee: Mannesmann Rexroth GmbH
    Inventor: Winfried Rub
  • Patent number: 4773301
    Abstract: An electromagnetically operated mechanism produces an unstable first controlled pressure which, under a given condition, is saturated quickly to a degree slightly lower than a target value determined in accordance with an information signal issued from a brake pedal force detecting device. A servo-motor type actuator produces a stable second controlled pressure which, under a given condition, is saturated slowly to the target value. A control mechanism applies only the first controlled pressure to a work chamber of a pneumatic brake booster when the first controlled pressure is higher than the second controlled pressure, and applies only the second controlled pressure to the work chamber after the second controlled pressure becomes higher than the first controlled pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Morihiko Shimamura, Jun Kubo, Kazuyoshi Fukawa
  • Patent number: 4709619
    Abstract: Proportional magnet having a housing in which an armature bar is mounted which is movable under the influence of an armature winding arranged in the housing, wherein a hydraulic unit serving to operate the armature bar is additionally provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: Mannesmann Rexroth GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Bartholomaus, Karlheinz Widmann
  • Patent number: 4676141
    Abstract: A hydraulic valve provides infinitesimally variable flow in both directions through the valve including a position of no flow. The valve can be operated either hydraulically or mechanically. It includes a housing with a bore therethrough, a sleeve slidably mounted inside the bore, and endplates enclosing the ends of the bore. Ports allow controlled passage of hydraulic fluid through the housing, the sleeve, and extensions from the endplates so that fluid from a hydraulic pump enters ports in the housing, flows controllably through the valve, out one of the endplates, through a use apparatus, back into the remaining endplate, and to a sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Inventor: DeMoss Park
  • Patent number: 4565116
    Abstract: A hydraulic actuator assembly for a push-type die closing unit of an injection molding machine which has a central, internally bypassable power piston, lateral cylinders for rapid opening travel and a rearward stationary plunger for rapid closing travel, the lateral travel cylinders and the pressure spaces of the power cylinder creating a differential effect under which a small external flow volume of pressurized fluid is required from the pump to produce rapid opening and closing travel while a much larger internal flow volume passes through a flow connection between the cylinders. A program-controlled proportional-response throttle valve in this flow connection gives an accurate and steady control over the travel speeds, especially during deceleration. The throttle valve also makes it possible to obtain a forcible initial die opening movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Inventor: Karl Hehl
  • Patent number: 4523513
    Abstract: A pneumatic door control equipped with a door control valve for operating a door drive to an open or a closed position. The door control valve has an opening and a closing solenoid-operated pilot valve and an opening and closing spool valve, each operable to a passage or a vent position. A shuttle valve is part of the control valve and works in conjunction with an operator-controlled emergency valve to vent both spool valves simultaneously. A differential pressure switch is connected to the door drive to sense abnormal pressure expended in a door-opening or closing movement. Such an occurrence will output a signal to an electronic switching device which also monitors, via limit switches, whether a door is fully opened or fully closed. If excess pressure occurs during a door-closing movement, the switching device will trigger the control valve to reverse to the opening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1985
    Assignee: WABCO Westinghouse Fahrzeugbremsen GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Gudat, Alfred Klatt, Gunter Sebesta
  • Patent number: 4518043
    Abstract: The disclosure in this patent application includes a retractable in-row tiller device that has a parallelogram carriage structure for supporting the outrigger arm and tiller and for retracting and extending the outrigger arm and tiller in relation to the tractor on which it is mounted. It also includes an electro-hydraulic control system with a single wand plant feeler device that provides very accurate and responsive automatic control to guide the tiller around plants and which can be overridden and operated manually with ease and accurateness. It also includes an automatic positive depth control feature operated electro-hydraulically by a gauge wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1985
    Assignee: Jack F. Anderson
    Inventors: Jack F. Anderson, Clayton Melrose, Floyd Melrose
  • Patent number: 4509406
    Abstract: A fluid system (10) having a directional control valve (12) operated by a pilot valve (11) having a manually operable control handle (22) for selectively controlling a fluid motor (14) in positioning a load (17). The pilot valve (11) includes a spool (31) cooperating with associated portions of the pilot valve to provide a pressure regulated pilot signal to the directional control valve during normal operation of the system. Spool (31) includes a recess (98) which is placed in communication with the high pressure portion of the motor cylinder (16) during a dead engine condition by manipulation of handle (22) to provide pressure regulated delivery of the fluid from the motor (14) through recess (98) and to the conduit normally controlling the directional control valve for effecting a controlled lowering or retraction of the load. A single pilot valve is utilized for effecting the pressure regulated control in both normal and dead engine conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1985
    Assignee: Caterpillar Tractor Co.
    Inventor: Kurt B. Melocik
  • Patent number: 4498370
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for synchronizing telescoping sections of a crane boom comprising a fixed section and second, third and fourth sections that can be extended and retracted, hydraulic cylinders between the sections for extending and retracting the adjacent sections relative to one another and a control valve for each cylinder. Cables are provided between the sections such that a non-uniformity in movement of the sections causes a change in displacement of the cables which is sensed by position sensing devices to provide a hydraulic pilot signal for modifying flow of hydraulic fluid to the cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Assignee: Vickers, Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert H. Breeden, Henry D. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4493244
    Abstract: Pressurization of closing and opening chambers of a door operator is controlled by first and second magnet valves coupled to the source of air. These valves are alternately energized by a switching network, e.g., a flip-flop, when sequentially actuated to close and open the door. The second magnet valve is biased to its vent position but the first valve is operated to its vent position by air through a double check valve when the second magnet valve is energized. Emergency and choke valves are inserted in series in the air supply to the magnet valves and normally pass air without restriction. Operation of the emergency valve, e.g., door blocked, shuts off air from the magnet valves and diverts that air to inhibit all output from the switching network and, through the check valve in opposite position, to operate the first magnet valve to vent position. Door operation is halted in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1985
    Assignee: WABCO Fahrzeugbremsen GmbH
    Inventors: Rudiger F. V. Stillfried, Gunter Seegers, Gunter Sebesta
  • Patent number: 4485724
    Abstract: Hydraulic control apparatus serves to operate roof support props of a mineral mining installation. An automatic setting arrangement with a valve device ensures the props become set against the roof with a high uniform force by connecting a prop pressure chamber to a pressure fluid source once a threshold pressure is exceeded signifying the prop has been extended. To disable the automatic setting arrangement during prop retraction the valve device thereof is provided with a control piston which is subjected to pressure during retraction to oppose the action of another control piston which responds to the threshold pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1984
    Assignee: Gewerkschaft Eisenhutte Westfalia
    Inventors: Bayramadi Demircan, Willy Kussel
  • Patent number: 4478131
    Abstract: An electro-pneumatic door control apparatus for use on public vehicles and including reversing mechanism for changing the direction of door movement, either automatically or operator-initiated, in the event of an obstruction in the door. The control apparatus further includes a flip-flop for recording the position (either open or closed) of the door at all times, a monitoring logic device for recognizing the position of the flip-flop and what type of monitoring function is permitted, a control logic device for picking up the door command and the signal from the monitoring logic device combing them and transmitting them to a valve solenoid control device for energizing respective solenoids of several valve devices by which the appropriate movement of the doors is effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1984
    Assignee: WABCO Fahrzeugbremsen GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Liermann, Karl-Heinz Hesse, Dietmar Meyer, Wolfgang Gudat
  • Patent number: 4472996
    Abstract: A series of toys having unique motions are activated by a fluid propelled propulsion device. The propulsion device includes a housing with a cylinder located thereon. A pressurized fluid reservoir connects to the cylinder via a valve. The valve has provisions for introducing pressurized fluid into the cylinder and exhausting pressurized fluid out of the cylinder. A piston is located in the cylinder and in response to introduction of pressurized fluid into the cylinder, moves in a power stroke. This is followed by an exhaust stroke wherein the piston moves in the opposite direction. A piston output member is associated with the piston and extends out of the cylinder. The piston output member moves linearly in response to movement of the piston in its power and exhaust strokes. A connecting mechanism connects the piston output member and the valve. The connecting mechanism includes a first movable member and a second movable member and a biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Masami Furukawa, Kenzo Akiyama
  • Patent number: 4326750
    Abstract: An improved gate assembly and gate control assembly for operatively controlling the movement of the gate assembly in material discharging equipment is provided wherein the gate assembly comprises a first and second clamshell gate member, a connecting assembly for pivotably connecting the first and second clamshell gate members to the equipment and substantially synchronizing the movement of the first and second clamshell gate members between a closed position, and an open position, a gate moving assembly operably connected to the first and second clamshell gate members for moving the first and second gate members between the closed and the open position, and the gate control assembly operably connected to the gate moving assembly, the gate control assembly selectively activating the gate moving assembly such that the first and second gate clamshell members are moved between the closed position and the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Assignee: CMI Corporation
    Inventor: Glen F. Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 4303003
    Abstract: A pilot operated switching valve includes a sliding spool that is actuated by pilot pressure to control fluid through the valve to a prime mover. The ends of the spool are exposed to pilot pressure that moves the spool within the valve housing to control fluid flow through passages to and from the spool. The passages are sealed by the spool at selected positions to minimize internal leakage and also to allow the valve to hydraulically lock the prime mover. The switching valve also includes a manual switch that is in fluid communication with a source of pressurized fluid. The manual switch may be manually actuated to direct pilot fluid to one of the two ends of the sliding spool thereby manually actuating the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1981
    Assignee: Vapor Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond G. Reip
  • Patent number: 4289063
    Abstract: A hydraulic driving device of a circuit breaker which opens and closes a system in response to two signals is principally constructed of a cylinder, a piston, and a main control valve for controlling the motion of the piston. A spool adapted to slide within the main control valve has its motion controlled by four pressure faces. The first pressure face is normally subjected to a high oil pressure. The second pressure face receives a low oil pressure upon application of the first signal, and a high oil pressure upon release thereof. The third pressure face receives a high oil pressure upon application of the second signal, and a low oil pressure upon release thereof. A high or low oil pressure acts on the fourth pressure face in correspondence with the piston motion. The magnitudes of the forces on the respective pressure faces of the spool are set in a predetermined relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1981
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ichiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 4267767
    Abstract: A manually operable position lock for a hydraulic actuator (10) adding a cylinder (20) and a piston rod (22) with a stop finger (61) for actuating a push rod (60) to close a valve (32) and prevent fluid egress from the cylinder. The lock includes a pivot bracket (110) carried by a push rod, a control lever (111) pivoted to the pivot bracket, a link (114) pivoted to the control lever and slidably receiving the push rod, and a helical spring (120) carried by the push rod and engaging one end of the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Assignee: Hiniker Company
    Inventors: Gary Hodapp, Richard Peterson, Richard Schulz
  • Patent number: 4250794
    Abstract: A high pressure hydraulic system, including a bidirectional fluid motor having two ports, a pair of normally closed, pilot operated poppet valves, each connected to an associated port, a fluid reservoir, a flow sensor having a flow path interconnecting each of the poppet valves and the reservoir and having an output for providing a signal representing the flow rate, along the flow path, a pair of metering valves each connected to the pilot of an associated poppet valve for controlling the flow of fluid through the associated poppet valve, control signal inputs for each of the metering valves, and flow rate signal inputs connected to the output of the flow sensor for each of the metering valves so that each poppet valve is ultimately controlled by both control signals and the flow rate through the flow sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1981
    Assignee: Caterpillar Tractor Co.
    Inventors: Willard J. Haak, Howard A. Marsden, James P. Mueller
  • Patent number: 4226344
    Abstract: A dispensing valve mechanism which includes means for automatically maintaning a constant flow of fluid through a flow channel under varying fluid source pressure utilizes a piston movable within a chamber in response to fluid pressure to regulate the available flow area of a single outlet port in the chamber. The piston is sized to permit fluid flow around the periphery of the piston, and may have an axial flow path therethrough to serve as the primary flow path through the valve mechanism. A spring yieldably opposes axial movement of the piston that would tend to decrease the effective area of the chamber outlet port. An adjustment screw is carred in the valve body for adjusting the force exerted by the spring. The valve is particularly suited for use in liquid dispensing apparatus. The valve mechanism is operated by a pivoted arm which includes a projection thereof that engages an electrical switch which causes a solenoid to open the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1980
    Assignee: Booth, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack J. Booth, William C. Branch, Robert P. Kidd
  • Patent number: 4220074
    Abstract: A pilot operated switching valve includes a sliding spool that is actuated by pilot pressure to control fluid through the valve to a prime mover. The ends of the spool are exposed to pilot pressure that moves the spool within the valve housing to control fluid flow through passages to and from the spool. The passages are sealed by the spool at selected positions to minimize internal leakage and also to allow the valve to hydraulically lock the prime mover. The switching valve also includes a manual switch that is in fluid communication with a source of pressurized fluid. The manual switch may be manually actuated to direct pilot fluid to one of the two ends of the sliding spool thereby manually actuating the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1980
    Assignee: Vapor Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond G. Reip
  • Patent number: 4217814
    Abstract: A dual action trip and control valve is herein described which generally consists of a three way control valve which may be used to control the flow of fluid to and from a power piston. The valve is provided with a trip feature to cause the rapid dumping of the fluid from the power piston cylinder in response to the sensing of an emergency condition or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1980
    Assignee: DeLaval Turbine, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard F. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4180243
    Abstract: An automatic and manual linear reversion control mechanism for a hydraulic servo actuator assembly is disclosed for linearly transferring control between an automatic (fly by wire) control mechanism and a manual control mechanism. A command select mechanism includes two axially aligned pins mounted on a rigid command selector bar, with the first pins slidably mounted in a slot in a control bar of the manual control mechanism and the second pin slidably mounted in a slot in the control bar of the automatic control mechanism so that movement of the command selector bar to displace the two axially aligned pins in their associated slots provides a linear transfer of control of the hydraulic assembly between the manual control and the automatic control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1979
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Hsu, Robert McPherson
  • Patent number: 4170168
    Abstract: A loader/backhoe hydraulic system and control valve assembly therefor characterized in that each of a plurality of directional control valves is operative through an associated selector valve to control the operation of either of a pair of cylinders connected to said selector valve. The loader/backhoe herein is further characterized in that the control valve assembly and oil tank are unitized and mounted under the floor of the tractor for simplified piping and access for servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1979
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 4166506
    Abstract: A controlling apparatus for bulldozer blade in which the control is carried out automatically or manually.The apparatus comprises an electromagnetic valve for controlling a cylinder of the bulldozer blade, a switch for changing the control of the bulldozer blade automatically or manually, a safety relay connected with said switch, the safety relay being adapted to be actuated only when the switch is maintained in a manual operating position, and a load reading relay adapted to be actuated by a signal fed from a load detecting circuit for supplying a signal to one of the solenoids of the electromagnetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1979
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Komatsu Seisakusho
    Inventors: Iwao Tezuka, Chikashi Chagawa
  • Patent number: 4166513
    Abstract: A safety-brake control system for a vehicle for the automatic actuation of the parking-brake valve to the brake-applied position comprising a lever arm connected at one end to the actuator of the valve and at the other end to a flexible connector element which in turn is connected to the moving arm of a solenoid. Energization of the solenoid pulls the flexible connector element to move the lever arm to actuate the valve to the brake-applied position. The valve thereafter can be actuated to the brake-released position by manual movement of the valve actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1979
    Inventor: Buford D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4158398
    Abstract: A two-position dump valve for use in a vacuum powered or pressure differential powered cruise control system. The dump valve is closed upon energization of a solenoid, provided the brake pedal is in the brake release position. It opens when the brake pedal is moved to actuate the vehicle brakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1979
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: John W. Riddel
  • Patent number: 4114516
    Abstract: A construction vehicle has a work implement, such as a bucket-carrying boom, pivotally mounted thereon to be raised and lowered by one or more double-acting hydraulic cylinders. A directional control valve is conditioned to selectively communicate pressurized fluid to the rod end of each cylinder, for example, through a check valve. When the fluid pressure in the rod end of the cylinder exceeds a predetermined level, a pilot signal will be communicated to a modulating valve which will open to closely control and modulate the flow of the fluid exhausted from the head end of the cylinder. A pilot relief valve is interconnected between the head end of the cylinder and the modulating valve to cooperate therewith to relieve excessive fluid pressures. The above system is duplicated for selectively pressurizing the head end of the cylinder and for exhausting the rod end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1978
    Assignee: Caterpillar Tractor Co.
    Inventor: Howard L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4089172
    Abstract: A device for infinitely controlling the position of a controlled member along its axis of movement. The device includes hydraulic actuators coaxially secured to the controlled member and a mechanically and/or manually actuated cylinder is fluidly connected to the hydraulic actuator so that by actuation of the cylinder, both the speed and the position of the controlled member along its axis of movement can be carefully controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1978
    Inventor: David W. Junttila
  • Patent number: 4080873
    Abstract: A servoactuator for stopping a ram in its existing position or retracting the ram at a fixed rate to a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1978
    Assignee: Pneumo Corporation
    Inventors: Dan O. Bauer, Robert M. Salemka
  • Patent number: 4079660
    Abstract: A piston type, pneumatically powered motor includes a valve assembly for reversibly supplying pneumatic fluid to opposite sides of a piston to reciprocate the piston through power strokes in both directions. The valve assembly has a spool reciprocably mounted in a sleeve that normally moves between two positions to reversibly supply pneumatic fluid to the piston. An actuating mechanism shifts the valve spool between its two normal positions responsive to movement of the piston near the end of each power stroke. When the reciprocation rate of the piston reaches a predetermined high or excessive rate, the actuating mechanism shifts the valve spool to a third position that short circuits the normal path of the pneumatic fluid flowing to the piston and channels the pneumatic fluid to an exhaust port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1978
    Inventor: Frank E. Ives
  • Patent number: 4019838
    Abstract: A two-stage pump which includes a pair of reciprocating pump members operating in opposed pump chambers and a connecting rod connecting the pump members to cause the pump members to operate in unison. Air under pressure is supplied to the chambers by a spool valve member which operates in a guide sleeve. The spool valve includes four outwardly extending portions defining a central pressure slot and a pair of exhaust slots. Ports in the sleeve communicate with the pump chambers. The spool valve is moved by pressure in pressure chambers at opposite ends of the sleeve member. The sleeve is mounted in a bore, and metering air passageways are formed between the valve sleeve and the bore and connecting the pressure chambers with the exhaust slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1977
    Inventor: Henry T. Fluck
  • Patent number: 3998129
    Abstract: A gun of the kind in which liquid propellant is burned in the firing chamber to fire a projectile from the gun is constructed so that a number of gun modules can be combined in a modular gun. Each gun module is cam controlled, and a common cam is used to control each gun module in the modular gun. The cam can be a flexible cam having a belt configuration to permit the gun modules to be arranged in both circular groupings and in non-circular groupings, such as side by side. The modular gun includes fixed, non-rotating gun modules to eliminate the need for tangential velocity correction factors in the fire control and the need to accelerate the mass of the barrel assembly to operational speed. The individual gun module includes propellant injection mechanism for injecting propellant at high pressure when a non-hypergolic bi-propellant is used as the propellant. One or more hydraulic actuators are used to develop the high injection pressures and to operate other components of the gun, such as the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1974
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1976
    Assignee: Pulsepower Systems, Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas M. Broxholm, Lester C. Elmore
  • Patent number: 3964504
    Abstract: A hydraulic valving mechanism for controlling an object in a normally level position such that upon a shifting of the same from level an actuating mechanism is driven to return the object to the desired level, such valving mechanism including a valve housing with control ports therein with a gravity responsive member therein to open and close selected ones of the ports depending upon the direction the same is shifted from level with the ports being interconnected to a main control valve for shifting of the same to direct fluid to the proper side of the actuating mechanism to return the object to its normal, level position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1976
    Assignee: Integrated Power, Incorporated
    Inventor: Harold G. Inhofer