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Valve with actuator diagnostics
04/23/15 - 20150107675 - A system for detection of degradation of a valve mechanism by measuring, for example, the time between powering an actuator and opening of the valve or the time between un-powering the actuator and closing of the valve. Time measurements may be compared with a predetermined threshold or previous measurements. An...

Laundry treating appliance and method of filling a laundry treating appliance with liquid
04/16/15 - 20150101668 - A laundry treating appliance having a tub, a drum located within the tub and at least partially defining a treating chamber in which laundry may be received for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation and a liquid supply system for introducing liquid thereto and a method for filling...

Refrigerator appliance and a method for monitoring a water filter assembly within the same
04/16/15 - 20150101669 - A refrigerator appliance and a method for monitoring a water filter assembly within the same are provided. The method includes monitoring signal communication between an RFID tag of the water filter assembly and an RFID reader of the refrigerator appliance and terminating a flow of water to the water filter...

Water heater assembly for a refrigerator appliance and a method for operating the same
04/16/15 - 20150101670 - A refrigerator appliance and a method for operating a water heating assembly of the same are provided. The method includes operating a heating element of the water heating assembly to generate heated water. To dispense the heated water, an air valve of the water heating assembly is closed and an...


04/16/15 - 20150101671 - The present invention relates to the production of biomethane intended for supplying a natural gas network from n biogas production plants Ii, with i varying from 1 to n, in which each of the plants produces and stores the biogas which is collected at each of the plants via a...

Hydraulic valve assembly with tank return flow compensation
04/09/15 - 20150096619 - An apparatus has a pilot-operated spool valve connecting first and second work passages selectively to a supply conduit and a tank conduit. A first check valve normally allows fluid flow only in one direction from the first work passage to a first workport and when pilot-operated allows bidirectional fluid flow....

Oil-less pump sampling system and method
04/09/15 - 20150096620 - An oil-less pump sampling system for portable environmental testing. The system includes an oil-less pump that generates a suctioning force, an external hose carrying the suction from the pump and in fluid communication with a control value and a collection container. The control valve is fluidly connected to the external...

System for heating a compressor assembly in an hvac system
04/09/15 - 20150096621 - The present invention provides a system for heating a compressor assembly of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The system comprises a heat source for transferring thermal energy to a plurality of compressor units. A controller varies the thermal energy transferred to the compressor units, between at least...

Oil change method and apparatus
04/09/15 - 20150096622 - The present invention provides several embodiments of an oil change apparatus that basically have a valve/fitting connected to the conventionally available oil sump, a drain bracket installed on a low portion of equipment or vehicle periphery, and a flow line that fluidly connects the valve/fitting and the drain bracket. The...

Dispense interface
04/09/15 - 20150096623 - The present patent application relates to a dispense interface comprising a channel profile with at least two inlet channels and at least one outlet channel, wherein each of the at least two inlet channels is configured for fluid communication with a respective reservoir of at least two reservoirs, at least...

Rapid release emergency disconnect system utilizing a linear clamping mechanism
04/02/15 - 20150090338 - In various embodiments, fluid conduits such as high pressure hoses deployed in-between two sea-fairing vessels may be released during an emergency by using a rapid release emergency disconnect system as described herein, where the rapid release emergency disconnect system may engage with a hanger such as an industry standard frac...

Integrated hydraulic skid system incorporated into a rapid release emergency disconnect system
04/02/15 - 20150090339 - In various embodiments, fluid conduits such as high pressure hoses deployed in-between two sea-fairing vessels may be released during an emergency by using a rapid release emergency disconnect system as described herein, where the rapid release emergency disconnect system may engage with a hanger such as an industry standard frac...

Processing-liquid supply apparatus and processing-liquid supply method
04/02/15 - 20150090340 - A processing-liquid supply apparatus includes a source, a discharge device, a supply channel connecting the source and discharge device, a filter device positioned in the channel to form first side having the source and second side having the discharge device, a pump device positioned in the channel, and a control...

Transfer chamber gas purge apparatus, electronic device processing systems, and purge methods
04/02/15 - 20150090341 - Transfer chamber gas purge apparatus are disclosed. The transfer chamber gas purge apparatus has a transfer chamber adapted to contain at least a portion of a transfer robot, the transfer chamber including side walls, a chamber lid, and a chamber floor, wherein the chamber lid has a plurality of distributed...

Reduced fluid drag across a solid surface with a textured coating
03/26/15 - 20150083227 - An article includes a substrate with a coating having asperities such that an average spacing between the asperities is between about 0.01 and about 1.5 micron. An average surface roughness of the coating is up to about 2 microns, and an average porosity of the coating is in the range...

Bistable actuator, actuator arrangement, method for actuaton and use
03/26/15 - 20150083228 - A method for bistably actuating an actuator includes applying positive pressure in an actuator fluid supply that is fluidly connected to an actuator chamber by means of an actuator fluid supply connection, wherein a working positive pressure is generated in the actuator chamber, whereby an actuator element fluidly connected to...

Fuel system for consist having daughter locomotive
03/26/15 - 20150083229 - The disclosure is directed to a fuel system for a consist. The fuel system may have a tank located on a tender car of the consist and configured to hold a supply of liquefied gaseous fuel. The fuel system may also have an accumulator located on a daughter locomotive of...

Valve device, storage system for liquefied gas fuel, vehicle, and storage method for liquefied gas fuel
03/19/15 - 20150075623 - A first vapor phase valve including a housing, a flow passage in the housing, a main valve to block or open the flow passage, and an excess flow valve to block the flow passage when vapor phase dimethyl ether flows through the flow passage. The first vapor phase valve includes:...

Telescopic drain hose assembly
03/19/15 - 20150075624 - A telescopic drain hose assembly. The assembly includes a drain conduit having a tank coupler coupled to a first end and an end piece coupled to a second end. The tank coupler is configured for coupling to a grey or black waste discharge port, such as that of a recreational...

Bulk adhesive transfer devices, knife gate valve devices, and related systems and methods
03/19/15 - 20150075625 - A bulk adhesive transfer system for transferring adhesive particulate to a melter includes a bulk supply and a transfer device, which may define a hopper of the melter, a mobile bin, and/or a buffer unit. The transfer device is configured to receive unmelted adhesive particulate from the bulk supply and...

Flow balancing in gas distribution networks
03/19/15 - 20150075626 - Flow distribution networks that supply process gas to two or more stations in a multi-station deposition chamber. Each flow distribution network includes an inlet and flow distribution lines for carrying process gas to the stations. The flow distribution lines include a branch point downstream from the inlet and two or...

Regulation system
03/12/15 - 20150068605 - A new method to deliver warm water to a bathroom by installing electric valve in the beginning of the hot line, instead of at the end. A new electronic faucet that may operated by remote control or electric switch....

Intermediate storage
03/12/15 - 20150068606 - A subsea system is for uptake and supply of a liquid. The system comprises a storage tank having at least one outlet, a valve assembly, a pump having a high-pressure side and a low-pressure side, and a feed line. The outlet is in fluid communication with a lower internal volume...

Multi-chamber container system for storing and mixing liquids
03/12/15 - 20150068607 - The present disclosure is drawn to a multi-component container system and related methods for storing and mixing liquids and associated methods of use. The system includes a first chamber configured to hold a first liquid and which has at least one opening and a second chamber and a second chamber...

Flow distribution channels to control flow in process channels
03/12/15 - 20150068608 - The invention describes features that can be used to control flow to an array of microchannels. The invention also describes methods in which a process stream is distributed to plural microchannels....

Multichambered vial and method of mixing analytical reference materials
03/05/15 - 20150059857 - A device for transferring and containing liquid and a mixing method are provided. The device includes a vial having at least two storage lumens extending axially along a vial body, a transfer channel coupled to a distal end of each of the storage lumens, and a common chamber in fluid...

Device and method for multi-path flow from vertical hydraulic tank
03/05/15 - 20150059858 - A vertical hydraulic tank includes an upper cylindrical section and a lower conical section, with an outlet in the lower conical section. A lower multi-path manifold is attached to the outlet, the manifold including a vertical conduit in fluid communication with the outlet and a plurality of horizontal conduits in...

Interconnect membrane
02/26/15 - 20150053268 - A liquid permeable interconnect membrane for a liquid supply outlet, and a void between the interconnect membranes and an opposite void wall, the interconnect membrane being stiff enough to avoid unwanted pore deformation or contact with the opposite void wall....

Gas transport composite barrier
02/26/15 - 20150053269 - A method of minimizing vapor transmission from a constructed permeability control infrastructure can comprise forming a heterogeneous hydrated matrix within the constructed permeability control infrastructure, the constructed permeability control infrastructure comprising a permeability control impoundment defining a substantially encapsulated volume. The heterogeneous hydrated matrix includes a particulate solid phase and...

Mop bucket
02/26/15 - 20150053270 - A mop bucket comprises a bucket defining a first compartment and a second compartment. The bucket is rotatable between an upright position and a second position. A first fluid movement path is provided between the second compartment and the first compartment such that liquid in the second compartment drains to...

Dual heat exchanger fuel tank inerting system
02/12/15 - 20150040984 - A fuel tank inerting system includes a bleed air inlet, a bleed air conditioning system, an air separation module, a nitrogen-enriched air conditioning system, a nitrogen-enriched air outlet, and a controller. The bleed air conditioning system is connected to the bleed air inlet and is configured to cool bleed air....

Tap for a storage container, container provided with such a tap, and coresponding use
02/12/15 - 20150040985 - The invention relates to a tap including a body, which is provided with a gas inlet that is to be connected to the storage space of a container, a bleed-off circuit, including a downstream end, characterized in that the tap further includes a circuit for selectively controlling the movement of...

Conditioning system for fuel cell exhaust
02/12/15 - 20150040986 - A method of conditioning oxygen depleted air (ODA) exhausted from a fuel cell comprising the steps of; taking fuel from an aircraft fuel tank collector cell, delivering said fuel to a rear mounted engine via a primary heat exchanger, taking exhaust ODA from a fuel cell, passing the ODA through...

Iv set system with coded components
02/12/15 - 20150040987 - An intravenous (IV) set system comprising a primary IV set defining a primary flow line of the IV set system. The primary flow line can include multiple access points along its length and feeds to a merging fluid pathway proximate to the distal terminus of the primary IV set. At...

Iv set system with bypass manifold
02/12/15 - 20150040988 - An intravenous (IV) set system comprising a primary IV set defining a primary flow line of the IV set system. The primary flow line can include multiple access points along its length and feeds to a merging fluid pathway proximate to the distal terminus of the primary IV set. At...

Droplet formation using fluid breakup
02/05/15 - 20150034163 - The present invention generally relates to systems and methods for creating droplets. In one aspect, a plurality of droplets (27) is introduced into a continuous fluid stream (21) to cause the continuous fluid stream to form discrete droplets. In some cases, the droplets that are formed from the continuous fluid...

Jet control devices and methods
02/05/15 - 20150034164 - Examples of a jet control device are described. The jet control device can comprise a jet deflecting member that is configured to intercept and/or collide with a high speed jet emerging from a jet formation location. The interaction of the jet deflecting member and the jet can cause the high...

Fluidic modulators
02/05/15 - 20150034165 - A fluidic modulator having a body forming a flow aperture between an inlet and an outlet, the flow aperture having a nominal diameter less than the inlet diameter and the outlet diameter whereby the flow aperture provides a constriction to a fluid flowing axially from the inlet to the outlet,...

Waste evacuation system for a vehicle
02/05/15 - 20150034166 - A waste evacuation system for a vehicle includes an enclosure defining a fixed aperture and a selectively openable and closable access panel. A hose having a first end and a second end extends through the fixed aperture. The first end of the hose may be connected to a waste water...

Gas saver valve and method using the same
01/29/15 - 20150027544 - Gas saver valves and methods for gaseous fluid pressure regulation are provided. The gas saver valve has a valve body and a regulator within the valve body for adjusting pressure of a gaseous fluid flowing through the valve body. A control member attached to the regulator allows for the adjustment...

Suppression of shock-induced airflow separation
01/29/15 - 20150027545 - An apparatus for suppressing shock-induced separation of high speed airflow from a relatively low-energy boundary layer. The apparatus may include an actuator or array of actuators configured to alternately inhale and exhale fluid and positioned to alternately inhale fluid from and exhale fluid into a boundary layer of a fluid...

Adhesive melter and method having predictive maintenance for exhaust air filter
01/29/15 - 20150027546 - An adhesive melter and a method for operating the melter enables predictive maintenance of an exhaust air filter used to remove pressurized air flow that delivers solid adhesive particulate from a fill system into the melter. To this end, the fill system repeatedly actuates to refill a receiving space, and...

Hydraulic valve with helical actuator
01/29/15 - 20150027547 - A hydraulic spool valve includes a housing, a valve element disposed within the housing, a first piston coupled to the valve element, and a first biasing member. The housing includes a pair of first ports. The valve element is selectively moveable within the housing between a first closed position and...

Hydroponic system guardian
01/29/15 - 20150027548 - A system and method for controlling a liquid management system. The system and method include a primary fill pump and a secondary fill pump, a primary drain pump and a secondary drain pump. The system and method also include a level sensor for monitoring a liquid level in a reservoir....

Dual stage poppet
01/29/15 - 20150027549 - A valve includes an interior portion and a nozzle passage. The valve further includes a poppet having a first stage portion and a second stage portion. The poppet has a closed position in which the first stage portion and the second stage portion seal the interior portion of the valve...

Gas pressure regulator having energy absorbing features
01/29/15 - 20150027550 - A gas pressure regulator adapted for being mounted to a gas cylinder is provided. The gas pressure regulator includes a body defining a front portion and opposed side portion and a plurality of gas pressure indicators mounted to the front portion of the body. A bonnet is mounted to an...

Servo flow recirculation for an advanced thermal efficient aircraft engine fuel system
01/22/15 - 20150020884 - A fuel circulation system and methods are provided. The system includes a supply pump for providing an outlet flow of fuel. The system also includes at least a first and a second servo. The first servo is connected to an outlet of the supply pump. A flow regulation device is...

Check valve assembly
01/22/15 - 20150020885 - A valve assembly for a compressor includes a flow passage defining an inlet, an outlet, and a valve seat located proximate the inlet. The valve assembly also has a valve member that includes a head portion engageable with the valve seat. The head portion has a front face, a rear...

Detain h2o - detention pond retrofit device
01/22/15 - 20150020886 - Aspects of a detention pond retrofit device for detention basin outlet control provide structures designed to throttle stormwater flow and maintain the rate at which water is discharged from the system below Qcritical, the flow rate at which erosion and down cutting of the receiving stream would begin, based on...

System and associated method for preventing overfilling in a dishwasher
01/22/15 - 20150020887 - A method, system, and computer-program product for preventing overfilling in a dishwasher are disclosed herein. According to one embodiment, a method for preventing overfilling in a dishwasher is provided, wherein the dishwasher includes a water valve for providing water to the dishwasher and a drain pump for removing water from...

Atomizing nozzle device, atomizing process and use
01/15/15 - 20150013769 - The invention relates to a new atomizing device with improved droplet formation. Smaller droplets are formed with increased micronized volume throughput, wherein high volumes of air are fed to a liquid sprayed from a liquid nozzle (2). High volume ratios result in mean free path between droplets being conveyed so...

Chromatography systems and methods using them
01/15/15 - 20150013770 - Certain embodiments described herein are directed to chromatography systems that include a microfluidic device. The microfluidic device can be fluidically coupled to a switching valve to provide for selective control of fluid flow in the chromatography system. In some examples, the microfluidic device may include a charging chamber, a bypass...

Substrate processing system, valve assembly, and processing method
01/15/15 - 20150013771 - In one aspect, a valve assembly adapted to seal an opening in a chamber is disclosed. Valve assembly includes a housing being adapted for coupling to a chamber surface having the opening therein, the housing including a threshold portion positioned adjacent to the chamber opening, the threshold portion having one...

Automatic valve shutoff device and methods
01/15/15 - 20150013772 - Examples of automatic valve shutoff systems are described which may include an actuation device including an actuator and a valve attachment portion. The valve attachment portion may be configured for attachment with an existing valve in a fluid or compressible gas supply line. The system may further include a controller...

Device for a biological liquid treatment installation
01/15/15 - 20150013773 - said bag being clamped between said first shell (16) and said second shell (17) in a state in which conduits of said network for conveying liquid are formed between said films....

Valveless siphon decanter and methods of use
01/15/15 - 20150013774 - A valveless siphon decanter for processing fluid within a tank having a siphon tube external to the tank, the siphon tube having an output, a boom extending substantially transversely from the siphon tube, the boom providing a path for the communication of fluid from within the tank into the siphon...

Crude oil cargo recirculation system
01/08/15 - 20150007892 - A recirculation system for a crude oil cargo tank barge having at least one tank includes a pump in fluid communication with at least one tank and recirculation piping in fluid communication with the pump and at least one tank. The pump pumps fluid from at least one tank to...

Fill pipe with level indicator for plant stand and method of using
01/01/15 - 20150000746 - A new and useful fill pipe for a plant stand (e.g. a Christmas tree stand) is provided, and a new and useful method for using the fill pipe to continuously monitor the level of liquid in the plant stand, in a manner that does not use electronic or moving parts,...

Fluid distribution device and method for multibed reactors
01/01/15 - 20150000747 - A fluid distribution device and method is presented for the collection and distribution of fluid between reactor beds. According to various aspects, the method includes a collection tray, a mixing chamber in fluid communication with the collection tray, a rough distribution tray in fluid communication with the mixing chamber, and...

Check valve apparatus and methods
01/01/15 - 20150000748 - A check valve apparatus includes at least one first test channel including a first pathway extending through a valve body and in communication with a flow path. The pathway is configured to receive a test stick for inserting through the pathway of the test channel to engage a disc such...

Water management system
01/01/15 - 20150000749 - Embodiments of the present invention provide a water management system for use on board a passenger transport vehicle. The water management system may be used to address and manage excess humidity, water leaks, or any other instance when water or other liquid may collect at a certain location. The disclosure...

Safety valve and method of use
01/01/15 - 20150000750 - Embodiments of a method of operating a safety valve and a safety valve system are provided. The valve system includes a valve, an actuator, a mechanical override, and an indicator. The actuator includes a fail-safe mechanism and the indicator is configured to indicate whether the fail-safe mechanism is operable during...

Device and method for improving hydration of a biomaterial
12/25/14 - 20140373922 - A device and method for improving hydration of a biomaterial includes a syringe having a cavity therein and a distal opening, an end cap, and a wall operatively coupled to the end cap. The end cap has a distal plate with an inlet and is removably attached to the syringe...

Method and apparatus for transporting chemical tanks
12/25/14 - 20140373923 - A system for transporting chemical tanks and preventing chemical spills with secondary containment frame having a chemical containment area. Chemical tanks may be secured within the secondary containment frame and any leaks from the chemical tanks may be contained by the chemical containment area. Tanks may be secured to tank...

Devices and methods for a mechanical automatic shut-off to fluid reservoirs
12/25/14 - 20140373924 - Embodiments are provided for an automatic fluid shut off device having a float disposed in a fluid catch basin attached to a first end of a rod movable in a direction of rising fluid in the catch basin; a second rod end extending to a fluid supply base and terminating...

Method for controlling cooling fan-brake of construction equipment
12/25/14 - 20140373925 - The present disclosure provides a method for controlling a cooling fan-brake of construction equipment, including: generating a brake charging signal of a brake unit; charging hydraulic oil with a high flow rate in the brake unit and completing the charging of hydraulic oil; turning a loading valve of a cooling...

Charge valve sealing system
12/04/14 - 20140352789 - A charge valve system includes a valve fitting housing a valve and a cap sealing the fluid from escaping the charge valve system. The valve fitting may include a fitting exterior surface diameter. The cap may include an inner sidewall diameter greater than the fitting exterior surface diameter so that...

Pneumatic directional valve and method of operation
12/04/14 - 20140352790 - A pneumatic system for operating a hydraulic valve is provided. The system may include: a first piston set; a first connector attached to the first piston operably connecting the first piston; a first spring biasing the first piston to move in an axial direction; a second port in the first...

Aircraft hydraulic air bleed valve system
12/04/14 - 20140352791 - An aircraft hydraulic air bleed valve system having an air vent valve connected to an electronic controller where the opening of the air vent valve is permitted only when the aircraft is in a pre-determined flight mode where the aircraft flight mode is determined by a gyroscope connected to the...

Low friction fuel metering valve
11/27/14 - 20140345694 - A method of metering fuel with a fuel valve. The method includes arranging a spool within to a sleeve along an axis, wherein the spool includes four seal lands. The sleeve includes a fuel inlet aperture, a fuel outlet aperture, and a shutoff port. A first cavity and a second...

Grey water interface for high flow applications in vacuum systems
11/27/14 - 20140345695 - Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to a flow control unit for controlling liquid flow in a vacuum waste system. In one embodiment, the flow control unit provides a series of valves that direct liquid flow. The unit may also have an intermediate transfer tube that holds a portion...

Atmospheric circulation system and method
11/27/14 - 20140345696 - An artificially created atmospheric circulation system comprising a plurality of vortex generating units (10), wherein each vortex generating unit (10) is configured to generate an upwardly directed vortex 15 within the atmosphere and wherein the plurality of vortex generating units are configured and associated so that all of the vortices...

Actuator
11/27/14 - 20140345697 - In order to solve the problem of the generation of the interspace between layers, the present invention provides an actuator including: a conductive polymer layer; an ambient temperature molten salt layer; and an opposite electrode layer; wherein the ambient temperature molten salt layer is interposed between the conductive polymer layer...

Multi-vane throttle valve
11/27/14 - 20140345698 - A multi-vane throttling valve for a vacuum process chamber includes a reciprocal vane pivotally connected to and extending backwardly away from a back side of each of a plurality of rotatable vanes, and a stationary reciprocal vane angling assembly fixed in a predefined position and having an assembly pin extending...