Worthington Industries has been granted a patent for a nozzle assembly that includes a valve assembly and a regulator assembly. The valve assembly is designed to be connected to a tank and includes a valve body with a passage and a valve. The regulator assembly is connected to the valve assembly and includes a regulator body with a passage, a nozzle with an outlet, a spindle, and a piston assembly. The piston assembly includes a piston that can open and close the valve independently. GlobalData’s report on Worthington Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Worthington Industries, hydrogen fuel dispensers was a key innovation area identified from patents. Worthington Industries's grant share as of September 2023 was 64%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Nozzle assembly with valve and regulator for tank coupling

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Worthington Industries Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11713850B1) describes a nozzle assembly and tank assembly for use in various applications. The nozzle assembly includes a valve assembly and a regulator assembly. The valve assembly is designed to be coupled to a tank and includes a valve body with a first passage and a valve. The regulator assembly is coupled to the valve assembly and includes a regulator body, a nozzle, a spindle, and a piston assembly. The nozzle has an outlet in communication with a second passage, and the spindle is surrounded by the nozzle. The piston assembly includes a piston that is biased in a first position to open the valve and can be independently moved to a second position to close the valve.

The valve body of the nozzle assembly includes threads on its outer surface for mating with threads on the inner surface of the tank's neck. Additionally, the valve body has threads on its inner surface in the first passage for mating with threads on the outer surface of the regulator body. The valve body and regulator body are non-removably coupled together using an adhesive. The valve body also includes seal grooves near its first end to receive a seal, ensuring a secure connection.

Furthermore, the valve body includes pressure relief channels that extend from the bottom of the threads on the outer surface to an area above the bottom of the threads. An opening at the first end of the valve body communicates with a passage that opens to the side of the valve body between the seal grooves and the threads. A pressure relief device can be received in this opening.

The tank assembly described in the patent includes a tank with a neck and the aforementioned nozzle assembly. The tank's neck has threads on its inner surface, which mate with the threads on the outer surface of the valve body. The valve body also includes seal grooves to ensure a tight seal with the inner surface of the neck. The neck of the tank includes an outer locking channel, and the tank assembly includes a cap with tabs that fit into this channel for secure attachment. The cap also has a secondary attachment with tabs that allow for removable attachment to the nozzle assembly.

Overall, this patent describes a nozzle assembly and tank assembly with various features to ensure secure connections, pressure relief, and ease of use. These assemblies can be used in a wide range of applications where controlled flow and containment of fluids are required.

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