Patent Number: 6,253,659

Title: Band controlled valve/actuator

Abstract: A band controlled valve apparatus for controlling fluid flow from a source to a sink, including a base (12) having an upper surface and an aperture (16) extending from the upper surface through the base (12) allowing the flow of fluid from the source through the base (12) to the sink when the aperture (16) is not covered, an elongate flexible band (8) with a first portion (8a) in contact with the upper surface of the base (12) and a second portion (8b) extending forwardly of the first portion (8a) then upwardly and rearwardly above at least a part of the first portion (8a), the second portion (8b) being actuated to selectively move the second portion (8b) of the band (8) forwardly or rearwardly to cover or uncover, respectively, the aperture (16) with the first portion (8a) of the band (8) to thereby prevent or allow, respectively, fluid flow through the aperture (16).

Inventors: Jacobsen; Stephen C. (Salt Lake City, UT), Davis; Clark C. (Salt Lake City, UT), Knutti; David F. (Taylorsville, UT)

Assignee: Sarcos LC

International Classification: F16K 7/00 (20060101); F16K 7/18 (20060101); F15B 013/04 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018