Patent Number: 6,916,008

Title: Universal safety coupler

Abstract: A coupling system for selectively connecting an associated fluid inlet (I) with an associated fluid outlet includes an essentially hollow plug (90) having a shape corresponding to one of a plurality of plug types (90A, 90B, 90C) and that is in fluid communication with the associated fluid outlet. A coupler (1) is in fluid communication with the associated fluid inlet (I). The coupler (1) includes a receiving region (R) adapted for selective connection with a plug (90) having a shape corresponding to one of the plurality of plug types (90A, 90B, 90C). The coupler also has a lock (L) that selectively locks the plug (90) into the receiving region (R). The coupler additionally has a valve (V) that is movable between an open position defining an operative connection between the fluid inlet (I) and the fluid outlet whereby fluid flow (F) can pass from the inlet to the outlet, and a closed position defining an operative disconnection of the fluid inlet (I) from the fluid outlet.

Inventors: Noble; Stuart O. (Amherst, OH), Strah; Larry E. (Concord, OH)

Assignee: Hoke, Inc.

International Classification: F16L 37/28 (20060101); F16L 37/00 (20060101); F16L 37/42 (20060101); F16L 37/23 (20060101); F16K 051/00 (); F16L 029/00 (); F16L 037/28 ()

Expiration Date: 07/12/2022