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Title:
COUPLING FOR A SEALING ATTACHMENT OF A MEDIUM CONNECTOR IN DISHWASHERS OR SIMILAR MACHINES WITH AN APPROPRIATE INSERT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/117979
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The object of the invention is a coupling for a sealing attachment of a medium connector in dishwashers and similar machines with an appropriate insert. The coupling consists of a flange (1) and a coupling element (2), into which a displaceable insert - a sealing element (3) provided with two gaskets (4, 5) - is inserted.

Inventors:
ŠTEPIC, Boštjan (Dobrava pri Stični 1b, 1295 Ivančna Gorica, 1295, SI)
Application Number:
SI2017/000033
Publication Date:
June 28, 2018
Filing Date:
December 08, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BRINOX D.O.O. (Sora 21, 1215 Medvode, 1215, SI)
International Classes:
F16L17/035; A47L15/42; A47L15/50; F16L17/073; F16L27/12
Foreign References:
US5267759A1993-12-07
US4101148A1978-07-18
FR2242631A11975-03-28
EP0631755A11995-01-04
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PIPAN, Marjan (Kotnikova 5, 1000 Ljubljana, 1000, SI)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A coupling for a sealing attachment of a medium connector in dishwashers and similar machines with an appropriate insert, wherein a coupling element (2) with its attachment (2a) is positioned in the axis with a flange (1) of an input pipe,

characterized in that

the coupling element (2) houses a displaceable sealing element (3) provided with two grooves, into which gaskets (4, 5) are inserted.

2. Coupling according to claim 1 ,

characterized in that

the vertical gasket (4) with tabs is arranged in the groove on the circumference of the sealing element (3), while the front horizontal gasket (5) with the sealing tab is arranged in the front groove of the sealing element (3).

3. Coupling according to claims 1 and 2,

characterized in that

the vertical gasket (4) is made from EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer).

4. Coupling according to claims 1 and 2, characterized in that

the horizontal gasket (5) is made from HPU (Hydrolysis Resistant Polyurethane).

5. Coupling according to claims 1 and 2,

characterized in that

the sealing element (3) is made from a PTFE material (Polytetrafluoroethylene).

6. Coupling according to claims 1 to 3,

characterized in that

the sealing element (3) is formed on the front side in a way that, when the sealing element (3) with the flange (1) is pushed, this push causes the sealing element (3) to displace in the axis of the coupling.

Description:
COUPLING FOR A SEALING ATTACHMENT OF A MEDIUM CONNECTOR IN DISHWASHERS OR SIMILAR MACHINES WITH AN

APPROPRIATE INSERT

The object of the invention is a coupling for a sealing attachment of a medium connector in dishwashers and similar machines with an appropriate insert. The coupling consists of a flange and a coupling element, into which a displaceable insert - a sealing element provided with two gaskets - is inserted. The invention belongs to class F16K 17/10 of the International Patent Classification.

The technical problem that is successfully solved by the present invention is a constructional solution to a coupling for a sealed connection of a medium attachment in dishwashers or similar machines, which should provide for efficient sealing only by approaching the coupling element to an input pipe flange without use of any other threaded or similar pipe connections.

A coupling with a coupling device for a sealing connection of two pipes is known from patent document DE 10317150. A flange of the insert to be inserted into a chamber of a dishwasher is positioned to be in the axis with the coupling of the machine. An elastic sealing element (O-ring) is inserted into the coupling of the machine. Sealing between the flange and the coupling of the machine is provided for by compressed air which pushes and holds the elastic sealing element against the flange. The compressed air acts upon the elastic sealing element and provides for continuous sealing. When sealing is no longer needed, negative pressure is led into air ducts instead of the compressed air, which sucks the elastic sealing element backwards from the flange of the insert into the coupling of the machine.

It is a drawback of said solution that the compressed air duct must be arranged in the coupling around the elastic sealing element in a way to evenly push it onto the flange, otherwise the sealing may pose a problem. Moreover, the elastic sealing element must be manufactured very precisely and with identical elasticity over its entire circumference, otherwise it fails to seal both in pushing and vacuuming. If the O-ring does not provide for adequate sealing, the water emerges from behind the gasket and consequently penetrates into pneumatic control elements.

The coupling for a sealing attachment of a medium connector in dishwashers and similar machines with an appropriate insert of the invention consists of a flange and a coupling element, into which a displaceable insert, a sealing element with a horizontal and vertical gasket is inserted, which provides for efficient sealing between the flange and the coupling element upon the pressure of the medium.

Such coupling for a sealing attachment of the invention provides for efficient sealing only by approaching and contacting the coupling element to the flange. The pressure of the medium when passing through the coupling element provides for sufficient pushing force to displace the insert, the sealing element, and consequently also efficient sealing of the coupling between the flange and the coupling element without use of any other threaded or similar pipe connections.

The invention will be explained in more detail on the basis of an embodiment and drawings, in which:

Figure 1 shows a cross-section of a coupling for a sealing attachment of the invention in a non-sealed position;

Figure 2 shows a cross-section of a horizontal gasket (5);

Figure 3 shows a cross-section of a vertical gasket (4);

Figure 4 shows a cross-section of a coupling for a sealing attachment of the invention in a sealing position and illustration of a fluid medium flow;

A coupling for a sealing attachment of a medium connector in dishwashers and similar machines with an appropriate insert of the invention is shown in Figure 1 in a non-sealed position. The coupling consists of a coupling element 2 and a flange 1. The coupling element 2 houses a displaceable appropriate insert - a sealing element 3 in the form of a wide and thick ring provided with two grooves, into which gaskets 4, 5 are inserted. The vertical gasket 4 which is arranged in the groove on the circumference of the sealing element 3 is intended for vertical sealing, while the front horizontal gasket 5 arranged in the front groove of the sealing element is intended for horizontal sealing.

The coupling element 2 with its attachment 2a is positioned in the axis with the flange 1. To provide for efficient sealing, the elements of the coupling of the invention are shaped such that increased medium pressure results in better sealing of the coupling.

The vertical gasket 4, which is shown in cross-section in Figure 3, arranged on the circumference of the sealing element 3 is provided with tabs against the direction of medium pressure, which tabs expand upon the pressure of the medium and provide for efficient sealing between the coupling element 2 and the sealing element 3. The pressure of the medium also pushes the sealing element 3 towards the flange 1. The horizontal gasket 5 which is shown in cross-section in Figure 2 is shaped to change its shape when the medium flows through the coupling. The sealing tab of the horizontal gasket 5 expands in direction of the pressure of the medium and abuts on the flange 1 , thus providing for the sealing between the sealing element 3 and the flange 1 , while the flow of the media through the sealing element is unobstructed.

The above-described position of the coupling element 2 and the flange 1 and of the sealing element in the sealing position of the coupling of the invention is shown in Figure 4.

in the event of no flow of the medium into the coupling element 2, the sealing between the sealing element 3, the coupling element 2, and the flange 1 is not provided for. In the event of absence of medium pressure in the coupling of the invention, the flange 1 automatically moves away from the attachment 2a of the coupling element 2 due to the lack of pressure, thus pushing the sealing element 3 somewhat into the interior of the coupling element 2.

When the flange 1 is disengaged from the machine, the sealing element 3 gets displaced in the axis of the coupling element 2. The sealing element 3 is formed on the front side in a way that, when the sealing element 3 with the flange 1 is pushed, this push causes the sealing element 3 to displace in the axis of the coupling; the horizontal gasket 5 is thus prevented from getting damaged.

The vertical gasket 4 can be made from EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer), the horizontal gasket 5 can be made from HPU (Hydrolysis Resistant Polyurethane), while the sealing element 3 can be made from a PTFE material (Polytetrafluoroethylene).

The advantage of the present coupling of the invention lies in the fact that no driving element or any additional energy is needed to displace the sealing element 3 towards the flange 1 ; the pushing force on the sealing element 3 is provided for by the pressure of the medium (water or compressed air).