Title of Invention

"COUPLING"

Abstract The invention relates to a coupling comprising a receiving part (1) and a fixing part (10), which have a blocking assembly (15, 16, 17). If the insertion part has not been introduced into the receiving part (1) correctly, elements (15, 16, 17) of the blocking assembly that are configured on the receiving part (1) and on the fixing part (10) engage with one another in such a way that the fixing part (10) is prevented from being retracted from the extended position. Arms (11, 12) of the fixing part (10) are configured in such a way that when a retaining ring of the insertion part is positioned in the vicinity of said arms (1.1, 12), the engagement of the elements (15, 16, 17) of the blocking assembly is released and the fixing part (10) can be displaced into the retracted position to engage behind the retaining ring by means of the retraction section. This permits an efficient mounting operation.
Full Text Coupling
The invention relates to a coupling according to the preamble of Claim 1.
Such a coupling is known from DE 199 46 260 Cl. The previously known coupling is provided with a receiving element for receiving a plug-in part configured with a retaining ring. Also present is a securing element provided with two arms and a retaining section, the securing element being insertable into a receiving space of the receiving element and movable perpendicularly to an insertion direction of said plug-in part between an extended position and a pushed-in position. When the securing element is in the pushed-in position, the plug-in part is thereby secured against accidentally slipping out of the receiving element by the engagement of the retaining section behind the retaining ring. It is possible, however, for the securing element to be in the pushed-in position without the plug-in part being properly secured.
The object underlying the invention is to specify a coupling of the aforesaid kind that is characterized by high reliability of assembly.
In a coupling of the aforesaid kind, this object is achieved according to the invention by means of the characterizing features of Claim I.
The fact that in the inventive coupling, a blocking arrangement is present that allows the securing element to be moved unhindered from the extended position to the pushed-in position, with the retaining section thereby engaging behind the retaining ring, only when the action of the blocking arrangement is cancelled by fact of the retaining ring being disposed in the vicinity of the arms, makes it possible to verify proper assembly, which is very important particularly in assembly-line work involving the fast-paced interconnection of couplings according to the invention with plug-in parts.
Further expedient configurations of the invention are the subject matter of the dependent claims.
Additional expedient configurations and advantages will become apparent from the following description of a preferred exemplary embodiment of the invention, taken in conjunction with the figures of the drawing. Therein:
Fig. 1 is a partially cut away perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of an inventive coupling
comprising a receiving element and a securing element, together with a plug-in part to be inserted in the inventive coupling,
Fig. 2 is a cross section of the exemplary embodiment according to Fig. 1 in the region of arms of the securing element,
Fig. 3 is a cross section of the exemplary embodiment according to Fig. 1 in the region of the arms of the securing element, with a plug-in part inserted and the securing element in an extended position, and
Fig. 4 is a cross section of the exemplary embodiment according to Fig. 1 in the region of the arms of the securing element, with a plug-in part inserted and the securing element in a pushed-in position.
Figure 1 is a partially cut away perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of a coupling according to the invention. The coupling according to Fig. 1 is provided with a receiving element 1, which is connectable by an end not shown in Fig. I to a line of a fluid conducting system. To sealingly connect the inventive coupling to a plug-in part 3 configured with a retaining ring 2, disposed in a receiving space 7 of receiving element I are a first sealing ring 4, a second sealing ring 5 and an intermediate ring 6 located between sealing rings 4, 5. A spacing ring 9 disposed adjacent the side of second sealing ring 5 facing toward an insertion side 8 serves to hold spacing rings [sic] 4, 5 and intermediate ring 6 between the side of receiving space 7 facing away from insertion side 8 and a securing element 10 of the inventive coupling.
Securing element 10 is displaceable in receiving element 1 between an extended position, illustrated in Fig. 1, and a pushed-in position, and is provided with a first arm 11 and a second arm 12, which are disposed opposite each other and protrude by an inner section into receiving space 7. In addition, configured on a transverse section 13 extending between arms 11, 12 is a retaining section 14. which, as explained in greater detail below, if plug-in part 3 is correctly inserted, engages behind retaining ring 3[sicJ" when securing element 10 is in a fully pushed-in position.
Translator's note: Everywhere else the German text reads "sealing rings 4, 5."
Figure 2 shows the exemplary embodiment according to Fig. 1 in cross section in the region of arms II, 12 with securing element 10 in the extended position. It can be seen from Fig. 2 that receiving element 1 is provided with a base bridge 1 5 as one element of a blocking arrangement disposed in the vicinity of arms 11,12 of securing element 10, opposite, transverse section 13. The width of base bridge 15 is greater than the distance between free ends 16, 17 of arms 11, 12, when, as illustrated in Fig. 2, securing element 10, particularly in delivery condition, is in the extended position and plug-in part 3 is not inserted, or is not inserted so far that retaining ring 2 is disposed between arms 11, 12. Consequently, the free ends 16, 17 of arms I 1, 12, as further elements of the blocking arrangement, abut an inner wall 18 of base bridge 15 that faces toward receiving space 7 and prevent securing element 10 from being moved into the fully pushed-in position.
It can be seen from Fig. 2 that a blocking offset 19, 20 of a blocking arrangement is configured at each free end 16, 17, at a distance from the outermost end of that free end 16, 17. To prevent overloading of arms 11, 12, this ensures that when a force acting in the direction of base bridge 15 is exerted on transverse section 13, securing element 10 plunges in for the distance of an inward stroke that is predetermined by the radial and axial arrangement of blocking offsets 19, 20, until blocking offsets 19, 20 come to rest against edges formed between the inner wall 18 and the side walls 21, 22 of base bridge 15 and prevent any further movement of securing element 10 in the direction of the fully pushed-in position.
It can further be discerned from Fig. 2 that formed on the outer side of each of arms 11, 12 is a radially outwardly projecting securing nose 23, 24, each of which, to protect securing element 10 against accidentally being withdrawn from receiving element 1, cooperates with a respective lateral bridge 25, 26 disposed laterally to the respective arm 11.12 and extending in the longitudinal direction of receiving element 1, by striking against the respective lateral bridge 25, 26 without exerting a radially inwardly acting force on arms 11,12 that would bring them close enough together for securing element 10 to be removed.
Figure 3 shows the exemplary embodiment according to Fig. 1 in a representation corresponding to Fig. 2, with a plug-in part 3 inserted so far into receiving element 1 that retaining ring 2 is disposed between arms 11, 12, it being expedient in this context for the sides of arms 11,12 oriented toward insertion side 8 to be provided with sliding bevels to facilitate the insertion of plug-in part 3 into the position depicted in Fig. 3. It can be seen from Fig. 3 that only in this arrangement of plug-in part 3 are the free ends 16, 17 of arms
" Translator's note: We believe this should be "2", however it reads as "3" in the German text.
11, 12, which are configured with a first receiving region 27 adapted to the outer diameter of retaining ring 3 |sic|, spaced so lar apart that the engagement between the elements of the blocking arrangement is released, i.e. in the depicted exemplary embodiment base bridge 15 arid the free ends 16, 17 of arms 11,
Figure 4 shows the exemplary embodiment according to Fig. 1 with the inserted plug-in part 3 in the arrangement according to Fig. 3, securing element 10 now being in a fully pushed-in position. In the fully pushed-in position of securing element 10 illustrated in Fig. 4, retaining section 14, which is not visible in the representation of Fig. 4, engages behind retaining ring 2 and thereby secures plug-in part 3 against accidentally being withdrawn from receiving element 1. It can further be appreciated from Fig. 4 that the side walls 21, 22 of base bridge 15, which are shown in section, and the inner sides of arms 11,12 facing these sections of side walls 21, 22 have mutually adapted outer contours, so that in a second receiving region 28 formed at free ends 16, 17, and having a larger inner diameter than the circumference of retaining ring 2, retaining ring 2 has the latitude of with a certain distance from free arms 11, 12.






We claim,
1 A coupling comprising a plug-in part (3) configured with a retaining ring (2), comprising a receiving element (I) for receiving said plug-in part (3), and comprising a securing element (10) having two arms (11, 12) and a retaining section (14), wherein said securing element (10) is insertable into a receiving space (7) of said receiving element (1) and is movable perpendicularly to an insertion direction of said plug-in part (3) between an extended position and a pushed-in position, wherein said receiving element (1) and said securing element (10) comprise a blocking arrangement (15, 16, 17), and if said plug-in part (3) is not correctly inserted in said receiving part (1), elements (15, 16, 17) of said blocking arrangement that are configured on said • receiving element (1) and on said securing element (10) engage with one another in such a way that said securing element (10) is prevented from being moved from said extended position into said pushed-in position, characterized in that an element of said blocking arrangement that is configured on said receiving element (1) is a bridge section (15) bounding said receiving space (7) in the rear region and extending transversely to the insertion direction, and that further elements of said blocking arrangement are formed by free ends (16,17) of said arms (11,12) of said securing clement (10), said bridge section (15) having a width that is greater than the distance between said arms (11, 12) in the extended position of said securing element (10), and in that when said retaining ring (2) is disposed in the vicinity of said arms (11, 12), said arms (11, 12) are spaced so far apart that the engagement between the base bridge (15) and said free ends (16, 17) of said arms (11, 12) is released and said securing element (10) can be moved into the pushed-in position, said retaining Section (14) engaging behind said retaining ring (2).
2. The coupling as claimed in claim 1, wherein said arms (11, 12) comprise a blocking arrangement (19, 20) which, when said securing element (10) is acted upon to move it from the extended position to the pushed-in position, cooperates with said blocking arrangement (15, 16, 17) in such a way that the movement of said securing element
(10) beyond a predetermined inward stroke is blocked.


Documents:

7964-DELNP-2006-Abstract-(17-04-2009).pdf

7964-delnp-2006-abstract.pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Claims-(17-04-2009).pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Claims-(31-05-2011).pdf

7964-delnp-2006-claims.pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Correspondence Others-(31-05-2011).pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Correspondence-Others (28-01-2010).pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Correspondence-Others-(17-04-2009).pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Correspondence-Others.pdf

7964-delnp-2006-description (complete).pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Drawings-(17-04-2009).pdf

7964-delnp-2006-drawings.pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Form-1.pdf

7964-delnp-2006-form-18.pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Form-2-(31-05-2011).pdf

7964-delnp-2006-form-2.pdf

7964-delnp-2006-form-26.pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Form-3-(17-04-2009).pdf

7964-delnp-2006-form-3.pdf

7964-delnp-2006-form-5.pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-GPA-(17-04-2009).pdf

7964-delnp-2006-pct-338.pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-PCT-409.pdf

7964-delnp-2006-pct-notification.pdf

7964-delnp-2006-pct-request form.pdf

7964-delnp-2006-pct-search report.pdf

7964-DELNP-2006-Petition-138-(17-04-2009).pdf


Patent Number 248923
Indian Patent Application Number 7964/DELNP/2006
PG Journal Number 37/2011
Publication Date 16-Sep-2011
Grant Date 09-Sep-2011
Date of Filing 28-Dec-2006
Name of Patentee A. RAYMOND & CIE
Applicant Address 113, COURS BERRIAT, F-38028 GRENOBLE, FRANCE
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 FEGER, AXEL JURAWEG 5, 79540 LORRACH, GERMANY
2 TREDE, MICHAEL 51, RUE DU GENERAL DE GAULLE, F-68440 HABSHEIM, FRANCE
PCT International Classification Number F16L 37/14
PCT International Application Number PCT/EP2004/013368
PCT International Filing date 2004-11-25
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 10 2004 038 912.8 2004-08-11 Germany