US 11,655,906 B2
Multi-port multi-plane valve
Joseph Ledvora, Wheaton, IL (US); Thomas J. Davern, St. Charles, IL (US); and James E. Pearson, Downers Grove, IL (US)
Assigned to Robertshaw Controls Company, Itasca, IL (US)
Filed by Joseph Ledvora, Wheaton, IL (US); Thomas J. Davern, St. Charles, IL (US); and James E. Pearson, Downers Grove, IL (US)
Filed on Sep. 27, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/485,788.
Application 17/485,788 is a continuation of application No. 16/719,629, filed on Dec. 18, 2019, granted, now 11,255,450.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/782,155, filed on Dec. 19, 2018.
Prior Publication US 2022/0010884 A1, Jan. 13, 2022
Int. Cl. F16K 11/085 (2006.01); F16K 5/04 (2006.01)
CPC F16K 11/0856 (2013.01) [F16K 5/0471 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A multi-port, multi-plane valve, comprising:
a housing defining an internal cavity and comprising a plurality of ports, wherein each of the plurality of ports is in communication with the internal cavity and wherein at least one port of the plurality of ports lies in a first plane normal to a second plane of the other ports of the plurality of ports; and
a shell body rotatably disposed within the internal cavity to selectively provide both planar fluid communication between a first subset of the plurality of ports and multi-plane fluid communication between a second subset of the plurality of ports at the same time.