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(11)EP 3 309 434 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
04.12.2019 Bulletin 2019/49

(21)Application number: 17196329.1

(22)Date of filing:  13.10.2017
(51)Int. Cl.: 
F16K 27/08  (2006.01)
F16D 1/10  (2006.01)
F16K 31/00  (2006.01)

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SELF ALIGNING AND SELF LATCHING MECHANICAL SHAFT CONNECTOR

SELBSTAUSRICHTENDER UND SELBSTVERRIEGELNDER MECHANISCHER SCHWELLENVERBINDER

CONNECTEUR D'ARBRE MÉCANIQUE À AUTO-ALIGNEMENT ET AUTO-VERROUILLABLE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 14.10.2016 US 201662408483 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
18.04.2018 Bulletin 2018/16

(73)Proprietor: Schneider Electric Buildings, LLC
Palatine, IL 60067-7399 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • FREY, Brian
    Palatine, Illinois 60067-7399 (US)

(74)Representative: Murgitroyd & Company 
Scotland House 165-169 Scotland Street
Glasgow G5 8PL
Glasgow G5 8PL (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
US-A- 3 687 415
US-A1- 2016 025 227
US-A- 5 505 661
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND


    Field of Invention



    [0001] Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to actuator driven valves, and more particularly to a releasable connection of an actuator to a valve body in a valve apparatus.

    Discussion of Related Art



    [0002] In valve apparatuses having an actuator, it is sometimes desirable to have the actuator be connected to and/or removed from a valve stem of another operating member of a valve. US 3,687,415 discloses a known connector system for connecting an actuator to a valve.

    SUMMARY



    [0003] According to principles of the present invention, a self-aligning and self-latching mechanical shaft connector is used to connect an actuator to a valve body of a valve. In at least one embodiment, the shaft connector has an actuator adapter plug and a valve adapter sub-assembly. The actuator adapter has a connector mechanism for engaging with an actuator and has a conical protrusion opposite the connector mechanism and a peripheral groove along the actuator adapter plug body. The valve adapter sub-assembly includes an outer housing having a recessed receptacle for receiving a protrusion from a valve body and a bore for receiving the actuator adapter plug, and an expansion spring placed within the outer housing. The expansion spring provides radial pressure toward the axis of the outer housing to receive the conical protrusion and latch onto the peripheral groove of the actuator adapter plug.

    [0004] The present invention refers to a self-aligning connector system for connecting an actuator to a valve body of a valve according to claim 1 and comprising an actuator adapter plug having a conical protrusion and a peripheral groove formed in an outer surface of the actuator adapter plug, and a valve adapter sub-assembly comprising an outer housing having a bore configured to receive the actuator adapter plug, and an expansion spring coupled to the outer housing and configured to provide radial pressure on the outer housing to receive the conical protrusion of the actuator adapter plug and latch onto the peripheral groove.

    [0005] According to one embodiment, the conical protrusion is configured to interface with the outer housing to self-align the actuator adaptor plug and compensate for axis offset errors when the actuator adaptor plug is inserted into the bore. In another embodiment, the conical protrusion is configured to expand the expansion spring as the actuator plug is inserted into the bore. In one embodiment, the expansion spring comprises at least one protrusion configured to engage with the peripheral groove.

    [0006] According to another embodiment, the actuator adapter plug further comprises a connector mechanism configured to engage with the actuator. In one embodiment, the connector mechanism is further configured to engage with at least one bracket of the actuator. In another embodiment, the connector mechanism is further configured to engage with at least one of an anti-rotation bracket and a u-bracket of the actuator.

    [0007] According to one embodiment, the outer housing comprises at least one opening configured to allow the at least one protrusion of the expansion spring to protrude into the bore. In another embodiment, the at least one protrusion of the expansion spring includes a plurality of protrusions and the at least one opening of the outer housing includes a plurality of openings. In one embodiment, the plurality of protrusions includes three protrusions.

    [0008] The present invention further refers to a method for coupling an actuator with a valve body of a valve according to claim 9, the method comprising engaging a connector mechanism of an actuator adapter plug with the actuator, inserting a conical protrusion of the actuator adapter plug into a bore of a valve adapter sub-assembly coupled to the valve body, providing radial pressure toward an axis of the valve adapter sub-assembly as the conical protrusion is inserted into the bore, and latching the actuator adapter plug to the valve adapter subassembly using an expansion spring of the valve adapter sub-assembly that fits into a peripheral groove of the actuator adapter plug.

    [0009] According to another embodiment, the method further comprises receiving, with a recessed receptacle of the valve adapter sub-assembly, a protrusion from the valve body. In one embodiment, receiving the protrusion from the valve body includes sliding the protrusion from the valve body into the recessed receptacle.

    [0010] According to one embodiment, engaging the connector mechanism with the actuator comprises sliding the connector mechanism into at least one bracket of the actuator. In another embodiment, inserting the conical protrusion into the bore of the valve adapter sub-assembly comprises self-aligning the actuator adaptor plug to compensate for axis offset errors as the conical protrusion is inserted into the bore. In one embodiment, inserting the conical protrusion into the bore of the valve adapter sub-assembly comprises expanding the expansion spring as the conical protrusion is inserted into the bore.

    [0011] At least one aspect in accord with the present invention is directed to a valve assembly comprising an actuator, a valve body, an actuator adapter plug configured to be coupled to the actuator, a valve adapter sub-assembly configured to be coupled to the valve body and comprising an outer housing having a bore configured to receive the actuator adapter plug, and means for self-aligning the actuator adapter plug to compensate for axis offset errors when the actuator plus is inserted into the bore and for coupling the valve adapter sub-assembly to the actuator adapter plug.

    [0012] According to one embodiment, the actuator adapter plug further comprises means for engaging with the actuator. In another embodiment, the valve adapter sub-assembly further comprises means for receiving a protrusion from the valve body.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0013] The accompanying drawings are not intended to be drawn to scale. In the drawings, each identical or nearly identical component that is illustrated in various figures is represented by a like numeral. For purposes of clarity, not every component may be labeled in every drawing. In the drawings:

    FIG. 1A is an isometric view of an outer housing of a valve adapter sub-assembly in accordance with principles of the invention;

    FIG. 1B is a bottom view of the outer housing of FIG. 1A in accordance with principles of the invention;

    FIG. 1C is a cross sectional side view of the outer housing of FIG. 1A engaged with a valve in accordance with principles of the invention;

    FIG. 2 is a top view of an expansion spring that may be used in connection with the outer housing of FIG. 1A;

    FIG. 3A is an isometric view of an actuator adapter plug of an actuator in accordance with principles of the invention;

    FIG. 3B is a top view of the plug of FIG. 3A;

    FIG. 3C is a side view of the plug of FIG. 3A;

    FIG. 4A is an isometric view of the valve adapter subassembly mounted on a valve and actuator adapter plug mounted on an actuator in accordance with principles of the invention; and

    FIG. 4B is an isometric view of the mounted valve adapter subassembly shown in FIG. 4A engaged with the mounted actuator adapter plug in accordance with principles of the invention.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0014] Examples of the methods and systems discussed herein are not limited in application to the details of construction and the arrangement of components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the accompanying drawings. The methods and systems are capable of implementation in other embodiments and of being practiced or of being carried out in various ways. Examples of specific implementations are provided herein for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be limiting. In particular, acts, components, elements and features discussed in connection with any one or more examples are not intended to be excluded from a similar role in any other examples.

    [0015] Also, the phraseology and terminology used herein is for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting. Any references to examples, embodiments, components, elements or acts of the systems and methods herein referred to in the singular may also embrace embodiments including a plurality, and any references in plural to any embodiment, component, element or act herein may also embrace embodiments including only a singularity. References in the singular or plural form are not intended to limit the presently disclosed systems or methods, their components, acts, or elements. The use herein of "including," "comprising," "having," "containing," "involving," and variations thereof is meant to encompass the items listed thereafter and equivalents thereof as well as additional items. References to "or" may be construed as inclusive so that any terms described using "or" may indicate any of a single, more than one, and all of the described terms.

    [0016] As discussed above, in valve apparatuses, it is sometimes desirable to have the actuator be connected to and/or removed from a valve stem of another operating member of a valve. In some valve systems, releasable engagement between an actuator to a valve body may involve manually connecting a valve, having an operating member extending outwardly from the valve body along an axis of the operating member, to an actuator. For example, the actuator can include a latching mechanism to which the operating member of the valve engages and the operating member often includes a "notch" or "protrusion" that is on a plane perpendicular to the axis of the operating member. The latching mechanism of the actuator can have a planar surface that interfaces with a surface of the notch or protrusion to help secure the actuator to the valve body. To engage the notch or protrusion of the valve with the planar surface of the latching mechanism of the actuator, the valve and the actuator must typically be misaligned to insert the valve with the latching mechanism, and then realigned, which can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Such a process may also involve the use of additional tools.

    [0017] A valve apparatus is provided where the actuator can be operatively connected to a valve stem of another operating member of a valve by a selectively releasable engagement apparatus, such that the actuator can be readily removed from or attached to the valve without the use of additional tools.

    [0018] FIGS. 1A-C show an exemplary embodiment of an outer housing 100 of a valve adapter sub-assembly in accordance with principles described herein. The outer housing 100 has a recessed receptacle 110. As show in FIG 1C, the receptacle 110 allows the outer housing 100 to receive a protrusion 600 from a valve body. The outer housing also includes a bore 120 for receiving the actuator adapter plug 300 of FIGS. 3A-C. An expansion spring 200 (shown in FIG. 2) may be placed within the outer housing 100, the expansion spring providing radial pressure on outer housing (e.g., toward the axis 140). In at least one embodiment, expansion spring 200 has three protrusions 210a-c that fit within openings 130 to protrude into the outer housing bore; however, in other embodiments, the expansion spring 200 can include any number of protrusions.

    [0019] FIGS. 3A-C show an exemplary actuator adapter plug 300 for an actuator in accordance with principles described herein. The actuator adapter plug 300 has a connector mechanism 310 for engaging with an actuator. In the embodiment shown, connector mechanism 310 engages with two upper brackets (anti-rotation and u-brackets) of an actuator. The actuator adapter plug 300 also includes a conical protrusion 320 opposite the connector mechanism 310, and a peripheral groove 330 along an outer surface of the actuator adapter plug 300.

    [0020] FIG. 4A shows an isometric view of a valve adapter subassembly 400 having the outer housing 100 and expansion spring 200 mounted on a valve. Actuator adapter plug 300 is mounted on an actuator 500 having two upper brackets 510 (called anti-rotation and u-brackets). Typically, in conventional systems, the valve protrusion 600 would engage directly with the brackets 510. In doing so, the connection would involve engaging the notch or protrusion 600 of the valve with the planar surface of the latching mechanism of the actuator. In such a system, the valve and the actuator must typically be misaligned from a common axis to insert the valve with the latching mechanism, and then realigned, which can be a difficult and time consuming process.

    [0021] In accordance with principles described herein, the actuator adapter plug 300 slides onto the actuator 500. The valve adapter sub-assembly 400 has the outer housing 100 that retains the expansion spring 200 and slides onto the valve. The actuator 500 is driven down to the valve until the top actuator adapter plug 300 engages the bottom valve adapter sub-assembly 400 and the spring 200 is fully latched. Once engaged the geometry of the mated parts and the corresponding shafts prevents the disengagement of the adapters from each other and from the corresponding shafts. This reduces time and effort required to make a connection. No physical tools are required to engage or disengage the connection.

    [0022] The conical plug geometry of the actuator adapter plug 300 interfacing with the outer housing 100 bore 120 allows the design to self-align and compensate for axis offset errors in any direction perpendicular to the shaft axes. Conical plug geometry also expands the spring 200 as shafts are brought closer together during assembly. The spring 200 then snaps into inner plug groove 330 and creates the final complete connection when the shafts are the correct distance apart.

    [0023] FIG. 4B shows the mounted valve adapter subassembly 400 engaged with the mounted actuator adapter plug 300 in accordance with principles of the invention.

    [0024] Having thus described several aspects of at least one embodiment of this invention in considerable detail with reference to certain preferred version thereof, it is to be appreciated various alterations, modifications, and improvements will readily occur to those skilled in the art. Such alterations, modifications, and improvements are intended to be part of this disclosure. Accordingly, the foregoing description and drawings are by way of example only. Further, the phraseology and terminology used herein is for the purpose of descriptions and should not be regarded as limiting. The use of "including," "comprising," "having," "containing," "involving," and variations herein, are meant to be open-ended, i.e. "including but not limited to."


    Claims

    1. A self-aligning connector system for connecting an actuator (500) to a valve body of a valve, comprising:

    an actuator adapter plug (300) having a conical protrusion (320) and a peripheral groove (330) formed in an outer surface of the actuator adapter plug (300); and

    a valve adapter sub-assembly (400) comprising an outer housing (100) having a bore (120) configured to receive the actuator adapter plug (300), and an expansion spring (200) coupled to the outer housing (100) and configured to provide radial pressure on the outer housing (100) to receive the conical protrusion (320) of the actuator adapter plug (300) and latch onto the peripheral groove (330).


     
    2. The self-aligning connector system of claim 1, wherein the conical protrusion (320) is configured to interface with the outer housing (100) to self-align the actuator adapter plug (300) and compensate for axis offset errors when the actuator adapter plug (300) is inserted into the bore (120).
     
    3. The self-aligning connector system of claim 1, wherein the conical protrusion (320) is further configured to expand the expansion spring (200) as the actuator adapter plug (300) is inserted into the bore (120).
     
    4. The self-aligning connector system of claim 1, wherein the actuator adapter plug (300) further comprises a connector mechanism (310) configured to engage with the actuator (500).
     
    5. The self-aligning connector system of claim 4, wherein the connector mechanism (310) is further configured to engage with a bracket (510) of the actuator (500).
     
    6. The self-aligning connector system of claim 1, wherein the valve adapter sub-assembly (400) further comprises a recessed receptacle (110) for receiving a protrusion (600) from the valve body.
     
    7. The self-aligning connector system of claim 1, wherein the expansion spring (200) comprises a plurality of protrusions (210 a-c) configured to engage with the peripheral groove (330).
     
    8. The self-aligning connector system of claim 7, wherein the outer housing (100) comprises a plurality of openings (130) configured to allow the plurality of protrusions (210 a-c) of the expansion spring (200) to protrude into the bore (120).
     
    9. A method for coupling an actuator (500) with a valve body of a valve, the method comprising:

    engaging a connector mechanism (310) of an actuator adapter plug (300) with the actuator (500);

    inserting a conical protrusion (320) of the actuator adapter plug (300) into a bore (120) of a valve adapter sub-assembly (400) coupled to the valve body;

    providing radial pressure toward an axis of the valve adapter sub-assembly (400) as the conical protrusion (320) is inserted into the bore (120); and

    latching the actuator adapter plug (300) to the valve adapter sub-assembly (400) using an expansion spring (200) of the valve adapter sub-assembly (400) that fits into a peripheral groove (330) of the actuator adapter plug (300).


     
    10. The method of claim 9, wherein engaging the connector mechanism (310) with the actuator (500) comprises sliding the connector mechanism (310) into at least one bracket (510) of the actuator (500).
     
    11. The method of claim 9, further comprising receiving, with a recessed receptacle (110) of the valve adapter sub-assembly (400), a protrusion (600) from the valve body.
     
    12. The method of claim 11, wherein receiving the protrusion (600) from the valve body includes sliding the protrusion (600) from the valve body into the recessed receptacle (110).
     
    13. The method of claim 9, wherein inserting the conical protrusion (320) into the bore (120) of the valve adapter sub-assembly (400) comprises self-aligning the actuator adapter plug (300) to compensate for axis offset errors as the conical protrusion (320) is inserted into the bore (120).
     
    14. The method of claim 9, wherein inserting the conical protrusion (320) into the bore (120) of the valve adapter sub-assembly (400) comprises expanding the expansion spring (200) as the conical protrusion (320) is inserted into the bore (120).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Ein selbstausrichtendes Verbindersystem zum Verbinden eines Stellantriebs (500) mit einem Ventilkörper eines Ventils, beinhaltend:

    einen Stellantriebsadapterstecker (300), der einen konischen Vorsprung (320) und eine Umfangsrille (330), die in einer äußeren Oberfläche des Stellantriebsadaptersteckers (300) gebildet ist, aufweist; und

    eine Ventiladapter-Unterbaugruppe (400), die Folgendes beinhaltet: ein äußeres Gehäuse (100) mit einer Bohrung (120), die konfiguriert ist, um den Stellantriebsadapterstecker (300) aufzunehmen, und eine Spreizfeder (200), die an das äußere Gehäuse (100) gekoppelt ist und konfiguriert ist, um einen radialen Druck auf das äußere Gehäuse (100) bereitzustellen, um den konischen Vorsprung (320) des Stellantriebsadaptersteckers (300) aufzunehmen und auf der Umfangsrille (330) einzurasten.


     
    2. Selbstausrichtendes Verbindersystem gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der konische Vorsprung (320) konfiguriert ist, um an das äußere Gehäuse (100) anzukoppeln, um den Stellantriebsadapterstecker (300) selbst auszurichten und Achsenversatzfehler zu kompensieren, wenn der Stellantriebsadapterstecker (300) in die Bohrung (120) eingeführt wird.
     
    3. Selbstausrichtendes Verbindersystem gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der konische Vorsprung (320) ferner konfiguriert ist, um die Spreizfeder (200) zu spreizen, während der Stellantriebsadapterstecker (300) in die Bohrung (120) eingeführt wird.
     
    4. Selbstausrichtendes Verbindersystem gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Stellantriebsadapterstecker (300) ferner einen Verbindermechanismus (310) beinhaltet, der konfiguriert ist, um mit dem Stellantrieb (500) in Eingriff zu gelangen.
     
    5. Selbstausrichtendes Verbindersystem gemäß Anspruch 4, wobei der Verbindermechanismus (310) ferner konfiguriert ist, um mit einer Halterung (510) des Stellantriebs (500) in Eingriff zu gelangen.
     
    6. Selbstausrichtendes Verbindersystem gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei die Ventiladapter-Unterbaugruppe (400) ferner eine ausgesparte Aufnahme (110) zum Aufnehmen eines Vorsprungs (600) von dem Ventilkörper beinhaltet.
     
    7. Selbstausrichtendes Verbindersystem gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei die Spreizfeder (200) eine Vielzahl von Vorsprüngen (210a-c) beinhaltet, die konfiguriert sind, um mit der Umfangsrille (330) in Eingriff zu gelangen.
     
    8. Selbstausrichtendes Verbindersystem gemäß Anspruch 7, wobei das äußere Gehäuse (100) eine Vielzahl von Öffnungen (130) beinhaltet, die konfiguriert sind, um zu ermöglichen, dass die Vielzahl von Vorsprüngen (210a-c) der Spreizfeder (200) in die Bohrung (120) vorstehen.
     
    9. Ein Verfahren zum Koppeln eines Stellantriebs (500) mit einem Ventilkörper eines Ventils, wobei das Verfahren Folgendes beinhaltet:

    In-Eingriff-Bringen eines Verbindermechanismus (310) eines Stellantriebsadaptersteckers (300) mit dem Stellantrieb (500);

    Einführen eines konischen Vorsprungs (320) des Stellantriebsadaptersteckers (300) in eine Bohrung (120) einer Ventiladapter-Unterbaugruppe (400), die an den Ventilkörper gekoppelt ist;

    Bereitstellen eines radialen Drucks in Richtung einer Achse der Ventiladapter-Unterbaugruppe (400), während der konische Vorsprung (320) in die Bohrung (120) eingeführt wird; und

    Einrasten des Stellantriebsadaptersteckers (300) an der Ventiladapter-Unterbaugruppe (400) unter Verwendung einer Spreizfeder (200) der Ventiladapter-Unterbaugruppe (400), die in eine Umfangsrille (330) des Stellantriebsadaptersteckers (300) passt.


     
    10. Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 9, wobei das In-Eingriff-Bringen des Verbindermechanismus (310) mit dem Stellantrieb (500) das Schieben des Verbindermechanismus (310) in mindestens eine Halterung (510) des Stellantriebs (500) beinhaltet.
     
    11. Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 9, das ferner das Aufnehmen, mit einer ausgesparten Aufnahme (110) der Ventiladapter-Unterbaugruppe (400), eines Vorsprungs (600) von dem Ventilkörper beinhaltet.
     
    12. Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 11, wobei das Aufnehmen des Vorsprungs (600) von dem Ventilkörper das Schieben des Vorsprungs (600) von dem Ventilkörper in die ausgesparte Aufnahme (110) umfasst.
     
    13. Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 9, wobei das Einführen des konischen Vorsprungs (320) in die Bohrung (120) der Ventiladapter-Unterbaugruppe (400) das Selbstausrichten des Stellantriebsadaptersteckers (300) zum Kompensieren von Achsenversatzfehlern, während der konische Vorsprung (320) in die Bohrung (120) eingeführt wird, beinhaltet.
     
    14. Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 9, wobei das Einführen des konischen Vorsprungs (320) in die Bohrung (120) der Ventiladapter-Unterbaugruppe (400) das Spreizen der Spreizfeder (200), während der konische Vorsprung (320) in die Bohrung (120) eingeführt wird, beinhaltet.
     


    Revendications

    1. Un système formant connecteur à auto-alignement pour la connexion d'un actionneur (500) à un corps de valve d'une valve, comprenant :

    une fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) ayant une saillie conique (320) et une rainure périphérique (330) formée dans une surface externe de la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) ; et

    un sous-ensemble formant adaptateur de valve (400) comprenant un logement externe (100) ayant un alésage (120) configuré pour recevoir la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300), et un ressort à extension (200) couplé au logement externe (100) et configuré pour fournir une pression radiale sur le logement externe (100) afin de recevoir la saillie conique (320) de la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) et de s'accrocher sur la rainure périphérique (330).


     
    2. Le système formant connecteur à auto-alignement de la revendication 1, dans lequel la saillie conique (320) est configurée pour faire l'interface avec le logement externe (100) afin d'auto-aligner la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) et de compenser des erreurs de décalage d'axe quand la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) est insérée dans l'alésage (120).
     
    3. Le système formant connecteur à auto-alignement de la revendication 1, dans lequel la saillie conique (320) est configurée en sus pour étendre le ressort à extension (200) à mesure que la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) est insérée dans l'alésage (120).
     
    4. Le système formant connecteur à auto-alignement de la revendication 1, dans lequel la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) comprend en sus un mécanisme de connecteur (310) configuré pour se mettre en prise avec l'actionneur (500).
     
    5. Le système formant connecteur à auto-alignement de la revendication 4, dans lequel le mécanisme de connecteur (310) est configuré en sus pour se mettre en prise avec un support (510) de l'actionneur (500).
     
    6. Le système formant connecteur à auto-alignement de la revendication 1, dans lequel le sous-ensemble formant adaptateur de valve (400) comprend en sus une prise encastrée (110) pour la réception d'une saillie (600) depuis le corps de valve.
     
    7. Le système formant connecteur à auto-alignement de la revendication 1, dans lequel le ressort à extension (200) comprend une pluralité de saillies (210 a-c) configurées pour se mettre en prise avec la rainure périphérique (330).
     
    8. Le système formant connecteur à auto-alignement de la revendication 7, dans lequel le logement externe (100) comprend une pluralité d'ouvertures (130) configurées pour permettre à la pluralité de saillies (210 a-c) du ressort à extension (200) de faire saillie dans l'alésage (120).
     
    9. Un procédé pour le couplage d'un actionneur (500) avec un corps de valve d'une valve, le procédé comprenant :

    la mise en prise d'un mécanisme de connecteur (310) d'une fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) avec l'actionneur (500) ;

    l'insertion d'une saillie conique (320) de la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) dans un alésage (120) d'un sous-ensemble formant adaptateur de valve (400) couplé au corps de valve ;

    la fourniture d'une pression radiale en direction d'un axe du sous-ensemble formant adaptateur de valve (400) à mesure que la saillie conique (320) est insérée dans l'alésage (120) ; et

    l'accrochage de la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) au sous-ensemble formant adaptateur de valve (400) en utilisant un ressort à extension (200) du sous-ensemble formant adaptateur de valve (400) qui s'emboîte dans une rainure périphérique (330) de la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300).


     
    10. Le procédé de la revendication 9, dans lequel la mise en prise du mécanisme de connecteur (310) avec l'actionneur (500) comprend le glissement du mécanisme de connecteur (310) dans au moins un support (510) de l'actionneur (500).
     
    11. Le procédé de la revendication 9, comprenant en sus la réception, avec une prise encastrée (110) du sous-ensemble formant adaptateur de valve (400), d'une saillie (600) depuis le corps de valve.
     
    12. Le procédé de la revendication 11, dans lequel la réception de la saillie (600) depuis le corps de valve inclut le glissement de la saillie (600) depuis le corps de valve dans la prise encastrée (110).
     
    13. Le procédé de la revendication 9, dans lequel l'insertion de la saillie conique (320) dans l'alésage (120) du sous-ensemble formant adaptateur de valve (400) comprend l'auto-alignement de la fiche formant adaptateur d'actionneur (300) afin de compenser des erreurs de décalage d'axe à mesure que la saillie conique (320) est insérée dans l'alésage (120).
     
    14. Le procédé de la revendication 9, dans lequel l'insertion de la saillie conique (320) dans l'alésage (120) du sous-ensemble formant adaptateur de valve (400) comprend l'extension du ressort à extension (200) à mesure que la saillie conique (320) est insérée dans l'alésage (120).
     




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