FLOWKNOT
Rupture Control System

News for FLOWKNOT™ - (American Service Network™ announces “Issued Patent” status for the
FlowKnot™  Brand Rupture Control System)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
News for FLOWKNOT™ - American Service Network™ announces “Issued Patent” status by The United States Patent and Trademark Office, along with strategic plan for its FlowKnot™ Brand, Rupture Control System Technology.

SACRAMENTO, CA.  September 21, 2010 American Service Network™, a leader in innovation, today announced receiving Patent No. 7,798,165 by The United States Patent and Trademark Office for its FlowKnot Rupture Control System flood and water damage protection technology.

The FlowKnot™ series is an improved hose, conduit, line, and vessel safety containment and control system that, upon rupture/failure, automatically contains 100% of fluid, gas, substance, vapor and vacuum, also closing the source supply valving, thus providing protection against catastrophic damage to life and property.  The system may be employed for appliance and utility systems in residential, commercial, industrial, manufacturing and scientific applications, as well as in aerospace, land, and sea transportation systems that often use flexible hoses and rigid, or semi-rigid conduit systems in their individual applications.  The system is easy to install, is compact, and requires no electrical circuitry, external mechanism, drainage system, or operator force to function.  Additionally, the system optionally provides for actuation of external condition indicating, annunciation, and activation systems, as well as the ability to be retrofitted into existing systems.

In one of the most common applications, residential, a pair of the FlowKnot™ type Rupture Control System hoses replace the two hoses on a clothes washing machine.  To add protection for other items, one of these FlowKnot™ type hoses replaces each of the existing supply hoses on the sinks, ice maker, dish washer, commodes, etc.,  throughout the home or structure.  Any rupture or break in any of the supply hoses is contained in the outer jacket and the supply valve is forced to shut off, without the loss of a single drop of fluid, thereby eliminating any water damage whatsoever.  Even better, potentially deadly mold growth from escaping water is not initiated at all.  The insurance industry has recently determined that payouts for loss damage due to water has surpassed that of fire claims.  Building codes are now requiring basins and drainage systems under clothes washers to prevent catastrophic water damage in the event of a rupture, but do not yet address the other areas of the building which are just as prone to damage.  Undoubtedly, we will see this technology implemented as a result of evolving code requirements.  Our technology works in absence of capture basins or any other external influence for that matter to operate.  Most insurance carriers are sure to offer premium discounts when this technology is applied on a wide scale.

J R McClung, Executive Director for the FlowKnot™ branded technology line, when asked about the competition commented, “There really is no competition.  This proprietary advancement and innovation will blow the others out of the water, so to speak.  The latest Rupture Control System technology comes in a modular, lightweight, self-contained and easy to install system series that provides proven reliability and requires none of the external electrical hardwiring or drainage systems that virtually all other predecessor systems along these lines do."

"The closest competing technology provides only partial protection, but only if their components are tuned to the source supply pressure of the system(s) they are installed on…  A near impossibility.  A small hole or tear in these competing systems, rather than a rupture, spells disaster, because under those conditions they allow fluid to keep on running, and running, without shutting off.  Even if they operate as intended in the event of a rupture, they allow the escape of a great deal of fluid, and therefore damage, as part of their design.  I’ve talked with many end-users and installers, and have read plenty of reports that indicate these systems are prone to false-tripping as well, requiring cumbersome re-setting, resulting in frustration by end-users.  The best marketing strategy they could come up with has been for them to sell these systems as vandalism prevention devices, where they are demonstrated by cutting their hoses completely-through, causing the devices to spray a lot of water onto the floor before reacting...  As if that would stop a determined vandal!  It also misses the point entirely that most ruptures are going to start as small holes, and those devices would not shut-off under that circumstance either, because they need a certain large volume of flow, along with a certain minimum system pressure to react.  I could fill a swimming pool with water through a small hole in one of those devices.  Don't let these guys fool you into believing a stainless braided hose is the answer either.  Braided lines offer abrasion resistance, period!  There is still a rubber hose at the core of these lines that will deteriorate with temperature and time, and fail...  With results the same as if no braided jacket were present at all.  What is truly scary is that at least one of these competing devices comes in the form of a gas supply line designed and constructed on a similar premise.  Can you imagine the results of a building full of explosive gas because of a pinhole leak in the gas supply conduit?  One spark and KA-BOOM!  Our technology completely eliminates that possibility."

"We are extremely excited to get this technology to market and are exploring our options along those lines.  We've been at this for over five years now.  Along with the already patented material, we've made many more advancements and are in process of finalizing the securing of those as well.  Currently, we are considering infused capitalization, manufacture/distribution licensing strategies, as well as some other options.  We welcome industry leaders at the table as we form the future of flow-safety, containment, and control with this exciting new technology.  The market is conservatively estimated to be at over $100 million+ currently, for ONLY the domestic new-build, residential segment.  Residential remodel and retrofit, commercial, industrial, transportation, and aerospace segments add to that figure immensely.”

Manufacturers and Investors may contact J R McClung via the Contact Submission Form button located near the bottom of this page.

 

 
Below are some links and information as to the already published technology.
(Of course, as of yet un-published advancements do not appear here for proprietary reasons)
IN THE
UNITED STATES PATENT
and
TRADEMARK OFFICE

U.S. PATENT NO:  7,798,165

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U.S.Patent # 7,798,165 Face Page Pic - Small

 
 - FlowKnot™ Memorable Achievement -

The History Channel, Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge
Honorable Mention for the FlowKnot™ Rupture Control System.

Sponsored by:
The History Channel
Invent Now - National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation
The United States Patent and Trademark Office
The Sharper Image
Time.com.

Amazingly, we did not submit any materials to enter the competition such as prototypes, pictures, and models as was preferred, yet we made the top 100 of 3,400 entries for breakthrough inventions of 2007.



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Initial Drawings Before Continuation Advancements
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*Reduced shoulder valve type, internally ported Rupture Control System™
 
*Sleeve valve type, internally ported Rupture Control System™
 
*Gate valve type, externally ported Rupture Control System™
Advanced Continuation Drawings Showing Relative Sizing
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*Statements included in this release are neither intended to define the scope of the technology, nor to be limiting in any way.  Please note that drawings do not show any exact apparatus configurations and are included only for generalizations of some of the many design possibilities.

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