Patents by Inventor Louis T. Frank

Louis T. Frank has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10974589
    Abstract: A capless filler pipe closure is provided for a tank filler pipe. The capless closure permits a fuel pump nozzle to be inserted into the tank filler pipe without first removing a fuel cap form the outer end of the tank filler pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Paul C. Wetzel, Louis T. Frank
  • Publication number: 20200361310
    Abstract: A capless filler pipe closure is provided for a tank filler pipe. The capless closure permits a fuel pump nozzle to be inserted into the tank filler pipe without first removing a fuel cap form the outer end of the tank filler pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Paul C. WETZEL, Louis T. FRANK
  • Patent number: 10065496
    Abstract: A fuel-tank filler apparatus includes a fuel-tank filler neck and a filler neck closure. A flapper door is provided to control access to a fuel-conducting passageway formed in the fuel-tank filler neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Louis T. Frank, Joshua L. Rude, Paul C. Wetzel, II
  • Patent number: 9873322
    Abstract: A fuel tank apparatus is adapted to conduct fuel toward the fuel tank of a vehicle. The fuel tank fill apparatus includes a fuel-tank filler neck for conducting fuel to the fuel tank and a capless closure assembly the couples to the fuel-tank filler neck in such a way so as to be removed for serviceability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Louis T. Frank, Joshua L. Rude
  • Patent number: 9758035
    Abstract: A filler neck cap is adapted to mate with and close a filler neck. The filler neck cap includes a closure configured to engage the filler neck, an outer handle configured to be gripped by a consumer, and a torque-transmission member configured to transmit torque applied to the outer handle by the consumer to the closure to rotate the closure relative to the filler neck during installation of the cap in the filler neck and removal of the cap from the filler neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Louis T. Frank, Michael S. Brock
  • Publication number: 20170072789
    Abstract: A fuel-tank filler apparatus includes a fuel-tank filler neck and a filler neck closure. A flapper door is provided to control access to a fuel-conducting passageway formed in the fuel-tank filler neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Louis T. Frank, Joshua L. Rude, Paul C. Wetzel, II
  • Publication number: 20170072790
    Abstract: A fuel tank fill apparatus according to the present disclosure is adapted to conduct fuel toward the fuel tank of a vehicle. The fuel tank fill apparatus includes a fuel-tank filler neck for conducting fuel to the fuel tank and a capless closure assembly that couples to the fuel-tank filler neck in such a way so as to be removed for serviceability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Louis T. Frank, Joshua L. Rude
  • Publication number: 20170015194
    Abstract: A filler neck cap is adapted to mate with and close a filler neck. The filler neck cap includes a closure configured to engage the filler neck, an outer handle configured to be gripped by a consumer, and a torque-transmission member configured to transmit torque applied to the outer handle by the consumer to the closure to rotate the closure relative to the filler neck during installation of the cap in the filler neck and removal of the cap from the filler neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Louis T. Frank, Michael S. Brock
  • Patent number: 9527380
    Abstract: A filler neck cap is adapted to mate with and close a filler neck. The filler neck cap includes a closure configured to engage the filler neck, an outer handle configured to be gripped by a consumer, and a torque-transmission member configured to transmit torque applied to the outer handle by the consumer to the closure to rotate the closure relative to the filler neck during installation of the cap in the filler neck and removal of the cap from the filler neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Louis T. Frank, Michael S. Brock
  • Patent number: 9415679
    Abstract: A nozzle inhibitor is adapted to be arranged in a filler neck included in a fuel tank fill tube and is configured to allow only a diesel fuel nozzle having an outer diameter that is greater than a specified minimum diameter to be inserted into the fill tube to a depth sufficient so that a user may dispense diesel fuel from that nozzle into the fill tube. The nozzle inhibitor inhibits insertion of a small-diameter unleaded fuel nozzle into the fill tube, yet allows insertion of a large-diameter diesel fuel nozzle into the fill tube so that only diesel fuel is dispensed into a diesel fuel tank coupled to the fill tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Louis T Frank, Kevin L Young, Mike W Boles
  • Publication number: 20140284329
    Abstract: A nozzle inhibitor is adapted to be arranged in a filler neck included in a fuel tank fill tube and is configured to allow only a diesel fuel nozzle having an outer diameter that is greater than a specified minimum diameter to be inserted into the fill tube to a depth sufficient so that a user may dispense diesel fuel from that nozzle into the fill tube. The nozzle inhibitor inhibits insertion of a small-diameter unleaded fuel nozzle into the fill tube, yet allows insertion of a large-diameter diesel fuel nozzle into the fill tube so that only diesel fuel is dispensed into a diesel fuel tank coupled to the fill tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Louis T Frank, Kevin L Young, Mike W Boles
  • Patent number: 8567628
    Abstract: A fuel cap includes a filler-neck closure including a pressure-relief valve and a vacuum-relief valve and a handle arranged to overlie the filler-neck closure. The fuel cap also includes a torque-transmission ring arranged to lie between the handle and the filler-neck closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Gary L. Dunkle, Louis T. Frank
  • Publication number: 20130008906
    Abstract: A filler neck cap is adapted to mate with and close a filler neck. The filler neck cap includes a closure configured to engage the filler neck, an outer handle configured to be gripped by a consumer, and a torque-transmission member configured to transmit torque applied to the outer handle by the consumer to the closure to rotate the closure relative to the filler neck during installation of the cap in the filler neck and removal of the cap from the filler neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: STANT USA CORP.
    Inventors: Louis T. Frank, Michael S. Brock
  • Publication number: 20100089306
    Abstract: A fuel gauge is adapted to extend into a fuel tank to enclose liquid fuel in the fuel tank and to sense the level of liquid fuel in the fuel tank. The fuel gauge includes a fuel-level indicator having a needle and a buoyant float exposed to the liquid fuel in the fuel tank. The needle moves in response to changes in the level of liquid fuel in the fuel tank sensed by the buoyant float.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: STANT MANUFACTURING INC.
    Inventors: Gary L. Dunkle, Louis T. Frank
  • Publication number: 20100089919
    Abstract: A fuel cap includes a filler-neck closure including a pressure-relief valve and a vacuum-relief valve and a handle arranged to overlie the filler-neck closure. The fuel cap also includes a torque-transmission ring arranged to lie between the handle and the filler-neck closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: STANT MANUFACTURING INC.
    Inventors: Gary L. Dunkle, Louis T. Frank
  • Patent number: 7527044
    Abstract: A power source is provided for a machine. The power source includes an engine and an engine fuel system of the type that generates fuel vapor containing hydrocarbon material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Dunkle, Josh J. Mullins, Louis T. Frank