Patents by Inventor Matthias Nederegger

Matthias Nederegger 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: 8534316
    Abstract: A reservoir structure of a fuel suction unit or pump module for a diesel vehicle is provided. The reservoir structure includes a reservoir 10 having a bottom surface 14. A primary opening 12 is provided in the bottom surface for permitting fuel to pass from a fuel tank of the vehicle into the reservoir. A secondary opening 16 is provided in the reservoir 10 that is elevated from the bottom surface 14. A valve member 18 is associated with the secondary opening 16. The valve member 18 is constructed and arranged to close the secondary opening under certain pressure conditions in the reservoir and, under pressure conditions in the reservoir different from the certain pressure conditions, to permit fuel to enter the reservoir through the secondary opening in the event the primary opening is substantially blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Nederegger, Thomas Sippel, Sabine Reichelt
  • Patent number: 8529216
    Abstract: A fuel supply unit includes a fuel reservoir (22) for holding fuel. A fuel pump (18) is in the reservoir for pumping fuel from the reservoir. A jet pump assembly (16) is within the reservoir for drawing fuel from a fuel tank into the reservoir. A seal structure (24) has a flange (28) with a living hinge (31). The seal structure is operatively coupled with a housing of the jet pump assembly and disposed between the housing and a portion of the reservoir, with a portion of the flange being pivoted about the living hinge such that the portion of the flange engages an interior surface of the reservoir, providing a seal between the housing of the jet pump assembly and the interior surface of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Briggs, Jeffery John Milton, Matthias Nederegger, John P. Wattai
  • Patent number: 8070187
    Abstract: A flange structure (10) is provided for a fuel supply unit of a vehicle. The flange structure includes at least one electrically conductive fuel port (16?) having a periphery and first and second ends (22, 23). The first end (22) includes first barb structure (28). A plastic flange (20?) is overmolded on at least a portion of the periphery of the fuel port between the first and second ends. A portion of the flange overmolded on the portion of the periphery of the fuel port defines fitting structure (25) having second barb structure (27). A hose (30) is coupled with the first end of the fuel port and with the fitting structure with the first and second barb structures engaging the hose thereby preventing fuel or fuel vapor from passing between the periphery of the fuel port and the overmolded flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Athalye, Matthias Nederegger, Stephane Seps, John Patrick Wattai
  • Patent number: 7975719
    Abstract: A hose connection (51) includes mounting structure (32) and suction structure (46) having an axis (B). The suction structure is mounted to the mounting structure such that the suction structure can rotate with respect to the mounting structure about the axis. The hose connection includes a hose (26?) coupled to the suction structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Nederegger, Hugo Ritzenthaler
  • Patent number: 7810846
    Abstract: A flange structure (10?) for a fuel supply unit of a vehicle includes at least one non-electrically conductive plastic fuel port (16?) having first and second ends. A non-electrically conductive plastic flange (20?) is integral with the fuel port between the first and second ends. The flange is constructed and arranged to be coupled with a fuel tank of a vehicle. Electrically conductive grounding structure (32) is associated with the fuel port and has an elongated portion (36) extending within the fuel port so as to be exposed to fuel, and an end (40) connected with the elongated portion. An electrically conductive hose (30) is coupled with the first end of the fuel port and is in contact with the end of the grounding structure thereby defining a discharge path such that static electricity generated when fuel flows through the fuel port can be dissipated through the discharge path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Athalye, John Patrick Wattai, Matthias Nederegger, Stephane Seps
  • Patent number: 7800883
    Abstract: A flange and hose assembly is provided for a fuel supply unit of a vehicle. The assembly includes a plastic flange 12 and an electrically conductive hose connector 16 extending from a surface of the flange and having an opening in communication with a fluid path through the flange. Discharge structure 28 is associated with the hose connector. The assembly also includes at least one hose 17 for carrying fuel. The hose has an electrically conductive inner layer 27 defining an inner diameter thereof. A portion 22 of the hose connector is received in within the inner diameter of the hose so that the portion contacts the inner layer 27 of the hose, with at least a portion of the discharge structure 28 being accessible outside of the hose. The discharge structure 28 is constructed and arranged to be electrically connected to a terminal of a wiring harness of the fuel supply unit to thereby discharge an electric load in the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthias Nederegger
  • Patent number: 7690692
    Abstract: Fuel port structure (10) of a fuel pump (20) includes a fuel port (12) having a periphery (14), an internal portion defining a fuel passage (16), and a free end (18). An electrically conductive grounding structure (22) has a first portion (24) disposed at least partially within the fuel passage and a second portion (26) extending from the free end. A fuel delivery tube (28) is coupled to the periphery of the fuel port at the free end thereof. The fuel delivery tube has an electrically conductive portion (30) in contact with the second portion of the grounding structure to provide a discharge path for static electricity created when fuel flows through the fuel passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Athalye, John Patrick Wattai, Matthias Nederegger, Stephane Seps
  • Patent number: 7690359
    Abstract: A flange assembly 23 of a fuel supply unit includes a flange 22 constructed and arranged to be mounted to a fuel tank and a strut support structure 18 separate from the flange. The support structure includes a body 20 and at least a pair of strut supports 30 integral with the body and disposed in spaced relation. Each strut support is constructed and arranged to engage and support a strut. The body 20 is coupled to the flange 22 at one of a plurality of possible orientations such that the strut supports 30 are located at one of a plurality of selectable positions with respect to the flange 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Edward Price, Matthias Nederegger
  • Patent number: 7637788
    Abstract: A wire harness assembly and flange combination of a mechanical returnless fuel system includes a wire harness assembly (10) having at least two terminals (14?). Each terminal is joined with at least one wire (12?) via an electrical connection (15?). Diode structure (16) is electrically connected between the at least two terminals. A body (18) of plastic material encapsulates at least the electrical connection. A flange (20) is molded from plastic material and defines an inside region (26) and an outside region (22). The terminals are accessible from the outside region of the flange, with ends of the wires being accessible from the inside region of the flange. The plastic material of the flange encapsulates at least a portion of body, the diode structure, and at least a portion of the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Brusoe, Matthias Nederegger
  • Patent number: 7588017
    Abstract: By-pass structure (45) is connected between a high pressure portion of a fuel pump (16) and an inlet of a jet nozzle (24) of a jet assembly (18) of a fuel delivery module (10) of a vehicle. The by-pass structure is constructed and arranged such that under certain conditions when the flow of fuel from the low pressure portion of the fuel pump alone is insufficient to operate the jet pump assembly, fuel is selectively permitted to flow through the by-pass structure from the high pressure portion of the fuel pump to the inlet of the jet nozzle ensuring that a sufficient flow of fuel is present at the jet assembly to draw fuel into the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Briggs, Matthias Nederegger
  • Publication number: 20090061692
    Abstract: A wire harness assembly and flange combination of a mechanical returnless fuel system includes a wire harness assembly (10) having at least two terminals (14?). Each terminal is joined with at least one wire (12?) via an electrical connection (15?). Diode structure (16) is electrically connected between the at least two terminals. A body (18) of plastic material encapsulates at least the electrical connection. A flange (20) is molded from plastic material and defines an inside region (26) and an outside region (22). The terminals are accessible from the outside region of the flange, with ends of the wires being accessible from the inside region of the flange. The plastic material of the flange encapsulates at least a portion of body, the diode structure, and at least a portion of the terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Brusoe, Matthias Nederegger
  • Publication number: 20090035153
    Abstract: A fuel supply unit includes a fuel reservoir (22) for holding fuel. A fuel pump (18) is in the reservoir for pumping fuel from the reservoir. A jet pump assembly (16) is within the reservoir for drawing fuel from a fuel tank into the reservoir. A seal structure (24) has a flange (28) with a living hinge (31). The seal structure is operatively coupled with a housing of the jet pump assembly and disposed between the housing and a portion of the reservoir, with a portion of the flange being pivoted about the living hinge such that the portion of the flange engages an interior surface of the reservoir, providing a seal between the housing of the jet pump assembly and the interior surface of the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Briggs, Jeffery John Milton, Matthias Nederegger, John P. Wattai
  • Publication number: 20090020162
    Abstract: A hose connection (51) includes mounting structure (32) and suction structure (46) having an axis (B). The suction structure is mounted to the mounting structure such that the suction structure can rotate with respect to the mounting structure about the axis. The hose connection includes a hose (26?) coupled to the suction structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Matthias Nederegger, Hugo Ritzenthaler
  • Publication number: 20080173282
    Abstract: By-pass structure (45) is connected between a high pressure portion of a fuel pump (16) and an inlet of a jet nozzle (24) of a jet assembly (18) of a fuel delivery module (10) of a vehicle. The by-pass structure is constructed and arranged such that under certain conditions when the flow of fuel from the low pressure portion of the fuel pump alone is insufficient to operate the jet pump assembly, fuel is selectively permitted to flow through the by-pass structure from the high pressure portion of the fuel pump to the inlet of the jet nozzle ensuring that a sufficient flow of fuel is present at the jet assembly to draw fuel into the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Briggs, Matthias Nederegger
  • Publication number: 20080053546
    Abstract: A valve seal structure 20 seals an opening in a reservoir 10? of a fuel delivery module. The reservoir is constructed and arranged to be mounted with respect to a bottom of a fuel tank of a vehicle. The reservoir has wall structure 15 coupled with a bottom 14 to define an interior space 17. The bottom 14 has the opening 12 therein. The valve seal structure includes reservoir surface feature structure 22 disposed about a periphery of the opening 12 in the reservoir 10? and extending upwardly from the bottom 14 of the reservoir. A valve 24 is associated with the opening 12 and includes valve surface feature structure 28 extending towards the reservoir surface feature structure 22. A seal disk 26 is disposed between the reservoir surface feature structure 22 and the valve surface feature structure 28.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Briggs, Matthias Nederegger
  • Publication number: 20080042435
    Abstract: A flange structure (10?) for a fuel supply unit of a vehicle includes an electrically conductive fuel port (16?) having a periphery and first and second ends (22, 23). The first end includes first barb structure (28). A plastic flange (20?) is overmolded on the periphery of the fuel port between the first and second ends. A portion of the overmolded flange defines fitting structure (25) having second barb structure (27). A hose (30) is provided having first and second inner diameter portions. The first barb structure (28) engages surfaces of the first inner diameter portion (32), and the second barb structure (27) engages surfaces of the second inner diameter portion, thereby by preventing fuel or fuel vapor from passing between the periphery of the fuel port and the overmolded flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Parag Athalye, Matthias Nederegger, Stephane Seps, John Wattai
  • Publication number: 20080042437
    Abstract: A flange structure 10? for a fuel supply unit of a vehicle includes at least one non-electrically conductive plastic fuel port (16?) having first and second ends. A non-electrically conductive plastic flange (20?) is integral with the fuel port between the first and second ends. The flange is constructed and arranged to be coupled with a fuel tank of a vehicle. Electrically conductive grounding structure (32) is associated with the fuel port and has an elongated portion (36) extending within the fuel port so as to be exposed to fuel, and an end (40) connected with the elongated portion. An electrically conductive hose (30) is coupled with the first end of the fuel port and is in contact with the end of the grounding structure thereby defining a discharge path such that static electricity generated when fuel flows through the fuel port can be dissipated through the discharge path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Parag Athalye, John P. Wattai, Matthias Nederegger, Stephane Seps
  • Publication number: 20080042436
    Abstract: A flange structure (10) is provided for a fuel supply unit of a vehicle. The flange structure includes at least one electrically conductive fuel port (16?) having a periphery and first and second ends (22, 23). The first end (22) includes first barb structure (28). A plastic flange (20?) is overmolded on at least a portion of the periphery of the fuel port between the first and second ends. A portion of the flange overmolded on the portion of the periphery of the fuel port defines fitting structure (25) having second barb structure (27). A hose (30) is coupled with the first end of the fuel port and with the fitting structure with the first and second barb structures engaging the hose thereby by preventing fuel or fuel vapor from passing between the periphery of the fuel port and the overmolded flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Parag Athalye, Matthias Nederegger, Stephane Seps, John P. Wattai
  • Publication number: 20080042439
    Abstract: Fuel port structure (10) of a fuel pump (20) includes a fuel port (12) having a periphery (14), an internal portion defining a fuel passage (16), and a free end (18). An electrically conductive grounding structure (22) has a first portion (24) disposed at least partially within the fuel passage and a second portion (26) extending from the free end. A fuel delivery tube (28) is coupled to the periphery of the fuel port at the free end thereof. The fuel delivery tube has an electrically conductive portion (30) in contact with the second portion of the grounding structure to provide a discharge path for static electricity created when fuel flows through the fuel passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Parag Athalye, John Patrick Wattai, Matthias Nederegger, Stephane Seps
  • Publication number: 20080011277
    Abstract: A flange structure (10?) for a fuel supply unit of a vehicle includes at least one electrically conductive fuel port (16?) having first and second ends (22, 24). A plastic flange (20?) is overmolded on at least a portion of the fuel port between the first and second ends. The flange is constructed and arranged to be coupled with a fuel tank of a vehicle. A welded connection (26) is provided between the fuel port and the plastic flange defining a barrier to prevent fuel or fuel vapor from passing between the periphery of the fuel port and the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Applicant: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Parag Athalye, John P. Wattai, Stephane Seps, Matthias Nederegger, Darren Matthew Berger