Patents by Inventor Vaughn K. Mills

Vaughn K. Mills 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).

  • Publication number: 20210053437
    Abstract: A fuel tank system controlled by a control module and constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a saddle fuel tank, and a venting assembly. The saddle fuel tank has a first lobe and a second lobe extending on opposite ends of a recessed central portion. The venting assembly comprises a first vent line, a second vent line and a rotary actuator. The first vent line has a first vent port located in the first lobe of the saddle fuel tank near a top portion of the saddle fuel tank above the recessed central portion. The second vent line has a second vent port located in the second lobe of the saddle fuel tank near a top portion of the saddle fuel tank above the recessed central portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills
  • Publication number: 20200398661
    Abstract: A vent shut-off assembly configured to manage venting on a fuel tank configured to deliver fuel to an internal combustion engine includes a first liquid vapor discriminator (LVD), a main housing, a first poppet valve assembly, a pump and an actuator assembly. The first LVD is disposed in the fuel tank. The main housing selectively vents to a carbon canister. The first poppet valve assembly has a first poppet valve arranged in the main housing. The pump selectively pumps liquid fuel from the main housing. The actuator assembly is at least partially housed in the main housing and includes a cam assembly having a cam shaft that includes a first cam and a second cam. The first cam has a profile that one of opens and closes the first poppet valve fluidly coupled to the first LVD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Jeffrey B. Smith, Dan L. Pifer, Nikhil Nahar, Clark Fortune, Steve C. Holmquest, Sagar Dilip Pingale, Curtis Moy
  • Publication number: 20200400104
    Abstract: An evaporative emissions isolation module system configured to manage venting on a fuel tank system is disclosed. The isolation module system includes a carbon canister, a multi-valve assembly and a controller. The carbon canister is adapted to collect fuel vapor emitted by the fuel tank and to subsequently release the fuel vapor to the engine. The multi-valve assembly includes a motor drive that rotates a camshaft having at least a first cam and a second cam housed in a manifold. The multi-valve assembly has a first valve and a second valve. The first valve selectively fluidly connects the fuel tank and the carbon canister. The second valve fluidly connects the carbon canister with a vent port defined in the manifold that vents to atmosphere. The controller sends signals to the multi-valve assembly based on operating conditions to open and close at least one of the first and second valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Matthew Memmer
  • Patent number: 10828982
    Abstract: A fuel tank system constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a saddle fuel tank, a control module, a first and second solenoid, and a first and second vent line. The saddle fuel tank can have a first lobe and a second lobe. The first vent line can have a first vent port located in the first lobe of the saddle fuel tank. The first solenoid is configured to open and close the first vent port. The second vent line can have a second vent port located in the second lobe of the saddle fuel tank. The second solenoid is configured to open and close the second vent port. The control module sends a signal to the first and second solenoids to close the first and second vents upon reaching a full fuel condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills
  • Patent number: 10774792
    Abstract: An evaporative emissions isolation module system configured to manage venting on a fuel tank system is disclosed. The isolation module system includes a carbon canister, a multi-valve assembly and a controller. The carbon canister is adapted to collect fuel vapor emitted by the fuel tank and to subsequently release the fuel vapor to the engine. The multi-valve assembly includes a motor drive that rotates a camshaft having at least a first cam and a second cam housed in a manifold. The multi-valve assembly has a first valve and a second valve. The first valve selectively fluidly connects the fuel tank and the carbon canister. The second valve fluidly connects the carbon canister with a vent port defined in the manifold that vents to atmosphere. The controller sends signals to the multi-valve assembly based on operating conditions to open and close at least one of the first and second valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Matthew Memmer
  • Publication number: 20200254869
    Abstract: A method for operating an evaporative emissions control system for use with a fuel tank that stores and delivers fuel to an internal combustion engine is provided. A vent shut-off assembly is provided that selectively opens and closes at least one valve to provide overpressure and vacuum relief for the fuel tank. The vent shut-off assembly selectively vents to a purge canister. The at least one valve is closed whereby vapor is precluded from passing from the fuel tank to the purge canister. A purge event is performed wherein dedicated fresh air is drawn into the purge canister and delivered from the purge canister to the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Smith, Vaughn K. Mills, Daniel Pifer, Nikhil Nahar, Steven Ambrose, Max Franklin
  • Publication number: 20190353121
    Abstract: A fuel tank system constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a fuel tank and an evaporative emissions control system. The evaporative emissions control system is configured to recapture and recycle emitted fuel vapor. The evaporative emissions control system includes a liquid trap, a first device, a second device, a control module and a G-sensor. The first device is configured to selectively open and close a first vent. The second device is configured to selectively open and close a second vent. The control module regulates operation of the first and second devices to provide over-pressure and vacuum relief for the fuel tank. The G-sensor provides a signal to the control module based on a measured acceleration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Matthew Memmer, Curtis T. Moy, Steven Ambrose, Russell Trapp, Robert P. Benjey, Max Russell Franklin, Kenneth Brauning, Santosh Balasaheb Patil, Atish Dinkar Gawale, Santosh Kumar Sharma, Hrushikesh Arun Barve, Pritam Bhurke, Daniel L. Pifer
  • Patent number: 10400713
    Abstract: A fuel tank system constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a fuel tank, a first vent tube, an evaporative emissions control system and a cam driven tank venting control assembly. The first vent tube is disposed in the fuel tank. The evaporative emissions control system is configured to recapture and recycle emitted fuel vapor. The evaporative emissions control system has a controller. The cam driven tank venting control assembly has a rotary actuator that rotates a cam assembly based on operating conditions. The cam assembly has at least a first cam having a first cam profile configured to selectively open and close the first vent tube based on operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Matthew Memmer, Curtis T. Moy, Steven Ambrose, Russell Trapp, Robert P. Benjey, Max Russell Franklin, Kenneth Brauning, Santosh Balasaheb Patil, Atish Dinkar Gawale, Santosh Kumar Sharma, Hrushikesh Arun Barve, Pritam Bhurke, Daniel L. Pifer
  • Patent number: 10378673
    Abstract: An active drain liquid trap configured for use with a fuel tank system and constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a trap body, a float and a pilot. The trap body defines a first inlet, a second inlet and an outlet. The first inlet is fluidly connected to a fuel pump. The second inlet is fluidly connected to a vapor line. The float is rotatably mounted about a float pivot. The pilot moves between an open and closed position. Rotation of the float causes the pilot to be urged into an open position and fluid to be drained from the trap body through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Lee Ambrose, Vaughn K. Mills
  • Publication number: 20190219002
    Abstract: An evaporative emissions isolation module system configured to manage venting on a fuel tank system is disclosed. The isolation module system includes a carbon canister, a multi-valve assembly and a controller. The carbon canister is adapted to collect fuel vapor emitted by the fuel tank and to subsequently release the fuel vapor to the engine. The multi-valve assembly includes a motor drive that rotates a camshaft having at least a first cam and a second cam housed in a manifold. The multi-valve assembly has a first valve and a second valve. The first valve selectively fluidly connects the fuel tank and the carbon canister. The second valve fluidly connects the carbon canister with a vent port defined in the manifold that vents to atmosphere. The controller sends signals to the multi-valve assembly based on operating conditions to open and close at least one of the first and second valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Matthew Memmer
  • Patent number: 10350993
    Abstract: A fuel tank system having a fuel tank and a fuel vapor recovery system including a vapor vent line fluidly coupled between the fuel tank and a canister, and a vapor purge line fluidly coupled to the canister. A multiplex director is selectively fluidly coupled to a first location in the fuel vapor recovery system and a second location in the fuel vapor recovery system. The multiplex director is movable between a first position where the multiplex director is fluidly coupled to the first location and is fluidly blocked from the second location, and a second position where the multiplex director is fluidly coupled to the second location and is fluidly blocked from the first location. The multiplex director is configured to monitor at least one of a pressure and a hydrocarbon concentration in the first location and the second location when fluidly coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills
  • Patent number: 10274097
    Abstract: A fill limit vent valve configured for use with a reductant tank includes a valve body, a float and a vapor permeable membrane. The valve body can define an inner chamber and has a valve outlet. The float has a float body configured to be received within the inner chamber and configured to sealingly engage the valve body. The vapor permeable membrane can be configured to permit vapor to pass through while inhibiting liquid from passing through. The float is movable between (i) an open position wherein vapor flows along a first flow path through the valve inner chamber and out of the valve body; and (ii) a closed position wherein the float sealingly engages the valve body and precludes vapor from flowing along the first flow path while allowing flow along a second flow path through the vapor permeable membrane and out of the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Memmer, Curtis T. Moy, Vaughn K. Mills, Sreenivas Pai, Sanjay Mohite
  • Publication number: 20180087475
    Abstract: A fuel tank system constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a fuel tank, a first vent tube, an evaporative emissions control system and a cam driven tank venting control assembly. The first vent tube is disposed in the fuel tank. The evaporative emissions control system is configured to recapture and recycle emitted fuel vapor. The evaporative emissions control system has a controller. The cam driven tank venting control assembly has a rotary actuator that rotates a cam assembly based on operating conditions. The cam assembly has at least a first cam having a first cam profile configured to selectively open and close the first vent tube based on operating conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Matthew Memmer, Curtis T. Moy, Steven Ambrose, Russell Trapp, Robert P. Benjey, Max Russell Franklin, Kenneth Brauning, Santosh Balasaheb Patil, Atish Dinkar Gawale, Santosh Kumar Sharma, Hrushikesh Arun Barve, Pritam Bhurke
  • Publication number: 20180029468
    Abstract: A fuel tank system constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a saddle fuel tank, a control module, a first and second solenoid, and a first and second vent line. The saddle fuel tank can have a first lobe and a second lobe. The first vent line can have a first vent port located in the first lobe of the saddle fuel tank. The first solenoid is configured to open and close the first vent port. The second vent line can have a second vent port located in the second lobe of the saddle fuel tank. The second solenoid is configured to open and close the second vent port. The control module sends a signal to the first and second solenoids to close the first and second vents upon reaching a full fuel condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills
  • Publication number: 20180017023
    Abstract: A fuel tank system includes a fuel tank, a liquid trap and a tank venting assembly. The fuel tank defines a first vapor space and a second vapor space. The tank venting assembly includes a vent valve, a first vent line, a second vent line and a third vent line. The vent valve can have a movable member that is configured to move between a first open position wherein a front vent point is open and a second closed position wherein the front vent point is closed. The first vent line can be fluidly connected between the liquid trap and the vent valve. The second vent line can be fluidly connected between the vent valve and an auxiliary vent point. The third vent line can connect to an upper vent point. In a closed position, the auxiliary vent point and the upper vent point remain open and vented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills
  • Publication number: 20180015820
    Abstract: A fuel tank system having a fuel tank and a fuel vapor recovery system including a vapor vent line fluidly coupled between the fuel tank and a canister, and a vapor purge line fluidly coupled to the canister. A multiplex director is selectively fluidly coupled to a first location in the fuel vapor recovery system and a second location in the fuel vapor recovery system. The multiplex director is movable between a first position where the multiplex director is fluidly coupled to the first location and is fluidly blocked from the second location, and a second position where the multiplex director is fluidly coupled to the second location and is fluidly blocked from the first location. The multiplex director is configured to monitor at least one of a pressure and a hydrocarbon concentration in the first location and the second location when fluidly coupled thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills
  • Publication number: 20170227139
    Abstract: An active drain liquid trap configured for use with a fuel tank system and constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a trap body, a float and a pilot. The trap body defines a first inlet, a second inlet and an outlet. The first inlet is fluidly connected to a fuel pump. The second inlet is fluidly connected to a vapor line. The float is rotatably mounted about a float pivot. The pilot moves between an open and closed position. Rotation of the float causes the pilot to be urged into an open position and fluid to be drained from the trap body through the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Lee Ambrose, Vaughn K. Mills
  • Patent number: 9624875
    Abstract: A valve assembly for a high-pressure fluid reservoir includes an isolation valve having a selectively energizable coil, an armature that is moveable between a first position when the coil is energized and a second position when the coil is de-energized, and an isolation valve seal coupled to the armature. The assembly also includes a float valve having a float with a passage at a bottom portion and an orifice at a top portion of the float, wherein the isolation valve seal is aligned to open and close the passage and wherein vapor flows through the passage and the orifice when the coil is energized during a high pressure condition. A housing houses both the isolation valve and the float valve and has a port that is opened and closed by the float valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Lee Pifer, Vaughn K. Mills
  • Publication number: 20160290520
    Abstract: A fill limit vent valve configured for use with a reductant tank includes a valve body, a float and a vapor permeable membrane. The valve body can define an inner chamber and has a valve outlet. The float has a float body configured to be received within the inner chamber and configured to sealingly engage the valve body. The vapor permeable membrane can be configured to permit vapor to pass through while inhibiting liquid from passing through. The float is movable between (i) an open position wherein vapor flows along a first flow path through the valve inner chamber and out of the valve body; and (ii) a closed position wherein the float sealingly engages the valve body and precludes vapor from flowing along the first flow path while allowing flow along a second flow path through the vapor permeable membrane and out of the valve body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew Memmer, Curtis T. Moy, Vaughn K. Mills, Sreenivas Pai, Sanjay Mohite
  • Patent number: 9010351
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a valve housing with a recess that is sized to retain a component inserted into the recess. The component has an angled rim configured to dig into the valve housing at the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills