With Vehicle Guide Or Support, E.g., Service Station Patents (Class 137/234.6)
  • Patent number: 9704367
    Abstract: A clean-room monitoring device for monitoring the interior of a clean-room having a floor in which a removable cover such as a grating or a non-porous cover is disposed, includes: a monitoring camera which captures an image of the removable cover; a monitor which detects the existence of an opening exposed when the removable cover is removed, based on an image signal obtained from the monitoring camera, detects the presence of a workman approaching the opening if it is detected that the opening exists, and outputs a warning signal if the workman is detected; and a warning generator which receives the warning signal from monitor and issues a warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Suzuki, Kazuya Uoyama, Yoshitaka Konishi, Daisuke Oku, Yoshitada Honda
  • Patent number: 9650235
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for distinguishing the correct type of fuel to be disposed in a vehicle (4) is provided. The apparatus includes an RFID tag (40) disposed on one of a vehicle (4) or a fuel providing means (2), and a radio receiving means (42) disposed on the other of the vehicle (4) or fuel providing means (2). A signal, indicative of a type of fuel, is emitted by the RFID tag (40) and compared with a predetermined radio signal stored in a storage means (41), and a warning is generated on the basis of a determination of correspondence between the detected radio signal and predetermined radio signal. The present invention therefore provides a safe and reliable system that removes or reduces human decision from a refuelling process, and ensures the correct fuel is provided to the vehicle (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: ITCICO SPAIN, S.L.
    Inventor: Jude Braden
  • Patent number: 9604563
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure describe a wheeled vehicle having a structure attached thereto and configured to acquire within the interior of the structure a vehicle to be inspected. The structure is configured to receive the vehicle within its interior. In example implementations, the structure is located relative to the wheeled vehicle such that the vehicle to be inspected is loaded into and received within the structure during travel of the wheeled vehicle past the vehicle to be inspected. Having loaded the vehicle into the structure, the vehicle may be inspected. Once inspection is complete, the vehicle may be unloaded from the structure. In example implementations, the structure is located relative to the wheeled vehicle such that the inspected vehicle is unloaded from the structure during travel of the wheeled vehicle past the inspected vehicle. The wheeled vehicle may transport the structure to the site of another vehicle to be inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Wilson, II, Stephen Lawrence Ihm
  • Patent number: 9517880
    Abstract: A system for automatically containing leakage of liquid from a reservoir includes a surrounding wall, a driving unit, a sensor and a controller unit. The driving unit is configured to drive the surrounding wall to move between containing and non-containing positions. The sensor is capable of generating a detection signal. The controller unit receives the detection signal, and determines whether leakage of liquid from the reservoir has occurred. When it is determined that the leakage of liquid from the reservoir has occurred, the driving unit is actuated by the controller unit to drive the surrounding wall to move from the non-containing position to the containing position for containing the leakage of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Kuo-Chi Chang
  • Patent number: 9222257
    Abstract: A hospital layout comprising a plurality of adjacent OR/intervention rooms (46, 48) uniquely configured and equipped to perform surgical and other interventional procedures, with adjacent intubation rooms (52) configured and equipped to prepare patients for procedures to occur in the OR/intervention rooms and at least one extubation room (54) adjacent the OR/intervention rooms, configured and equipped to post-intervention awaken and extubate patients. A plurality of universal patient rooms (40) are located adjacent the OR/intervention rooms and universal patient rooms, and are configured and equipped to admit patients for surgery/intervention, prepare patients for surgery/intervention, allow patients to recover post-intervention, and discharge patients post-recovery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: OR21, LLC
    Inventors: Richard F. Dallam, Paul L. Williams, Craig Tagawa, Ernest Bates
  • Patent number: 9169114
    Abstract: An automated fueling system in which an operator remains in their vehicle. The fueling system is configured to obtain transaction information from the operator, align the vehicle relative to a fuel pump, and to deliver the fuel to the vehicle. Once the process is complete, the operator can drive their vehicle away from the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Roland Butler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8959774
    Abstract: A method of constructing a modular, commercial unit includes arranging components of said commercial unit in separate modules, each of the separate modules having a frame assembly. The modules are then transported to a predetermined location where certain of said separate modules are connected together, via the frame assemblies, to form an operation superstructure. The components are not removed from the separate modules prior to the separate modules being connected via their respective frame assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Jose Cajiga, Arturo Cajiga Villar, Vicente Cajiga Villar
  • Patent number: 8960019
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser has internal fuel flow piping, a flow meter located along the internal fuel flow piping, and a displacement sensor operatively connected to the flow meter to generate information representative of an amount of fuel passing through the flow meter. The fuel dispenser also has a control system comprising a memory. In embodiments, however, the control system does not comprise a real-time clock. The fuel dispenser also comprises a synchronization module in electronic communication with the control system. The synchronization module comprises at least one antenna configured to receive a carrier wave modulated with synchronization information. Methods for obtaining accurate time information at the fuel dispenser are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Adam Oldham, Juergen Voss, Joseph Daniel Long
  • Publication number: 20140318629
    Abstract: Bituminous heavy crude oil is kept at elevated temperatures in order to flow and may be transported in one direction, and light hydrocarbons typically comprising of mixtures of components of which the majority will have molecular chain lengths of 2 to 12 carbon atoms, such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), light naphtha, natural gasoline and natural gas condensates may be transported in the opposite direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Vopak North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Gieskes
  • Patent number: 8646226
    Abstract: An exemplary vehicle service pit includes a first section and a second section abutting each other. A support structure supports the service pit and a joint plate helps hold the first section and the second section in the abutting relationship. Substantially parallel runners are located in the service pit and are secured to the support structure. A glider moveably mounts on the runners. Lights may be included as part of the service pit. An exemplary method for assembling a service pit includes abutting a head section and a foot section and securing a gasket in place over the joint between the head section and the foot section using a joint plate. Optionally, lights are added to the head section, the foot section, or both. Runners of elongate metal with support feet integrally formed are attached to the service pit by bolts, or other suitable fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Peter J. Barram
  • Publication number: 20130327418
    Abstract: A liquid cooling system includes at least one fluid line in fluid communication with an intercooler for circulating a coolant through the intercooler. An inlet port assembly interconnects the intercooler and the at least one fluid line. The inlet port assembly defines an opening for introducing the coolant into the liquid cooling system. The inlet port assembly is rotatable relative to the intercooler and the at least one fluid line between a fill position, in which the opening is disposed in a vertically upright orientation, and at least one operating position, in which the opening is disposed in a non-upright orientation. A shield is moveably positioned relative to the intercooler to define an attached position preventing rotation of the inlet port assembly into the fill position, and a detached position, allowing rotation of the inlet port assembly into the fill position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Li-Jen P. Ho
  • Patent number: 8602506
    Abstract: An air brake locking device for a vehicle includes a main body having a pair of internal channels capable of connecting to a vehicle air line, a valve interposed between the internal channels for controlling the flow of air, and a control unit for regulating the operation of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Frank Sittnick
  • Patent number: 8573242
    Abstract: A modular, environmentally friendly mobile fuel distribution station includes a fuel tank, a support structure having a plurality of legs for supporting an operation platform in an elevated position a predetermined distance above ground, an alternative power generation device, the alternative power generation device being one of a solar power generator and a wind power generator for providing primary power to the mobile fuel distribution station and a central platform operatively connected to at least two of the legs, the at least two of the legs bearing the weight of the central platform, wherein the fuel tank and the alternative power generation device are disposed on the operation platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Jose A. Cajiga, Arturo Cajiga Villar, Vicente Cajiga Villar
  • Publication number: 20130248008
    Abstract: A ramp assembly having a support body with a ramp surface. The ramp surface has a drain plate that covers an opening that receives a drain pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: THE BATHROOM GEM, L.L.C.
    Inventor: James W. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8484908
    Abstract: A mobile multi-functional shelter unit, for use as a general working area or for storing and maintaining heavy machinery. The mobile multi-functional shelter unit includes a central structure that has a deployed state and a non-deployed state as well as means for translating from the deployed state to the non-deployed state. The central structure has a base section, a central floor mounted on top of the base section, track means for raising a vehicle from a ground surface onto and off of the central floor. The central structure supports a raisable roof assembly and a lateral pullout assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: One 4 Haul Trans4mer Ltd.
    Inventor: Alcide Hache
  • Publication number: 20130175201
    Abstract: A modular, environmentally friendly mobile fuel distribution station includes a fuel tank, a support structure having a plurality of legs for supporting an operation platform in an elevated position a predetermined distance above ground, an alternative power generation device, the alternative power generation device being one of a solar power generator and a wind power generator for providing primary power to the mobile fuel distribution station and a central platform operatively connected to at least two of the legs, the at least two of the legs bearing the weight of the central platform, wherein the fuel tank and the alternative power generation device are disposed on the operation platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventors: JOSE A. CAJIGA, ARTURO CAJIGA VILLAR, VICENTE CAJIGA VILLAR
  • Publication number: 20130082515
    Abstract: An air brake locking device for a vehicle includes a main body having a pair of internal channels capable of connecting to a vehicle air line, a valve interposed between the internal channels for controlling the flow of air, and a control unit for regulating the operation of the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: Frank Sittnick
  • Patent number: 8402990
    Abstract: A fueling station comprising an above-ground tank, above-ground piping, and above-ground fuel pump modules adapted for easy construction, installation, and maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Perrien
  • Publication number: 20120312390
    Abstract: A mobile cleaning system (10) that enables touch-free, daily cleaning and disinfecting to areas or locations within an establishment is provided. The system includes generally a push cart (12) having front (18) and rear (20) sections spaced between vertically upstanding side sections (22A-B). One or more sections of the cart (12) include a modulated space configurable with one or more cleaning and/or disinfecting modules for performing and supporting a cleaning and/or disinfecting operation. A tool drip tray (30) extends outward from at least one of the sections beneath a tool storage location (32A-B) for preventing liquid or debris from dropping onto a surface beneath the cart (12) while stationary or in transit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Eric B. Olson, Brian P. Carlson, Troy A. Anderson, Jon D. Hansen, Ryan A. Chernik, Adrian E. Hartz, Seth Y. Raley
  • Patent number: 8230987
    Abstract: A fluid diverter comprising: a fluid diverting structure having a top, fluid striking surface having side and rear walls and a forward mouth, the side and rear walls preventing fluid from spilling over edges of the surface as such fluid exits through the mouth; and a magnet assembly mounted to a bottom surface of the fluid diverting structure. The magnet assembly, comprises: a magnet, and a pivot structure affixed to the magnet and pivotally mounted to the bottom surface of the fluid diverting structure for pivoting the magnet assembly relative to the fluid diverting structure about an axis to pitch the fluid diverting structure to a desired pitch angle and then once at such desired pitch angle, locking the fluid diverting structure at such desired pitch angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Orville Vezzosi, Terrence Joseph Ceccarelli, Jamie Brent Harris, Warren Brian Stobbe
  • Patent number: 8176931
    Abstract: A modular, environmentally friendly mobile fuel distribution station includes a fuel tank, a support structure having a plurality of legs for supporting an operation platform in an elevated position a predetermined distance above ground, an alternative power generation device, the alternative power generation device being one of a solar power generator and a wind power generator for providing primary power to the mobile fuel distribution station and a central platform operatively connected to at least two of the legs, the at least two of the legs bearing the weight of the central platform, wherein the fuel tank and the alternative power generation device are disposed on the operation platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventors: Jose A. Cajiga, Arturo Cajiga Villar, Vicente Cajiga Villar
  • Publication number: 20120012196
    Abstract: A water transport system comprising a first container, a second container, a mechanical connector fixing the first and second containers to each other and/or a towing vehicle, and a control device. The water transport system may be used in a method of water management for recreational vehicles (RV), trailers, or motor homes. The water transport system may be sized and configured to fit in a bed of the towing vehicle used for towing the RV, trailer, or motor home. The second container may be coupled to a macerator pump of the RV, trailer, or motor home to receive wastewater therefrom and the control device may be configured to automatically shut off the macerator pump when the second container is full.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: Eugene F. Gallo, Amy-Noelle Gallo
  • Publication number: 20110277845
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for transfer of a fluid product and its use, comprising at least one tubular arrangement for conveying the product between two locations and having two segments (2a, 2b) articulated to each other by a first of their ends, the opposite end of a first of the two segments being rotatably suspended from a support arm (1) adapted to be installed at one of the two locations and the opposite end of the second segment being able to be connected to a coupling means adapted to be installed at the second location, first means (13, 15) for turning the first segment (2a) relative to the arm, for the purpose of lowering its first end from a storage position on the same side as the support arm and second means (33,11) for pulling up the end of the second segment (2b) which end is adapted to be linked to the coupling means for the purpose of connecting that end to the coupling means (6) from underneath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: FMC Technologies SA
    Inventors: Renaud Le Devehat, Eric Morilhat
  • Publication number: 20110259440
    Abstract: A inject gas control device that performs, for example, control reflecting variation in vessel velocity over time without adversely affecting the main engine is realized. That is, it is prevented that gas is drawn too much and thereby a gas supply or charged air rate becomes insufficient, efficiency of the main engine is decreased and exhaust gas is deteriorated, and analogous events occur because the gas supply or charged air rate is too much instead. There are provided a main engine 4010 acquiring propelling power for a vessel 1, and a turbocharger 4011 that is driven by exhaust gas from the main engine 4010 and blows pressurized gas to the main engine 4010. A part of the pressurized gas and/or exhaust gas is drawn from between the turbocharger 4011 and the main engine 4010 (5023, 5024 and 5025).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Hideki Kawashima, Tetsugo Fukuda, Yoshiaki Kodama, Munehiko Hinatsu, Toshifumi Hori, Masahiko Makino, Kazuyoshi Harumi, Masashi Ohnawa, Haruya Takeshi, Tadanori Takimoto
  • Publication number: 20110214418
    Abstract: A component carrier (20) of a dosing system for injecting a urea solution to the exhaust-gas flow (9) of an internal combustion engine for the purpose of selective catalytic reduction, wherein the dosing system can be connected to a urea solution tank (1) from which urea solution can be extracted, and wherein the dosing system can be connected to a compressed air supply (6), wherein the dosing system has a pump (3) for feeding the urea solution and wherein the dosing system has at least one nozzle (5) by means of which the urea solution can be injected into the exhaust-gas flow (9) by means of compressed air, wherein components (2, 3, 7, 13, 14, 51, 52) of the dosing system can be mounted on the component carrier (20) so as to be in thermal contact with the component carrier (20), and wherein the component carrier (20) has at least one contact region (21, 22) for producing thermal contact with respect to the coolant circuit of the internal combustion engine, such that the component carrier (20) forms a heat s
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: ALBONAIR GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Overhoff, Armin Kassel
  • Publication number: 20110094602
    Abstract: A safety breakaway connector has a male fitting and a female fitting inserted into one another. The female fitting includes a swivel that rotates about an angle to a breakaway portion of the invention. The swivel has a female portion connected to the breakaway portion and a male portion that pivotally connects to a nozzle. The male portion has an axis spaced apart from the axis of the breakaway portion. The male portion rotates or pivots about the female portion subject to a biased cam. The biased cam has a ball bearing that travels within a race formed in the male swivel. The biased cam provides an offset to the connector so that a fuel line in communication therewith avoids an orientation perpendicular to the direction of travel of a vehicle. The breakaway portion then detaches the fuel line cleanly from the swivel that remains with the fuel nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Robin J. Brown
  • Publication number: 20110056571
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reducing a pressure of compressed natural gas and for delivering natural gas are disclosed. A regulator comprising a vortex tube may be used to reduce the pressure of compressed natural gas while a temperature thereof is also reduced. The temperature reduction associated with a pressure drop in the compressed natural gas is achieved by throttling the gas at constant enthalpy from 3,000 psig to 150 psig through the regulator. At least one heat exchanger may be utilized to increase the temperature of the compressed natural gas to a temperature suitable for injection delivery. A pressure-reducing regulator may be used to further reduce a pressure of the gas to about 45 psig for delivery to an end-user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: QUESTAR GAS COMPANY
    Inventors: Todd Allan Bayliff, Troy David Sorensen, Michael Lowell Gill, Richard Joseph Kiser, II, Kelly D. Pace, Lee R. Mettmann
  • Publication number: 20100300545
    Abstract: This installation comprises a transport conduit which is at least partially submerged in a body of water, a device for conveying fluid between the vessel and the conduit, and a floating platform for securing the vessel. The platform comprises a carrier structure which is partially submerged in the body of water. The carrier structure comprises an open-work trellis which delimits internal spaces which are for circulation of water and which open in the body of water. The floating platform further comprises flexible lines for anchoring the carrier structure to the bottom of the body of water. The ratio of the volume of the internal spaces to the total of the volume of the open-work trellis and the volume of the internal spaces is greater than 0.9.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Jean-Pascal Biaggi, Virginie Lehning
  • Patent number: 7721751
    Abstract: A fueling station comprising an above-ground tank, above-ground piping, and above-ground fuel pump modules adapted for easy construction, installation, and maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Timothy Perrien
  • Publication number: 20100032025
    Abstract: A fluid diverter comprising: a fluid diverting structure having a top, fluid striking surface having side and rear walls and a forward mouth, the side and rear walls preventing fluid from spilling over edges of the surface as such fluid exits through the mouth; and a magnet assembly mounted to a bottom surface of the fluid diverting structure. The magnet assembly, comprises: a magnet, and a pivot structure affixed to the magnet and pivotally mounted to the bottom surface of the fluid diverting structure for pivoting the magnet assembly relative to the fluid diverting structure about an axis to pitch the fluid diverting structure to a desired pitch angle and then once at such desired pitch angle, locking the fluid diverting structure at such desired pitch angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: William Orville Vezzosi, Terrence Joseph Ceccarelli, Jamie Brent Harris, Warren Brian Stobbe
  • Publication number: 20080011357
    Abstract: A system for offloading LNG (liquified natural gas) from a tanker (26) in shallow waters, for regasing, or heating the offloaded LNG to produce gaseous hydrocarbons, or gas, for pressurizing the gas, and for flowing the gas to an onshore station (56), includes a structure that is fixed to the sea floor and projects above the sea surface and aids in mooring the tanker. In one system, the structure that is fixed to the sea floor is a largely cylindrical tower (12) with a mooring yoke (20) rotatably mounted on its upper end. A floating structure (14) such as a barge that weathervanes, has a bow end pivotally connected to a distal end of the yoke, so the barge is held close to the tower but can drift around the tower with changing winds, waves and currents. The tanker is moored to the tower so the barge and tanker form a combination that weathervanes as a combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventors: Hein Wille, Jack Pollack
  • Patent number: 7302963
    Abstract: A mobile draining station for motor vehicles is disclosed, comprising a container whose side wall and upper wall can be lifted up and in which carrier arms for receiving a vehicle are arranged in a stationary manner. Pivoting arms for removal devices are pivotably connected to the rear wall of the container and at least one door element is embodied in the rear wall and can be folded downwards in order to extend the base of the container. Collectors are positioned in the container in the region in front of the door element. The collectors can move through the door opening onto the folded-down door element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Josef Dagn
  • Patent number: 6767660
    Abstract: Distributor systems supply a stationary fuel-cell system with a combustible via a combustible source. The stationary fuel-cell system is assigned to one or more buildings arranged in a stationary quarter. The distribution system serves for supplying the building or buildings with power and/or heat, and the distributor system has, in the stationary quarter, an extraction station, assigned to the combustible source, for supplying mobile consumers with a combustible or with a fuel extracted from the latter, the mobile consumers having a mobile fuel-cell system and a storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventor: Ferdinand Panik
  • Patent number: 6752244
    Abstract: Apparatus for draining fluids from a vehicle has an elevated platform supported on a frame, the platform being pivotable side-to-side and end-to-end, to permit complete draining of fluids from the vehicle through an opening in the platform prior to dismantling the vehicle for scrapping. A unique bracket assembly connects one end of the platform to the frame at first and second perpendicular pivots, to permit pivoting about both a longitudinal and a transverse axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Sheppard Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Dean A. Sheppard, Philip J. Sheppard, Michael T. Sheppard, Gordon F. Sheppard
  • Patent number: 6679291
    Abstract: A poppet valve assembly is provided for use on a fuel tanker truck which enables the truck's driver to determine whether fuel is flowing through the valve assembly and whether fuel is present in the valve assembly. When a threshold flow rate through the valve assembly is reached, fluid flows inside a flow channel. The flow channel has a fluid indicator and a flow indicator therein mounted in a sight glass. When fluid is flowing in the flow channel both indicators rise. When fluid is present but not flowing in the flow channel only the fluid indicator rises. The fluid and flow indicators, being different colors, may be easily seen at a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Exxon.Valve and Coupling Company
    Inventors: Richard L. Fahl, John T. Hill
  • Patent number: 6488057
    Abstract: A fueling system to be provided in a gas station is disclosed, which comprises at least one fueling machine, and a data input/output unit, the data input/output unit being movable in a required direction, and a fueling data being input from the data input/output unit and being output to the fueling machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Tatsuno Corporation
    Inventor: Hiyoshi Tatsuno
  • Patent number: 6435204
    Abstract: Dispensing system for automotive fuel including a casing mounted within the ground and containing a fuel flow meter and an associated valve. The meter is linked by a fuel line to a fuel tank. An above-ground structure is provided for supporting a dispensing hose to which the meter and associated valve within the casing are linked by a delivery line passing externally of the casing. The casing is adjacent to but separate from the above-ground structure whereby the aboveground structure is mounted independently of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: BP Oil International Limited
    Inventors: John G. White, Ronald Robson Hymers
  • Patent number: 6418985
    Abstract: A system for delivering fuel comprising a receiver coupled in liquid communication with a fuel tank of a vehicle, a nozzle coupled in liquid communication with a fuel source and interactive alignment structure for mating the nozzle with receiver in response to movement of the receiver and the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Freddie S. Aguilar
  • Patent number: 6311873
    Abstract: A system for automated vending of automotive fluid such as windshield washer fluid from large volume tanks. In one embodiment the system includes two or more vending control units and a fluid storage system that includes one or more fluid storage tanks mounted at a level above the vending control units. Preferably the fluid storage tanks are mounted to an over head canopy, either on the roof of the canopy or on one of the canopy support columns. Where two or more fluid storage tanks are utilized, fluid equalization conduits connect the storage tanks to each other so that fluid levels in the storage tanks equalize as fluid is added to or withdrawn from any one of the tanks. Two or more fluid dispensing hoses are provided, each one being associated with and controlled by one of the vending control units. Each hose is connected to the fluid storage system and dispenses fluid by force of gravity in response to selective activation of the corresponding vending control unit by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Clean Shield Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Willeke, Jeffrey M. Eliason, Dale A. Severson
  • Patent number: 6230939
    Abstract: A system for automated vending of windshield washer fluid from large volume tanks. In one embodiment the system includes two or more vending control units and a fluid storage system that includes one or more fluid storage tanks mounted at a level above the vending control units. Preferably the fluid storage tanks are mounted to an over head canopy, either on the roof of the canopy or on one of the canopy support columns. Where two or more fluid storage tanks are utilized, fluid equalization conduits connect the storage tanks to each other so that fluid levels in the storage tanks equalize as fluid is added to or withdrawn from any one of the tanks. Two or more fluid dispensing hoses are provided, each one being associated with and controlled by one of the vending control units. Each hose is connected to the fluid storage system and dispenses fluid by force of gravity in response to selective activation of the corresponding vending control unit by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Clean Shield Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Willeke, Jeffrey M. Eliason, Dale A. Severson
  • Patent number: 6223855
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device for dismantling vehicles, in particular for draining the latter. The device comprises, on pillars (30), a framework on which the vehicles are placed and inspection-type work platforms (40, 50, 60, 80, 90) which can optionally be pivoted to the side. At least one tank-emptying module and/or at least one liquid-collection module and/or at least one liquid-extraction module are provided on the framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Itochu Corporation
    Inventor: Anton Lindner
  • Patent number: 6209569
    Abstract: A safety shut-off valve assembly is especially for use with a dispenser unit used at retail gasoline service stations. The shut-off valve assembly comprises an open-top fuel flow chamber for permanent mounting at a base of the fuel dispenser, a removable cover plate with a break-away tube member extending therefrom, and a bonnet valve mounted in the open-top fuel flow chamber. An ingress opening in the fuel flow chamber receives a terminus of a primary supply pipeline. The terminus of the break-away tube member serves as an egress for the fuel. The bonnet valve has a plate disc to close off the break-away tube member terminus when needed. When the dispenser unit is disturbed such as by an accidental bumping, the bonnet valve is activated to prevent further flow of fuel into the dispenser unit. The assembly prevents an accumulation of fuel vapors and allows ready access to the primary pipeline for periodic inspection or replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Bruce R. Sharp
  • Patent number: 6202712
    Abstract: A system for delivering fuel comprising a receiver coupled in liquid communication with a fuel tank of a vehicle, a nozzle coupled in liquid communication with a fuel source and interactive alignment structure for mating the nozzle with receiver in response to movement of the receiver and the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Freddie S. Aguilar
  • Patent number: 6176279
    Abstract: A motor truck has a frame supporting a fuel tank, an oil tank and a water tank along with a container for sand for servicing a rail locomotive located at a remote location or rail yard. Pumps mounted on the frame move the fuel, oil, and water from the tanks through hoses to tanks on the locomotive. A hoist on the truck moves the sand container from the truck to a location adjacent the locomotive to allow sand to flow into a sand hopper on the locomotive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: M-Bar-D Railcar Tech., Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Dahlin, William S. Pladson