Tank Supports Patents (Class 137/376)
  • Patent number: 9631353
    Abstract: A brace for a wall-mounted toilet, particularly useful for wall-mounted porcelain toilets in hospitals and other health care facilities. The brace includes a weight receiving structure supported by cantilevered struts that attach the brace to the wall, preferably using the same bolts that attach the toilet to the wall. The weight receiving structure may be a seat portion that overlies the rim of the toilet bowl, so that the weight of the user is transmitted from the toilet seat to the seat structure and then to the walls through the struts. Alternately, the weight receiving structure may include an under-bowl support that extends underneath the toilet bowl so that the user's weight is transmitted from the bowl to the wall through the struts. Thus, the cantilevered brace increases the weight-bearing capacity of the wall-mounted toilet. A plastic shroud may be included for enclosing the brace and toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Modular Services Company
    Inventor: James A. Walker
  • Patent number: 9301442
    Abstract: The irrigation system provides for the purification of water from a source of impure water, and for the distribution of the purified water to crops for agricultural irrigation purposes. The system includes a specially configured tank, the tank being partially evacuated to lower the pressure therein to vaporize or boil the water in the tank under vacuum. Heat energy may be provided to the tank by solar reflectors or other heat source. The purified water vapor passes from the tank and through a heat exchanger. The cooled vapor flows through a distribution network and out through a plurality of specially configured moisture distribution heads to flow into the soil. The distribution heads may also distribute liquid fertilizer to the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Adel Abdulmuhsen Al-Wasis
  • Publication number: 20150108148
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the corrosion protection of tank soil side bottoms is achieved by providing equipment to an existing storage tank as by installing a chime delivery system about the perimeter of the storage tank bottom plate, and introducing an appropriate amount of a corrosion inhibitor into the chime delivery system, whereby the corrosion inhibitor is readily admitted into the spaces between the substrate and the tank bottom plate. The system avoids any refurbishment of the tank and allows for easy introduction and replenishment of inhibitor without interruption of tank operations. The system also does not require any renovation of the tank, and does not require any replacement of the tank bottom plate panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Efim Ya LYUBLINSKI, Gautam RAMDAS, Yefim VAKS, Terry Alan NATALE, Monique Humbert POSNER, Kelly BAKER
  • Publication number: 20150107682
    Abstract: An aircraft auxiliary fuel tank system comprising a master tank and a plurality of slave tanks connectable to the master tank. The slave tanks can be easily added or removed to adjust fuel capacity. A rail assembly is provided to assist in the easy installation and removal of the slave and master fuel tanks. Methods are provided for using the auxiliary fuel tanks system and for providing a service for slave tank distribution, reservation and installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Philip KIRK, Om Prakash, Peter Swift
  • Publication number: 20140360596
    Abstract: A liquid supply apparatus is configured to have detachably installed therein a liquid container 51 including an ink bag 82 that is flexible at least in part and a flow channel member 91 that is in communication with the ink bag 82, and to supply a liquid held in the ink bag 82 to a liquid jet apparatus. The liquid supply apparatus includes an ink inlet portion 143 configured to be connected to the flow channel member 91 and to introduce liquid from the flow channel member 91 in a state where the flow channel member 91 is connected, and a first supporting portion 151 configured to support at least the flow channel member 91 of the ink container 51. The first supporting portion 151 is moveable between at least a connected position and a disconnected position of the flow channel member 91 and the ink inlet portion 143.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Katsutomo Tsukahara, Hiroyuki Kawate, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Tokujiro Okuno
  • Publication number: 20140283927
    Abstract: An auxiliary grey water supply device captures used wash water from a commercial warewashing machine for supply to a pre-rinse station without substantial modification of the commercial warewashing machine. The captured wash water is delivered to a pre-rinse station for pre-rinsing of dishes that will be washed within the commercial warewashing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Seven Hour Drive, LLC
    Inventors: Eduardo Yong Lee, Daniel John Dickenson
  • Publication number: 20140109992
    Abstract: A cargo rack includes a frame having a front, a rear, and upper and lower end portions. The lower end portion of the frame has a base with a floor providing a load holding position. A tank, vessel or tank module that is supported with the frame during use, the lower end portion of the tank, vessel or tank module resting upon the load holding position of the base. The frame includes a plurality of side walls or side panels or side trusses that attach to and extend upwardly from the base frame. Each side wall, side panel or side truss has a pair of corner columns. The frame can include at least one horizontally extending beam connecting between each pair of corner columns. Each side wall, side panel or side truss can include the pair of columns, a central plate, and a plurality of diagonal members, each diagonal member connected to a corner column and a central plate. The diagonal members include an upper pair that can form an obtuse angle and a lower pair that can form an acute angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel NESS
  • Patent number: 8658756
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composition that can be used to manufacture an impermeable, sealing, tight envelope, to a process for manufacturing an impermeable envelope, and to a tank. The composition of the invention comprises in % by weight relative to the total weight of the composition: from 70 to 90% of a monomer (I); from 0.1 to 1% of an activator (II), in which R is chosen from the group comprising CnH2n+2, n being an integer chosen from 1 to 10; —OH; —OCnH2n+2, n being an integer chosen from 1 to 10; and —NHR? where R? is either CnH2n+2, n being an integer chosen from 1 to 10, or an amine functional group; from 2 to 6% of a catalyst (III), in which X is chosen from the group comprising MgBr, MgI, Li and Na; and from 10 to 20% of an additive (IV), with: This composition can be used, for example, to manufacture elements that are impermeable to fluids, for example impermeable envelopes, for example that can be used in the manufacture of type IV tanks or hydraulic accumulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Philippe Mazabraud, Elodie Chauvot, Laurent Delnaud, Katia Barral
  • Publication number: 20140041736
    Abstract: A cargo rack for transferring loads between a marine vessel and an offshore marine platform provides a frame having a front, a rear, and upper and lower end portions. The lower end portion has a perimeter beam base, a raised floor and a pair of open-ended parallel fork tine tubes that communicate with the perimeter beam at the front and rear of the frame. Openings in the perimeter beam base align with the forklift tine tubes. The frame includes fixed side walls extending upwardly from the perimeter beam. A plurality of gates are movably mounted on the frame, each gate being movable between open and closed positions, the gates enabling a forklift to place fluid holding tanks on the floor by accessing either the front of the frame or the rear of the frame. A manifold arrangement with fittings enables transfer of fluid in any tank to a common outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Danny Ness
  • Patent number: 8511343
    Abstract: A bladderless reservoir tank is provided with a hollow body that forms a cavity for receipt of a working fluid. A pick-up tube is attached to the hollow body of the reservoir tank. A portion of the pick-up tube extends into the interior of the body such that a port of the pick-up tube is positioned at the centroid of the hollow body. The pick-up tube has a channel that extends from the port at the centroid to the exterior of the body of the reservoir tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Control Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Scholtes
  • Patent number: 8430263
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to support arrangements for semi-membrane tank walls and, more particularly, to a universal support assembly for tanks that experience thermal expansion and contraction. One embodiment of the invention may include a tank assembly having at least one tank wall, a support structure at least partially adjacent to the wall, and a link member coupling the tank to the support structure. The link member may be configured to accommodate relative movement between the tank and the support structure through rotation. The link member may be coupled to the tank wall by a ball and socket joint and coupled to the support structure with another ball and socket joint, allowing substantially unlimited in-plane movement of the tank wall relative to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: General Dynamics NASSCO
    Inventors: David L. Jordan, William E. Michaud
  • Publication number: 20130064642
    Abstract: A compressor assembly having a compressed gas tank having a tank dampening device in the form of a vibration absorption member. The vibration absorption member can provide a pressure to a portion of the compressed gas tank. A method of controlling sound emitted from a compressor assembly, by using a vibration absorber which exerts a force upon the compressed gas tank. A means for controlling the sound level of a compressed gas tank by using a means for absorbing vibration from the compressed gas tank which exerts a pressure on a portion of the compressed gas tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Vos, Scott D. Craig
  • Publication number: 20120222751
    Abstract: A disclosed gas supplying apparatus includes a pressure controller that reduces a primary pressure thereby providing a secondary pressure greater than a process pressure at which a predetermined process is performed and less than the atmospheric pressure in a secondary pipe; a pressure sensor that measures a pressure in the secondary pipe; a first open/close valve provided in the secondary pipe; an open/close valve controller that opens or closes the first open/close valve; a pressure comparator that compares the pressure measured by the pressure sensor in the secondary pipe with a first set pressure that is greater than the process pressure by a predetermined pressure; and a controller that outputs a signal to the open/close valve controller thereby closing the first open/close valve, when the pressure comparator determines that the pressure in the secondary pipe is less than the first set pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Tsuneyuki OKABE
  • Publication number: 20120192966
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for the fastening of a fuel tank to a vehicle body of a vehicle, with a fuel tank and with at least one clamping strap. The fuel tank is fastened to the vehicle body with the clamping strap and is preloaded against the vehicle body at least in horizontal direction of the vehicle through the clamping strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Juergen SIEBENEICK, Stephan ROSENPLAENTER
  • Publication number: 20110290341
    Abstract: According to a first aspect, the invention relates to a container (10) for temporarily holding water on the roof of a building, including a bottom (11), a side wall (12) surrounding the bottom (11) and an overflow opening (14) for draining surplus water when the volume of water collected in the container (10) exceeds a buffer volume, characterised in that the container (10) includes a water-draining means configured to force water with a temporary storage volume which is lower than the buffer volume to flow according to a regulated leakage rate (13), and in that the dimensions of the bottom are smaller than the dimensions of a sloping roof on which the container (10) can be placed so that the water load is distributed evenly on the surface of the roof when a plurality of containers (10) of the same size cover the surface of the roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Raphaël Lame, Tanegmart Redjala-Ounnas
  • Publication number: 20110038450
    Abstract: Provided is a sliding support and a system using the sliding support unit. The sliding support unit may include a fulcrum capture configured to attach to a support flange, a fulcrum support configured to attach to the fulcrum capture, and a baseplate block configured to support the fulcrum support. The system using the sliding support unit may include a pressure vessel, a pedestal bracket, and a plurality of sliding support units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Michael R. Breach, David J. Keck, Gerald A. Deaver
  • Publication number: 20110030813
    Abstract: The supplemental provision of free line lengths and simultaneously also a clean cable nm of these free line lengths is to be ensured by a supply line reservoir in an equipment housing for junction lines of equipment to be installed in and removed from a housing. This is achieved in that a line strand (4) is secured in the housing (2) such that the equipment (3) to be removed can be extracted while retaining the line connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Bauer
  • Publication number: 20100288375
    Abstract: A rainwater harvesting device and system that stores water for irrigation and outdoor use that provides constant pressure via gravity to a sprayer such as might be used for landscape or garden irrigation, or outdoor washing. The device and system comprise a water storage vessel that is free to move vertically, and optionally contained within a rack or other structure if necessary, and supported by one or more springs, which can be compression or tension springs or a combination thereof. When the vessel is at or near capacity, the spring assembly is largely or fully compressed/extended and supports the vessel at a minimal elevation. In such a state, the pressure head provided by the static water level is sufficient to provide a desired pressure at the sprayer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Kyle Emmett Thomas
  • Publication number: 20100269919
    Abstract: An air receiver tank and removable mounting plate assembly includes an air receiver tank having at least one mounting bracket secured thereto for removably mounting a mounting plate, wherein the bracket has holes. A mounting plate includes a top wall and first and second side walls extending from the top wall; wherein each of the first and second side walls includes holes. The mounting plate is removably secured to the air receiver tank via a plurality of fasteners received by the holes of the mounting brackets and corresponding holes of the mounting plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Stopka
  • Patent number: 7748336
    Abstract: The invention pertains generally to manufacturing and installing a semi-membrane tank for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Specifically, the invention relates to a method and apparatus for facilitating off-hull manufacturing of a completed semi-membrane LNG tank and installation of the tank in a permanent supporting structure, such as a ship's hull. Embodiments of the invention include attaching a support structure to the top and the sides of an LNG tank and attaching a support net to the support structure. The support net may be configured to support the bottom of the tank including any insulation that may be applied to the bottom. Once the support structure and support net are attached to the tank, the tank may then be moved from an assembly location to a permanent support structure where it may be permanently attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: General Dynamics National Steel and Shipping Company
    Inventors: David L Jordan, William E Michaud
  • Publication number: 20100126595
    Abstract: Cylinder mounting mechanism is provided in a working machine for mounting thereto a cylinder case having a cassette gas cylinder accommodated therein. Mouthpiece support section is provided in the mounting mechanism for supporting a mouthpiece portion of the cassette gas cylinder in the cylinder case. Fitting recessed portion is provided in one end portion of the cylinder case and capable of receiving the mouthpiece support section, the fitting recessed portion being defined by an inner peripheral wall part of the one end portion that has a tapering wall thickness such that the surface of the wall part slants gradually outwardly toward the distal end of the fitting recessed portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoki Ito, Takayuki Sato, Tomomi Nakaya
  • Publication number: 20100018591
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement for a gas tank (1) of a motor vehicle comprises: at least one gas tank for storing gaseous fuel; a valve, which is arranged on a section of the gas tank (1) which is provided with an opening, for filling and emptying the gas tank with gaseous fuel, which valve comprises a valve body (7) having control elements for controlling the valve function and connecting pieces for connecting to gaseous fuel lines; and a protective element, which is arranged on that side of the valve body (7) which faces away from the gas tank and at least partially covers the valve body (7), for protecting the valve body (7) from a mechanical introduction of force, wherein the support element serves as a tank fastening section (5) for fastening the gas tank (1) to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Andreas Jauss
  • Publication number: 20090283351
    Abstract: Abstract of the Disclosure The invention concerns a gas storage system, in particular for supplying a motor vehicle power source, comprising at least two storage modules (GrA, GrB, GrC) each including an outlet conduit (Ci) connectable, by a quick-connect device (Cri) via an electromagnetic valve (vpA/B/C), to a supply line (L) of a user station, the modules, including for example different capacities, being produced with identical tanks (Ri). The invention is characterized in that the modules are used sequentially allowing one module to be completely emptied before the other module is used, and in that only the first empty module can be replaced with an identical full module, without replacing, at that stage, the other module in operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Gilles Cannet, Philippe Pisot
  • Patent number: 7469650
    Abstract: The invention pertains generally to manufacturing and installing a semi-membrane tank for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Specifically, the invention relates to a method and apparatus for facilitating off-hull manufacturing of a completed semi-membrane LNG tank and installation of the tank in a permanent supporting structure, such as a ship's hull. Embodiments of the invention include attaching a support structure to the top and the sides of an LNG tank and attaching a support net to the support structure. The support net may be configured to support the bottom of the tank including any insulation that may be applied to the bottom. Once the support structure and support net are attached to the tank, the tank may then be moved from an assembly location to a permanent support structure where it may be permanently attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: National Steel and Shipping Company
    Inventors: David L. Jordan, William E. Michaud
  • Patent number: 7128008
    Abstract: A device for and method of fixing vertically installed cargo pressure tanks (2), particularly the type used for sea transport of pressurised petroleum products, wherein at least two cargo pressure tanks (2) constitute a liftable cassette (1), the tanks (2) of which preferably are placed in the upright position on a cassette lifting frame (4) and are interconnected by means of a guide frame (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Knutsen OAS Shipping AS
    Inventor: Per Lothe
  • Patent number: 6966333
    Abstract: A rainwater collection device for collecting rainwater from a gutter for later usage. The rainwater collection device includes a housing having a bottom wall and a peripheral wall extending upwardly from the bottom wall. The peripheral wall has a top edge defining an opening extending into the housing. A top wall defines a cover which is positionable on the housing for selectively opening and closing the opening in the housing. A supply pipe extends through and is attached to the top wall. The supply pipe is removably coupled to the gutter such that water in the gutter may enter the housing through the supply pipe. A drainage pipe is in fluid communication with the housing. The drainage pipe extends into the peripheral wall and is positioned generally adjacent to the bottom wall. A valve is positioned in the drainage pipe for selectively opening and closing the drainage pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Bret A. Kuehneman
  • Patent number: 6941702
    Abstract: A rainwater collection and dispensation system for economically conserving water usage by using collected rainwater. The rainwater collection and dispensation system includes a gutter being adapted to be mounted along an edge of a roof of a building structure; and also includes a tank support member being adapted to rest upon a ground and being disposed beneath a portion of the gutter; and further includes a tank being securely and removably supported upon the tank support member; and also includes a drainage spout interconnecting the gutter and the tank for draining rainwater from the gutter into the tank; and further includes a rainwater dispensing assembly including an overflow pipe member being disposed through a wall of the tank for draining rainwater from the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventors: Lyndon Abrams, Priscilla Abrams
  • Patent number: 6688328
    Abstract: A valve and tank enclosure assembly for use on a snowplow that includes a frame, a valve assembly, a tank, and a cover. The frame and cover of the enclosure cooperate to provide a seal from water spray. Hydraulic lines within the enclosure are routed such that moisture is prevented from contacting the valve assembly. The tank is mounted within the frame at three-locations and elevated so that forces from vehicle operation are isolated from acting upon the tank. The assembly also includes a pivoting shelf supporting the valve assembly, the pivoting shelf providing wide-open access to the valve assembly from a range of directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Force America Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 6637469
    Abstract: A container for holding a solid, liquid and/or gaseous phase product therein and for use within a transportable or stationary support structure. The container maximizes the compressed product volume contained therein and prevents liquid and/or contaminant entrainment during gaseous product delivery from liquid phase product. The system allows for product withdraw when the level is above the delivery valves using, at a minimum, two delivery legs linked by a compartment or housing that connects the delivery point and a container head space via a removable manway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Hoffman, Vladimir Yliy Gershtein, Alexandre De Almeida Botelho, Robert William Ford, Paul David Kottler
  • Patent number: 6539972
    Abstract: An arrangement of pipelines of a high-pressure distribution network for liquid operating media, such as lubricants, coolants, and hydraulic pressure media for control members or drives, for a roll stand having a roll housing. The pipelines are supply pipelines, discharge pipelines, and distribution pipelines, wherein the roll stand has several consumers connected to the high-pressure distribution network for the liquid operating media. The supply lines and the discharge lines are combined to form modules of groups of pipelines mountable on the roll stand. The nominal pressure of the operating media is standardized within the pipelines of the high-pressure distribution network to a value of approximately 290 bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: SMS Schloemann-Siemag Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Benner, Harald Rackel, Friedhelm Reimann, Heinz Hopfenziz, Helmut Stötzel, Heinz Trudewind, Walter Nietsch
  • Patent number: 6378546
    Abstract: A fresh water storage apparatus for providing an emergency supply of fresh water. The fresh water storage apparatus includes one or more tanks having a first end and,a second end; and also includes support members upon which the one or more tanks are mounted; and further includes a water inlet assembly being mounted to and extending into the one or more tanks; and also includes a water outlet assembly being mounted to and extending into said at least one tank; and further includes a vent assembly being mounted upon and extending into the one or more tanks through a top thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: Neil A. Hansen
  • Patent number: 6170518
    Abstract: Apparatus for holding and transporting high pressure rescue air bag system components includes a rigid framework having a base member and a stanchion extending upwardly from the base member. The apparatus incorporates structure which releasably retains the deadman switch, the high pressure regulator and regulator gauge and high pressure air bottle of the system in place for transport by an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: James L. Ratelle
  • Patent number: 6109290
    Abstract: A prefabricated modular fuel dispensing system comprising a foundation, including a longitudinally extending tubular underground fuel tank, having a fuel storage compartment and a conduit containment trough along its upper surface, and a canopy supported above said tank when it is in place, the support being characterized by two sections, one connected to the tank side, and an upper section being attached to the canopy. The two sections are interconnected with horizontal impact relief structure arranged to fail when subjected to lateral impact of sufficient magnitude to otherwise bend the lower column portion or damage the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Arthur A. Sabatinelli
  • Patent number: 6105606
    Abstract: This invention concerns a cabinet for chemical canister storage and dispensing. More particularly, this invention concerns a cabinet structure comprising: walls connected to a base and a top to provide an enclosed structure; wherein at least one wall has at least one vent opening on the lower portion thereof; wherein an upper portion of the cabinet has a exhaust outlet hole; wherein one or more baffles are positioned within the cabinet structure to direct a flow of air over fittings of a canister, a cabinet manifold, or both as the air moves from the at least one vent opening to the exhaust outlet hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Advanced Delivery & Chemical Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert M. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5975371
    Abstract: A modular, portable, environmentally friendly aboveground fueling assembly includes at least one pad member that is supported on the ground, and that is fabricated from a material that is heat resistant and that is resistant to exposure to petroleum products. A portable aboveground fuel tank is supported on the pad member, and at least one pumping station is included for dispensing fuel from the tank to a customer. A freestanding structure is secured to the fuel tank and the pad, and the structure is designed to give an aesthetic effect of a more substantial, permanent facility than would be given by the aboveground fuel tank standing alone. The components of the assembly are generally designed so as to be conveniently portable and so as to be simple to assemble and disassemble in the field. The assembly serves a need for inexpensive and environmentally friendly service stations, particularly in rural areas and underdeveloped countries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: R. Michael Webb
  • Patent number: 5954085
    Abstract: A fuel dispensing system comprising a foundation module including an underground fuel reservoir to store fuel to be dispensed and a conduit containment trough to house a fuel supply conduit and fuel dispensing conduit therein, a fuel dispensing module including a pump island to support a fuel dispensing device thereon and a canopy module held in fixed spaced relationship above the fuel dispensing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Petro-First, Inc.
    Inventors: Bobby L. Moore, Arthur A. Sabatinelli
  • Patent number: 5865346
    Abstract: An above-ground or below-ground, self-contained, fully-enclosed, unattended fueling apparatus for dispensing fuel in return for payment and accepting payment by credit-card or cash and providing primary and secondary fuel containment to protect the environment against overfills and spills consists of a reinforced concrete slab base, a concrete secondary containment vessel anchored to the slab base, a removable reinforced concrete cover closing the secondary containment vessel, a primary containment tank suspended from the cover, a fuel pump, and a credit-card reader. The containment vessel and slab with suspended tank being formed remote from the site of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: William M. Del Zotto
  • Patent number: 5730179
    Abstract: A rainwater collection and distribution apparatus includes a tank which includes a water entry portion, a water exit portion, and a water containment portion located between the water entry portion and the water exit portion. A valve assembly is connected to the water exit portion of the tank. A flexible adaptor conduit is connected at one end to the water entry portion of the tank and is connectable at another end to a portion of a gutter down spout. A plurality of stakes are connected to a bottom portion of the water containment portion of the tank for fixing the tank to a portion of a ground surface. The water containment portion of the tank has a tank diameter and a hydrostatic-pressure-development height extending from a distal end portion of the water containment portion to the valve assembly. A ratio of the hydrostatic-pressure-development height to the tank diameter is equal to or greater than three.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventor: Jonathan Dwayne Taylor
  • Patent number: 5529089
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a modular compressed natural gas fuel unit comprising generally a tank adapted to contain compressed natural gas and a fuel supply unit integrally attached to the main valve of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Williams Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Irwin A. Hicks, Joseph P. Lofink, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5176265
    Abstract: A retaining structure for a plurality of pressurized gas cylinders arranged in rows includes a lower frame having inner cross members fixed to upright posts and respectively disposed between adjacent rows of cylinders, and outer cross members along the outside of the outermost rows, the cross members having threaded studs at their outer ends for threaded coupling to a pair of end channels to form a rigid frame. An upper frame include generally V-shaped upper cross members arranged with two of them longitudinally aligned between each two adjacent rows of cylinders and threadedly coupled to the upper ends of upright rods which project upwardly from the inner cross members of the lower frame for holding the upper and lower frames in spaced relationship and maintaining the upper cross members in camming engagement with the sloping top walls of adjacent cylinders to wedge the cylinders against the cross members of the lower frame. Each upper cross member may be coupled to one or two upright rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Inventor: Richard C. Bennett
  • Patent number: 4991613
    Abstract: A hazardous liquid, such as a flammable liquid or an explosive liquid, is stored by constructing off-site a transportable module comprising a liquid storage tank mounted within a leak-tight prefabricated, reinforced, concrete vessel. The module is transported to an installation site and supported on a foundation. The space between the storage tank and the vessel is filled with a fire retardant, and then conduits, pumps, etc. are connected to the tank to provide the liquids to, and remove the liquids from, the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Frank Kaminski, Earl J. Schiffhauer
  • Patent number: 4989632
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in an automated liquid combination and transport system including one or more injectors for injecting liquid additives from various reservoirs into a primary liquid, including a frame having a front, a back and opposing sides. The frame has support columns for supporting the injectors on it. A tank connected to the frame is connected to a tubular input manifold mounted on the frame for carrying the primary liquid and liquid additives into the tank. The input manifold has a plurality of inlets spaced axially of the manifold which may be connected to the injectors which inject liquid additives from the reservoirs into the input manifold through its inlets. The input manifold extends generally side-to-side of the frame and is disposed with its inlets facing generally forwardly with respect to the frame so that its inlets are accessible from the front of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: Bahm, Inc.
    Inventor: William L. Bauerle
  • Patent number: 4960151
    Abstract: A hazardous liquid, such as a flammable liquid or an explosive liquid, is stored in a module including a liquid storage tank mounted within a leak-tight prefabricated, reinforced, concrete vessel. The module is supported on a foundation. A fire retardant fills the space between the storage tank and the vessel, and conduits, pumps, etc. are connected to the tank to provide the liquids to, and remove the liquids from, the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Frank Kaminski, Earl J. Schiffhauer
  • Patent number: 4948340
    Abstract: An above-ground storage system, especially for use with hazardous materials is disclosed. The system includes a first inner tank and a second outer tank. An air-operated diaphragm pump is used to fill the tank. In order to prevent overfilling of the tank and, therefore environmental contamination, a valve is installed in the air supply line to the air pump. The valve is operated by a float within the tank. When the float becomes submerged in liquid the valve is closed by an arm connected to the float.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: LRS, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart G. Solomon, David C. Whitman
  • Patent number: 4890983
    Abstract: An above-ground storage system, especially for use with hazardous materials is disclosed. The system includes a first inner tank and a second outer tank. An air-operated diaphragm pump is used to fill the tank. In order to preent overfilling of the tank and, therefore environmental contamination, a valve is installed in the air supply line to the air pump. The valve is operated by a float within the tank. When the float becomes submerged in liquid the valve is closed by an arm connected to the float.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Assignee: Pacific Environmental Industries
    Inventors: Stuart G. Solomon, David C. Whitman
  • Patent number: 4660594
    Abstract: A portable collapsible tank for storing and insulating hot water or other liquid is contained by an elongate flexible and foldable outer sleeve which defines the outer perimeter of the tank and is formed with sufficient tensile strength to support the tank and stored water. A side wall of insulating material is contained within the sleeve extending around the inside circumference of the sleeve from the top to the bottom of the tank. The outer sleeve and side wall layer overlap and frictionally engage the edge of a floor or base disk of rigid insulating foam material for stability of the tank without tilting and to prevent ballooning of an inner liner from the bottom of the tank. An inner liner of impervious flexible material suitable for contacting hot water, for example, for consumptive use is removeably seated within the side wall and base and extends over the top of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1987
    Inventor: Thomas E. Gocze
  • Patent number: 4481972
    Abstract: A pallet for handling and transporting a plurality of pressurized gas cylinders includes a floor structure on which the cylinders stand and side walls to retain the cylinders in place on the floor structure. For certain gas delivery applications it is desired to gang the cylinders by connecting them to a common manifold which is protectively supported on the pallet. To this end, a pair of upright center posts are provided at opposite sides of the pallet. The posts extend above the tops of the cylinders. A cross bar interconnects the upper ends of the posts and provides a structure for protectively supporting a manifold. An elongate manifold depends from and is supported by the cross bar. The manifold has ports which are connected by flexible high pressure hoses to each of the cylinders. The cross bar preferably takes the form of a truss structure which additionally cooperates with the center posts to provide a lifting frame that can be engaged by a crane for handling the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Assignee: AGA AB
    Inventor: Lars G. Stavlo
  • Patent number: 4377163
    Abstract: A breathing apparatus comprises a cylinder assembly supported by a harness through a mounting bracket. The bracket has a leg with an open-ended slot into which a grooved portion of the cylinder assembly is passed. The assembly is secured by screwing a pressure-reducing valve onto the shut-off valve of the cylinder assembly, in so doing a knurled ring on the pressure-reducing valve coming into position adjacent to an edge of the bracket to prevent subsequent withdrawal of the cylinder assembly from the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Assignee: Chubb Panorama Limited
    Inventor: Leonard J. Feathers
  • Patent number: 4345615
    Abstract: A multiphase modular chemical processing station including an exterior frame in the shape of an open rectangular solid, a plumbing-electrical structure extending across the lower back portion of such frame, the plumbing-electrical structure including liquid and gaseous input and exhaust connections as well as electrical connections and being divided into four specific module attachment positions, and a plurality of structurally similar interchangeable processing modules for mating with the plumbing-electrical structure and fitting within the exterior frame, each of the modules including a body element, the body having a cavity in its interior, a drawer extending forward from the lower portion of the body, and a work surface extending across the upper surface of the body, and each module further including a neck portion having ventilation means therein and extending upward to an upper portion containing a control panel for the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1982
    Assignee: Kay Plastic Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Angelo S. Di Cicco, Walter N. Quave