Vehicle Patents (Class 137/899)
  • Patent number: 9719630
    Abstract: A pivoting support assembly with a selective position locking capability may comprise a base, a first support arm movable with respect to the base, a first pivot joint pivotally mounting the first support arm to the base, and a first position locking assembly configured to lock a selected position of the first support arm with respect to the base. The first position locking assembly may comprise a first hydraulic motor mounted on the first pivot joint and having a fluid input and a fluid output with a fluid path defined therebetween such that fluid movement on the fluid path between the fluid input and the fluid output operates the first hydraulic motor. The first position locking assembly may comprise a first lock valve in communication with the first hydraulic motor and configured to selectively block fluid movement through the fluid path of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Hurco Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Lyndon J. Hurley
  • Patent number: 9083015
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a source gas passage including a first desulfurizer that has a desulfurization performance relative to a source gas having a relatively higher dew point, and a second desulfurizer that has the desulfurization performance relative to a source gas having a relatively lower dew point and the source gas having the relatively higher dew point. The desulfurization performance of the second desulfurizer relative to the source gas having the relatively higher dew point is lower than the desulfurization performance of the second desulfurizer relative to the source gas having the relatively lower dew point. The first desulfurizer, the second desulfurizer, and a flowmeter are arranged at the source gas passage in the aforementioned order from an upstream side to a downstream side of the source gas passage in a flow direction of the source gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, OSAKA GAS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Ohkawara, Shin Iwata, Susumu Takami, Minoru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9038667
    Abstract: A valve operating device includes a mounting for attachment to a vehicle and an elongate arm, the free end of which is only moveable across the underlying ground. The joints of the arm pivot around vertical axes and the arm is locked into a desired orientation by a brake at each joint. A valve turning machine is at the free end of the arm. The brakes are engaged and released by a control on the valve turning machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Ferrar
  • Publication number: 20150114506
    Abstract: A sensor for measuring a level of a liquid such as fuel and/or water in a tank such as a fuel tank. The sensor includes a stack of capacitors, each capacitor with one or more graphene measurement electrodes and one or more graphene reference electrodes. A measurement system is arranged to measure a capacitance of each capacitor between its measurement electrode(s) and its reference electrode(s) and thereby infer the liquid level. The graphene measurement and reference electrodes are formed in a single layer of graphene oxide by reductive etching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Franklin TICHBORNE, Joseph K-W LAM
  • Publication number: 20150114505
    Abstract: A urea solution apparatus for a vehicle may include a urea solution storage tank installed in a side of a lower part in a rear part of a car body, and a urea solution pipe configured to inject a urea solution into the urea solution storage tank, wherein the urea solution pipe is connected to the urea solution storage tank in such a way that a urea solution injection nozzle of the urea solution pipe is located in a space in which a fuel inlet hole is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Bu Yeol Ryu, Dong Myoung Ryoo, Pil Seon Choi
  • Publication number: 20150096628
    Abstract: A device for attachment to a three-point hitch of a tractor allowing for the use of high flow hydraulic attachments. The device includes a three-point hitch attachment, a hydraulic tank, a hydraulic pump powered by the tractor power take off, a filter, an oil cooler, and a quick attach. In use, the device is attached to the tractor allowing for the usage of skid steer attachments with the tractor controls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Derek W. Kent
  • Publication number: 20150090344
    Abstract: Disclosed in certain embodiments are pressure release devices or filtering devices for adsorbed gas containers in order to increase the safety and efficiencies of adsorbed gas systems. In certain embodiments, the systems contain metal organic framework.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: William Dolan, Christoph Garbotz, Adam Lack, Joseph Lynch, Stefan Marx, Ulrich Mueller, Michael SantaMaria, Mathias Weickert
  • Publication number: 20150075661
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving, storing, carrying and discharging a liquid (108), which comprises a container (21) with a discharging device (30) for discharging the liquid (108). The discharging device (30) has a hollow cylindrical shape and is connected to the container (21). Another side has a discharge opening (31). There is a protective layer (41) at the discharging device (30) near the container (21), which in a sound state holds back the liquid (108). The protective layer (41) is set-back with respective to the discharge opening (31) by a minimum distance (A).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Silicon Fire AG
    Inventor: Peter Grauer
  • Publication number: 20150075623
    Abstract: A first vapor phase valve including a housing, a flow passage in the housing, a main valve to block or open the flow passage, and an excess flow valve to block the flow passage when vapor phase dimethyl ether flows through the flow passage. The first vapor phase valve includes: a pressure chamber communicating with a pressure opening portion of the housing and a fixed shaft connected to the excess flow valve to maintain the excess flow valve in an open state by using pressure of liquid phase dimethyl ether flowing into the pressure chamber from the pressure opening portion. The excess flow valve, in order to prevent fluid from flowing out at a specified flow rate or more, can be forcedly opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventor: Takeshi Tokumaru
  • Publication number: 20150068630
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to oxygen/air supply systems and methods for use with fuel cell system applications on-board passenger transportation vehicles, such as aircraft or other aerospace vehicles, ground vehicles, or stationary applications for which oxygen and/or air has to be supplied to the fuel cell system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Libis, Jerome Cerisier, Vincent Gillotin, Yannick Brunaux
  • Publication number: 20150061337
    Abstract: A pneumatic adjustment arrangement for a vehicle seat. The pneumatic adjustment arrangement has at least one chamber or bladder, which can be filled with a pressure medium, as an adjustment element. Furthermore, the pneumatic adjustment arrangement has a fluid line for the filling and/or evacuation of the chamber. Additionally, the pneumatic adjustment arrangement has a valve device which is provided in the fluid line for volume flow regulation. Finally, the pneumatic adjustment arrangement has a noise absorber which is likewise arranged in the fluid line in order to absorb noise generated in the fluid line. In this way, it is possible to create a pneumatic adjustment arrangement for a vehicle seat, in particular for comfort functions, such that objectionable noises during the execution of the comfort fiction are reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Johann Steinberger, Stefan Weickmann, Marco Zehndbauer
  • Patent number: 8950330
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a mobile platform for the delivery of bulk explosives to a blast hole. One embodiment of the platform provides the ability to obtain weight information relating to the contents of a tank that is associated with the platform and that, in operation, contains either the bulk explosive or a constituent of the explosive. The platform comprises a vehicle with a frame, a tank, a load cell structure for connecting the frame and the tank and providing weight data relating to the contents of the tank, and a suspension system that prevents relative movement of the frame and the tank that could compromise the load cell structure. Another embodiment of the platform provides a tank for holding an explosive composition and a rotary shaft that supports a mixing blade that mixes the explosive composition within the tank. The platform further comprises bearing structure for supporting the rotary shaft that is located to deter any of the explosive composition from entering the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin H. Waldock
  • Publication number: 20150013813
    Abstract: Methods and systems for storing and dispensing compressed air are provided for inflating a tire. Specifically, a compressed air reservoir is integrated into a human-powered vehicle, such as a bicycle frame component, to provide for portable and convenient inflation of a bicycle tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Roger De Torres
  • Publication number: 20140366973
    Abstract: A mobile liquid storage tank includes a sump located below the floor level of the tank at an end wall of the tank. A suction pipe has an inlet positioned within the sump so that the tank is substantially completely emptied as the liquid is withdrawn from the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jarvis A. Jackson, Pierre H. Meunier
  • Publication number: 20140352830
    Abstract: A portable liquid transloader includes a wheeled support vehicle. The wheeled support vehicle includes a chassis and a manually operated extension ladder. The extension ladder includes a base section that is carried by the chassis and a fly section that is extendably connected to the base section. A platform extends horizontally outwardly from the fly section. The portable liquid transloader further includes a bulk air eliminator that is carried by the chassis. An inlet is disposed upstream from the bulk air eliminator. A mechanical flow meter is disposed downstream from the bulk air eliminator. A first supply conduit extends downstream from the mechanical flow meter. The first supply conduit is carried by the chassis and extends generally parallel to the extension ladder. A second supply conduit is fluidly coupled to the first supply conduit. The second supply conduit extends vertically above and horizontally beyond the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: MICHAEL KENAN, ANTHONY J. COOK, DOUGLAS S. PARRIS
  • Publication number: 20140332104
    Abstract: A brake hydraulic pressure control apparatus for a vehicle includes: a base member; a control housing including a storage space for storing an electromagnetic valve on one face of the base member and a coil assembly; and a pump driving motor on a back face of the base member. The base member are provided with: two housing mounting penetration holes through which housing mounting screws for fixing the control housing are to be inserted; two motor mounting holes into which motor mounting screws for fixing the motor are to be inserted; and a rotation shaft storage hole into which a rotation shaft of the motor is to be stored, wherein the housing mounting penetration holes and the motor mounting holes are respectively disposed point-symmetrically with respect to the center of the rotation shaft storage hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Takuro KODAMA
  • Publication number: 20140318654
    Abstract: An auxiliary fluid supply for a vehicle may include a rigid container including a cavity, and a flexible container is positioned within the cavity to supply the fluid to the vehicle. The flexible container may be filled with a fluid, and the rigid container may be pressurized to compress the flexible container to supply the fluid to the vehicle. The flexible container may be connected to a valve pressure regulator. The flexible container may be connected to a fluid supply source. The rigid container may be connected to a pressure generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Royce Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20140311602
    Abstract: An integrated valve assembly, which integrates two check valves and a solenoid assembly which functions as a purge valve. When the solenoid assembly is in an open position, during a first mode of operation, vacuum pressure places the first check valve in an open position and the second check valve in a closed position, and during a second mode of operation, pressurized air places the first check valve in a closed position, and vacuum pressure generated by a venturi valve member places the second check valve in an open position. Each check valve utilizes a nylon insert along with an over molded rubber seal. The design of the check valves prevents actuation at low vacuums and flows when the vehicle is shut off. The integrated valve assembly eliminates the need for an OBD relief valve, and simplifies the EVAP system, saving costs, complexity, and eliminates several possible leak connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Douglas Jefford, John Nelson Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8864101
    Abstract: A method implemented by a valve operating apparatus for hands free exercising of an in ground utility valve, which may include repeatedly opening and closing the utility valve without requiring the use of a computer program or a physical human manipulation. A valve operating apparatus may include a bi directional hydraulic powered motor which may be coupled to a utility valve stem for the purpose of rotating the valve stem of the utility valve in a closing direction or an opening direction. The direction of rotation, of a hydraulic motor, may be reversed in response to detecting an opening of a preset pressure relief valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Lynn A. Buckner
  • Patent number: 8851121
    Abstract: A vehicle with devices thereon for exercising the valves of a municipal water system includes a first arm with a valve turning machine at its outer end. A second arm is also attached to the vehicle, the second arm having a torque multiplier head having an input end and an output. A connector connects the valve turning machine to the input and the output of the torque multiplier applies increased torque to the stem of a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Illlinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Ferrar, Jeffrey Swiatowy, Greg Drzewiecki
  • Publication number: 20140261826
    Abstract: An assembly for transferring fluids between a vessel and a turret structure mounted in said vessel for a rotation around a substantially vertical turret axis is provided. Said turret structure comprises a swivel having at least one fluid path which is connected with one end of a fluid piping of which the second end is connected to the vessel. A swivel tower mounts around the swivel and engages the remainder of the turret structure by a swivel tower bearing. A torsion lock mechanism substantially locks the swivel tower to the vessel for a rotation therewith. A first fluid piping segment extends freely between the vessel and the swivel tower and a second fluid piping segment extends between the swivel tower and the fluid path of the swivel. The segments are joined at an interconnection where the fluid piping is substantially fixed to the swivel tower by fixing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Bluewater Energy Services B.V.
    Inventor: Clemens Gerardus Johannes Maria Van Der Nat
  • Publication number: 20140261825
    Abstract: An assembly for transferring fluids between a vessel and a turret structure mounted in said vessel for a rotation around a substantially vertical turret axis is provided. Said turret structure comprises a swivel having at least one fluid outlet which is connected with one end of a fluid piping of which the second end is connected to the vessel. The assembly further comprises a flexible bridge member connecting a part of the turret structure with the vessel. The rotation of said part of the turret structure around the turret axis is substantially locked to the rotation of the vessel while a relative displacement between said part of the turret structure and the vessel or the structure fixed to the vessel is allowed. Said bridge member supports the fluid piping to substantially take away the loads from the fluid piping on the said swivel and its outlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Bluewater Energy Services B.V.
    Inventor: Lambert Erik Gooijer
  • Publication number: 20140251479
    Abstract: Provided is a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system comprising a frame, a first container, a second container, a first manifold, a second manifold, and a casing. The frame may have: a first side; a first connecting member; and a second side. The first container may be configured to house or contain CNG and be engaged to and substantially shrouded by the first side of the frame. The second container may be configured to house or contain CNG and be engaged to and substantially shrouded by the second side of the frame. The first manifold may be engaged to and substantially shrouded by the first side of the frame. The second manifold may be engaged to and substantially shrouded by the second side of the frame. The casing may at least partially surround the frame, the first container, the first manifold, and the second manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: TRILOGY ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: GARY GIBB, MICHAEL PINTZ, STEPHEN POLATAS
  • Patent number: 8826939
    Abstract: A drain system for transporting waste from a vehicle to a discharge location located spaced from the vehicle may include first, second and third modular components. The first modular component may be adapted to coupling to the vehicle and may define a first male connection. The second modular component may include a waste transfer portion extending between a first end and a second end. The first end may define a first female connection and the second end may define a second male connection. The third modular component may include an angled central portion, a first end and a second end. The first end may define a second female connection. The second end may define a waste discharge end. The drain system may further include a fourth modular component defining a first end having an opening for receiving the waste discharge end of the third modular component and a second end for interfacing with a tubular intake of the discharge location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Thetford Corporation
    Inventors: Suzanne Damaske, Carrie Ellen Hall, Dan Delaney, Kenneth J. Hall, Andy Bialorucki, George Grech
  • Publication number: 20140239121
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an apparatus for cooling at least one landing gear brake of an aircraft in flight is described. The apparatus includes an air handling assembly that is coupled to the aircraft. The air handling assembly includes at least one air inlet port. The apparatus also includes an air delivery assembly that is in air receiving communication with the air handling assembly. The air delivery assembly includes at least one nozzle that is configured to direct air into a first space adjacent a first side of the landing gear brake to create an air pressure differential across the landing gear brake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20140230938
    Abstract: A collection tank for use in a vacuum operated earth reduction system, the collection tank comprising a closed first end, an open second end defining a tank sealing flange and a body extending between the closed first end and the open second end. An internal chamber defined by the body, the closed first end and the open second end has a door coupled to the open second end and is configured to releasably seal the open second end. An automated door closer is coupled to a center of the door, wherein the automated door closer provides a closing force at the center of the door so that the closing force is equally distributed about a periphery of the door to seal the door against the tank sealing flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: McLaughlin Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Robert Maybury, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140230937
    Abstract: A collection tank for use in a vacuum operated earth reduction system, the collection tank comprising a closed first end, an open second end defining a tank sealing flange and a body extending between the closed first end and the open second end. An internal chamber defined by the body, the closed first end and the open second end has a door coupled to the open second end and is configured to releasably seal the open second end. An automated door closer is coupled to a center of the door, wherein the automated door closer provides a closing force at the center of the door so that the closing force is equally distributed about a periphery of the door to seal the door against the tank sealing flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: McLaughlin Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Robert Maybury, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140224336
    Abstract: A device and method for supplying ozonated liquid is disclosed. Liquid in a reservoir is pumped from the reservoir to a separate ozone generator and is thereby ozonated. The ozonated liquid is retained to the reservoir so that the liquid is circulated in a loop. As the liquid is circulated through the ozone generator, the concentration of ozone increases. Once the liquid has been sufficiently ozonated, the generator is disconnected and the reservoir moved to where ozonated water is required and ozonated water is dispensed from the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph J. Hesketh
  • Patent number: 8801041
    Abstract: A fluid storage container and method is disclosed. The fluid storage container comprises a base frame that supports a tank, a tank for storing fluid, a working surface area walkway built into an end of the tank, a ladder connected near the front of the walkway to the frame, a plurality of handrails on the walkway that can be positioned depending on the required function of the tank, a plurality of strut panels that serve as floorboards on the walkway, a bridge that extends from the left and right sides of the tank to connect to other like tanks, a safety chain that connects between adjacently parked containers, and a dual manifold assembly. A method for configuring the tank's walkways as continuous walkways when parked adjacent to each other is disclosed. A dual manifold system and method for operating the manifolds is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Pinnacle Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Barrett, Brian Fowler
  • Publication number: 20140202550
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve and a mating fuel tank bung are installed directly on a fuel tank. In one embodiment a bung is welded directly to a fuel tank, and thereafter a pressure relief valve is attached directly to the bung by mating threads. This system and installation method provides a cost and time effective installation process that is expedient, does not require additional pipes or plumbing fixtures, and the resulting installed valve may provide improved safety features due to the exclusion of additional pipes and plumbing positioned between the valve and the fuel tank and a compactness of design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Watson
  • Patent number: 8777125
    Abstract: An operator interface assembly is provided that includes a frame having a first end configured to rotatably couple to a first lateral frame tube of an agricultural vehicle, and a second end configured to transition between a raised position adjacent to a second lateral frame tube of the agricultural vehicle and a lowered position beneath the second lateral frame tube via rotation of the frame about the first end. The operator interface assembly also includes a fluid inlet coupled to the frame, and configured to provide fluid to the agricultural vehicle. In addition, the operator interface assembly includes a valve coupled to the frame, and configured to control fluid flow from the fluid inlet to the agricultural vehicle. The fluid inlet and the valve are positioned adjacent to the second end of the frame, and directed laterally outward with respect to the agricultural vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: John Paul Honermann, Scott David Reese
  • Publication number: 20140190584
    Abstract: An inductor box for an agricultural implement includes an inlet configured to receive agricultural product from a tank. The inductor box also includes a housing having a cavity therein. The cavity is configured to receive the agricultural product from the inlet. The inductor box includes a gate configured to be removably inserted between the inlet and the cavity, to block the agricultural product from entering the cavity while disposed between the inlet and the cavity, and to enable the agricultural product to enter the cavity while removed from being disposed between the inlet and the cavity. The inductor box includes a first guide coupled to the housing and configured to direct the gate away from the inlet. The first guide is disposed between the gate and the inlet while the gate is disposed between the inlet and the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: CNH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Chad M. Johnson, Marvin A. Prickel, Michael J. Connors
  • Patent number: 8752581
    Abstract: A hydraulic tank for an industrial truck having a tank lower part with a base and a side wall and produced in one piece, a tank cover which is connected to an upper edge of the side wall, is produced in one piece and defines at least one hydraulic medium receiving chamber together with the base and the side wall, at least one hydraulic medium intake pipe extending from a hydraulic medium suction connector of the tank cover, and at least one hydraulic medium return pipe extending from a hydraulic medium return connector of the tank cover, wherein the hydraulic medium intake pipe and the hydraulic medium return pipe, together with the tank cover, form a tank upper part which is assembled as a modular unit with the tank lower part to form the hydraulic tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Johannes Haslberger
  • Publication number: 20140130923
    Abstract: A flow guider has a guiding body, a blade edge and two tips. The guiding body has two guiding surfaces configured symmetrically with each other. Each guiding surface is convex. The blade edge is curved, is formed between and connects the guiding surfaces and has two opposite ends. The tips are formed respectively at the ends of the blade edge and each tip merges the guiding surfaces and one end of the blade edge. The flow guider divides and guides oncoming airflow or waterflow to smoothly pass across the flow guider with reduced turbulence so that vehicles or bridge piers mounted with the flow guiders suffer less vibration, shaking and damage when encountering airflow or waterflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Chen-Chuan Hu
  • Patent number: 8689895
    Abstract: A pilot valve assembly for regulating the output of a first pressure source relative to a second pressure source, a fluid system equipped with the valve assembly, and a method of operating the valve assembly. The valve assembly includes a valve body with inlet and outlet ports and first and second sensing ports. The first and second sensing ports are adapted to sense, respectively, the fluid pressures of the first and second pressure sources. The inlet port is adapted for fluidically connecting to the first pressure source. The valve assembly defines a flow path between the inlet and outlet ports, and has components for allowing fluid flow from the inlet port, through the flow path, and to the outlet port only if the fluid pressure of the first pressure source exceeds the fluid pressure of the second pressure source by a differential by the flow-allowing components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vanair Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Rohl
  • Patent number: 8656963
    Abstract: A wastewater drainage system for a vehicle, such as a recreational vehicle (RV), is provided. The system includes a pump, such as a macerator pump, in selective fluid communication with the black water tank and the gray water tank, and a drainage hose connected to the exit end of the pump for directing wastewater to a wastewater storage area. The system allows the RV user to clean the black water tank using water from the gray water tank, and allows gray water to be stored in the black water tank so that less time is spent draining the tanks and more time is spent enjoying the RV experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Thetford Corporation
    Inventor: Lannie L. Stegall
  • Publication number: 20140034172
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a valve assembly for a fuel tank includes forming a valve housing with a recess that is sized to retain a component inserted into the recess. The component is detectable by a sensor located outside of the fuel tank when the valve assembly is mounted in the fuel tank. A valve assembly includes a valve housing having a recess. The component is retained in the recess by the valve housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Vaughn K. Mills
  • Patent number: 8616241
    Abstract: A waste evacuation system for a vehicle having an extendible and retractable hose for transferring the waste has been described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Douglas R. Swarts
  • Publication number: 20130319533
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for lifting a mass of water with a container from a larger body of water, in which method the container having at least one open opening is first located below the surface level of the larger body of water and the container is full of water, wherein the container is raised partially above the surface level of the water by elements attached to the container, and that the at least one open opening of the container is located below the surface level of the larger body of water during and after raising of the container thus lifting the mass of water located inside the raised portion of container above the surface level of the larger body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Evgeny LYKOV
  • 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: 20130269812
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for coating the interior of a pipe. The machine can be pulled through and positioned within a pipe or pipeline by a internal pipe tractor, and can be used to apply viscous liquids, including two part epoxies and urethanes, to the interior wall of the pipe. The machine is typically used for the overcoating of portions of pipe having defects in their internal coatings, for example, at their girth welds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: SHAWCOR LTD.
    Inventors: Mark Redmond, Joseph Mordarski, Josef Benedik, Armen Markarian
  • Publication number: 20130263956
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a water supply system for water consumers and a cooling system having a drain line for draining condensate water precipitated during operation of the cooling system. The drain line of the cooling system is connected to at least one water consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Ralph Gaertner, Christian Schneider
  • Publication number: 20130240636
    Abstract: A portable vegetation treatment system includes a primary pump, a secondary pump, an intake-port assembly, a distribution assembly, and a control assembly. The primary pump is configured to couple with a diluent source while the secondary pump is configured to couple with a reservoir, containing a chemically-based fluid. The chemically-based fluid may be a concentrate, pre-mixed concentrate or other fluid(s), requiring dilution or combination with another fluid before application. The secondary pump includes components that meter one or more chemically-based fluids, during active operation. These components also substantially restrict migration or inappropriate flow of the chemically-based fluid when the system is inactive or in a passive state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Helena Holding Company
    Inventor: Kelly Mark Duffie
  • Patent number: 8499782
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system for delivering at least one service fluid to at least one construction type equipment. The fluid delivery system includes a modular body including a main platform with a variety of different sizes of fluid vessels and at least one pump associated therewith. The fluid delivery system further includes hoses to facilitate the transfer of the fluids to construction equipment and hoses to facilitate the transfer of used fluids from construction equipment. A containment component is integrally formed with the modular body so as to provide the retaining of the fluid reservoirs during transit. An optional additional platform containing additional fluid vessels is capable of being attached to the front portion of the main platform, thereby increasing the total fluid storage capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Karl J. Bauer, Michael A. Brainard, William J. Bunkofske, Steve C. Fairbanks
  • Publication number: 20130174918
    Abstract: A bleeding system includes an open conduit and, upstream, a control controlling the hydraulic fluid flow, toward the open conduit. The bleeding system includes a dismountable connection device including connection means adapted to be connected to the bleeding system; an outlet adapted to be connected to a pipe; a first central portion including the connection means, a cylindrical bearing, and a conduit extending from the connection means up to the surface of the cylindrical bearing; and an annular second portion including a bore adapted to pivot on the cylindrical bearing, at least one conduit connecting the outlet and the surface of the bore. The first portion and/or the annular portion include a groove ensuring the hydraulic fluid flows between the conduits. The central portion includes a section arranged between the connection means and the cylindrical bearing to ensure the connection of the connection device to the bleeding system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventor: Airbus Operations SAS
  • Publication number: 20130160882
    Abstract: A device for injecting gas into a plurality of vertical tubes of a chemical reactor from the bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Extundo Incorporated
    Inventors: Clifford L. Johns, Dennis McAndrews, Munaf Chasmawala, Matthew Laughlin, Douglas Cornett
  • Patent number: 8469049
    Abstract: A discharge extension assembly includes a main tube having at least first and second ends. The discharge extension assembly further includes at least one extension tube configured to telescope from within the main tube. The main tube and the at least one extension tube may include a plurality of collars that are configured to limit overextension of the at least one extension tube from the main tube. A first bracket is configured to mount to the first end of the main tube. A hinge assembly is configured to pivot the main tube and the at least one extension tube. The hinge assembly may include a stop and a sleeve slidably engaged with a shaft. The stop, the sleeve, and the shaft may be configured to limit movement of the sleeve. A second bracket may be configured to mount to the second end of the main tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Norco Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard F. Garceau
  • Publication number: 20130153038
    Abstract: Apparatus useful for at least one among filling, flooding and hydrotesting a subsea pipeline includes a control unit, pump and pump valve disposed upon a submersible skid. The control unit is capable of controlling operation of the pump and pump valve. At least one battery may be disposed upon or associated with the skid for powering the components on the skid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Andrew J. Barden, Alan Paul Sergeant
  • Publication number: 20130139921
    Abstract: A working vehicle includes: a cabin; an air conditioning unit disposed at a rear upper portion of the cabin; and drain hoses connected to a drain portion of the air conditioning unit, water drained from the drain portion flowing through the drain hoses, wherein the drain hoses are respectively disposed at both left and right sides of the air conditioning unit in front and rear direction, and both front and rear portions of the drain hoses are provided with drain hose outlets from which the water flowing through the drain hoses is drained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Iseki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Iseki & Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130105020
    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: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Danny Ness