With Baffle, Spreader, Displacer, Drip Ring, Filter Or Screen Patents (Class 141/286)
  • Patent number: 10947714
    Abstract: An air gap floor drain is disclosed which may provide an air gap between a floor drain aperture and one or more device drain conduits producing drain effluent. An example air gap floor drain includes a first funnel. A lid on the first funnel has one or more ports to accept the device drain conduits. A second funnel is stacked under the first funnel so that the drain effluent from the device drain conduits entering the first funnel through one or more ports passes down through the second funnel before flowing from the second funnel down into the floor drain aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Bryan VandenHeuvel
  • Patent number: 10806077
    Abstract: An agricultural combine includes a self-propelled agricultural harvesting vehicle and a feederhouse extending forward from the vehicle. The combine further includes a rotor and concave arrangement for threshing and separating grain received in the feederhouse. A cleaning shoe is disposed below the rotor and concave arrangement. The combine moreover includes a grain tank for receiving and accumulating grain from the cleaning shoe and an unloading conveyor for conveying grain from the grain tank. An electrostatic grain cleaner is coupled to a distal end of the conveyor for electrostatically cleaning grain from the grain tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Kamalakannan Natarajan, Karthikeyan Narayanan, Anupam Mukhopadhyay
  • Patent number: 10787359
    Abstract: A fuel nozzle retaining apparatus for securing a fuel nozzle in place on a freight truck with side fairings includes a retainer body having a bottom edge with a notch extending towards a top edge and configured to receive a fuel nozzle of a gas pump. The retainer body is configured to engage a fairing of a freight truck within a fuel cutout of the fairing. A body width of the retainer body from the left edge to the right edge is configured to be greater than a cutout width of the fuel cutout, and a thickness of the retainer body to conform to an orthogonal distance between an inner face of the fairing and a nozzle head of the fuel nozzle when engaged within a fuel tank aperture of the truck. The apparatus thus retains the fuel nozzle within the fuel tank aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Lori Gaskill
  • Patent number: 10759272
    Abstract: A closure of a tank of a motor vehicle for closing a filler neck gas- and fluid-tight, having a closure fastened to a flap, the flap being fastened to a vehicle body of the motor vehicle such that it is movable into an open or closed position, the closure including a seal, which causes the closure to close against the filler neck. The tank closure should be easy for a user to handle and have a relatively simple design and be economical to manufacture. This is achieved in that the seal is electromechanically or pneumatically adjustable with the aid of an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Olaf Husberg, Henning Irle, Ingo Niemeyer
  • Patent number: 10710451
    Abstract: A closure of a tank of a motor vehicle for closing a filler neck gas- and fluid-tight, having a closure fastened to a flap, the flap being fastened to a vehicle body of the motor vehicle such that it is movable into an open or closed position, the closure including a seal, which causes the closure to close against the filler neck. The tank closure should be easy for a user to handle and have a relatively simple design and be economical to manufacture. This is achieved in that the seal is electromechanically or pneumatically adjustable with the aid of an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Olaf Husberg, Henning Irle, Ingo Niemeyer
  • Patent number: 10703196
    Abstract: A refueling retainer comprises a body portion of a tubular shape inserted into and arranged at a fueling-side end portion of an inlet pipe through which fuel is introduced to a fuel tank. The body portion comprises at a leading end portion thereof: a tapered portion, which is an inner peripheral surface of the leading end portion inclined radially inward toward a leading end of the body portion; and a claw portion that projects from the leading end of the body portion in an inwardly bent manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunobu Kikuya, Makoto Kato, Masaharu Miki
  • Patent number: 10626005
    Abstract: A channel forming member is attached to a filler neck on a nozzle insertion side where a fueling nozzle is to be inserted. The channel forming member includes a barrier section that forms an insertion flow path section for the fueling nozzle in the fuel flow path on the nozzle insertion side, while forming an annular channel surrounding the insertion flow path section so as to separate the channel from the insertion flow path section. The channel forming member further includes the following provided to the barrier section: an atmosphere communication hole for making the channel communicate with the atmosphere; a flow path communication hole for making the channel communicate with an insertion end flow path section downstream from the insertion flow path section; and a valve mechanism that prevents passage of the atmosphere through the channel in a fueling period. This contributes to reduction in introduction of the atmosphere into the fuel flow path through the channel in a fueling period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 10589902
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods are disclosed for transferring a substance into an open top container. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to systems, apparatus, and methods to reduce splashing, splattering, and/or spillage while transferring a fluid from one container to another. Even more specifically, the present disclosure relates to a kitchen utensil including a body member for positioning within the container, the body member having a surface for receiving the substance and guiding the substance into the container; and an attachment mechanism for removably securing the utensil to a wall of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Dale A. Carreiro
  • Patent number: 10562756
    Abstract: An exemplary system for improving gaseous venting from a fluid storage vessel includes a hollow member configured to receive a fuel nozzle, the fuel nozzle having an aspirate opening, a vent line fluidly connecting the fluid storage vessel and the hollow member, and a flow guide device fluidly connected to the hollow member and the vent line. The flow guide device includes a flow guide chamber having an inlet, a plurality of sidewalls, and an outlet, and a plurality of directional blades formed within the flow guide chamber. The plurality of directional blades direct a fluid flow through the flow guide chamber and the hollow member toward the aspirate opening of the fuel nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Yong Pan
  • Patent number: 10531762
    Abstract: A beverage making machine having a cartridge holder with an upper portion movable in pivotal and/or linear ways relative to a lower portion. An actuator for the cartridge portion may include a handle-actuated spur gear and link to move the upper portion, which may be guided in movement via a cam and cam follower engagement. Information from a cartridge detector may be used based on movement of cartridge holder portions, e.g., as an upper portion moves from an open position to a closed position. A mixing chamber may be held by a drawer so as to be removable, and movement of the drawer may engage/disengage the mixing chamber from a fluid supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: BEDFORD SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: William Philip McHugh, Jeremy B. Gordon, Scott Grubb, Steven Mackey, Thomas Fedorka, Peter Rae Peterson, Thomas J. Novak, Thomas Paul Dutremble, Gwynn Masada, Bradford Range, Enrico Raffaele Cafaro, Steven Raphaelson, Michael Sack, Brian B. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10442675
    Abstract: A vent system for a fuel storage tank and a pressure vacuum valve (PVV) module for use with such a vent system are disclosed. The vent system defines a vent path from the fuel storage tank to atmosphere. An elongate vent pipe extends vertically to a rain cap located at the upper end of the vent pipe. A pressure vacuum valve (PVV) is located in the vent path between the lower end of the vent pipe and the tank. The pressure vacuum valve maintains the vent path in a closed condition unless the pressure in the tank is above or below a predetermined pressure. By separating the PVV from the rain cap and placing it between the lower end of the vent pipe and the tank, it is possible to site the PVV at an accessible level for maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: RISBRIDGER LTD.
    Inventor: Eden Graham Mansfield Stuart
  • Patent number: 10421353
    Abstract: A fuel supply apparatus comprises a filler neck body including a hollow fuel passage-forming structure configured to form a fuel passage and a fuel vapor port branched off from the fuel passage-forming structure; and a nozzle guide formed in a tubular shape to introduce a fueling nozzle. The nozzle guide includes a vapor flow path portion configured to introduce fuel vapor flowing into the fuel vapor port in a tank direction. The vapor flow path portion has a slow-down portion configured to slow down the fuel vapor introduced in the tank direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Sekihara, Yoshinari Hiramatsu, Shinji Shimokawa, Toru Shirasaki
  • Patent number: 10273139
    Abstract: A refueling adapter is provided. The refueling adapter includes a nozzle section and an inlet section coupled to and positioned upstream of the nozzle section, the inlet section including a restrictor element extending across an inlet section flow passage and an anti-sealing rib coupled to an inlet section housing and axially extending along the inlet section flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Thomas Aitken
  • Patent number: 10252836
    Abstract: Applicator apparatus can include a circumferential wall and a support arm movably mounted relative to the circumferential wall. The support arm can include a protrusion extending in an axial direction within an interior passage of the circumferential wall. Methods of assembling the apparatus are provided in further embodiments. Methods of introducing an additive are provided in further embodiments. In further embodiments, a mouth fill device can include a circumferential shroud. In some embodiments, a plurality of apertures can be disposed in a circumferential lip circumscribing an end of the circumferential shroud. In further embodiments, a protrusion can be mounted relative to the circumferential shroud. In further embodiments, a collapsible container or a collapsed container can include a first shell, a second shell, and a circumferential bladder that can have a higher axial collapsibility than both the first shell and the second shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen Frank Charles Geldard
  • Patent number: 10239698
    Abstract: An improved vibratory bowl feeder is provided. The improved vibratory bowl feeder includes a removable impact cone formed from an impact resistant material to deflect falling industrial workpieces toward the sidewall of a bowl. The impact cone includes a through-hole for a center bolt, the center bolt securing the impact cone to the bowl. An adhesive layer bonds the impact cone to the bowl, which is optionally formed from stainless steel. The impact cone includes a frusto-conical or hemispherical impact surface that deadens the impact from industrial workpieces falling from an overhead hopper. Replacement of the impact cone can be achieved within minimal downtime, and varying impact cones can be selected based on the size and the shape of the industrial workpieces for a given inspection run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Linear Group Services, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Stemmerich, Anthony Costa
  • Patent number: 10146132
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for supplying different chemical products to process tools of a manufacturing environment used for micro-processing substrates. To this end, the various types of chemical products may be supplied by providing mobile dispense devices having incorporated therein any required hardware components for dispensing a chemical product. Moreover, the mobile dispense devices are appropriately equipped so as to enable coupling to and removal from respective process tools, such as wafer tracks of modern lithography tools. Due to the mobile or modular nature of the respective chemical product lines, a significant reduction of cost of ownership, increased tool availability and reduced investment costs may be achieved compared to conventional regimes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Sidheswara Mahapatra, Wolfram Grundke, Heiko Wagner
  • Patent number: 10093175
    Abstract: A fueling device comprises a filler neck that is configured to form a fuel flow path, a cover member, and a restraint portion. An engagement projection provided as an engagement portion of the cover member is engaged with an engaged recess provided as an engaged portion of the filler neck, so that the cover member is mounted to the filler neck on an opening side of the fuel flow path. The restraint portion is configured to restrain the cover member including an engagement extension portion downstream of the engagement projection in the fuel flow path to an outer circumferential wall of the filler neck. This configuration suppresses expansion and deformation of the cover member and avoids separation of the cover member from the filler neck, while maintaining the mounting property of the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kito, Yoshinari Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 10052947
    Abstract: A closure device for closing a through opening on a vehicle is provided. An interior space with a filling or connection opening being accessible via the through opening, wherein the filling or connection opening is configured and provided for consumable filling on the vehicle, and it being possible for the through opening to be closed by way of a cover element which can be adjusted on the vehicle in a manner which is actuated by external force between at least one closure position for closing the through opening and an open position for opening the through opening. A control electronics system for triggering an adjustment of the cover element being provided with at least one first and second sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Christian Herrmann, Hubert Panejko, Markus Bauernfeind, Maik Rienecker
  • Patent number: 10036197
    Abstract: A doorway interconnection and method of creating an airtight seal between two doorways includes a first temporary membrane creating an airtight seal on a first doorway and a second temporary membrane creating an airtight seal on a second doorway and a gasket between the two doorways, and vents and valves to place and remove a sterilizing fluid in the inter-doorway volume. Such a system may be used to attach a sterile modular building unit to a sterile facility without losing the sterility of either the facility or the module building unit. Access to the membranes may be from one direction only. The gasket may provide motion and sound isolation between. Additional elements limit relative motions between the first and second doorways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Vium, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Betts-Lacroix, Kevin Harada, Alson Kemp
  • Patent number: 9969279
    Abstract: A two part closure for a combo chargeport for use on an electric vehicle is provided. The closure comprises: an inner part including a dust cover for a DC chargeport; and an outer part configured to cover the AC chargeport. The inner and outer parts are hingeably attached to the vehicle such that the closure can be closed with a single action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Southey, Andrew John Murray
  • Patent number: 9916997
    Abstract: There is provided an end structure of a nozzle (11) including a gas-flow passage (13) communicable with an opening (104) provided through a bottom of a container (100) configured to contain an object, the nozzle (11) configured so that gas is injected into or discharged from the container (100) through the gas-flow passage (13) and the opening (104). The end structure includes a contact portion (19) provided at an upper end portion of the nozzle (11) and around the gas-flow passage (13), and the contact portion (19) is configured to be brought into contact with a contacted portion (103) provided around the opening (104). The contact portion (19) includes a flat portion (19b) and protruding portions (19a and 19c) each protruding upward relative to the flat portion (19b), and the flat portion (19b) is made of material softer than that of the protruding portions (19a and 19c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SINFONIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Morihana, Yuki Matsumoto, Mitsuo Natsume
  • Patent number: 9909290
    Abstract: A device for changing the jet shape of free-flowing products, in particular of foodstuffs, including: an inflow area for the free-flowing products to enter, an outflow area for the free-flowing products to exit, and several channels through which to pass the free-flowing products. Each channel includes an inlet allocated to the inflow area and an outlet allocated to the outflow area. The inlets together form an inflow surface with a width and height lying in the inflow area. The outlets together form an outflow surface with a width and height lying in the outflow area. In order to reduce splashing when filling packagings with a non-rotationally symmetrical cross section, the outflow surface is non-rotationally symmetrical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Johannes Hortmanns, Christian Rabe
  • Patent number: 9909289
    Abstract: A device for changing the jet shape of free-flowing products, in particular of foodstuffs, including: an inflow area for the free-flowing products to enter, an outflow area for the free-flowing products to exit, and several channels through which to pass the free-flowing products. Each channel has an inlet allocated to the inflow area and an outlet allocated to the outflow area. Each inlet of a channel has a first cross sectional area. Each outlet of a channel has a second cross sectional area. In order to make it easy to adjust the shape and velocity profile of the filling jet, it is proposed that the second cross sectional area of at least one channel be larger than the first cross sectional area of this channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventor: Felix Kilian
  • Patent number: 9899246
    Abstract: The present invention relates to gas distributors used in wafer carriers. The gas distributors comprise a body having an interior space, a separator configured at the front side of the body in the interior space, and an air inlet connected with the body. One edge of the separator and the front side of the body together form a passage. The configuration of the passage in the gas distributors enables the gas distributors to evenly distribute gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: GUDENG PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Ming Lin, Ming-Chien Chiu, Jui-Ken Kao, Chen-Hao Chang
  • Patent number: 9879408
    Abstract: A device for changing the jet shape of free-flowing products, in particular of foodstuffs, including: an inflow area for the free-flowing products to enter, an outflow area for the free-flowing products to exit, and several channels through which to pass the free-flowing products. Each channel has an inlet allocated to the inflow area and an outlet allocated to the outflow area. Each inlet of a channel has a first cross sectional area. Each outlet of a channel has a second cross sectional area. In order to make it easy to adjust the shape and velocity profile of the filling jet, it is proposed that the second cross sectional area of at least one channel be larger than the first cross sectional area of this channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventor: Felix Kilian
  • Patent number: 9874004
    Abstract: A device for changing the jet shape of free-flowing products, in particular of foodstuffs, including: an inflow area for the free-flowing products to enter, an outflow area for the free-flowing products to exit, and several channels through which to pass the free-flowing products. Each channel includes an inlet allocated to the inflow area and an outlet allocated to the outflow area. The inlets together form an inflow surface with a width and height lying in the inflow area. The outlets together form an outflow surface with a width and height lying in the outflow area. In order to reduce splashing when filling packagings with a non-rotationally symmetrical cross section, the outflow surface is non-rotationally symmetrical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Johannes Hortmanns, Christian Rabe
  • Patent number: 9849470
    Abstract: A multi-hole nozzle component having a periphery, an inlet side and an opposing outlet side. The nozzle component having a plurality of first passageways having a plurality of first openings each first opening having a first opening area, a plurality of second passageways having a plurality of second openings each second opening having a second opening area, and a plurality of third passageways having a plurality third openings each third opening having a third opening area. The plurality of second openings are arranged about the plurality of first openings. The plurality of third openings are arranged about the plurality of first openings. The second opening area is greater than the first opening area and the second opening area is about equal to the third opening area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Naby Laye Moussa Yattara, Justin Thomas Cacciatore, John Marshall Allen
  • Patent number: 9828227
    Abstract: A pressure regulator comprising a housing formed to include a bore therein, a piston moveably disposed within the bore wherein that piston comprises a first annular lip adjacent a first end, a spring disposed within said bore and comprising a first end and a second end, an adjustment cap moveably disposed in the bore, wherein the first end of the spring is in physical contact with the first annular lip and the second end of the spring is in physical contact with the adjustment cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey Travis Dalton, Kim Reeves, Joseph K. McCarthy, Carey Costle
  • Patent number: 9802462
    Abstract: A fuel-operated vehicle heating system includes a burner arrangement (18) with a combustion chamber (20) for burning a fuel/combustion air mixture, a fuel feed system (22) for feeding fuel (B) to the combustion chamber (20), a combustion air feed system (28) for feeding combustion air (L) to the combustion chamber (20), and a waste gas removal system (34) for removing combustion waste gases from the burner arrangement (18). A waste gas emission suppression arrangement (38, 40) is associated with the combustion air feed system (28) and/or the waste gas removal system (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Eberspächer Climate Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Johannes Eger, Robert Apfelbeck
  • Patent number: 9783048
    Abstract: A fuel supply system provided comprises: a resin filler neck configured to have an opening which a fuel nozzle is inserted through and have a multi-layered structure of a conductive layer of electrical conductivity and a non-conductive layer of non-electrical conductivity; a resin fuel pipe connected with the filler neck and configured to have a multi-layered structure including a conductive outer layer of electrical conductivity provided as an outermost layer; and a cap member of electrical conductivity configured to open or close the opening of the filler neck. The filler neck includes a cap member contact part of electrical conductivity arranged to come into contact with the cap member and a conductive outer layer contact part of electrical conductivity arranged to come into contact with the conductive outer layer of the fuel pipe, so as to form a conductive path from the cap member to the conductive outer layer of the fuel pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kito, Yoshinari Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 9731596
    Abstract: A fuel filler adapter has a hollow body having a base end with a flange extending outwardly therefrom, and a forward end, and has a length of between 0.5 inch and 2.5 inches. A bore extends through the body at an angle of between 2.5° and 15° so that the adapter can be fitted onto a fuel nozzle. Fueling spitback is prevented by a helical fuel path which does not block air from venting from a fuel tank. Air venting from the fuel tank exits through the fuel filler adapter via one or more venting channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Underway Marine LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Labbe
  • Patent number: 9724629
    Abstract: A beverage filter or treatment bottle system has a bottle, lid, and a beverage improvement component such as a filter element. A filter element may be positioned to separate the interior space of the bottle into a filtered beverage compartment and an unfiltered beverage compartment. A tube passes through the filter into fluid communication with the filtered beverage compartment. The tube extends through the unfiltered beverage compartment to a nozzle in the lid of the bottle. A lid cover is fastenable onto the lid to enclose and close the nozzle. A filter cartridge may be provided. A UV sterilizer may be provided. An air bypass may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • Patent number: 9694675
    Abstract: An object is to provide a fuel supply apparatus that is configured to enhance the strength of a fitting portion of a filler neck body that is fit in a tube. The fuel supply apparatus (FS) comprises a filler neck body (110) that is configured to include a hollow fuel passage-forming portion (110a) arranged to define a fuel passage (100P) which a supplied fuel passes through, and a fitting portion (111) configured to be fit in a tube (40) arranged to introduce the supplied fuel to a fuel tank (FT); a nozzle guide (150) that is placed inside of the fuel passage-forming portion (110a) and is configured to introduce a fueling nozzle (NZ) for supplying the fuel; and a first rib (151) that is provided at a position opposite to the fitting portion (111) to be placed between the filler neck body (110) and the nozzle guide (150) and to be in contact with an outer circumferential surface of the nozzle guide (150).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Sekihara, Yoshinari Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 9688135
    Abstract: A fuel cap includes a filler-neck closure adapted to mate with a filler neck to close a mouth opening into a fuel-conducting passageway formed in the filler neck. The filler-neck closure includes a vacuum-relief valve and a handle arranged to overlie the filler-neck closure and gripped by a user during removal of the fuel cap from the filler neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Stant USA Group
    Inventor: Gary L. Dunkle
  • Patent number: 9649930
    Abstract: A fuel inlet includes: an inlet pipe to form a path to guide fuel to a fuel tank; a breather tube to form a path to guide vapor in the fuel tank toward a distal end portion of the inlet pipe; and a retainer provided at a distal end portion of the inlet pipe and including: an attachment and detachment mechanism to attach and detach a fuel filler cap; a restriction mechanism to restrict a distal end position of a fuel filling gun; and an air vent hole to allow passage of the vapor supplied from the breather tube toward the distal end portion of the inlet pipe. The retainer includes a first component including the attachment and detachment mechanism and a second component secured to the first component and including the restriction mechanism. The air vent hole is a gap formed between the first component and the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Kato, Yukio Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9410507
    Abstract: A method for detecting blockage within a recirculation tube of the evaporative emission control system of a PHEV measures the rise in interior temperature of a canister of the EVAP system, during the process of refueling, and notes an initial state of loading of the canister before refueling, indicative of the amount of hydrocarbons contained within the canister It is inferred that the recirculation tube is operative reliably if the rise in canister temperature is below a pre-determined temperature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNIOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Russell Randall Pearce, Dennis Seung-Man Yang, Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 9359181
    Abstract: A method and device for filling containers with a liquid product. The product is fed to the container by a filling valve and a filling nozzle. The product emerging from the filling nozzle is fed to a directing element. The directing element has a geometrical configuration such that an edge of the directing element runs along at a small distance from the inside walls of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SIG TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Jörg Berger, Werner Seiche, Toralf Grützner, Dirk Auer
  • Patent number: 9242551
    Abstract: A ventilation device including: a first enclosure including a first passage configured to be connected to a canister outlet and the atmosphere, and a normally closed shutter device configured to open to release the first passage; a second enclosure including a second passage configured to be connected to the canister inlet and a fuel tank, and a normally open shutter device configured to close to shut the second passage, the second passage being separate from and not in communication with the first passage; and a combined pressure/vacuum relief valve or OPR and UPR valve pair situated in or fastened to a bypass of the first passage configured to establish a connection between ends of the first passage when the shutter device is closed and when there is over- or under-pressure in the ends. A fuel system can include the device and a hybrid vehicle can include the fuel system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research
    Inventors: Bjorn Criel, Vincent Cuvelier, David Hill, Jules-Joseph Van Schaftingen
  • Patent number: 9227825
    Abstract: A bottle coupling device for connecting a first bottle to a second bottle is provided. The first bottle has a first threaded opening and the second bottle has a second threaded opening. The first bottle holds a first substance and the second bottle holds a second substance. The bottle coupling device comprises a hollow female coupling having an outer surface and an inner surface with a first end and a second end. The inner surface of the first end and the second end are threaded. The first opening of the first bottle is threadably connectable to the first end of the female coupling and the second opening of the second bottle is threadably connectable to the second end of the female coupling. Wherein the second substance is transferrable to the first bottle through the female coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Wulstein
  • Patent number: 9126166
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for filling a multitube catalytic reactor and to a set of inserts suited to implementing this method. The method of the invention is based on the use of inserts of different types allowing superposed layers of catalysts to be placed in the reaction compartments. The heads of the inserts are visually distinct according to the type of insert, making it possible to avoid filling errors and thus allowing the various layers of catalyst to be filled reliably and simultaneously on a reactor scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Arkema France
    Inventors: Nicolas Dupont, Emmanuel Lambert, Arnaud Souet, David Urbaniak
  • Patent number: 8950444
    Abstract: A portable pumping assembly for pumping and transporting fluids includes a container having bottom and side walls defining a chamber and a hand operated pump connected with an upper portion of the container side walls and arranged within the container generally parallel to the container bottom wall. When the pump is operated, fluid is drawn from outside the container and deposited into the container chamber for easy transport to a disposal location or facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Francis Holm, III
  • Patent number: 8920099
    Abstract: A particulate bed levelling arrangement has a rotational drive shaft and a particulate distribution arrangement coupled to the shaft. The particulate distribution arrangement engages with the particulate bed and moves to redistribute the particulate material in the bed in a direction radially outwardly away from the rotational drive shaft axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Catalyst Handling Research and Engineering Limited
    Inventor: Patrick Sheehan
  • Publication number: 20140366985
    Abstract: A spout for filling containers with a liquid is provided. The spout has a body defining a liquid feed duct and has a bottom terminal portion in which there extends firstly a plurality of dispenser channels in communication with the feed duct and secondly an exhaust channel in communication with a vent of the filler spout. The dispenser channels have a flow section that is smaller than the flow section of the feed duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques GRAFFIN
  • Patent number: 8910676
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for loading solid particles into an enclosure, including: a means for supplying solid particles to be dispensed, which can be arranged on the top part of the enclosure to be loaded and which pours the solid particles in a substantially vertical manner into a feeding pipe (1); a mobile device (2) disposed entirely or partially inside the enclosure and under the feeding pipe, including a central shaft (3) rotatably driven by a motor means (4) about a substantially vertical axis and deflector elements (6) having a substantially identical shape and being rotatably secured to the shaft (3), preferably arranged in line with one another at different heights about the shaft (3) and pivotably connected thereto so that they can be raised, for example by centrifugal force; and a feeding pipe (1) at least partially surrounding said central shaft (3) and comprising at least one opening (5) for discharging the solid particles, which opening is provided on the horizontal or side wall thereo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Total Raffinage Marketing
    Inventors: Bernard Cottard, Pascal Leroy
  • Patent number: 8893753
    Abstract: The substrate storage pod includes a pod case for housing a substrate, and an opening, a lid member which closes and seals the opening, a buffer space which is defined in the lid member, an air-supply port for supplying a replacement gas into the buffer space; and multiple holes which are arranged so as to establish communication between the buffer space and an inner plate of the lid member in a state of being fit-inserted to the opening of the pod case, for sending out the replacement gas into the hollow inner space, the replacement gas having been supplied into the buffer space, the inner plate facing the hollow inner space of the pod case. With this, pressure variation of the replacement gas in supply pipes is blocked, and hence replacement-gas flow in a stable laminar state free from disturbance can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Okabe, Hiroshi Igarashi
  • Patent number: 8887773
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for loading solid particles into a vessel, comprising: a means for supplying solid particles to be distributed, said means pouring said solid particles into a supply pipe (1), a movable assembly (2) arranged below the supply pipe (1), comprising a central shaft (3) and deflector elements (5) which are integral in rotation with said shaft and arranged around the shaft on multiple vertical tiers (E1-E4) and are articulated about it in such a way that they can lift up, a supply pipe (1) surrounding at least partially said central shaft and comprising at least one orifice (4) for discharging the solid particles which is arranged on a side and/or horizontal wall, this device being characterized in that the movable assembly (2) is designed in such a way as to allow adjustment of the position of the deflector elements (5) on the central shaft (3) in order to vary its permeability to the solid particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Total Raffinage Marketing
    Inventors: Bernard Cottard, Pascal Leroy, Vincent Mayeur
  • Patent number: 8851127
    Abstract: Methods and systems for pharmaceutical compounding are described. In one embodiment a system comprises a solution of a pharmaceutical in an injection vehicle, the solution being contained in a vessel. The system also includes one or more tubes, a filter, and one or more valves. The system presents a sterile environment for compounding the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Marquis, Douglas Lang
  • Patent number: 8821725
    Abstract: A slurry handling and disposal system is provided for waste slurry and particulates. The system includes a waste bin provided with support structures for retaining a flexible removable filter element with a filter element supported above a floor of the waste bin. The particulate matter component of a volume of the waste slurry and particulates deposited in the filter element is retained in said filter element while the liquid component of the waste slurry and particulates are collected in a base portion of the waste bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Owen Charles Weston
  • Patent number: 8783305
    Abstract: The invention provides methods, systems and apparatus for the metered transport of fine powders into receptacles. According to one exemplary embodiment, an apparatus is provided which comprises a hopper having an opening. The hopper is adapted to receive a bed of fine powder. At least one chamber, which is moveable to allow the chamber to be placed in close proximity to the opening, is also provided. An element having a proximal end and a distal end is positioned within the hopper such that the distal end is near the opening. A vibrator motor is provided to vibrate the element when within the fine powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Kyle A Naydo, Derrick J Parks, Patrick Reich, Gordon Stout, Xuyen Pham, Michael J Rocchio
  • Patent number: 8746480
    Abstract: This invention relates to inlet devices that include, for example, a tubular inlet body having a central bore defined by a tubular wall and having an axis. The tubular wall defines an open proximal end for receiving fuel. A plurality of apertures are provided through the tubular wall for egress of fuel. The distal end of the tubular body is blocked by a baffle defining a baffle surface facing into the bore of the tubular body, wherein at least a portion of the baffle surface is inclined at an acute angle relative to the axis to deflect fuel towards apertures in the tubular wall; and wherein the baffle surface is at least substantially free from apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: TISS Limited
    Inventor: Ryan Wholey