With Means To Cap Or Close An Opening Patents (Class 141/326)
  • Patent number: 10406913
    Abstract: A fuel filler structure capable of use with a fuel feeding pipe prevents efficiency of sucking volatile fuel from being decreased during refueling even if a drain hole is formed, and includes: a cylinder that includes an opening and a connecting port; a first flap mechanism that is arranged near the opening of the cylinder and opens the opening when a nozzle is inserted; a drain hole that is formed in the cylinder and communicates inside the cylinder with outside; and a drain hole switching valve that opens and closes the drain hole, wherein the drain hole switching valve has a closing mechanism including a valve body that is pressed by the nozzle when the nozzle is inserted through the opening, so that the drain hole is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Miura
  • Patent number: 9533726
    Abstract: A fuel tank covering (26) to cover an upper portion of a fuel tank (25) supported by a motorcycle frame structure (FR) covers an intermediate portion of the fuel tank (25) ranging from a front end portion to a rear end portion with respect to a direction widthwise of the motorcycle, and includes a shielding portion (36) configured to cover a mounting area at a front portion where a key cylinder (35) disposed forwardly of the fuel tank (25) is mounted on the motorcycle frame structure (FR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Youhei Kunisada
  • Patent number: 9528405
    Abstract: A fluid management system and a method for managing fluid include a removable cartridge, a fluid reservoir, a fluid exchange pump, and a conduit. The conduit provides fluid communication between the removable cartridge and the fluid reservoir. The fluid exchange pump transfers a first fluid from the fluid reservoir to the removable cartridge in a first direction, and permits a flow of a second fluid from the removable cartridge to the fluid reservoir in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Timothy E. Miller
  • Patent number: 8746479
    Abstract: A method for closing a fuel tank includes providing a base sized to be received within an interior of a fuel tank filler neck, movably mounting a closure structure on the base, and securing a biasing mechanism to the base wherein the biasing mechanism biases the closure structure into a closed position on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Neal L. Keefer, Kenneth A. Watson, Evan Waymire
  • Patent number: 8528604
    Abstract: A liquid container includes a liquid chamber, and a liquid supply chamber at least partially defined by at least one wall having a first opening, a second opening, and a third opening formed therethrough. A method of filling such a liquid container includes the steps of closing the third opening, positioning the liquid container in a predetermined orientation, and introducing liquid into the liquid supply chamber via the second opening. The method also includes the step of introducing liquid into the liquid chamber after the step of introducing liquid into the liquid supply chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shingo Hattori
  • Patent number: 8171963
    Abstract: An extraction device for extracting fluid from a container that permits precise measurement and transfer of such fluid. A cap having a valve assembly is attached to a container holding fluid. The extraction device can be connected to the cap thereby opening the valve assembly. Fluid can be extracted from the container and measured in the extraction device. The container is automatically sealed upon removal of the extraction device from the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: Troy Sonnier
  • Patent number: 8122922
    Abstract: A closure (12) for a container (14) adapted to store fluid (16) to be dispensed, said closure comprising a body (17) having an outer surface (23) communicating with the exterior of said container and an inner surface (27) embedded within said body wherein said outer surface includes a cavity (26) adapted to sealably receive a dispensing device (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond J. Baker
  • Patent number: 7913722
    Abstract: A fuel fill port that helps prevent spillage of fuel during watercraft fueling includes a housing having an opening for installation on a surface of the watercraft and a cap for sealing the opening. A fill tube has one end sized to accept a fuel dispensing nozzle and another end for connection to a fuel tank. A catch basin defined by a bottom portion of the housing is positioned such that backflow of fuel from the fill tube collects within the catch basin. A fill vent has one end positioned relative the fill tube to allow excess fuel from the fuel tank to flow into the catch basin and another end adapted for connection to the fuel tank. One or more passages from the catch basin to the fuel tank guides fuel from the catch basin to the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Alex W. Dorst
  • Patent number: 7823611
    Abstract: An object is to provide a filler cap of a fuel tank capable of securely preventing a disadvantage that, when the fuel tank tilts, fuel stored in the fuel tank is discharged from an air passage disposed at a cap main body. The cap includes the air passage which is constituted at the cap main body and which allows the inside of the fuel tank to communicate with the outside, and a valve mechanism portion constituted at this air passage. The valve mechanism portion includes a tube main body having a tube-like portion and a reduced diameter portion formed externally and continuously from this tube-like portion, a float stored in the tube main body with a space between the float and an inner surface of this tube main body, a piston positioned on a fuel tank side of the float and stored in the tube main body with a space between the piston and the inner surface of the tube main body, and a spherical member positioned on an outer side of the float and stored in the tube main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignees: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masashi Iwami, Masao Iwami, Mitsuo Kadoi, Masanori Horiuchi
  • Publication number: 20100224284
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reducing agent tank (1) for motor vehicles, having at least one filler pipe (3) which is provided with a filler opening (4), having at least one device for filling deaeration and having means for limiting the fill level during filling, with the device for filling deaeration comprising at least one filling deaeration line (7) which extends at least in sections above the maximum fill level in the filler pipe (3) and/or in the tank (FIG. 2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ralf Kolberg, Ibrahim Koukan, Volker Treudt
  • Patent number: 7757725
    Abstract: A manual vacuum device is introduced to provide vacuum isolation in a container. The manual vacuum device comprises a lower cover disposed on the container and an upper cover rotatably disposed on the lower cover to form a first air chamber. The lower cover includes a first air channel fluidly communicating the container with the first air chamber and a first check valve disposed within the first air channel to prevent air from flowing back to the container. The upper cover includes a second air channel fluidly communicating the first air chamber with the external environment and a second check valve disposed within the second air channel to prevent air in the external environment from flowing back to the first air chamber. The air in the container exhausts to the external environment by the rotational movement of the upper cover relative to the lower cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Kuo-Liang Wang, Wei-Ching Lin
  • Publication number: 20100175774
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for metering media (2) and comprises at least one storage vessel (3), a measuring vessel (14) and a target vessel (14) that are interconnected to give one unit. By the exertion of force on the media (2) to be metered they can communicate between the storage vessel (3) and the measuring vessel (4) and can then be transferred to the target vessel (14). The metering volume is determined by the geometry of the measuring vessel (4). The target vessel (14) can be separated from the measuring vessel (4) by severing (welding, gluing, cutting) the connection between (14) and (4). The invention also relates to a method for metering media using the device (1) according to the invention. The device is suitable as a disposable unit and for the sterile metering of media in a non-sterile environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventor: Heyo Mennenga
  • Patent number: 7726355
    Abstract: A pump and stopper combination for vacuum or pressure sealing a container. The stopper has a pour opening and a one-way valve movable between an operative position to permit one-way flow of fluid into or out of the container when the pour opening is in the closed position, and an inoperative position when the pour opening is in the open position. A vacuum/pressure pump that connects to the stopper includes a drive adapted to convert rotational movement of a motor to reciprocating motion of a pump piston in a chamber, and one-way pump valves mounted in a selectable flow control member. The selectable flow control member is movable between pressure and vacuum positions to permit passage of fluid only into or out of the pump chamber. The pump also includes an indicator for indicating when a desired level of vacuum or pressure has been reached The pump may be incorporated into a container lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Epicurean International Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony R. Lemme, Chester M. Fudge
  • Patent number: 7617604
    Abstract: A shut-off valve assembly includes a one-piece housing having an inlet and an outlet. During manufacture, the housing is formed with an inlet end plate and a fully open end opposite the end plate. A valve door assembly including a flapper door is secured in the housing, and includes a seal between the flapper door and the housing. The open end is then reformed to provide an outlet from the housing. In a fuel system, a cover assembly is releasably secured to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Levey, Eric G. Parker, Kirk J. Bush, Franco A. Cisternino
  • Patent number: 7549443
    Abstract: A shut-off valve assembly includes a one-piece housing having an inlet and an outlet. During manufacture, the housing is formed with an inlet end plate and a fully open end opposite the end plate. A valve door assembly including a flapper door is secured in the housing, and includes a seal between the flapper door and the housing. The open end is then reformed to provide an outlet from the housing. In a fuel system, a cover assembly is releasably secured to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Levey, Eric G. Parker, Kirk J. Bush, Franco A. Cisternino
  • Publication number: 20090101230
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling an oil tank may include one or more valves that may be arranged and/or sized in such a way as to assist in venting the oil tank during a fill operation and assure that the tank may be filled within a reasonable time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Duane H. Anstead, Mark E. Zentgraf, Daniel Clautice, Charles R. Granitz, Joshua D. Smith, Mark Hopper
  • Publication number: 20080264516
    Abstract: An improved fuel filling apparatus (1) or motor vehicles is described. The fuel filling apparatus comprises a receiver assembly (2) suitable for locating within a filler neck of a fuel tank (33) and a fuel filling nozzle assembly (3). By incorporating vents (14) within the receiver assembly an exhaust means for gases located within the fuel tank is provided and so the effects of foaming of the fuel are reduced. Various automatic cut off mechanisms (6) for the fuel filling apparatus system are described which allow the operator to be confident that a fuel tank has been filled to capacity while reducing the detrimental effects of fuel spillage. As a result the apparatus finds particular application in the field of diesel fuel filling apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: SOLUTION SPECIALISTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Graham McGee
  • Patent number: 7401628
    Abstract: A sterile container is provided, especially for receiving and containing surgical instruments or material in sterile conditions, comprising a receiving area formed by a container bottom and container walls, a lid for sealing the receiving are, and a gas exchange opening which can be sealed by a sterile filter maintained in a filter holder. In order to simplify replacement of the sterile filter and to simplify the production of the lid, the sterile filter and filter holder form a filter unit and the filter holder is mounted on the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: AESCULAP AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilhelm Gleichauf, Mariana Jakab, Friedrich-Wilhelm Oertmann, Torsten Renner, Stefan Schuster, Wolfgang Schwanke
  • Patent number: 7360565
    Abstract: A fuel overflow prevention device for minimizing or eliminating fuel spillage during fuel storage container filling. The device may also minimize or eliminate some types of fuel spillage after filling. The device includes an overflow prevention chamber for receiving therein fluid from a fuel storage container vent tube. The overflow prevention chamber also includes a space for removably receiving and retaining therein the spout of an automatic shutoff fuel nozzle including a sensor port. A flow restriction interface is established between an interior portion of the overflow prevention chamber and the exit port of the spout. Fluid received from the vent tube into the overflow prevention chamber fills the space until covering the sensor port to a level sufficient to trigger automatic nozzle shutoff. The device optionally includes a vent tube extension to aid in regulating the fuel level within the container at which nozzle shutoff is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: University of Maine System
    Inventors: Michael Peterson, Stephen Ergmann, Stefan Scarks, William Dow
  • Patent number: 7328730
    Abstract: A food storage container includes a lid with a vent hole, and a removable cover removably secured to the lid to cover the vent hole. The cover has an evacuation hole. The food storage container further includes a one-way air valve disposed between the vent hole and evacuation hole. When the cover is secured to the lid, the one-way air valve inhibits air flow into the container through the vent hole, and when the cover is not secured to the lid, the one-way air valve allows air flow into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Montserrat Vilalta, Jose Millan, Juan Carlos Coronado, Mariano Penaranda, Antonio Rebordosa, Sergi Gili, Robert Rafols, Wolfgang Vorbeck, Helmut Franke, Alejandro Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20080011388
    Abstract: A gasoline tank cap structure includes a base, a cap and a cap seat. The base comprises an air inlet passage and an air outlet passage in opposite directions. Each of the air inlet passage and the air outlet passage is provided with an air washer, a locating sleeve, a spring, and a block in sequence. The pressure in the tank and the atmosphere pressure produce a pressure differential to be balanced through the air inlet passage and the air outlet passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: Chin-bin Wu
  • Patent number: 7296598
    Abstract: A vacuum canister includes a storage space and a removable lid. The lid includes a pump housing that defines a pumping chamber within which a sliding piston is disposed. The piston is connected to a handle via a piston rod and features a skirt-like piston valve that seals against the side wall of the pump housing when the piston travels downward but permits air to pass when the piston travels upward. Air is pumped from the canister storage space via the pump. A vacuum indicator and release valve are also positioned in the lid. A bellows communicates with the canister storage space and contracts when a vacuum is present. The bellows is connected to a lever which pivots to extend a button indicating the presence of the vacuum. Pushing the button causes the lever to engage a vacuum release valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Wilton Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Yvonne S. Lin, Steven M. Dibdin, Antonio Carlo Hernandez Celestin, Clay A. Burns
  • Patent number: 7297531
    Abstract: An article for holding a liquefied sample for the quantification of biological material in the sample includes a device having a reaction chamber enclosing a volume therein, the reaction chamber having an upper opening through which a liquefied sample can be poured and a plurality of discrete non-permeable compartments, each of the compartments having an upper rim and being configured and dimensioned to hold separate aliquots of a liquefied sample therein; and a gasket lid removably secured to the top of the device, the gasket lid being configured and dimensioned for sealing the upper rim of each compartment to prevent liquid communication between the compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Bryan Goldman, David Edward Townsend, Kenneth E. Smith, Kathleen R. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 7213622
    Abstract: A venting device, particularly for fluid storing reservoirs such as tanks, comprising a connecting part for establishing an air-conducting and/or fluid-conducting connection to the inside of the reservoir and comprising a closing part, which can be removed from the connecting part and which is provided, in particular, in the form of a closure cap. When the closure cap is fastened, at least one leakage point in the form of an air exchange opening exists between the closure cap and the connecting part. By virtue of the fact that a labyrinth-like seal effectively seals the respective leakage point at least from penetrants such as water and/or cleaning chemicals while not impairing an air exchange for the actual venting, the system of seal passages inside the labyrinth seal prevents the unwanted damage causing entry of the respective penetrant, also in the form of dirt or dust, into the reservoir or tank interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Rydac Filtertechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Sakraschinsky, Peter Naumann
  • Patent number: 7191809
    Abstract: During non-use of tank (53), a connector for dispensing liquid from the tank has no portion projecting from the tank, keeps the tank in its sealed condition, and makes no disturbance. Provided in drum cap (51) threadably engaged with a neck of the tank are liquid outlet plug installation hole (55) and dual-purpose gas/liquid inlet plug installation hole (56). Siphon tube (59) extending downward to the bottom of the tank is provided inside hole. (55) of liquid plug (57) an upper surface of which does not extend beyond an upper surface of the drumcap. Dual-purpose gas/liquidplug (70) is provided inside the hole (56) not having its upper surface extend beyond the upper surface of the drum cap. Caps (62 and 75) are detachably fitted in the liquid plug and the gas/liquid plug, respectively, to seal upper openings of these plugs (57 and 70), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Koichi Abe
  • Patent number: 7172740
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sterile container, in particular for the receipt and sterile storage of surgical instruments or material, comprising a receiving chamber and a gas exchange opening that can be sealed using a sterile filter. The aim of the invention is to prevent undesired liquid from reaching the sterile filter. To achieve this, the exterior of the lid is provided with at least one inflow edge, which faces away from the gas exchange opening, and falls away towards the exterior in relation to a lid plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Aesculap AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilhelm Gleichauf, Mariana Jakab, Friedrich-Wilhelm Oertmann, Torsten Renner, Stefan Schuster, Wolfgang Schwanke
  • Patent number: 7147018
    Abstract: The invention concerns a filling fitting for a fuel tank of a motor vehicle having an automatic tank closure. The filling fitting includes a carrier with an inlet opening and a closure cover, which closes the inlet opening with a sealing element. An upper side of the closure cover has a closure component, which, in a closed position of the closure cover, penetrates the inlet opening. Above the carrier is a circumferential section placed directly or indirectly on a supporting closure ring. The section extends inward to coact with closure elements on the closure component in the manner of a screw drive. To prevent permeation, in a force transmission path between the sealing element of the closure cover and the carrier, at least one axial, effective spring element is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Alfmeier Prazision AG Baugruppen und Systemlosungen
    Inventors: Martin Krach, Reinhard Enzelberger
  • Patent number: 7017629
    Abstract: The invention relates to a windshield wiper fluid reservoir (1) comprising a closure device (4) and a filling tube (2) for use in a windshield wiper system for motor vehicles. The aim of the invention is to improve the design of a prior art windshield wiper fluid reservoir (1) comprising a closure device (4) and a filling tube (2) whereby improving the ability to fill the reservoir, in particular, enabling a pressure filling involving the use of a pump nozzle. This is achieved by provision of a filling tube (2), which comprises an integrated ventilation channel (3) in a one-piece design and is situated on the windshield wiper fluid reservoir (1). ventilation channel (3) is shaped by reshaping the upper area of the filling tube. This ensues by pressing in the lateral surfaces (6) in the upper third of the filling tube (2) in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Rehau AG & Co.
    Inventor: Stefan Winterling
  • Patent number: 6994128
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sterile container, especially for receiving and containing surgical instruments or material in sterile conditions, comprising a receiving area formed by a container bottom and container walls, a lid for sealing the receiving are, and a gas exchange opening which can be sealed by a sterile filter maintained in a filter holder. In order to simplify replacement of the sterile filter and to simplify the production of the lid, the sterile filter and filter holder form a filter unit and the filter holder is mounted on the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Aesculap AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilhelm Gleichauf, Mariana Jakab, Friedrich-Wilhelm Oertmann, Torsten Renner, Stefan Schuster, Wolfgang Schwanke
  • Patent number: 6843285
    Abstract: The object of this invention is to improve safety by preventing the leakage of liquid caused by the internal pressure of a container. A liquid path plug in which a pipe is provided in the lid section of the plug, and a gas path plug which does not have a pipe are attached to openings of the container. The engaging groove section is formed on the end surface of the liquid path cap which closes the through hole provided in the liquid path plug section of the liquid path plug. The engaging protrusion section and the engaging hole section are formed on the end surface of the gas path cap which is provided in the gas path plug section of the gas path plug and closes the through hole. The gas path cap is detached by engaging the engaging pin of the detaching fixture on the engaging hole section of the gas path cap and by turning the gas path cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiko Ozawa
  • Publication number: 20040261902
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a quick fill cap for a toy gun capable of discharging an output stream of liquid, the toy gun having a liquid reservoir for storing a quantity of liquid and a fill port for depositing liquid in to the liquid reservoir. The quick fill cap may include a cap portion having a throughbore, with the cap portion demountably attaching to the fill port of the toy gun when the cap portion is disposed thereon, and forming a substantially air-tight and water-tight seal with the fill port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: HASBRO, INC.
    Inventors: Fred D. Eddins, Leif J. Askeland
  • Publication number: 20030196723
    Abstract: The object of this invention is to improve safety by preventing the leakage of liquid caused by the internal pressure of a container. A liquid path plug in which a pipe is provided in the lid section of the plug, and a gas path plug which does not have a pipe are attached to openings of the container. The engaging groove section is formed on the end surface of the liquid path cap which closes the through hole provided in the liquid path plug section of the liquid path plug. The engaging protrusion section and the engaging hole section are formed on the end surface of the gas path cap which is provided in the gas path plug section of the gas path plug and closes the through hole. The gas path cap is detached by engaging the engaging pin of the detaching fixture on the engaging hole section of the gas path cap and by turning the gas path cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Applicant: Surpass Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiko Ozawa
  • Patent number: 6634396
    Abstract: The object of this invention is to improve safety by preventing the leakage of liquid caused by the internal pressure of a container. A liquid path plug in which a pipe is provided in the lid section of the plug, and a gas path plug which does not have a pipe are attached to openings of the container. The engaging groove section is formed on the end surface of the liquid path cap which closes the through hole provided in the liquid path plug section of the liquid path plug. The engaging protrusion section and the engaging hole section are formed on the end surface of the gas path cap which is provided in the gas path plug section of the gas path plug and closes the through hole. The gas path cap is detached by engaging the engaging pin of the detaching fixture on the engaging hole section of the gas path cap and by turning the gas path cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Surpass Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiko Ozawa
  • Patent number: 6631744
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a container includes a dispensing opening, a closure and a plurality of walls. At least one of the walls includes a non-uniform surface structured so that the dispensing closure can be disposed on the surface when the container is in its dispensing position. In another preferred embodiment, the top wall of the container includes a vent, a vent cap forming a closure for the vent, a handle, a pouring aperture and a pouring closure covering the pouring aperture. The top surfaces of the vent cap, the handle and the pouring closure are generally parallel, and the heights of the top surfaces of the vent cap and the pouring closure are within an inch of the height of the top surface of the handle. In another preferred embodiment, the top wall of the container includes a handle extending from a handle base within the top wall. A pouring aperture is surrounded by a pouring aperture base which also extends from the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Douglas Gerhart, Harry Hamilton Haubert, III, Robert Charles Blanc, Edward John Giblin
  • Patent number: 6474373
    Abstract: An inflatable device with a liquid-powered air pump includes a pump housing a liquid chamber and an air chamber, each having an input port and an output port. A turbine axle extends between the liquid chamber and the air chamber. The end of the turbine axle, residing in the liquid chamber, includes a number of liquid turbine blades while the end of the turbine axle, residing in the air chamber, includes a number of air turbine blades. A nozzle, which is preferably adjustable, is connected to the input port to the liquid chamber. Introduction of liquid into the liquid input port turns the liquid turbine blades and thus the air turbine blades via the axle. Air is drawn from the air input port and forced through the air output port. The pump assembly may be connected to or integrated with an inflatable device to simultaneously fill a liquid container and a separate air bladder of the inflatable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Item New Product Development
    Inventor: Joseph P. Sejnowski
  • Patent number: 6360790
    Abstract: An apparatus for adding coolant to a cooling system of a motor vehicle includes a cap with a resilient sleeve that expands against the inside wall of a radiator filler neck to provide an airtight connection. A valve attached to the cap controls the flow of air and coolant through the cap. A gauge on the cap indicates the pressure inside the radiator. A venturi assembly connected to the valve provides a source of vacuum for evacuating air from the cooling system. Thereafter, coolant is drawn through the cap by the vacuum created in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: UView Ultraviolet Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Klamm, Phil Trigiani
  • Publication number: 20020020459
    Abstract: An inventive method, system and apparatus are provided for syringe handling, and more particularly, for syringe labeling, filling and capping operations. To facilitate syringe handling, an inventive apparatus includes a plurality of syringe bodies interconnected in a predetermined orientation by a belt. Such belt may be of pliable construction and may define a predetermined spacing in between adjacent ones of the syringe bodies, such predetermined spacing corresponding with a distance between holders provided in a handling apparatus. The syringe handling apparatus may provide for the placement of contents-related information on belt segments between adjacent syringe bodies and for separating the belt segments, wherein a flap is left interconnected to each syringe body. The syringe handling apparatus may alternatively or also provide for automated filling of the syringe bodies wherein cap removal, filling and cap replacement operations are completed free from manual handling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventors: Brian Eugene Baldwin, Robert Eugene Mancuso, Jon Paul Page
  • Patent number: 6267154
    Abstract: A container for holding a concentrated drug for a mixing system includes a barrel with a cover structure including a delivery passage at a first end and a closing structure at an opposite, second end. A female Luer lock fitting defines the delivery passage at the first end. The closing structure and the female Luer lock fitting can each be formed integrally with the barrel, or the closing structure can be a slidable stopper. The closing structure may also include a holder. The holder is constructed to move between two positions. In the first position, the holder is in a elevated position on the second end of the barrel. The barrel can vent vapor around the cover piece. In the second position, the holder is depressed onto the barrel and it cannot vent vapor. The cover structure may include a snap-on cover piece to fit over the first end. The cover piece includes the female luer lock fitting. The cover piece functions similar to the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Robert Felicelli, Richard W. Grabenkort, Con A. Lasaitis, Gary N. Smith, John S. Ziegler
  • Patent number: 6248242
    Abstract: This invention relates to a Spring Water Delivery System and in particular to a system for bulk delivery of potable spring water to a customer's home. This system includes a bulk water supply truck equipped with a pumping system and an onboard ozone generator for delivery of potable tank water to a customer's supply tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventor: Andrew G. Martin
  • Patent number: 6234215
    Abstract: An apparatus for adding coolant to a cooling system of a motor vehicle includes a cap with a resilient sleeve that expands against the inside wall of a radiator filler neck to provide an air-tight connection. A valve attached to the cap controls the flow of air and coolant through the cap. A gauge on the cap indicates the pressure inside the radiator. A venturi assembly connected to the valve provides a source of vacuum for evacuating air from the cooling system. Thereafter, coolant is drawn through the cap by the vacuum created in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: UView Ultraviolet Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Klamm
  • Patent number: 6189581
    Abstract: A fuel tank filler apparatus includes a fuel tank filler neck, a pressure-relief valve coupled to the fuel tank filler neck, and a filler neck closure coupled to the fuel tank filler neck. The filler neck closure includes a drainage basin configured to collect liquid fuel, a retention chamber configured to store liquid fuel, and a fuel conductor configured to communicate liquid fuel between the drainage basin and the retention chamber. The filler neck closure can also include a blocker positioned to pivot about a pivot axis between a normally closed position blocking a fuel-receiving passage and an opened position permitting liquid fuel to flow through the fuel-receiving passage to the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Harris, Jason K. Jobe
  • Patent number: 6156087
    Abstract: A dust collection system includes a frame defining an opening through which a particulate material is inserted; a plurality of hollow supports extending across the opening; at least one plate extending along a length of each of the plurality of hollow supports, each of said plates extending from its respective one of the plurality of hollow supports in a downward direction; a plurality of openings extending along a lower side of each of the plurality of hollow supports; and a device for drawing dust in through the plurality of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: LaFarge Corporation
    Inventor: Ernie Hydes
  • Patent number: 6152193
    Abstract: An apparatus for adding coolant to a cooling system of a motor vehicle includes a cap with a resilient sleeve that expands against the inside wall of a radiator filler neck to provide an air-tight connection. A valve attached to the cap controls the flow of air and coolant through the cap. A gauge on the cap indicates the pressure inside the radiator. A venturi assembly connected to the valve provides a source of vacuum for evacuating air from the cooling system. Thereafter, coolant is drawn through the cap by the vacuum created in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: UView Ultraviolet Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Klamm
  • Patent number: 6029859
    Abstract: A canister for dispensing a measured volume of material, including a container having a generally planar bottom surface, a partition disposed with the container and attached to the bottom surface to define a storage compartment and a measuring dispensing compartment within the container so that a passage is defined generally above and between the storage compartment and the measuring dispensing compartment. The container includes a handle portion which can have an indented portion disposed proximate to the storage compartment. The storage compartment defines an opening disposed generally opposing the bottom surface, and the measuring dispensing compartment includes volumetric indicia and defines a dispensing orifice disposed generally proximate to the bottom surface. At least a portion of the container proximate to the measuring dispensing compartment is formed of a visually translucent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Edward S. Robbins, III
  • Patent number: 5992481
    Abstract: A filling aid for field filling the engine cooling system of automotive vehicles with cooling liquids. For field service, the filling aid is mounted in a stabilized upright orientation by an integral fluid sealing connection to a filler neck of the deareation chamber of a coolant bottle of the system so that it extends above the bottle. Coolant is added into the cooling system through the filling aid until the filling aid and deareation chamber are filled with coolant. Because a taller column of coolant has been established by use of the filling aid, potential energy is increased and coolant is quickly fed by increased pressure and force into the engine cooling system. When sufficient coolant fills the system, any coolant left in the filling aid may be released by removing a closure clamp previously installed on an overflow tube leading from the deareation chamber so that it drains with no spills from the filling aid to an overflow chamber of the coolant bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Gary M. Smith
  • Patent number: 5979511
    Abstract: The fuel feeding device includes a fuel supplying tank, the exclusive nozzle for fuel connected to the lower portion of the fuel supplying tank and the nozzle, which also acts as an air releasing passage. When the fuel feeding device is pushed up over the fuel tank, the exclusive nozzle for supplying fuel and the nozzle which also acts as an air releasing passageway are opened or closed by the valves. Concurrently, the exclusive nozzle for fuel is applied as a fuel supplying passage and an inside area of the nozzle also acting as air releasing passageway is made such that about 1/3 of a sectional area of the passage is partitioned to make the air releasing passage and remaining about 2/3 of nozzle is applied as a fuel passage, where the fuel is supplied from it and at the same time air in the fuel tank is discharged out of the air releasing passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuo Ono
  • Patent number: 5975154
    Abstract: A fuel overflow prevention system for substantially eliminating fuel spillage both due to over-filling during fueling and due to fuel expansion in fuel tanks. The device includes a fuel discharge preventor and a nozzle adapter that work together during re-fueling to allow displacement by fuel of gases within the fuel tank until such time that the fuel reaches a predetermined level in the tank. The system also includes a feedback coupling to permit the transfer of excess fuel from the preventor back to the fuel inlet, particularly when an automatic shutoff nozzle is employed. The system further includes an extension tube to allow remote location of a housing containing the discharge prevention valving of the invention. The discharge prevention housing only permits venting of vapors to the atmosphere and prevents liquid fuel discharge. A vent tube coupling permits venting of those vapors to a standard marine atmospheric vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Benric Technologies
    Inventor: Willard M. Bennett
  • Patent number: 5950695
    Abstract: A filling aid for field filling the engine cooling system of automotive vehicles with cooling liquids. For field service, the filling aid is mounted in a stabilized upright orientation by an integral fluid sealing connection to a filler neck of the deareation chamber of a coolant bottle of the system so that it extends above the bottle. Coolant is added into the cooling system through the filling aid until the filling aid and deareation chamber are filled with coolant. Because a taller column of coolant has been established by use of the filling aid, potential energy is increased and coolant is quickly fed by increased pressure and force into the engine cooling system. When sufficient coolant fills the system, any coolant left in the filling aid may be released by removing a closure clamp previously installed on an overflow tube leading from the deareation chamber so that it drains with no spills from the filling aid to an overflow chamber of the coolant bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Gary M. Smith
  • Patent number: 5909753
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided for separately storing and facilitating the mixture of separate components of a two-part composition. The dispenser includes a first container having a chamber for retaining one of the components and a second container having a chamber for retaining the other of the components and for mixing the components together to form the resultant two-part composition. A receptacle sleeve is provided and is mounted on the second container. The receptacle sleeve is adapted to secure the two containers together during periods of storage and transportation as well as to facilitate mixture of the components. The receptacle sleeve further serves to protect the user from exposure to the unmixed components as well as providing a drip-free spout in dispensing the composition. A method is further provided for alternately storing the separate components and admixing them together in one of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: The Sherwin-Williams Company
    Inventors: Louis P. Rossi, W. Lance H. Hemsarth
  • Patent number: 5860461
    Abstract: A bottle or a can as a small container intended for consumers for the aseptic cold filling with beverages in a filling and sealing machine comprises a manual seal to be operated by the consumer and is characterized by an additional mechanical seal for filling and machine sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Kettner GmbH
    Inventor: Geiss Helmut