Stored In Or On Receiver Patents (Class 141/338)
  • Patent number: 11649077
    Abstract: The technology described herein generally relates to particular form of folded package and the method of forming that folded package. The package packages loose particles into a conical container and secures the filling with a folded distal end. More specifically, loose plant matter, such as crumbled dried leaves, are supplied as filling and the package may further be provided with a fluid core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Mark W. Holderman, Gregory A. Russell
  • Patent number: 10486653
    Abstract: A filling device for a fluid container of a vehicle is provided. The filling device comprises at least a motorized drive, a filling component which can be extended by means of the drive from a rest position to a filling position on the vehicle, and on which a filling opening is provided which is accessible in the filling position for filling a fluid container with fluid and a filling element which is adjustably mounted on the filling component and defines at least one edge portion on the perimeter of the filling opening when the filling component is in its filling position. The filling opening is in the filling position accessible for filling of fluid irrespective of a position of the filling element on the extended filling component. Only the perimeter of the filling opening can be enlarged by the filling element when the filling component is in its filling position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE GMBH & CO. KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT, COBURG
    Inventors: Michael Hoeppel, Maik Rienecker, Christian Herrmann
  • Patent number: 10155327
    Abstract: A fastening belt for a recyclable, plastic, beverage bottle including: a length of flexible material affixed around a circumference of the bottle and positioned on a lower part of a body of the bottle; in a first partially compacted the material is disposed in a crease of a fold between the first and the second segments of the bottle; and in a second, compacted state, the material is configured to be passed over the neck of the bottle, thereby securing the first and second segments of the bottle in the compacted state folded over the third segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Maurice Moshe Amsellem, Yaakov Amsalem
  • Patent number: 9771174
    Abstract: A flexible funnel positioned at a filling station of a fill machine. The flexible funnel directs a product dispensed at the filling station of the filling machine into a pouch. The flexible funnel having a rigid upper portion and a plurality of fingers. The rigid upper portion includes an open top end and an open bottom end. Each of the plurality of elongated fingers hingedly connected to the upper portion. The rigid upper portion has a regular polygon shape having a plurality of sides, and each of the plurality of fingers is individually articulatable with respect to one of the plurality of sides of the upper rigid portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Pouch Pac Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • Patent number: 9422841
    Abstract: An assembly for assisting with the pouring of fluid includes, among other aspects, a fill tube and a pop-up component disposed at least partially within the fill tube. The pop-up component assists with directing poured fluid into the fill tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: GROUP ONE LIMITED
    Inventor: Fredric Goldstein
  • Patent number: 9261013
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reservoir tank for an automobile, which is provided with a height-adjustable sub filler neck so as to be retracted when not in use and extracted when filling coolant, whereby the reservoir tank can be disposed low in the automobile. The reservoir tank forming a cooling module together with a condenser, a radiator and a fan and shroud assembly is disposed at a carrier, and includes a filler neck for filling coolant and a cap for closing the filler neck, and is communicated with a radiator so as to control an amount of the coolant in the radiator, wherein the reservoir tank is integrally formed with a shroud of the fan and the shroud assembly, and the filler neck is formed with a sub filler neck which is retracted into and extracted from the filler neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Ki Sam Koo, Shin-Won Yun, Yong Chin Song, Sang Hyun Lee, Ok Ryul Min, Jun Ho Kim, Se Young Park
  • Patent number: 9216886
    Abstract: A refuelling stand that is lightweight and easily portable which includes a funnel; a support for the funnel, which is optionally collapsible, and a conduit which is removably attached to the end of the funnel. The conduit can he made of flexible material which may be rolled up for storage alongside the support or may be formed of inflexible tubing. The refuelling stand may also include at least one stabilizing dement. The refuelling stand is designed to be a free-standing apparatus which is not intended to be permanently or semi-permanently affixed. In addition, the refuelling stand can be entirely disassembled in the form of a kit which further includes instructions for use. The refuelling funnel stand is designed to be suitable for delivering fuel from a hand-held fuel can into the fuel tanks of, for example, watercraft, lawnmowers, snowblowers and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Friedlich
  • Patent number: 9126814
    Abstract: A funnel body comprising a base plate, pull rod, and an outer wall. The outer wall may comprise a plurality of overlapping leaves or a membrane joined to a frame, with the outer wall movable between a collapsed position and an extended position and optionally biased towards the extended position. The funnel body may be moved into an extended position for use as a funnel and moved into a collapsed position and further retracted into a receptacle for storage within the receptacle when not in use. Also provided is a funnel assembly, comprising the funnel body and a housing, wherein the base plate of the funnel body is housed within the housing and positioned between upper and lower stops that engage the base plate and thereby prevent the base plate from exiting the housing. Further provided is a receptacle in combination with the funnel assembly and a method for modifying a receptacle to include a funnel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Cary Lyn Tarasoff
  • Patent number: 8910677
    Abstract: A fuel tank filler port cap assembly having an adapter for use with a vapor recovery dispensing nozzle to aid in filling a fuel tank of a motorcycle such as to allow complete filling of the tank while reducing spills and allowing the safety and environmental features of the vapor recovery dispensing nozzle to work is herein disclosed. The adapter includes a cylindrical cover base that engages the opening on the fuel tank and forms a vapor tight seal. A tubular inner sleeve is extendably from the cover base and has a top having an opening which engages the accordion-like collar on the fuel dispenser nozzle equipped with vapor recovery or vapor conservation nozzles. In such a manner, the tank and nozzle connection remain intact, but the nozzle remains mostly out of the tank allowing the fuel tank to be completely filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Robert H. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20140338787
    Abstract: A funnel body comprising a base plate, pull rod, and an outer wall. The outer wall may comprise a plurality of overlapping leaves or a membrane joined to a frame, with the outer wall movable between a collapsed position and an extended position and optionally biased towards the extended position. The funnel body may be moved into an extended position for use as a funnel and moved into a collapsed position and further retracted into a receptacle for storage within the receptacle when not in use. Also provided is a funnel assembly, comprising the funnel body and a housing, wherein the base plate of the funnel body is housed within the housing and positioned between upper and lower stops that engage the base plate and thereby prevent the base plate from exiting the housing. Further provided is a receptacle in combination with the funnel assembly and a method for modifying a receptacle to include a funnel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Cary Lyn Tarasoff
  • Patent number: 8875754
    Abstract: An apparatus for the transfer of a material into a storage container comprising a based, a funnel member attached to the base, and a sliding collar that nests in the base. The base attaches onto an exterior portion of the inlet of the storage container. The sliding collar includes a retaining member for retaining the sliding collar within the base, and one or more apertures. In addition, an upper portion of the sliding collar has a diameter larger than a diameter of the inlet member; and a lower portion of the sliding collar has a diameter less than the diameter of the inlet member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Eyre
  • Patent number: 8800609
    Abstract: A bib for a vehicle fuel tank inlet conduit of the type having an open conduit end comprises a liquid-impervious, elongated tray that has a raised peripheral edge on a front side thereof. The bib includes a top end, a bottom end, and an aperture at the top end for receiving the conduit end therethrough. The bib includes a collection trough at the front side and bottom end thereof that is adapted to receive fuel flowing down the tray, and may include an inverted spout formed between the aperture and the collection trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Jodi Krechowiecki
  • Patent number: 8770239
    Abstract: A funnel for use in juice making processes and related method of using the funnel are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Jerrod Charles Sessler
  • Patent number: 8726949
    Abstract: A funnel system having a funnel with a side wall with a top edge and a bottom edge, a first hook and a second hook each on an outer surface of the side wall of the funnel, the hooks are aligned along an axis parallel to the top edge of the funnel, the hooks are spaced a first distance apart, the first distance is an arc length formed between the hooks, a stabilizer bar on the outer surface of the side wall of the funnel, the stabilizer bar having a horizontal bar connected to a vertical bar at a first angle, the first angle is about 90 degrees, wherein a top end of the vertical bar is attached to the side wall of the funnel and a second end of the horizontal bar is attached to the side wall of the funnel below the top end of the vertical bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Robert J. Poire, Lynda Niles-Poire
  • Patent number: 8708003
    Abstract: A two part system for transferring fill material in and out of soft furniture such as beanbag furniture, which comprises a transfer bag and a tubular funnel secured to the transfer bag and a second tubular funnel secured inside a piece of soft furniture to which the filling is to be transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Grant Morris
  • Patent number: 8567457
    Abstract: An apparatus for a vehicle having a fluid reservoir fillable with fluid from a container includes a fill tube that empties into the reservoir. A funnel is fixed to the fill tube. The funnel collapses to a stowed position and extends to a use position. The funnel collapses and extends only outside of the fill tube. A cap is connected to the funnel and seals the fill tube opening when the funnel is in the stowed position. The cap is removable from the fill tube opening and has an extension that opens a seal of the container when the funnel is in the use position to permit filling of the reservoir through the funnel and the fill tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Kevin G. Kolpasky
  • Patent number: 8555936
    Abstract: The invention aims at providing a container for refill that enables transfer of the contents with one action and successfully secure the self-supporting property of the container for allowing the safe transfer. The opening portion (2A) of body (2) of a cup-shaped container is provided internally with a hopper (3) tapering toward the opening portion (2A). Ribs (12) are integrally provided between the outside of the hopper (3) and the inside of a ring (3A) and arranged circumferentially at predetermined intervals. Height H from the top surface of the rib (12) to the opening (3C) of hopper (3) is approximately a quarter or more of diameter ? of the opening (3C) of hopper (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignees: Nestec S.A., Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Gotoh, Takashi Terayama, Noriyuki Sasaki, Takeshi Saitoh, Daiji Takeuchi, Toyoaki Naitoh
  • Patent number: 8469066
    Abstract: A funnel assembly includes a tube defining a tube passageway and a tube opening. A funnel member defines a first funnel opening, a second funnel opening, and a funnel passageway that provides fluid communication between the first and second funnel openings. The funnel member is positioned such that the second funnel opening is within the tube passageway. The funnel member is selectively movable between a first configuration in which the first funnel opening is wider than the tube opening, and a second configuration in which the first funnel opening is narrower than the tube opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Brian V. Castillo
  • Patent number: 8393361
    Abstract: A receptacle for the weighing-in of free-flowing substances has a fill opening, a tubular-shaped circumference wall, and a bottom part. The bottom part is connected to the tubular-shaped circumference wall, which it tightly closes off in the direction of gravity when the weighing receptacle is in its operating position. The weighing receptacle can be set on the weighing pan of a balance and can be filled like a beaker with free-flowing substances without allowing the latter to escape therefrom. The bottom part can be opened either by an outside force acting on the weighing receptacle and/or through the influence of a solvent acting on the weighing receptacle, forming an outlet orifice in the bottom part. The weighing receptacle, otherwise tightly sealed in the direction of gravity, can be flushed out with a fluid when the outlet orifice is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Paul L├╝chinger, Sandra Ehrbar
  • Publication number: 20120103467
    Abstract: An apparatus for a vehicle having a fluid reservoir fillable with fluid from a container includes a fill tube that empties into the reservoir. A funnel is fixed to the fill tube. The funnel collapses to a stowed position and extends to a use position. The funnel collapses and extends only outside of the fill tube. A cap is connected to the funnel and seals the fill tube opening when the funnel is in the stowed position. The cap is removable from the fill tube opening and has an extension that opens a seal of the container when the funnel is in the use position to permit filling of the reservoir through the funnel and the fill tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Kevin G. Kolpasky
  • Publication number: 20120103466
    Abstract: A funnel assembly includes a tube defining a tube passageway and a tube opening. A funnel member defines a first funnel opening, a second funnel opening, and a funnel passageway that provides fluid communication between the first and second funnel openings. The funnel member is positioned such that the second funnel opening is within the tube passageway. The funnel member is selectively movable between a first configuration in which the first funnel opening is wider than the tube opening, and a second configuration in which the first funnel opening is narrower than the tube opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Brian V. Castillo
  • Patent number: 8162012
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices facilitating the addition of items into containers. In particular, the present invention relates to devices configured to assist in supplying food items into mixing containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Tim Kulas
  • Patent number: 8002001
    Abstract: A product dispenser refillable from a donor container via a spray nozzle comprising a hollow body for receiving and storing said product, a dispensing mechanism for dispensing said product, an open aperture through which product is filled into said body, capping means to cap the open aperture after filling the container to prevent leakage of product from said opening, characterized in that the dispenser comprises a filling interface arrangement integrally coupled to said open aperture that guides the spray from the spray nozzle of the donor container directly into the open aperture of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Adoram Leshem
  • Patent number: 7886782
    Abstract: A telescoping funnel and container assembly comprises a container member including an opening with a neck portion, which has a circular base member extending perpendicularly therefrom. The base member includes an outer, circumferential, upstanding wall portion extending opposite the container member. The neck portion has an inner shoulder section encircling the container member opening. A plurality of concentric, annular ring members, each of a selected diameter, surrounds the container member opening, with an innermost, annular ring member secured to the neck portion of the container member. The selected diameter of each annular ring member increases with distance from the neck portion. The plurality of concentric, annular ring members is contained within the upstanding wall portion of the base member and is extendable upwardly to form a funnel. A cover member is removably fastened to the upstanding wall portion of the base portion for covering the annular ring members in a collapsed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Tony Curtis
  • Patent number: 7717144
    Abstract: A device for applying salt and melted butter into popcorn which comprises a perforated straw-like component having a sealed lower end. A funnel component is integral with an upper end of the perforated straw-like component. When the perforated straw-like component is inserted into the popcorn, salt and melted butter will be poured into the funnel component and flow out through the perforated straw-like component into the popcorn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Philip M. Bottega
  • Patent number: 7665494
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices facilitating the addition of items into containers. In particular, the present invention relates to devices configured to assist in supplying food items into mixing containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Tim Kulas
  • Publication number: 20100006177
    Abstract: A two part system for transferring fill material in and out of soft furniture such as beanbag furniture, which comprises a transfer bag and a tubular funnel secured to the transfer bag and a second tubular funnel secured inside a piece of soft furniture to which the filling is to be transferred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Grant Morris
  • Patent number: 7635013
    Abstract: A cap assembly and method therefore is disclosed. The cap assembly preferably has a funnel coupled thereto. Preferably, the funnel is stored within the cap assembly so that it will always be available for use. Further preferably, the user could avoid getting any of the liquid on his/her hands because the funnel would be capable of being placed into position and stored without the user ever having to touch it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Inventor: Darren L. Ballinger
  • Patent number: 7431056
    Abstract: The invention as presently conceived discloses a device for an environmentally safe storage and organization of multiple funnels, especially, but not limited to, those funnels conventionally used in servicing motor vehicles. The new and novel device's industrial design resembles an empty five-gallon bucket with a detachable lid having multiple openings cut into the lid to accept the work funnels for environmental safe draining in an upright position, storage and proper organization. Each opening leads to a dedicated fluid collection device. After use, the remaining fluids in the funnels are allowed to collect via gravity within fluid collection device within the sealed bucket-like container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Nicholas P. Smith
  • Patent number: 7404420
    Abstract: A portable sprayer includes a tank and a measuring device in selective fluid communication with the tank. The measuring device may be located adjacent to a funnel at the top of the tank and a valve provided to selectively control the flow of fluid from the measuring device into the funnel. The measuring device may include a plurality of surfaces extending from the internal wall of the measuring device to provide indicia of the amount of fluid within the measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rick L. Leer, Douglas Burnworth
  • Publication number: 20080023103
    Abstract: A cap assembly and method therefore is disclosed. The cap assembly preferably has a funnel coupled thereto. Preferably, the funnel is stored within the cap assembly so that it will always be available for use. Further preferably, the user could avoid getting any of the liquid on his/her hands because the funnel would be capable of being placed into position and stored without the user ever having to touch it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventor: Darren L. Ballinger
  • Patent number: 7322386
    Abstract: A funnel for pouring liquid into a receptacle is collapsible and is stored in the receptacle when not in use. The funnel is automatically unfolded upon opening a receptacle lid. The funnel has no risk of unfolding in the receptacle. A tube fixed to a base plate includes displaceable means that are fastened to the lid. The tube is terminated at the top with an arrester for securing the displaceable means. The foldable funnel is disposed inside the existing receptacle, and the funnel is unfolded as soon as the lid is lifted. The opened lid is disposed at the side of the funnel completely outside the funnel circumference so as not to interfere with filling. Placing the lid upon the tube, centering the lid on the funnel and pushing downward closes the receptacle and folds the funnel, which disappears downward into the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Jens Peder Holm
  • Patent number: 7284581
    Abstract: A funnel having a receiving chamber, a neck portion, a valve and a coupler connected to the neck portion, the coupler having a housing having an axial bore formed therethrough and a cam body received therein, the cam body having an axial bore formed there through, where the cam body cams the walls of the housing radially outward between a first diameter and a second diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Easco Hand Tools, Inc
    Inventor: Paul S. Steinweg
  • Patent number: 7264027
    Abstract: An oil filler cap with an integrated oil directing funnel. The cap is configurable to fit many automobile makes and models, and is configured to accept the threaded top end of standard quart containers. The integrated funnel is extendible to a fully open position wherein it facilitates replacement of engine oil in a manner preventing spillage onto the engine block and vicinity. Once the outlet of a standard quart container of engine oil is placed into the collapsible funnel to engage the cap structure, the funnel may then collapse to its resting position while passing engine oil from the standard quart container to the engine block. Drainage holes in the cap recapture oil that seeps through or clings to the integrated funnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Spectre Performance
    Inventor: Amir Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 7213621
    Abstract: An oil change equipment includes an oil barrel, an oil-collecting pan, and a vacuum oil-pumping device; the oil barrel has an inlet thereon, and a control valve connected thereto; an oil conduit is joined to the oil inlet of the oil barrel at one end, and connected to a pipe communicating with a containing space in the oil-collecting pan; a supporting rod is secured on top of the oil barrel; the vacuum oil-pumping device is connected to the control valve of the oil barrel; therefore, the oil collecting pan can be supported on the upper end of the supporting rod secured on top of the oil barrel, thus allowing drained oil received in the oil collecting pan to flow into the oil barrel directly; or alternatively, the oil collecting pan can be positioned apart from the supporting rod to receive drained oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Yung Yen Hsin Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Min-Chung Chang
  • 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: 6901976
    Abstract: A device is positioned on the top of a beverage can for receiving saliva expectorated by a tobacco chewer and directing the saliva into the can. The device incorporates structure making the combination of container and can spill resistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventors: Anthony Bautista, Brian Goodell
  • Patent number: 6837283
    Abstract: Pouring fluid without spilling from a container having a top opening into a fill hole in mechanical equipment is difficult because one can't position the top opening adjacent to the fill hole. A fill cap having a contained extension comprises: a) a base having a lower portion having an external diameter sized to snugly and securely mate within the fill hole; b) an upper head having an upper portion thereof having an external peripheral surface adapted to be gripped and twisted, and a lower portion thereof having a thread configured to mate with the threaded top opening in the base; and, c) a plurality of neck segments, each having a tapered top portion adapted to mate within an opening immediately thereabove, and a smaller rounded tapered bottom portion, said neck segments assembled between the upper head and the base so that when the upper head is unscrewed from within the base, and then pulled, the upper head is solidly and peripherally continuously connected by the neck segments to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Chad A. D. Wegner
  • Patent number: 6830085
    Abstract: An apparatus for a fuel tank filling and level monitoring device. The apparatus 10 provides an inexpensive and simple means of monitoring the fuel level in a tank 14 while it is being filled. A translucent cylinder 22 threaded on both ends 34, 36 is attached to the inlet 12 of the fuel tank 14. The operator 24 then inserts the nozzle 18 of the filling apparatus 20 into the end of the translucent cylinder and begins to fill the tank 14. When the tank 14 is filled to capacity the level begins to rise into the translucent cylinder 22 indicating the tank is full. The operator 24 then stops filling the tank 14, removes the nozzle 18 of the filling device 20 and applies the original cap from the fuel tank inlet to the end of the cylinder. Also disclosed are embodiments with a rigid body, a flexible body and as a component of a fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas A Majewski
  • Patent number: 6615829
    Abstract: A feeding valve having a hose coupling in the form of an expansion bellows which unfolds automatically into the wearer's field of vision when the sealing cap of the feeding valve is opened, thereby enables a wearer to easily insert the straw of a food or beverage bottle even when wearing protective gloves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Auergeselischaft GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Horn, Klaus Schmidtke
  • Patent number: 6568440
    Abstract: A telescoping funnel which allows a user to pour oil into an engine. The funnel features spring ball latches allowing the funnel to lock into place when it is expanded or compressed. When the funnel is not in use, the funnel compresses into a small size to fit in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Katherine S. Engelbrecht
  • Patent number: 6493884
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for collecting urine samples. The method and apparatus comprise a reservoir and funnel. The bottom portion of the funnel is attached to the top portion of the reservoir. The funnel has ridges lying along the long axis of the funnel. The funnel has an expanded and unexpanded position. When unexpanded the funnel folds inward along the ridge about the lip of the reservoir, towards the bottom of the reservoir. When expanded, the funnel folds upwardly and unfolds outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventors: Peter H. Muller, David Shear, Mary Shear
  • Patent number: 6397907
    Abstract: A telescoping funnel apparatus for directing fluid from a container. The telescoping funnel apparatus includes a funnel that includes an open top extending into a channel. The channel extends through an open bottom of the funnel allowing fluid to be directed through the funnel. A longitudinal axis of the funnel extends between the open top and bottom. A cover is provided for selectively closing the open top of the funnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: John E. Heintz
  • Patent number: 6223792
    Abstract: A funnel cap device for a fluid container includes a funnel-shaped member having a passage therethrough extending between a wide end and a narrow end thereof, and a cap member attached to the funnel-shaped member for selectively opening and closing the narrow end of the passage. A hub portion extends from the narrow end of the funnel-shaped member, the cap member being slidable on the hub portion between open and closed positions. The cap member and hub portion include a cooperating aperture and seal tab which mutually engage in the closed position to prevent fluid flow. The funnel cap device is attachable to a fluid container having a spout on one end. The funnel-shaped member includes an intermediate portion having a thread pattern on an inner surface for engaging similar threads on the spout in an upright orientation where the funnel-shaped member engages the neck of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: Ray N. Slagle
  • Patent number: 6223793
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle remote fill fluid reservoir is provided. In a preferred embodiment the fluid reservoir includes a main body to contain the fluid. A neck is fluidly connected with the main body and is inclined toward a region of the engine compartment which is more readily accessible. An extendable funnel is also provided which has flanges along its extreme ends to prevent the funnel from falling into the fluid reservoir or being inadvertently pulled out of the fluid reservoir. The funnel is flexible and has an outwardly flared upper end to prevent fluid spills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F Donoughe, Daniel J Flesher
  • Patent number: 6179022
    Abstract: Mold apparatus for molding a weighing funnel that has a large diameter central segment, and a hole at each end that is smaller than the central segment. A 2-part core is used, the two parts together forming the size and shape of the article to be molded, and to remove the core from the molded article, the parts are withdrawn individually through a hole at the end of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventors: Jinghua Schneider, Wei Min Gan, Xiao Gang Dou
  • Patent number: 6161701
    Abstract: The invention provides for an apparatus for separating particulate dispersed in a liquid phase from the major volume of the liquid. The separator comprises a substantially cylindrical member formed of a flexible material and adaptable to nest or be seated in a receptacle, such as a pail of sufficient size to hold enough liquid or cleaning solution and to accommodate the washing accessory such as a sponge. The separator has an annulus or rim which has at least one opening so that when the separator is inserted into a pail of water or other liquid, air will not be trapped beneath the separator and force it from its seat or to the surface of the liquid. The cylindrical member has an integrally formed concave surface disposed substantially horizontally when the separator is in use, in that this surface is configured as an inverted cone. The concave surface is provided with a centrally disposed opening to allow for the passage of particulate therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Andrei C. Biesinger
  • Patent number: 6152198
    Abstract: A Retractable Funnel is shown. Also shown is a funnel that includes a base that is insertible within an existing reservoir and a plurality of fins extending outwardly from the base. The fins are configured so that they will collapse to form a tube such that the funnel can be slid into the reservoir. Each of the tips of the fins include lip segments provided to form a continuous lip ring when the fins are collapsed into the tube. The preferred lip ring prevents the funnel from falling into the reservoir, while still permitting the lid of the reservoir to be attached over the funnel. The funnel's base further includes a ridge running around its periphery in order to restrain the funnel from being inadvertently removed from the reservoir when extending the funnel for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Tuan Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5921448
    Abstract: A lid for a paint container has a body having a peripheral region engageable with an edge of the container so that the body can be mounted on the container, and a central region provided with a slot and formed so that under the action of a weight of a paint applied to the central region, the slot expands and a flow of the paint can flow through the expanded slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Stewart
  • Patent number: 5894872
    Abstract: A motorcycle gasoline tank filling valve including an outer member secured to an outer surface of a filling opening of a motorcycle gasoline tank. A cylindrical filling tube is slidably disposed within the outer member for communication with the motorcycle gasoline tank. A retention mechanism is secured to a lower surface of the outer member and secured to the cylindrical filling tube for biasing of the cylindrical filling tube to an orientation extended outwardly of the filling opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: Michael J. Gale