For Inlet With Externally Engaged Flap Or Closure Member Patents (Class 141/350)
  • Patent number: 11358856
    Abstract: An opening device for a urea water inlet may include a first body configured to be provided on an external side of an inlet of a urea filler neck; a second body disposed at an upper end portion of the first body with a ventilation gap between the first body and the second body, and provided with an internal space to be disposed above the inlet; a cover disposed at an upper end portion of the second body, and configured to receive a force to open the internal space of the second body; an opener provided in the second body, and configured to hold the cover at the upper portion of the second body when the cover is configured to close the internal space, and to release holding of the cover when being pressed toward an interior of the second body; and a membrane disposed between the first body and the second body to pass only air therethrough while covering the ventilation gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Gorporation
    Inventors: Tae Yoon Lee, June Young Park, Jun Sik Lim, Sung Won Lee, Seung Hoon Choi
  • Patent number: 11325820
    Abstract: A beverage distribution system for preparation of espresso coffee and similar aromatic beverages, including a drinking recipient (1, 1?), for example of type glass, cup, or similar, a beverage discharge disposition (2) operatively associated with a beverage preparation device (3), whereby the beverage discharge disposition is provided so that the beverage discharge flow impinges, with a given flow pressure, a flow regulation disposition (12) on the base region (11) of the drinking recipient (1, 1?) along a direction opposite gravity, whereby the drinking recipient has first and second recipient parts (11, 12) adapted to be removably retained and that, in an assembled condition, provide fluid connection through a flow passageway (110) that develops along a single direction and to confine the beverage flow downstream of flow constrain means (16) and upstream of the entry of beverage flow in the region of the base wall (111) of the collection space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: NOVADELTA-COMÉRCIO E INDÉSTRIA DE CAFÉS, LDA
    Inventors: Marco Filipe Gonçalves Martins, Rui Miguel Nabeiro, Cláudia Figueira Barros Dos Reis, João André De Figueiredo Branco
  • Patent number: 11208317
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a flexible container for transport and storage of a working material are described herein. The material can be a viscous or liquid material when dispensed. The flexible container can be configured to move between a first shape and a second shape. The first shape can allow for efficient transport of the flexible container while the second shape can allow for the flexible container to couple to a dispenser. In certain examples, the flexible container can be cooled for transport and heated for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Caitlin E. Auffinger, Sean Auffinger, Katherine L. Frank, Kevin D. Gordon, Thomas G. Lawton, Chunxing She, Conor J. Van Camp
  • Patent number: 11091028
    Abstract: A fuel supply port device includes a tubular main member portion where a fuel supply nozzle is inserted from a tube-upper-end side; a cover member covering a side portion on the tube-upper-end side of the tubular main member portion from an outside; an earth member electrically connecting a fuel-supply-nozzle side to be inserted and a body-panel side; and a seal member sealing a pass-through portion of the earth member formed in the cover member. The seal member includes an insert-through portion allowing a one-end-portion side of the earth member to be inserted to pass through from the outside of the tubular main member portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Kensuke Ogose
  • Patent number: 10843555
    Abstract: In a housing surrounding a nozzle insertion passage, a first opening open to the atmosphere is provided, and in a cover main body in which the housing is incorporated, a nozzle insertion port and a second opening which is opposite the first opening and open to the atmosphere is provided. Moreover, in the recess wall of a drainage port formation member fitted to the first opening, a recess which is recessed on the side of the first opening is formed so as to be continuous with the second opening, and a drainage port is provided. A drainage valve is held in the recess with respect to the recess wall so as to open and close the drainage port by turning of the valve main body about the turning shaft serving as a base point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kubo, Norihiko Ishihara, Tetsuya Shibazaki, Takashi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10766359
    Abstract: The fuel filler neck device is attached to a filler pipe and is opened and closed by a fueling nozzle. The device has a cover member which has an introduction opening for the fueling nozzle and which is engaged with the filler pipe side with engagement parts formed on the filler pipe side being fitted in window holes. Insertion parts are respectively formed adjacent to the engagement parts in the circumferential direction of the filler pipe. The engagement parts can be each disengaged by deforming or breaking the cover member side by inserting a portion of a tool into the insertion part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Takatsugu Hirose, Shunpei Nabeya, Kensuke Ogose
  • Patent number: 10597283
    Abstract: An erroneous refueling prevention device restricts or allows insertion of a refueling gun into a refueling passage depending on an outer diameter of the refueling gun. The device includes a flap configured to open or close the refueling passage by a turn of the flap about a first turn pivot; and a switch configured to be unlocked from the flap by a turn of the flap to a half-opened state, and to turn about a second turn pivot. The switch includes a protrusion detector configured to, in response to the turn, project to a position where the protrusion detector faces the refueling passage. The switch restricts or allows a turn of the flap from the half-opened state to a fully-opened state, depending on a turn amount of the switch to be determined by a contact relationship between the protrusion detector and the refueling gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: YACHIYO INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Hirohara, Daesung Kim
  • Patent number: 10500949
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an integrated fuel mixing prevention device for a diesel vehicle, in which a diesel filler neck and a urea filler neck are integrated with each other to prevent fuel from mixing, allowing only a diesel fuel filling gun to be inserted into a fuel inlet when a diesel fuel filling mode is selected and allowing only a urea filling gun to be inserted into the fuel inlet when a urea filling mode is selected, which may prevent a fuel mixing an accident caused by incorrect replenishment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Tae Suk Lee, Sung Won Lee, Tae Yoon Lee, S. Chaitanya kumar Reddy, Sreekanth Potlabathini
  • Patent number: 10434874
    Abstract: A closing device for a filler port comprises an inlet box configured to form the filler port; a lid configured to rotate about a first rotating shaft that is fixed to the inlet box, such as to open and close a surface of the inlet box; and a fuel passage-forming portion configured to form a fuel passage. The lid includes a plate-like lid main body portion configured to rotate about the first rotating shaft, and an open-close mechanism provided on an inner side of the lid main body portion as a separate body from the lid main body portion and configured to be rotatable about the first rotating shaft such as to open and close an opening. When the lid is opened from a closed position, the lid main body portion and the open-close mechanism are opened integrally. This configuration suppresses dirt or the like adhering to a surface of the open-close mechanism for the filler port from entering a fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 10207579
    Abstract: A fuel-mixing prevention filler neck device is provided. The fuel-mixing prevention filler neck device includes a fuel dispensing gun insertion unit that receives a fuel dispensing thereinto and a coupling unit that provides fluid communication with a bottom of the fuel dispensing gun insertion unit. The coupling unit is disposed on an exterior circumferential surface thereof with coupling protrusions for fastening with a plurality of slots formed in a filler pipe. Further, a first side of a lower portion of the coupling unit is open to form a coupling region. A misfueling prevention unit slidably moves to the coupling region to be coupled to the coupling unit. Additionally, the misfueling prevention unit is closed when a gasoline fuel dispensing gun is inserted and being opened when a diesel fuel dispensing gun is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, SAMBO MOTORS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bu Yeol Ryu, Ju Tae Song, Cheol Hun Cho, Jeong Seok Lee, Gun Woo Kim, Young Jae Do
  • Patent number: 9981548
    Abstract: A filler neck housing or charging housing for insertion into a body opening in a motor vehicle, comprising a housing section with a first sealing section and a second sealing section, the first sealing section being provided on an outer edge, which can be inserted into the body opening, of the housing section and being designed to bear in a sealing manner on the body opening, and the second sealing section being provided on a passage opening in the housing section, into which a tank filler pipe or a plug-in charging connector can be inserted, the second sealing section being designed to bear in a sealing manner against the tank filler pipe or the plug-in charging connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Juergen Herzig
  • Patent number: 9701531
    Abstract: A filling head having a filler stub for a pump nozzle, having a magnet element, which is formed from a magnetic plastics material, for releasing an automatic pump nozzle mechanism of the pump nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: VERITAS AG
    Inventor: Christian Desch
  • Patent number: 9174530
    Abstract: The fuel tank opening-closing member has a tank opening forming member having a first opening forming member which has a first opening, and a first flap valve mechanism having a first opening-closing member for opening and closing the first opening, and a first shaft for rotatably supporting one end part of the first opening-closing member. The first opening-closing member is equipped with a pressing part having a push face pressed by the tip of the fueling nozzle, and a restriction wall forming a restriction region which restricts so as to allow insertion only of specified fueling nozzle external shapes established along the outer edge of the push face, enclosing at least a portion of the push face, and a guide member which is formed tilted toward the top part of the restriction wall, and leads the tip of the fueling nozzle to the restriction region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 9102230
    Abstract: A flap valve mechanism in an open-close device for fuel tank includes an open-close member, a shaft support mechanism, a spring and a gasket. The shaft support mechanism includes bearing members and a rotation restricting mechanism. The rotation restricting mechanism includes restricting elements and restricted elements to be engaged with the restricting elements. At a first position, the restricting elements are engaged with the restricted elements, so that the open-close member is moved in a direction of warping the gasket. At a second position, the restricting elements are disengaged from the restricted elements, so that the open-close member is rotated about shaft members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignees: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hagano, Norihiro Yamada, Takeaki Nakajima, Shinichiro Ushigome, Yoshikazu Kaneyasu
  • Patent number: 9037313
    Abstract: A lid lock controller includes a lid lock unit operable in a lock state, which keeps the lid closed, and an unlock state, which allows for the lid to open. A detection unit detects an unlocking operation performed on the lid lock unit. A key check unit checks whether or not an electronic key is located in the vicinity of the vehicle through wireless communication between the vehicle and the electronic key when the unlock operation is detected. An unlocking unit switches the lid lock unit to the unlock state when the electronic key is located in the vicinity of the vehicle. The unlocking unit switches the lid lock unit to the unlock state even when the electronic key is not located in the vicinity of the vehicle as long as a further lid unlock condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Tomohiro Inoue, Keigo Nishimoto
  • Patent number: 9004118
    Abstract: A filling system for a detergent vessel comprises a reservoir (2) having a dispensing nozzle (3) and a detergent vessel (16) having a filling spout (15). The nozzle has a collar with engagement means which when inserted into the filling spout engage a portion of the filling spout providing an effective seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser N. V.
    Inventor: Phil Keem
  • Patent number: 9008862
    Abstract: A lid lock controller includes a lid lock unit operable in a lock state, which keeps the lid closed, and an unlock state, which allows for the lid to open. A detection unit detects an unlocking operation performed on the lid lock unit. A key check unit checks whether or not an electronic key is located in the vicinity of the vehicle through wireless communication between the vehicle and the electronic key when the unlock operation is detected. An unlocking unit switches the lid lock unit to the unlock state when the electronic key is located in the vicinity of the vehicle. The unlocking unit switches the lid lock unit to the unlock state even when the electronic key is not located in the vicinity of the vehicle as long as a further lid unlock condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Tomohiro Inoue, Keigo Nishimoto
  • Patent number: 8991421
    Abstract: A fuel tank for a motor vehicle is provided with a filler neck, which is connected to a filling element arranged inside the tank. The filling element contains a flexible hose, which extends right to the base of the tank and which at the free end has an axial outlet orifice directed towards the base of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG
    Inventor: Heinz-Jürgen Geurtz
  • Patent number: 8950615
    Abstract: A capless nozzle for a vehicle fuel filler canal, includes a conical portion; and a non-conical portion having a stop formed therein configured to limit travel of a filler pipe in one direction when the pipe is inserted in the filler canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Aitken, Shahid Ahmed Siddiqui, Paul Chretien, Dennis Seung-Man
  • Patent number: 8944122
    Abstract: A filler neck for a diesel fuel tank with a blocker device for preventing misfuelling with a nozzle of smaller diameter than the minimum diesel nozzle diameter, and includes control levers, a control spring, a blocker lever, a blocker latch and a blocker latch spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fuel Systems GesmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Jürgen Pfohl
  • Patent number: 8931522
    Abstract: A fill cap for a drink container for receiving an open end of a drink bottle. The fill cap includes a cylindrical collar and an annular flange extending radially inwardly from the cylindrical collar. A valve structure is connected to and surrounded by the annular flange and in includes a pair of generally planar lip members. Each lip member has an outer portion adjoining the inner edge of the flange and the lip members converge at an angle axially downwardly to inner edges where the lip members adjoin each other at a slit. A pair of opposing side walls extend from the flange to edges of the lip members located axially downwardly from the flange. The slit is configured to receive the bottle neck therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Glenn B. Paige, Gordon E. Atkinson
  • Patent number: 8910678
    Abstract: A fuel intake assembly may include a main tube (24, 56, 98, 122) defining a fuel channel (25, 57, 99) at least one flapper (30, 94, 126, 166) pivotally secured within the main tube (24, 56, 98, 122), and a selective nozzle inhibitor (160) proximate the at least one flapper (30, 94, 126, 166). The least one flapper closes the fuel channel (25, 57, 99) in a closed position. The selective nozzle inhibitor (160) allows a first nozzle having a first diameter to move the at least one flapper into an open position. The selective nozzle inhibitor (160) allows a second nozzle having a second diameter to move the at least one-flapper into the open position, wherein the second diameter is greater than the first diameter. The selective nozzle inhibitor (160) prevents a third nozzle having a third diameter to open the at least one flapper, wherein the third diameter is less than the first diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Franco A. Cisternino, Michael J. Hall, Joseph L. Rodawold, Paul M. Sutenbach
  • Publication number: 20140352846
    Abstract: A filler neck apparatus may include a housing into which a fuel filling gun is selectively inserted, a rotation protrusion pivotally mounted on a side of the housing and elastically biased in a direction, wherein the rotation protrusion contacts with the fuel filling gun while the fuel filling gun is inserted into the housing, a slider slidably installed in the housing and elastically biased in a direction wherein the slider is selectively coupled to the rotation protrusion, and wherein a locked state of the slider is released by the rotation protrusion and is movable in a direction when the slider is released from the rotation protrusion, a flapper pivotally mounted on the housing and opening or closing the bottom end of the housing by the fuel filling gun, a stopper pivotally mounted on the housing and selectively locking the flapper, and a link pivotally connecting the slider and the stopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Bu Yeol Ryu, Pil Seon Choi, Bo Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 8899285
    Abstract: A fuel tank opening-closing device is equipped with a flap valve mechanism 20 and an opening-closing activation mechanism. The opening-closing activation mechanism comprises a nozzle detection mechanism that has a first detection parts and a second detection parts. The first detection parts are linked with the locking member and the locked part so as to move the lock engaging part and the locked engagement part while maintaining each of the overlap widths within the preset range, being pressed by the end of the fueling nozzle. The second detection parts are linked to the locking member so as to move from the locked position to the unlocked position by releasing the overlap width by being pressed by the end of the fueling nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 8893754
    Abstract: The tank opening-closing device is equipped with a tank opening forming member having a fuel path for leading fuel supplied from the fueling gun through the inlet to the fuel tank, a valve opening-closing mechanism having an opening-closing member and spring that closes in a state with the inlet sealed, and an opening-closing activation mechanism for opening and operating the opening-closing member. The opening-closing activation mechanism has an operating member pivoted at the tank opening forming member, and a pressing member for pressing the opening-closing member formed on the operating member, and is constituted so that by the operating member being pressed by the fueling gun and rotating, the opening-closing member is pressed by the pressing member and is rotated in the opening direction so as to open the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hagano, Masayuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 8869846
    Abstract: The invention relates to an in particular capless neck end for a container, in particular a fuel container, with a double-flap closure which is formed by an upper pivoting flap (12) and a lower sealing flap (2). Neck ends of this type are known from WO 2006/084908. These known neck ends require too much installation space and are not optimally protected from the contents of the container being pumped out. This is improved by the invention in that the lower sealing flap is arranged in such a manner that it is arranged at an angle to the transverse section plane arranged at right angles to the neck axis (S) when in the closed state, and either the articulation point or, when in the closed state, the end opposite the articulation point of the lower sealing flap is arranged above the lower end of the first circular segment path. Furthermore, an anti-theft means (25) in the form of a mechanical barrier is provided below the double-flap closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Gerdes GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Gerdes
  • Publication number: 20140311618
    Abstract: A method and structure are described for preventing the accidental introduction of an incorrect liquid into a tank, such as the introduction of gasoline into the fuel system of a diesel-powered vehicle. In a first embodiment, the entrance to a fill tube of a diesel-powered vehicle is configured with a sensor ring. When an incorrect fueling operation is attempted, such as the introduction of gasoline into the fuel tank of a diesel-powered vehicle, at least one but fewer than all of displaceable mechanical elements are displaced, and the sensor ring alerts the operator visually and/or audibly before fueling starts, thereby preventing incorrect fueling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Curtis Roys
  • Patent number: 8863791
    Abstract: A fuel hose nozzle for filling a tank having a filler the tank with liquefied petroleum gas has a tubular valve housing extending along an axis and having an outer end, a tubular valve guide axially shiftable in the valve housing between a front position and a rear position and forming an outlet port adjacent the outer end, and a valve in the housing movable between an open position permitting fluid flow into the valve guide toward the outlet end and a closed position preventing such flow. A valve piston in the valve guide and axially fixed in the valve housing is engaged in the front position of the valve guide with the port to block flow through same. A fitting sleeve surrounding and axially shiftable on the valve housing has at the outer end an end fitting complementary to the tank filler neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Elaflex Hiby Tanktechnik GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Achim Aehle, Stefan Kunter, Heinz-Ulrich Meyer, Michael Wehner
  • Patent number: 8863792
    Abstract: A filling port structure for a fuel tank includes a filling port member that defines a filling port, an open/close valve that opens and closes the filling port, a rotary member that attaches the open/close valve to the filling port member in a manner such that the open/close valve is rotatable between an open position and a closed position, a locking member that is provided in the filling port member and is movable between a locking position to lock the open/close valve in the closed position and an unlocking position to unlock the open/close valve, an unlocking member that moves the locking member to the unlocking position when pressed by a fuel gun, and a retention portion that holds the locking member in the unlocking position at least when the open/close valve is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chiaki Kataoka, Satoshi Yamamoto, Masaki Akagi
  • Patent number: 8820561
    Abstract: In a closure for closing the orifice (13) of a neck (12), in particular the orifice of a fuel filler neck for automotive vehicles, a spring mechanism is provided which takes the form of a tightening device for drawing the closure part (14) automatically into its final closed position. The movement of the closure part (14) is controlled by a first guide slot (19). The operating lever (35), by means of which the closure part is moved, is furthermore hinged to the closure part (14) by means of a second guide slot (39), which, when an opening force is introduced via the closure part (14), blocks the movement of the closure part (14) from its closed position in the opening direction so that the closure part (14) cannot be manually opened from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Temtec Fahrzeugtechnik Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventor: Angelika Barbara Maria Bauer
  • Patent number: 8807369
    Abstract: A fuel-filling aperture open-closing device provided in a filler pipe communicated with a fuel tank includes a tube member forming a pathway and connected to one end of the filler pipe, and a valve body rotatably provided inside the pathway, blocking the pathway by an urging member, and opening the pathway when rotating to an inner end side of the pathway by being pressed by a fuel-filling nozzle inserted into the pathway. The tube member includes a discharge hole communicating an outer surface with an inner surface of the tube member in a portion in which an outer surface of a lateral circumferential portion thereof faces downward, and corresponding to a portion on the outer end side in a closed position of the valve body. The valve body includes a plurality of discharge grooves extending toward the discharge hole in a portion on the outer end side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8800611
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insert element 13 for inserting into the filler neck 10 of a tank suitable for filling with urea at a filling station by means of a pump nozzle 12. The insert element 13 comprises a cover element 24 with an opening having an inner diameter that is smaller than the outer diameter of a standard pump nozzle spout 12 for Diesel fuel, and support means for mounting the cover element 24 to substantially the plane of opening of the filler neck 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Tecinnovation GmbH
    Inventor: Konstantinos Tsiberidis
  • Publication number: 20140209203
    Abstract: A container for dispensing into a fuel receptacle can include a neck through which a product is flowed, and threads which merge with a circumferentially continuous shoulder spaced apart from the neck. The neck disengages a lock which secures a closure of the fuel receptacle, in response to insertion of the container into the fuel receptacle. Another container can include a neck through which a product is flowed, and threads which merge with a circumferentially continuous shoulder spaced apart from the neck, the shoulder having a circumferentially continuous surface that faces an annular recess separating the shoulder from the neck. A method of discharging a fuel additive into a fuel receptacle is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Newton H. DUDLEY, John A. MCDERMOTT
  • Patent number: 8776845
    Abstract: A fuel tank opening and closing device is equipped with a flap valve mechanism arranged inside the tank opening forming member, having an opening and closing member for which the inlet is opened and closed by being pressed by the tip of the fueling nozzle, a shaft provided at the tip of the opening and closing member, and a bearing mechanism provided on the tank opening forming member for supporting the shaft so as to be rotatable. The bearing mechanism has a shaft support recess in which the shaft is inserted and a plurality of shaft restriction projections provided projecting from the wall surface of the shaft support recess, and the shaft restricting projections have a cross section arc shaped shaft support surface such that there is contact with a portion of the outer periphery of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 8763656
    Abstract: A device for preventing a fueling error reliably prevents a fueling error by accurately preventing an insertion of a small-diameter nozzle without blocking an insertion of a large-diameter nozzle whose entrance should be permitted. Even if an end of a nozzle is strongly pressed to left-and-right shutter members (22), the shutter members (22) never rotate and move in an opening direction unless the shutter members (22) slide and move to an outside of a radial direction. Thus, the structure prevents the shutter members (22) from erroneously moving to a position in which the nozzle is allowed to enter from a blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignees: Nifco Inc., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahide Ichimaru, Yuki Takikawa, Syouichi Hokazono, Takeaki Nakajima, Shinya Murabayashi
  • Patent number: 8746298
    Abstract: A cap-free closeable neck end for a filler neck of a tank of a motor vehicle, the cap-free closeable neck including an upper entry space forming an insertion region for a fuel nozzle and being surrounded by a side wall, a lower sealing flap arranged in the upper entry space and a closing mechanism arranged above the lower sealing flap. The closing mechanism includes an upper filling opening and an upper cover, which in a closed state at least partially covers the upper filling opening and being embodied in such a manner that the upper cover is displaced by inserting an outlet pipe of a fuel nozzle into the upper entry space for releasing the upper filling opening so as to allow for the insertion of the outlet pipe through the upper filling opening and the lower sealing flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Gerdes GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Gerdes
  • Patent number: 8726950
    Abstract: A mis-fuel inhibitor in an inlet neck assembly of a vehicle fuel system discriminates between nozzle diameters, allowing entrance of nozzle diameters at or greater than a predetermined minimum diameter while inhibiting entrance of nozzles having diameters less than the predetermined minimum diameter. An actuator responsive to nozzle diameters opens and closes shutters blocking nozzle entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Miller, Franco A. Cisternino, Paul M. Sutenbach
  • Patent number: 8714214
    Abstract: A mis-fuel inhibitor in an inlet neck assembly of a vehicle fuel system discriminates between nozzle diameters, allowing entrance of nozzle diameters at or greater than a predetermined minimum diameter while inhibiting entrance of nozzles having diameters less than the predetermined minimum diameter. An actuator responsive to nozzle diameters engages and disengages locking arms that are associated with a primary shutoff valve flapper door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works
    Inventor: Franco A. Cisternino
  • Patent number: 8714213
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a tank filler neck which comprises a housing, in which at least one flow aid and a head part are arranged. The flow aid and the head part, which may be designed with a screw thread, are connected to form an insert, which by insertion in the housing can be connected thereto, a flap comprising a grounding lug being connectable to the head part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Girgenrath
  • Patent number: 8714212
    Abstract: One embodiment of a fuel inlet includes a tube including a side wall having an interior surface that defines an interior adapted for receiving a fuel nozzle therein and for receiving fuel there through, and the side wall including a raised region that extends circumferentially around the interior surface of the side wall and inwardly into the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Watson, Evan S. Waymire
  • Patent number: 8678049
    Abstract: A method and structure are described for preventing the accidental introduction of gasoline into the fuel system of a diesel-powered vehicle. In a first preferred embodiment, a gasoline fuel nozzle is configured with a magnet, such as magnetic strips, and the entrance to a fill tube of a diesel-powered is configured with a magnetic field sensor ring. When an incorrect fueling operation, such as the introduction of gasoline into the fuel tank of the diesel-powered vehicle, is attempted the sensor ring alerts the operator visually and/or audibly before fueling starts, thereby preventing incorrect fueling. In alternative embodiments, sensing of an attempted incorrect fueling operation may require only the sensor ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Curtis Roys, N. William Parker
  • Patent number: 8678051
    Abstract: An instrument for filling a substance supply container of a device for personal care treatment has a filling needle having a proximal end connected or connectable to a storage reservoir and a distal end, a substance transport conduit extending from the proximal end to at least one outlet provided in a radially facing surface portion closely adjacent the distal end of the filling needle. A sleeve is arranged around the filling needle and is movable between a first position closing off the at least one outlet and a second position proximally away from the first position and the at least one outlet. A system including such an instrument, a container for cooperation with such an instrument and for provisioning a device for personal care treatment as well as a device for personal care treatment including such a container are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Molema, Wilko Westerhof, Bartele Hendrik De Vries, Reinier Niels Lap, Olaf Martin De Jong, Bart-Jan Zwart, Johannes Rogier De Vrind
  • Patent number: 8651151
    Abstract: A vehicle fuel inlet shut-off valve assembly includes a two-piece housing having inner and outer housing components secured to each other. The housing components can be provided of different materials, with a surface coating. A flapper door assembly is secured in the outer housing component and includes directionally biased interlocking components that facilitate installation and inhibit disconnection after assembly with redundant connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William Berghorst, Kirk J. Bush, Franco A. Cisternino, Michael Payne
  • Patent number: 8622102
    Abstract: A neck assembly of a fuel system component comprises a housing. The housing comprises a sleeve having a first end portion positioned exterior to the fuel system component and a longitudinally opposed second end portion. The housing further comprises an encapsulation ring extending radially outwardly from the second end portion of the sleeve and encapsulated within a wall of the fuel system component. The neck assembly further comprises a valve cartridge at least partially received within the sleeve and secured thereto. The valve cartridge comprises a conduit having a first end portion positioned exterior to the fuel system component and a longitudinally opposed second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Salflex Polymers Limited
    Inventors: Jeff Yager, Daniel Butum, William Matthew Foster
  • Publication number: 20130319572
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a container having a fuel additive, and a spout extending from and in fluid communication with the container. The spout includes an elongated engagement nozzle having a radially outer surface extending to a distal tip of the bottle. The elongated engagement nozzle defines an opening for discharging the fluid from the bottle and has an axial length and radial diameter dimensioned for insertion into the throat of a capless fuel system sufficiently far to contact and operate a lock disengagement element within the throat and to open an internal closure within the throat. A cap attachment portion is configured for attaching a cap to close the engagement nozzle opening, and is disposed clear of the engagement nozzle outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: ALPHA CONSOLIDATED HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventor: James A. Zweifel
  • Patent number: 8596315
    Abstract: A filling neck to feed fuel into a motor vehicle tank using a filling nozzle, exhibiting the following features: a slotted drive ring comprising an insertion portion conically tapering toward the vehicle fuel tank, the cross-sectional constriction being less than the filling nozzle's cross-section; the drive ring, facing the fuel tank comprises, on at least one side of said gap, a locking segment; the drive ring is configured in floating manner in a cup-shaped housing portion of the filling neck, the outside diameter of said ring being less than the inside diameter of the cup-shaped housing portion; a sealing element is associated with the distal end of the drive ring, blocking access to the tank in its closed position; the drive ring's locking segment engages and keeps the sealing element in the locked position, and moves into the open position when said drive ring is expanded by the filling nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: ITW Automotive Products GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Manfred Muller
  • Patent number: 8567458
    Abstract: A fuel filler apparatus of a vehicle of the invention, during normal operation, only permits insertion of fuel dispensing nozzles of a diameter within a predefined range, and prevents insertion of fuel dispensing nozzles whose diameter is smaller a lowest value or larger than a highest value of this range. The fuel filler apparatus includes a manual operation override mechanism which by a manual operation permits the insertion of only fuel dispensing nozzles of a diameter smaller than the lowest value of the range under special circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Sato, Takeaki Nakajima, Shoichi Hokazono, Shinya Murabayashi
  • Patent number: 8555937
    Abstract: A structure for a fuel filling opening of an automobile is configure such that, when fuel supplied from a fuel supply nozzle flows back to the fuel filling opening side, the fuel flowed back can be slowly discharged to the outside from the fuel filling opening. The structure is provided with ring recesses formed in a ring opening of an operation ring, and also with partitioning recesses formed in an opening in an outer tube partition. The recesses are arranged offset in the circumferential direction to form a labyrinth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Murabayashi, Yu Sato
  • Patent number: 8550128
    Abstract: A refilling system for use in refilling a container with a fluid from a fluid source. The container having air space above a fluid space. The fluid having a fluid level within the container. The refilling system comprising a fluid flow control valve connected via a bleed line to a fluid level sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Michael J. Mitrovich
  • Patent number: RE46009
    Abstract: A nozzle inhibitor is included in a fuel tank filler neck closure assembly. The nozzle inhibitor blocks full insertion of a small-diameter unleaded fuel nozzle into the filler neck closure assembly yet allows full insertion of a large-diameter diesel fuel nozzle into the filler neck closure assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: J Bradley Groom, Lowell R Bell