Tire Inflation Patents (Class 141/38)
  • Patent number: 10690279
    Abstract: A valve connector comprises a body including an inlet port, an outlet port defining a longitudinal axis, at least one aperture extending between an exterior surface of the body and the outlet port. The valve connector also comprises a sleeve arranged about the exterior surface of the body and movable relative to the body between a clamping position and a release position and a biasing member applying a biasing force against the sleeve towards the clamping position. The valve connector further comprises a clamping mechanism including at least one clamping member arranged at least partially within the aperture. When the valve is received in the outlet port, the clamping member is inwardly displaceable into the outlet port in response to the biasing force biasing the sleeve toward the clamping position, such that the clamping member engages the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Ross McIntyre, Jonathan M. Mantes
  • Patent number: 10668675
    Abstract: A puncture repair liquid holding container formed from a container main body provided with a holding portion and opening portion, and a cap attached to the opening portion, includes: a first flow channel for the cap to introduce compressed air from outside the container, where the first flow channel is configured from a straight portion and branched portion, a closing plug having a shape that blocks the straight portion is slidably inserted in the straight portion, and switching is possible between a closed condition where the closing plug is positioned above the branched portion or closer to an opening end side of the straight portion than the branched portion such that the first flow channel is closed, and an opened portion where the closing plug is positioned more to a closing end side of the straight portion than the branched portion such that the first flow channel is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Naruse
  • Patent number: 10634625
    Abstract: A transfer system includes a robot arm configured to hold a core, which is tubular, of at least one separator roll from a side of a first side surface of the at least one separator roll. The at least one separator roll includes the core and a separator, wound around an outer circumferential surface of the core. The robot arm is further configured to take out the at least one separator roll from a rack. A defect inspection device is configured to hold the core from a side of a second side surface of the at least one separator roll, receive the at least one separator roll from the robot arm, and inspect, for a defect, the at least one separator roll thus received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Shinomiya, Yasuyuki Kondo, Koji Kashu
  • Patent number: 10556392
    Abstract: A device for sealing and inflating motor vehicle tires, wherein the device has, in a housing, a compressor which is driven by a motor, preferably an electric motor, and which serves for generating the sealing or pump pressure, and the device has a connector for a sealant container, a valve and distributor unit for sealant and pressurized gas, and furthermore connecting means such as hoses and lines, and also switching, control and display devices for the operation of the device, wherein the device furthermore comprises a manually actuatable pressure discharge valve for decreasing the tire pressure, wherein the pressure discharge valve is configured such that, when the sealant container is connected and/or during the delivery of sealant from the sealant container into the tire, an actuation, or a dissipation of the pressure, is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Christopher Zaum, Rainer Detering
  • Patent number: 10549585
    Abstract: A tire pressure control system for a vehicle has a supply of compressed air connected to a vehicle tire through an air conduit having a valve and an air pressure sensor that senses the air pressure in the vehicle tire. A microcontroller is connected to control the valve to supply compressed air to the vehicle tire or to vent compressed air from the vehicle tire. The microcontroller has instructions to: calculate a valve operation required to achieve a target pressure; operate the valve according to the calculated valve operation; measure an adjusted air pressure after the calculated valve operation is completed; calculate a further valve operation to achieve the target pressure if necessary; and compare the results of the valve operation to the calculated valve operation and recalibrating the algorithm based on any differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TIRE PRESSURE CONTROL INTERNATIONAL LTD
    Inventors: Lesley Joseph Hinz, Brian Douglas Spreen
  • Patent number: 10543724
    Abstract: A wheel rim accessory assemblable to a wheel of a vehicle, including: (a) a casing having an outlet adapted to be in fluid communication with the internal volume of the wheel, the casing being assemblable to the wheel rim of the wheel; (b) a filler substance disposed within the casing; and (c) a valve mechanism operationally coupled with the outlet, the valve mechanism controlling a flow of the filler substance from the casing to the internal volume of the wheel such that when a pressure level in the internal volume of the wheel is below a first predefined level, the valve mechanism allows the filler substance to flow into the internal volume until the pressure level reaches a second predefined level, wherein the second predefined level is equal to, or greater than, the first predefined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Jhonatan Shemesh
  • Patent number: 10307978
    Abstract: To control compressed air to a prescribed pressure without using a relief valve and a chamber and to suppress deviation of the pressure. A compressor device 2 of a puncture repair kit 1 has a pressure gauge 6. The pressure gauge 6 has a tubular body portion 18 provided in a front end portion with a communicating hole 21 communicating with a surge chamber 12B, a piston 19 movable within the tubular body portion 18 in the longitudinal direction by the compressed air from the communicating hole 21, and a spring 20 biasing the piston 19 toward the front end and changing its displacement according to the magnitude of the pressure of the compressed air. An exhaust port 25 is formed on the peripheral wall of the tubular body portion 18. The exhaust port 25 releases the compressed air when a seal ring 23 of the piston 19 exceeds the exhaust port 25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD., UNIK WORLD IND. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiko Kawatani, Tsutomu Kono, Vincent Chou
  • Patent number: 10202235
    Abstract: A disposable canister filled with sealant liquid has an inner closure for retaining the sealant liquid inside the canister; a compressed-air inlet conduit; an outlet conduit for receiving the sealant liquid when the closure is in an open position; a first portion having one of the inlet and outlet conduits; and a second portion; the first and second portions being joined by a weld to form a tank which holds the sealant liquid in a ready-for-use position by means of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TEK GLOBAL S.R.L.
    Inventor: Maurizio Marini
  • Patent number: 10195798
    Abstract: A portable compressor for a tire repair kit comprises an adaptor mobile or removable from a force transmitting use position, the adaptor having an upper edge projecting with respect to an outer side wall of the compressor and defining a seat for a container of sealing fluid, the upper edge being spaced in use from a surface on which the compressor rests; and being configured to define a side support by means of a force transmission to the compressor to oppose an excessive inclination of the container of sealing fluid during the injection of sealing fluid by means of pressurized air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TEK Global S.r.l.
    Inventor: Guido Petrelli
  • Patent number: 10112447
    Abstract: A method and system for servicing a vehicle in accordance with pre-determined maintenance settings is provided. Maintenance settings can be communicated to a vehicle maintenance tool via a communication device and the vehicle maintenance tool can interact with the vehicle in accordance with the maintenance settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Thomas Edwards, Kenneth Joseph Coyne
  • Patent number: 10082244
    Abstract: A spill berm that includes a floor portion and a sidewall portion sealingly attached to the floor portion. The floor portion and the sidewall portion have an interior side that is constructed from a material that is impermeable to a desired fluid, and the said sidewall portion further includes a sleeve having a hollow interior and at least one open end. Inflatable removable air pillows are positioned partly in said interior of the sleeve, where the air pillow having an inflation valve e located on the air pillow near the open end of said sleeve, and the valve is attachable to a hose connected to the exhaust pipe of a diesel or gasoline engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: PacTec, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Schilling
  • Patent number: 9969225
    Abstract: A system for changing pressure in one or more tires of a self-propelled agricultural machine according to a load differential determined using load sensors on opposing locations of the machine. A load differential may be caused by a disproportionate distribution of forces and/or weight on the machine. Load sensors proximal to the tires may allow determining corresponding loads on the tires and, in turn, the load differential. As a result, tires experiencing greater loads may be inflated, whereas tires experiencing lesser loads may be deflated. In addition, a Human Machine Interface (HMI) may be provided in the operator cab to allow an operator to have further control over tire inflation on the fly while operating the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Bradley Hansen
  • Patent number: 9873232
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for the introduction of pressurized air and/or sealant into a tire comprising a source of pressurized air having an outlet (26), a container (14) containing the sealant which can be secured relative to a housing (12) of the source of pressurized air and which can be connected to the outlet of the source of pressurized air via an inlet (22), a hose (16) which is connected at a first end to an outlet of the container that is facing in an outlet direction and which has a second end that can be connected to the tire, wherein the housing of the source of pressurized air comprises a first vertical wall (30), with respect to which at least the outlet of the container is arranged laterally in a secured position and further comprises a second vertical wall (34) having means for guiding the hose and which is adjacent at least substantially at a right angle to the first housing wall, wherein, in its position in which the container is secured at the housing, the outlet direction of the container extends
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Arnold Eckhardt, Klaus Lowitz
  • Patent number: 9840234
    Abstract: A wheel inflation apparatus including a wheel engagement unit that suspends a tire/wheel assembly and at least one inflation unit coupled to the robotic arm, each inflation unit being configured to inflate the tire/wheel assembly. A load measuring unit is configured to sense an amount of load being applied to the wheel/tire assembly. A controller is coupled to the load measuring unit for receiving a load signal and determining an internal air pressure of the tire/wheel assembly based on the load signal. The controller controls the at least one inflation unit based on the determined internal air pressure and a target (desired) air pressure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Android Industries LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Lawson, Barry A. Clark
  • Patent number: 9573326
    Abstract: A kit for inflating and repairing inflatable articles, in particular tires, the kit having a compressor assembly, a container of sealing liquid and connectors for connecting the container to the compressor assembly and to an inflatable article for repair or inflation; the compressor assembly being housed in an outer casing defining a seat for the container of sealing liquid. The container is housed removably in the seat and functionally connected to the compressor assembly so as to form a compact unit ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: TEK GLOBAL S.R.L.
    Inventor: Maurizio Marini
  • Patent number: 9566832
    Abstract: A system. The system includes a wheel, a hub adapter and a valve assembly. The wheel defines a first air passage having a first end and a second end. The first end of the first air passage is at an outward side of the wheel. The hub adapter is connected to the wheel and defines a tire side air passage. A first end of the tire side air passage is coaxially aligned with the first end of the first air passage. The valve assembly is connected to the hub adapter. The valve assembly includes a valve and defines a hub side air passage and a tire side air passage. A first end of the tire side air passage of the valve assembly is coaxially aligned with a second end of the tire side air passage of the hub adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hutchinson SA
    Inventors: Matthew P. Sherman, Michael G. Hartman, Olivier Noblanc
  • Patent number: 9550333
    Abstract: A sealant dispenser, which can cooperate with an air compressor for repairing punctured tires, is disclosed. The sealant dispenser generally includes a bottle with a top opening being filled with a chemical sealant, a cap mounted over the top opening of the bottle, a control valve for controlling an air passage and a sealant passage defined at the cap, and a rotary handle. In use, the air passage receives compressed air from the air compressor, and the sealant passage is connected to a tire to be repaired. By turning the rotary handle, the air passage and the sealant passage can communicate with the inner space of the bottle, which allows the compressed air to flow into the inner space of the bottle to force the chemical sealant contained therein to flow into the interior of the punctured tire, thus repairing the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Wen-San Chou
  • Patent number: 9488314
    Abstract: A pump-less inflation device including a hollow conical casing, a puncturable membrane, a one-way valve that allows gas egress from the casing, a first chemical that reacts with oxygen and generates heat, and a second chemical that decomposes when heated and releases nitrogen gas. A method of inflating an inflatable object using the inflation device whereby the puncturable membrane is punctured with a puncturing device to allow oxygen to enter the inflation device and react with the first chemical, which generates heat and decomposes the second chemical, which releases nitrogen gas that escapes from the narrow first end of the inflation device. The inflatable object is inflated with the released nitrogen gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Ali Salman Alshafai
  • Patent number: 9458002
    Abstract: A bottle cap adapter for supplying liquids, particularly viscous liquids, comprising: a body part; and a vent tube comprising a first opening and a second opening, the first opening being configured to be put inside a bottle in the vicinity of the bottom of the bottle, wherein the body part further comprises a first surface and a second surface, the first surface being perpendicular to the vent tube and the second surface being parallel to or tilted to the first surface, e.g., by an angle of 0° to 40°, wherein the body part further comprises a channel from the first surface to the second surface, wherein at least one part of the channel comprises a connector extending to the second surface, the connector being complementary to a connector of the bottle, wherein the body part is further configured to be coupled to a bottle supply system, and wherein the vent tube is at least partially located in the channel of the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SUSS MicroTec Lithography GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Treichel, Suayib Kartal, Kader Mekias, Aaron Foley, Greg George
  • Patent number: 9457772
    Abstract: A repair device and method comprising a canister having an internal cavity, an input connecting valve, an output connecting valve, and an output hose for purposes of inflating a pneumatic device such as a flat tire. The utility of this device is as a readily available bridge to connect a deflated tire with any available air source such as an inflated tire. A sealing mixture may be stored in the internal cavity of the canister for injection into a leaking or flat tire to effect repairs by sealing any leaks. When attached between an inflated tire and a flat tire, the sealing mixture is injected into the flat tire by the pressure of the inflated tire and the flat tire may then be inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Paasch Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Paasch
  • Patent number: 9446637
    Abstract: A tire inflation system including an axle housing and a sealing ring disposed on the axle housing. The sealing ring has a conduit formed therethrough. A hub is rotatably disposed on the axle housing. The hub is disposed adjacent the sealing ring and has a conduit formed therethrough which is in fluid communication with a conduit formed through a fastener engaged with the hub. The tire inflation system also includes an inner rotary seal disposed between the sealing ring and the hub and an outer rotary seal disposed between the sealing ring and the hub. The conduit formed through the hub is in fluid communication with the conduit formed through the sealing ring through an area between the inner rotary seal and the outer rotary seal. A bearing seal is disposed between the hub and the axle housing and outboard of the outer rotary seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: DANA HEAVY VEHICLE SYSTEMS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian V. Knapke, Lloyd G. Racine
  • Patent number: 9434216
    Abstract: A vehicle tire inflation system includes an air supply source in fluid communication with multiple tires of the vehicle. A pneumatic conduit extends between and is in fluid communication with the air supply source and the tires. Means are fluidly connected to the pneumatic conduit for enabling selective inflation and deflation of the tires. The means include a first pneumatic circuit for inflation of the tires, and a second pneumatic circuit for deflation of the tires. The second pneumatic circuit is discrete from the first pneumatic circuit and is common to more than one of the tires. The means provides controlled deflation of the tires in the second pneumatic circuit based upon a predetermined condition, preventing deflation of the tires until the vehicle is parked, or limiting the deflation of the tires, which in turn enables the tire inflation system to accommodate a desirable increased pressure in the tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Matt J. Wilson, Jesse W. Cervantez, Santo Padula
  • Patent number: 9308786
    Abstract: A tire inflation system including an axle housing and a sealing ring disposed on the axle housing. The sealing ring has a conduit formed therethrough. A hub is disposed on the axle housing and adjacent the sealing ring. A hub ring is disposed on the hub and adjacent the sealing ring. The hub ring has a conduit formed therethrough. An inner seal member and an outer seal member are disposed between sealing ring and the hub ring. The conduit formed through the hub ring is in fluid communication with the conduit formed through the sealing ring through an area between the inner seal member and the outer seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: DANA HEAVY VEHICLE SYSTEMS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Stoyan I. Stoychev, Brian V. Knapke
  • Patent number: 9278486
    Abstract: An inflatable article repair and inflation kit comprises a canister of sealing fluid; an inlet connectable to a pressure source and connected to the canister; a selector valve interposed fluidically between the inlet and the canister; a conduit connected to the selector valve, in parallel with the canister; and a flow resistance of the selector valve and the canister to reduce the pressure in the canister with respect to the pressure in the conduit. The inflatable article repair and inflation kit ensures the best pressure into the sealing fluid canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: TEK Automotive (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Douglas Kowalski
  • Patent number: 9272587
    Abstract: An extraction cap of an integrated puncture repair kit is provided with: an intake unit for taking compressed air coming from a compressor into the extraction cap; an outlet unit for taking the intaken compressed air or both compressed air and a puncture repair solution to outside the extraction cap; a dedicated air flow path that ordinarily connects to the intake unit and provides conduction from the inlet unit to the outlet unit without passing through a bottle container; a dedicated puncture repair flow path comprising a first flow path section that is connected by a switching means to the intake unit instead of the dedicated air flow path and providing conduction from the intake unit into the bottle container, and a second flow path section providing conduction from inside the bottle container to the intake unit; a first on-off valve that is interposed in the second flow path section and ordinarily closes the first flow path section; and the switching means, which is actuated by downward pressing of a bot
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Norio Taniguchi, Tsutomu Kono
  • Patent number: 9259982
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides tire repair assemblies that can include: a tire sealant tank; an air assembly coupled to the tire sealant tank; a valve configured to control fluid communication between the tank and the air assembly; and a currency operating assembly configured to control the valve. Methods for repairing tires are also provided with the methods including providing tire sealant to a tire from a tire repair assembly upon depositing currency in the tire repair assembly. A stand alone currency operated tire repair assemblies are also provided with the assemblies including: a tire sealant tank; an air compressor operatively coupled to the tank; a valve operatively aligned between the tank and the air compressor; a flow meter operatively aligned between the tank and the air compressor; and computer processing circuitry operatively coupled to the air compressor, the valve, and the flow meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Consumer Products International LLC.
    Inventor: Robert W. Paasch
  • Patent number: 9193229
    Abstract: A tire repair device comprises a bottle body for containing tire sealant and a bottle cap deposited at an opening of the bottle body to seal the bottle body; wherein the tire repair device further comprises a tire sealant guiding tube provided in the bottle cap, and the tire sealant guiding tube includes a first tube section extending into the bottle body and a second tube section; a flange is formed on an internal surface of the first tube section; a plug is slidably placed in the first tube section; at least one rib is fixed in the first tube section and is deposited between the flange and the first bottom end. The tire repair device of the present application has a simple structure, is easy to operate, and is cost-effective; besides, the tire repair device can be used either upright or upside-down, which is good for promotion and implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Top Alliance Technology Limited
    Inventor: David Ying Chi Hong
  • Patent number: 9133840
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a versatile manually-actuated barrel style pump also capable of controllably dispensing a compressed gas cartridge. The current invention addresses the shortcomings of the prior art dual function pumps available providing the user with a more versatile dual function barrel pump integrated with a compressed gas cartridge dispenser as well as addresses the deficiencies from the prior art dual function pumps. Compressed gas cartridge storage methods that incorporate with the pump and user ergonomics and increased user safety will also become evident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony S. Hollars
  • Patent number: 9114573
    Abstract: An adapter for switching liquid patch device and air pump includes a body which has an air intake path, an air outgoing path, a liquid outgoing path and a tire connection path. The air outgoing path and the liquid outgoing path are connected to the liquid bottle. The air intake path and the tire connection path are respectively connected with the pump connector and the tire connector. The body has an air inlet, an air outlet, a liquid outlet and a tire connection hole. The air inlet, the air outlet, the liquid outlet and the tire connection hole are respectively connected with the air intake path, the air outgoing path, the liquid outgoing path and the tire connection path. A stationary ceramic disk, a movable ceramic disk, and a knob are respectively installed to the installation face of the body. The knob is rotated to operate the air-pumping position and liquid-introducing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Min-Hsieng Wang
  • Patent number: 9104209
    Abstract: An autonomous valve assembly for the regulation, depressurization and elevation of the pressure in pneumatic equipment that presents a valve body 22 and an air regulator body 4 with a compressed air intake 54 connected to a source of compressed air, whereby the body 4 presents two pressure regulators 45, 46 that regulate the pressure at a desired level and communicate it to an air diverter plunger 6 with reciprocating movement to cyclically divert the compressed air to a pressurization plunger assembly 9A, 5, 9B that has a reciprocating movement within a pressure casing 20A, 20B, wherein said air pressure regulators 45, 46 are adjusted to regulate the passage of air to a first pressure and a second pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Col-Ven S.A.
    Inventors: Rafael A. Colussi, Nestor J. Venica
  • Patent number: 9061471
    Abstract: A kit for repairing and inflating inflatable articles has a compressor assembly; a sealing fluid canister assembly connectable fluidically to the compressor assembly; a pressure sensor connected to the compressor assembly; a display device for displaying a pressure signal generated by the pressure sensor; and control means connected between the pressure sensor and the display device, and designed to cut off the signal to the display device for a predetermined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: TEK GLOBAL S.R.L.
    Inventors: Maurizio Marini, Sergio Lolli
  • Patent number: 9050866
    Abstract: A sealant bottle for tire repair of gas pressure type which comprises a bottle body configured for containing sealant. The bottle body is provided with a sealant outlet and an air inlet, wherein a bottle cap is disposed at the sealant outlet and the air inlet is connected with a straight pipe assembly. An air-inlet end of the straight pipe assembly is connected with an air throat which is further provided with an explosion proof element. A sealant guiding pipe disposed within the bottle cap is comprised of a first pipe section arranging along the axial direction of the bottle body and a second pipe section perpendicular to the first pipe section. A second step is disposed between inlets of the first pipe section and the second pipe section, and a rubber plug is further disposed between the inlet of the first pipe section and the second step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Active Tools International (HK) Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying Chi Hong
  • Patent number: 9044903
    Abstract: A puncture repair kit that reduces the difference between a pressure displayed on a manometer of a compressor device and an actual tire internal pressure. The compressor device (2) is connected with a bottle unit (3) directly. A cap 6 comprises a one-way valve (14) to prevent puncture-sealing agent from flowing back toward the compressor device. A cylinder (12) of the compressor device (2) comprises a branch chamber (21) receiving compressed air from a pump chamber (11). The branch chamber (21) is connected with an air feeding passage (39) extending toward a bottle unit (3), a manometer (22), a relief valve (23), and a surge chamber (70) to store the compressed air from the pump chamber (11) and to reduce the pressure fluctuation of the compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yukio Nakao, Tsutomu Kono
  • Publication number: 20150136270
    Abstract: A tire inflation system and a method of control. The tire inflation system may include a damped valve that moves from a closed position to an open position faster than from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventor: James Keane
  • Patent number: 9033306
    Abstract: A pneumatically operated gas valve includes a piston positioned in a cylinder with one closed end so that the piston may seat against a gas outlet to close the gas valve. A control reservoir may be formed in the cylinder between the piston and the closed end of the cylinder. Means for filling the control reservoir with gas to a control pressure may be provided so that the control pressure acting against the piston may close the gas valve. A release valve may be opened to allow the gas in the control reservoir to escape through an exhaust port to open the gas valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Gaither Tool Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Kunau
  • Patent number: 9027608
    Abstract: A vehicle-carried air compressor device includes a case installed with an air compressor therein, a tire repairing container containing a liquid adhesive, and a flexible linking tube. An air inlet coupler of the tire repairing container is connected with an air outlet manifold of the air compressor. An end of the flexible linking tube is coupled to an adhesive outlet coupler of the tire repairing container, and the other end of the flexible linking tube is provided with a protection adapter for coupling to a tire nipple. Before the protection adapter is connected with the tire nipple, the other end of the flexible linking tube is closed by the protection adapter, so that the liquid adhesive in the tire repairing container will not shoot out suddenly because of improper handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Wen-San Chou
  • Patent number: 9010383
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cap unit wherein safety is increased by preventing a reversed flow of a puncture-sealing agent. A cap main body (33) comprises an air flow passage (31) consisting of a vertical flow passage (31A) extending downward from an air passage upper opening (31a), a lateral flow passage (31B) laterally extending from an air intake port (31b), and a connecting flow passage (31C) connecting therebetween. The air flow passage (31) is provided with a reversed flow preventing device (22). The cap main body (33) is provided with a vertical hole (40) consisting of first to fourth vertical holes (40A to 40D) which have inner diameters increasing downwardly from the upper end in a stepwise manner, and the first to third vertical holes (40A to 40C) form the vertical flow passage (31A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukio Nakao
  • Patent number: 8997802
    Abstract: Sealing fluid container assembly (3), connectable to a compressor assembly and to a control circuit of the compressor assembly, has a connecting unit (25) defining a releasable connection to the compressor assembly; and a connecting device (12) for injecting sealing fluid into an inflatable article, and which cooperates releasably with a valve (V) of the inflatable article. More specifically, the container assembly (3) has a sensor carried by the connecting device (12); and at least one electric contact (33) connected to the sensor (12) and cooperating with an electric terminal (24) to transmit a signal from the sensor (12) to the control device when the connecting device (12) is connected to the valve (V); the sensor (12) having a first and a second terminal (40, 39) designed to be short-circuited directly by the valve (V).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: TEK Global S.R.L.
    Inventors: Sergio Lolli, Maurizio Marini
  • Patent number: 8997801
    Abstract: Disclosed is a puncture repair kit in which a bottle unit is positioned with greater stability. A puncture repair kit (1) comprises a compressor device (2), and a bottle unit (3) in which a cap (6) is attached to an opening (5) in a bottle container (4) which houses a puncture sealing agent. The compressor device (2) comprises a compressed air discharge port (8). The cap (6) comprises an air intake port (27) for feeding compressed air from the compressed air discharge port (8) into the bottle container (4), and a sealing agent/compressed air removal port (7) for removing puncture sealing agent and compressed air in succession from the bottle container (4) by feeding in compressed air. The compressed air discharge port (8) and the air intake port (27) can be directly connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., Unik World Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihide Kojima, Wen San Chou, Yasuhiro Ito
  • Patent number: 8978716
    Abstract: A vehicle-carried air compression device includes a case installed with an air compressor therein, a tire repairing container containing a liquid adhesive, and a flexible linking tube. An air inlet coupler of the tire repairing container is connected with an air outlet manifold of the air compressor. An end of the flexible linking tube is coupled to an adhesive outlet coupler of the tire repairing container, and the other end of the flexible linking tube is combined with a protection adapter for coupling to a tire nipple. Before the protection adapter is connected with the tire nipple, the other end of the flexible linking tube is closed by the protection adapter, so that the liquid adhesive in the tire repairing container will not shoot out suddenly because of improper handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Wen-San Chou
  • Patent number: 8978717
    Abstract: A cap unit is provided with: a cap body having a first flow channel for feeding the compressed air from a compressor into a bottle container, and a second flow channel for sequentially taking out a puncture repair agent and the compressed air from the bottle container; and a first and second inner lids which are independent from one another and which close the first and second flow channels. The cap body has a boss portion extending upward from the bottom surface of a mouth portion securing recess, and provided with a first inner lid securing portion. The first inner lid is fitted into the first inner lid securing portion The upper opening portion of the first flow channel opens further inward than the first inner lid securing portion, and the upper opening portion of the second flow channel opens further outward than the first inner lid securing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Nakao, Chou Wen San
  • Publication number: 20150059921
    Abstract: The present invention discloses air compressor equipment for vehicles and, more particularly, a sealant dispensing unit that can work under upright orientation as well as inverted orientation so as to repair and inflate a punctured tire. The sealant dispensing unit has a first hose connector and a second hose connector. In use, the sealant dispensing unit allows a user to select upright orientation or inverted orientation for an operation, whereby the hose connectors of the sealant dispensing unit may serve as a channel for receiving the high-pressure air or serve as a channel for delivering the chemical sealant. A professional can perform a box design in cooperation with the sealant dispensing unit easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Wen-San Jhou
  • Publication number: 20150059920
    Abstract: A tire repair device, which has a container for containing the tire repair fluid and a securing jig therefor, is characterized in that the securing jig is configured by coupling a securing portion, which holds the container in a predetermined direction, to a step plate portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Hideyuki Takahara
  • Publication number: 20150041020
    Abstract: A disposable canister filled with sealant liquid has an inner closure for retaining the sealant liquid inside the canister; a compressed-air inlet conduit; an outlet conduit for receiving the sealant liquid when the closure is in an open position; a first portion having one of the inlet and outlet conduits; and a second portion; the first and second portions being joined by a weld to form a tank which holds the sealant liquid in a ready-for-use position by means of the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: TEK GLOBAL S.r.l.
    Inventor: Maurizio MARINI
  • Patent number: 8950443
    Abstract: A method for recovering puncture repair liquid includes preparing tube, preparing sealing portion, removing, discharging, inserting, and recovering. The tube is to be inserted into a tire from a tire valve mounted to a wheel. The sealing portion is at a part of the tube in a longitudinal direction, has an outer diameter larger than an outer diameter of the tube, and is fittable in the tire valve. The removing removes a valve core from the tire valve of the wheel. The discharging discharges pressurized air filled in the tire from the tire valve. The inserting inserts the tube from the tire valve so as to bring the tube to a liquid surface of the puncture repair liquid. The recovering recovers the puncture repair liquid in the tire via the tube using a residual pressure in the tire by fitting the sealing portion to the tire valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takumi Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 8932076
    Abstract: A temporary mobility kit to minimize or prevent the inadvertent outflow of tire sealant is provided. The temporary mobility kit includes a switch-inflator assembly and a removable sealant assembly. The switch-inflator assembly includes a pump motor and an electrical plug assembly having a cord portion and a plug. The plug is adapted for use in the vehicle's power unit. The housing includes a peripheral channel about which the cord portion of the electrical plug assembly is wrapped when the electrical plug assembly is not in use. A plug-receiving aperture is provided to receive and retain the plug when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kimberly Anne Steele, Darryl L. Jones, Yingchao Guan
  • Patent number: 8925594
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a structure for a portable tire inflator that includes a triangular housing comprising a triangular face, a triangular back, two sides extending between the triangular face and the triangular back on first and second sides of the triangular face and back, and a support base on a third side of the triangular face and back extending between the triangular face and the triangular back, a pump motor within the housing. The inflator may be configured such that a majority of the total weight of the portable tire inflator is positioned between the middle of the triangular face and the base. The tire inflator may also include a reflective border on at least two of three edges of the triangular face and an air pressure indicator responsive to air pressure within the air hose, the air pressure indicator visible on an external surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Bell Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick L. Ohm, C. Kwai Kong, Alan Okamura
  • Publication number: 20150000786
    Abstract: An extraction cap of an integrated flat tire repair kit is provided with; an air-dedicated flow passage that normally connects the inlet mouth portion for taking compressed air to the outlet mouth portion without passing through the bottle container; and a puncture repair-dedicated flow passage that is connected to the inlet mouth portion instead of the air-dedicated flow passage by switching means. The puncture repair-dedicated flow passage comprises a first flow passage portion that connects the inlet mouth portion to the inside of the bottle container and a second flow passage portion that connects the inside of the bottle container to the outlet mouth portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Norio Taniguchi, Tsutomu Kono
  • Publication number: 20140373971
    Abstract: A kit for inflating and repairing inflatable articles, in particular tires, the kit having a compressor assembly, a container of sealing liquid and connectors for connecting the container to the compressor assembly and to an inflatable article for repair or inflation; the compressor assembly being housed in an outer casing defining a seat for the container of sealing liquid. The container is housed removably in the seat and functionally connected to the compressor assembly so as to form a compact unit ready for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: TEK GLOBAL S.R.L.
    Inventor: MAURIZIO MARINI
  • Publication number: 20140366981
    Abstract: An extraction cap of an integrated puncture repair kit is provided with: an intake unit for taking compressed air coming from a compressor into the extraction cap; an outlet unit for taking the intaken compressed air or both compressed air and a puncture repair solution to outside the extraction cap; a dedicated air flow path that ordinarily connects to the intake unit and provides conduction from the inlet unit to the outlet unit without passing through a bottle container; a dedicated puncture repair flow path comprising a first flow path section that is connected by a switching means to the intake unit instead of the dedicated air flow path and providing conduction from the intake unit into the bottle container, and a second flow path section providing conduction from inside the bottle container to the intake unit; a first on-off valve that is interposed in the second flow path section and ordinarily closes the first flow path section; and the switching means, which is actuated by downward pressing of a bot
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Norio Taniguchi, Tsutomu Kono