Flexible Hose Terminal With Receiver Engaging Means Patents (Class 141/382)
  • Patent number: 5630451
    Abstract: An oil drain assembly for an engine oil pan to replace the plug of the oil pan drain opening comprising a valve housing having an upper oil inlet port mounted to and in communication with the drain opening of the engine oil pan; a lower oil outlet port; a means for controlling oil flow through the valve housing; a detachable drain line at the oil outlet port; and a detachable disposable oil collection bag mounted to the drain line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Inventor: Aaron L. Bernard
  • Patent number: 5626173
    Abstract: This container includes a neck (26), the free end of which is equipped with an orifice for outflow of the pressurized fluid contained in the container, closed off by a perforatable cover (30) in order to release the pressurized fluid. The pressurized-fluid delivery assembly comprises the container and an element (36) for connecting the neck (26) to pressurized-fluid supply pipe (37) of a hydraulic circuit, these being equipped with elements (40) for piercing the cover which are able to be actuated after connection of the neck to the supply pipe (37). This assembly makes it possible to supply, for example, a brake-fluid reservoir of a hydraulic pressurized-brake-fluid brake circuit so as to bleed this circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Safet Embamet
    Inventor: Jacques Groult
  • Patent number: 5546996
    Abstract: A dispenser refilling system includes a bulk container for refilling a cartridge of a dispenser, so that the cartridge need not be disposed of after a single use. The system preferably includes one or more fill tubes that are movable by lever operation for extension into the chamber of the cartridge when desired. Each fill tube couples to a piston in the cartridge and directs the component to be replenished in the cartridge chamber through a port in the piston. In certain embodiments, the system includes two bulk containers and a dual chamber dispensing cartridge, and structure is provided to prevent inadvertently reversing the position of the cartridge and for insuring placement of the containers in proper receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Bruce R. Broyles, Cary A. Kipke, William R. George
  • Patent number: 5505236
    Abstract: A system is provided for the delivery of a liquid anesthetic agent ti ab anesthetic vaporizer. The system includes a supply container having a spout defining an outlet through which the agent can be discharged. A reservoir is provided in the vaporizer for holding the agent, and a receiving station is provided on the vaporizer for receiving the container spout. The agent flows from the container through the spout by gravity into the reservoir. The container spout is located at the station to define the maximum liquid level of the agent in the vaporizer when gas flow into the container is blocked by the rising level of the liquid agent. In one embodiment, a frangible seal is provided in the container, an outlet valve is provided in the container, and an inlet valve is provided in the receiving station. The valves open automatically as the container is inserted into the receiving station of the vaporizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Richard W. Grabenkort, Peter C. Carveth, Richard J. Fiedorowicz, Alan C. Green, David A. Pecosky, William L. Rudzena
  • Patent number: 5435413
    Abstract: A new and improved oil drainage device. The device includes an oil receptacle upon which is mounted an oil pump. The pump can be connected, by way of a length of flexible tubing and a quick coupling, to the drainage hole of an oil pan. Thus, the device serves to pump oil from the drainage hole through the tubing and into the receptacle. The receptacle can alternatively be removably coupled to a larger oil receptacle by way of coupling assembly so that the receptacle is for industrial applications, whereas the former embodiment is for individual automotive or marine use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Inventor: Perry Schoenborn
  • Patent number: 5406995
    Abstract: A container assembly includes an outer container and at least one inner container whose internal volume has the same ratio to the remaining internal volume of the outer container as the desired ratio of liquids to be mixed. An orifice in the inner container establishes communication between the lower end portions of the two containers so that a previously mixed liquid mixture of a predetermined ratio resides at the same level in both containers. The container assembly may be filled with additional mixture of the same ratio by filling the inner container with one liquid and by flushing that liquid from the inner container and into the outer container with a second liquid until the outer container is full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Viking Industrial Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles J. Gantzer
  • Patent number: 5385178
    Abstract: An apparatus for introducing fluid having a volatile organic component from one container, for example, a fuel storage vessel to a receiving container such as an on-board fuel storage tank of an automotive vehicle with reduced discharge of organic vapors into the surrounding atmosphere, the apparatus including a filler cap having at least one positively sealing quick connect fitting through which fluid can be introduced which is releasable attachable with a mating fitting located on the filler nozzle of an external fluid delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: K.J. Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Ram D. Bedi
  • Patent number: 5370164
    Abstract: Means and apparatus for aseptically transferring material between enclosures. Apparatus for transferring the material includes a fluid receiver assembly (12) comprising an adapter (24), and a fitting (93) mounted in the adapter (24). The fitting has a plurality of needle guide channels (86) leading from the outside of the fluid receiver assembly (12) toward the interior of the enclosure (10), and seal means (26) at the ends of the channels (86). Pierceable, self-closing seal means (26) is between ends of each of the channels (86) and the interior of the enclosure. Projected extensions of the channels pass through corresponding holes (40) in the adapter, so that needles (101) inserted into the channels (86) can penetrate the seal means (26) and enter the interior of the enclosure (10). A plurality of needles (101) in a novel needle bundle (95) may be used in making the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Galloway Company
    Inventor: Edwin J. Galloway
  • Patent number: 5303751
    Abstract: A sealed, flexible plastic sheet bag for storing liquids that is penetrable by a spiked connector through a spike channel fitting. The spike channel fitting is sealed between a pair of folds on one side of the bag so that the inside port of the channel is adjacent to the folded plastic sheet. The spike is inserted through the channel of the spike channel fitting and punctures the plastic sheet to tap the bag to remove the liquid. Leakage is prevented by both the seal between the plastic sheet and the spike and the seal between the bag and the spike channel fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Fresenius AG
    Inventors: Glenn L. Slater, Pritpal Virdee
  • Patent number: 5301723
    Abstract: An LNG refueling facility includes a nozzle for mating with the receptacle on a motor vehicle to deliver a flow of LNG to the vehicle's tank. The nozzle is supplied with a flow of dry gas to purge moisture-laden air from around surfaces which mate with the receptacle to prevent freezing of moisture on the mating surfaces when the nozzle turns very cold. The nozzle also includes a boot enclosing mechanical linkages for latching the nozzle to the receptacle. Dry gas is supplied to the interior of the boot to displace air from around the mechanical linkages and thereby prevent moisture from freezing onto the mechanical linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: Hydra Rig, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Goode
  • Patent number: 5295521
    Abstract: An apparatus for introducing fluid having a volatile organic component from one container, for example, a fuel storage vessel to a receiving container such as an on-board fuel storage tank of an automotive vehicle with reduced discharge of organic vapors into the surrounding atmosphere, the apparatus including a filler cap having at least one positively sealing quick connect fitting through which fluid can be introduced which is releasable attachable with a mating fitting located on the filler nozzle of an external fluid delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: K.J. Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Ram D. Bedi
  • Patent number: 5291924
    Abstract: Sealing system for use in the filler neck of a fuel tank, comprising a radial gasket for sealing a filler gun which can be introduced into the filler neck, a sealing surface, and an axial gasket between said sealing surface and a lead-free valve. The lead-free valve is fastened to a spring-loaded lever and urged by the lever against the axial gasket. The lead-free valve and/or the axial gasket are supported pivotingly with respect to the central axis of the filler neck and can thereby be laid flatly against one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Firma Carl Freudenberg
    Inventors: Andreas Sausner, Jens Sielaff
  • Patent number: 5282495
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for introducing a gas under pressure into a container of liquid having a cap. A hole is punched through the cap. A hose, having an end, is extended through the hole to the inside of the cap, and the check valve tube forced into the hose from inside the cap. The tube forces the hose outward against the surface of the hole preventing leakage. A gas under pressure will be retained in the container by the check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Inventor: Paul M. Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 5269350
    Abstract: Means and apparatus for aseptically transferring material between enclosures. Apparatus for transferring the material includes a fluid receiver assembly (12) comprising an adapter (24), and a fitting (93) mounted in the adapter (24). The fitting has a plurality of needle guide channels (86) leading from the outside of the fluid receiver assembly (12) toward the interior of the enclosure (10), and seal means (26) at the ends of the channels (86). Pierceable, self-closing seal means (26) is between ends of each of the channels (86) and the interior of the enclosure. Projected extensions of the channels pass through corresponding holes (40) in the adapter, so that needles (101) inserted into the channels (86) can penetrate the seal means (26) and enter the interior of the enclosure (10). A plurality of needles (101) in a novel needle bundle (95) may be used in making the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Galloway Company
    Inventor: Edwin J. Galloway
  • Patent number: 5257653
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a safety release disconnection for a fluid conduit. The connection includes a pin and a U-shaped slot with an ejector spring adjustably biased by a loading nut. Check valves are provided in both connection elements and are opened by contact or interfacing of the valves. A rigid moment arm points in a direction perpendicular to the direction that a vehicle pulls away from the filling stand. A pull away while the system is connected to the vehicle will trigger the safety release disconnection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: Precision General Inc.
    Inventor: Spencer M. Nimberger
  • Patent number: 5249610
    Abstract: Straws, in particular for artificial insemination of animals and storage of biological products, are filled by aspiration through a suction nozzle fitted with a needle which enters the straw to the rear of a composite stopper and is fitted with a seal. A biological product (diluted sperm) is drawn up a flexible elastomer tube to an injector nozzle in response to reducing the pressure in the straw. The flexible tube is held centered over a distance equal to at least five times its outside diameter in a hoop held in a support. The elastomer from which the flexible tube is made has a Shore hardness of 41 to 47 and a reversible elongation capacity of at least 250%. These arrangements ensure rigorous centering of the needle in the hoop despite the flexibility of the tube. Parts which have been in contact with the sperm can be discarded after all of a sample has been used up, rather than requiring costly cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Inventors: Robert Cassou, Maurice Cassou, Bertrand Cassou
  • Patent number: 5247974
    Abstract: A temporary sealing device for sealing a waste discharge conduit from an RV to an inlet receptacle of a waste receiving reservoir. The sealing device includes an inflatable bladder which is mounted so as to be positionable between the discharge conduit and the receptacle. A pump inflates the bladder to a size which seals the opening between the receptacle and the conduit to inhibit removal of the conduit and prevent the discharge of waste therearound. The sealing device is also provided with a valve which allows the bladder to be deflated after the transfer of waste and permits the conduit to be withdrawn from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Assignee: Thetford Corporation
    Inventors: Charles L. Sargent, John M. Antos, George Grech
  • Patent number: 5234035
    Abstract: A supply tank having a plurality of dip tubes extending therein is provided. One dip tube is provided for each storage tank that is to be filled by the supply tank. The dip tubes are of different lengths, and their lengths are related to the amount of syrup each dip tube is to deliver. A source of compressed gas communicates with the tank to force the syrup in the tank up the desired dip tube and into the delivery line connected to the onsite syrup storage tank. When the level of syrup in the tank falls below the end of the dip tube through which delivery is being made, the flow of fluid therethrough stops, and the compressed gas forces all of the syrup in the delivery line into the storage tank. By controlling the length of the dip tubes the amount of syrup delivered can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Minnesota Valley Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy A. Neeser
  • Patent number: 5174347
    Abstract: An organization for dispensing of water from a water dispensing organization to include a housing with a wall opening directed therethrough, the wall opening includes a flexible hose reciprocatably mounted within the opening and biased in a retracted configuration relative to the housing to direct water from the water reservoir contained within the housing. A wall opening frame member defined by a pliant polymeric material is mounted within the rigid housing to receive a rigid container aligning member resiliently within the frame member. The aligning member includes a mounting plate mounting a "U" shaped handle fixedly to a rear surface of the plate, with the plate mounting an aligning enclosure, wherein the enclosure includes planar side walls and arcuate forward wall for ease of directing the enclosure within the frame member. The aligning enclosure includes a rigid conduit in fluid communication with the flexible hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Inventor: Clifford L. Knago
  • Patent number: 5170823
    Abstract: A combination of bottle, collar and cap where the bottle collar has a keying lug that interfits with a cap slot and which keying is necessary to screw the cap onto the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Assignee: The BOC Group plc
    Inventors: Raymond S. Gregory, William W. Maude
  • Patent number: 5154213
    Abstract: An adapter for a fuel container. The fuel container has an outlet/inlet and an annular cap to be received on the outlet/inlet. The cap has shoulder around the upper surface to overlap the inlet/outlet and the adapter comprises of a flange to be trapped between the outlet/inlet and the cap. A pipe mounting on the adapter allows a pipe to extend from the adapter towards the bottom of the fuel container. There is a passageway through the adapter so that the adapter can be trapped between the outlet/inlet and the cap to allow access to the fuel in the container. By this means, a jerry can need not be moved around within, for example, a boat fitted with an outboard motor. At the appropriate time the fuel line to the main supply tank for the motor can be disconnected from that main fuel tank and quickly attached to the adapter thus avoiding the possibility of fuel leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventors: Strato Malamas, Demitrios Malamas
  • Patent number: 5154314
    Abstract: A secure control system for delivery, dispensing and inventory of several liquid fluids (products). A stocked liquid delivery vehicle 100 provides coordinated and measured filling of liquids through a site dispensing subsystem 200 to site storage containers 302. The liquids from the storage containers are subsequently delivered under inventory control, and in measured amounts, back through the fill lines to the dispenser. The dispenser CPU records the amounts of each liquid dispensed to each user through various spouts 224. Users are identified by a code number entered into the dispenser unit via a keyboard 208 or card reader. The dispenser CPU 202 contains program information to identity authorized users of the system. The system respnds to user solicitation of liquids by verifying the user's identity, querying as to which liquid is desired, the amount desired (if variable) and enables a control switch/indicator 232 to indicate the dispensing port 224 and readiness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventor: Roger Van Wormer
  • Patent number: 5127118
    Abstract: Hose connector for use in filling and/or draining a waterbed mattress. The connector has a body with water and air passageways formed therein adapted to be mounted in the fill/drain opening of the mattress. The water passageway carries water between a hose connected to the connector and the interior of the mattress, and the air passageway permits trapped air to escape from the mattress while the mattress is being filled with water. A closure is provided for closing the air passageway when the mattress is in use and when it is being drained, and in some embodiments a water responsive valve closes the air passageway in the event that water enters the air passageway while the mattress is being filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Strata Flotation, Inc.
    Inventor: John B. Johenning
  • Patent number: 5111858
    Abstract: A plastic filler tube for a fuel tank which includes an arrangement approximate one end thereof which is engageable with a fuel flange of a fuel tank. The filler tube can include an annular outer flange or a plurality of tabs which can engage a radially inwardly directed flange or set of tabs on the fuel flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Robert W. Aittama, Francis E. Noggle
  • Patent number: 5067591
    Abstract: A combined pneumatic and manual grease dispensing system comprises a manually operated fluid pump that draws lubricant from a source and delivers the lubricant at a first fluid pressure, and a pneumatically operated lubricant dispensing gun that receives the lubricant supplied by the manual pump at the first pressure and receives a supply of compressed air from a compressed air source, and dispenses the lubricant received at a second pressure substantially increased from the first pressure at which the lubricant is supplied to the gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Pentair, Incorporated
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Fehlig
  • Patent number: 5038840
    Abstract: A quick disconnnect connection for a bulk chemical supply container in an automatic refill system for a liquid chemical temperature controller is provided wherein replenishing liquid chemical is automatically supplied from the bulk chemical supply unit to a bubbler ampule in the liquid chemical temperature controller. The quick disconnect connection has shutoff valves that isolate the bulk chemical supply container to prevent depth contamination of the replenishing chemical upon connection and disconnection of the bulk supply chemical container from the automatic refill system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Olin Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Fair
  • Patent number: 4993463
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fuelling system comprising a fuelling arm composed of several pipe elements, which each are connected with one another through a joint having one degree of freedom, and which is connected to a supply line. The supply line is arranged inside a vertically opening enclosed space. The fuelling arm is liftable and lowerable to ground level by means of a lifting and lowering device. In order to assure a fuelling radius which is as large as possible, and on the other hand in order to be able to completely move the fuelling system during nonuse to an out of the way location, the lifting and lowering device includes a plate liftable to a position flush with respect to the ground, on which plate is supported a first joint pivotal about a vertical axis. The respective adjoining pipe elements are horizontally arranged, are angled at their ends and are each connected with one another by means of at least one vertical joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Inventors: Wolfgang von Meyerinck, Dietz von Meyerinck
  • Patent number: 4969493
    Abstract: A manually-operated device for safely inflating automotive vehicle tires. A pressurized gas cylinder is connected to a manual valve for delivery of pressurized gas to a vehicle tire. The gas pressure is safely controlled (regulated) by a stepped piston that is slidably arranged in a vent chamber. A small diameter rod section of the piston is aligned with a valve seat in the main flow passage. Pressure rise on the large diameter section of the piston causes the rod section to temporarily interrupt the main gas flow. Gas is vented around the large diameter section of the piston to enable the rod section to move away from the associated valve seat, thereby permitting gas flow to resume through the main passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Inventor: Tzal-Lin Lee
  • Patent number: 4962888
    Abstract: A portable device for the storage of water under pressure fitted with a hose ending with a nozzle which may be used either to introduce the water under pressure in the storage tank or to activate the supply of a jet from the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Inventors: Giuseppe Beccaria, Enzo Fava, Giuseppe Manfredini
  • Patent number: 4940212
    Abstract: An apparatus for making carbonated beverages is disclosed which is comprised of a refillable bottle having a resealable passageway for filling, pressurizing and emptying the bottle and a carbon dioxide source connected to the bottle through a conduit. Preferably, a rounded interior bottom and projections are provided on the interior of the bottle. A diptube is also provided which preferably has radially extended vanes. The rounded bottom, interior projections and vanes will promote fogging when a bottle containing liquid and carbon dioxide is shaken. Consequently, carbonated water can be made easily by filling the bottle with water and carbon dioxide preferably at 60 p.s.i. and shaking the bottle, then repeating the process until the desired carbonation level is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Inventor: John W. Burton
  • Patent number: 4928859
    Abstract: A quick connect/disconnect assembly (10) comprises a male insert (50) secured to one end of a hose assembly (14), a separate female adapter (52) for attachment to an aerosol can (12), and dual seal arrangement (68, 70) within the adapter, and a releaseable latch (78) for positively interconnecting the insert and adapter. Upon insertion of the male insert (50), leakage of any fluid is contained within the female adapter (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Inventors: Roy J. Krahn, Brian J. Blenkush
  • Patent number: 4911211
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for changing the antifreeze in a vehicle requires only a garden hose and opening of the radiator cap. Water from the hose is utilized to prime a conduit for siphoning used coolant from a side tank radiator and for refilling the radiator. By operating the vehicle with fresh water in the radiator, coolant remaining in the system is mixed with the water, and repeated drainings decrease the remaining used antifreeze by about one-half each time. After removal of the desired amount of antifreeze, new antifreeze may be placed in the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Inventor: Robert A. Andersen
  • Patent number: 4909288
    Abstract: A process, apparatus, and associated controls are provided in a system for loading bulk material into a flexible, collapsed container from an overhead storage bin. The container can be positioned on a scale in the loading station. A discharge conduit from the bin is connected to a discharge spout which is movable into communication with the container. An exhaust conduit from a dust collection system is connected to an exhaust spout which is also movable into communication with the container. The discharge and exhaust spouts are mounted on a carriage movable on a platform toward and away from the container. The platform is movable transversely of the container between a loading position behind the container and a retracted position which accommodates movement of the container therepast. A line is provided for supplying inert gas to the discharge spout. Valves are provided on the exhaust conduit, discharge conduit, and inert gas line for controlling the flows through the conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: Tracy W. Sommer, Charles D. Hill, Dean P. Muka, Ryland S. Beecham
  • Patent number: 4907630
    Abstract: The invention pertains to an automatic shut-off refueling nozzle particularly suitable for use with military vehicles employing a nozzle having a liquid level sensor operating a flow valve, the nozzle includes a lug plate attachable to the inlet of the tank receptacle being filled wherein once attached to the tank inlet the presence of an operator is not required during refueling. A diverger on the nozzle spout improves flow characteristics within the tank inlet to prevent premature release of the nozzle flow valve and the nozzle prevents contamination during refueling and prevents spillage of volatile fuels even though unattended. An embodiment of the invention utilizes a secondary control valve preventing fluid flow until the nozzle has been fully connected to the tank inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Aeroquip Corporation
    Inventors: Ernest F. Kulikowski, Paul J. E. Fournier
  • Patent number: 4899792
    Abstract: A combination breakaway and swivel coupling for vehicle fueling systems is disclosed. The coupling includes a body having a swivel connection at one end and a breakaway connection at the other end. The swivel is directly connected to a vehicle fueling nozzle and the breakaway coupling is connected to the supply hose of the fueling system. The swivel coupling is a ball-and-socket type coupling which permits the nozzle to be moved in all directions with respect to the supply hose for convenient positioning of the nozzle in the vehicle during fueling and hanging of the nozzle on the pump when the unit is not is use. The breakaway coupling automatically separates in the event that the vehicle drives away without removing the nozzle and prevents damage to the hose and the pump structure. Automatic shutoff valves close when the breakaway coupling releases to prevent pollution or hazardous spills of fuel. One embodiment utilizes a frangible connection which fractures and releases when breakaway occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Assignee: Emco Wheaton, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander R. Podgers
  • Patent number: 4895190
    Abstract: An actuator and hose assembly is provided which allows conveyance of pressurized fluid from a conventional aerosol container to a receiver and which allows precise delivery of only that portion of the container contents needed while allowing the balance of the fluid in the container to be saved for future use. The preferred actuator and hose assembly includes a fluid conveying hose having a conventional fitting at one end thereof for fluidically coupling one end of the hose with a receiver of the fluid, and an actuator sub-assembly coupled with the other end of the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Airosol Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald P. Gillen
  • Patent number: 4867210
    Abstract: A sealant applicator comprising an enclosure body which is openable to receive structure defining a junction locus into its interior space. Means are provided for introducing a flowable sealant into the interior space of the enclosure, e.g., a fill tube open at one end and joined at its opposite end in closed-flow communication with the enclosure body, to deposit sealant material at the junction locus. A sealant application apparatus is also disclosed, comprising a sealant applicator of the aforementioned type, secured to the nozzle of a pressurized container containing the sealant material. The sealant applicator of the invention is particularly useful for applying electromagnetic interference- and RF leakage-blockingly effective sealant materials to cable junctions, e.g., a junction formed by a coaxial cable and a cable television junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: Loctite Corporation
    Inventor: Robert E. Montenieri Sr.
  • Patent number: 4867211
    Abstract: The invention relates to equipment for the transfer for fluids, much as oil or gas, e.g. from a platform or buoy located by attachments to the sea bed, but otherwise with complete freedom of movement, due to the action of wind and wave, to a vessel with similarly complete freedom of movement. The equipment includes systems for automatically acquiring a target (10) to which is attached a tage line (11) and a transfer hose line (9), and for automatically transporting that target (10) accurately to a winching system (16) mounted on the said ship. The transfer hose line can be reeled in by the winching system (16) and the fluid transfer hose thus connected automatically to the ship-mounted receiving system. The equipment includes a self-sealing fluid coupling through which fluid flow can take place, and a hose having sufficient length to accommodate the stand-off of the vessel from the platform or buoy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: British Aerospace Public Limited Company
    Inventors: John W. Dodge, Alan R. Rabett, Denis J. Mottram
  • Patent number: 4860805
    Abstract: A filtered waterbed filling system is provided which prevents or substantially reduces bacteria and algae growth in stagnant, heated water contained in a waterbed. The filling system may be a one-piece filling probe, or a universal hose coupling assembly may be provided which is mateable with either a separate filtered filling probe for filling the waterbed, or a separate drain probe for emptying water from the waterbed. The filtered filling probe employs a filter material formed in a cylinder shape and which extends a length of the probe and which is embedded in an outer supporting matrix. A pore size of the filter material prevents passage of at least some bacteria or other contaminants so as to aid in the prevention of bacteria and algae growth within the water mattress and/or to aid in reducing deterioration of the water mattress and/or inserts associated with the mattress. With the system disclosed, the use of a chemical solution to control bacteria growth is substantially reduced or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Inventor: Arthur M. Townsend
  • Patent number: 4856568
    Abstract: A funnel apparatus includes a fluid receiver section joined to an elongated flexible extension. Carried by the lower portion of the extension is a hollow cap fastener member having a cylindrical portion joined to a lower tapered portion. External threads on the entire periphery of the cap fastener member firmly engage the straight wall forming a cavity within an adapter cap having a flat bottom provided with a central opening. Threading of the fastener member into the adapter cap cavity maintains the abutment of its bottom with the fastener member bottom to insure a positive connection of the components as fluid is poured therethrough into a filler opening such as an automotive oil or water opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Inventors: Jimmy D. Murphy, Ted Hicks
  • Patent number: 4854827
    Abstract: A sanitary pump station for removing waste from recreational vehicle and pleasure craft waste tanks is provided. A pump station housing encloses a motor driven pump provided with at least a pair of one-way valve arrangements in both inlet and outlets to the pump. A waste hose is connected to the pump inlet and stored on a reel device within the housing. A water hose connected to an external water source is also provided. The water hose is also stored in the housing on a second reel. The respective hoses may be pulled from the housing, selectively, and after use, may be rewound on the reels by a rewind mechanism selectively engageable with drive pulleys associated with the respective reels. A universal adaptor is also provided to enable connection between the waste hose and the termination valve of the waste tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Sealand Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward F. McKiernan, James Sigler, Richard Sprang, Richard Lewellen, Mark Geis
  • Patent number: 4852624
    Abstract: A flat tire inflation device for emergencies is provided which includes a flexible hose a supply chuck that is temporarily securable to a inflated tire by means of a spring loaded retaining clip and having a pressure gauge on the inflation chuck at the other end of the tube. An extension projects from the inflation chuck for connecting the inflation chuck to recessed valve stems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Inventor: Frank R. Belrose
  • Patent number: 4844133
    Abstract: A refueling system which has pipe sections connected by swivel joints and carried by carriages or wheels, in which on one of the pipe sections there is provided an end swivel joint for a hydrant coupling for connection to supply pipelines and on the other one of the pipe sections there is provided a further end swivel joint with a head piece and a refueling coupling which is used for connection to the tank, in particular an aircraft tank which is to be refueled or is to be emptied. The refueling system has, so that it can be utilized in the simplest manner for underwing refueling at high heights, a refueling tip with a lockable swivel joint, a concussion-spring unit for balancing the forces of weight and a guiding carriage elevationally adjustable on which a guiding carriage is secured pipe sections with swivel joints, which are provided with a coupling piece, which can be connected to a refueling coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Inventors: Wolfgang von Meyerinck, Dietz von Meyerinck
  • Patent number: 4832094
    Abstract: An electric waterbed pump is presented comprising an electric pump having outlet and inlet tubes, a cord for attaching the pump to electricity, and a stabilizing base capable of holding the apparatus in an essentially upright position as the waterbed deflates. The pump is especially adapted to drain waterbeds and is of increased efficiency due to the use of electrical force in the pumping procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventor: Michael Peterson
  • Patent number: 4819700
    Abstract: A process, apparatus, and associated controls are provided in a system for loading bulk material into a flexible, collapsed container from an overhead storage bin. The container can be positioned on a scale in the loading station. A dicharge conduit from the bin is connected to a discharge spout which is movable into communication with the container. An exhaust conduit from a dust collection system is connected to an exhaust spout which is also movable into communication with the container. The discharge and exhaust spouts are mounted on a carriage movable on a platform toward and away from the container. The platform is movable transversely of the container between a loading position behind the container and a retracted position which accommodates movement of the container therepast. A line is provided for supplying inert gas to the discharge spout. Valves are provided on the exhaust conduit, discharge conduit, and inert gas line for controlling the flows through the conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: Tracy W. Sommer, Charles D. Hill, Dean P. Muka, Ryland S. Beecham
  • Patent number: 4796926
    Abstract: A dump fitting on the discharge end of a sewer hose leading from the waste holding tank of a recreational vehicle prevents the hose from jumping out of a sewer drain under the influence of effluent being discharged through the hose. The fitting is in the form of an elbow with one limb received in the discharge end of the sewer hose and the other limb forming an outlet for receipt in the sewer drain. The fitting is of sufficient weight to resist the thrust of effluent flowing through the hose and tending to lift its discharge end. The fitting may be a one-part plastic molding or a two-part fit-together molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Inventor: Benny L. Rapsilver
  • Patent number: 4787429
    Abstract: Device for easily and simply coupling to the free end of a small tube (7) mounted on a transfusion needle an apparatus of the type used for coupling a syringe to a drug holding bottle. The device comprises a hollow shaped body (1) that can be coupled to the small tube (7). An axial passageway (13) in the body (1) is closed by a plug (5). A collar (2) shaped as the mouth of a conventional drug bottle projects from the body (1). The collar (2) extends axially and a continuous annular recess (3) is formed therein. The recess (3) has a profile and arrangment sized and shaped to allow for the teeth projecting from the resilient lugs of the apparatus to which the device is to be coupled to be inserted and locked therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Assignee: Farmitalia Carlo Erba S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luigi Valentini, Mario Coccia
  • Patent number: 4723929
    Abstract: An improved life raft with inflatable tubes having a boarding ramp attached to such raft wherein the raft is inflated by a hose interconnected by a coupling means and via a second hose to the raft such that the pressurized life raft chamber inflates the boarding ramp. The coupling means is a quick disconnect coupling means which in a connected condition is operative to main a flow connection between hoses and chambers but in a disconnected condition is operative to block the flow connection from both hoses and their respective chambers. A tension member is used to interconnect the quick disconnect coupling means to the raft and provides the means for disconnecting the coupling means when sufficient tension is provided as extending the distance between the coupling means and the raft. Such coupling means with the tension member can also be installed between the main inflating cylinder and the raft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: The B. F. Goodrich Company
    Inventor: James M. Parish
  • Patent number: 4703785
    Abstract: A tank fill assist for filling a tank or other equivalent volume from a remote source of liquid, for example filling a consumer product from a sink or bathroom faucet with fresh water. The fill assist is normally stowed within the interior of the tank. It is withdrawn for connection to a faucet for tank filling, and is then returned to stowed position after tank filling. The fill assist comprises standard flexible conduit with unique inlet and outlet fittings at opposite ends. The outlet fitting is disposed within the interior of the tank and is constructed and arranged to prevent accidental separation of the fill assist from the tank when the conduit is withdrawn from the tank yet to allow passage through the fill opening when it is intended to either join or separate the fill assist to or from the tank. The inlet fitting is of thermoplastic rubber and can be fitted over the outlets of typical sink and bathroom faucets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Assignee: Thetford Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Antos, John R. Selina
  • Patent number: 4690181
    Abstract: An apparatus provides a swivelless connection of first and second fixed positions on respective first and second structures. The structures are relatively rotatable about a common axis, through a length of flexible conduit defined by first and second space portions thereof respectively connected to the first and second fixed positions and predetermined in accordance with the extent of relative rotation to be accommodated while continuously maintaining the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Coflexip
    Inventor: Pierre Carrio