For A Vehicle Patents (Class 220/573)
  • Patent number: 10407188
    Abstract: A composite resin tank includes a wall joined to a dome along a joint. A softening strip is located in the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Robinson, Michael Leslie Hand, Creed Ernest Blevins
  • Patent number: 9878844
    Abstract: A collapsible drive-on containment basin configured to retain a collection of hazardous materials is presented. In one embodiment, the collapsible drive-on containment basin includes a non-porous liner that comprises a plurality of fastening mechanisms and a plurality of elongated barriers. Initially, the containment basin may be in a collapsed state and later expanded as part of an effort to prevent the spread of hazardous materials at a job site, particularly to prevent the spread of hazardous materials coming from vehicles and machinery. Once in an expanded state, operators can drive vehicles on and off the collapsible drive-on containment basin. Thus, the collapsible drive-on containment basin reduces the amount of time spent preparing a job location against the potential spread of hazardous materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Steve Schneider
  • Patent number: 9869427
    Abstract: Containment berms (40) for the collection of hazardous materials are provided which include a floor (42) with an upstanding, continuous, foldable sidewall (44) to define and internal zone (46) for receiving and holding hazardous materials. The sidewall (44) may be supported by means of external support structure (48) and/or internal support structure (50). The support structures (48, 50) each include a plurality of support leg assemblies (52, 52a) which are secured to sidewall (44) and are pivotal about respective upright axes (66, 66a, 150) and are pivotal from retracted positions close to the sidewall (44) to deployed positions extending from the sidewall (44) and substantially perpendicular thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Andax Industries LLC
    Inventors: Patrick F. McAtarian, Mark McAtarian
  • Patent number: 9221598
    Abstract: A method includes wrapping one or more pieces of fabric around at least one piece of shape memory material. The method also includes attaching outer edges of the one or more pieces of fabric to other portions of the one or more pieces of fabric. The method further includes depositing liquid-impervious material onto the one or more pieces of fabric to form free-standing flexible walls and a floor of a containment structure. The floor is formed seamlessly with the walls. The wrapping could include attaching a bottom of the at least one piece of shape memory material to the one or more pieces of fabric at locations spaced apart from the outer edges of the one or more pieces of fabric. The wrapping could also include attaching sides of the at least one piece of shape memory material to the one or more pieces of fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: TitanLiner, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua D. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 9091032
    Abstract: A containment berm comprising a containment material that is durable, flexible and chemically resistant and configured to provide at least a floor and four walls of the berm and a plurality of quick latch stays situated around the perimeter of the berm, each quick latch stay comprising a first stay member, second stay member, third stay member, latch block, and flexible connecting member. To engage the quick latch stay, a distal end of the second stay member is inserted underneath a bottom end of the latch block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Custom Chemical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Laing, Ryan L. Roemmich, Reuben J. Spomer
  • Publication number: 20150122822
    Abstract: A drain pan with an attached glove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Saffelle, Brett A. Holleman
  • Publication number: 20150114972
    Abstract: A fluid drain may include a fluid reservoir comprising a lower tube inlet that opens into the fluid reservoir, a lower tube at least partially positioned within the lower tube inlet, and an upper tube at least partially positioned within the lower tube. The fluid drain may further include an upper tube clamp having an opening therein, wherein the upper tube is positioned within the opening in the upper tube clamp and the upper tube clamp is configured to remain attached to the upper tube upon removal of the upper tube from the lower tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: David Mark Allen, Canlong He
  • Patent number: 8998013
    Abstract: A method includes placing at least one mold along outer edges of one or more first pieces of fabric. The method also includes forming free-standing flexible walls and a floor of a containment structure by depositing liquid-impervious material onto the at least one mold and the one or more first pieces of fabric. The floor is formed seamlessly with the walls. The method further includes forming flexible supports by depositing liquid-impervious material onto multiple second pieces of fabric connecting the floor and the flexible walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: TitanLiner, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua D. Hopkins, Damon Wade Cumba, Bernabe Cedillo, Graham D. Laing
  • Publication number: 20150052996
    Abstract: The aim is to achieve a particularly robust and reliable embodiment of a filling level sensor with several thermoelements for measuring the filling level of a liquid in a receptacle. This is achieved in that the thermoelements are arranged in parallel with one another and extend from the bottom upwards. The thermoelements are of different heights so that, depending on the filling level, one part of the thermoelements is flooded and another part is not. This can be used to derive information regarding the filling level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas NIEMANN
  • Patent number: 8955703
    Abstract: Containment berms (40) for the collection of hazardous materials are provided which include a floor (42) with an upstanding, continuous, foldable sidewall (44) to define and internal zone (46) for receiving and holding hazardous materials. The sidewall (44) may be supported by means of external support structure (48) and/or internal support structure (50). The support structures (48, 50) each include a plurality of support leg assemblies (52, 52a) which are secured to sidewall (44) and are pivotal about respective upright axes (66, 66a, 150) and are pivotal from retracted positions close to the sidewall (44) to deployed positions extending from the sidewall (44) and substantially perpendicular thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Andax Industries LLC
    Inventors: Patrick F. McAtarian, Mark McAtarian
  • Publication number: 20150028038
    Abstract: In order to enable a tubular body and an oil pan to be manufactured as cost-effectively as possible, it is proposed that the tubular body comprise a partial tubular body extending over a first partial circumference of a tubular section, and a partial tubular body complementary to the former and extending over the partial circumference that is still free, said partial tubular bodies having connection surfaces in contact with each other along a separating surface following a course of the tubular body and being connected together along said connection surfaces by use of joining techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: ElringKlinger AG
    Inventor: Ralf Franz
  • Patent number: 8931658
    Abstract: A portable drip containment device comprises a tray formed of fuel and chemical resistant fabric. Side walls of the tray are supported by removable bolster segments formed of resilient open cell foam members enclosed within sleeves. The bolster segments are wrapped within a flap of material extending from under the side wall of the tray and around the bolster segments to secure them to the side walls. The outer edge or end of the flap is secured to the side wall. The bolstered side walls may be repeatedly driven across by industrial vehicles without harming the bolster or side wall. The modular bolster segments may be removed and easily stacked, and the tray folded and rolled into a compact modular form, for transport, storage, and reuse of the portable containment tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Matson, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Matson
  • Patent number: 8875933
    Abstract: A drainable container system for a vehicle includes a container having an exterior surface and defining an interior cavity configured for storing a fluid, and a drain hole configured for draining the fluid from the cavity. The hole has a central longitudinal axis that is substantially perpendicular to the surface. The system includes a drain plug, wherein the plug is insertable into the hole along the axis into a locked position so that the fluid does not drain, and removable from the hole along the axis when disposed in an unlocked position so that the fluid drains. The system includes a locking element configured for preventing rotation of the plug within the hole about the axis when the plug is disposed in the locked position, wherein the element is formed from a metal that is substantially elastic at a temperature of from about ?40° C. to about 10° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Leonard Barry Griffiths, Roxann M. Bittner, David R. Staley
  • Patent number: 8776825
    Abstract: An oil removing apparatus and system designed to drain fluids such as hot motor oil from a motor vehicle comprises a tank supported by rolling casters and having handles used to position the tank underneath a motor vehicle. An upper portion of the apparatus comprises an inflatable wall structure which provides vertically adjustable positioning around an oil pan or similar structure. The inflatable structure further includes a heat-resistant glove for accessing and removing a drain plug or similar feature. During typical use, a user removes the drain plug with the glove and drains the oil while the glove and inflatable structure protects the user from the hot motor oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Lloyd G. Bigham
  • Patent number: 8757224
    Abstract: A container for fluid which includes: an inlet; and a catchment surface for draining the fluid from an exterior of the container into the container through the inlet when the container is in a prone condition, wherein the container is moveable from the prone condition to a carrying condition, and wherein the inlet is positioned so as to be elevated above a contained fluid when the container is in either the prone condition or the carrying condition. The container can include a collecting wall, wherein the collecting wall includes a flow obstacle for slowing a flow of the fluid on the exterior of the container. The flow obstacle can be provided by ribs on the catchment surface. The container can include an outlet adapted to substantially resist fluid flow when in the prone condition, and adapted to allow fluid flow when in a pouring condition for draining the fluid from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Lynmarden Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Denis William Treacy, Lyndon Thomas Treacy
  • Patent number: 8740006
    Abstract: A portable drip containment device comprises a tray formed of fuel and chemical resistant fabric. Side walls of the tray are supported by removable bolster segments formed of resilient open cell foam members enclosed within sleeves. The bolster segments are wrapped within a flap of material extending from under the side wall of the tray and around the bolster segments to secure them to the side walls. The outer edge or end of the flap is secured to the side wall. The bolstered side walls may be repeatedly driven across by industrial vehicles without harming the bolster or side wall. The modular bolster segments may be removed and easily stacked, and the tray folded and rolled into a compact modular form, for transport, storage, and reuse of the portable containment tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Matson Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Matson
  • Patent number: 8701916
    Abstract: A plastic pan and a plastic drain plug assembly is disclosed. The pan has upstanding walls, a bottom wall, an exterior surface and an interior surface. One of the walls has an opening extending through it. On the exterior, the opening has a circular raised collar with cutouts opposite each other and stop tabs located between the cutouts. On the interior, the opening has a circular raised non-threaded tubular wall. A portion of the non-threaded tubular wall has nibs projecting into the opening. The plug has a head portion, a body portion, an end portion. The head portion has an upstanding crown with downwardly extending tabs located opposite each other. The body portion has a circular groove, and a spiral groove. The end portion of the plug is tapered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Dana Automotive Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Chris M. Cook, Michael Puckett
  • Patent number: 8690001
    Abstract: A drain pan for vehicle axle is adapted for being positioned to a circular margin of a hub. The drain pan includes a front wall, a rear wall, a bottom connecting the front wall and the rear wall therebetween, two lateral walls connecting the front wall and the rear wall therebetween, two cambered walls connecting the bottom and the lateral walls therebetween, and at least one magnetic member. The magnetic member is disposed on an outer surface of the one of the cambered walls. Each cambered wall and the magnetic member contact the circular margin of the hub for positioning the drain pan onto the circular margin by magnetic force. Thereby, the drain pan can be positioned quickly, and the drain pan is able to be utilized on hubs in various sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Ying-Chieh Liao, Yu-Kuo Liao
  • Publication number: 20130306645
    Abstract: Spill containment tray covers the area between rails on a railroad, or between rails and wall of a platform to drain off contaminants. Longitudinally extending flanges on opposite sides of tray press against webs of rails. Upper surface of tray slopes downwardly toward a drainage opening. Longitudinally extending ribs on underside of tray contact sleepers, or ties, which extend between the rails. Ribs conform to shape of the rails, and elevate the tray relative to sleepers to allow unimpeded flow through drainage opening in tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Károly CSEK
  • Patent number: 8562251
    Abstract: A fluid containment apparatus with a floor and a side wall is provided. A wall support is included that supports the side wall and can be moved between an initial supporting position and a collapsed position. The side wall is movable from an initial containment position to a collapsed state to allow access for vehicles or other objects to the floor. The wall support and side wall are subsequently movable back to their initial positions. In some arrangements, the wall support is movable back to the initial supporting position from the collapsed position but is not movable beyond the initial supporting position. Additionally or alternatively, in other embodiments the wall support remains in the collapsed position until a returning force is applied to move the wall support back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Basic Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Beak, Kurt Johnson, David Doolin, Russell J. Guffee, Edward W. Van Romer
  • Publication number: 20130213975
    Abstract: A portable drip containment device comprises a tray formed of fuel and chemical resistant fabric. Side walls of the tray are supported by removable bolster segments formed of resilient open cell foam members enclosed within sleeves. The bolster segments are wrapped within a flap of material extending from under the side wall of the tray and around the bolster segments to secure them to the side walls. The outer edge or end of the flap is secured to the side wall. The bolstered side walls may be repeatedly driven across by industrial vehicles without harming the bolster or side wall. The modular bolster segments may be removed and easily stacked, and the tray folded and rolled into a compact modular form, for transport, storage, and reuse of the portable containment tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Matson
  • Publication number: 20130206776
    Abstract: A portable drip containment device comprises a tray formed of fuel and chemical resistant fabric. Side walls of the tray are supported by removable bolster segments formed of resilient open cell foam members enclosed within sleeves. The bolster segments are wrapped within a flap of material extending from under the side wall of the tray and around the bolster segments to secure them to the side walls. The outer edge or end of the flap is secured to the side wall. The bolstered side walls may be repeatedly driven across by industrial vehicles without harming the bolster or side wall. The modular bolster segments may be removed and easily stacked, and the tray folded and rolled into a compact modular form, for transport, storage, and reuse of the portable containment tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Matson
  • Patent number: 8499962
    Abstract: A system for catching and containing a spill of a liquid from a rail tank car consisting of a series of catch pans attached end-to-end and placed between the rails of a railroad track is provided. The end walls of each catch pan are shorter than its side walls, with the catch pans located at either end of the series having an end wall extension attached to raise the height of the end wall to that of the side walls. A sealing gasket is placed between adjacent catch pans, and at least one opening extends through the end walls and the sealing gasket between adjacent catch pans. A drain is located in the bottom of at least one of the catch pans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Southwire Company
    Inventors: Ronald R. Martin, Zachary W. Butterworth, Joel R. Dicks
  • Patent number: 8479946
    Abstract: A portable drip containment device comprises a tray formed of fuel and chemical resistant fabric. Side walls of the tray are supported by removable bolster segments formed of resilient open cell foam members enclosed within sleeves. The bolster segments are wrapped within a flap of material extending from under the side wall of the tray and around the bolster segments to secure them to the side walls. The outer edge or end of the flap is secured to the side wall. The bolstered side walls may be repeatedly driven across by industrial vehicles without harming the bolster or side wall. The modular bolster segments may be removed and easily stacked, and the tray folded and rolled into a compact modular form, for transport, storage, and reuse of the portable containment tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Matson, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Matson
  • Patent number: 8479945
    Abstract: A universal drain pan with a complementary insert plate, each having supporting members that align to provide support throughout the plate, allowing for weighted objects to be placed upon the plate without deformation or failure. The insert plate has a series of funneled drain holes to direct the fluid into the pan and may have a mechanical filtration means, such as a screen, to prevent entrained foreign material and small component pieces from going into the fluid in the drain pan. The screen allows for inspection of, or retrieval of material prior to disposal or recovery. The drain pan has a drainage port and cap to allow for ease of disposal and a lid for transfer to the disposal point or for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Simmons Inventions LLC
    Inventor: Eric Michael Simmons
  • Publication number: 20120312821
    Abstract: A portable drip containment device comprises a tray formed of fuel and chemical resistant fabric. Side walls of the tray are supported by removable bolster segments formed of resilient open cell foam members enclosed within sleeves. The bolster segments are wrapped within a flap of material extending from under the side wall of the tray and around the bolster segments to secure them to the side walls. The outer edge or end of the flap is secured to the side wall. The bolstered side walls may be repeatedly driven across by industrial vehicles without harming the bolster or side wall. The modular bolster segments may be removed and easily stacked, and the tray folded and rolled into a compact modular form, for transport, storage, and reuse of the portable containment tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Matson
  • Patent number: 8292117
    Abstract: A water holding tank with an approximately rectangular bottom wall and four side walls that are connected respectively to the sides of the bottom wall, each side wall has number of upper support platforms that are arranged periodically along one side of the bottom wall, a number of lower support platforms that are arranged alternately relative to the upper support platforms at a distance from the bottom wall, and a number of connecting walls, whereby each connecting wall connects an upper support platform to a lower support platform while leaving open a passage for water, in which the upper support platforms of a side wall are arranged in mirror positions of the lower support platforms of the opposite side wall relative to a 180° rotation and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Aliaxis Participations
    Inventors: Philippe Guibert, Fabien Yvai, Stephane Kugener, Tony Calton
  • Publication number: 20120000914
    Abstract: A fluid controlled containment berm system for automatically forming a containment berm to contain hazardous liquid spills. The fluid controlled containment berm system includes a liner including a floor and a sidewall, a buoyant member attached to an upper portion of the liner, and a pair of diffuser members attached between the floor and the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: BERG COMPANIES INC.
    Inventors: Andrew N. Barrett, Craig G. Dolsby
  • Publication number: 20110220658
    Abstract: A drain pan for catching lubricant as the lubricant is drained from the wheel hub of a vehicle. The drain pan comprises lug openings, which allow the drain pan to be removably secured to the lugs of vehicle wheels in a manner preventing the drain pan from being unintentionally moved during the draining process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Russ Darrel Andrews
  • Patent number: 8016151
    Abstract: A fluid controlled containment berm system for automatically forming a containment berm to contain hazardous liquid spills involving a vehicle. The fluid controlled containment berm system includes a liner including a floor and a sidewall, a buoyant member attached to an upper portion of the liner, and a pair of diffuser members attached between the floor and the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Berg Companies Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew N. Barrett, Craig G. Dolsby
  • Publication number: 20110186583
    Abstract: A support matrix especially adapted for use with a spill containment pan having a reservoir defined by upstanding walls having upper edges and a generally flat-bottomed wall includes a porous grate that bridges the reservoir, a connection between the grate and the upper edges of the upstanding walls, and support walls connected to the grate and depending therefrom, the support walls having portions that contact the flat-bottomed wall. The lower edges of the support walls may be provided with cut-out portions that permit fluid to flow from one side of the support walls to the other. The support matrix is modular in nature so that one or more can easily be inserted into and removed from the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Merrill E. Bishop
  • Publication number: 20110132913
    Abstract: An oil pan made from a resin material, the oil pan includes: a bottom wall; and side walls; the bottom wall including a plurality of ribs protruding from the outer wall surface, each of the ribs having; a base end portion protruding from the outer wall surface of the bottom wall, and having a tip end surface, and a tip end portion protruding from the tip end surface, the tip end portion being connected with the base end portion at a connection portion, the connection portion at which the base end portion and the tip end portion are connected with each other, which has a width that is equal to or smaller than a width of a portion at a base end position of the base end portion, and equal to or smaller than a width of a portion at a tip end position of the tip end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Atsushi NONAKA
  • Patent number: 7913722
    Abstract: A fuel fill port that helps prevent spillage of fuel during watercraft fueling includes a housing having an opening for installation on a surface of the watercraft and a cap for sealing the opening. A fill tube has one end sized to accept a fuel dispensing nozzle and another end for connection to a fuel tank. A catch basin defined by a bottom portion of the housing is positioned such that backflow of fuel from the fill tube collects within the catch basin. A fill vent has one end positioned relative the fill tube to allow excess fuel from the fuel tank to flow into the catch basin and another end adapted for connection to the fuel tank. One or more passages from the catch basin to the fuel tank guides fuel from the catch basin to the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Alex W. Dorst
  • Publication number: 20110042383
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a hydrocarbon containment system for placement under a vehicle is provided with a skid having a base. The base has at least one drain aperture for facilitating fluid communication through the base. A tubular dam formed of a hydrophobic hydrocarbon permeable fabric is disposed upon the base. The dam includes granular material capable of collecting hydrocarbons. A blanket is provided having laterally adjacent sheets of water permeable fabric with a layer of the granular material disposed between the sheets. The blanket is replaceably attached to the dam for replacing the blanket after collecting sufficient hydrocarbons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: William Boroughf
  • Publication number: 20100294779
    Abstract: A fluid controlled containment berm system for automatically forming a containment berm to contain hazardous liquid spills involving a vehicle. The fluid controlled containment berm system includes a liner including a floor and a sidewall, a buoyant member attached to an upper portion of the liner, and a pair of diffuser members attached between the floor and the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew N. Barrett, Craig G. Dolsby
  • Patent number: 7779872
    Abstract: A service unit for use in replenishing and/or maintaining service fluids in a vehicle has a unit, such as a driving engine, with at least one service element, such as fill nozzles, and a collecting pan that at least partially encompasses the service element. To ensure the convenient replenishment or maintenance of service fluids, a protective drip cover is attached to the collecting pan. The protective drip cover can be shifted from a non-deployed position to a protective position, in which it projects at least partially beyond the collecting pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Berta, Helmut Gocht
  • Patent number: 7779871
    Abstract: A service unit for resource replenishment in an automobile with an engine has at least one filling nozzle and a drip cup at least partially covering the filling nozzle. The drop protection cover is attached for pivoting to the drip cup and, for advantageous resource replenishment, is displaced from a rest position within the drip cup to an at least partially swiveling protection position out of the drip cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bernd Erich
  • Publication number: 20100078243
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a device for the collection of fluids that may leak from the engine or transmission of an automobile. The device includes a surface upon which the fluids will collect, a reservoir mounted under the surface and a means for attaching the device under the engine compartment of an automobile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Craig S. Tokarik
  • Publication number: 20090277807
    Abstract: A used oil container comprising a sealable container body having a top, a bottom and sides, the top having a sloping configuration toward one or more openings through which the used oil can enter the container, a threaded shaft adapted to extend from the top of the container body in the area of the one or more openings that conforms to the threaded receiver on a used oil filter, a compartment on one or more of the top, bottom or side of the container body adapted for accepting a new oil filter prior to use, wherein the treaded shaft is adapted to receive a used oil filter to seal the one or more openings of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: George McLure Sawyer, Joseph Weinberger
  • Publication number: 20090188924
    Abstract: A device of the type capable of collecting and retaining multiple expelled vehicle fluids in the event that they are expelled from their engineered location in order to prohibit their release into the environment and for proper later disposal
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Michael J. Kaminski
  • Patent number: 7316834
    Abstract: The drip mat is a durable, modular fluid collection mat that rests on the ground in high-traffic areas where vehicles move slowly or stop for extended periods of time. The mat has at least one collection block that has a floor and at least one sidewall extending around the periphery of the floor to define a well for collecting fluids that drip from the vehicle. A grill is disposed over the well. The floor has sloping panels that direct the fluids to drain holes, where the fluids can be drawn out of the mat by an expandable container that is connected to the drain holes by a flexible hose. By connecting multiple straight and curved collection blocks together, the mat can cover different size areas. The mat has ramps on either end of the collection block(s) to allow vehicles to ride upon it, and has areas for logos and advertising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Inventor: Roberto Hernandez
  • Patent number: 7306076
    Abstract: A waste oil container includes an oil catch pan for collecting oil that leaks from a parked vehicle and a leash for attaching the oil catch pan to the vehicle. The oil catch pan includes a bottom, a surrounding wall structure, and an open top. The oil catch pan is integrally formed of a crush-resistant material that is self-supporting, is sufficiently flexible to collapse without breaking when crushing force is applied, and is sufficiently resilient to return to an original condition when the crushing force is removed. The oil catch pan is sized to fit underneath a parked vehicle to collect oil leaking from the vehicle and can be stored within the vehicle without unleashing the oil catch pan when the vehicle is being driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Daphne Krick
  • Patent number: 7302963
    Abstract: A mobile draining station for motor vehicles is disclosed, comprising a container whose side wall and upper wall can be lifted up and in which carrier arms for receiving a vehicle are arranged in a stationary manner. Pivoting arms for removal devices are pivotably connected to the rear wall of the container and at least one door element is embodied in the rear wall and can be folded downwards in order to extend the base of the container. Collectors are positioned in the container in the region in front of the door element. The collectors can move through the door opening onto the folded-down door element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Josef Dagn
  • Patent number: 7290558
    Abstract: A waste water and hazardous chemical collection system is provided. The system includes a bottom pan having a plurality of vertically disposed walls, a multitude of outwardly horizontally projecting ledges and a plurality of downwardly depending lips. Each pan further includes a drainage waffle inserted within said pan. A work surface is applied to a top surface of said drainage waffle. A plurality of holes is formed in said work surface permitting any liquids that make contact to the work surface to drain there through and into an area of the bottom pan. A pump is connected to said pan for withdrawing liquids therefrom. The system includes a water source for each pan thereby creating a shower system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventors: Albert DeChard, Charles D. Siminski
  • Patent number: 7255137
    Abstract: A spilled fuel containment apparatus including a drive-on substrate and at least one side that is substantially vertically extendable. The at least one side being substantially fluidically sealed with the substrate when the at least one side is substantially vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: William David MacDonald
  • Patent number: 7168524
    Abstract: A system for improved collection and containment of fluids such as oils that commonly drip from an aircraft during service maintenance operations and during normal periods of storage. The system comprises a ground-supported drip pan incorporating a peripheral cutout adapted to accommodate a landing wheel of the aircraft to permit effective positioning under the engine. An embodiment for exterior use utilizing the weight of the aircraft to prevent movement of the system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Christopher L. Bemis
  • Patent number: 7017400
    Abstract: The invention described and claimed in this application is for a fluid drip, tire tread, tire pressure, and foreign exhaust identification apparatus for a vehicle and the like. The inventive device includes a mat with stenciled regions drawn on the mat that identify various vehicle systems, which is placed beneath a vehicle, whereby each region defines a receiving area for identifying fluid drips, particulate, or excessive emissions from a vehicle system and a tire platform comprised of a deformable material for measuring the tire pressure and tread depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Mathew L. Grell
  • Patent number: 6941703
    Abstract: A self-cleaning flooring system for catching waste products has at least one module comprising a drain pan and a floor grid. The drain pan has a ramp and a central drain outlet. The ramp extends around the drain pan defining a drain pan periphery. The ramp slopes downward from the drain pan periphery towards the drain outlet. The drain pan periphery has a plurality of discharge ports spaced therealong for discharge of flushing fluid onto the ramp such that the waste products are washed down the ramp towards the drain outlet. The floor grid extends across the drain pan and is mounted upon the drain pan periphery for supporting personnel standing thereon while permitting waste products to pass therethrough. The module is interconnectable to horizontally adjacent modules to form the flooring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Sani-Floor, Incorporated
    Inventors: James G. MacLean, David L. Christian, Darell J. Long, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6913116
    Abstract: The present invention provides a roll-edge stamped metal drip tray with a wire retaining bar hinged at one end and secured at another end by a locking slot. The wire retaining bar holds an absorbent material in the drip pan. The wire retaining bar may be provided at a distance away from the edge of the drip pan to as to prevent the absorbent material from blowing out of the pan. The wire retaining bar may be released from its locking slot an one end, and the bar hinged upwards to a substantially vertical position, where the wire retaining bar is prevented from falling backwards by bends in the retaining bar hinge portion. Once an absorbent material is inserted into the pan, the wire retaining bar may be lowered into position and locked into place using one or more locking slots which accept a suitably formed wire portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Elliot W. Lee
  • Patent number: RE39971
    Abstract: A portable containment for receiving spilled fluid having collapsible end and side walls which in combination with a floor form a containment area when held in an upright position by braces position along the walls. In use certain of the walls and braces are collapsed into folded or down positions to allow vehicle entry into the containment area. Skids are positioned beneath the braces associated with certain walls. Flotation members are secured along the upper edges of at least the certain walls. The flotation members are capable of elevating the certain walls in the event spillage occurs prior to the certain walls being repositioned into the upright position. Elevation of the certain walls causes the associated braces to slide over the skids to assure their upstanding position which maintaining the walls in their upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Edward W. Van Romer