Having An Outlet Or Inlet Opening (e.g., Bunghole, Etc.) Patents (Class 220/661)
  • Patent number: 5628420
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container comprising a hollow enclosed substantially cylindrical rigid body. The body is provided with an elongate passageway extending through the body along the cylindrical axis thereof, the body further provided with a sunken filler opening suitable for receiving a closure means in the form of a threaded cap. The container is provided with a handling device for retaining the container rotatably about the cylindrical axis. A method for manufacturing the container by use of rotational moulding is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Inventor: Pieter J. Hendrikse
  • Patent number: 5590806
    Abstract: A fuel fill pipe shelf for a generator set fuel tank is mounted in the upper end of a tower of the fuel tank. The fuel pipe shelf comprises an insert which is welded into an opening in the upper end of the fuel tank. The insertcupies a volume which otherwise would be part of the interior of the fuel tank. The fuel fill, vent and fuel gage are all supported on the fuel shelf. As a result, the fuel fill, fuel gage and vent are all within a protected recess in the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent D. Green, Mark W. Colton
  • Patent number: 5568876
    Abstract: A barrel for initial use as a bunghole barrel having a bunghole lid with a filling and emptying bunghole, as well as an aerating and venting bunghole, a lid flange and barrel border. The lid flange and the barrel border have a spacing when the lid is closed, and are welded together by a continuous sealing web 20 coaxial to the barrel axis. The bunghole barrel may be reconditioned for further use by removing the sealing web and retrofitted as a wide mouth barrel having a lid with clamping-ring closure, or a removable bunghole lid, or as a bunghole barrel having a bunghole lid welded onto the barrel body by a sealing web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Inventor: Udo Schutz
  • Patent number: 5547102
    Abstract: The invention is a method of preventing bulging near a sealed access door in the wall of a cylindrical plastic container. The method comprises a tension-bearing structure which wraps around the container and is forcible held away from the surface by a means which distributes the resulting force over the area of the container wall which is likely to bulge. The resulting force is higher than the force exerted by a tension-bearing structure under the same tension that is not held away from the surface. The distributed load counteracts the hydrostatic pressure within the container that would cause the container wall to bulge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Inventors: David D. Rule, Toby D. Rule
  • Patent number: 5531255
    Abstract: A process and apparatus used in manufacturing prefilled, sterile delivery devices such as syringe assemblies. The process includes sealing a syringe container portion at both ends and filling the same through a port provided in the container portion between the two ends. After filling, the port is closed and sealed and the syringe assembly is sterilized to provide a sterile delivery device with sterile contents. A suitable syringe container portion for producing prefilled, sterile delivery devices is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Rita D. Vacca
  • Patent number: 5527705
    Abstract: A roller bottle for trans-membrane co-culture of cells includes an exterior receptacle with a longitudinal axis having a first chamber surrounded by a sidewall. The exterior receptacle has a first neck at one end having an opening therethrough providing fluid access to said first chamber. The roller bottle further includes an interior container with a longitudinal axis and a second chamber, the interior container being located coaxially within the exterior receptacle. The interior container has a second neck at one end providing fluid access to the second chamber. The exterior receptacle is formed from a material that is substantially impermeable to gas and liquid and is sealed in a substantially fluid tight fashion forming the first chamber that has fluid access by the first neck. At least a portion of the interior container is formed from a microporous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Edward F. Mussi, Harry E. Gray
  • Patent number: 5523235
    Abstract: Apparatus for growing cultures of microorganisms comprised of an inert ri porous member having passageways extending therethrough and structure for bringing liquid in contact with one side of the member. In one species of the invention, the passageways are small enough to prevent microorganisms from flowing through them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Irving F. Barditch, Maryalice Miller
  • Patent number: 5489041
    Abstract: Apparatus for holding materials including a container having a container wall, a non-circular container opening extending through the container wall, a non-circular container flange connected to the exterior of the container wall and surrounding the container opening. A non-metallic, non-circular access hatch connectable to the container flange by bolting and having a plurality of apertures extending therethrough is provided. The non-metallic, non-circular access hatch preferably includes a primary opening having a removable cover and a variety of associated components being accommodated by respective apertures such as a recirculation line, a pressure relief valve, a vacuum relief valve, and a fluid level indicator. Preferably the hatch apparatus and the primary opening cover are made of an ultra high molecular weight polyethylene material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Assignee: Halliburton Company
    Inventors: James F. Matthews, Brett L. Muckelrath, Gail F. Davis
  • Patent number: 5481790
    Abstract: A system for mounting access plates for covering an access opening onto storage tanks and the like. A backing plate assembly comprising two semi-circular, rigid backing plates is provided. The backing plates are passed individually into the interior of the tank where the backing plate assembly is reconfigured. The backing plate assembly located within the interior of the tank provides a solid structure that can be used to anchor the access plate onto the tank wall over the opening. Interior and exterior gaskets are used to create a fluidtight seal around the opening and to facilitate assembly of the mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Clarus Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Koreis, Monte M. Koreis
  • Patent number: 5480057
    Abstract: A collapsible container is provided in which there is a flange extension (8) from the outlet spout (5) to the lower corner of the container beneath the spout to hold the collapsible container in the corner of the rigid outer container (11) while the container is being filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Assignee: Entapack Pty. Ltd
    Inventor: Vincent Papaluca
  • Patent number: 5458257
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding materials comprising: a container including a container wall and having a first container opening extending through the container wall; a first container flange connected to the exterior of the container wall surrounding the first container opening; and a non-metallic blanking hatch connectable to the first container flange by bolting. The non-metallic blanking hatch has a plurality of apertures extending therethrough which provide access to the interior of the container.The inventive apparatus preferably also comprises: (a) a second container flange connected to the exterior of the container wall and surrounding a second container opening extending through the container wall and (b) a non-metallic manway hatch connectable to the second container flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Halliburton Company
    Inventors: Brett L. Muckelrath, James F. Matthews
  • Patent number: 5431296
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant insert of the present invention is used for fitting at an opening in a metallic liquid tank. The insert has an open end, a radially outwardly extending lip at the open end, a closed end and an axially extending side wall spacing the open end and closed ends from one another. The closed end has a displaceable portion secured to the insert in a preweakened manner which facilitates opening in one direction while resisting opening in the other direction. The use of the insert in the tank enables lining and then pressure testing of the tank ready for fittings after which the closed end of the insert is opened to allow liquid flow through the tank when the tank is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: GSW Inc.
    Inventor: Brian M. Lewis
  • Patent number: 5379862
    Abstract: An expandable pan for trapping and directing oil from a boat's engine in an ecologically safe manner. The pan comprises a bottom with a sloped false bottom to an outlet having a hose connection. The pan is provided with collapsible side walls and a top member with with an upwardly extending extension to receive the oil from the engine oil pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventors: Barry Schmidt, Larry Metzler
  • Patent number: 5356030
    Abstract: A tubular fitting of sheet metal is formed in one piece of a container, for example, a bung container and an internally threaded bushing is press fitted into tubular fitting or is held therein by formations, texturing and/or adhesive and is braced axially against a bead formed on the free end of the tubular fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Bernd Budenbender
  • Patent number: 5320238
    Abstract: An end closure fabrication for a generally cylindrical non-metallic pressure vessel having an opening at one end thereof which includes a collar which is adhesively bonded to sides of the vessel adjacent to the open end of the vessel. A circular end pressure plate equipped with an annular seal is inserted in the end of the vessel and an end cap to secure the pressure plate is attached over the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Assignee: Fib-R-Fit, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony F. Verdesca, Orlando Borrajo, Alfredo Lorenzo-Luaces
  • Patent number: 5305906
    Abstract: A container with a plug is described, with at least one plug hole, sealable n a liquid-tight manner by means of the plug. The container with plug is characterized by the plug hole surrounded by a collar made from the material of the container, the collar having at least one locking element to secure the plug, and having a sealing surface provided thereon, between which surface and the plug a sealing element for sealing the plug hole tightly is insertable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Klaus Dietrich, Roland Winkler
  • Patent number: 5234144
    Abstract: A survival container kit adapted for deployment in water to hold items for human survival and provide buoyant support, has strap means extending from end portions for engagement about a person, and a tubular container having an access opening intermediate its ends for access to items therein such as food, water, radio, flashlight, flares, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Inventor: Gale J. Iler
  • Patent number: 5232120
    Abstract: A bulk shipping and storage container for liquids or dry powders comprising a rigid, round, plastic vessel, molded in one piece, and a lid for the vessel. Preferably, these parts are molded of poly(dicyclopentadiene), using the reaction injection molding (RIM) process. The lateral wall of the vessel is inclined inwardly from top to bottom so as to define an upper truncated conical section and lower truncated conical section coaxial with the upper section. The lateral wall is equipped with means for securing the lid to the top of the vessel. A recess is formed in the lateral wall of the vessel and this recess can be tapped with a threaded drainage hole to receive a threaded drain valve. The vessel's bottom is sloped towards this recess to permit complete draining of the container's contents. The container may be mounted on a pallet member or seated in a tub. Alternatively, it may be molded with an integral pallet formed by the lower portion of its lateral wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: 21st Century Containers, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sidney H. Dunken, Joseph J. Lane, Jack E. Harris
  • Patent number: 5158131
    Abstract: A fuel heater formed from an elongated unitary structure which defines a fuel channel passing through the length thereof and which defines in the bottom thereof a fuel intake. The unitary structure also defines a heating fluid inlet and outlet on one side of the fuel channel which communicate with one another on that one side of the fuel channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Inventor: Erwin E. Hurner
  • Patent number: 5158200
    Abstract: A tank connector construction for a tank. The tank is comprised of an outer shell of metal material and an inner shell of non-corrosive and non-metallic material mounted inside the outer shell. A metal connector fitting is provided which has an internal threaded body portion, an internal groove and a weld projection portion on the inner end thereof. The weld projection portion of the fitting is welded to the outer shell of the tank. A sleeve member of non-corrosive and non-metallic material is mounted in the internal groove of the connector fitting. An extension portion of non-corrosive and non-metallic material is formed integrally with the inner shell of the tank and is fused to the material of the sleeve to prevent contact between the contents of the tank and the outer shell of the tank. The extension portion of non-corrosive and non-metallic material has a threaded portion which forms a continuation of the internal threaded body portion of the metal connector fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: State Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Otto Z. Vago, Rolf E. Faber
  • Patent number: 5150814
    Abstract: A chemical spray tank comprising a bottom wall, front wall, back wall, opposite side walls and a top wall. The top wall of the tank is provided with a fill opening defined by a vertically disposed annular wall member adapted to receive a lid, or cover. An annular channel, or recessed area, extends around the annular wall member and has a bottom wall which is disposed between the upper and lower ends of the annular wall member. The bottom wall of the annular recessed area has one or more closable openings formed therein, so that chemical collected therein may be drained into the interior of the tank to prevent the chemical from flowing on to the ground, which would result in a chemical spill required to be reported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1992
    Assignee: The Broyhill Company
    Inventor: Craig G. Broyhill
  • Patent number: 5147056
    Abstract: An apparatus adaptable to a trash bin, the bin being of the type having four side walls, and a swinging door panel on the upper portion of one of the side walls, for allowing the panel to be manually opened and a tray to be slid within the opening and food or trash allowed to be dumped from the tray into a trash can contained within the bin. The apparatus would comprise a foot pedal hingedly secured to the interior wall of the bin, and an opening above the foot pedal so that one may have access to the foot pedal with one's foot, a line running from the front face of the foot pedal upward and interconnecting the interior face of the door panel; and a pulley secured to the side wall of the bin, so that the line runs over the pulley, in such a fashion when one places force downward on the foot pedal, the line is retracted so that the door panel is swung into the opening within the container, thus giving access to the container through the opening formed by the opened panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Inventor: Mark Ma
  • Patent number: 5133475
    Abstract: A storage tank comprises a cylindrical-shaped main body, end caps, a manway and a set of support ribs extending circumferentially around the main body. The manway is integral with a main body of the storage tank and has a side wall which extends generally vertically from the main body with a terminus which forms a substantially horizontal plane and defines an opening. A manway lid is dimensioned to cover the opening and has means to removably secure it to the manway. The cylindrical-shaped main body and manway are formed together using a fibrous reinforcing material and a resinous material so as to be integral with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Inventor: Bruce R. Sharp
  • Patent number: 5123562
    Abstract: A trash container for the storage and ready removal of filled disposable garbage bags and receptacles or the like from a side of the container. The trash container is of an essentially frusto-conical configuration narrowing towards an upper end and incorporating an opening or top aperture for the inserton of filled garbage bags or similar refuse, and in which at least one of the upwardly converging container sidewalls includes a wall portion which is pivotably openable so as to enable the discharge of the trash container contents through a side thereof in its lower region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventors: Edward M. Bullard, Paul E. Viscontini
  • Patent number: 5097976
    Abstract: A fluid containment apparatus including a fluid tank, a well wall and a closure system. The tank has a tank shell, which defines at least in part a fluid containment compartment and has a tank shell opening therethrough. The well wall is secured to the tank shell, positioned at the shell opening, recessed into the fluid containment compartment and defines at least in part a recessed well. The well wall has a well wall end and a well wall end opening. The closure system selectively opens and closes the well wall end opening. The closure system includes a well head connected to the well wall generally at the well wall end, a sealing gasket, an elliptical manway cover having a plurality of drilled and tapped blind holes, a separate fastening ring having a plurality of circumferential drilled through-holes and a clamp for clamping the manway cover and the fastening ring together and sandwiching the sealing gasket on the well head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Montana Sulphur & Chemical Co.
    Inventors: Donald L. Zink, Donald G. Zink
  • Patent number: 5096087
    Abstract: A double containment and leak detection apparatus and method including a tank having a bottom and a surrounding shell, with a containment baffle above the bottom and a leak detector in a containment space between the containment baffle and the tank bottom. The containment baffle includes a baffle plate sealingly joined to the interior of the shell to form a sealed containment space between the containment baffle and the bottom. The leak detector is installed in the containment space to detect the presence of stored material held in the tank in the event such material leaks into the containment space. The leak detection means is connected, through a leak-proof access, to means external to the tank for responding to such leaks of stored material so detected inside the containment space. The invention further includes a primary containment, made of liner material, located inside the tank above the containment baffle and within the shell, capable of containing such stored material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: CoreTank, Inc.
    Inventor: Horace F. Thomas
  • Patent number: 5069385
    Abstract: A cuboid package suitable as a container for a liquid or a food comprises a body formed from a blank of packaging material having a plurality of longitudinal, transverse, and oblique groove lines thereon, said body being shaped into a base, four side walls, a flat top, and gable pocket adjoining one of the side walls and extending under the flat top so that the gable pocket lies within the cuboid outer contour of the body. The gable pocket comprises an inclined surface formed from a re-entrant fold of the blank and lateral pocket surfaces. A pouring spout or an adapter which receives a pouring spount is disposed on the inclined surface of the gable pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Assignee: PKL Verpackungssystems GmbH
    Inventor: Jurgen Farber
  • Patent number: 5033639
    Abstract: Bunged vessel having solid carriage and transport rings formed in one piece with the shell of the vessel near the head surfaces of the vessel, wherein the horizontal lower edge of the ring and the vertical inner wall of the ring form the bearing surfaces for the vessel lifter. Each carriage and transport ring is connected in one piece with the vessel by a connecting ring formed of an axial prolongation of the cylindrical part of the shell of the vessel, while the bottom of the groove between the connecting ring and the part of the shell rising conically towards the head surface of the vessel is arranged at a distance below the horizontal bearing surface of the carriage and transport ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: Mauser-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Dietmar Przytulla
  • Patent number: 5014866
    Abstract: A simplified installation method is provided in this improved insulation seal for inspection holes. The sealing assembly consists of a compressible elastomeric flanged hollow sleeve which is first inserted into the inspection hole. A rigid metal cup-shaped plug then inserted into the sleeve forms tight weatherproof seals in downward and outward directions against the insulation jacket. No special installing tools are needed and the seal is adaptable to severely corrugated, or other non-flat, insulation jackets. Primary exposure of the metal plug protects the assembly against sand blasting and other external wear. The seal is easily removed for reuse upon later inspections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: Charles F. Moore
  • Patent number: 4989741
    Abstract: A fluid handling system includes chemical handling tanks which are relatively stable and difficult to tip over, are farmer hoistable in that such can be lifted with flexible hoisting line securely received around the tanks, and are readily stackable for storage thereof. Each tank includes a generally hollow body portion and a supporting portion integral with the body portion. The supporting portion includes a base and a tip-over-preventing portion for preventing the tank from tipping over when the tank is tilted laterally about the base. The supporting portion also includes grooves extending therein which flexible hoisting lines can be securely received for allowing the tanks to be transported. The supporting portion is also designed to accommodate the fork of a forklift. The tanks are also stackable and are nested via ribs projecting from the top portion of tanks and grooves defined at the underside of the tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: Ciba-Geigy Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence C. Dull, Patrick T. Jackson