In Motor Vehicle Patents (Class 55/385.3)
  • Patent number: 11135538
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are air intake assemblies for internal combustion engines. In some embodiments, an air intake assembly includes an air filter configured to produce filtered air, a sealed filter housing configured to house the air filter therein, and an intake tube configured to convey the filtered air to an internal combustion engine. The filter housing includes an air intake port configured to provide intake air to the air filter. The air filter is configured to remove particulate matter from the intake air and produce the filtered air. The air filter includes a multi-component coupling interface configured to accept an intake-end portion of the intake tube in the coupling interface. The filter housing includes an aperture configured to accept the coupling interface of the air filter in the aperture. Also disclosed herein are methods of the air intake assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced FLOW Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Shahriar Nick Niakan, Christian Luc Landel
  • Patent number: 11092120
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for an air filter configured to be mounted onto air inlets of turbochargers and superchargers. The air filter comprises a proximal base including an inlet receiver configured to receive an air inlet, a clamp to secure the air inlet within the inlet receiver, and a first opening aligned with a screw mechanism of the clamp. A filter medium fastened to the proximal base is configured to remove particulate matter and other contaminates from an incoming air stream. A distal end cap fastened to the filter medium comprises a second opening aligned with the first opening. A conduit within an interior cavity of the air filter is disposed between the first opening and the second opening, facilitating tightening and loosening the clamp by extending an appropriate tool through the interior cavity so as to engage the screw mechanism of the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: K&N Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Williams
  • Patent number: 11078899
    Abstract: A portable air cleaning apparatus includes a housing, an actuating and sensing device and an air cleaning unit. The housing includes an inlet through hole and an outlet through hole. The actuating and sensing module and the air cleaning unit are disposed inside the housing. The actuating and sensing module includes an actuating device and a sensor. The actuating device drives an external air to flow into an interior of the housing via the inlet through hole and discharge the air via the outlet through hole, so as to form an internal air flow. The sensor detects the internal air flow to generate an air-sensing result, such that the actuating and sensing module can accordingly control the air cleaning unit to turn on, turn off, or adjust cleaning intensity. Thus, the portable air cleaning apparatus can monitor and automatically clean the ambient air at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Ta-Wei Hsueh, Shih-Chang Chen, Li-Pang Mo, Ching-Sung Lin, Yung-Lung Han, Chi-Feng Huang, Hsuan-Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 11035269
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air cleaner for a vehicle which can be installed on the rear of the vehicle, which includes a suction pipe provided with a slit having a length corresponding to a width of the vehicle, an air pump connected to inside of the suction pipe by a guide pipe, and a filter means connected to the air pump. The air cleaner is operated in a way of sucking exhaust gas and fine dust generated from an exhaust line of the vehicle together with fine dust and dust particles generated around tires of the vehicle during driving of the vehicle, removing them, and then discharging purified air to the atmosphere. The air cleaner can effectively remove the fine dust and various-shaped dust particles directly and indirectly generated from the vehicle, and remarkably reduce generation of fine dust by considerably suppressing diffusion of fine dust into atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Chun Ok Nam
  • Patent number: 11027596
    Abstract: A cabin air filter is provided with a filter element receptacle and a filter element having a fold pack. The fold pack has a first fold pack area having a fold height that is greater than the fold height of a second fold pack area. The filter element is inserted in an insertion direction into the filter element receptacle. The second fold pack area may form a sword that extends in the insertion direction away from a face of the filter element. The filter element has lateral strips that close off the fold pack on at least two sides of the fold pack. The sword is preferably inherently stable so that it can transmit compressive forces from the filter element to the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Tina Bayerlein, Peter Pekny, Elmar Riess, Emrullah Atilgan
  • Patent number: 10960333
    Abstract: A method for producing a filter element provided with a sealing part in which the sealing material is introduced into a casting chamber between two tundish parts when in the non-cured state, and a compensation space connected to the casting chamber for the expansion of the sealing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Arthur Sudermann, Fabian Wagner, Thomas Sieber, Guenter Goerg, Michael Metzger, Markus Roehrig, Thomas Jessberger, Timo Dirnberger, Bernd Joos
  • Patent number: 10954899
    Abstract: A filter cartridge for a filter for filtering a fluid is to be used downstream of a main filter cartridge in a filter and is provided with an inflow surface, an outflow surface, and a main flow direction extending from the inflow surface to the outflow surface. A filter body is provided that can be flowed through along the main flow direction. A filter cartridge frame supports the filter body. A seal is disposed on the filter cartridge frame and separates a filter interior of a filter into a clean side and a raw side. An adhesive connection is provided that connects the filter body and the filter cartridge frame to each other. In one configuration, the filter cartridge frame at an inflow side is provided with a grip area, wherein the grip area enables inflow of a fluid into the filter body via the grip area and manual removal of the filter cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kaufmann, Klaus-Dieter Ruhland
  • Patent number: 10875383
    Abstract: A vehicle component housing, such as for an air filtration assembly, includes a first shell having a mount defining a retention feature, and a second shell having a flange. A fastener has a hooked region rotatably supported by the mount and configured to selectively mate with the retention feature to retain the fastener in a disengaged position. The fastener has a locking member configured to mate with the flange to retain the fastener in an engaged position. The fastener may be a spring clip fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Morton, David Bryan McGeary, Scott Allen Schaffer, Robert D. Boyer, Roger Joseph Khami
  • Patent number: 10865672
    Abstract: The invention describes a filter element for an oil separator of a crankcase ventilation system in which a filter element is configured to separate oil from fluid and that has a covering surface extending parallel to a direction of flow, together with at least one cover element covering surface in at least some regions. An oil separator is taught having the filter element with at least one pressure control valve controlling crankcase pressure and has a valve closing body that operates in conjunction with a valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Zuerker, Markus Melde, Philipp Ehrhardt
  • Patent number: 10837413
    Abstract: An air delivery system for an engine includes a first air filter, a second air filter, a first conduit, a second conduit, an air box, and a third conduit. Each of the first air filter and the first conduit, and each of the second air filter and the second conduit are disposed at a first angle with respect to a lateral axis of the air box. The first angle is adapted to limit restriction to flow of intake air from each of the first air filter and the second air filter toward the air box. The third conduit is disposed at a second angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the air box. The second angle is adapted to limit restriction to the flow of intake air from the air box to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Kalpeshbhai Ghanshyambhai Patel, Qinyang Rao, Dallas James Coffey, Amit Kashyap, Daniel Unger
  • Patent number: 10826356
    Abstract: A cooling air filter for an electric motor, includes a filter with a planar shape and minimum dimension so as to cover the area of the slits of a covering casing of a fan for an electric motor for which it is intended; and the filter is housed in a support which is fixed in a steady and removable way on the surface of the casing; the support having a frame-like structure from which at least two arms extend, which are diametrically opposite in the frame-like structure, and which are provided at their end with fixing and gripping means of the arms on the casing itself; the fixing means being configured for the fast detachment from and hooking onto said casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: NITTY-GRITTY S.R.L.
    Inventor: Michele Lapelosa
  • Patent number: 10711742
    Abstract: A vehicle air intake assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a housing, a conical filter, and optionally may also include an inlet cowl. The housing and filter decrease in diameter from an inlet or distal end toward a proximal or outlet end. The shape of the housing guides the air into a smaller cross-sectional area and induces a Venturi effect on the airflow passing through the housing and filter. The housing decouples the filter from an engine inlet and the proximal or outlet end of the housing is sized so as to attach to the engine inlet and provide a smooth transition for the air leaving the housing and entering the engine inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Element 1 Engineering Ltd.
    Inventor: Bilal Mahmood
  • Patent number: 10688427
    Abstract: A filter element has a filter bellows with circumferential seal having a seal region and a fastening region with radial and axial fastening sections. The radial fastening section has a holding surface facing away from the filter bellows and engaging a radially inner pressure-exerting section of a housing. The axial fastening section provides a radially inner boundary of a circumferential groove of the seal region that receives a radially outer pressure-exerting section of the housing. A seal projection forms a radially outer boundary of the groove. The seal region has an axially acting sealing surface opposite the groove axially spaced farther from an axial filter bellows end face than the holding surface. Axial spacing between groove base and axially acting sealing surface is greater than a spacing between a transition of the groove base into the axial fastening section and a transition of the holding surface into the seal region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Timo Dirnberger, Daniel Schmid, Bernd Joos
  • Patent number: 10668419
    Abstract: A filter element and/or filter assembly such as for engine air filtration is provided that may include a filter housing, a pre-cleaner or cover, a primary filter element and optionally a secondary filter element. Different components may share a common seal to seal against unfiltered airflow. For example the secondary filter and the primary filter may use the same seal that may be carried by the primary filter. The secondary filter may also surround the primary filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: CLARCOR Inc.
    Inventors: Jason LaMarr Tate, Thomas B. Green, John Michlitsch
  • Patent number: 10662834
    Abstract: A filter for filtering liquids has a housing with an inlet for liquid to be filtered and an outlet for filtered liquid. A coaxial filter element with a filter medium having an interior is arranged in the housing such that the filter element separates the inlet from the outlet. A central tube is fastened to the housing and the filter element is arranged coaxially on the central tube. An inner support body is arranged in the interior of the filter medium in a radial direction of the filter element between a radial inner circumferential side of the filter medium and the central tube. The inner support body has support webs distributed in an axial direction and in a circumferential direction of the inner support body. The support webs support the filter medium at least radially on the central tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Jokschas, Martin Weindorf
  • Patent number: 10648431
    Abstract: An air intake structure for an automobile includes an intake duct provided in an engine compartment that is located below an engine hood of the automobile. The intake duct includes an inlet opening, an outlet opening, and a duct body. Air is configured to be sucked in from the engine compartment through which the inlet opening. The air is configured to be supplied to a casing of an air cleaner provided in the engine compartment. The duct body connects the inlet opening and the outlet opening. The duct body has a contact portion that is configured to be in contact with the casing of the air cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tamaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10622752
    Abstract: An enclosure for an electronic device includes a housing having wall defining a cavity that is configured to receive an electronic assembly therein. The wall includes a plurality of housing steps formed in an interior surface. A cap includes a side surface extending around a perimeter of the cap with a plurality of cap steps formed in the side surface. The cap is positioned at an entrance to the cavity such that the plurality of housing steps align with the plurality of cap steps and welded in place. Flash from the weld is captured in a flash trap so that no weld flash is visible on the exterior surface of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A. Dvorak, Christopher J. Pawlowski, Ross C. Heyman, Mathieu P. Roy, Arun R. Varma
  • Patent number: 10618403
    Abstract: An apparatus and a system is provided that may be utilized to provide stability to air flow through a hood scoop. The present invention may also be utilized to straighten and smooth out air flow through a hood scoop and accompanying air filter media. The present invention utilizes an air filtration media which may be inserted into at least a portion of a vehicle hood scoop and may filter out particulate and may also slow air flow down temporarily in order to straighten and/or smooth turbulent air flow through the air filtration media. Additionally, the present invention may provide an apparatus that may facilitate more uniform pressure inside the hood scoop of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: K&N Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Richard Fiello, Steve Williams
  • Patent number: 10598137
    Abstract: A combined mass airflow sensor and hydrocarbon trap is provided for absorbing evaporative hydrocarbon emissions from an air intake duct of an internal combustion engine. The combined mass airflow sensor and hydrocarbon trap comprises a duct that supports a hydrocarbon absorbing sheet in an unfolded configuration within a housing. The duct communicates an airstream from an air filter to the air intake duct during operation of the internal combustion engine. An opening in the housing receives a mass airflow sensor into the duct, such that the mass airflow sensor is disposed within the airstream. Guide vanes extending across the duct reduce air turbulence within the airstream passing by the mass airflow sensor. Ports disposed along the duct allow the evaporative hydrocarbon emissions to be drawn into the interior and arrested by the hydrocarbon absorbing sheet when the internal combustion engine is not operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: K&N Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin McClelland, Steve Williams
  • Patent number: 10532304
    Abstract: An interface air filter and assembly for use with an internal combustion engine is disclosed. The assembly has a housing having an air intake port and an opening. There is an air filter assembly with an air filter having a closed end and an open end and a reducing coupling. The reducing coupling has a first end with a first engaging member having an external circumference and outer surface, a second end with a second engaging member having an external circumference less than the first engaging member external circumference, and the second engaging member has an inner surface. The first end of the reducing coupling is attached to the open end of the air filter. The air filter assembly is in contact with the housing such that the air filter resides within the housing and the outer surface of the first engaging member engages the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Flow Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Shahriar Nick Niakan, Christian Luc Landel
  • Patent number: 10441909
    Abstract: Filter media incorporating one or more filtration layers that include fibers including fiber portions orientated at a non-zero angle with respect to a surface of the filtration layer are provided. In some embodiments, at least a part of the fiber portions are positioned at an angle of at least 20 degrees (e.g., between 46 degrees and 90 degrees, or between 61 degrees and 90 degrees) with respect to a surface of the filtration layer or an outer or cover layer of the media. This orientation of fiber portions may result in an increased efficiency (e.g., average efficiency and/or initial efficiency) compared to similar filter media that do not include such oriented fiber portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hollingsworth & Vose Company
    Inventors: Arash Sahbaee, Bruce Smith
  • Patent number: 10434453
    Abstract: A compressor system includes a compressor and a filter assembly that includes a holder and a replaceable filter element positioned via the holder. The holder is formed in part of a perforated wall such as a metallic mesh material wall, forming a cavity wherein the replaceable filter element is positioned. An end cap traps the replaceable filter element within the cavity. The holder is reusable, so as to reduce material waste and cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventor: Janez Jakop
  • Patent number: 10391841
    Abstract: A cabin air filter is provided with a filter medium and a filter element frame that frames the filter medium and is configured to attach the cabin air filter to a filter housing. The filter element frame is provided with at least one engagement element configured to engage pivotably at least one receiving element of the filter housing for pivoting the cabin air filter relative to the filter housing about a pivot axis. The filter element frame also has at least one snap hook that locks with at least one locking element of the filter housing for blocking pivoting of the cabin air filter relative to the filter housing at least in a first direction about the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Nefzer, Torsten Fritzsching, Mario Rieger, Dominik Haider, Stephan Kessler
  • Patent number: 10376823
    Abstract: A filter element with an improved mounting frame and method of assembly are provided. The filter element includes a filter media pack with a mounting frame attached to the outer periphery of the filter media pack. The mounting frame defines a channel that holds a shut-off material for preventing leakage of an adhesive securing the mounting frame to the filter media pack. A filter element that includes a polymeric material between the filter media pack and the adhesive is also provided. The shut-off material may be pre-formed or applied in a flowable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Baldwin Filters, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy L. Krull, Michael J. Von Seggern, Jeffrey E. D. Rogers, Trenton Yendra
  • Patent number: 10364746
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to an inlet screen for turbomachinery. The inlet screen may include a first screen and a second screen, wherein at least a portion of the first screen is offset from the second screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Navindaran Srinivasan, Francis Adams
  • Patent number: 10352279
    Abstract: A construction machine includes: a partition member partitioning an accommodation space in an engine compartment into a main chamber and an intake chamber while having an inter-chamber opening; a fan disposed in the main chamber to generate cooling air flowing through an air intake opening, the intake chamber, the inter-chamber opening, and the main chamber in this order by sucking air in the engine compartment in a suction direction; a duct joined to an outer wall to enclose the air intake opening and including an inner peripheral surface enclosing a duct passage leading to the air intake opening and an outer peripheral surface. The duct extends in a duct extension direction different from the suction direction of the fan, disposed in the intake chamber to define a duct surrounding space around the outer peripheral surface of the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: Kobe Steel, Ltd., KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zenzo Yamaguchi, Satoshi Tabuchi, Kyoko Masuda, Shinichi Kinoshita, Kazuhiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10343099
    Abstract: A filter device may include a housing including a first housing part and a second housing part which define a chamber through which a fluid is flowable. The device may also include a filter insert arranged in the housing and configured to filter the fluid. The filter insert may include a seal. The second housing structure may be configured as a web. A circumferential section of the second housing structure may include a contour. The contour may include a recess configured as an interruption in an area of the web. The device may further include a support element arranged on the filter insert interacting with the second housing structure in an area of the contour. The second housing structure may press the first sealing surface against the first housing structure via the support element to seal a clean side from an unfiltered side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventor: Sven A. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10337471
    Abstract: A filter cartridge for a filter for filtration of a fluid has a prismatic basic shape with a base face and a top face arranged parallel to each other and each having a polygonal basic shape. The prismatic basic shape is provided with a first lateral face and a second lateral face neighboring the first lateral face, wherein the first lateral face is an inflow surface and is substantially positioned perpendicular to the neighboring second lateral face. The prismatic basic shape has a third lateral face that is an outflow surface and is positioned at an angle relative to the first lateral face, wherein the angle is greater than 10° and smaller than 80°. A filter with such a filter cartridge is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kaufmann, Klaus-Dieter Ruhland
  • Patent number: 10340564
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a vehicular storage battery device includes a housing, battery boxes, and a common cooling passage. The battery boxes are disposed in the housing. Each of the battery boxes houses an electric cell as a vehicle power source and includes a heat transporting part transporting heat generated in the battery box to outside of the battery box. The common cooling passage is disposed in the housing. The common cooling passage is provided with an inlet for taking in a fluid and an outlet for discharging the fluid having passed through the passage. The inlet and the outlet are open in a direction different from a traveling direction of the vehicle. The heat transporting part of each of the battery boxes is exposed to inside of the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Akinobu Nishikawa, Shigeki Kono, Masaki Sato, Tatsuya Arai, Kotaro Ogawa, Shinichiro Kosugi, Masahiro Sekino, Kazuto Kuroda, Hideaki Yasui, Mai Honda, Tomonao Takamatsu, Mitsunobu Yoshida, Takafumi Nakahama, Akihiko Ujiie, Atsumi Kondo, Masahiro Kurosu
  • Patent number: 10315143
    Abstract: A method for producing a filter element provided with a sealing part in which the sealing material is introduced into a casting chamber between two tundish parts when in the non-cured state, and a compensation space connected to the casting chamber for the expansion of the sealing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Arthur Sudermann, Fabian Wagner, Thomas Sieber, Guenter Goerg, Michael Metzger, Markus Roehrig, Thomas Jessberger, Timo Dirnberger, Bernd Joos
  • Patent number: 10309354
    Abstract: An air intake system for a commercial vehicle is disclosed. The air intake system includes a hood with at least one frontal intake opening through which air to be guided to an engine of the commercial vehicle can flow and with at least one plenum configured to receive air flowing through the intake opening. The air intake system further includes at least one air pipe having at least one air duct with at least one inlet opening through which the air flowing through the frontal intake opening can flow, the air duct arranged upstream of and fluidically connected with the plenum so as to guide the air to and into the plenum. The air intake system additionally includes at least one air filter and at least one silencer plate arranged upstream of the air filter, the silencer plate having a plurality of through openings through which the air can flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Nicholas Magnuski, David Reynolds, Derek O'Banion
  • Patent number: 10309351
    Abstract: An intake system component of an internal combustion engine includes a porous material product and a resin molded portion. The porous material product is formed from a porous material and includes an outer edge and a general portion. The resin molded portion encompasses the outer edge and is formed integrally with the porous material product. The general portion is located outside the resin molded portion. The outer edge has a lower filling density than the general portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Inuzuka, Ryusuke Kimura
  • Patent number: 10294860
    Abstract: Provided is a resin cover removal structure for removing a resin cover attached to a metallic body, where the body and the resin cover are attached to each other in such a manner that a body-side attachment surface formed on a peripheral edge portion of the body and a cover-side attachment surface formed on a peripheral edge portion of the resin cover face each other, a part of at least one of the body-side attachment surface and the cover-side attachment surface is cut off to provide an insertion groove opened outside a peripheral edge portion thereof, the insertion groove is inclined in such a manner that a distance between the body and the resin cover decreases toward the inside of the peripheral edge portion, and the resin cover can be removed from the body by inserting a wedge-shaped tool into the insertion groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Goto
  • Patent number: 10252202
    Abstract: An interface air filter and assembly for use with an internal combustion engine is disclosed. The assembly has a housing having an air intake port and an opening. There is an air filter assembly with an air filter having a closed end and an open end and a reducing coupling. The reducing coupling has a first end with a first engaging member having an external circumference and outer surface, a second end with a second engaging member having an external circumference less than the first engaging member external circumference, and the second engaging member has an inner surface. The first end of the reducing coupling is attached to the open end of the air filter. The air filter assembly is in contact with the housing such that the air filter resides within the housing and the outer surface of the first engaging member engages the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Advance Flow Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Shahriar Nick Niakan, Christian Landel
  • Patent number: 10213723
    Abstract: A filter element for fluids, including: a filter bellows made of a filter medium, the filter medium placed in the filter bellows along pleated edges in a zig-zag shape, in pleats that extend between opposite end edges of the filter bellows; wherein an end pleat having a pleated edge and an opposite free end margin is arranged on each opposite end face of the filter bellows, pleated edges that are consecutive along an end edge of a pleat end at opposite surfaces of the filter bellows; wherein a segment of one of the end edges extends obliquely to one of the pleated edges in such a manner that, in the one segment, the pleated edges on a first one of the opposite surfaces have a different length than the pleated edges of an opposite one of the opposite surfaces; and wherein the pleats are laterally sealed by the end edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Epli
  • Patent number: 10189716
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a porous monolithic zeolite structure including the steps of; taking a porous monolithic substrate; forming one or more zeolites on the substrate; and substantially or completely removing the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Susan Hilda Jones
  • Patent number: 10118121
    Abstract: A plugged honeycomb structure includes: a plurality of honeycomb segments, a bonding layer, and plugging portions to plug open ends of cells of the honeycomb segments. The honeycomb segment is configured so that the cells having at least two kinds of different shapes are disposed in a cross section orthogonal to an extension direction of the cells, the honeycomb segment has a center region configured by repeating units to maintain a repeated pattern including cell arrangement in which inflow cells surround an inflow cell, and a circumferential region located at the circumference of the center region, the circumferential region has open frontal area that is larger than open frontal area of the center region at the inflow end face of the honeycomb segment, the segment circumferential wall and the bonding layer have a special range of a thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Mori, Toshihiro Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 10060395
    Abstract: A device for fitting to a vehicular snorkel air intake is provided. The device comprises a shield and at least one arm extending from the shield, wherein the at least one arm is adapted to position the shield in front of an inlet of the snorkel air intake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Kenneth Somerville
  • Patent number: 10006416
    Abstract: An exemplary air filter may include an air-permeable filter body for cleaning air, and a filter housing for holding the filter body. The air filter may also include a clean-air port fluidically connected to the filter body and mechanically connected to the filter housing for attaching the air filter to a clean-air channel. The air filter may further include a first air-flow grid arranged in the clean-air port to stabilize the filtered air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Muecahit Aydin, Mathias Brilke, Samuel Kohler, Sven Letterer
  • Patent number: 9987578
    Abstract: Composite filter media is formed from multiple layers of media material including a nanofiber media layer, where the layers are laminated, bound, or otherwise composited to each other. The composite filter media can comprise at least one nanofiber layer comprising polymeric media material having a geometric mean fiber diameter of about 100 nm to 1 ?m, and fibers configured in a gradient such that ratio of the geometric mean diameter of fibers at the upstream face of the nanofiber layer to the geometric mean diameter of fibers at the downstream face of the nanofiber layer is about 1.1 to 2.8, preferably about 1.2 to 2.4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: CUMMINS FILTRATION IP, INC.
    Inventors: William C. Haberkamp, Eric A. Janikowski, Barry Mark Verdegan, Christopher E. Holm, Huanling Liu, Kyle Ellison, Mark T. Wieczorek
  • Patent number: 9956516
    Abstract: Air filter cartridges for use in air cleaner assemblies are described. The air filter cartridges typically comprise a stack of strips of fluted media secured to facing media and having an inlet flow face and an outlet flow face. In examples, a projection is provided extending outwardly from adjacent the outlet flow face of the media pack, as a projection supporting a seal arrangement. In examples, the seal arrangement is typically rectangular, with four straight and four rounded corners. The projection can be configured with open corners, and in some instances comprises tabs, to facilitate flexing of the projection to accommodate variations in a housing seal surface, with which the cartridge is installed. Air cleaner assemblies and components therefor, using cartridges in accord with the descriptions herein, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Benny K. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9943797
    Abstract: Air cleaner assemblies and components therefor are described. An example first or main filter cartridge is described which includes a media pack comprising fluted material secured to facing sheets. The media pack defines opposite inlet and outlet flow faces, with flutes extending in a direction therebetween. The cartridge defines a closed end, spaced from, but in overlap with, the outlet end face of the media pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Benny K. Nelson, John Kuhn, Donald Larson, David Nelson
  • Patent number: 9932873
    Abstract: An exhaust gas purifying device includes a honeycomb catalyst body, a plugged honeycomb structure and a can member to receive therein the honeycomb catalyst body and the plugged honeycomb structure, and the plugged honeycomb structure disposed at a position on a downstream side of the honeycomb catalyst body is designed so that a pressure loss in an end face central region of at least one of a second inflow side end face and a second outflow side end face of a second honeycomb substrate is larger than a pressure loss of an end face circumferential region positioned around the end face central region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Aoki
  • Patent number: 9879579
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include methods of removing carbon dioxide from combustion gas from an engine of a vehicle, systems for removing carbon dioxide from combustion gas from an engine of a vehicle, vehicles, methods of managing carbon dioxide emissions from an engine of a vehicle, and computer software program products for managing carbon dioxide emissions from an engine of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Thomas A. Weaver, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9863633
    Abstract: The specification and drawings present a new apparatus and method for continuously providing oxygen-enriched gas/air produced from a predefined atmospheric air (normally comprising 78% of nitrogen N2 and 21% of oxygen O2) to a combustion area/chamber, using an impeller-based apparatus having a duct system. The impeller system can comprise at least one plurality of gates for capturing the oxygen-enriched gas/air to automatically improve processes of combustion, exhaust and/or related properties of the apparatus. The impeller can comprise a plurality of blades which, when rotating/spinning, may create the desired gas density/mass separation of oxygen and nitrogen. Furthermore, a nitrogen-enriched gas/air can be further provided from a predefined atmospheric air using the impeller-based apparatus with at least one plurality of further gates system/duct, gates rotating in sync with impeller blades, for collecting the nitrogen-enriched gas/air to further improve one or more apparatus parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Leonard Lawrence Donahue
  • Patent number: 9827832
    Abstract: A debris shield is disclosed for preventing debris from being sucked into the recirculate inlet of certain trucks used in the rental truck industry and thereby clogging the air conditioning evaporator coils and other components of the air conditioning system. The shield includes a segmented frame configured to fit over an opening of the system in such a way that any debris sucked into the recirculate inlet within the cab encounters and is arrested by the shield before reaching sensitive components. A method of shielding an automotive air conditioning system from entrained debris also is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AirSept, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivo Ferreira, Aaron Becker
  • Patent number: 9752474
    Abstract: Filter assemblies and components therefor, are described. In an example arrangement, the filter assembly is configured to be serviced from either the top or the bottom. A rotational indexing arrangement is to ensure appropriate orientation of an internally received filter cartridge, and other components of the arrangement are provided. Methods of assembly, servicing and use are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Lundgren, Daniel Adamek, Wade Mosset
  • Patent number: 9745924
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hood (40) of a multi cyclone block (12) and an air cleaner (10). The cyclone block (12) has a plurality of cyclone cells (28). The hood (40) having at least one hood-inlet (50) and at least one hood-outlet (52) for air to be fed to the cyclone cells (28). The at least one hood-outlet (52) is designed for surrounding, a plurality of cell-inlets (36) of the cyclone cells (28) of the cyclone block (12). A wall (70) of the hood (40) defines a distributor volume (72) inside the hood (40), which is located between the at least one hood-inlet (50) and the at least one hood-outlet (52). The wall (70) has at least one line or area of inflection (74), where at least one inner surface of the wall (70) changes its curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GMBH
    Inventors: Anand Navaliger, Anil Kumar, Vinoth Kumar
  • Patent number: 9731997
    Abstract: There is provided a multilayer coating comprising a plurality of layers comprising a) one or more layers of an elemental transition metal; b) one or more layers of an elemental metalloid; and c) two or more layers of an oxide; characterized in that the transition metal and metalloid layers are between the oxide layers and the plurality of layers does not need to contain an additional transparent conductive film (TCF). The multilayer coatings show high transparency in the visible light range combined with heat shielding without the need of transparent conductive oxide which have been previously used to achieve these properties. The multilayers can be produced with conventional physical vapor deposition methods on glass and polymer substrates. The coatings may therefore be used for applications on windows, plastic sheets and window shields. The invention relates also to the process for making the multilayer coatings, articles comprising them and their use in building and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Shijie Wang, Lai Mun Wong
  • Patent number: RE47174
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter unit for filtering gaseous fluids, comprising a filter insert part with a filter medium and a sealing element, said element being clamped between sealing struts on parts of the filter housing. The clamping force produced by the sealing struts that lie opposite one another runs at least approximately perpendicularly to the mounting direction of the housing parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Jessberger, Michael Metzger, Arthur Sudermann, Guenter Goerg, Markus Hanselmann, Frank Pfeiffer, Bjoern Schmid, Joerg Maier