Wyoming Patent of the Month – March 2024

Freedom Fuels USA, Inc., a bulk fuel supplier for the oil and gas industry, has been granted a patent for their latest innovation. Imagine a scenario where the refueling process doesn’t interrupt critical operations, such as hydraulic fracturing. With their newly patented auxiliary fueling system, this vision becomes a reality.

Traditionally, refueling trailer-mounted engines involved downtime, posing safety risks and operational inefficiencies. Freedom Fuels’ solution tackles these challenges head-on. At the heart of their invention lies a fuel cell supported by a meticulously designed mounting apparatus affixed to the tractor pulling the trailer. This setup eliminates the need to halt engine operations during refueling.

The auxiliary fueling system boasts several key features that set it apart. Firstly, a specially designed fuel line connects the fuel cell to the trailer’s tanks, ensuring a seamless transfer of fuel. Additionally, an equalizing line between the tanks facilitates efficient distribution, further streamlining the refueling process. A quick-connect mechanism, including a user-friendly T-fitting, enhances convenience and safety.

The mounting apparatus itself is a marvel of engineering. It comprises a robust frame supporting the fuel cell and a versatile connecting device that can pivot between retracted and expanded states. This flexibility allows for easy maneuvering and positioning, optimizing fueling operations. Side supports and a horizontal beam maintain stability, even under challenging conditions, ensuring reliable performance.

Moreover, the system prioritizes safety and ease of use. Height adjustment mechanisms, such as forklift stands, ensure precise alignment with the trailer’s tanks, minimizing spillage risks. The mounting apparatus effortlessly attaches to the tractor’s tow pins, providing a secure foundation for the fuel cell.

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