Patent Number: 6,254,143

Title: Transfer panel assembly and method of construction

Abstract: A panel assembly for transferring fluids from one location to another comprises a panel structure with openings, a nozzle projecting through each opening and a sleeve affixed between the nozzle and its respective opening. Each nozzle includes a tubular portion with a connection end adapted for connection to a transfer conduit. The connection ends of the nozzles are preferably aligned with a common reference plane. Each sleeve has an outer surface with a length that is greater than a combination of a thickness of the panel and any deformity on the panel. With this arrangement, alignment of the connection ends with the common reference plane is independent of any deformity on the panel. A method of constructing a panel assembly includes determining if any defects are present on the inner surface of the tubular portion before installing the nozzle on the panel, and precluding potential inner surface defects during installation of the nozzle on the panel.

Inventors: Billmyer; Bryan A. (Springfield, MO), Wilson; Mark E. (Springfield, MO)

Assignee: Central States Industrial Equipment and Service, Inc.

International Classification: F16L 41/00 (20060101); F16L 043/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018