Title:
Fanoxy pack-a lightweight oxygen carrying and supply system using lightweight high-tensile strength technical textiles both in the shell and the oxygen tank itself
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The FANOXY PACK System concept of a technical textile strong enough to match the strength of steel to make a fabric oxygen tank is new. This in turn allows the fanny pack to become a viable oxygen supply carrying device to be used by millions of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients.



Inventors:
Warner, Joseph (Brigantine, NJ, US)
Application Number:
09/775558
Publication Date:
08/08/2002
Filing Date:
02/05/2001
Assignee:
WARNER JOSEPH
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
224/148.4, 224/148.2
International Classes:
A61M16/06; A61M16/10; (IPC1-7): A45F3/00
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Primary Examiner:
GARBE, STEPHEN P
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
JOSEPH WARNER (BRIGANTINE, NJ, US)
Claims:
1. What I claim as my invention is the FANOXY PACK, a portable, lightweight fanny pack carry and supply oxygen supply system using a Kevlar or similar technical textile fabric insert oxygen tank to replace the present spun aluminum and steel tanks.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCES TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] Not Applicable

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

[0002] Independent Research not Federally sponsored

REFERENCE TO A MICROFICHE APPENDIX

[0003] Not Applicable

[0004] The FANOXY PACK, an oxygen carrying and supply system here will replace heavy, awkward and embarrassing archaic transporting equipment presently used by COPD sufferers. Steel and heavy spun aluminum tanks wheeled about in golf cart types of arrangements, tanks carried about in various size tank carrying bags with single shoulder straps which are always slipping off one's shoulder or keeping one off balance would be eliminated with waist band fanny pack and dual strap back packs The manufacture of the outer shells designed with appropriate straps, buckles, and pockets appropriately placed as in the drawings could be done by any number of backpack or fanny pack fabricators under license or contract.

[0005] The lightweight technical textile, Kevlar, and others can be spun in cylinder or tubular form by manufacturers licensed to manufacture Kevlar. It is used for bulletproof vests and could hold the desired pressure as well as some other technical textile fabrics. Kevlar has the fire retardant qualities that makes it desirable.

[0006] The silicone liner will go along with the pliability desired and make the tank air tight.

[0007] The Stainless steel standard oxygen gauge receiver can be screwed into stainless steel threaded washers that would be welded to the fabric tank with polyurethane. There are other technical adhesives that also might be adapted. The silicone liner would act much the same as an inner tube in a bicycle tire.

[0008] The use of this system by emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and those with respiratory problems will be well served by this carry and supply system. The around-the-waist fanny pack is easy-on easy-off It is much lighter than conventional equipment now carried about. The weight it does have is evenly distributed and supported by hips and torso and distributed to both legs. It is much lighter than conventional equipment now carried about.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0009] Necessity if the mother of invention. I am a victim of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, emphysema, also known as “smokers lung.” I am on oxygen 24 hours a day. I have experimented with all of the carrying devices my care givers can suggest. The quality of life is quite reduced by awkward, heavy, ugly supply systems. The fanny pack would be somewhat fashionable. The pack can be made with a rich-looking outer fabric. It would leave both hands free and be out of the way when walking. When entering a car you would simply spin the pack around your waist to your front and sit in the car without having to disengage yourself from your equipment. The most prominent feature of the FANOXY PACK would be its light weight and pliability.

[0010] Every single pound of extra weight to carry can cause breathlessness. Even dressing in the morning can be exhausting in extreme cases. The FANOXY PACK'S light weight and easy on and off make it an extremely user friendly system. The handling of heavy metal tanks delivered each week, exchanging empties for full rechargeable fabric tanks would be a much less trying chore. They would also transport much easier when storing in a car for an extended trip.

[0011] Liquid Oxygen systems have even more complications requiring huge reservoir tanks to recharge the supply tank, both of which slowly dissipate themselves during storage. The fabric tank would store oxygen without dissipating itself the same as steel and spun aluminum. The supply side of the chain should see the fabric tank as a much easier product to handle and distribute to its clients.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0012] The objective of the FANOXY PACK invention is to take advantage of technical textiles, high tech sealants and high tech adhesives to create a lightweight, pliable carrying and storage supply system to improve the ease of mobility and quality of life for those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This is accomplished in the design of the FANOXY PACK to accommodate the existing portable state of the art oxygen dispensing system, oxymatic electronic oxygen dispenser, which is connected to the innovative textiles, i.e. Kevlar, oxygen tank. This dramatically reduces the weight from the present spun aluminum tank. The combination creates an extremely user friendly respiratory support system for travel outside the home.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING

[0013] FIG. 1 shows how the FANOXY PACK is designed to accommodate oxygen supply system components.

[0014] FIG. 2 shows the cross section layers of Kevlar and silicone and the welding of stainless steel standard receiver for on/off gauge used with metal tanks.

[0015] FIG. 3 shows a larger backpack spinoff from the design in FIG. 1.

[0016] FIG. 4 shows the spinoff in tank design to get larger portable oxygen supply system for extended outings possibly bicycling, motor biking, or riding a motor scooter or electric scooter.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0017] FANOXY PACKS carrying designer case can be manufactured by any number of traditional textile fabricators of back, packs or fanny packs using present heavy duty sewing machines. Web belt and quick release adjustable buckles can be purchased from any number of suppliers presently manufactured for sale. They are standard components that can be purchased and sewn on. There are a variety of denier nylon fabrics already sold to the textile industry.

[0018] The Kevlar Silicone lined tank can be made by any manufacturer or fabricator licensed to use Kevlar in a number of other products, i.e. bulletproof vests, space suits, protective garments.

[0019] Silicone is a product sold on the open market and available as is polyurethane used to weld the stainless threaded washers which secure the standard on/off pressure gauge receiver fitting to the fabric tank.

[0020] The FANOXY PACK is extremely user friendly. The lightweight fabric tank is inserted into the pack through a zipper opening across top of pack. The stainless steel receiver stud protrudes through an opening in the bottom of the pack into the pocket that holds the on/off pressure gauge.

[0021] The around-the-waist adjustable web belt with quick release buckle make for an easy on and off quality. It can be worn standing or sitting without removal as in other carrying case arrangements. When walking or standing, the pack would be to the rear; when seated in a car it is simply rotated to the stomach.

[0022] Storage and handling would be much more simplified when exchanging empties for full since the lightweight fabric tanks could be refillable the same as spun aluminum and steel tanks are. They would also store much more conveniently and safely when traveling by auto.

[0023] The back oxy pack spin off would be for special situations like long walks, bicycle or motorized bike or motorized scooter riding or on extended day cruising or fishing from small boats or yachts.