Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3141522 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 21, 1964
Filing dateOct 29, 1962
Priority dateOct 29, 1962
Publication numberUS 3141522 A, US 3141522A, US-A-3141522, US3141522 A, US3141522A
InventorsFitzpatrick Raymond P
Original AssigneeFitzpatrick Raymond P
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Disposable absorptive mat
US 3141522 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

July 21, 1964 R. P. FlTzPA'rRlcK 3,141,522



- INVENTOR l Raymond R Fitzpatrick BEQJCML ATTORNEY United States Patent O 3,141,522 DISPGSABLE ABSRPTIVE MAT Raymond I. Fitzpatrick, 59 Aberdeen Road, Hauppauge, NX. Filed Oct. 29, 1962, Ser. No. 233,845 2 Claims. (Cl. 1841-106) This invention relates generally to oil absorptive devices and more particularly to an absorptive mat capable of absorbing substantial amounts of oil notwithstanding the relatively small area thereof.

Essentially, the primary function of the instant absorptive mat is to obviate the problems attendant with automobile engine oil-drip, e.g., soiling and staining of garage floors, the most serious consequence thereof being the tracking of oil from the garage floor into the home.

Other objects and advantages of the invention will be set forth in part hereinafter and in part will be obvious herefrom, or may be learned by practice of the invention, the same being realised and attained by means of the instrumentalities, construction, arrangements, combinations, and improvements herein shown and described.

The accompanying drawings referred to herein and constituting a part hereof, illustrate one embodiment of the invention, and together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the invention.

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the present invention, one end thereof being open and a layer of the side wall being broken away for purposes of illustration;

FIGURE 2 is a side elevation cross-sectional view of the absorptive mat in sealed operative form; and

FIGURE 3 is an illustration showing the device operatively positioned within a garage and beneath the engine area of an automobile.

Consonant with the foregoing, the primary object of the invention is to provide a disposable absorptive mat capable of retaining a substantial volume of oil, any oil absorbed thereby being held beneath the surface thereof and concealed from sight.

Another object of the instant invention resides in the provision of a mat having an absorptive-material receiving region, said region being disposed between an oilabsorptive and an oil-resistant surface.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a device which is compact and conveniently handled for placement, removal, and disposal as required.

A still further object of the present invention is the provision of a mat capable of retaining large volumes of oil relative to its shallow depth, and having the advantageous quality of being incapable of being spilled.

Another object of the invention is to provide an absorptive matt which can be relled with an oil-absorptive material thus permitting continued use thereof or disposal thereof and replacement with a similar device according to the desire of the user.

Still another object of the present invention is the provision of a device of the instant character, the applications thereof, being myriad apart from the preferred application referred to herein.

Another object of the instant invention is the provision of a new and useful absorptive mat accomplishing the objectives noted above, which absorptive mat is of extremely simple construction, economical of manufacture, and highly reliable in operation.

It will be understod that the foregoing general objectives and the following detailed description as well are exemplary and explanatory but are not restrictive of the invention.

A general understanding of the arrangement and location of the parts of the novel device may be had by reference to FIGURE 1 wherein the disposable abice sorptive mat designated generally by numeral 1 is shown perspectively, flap 2 being illustrated in the open position thus providing access to internal space 4 for filling thereof with an oil-absorptive substance 6 as shown in FIGURE 2 of the drawings.

Referring now in detail to FIGURE 2, a cross-sectional representation of the device, it will be observed that said disposable oil-absorptive mat is comprised of an envelope having an oil-absorptive upper wall 8, and a lower wall 10, said walls being opposingly disposed in spaced parallel relation, side portions 12 and 14 and end portions 16 and 18, said side and end portions connecting said upper and lower walls as shown. It will be further observed that said side and end portions have a coating 20 thereon, said coating being of an oil-resistant material as for example polyethylene resin, cellulose acetate, carboxymethyl cellulose, methyl cellulose, vinyl alcohol, vinyl chloride-vinylidene chloride copolymer, vinylidene chloride-acrylonitrile resin or any other suitable oil-resistant coating comprising the present art. Application of said oil-resistant material according to the present structure renders a conventional oil-absorbent paper bag, eg., applicable as an element of the present structure to effectuate the purpose of the present invention. To that end an absorptive mat is provided which will fulfill its absorbing function and entirely protect the supporting floor against soilage due to oil which would otherwise permeate the mat.

Of further import is the function of oil-absorptive substance 6, which it will be appreciated substantially increases the absorptive capacity of the mat prior to saturation. Attapulgite (Mg,Al)5Si8O22(OH)4-4H2O, a clay mineral, is according to the present invention, preferred as the oil-absorptive substance utilized, although it will be understood that other suitable oil-absorbent substances are within the contemplation of the invention. Accordingly, the oil-absorptive substance 6, preferably in grauular or powdered form is receivable within the space 4 provided as shown in the drawings, llap 2 being sealed thereafter in any suitable manner.

The preferred manner of employment of the device is shown in FIGURE 3, wherein the mat is shown positioned beneath the engine area of an automobile,

Although the preferred embodiment of the device has been described, it will be understood that within the purview of this invention various changes may be made in the forms, details, proportion and arrangement of parts, the combination thereof and mode of operation, which generally stated consist in a device capable of carrying out the objects set forth, as disclosed and defined in the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

l. A disposable absorptive mat comprised of an envelope having opposing upper and lower walls disposed in spaced parallel relation; side and end portions connecting said walls; a powdered oil-absorptive substance removably lling the space between said opposing Walls; one end portion being an openable Hap providing access to within said space, said lower wall and said side and end portions being coated with an oil-resistant material, said upper wall being formed of oil-absorptive material.

2. An article as set forth in claim 1, wherein said oilabsorptive substance is attapulgite.

References Cited in the le of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,057,162 Richey Oct. 13, 1936 2,619,653 Young Dec. 2, 1952 2,986,235 Weibert May 30, 1961 3,062,323 Oganovic Nov.` 6, 1962

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2057162 *Nov 6, 1933Oct 13, 1936Richey James AMat
US2619653 *Aug 4, 1949Dec 2, 1952Davol Rubber CoSanitary urinal pan
US2986235 *Dec 9, 1957May 30, 1961Weibert Jr Bayard EOil drip catchers
US3062323 *Jun 23, 1959Nov 6, 1962Peter OganovicPad or mat for garages or the like
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3329231 *May 26, 1965Jul 4, 1967Morio TakenouchiOil-drop catcher
US3565214 *Jun 18, 1968Feb 23, 1971Koonce James W SrLiquid absorbing mat
US3661227 *Jan 12, 1970May 9, 1972Raymond B RobelDrainage collection container
US4439474 *Oct 30, 1981Mar 27, 1984The Procter & Gamble CompanyDisposable floor mat with improved wet soil absorptivity
US4614679 *Nov 7, 1983Sep 30, 1986The Procter & Gamble CompanyDisposable absorbent mat structure for removal and retention of wet and dry soil
US4798754 *Aug 10, 1987Jan 17, 1989Tomek Lawrence SOil-absorbent floor mat
US4801005 *Apr 20, 1987Jan 31, 1989Annerose HahnOil dripping absorption and containment kit
US4826030 *Oct 5, 1987May 2, 1989Valley Charles RFluid drippage absorption and collection devices
US5000341 *Jun 26, 1989Mar 19, 1991Kohji ShirotaContainer with absorbent interior
US5329974 *Aug 29, 1991Jul 19, 1994Holding M.G. Paping B.V.Process of collecting and processing non-aqueous drip-liquids
US5492158 *Jul 29, 1992Feb 20, 1996Haag; WernerSystem for collecting organic material underneath rail vehicles
US5549178 *Jul 15, 1994Aug 27, 1996Yuhas; Gary R.Oil absorbent pad
US5928751 *Jul 9, 1998Jul 27, 1999Basic Concepts, Inc.Drip berm
US6219876May 4, 1999Apr 24, 2001Tech Mats, L.L.C.Floor mat
US6233776Apr 19, 2000May 22, 2001Tech Mats, L.L.CAdvanced floor mat
US6417778Jan 24, 2001Jul 9, 2002Tech Mats LlcAdvanced floor mat
US6439492 *Nov 2, 2000Aug 27, 2002David LeiggiVehicular fluid absorbent pad
US6507285May 3, 2002Jan 14, 2003Intellimats, Llc.Cleaning system with electronic display
US6735806May 11, 2001May 18, 2004Eggs In The Pipeline, LlcTacky roller for improved surface cleaning
US6844058Nov 2, 2001Jan 18, 2005Tech Mats, LlcFloor mat including tacky surface with tacky-when-dry and tacky-when-wet properties
US6873266Nov 1, 2002Mar 29, 2005Intellimats, LlcElectronic floor display
US6886209Aug 14, 2001May 3, 2005Tech Mats, LlcAdvanced floor mat
US6917301Oct 10, 2003Jul 12, 2005Intellimats, LlcFloor display system with variable image orientation
US6940418Feb 26, 2003Sep 6, 2005Intellimats, LlcElectronic floor display cleaning system and protective cover
US6982649May 16, 2003Jan 3, 2006Intellimats, LlcFloor display system with interactive features
US7009523Jun 5, 2003Mar 7, 2006Intellimats, LlcModular protective structure for floor display
US7017400Mar 26, 2004Mar 28, 2006Grell Mathew LVehicle maintenance identification apparatus
US7109881Sep 22, 2005Sep 19, 2006Intellimats LlcElectronic floor display with weight measurement and reflective display
US7145469Dec 3, 2004Dec 5, 2006Intellimats, LlcDisplay system for use on horizontal or non-horizontal surfaces
US7205903Jan 20, 2004Apr 17, 2007Intellimat, Inc.Interactive and dynamic electronic floor advertising/messaging display
US7316834Jun 23, 2005Jan 8, 2008Roberto HernandezDrip mat
US7358861Aug 9, 2005Apr 15, 2008IntellimatsElectronic floor display with alerting
US7456755Jun 8, 2007Nov 25, 2008Intellimat, Inc.Floor mat and system having electronic display device connectable to a network
US7511630Apr 16, 2007Mar 31, 2009Intellimat, Inc.Dynamic electronic display system with brightness control
US7629896Jun 27, 2007Dec 8, 2009Intellimat, Inc.Floor display system with interactive features and variable image rotation
US20020092110 *Dec 20, 2001Jul 18, 2002Blum Ronald D.Floor mat support and drainage structure
US20030126708 *Dec 11, 2002Jul 10, 2003Blum Ronald D.Remove tabs for tacky inserts of a floor mat
US20030232554 *Mar 25, 2003Dec 18, 2003Blum Ronald D.Multi-layer tacky and water-absorbing shoe-cleaning product
US20040001002 *May 16, 2003Jan 1, 2004Blum Ronald D.Floor display system with interactive features
US20040021617 *Jun 5, 2003Feb 5, 2004Blum Ronald D.Modular protective structure for floor display
US20040119602 *Oct 10, 2003Jun 24, 2004Blum Ronald D.Floor display system with variable image orientation
US20040139570 *Aug 1, 2003Jul 22, 2004Blum Ronald D.Tacky sheets with reduced glare or shine
US20040221411 *Jun 8, 2004Nov 11, 2004Tech Mats, LccAdvanced floor mat
US20050134474 *Dec 3, 2004Jun 23, 2005William KokonaskiDisplay system for use on horizontal or non-horizontal surfaces
US20050210968 *Mar 26, 2004Sep 29, 2005Grell Mathew LVehicle maintenance identification apparatus
US20050284704 *Jun 23, 2005Dec 29, 2005Hernandez Roberto JrDrip mat
US20060049955 *Sep 22, 2005Mar 9, 2006Blum Ronald DElectronic floor display with weight measurement and reflective display
US20060288999 *Jun 23, 2005Dec 28, 2006Lisa CrawfordGrease capturing pad
US20070092686 *Oct 25, 2006Apr 26, 2007Fields Danny DCatch tray
U.S. Classification184/106, 180/69.1
International ClassificationF16N31/00
Cooperative ClassificationF16N31/006
European ClassificationF16N31/00C