How was the FORM-A-FUNNEL® invented?
IT BEGAN WITH AN OIL CHANGE
Kevin Lohmeier was changing the oil on a Cessna 182 airplane several years ago. He dreaded the huge mess that would be made from the dripping oil. He thought about using a funnel, but there is no standard funnel that could fit inside an aircraft engine.
Kevin assumed someone would have a solution for this problem, so he visited the local airport mechanics to ask what they used to capture the oil. No one he spoke to knew of a device to change oil without creating a huge mess.
THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY
Kevin knew “there must be a better way”, so he started to think of different ways he could change oil without creating such a huge mess. He ordered a sheet of metal and conformed it to a tight space perfectly and discovered it retained its shape after use. The metal worked great, but he couldn’t possibly use a sheet of metal and risk cutting any electric wiring. So, he tried out nitrile rubber to create a sandwich around the metal. He created a rubber lip so it wouldn’t scratch or cut anything and yet still maintain its strength. That worked!
FORM-A-FUNNEL IS BORN
Kevin started showing his prototype around and asked friends, auto mechanics and even professional airline pilots to test his product in action.