How was the FORM-A-FUNNEL® invented?
Years ago Kevin Lohmeier was changing the oil on a Cessna 182. Before removing the oil filter, he considered 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 with this tight configuration. Kevin thought for sure someone would have a solution for this problem so he visited the local airport mechanics to see if there was any type of special device he could purchase to capture the oil. Everyone he spoke with said there was no such device and that their solution was to stick rags inside the engine compartment.
THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY
Kevin started to imagine using a thin sheet of metal that could conform to any tight space perfectly and retain its shape with little spring back. He ordered a sheet of metal and tried it out. It worked great, but he couldn’t possibly use a sheet of metal and risk cutting any electric wiring. So, he ordered some nitrile rubber to create a sandwich around the metal and made sure it had a rubber lip so it wouldn’t scratch or cut anything and yet still maintain its strength.
FORM-A-FUNNEL IS BORN
Kevin started showing his prototype around and asked friends, auto mechanics and even professional airline pilots to look at the product in action. Everyone was excited by the product’s simplicity and usefulness and several people said, “Why didn’t I think of that?”