Abstract: An oral hygiene appliance is of the kind which includes a supply of liquid, a pump and a hand-held tip for directing the liquid where desired. A housing defines a cavity which has a surrounding wall closed by opposing end walls, the pump being seated within the cavity. A reservoir is closed at one end and has a shape in conformity with the housing to telescope thereover in covering relationship. Defined in one end of the reservoir is a valve seat which cooperates with a valve that closes during removal of the reservoir from the housing. On that end of the reservoir also is a coupling element which cooperates with a coupling member disposed in the surrounding wall of the housing. When that coupling relationship is established, the reservoir is seated on top of a side surface of the housing which, in turn, is lying on a table or the like. An outlet in the housing communicates with the hand-held tip and the pump is connected between that outlet and the coupling member.
April 27, 1981
Date of Patent:
November 22, 1983
Teledyne Industries, Inc.
Michael A. Cammack, Christopher W. Elkins, Clarence J. Hickman, Keith M. Mullins
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Abstract: A sheet of dough is moved horizontally in a forward direction. A roller is moved from a first position, spaced above a portion of the sheet, generally downwardly into a second position in which said roller is pressed into said sheet. The roller is then moved in a forward direction a selected distance to a third position and during that movement the roller rotates to roll out and thin the dough. The roller is then returned to the first position.
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