Patents Examined by Michael J Melaragno
  • Patent number: 10442671
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beverage dispensing system for dispensing a non-mixed fluid along with a post-mix fluid. The post-mix fluid is formed by mixing a base beverage with at least one beverage additive. For example, the beverage dispensing system may dispense a post-mix fluid (e.g. cola) and a non-mixed fluid (e.g. spirits) separately. In some embodiments, the post-mix fluid may be dispensed simultaneously with the non-mixed fluid from separate fluid outlet ports. In other embodiments, the post-mix fluid may be dispensed from a first fluid outlet port and, subsequently, the non-mixed fluid may be dispensed from a second fluid outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Bret D. Baker
  • Patent number: 10405670
    Abstract: The water dispensing system for furniture includes a water dispensing system that is built into or attached onto an item of furniture. Water is stored within a reservoir within a water system housing and may be pumped through a filter to one of two retractable hoses. Optionally, the water is provided via a water line that connects to plumbing of a respective building in which the item of furniture is located. At least one retractable hose is provided, and includes a mouthpiece. When the at least one retractable hose is released, said hose is pulled back into the item of furniture to stay out of the way. When not in use, the retractable hoses are wound around spring-loaded reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Mullenaux
  • Patent number: 10399767
    Abstract: The present device dispenses product from a pressurized container. The device has a metered valve that dispenses a predetermined fixed quantity of product upon actuation. The metered valve can be configured by the customer with a spacer to affect the amount of product continually metered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: PRECISION VALVE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ran Plaschkes, Kai Theo Bauer, Rainer Heetfeld
  • Patent number: 10392239
    Abstract: A product package includes a container and a lid coupled to the container for rotation about an axis relative to the container. The product package further includes a child-resistant lock configured normally to block access to the contents of the container at the selection of an adult user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan French, Scott L. Fisher, Steven Gift, John A. Vassallo
  • Patent number: 10384849
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for use in dispensing a liquid comprising a container, for example a box (1), for housing a flexible bag (5), the flexible bag having a bag wall with an interior surface for storing the liquid. A spout (6) disposed through the bag wall for dispensing liquid from the bag. The container comprises a tear-off portion (4) positioned near the base of the container to provide an opening (7) to allow the spout project from the container, and allow the bag to be substantially pulled out of the container, so that the spout projects substantially under the base level of said container in use. In a further embodiment there is provided a refrigerated housing for the inventive container for dispensing a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Aqueduct Invest Ltd.
    Inventor: Kieran McKenna
  • Patent number: 10378523
    Abstract: Disclosed is a supplying device of fixed colorants volume for a colorant dispenser. The supply device includes: a colorant source; a cylinder body having multiple piston cylinders arranged around a circumferential direction thereof; a swashplate having an oblique surface and arranged substantially coaxially with the cylinder body; multiple piston mechanisms, where each piston mechanism includes a piston rod and a piston connected to the piston rod, the piston rod has a rolling abutment structure abutting against the oblique surface, and the piston is constructed to be capable of making a stroke movement in the corresponding piston cylinder by means of rotation of the swashplate; an actuator for actuating the swashplate; a controller operatively connected to the actuator to control the amount of rotation of the swashplate; and an outlet for dispensing a colorant. Preferably, the supply device further includes an axial reset mechanism and a circumferential reset mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ZHENGZHOU SANHUA TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Huan Li
  • Patent number: 10370177
    Abstract: A dual component insert for use with a spray actuator for dispensing a pressurized product. The dual component insert comprises a support insert and an insert disk. The support insert includes a base wall which has a support discharge orifice formed therein and a cylindrical wall is formed integral with and extends from the base wall so as to define an insert cavity. The insert disk has a disk discharge orifice, a diameter of the disk discharge orifice is smaller than a diameter of the support discharge orifice, and the insert disk is received and captively retained within the insert cavity so that the disk discharge orifice is axially aligned with the support discharge orifice. The insert disk is manufactured from a relatively thin durable material which facilitates fabrication of a consistent, accurate, uniform and well defined small diameter discharge orifice which results in dispensing a fine mist spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SUMMIT PACKAGING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John Cassidy, Kevin G. Verville, Elizabeth A. Green
  • Patent number: 10370172
    Abstract: Provided is a fluid dispense pump comprising a pump housing and a cartridge body positioned along an axis. The cartridge body comprises a chamber and a feed aperture extending through a surface of the cartridge body to the chamber. A fluid shaft extends through the cartridge body along the axis. The fluid shaft has an inlet port positioned in the chamber of the cartridge body. One of the cartridge body and the fluid shaft is attached to the pump housing and is fixed relative to the pump housing. The other of the cartridge body and the fluid shaft moves relative to the one of the cartridge body and the fluid shaft to change a position of the inlet port relative to the feed aperture during a dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DL Technology, LLC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Fugere
  • Patent number: 10368701
    Abstract: A replaceable cartridge for a liquid master dispenser is disclosed. The replaceable cartridge includes a reservoir for containing liquid to be dispensed from the liquid master dispenser; and a personal dispenser removably coupled to the reservoir. The personal dispenser includes a receptacle for containing liquid to be dispensed from the personal dispenser; and an outlet port for discharge of the liquid from the receptacle. The personal dispenser is configured for selectively discharging the liquid contained in the receptacle from the outlet port, after the personal dispenser is removed from the reservoir. The reservoir has a cavity sized for removably receiving the personal dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: OP-Hygiene IP GmbH
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, David R. Duncan
  • Patent number: 10364093
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a metered dose of a product, and a method for using the apparatus. The dispensing device has a charging configuration in which an outlet (112; 212) is closed and a metering chamber (120; 220) is configured to expand to its expanded configuration while receiving product through an inlet (111; 211). It also has a discharging configuration in which the outlet (112; 212) is open and the metering chamber (120; 220) is configured to contract to its contracted configuration while expelling the received product through the outlet (112; 212), thereby dispensing a metered dose of product. The dispensing device further comprises a latch mechanism (140; 240), configured to retain the dispensing device in the charging configuration until the metering chamber (120; 220) attains its expanded configuration. The method comprises actuating an actuator (130; 230) of the dispensing device, to fill the metering chamber, and releasing the actuator to dispense the metered dose of product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Stefano Bartolucci, Paul Owen Nutley, Nathan Daniel Grubbs
  • Patent number: 10357797
    Abstract: A storage container for a cylindrical tube of viscous construction material includes a body dimensioned to receive a cylindrical tube of viscous construction material. A nozzle enclosure is attached to a top end of the body and is dimensioned to receive a nozzle of a cylindrical tube of viscous construction material. A plug is positioned in the nozzle enclosure and dimensioned to fit into an inner diameter of the nozzle of the cylindrical tube of viscous construction material. A gasket is positioned between the body and the nozzle that substantially prevents air in the body from entering into the nozzle enclosure. A base seals the cylindrical tube of viscous construction material in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Craig M. Coe
  • Patent number: 10351307
    Abstract: A storage container for a cylindrical tube of viscous construction material includes a body dimensioned to receive a cylindrical tube of viscous construction material. A nozzle enclosure is attached to a top end of the body and is dimensioned to receive a nozzle of a cylindrical tube of viscous construction material. A gasket is positioned between the body and the nozzle that substantially prevents air in the body from entering into the nozzle enclosure. A base seals the cylindrical tube of viscous construction material in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Craig M. Coe
  • Patent number: 10353404
    Abstract: A liquid flow device includes a container and a lid. When the lid is mounted on the container, the container supports a gas supply passage, a pressurization passage, an evacuation passage, and a liquid passage. A control valve is located between the gas supply passage and both the pressurization passage and the evacuation passage. In one configuration, the control valve provides communication between the gas supply passage and pressurization passage to pressurize the container and dispense liquid from the container through the liquid passage. In another configuration, the control valve provides communication between the gas supply passage and evacuation passage to create a vacuum pressure inside the container for evacuating liquid into the container through the liquid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lincoln Industrial Corporation
    Inventors: Don K. Shinn, Brad Allen Edler, Steve Gaynes
  • Patent number: 10351413
    Abstract: A pneumatic liquid dispenser includes a container and a lid. When the lid is mounted on the container, the container supports passaging defining a gas supply inlet for receiving pressurized gas, a gas outlet for delivering pressurized gas to the container, and a gas flow path between the inlet and the outlet. A pressure valve is located between the gas supply inlet and the gas outlet. The pressure valve is configured to automatically permit gas flow along the gas flow path when pressure in the interior of the container is less than a threshold pressure and to automatically block gas flow along the gas flow path when pressure in the interior of the container is greater than the threshold pressure. When gas flows freely through the gas flow path, the gas pressurizes the container to dispense liquid in the container through a liquid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lincoln Industrial Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Allen Edler, Steve Gaynes, Oleksiy Afanasyev
  • Patent number: 10343183
    Abstract: Various aspects and embodiments are directed to a precision dispenser that is hand held and constructed and arranged to receive and release a variety of glue cartridges. In various embodiments, the adhesive cartridges include precision tips that provide, for example, flat even bead with little or no spill or drip. Other precision tips can be constructed and arranged for use with the precision glue gun. In some examples, the precision tips can be tailored to the specific adhesive contained in the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: STONERIDGE KITCHEN & BATH LLC
    Inventor: Steven P. Baylis
  • Patent number: 10329133
    Abstract: Automatic dispenser for preparing and dispensing a liquid food mixture includes a food concentrate tank, a pipeline with a first conduit having a food liquid inlet and a first food liquid outlet, a second conduct having a food concentrate inlet in fluid communication with the food concentrate tank, and a food concentrate outlet. A flow rate stabilizer is arranged along the first conduit. A self-priming mixing pump has an inlet in fluid communication with the first food liquid outlet of the first conduit and with the food concentrate outlet of the second conduct (5). The dispenser has a liquid food mixture outlet. The self-priming mixing pump is configured to suction the food concentrate from the food concentrate tank, creating a depression inside the self-priming mixing pump so as to mix therein the food concentrate and the food liquid, obtaining a liquid food mixture. The liquid food mixture has a pressurized outflow from the liquid food mixture outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ZERICA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Zerilli
  • Patent number: 10327599
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for dispensing a measured quantity of liquid from a container. The apparatus includes a pour chamber having a dam, a spout, a vent, and a timer that is independent of flow in the pour chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Lawrence Smith, Nicole Lynn Briggs, Hua Hu, Richard Lawrence Horstman, Scott Eugene Mizer
  • Patent number: 10327581
    Abstract: In order to provide simple and safe handling of cleaning agents in a drink dispensing device with an integrated cleaning system, a cleaning agent container is disclosed which is designed as a container (1) that is closed on all sides and comprises a connection terminal (4) arranged laterally on the container. This connection terminal (4) includes a first piercing region (7a) that is provided with a pierceable closure (13, 8a) and fluidically communicates with the base region of the container (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Franke Kaffeemaschinen AG
    Inventors: Heinz Vetterli, Mariano Turi
  • Patent number: 10322924
    Abstract: A low-impact and modular mobile fuel delivery apparatus is disclosed with a self-propelled unit, a pump unit, and a tank unit. The self-propelled unit is adapted to minimally impact the terrain over which it travels and includes a lift for carrying the pump unit and for moving the pump unit between first and second heights. The pump unit includes a pump for drawing fuel from the tank unit and for supplying fuel to a retractable fuel-delivery hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: FRIZZIE CORP.
    Inventor: Gregory Lee Frizzie
  • Patent number: 10315838
    Abstract: A fluid container for transporting, diluting, and dispensing a motor vehicle fluid, comprising an outer wall and a fluid chamber disposed within the outer wall adapted to hold liquids. The fluid container contains an additive concentrate stored within the fluid chamber which is adapted to be mixed with water to produce the motor vehicle fluid. The fluid container further has a selectively sealable opening which facilitates the delivery of water into the fluid chamber for mixing with the additive concentrate, and the dispensing of the resultant motor vehicle fluid. The outer wall has a transparent portion providing visibility into the fluid chamber and a calibrated dilution scale which allows a user to control the freezing point of the motor vehicle fluid by precisely diluting the motor vehicle fluid according to a plurality of dilution markers each representing a dilution level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Anan Bishara