Patents Examined by Paul R Durand
  • Patent number: 10849469
    Abstract: An automatic foam soap dispenser includes a liquid soap dispenser, an activation unit, and an actuation unit. The liquid soap dispenser includes an outlet, a fluid reservoir for containing liquid soap, and a pump being depressed for dispensing the liquid soap in the fluid reservoir to the outlet. The activation unit includes a sensor for detecting a presence of a user of the liquid soap dispenser, and a motor having a transmission shaft, wherein the motor is activated by the sensor for generating a rotational power to the transmission shaft. The actuation unit includes a pressing member and a linkage system arranged to transmit the rotational power from the motor to a linear movement to the pressing member so as to drive the pressing member to depress the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Jorge Maercovich
  • Patent number: 10849468
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser having a piston pump mechanism and a pump driver. The pump mechanism has two piston arms, each piston arm having an inwardly extending piston tip. Each piston tip has a downwardly directed catching shoulder and an upwardly and inwardly directed camming surface. The pump driver has a first driver hook and a second driver hook, each of the driver hooks having an outwardly extending driver tip with an upwardly directed catch shoulder and a downwardly and outwardly directed cam surface. The pump driver is coupled to the pump by moving the pump driver downwards so that engagement of the cam surfaces of the driver hooks with the camming surfaces of the piston arms deflects the piston arms outwardly, until the driver tips move below the piston tips, allowing the piston arms to move inwardly to a coupled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: OP-Hygiene IP GmbH
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Padraig McDonagh
  • Patent number: 10850555
    Abstract: An example dry eraser and associated systems and methods are described. The example dry eraser includes a body including a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and first and second side walls. The body includes a first hollow inner compartment configured and dimensioned to receive therein a cleaning fluid that is configured to be dispensed from the first hollow inner compartment via a nozzle disposed proximate to the front or rear wall of the body. The dry eraser includes an erasure material disposed on at least a portion of the bottom wall of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Sheila Kay Rogers, Crystal Lynn Lewis, Steven Jackson Lewis, Sosha Kay Morris
  • Patent number: 10843143
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dispensing system comprising a self-gassing liquid to be dispensed and a dispenser for dispensing the self-gassing liquid, the dispenser including: a valve housing having an inlet for receiving the liquid and an outlet through which the liquid is to be dispensed; a valve chamber and/or passage extending between the inlet and the outlet, and a valve arranged to open and close the valve chamber and/or passage; pressure maintaining means arranged to maintain the pressure of liquid at the inlet to the valve housing at a constant pressure during successive dispensing operations; and control means for controlling the opening and closing of the valve, the control means being arranged to open and close the valve to commence and terminate each successive dispensing operation, wherein the period for which the valve is open determines the quantity of liquid dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: PACKAGING INNOVATION LTD.
    Inventor: Michael Gerard O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10843614
    Abstract: A machine which transports and positions joints of line pipe has a trailer member having at least two ground engaging wheels and a distributor box disposed within the trailer member. The distributor box has a top, a bottom, a front and a back, where a longitudinal axis is defined between the front and the back. A shaft is rotationally supported between the front and the back, where the shaft has an axis coinciding with the longitudinal axis. A plurality of spaced-apart disks are mounted on the rotatable shaft, where each disk has a plurality of slots radially extending to a circumferential edge of the disk, where each slot is open-ended at the circumferential edge and each disk of the plurality of spaced-apart disks has a slot in axial alignment with a slot of the other spaced-apart disks. The group of the axially aligned slots is adapted to receive a joint of the line pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Gaylord Dean Hill
  • Patent number: 10836539
    Abstract: A selectable volume precision liquid dispenser apparatus and method of use. The dispenser apparatus includes a graduated, segmented elastic body with an interior space having different regions corresponding to different volumes where different liquid containing chambers are separated by one-way valves. Pressure applied by a user to one of the different chambers causes the dispensing of a precise amount of liquid through an inner conducting tube having openings to receive liquid in each of the different regions, and an outlet for dispensed the liquid. Release of the pressure allows the elastic body to return towards its original (resting) shape and draw liquid from a reservoir into the previously dispensed region in preparation for the next dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Clifford G. Cousins, Mitesh Patel
  • Patent number: 10836625
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to conduits, devices, systems and methods, which may include a dispensing device including a valve configured to interact with an inlet stream, the inlet stream having a first pressure, the valve having an outlet area with an outlet stream, the outlet stream having a second pressure; and a solenoid configured to interact with the outlet stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GATE CPV SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: John Newton, Peter Brooke, Dustin Hartsfield, Michael Cheney, Gillian Callaghan, Scott Ross
  • Patent number: 10840664
    Abstract: A laser cutting device includes a laser oscillator, a cutting nozzle configured to irradiate a work with laser light so as to cut the work, and a controller configured to control the laser oscillator and a drive unit configured to move the cutting nozzle. The controller includes a laser output control unit, a diagnosis performance determination unit configured to determine, when the laser oscillator satisfies a predetermined operation condition, based on a cutting program, whether or not the laser oscillator is diagnosed, and a diagnosis function performance unit configured to issue a laser output command for diagnosis of the laser oscillator to the laser oscillator. When the diagnosis performance determination unit determines that the laser oscillator is diagnosed, the diagnosis performance determination unit outputs the laser output command for diagnosis to the laser oscillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Tokito
  • Patent number: 10836561
    Abstract: An aerosol dispenser, an outer container for an aerosol dispenser, and a preform for an outer container. The aerosol dispenser, outer container, and preform each have a neck including a crimp ring. The crimp ring may be configured to receive a valve cup, which is clinched thereto. The crimp ring includes one or more vents. The vents may be used to control overpressurization within the dispenser. The vents may be exposed to pressurized propellant and product due to deformation of the neck during undue overpressurization. The vents allow propellant and/or product to be released therethrough in the event of overpressurization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew John Martin, Andrew William Franckhauser, Douglas Bruce Zeik
  • Patent number: 10836628
    Abstract: Various fluid dispensing units having a defrosting system and methods for using the same are provided. In general, a fluid dispensing unit configured to dispense fluid such as AUS32 therefrom is configured to circulate the fluid when the fluid dispensing unit is not in use, e.g., is not dispensing the fluid, to help prevent the fluid from freezing or beginning to crystallize. In the event that the fluid freezes or begins to crystallize, such as due to a power failure that prevents the fluid from circulating, the fluid dispensing unit has a defrosting system configured to heat the frozen or crystallized fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventor: Gustaf Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 10829295
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-closing dispensing head for a pressurised container having a dispensing valve for dispensing media, in particular viscous, self-foaming and/or gel-type products, the dispensing head (1) having an outlet (3) which can be closed by a closing element (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: BEIERSDORF AG
    Inventors: Hannah Rasel, Ingo Malchus
  • Patent number: 10828654
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a fluid container includes a container main body that has a tank housing a fluid; a fluid discharge body disposed on a front end portion of the container main body that discharges the fluid through a discharge port formed in a front end portion thereof; a plunger including an operating body that pushes out the fluid in the tank to the fluid discharge body in a predetermined amount corresponding to an operation of the operating body; and a valve that closes a connecting flow passage connecting the tank to the fluid discharge body and opens the connecting flow passage when the plunger pushes out the fluid, the valve including a valve seat surface, a valve body disposed in front of the valve seat surface to abut the valve seat surface from the front, and a spring biasing the valve body toward the valve seat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: KOTOBUKI & CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10828928
    Abstract: A writing tool includes a writing unit, a capillary member, a dispensing unit, and a replaceable ink cartridge. The capillary member, the dispensing unit, and the replaceable ink cartridge are mounted in the writing unit. The dispensing unit contacts the capillary member and has at least one cutting portion. The replaceable ink cartridge accommodates ink therein and has a film at one end thereof. The replaceable ink cartridge can be installed in the dispensing unit and the film can be pierced and cut by the at least one cutting portion. The ink flows through the film and is delivered to the writing unit via the capillary member and the dispensing unit for writing. The writing tool can thus dispense the ink fluently and leave no residual ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: SDI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Szu-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10815033
    Abstract: A container for liquids, such as beverages and oils, may include a blow moulded polyester casing, a valve for dispensing the liquid from the container, and an inlet for introducing a propellant. The casing may be enveloped by a stretch blow moulded polyester shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Hubert Joseph Frans Hanssen, Jan Dirk Veendendaal, Jan Veendendaal
  • Patent number: 10815117
    Abstract: A consistent water to chemical ratio in each of two described operating modes is achieved by implementing a closed loop insert comprising a single straw with a dual dilution rate. The closed loop insert is installed at the packaging level and is recessed into the neck of the container so that it does not interfere with the bottle cap or the dispensing unit to which it might be attached. The closed loop engages with a mating cap adapter or chemical dispenser that keys up to a closed insert to allow the dilution dispenser to draw chemical out of the container through the use of a vacuum pressure. The dual dilution rate closed loop insert of the invention has two different metering tip sizes that fit inside a single straw closed loop insert, selected based upon operating modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Knight, LLC
    Inventor: Enrique Loreto
  • Patent number: 10814425
    Abstract: An improved laser-machining head unit for fabric comprising a diagonal mirror assembly with a tubular sleeve extending downward to an internally threaded distal tip. An annular adapter is provided with an externally-threaded male fining at one end and an internally-threaded receptacle at an opposing end. The externally-threaded male fitting of the adapter is adjustably screw-threaded into the internally threaded distal tip of the tubular sleeve. A laser nozzle has a frusto-conical tip and an annular collar Cm attachment to the adapter, the collar being externally threaded and fixedly screw-inserted into the internally-threaded receptacle of the adapter. In addition, there is a gas inlet affixed to the collar of the laser nozzle for introducing gas at a 90-degree angle thereto. The screw-adjustable configuration ensures proper alignment at all times of the lens, the beam and the nozzle aperture, and air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: John Murkin
  • Patent number: 10807113
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device (1) for dispensing a fluid (L), comprising a supporting structure (2) provided with means (3) for coupling it with a container (C) holding the fluid (L) and comprising: an outlet duct (63) for the fluid (L); a collapsible chamber (60); first valve means (25) suited to control the passage of the fluid; air refilling valve means. The air refilling valve means comprise a flexible portion (15) of an edge (14) belonging to a first element (10) of the device (1), suited to assume a closed position and an open position. The invention concerns also a system comprising a container and a device made as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TAPLAST S.R.L.
    Inventor: Evans Santagiuliana
  • Patent number: 10807854
    Abstract: A removable liquid transport assembly configured to be readily installed in and removed from a liquid dispenser to permit the liquid dispenser to be readily sanitized. The removable liquid transport assembly preferably includes a liquid manifold, a valve assembly and a pump head. The removable liquid transport assembly is configured such that liquid can flow in a first direction through the removable liquid transport assembly to permit a liquid to be dispensed from a liquid dispenser and liquid can flow in a second direction back to a liquid storage container to prevent damage to one or more components of the liquid dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Cardomon International Limited
    Inventors: Philip A. Walton, Stephen James Vipond, Dennis Laurier Rivard, Tyler Wayne Nickerson
  • Patent number: 10807180
    Abstract: A base material is welded by a first welding method in a case where a welding parameter related to heat input to the base material is less than a first threshold value. The base material is welded by a second welding method in a case where the welding parameter is less than a second threshold value and is more than the first threshold value. The base material is welded by a third welding method in a case where the welding parameter is more than the second threshold value. By adjusting welding conditions regardless of the thickness of the base material, a welding method suitable for the thickness of the base material is determined to provide a welding with little spatter and no meltdown of the base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLETUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Kawamoto, Kaito Matsui, Masaru Kowa, Takahiro Noguchi, Masashi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10807090
    Abstract: An apparatus configured for displacing fluid from a fluid container comprises first and second actuators configured to be movable together until the first actuator compresses a first part of the fluid container and then moveable independently until the second actuator compresses a second part of the fluid container. Fluid containers comprise a first vessel, a second vessel, and a sealing partition preventing fluid flow from the second vessel and further include a piercing point for piercing the sealing partition to permit fluid flow from the second vessel. A fluid container comprises a vessel configured to be collapsed to displace fluid from the vessel, a housing surrounding at least a portion of the vessel, and a floating compression plate movably disposed within the housing and configured to permit an external actuator to press the compression plate into the vessel to collapse the vessel and displace the fluid contents therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GenMark Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Walter Wright, Dominic Aiello