Aids To Manual Filling Patents (Class 141/247)
  • Patent number: 8910672
    Abstract: A powdered drink mix dispensing assembly includes a stand that may be placed on a support surface. A hopper is coupled to a top end of the stand. The hopper has powdered drink mix stored in it. A dispenser is coupled to a bottom end of the hopper. The dispenser is selectively actuatable so the dispenser dispenses a measured amount of the powdered drink mix. A bottle is positioned beneath the dispenser. The bottle contains a fluid. The bottle receives the measured amount of powdered drink mix so the powdered drink mix is mixed with the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventors: Henry El Cheikh, Claudette El Cheikh
  • Patent number: 8726948
    Abstract: A drink layering portion machine reliably creates undisturbed air bubble free multiple drink layers. The portion machine includes a flat bottom hollow structure, a top with a pouring cup that is shaped as a bowl having a hemispherical or semi-circular basin and having a central aperture at its bottom base. A thin rod, preferably textured, passes through the aperture with a small clearance. A second aperture displaced from the first aperture supports the thin rod providing wobble free movement. The bottom end of the thin rod carries a float, preferably textured. The drink layering portion machine is placed with a hollow structure encircling or hovering over a glass and stabilizing it from tilting. The float rests on the liquor in the interior of the glass as liquor is poured into the pouring cup. The liquor runs down at a slow volumetric rate through the small clearance, down the thin rod, over the float external surface into the glass forming layered undisturbed drink free from air bubble entrapment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher C. Haramis, Matthew N. Haramis
  • Patent number: 8684045
    Abstract: A means for retaining a resealable bag in an open position for filling purposes is described which includes a surround having an interior dimension less than a nominal width of one side of an unfilled and sealed bag. A pair of cut-outs formed into the surround are shaped and sized to guide edges of a bag during insertion into the surround, retain the upper corners of the bag to prevent axial movement of the bag once inserted, and bias the mouth of the bag in a open position to receive contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Russell Paul Moehle
  • Patent number: 8646492
    Abstract: A device and method for loading catalyst pellets into reactor tubes of a chemical reactor. A direct mechanical force is applied to one or more pellets where bridging occurs that is different from the forces applied to the surrounding pellets in order to break up the bridge so as to allow catalyst particles to fall through an opening into the reactor tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Extundo Incorporated
    Inventors: Clifford L. Johns, Munaf N. Chasmawala, Dennis McAndrews
  • Patent number: 8522842
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stabilizing vials during a contents transfer, the apparatus having a flat base from which vertical arms rise from each end, and having a stabilizer band segment above and parallel to each side of the flat base to provide stabilizing support to at least one fluid vial when the fluid vial is up-ended over a base vial during a contents transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Heather R. Sharkey, Jason E. Sharkey
  • Patent number: 8474493
    Abstract: A liquid apportionment device having a distribution chamber located within a dispensing chamber, the distribution chamber being mounted onto a pedestal member such that a dispensing channel is defined between the sloping wall of the pedestal and the wall of the dispensing chamber. Dispensing spouts are evenly positioned around the dispensing channel for dispersal of the liquid into individual containers. Three rows of evenly spaced distribution apertures are provided in the distribution chamber, with the top row of distribution apertures oriented horizontally, the middle row of distribution apertures being oriented at 45 degrees, and the bottom row of distribution apertures being oriented vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: William F. Coker
  • Patent number: 8413694
    Abstract: Disclosed are portable fluid treating and dispensing devices, systems, articles, and methods particularly adapted for use in treating potable liquids, such as drinking water, and dispensing it into a plurality of portable potable liquid containers, such as water bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Benjamin P. Williams, Kevin Kinzer, Judd D. Olson, Robert J. Reuter, Sean C. McGreevy
  • Patent number: 8225825
    Abstract: A fire extinguisher filling aid system includes a fire extinguisher and a fill nozzle that is positioned on and fluidly coupled to the fire extinguisher to fill the fire extinguisher. A bottom plate has a top side, a bottom side and a perimeter edge. A bottom end of the extinguisher is positioned on the bottom plate. An upper plate has an upper side, a lower side and a peripheral edge. The peripheral edge has a notch therein. The notch has a width smaller than the fill nozzle and larger than a fill line fluidly coupled to the nozzle to allow the fill line to be positioned within the notch while the upper plate rests upon the fill nozzle. A plurality of tethers is attached to and extends between the upper and bottom plates to retain the fill nozzle on the fire extinguisher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Jerry L. Wilhelmi
  • Patent number: 8167006
    Abstract: An automated baby formula dispenser for preparing bottles of formula at programmable time intervals includes a housing, a formula reservoir designed for holding dry formula, a water reservoir, and a water dispensing line that extends into the formula reservoir. A dispensing nozzle is in environmental communication with the formula reservoir for dispensing mixed baby formula through the dispensing nozzle. A filter prevents unmixed dry formula from being dispensed through the dispensing nozzle. A tray is positioned beneath the dispensing nozzle. Bottles are positionable on the tray and the tray is rotatable such that the bottles are fillable in succession with mixed baby formula dispensed from the dispensing nozzle. A control unit is operationally coupled to the water reservoir and the tray for dispensing water into the formula reservoir and rotating the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventors: Jason Mathis, James Hester
  • Patent number: 8146627
    Abstract: Modular pillboxes that include at least one one-way passage through which pills, materials or other articles can be pushed through and into and underlying interior compartment of the modular pillboxes. The modular pillboxes include coupling structure by which the modular pillbox can be coupled to a loading tray and/or additional modular pillboxes. The modular pillboxes include lids that can be opened to access pills, materials or other articles that are loaded therein through the one-way passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Mazur
  • Publication number: 20120055584
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multiple liquid dispenser having an upper section for receiving ice to form a cooling chamber. The cooling chamber has a spiral passageway extending through the ice having a plurality of layers of passageways. The spiral passageway has an upper end for receiving the liquid to be chilled by the surrounding ice and a lower end connected to multiple tubes for distributing the chilled liquid. The lower section has multiple liquid dispensers connected to the multiple tubes for receiving and dispensing the chilled liquid from the multiple liquid dispensers. The multiple liquid dispensers are spaced around the periphery of the lower section and has valves for opening and closing the liquid dispensers for dispensing the chilled liquid. A vertical stand is provided for supporting the upper and lower sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Nathan Chera
  • Patent number: 7997305
    Abstract: A drink layering potion machine reliably creates undisturbed air bubble free multiple drink layers. The potion machine includes a flat bottom hollow cylinder, a top with an integral conical pouring cup having a central aperture at its bottom tip. A thin rod passes through the aperture with a small clearance. A second aperture displaced from the first aperture supports thin rod providing wobble free movement. The bottom end of the thin rod carries a float. The drink layering potion machine is placed with a hollow cylinder encircling a glass and stabilizing it from tilting. The float rests on the liquor in the interior of the glass as liquor is poured into the conical pouring cup. The liquor runs down at a slow volumetric rate through the small clearance, down the thin rod, over the float external surface into the glass forming layered undisturbed drink free from air bubble entrapment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher C. Haramis, Matthew N. Haramis
  • Patent number: 7942172
    Abstract: A bottle refilling device that allows an individual to fill a number of bottles at the same time, with the number of bottles preferably being between 12 to 24 bottles. The device has the shape of a flat panel and has an inlet on the top surface of the flat panel to which a funnel can be attached. A series of disbursement nipples are attached to the bottom surface of the flat panel, to which a number of containers can be attached. Each of the containers can be attached to a particular nipple through engagement with a two-part clamp associated with each nipple. A locking slide system is attached to each of the clamps, allowing the clamps to remain in either a closed position or an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Saul E. Cuellar
  • Patent number: 7882860
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for the filling syringes. One medical apparatus in accordance with the present invention include a body member for releasably holding syringe barrels and an actuator apparatus slidably mounted on the body member to engage syringe plungers to cause the syringe plunger to be retracted. A fluid delivery apparatus is releasably mounted to the body member. The fluid delivery apparatus has an inlet port and a plurality of outlet ports. The inlet port is in fluid communication with each of the plurality of outlet ports. One method for filling a plurality of syringes in accordance with the present invention includes the steps of mounting a plurality a syringes to a syringe holding member and connecting a fluid delivery apparatus to the syringe holding member to mate with each of the tips of the syringe barrels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Gregory A. Spitz
  • Patent number: 7478656
    Abstract: A method of preparing a French fry by using an automated device to inject an already cooked French fry with a condiment (such as ketchup, cheese sauce, ranch dressing, or barbeque sauce) substantially without manual assistance from a user. In particular embodiments, the method may involve using a first injection nozzle to inject the cooked French fry with condiment while also using a second injection nozzle to inject the cooked French fry with condiment. Also, in some embodiments, the method may involve injecting the French fry with condiment via an injection nozzle that is in an “injection position” in which a portion of the injection nozzle and an exterior portion of the French fry form an angle of less than 75 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: Scott E. Brient
  • Patent number: 7422038
    Abstract: A system for handling chemicals includes a base; a supply container handling area disposed on the base and configured to hold at least one supply container; a drainage vessel disposed on the base and located with respect to the supply container handing area so as to catch liquids spilled or leaking in the supply container handling area; and an overflow vessel receiving area disposed upon the base and configured to hold at least one overflow vessel. The drainage vessel has an outlet and is configured to allow a liquid spilled or leaking into the drainage vessel to flow out of the drainage vessel through the outlet and into an overflow vessel in fluid communication with the outlet of the drainage vessel. The system may also include a supply container, a trigger-pumped spray bottle, an information display board, and a compliance-status indicator. The system may include multiple supply vessels, drainage vessels, and overflow vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Lewyn B. Boler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7308919
    Abstract: A refill apparatus for multiple containers is provided, which comprises a single piece, integrally molded primary container for holding matter. The basin of the container is comprised of a bottom with a plurality of apertures that are arranged in rows and columns for allowing drainage of matter from the containment portion through the apertures. The plurality of apertures are integrally molded and coupled with an upper portion of a corresponding number of conduits that are commensurately arranged in rows and columns along an exterior of the bottom for allowing matter from the containment portion to flow and drain into a lower portion of the conduits, which are comprised of discharge tubes for facilitating simultaneous flow and depletion of matter out of the containment portion and into a secondary set of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: Sergio Zavala
  • Publication number: 20070181214
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices facilitating the addition of items into containers. In particular, the present invention relates to devices configured to assist in supplying food items into mixing containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventor: Tim Kulas
  • Patent number: 7231946
    Abstract: A paintball hopper refill apparatus or loading apparatus is disclosed, which includes a body, an interior, a neck and a dispensing portion where the body is made of a flexible material, the interior is designed to be filled with a plurality of paintballs and the dispensing portion is designed to be opened either by pulling a pull string or by squeezing allowing the paintballs to flow from the loading apparatus to the hopper. A method for filling a hopper using the loading apparatus of this invention is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Avalon Advanced Products, Inc
    Inventors: Stephen Ho, Kheng Pang
  • Patent number: 7182110
    Abstract: Fluid dispensing system 10 dispenses a controlled measure of fluid stock from a stock source 10S into stock receptacles 10C during a fill cycle. Flow manifold 12 receives the stock for distribution to the receptacles. The fluid stock may be pressurized by a gravity pressure head or by stock pump 10P operating between the stock source and the manifold. A fill spout 10F protrudes through system housing 10H for passing the stock into each stock receptacle. Electric solenoids 16, are positioned in the flow paths for providing the controlled measure of fluid stock. Flow adjusters adjust the fluid flow to the desired controlled measure. Fill trays 10L and 10R extend along the lower side edges of the housing, and support the stock receptacles during the fill cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: John T. Roebuck
  • Patent number: 7066215
    Abstract: A process is provided for the mixing of one or more concentrates in a machine, wherein one or more concentrates and/or one or more diluents are mixed together in a mixing chamber; and the product is dispensed from said machine into a storage container. A machine is also provided for the mixing of one or more concentrates, wherein said machine comprises one or more diluent sources and one or more concentrate sources, said diluent and concentrate sources being in fluid communication with one or more mixing chambers. Further, a process is provided for the simultaneous multiple mixing and dispensing of a plurality of products employing a machine comprising one or more diluent sources and one or more concentrate sources, said diluent and concentrate sources being in fluid communication with a plurality of mixing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Timothy Hewlitt, Steven Kelsey, William Maskell, Jerard O'Brien
  • Patent number: 7044177
    Abstract: A condiment dispenser (such as a unique condiment packet, or automated device) that is configured for dispensing one or more types of condiment (e.g., ketchup, mustard mayonnaise, barbeque sauce, or Ranch dressing) relative to a food item, such as a French fry. In one embodiment of the invention, the condiment dispenser includes an injection nozzle that is configured for injecting condiment into the interior of the food item. In a particular embodiment, the injection nozzle is configured for piercing the food item's exterior surface before injecting condiment into the interior of the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Scott E. Brient
  • Patent number: 6901972
    Abstract: A device and method of operation for filling medicine capsules, in which a fixed quantity of open capsules to be filled are supported in a circular array by a holder plate beneath the periphery of a rotatable distribution drum. In use, a measured supply of filling medication, in dry granular form, is dispensed into the center of the rotating drum where it is distributed evenly by centrifugal force along the periphery of the drum. As the drum stops rotating, the medication flows by gravity into the capsules, which are then inspected, closed and packaged. The distribution of filler material is more even than if the capsules were filled by hand, and the average quantity (both by volume and by weight) of the filling material per capsule in the batch is variable to suit an individual patient's needs, and very accurately known. In addition, two or more compatible filler medications may be mixed in the same capsules to suit the specialized needs of a particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: John Nelson
  • Patent number: 6845794
    Abstract: Disclosed is a filling system for loading one or more paintball reservoir tubes with paintballs. The system is made of a paintball fill funnel and a support for at least one, and preferably a plurality of reservoir tubes. The fill funnel is dimensioned to fit within the reservoir tube and rest on the rim of the reservoir tube. A support shoulder, rim, or plurality of support shoulders on the outside of the fill funnel form a stable plane atop the tube rim. Each funnel can have more than one spout that communicates with a central funnel chamber for filling a plurality of paintball reservoir tubes simultaneously. The tube support can take a variety of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: Lance G. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6779663
    Abstract: A pill loader system comprising a pillbox loader and a matching pillbox for loading pills into the pillbox. The pillbox loader has a plurality of loader containers, and the pillbox has an identical number of pillbox containers. The pillbox loader is positioned on top of the pillbox and the pills are placed into the loader containers according to instructions written on a pillbox loader form, which is positioned within a loader bottom plate which is slidably inserted between the loader and pillbox such that the loading instructions appear in the bottom of the loader containers. In operation, the loader bottom plate is removed, and the pills drop into corresponding pillbox containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: Powell John Pocsi
  • Patent number: 6705487
    Abstract: An assistance tray for manual distribution used in a medicine sharing and packing device with a disk-type tray for manual distribution of pills mounted in the front side. The assistance tray includes an assistance tray body at the rim portion of which a plurality of auxiliary pill containing portions are formed which correspond in number to a plurality of pill containing portions formed at the rim of the upper surface of a disk-type tray for manual distribution, and on both sides of which handle portions are formed having openings therethrough. An opening/closing plate is mounted on the lower surface of the assistance tray body so as to be rotated, at the rim portion of which holes are formed, a number of the holes corresponding in number to the number of the auxiliary pill containing portions of the assistance tray body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: JV Medi Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: June Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 6644366
    Abstract: Disclosed is a filling system for loading one or more paintball reservoir tubes with paintballs. The system is made of a paintball fill funnel and a support for at least one, and preferably a plurality of reservoir tubes. The fill funnel is dimensioned to fit within the reservoir tube and rest on the rim of the reservoir tube. A support shoulder, rim, or plurality of support shoulders on the outside of the fill funnel form a stable plane atop the tube rim. Each funnel can have more than one spout that communicates with a central funnel chamber for filling a plurality of paintball reservoir tubes simultaneously. The tube support can take a variety of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Lance G. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6641006
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container stopper in which a structure is simplified to reduce a cost, a troublesome operation is unnecessary, and liquid can be poured in and out by an easy operation which does not require time and effort. The present invention is a container stopper comprises a pour-out passage through which liquid in a container is poured outside in a stopper main body, an operating valve for opening and closing the pour-out passage, a stopper cover with which an upper portion of the stopper main body is covered, and a valve body operating portion for sliding the operating valve up and down as a lever outside the stopper cover is operated, wherein a pour-in passage through which the liquid is poured into the container from outside and which does not cross the pour-out passage is provided in the stopper main body and a pour-in valve for normally closing the pour-in passage and for opening the pour-in passage only in pouring-in of the liquid is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Allgo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Iwamoto, Futoshi Yabuuchi
  • Patent number: 6557594
    Abstract: The processing system for preparing and filling beverage containers with ice and liquid. The beverage processing system simplifies the task of filling multiple glasses, cups or like containers with ice and a beverage, in a short time period, which is required with large crowds at restaurants and banquets. The system features three components including an ice tray, a glass inverter, and a glass filler, which in the best mode combine to the task of filling such beverage containers. Each component might also be used individually to significantly enhance the current art of beverage container filling with ice and liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Jose Guzman
  • Publication number: 20020153056
    Abstract: An automated pharmaceutical package machine fills a product package filling guide positioned above a solid pharmaceutical product package having a plurality of cavities corresponding to positions of the filling guide. The automatic filling machine includes a mechanism for vertically displacing the product package to be filled toward the filling guide. Various guide members or plates are utilized in order to pre-fill filling templates so that each of the cavities of a product package may be simultaneously filled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: Todd Siegel, Stuart Bagley
  • Patent number: 6457611
    Abstract: A loader for an automated pill dispenser has a plastic body with two rows of pill cavities which are positioned to overlie pill compartment blocks in the speciality pill dispensing carousel of a conventional automated pill dispenser. Two guides affixed beneath the loader body restrain a flat floor member, which has a handle to permit it to be moved between a retracted loading positioned and an extended dispensing position. The floor member has a single slot running its width through which front row pill cavities empty when the floor member is extracted. The guides define positioning holes which allow the loader to be rapidly brought into position with respect to the automated pill dispenser drawer. The loader may be filled with pills at a location remote from the automated dispenser, and rapidly engaged with and removed from the dispenser to most effectively make use of the dispenser's processing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Charles P. Koehler
  • Patent number: 6216753
    Abstract: The multi bagging machine comprises: a framework including four, spaced apart upright legs arranged in a generally rectangular configuration; a generally rectangular hopper mounted to an upper end of the framework; the hopper including a sharply inclined front wall and a lesser inclined back wall extending between two end walls; an auger located adjacent the bottom of the hopper and having an auger shaft extending between the end walls; an agitator including an agitator shaft located above the auger and a short distance toward the rear of the hopper; a plurality of discharge chutes connected to the bottom of the hopper for discharging fluent particulate material from the hopper into a container or bag; and a slide gate movable from a rear wall of each discharge chute into and across the discharge chute to a front wall of each discharge chute and back for blocking and unblocking the flow of fluent particular material through the discharge chute into a bag or container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: The Sandbagger Corporation
    Inventors: Estacia R. Kanzler, James J. Kanzler, Jack D. Eiler
  • Patent number: 6180892
    Abstract: An improved mixing scale, such as a paint mixing scale, includes a base which supports a scale pan in a substantially horizontal position. The scale pan supports a receiver container for holding the contents of that which is to be weighed. The mixing scale also includes a backing member which extends upwardly from the base and includes an output display near a top end of the member for presenting the measurement values produced by the scale. Proximate to the output display is a visual flow monitoring device, such as a reflector. Placement of the reflector proximate to the output display allows a user of the mixing scale to monitor the measurement value presentation and the flow of an additive being delivered into the receiver container simultaneously, or at the very least without requiring a physical shift in position by the user which might otherwise disrupt the delivery operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Setra Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Da Ke Li
  • Patent number: 6158484
    Abstract: A dispenser made in accordance with the present disclosure includes a liquid storage container and a mechanical regulating assembly that are mounted on a frame. A plurality of conduits is in liquid communication with the storage container and dispenses liquid flowing from the container under the force of gravity through the conduits through open distal ends. The regulating assembly of the dispenser regulates this flow using two pinch rollers that are moveable between a closed position, wherein the rollers pinch the sections of tubing and restrict flow, and an open position, wherein there is a free flow of liquid through the sections of tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: Wilfred E. Greenlee
  • Patent number: 6105640
    Abstract: Sandbag filling apparatuses and methods of forming sandbag filling apparatuses are described. In one embodiment, a light-weight sandbag filling apparatus includes a base which is placable on the ground proximate a pile of sand. A support member is connected with the base and extends away therefrom. A pair of spaced-apart, sand-intake funnels are supported on opposite sides of the support member. The funnels include respective inlets and outlets and are positioned by the support member above the ground a distance which is sufficient to enable both (a) a person standing on the ground proximate the sand pile to shovel amounts of sand directly into the inlets, and (b) a person or persons to hold a sandbag adjacent one or both of the outlets to receive sand amounts which are shoveled directly into the associated inlet. In another embodiment, a sandbag filling apparatus includes a base, a support post connected with the base and extending away therefrom along a long axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventors: David D. Holand, Ronald M. Stone
  • Patent number: 6053218
    Abstract: A system for dispensing liquid paint components from their original containers into a paint receptacle according to a paint formula to form a liquid paint mixture. The dispensing system comprises a dispensing apparatus for dispensing the liquid paint component from its original container, and an apparatus for controlling the dispensing apparatus. The dispensing apparatus includes a mechanism for releasably receiving the original container of the liquid paint component, and a mechanism for dispensing the liquid paint component from its original container into the paint receptacle. The control apparatus includes a weigh cell and a control module coupled to the weigh cell and the dispensing mechanism. The weigh cell supports the paint receptacle to determine the weight of the liquid paint component dispensed into the paint receptacle. The control module controls the amount of the liquid paint component dispensed from its original container into the receptacle based upon information obtained from the weigh cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: X-Pert Paint Mixing Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Arie Boers
  • Patent number: 5813444
    Abstract: A method for filling containers utilizing at least two filling members. The containers to be filled are placed in a receptacle and at least two filling members are placed over the containers with the apertures of the filling members corresponding to the openings of the containers to be filled. Particulate matter is then disposed on top of the filling members and passed through the apertures in the filling members filling the containers below. A scraper is used to push and/or pull the particulate matter off of one filling member onto the other filling member. The now clean filling member is removed and the containers which are now filled with particulate matter are removed as well. The particulate matter is then moved from the second filling member onto the first in order to fill the new containers under it. The second filling member now being cleared of particulate matter is removed and the containers under it which are now filled are then removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Donald P. Cashion
  • Patent number: 5797248
    Abstract: A capsule filling device includes a manually operated system of dispensing specific quantities of pharmaceutical or other suitable substance into capsules. A desired quantity of pharmaceutical is placed in a capsule by using interchangeable plates with set volumes of wells to measure specific quantities of pharmaceutical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Willem Wassenaar
    Inventors: Michael Hetherington, William Wassenaar
  • Patent number: 5765606
    Abstract: A medication filling apparatus improves workability in filling a predetermined container with medications and also shortens the time required for medication filling. The medication filling apparatus is equipped with tablet cases for containing medications separately by type, a dispensing and counting device for dispensing the medications from the tablet cases and counting the dispensed medications, a turntable and guide for collecting the medications dispensed from the tablet cases, and a holder for filling a vial with the medications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Takemasa, Manabu Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 5651397
    Abstract: A device for consolidating compositions contained in partially filled dual chamber dispensing cartridges includes a body having a pair of passages, and first and second couplers for connecting the body to first and second dual chamber dispensing cartridges. Once the device is connected to two cartridges, an applicator is connected to one of the cartridges and is used to expel any remaining compositions in such cartridge to chambers of the other cartridge. The contents of several partially empty cartridges can be consolidated in this manner so that a subsequent dispensing operation need not be interrupted to replace cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Kevin L. Black, Frederick J. Turk, Bruce R. Broyles
  • Patent number: 5437318
    Abstract: A fluent material dispensing apparatus for filling containers with fluent material comprising a hopper for receiving and holding fluent material, the hopper's top being open and the hopper converging downwardly towards the hopper's bottom, wherein multiple discharge openings are located at the hopper's bottom, the top end of the discharge chutes being formed around each of the discharge openings, a support frame for supporting the hopper, the support frame comprising base members and a plurality of vertical legs extending between the hopper and the base members, a swing gate pivotally mounted to each discharge chute, the swing gates being movable from an open to a closed position over the bottom of the discharge chutes to control the discharge of fluent material from the hopper, a swing gate actuating mechanism for selectively moving the swing gate between an open and a closed position, a rotatable auger mounted transversely in the hopper for moving fluent material over the discharge openings, and a power sys
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: The Sandbagger Corp
    Inventors: Estacia Kanzler, Jack D. Eiler
  • Patent number: 5404919
    Abstract: A distribution system for a tobacco press is disclosed which includes a distribution conveyor system (50) and distributor blade assembly that includes a first blade mechanism (B) and a second blade mechanism (C). The blade mechanisms are disposed in upper and lower hopper portions (80a, 80b), and distribute tobacco into a charger (30a). The charger includes a vertical chute (32a)and an internal container (34a) which inserts into a tobacco container (22a) which tobacco is distributed and compressed by means of a press head (12a). First blade mechanism (B) includes a primary distributor blade (82) which can be moved in both a linear motion and a pivotal motion to primarily control the deflection and distribution of tobacco. Second blade mechanism (C) may include secondary distributor blades (94) and (96) which, when utilized in combination with primary distributor blade (82), provide for quadrant (a, b, c, d) distribution of tobacco into container (22a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Fishburne International Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Felts, Paul R. Sexton, Alex Hollingsworth
  • Patent number: 5309960
    Abstract: A cup holder is provided which is suited for attachment to a spout of a conventional beverage preparation machine so as to support a cup in a fluid-receiving orientation adjacent to such spout. The cup holder includes a base which is configured for securement to the spout, and a U-shaped cup-gripping member which includes a pair of space side walls separated by generally horizontal floor. One of the side walls extends from the base to the floor and the second side wall extends upwardly from the floor and terminates arcuately to provide a seat for a cup's lip. The arc of the second side wall is similar in shape to the side edge of a conventional lipped cup, accommodating angular placement of the cup on the second side wall during filling of the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Boyd Coffee Company
    Inventor: David D. Boyd
  • Patent number: 5163488
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the presentation in superposed layers of liquids of different densities, particularly liquid foodstuffs, essentially constituted by a body (1) adapted to be mounted on a glass (2), to be filled, and having a receptacle (3) for reception of the liquids, on the side opposite that bearing on the glass (2), characterized in that it is provided with a spherical float (4) coming into contact with the liquid in the glass (2) and connected to a rod (5) guided in a discharge channel (6) of the receptacle (3) for reception of the liquids in the direction of the glass (2), arranged in the body (1) and opening into said receptacle (3), this rod (5) being provided at its end opposite the float (4) with a stop forming simultaneously a manipulable handle (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Inventor: Armand Basch
  • Patent number: 5139059
    Abstract: A device for simultaneously filling a plurality of prefabricated cup-like containers having the same height with creamy food compositions, said device consisting of an outer frame which is higher than the upper edge of the containers, and of a cover plate which has a plurality of round openings (wells) conforming to the maximum diameter of the containers, said wells carrying tubular downward extensions which are longer by at least 3 mm, and preferably by 10 mm, than the difference between the height of the containers and the height of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Assignee: Dohler GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Dierkes, Manfred Gartner
  • Patent number: 4590974
    Abstract: A self-service beverage dispenser which includes a cabinet, a plurality of dispensing heads mounted in upper portion of the cabinet and a support for bottles to receive the beverages that are dispensed from the dispensing heads. The support for the bottles includes a trough carried by the cabinet beneath the dispensing heads to receive and to carry away beverages spilled into the trough and a perforated positioning platform for a succession of bottles forming a screen cover for the spill trough. A support for a succession of bottles to receive beverage from a dispensing head. Optionally a positioning bracket secured to the cabinet is provided beneath each nozzle for holding a bottle with the filling opening in the neck thereof out of direct alignment of the gravity induced stream of beverage flowing from a dispensing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: Carb-A-Drink International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert B. Mathews
  • Patent number: 4122651
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for filling and sealing a medicinal dispensing device with a flowable material, such as a liquid, and for sealing the liquid therein. The medicinal dispensing device includes a base having plural chambers each surrounded by a flange. A closure is adhesively secured to the base by contacting the flanges to seal the material within the chambers. The apparatus for filling and sealing the medicinal dispensing device comprises a base support block having an extending channel in the top face and a plurality of spaced recesses within the channel. The recesses are so dimensioned and spaced from each other to receive respective chambers of the base, with portions of the channel between the recesses supporting the flanges of the base. Removable guide means in the form of an elongated block is disposed within the channel over the flanges of the device base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1978
    Inventor: Milton Braverman