Flexible Or Collapsible Receiver Patents (Class 141/313)
  • Patent number: 10539125
    Abstract: A manual pump includes a pumping unit and a nozzle unit. The pumping unit includes an air bag, a valve housing connected to the air bag, and a sealing ring located on and around the valve housing. The nozzle unit includes a shell connected to an inflatable object and made with an opening, a shield connected to the shell and made with an aperture, a plunger inserted in the opening and the aperture, a sealing ring located on and around the plunger, and a spring located on and around the plunger and compressed between the plunger and the shield. The aperture is in communication of air with the opening, and the opening includes a tapered portion with a wall in contact with the sealing ring of the pumping unit when the valve housing is inserted in the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Chi-Yuan Chang
  • Patent number: 10456823
    Abstract: A bond fixture includes a frame that defines a chamber for receiving a component. At least one bladder assembly is mounted to the frame and extends into the chamber to apply a pressure to an adjacent surface of the component. A caul assembly is positionable about the component and receivable within the chamber. The caul assembly heats a localized portion of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Sven Roy Lofstrom, David Littlejohn, Scott Oren Smith
  • Patent number: 10260638
    Abstract: A multi-blade dosing valve comprising the following elements: a valve body provided with a central opening; a plurality of shafts, each provided with a respective blade, which extend transversely to the central opening; the blades being able to close, at least partially, the central opening; a motor unit which causes the opening/closing of the blades; and vibrators to set in vibration the shafts and the blades. The multi-blade dosing valve comprises an independent vibrator for each shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: WAMGROUP S.P.A.
    Inventors: Vainer Marchesini, Luca Golinelli
  • Patent number: 10138006
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for producing at extremely high production speeds small pouches filled with tobacco or other granular, powdered or solid content. An endless web substrate, with or without flavor film thereon, is formed into a tubular shape with a longitudinal seam. The tube is cut to individual lengths, and a procession of tubes is crimp-closed at one end, filled and crimp-closed at the other end to complete pouch production. During production, the seams formed at the crimped ends of the pouch are parallel to one another and the longitudinal seam of the pouch is midway between the sides of the pouch and orthogonal to the seams formed at the crimped ends of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Garthaffner, Dwight D. Williams, Jeremy J. Straight, David J. Webb, Carl G. Miller
  • Patent number: 9994436
    Abstract: A device for filling a receptacle (1) with a liquid, especially a drinking liquid, comprises a balloon-type body (4) which can be introduced into an opening (3) in the receptacle (1) and can be filled and inflated in such a way that the balloon-type body (4) rests against the inner surface of the inflated, the balloon-type body (4) is folded about the circumference in order to increase the size of the circumferential line of the balloon-type body (4) compared to a simple circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Leibinger GmbH
    Inventor: Benedikt Leibinger
  • Patent number: 9955793
    Abstract: An inflatable cushion including: an inflatable body, having an upper surface and a lower surface, said body including an air-impermeable skin defining a chamber, an elastic foam core within said chamber and a sealable air valve; and an external elastic foam layer substantially covering at least one of said upper and lower of surfaces; wherein: the foam core is formed of a foam having a density of between about 15 kg/m3 and about 35 kg/ma and a hardness of between about 25 newtons and about 45 newtons; and the foam layer is formed of a foam having a density of between about 35 kg/m3 and about 65 kg/m3 and a hardness of between about 35 newtons and about 95 newtons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: IPX PTY LTD
    Inventor: Mohammed Helou
  • Patent number: 9925944
    Abstract: Airbag cushion assemblies comprising cushion orientation features and related methods. Some embodiments may comprise an airbag cushion comprising a throat region comprising an inflator opening. An inflator comprising an inflator collar may be coupled with the airbag cushion. The inflator collar may comprise a non-circular shape. The assembly may further comprise an inflator coupling member coupled with the airbag cushion at the inflator opening. The inflator coupling member may similarly comprise a non-circular opening configured to be aligned with the inflator opening and to mate with the non-circular shape of the inflator collar so as to prevent the inflator from being coupled with the airbag cushion in a non-desired rotational orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Williams, Derrick R. Staheli, Mark S. Hatfield
  • Patent number: 9689609
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a portable bag assembly having a drying and sterilization function. The portable bag assembly includes a bag main body configured to form an inner space enabling an article to be received in and removed from the inner space, the partition unit having an openable surface so that access to the inner space is made; a partition unit contained in the bag main body to partition the inner space into multiple regions; a management unit provided in a portion of the bag main body to sterilize an article or to dry a wet article; a controller provided in a portion of the bag main body and electrically connected to the management unit, the controller controlling operation of the management unit; and a wireless communication module electrically connected to the controller to receive a control signal from a wireless terminal and transfer it to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Sunjung Lee, Seonhui Yoon
  • Patent number: 9616838
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airbag module (10) for being arranged on an instrument panel (5) comprising a fastening portion (22) provided for being arranged on the instrument panel (5), an inflator (16), an airbag (12), a receiving portion (26) for the airbag (12) extending from the inflator (16) to the fastening portion (22) and a retaining portion (24) which is accessible from outside of the receiving portion (26) and serves for retaining the inflator (16). The invention also relates to a subassembly comprising an instrument panel (5) and an airbag module (10) according to any one of the preceding claims, the fastening portion (22) of the airbag module (10) being connected to the instrument panel (5) and a retainer (28) formed separately from the airbag module (10) being provided which is connected to the retaining portion (24) of the airbag module (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Juergen Schmid
  • Patent number: 9555336
    Abstract: A balloon inflating device includes a gas mixing device fluidly connecting a supply of pressurized lighter-than-air (LTA) gas and a supply of a second gas to a balloon interface nozzle via a gas shut-off valve. The gas mixing device includes an outer pipe including a closed first end, an inner chamber, an inner pipe that projects through the closed first end of the outer pipe into the inner chamber, a first fluidic inlet and an outlet port. The inner pipe includes a second fluidic inlet into the inner chamber. The second fluidic inlet fluidly connects to the supply of LTA gas. The first fluidic inlet is proximal to the closed first end and fluidly connects to the supply of the second gas. A second end of the outer pipe fluidly connects to the outlet port. The outlet port fluidly connects via the gas shut-off valve to the balloon interface nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: KINTECH, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Walz, Michael Kinzel, Daniel O'Leary
  • Patent number: 9527627
    Abstract: A container for a solid product for dialysis has a connector (200) for connection to a dialysis machine, with a filling channel (202) that crosses it from one end to the other for filling the receptacle with solid product; a fluid line (211, 212, 213) for introducing a solution-making liquid, extending between a first connecting portion (211) that opens to the outside and an orifice (213) that opens to the inside; and a fluid line (221, 222, 223, 224) for extracting the obtained solution, extending between a second connecting portion (221) that opens to the outside and an orifice (224) that opens to the inside. The filling channel (202) is open at both ends and the two fluid lines (211, 212, 213; 221, 222, 223, 224) are fluid-tight between the orifice (213, 224) that opens into the receptacle and the first or second connecting portion (221, 221), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Thierry Eyrard, Philippe Laffay
  • Patent number: 9186492
    Abstract: A medical apparatus includes a socket unit for connecting a plug unit of a device for supplying medical fluids, in which the medical apparatus is in particular an extracorporeal blood treatment apparatus, for example an extracorporeal dialysis apparatus or an apparatus for peritoneal dialysis, or an apparatus for filling the device for supplying medical fluids. The socket unit comprises connection pieces for the connection of connectors of a plug unit, so that a flow connection can be produced for supplying or discharging a fluid. The connection pieces are surrounded by connection parts thereby forming rinsing chambers, in which the rinsing chambers are closed by closure pieces, said closure pieces being part of a closure body which is disposed rotatably on the socket unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Brandl, Thomas Faulhaber, Joern Hoermann, Franz Kugelmann, Goekhan Oerter, Rafael Sterzer
  • Patent number: 9174140
    Abstract: A balloon inflator includes a tank containing a volume of pressurized gas and a regulator assembly removably secured to the tank for reducing the pressure of gas exiting the tank, the regulator assembly including a pressure regulator. A nozzle assembly is also provided and includes a valve for controlling dispensing of the pressurized gas. A flexible hose extends between the regulator assembly and the nozzle assembly, the hose being in fluid communication with the pressure regulator and the valve. The balloon inflator is small and lightweight, and therefore portable and concealable. The flexible nature of the hose allows for easy manipulation of the nozzle assembly, making use of the balloon inflator easier for performers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Premium Balloon Accessories, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Nelson, Wesley A. Schroeder, Marcus Jahrling
  • Patent number: 8863481
    Abstract: Bag installation for bagging machines may include bag installation systems and/or methods that provide efficient, convenient, safe, and/or simplified means and/or steps for installing a bag on, and/or maintaining bag on, a bagging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: SRC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Cullen
  • Patent number: 8844743
    Abstract: A compressible container (200) has a cap (100) configured to engage therewith. The cap (100) includes a first valve (150), preferably in the form of first and second disks (112,120), one above another, each disk having at least one hole (113,122) therethrough. The disks are rotatable with respect to one another The holes (113,122) of the first and second disks (112,120) align in a first position to create channel therethrough and misalign in the second position to close the channel. The cap (100) may also include a second valve (130) connected to the channel. The second valve (130) may comprise a ball (134) inside a conic section tube (132). The ball (134) is designed to float on the liquid (300) so that any liquid (300) attempting to exit the container cap (100) will be prevented from doing so as the second valve (130) will be closed when the liquid forces the ball (134) into engagement with the conic section tube (132).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Giuseppe Costa
  • Patent number: 8794467
    Abstract: A tank flap module is provided for installation in a motor vehicle having a basin, which in the region of an elastically deformable floor section has a passage opening for receiving a fuel filler neck. The floor section adjoining the passage opening on a side facing the fuel filler neck has a surface structure provided for reducing the adhesive and/or sliding friction properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Christian Zentner
  • Patent number: 8789565
    Abstract: An air manifold adapted for attaching to an air fill opening in a side of plastic, polymer balloons and receiving compressed air therein. The air manifold includes a hollow manifold body with a plurality of outwardly extending manifold air ports attached to and spaced around an outer circumference of the manifold body. The air ports are adapted for releasable or permanent attachment to the air fill openings in the side of the balloons. The manifold body also includes an air tube. The air tube has one end attached to and in fluid communication with the manifold body. An opposite end of the air tube is adapted for receiving the compressed air therethrough and into the manifold body. When the compressed air is received through the air tube and into the manifold body, the balloons attached to the manifold air ports are inflated for forming a balloon cluster around the manifold body thus providing an attractive and decorative display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Balloon Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Chris J. Wicken
  • Patent number: 8763843
    Abstract: A water storage assembly is disclosed including a flexible bladder having a water storage cavity, a water inlet in fluid communication with said cavity, a water outlet in fluid communication with said cavity, and a rigid frame adapted to support said bladder wherein said bladder wherein said bladder is secured to said rigid frame and said bladder is adapted to expand and contract upon flow of said water into and out of said cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Graeme Alexander Marett, Andrew Waudby
  • Publication number: 20140150927
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system for aiding collection of debris comprising a rigid, unitary body further comprising a base and a shell. The base is substantially planar, having a proximal end portion and extends to a distal end portion. The base has a pair of edges extending longitudinally from its proximal end portion to its distal end portion. The shell has a proximal end portion and extends to a distal end portion and has a pair of edges extending longitudinally from the proximal end portion to the distal end portion. The shell has an elevated region extending between the pair of edges. The base joined to the shell at their respective corresponding edges, defining a cavity therein and defining a mouth at its proximal end, the mouth being contiguous with a debris channel, and the debris channel being contiguous with an outlet at the body's distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Gerald Borron
  • Patent number: 8720494
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for filling bags with loose materials, wherein a package to be filled is filled by means of a filling element in a filling process. The filling process comprises a filling stage, a settling stage, and a discharge stage wherein during the filling stage, loose material is filled into the bag while admitting air and in the settling stage, a settling phase is provided for the pressure to drop and in the discharge stage, the bag is discharged from the filling element. In the settling phase, the squeezing device applies a squeezing pressure to the package so as to vent the package and to reduce the volume available to the package, until a predetermined reduction of the volume available to the package is reached, whereupon the squeezing pressure of the squeezing device on the package is reduced and the package is discharged from the filling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Haver & Boecker OHG
    Inventor: Alois Combrink
  • Patent number: 8708003
    Abstract: A two part system for transferring fill material in and out of soft furniture such as beanbag furniture, which comprises a transfer bag and a tubular funnel secured to the transfer bag and a second tubular funnel secured inside a piece of soft furniture to which the filling is to be transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Grant Morris
  • Patent number: 8671995
    Abstract: A sealing and inflating assembly includes an air compressor for generating a pressurized air, a tire repairing container for receiving a sealing preparation having a mouth opening, an outlet piece attached to the mouth opening of the container for guiding the pressurized air to flow into the container, and having an inlet conduit for allowing the sealing preparation to flow out of the outlet piece, a pipe coupled to the inlet conduit of the outlet piece for directing and guiding the pressurized air to flow into an upper space of the container without flowing through the sealing preparation when the container is disposed upside down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Wen San Chou
  • Patent number: 8640745
    Abstract: A tire repair device comprises: a bottle body 10 containing tire cement, and a bottle cap 20 formed at an opening of the bottle body 10. A tire cement guiding tube is provided in the bottle cap 20, in which the guiding tube includes a first tube section 21 axially parallel to the bottle body 10 and a second tube section 22 perpendicular to the first section 21 of the tube. The second tube section 22 connects with an end of a fluid transfer tube 30, and a connector 40 is formed at the other end of the fluid transfer tube 30, and the connector is connected to a tire to deliver tire cement from the bottle body 10 to damaged areas of the tire. A step 25 is formed along the inside wall between an entrance 211 of the first tube section 21 and an entrance 221 of the second tube section 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Top Alliance Technology Limited
    Inventor: Hui Long Ji
  • Patent number: 8631842
    Abstract: Novel water balloon filling devices and tying fixtures are disclosed herein. Preferred filling devices are configured to attach to a water spigot or hose and include a spring valve that is protected from internal water flow. Preferred tying fixtures can include two prongs having diverging end sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventors: Cristian Dancescu, Diane Ciot
  • Patent number: 8631840
    Abstract: A kit for repairing and inflating inflatable items comprises a housing, a compressor assembly housed within the housing, a connecting device having an inlet connected to the compressor assembly and a seat adapted to be fluidically connected to a container assembly for a sealing liquid and to the inlet, a valve configured to be opened automatically when the container assembly is connected to the connection device and elastically maintained in a first position such as to fluidically disconnect the inlet from the seat when the container assembly is disconnected from the connecting device, and a flexible tube fluidically connected to the compressor assembly. In particular, the connecting device comprises an outlet fluidically connected to the valve so as to be fluidically connected to the inlet when the valve is in the first position, and in that the flexible tube is connected to the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Tek Global S.r.l.
    Inventors: Sergio Lolli, Wenhao Chen
  • Patent number: 8561655
    Abstract: An automatic ice vending apparatus including a holding vessel formed with an aperture, the holding vessel being configured and dimensioned to receive and house ice pieces produced by an operatively associated ice supply, an ice metering device, and an ice transferring device at least partially disposed within the holding vessel that facilitates movement of ice pieces located therein in a first direction toward the aperture thereof, and movement of ice pieces in a second different direction from the aperture to the ice metering device, which is adapted and configured to meter a quantity of ice pieces into a readily transportable container. Methods and automated methods of delivering ice to consumer(s) are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Ice House America LLC
    Inventors: Donald J. Dalton, Roy Lavon Stripling
  • Publication number: 20130167975
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tire pressure control system for a motor vehicle, comprising a rotary feedthrough (7) having a stator and a rotor for transferring compressed air, fed from a compressed air source on the vehicle side to the rotor (R) designed for supporting a wheel. The rotary feedthrough (7) comprises an annular chamber (25) present between the rotor (R) and the stator (S) that can be sealed off by activatable seals (15, 16). A stator side and a rotor side air channel (8, 17) open into said chamber. The seals (15, 16) that can be activated for the purpose of compressed air transfer are disposed spaced apart in an axial arrangement having the same or approximately the same spacing from the rotary axis of the rotor (R). According to the invention, either the seals (15, 16) are designed for operating facing each other and an annular grove (18) present between the seals (15, 16) and open to the rotor (R) in the radial direction engages in rotor flange (19).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: PTG Reifendruckregelsyteme GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Tigges
  • Publication number: 20130118640
    Abstract: A tie-less water balloon assembly includes an inner membrane for creating a one-way water flow channel. The channel includes a seal and a closure member. Water entering the balloon is directed into the flow channel and into the balloon. Once the water is inside the balloon, the water exerts pressure on the flow channel and prevents water from prematurely escaping the balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Greg Peter Saggio
  • Patent number: 8439089
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a temporary mobility kit for repairing tires, including: an air compressor; a sealant assembly selectively connected to the air compressor; a sealant hose in the sealant assembly, configured to connect the air compressor to a tire valve; and a first circuit configured to assess a connection condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yingchao Guan, Kimberly Ann Steele, Darryl L. Jones, Zhi Qiang He, Sergey Maryanovsky
  • Patent number: 8381775
    Abstract: A passive method for conserving fuel vapor by connecting the ullage space of the liquid fuel storage tanks to a bladder in a vapor conservation tank; connecting the ullage space of a liquid fuel delivery vehicle to air space of the vapor conservation tank, external of the bladder; delivering liquid fuel from the delivery vehicle into the liquid fuel storage tanks, the liquid fuel displacing fuel vapor from the storage tanks; delivering displaced fuel vapor into the bladder, the delivered fuel vapor inflating the bladder and displacing air from the air space of the vapor conservation tank, external of the bladder; and, thereafter, over time, delivering fuel vapor from the bladder into ullage space of the fuel storage tanks, replacing the volume of liquid fuel delivered from the fuel storage tanks into vehicle fuel tanks. A passive system for conserving fuel vapor is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: James W. Healy
  • Publication number: 20130019994
    Abstract: A portable device for rapidly inflating an inflatable bag is disclosed, which comprises at least one inlet intended to be connected to a source of compressed gas, in order to allow this gas to expand into an air intake chamber, the inlet being associated with a mechanism that triggers the release of the compressed gas to the air intake chamber, the latter having an opening allowing atmospheric air to be admitted and an outlet intended to be connected to the bag that is to be inflated. The device further comprises an intermediate distribution chamber for the compressed gas, which chamber is arranged between the inlet and the air intake chamber in order to connect the one to the other, and ejection holes arranged so as to open into a lateral wall of the air intake chamber in order to connect the latter to the intermediate distribution chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Marc-Antoine SCHAER, Robert GRAHAM, Laurent RAEBER
  • Patent number: 8342215
    Abstract: Provided is a tire sealant liquid container that accommodates a tire sealant liquid, and that includes: an air inlet guiding therein a compressed air outputted by a compressor; and a tire sealant liquid outlet guiding the tire sealant liquid into a tire. The air inlet is provided at a position above a liquid level of the tire sealant liquid, and the tire sealant liquid outlet is provided at a position below the air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takumi Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 8327607
    Abstract: An apparatus for introducing a selected beverage into a flexible pouch 8, sealingly closing the pouch 8 and dispensing the closed pouch 8. The apparatus comprises a housing 4 adapted to, in use, accept a plurality of reservoirs 10 of beverage concentrate. Each reservoir 10 has a concentrate pump 12 provided with a diluent inlet and a mixer for mixing pumped concentrate with diluent to produce a mixed beverage. Leading from each pump 12 is flexible conduit 14 terminating in a nozzle 68 for dispensing the mixed beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Imi Cornelius Inc.
    Inventor: Richard John Nighy
  • Patent number: 8307612
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling a balloon with a fluid and tying a knot in the neck of the balloon, having a filling device body engaging a source of fluid under pressure. A balloon barb extends outwards from the body, and a fluid passageway in the body communicates with a control to allow the passage of fluid from the source to the balloon barb. A tying device extends from the body substantially parallel to the balloon barb, the tying device being detachable from and reattachable to a receptacle in the body of the filling device. A keyway is located either the tying device or an inner surface of the receptacle, and a key is located in the other of the tying device or the receptacle. The key corresponds in dimensions to fit in the keyway, where the key removably fits into the keyway when the tying device is inserted in the receptacle of the body of the filling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne Sikorcin
  • Patent number: 8307864
    Abstract: A valve assembly for vacuum sealing a collapsible storage bag including a first valve part and a second valve part. The first valve part being inserted into the second valve part with a wall of the bag in between, causing the wall of the bag to break and/or puncture. A valve sealing mechanism to control the air flow from within the bag through the first and second valve part and out the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Chris Dobkins
  • Patent number: 8302635
    Abstract: A dosage-dispensing element (30) on a container (10, 11) for free-flowing or pourable bulk materials has an outlet spout (12) that reaches into the element. The element has an inlet opening (32) on the side facing towards the container, a clamping profile (42) and/or a quick-tightening device (44) which makes a releasable connection between the outlet spout and the element, a slot-shaped outlet opening (34) on the side that faces away from the container, a ring gap (22) between the outlet spout and the inlet opening, a wall (36) extending between the respective openings with an inside (37) and an outside (38), and a foil-shaped material (20), especially a foil hose or foil section, stored in the area of the outlet spout. The inlet opening, the inside of the wall and the slot-shaped outlet opening are covered with the foil-shaped material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventor: Lorenz Bohler
  • Patent number: 8276624
    Abstract: A temporary mobility kit directed to a release arrangement for selectively releasing a sealant bottle from the base of the kit is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kimberly Ann Steele, Darryl L. Jones, Yingchao Guan
  • Publication number: 20120230766
    Abstract: A flood wall system and method of constructing same, including providing a first main panel section; attaching sleeves to each side of a main panel prior to configuring the final chamber; providing two sleeves of fabric at the upper opening of each chamber for supporting the chambers while they are filled with materials such as sand; providing a series of chambers sewn together to define a continuous cellular wall; the final chamber having a horizontal height which is two feet (0.6 m) longer than the vertical height further having a front toe portion one foot (0.3 m) in height; filling each chamber with a quantity of material, such as sand; on each end of a completed chain of chambers, further comprising a set of loops or ties so that a chain of chambers is capable of being tied to other chains of chambers to define the continuous flood wall system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel R. Schnaars, SR., Everett Leslie Waid, JR., Jean André Beard
  • Patent number: 8251105
    Abstract: A kit for repairing and inflating inflatable articles has a compressor unit for producing compressed air; a container containing sealing fluid injectable into the inflatable article by means of a stream of compressed air from the compressor unit; a fluid line designed to connect the compressor unit to the inflatable article; and a sensor for determining a connection status to the inflatable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Tek Global S.R.L.
    Inventors: Sergio Lolli, Maurizio Marini
  • Patent number: 8245737
    Abstract: In a filling system for sealing and inflating tires, comprising at least one pressure source, in particular a compressor, and at least one container for receiving tire sealant, the container for receiving tire sealant is to be of tire-like design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Stehle
  • Patent number: 8210546
    Abstract: A tube holder for a tube filling machine includes a cup-shaped housing having a tube receptacle that opens towards the top and into which one end area of a tube can be inserted. At least one vertical groove is formed in the area of the inner wall of the tube receptacle into which a clamping element is inserted, wherein the clamping element can be radially displaced substantially perpendicularly to the longitudinal central axis of the tube receptacle and is pivotably disposed about a pivot axis that extends substantially tangentially relative to the inner wall of the tube receptacle. A clamping force that acts radially from the outside onto the inserted tube can be applied by the clamping element under the action of upper and lower spring elements. The pivot axis is thereby formed on a pivot bearing which permits radial displacement of the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: IWK Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Köhler
  • Patent number: 8201586
    Abstract: To prevent a burr, produced from the joint portion by welding between a liquid agent container and an injection unit, from interfering with a boring member inserted into a jig communication passage when the boring member is inserted into the jig communication passage to prevent the obstruction of the piercing action through a sealing member by the edge of the boring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Yoshida, Ryuji Izumoto, Shinichi Iwasaki, Rieko Iwasaki, legal representative
  • Publication number: 20120144776
    Abstract: A balloon filling device is provided. The balloon filling device includes a hose connector extending outwards from a body of the balloon filling device, a hose barb extending outwards from the body along a predominant axis, the hose barb being displaced on the body from the hose connector, a valve within the body having an opened state where the valve forms a conduit between the hose connector and the hose barb and a closed state where the conduit is blocked and a receptacle disposed in the body adjacent the hose barb that receives a balloon tying device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne Sikorcin
  • Patent number: 8196620
    Abstract: The improved bag valve includes a flexible bag (4) made of an impermeable material with an opening that is closed by a valve (6) for filling the bag (4) with a desired product. The empty bag (4) is rolled up or folded about a longitudinal axis (X-X?) and kept in the rolled position. The bag (4) is designed so as to elongate itself when filled with the desired product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Ecopack France S.A.S.
    Inventor: Alfons Jozef Fransen
  • Patent number: 8146626
    Abstract: A flexible container has a container body with container walls that define a container interior. A container socket is connected to the container body and has a container opening through which the container interior is filled. Carrying loops are connected to the container body for lifting the container. The container socket has an initial retracted position in the container interior and is transferable from the initial retracted position into an upright filling position. The container socket is at least partially comprised of an elastically expandable material. The flexible container is filled by inserting into the container socket a filling tube, contacting with the filling tube the container socket in the initial retracted position, and transferring the container socket to the upright filling position and keeping the container socket secured on the filling tube in the upright filling position. The bulk material is introduced through the filling tube into the flexible container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignees: Nordenia Deutschland Emsdetten GmbH, Reis GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik
    Inventors: Heinz Purnhagen, Siegfried Hartmann
  • Publication number: 20120073702
    Abstract: Inflation kit, especially for inflating balloons, balls and the like, characterized in that it comprises: two opposing hollow interlocking bodies, one having at least one inlet for air coming from the outside and the other body having at least one outlet for air coming from the internal cavity defined by the two bodies; an extractable bellows inside the internal cavity defined by the two bodies, through which air can flow from the air inlet to the air outlet; a valve that can be coupled to the air outlet of one of the bodies; and lastly a deflated inflatable element housed inside the cavity defined by the two bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: CIGARSOLO, S.A. DE CV.
    Inventor: Luis Medina Anguiano
  • Publication number: 20120067453
    Abstract: A device and method for filling balloons with a fluid comprising a pressurizable container and a filling head. The device pressurizes a container filled with a fluid and releases the fluid through a barbed nozzle that engages a balloon. To use the device, a user engages a balloon on a barbed nozzle attached to the filling head and pumps a pumping mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Donna A. Ramere, Alexis N. Glenn
  • Patent number: 8132599
    Abstract: An automated system for inflating balloons. A balloon inflator comprises an electronic control system that activates the pressurized gas source to inflate a balloon. The balloons are fed through the inflator on a belt and, at the appropriate time as governed by the electronic control system, pressurized gas is emitted into a balloon. Once the balloon bursts or is removed from the inflator, the belt is advanced and that the next balloon is inflated. In the preferred embodiment, the system comprises multiple inflators and the electronic control system is operated remotely using radio frequency signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Conray, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney Crandell, Raymond Crandell
  • Patent number: 8122924
    Abstract: A coupling closure is provided for substantially environmentally-sealed reversible closure of containers or hose elements. At least one first flexible band with at least one first closure element is provided. At least one second flexible band is provided with at least one second closure element that is complementary to the first closure element. A top side of the first band comprises at least one third closure element and a top side of the second band comprises at least one fourth closure element. Also a coupling closure is provided for substantially environmentally-sealed reversible closure of containers or hose elements comprising a plurality of frame bands and articulation devices. Immediately adjacent frame bands are connected with one another via at least one articulation device between the immediately adjacent frame bands to form a circumferential folding frame wherein inner sides of at least two adjacent or opposing frame bands are foldable one on top the other to form a closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Gea Pharma Systems AG
    Inventors: Martin Koch, Joachim Stoyle, Stefan Vogler
  • Patent number: 8100301
    Abstract: A sandbag filling apparatus has an auger within a steel pipe mounted to a wheeled frame for easy positioning. The pipe has a sand receiving end positionable beneath a sand pile, and an elevated end with a sand chute for filling sandbags. The auger flights are substantially spaced from the pipe ID and driven by a motor mounted to the pipe. The pipe has an opening which, when positioned beneath a sandpile, allows sand to enter the pipe and to be delivered by the auger to the sand chute. A vibrator is mounted to the pipe between the opening and the elevated end which vibrates a pair of fins arranged on either side of the opening so that sand cannot form a bridge across the opening. Smaller openings may be positioned beneath the fins on either side of the primary sand opening to ease starting the auger with sand present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Stacey A. Babiarz