With Flow Controlling Means Patents (Class 141/317)
  • Patent number: 11288626
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to integrated systems for dispensing, weighing, identifying, processing, and/or printing tag identifiers for items (e.g., bulk food items). In one embodiment, a storage system includes one or more storage bins configured to store one or more bulk foods. The storage system further includes a kiosk. The storage system further includes a sensor attached to or positioned adjacent to each storage bin of the one or more storage bins. Each sensor is configured to monitor a movement of a respective storage bin. Additionally, each sensor is configured to transmit a notification or signal to the kiosk identifying the movement of the respective storage bin. Further, the kiosk is configured to receive the notification or signal from the sensor and automatically print a label identifying a bulk food stored in the respective storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SMARTBINS INC.
    Inventor: David Conway
  • Patent number: 11015721
    Abstract: The flow control valve has a drive, a housing with a regulating member provided with inlet and outlet fittings with passages and movable and fixed regulating teeth. The flow control valve comprises a composite housing having an upper and lower parts mounted on a support. The lateral surface of the drive disc is provided with Archimedes spiral, the regulating member is provided with evenly spaced projections in the central portion forming the fixed teeth, the movable teeth are located in the spaces between the fixed teeth. All the teeth being formed in a streamlined shape ending with a wedge of the cross-section angle defined as 360/n, n is the number of movable teeth. For engagement between the movable teeth and the drive disc for transmission of motion, a counter plate with notches corresponding to the Archimedes spiral parameters on the drive disc is installed on the movable teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Vadim M. Sakizchi, Snezhana V. Sobolevskaja
  • Patent number: 10345206
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pressure-tight storage vessel containing a liquid, wherein the storage vessel has an inner floor and an upper side and is closed in a pressure-sealing manner by a closure, and wherein the nature of the storage vessel allows pressure-sealing piercing with at least two hollow needles; and to a method for transferring a liquid from a storage vessel to a reaction vessel, the method comprising the following steps: supplying the storage vessel according to the invention, pressure-sealing piercing with a first hollow needle, which is connected to a rinsing-liquid tank, and pressure-sealing piercing with a second hollow needle, which is connected to the reaction vessel, introducing rinsing liquid from the rinsing-liquid tank, via the first hollow needle, into the storage vessel, the liquid being driven out of the storage vessel, via the second hollow needle, into the reaction vessel; and to an apparatus which is suitable for implementing the method according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: EUROIMMUN Medizinische Labordiagnostika AG
    Inventors: Winfried Stoecker, Alexander Kowtun, Bianca Huth, Lars Koschinat, Lars Richter
  • Patent number: 9421926
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper protection device reduces the force of impact in the event of collision. The device includes a chamber having a top wall, a bottom wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall and a rear wall. The first and second side walls are coupled to and extend between the top and bottom walls and the front and rear walls. The chamber is configured for attaching to a vehicle bumper. An inflatable bladder is positioned in the chamber. A compression assembly is positioned within the bladder and is configured to absorb shock upon impact of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventors: Giang Huynh, Philip P. Nguyen, Mai H. Nguyen, Ben M. Le
  • Patent number: 8714211
    Abstract: An apparatus and methodology is provided for filling portable containers, such as sandbags, with aggregate materials. The utility utilizes a transfer mechanism to selectively transfer aggregate between a supply of aggregate material (e.g., sand) and first and second filling stations that direct received aggregate into portable containers or bags. The transfer mechanism is operative to alternately supply aggregate between the first and second filling stations and operates primarily under the force of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Floyd Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8360116
    Abstract: A standalone ice dispenser delivers ice in bagged form. The device uses a cone-shaped drum with an upwardly oriented mount that receives and stores the ice is gravitationally delivered to the drum from an ice maker. A motor rotates the drum such that a fin therein causes ice to advance toward and eventually out of the mouth of the drum. A bagging system uses a hopper that receives ice from the drum such that a blower to blow open a bag and thereafter a trap door drops allowing ice to drop from the hopper into the bag. Thereafter, the bagged ice drops to a floor panel which raises the bagged ice into a chute. Weight sensors attached to the drum determine whether the drum is empty or full and control operation of the ice maker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Tim Maxwell
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120222391
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for filling valve bags with dry bulk goods including a supporting construction and a filling spout extending laterally from the supporting construction for filling a valve bag provided with a bag body and a valve. A bag holder for guiding the valve bag is provided. For filling, the valve bag is placed onto the filling spout by its valve, hanging from the filling spout during the filling process. The bag holder is displaceable during the filling process from a filling position to a closing position after discharge. An expansion device is provided at the bag holder to expand the valve of the valve bag prior to closing. The bag holder is attached to the supporting construction. During the filling process the expansion device is at least partially inserted into the valve of the valve bag hanging from the filling spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: HAVER & BOECKER OHG
    Inventor: Mark WEHLING
  • Patent number: 8201585
    Abstract: According to the present invention, even though the paint is filled or discharged repetitively to or from the paint bag (5), so that bursting of a coating bag (5) or lack of coating material during coating are not caused by accumulation of error between the filling amount and the using amount. That is, before a predetermined amount of the coating material is supplied to the coating material bag (5), the remaining coating material in the coating material bag (5) is extruded to empty it, since the coating material bag (5) is squashed by the pressure of fluid which was supplied to the hydraulic fluid chamber (6) outside of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignees: Trinity Industrial Corporation, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takao Nomura, Shigeyoshi Inada, Noriyuki Achiwa, Takanobu Mori, Kengo Honma, Akira Kato, Yasushi Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20120150139
    Abstract: An embodiment directed towards a system for ambulatory drug infusion over an extended time period from a flexible container is disclosed, and in which the system comprises a filling apparatus with a hollow support structure defining a container compartment, the container compartment being adapted to receive, fully or in part, the flexible container, and the support structure being adapted to limit the expansion of the flexible container by contacting the flexible container upon being filled, thus defining a maximum filling volume of the flexible container. In other embodiments, a container assembly is disclosed that comprises a flexible container and a support structure as well as use of a flexible container in or in combination with a system according to the invention or a container assembly according to the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Gerald Studer
  • Patent number: 8181679
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling open bags with bulk materials, comprising a filling means and a filling spout having an outlet opening for filling the bags, wherein a collecting device is provided which includes a movable and controllable collecting unit. Said collecting unit, when in a collecting position, collects any bulk material which may trickle out of the outlet opening of the filling spout and when in a discharging position, discharges the collected bulk material into a material discharge line of a material discharge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Haver & Boecker OHG
    Inventor: Willi Vollenkemper
  • Patent number: 8167007
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for filling a container of a collapsible type with a product. The device comprising a valve housing with a filling tube, which is insertable into a filling duct of the container to supply the product to the compartment through a product path; a piston element arranged in the product path and comprising a valve body and an end element, the piston element being movable between a first position, in which the valve body blocks the product path and the end element counteract dripping, and a second position, in which the valve body opens the product path and the end element defines, together with the outlet portion, a filling passage; and a squeezing apparatus establishes a seal between the filling tube and the filling duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolean Research & Development A/S
    Inventor: Per Gustafsson
  • Publication number: 20120097293
    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: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventors: Cristian Dancescu, Diane Ciot
  • Patent number: 8104520
    Abstract: A method of forming a transportable container of bulk goods begins by placing the distributing end of a hopper over the open top of a bunched bag. Bulk goods are dispensed from the distributing end of the hopper through the open top of the bag to establish a level of bulk goods in the bag. The hopper moves vertically relative to the closed base of the bag during the dispensing of bulk goods from the distributing end of the hopper to maintain vertical spacing between the distributing end of the hopper and the level of bulk goods in the bag. A hopper fill level is maintained in the hopper during the dispensing of bulk goods from the hopper. An outer wrap is spirally wrapped around the bag while filling the bag to form the transportable container. The outer wrap is maintained near the level of bulk goods in the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: Dave Ours, Sharon Juntunen, Stanley Davis, Clark Kreider
  • Patent number: 7934522
    Abstract: A multi-sectional airtight seal for continuous air-filling includes: an input passage; plural first sub-tubes aligned parallel to a lateral side of the input passage; plural first valve devices including a first filling passage and a second filling passage with the first filling passage connecting the first sub-tubes and the input passage; plural second sub-tubes serially connecting the first sub-tubes; and plural second valve devices for connecting the second sub-tubes and the second filling passages to allow through-linking between the second sub-tubes and the input passage. When external air in the input passage enters through the first filling passage of the first valve device to fill and expand the first sub-tubes, the second sub-tube is filled through the second filling passage and the second valve device to be expanded as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventors: Chian Hua Liao, Yao Sin Liao, Yao Chuan Liao
  • Publication number: 20110079316
    Abstract: Currently the only way to fill water balloons on the market is with a device that you attach to a faucet or a water hose. My invention removes the limitation of having to be near either. My inventions allows for the conservation of water. When children are using the hose or the faucet they tend to leave it running, even walking away with it running. My invention allows water balloons to be filled anywhere. The container is housed with a compression pump that allows water that has been put into the container to be forced by pressure into a tube for dispersing through a nozzle tip to the balloon that has been attached to the nozzle. There is no waste of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: Donna A. Ramere
  • Publication number: 20100326013
    Abstract: In accordance with the principles of the present invention, an ice-bagging apparatus and method are provided. The apparatus comprises an ice maker for making ice and hopper for receiving the ice from the ice maker. The apparatus further includes a drawer system, operatively associated with the hopper, for measuring the ice and delivering of the ice. The drawer system includes top door and drawer. A bag delivery mechanism for placing the ice in a bag is also included, with the bag delivery mechanism including a bag supply mechanism, a blower engaged to open the mouth of the bag to receive the product, and a sealer that seals the open mouth of the bag once the bag is filled with the ice. A control device is included that manages and monitors the drawer and bag delivery mechanism and allows transmission of the collected data to the Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Mark C. Metzger
  • Publication number: 20100258589
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a spout having an evacuation structure for a flexible container. The evacuation structure ensures that the walls of the flexible container do not block the spout of the container during evacuation of fluid from inside the container. The evacuation structure additionally pivots away from the spout during the filling of the container so that the evacuation structure does not impede the fluid entering the container during filling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
  • Publication number: 20100037987
    Abstract: A device fills a container of a collapsible type with a product in the form of powder or liquid. The container has a compartment that is defined by flexible walls and has a volume that is dependent on the relative position of the walls and communicates with the surroundings through a filling duct of the container. The container has a valve housing with a filling tube that is insertable into the filling duct of the container to supply a product to the compartment of the container through a product path that is defined by the valve housing and its filling tube, a piston element arranged in the product path and comprising a valve body and, arranged downstream thereof, an end element. The piston element is movable between a two positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Per Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 7624773
    Abstract: A standalone ice dispenser delivers ice in either bagged form or bulk form to a user. The device uses a cone-shaped drum with an upwardly oriented mount that receives and stores the ice which ice is gravitationally delivered to the drum from an ice maker. When ice is to be dispensed, a motor rotates the drum such that a fin within the drum cause ice therein to advance toward and eventually out of the mouth of the drum into either a bagging system or directly out of the device via a chute. Weight sensors attached to the drum determine whether the drum is relatively empty or relatively full and control operation of the ice maker as a result and/or a proximity sensor measures the volume of ice in the drum and controls the operation of the ice maker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Tim Maxwell
  • Patent number: 7610929
    Abstract: A cargo or dunnage air bag inflation and deflation system comprises an inflation-deflation valve member, a cap-type plug member, and an air gun implement having a fill nozzle and an exhaust nozzle mounted upon opposite ends thereof for respective connection to the valve member in order to perform inflation and deflation operations. The valve member comprises a flapper or check valve element pivotally mounted upon the valve member so as to permit inflation or deflation of the cargo or dunnage air bag when the flapper or check valve element is moved away from its valve seat, and to substantially maintain the cargo or dunnage air bag in its inflated state when the flappper or check valve element is effectively seated upon its valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Zielinski, Thomas C. Keenan, Joseph E. Tyer, Terrence P. Meier
  • Patent number: 7562681
    Abstract: Sandbags are filled with sand with a minimum of manual lifting. A truck has a sandbag filling unit thereon with a large sand hopper. The sand hopper has a sand holding tank underneath with one or more funnels for feeding the sand to sand blowers underneath. One or more compressors drive the sand into one or more hoses that are used to feed the sand into empty sandbags on a first conveyor located in close proximity so that workers can use the hoses to fill empty sandbags thereon. When the filled sandbags reach the end of the first conveyor, other workers would seal the bags. As the filled and sealed bags reach the end of the first conveyor, a second conveyor may be positioned to load the sandbags onto a transporting device or a pallet. One or more large sandbags are dropped into a breach of a levee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: David W. Hermansen
  • Patent number: 7398804
    Abstract: The sealed docking system comprises first and second coupling elements each having respective first and second coupling elements with respective first and second flexible receptacles. Each coupling element has a slot. The two coupling elements engage with one another. The coupling elements are flexible so that when force is applied the slots open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: GEA Buck Valve GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Koch, Gary Heath
  • Publication number: 20080115462
    Abstract: A slurry product is packaged into a plastic bag using a modified form-fill-seal apparatus and method of using it. The apparatus has preferably been modified to select the appropriate amount of product slurry by weight. Bags are filled using a dual auger system that includes a bulk auger and a precision auger that fill a bag simultaneously. The augers work together for a first period to rapidly load slurry into a large part of the bag. During a second period, the bulk auger shuts down, allowing the precision auger alone to top-off the bags. The periods are determined either by time or by the volume or weight of the product that has entered the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventor: Stanley B. Doyle
  • Patent number: 7204278
    Abstract: A check valve for use in an air-packing device has a simple structure and promotes to easily inflate all of the air cells of the air-packing device with a relatively lower pressure. The check valves can be easily attached to any locations of the air-packing device. The check valves are formed when a check valve film is attached to one of the first and second thermoplastic films. Peeling agents of predetermined pattern are applied on the check valve film which prevents heat-sealing between the first and second thermoplastic films for air tightly separating two adjacent air containers. The check valve is configured by an air flow maze portion having a zig-zag air passage and a common air duct portion which provides the air to the air flow maze portion of a current air container as well as to the air flow maze portion of a next air container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Air-Paq, Inc.
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Koyanagi, Yasuzumi Tanaka, Katsutoshi Yoshifusa
  • Patent number: 6866073
    Abstract: A forage loading assembly substitutes a large reciprocating piston for the traditionally employed auger to impel and compact the forage into a huge bag. The forage is preferably transferred to a point above the piston action by a conveyor, the bottom of which is suspended to avoid being dragging along the ground during widely recognized forward creeping assembly phenomenon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventors: James Martin Meixelsperger, Jared James Meixelsperger
  • Patent number: 6823904
    Abstract: The invention relates to a metering installation for powder pigments, having an arrangement for supplying the powder pigments into a weighing container of a weighing arrangement. The weighing container may be emptied into a pneumatic conveying conduit which leads into a consuming unit, if appropriate, via an intermediate store. The conveying arrangement has a hopper-like pressure container which can be subjected to the action of compressed air. The pressure container has a closure at the base and a laterally curved outlet connector. An injector tube, which can be subjected to the action of compressed air and has lateral exit openings for the compressed air, extends axially into the outlet connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventors: Michael Finke, Ingo Finke
  • Patent number: 6799611
    Abstract: An icing dispenser having an expandable elastic reservoir on the handle proximal end which when loaded expands a reservoir bladder under an elastic bias that tends to return the bladder to its unexpanded condition, therein uniformly impressing constant pressure on the icing within the reservoir. A reservoir neck extends from the bladder through a handle passageway to a decorator icing tip. A butterfly valve within the reservoir neck modulates an amount of icing flowing through the tip with butterfly ends angled parallel to the passageway and urged into the pliable neck at a preferred angle, slightly deforming the neck to effect a valve seal. The handle is adapted for operation in an operator's fingers as a writing instrument with icing extrusion modulated by a lever on the handle being adjusted relative to the handle by the fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Edbert E. L. Dittmar
  • Patent number: 6719016
    Abstract: A pressurized container includes a vessel defining a chamber therein. A housing that is connected to the vessel defines an outlet that is fluidly separated from the chamber by a closure member. A moveable member may be seated within and form a seal with the housing and abut the closure member. Activation of an initiator propels the moveable member through the closure member, thereby fluidly connecting the chamber and the outlet. The pressurized container might include an obstruction partially blocking an outlet path and another initiator that breaks the obstruction when activated, thereby further opening the outlet path. The pressurized container might include a main path fluidly connected to the outlet, a first secondary path that connects the main path to the chamber, and a second secondary path that also connects the main path to the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Michael F. Fink
  • Patent number: 6598629
    Abstract: A sandbagging manufacturing apparatus designed to be used with standard sanding trucks normally used with a broadcast spreader. The truck includes a large hopper with a hydraulically controlled conveyor belt located longitudinally inside the large hopper that delivers sand to a rear opening. Located below the rear opening is rigid framework used to hold the broadcast spreader. The apparatus includes a small hopper selectively attached to the framework below the hopper's rear opening. The small hopper is designed to slide into brackets formed on the framework so that the small hopper and broadcast spreader may be easily exchanged. A vertically aligned chute is attached to the small hopper through which sand falls to fill sandbags. The apparatus also includes a control box designed to control the operation of the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventors: Morris J. Malone, Morris W. Malone, Viola C. Malone
  • Publication number: 20030037839
    Abstract: A device for controlling air filling and air exhausting of an air cushion includes a casing provided inside with a motor controlled by a wire controller and a fan blade, and an upper cover mounted on the casing. An air-exhausting nozzle closed by a film is provided outside the casing. A support plate is positioned above the fan blade, fixed on an upper surface with a transformer and an electromagnetic valve controlled by the wire controller. A push plate is combined on a front end of the magnetic rod of the electro-magnetic valve, having a push rod protruding through the casing and extending in the air-exhausting nozzle to push open the film. Then this device can be controlled by wire controlling or manual controlling to adjust resilience of an air cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventors: Rong-Jyh Song, Tsung-Ping Yen
  • Patent number: 6431407
    Abstract: An automatic container filler (20) having a frame (22) that supports a hopper (24). A dispensing unit (26) is located at the bottom of the hopper (24) that selectively feeds a fluent material, such as sand, into a plurality of discharge chutes (28). The automatic container filler (20) is designed such that fluent material, such as sand, is fed into the hopper (24). The dispensing unit (26) moves the fluent material from the hopper (24) through the discharge chutes (28) into containers such as sandbags. The dispensing unit (26) deposits a predetermined amount of the fluent material through each of the discharge chutes (28) and into containers in sequential order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Hogan Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff W. Hogan, Donald R. Oehrlein
  • Patent number: 6408902
    Abstract: A balloon-inflating device capable of mixing a multiple type of gases, which includes a body having an air-inlet cavity and a compression cavity; at least one air pump mounted to the body to pump air from the air-inlet cavity to the compression cavity; at least an air nozzle mounted to the body and having an air-inlet connected to the compression cavity, wherein the nozzle is provided with a stopper to seal the air-inlet in normal operating condition; at least a second gas supply valve having an air-outlet connected to the air nozzle and having an air-inlet connected to a second gas supplier; and a control device for controlling the operation of the air pump and the second gas supply valve, thereby the opening and closing of the air pump and the second gas supply valve inflate a balloon with either air or a second gas, or a mixture of the compressed air of the air pump and the second gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: Ting Chau Liau
  • Patent number: 6302171
    Abstract: A self-triggering inflatable balloon device. In a preferred embodiment, the device comprises a cylinder of compressed gas having an actuating valve thereon. The other end of the actuating valve is coupled to a deflated balloon. The cylinder, valve and deflated balloon are secured to the interior of a box having a lid. An actuating member of the valve is coupled to the box lid such that the valve is opened when the box lid is raised. Upon opening of the box lid, therefore, the actuating valve is opened and the balloon is automatically inflated with the gas from the compressed gas cylinder. The device may be given as a gift wrapped present or mailed to a friend, and will produce a surprise when opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventor: Bruce D. Watts
  • Patent number: 6220313
    Abstract: A dispenser for bulk goods comprises a storage container, and a discharge device connected thereto, a dosing means and a discharge chute extending to a collecting point. The dosing means comprises a valve flap which is pivotable between a closing position and a discharge position. An operating device is adapted to pivot the valve flap between said two positions. A locking device prevents the valve flap from pivoting from the closing position to the discharge position in the absence of a collecting receptacle or bag at the collecting point. Preferably, the operating device comprises two operating handles which are operatively connected to the valve flap for pivoting thereof. In this operative connection, a sensor mechanism is included, which permits power transfer merely in essentially parallel or synchronous actuation of the operating handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Peter Estlander
  • Patent number: 6199724
    Abstract: A store display, for one handed dispensing a measured volume of bulk items such as hard candy, has a storage compartment. The storage compartment has a sloping floor for gravity feeding a dispenser. A chute, attached to the separator and moveable with it, prevents dispensing in a low position, in which low position a separator allows bulk items to flow towards the chute. One hand holding a bag drives the assembly of chute and separator up to where the separator separates the measured volume of bulk items, and the chute communicates between the measured volume and an exit. The chute thereby permits the measured volume of bulk items to flow out the exit, and into the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: P.O.P. Displays, Inc.
    Inventor: Karl Yeranossian
  • Patent number: 6145709
    Abstract: An automatic container filler (20) having a frame (22) that supports a hopper (24). A dispensing unit (26) is located at the bottom of the hopper (24) that selectively feeds a fluent material, such as sand, into a plurality of discharge chutes (28). The automatic container filler (20) is designed such that fluent material, such as sand, is fed into the hopper (24). The dispensing unit (26) moves the fluent material from the hopper (24) through the discharge chutes (28) into containers such as sandbags. The dispensing unit (26) deposits a predetermined amount of the fluent material through each of the discharge chutes (28) and into containers in sequential order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Hogan Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff W. Hogan, Donald R. Oehrlein
  • Patent number: 6138723
    Abstract: A filling device for filling bags, in particular with granular bulk material, in which there are provided a closeable filler neck (17) which is in connection with a reservoir and at least one pair of clamping arms (14) which are at least indirectly swivellable about a swivelling axle (2) for holding a bag (16) to be filled. In order to achieve a high degree of imperviousness between the bag to be filled (16) and the filler neck (17) it is provided that the filler neck (17) is made of an elastically deformable material and a pressing device (5, 9; 18, 19) is provided which acts on said filler neck and which presses the filler neck (17) flatly together in its pressing position, with two pairs of clamping arms (14) being provided which are arranged on either side of the pressing device (5, 9; 18, 19) or the filler neck (17) respectively, with the clearance of the pairs of clamping arms (14) exceeding the largest extension of the cross section of the filler neck (17) in its pressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Binder & Co. AG
    Inventor: Georg Wagner
  • Patent number: 6112504
    Abstract: A bag filling machine comprising a supply hopper, a material flow control mechanism and a rotatable bag filling spout is herein disclosed. The rotating bag filling spout is constructed and arranged for rotation about a vertical axis and is connected to the supply hopper through the material flow control mechanism so as to convey bulk commodities stored in the supply hopper into a bag that is to be filled. After the bag has been filled, the rotatable bag filling spout rotates to close the bag. A sealing mechanism is also provided to seal the filled bags once they have been closed by the rotating bag filling spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Slidell, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. McGregor, Harold McGregor, John McGregor, Tracy J. Steiger
  • Patent number: 5983965
    Abstract: An expander for a flexible liner in the shell of a baby bottle including a squeezable bulb to supply air and connected confluently to an adapter having a one-way valve therein and with the adapter being sealingly inserted into the open end of the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Bryan Allen Patrick
  • Patent number: 5947168
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for rapidly deflating a chamber. The apparatus for rapidly inflating an inflatable chamber of determined inflation volume with an inflation fluid comprises an inflation device for inflating said inflatable chamber with an inflation fluid to a predetermined inflation pressure, and further comprises a rapid deflation device for rapidly deflating said chamber by sucking out said inflation fluid at a high flow rate, the rapid deflation device being used on deactivating said chamber, in particular so as to transport it with its volume being reduced to as small as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Support Systems International Industries
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Viard
  • Patent number: 5901762
    Abstract: A new sand bag filling device for taking bulk sand and filling sand bags with the bulk sand on demand. The inventive device includes a hopper having interior space, a top, a bottom, a pair of end walls, and a pair side walls extending between the end walls. The top of the hopper has an opening into the interior space of the hopper while the bottom of the hopper has ground engaging members. A conduit outwardly extends from one of the end walls of the hopper away from the hopper. The conduit has a first opening into the interior space of the hopper and an exterior second opening outside the hopper. An auger member is rotatably mounted in the interior space of the hopper. The auger member extends from the interior space of the hopper into the conduit through the first opening of the conduit so that its screw portion is extended into the conduit. A motor is proved for rotating the auger member in a direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Troy E. Rollins
  • Patent number: 5873396
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising a motor for providing drive power to the vehicle, a hydraulic system powered by the motor, a container for containing a bulk quantity of fluent matter, and matter-dispensing apparatus comprising the hopper for receiving fluent matter from the container, a selectively operable transfer mechanism for transferring fluent matter from the container to the hopper, and an actuator disposed proximately to the hopper, the actuator being operatively associated with the transfer mechanism by the hydraulic system such that the transference of fluent matter from the container to the hopper is controlled by the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Sandbag Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Biebrach, Kevin J. Kwaterski
  • Patent number: 5806572
    Abstract: A reusable dunnage bag is provided for placement between or among boxes or packages of diverse products packed or stored for shipment in trailers or containers so as to cushion and protect the products from damage in being transported from one location to another. The bag includes a self closing valve operable to open so as to permit entry of pressurized medium into the bag, but automatically closes when fully inflated. A gun-like device having dual nozzles is provided for opening the self closing valve for rapid admission of gaseous medium into the bag and for opening the valve to quickly expel the medium therefrom. A discernible difference in noise frequency signals an operator to remove the connection between the gun and the self closing valve when inflation of the bag is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Ronald L. Voller
  • Patent number: 5697407
    Abstract: A high speed bulk compounder system for filling upper and lower chambers of dual chamber TPN bags with fluid from source containers includes a controller for controlling the operation of peristaltic pump stations, each station being associated with one of the source containers. The controller activates the peristaltic pumps sequentially to draw fluids from certain ones of the source container so that the fluids flow through a common manifold and a lower chamber fill tubing into the lower chamber of the dual chamber bag. Once the lower chamber has been filled, another pump station is activated so that fluid is drawn from another of the source containers and flows through an upper chamber connector, through an upper chamber fill tubing and into the upper chamber of the dual chamber bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: The Metrix Company
    Inventor: Gregory J. Lasonde
  • Patent number: 5692546
    Abstract: A method for loading a bulk cargo into a flexible expandable liner. The liner has a body defining an inlet opening and an interior for holding the cargo. An inlet chute is connected to the liner body and extends through the inlet opening. The method includes the step of opening the inlet chute to form a tubular shaped passageway which passageway is in communication with the interior and exterior of the liner. Then conducting bulk cargo through the tubular passageway into the interior. Raising the gas pressure in the interior of the body to force the inlet chute against the liner body and thus close off the chute and inlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventors: Victor T. Podd, Sr., Victor I. Podd, Jr., Stephen D. Podd
  • Patent number: 5687551
    Abstract: A pouch filling apparatus for filling pouches with product as the pouches travel around a filler wheel includes a hopper wheel carrying a plurality of hoppers over a sector of the filler wheel empty of pouches. The filler wheel carries a plurality of product dispensing units having an upper accumulation chamber. The hopper wheel and the filler wheel counter-rotate in timed relation so that individual product dispensing units and hoppers cross paths at a product transfer station to allow product to be dropped from a hopper into the accumulation chamber of a product dispensing unit. The filler wheel then rotates to a filling station and the product is released from the accumulation chamber into a pouch travelling along the pouch conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: R. A. Jones & Co. Inc.
    Inventors: Steven F. Mustain, Joseph D. Greenwell, Jerome Brugger, Michael E. Myers, Richard A. Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 5630451
    Abstract: An oil drain assembly for an engine oil pan to replace the plug of the oil pan drain opening comprising a valve housing having an upper oil inlet port mounted to and in communication with the drain opening of the engine oil pan; a lower oil outlet port; a means for controlling oil flow through the valve housing; a detachable drain line at the oil outlet port; and a detachable disposable oil collection bag mounted to the drain line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Inventor: Aaron L. Bernard
  • Patent number: 5603361
    Abstract: A portable dispenser is adapted to filling water balloons and water pistols. A reservoir is pressurized by a hand pump that draws air in from the atmosphere and forces the air into the reservoir. The pressure in the reservoir forces water down a flexible tube to a trigger mechanism in a water pistol. The trigger mechanism performs three functions: it throttles the water, it acts as relief valve by releasing water if the pressure is greater than a predetermined limit, and it indicates the pressure within the reservoir. When the trigger mechanism is actuated, water flows through the mechanism to a valve that directs the water either to a filling nozzle or to a spraying nozzle. In an alternative embodiment, the pump takes water from a storage chamber within the reservoir and pumps it into a high pressure chamber within the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Jarret P. Cuisinier
  • Patent number: 5581982
    Abstract: An ice bagger comprises an ice maker, an ice bagging unit which includes an automatic sanitation system, and a merchandiser. The ice maker delivers particulate ice into a hopper housed within the ice bagging unit. The ice bagging unit includes a bag carrier which retrieves a bag from a bag supply and opens the bag underneath a delivery chute communicating with the hopper via an auger. A scale supports the bag during its filling to measure the weight of the ice delivered into the bag from the hopper. When the scale registers the desired amount of ice, the auger ceases to deliver ice from the hopper into the delivery chute. The ice bagging unit further includes a sealer arm and heating element wherein, after the bag is filled, the sealer arm pivots to detach the bag from the bag carrier and force both sides of the open end of the bag against the heating element. The heating element then activates to seal the bag closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Packaged Ice, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred A. Schroeder, Perry McGuar, Thomas J. Chadwell