Interlocked Discharge Means, Support And/or Coupling Patents (Class 141/346)
  • Patent number: 11821557
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for a low-emission nozzle and receptacle coupling for cryogenic fluid. An example nozzle includes a body defining a chamber through which cryogenic fluid is to flow. The body includes an outer shell that includes an outer shell surface. The nozzle includes a locking assembly configured to securely couple the nozzle to a receptacle. The locking assembly includes an inner sleeve fixedly coupled to the outer shell surface and an outer sleeve extending over and rotatably coupled to the inner sleeve. One or more locking teeth are fixedly coupled to the outer sleeve and configured to be slidably received by respective one or more coupling slots of the receptacle. The one or more locking teeth are configured to rotatably slide within the respective one or more coupling slots to couple the nozzle to the receptacle as the outer sleeve rotates relative to the inner sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Engineered Controls International, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Jordan, John Grenaway
  • Patent number: 11780330
    Abstract: A system and method for disabling the travel of a vacuum truck is provided in which a vacuum boom initiates an interlock signal when positioned back into a travel cradle. An additional positional tank bed further includes an interlock signal when the bed is in a secured in a travel position. The vacuum truck is prevented from having its brakes released or prevented from being put into a travel gear if either the truck bed or vacuum boom are not in secure travel positions. The present system and method utilize pneumatic operating signals available from the vehicles power take off and blower mode switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventor: Arthur Karas
  • Patent number: 11766025
    Abstract: An automatic pet water feeder includes a water replenishing assembly including a bucket body, a bucket cover on a mouth of the bucket body, a silicone plug in the bucket cover, and a movable pin configured to telescopically drive the silicone plug to block and dredge the mouth of the bucket body; and a filter assembly including a shell and a filter element in the shell. One end of the bucket cover is inserted into the shell. The filter element is configured to filter water flowing from the bucket body. The pet water feeder may filter drinking water multiple times through the filter element so that water may be effectively purified. The bucket body may be automatically blocked by gravity through the telescopic movable pin, so that water may not be spilled when being changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Inventor: Weiyong Peng
  • Patent number: 11499453
    Abstract: An oil change cap and system are described. A removable oil cap kit includes a removable oil cap and an oil retention bag. The removable oil cap incudes a sidewall and an interior surface, the interior surface has an opening extending therethrough. The sidewall includes an inner portion and an outer portion. The outer portion of the sidewall includes a channel formed therein for retaining an oil retention bag. The inner portion of the sidewall includes one or more protrusions to couple the removable oil cap with the oil receptacle of a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Jed H. Brown
  • Patent number: 11433864
    Abstract: A container unit for brake fluid in a vehicle hydraulic brake system and connectable to a hydraulic component of the brake system, and includes: a storage chamber for brake fluid, the storage chamber having a flow channel between the storage chamber and the hydraulic component, the storage chamber and flow channel define an inner space of the container unit; a displaceable valve unit regulates flow of brake fluid in and out of the storage chamber through the flow channel, the valve unit in an open position is displaced to allow brake fluid to flow when the container unit is connected to the hydraulic component, and the valve unit in a closed position is displaced to prevent outflow of brake fluid when the container unit is disconnected from the hydraulic component. The valve unit in the open and closed positions is fully enclosed within the inner space of the container unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Elin Fouganthine
  • Patent number: 11414252
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus for restraining an object includes a base plate, an attachment plate, and a securing element. The base plate may include guides into which protrusions of the attachment plate slide to alter the positioning apparatus from an open position to a closed position. The base plate also includes receivers to receive tubular members, which have their movement restrained by the receivers and the securing elements in the closed position. The positioning apparatus may also include a latch to help maintain the closed position during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tristan Wise, Charles Rhodes
  • Patent number: 11204568
    Abstract: A toner cartridge includes a hollow body having an inner space in which toner is received and a toner discharge portion through which the toner is discharged, a plunger accommodated in the inner space to be movable in a longitudinal direction along the inner space and configured to push the toner through the toner discharge portion to outside of the body, a first hook provided on the body, and a second hook. The second hook has a shape complementary to a shape of the first hook, is provided on the plunger, and is elastically coupled to the first hook when the plunger reaches a bottom dead position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Yongnam Ahn, Woongyong Choi
  • Patent number: 10793323
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed thermoplastic container or ampoule having a hollow body portion, a neck portion, unitary with the body portion and terminating in a circumferential, inwardly extending sealing flange, and a removable cap. The neck portion defines an access passageway to the hollow body portion a portion of which is configured as a tapered female connector adapted to receive a tapered male connector when the access passageway is open. The outer surface of the neck portion can be provided with lugs for engaging a tapered male connector with a threaded collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Weiler Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Valentin Cosman
  • Patent number: 10648617
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses an automatic gas cylinder filling device and an operating method thereof, includes a stand, an electronic scale, a PLC control unit, and a vacuum pump installed on an inner bottom plate of the stand. One side of the stand is provided with an 8-bottle gas cylinder rotating and weighing mechanism, a gas cylinder fixing mechanism, a gas cylinder filling fixture, a lifting frame and a bottle valve hand wheel switch mechanism that are arranged in sequence from bottom to top. The electronic scale is located below the 8-bottle gas cylinder rotating and weighing mechanism. The disclosure is used for filling gas cylinders, wherein the weighing, the fixing of the bottle valve and the rotation of the hand wheel are all automatically controlled and operated by the PLC control unit, and there is no need for operator to stay with the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Jining Xieli Special Gas Co., ltd
    Inventors: Yong Xu, Yan He
  • Patent number: 10604209
    Abstract: A bicycle hydraulic device includes a cylinder including a cylinder bore, a piston located in the cylinder bore and movable between an initial position and an actuation position, a reservoir tank that is in fluidal communication with the cylinder bore through a communication port, and a flow modulator configured to modulate a flow behavior of a fluid in accordance with a direction in which the fluid flows in the communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Mototsugu Nakai, Takaaki Fujiwara, Tatsuya Matsushita, Yasuyuki Komada, Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Patent number: 10562062
    Abstract: A material supply assembly includes a valve assembly having an outer valve member and an inner valve member rotatable relative to the outer valve member. A base assembly includes an base structure and an actuator. An engagement structure is operative between the outer valve member and the actuator to prevent relative movement between the outer valve member and the actuator. A locking structure is operative between the inner valve member and the base structure to prevent relative movement between the inner valve member and the base structure. Movement of the actuator relative to the base structure moves the outer valve member relative to the inner valve member to operate the valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Thomas Dobizl, Thaddeus Hans Feiler, Brock Stephen Mueggenborg, Daniel Davis Anderson
  • Patent number: 10232905
    Abstract: A bicycle hydraulic operating device is basically provided with a base member, a piston, an operating member, a hydraulic reservoir tank and a diaphragm. The base member includes a cylinder bore. The piston is movably disposed in the cylinder bore. The operating member is coupled to the piston to move the piston within the cylinder bore. The hydraulic reservoir tank is fluidly connected to the cylinder bore. The diaphragm is at least partially disposed inside the hydraulic reservoir tank and divides the hydraulic reservoir tank into a hydraulic fluid chamber and an air chamber. The air chamber is at least partially located closer to the cylinder bore than the hydraulic fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Takafumi Nishino
  • Patent number: 10123528
    Abstract: A method for preserving erythrocytes comprising the steps of obtaining an erythrocyte concentrate; subjecting the erythrocyte concentrate to a gas system that includes 65% to 100% by volume and optionally one or more ballast gases from 0% to 35% by volume; and, maintaining the erythrocyte concentrate that has been subjected to the gas system at a temperature that is above the freezing point of the erythrocyte concentrate and up to a temperature of about 30° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rich Technologies Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ilya Ilyin, Larry J. Dumont
  • Patent number: 9897939
    Abstract: A developer cartridge includes a casing and a developer container detachably attached to the casing. The developer container includes a tubular member, a conveyor, an end member, and a sealing member. The tubular member is configured to contain developer therein and has an axis. The conveyor is disposed in the tubular member and is configured to convey the developer toward one end of the tubular member along the axis. The end member is disposed at a predetermined distance away from the one end of the tubular member. The sealing member is attached to an outer peripheral surface of the end member and an outer peripheral surface of the tubular member, and is configured to be broken with rotation of at least one of the tubular member and the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 9759240
    Abstract: A system for securing a valve actuator to body of a valve assembly includes an actuator housing having housing lugs protruding radially to define a plurality of housing slots therebetween. A bonnet has bonnet lugs protruding radially to define a plurality of bonnet slots therebetween. Each of the housing lugs are sized to pass axially through a respective one of the bonnet slots when the actuator housing is in a released position and, after passing through the bonnet slots, the actuator housing is rotatable to a locked position where at least a portion of one or more of the housing lugs is axially aligned with a portion of a respective bonnet lug to prevent axial movement of the actuator housing, the actuator housing rotating less than one full revolution between the released and locked positions. A securing mechanism prevents relative rotation between the actuator housing and the bonnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Travis Kyle McEvoy, Keith M. Adams, Lloyd R. Cheatham
  • Patent number: 9745183
    Abstract: Closing machine for closing bottles or similar containers (2) using closures (3, 3a), having a plurality of closing stations (11) which each have a closing tool (12, 14) and a container carrier and are formed on the circumference of a rotor (4), which can be driven in circulation around a vertical machine axis (MA), wherein the rotor (4) has formed on it, in the region of the closing stations (11), a sterile chamber (5) which is bounded in the direction of the surroundings by walls or wall portions (6, 7, 8, 9) and into which the containers (2), which are retained in a hanging state on the container carriers, extend by way of their container mouth (2.1) which is to be closed, and wherein the respective closing tool (12, 14) extends into the sterile chamber (5) merely by way of a part which interacts with the container (2) which is to be closed and/or with the closure (3, 3a), all the rest of its functional elements being arranged outside the sterile chamber (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Timo Jakob
  • Patent number: 9606474
    Abstract: A developing device detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus includes a developer carrying member and a developer accommodating container including first and second chambers for circulating developer and a supply opening. An openable mechanism maintains a closed state of a discharge opening in the developer accommodating container before initial drive input into the developing device and opens and closes the discharge opening in interrelation with a mounting and demounting operation of the developing device after initial drive of the developing device. The openable mechanism includes a shutter, a spring member for urging the shutter in a closing direction, a sealing sheet for unsealably sealing the discharge opening and for sealing an initial developer in the accommodating container, and a winding-up shaft for winding up the sealing sheet. The sealing sheet is removed from the discharge opening after the initial drive of the developing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Ryoichi Kawasumi
  • Patent number: 9526805
    Abstract: A sterilization system uses an ozone-air mixture for treatment of a water-intake finger and an air space of a water source bottle of a water dispenser in which the bottle is installed with its neck downwards for discharge. The system includes a cone for holding the bottle vertically, the water-intake finger for water delivery from the bottle into a reservoir, an ozone generator, and a control device. Two longitudinal channels in the water-intake finger separately deliver water from the bottle into the reservoir and ozone-air mixture delivery into the bottle. The water-intake finger has a preventive cup, to prevent air penetration into the bottle from the air space of the reservoir, having an inlet channel connected to the generator for ozone-air mixture delivery into the preventive cup during water off-take from the reservoir when water poured out of the bottle is replaced with the ozone-air mixture delivered from the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Andrzej Pawlow
  • Patent number: 9442422
    Abstract: A powder storage container includes a storage container body, a movable member, and a restricting portion. The storage container body stores powder therein, and includes a supply portion that supplies the powder. The movable member is provided to the storage container body, and is movable between a closed position at which the supply portion is closed and a supply position at which the supply portion is able to supply the powder. The restricting portion is provided on an inner side with respect to an outer peripheral shape of the movable member to restrict movement of the movable member to the supply position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Terakado, Yosuke Ninomiya, Takuji Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9079726
    Abstract: A coupler assembly to transfer powdered material from a container includes an active valve with a docking part and a passive valve with a complementary docking part. The two docking parts enable the two valves to be secured together such that both the passive valve and the active valve can be opened. The coupler assembly includes a spigot that is movable between a first position in which the spigot allows the active valve to close with the spigot on the opposite side of the active valve to the docking part which engages the passive valve, and a second position in which the active valve is held in an open position and the spigot provides a passage for material passing through the passive valve to flow through the active valve whilst substantially preventing exposure of part of the active valve to any of the flowing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ezi-Dock Systems Limited
    Inventors: Michael Ronald Brimson, Stephen Thomas McAleavy
  • Patent number: 9011801
    Abstract: The invention provides for fluidic connections to be established between tubes, ports, fluidic components and fluidic devices. The leak-tight connections are formed through controlled, compressive forces and can be used for both low and high pressure applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Corsolutions LLC
    Inventors: Thomas N. Corso, Colleen K. Van Pelt
  • Patent number: 8985165
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system are provided for carrying and dispensing an ink into a printing system. A system configured to dispense an ink comprises an ink carrying apparatus having a container, a movable cover, a unit monitor, a film, and a locking tab. The system also comprises a docking station configured to accept the ink carrying apparatus and engage the locking tab when the movable cover is in an open position. The system further comprises a processor configured to communicate with the unit monitor to facilitate a movement of the movable cover from a closed position to the open position. Based on a detection of a type of ink in the container, the movable cover is allowed to be moved from the closed position to the open position so as to facilitate removal of the film and cause the ink to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M. Wegman, Kevin L. Maltzahn, Ricardo H. Mendoza, Mark R. Vannicola, Wayne D. Drinkwater
  • Patent number: 8967209
    Abstract: An adapter structure for a gas fuel bottle cooperates with a bottle and is connected with a power tool. The adapter structure contains a body connecting with the bottle, a gas sealing assembly fixed inside the body, a fixing member cooperating with a spherical connecting portion of the power tool, and a plurality of elastic retaining members secured on the fixing member. Each elastic retaining member forms an elastic spreading mouth, and a diameter of the elastic spreading mouth is normally smaller than that of the spherical connecting portion, the elastic spreading mouth is pressed to expand so that the spherical connecting portion slides into or disengages from the opening. Each of the elastic retaining members is separated from the fixing member, whereby the adapter structure benefits easy die sinking and assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Superior Power Tool Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Chuan Ho
  • Patent number: 8919394
    Abstract: A sanitary guard is disclosed which is attached to the dispensing spout of an automatic toothpaste dispenser with an interference fit. Toothpaste is dispensed through the sanitary guard onto a toothbrush positioned in a slot below the guard to assure the toothpaste will be on the toothbrush bristles. The sanitary guard helps prevent the toothbrush from touching the dispensing spout for sanitary protection. In addition, the sanitary guard is made from a plastic having nanosilver compounds therein that give it germicidal properties for sanitary protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Mary Marefat
  • Patent number: 8839832
    Abstract: A machine (1) for dispensing a beverage (50) has: a service arrangement (6, 60); and a movable support (5) for supporting a user-recipient (51) in a position for collecting the beverage. The support has: an unlocking position for giving user-access to the service arrangement for servicing; and a locking position for preventing user-access to the service arrangement for servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Antoine Cahen, Eric Granger
  • Patent number: 8813795
    Abstract: The invention relates to a passive valve for multi-valve devices for sealing a container or a line. According to one aspect of the invention, the passive valve is free of bearing supports which protrude in a positive sense out of the passive valve. The invention also relates to a multi-valve device for contamination-free connection of two containers or two lines with partial valves that can be rotated about a single axis. According to this aspect of the invention, at least three partial valves, which are arranged essentially parallel to one another and can be put under tension so they can be sealed with respect to their surroundings, can be rotated about the single shared axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Andocksysteme G. UNTCH GmbH
    Inventor: Guenter Untch
  • Patent number: 8684049
    Abstract: The adapter comprises a central tubular body extending on one side with an abutment and fixing base on the cartridge and, on the other side, with two fixing legs on an intermediary nose piece of the transmission and filling member able to be hinged for ensuring the fixing operation, disconnecting and ejecting wings being additionally provided. The disconnecting and ejecting wings are arranged for opening the fixing legs before driving them into translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Societe de Prospection et d'Inventions Techniques-Spit
    Inventors: Jean Michel Dreveton, Cyril Marion, Frederic Nayrac, Patrick Herelier
  • Patent number: 8684050
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed technology are directed towards a leak-proof drink dispensing system. The drink dispenser uses a container, a spigot that may be mated to a lid adapted to fit a corresponding cup. The spigot extends from an outside portion of the container, and has a lever, cylindrical nozzle, and threaded cylindrical locking collar. The lid has a threaded cylindrical spout that may be mated to the spigot, such that rotation of the lever causes the threads of the collar to engage the threads of the spot. This causes the lid to become releasably affixed to the spigot for purposes of leak-free dispensing of the liquid from the container. The drink dispenser may also employ a mixing rake, cooling tray, spill catching tray, and cup dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventors: William Jimroglou, Daniel Noel
  • Patent number: 8678051
    Abstract: An instrument for filling a substance supply container of a device for personal care treatment has a filling needle having a proximal end connected or connectable to a storage reservoir and a distal end, a substance transport conduit extending from the proximal end to at least one outlet provided in a radially facing surface portion closely adjacent the distal end of the filling needle. A sleeve is arranged around the filling needle and is movable between a first position closing off the at least one outlet and a second position proximally away from the first position and the at least one outlet. A system including such an instrument, a container for cooperation with such an instrument and for provisioning a device for personal care treatment as well as a device for personal care treatment including such a container are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Molema, Wilko Westerhof, Bartele Hendrik De Vries, Reinier Niels Lap, Olaf Martin De Jong, Bart-Jan Zwart, Johannes Rogier De Vrind
  • Patent number: 8672188
    Abstract: The intermediate piece connects a static mixer to a dispensing cartridge or to a dispensing device for a plurality of components and contains two separate passages for separate components from the dispensing device. The inlet opening of one passage includes an element for aligning the passage in a matching position to the dispensing device and the inlet openings of the two passages are of different cross-sectional shape to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sulzer Mixpac AG
    Inventors: André Von Rotz, Enrico Baldelli
  • Patent number: 8662118
    Abstract: A coupling has a housing which defines a vacuum chamber and, at least in part, a nozzle chamber. The nozzle chamber forms a valve chamber, an intake chamber, and an outlet chamber. A main valve is in the valve chamber. The main valve is movable between an open and closed position. A poppet valve is in the outlet chamber. An air outlet opens from the vacuum chamber into the nozzle chamber. An opening of an air uptake conduit opens into the vacuum chamber. The air outlet opening is distinct from the opening of the uptake conduit. When the main valve is in the open position the valve chamber is open to the outlet chamber and the outlet chamber is open to the intake chamber. In the closed position, the valve chamber is sealed off from the outlet chamber and the intake chamber is sealed off from the outlet chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: EMCO Wheaton Corp.
    Inventors: Gary Wilson Hunt, Mark Andrew Pettenuzzo
  • Patent number: 8631843
    Abstract: A concentrate dispensing system for dispensing a fluid for dilution, comprises a bracket (1) and a bottle (2). The bracket (1) is arranged to releasably hold the bottle (2). The bottle (2) is arranged to dispense a predetermined quantity of the fluid to a first receptacle type, which is freestanding, when the bottle (2) is in a freehand mode and is not held in the bracket (1). The bottle (2) is arranged to dispense a predetermined quantity of the fluid to a second receptacle type (3), which is received and guided by the bracket (1), when the bottle (2) is in a bracket mode and is held in the bracket (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Packaging Innovation Ltd
    Inventor: Michael O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8613297
    Abstract: Fuel supplies including multiple valve components and fuel cell systems having increased operational resistance to the insertion and/or removal of fuel supplies are disclosed. The increased operational resistance is provided by increased insertion or removal forces, multiple relative motions for insertion and/or removal, latches, actuators, ON/OFF switches, cognitive ability of the user, visual alignment, audio feedback, size of the user's hand, inter alia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Paul Adams, Andrew J. Curello, Floyd Fairbanks, Anthony Sgroi
  • Publication number: 20130333802
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling a receptacle (200) with carbon nanotubes from another receptacle (106) whereby the CNTs are passed from one receptacle to the other by means of a coupling (300) comprising a double-valve device (30), each valve being coupled to one of the receptacles, the valves (31, 32) closing independently and tightly and being openable only when they are coupled to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Arkema France
    Inventors: SERGE BORDERE, Patrice Gaillard
  • Publication number: 20130327439
    Abstract: A high pressure dispensing nozzle for providing fuel from a reserve to a connector of an outlet receptacle, having a generally tubular nozzle construction, with an outer sleeve, an internal passageway constructed within the sleeve, a plurality of jaw members provided near the distal end of the tubular construction and provided for engagement to lock the connector to establish a fuel passageway through the nozzle for delivery of fuel therethrough and to the receiving tank. The nozzle includes a slidable piston that operates the various components for locking the jaws in position and aligning the fuel passageway with the fuel tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Paul T. Pitney
  • Patent number: 8597270
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to transferring fluidic media from a vial to a reservoir. In various embodiments, fluidic media may be transferred from the vial to the reservoir by moving a housing portion to move a plunger head located in the reservoir to draw fluidic media from the vial to the reservoir. In other embodiments, fluidic media may be transferred from the vial to the reservoir while the reservoir is held by a holding unit and vibrated by a vibrator to remove air from the fluidic media. In some embodiments, fluidic media may be transferred from the vial to the reservoir by moving a handle operatively connected to a bias member for assisting with the transfer of fluidic media. In other embodiments, the transfer of fluidic media may be assisted by a bias member and a needle connecting atmosphere and the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventor: Julian D. Kavazov
  • Patent number: 8579162
    Abstract: An enclosure for use with a gravity fed fluid dispensing system includes a housing with a base member and a cover member that is movably connected with the base member. The base member and cover member define an interior chamber for receiving a bottle. An actuator is movably connected with the housing and arranged to rotate the bottle within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John J. Dyer, Arthur V. Lang
  • Patent number: 8573267
    Abstract: A method for substantially contamination-free transport of pourable bulk product from a dosing unit into a container is proposed, wherein the dosing outlet of the dosing unit is connected in a detachable manner with the receiving inlet of the container, the dosing outlet and the receiving inlet are opened, and the bulk product is transported into the container from the dosing unit via its dosing outlet and via the receiving inlet of the container. The receiving inlet of the container is disposed at the dosing unit by means of an elastic joining element to prevent transfer of forces between the dosing unit and the container during the dosing process. A device for carrying out such a method is also proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: AZO Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Helmuth Bauer, Christian Leist
  • Patent number: 8561652
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling a receptacle (200) with carbon nanotubes from another receptacle (106) whereby the CNTs are passed from one receptacle to the other by means of a coupling (300) comprising a double-valve device (30), each valve being coupled to one of the receptacles, the valves (31, 32) closing independently and tightly and being openable only when they are coupled to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Arkema France
    Inventors: Serge Bordere, Patrice Gaillard
  • Patent number: 8561856
    Abstract: A beverage valve assembly includes a bottom wall section; a tubular part extending downward from the bottom wall section; an outer apron extending upward from the bottom wall section; and at least one positioning device. The tubular part has a top opening to receive a dispensing element. The top opening is arranged in the middle section of the upper outer surface of the bottom wall, and the tubular part has an upper inner tubular wall section with at least one sealing surface. The outer upward standing apron is arranged at a distance from the top opening of the tubular part. The bottom wall includes at least one valve positioned between the top opening of the tubular part and an inner sidewall section of the outer upward standing apron. The positioning device has at least one opening or gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Johan Bernard Kuperus
  • Patent number: 8544692
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a base station for a liquid dispensing apparatus. The base station includes a driver and a container support having a dispensing device, which includes a liquid duct leading from the container to an outlet. The device further includes a connector connected to the driver and detachably connectable to the dispensing device. In an embodiment, the container support is a holder, and the connector is movable towards the holder to connect to the dispensing device and away from the holder after disconnecting from the dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christoph Rusch, Elmar Mock, Gary Cooper, Andre Klopfensteinh, Naomi Bitmead, James Peter Herrick, Amol Ashok Bhalerao, Randall L. Morrison, Bernard Guillemain
  • Patent number: 8545441
    Abstract: A disposable injector (4) having a two-chamber system (99), wherein at least one first chamber (105) is part of a piston-cylinder unit (100) that can be accommodated in the disposable injector (4), and wherein the second chamber (255) is part of a chamber (250) which is at least temporarily closed by means of a stopper (257) and inserted into a container adapter (200) detachably mounted on the disposable injector (4), or part of a piston-cylinder unit (254), and wherein the container adapter (200) comprises a connecting tube (242) initially closed by means of a cap (290). To this end, on the side oriented toward the second chamber, the stopper has a recess (271), into which at least one stopper channel (275) connecting the lateral surface (277) of the stopper to the recess (271) opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Matusch
  • Patent number: 8539994
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for transferring a liquid, such as a liquid anesthetic, from a reservoir to a machine while minimizing the release of the liquid to the surrounding environment. The apparatus can include a frame member defining a frame passage extending from a first end of the frame member to a second end of the frame member and a nozzle connected to the frame member. The nozzle can be moveable between a first position and a second position relative to the frame member, and can define a plug member configured to block the second end of the frame passage when the nozzle is in the first position. The apparatus can further include a biasing member connected to the frame member and the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Piramal Critical Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Cuzydlo
  • Patent number: 8539997
    Abstract: A filling head 10 is described for filling in a liquid into a filler neck of a tank 14. To ensure highly reliable operation, a rotary connecting element 26 is provided to form a mechanical connection by rotating in relation to the filler neck of the tank 14. A rotatable operating part 30 serves to rotate the rotary connecting element 26. The operating part 30 is coupled to the rotary connecting element 26 by means of a torque-limiting coupling device 32 that, given a threshold torque, is triggered at least in one direction of rotation and decouples the rotatable operating part 30 from the rotary connecting element 26. A sensor is provided to detect the triggering of the torque-limiting coupling device 32 and to send a release signal for the established connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Walter Söhner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Driftmeyer, Alex Klatt
  • Patent number: 8534328
    Abstract: Adapters are provided for establishing fluid communication between an anesthetic agent container and an anesthetic vaporizer having a fluid port. The adapter may be mountable on the vaporizer to cooperate with the spout of an anesthetic agent container or may be mountable on an anesthetic agent container to cooperate with the fluid port of an anesthetic vaporizer to provide a sealing and/or retaining relationship therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Jerome A. Grunstad, David A. Schuelke, Paul L. Weber, Martin E. Olson Gunderson, Simon Freed
  • Patent number: 8522837
    Abstract: Gas canister retaining structure includes: a gas canister cover pivotable between an opened position for attaching/detaching a cassette gas canister to/from the retaining structure and a closed position for accommodating and holding the gas canister in place within the canister cover; a mouthpiece support section provided inside the gas canister cover for supporting a mouthpiece portion of the cassette gas canister with a jet nozzle of the cassette gas canister received in a nozzle receiving port provided in the mouthpiece support section; and a shutter member pivotable between an opened position for opening the nozzle receiving port and a closed position for closing the nozzle receiving port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Kobayashi, Masayuki Sasaoka, Tomoki Ito
  • Patent number: 8511639
    Abstract: This invention relates to an adaptor used in a fitment valve assembly, said adaptor comprising an outer ring collar having a top and a bottom, and an outer and an inner surface; a flange molded to the bottom of said outer ring collar; an interior ring collar having a top and a bottom, and an outer and an inner surface molded in adjacent relationship to said outer ring collar near the top of said interior ring collar; an inverted dome structure molded toward the bottom of said inner surface of said interior ring collar defining at least one opening for the flow of fluid there-through; a groove for an O-ring molded in said inner surface of said interior ring collar above said dome structure; a lip molded onto said bottom of said interior ring collar for forming a seal with said fitment valve assembly; and a groove for an O-ring molded in said outer surface at the bottom of said interior ring collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130167977
    Abstract: An improved coupling piece for the Click-and-Fix coupling of a disposable pressure container with a dispensing gun is provided, including an integrated cap and internal support legs for securing the position of the stem of the valve of the container when pressure increases inside the container, and which coupling piece may be produced as one single product using injection moulding. Further provided is an assembly of a container with the coupling piece, and a process for producing the coupling piece and the assembly. The coupling piece and/or the assembly may be further adapted for handheld use with a suitable handheld applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: SOUDAL
    Inventors: Bart Vervoort, Peter Geboes, Marc Hermans
  • Patent number: 8474451
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for transferring a liquid, such as an anesthetic, from a reservoir to a machine while effectively minimizing the release of the liquid to the surrounding environment. The apparatus can include a first and a second component wherein twisting the first component and second component relative to each other causes a protrusion to seal or unseal a through-hole thereby allowing or preventing the flow of fluid and wherein a portion of an exterior surface of the second component that mates with a vaporizer has a polygonal shape with three or more flat sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Piramal Critical Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cuzyldo, Michael Ide
  • Patent number: 8459312
    Abstract: An adapter to be pressed into the neck of a bottle to receive a syringe for accessing the bottle contents by a syringe. The adapter has a distal end that extends into the bottle and a normally closed valve located at that distal end to prevent the contents from leaking out of the bottle if the bottle is inverted. An upper flange of the adapter seats against the top of the bottle and is recessed into the top of the bottle to prevent easy access to pry the adapter out of the bottle. A cap is also disclosed that is adapted to be pressed into the neck of a bottle. The cap has an upper lid that is hinged to a lower body to allow the upper hinge to move between a closed position sealing the bottle and an open position where the bottle is accessible by a syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Comar, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Manera, Victoria Moore O'Brien, Brian Myers, Daniel R. Hoffman, John D. Buehler