Coupling Controls Receiver Inlet Flow Patents (Class 141/349)
  • Patent number: 10233002
    Abstract: A fitment for a package for preparing a beverage connectable to a machine for supplying sanitized liquid to the package is disclosed. The fitment includes a sealing portion and a housing and a fluid connector for fluidly connecting to the machine and to supply liquid inside the container. Also disclosed are packages containing same and methods of producing and using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S. A.
    Inventors: Philippe Baenninger, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Heinz Wyss, Jean-Marc Flick
  • Patent number: 10167185
    Abstract: A filling adapter for a container to be filled with media, in particular for the filling of containers on assembly lines for the production of motor vehicles where the filling adapter is equipped with a hose packet, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic lines. A filling adapter according to the disclosure achieves better fluid flow properties while reducing the overall size, production costs, and weight of the filling adapter. The filling adapter is equipped with a coaxial valve in the region of the adapter head of the filling adapter, which coaxial valve, starting from the inlet cross section, is initially provided with a flow contour extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the valve, which in the further flow course transitions into a flow contour extending at a right angle to the longitudinal axis of the valve to the outlet cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SOMAC GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Achatz, Eric Selbmann, Frank Wieland
  • Patent number: 10066694
    Abstract: A tool for bridging an outer dynamic seal in a shock absorber to enable fluid leakage to be more readily determined. The tool having an insertion portion including one or more bridging channels, and a body portion that is thicker than the insertion portion. The insertion portion being installable within an annulus of a shock absorber to bridge a first shock absorber seal so as to place a portion of the annulus in fluid communication with an exterior of the hydraulic device via the one or more bridging channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Safran Landing Systems UK LTD
    Inventors: Daniel Charles Kendrick, Andraz Vatovec
  • Patent number: 10041896
    Abstract: A fluid process application bag includes a flexible film body having an opening, a port plate sealed around the opening of the flexible film body, a sensor fitting and a sensor contained within the sensor fitting. The port plate has a receptacle defining a passage in fluid communication with an interior of the flexible film body and the sensor fitting has a body portion seated within the passage of the receptacle and is coupled to the receptacle. The sensor has at least one probe communicating with the interior of the flexible film body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PENDO TECH
    Inventors: James F. Furey, Dennis C. Annarelli
  • Patent number: 9926186
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a point of sale and one or more free-pour and/or controlled-pour spouts. The system receives data at the point of sale that includes a beverage selection entered at a user interface and determines the ingredients in the beverage selection. A dispensing instruction is sent to one of the controlled-pour spouts to dispense a quantity of the ingredient based at least in part on the beverage selection. For the free-pour spouts, a quantity of the ingredient is measured as the ingredient is dispensed from a container through a free-pour spout. The point of sale receives data that includes the identity of the ingredient and the measured quantity. A price of the beverage selection is calculated based at least in part on the ingredients dispensed and the quantities thereof. The price may be automatically calculated upon dispensing of the beverage selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BEVERAGE DESIGN, LLC
    Inventors: Gorham Nicol, James Nicol
  • Patent number: 9469520
    Abstract: A device for preventing the incorrect filling of a container includes a fuel delivery nozzle with an outlet pipe, a container filler neck, into which an end of the fuel nozzle is inserted and a permanent magnet assembly. The magnet assembly includes a first permanent magnet subassembly, with an individual magnet, on one of the outlet pipe and the filler neck and a second permanent magnet subassembly with a plurality of permanent magnets arranged in an annular pattern. The second permanent magnet subassembly is arranged on another of the outlet pipe and the filler neck whereby the first permanent magnet subassembly is arranged radially within the second permanent magnet subassembly, or vice versa, when the fuel nozzle is inserted. The second permanent magnet subassembly is arranged entirely rotatable and is oriented corresponding to the first permanent magnet subassembly when the fuel nozzle is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: REUTTER GMBH
    Inventors: Felix Schulze, Kurt Wilfinger
  • Patent number: 9266710
    Abstract: The invention provides a dispensing valve or fuel nozzle having an earth (ground) cable and/or a safety cap for covering the discharge opening, the safety cap connected by a cord to the dispensing valve, wherein the dispensing valve has an automatic retraction system for the earth cable and/or the cord of said safety cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: ELAFLEX HIBY TANKTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Fedde, Achim Aehle, Stefan Kunter
  • Patent number: 9227600
    Abstract: An inflator head, which is adapted to be mounted on a cylinder, includes a casing and an adjusting valve. The casing is mounted on the cylinder. The casing has an opening at a front end and a channel in communication with the opening of the casing and an outlet of the cylinder. The adjusting valve has one end axially inserted into the opening of the casing. The adjusting valve has an axial hole therein and at least one inlet defined in an outer periphery thereof and communicating with the axial hole. The adjusting valve is movable between an open position in which the inlet communicates with a chamber of the cylinder to inflate a tire, and a close position in which the inlet is blocked from communicating with the chamber of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: WINRiDE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tuo-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 9205736
    Abstract: A fueling-error prevention device is provided in an inside of a fuel flow path between a fueling opening and a fuel tank. A flap valve is provided on one of the first and the second sliders which are disposed opposite each other with the fuel flow path positioned therebetween. Accompanied by an insertion of a fueling nozzle having a predetermined diameter, the fueling nozzle abuts against either the first or the second slider so as to move one slider in a separating direction. Thus, the other of the first or the second slider is allowed to move in the separating direction, and due to the movement of the other slider in the separating direction by abutment of the fueling nozzle, the flap valve is allowed to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Yosuke Washio, Hiroyuki Yoshii
  • Patent number: 9180755
    Abstract: An adapter device with a PTFE gasket that stops vehicle air conditioning system leaks on most R134a refrigerant non-serviceable air conditioning hoses. The adapter device makes the hose serviceable by replacing the damage non-serviceable service port with a new serviceable service port and valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Ronie Dale Durall
  • Patent number: 9016333
    Abstract: A bottom fill, fluid dispensing system is provided having a dispenser capable of being mounted to a countertop and a container. The container may be placed onto the dispenser and the dispenser may be moved to a first position, to allow the dispenser to fill the container with a fluid. The container may be filled through a one way valve in the container wall. Once the container is filled to a desired level, the dispenser may be moved to a second position and the container may be removed from the dispenser without the fluid leaking from the one way valve in the container wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Timothy Scott Shaffer
  • Patent number: 8944122
    Abstract: A filler neck for a diesel fuel tank with a blocker device for preventing misfuelling with a nozzle of smaller diameter than the minimum diesel nozzle diameter, and includes control levers, a control spring, a blocker lever, a blocker latch and a blocker latch spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fuel Systems GesmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Jürgen Pfohl
  • Patent number: 8915268
    Abstract: A liquefied gas storage/delivery system and method that includes a liquefied gas storage system. The liquefied gas storage system includes a housing containing a storage vessel suited to contain a supply of liquefied gas, such as liquid oxygen (LOX). A rotatable turntable is provided on an exterior surface of the housing. An interface shaped to match the shape of at least a portion of a portable liquid storage/delivery device is provide in or on the turntable. A connector is disposed in the interface that couples to a corresponding connector on the portable liquid storage/delivery device. The two connectors are coupled by placing the portable liquid storage/delivery device in the interface and rotating the turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Rickey Dean Burns, Tory Deane Werne, Michele Rose Marut, Paul Denis McGroary, Mark Hoeveler, Aashi Vel
  • Patent number: 8905091
    Abstract: A dispenser device (10) for dispensing a liquid cosmetic having a first bottle (12), a second bottle (14) and a first transfer means (24) for transferring the liquid from the first bottle (12) towards the second bottle (14). The first transfer means (24) has a first portion that is secured to the first bottle (12) and that is disposed in the proximity of the bottom wall, and a second portion that is secured to the second bottle (14), the first and second portions sealing their respective bottles (12, 14) when they are uncoupled. The coupling of the first portion with the second portion enables the liquid to flow between the first bottle (12) and the second bottle (14), in such a manner that, after coupling the two portions together, the first and second bottles (12, 14) present first and second pressures that tend towards equilibrium by the liquid flowing from the first bottle (12) towards the second bottle (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Paulo Galinha
    Inventors: Paulo Galinha, Samuel Kenzari, David Bonina
  • Publication number: 20140352845
    Abstract: Valve assemblies for use with a liquid container and a drug vial for enabling an initial transfer of liquid contents from the liquid container to the drug vial for liquid drug formation purposes and subsequent transfer of liquid drug contents from the drug vial to the liquid container for administration purposes. Liquid drug transfer sets can include a valve assembly pre-attached to a liquid container. Alternatively, liquid drug transfer sets can include a valve assembly packaged in sterile blister packaging ready for attachment to a liquid container prior to use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Nimrod Lev, Niv Ben Shalom
  • Patent number: 8899284
    Abstract: Described herein are several embodiments and implementations of a fluid receiver with a removable sleeve. According to one representative embodiment, an apparatus for receiving a fluid from a fluid source includes a base having an inlet and an outlet. The base defines an interior cavity through which fluid is flowable from the inlet to the outlet. The apparatus also includes a valve that is movable relative to the base between a closed and open position. In the closed position, the valve is in sealing engagement with the base to prevent fluid flow through the inlet. In the open position, the valve allows fluid flow through the inlet. The apparatus further includes a removable sleeve that is removably securable about a portion of the base. The valve remains in the closed position as the removable sleeve is removed from and secured about the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Flomax International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Hemingway
  • Patent number: 8893754
    Abstract: The tank opening-closing device is equipped with a tank opening forming member having a fuel path for leading fuel supplied from the fueling gun through the inlet to the fuel tank, a valve opening-closing mechanism having an opening-closing member and spring that closes in a state with the inlet sealed, and an opening-closing activation mechanism for opening and operating the opening-closing member. The opening-closing activation mechanism has an operating member pivoted at the tank opening forming member, and a pressing member for pressing the opening-closing member formed on the operating member, and is constituted so that by the operating member being pressed by the fueling gun and rotating, the opening-closing member is pressed by the pressing member and is rotated in the opening direction so as to open the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hagano, Masayuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 8863791
    Abstract: A fuel hose nozzle for filling a tank having a filler the tank with liquefied petroleum gas has a tubular valve housing extending along an axis and having an outer end, a tubular valve guide axially shiftable in the valve housing between a front position and a rear position and forming an outlet port adjacent the outer end, and a valve in the housing movable between an open position permitting fluid flow into the valve guide toward the outlet end and a closed position preventing such flow. A valve piston in the valve guide and axially fixed in the valve housing is engaged in the front position of the valve guide with the port to block flow through same. A fitting sleeve surrounding and axially shiftable on the valve housing has at the outer end an end fitting complementary to the tank filler neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Elaflex Hiby Tanktechnik GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Achim Aehle, Stefan Kunter, Heinz-Ulrich Meyer, Michael Wehner
  • Patent number: 8746298
    Abstract: A cap-free closeable neck end for a filler neck of a tank of a motor vehicle, the cap-free closeable neck including an upper entry space forming an insertion region for a fuel nozzle and being surrounded by a side wall, a lower sealing flap arranged in the upper entry space and a closing mechanism arranged above the lower sealing flap. The closing mechanism includes an upper filling opening and an upper cover, which in a closed state at least partially covers the upper filling opening and being embodied in such a manner that the upper cover is displaced by inserting an outlet pipe of a fuel nozzle into the upper entry space for releasing the upper filling opening so as to allow for the insertion of the outlet pipe through the upper filling opening and the lower sealing flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Gerdes GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Gerdes
  • Patent number: 8726950
    Abstract: A mis-fuel inhibitor in an inlet neck assembly of a vehicle fuel system discriminates between nozzle diameters, allowing entrance of nozzle diameters at or greater than a predetermined minimum diameter while inhibiting entrance of nozzles having diameters less than the predetermined minimum diameter. An actuator responsive to nozzle diameters opens and closes shutters blocking nozzle entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Miller, Franco A. Cisternino, Paul M. Sutenbach
  • Patent number: 8714214
    Abstract: A mis-fuel inhibitor in an inlet neck assembly of a vehicle fuel system discriminates between nozzle diameters, allowing entrance of nozzle diameters at or greater than a predetermined minimum diameter while inhibiting entrance of nozzles having diameters less than the predetermined minimum diameter. An actuator responsive to nozzle diameters engages and disengages locking arms that are associated with a primary shutoff valve flapper door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works
    Inventor: Franco A. Cisternino
  • Patent number: 8701723
    Abstract: A filler coupling comprising an isolation valve that can move relative to a seat between an upstream closing position and a downstream opening position, said isolation valve being moved to its upstream position by a return member, the coupling also comprising a dust-prevention valve placed upstream of the isolation valve, said dust-prevention valve comprising a downstream end and being able to move relative to the body between an upstream closing position and a downstream opening position, said dust-prevention valve being moved to its upstream position by a return member, characterized in that the dust-prevention valve can be moved selectively downstream either: in a first determined downstream position opening the upstream end in which the downstream end of the dust-prevention valve does not push the upstream end of the isolation valve, or in a second determined downstream position opening the upstream end, in which the downstream end of the dust-prevention valve pushes an upstream end of the movable isol
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Antoine Frenal, Cyrill Manscourt, Philippe Pisot
  • Patent number: 8695896
    Abstract: A re-fillable liquid spray dispenser useful as a fragrance atomizer includes a re-filling valve apparatus that is cooperative with a discharge nozzle of a liquid reservoir. A main chamber into which liquid may be filled in the spray dispenser is cyclically vented in unison with liquid injection through the re-filling valve apparatus. In this way, the liquid spray dispenser is accurately and efficiently vented during a liquid filling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Zhejiang JM Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xufeng Tu
  • Patent number: 8695651
    Abstract: A filler coupling for a pressurized gas receptacle comprising a body defining an internal filler circuit between an upstream end designed to be connected to a packaging connector and a downstream end designed to be connected to a receptacle, the coupling comprising an isolation valve that can move relative to a seat between an upstream position for closing the circuit and a downstream position for opening the circuit, said isolation valve being moved to its upstream position by a return member, the coupling also comprising a dust-prevention valve placed upstream of the isolation valve, said dust-prevention valve being able to move relative to the body between an upstream position for closing the upstream end of the circuit and a downstream position for opening the circuit upstream end, said dust-prevention valve being moved to its upstream position by a return member, characterized in that the dust-prevention valve supports a filter interposed on the path of at least a portion of the fluid that travels betwee
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Antoine Frenal, Cyril Manscourt, Philippe Pisot
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140048174
    Abstract: A filling aid. The filling aid includes a needle housing portion including at least one tab having a starting position and a filling position, and a filling needle cradle including a filling needle, the filling needle cradle slidable connected to the needle housing portion and having a starting position and a filling position, wherein when the at least one tab on the needle housing moves from a starting position to a filling position, the filling needle cradle slides from a starting position to a filling position, and wherein when the at least one tab on the needle housing moves from a filling position to a starting position, the filling needle cradle slides from a filling position to a starting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Richard J. Lanigan, Gregory R. Lanier, JR., Dean Kamen, Bright C.K. Foo, Kevin L. Grant, Lisa A. Panneton
  • Patent number: 8651151
    Abstract: A vehicle fuel inlet shut-off valve assembly includes a two-piece housing having inner and outer housing components secured to each other. The housing components can be provided of different materials, with a surface coating. A flapper door assembly is secured in the outer housing component and includes directionally biased interlocking components that facilitate installation and inhibit disconnection after assembly with redundant connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William Berghorst, Kirk J. Bush, Franco A. Cisternino, Michael Payne
  • Publication number: 20140041758
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cap comprising a body, an opening passing through the cap and adapted in turn to be passed through by at least one product transfer member, and a membrane which, at rest, covers the opening. The membrane has a main portion that extends through the opening and defines two inclined faces, each inclined face having a distal edge. The two inclined faces form a dihedron when the membrane is at rest, the distal edges of the two inclined faces coming together at the apex of the dihedron. The cap comprises at least two flaps that extend through the opening, above the membrane, the two inclined faces of the membrane being respectively covered by two flaps, each flap having a free edge that extends along the distal edge of the corresponding inclined face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: BIO-RAD INNOVATIONS
    Inventors: Laurent Fournier, Gilles Venturi
  • Publication number: 20130333803
    Abstract: A pressure regulator valve arrangement may include first and second regulator valves for closing a fluid passage in the event of over-pressure. The valve members may each have pressure ports for sensing the pressure, and the ports may be located downstream of the valve members to minimise interaction between the valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Mouskis
  • 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: 8528610
    Abstract: A substance communication coupling system includes a substance connector component for communication of a substance with another substance connector component. A substance switch is provided for selectively permitting communication of the substance between the substance connector components. The substance switch is activated to transfer a substance from a substance source to a substance consumer in response to a proximity sensor engaging a proximity target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Kuehl, Richard A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8522838
    Abstract: A grommet adapted to secure a fuel fill line to a fuel fill housing includes a body having an opening extending therethrough and a first flange coupled to the body. The first flange includes a plurality of tabs. The body also includes a second flange coupled to the body such that a channel is defined between each of the tabs and the second flange. Each respective mating tab is adapted to be received in each respective channel. The mating flange includes a plurality of slots. Each respective slot is formed between a pair of mating tabs. During installation, each tab is adapted to be inserted through a respective slot formed in the mating flange. The grommet also includes a latching device adapted to limit the radial movement of the grommet with respect to the mating flange. The latching device may be embodied as a detent adapted to be received in a recess formed in the mating flange. The grommet may also include a tactile indicator adapted to indicate when the grommet is in a predetermined radial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Craig W. Gurtatowski
  • Patent number: 8522839
    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: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Simon Freed, Michael R. Prisco, Eric Hyman, Raymond D. Clark, Alan W. Marttila, John DePiano, Richard P. Meyst, Timothy B. Meluch, David Chesley, Roy T. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20130220482
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a filling device (1) for filling a dispensing container with a fluid (7) with a filling nozzle (9), which has a non-return valve (16), the non-return valve (16) having an actuating portion (22, 36) for opening the non-return valve (16) by an actuating element (23, 42) of a filling valve (11) of the dispensing container (6). In order to provide a filling device and a combination of a dispensing container and a filling device, which permit reliable refilling of a dispensing container partially filled with fluid, it is proposed according to the invention that the filling nozzle (9) has an actuating element (23, 42) for opening the filling valve (11) of the dispensing container (6) on connecting the dispensing container (6) to the filling nozzle (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: OECO-Tech, Entwicklung und Vertrieb von Verpackungssystemen GmbH
    Inventor: OECO-Tech, Entwicklung und Vertrieb von Verpackungssystemen GmbH
  • Patent number: 8517337
    Abstract: Systems and components for providing or receiving a substance through a substance communication coupling system. A substance switch is provided for selectively communicating the substance between a first substance communicating device, such as a host or other substance source and a second substance communicating device, such as a substance consumer. The substance switch is activated to transfer a substance in response to detection of a contactless proximity target associated with one of the substance communicating devices by a proximity sensor associated with the other of the substance communicating devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Kuehl, Richard A. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20130199662
    Abstract: A refillable liquid product container system comprises a liquid product container (100) having a body and a neck extending outwardly from the body, wherein said neck or an optional dispensing fitment arranged in said neck facilitates dispensing of a liquid product from the container. The system also includes a manually operable screw cap (1) that is to be removed by a user from the container (100) when a liquid product is to be dispensed from the container, and that is to be replaced to close the container. The screw cap has a top wall (2) and a downward depending circumferential skirt (3), and wherein the screw cap has a screw thread (11) that mates with a screw thread on said neck or on said optional dispensing fitment when present. A refilling station (110) allowing a user to refill the container (100) with a liquid product, said refilling station comprising a male filling element (30) through which said liquid product is supplied to the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: IPN IP B.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Gerrit Anton Gebbink, Marco Koekkoek
  • Publication number: 20130192718
    Abstract: A kit comprising of a container (20) arranged to be in an inverted configuration and having a cap (21) at its lower end, in use, the cap (21) having an outlet orifice extending axially into the container (20) which is selectively sealed at its axially innermost end by a resiliently biased seal, a disc within the outlet orifice on which the seal sits, a plurality of spokes holding the disc in place, so that, with the seal open, flow paths are formed between the outlet orifice, the disc and the spokes; and a refill device, the refill device comprising a nozzle (41) with a plurality of castellations which fit into the outlet orifice of the container (20) between the spokes to lift the seal from the seat to open a flow path for the ingress of liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: RECKITT & COLMAN (OVERSEAS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Jacobus Simon Petrus Van Diepen, Christopher Leonard Padain
  • Publication number: 20130186516
    Abstract: A balloon assembly including a balloon pedestal having a cup attached to a collar and an air tube that can be fixedly attached to a one-way balloon valve. The balloon cup is configured with a plurality of creases that allow it to be folded or otherwise reduced in shape for more economical packaging. The collar and air stem are also oval in shape to further reduce the overall volume of the balloon assembly. The balloon cup can be placed over and secured to the air tube, with the cup supporting the base of the balloon. A rod or similar support can also be placed in the end of the air tube to allow the balloon to be more visible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: MAXIMUM VISIBILITY SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Maximum Visibility Solutions, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130118639
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system and assembly, including a connection or coupling device, a valve, a housing, a user interface, a filling device, and a fitting to couple to a fluid source. The connection or coupling device may include a magnetic ring crimped to the bottom of a container, and methods of manufacture are described. The valve may include a first sensor detecting proper placement of the fluid container based on a magnetic material positioned at the bottom of the fluid container, a plunger having a plunger shaft coupled thereto, the plunger selectively placing the valve in fluid communication with the fluid container, and a solenoid coupled to the plunger shaft and moving the plunger shaft to transition the plunger between an open position and a closed position. The user interface may be coupled to the valve to enable selection of at least a fluid container size and a dispensing mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: GRINON INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: GRINON INDUSTRIES
  • Patent number: 8387948
    Abstract: A system for communicating a substance from between substance communicating devices. A substance switch is provided for selectively transferring the substance from a first substance communicating device, such as a host or other substance source to a first substance communicating device, such as a such as a substance consumer. The substance switch is activated to communicate the substance between the first substance communicating device and the second substance communicating device in response to movement of a component associated with one of the substance communicating devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Kuehl, Richard A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8382065
    Abstract: Systems and components for providing or receiving a service through a service connector system. A first substance communicating device has a first service connector component and a first switch component. A second substance communicating device has a second service connector component operably actuatable by the first service connector component to permit the communication of a service between the first and second service connector components. One of the substance communicating devices further has a second switch component operably associated with the second service connector component, the second switch component being configured to be actuatable by the first switch component when the first service connector component is adjacent the second service connector component to selectively draw the first and second service connector components into engagement to permit the communication of the service between the substance communicating devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Hendrickson, Joel A. Luckman, Richard A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8371344
    Abstract: A refilling system for a vehicle including a body panel having a fixed opening, an adjustable refilling assembly partially enclosed by the body panel, the adjustable refilling assembly including a first port and a second port, the adjustable refilling assembly movable between at least a first configuration in which the first port is aligned with the fixed opening and a second configuration in which the second port is aligned with the fixed opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Doug Vandervoort, Grant A. Compton, Stanley Jay Novak, Brenda Johnson, Kirk Rasmussen, Marius Efstate
  • Publication number: 20130008562
    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: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS 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: 8342480
    Abstract: A substance communicating device for use in conjunction with an appliance or a system including an appliance and a consumable holder. The appliance has a first substance service connector component and a first service switch component. The substance communicating device has a second substance service connector component operably engageable with the first substance connector component to permit the communication of a substance between the first and second substance service connector components. The substance communicating device further has a second service switch component operably associated with the second substance service connector component, the second service switch component being configured to engage the first service switch component when the first and second substance service connector components are engaged to selectively permit the communication of the substance between the substance communicating device and the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Hendrickson, Joel A. Luckman, Richard A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8316900
    Abstract: Described herein are several embodiments and implementations of a fluid receiver with a removable sleeve. According to one representative embodiment, an apparatus for receiving a fluid from a fluid source includes a base having an inlet and an outlet. The base defines an interior cavity through which fluid is flowable from the inlet to the outlet. The apparatus also includes a valve that is movable relative to the base between a closed and open position. In the closed position, the valve is in sealing engagement with the base to prevent fluid flow through the inlet. In the open position, the valve allows fluid flow through the inlet. The apparatus further includes a removable sleeve that is removably securable about a portion of the base. The valve remains in the closed position as the removable sleeve is removed from and secured about the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Flomax International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Hemingway
  • Patent number: 8281824
    Abstract: An instrument (23) for filling a substance supply container (1) of a device (21) for personal care treatment has a filling needle (4) having a proximal end connected or connectable to a storage reservoir (22) and a distal end, a substance transport conduit (9) extending from the proximal end to at least one outlet (10, 11) provided in a radially facing surface portion closely adjacent the distal end of the filling needle (4). A sleeve (14, 15) is arranged around the filling needle (4) and is movable between a first position closing off the at least one outlet (10, 11) and a second position proximally away from the first position and the at least one outlet (10, 11). A system (20) including such an instrument (23), a container (1) for cooperation with such an instrument (23) and for provisioning a device (21) for personal care treatment as well as a device (21) for personal care treatment including such a container (1) are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics 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: 8267382
    Abstract: Before inner components of a hydraulic shock absorber, such as a cylinder, a piston and a piston rod, are placed, an outer shell is joined with a joint portion of an assembling apparatus so that a gas pressure chamber and the outer shell are in communication with each other. A low-pressure gas is supplied in the gas pressure chamber and the outer shell. Under a pressure of the low-pressure chamber, an oil tank subassembly is inserted in the outer shell and is fitted therein to form an oil tank. The oil tank is divided into an oil chamber and a gas chamber by a diaphragm. By this assembling method, it is possible to supply the low-pressure gas into the gas chamber without a need for a gas-supplying hole for supplying the gas into the gas chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryu Yazaki, Atsushi Maeda
  • Publication number: 20120228292
    Abstract: A fuel system includes a fuel tank filler neck associated with a fuel tank. The fuel tank filler neck includes a fill tube for receiving a fuel-dispensing pump nozzle and a fuel conductor interconnecting an interior region of the fuel tank and a passageway formed in the fill tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: STANT USA CORP.
    Inventors: Cory J. Doble, Paul C. Wetzel, Jason M. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8235079
    Abstract: Provided are adapter caps comprising a housing having a top, a bottom an edge, and a hub at the top of the housing. A plunger is slidably disposed about the hub, and a plurality of lock fingers are pivotally attached to the housing substantially at the edge, the lock fingers being actuable, responsive to movement of the plunger. A guide including an inner circular wall and an outer circular wall with the inner circular wall having a passageway disposed therethrough is present at the bottom of the housing. A cap as provided is selectively attachable to a coupling fitting having a first passage through which a liquid may pass and a second passage separate and distinct from the first passage through which vapor may pass, to provide accurate fuel level readings of a reservoir to which the coupling is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Robert L. Schultz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8235077
    Abstract: A refillable fuel supply assembly for a fuel cell is disclosed herein. The assembly includes a refillable fuel supply adapted to supply fuel to a fuel cell, a refilling fuel cartridge containing fuel to be transferred to the refillable fuel supply, and a lock-and-release device connecting the refilling fuel cartridge to the refillable fuel supply to transport fuel from the refilling fuel cartridge to the refillable fuel supply. The lock-and-release device also retains the refilling fuel cartridge to the refillable fuel supply until the refilling fuel cartridge is substantially free of fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Societe Bic
    Inventors: Andrew J. Curello, Floyd Fairbanks, Michael Curello, David Gray