Dumping Or Draining Type Patents (Class 141/364)
  • Patent number: 10281082
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured to be mounted on a first repository, such as a five gallon bucket, and further configured to allow a second repository, such as another five gallon bucket, to be mounted on the apparatus such that it is supported at an inclined angle which allows contents of the second repository, which may be a viscous material such as honey, to empty into the first repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Vallie Hayden McMahon, III
  • Patent number: 10145477
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a valve stem having a resilient proximal seal member disposed around the stem and a distal seal member disposed around the stem. The proximal and distal seal members are axially separated from one another along the valve stem. The assembly further includes a housing defining a valve chamber, in which the valve stem is confined so as to be axially displaceable within the valve chamber. The housing defines a first portion of the valve chamber, in which the proximal seal member resides, a second portion of the valve chamber, in which the distal seal member resides, and a cross-bore chamber, which opens into the valve chamber in a third portion between the first and second portions. The third portion has a minimum cross-sectional diameter greater than the cross-sectional diameter of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligent Energy Limited
    Inventor: Gary Tyers
  • Patent number: 10081313
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle panel and a cup holder assembly that is located at the vehicle panel. The cup holder assembly includes an outer housing connected to the panel. A cup holder body has a holder portion that provides at least one receptacle and a drainage portion located adjacent the holder portion moveably connected to the outer housing. The cup holder body is moveable relative to the outer housing between a retracted configuration with the holder portion retracted into the outer housing and an extended configuration with the holder portion extended out of the outer housing to expose the at least one receptacle. The drainage portion includes an upper surface and a liquid relief drain formed in the upper surface that includes a drainage floor that slopes downwardly away from the vehicle panel in a vehicle vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew L. Ross
  • Patent number: 10025226
    Abstract: A developer cartridge includes a developer container, a casing, a sealing member, and a drive input. The developer container is configured to sealingly contain developer therein. The developer container has an outlet through which the developer flows out of the developer container. The casing is configured to accommodate the developer container therein. The casing supports the developer container to allow the developer container to rotate about an axis thereof in a rotating direction. The sealing member is configured to seal the outlet. The drive input is configured to transmit rotational driving force to the developer container. The sealing member is fixed to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junichi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9933727
    Abstract: A toner container includes a housing having a reservoir for holding toner. An inlet port is formed on the housing and in fluid communication with the reservoir for receiving toner. A first shutter member and a second shutter member is positioned about the inlet port and are each pivotable between a closed position and an open position. When the first and second shutter members are in the closed positions, respective free ends thereof seal against each other and respective first face portions of the first and second shutter members seal against a perimeter of the inlet port such that the first and second shutter members block the inlet port. When the first and second shutter members are in the open positions, the first and second shutter members are pivoted away from the inlet port unblocking the inlet port. The first and second shutter members are biased toward the closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen Alan Reidhaar
  • Patent number: 9891583
    Abstract: Provided is a remanufacturing method of a developer accommodating unit including a flexible container provided with an opening and configured to accommodate developer, and a frame member configured to accommodate the flexible container. The remanufacturing method includes refilling the developer into the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noritomo Yamaguchi, Yuichi Fukui, Satoshi Nishiya, Jun Miura
  • Patent number: 9740142
    Abstract: A toner case includes a case main body and a cleaning member. The case main body is capable of containing a toner supplied to an image forming part arranged inside an apparatus main body and is attachable to and detachable from a supplying attachment part of the apparatus main body along an attachment and detachment direction. The cleaning member is arranged at an outer circumferential face of the case main body. The case main body rotates inside the supplying attachment part in a first direction so as to convey the toner toward a communicating port formed at a first side in the attachment and detachment direction. The cleaning member rotates integrally with the case main body in the first direction so as to clean an inner circumferential face of the supplying attachment part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Izumi, Koji Murata
  • Patent number: 9650162
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for metering bulk material, in particular plastics granulate, for machines processing plastics granulate, in particular for injection molding machines, wherein at least one material funnel (2) into which bulk material can be filled and which has a material valve is provided. A weighing container (4) connected to weighing scales is optionally arranged below the material valve. A control unit is provided for the weighing scales and material valves. The material valve is designed as a metering valve (3), in particular as a flap-type metering valve. The metering valve (3) consists of a part, a closure (7), movable via a horizontal axis (6) and a fixed part, a scraper (8). The movable part has an operating arm (9) for an actuator (5) and at the end facing towards the fixed part has a closure plate (10) having a scraper projection (11). In the closed state of the metering valve (3) the scraper projection (11) touches the scraper (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: WITTMANN KUNSTSTOFFGERAETE GMBH
    Inventors: Erhardt Fux, Robbie J. Miller, Joseph Corturillo
  • Patent number: 9639028
    Abstract: A container for developer detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus body includes a container body, a discharge member, a resistive member, and a resistance reduction mechanism. The container body contains developer and is rotated when drive is transmitted from the image forming apparatus body. The discharge member supports the container body rotatable relative to the discharge member and has a discharge port through which the developer is discharged. The resistive member is brought into contact with the container body so as to apply resistance to the rotation of the container body. The resistance reduction mechanism changes a contact state between the resistive member and the container body so as to reduce the resistance between the resistive member and the container body when the container is mounted to the image forming apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyohito Horii, Seigo Shinozaki, Makoto Kanno, Shota Oba, Norihiro Tamazawa, Ayumi Noguchi, Shigeru Inaba, Shinichiro Fujimori
  • Patent number: 9575434
    Abstract: Provided is a remanufacturing method of a developer accommodating unit including a flexible container provided with an opening and configured to accommodate developer, and a frame member configured to accommodate the flexible container. The remanufacturing method includes refilling the developer into the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noritomo Yamaguchi, Yuichi Fukui, Satoshi Nishiya, Jun Miura
  • Patent number: 9567126
    Abstract: A pet food lid removal system is described including a clamp, a drive mechanism, and a support structure that is capable of removing a lid by rotatably moving across it. A pet food lid removal method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Garrett Marvel Wilson
  • Patent number: 9451848
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a beverage dispenser comprising a larger container for accommodating the beverage to be dispensed, a smaller container for accommodating the beverage dispensed and a connecting channel connecting the larger container and the smaller container. The beverage dispenser further comprises a rationing vessel, which has an upper opening and a lower opening; the upper opening of the rationing vessel opens to atmosphere; the lower opening of the rationing vessel is disposed in or communicates with an inner cavity of the smaller container; and the larger container has a vent opening to atmosphere. The beverage in the larger container flows into the smaller container through the connecting channel. The beverage in the smaller container is dispensed based on theories of static physics rather than relying on electronic control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Elec-Tech International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tony Wang
  • Patent number: 9440485
    Abstract: A paint caddy includes a base having at least two walls and a pole coupled to and extending upwardly from the base. The base has at least one base support extending between the walls for capturing and supporting a paint tray therebetween. The pole has at least a substantially vertical portion and a substantially horizontal portion, with the substantially horizontal portion serving as a handle for carrying a paint tray. A hook extends from the pole and is positioned below and spaced from the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: GJP ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Greg Krusoe
  • Patent number: 9291947
    Abstract: A developer unit for a dual component development electrophotographic image forming device includes a housing having a reservoir for storing a developer mix that includes toner and magnetic carrier beads. An axial sealing rib projects from an inner side of the housing toward the outer surface of a sleeve of a magnetic roll. The axial sealing rib extends along an axial length of the sleeve. A distal end of the axial sealing rib is positioned in close proximity to and spaced from the outer surface of the sleeve. The axial sealing rib is positioned to impede the flow of developer mix in the reservoir in a direction counter to an operative rotational direction of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Brian Bacelieri, Robert Dan Bennett, III, Gary Allen Denton, Mark Doerre, Katherine Marie Gilliam, Elliott Vincent Jernigan, Michael David Maul, Matthew Lee Rogers, Dominique Renee Rowe, Robert Christopher Sbert, Keith Seaman, Courtney Harrison Soale
  • Patent number: 9229367
    Abstract: A carriage assembly according to one example embodiment includes a cradle pivotably mounted on a base. The cradle has a cartridge storage area sized to receive and hold a toner cartridge. The cradle is pivotable between a loading position for loading and unloading the toner cartridge and an operating position for operating the toner cartridge. A hold-down feature is mounted on the base adjacent to the cradle in a substantially stationary position relative to the cradle movement. When the cradle is in the loading position, the hold-down feature is positioned clear of an insertion and removal path of the toner cartridge into and out of the cradle and, as the cradle moves toward the operating position and when the cradle is in the operating position, the hold-down feature is positioned to engage a stop on the toner cartridge to prevent the toner cartridge from separating from the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: James Richard Leemhuis, Randal Scott Williamson
  • Patent number: 9164425
    Abstract: A toner cartridge according to one example embodiment includes a housing having a front, rear, first side, second side, top and bottom forming a toner reservoir. An outlet port is positioned on the front of the housing proximate the first side for transferring toner out of the reservoir. A drive gear is positioned on the front of the housing and has a center proximate the second side for receiving rotational power. A cavity is formed in the bottom of the housing. A latch catch is positioned in the cavity on an inner side of the front of the housing for receiving a latch for securing the toner cartridge in an image forming device. The latch catch is positioned closer to the bottom of the housing than the outlet port and the drive gear and between the center of the drive gear and the outlet port in the side-to-side direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: John Andrew Buchanan, Gregory Alan Cavill, James Richard Leemhuis, Randal Scott Williamson
  • Patent number: 9152083
    Abstract: A carriage assembly for an image forming device according to one example embodiment includes a plurality of cradles mounted on a base. Each cradle has a cartridge storage area sized to receive and hold a corresponding toner cartridge. Each of the cradles is independently pivotable between a loading position for loading and unloading the toner cartridge into and out of the cradle and an operating position for operating the toner cartridge in the image forming device. Each of the cradles is biased toward the loading position. A latch assembly is configured to retain the cradles holding the corresponding toner cartridges in the operating position. The latch assembly has user-actuated engagement features for individually releasing the cradles from the operating position to the loading position for unloading the corresponding toner cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: John Andrew Buchanan, Gregory Alan Cavill, Randal Scott Williamson
  • Patent number: 9085379
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for draining an open-top container into another open-top container by supporting an open-top container to be drained upon the lip of another open-top container, which receives the contents of the first open-top container. The Container Drip Draining Device supports the open-top container to be drained in a stable manner and at an angle sufficient to drip drain the first container into the second and comprises a singular construction with a means of attaching the device to the lip of a receiving open-top container, a means of supporting an open-top container in a pouring position over the receiving open-top container comprising a tongue-shaped extension with a lip support, a plurality of pegs distending from the tongue-shaped extension for hanging utensils, a post distending vertically from the tongue-shaped extension to allow for the drip draining of smaller containers and hooks for supporting a hanging strainer basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Lane Alan Cummins
  • Patent number: 9038677
    Abstract: A combination scoop and funnel apparatus provides a scoop portion defining a dry material reservoir having an open top and a downwardly tapered conical bottom portion which terminates in a discharge aperture. A handle is joined to the scoop reservoir. A movable frusto-conical funnel member defines a funnel aperture at its lower end and an open top at its upper end. The funnel member supports a valve slide which extends upwardly through the discharge aperture and further supports a valve cap on the upper end thereof. The valve member is movable between a downwardly extending valve closed configuration and an upwardly positioned valve open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Tyler Keefe
  • Patent number: 8950448
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a multifunction transfer device, which can have: an open-ended conical portion having a larger diameter at a top open-end than at a bottom open-end; a release coupled to the bottom open-end of the conical portion and configured to move from a closed position to an open position; a rest integrated to a bottom of the release and configured to hold the device above a liquid container; and an open-ended chute coupled to the release below the rest and configured for fluid communication with the conical portion. In one embodiment, the multifunction transfer device can include at least one graduation configured to indicate a measurement of the material contained in a volume within the conical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: J. Clint Jameson
  • Patent number: 8910673
    Abstract: A bottle shape is provided that allows for volume-reducing deformation of a peripheral wall of the body, while maintaining stable posture of the bottle by making use of a combination of a refill container and a regularly used container having an upright discharge cylinder segment. The body is formed to have a thin peripheral wall so that volume-reducing deformation would take place along with the depressurization going on inside the bottle. The peripheral wall has three ridge lines formed in a mountain fold at approximately equal intervals in the vertical direction and has three panel walls connected to one another. Each panel wall is bordered by two adjacent ridge lines, and has a valley fold line that diagonally connects an upper end of one ridge line to a lower end of another adjacent ridge line so that three valley fold lines are disposed obliquely in parallel along a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Tsuda, Tsuyoshi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8910672
    Abstract: A powdered drink mix dispensing assembly includes a stand that may be placed on a support surface. A hopper is coupled to a top end of the stand. The hopper has powdered drink mix stored in it. A dispenser is coupled to a bottom end of the hopper. The dispenser is selectively actuatable so the dispenser dispenses a measured amount of the powdered drink mix. A bottle is positioned beneath the dispenser. The bottle contains a fluid. The bottle receives the measured amount of powdered drink mix so the powdered drink mix is mixed with the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventors: Henry El Cheikh, Claudette El Cheikh
  • Publication number: 20140246123
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for draining an open-top container into another open-top container by supporting an open-top container to be drained upon the lip of another open-top container, which receives the contents of the first open-top container. The Container Drip Draining Device supports the open-top container to be drained in a stable manner and at an angle sufficient to drip drain the first container into the second and comprises a singular construction with a means of attaching the device to the lip of a receiving open-top container, a means of supporting an open-top container in a pouring position over the receiving open-top container comprising a tongue-shaped extension with a lip support, a plurality of pegs distending from the tongue-shaped extension for hanging utensils, a post distending vertically from the tongue-shaped extension to allow for the drip draining of smaller containers and hooks for supporting a hanging strainer basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Lane Alan Cummins
  • Patent number: 8800609
    Abstract: A bib for a vehicle fuel tank inlet conduit of the type having an open conduit end comprises a liquid-impervious, elongated tray that has a raised peripheral edge on a front side thereof. The bib includes a top end, a bottom end, and an aperture at the top end for receiving the conduit end therethrough. The bib includes a collection trough at the front side and bottom end thereof that is adapted to receive fuel flowing down the tray, and may include an inverted spout formed between the aperture and the collection trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Jodi Krechowiecki
  • Publication number: 20140069552
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a docking device for material bottles used for guiding material in a first material bottle to flow into a second material bottle. The docking device includes a sleeve with two ends thereof being respectively engageable with mouths of the first material bottle and the second material bottle and a protrusion configured in the sleeve for guiding the material in the first material bottle to flow into the second material bottle. With the sleeve, the two material bottles can be docked together, thus, the material in one material bottle can be poured into the other material bottle quickly. Meanwhile, the protrusion configured in the sleeve can guide the flowing material to avoid side leakage when the material flows from one material bottle into the other material bottle along the inner wall of the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Ming Liu, Tao Ding, Guodong Zhao, Tao Song, Tao Ma, FangFu Chen
  • 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: 8522842
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stabilizing vials during a contents transfer, the apparatus having a flat base from which vertical arms rise from each end, and having a stabilizer band segment above and parallel to each side of the flat base to provide stabilizing support to at least one fluid vial when the fluid vial is up-ended over a base vial during a contents transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Heather R. Sharkey, Jason E. Sharkey
  • Patent number: 8505590
    Abstract: The present invention relates to container (1) for storing and unloading bulk material comprising:—a vessel (2) presenting a closed end (3) and an opened end (4),—a hopper (5) placed inside the vessel (2) and tapering to a discharge outlet in direction of the vessel opened end (4),—a tearable membrane (7) closing the hopper (5) and the vessel (2). The invention relates also to a tank to be refilled by said container and a method for refilling the tank with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Michiel Kernkamp, Peter Jaggy
  • Patent number: 8474495
    Abstract: An open ended cylindrical connector device includes a) an internally smooth-bored first docking port at one end; b) an internally screw threaded second docking port at the other end; and c) a unidirectional hole-cutter/membrane-piercing arrangement deployed across the diameter of the cylindrical device with its cutting/piercing edges occupying the first docking port. The product is transferred from a sealed donating container to a receiving container by screwing the receiving container into the second docking port and subsequently pressing a sealed donating container into the first docking port. The seal on the donating container is punctured by the hole-cutter and releases the product for transfer through the cylindrical connector to the receiving container. The donating container docking port may be closed with a removable cap and the cylindrical connector used as a donating container screw cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventors: Ian Singleton, David Taylor
  • Patent number: 8443848
    Abstract: The invention concerns a port system (1) for fastening a container (3) comprising a vessel (2) and an outlet (6) to a connection system (14) presenting an inlet, said port system comprising: —a main skirt (4) connectable to the outlet (6) of the container presenting a connecting end and a discharge end (7), —a hopper (8) attached to the internal wall of the skirt and tapering to a discharge outlet (9) in direction of the main skirt discharge end (7), —a tearable membrane (10) closing the skirt discharge end and the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Stephane Hentzel, Peter Jaggy, Michiel Kernkamp, Johan Bergdahl, John Meldrum
  • Patent number: 8429925
    Abstract: A device 1 for cooling hot liquid food items to drinking temperature comprising a cooling system 2 containing a coolant 19 with a cooling line 13 and an inflow for the hot liquid and an outflow for the cooled liquid. The device includes at least one filling vessel 3 connectable with its opening 5 to the end side of the cooling system containing the inflow to the cooling system. For connecting the filling vessel to the cooling system, each of the two parts includes complementarily cooperating connection elements 9, such that for the process of cooling a virtual unit can be formed, and as a function of the defined quantity of liquid flowing from the filling vessel into the inflow of the cooling system, and the temperature and of the quantity of the coolant, the liquid flows from the outflow of the cooling system at a temperature specified within narrow limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Dieter Marx
  • Patent number: 8327892
    Abstract: A vaporizer filling system includes a filler assembly, a sump, and a valve. The valve controls fluid communication into the sump. A retaining device retains the valve in an open position. A delay is connected to the retaining device. The delay controls the operation of the retaining device in order to retain the valve in the open position until the delay detects a release condition. The delay then controls the retaining device to release the valve. A method of filling a vaporizer includes engaging a bottle of liquid anesthetic agent with a filler assembly. The bottle and the filler assembly are moved from a first position to a second position. The bottle and filling assembly are locked in the second position with a retaining device. Then the retaining device is released and the bottle and filler assembly are returned to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ryan W. Rindy, Robert Q. Tham, John R. Pinkert
  • Patent number: 8291947
    Abstract: A system and method for supplying bottled water to an appliance is provided, where the water bottle is opened as it is positioned on the appliance. The appliance includes an operational portion and a bottle receiving portion. The operational portion can be any appliance which utilizes water in its operations, such as humidifiers, vaporizers, coffeemakers, tea makers, dental water jets, and the like. The bottle receiving portion includes a conduit defining a fluid path, where the conduit is in fluid communication with the operational portion. The conduit has a first end with a piercing member for piercing the bottle, and a second end in fluid communication with the operational portion. When a water bottle is positioned in the bottle receiving portion, the piercing member pierces the bottle, allowing the water to exit the bottle along the fluid path to the operational portion of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Victor Michels
  • Patent number: 8281821
    Abstract: A water cooler assembly and/or liquid dispensing apparatus and method for using same, having various, alternative features including: a bottom load water cooler, including such a cooler with a door stop mechanism; an adjustable drip tray assembly; a leak stop mechanism; an adjustable bottle interface accommodating dimensional variations in water bottles; an instaboil feature; and programmable dispensing and visual display modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: MTN Products, Inc
    Inventors: Gregory N Spear, Terry Havener, Chun Yen Wang, Hung Hsiang Chen, Lowell Burnham, Siak Jenn Chuan
  • Publication number: 20120234432
    Abstract: Device for recharging a bottle with liquid, includes: a refill containing the liquid, and a decanting system, adapted selectively to pass the liquid from the refill to the bottle, the decanting system including: a first part fixed to the refill and having a first liquid passage and a first air passage in communication with the refill; a second part connected to the first part, and intended to be fixed to the bottle, the second part including a second liquid passage and a second air passage intended to communicate with the bottle, the first and the second parts structured to move together in translation and free to rotate between an open configuration, in which the first and second liquid and air passages are aligned, providing passage of liquid and air between the refill and the bottle, and a closed configuration, in which they are not aligned, preventing liquid and air passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: TECHNIPLAST
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe LAMBOUX
  • Patent number: 8261787
    Abstract: A system for transferring a viscous liquid between bottles that comprises a first bottle from which liquid is to be drained, a second bottle for receiving the liquid, a first bottle connector that attaches to the first bottle and a second bottle connector that attaches to the second bottle. Each bottle connector has a bottle engaging section that engages the bottle and a connection section that engages the connection section on an opposing bottle connector. Each connection section is genderless and comprises a plurality of outwardly extending members and a member receiving section between each adjacent members. When used to drain fluids from one bottle to another, an outwardly extending member of one connector is received in a member receiving section of the other connector to place the outwardly extending members in interlocking relation. The connection section can comprise a locking mechanism to lockingly join the two connectors together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Peter B. Sanford
  • Patent number: 8251110
    Abstract: A filling adapter for conveying liquid from a first liquid container to a second liquid container is provided. The filling adapter includes an adapter body having a top end and an opposite button end, the top end adapted for fitting an opening in the first liquid container, the bottom end adapted for fitting an opening in the second liquid container, and an open path in the adapter body from the top end to the bottom end for communicating liquid from the opening in the first liquid container to the opening in the second liquid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: MBHD, LLC
    Inventors: Wade Bassett, Lisa L. Bassett
  • Patent number: 8151836
    Abstract: A closure for the neck of a container such as a water bottle includes a cap 32 for engagement with the neck, and a valve plug 44. The cap has an inner guide sleeve 38 which sealingly receives the valve plug 44, which is provided with latches 50. When the bottle is placed on a liquid dispensing station such as a water cooler a probe 5 sealably enters the sleeve 38 and an actuator head 70 engages the latches 50 to carry the plug out of the sleeve 38. The probe requires minimum insertion force. One or more water flow ports 72 are provided in the probe 5 to conduct water out of the bottle, while air may enter the bottle via a vent port 73 and vent apertures in the valve plug 44. This allows simultaneous exchange of air and water without risk of air entrainment whilst providing a short penetration distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: EBAC Limited
    Inventors: Philip Andrew Walton, Andrew Smith
  • Patent number: 8146486
    Abstract: Provided is a dripper that is light-weight and deformable into an arbitrary shape to be stored compactly and that enables coffee extraction irrespective of the existence of a filter. Provided is a dripper 1 for extracting coffee, including: a filter portion 10 that is formed from fabric with permeability and that includes an opening 11 through which coffee powder can be added and a receiving portion 12 that receives the coffee powder added through the opening 11; and a frame 50 that is made of an super-elastic alloy and can define the respective shapes of the opening 11 and the receiving portion 12 in the filter portion 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Mont-Bell Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Isamu Tatsuno
  • Patent number: 8118070
    Abstract: A disconnect apparatus for a gravity fed hopper for a paint spray pump includes a valve that automatically opens when the hopper outlet is attached to an inlet of the pump and closes when the hopper outlet is detached from the pump inlet. A structure for wiping the interior of the outlet may be provided to remove material from the outlet as the hopper is separated from the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Wagner Spray Tech Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 8047155
    Abstract: A method of applying a solid to a container includes placing a portion of the container between two surfaces, at least one of the surfaces being movable relative to the other surface to define a variable space between the surfaces; and applying the solid to a selected portion of the container. In some embodiments, the solid includes a flavor enhancer, and the selected portion is proximate a rim edge of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lime Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Rishi I. Dean, Kyungmin Andy Lee, Holli J. McCaffery, Timothy R. McCaffery, Zachary Z. Zguris
  • Publication number: 20110240172
    Abstract: A device for storing and/or dosing a solvent for dissolving a substance that is to be used in liquid form has a container, a mounting mechanism for mounting the container on a vessel, preferably a reagent vessel from the laboratory sector, and an opener for opening the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Andreas Eidam
  • Patent number: 7975882
    Abstract: A dispenser of a product in powder from, composed of: a case delimiting a housing; a reservoir removably installed in the housing, the reservoir being adapted to contain the product in powder form and having a dispensing orifice; and a device for obturating the dispensing orifice. The device has a blocking member in the form of a shutter mounted to the reservoir for movement between a position for closing the dispensing orifice and a position for opening the dispensing orifice. The housing, the reservoir and the device are constructed to enable the reservoir to be installed in the housing by a vertical linear movement and to cause automatic movement of the shutter from the position for closing to the position for opening in response to the vertical linear movement of the reservoir into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: SEB S. A.
    Inventors: Gilles Morin, Séverine Miu
  • Patent number: 7967940
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing a water bottle mounting supplier. The method includes the steps of: a) integrally forming a water bottle mounting unit, a water supply pipe, and a supporting rod using a top and bottom mold, where the water bottle mounting unit is formed in a funnel shape for supporting the water bottle, the water supply pipe is projected from a bottom center of the water bottle mounting unit toward a top, and an inlet formed at a side of the top for supplying water downwardly, and the supporting rod projected from an upper center of the water supply pipe toward a top; and b) connecting a stopper fixing unit to the supporting rod, where the stopper fixing unit is formed in a semicircle shape and includes a through-hole formed at a center in a vertical direction to receive the supporting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Clover Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Mu Moon, Hyung Min Park
  • Patent number: 7967040
    Abstract: A system for transferring a viscous liquid between containers that comprises a first container from which the liquid is to be drained, a second container for receiving the liquid, a first transfer lid that attaches to the first container, a second transfer lid that attaches to the second container and a transfer adapter that interconnects the lids. The first transfer lid has an outlet spout received into the transfer adapter, which is received in an inlet spout of the second transfer lid. The first container is inverted over the second container to drain liquid from the first container lid to the second container through the connected container lids. In an another configuration, the system is used with bottles and comprises a pair of bottle connectors that each engage a bottle and have interlocking members that join the connectors. In another embodiment liquid is transferred between a bottle and a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Peter B. Sanford
  • Publication number: 20110114220
    Abstract: A universal adapter device facilitates transfer of liquid from a neck of a liquid dispenser to a receiving container. The device includes a hollow body. The hollow body includes a flexible liquid inlet with an inwardly sloping flexible collar, a liquid outlet, and a one-way valve for allowing air into the hollow body when a pressure within the hollow body is less than ambient pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Yoram GILL
  • Patent number: 7886783
    Abstract: A system for the delivery of a liquid anesthetic agent to a sump of an anesthetic vaporizer includes a filler assembly rotatable about a pivot point. The filler assembly further includes a sump valve that controls fluid communication between the filler assembly and the sump. An adapter is coupled with the filler spout and includes a sealing surface that forms a seal against fluid communication between the anesthetic bottle and the adapter. The filler assembly, the filler spout, and the adapter are rotated about the pivot point along the rail. The rotation of the filler assembly, the filler spout, and the adapter about the pivot point opens the sump valve and the seal between the adapter and the anesthetic bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: The General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ryan W. Rindy, Robert Q. Tham
  • Patent number: 7874325
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for emptying and filling a fluid container. A flow-actuated valve inside a fill tube regulates the flow through the fill tube. A cap containing the valve and a vent tube can be installed on a modified bottle used to supply water dispensers, thus enabling a user to continuously replenish the bottle from a remote supply. Alternatively, a cap containing the valve, a vent tube, and two fluid level sensors can be installed on a conventional bottle. A user is thus relieved of the burden of repetitive bottle changing, and is able to treat the water to his own specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventors: Michael E. Tyler, Paul M. Whetstone
  • Patent number: 7866357
    Abstract: A method for filling a reservoir on board a motor vehicle by a reserve cartridge. The reservoir includes a filler pipe, including a device for sealed attachment of the cartridge to the pipe. The cartridge includes a latching device configured to allow the fluid to flow from the reserve cartridge into the reservoir filler pipe only when the cartridge is attached in a sealed manner to the device on the pipe. The reserve cartridge is attached in a sealed manner to the pipe attachment device and the reserve cartridge latching device is unlatched so that the fluid can flow from the reserve cartridge into the filler pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Nicolas Compere, Olivier Kunstmann, Eric Riviere
  • Patent number: RE47166
    Abstract: A toner cartridge according to one example embodiment includes a housing having a front, rear, first side, second side, top and bottom forming a toner reservoir. An outlet port is positioned on the front of the housing proximate the first side for transferring toner out of the reservoir. A drive gear is positioned on the front of the housing and has a center proximate the second side for receiving rotational power. A cavity is formed in the bottom of the housing. A latch catch is positioned in the cavity on an inner side of the front of the housing for receiving a latch for securing the toner cartridge in an image forming device. The latch catch is positioned closer to the bottom of the housing than the outlet port and the drive gear and between the center of the drive gear and the outlet port in the side-to-side direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: John Andrew Buchanan, Gregory Alan Cavill, James Richard Leemhuis, Randal Scott Williamson