Rotatable Collar Or Sleeve Patents (Class 141/384)
  • Patent number: 9754691
    Abstract: Device for the sealed connection between a first and a second closed space, with the first closed space comprising openings closed off by a door, comprising: first part (A) for securing two closed spaces, second part (B) for securing two doors and of unlocking one of the door, third part (C) for releasing the other door, fourth part (D) for opening a passage between the two closed spaces, a control ring (48) able to be put into rotation around a longitudinal axis (X), with the rotation of the control ring (48) actuating at least the second (B), third (C) and fourth (D), parts, and a device for actuating the control ring and first means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: GETINGE LA CALHENE
    Inventors: Christophe Dufour, Julien Felix
  • Patent number: 9704607
    Abstract: A control mechanism for a device for the sealed transfer between a chamber and a container, affording a very high level of safety, comprising bolts able to open the doors in complete safety, and a protective bolt (92) able to prevent an opening movement if an attempt is made to remove the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: GETINGE LA CALHENE
    Inventor: Bernard Chavrot
  • Patent number: 9704608
    Abstract: Sealed connection device between a first and a second closed space, closed off by doors, first part (A) for securing the first and second flanges to one another, second part for securing the second door and the first door in a sealed manner, part for detaching the second door from the second flange, third part for releasing the first door in relation to the first flange (18), fourth part for opening a passage between the first and the second closed space, and part for controlling the first, second, third and fourth parts allowing for the sealed connection without rotation of one of the closed spaces, the device also comprising a device for maintaining by snap fitting (34) for the second closed space in relation to the first closed space prior to the securing by the first part for securing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: GETINGE LA CALHENE
    Inventors: Christophe Dufour, Julien Felix
  • Patent number: 9683406
    Abstract: Device for the sealed connection between a first and a second closed space, with the closed spaces each comprising a flange and the first door closing off in a sealed manner an opening delimited by the flange, with the connection device comprising: first part (A) for securing the flanges, second part (B) for securing the doors in a sealed manner and of detaching of one of the doors from its flange, third part for releasing the other door in relation to the its flange, fourth part (D) for opening a passage between the first and the second closed space, the device also comprising means for locking (118) the second securing means (B) preventing the separation of the doors as long as the connection between the two closed spaces is effective, the locking means being activated automatically by the actuating of the second securing means (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GETINGE LA CALHENE
    Inventors: Christophe Dufour, Julien Felix
  • Patent number: 8915271
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and a method for loading/unloading cryogenic fluids between a ship and storage tanks The system comprises a shaft extended upwards to above the sea level, a transfer pipeline extended from the storage tanks to the shaft with a free end free to expand/contract axially inside the shaft, a header fluidly connected to the free end, at least one downward pipe branch from the header, at least one hose coupler attached to the shaft, at least one internal hose freely hung inside the shaft between the downward pipe branch and the hose coupler, and at least one loading arm fluidly connected to the hose coupler and having an end flange for connection with ship manifolds for fluid transfer. The system further comprises at least one vertical support to support the header in the vertical direction, wherein the header is free to move along with the free end of the transfer pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Xuejie Liu
  • 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: 8672000
    Abstract: A package system for dispensing a flowable material into a conduit of a dispensing apparatus. The package system includes a package and a connector. The package, e.g., a bag-in-box, comprises a hollow bag and a tap fitment for enabling the contents of the bag to flow out when the fitment is open. The connector includes an automatic shut off valve and is arranged to be fixedly secured to the conduit of the dispensing apparatus and releasably secured to the fitment. The valve is arranged to enable the flow of flowable material from the package into the conduit when the fitment is open, while preventing any of that material from flowing out of the conduit when the connector is disconnected from the fitment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Pritchard
  • Patent number: 8602072
    Abstract: A device facilitates the transfer of a substance from a container into a receptacle. The container has an opening sealed by a breachable seal. The device includes a connector for connection to the opening and a severing component. Either the connector or the severing component is movable with respect to the other to enable the severing component to breach the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: ProMinent Fluid Controls Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Barry Faulkner
  • Patent number: 8578979
    Abstract: A collar for a dispensing connector and a fitment assembly are disclosed. The connector collar engages a valved fitment for a container for holding and dispensing fluid. The fitment includes a spout connected to the container and a sliding internal valve body and an external valve body securely positioned within the spout. The connector collar has a fitment end mateable with the fitment so as to compress the top edge of the external valve body so as to form a seal between the external valve body and the dispensing connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James Johnson
  • 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: 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: 8539988
    Abstract: The device for the transfer of a medium comprises a magazine having two main faces (17) of which one is adapted to cooperate with a container and a lateral face (18) extending between said main faces (17) as well as at least one sliding valve (3) housed in a cavity of said magazine (2) and in which there is formed a transfer duct (59) for said medium which issues on said face (17) adapted to cooperate with said container, said valve (3) having a closed position in which it sealingly isolates said duct (59) from said container and an open position in which said duct (59) is placed in communication with said container; said valve (3) comprising a valve member (40), an isolation sleeve (41) surrounding at least partially said valve member (40) as well as spring means (58) adapted to be compressed by said valve member (40) when said valve (3) is in its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventor: Pierre Guedon
  • Patent number: 8517061
    Abstract: A collar for a dispensing connector and a fitment assembly are disclosed. The connector collar engages a valved fitment for a container for holding and dispensing fluid. The fitment includes a spout connected to the container and a sliding internal valve body and an external valve body securely positioned within the spout. The connector collar has a fitment end mateable with the fitment so as to compress the top edge of the external valve body so as to form a seal between the external valve body and the dispensing connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James Johnson
  • Patent number: 8479785
    Abstract: A collar for a dispensing connector and a fitment assembly are disclosed. The connector collar engages a valved fitment for a container for holding and dispensing fluid. The fitment includes a spout connected to the container and a sliding internal valve body and an external valve body securely positioned within the spout. The connector collar has a fitment end mateable with the fitment so as to compress the top edge of the external valve body so as to form a seal between the external valve body and the dispensing connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James Johnson
  • Patent number: 8430429
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hose connection for a fuel dispensing unit. The hose connection comprises a pipe for transporting fuel from a fuel reservoir, a hose for transporting fuel to a motor vehicle, an intermediate member adapted to connect said hose with said pipe, and a locking device fixed to said fuel dispensing unit adapted to interlock said pipe and said intermediate member. The hose connection is secured in relation to said fuel dispensing unit. The invention also relates to a fuel dispensing unit comprising such hose connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Dresser, Inc.
    Inventors: Bengt Larsson, Marie Hakansson, Jonas Hansson
  • Patent number: 8381776
    Abstract: The invention concerns a piercing member protection device, a kit of a piercing member protection device, a first and second fluid container and a method a method for transferring a fluid between a first and a second container using a piercing member protection device. The piercing member protection device comprises a protection chamber to protect at least the tip of a piercing member. The piercing member protection device further comprises a first and a second member arranged to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Carmel Pharma AB
    Inventor: Petri Horppu
  • Patent number: 8336587
    Abstract: This document provides connectors such as a connector for enabling fluid transfer between a first fluid container and a second fluid container, which connector comprises a first component that is arranged to be connected to a first fluid container and a second component that is arranged to be connected to a second fluid container. The first component can be non-rotatably connected to the second component before a second fluid container is connected to the second component and/or before a first fluid container is connected to the first component. The connector can comprise a locking and rotation-enabling element that is arranged to be activated once a second fluid container has been connected to the second component, and/or once a first fluid container has been connected to the first component, which locking and rotation-enabling element enables the first component and the second component to rotate freely with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Carmel Pharma AB
    Inventors: Tobias Rosenquist, Johanna Lindstrom, Alexander Cederschiöld, Jonas Leffler
  • Patent number: 8333225
    Abstract: Device for the replacement of sterile containers (1) containing concentrated products in apparatus for the production of beverages from these concentrated products, said sterile containers (1) being provided with a union (3) having a one-way valve for dispensing the product, said device comprising a body (5) with a seat (6) for engagement with said union (3), said seat (6) being in fluid connection with the chamber (4) into which the concentrated product and at least the liquid for reconstituting the beverage are supplied, as well as locking means (15, 16, 17) for keeping the said union (3) in position inside said seat (6). Sensor means (18) are provided between said body (5) with the seat (6) for engagement with the union (3) and said locking means, said sensors (18) detecting the relative position of the said locking means (15, 16, 17) with respect to the body (5) and emitting a corresponding signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Gruppo Cimbali S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Vecchio, Dario Sala
  • Publication number: 20120267007
    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: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Walter Soehner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Driftmeyer, Alex Klatt
  • Patent number: 8225826
    Abstract: A fluid transfer device for transferring fluid from a first fluid container to a second fluid container such as a piercing member protection device. The fluid transfer device can comprise a longitudinal axis A and a first connection part comprising a connector that connects to the first fluid container. The fluid transfer device can further comprise a second connection part rotatably mounted to the first connection part by a mounting element, and the second connection part can further comprise a threaded coupling that connects the second fluid container. The mounting element can enable turning of the second connection part with respect to the first connection part. Such a device can allow a user to safely turn e.g., a syringe after assembly to read a volume indication or similar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Carmel Pharma AB
    Inventors: Petri Horppu, Anna Ellstrom
  • Patent number: 8196622
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving and dispensing a granulated material incorporating a hopper; a coupling member having an upper end, a lower end, and a conduit extending from the upper end to the lower end; a snap channel and snap ridge combination for rotatably interconnecting the hopper and the coupling member, the snap channel and snap ridge combination positioning the coupling member for communication of the conduit with a lower output end of the hopper; an agitator having proximal and distal ends, the agitator's proximal end being fixedly attached to the coupling member, the agitator's distal end extending into the hopper's interior space; and a bottle mounting socket fixedly attached to the coupling member's lower end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Michael A. Fisher
  • Patent number: 8196621
    Abstract: A collar for a dispensing connector and a fitment assembly are disclosed. The connector collar engages a valved fitment for a container for holding and dispensing fluid. The fitment includes a spout connected to the container and a sliding internal valve body and an external valve body securely positioned within the spout. The connector collar has a fitment end mateable with the fitment so as to compress the top edge of the external valve body so as to form a seal between the external valve body and the dispensing connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James Johnson
  • Patent number: 8186396
    Abstract: A time and labor saving device used in the aviation refueling process for holding an aviation style fuel nozzle in place over a open vessel with a support base so that the filter screen may be easily inspected while additionally providing for the collection and recycling of fuel that is lost while inspection is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Bruce Piland
  • Publication number: 20120118416
    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 moulded 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 moulded in adjacent relationship to said outer ring collar near the top of said interior ring collar; an inverted dome structure moulded 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 moulded in said inner surface of said interior ring collar above said dome structure; a lip moulded onto said bottom of said interior ring collar for forming a seal with said fitment valve assembly; and a groove for an O-ring moulded in said outer surface at the bottom of said interior ring collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8162013
    Abstract: This document provides connectors such as a connector for enabling fluid transfer between a first fluid container and a second fluid container, which connector comprises a first component that is arranged to be connected to a first fluid container and a second component that is arranged to be connected to a second fluid container. The first component can be non-rotatably connected to the second component before a second fluid container is connected to the second component and/or before a first fluid container is connected to the first component. The connector can comprise a locking and rotation-enabling element that is arranged to be activated once a second fluid container has been connected to the second component, and/or once a first fluid container has been connected to the first component, which locking and rotation-enabling element enables the first component and the second component to rotate freely with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Tobias Rosenquist, Johanna Lindstrom, Alexander Cederschiold, Jonas Leffler
  • Patent number: 8091594
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel devices and methods of filling tanks designed for holding non-hazardous fluids, especially tanks on recreational vehicles. In a preferred embodiment, the tank to be filled is a water tank. The device of the present invention incorporates several novel and non-obvious features to create a device that permits the filling of tanks in a hands-free manner while keeping water waste to a minimum and preventing the damaging of tank, fill neck or other tank or fill components due to the over filling of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew G. Ray
  • Patent number: 7975733
    Abstract: A fluid transfer device for transferring fluid from a first fluid container to a second fluid container such as a piercing member protection device is provided. The fluid transfer device can include a longitudinal axis and a first connection part having a connection means for connecting to a first fluid container. The fluid transfer device can further include a second connection part rotatably mounted to the first connection part by mounting means, and the second connection part can further include connection means for connecting a second fluid container. The mounting means can enable turning of the second connection part with respect to the first connection part. Such a device can allow a user to safely turn e.g., a syringe after assembly to read a volume indication or similar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Carmel Pharma AB
    Inventors: Petri Horppu, Anna Ellström
  • Patent number: 7942860
    Abstract: The invention concerns a piercing member protection device, a kit of a piercing member protection device, a first and second fluid container and a method a method for transferring a fluid between a first and a second container using a piercing member protection device. The piercing member protection device comprises a protection chamber to protect at least the tip of a piercing member. The piercing member protection device further comprises a first and a second member arranged to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Carmel Pharma AB
    Inventor: Petri Horppu
  • Patent number: 7690406
    Abstract: A hazardous material transfer system for the transfer of waste from a containment cell through a transfer port to a storage vessel. A port door in the containment cell is movable between a open and closed positions relative to the transfer port. The port door has a closure face with a first connector set. A storage vessel sealed by a storage vessel cover is provided for receipt of waste transferred through the port. The cover has an outside face that carries a second connector set that interlocks with the first connector set on the port door. The inside face of the vessel cover has a third connector set. A fourth connector set is located on the storage vessel and mates with the third connector set to lock and seal the cover to the vessel. The connector sets are the variety that engage and disengage upon rotational motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventor: Isaac M. Giesen
  • Publication number: 20090020183
    Abstract: The specification discloses a filling/discharging structure (10) for a flexitank. The structure (10) comprises a main part (12) and a nut (32). The main part comprises an externally threaded spigot (20) encircled by a disc-like flange (22). The flange and nut have concentric patterns of ribs and grooves. The grooves are designated 38, 40, 42, 44 and the ribs are on the inner face of the flange (22) and not visible in the drawing. When the nut (32) is screwed onto the spigot 20, the ribs enter the grooves (38, 40, 42, 44) and the wall of the flexitank is gripped between the ribs and grooves. The configuration is such that the radially innermost rib and groove pair grip the tank wall most tightly and the grip on the tank wall by the rib and groove pairs outwards of the innermost rib and groove pair decreases with distance from the innermost rib and groove pair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Terence Edward Denis Kelly, Mogamat Shafiek Ganief
  • Publication number: 20090000694
    Abstract: Sealing system for fuel tank fill head comprising: a valve (3) that can be moved between an open position, in which fuel may be introduced into a fill pipe, and a closed position in which the fill pipe is closed, the valve (3) passing from one position to the other under the effect of a pressure exerted by a filling nozzle head; and a locking system comprising at least two rotatable fingers (4) and an actuation system capable of controlling the moveable fingers (4), the system additionally comprising a rotatable ring (1) equipped with pins (5) that are capable of cooperating with the moveable fingers (4) and the valve (3) that comprises housings (6) that are capable of cooperating with the moveable fingers (4) when the sealing system is in a locking position. The invention also relates to a fill pipe equipped with such a sealing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: INERGY AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM RESEARCH
    Inventors: Patrice Baudoux, Frederic Jannot
  • Publication number: 20080173361
    Abstract: A time and labor saving device used in the aviation refueling process for holding an aviation style fuel nozzle in place over a open vessel so that the filter screen may be easily inspected while additionally providing for the collection and recycling of fuel that is lost while inspection is made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Bruce Piland
  • Patent number: 7299835
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a fluid product between a fluid transport vessel and a storage vessel includes a tubular arrangement for conveying the fluid between the two vessels. The tubular arrangement includes a flexible transfer pipe hanging freely between ends in its transferring position and connected to a manifold of the transport vessel. Each of the ends of the transfer pipe has a pivoted connection with a vertical pin to avoid torsional stresses in the transfer pipe. The invention is useful to transferring liquefied natural gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventors: Bernard Dupont, Stéphane Paquet
  • Patent number: 7258146
    Abstract: A bridge and adapter system for a bag-in-box packaging filler is shown to include an adapter providing a quick connection between the supply line and the dispensing member of the bag-in-box packaging. A bridge is adapted to sit longitudinally across the box of the bag-in-box packaging and is adapted to engage with both the adapter and the dispensing member of the bag-in-box packaging in order to provide support of the adapter and dispensing member, therein. The adapter includes air vents which facilitate the escape of air in the bag-in-box while it is being displaced with other contents from the supply line. The upper end portion of the adapter includes a cam lock connector for connecting the supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Tropicana Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Williams, William A. Cataldo
  • Patent number: 7163034
    Abstract: A portable fluid transfer apparatus for handling volatile fuels or other chemicals comprises a jug-like container of a convenient volume having a removable cap that can be screwed or clamped onto the neck of the jug and mounted atop the cap is a manually operable rotary vane pump having a first inlet/outlet port disposed within the container when the cap is in place and a second inlet/outlet port external of the jug or container. An elongated, suction/discharge hose having a tether for anchoring the end of the hose in place is affixed to the second inlet/outlet. Manual actuation of the vane pump is then used to transfer a liquid from or into the portable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Normal Alton Franks
  • Patent number: 7134641
    Abstract: A valve includes a valve body (100) disposable within a chamber (103) of a housing (101) and capable of being fluidly sealed with respect to the housing (101) when the valve is closed. At least one radial passage (117) is disposed in the valve body (100). At least one axial passage (119) is disposed in the valve body (100) in fluid communication with the at least one radial passage (117). When the valve at least partially opens, a fluid path opens between the valve body (100) and the housing (101), which fluid path (301) in is fluid communication with the at least one radial passage (117), and fluid from within the housing (101) is capable of passing out of the at least one axial passage (119).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Jensen, Jonathan T. Wild, Kenneth R. Seymour, II, James P. Burke
  • Patent number: 6981534
    Abstract: A bridge and adapter system for a bag-in-box packaging filler is shown to include an adapter providing a quick connection between the supply line and the dispensing member of the bag-in-box packaging. A bridge is adapted to sit longitudinally across the box of the bag-in-box packaging and is adapted to engage with both the adapter and the dispensing member of the bag-in-box packaging in order to provide support of the adapter and dispensing member, therein. The adapter includes air vents which facilitate the escape of air in the bag-in-box while it is being displaced with other contents from the supply line. The upper end portion of the adapter includes a cam lock connector for connecting the supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Tropicana Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Williams, William Cataldo
  • Patent number: 6923222
    Abstract: An inflating needle assembly includes a retaining element, an inflating needle, and a retainer. The inflating needle includes a hollow shank extending from a threaded fitting. The retainer is coupled to the retaining element for securing the inflating needle to the retaining element for transportation or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Edgar V. Gaines
  • Patent number: 6905040
    Abstract: A filler device has a filler neck (23) and a closure cap (1) which has an engagement segment (4). The engagement segment (4) and filler neck (23) have complementary engagement elements (7, 8, 25, 26), for example in order to form a threaded or bayonet connection. They can be brought, by movement of the closure cap (1) with respect to the filler neck (23), from an initial position without engagement via an engagement path subsequent thereto into a final position, and vice versa. A locking device (13, 14) which prevents the closure cap (1) from falling off by itself is arranged and configured so that it generates an elevated resistance to movement in a specific movement region of the closure cap (1). The locking device (13, 14) is arranged in such a way that it is effective at a distance from the final position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: BLAU Kunststofftechnik Zweigniederlassung der Tesma Europa GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Hilger, Ralf Malskorn
  • Patent number: 6854494
    Abstract: A cup and probe assembly for use in a system for transferring a liquid between two sources in a photographic processor. The probe having body portion having a threaded section that mates with a threaded inlet provided on said cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Ralph L. Piccinino, Jr., Clyde L. Fetterman, Kevin H. Blakely, Martin L. Slade
  • Patent number: 6837479
    Abstract: A fluid drain assembly having a valve member including a valve. The fluid drain assembly includes a conduit adapter member removably engageable with the valve member and in fluid communication therewith. A valve actuating member is disposed within the conduit adapter member. When the conduit adapter member is engaged with the valve member, the valve actuating member opens the valve, thereby creating a fluid path from the sump. When the conduit adapter member is disengaged from the valve member, the valve closes and substantially prevents fluid from flowing out of the sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Symonds, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6817391
    Abstract: A sealed connector assembly (10) includes an insert (12) having an inner bore (26). A rotatable fitting (14) is supported in the inner bore (26). The rotatable fitting (14) has a fluid passageway (72) extending there through. The rotatable fitting (14) has a second passage (64) that extends transversely to the fluid passageway (72) to define an elbow. When the rotatable fitting (14) is inserted into the inner bore (26), a retaining ring (92) on the rotatable fitting (14) snaps into an inner locking groove (46) in an upper threaded portion (16) of the insert (12) and allows the rotatable fitting (14) to rotate in the insert (12). The retaining ring (92) abuts a lost motion device (38) and is compressed radially inward when the rotatable fitting (14) is moved axially inward. During any rotation or axial movement of the rotatable fitting (14) relative to the insert (12), a seal (90) remains in sealing engagement with the inner bore (26) of the insert (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Moeller Marine Products
    Inventor: Tony Riviezzo
  • Publication number: 20040221919
    Abstract: A device for pressurized contents and an associated method. The device includes a container and a port assembly. In one aspect, the port assembly includes a body, a plunger, a seal arrangement, a plunger bias device, and a bushing. The plunger is movable and has a conduit for contents flow. The bushing moves the plunger, against the bias device, from the first plunger to a second plunger position to open the seal arrangement during movement of the bushing to permit contents flow. In another aspect, the device is transportable, and a valve assembly flow controller includes a valve, a regulator, and a flow meter. The device includes a protective housing, coupled to the container, enshrouding the flow controller to protect the flow controller from impact and transmit impact forces to the container. The housing is configured to permit access to the flow controller and inspection of the container and port connection to verify leak tightness with the housing coupled to the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: James R. MacNeal, Gary S. Garber, Barry A. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6732773
    Abstract: A cover assembly for use with a breast milk storage system is produced having a hollow double threaded main body and a removable sealing cap. The cover assembly cooperates with a fluid pump mechanism to enable the efficient and effective transfer of breast milk from a mother's breast to a fluid storage container. The cover assembly eliminates the need for additional cleanup and reduces the risk of spilling the breast milk, as well as the risk of contamination, during the process of storing breast milk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles John Renz
  • Publication number: 20040084109
    Abstract: A cup and probe assembly for use in a system for transferring a liquid between two sources in a photographic processor. The probe having body portion having a threaded section that mates with a threaded inlet provided on said cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Ralph L. Piccinino, Clyde L. Fetterman, Kevin H. Blakely, Martin L. Slade
  • Patent number: 6715520
    Abstract: A fluid transfer assembly comprising a bottle connector and a drug bottle. The bottle has a neck with an opening covered by a closure, while the connector has a hollow needle for penetrating the closure when establishing a fluid transfer line in the fluid transfer assembly. The assembly further comprises a neck element having locking members for irreversible coupling to the neck and to the connector. The neck element and the connector further comprise interacting guiding members for directing the hollow needle to penetrate the closure at a predetermined angle when establishing the fluid transfer line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Carmel Pharma AB
    Inventors: Kjell Andréasson, Jerry Strandhav
  • Patent number: 6701978
    Abstract: Easy Change Oil System is a unit composed of a disposable plastic bag, jug or bottle adapted to screw directly into the oil drain aperture of fourstroke outboard engines, and/or other small fourstroke engines. The system has a threaded cap or closure to seal the container. The system differs from all previous patents, see cross reference, in that it is threaded, screws directly into the oil drain aperture, is one unit, completely disposable, and requires no additional valves, or nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: William Thomas Buchanan
  • Patent number: 6684918
    Abstract: A teat nozzle suitable for pediatric oral dosing of a fluid medicament comprising a tubular conduit which is engageable with a socket, and has at least one engagement part which can engage with an internal thread in the socket. The teat nozzle facilitates connection between the conduit and the socket. Dosing devices such as syringes and squeezable capsules provided with the nozzle, and a connection means for a vial having such a socket, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: SmithKline Beecham Biologicals s.a.
    Inventors: Jacques Thilly, Christian Vandecasserie
  • Patent number: 6679304
    Abstract: A flexible container having a flexible pouch with a valve assembly mounted thereon is secured to a dispensing container in a sealed relationship with the valve assembly. Then the flexible pouch is squeezed in order to move a fluid from the flexible pouch through the valve assembly into the dispensing container. The dispensing container is thus refilled and made ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Frank Vacca
  • Patent number: 6675841
    Abstract: A coupling device for fueling automobile gasoline tanks is disclosed and claimed. The coupling has two parts: a cap assembly (female half) and a nozzle assembly (male half). Little or no spillage occurs due to opposing flush faces of the female main valve and the plug of the male. The cap assembly is affixed to an existing gasoline tank (fuel storage tank) or alternatively can be supplied as original equipment on a new automobile. Fuel vapor is extracted from the automobile fuel tank with high efficiency and returned to the pumping station for storage and/or reprocessing. Vapors and/or liquid fuel are extracted through the portion of the gasoline tank cap assembly which resides within the tank. Apertures in the cap assembly communicate with an annular passageway which removes the vapors to ports which mate with peripheral apertures in a concentric nozzle having an outer sheath and an inner fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Snap-tite Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Burns