With Pressure-responsive Valve Patents (Class 215/260)
  • Patent number: 11485549
    Abstract: A cap includes a cap body including a top plate portion and a skirt portion; a sealing member that is a separate member from the cap body and is provided in the cap body, the sealing member having an outer diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the skirt portion; a plurality of locking portions provided in a circumferential direction of the skirt portion, and configured to regulate a movement of the sealing member in a direction away from the top plate portion and support the sealing member; and a plurality of regulating portions provided in the circumferential direction of the skirt portion, protruding inward in a radial direction than an inner peripheral surface of the skirt portion, and configured to regulate a radial movement of the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: DAIWA CAN COMPANY
    Inventors: Eiji Fujishige, Junji Matsumura, Eiji Araki, Kenji Takagi, Takashi Kawada
  • Patent number: 11440710
    Abstract: A self-venting closure assembly includes a closure body having a deck with a peripheral mounting skirt and an annular seal on an underside of the deck adjacent to the peripheral mounting skirt. The closure body further includes a circular valve seat within the center portion of the deck, and a plurality of vent openings circumferentially spaced within the valve seat. An elastomeric umbrella valve is centrally mounted to the deck and has a frustoconical valve flap arranged on an underside of the valve seat. The valve flap cooperates with the vent openings to normally seal the vent openings but permits air to flow into an interior of the closure body when a vacuum is applied to an interior of the container on which the closure is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Slatersville, LLC
    Inventors: James E. Scotton, Patrick J. Brannon
  • Patent number: 11427945
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement comprising a visible seam, which is arranged in a sheet material part. The arrangement also includes a lighting apparatus, which is arranged beneath an underside of the sheet material part. The visible seam has an upper thread and a lower thread. The lower thread extends along the underside of the sheet material part in a direction (R). The upper thread has first thread portions along the upper side of the sheet material part and is guided, at stitch holes formed during the sewing process, through said stitch holes via second thread portions. By means of the lighting apparatus, emitted light passes into the second thread portions, into the stitch holes, and from there into the first thread portions. Some of the light propagates along the first thread portions, starting from an adjacent second thread portion, whereas another portion of the light exits from the first thread portion. In this way, the upper thread of the visible seam is illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Udo Kansteiner, Frank Blockhaus, Julia Schmidt, Holger Wagner, Christoph Riethmueller, Benjamin Pohl
  • Patent number: 11230421
    Abstract: An evacuated bottle system including a bottle defining a hollow interior, the bottle having a neck with a rim defining an opening; a cap assembly supported on the bottle, the cap assembly including a funnel having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being insertable within the interior of the bottle and the second portion engaging a portion of the bottle to support the funnel above the rim, the funnel defining a bore that fluidly communicates with the hollow interior of the bottle; a self-sealing membrane that covers the bore formed by the funnel to selectively seal the hollow interior of the bottle; a cap attachable to the bottle, the cap including a cover portion that extends at least partially over the self-sealing membrane to restrain movement thereof, the cover portion being axially spaced from the self-sealing membrane to define a gap that permits axial movement of the self-sealing membrane to selectively open the bottle to fluid communication outside of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: CSCM Management Company LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Marantis, Joshua W. Hubbard, Jonathan P. Richards, Richard A. Ponton
  • Patent number: 11180882
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement comprising a visible seam, which is arranged in a sheet material part. The arrangement also includes a lighting apparatus, which is arranged beneath an underside of the sheet material part. The visible seam has an upper thread and a lower thread. The lower thread extends along the underside of the sheet material part in a direction (R). The upper thread has first thread portions along the upper side of the sheet material part and is guided, at stitch holes formed during the sewing process, through said stitch holes via second thread portions. By means of the lighting apparatus, emitted light passes into the second thread portions, into the stitch holes, and from there into the first thread portions. Some of the light propagates along the first thread portions, starting from an adjacent second thread portion, whereas another portion of the light exits from the first thread portion. In this way, the upper thread of the visible seam is illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Udo Kansteiner, Frank Blockhaus, Julia Schmidt, Holger Wagner, Christoph Riethmueller, Benjamin Pohl
  • Patent number: 11117730
    Abstract: a vacuum container and a system which includes a complementary base, including a three-part airway, a sealing lid, and a lid release button. The three-part airway features an internal air chamber, an extraction airway, and a one-way check-valve preventing ambient air from penetrating the internal air chamber through the extraction airway when vacuum sealed. The extraction airway extends between the top and the bottom of the container and includes an internal air extraction outlet, disposed at the top of and within the internal air chamber, and an external air extraction outlet outside the container, disposed at the bottom of the container, and configured to be coupled to an external air pump. A complementary method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Tal Lapidot
  • Patent number: 11046490
    Abstract: A cap (100) for a container comprises a disc-shaped top section (102), an annular side section (104) projecting from said disc-shaped top section (102), and a locking flange (111) disposed at an extremity of said annular side section (104) opposite said disc-shaped top section (102), and further comprises a locking flap (116) extending from said annular side section (104), which is mobile between a locked first position wherein a portion (114) of the locking flange (111) extends inwardly from the annular side section (104), and an unlocked second position wherein the locking flange (111) is at least partially recessed relative to the annular side section (104). First tamper evidence means formed as partially frangible tab (120) and second tamper evidence means (128) are proposed. A package comprising a container and proposed cap (100) is also proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Cerveny
  • Patent number: 10968017
    Abstract: Induction heat-seal liner that allows a visual inspection of the product in the container to be made through the seal, and/or an aroma from the product to be detected through the seal, while the seal remains secured to the container to protect against leakage or contamination. In one embodiment, the liner has an intermediate metal-foil layer having a central opening, and a central liner portion, aligned in a thickness direction with a central opening of a metal-foil layer, comprises one or more materials or spaces that provide visibility into and/or aroma penetration from the open mouth of the container. In another embodiment, a dual heat-seal liner having a dispensing aperture is provided that heat seal bonds to both the cap and container to form a non-removable closure assembly that protects the metal-foil layer from degradation by the product being dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Guangda Shi, Phil Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 10822731
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement comprising a visible seam, which is arranged in a sheet material part. The arrangement also includes a lighting apparatus, which is arranged beneath an underside of the sheet material part. The visible seam has an upper thread and a lower thread. The lower thread extends along the underside of the sheet material part in a direction (R). The upper thread has first thread portions along the upper side of the sheet material part and is guided, at stitch holes formed during the sewing process, through said stitch holes via second thread portions. By means of the lighting apparatus, emitted light passes into the second thread portions, into the stitch holes, and from there into the first thread portions. Some of the light propagates along the first thread portions, starting from an adjacent second thread portion, whereas another portion of the light exits from the first thread portion. In this way, the upper thread of the visible seam is illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Udo Kansteiner, Frank Blockhaus, Julia Schmidt, Holger Wagner, Christoph Riethmueller, Benjamin Pohl
  • Patent number: 10813342
    Abstract: Training aid delivery devices (TADDs) enabling the containment of training aid substances while allowing odor, in the form of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), to emanate freely out of the device have been developed. The use of one or more TADD in canine training are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Excet Incorporated
    Inventor: Michele Nancy Maughan
  • Patent number: 10801939
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring blood coagulation data, and a use method, a connection member and a support (2101) thereof are disclosed. The apparatus for measuring blood coagulation data comprises: a blood cup support (101), a detachment mechanism (102), and a rotary shaft (103, 805). The blood cup support (101) is used for supporting a blood cup (207) that is not used and a lid (206) of the blood cup, driving, under a first driving force, the blood cup (207) that is not used and the lid (206) of the blood cup to ascend until the lid (206) of the unused blood cup to be connected to the rotary shaft (103, 805), and driving, under a second driving force, a blood cup (207) that is used to descend; and the detachment mechanism (102) is used for separating, under the second driving force, the lid (206) of the used blood cup from the rotary shaft (103, 805). The method can reduce the labor intensity in blood coagulation data measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NEOTEK BIOSCIENCE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bangzhong Yu, Feng Jiang
  • Patent number: 10801930
    Abstract: A method for preparing a sample for chromatographic separation processes, in which a sample vessel is partially filled with a substance to be examined and is closed, is described. The substance to be examined is subjected to a thermo-chemical reaction in which at least one sample component is converted into another substance, and in which by use of a removing device samples are removed from the sample vessel for analytical examination. Also, the sample vessel forms a cavity, into which the substance to be examined is introduced as a core and a heating section for indirect heat transfer is applied along the filling of substance to be examined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Gerstel Systemtechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Patrick Sandra, Bart Tienpont, Frank David, Tom Sandra, Koen Sandra
  • Patent number: 10752413
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container for keeping fermented food, including a body configured to contain the fermented food therein, a cover configured to close the body, and a sealing sheet configured to maintain airtightness between the body and the cover. The cover includes a plurality of gas flow channels which extend from a center of a bottom surface to an inner peripheral surface, and a plurality of gas discharge channels which extend from an upper end of the inner peripheral surface to a lower end. In addition, the sealing sheet has a through-hole to allow an interior and an exterior of the body to communicate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CJ CHEILJEDANG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Byung Kook Lee, Yoon Seung Nam, Kwang Soo Park, Hae Sun Lee, Gyu Hwan Cha
  • Patent number: 10683149
    Abstract: A container (10) assembly for accommodating a carbonated beverage defining a temperature dependent internal carbonization pressure comprises a beverage container (10, 12) having a body part defining an inner volume for accommodating the carbonated beverage and a cylindrical neck part defining a gas filled head space. The cylindrical neck part further defines a circumferential rim (16, 18) defining an opening (18, 20) and an outwardly oriented surface (24, 26) which extends between the rim (16, 18) and the body part, and has an outwardly oriented circumferential flange (20, 22). The beverage container (10, 12) further defines a burst pressure being higher than the temperature dependent internal carbonization pressure at room temperature. A closure (30, 32) is provided and comprises a closure plate (32, 34) and a cylindrical part. The closure plate (32, 34) covers the opening (18, 20) at the rim (16, 18) and the cylindrical part covers the neck part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: CARLSBERG BREWERIES A/S
    Inventor: Jan Norager Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10611533
    Abstract: A wine bottle stopper is provided including a vacuum stopper and a removable decorative cap. The wine stopper includes an upper portion and a lower portion. A central conduit extends longitudinally through the vacuum stopper, and a one-way valve is located within the central conduit. The vacuum stopper has a bottom shaft sized for insertion into a wine bottle's opening. The vacuum stopper's upper portion extends exterior to the wine bottle. Meanwhile, the decorative cap has a sidewall and a top forming a central cavity sized to engage and cover the wine stopper's upper portion. Preferably, the decorative cap includes a decorative feature providing a pleasing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: David Glenn Duckworth
  • Patent number: 10501244
    Abstract: A lid component for use with a glass jar and band of a mason jar, and a fermentation kit comprising these components. The lid component is made of an air-impermeable material and is dimensioned and configured to be releasably attachable to the jar by the band and to seal the wide mouth opening of the glass jar in an air-tight manner. The lid component further comprises a one-way valve adapted to allow gas produced by a fermentation process occurring inside the jar to escape from the jar while, at the same time, prevent oxygen-containing air from entering the jar, when the lid component is releasably attached to the jar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Masontops, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bacher, Philip D. Baron
  • Patent number: 10472134
    Abstract: In consumer-market containers for beverages or other contents under pressure, the cap provides a gas-tight seal by way of two mechanisms that work interdependently. The first is a pressure grip configured to grip at least one of a) the inside wall of the container and, b) the outside wall of the container. The second is twist threads, or some other second attachment structure, that urges the inside of the cap (or, typically, a cap liner disposed thereon) against the rim of the container. Release of pressurized gases when the container is first opened can be by way of release vents in the cap, or via the bottom of the cap through the twist thread area. In the latter case, particular configurations of the pressure grip are relied on to establish the gas escape path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CELEBRATE EVERYWHERE, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Bergida, Marvin M. Bergida
  • Patent number: 10443170
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement comprising a visible seam, which is arranged in a sheet material part. The arrangement also includes a lighting apparatus, which is arranged beneath an underside of the sheet material part. The visible seam has an upper thread and a lower thread. The lower thread extends along the underside of the sheet material part in a direction (R). The upper thread has first thread portions along the upper side of the sheet material part and is guided, at stitch holes formed during the sewing process, through said stitch holes via second thread portions. By means of the lighting apparatus, emitted light passes into the second thread portions, into the stitch holes, and from there into the first thread portions. Some of the light propagates along the first thread portions, starting from an adjacent second thread portion, whereas another portion of the light exits from the first thread portion. In this way, the upper thread of the visible seam is illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Udo Kansteiner, Frank Blockhaus, Julia Schmidt, Holger Wagner, Christoph Riethmueller, Benjamin Pohl
  • Patent number: 10351320
    Abstract: A filter baffle assembly, including a filter cap engageable to the mouth of a container, the filter cap including a filter vent situated the filter cap, and a gas permable baffle interposable between the mouth of the container and the filter vent, the baffle protecting the filter vent from contact with the contents of the container. A gas permeable baffle for protecting a filter vent from contents of a container, the baffle including at least one perforation, the baffle being interposable between a container mouth and a filter vent housed within a container cap. A method of protecting a filter vent from the contents of a container, including the steps of sealingly engaging a gas permeable baffle to the mouth of a container; engaging a filter cap, including a filter vent, to the mouth of the container; permitting gas exchange between the container interior and the filter vent, through the baffle; and, with the baffle, protecting, the filter vent from contact with container contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PERFORMANCE SYSTEMATIX, INC.
    Inventor: Adam Jeffery Fisch
  • Patent number: 10322857
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods of operating the same are described. A container lid adapter including a gasket, an adapter lid, and a container band. The gasket may be shaped to attach to a rim of a container to form a seal between the rim and the gasket. The adapter lid may include an opening shaped to receive an adapter. The container band may be shaped to attach the gasket and the adapter lid to the rim of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: John Carver, Kelley Carver
  • Patent number: 10301078
    Abstract: The invention discloses a container stopper capable of being rapidly opened and closed, comprising a columnar plug body, the plunger body includes a stopper rod, the bottom portion of the stopper rod is provided with a base, the shape and size of the base correspond to the shape and size of the straight section of the container mouth or the minimum cross section of the container, the upper part of the base is provided with an annular plug body, a foldable and deformable elastic seal cartridge is arranged between the annular plug body and the base, the annular plug body and the base can both move mutually along the axial direction of the container in the container mouth under the effect of an external force to press the elastic seal cartridge, and the seal ring and the base together form a sealing layer which realizes the rapid closing of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Hui Shao
  • Patent number: 10287066
    Abstract: A slit valve (10) to selectively restrict the passage of a fluent substance between an interior environment (17) and an exterior environment (15) and a method for forming the valve (10), the method including the steps of providing at least one layer of film material and permanently deforming the film material to define a valve (10) for selectively restricting the passage of a fluent substance between an interior environment (17) and an exterior environment (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Hatton, Greg L. Cole
  • Patent number: 10279949
    Abstract: A container for dispensing a liquid water-insoluble edible fat includes a main body portion containing a body volume and a fill sub-volume, less than the body volume, within a first region of the main body portion. The container includes a pouring portion configured to direct a flow of the liquid water-insoluble edible fat out of the container when the container is tilted off of a vertical axis, and a neck portion connecting the main body portion to the pouring portion. The neck portion has a neck width less than a width of the main body portion in a first direction, the main body volume is configured to further include a catch sub-volume within a second region of the main body portion extending beyond the neck width in the first direction, the second region is different than the first region, and the catch sub-volume is substantially equal to the fill sub-volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Rocco C. Maurello
  • Patent number: 10273061
    Abstract: A container for viscous liquid is revealed. A first cover set with a one-way valve and a second cover arranged with a flow control valve are disposed on two ends of a main body of the container respectively. The first cover is suspended on a supporting member. Thereby a force is applied to the main body for pouring out viscous liquid such as caramel. Thus caramel pushes against a dome of the one-way valve and a gap on the dome is opened to make the caramel out. Once no force is applied, external air flows through a gap between the flow control valve and the second cover to push a flexible piece of the flow control valve and enter the main body. Thus both the main body and the dome of the one-way valve return back to the original shape. Thereby the caramel can be handled easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Tsai-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 9944440
    Abstract: A container closure comprises an annular region forming a counterface against which a gas permeable, liquid impermeable sealing element may be applied so as to urge the sealing element into sealing engagement with the rim of a container opening. The annular region comprises a gas pathway from an interior space opposite the container opening to the exterior of the annular region. The gas pathway may be of closed cross-section extending through the annular region. Alternatively the gas pathway may be of open-sided cross-section and provided in the counterface. Yet alternatively the annular region may comprise a washer, with the gas pathway provided at least partly in the washer and/or at least partly in the remainder of the annular region. A gas permeable, liquid impermeable sealing foil for bonding to a container rim is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GREIF INTERNATIONAL HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Pierre Abraham
  • Patent number: 9932165
    Abstract: An cooler capable of achieving a sufficient temperature gradient between an inside of the cooler and an outside of the cooler such that at least a partial vacuum forms within the cooler may include an enclosure defined by at least one wall and a lid. The lid may form a relatively airtight seal with a wall of the cooler when in a closed position. A vacuum release assembly may be disposed in one of the walls or lid of the cooler, the assembly being capable of reducing a pressure differential between the enclosure and the outside of the cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: HEB Grocery Company, LP
    Inventors: Eric Newland Wooldridge, Daniel Bailey Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9867443
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tubular container having an applicator, and the tubular container having an applicator according to the present invention is characterized in that an applicator made of metal and silicone, which contacts skin, is provided on the upper portion of the tubular container such that, when the contents thereof are applied to the skin, warmth or coldness can be transferred to the skin, thereby facilitating metabolism of the face skin and improving skin elasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: YONWOO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Hwan Kim, Curt Altmann, Eugene Dennison Kim, David Yi, Sung-Sin Kim
  • Patent number: 9724269
    Abstract: A fluid connector for selectively establishing fluid communication between a first medical container and a second medical container is provided. The fluid connector includes an adapter configured to removably attach to the first container. The adapter includes an access port and a cap. The connector further includes an outer sleeve connected to the adapter and a tubular body retained at least partially within the outer sleeve. The body has a proximal end connected to the adapter and a distal end connected to the second container. The fluid connector is transitionable from a first position in which the first container and the second container are in fluid isolation to a second position in which the first container and the second container are in fluid communication. At least a portion of the cap of the adapter is retained within the outer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson and Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Jesper Sjögren, Fredrik Ullman
  • Patent number: 9708099
    Abstract: A check valve including a silica gel valve body, an upper valve cover, and a lower valve cover. The upper valve cover is provided with an air hole, and the lower valve cover is provided with an air inlet leg. The silica gel valve body includes an outer ring and an inner ring, a sealed valve plate is arranged inside the inner ring, and the outer ring is connected to the inner ring through elastic pieces. The outer ring is fixed between the upper valve cover and the lower valve cover. The inner ring is in a suspended state between the upper valve cover and the lower valve cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Sam Siu Wai Siu
  • Patent number: 9597260
    Abstract: A system for the closed transfer of fluids that provides substantially leak-proof sealing and pressure equalization during engagement of a cannula with a vial, during transfer of a substance from a vial chamber to a barrel chamber via the cannula, and during disengagement of the cannula from the vial is disclosed. The leak-proof sealing of the system substantially prevents leakage of both air and liquid during use of the system. The system of the present disclosure also permits pressure equalization between a vial and the system when the system is attached to the vial. The system is compatible with a needle and syringe assembly for accessing a medication contained within a vial for administering the medication to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson and Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Milan Ivosevic, Paul Paia Marici
  • Patent number: 9533799
    Abstract: A food container is disclosed that is adapted for facilitating venting of gasses to and/or from the interior of a body of the food container. The food container includes a container body, a lid and a sealing membrane. At least one skip seal or gap is formed between the sealing membrane and the container body to facilitate venting. During formation of the at least one skip seal a recess in either the lid or rim of the container reduces pressure at the skip seal to reduce or eliminate inadvertent closing of the skip seal. Methods of manufacture of the food container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventor: Piaras Valdis de Cleir
  • Patent number: 9440022
    Abstract: Flow control devices and methods of using the flow control devices are provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a cassette (30) comprising a housing (32) having a constrictor (34), a tube (36) attached to the housing and positioned through the constrictor, and a ball positioned inside the tube. The constrictor can be constructed and arranged to prevent the ball (38) from moving through the tube at the location proximate the constrictor. The ball can prevent fluid flow in one position and be dislodged to allow fluid flow when the cassette is positioned inside a pumping device. As a result, the cassette is designed to prevent free flow of fluid when an enteral feeding tube set is not installed in a pumping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: David Woodruff West, James Allen Higgins, Seralaathan Hariharesan, Alan P. Halbert
  • Patent number: 9403164
    Abstract: A specimen collection apparatus is provided. The specimen collection apparatus may include a container, a funnel for removable insertion in an opening of the container, a funnel cover; a removable seal, and a dispensing apparatus sealed within the funnel cover in a reagent-specific atmosphere. The dispensing apparatus may include a cap, a reagent housing attached to the cap, and a reagent designed to liquefy a specimen, stabilize the pH of the liquefied specimen, and be compatible with diagnostic procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Alpha Tec Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard O Williams, Mark R Williams, Christopher O Williams
  • Patent number: 9402784
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for increasing leakage resistance in a closed, pressurized system. The method involves providing a closed system including a container sealed with a septum having a top surface with an exposed section, which is maintained under a positive pressure of at least about 5 psig. A contact surface of a hard component is fixedly placed adjacent to or in contact with at least a portion of a border section or a central section of the exposed section of the septum, or both, to reduce the size of any bulge or deformation formed in the exposed section of the septum. The present invention also relates to a kit for increasing leakage resistance in a closed, pressurized system, which includes the hard component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Biocompatabiles UK Limited
    Inventors: Thomas J. Simpson, Graham Duncan, Donald Scott
  • Patent number: 9139342
    Abstract: An insert (8) for a screw (1) or crown (1?) cap for the closure of bottles (10) is described, the said cap (1, 1?) including a body (2) and the insert (8) being designed to be fixed to the body facing the interior of the bottle (10) when the cap (1, 1?) is closed over the said bottle. The insert (8) comprises a sealing element (9) capable of being compressed in one part between the body and a portion of the bottle (10) when the cap (1, 1?) is closed over the bottle, as well as a permeating element (16, 109, 209), connected to the sealing element, impermeable to liquids and having a permeability to oxygen measured at 20° C. of between 10?6 and 10?10 (Ncm3*cm/cm2*cmHg*s), which is designed to close a passage made in the said cap between the inside and outside of the bottle, in order to control the flow of oxygen between the inside and outside of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: CAPELLO SRL.
    Inventor: Giovanni Cappello
  • Patent number: 8967413
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vacuum sealable container system comprising a container and a lid assembly having a movable valve insert. The valve insert includes a vacuum indicator for informing the user when a vacuum is present in the container. The valve insert is pneumatically movable within a chamber by way of a pump assembly to open and close a fluid communication between the container and the exterior of the container to remove fluid to form the vacuum. The vacuum indicator collapses into an opening formed in the lid assembly to inform the user of the vacuum as well as reinforce the seal formed by the valve insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: SCAC LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Tinstman, John D. Fiegener
  • Patent number: 8967412
    Abstract: A drinking cup that has a lid with a receiving portion is provided. The receiving portion may have a flow control engagement surface. A flow control element that may be configured for releasable attachment with the lid may be included and can have an attachment portion. The attachment portion may have a lid engagement surface. When the flow control element and the lid are attached, the flow control engagement surface engages the lid engagement surface. At least one of the flow control engagement surface and the lid engagement surface may have a concave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: James A Loging
  • Patent number: 8936169
    Abstract: A vacuumized container box having a box body opened at its upper end and constructed in a shape of a container; a box cover is provided at the upper end of the box body; an air outlet opening is provided on the box cover; a vacuumizing device is provided on the air outlet opening for vacuumizing the box body; the vacuumizing device comprises a vacuum operation button and air pumps; the vacuum operation button is provided at an upper end of the box cover; the air pumps are actuated by the vacuum operation button and are provided at a bottom end of the box cover. Since the vacuumized container box is configured to incorporate the vacuumizing device, no other extra vacuumizing devices are required. The vacuumized container box is therefore convenient to use and attains good vacuumization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: To Yan Lui
  • Publication number: 20150014272
    Abstract: An improved wine bottle closure and vacuum pump apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus provides an improved bulb structure to be used for pumping and storage purposes, the bulb remaining with a closure plug even after pumping is completed and the wine is to be stored for later consumption. The bulb structure can be collapsed in two different positions including a first position that maintains overall height of the bulb structure and a second position that enables the bulb structure to be shortened in height as an optional feature. The bulb structure provides an enlarged central section that is much larger in diameter than the lower end portion. The lower end portion provides a closure plug for fitting the opening of a wine bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: James Michalopoulos
  • Publication number: 20140360971
    Abstract: A pressure-indicating reusable stopper for sparkling beverages includes a pressure gauge so that when the stopper is engaged to a bottle containing some sparkling beverage, the pressure gauge indicates the pressure within the bottle on the stopper's horizontal top face to indicate whether the beverage is fresh or flat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Marino
  • Publication number: 20140263157
    Abstract: A removable bottle closure is set forth. The bottle closure is adapted and constructed to removably seal a container. The bottle closure includes at least one air valve. The air valve is formed to control both liquid and air flow within a container sealed by the bottle closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jared H. Aller
  • Publication number: 20140263453
    Abstract: A stopper for wine, a method of preserving wine, and a method of serving wine from a bottle stored in a vacuum are disclosed. The stopper has a vacuum valve in a vacuum indicator in a removable cap. The vacuum valve has a self-closing passageway due to the passageway traversing an elastomeric material. The vacuum indicator moves in response to vacuum and reveals a marking on a valve opener when a desired vacuum is achieved. The stopper may have a filter, which also aerates. The method of preserving wine includes installing the stopper in the neck of the bottle and withdrawing air from the bottle through the stopper. The method of serving wine includes releasing vacuum from the bottle by unseating the removable cap, removing the cap and pouring wine through the stopper. Pumps for the stopper are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jean E. Haley, James D. Ryndak, Roger M. Masson
  • Publication number: 20140246396
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for sealing beverage containers are disclosed. In one embodiment, a beverage container cap for resealing a beverage container comprises a cap member and an inflatable member. The cap member has an interior side for sealingly coupling with an opening of a bottle. The cap member defines a pathway for selectively communicating gas through the cap member. For example, a pump can provide air through the pathway and to the interior side of the cap member. The inflatable member is configured to couple to the cap member and to expand in volume upon receiving gas from the pathway. The inflatable member includes a fluid impermeable layer and an elastic layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Craig S. Jepson
  • Patent number: 8795608
    Abstract: A controlled release and self-resealing vessel assembly for high pressure, microwave assisted chemistry is disclosed. The vessel assembly includes a cylindrical reaction vessel formed of a material that is substantially transparent to microwave radiation. The vessel has angular walls, one closed end for retaining reactants in the lower portions of the vessel, and one open end that defines a mouth for the vessel. The mouth of the cylinder vessel has a lip that is beveled inwardly from the open end. A microwave-transparent solid floating plug closes the mouth of the reaction vessel; with the plug have a frustum portion for engaging the beveled lip when the plug is placed in the mouth of the vessel. A lid exerts a defined axial force against the plug for sealing the plug in the open end of the cylinder with the frustum engaging the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: CEM Corporation
    Inventor: Wyatt Price Hargett, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140138342
    Abstract: A check valve including a silica gel valve body, an upper valve cover, and a lower valve cover. The upper valve cover is provided with an air hole, and the lower valve cover is provided with an air inlet leg. The silica gel valve body includes an outer ring and an inner ring, a sealed valve plate is arranged inside the inner ring, and the outer ring is connected to the inner ring through elastic pieces. The outer ring is fixed between the upper valve cover and the lower valve cover. The inner ring is in a suspended state between the upper valve cover and the lower valve cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Sam Siu Wai SIU
  • Patent number: 8727163
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a lid may include a valve chamber comprising a hollow chamber, a valve flap and a hinge. The hollow chamber may be defined by one or more sidewalls and have a first opening at a first longitudinal end and a second opening at an opposing, second longitudinal end. The valve flap may be positioned at least proximate to the second longitudinal end and have a shape and size substantially the same as a shape and size of the second opening. The hinge may couple the valve flap to a sidewall of the one or more sidewalls and may be sized and configured to enable the rotation of the valve flap from an open position to a substantially closed position. Container assemblies and methods of forming lids are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Joel Chrisman
  • Patent number: 8727147
    Abstract: A bottle assembly including a bottle, a top closure member adapted for releasable engagement with a top portion of the bottle, and a bottom closure member adapted for releasable engagement with a base portion of the bottle. The bottom closure member has a base panel with at least one aperture therein. A diaphragm is positionable between the bottom closure member and the base portion. The diaphragm has at least one sealing element for sealingly engaging the base panel of the bottom closure member and an air passage extending through the at least one sealing element. The diaphragm is moveable between a sealed position and an unsealed position. The air passage is configured to inhibit liquid contained within a liquid chamber of the bottle from entering the air passage when the diaphragm is in its sealed position by trapping air within the air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Handi-Craft Company
    Inventors: Bernard J. Kemper, Charles H. Miller
  • Patent number: 8727151
    Abstract: An assembly of a container and a closure, the assembly having an overpressure relief system, wherein the system has a fixation between the closure and a container, the fixation providing two positions in between which the closure is movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch Inbev S.A.
    Inventors: Vanessa Valles, Daniël Peirsman, Sarah Vanhove
  • Patent number: 8714379
    Abstract: A closure including a shell having a base wall with an axial outer surface and an undersurface, an annular skirt around a periphery of the base wall, and circumferentially spaced securement elements extending radially inwardly from the skirt. A gasket is carried by the shell, and has a base surface in contact with the undersurface of the base wall of the shell and an oppositely disposed sealing surface. An elongated flexible member extends between the sealing surface of the gasket and the axial outer surface of the shell and around a portion of the skirt circumferentially between the securement elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: Edward A. Grant
  • Patent number: 8701910
    Abstract: An improved wine bottle closure and vacuum pump apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus provides an improved bulb structure to be used for pumping and storage purposes, the bulb remaining with a closure plug even after pumping is completed and the wine is to be stored for later consumption. The bulb structure can be collapsed in two different positions including a first position that maintains overall height of the bulb structure and a second position that enables the bulb structure to be shortened in height as an optional feature. The bulb structure provides an enlarged central section that is much larger in diameter than the lower end portion. The lower end portion provides a closure plug for fitting the opening of a wine bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: James Michalopoulos