Tool Engaging Means Or Closure Or Receptacle Patents (Class 215/302)
  • Patent number: 10472133
    Abstract: Caps for containers or for spouts in particular for containing liquids, such as fruit juice and other similar drinks, are provided having highly visible guarantee seals. Such caps include an annular wall having a lower free rim which has a waved pattern. These features allow consumers to recognize immediately if the guarantee seal has been broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GUALA PACK S.p.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Tamarindo
  • Patent number: 10279961
    Abstract: A cap for a bottle is provided with taps that make it easy for someone with a disability, e.g., arthritis, to twist the cap off of the bottle. The cap can have two or more rectangular vertical tabs arranged along the perimeter of the top surface of the cap so as to face each other in parallel on opposite sides of the top surface of the cap. The tabs have an extended height, i.e., greater than ¼th inch and are separated by a distance approximately equal to the diameter of the top surface of the cap. The top corners of the tabs are squared (90 degree angles) to provide better gripping of a corner against which the tabs are placed while twisting the bottle so as to cause the cap to be released from the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Greenfield
  • Patent number: 10273038
    Abstract: Overpack drum assemblies are disclosed. The overpack drum assemblies include a container base and a lid that may be securely closed on the base within a range of acceptable closure positions that may be visually indicated. The lid may include at least one leverage bracket for receiving a bar or other leverage tool that facilitates tightening and loosening of the lid. The container base may include at least one indented anti-rotation notch to help secure the container base against rotation during tightening or loosening of the lid. An anti-rotation fixture may be used to resist rotation of the container base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: New Pig Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Scott Diminick, R. Douglas Evans, Jr., Robert J. Starr
  • Patent number: 10138030
    Abstract: Tamperproof closures for use on a container are disclosed. The closure includes a base which can be arranged on a container port and can be connected thereto in a fluid-tight manner as well as a closure part connected to the base via a predetermined breaking point. Each of the base and the closure part includes at least one force-enhancing means by which a movement of the base and the closure part relative to each other can be force-assisted in terms of destruction of the predetermined breaking point. The movement of the base and the closure part relative to each other can be a rotary movement of the closure part with respect to the base in the opening direction of the closure part and each force-enhancing means can be a handle in the form of a lever projecting radially from both the base and the closure part with respect to the axis of rotation of the rotary movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: B. BRAUN AVITUM AG
    Inventor: Willy Orszullok
  • Patent number: 9925116
    Abstract: A child proof closure including an outer cap having a set of spaced apart apertures extending through a top surface of the outer cap, an inner cap dimensioned and configured to be assembled within the outer cap having a set of spaced apart receivers corresponding to the at least one set of spaced apart apertures of the outer cap, and a key having a set of spaced apart projections dimensioned and configured to be inserted through the spaced apart apertures of the outer cap to engage the spaced apart receivers of the inner cap when the spaced apart apertures of the outer cap are vertically aligned with the spaced apart receivers of the inner cap for unscrewing the assembled closure from the container by turning the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Tri State Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Miceli, Joseph A. Miceli
  • Patent number: 9133003
    Abstract: A closure assembly includes a cap including a radially outer lip, a radially inner projection, and a groove located therebetween, and a threaded portion configured for threaded engagement with a container. The assembly also includes a wrench including a handle and a gripping portion. At least part of the gripping portion is configured to extend into the groove in an assembled position with the gripping portion engaging the outer lip and the inner projection such that rotation of the wrench in opposite directions results in the cap being loosened or tightened relative to the container. The wrench may also be used to hold the cap when the cap is removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher Scientific Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John T. Glaser, Jonathan David Assaraf
  • Patent number: 8479937
    Abstract: A bottle opener for a closure cap for a bottle neck, includes a hood equipped with a first hook including a contact surface with a lower surface of the closure cap, and a transmission lever hinged onto the hood and provided with a gripping section and a working section able to come to bear against an upper surface of the closure cap. It is also provided with two other hooks which include a contact surface with the lower surface and which are offset in the circumferential direction on both sides of the position diametrically opposite the first hook, by an angle of less than 90°, typically ranging between 40° and 80°, and preferably ranging between 40° and 50°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: EOS
    Inventors: Jacques Barange, Jerome Collard, Christian Gonzalez, Laurent Hainon, Nicolas Leduc, Philippe Christophe
  • Publication number: 20130048592
    Abstract: A bottle with an integrated cap remover allows a user to remove a twist-off bottle cap without the need for a separate bottle opener. The bottle includes a bottle cap, a bottle opening, a neck, a side wall, and a bottom surface. The bottom surface includes an indent that has a plurality of indent ridges. The bottle cap has a plurality of cap ridges. The bottle cap of a second bottle can be pressed into the primary indent of a first bottle. Twisting the first bottle will cause the indent ridges of the first bottle to engage against the cap ridges of the second bottle. The bottle cap of the second bottle will then be loosened, allowing a user to easily remove the bottle cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Steven M. CARLEY
  • Patent number: 8322548
    Abstract: A packaging including a container body and a closure wherein the closure comprises upstanding wall portions on the upper face defining a receiving area for e.g. a pen. The packaging having first and second engagement means engaging each other for locking said closure to said container body. The closure further comprises release means for disengaging the first engagement means from the second engagement means wherein the release means being arranged such that a depressable portion thereof protrudes into a groove or receiving area. The release means being operable to disengage first engagement means from the second engagement means an elongated object being received by the receiving area or groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Knudsen Plast A/S
    Inventor: Lars Pedersen
  • Patent number: 8181801
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a closure for mounting on a reagent vessel, the closure including a main body, a top wall attached by its edges to the top edges of the main body, at least one incision dividing the top wall into at least two parts, a flange attached to and extending outwards from the top edge of the top wall, and a hinge area connecting the top edge of the main body to the flange and the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific Oy
    Inventors: Vesa Nuotio, Henrik Johansson, Matti Hassinen
  • Patent number: 8120484
    Abstract: A closure includes a plastic shell for securement to a container neck finish. An RFID kernel tag is disposed within the shell, and includes an RFID circuit and a low power UHF antenna coupled to the circuit. A boost antenna, electromagnetically coupled to but otherwise disconnected from the RFID kernel tag, boosts signal gain to and from the RFID kernel tag. In several exemplary embodiments of the disclosure, the RFID kernel tag is secured to an undersurface of the base wall of the closure, and the boost antenna is disposed on the undersurface of the closure base wall, on an opposing surface of a liner disk disposed within the closure shell or comprises a metal layer on an induction seal disk secured to the end of the container neck finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Chisholm
  • Patent number: 8118185
    Abstract: A closure for a container comprises a circular closure plate (2, 4), integral with the outer edge of which is a depending skirt (8), integrally connected to the lower end of which by means of a resilient annular integral hinge (10) is an annular flange (12), which extends generally upwardly and inwardly. The closure also includes a cutter assembly which includes a cutting blade (38) and is mounted to rotate about the center of the closure plate (2, 4). The integral hinge (10) has a hole formed in it through which the cutting blade (38) extends. Rotation of the cutter assembly about the center of the closure plate thus results in cutting of the integral hinge (10) and thus in release of the closure plate (2, 4) and the depending skirt (8) from the annular flange (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Carbonite Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • Patent number: 8104801
    Abstract: A fixing mechanism for fixing a battery in a sleeve defines a receiving groove therein, a latching member including a body, a restraining flange extending out from one end of the body and a contact end formed at the other end of the body, a latching slot defined in an inner surface of the sleeve, an elastic member compressed and received in the receiving groove and a barrel detachably fixed in the receiving groove. An end of the compressed elastic member resists a bottom surface of the receiving groove and the other end of the elastic member resists the restraining flange, to press the latching member contact end to pass through the barrel and finally to be received in the latching slot, and the restraining flange is blocked by the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Jun Wang, Wei Yang
  • Publication number: 20110220607
    Abstract: A plastic bottle closure, which is screwed onto an opening of a plastic bottle, has an outer form in which an outer circumferential portion fits in a hole of a standardized dodecagonal socket wrench. The outer circumferential portion of the plastic bottle closure includes a concavo-convex portion including a plurality of convex portions and a plurality of concave portions. The concavo-convex portion fits in a convexo-concave portion of the hole of the standardized dodecagonal socket wrench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Chuichiro MUKUNOKI
  • Patent number: 7614514
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a tamper evident closure for a container having a cap on a spout. The inverted cap can be used as a tool for removing a twist away element. Both, the cap and the spout have conic guiding surfaces, which center the cap in respect to the spout, while it is removed towards and onto the spout. The initial opening of the tamper evident closure is therefore easier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Hoffmann Neopac AG
    Inventor: Peter Fuchs
  • Patent number: 7533781
    Abstract: An improved cork closure for beverage and wine bottles having a recess on the exterior face of the closure in use. The recess is designed to facilitate the extraction process by providing central constraint on the position of the corkscrew on the face of the closure and to guide the corkscrew along the axis of the closure. This recess does not interfere with any other types of extraction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Inventor: James Spooner
  • Patent number: 7350655
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7350654
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7350652
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7350653
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7100783
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7100784
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7004340
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6880716
    Abstract: A molded plastic lid construction employs a peripheral edge section which includes first and second spaced, adjacent, radially discrete hoop sections or depending flanges connected together by a horizontal, annular section. The outermost hoop section or flange includes a projecting horizontal shelf extending partially around the lid. A slot is provided in the shelf for inserting the blade of a tool so that the outer hoop may be elastically deformed to facilitate release of the lid from the rim of a bucket, for example. A lid release flange depends downwardly from the shelf to provide a manual release flange that may also be used to elastically deform and reclose the lid from a bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventors: Joseph Gottainer, John W. von Holdt
  • Patent number: 6787032
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing dialysis liquid includes a container holder 112 for holding an inverted container 102, the container having a tubular body portion which accommodates a powder preparation, a bottom wall, and a sealing member for closing an outlet opening defined at the end of the tubular body portion opposite to the bottom wall. The apparatus also includes a movable cutter 118 for cutting the sealing member, a mesh member 116, horizontally disposed above the tank, for receiving the powder preparation from the container 102, and a nozzle 120 for applying water to the powder preparation which has fallen on the mesh member after the sealing member is cut by the cutter 118. The water and powder are received in a concentrated liquid tank 114a provided under the container holder 112, and the concentrated liquid is diluted with a diluting water as it is supplied to the dialyzer 160.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Teijin Limited
    Inventors: Kanji Kurome, Ken Imai, Tsuneo Deguchi
  • Patent number: 6761287
    Abstract: A port assembly for a paint or similar can, in which a port in the lid is fitted with a threaded collar and a threaded stopper that fits into it. The port assembly allows easy access to the contents of the can while maintaining a good seal around the rim. If the threaded stopper is transparent and colorless, a user may view the contents of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Caruso
  • Patent number: 6651305
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically handling sample cups closed with a screwable cap is disclosed. The apparatus for automatically opening, closing and transporting sample cups comprises a transportable gripper (11) which includes a rotatable gripper tool (21) adapted to enter and engage with a recess (35, 36) of said cap (34) to form a connection which can be locked by rotating the gripper tool (21) in a first sense with respect to said sample cup (31) and which can be unlocked by rotating the gripper tool (21) with respect to said sample cup (31) in a second sense opposite to the first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Corporation
    Inventors: Walter Fassbind, Rolf Schnarwiler
  • Patent number: 6648161
    Abstract: A tank cap has an upper longish handle portion engageable by a user's hand to open and close the cap relative to the tank. The handle also has, on each of its two sides, an indentation into which a screwdriver or the like can be inserted to aid in rotating the cap in the opening direction, the indentation being shaped so that if the inserted screwdriver is moved in the direction corresponding to closing of the cap the screwdriver will be cammed out of the indentation without over-tightening the cap in the closing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Dolmar GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Vick
  • Publication number: 20030127420
    Abstract: A dual bottle closure which includes a ceramic bottle with an imperforate crown cap secured to the opening of the bottle as well as a ceramic cap with a plastic insert which surrounds the crown cap is disclosed. The insert fits within the ceramic cap and has threads which screw onto the threads located on the neck of the bottle. In a second embodiment of the invention a cap with an insert substantially covers the opening of a bottle. The insert has threads which screw onto the threads located on the neck of the bottle. A cork is inserted into the opening of the bottle and is covered by the cap and insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: Klaus Schumacher
  • Publication number: 20030075520
    Abstract: A mechanism (15) for the controlled closure of a lid (13), in particular for an iced-beverage and water-ice making machine (10), comprises a bolt (16) slidable between a locked position and a position of free opening of the door. The bolt is movable to the open position both by means of a button to be manually pushed (21) and by introduction of a thrust tool through an appropriate passage (22). The mechanism further comprises selector means (23) manually operable from the inside of the lid to be moved between a position at which the button action is locked and a position at which the button can be freely operated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Applicant: Ugolini S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Ugolini
  • Patent number: 6364146
    Abstract: An access screw cover for containers and enclosures is disclosed which includes a closure body having a first and a second abutment mechanism associated therewith and a circular peripheral surface which defines a central axis. The circular peripheral surface is intended to fit the peripheral surface of the closure opening. The first abutment means presenting a shoulder which, when force is applied thereto, tends to turn the body forcibly in one direction. The second abutment means presenting a shoulder which, when force is applied thereto, tends to turn the body in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Frank S. Beckerer, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20020017523
    Abstract: A tank cap has an upper longish handle portion engageable by a user's hand to open and close the cap relative to the tank. The handle also has, on each of its two sides, an indentation into which a screwdriver or the like can be inserted to aid in rotating the cap in the opening direction, the indentation being shaped so that if the inserted screwdriver is moved in the direction corresponding to closing of the cap the screwdriver will be cammed out of the indentation without over-tightening the cap in the closing direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Inventor: Christian Vick
  • Patent number: 6168037
    Abstract: A resealable vial featuring a connector assembly having a membrane and a pusher for selectively opening or sealing the fluid passageway between the bottle and the connector end of a luer hub. The connector assembly includes a body disposed on said bottle, and means for communicating fluid such as a luer connector hub which may be separately provided with the body or formed integrally therewith. The luer connector hub features a connector end open for access by medical delivery instrument, and an opposed end which is disposed for fluid communication with a recess defined by the body. The body defines a recess having a fluid path with the open top of the bottle. A membrane, preferably formed from an elastomeric material, is secured across both the recess and the open top of the bottle, and may be retained between the top surface of the bottle and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France, S.A.
    Inventor: Jean Pierre Grimard
  • Patent number: 6112933
    Abstract: A cap is provided for mounting on a necked-in can. The cap includes a shell formed to include an interior region and a tool-receiving aperture opening into the interior region. A ridge is appended to the shell and positioned to lie in the interior region of the cap. The ridge includes a downwardly facing ridge edge that lies inside the interior region of the cap and adjacent to the tool-receiving aperture. The ridge edge overlies a portion of an annular lip of the necked-in can when the cap is mounted on the can so that a cap-removal tool can be inserted into the interior region of the shell through the tool-receiving aperture simultaneously to engage the annular lip of the can and the ridge edge. When the cap-removal tool is rotated manually about its longitudinal axis, the cap-removal tool acts between the ridge edge and the annular lip to demount the cap from the necked-in can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Erin M. Meyer, David J. Jochem
  • Patent number: 6082564
    Abstract: A secured container closure system is provided for preventing access to the container's contents by small children while allowing ease of access to the container contents by persons of limited strength or dexterity. The system is provided with a first cap having a smooth exterior and being provided with a catch. The first cap is provided within a second cap which has an opening which allows access to the catch. Both the exterior of the first cap and the interior of the second cap are smooth to reduce torque transfer between the second cap and the first cap. A key is provided which may be extended through the opening and engaged to the catch to allow torque transfer between the second cap and first cap for either opening or closing the container. The key may be of an extended length or secured to a wall to allow greater leverage in opening or closing the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Brett J. Trout
  • Patent number: 6056143
    Abstract: A threaded drum cover is disclosed for selectively closing an open head drum. The drum comprises a tubular drum open at a top end defined by a threaded chime. The cover comprises a closure having a central circular wall of a size corresponding to that of the chime and a downwardly depending annular sidewall receivable radially outwardly of the chime. The sidewall includes radially inwardly directed threads for mating with a threaded chime to provide a tight head drum. A radially outwardly opening annular recess in the sidewall above the threads provides for external gripping of the tight head drum. The cover is of one piece plastic construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: Michael D. Stolzman
  • Patent number: 5957313
    Abstract: A theft preventing device for an article having a substantially cylindrical end with a substantially ring-shaped bulge, e.g. a bottle or container. The device comprises a releasable body having a clamping means gripping the cylindrical end when in the closed position, and a locking means for preventing the clamping means from being opened unless a special tool is used. The body comprises of a substantially tubular element with a larger diameter than the ring-shaped bulge, and comprises a member that is movable relative to the tubular element between a closed position in which it defines a cross-section smaller than that of the ring-shaped bulge, and a released position in which it defines a cross-section greater than that of the ring-shaped bulge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Fors France S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Bouan
  • Patent number: 5875915
    Abstract: A composite closure for a container having a ring shaped cap with a ring shaped top and an annular skirt depending downwardly from the outer periphery of the top. The skirt is provided with internal threads for engaging external threads on the container neck. A disk shaped lid insert has its outer peripheral edge annularly received in an annular internal lid retaining groove in the cap which permits relative rotation between the lid insert and the threaded cap. An elastic annular seal is received in an annular groove provided in the bottom side of the lid insert for sealing the upper edge of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Lobo Containers, Inc.
    Inventors: T. Gary Bradshaw, Thomas Triner
  • Patent number: 5871110
    Abstract: A resealable transfer assembly for a container such as a bottle or vial featuring a membrane for selectively opening or sealing a fluid path between the bottle and a medical delivery device introduced into the assembly. The assembly includes a body disposed on the bottle, and a luer connector hub which may be separately provided with the body or formed integrally therewith. A free plug rests in a cavity defined within the luer connector hub. The free plug includes an orifice dimensioned to accept a luer tip associated with the medical delivery device. A membrane, preferably formed from an elastomeric material, is secured across both the opposed end of the luer connector hub and the open top of the bottle, and may be retained between the top surface of the bottle and the body. The membrane preferably includes a central area sealing the opposed end of the luer connector hub from the open top of the bottle, with one or more fluid openings defined on a portion of the membrane outside of the central area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Grimard, Herbert Jansen
  • Patent number: 5823379
    Abstract: A container suitable for use in the transportation of hazardous materials, for example radiolabelled material, has a base cup member (12) which is closed by a threaded lid (13). Within the cup member (12) a liner (17) is provided within an inner cavity (16). The liner (17) is suspended from an end flange (18) which is in engagement with the upper face of the rim of the cup member (12). The liner (17) has an annular shoulder (23) spaced from the end flange (18). The shoulder (23) is arranged so that it engages and thereby seals with the head (26) of a closure element (25). The closure element (25) also includes an engagement recess (31) to enable it to be removed from the liner (17). The container is usually mounted within a two-part inner casing (10a, 10b) which in turn is positioned within an outer casing (11a, 11b). With the container described hazardous materials even in liquid form may be stored and transported safely as desired without the need for bulky packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Amersham International plc
    Inventors: Uri Friedlander, Richard Ashley Stubbs
  • Patent number: 5788107
    Abstract: A cap is provided for mounting on a necked-in can. The cap includes a shell formed to include an interior region and a tool-receiving aperture opening into the interior region. A ridge is appended to the shell and positioned to lie in the interior region of the cap. The ridge includes a downwardly facing ridge edge that lies inside the interior region of the cap and adjacent to the tool-receiving aperture. The ridge edge overlies a portion of an annular lip of the necked-in can when the cap is mounted on the can so that a cap-removal tool can be inserted into the interior region of the shell through the tool-receiving aperture simultaneously to engage the annular lip of the can and the ridge edge. When the cap-removal tool is rotated manually about its longitudinal axis, the cap-removal tool acts between the ridge edge and the annular lip to demount the cap from the necked-in can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Erin M. Meyer, David J. Jochem
  • Patent number: 5788099
    Abstract: A vessel for containing a batch quantity of chemicals for preparation of physiologic, therapeutic, or irrigation solutions, such as dialysate. The vessel has a cap and a bottle shell having features that make the vessel suitable for mounting to an apparatus for automatically opening the vessel. In a preferred embodiment, the cap has a frangible membrane sealing the vessel. A protective overcap is removable mounted to the cap to protect the cap from puncture prior to installation on the opening apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: AKYSYS, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Treu, Dilip H. Shah, Donald C. Walker, Kenneth E. Pawlak
  • Patent number: 5785194
    Abstract: A cap (1) having a top (2) and a depending skirt (3) which receives the neck of a container at its lower end, wherein the skirt (3) is provided at its outer and upper end portion with a first engaging means (6, 7) for engaging an annular spanner located around the cap (1), and a seating means (8) at the base of the first engaging means (6, 7) on which the annular spanner rests. Preferably the cap is for a medicine container and is circular. In a further embodiment the cap is a two part child resistant cap designed to provide tamper evidence. There is further provided a medical implement adapted to engage over the cap and a kit comprising the cap and an annular spanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventor: Brian L. Ogden
  • Patent number: 5702019
    Abstract: A resealable assembly for a container such as a bottle or vial featuring a membrane for selectively opening or sealing a fluid path between the bottle and a medical delivery device introduced into the assembly. The assembly includes a body disposed on said bottle, and a luer connector hub which may be separately provided with the body or formed integrally therewith. The luer connector hub features a connector end open for access by the medical delivery device, and an opposed end which is disposed for fluid communication with the open top of the bottle. A membrane, preferably formed from an elastomeric material, is secured across both the opposed end of the luer connector hub and the open top of the bottle, and may be retained between the top surface of the bottle and the body. The membrane preferably includes a central area sealing the opposed end of the luer connector hub from the open top of the bottle, with one or more fluid openings defined on a portion of the membrane outside of the central area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France S.A.
    Inventor: Jean Pierre Grimard
  • Patent number: 5586670
    Abstract: A device to prevent the unauthorized removal of a closure from the mouth of a bottle having an annular ring adjacent to the mouth about the bottle neck. A cap portion fits over the end of the bottle neck and receives within it the annular ring, the bottle mouth and the closure. A locking mechanism housing is formed adjacent the cap and communicates with the bore in the cap by means of a slot. In a first embodiment a pawl means is pivotally mounted in the housing and is spring biased to extend through the slot into the bore. A second embodiment uses a cam controlled spring mechanism to slideably position pawl means in the cap portion or withdraw it therefrom. A tapered leading edge of the pawl means causes the pawl to be displaced into the housing as the annular ring of the bottle passes the pawl. The spring forces the pawl in behind the ring to prevent removal of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: Kenneth Greenwald
  • Patent number: 5524779
    Abstract: The safety closure includes an outer closure member having cylindrical interior walls, and an inner cylinder. The inner cylinder is nested within the interior walls of the outer closure member, and permits normally free rotation of the outer closure member relative to the inner cylinder. Complementary screw threads connect the inner cylinder to a mouth of the container, and cooperate with the outer closure member to lock the safety closure onto the container. A key is permanently secured to the safety closure for unlocking engagement of the complementary screw threads. The key is manipulated by a user to prevent the normally free rotation of the outer closure member relative to the inner cylinder, thus permitting the safety closure to be removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Inventor: Curtis E. Faile
  • Patent number: 5437382
    Abstract: A container having a removable stopper located within the neck of the container and a cap with a handle disposed over the neck. The cap, when removed and inverted, also functions as a tool or driver for removing the stopper. The handle assists persons with impaired dexterity in opening the container, and while a child may likewise remove the cap, the contents cannot be accessed and will not spill out because the stopper is still disposed in the neck. Further, the stopper being disposed within the neck places it out of the grasping ability of the child making it very difficult to remove without using the handle as a tool. The cap also has a tab or tabs on its inside, so that when the cap is removed and inverted, the previously external handle or tab is used as the driver blade and the previously internal tab or tabs are used as a driver handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Inventor: Jerome D. Gluckman
  • Patent number: 5375731
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for a closure having a container and cover, the apparatus comprising a latch member mounted to the interior of the cover and a corresponding catch member mounted to the interior the container. A helical coil passes through a helical passageway at the closure for engaging and disengaging the latch and the catch members for unlocking and locking the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Inventor: Eugene E. Jones
  • Patent number: 5328474
    Abstract: A tamper-resistant closure for a medical injection device such as a syringe includes a cap having both a blind bore sized to receive and seat tightly against the syringe tip, to prevent material from entering or being withdrawn from the device. The cap has a threaded connection to the syringe tip, and is entirely covered by a loose-fitting shield having a one-way drive mechanism which prevents the cap from being unscrewed from the device while the shield is in place. The shield has at least one internal, frangible tang protruding obliquely into the envelope of the cap, so that the shield and cap can be easily assembled, but cannot thereafter be disassembled without breaking the tang and thus providing an indication of tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: B. Braun Medical Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Raines
  • Patent number: 5158194
    Abstract: A child-resistant, two-piece closure is formed with a resilient wedge in the outer cap member which can be pressed into interlocking relationship with an upstanding locking lug element of the inner cap member to facilitate rotational movement in the closure loosening direction by a healthy adult. An aperture is provided in the outer cap member so that a pencil may be radially inserted therein and into contact with the upstanding locking lug element so as to interlockingly couple the outer cap member and inner cap member for rotational movement in the closure loosening direction with the pencil by an elderly or handicapped individual. The child-resistant closure serves as a duel function device by allowing push-in and turn closure removal by healthy adults and easy removal with an inserted pencil or the like by elderly or handicapped adults while still being resistant to removal by young children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Glaxo Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Sirgo, Robert M. Wygant, Charles F. Woodward, Paul V. Engelmann