Closure Members Having Alignable Openings Patents (Class 220/253)
  • Patent number: 5601203
    Abstract: A blow molded plastics container includes an injection molded annular neck portion which is sealed by injection molding to an annular wall portion of an injection molded top end wall having a part-spherical center portion. The center portion has five circumferentially spaced and upwardly projecting annular lip seals, two of which surround openings within the top end wall. An injection molded rotatable closure snap-fits onto the neck portion and has a mating part-spherical center portion which engages the lip seals. The closure has one opening which is selectively and progressively alignable with the annular lip seals in response to indexing the closure in one direction. An integrally molded one-way latch extends between the center portions of the closure and top end wall and prevents reverse rotation of the closure except between a consumer open position and a sealed reclosable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Electra Form, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles J. Brun, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5588550
    Abstract: A container of the present invention comprises a body portion including a bottom wall and a side wall defining a cavity and a shoulder portion extending from the body portion and further defining the cavity. A plurality of compartments separated by a partitioning member positioned in the cavity are provided, wherein the compartments and partitioning member extend through the cavity. Each of the compartments are adapted to hold a content. A neck portion extends from the shoulder portion and has an outer wall and an inner wall. A fitment is positioned within the neck portion and engaged with the inner wall. The fitment includes at least a portion thereof in sealed relationship and freely rotatable relative to the neck portion, the portion including a cover substantially traversing the inner wall and having an opening therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Pepsico, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Meyer
  • Patent number: 5566850
    Abstract: An injection molded thermoplastic closure for a container having a generally planar wall and an integrally molded push-in tab within the area of the wall. The push-in tab has its boundary formed by discontinuities in the closure wall and the discontinuities are hermetically closed with a sealant applied locally in an arcuate pattern by rotation of the closure relative to a sealant applicator. A hinge line of the push-in tab has a construction that improves hinge integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: Weatherchem Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Forsyth, Bruno A. Mediate, David E. Pecot
  • Patent number: 5547100
    Abstract: The inventive device includes a circular member positionable atop a beverage can. A semi-circular aperture directed through the circular member permits a projection of an opening lever of the can therethrough to secure the device to the can. A plurality of elongated apertures are directed through the circular member and are positioned for alignment with an opening of the can to permit egress of liquid from the can while precluding ingress of insects thereinto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Inventor: Michael D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5544780
    Abstract: A power gas tank cover including a motor, a collar including an annular portion, a tubular portion formed at one side of the annular portion and having a hole communicated with an opening of the annular portion, a recess between the annular portion and the neck portion, and an inclined track on an inner side of the neck portion, a worm shaft inserted into the tubular portion and connected with the motor, a sleeve fitted in the inclined track, an inner jacket being a cone-shaped member with a first orifice, an outer jacket rotatably fitted on the inner jacket and provided at a lower portion with a worm gear meshed with the worm shaft, a pressure relief valve arranged on a top of said inner jacket, and a transmission shaft pivotally connected with the outer jacket at an end and with a gas tank door at another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: Cherng B. Jye
  • Patent number: 5542670
    Abstract: A drinking cup has a cover which is formed with a drinking spout at one side and a vent at the other. Elements extend down from under the spout and the vent. A flow control element is provided and made of elastomeric material having a pair of spaced cavities on one side, each cavity having a floor at the bottom thereof. The cavities receive in frictional engagement respectively the lower ends of the elements. This engagement supports the flow control element with the floor of each cavity in sealed relation to its element. Each floor has a passage which is normally closed but opens on the occurrence of a pressure differential on opposite sides of the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Emanuel P. Morano
  • Patent number: 5540341
    Abstract: A multi-chamber bottle includes an opening surrounded by a flange which has a spherical inner surface formed to receive a hollow member. The hollow member includes a lower opening and an upper opening. The housing is adjustable to bias the hollow member against the spherical inner surface of the flange, to seal around the opening. When closed, a portion of the hollow member blocks the opening. When open, the hollow member is in an upright position such that the opening of the bottle and the lower opening of the hollow member are aligned. A method for mixing two substances includes disposing an amount of one substance in the bottle, adjusting the hollow member to block the opening of the bottle, and disposing an amount of another substance in the hollow member. To mix the substances, the hollow member is rotated into the open position and the apparatus is shaken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Insta-Mix Partners
    Inventors: James W. Holley, Kirk B. Kajita
  • Patent number: 5520307
    Abstract: A medication dispenser cap and container comprises a base connected to the container and including a non-circular, for example polygonal, indication portion with multiple points or nodes. A cover which also has a non-circular shape is rotatably mounted to the base and moveable into aligned closed position with the base. The base includes multiple openings around its periphery and the cover includes one opening which can be aligned with one of the base openings to dispense medication, for example pills, from the container. The openings are aligned only when the cover is offset with respect to the base. This exposes parts of the base which may carry indicia that indicate when the dosage should be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Ronee Miller
    Inventors: Ronee Miller, Anna Freed
  • Patent number: 5509551
    Abstract: A beverage container dispensing cap assembly designed to replace the standard cap of a conventional beverage bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Inventor: Robert C. Terrell, II
  • Patent number: 5480249
    Abstract: A lead dispensing storage container that can be opened or closed by a single hand. The container body has a lead case formed therein, and a lead outlet allowing release of leads one by one. A gate member mounted in the container body can be moved to open or close lead paths between the lead case and lead outlet. An elastic arm portion forces the gate member to move in direction to close the lead paths. The number of parts is reduced, and supplying leads can be made easier by a case that has a lead supply opening projecting from the tip thereof. A leading end of the case has an inclined slope toward the lead supply opening therein, and a chuck containing leads having a knocking portion that is pressed into the case so that it can be opened by the knocking portion being pushed to press an opening actuator toward the inclined slope or is closed by an elastic force as the opening actuator is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuhei Kageyama, Shohji Anzai, Tomiji Ueki, Yoshihide Mitsuya
  • Patent number: 5451374
    Abstract: Stoppers for medicine vessels are disclosed. Such stoppers comprise an insert having one end frictionally engageable within an opening in a medicine vessel. Such inserts' other ends have a fitting, e.g. a luer complimentary with a luer on an opening in the medicine vessel. The fitting allows the contents of the medicine vessel to be withdrawn without using a sharp object, such as a needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Incutech, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger V. Molina
  • Patent number: 5449085
    Abstract: A blow molded plastics container includes an injection molded annular neck portion which is sealed by injection molding to an annular wall portion of an injection molded top end wall having a part-spherical center portion. The center portion has five circumferentially spaced and upwardly projecting annular lip seals, two of which surround openings within the top end wall. An injection molded rotatable closure snap-fits onto the neck portion and has a mating part-spherical center portion which engages the lip seals. The closure has one opening which is selectively and progressively alignable with the annular lip seals in response to indexing the closure in one direction. An integrally molded one-way latch extends between the center portions of the closure and top end wall and prevents reverse rotation of the closure except between a consumer open position and a sealed reclosable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Electra Form, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles J. Brun, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5421472
    Abstract: An insect-proof and tamper-evident cover is disclosed for a disposable, metal, one-time use beverage container. A lid, non-rotatably secured to the upper end of the beverage container, includes an opening with bars formed there-across, and with a plurality of cover-supporting bumps and a position-controlling groove. A rotatable cover is secured to said lid in a fluid-tight arrangement. The cover includes an opening with bars there-across, at least one finger-engaging member, a tamper-evident indicator, and a projection arranged to travel in the position-controlling groove of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Inventor: Nicholas G. Beckertgis
  • Patent number: 5402921
    Abstract: An injection molded thermoplastic closure for a container having a generally planar wall and an integrally molded push-in tab within the area of the wall. The push-in tab has its boundary formed by discontinuities in the closure wall and the discontinuities are hermetically closed with a sealant applied locally in an arcuate pattern by rotation of the closure relative to a sealant applicator. A hinge line of the push-in tab has a construction that improves hinge integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Inventors: Michael J. Forsyth, Bruno A. Mediate, David E. Pecot
  • Patent number: 5395006
    Abstract: A closure device for fermentation test tubes or flasks (vessels) comprises a cylindrical cap which is either molded integrally with the vessel as one piece or is molded separately and is snugly fitted over the neck of the vessel, in a fashion which not only allows for free gaseous flow between the contents of the vessel and the ambient atmosphere but also facilitates easy access to the contents of the vessel without having to detach the closure from the vessel. Particular features of the cover permit manipulation with the fingers of the hand holding the vessel. Embodiments disclosed include those adapted to function selectively in aerobic or anaerobic procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Inventor: Kuldeep Verma
  • Patent number: 5395365
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed package is provided for the administration of a solution or other liquid to a patient. The package includes a blow molded container, cap, and releasable cover. The cap accommodates piercing of the cap and container with a draining spike. The cap has one or more self-closing seals or liners and can be disposed on the container so as to permit penetration of the cap and container by a piercing spike without contacting the parting line of the molded container. The cap includes a special structure for guiding the spike at the initiation of the piercing process, and the cap has an improved structure for sealingly engaging the spike upon insertion. As the container is drained, one of the container walls collapses toward the other to facilitate the draining process and provide a convenient shape for subsequent handling and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Automatic Liquid Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard H. Weiler, Henry Komendowski
  • Patent number: 5381934
    Abstract: A closure for a tube which need not be removed for releasing the contents of the tube associated with an original condition protection means. A closure cap is provided and mounted upon the tube in rotational engagement therewith and it contains an opening which may be aligned in a registry with the opening of the tube to allow the dispensing of the contents thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Combitool AG
    Inventor: Heinrich Ueberegger
  • Patent number: 5377824
    Abstract: A container for the storage of toothbrushes in an antiseptic liquid comprising: a container having a circular bottom wall, an annular upper opening, and a side wall therebetween, the side wall having an annular lower extent and an annular upper extent and a curved intermediate extent therebetween, the upper extent terminating in external threads; a cap having an upper circular surface and downwardly extending side walls in an annular configuration with internal threads matable with the external threads of the container; a plurality of apertures formed in a circular surface of the cap of a sufficient size to receive and allow passage of the bristle end of a toothbrush therethrough; a handle in a cylindrical configuration extending upwardly from the center of the cap between the apertures; and a rotatable cover positionable over the cap, the cover having a circular surface and downwardly extending side walls terminating in inwardly directed flanges received in a first annular recess formed in the cap and a seco
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Clyde O. Seymour
  • Patent number: 5370338
    Abstract: A centerflow dispenser for dispensing a rolled paper product which includes a device for varying the diameter of the dispensing orifice to accommodate rolled paper products of various weights, widths, bulks and tensile strengths. The dispenser includes a rear housing, a front housing pivotally attached to the rear housing, the rear housing having extending therefrom a support member or bottom housing upon which a rolled paper product is placed. In one embodiment, the support member has attached thereto a rotatable disk with a plurality of a different diameter orifices disposed in the periphery thereof. The disk can be rotated such that each orifice in turn comes in at a vertical overlapping relationship with an exit port in the support member. In such manner, the desired orifice can be selected for the particular paper product being dispensed.In a second embodiment, interchangeable U-shaped members are supplied, each having a different diameter orifice therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Scott Paper Company
    Inventor: Richard P. Lewis
  • Patent number: 5358132
    Abstract: A cap adapted to be secured to an open end of a container employs a vertical hollow cylinder provided with an open lower end adapted to be secured to the open end of the container and a closed upper end with a small centrally disposed first opening therein surrounded by a raised peripheral first lip. The cylinder upper end has a second peripheral lip extending upwardly above the first lip, the second lip having first and second oppositely disposed cut out regions communicating with the cylinder upper end. A first horizontally elongated flexible member has first and second opposite ends each of which is aligned with the corresponding one of the first and second regions and is disposed between the first and second lips. The first member has a flat top surface and a downwardly depending extension which slidably engages the first lip. The extension in a horizontal plane defines a FIG. 8 with left hand and right hand sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Bennett, Ambrogio and Conant
    Inventor: Robert A. Bennett
  • Patent number: 5294014
    Abstract: A closure cover for sealing a liquid container including a body having an orifice for dispensing the liquid in the container, and a rotating disk pivotally attached to the body and providing an effective seal for the dispensing orifice. The effective seal is created by a downward force upon a sealing gasket, such force being the result of the rotation of the disk member containing a ramp which is moved under a cam on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Assignee: Aladdin Synergetics, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Burk Wyatt, Gary C. DeGrow, Jonathan H. Mueller
  • Patent number: 5292021
    Abstract: A hollow container having a top and a bottom and forming an internal cavity which is sized to accommodate an aseptic package, there being an opening in the container providing access to the cavity whereby the aseptic package can be inserted into the cavity and be positioned therein with its top adjacent the top of the cavity. A lid operable to retain the aseptic package within the cavity when closed and puncture projections which depend from the lid and project into the cavity so as to pierce the top of the aseptic package when the latter is positioned therein with its top adjacent the top of the cavity, the puncture projection forming an outlet for liquid to be drunk from within the aseptic package through the top of the container. The upper end of the outlet opens into the interior of a mouthpiece through which liquid is drunk from within the aseptic package within the container when the latter is being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventor: Christopher J. Lyon
  • Patent number: 5289945
    Abstract: A sealing and dispensing cap for a carbonated drink container permits the container to be inverted with the cap disposed in a closed position to trap carbonating gases, whereupon the cap is disposed in an open position to dispense the carbonated drink. This cap prevents carbonated drink from going "flat" by preventing the escape of carbonating gases during drink dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Robert H. Stradder
  • Patent number: 5284262
    Abstract: Improved safety devices comprising a container; a closure means for the container having a plurality of annular bands rotatably mounted on the closure means, each of these bands being formed with a plurality of elements which are selectably removable for programming the closure means and which must be aligned in the selected manner in order to gain access to the contents of the container; and indicia carried by the container for indicating when the selected elements are aligned in the selected manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Inventor: Rocky K. K. O'Nan
  • Patent number: 5275298
    Abstract: A storage container for storing powdered baby formula consisting of a first opening mated with a baby bottle and a hollow member rotatably disposed in the container. A wall of the hollow member provides a waterproof seal between the interior of the hollow member and the baby bottle when the hollow member is rotated into a first position. The hollow member defines a second opening which aligns with the first opening when the hollow member is rotated into a second position. The container also has a second open end for mating to a nipple. The container is used to store a pre-measured amount of powdered formula and the baby bottle is used to store a pre-measured amount of water. When in the first position the wall of the hollow member prevents contact between the powdered formula and the water. At a desired time, the hollow member is rotated to the second position to allow the water and powdered formula to mix, thereby producing liquid baby formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventors: James W. Holley, Jr., Kirk B. Kajita
  • Patent number: 5275304
    Abstract: A partitioned container includes a container cavity partitioned into a plurality of container cavities by means of intersecting partition walls within the container. A container first lid is rotatably mounted relative to a container underlying second lid, with the first lid having a first lid aperture selectively aligned with one of a plurality of second lid apertures, with one of the second lid apertures aligned and positioned above each of the partition cavities within the container. A tubular drinking tube member is arranged for selective mounting to a side wall of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventor: Matthew L. Abrams
  • Patent number: 5269432
    Abstract: An insect-proof and tamper-evident cover is disclosed for a disposable, metal, one-time use beverage container. A lid, nonrotatably secured to the upper end of the beverage container, includes an opening with bars formed there-across, and with a plurality of cover-supporting bumps and a position-controlling groove. A rotatable cover is secured to said lid in a fluid-tight arrangement. The cover includes an opening with bars there-across, at least one finger-engaging member, a tamper-evident indicator, and a projection arranged to travel in the position-controlling groove of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: Nicholas G. Beckertgis
  • Patent number: 5242075
    Abstract: A self-closing cap for the filler neck of an oil pan is provided which allows the oil pan of an engine to be filled without the necessity of removing the cap. The cap comprises a lower body having a flat inner bottom surface with a passage in it, and a spring-loaded closing plate that likewise includes an opening. The closing plate is slidably movable over the flat inner bottom surface o the lower body against the force of the spring by means of a handle such that its opening is alignable with the opening in the bottom surface of the lower body to form an oil receiving passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: Mecrom Ott & Holey OHG
    Inventors: Siegfried Ott, Franz Mayer
  • Patent number: 5205430
    Abstract: Plastic closure having a lid with a rim suitable for engagement with a plastic container to close said container, with the lid having an access opening therein, and a barrier liner adhered to the underside of the lid and having a raised portion thereof extending through the access opening. A cap is provided adjacent the top of the lid operative to cut the raised portion and form a closable opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Inventor: Emery I. Valyi
  • Patent number: 5199591
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a resealable flip-top beverage can having a rotatable sealing top mounted above the can top of the beverage can, and the sealing top is rotated into a first position to open a hole in the top of the beverage can and through which the contents of the can are dispensed, and is rotated into a second position where the sealing top reseals the hole. Sealing means are provided on the top of the can top and on the underside of the sealing top that cooperate to prevent beverage from getting between the can top and the sealing top when the can is opened, preventing matter from entering the can when it is resealed, and holding carbonation in said can when it is resealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Preferred Cantop Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Thibeault, Deborah M. Thibeault
  • Patent number: 5195645
    Abstract: An end closure for a container having a substantially planar first lid portion including elements for engaging an upper rim of a container to be closed, a second substantially planar lid portion rotatably mounted to an upper surface of the first lid portion, the second lid portion having an opening defined therethrough, and an openable lid portion defined in the first lid portion. The openable lid portion includes a flexible hinge extending along a first edge thereof and a frangible coupling extending along the remaining edges thereof, whereby when a force is applied to the upper surface of said openable lid portion, the frangible coupling is broken to define a free edge of the openable lid portion and the openable lid can be pivoted about the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Specialty Packaging Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Dave Schuermann
  • Patent number: 5193704
    Abstract: An end closure assembly for a dispensing container and the method of assembly. A cover mounted on the container includes a central opening and a radially spaced dispensing passageway. A rotor overlies the cover and is rotatable about a central, generally columnar, hub positioned within a central orifice of the rotor such that a dispensing passageway through the rotor can be rotated into and out of registry with the cover dispensing passageway to thereby open and close the container. The hub includes an annular, radially outward extending flange which overlies the rotor and holds the rotor against the cover. An annular gripping lip integral with the cover permits downward insertion of the hub into the cover orifice during assembly yet inhibits removal of the hub after assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Inventor: James Kick
  • Patent number: 5176277
    Abstract: An end closure for a container having a substantially planar first lid portion including an engaging element for engaging an upper rim of a container to be closed, a second substantially planar lid portion rotatably mounted to an upper surface of the first lid portion, the second lid portion having an opening defined therethrough, and an openable lid portion defined in the first lid portion. The openable lid portion includes a flexible hinge extending along first and second edge portions thereof and a frangible coupling extending along the remaining edges thereof including an edge segment which extends between and interconnects the first and second edge portions of the flexible hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Specialty Packaging Group Inc.
    Inventor: Dave Schuermann
  • Patent number: 5167338
    Abstract: An end closure for a shake and pour container is disclosed having a cover which is mounted on a canister type container. The cover has a rotor rotatably mounted on the cover. The cover has a break-away, hinged lid formed therein with the lid having a tab extending out from the lid beyond the hinge line. Upon applying a downward force on the lid, the lid may be broken away from the cover and rotated downwardly into the container along the hinge line thus opening the container. As the lid rotates down, the tab is also broken away from the cover and rotates upwardly above the level cover so as to be engaged by the rotor thereby to hold the lid in its full open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Inventor: James Kick
  • Patent number: 5158180
    Abstract: A closable dispenser of wet tissues is described where the tissue edge is protected from drying out when not in use. The wet tissue is fed between the container lip and lid with the lid being rotatable to protect the tissue from exposure when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Product Development (Z.G.S.) Ltd.
    Inventor: Shlomo Zucker
  • Patent number: 5158635
    Abstract: A connecting member for filter bags or the like used for collecting dust has a main body secured to the filter bag, which main body has a multi-ply structure of board or cardboard. The main body has a passageway therethrough for facilitating the passage of dust into the filter bag. A slide gate is arranged on the main body between two plies of the main body and a handle thereon projects laterally beyond the main body and is movable between a moved in position leaving the passage opening uncovered and a moved out position shutting it. The main body is folded from a single piece of material cutout along preset fold lines. The plies of the main body placed on top of each other after folding are bonded together. The slide gate is at least partly a component of the cutout and is connected with the rest of the cutout via preset tear lines so that the slide gate may be torn off to the side after folding and bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Branofilter GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Schmierer, Wilhelm Rosch
  • Patent number: 5143248
    Abstract: A removable closure cover for a drinking vessel such as a cup or mug has an outer cover for attachment to the mouth of the vessel, with an aperture adjacent the edge through which a user may drink. An inner cover secured to the outer cover is selectively moveable into opening or closing relation with the aperture. While useable with insulated plastic drinking cups, the closure cover also may be used with traditional mug or cup forms, to enable transportation of a hot drink in sealed, insulated relation, thus extending the utility of the traditional, non-disposable mug, in an ecology promoting fashion. Manipulation of the cover provides controlled ventilation of the container and permits modulation of the cooling time for a hot drink contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Inventor: David P. Sawatsky
  • Patent number: 5072849
    Abstract: A container including a housing and a cover assembly including first and second lids pivotally interconnected by a rivet assembly. A gasket being disposed between the first and second lids. The first and second lids and the gasket having openings alignable with one another so as to enable movement of the second lid relative to the first lid, thereby providing an opening from an interior of the container to an exterior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: R. Alan Blau & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Blau
  • Patent number: 5064086
    Abstract: A container lid, especially useful in the pharmaceutical testing industry, having a pair of overlapping lid elements which are rotatable with respect to one another. The lid elements have matching apertures which allow the insertion of testing apparatus into the container covered by the lid without the necessity of removing the lid. The rotatable elements may be positioned tightly around the testing apparatus to reduce the possibility of evaporative loss and of contamination of the testing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Inventor: James E. McEntee
  • Patent number: 4993517
    Abstract: A oil-fill opening 12 for introducing lubricating oil into an internal combustion engine provided with a cap 15 which has a bayonet lock. On the outside of the wall of the oil-fill opening there is an oil separator 22 through which the blow-by gases from the crankcase are conveyed to the intake manifold and/or to the clean-air side of the air filter. Oil collected in the oil separator 22 is returned through a return port 23, 24 between the oil separator 22 and the oil-fill opening 12. To prevent oil from getting into the oil separator when oil is poured into the oil-fill opening 12 and backing up therein so that under certain circumstances it reaches the clean-air side of the air filter, a shutter 25 in the form of a rotary slide valve, which covers the return port 23, 24 between the oil separator 22 and the oil-fill opening 12 when the cap 15 is removed, is provided within the oil-fill opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Filterwerk Mann & Hummel GmbH
    Inventors: Rudolf Leipelt, Karl-Heinz Messner
  • Patent number: 4991737
    Abstract: A recycling trash box for holding different types of trash in separate compartments which comprises a box having a bottom wall, four side walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall, and a top wall positioned above the side walls, the box having an upright center dividing wall attached to and extending between two opposite side walls to form two compartments in the box, and the top wall having openings formed therein to permit trash to be inserted into each of the two compartments.A plastic disc is rotatably mounted to the top wall for opening and closing the box, and it has an opening near its rim. The box is opened by rotating the disc until the disc opening is aligned with an opening in the top wall of the box, and the box is closed by rotating the disc until the disc opening is not alinged with an opening in the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Assignee: Art Kraft Container Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick Edelman
  • Patent number: 4986097
    Abstract: A locking device for tank filler tubes is described, comprising a sleeve member for insertion in the filler tube to provide smooth walls, and an annular shaped locking collar that slides inside the sleeve and fastens through the sleeve to the inside wall of the filler tube. The locking collar does not have to be removed in order to fill the tank. Two disks, having off-center openings large enough for a filler hose nozzle, are arranged one above the other in the top of the locking collar so that the top disk can be rotated to allow the off-center openings to be aligned for a filler nozzle. A cylinder lock prevents rotation of the top disk when in the locked position. An alternative embodiment of the invention does not fit inside the tank filler tube, but rather is welded or joined to it. This alternative uses a padlock which prevents a cap from being rotated to a position which aligns openings in the device, allowing insertion of a filler hose nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Inventor: Jay S. Derman
  • Patent number: 4969572
    Abstract: An end closure for a container for grated or powered products having a push open lid portion for providing access to material within the container and a rotatable closure portion for selectively closing off the opening defined by the push open lid portion. The push open lid portion includes elements on the openable lid portion which cooperate with corresponding gripping elements defined on the undersurface of the end closure so the latter will engage the former to retain the lid portion in its open disposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: The Specialty Packaging Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John vanKerkhoven, deceased, James Kick
  • Patent number: 4930654
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a resealable flip-top beverage can having a rotatable sealing top mounted above the can top of the beverage can, and the sealing top is rotated into a first position to open a hole in the top of the beverage can and through which the contents of the can are dispensed, and is rotated into a second position where the sealing top seals the hole. Sealing means are provided on the top of the can top and on the underside of the sealing top that cooperate to seal the beverage can. A separate actuating means may be snapped onto the top of the beverage can and is coupled to the sealing top so that as the actuating means is rotated the sealing top is rotated. Alternatively, the sealing top may have a downturned, knurled edge extending over the side of the beverage can, and the edge is grasped and rotated to open and close the beverage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Inventors: Richard A. Thibeault, Deborah M. Thibeault
  • Patent number: 4880136
    Abstract: A safety closure in disclosed for use with containers, such as for beverage containers, including cans. The container closure comprises a flat disc member adapted to fit the end of a container of the type having an opening through which beverage can flow, the disc being rotatable about its central axis to align an opening thereon with the container end's opening, and a peripheral rib for assisting in locating and retaining the flat disc member in a desired position relative to the container end's opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Inventor: Nickolaus Englert
  • Patent number: 4852763
    Abstract: A protective cover for a beverage container, which cover is both removable and reusable. The cover is intended to prevent bees and other contaminating objects from entering the container after the container has been initially opened. The cover comprises a flexible, resilient disc having a notch formed therein, whereby the disc may be inserted to fit conveniently in the recessed area on the top of the beverage container and underneath the tab. The cover is rotated to align the notch with the opening in the container so that the liquid in the beverage container is accessible to the consumer. Similarly, the cover may be further rotated so that it covers the opening and thereby prevents the entry of foreign objects into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Inventor: Donald J. Dimberio
  • Patent number: 4846374
    Abstract: A tamper resistant end closure for a container includes a base for closing an end of the container and a rotor pivotally connected to the base by a hub in the form of a hollow stem extended through a center opening in the base. An annular flange at the lower end of the stem retainably engages a lower surface of the base, and a plug is driven into and bonded within the stem, after the rotor is connected to the base, to inhibit removal of the rotor by preventing radially inward movement of the flange. The rotor and plug may initially be integral, such that an end of the plug is attached by a frangible web to the rotor, at an end of and in alignment with the passage through the stem. The frangible web is broken when the plug is driven into the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Consolidated Papers, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald B. Gabrys
  • Patent number: 4832219
    Abstract: A snap hinge dispensing closure has dual dispensing capability for dispensing large or small quantities of content from a container on which it is used. The hinged cover cap when opened exposes a large orifice dispensing spout on the body of the closure, and when closed the large orifice connects with a small orifice in the cover cap. The small orifice is controlled by a rotary disc mounted on the cover cap which includes a spout that registers with the small orifice for dispensing smaller quantities, or is set out of registry to close the small orifice. Upon opening the cover cap about the hinge, the large orifice is accessible to dispense larger quantites of content from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph D. Nycz
  • Patent number: RE33319
    Abstract: A dispenser for pasty compositions, especially facing material in dental technology and the like, formed as a circular box (10) being closed by a cover (30) and having a bottom (17) and a wall (16). In the peripheral area of the box cavity there is arranged a packing member (11), closing an opening (32) formed in the cover (30) when the cover (30) is in closing position. The cover (30), being guided in an endless groove (36), can be turned on the box (10). Such a dispenser can be opened and closed with one hand while the other hand handles an instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Assignee: Vita Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Horst Diener
  • Patent number: RE34263
    Abstract: An end closure for a container for grated or powered products having a push open lid portion for providing access to material within the container and a rotatable closure portion for selectively closing off the opening defined by the push open lid portion. The push open lid portion includes elements on the openable lid portion which cooperate with corresponding gripping elements defined on the undersurface of the end closure so the latter will engage the former to retain the lid portion in its open disposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: The Specialty Packaging Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John vanKerkhoven, deceased, James Kick