Intercommunicable Compartments Patents (Class 220/501)
  • Patent number: 10682000
    Abstract: A cup for a patient suffering from dysphagia comprises a base upon which the cup is capable of standing when on a level surface and a leading wall extending from the base. The leading wall has a first portion that is substantially planar or concave when viewed from outside the cup, the first portion being at an angle of at least 100 degrees relative to the base. The cup also comprises a trailing wall opposite the leading wall, wherein the trailing wall extends from the base to the lip of the cup; and side walls extending between the leading and trailing walls, the side walls being convex when viewed from outside of the cup. The lip of the cup is upwardly inclined relative to the base in the direction of the trailing wall to the leading wall. The cup allows a patient suffering from dysphagia to drink without having to unduly tip back his or her head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Bernadette Mary Eriksen
  • Patent number: 10633109
    Abstract: A method utilizing quantities of flexible foam material inserted into a fuel tank, thereby providing ignition mitigation and minimizing the risk of explosion in the tank. The foam material is sculpted into a few, or a substantial quantity of foam blocks. In large-scale installations, the blocks are labeled according to exact placement within a stacking pattern that replicates the tank interior. The blocks are inserted by technicians through existing access ports until the tank is filled, excepting minimal planned void spaces. The foam material establishes ignition mitigation by acting as an ignition blocker, mechanically interfering with the compression wave created by a flame front in an explosion, and changing the vaporous mixture-above the fuel level in the tank. Upon completion of foam insertion, the fuel tank is filled with purging fluid, drained through a filter until no debris is found, and a new maximum fuel quantity recalibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Michael D Williams
  • Patent number: 10556840
    Abstract: In accordance with example embodiments of the present disclosure, the invention provides a combination waste collection container and aerated composter for general composting and waste collection and more specifically to aerated composting and organic waste collodion. The utility of the invention can be extended to the complementary food scrap processing method known as anaerobic digestion, through specific modifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Michael James Bradlee
  • Patent number: 10548421
    Abstract: A multi-compartment beverage container includes a first container, including a first floor and a first circumferential wall having a first height and a first upper-most rim portion, a second container, including a second floor and a second circumferential wall having a second height and a second upper-most rim portion, a vacuum relief bore; a filling aperture, and a lid member including a top side and a bottom side configured to engage the first upper-most rim portion. The second container is configured to fit within the first container and be held in an upper half of the first container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Manus Lositisuk
  • Patent number: 10543387
    Abstract: Systems, kits, and methods for testing a combustion arrester are disclosed. Systems include an upstream chamber, a downstream chamber, and a combustion arrester between the upstream chamber and the downstream chamber. The upstream chamber includes an ignition port configured to receive an ignition source. And, the upstream chamber defines a convergent duct that converges toward the combustion arrester and terminates at the combustion arrester. The upstream chamber may include a hierarchical series of modular shell sections that define the convergent duct. The downstream chamber may include a series of modular shell sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignees: The Boeing Company, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Eddie Kwon, Jason Scott Damazo, Deanna A. Lacoste, William Lafayette Roberts, IV
  • Patent number: 10517423
    Abstract: A jug for preparation of beverages includes a body with a first receptacle and a second receptacle for receiving ingredients for the preparation of the beverages. A first stirrer can be arranged in the first receptacle. The jug also includes a cover closing the body of the jug. A first fluid connection is arranged for receiving a beverage from a beverage producing machine and collecting the beverage in the first receptacle. A second fluid connection to a beverage producing machine is further provided, which is in fluid communication with the second receptacle. The first receptacle and the second receptacle have different depths, where one of the first receptacle and the second receptacle has a larger depth than the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Stefano Tonelli, Romeo Mattioli
  • Patent number: 10471168
    Abstract: A volatile composition dispenser includes a housing having opposing first and second walls that are joined along their peripheries to one another. The first wall has an aperture and the second wall has a plurality of apertures. Within the housing, rests a volatile composition cartridge and a gap, which exists between the cartridge and a bottom surface of the housing, wherein said bottom surface is formed from a joinder of a base portion of one or both of the first and second walls, and wherein, upon activation, the exposure percentage of the dispenser is from about 40% to about 90%; wherein at least about 60% of the total surface area of the plurality of apertures results from individual apertures of said plurality that each have an area of at least 30 mm2 and an aspect ratio of at least about 1:2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hua Hu, Rahul Vyas
  • Patent number: 10449501
    Abstract: An apparatus configured for mixing the contents of one or more fluid containers includes a fluid container support platform configured to hold one or more fluid containers. The fluid container support platform is configured to index the container to one or more specified locations and to be moved in an orbital path about an orbital center independently of the rotation about the central axis of rotation. The apparatus further includes an indexing drive system configured to effect indexing movement of the container support platform and a vortex drive system configured to effect powered orbital movement of the container support platform about the orbital center. An evaporation limiting insert placed within containers reduces exposure of the fluid contents of the container to atmospheric air, thereby reducing susceptibility of the fluid contents to evaporation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Gen-Probe Incorporated
    Inventor: Byron J. Knight
  • Patent number: 10202236
    Abstract: A vertical fluid storage tank including a body extending from a first end to a second end and including a substantially oval-shaped cross-section, a top wall connected to the first end of the body, a bottom wall connected to the second end of the body, at least one access opening positioned on the top wall configured for access to an interior cavity of the body, and at least one discharge valve connected to the body. The storage tank is configured to be arranged in at least two positions. The at least two positions include a first position in which the storage tank is arranged parallel to a surface, and a second position in which the storage tank is arranged perpendicular to the surface. A walkway may be positioned in the interior cavity of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: JWF INDUSTRIES
    Inventors: William C. Polacek, Marc J. Speciale, Matthew J. Hughes
  • Patent number: 10155440
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tank (1) for storing a liquid, comprising a wall (10) made of plastic and a device for stopping the filling of said tank (1) with a liquid at a maximum fill level, this device extending inside the tank (1) and comprising at least one opening (71) of which the position inside the tank (1) fixes the said maximum fill level. The device that stops the filling of this tank (1) comprises a first part formed with the wall (10) and a second part which is fixed hermetically to the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Plastic Omnium Advanced Innovation and Research
    Inventors: Franck Dhaussy, Gwereg Paolini
  • Patent number: 10030888
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and apparatus adapted to control a temperature of a process liquid in a metering line of an instrument. In one aspect, a temperature-controlled liquid delivery apparatus has a pre-flux member operable to control a first temperature set point SP1 of the process liquid in a flow path between a feed tank and a metering apparatus, a metering line connecting the metering apparatus and a probe, and a line flux member directly thermally coupled to the metering line and operable to control a second temperature set point SP2 of the process liquid contained in the metering line. Methods of operating the system are provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventor: Nicolae Dumitrescu
  • Patent number: 9850000
    Abstract: An equipment dry bay is provided. The equipment dry bay includes at least one partition that subdivides the equipment dry bay into a plurality of compartments, wherein the at least one partition includes a plate, and at least one flame arrestor positioned within the plate and providing vapor and fluid communication between a first compartment and a second compartment of the plurality of compartments, the at least one flame arrestor configured to vent combustion gases in the first compartment into the second compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Tracy Lee Tweet, Michael Kent Dove
  • Patent number: 9730539
    Abstract: A double-barreled beverage container is described. The container includes two mugs, glasses, or similar-shaped drinking containers joined together alongside one-another, with at least one hole at or near the bottom of the glasses passing between the two drinking containers at the junction. In this way, as a person drinking from one of glass of the beverage container tips the container upward, a beverage flows from the uppermost glass through the hole into the lower glass from which the person drinks. The double-barreled beverage container employs a whimsical but functional device for party or other use reminiscent of a “two-fisted drinking” activity, wherein a person holds a glass or mug in each hand and alternates drinking from each container. The double-barreled beverage container enables one who wishes to drink from two glasses at once to drink from a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Two Fisted Drinker, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Bolland
  • Patent number: 9643485
    Abstract: A resin fuel tank includes a fuel tank main body (19) in which a closed space for storing fuel is formed in its interior; a built-in part (24) that is disposed within the closed space and is fixed to a wall portion of the fuel tank main body by at least two mounting portions (46); connecting portions (32, 34) of the built-in part, which are separated from the wall portion and that connect the two mounting portions (46); and deformation absorbing portions (48A, 48B) of the built-in part which are elastically deformable, are upside-down U-shaped as seen in side view and are provided between the mounting portions (46) and the connecting portions (32, 34), one ends (68A, 68B) of the deformation absorbing portions being fixed to the connecting portions, and other ends (56A, 56B) of the deformation absorbing portions being separated from the connecting portions in a height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Daisuke Tanabe, Shinsuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9453293
    Abstract: A composite resin tank includes a wall joined to a dome along a joint. A softening strip is located in the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Michael J. Robinson, Michael Leslie Hand, Creed Ernest Blevins
  • Patent number: 9416917
    Abstract: Small scale metal tanks for high-pressure storage of fluids having tank factors of more than 5000 meters and volumes of ten cubic inches or less featuring arrays of interconnected internal chambers having at least inner walls thinner than gage limitations allow. The chambers may be arranged as multiple internal independent vessels. Walls of chambers that are also portions of external tank walls may be arcuate on the internal and/or external surfaces, including domed. The tanks may be shaped adaptively and/or conformally to an application, including, for example, having one or more flat outer walls and/or having an annular shape. The tanks may have dual-purpose inlet/outlet conduits of may have separate inlet and outlet conduits. The tanks are made by fusion bonding etched metal foil layers patterned from slices of a CAD model of the tank. The fusion bonded foil stack may be further machined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Adam London
  • Patent number: 9283556
    Abstract: A device for a tight connection between a first housing (1) having a wall (3), an opening (4), a flange (5) and a door (6), and a second housing (2) having a wall (7), an opening (8), a flange (9) and a door (10). The flanges are complementary, and elements are used to displace the door (6). Elements are used to hold the two doors against each other, and the housings communicate between each other via a communication space (13). There is an inner annular critical line on the door (6) and an outer annular critical line of risk of contamination on the flange (9). The device includes elements (25 and/or 26) that are structurally integrated into the door (6) and/or the flange (9) and can form a separation between the communication space and the inner annular critical line and/or the outer annular critical line, when the doors are open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: Stephanie Armau, Isabelle Gay, Mathieu Labedan, Gaelle Nodin
  • Patent number: 9205292
    Abstract: The flame arrester is optimized for installation within fuel containers, such as fuel tanks and portable fuel containers, or immediately within the neck of the tank or spout of the container. The flame arrester has an elongate, generally cylindrical skeletal frame having opposing first and second ends. The first end is configured as a mounting flange adapted for permanent, immovable installation within the tank or container. The frame is covered by a woven or nonwoven textile material, or alternatively, by a porous or foraminous sheet material. Fuel and vapors pass through the cylindrical textile wall, the porosity of the textile serving to prevent flame propagation through the textile material. The frame is formed of a flexible, fuel-impervious plastic material to allow the flame arrester to be bent or curved for installation within a curved tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Riordan
  • Publication number: 20150136783
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a small food storage container including: a food storing body having a shape of a container having a food storing space in which food is stored; a food filling body detachably mounted on the food storing body and having one or more air inlets formed along the periphery thereof to allow the inside to communicate with the outside and a food filling space formed at the inside thereof to communicate with the food storing space to fill the food thereinto; and a food opening/closing part fitted to the inside of the food filling body and having a shape of dishes facing each other to define the food storing space and the food filling space to open and close the food filling space by means of suction and discharge pressures of air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Wonseo PANG, Seongtaek PANG, Jaehui PANG
  • Patent number: 8999703
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and devices that improve the process of culturing cells and/or shipping cells from one location to another. They have the capacity to reduce the risk of contamination, regulate pressure in the medium surrounding cells, and maintain cells in a uniform distribution throughout transit. This leads to an improved level of process control relative to current methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel P. Welch, John R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8985376
    Abstract: A frac tank adapted for vehicular transport and field storage of a liquid, comprising two parallel, elongated, hollow, intersecting cylinder sections that are capped at the longitudinal ends. Each section has an arcuate wall defining a cross-section of greater than 180°, a major diameter, and a minor diameter at the ends of the arcuate wall, wherein the ends of the arcuate wall of each section are sealingly joined to form the tank wall. The joined ends of the arcuate walls form inwardly directed cusps along the length of the tank with the major diameters spaced apart on either side of the cusps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Tank Company, LLC
    Inventor: Tom W. Musso
  • Patent number: 8978919
    Abstract: A gas storage cartridge includes a sealed cartridge unit for storing a gas storage material. The gas storage cartridge is defined by a first slab, a peripheral wall, and a second slab. At least one gas-guiding channel is accommodated within a receptacle of the gas storage cartridge. The first slab has a first gas inlet/outlet port and the second slab has a second gas inlet/outlet port aligned with the gas-guiding channel. Consequently, a gas is guided into the receptacle through the gas-guiding channel to be adsorbed by the gas storage material within the receptacle of the gas storage cartridge. Alternatively, the gas released from the gas storage material can be guided to the first gas inlet/outlet port and the second gas inlet/outlet port through the gas-guiding channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jefferson YS Yang, Cheng-Ham Liao, Feng-Hsiang Hsiao, Tzu-Wei Kuo
  • Patent number: 8950595
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a dishwasher rack includes: an interior structure divided into separate compartments, each sized and configured to hold an individual beverage container; a top side through which the compartments may be loaded; a bottom side having a support surface; and a release mechanism. The top and/or bottom side has a configurable surface that provides a closed configuration in which it is capable of supporting beverage containers and an open configuration in which beverage containers are able to pass through. When the dishwasher rack is placed on top of a desired exterior surface with the configurable surface immediately adjacent to the exterior surface, the release mechanism can be operated to change the configurable surface from the closed configuration to the open configuration, causing any enclosed beverage containers to drop down onto the exterior surface and remain there when the dishwasher rack is lifted up and away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Justin Ammon
  • Patent number: 8931711
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a volatile material in a continuous manner is disclosed. The apparatus includes a delivery engine having a reservoir for containing a volatile material; a rupturable substrate secured to the reservoir; a rupture element positioned adjacent to the rupturable substrate; and a breathable membrane enclosing the reservoir, rupturable substrate and rupture element. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a housing having a notch for compressing the rupture element and breaching the rupturable substrate as it is inserted into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Jason John Olchovy, Scott Kendyl Stanley, James Douglas Still, Walter Sordo, Stefano Deflorian, Cedric Morhain
  • Patent number: 8899427
    Abstract: A baby bottle including a nipple and separable compartments for holding powdered formula and water. By sliding or rotating a knob to a pre-selected mix position, apertures in the separable compartments are aligned thereby allowing mixture of the powdered formula from an upper compartment into a lower compartment containing the water. The bottle is shaken to thoroughly mix the formula and the water, after which, the bottle and formula mix are ready to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: LaShana M. Harris
  • Publication number: 20140328633
    Abstract: A material collection unit for a material handling system is disclosed. The material collection unit includes an elongated housing section, a separator, and an accumulation bin. The separator is disposed within the housing section and partially bisects the elongated housing section into first and second sections. The first section is in communication with an inlet for materials to pass through. The second section is in communication with an exhaust. The accumulation bin is disposed below the elongated housing and has an open top section that is in communication with the elongated housing section and a second opening that is configured to mate with an opening of a baler unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Centurion Medical Products Corporation
    Inventors: Jason NIERESCHER, David TAYLOR
  • Publication number: 20140318378
    Abstract: A content cartridge is disclosed having a base with a sterile chamber and a content chamber, where the sterile chamber has a sterile chamber opening and the content chamber has a content chamber opening. A cover is sealed to the base, covering the content chamber opening and the sterile chamber opening. A first frangible seal is provided between the cover and the base extending from the content chamber. A second frangible seal is provided between the cover and the base extending between the sterile chamber and the content chamber. When the sterile chamber is pressured with a pressurizing fluid, the pressure in the sterile chamber will increase. When the predetermined pressure is exceeded in the sterile chamber, the second frangible seal opens forming a fluid path between the sterile chamber and the content chamber. In this manner, the pressurized fluid can flow from the sterile chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ertur, John Harrington
  • Patent number: 8863546
    Abstract: This disclosure presents a stackable, multicompartment portable cooler with enhanced climate control and delivery features. The cooler may include adjustable vents for precisely controlling the temperature differential between adjacent compartments, a brochure receptor for including information about the delivery, and/or an automatic delivery flag for notification purposes. In addition, the cooler is modular and may be assembled/disassembled through the use of removable compartment dividers that subdivide the stacked main compartments into many subcompartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Oberweis Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph S. Oberweis
  • Publication number: 20140251149
    Abstract: A device for separating a first space (C) and a second space (9A) from one another is disclosed. The device comprises a partition wall (29), arranged such that the first space and the second space are located on opposite sides of said partition wall (29). The partition wall (29) is provided with a through aperture, which connects the first space and the second space and allows a bulk material to move from the first space (C) into the second space (9A). A shutter (39) is provided, slidingly movable with respect to the partition wall (29), for selectively opening and closing the through aperture (37). The shutter has a port (41), which can be selectively brought in an alignment position and in an out-of-alignment position with respect to the through aperture (37).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Cesare Lenzi, Marco Marchi, Andrea Pecci
  • Publication number: 20140224809
    Abstract: A structural component having an internal support structure extending between outer wall portions of the component with one or more compartments included within the support structure. The support structure has support members including internal walls positioned between and/or defined by the compartments. At least one support member connects between the outer wall portions of the component to enhance the structural integrity of the component. The structural component, including the internal support, are cast from a molten material, and in some cases the support members of the internal support structure are formed with a rectilinear configuration. In some cases the cast structural component is a container and the one or more compartments are configured to store a fluid, such as a gas or a liquid. One or more preforms can be used to form a container and may be retained or eliminated from the container after casting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Adam R. Loukus, Josh E. Loukus, Roy H. Loukus, Travis Pennala, Luke Luskin, Steven J. Benda
  • Publication number: 20140217102
    Abstract: According to some aspects of the present disclosure, a container includes a bottom, a top opposing the bottom, and a plurality of sides extending from the bottom to the top. The bottom, the top and the plurality of sides define an enclosure. The container includes a partition panel extends from a first one of the plurality of sides to a second one of the plurality of sides thereby dividing the enclosure into a first chamber and a second chamber. The container further includes a pass-through opening in the partition panel configured to permit flow of contents from the second chamber into the first chamber. The container also includes a pour spout configured to permit egress of the contents from the first chamber out of the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Pakaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Rory I. Wilson, Marcus Humphrey
  • Publication number: 20140183225
    Abstract: A beverage container includes a primary reservoir adapted to hold a first fluid and a storage compartment located external to the primary reservoir. The primary reservoir is accessible through an opening for filling the primary reservoir with the first fluid and for consuming the first fluid. The beverage container further includes a coupler attached to a wall that defines at least a portion of the storage compartment. The coupler is adapted to mate with a portion of a peripheral container so that the peripheral container is securely housed in the storage compartment. The peripheral container holds a second fluid having a composition that is different from a composition of the first fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Lawrence William Wales, Joseph Donald Farrell
  • Patent number: 8757405
    Abstract: A bottle liner or insert for administering at least two different liquids to a feeding child, includes a first reservoir of polymer fabric, the reservoir comprising two walls sealed together at their mutual bottom and sides and having an open top and flaps extending from both walls at the top of said first reservoir; a sheet of polymer fabric having a smaller area than either wall of said first reservoir, the sheet sealingly anchored to the inside of either wall such that the sheet and inner wall together form a second reservoir extending to and open at its top, the sheet also having a flap extending from its wall at the top; and a valve in fluid communication with and disposed between the first and second reservoirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: DrinkNRinse, LLC
    Inventor: Sharon L. Snyder
  • Publication number: 20140166155
    Abstract: A repair device and method comprising a canister having an internal cavity, an input connecting valve, an output connecting valve, and an output hose for purposes of inflating a pneumatic device such as a flat tire. The utility of this device is as a readily available bridge to connect a deflated tire with any available air source such as an inflated tire. A sealing mixture may be stored in the internal cavity of the canister for injection into a leaking or flat tire to effect repairs by sealing any leaks. When attached between an inflated tire and a flat tire, the sealing mixture is injected into the flat tire by the pressure of the inflated tire and the flat tire may then be inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Paasch Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Paasch
  • Patent number: 8740110
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a volatile material in a continuous manner is disclosed. The apparatus includes a delivery engine having a reservoir for containing a volatile material; a rupturable substrate secured to the reservoir; a rupture element positioned adjacent to the rupturable substrate; and a breathable membrane enclosing the reservoir, rupturable substrate and rupture element. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a housing having a notch for compressing the rupture element and breaching the rupturable substrate as it is inserted into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Jason John Olchovy, Scott Kendyl Stanley, James Douglas Still, Walter Sordo, Stefano Deflorian, Cedric Morhain
  • Patent number: 8733578
    Abstract: A dual-chambered beverage container in the form of a shot glass. The interior of the glass is bisected via a hinged divider flap, creating two separate chambers within the glass. The upper chamber holds a first beverage, preferably a shot of hard liquor, while the bottom chamber holds a volume of a second beverage, such as soda or juice. When the shot glass is in a resting position, the divider flap is closed, segregating the beverages in their respective chambers. A user begins to drink the first beverage, the hinged diver flap will slowly swing open, allowing the second beverage to flow out of the bottom chamber, through the upper chamber, and into the user's mouth. Thus the user experiences the taste of the shot of hard liquor only briefly before consuming the chaser beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Michaels
  • Patent number: 8684219
    Abstract: A tank for holding liquid having internal partitions. The partitions have enlarged bottom ends fillable with liquid and restable on the bottom wall of the tank to limit sideways movement of the partitions. The partitions are mounted to the tank only above the liquid within the tank by a channel that loosely receives the top ends of the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Advantage Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Wolfe, Andrew J. Sander
  • Patent number: 8678224
    Abstract: An insert for a receptacle intended to contain a concentrated product in solid or liquid form includes a main part (1) formed by a base (2) extended on the edge by a wall (3) perpendicular to the base, with an opening (4) formed in the base. A receptacle with such an insert is also provided. In order to enable emptying the receptacle entirely without leaving dead spaces in which the products to be solubilized may accumulate, the face of the base (2) intended to be in the receptacle after assembly is concave at the opening, so that the opening is at the bottom of a trough (6). This avoids corners in which the liquid would not circulate sufficiently, and prevents solid product from accumulating elsewhere than in the trough, so that it is always subjected to the flow of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Francois Dumont D'Ayot, Paul Gastauer, Philippe Laffay
  • Patent number: 8672176
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a beverage includes a base, a frame, and a plurality of biasing members. The base includes at least one inner region and at least one outer region for collecting moisture. The frame is configured to be supported by the base and to receive drinking vessels of varying sizes and configurations. The plurality of biasing members are detachably coupled to the frame and form with the frame an inner cavity of varying capacity for supporting a drinking vessel. The capacity of the inner cavity is adaptively configured when a portion of the drinking vessel is received in the inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Souksomboun Sayasithsena
  • Patent number: 8668107
    Abstract: A modular recycling unit comprises a support for supporting a first container. The first container is tiltable between a first position where the interior of the container is accessible and a second position where the interior of the container is inaccessible. The first container is freely removable from the support. A second container is supported on the support such that it is in a stacked relationship relative to the first container. The second container is freely removable from the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Nicholas Decker, Bradley Hooley, David McNamara
  • Publication number: 20140061200
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a liquid container. The liquid container includes a container portion, a supply opening through which the liquid inside the container portion is supplied outside of the liquid container, and a detection member for detecting an amount of the liquid in the container portion. The container portion is partitioned into a first, second, third, and fourth chambers, which are downstream from each other in this order with respect to flow of the liquid from the container portion toward the supply opening. The fourth container chamber is inside the third container chamber, but partitioned from the third container chamber by a first sheet member. The detection member is inside the fourth container chamber. The method includes forming an injection opening in communication with the container portion at the fourth container chamber or downstream from the fourth container chamber and injecting liquid into the injection opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Ishizawa, Hiroyuki Kawate, Hiroshi Nose
  • Patent number: 8662351
    Abstract: A secondary container assembly includes a skirt configured to securely and removably engage the rim of a beverage can. The secondary container includes a secondary compartment holding a secondary liquid. A primary flow channel extends through the secondary container to provide a fluid flow path from the open beverage can to an outlet of the secondary container. A plurality of mixing apertures provide fluid communication ports between the secondary compartment and the primary flow channel, allowing the secondary liquid to mix with beverage from the can in the primary flow channel. A vent tube prevents a vacuum from forming that would otherwise impede flow of the secondary liquid into the primary flow channel. A removable seal covers the outlet and mixing ports. A threaded lid holds the seal in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Fadi Kalaouze
  • Publication number: 20140054294
    Abstract: A packaging for filling products capable of flowing and pouring, with a metering device for removing the filling product in portions comprises a main chamber for storing the filling product, a metering chamber, which is connected to the main chamber by a first channel, to provide filling product portions, and a second channel leading from the metering chamber to a dispensing opening and crossing the first channel, the main chamber, the metering chamber and the two channels being formed in a tube-like manner from a film-like, flexible packaging material and being limited by an arrangement of surface regions of packaging material abutting one another and connected to one another by sealing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Amcor Flexibles Kreuzlingen LTd
    Inventors: Martin Rothenbühler, Vitor Mota
  • Patent number: 8657142
    Abstract: A tank for holding liquid having internal partitions. The partitions have enlarged bottom ends fillable with liquid and restable on the bottom wall of the tank to limit sideways movement of the partitions. The partitions are mounted to the tank only above the liquid within the tank by a channel that loosely receives the top ends of the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Advantage Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Wolfe, Andrew J. Sander
  • Publication number: 20140048534
    Abstract: A dual tank structure includes first and second tanks with a common secondary containment structure which are all integrally supported on a common base frame. The common base frame includes longitudinal skids so as to be suitable for transport using a conventional winch truck. A passageway with an integral valve therein permits selective communication between the tanks. The common containment structure has a containment volume which is greater than a storage volume of a largest one of the first tank and the second tank and which is less than a combined storage volume of both the first tank and the second tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Lester James Thiessen
  • Publication number: 20140048540
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reaction container and a method for producing the reaction container, and provides a low-cost reaction container which is capable of consistently, quickly, and efficiently performing a process that includes a reaction such as extraction or amplification of a nucleic acid, while saving user's trouble without increasing the scale of the device. The reaction container is configured to comprise: one or two or more housing parts for reactions comprising: a narrow-mouthed piping part in which a reaction reagent or a portion thereof is housed or is housable; a wide-mouthed piping part that is communicated with the narrow-mouthed piping part and provided on an upper side of the narrow-mouthed piping part, and has an aperture that is wider than an aperture of the narrow-mouthed piping part; and a punchable film provided such that it partitions an interval between the wide-mouthed piping part and the narrow-mouthed piping part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Universal Bio Research Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideji Tajima
  • Patent number: 8646118
    Abstract: Cartridge (1) for coupling to a toilet flusher comprising at least one chamber (2) for receiving at least one free-flowing toilet cleaning preparation (6). The chamber (2) has an outlet (4) that lies in the direction of gravitation such that the toilet cleaning preparation can be released from the chamber (2) due to the force of gravity. The outlet (4) is, prior to a first coupling to the toilet flusher, secured prior to the release of the toilet cleaning preparation (6). The preparation is released from the cartridge (1) through the outlet due to the force of gravity when the cartridge (1) is first coupled to the toilet flusher. The chamber (2) has a communicating bar (8), wherein the bar and at least one other chamber (10) are designed so that they interact whereby the chamber (10) can be arranged on or next to the bar (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Ralph Butter-Jentsch, Hans-Georg Muehlhausen
  • Publication number: 20140039404
    Abstract: A medicated module includes (i) a rotatable reservoir body comprising (a) a flow path and (b) a medicament-reservoir profile and (ii) a pin feature disposed in the rotatable reservoir body, the pin feature comprising a medicament-cavity profile. The medicated module also includes a second medicament, wherein the second medicament is held in a reservoir formed at least in part by the medicament-reservoir profile and the medicament-cavity profile, and wherein, prior to dispense, the second medicament is filled to at least the proximal end of the medicament-cavity profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Alasdair George Young, Daniel Thomas De Sausmarez Lintell, David Richard Mercer
  • Publication number: 20140021270
    Abstract: Systems for selectively capturing and/or releasing particular vapors or odors are described. The systems utilize polymeric substrates such as in the shape of disks that can be infused with one or more target vapors or odors. The systems also utilize enclosures having one or more defined orifices. After placement of infused polymeric substrates within the interior of an enclosure, target agents evaporate or otherwise vapor transfer from the interior of the enclosure through the defined orifice(s) in a controlled and quantifiable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Inventors: William A. MacCrehan, Michele M. Schantz, Stephanie M. Moore
  • Patent number: 8632740
    Abstract: A collection device and a method for collecting a biological sample, particularly whole blood, includes a separating member to separate the whole blood into its components, and at least reagent positioned to selectively interact with a component of the separated sample. The reagent is able to selectively interact with the plasma/serum, and is prevented from contacting or interacting with the whole blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Ajit Dastane, Dimitrios Manoussakis, Christopher Battles, Paul Dicesare, Jeffrey Radziunas