Tiltable Container With Trap Patents (Class 221/288)
  • Patent number: 11666510
    Abstract: A smart pill dispenser has a cylindrical interior housing portion divided into an upper storage portion, a lower control and dispensing portion, and a removable top. A cylindrical carousel with an open top and bottom has a plurality of spoke walls forming interior pill containers. A hole portion disposed through a bottom wall of the upper wall portion defines a pathway through the housing assembly. A slide assembly leads from the hole to a tray for dispensed pills. A motor coupled to a rechargeable battery and actuator assembly has a shaft coupled to an axle portion of the spoke divider and is designed to laterally rotate the spoke and axle. A computerized control system assembly is communicatively coupled to the motor assembly and a user-control assembly. The user-control assembly is disposed on an outer surface of the housing and is designed to interface with users directly or wirelessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventor: Derek Rivard
  • Patent number: 10994899
    Abstract: A lid assembly for a beverage can has a base and a closure member that can be swiveled relative to the base between a position in which a drinking port in the top of a can is exposed to allow drinking through the port and a position in which the drinking port is covered. The base is snap fitted over a rim at the top of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher David Conners, Randy Fraser Wagg
  • Patent number: 9962706
    Abstract: Sample tube adapters dimensioned to fit into one or more sample tubes in order to prevent carryover or contamination between sample tubes that are adjacent to one another during one or more stages of sample preparation. Methods for use of such sample tube adapters and methods for preventing carryover or contamination between sample tubes that are prepared adjacent to one another are also described. The apparatus described herein was developed to mitigate or eliminate cross-well contamination identified in high-throughput assays, e.g., 96-well based assays. In one embodiment, the apparatus is designed to fit onto the top of a standard 96-well plate and is kept in place during one or more stages of sample preparation, e.g., the entire forced-air drydown portion of sample preparation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Frederick G. Strathmann
  • Patent number: 8944282
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing and dispensing small objects comprises a housing, an interior volume formed in the housing adapted to hold at least one of the small objects, an access port in the housing providing access to the interior volume, and a dispenser closure operatively connected to the housing and movable from a first position closing access to the access port to a second position adapted to provide dispensing of one of the objects from the interior volume through the access port. An openable and closeable attachment loop is integrally formed as part of the housing, the attachment loop adapted to be selectively attached to a holding device to secure the housing to the holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Kroupa, Jeff Grossman
  • Patent number: 8727180
    Abstract: A medicine container cap for use with a bottle containing a plurality of pills includes a casing having a pill dispensing opening. A pill dispensing track assembly is removably coupled to the casing and includes a pill ramp for delivering pills to the pill dispensing opening and an insert that includes a pill dispenser slot that receives pills from the pill ramp and is open to the pill dispensing opening. The insert is detachably from the pill ramp and is insertable through an opening in the casing for being attached to the pill ramp. The pill ramp includes an adjustable member that modifies a characteristic of the pill ramp based on at least one characteristic of the insert that is selected, inserted through the opening in the casing and coupled to the pill ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Compliance Meds Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Moses Zonana, Ben Way, Daniel Garcia, Rodrigo Ferreira, Werner Blumenthal
  • Publication number: 20140110424
    Abstract: A pill dispenser that aids in the dispensing of pills from a medicine bottle or container having a top opening and an inside wall in which a raised spiral coil is included on the inside wall of the container where the coil terminates next to the top opening, the raised spiral coil forming a substantially spiral ridge and a substantially spiral trough into which pills are guided when tipping the bottle or container to discharge one or more pills.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Sun Y. Kim
  • Patent number: 8657155
    Abstract: A cap for a container configured for dispensing single items, such as pills, held in said container. The cap channel extends from an upper surface to a lower end providing a passageway through the cap to allow for a predetermined quantity of items to be transferred through a port in an upper portion of the cap. The cap has a lid moveable from a closed position to an open position. In its closed position dispensing of items is prevented; in its open position at least one item is dispensed through the port. A gate is operable, in a first orientation to partially block the passageway and, in a second orientation, to unblock the passageway to allow a preset number of items, to pass through. Alternatively, a diverter is incorporated to control flow of the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Joshua Dwork, Hubert Yeung, Paul Dwork
  • Patent number: 8635805
    Abstract: A single small elastic disk, which may or may not include a central perforation, is dispensed from the storage cavity of the device into a holding channel at the edge thereof so that it can be threaded onto a fishhook to serve as a bait retainer. The lateral movement of the hook from the edge of the dispenser removes the retainer from the channel, so that is placing firmly on the shaft of the fishhook. The central portion, being opened by the fishhook tip before removal from the dispenser, will exert a gripping force when disposed on the shaft or shank portion of a fish hook. Preferably, the disk portion of one such retainer when placed against adjacently threaded bait or lures will retain them on the hook during use until the bait or lure is intentionally removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: William Henry Schmunk
  • Patent number: 8561838
    Abstract: Device for facilitating the loading of capsules into a machine for dispensing capsules or for preparing drinks based on these capsules comprising: a detachable tube (2) containing stacked capsules (8) furnished with an opening (24) for the capsules to pass through the tube, means (4) of aligning the tube allowing the tube (2) to be aligned through a capsule receiving zone (5) for the capsules to descend by gravity into this zone. The alignment means (5) comprise means (6) for retaining the capsules in their stack when the tube (2) is moved with its opening (24) oriented downwards, in the direction of the position in which the tube is aligned with the reception zone (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Jarisch, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 8490835
    Abstract: A container cover assembly that has at least two states. In the first, closed state, the removal of the contents of the container through the opening of the container is prevented. In the second, open state, the removal of the contents of the container through the opening of the container is possible. The cover assembly comprises a mechanism for preventing the transfer of the cover assembly from the first state to the second state, unless at least a predetermined number of shaking motions is applied to the container and cover assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Apus Innovation Ltd
    Inventors: Tal Benyamin, Eran Aharon Medina, Asaf Galili
  • Patent number: 8469194
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure involve a pill-filtering article that is located and secured inside a pill container. Using one system, an assembly of articles distributes one pill at a time in the form of a single-pill dispensing apparatus that includes a pill-storage container and such a pill-filtering article. The container has an inner wall, an upper portion with a rim region where a cap may be secured, and a lower portion for containing pills. The pill-filtering article has a size and a shape that facilitates securing the article inside the pill-storage container near the inner wall, above the lower portion, and below the upper rim region, and also configured with a plurality of channel-defining regions including a first channel-defining region through which one-pill at a time passes and including a second channel-defining region through which one pill at a time passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Larry Johnson, Robert J. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8220452
    Abstract: The removable fireplace cleanout facilitates the chore of cleaning ash and/or other residue from a fireplace. The cleanout device is a relatively wide, low pan or tray configured for placement within a fireplace hearth. Wheels and/or other rolling supports extend beneath the device to facilitate its installation in and removal from the fireplace hearth. One wall of the device includes a dump door, with the weighted door being held closed by gravity until the unit is tilted to dump ash and residue therein. Fillets may be provided to preclude trapping of ash in the corners of the device. An integral grate may be permanently installed atop the floor of the device, thereby precluding need for grate removal and soiling of the area where the grate is placed during conventional fireplace cleanout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: John P. Brown
  • Publication number: 20110155757
    Abstract: The present invention provides packages for holding medicinal units and dispensing a single medicinal unit at one 22 time. Likewise, the present invention provides package inserts that limit dispensing of medicinal units to a single medicinal unit at one time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: Schering Corporation
    Inventor: Mishelle C. Hsia
  • Patent number: 7624894
    Abstract: A pill-dispensing apparatus for automatically dispensing solid pills includes a plurality of storage units and a pill dispensing module. The storage units store pills in bulk and each include a hopper and an auger movably positioned with respect to the hopper. An inlet of the auger is positioned to receive pills from the hopper. The pill-dispensing module includes: a dock for receiving and holding a selected one of the storage units, a drive unit for rotating the auger to motivate the pills along the auger, a pill counter for counting pills dispensed from an auger outlet, and a lift for tilting the hopper to control flow and to assist in motivating pills to fall from the hopper and move along the auger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventors: William Olin Gerold, William Jason Gerold
  • Patent number: 7604146
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to an apparatus and a method for singularly dispensing elongated items. Specifically, this invention may include an elongated body forming a channel and a baffle to separate at least one elongated item from a plurality of elongated items. The width of the channel is preferably less than twice a thickness of the elongated item so that an elongated item may align under an aperture. The elongated item may then pass one at a time through the aperture to minimize potential cross-contamination. This apparatus and method may be particularly useful for dispensing dental applicators or other tooth cleaning devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Denbur, Inc.
    Inventor: Fari Maissami
  • Publication number: 20090014463
    Abstract: A dispensing package includes a container having a cylindrical neck finish with an open end and at least one internal bead spaced from the open end. A dispensing fitment has a conical inner portion and an outer portion with spaced external beads received by snap fit over the internal bead so that the dispensing fitment is spaced from the open end of the neck finish. The dispensing fitment preferably has an annular V-shaped cross section opening toward the open end of the neck finish, with an outer leg forming the outer portion of the fitment and an inner leg forming the inner portion of the fitment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Brian J. Brozell, Brandon M. Yntema
  • Publication number: 20080217355
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing small items such as pieces of candy is disclosed herein. The dispenser includes a base and a cover rotatably coupled to the base, the base and the cover defining a main cavity thereinbetween. The dispenser includes a pocket within the base that can be separated from the main cavity by rotatable movement of the cover. The cover includes a divider for at least substantially blocking off the pocket from the main cavity when the cover moves from a closed position to an open position such that small items cannot enter the pocket. When the cover is in the closed position, a small item can enter the pocket but cannot be accessed from outside the small item dispenser, and, when the cover is in the open position, the pocket can be accessed from outside the small item dispenser without small items being able to enter the pocket from the main cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas E. Kramer, Matthew H. Rust, Alan Webb
  • Publication number: 20080093377
    Abstract: A dispensing device relocates at least one object from a bottom portion of a container to a position located close to the opening of the container to allow the object to be easily removed. The device comprises an elongate body member and a plurality of teeth extending outwardly from an inner surface of the body member. When the device is inserted into a container, an outer surface of the body member extends at least partially around an inside wall of the container, at least a portion of the outer surface engages the inside wall in a friction fit, and the plurality of teeth form a shelf. An opening is defined between the shelf and the container. When the container is inverted, at least one object passes through the opening and is retained on the shelf when the container is at least partially righted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventor: Mehran Dadbeh
  • Patent number: 7360669
    Abstract: Spherical articles such as breath mints are released one at a time from a container by depressing a button, which simultaneously opens a first flow regulator and closes a second flow regulator in series with the first. When the button is released, the first flow regulator opens and the second flow regulator closes. The first flow regulator is preferably a pair of opposed weirs, and the second flow regulator is preferably a pair of parallel pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Cornell Drajan
  • Patent number: 7147130
    Abstract: A single pill dispensing system for a bottle/vial of the type for dispensing a medication pill, where the bottle/vial has a circular body and receives a circular cap. To facilitate the dispensing of a single pill, an insert, slidably received in the circular body and circular cap is provided. The insert includes a body portion containing a circuitous channel of a size to accommodate a single pill as the user inverts or turns over the container body to capture and subsequently transfer the pill through the insert to a nesting recess in the lower surface of the circular cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventors: Noel Clark, Preston Beck
  • Patent number: 7100797
    Abstract: A device for dispensing pills one at a time or one dose at a time includes a unit chamber fittable within/integral with the rim of a bottle. The unit chamber includes a plurality of radial projections which project inwardly to define discrete pill holding areas. The distance between adjacent radial projections is slightly larger than the width of the pill sought to be contained and dispensed by the container. As the bottle is inverted, pills will fall into the pill holding areas, one pill or dosage amount per area. A dispensing cap is rotatable relative to the unit chamber. A single pill-width window in the cap is positionable opposite the pill holding areas of the unit chamber. When a pill is meant to be dispensed, the bottle is inverted or angled downward, and a single pill in the pill holding area opposite the window falls out of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Talisman Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shaan Kahn, Matthew Curtin, John Cogger, Charles R. Kalina, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7004350
    Abstract: A toothpick and tablet dispenser has two housing halves force-fitted together and guide walls in at least one of the halves to guide toothpicks and tablets to different outlets to dispense a single toothpick or tablet at a time. A gate at each outlet provides manual access to the outlets and insure sanitary interior conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Oroumieh
  • Patent number: 6866185
    Abstract: A carton with a dispenser at one end of the carton which has a tilt platform that is formed in the bottom panel of the carton at the opposite end of the carton to facilitate the rolling of containers contained in the carton toward the dispenser when the dispenser is opened. The tilt platform is an integral part of the bottom panel of the carton and can be torn partially loose and folded to form a tilt platform with a bottom wall, two side walls, two end walls and a locking flap that is inserted into a locking slot on the end of carton away from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn Harrelson
  • Patent number: 6860403
    Abstract: A pill dispenser for a bottle (and corresponding method of dispensing a pill) comprising a cap with an interior chamber and a hole through a top of the cap and communicating with the interior chamber, which cap is rotatable when engaged with a corresponding bottle, and a pill stop oriented to dispense a single pill from the interior chamber through the hole when the bottle is oriented with cap downward and the cap rotated so that the hole and the pill stop correspond in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventors: Doug Mehrens, David Smith
  • Patent number: 6769570
    Abstract: A medicine container comprises an upstanding body having an open mouth and a hollow interior bounded by a sidewall and a separator secured in the body and defining upper and lower compartments, the upper compartment opening into the body open mouth, the lower compartment being accessible while the separator is secured in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Medcount Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Maurus Logan
  • Patent number: 6302295
    Abstract: The invention is a replacement cap applied to pill medication bottles having a transparent hollow storage compartment on the top of such lid, into which a daily dosage of the medicine is placed, enabling the user to visually determine whether the daily dosage of medication has been taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventor: Billy L. Weisman
  • Patent number: 6267265
    Abstract: A pill dispenser to dispense a pill received from a pill container engaged therebelow. The pill dispenser comprises a cavity, said cavity having an exposed end and shaped to form a conical surface therein. The conical shape of the dispenser cavity, advantageously, allows pills to be engaged therein and dispensed therefrom, one at time, regardless of the shape and size of the pills. Optionally, the pill dispenser is disposed within a cap or closure member, mountable to common containers available at most retail outlets. Further optionally, the pill dispenser is disposed within the container itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Hassan Issa
  • Patent number: 6119894
    Abstract: A pill dispensing cap assembly to dispense a pill or the like received from a pill container engaged therebelow. The assembly comprises two components, namely a pill transferor to dispense one pill and a base. A cavity in said pill transferor is provided, said cavity having an exposed end and being shaped to form a conical surface therein. The conical shape of the pill transferor cavity, advantageously, provides for the engagement and dispensing of one pill from the pill container regardless of the shape and size of the pills. The base is adapted to pivotably receive said pill transferor, the base having an opening for pill communication between the pill container and the cavity, and a bottom portion of the base adapted to engage the pill container in a child proof manner. In addition, there are two opposed pins extending outwardly on lateral surfaces of the pill transferor to engage the base. A cam on a bottom portion of said pill transferor engages said opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Issa Hassan
  • Patent number: 6089402
    Abstract: A puzzle candy dispenser 10 which includes a spherical inner body 12 having a plurality of grooves 14 provided on its outer surface and sized to allow a ball-shaped confection 16 to roll therein. The grooves 14 form a maze between an entry aperture 18 and exit aperture 20 in the outer surface of the inner body 12. A spherical outer shell 22 of slightly larger diameter is adapted to substantially enclose the inner body 12 and has an indentation 24 sufficiently large to allow one of the ball-shaped confections 16 to roll therein when the indentation 24 is located over one of the grooves 14. The ball-shaped confection can be steered by the indentation 24 from the entry aperture 18 through the maze of grooves 14 to the exit aperture 20 by manipulating the outer shell 22 relative to the inner body 12 in order to dispense a confection. A release mechanism 40 is provided for releasing a single candy from a hollow interior of the inner body 12 through the entry aperture 18.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Technovation Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Victor Manuel Pracas
  • Patent number: 6070759
    Abstract: A container having a single unit dispensing feature built into the container cap is provided. The dispensing feature is an opening of sufficient dimensions to allow the controlled release of product. An optional incline located in the cap guides product toward the opening. The product is dispensed by inverting and tilting the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Bridge, Calvin G. Hill
  • Patent number: 5947329
    Abstract: The present invention is a medicine dispenser with sealed caps to prevent access of the contents to children. The medicine dispenser provides a challenge for children to gain access to the contents, while allowing relatively easy access to adults. The medicine dispenser is such that it requires specific and deliberate steps to allow an adult to access to the contents. These deliberate steps act to deter children from having easy access to the contents of the medicine dispenser. The term pill will be used through out this specification and represents pills, capsules, caplets or other forms of medicine which could be the contents of a medicine bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Nelson E. Bailey
  • Patent number: 5788488
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for dispensing washers for controlling a depth a penetration of a reamer during root canals. The apparatus has a body including a recess for storing a number of washers to be positioned on the reamer. The body also has a washer access door with an aperture, mounted on said body. The recess within the body has oppositely disposed side walls which converge to a notch at a location proximate said access door and top and bottom walls bounding said notch. The top wall has a passageway and aperture formed in said top wall above said notch for receiving said access door within the passageway between the top wall and recess, the access door being slidably movable between a first position in which the aperture of the top wall and aperture of the access door are in registration with the notch to permit a washer within the notch to be engaged by said reamer, and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Precision Dental International, Inc.
    Inventor: Sanford Grossman
  • Patent number: 5529209
    Abstract: An easy load elevating hopper for a bottle capping machine having a stationary dispensing hopper is provided and contains a mechanism that includes a chain and two sprocket assembly for raising a bin from a lowered charging position, to an elevated discharging position, relative to the stationary dispensing hopper on the bottle capping machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Herzog
  • Patent number: 5361937
    Abstract: An articulated gravity feed module includes a curved chute for holding items for sale, the chute having a curved bottom wall with a radius of curvature decreasing from a rear portion to a front portion, and side walls connected with the bottom wall; a mounting assembly mounting the chute to a wall; a hopper for supplying items to the chute, the hopper including an elongated enclosure having an open upper end for restocking the items and an open lower end which is always open to the chute for depositing items on the chute, the elongated enclosure being formed by a rear wall, a front wall and interconnecting side walls, the rear wall having a lower portion with a radius of curvature similar to that of the rear portion of the bottom wall of the chute so that the lower portion of the rear wall rides along the rear portion of the bottom wall of the chute; pivot pins pivotally securing the hopper to the chute at a position above the chute, such that the hopper is pivotable between an upright dispensing position adj
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Henschel-Steinau, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee R. Wiese
  • Patent number: 5265776
    Abstract: A manually operable dispensing cap for use with granulated and powdered material containers such as powdered milk jars, coffee cans and the like is disclosed. The cap has a slider contained within a railing mounted on a main body and which dispenses material to a receiving compartment. The slider is manually operated and regulates the flow of material into the receiving compartment. Overflow is eliminated by locating the receiving cup within close proximity to the mounting via positioning means extending from the top of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventor: Leily G. Shabestari
  • Patent number: 5232130
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for dispensing food particles at a controlled rate in which a container is used having an aperture located on one side of the container. A tube is attached to the aperture such that food can pass through the tube, then through the aperture and be expelled outside the container. The aperture defines a longitudinal axis coinciding with the axis of the tube. The gap between the tube and an end portion of the device is predetermined to control the rate of consumption of the food particles being expelled from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Inventor: Robert W. Woodard
  • Patent number: 5203472
    Abstract: A cigarette dispenser useful for aiding a person to stop smoking utilizes a movable belt for the controlled dispensing of cigarettes. The belt has openings therein which sequentially expose the open ends of cartridge compartments containing cigarettes to permit the cigarettes to be dispensed one at a time. A timing unit in the dispenser locks movement of the belt for periods of time during which the smoker is not permitted to smoke. Actual advancement of the belt is effected by the smoker at his leisure after receiving a signal signifying the end of the non-smoking period. The timing unit is in a controlled central processing unit capable of progressively increasing the duration of non-smoking periods during the course of the quitting routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Longevity Products Corporation
    Inventors: Warren G. Levenbaum, David Anderson
  • Patent number: 5100021
    Abstract: A combined dispenser tray and package is provided for pipettes. The tray is elongated with a stepped front wall which provides a dispensing position for sequentially dispensing individual pipettes, as required. The front wall includes a built-in curved wall portion for feeding the individual pipettes, one at a time, to the dispensing position for removal. A cooperating cover is provided with a hinged peel tab for gaining access to the dispensing position. A further feature of the tray of the invention is that the stepped configuration, as seen in cross-section, allows for stacking a plurality of trays in a compact fashion for shipping and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Edward F. Mussi, Martin H. Golden
  • Patent number: 4869392
    Abstract: A medication dispenser includes a container having a main compartment, a selection compartment, and an exit compartment whereby a pill or the like is dispensed from the container by passage from the main compartment, through the selection compartment, and to the exit compartment. The configuration of the pill selection compartment may be selectively varied and adjusted into a preselected configuration substantially conforming to the shape and size of a pill contained in the main compartment. A flexible first gate selectively extends between the selection compartment and the main compartment, a second gate selectively extends between the selection compartment and the exit compartment, and a third gate selectively extends across the exit compartment, near the container exterior. Initially, the second gate is in an extended position, and the first and third gates are in nonextended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Inventors: Thomas S. Moulding, Jr., Donald G. Ellis
  • Patent number: 4844295
    Abstract: A tablet dispenser is set forth comprising a cap to "snap on" an associated tablet container wherein said cap includes a spring-biased plunger positioned normally in a retracted position communicating with a conduit aligned with the plunger wherein an opening directed orthogonally to said conduit permits passage of tablets upon inverting an associated tablet container and subsequent displacement of said tablet through said conduit by manual manipulation of said plunger. A modification provides a two-part cap wherein an upper part is rotatable relative to a lower part wherein said lower part is engageable with an associated tablet dispenser preventing undesirable withdrawal of tablets from said dispenser until alignment of the upper part of the cap with the lower part to align a two-part opening with an associated conduit wherein a spring-biased connection between the upper and lower parts of the cap maintain the two parts of the cap in a predetermined orientation relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Inventor: Tim Deardorff
  • Patent number: 4723531
    Abstract: A b-b loading device which in a first preferred embodiment is characterized by a tubular-shaped loader having an internal cavity, a loading slot located near one end of the loader and a loading head characterized by a nozzle and nozzle bore at the opposite end, with a pair of flexible loading guides disposed adjacent to and spanning the nozzle and nozzle bore in the loading head for loading b-b's from the loader into a b-b gun. The b-b's are dispensed through the nozzle bore from the housing cavity and are guided into an opening in the gun barrel by means of the loading guides. In a second preferred embodiment the b-b loading device is characterized by a detachable loading head which is threaded to a bottle for coating the b-b's and in a third embodiment, the b-b loading device includes a loading head which is removably attached to a hollow, b-b-containing cylinder fitted with a pocket clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Inventor: Harvie G. Hampton
  • Patent number: 4723690
    Abstract: With a metering dispenser (1) for compactates with a compactate store (3) and a metering disk (4) arranged pivotably around an axis (A) with respect to the store, containing several chambers (27) for accommodating individual compactates, in order to perform dispensing with sufficient reliability in the quantitative dispensing of the individual components in the household sector, given an essentially cylindrical design as well as relative rotatability of the store (3) and the metering disk (4) around the cylinder axis (A) the combination is provided with a metering cup (2) for liquid or free-flowing product. The metering dispenser (1) can be formed as a closure for a storage container accommodating one of the components, so that a multi-component package is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: Henkel Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien
    Inventor: Dieter vom Hofe
  • Patent number: 4648529
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for storing beads in a liquid medium and for draining and dispensing said beads essentially in the absence of said liquid medium is described. In one embodiment, the apparatus is designed so that the liquid medium in which the beads are stored can be captured in a separate compartment from the bead-containing compartment and the beads can be delivered without the liquid medium when the apparatus in inverted. This apparatus is designed so that the liquid medium will join with the beads for storage in the bead-containing compartment when the apparatus is upright. In another embodiment, the apparatus includes a bottle with a removable, threaded inner container which is used to drain the liquid medium from the beads prior to attachment to a separate bead dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1987
    Assignee: Cetus Corporation
    Inventors: Judith I. Blakemore, Mark S. Hanamoto, Fred G. Williams
  • Patent number: 4613057
    Abstract: A closure for dispensing pills, capsules and the like includes a one-way valve member with a valved passage for opening to permit dispensing from the container when the container is in an active dispensing orientation, and for closing to prevent access to the interior of the container when the container is in an inactive non-dispensing orientation. A rotary system includes an upper cap member and a bottom member bridging the valve member, and the upper cap member has an egress passage located above the valved passage in the one-way valve member. The bottom member is keyed to rotate as a single unit with the upper cap member and includes a laterally projecting section aligned with the egress passage in the upper cap member for overlying the bottom of the valved passage in the one-way valve member when the egress passage of the upper cap member is aligned with the valved passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Inventors: John A. Sacchetti, Joseph R. Tordella, Arthur J. Pellegrino
  • Patent number: 4564125
    Abstract: An improved BB loader has a trough formed within a lateral extension of a tubular housing, so that a predetermined quantity of BB's may be quickly loaded into the trough from the reservoir in the housing. Thereafter, substantially the entire predetermined quantity of BB's may be dispensed out of the trough in the housing (substantially all at once and in a row) and through a chute mounted on the front of the housing. Preferably, the trough communicates with the reservoir through a longitudinal slot formed in the housing; the slot has a transverse width sufficient to accommodate one BB, while the trough has a transverse width to accommodate two BB's.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1986
    Inventor: James J. Esslinger
  • Patent number: 4557690
    Abstract: An accessory for use in pricking depth-indicating washers on to dental reamers comprises a body constituting a receptacle. The washers which are located in the receptacle are brought into a free space of the body within which they are juxtaposed. They successively engage a notch in a movable small plate, constituting a distributor element, which enables the washer located in the notch, by transverse sliding of the small plate, to be brought opposite to a hole of the body. The washer thus placed can easily be pricked by a dental canal reamer passing through a hole provided in the cover of the accessory and which is situated opposite to the hole of the body. The diameter of this hole is greater than that of the washers to allow the washer which is pricked on the spindle to be withdrawn from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Assignee: Les Fils d'Auguste Maillefer Societe Anonyme A. Ballaigues
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Randin
  • Patent number: 4530447
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided for dispensing one or more items, such as pills from a container. The dispensing member is located at or near the top of the container and has an aperture. When the container is closed by a cover and inverted, an item such as a pill passes through the aperture and is positioned between the cover and the top surface of the dispensing member. When the container is turned back to its initial position and the cover removed, a pill can easily be taken off the outer surface of the dispensing member. The dispensing member may form part of the container; may be inserted as a separate member in the container; or it may be located in the cover for the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Inventor: Donald J. Greenspan
  • Patent number: 4523694
    Abstract: A dispensing cap for medication containers and the like enabling a single dosage of such medication to be dispensed from the container in response to each cycle of movement of an external movable component forming a portion of the cap. The cap includes a stationary inner cap attached to the mouth or neck of the container, an outer cap rotatably connected to the inner cap and a rotor disposed between the inner and outer caps and geared thereto in a manner which will cause the rotor to rotate in a direction opposite to rotational movement of the outer cap. The inner cap, rotor and outer cap each have a discharge port therein which are movable between aligned and misaligned positions so that a single pill, capsule, dosage of medication or other item will be discharged by gravity from the dispensing cap for each cycle of operation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1985
    Inventor: Douglas F. Veltri
  • Patent number: 4522313
    Abstract: An article dispenser discloses a vessel for storing at least one of the articles. Such dispenser has a sphere pivotally suspended from the vessel for rotation in only one direction about a singular first axis that is offset from a second axis and which second axis passes through the center of gravity of the sphere. The first axis lies in a plane that bisects the sphere into a pair of hemispheres where one of the hemispheres is heavier than the other hemisphere. The lesser heavy hemisphere has a cavity overlying and adjacent to the first axis and also adjacent to one of the pivotal suspension points. The article is conveyed from its stored location within the vessel into the cavity and from the cavity to a location external to the vessel by impelling the sphere. A variation of the disclosure includes a sphere that has an axis at which the sphere is pivotally rotated and which axis passes through the center of gravity of the sphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Inventors: Paul D. Jennings, Kenneth L. Jennings
  • Patent number: 4502612
    Abstract: A dispensing container for dispensing articles one at a time. The dispensing container includes a hollow body for storing articles. A delivery throat forming a continuous depending extension of the body has a cross section proximate the cross section of the articles disposed in the hollow body to serially align the articles passing therethrough from the hollow body. The throat is formed with an upturned end defining a lower trap portion adjacent the end which permits only one article at a time to be moved to the end of the throat. An outlet aperture is formed at the end of the throat. A closure member is mounted at the end of the throat for movement between a first position closing the outlet aperture and a second position opening the outlet aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1985
    Assignee: Saxon Arms, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Morrison