Resilient Patents (Class 221/307)
  • Patent number: 10040621
    Abstract: A filtering face-piece respirator dispenser 10 having a container 14 that has a constriction aperture 20 and a plurality of filtering, face-piece respirators 12 disposed within the container 14 in a stacked, at least partially-folded arrangement. The stacked respirators 12 include an outermost respirator 12a. The constriction aperture 20 is adapted to allow for the outermost flat filtering face-piece respirator 12a to be manually withdrawn from the container 14 such that the outermost respirator 12a goes from the at least partially-folded condition to an open condition, making the respirator more ready for donning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Dean R. Duffy, Robert E. Holler
  • Patent number: 9770108
    Abstract: A knock-down furniture frame includes a plurality of panels having interlocking sides and at least one tensioning device having a band that draws the plurality of panels together under tension into an interlocking relationship. In one embodiment, the band may apply tension to each of the plurality of panels and extend exclusively within the interior space defined by the plurality of panels. In another embodiment, the band may be woven through the plurality of panels such that at least a first portion of the band extends along an outside surface of at least one of the plurality of panels and at least a second portion of the band extends within the interior space defined by the plurality of panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Blair
  • Patent number: 8960497
    Abstract: A dispenser holds a number of shotgun shells, which a shooter can retrieve quickly one or two at a time, to reload the shotgun. The shells that remain in the dispenser do not rattle around loosely but rather are held in position in the dispenser, from which position they can easily be extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Safariland, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Lefeber
  • Patent number: 8955714
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing, transporting, dispensing and keeping an inventory of a plurality of same size cleco type fasteners has a tubular housing with an interior bore dimensioned to receive the plurality of cleco type fasteners through a proximal opening on the housing that is closed by a removable closure device. The distal end of the housing has a retention device that retains the forward most cleco type fastener inserted into the housing interior bore with a sufficient force that prevents the forward most cleco type fastener from being unintentionally removed from the housing distal end, but allows the forward most cleco type fastener to be manually grasped and pulled from the housing distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark Brzon, Brian Louis Trimmell
  • Publication number: 20140305966
    Abstract: A container for carrying and dispensing at least one zip tie includes a housing having a substantially cylindrical outer wall and opposing upper and lower walls defining a substantially hollow interior. A dispensing slot is formed in the outer wall, and a friction fit passage is formed on the outer wall adjacent to the dispensing slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel A. Cahill
  • Patent number: 8857660
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved system and method for dispensing solid food product containers. It comprises a shaped dispensing tube (62) of a predetermined length, having a plurality of support clips (76) arranged inside the dispensing tube (62) for holding a stack of solid food product containers (70) in place within the tube (62). The dispensing tube (62) preferably includes a bracket (68) for mounting the entire device on a wall or the like. A nested stack of containers (70) is fed into the preferably open top (78) of the dispensing tube (62) until the bottommost container engages (or is engaged by) the support clips (76). This results in the bottommost container extending a predetermined distance below the bottom of the dispensing tube (62). By minimizing the amount the bottommost container extends below the dispensing tube (62), a user's ability to take more than one solid food container at a time is greatly minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: San Jamar, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Omdoll, Michael Young
  • Patent number: 8770438
    Abstract: A container for carrying and dispensing at least one zip tie includes a housing having an outer wall and opposing upper and lower walls defining a substantially hollow interior. An inner wall is formed inside the housing to divide the housing interior into an inner cavity and an outer cavity, and the inner wall has at least one slot formed therein to define a passage between the inner cavity and the outer cavity. A flexible orifice is provided in the upper and lower walls. Another embodiment provides a container for zip ties that also includes a housing having an outer wall and opposing upper and lower walls defining a substantially hollow interior. A dispensing slot formed in the outer wall, and a friction fit passage formed on the outer wall adjacent to the dispensing slot. Yet another embodiment provides a container that combines the features of the first two embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel A. Cahill
  • Publication number: 20140061231
    Abstract: A low profile bone screw system includes a retainable washer and a low profile bone screw having a smooth conical head for insertion into the washer. The washer has an axial bore with a conical portion for fully seating the screw head and a smooth outer surface shaped like the head of a conventional compression bone screw head. Washer dispensing units are also provided for assembling screw and washer assembled units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Eduardo A. Ampuero, Alfredo Castaneda, Jose Luis Francese, Robert Sixto, JR.
  • Patent number: 8602258
    Abstract: A container including: a container top having a dispensing opening formed from a plurality of top flaps; a container bottom disposed opposite the container top formed from a plurality of bottom flaps; and a plurality of decorative panels forming a sidewall of the container having a continuous decorative surface. The container is formed from a substantially symmetrical blank. As a result, the container can be loaded from either end on a cartoner. The container's continuous decorative surface on the sidewall allows for graphics on the container's sidewall to continue unimpeded. Advantageously, the container is designed for use on high speed cartoners and can be filled from either the top or the bottom as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie Thomas Long, Daniel Studd Grubb, Jr., Michael Alan Hermans
  • Patent number: 8444008
    Abstract: A tissue holder and dispenser includes a cuboid shaped housing having a front panel, two planer side panels and a planer rear panel as well as a planer bottom panel and an open top. The front planer panel includes a horizontal slot through which individual tissues are dispensed while one side wall includes a rectangular opening through which an empty tissue box can be ejected by pushing it out of the housing with a finger inserted through a circular opening on the opposite side wall that is aligned with the rectangular opening in the first side wall. The housing is constructed and dimensioned to hold from one to four tissue boxes with the top of each box facing a front surface of the rectangular front planer panel so that a slit in the top of the tissue box on the bottom of the housing will come into register with a slot in the lower portion of the rectangular front planer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Khaled Abdullah M. Al-Mahnna
  • Patent number: 8424679
    Abstract: A golf ball storage system is provided herein. The system may be configured on an exterior of a golf bag and generally includes an upper aperture and a lower aperture that may be substantially vertically aligned. The first and second apertures are connected by an internal sleeve. The sleeve may have a generally tubular configuration to contain golf balls within the storage system in a single file, stacked arrangement. The sleeve may be substantially vertical when the golf bag is in an upright position such that gravity will force balls inserted into the upper aperture to fall to a bottom portion of the sleeve, adjacent the lower aperture, for ease of removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Campbell, Lee Dexheimer, Chris Pearson
  • Patent number: 8360236
    Abstract: A ball carrier having a hollow tubular support member for holding a plurality of balls stacked axially therein and a ball release tab configured to release one ball at a time from an open end of the hollow tubular support member. The ball release tab may have a first stopper portion, a second stopper portion, and a manipulation portion. The ball release tab may be biased in a first position in which the first stopper portion impedes exit of the balls and may be actuated via the manipulation portion to a second position in which the first portion is rotated away from the balls and the second stopper portion impedes exit of the balls. When the ball release tab moves from the second position to the first position, the second stopper portion rotates away from the balls, allowing the ball resting on the second stopper portion to drop out of the ball carrier, while the first stopper portion rotates back toward the balls, impeding the next ball from dropping out of the ball carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Young, Gordon Arthur Young, Richard Bloomer
  • Patent number: 8308026
    Abstract: An apparatus for picking up, holding and dispensing objects is disclosed. The apparatus has a storing device, a holding device, a retaining device, and an ejection device that enables pick up, holding and dispensing of a plurality of objects. The apparatus provides an improved method of picking up, holding and storing objects that heretofore required extreme dexterity and substantial periods of time. The apparatus can be used to pick up, hold and dispense a variety of objects including, but not limited to, crystals, nuts, confectionary pieces, pills, jewelry, and electronic components. The apparatus may be sold as a kit or as replacement parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Rapko Corporation
    Inventors: Darin Rapko, Norma Rapko
  • Patent number: 8061556
    Abstract: An automated freezer stores food items stacked in a removable cartridge. The food items are dispensed from the automated freezer in response to a request for the food items. The food items are loaded into the cartridge outside of the automated freezer. When the cartridge is inserted into the automated freezer, the upper end of the cartridge is inserted into a buffer, pushing a plurality of arms in the buffer upwardly to allow food items to pass through the buffer. When the cartridge is removed from the freezer for reloading of food items, a resilient member biases the arms downwardly to retain any food items in the buffer and to prevent any food items in the buffer from falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Sands, Ronald J. Glavan, Andrew Paul Franklin, Randy L. Ginner, Henry Thomas Ewald
  • Patent number: 7931169
    Abstract: A dispenser having a first member rotatably engaging a second member to form a cavity from which sheets such as flat bags may be dispensed via a lineal aperture and a sheet-guiding member extending from the first member into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Barbara Erekson
  • Patent number: 7900798
    Abstract: A disposable cup dispenser designed to be mounted on an existing wall-mounted cup holder. The cup dispenser is comprised of a hollow tube and gasket ring wherein the gasket ring is attached to the bottom of the hollow tube and serves as the means of mounting the dispenser to the cup hole of the wall-mounted cup holder. The hollow tube or the gasket ring contains means for ensuring that only one cup is dispensed at a time. Cups are then dispensed downwardly out of the hollow tube and through the gasket ring and cup holder. The dispenser may also have a hinged or removable top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Phyllis F. Allen
  • Patent number: 7845492
    Abstract: A golf ball storage system is provided herein. The system may be configured on an exterior of a golf bag and generally includes an upper aperture and a lower aperture that may be substantially vertically aligned. The first and second apertures are connected by an internal sleeve. The sleeve may have a generally tubular configuration to contain golf balls within the storage system in a single file, stacked arrangement. The sleeve may be substantially vertical when the golf bag is in an upright position such that gravity will force balls inserted into the upper aperture to fall to a bottom portion of the sleeve, adjacent the lower aperture, for ease of removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Campbell, Lee Allan Dexheimer, Christopher H. Pearson
  • Publication number: 20100252567
    Abstract: A refillable label dispenser for dispensing labels from a stack includes a bottom section and a pair of elastically deformable wing sections extending from opposite ends of the bottom section in overlapping spaced relation relative to the bottom section, thereby forming a generally flat C-shaped dispenser configuration. When the labels in the dispenser are exhausted, the wings are elastically flexed to allow the dispenser to accommodate a new stack of labels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Patricia R. KONSTI
  • Patent number: 7735679
    Abstract: A refillable sheet dispenser includes: a supporting base having two opposite first lateral sides and two opposite second lateral sides, each of which extends from one of the first lateral sides to the other of the first lateral sides; at least one stack of note sheets supported on the supporting base within the first and second lateral sides of the supporting base, each of the note sheets having two opposite lateral edges, each of which is disposed adjacent to a respective one of the second lateral sides of the supporting base and each of which extends between the first lateral sides of the supporting base; and a binding unit having a pair of elastically stretchable strips held tensely on the supporting base and extending from one of the second lateral sides to the other of the second lateral sides of the supporting base in such a manner to traverse the stack of the note sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Taiwan Hopax Chems. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jen-Rong Liu, Tsung-Tien Kuo, Shu-Wei Ho
  • Patent number: 7735682
    Abstract: A wipes dispenser includes a generally tubular transparent housing adapted to be worn about a person's wrist with a plurality of wipes contained within the housing. The housing also has an opening through which the wipes are dispensed. In a second embodiment, the opening may be covered with a hinged resealable cap that may cover or uncover the opening as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventors: Stacy Cassel, Eileen Longo
  • Patent number: 7726515
    Abstract: An aesthetically pleasing and disposable tissue roll dispenser is disclosed. The tissue roll dispenser may be made from, for instance, a lightweight paperboard and may contain various design elements on the exterior surface. The tissue roll dispenser may contain at least one vertically stacked column of tissue rolls that are gravity fed through the dispenser. For instance, the dispenser may include an opening towards the base of the dispenser for dispensing the tissue rolls. In one embodiment, the opening may be covered by a plastic film that defines a slit. The slit may have a size sufficient to allow the tissue rolls to be dispensed therethrough. The plastic film may be used to protect the tissue rolls from dust, dirt and wetness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Crystal Espinoza Sherman, Rebecca Catherine Mohr
  • Patent number: 7597213
    Abstract: A container cap can comprise: a covering comprising a first panel, a skirt in contact with the first panel, and a dispensing window attached to the first side of the first panel. The first panel can have an outer periphery and an inner periphery and a first side and a second side. The dispensing window can be attached to the first side of the first panel. The dispensing window can have a dispensing aperture capable of allowing dispensing of an article through the dispensing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Duane Lyle McDonald
  • Publication number: 20090057334
    Abstract: A cup dispenser having a plurality of resilient adjustable clips for engaging and dispensing cups without marring the surface of the dispensed cups. The clips include a cup engagement portion that exceeds the deformed width of the portion of a cup with which the clips are engaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Jayson Pearl, Bernie Ziebart, Paul A. Omdoll, Scott Collins
  • Patent number: 7497353
    Abstract: A vending machine apparatus comprising a housing defining an internal cavity and an article storage compartment positioned inside the cavity. The article storage compartment may have a cooling unit associated therewith for cooling the article storage compartment. The article storage compartment is subdivided into a plurality of article storage sub-compartments, each sub-compartment having an opening at a dispensing end thereof for passage therethrough during a dispensing operation of articles stored therein. An air barrier arrangement is positioned so as to be in common with the dispensing end of a plurality of said sub-compartments, for separating the interior of the sub-compartments from the remainder of the interior of the internal cavity, the air barrier arrangement having flaps that operate individually with respective ones of said sub-compartments, so as to allow articles stored in the sub-compartments to pass therethrough during the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Munroe Chirnomas
  • Patent number: 7487885
    Abstract: The dosing dispenser for essentially spherical items contained in a container is characterized in that it comprises a passage channel whose inner cross-section is larger than the items, and an exit opening which in the relaxed state of the dosing dispenser has an elongated shape whose width is smaller and whose length is larger than the items. The dosing dispenser consists of a soft elastic plastic material and can be deformed by the application of pressure such that the exit opening gets larger than the items. The dosing dispenser is of a simple construction and can be produced at low costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Gaplast GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Keller, Ingmar Kneer
  • Patent number: 7481331
    Abstract: A wall mounted vertical, gravity fed dispensing container for use with a blister pack includes a pair of perforated sheets defining a holder portion for receiving and supporting the blister pack while holding the blister pack parallel to the wall. The holder portion is formed as a separate element which can be snapped into the container. The two sheets are hinged at the bottom. Behind the holder portion is a catching container fixed to the holder portion and to the wall such that medication expelled from the blisters through the openings by a manually movable punch is caught in the catching container. A bottom wall of the catching container converges the medications to a bottom chute with a manually movable press lever operating a flap valve to discharge the medications into a cup. A front door covers the holder and the blister pack and contains a receptacle for the punch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Manrex Limited
    Inventors: John H. Webster, John L. Webster, Fiona Webster-Mourant
  • Patent number: 7413101
    Abstract: A paperboard carton for receiving articles in two or more layers separated by a divider pad is provided. The divider pad is secured relative to an end panel arrangement at one end of the carton. The carton has a top panel, a base panel and a pair of opposite sides. One of the side panels has a removable portion adjacent one end, which, when removed, defines a roll out aperture for article removal when the carton is lying on the end panel arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Leslie Smalley, Zoe Wilkins
  • Patent number: 7273158
    Abstract: A golf ball dispensing and retrieving system for efficiently assisting a golfer in practicing putting. The golf ball dispensing and retrieving system includes an elongated tube having a lower opening, a clamp extending from a side of the tube for removably attaching to a shaft of a putter, a retrieval member attached within the tube near the lower opening, and an ejector member movably positioned within the tube for ejecting a lower golf ball from the lower opening. A bias member is attached to the ejector member for applying a return force to the bias member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Inventor: Ronald G. Dean
  • Patent number: 7163124
    Abstract: A customizable disposable paper wipe system in which the wipes are sold to the consumer in a dry state to permit the consumer to prepare customized pre-moistened wipes. In one embodiment, the dry wipes are provided to the consumer with a dispenser for dispensing the pre-moistened wipes. In this embodiment, the dispenser may include a diluent fill line and a legend dictating the amounts of various alternative cleaning agents that can be added to the pre-determined amount of diluent for different applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Donald W. Bushman, Marianne D. Davison, Charles L. Stamm, Robert D. Faber
  • Patent number: 7134571
    Abstract: A napkin dispenser has a container body for holding a stack of napkins, and a pair of interchangeable face plates each connectable to the container body. One of the face plates has a first elongated dispensing opening exposing a bottom region of the napkin stack, for one-by-one dispensing, and the other face plate has a second elongated dispensing opening exposing an edge region of the napkin stack, for dispensing a plurality of napkins simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: SCA Tissue North America LLC.
    Inventors: Robert C Hochtritt, Andrew M Conger
  • Patent number: 7014065
    Abstract: An improved dispenser for displaying and dispensing lottery tickets utilizes a dispensing slot with tension arms to provide tension to tickets of varying thicknesses. The dispensing slot is cut into a door at an end of a box-like structure, which holds the tickets. Tension arms extend from the bottom of the slot into notches at the top of the slot such that the slot is narrower than the thickness of the tickets. Because the tension arms are also flexible, tickets of varying thickness can pass through the slot without becoming stuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Schafer Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Jensen
  • Patent number: 7011231
    Abstract: A cup-dispensing apparatus and system is disclosed that utilizes a front piece that comprises a side-access port into which is reversibly inserted a cup-dispensing insert. This front piece/cup-dispensing insert assembly may be manufactured separately from or integral with other components of a cup-dispensing unit. The cup-dispensing unit comprises a flexible gasket or other cup retaining means that retains the last of a stack of cups in place, against an opposing cup-advancing force developed within the cup-dispensing unit. The use of the side-access port provides for improved performance, maintenance, repair, and aesthetic qualities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventors: James Oliver Boykin, Lynne Kay Boykin
  • Patent number: 6868984
    Abstract: A stack of face masks is disclosed. The stack is formed from a plurality of shaped face masks having an inside surface and an outside surface. The inside surface includes a periphery with an adhesive material disposed on at least a portion thereof. The masks are positioned in a nestled relation to one another, the inside surface of the mask being apposed to the outside surface of an adjacent mask, thereby forming a stack. The masks are adapted to maintain a distance between apposed masks so that the periphery of a mask does not contact the outside surface of an apposed mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry L. Griesbach, III, Linda G. Harris, David Craige Strack
  • Patent number: 6772908
    Abstract: A cup dispenser includes a blow-molded plastic storage tube and a blow-molded plastic cup pushing member or follower positioned within the tube. The pushing member is optionally spring-biased toward an open first end of the tube away from a closed, second end of the tube. A resilient diaphragm is positioned over the open end of the cup storage tube or another suitable cup retainer is employed for releasably retaining a telescopically interfitted stack of cups in the storage tube. An annular collar is arranged coaxial with and fitted to the storage tube in the region of the open end. The cup storage tube and the cup pushing member are preferably blow-molded together in a single operation as a one-piece construction. The cup pushing member is separated from the cup storage tube for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: The Meyer Company
    Inventors: Henry G. Roethel, Raymond P. Kawolics, Michael H. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6715636
    Abstract: An improved vending machine having a plurality of vertically inclined racks therein for dispensing products is disclosed. Each rack within such vending machine has an open end and closed end, wherein the open end thereof is provided with a mechanical stop or gate having essentially no mechanical moving parts, for control of the dispensing of products from such racks in response to customer demand for product from such rack. In the preferred embodiments of this invention, the mechanical stop or gate is formed of a resilient deformable material (e.g. natural or synthetic rubber or an equivalent elastomer), and includes means for engagement of a complimentary recess or slot at the end of the product dispensing rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Thomas Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald H. Beauregard
  • Publication number: 20030222098
    Abstract: A cup dispenser for dispensing cups of differing size with variable extraction force includes: (a) a housing configured to receive a stack of disposable cups, the housing defining a housing opening as well as support means for receiving a dispensing ring member; (b) means for defining a dispensing aperture at the housing opening comprising at least one dispensing ring mounted on the housing support means therefor, the means for defining the dispensing aperture being generally configured to releasably retain the stack of disposable cups within said housing and require a predetermined extraction force to extract a cup from the stack in the housing, the required predetermined extraction force being variable depending upon the brim diameter of the cup. The dispenser may include 2 interchangeable rings, each of which is adapted for a specific size cup, or a single ring which requires an extraction force that varies with cup size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventors: Nga Thuy Luu, Joseph R. Pounder
  • Publication number: 20030146238
    Abstract: An improved vending machine having a plurality of racks therein for dispensing products is disclosed. Each rack within such vending machine comprises a vertical, rectilinear, product dispensing channel equipped with an elevator assembly for support of product and means for elevating said support within said channel in response to consumer demand for the product. The preferred elevator assembly of this invention comprises a product cradle of unique design, which design imparts improved stability of the cradle within the channel and simplified operation as to the number and type of springs needed to effect its upward movement within the vertical channel of the dispensing rack. The unique angular slope of the cradle permits presentation of a product selection at the open end of the rack in a manner to facilitate removal of such product by a consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald H. Beauregard
  • Publication number: 20030146239
    Abstract: An improved vending machine having a plurality of vertically inclined racks therein for dispensing products is disclosed. Each rack within such vending machine has an open end and closed end, wherein the open end thereof is provided with a mechanical stop or gate having essentially no mechanical moving parts, for control of the dispensing of products from such racks in response to customer demand for product from such rack. In the preferred embodiments of this invention, the mechanical stop or gate is formed of a resilient deformable material (e.g. natural or synthetic rubber or an equivalent elastomer), and includes means for engagement of a complimentary recess or slot at the end of the product dispensing rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald H. Beauregard
  • Publication number: 20030146240
    Abstract: A dispenser for cup-shaped articles includes a housing defining a storage portion adapted to receive an associated stack of nested cup-shaped articles. The housing includes an open end that communicates with the storage portion. A cup retainer mounting base is located adjacent the open end of the housing. The mounting base defines an opening that communicates with the open end of the housing. The mounting base also defines a first plurality of mounting openings and a second plurality of mounting openings. A cup retainer is connected to the mounting base and restricts the opening of said mounting base. The cup retainer is movable between at least first and second operative positions wherein the cup retainer restricts the opening of the mounting base more in the first operative position as compared to the second operative position. The cup retainer is defined as separate stud members each including a resilient finger or as an annular band including a plurality of resilient fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventors: Raymond P. Kawolics, Henry G. Roethel, Michael H. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6592004
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flexible orifice for pop-up style dispensing with a wet wipes dispenser. The orifice includes a flexible, rubber-like sheet having a top surface and a bottom surface. A continuous slit extends across the top and bottom surfaces of the sheet and enables a wet wipe to pass from the bottom surface to the top surface or from the top surface to the bottom surface. The continuous slit has at least one curved portion connected with at least one non-curved portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Yung Hsiang Huang, Timothy Walter Shoaf, Robert Samuel Schlaupitz, Gerald Keith Sosalla, Paige Annette Dellerman, Stephen Robert Kehn, James Ronald Bath, Rodney Carlton Christianson
  • Patent number: 6523717
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for dispensing or releasing a porous carrier wherein the apparatus comprises: a supply chamber for the porous carrier; and ejection means for causing the carrier to move gradually outside the supply chamber. According to another preferred embodiment the ejection means comprise an outlet opening which is arranged in the end wall of the supply chamber and the dimension of which is such that the porous carrier moves through the outlet opening only when the ejecting body is operated. Thus is achieved that the carrier is not accidentally moved outward to an excessive degree. According to a particularly important embodiment the porous carrier is divided into separate elements in lengthwise direction and the elements move through the outlet opening one by one when the ejecting body is operated. This enables use of separate elements in the form of the cotton wool pads typical in this field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Weasy Pack B.V.
    Inventor: Louis R. H. A. Willemsen
  • Patent number: 6427868
    Abstract: The invention provides a cup dispenser for sequentially dispensing individual, disposable, rimmed cups having diameters varying from each other by several centimeters, from a stacked column thereof, comprising a cup-retaining and dispensing body provided with a tubular opening having a lower edge and with retaining means consisting essentially of at least two opposed flexible tongue-like members descending from the inner wall thereof, each of the members being subdivided into two portions, a first portion of the first member, in conjunction with the opposed first portion of the second member underriding and supporting the rim of a lowermost cup of the stacked column placed therein, and a second portion of the first member, in conjunction with the opposed second portion of the second member, simultaneously overriding the rim of the lowermost cup, and underriding and supporting the rim of the next to lowermost cup in the stack, whereby the pair of first portions retain the lowermost cup until the removal thereo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Menacham Vine
  • Patent number: 6398072
    Abstract: In order to offer a cup dispenser which does not require to change cylinders to meet with different cup sizes and allows to change cup sizes easily by adjusting a stopper means in accordance with various sizes of cups to be stored, and the cup dispenser is made to be composed of an outer cylinder where cups are stored, an inner cylinder fitted at the cup-outlet side of the outer cylinder and a single or plural number of springs mounted at the above mentioned outer cylinder. The outer cylinder is made of a metallic material, and the inner cylinder is made of a joint-free synthetic resin. A few cup size grooves are etched along a perimeter of the body of the inner cylinder for a free end of a spring stopper held by the above mentioned outer cylinder with the other end to be hooked and released freely. At the same time, a flange placed at the cup-outlet end of the above mentioned outer cylinder has an indication to indicate a few different cup sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignees: Sun Wave Corporation, Mitachi Ouyou Kakou Corporation
    Inventors: Hideharu Nitta, Yasuhiko Kubosaki, Kouichi Kawai
  • Publication number: 20010054620
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a tissue dispenser being a box which is cylindrically shaped whereby the box can be stored in commercially available receptacles designed for holding cylindrical containers, such as found in a motor vehicle. The box is designed to have a central slot in its top through which the tissues are dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Publication date: December 27, 2001
    Inventors: Wonda Blissett, Rafael G. Andrade
  • Patent number: 6325243
    Abstract: A device for dispensing cups includes a sleeve for receiving a plurality of cups. The sleeve has a first end, a second end and a generally hollow interior. A dispensing member is coupled to the sleeve, adjacent to the first end of the sleeve. The dispensing member includes a first set of cup engaging teeth and a second set of cup engaging teeth. A portal is defined in the sleeve, through which cups can be received into the hollow interior of the sleeve. The portal is closeable to form a generally axially extending, planar closed portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventor: George Bennett
  • Publication number: 20010035426
    Abstract: A Self-Serve wall mounted mouthwash fluid dispenser which provides a vertical rectangular container, having a diametrical separator to define two compartments. The left side of the container carries one-portion disposable cups that in turn would be used for collecting mouthwash. The light side of the container carries mouthwash fluid in a sealed hygienic plastic bag that in turn would be used for storing the fluid, later being released at the suppression of a lever. The cover defines an outer region designed for advertising to be filled by any of the mouthwash companies acquiring or leasing this patent or any of its main ideas and components. The special supplies like the one-portion disposable cups and the disposable hygienic bags, both in special packaging will be particular size and dimensions to be stipulated later by the inventor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventor: Dionisio Jose Chamorro
  • Publication number: 20010032860
    Abstract: A cup dispenser includes a blow-molded plastic storage tube and a blow-molded plastic cup pushing member or follower positioned within the tube. The pushing member is optionally spring-biased toward an open first end of the tube away from a closed, second end of the tube. A resilient diaphragm is positioned over the open end of the cup storage tube or another suitable cup retainer is employed for releasably retaining a telescopically interfitted stack of cups in the storage tube. An annular collar is arranged coaxial with and fitted to the storage tube in the region of the open end. The cup storage tube and the cup pushing member are preferably blow-molded together in a single operation as a one-piece construction. The cup pushing member is separated from the cup storage tube for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Applicant: Meyer Company
    Inventors: Henry G. Roethel, Raymond P. Kawolics, Michael H. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6264062
    Abstract: A solder preform with predisposed flux to be located adjacent to a gap formed between multiple solderable surfaces such that upon heating, the flux wicks into and prepares the solderable surfaces prior to the solder melting and wicking into the freshly prepared gap. In plumbing applications, this invention can be located inside a pipe fitting adjacent to the end of an inserted pipe. Upon heating, this invention will make a sound solder joint by wicking into the annular region formed between the fitting and the pipe. This invention includes a dispenser for solder preforms that has features to align a solder preform with the centerline of the receiving pipe fitting into which it is to be inserted. In addition, the dispenser has features to insure the solder preforms are released one-at-a-time into the receiving fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventors: Craig D. Lack, Peter R. Pratt
  • Patent number: 6199723
    Abstract: A flexible diaphragm for covering the discharge end of a cup dispenser that stores a plurality of cups in a nested stack. The diaphragm includes an inner continuous edge defining a central discharge opening through which the bottom of the outermost cup in the stack extends to be grasped and withdrawn from the stack. The inner continuous edge is configured in a polygonal shape to retain the stack of cups to be dispensed while permitting the outermost cup in the stack to be withdrawn from the stack. Preferably, the inner continuous edge is hexagonal in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: The Colman Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Collins, James R. Walsh
  • Patent number: 6032799
    Abstract: A cartridge for electronic article surveillance labels comprising a housing shaped to hold a plurality of electronic article surveillance labels in a stack such that the electronic article surveillance labels can be removed individually from a first side of the housing and a system utilizing such housing and a plurality of electronic article surveillance labels that are at least semirigid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Karen E. Bellum, Norman B. Hansen, Mark D. Krom, Barbara G. Motooka