By Ejecting Means Patents (Class 221/36)
  • Patent number: 9521886
    Abstract: An attachment device for attaching a wearable electronic apparatus to a part of the body of an operator. The attachment device includes a support member, which includes an assembly zone on which the wearable electronic apparatus is located and an attachment element, which clamps the support member to the part of the body of the operator. Attachment/detachment structure, which is selectively releasable, is provided in association with the assembly zone in order to cooperate with corresponding attachment portions of the wearable electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: EUROTECH SPA
    Inventors: Roberto Siagri, Roberto Turchi, Giampietro Tecchiolli, Stefano Adami
  • Patent number: 9207035
    Abstract: A toy firearm for dispensing chartaceous objects includes a handgun-shaped casing, a front chamber, a dispensing mechanism, a trigger, and a retaining mechanism. The chartaceous objects are inserted into the front chamber so that the retaining mechanism can function as a spring loaded clip to secure the chartaceous objects within the front chamber. The dispensing mechanism allows the users to launch each of the chartaceous objects over a greater distance as the dispensing mechanism is selectively operated from an off-position to an on-position by the use of the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Lee Schexnayder
  • Patent number: 9004314
    Abstract: A dispenser is disclosed for flat items such as disposable gloves that are contained within a dispensing bag that has an at least partially-open front side. The dispenser includes a base that has a rear wall and a pair of opposing side walls. A non-opaque cover with a dispensing aperture therethrough is pivotally fixed between each side wall and adapted to swing between an open and a closed position. At least one elastic cord is stretched between each side wall to urge the dispensing bag towards the cover when the cover is in the closed position and the dispensing bag is between the cover and the at least one elastic cord. The front side of the dispensing bag may be non-opaque and open at a dispensing bag aperture therethrough, a temporary adhesive being fixed proximate a periphery of the dispensing bag aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: David Cohen
  • Patent number: 8881943
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tissue paper supply case comprising a case body for containing tissue paper, a lid having a slot-like take-out hole for taking out the tissue paper therethrough, a platform member mounted within the case body for placing the tissue paper thereon, and means for energizing the platform member from the bottom of the case body toward the lid, wherein the lid is provided on its inner surface with a plurality of lid projections formed in parallel rows to the take-out hole on both sides of the take-out hole, which lid projections are tapered each having a protrusion height becoming larger with increasing distance from the take-out hole, and the platform member is provided on its upper surface with a plurality of platform projections formed in parallel rows to the take-out hole on both sides of the position facing the take-out hole, which platform projections are tapered each having a protrusion height becoming larger with increasing distance from the position facing the take-out hole and wherein the p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignees: Evermate Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Isao Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8662346
    Abstract: A removing mechanism is disclosed for removing the bottom or top sheet from a stack of sheets; a delaying member for a delay of a predetermined time between the dispensing of two successive sheets; and an actuating mechanism for driving the removing mechanism, wherein the actuating mechanism is driven via a physically supplied mechanical drive force of an operator of the dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Infostop, B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Christina Langen, Herman Josef Langen
  • Patent number: 8631968
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first plate being configured for supporting a quantity of tissues within a tissue dispenser box. A second plate is configured for resting on a bottom portion of the tissue dispenser box. A resilient structure is configured for urging the first plate in an upward direction. The resilient structure is further configured to be positioned between the first plate and the second plate. Attachment mechanisms are joined to a bottom portion of the first plate and a top portion of the second plate. The attachment mechanisms are configured for joining the resilient structure to the first plate and the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Tony A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8601774
    Abstract: A tissue product, which includes a carton and a stack of tissues, is provided with a flattened arched-shaped sheet that supports the stack of tissues. As the tissues are withdrawn from the carton and the weight of the tissue stack is reduced, the flattened arch-shaped sheet gradually assumes its normal arched shape, thereby raising the stack of tissues within the carton. Raising the stack substantially reduces or eliminates “fall-back”, which is a common dispensing problem, as the stack height is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Douglas Beuther
  • Patent number: 8574510
    Abstract: In some aspects, an analyte sensor is provided for detecting an analyte concentration level in a bio-fluid sample. The analyte sensor has a base with first and second ends, a concave recess in the first end, a second end receiving surface, and a sidewall extending between the ends. An electrode may be provided on the receiving surface with an electrochemically-active region coupled to the electrode. A conductor in electrical contact with the electrode may extend along the sidewall and may be adapted to be in electrical contact with a first contact of an analyte meter. Manufacturing methods and systems utilizing and dispensing the analyte sensors are provided, as are numerous other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Bayer Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Igor Gofman, Robert S. Sams
  • Publication number: 20130221019
    Abstract: A cover for a napkin dispenser includes an elongated dispensing aperture having a major and a minor axis. The cover also includes a pair of support members disposed on an inner surface of the cover on opposing sides of the elongated dispensing aperture. Each of the support members includes a central portion and the height of at least a portion of the central portion relative to the inner surface generally increases as a distance between the elongated dispensing aperture and the central portion increases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LP
    Inventor: Roy J. Rozek
  • Patent number: 8499955
    Abstract: An apparatus for at least one of the transport, storage, and display of one or more items of at least one of apparel and accessories is provided. The apparatus includes at least one crib defined by a bottom plate, a back plate, and first and second side plates, each of the at least one crib for having disposed therein one or more items of at least one of apparel and accessories. The at least one crib includes the bottom plate that is one of square and rectangular in shape, the back plate that is one of square and rectangular in shape, and the first and second side plates that have the same shape and that are facing each other. Each of the back plate and first and second side plates are perpendicular to the bottom plate. One edge of each of the back plate and first and second side plates is coupled to a respective one edge of the bottom plate. One edge of each of first and second side plates is coupled to a respective one edge of the back plat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Kristin Marie Raffone Vazquez, Robert Gooch, Douglas D. Stout
  • Publication number: 20120305586
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first plate being configured for supporting a quantity of tissues within a tissue dispenser box. A second plate is configured for resting on a bottom portion of the tissue dispenser box. A resilient structure is configured for urging the first plate in an upward direction. The resilient structure is further configured to be positioned between the first plate and the second plate. Attachment mechanisms are joined to a bottom portion of the first plate and a top portion of the second plate. The attachment mechanisms are configured for joining the resilient structure to the first plate and the second plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Tony A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8261938
    Abstract: A finger covering system includes a finger cover dispensing device and a plurality of first and second finger covers. The finger cover dispensing device includes a dispenser body having a face and at least first and second openings disposed in the face, with the first and second openings each being sized to receive at least one finger inserted therethrough, and first and second cavities disposed in the dispenser body extending inward from the first and second openings. The plurality of first and second finger covers are disposed in the first and second cavities, with each of the plurality of first finger covers having an open first end facing the first opening of the dispenser body and a closed second end, and each of the plurality of second finger covers having an open first end facing the second opening of the dispenser body and a closed second end. The plurality of first and second finger covers are disposed in a stacked relationship within the corresponding first and second cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Michael E. Oradini, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20120159761
    Abstract: A filter assembly includes a housing and filter elements. The housing includes internal chambers between first and second parallel outside surfaces, fluid inlet bores, and fluid outlet bores. Each internal chamber includes a filter element that partitions the internal chamber into an inlet chamber section and an outlet chamber section. The housing establishes a plurality of fluid flow channels from the inlet bores, through the inlet chamber sections, through the filter elements, through the outlet chamber sections and to the outlet bores, respectively. Each fluid channel includes a transverse fluid flow component in the inlet chamber section and the outlet chamber section. The filter assembly may be loaded into a filtering apparatus such that a plurality of separate fluid flow channels is established through the filter assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Fetvedt
  • Publication number: 20120152973
    Abstract: A device allows dispensing of wipe material and comprises a machine for dispensing the material and the wipe material. The wipe material has, along all or part of its length, at least one marking area which has imprints on both sides that are arranged and laid out to ensure meshing. The dispensing machine comprises a mechanism having a pressure roller arranged and shaped with an imprint that has a shape that is the reverse of that of the imprints provided on the material. The imprints formed on the material and on the pressure roller fulfil a mechanical drive function by meshing. The pressure roller is operative when the strip of material is loaded and is then subsequently deactivated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Maurice Granger
  • Publication number: 20120118908
    Abstract: A system for singly dispensing fibrous filters from bulk has a grasping tool with a working end and a container with an opening. The opening has an edge. At least a portion of the edge or an edge trim member is shaped so that bulk fibrous filters cannot pass freely through the opening in the container when contained therein, and so that at least a portion of a top filter is accessible and graspable by the working end of the grasping tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20120022480
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent device for post-urinary drip has a sanitary shield or pad formed as a curved shell configured to substantially conform to the exterior surface of the penis glans, said shield or pad defining interior concave and exterior convex surfaces. A fluid permeable layer of sheet material lines at least a central portion of the interior surface of the shield or pad. Adhesive covered tabs about the periphery of the shell detachably secures the shield on the glands to provide contact with the fluid permeable layer. A fluid impermeable layer is provided on at least a portion of the exterior surface so that a disposable absorbent device may be secured to the glans for covering the urethral opening in the glans for capturing and retaining any fluid drip post urination or post sexual activity with the shield without manipulation or physical transformation of the device prior to application, while providing a virtual barrier to reduce exposure of the glans from fluid absorbed by said shield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Gary J. Trabucco
  • Patent number: 8050796
    Abstract: Implementations of a public use tag marking kiosk. Aspects associated with particular implementations of a tag marking kiosk comprise, among others, automatically marking two sides of a tag within the kiosk, receiving the tag to be marked from the customer, engaging and aligning the tag to be marked, providing a closeable door between the marking implement and the customer while the tag is being marked, ejecting the tag from a tag holder after the tag is marked, and aligning the tag so that a desired tag side is required to be initially facing up on the tag holder. Housing for the kiosk may surround all of the system parts or may be split into a housing shell and a marking unit that fits inside the shell. Marking implements may be laser, mechanical stylus, paint, or others. Tags may be suspended in a cantilevered manner during marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: TagWorks, LLC
    Inventors: George Lynn Hagen, Ryan Hamblin, Carl Ito, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Publication number: 20110186589
    Abstract: A glove dispensing system includes a dispenser housing, at least one pair of spaced-apart platen arms carried by the dispenser housing, a dispensing space between the at least one pair of platen arms, at least one glove dispensing tape in the dispenser housing, a plurality of gloves carried by the at least one glove dispensing tape and a glove dispensing mechanism in the dispenser housing and adapted to advance the glove dispensing tape from the dispenser housing into the dispensing space. The gloves individually and sequentially drop from the glove dispensing tape into an open position in the dispensing space responsive to advancing the glove dispensing tape into the dispensing space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Lanny Lee
  • Publication number: 20110163111
    Abstract: An improved napkin device is set forth. The device includes a front face adapted for opening to load napkins therein. A first downwardly angled steel rod is fixed to a first side face, and a second downwardly angled steel rod is fixed to a second side face. Each of the steel rods has a substantially circular cross section. A plate adapted to slide along the first and second steel rods until it reaches a stop, disposed perpendicular to the first and second side faces of the device is provided. The stop is connected to the first and second side faces. The plate comes to rest at the stop as it slides along the first and second steel rods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: James A. Schaefers
  • Publication number: 20110114660
    Abstract: A dispenser of absorbent articles in a stack or a roll. At least a portion of each absorbent article is covered by a cover wrapper. The dispenser includes a housing, the housing including, inter alia, a friction element which is arranged to make contact with the cover wrapper of a leading absorbent article and deliver it towards the outlet of the dispenser. The friction element has a friction material including that surface of the friction element which is arranged to make contact with the cover wrapper. The friction material has a static coefficient of friction against the surface of the cover wrapper which has a minimum value, so that effective and reproducible dispensing of the absorbent articles is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventor: Charlotte Johansson
  • Publication number: 20110101017
    Abstract: A lid dispenser includes a housing, shaft assemblies and a lid dispensing mechanism. Each shaft assembly includes a shaft that extends from a base of the housing, a lid shelf that supports at least a bottom-most lid in the lid stack area and a drive gear about its shaft so that rotation of the drive gear causes rotation of the associated shaft and lid shelf. A common gear is positioned so as to mesh with each of the drive gears such that rotation of the common gear causes corresponding rotation of each of the drive gears. Manual operation of the lid dispensing mechanism causes the common gear to rotate each of the shafts sufficient to allow the lid shelves to dispense the bottom-most lid. Release of the lid dispensing mechanism rotates the common gear back to a default position, rotating each of the shaft assemblies back to their default position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Roy D. Schroeder, Chris Rode
  • Patent number: 7854346
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container for dispensing vertically configured wipes, which provides improved sequential dispensing of the contained wipes while permitting enhanced accessibility to the wipes within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Yarron Bendor, Marcia Cole-Yocom, Donna Barker, Stefano Bartolucci, Johannes Lambertus Maria Mensink
  • Patent number: 7845515
    Abstract: In a gravity-feed towel dispenser for dispensing C-fold and interfolded towels having a transverse length, L, through an elongated bottom dispensing aperture having a length of L or greater, an adapter plate for securing to the bottom portion of the towel dispenser is configured to abridge the length of the dispensing aperture to a length, L? of from about 80 percent to about 90 percent of the transverse length L of the interfolded towels. In a preferred embodiment the adapter plate is provided with a pair of upwardly inclined terminal portions projecting laterally and upwardly at each end of the adapter plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventor: John R. Moody
  • Patent number: 7841488
    Abstract: A sheet member container from which sheet members housed in a stacked state can be taken out reliably and in which occurrence of a wrinkle in a next sheet member in a returning operation of a sheet feeder is reduced. The sheet member container includes a container body having a top face opening for containing stacked sheet members; a lid member for openably/closably closing with respect to a top face opening of the container body; and a sheet feeding mechanism provided for the lid member for feeding the sheet members one by one from the top via a slot formed in either one of the container body or the lid member. The sheet member container includes a mechanism for bending the sheet members housed in the container body in a direction orthogonal to a feeding direction of the sheet members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Shiseido Honeycake Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Hagihara, Yuriko Matsumoto, Yumiko Takeda, Yoshinobu Saito, Tetsuo Nishina
  • Publication number: 20100288800
    Abstract: An automatic shoe cover dispenser includes a shoe cover feeding arrangement holding a plurality of shoe covers each having a shoe opening; and a shoe cover pulling mechanism for pulling one of the shoe covers into an open-up condition as a standby shoe cover and being ready for putting on a user's shoe, wherein after the standby shoe cover is dispensed for being worn at the shoe of the user, the shoe cover at a subsequent position is pulled into the open-up condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Liang Jie Xu
  • Patent number: 7806292
    Abstract: A towelette dispenser is provided with an integrally molded lid. The lid has a central aperture for allowing access to a roll of towelettes maintained within a tub receiving the lid therein. The separation bar bridges the aperture, and provides a rip fence in the form of a fingered thimble that is angled with respect to the lid as a whole. The thimble is offset near one edge of the annular opening so that a user may access the back side thereof to thread an edge of the leading towelette through the thimble without having to remove the lid from the tub. A well is provided in the smaller portion of the aperture and a cap for the lid is provided with a stuffer tab to urge the leading edge of the next towelette into the well when the cap is closed. Barrier caps are also provided to seal the interior of the tub during shipment and storage before the first use of the towelette dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Nelson E. Simkins
  • Publication number: 20100230429
    Abstract: A chewing gum pocket provides a flexible sheet with a smooth surface with a first surface, an obverse second surface, a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis. Tacky adhesive is applied as transverse bands at opposing ends of said first side of said sheet. Said sheet is scored along a generally transverse axis, generally bisecting said sheet. The sheet can then be folded so as to form a pocket with a smooth surface for temporarily store previously chewed gum for continued use or a tacky interior surface for disposal of said chewing gum. Said pocket is manufactured in a sterile environment. Releasable sheets cover said first and second sides of said sheet and are enclosed in an envelope for convenient distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: JOY B. JACOBS
  • Patent number: 7797078
    Abstract: There is provided a sticky note supply device that separates an uppermost sticky note from a stacks of sticky note one by one so as to discharge to the outside of the device from a discharge section. The sticky note supply device includes a transport unit that separates the sticky note to discharge the sticky note to the outside of the device from the discharge section, a control unit that controls the drive of the transport unit, and a detecting unit that is provided in the discharge section so as to detect whether the sticky note is present or not. When a next sticky note starts to be transported after the sticky note is completely transported by the transport unit and the detecting unit detects the presence, the control unit prohibits the transport unit from being driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20100224647
    Abstract: A dispensing system that removes individual napkins from a stack of interfolded napkins in a manner that allows the number of napkins dispensed to be easily counted and controlled so that an appropriate number of napkins are dispensed. The counted napkins are collected in an easily manageable form and presented to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: SCA TISSUE NORTH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: John S. FORMON, Craig BILLMAN, Jeffrey J. BRICKL, John W. GROSZ, Wayne HANSEN, Matthew T. WOERPEL, Edward A. RALEIGH
  • Patent number: 7731057
    Abstract: The new invention allows for easy retrieval of fall backs and eases the initial threading process upon initial opening/use of the package. Threading is done without removing the cap. Several of the embodiments allow refills to be inserted into the canister without removing the lid/cap. The layout of the dispensing system and the geometry and shape of the dispensing orifice/aperture minimize and mitigate product fall backs. The new invention improves performance of the orifices/apertures through unique geometry and shape as well as using different materials from existing products or the combination of multiple materials. Varying orifice diameter, co-molded density and stiffness or geometry of the actual lobes defining the dispensing aperture allows the precise amount of friction to be created in the dispensing opening for selectively grabbing or releasing the towelette, thereby tearing the towelette connecting perforations at just the right time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Union Street Brand Packaging
    Inventors: Christopher T. Evans, Christopher Gieda, David Schultz, Paul Bertram
  • Patent number: 7731056
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing gloves is provided which includes a housing having an exit port, the housing also formed to include a compartment which is configured to hold a plurality of gloves therein. The dispenser includes a glove pusher movably coupled to the housing. At least a portion of the glove pusher is configured to move within the compartment of the housing and push at least a portion of a glove disposed in the compartment through the exit port. A cartridge configured to be disposed into a compartment of a dispenser is disclosed. The cartridge is formed to permit a portion of a dispenser to move into the internal compartment of the cartridge to move at least one of the plurality of gloves at least partially through the at least one opening in the cartridge. A dispensing assembly also may include a stack of gloves or a cartridge containing a plurality of gloves. A method of using a glove dispenser is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Francis Tramontina
  • Patent number: 7721913
    Abstract: A dispenser for a pad of repositionable notes is provided. The dispenser includes (a) a base having opposing interior and exterior surfaces; (b) a cover having opposing interior and exterior surfaces and two slots disposed substantially orthogonal to one another, the slots being sized to allow for dispensing individual repositionable notes from the pad, the cover disposed on the base forming a cavity; and (c) a biasing mechanism disposed in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: James E. Nash, Peter J. Newbould, Ivana Babic
  • Publication number: 20100116838
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a bandage dispenser for dispensing ready-to-adhere bandages from a cartridge. The cartridge is provided with a plurality of stacked plates accommodated within, and a resilient element beneath a lowermost plate that pushes the stacked plates toward the opening. Adhesive bandage are mounted on the plates with exposed adhesive material. An ejection mechanism ejects an uppermost plate so as to allow a sequential plate with an exposed bandage to move upwardly towards the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Ehud Rattner
  • Patent number: 7699189
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly adapted for dispensing gloves, which includes a dispenser. The dispenser has a housing which forms an inner surface and an internal compartment configured to hold a stack of gloves, and at least one dispensing opening. A stack of gloves disposed in the dispenser on a glove positioner and the glove positioner biases the stack of gloves toward the dispensing opening and a portion of the housing such that the glove positioner controls the stack of gloves and space in the internal compartment of the dispenser to prevent gloves from moving out of the stack and into the space to permit easy and reliable withdrawal of each glove therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Francis Tramontina
  • Publication number: 20100089939
    Abstract: A powered dispenser for dispensing individual sheet segments from a continuous roll of sheet material provided with spaced tear lines comprises a powered feed mechanism, a releasable, powered drive mechanism, a powered transfer mechanism, a pair of web sensing sensors, a capacitive sensing system providing automatic sensitivity adjustment, and control circuitry. A dual power supply system provides a mechanical lock-out functionality, and the control system is protected from electrostatic build-up on the surface of the feed roller. The web sensor, and an antenna plate of the capacitive sensing system, are provided on respective printed circuit boards mounted in overlying relation. Utilizing signals received from the pair of web sensors and the capacitive sensing system, the control circuitry senses the presence of a user to activate the powered drive mechanism, and prevents further dispensing of the sheet material until a previously dispensed segment is separated from the roll.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LP
    Inventors: Andrew R. Morris, Michael A. Susi
  • Publication number: 20100059539
    Abstract: A bulk dispenser (10) for dispensing pre-cut pieces of film is disclosed. In one embodiment, the dispenser includes a container body (12), a dispenser housing assembly (52) housed within the container body, arid a lid (14) which forms a moisture-tight seal with the container body. The dispenser housing assembly includes a product reservoir, a dispenser housing in engagement with the product reservoir, and a flexible indexing arm that is movable relative to the dispenser housing to dispense the pre-cut pieces of film. The pre-cut pieces of film can be encapsulated within a perforated continuous carrier (30) and contained within the product reservoir. The flexible indexing arm has features that cooperate with the continuous carrier to index the continuous carrier and dispense an individual pre-cut film piece. In an alternative embodiment, the dispenser employs a suction cup (150) in the container lid which is forced onto a film piece in a stack of film pieces to be dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Michel Zbirka
  • Patent number: 7654412
    Abstract: In a dispensing system and process for dispensing a warm wet wipe, a wet has an aqueous solution and microencapsulated delivery vehicles including a temperature change agent capable of generating a temperature change upon contact with the aqueous solution. An activating device facilitates rupturing of the microencapsulated delivery vehicles as the wet wipe is removed from a wet wipe container to allow contact between the temperature change agent and the aqueous solution of the wet wipe to thereby dispense a warm wet wipe. In another embodiment the wet wipe in the container has an aqueous solution. A lotion having the microencapsulated delivery vehicles is disposed in a lotion container free from contact with the wet wipe. An applicator in communication with the lotion is operable to apply the lotion to the wet wipe while the wet wipe is disposed at least in part within the wet wipe container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Amundson, Frank P. Abuto, Timothy P. Clare, Michael Joseph Nelson, James Dell Milner, Wael R. Joseph, Duane Lyle McDonald, Herb Flores Velazquez
  • Patent number: 7648046
    Abstract: In a dispensing system for dispensing wet wipes, a wet wipe has an aqueous solution and microencapsulated delivery vehicles including a temperature agent, and is disposed in a wet wipe container. A cartridge is held in assembly with the wet wipe container and has an activating device that facilitates rupturing of the microencapsulated delivery vehicles as the wet wipe is removed from the dispensing system to allow contact between the temperature change agent and the aqueous solution of the wet wipe to thereby dispense a warm or cooled wet wipe. In another embodiment, the wet wipe has an aqueous solution and a lotion having the microencapsulated heat delivery vehicles disposed in the cartridge free from contact with the wet wipe. The cartridge also has an applicator that is operable to apply the lotion to the wet wipe as the wet wipe is removed from the wet wipe container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Sosalla, Paul R. Schmidt, James Dell Milner, Wael R. Joseph, Duane Lyle McDonald
  • Patent number: 7640851
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing both coffee in a reservoir and nested stacks of cup-shaped coffee filters, and then automatically filling individual filters with selected amounts of coffee and brewing the coffee while protecting the reservoir. Through a series of gears, an electric motor rotates an elastic projection with teeth and a disengaging curved tooth against the topmost filter in the stack, dragging it into a filter well beneath a coffee storage receptacle and then dropping it. Simultaneously, a rotating coffee dispenser fills with a selectable quantity of coffee and then dumps the coffee into the filter. The apparatus also includes a stirring device for insuring the stored coffee falls to the bottom of the coffee receptacle. A hot water dispenser operates in conjunction with a valve means for cutting off steam from the coffee reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph Allen Blair, Larry Moore Moore
  • Publication number: 20090302050
    Abstract: Disclosed is a biased paper dispensing device for dispensing paper. The dispensing device has a housing with an elongated body for containing paper. The housing has a lift system which may include a tray for holding the paper, a pulley system having pulleys, and elastic tubing. The tray holds the paper horizontally in the housing, and is moved vertically within the housing to dispense the paper. The lift system is used to lift or lower the paper and to bias the paper within the housing toward the lid or opening. A paper guide device for guiding paper into alignment with the opening may be provided. The opening may include at least one lateral opening portion permitting paper exposed in the opening to be withdrawn laterally therefrom. Flanges for holding the paper within the opening, and for allowing easy insertion of paper into the housing, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: IdeaStream Consumer Products, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Joseph DeCARLO, Curtis Patrick Taylor, Jonathan George Erbacher, David George Hudak
  • Publication number: 20090198373
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a portion of sheet product stored in a dispenser, in which a dispensed sheet portion is to be removed by tearing the sheet portion from the remaining product supply. The dispenser includes a system which detects the presence of sheet product in a region of a dispensing outlet. Upon detection of a potential user, the sensing system causes dispensing of paper, on the condition that the sheet portion is regarded as having been torn off. The system includes elements for detecting a discontinuity in the sheet product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Kin Lun Mok, King Lun Mok, Hong Ng
  • Patent number: 7472802
    Abstract: A system for optimally filling an apparatus for dispensing a zigzag folded web of towel material is provided. The system includes a holder that is disposed in a housing for receiving a first stock of zigzag folded web of towel material. The holder also includes a fill meter having a division into at least three areas each having its own coding. The first upper coding indicates that no refilling is required, a second coding below the first indicates that refilling with a refill stock that has a coding equal to the second coding, and each further coding indicates refilling with an increasingly thicker refill stock that has a corresponding coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Vendor B.V.
    Inventor: Elisabeth Joanna van Riel
  • Publication number: 20080142535
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to devices suitable for storing an assembly of multiple personal care products and individually dispensing the personal care products from the assembly, where the devices include a compartment for storing the assembly of personal care products and a mechanism for dispensing the personal care products slidingly engaged with the compartment between a storage position and a dispensing position, where the mechanism for dispensing includes a member for contacting the personal care products and an opening through which the products may be accessed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventors: Ari Tao Adler, Jonathan Belfort, William Charles Stewart, Devorah Klein, Jared Alden Judson
  • Publication number: 20080135570
    Abstract: An apparatus for discharging tissue that is folded several times and stacked is provided. The apparatus includes a cartridge that holds stacked tissue and has a through hole at one end, and a holding member that is disposed adjacent to the through hole of the cartridge and pivots on an axis to grasp and remove tissues one at a time from the top of the stack through an arm. The inventive apparatus allows a user to easily replace tissue and check the amount of tissue used and the amount left to use through visual means. The apparatus virtually eliminates the problem of tissue dispensing failure, and has increased precision and reliability and reduced dispensing time over conventional apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: ELIX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin Yong Lee
  • Publication number: 20080087560
    Abstract: Disclosed is a disinfectant wipe dispenser. The dispenser may assist in the prevention of nosocomial infection transmission, such as staff and MRSA infections. Such a dispenser may comprise a housing for holding disinfectant wipes and a fastener. The fastener may be adapted to removably attach the housing to a medical implement and/or an article of clothing. For example, the housing may be attached to a stethoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventor: Rita Kelly
  • Patent number: 7270248
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing flexible lids includes a housing having a lid stack holder for containing a coaxial stack of lids. Lids are supported within a substantially coaxial channel of the lid stack by a pair of opposing indexing shafts that rotate upon operation of a user operable drive device to pass a bottom-most lid to a discharge area. The drive device may be calibrated to rotate the indexing shafts by an adjustable amount that is determined, at least in part, by the height of each lid and/or the spacing between lids in the stack. Further, the housing may be constructed from a fixed housing portion and an adjustable housing portion. The adjustable housing portion allows the spacing between the indexing shafts to be adjusted to correspond to the circumference of the lids currently being dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Roy D. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 6892898
    Abstract: A product metering napkin dispenser includes a housing defining a storage magazine for receiving a stack of folded napkins and a metering member that penetrates the stack in order to segregate a predetermined number of napkins from the remainder of the stack for dispensing. Preferred embodiments include gravity feed napkin dispensers. In various embodiments the metering member may include: a pivoting plate cooperating with a hinged trap door support surface; a rotating semicircular disk co-rotating with a support disk; or a reciprocating jaw assembly urging napkins through an aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce T. Boone, Gregory D. Budz, Michael R. Kilgore, Jonathan R. Aumann, James B. Christensen
  • Patent number: 6874653
    Abstract: A product metering napkin dispenser includes a housing defining a storage magazine for receiving a stack of folded napkins and a metering member that penetrates the stack in order to segregate a predetermined number of napkins from the remainder of the stack for dispensing. Preferred embodiments include gravity feed napkin dispensers. In various embodiments the metering member may include: a pivoting plate cooperating with a hinged trap door support surface; a rotating semicircular disk co-rotating with a support disk; or a reciprocating jaw assembly urging napkins through an aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce T. Boone, Gregory D. Budz, Michael R. Kilgore, Jonathan R. Aumann, James B. Christensen
  • Publication number: 20040262325
    Abstract: The present invention defines a system (200) for dispensing disposable cleanroom wipers. The system provides a housing (202), within which a supply of cleanroom wipers (204) is stored. A loading assembly (206) is disposed on or within one wall of the housing, for loading the cleanroom wipers into the housing. An access portal (224) is disposed on or within one wall of the housing. A retrieval assembly (208) is also disposed on or within one wall of the housing. The retrieval assembly comprises an actuating member (210) and a retrieval member (212), and is configured such that as the actuating member is asserted, the retrieval member engages and grasps a single cleanroom wiper (220) from the supply of cleanroom wipers, and moves that single cleanroom wiper into immediate proximity with the access portal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Terry L. Hinkle, Ronnie R. Schkade, William N. McDuffie
  • Patent number: 6622888
    Abstract: A product metering napkin dispenser includes a housing defining a storage magazine for receiving a stack of folded napkins and a metering member that penetrates the stack in order to segregate a predetermined number of napkins from the remainder of the stack for dispensing. Preferred embodiments include gravity feed napkin dispensers. In various embodiments the metering member may include: a pivoting plate cooperating with a hinged trap door support surface; a rotating semicircular disk co-rotating with a support disk; or a reciprocating jaw assembly urging napkins through an aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce T. Boone, Gregory D. Budz, Michael R. Kilgore, Jonathan R. Aumann, James B. Christensen