With Fluent Material Dispenser Patents (Class 221/96)
  • Patent number: 10182587
    Abstract: A system prepares and dispenses non gas-infused and gas-infused beverages including a gas source, a pressurizable container connected to the gas source to receive a first flow of gas, a gas infusion tank connected to the gas source to receive a second flow of gas, a first dispensing tap that receives a portion of preprocessed beverage stored in the pressurizable container that flows under pressure from a portion of the first flow of gas to dispense a non gas-infused beverage from the first dispensing tap, and a second dispensing tap that receives gas-infused beverage from the gas infusion vessel to dispense the gas-infused beverage by the second dispensing tap, the gas-infused tank receiving a portion of the preprocessed beverage from the pressurizable container to infuse the preprocessed beverage in the gas infusion vessel with at least a portion of the second flow of gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: MANITOWOC FOODSERVICE COMPANIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Lundberg, Paul Wesley Cochran, Peter Edward Boyd, Robert R. Niederman, William J. Allen, II, Aditya Jayant Angal
  • Patent number: 10019864
    Abstract: A merchandise dispensing system for storing and dispensing food products, consumables, and beverages may include a plurality of modules, such as a food module, a consumables module, a beverage module, and one or more container modules. The modules may be positioned adjacent each other or connected to each other to form a merchandise dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Tomkins, John Fontana, Trisha Patel, Adrian Caroen
  • Patent number: 9504363
    Abstract: A wet/dry sheet dispenser. The dispenser has an elongate refill which holds a liquid and fits into a complementary base. Liquid is selectively dispensed from the refill by longitudinal activation of a pump. The pump may be disposed on either the refill or base. Liquid flows from the refill, upwardly to a dispensing cup. The user may then, optionally, take a sheet and wet it with liquid from the cup at the point of use. This arrangement allows for convenient and selective one hand pump operation, so the other hand is free to grasp the sheet. The sheet may be used wet or dry as desired at the point of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Paulus Antonius Augustinus Hoefte, Kris Adriaenssens, Annick Hilda Rose Coenen, An Jozefien De Coninck
  • Patent number: 9480372
    Abstract: A portable towelette dispenser includes a liquid container comprising a liquid cavity, and a base rotationally connected to the liquid container. A stem connected to the base in rotating relation thereto, wherein the liquid container may be disposed about the stem. The base may be operative to rotate the stem relative to the liquid container via rotation of the base relative to the liquid container. A wetting configuration of the portable towelette dispenser is at least partially defined by at least partial alignment of one or more stem apertures relative to one or more wetting apertures. A sealed configuration of the portable towelette dispenser is at least partially defined by a completely non-aligned relation of the stem apertures relative to the wetting apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Kyle Taylor
  • Patent number: 9423167
    Abstract: A refrigerator having an ice and water dispenser has a seal to sealingly engage the ice compartment when the refrigerator door is closed. The seal is flexible to accommodate manufacturing tolerance. The seal may be impregnated with a friction reducing agent to increase life of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Bowen, Bruce A. Kopf, Dean A. Martin, Chad J. Rotter, Scott W. Leimkuehler, Lawrence J. Ertz
  • Patent number: 9321590
    Abstract: The invention relates to an automatic storage system having a storage volume enclosed at least sectionwise by a covering made of at least one wall panel (3), wherein the wall panel (3) is attached to a support structure. The invention further relates to a kit for automatic storage systems and to a method for assembling an automatic storage system (1), wherein at least one wall panel (3) is placed on at least one support (8) substantially transverse to a longitudinal axis of the support (8). In order to simplify the assembly of the storage system, according to the invention, attachment segments (3c) or mounting segments (8b) designed as latching elements on the wall panels (3) and the supports (8) have at least one mounting surface (3d) facing outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: KARDEX PRODUKTION DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Harald Preschke
  • Patent number: 8991647
    Abstract: A station combines a toilet paper dispenser, dispenser for dispensing hand wipes, a dispenser for dispensing surface antibiotic wipes, and a deodorant feature. The station includes a toilet paper dispenser made from a plastic type material and the toilet paper dispenser may be a single or double roll dispenser. The station cover houses a battery-operated fan that pulls air from inside the dispenser. A tray inside the dispenser holds a fragrance cup holding a quantity of deodorant. The base holds one or two rolls of commercial toilet paper, each of which rolls on a hollow plastic axle to hold a bottle containing wipes. A microswitch may be integrated in the cover to disengage the fan when the cover of the unit is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Encore Industrial Supply, LLC
    Inventor: Leigh A. Meyers
  • Patent number: 8976031
    Abstract: A portable personal dispenser assembly comprising a combination of a dispenser and a communication enabled, portable handheld pocket-sized, personal computer in which the pocket-sized personal computer performs compliance monitoring of use of the dispenser and preferably controls and powers the use of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Gotohti.com Inc.
    Inventor: Heiner Ophardt
  • Publication number: 20150048107
    Abstract: A sanitized vending machine includes product and cup dispensing mechanisms and an actuation mechanism. The product dispensing mechanism, holding product items, rotates through a product dispensing cycle to dispense them. The cup dispensing mechanism, holding a stack of cups, rotates through a cup dispensing cycle to dispense an empty cup to an intermediate location in a drop chute spaced above a final discharge location. Dispensing cycles occur in a predetermined sequence enabling the dispensed product items to be received in a previously dispensed empty cup. A cup shielding mechanism is actuated, in response to an access door being pivoted from a closed to open position, to translate from a retracted to extended position wherein any person reaching past the open access door into the machine is obstructed from being able to reach the empty cup at the intermediate location where the cup will receive product items during the next actuation cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Kil Jae Chang
  • Publication number: 20150041485
    Abstract: A sanitized vending machine includes product and cup dispensing mechanisms and an actuation mechanism. The product dispensing mechanism, holding product items, rotates through a product dispensing cycle to dispense them. The cup dispensing mechanism, holding a stack of cups, rotates through a cup dispensing cycle to dispense an empty cup to an intermediate location in a drop chute spaced above a final discharge location. Dispensing cycles occur in predetermined sequence enabling dispensed product items to be received in a previously dispensed cup. A cup retention-and-release mechanism disposed about and adjacent to the drop chute at the intermediate location converts between a cup hold position, wherein the empty cup is caught and retained at the intermediate location awaiting receipt of dispensed product items into the cup, and a cup release position, wherein the cup now having dispensed product items received therein is released and enabled to drop to the discharge location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Kil Jae Chang
  • Patent number: 8893922
    Abstract: Systems and methods for brewing coffee and producing other hot beverages are included herein. An automated coffee vending kiosk configured in accordance with one embodiment includes a coffee brewing unit for brewing coffee and a cup dispensing portion. The cup dispensing portion can include a motor and a door operably coupled to the motor. The door can be moveable between a closed position and an open position to provide access to a cup storage area having a plurality of cups. A coffee dispensing portion can be positioned to dispense the coffee into an individual cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Lawrence David Azzano, Daniel Phillips, Doug Edward Coppenbarger, Kenneth J. Redding, James Michael Craig, Manolito Adan
  • Patent number: 8839987
    Abstract: An automatic machine for dispensing beverages has at least two rotatable cup dispensing towers having a plurality of housings for variously sized stacked cups. The housings may be rotated in a selective manner. Cups are dispensed from the housings. A cup holder device includes cup holders that receive the dispensed cups. The cup holder device is rotatable about a vertical axis that is parallel to the axes of rotation of the rotatable cup dispensing towers. The cup holder device is provided with at least two cup holders that move along concentric circular trajectories with respect to the vertical axis of the cup holder device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Rheavendors Services S.p.A.
    Inventor: Aldo Doglioni Majer
  • Patent number: 8816860
    Abstract: In combination a fluid dispenser for dispensing fluid and a sound sensing mechanism remote from the fluid dispenser, the fluid dispenser dispensing fluid when activated, the fluid dispenser including a sound generator which generates a sound when the fluid dispenser is activated, the sound sensing mechanism separate from and spaced from the fluid dispenser, the sound sensing mechanism including a sound sensor to sense the sound generated by the sound generator, the sound sensing mechanism including a communication system to transmit data representative of the sound sensed by the sound generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Gotohti.com Inc.
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Tony Kortleve-Snider
  • Patent number: 8800810
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus of capsules to a brewing device of an automatic beverage vending machine; the feeding apparatus comprising two stores for respective types of capsules; an outlet device, common to the two stores, to feed the capsules to the brewing device; and, for each store, dispensing means of the respective capsules one by one; and orientating means configured to give the capsules a determined final orientation before they are dispensed to the brewing device; the feeding apparatus also comprising detecting means to detect whether or not a capsule is present inside the outlet device; and control means for stopping the dispensing means of both stores and preventing further capsules from being dispensed in response to a capsule-presence signal emitted by the detecting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: N&W Global Vending S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Magno
  • Patent number: 8783508
    Abstract: A wall-mounted tissue press that combines a dispenser and receptacle into one integrated unit that dispenses, receives, compacts and temporarily stores, tissue paper. By a combination of internal components, a ram is created to compress stored waste, and effectively increase the capacity of said receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: William P. Comerford
  • Patent number: 8751037
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can include systems and methods for dispensing consumable products. One embodiment of the invention can provide a product dispenser. The product dispenser can include an ingredient matrix operable to receive a plurality of product ingredients. In addition, the product dispenser can include a controller in communication with the ingredient matrix, and operable to execute a set of instructions to receive product data associated with the plurality of product ingredients. Moreover, the controller can further comprise a set of instructions to track usage of the plurality of product ingredients when at least one product is dispensed. Furthermore, the controller can further comprise a set of instructions to update the product data during or after dispensing of a product or installation of one or more product ingredients in the ingredient matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Dan Peters, Son V. Tran, David R. Newman, Leonard F. Antao, David O. Slagley, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 8668107
    Abstract: A modular recycling unit comprises a support for supporting a first container. The first container is tiltable between a first position where the interior of the container is accessible and a second position where the interior of the container is inaccessible. The first container is freely removable from the support. A second container is supported on the support such that it is in a stacked relationship relative to the first container. The second container is freely removable from the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Nicholas Decker, Bradley Hooley, David McNamara
  • Patent number: 8602257
    Abstract: A combination dispenser for hand wipes and hand gel, configured to be held in a cup holder, is disclosed. Some embodiments of the device are substantially cylindrical in order to fit within a cup holder and substantially prevent shifting. Further, embodiments are partitioned internally to provide at least two separate compartments. The partitioned compartments are uniquely designed to hold and provide access to various products such as, but not limited to, hand wipes, sanitizing gel, lotion, fragrance, liquid soap or the like. In some embodiments, a lid covers the device to prevent the hand wipes from drying out. Also, some embodiments include a pump aspect that is in fluid communication with fluid products contained within a portion of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: David Godsell
  • Publication number: 20130320037
    Abstract: The Dispenser may contain combinations of either a solid and/or a liquid substance. The Dispenser may, for instance, contain hand sanitizer as the substance used coming out of the bottom of the animal's feet, and facial tissue as another substance used coming from the top exit. This allows for the customer to have two or more convenient items within The Dispenser. The connector permits connection to another object. In the combination above the consumer may be a child, but the product could take numerous forms that could appeal to other genres of people.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Jane Elizabeth Chovanec
  • Patent number: 8509947
    Abstract: The invention proposes an autonomous mobile robotic device in the form of an integrated machine for producing beverages or liquid comestibles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Jarisch, Nicola Tomatis, Lucio Scorrano
  • Publication number: 20130126549
    Abstract: A device for dispensing towels comprises a container, a sepearet area and a chamber. The container, such a bottle contains liquid, such a hand sanitizer. Then a separate area provides for housing a plurality of dry compressed towels, in the form of tablets. The chamber receives the dry compressed towels and the liquid. A trigger mechanism provides for selectively introducing at least one dry compressed towel and liquid into the chamber. Actuation of the trigger mechanism causes the dry compressed towel to enter the chamber and to be exposed to the liquid so as to be moistened or wetted, thereby being decompressed or expanding. The user can then retrieve the ready to use towel from the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Joelle Berdugo Ader
  • Patent number: 8386074
    Abstract: One embodiment of the vending machine of the present disclosure provides a housing defining a product holding area, a frame positioned in the product holding area, a plurality first product holders removably attached to the frame and configured to hold a first type of product package, a plurality different second product holders configured to hold a second different product package, a plurality of RFID sensors, each RFID sensor attached to a different one of the product holders, a door attached to the housing, a first electronic combination display device and input device attached to the door, a second electronic display device attached to the door and configured in one mode to display advertising or other content, a physical product display area in the door, a signage display area in the door, a payment receiver in the door, a product retrieval area in the door, a lock configured to lock the door to the housing, and a computer control system including at least one processor configured to control various func
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Interactive Vending Corporation
    Inventors: George W. Smith, III, Mark W. Sprenger
  • Patent number: 8371479
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides an integrated spray and wipe system and a method of using such a system. In one embodiment the system includes a fluid reservoir that extends through the center of a roll of cleaning material (e.g., paper towel roll). The tool houses cleaning fluid and cleaning wipes and, therefore, can be used to dispense liquid or cleaning wipes as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Green Bay Converting, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee Thomas Luft
  • Patent number: 8365949
    Abstract: A canister for removable attachment to a dispenser is formed as a hollow shell defining a cavity into which wet or dry paper can be fitted and removed from the canister through a dispensing opening therein. The shell is formed with a part-cylindrical shape and has a outwardly projecting rim at its bottom for detachable mounting on the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Armand Serfaty
  • Patent number: 8348878
    Abstract: A dispensing device deposits cream onto a strip of gauze by housing a roll of gauze that is unrolled and pulled through a user-fillable reservoir of cream. The amount of cream deposited on the gauze is regulated by applying pressure to various parts of the device. Cream laden gauze is then used in the conventional manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AB Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Eric L Black, David S Asbery
  • Patent number: 8335586
    Abstract: There is provided an automatic vending machine having a vending machine main unit, a gas supply unit furnished with a discharge mechanism section for discharging a gas, and a control means for controlling operation of the vending machine main unit and gas supply unit. The vending machine main unit and the gas supply unit are interconnected via the control means. The gas supply unit includes a cup-shaped breathing member to discharge gas toward the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: BLD Oriental, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Publication number: 20120248136
    Abstract: A station combines a toilet paper dispenser, dispenser for dispensing hand wipes, a dispenser for dispensing surface antibiotic wipes, and a deodorant feature. The station includes a toilet paper dispenser made from a plastic type material and the toilet paper dispenser may be a single or double roll dispenser. The station cover houses a battery-operated fan that pulls air from inside the dispenser. A tray inside the dispenser holds a fragrance cup holding a quantity of deodorant. The base holds one or two rolls of commercial toilet paper, each of which rolls on a hollow plastic axle to hold a bottle containing wipes. A microswitch may be integrated in the cover to disengage the fan when the cover of the unit is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: KELLYCRAFT INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Leigh A. Meyers
  • Publication number: 20120199603
    Abstract: The automatic dispenser (1) comprises a first dispensing unit (3) for dispensing solid or packaged food products and a second dispensing unit (5) for dispensing drinks, overlapped to the first dispensing unit. The second dispensing unit (5) is turnably mounted relative to the first dispensing unit (3), for allowing back access to the second dispensing unit without moving the first dispensing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Leonardo Antonio Avezzano, Massimo Ballerini
  • Patent number: 8162210
    Abstract: A liquid and drink mix vending machine can vend both potable water and as an additional purchase option drink mixes (e.g., flavored drink mixes). The vending machine can include a liquid vending system and a drink mix vending system. The liquid vending system can vend different amounts of water, which can be delivered to a container provided by a user. The drink mix vending system can vend a variety of drink mixes, including drink mixes of different concentrations for a given quantity of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Glacier Water Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian McInerney, Justin Pigott
  • Patent number: 8152023
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a modular beverage system incorporable into a transportation unit. The system comprises a power source, at least one user point, at least one vessel, at least one liquid transferring apparatus operatively associated with said power source; and piping. The vessel is adapted to store therein liquid. Activation the liquid transferring apparatus causes the distribution of at least some of the liquid from the vessel to respective user points via said piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Avishai Hatuka
  • Patent number: 8126589
    Abstract: A vending machine for the distribution of beverages. The vending machine may also dispense a reusable beverage container. The vending machine may also fill a container purchased from the machine or provided by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Ecowell, Inc.
    Inventor: Caryn Parker
  • Patent number: 8025180
    Abstract: The present invention refers to an apparatus for dispensing capsules, preferably single-use, disposable capsules for the production of beverages, brews and the like, intended for use in connection with automatic food-product vending machines. The inventive capsule dispensing apparatus includes a plurality of receptacles adapted to accommodate capsules in a stacked arrangement, at least a rotary pick-up device provided with two or more compartments distributed about the axis of rotation thereof for removing the capsules from the receptacles, and a conveyor. The capsule dispensing apparatus is characterized in that between the at least a pick-up device and the conveyor there is arranged a distribution tray including a plurality of guide partitions adapted to enable the capsules to undergo a rotary motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: N & W Global Vending S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Magno
  • Patent number: 8011533
    Abstract: A fluid-containing system includes an enclosure that houses a fluid that is contained in a bladder coupled to a spigot and houses a sleeve that is inclined relative to the bottom of the enclosure. The spigot protrudes through a spigot opening in the enclosure, while the sleeve contains dispensable items that can be fed through a dispensable item opening in the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Teresa A. Reineccius, Gary L. Sotebeer
  • Patent number: 8006864
    Abstract: Portable wipe dispensers are provided. In one form the wipe dispenser can be used to spray a cleaning liquid onto a wipe being dispensed from the device. Alternatively the outlet may be directed against a surface external to the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Fryan, Douglas A. Soller, Rakesh K. Popli, Frank J. Steer, Evan A. Sparks
  • Patent number: 7954671
    Abstract: The pack comprises a container defining a containment volume containing pastilles or the like, a lid closing off the said containment volume and includes a flap for dispensing the pastilles or the like. The pack also contains a spray dispenser including a sprayable fluid and spray nozzle for dispensing the fluid. The spray dispenser is inserted within the containment volume of the container with the spray nozzle associated with the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Soremartec
    Inventor: Giuseppe Terrasi
  • Publication number: 20110114640
    Abstract: A dispensing device deposits cream onto a strip of gauze by housing a roll of gauze that is unrolled and pulled through a user-fillable reservoir of cream. The amount of cream deposited on the gauze is regulated by applying pressure to various parts of the device. Cream laden gauze is then used in the conventional manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: ERIC L. BLACK, David S. Asbery
  • Patent number: 7886936
    Abstract: A insulated cooler includes a thermally insulated storage compartment and a water storage chamber mounted thereon and preferably formed integrally therewith. A water spout communicates with the water storage chamber to permit water to flow from the storage chamber for washing hands and the like when in areas without running water. A soap dispenser is mounted on the cooler to facilitate the washing process. An external carrier may also be mounted on the cooler for carrying various items which do not need to be stored within the insulated storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Steven M. Helline
  • Patent number: 7850041
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to wet wipe dispensing systems for dispensing wet wipes capable of changing temperature upon use. In one embodiment, the dispensing system includes a wet wipe container and a lotion container that is held in assembly with the wet wipe container that contains a lotion that is kept separate from the wet wipes until the wet wipe is dispensed from the wet wipe container. The lotion includes a microencapsulated delivery vehicle that contains a temperature change agent that is capable of generating a temperature change upon contact with an aqueous solution. Once the wet wipe is dispensed from the system, an applicating device can apply the lotion to the wet wipe to facilitate contact between the temperature change agent in the microencapsulated delivery vehicle and the aqueous solution of the wet wipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventors: John David Amundson, Frank P. Abuto, Timothy P. Clare, Edward John Foley, Eric Michael Winder, Paul R. Schmidt, Wael R. Joseph, Duane Lyle McDonald
  • Patent number: 7837060
    Abstract: A standalone portable dispenser assembly for sanitary items includes a base portion that provides resistance to the dispenser assembly against being tipped from an upright condition, an extension portion extending upwardly from the base portion, an upper cover portion attached to the extension portion above the base portion and a dispensing unit below the upper cover portion. One or more dispensing devices are disposed upon or within the dispensing unit for dispensing at least one sanitary item, such as hand towels and liquid hand soaps. The dispensing unit is at least partially shielded from weather by the upper cover portion, and the assembly is provided in a modular configuration for the convenient replacement of damaged components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: PolyJohn Enterprises Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney M. Mullett, Vaughan D. Smith, II, Jamie P. Kostelyk
  • Publication number: 20100187251
    Abstract: A infection control station includes: a mounting unit; a cover rotatably attached to the mounting unit, adapted to transition between an open position and a closed position; a pump adapted to dispense the hand sanitizer; a site window to view the hand sanitizer when the cover is in the closed position; an aperture adapted to dispense the towel; and a site window to view the towel when the cover is in the closed position. The station may also include a hinge that pivotally attaches a first side of the cover to the mounting unit; a lock that releasably secures a second side of the cover against the mounting unit; and a shelf that is accessible when the cover is in the open position and is not accessible when the cover is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Simmons
  • Publication number: 20100051637
    Abstract: A wireless parallel dispensing system includes an automatic soap dispenser, which comprises a CPU, an infrared sensor, a motor drive, a RF transmitter and a transmitting antenna and which transmits a RF signal when dispensing a liquid soap; an automatic perfume dispenser or an automatic tissue dispenser, which has built therein a RF receiver and a receiving antenna for receiving the RF signal from the automatic soap dispenser and which automatically dispenses a perfume or tissue each time it receives the RF signal from the automatic soap dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Hsiu-Hung Shu
  • Publication number: 20100018988
    Abstract: A fluid-containing system includes an enclosure that houses a fluid that is contained in a bladder coupled to a spigot and houses a sleeve that is inclined relative to the bottom of the enclosure. The spigot protrudes through a spigot opening in the enclosure, while the sleeve contains dispensable items that can be fed through a dispensable item opening in the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Teresa A. Reineccius, Gary L. Sotebeer
  • Publication number: 20090266838
    Abstract: A vendor for air inflation merchandises comprising a machine body, a merchandise receiving chamber, a merchandise output device and an air inflation device, the machine body providing a space for integrating the merchandise receiving chamber, the merchandise output device and the air inflation device. The merchandise receiving chamber serves for receiving air inflation merchandises which are packaged in boxes. The merchandise output device is installed below the merchandise receiving chamber. When coins are inputted, the air inflation merchandise in the merchandise receiving chamber will output to the merchandise outlet through a guide tube with the driving operation of the merchandise output device so as to achieve the object of selling the merchandise. The air inflation device is further installed with an extendable air transfer tube. One end of the air transfer tube protrudes out of the machine body to be pivoted to an air valve for air inflation by users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Shen-Hao Yao
  • Patent number: 7588168
    Abstract: A combination dispenser is provided. The combination dispenser includes a frame and a covering product dispenser carried by the frame. The covering product dispenser is configured for dispensing a covering product for use in covering a portion of a body. A wiping product dispenser is carried by the frame and is configured for dispensing a wiping product for use in wiping a body. An application product dispenser is carried by the frame and is configured for dispensing an application product for use in application to a body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Alison Salyer Bagwell, Martin Shamis, Marty Vistins
  • Patent number: 7556174
    Abstract: Disclosed is a candy storage and dispenser device. A multi-compartment dispensing device offers a unique device for storing and dispensing candy. Accordingly, multiple types and/or colors of candy may be contained in a transparent housing to create a very colorful presentation. Any number of candy types, including powdered, beads, pellets and the like, may be stored and dispensed with the multi-compartment device. The compartments are joined by a series of apertures which may, or may not, be regulated by a movable barricade. Then, when desired, the multiple candies are dispensed through the series of compartment apertures and a dispensing aperture. One version comprises a flute-shaped device having an operational mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Frank P. Gatski
  • Publication number: 20090101665
    Abstract: The invention is a soap and towel dispensing product that enables quick and easy restocking of towels and soap and also reduces contact with contaminated surfaces on the product during restocking. The product can hold a soap container beneath a towel enclosure to minimize contamination of the towels by the soap. The product is configured so that the soap container can be removed from the product without requiring a service worker to touch the soap container. The product is configured to that the soap container can be replaced by simply pressing the soap container against the product without rotating the soap container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Mike Mulhern
  • Patent number: 7519451
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a vending system wherein a monitoring system verifies that a beverage product ordered by a vending customer is actually delivered through a delivery area to the customer. If the beverage product ordered is unavailable either because of an out of stock situation or a blockage of the delivery path for that product, the present invention allows the customer to request a refund or order a second product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Crane Co.
    Inventors: William Eric Hartnell, David Boyd Whitten
  • Publication number: 20090090737
    Abstract: A combined towel and soap dispenser is disclosed comprising a housing having a front, back, bottom, top and sides to form an enclosure for a decorative nature. A partition is provided within the housing to form an upper interior compartment for housing liquid soap and a lower interior compartment for housing a charge of folded paper towels within the housing. A dispensing slot is provided at the bottom of the housing for dispensing the folded paper towels one at a time. In addition, a soap dispenser extents out of the front of the housing for dispensing soap from the upper interior compartment of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventor: Mary Bernice Franco
  • Publication number: 20090065521
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to wet wipe dispensing systems for dispensing wet wipes capable of changing temperature upon use. In one embodiment, the dispensing system includes a wet wipe container and a lotion container that is held in assembly with the wet wipe container that contains a lotion that is kept separate from the wet wipes until the wet wipe is dispensed from the wet wipe container. The lotion includes a microencapsulated delivery vehicle that contains a temperature change agent that is capable of generating a temperature change upon contact with an aqueous solution. Once the wet wipe is dispensed from the system, an applicating device can apply the lotion to the wet wipe to facilitate contact between the temperature change agent in the microencapsulated delivery vehicle and the aqueous solution of the wet wipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Amundson, Frank P. Abuto, Timothy P. Clare, Edward John Foley, Eric Michael Winder, Paul R. Schmidt, Wael R. Joseph, Duane Lyle McDonald
  • Publication number: 20090057331
    Abstract: Portable wipe dispensers are provided. In one form the wipe dispenser can be used to spray a cleaning liquid onto a wipe being dispensed from the device. Alternatively the outlet may be directed against a surface external to the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Michael C. Fryan, Douglas A. Soller, Rakesh K. Popli, Frank J. Steer, Evan A. Sparks