Roller Type Patents (Class 222/101)
  • Patent number: 10662051
    Abstract: The invention is characterized in that a cassette (10) of a dosing device (1) is, for the first time, provided with a press roller (30) in order to be able to empty a tubular bag (20), which is held in the cassette (10) in an exchangeable manner, with a smallest possible residual amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 10485384
    Abstract: A product dispenser includes an enclosure having at least one wall that defines an interior of the enclosure. The wall defines an aperture. The product dispenser includes a dispensing assembly within which a product is contained and from which the product is dispensed. The dispensing assembly is supported within the interior of the enclosure such that the dispensing assembly dispenses the product through the aperture. The product dispenser includes a barrier guard extending around a perimeter of the aperture between the wall and the dispensing assembly to inhibit accessibility to the interior of the enclosure between the barrier guard and the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Kurchev, Michael Prediger
  • Patent number: 10455848
    Abstract: An individual frozen drink dispenser includes a housing having a base configured to support a blender cup, a dispensing chamber disposed above the blender cup and configured to support a frozen beverage container containing frozen ingredients suitable for preparing a frozen drink, at least one dispensing mechanism configured to move from a pre-dispense position to a dispense position in which the dispensing mechanism drives the frozen ingredients from the frozen beverage container into the blender cup, and a drive mechanism coupled to the housing and configured to drive the movement of the dispensing mechanism from the pre-dispense position to the dispense position. A method of preparing a frozen drink is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Island Oasis Frozen Cocktail Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael Herbert, Bryan Hotaling, Matt Naples, Patrick Devine
  • Patent number: 10383987
    Abstract: Automated methods and apparatus for washing surgical swabs to extract viable red blood cells from said swabs. One method comprises contacting at least one swab retaining viable red blood cells with saline-based wash solution in a receptacle under sterile conditions; and effecting the automated compression and/or agitation of the receptacle containing the swab(s), saline-based wash solution and red blood cells to facilitate extraction of viable red blood cells from the swabs into the saline-based wash solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Swabtech Limited
    Inventors: Mohamed Mohideen Mohamed Jameel, Sarah Haynes, James Matthew Corden
  • Patent number: 10124921
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser for the foodstuff supply sector has a dimensionally rigid housing (1) with viscous contents, wherein the fluid dispenser is designed to receive tubular bags which have a dispensing device (7) that is fitted or can be fitted on the tubular bag (2) itself and that permits metered dispensing of the contents. Moreover, the tubular bag (2) can be inserted and secured in a predetermined position in the fluid dispenser, and an auxiliary device is present with which the viscous contents located in the tubular bag can be continuously pushed in the direction of the dispensing device (7) on the tubular bag, by mechanical application of pressure to the tubular bag (2) in the position of use of the fluid dispenser. To secure the tubular bag (2) in the housing (1), a clamping device is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 9878145
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a conduit clamping device with a closing mechanism for closing and opening passage of fluid or air in a flexible conduit is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a movable arm or disk that is connected to a manipulation arm or a knob; a conduit in form of a tube, that is laid flat against an abutment or protrusion; and a guide structure that constrains the movable arm or disk between the guide structure and the tube and being designed such that movement of the arm or disk will control the compression of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: DENTSPLY International Inc.
    Inventors: Niels Erik Holm, Erik Andréen, Bengt Daniel Envall
  • Patent number: 9827166
    Abstract: A pill crushing device pulverizes pills and then transfers the pulverized pills out of the device with minimal transfer loss and spillage. The device includes a storage portion and a pill chamber. The pill chamber forms a threaded connection with the storage portion that enables detachment. The storage portion stores the pill and operates the crushing mechanism. The pill is pulverized in the pill chamber. The pill chamber is disposed beneath the storage portion. A first spoon retains the pill and carries the pulverized pill out of the chamber along a longitudinal opening of the pill chamber. An optional second spoon detachably attaches to the first spoon to carry supplemental compositions to the pulverized pill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Ann Evans
  • Patent number: 9180275
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed herein that generally involve a sterile catheter-dressing system that allows for integrated injection of fluids, e.g., a saline flush, during the process of catheter insertion and sterile dressing placement. Such methods and devices can be used as a fully integrated catheter insertion system, or to convert existing catheter insertion devices and methods into integrated flush and sterile sealing catheter-dressing systems. Such methods and devices can greatly simplify the catheter insertion process, and can allow the reproducible placement of a fully sterile and flushed vascular catheter, as well as the placement of a durably sterile circumferentially sealing and securing dressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Robert E. Helm
  • Patent number: 9173993
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for delivery of a therapeutic fluid to the body of a patient are provided. The apparatus includes a dispensing unit having a driving mechanism and a pumping mechanism for pumping the fluid to the body of the patient and a collapsible reservoir fillable with the therapeutic fluid for delivery thereof to the body of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Ofer Yodfat, Avraham Neta, Doron Bushi, Illai Gescheit
  • Publication number: 20150129611
    Abstract: A dispenser machine for storing and dispensing viscous foods and beverages and provides for the efficient and safe dispensation of a viscous food or beverage product that is contained in a flexible product container and which does not come into direct contact with the dispenser equipment. The dispenser includes an evacuation system which includes a weighted roller or slidable weight in contact with one or more sides of the product container and which operates by force of gravity to pressure and direct the food or beverage product contained in the container toward and out of the bag or container tube spout. A pump unit, which is configurable to provide for the dispensation of both food and beverage products with different viscosities by the addition or removal of one or pump pins, draws product from the container as desired and the pump unit pins operate to pinch and prevent the flow of product from the container tube spout after the pump is shut off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Tracy Vulpitta, Erwin Vulpitta, Scott Northuis
  • Patent number: 8985395
    Abstract: A device for dispensing individual servings of a cold beverage, either having a refrigeration unit to chill the beverage or a removable pitcher that may be put in a refrigerator. A special disposable beverage cartridge or beverage pouch fits into the holder. This cartridge or pouch may have pressure rupturable seals or diaphragms and contain beverage concentrate. A dispensing mechanism puts pressure on the cartridge or the pouch to break the pressure rupturable seal or diaphragm to discharge the concentrate into a mixing structure. The mixing structure also receives chilled liquid from the refrigeration unit or the pitcher, and ensures that the concentrate mixes with the liquid without contacting the walls of the mixing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fountain Master LLC
    Inventor: Francis X Tansey
  • Patent number: 8905668
    Abstract: A cosmetic applicator comprises a body defining a handle, the body being arranged to receive the cosmetic product, a rotatable applicator element attached to a distal end of the body, the applicator element extending transversely relative to the body and being located proximate the cosmetic product, and a driving arrangement to rotate the applicator element, thereby loading the cosmetic product for subsequent application. In an embodiment, the body is elongate so as to define a longitudinal axis, with the applicator element extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the body. In an embodiment, the cosmetic applicator comprises an actuating arrangement to allow a user to selectively control the position of the cosmetic product with respect to the applicator element, thereby allowing a controlled quantity of cosmetic product to be loaded onto the applicator element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Albea Services
    Inventors: Mark Edmondson, Eric Kerman, Franck Seguin, Eric Da Silva
  • Patent number: 8678236
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing serving portions of topping onto beverages and desserts comprises a first compartment portion and a second compartment portion hingedly connected to the first compartment portion. One of the compartment portions includes a backing surface and a bag holding member operable to releasably attach a product bag to the compartment portion adjacent the backing surface. The other compartment portion includes a squeeze member, for example a cylindrical roller, mounted for travel in upward and downward directions. The squeeze member is arranged to contact the product bag when the second compartment portion is closed relative to the first compartment portion. The dispenser also comprises an actuating lever mechanically connected to the squeeze member, for example by a one-way advancing mechanism, wherein the actuating lever is operable by a user to advance the squeeze member in the downward direction to dispense product. The dispenser facilitates cleaning and product replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rich Products Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah Jane Burke, Diego Viana, Christopher Tirone, Donald Fuchs, Jeffery Kalman, David Boll, Robert Soreo
  • Publication number: 20140008390
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing serving portions of topping onto beverages and desserts comprises a first compartment portion and a second compartment portion hingedly connected to the first compartment portion. One of the compartment portions includes a backing surface and a bag holding member operable to releasably attach a product bag to the compartment portion adjacent the backing surface. The other compartment portion includes a squeeze member, for example a cylindrical roller, mounted for travel in upward and downward directions. The squeeze member is arranged to contact the product bag when the second compartment portion is closed relative to the first compartment portion. The dispenser also comprises an actuating lever mechanically connected to the squeeze member, for example by a one-way advancing mechanism, wherein the actuating lever is operable by a user to advance the squeeze member in the downward direction to dispense product. The dispenser facilitates cleaning and product replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Sarah Jane Burke, Diego Viana, Christopher Tirone, Donald Fuchs, Jeffery Kalman, David Boll, Robert Soreo
  • Publication number: 20130062366
    Abstract: A device for dispensing individual servings of a cold beverage, either having a refrigeration unit to chill the beverage or a removable pitcher that may be put in a refrigerator. A special disposable beverage cartridge or beverage pouch fits into the holder. This cartridge or pouch may have pressure rupturable seals or diaphragms and contain beverage concentrate. A dispensing mechanism puts pressure on the cartridge or the pouch to break the pressure rupturable seal or diaphragm to discharge the concentrate into a mixing structure. The mixing structure also receives chilled liquid from the refrigeration unit or the pitcher, and ensures that the concentrate mixes with the liquid without contacting the walls of the mixing structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: FOUNTAIN MASTER, LLC.
    Inventor: Francis X. Tansey
  • Patent number: 8365416
    Abstract: The invention features a hand held device that dispenses fluid during operation. The hand held device includes a handle and a device head operably engaged thereto. The handle has a proximal end forming a product dispensing aperture, a distal end forming a cavity for housing a fluid, a supply channel in fluid communication with the cavity and the product dispensing aperture, a peristaltic pump physically engaged with the supply channel, and a flexible barrier that rests between the peristaltic pump and the supply channel preventing direct contact of the supply channel by the peristaltic pump. Actuation of the peristaltic pump displaces fluid from the cavity to the product dispensing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Barry Keith Rockell, William Owen Jolley, James Leo Salemme
  • Publication number: 20120248140
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a portable hand sanitation solution dispenser that may include a dispenser portion, a solution reservoir and an attachment assembly. The dispenser portion may include a housing, a hand roller having a cam portion, an electronic module and a pump assembly. The cam portion is moved for activating and deactivating the pump assembly. The reservoir may be configured as a replaceable cartridge with an opening through which the pump dip tube extends into the solution reservoir. The hand roller may be disposed at the bottom end of the dispenser so that all the dispensed solution is on the hand of the user after swiping the hand roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Mert Iseri, Yuri Malina
  • Patent number: 8038032
    Abstract: A topping dispenser for dispensing serving portions of topping onto beverages and desserts comprises a housing having a front product compartment and a rear drive compartment separated by a partition. The product compartment is adapted to receive a pastry bag containing topping such that the bag is suspended against the partition, and a vertically displaceable roller is provided in the product compartment to roll down along the partition to squeeze contents of the bag out through a bottom dispensing tip of the bag that extends through an opening in the housing to direct product onto a waiting beverage. The roller is advanced downward in predetermined increments by a pawl drive mechanism located in the drive compartment and coupled to the roller by a mounting bracket extending through travel slots in the partition. The pawl drive mechanism is actuated by an operating lever pivotally mounted on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Rich Products Corporation
    Inventors: James Faller, Christopher V. Tirone, Gerald A. Rusch
  • Patent number: 7988018
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a flowable product from a product package through a dispensing outlet at or above a preset elevated temperature is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Juha K. Salmela
  • Publication number: 20110068144
    Abstract: There is disclosed an auxiliary device for injecting material between the jaws of a surgical stapler. The auxiliary device includes a nozzle assembly having a discharge port and a compression assembly having at least one compression roller for forcing material out of the discharge port. The disclosed compression rollers may be formed of an incompressible or compressible material. The auxiliary device also includes a drive mechanism for moving the compression assembly within a nozzle body of the nozzle assembly. There is also disclosed a rupturable capsule for retaining material to be dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Gregg C. Krehel
  • Publication number: 20100288789
    Abstract: A chemical reaction cartridge enabling chemical reaction to be stably and safely carried out therein, and a method of using the same are provided. A chemical reaction cartridge is provided with a substrate, and an elastic member 2 overlaid on the substrate. A recess of a predetermined shape, depressed toward the top surface of the elastic member is formed in the back surface of the elastic member. The recess creates space between the substrate, and the elastic member, thereby making up a well, for holding the main ingredient of the epoxy adhesive, a flow path communicating with the well, a well for holding a curing agent for the epoxy adhesive, a flow path communicating with the well, a mixing part for mixing the main ingredient with the curing agent, and a discharge path for discharging a mixture. While the chemical reaction cartridge is not in use as yet, the flow paths, and the discharge path are closed, so that the wells are, in effect, in a hermetically sealed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeo TANAAMI, Hidetoshi AOKI, Saya SATOU, Takeyuki MOGI
  • Publication number: 20100282775
    Abstract: The Electronic toothpaste dispenser extracts all of toothpaste with one pass. The tube of tooth paste is installed between the roller and angular plate with nozzle downward. The tooth brush is push forward onto a button at the bottom of the ETPD turning on a motor that slides a spring roller downward by mechanical gear belt or shaft on the toothpaste tube. The angular press plate increases tension on the spring roller and pressure on the plate squeezing entire tooth paste from top to bottom with one pass. Removing toothbrush depresses button to stop motor when desired amount of tooth paste is dispensed and acts as a valve to seal paste outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Kareme Ariharrah Damallie
  • Publication number: 20100133296
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing squeezable tubes therein includes a plurality of vertical compartments that are each adapted to hold one squeezable tube. A plurality of moveable front members are adapted to move up or down between an opposite pair of sidewalls to retain an upper portion of the tube in position. An open top allows easy tube insertion or removal while a lower shelf retains the bottom of each tube. A bottom strip ensures that each tube will remain in position. According to a first modification, the interior sidewalls are adjustable to accommodate a variable spacing between them. Modified moveable front members include a variable width to accommodate the variable spacing between the adjustable interior sidewalls. According to a second modification, each tube is retained by a pair of curved side members that narrow toward the bottom of each compartment. An apparatus to secure a tube in an inverted position and to dispense a substance from a bottom opening is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Eugene Lee Tresenfeld
  • Patent number: 7607554
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to a peristaltic precision metering device, system and method of using the same. Disclosed is a metering device which includes a metering element that can engage with a compressible material line, wherein the metering device can place a selectable peristaltic effect upon the material in the line. Also disclosed is a metering system comprised of a metering device similar to above and a control system attached to the metering element and a robotic positioning system also attached to the metering device. Finally disclosed is a method of precision material dispensing comprised of providing a metering element and base, positioning a compressible material line between the metering element and base, moving one of the base, metering element, material line, or combination thereof, thereby causing a peristaltic effect upon material in the line, and dispensing a precise unit of material from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Precision Valve and Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Hynes, Randall E. Allen
  • Patent number: 7475795
    Abstract: A topping dispenser for dispensing portions of chilled topping onto beverages and desserts comprises a housing having a drawer that includes a product compartment and an adjacent drive compartment separated by a partition. The product compartment is adapted to receive a bag containing topping, and houses a vertically displaceable pressure member, such as a roller, to roll down along one side of the bag opposite a pressure surface on the other side of the bag to squeeze contents of the bag out through a bottom dispensing valve assembly to direct product into a waiting container. The roller is advanced downward in predetermined increments by a motor-driven carriage assembly in the drive compartment that may be actuated by a push button on the housing. The dispensing valve assembly holds a pressure-actuated valve that closes automatically to cleanly cut off a dispensed ribbon of topping and is configured to impart a decorative appearance to the dispensed ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Rich Products Corporation
    Inventors: James Faller, Christopher V. Tirone, Avery Wilson, Gregory Erman, David Ricker
  • Publication number: 20080314923
    Abstract: A topping dispenser for dispensing serving portions of topping onto beverages and desserts comprises a housing having a front product compartment and a rear drive compartment separated by a partition. The product compartment is adapted to receive a pastry bag containing topping such that the bag is suspended against the partition, and a vertically displaceable roller is provided in the product compartment to roll down along the partition to squeeze contents of the bag out through a bottom dispensing tip of the bag that extends through an opening in the housing to direct product onto a waiting beverage. The roller is advanced downward in predetermined increments by a pawl drive mechanism located in the drive compartment and coupled to the roller by a mounting bracket extending through travel slots in the partition. The pawl drive mechanism is actuated by an operating lever pivotally mounted on the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Faller, Christopher V. Tirone, Gerald A. Rusch
  • Publication number: 20080290117
    Abstract: An evacuation system including an evacuation member engages a product package and applies pressure thereto, such that a product in the product package moves toward an outlet in the product package for dispensing. A controller monitors the force applied by a driver to the product package, thereby ensuring that the pressure remains below a particular threshold to protect the integrity of the product package. The controller further monitors the evacuation member location, thereby enabling the controller to recognize when the product package is empty. The evacuation system further includes a package carrier including a pinch-off area that moves product out of an unrecoverable portion of the product package. The evacuation member may be utilized as a stand-alone device or with a primary device, wherein the primary device provides signals to the evacuation system and the evacuation system provides product to the primary device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Alfred A. Schroeder, Michael T. Romanyszyn, Merrill R. Good, John D. Santy, George E. Hernandez, Ronald Ray Hoch
  • Patent number: 7431178
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing the contents of a collapsible tube, such as a toothpaste tube. The apparatus includes a housing having side walls, an end wall with an opening therein, and a cover pivotally attached to the housing to provided access to a cavity within the housing. A squeezing device is slidably received in the cavity and includes a threaded surface the cover and a pair of opposing surface that define a though-slot that increases in width toward the housing end wall. A threaded rod is rotatably mounted to the cover and engages the threaded surface of the squeezing device when the cover is closed and disengages the threaded surface when the cover is opened. By rotating the rod, the squeezing device can be caused to move along the rod toward and away from the end wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Duane Parker Allen
  • Publication number: 20080237259
    Abstract: The invention describes a dispenser (1) for automatically dispensing semi-fluid media, in particular toothpaste, from a tube with a mouthpiece, comprising a housing (2) with an orifice (3) and having at least one portion measuring unit (4) for the tube in the interior, a switch (6), a motor (20), a drive mechanism (5) and a control unit (7), whereby a brush is positioned in the orifice (3) in order to charge it with semi-fluid medium. In order to transport the brush automatically from the orifice (3) in the direction of the mouthpiece of the tube, at least one drive mechanism (5) is provided on a positioning mechanism (8), in particular a gear (33) with at least one driver (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Manfred Fuchs
  • Publication number: 20080149664
    Abstract: An evacuation system including an evacuation member engages a product package and applies pressure thereto, such that a product in the product package moves toward an outlet in the product package for dispensing. A controller monitors the force applied by a driver to the product package, thereby ensuring that the pressure remains below a particular threshold to protect the integrity of the product package. The controller further monitors the evacuation member location, thereby enabling the controller to recognize when the product package is empty. The evacuation system further includes a package carrier including a pinch-off area that moves product out of an unrecoverable portion of the product package. The evacuation member may be utilized as a stand-alone device or with a primary device, wherein the primary device provides signals to the evacuation system and the evacuation system provides product to the primary device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Alfred A. Schroeder, Michael T. Romanyszyn, Merrill R. Good, John D. Santy, George E. Hernandez, Ronald Ray Hoch
  • Publication number: 20080063672
    Abstract: A device for applying a cosmetic product, such as a make-up product (blush or “fard”, face powder, corrector, base make-up, eye-shadow, etc.) is defined by a cap housing a solid mass of cosmetic product having a contact surface, and by a brush housed removably inside the cap and movable inside the cap to cooperate with the contact surface; the cosmetic product is defined by a particle aggregate having a composition including a lipid phase and a powder phase, and the lipid phase ranges in quantity between no less than approximately 10% and no more than approximately 80% by weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Antonio Mandelli, Andrea Ferrari
  • Patent number: 7334704
    Abstract: An apparatus for flattening a flexible tube sidewall comprises a frame, a gripping roller and a handle. The frame includes a central portion extending transversely between first and second end walls. A first brake element is formed on an inner face of one wall. The roller is rotatably mounted to the walls and includes first and second ends and a cylindrical surface disposed parallel to the frame central portion to define a transverse slot. The roller end adjacent to the first brake element includes a second brake element that is engageable therewith to resist relative rotation between the roller and frame. The handle extends from the roller through the end wall for manually rotating the roller relative to the frame and drawing the tube through the slot. The brake elements cooperate to resist retrogressive movement of the tube through the slot when the handle is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventor: William C Bynum
  • Publication number: 20070267438
    Abstract: Dispensing apparatus for dispensing glue from a tube, such as a glitter glue tube, includes a housing, a cover member movably connected to the housing and defining a tube-receiving compartment with the housing which is opened upon movement of the cover member relative to the housing, an actuatable trigger arranged on the housing, and a compression mechanism arranged in the housing for engaging the tube when in the compartment and compressing the tube upon actuation of the trigger in order to cause glitter glue from the tube to be pushed out of a dispensing opening at a front end of the tube. Actuation of the trigger by the user therefore provides for a controlled dispensing of glue from the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Applicant: HORIZON GROUP - USA, INC.
    Inventor: Roshan Wijerama
  • Patent number: 7040508
    Abstract: A system for dispensing at least two components of a multicomponent mass, includes a squeezing-out device (2) having a dispensing opening (4) and at least one rolling roller (3.1, 3.2) for dispensing the at least two components; a storage container (11) having flat support element (13) on which packagings of the at least two components are supported; and a spring (8.1, 8.2) for biasing the at least one rolling roller (3.1, 3.2) in a direction toward the flat support element (13) substantially perpendicular thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Udo Woersdoerfer, Markus Koegler
  • Patent number: 6968977
    Abstract: A device to dispense and contain a tube of toothpaste. The device has two portions, an outlet compartment and a slide bar compartment. The outlet compartment contains a toothpaste dispensing outlet hole, a slide release button, and a dispense button. The slide bar compartment has a pull grip ridge on a side of the slide bar compartment. A top cover of the slide bar compartment is released by depressing the slide release button, a slide bar base is exposed within a cavity of the slide bar compartment to hold a toothpaste tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Jerahmy J. Beene
  • Patent number: 6966457
    Abstract: A device for squeezing various household collapsible tubes comprises two lever handles, two pintles, two torsional springs, a primary roller, and a secondary roller. The lever handles are held together by and are free to rotate about the two pintles, forming a double non-crossing class 1 lever arrangement. The rollers, held in gudgeons by snap fit, are also free to rotate. The primary roller is distinguished from the secondary roller by having a crank at one end. The torsional springs, anchored by the pintles, provide a torque which causes the two rollers to clamp together. Operation of the tube squeezing device proceeds by inserting the crimped end of a collapsible tube between the rollers and turning the crank, thereby turning the rollers so as to squeeze the tube flat and to push its contents toward the nozzle end. Insertion and extraction of the tube is effected most readily by applying a compressive force to the two lever handles, creating a gap between the rollers for the tube to easily pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Eric Torbet
  • Patent number: 6896154
    Abstract: A paste dispenser and implement holding device includes a housing adapted for coupling to a wall surface. The housing has a pair of aligned slots. A pair of roller members is coupled to the housing and positioned in alignment with the pair of aligned slots. The roller members are positioned in spaced relationship to each other whereby the roller members are adapted for frictionally engaging a tube of paste such that paste is dispensed from the tube as the tube of paste passes between the pair of roller members. A roller knob is operationally coupled to one of the pair of roller members whereby turning the roller knob rotates the one of the pair of roller members. The housing includes a plurality of openings, each opening is adapted for receiving an implement for holding the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Francisco J. Lomeli
  • Patent number: 6789703
    Abstract: A toothpaste dispenser holds a collapsible tube of toothpaste within a housing between a roller assembly and a wall surface. A plunger is operable from a relaxed, raised position to a lowered, depressed position to drivingly engage the roller assembly so that one or more rollers are moved along the toothpaste tube in a manner which squeezes toothpaste out of the tube and onto the bristles of a toothbrush held in close proximity to a dispensing outlet of the tube or a nozzle. A spring returns the plunger to the relaxed, raised position upon removing the downward force. The housing is provided with toothbrush holders and a removable cover to permit replacement of the tube of toothpaste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Jean Pierre-Louis
  • Publication number: 20040040980
    Abstract: Toothpaste dispenser will eliminate messy sink counter top. By placing the unit on the mirror or on the wall, with one push of the button, toothpaste will come out and convenient hook for placing the toothbrush and open area for dental floss placement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: Howard How-Un Chen
  • Patent number: 6691894
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a viscous fluid food product from a pouch. The dispenser includes a housing configured and dimensioned for receiving the pouch. The pouch includes a food in the form of a viscous fluid therein. The pouch has first and second ends, a sidewall that can be arranged to form first and second opposed surfaces and an outlet. The dispenser incorporates an assembly that includes a roller for pressing the pouch so as to urge the viscous fluid food product toward the outlet. To do this, the roller has a pressing surface disposable in a position adjacent the first surface of the pouch and a planar surface disposed adjacent the second surface of the pouch. The dispenser also includes a closure assembly arranged for engagement with the outlet for closing same. This assembly is also capable of opening the outlet so as to cause the roller to move along the pouch surface toward the outlet by gravity for expelling the viscous fluid food product through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Randall C. Chrisman, J. Antonio Gutierrez, William F. Overbaugh
  • Patent number: 6669668
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a medication delivery pump that is configured to administer an infusion therapy using a medication delivery container. Medications in a flexible bag are expelled from the bag and delivered to an infusion site. A fluid delivery pump of the invention may have a constant force spring and a mechanical timer. The constant force spring is configured to compress a flexible fluid container. The mechanical timer assembly is coupled to the constant force spring and limits the maximum rate at which the spring compresses the fluid container. The pump may include first and second doors for charging the spring. Opening the first pump door partially charges the constant force spring and opening the second pump door fully charges the constant force spring. The pump provides improved administration of infusion therapy which is particularly advantageous for reducing errors, infections and other complications associated with manual infusion techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Tandem Medical
    Inventors: Michael W. Kleeman, David R. Brengle, Marc S. Lieberman
  • Patent number: 6662971
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a press assembly includes a gear assembly, a threaded rod, and a roller assembly. The gear assembly causes a rotational movement when activated. The threaded rod is coupled to the gear assembly and rotates in direction of the rotational movement caused by the gear assembly. The roller assembly is coupled to the threaded rod and moves linearly between a first end and a second end along guide slots when the threaded rod rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventors: Ryan R. Nguyen, Kim-Dinh Doan
  • Publication number: 20030164383
    Abstract: A toothpaste dispenser holds a collapsible tube of toothpaste within a housing between a roller assembly and a wall surface. A plunger is operable from a relaxed, raised position to a lowered, depressed position to drivingly engage the roller assembly so that one or more rollers are moved along the toothpaste tube in a manner which squeezes toothpaste out of the tube and onto the bristles of a toothbrush held in close proximity to a dispensing outlet of the tube or a nozzle. A spring returns the plunger to the relaxed, raised position upon removing the downward force. The housing is provided with toothbrush holders and a removable cover to permit replacement of the tube of toothpaste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: September 4, 2003
    Inventor: Jean Pierre-Louis
  • Publication number: 20030102327
    Abstract: A portion control dispensing apparatus for dispensing precise portions of a product in a tightly controlled manner that minimizes waste caused by residual product left undispensed in a container. The device provides a dispenser for fluid products stored in a flexible container, enabling a portion control pump combined with an extrusion apparatus to squeeze the flexible container, thus continuously directing all remaining product in the container towards the dispensing end. A portion control pump removes product from the container by peristaltic action. A preferred embodiment of the apparatus comprises a frame with an upwardly spring biased carriage configured to removably hold a flexible container that holds product to be dispensed. A pair of rollers is preferably situated at the top of the frame and is positioned such that the carriage will pull the flexible container upward between the rollers as product is dispensed from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Applicant: International Dispensing Corporation
    Inventor: Mitchell A. Friedman
  • Publication number: 20030098316
    Abstract: A metering apparatus for emptying a package containing a viscous material, which apparatus comprises a frame (1) with a substantially flat supporting surface, on which a package (6) manufactured from a flexible foil material can be positioned, and a metering control means (2, 3, 4), which can empty the package by means of activation. The package (6) can be squeezed nipwise by cooperation with the supporting surface, starting from a first end in the direction of an opposite second end, by moving the metering control means, for instance a roller or rod, relative to the package, while through at least one discharge opening (6d) at the second end the viscous material is expelled from the package and the nipwise squeezing can be continued until at least the discharge opening (6d).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventors: Victor Robert Bochno, Sjoukje Wiegersma
  • Patent number: 6401978
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a substance from a collapsible tube. The apparatus comprises: a housing with a slider positioned therein, first and second flexible members passable through a passage in the slider, a rod for supporting the slider within the housing, and a motor coupled to the rod for causing rotation of the rod. When the rod rotates, the slider moves along the rod and urges the first flexible member toward the second flexible member. This movement causes the substance in the tube to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Innovative Injectors, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher S. Young
  • Patent number: 6347727
    Abstract: A feeding system for feeding infants and other individuals who must be fed by another. The feeding system includes a number of small packets, much like catsup or mustard packets, that are filled with food, such as baby food, and which is attachable to a feeding spoon mechanism provided with the system. Once attached to the feeding spoon mechanism, the food within the packet is forced out of the packet into the bowl of the spoon mechanism by the user using only a single hand. The feeding system thus allows the user to have one hand remain free to hold the baby, a baby bib or perform other necessary baby care activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Inventor: Cynthia M. Diaz
  • Patent number: 6318596
    Abstract: A product dispenser for compelling a product from a container is provided having a frame with opposed end walls defining first and second axially aligned sockets and a dispensing hole. An drive member with first and second opposed ends is releasably engaged by the first and second sockets, respectively. A bearing member is adapted to travel between the first and second opposed ends of the drive member, whereby a deformable container holding a flowable product inserted into the frame expels the product through the dispensing hole under pressure exerted upon the container by the bearing member. The drive member is releasable from the frame and is re-engaged by the frame, whereby the first and second opposed ends are then releasably engaged by the second and first sockets, respectively. Therefore, after the bearing member has traveled from the first end to the second end, the bearing member may be repositioned within the frame to reinitiate travel towards the dispensing hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Douglas A. Wiesner
  • Patent number: 6196420
    Abstract: A pumpless dispenser especially intended for dispensing viscous fluids. The dispenser includes a supple pouch having first and second ends, a sidewall that can be arranged to form first and second opposed surfaces, and an outlet. The pouch contains a viscous fluid food product therein. The dispenser also includes a housing configured and dimensioned for receiving the pouch; and a compression assembly for pressing the pouch so as to urge the viscous fluid food product content toward the outlet. This assembly includes a roller having a pressing surface disposed adjacent the first surface of the pouch and a planar surface disposed adjacent the second surface of the pouch. The dispenser further includes a closure member engaged with the outlet for closing the outlet. This member is capable of opening the outlet so as to cause the roller to move along the pouch surface toward the outlet by gravity for expelling the viscous fluid food product through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Gutierrez, Randall Chrisman
  • Patent number: 6189740
    Abstract: An antiseptic soap dispenser has a dispensing system (28) which includes a pressure actuated platen (32) and a moveable roller (94) for dispensing soap from a replaceable container (12). A dispensing tube (10) with an integral self-sealing valve (40) at a downstream end is connected to a neck (20) of the container. Hand pressure on the platen compresses a upstream end of the dispensing tube between the platen and the roller. With increasing pressure, the roller moves progressively down the tube to dispense soap through the valve. A volume regulator (111) controls the amount of soap dispensed. The platen returns quickly to its at-rest position once the pressure is removed, avoiding complete compression of the pathway by the roller. This minimizes air ingress, and resultant contamination of the soap. Optionally, a filtered vent (14) in a wall (22) of the container allows filtered air to enter the container in place of the soap dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Steris Inc
    Inventors: Allan E. Wade, Keith D. Alsberg, Jon B. Taylor, James D. deBeers