Plural Roller Patents (Class 222/102)
  • Patent number: 10604397
    Abstract: The module comprises a deformable beverage container and a dispensing arrangement within a housing. The module further comprises a beverage outlet arrangement fluidly coupled with the beverage container. The dispensing arrangement has a pressurizing roller for selectively urging beverage from the beverage container and out of the beverage outlet arrangement. The module further comprises a securing arrangement having a securing device that is actuatable between a first configuration and a second configuration. The first configuration is for maintaining the pressurizing roller in a storage position relative to the beverage container and the second configuration is for releasing the pressurizing roller from the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Pernod Ricard SA
    Inventors: Gilles Bernede, Emilie Heurtaux
  • Patent number: 10499726
    Abstract: An oral care system includes a toothbrush and a dispenser detachably coupled to the toothbrush. The dispenser includes a collapsible bladder containing an oral care material. A compression device assembly includes an actuator operably coupled to a compression device movably mounted inside the dispenser. In one embodiment, the compression device includes a feed slot that engages opposite sides of the collapsible bladder. Actuating the actuator translates the compression device in a first longitudinal direction extruding and dispensing the oral care material from the oral care product dispenser. The actuator may be slideably mounted to the dispenser in one embodiment. A ratcheting mechanism may be provided to provide indexed movement of the compression device, thereby dispensing predetermined doses of the oral care material with each indexed movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Robert Moskovich, Matthew Kolb
  • Patent number: 10486953
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser has a housing in which a first liquid inlet is connectable to a base liquid source. The housing also contains a second liquid inlet connectable to a base liquid source or to a pressurized gas source and a pair of jet mixers. First and second liquid lines connect the respective first and second liquid inlets and jet mixers. A first ingredient container contains a first beverage ingredient, the pod or capsule provided in a first ingredient container receiving means, and a second ingredient container containing a second beverage ingredient, the ingredient container provided in a second ingredient container receiving means. The first and second ingredient containers are configured such that upon providing a liquid stream in the respective liquid lines, the beverage ingredient is discharged from the ingredient container into the liquid stream. A beverage outlet is in liquid communication with the jet mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A.
    Inventors: Jerome Pellaud, Daniel Peirsman
  • Patent number: 10464798
    Abstract: Systems and methods for customizing beverage profiles, such as customizing beverage pods via input received via web-based portals or interfaces, are described. For example, the systems and methods may provide users with interactive interfaces that facilitate the reception of user input regarding the customization of a beverage, such as the customization of a nutritional or flavor profile of a beverage, such as a smoothie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Jooster IP AG
    Inventors: John Cronin, Seth Melvin Cronin
  • Patent number: 10392164
    Abstract: A tube squeeze device is provided with: a body; a handle extending from the body; an operation lever axially supported by the body via a rotation shaft such that the operation lever is disposed facing the handle, the operation lever being capable of turning in two directions within a prescribed range of movement; a first gear axially supported by the body via the rotation shaft so as to be capable of rotating; a one-way clutch for linking the operation lever and the first gear; a second gear axially supported by the body; a main roller joined with the second gear so as to rotate synchronously with the second gear; and an auxiliary roller for squeezing a tube T together with the main roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NAKASU ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Uno, Yasuyuki Miyanaga
  • Patent number: 10342325
    Abstract: An oral care system includes a toothbrush and a dispenser detachably coupled to the toothbrush. The dispenser includes a chamber containing an oral care material. A compression device assembly includes an actuator operably coupled to a compression device movably mounted inside the dispenser. In one embodiment, the actuator may be a ratcheting rocker switch that alternatingly engages gear racks formed on the dispenser housing. Actuating the rocker switch imparts pivotable and indexed linear motion to the switch. This in turn axially translates the compression device in a first longitudinal direction thereby compressing and extruding the oral care material from the dispenser. The corresponding indexed movement of the compression device dispenses predetermined doses of the oral care material providing precise control over the amount of oral care material dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Robert Moskovich, Matthew Kolb
  • Patent number: 10143357
    Abstract: A gripping device for an endoscope insertion tube utilizing first and second arms that are hingedly attached to one another. Each arm includes an opening to accommodate the insertion tube of an endoscope such that the endoscope insertion tube spans both arms. First and second jaws are associated with first and second arms and are positioned in opposition to one another. The movement of the arms toward one anther causes the jaws to engage the insertion tube which is guided through the arms by the apertures found in the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Ronald Yamada
  • Patent number: 10097915
    Abstract: A system for earbud headphones holds the earbud headphone on during movement. The system has a “C” shaped ear frame with a first end and a second end. The first end has an opening. The ear frame is formed from a soft plastic. A clip has a concave side that mates with an earbud headphone. A pin is attached to the clip and detachably extends through the opening in the ear loop. The opening has a spherically concave shape with a hole in the center. The pin has a ball shaped head that mates with the spherically concave shape to form a ball and socket arrangement. As a result, the clip is able to rotate 360 degrees. The stem of the pin is smaller than the hole and this allows the clip holding the earbud speaker to tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Gordon Haggott Beckhart
  • Patent number: 9936638
    Abstract: A debris collection system to be attached to a leaf blower apparatus to assist in the collection of lawn debris like leaves, sticks, acorns, fruit, trash, etc. The debris collection system includes a bagging assembly with a flexible bag that collects the debris. The bagging assembly also includes a handle mechanism to allow for the emptying of the flexible bag into a trash bin. The system also includes attachment mechanisms that allow the debris collection system to be easily attached and detached from the leaf blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Ed Laflin
  • Patent number: 9101482
    Abstract: A device for emptying an ostomy bag includes a pair of elongate members, each having bag engagement members and first and second ends. The elongate members are adapted to extend substantially across a width of the ostomy bag. A hinge member is in cooperative engagement with the second ends of the elongate members and gripping members are provided at the first ends of the elongate members. The pair of elongate members are moveable from an open position where the elongate members extend outwardly from the hinge member away from each other and a closed position wherein the elongate members are generally parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: UNCLE PHIL'S THINK TANK INC.
    Inventor: Phillipe Joseph Andre Rondeau
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140217118
    Abstract: Discharge device for discharging a container containing viscous substances and having an elastic shell material, has a winding roller, a counter pressure roller, an actuator for rotating the winding roller and a control part for controlling the actuator. The inner part of the winding roller is hollow and includes therein an attaching arrangement, where the shell material of the container to be discharged is attached. The shell of the winding roller has an opening, in which opening there is a lid part having a shape for the shell material of the container attached to the attaching arrangement. The winding roller is rotated so that the shell material of the container attached to the attaching arrangement is wound around the winding roller. The winding roller and counter pressure roller are pressed against each other so that the shell material of the container winding around the winding roller passes between the rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: OY PRO- HYDRO AB
    Inventor: Esa Kuismanen
  • Patent number: 8684241
    Abstract: A squeezing device capable of squeezing a viscous liquid in a packaging bag includes a pair of bag body support parts for stretching and supporting the bag bodies by fixing the front end and the rear end of a bag body and performing fixing of the rear end by applying a tension thereto rearwards; a squeezing mechanism part which is so provided as to be capable of sliding in the direction towards the front end in such a state the rear end of the bag supported by the bag body support parts is held from the upper and lower sides; and a drive mechanism part for slidingly driving the squeezing mechanism part in the direction towards the front end. The squeezing mechanism part is installed at the tip end of the device, and the drive mechanism part includes a slide bar disposed parallel to the sliding direction of the squeezing mechanism part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Wallha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Haruo Minegishi
  • Publication number: 20130341353
    Abstract: An oral care product dispenser having an internal mechanism to apply a dose of oral care product to a toothbrush or the like. More specifically an oral care product dispenser with ergonomic grips for easy handling and reduced chance of slippage from a user's hands. The dispensing device dispenses a predetermined amount of toothpaste, thereby eliminating waste and greatly reducing the mess associated with toothpaste tubes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Charles Harris
  • Patent number: 8602260
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device suitable for the delivery of dental materials, such as impression material. The device disclosed herein includes a cartridge that has at least two separate pouches and a spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Dentsply International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Richard Pierson, Tony Bonanno, Robert Pieroni
  • Patent number: 8590740
    Abstract: A method and kit for draining a flexible container holding a product having a viscosity of between 10 Pa·s and 200 000 Pa·s. The method includes using a flexible container (3); optionally, moving the container (3) to be drained to a drainage site; ensuring the viscous product (2) can flow from container (3) through at least one outlet (9); exerting a pressure on at least one defined area of container (3) using a pressurizing device which preferably includes at least one pressure member (5) and/or a pressure fluid to maintain container (3) in an inflated or partially-inflated state; and removing the pressure once the container has been drained. The drainage kit includes the viscous product (silicon mastic), a flexible container (3) and a draining device including at least one pressure member and/or pressure fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Rhodia Chimie
    Inventors: Frédéric Mauger, Julien Craplet, Fredéric Jean
  • Patent number: 8550297
    Abstract: A dispensing system for dispensing fluid from a flexible containing includes a dispensing device having a support, a linkage pivotally attached to the support, a dispensing mechanism attached to the linkage, and a pump. The dispensing mechanism has at least two squeeze members that coact to engage a flexible container and is configured to dispense fluid from a flexible container. The pump is configured to coact with the dispensing device and is configured to remove fluid from a flexible container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: L.B. Foster Rail Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Jason Baker, Charles Henry Schnorr, Ward T. Powell, Willliam T. Urmson
  • Patent number: 8550301
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a liquid dispensing apparatus for dispensing a liquid from a flexible bag. The apparatus has a support for supporting the flexible bag in use and a mounting adapted for receiving a proximal portion of the flexible bag, for progressive movement relative to the support towards an outlet located at a distal portion of the flexible bag. As the flexible bag is progressively wound up, liquid is squeezed from the proximal portion to the distal portion to dispense liquid from the outlet in a controlled manner in use. This allows desired and precise dosage portions of liquid to be squeezed from the bag and direct dosing from the flexible bag amongst other advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Marek Szymanski
  • Publication number: 20130181006
    Abstract: A device and method are disclosed for emptying an ostomy bag. The device comprises a pair of elongate members, each having bag engagement members and first and second ends. The elongate members are adapted to extend substantially across a width of the ostomy bag. A hinge member is in cooperative engagement with the second ends of the elongate members and gripping members are provided at the first ends of the elongate members. The pair of elongate members are moveable from an open position where the elongate members extend outwardly from the hinge member away from each other and a closed position wherein the elongate members are generally parallel to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: UNCLE PHIL'S THINK TANK INC
    Inventor: Phillipe Joseph Andre Rondeau
  • Patent number: 8434644
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a two-handed tube squeezer for facilitating the expulsion of material from a collapsible container. In one embodiment, the tube squeezer includes a pair of frames that each has a handle portion and a tube engagement portion that supports a roller. The frames are connected by a hinge. When the frames are substantially parallel to one another, the handle and tube engagement portions all lie in a low profile plane. The handle portions also form a handle that is separated from the tube engagement portions. When a user is holding the handle with one hand and causing the rollers to squeeze a tube with the other hand, the hand that is holding the handle is separated from the tube engagement portions such that the squeezed portion of the tube is unlikely to come in contact with the hand that is gripping the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Product Evolutions, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen C. Galante
  • 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: 8342367
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing and distributing sauce is disclosed. The apparatus may include a mixing-pump device coupled a linear arm for distributing sauce over a rotating turntable. The turntable may include an improved gripping device for coupling to a pan. The apparatus may also include a self-expelling concentrated sauce vat which couples to the mixing-pump device. The apparatus may also include a self-expelling concentrated sauce cassette which couples to the mixing-pump device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Tuyls, Donald A. Klotz
  • Publication number: 20120267394
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device suitable for the delivery of dental materials, such as impression material. The device disclosed herein includes a cartridge that has at least two separate pouches and a spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Paul Richard PIERSON, Tony BONANNO, Robert PIERONI
  • Patent number: 8096448
    Abstract: An elastic substantially tubular package for a semi-liquid or pasty extractable by a finger pressure product comprises a skirt, a head and optionally a cap. The skirt is formed from a wound foil and is provided with a longitudinal weld seam formed by the overlapping of the edges thereof, and the head is fixed to the circumference of the skirt end and forms an oval cross-section at the level of the skirt fixing area. The end of the longitudinal weld seam contacting the head is located in or near an area where the radius of curvature of the oval cross-section is minimal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Aisapack Holding S.A.
    Inventors: Gerhard Keller, Hugues-Vincent Roy, Jacques Thomasset
  • Patent number: 7975386
    Abstract: An infant feeding system includes a spoon assembly with a scoop and a mount attached to and extending away from the mount. The mount has a distal end with respect to the scoop. An aperture extends into the distal end and into the scoop so that fluid flowing into the aperture is captured by the scoop. A tube has a nozzle thereon extendable in and fluidly couplable with the aperture. The tube has food therein so that food from the tube is ejected onto the scoop when the tube is squeezed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Lisa R. Halvorson
  • Publication number: 20110095046
    Abstract: A dispensing system for dispensing fluid from a flexible containing includes a dispensing device having a support, a linkage pivotally attached to the support, a dispensing mechanism attached to the linkage, and a pump. The dispensing mechanism has at least two squeeze members that coact to engage a flexible container and is configured to dispense fluid from a flexible container. The pump is configured to coact with the dispensing device and is configured to remove fluid from a flexible container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: PORTEC RAIL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Jason Baker, Charles Henry Schnorr, III, Ward T. Powell, W. Thomas Urmson, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110089193
    Abstract: A squeezing device capable of squeezing a viscous liquid in a packaging bag includes a pair of bag body support parts for stretching and supporting the bag bodies by fixing the front end and the rear end of a bag body and performing fixing of the rear end by applying a tension thereto rearwards; a squeezing mechanism part which is so provided as to be capable of sliding in the direction towards the front end in such a state the rear end of the bag supported by the bag body support parts is held from the upper and lower sides; and a drive mechanism part for slidingly driving the squeezing mechanism part in the direction towards the front end. The squeezing mechanism part is installed at the tip end of the device, and the drive mechanism part includes a slide bar disposed parallel to the sliding direction of the squeezing mechanism part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: WALLHA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Haruo Minegishi
  • Patent number: 7798365
    Abstract: A dispensing device and method for dispensing fluids from a flexible container is disclosed. The dispensing device includes a support and a linkage pivotally attached to the support. The dispensing device may also include a roller mechanism coupled to the linkage, wherein the roller mechanism has at least two squeeze members configured to engage a flexible container that coact with a drive roller to force the roller mechanism in a first direction to dispense fluids from a flexible container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Portec Rail Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Jason Baker, Charles Henry Schnorr, III, Ward T. Powell, W. Thomas Urmson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100206901
    Abstract: A description is given of a filling system for the metered delivery of a lubricant, comprising a container for receiving the lubricant, wherein a rod interacts with the container, is mounted movably with respect to it and forces the lubricant out of an outlet opening arranged in the container. The invention also relates to cartridges for use in the filling system. One of the underlying objects of the invention was that of providing a filling system which can be supplemented by simple workshop means and enables the operator to fill up a lubricating system in a vehicle effortlessly within a short time. This object is achieved by a filling system in which the rod is rotatably mounted with respect to the container and turning of the rod in a predetermined direction of rotation brings about a reduction in the storage volume in the container or a handheld device and in which the rod has means for establishing a rotationally fixed connection with an adaptable turning tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: Jost-Werke GMBH
    Inventors: Jose Manuel Alguera Gallego, Jurgen Seigies
  • Patent number: 7748566
    Abstract: A bathroom dispenser and organizer is provided, comprising a freestanding rectangular storage unit with cavities for toothbrushes, a flat section for bar soap, a storage area with a lid and a pump-style spout for liquid soap, two slots configured to hold tubes, and a set of rollers within each slot, wherein tube contents are dispensed by inserting the tube into a slot between the rollers and turning the rollers. The bathroom dispenser and organizer has particular utility in connection with dispensing toothpaste, shaving cream, and liquid soap, and neatly storing bathroom items such as toothbrushes, razors, and bar soap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Alberto Mesa
  • Publication number: 20100127016
    Abstract: A hand-held toothpaste squeezer is disclosed. The squeezer comprises: a housing; a squeezing mechanism provided in the housing, the squeezing mechanism comprising a drive shaft and a driven shaft engaged with the drive shaft via gear at one end, the drive shaft being parallel to the driven shaft and having a gap in a range of 0.5-1 mm with respect to the driven shaft; the drive shaft being further provided with a stepping gear; the inlet of the housing, the gap between the drive shaft and the driven shaft, and the outlet of the housing being aligned with each other; an actuating mechanism comprising an elastic button and an actuating element. The plastic or metal toothpaste tube is squeezed from the bottom up, which prevents the air from entering and reduces the deposit of the toothpaste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Cheukfan Leung
  • Patent number: 7669735
    Abstract: A toothpaste dispenser is disclosed. An illustrative embodiment of the toothpaste dispenser includes a base, a roller mount arm carried by the base, a motor carried by the roller mount arm and drivingly engaging the base and a pair of rollers carried by the roller mount arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Lorris L. Alleyne
  • Publication number: 20090302057
    Abstract: A dispenser, which is in particular suitable for pasty media, comprises an elastic receiving container for receiving the medium. The receiving container comprises a dispensing chamber and a storage chamber. Further, a dosing member is provided which acts upon the dispensing chamber. In particular with a view to cost reduction, the receiving container is of one-piece configuration and comprises both the dispensing chamber and the storage chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Manfred Matzel
  • Patent number: 7581661
    Abstract: A toothpaste tube squeezing mechanism includes a housing in which a toothpaste tube is stored and a button which is pushed to dispense toothpaste from the tube. The button is connected to a tube squeezing mechanism by a gear system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Joshua J. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20090120957
    Abstract: A tube squeezer operable to force matter from a flexible tube includes a frame biased in a first position and movable to a second position, a first member supported by the frame for rotation about a first longitudinal axis, and a second member supported by the frame for rotation about a second longitudinal axis. A lock member is coupled to the frame to selectively lock the frame in the second position. The first member and the second member cooperate to compress the flexible tube when the frame is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Phillips
  • Patent number: 7520407
    Abstract: The personal dental care unit provides a single device for the storage and containment of most articles used in personal dental care in the household, e.g., toothpaste, toothbrushes, and dental floss. The device attaches to a wall at a convenient location near a bathroom sink or the like, and includes a mechanism for affixing a tube of toothpaste therein and dispensing the toothpaste efficiently. Opposed rollers grip the tube and squeeze toothpaste from the tube as they are advanced by a roller advance screw along the tube. The tube is supported by a support bracket which is adjustable for different sizes of tubes. The tube and mechanism are enclosed in a cover, with the cover including a rack for holding toothbrushes and a receptacle for holding a small packet of dental floss. The cover may be provided with any form of complementary or contrasting decor or pattern, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Inventors: Maxine Crosby, Michael Crosby
  • Publication number: 20090020559
    Abstract: A dispensing bag for product includes a product containment portion and at least one spout receiving portion in communication with the product containment portion. The bag further includes a lower sealed region adjacent a bottom end of the containment portion including at least one bag alignment indicator, wherein the bag alignment indicator allows alignment with a valve to position the spout receiving portion to receive a dispenser spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: James J. Sanfilippo, John E. Sanfilippo, Jeanne Skaggs
  • Patent number: 7441674
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    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
  • Patent number: 7309055
    Abstract: A tube flushing device has a shell having a first housing and a second housing connected on a side thereof so as to be movable between an open position and a closed position. A first pair of wheels are rotatably mounted in the first housing. A second pair of wheels rotatably mounted in the second housing. The first pair of wheels engages the second pair of wheels when the housings are in the closed position. The shell has openings on opposite ends thereof. A tube can extend through the openings and between the first and second pair of wheels so as to allow fluids therein to be flushed therefrom as the shell moves along the length of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventors: Aldona J. Spiegel, Robert S. Troxclair
  • Patent number: 7111758
    Abstract: A toothpaste dispensing apparatus includes a base. A housing is attached to and extends upwardly from the base. The housing includes a peripheral wall that has an upper edge defining an opening. A toothpaste tube squeezing assembly is mounted within the housing and is adapted for selectively ejecting toothpaste out of a tube of toothpaste. A cover is hingedly attached to the upper edge of the housing. A flange is attached to and extends outwardly away from the cover. The cover has a dispensing conduit therein. The dispending conduit includes a receiving opening extending upwardly into the cover and an ejecting opening extending downwardly from the flange. The tube may be fluidly coupled to the receiving opening when the cover is placed in a closed position such that toothpaste flows into the receiving opening and outwardly through the ejecting opening when the toothpaste is ejected out of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventor: Harold R. Monks
  • 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: 6988638
    Abstract: A dispensing figurine formed in the image of at least a portion of a being or some other non-cap object. The dispenser figurine of the present invention preferably includes a body, at least a portion of which has an outward appearance in the form of a portion of a being or some other non-cap object, means for attaching the dispenser figurine to a tube of toothpaste (or a tube of some other gel or paste), a conduit extending through the body through which the toothpaste passes, and an exit port through which the paste (or gel) is dispensed or otherwise exits the dispenser figurine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: Marc Zak
  • 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: 6948638
    Abstract: A liquid rationing device comprises a base and a cover. The base is provided with an actuating element whose axle goes through the base. The axle is connected with a gear disk, which is provided with more than one roller on one side thereof. The cover is coupled to one side of the base and has a reservoir provided with a transmission hose with positioning extrusion. A positioning groove is provided on the reservoir such that the positioning extrusion of the transmission hose can be held therein and the transmission hose can surround the circle of the rollers. Accordingly, the actuating element can drive the gear disk and make the rollers on the gear disk to rotate and subsequently push and squeeze the transmission hose, thereby making displacement of the liquid in the transmission hose and obtaining the purposes of rationing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Ming Te Tu
  • 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: 6880726
    Abstract: A toothpaste dispensing apparatus for dispensing toothpaste from a tube. The toothpaste dispensing apparatus includes a housing comprising a perimeter wall. The perimeter wall defines an interior space of the housing. The housing is designed for engaging a support surface whereby the support surface supports the housing. A dispensing assembly extends through the perimeter wall of the housing from the interior space of the housing. The dispensing assembly is designed for engaging the tube whereby the dispensing assembly squeezes toothpaste from the tube onto the toothbrush when the dispensing assembly is actuated by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Victor G. Perez
  • Patent number: 6868987
    Abstract: A bag is provided for containing a liquid intended to be supplied in a controlled manner to some other site, for example to a medical patient. The main bag portion has a pair of overlying side walls joined together around their edges, the side walls having integral extensions which together define an outlet region in communication with the interior of the main portion of the bag. The extensions are bonded together to define a tube-like passageway extending throughout the outlet region from the interior of the bag. The extensions are adapted to permit the connection thereto of a peristaltic pump device co-operable with the tube-like passageway to control the out-flow of liquid from the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Constance Limited
    Inventors: John Graham Hedington, Stuart Richard Page
  • Publication number: 20040232164
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a toothpaste tube squeezer, comprising a container with a top central rectilinear slot and internal means to support a close pair of rolls with horizontal axis under the slot in horizontal position, capable of rotating together in the same direction and being controlled manually or automatically with suitable driving means actuated externally on the container; it being provided that the top slot and the distance between the rolls allow for housing the bottom section of a toothpaste tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Applicant: TECNO& DESIGN S.R.L. UNIPERSONALE
    Inventor: Luciano Bardeggia
  • Publication number: 20040182881
    Abstract: A dispenser apparatus for use to dispense a material from a squeezable and collapsible tube is provided. The dispenser apparatus comprises a housing unit having a storage portion at the top end, a dispensing portion at the bottom end, and at least one channel which extends vertically from the top end to the bottom end. The dispenser also includes a feeder plate which is downwardly sloping from the storage portion to the dispensing portion, and a dispensing member above the feeder plate. When the dispensing member is in an open position, passage of one tube from the storage portion to the dispensing portion is permitted, and when the dispensing member is in a closed portion, passage of any tube into the dispensing portion is precluded. When in the dispensing portion, material can be dispensed from the tube, and thus converted the full tube to a collapsed, empty shape. Only when the tube has taken on the collapsed empty shape, is the tube removable from the dispensing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: James Dimitrios Arniotis, David Cescolini