Clamping Type Patents (Class 222/103)
  • Patent number: 10897977
    Abstract: A lip balm applicator assembly for applying lip balm without touching the lip balm includes a canister that contains a viscous lip balm. The canister has a storage compartment integrated therein and the storage compartment is fluidly discrete from an interior of the canister. A lid is removably coupled to the canister for closing the canister. An applicator is slidably positioned in the storage compartment for storage. The applicator is dipped into the viscous lip balm in the canister to apply the viscous lip balm to lips without requiring the viscous lip balm in the container to be touched. In this way the applicator reduces transfer of bacteria to the viscous lip balm in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Jacqueline Barker
  • Patent number: 10773859
    Abstract: A tube squeezing device. The tube squeezing device includes a body with a first member, a second member, an elastic material, a collar, and a fastener. An elastic material runs along the length of sides of each member and connects the first member to the second member. The collar connects the top end of the first member to the top end of the second member. The collar has an aperture sized to receive a neck of a container therethrough. The fastener on the bottom ends of the first and second members selectively secures the bottom ends together. In various embodiments, pins are pivotally attached to the bottom of the members and travel in grooves to selectively keep the device in an open or closed configuration. The tube squeezing device is utilized to receive a tube of material and enable a user to squeeze out the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Jerry Walters, Leslie Nielson
  • Patent number: 10745165
    Abstract: The device and method for crushing and discharging a granular clump material in a flexible container includes a hanging step for hanging from above a flexible container containing a compacted granular clump material, a thrusting step for thrusting top portions of contact units against a bottom wall of the flexible container in regions on opposite sides of a discharge tube extending downward from a central region of the bottom wall, and a pushing step for pushing side portions of the contact units in regions from the bottom wall to side portions of the flexible container. The method and device are capable of crushing the granular clump material in the flexible container and of discharging substantially whole amount thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuuki Nakai
  • Patent number: 10703061
    Abstract: The extruder device with a stand is a device designed to increase efficiency of extruding substances from tube-like enclosures. The extruder device is activated by a series of leg/levers that once pushed together, engage a set of geared ratchets which in turn engages stepping gears that in turn engage torque pins which ultimately cause interlocking gear rollers to turn in clockwise and counterclockwise directions allowing the tube-like enclosure to feed through the interlocking gear rollers and thus providing the pressure to extrude the contents of the tube-like enclosures. Because of its simple design, minimal force is required to activate the mechanism thereby extruding the substance of the tube-like enclosure in an efficient and uniform manner. The already spent tube-like enclosure is collected in an enclosed cavity and at the end, disposed of once the unit is opened with relative ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Melik Hovhannisyan
  • Patent number: 10556726
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for pressing out a material from a deformable tube, comprising the following: a housing having a base end; an upper section opposite the base end; and lateral wall sections between the base end and the upper section; a squeezer that can be introduced into the housing, wherein the squeezer has a carrier element and two opposing jaws for gripping and squeezing out a material from the tube, wherein the housing has an opening in the upper section through which an outlet of the tube can be guided, and same has openings in opposing parts of the lateral wall sections via which the jaws can be actuated, wherein the jaws are secured to the carrier element at one end and the squeezer also has a manual lever element on at least one jaw, wherein the lever element is connected to the jaw in a connection region to form an assembly, in which a pressure manually applied to the lever element brings about a force on the jaw in the direction of the other jaw, wherein the lever element has a bod
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Kai Ruthe-Steinsiek, Peter Rushe
  • Patent number: 10377533
    Abstract: An elongated tubular housing adapted to receive an adjustable external compression device introduced on one end of the tubular housing distal from the opening releasing the contents, and retained in position by a member engaging a grooved strip that is integrated with and/or retained on the housing surface material with a strip surface of like material, providing a reliable, economic and functional outer compression member retention apparatus and method. Further embodiments according to the present invention include a dispenser having regions provided for ease and comfort of gripping, grooved strip end-stop to retain compression device, and grooved strip dimensional and placement details to provide functional, manufacturable and economic material dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Klecher, LLC
    Inventors: Gennady I Kleyman, Yuriy Chernov
  • Patent number: 10266331
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispensing an adhesive having a base component and a hardener component that when mixed produce a curable adhesive is disclosed. The apparatus includes a compliant exterior wall enclosing a first volume for containing the base component and a second volume for containing the hardener component, the first and second volumes being separated by a membrane within the exterior wall. The apparatus also includes a frangible region formed in the exterior wall and being operable to rupture to provide at least one outlet in response to an increase in pressure caused by a force applied to the exterior wall, the at least one outlet permitting respective portions of the base component and the hardener component to be expelled to facilitate mixing of the curable adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Anthony Pavlakovic
  • Patent number: 10145760
    Abstract: A pump, including a compression compartment configured to receive, between first and second sides of the compartment, a flexible container holding a fluid and having an outlet; The pump also has a pump mechanism that is coupled to drive the first and second sides of the compartment together so as to force the fluid out of the container through the outlet. There are first and second electrodes the are fixed respectively to the first and second sides. The pump also includes a processor that is coupled to measure a capacitance between the first and second electrodes and to estimate, responsively to the capacitance, a volume of the fluid remaining in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventor: Assaf Govari
  • Patent number: 10011400
    Abstract: A glue extruding device for tube of glue is composed of a base, on which the device is placed vertically; two side plates, of which at least one is pressing plate with extrudable elastic connection to the base and a pressing surface on inner wall to contact outer surface of aluminum tube and facilitate glue extrusion; a retaining clip above the base, with one end to connect to the top of a side plate and a through-hole in the middle from which the mouth of tube can extend out. There is an accommodating cavity between the base, the two side plates and the retaining clip to place and position tube body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: NINGBO PASCO UNITED INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaohua Qian
  • Patent number: 9994372
    Abstract: A closure apparatus for use with a flexible pouch containing a flowable material and having a spout for discharging the flowable material from the pouch, comprising a cap member sealingly engageable with the spout and a clip assembly extending from the cap member, the clip assembly comprising a first clip member; and a second clip member connected to the first clip member and cooperating with the first clip member to define a pouch receiving space, the first clip member and the second clip member having a pouch clip position such that the first clip member and the second clip member restrict the flow of the flowable material through the pouch when at least a portion of the pouch is positioned in the pouch receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Anthony Edward Dzikowicz, Brooke Susan Ruble, Joel Dean Genaw
  • Patent number: 9801505
    Abstract: A motion-activated dispenser includes a housing having a base and top defining a gap sized to receive a human hand. The top portion defining cavity sized to receive a fluid reservoir and an opening extending directly through a lower surface of the top portion to the cavity, a neck of the fluid reservoir extending through the opening. A pressing member is positioned within the cavity and an actuator is coupled to the pressing member and configured to urge the pressing member toward and away from the opening. The pressing member may include, for example, a sliding member positioned opposite a stop face; a roller moved by the actuator toward the opening; a plunger positioned above the opening and driven by an actuator toward the opening; or a pair of rods spanning the cavity and urged by the actuator through the cavity, the rods pressing against sides of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Toaster Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Carol Buckalter, Jonathan B. Hadley, Alexander M. Diener, Kristin M. Will, Lilac Muller, Jeanine E. Spence
  • Patent number: 9527106
    Abstract: An applicator for dispensing a first viscous fluid includes a support structure, a cartridge including a first wall and a first interior space. The first interior space receives a first collapsible tube holding the first viscous fluid. The first collapsible tube is formed from a flexible material and has a length with generally opposite sidewall portions defined along the length. The first collapsible tube is positioned against the first wall and further includes a closed end and a dispensing end. An actuator is operatively coupled to the support structure and moves through the interior space of the cartridge along the length of the collapsible tube and against one of the generally opposite sidewall portions to compress the one generally opposite sidewall portion against the other sidewall portion along the length and squeeze the viscous fluid from the dispensing end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Ngu, Robert W. Springhorn
  • Patent number: 9475682
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing system for use with a bag having a pre-attached spigot includes a cavity arranged to receive the bag of liquid. A spigot-recess is configured to engage the spigot of the bag of liquid. A top plate assembly is locatable at or near the top of the system, the top plate assembly including a pressure plate arranged to apply a downward force on the bag of liquid. The system also includes a lifting plate arranged to apply an upward pressure on the bag of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Boxxle, LLC
    Inventor: Tripp Middleton
  • Patent number: 9463482
    Abstract: The invention relates to a metering device consisting of—a housing (1) for receiving an interchangeable container, said container being connected to a disposable pump (10), —an electric drive motor (6) for driving the disposable pump (10), —control means for controlling said drive motor (6) and for influencing the pump volume, —an electric current source or an electric connection for supplying energy to the electric drive motor (6) and the control means, said housing (1) additionally having a receiving portion (11) for form-fittingly retaining the disposable pump (10), —said housing (1) comprising two pivotally interconnected partial shells (7a, 7b) and—one elastic squeezing element (12a, 12b) being secured to each partial shell (7a, 7b), the interchangeable container being clamped between these, and the metering device being suitable for receiving interchangeable containers in the form of non-dimensionally stable, hanger-free tubular pouches (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 9463907
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a combination of a deformable package (20) containing a cream product; and a tool (10) for dispensing the cream product from the deformable package (20) comprising a first member (12) which supports the deformable package (20), and a second member (14) connected to the first member (12) by a hinge (40), wherein the tool (10) is arranged so that, in use, when a user pushes the first and second members (12), (14) towards one another, the deformable package (20) is squeezed between the first and second members (12), (14) to dispense the cream product from the package (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: RECKITT & COLMAN (OVERSEAS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Louise Margaret Barlow, Geoffrey Robert Hammond, Jonathan Mark Law
  • Patent number: 9365405
    Abstract: A combination beverage concentrate and concentrate bag and an apparatus for using the combination. The combination is adapted for use in the preparation of a finished beverage having a first volume of the beverage concentrate and a second volume of diluent. The concentrate bag is flexible, disposable and has a volume equal to or greater than the sum of the first volume and the second volume. A first volume of the beverage concentrate is disposed within the concentrate bag. The apparatus is adapted to accept the diluent-filled combination, mix the diluent with the beverage concentrate and dispense finished beverage from a dispenser. In the dispensing system, connections for providing diluent or a pressurizing agent to the beverage concentrate or to the finished beverage are located at the dispenser outlet opening or upstream of that opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Gus Stratton
  • Patent number: 8960499
    Abstract: A pump apparatus that exerts a constant force on a bag of fluid to provide a uniform flow rate compared to elastomeric pumps. The apparatus comprises a first and a second block member positioned over a plate, which are moveable to define an opening to receive a wedge member attached on the plate. The block members are coupled by a resilient means that is extendable when the wedge member is urged into the opening. The extended resilient means is retractable such that the plate exerts a constant force on the bag to expel fluid in a uniform flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Freddie Eng Hwee Lee
  • Patent number: 8887964
    Abstract: A dispensing mechanism for a liquid container includes a hollow flexible dispensing portion and a dispenser. The dispensing mechanism includes a first lever arranged to pivot about a first pivot axis and a second lever arranged to pivot about a second pivot axis and includes a user operated portion. The first lever includes a first sliding surface and the second lever includes a second sliding surface. The first and second sliding surfaces bear in sliding abutment against each other at an abutment point. The first and second pivot axes are substantially parallel to each other, and a first plane extends through the first and second pivot axes. In a non-actuated position of the dispensing mechanism, the user operated portion of the second lever and the abutment point are arranged on a first side of the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Joonas Jokitalo, Erik Hjort
  • Publication number: 20140319173
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a combination of a deformable package (20) containing a cream product; and a tool (10) for dispensing the cream product from the deformable package (20) comprising a first member (12) which supports the deformable package (20), and a second member (14) connected to the first member (12) by a hinge (40), wherein the tool (10) is arranged so that, in use, when a user pushes the first and second members (12), (14) towards one another, the deformable package (20) is squeezed between the first and second members (12), (14) to dispense the cream product from the package (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: RECKITT & COLMAN (OVERSEAS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Louise Margaret Barlow, Geoffrey Robert Hammond, Jonathan Mark Law
  • Publication number: 20140291350
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing system for use with a bag having a pre-attached spigot includes a cavity arranged to receive the bag of liquid. A spigot-recess is configured to engage the spigot of the bag of liquid. A top plate assembly is locatable at or near the top of the system, the top plate assembly including a pressure plate arranged to apply a downward force on the bag of liquid. The system also includes a lifting plate arranged to apply an upward pressure on the bag of liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Tripp MIDDLETON
  • Patent number: 8794858
    Abstract: A hand-held dispenser handle for use with tubular containers, especially unit dose or single use containers, of various liquids or viscous fluids, which provides enhanced flow and locus control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: OptMed Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Dallas Kirk, III, Paul J. Mulhauser
  • Patent number: 8785819
    Abstract: A heating device includes a housing, a thermally conductive receptacle, a cover, a heating element, a temperature sensor, a user interface and a power source. The thermally conductive receptacle is disposed within the housing and is accessible through an opening. The thermally conductive receptacle is sized to receive, completely contain and heat a container containing a product used in sexual activities. The cover is attached to the housing and is disposed over the opening to provide access to the thermally conductive receptacle and enclose the container containing the product. The heating element is disposed within the housing, and is connected to the thermally conductive receptacle. The temperature sensor is disposed within the housing and is connected to the heating element or the thermally conductive receptacle. The controller is disposed within the housing and is electrically connected to the heating element, the temperature sensor, and the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen J. Madigan, Larry Eugene Hess
  • Patent number: 8777059
    Abstract: Liquid dispensing systems for use with a bag having a pre-attached spigot are shown and described, in one example, a system includes a cavity for receiving the bag of liquid. A spigot-recess is configured to engage the spigot. A top plate assembly is locatable at or near the top of the system, the top plate assembly including a pressure plate for placing downward force on the bag of liquid. The system also includes a lifting plate for placing an upward pressure on the bag of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Boxxle, LLC
    Inventor: Tripp Middleton
  • Patent number: 8763858
    Abstract: A tube extraction device for squeezing a substance out of a tube. The tube extraction device includes a base member and an upper plate hingedly secured to the base member. A lever including a handle portion and a cam portion is pivotally secured directly above the upper plate such that the cam portion rests thereon. An adjustment rod with an adjustably-secured constrictor is positioned below the base member. A knob at the end of the rod is used to advance the constrictor forward along the rod. As the constrictor advances, the upper plate constricts against the base member, thus dispensing the substance stored within any tube positioned between the upper plate and base member. If further pressure is needed, the lever may be pressed down to apply pressure from the cam portion directly onto the upper plate. A pressure knob may also be included for even more pressure capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Gilbert Warren Mouser, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8763857
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing system for use with a bag having a pre-attached spigot includes a cavity arranged to receive the bag of liquid. A spigot-recess is configured to engage the spigot of the bag of liquid. A top plate assembly is locatable at or near the top of the system, the top plate assembly including a pressure plate arranged to apply a downward force on the bag of liquid. The system also includes a lifting plate arranged to apply an upward pressure on the bag of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Boxxle, LLC
    Inventor: Tripp Middleton
  • Publication number: 20140151403
    Abstract: A colorant fluid dispensing system for dispensing multiple colorant fluids, wherein said dispensing system comprises more than one fluid holder for holding a colorant fluid, a dispensing device for dispensing the colorant fluids held by the fluid holders out of a system outlet, wherein the dispensing system comprises a weight measuring device constructed and arranged to measure weight changes of the fluid holder during the dispensing of the colorant fluid from said fluid holder, and the fluid holder is constructed and arranged to drive the colorant fluid out of said fluid holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: F-LL PROCESS S.A.
    Inventor: Renatus Petrus Cornelis Meeuwisse
  • Patent number: 8714407
    Abstract: Devices for dispensing material from a deformable tube comprise a shell having a top portion and a bottom portion. The shell comprises two shell pieces, the shell defining a compartment adapted for receiving a deformable tube and having an aperture in its top portion. Each shell piece comprises a press portion having a groove surrounding the press portion and a hinge located in the bottom portion connecting the press portion to the shell piece. The inner surfaces of the press portions have pressing features configured to squeeze a deformable tube from the bottom of the tube to the top of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John W. Frank, Michael C. Molinet, Byron E. Trotter, Diane R. Wolk
  • Patent number: 8662349
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes a backing, at least a first product compartment and a fluid transport device. The backing is a frangible section adapted to at least partially open as the backing is moved from a first position toward a second position. The product compartment and the fluid transport device are each disposed on the backing in confronting relationship to the frangible section. According to a method, a dispensing device is provided in which the backing is moved from the first position toward the second position to compress the first product compartment and cause the content to be dispensed through the fluid transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Aktivpak, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Genosar, Romi Genosar
  • Patent number: 8640920
    Abstract: A method of forming and filling a pouch, comprises forming opposing walls of a film; sealing the opposing walls of film together to form at least one pouch; filling an interior section of the at least one pouch through an opening in an upper portion of the at least one pouch with a flowable material; forming a top sealed expressing-shaped region to close the opening in the at least one pouch; and cradling the pouch with a foldable flat that is more rigid than the pouch that can be folded or rolled to compress the pouch to express the flowable material through the expressing shaped region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Neal Sharp, Sven Newman, David C. Thomsen, Anita G. Mooy
  • Patent number: 8608028
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tube dispensing device (10) for squeezing out the content of a tube using two pressure plates (12, 13), which are disposed transverse to each other at the pressure sections (15, 16) thereof, at least in the case of a lack of a tube to be squeezed, wherein a base (11) is provided, from which the pressure sections (15, 16) protrude. In this manner the tube may be stored standing up, and may be completely emptied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Heinz Hartmann
  • Patent number: 8544687
    Abstract: An article of manufacture for dispensing a viscous material, comprising; a display card comprising at least one first crease at least partially along an axis of the card; and a viscous material dispenser, comprising a container suspended from the display card along the at least one first crease to permit folding the card at the crease to compress the container to express material from the container through a container tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Neal Sharp, Sven Newman, David C. Thomsen, Anita G Mooy, Jeffrey J. Davis
  • Publication number: 20130240562
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing system for use with a bag having a pre-attached spigot includes a cavity arranged to receive the bag of liquid. A spigot-recess is configured to engage the spigot of the bag of liquid. A top plate assembly is locatable at or near the top of the system, the top plate assembly including a pressure plate arranged to apply a downward force on the bag of liquid. The system also includes a lifting plate arranged to apply an upward pressure on the bag of liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Tripp MIDDLETON
  • Publication number: 20130221030
    Abstract: Liquid dispensing systems for use with a bag having a pre-attached spigot are shown and described, in one example, a system includes a cavity for receiving the bag of liquid. A spigot-recess is configured to engage the spigot. A top plate assembly is locatable at or near the top of the system, the top plate assembly including a pressure plate for placing downward force on the bag of liquid. The system also includes a lifting plate for placing an upward pressure on the bag of liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Boxxle, Inc.
    Inventor: Boxxle, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8517218
    Abstract: A slider including a squeezing mechanism, which is operative to uniformly deliver material from at least one collapsible container, and a track detachably coupled to the at least one collapsible container. The squeezing mechanism and track each are provided with a respective arrangement of engaging elements operative to mesh with one another during displacement of the squeezing mechanism along the track, which can be detached from the at least one collapsible container and coupled to a new collapsible container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Klecher, LLC
    Inventors: Yuriy Chernov, Gennady Kleyman
  • Patent number: 8464909
    Abstract: A dispensing device for a viscous edible product, with a storing unit for storing the viscous product, and a dispensing unit. The dispensing unit includes a flexible packing tube for packing and dispensing the food product, disposed within the dispensing unit such that it comprises a substantially linear portion adjacent its dispensing opening, compression components for pinching said linear portion of tube, compression components being movable in substantially perpendicular and parallel directions relative to the longitudinal axis of the tube, actuation components for reversibly moving said compression components firstly in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the packing tube to releasably pinch at least one portion of the flexible tube, and secondly in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tube towards its dispensing opening, so as to dispense at least one portion of the product packed in the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Bruno Sadi Henri Delande, Bruce Funnell
  • Patent number: 8418883
    Abstract: A packet comprises at least two opposing sidewalls comprising a more rigid flat and a film pouch; and an expressing-shaped first closure end and a second closure end; the sidewalls and closure ends defining an enclosure; wherein at least the more rigid flat comprises a rigid material that can be folded or rolled to compress the enclosure to express a content through the expressing shaped closure end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials
    Inventors: Phillip Neal Sharp, Sven Newman, David C. Thomsen, Anita G. Mooy, Jeffrey J. Davis
  • Patent number: 8418882
    Abstract: An applicator is provided with a volume for receiving one or more disposable or refillable container containing a hair treatment composition. The applicator is provided with opposed arms that are configured such that, when the arms are brought towards each other, the hair treatment composition is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Colour Revoluntion Inc.
    Inventors: Ruth Stern, Pauline Ashworth, Greg McEwan, Robert McColman
  • Patent number: 8371549
    Abstract: A holder for a toothpaste tube and toothbrushes which comprises a mounting plate. A mechanism is for securing the mounting plate to a wall. A support member is provided. A mechanism is for rotatably maintaining the support member perpendicular to the mounting plate. A mechanism is for attaching the toothpaste tube perpendicular to the support member. A mechanism is for retaining at least one of the toothbrushes to the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Brian T. Paquette
  • Publication number: 20130001256
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for discharge of liquid or substantially liquid products (2), preferably foodstuffs, e.g. mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup or dressing, from a compressible container (3) made of flexible material, preferably of plastic bag type. The container (3) is placed in an outer container (7) and is compressible by a compression device (4) in order to feed product (2) out therefrom through a nozzle (6). The invention is characterised in that a compression means (9) which forms part of the compression device (4) is disposed on a piston (17) adapted to being subjected to movements in a portioning direction (P3) so that the movable compression means (9) squeezes the container (3) in the outer container (7), and that the piston with its compression means (9) can perform a return movement in a return direction (P4) which is opposite to the portioning direction (P3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: ASEPT INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Sten Drennow, Stefan Cedergren
  • Patent number: 8313472
    Abstract: An emergency eyewash station and dispensing structure therefore is disclosed. The emergency eyewash station includes a main body configured and arranged to hold and dispense eyewash fluid therefrom, an actuator arm assembly movable from a closed position to an open position, and a dispensing structure having an eyepiece sealed by a membrane. The eyepiece is in fluid connection with the eyewash fluid contained in the main body. The dispensing structure is removably coupled to the actuator arm assembly such that when the actuator arm assembly is moved from the closed position to the open position, the membrane is unsealed and the eyewash fluid dispenses from the eyepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Sperian Eye & Face Protection, Inc. a Delaware corporation
    Inventors: Benoit Devinat, Michael C Pereira, Breck Petrillo
  • Publication number: 20120248145
    Abstract: A device for expressing a substance from a deformable tube is disclosed. The device comprises a casing having a base end, a top portion opposite the base end and side wall portions intermediate the base end and the top portion, and a squeezer insertable in the casing. The squeezer comprises two opposing jaws for gripping and expressing a substance from the tube, and the casing has an aperture in the top portion through which a discharge outlet of the tube is extendable. The casing also has apertures in opposing parts of the side wall portions through which the jaws are actuatable. The squeezer has a manual lever element on at least one jaw, with the lever element being attached to the jaw by a fulcrum in an arrangement wherein manual pressure applied to the lever element about the fulcrum causes flexing of the jaw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Loctite (R&D) Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Kealy, Liam P. O'Dwyer
  • Publication number: 20120241465
    Abstract: A device for storing and dispensing a product comprising: a package comprising at least a first compartment having a flexible wall portion; a fluid transport device; and a backing associated with said package which, during dispensing, supports the package to facilitate expression of a product from the package through said fluid transport device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: AKTIVPAK, INC.
    Inventors: Amir Genosar, Romi Genosar
  • Publication number: 20120223099
    Abstract: Fold and squeeze condiment packet sauce wrapper for any sauce including ketchup packet that folds in half and squeezes the sauce out from the middle hole. One side has a stiff hard backboard when folded in half both ends touch each other it pinches the packet and forces all the sauce out the middle opening. The sauce packet has a backboard either made out of plastic or stiff paper when folded, the one side with the back board acts as a pivot lever and squeezes the sauce out. The middle of the packet has a perforated line ready to be folded in half. The middle has an exit hole covered with a peel off sticker cover. The user peels off the sticker cover off the middle exposing the exit hole. The packet is folded in half and squeezes out all the ketchup sauce or any sauce out of the packet. When both ends of the packet are pinched together all sauce from the packet is extruded out the middle exit hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Roy Sanchez
  • Publication number: 20120187147
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing the contents of a collapsible tube, such as a toothpaste tube. The toothpaste dispenser includes dual arms affixed to the tube that are used to reposition the contents of the tube and maintain the tube in modified configurations. The toothpaste dispenser of embodiments of the present invention allows for the product contained in the tube to be more readily compressed and dispensed from the tube relative to manual compression alone, thereby leaving less product in the tube when the tube is discarded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Vernon Francis LIGHTFOOT
  • Publication number: 20120104020
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser utilizes a collapsible container that contains a supply of liquid. The collapsible container is received within a chamber that has a stationary wall. A moveable member is adjustable into contact with the collapsible container within the chamber. An indicator displays an estimated amount of liquid remaining in the collapsible container based on a position of the moveable member. The moveable member may squeeze the collapsible container against the stationary wall to thereby increase pressure within the liquid in the collapsible container to urge an outlet valve towards an open position in order to resolve any clogs in the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: NIHAT CUR, STEVEN J. KUEHL, ROBERT J. ROLEK
  • Patent number: 8152116
    Abstract: A stand for a medical fluid treatment, a system for supporting medical fluid bags, and a method for testing and sensing whether a bag or a seal in a chamber of a multi-chamber bag has been broken prior to providing therapy. A stand stores one or more medical fluid bags, each bag stored on a single shelf. Each shelf has a sensor for sensing the presence or absence of fluid in the bag, and reporting the status of the bag to a central location, such as a computer. The sensor can also detect and report on whether fluid has leaked from the bag, or in the case of bags with two or more chambers, if a leak in a frangible seal separating the chambers has developed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventor: Tom Westberg
  • Patent number: 8074840
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser assembly, characterized in that it comprises: a fluid dispenser (1, 2) comprising a fluid reservoir (1) and a closure member (2), the reservoir comprising at least one flexible sheet (11) provided with an opening (14) cut out in the sheet, the closure member (2) being mounted in said opening (14); and a flexible covering (3) wrapped around the dispenser, the covering including a window (34) through which the closure member (2) can be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Valois SAS
    Inventor: Herve Pennaneac'h
  • Patent number: 8074567
    Abstract: A container compression device and a method for associating a beverage container with the container compression device is provided, wherein the container compression device is configurable between an extended configuration and a compressed configuration, container compression device including a first handle portion, wherein the first handle portion includes a plurality of first handle portion linking members pivotably associated with the first handle portion. The container compression device also includes a second handle portion, wherein the second handle portion includes a plurality of second handle portion linking members pivotably associated with the second handle portion. Additionally, the plurality of second handle portion linking members are rotatably connected to the plurality of first handle portion linking members via at least one releasable locking device, wherein the at least one releasable locking device is configurable between an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: Phil Atiyeh, Ty Hagler
  • Publication number: 20110297697
    Abstract: Devices for dispensing material from a deformable tube comprise a shell having a top portion and a bottom portion. The shell comprises two shell pieces, the shell defining a compartment adapted for receiving a deformable tube and having an aperture in its top portion. Each shell piece comprises a press portion having a groove surrounding the press portion and a hinge located in the bottom portion connecting the press portion to the shell piece. The inner surfaces of the press portions have pressing features configured to squeeze a deformable tube from the bottom of the tube to the top of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: John W. Frank, Michael C. Molinet, Byron E. Trotter, Diane R. Wolk
  • Patent number: 8033428
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for dispensing toothpaste is disclosed herein whereby a user may depress a depressor to extract a pre-determined quantity of toothpaste from a tube of toothpaste. The present invention includes a toothpaste dispenser body forming a radius resiliently and integrally securing together a substantially flat first coextensive member and a substantially flat second coextensive member. The second coextensive member may comprise a downward first curvature towards the first coextensive member and an upward second curvature away from the first coextensive member. The second coextensive member comprises a depressor comprising resilient material. The radius may be used to contain and roll the portion of the toothpaste tube that has been evacuated of toothpaste, thereby allowing the second coextensive member to remain in contact with the filled portion of the toothpaste tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Ben McEwin