Drip, Leakage Or Waste Catching Or Disposal Patents (Class 222/108)
  • Patent number: 10433569
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and devices for producing a shaved ice or snow cone products and providing toppings thereto. The system may comprise an ice shaving or snow cone machine, a mobile edifice, and a topping dispenser attached to the mobile edifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Snowie LLC
    Inventor: Carl A. Rupp
  • Patent number: 10415709
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance, in particular domestic refrigeration appliance, has a heat-insulating housing, which surrounds a storage compartment for refrigerated goods and has at least one passage between the storage compartment and a dispenser recess disposed outside of the heat-insulating housing. A container-valve assembly is detachably installed in the storage compartment and projects through the passage. A cover for closing the dispenser recess is articulated at the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Max Eicher, Christoph Becke, Christine Hartwein, Boris Angele
  • Patent number: 10401758
    Abstract: A powder container is removably mountable in one of a process cartridge and an image forming apparatus. The powder container includes a discharge port to discharge powder stored inside the powder container, a collection port to collect the powder from outside of the powder container, a first shutter to open and close the discharge port, a first opening and closing member disposed at one end of the powder container in a longitudinal direction of the powder container to open and close the first shutter, a second shutter to open and close the collection port, and a second opening and closing member disposed at another end of the powder container in the longitudinal direction of the powder container to open and close the second shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Emi Kita, Shinichi Arasawa
  • Patent number: 10358336
    Abstract: A lubricant dispensing system employing configurable shelving that aligns a lubricant dispenser's spigot directly above a fill port of a lubricant dispensing jug. The shelving system units are configurable to accommodate the available space in a garage, designed for use with lubricant bag boxes, and possesses a spill catch below the jug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph A. Kasper, Steven B. Ruble, Keith Peshke, Mark Gandy, Phillip D Shook
  • Patent number: 10350558
    Abstract: The enclosed offset pail mixer is an invention which allows for safe, efficient and clean mixing of liquid solutions and liquid mechanical mixtures. The mixer includes a moveable head assembly that is constrained to two positions. In the operating position, the mixer geometry substantially encloses the moving parts of the mixer, preventing personnel from coming in contact with moving parts. The geometry also acts to contain dusts and vapors. A safety control circuit ensures that the impeller motor will not operate unless the vessel and the shroud are both in their respective operating position. In the operating position, the impeller shaft axis is strategically offset from the vessel axis to reduce large vortices and associated aeration. When the movable head is in the retracted position, the impeller is positioned over a removable drip cup to prevent residue from dripping on the floor or machine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Jonathan William Smith, Matthew William Smith, Hugh Hunter Chant
  • Patent number: 10296585
    Abstract: A computer program product of decision definition using a rules vocabulary includes program code for: receiving free form input; identifying terms contained within the free form input; searching the rules vocabulary objects for terms; responsive to the term being found, obtaining input from a user as to whether to use the found term; responsive to the term not being found; searching the rules vocabulary attributes for terms having attributes corresponding to the term; responsive to the term being found, obtaining input from a user as to whether to use the found term; and refactoring the free form input with the found term accepted by the user. The program code also includes code for updating the rules vocabulary with the term identified in the free form input as a synonym for the term found in said rules vocabulary. One embodiment further provides determining semantic equivalence between a plurality of rules using a rules database having preferred terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter John Johnson, Duncan George Clark, Christopher Paul Backhouse, David Locke
  • Patent number: 10272476
    Abstract: A method of delivering insecticide, comprises the steps of providing an insecticide in a container; allowing the insecticide to flow out of the container; and allowing the insecticide to flow into a drain beginning downstream of an opening in said drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: John M. Aneson
  • Patent number: 10251966
    Abstract: A hybrid packet containing deodorizing chemicals can dissolve to release the chemicals in a brine solution while still being formed using high speed packet forming machinery. A hybrid packet can be formed by feeding a sheet of dissolvable paper and a film of PVA material into the packet forming machine to form a hybrid packet having one side formed of the paper and the opposing side formed of the PVA material. The PVA sheet and paper panels are fused together by the machine to form a sealed interior compartment that holds the deodorizing chemicals. A serrated knife edge can be used to pierce the paper and PVA layers to separate individual packets. Reduced water volume in the forming operation avoids compromising the dissolvable paper portion of the hybrid packet. The packet contents can include citric acid and sodium bicarbonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Satellite Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas E. Loebertmann, Daniel D. Phothirath, Stephen A. Heyer
  • Patent number: 10251509
    Abstract: A multi-mode coffee maker facilitates switching between a carafe mode and a single cup mode. The coffee maker includes switches for selecting the amount of coffee brewed, a drip valve normally closed to prevent dripping and opened by insertion of a carafe or a single cup adapter into the coffee maker, and a hot plate for maintaining the temperature of coffee in the carafe, the hot plate independent switchable on and off. A single cup adapter includes a swing-out platform which cooperates with a multi-mode coffee maker to allow switching from a small amount to a large amount of brewed drink when the platform is moved to provide space for a large cup. A slide may also be provided to select the mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Adrian Rivera, Kenneth L. Green
  • Patent number: 10180938
    Abstract: A method of decision definition using a rules vocabulary includes: receiving free form input; identifying terms contained within the free form input; searching the rules vocabulary objects for terms; responsive to the term being found, obtaining input from a user as to whether to use the found term; responsive to the term not being found; searching the rules vocabulary attributes for terms having attributes corresponding to the term; responsive to the term being found, obtaining input from a user as to whether to use the found term; and refactoring the free form input with the found term accepted by the user. The method also includes updating the rules vocabulary with the term identified in the free form input as a synonym for the term found in said rules vocabulary. One embodiment further provides a method of determining semantic equivalence between a plurality of rules using a rules database having preferred terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter John Johnson, Duncan George Clark, Christopher Paul Backhouse, David Locke
  • Patent number: 10131527
    Abstract: A method for filling containers simultaneously with the filling-material sealing the containers against filling heads at the filling positions, and using a filling-material volumetric-flow-rate controller common to all of the filling positions to control flow of filling-material as a function of a target filling-curve by executing a filling phase with intervals that have different flow rates and controlling transition times between these intervals to ensure that each container finishes the filling phase with the correct amount of filling-material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Hilmar Fickert
  • Patent number: 10106395
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system for use with a beverage container includes a base with lower, side and upper external surfaces, a vertically-inclined bore within the base extending a first pre-defined distance into the base from the upper external surface and defines an upper opening in the base, a horizontally-inclined bore within the base extending into the base from the side external surface and defining a side opening in the base connected to the vertically-inclined bore forming a continuous internal channel, an outlet valve secured at the side opening in the base, an adapter assembly accessible from the upper opening in the base including a rigid cap, elastic sleeve and vent line. A flexible tubing extending through the continuous internal channel connects the outlet valve to the adapter assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Carl J Paskert
  • Patent number: 10029721
    Abstract: A cart for the management of liquids, trash, and equipment during indoor events is disclosed. The cart may have a raised lip circumscribing a portion of a top surface below a liquid dispensing device such that spilled liquids are contained. The top surface may comprise a slight slope that directs spilled liquid into an appropriate receptacle for storage and later clean up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9988257
    Abstract: A pinch valve includes a valve block. A valve insert defines a tube chamber and is disposed within an open interior of the valve block. A valve gate includes a body. The valve gate body is movably engaged with the valve insert. The valve gate is at least partially disposed within the open interior of the valve block. A lever is pivotably connected to the valve insert. The lever includes a tube projection that is pivotably movable within the tube chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventor: David A. Schneberger
  • Patent number: 9926184
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for collecting drips from a spout on a beverage dispenser has a table top base that is held in place by the weight of a beverage dispenser. The table top base supports a drip catch reservoir, and drips hit a back plate with guides before washing into the drip catch reservoir. The drip catch reservoir has an outlet allowing drainage into a disposal tank without moving the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Keith L. Davis
  • Patent number: 9919327
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to a device for actuating a pump mechanism capable of expelling a flowable composition from a container reservoir. In particular, the actuation capability is derived from a living hinge which is constituted by an elastomeric region of the actuator. More specifically, the invention relates to a molded actuator having a button portion for pressing, a collar portion for securing to a container, and a living hinge portion formed of a material that is sufficiently pliable to allow movement of the button portion relative to the collar in a resilient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Avon Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Nicholas Dutton
  • Patent number: 9919632
    Abstract: A cup holder for a vehicle includes a holder body, a support unit, a temperature sensor, and a control unit. The holder body is configured to accommodate a cup, is provided with a thermoelectric element, is formed in a double sidewall structure, and is provided with an internal blower that is disposed in the inner space of the double sidewall structure. The support unit is configured such that the front portion thereof protrudes from the inner side of the holder body and supports a side of the cup, and is provided with an illuminant that is capable of expressing a plurality of colors and radiates light onto the cup. The temperature sensor is provided on the holder body, and measures temperature. The control unit changes the color of the illuminant of the support unit based on the measured temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KBAUTOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park, Jae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9904210
    Abstract: A toner container is elongated. A first rotating member is rotatably provided in a first toner storage portion and extends in a depth direction of a container main body. A first drive input portion is provided at an end of a first rotation shaft included in the first rotating member and configured to receive a driving force. A second rotating member rotatably provided in a second toner storage portion and extends in the depth direction. A second drive input portion is provided at an end of a second rotation shaft included in the second rotating member and configured to receive a driving force. The container main body includes a plate-like coupling member coupling a first housing of the first toner storage portion with a second housing of the second toner storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sue
  • Patent number: 9880494
    Abstract: A toner container includes an elongated container main body, a toner discharge port, a first rotation member configured to convey the toner toward the toner discharge port, a support plate provided in the container main body and disposed in such a way as to face the wall surface, and an opening and closing member provided between the wall surface and the support plate and supported by the support plate in such a way as to be able to move between a closing position and an opening position. The support plate includes a first opening portion formed at a position corresponding to the toner discharge port and larger than the toner discharge port in size, and a film member attached to the support plate in such a way as to cover the first opening portion and including a second opening portion formed at a position corresponding to the toner discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daisuke Mimura
  • Patent number: 9881440
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for controlling and monitoring the storage and dispensing of beverage products; the apparatus comprising: a plurality of product registration devices for registering the presence of beverage products in one or more storage locations, each product registration device being associated with one beverage product or group of beverage products; a plurality of metering dispensers in a sales location from which one or more authorized users can dispense beverage products to customers; a plurality of locking means for preventing dispensing of a beverage product, each locking means being operatively linked to a different one of said metering dispensers; a plurality of user identifying devices for identifying authorized users, each user identifying device being operatively linked to a different one of said locking means so that an authorized user can unlock the said locking means and thereby dispense a beverage product from an operatively linked ‘metering dispenser; and a processor whi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Bernard Edgar Anning
  • Patent number: 9869948
    Abstract: A toner container includes a container main body, a first toner storage portion, a second toner storage portion, and a gripping portion. The container main body is elongated. The first toner storage portion stores toner in its inside and is provided in one side in a longitudinal direction of the container main body. The second toner storage portion stores toner in its inside and is provided in the other side in the longitudinal direction. The gripping portion is provided between the first toner storage portion and the second toner storage portion, and includes a concave portion which is formed in a side portion of the container main body on one side in a width direction of the container main body, the width direction being perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sue
  • Patent number: 9835148
    Abstract: System and method for dispensing product to a washing machine. A chemical dispensing system includes a system controller, machine interface, and pump controller that communicate through serial data buses. The system controller provides a user interface, retrieves washing machine status information from the machine interface, and issues product dispensing commands to the pump controller. The pump controller monitors pump status and dispenses product in response to commands from the system controller. The pump controller: (1) determines pump activation periods based on calibration data stored in a pump controller memory; (2) tracks pump usage and adjusts the activation period to compensate for pump wear as the pump ages; (3) disables the pump if conditions exists that preclude operating the pump; (4) monitors product levels, and (5) reports pump status to the system controller. Integral channels are included in the pump housing to provide stress relief to a squeeze tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Tincher, Sean Lafferty, Jason McDaniel, Bryan Andersen
  • Patent number: 9809440
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and method for conveniently holding a drinking cup while dispensing liquid from a dispenser such as a spigot, filling the cup, and collecting any drips and/or spillage from the dispenser or the drinking cup into a second drip collecting cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Dallas Kellerman
  • Patent number: 9797625
    Abstract: A heater with a recovery device for swelling water is provided. A water inlet pipe and a water outlet pipe are longitudinally provided on the heater. The recovery device is transversely disposed on the heater and connected with the water inlet pipe, such that the recovery device is coupled on to reduce the entire size. The recovery device is adapted to recycle and store the swelling hot water in the heater so as to provide an energy-saving effect and to stop water from dripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Yi-Huang Chen
  • Patent number: 9751447
    Abstract: A mobile confectionary apparatus includes a vehicle with at least one upstanding side wall. An interior space may be surrounded by the upstanding side wall. An opening may extend through the side wall. A liquid toppings dispensing system is adjustably positionable adjacent to the side wall and includes a first plurality of liquid dispensers configured to dispense at least one liquid topping. The liquid toppings dispensing system is pivotable relative to the side wall between a first position and a second position. The liquid toppings dispensing system is located externally of the side wall in each of the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Kona Ice, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony Lamb
  • Patent number: 9668498
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and devices for producing a shaved ice or snow cone products and providing toppings thereto. The system may comprise an ice shaving or snow cone machine, a mobile edifice, and a topping dispenser attached to the mobile edifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Snowie LLC
    Inventor: Carl A. Rupp
  • Patent number: 9637274
    Abstract: A caddy, into which is received a boxed-wine product, displays the boxed-wine product and permits easy access to the on/off spigot of the boxed-wine product, while protecting furniture and flooring in a vicinity of the boxed-wine product from drippage, and also protecting a surface from being scratched by the boxed-wine product. An open, roofless caddy is especially provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Box Wine Caddy, Inc.
    Inventor: James McClaskey
  • Patent number: 9586803
    Abstract: A dispenser cradle is disclosed that includes a front portion, a neck channel situated in the front portion and configured for receiving a neck of a dispensing bottle therethrough, a central channel configured for supporting the dispensing bottle thereon, where the central channel further includes a channel ramp portion extending from proximate the rear wall to a channel aperture, and where the channel aperture is configured for receiving a shoulder portion of the dispensing bottle therethrough when the dispensing bottle is positioned in at least one of a primary position and a secondary position, and when the dispensing bottle is in the primary position, a central axis of the dispensing bottle is situated at a first angle relative to a horizontal axis, and when the dispensing bottle is in the secondary position, a central axis of the dispensing bottle is situated at a second angle relative to the horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Tailor Made Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Omer Snyker
  • Patent number: 9573739
    Abstract: A structural element for a bottle closure having means for showing a first use in nominal conditions. This structural element can be made from components such as a pouring dispenser or a frame. This structural element is characterized by the use of two components which are linked such that the attachment between both disappears after the first use in nominal conditions when said structural element is mounted in the operating mode on the bottle. The first use in nominal conditions requires removing one of the components and it cannot be put back in its original position, restoring its also original attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: COMPAÑIA DE TAPONES IRRELLENABLES, S.A.
    Inventor: David Torrent Ortega
  • Patent number: 9500509
    Abstract: A granule measurement apparatus is provided. The granule measurement apparatus includes a storage container, a measuring device and a dispenser. The storage container includes a top end and a bottom end. The top end forms a top opening leading into the storage container. The bottom end forms a bottom opening leading out of the storage container. The measuring device includes a top end and a bottom end, and a plurality of measuring chambers. Each of the plurality of measuring chambers includes a top opening leading into the measuring chamber and a bottom opening leading out of the measuring chamber. The dispenser formed to cover and uncover the bottom openings of each of the chambers. At least the bottom end of the storage container and the top end of the measuring device mate and are rotatable relative to one another about a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Allen Egnor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9475683
    Abstract: A drink dispensing device has refillable sealed containers having ingredients known to a processor. Where the processor can initiate commands to mix and dispense the ingredients based on a selections by a consumer. The drink dispensing device may also retrieve suggested drinks from a remote server for display to a consumer. The suggested drinks may be based on historical data stored in the drink dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: MONSIEUR, INC.
    Inventors: Barry Givens, Eric Joseph Williams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9434599
    Abstract: A dispenser dispenses a consumable product from a container. The container is supported within a housing by a container holder. The container holder is vertically movable within a movement range in the housing. A biasing structure biases the container holder upwardly. A sign is connected to move up and down with the container holder. An indicator associated with the sign is vertically fixed relative to the housing. When an amount of product remaining in the container reaches a low level, the biasing force of the biasing structure will lift the container holder, causing the indicator to be aligned with a portion of the sign that gives a visual cue to a user that the amount of product remaining is at a low level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jared R. Freudenberg, Troy A. Anderson, Ryan A. Chernik, Ryan Urban
  • Patent number: 9301654
    Abstract: A sanitary liquid dispenser having a spherical housing with a discharge port and a fluid reservoir positioned within the dispenser. The fluid reservoir includes a disposable deformable bag with a nozzle projecting downwardly from the bag. The dispenser includes a proximity detector for activating a discharge mechanism when detecting the proximity of an object beneath the dispenser. The discharge mechanism includes a valve within the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SOAPTRONIC INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Horst Binderbauer, Renato S. Franchetto, Drew S. Abejon
  • Patent number: 9291382
    Abstract: An ice dispensing system is provided that includes a motor, a processor, and a computer-readable medium. The motor is mounted to an ice chute door. The computer-readable medium is operably coupled to the processor and comprises computer-readable instructions configured to control opening of the ice chute door by energizing the motor at a first voltage for a first time period after receipt of an ice dispense request; after energizing the motor at the first voltage for the first time period, control energizing of the motor at a second voltage at least as long as the ice dispense request is received to maintain the ice chute door in the open position; and after energizing the motor at the second voltage, control de-energizing of the motor to allow the ice chute door to return to a closed position. The second voltage is less than the first voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Sub-Zero, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry D. Hardesty, Anderson Bortoletto, Ryan Harings
  • Patent number: 9248462
    Abstract: Airless pump dispensers for various fluids are disclosed including an airless pump mounted in a housing, a movable piston mounted for moving within the housing starting at the bottom thereof, a dispenser at the top of the housing for receiving fluid from the airless pump and dispensing it, and a spring disposed at the bottom of the housing in contact with the bottom of the movable piston and having an insufficient driving force to independently move the movable piston within the housing when the housing contains the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: YONWOO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Edward F. Csaszar
  • Patent number: 9238905
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a predetermined, heated amount of liquid at a removal station. The latter has a liquid reservoir, a supply line from the liquid reservoir to the removal station, and an operating device for triggering a liquid removal. The supply line is adapted to the predetermined amount of liquid in regard to the internal volume of the supply line and the supply line is equipped with a heating device over the length of the supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Guenther Schless
  • Patent number: 9198536
    Abstract: The invention concerns a beverage dispenser (2) comprising :—a beverage module having at least one beverage outlet (21),—a drip tray (1), said drip tray comprising: a collecting tray (11), and a filtering member (12) positioned above at least the front part (111) of the tray, wherein the drip tray comprises a lid (13) for covering the back part (112) of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Silvio Lardelli, Michel Hess, Cedric Rey, Roberto Angelo Calderone
  • Patent number: 9192543
    Abstract: A blinding cover completely surrounding the container comprises an axially movable and twistable lid that has means for gripping the sealing cap of the container and has a sampling point for a sampling needle. By axially moving and twisting the lid, the sealing cap is removed from the container, and the sampling point is positioned above the open container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: FISHER CLINICAL SERVICES GmbH
    Inventors: Guido Hunkeler, Joerg Spettl
  • Patent number: 9027792
    Abstract: The present invention provides an easy to use, convenient, compact, energy efficient, labor efficient, cost-effective, fast, safe, neat, electricity-independent, self-contained, portable beer dispensing device and system that uses CO2 or other acceptable gas to maintain the freshness of beer, presents a ready height and arrangement for dispensing chilled fresh beer, and can be used in a variety of professional, casual, indoor and/or outdoor settings. The present invention chills beer before it is dispensed but after it has been removed from the keg. The present invention incorporates use of a gas tank to propel beer from the keg, through the beer dispensing device and system so that the beer inside the keg will not go flat. The present invention offers a convenient arrangement of its components that simplifies its use, transport, set up, and break down. The present invention also provides a space efficient arrangement for dispensing chilled, draft beer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Larz Watts
  • Patent number: 9027796
    Abstract: A flexible and resilient tool for use with a conventional half barrel, parallel frame caulking gun or enclosed “sausage” style caulking gun, aiding the user in finishing and shaping after the caulking material has been applied. One function of the tool is to collect excess caulk from his finger(s) or from various shaping tools and spatulas. Also provided can be cap, rag and sponge holders. Additional embodiments include adaptations to existing prior art disposable caulking cartridges and caulking guns to include components of the disclosed tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: David M. Leitch
  • Publication number: 20150122835
    Abstract: A device and method of use for storing and/or dispensing any solid, liquid, and/or gas is disclosed. In one embodiment, the device for storing and/or dispensing any solid, liquid, and/or gas is comprised of a base member, one or more intermediate member(s), and a top member. In another embodiment, the device is also comprised of a flow value member that may be included in the base member, intermediate member(s), and/or top member. In another embodiment, the device is also comprised of a one or more sealing member(s) between the base member and the intermediate member, each intermediate member, and the intermediate member and the top member. In yet another embodiment, the base member and/or top member is comprised of one or more mixing member(s) that can be used to mix the contents of the container. Lastly, in another embodiment, the device may consist of a liner member inside the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Oscar Gonzalez, Francisco Iriarte
  • Publication number: 20150114045
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispensing arrangement (8) for a household appliance (1) for the care of laundry items, with a dispensing tray (8a) having an upper part (8b) and a lower part (8c) that can be connected thereto, wherein a water inlet flow device with a water-receiving depression is formed in the lower part (8c) and an outlet flow connection (8e, 8f) opening into the water receiving depression is formed on the lower part (8c), wherein the lower part (8c) has a partial channel (8k) of a ventilation channel (8g), the partial channel opening into the outlet flow connection (8e, 8f). The invention also relates to a household appliance (1) with such a dispensing arrangement (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Edwin Bolduan, Andre Sabalat, Marcel Werner
  • Patent number: 9016509
    Abstract: A drip tray and base assembly for a beverage dispensing apparatus is disclosed. The drip tray and base assembly includes a base for supporting an urn in spaced apart relation above a support surface, such as a counter. The base typically has side walls and a top wall. A drip tray is provided for laying adjacent the base. The drip tray typically has an upper grill-like surface for receiving a cup, container or other receptacle thereon, as well as side walls and a floor. At least one of the side walls of the drip tray is configured with a drain extension for draining fluids accumulating on the floor of the drip tray. A coupling member with walls adapted to removably couple with the base is provided. Furthermore, a coupling member includes walls for removably and fluid sealingly coupling with the drip tray extension and with a drain line so as to carry fluid accumulating on the floor of the drip tray through the drip tray drain extension into a drain line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Schroeder Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David Santy, Deborah Absalon
  • Publication number: 20150097001
    Abstract: A mobile beverage cart is disclosed herein. According to an embodiment, the mobile beverage cart may include a water chiller system and a beverage dispensing system. The beverage dispensing system may include a manifold, at least one product line in communication with the manifold, at least one product container in communication with the at least one product line, an electric pump in communication with the at least one product line, a water line in communication with the water chiller system and the manifold, and a dispensing device in communication with the manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Shaun B. Gatipon
  • Patent number: 8998037
    Abstract: A drink preparing device that includes a box and a holding and drip-collecting system that comprises a holding part positionable beneath a drink outlet in order to accept a first, relatively small receptacle, and being configured and dimensioned to be moveable between a deployed holding position suitable for accepting the small receptacle and a second position in which the part is moved at least partly out of the way of the drink outlet to create an unoccupied space in which a second, larger receptacle can be positioned, in place of the first receptacle, beneath the drink outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Antoine Cahen, Philippe Cahen, Christophe S. Boussemart
  • Publication number: 20150060488
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and devices for producing a shaved ice or snow cone products and providing toppings thereto. The system may comprise an ice shaving or snow cone machine, a mobile edifice, and a topping dispenser attached to the mobile edifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: SNOWIE LLC
    Inventor: Carl A. Rupp
  • Publication number: 20150034674
    Abstract: A dispenser platform for receiving a product container, having a casing, wholly or partially encasing a control panel coupled a control module and a product container receptacle having a product container coupling assembly. The product container coupling assembly includes a first product supply conduit configured to receive a barrel of a product container. A second product supply conduit couples to a reservoir or to a supply of a second product, such as water. The product container holds a first product, such as concentrated coffee, concentrated tea, concentrated flavored drink, flavored syrup (cola) or concentrated juice. Components of the dispenser platform include a pump assembly, a heating and/or cooling assembly responsively coupled to a control panel via a control module and a filter assembly. The product container can be a BOV container or an airless dispensing container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Hertensen
  • Patent number: 8925763
    Abstract: A beverages dispenser, particularly for carbonated beverages, comprises a cooled tank where beverage is stored, an inlet pipe to the tank, an inlet valve on the inlet pipe, a pump downstream the inlet valve for feeding a beverage to the tank in order to maintain a predetermined level wherein, an outlet pipe from the tank to a beverage dispensing nozzle, and an outlet valve on the outlet conduit. An auxiliary pipe is disposed between the inlet pipe downstream the inlet valve and the outlet pipe downstream the outlet valve and a control unit is adapted to close the inlet valve and to run the pump in order to empty the outlet pipe into the tank after the beverage is dispensed in order to prevent dripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Stefano Tavolazzi
  • Patent number: 8905269
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for dispensing pourable materials packaged in a pail or bulk container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: John D Everard, Charles T Reed
  • Patent number: 8893931
    Abstract: Provided is a foam dispenser in which upward and downward displacement of an actuator causes a content liquid within a liquid cylinder and air within an air cylinder to be mixed and foamed, such that the foam so generated is dispensed from an outlet of a dispenser head. The dispenser head has a structure with a minimized thickness to thereby increase the dispensing amount. The dispenser head includes two members, i.e., a first member and a second member, that have special configuration for allowing the two members to be easily removed from a die and formed in a small thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mizushima