Drip, Leakage Or Waste Catching Or Disposal Patents (Class 222/108)
  • Patent number: 11141503
    Abstract: A Fragrance diffusion system is provided having a diffusion device which has two opposing walls spaced apart from one another, at least one wick, and at least one air intake. An upper first bottle has a first neck the opening of which is positioned facing one of the two opposing walls referred to as the upper wall, a lower second bottle having a second neck the opening of which is positioned facing the other wall referred to as the lower wall. The upper first bottle has the fragrance which, by impregnating the wick, on the one hand causes the fragrance to diffuse into the cavity and to outside of the device via said at least one opening, and on the other hand causes dripping drop by drop into the lower second bottle. The lower second bottle having a capacity which is dimensioned so that the level of the liquid transferred into said lower second bottle is situated below a lower end of the wick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: TECHNIPLAST
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Lamboux, Frederic Simian
  • Patent number: 11121007
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying chemical liquid may include a chemical liquid discharging member, a reservoir, a chemical liquid supplying member and a chemical liquid circulating member. The chemical liquid discharging member may discharge a chemical liquid onto a substrate. The reservoir may store the chemical liquid supplied to the chemical liquid discharging member. The chemical liquid supplying member may supply the chemical liquid stored in the reservoir. The chemical liquid circulating member may circulate the chemical liquid from the chemical liquid discharging member to the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Jae-Youl Kim, Jeeyong Jung, Young Ho Seo, Dae Sung Kim, Beomjeong Oh, Kwangbok Jun, Hyungoo Kwon, Sanguk Son
  • Patent number: 10946348
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a beverage from a beverage bottle, especially for dispensing wine from a wine bottle and facilitating the aeration of the dispensed wine while it is being poured to shorten the time normally devoted to breathing the wine. An open lesser end of the dispenser inserts into the neck of a wine bottle and preferably seals therein. A valve may be closed to temporarily preserve the wine in the bottle for later aeration while dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Raffaele Virgilio, Timothy M. Bottger
  • Patent number: 10914501
    Abstract: An ice maker assembly is provided that includes an ice maker. A mounting plate is positioned within an ice maker receiving space. The mounting plate defines a plurality of engagement features extending into the ice maker receiving space. A rail system is disposed on opposite sides of the ice maker receiving space. An ice storage bin is removably positioned within the ice maker receiving space. The ice storage bin comprises an ice bin wall positioned on an ice bin base. An auger assembly is disposed through the ice bin base. A latch is slidably disposed along a bottom surface of the ice bin base. The latch includes a plurality of retention features that cooperate with the engagement features. Horizontal movement of the latch causes vertical motion of the ice storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus Fischer, Christopher R. McElvain, Ryan D. Schuchart
  • Patent number: 10893686
    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 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Snowie LLC
    Inventor: Carl A. Rupp
  • Patent number: 10889483
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser includes a case and a dispenser, and dispenser includes a dispenser side cover, a first lifting cover, a second lifting cover, and a dispenser nozzle. The first lifting cover includes a guide rail and the second lifting cover includes a coupling bracket provided with a magnet. As the coupling bracket is slidably moved along the guide rail by the attractive force being applied between the magnet and the guide rail, the second lifting cover is lifted and lowered from the first lifting cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Soonki Jung, Minho Kim, Hoon Jang, Jingyu Ji
  • Patent number: 10858170
    Abstract: Cosmetic containers configured to hold and dispense a cosmetic product. The container may store and dispense cosmetic products from two different cavities, or it may be configured to dispense a cosmetic product from a single cavity in two different manners. A first dispensing outlet can be used by adjusting the container to a first configuration and tilting the container. A second dispending outlet is used by actuation of a pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Nolan Quentin Eng, Adrian Apodaca
  • Patent number: 10814291
    Abstract: Methods for in situ mixing of two or more different liquid compositions in a container by employing one or more liquid influxes that are offset by 1-50° from a longitudinal axis of such container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hongling Chen, Boon Ho Ng, Chong Gu, Qi Zhang, Scott William Capeci
  • Patent number: 10773871
    Abstract: An inner plastic liquid container (25) includes a filling neck (41) in an upper wall (33) for filling the inner container and a front side outlet neck (40) for an outlet armature. A lower wall (28) interconnecting two side walls (30, 31), a rear wall (32) and a front wall (29) supports the container on a transport pallet (21) pallet base (26), which has an outer mantle (24) for receiving the container. The outlet neck is at a hopper bottom (39) of an outlet hopper (34) in the lower bottom wall. The outlet hopper has a front hopper wall (35) and inclined lateral hopper walls (36, 37) that are arranged at a hopper angle and each extend from a keel-shaped hopper base (38) to a lower edge (46, 47) of a side wall. A keel line (63) rises at another hopper angle from an outlet neck toward the rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PROTECHNA S.A.
    Inventor: Udo Schütz
  • Patent number: 10750911
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser with a housing, a cover, a cover actuator member, and a biasing mechanism. The cover is movable relative to the housing between a first location and a second location, and the cover actuator member is movable relative to the housing between a first orientation and a second orientation. The cover actuator member engages with the cover to effect movement of the cover from the first location to the second location. The cover actuator member comprises an engagement member that travels in a travel path between a first position and a second position as the cover actuator member moves between the first orientation and the second orientation. The biasing mechanism engages with the engagement member and biases the engagement member towards the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: OP-Hygiene IP GmbH
    Inventors: Padraig McDonagh, Heiner Ophardt
  • Patent number: 10720579
    Abstract: A self-selecting memory cell may be composed of a memory material that changes threshold voltages based on the polarity of the voltage applied across it. Such a memory cell may be formed at the intersection of a conductive pillar and electrode plane in a memory array. A dielectric material may be formed between the memory material of the memory cell and the corresponding electrode plane. The dielectric material may form a barrier that prevents harmful interactions between the memory material and the material that makes up the electrode plane. In some cases, the dielectric material may also be positioned between the memory material and the conductive pillar to form a second dielectric barrier. The second dielectric barrier may increase the symmetry of the memory array or prevent harmful interactions between the memory material and an electrode cylinder or between the memory material and the conductive pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lorenzo Fratin, Fabio Pellizzer
  • Patent number: 10654223
    Abstract: A part assembly including a curing shield and a method for secondarily bonding two parts of the part assembly utilizing the curing shield. The method for secondary bonding includes fixing a base of a clip of a curing shield to a first surface of a first part. The curing shield includes a pad fixed to the clip. The clip has the base and a spine fixed to and extending away from the base and terminating at a distal end. The pad extends along at least a portion of a length of the spine between the base and the distal end. The method also includes applying adhesive along a faying surface of one of the first part and a second part. The second part is assembled to the first part along the faying surface so that the distal end of the clip extends toward the second surface and the curing shield defines a pocket adjacent the faying surface at least partly enclosed by the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventor: George M. Osborne
  • Patent number: 10595653
    Abstract: A beverage system is provided that includes a cup having a frustoconical wall extending from a first end to a second end. The first end is coupled to a bottom wall and the second end defines a rim. Inner surfaces of the walls define a cavity. The rim defines an opening that is in communication with the cavity. A lid is coupled to the rim such that the lid covers at least a portion of the opening. A sleeve includes a collar that surrounds a portion of the frustoconical wall. The sleeve includes first and second arms. The arms each include a first end coupled to the collar and an opposite second end. The second end of the first arm directly engages the lid. The second end of the second arm directly engages the second end of the first arm when the second end of the first arm directly engages the lid to prevent the lid from being removed from the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Shalom Messilaty, Sami Edalati
  • Patent number: 10526187
    Abstract: Water dispensing apparatus comprises modular components including but not limited to an easily accessible water heating module and a water cooling module. The water dispensing apparatus further comprises a bracket for holding at least one of a valve and an expansion tank onto a hot water tank for easy removal of the same in case of repair or replacement. Moreover, the expansion tank comprises a check valve that opens to allow heated water to flow thereinto and closes after heated water has drained therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Natural Choice Corporation
    Inventors: George Knoll, Kerry Roosmalen
  • 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: 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: 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: 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