Rotatably Mounted Assembly Patents (Class 222/144)
  • Patent number: 11370652
    Abstract: A method and system for blending and dispensing liquid cannabis enables dispensaries, pharmacies or other users to fulfill custom cannabis blends of THC, CBD terpenes, and the like. The variety of custom cannabis blends would accommodate the wide range of formulas needed to satisfy the next stage of the cannabis industry. Personalized cannabis solutions can be created using the hardware and software of the method and system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Richard James DeMartini
  • Patent number: 10595705
    Abstract: A dispensing device for introducing a pourable detergent in metered amounts into a treatment chamber of a program-controlled cleaning appliance includes: a supply container for holding the detergent, the supply container having a reservoir chamber and a metering chamber terminating in a dispensing opening, the metering chamber being fluidically connected to the reservoir chamber via an interposed passage opening; a carrier unit which is rotatable by a motor and replaceably receives the supply container; and a closure device that closes the passage opening at least until the supply container is first put into use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: MIELE & CIE. KG
    Inventors: Dirk Wegener, Guenter Kroeger
  • Patent number: 9565965
    Abstract: A kettle comprising a base and a frame pivotally mounted relative to the base. The frame includes first electrical contacts connectable to a power source and a vessel is receivable in and removable from the frame. The vessel includes an internal element in connection with second electrical contacts and an opening from which liquid can be poured. When the vessel is received in the frame the first electrical contacts make connection with the second electrical contacts such that power is supplied to the internal element to heat water within the vessel. Pivoting of the vessel and frame relative to the base allows pouring of liquid, from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: NANGALA PTY LTD
    Inventors: Andy De Petra, Edward Joseph Khoury
  • Patent number: 9358572
    Abstract: A motorized viscous material dispenser (1), especially a caulking gun, comprises a drive unit (11) with a cylindrical pinion gear, a holder (15) attachable to a front side of the drive unit (11) for receiving at least one container containing viscous material, at least one piston (19), and at least one rack (17) meshing with the cylindrical pinion gear to drive said piston (19). A rear piece (51) attachable to a rear side of the drive unit (11) opposite the front side and a guide piece (45) attachable to the front side of the drive unit (11) comprises guiding apertures (55) through which the rack (17) is extending, whereby the guiding apertures (55) determine the position of the rack (17) relative to the cylindrical pinion gear, when the motorized viscous material dispenser (1) is assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Sulzer Mixpac Denmark A/S
    Inventors: Martin Grontved, Jorgen Elmelund
  • Patent number: 9073026
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a plurality of fluids, comprising a support, such as a turntable or a linear table, a plurality of containers for holding a fluid and mounted on the support, pumps and valves connected to respective containers, at least a common actuator for sequentially operating the pumps and a common actuator for sequentially operating the valves to dispense fluid and a drive mechanism for moving the support, and thus the containers, pumps, and valves on the one hand and the actuator on the other relative to each other. The common actuators for sequentially operating the pumps and valves and optionally the drive mechanism for relative motion of the support are integrated in a module, which module is releasably mounted in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Fast & Fluid Management B.V.
    Inventors: Marcel Hendrikus Petrus Engels, Martin Kruit, Nico Van Beelen, Ronald Peter Krom, Marcus Johannes Voskuil, Mattijs Oostendorp
  • Patent number: 9004301
    Abstract: A container having an first chamber; a second chamber; an upper seal forming a lower portion of the upper chamber; a lower seal adjacent the upper seal, the lower seal forming an upper portion of the lower chamber; a plurality of upper seal apertures in the upper seal; and a plurality of lower seal apertures in the lower seal, the upper seal apertures and the lower seal apertures rotatable between an open position with the upper and lower seal apertures aligned and a closed position with the upper and lower seal apertures nonaligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Wahlstrom
  • Publication number: 20150060482
    Abstract: An automated dispenser for dispensing spices, condiments, herbs, teas, ground coffees, or powdered beverages, comprising a plurality of cartridges mounted on a carrier respectively containing said items, having a dispensing means with relative movement capable between said dispensing means and said cartridges. A look-up table, containing a plurality of separate, discrete dispensing programs is provided for operation of the dispensing means to dispense a particular variety of mixtures and quantities from said cartridges. When a spice blend and associated dispensing program is selected by a user, the dispensing program aligns the dispensing means relative to the cartridge carrier and cartridge, to dispense a particular quantity and, in the case of a mix, to subsequently align with other selected cartridges to provide, from said cartridges, the mix of spices, herbs, condiments, powdered beverages or ground coffees. A specialized cartridge adapted for use in said automated dispenser is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Tastetro Inc.
    Inventors: James Bruce MURRAY, Carlos Eduardo SALAZAR, Francis James GIUNTA, Kenneth Scott HANNA
  • Publication number: 20150014349
    Abstract: Dispensing contents from selected chambers includes measuring a selected volume of contents within a container by rotating a dial located on an underside of multiple chambers in a rotatable drum of the container to open a selected number of the multiple chambers where the selected number of the multiple chambers cumulatively forms the selected volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Rau
  • Patent number: 8915268
    Abstract: A liquefied gas storage/delivery system and method that includes a liquefied gas storage system. The liquefied gas storage system includes a housing containing a storage vessel suited to contain a supply of liquefied gas, such as liquid oxygen (LOX). A rotatable turntable is provided on an exterior surface of the housing. An interface shaped to match the shape of at least a portion of a portable liquid storage/delivery device is provide in or on the turntable. A connector is disposed in the interface that couples to a corresponding connector on the portable liquid storage/delivery device. The two connectors are coupled by placing the portable liquid storage/delivery device in the interface and rotating the turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Rickey Dean Burns, Tory Deane Werne, Michele Rose Marut, Paul Denis McGroary, Mark Hoeveler, Aashi Vel
  • Patent number: 8915391
    Abstract: A drinkware rimming apparatus including a wetting receptacle, a cutout, and a rotatable tray having a plurality of spice receptacles. The tray is rotatable relative to the cutout (or vice-versa) to align and provide downward access to a desired spice receptacle or to the wetting receptacle. A cover may be included and the cutout can be in the cover and/or the tray. The cover can have beverage garnish compartments on a top surface thereof. The wetting receptacle can be positioned in a tray or on the cover. The cutout can be in another tray also having one or more spice receptacles and above the first-mentioned tray and rotatable independently of the lower tray. A method of applying spice to rims of drinkware is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Roxi Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Radow
  • Patent number: 8916106
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multi-dosing detergent delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser N.V.
    Inventors: Renato Gaj, Marco Moro, Paolo Savini
  • Patent number: 8899447
    Abstract: A device (10) includes multiple containers storing different respective tints, a horizontal axis carousel carrying the containers disposed in a circumferential configuration, a support (18) for a collector receptacle (16), the carousel indexed to a delivery position where the expulsion orifice of a selected container is placed in register with the collector receptacle, with metering means controlling the expulsion of a predetermined quantity of tint into the collector receptacle, the carousel driven in permanent rotation to produce a gravity field that turns relative to the contents of the containers and that is suitable for preventing particles present in suspension in the tints from settling, the carousel has multiple cells (14) each defining a closed inside volume suitable for housing in airtight manner a flexible deformable pouch (22) containing one of the base tints, with means for pressurizing the inside volume of the cell prior to expelling the base tint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fillon Technologies
    Inventor: Antoine Chassaing
  • Publication number: 20140346191
    Abstract: A storage device for storing, selecting, and dispensing a plurality of products, each of which is packaged in a container provided with an expulsion orifice, the device including at least one products-carrier wheel that is centrally hollow and has a horizontal axis, and drive elements for driving the wheel in rotation. The device further includes a base on which the wheel is suitable, via the drive elements for driving the wheel in rotation, for standing merely by bearing against the base, the drive elements including at least two rotary circular members, at least one of the members being a driven member, these rotary circular members, incorporated into the base such that, when the wheel is bearing on the base, are tangential to the wheel, and extend on either side of a diametrical plane of the wheel, with their axes of rotation parallel to the axis of rotation of the wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: FILLON TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Aurelien Brule, Antoine Chassaing, Anthony Valot
  • Patent number: 8875751
    Abstract: A storage and dispensing container includes: a housing having a bottom plate with a feed opening defined therein, and a generally cylindrical outer wall extending around an outer periphery of the bottom plate; a funnel disposed at a lower end of the housing, in flow communication with the feed opening; a drum having an outer wall defining an interior that is partitioned into at least two chambers which are open at upper and lower ends thereof, the wall including a cylindrical portion which is coupled to the outer wall of the housing, such that the drum is rotatable relative to the housing; and a removable cap which closes off the upper end of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Moses Nueman, Jr., Wayne Grubaugh, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8857738
    Abstract: A device (10) for selectively dispensing ones of multiple fluids, preferably cleaning agents, is disclosed. The device includes a reservoir (50) and a container assembly (100) that can include at least one container body (105, 110, 112, 114, 116). The reservoir (50) houses a diluent “D,” for example, water, and each container body houses a concentrate “C,” for example, a concentrated form of a cleaning agent. Each container body has an outlet assembly (200) with a nozzle (260), so that container assemblies (100) with multiple container bodies correspondingly include multiple nozzles (260). The diluent “D” and concentrates “C” are kept separate from each other, whereby ho end use product is stored in the device (10). Rather, end use product is mixed on demand during dispensation, as part of the, dispensing act. Namely, diluent “D” is pumped through an outlet assembly (200), drawing concentrate “C” thereinto which mixes into the end use product while exiting the device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy F. Knopow, Jeffrey L. Crull, Lawrence J. Fenske, Cunjiang Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140299626
    Abstract: Apparatus for the delivery of fluid products comprising at least a base support, a plurality of dispensing units of said fluid products contained in containing receptacles by means of respective dispensing nozzles, wherein said dispensing units are disposed on a platform selectively rotatable with respect to said base support, in order to dispose at least one of said dispensing units in at least a first position in which said fluid products are suitable to be delivered from said containing receptacles to a container associated with said base support, by means of a corresponding pumping device, and wherein at least a drive member is disposed on said base support and is suitable to be kinematically connected to one or more pumping devices, first rapid connection means are provided to achieve at least one of either the connection of at least one of said dispensing nozzles with at least one of said dispensing units, or the connection between first kinematic connection means suitable to be selectively connected to
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: CPS COLOR EQUIPMENT SPA CON UNICON SOCIO
    Inventors: Giuliano Solera, Daniele Dall'Olio
  • Patent number: 8839987
    Abstract: An automatic machine for dispensing beverages has at least two rotatable cup dispensing towers having a plurality of housings for variously sized stacked cups. The housings may be rotated in a selective manner. Cups are dispensed from the housings. A cup holder device includes cup holders that receive the dispensed cups. The cup holder device is rotatable about a vertical axis that is parallel to the axes of rotation of the rotatable cup dispensing towers. The cup holder device is provided with at least two cup holders that move along concentric circular trajectories with respect to the vertical axis of the cup holder device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Rheavendors Services S.p.A.
    Inventor: Aldo Doglioni Majer
  • Patent number: 8777037
    Abstract: A device 10 for selectively dispensing ones of multiple fluids, preferably cleaning agents, is disclosed. The device includes a reservoir 50 that holds a diluent “D” therein and a housing 20 that includes a main body segment 22 and a head segment 26. A container assembly 100 may be held between the main body and head segments 22, 26. The container assembly may include at least one container body 105, 110, 112, 114, 116. Each container body 105, 110, 112, 114, 116 houses a concentrate “C,” for example, a concentrated form of a cleaning or other agent therein. The diluent “D” and concentrates “C” are kept separate from each other, whereby no end use product is stored in the device 10. Instead, end use product is mixed on demand during dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy F. Knopow, Jeffrey L. Crull, Lawrence J. Fenske, Cunjiang Cheng, Cory J. Nelson, Jose M. Arevalo
  • 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: 8646446
    Abstract: Dry powder inhalers with rotatable piercing mechanisms facilitate the use of dose container assemblies having dose containers arranged in concentric rows. A piercing mechanism is operably associated with the dose container assembly and is configured to pierce sealants that seal a dose container. The piercing mechanism is rotatable such that it can serially alternate between the two rows of dose containers. The piercing mechanism includes a rotatable drum, an elongate piercing member, and a biasing member operably associated with the piercing member. The rotatable drum has an open end, an opposite closed end, and a cylindrical wall that extends from the closed end and terminates at the open end. The closed end includes an aperture formed therein in a location adjacent to the wall. The elongate piercing member is extended and retracted through the aperture to pierce the sealants of a dose container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Oriel Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Alexander Lewis, Andrew Murray Gow, Jonathan David Tuckwell, Greg Beard, David Harris
  • Publication number: 20140034674
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a plurality of fluids, comprising a support, such as a turntable or a linear table, a plurality of containers for holding a fluid and mounted on the support, pumps and valves connected to respective containers, at least a common actuator for sequentially operating the pumps and a common actuator for sequentially operating the valves to dispense fluid and a drive mechanism for moving the support, and thus the containers, pumps, and valves on the one hand and the actuator on the other relative to each other. The common actuators for sequentially operating the pumps and valves and optionally the drive mechanism for relative motion of the support are integrated in a module, which module is releasably mounted in the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Fast & Fluid Management B.V.
    Inventors: Marcel Hendrikus Petrus Engels, Martin Kruit, Nico Van Beelen, Ronald Peter Krom, Marcus Johannes Voskuil, Mattijs Oostendorp
  • Patent number: 8584901
    Abstract: A powder dispensing apparatus for dispensing a powder either with or without a liquid is presented. The apparatus includes a base, a dispenser, and a tower. The base is adapted for receiving a container. The dispenser includes a rotatable carriage contacting a support element with an opening. The carriage includes a plurality of compartments horizontally disposed above an optional funnel and rotatable about a central axis. A hopper is disposed above the carriage and communicates with less than all compartments. Each compartment is capable of separately dispensing a powder from the hopper through the opening into the funnel and thereafter into the container resting on the base. The tower is disposed between and attached at opposing ends to the base and the dispenser. The apparatus is useful, for example, in preparing baby formula and other food for infants, as well as in preparing food and drink for children and adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignees: Product Spring, LLC, Taylored Concepts, LLC, Hartdesign! Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Dooley, Loren Taylor, Mark E. Hartelius
  • Patent number: 8573263
    Abstract: Improved custom cosmetic formulation dispensing system including ingredients reservoirs for syringe dispensing. The ingredients reservoirs are carried by a translatable carrier to bring the respective reservoirs into dispensing alignment with a package, into which a preselected amount of the ingredient is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Cosmetic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Julie R. Bartholomew, Richard T. Jobe, Thomas C. Bodiker, II, Timothy E. O'Meara, Dave Hanselman, Jim Foley
  • Publication number: 20130284761
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing apparatus includes a fluid reservoir and a dispensing assembly. The dispensing assembly includes a housing and a deformable member that define a metering chamber that is configured to receive a predetermined volume of fluid from the fluid reservoir. The deformable member is deformed from a rest position to an eject position and the deformation causes the volume of the metering chamber to change which results in a change in fluid pressure within the metering chamber. An increase in the fluid pressure within metering chamber causes a predetermined volume of fluid within the metering chamber to be ejected and a decrease in the fluid pressure within the metering chamber causes fluid to be drawn into the metering chamber from the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Xuan S. Bui
  • Patent number: 8567643
    Abstract: Device to deliver fluid products or suchlike, comprising a plurality of canisters, each one suitable to contain a predetermined fluid, and connected to an associated delivery unit. Each delivery unit comprises a bellows pump, alternatively drivable between a condition in which it sucks in the fluid from the corresponding canister and a condition in which it delivers the fluid. The delivery device also comprises actuator means able to cooperate directly or indirectly with each bellows pump in order to drive it between the suction condition and the delivery condition. The actuator means comprise a acutation cam element, rotatable alternatively in two opposite directions of rotation, and having a profile able to cooperate during its rotation with the bellows pump, so as to define in a first direction of rotation the suction condition and in the opposite direction of rotation the delivery condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: CPS Color Equipment SpA Con Unico Socio
    Inventors: Giuliano Solera, Daniele Dall'Olio, Leopoldo Mazzalveri
  • Publication number: 20130248561
    Abstract: This device includes metering valves (31, 32, 33)arranged in at least one circumferential row in such a manner that the valves of a circumferential row follow a circular path (TC1, TC2, TC3) during rotation of the dispenser device. It further includes a cleaner system for cleaning the valves and including at least one stationary dry brush (41, 42, 51, 52, 60) that is arranged on at least one circular path (TC1, TC2, TC3) in such a manner as to come into rubbing contact against the valves of at least one circumferential row of valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Fillon Technologies
    Inventors: Aurelien Brule, Anthony Valot
  • Patent number: 8534502
    Abstract: There is provided a dispenser for use in dispensing distinct portions of a powdered foodstuff. The dispenser has a container defining an interior in the form of a basin, the basin provided with a dispensing outlet; and receivable by and movable within the basin, an insert provided with plural open compartments each for holding a distinct portion of the powdered foodstuff. Each open compartment of the insert is provided with a compartment outlet arranged such that by moving the insert within the basin one compartment outlet at a time may be brought into registration with the dispensing outlet for dispensing of the distinct portion of the powdered foodstuff held thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Max Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Morris Gold, Daniel Jason Tyler, Christopher Earl Nightingale
  • Publication number: 20130233881
    Abstract: A device (10) includes multiple containers storing different respective tints, a horizontal axis carousel carrying the containers disposed in a circumferential configuration, a support (18) for a collector receptacle (16), the carousel indexed to a delivery position where the expulsion orifice of a selected container is placed in register with the collector receptacle, with metering means controlling the expulsion of a predetermined quantity of tint into the collector receptacle, the carousel driven in permanent rotation to produce a gravity field that turns relative to the contents of the containers and that is suitable for preventing particles present in suspension in the tints from settling, the carousel has multiple cells (14) each defining a closed inside volume suitable for housing in airtight manner a flexible deformable pouch (22) containing one of the base tints, with means for pressurizing the inside volume of the cell prior to expelling the base tint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: FILLON TECHNOLOGIES, SOCIETE PAR ACTIONS SIMPLIFIEE (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: FILLON TECHNOLOGIES, SOCIETE PAR ACTIONS SIMPLIFIEE (S.A.S.)
  • Patent number: 8479957
    Abstract: A toilet paper dispenser for dispensing toilet paper from a cylindrical roll of paper journalled about an axis and with a tubular member via which fluid is to be dispensed is positioned to extend parallel the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Gotohti.com Inc.
    Inventor: Heiner Ophardt
  • Patent number: 8453876
    Abstract: A combination dispense and recirculation valve assembly is disclosed for viscous fluids. The assembly easily moves between a dispense and a recirculation position. Therefore, a pump linked to the canister of fluid being dispensed can be run continuously, intermittently or on demand. After the dispense, the actuator moves the valve stem downward to block any further dispense and the pump recirculates fluid upward past an upper valve element and upper valve seat into a recirculation outlet and back into the canister. In the closed position, the valve chamber is sealed to prevent air from causing any remaining colorant to dry. When a dispense is desired, the actuator simply raises the valve stem upward so the upper valve element engages the upper valve seat thereby preventing fluid from being recycled and directing all fluid downward past the lower valve element and out through the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Fluid Management Operations LLC
    Inventor: William A. Miller
  • Patent number: 8448823
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a plurality of fluids, includes a support, such as a turntable or a linear table, a plurality of containers for holding a fluid and mounted on the support, pumps and valves connected to respective containers, at least one common actuator for sequentially operating the pumps and valves to dispense fluid and a drive mechanism for moving the support, and thus the containers, pumps, and valves on the one hand and the actuator on the other relative to each other. The common actuator for sequentially operating the pumps and valves and the drive mechanism for relative motion of the support are integrated in a module, the module is releasably mounted in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Fast & Fluid Management B.V.
    Inventors: Marcel Hendrikus Petrus Engels, Martin Kruit, Nico Van Beelen, Ronald Peter Krom, Marcus Johannes Voskuil, Mattijs Oostendorp
  • Patent number: 8413847
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser is disclosed for dispensing multiple fluids and that includes valve assemblies with rotary recirculation and dispense valves. A table controlled by a motor and a controller moves all of the valve assemblies to either a dispense position or a recirculation position together. The controller selectively operates the pump motors associated with individual canisters of fluid so that the system can dispense a single fluid or multiple fluids at a time. When in the recirculation position, the fluids can be continuously, intermittently or periodically recirculated to maintain the fluids in a homogenous state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Fluid Management Operations LLC
    Inventor: William A. Miller
  • Patent number: 8359888
    Abstract: A dispensing system for powdered treating agent for use in a washing machine includes a supply container for the treating agent, a delivery device configured to deliver the treating agent to the washing machine through a connecting hose, and a dosing device for dispensing the treating agent from the supply container to the delivery device. The supply container has an agitator with a first vertical rotatable shaft and rotatable blades. The dosing device includes a cylindrical chamber, with a compartmented wheel having spokes disposed therein. The compartmented wheel is disposed below a bottom of the supply container and is coupled to a second vertical rotatable shaft. The cylindrical chamber has an inlet opening disposed in the bottom of the supply container and an underside of the cylindrical chamber has an outlet opening to the delivery device. The compartmented wheel is also coupled to the vertical shaft of the agitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Deppermann, Michael Finke, Olaf Witte
  • Patent number: 8348098
    Abstract: A dispensing device dispenses at least two different preparations substantially simultaneously. The device has a delivery element to deliver a first preparation from a package to its surrounding environment when an actuating element, in at least one embodiment a trigger connected to a pump, is actuated. The dispensing device has a connection line between the delivery element and at least one portion cartridge for a second preparation. The portion cartridge is detachably coupled to the dispensing device such that as the actuating element is actuated, the first and second preparations can be simultaneously dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Erik Brückner
  • Patent number: 8348099
    Abstract: A powder allotting device comprises a supporting device, a coupling device, and a separating device. The supporting device is a base of the powder allotting device, and the supporting device is coupled to the separating device by the coupling device. The a separating device further comprises a rotary plate with a curved grooved structure, a plurality of movable valves, a scraper, and a cylinder with a plurality of T-shape grooves, and a plurality of slices. The plurality of slices are inserted into the T-shape grooves and enter the curved grooved structure, moving up and down the T-shape grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Chung Yuan Christian University
    Inventors: Yan-Ting Chen, Shi-Hsi Liu, Chien-Da Ho, I-Feng Lo, Shih-Ming Wang
  • Publication number: 20120298107
    Abstract: A device for dispensing individual doses of powder from respective pockets of a disc-shaped carrier by outwardly rupturing a lidding foil by means of pressure on an opposite side surface, the device providing individual respective deaggregation flow paths for each pocket, split airstreams allowing improved entrainment of powder, a cam mechanism for outwardly rupturing the pockets, an indexing mechanism linked to the cam mechanism and a dose counter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: PFIZER LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter John Houzego, John Kelshaw Conway, Martin Douglas Pearl, Andrew Mark Bryant
  • Publication number: 20120248147
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a plurality of liquids, in particular colorants for paints, comprising a support, such as a turntable or a linear table, defining a plurality of positions and a plurality of containers holding a liquid, mounted on the support at the positions, and provided with a pump and/or a valve for dispensing the liquid from the container. At least some of the containers form, together with a respective liquid and pump and/or valve, a cartridge, which cartridge is releasably mounted in the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Fluid Management Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Peter Krom, Goran Aleksijovski, Johannes Hermanus Nicolaas Post
  • Publication number: 20120216458
    Abstract: A low-profile particulate handling assembly (24) is provided for use in conjunction with a downstream treating device, such as a seed treater unit (22). The assembly (24) includes a plurality of juxtaposed particulate bins (34) and a surmounting turret assembly (36) designed to successively deliver particulates to the bins (34). The particulates within the bins (34) are delivered to the downstream treating device through respective lower outlets (110) each equipped with an adjustable slide gate assembly (112) and a lower, multiple-chute assembly (114). Preferably, each bin (34) has a top wall (50) which in plan configuration approximates a sector of a circle, planar sidewalls (64), and downwardly tapered, arcuate sidewall structure (58) leading to the lower outlet (110); in this fashion, the bins (34) can be grouped with the sidewalls (64) in close adjacency, and with the outlets (110) located to feed into a single inlet (26) of the downstream treating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: USC, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jim Renyer, Greg Renyer
  • Patent number: 8240513
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing liquids including an inner displacement member nested in an outer displacement member. The inner member is moveable between two end positions within the outer member by an actuator. The actuator is arranged to move the outer displacement member into a dispensing position when the inner displacement member is in one of its end positions. The displacement members can be pistons and/or bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Fluid Management Operations LLC
    Inventors: Mark Voskuil, Jan Post, Mart Verschoor
  • Publication number: 20120175383
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a plurality of fluids, includes a support, such as a turntable or a linear table, a plurality of containers for holding a fluid and mounted on the support, pumps and valves connected to respective containers, at least one common actuator for sequentially operating the pumps and valves to dispense fluid and a drive mechanism for moving the support, and thus the containers, pumps, and valves on the one hand and the actuator on the other relative to each other. The common actuator for sequentially operating the pumps and valves and the drive mechanism for relative motion of the support are integrated in a module, the module is releasably mounted in the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Fluid Management Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Marcel Hendrikus Petrus Engels, Martin Kruit, Nico Van Beelen, Ronald Peter Krom, Marcus Johannes Voskuil, Mattijs Oostendorp
  • Publication number: 20120175385
    Abstract: A valve assembly for a dispenser for fluids includes a housing having at least an inlet opening and an outlet opening and a further opening connected or connectable to a fluid displacement mechanism, and a valve member comprising two parts translatably disposed within the housing, a first part for closing and opening the inlet and a second part for opening and closing the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Fluid Management Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Marcus Johannes Voskuil
  • Patent number: 8181645
    Abstract: A device for dispensing individual doses of powder from respective pockets of a disc-shaped carrier by outwardly rupturing a lidding foil by means of pressure on an opposite side surface, the device providing individual respective deaggregation flow paths for each pocket, split airstreams allowing improved entrainment of powder, a cam mechanism for outwardly rupturing the pockets, an indexing mechanism linked to the cam mechanism and a dose counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Pfizer Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter John Houzego, John Kelshaw Conway, Martin Douglas Pearl, Andrew Mark Bryant
  • Patent number: 8141753
    Abstract: An ejection device (11) for cartridges containing multi-component compounds has an ejection mechanism (12) and a receptacle (16) for the cartridge, with the receptacle (16) being limited on the front side by a head plate (17) and on the rear side by a stop plate (18) and in order to hold the cartridge in a first position, a first stop (21) provided at the head plate (17) and a second stop (22) provided in the area of the stop plate (18), and a third stop (23) in order to hold the cartridge in a further position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Peter Ostermeier, Franz Heiberger, Ingo Loeschky, Rainer Strobel-Schmidt, Christian Hefele
  • Patent number: 8141596
    Abstract: Improved custom cosmetic formulation dispensing system including ingredients reservoirs for syringe dispensing. The ingredients reservoirs are carried by a translatable carrier to bring the respective reservoirs into dispensing alignment with a package, into which a preselected amount of the ingredient is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventors: Julie R. Bartholomew, Richard T. Jobe, Thomas C. Bodiker, II, Timothy E. O'Meara, Dave Hanselman, Jim Foley
  • Publication number: 20120067921
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and methods for dispensing liquids is disclosed. The dispenser device and system may comprise an on-board ice and cup storage unit. The device and system may include a stand with a drip basin; a rack accommodating a cup holder and an inverted container holder/fitting for holding multiple containers, such as 2 liter bottles, with dispensing valves; and an ice bin located within the rack, which may comprise partially contoured sides around each container and around the cup holder. Dispensing valves may be lever-actuated, simulating a soda fountain delivery system. The device and system may be disassembled and nested for easy transport or storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Shippen
  • Publication number: 20120031926
    Abstract: A delivery device for fluid products including a plurality of containers, to contain a predetermined fluid and connected to an associated delivery unit provided with a piston unit. The device also includes a support on which the containers are mounted. The support rotates to position sequentially, at different moments of time according to one or more predetermined sequences, at least some of the delivery units in a predetermined delivery seating, to deliver corresponding quantities of fluid to obtain a desired fluid composition. Each delivery unit is provided with at least a disk type delivery valve, able to be activated between at least two distinct open conditions and a closed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: CPS COLOR EQUIPMENT SPA CON UNICO SOCIO
    Inventors: Mirko Bertoli, Roberto Avanzi, Anna Guerra, Michele Abelli
  • Patent number: 8074837
    Abstract: An ice portion control module includes an ice bin for storing ice. A base in the ice bin has one or more portion control compartments. The one or more portion control compartments has an interior volume to hold a predetermined portion of the ice. An actuator moves the one or more portion control compartments between a fill position wherein the one or more portion control compartments holds the ice, and a dispense position wherein the predetermined portion of the ice is dispensed out of the one or more portion control compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Enodis Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto Nevarez, William E. Smith, Jan Claesson
  • Patent number: 8074841
    Abstract: An expandable dual-compartment container for the dispensing of food product and the storage of food waste product. The dual-compartment container includes a first compartment that defines a first cavity and a second compartment that is moveable in relation to the first cavity so as to define a second cavity. The second compartment has a first opening and a second opening. The dual-compartment container also includes a connection means for placing the first compartment in communication with the second opening such that food stored in the first compartment can be dispensed through the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: Darrin Leslie Craig, Peter Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20110290823
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser is disclosed for dispensing multiple fluids and that includes valve assemblies with rotary recirculation and dispense valves. A table controlled by a motor and a controller moves all of the valve assemblies to either a dispense position or a recirculation position together. The controller selectively operates the pump motors associated with individual canisters of fluid so that the system can dispense a single fluid or multiple fluids at a time. When in the recirculation position, the fluids can be continuously, intermittently or periodically recirculated to maintain the fluids in a homogenous state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: William A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20110226811
    Abstract: A scraper and a plurality of slices are allocated on a powder allotting device. For achieving the matter of uniformly allocating powder, the present invention utilizes the scraper and the plurality of slices for scraping and separating powders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: CHUNG YUAN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yan-Ting Chen, Shi-Hsi Liu, Chien-Da Ho, I-Feng Lo, Shih-Ming Wang