With Common Discharge Patents (Class 222/145.1)
  • Patent number: 8132697
    Abstract: A fountain-style carbonated soft drink dispenser includes a housing adapted to attach to a beverage container, an actuator for selectively opening a fluid conduit, and one or more long tubes that vary a pressure drop across the dispensing assembly and convey fluid. The resistance through the tube(s) is decreased as the pressure within the container decreases so as to maintain a substantially constant flow rate throughout dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Finlay, James M. Collins, Andrzej Skoskiewicz, Kenneth Ritsher
  • Publication number: 20120046785
    Abstract: Systems and methods for packaging beverage components and dispensing beverages are provided. Bag-in-box packages include connectors that contain rotary pumps. Each rotary pump includes a resiliently deformable housing and a rotor that form a plurality of chambers. The bag-in-box package may be incorporated into a dispenser system that includes a touch screen that allows users to input beverage selections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: PEPSICO, INC.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Publication number: 20120037660
    Abstract: A method of measuring or dosing dry mixture ingredients includes providing separate flow channels for ingredients. The flow channels including at least a first flow channel and a second flow channel configured such that the first flow channel is at least partially disposed around the second flow channel. The first flow channel may include an outer concentric metering screw and the second flow channel may include an inner concentric metering screw. The method further including providing a first material to the first flow channel and a second material to a second flow channel, wherein one of the first and second materials comprises a single dry ingredient and the other of the first and second material comprises multiple dry ingredients. The materials are advanced through the channels to a shared exit where a mixing zone is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Ricardo Bacellar, Cristiano Feernandes, João Mauricio Moreira, Vanessa Poletti Ferreira Olivatti, Antonio Paulo Pivesso, JR.
  • Patent number: 8087551
    Abstract: A device and method for deactivating firearms is described herein. The device includes a casing having a nozzle and a plunger for dispensing a bonding material out of the nozzle. The device is inserted into the barrel of a weapon, and the material is injected into the barrel near the bolt face of the weapon. The bonding material enters the working mechanism of the firearm and hardens, interfering with operation of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: John B. Henley, II
  • Patent number: 8083103
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser is provided that includes a multiple chamber fluid storage region, each having a dispensing pump of its own such that the dispenser can dispense the fluids from within the multiple fluid storage regions. Further, the multiple fluid storage regions may each contain the same or different liquids. The dispensing pumps include a metering housing, which when depressed, generate a one-way flow from the interior fluid storage region of the container that serves to fill the predetermined volume of the chamber within the metering housing. When the metering housing is depressed a second time a substantially equal volume of each of the fluids is dispensed from the container, while upon release, the metering housings are refilled by drawing fluids from their respective fluid storage regions. The fluids are mixed in the exit port as they are dispensed from the metering pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Roger J. LaFlamme, Robert J. Mileti
  • Publication number: 20110311692
    Abstract: A portable container is described for use in consuming a mixture of cereal and milk. The container includes an open-top receptacle divided into a cereal side and a milk side by an angled divider wall that includes an opening to permit milk to flow between the receptacle's cereal and milk sides, and a lid with a discharge opening in communication with the receptacle cereal side. A spoon-shaped mouthpiece is attached to the outer surface of the lid along the inner side of the discharge opening. In use, cereal and milk are mixed together in the receptacle with the wetted cereal being held on the cereal side of the divider wall. When the container is tilted, excess milk flows to the milk side of the receptacle and wetted cereal slides along the divider wall through the discharge opening and onto the mouthpiece for consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Bradley K. Shepard, Melinda W. Shepard
  • Patent number: 8074825
    Abstract: A container assembly with a closure and the structure of the closure. The container has multiple compartments for holding different materials. The container has a closure with a fitment that attaches to the container. The fitment has separate bottom receptacle areas on one side and a top receptacle on the other. The separate receptacle areas are each exposed to different compartments within the container. The top receptacle area is connected to each of the separate receptacle areas by conduits. A selection head is provided having a pour spout and a plurality of baffle chambers. The pour spout has an open central conduit, wherein only some of the baffle chambers are open to that central conduit. The baffle chambers are received within the top receptacle area of the fitment. Different combinations of the baffle chambers selectively align with different conduits as the selection head rotates within the fitment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Robert A. Ziegler
  • Publication number: 20110290824
    Abstract: A container for dispensing a two-component liquid comprises an outer resilient container (2) for containing one component with a neck (4) defining an opening and an inner tubular container (16). The inner container (16) contains a piston (20, 22) slidably received within it. A closure member (18) extends over the entire area of the inner container and closes its lower (16). The piston and the inner container define a reservoir for containing a second component. The neck (4) carries a closure cap (10,12) which affords a liquid dispensing opening (38). A first non-return valve (24, 32) communicates with the liquid dispensing opening (38) and with the interior of the inner container (16). An airflow path extends through the closure cap (10, 12) and the piston (20, 22) and includes a second non-return valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • Publication number: 20110284583
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly has a rupturable inner container and a cover member. The rupturable inner container contains a first flowable material. The cover member encapsulates the inner container. The cover member is impregnated with a second material, wherein the inner container is rupturable wherein the first flowable material contacts the cover member and interacts with the second material to form a mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Francesca Fazzolari
  • Publication number: 20110266307
    Abstract: A foamable industrial strength cleansing composition is disclosed. The cleansing composition includes a cleaning solvent, such as d-limonene in conjunction with a mixture of surfactants. The surfactants include foaming agents and emulsifiers. When mixed with air, the cleansing composition forms a foam that may be used to clean dirt, grease and grime from the hands of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: V. Scott Shoaf, Ralph Solarski
  • Publication number: 20110253739
    Abstract: The fluid container unit comprising: a container coupling for coupling a supply/discharge port of a first container with a supply/discharge port of a second container; a single nozzle member having a nozzle tube; a connection cap having one end for holding a base portion of the nozzle member and an other end for covering one side of the container coupling by fitting around an outer periphery thereof; an intermediate adaptor having a pair of pusher elements facing to the first and the second supply/discharge port respectively, and being held movably in a direction along a longitudinal axis of the nozzle tube in the connection cap, and a supply/discharge port opening mechanism for moving the intermediate adaptor toward the container coupling and opening the supply/discharge ports by the pusher elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Suguru Nishio, Kojiro Kotani, Ryo Inoue, Takayoshi Iwanami, Yoshiyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 8033483
    Abstract: An applicator assembly for mixing at least a first and a second component is provided. The applicator assembly includes a manifold configured for operable engagement with first and second source of component, the manifold including first and second component channels therethrough, an elongated shaft extending distally from the manifold, the elongated shaft including first and second component lumens extending the length thereof, the first and second component channels in fluid communication with the first and second component lumens, a tip assembly defining a first chamber, an intermediate chamber and a final chamber, wherein the first chamber is configured to receive a distal end of the elongated shaft, the second chamber is configured to receive an insert, and the final chamber is configured to receive the first and second components prior to the mixture being ejected from an outlet defined in the distal end of the tip assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Confluent Surgical Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Fortier, Les Hull, Arthur Driscoll
  • Patent number: 8028866
    Abstract: An alcoholic beverage dispenser for receiving individual containers and dispensing alcohol from one or more of the received containers comprising a base having multiple compartments therein each for receiving the individual containers therein. A valve having a valve stem extending therefrom is coupled around the opening of each individual container and each container is in turn connected with a dispensing system within the base. The dispensing system receives liquid from each individual container and dispenses the received liquid through a receiving outlet such as a tap, drink dispenser, or an individual glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Igloo's Frozen Drinks
    Inventor: Gary D. Martin
  • Publication number: 20110225759
    Abstract: The invention relates to a use of a container comprising at least two separate compartments wherein a first compartment comprises a plaque indicating substance, and a second compartment comprises a tooth cleaning substance, for applying the plaque indicating substance and the tooth cleaning substance to a toothbrush, such that the visible surface area of the plaque indicating substance on the toothbrush is larger than the visible surface area of the tooth cleaning substance on the toothbrush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: EF DENTAL CARE B.V.
    Inventor: Esther Hermina Adriana Fleuren
  • Publication number: 20110226812
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device includes an internal cap adapted to cover top open ends of concentric inner and outer containers, and having first and second internal ports fluidly communicated with the top open ends, a conduit unit disposed to be displaceable angularly and axially and including a first conduit fluidly communicated with the first internal port through a first valve seat, a second conduit fluidly communicated with the second internal port through a second valve seat, and first and second valves respectively disposed to engage the first and second valve seats, and a nozzle head engageable and movable with the conduit unit and having first and second nozzles disposed downstream of first and second outlets, respectively. With the displacement of the conduit unit, the first and second valves are movable to respectively disengage from the valve seats to permit dispensing of fluids contained in the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: YONYU PLASTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teng-Huei WANG
  • Patent number: 8021342
    Abstract: A liquid medication dispenser includes a housing that has open top and bottom. The housing includes a central channel and a plurality of internal compartments disposed around the central channel. Each internal compartment is configured to hold liquid medication. The central channel is provided with symmetrically disposed bottom apertures configured to open into respective internal compartments. A shaft is configured to rotate and advance within the central channel. The shaft has a bottom hollow portion and at least one lateral aperture thereon configured to align with each one of the bottom channel apertures. The lateral shaft aperture aligns with a respective bottom channel aperture to allow transfer of liquid medication under gravity from the corresponding internal compartment into the bottom hollow portion of the shaft. The bottom hollow portion is apertured at one end to allow for transferred liquid medication to drip out of the dispenser in a controlled fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Deborah Girgis, Victoria Lombardi
  • Patent number: 8016159
    Abstract: A closure for a container having an opening includes a base cap and an overcap that form a chamber adjacent the opening which is sealed from the contents of the container by a frangible membrane having an inclined line of weakness and by a hinge member having a pocket extending downward adjacent lower and upper terminuses of the line of weakness. The overcap includes a cutting member received within the pocket that severs the line of weakness upon substantial rotation of the overcap with respect to the base cap. A pushing member may cooperate with a cam member to deflect open the membrane upon severance. The pocket may include a stop for the cutting member. The base cap may include a cylindrical structure having an upwardly inwardly projection member to form a seal with an thickened upper portion of the overcap skirt to protect against penetration into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Xiaoli Ma
  • Publication number: 20110203306
    Abstract: Disclosed therein is a hot and cold water dispenser, which includes cooling means or heating means for cooling or heating water. The hot and cold water dispenser includes: a feed pipe having a flow path formed therein for allowing a flow of water; and a temperature control pipe disposed inside or outside of the feed pipe along a longitudinal direction of the feed pipe, the temperature control pipe having a space for receiving the cooling means or the heating means therein to cool or heat water flowing through the feed pipe by means of the cooling means or the heating means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Sang Pil CHOI
  • Publication number: 20110204089
    Abstract: A gas recovery system for a beverage dispensing system, the gas recovery system comprising: means for drawing gas from an at least partially used beverage container, a compressor downstream of said at least partially used beverage container; a gas separator downstream of said compressor, a gas storage vessel downstream of said gas separator; wherein in use the gas recovery system is configured to draw gas from the at least partially used beverage container and to separate said gas into component gases by passing said gas through said gas separator, and to selectively direct at least one of the separated component gases to said gas storage vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Walter Shettle
  • Patent number: 7980426
    Abstract: A device (10) for the dosed discharge of a powder-form medium, in particular ceramic powder for dental purposes, including a storage container (12) with a first outlet (40), as well as a slider (20) with a receptacle (18) for a quantity of medium to be dosed, which can be selectively aligned with a first outlet or a second outlet (50), through which the medium can be discharged. In order to achieve reproducible discharge of a defined quantity of free-flowing medium in an uncomplicated design, and since there is no requirement for re-usability after emptying the storage container, the invention proposes that the slider (20) be connected to at least one spring element (26, 28), which admits a force upon the slider to align the receptacle (80) with the first receptacle (40), and that the receptacle can be secured by a lock element (34) in a position aligned with the second outlet (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Degudent GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Vollmann, Wolfgang Lehnhoff, Carsten Weisner, Peter Kreuder
  • Patent number: 7971754
    Abstract: A refill system and method of use for a beverage dispenser. The refill system includes a fill tube coupled to the water bath generally at an upper portion to dispense water into the water bath. The tube is configured for coupling to a dispense nozzle of the beverage dispenser. The beverage dispenser can be operated to dispense water only when the fill tube is coupled to the nozzle. The beverage dispenser can be controlled to prevent dispensing of product into the water bath when the fill tube is attached to the nozzle. An overflow tube may be provided and may be used to monitor the level of water retained in the water bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffery W. Kadyk
  • Publication number: 20110147413
    Abstract: A device for intermittently ejecting a fixed quantity of a mixed gas, to which a liquid is added, to a target object. A device comprises a gas supply means (2) to which a carbon-dioxide-gas container (B) is mounted, a chemical liquid supply means (3) to which a chemical liquid container (M) is mounted, an ejection means (5) for mixing a supplied high-pressure gas and a supplied liquid together and ejecting the mixed gas, and an operation means (1). The device is adapted such that the high-pressure gas and the liquid are introduced into the ejection means (5) by operation of the operation means (1) and the mixed gas containing the liquid is obtained from the ejection means (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Yoji Oozaki, Junichi Arai
  • Patent number: 7963304
    Abstract: A multi-station dispensing apparatus which affords an automatic flow rate for the product to be dispensed. It also provides a single control knob which can select from several different chemical concentrates to be diluted and dispensed. In addition, a bottle can be filled by single-handed operation as well as a bucket without the need to reset the control knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael H. Bertucci, Curtis H. Hubmann, Christopher F. Lang, Steven E. Schiller
  • Patent number: 7963937
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a syringe for storage, mixing and dispensing of multi-component paste materials, and more precisely to a syringe for two or more components of a paste material which are to be mixed together. The syringe may be activated so that the chambers containing the components are opened, and the components may be mixed together and extruded through a mixing tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: 3M ESPE AG
    Inventors: Helmut Pauser, Michael Knee, Ingo W. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20110139284
    Abstract: Herein is disclosed a diluted-fluid dispensing device that operates on the venturi principle to mix a concentrate with a diluent. A pressure-compensating passive valve is provided in a fluid passage of the device through which diluent flows, in order to enhance the precision of the dilution over a range of pressure and/or flowrate at which diluent may be supplied to the device. The passive valve may be placed in proximity to the diluent inlet of the device. The passive valve may be a self-actuating valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: John J. Dyer
  • Publication number: 20110139820
    Abstract: A dispensing system for the interior of a dishwashing machine includes a component carrier on which components are detachably or nondetachably arranged, including at least a dispensing chamber, an actuator, and a closing element as well as an energy source and/or a control unit and/or a sensor unit. The closing element is coupled with the actuator such that movement of the actuator displaces the closing element into a closure or a release position. The at least one dispensing chamber is connected in communicating manner with at least one cartridge chamber and includes an inlet for inflow of washing or cleaning agent from a cartridge chamber and an outlet for outflow of washing or cleaning agent from the dispensing chamber into its surrounding environment. The outlet of the dispensing chamber is closable or openable by the closing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Arnd Kessler, Salvatore Fileccia, Hans-Georg Mühlhausen, Gerold Jans, Roland Schmalz, Ba Loc Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20110127296
    Abstract: A product dispensing unit is provided configured to house two products in separate tubes, wherein the two products may be simultaneously dispensed from the product dispensing unit. According to an embodiment of the present invention, the product dispensing unit comprises an outer channel configured to facilitate the flow of the first product flows from an outer tube cavity to a dispensing site and an inner channel configured to facilitate the flow of a second product from an inner tube cavity to dispensing site. Application of pressure to the product dispensing unit may results in simultaneously dispensing the first product and the second product from the product dispensing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffrey Marc Hayet, James C. Wightman
  • Publication number: 20110121034
    Abstract: A foam dispensing apparatus is capable of dispensing a mixture of a resin component and an isocyanate component. The foam dispensing apparatus includes a resin line and an isocyanate line connected to a manifold. A nozzle is connected to the manifold and the mixture is dispensed through the nozzle. The manifold defines a resin duct in communication with the resin line and the nozzle and an isocyanate duct in communication with the isocyanate line and the nozzle. At least one valve is connected to the resin and isocyanate lines and is moveable between an open position allowing flow through the resin and isocyanate lines and a closed position preventing flow through the resin and isocyanate lines. The valve is disposed exterior to the manifold and the flow is unregulated in the manifold for reducing maintenance of the manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: John H. Swab, Matthew C. Dunlap, William Rowand
  • Publication number: 20110121035
    Abstract: The invention relates to a discharge device (1) comprising a tank housing (3) having at least one outlet (4) at one end and having a drive means at the opposite end. A connector (6) can be placed over the outlet (4) on the discharge device. The connector comprises a releasable mounting device that can be released by manual pressure on two opposite side surfaces of the connector. One guide surface (9) is provided on each of the two opposite side surfaces, each being oriented diagonally to the longitudinal axis (L) of the discharge device (1) and spaced in the direction of the discharge device. The connector is placed over the outlet on the discharge device in a mounting position. The guide surfaces (9) are moved radially toward each other in a released position by pressure (F) on the side surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: MEDMIX SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Andy Greter, Ralph Egon Kayser, Wilhelm A. Keller
  • Publication number: 20110121033
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of treating acne by the topical administration of an acne active ingredient in the presence of a) an anhydrous composition comprising a component that in the presence of water generates heat, and b) water. The invention also relates to an acne treatment kit comprising a first composition which is anhydrous and comprises a component that in the presence of water generates heat on the skin to which it is applied and a second composition which comprises an aqueous carrier, at least one of said compositions comprising an acne active ingredient, said compositions being stored in isolation from each other and being capable of generating heat when they are combined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventors: Rebecca Horne, Diene Kelly, Laurent Kirchhoffer, Richard Koontz, James Young
  • Publication number: 20110121032
    Abstract: Novel systems and methods for dispensing compositions, such as beverages, are provided. Novel beverage dispensers may be configured to receive one or more physiological parameters regarding a user, and in response, formulate at least one beverage recipe for dispensing. A beverage dispenser may wirelessly receive data from a biosensor. In certain embodiments, data from the biosensor may be used to alter the recipe to another existing beverage or a custom beverage. Non-physiological data may also be considered. In one embodiment, environmental and/or biographical data may be utilized. In another embodiment, exertion data may be calculated. The calculation of exertion data may receive inputs regarding at least one physiological parameter and/or non-physiological parameters to derive a second physiological parameter not being measured. Novel systems and methods may reduce costs associated with extra sensors and/or allow more accurate assessment of the user's exertion level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Publication number: 20110114665
    Abstract: Gas flow from multiple gas sources into a sample chamber of a beam system is controlled by a cycling valve for each gas source, with the gas pressure in the sample chamber being determined by the relative time that the valve is opened and the upstream pressure at the valve. A gas valve positioned inside the vacuum chamber allows rapid response in shutting off a gas. In some preferred embodiments, a precursor gas is supplied from a solid or liquid material in a container that remains outside the vacuum system while in use and which is readily connected or disconnected to the gas injection system without significant leakage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: FEI COMPANY
  • Publication number: 20110114671
    Abstract: A capsule is provided for use in a dispenser for medicament. The capsule comprises a container for a fluid, a chamber for containing a particulate, and a pair of channels which run between the container and the chamber to provide fluidic communication between the container and the chamber, in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Ian Harrison
  • Patent number: 7938296
    Abstract: A two-component syringe is provided with a valve assembly having a common inlet/outlet, the valve assembly being designed to selectively close the containers of the syringe or allow a liquid from the outside to be aspirated into one of the containers via the common inlet/outlet or connect the two containers to each other or allow a mixture to be dispensed through the common inlet/outlet. This valve assembly is composed of a valve body provided with a sealing disk having channels that are arranged such that the connections are established or interrupted when the valve body is rotated. The design of such a valve assembly is simple and cost-efficient, and it allows aspirating liquids into a container and transferring them to another container that holds a powder as well as dispensing multicomponent liquids or pastes efficiently and with minimum pressure and volume losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Medmix Systems AG
    Inventor: Wilhelm A. Keller
  • Patent number: 7934670
    Abstract: A grinding machine (20) for use in grinding materials, the grinding machine (20) comprising: a grinder assembly (22) for receiving material therein; at least one removable hopper (24) attachable proximate to the grinding assembly (22) for dispensing material to the grinder assembly (22); a passage (22) defined in the hopper being cooperatively placed in communication with the grinding assembly (22) for dispensing material from the hopper (24) to the grinder assembly (22); a displaceable shutter (70) being positionnable in an open position when the hopper (24) is placed on the grinder assembly (22) and being positionnable in a closed position when the hopper (24) is removed from the grinder assembly (22); and a slide gate mechanism (42) including a slide gate (42) and a mover linked to the slide gate for controllably opening and closing passage of material from the hopper (24) to the grinder assembly (22) for grinfind material therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: David F. Ford
  • Patent number: 7931174
    Abstract: A fountain-style carbonated soft drink dispenser includes a housing adapted to attach to a beverage container, an actuator for selectively opening a fluid conduit, and one or more long tubes that vary a pressure drop across the dispensing assembly and convey fluid. The resistance through the tube(s) is decreased as the pressure within the container decreases so as to maintain a substantially constant flow rate throughout dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Finlay, James M. Collins, Andrzej Skoskiewicz, Kenneth A. Ritsher
  • Publication number: 20110079317
    Abstract: A water treatment device for filling at least one bottle with treated tap water includes a housing unit having a reservoir, and at least one valve arranged in fluid communication with the reservoir, the valve having a water inlet/air exit port arranged adjacent to the housing unit, and a water exit/air inlet port arranged opposite the water inlet/air exit port, whereby when the valve is actuated to its open condition, water flows through the valve and into the bottle, and air entrapped in the bottle flows through the valve and into the surrounding environment. When the valve is in its closed condition, air and water do not flow through the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventors: Judd D. Olson, Sean C. McGreevy, Kent E. Lageson, Kevin E. Kinzer, Paul J. Cobian, Benjamin P. Williams
  • Patent number: 7918336
    Abstract: A closure device with or without a drinking mechanism for bottles or receptacles, arranged to be attached to the bottle or receptacle. The device has a first cavity preferably for an additive and at least one second cavity where the first and the at least one second cavity can be opened individually by opening mechanisms which are integrated in the device and can be operated from outside of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: TasteIN Technology AS
    Inventors: Geir L. Olsen, Frode Busterud
  • Patent number: 7913879
    Abstract: The present application describes a product dispenser. The product dispenser may include at least one macro-ingredient source, at least one micro-ingredient source positioned about the dispenser, a diluent source, a dispensing valve, a number of pumps or metering devices, and a user interface. The user interface receives a request for a product type and instructs the pumps or metering devices to dispense a predetermined type and ratio of macro-ingredients, micro-ingredients, and diluent to the dispensing valve for a predetermined flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David R. Newman, Nilang Patel, Paul A. Phillips, Arthur G. Rudick, Lawrence B. Ziesel
  • Publication number: 20110068102
    Abstract: A device for mixture of substances, whether in the form of a fixed or removable cap or in the form of emersion within a container, utilizing individual internal substance compartments, controlled by an external actuation mechanism. The system actuation mechanism can be placed in a locked position for storage, shipping or to ensure integrity of solutions. Multiple compartments may be utilized, as well as multiple compartments within an individual container to produce multiple mixtures. A further embodiment encompassing a pivotal actuator and removably attached mixing mechanisms is also illustrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Granite State Product Development LLC
    Inventor: JOHN PORTER
  • Publication number: 20110068124
    Abstract: A device for mixing a substance comprised of two constituents contained in a cartridge (12) and having a cartridge holder (32) thereabout, the device comprising a plunger rod (46) for pushing a closure member (20) to permit the transfer of a diluent in a second chamber (28) through a by-pass channel (24) to mix with a constituent in a first chamber (26), the plunger rod (48) being driven by means of a rack (48) and a pinion gear (50) arrangement to prevent overly rapid movement of the plunger rod (46).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: David L. Reynolds, Daniel Macdonald, Roger McCarthy
  • Publication number: 20110068125
    Abstract: A water dispenser is provided for dispensing hot water, cold water, and carbonated water, all of which is filtered. The dispenser includes a housing defining a front dispensing face, a rear face, opposite side walls and a bottom wall. A filter is mounted in the housing and has a rear end connectable to a source of water and a front end accessible at the front face of the housing to facilitate replacing the filter. A dispensing faucet is disposed at the front face of the housing. A hot water tank is located at one side of the housing and has an inlet for receiving filtered water from the filter and a hot water outlet near the dispensing faucet for delivering hot water thereto. An ice bank assembly is located at an opposite side of the housing and has an inlet for receiving filtered water from the filter and a cold water outlet near the dispensing faucet for delivering cold water thereto. A compressor is mounted on the bottom wall of the housing and is coupled to one end of the ice bank evaporator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: George W. Knoll, Chester F. Robards, JR., Kerry D. Roosmalen
  • Publication number: 20110067738
    Abstract: A chemical delivery system capable of handling a variety of concentrated chemicals in such a manner as to reduce the amount of service required to maintain the system. The system should be able to accurately and consistently deliver an appropriate quantity of concentrated chemicals as needed by the application where the system is utilized. Additionally, the system is configured such that the system occupies as little space as necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher Molitor, Gary A. Brown, David Kensinger
  • Patent number: 7909160
    Abstract: A mixing cap and method for use thereof, wherein the mixing cap is preferably pre-loaded during time of manufacture with selected dry or liquid ingredients to facilitate subsequent consumer use. The mixing cap comprises an apertured inner tube threadably-engageable to the mouth of a bottle, and an outer housing cooperatively-engaged with the inner tube and slidably-restricted thereover via a ridge and slotted flange arrangement. Preloaded ingredients contained within the outer housing may be introduced or discharged into the bottle by simply depressing the outer housing over the inner tube when the ridge is aligned with the slot, thereby permitting the ingredients to flow through the apertures of the outer housing and inner tube and into the liquid contents of the bottle. The combined ingredients and liquid within the bottle may subsequently be shaken without fear or risk of leakage or spillage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Abrigo, Ltd
    Inventors: Brent Patterson, Randy Patterson
  • Patent number: 7905428
    Abstract: A sprayer has a sprayer outlet and a pressurizable reservoir adapted to contain a fluid. The reservoir has an air-pressure outlet and a reservoir outlet, the reservoir outlet being in fluid connection with the sprayer outlet. Detachable, pressurizable tanks are adapted to contain a chemical, each tank having a chemical outlet and an air-pressure inlet. Each air-pressure inlet is in fluid connection with the air-pressure outlet of the reservoir for equalizing air pressure between the reservoir and each tank. A switch is adjustable between a plurality of settings for causing at least one of the chemical outlets to be in fluid connection with the sprayer outlet. A ratio valve is provided for selecting a fluid flow rate out of the selected outlet. Fluids flowing into the sprayer outlet from the outlets are mixed together prior to discharge from the sprayer outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Max A. Probasco
  • Publication number: 20110056250
    Abstract: The washing machine includes a detergent feeding device formed by integrally assembling a detergent box, a water feeding device, and valves. The washing machine further includes a printed circuit board and a pressure switch. The front surface of the detergent feeding device, which is inclined, is fixed to an inclined part of the front surface of the washing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Jeom Gap Kim
  • Publication number: 20110049185
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of food industry, more particularly, to commercial equipment, and is useful in apparatuses for dispensing beer and other foaming and/or carbonated beverages from an isobaric storage to plastic bottles or glasses for sale in retail kiosks, shops, restaurants, and bars. The technical result of the present invention is a simplified maintenance both of the apparatus for a manual dispensing of beverages as a whole due to excluding the need for a sanitary treatment of a part of the filling pipe each time a container is filled and a simplified maintenance of taps due to eliminating the need for frequent washing of units and parts of these means after the dispensing of beer or another beverage is over. The technical result is reached by two embodiments of the three-way cock (6364), which are installed in the apparatus for a manual dispensing of foaming and/or carbonated beverages to uncovered containers (54).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Sergei Aleksandrovich Buchik
  • Publication number: 20110042458
    Abstract: An equipment for automatic delivery of beverages, with extraction of liquid from at least one bottle (B) in an up-right position by injection of an inert gas, the apparatus comprising a frame (1) suitable for resting on a counter or similar elevated work surface, support means of at least one bottle placed outside of the frame, gas supply means (8) for supplying an inert gas into the bottle, beverage delivery means (32-62) for delivering the liquid from the bottle (B), and programmable control means for controlling at least the inert gas supply means, characterized in that it further comprises compressed air supply means (9), adapted to feed air towards the beverage delivery means (32-62) to clean them after each delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: DIWINE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Riccardo Falci, Paolo Giovanni La Torre
  • Publication number: 20110031271
    Abstract: A self-contained mixing and dispensing container having at least two chambers, includes a valving combination of two oppositely installed one-way valves by which fluid may be transferred from one chamber to another by deforming one chamber. One of the valves permits the transfer of fluid and the other valve, communicates with the ambient atmosphere, to permit air into the deformed chamber to replace the removed fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: JASON FOSTER
  • Publication number: 20110024457
    Abstract: A shower soap dispenser contains a turbine including a turbine housing, and the turbine housing including a turbine inlet, a turbine outlet, a jet, and a plurality of turbine blades; a gearbox including an input and an output; a pump including a pump inlet and a pump outlet; a soap reservoir connected to the pump via a connector to store soap; a clutch mechanism clutch mechanism located in the gearbox control to engage the turbine with the pump or disengage the turbine from the pump, when the turbine engages with the pump, the pump is turned on by the turbine, when the turbine disengages with the pump, the pump turns off; means for turning the addition of soap on and off to be pulled or pushed to open or close the soap outlet and to allow the clutch mechanism to engage and to force the clutch mechanism to disengage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Alan Somerfield