With Conveying Conduit Jacket And/or Inert Atmosphere (includind Vacuum) Providing Means Patents (Class 222/152)
  • Patent number: 9708575
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to extracting the liquid from a container (such as a bottle of wine) in varying amounts at a desired serving temperature while preserving the liquid for later consumption. Various embodiments may be built within an appliance so the consumer experience is fully automated. Embodiments may include a variety of wine preservation techniques including the use of inert gases that prevent the oxidation of wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Wine Plum, Inc.
    Inventors: David Andrew Koretz, Donald G Hubbard, Jr., Niculae Mustatea, Michael Dumont, Kyle Adams
  • Patent number: 9662272
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a vial adaptor for removing liquid contents from a vial comprises a housing and a bag. In some embodiments, an initial volume of a regulating fluid can be contained within the bag. In some embodiments, the regulating fluid flows into the vial as liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, thereby regulating pressure within the vial. In some embodiments, a vial adaptor is coupled with the vial in order to remove the liquid. In some embodiments, as the liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, the bag expands, and in other embodiments, the bag contracts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dee E. Warren, Dan Lopez
  • Patent number: 9038855
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering fluid-containing feed materials to process equipment are disclosed. A liner-based pressure dispensing vessel is subjected to filling by application of vacuum between the liner and overpack. Multiple feed material flow controllers of different calibrated flow ranges may be selectively operated in parallel for a single feed material. Feed material blending and testing for scale-up may be performed with feed materials supplied by multiple liner-based pressure dispensing containers. A gravimetric system may be used to determine concentration of at least one component of a multi-component solution or mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Lurcott, John E. Q. Hughes, Peter Wrschka, Thomas H. Baum, Donald D. Ware, Peng Zou
  • Patent number: 9027789
    Abstract: Automated systems and methods for priming a fluid chamber of a fluid dispensing valve with fluid from a fluid material source that includes a vacuum source, a valve priming station, a vacuum switch, and a controller. The valve priming station has a boot, a vacuum chamber, and a vacuum channel in the boot. The vacuum channel connects with the vacuum source via the vacuum chamber. The boot sealingly engages a valve nozzle of the fluid dispensing valve so that the vacuum chamber connects the vacuum source with the fluid chamber. The vacuum switch couples with the vacuum channel via the vacuum chamber and has an opened and closed position based upon a vacuum level in the vacuum chamber. The controller is electrically connected with the vacuum source and vacuum switch and controls priming of the fluid dispensing valve based upon whether the vacuum switch is opened or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Cutler Crowell, Erik Fiske, Horatio Quinones, Brian Sawatzky
  • Publication number: 20150114996
    Abstract: An intermediate bulk storage container for the storage or transport of particulate catalyst material includes a vessel having an inner wall defining a containment volume for particulate catalyst material. The vessel has a cylindrical wall section, a top panel closing the upper end of the cylindrical wall section and a conical base section connected to and tapering inwardly away from the lower end of the cylindrical wall section. An opening in the top panel of the container receives the catalyst material and a closure member closes the opening. An air tight seal is formed when the opening is closed by the closure member. A gas duct is in fluid connection with the vessel for supplying an inert gas to the sealed container or removing gas from the vessel to place the container under a vacuum. The gas duct is closed by a valve for transit or storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Dialog Construction Sdn. Bhd
    Inventor: Phil Gallagher
  • Patent number: 8919610
    Abstract: A stopper for wine, a method of preserving wine, and a method of serving wine from a bottle stored in a vacuum are disclosed. The stopper has a vacuum valve in a vacuum indicator in a removable cap. The vacuum valve has a self-closing passageway due to the passageway traversing an elastomeric material. The vacuum indicator moves in response to vacuum and reveals a marking on a valve opener when a desired vacuum is achieved. The stopper may have a filter, which also aerates. The method of preserving wine includes installing the stopper in the neck of the bottle and withdrawing air from the bottle through the stopper. The method of serving wine includes releasing vacuum from the bottle by unseating the removable cap, removing the cap and pouring wine through the stopper. Pumps for the stopper are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Vinum Corporation
    Inventors: Jean E. Haley, James D. Ryndak, Roger M. Masson
  • Publication number: 20140319179
    Abstract: A volumetric displacement preservation system for preserving a volume of flowable substance in a vessel. A fluid exchange structure has a stopper, a head portion, and a fluid exchange valve with a first condition where fluid inlet and exhaust pathways in the fluid exchange structure are simultaneously closed and a second condition where the fluid inlet and exhaust pathways are simultaneously opened by conduit joining portions in the fluid exchange valve. A chamber retains a volume of preservative gas and is connected to the fluid inlet pathway externally to the vessel. The preservative gas can be supplied from the chamber into the vessel through the fluid inlet pathway as liquid is exhausted through the fluid exhaust pathway. The chamber can be replenished from preservative gas displaced from the vessel in a reverse volumetric displacement process or from preservative gas supplied by a preservative gas production canister.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Carlos Fernando Bazoberry
  • Patent number: 8870024
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for gravity feeding of a dispensable product includes containing means and dispensing means. The containing means is adapted to contain the dispensable product and is operatively connected to the dispensing means whereby the dispensing means includes a chute means. Rotation of the chute means can cause the dispensable product to be able to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Durapod Systems Limited
    Inventors: Tomas Antonio Dos Santos Mendes, Kenneth Christie Hargraves
  • Publication number: 20140263453
    Abstract: A stopper for wine, a method of preserving wine, and a method of serving wine from a bottle stored in a vacuum are disclosed. The stopper has a vacuum valve in a vacuum indicator in a removable cap. The vacuum valve has a self-closing passageway due to the passageway traversing an elastomeric material. The vacuum indicator moves in response to vacuum and reveals a marking on a valve opener when a desired vacuum is achieved. The stopper may have a filter, which also aerates. The method of preserving wine includes installing the stopper in the neck of the bottle and withdrawing air from the bottle through the stopper. The method of serving wine includes releasing vacuum from the bottle by unseating the removable cap, removing the cap and pouring wine through the stopper. Pumps for the stopper are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jean E. Haley, James D. Ryndak, Roger M. Masson
  • Publication number: 20140252037
    Abstract: A resealable decanter associated with a gas evacuation system, the decanter having a body with an upper opening adapted to be closed with a removable sealing closure, a movable wall located within the body, the moveable wall moveable at least upwardly within the body through application of a vacuum thereto, a moveable wall guide portion associated with the moveable wall, and a valve assembly located adjacent the upper opening allowing the vacuum applied to move the moveable wall thus moving the liquid within the decanter to evacuate gas from the decanter whilst preventing loss of liquid from the decanter as the vacuum is applied whereby the liquid contents are removable from the decanter by pouring from the decanter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Alan John POGGIO
  • Publication number: 20140183227
    Abstract: A device (1) for dispensing liquids, particularly wine, from a bottle or similar container includes a body (2) designed to work with the neck (27) of the bottle and to cause the leakage of the liquid from a blowpipe (10) resulting from the supply in the bottle of an inert gas (eg. nitrogen) under pressure. Said body (2) comprises a first conduit (3), placed transversely and with a first opening (22) for the supply of the gas. Two further openings (20 and 21) are placed along the conduit (3) for connecting them with a second conduit (4) designed to supply the gas inside the bottle and, respectively, with a third conduit (5) provided with a blowpipe (10) for dispensing the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Francesca Barnini
  • Patent number: 8746502
    Abstract: Devices and methods for extracting fluids from within a container scaled by a cork or septum without removal of the cork or septum or the contamination of the fluid within the container by reactive gases or liquids. Embodiments can include a needle connected to a valve connected to a source of pressurized gas for displacing the fluid. Further embodiments can comprise additional components that act to force the needle to be inserted through the cork or septum along a linear path, to aid in preventing buckling of the needle, to clamp the device to the container, to prevent expulsion of the cork or septum from the container, and to guide the needle through a specified region of the cork or septum. Various valves, pressure regulators, pressure ranges, needle geometries, gas selections are also presented. This device is particularly suited for the dispensing and preservation of wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Coravin, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory H. Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 8690009
    Abstract: An automated system (10) and methods (11) for priming a fluid chamber (12) of a fluid dispensing valve (14) with fluid (16) from fluid material source that includes a vacuum source (46), a valve priming station (32), a vacuum switch (54), and a controller (62). The valve priming station (32) has a boot (40), a vacuum chamber (36), and a vacuum channel (42) in the boot (40). The vacuum channel (42) connects with the vacuum source (46) via the vacuum chamber (36). The boot (40) sealingly engages a valve nozzle (28) of the fluid dispensing valve (14) so that the vacuum chamber (36) connects the vacuum source (46) with the fluid chamber (12). The vacuum switch (54) couples with the vacuum channel (42) via the vacuum chamber (36) and has an opened and closed position based upon a vacuum level in the vacuum chamber (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Cutler Crowell, Erik Fiske, Horatio Quinones, Brian Sawatzky
  • Patent number: 8640919
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for extracting fluids from within a container sealed by a cork or septum without removal of the cork or septum or the contamination of the fluid within the container by reactive gases or liquids. Embodiments of the device can include a needle connected to a valve which is in turn connected to a source of pressurized gas for displacing the fluid. Further embodiments of the device can comprise additional components that act to force the needle to be inserted through the cork or septum along a linear path, to aid in preventing buckling of the needle, to clamp the device to the container, to prevent expulsion of the cork or septum from the container, and to guide the needle through a specified region of the cork or septum. Various valves, pressure regulators, pressure ranges, needle geometries, gas selections are also presented. This device is particularly suited for the dispensing and preservation of wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Coravin, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 8596494
    Abstract: A gas recovery system for a beverage dispensing system is provided. The system includes a mechanism for drawing gas from an at least partially used beverage container, a compressor downstream of the at least partially used beverage container, a gas separator downstream of the compressor, and a gas storage vessel downstream of the gas separator. The gas recovery system is configured to draw gas from the at least partially used beverage container, to separate the gas into component gases by passing the gas through the gas separator, and to selectively direct at least one of the separated component gases to the gas storage vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Stanwell Technic Limited
    Inventor: Glyn Jones
  • Publication number: 20130306673
    Abstract: The invention involves a system and method for preserving and dispensing liquids from a corked bottle. The system includes a manifold connected to a supply of pressurized gas. Fluidly connected to the manifold is a tube assembly, which extends through the cork of a bottle for the introduction of pressurized gas to the inner portion of the bottle. A second tube within the tube assembly is provided for the transfer of liquid out of the bottle to the manifold for dispensing through the dispensing valve. A floating tip assembly is provided on the distal end of the outer tube member for covering the gas and liquid openings during insertion of the tube assembly into the bottle. The floating tip assembly moves either automatically or manually after insertion of the tube assembly to allow gas and fluid to flow through the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Manera
  • Publication number: 20130277396
    Abstract: A method of preserving and controlling dispensed liquids is achieved exclusively and uniquely through operation of direct or indirect actuation of gas control valves acting systemically upon the liquid container and its contents so as to cause and control the flow of dispensed liquids held within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Geoff Daly
  • Patent number: 8555934
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling and evacuating a dispenser unit for paste-like, foam-form or liquid media. In the known methods, a storage container is evacuated via a suction pump, which otherwise serves for the delivery of the medium, after filling. The risk exists hereby that medium is drawn in. In order to make the drawing-off process more effective and more reliable, a method and a filling insert for a dispenser unit are proposed according to the invention, wherein at least one air duct is provided parallel to the suction pump. The evacuation takes place by the application of a pressure difference between storage container and the environment, which is just so great that air can in fact be drawn through the air duct but no viscous medium can be drawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Evonik Degussa GmbH
    Inventors: Petra Allef, Bernd Nauels, Markus Pielen
  • Patent number: 8523019
    Abstract: A very compact, stopper style pourer that can be inserted in a wide range of container neck sizes. The above mentioned end stopper is multifunctional, combining pouring, aeration, provision for preservation and capping in an integrated innovative design. The pourer is equipped with an internal aeration system, based on the Venturi principle, a non-protruding, non-drip spout, built inside the stopper, an access opening for a preserving gas supply, a telescopic extension in the container that regulates the aeration and improves the preserving gas usage. The stopper is also fitted with a hinged lid that has a co molded seal and lock, to provide a positive capping. The front face of the lid is suitable in size to carry any logo/marking, similar to any wine container cork-sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Michael J. Drobot, Adam Balogh
  • Patent number: 8496898
    Abstract: A pneumatic conveying system for conveying hydrated lime is provided with ambient air for the pneumatic conveying system from a scrubber that removes carbon dioxide from the ambient air used in the conveying system. The scrubber includes a bed of hydrated lime through which ambient air is passed, to react carbon dioxide in the air with the hydrated lime in a reaction that forms limestone and water. The air that has passed through the fluidized bed, which is essentially carbon dioxide free, is also passed through a filter to remove particles suspended in the carbon dioxide free air. The carbon dioxide free air from the filter is provided to the pneumatic conveying system. The use of carbon dioxide free air ensures that the hydrated lime being transported in the conveying system will not react in the various conduits and ducts of the pneumatic conveying system to cause problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Nol-Tec Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael John Mooney
  • Patent number: 8496139
    Abstract: A beverage server system for extracting a beverage from a corked beverage bottle without uncorking the bottle includes a penetration element for penetrating the cork. The penetration element includes a beverage extraction conduit for extracting the beverage from the bottle and a gas injection conduit for injecting gas into the bottle. A gas injection port disposed in the gas injection conduit is located at a level higher than a beverage extraction port disposed in the beverage extraction conduit in the bottle when extracting the beverage from the bottle through the beverage extraction conduit. The beverage server system has a simple structure, extracts beverage from the bottle without causing contact of the beverage inside the beverage bottle with air, and is easy to operate, maintain, and introduce into a household.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Ryo Nishino
  • Patent number: 8453888
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus includes a housing having a support platform upon which at least one bottle may be supported and a pressurized gas supply assembly for forcing a fluid from the at least one bottle. The pressurized gas supply assembly includes an inert gas output which is linked to the at least one bottle via a conduit arrangement and a dispensing nozzle selectively secured within an opening of the at least one bottle. The dispensing nozzle includes a connecting seal assembly for attaching the dispensing nozzle within the opening of the at least one bottle, the connecting seal assembly extends downwardly and substantially covers a downwardly extending substrate of the dispensing nozzle, and the connecting seal assembly includes a self-energizing seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Wine Gadgets, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew A. Sommerfield, Steven DiDonato
  • Publication number: 20130119085
    Abstract: A beverage server system for extracting a beverage from a corked beverage bottle without uncorking the bottle includes a penetration element for penetrating the cork. The penetration element includes a beverage extraction conduit for extracting the beverage from the bottle and a gas injection conduit for injecting gas into the bottle. A gas injection port disposed in the gas injection conduit is located at a level higher than a beverage extraction port disposed in the beverage extraction conduit in the bottle when extracting the beverage from the bottle through the beverage extraction conduit. The beverage server system has a simple structure, extracts beverage from the bottle without causing contact of the beverage inside the beverage bottle with air, and is easy to operate, maintain, and introduce into a household.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Ryo Nishino
  • Patent number: 8371478
    Abstract: A preservation and dispensing apparatus includes a pressurized gas supply assembly for pressurizing and dispensing fluid from a bottle in a manner that effectively creates a barrier protecting the fluid from harmful effects of oxygen. The pressurized gas supply assembly includes an inert gas output linked to the bottle via a dispensing nozzle secured within an opening of the bottle. The dispensing nozzle includes a connecting seal having a series of outwardly directed, flexible fins composed of a first material and an outwardly tapered seal member composed of a second material. The inert gas output includes a regulator assembly having a piercing pin that passes through an end cap of a gas capsule allowing gas from the gas capsule to pass through the regulator assembly. The regulator assembly reduces the gas pressure from approximately 2700 psi to approximately 5 psi in a single step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew A. Sommerfield, Steven DiDonato
  • Publication number: 20130008921
    Abstract: A resealable decanter associated with a gas evacuation system, the decanter having a body with an upper opening adapted to be closed with a removable sealing closure and a movable wall located within the body, the movable wall moveable at least upwardly within the body to move liquid within the decanter body toward the upper opening thus evacuating gas from the decanter body in the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Alan John Poggio
  • Patent number: 8348097
    Abstract: A beverage server system for extracting a beverage from a corked beverage bottle without uncorking the bottle includes a penetration element for penetrating the cork. The penetration element includes a beverage extraction conduit for extracting the beverage from the bottle and a gas injection conduit for injecting gas into the bottle. A gas injection port disposed in the gas injection conduit is located at a level higher than a beverage extraction port disposed in the beverage extraction conduit in the bottle when extracting the beverage from the bottle through the beverage extraction conduit. The beverage server system has a simple structure, extracts beverage from the beverage bottle without causing contact of the beverage inside the beverage bottle with air, and is easy to operate, maintain, and introduce into a household.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Ryo Nishino
  • Publication number: 20120241476
    Abstract: Devices and methods for extracting fluids from within a container scaled by a cork or septum without removal of the cork or septum or the contamination of the fluid within the container by reactive gases or liquids. Embodiments can include a needle connected to a valve connected to a source of pressurized gas for displacing the fluid. Further embodiments can comprise additional components that act to force the needle to be inserted through the cork or septum along a linear path, to aid in preventing buckling of the needle, to clamp the device to the container, to prevent expulsion of the cork or septum from the container, and to guide the needle through a specified region of the cork or septum. Various valves, pressure regulators, pressure ranges, needle geometries, gas selections are also presented. This device is particularly suited for the dispensing and preservation of wine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory H. Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 8272538
    Abstract: The wine bottle sealing and dispensing device provides for the dispensing of wine from a wine bottle, or any other liquid from a corresponding liquid container, without exposing the wine or liquid in the bottle to environmental air at any time. The device includes a housing adapted for mounting above a cork of a corked wine bottle. An upper open end of a hollow needle is mounted in the housing, the needle projecting downward from the housing and terminating in a tip adapted for insertion through the cork. A first end of a spout projects outwardly from the housing, and a second end of the spout is in fluid communication with the upper open end of the hollow needle. A cartridge of pressurized, inert gas is mounted to the housing. The cartridge is in communication with an upper end of a gas conduit, which is mounted within the hollow needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Morgan William Weinberg, Burton Allen Miller
  • Patent number: 8225959
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for extracting fluids from within a container sealed by a cork or septum without removal of the cork or septum or the contamination of the fluid within the container by reactive gases or liquids. Embodiments of the device can include a needle connected to a valve which is in turn connected to a source of pressurized gas for displacing the fluid. Further embodiments of the device can comprise additional components that act to force the needle to be inserted through the cork or septum along a linear path, to aid in preventing buckling of the needle, to clamp the device to the container, to prevent expulsion of the cork or septum from the container, and to guide the needle through a specified region of the cork or septum. Various valves, pressure regulators, pressure ranges, needle geometries, gas selections are also presented. This device is particularly suited for the dispensing and preservation of wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Wine Mosquito, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 8197582
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system includes a dispensing pump for delivering the fluid material to a substrate. The fluid dispensing system further includes a vacuum unit that draws a vacuum on the feed tube for removing gas impurities from the fluid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: DL Technology, LLC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Fugere
  • Patent number: 8177094
    Abstract: A container for pressurized discharge of fluid contained therein, the container having a container body, a pump lid deployed on the container body for pressurizing an interior volume of the container, a release control arrangement; and an outlet nozzle. The pump lid has a rotatable pump cylinder configuration and a pump piston mechanically associated with the pump cylinder configuration such that at least a portion of the piston is deployed within the pump cylinder, thereby defining between them a variable pump volume, the pump piston configured with a substantially cylindrical piston wall having an interior surface and an exterior surface such that a portion of the interior surface is configured for releasable attachment to the container and a portion of the exterior surface interacts with the rotatable pump cylinder configuration. The association is such that rotation of the pump cylinder configuration generates linear motion of said rotatable pump cylinder configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Captech Ltd.
    Inventor: Shlomo Haimi
  • Patent number: 8141746
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for extracting fluids from within a container sealed by a cork or septum without removal of the cork or septum or the contamination of the fluid within the container by reactive gases or liquids. Embodiments of the device can include a needle connected to a valve which is in turn connected to a source of pressurized gas for displacing the fluid. Further embodiments of the device can comprise additional components that act to force the needle to be inserted through the cork or septum along a linear path, to aid in preventing buckling of the needle, to clamp the device to the container, to prevent expulsion of the cork or septum from the container, and to guide the needle through a specified region of the cork or septum. Various valves, pressure regulators, pressure ranges, needle geometries, gas selections are also presented. This device is particularly suited for the dispensing and preservation of wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory Lambrecht
  • Publication number: 20120031927
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus (1) for pouring into a glass (2) in order to reduce the risks of spoiling the wine (3) poured by said apparatus. Vacuum tapping means (10) are sealingly connected to the upper portion (4A) of the vessel (4) and maintain a pressure therein which is between a first predetermined value P1 lower than the atmospheric pressure and a predetermined value P2 lower than P1, and liquid tapping means (20) are sealingly connected to the lower portion (4B) of the vessel and pump liquid from said lower portion up to an area for pouring into a glass. The vacuum tapping means includes a vacuum source (11) for lowering the pressure in the upper portion (4A) of the vessel (4) to P1 and vacuum partial-compensation means (14) adapted for feeding a gaseous fluid into the upper portion of the vessel when the pressure in said upper portion is lower than P2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: EUROCAVE SA
    Inventors: Paul Rivier, Guy Houin
  • Publication number: 20120012616
    Abstract: A preservation and dispensing apparatus includes a pressurized gas supply assembly for pressurizing and dispensing fluid from a bottle in a manner that effectively creates a barrier protecting the fluid from harmful effects of oxygen. The pressurized gas supply assembly includes an inert gas output linked to the bottle via a dispensing nozzle secured within an opening of the bottle. The dispensing nozzle includes a connecting seal having a series of outwardly directed, flexible fins composed of a first material and an outwardly tapered seal member composed of a second material. The inert gas output includes a regulator assembly having a piercing pin that passes through an end cap of a gas capsule allowing gas from the gas capsule to pass through the regulator assembly. The regulator assembly reduces the gas pressure from approximately 2700 psi to approximately 5 psi in a single step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew A. Sommerfield, Steven DiDonato
  • Patent number: 8091742
    Abstract: A pump lid assembly for use with a container, having a rotatable pump cylinder configuration and a pump piston mechanically associated with the rotatable pump cylinder configuration such that at least a portion of the piston is deployed within the pump cylinder, thereby defining a variable pump volume. The pump piston is configured with a substantially cylindrical piston wall having an interior surface and an exterior surface such that at least a portion of the interior surface is configured for releasable attachment to the container such that when the lid is attached to the container and at least a portion of the piston circumscribes the part of the container. At least a portion of the exterior surface of the piston wall interacts with the rotatable pump cylinder configuration and the association is such that rotation of the rotatable pump cylinder configuration generates linear motion of the rotatable pump cylinder configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Captech Ltd.
    Inventor: Shlomo Haimi
  • Publication number: 20110277878
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing charges of high OV moist smokeless tobacco (MST) includes a rotary metering device. The rotary metering device includes a lower disk, a metering disk, a plurality of cavities in the metering disk; and at least one vacuum housing located around the periphery of the lower disk and in communication with the plurality of cavities. A vacuum is applied to the cavities to aid in the filling of the cavities and an air discharge mechanism ejects a charge of the MST from each cavity at a discharge station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Dwight D. Williams
  • Patent number: 8056772
    Abstract: A piston pump in which the piston carries a valve and a control mechanism to change a characteristic of the valve, preferably, its tendency to open. The valve may preferably comprise a disc which extends radially outwardly from the piston to resiliently engage the wall of piston chamber. The control mechanism preferably provides an access port communicating axially through the piston and axially out an opening of the piston chamber. In a preferred embodiment, the control mechanism comprises a bladder with a flexible side wall which can be moved from an inherent uncollapsed position to a different position and which bladder is inherently biased to return to its uncollapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Gotohti.com Inc.
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Ali Mirbach
  • Patent number: 8033431
    Abstract: A preservation and dispensing apparatus includes a pressurized gas supply assembly for pressurizing and dispensing fluid from a bottle in a manner that effectively creates a barrier protecting the fluid from harmful effects of oxygen. The pressurized gas supply assembly includes an inert gas output linked to the bottle via a dispensing nozzle secured within an opening of the bottle. The dispensing nozzle includes a connecting seal having a series of outwardly directed, flexible fins composed of a first material and an outwardly tapered seal member composed of a second material. The inert gas output includes a regulator assembly having a piercing pin that passes through an end cap of a gas capsule allowing gas from the gas capsule to pass through the regulator assembly. The regulator assembly reduces the gas pressure from approximately 2700 psi to approximately 5 psi in a single step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Wine Gadgets, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew A. Sommerfield, Steven DiDonato
  • Publication number: 20110204093
    Abstract: A wine dispensing device for dispensing multiple portions of wine over a period of time while also providing preservation of the wine bouquet and taste character. The device couples to a wine bottle to allow wine to be dispensed through displacement with an inert gas. The device provides preservation of wine over multiple dispenses and over an extended period of time. In some embodiments the device dispenses wine without necessitating removal of the cork and can include an inert gas purge procedure to reduce wine exposure to atmospheric air thereby improving the quality and length of wine preservation that is possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Nathan Tyler Lee
  • Patent number: 7905945
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system includes a dispensing pump that receives a flow of material and a dispense tip coupled to the dispensing pump. The dispense tip delivers the material to a substrate. The fluid dispensing system further includes a vacuum unit that draws a vacuum on the material in the fluid dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: DL Technology, LLC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Fugere
  • Publication number: 20110056998
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for extracting fluids from within a container sealed by a cork or septum without removal of the cork or septum or the contamination of the fluid within the container by reactive gases or liquids. Embodiments of the device can include a needle connected to a valve which is in turn connected to a source of pressurized gas for displacing the fluid. Further embodiments of the device can comprise additional components that act to force the needle to be inserted through the cork or septum along a linear path, to aid in preventing buckling of the needle, to clamp the device to the container, to prevent expulsion of the cork or septum from the container, and to guide the needle through a specified region of the cork or septum. Various valves, pressure regulators, pressure ranges, needle geometries, gas selections are also presented. This device is particularly suited for the dispensing and preservation of wine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Gregory Lambrecht
  • Publication number: 20110042418
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for extracting fluids from within a container sealed by a cork or septum without removal of the cork or septum or the contamination of the fluid within the container by reactive gases or liquids. Embodiments of the device can include a needle connected to a valve which is in turn connected to a source of pressurized gas for displacing the fluid. Further embodiments of the device can comprise additional components that act to force the needle to be inserted through the cork or septum along a linear path, to aid in preventing buckling of the needle, to clamp the device to the container, to prevent expulsion of the cork or septum from the container, and to guide the needle through a specified region of the cork or septum. Various valves, pressure regulators, pressure ranges, needle geometries, gas selections are also presented. This device is particularly suited for the dispensing and preservation of wine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Gregory Lambrecht
  • Publication number: 20100276453
    Abstract: A serving apparatus without oxygen, from an open bottle, of a liquid that can be affected by oxygen, in particular wine, by insufflating inert pressurized gas in said bottle, comprising a fixed engagement member (1) and a releasable fastening member (2) fixed to a bottle (30). A pressurized gas supply without oxygen is provided, for example nitrogen or argon, having for example a cylinder (41) connected to a gas supply machine (40). By the gas supply machine (40) the pressurized gas can be distributed and supplied in the bottles (30), flowing through a pressure reducing valve (42), a pressure switch (43) for indication of the lack of gas in the cylinder (41), a solenoid valve (44) adapted to delivery gas on driving the pressure switch (47), a safety valve (45) adapted to avoid that a maximum threshold value is exceeded, a gas tank (46) that prevents a solenoid valve (44) from opening continuously, a pressure switch (47) adapted to keep the pressure in the bottle (30) fixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: WINEFIT S.R.L.
    Inventor: Jacques Valere Vandaele
  • Patent number: 7762428
    Abstract: For bubble free emptying of pasteous substances from drum-shaped containers these are pumped out through a drum follower plate placed onto the paste. In a refinement, the drum follower plate is provided hollow with a lower grid plate and before the beginning of the pumping out process through evacuation of the hollow intermediary space air, possibly present under the drum follower plate, is sucked from there into the intermediary space, so that the pump scooping from below the grid plate only feeds pasteous material right from the beginning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Erich Scheugenpflug
  • Publication number: 20100155419
    Abstract: (Problems) To provide a beverage server system which extracts beverage from the beverage bottle with a simple structure without causing contact of the beverage inside the beverage bottle with air, and excels in easy operation for extracting the beverage, easy maintenance and easy introduction into household. (Means for Solving Problems) The present invention is a beverage server system for extracting a beverage from a corked beverage bottle without uncorking the bottle, comprising: a penetration element for penetrating the cork, the penetration element including a beverage extraction conduit for extracting the beverage from the bottle and a gas injection conduit for injecting gas into the bottle, wherein a gas injection port disposed in the gas injection conduit is located at a level higher than a beverage extraction port disposed in the beverage extraction conduit in the bottle when extracting the beverage from the bottle through the beverage extraction conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Ryo Nishino
  • Patent number: 7681757
    Abstract: A specially designed flexible tank is installed in a standard 20 foot overseas shipping container or in a standard trucking dry van trailer. A conductive heat serpentine plastic tubing system is also installed underneath the flexible tank allowing heat to liquefy the honey near the bottom discharge location. Nitrogen is introduced through an upper air purging valve and flow is controlled by a regulator allowing tank to stand and not be conducive to cling of product on the roof or the sidewalls and to assist in discharging product without need of a pumping mechanism. Due to the continued shape of the flexible tank there will be very little product loss allowing virtually all product to be expelled. The discharge valve will remain open when the heat is started and this allows the honey to be removed as quickly as it becomes liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventors: J. Michael Rose, Kim Grant
  • Publication number: 20100059548
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus for enclosing a keg (2) containing a beverage, comprising pumping means (7) for compressing air, and gas transport means (8) for transporting compressed gas from said pumping means (7) to the keg (2) for driving the beverage out of the keg (2) The beverage dispensing apparatus comprises a membrane (10) enveloping a space through which compressed air can pass, whereby oxygen can pass much faster through the membrane (10) than nitrogen can pass through the membrane (10), so that the percentage of oxygen in the gas that is transported to the keg (2) is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventor: Jacob Smid
  • Publication number: 20100006603
    Abstract: The wine bottle sealing and dispensing device provides for the dispensing of wine from a wine bottle, or any other liquid from a corresponding liquid container, without exposing the wine or liquid in the bottle to environmental air at any time. The device includes a housing adapted for mounting above a cork of a corked wine bottle. An upper open end of a hollow needle is mounted in the housing, the needle projecting downward from the housing and terminating in a tip adapted for insertion through the cork. A first end of a spout projects outwardly from the housing, and a second end of the spout is in fluid communication with the upper open end of the hollow needle. A cartridge of pressurized, inert gas is mounted to the housing. The cartridge is in communication with an upper end of a gas conduit, which is mounted within the hollow needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventors: Morgan William Weinberg, Burton Allen Miller
  • Publication number: 20090236368
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of alcoholic beverage preservation. More particularly, this application relates to protecting an alcoholic beverage from deterioration once opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Christopher E. Coon
  • Publication number: 20090224000
    Abstract: Device for dispensing liquids allowing the controlled metering of the liquid by introducing nitrogen gas into the container containing it, preventing at the same time the oxidation and the deterioration of the liquid remaining in the container. The device having a system for coupling to the neck of the container which allows the device to be used simply and practically, offering a perfectly airtight coupling and optimum aesthetic features, being especially applicable in the industry for the metering of controlled amounts of bottled wine into stem glasses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: NEW CELLARS CLIMATIC, S.L.
    Inventors: Jose Luis Castello LOPEZ, Cerefino Juarez PINTO